Friday, January 31, 2020

Now available for preorder: The White House Wedding!


      When politics interferes with love, can love survive?

Getting married isn’t easy when your father’s the President of the United States! After reluctantly agreeing to a White House wedding, Sarah Lee Pearson, the president’s daughter, finds herself swept into a political maelstrom of unimagined proportions.

The White House staff and the first lady see the wedding as a political event, a way to sweep the president into his next term. Congress is complaining about the collateral costs. The media is delightfully rehashing every aspect of Sarah’s life, even those events that have nothing to do with the impending marriage. And the American public? Visions of an American royal wedding have swept them into a frenzy and vendors take advantage, making a quick buck off of everything from limited edition t-shirts to commemorative teacups.

Sarah and her fiancé, Sam, fight hard to ignore the craziness, but after learning a bounty has been put on their heads by an anti-government militia group, they have to decide whether a White House wedding is indeed worth it. And given all the hurtful controversy, perhaps a better solution is to not get married at all.


“How does my father feel about this?” Sarah asked.

 “Your father wants you to do what makes you happy.”

Jamisen Powell entered his Chief of Staff’s office and nodded coldly at Jeremiah. He added, “He would never ask you to do otherwise.”

Sarah smiled and rose to kiss her father on the cheek. “Thanks, Dad. I knew you wouldn’t ask me to be a political stool pigeon.”

Jamie Powell chuckled. “No. That job apparently falls to staff.” He smiled at Sarah. “Look, hopefully, you only get married once. Make a memory that will mean the most to you and Sam. Nothing else matters.” He shook his head, “Maybe Jeremiah will get lucky and your sister, Melissa, will hook some poor sucker before the next election. She and her mother would be overjoyed planning a White House wedding.”

Jeremiah scowled. “I am only thinking about your re-election, Mr. President. Your first term has been a bit rocky. You need a solidifying factor, something that will grab the hearts and minds of the American public and provide a clear path into the next term. Your story, a daughter lost and found after twenty-five years, especially a daughter who just happens to be a stellar human being and a successful international law attorney, won their hearts in the first election.

“Walking that same daughter down the aisle, something you had never dreamed was possible? The ratings alone will rival a royal wedding. No offense, but Melissa’s marriage—if it ever happens—could never have the same impact. People don’t view her in the same light as Sarah. Melissa is a flighty socialite. Her deep-seated sense of entitlement offends. The ratings for her wedding would be nonexistent. But Sarah? She’s the golden child. The American public loves her.”

The president’s sapphire blue eyes, which mirrored Sarah’s, flashed with annoyance. “Be that as it may, I am not about to force either of my daughters into something they don’t want. Sarah has declined your request, and as far as I am concerned, that’s the end of it. You will have to find another solidifying factor, Jer. Surely I have done something that’s re-election worthy!”

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This week in The Loft: Author Kayelle Allen!

Joining me today in The Loft is space opera and fantasy romance author Kayelle Allen. Kayelle's books are filled with misbehaving robots, mythic heroes, role-playing immortal gamers, and warriors who purr! She is the founder of 7,000-member Marketing for Romance Writers and has been awarded a honorary lifetime membership to the OutlantaCon Science Fiction Convention. She is a  veteran of the U.S. Navy and claims to have been married so long she's tenured!

S:  Good morning, Kayelle! I'm almost disappointed you didn't arrive in a flying car, ala the Jetsons! That seems a more appropriate vehicle for the worlds you create!

Why did you become a writer?

K:  I have wanted to write ever since I was a little girl. I've always been in love with words and with stories. The first word I learned to spell was CAT and I told my mother that now I could write a story about cats. Didn't realize until many years after my first book came out that I had indeed done just that. "At the Mercy of Her Pleasure" is about a half-human half-Kin character named Senth. The Kin are a race of feline-humanoids.

S:  (Chuckles.) I have always thought my cats were part-human. They were certainly better behaved than some people!

