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Author Interview: ‘Wanted in Paradise’ by Kate Ashenden

About the Book:

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Wanted in Paradise is a steamy romantic suspense novel filled with the drama of forbidden love, the tension of alpha male rivalry, the glamorous lifestyle of wealthy men, as well as the type of action and adventure that holds your interest.

Story overview

Shocked by family tragedy, Jasmine Hartwell returns home with a need to do something meaningful with her life. Romeo Moretti, the only man Jasmine has ever loved, but could never have, is now an international singing sensation, adored by millions. However, he is disillusioned with his fame and decides to use his high profile for a good purpose by hosting a benefit concert in the Maldives, which will be broadcast across the world.

It has been five years since Jasmine and Romeo have seen each other, but a heartbreaking twist of fate leads to a reunion between them. Romeo whisks Jasmine away to the Maldives, to help with the concert’s publicity, but their path to success is fraught with challenges and danger, as they battle to resist their burning desire for one another.

 

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Excerpt from Wanted in Paradise

Romeo grabbed Jasmine’s arm and looked her in the eyes. “If you’re doing this to make me jealous, it’s not working. I told you what sort of man Kamal is, so why are you wasting your time with him?”

“Because his words have made me feel good about myself. It’s been a long time since any man has made me feel that way.”

“So, you’ve been spending your time with Kamal, have you, while I’ve been away? So much for you saying you are just here to work,” Romeo said.

“You also told me that I am here to have fun too,” she said.

“Oh, and Kamal is fun is he! Spare me the details.” He turned to leave, shaking his head in disgust.

“This evening is the first time I’m meeting him, so you’ve made the wrong assumption.”

Jasmine didn’t need to explain herself to Romeo, but she refused to let him think that she had been enjoying a lavish time with Kamal.

What she wanted to tell him was how unhappy and heartbroken she had been since he left.

“It’s not safe for you to go on your own,” he said.

“I’ll be okay,” she said.

He watched her walk away, her pretty lace dress stroking the decking and her dark glossy hair delicately bouncing in the wind.

“Jasmine!” he said.

“Yes?” she turned to him and raised her eyebrows questioningly.

“Please stay here.”

“Why?” she looked at Romeo appealingly, hoping the words she so craved would come from his lips.

“Because you’re taking a huge risk. That yacht could be going anywhere.” There was a silence between them as she considered his point, which was a valid one.

“How about you have a relaxing evening here instead. Come to mine; we’ll have a drink and just …”

Before he could finish what he was saying, she interrupted and said, “I see, so I come to yours, have a drink, a bit of a roll around, and then you make me feel like rubbish again. Forget it!”

“I wasn’t suggesting that at all,” he said. “It’s just that I can see things aren’t right between us, so it would be good to talk it over, don’t you think?”

“No thanks!” Jasmine said bluntly, “Just to make yourself feel better.”

She started walking towards the yacht again, more resolute and determined than before.

“Jasmine, stop!” He stood in front of her, trying to block her path.

“Get out of my way!” she said, noticing that their argument amused the captain on the yacht.

In an instant, Romeo lifted her from her feet and threw her over his shoulder, his strong arms locking her legs into his chest. She thumped his back angrily and tried to flip up in the way a toddler does in a tantrum.

“Let me down,” she said. “You’re insane!”

“I’m trying to save you,” he said, appearing angry by her defiance.

She managed to arch back far enough to make him lose balance and trip…

 

Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you into writing?

I’m a copywriter, with a background in public relations, but I’ve always wanted to write a book. Even as a child I was writing stories for my mum, or poems (that I remember my primary school teacher reading in class!) I love the way crafting plots, dialogue and exposition stimulates my imagination and offers readers’ escapism. I have this need to be creative and express myself, so I’ve also done some painting, but my love of writing never ceases.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

Anytime I have a spare moment. I’m a busy mum, also doing freelance work, so writing my book had to fit around spending time with my loved ones and the general responsibilities of life and work. I tend to sit at the dining room table, tapping away on my laptop – not the most comfortable of places, but I like sitting there, looking out of the window while I ponder the next section of the book.

