Wednesday, April 5, 2017

EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads Midweek Spotlight w/Giveaway: Crashing Into Me by R.L. Jackson



Welcome to EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads
Midweek Spotlight!

Today we are spotlighting R. L. Jackson's
Crashing Into Me

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Crashing Into Me from R. L. Jackson!



R.L. Jackson's
Crashing Into Me!



A year after being left at the altar, headstrong E.R Nurse, Lana McKenzie is finally piecing her life back together. Tired of dealing with seeing her ex and his new girlfriend at every turn, she longs for blissful solitude and can’t wait to enjoy a peaceful vacation alone in the mountains. However, her plans go awry when a rude stranger literally embeds himself into her life and mind.

Handsome, wealthy, and troubled, Kayden Capshaw is struggling with the death of his brother, while also trying to escape the claws of his controlling mother. In his grief, the last thing Kayden wants to deal with is the fallout from his last run-in with the law. Yet, he also longs to get to know the woman now snowed in with him at the house on the hill.

The ice between them thaws every minute they spend together, and they find that they have more in common than they realize. Will they find a way to make it through, or will it all, like the snow, melt away?



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Q & A with R. L. Jackson about Crashing Into Me!



Tell us about Crashing Into Me.

Crashing into me is a multicultural romance set in present time about Kayden and Lana who meet under dire circumstances. He's stubborn and wild and she's the opposite, brave, headstrong and responsible. The gist of the story is that they end up in a forced proximity situation and realize they have a lot more in common which leads to sparks.

Once they decide to explore this they have a ton of obstacles that get in their way: His super manipulative mother and his ex team up to try and break the union up. They use very unsavory means to try and accomplish this and Kayden and Lana have to pretty much fight for this relationship, but the consequences make it impossible for them.

What initially inspired you to write Crashing Into Me?

I'm a writer who focused mostly on screenplays and after my last venture was picked up for a movie and unfortunately never made, I decided to venture into new ways of telling my stories. That movie was also multicultural but focused on the race differences and the battle that couple had to deal with because of it. With Crashing I didn't want the race to be the focal point but rather an after thought, as race should be this day and age. Not to mention the movie was also a about vampires and the supernatural so I wanted to branch out of that arena for a bit.

Tell us little about the characters in Crashing Into Me?

Kayden as I stated earlier is a spoiled rich kid who's battleing demons about the loss of his brother and father. He never got over what happened or the role he played so he's pretty much just free falling through life making very bad decisions.

Lana is in the middle of an escape from her own past after being left at the altar and having to see her ex everywhere. She's over having to deal with it and has a stigma about relationships and people who buy their way out of bad situations. This makes her judge certain people immediately and hinders her in a lot of ways.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?

The hardest for me was writing the romance scenes. After I stopped blushing, you'd think it would be easier but it never did lol.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

I have several but one scene I liked was when they ran into each other at a hospital. That scene was when Lana couldn't deny or hide what she was starting to feel and gave her more insight into Kayden as a person.

What are your future project(s)?

I'm currently writing book two as well as starting several other books projects I hope to have out on a consistent schedule through the rest of the year.


Is there anything else you would like to tell the readers about this book/series?

If you're looking for a book heavy on emotion and plot twists, a fun ride with steamy romance, this book is for you. I hope you give it a try and will come back for more later this year!




Author Bio:

A Bahamian-born native, R.L Jackson writes fiction and enjoys reading Romance, Fantasy, Dystopian, YA, and everything in between.
Residing in the Sunny state of Florida, and has plans on bringing many more stories to life and hopes you will follow along with her on this new and exciting journey.

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Book Blast w/Giveaway: Bed of My Truck by Megan Slayer



Bed of My Truck
by Megan Slayer
GENRE: Contemporary LGBT Romance, Erotic

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BLURB:

The one Carson never thought he’d see again could be the one to save his life.

Carson never expected to see his dog or a man from his past ever again. His ex took Dragon when he left, then carelessly lost the dog. Dragon’s been found and in the last place Carson expected to find him—a vet’s office.

But, the surprises just keep coming.

Carson hasn’t seen Alec since school, but the feelings he had for the man haven’t abated.
When he’s reunited with Alec at the veterinary office, Carson’s got to face his feelings.

Includes scenes of spanking, oral sex, anal sex and male-male sex.

