Summer Rain Release Benefits RAINN

We love supporting worthy causes and are excited about the Summer Rain anthology, which released on June 7. Not only do we get to read stories from some of our very favorite authors, but one hundred percent of every author’s proceeds from this book go to benefit RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network).

From the editor, Sarah Franz:

Each year, nearly a quarter of a million sexual assaults are committed in the US, nearly half of them against victims under the age of eighteen. RAINN assists so many of these survivors, not only by operating telephone and online hotlines for victims of sexual abuse, but also by working in partnership with rape crisis centers in the United States of America, providing programs to prevent sexual abuse, and helping to bring abusers to justice.

Giving vibrantly is something that RAINN (www.rainn.org) does every single day.

We hope that every single one of you will purchase this book and support this amazing and very necessary cause.

Contemporary
Pages: 357
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What happens when love gets caught in the rain?

In this romance anthology, RITA-Award winning author Molly O’Keefe shows us the power of a city thunderstorm from the top of a skyscraper, while Amy Jo Cousins soaks us in a rain in Spain. New York Times bestselling author Ruthie Knox’s heroine is devastated by a winter storm, while a summer thunderstorm grants Alexandra Haughton’s hero and heroine a second chance at love. Rain sparks self-awareness in the robot in Charlotte Stein’s story and allows Mary Ann Rivers’s heroine to fall in love with her hero and her own art. Rain causes romance between the college students in Audra North’s and Shari Slade’s stories, while romance causes rain in Cecilia Tan’s myth-inspired tale of a sacrifice to a demi-god. Nine romance novelettes, edited by Sarah Frantz.

All proceeds from the volume will be donated to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (www.rainn.org), the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the United States.

We’ll be reviewing it soon, but in the meantime, here are the stories that are included:

Redemption by Ruthie Knox
Jessie Bellin’s cheese shop is failing, her house is falling apart, and the mortgage is ninety days overdue. With nothing left to offer, she’ll take what she can get from the handyman who wants nothing but her body. But when Mike Kaminsky suddenly asks for more, Jessie has to figure out exactly what she wants—and if it’s possible for a woman who’s lost everything to learn how to hope again.

The Heart of It by Molly O’Keefe
Gabe seems outwardly successful and content, but inwardly, he struggles to banish the lingering demons of his childhood. Elena is a survivor herself and knows that the smart move is to walk away from Gabe. But his pain and his hope are too compelling to resist.

Are these two wounded people brave enough to find love together?

Sacrifice by Cecilia Tan
When a tenth century trader from the Orient sells his daughter to a Macedonian, he doesn’t ask why the man needs a virgin, little knowing she is intended to fulfill an ancient pact with a demigod who can end the crushing drought. But this demigod has sworn off his father’s rapacious ways. With the influence of the ancient pantheon waning, only love can heal them all.

Real Feelings by Charlotte Stein
Moira longs for a connection—any kind of connection with anyone—and is beginning to despair she will ever find it. In desperation, she purchases an android, hoping against hope that she can find some solace in a simulation of the real thing. But what she doesn’t expect is Michael—a machine that seems to be more than the sum of his parts.

Rainy Season by Mary Ann Rivers
Lisa Shirek is everyone’s favorite barista. She does more than get her customers’ orders right, she gets her customers. She can see the most painful moments of their lives like stormy weather around their bodies, and she does what she can to soothe that pain with the right smile, the right words, the perfect combination of coffee and foam. Except, then, there’s Mark—he’s a sunbeam, a mystery made of light. He breaks through the storm around her so she can see herself, for herself.

The Rain in Spain by Amy Jo Cousins
Travel writer Magda and scientist Javi are cranky with the heat—and each other—on the streets of Sevilla. They’ve been married for a year, after a whirlwind courtship, and Magda is questioning whether or not she made a mistake. She’s not sure if her need to explore the world can ever mesh with Javi’s more regimented life.

As they stroll the cobblestone streets of one of Spain’s most romantic cities, Magda tries to show her husband just what it is she loves so much about her job that keeps her far from home for so long. By the time the sun rises, they’ll know if there is a way forward for them together . . . or not.

Fitting In by Audra North
Stas Petrovich is sure that being elected president of his college class will grant him the social acceptance he craves. But when rain ruins his campaign event, he’s left in the company of the Weird Girl, the one person guaranteed to jeopardize his chances. But he discovers that Leila dos Santos is fun and genuine and sexy as hell, and he’s forced to reconsider what’s most important to him.

