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Wednesday Words with Violet Joicey-Cowen

The Choosing, Violet Joicey-Cowen, erotic romance, romance, m/m, manlove, siren publishing, siren-bookstrand, joicey-cowenI’m so excited to welcome author, Violet Joicey-Cowen to Wednesday Words. Her latest book, The Choosing, has just released today at Siren-Bookstrand. Now she’s here to share a few things with us and maybe we’ll even get a hint of what is coming up soon.

Q & A with Violet Joicey-Cowen

Lynne St. James: Welcome Violet, I’m so glad you could join us.

Violet Joicey-Cowen: Hi Lynne, thank you so much for having me on your blog today, it’s great to be here!

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Lynne: Can you tell us a little about your background and how you started writing?

Violet: I have been a bookworm since I was tiny. My love of reading was encouraged by my grandmother. I was an only child living on a farm in the middle of nowhere and began writing stories down when I was about ten or eleven as entertainment– very tweeny self-indulgent stuff, but I was enjoying myself, and I still have most of it! I hope my writing style has evolved a little since then, though!

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Lynne: How did you get started writing M/M (Male/Male) stories?

Violet: I read one. Lol, it was that simple! Once I read my first, I couldn’t get enough and two weeks later I had my first character jump into my head. That was Charlie from my first Whithowe Forest Pack book, Alpha Second.

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Lynne: Your latest book, The Choosing, releases today. Can you tell us a bit about your main characters?

Violet: The main characters in The Choosing are called Korin and Ansen. Korin is one of three brothers (who aren’t actually brothers, more cousins, but they think of each other as brothers) who are all princes who start with equal rank in the line for the throne.

Korin is the caretaker of the three brothers and loves the other two so much. There is a lot of pressure on him with being the eldest of the three and he desperately needed the time away that he is at the end of at the beginning of the book. He also loves the captain of his guard, Ansen, but has not realised it yet.

Ansen has known he loved Korin for years but never thought he would have a chance with him. He loves Korin so deeply and though he thinks he will never be with him, still wants to do everything in his power to protect him and look after him. It doesn’t even occur to him to leave and go do something else, somewhere else.

Lynne:  I think we’re falling in love with them already!

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Lynne: The Choosing is the first book in your series, how many books will there be?

Violet: This book is the first in a trilogy. Each of the princes will get their own book, but after that there are further trilogies planned, each with a different setting. At the moment there will be four trilogies (so twelve books) and one short story. There are more details on my blog and website.

Lynne:  That’s a great concept and will give us plenty to look forward to.

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Lynne: If you could meet one author, who would it be and why?

Violet: One? I have been a bookworm since I was four years old! How am I supposed to only pick ONE author I could meet? *grumbling and muttering* oh okay… I suppose Anne Mccaffrey has always been one of my favourites and she wrote such diverse worlds with many books to her name. I would love to have met her and learned where she got the ideas for her books from and how she developed them into her detailed, fantastic worlds.

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Lynne: Do you write in story order or hop around?

Violet: I have only written one story that I didn’t write linearly, and that was only the one scene that I wrote first then went back to the start. I much prefer to write the story in order and have it unfold as I go. I find it difficult to hop about and then connect the scenes in a way that makes sense.

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Lynne: What do you find hardest about writing? Easiest?

Violet: My self-organisation skills suck. So remembering all the other things I have to do is one of the hardest things for me. I have to make lists for everything, multiple lists because I lose half of them. I love the ‘sticky notes’ app and have a load of notes on my desktop including one with my writing to-do list with dates everything is due by. Easiest? I have never had a problem with getting ideas for new stories (yet! Oh, my muse, please don’t abandon me!).

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Lynne: Do you have a specific writing “ritual?”

Violet: I like to have a cup of tea when I write, earl grey specifically, and I am very fussy about how I take it! But as to an actual ritual? No, not really. I write in several places, curled up on my bed against a mound of pillows, in my study, in a lawn chair when it is sunny out, in my dining room, in a coffee shop, in a bar, pretty much anywhere I can take my laptop.