If you had to do it all over again, would you still choose to write books?

K:  Oh, heck yes. I love this!

S:  What/who inspires you?

K:  I'm greatly inspired by music. I listen to groups like Audiomachine, Future World Music, Really Slow Motion, and the misnamed, Two Steps from Hell. Their music is a godsend when I'm writing. I also take great inspiration from Nik Nitsvetov, a cosplayer who has cosplayed my character, Pietas. Nik has brought him to life in two separate cosplays. You'll find images of Pietas and a tribute page to Nik on my website.

S: It must be so satisfying to have your characters brought to life!

How would you like to be remembered?

K:  I'd like to be remembered as someone who took time to help others. I want to be remembered as a person who cared.

S:  (Nods.) In my opinion, those are worthy goals.

What are you currently working on?

K:  I'm putting the finishing touches on "A Stolen Heart," which features the hero from "At the Mercy of Her Pleasure." When he was three years old, Senth was adopted by the former head of the Thieves' Guild, and this is how and why that happened. It's a redemption story with a wounded hero, Luc Saint-Cyr. Here are the basics:

After rescuing an alien child who is running for his life, Luc Saint-Cyr stumbles onto a conspiracy of the highest levels of the powerful Thieves' Guild. Complicating matters, his immortal ex might be involved. Now he must deal with his ex, find a home for the child, squelch the flames of conspiracy and eradicate its perpetrators. As if that's not enough, an unseen enemy is undoing every good thing Luc accomplishes. But when it comes time to give up the child to a family who can care for him, how can Luc bear to part with the  adorable little boy who has stolen his heart...

S:  Tell me about "At the Mercy of Her Pleasure."

K:  Here's the blurb--

When a playful half-cat thief meets a by-the-book, enhanced-human captain, do opposites attract? Oh, mercy!

To free his enslaved brother from a cruel master, Senth, an all-party-fun-and-games thief, must take on the hardest assignment of his life: stealing from the Empress. To make matters worse, he has no choice but to work with NarrAy, a by-the-book rebel female captain whose addictive pheromones could jeopardize the mission and destroy Senth's will.

When the unthinkable happens and NarrAy professes her love for him, Senth must decide if what he feels is real. Can he trust this woman? If he loves her back, can he still save his brother? Or will Senth end up at the mercy of her pleasure forever...

S:  That sounds like a fascinating dilemma. Where can readers buy your book?

K:  It's available at

S:  Kayelle, thanks so much for joining me today! If you would like to learn more about Kayelle and her books, please visit--

Friday, January 24, 2020

This week in The Loft: Author Alice Renaud!

Joining me today in The Loft is UK author Alice Renaud! Alice is the author of the Sea of Love trilogy, tales of fantasy romance with mermen, sea witches, and water demons. The first book, "A Merman's Choice," was published in early 2019. The second, "Music for a Merman," was released at the end of last year. Born in Brittany, Western France, Alice was raised by a French father and Welsh mother. She now lives in London with her husband and son. 

Author Alice Renaud

S:  Welcome, Alice! Today is a perfect day for a hot cup of tea and a good fantasy romance. I'm so happy you could join me to discuss your latest tale!

Let's start with the basics. Why did you become a writer?

A:  I was always a storyteller, I think. From as long as I can remember, I was making up stories. As a kid, I had all these little plastic animals, beads and buttons, and I made them into a world. The animals were the first in the new world, then the beads arrived. They were elves. Finally the buttons, who were the humans. They were organized in tribes, each tribe a different color. Green and brown for hunters, blue for merchants, and so on. I read a lot, too, and I loved fantasy. After I read "The Lord of the Rings" at the age of 12, I decided I wanted to put my stories on paper. I started writing my first book at the age of 14.

S:  (Nods.) It's that urge to get stories written down on paper that drives writers. 

What attracts you to the romance genre?

A:  Even when I was making up stories with beads and buttons, there was a romantic element to them. The stories usually ended with a wedding. I think it’s because I’m a romantic at heart. I am very lucky to have been happily married for the past 14 years.