Private Study by Shari Slade
Tess Bell’s sex vlog flashes on another student’s tablet screen in the middle of an economics lecture. Worst of all, the guy she’s been secretly eyeing all semester sees it, too, and asks her out for coffee at the local diner. Is he like their awful classmate, convinced he’s owed something because Tess dares to be curious about sex, or does he really want to know her? Only one thing is certain: nothing is private anymore.

Storm Warning by Alexandra Haughton
When Amy Collier left behind her dreams—and her pride—in L.A., she hoped for a few quiet months to regroup. She never dreamed her hometown’s welcoming committee would take the form of Tom Wilson. Well, he could just keep his I-told-you-so grin and his sexy-cowboy charm; she doesn’t want any part of it.

Except seeing him again stirs up a storm of emotion, and she must try to reconcile bitter memories of their past with her uncertain future—a future that might be a whole lot brighter with Tom in it.

{Guest Post} Writing a Series by Nalini Singh

We’re so lucky to have author Nalini Singh on today to let us know all about Writing a Series: Connections and Growth. If you don’t know Nalini, she’s the author of the fantastic Psy-Changeling series (plus lots more!). , the latest book in the Psy-Changeling series was released this week, and we’ve got a review for that coming up, but first let’s get to know Nalini a little bit and find out what she has to say about Writing a Series.


Writing a Series: Connections and Growth

by Nalini Singh


I love writing relationships, and not only romantic relationships. Romance is key, the driver of my stories, but family relationships, friendships, pack dynamics, I love all of them, too.

It’s part of why I so enjoy writing series – the scope of a series gives me plenty of room to explore the fully textured worlds of my characters. No one exists in isolation; we all have webs of relationships that define us and none of those relationships remain forever static. Neither do the characters.

Everyone changes over time.

In a series, I’m able to showcase these changes. Kit is a great example. When the story begins, he’s an adorable and confident near-eighteen-year-old leopard changeling who tries to flirt with the heroine. We then see him start to flex his strength, get into trouble as he makes mistakes while attempting to find his place in the world.

Over the past several books, he has not only learned from those mistakes, but begun to settle into his adult skin. The boy we first met has become a strong, stable young male who is a testament to the love and discipline of the DarkRiver pack, and who makes his pack proud. At each stage of his life, he has had packmates, friends, family around him, each connection helping him to grow, to become who he’s meant to be.

Kit is still growing, still becoming. One day, he will be a powerful alpha in his own right, and I hope to go with him into that phase of his life, too. And he is only one of the characters in the Psy-Changeling world. So many lives intersect in this series, each individual with his or her own story to tell. It gives me incredible joy to visit with these characters, to watch them develop from book to book.


***About Nalini Singh***

Author Nalini SinghNalini Singh has been writing as long as she can remember and all of her stories always held a thread of romance (even when she was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). She loves creating unique characters, loves giving them happy endings and she even loves the voices in her head. There’s no other job she would rather be doing. In September 2002, when she got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy her first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. She hopes to continue living the dream until she keels over of old age on her keyboard.

Nalini was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. She also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time she took the chance to travel around Asia. She’s back in New Zealand now, but she’s always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of her travel snapshots, have a look at her Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, she has worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but she calls it grist for the writer’s mill.

To find out more about Nalini’s books or to read full-chapter excerpts, please visit her website. While there, Nalini invites you to join her newsletter, which goes out once a month with a roundup of news, as well as exclusive goodies like extra excerpts and free short stories.

Find Nalini Here: Twitter | Goodreads

She’s awesome, right? We know you’ll be excited to check out Shield of Winter:

Paranormal
Pages: 448
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Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch—if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life.

For if the Psy race is to survive, the empaths must wake…

Having rebuilt her life after medical “treatment” that violated her mind and sought to stifle her abilities, Ivy should have run from the black-clad Arrow with eyes of winter frost. But Ivy Jane has never done what she should. Now, she'll fight for her people, and for this Arrow who stands as her living shield, yet believes he is beyond redemption. But as the world turns to screaming crimson, even Ivy’s fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from the cold darkness…

What about you? Do you enjoy series that explore the lives of interconnected characters? What long-running series do you adore?

{Spotlight} The Billionaire’s Matchmaker from Entangled Indulgence (with Giveaway)

May 2014 Entangled Indulgence Tour

With super steamy times and authentic characters we ♥, Indulgence, the very first imprint from Entangled Publishing, has some of our favorite books. We get the romance we want and the fantasy men we can’t get enough of! Their new covers show off those rough and ready cowboys, CEOs, and alpha tycoons we crave. Join us in celebrating the brand new look of Indulgence!

We’re excited to shine the spotlight on an exciting new Indulgence Release: Anthology, written by four award winning authors: Shirley Jump, Susan Meier, Jackie Braun, and Barbara Wallace!