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Lynne: What one word would you use to describe yourself to a complete stranger?

Violet: Chaotic.

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Lynne: If you were shipwrecked on a desert island and only could bring one book, which one would it be?

Violet: Again with the only one? That’s just mean! Can I have the complete works of William Shakespeare? It would keep me going for a while at least… If I can’t have that, then no books, just an awful lot of paper and a good supply of something to write with. One book would get rather boring no matter how much I loved it at the start, but if I could write my own while there, I would be constantly entertained! Hang on… Desert Island, peace and quiet to write… sign me up!

Lynne:  I can’t help it, I couldn’t pick just one either, but it’s fun to torture errr ask anyway!

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The Blurb:  The Choosing

[Warning: For mature audiences only (Over 18) Erotic Alernative Historical Fantasy Romance, M/M, HEA]

Thinking his duty and heart lead in different directions, what will Prince Korin of Nilan’dane decide to do? A letter arrives from Korin’s father, summoning him home for the Choosing after a year’s freedom in the desert, and Korin must face the fact that he is deeply in love with his best friend, the captain of his guard, Ansen.

Ansen has known for years that he loves Korin but never spoke of his feelings because he knew the duty Korin must perform, marrying and producing an heir for the kingdom. He never dared hope Korin would not only return those feelings, but actually be able to choose him.

Their brief happiness is ripped apart through the machinations of the twisted brother of one of Korin’s other suitors, and they must fight to hold on to the hope that they will see each other, and the baby Korin was carrying, again.

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Where to buy Violet’s books:

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Siren-Bookstrand

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Where to find Violet:

Website
Blog
Facebook
Email

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Once again I want to thank Violet Joicey-Cowen for joining us today on Wednesday Words.  I hope you have enjoyed her visit as much as I have, and don’t forget to check out The Choosing available now at Siren-Bookstrand.

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Wednesday Words with AK Kinley

I’m very happy to have ManLove author, AK Kinley join us for the week’s Wednesday Words.  Tomorrow his latest book, Something Beautiful, will be released by Siren-Bookstrand.  Andrew was kind enough to stop by today to answer a few of my questions.

Meet Author AK Kinley

andrew k kinley, ak kinley, author, manlove, romance, loveLynne St. James: First off, thank you so much for joining us today and congratulations on your new book, Something Beautiful. Can you tell us where you got the idea for this story?

AK Kinley:  Thank you, Lynne. Also, thank you for having me as a guest today on your blog.

Something Beautiful began as a short story titled, Playboy28. The short was published on the ManLove Authors Website in July, 2013. During that summer, my partner and I were discussing publicly coming out that fall. With that realization, I decided to turn Playboy28 into a full-length book, including the short story as the prologue. There is not a great deal of literature written about transgender characters, particularly gay transmen such as myself. I wanted to show a transgender hero in a real situation of life and love.

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Lynne:  Do you base any of your stories on parts of your life?

Andrew:  I infuse not only my stories, but characters, with small bits and pieces of myself and parts of my life. Still yet, my characters are original creations.

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Lynne:  Who would you say is the one person outside of your family that influenced your life the most?

Andrew:  A university professor, which I studied under, once said that institutional marks hold little value in the true knowledge that an individual holds. He believed that an educated person was one who, ten years from now, would be able to meet him at a sidewalk Paris bistro, sit down for a cup of espresso, and have an intelligent conversation about life. His classes weren’t the usual stylized lectures, but interactive experiences between teacher and student, where ideas and theories were discussed as a group. Formal exams were not given, as he preferred to assign grades based on student opinions and interpretations of the material. As a result, I believe that this professor taught others to think outside of the box, nothing is as it seems, and to quote him, “the woes of tortured academic matters.”

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Lynne:  When you’re writing, do your characters ever surprise you? If so, do you allow them to have their way with the story or do you try to reign them in?

