Friday, August 5, 2016

Q & A with Eve Devon author of Heart of Steel



Q & A with Eve Devon author of Heart of Steel




How did you come up with the idea for this story?
It’s a bit of a strange one for a gal who loves all things romance, but I guess this is where I also admit that I’m a sucker for anything to do with great engineering and amazing design. I’ve always wanted to introduce steampunk elements into my writing and somehow feature The Great Exhibition of 1851, with all that fabulous design and innovation.

There was just one problem…I didn’t have experience writing historical!

So I asked if there were any other authors out there who wanted to write with me about a company who created secure locking devices to display a diamond like the Koh-I-Noor for The Great Exhibition. The result was getting to create a continuity of standalones with two fabulous authors. I loved the idea of not limiting ourselves – of getting to marry historical suspense with contemporary suspense, so one book is set in 1851 and the next two books in present-day.

The three of us wanted to write heart-pounding suspense that spanned time, so we created Steel Hawk - a company that rode the highs and lows of industry and adapted over the years to thrive in present-day too. A company of alpha-honorable heroes and spirited and strong heroines, set against a backdrop of high-tech security, feuding royals and missing diamonds.

What are your current projects?
I’m very blessed to be able to write in two different genres – romantic suspense and romcom. My current project is a romcom set in a quintessential English village about an eccentric Clock House owner who challenges a pair of newcomers to compete against each other to raise funds for a village fete. The person who raises the most money earns the right to buy The Clock House and turn it into a business. It’s a fete of the village, versus the fate of their hearts romcom that will be published by HarperCollins early next year.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I love writing about “feeling the fear and doing it anyway”. I think being courageous in life, believing in yourself and taking that leap of faith, is very important. In Heart of Steel, Honeysuckle Hawk is very aware she hasn’t really ever stuck at anything – she’s also aware that it’s her fear of failure that stops her. Will she have the courage to ‘stick’ when the going gets tough?

Does music play any type of role in your writing?
Alas, I’m one of those people who can’t write with music on. I always have a think about what my character’s music tastes might be…an awful lot of classic rock seems to creep in!! I think I even have Adam Steel wearing a faded Metallica t-shirt in one of his scenes.

What books have influenced your life most?
There are certain classics that will always hold a special place in my heart – I like to have a Dickens on the go around Christmas and submerge myself in atmosphere and colorful characters.

I’ll never forget devouring the first Harlequin my mum gave me and promptly demanding “more”. Nora Roberts made me want to write romance; Agatha Christie made me want to write suspense (so many of her characters’ motivations are actually really dark and twisty!).

Reading Ann Rule as a teenager gave me a thirst for understanding motive and Stephen King still has the ability to make me jump! Plus, his On Writing should be required reading for anyone who wants to write.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I love Annie Crouch and Veronica Forand.

How can readers discover more about you and your work?
I love a good natter and I love to hear from readers. I have a contact sheet on my website: www.EveDevon.com or you can chat with me on twitter: @EveDevon or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EveDevonAuthor/

Heart of Steel (Steel Hawk, Book 2) by Eve Devon

Date of Publication: June 14, 2016

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Colleague, friend, lover…beautiful liar?
Steel Hawk, Book 2
Adam Steel is in crisis mode. A recent exposé claims a founder of Steel Hawk was actually The Raven, an infamous jewel thief. Amid the ensuing damage control, all eyes are on his ability to develop a prototype to secure and protect the royal Pasha Star diamond.
He's further blindsided when he learns his assistant, Honeysuckle Hawk, has a sordid past he never knew about. Proving he never really knew her, never should have trusted her, and definitely shouldn't start falling for her.
With her dirty laundry flapping in the media storm, Honeysuckle's first instinct is to run. Two things make her stay: Adam's insistence it's better to show the world a united front, and her heart's insistence by his side is where she belongs.
High stakes and long hours ignite passion…until the diamond is stolen and Adam's own prototype shows Honeysuckle is a thief. Dare he trust her to help him expose the real criminal—before the mastermind wreaks havoc on the royal family?
Warning: Contains an über-hot, alpha-geek who's good with his hands, a sassy reformed-rebel determined to prove she's not a flake, romantic castles, gorgeous jewels, sleek and sexy technology, heart-pounding suspense…oh, and nipple tassels!

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About Eve Devon



Eve Devon writes sexy heroes, sassy heroines & happy ever afters...
Growing up in locations like Botswana and Venezuela gave Eve Devon a taste for adventure; her love for romances began when her mother shoved one into her hands in a desperate attempt to keep her quiet during TV coverage of the Wimbledon tennis finals!
When Eve wasn't consuming books by the bucketload, she could be found pretending to be a damsel in distress or running around solving mysteries and writing down her adventures. As a teenager, Eve wrote countless episodes of TV detective dramas so the hero and heroine would end up together every week. As an adult, still hooked on romance and mysteries, she worked in a library to conveniently continue consuming books by the bucketload, until realizing she was destined to write contemporary romance and romantic suspense herself.

