Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Blog Tour - Deadly, Calm and Cold by Susannah Sandlin

Deadly, Calm and Cold
The Collectors
Book 2
Susannah Sandlin

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Date of Publication: December 2, 2014

ISBN: 978-1477826812

Number of pages: 280
Word Count: Approx 88,000

Cover Artist: Kerrie Robertson/

Book Description:

From award-winning author Susannah Sandlin comes the second book in The Collectors series.

How far will ordinary people go to protect their secrets? The Collectors’ games are as much about manipulating lives as finding lost treasure. Everyone is expendable as the ruthless C7 pushes people into gambling with their lives in order to find priceless objects lost to history.

Samantha Crowe's secrets could ruin her career, while Brody Parker's could get him killed. They become pawns for two Collectors seeking Bad King John's crown jewels, which disappeared in rural England back when Robin Hood roamed Nottingham.

This time, however, the Collectors--a ruthless dotcom billionaire and a desperate London detective--might not be playing for the same team, leaving Sam and Brody trapped in the middle.

One thing's for sure: If either hope to survive, Sam and Brody will have to find a way to overcome their distrust--and their growing attraction--in order to succeed on this winner-take-all treasure hunt.

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Samantha hadn’t intended to watch Brody Parker take a shower, only to peek in the window to see if he was in the bathroom so he could let her in the house.
But damn, that man was sexy. He was facing her, his head thrown back and eyes closed as the water cascaded over every ridge and muscle and . . . everything. She had to look, right? She might have taken a vow of celibacy but she hadn’t taken a vow of blindness.
You’re an absolutely pathetic loser, Sam’s inner nag said, and she agreed. Anyone who’d stand in the middle of a monsoon and ogle a man in his shower should have LOSER stamped on her forehead.
As soon as Brody stepped out of the water and saw her, his mouth and eyes battling for which could open the widest in shock, she stepped away from the window and splashed her way around the corner, returning to the back door. And yeah, giggled a little, the laughter bubbling up and spilling out before she could get it under control. She hadn’t laughed much in the last couple of days.
She’d never been quite so wet and cold in her life. The wind had picked up, stabbing horizontal blades of rain into her face as she waited at the back door. For a few seconds, she wondered if he might leave her out here, but then the door opened and he stood there with a white towel slung loosely around his hips, which would have been sexy as hell except for the black T-shirt he’d pulled on. Droplets of water dripped from his black wavy hair onto his shoulders, getting said T-shirt wet.
“Nice fashion statement.” She gave him her best lopsided smile as he moved aside to let her in. “You’re shy about going without a shirt? You have man boobs, don’t you?” Which would be a crime against nature.
“I certainly do not.” Looking offended, Brody pulled the T-shirt up, exposing a rock-hard set of damp abs and nice, firm pecs without a trace of man boob. He jerked the shirt back down before she started salivating, which was good, given her celibacy and all.
“Why were you leering in my bathroom window?” He cocked his head. “Are you stalking me? How long had you been watching?”
Not nearly long enough. “Just a few seconds. I knocked on the door earlier and you didn’t answer.”
He glanced out the door, where the rain almost obscured the garage. “Where’s your car?”
“Ah, that’s the real story. Do you have a fire lit?”
Brody closed the door, shutting out the hiss of rain hitting the slate courtyard. “Not yet. I was going to do it as soon as I showered. Give me a minute to get dressed.” He made no attempt to leave, though, but instead treated her to a head-to-toe visual inspection that she could swear grew a little heated when his gaze landed on where her soaked, thin sweater clung to her breasts.
Her nipples perked up just to make sure he could see them, the traitors. They didn’t want her to be celibate. They wanted to be touched and licked and nibbled on, even if the attention came at the lips and tongue and teeth of the man who’d deliberately punctured her tire.

Shhh…..It’s a Secret

Susannah Sandlin

Winston Churchill once called Russia “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” I’ve always liked that quote, but when I started writing the book that became Deadly, Calm, and Cold, I hadn’t really planned to write one of those riddle-mystery-enigma thinga-ma-jigs.

It’s all my characters’ faults. Because, you see, they have secrets. Every last one of them.

There are four primary characters in the book—a hero, a heroine, a bad guy, and a guy who is morally gray.

First, there’s Brody Parker, our hero, which might not be his real name. He’s an American artist living in rural England who knows an awful lot about cyber security, has a smokin’ hot workout body, carries a gun alongside his easel, and is afraid of spiders. Well, you just know this landscape artist has a secret or two, and he’ll do almost anything to keep them. Which makes him very unhappy when his space is invaded by….