Andrew:  My characters write their own lives, or so to speak. While I provide them with literary direction, they ultimately make their own decisions. Once an idea for a book begins to form, I feel compelled to see it through to completion. The characters that I write about demand that their stories be told as uniquely as they are forming in my memory.

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Lynne:  What has been the hardest part of being an author? When did you first realize it was your calling?

Andrew:  I don’t believe I ever had an epiphany that writing was my calling. I began my career as a freelance journalist and photographer, and became a ManLove erotic romance author in November, 2012 upon the publication of my first book Ripped with Siren-BookStrand Publishing. So, in a sense, I’ve always been a writer, in one form or another.

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Lynne:  Which of your books is your favorite, and why?

Andrew:  My favorite book is my upcoming release, Something Beautiful. The story is complex, intense, and mysterious, but tender and passionate. All of which are traits that I use to describe myself.

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Lynne:  Have you ever learned anything from your characters?

Andrew:  I have learned that love and eroticism are two very important and powerful emotions that drive not only my characters, but my style of writing as well. In their purest forms, I have seen those concepts transform my characters into better individuals.

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Lynne:  Do you spend a lot of time on research for your books?

Andrew:  To date, all of my books have been set in Arkansas, my home state. The individual towns are either places I have lived or visited. This has helped in terms of setting descriptions. As far as character occupations, I have spent some time in research. However, ninety-percent of any story that I create focuses on the romance between the characters. I try to make setting and occupational descriptions more of a secondary aspect.

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Lynne:  Have you ever gone back and read one of your books and wished you could change it?

Andrew:  I try not to go back and read any of my books in their entirety. As I continue to grow as a writer, I am almost certain that I would find flaws, as any of us would, within my words.

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Lynne:  Do you have a favorite author? A favorite book?

Andrew:  I consider poets to be authors. I am fond of the Romantic Poets: Wordsworth, Keats, Bryon, Coleridge, and Shelley. The favorite works among them would be far too many to list.

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Lynne:  Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?

Andrew:  I get writer’s block all the time. In addition, I am a slow writer. My theory for coping is when a story is ready to be told I will write it. I cannot force the process.

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Lynne:  Do you have any routine for writing, like listening to certain music, or total quiet, snacks, etc.?

Andrew:  I like routines, but I also enjoy spontaneity. I’ve written under different circumstances and surroundings so it would be hard to pinpoint just one.

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Lynne:  What advice would you offer to new authors?

Andrew:  The first step is getting published. The next? Promote, promote, promote! Also when writing, don’t be afraid to share your thoughts. There will be people out there who respect you, not only for your ideas, but for your honesty.

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Lynne:  Can you share with us what you’re working on now?

Andrew:  All of my upcoming WIP are ManLove erotic romances. They include the second book in the Rock Stars series, which continues the story of the 80’s style glam band, Rock Hard. In addition, I am writing Midnight Angel. This title will explore the story of two men, both angels, and the love they had experienced for fifty thousand years. Finally, I am working on The Confessional. Father Anthony Rossi has created a world of romantic fantasy in the hopes that it will be enough to satisfy his desires for a romantic relationship with another man.

Something Beautiful – The Blurb:

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Warning:  This book is for mature audiences only and contains scenes of double anal penetration. 

Transman, Reed Collins and his partner, Levon Kruger, an openly gay drummer for the heavy metal band Hardcore, have been in a committed relationship for eight months. The couple is continuing to explore the love and passion that began in an online chat program a year ago. Recently, they further defined that commitment as a marriage.

While on their honeymoon, Avery Gaines walks into their lives in what he calls, “a chance meeting.” The couple is immediately attracted to the tall, dark-haired stranger, with deep green eyes. Reed is the first to admit his love for Avery, but Levon holds his emotions in check. Avery wants the trio to share love and a commitment, not readily understanding Levon’s reservations.