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Excerpt:

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Copyright© 2017 Megan Slayer

“Leon wasn’t Drag’s person.” I wasn’t sure why I’d divulged so much information. The more I looked at the vet, the more he looked familiar. I scoffed. It wasn’t like I spent tons of time in social circles. I hadn’t been to a club in more than a year. The only times I went out were for meetings with my agent and gallery openings.

“You still paint?”

“Yeah.” I wiped my free hand over my shirt. He opened the can of worms by saying still. I could swear I went to school with a guy named Alec who looked an awful lot like him. I might as well ask. If he wasn’t the guy I assumed, then I wasn’t out much. “Did you go to Kenwood and graduate in the class of ’97?”

“I wondered if you’d notice.” He folded his arms and grinned. “Alec Niemi. Class dork—voted the most likely to disappear after college.”

Memories hit me hard over the head. Sure, back in school he’d looked a little different—shaggy hair, thick glasses and a mouth full of braces. He personified nerd without the chic. Then again, in 1997, a lot of people looked like they came from 1997. Back in the day I had a Mohawk and an earring for Christ sake. Still had the earring, but the hairstyle evolved with the times. I hadn’t spoken much to Alec back then because we ran in totally opposite social circles. If I’d have known then he’d turn out the way he looked now, I wouldn’t have ignored him.

It occurred to me back then that he wasn’t like the other guys. He was a guy, but he was more emotional in a quiet way. I’d wondered if he was gay, but that wasn’t the kind of thing you said to someone. Still isn’t really. I didn’t want to assume and have my ass kicked. But the way he’d look at me...I did wonder.

“I’m sorry we acted like jerks.” I stroked the dog’s head. Jesus. If I didn’t shut up, I’d say something really dumb. “The guys I hung out with were jock assholes.”

“They weren’t all jerks, just misunderstood. We all were.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Megan Slayer, aka Wendi Zwaduk, is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009. Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to LGBTQ and BDSM themes. No matter what the length, her works are always hot, but with a lot of heart. She enjoys giving her characters a second chance at love, no matter what the form. She’s been the runner up in the Kink Category at Love Romances Café as well as nominated at the LRC for best author, best contemporary, best ménage and best anthology. Her books have made it to the bestseller lists on Amazon.com.

When she’s not writing, Megan spends time with her husband and son as well as three dogs and three cats. She enjoys art, music and racing, but football is her sport of choice. Find out more about Megan and Wendi at: http://wendizwaduk.com/indexMegan.htm

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NBTM Tour w/Giveaway: Luke's Redemption by Anni Fife



Luke’s Redemption
by Anni Fife
GENRE: Contemporary Erotic Romantic Suspense

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Chased by her criminal kingpin father, Katya Dalca runs to New Orleans and straight into the arms of Luke Hunter. Sucked into the carnal world of the French Quarter, she succumbs to Luke’s potent sexuality. He not only steals her breath, he steals her heart and the only leverage she has against her father. She is left with no choice except to pick up the pieces and rebuild her life alone.

Undercover DEA agent Luke Hunter thought his newest assignment—recover a stolen flash drive to gain the trust of the Russian mob—was like any other. But his target brings him to his knees, and after one taste of her intoxicating beauty, he's in too deep. Doing his job means walking away, leaving his heart behind with nothing but a promise to reunite. It's a promise he can't keep.

When Katya's past reaches out and her world unravels, her only hope is the one man she is most vulnerable to—Luke.

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Excerpt:

We pulled into the underground parking at King Security and Luke parked the SUV in line with several other huge black Ford Expeditions. It appeared King Security had its own fleet.

Unable to stop myself, I blurted, “You were with Anna when you were undercover with my father, weren’t you?”

Luke pulled the keys from the ignition. In the deafening silence I didn’t think he was going to answer. Then he turned to me and bit out. “Yes!”

Wow! I didn’t expect him to be so honest. I sat back and folded my arms, tight. Damn, his answer hurt me. “So you make a habit of lying to your women? Being with them while you’re pretending to be someone you’re not? Is that your thing?”

“She wasn’t my woman,” Luke growled. “She was just a woman. She was there, I was there. It was never deep and it sure as hell wasn’t forever. Then it was over, and I made certain she was clear of the investigation. That was it.” He leaned towards me and said impatiently, “That tell you what you want to know?”

“Not even close. You made love to her didn’t you?”