S:  Do you write in other genres?

A:  I write fantasy romance at present. I have written fantasy in the past, without the romance element. But I would miss it (the romance) now if I took it out! I have also written family-themed stories for mass market magazines. I would quite like to write historical novels, but I don’t have the time to do the research properly.

S:  I love history and research, but I lack the patience to write historical romance. My need to get everything right would war against my urge to finish the story, fast.

What is your favorite thing about writing romance?

A:  The happy endings! I love making my characters happy. Everyone deserves to be happy.

S:  (Smiles.) That's what makes tales of romance so special. They give people hope that they, too, can find love and happiness.

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

A:  The best advice I ever received was when I had cognitive behavioral therapy to treat severe anxiety. My therapist taught me that a lot of the things I did to manage anxiety were making it worse, and that I shouldn’t fight the fear. It’s best to accept it, and let it come and go like the waves of the sea.

S:  That's sound advice! We need to learn to roll with it.

Tell me about your latest book, "Music for a Merman."

A:  This is Book 2 in my Sea of Love series. Here's the blurb--

Bob Regor knew that humans were trouble. All the shape shifting mermen of the Morvann Islands knew it. And the human women were double trouble... especially when they were lying on the road in front of a digger.

Rob has a mission. Go to the mainland. Work as a policeman. Spy on humans. Report back to his father, the head of the Regor Merman Clan. It should be easy. Until he has to arrest Charlie. Rob can’t fight his attraction to the sexy eco-warrior, and it puts him on one hell of a collision course with his family and his Clan. Will he break the rules – or break her heart, and his?

Love ‘em and leave ‘em, that was Charlie’s motto. It had served her well until now. But Rob is different... Can she open up her heart to Rob--when a secret buried in her past surfaces and changes her completely?  

S:  (Sighs.) Who doesn't love a tale about a handsome merman? 

Where can readers buy your book?

A:  It's available from the all major booksellers, including--

S:  Alice, thanks so much for chatting with me today! If you would like to learn more about Alice and her books, please visit--

Friday, January 17, 2020

This week in The Loft: Author Cynthia Terelst

Joining me today in The Loft is Australian author Cynthia Terelst. Cynthia works as a project officer by day. By night she writes young adult and contemporary romance, adding in her own formula of a little bit of history, some Australian scenery, and a whole lot of love. Cynthia currently resides in Queensland with two cats and two foster cats. 

Author Cynthia Terelst

S:  Good morning, Cynthia! Tell me, what's your favorite thing about writing romance?

C:  Helping people fall in love, whether it’s for the first time or the second time around. I like seeing how they grow and develop their relationship, while navigating the push and pull of love. I like to add real life issues to my writing. My first novel touched on domestic violence and my second deals with loss. I think including these topics makes the writing more powerful and shows there is always hope.

S:  Do you believe in love at first sight? Has it ever happened to you?

C:  I believe in attraction at first sight. You can be attracted to how someone looks and their personality. But I don’t think you can love someone until you know them and what makes them, them. I have never felt it myself, so it's hard for my logical mind to understand. Funny really, that a logical person writes about love.

S:  (Smiles.) There is nothing logical about love. It comes in all shapes and sizes!

What’s the best advice you have ever given?

C:  Even if your partner is frustrating you and your relationship is rocky, it is important to show them appreciation. Everyone likes to feel that you notice the good that they do.

S:  (Nods.) I think that's missing in some relationships. People do need to know that they are appreciated.

Do you ever have a problem ending a book?

C:  The ending is not the problem. The problem for me is when the bad guy closes in, that last pivot point, when the couple feels there is no point in going on. I just want the couple to end up together. I find it hard to keep them apart for too long. But that time apart is important for their growth and to strengthen what comes next.

S:  What are you currently working on?

