TOUR: Written in Love Letters by Zoey Drake

Title: Written in Love Letters

Series: Moonshine Springs Novel
Author: Zoey Drake
Genre: Small Town, 2nd Chance Romance
Release Date: September 2, 2021
It’s been four years since one night changed our lives…
I lost my heart, my soul, the love of my life.
She left without a word and never gave me a chance to explain.
Was I mad? Hell yeah.
But I never stopped loving her.
So I wrote her a letter, and then another one, and then another…
Now she’s back again and I can’t help the feelings I’m having. Just like before, she’s the oxygen in my lungs and the sun in my sky.
Except, she’s hell bent on never giving me another chance.

Four years ago, Remington made one decision that changed our future.
It hurt too much to relive that night over and over again, so I ran.
I went to the city and started over, ignoring all things Remington.
But after losing my job, I have no choice but to move home.
Back to Moonshine Springs.
Back to where my heart was shattered into a million pieces.
He seems to think we stand a chance, that we can move on and be something to each other once again.
I’m not so sure I can trust him, though.
Or that I’m willing to risk the pain that comes with loving Remington.
All I can do is agree to finally read his letters and see if my heart survives.

“Absolutely loved everything about this book…but I’m not surprised because I’ve loved every book by this author!” – Author S.E. Roberts

“Okay, so this book is the best angsty romance novel I’ve read in ages, and has definitely earned its place in my top 2021 reads.” – RetroGirlReads

“Emotional is an understatement… be prepared for a ride!” – Amy Loves Reading Blog


These Mandates Set A Bad Precedent

Another post I feel I need to share on both of my blogs. I can not believe it has come to this in our Country, especially hind sight being 20/20 and the way history likes to repeat itself. I wonder if my next post on the subject will be on US citizens in detentions camps because we refused the vaccines.

What IS Normal?

If falling in line with these mandates means we keep our jobs and not falling in line means we lose our jobs, then we are surely in trouble. Because then we open the door to the Government using it again in the future to manipulate us by threatening ours jobs, our children’s jobs or even our grandchildren’s jobs.

Employers falling in line with theses mandates are saying it is OKAY for the Government to manipulate them and their employees’ lively hoods to get what the Government wants.

If we don’t stand up and say “NO” then the future generations could potentially be subjected to this kind of blackmail and manipulation and that is truly NOT OKAY.

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TOUR: With Love from Tokyo

Title: With Love from Tokyo
Series: Voyages of the Heart Collection Volume 8
Contributing Authors: Cassie Lee hart, Elias Raven, Jade Royal, Katherine L.E. White, Kristy Gibs, M. Greenhow, Nancy Chastain, and Teresa Crumpton 
Genre: Romance
Release Date: July 28, 2021
Publisher: Royalty Writes Enterprises

Voyages of the Heart…
Passion, adventure, secrets… the cities of the world are each filled with their own unique charm and allure. Our authors have taken up their pens to bring you another series of sensational stories destined to capture your heart and bring forth your emotions, one destination at a time. So, pack your bags and join us once more on this Voyage of the Heart.
With Love From Tokyo…
Whether you are a seasoned traveler with us or a new adventurer, let our many, experienced tour guides lead you through romantic escapades with cherry blossoms along the way. Experience healing from a breakup at the Sensō-ji, coming upon a beautiful stranger in Shinjuku Goyen National Garden, or the awe of the city while standing in the Tokyo Skytree.
Our authors will take excellent care of you, ensuring incredible memories of your time in Tokyo. Each story guarantees uniqueness, love endeavors, and of course a HEA. Grab your passport, your flight is at the gate! Voyages of the Heart: Tokyo is about to begin!
Contributing authors:
Cassie Lee Hart | Elias Raven | Jade Royal | Katherine LE White | Kristy Gibs | M Greenhow | Nancy Chastain | Teresa Crumpton


PREORDER: Romancing the Holidays Vol 2

Title: Romancing the Holidays, Volume 2 

Authors: Debby Grahl, Melody Johnson, Elise Darby, Barbara Whitaker, Maggie FitzRoy, Leah Miles, Karen Renee, Sara Walker, Vickey Wollan, Gloria Ferguson, Abigail Sharpe, Laura Salas, P.K. Brent, Candese Nieves
Genre: Contemporary/Historical/PNR/Romance Suspense, YA
Release Date: September 22, 2021
Cover Design: Glowing Moon Designs

Looking for a Happily Ever After? How about fourteen of them?! Romancing the Holidays, Volume 2 is a collection of romantic short stories all with the happy ending you crave. Genres include: contemporary, historical, paranormal, romantic suspense and young adult.
And what better time to find romance than during the holidays? Escape into these Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Three Kings Day and Valentine’s Day adventures, and swoon anew with each couple as they fall in love.
Proceeds from this anthology benefit First Coast Romance Writers, a non-profit chapter of Romance Writers of America that helps writers hone their craft and expand their knowledge of the publishing industry.