The romantic triangle goes through a period of conflict and turmoil, until Levon finally reveals a promise that he made to Reed, and how loving Avery would call into question the very foundation of the marriage he shares with his partner.

Something Beautiful – The Trailer:

 

Where to find AK Kinley:

Andrew K Kinley’s Webpage

Andrew K Kinley’s Blog

Friend Andrew K Kinley on Facebook

Like Andrew K Kinley on Facebook

Following Andrew K Kinley on Twitter

Andrew K Kinley on Google+

Andrew K Kinley on Pinterest

Subscribe to Andrew K Kinley on YouTube

A K Kinley on Siren-BookStrand

Andrew K Kinley on Goodreads

Andrew K Kinley on Manic Readers 

I want to thank you again, Andrew, for joining us today.  I hope you all will take the time to check out his new release Something Beautiful.  If you have any questions Andrew will be with us today to answer them.

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Wednesday Words with Gracie Meadows

covered by bubbles, heels for hire, gracie meadows, jk publishing, erotic romance, book Please help me welcome author Gracie Meadows for this edition of Wednesday Words.  Gracie has several books out with JK Publishing, but today she joins us to introduce us to her new series, Heels for Hire.  The first book, Covered by Bubbles, will be released on Thursday, February 27th.

Gracie Meadows has a wonderful way of spinning her tales and if you haven’t read any of her books yet you’re definitely missing out.  I asked Gracie if she would share with us how she came up with the idea for this series and the first book — Covered by Bubbles.

The Idea – Heels for Hire Series

Many people look at this and wonder how I came up with the concepts and characters, and I thought, how could I not. I have always loved cop books, and find it fun to stay just on the outside of the law a bit with detectives, because let’s face it, they get all the cool gadgets.  While playing with this idea I wanted it to be run by  women, but not just any women, but women who are kick-ass now and take your name later type. I have certain friends that say and or do things just like this. So I mimicked the heroine to fit them. (Kinda nervous once they read it, about how much I put in about them too.) But in the end, it left me with a book that is funny, action packed, and sexy as hell. What more could you ask for in a book…oh that’s right Bubbles!

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Warning: For Mature Adult Audiences.  Contains language and actions some may deem offensive.  Sexually explicit content.  Ménage – MFM

In book one of Heels for Hire, Inc.:  Brandie “Bubbles” Anderson is always alert and ready to take any case head on.  However, when a case she is involved in crosses over with the local PD’s, Brandie finds herself working with two cops who threaten her independence.

Chance and Dylan have been friends since the beginning days at the academy and now are partners at the Ridgeville Police department.  After a series of thefts take place involving the elite citizens in the area, and with the mayor breathing down their Chief’s back, he hires a private investigation service to help.  What the men didn’t expect was for their new partner to be a kickass—take names later, bubbly blonde.

Bubbles must work with the men to solve the case quickly before anything else comes up missing—including her heart.  The case takes on a new meaning when a connection is found with one of the players.  A simple case becomes Bubbles nightmare, leaving her holding another’s fate in her hands.  Will the men rescue her in time, or will they enter only to be covered by Bubbles?

An Excerpt:

“Don’t scream, if you do I will slit your fucking throat.  We are going to have a little fun, you and I.”  She wasn’t able to turn, but she could see the man through the reflection on her car window, and the knife sparkled from the light of the sun.  Bubbles didn’t panic, but now she wished she hadn’t disconnected the mic to the girls.  She stumbled back with the man as he started to pull her to a side alley that was blocked by the sun, creating a dark deserted area, perfect for assholes like this one to take unsuspecting women.  There was one thing this asshole didn’t know—she was not some helpless woman.  She was raised with all men after her mother died in a car accident.  Her father was military and she had three older brothers, who right now were in various locations.  Needless to say, she learned to shoot and fight better than most men.  She just needed the perfect opportunity, and unfortunately next to her car was not one.  Looking around, she saw the ground was uneven.  Thank you, Rainbow, for the heels, and I promise to buy you a new pair.  She found a small crack and dug her heel in, making him jerk when she couldn’t move.  He let go of her to grab her boot and lift it out of the hole, and that is when she made her move.