Where do your ideas come from?

It’s a real mixture of life experience, combined with fantasy, and the types of drama I’ve seen in soaps or films. I also think there is a degree of empathy and understanding of how a character will feel in certain situations. The whole notion of ‘putting yourself in someone else’s shoes’ which I guess is the way actors can successfully portray the parts they play. To me, when I write my story, the characters become real. I see them as multi-dimensional and particularly in the case of the protagonist, also relatable.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I have to structure the plot – chapter by chapter, section by section, so I know where I’m heading. This bit takes a lot of time – piecing together the ideas and analysing whether the combination works, but in my opinion, it is well worth the effort. I can’t just go with the flow, although I admire authors that can do that successfully.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

Romantic suspense. I love a rollercoaster love story packed with drama, tension, action and adventure!

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Love that question! I didn’t have a muse for this book, but I’m sure there are a plethora of handsome, exotic actors that would fit the bill for Romeo. I can imagine a brilliant actor like Ethan Hawke would do an amazing job of portraying the complexities of Rupert’s character (one of the antagonists).

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I wish I could read more! I love Daphne Du Maurier and many of P.D. James books.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Jamaica Inn – a great example of romantic suspense, and unforgettable characters, for example, Joss Merlyn, the landlord of Jamaica Inn, was terrifying and for that reason fascinating.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Before you get carried away with your idea, you need to take an objective view, asking whether it ticks all the boxes for a good read. If there is any doubt, then go back to your story idea and adjust it. Keep tweaking it, until you feel confident you’ve created a page-turner.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

My Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ashendenauthor

 

About the Author:

Kate Ashenden is a copywriter, public relations professional, and author of the new book ‘Wanted in Paradise’.

With nearly fifteen years of creative writing experience, Kate is keen to become a full-time romance author.

Kate’s desire is to continue to write unique storylines with traditional love interests that grip the reader.

Based in the United Kingdom, Kate spends her working time eyes glued to a computer screen (usually with coffee and biscuits on either side of the laptop!)

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Release Blitz: ‘Everything’s Better with Kimberly’ by Lucy Eden

Title: Everything’s Better with Kimberly
Author: Lucy Eden
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 31, 2019
Blurb

Kimberly Simmons is gorgeous, brilliant, and way out of my league. She’s definitely not the type to fall for a guy who walked away from his family’s fortune to become an architect. Good thing, too, because she works for Wolfe Industries, making her completely off-limits. Nailing this pitch to Wolfe’s CEO is exactly what I need to make my bosses forget about the last time I mixed business with pleasure. Too bad she has the most beautiful brown eyes and dazzling smile I’ve ever seen. Too bad I can’t stop staring.

Adam Price is a talented rising star architect at Will and Peking Designs. His newest design submission for The Wolfe Industries Caribbean Expansion is set to dazzle my CEO. If Adam’s design wins, with my help, I could get promoted, which means his big strong arms and gorgeous lips are strictly forbidden. It’s a good thing, too, because he has a reputation for leaving a trail of broken hearts all over Manhattan and I’m pretty sure I couldn’t survive a second heartbreak. Too bad every word he says makes me smile. Too bad he gives me a sense of calm I haven’t felt in a long time.

Keeping their relationship strictly professional for the sake of their jobs was the perfect excuse to stay away from each other. Too bad fate and undeniable chemistry have other plans…

This standalone, workplace/forced proximity romance features characters from the previous novellas Everything’s Better With You and Cherishing the Goddess, is full of alphas and steam, and has NO cheating.

 

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“I’m sorry to interrupt you, but are you Adam Price?” It was his turn to be shocked and he smiled again.

“I am. How did you know that?”

The Man-Whore. I was sitting next to the Man-Whore.

Just a guess.” I shrugged.

“Well, I assume from your sudden change of expression, my reputation precedes me.”

