REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: The Thrill Of It by Lauren Blakely



ThrillofItA new adult story of Love. Sex. Addiction. Blackmail. And Power…

Some say love can be an addiction. Others say it’s the thing that makes life worth living. Let me tell you everything I know about love…Love isn’t patient, love isn’t kind. Love is a game, a chase. A thrill. Love is wild and war-like, and every man and woman must fight for themselves. At least that’s how it was for me. A high-priced virgin call girl by the time I started college, I was addicted to love and to sex. Even though I’ve never had either. I controlled love, played it, and held the world in the palm of my hands. Then I fell down from those highs, and I’m being blackmailed for all my mistakes, forced to keep secrets from everyone, except the only guy I don’t regret.


With all the other women, I knew what they were. They were temporary. They were pills, they were bottles, they took away all the pain, and numbed the awful memories that wore down my ragged, wasted heart. Until I met Harley. She’s the only girl I ever missed when she walked away. But now she’s back in my life, every day, and there are no guarantees for us, especially since I don’t know how to tell her my secrets. What happened to my family. All I know is she’s the closest I’ve ever come to something real, and I want to feel every second of it.

How can you love with no regrets when regret is all you know?


I LOVED The Thrill Of It…this book was very unique and different then anything I have read lately!! I LOVE Lauren’s books and she outdid herself with this one! It was a story not many would write and that was one of the things that made it so interesting!! I can’t wait for book 2…really can’t wait because this one ends with a HEA that has a twist you don’t see coming!!!


***ARC provided by author in exchange for honest review!***

Lauren Blakely Bio:

LaurenBlakelybluedressheadshotLauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat,
heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He’s Mine, Playing With Her Heart, Trophy Husband, and Far Too Tempting. On November 21, she’ll release the edgy new adult novel THE THRILL OF IT. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.







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COVER REVEAL: Drew & Fable Forever by Monica Murphy

We are extremely thrilled to share the cover of Monica Murphy’s novella DREW + FABLE FOREVER. Fans of the One Week Girlfriend Series will want to preorder now for just $.99!!! We know you’ll love this novella as much as we do!

DREW + FABLE FOREVER releases on January 14!!




Monica Murphy returns with her most beloved characters, Drew and Fable, in this eBook original short story that brings her bestselling New Adult series full circle.

Fantasy. How I ended up with NFL player Drew Callahan, the guy every woman wants, is beyond my wildest dreams. All I know is that once he chose me as his one and only, I sure wasn’t looking back. I had past wounds and he showed patience and concern—even accepting responsibility for my messed-up kid brother. Now, yet again, he’s found a way to blow my mind: an exotic wedding and honeymoon miles and miles away from home. What else could a girl ever ask for?

Reality. Except now the honeymoon’s over. Drew’s football schedule takes him on the road constantly, while I need to stay put and look after my brother until he finishes high school—because God knows our sorry excuse for a mother won’t. I know Drew loves me with all his heart, and I’ll always be over the moon about him. This just isn’t how I imagined life as newlyweds . . . dealing with the distance, missing him constantly. But we’ve gone through hard times before. We can get through this, too, right? We’re Drew and Fable, together forever. At least I hope so. . . .


“We should check out Ocean Avenue tomorrow,” Drew whispers close to my ear, amusement tingeing his deep voice.

“What? Are you serious?” Even though I’ve come to terms with being here, it doesn’t mean I want to linger and make it a serious vacation. Besides, Drew needs to get back home so he can resume practice.

“Well yeah, remember the spot where we kissed?” His eyes are warm as they search my face, filled with so much love I feel my heart swell.

“Yes,” I whisper achingly. “Of course I remember.”

“I want to go back there.” He tucks a strand of hair behind my ear, his index finger lingering on my skin. “I want to kiss you again in that little alley and remember how wet we were from the rain. How nervous I was. I was scared you might reject me.”

I’d felt the same way. We’d dealt with much of the same feelings and fears and hadn’t even known it.

“I want to take you to that store where you got the dress that just about killed me and buy you whatever you want,” he continues, his fingers drifting across my jaw. My eyes flutter closed as memories rush back at me. “I want to sit outside the dressing room and have you come out to show me every single thing you’re trying on.”

That he remembers all the little details sends a thrill of pleasure spiraling to the very depths of my soul.

