Wednesday, March 27, 2013

#BookBlast Kate Pearce's Soul Sucker

About Kate:
Award winning author, Kate Pearce was born into a large family of girls in England, and spent much of her childhood living very happily in a dream world. Despite being told that she really needed to 'get with the program', she graduated from the University College of Wales with an honors degree in history.

A move to the USA finally allowed her to fulfill her dreams and sit down and write her first romance novel. Kate is published by Signet Eclipse, Kensington Aphrodisia, Ellora's Cave, Carina Press, Cleis Press and Virgin Black Lace/Cheek.
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Supernatural Branch of Law Enforcement empath Ella Walsh sucks memories from people's heads. The job fills her mind with others' nightmares and leaves her with little time for love, but if she doesn't pair off with a mate of the government's choosing soon, the psychic blowback will destroy her powers and her sanity.

The last time shapeshifting SBLE superstar Vadim Morosov worked with an empath, he got her killed and himself assigned to a desk. He worries about taking on another partner, but helping Ella track down an empath killer might be his only chance to save his career.

Naturally, the government decides to throw them together.

They resist at first, but they can't deny the simmering heat between them. As the killer's strikes grow closer to home, their bond gets tighter. And when the murderer finally traps Ella, her developing link with Vadim might be the only thing that can save her.


Ella stopped walking and faced him. “Look, are you programmed to disagree with everything I say, or are you just totally obnoxious?”

“Probably a little of both.”

“Then get over it. I’m already tired of having to argue with you all day.”

“You could try agreeing with me for a change.”

She started walking again. “Right. Like that’s going to happen. We’re obviously not meant to be best buddies, okay? So let’s do what Feehan said and try to get along at least on a professional level.”

“You prefer to keep things professional?”

“Of course.”

“You don’t date your colleagues?”

“Why, are you trying to summon up the courage to ask me out?”

He laughed, displaying a dimple near his chin. His blue eyes crinkled at the corners and he looked so damn sexy Ella almost wanted to smile back.

“For the record, Morosov, I don’t date.”

“Why not?”

“Because...” She glared at him. “I don’t owe you an explanation, do I?”

“Not yet.”

“Wow, you really are over-confident.”

“Not at all. As your colleague, I’m just concerned about your well-being.”

“I have men, I don’t date them.”

He nodded. “So you’re afraid of commitment.”

“My life will probably end at twenty-seven.” She looked up at him. “Would you subject someone you loved to that?”

Ella regretted the words the moment she said them. She didn’t want him feeling sorry for her.

He let out his breath. “Probably not.” He reached out and took her hand. “I apologize.”

She flinched as his magic shot through her. “I knew you weren’t quite human.”

He shrugged and released her hand. “I’m many things.”

Text Copyright © 2012 by Kate Pearce
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Friday, March 22, 2013

Paisley Kirkpatrick and The Marriage Bargain

Today I'd like to welcome back Paisley Kirkpatrick with her newest release, Marriage Bargain. I asked Lady Paisley to share some things with us about writing, life, and her fantasy of the perfect writing cottage. 

1.At any given time do you work on only one story at a time and maybe plot out the next one or are there many ideas racing around your head?

I am usually working on a couple of stories at the same time. Since I have a new story being released every seven months, I am revising one while writing another. At times, I have three stories if I have revisions on the current story to be released. I do find that every once in a while I put the wrong name for my hero or heroine. My characters are so real to me that when they aren't where they are supposed to be, it is a surprise. I love when a new story begins taking shape. Some of my ideas go back twenty years and when they finally find the right plot to be put into, the story just takes off. 

2. Is there a genre you haven't written in but would like to? Or wish you could write in?

My male critique partner writes romance with werewolves and vampires. I had never read about them before and have found the genre to be quite fun. He's been encouraging me to write a western with a vampire in it, but I don't know if I am expert enough to tackle a vampire yet. I don't want to get bitten by one. Ghosts are a different story -- I have had plenty of run-ins with the ghosts who've been hanging around since the gold rush era.

3. Do you add an element of romantic suspense in your stories?

Yes, I do in all of my stories. I hadn't realized I was doing this until you asked. It's part of my major plot line. I guess it goes back to my mystery reading days and just came naturally. I like adding twists and turns and present a challenge to my characters.

4. Say you have unlimited funds: What kind of writing office/cottage would you create for yourself?

The tower room of a castle in the Scottish Highlands would be a nice idea. The winding staircase up to the office would have walls filled with books, alphabetized and filled with books on Scottish history, romance, and mysteries. A mural of all of Gerard Butler's movies would circle my office, and the desk would stand in the middle of the room with a plaid carpet. A life-size marble statue of Gerard similar to Michelangelo's David to draw inspiration from on cold lonely nights of writing would stand guard at the door.  Well, you asked! J

5. If you could turn your novel into a TV show, which novel or series would you do? Where would it be set?

This story would be difficult to put some place except for the trail across the country on a wagon train. Doubt it would make a good TV show at this time. My Paradise Pines Series is set in the Placerville, CA, area because of the gold rush era I put my characters into. I suppose it could be a bit like Deadwood with a little more class.

6. Finally, tell us about your latest release!

Marriage Bargain is set on the dusty trail of a wagon train traveling from St. Joseph, Missouri, to the California gold rush area at Placerville, California, in 1849. Betrayal and embarrassment drives Darrah Benjamin to run away from home to take a tutoring job in San Francisco. Darrah finds her journey a pathway to love and forgiveness when an arranged marriage to the wagon scout becomes much more than a convenience. Chase challenges her determination to keep their marriage in name only with his promise -- she’ll give him her heart and invite him to her bed before they arrive at their destination. Darrah has an immediate attraction to the rogue, but holds her emotions tight because she doesn't want her heart broken again.

Charles Danforth, a scout known as Chase, leads a wagon train of emigrants west through plains plundered by murderers. As an undercover agent of President Polk, he has sworn to stop the massacres.  Darrah's inadvertent comment gives him the clue he needs to achieve his assignment. His Sioux blood brother helps Chase end the killings, but almost ruins Chase’s chance of winning Darrah’s heart when he takes matters in his own hands to demonstrate the depth of love Chase has for his wife.

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