My poker face needed some serious work. I tried to plaster on a professional smile. “You studied architecture at The Pratt Institute for both undergrad and grad school. You’ve worked on an impressive number of international projects before becoming the youngest senior architect at Will and Peking Design. Now, you’re on your way to Barbados to pitch WP for a hospitality project for Wolfe Industries.”

“That’s pretty impressive and spot on.” He nodded appreciatively. “Who are you?”

“Thanks,” I said with a nod, feeling like I’d dodged a very uncomfortable bullet. “I’m Kimberly Simmons. I work for Wolfe. I’ll be working with you on the pitch.” 

Author Bio

 

Lucy Eden is the nom de plume of a romance obsessed author who writes the kind of romance she loves to read. She’s a sucker for alphas with a soft gooey center, over the top romantic gestures, strong & smart MCs, humor, love at first sight (or pretty damn close), happily ever afters & of course, dirty & steamy love scenes.

When Lucy isn’t writing, she’s busy reading—or listening to—every book she can get her hands on— romance or otherwise.

She lives & loves in New York with her husband, two children, a turtle & a Yorkshire Terrier. 

 

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Release Blitz: ‘Unlucky in Love’ by AJ Renee

 

Title: Unlucky in Love
Author: AJ Renee
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: January 30, 2019
Blurb

Lucky in Love.

That’s the name of the dating app I picked, hoping to find Mr. Better Than Average so I can hold off planning my future as a cat lady.

I’ve been distracted eyeballing a tall, dark, and handsome Latin hottie who works in the library with me. He is way out of my league, and a woman has needs if you know what I mean.

Finding a man shouldn’t be hard when all I have to do is swipe left or right. It’ll weed out the slimy men who have Bad Date written all over them.

Yeah, I’m learning quickly that I’m rather unlucky in love after all. The men I pick need warning labels, kissing lessons, and a good talking-to about manners.

Should I throw in the towel or will this series of bad dates be exactly what I need to win Mr. Right?

 

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Womanizer – Britney Spears

Shake it off – Taylor Swift

Perfect Strangers – Jonas Blue

Show You – Shawn Mendes

You belong with Me – Taylor Swift

Treat You Better – Shawn Mendes

Photograph – Ed Sheeran

Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

Say you won’t let go – James Arthur

All of Me – John Legend

A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

 

Excerpt

We’ve kept things under control these last few weeks, but I don’t know how much more I can take. Mario’s kisses and innocent touches arouse me beyond belief. Touching his thigh makes me want to explore, to see if I’m not the only one affected.

He’s been a gentleman in terms of sex. We’ve behaved like horny teenagers, but I’m about to lose my mind. I want more. Need more. What if this is all for naught, and he ends up having some weird thing like Zeke or Johnny? I know I shouldn’t compare them. Honestly, the others don’t measure up to Mario. I’m only afraid something will happen that will be a deal breaker for me. Before the other two, I didn’t realize how quickly it could happen.

“Princess,” Mario warns.

Looking down, I see my hand has inched toward the large bulge in his pants. My face inflames, and I retract my hand quickly. “Sorry,” I whisper.

He parks and turns toward me. Mario cups my cheek, and his warm palm lightly presses until I meet his eyes. They are dark with desire, nearly black pits. My nipples pucker, and my core tenses at the passion staring back.

“I didn’t mean to embarrass you,” he whispers. “I can barely keep my hands off you as it is, and I don’t want to rush things. I’ve enjoyed our time together, and I don’t want to ruin it by pushing too hard, too fast.”

I nod, unable to form words. At least one of us is thinking clearly.

“Ready to have some fun?”

My mind returns to the gutter. Hell yeah I want to have some fun.

Mario groans. “Damn it, princess. I’m not going to be able to walk if you keep looking at me like that.”

I force myself to say something. “Sorry.”

He chuckles. “No, I don’t think you are.” He kisses me, and I whimper when he cuts it short. Passion clouds my vision, obscuring all rational thought. I really don’t care about his surprise right now. I want him to drive us somewhere private, so we can put ourselves out of our misery.