Romancing the Holidays – Volume 2

Author Q & A

Karen Renee – Holiday Fixation (An O-Town Short Story) 

Question 1: Why did you choose the holiday you wrote about in your short story? I chose New Year’s Eve because it’s a time of reflection and preparing for new beginnings. Not to mention, Alex is determined for Deanne to try a new beginning with him. 

Question 2: What inspired you to write this short story?  I read a news story about a married man in Texas who was leading three lives [engaged to two other women]. It was one of those stories where fact was definitely stranger than fiction. He was proposing to women after two or three dates! I struggled to wrap my mind around it, and I knew that was a situation Deanne had dodged. Or so she thought.

Question 3: How did you go about creating your two main characters? I don’t have a process for creating my characters. They typically come to me, and it’s a matter of them revealing themselves. If they’re being coy, I might interview them or introduce them to spunkier characters who will draw them out of their shell, but I don’t create them so much as they show up in my mind.

Deanne first appears in two of my other books in a very ancillary capacity since she’s the administrative assistant at a private investigation firm. I didn’t know much about her at the time of those books, other than her being a hard worker and a computer whiz of sorts. By the end of Abrupt Changes, she hinted to me that she had a story to be told. 

As for Alex, I knew he had worked at Otero-Silva Investigations years prior to Deanne working there, but he left the firm to get his law degree. He lives to needle Deanne, and when he finds out she’s in trouble, he finally gets serious about exploring things with her.

Question 4: Was there a secondary character that helped this story come to life? Clint Ramsey, one of the investigators Deanne works with, plays a part in the story coming to life. He knows Deanne has a problem and forces her to confront it. He also tries to keep Alex away from her since Alex and Deanne don’t get along.

Question 5: Do you consider yourself a plotter or pantser?  How does that help you create? I’m a complete pantser. It helps me because it gives me (and my characters) the freedom to figure out the story as we go.

Vickey Wollan – The Secret Santa Surprise

Question 1: Why did you choose the holiday you wrote about in your short story? There are so many cute details surrounding Christmas celebrations. They help me to create entertaining plots.

Question 2: What inspired you to write this short story? I wanted to try to write in the young adult genre and needing thirty hours of community service to qualify for Florida’s Bright Futures college scholarship was the fact that got me started. 

Question 3: How did you go about creating your two main characters? I wanted Yvette and Brad to be in opposing high school clicks so I could utilize the enemies to first date trope. The I used the professor archetype for Brad and the boss archetype for Yvette. Then I added personal quirks and wounds to create their motivation.

Question 4: Was there a secondary character that helped this story come to life? Absolutely, Big Red, the football captain with red hair, helps to create the conflict and provide backstory so the reader understands the relevance of the conflict. 

Question 5: Do you consider yourself a plotter or pantster?  How does that help you create? I’m definitely a plotter. But while I’m bringing what I put in an outline to life the pantster in me come alive as well.

P.K. Brent – True Love Found

Question 1: Why did you choose the holiday you wrote about in your short story?  Valentine’s Day is my birthday! I also have a heart-shaped birthmark.

Question 2: What inspired you to write this short story? My first job, at age 16, was in an Italian bakery, so I know a lot about bakeries. I write paranormals and wanted extra sweet characters for romance anthology stories, thus fairies are the best choice. My 2020 anthology story featured a fairy, so I continue with fairies. Down the road I will feature a brownie.  These are very shy paranormal characters who sneakily live in a home and do cleaning and repairs but do not want to be seen.

Question 3: How did you go about creating your two main characters? I have no idea!

Question 4: Was there a secondary character that helped this story come to life?  Yes! I plan to write every FCRW anthology story in this same world, each one featuring a 2ndary character from my current 2021 anthology story. My next story will feature my wealthy fairy woman, Faye, going broke and making it alone in the human world without her wealth and only her friends for support. She will rent the vacant apartment mentioned in my current story (in Marielle’s double house where Aunt Nina used to live).

Question 5: Do you consider yourself a plotter or pantster?  How does that help you create?  I am a pantster.  Sob! I try to be a plotter but I am doomed to be a pantster. The plus side is my stories are extra creative and a little unusual. But I suffer! Due to spontaneity and lack of planning, I always have things to fix.

Maggie FitzRoy – Christmas Peril, Christmas Promise

Question 1: Why did you choose the holiday you wrote about in your short story? Christmas is for me the most romantic holiday of the year. It’s all about love.

Question 2: What inspired you to write this short story? I write historical romance (American) and am now writing historical romantic suspense. So I needed a story that included love, danger, and Christmas. That takes place in the past. At a romantic location with snow. I live in Florida, so the ultimate Christmas romance for me includes snow. Christmas Peril, Christmas Promise takes place in December 1954 at a rural lodge in Maine.