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Promo Tour w/Giveaway: Vampire Creed by Rain Grey


Wendy has to make a life-altering decision...

Publication Date: June 1st, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal Romance

Barnaby Blaine Rice was a Vampire born in the depression with a very special power to see who people truly were. After a long, empty existence of witnessing the darkest points of humanity, Blaine happens to encounter a beautiful married woman named Mary Slate. Unable to handle his love for the beautiful human, Blaine accidentally kills another Vampire over her and is put under a serious debt with the Vampire Council.

Blaine reluctantly forces himself to forget the woman and allows her to live her life without his intervention. It wasn’t until 50-years-later that the distant memories of the captivating Mary are brought back to the surface. Blaine has the pleasure to encounter the young Wendy Slate, granddaughter of Mary Slate after a criminal vampire keeps her hostage. Blaine got there in time to stop the criminal, but not to stop the beginning of Wendy’s transition into Vampirism.

As he was forced to sire her into this new world, he discovers that Wendy is the most amazing person he’d ever met. Wendy has to make a life-altering decision as Blaine has to deal with his blooming feelings for a woman who was identical to his first love. This modern love story introduces the most influential turning point of these lover’s lives.


Rain Grey is a psychologist by profession. However, she has been writing books since she was fifteen years old. She loves anything supernatural and her favourite genres are vampire romance and ghost fiction. Her home in England is close to the town of Stratford Upon Avon, where William Shakespeare was born.




Blurb Blitz Tour w/Giveaway: The Empty Room by Sarah J. Clemens


The Empty Room
by Sarah J. Clemens

GENRE: Mystery, Romance

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The small town of Eastbrook, Maine seemed like the close-knit community where newlyweds Dean and Elizabeth Montgomery could begin their lives together, and the 1901 Victorian seemed like the house they’d always dreamed of owning. The only condition for purchasing the property was that it was sold in “as-is” condition.

When the couple arrives in Eastbrook, they receive anything but a warm welcome from the local residents. And when they realize that as-is condition meant that the previous owner of the house had left every worldly possession behind, the dream of the small town life starts to take a mysterious turn.

Day after day, Dean and Elizabeth uncover more truths than they could have ever imagined, or ever wanted to know about the secrets that were hidden in the small town of Eastbrook. And as neighbors become growingly hostile with every encounter, this young couple searches furiously to uncover what the residents are trying to hide.

As their journey unfolds, Elizabeth goes missing and Dean must turn to the very neighbors he fears may have known what would happen to her from the moment the couple arrived for help. Because in this town, some secrets are better off hidden.


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Excerpt:

knock pounded loudly on the door for a second time and Elizabeth involuntarily let out a small shriek. She frantically put her hand over her mouth, but the sound had already escaped and there was little doubt that Mrs. Jacobs had heard.

“Well,” Dean sighed, as he stood up from the crouched position he’d been standing in beside the window. “Now we answer the door because you apparently have Tourette’s.

As Elizabeth slowly stood up beside him, a third round of loud pounding ensued. Elizabeth jumped at the sudden noise and hit her head against Dean’s lower lip. His head jolted back from the force and he winced.

“Oh my God,” She leapt forward toward him. “Are you ok?”

Dean reached his hand and clenched his jaw, pulling it from left to right. He pointed toward the door. “Great, first I get physically abused, now I’m going to get emotionally abused. And I still have no underwear.”

He finally came to the door and put his hand on the door knob. He looked back at Elizabeth, “Just for the record, you are the worst covert ops partner ever.” With a specific intent in mind, he quickly turned the door knob and ripped open the door as fast as he could. A startled Mrs. Jacobs stumbled backwards.

“You almost scared me to death.” She asserted, quickly brushing her dress to remove the imaginary wrinkles that had not formed from her near encounter.

He stepped outside and grabbed Elizabeth by the wrist to pull her out of the house with him. “Well follow through has always been my problem. Look, we were just headed out the door and into town so we’re going to have to finish this later.” He reached for the door knob and slammed the door behind him.

But Mrs. Jacobs did not move. Other than the slight falter when he opened the door, she held her stance and stared at the closed door. Dean had a feeling it was not the first or the last time she had ever had a door closed in her face. With their backs to the old woman, the couple took several steps toward the edge of the porch.

“You live next door, right? We’ll stop by. Oh the fun we’ll have.” Still holding on to Elizabeth’s wrist, he pulled her past Mrs. Jacob’s and down the steps.

“Where are we going?” Elizabeth whispered.

Mrs. Jacobs turned to face them. Her hands clasped in a folded position in front of her.

“We’re going to see if we can find out what happened in that room, what happened in that house. Someone here knows. Everyone in this town can’t be as bad as Mrs. HaWiggins back there.” He whispered back.