Author Bio

 

AJ Renee is the author behind the St. Fleur series, Beauty Unmasked, Winter’s Surprise, Surviving Paris, Finding Love at the Falls…, and Kylie: Crossing Lines. She’s a military wife and mother to three young girls. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Master of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology while working at the library.

She loves to write steamy romance with suspense and a happily ever after. When she isn’t writing or interacting with her readers, you can find her spending time with her family or reading. AJ enjoys traveling, researching family history, and all things New Orleans.

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Release Blitz: ‘Broadway Beans’ by Karen Cimms

Title: Broadway Beans
Author: Karen Cimms
Publisher: Lone Sparrow Press
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 29, 2019

 

Blurb

Aiden Winchester: Call it self-preservation, but I need to get out of Hollywood. My heart’s just been shredded by my longtime girlfriend. Worse yet, we have to pretend we’re still America’s sweethearts until after our next picture is released. With the next six months looking more like American Horror Story than a Lifetime channel love story, I’m heading east to make my stage debut.

Broadway, here I come.

Franky Marchesi: I love my close-knit Italian family. I’d probably love them a lot more if they weren’t in my face all the time. So when my best friend begs me to move into her Upper West Side brownstone—rent free—to take care of her new pup whenever she travels, I’d be crazy to say no. But while my living expenses are covered, I still need to make some money if I’m ever going to save enough for college. So with a little luck and no experience, I land a job as a barista at Broadway Beans, a coffee shop in the theater district. But on my first day, I almost kill the hottest guy I’ve ever seen. With a latte. Who knew making over-priced coffee could be so difficult?

It’s a hell of a great way to meet someone though.

A modern-day “Moonstruck,” BROADWAY BEANS is a friends-to-lovers romantic comedy.

 

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It was nearly two o’clock when we stopped in front of an Italian deli. The entire scene looked like a movie set. Kids played in the street. Old women in black coats and kerchiefs waited on a bench in front of a bus stop. A group of teenagers hung out on the street corner, wearing flat-brimmed baseball caps and blasting hip-hop music until a woman opened a window from the second story of a nearby building and threatened to call the cops.

And all this in temperatures that had my nose at a near-constant drip and my blood turning to slush.

The driver opened his door to step out, but Franky was already out of the car.

“Don’t sweat it,” I said, patting him on the shoulder. “Thanks for catching my signal earlier.”

“No problem, sir. What time would you like me to return?”

I didn’t have a clue. Dinner with my parents was usually an hour tops if I could help it. But I already knew Franky’s family was nothing like mine.

“I don’t know. Let’s say around six. If it will be any earlier or later, I’ll call.
Otherwise, meet us here.”

I slid across the seat and joined Franky on the sidewalk.

“Now listen.” She squinted up at me, her eyes lit by the sun, reflecting the richest dark chocolate and a kaleidoscope of greens and golds. “I texted my mother already to let her know you were coming. I told her we were friends but because you’re a guy, they’re going to jump to conclusions. My dad will probably give you the stink eye and look threatening. My brother will say something stupid because he can’t help himself. My mother will ask you a million questions. And my nonna will say something wildly inappropriate, but since she only speaks Italian, you won’t even realize it.” She hoisted her bag over her shoulder and tucked a curl behind her ear. “And that’s a heads-up for who I know will be here. There can be any number of aunts, uncles, or cousins showing up to dinner. My Uncle Al and Aunt Pip will probably be here with their kids. They live at the end of the block. And probably my Uncle Gae.”

“He’s gay?”

She waved her hand. “No. Gae. Gaetano. But everyone calls him Gae.” She moved in closer, as if there were a chance someone on the street might hear what she was about to say.

“Uncle Gae has a couple of little . . . quirks. From the war. He has a nervous tic, so he might look like he’s winking at you, but he’s not. It’s pretty obvious, especially if he’s nervous or irritated. He tends to yank his shoulder up when he does it. Just don’t stare at him. It makes him angry, and when he gets angry, he starts to turn in these little half-circles.” She began to demonstrate, turning first one way and then the other. With a limp, which she’d failed to mention.