Question 3: How did you go about creating your two main characters? My hero is a private investigator, since my story is romantic suspense. And my heroine is a strong-willed heiress who realizes the man of her dreams is not who he seems, which puts her in danger.

Question 4: Was there a secondary character that helped this story come to life? Yes. The sister of my hero is a secondary character in this story, and she will be the heroine of a series I am planning to begin writing soon.

Question 5: Do you consider yourself a plotter or pantser?  How does that help you create? I am a plotter. I create the plot and characters and a few-sentence working outline for each scene, so I know where I’m going as I write. It’s like laying out a map and deciding the key places I want to visit before reaching my destination. Then, once I actually start traveling, I learn a lot more about each place when I get to it, and am open to exploring it more, or veering off to somewhere else nearby that I hadn’t even known existed. So plotting for me allows me to relax when I write, because I know where I’m ultimately going—and how I’ll get there. With a lot of discovery and creative options along the way. 

Melody Johnson – Fated by Fire

Question 1: Why did you choose the holiday you wrote about in your short story? Fated by Fire is the third short story in my Witchy Business series, each romance occurring on Halloween night. This installment features two main characters: Jenavieve St. Clair, a young witch whose unnervingly accurate visions consistently cast Marcus Kyle as the harbinger of death and destruction, and Marcus, a powerful warlock of a rival coven. When Marcus stops to assist a stranded driver change a flat tire, the last person he expects to face is Jenavieve. Crossing paths with her is unsettling, but perhaps fate has intervened on his behalf, granting him the opportunity to prove to her that he’s just a man, not the monster that her visions predict him to be. What better holiday than Halloween to stage this magical, fated romance?

Question 2: What inspired you to write this short story? As my backlog of novels can attest, I’m a huge paranormal and sci-fi romance fan. My Night Blood series features vampires, my Love Beyond series features aliens, and the reason I’m so drawn to the genre besides the obvious—danger, action, and adventure—is the world building. I love taking a beloved genre and putting my spin on it with my rules in a world of my creation. For a while now, I’ve been drawn to shows like Charmed and American Horror Story (I’m a huge TV and movie buff in addition to being a book worm!), and gothic romance is a genre adjacent to my paranormal alley. So inspired, I decided to create my own witchy series. 

Question 3: How did you go about creating your two main characters? When I develop my main characters, the hero and heroine in particular, I always do so as a pair, so that I can mirror, balance and create conflict in their personalities and backstories. For Jen and Marcus in particular, I really wanted to explore the ideas of fate vs. freewill and the inaccuracy of first impressions. Jen met Marcus years ago in her visions, but never in person. In her mind’s eye, she sees him as a monster in a parody of Carrie, wearing the blood of his slaughtered witches and warlocks with trembling glee. But the adorable man who stops to assist her change a flat fire is the antithesis of what she expects. Likewise, Marcus is unnerved by Jen’s visions long before ever meeting her in person. Despite her predictions of doom and gloom, Marcus has no intension of hurting anyone. Their false preconceptions of one another allowed me as an author to really up the ante on their “enemies to lovers” romance.

Question 4: Do you consider yourself a plotter or pantser?  How does that help you create? I’m a pantser who forces herself to plot. I’ve made the mistake of pantsing my way through an entire book, and the end result was not a pretty sight. In order to get from point A to a logical point B, I need to know what point B actually is, but how my characters get to that destination is typically discovered as I write it. Specifically, for Fated by Fire, I knew that Jen and Marcus would know of one another before physically meeting and that their forced proximity would spark feelings of fear and resentment. I knew that Marcus would be motivated to prove Jen wrong, and that Jen would need a powerful motivation, like a new vision of Marcus killing people at a Halloween party, to keep her glued to his side. However, I didn’t know how her vision would resolve in reality until I wrote the story and discovered the ending for myself.

Question 5: How was this story different compared to what you typically write? Paranormal romance is my go-to genre, but usually, I write full-length novels. Writing my Witchy Business short stories is both fun and challenging. Fun because writing them is a bit like a naughty affair, taking a break from the project I’m currently working on to return to a world I’m already in love with, but challenging because I have to develop a relationship, motivation, and high stakes, and find a satisfying resolution, in only thirty pages. In this limited space, no action or word can go wasted. Everything, from character description and their banter to setting and action, needs to drive the plot to its conclusion. Compared to the long-distance pace of writing a novel, writing short stories has the intensity of a sprint. It’s exhilarating, and I’m actually planning to use what I learned from this experience to infuse my full-length novels with a similar intensity. 

Abigail Sharpe – New Year’s Ex-pectations

Question 1: Why did you choose the holiday you wrote about in your short story? The new year is a time of resolutions and new beginnings, of hope and of promise.  A second chance romance seemed the perfect fit!

Question 2: What inspired you to write this short story? Molly is the sister to Riley, the hero of Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy.  She spent so much time trying to find love for him and put herself on pause because of a painful divorce.  I always wanted a happy ending for her, and there could be no other hero for her other than the love of her life.