The heroine, Samantha Crowe, which might not be her real name. Her story is mostly true—that she’s an American graduate student in England to study what happened back in the 13th century when “Bad King John” managed to lose the crown jewels, which were never recovered. She’s just leaving out the part about how she’s being blackmailed into finding those jewels and using Brody to do it. But she can’t tell him the truth because everywhere she turns, there’s…

Tom, which is really his first name although Brody and Sam don’t know that for sure. Tom and his wife Donna, who live in London, have made some very bad decisions over the years. Tom’s made bad decisions for good reasons, bad decisions for bad reasons, and got in way over his head in a situation he can’t find a way to escape. Unless he can somehow use Brody Parker and Samantha Crowe, his blackmail victims, to help him. But that’s really hard to do because looking over his shoulder is…

Brent Sullivan, which is his real name, although Samantha knows him by a different identity altogether. Brent grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in the San Francisco Bay area, so power is everything to him. Well, and money. Which is why he so badly wants to find…

King John’s lost crown jewels. Lost in the English East Midlands eight centuries ago, the crown jewels are considered one of the world’s great lost treasures. Some historians believe the baggage train in which they were being transported was lost in quicksand. Others believe John gambled them away, or hid them so they couldn’t be seized by the church that had excommunicated him or the rich landowners who’d already forced him to sign the Magna Carta.

The crown jewels are just one more riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma!

About the Author:

Susannah Sandlin writes paranormal romance and romantic thrillers from Auburn, Alabama, on top of a career in educational publishing that has thus far spanned five states and six universities—including both Alabama and Auburn, which makes her bilingual.

She grew up in Winfield, Alabama, but was also a longtime resident of New Orleans, so she has a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of SEC football, cheap Mardi Gras trinkets, and fried gator on a stick. She’s the author of the award-winning Penton Legacy paranormal romance series, a spinoff novel, Storm Force, a standalone novelette, Chenoire, and a new romantic thriller series, The Collectors, beginning with Lovely, Dark, and Deep.

Writing as Suzanne Johnson, she also is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Blog Tour - Santa Exposed by Kay Dee Royal

Santa Exposed
Ohhh…Santa Short Stories
Kay Dee Royal

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Holiday, Christmas

Publisher: Muse It Up Publishing
MuseItHOT imprint

Date of Publication: December 2, 2014

Number of pages:  Approx. 39
Word Count:  10,600

Tagline: A wedding coordinator meets her match with a billionaire playboy posing as a Santa submissive.

Book Description:

Jade Randals, wedding coordinator specializing in Bridal needs, is coerced into attending the Santa Exposed Masked Ball at the Erotic Play Palace.

Landis Parkwell, billionaire and known playboy, thinks he’s found the perfect submissive in Jade.

But things go array as Dom and Sub roles switch, and a true Santa is exposed.

Story Quotes:

1 sentence quotes:

His warm breath against my ear sent a shiver down my spine, and the warmth emanating from his hand on my hip did other things to me. “I’ve got a place for us over here.”

It might be best to close your eyes and get a good inner sense of the submissive role.

3 sentence quote:

The whir and crack of a whip snapped through the air behind me.
“So, you think you’re a Dominatrix.” I couldn’t help but put her in her place. “Why?”
“Silence!” Another whir and the crack slapped against my ass cheek. “If you say one more word you’ll wear the bit-silencer.”

I wanted to feel the whip in my hand, so I walked over and picked it out from the box of toys. The leather-bound handle was soft, yet hard, sexual, and commanded respect. I snapped it in the air and it whirred to life.


Warning Adult Content

“There you are.” Clark plopped onto the couch next to me. “You are definitely the chosen one for Ms. Randals. She is down the hall, game to role-play with her Santa, but insists on the role of Dominatrix.”
          “You’ve got to be shittin’ me.” I stood up, paced back and forth, while frustration tensed my spine. “She has no idea that she’s a submissive. There’s no way she’ll be able to pull it off. You know that, and I know that.”
          “So maybe you should consider playing along until she gets stuck in it, and you can pull her out of it.” Clark sat there with this dumb-ass grin. “Have you ever played the Sub role?”
          “No. But, I could dress the part because it won’t take her long to realize she’s in way over her head.” I shuffled through some costumes hanging in a closet. “So, what does a male Submissive wear? I don’t think I have anything that would suffice for that role.”
          Clark chuckled, got up, went to another closet and came back with something. “Here, you’ll still need to wear the Santa mask.” He picked the mask off a nearby table. “She’s ready in Dillon’s room. Be patient with her, you might actually learn something.” Again he gave me that stupid-ass grin.