Bubbles brought her other knee to the man’s nose, making him cry out as blood started to spray her shoes.  Bringing her hands together, she struck him in the middle of his back, bringing him down to the ground with a thud.  The guy dropped the knife, and she quickly kicked it away, then grabbed hold of his arms and twisted them behind his back.  The man yelled in pain as Bubbles pushed her knee into his back trying to keep him in place.  The man started yelling numerous curse words that she could almost guarantee he couldn’t spell.  She reached over and tried to grab her purse to call the girls, and to call the police, but at the same time the man kicked back, bucking her off and she slipped off him.  Fucking dress.  She couldn’t move in the damn thing.

Tumbling back, she scrambled to the ground trying once again to reach her purse, which had her phone and gun.  She never left home without both of them.  The man jumped and reached for his knife, coming at her just as she reached for her gun.  He froze when he saw her shiny Glock pointed right at his dick.  Yeah, asshole, move and I will blow your pencil dick into a million pieces, it would only make this day a whole lot better.  Keeping her eyes on his, he moved and she kept pace with him with her gun as she twisted and turned on her ass to try to stay with him.  She could feel her ass getting scrapped up from the cement, but it was nothing compared to knowing the asshole would have no issues putting a knife in her.  Keeping her eyes right on him, she steadied herself.

“Looks like we are at an impasse, asshole.  I say put down the knife before you hurt yourself or I put a bullet in your dick.”  She thought maybe rationalizing with him would help, but nope, he seemed a little desperate at that point.  Blood still poured out of his nose, which was obviously broken.

“I don’t think so, bitch.  You fucking broke my nose, and now I’m gonna fuckin’ gut you.”  Just then he lunged and she fired.  She was comfortable with her gun, but even the blowback pushed her a little on the ground and the asshat fell to the ground screaming as he dropped the knife and held on to his now blown off dick.

Scrambling to her feet, she pulled her phone out while she kept the gun pointed at the asshole, but before she could punch the number, another gun pointed at her.

“Freeze, police, drop the gun.”  Fuck, this is all she needed.  Putting her hands up, she turned to see two cops with their guns drawn on her.  Do they really think I am the bad guy? 

“My name is Brandie Anderson, I’m a private detective for Heels for Hire, Inc.

The Trailer:

I want to thank Gracie Meadows one more time for visiting with us today.   This book and series looks to be incredibly fun and very hot.  Don’t forget it comes out tomorrow, February 27th at all your ebook retailers.  If we’re lucky it might even be available later today so don’t forget to check for Covered by Bubbles, book 1 in the Heels for Hire series.

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Wednesday Words with Jessica Anderson

Please join me in welcoming author Jessica Anderson today for Wednesday Words.  She is the author of the Stealing A Pirates Heart series with JK Publishing and book four, Capturing His Heart, released yesterday.

The Interview:

Hi Jessica, I’m so glad you could join us today.    We were wondering if you could tell us a little bit about yourself?

I love baking but I don’t usually eat whatever I make.  I love cheesecake and love watching Disney movies with my kids.

How do you get your ideas?

Most of my ideas come from my dreams.

Do you plot out your books ahead of time or just go for it?

I just go for it!

Is there an author who most inspires you?

Patricia Briggs

What was your favorite books as a child?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Which is your favorite – chocolate or vanilla?

Chocolate

Cookies or cake?

Can it be cheesecake?  If not then cookies.

Favorite curse word?

Shit

Before I let you get back to your busy day, can you tell us what you’re working on next?

The fifth installment in the Stealing A Pirates Heart series.

I love pirates and I will definitely be checking out this series soon.  Below is a blurb for Jessica’s latest book.