While written in four parts, isn’t your ordinary anthology. Rather it’s a four part book – a sisterhood of a traveling pooch – in which one feisty Jack Russell changes the lives of four friends. To learn what happens to everyone, including Charlie and his mysterious owner, you have to read from cover to cover.

You can get together for just $2.99, or you can purchase each individual part for only 99¢:

Contemporary
Pages: 213
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An Anthology by Shirley Jump, Susan Meier, Jackie Braun, and Barbara Wallace

 Can a feisty four-legged matchmaker help four best friends find the romance of their dreams?

When a handsome man from Gabby’s past agrees to a cross-country road trip, her master plan to re-launch her art career quickly morphs into an unexpected, romantic reunion.

Marney’s 9-1-1 emergency help arrives in the form of a rugged, blue-eyed cop. Now she has the perfect bodyguard to keep her safe during those dark, steamy nights…

The last thing Mia wants is a relationship…yet the headstrong florist can’t keep her hands off her sexy-as-sin ex-boyfriend.  Will she open her heart before he leaves town for good?

Jenny is a woman on a mission – she’ll even resort to dognapping to make her point! But can she teach a reclusive, emotionally-wounded tycoon that love heals all things?

Today we’re bringing you samples from the end. We know you’ll be just as excited to read the whole story as we are!
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Two New Entangled Embrace Titles with Awesome Giveaways!

Today is release day for two amazing Entangled Embrace titles, and we’re so excited to share them both with you. There’s a little something for everyone this month so read on to find out more about them!

All the digital books are on sale for just $.99 for a limited time so be sure to pick up your copies of everything today before they go back to full price!



How We Lived

by Erin Butler

B&N

Nineteen-year-old Kelsey Larkin’s parents uninvited her to her brother’s funeral. She just wanted to wear jeans and a T-shirt—the clothes Kyle would’ve wanted her in—not wrap herself up in death. So she watched the funeral from afar, like an outsider. Which is just how she feels.

Chase came, though, just like she knew he would. Until a few months ago, the three of them had been best friends, and then Chase made a mistake that shattered both families. But when Kelsey looks at him, she doesn’t see her brother’s killer. She sees the boy next door who’s always taken care of her. She sees home.

When Chase tells her his feelings run deeper than friendship, she can’t help but get lost in him. In Chase, she finally has the closure she’s been unable to find anywhere else. But the boy she’s falling in love with is still hiding secrets about the night Kyle died. Secrets that could destroy everything they have…again.


***About Erin Butler***

Author Erin ButlerErin Butler is lucky enough to have two jobs she truly loves. As a librarian, she gets to work with books all day long, and as an author, Erin uses her active imagination to write the kinds of books she loves to read. Young Adult and New Adult books are her favorites, but she especially fangirls over a sigh-worthy romance.

She lives in Central New York with her very understanding husband, a stepson, and doggie BFF, Maxie. Preferring to spend her time indoors reading or writing, she’ll only willingly go outside for chocolate and sunshine—in that order.

Erin is the author of BLOOD HEX, a YA paranormal novel, and the forthcoming contemporary romance titles, HOW WE LIVED and FINDING MR. DARCY: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION.

Find Erin Here: Twitter | Goodreads


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Fall with Me

by Julie Particka

B&N

In the game of love…

Dumped by her college boyfriend for her best friend, the last thing Jenna Brandt needs to deal with is working beside her backstabbing-BFF’s hotter-than-hot brother. But when he offers her a chance to get some revenge on her ex, she can hardly say no–even if spending more time with Sutton puts her heart in jeopardy all over again.

Someone’s going to get hurt…
Sutton Bell has had a thing for Jenna since they were in high school, but after one screwed-up night, she didn’t want anything to do with him. Now, with just the summer before he leaves to begin his new career, Sutton’s determined to convince Jenna he’s not the player he used to be. But saving his sister from making an awful mistake may mean losing Jenna for good.


***About Julie Particka***

Author Julie PartickaJulie Particka was told to get serious about her future in Junior High. Several years after getting a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, she realized being serious was over-rated and went back to her first love–writing. Now rather than spending her days in the drudgery of the lab or teaching science to high school students, she disappears into worlds of her own creation where monsters sometimes roam, but true love still conquers all.

She can most often be located in the Detroit area with her favorite minions (the ones who know her as Mom) where she is currently hatching a plot for world domination. It involves cookies for everyone, so she’s pretty sure there’s no way it can fail…except the minions keep eating the cookies.

Find Julie Here: Twitter | Goodreads


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