C: My second novel is a second chance romance called "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie." Tara and Shepherd have been apart for five years but when they join forces in a scavenger hunt, sparks fly. Even though their feelings for each other are genuine, it is hard to put the past behind them. It is about loss, trust, and love.

S:  Tell me about your book, "The Cat's out of the Bag."

C:  Sure. Here's the blurb--

One van. Two hearts. Thousands of kilometres.

Jesse’s a self-made billionaire who yearns to get away from his empty life and the money-hungry parasites who inhabit it. The plan? Go to Australia, tell no one about his money and find himself. Instead of finding just himself, he finds Evie, who is everything anyone should aspire to be. Now, what he aspires to be, is hers. But to be hers, he needs to tell her everything.

Evie has left her past behind. She has rebuilt herself, and her life, into one of happiness. After she meets Jesse, while volunteering at a cat shelter, memories of her past filter back in. She is stronger now and wants to trust him. But after all she has been through, is trust even possible?

The quest to find a cat a forever home leads them to travel across the country together. Can the close quarters drive them to open up to each other? Or will it drive them apart?

S:  Where can readers buy your book?

C:  It can be purchased on Amazon. Here's the link--

S:  Cynthia, thanks so much for joining me today. If you would like to learn more about Cynthia and her books, please visit--

Twitter:  @CynthiaTerelst

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Congratulations to Cheryl Headford on her new release!


Morgan Bentley is a bastard. Matthew knows this absolutely—until he doesn’t.

Matthew and his friend Cory are thrilled to attend one of the most prestigious universities in the UK. On their pre-entry visit, they met Morgan Bentley and his stuck-up friends. Matthew takes an instant dislike to the arrogant, conceited, self-obsessed, beautiful, intelligent, and charismatic boy. Throughout the next year, Matthew harbours his dislike, never missing the opportunity to complain to his best friend, Cory, what a bastard Morgan is.

Then, an unexpected turn of events catapults Matthew, Morgan, and Cory into a nightmare, and all the things Cory had said about Matthew’s true feelings about Morgan come crashing down on his head, and he realises that what he thought was hatred and anger was, in fact, growing attraction and begrudging admiration. But when the deadly nature of the elusive Project X is revealed, it seems their budding romance is doomed before it begins, as one of them is unlikely to survive.


Morgan Bentley was a bastard. An utter, complete, A-one, cut-glass bastard. He was arrogant, selfish, cold, standoffish, cruel, and completely heartless. His history was peppered with broken hearts and broken people attesting to the fact. There was no doubt about it—he was a bastard.

Morgan didn’t have any friends. What he had was an entourage: people who cared less for the person he was than for the prestige his company brought. At the moment he had a girlfriend, the undoubted Alpha Female of the university, a bitch called Charlotte Lethbridge, whose father owned half of Mayfair. The relationship wouldn’t last, though. They never did. And next week it could just as easily be a boyfriend.

No one ever said no to Morgan. No one outside his circle of “friends” ever said anything at all unless he invited them to, which he rarely ever did.

Cory often said Morgan was sad—he had to be. He had to be lonely and sad because he had no real friends, no lasting relationships, no one to share with. Not like us. Sometimes I had to stop myself laughing when he said that. Morgan Bentley sad? Not bloody likely. He had everything. I mean everything.

His father was a research chemist, heading a huge multinational corporation. They manufactured drugs and engaged in research projects, sometimes for the government. I think that’s why Cory was so fascinated with Morgan. He was getting a degree in biochemistry and wanted to be a researcher himself. Cory was awesome...but he had flaws, and his fascination with Morgan was one of them. Personally, I wouldn’t care if I never saw his smug face ever again. Hell, I’d have been so much happier if I hadn’t.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Today in The Loft: Author Tim Smith!

Joining me today in The Loft is fellow eXtasy author Tim Smith! Tim writes romantic suspense and contemporary erotic romance. An award-winning, best-selling author, he is also a freelance writer, photographer, and blogger. Tim has published more than 20 books with eXtasy, including Lido Key, The Dirty Blonde, and Warning Shot. When Tim isn't writing, he hangs out in the Florida Keys, researching new books, parasailing, and seeking the perfect Mojito.