Question 3: How did you go about creating your two main characters? Molly was easy, since she had been around for a few years.  Dustin was harder, and it took me a few iterations to get him right.  I wrote until I found what worked for them. 

Question 4: Was there a secondary character that helped this story come to life? Molly herself!  She’s a good sister, a good mother figure to her younger siblings, and had so much to give.  I couldn’t leave her hanging there, waiting and waiting.  This anthology gave me a great opportunity to get her ex-husband into gear. 

Question 5: Do you consider yourself a plotter or pantster?  I need to know a few things about my characters before I get started, beyond eye color and where they grew up.  The two most important ones are the goal they have for the story (beyond falling in love) and what happened to them when they were younger that colors the way they see the world.  Other than that, I just write.

Barbara Whitaker – Thanks for the Doughnuts

Question 1: Why did you choose the holiday you wrote about in your short story? Thanksgiving evokes thoughts of family gathered around the table for a feast, but for a soldier on the front in 1944, who’d been living on K Rations, it was a lonely time. A visit from a Red Cross Clubmobile, especially during holidays, lifted their spirits.

Question 2: What inspired you to write this short story? A dear friend told me once that when she met her husband, she didn’t like him at first. She said she couldn’t stand him until she fell in love with him. I thought it would make an interesting beginning to a love story.

Question 3: How did you go about creating your two main characters? I read accounts of the women who manned the Red Cross Clubmobiles. Their strong personalities and determination to support the troops helped to create Faye, Marie and Delores. As for Cliff, I’ve read so much about the WWII soldiers and listened to their oral histories that it wasn’t hard to come up with a soldier for the story.

Question 4: Was there a secondary character that helped this story come to life? The other two Red Cross girls, Marie and Delores, added a lot to the story.

Question 5: Do you consider yourself a plotter or pantster? I’m a little of both. I like to lay out the story all the way through, but not in a formal outline. Then I kind of “pants” my way through the scenes. It is a little messy and requires revisions but it works for me. 

Laura Salas – Love on Calle Ocho

Question 1: Why did you choose the holiday you wrote about in your short story? I chose Three Kings Day because I wanted to bring to light what I felt was an obscure holiday in the US. When I was growing up in Venezuela, school didn’t resume from Christmas break until after January 6 in observance of Three Kings Day. I was surprised to find out that school resumes in the US right after New Year’s Day. 

Question 2: What inspired you to write this short story? Love. I wanted a strong hero who would win and melt the heart of a wounded heroine. Of course, in the end they helped each other out, but isn’t that how love works? 

Question 3: How did you go about creating your two main characters? Their faces and their key personality traits came to me first. After those initial basic character sketches, I used Nina Harrington’s How to Plot Romance Fiction to work on their fears and wounds and on the romance story itself. 

Question 4: Was there a secondary character that helped this story come to life?  I’d say tío Gonzalo. His fun nature brought spice into the story.

Question 5: Do you consider yourself a plotter or pantster?  I am both. I must have the beginning, middle and end figured out, as well as the main characters, but everything else will come as I type.

First Coast Romance Writers, an affiliate of Romance Writers of America®, is an organization for both published and unpublished writers, as well as any individuals involved in the writing/publishing industry. The membership includes writers of all levels, from those working on their first manuscripts to award-winning authors
The chapter is dedicated to promoting excellence in romantic fiction through monthly meetings and workshops in a comfortable forum where published and unpublished writers share knowledge about the constantly evolving publishing industry.
FCRW strives to help writers become published and establish careers with innovative programs, networking opportunities and pertinent information on effective marketing techniques for members’ novels.

PREORDER: You Didn’t Love Me Then by Lily Baines

Title: You Didn’t Love Me Then
Series: Riviera View Series #1
Author: Lily Baines
Genre: Small Town Steamy Romance, Friends to Lovers
Release Date: September 28, 2021

Growing up twenty-five yards from each other in a small beach town, Luke Delaney was Libby Latimer’s best friend. The confident, protective boy whose arms were a haven in her tumultuous life. They were inseparable. Until she developed feelings that shattered the boundaries of their friendship.
Fifteen years later, Libby is a social worker who has strived to build herself a drama-free, heartache-less life. She’s content and intends to keep it that way. When Luke lands back in town, he seems as hot and unattainable as ever, turning her heart and mind into a battlefield. She never forgot what kissing him felt like or how it ended.
Air Marshal Luke Delaney thinks he has his life under control. After spending fifteen years literally up in the air, he returns to his hometown. A chance meeting with his former best friend rips the smooth veneer off his life, revealing essential parts of him he thought he could live without.
Old feelings brew to the surface with each unavoidable encounter. New ones simmer. As their past and present collide, can they get a second chance, or is it years too late?
One-click ‘You Didn’t Love Me Then’. This slow-burn steamy romance will take you through all the feels.