Excerpt 2

Warning Adult Content

I was not excited about wearing a tight candy-cane striped gown, flourished at the bottom with a taffeta frill of mini jingling bells. The silly stilettoes had turned up toes, like an elf shoe with five-inch clear spikes filled with red metallic glitter. If I were to fall, which I could barely walk in the dress and had no idea how I’d pee wearing it, my body would remain on the ground like a dead woman. Then I thought about the deep plunging front and back. I needed adhesive to make it stay in place; my B-sized boobs weren’t big enough to keep the straps from sliding around.
          Salina hired some professional body painters to come in and help everyone transform their faces and any exposed body parts to match their costumes. She looked stunning as a sparkling ice-cycle with a silvery skinny floor-length dress, similar to my red and white striped thing. She took it upon herself to pour flutes of champagne for everyone to enjoy while we played, which under normal circumstances would be my job.
It didn’t take the painters long to get everyone polished up. There were four of them, three guys and a woman, and they worked together, fast and organized. Having four people touching different parts of my body at the same time was new to me, and I noted very arousing. Even if the guys preferred their own gender, their gentle touches sent goose bumps running rampant over my body. One suggested that I wear some little nipple pads as I wasn’t wearing any undergarments. I gasped when he tweaked my nipple to show how obvious it stood out through the fabric.
The girls standing around me had a good laugh at my shocked sound effects. They took turns tweaking each other’s nipples until the painters told them to stop or they’d scrape up the paint job, which made me laugh. 

My Review :
Rating : 4 Books

A short read and hot story. I like the first part of the book, the attraction between the characters are there,on the middle part I was confused on the story and Glenda was out of the picture already.

Over all, I can say that the author has done a good job in executing this one. I easily relate with the characters in the story. I kinda like Dom - Sub scenario too.

About the Author:

Kay Dee Royal writes paranormal, fantasy, and contemporary erotic romance—maybe because they’re also her favorite genres to read! She pens tales with wild, rugged heroes and strong, intelligent heroines. She'll give them both a few shadowy secrets, making her stories intriguing and fun. She resides in Southern Michigan with her family (her dog, her cats, her caged husband... you get the idea).

You can find more about her books at Muse It Hot


Kay Dee Royal ~ Guest Post ~ Sexy Movie Night

Christmas Sexy Movie Night

Happy Holidays everyone ~ thank you so much for stopping by, and while you’re here, please remember to follow this lovely blog; )
A lot of people have a favorite Christmas movie…or a few favorites, and mine seems to be an ever building list as there are new films made every year. Last year I spent days knitting and crocheting while watching a number of Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel. Talk about a way to get into the holiday “spirit” of joy: )
My family grew up with a few favorites from our parents’ era and are still favorites, such as: White Christmas, Holiday Inn, Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life…and my personal “family” favorite is Christmas Vacation  – it’s not a romance, but Chevy Chase is at his all-time great ~ we still gather around to watch this one; )
But for a night alone with your significant other, try something romantic, like The Holiday (2006) starring Camryn Dias and Kate Winslet, Jack Black and Jude Law…and I won’t forget Eli Wallach (what a gentleman;) It’s an amazing romance…maybe a little chick-flicky, but my husband liked it too. Love Jack Black in the role he plays: )
Prepare a finger-food tray, nice bottle of wine (or your favorite cocktail), scented candles for lighting, massage oil or lotion, and a soft blanket to snuggle in together on the couch…or on the floor (like a picnic). Once the movie is going and you’re feeling sated food-wise, suggest massaging your significant other. He or she can still watch the movie as you do your thing with the massage lotion (make sure your door is locked for the pleasure that follows). All is relaxing and calming…and passion inducing; ) You can always pause/stop the movie and play soft music for a while if things get frisky; )
A Holiday evening together might be a simple movie night with a few frills…and a whole lot of thrills *grins*

So, what romantic Holiday movie would you pick?