Tim Smith
Author Tim Smith

S:  (Sips a Passion Fruit Mojito.) Good morning, Tim! Thanks so much for joining me today. 

Why did you become a writer?

T:  I’ve always had a creative spirit and have tried many forms of expression. I pursued music for a while, as a teacher, composer/arranger, and a performer. Photography has been a hobby since I was in high school and I dabbled in art. Writing has always come easy for me and when I hit the middle-aged-crazy years, I decided to pursue it full time.

S:  What attracted you to the romance genre?

T:  The human element and exploring the character’s feelings and emotions. I like to depict evolving relationships and what people experience when they realize it’s a genuine attraction. If you examine your own relationships, there was probably an “Aha!” moment when you realized you were hooked. It could’ve been something funny, sweet, sad, or dramatic. Most love affairs don’t involve Prince Charming or Rapunzel, and it’s fun to explore the reality of contemporary relationships. Life isn’t easy and neither is love.

S:  (Nods.) Relationships take work. Some tend to forget that.

What's you favorite thing about writing romance?

T:  I like showing two people getting to know each other and discovering what they have in common. Identifying the conflict and finding a resolution is also fun. It can be something as simple as where to spend a holiday, or as complex as a one-sided attraction, family objections, or third-party interference. I really enjoy writing flirting scenes and romantic encounters whether they lead to intimacy or not. I like to use humor because to me, that’s a huge part of any relationship. Realistic dialogue has always been one of my strong suits and I have fun with it.  

S:  Do you believe in love at first sight? Has it ever happened to you?

T:  The skeptical realist in me shrugs it off, but it has happened to me. In each case it didn’t work out, so my cynical side won the coin toss. I’ve known people who experienced the whole, “That’s the person I’m going to marry” thing when they met. It worked for some of them but not for others. On the flip side, my parents met in high school, never dated anyone else, and were married for 62 years. 

S:  (Smiles.) I'm always impressed when love at first sight works out!

What are you currently working on?

T:  I’ve finished the rough draft of this year’s Holiday Stocking Stuffer and I’m currently writing my next romantic spy thriller novel. I’m also working on a story for Extasy’s Summer Shorts series. Promo for all of my books is ongoing and I’ve already lined up a few book signing appearances for this year. I keep busy with some regular blog posts, and I’m always taking on freelance writing and marketing jobs.  

S:  Wow. You're a busy guy!

Tell me about your book, "Under a Christmas Moon."

T:  It's a tale of a young career couple preparing to celebrate their first Christmas together—until a little thing called life gets in the way. Here's the blurb--

Scott Burke and Lisa Berger were high school sweethearts once upon a time, but that was fifteen years ago. Sparks were rekindled one year ago, when Lisa found herself stranded in Scott’s hometown on Christmas Eve and they realized they never should have parted. Now they’re planning their first Christmas together as a couple, but a little thing called life keeps getting in the way. Both of their careers keep them busy, especially Lisa’s, and Scott begins to feel like the odd man out in the relationship. Can the two lovers keep the flames burning, or will they decide it isn’t worth the trouble?

S:  Been there, done that. It ain't easy! Where can readers purchase your book?

T:  It's available from all major booksellers, including:

S:  Tim, thanks for joining me today! If you would like to learn more about Tim and his books, please visit--

Friday, January 3, 2020

This week in The Loft: Author Dee S. Knight

Joining me today in The Loft is author Dee S. Knight. Dee writes romance in a broad range of sub-genres, including sweet, historical, contemporary and paranormal romance. Her characters kill people, fall in love, become drunk with power, and/or are sobered with responsibility. While she spends her days spinning tales, her nights are spent with the man of her dreams--her childhood sweetheart and long-time husband. Dee currently lives in the Midwest.

Author Dee S. Knight

S:  Good morning, Dee, and Happy New Year! 