He watched her walk away. It was strange; she was Libby, the same one who had always been there. Just Libby. But his heart had never pounded in his chest for Libby the way it did now.


RELEASE: Salvation by Avery Caswell

Title: Salvation
Author: Avery Caswell
Genre: Women’s/Sibling Fiction
Release Date: September 15, 2021
No one ever talks about what happened …
Summer 1971, Del Munro, a single mother of four, is struggling to make ends meet when Mother Franklin, a traveling evangelist, offers to take her daughters to the beach in Savannah.
For nine-year-old Willie June and seven-year-old Glory, restless at the end of a long, hot summer in Charlotte, it’s a dream come true. To their beleaguered mother, it’s a much-needed reprieve.
But what seemed like a blessing soon turns into a nightmare when the girls are pressed into service by the morbidly obese Mother Franklin whose needs are as outsized as her ambitions.
When the girls fail to return, Del, evasive about the details of her arrangement with Mother Franklin, panics. People begin to wonder if instead of sending her daughters on vacation, she sold them to the evangelist.
Based on a true story, Salvation is an evocative and unforgettable saga about stolen innocence that explores the tragic mistakes made by desperate people and the false prophets who exploit their vulnerabilities.

“…a riveting and deeply moving story… a stunning debut by an important talent.”
—Abigail DeWitt, author of News of Our Loved Ones
“A haunting, disturbing journey through an America of misplaced hope and overvalued faith, and of surprising redemption. With gentle humor and a profound appreciation for the marginalized lives of her characters, Avery Caswell illuminates the America that’s alongside us, and which many of us rarely acknowledge.”
—Arthur J. Magida, author of Code Name Madeleine
Avery Caswell was born just north of Chicago, Illinois. From a young age she was always scribbling, filling stenographer notebooks with observations (like Harriet, the Spy) and drawing scenes from Camelot (Franco Nero!). She grew up in various small towns across the Midwest and lived briefly in upstate New York before making the Carolinas home. An interest in the blurred edges between religion and magic, and a love of history inspire much of her writing. Caswell attended Kent State and Purdue Universities, the University of Baltimore, and Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She holds MFAs in theatre and creative writing.

RELEASE: Like a Good Neighbor by Drea Braddock

Title: Like a Good Neighbor
Series: Oahu Naval Officers Book #1
Author: Drea Braddock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 14, 2021
She may hate to admit that she wants him, but he could be the one man she truly needs.

Hawai‘i may have lush green mountains and gorgeous beaches but I’m here for one thing and one thing only: my job. I plan on spending my time on O‘ahu becoming the best Navy Surface Warfare Officer I can be. Not the best female officer, the best officer, full stop, thank you very much.

Nothing is going to pull my focus, least of all the 6’5” wall of native Hawaiian muscle next door. Every look from his chocolatey eyes may set my body on fire but he also pisses me off more than anyone I’ve ever met. I’m a driven, successful woman and I don’t have time for the likes of Ka‘eo Maheloha with his flirty smile and carefree vibe.

I don’t like to fail and I sure as hell don’t like to be vulnerable. Shouldn’t the universe understand that someone so laid back and charming isn’t a good match for me and stop pushing us together? Because love isn’t something I want to get wrong, again. But if Ka‘eo and I together are wrong, then why does every moment we’re close feel so very right?

All I know is I’m not sure how to be who I’m supposed to be and protect my heart at the same time.

Drea lives on the beautiful island of O’ahu, Hawai’i with her Sailor and their 5 kids. She drinks a lot of coffee, reads a lot of books, has a lot of tattoos, and likes to put people she dreamed up through the emotional wringer before giving them their Happily Ever After.


COVER: Gunner by H.J. Marshall

Title: Gunner
Series: Death Hounds MC Book One
Author: H.J. Marshall
Genre: Dark MC Romance/Suspense
Release Date: September 30, 2021
Cover Design: Tracie Douglas – Black Water Covers & Formatting
I joined the military to escape my hellish nightmare of a life in the Flats of Portstill, needing more than the dismal surrounding I grew up in. I served my country with pride and honor, but an accident ended my enlistment, forcing me back home, unsure of what my future would be. After a chance meeting with the Death Hounds MC, I found a place that gave me the brotherhood I craved and an outlet for my anger.
When I met Sadie, I saw someone who was hiding from the pain that threatened to tear her apart as she struggled to raise her younger brothers alone. One night, a run-in with a random stranger forced her to run to the MC for protection, and when I saw her, I knew she was meant to be mine. Her painful past and my difficult upbringing created cracks that nearly destroyed us, but we both fought our demons and found our way back to each other. Can our broken souls heal each other, or will the pain keep us on solitary paths?
Now, buried secrets from the past have risen from the ashes, not only affecting Sadie but threatening to tear the Death Hounds apart from the inside out. When the Death Hounds say you’re family, you’re family for life, but what happens when it’s family that betrays you?
And when death comes knocking, who do you want on your side?