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Friday, December 12, 2014

The Austin Series 99c Bargain

Author Bio

I write contemporary erotic romance novels, with humour, which are full of emotion and plenty of drama. I am a 44 year old female from the United Kingdom and live in the wonderful countryside of Wales, surrounded by rolling hills, trees and fields full of sheep and cows. Writing aids include chocolate, Ben & Jerry’s and copious amounts of coffee, wine or cider.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Book Blitz - The Fire Inside by Kathryn Shay

The Fire Inside
(Hidden Cove Firefighters #7)
by Kathryn Shay


Fire Department Psychologist Jack Harrison has spent his life helping firefighters in Hidden Cove deal with firefighting deaths, PTSD, broken marriages, the fear of spouses for their loved ones, and a variety of firefighter romances. He is especially beloved by the Malvasos, as revealed in the previous family saga novels. But when he goes to upstate New York to train incognito with a recruit class, he meets Captain Tess Righetti, unaware of her connection to the famous Italian family. And he clashes big time with her about her stern approach to teaching the recruits.

Then, one night after she is injured, their contact unexpectedly explodes into sizzling passion, but because of circumstances, Jack never contacts her again. Until she moves to Hidden Cove. Tempers flare, sparks fly and fireworks follow them everywhere.

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Visit Kathryn's website to read the first chapter!

For a limited time you can get the first book in the series for FREE


About the Author

A NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestseller, Kathryn Shay is a lifelong writer. At fifteen, she penned her first ‘romance,’ a short story about a female newspaper reporter in New York City and her fight to make a name for herself in a world of male journalists – and with one hardheaded editor in particular. Looking back, Kathryn says she should have known then that writing was in her future. But as so often happens, fate sent her detouring down another path.

Fully intending to pursue her dream of big city lights and success in the literary world, Kathryn took every creative writing class available at the small private women’s college she attended in upstate New York. Instead, other dreams took precedence. She met and subsequently married a wonderful guy who’d attended a neighboring school, then completed her practice teaching, a requirement for the education degree she never intended to use. “But,” says Kathryn, “I fell in love with teaching the first day I was up in front of a class, and knew I was meant to do that.”

Kathryn went on to build a successful career in the New York state school system, thoroughly enjoying her work with adolescents. But by the early 1990s, she’d again made room in her life for writing. It was then that she submitted her first manuscript to publishers and agents. Despite enduring two years of rejections, she persevered. And on a snowy December afternoon in 1994, Kathryn sold her first book to Harlequin Superromance.

To this date, Kathryn has written a total of fifty-two books: thirty-six romances with the Berkley Publishing Group and Harlequin Enterprises, 1 mainstream women’s fiction with Bold Strokes Books and fifteen original independently published romances. There are over five million copies of her books in print, along with hundreds of thousands downloaded online.

Kathryn has won five RT Book Reviews awards, four Golden Quill Awards, four Holt Medallions, the Bookseller’s Best Award, Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year and several “Starred Reviews.” Her novels have been serialized in COSMOPOLITAN magazine and featured in USA TODAY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL and PEOPLE magazine. Her work has made the NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, Amazon, Apple and Barnes and Noble bestseller lists. There are over five million copies of her books in print, along with hundreds of thousands downloaded online.

Even in light of her writing success, that initial love of teaching never wavered for Kathryn. She finished out her teaching career in 2004, retiring from the same school where her career began. These days, she splits her time between a home in upstate New York and a condo on the beach in Florida.

“My life is very full,” she reports, “but very happy. I consider myself fortunate to have been able to pursue and achieve my dreams.”

You can find Kathryn at 


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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Book Review - I Found You (Starting Out #1) by Jane Lark

Tomorrow is for regrets. Tonight is for being together. 

On a cold winter night, Rachel and Jason’s lives collide on Manhattan Bridge. She’s running from life, he’s running toward it. But compassion urges him to help her. 

His offer of a place to stay leads to friendship and trouble. There’s his fiancée back home in Oregon and a family who just don’t trust this girl from the wrong side of the tracks. 
But when the connection between them is so electric, so right… everyone else must be wrong. And as the snow begins to settle on the Hudson, there’s nothing but the possibility of what could be – of this, right here, right now. Them.

My Review

Rating - 5 Books

I received ARC in exchange for an honest review.  

I like this book so much,story and plot is very unique, you can easily relate with the characters. I super duper love Jason, he is gentleman,God fearing and he is very close to his family. His parents raised him well.He is very honest with his parents,did not keep any secret. He did his best to fight for his love to Rach. I cannot blame him if he fall out of love to Lindy. He helped ,accept and love Rach with all his heart. I hope I can find a man like Jason.