“And then I want to wander off for a bit and let you do whatever you want, secretly hoping that you’ll send me a text that says marshmallow. Though if you don’t that’s okay because I’ll send you one instead.” He offers up a crooked smile and the sight of it cracks my heart wide open, overflowing with so much pure love for him I want to cry. “Because we made a deal. Whenever we see or hear that word, the other comes running. I’ll always be the one to rescue you, Fable. You never have to worry about that.”


MonicaMurphypic-250x373ABOUT MONICA MURPHY:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.




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BOOK TOUR: My Brother, My Rival by Eve Rabi

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Title– My Brother, My Rival – All Out Of Love (Book #1)
Author– Eve Rabi
Genre– Modern Day Romance
Publication Date – August 29, 2013
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Cody Garrett, a former Navy SEAL, has never met a skirt he didn’t fancy. His six-pack, rugged looks and bad boy image ensures a steady stream of hot babes waiting to slip him their phone numbers wherever he goes. So, he is confused when Bridie Barker refuses to go on a date with him.

It’s not like she’s a stunning beauty or something. According to him, her ears are big, she’s well-rounded and she’s not even a D-cup. In spite of her shortcomings, the more she pushes him away, the more he finds himself thinking of her. Twenty-year-old Bridie Barker has control issues. Every detail in her life is planned. Her closet is color-coded and she has an array of storage containers, to ensure that everything is in its correct place. Her whole world is black and white, and grey areas are a no-no.

When she meets the warm and grounded Scott Garrett, she thinks she has found her soul mate. Unfortunately, and to her disappointment, things don’t pan out with Scott. While waiting tables, she has a disastrous run-in with his brother, Wild Boy Cody Garrett, King of Body Shots, who parties every night with a different girl. Even though he’s good to look at and makes her laugh, she turns down his advances as he’s clearly the tag-and-release kind of guy. Besides, she is pretty sure he owns not a single storage container, and she’s certain that his closet is not color-coded.

Problem is, Cody Garrett finds her rejection an aphrodisiac and pursues her.



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“Now,” he said, when he surfaced for air, “what the fuck is your problem?”
Before I could answer, he kissed me again, then said, “Don’t answer that. I’m sick of you and your stuck up ways! You’re driving me nuts with your bitching.”
Another kiss, before he spoke again.
“Show me how to act grown up, Bridie. I need your help here. I’m the eldest child in my family and I have a crude sense of entitlement. It’s what gives me confidence to achieve in life, but at the same time, it’s my downfall. It makes me a spoiled son of a bitch, and fuck, I never realized it until now, and baby, I really needed my ass kicked by someone like you.” He kissed me again.
“This ass-kicking, it’s an experience like nothing I have ever felt before. I like it and I hate it. Now, just put your arms around my neck and kiss me like you did before.”
I summoned a glare but when I looked into his blue eyes, my insides turned to mush.
To my disgust, my levelheadedness, my determination to lose him and all Usher’s Burn motivating lyrics did a David Copperfield on me and vanished. Poof!
To my disgust, I put my arms around his neck and matched the intensity of his kisses.
As I kissed him, the bruising inside of me healed and the burning ceased. He was a dose of citrus-flavored antacid to my soul.
“Now, that’s better,” he said between kisses. “Don’t you feel better now that you surrendered to me? Huh? Don’t you? Huh?”
“Shaddup!” I whispered, as I held his face in my hands and kissed him.
“Okay, okay, I’ll shaddup.”
“I don’t wanna be forced into anything,” I said in a meaningful voice. “I’m not into body shots, I don’t do threesomes, I’m old-fashioned in a lot of ways and I tend to go …”
“What?” he frowned. “You mean you don’t want to fuck me in the back seat of my Hummer?”
“What about in an hour?”

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I liked both of this books…they were very interesting and had an unique storyline in my opinion. They held my attention and kept me engaged the whole time from page one of the first book to the last page of the second book. I really enjoyed Eve’s writing style and can’t wait to read more of her books!!

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Eve Rabi lives in Australia, but she was born in South Africa. She is the author of 20 books and is known for her kick-ass leading ladies, alpha males and no holes-barred love stories. Oh, and let’s not forget about humour, it’s a must in her books.

To quote a reviewer: “When you pick up an Eve Rabi book, forget sleep. She writes gripping page turners that will keep you reading till the very end.”