H.J. Marshall began her love of reading and writing at an early age and has always dreamed of being a writer full-time. A nomadic youth exposed her to different perspectives of life, community, and culture, resulting in a lifelong love of food, music, and history. When she is not writing, she enjoys the music of all generations and genres, writing full-time, and living in her quiet cabin in the woods. Currently landlocked, H.J. dreams of her beach house, salty air, and a life filled with laughter.

RELEASE: Hidden Deep by Trinity Wood

Title: Hidden Deep
Series: New Zealand Sailing Series #2
Author: Trinity Wood
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: September 15, 2021
New Zealand Romance with Spice

He’s so Fine … everyone wants a piece.

Bachelor of the Year and Olympic sailor Corey Fine has just pressed the self-destruct button, and he’s going down.

Psychologist Tayla spends more time rescuing lost causes than following her own dreams.

When heartbreaker Corey Fine meets his match in straight-talking Tayla, their love is no smooth sailing. Buckle up for a bumpy ride… to search for what’s Hidden Deep.

This book has it all:
cinnamon roll hero
curvy pink-haired heroine
some knots
a whole lot of steam

HIDDEN DEEP is the second book in the New Zealand Sailing series, and can be read as a stand-alone. In the City of Lovers, HEA is guaranteed.



RELEASE: All I Want For Christmas Collection by S.L. Sterling

Title: All I Want for Christmas: A Contemporary Romance Holiday Collection
Author: S.L. Sterling
Genre: Contemporary Romance (Holiday)
Release Date: September 10, 2021
Cover Design: Thunderstruck Cover Design
From USA Today Bestselling Author S.L. Sterling comes this collection of slow-burn holiday romances guaranteed to warm your heart on a cold winter’s night.
Included in the Collection is On A Silent Night, Back to You this Christmas and Fireside Love.
Last Christmas, I gave you my heart…
Five years ago, I lost my best friend. The last words he ever spoke to me were a plea to look out for his wife. I never meant to fall in love with her. I even ran from my feelings. Not that it did any good. Three years later, I still can’t get her out of my mind. Now, I’m going to try to win her back.
Hopefully, I’m not on Santa’s naughty list because it will take a Christmas miracle to win her back.
After Jackson died, I didn’t expect to find love again. Still, things with Brody just felt… right. Which made it that much more confusing when he left with no explanation. Since then, I’ve worked on rebuilding my life. I started fresh in a new town, and even have a new man in my life. All of which complicates things when Brody shows up in search of a second chance.
Hang the mistletoe and string the lights, he’s going to need more than a jolly ole elf for me to consider re-gifting him my heart.
This Christmas, all I wanted was to wallow in self-pity until the woman I thought was the love of my life could explain why she left me at the altar. Instead, my buddy, Zach forced holiday merriment on me. I thought it was going to be a tinsel-laced nightmare… until his sister, Alexa, showed up. Turns out, she grew up into a gorgeous present I was insanely tempted to unwrap. Lucky for me, she shared my desire to meet under the metaphorical mistletoe… and let things heat up from there.
For the first time in months, Laura, my ex, wasn’t haunting my thoughts like the Ghost of Christmas Past. Which, of course, is exactly why she had to pick that moment to call and say she wanted to talk. I could only hope St. Nick had a playbook in his sleigh because things were about to get complicated.
I hated my job. I had no social life.
Somehow I had become so predictable after my last relationship ended, that the cashier at the local food mart already had my favorite wine bagged and waiting for me behind the counter when I walked in on Friday afternoon.
I needed to get away, from everything.
So when my best friend, Addie, called up and offered me a FREE weekend getaway, how could I say no.
Promises of a quiet weekend with a good book, warm fires, and flannel pajamas? Yes, please!
It had been eighteen months.
Eighteen months, since I had lost my wife in a car accident and learned that our marriage had been nothing but one big lie.
I’d done nothing but work and mope around my sister’s house, so when she told me to take her cabin for the weekend. Time alone, surrounded by nature and the fresh cold mountain air was exactly what I’d been needing.
However, my plans of being alone in the wilderness quickly vanished when I walked through the doors of the cabin and found my sister’s best friend drunk and half-naked on the floor of the very same cabin.
I’d hidden my crush on her for years. Perhaps, not well enough. After all, Addie must have set this up.
The weekend was about to get a lot more interesting.


S.L. Sterling was born and raised in southern Ontario. She now lives in Northern Ontario Canada and is married to her best friend and soul mate and their two dogs. 
An avid reader all her life, S.L. Sterling dreamt of becoming an author. She decided to give writing a try after one of her favorite authors launched a course on how to write your novel. This course gave her the push she needed to put pen to paper and her debut novel “It Was Always You” was born. 
When S.L. Sterling isn’t writing or plotting her next novel she can be found curled up with a cup of coffee, blanket and the newest romance novel from one of her favorite authors on her e-reader. Her favorite authors include Kendall Ryan, Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, Lauren Blakely, Alessandra Torre and Willow Winters. 
In her spare time, she enjoys camping, hiking, sunny destinations, spending quality time with family and friends and of course reading.