“Hell no!” Luke snarled. “I fucked her. Like I have all the other women in my life. There’s only one woman I ever made love to Katya. And that was you.”

I went rigid, stunned into silence. Luke turned to open his car door. “You didn’t make love to me, Michael did,” I whispered.

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Q & A with Anni Fife

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What was the hardest part of writing this book?

I think writing the erotic love scenes. It was challenging to ensure they didn’t make readers cringe with embarrassment. I likened them to filming exquisitely sensual sex scenes. To make them appear sexy and seductive, the director has to film a million controlled takes. And they definitely are not sexual for the actors participating in them. But when they get it right, the end result is worth every take. Likewise, to make my written love scenes sexy and authentic, I had to expose my inner woman, the part of me that is most private and vulnerable. Not easy!

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I loved everything! But I suppose I could point to my favorite part being character development. I’m a psychology fundi, so I get high on fleshing out the intricacies of what makes my characters tick. I dig deep into their motives, and try to analyze their actions from their own worldview. I do my best not to bring my own perspective into contention, as I believe this distorts how a character develops. I also liked the editing. I used to do a lot of film editing so book editing is a natural progression for me.

What inspires you?

There is no one thing. I have always loved making up stories in my head, but I never believed writing novels was a feasible career choice. I’d daydream about it, but my decision to follow my passion was sudden. A confluence of life events and opportunities that came together and made it possible make the life-changing decision to become an author. And I love writing Contemporary Romance because I find our world an increasingly challenging place to live in. We are surrounded by so many NOT happily ever-after’s. To be able to lose myself in a world of steamy romance, unpredictable suspense, and a guaranteed HEA is a fantastic job to have. It gets even better when I get to choose the hot alpha male, the sassy intelligent gal, the break-ups, the make-ups.... you get the idea.

Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?

The most influential author in my writing is probably the inimitable Kristen Ashley. When she releases a new book, I turn it into a day of celebration. Out comes the red wine, chocolates and a comfy pillow. Then I curl up and spend the whole day alternatively laughing and weeping—and, of course, crossing my legs to contain the delicious tingles of desire. Her alpha heroes invade my dreams. Her heroines are funny and beautifully accessible. And her stories are both heartbreaking and uplifting.

What do your plans for future projects include?

I’m putting all my attention into my King Security Series. I have at least six novels planned, perhaps more. I’d like to write at least four of them before I think of taking a break to write something else. The next up is Gray’s Promise. It’s set in New York and Denton, Texas. Grayson Walker is Luke’s best friend, and he’s a wicked charmer. Zoey Morgan is his one-and-only. Torn apart by horrific tragedy, Gray and Zoey still carry the emotional scars fourteen years later. We follow their fraught reconciliation, and the unknown evil stalking them. Their journey is filled with pain, and a heart-wrenching beauty. And, of course, sexual chemistry so scorching it still gets me in a hot sweat when I think about it. I hope to release Gray’s Promise later in 2017.

Do you ever get writer’s Block? Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

I’m lucky, to date I have not experienced it. The ideas for my stories tend to come when I’m walking on the beach, hanging around the pool, or even daydreaming in bed. What I have learned is to not waste any time when the muse hits because as quickly as it comes it can go. I always have a notepad and pen with me, and if not, I use my Note App on my iphone. The best advice I can offer is not to over think it when the block hits. Change what you are doing, go for a walk, think of something completely different. This works for me. What also helps is that I am an intensive plotter. And most of my plot includes reams of dialogue between my main protagonists. So when I sit down to do the actual writing, my scenes and most of my dialogue are already laid out.

Have you ever had one character you wanted to go one way with but after the book was done the character was totally different?

I wish I could say yes as it sounds like a wonderful experience, but for now at least, I have to say no.




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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Last year, Anni Fife closed the door on a twenty-year successful career in television production, to fulfill her lifelong passion, writing. In the space of one month, she closed her business, packed up her city life and moved to a small seaside village. ‘My writing has always been constrained by client briefs,’ Anni says. ‘Now, I finally have the opportunity to write to the beat of my own heart.’ LUKE’s Redemption is Anni’s debut novel and she hopes you enjoy it as much as she loved writing it. Anni loves to spend hours walking on the beach searching for pansy shells, more hours drinking red wine with her gal posse, and the most hours writing romance novels filled with women you can relate to and men you love to dream about. She is currently working on her second novel, GRAY’s Promise.

Anni is published by The Wild Rose Press.

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