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Sarah J Clemens is the author of the debut novel, THE EMPTY ROOM. She began writing THE EMPTY ROOM in 2008 and formed her own publishing company in 2016 called Off the Page Publishing.
Sarah was born in California and now lives and works in Boise, Idaho. In addition to writing fiction, she is a legal assistant with an Associate of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.
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Blog Tour w/Giveaway: Totally, Sweetly Irrevocably by Kira Archer

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Totally, Sweetly Irrevocably

by Kira Archer Sweet Love#2 Publication Date: July 18, 2016 Genres: Adult, Entangled Lovestruck, Contemporary Romance Totally Sweetly Irrevocably Cover

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Synopsis: When Officer Rick Boyd answers a call about a peeping Tom, he doesn’t expect to find a gorgeous woman holding the binoculars. But Gina Silvano’s no peeping Tom, and she can catch her cupcake truck’s kinky vandals herself, thank you very much. No sexy cops required.
No matter how hot their stakeouts, by-the-book Officer Boyd can’t see a future with a dangerous, rule-breaking wild-child who despises the law. He’s never felt more alive, though, and expunging her from his heart might be impossible. But loving each other might cost them more than they are able to give.
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Rick moved closer to the rustling bag while Gina stood stock-still, her eyes wide and anxious.
“What is it?” she whispered.
“I think a mouse has decided to help himself to the rest of our cupcakes.”
“What?” she shrieked.
Before he could say another word, she’d jumped up on her chair. Not designed for trampoline practice, the thin plastic promptly shredded. Rick reached out to catch her as one leg went through the plastic and the rest of her went sideways. He caught her before she hit the ground. But apparently their movements landed them a little too close to the occupied bag for her comfort because she took one look down, gasped, and climbed him like a tree.
“What are you doing?” he asked, both laughing and grunting as she twisted around him.
“Get rid of it!”
“What, the bag?” He grabbed her around the waist to keep her from falling ass-first onto the hard roof.
“No! The damn mouse, or rat, or whatever the hell it is!”
The bag rustled again, and she squeezed her legs around his waist and gripped his neck so tight she was dangerously close to strangling him.
“I can’t do anything if you don’t loosen your grip.”
She tore her gaze from the bag o’ death at their feet and looked at him. “Oh. Sorry,” she said, letting up a little.
He took a nice deep breath. “Thank you.”
His eyes met hers, and she seemed to realize the position she’d gotten them into. Her legs and arms wrapped about him. His hands beneath her butt and thighs, holding her up. Their faces only inches apart. All their delicate bits pressed as close as they could get with their clothing still on.
Her cheeks flashed fifty shades of red in the faint light coming from the streetlight below. 
“Sorry,” she murmured again. “You, um, can put me down now.”
He tightened his hold on her. “You sure?” he asked, not wanting to let her go. He liked the way she felt molded to his body. The vanilla scent of her hung in the air between them, whetting his appetite for something a little sweeter than the cupcakes in the rat bag. All he had to do was close the distance between them…
Her breathing sped up, her lips parting with a little sigh. Her gaze zeroed in on his lips and there was no hiding from her how he felt about her wrapped around him. For a split second, her legs tightened their hold on his waist, pressing even closer. Her eyes fluttered closed. But then she shook her head and loosened her grip.
“Yeah, I’m sure,” she said, pushing away from him. “But…put me on the chair until you get rid of that thing.”
He chuckled and reluctantly deposited her on top of the chair he’d been sitting in. Then he bent and swiftly scooped up the bag, rolling the top down so whatever was inside couldn’t get out.

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Truly Madly Sweetly (Book #1)

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Synopsis: An inherited parking spot. That’s all it took to make Natalie Moran’s food truck dreams come true. But her dream space is attached to a bakery inherited by someone else—drop dead gorgeous Eric Schneider, a financial consultant who wouldn’t know a cupcake from a cannoli. And he wants to buy Nat out, no matter what she has to say about it.
Eric’s determined to build his own business, but he needs the super cute klutz with the cupcake truck to help. If Nat will teach him the basics of running a bakery, he’ll give her free kitchen time. Except…neither expects the heat burning between them or the possibility that their arrangement might become permanent. When it all blows up, Nat is convinced his actions mean betrayal. It’s up to Eric to regain her trust and show her he’s a man who is truly, madly in love with her, before she disappears from his life forever. goodreads-badge-add-38px

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Kira Archer Kira Archer resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kiddos, and far too many animals in the house. She tends to laugh at inappropriate moments, break all the rules she gives her kids (but only when they aren’t looking), and would rather be reading a book than doing almost anything else. She has odd, eclectic tastes in just about everything and often lets her imagination run away with her. She loves her romances a little playful, a lot sexy, and always with a happily ever after.

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