RELEASE: Fighting Temptation by Ariel Marie

Title: A Fighting Temptation Box Set
Authors: Peyton Banks, M’Renee Allen, Sydney Aaliyah Michelle, Karine Saint Jacques, Yolanda Olson, and Reana Malori 
Genre: BWWM Romance Limited Collection 
Release Date: September 14, 2021
Cover Design: TE Black Designs
Fighting Temptation: A BWWM Romance Limited Edition Collection
A Fighting Temptation is a collection of sexy, BWWM romance that will light a fire in your soul.
These sizzling stories will keep you captivated for hours on end. Be prepared to be led into heart-thumping, breathtaking romances that will leave you craving for more.
The heat from these steamy enemies to lovers romances will leave a lasting impression on you.
Please don’t say we didn’t warn you!
This compilation is exclusive and can’t be found anywhere else. Don’t wait. This box set will only be available for a limited time before it is gone forever!
Note: Fighting Temptation contains material for mature readers (18+ and older) only.



RELEASE: Paparazzi by Erika Vanzin

Title: Paparazzi
Series: Roadies #2
Author: Erika Vanzin
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: September 14, 2021
A rock star TRUST story…
Iris wants to be a journalist, but can she ever make it big when she has no money for college?
Rock star Thomas splits his time between the recording studio and baking cookies.
When she fell, literally, in his arms, sparks start to fly, and the lustful attraction is immediate.
Which wouldn’t be a problem if Thomas wouldn’t be a celebrity and Iris a paparazzo. And if Iris would tell him the truth before he discovers it. And if Thomas would stop showing up at her house being the perfect mix of cute and sexy!
It’s going to be HARD to stay away from him…


At the age of eight, Erika asked Santa for a typewriter. That was when her parents, quite surprised, realized that she was not like all the other children. However, when she received her first heavy, professional and brand new “Olivetti Letter 35” that Christmas, it was love at first sight. She immediately started writing the words that soon became her first short story. Over time she bought a much more efficient computer, but that typewriter will always have a special place in her heart: it was her first love.
Erika was born on December 6, 1979 in Valdobbiadene in the province of Treviso, a small village at the foot of the Prealps. Both her parents were born and raised in the same town where they still live today. Erika moved to Padua at 18 to attended university, and after graduation, she did not return to Valdobbiadene but followed her heart and traveled worldwide, living in Los Angeles, Vancouver, and London and visiting North America and Europe.
It was at Nicolò Bocassino primary school where she met the teacher who made her fall in love with books, writing, and studies in general, encouraging her creativity and eventually starting her on the path toward being a writer.

COVER: The Dream Keepers by Ali Lucia Sky

Title: The Dream Keepers

Series: The Powers That Be – Book 1
Author: Ali Lucia Sky
Genre: Paranormal Romance, New Adult
Release Date: October 11, 2021
This World is just one of thousands of Worlds the Makers have created. The Universe and Makers are playing with those who live on it.

No one who had met Michaela Beauchamp could come away from it unscathed. She was a shrew–argumentative, crass, and the focus of all my wet dreams. I loved to hate her. We were at war and I was determined to win. I didn’t want her to just go away, I wanted to watch her fine ass as she went in that direction.

Whoever thought Gabriel Langdon was more than a pretty face never met the douchecanoe.
He had very few redeeming qualities. He was dumb, frustrating, and constantly featuring in all my sexiest dreams. I wasn’t difficult to please. I was reasonable. All I asked was that the Universe bless me with the absence of this jackhole!

What is one to do when you summon a hitchhiker and they take up residence inside your head? No fifteen-year-old girl has a good answer. With my brother and neighbor circling one another in a strange mating dance, I barely know how to ask for help.
I mean really, all I did was a little spell to Invoke Helpful Spirits and Positive Energy Beings.

Note: THE DREAM KEEPERS is a mature Young Adult/New Adult book and for readers over the age of 18 due to sexual content and profanity. This is part one of a trilogy and ends on a CLIFFHANGER.
This book is rated M for Mischief.

October 2021 – The Dream Keepers
February 2022 – Wishcraft
October 2022 – TBA

RELEASE: Sebastian by D. Williams

Title: Sebastian

Series: A MorningStar MC Novel #3
Author: D. Williams
Genre: Contemporary/MC Romance
Release Date: September 13, 2021
When you’re married to the love of your life for 30 years and lose them tragically, the part of your heart capable of love dies with them. Or so I thought. Somehow this tiny little imp of a woman has wormed her way into the hole left behind by my wife’s death. She is way to young, is being hunted with a price on her head and I’m about to be a grandfather. Am I too old to overcome the obstacles this new romance is taking us on or will it all be worth the risk to make her mine?