Rach characters is very unique too,she had a dark past but she did anything to recover from what she experienced. She find a job so that she can  get up once more and she promise to herself that she will leave her past behind and start a new life. Rach is very positive and bubbly person that's why Jason fell in love with her. I admire her when she went to Oregon to meet Jason's parents, they did not treat her well but still she ignore it for Jason.

There's so many emotional scene in the story that really made me cry. I love how the author showed to the reader the love and respect for the family,forgiveness and moving on. 

That is how you know a book is good, when it devours all your thoughts. I am very much looking forward to the last book and I hope all of you give this series a chance. 

Kudos to Jane Lark.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Virgin for the Night (For The Night #2)

My next client is aspiring actress Summer Beresford, whose brief for the evening is that she wants to be treated as if she’s a virgin, to be seduced and wooed. I’d already felt conflicted when I’d received her booking form detailing her scenario, as a rule I didn’t do tender gentle love making, women booked me because of my reputation for fucking, hard. To compound my dilemma, I couldn’t stop looking at her damn photograph and had even used an image of her in my mind to get hard and come with another client. Not only was that highly unprofessional of me, it was potentially hazardous to my reputation in case I groaned the wrong woman’s name. I was already treading that very fine line between professional and personal. Before I’d even met the damn woman she had me breaking one of my cardinal rules, Never fall for one of your clients. The more I looked at her photo though, the more I wanted her. 

Summer Beresford, I’m about to woo your arse off and have my own virginal experience, making love for the first time.

My Review
Rating - 5 Books

I received ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Another beautiful and hot novel of C.J Fallowfield,this is a fast paced story but it's worth it. When I read Strangers for the Night I became more intrigue and obsessed with Logan. The connection and sparks between Logan and Summer is there,very obvious,they have great chemistry but Logan stick to his rule in dealing with his clients. Logan is everything I love in a main man character in books. Hope to meet him in person not to mention to avail his service,lol.

I got sucked into the story from the very first page,I like this book  the premises was great, the writing was engaging and the chemistry was A +.

I'm very excited to read the next book in the series.
I'm looking forward that Logan will meet his match,that will turn his world upside down.I want to see Logan fell in love.

Good job C.J, thanks for sharing this wonderful,sexy novel.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Book Blitz- Hands Off! The 100 Day Agreement by Candy J Starr

Book & Author Details:

Hands Off! The 100 Day Agreement by Candy J. Starr
Publication date: December 5th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance


One hundred days without sex? Is that even possible?
When I got offered an exchange year to the Italian art school of my dreams, I nearly cried. I could barely afford college expenses at home let alone in a foreign country. I had to decline but my rich, uptight grandmother called with her screwed up offer.
If I agreed to her conditions, she’d foot the bill. So I agreed. I figured she didn’t really care about my sex life, she just wanted me to keep my partying off the radar of her fancy friends.
I was so wrong.
The sexy but annoying Chad moved into my apartment to keep me under surveillance. He’s impervious to my charms and for some damn reason, dead set on making sure I lose this deal.
One hundred days is a helluva long time to avoid temptation – even longer when Chad becomes the temptation.

Candy J. Starr used to be a band manager until she realised that the band she managed was so lacking in charisma that they actually sucked the charisma out of any room they played. "Screw you," she said, leaving them to wallow in obscurity - totally forgetting that they owed her big bucks for video equipment hire.

Candy has filmed and interviewed some big names in the rock business, and a lot of small ones. She's seen the dirty little secrets that go on in the back rooms of band venues. She's seen the ugly side of rock and the very pretty one.

But, of course, everything she writes is fiction.

She is currently working on Rock Star vs Millionaire - the sequel to Bad Boy Rock Star. Want to know about new releases and secret fan only offers? Join her mailing list -

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Blog Tour - Choosing Evil by Kristina Rienzi

Choosing Evil
Ensouled Trilogy
Book 1
Kristina Rienzi

Genre: Paranormal Suspense/Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Midnight Frost Books
Date of Publication: November 25, 2014


Word Count: 70k estimated

Book Description:

Serafina Murano is no stranger to the paranormal. All of her life she’s lived harmoniously alongside demons. Damon Serpe is a conflicted demon on a mission. Unexpectedly, they collide into each other’s lives and are inexorably drawn to one another.