I couldn’t help it. I laughed. She had to be pulling my leg, from the foul-mouthed grandmother to the shell-shocked uncle.

She stopped spinning and glared at me.

“You think it’s funny my Uncle Gae was hurt fighting Mussolini?”

“Mussolini? You have an uncle old enough to have fought in World War II?”

“Great-uncle. He’s my nonna’s oldest brother.”

Had I always been such a jerk, or was it something that unveiled itself only in cold weather? It seemed that since I’d arrived in New York, I was saying and doing the stupidest things.

I swallowed and schooled my face to look remorseful. “I’m sorry. I would never laugh at a war hero.”

“Hero?” The way she looked at me, you’d think I’d shoved my foot farther down my throat. “Who said anything about being a hero? He was trying to save wine casks near Bologna when Allied artillery fire blew up the building where they were stored. He’s an idiot. But he’s family.”

She gave me a baleful stare and shook her head.

A window opened overhead and an attractive older woman leaned out. “Francesca! You gonna stand there all day or are you coming inside? You want we should starve waiting for you?”

With her hand shielding her eyes, Franky hollered back.

“We’re coming! Jeez.” She could be very loud for such a little girl.

“You ready?” she asked, squinting up at me.

“Honestly, I’m not sure.” I glanced overhead as the window snapped shut with a bang.

“You’ll be fine. Just don’t let them get you all flustered. If they spot any weakness, that’s when they’re most likely to attack.”

 

Author Bio

Karen Cimms is a contemporary romance writer, editor, and music lover. She was born and raised in New Jersey and still thinks of the Garden State as home. She began her career at an early age rewriting the endings to her favorite books. It was a mostly unsuccessful endeavor, but she likes to think she invented fanfiction.

Karen is married to her favorite lead guitar player. Her children enjoy tormenting her with countless pranks because they love her, or so they say. She currently lives in Northeast Pennsylvania, although her heart is usually in Maine.

 

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Release Blitz: ‘ReWined: The Complete Series’ by Kim Karr

Title: ReWined: The Complete Series
Author: Kim Karr
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: January 28, 2019
Blurb

My life is one big party until the day I turn 27 and everything changes.
Before I can take over my grandfather’s vineyard, I have to…

 

1) Move back to my hometown.
2) Stop partying.
3) Get married. Wait! What?

 

Before I know it, I’m buying a huge-ass diamond ring. Throwing a balls-out engagement party. And making the wedding a quickie before the bride has a chance to change her mind.

 

Marrying me isn’t her first choice. She says this party boy is anything but husband material. That I’m cocky, arrogant, presumptuous, and even manipulative.

 

With both of our failing businesses merging and a contract that states only one winery can survive, we’re spending a lot of time negotiating, and not the kind I prefer.

 

Still, our perfectly unstable marriage is right on track until I go and screw everything up.

 

Now I have to win her back, and short of rewinding time or riding in on a white horse, I’m at a loss of how to do that.
Unless…
Hey, every girl dreams of a Prince Charming. Right?
Well, I can redefine this party boy, and turn him into one.
Just wait and see.

***Contains all three volumes of the Party Ever After series.***

 

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“What do you want?”

“You,” he growled.

As he stood, my gaze drifted appreciatively over him. The expensive three-piece suit made my mouth water. “I’m not part of the deal?”

One half of his mouth turned up. “Then I’ll negotiate.”

I was in such trouble.

Author Bio

Reader * Chocolate Lover * Writer * Coffee Lover * Romantic * Beach Lover * Yoga Beginner

Kim Karr is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of eighteen novels. Best known for writing sexy contemporary love stories, she enjoys bringing flawed characters to life.

Her romances are raw, real, and explosive. Her characters will make you laugh, make you cry, make you feel. And her happily-ever-afters are always swoon worthy.

From the brooding rock star to the arrogant millionaire. From the witty damsel-in-distress to the sassy high-powered business woman. No two storylines are ever alike.

Get ready to fall in love.

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