Stay Inside and Read – 10


It’s March 1, and it’s really getting warmer.  Not sure how long I can call this “Stay Inside and Read.”  Of course I do some of my best reading outside…

If you missed last week’s Stay Inside & Read, go here.

This week’s reading list is like a friend reunion.  I have my bestie Gena Showalter, then Kresley Cole and Kristen Painter as well, and then all the Harlequin Blazes that hit today.  So first up – Gena Showalter.  Gena and I met when we were both unpublished at an Oklahoma Romance Writer’s meeting.  We had big dreams and both sold our first book the same year!  It’s amazing to go on this journey of publishing with your best friend!

Readers are LOVING Lifeblood from Gena’s Everlife series.  This young adult is snatching up great reviews everywhere including a Top Pick from Romantic Times.  Here’s your blurb:

“My Firstlife is over, but my Everlife is only now beginning.”

With her last living breath, Tenley “Ten” Lockwood made her choice and picked her realm in the Everlife. Now, as the war between Troika and Myriad rages, she must face the consequences.

Because Ten possesses a rare supernatural ability to absorb and share light, the Powers That Be have the highest expectations for her future—and the enemy wants her neutralized. Fighting to save her Secondlife, she must learn about her realm from the ground up while launching her first mission: convincing a select group of humans to join her side before they die. No pressure, right?

But Ten’s competition is Killian, the boy she can’t forget—the one who gave up everything for her happiness. He has only one shot at redemption: beating Ten at a game she’s never even played. As their throw-downs heat up, so do their undeniable feelings, and soon, Ten will have to make another choice. Love…or victory.

You can pick up Lifeblood here.

I’ve been asked if Kresley Cole is as cool in person as she seems, and honestly, she’s cooler!  What kind of person lets you put duct tape on her mouth and reenact her novel through interpretive dance?  (Video below)

Shadow’s Seduction (Immortals After Dark Book 17) went live this week, and here’s your blurb:

In this scorching Immortals After Dark/Dacian novella, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole brings together a wicked vampire prince used to getting everything he desires and a demon warrior who always felt like an outcast.

A night of debauchery . . .
Prince Mirceo Daciano and his new friend Caspion the Tracker comb the streets of Dacia, drunkenly seeking out pleasures of the flesh. In what should have been a typical night, they coax a bevy of nymphs to bed. To impress their females, the demon and the vampire kiss on a dare.

Changes them forever . . .
Once they finally break away from their soul-searing kiss, they find themselves alone—and shaken. Had they imagined their explosive chemistry? Obstacles—ranging from a death sentence, to exile on a war-torn dimension—threaten to destroy their lives . . . and the vulnerable promise in that one kiss.

How long can they resist the fire that blazes between them?
Even if Mirceo accepts Caspion as his fated mate, the seductive vampire still must convince the stubborn demon that their bond is forever. And any royal Dacian union must receive the blessing of King Lothaire, an unpredictable and savage killer. . . .

**Includes an 8 chapter bonus preview of WICKED ABYSS!**

You can pick up Shadow’s Seduction here.

Kristen Painter has this quick wit and dry sense of humor that cracks me up all the time.  She’s also an incredible cat rescuer and the misadventures with her brood are a blast to read about on Facebook!  People have been eating up her Nocturne Falls books since the series began and she dropped The Dragon Finds Forever a few days ago.  Here’s your blurb:

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year.

The tourists think it’s all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better.

Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.

Monalisa Devlin is a Will O’ The Wisp, a rare and potentially dangerous creature. Unfortunately, her greedy father makes sure she lives up to that potential. Monalisa is magically compelled to obey her father’s evil commands–until he finally agrees to free her in exchange for one, last mission: Travel to Nocturne Falls and use her powers to force Ivan Tsvetkov back into the ring.

Once a champion on the supernatural MMA circuit, Ivan ‘The Hammer’ Tsvetkov retired after a devastating injury that left him unable to shift into his dragon form. Wounded and embittered, Ivan wants nothing more than to be left alone. Until an infuriating, stubborn, delicately beautiful stranger shows up on his doorstep and demands that he rebuild his life.

Posing as a rehab therapist seemed like the easiest way to get close to the smoldering recluse, but Monalisa quickly realizes that nothing about this mission is going to be easy. To gain his trust, she shares more of herself than she ever has before, and as their connection deepens, so does the weight of her secrets. She thought she was willing to do whatever it took to win her independence…but when her deception blows up in her face, will Monalisa discover that the loss of Ivan’s heart is too high a price to pay? Or will their love rise from the ashes to burn stronger than ever?

You can one-click The Dragon Finds Forever here.

March brings a whole new lineup of amazing Harlequin Blaze books!  Harlequin Blaze is near and dear to me as I publishing the majority of my books with them.  Blaze will be closing soon, so let’s show these ladies some love!

Sizzling Summer Nights by Debbi Rawlins – Rancher Seth Landers is striving to rebuild his family’s trust and his place in the community. Beautiful visitor Hannah Hastings has her own agenda. Will she be his greatest reward…or his biggest downfall?

Tempted by Kimberly Van Meter – Former air force pilot Teagan Carmichael is maneuvered into going on a singles cruise, where he meets Harper Riley, the sexiest woman he’s ever seen. There’s only one problem—she’s a con artist.

Her Holiday Fling by Jennifer Snow – Hayley Hanna needs a fake fiancé for her corporate retreat, and Chase Hartley is perfect—he’s sexy, funny and kind—but it’s just a business deal. That means no kissing, no sex and no falling in love!

A Cowboy In Paradise by Shana Gray – In her designer dress and high‐heeled shoes, Jimi clearly didn’t belong on a dusty Hawaiian ranch. Or with rugged cowboy Dallas Wilde. Dallas may be a delicious temptation, but could a city girl ever trade Louboutins for lassoes?

Add these great reads to your TBR pile by clicking here.

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As promised – one of our first Author Talks starring the amazing Kresley Cole!




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