Eve’s books include:
GRINGA -In the hands of a Ruthless Drug Lord (Which has reached No 1 on Amazon) books 1, 2, 3, 4
CAPTURED – My Sworn Enemy, my Secret Lover
Books 1 and 2
THE CHEAT – A tale of lies and Infidelity
Books 1 and 2
DECEPTION – A Palace full of Liars
Books 1 and 2
BURN’S WORLD – A love Triangle
Books 1,2,3,4
YOU WILL PAY – For Leaving Me.
OBSESSED WITH ME – When She Rejected His Advances, He set Out to Destroy her
Books 1 and 2
BETRAYED – He’s get his Girl at any Cost
Books 1 and 2

Books that, like GRINGA, are sure to offend, entertain and amuse readers in various parts of the globe.

Please direct all hate mail and death threats to as she would really love to hear from you, good and not so good and please …write a review.

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ: A Home For Christmas by Ann Vaughn




A Home for Christmas

Ann Vaughn



Publication: November 28, 2013




Single mom, Jenna Blackwell wasn’t having a very good start to the Christmas season; her purse got stolen on Black Friday. She’s cursing her luck and herself for even being out in the Black Friday madness when the store manager brings in Riley Stanton, a former Navy SEAL who chased down the thieves and recovered her purse. Jenna is blown away by Riley: his looks, his smile, the fact that he ran down the purse snatchers, everything.


Riley Stanton had no idea when he chased down the kids who stole a few purses that he would walk into a room and have his life changed forever. He looked into the eyes of Jenna and saw a strength in her that he found intriguing.


Riley soon learns that Jenna is everything he ever wanted in a woman. He falls for her and for her son harder than he expected to. Jenna is cautious but welcoming and hopes that she and her son can give Riley the one thing he hasn’t had in years, A Home for Christmas.





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Riley came over every evening after work. He helped Cam with his homework. he got there before she did on Wednesday and he and Cam had dinner ready by the time she got home. Jenna had to fight tears as she sat at the table. It had been so long since someone had cooked for her. To be honest, other than her mother, she didn't think anyone ever had. Wade, her ex, certainly never did. Watching Cam work so closely with Riley, having Riley there filling the role that Wade had abandoned, even sitting at a table with candlelight and roses and food she hadn't had to prepare…it was a lot for her to handle. She was barely hanging on by a thread and when Riley had initiated the blessing, she lost it. "Mom?" Cam asked, uncertain of what was happening. Jenna covered her face with her hands, silently crying. She heard the scrape of a chair and then suddenly Riley was there, his arms around her, lifting her from the chair. She heard him say something to Cam and then he carried her from the room.


He sat on the sofa and cradled her in his lap and just held her while she cried. After several minutes, when her tears had subsided somewhat, Riley reached down to cup her chin in his hand and lift her head so he could look into her eyes. "I'm sorry," she whispered. "Nothing to be sorry about," he said, smoothing his hands over her cheeks to wipe her tears away.


"Mom?" Cam asked again, drawing her attention. "You OK?" "I'm good, bud, I'm sorry." Riley looked up at Cam and made eye contact with him. Jenna wasn't sure what passed between them, but Cam got up and left, leaving her there with Riley. "Look at me," he said, softly. When she raised her eyes to meet his gaze, he lifted her hand and kissed her knuckles. "What's going on?" She took a deep breath. "It's just…no one's ever done something like this for me before." "Like what? Take care of you?" She nodded. "Better get used to it, babe. I'm not going anywhere." She squeezed his hand, tears falling down her cheeks again. This time, Riley leaned forward and kissed them away before touching his lips to hers. For the first time, Jenna didn't hold herself back.


Maybe it was because Cam was just down the hall and she knew it couldn't get out-of-control. Whatever the case, she turned in his arms and wrapped her arms around his neck, deepening the kiss. "Thank you, Riley," she whispered when they pulled apart, pressing her forehead to his, and placing her fingertips against his lower lip. He nipped her fingertip lightly, then ran his tongue around her finger. "Anytime," he replied, "and I mean that. You don't have to do it all alone any more." "Riley," she whispered, kissing him, "please don't make promises you can't keep. My heart is fragile enough, but Cam…" He kissed her back. "Quit while you're ahead. Don't piss me off." She smiled and combed her fingers through the hair at his nape. "I'll try." "Good. Let me take care of you, Jenna.


You and Cam." She took a deep breath. "Tell you what. You're still here by Christmas? We'll talk," she said, giving him a final kiss then sliding off his lap. He watched her walk down the hall to Cam's room. Closing his eyes and letting his head fall back on the couch, he reached down to adjust himself in his jeans. For the first time since leaving the Navy, Riley felt like he wasn't just spinning his wheels.



