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Ready for Love by S.J. Maylee

I’m fascinated by the process of falling in love. When I was young, I thought all it would take was meeting the right guy. So simple, right? Hardly. Finding the right person can be frustratingly difficult and that’s not the only thing that makes it complicated. You also need to meet them at the right time. My husband and I almost met dozens of times, but I’m so glad we met when we did. If I’d met him even a year earlier, I don’t think we would have dated, forget about falling in love.

It seemed almost impossible for me to find the right time for Ethan and Nadia, the hero and heroine in my new release, Desire Unexpected (Assassins and Sweethearts book 1). I’d created a hero who would never declare himself ready for love, regardless if I knew he was ready. Luckily, Ethan was not immune to Nadia. The more time the pair spent together, the more obvious it became.

Desire Unexpected explores not only the dangers of falling in love with an assassin, but also the overpowering craving that can lead to love and the happily ever after. In the excerpt below, you’ll find one of those moments that can alter the course of their lives. Nadia’s ready to give in and she wants to push the brave assassin to make the leap with her.


“Why don’t you touch me?”

“I touch you all the time.” He angled his head, allowing her to come a little closer.

“Not really,” she whispered. Her focus zeroed in on his luscious mouth. She was certain if she reached out her tongue, she could drag it across his lips. The heat coming from his body and his divine manly scent called her forward. Her heart beat like a wild thing, awakening her pussy and her growing need for more. “You don’t really touch me.”

He took a step toward her and she stumbled back a step, finding the door. His hard body pushed her flat while he raised his arms to brace himself around her. “I’m beginning not to trust myself when I’m around you.” He brushed his nose along hers and his hard cock pressed against her belly. “You’re one giant temptation. I should have known better than to indulge my curiosity.”

“Do you want me to leave you alone?” She breathed a heavy sign, not wanting this moment to end, and feared she’d never get closer.


Book Blurb:


Life is passing Nadia Duskin by from her position in the mailroom. It only fulfills two necessities, keeping the repo man away and keeping her up to date on her sexy CEO.

Ethan Wright is prepared to frighten and fire the nosey girl who sorts his company’s mail. After engaging with her at one of his favorite places in the world, he digs deeper.

Together, they find the kind of pleasure that could keep them satisfied for a lifetime. Her love may be the key to putting both of their lives back on track, but to what end? When a man he’s been contracted to kill threatens Nadia’s life, he forces her to face reality. Either they’ll delve deeper into the desires neither expected or they may die trying.


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**Giveaway: S.J. is giving away a $5 amazon gift card to one random commenter. Simply share something that you find fascinating about falling in love. Contest ends 4/16 at 11:59PM EDT**


Author Bio:

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S.J. Maylee fell in love with storytelling at a young age and with it came a deep-seated desire for everyone to find their happily ever after. She’s finding the happy endings for her characters one steamy story at a time.

When she’s not reading or writing, you can find her caring for her garden, laughing with her two young sons, or dancing to her husband’s music. She’s a PMP (Project Management Professional), Nia instructor, and coffee addict.

As a writer she has a tendency to break hearts, but she always glues them back together.

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A Little Sister’s—and Writer’s—Respect for her Protector by Kacey Hammell

When I started writing Guarding Midnight, it wasn’t with the intention to pay homage to my oldest brother, but the story evolved in one particular scene, split seconds while I was writing it, and it turned into one of my most favorite books to write.

Gavin, our hero, is a Retired Army man. Tough, full of gruffness but a lot of sensitivity and bravado. He keeps his cards close to his chest, and takes protecting his own very seriously. After some … hot moments … with our heroine, Shree, she notices the tattoo on his back. This is where the story evolved for me. By the time the scene was done, I was a big ball of tears and Kleenexes cluttered my desk. I hadn’t expected the scene to play out as it did, or my big brother’s tattoo to enter the picture. Originally, I was just going to have a Canadian Flag on Gavin’s back, but – as the cover also shows – the glorious bald eagle is very much present.

My oldest brother, Will, drew that tattoo when I was about fourteen. My folks weren’t tattoo fans, but my big brother was a giant in my eyes who pushed boundaries and always seemed to live like a ‘rebel without a cause’. LOL Once he finally got the tattoo on his back, he promised someday I’d get the drawing of the tattoo. About two months before his death, on my wedding day, he gave me the drawing and made me promise to take good care of it. It is locked away in a safe, laid out with other important documents, and never gets touched. I wanted to take it out and scan it for all my readers to see as I did blog posts, but I’m afraid of touching it, and ultimately losing it.

Thirteen years ago we lost Will, and maybe the tattoo appearing in Guarding Midnight is his way of letting me know that he is always with me. Perhaps Will, who protected his little sister every day, identified with Gavin. *g*

Book Blurb:


Canadian Muscle …

When Desires Need Protecting.