Dark deadly secrets, gut wrenching betrayal, and elusive questions haunt her and have her entire life. Instinctively, Serafina realizes Damon holds the key to her understanding. If she trusts him, can he help decipher her recurring nightmares and unravel the mysteries surrounding her?

On the eve of her thirtieth birthday, she must select her path and make a difficult choice. One which will change her, and perhaps the world, forever.

Will Serafina embrace the truth and face her evil?

Would you?

Find Choosing Evil on Amazon and Goodreads


          Already late, Serafina began sprinting toward her building. She was still deep in thought and failed to pay attention. A second later, she slammed into what felt like a brick wall. Her coffee cup filled with mocha latte went flying, landing all over an impeccable pinstriped suit.
          She stopped breathing when she faced the victim of her morning beverage. A handsome bronzed man, almost two feet taller than Serafina, stood in front of her. His irises were so light they looked almost clear. They held a world of intrigue and reeled her right in. Those iridescent opal eyes were magnificent and haunting, telling her almost everything she needed to know about him. He was a demon.
          His smile was perfection, revealing a set of incredibly beautiful teeth. He was stunning and he wasn't human. Serafina wiped her moist palms on her dress and gave him a half-smile. "I'm so sorry." She rummaged through her purse for napkins or tissues, not fully understanding why the universe had chosen this moment, a time when her best self wasn’t present, to meet a gorgeous demon, like him.
          "No problem, I’m Damon.” His smoky voice made her shudder with pleasure. 
          "Serafina,” she lowered her voice but it didn’t sound natural and it wasn’t nearly as sultry as she wished it had been. She stepped forward to shake Damon’s hand and her heel caught on the pavement. As she began to tip over, he grabbed her arm and pulled her up straight, all in one swift motion. Now attached to him, her arms wrapped around his waist in desperation. When she realized what she was doing, she shuffled away from him and tried regain her balance.
          "Are you okay?" His expression showed his concern. 
          "I'm fine. But, I didn’t have my coffee yet."  Serafina tried to flatten the wrinkles in her dress and right herself.
          Damon laughed, catching her off guard. Relieved, Serafina laughed too. She didn’t expect her attempt at humor to work. Given her morning, she didn't think there was any wittiness in her to begin with, let alone, for it to come with such ease.
          When Serafina’s laid eyes on the mess she had made, her posture went rigid. It was a coffee crime scene, straight out of a forensic textbook. Luminal would have exposed her caffeine attack for all to see. For her assault, she should have been handcuffed on the spot. "I've ruined your clothes.”
Damon brushed himself off and buttoned up his suit jacket. "I’m fine.”

          "Yes, you are." Serafina meant to say it in her head, or at the least under her breath, but it had come out of her mouth loud and clear. Her face became hot in an instant, so she began fanning herself.  
          "This might sound like a line, but I’m glad you bumped into me. Where are you from?” Damon’s eyes twinkled, but his question sounded forced as if he already knew her answer.  
          "Home, today that is.” She failed horribly at making another joke. “But I've lived at the Jersey Shore all of my life." She tried to redeem herself "And, yes, it did sound like a line.” He was definitely the new one in town. "Did you move here recently?"
          Damon shook his head. "I'm as new as you. I've lived in Rivershore for many years. I work in Maroon County and for just as long."
          Rivershore was an upscale town not far from where she grew up in the modest beach town of Silver Lake. Although she had worked in the city for several years, Serafina spent all of her free time at the Jersey Shore, mainly Maroon County. Even more coincidentally, Serafina would turn thirty years old soon, so Damon was technically the same age as her. Demons never aged past the age of thirty.
          From what he said, they had shared the commonality of living and working in nearby towns. So, it didn’t make sense she had never seen him before. Clearly, he had a knack for hiding. However, many years in demon terms could have been any amount of time since demons were practically immortal.
          She studied him for more reasons than one, although he was striking and easy to admire. Damon’s exquisite appearance reminded her of a model or an actor. He had a rugged look, yet he was polished. He wore his expensive suit coupled with his five o'clock shadow as if it were a fashion statement. His ebony hair was long enough to push behind his ears. He was a unique mix of a tattoo artist and a Hollywood movie star. The combination really worked for him.
          Serafina’s eye contact with him was firm but her muscles lost all of their tension. “Where exactly do you work? I can’t believe I’ve never seen you before.” She felt weak as she visually devoured Damon. She was certain she would have remembered him if she had seen him before. The fact their paths had never crossed was inexplicable to her. Then, so was the supernatural. Humans living with a paranormal reality made anything possible.
          Right as Damon was about to answer, his watch alarm went off. He silenced it. "I've got to run, but it was nice meeting you, Serafina. I hope to bump into you again, and soon.”  He touched her arm lightly in a goodbye gesture and once more flashed his award-winning smile.  
          By the time Serafina summoned the nerve to reply, "Me too," he was already gone.