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Riley followed Cam into the living room and through the crowd so that they were standing at the front of the ring of people who had gathered around Jacke's piano, his mother on his right and Jenna's mother on his left. "Ladies and gentlemen," Jenna's father began, "I want to thank you for coming tonight. It is an honor and a joy to see so many of you in our home to celebrate this wonderful, joyous season with us. The wait staff is coming around with trays of champagne. Please, take a glass, and as they have done every year since they were five years old, allow my beautiful daughters to wish you and yours a wonderful, Merry Christmas." Jackie began to play as polite applause lauded their father's speech. Riley's eyes were locked on Jenna as the lights were dimmed and she was illuminated only by the twinkling of Christmas lights and the flames from the candles in the room. When she began to sing "O Holy Night", a chill ran through him at the purity and clarity of her voice.


She sounded, in his opinion, like an angel. Her voice was soft and sweet and reminded him of the times he'd heard the Celtic Woman group perform. When she hit the high note at the end, his breath caught. She was incredible. He placed his hand over his heart and flashed a bright smile to her when she finished, making her give a slight giggle. "This next song," she announced, "has been on my heart since I met this handsome sailor," she said, gesturing to him. "The other night, we were talking about the Christmases he spent in the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan, and even once in Bethlehem while in the Service, and how he missed being home for Christmas so many years. So, Riley, this one is for you." Jackie began playing, and then, singing in a completely different voice than she had the previous song, she locked eyes with him. Her voice was sultry as she sang, "I'm dreaming tonight, of a place I love, even more than I usually do. And although, I know, it's a long road back, I promise you…I'll be Home for Christmas…"


Beside him, his mother placed her hand on his bicep. he reached over to touch her hand, but could not tear his gaze away from Jenna. When she finished, proper or not, he stepped forward and drew her into his arms, giving her a brief, tender kiss in front of the assembled crowd. "Thank you," he whispered softly into her ear. "I love you, Riley," she whispered back. He kissed her brow and started to step away but she held him to her with an arm around his waist. "We have one final song. Thank you for spending your evening with our family." Once again, Jackie began playing, and this time, with Riley at her side, Jenna sang "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Riley had his hand on her back and could feel the notes reverberating through her as she sang. He was so impressed with her singing; her voice was beautiful, different with all three songs that she sang. Sweet, sultry, soft and gentle all mixed together. He was so unbelievably turned on he was afraid the whole room would know. When she finished singing, she turned into him once more, kissing his cheek when he leaned down to whisper, "You're amazing," into her ear.












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Publication Date: August 7, 2013
Shane McCanton and Tessa Kelly were childhood enemies. Everything was a contest to them and Tessa always seemed to show Shane that nice guys finished last. Things change, however, when hormones take over and Shane begins to see the perpetual thorn-in-his-side as more than just his childhood nemesis…

Tessa had never meant to set into motion events that led to their childhood rivalry, but once it started, she embraced it with gusto…until her world started to fall apart and she realized that Shane was the one constant in her life, her rock who would never leave her and help her find her Long Way Home…



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Publication Date: November 4, 2013
Colt Harris wasn't on the hunt for love when he looked up from his lunch and spotted Sarah. As cliched as it was, time stood still – all he could see was her. Hearing her laugh sealed his fate; he knew his life was about to change. 

Sarah Sauter was used to being alone. She lost her parents when she was eighteen and after a really bad love affair, had given up on ever finding love. Since then, her life had been all about simply surviving. Little did she know that when she went to lunch with her co-workers, she would have a chance encounter with a man who would literally turn her world upside down. 

When Colt steps into Sarah's life, he finds that things with her aren't exactly as they appear to be. Secrets hidden deep in her past begin to surface, dropping Colt and Sarah in the middle of a nearly twenty-seven year old mystery. It will take all of Colt's strength, patience and resolve Finding Home for Sarah.


About  the Author

Ann Vaughn is a Native Texan now living in Oklahoma. She's been writing since the seventh grade (many MANY moons ago) when she and her friends were obsessed with the Sweet Valley High series. Back then, access to books wasn't as easy as it is now, so to tide her over between SVH releases, she began writing her own, Texas versions of SVH, full of lots of Texas Friday Night Lights and pitfalls and perils of teenage life in the 80s. Writing has always been a comfort and a release for her, though she never expected to be published. It wasn't until a conversation with her husband about the rise of eBooks that she decided to try her hand at self-publishing. It was scary and exciting and ever since the release of her first book, Long Way Home on August 7, 2013 she has been on a wild roller coaster ride that she wouldn't trade for the world. 