No one knows sacrifice better than former Army Sergeant Gavin Bennett. He’s witnessed firsthand the emotional, physical and mental toll of being caught in the crossfire. Being a bouncer-slash-bodyguard may not be Gavin’s dream job, but he’s willing to do just about anything to help out family. When Gavin reports for his first day of work, he quickly discovers a woman who threatens to crack his legendary cool.

Shree Walker is on the run from a dark past she tried to shut away. Battered and broken, a happily ever after doesn’t exist for her. Ready to start fresh with a new life in a new city, she is happy dancing at the Vixen Club. She’d be even happier without the presence of the prickly new bouncer who won’t let anyone or anything get past his carefully guarded defenses. He’s a distraction she doesn’t need. And a temptation she can’t resist.

When Shree is kidnapped by the criminal mastermind hell-bent on taking the club at any cost, Gavin has to make a decision. Hold tight and continue to keep Shree at arm’s length. Or break down his walls and take a chance on something more powerful than them both: Love.

Buy Links: 

Evernight Publishing

Amazon – US / Canada / UK


Read an Excerpt here


***Giveaway: One lucky reader will receive a swag package from Kacey by answering the question below…

 What is your favorite childhood memory with your sibling, or a cousin if you don’t have any siblings? Contest ends 4/12 at 11:59PM EDT.**

Author Bio:



Canadian-born author Kacey Hammell is definitely a book-a-holic. A romance reader from a young age, she fell in love with happily ever afters.  These days, as a multi-published erotic romance author, she enjoys adding a lot of heat, sass, and emotion to the many genres she writes.


A mom of three, Kacey has made certain each of her children know the value of the written word and the adventures they could escape on by becoming book-a-holics in their own right. She lives her own happily ever after with her perfect hero in Ontario, Canada, and is a true romantic at heart.



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Opening Lines by Allison Merritt

The opening lines of Eban (The Heckmasters, Book 2) is a bit racier than the opening for the first book. I have a rough novella somewhere on my flash drive that opens with some light BSDM role play (yeah, it’s a historical paranormal—it will probably never see the light of day), but in Eban, the title hero wakes up naked with a sexy lust demon sitting on him with nothing to separate them but a sheet. If you’ve read Wystan (Book 1), then you know Rosemar, the demon possessing the heroine, Beryl Brookshier, is a sort-of ally in the battle for Berner. She also makes no bones about the fact that she wants to possess Beryl for eternity and she wants Eban to reign at her side.

Writing a character who’s inhabited by two minds was interesting. The original character, Beryl, joined the cast in Wystan, but she didn’t feature much in that book except for a few scenes because she was deathly ill—thanks to that pesky lust demon trying to control her body. When it’s revealed that Rosemar can take over Beryl, she becomes a useful tool in the fight to save the town and destroy other demons who don’t share her own personal goals. Getting into her head and showing the world from her jaded demon perspective made the story so much darker. At times it leaned so close to horror, I almost forgot I was writing paranormal romance. There were other good elements, like Eban trying to hide the fact that Beryl was possess from her. When she finally learns Rosemar’s in her head, she beings to doubt whether the love she feels for Eban is hers or not. It adds some nice conflict to the story. Writing two characters in one body, at war with itself was challenging, but fun. Writing a hero in love with one of them was even more of a challenge. He wanted to protect her, of course, all the time knowing if he didn’t find a way to banish the demon, she’d die—something he couldn’t bear to think about it.

The characters in Eban weren’t faced with just a half demon loving a human relationship like the characters in Wystan. They gained a whole new set of problems with a mischievous and bitter lust demon hanging around. On top of that, Eban’s whole motto for the book could have been: The road to hell is paved with good intentions. In attempt to rid Beryl of Rosemar, he summons an angel named Eliakim who wanders around dressed like a desperado. I’m really proud of the range of characters in this book. They’re definitely way out there, with plenty of cute brother snark between the Heckmasters as well.

**GIVEAWAY: One lucky commenter will win a $5 Amazon gift card. Contest ends 4/9 at 11:59PM EDT**


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If love can’t save them, there will be hell to pay.

Grateful for his mother’s human blood that cools the dark fire of his demon father, Eban Heckmaster has set up a medical practice in New Mexico territory. But there’s no hope of living a normal life until he rids himself of a seductive demon that’s been pursuing him.

Vanquishing it won’t be as simple as sharpening his demon-hunting sword. The clever creature is hiding inside his best friend’s head, and she has no idea of the havoc she’s been wreaking, especially with his body.

Beryl suspects Eban knows why she’s been waking up with no memory of where she’s been or what she’s done, but he’s not talking. But when she inevitably learns what he’s hiding—or rather, what’s hiding inside her—she wonders if her love for him is real, or an illusion created by the demon’s lust.

Eban is losing the battle to hold his rising desire in check. There may be only one way to extricate Beryl from the beast entangling her mind. Call upon his demon blood…and offer it as a sacrifice.

Product Warnings

Contains a half-human, half-demon doctor who can heal anyone except himself, and a woman who’d blush if she could remember the sensuous torture she’s been inflicting on him. Could make you wonder if you should start listening to the voices in your head…


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