The Blurb:

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In book four of Stealing a Pirate’s Heart: Hector was born into a family that loved the sea and everything to do with it. He followed in their footsteps, but never content with his choice. An injury sent him on a different path than that of his family. Hector chooses to train as a doctor, finding out quickly that it is much harder keeping people from death than facing his own as a pirate.

Amelia finds herself in a situation that has her injured more than not. She is put in a position of visiting different doctors to keep her secret of how she comes by the injuries, well, until she meets Hector. She finds herself drawn to him and unable to stay away, risking him learning her secrets.

Will Hector find out in time what is really going on with Amelia before it’s too late? Will Amelia finally trust the ones trying to help her?  

Join in and watch as Hector struggles with the oath that he has taken as a doctor and giving in to the fire burning in his heart for the beautiful young woman who haunts his every waking moments.

The Trailer:

 

Where to buy Jessica’s Books:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Jessica-Anderson/e/B00B7PUEVW/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1392041218&sr=8-2

JK Publishing:  http://www.shop.jkpublishingbooks.com/Jessica-Anderson_c194.htm

Where to find Jessica:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessica-Anderson-Author/192175464211953

Website:  http://jessicaandersonauthor.weebly.com/

Thank you again for visiting with us today, Jessica!  I know I can’t wait to read your latest release, Capturing His Heart!

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Wednesday Words with Willow Brooke on Cabin Fever

I’m so excited to have Willow Brooke join me for this week’s Wednesday Words, and I can’t wait to hear more about her latest book, Cabin Fever.  Here’s Willow…

cabin fever, willow brooke, jk publishing, romanceI want to give a huge hug and big thank you to Ms. Lynne for having me!  Writing Cabin Fever was a breath of fresh air.  I wanted something simple that I could relax and enjoy, and not have to stress over getting specifics perfect.  After I finished, I almost regretted not making a series to elaborate on the other sexy as sin cowboys who were included in the book, but may do a few stand alone spin offs sometime in the future and give them each their own hot and heavy romance.

Justin and Jammi are characters like no other.  Justin is an ass… plain and simple.  But, under his tough gruff arrogance is a soft smooshy teddy bear needing love.  Jammi is a scorned woman with a good head on her shoulders and a weakness for men in tight Levi’s.  What could possibly go wrong? Lol.

While thinking of a location, for some reason a cabin in the woods is always more appealing to me than an apartment in a busy city.  I am a country girl through and through, and think it would be the most romantic to be snowed in with someone as drool worthy as Justin!

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Blurb:

Warning: For Mature Adult Audiences.  Contains language and actions some may deem offensive.  Sexually explicit content – MF

A betrayal from the two people closest to her sends Jammi Price on the road to only place she ever experienced solace-  A cabin her late aunt left to her.  After a slick winter road and a long walk in the rain, Jammi finds herself face to face with Mr. Sexy Cowboy.

Justin Henshall is no stranger to having life turned upside down.  When his world fell apart, Mrs. Price stepped in, providing the love, comfort, and security to make him the man he currently was.  After her death, Justin is hell bent on keeping the only place he ever felt safe.

One trip in the snow and a broken ankle later, Justin is forced to step up and take care of the little spitfire he so tried to avoid.  Instead of the stuck up spoiled brat he had anticipated, he begins to see the true beauty she is, cracking the wall around his heart.

A friendly poker game with his childhood buddies pushes him to claim what is his—Jammi.  When clothes start to fly, Justin takes matters into his own hands and gives her a night filled with wild passion, laying his cards on the table.  But…is it all just a huge bluff?

When romance begins to bloom, will Justin be able to keep all he holds dear, or will Jammi be able to show him home is where the heart is?

You can find Cabin Fever or any of Willow’s books on her Amazon author page.  http://www.amazon.com/Willow-Brooke/e/B00EUBSZPW/

 Where to find Willow:

Website: www.willowbrooke.weebly.com

Email: willowbrookebooks@gmail.com

Twitter: @Willow_Brooke_

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/willow.brooke.75

Blog: www.after-dark-writers.webs.com

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