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REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Finding My Way Home by Vicki Green

When you have a good heart,

You help too much,

You trust too much,

You give too much,

You love too much,

And it always seems,

You hurt the most

How do you become strong enough to leave an abusive husband? How do you get away safely? How do you get your self-esteem back? Brennan Michaels, or so her new I.D. states, escapes by train to an unknown small town in Wyoming. She finds the town is not even on any maps but something draws her there. The township befriends her, she finds a job and a place to live, in a Boarding House, not realizing the other tenant is a Hot, Sexy ex-football player and model that is dealing with his own past issues.

Hutchinson Parker or Hutch to those close to him, had a loving wife, who he cherished and was his entire world until she was taken from him by Cancer. His life ceased to exist, his football and modeling didn’t matter anymore. Nothing mattered until he found a small town in Wyoming and after nine months of grieving he meets a girl named Brennan who takes his breath away. He can tell she is dealing with something bad, something happened to her. Most people who find the small town are running from something. Her skittish behavior and the fading marks on her face means one thing. Someone abused her.

Will she find her way home?


I was given an ARC of this book by the author and this book was AMAZING! I laughed and cried during this book…it was so full of emotions! I was hooked from the very beginning. Vicki Green did an amazing job writing this book…make sure you have tissues nearby!!

5 STARS   ***ARC received in exchanged for an honest review***

Vicki Green grew up in Overland Park, Kansas and currently resides inOlathe, Kansas. Along with her husband and two teenage boys, she shares her home with her cocker spaniel’s Shadow and Mocha. She has been working full time at the same Company for 35 years. Her life has been filled with the most loving and caring parents, who are both gone now but are still in her heart and mind daily.

Vicki enjoys reading Romance books which is what inspired her to begin writing this book. She has always admired Author’s dedication and hard work. She had a dream that played out for over a year, came home one day after work and decided to put it on a word document to see how it read and that became ‘My Savior Forever’, the beginning of her Forever Series.

Upcoming signings:

Indie Mashup, Springdale, Arkansas, July 26, 2014

Red Dirt BoCo, Oklahoma City, OK, August 30, 2014

Penned Con 2014, St. Louis, MO, September 12-13, 2014



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Fun Facts:

  1. I love Classic Rock!!!! My husband and I have friends in a band that we love to go see and hang out with.

  2. I love to dance! Anytime I hear music, I have to move.

  3. I have to have complete silence when I write. Good thing I have the spare bedroom as my office and can shut the door.  J

  4. My husband and I have been married for over 17 years. We have two teenage boys in high school.

  5. I have worked full time at my current job for 35 years.

  6. I love being an Independent Author. I hope my readers enjoy my books and I hope they take them away, for a while, to another place and time.

  7. I have so many book boyfriends and will always love Jesse from My Savior Forever but so far, Shane from Together Forever is my #1 love. ♥

  8. I am anxious, nervous but mostly excited for my first Author signing!

  9. I love to read almost as much as I love writing but I’m sad that I get very little time to read anymore. L

  10. I love to play Disney Girl and Kitchen Scramble on facebook.

  11. I love to play video games. My favorites are Legend of Zelda, Any of the Harvest Moon games and any Animal Crossing games.

  12. I just started watching ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and am in love with it and Charlie Hunnam. Yum!

  13. I am secretly in love with Adam Levine from Maroon 5. Don’t tell anyone.

  14. I am on a currently on a secret mission, will reveal more later.  ♥


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BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY: Dare To Love by Carly Phillips

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Dare to Love FinalSince finding out his father had another family on the side, Ian Dare swore to be the upstanding, responsible man his cheating parent had never been. But after one glimpse of sensual Riley Taylor, with her feminine curves and beguiling eyes and Ian is entranced. He will do anything to possess her … but does that include extending an olive branch to the half-brother who is a constant reminder of pain he’d rather forget? 

Independent and always in control, Riley Taylor makes no apologies for choosing men carefully. Relationships have never been a priority, and she believes herself hardened to domineering men – until she meets charismatic Ian Dare. He manages to turn a simple kiss into an all out assault on her senses. Their affair heats up and they soon realize they complete each other in ways neither ever imagined. But Riley’s family includes a man Ian would rather live without … 


I LOVED Dare To Love.  Carly has been one of my favorite authors for years and Dare To Love was just as amazing as every other book that she has written!!  Carly combines just the right amount of romance and drama in her stories.  The chemistry between Riley and Ian is undeniable but family issues come between them.  But can Riley and Ian really live without each other…can they overcome their family differences??  Dare To Love is the first in Carly’s new series…will this end in a HEA or a cliffhanger?  If you have never read any of Carly’s books…make sure you pick this one up…you’ll be glad you did!!