D Williams is a retired 41 year old Puerto Rican wife and mother of 3 plus 1 bonus daughter. Originally from NYC, she now lives a quiet life in the south suburbs of Chicago. She enjoys reading and writing romance and erotic fiction.

TOUR: Rock Star Romance Series by Erika Kelly

Series: Rock Star Romance Series
Author: Erika Kelly
Genre: Rock Star Romance
Release Date: July 15, 2021
Cover Design: Serendipity Formatting

You Really Got Me is a slow burn, friends-to-lovers, rock star romance with explosive sexual chemistry and a soulful rocker who falls for his bandmate’s sister. “Slater Vaughn might just be the best book boyfriend I’ve ever come across.” – Obsessed with Romance

I Want You To Want Me is a slow burn, enemies-to-lovers, rock star romance about two people who’re bad at love but want to be good for each other. “This is one hell of a book. I just couldn’t put it down. This is definitely a MUST READ!!”

Take Me Home Tonight is a slow burn, friends to lovers, rock star romance about a vibrant, passionate woman who brings a wounded musician back to life. “The book is emotional and tremendously sexy— Kelly’s rendering of Calix’s grieving parents is particularly well-done — but it is Mimi’s strength that will linger long after the finish.” – Washington Post Best Romance Novel 2016

More Than A Feeling is a second chance, rock star romance bursting with off-the-charts chemistry and heat. “Absolutely loved it! I finished this book last night, but I’m still smiling this morning. It’s that good!”

If Emmie Valencia can get her brother’s band to the next level, her career will be set. So, if she has to live with five hard-partying guys, it’s worth the sacrifice. And the sizzling connection between her and the cocky, smoking hot, lead singer? Not a problem. She’s been there before and has the broken heart to show for it. She won’t make that mistake again.

Slater Vaughn’s not what he seems. Sure, he’s hot, he’s sexy, and no one can captivate a crowd the way he does. But there’s another side he doesn’t show anyone…except Emmie. She sees right through him, past the wounds, down to his soul. And once he falls, there’s no turning back.

So, it’s a cruel twist of fate that right when Emmie lets down her guard and falls in love, she scores a national tour for the band. They’re opening for the sexy, wildly talented, It girl of the moment. A woman so similar to Slater…it’s like they were meant for each other.

But Slater’s not giving up. He’s all-in. Which means, if Emmie wants her happy ever after, she’ll just have to take a leap of faith.
Even more than wanting to be a rock star, Derek Valencia wants respect in the music industry. But right when his band hits the big-time, the guys spiral out of control, and the record label threatens to pull its support. So, when their manager hires a minder to keep them in line, Derek’s pride takes a hit. Still, he can’t refuse the help, not when he’s this close to getting everything he’s worked so hard for. And he can’t help the blazing attraction for the babysitter he’s so intent on disliking.

What does Violet Davis know about love and trust? She grew up in the foster care system, shuffled from one home to another. But when she falls for the bass player in the band she’s been hired to look after, something changes in her. She wants him more than she’s wanted anything in her life. For the first time, she’s in love.

Derek’s finally found something that matters more than music—and he’s not letting her go. Not for anything.

But can a woman who craves stability really make it work with a man whose life is spent on the road with his band?
Calix Bourbon might seem like a free spirit, but that’s all a front. In reality he’s just trying to keep his fractured family together while working as a session musician. When Blue Fire hires him to replace their keyboardist, Calix is determined to make the most of the opportunity—but he can’t help being distracted by the band’s sexy personal chef.

Mimi’s temporary gig is great, but she has her heart set on auditioning for a televised cooking show. There’s just one problem: she only has a week to acquire the skills necessary to survive the competition. Luckily, the band’s new keyboard player can teach her exactly what she needs, in the kitchen and in the bedroom…


When Cooper Hood left Snowberry, Montana ten years ago, he swore he’d never go back to the town that painted him with the same brush as his addict mother. But right in the middle of his band’s national tour he gets a call to come home: his mom’s got a whopper of a secret to reveal.
Daisy Charbonneau’s in trouble. The talent she hired for her resort’s annual Huckleberry Festival’s just bailed on her, and she’s desperate to find a replacement act. Luck turns her way when she discovers her high school crush is back in town — and he happens to be a rock star.
As they work together, a crush deepens into so much more — but who falls in love in two weeks?
Especially when Cooper’s never coming back to town, and Daisy’s never going to leave it.

Award-winning author Erika Kelly writes sexy and emotional small town romance. Married to the love of her life and raising four children, she lives in the southwest, drinks a lot of tea, and is always waiting for her cats to get off her keyboard. Please note that 10% of the net income of all Erika Kelly books goes to the Semper Fi Fund (