You seem to write all types of romance. What attracts you to this genre?

D:  The fact that I personally believe in love and the miracles it can perform. Do I believe that everyone who falls in love gets a Happily Ever After? No. Life is not a Hallmark movie! But I believe that love can transform and change people for the better and make the world a better place. So what can I do but write romance? That sounded kind of schmaltzy. (Laughs.) But I am a true love, Kool-Aid drinker! I promote love when I can, and writing romance is one way I do that.

S:  I must admit you have a very heart-warming personal love story. That has got to enhance your view of romance. 

Do you remember your first kiss? What was memorable about it?

D:  My husband and I started dating in tenth grade. I’d known him for a couple of years, but we went out for the first time during Christmas break of our sophomore year. He attended a boarding school, and the last time we saw each other before he had to go back to school, he lightly kissed me goodbye. I felt like I could float. I feasted on the memory of that kiss for weeks, until he came home again. Funny, right? There was no touching, really. He held my hand. There was no tongue, no slanting of heads to deepen the kiss. It was just gentle and sweet. I was pretty sheltered. I took a survey in Vogue magazine my junior year of high school. The survey was to determine where you were on the naughty scale. The first question was, "Have you been kissed?" I answered, "Yes." Second question was, "Have you been French kissed?" Now, I had kissed someone that year who was not Jack. He ran his tongue across my lips. I had no idea what for, and that’s as far as it went. But because Jack had never done that, I thought that was French kissing! So I answered, "Yes." I didn’t answer Yes to any other question and was deemed, "Pure as the driven snow." And that’s with not answering the French kissing question correctly!

S:  (Chuckles.) I suspect I would have scored a little further down that scale. My first kiss was in Kindergarten and things just progressed from there!

What attracted you to your current partner?

D:  Jack has always been protective of me and supportive. He’s never tried to hold me back. In fact, he encourages me in everything I’ve tried to do and he’s pushed me to do more than I thought I could. He’s gentle and very kind. I feel safe with him. And—and this is so important—he makes me laugh.

S:  (Nods.) I adore a gentleman who makes me laugh!

How do you want to be remembered?

D:  would like people who meet me to remember me as a polite and fun person. I like to laugh and I like to make others laugh, too. I’d  also like to be thought of as kind. When people think of me, I’d like it to be with a smile.

S:  Do you ever have a problem ending a book?

D:  No. In fact, I often start a book with the ending in mind and work my way through with that ending in mind. Sometimes, I might rush the ending a bit, but I almost never have trouble thinking about how I should end the story.

S:  (Laughs.) I never know how my stories will end, only that they will end well. I'm a bit of a "pantser." I let my characters lead me. I seem to have little control over where things wind up!

Who is Anne Krist and why are we featuring her book here?

D:  (Grins.) It's my pen name. Years ago, I wanted to write a book based on a true story. I had heard of a Virginia mailman who died. When his family went to the garden shed to clean it out along with the house, they found several bags of mail! Evidently, there were days when he didn’t feel like finishing his route, so he went home and stacked the mail in his shed. I thought about that, and how lives were changed by the letter they didn’t receive, and created the story for Burning Bridges. I wanted to include Vietnam as part of the story, so the setting is in 2005. I didn’t want the story to be erotic romance, so I used the pen name, Anne Krist, to differentiate the sub-genre. I recently got the rights back for Burning Bridges, so it will be re-released in 2020. I hope readers love it like I do!

Here's the blurb--

Letters delivered decades late send shock waves through Sara Richards’s world. Nothing is the same, especially her memories of Paul, a man to whom she'd given her heart years before. Now, mending her own mistakes of the past and putting her life back together without burning any bridges will be the hardest thing Sara’s ever done.

S:  That sounds like a beautiful, emotional love story. I can't wait until it's re-release!

Dee, thanks so much for joining me today.  If you would like to learn more about Dee and her books, visit-- 

Amazon Author Page:

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