***ARC received from Author in exchange for honest review***



How long have you been writing, what inspired you to start?


I’ve been writing for over 20 years. It’s very hard to believe. I was always an avid reader. When my first child was born, I sought an escape from the colic in books. I ended up discovering the Romance section for the first time and I was hooked! Finally I could always like how a story ended. I backtracked into authors’ earlier works. After I read LaVyrle Spencer’s Separate Beds, I knew I wanted to try my hand at writing romance. Once I started, I was hooked. I KNEW I would never quit. It was a part of me.

5 best things about being a writer?


~ I love being able to work from home. I was able to be there as my kids grew up. I was so lucky! I am so lucky.

~ I love the adrenaline rush of a scene that writes itself and feels so right! Creating characters who feel real.

~ I love the camaraderie of the Romance community. My best friends are through RWA. Later came Twitter and Facebook and I’ve met the most amazing people – authors, readers, bloggers …

~ I love that all parts of what I do excite me – the writing, the promoting, the social media … how many people can say they love what they do? Like I said, so lucky. I’m grateful.

~ And lastly – (who’d have thought this was such a tough question, LOL!) … I love having an outlet for the voices in my head!

What are three things about you that might surprise your readers?


1. I’m innately shy despite how outgoing I seem on line.

2. I’m tone deaf and can’t carry a tune despite loving to sing. So I only do it when I’m alone.

3. I have no sense of rhythm and I don’t love dancing.

Top 5 favorite scenes from Dare To Love


Oooh! Fun question.

~ First love scene – Ian was pretty dominant and I’d never written that before.

~ Scene by elevator when Riley runs from Ian and he has to stop her – I always wanted to write a scene like that, where the hero can physically grab the heroine and it’s not taboo or bad.

~ When Ian gives Riley the necklace.

~ When Riley faces her father.

~ Ian and Riley’s reconciliation scene.

What scene did you have the most fun writing? Why?


There’s a scene where Ian and Riley have a big argument … and she storms out (or tries to) … It was fun for me because in this story I felt less constrained by “rules” and I was able to write what I wanted.

Please tell us about your characters.


Ian Dare is a self-contained alpha guy. He found out about his father’s betrayal when he was 17 and it affected him greatly. He looked up to the man and his illusions were shattered. He stepped up and became the man of the house, taking care of his mother and siblings, and never letting anyone in. Then he meets Riley. Riley Taylor came from an abusive household. Her mom passed away. The only people she considers family are her step-mom (who is her female role model) and Alex Dare … Ian’s half brother. Ian and Riley’s chemistry is electric, and they are so alike, they complete each other (sorry to be cheesy) … but there are complications – family complications and Riley’s past …

3 Random facts about you.


~ I can eat the same food day in and day out and not get bored, as long as I like it.

~ I’m a fast fast reader. I drive friends crazy with how quickly I can finish a book.

~ I knit. Not well but I do. And I play Mah Jong once a week. If not I’d probably never leave the house or be social.

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2013/14?


November 18, 2013 – Dare to Love – Ian

January 7, 2014 – Perfect Stranger – eBook (novella was in Hot

Summer Nights Anthology this past summer)

February 4, 2014 – Perfect Together – The last SERENDIPITY novel –

Sam Marsden and Nicole Farnsworth’s story

March 2014 – Dare to Desire – Alex

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About Carly:

New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips tossed away her legal briefs and a career as an attorney to become a stay at home mom. Within the year, she turned her love of reading into an obsession with writing. Over 30 published novels later, Carly writes sexy contemporary small town romances, striking a balance between entertainment, humor and the emotion her readers have come to expect and enjoy. Carly is a New York Times bestseller, USA Today Bestseller, Publisher’s Weekly bestseller and as of 2012, a Romance Writer’s of America RITA Nominee. In 2002, Carly’s novel, The Bachelor, became Kelly Ripa’s “Reading with Ripa” pick on Live with Regis and Kelly, making it the first romance ever chosen on a nationally televised book club. Carly received her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and is a graduate of Boston University School of Law (J.D.). To date, Carly has over thirty novels to her credit, all available wherever books are sold. When not writing or playing online, Carly loves to read, occasionally to knit, and to spend time with her family. She lives in Purchase, New York with her husband, two daughters and her dogs, a soft coated wheaten terrier and a Havanese. Her dogs are prominently featured on her website and Facebook page.