About the Author:

Kristina Rienzi was born and raised at the Jersey Shore where she still lives today.  Her debut paranormal suspense novel, CHOOSING EVIL, is being published by Frost Books on November 25, 2014.

Professionally, Kristina has been active in the writing community as a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime-Central Jersey, Romance Writers of America and New Jersey Romance Writers, serving as Chair of the Literary Book Fair in 2013. Kristina has her Masters Degree in Psychological Counseling and her Senior Professional in Human Resources Certificate, working in both fields throughout her business career.

Personally, Kristina is married and a doggie mommy to Pekingese and Shih Tzu pups. Although a lover of New Jersey, she dreams of one day moving to Hawaii and living the “Aloha” way. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading, watching paranormal investigations, rooting for her West Virginia Mountaineers or relaxing with her loved ones, wine in hand.

Kristina is currently working on BREAKING EVIL, the sequel to CHOOSING EVIL, as well as another paranormal suspense novel, UNLEASH THE WICKED, about an unsuspecting witch at the Jersey Shore.

How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?

I’ve always been intrigued with the balance between good and evil, as well as with the paranormal. I’m fascinated with people who are considered to be evil. It’s one of the reasons I pursued my masters degree in psychology. A part of me believes people are generally good, so when there’s a person who seems to be normal but turns out to have sinister intentions, I wonder why they’re so different from the rest of us. Or, are we all much more alike than we think? Those are the questions that begged to be answered in Choosing Evil.

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?  If you write more than one, how do you balance them?

I’ve written in all genres in some fashion, although I’m drawn to creating work with darker elements. While it crosses the lines into light horror and paranormal romance, Choosing Evil is primarily a paranormal suspense. The genre chose me, versus the other way around. I write from the heart and let whatever genre rises to the surface to come out. I have paranormal suspense on my mind right now, but I know there will be a traditional mystery or thriller in my near future.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

My mother read to me at a very young age, and I was reading myself long before entering kindergarten. She stayed at home to raise me and books were a huge part of my early education. I loved reading, so writing became an extension of that love. I don’t think much has changed today.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing creatively all of my life. What started out as short stories and poetry, graduated to novels over the course of about twenty years.

What kind(s) of writing do you do?

All kinds! Besides novel writing, I’ve written articles, speeches, press releases, blog posts, poems, short stories and technical pieces.I love to write in all capacities.

What cultural value do you see in writing/reading/storytelling/etc.?

Stories open your mind.They teach you lessons and they make you consider your own values and beliefs. I believe there’s a tremendous amount of importance, cultural and otherwise, to be gleaned from one’s exposure to literature. Most critically, giving people insight into themselves and the world at large.

How does your book relate to your spiritual practice or other life path?

I explore the dark side of life in my fiction, but my life’s path is simply to be a good person. I was raised to be generous and kind, and to accept others for who they are, flaws and all.

The characters in Choosing Evil, while dark, are charged with challenging their beliefsystemsabout good and evil in others, as well aswithin themselves.The desire is there for each of them to fall one way or the other on the spectrum, but they aren’t always successful, as is in life.

What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?  

In Choosing Evil, my goal was for my readers to consider the possibility that there’s more we don’t know, than we do know, about life. As my characters were confronted with embracing who they truly were inside, I wanted my readers to do the same. I hope I achieved my goals, but my readers will be the ones to decide.

Can you share some stories about people you met while researching this book?

I met a fantastic freelance editor, Susanne Lakin who encouraged me to entirely revamp Choosing Evil when it was in its infancy. Susanne challenged me on Choosing Evil’s story elements, especially the paranormal world building. It was the reason (I believe) that I landed a publishing contract so quickly (under six months).

Also, being in the company of the NYT Best Selling Author, Jonathan Maberry at events and writing clubs has been awe-inspiring. He’s one of the most down to earth leaders in the writing community, in addition to be a mind-blowing writer in the paranormal genre. Everyone should be reading his work and following his success – he’s a force not only be reckoned with, but to be admired.  

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