Thursday, February 25, 2010

28 Days of Heart Author Macia James-- Love Unleashed

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His best laid plans...

            DJ “Rabid Ron” Hart has a grand scheme to win back the woman he loves. It involves an animal adoption fair, a goofy hairless dog named Charlie and an offer she can’t refuse.

Her hidden desires...

            Cara Wilson has fantasies she’s never admitted, and her ex-boyfriend still features in her erotic dreams. If only he didn’t keep his bad-boy urges so tightly leashed.

Tonight they’ll learn that winning sometimes takes losing control.

Cara took a deep breath. “We had some great times, but it just wasn’t working.”
            “That a bullsh*t answer.” He gave her arm a little shake. “I think I deserve the truth.”
            Dammit. Why couldn’t he just let it go? “I’m thirty-one. My biological clock isn’t ticking yet, but it’s foolish to stay with someone I’m not compatible with.”
            “Define ‘compatible.’” Dropping her arm, he ran his hands through his hair, the gesture one of pure aggravation. “We got along great, didn’t we? One minute you were practically living here, and the next you were gone. I need to know what happened.”
            Her stomach twisted. This wasn’t fair to Ron. Even if he hated her afterward, he had a right to know why she’d left. But once it was out, any feelings he had for her would truly be dead. “Yes. We got along great everywhere but in bed. You’re just...too nice for me.” She turned and walked out of the kitchen.
            “What the f*ck? Too nice!”
            She rounded to find him right behind her. “Stop yelling.”
            He gritted his teeth, but his angry voice was lower when he continued. “Too nice? I was so careful with you—”
“Did I ask you to be careful?” Hell, she wasn’t a bad person. Why did she have to justify her needs? Her frustration unleashed her temper. “You treated me like a porcelain doll, like I’d break if you looked at me cross-eyed.”
            He leaned closer, his arms folded over his chest and his expression thunderous. “I’m over a foot taller and one-hundred pounds heavier than you. What was I supposed to do, body slam you to the floor and screw you senseless?”
            “Yes!” God, it would have been wonderful if he’d been more sexually aggressive. “Anything but the same old lovemaking. I can count on my fingers the number of times we did something beside the missionary position.” Cara dreaded his contempt, but she needed to finish this. “I loved you, Ron, but I can’t commit to a man whose lovemaking is so...”
            “So what? Boring?” He was being sarcastic, but his mouth dropped open as something in her eyes must have confirmed his comment. “This is crazy. I put you first, made sure you came every time. Do you want a selfish bastard who just cares about his own needs?”
            He crowded her personal space, and Cara’s anger spiked in self-defense. “You can be generous in bed and still open to new things. Selfish and daring aren’t synonymous.”
            “So you want what?” His lips twisted. “Some guy who’ll treat you like a slut?”
            There it was. The disdain she’d been expecting. “Yes, if that’s what it takes to add spice to my love life.”
For several seconds, she squeezed her eyes shut. He was so close, his musky scent was making her mouth water. God help her, fighting with Ron was turning her on. What a rotten time for her libido to resurface. Too bad they hadn’t had this argument when they were dating. And whose fault is that, she reminded herself.
            “You want spice or kink, Cara? Just how far are you willing to go? Should I get a copy of the Kama Sutra?”
“I’m not ashamed of my desires. How about you?” She was sick and tired of men scorning her for having a strong sex drive. Cara balled her hands on her hips and leaned closer. “You’re the one who’s repressed. Why keep such a tight leash on yourself? I’m not going to faint if you give into your urges.”
            His pupils dilated and his jaw clenched, but she wasn’t afraid. Ron would never hurt her, she knew that in her heart, but he might finally let his inner-caveman out. And if he threw off his good-boy manners and didn’t despise her for her fantasies, there might be a chance for them after all.
            Ron’s gaze dropped to her mouth. His voice deep and sensual, he asked, “You want me to give in to my urges, Cara?”
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

28 Days of Heart Author KF Zuzulo--It's Not All About the Sex

Go For The Heart
It’s not all about the sex.  Hold on, I said “not all about the sex.”  Sex certainly catches the breath and makes the hips virtually wriggle….while reading a romance, that is.  Whether sweet and suggested or bare and blatant, sex scenes in a romance novel are part of the allure.  But the sex would be as empty as a bottle without a genie unless there’s also emotion.
I write romance novels about genies and despite the paranormal aspect, genies have feelings, too.  The more characters I create, I increasingly realize that you must touch a reader’s heart to keep her interested.  The emotions aren’t always warm and fuzzy, or hot and titillating.  They can be vengeful, tender, angry, or confused, but they must be there and they must be palpable.  Genies can get very angry but also—shall we say—vigorous.  But if they just started acting on their “vigor” without any explanation, they’re going to fall flat on their colorful, low-pile, carpets.
The novella I wrote for ARe’s 28 Days of Heart is called Angels & Genies and introduces genie Match Ramsey, who feels quite vigorous in the presence of teacher-turned-realtor Angeline Delaire. Match and his surfer-dude angel sidekick Miguel seek to block the entrance of evil jinni Iblis to the earthly realm.  Angeline holds the key to the sought portal.  The only hint I’ll give is—as any realtor will tell you—it’s all about location, location, location. But the real story is the conflict Angeline feels—about herself, her career, and Match. That’s the emotion.  It’s also in the awareness Match increasingly feels that he’d do anything to help her.
          This book, as well all the books being sold as part of ARe’s campaign, has an extra dose of emotion because of its intention…to help raise money and awareness of heart disease in women.  So, check them out!  You’ll be getting a healthy helping of intrigue, passion, and romance, plus you’ll be helping out.  That’s where the emotion is…that’s where the heart is.
You can learn about K. F. Zuzulo, her books, and the romance of the jinn at her website,  
Angels & Genies will be available from All Romance eBooks on February 24th.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

28 Days of Heart Author- Leigh Ellwood

Everybody needs a nudge in the right direction sometimes. For a guy like Cale Durbin, alone and not looking forward to burning off a birthday with a blind date, the Bat Signal shining down on the home of the man of his dreams would be a big help. Instead, he's gifted with a quirky GPS device with a mind (?) of its own. Where is Cale going? You can find out on February 21 when GPS releases through the All Romance 28 Days of Heart celebration. GPS is an erotic romance featuring explicit male on male lovin'. ;-)
Proceeds from the sale of GPS are donated to the American Heart Association in conjunction with their Wear RED campaign to raise awareness of heart disease among women. Usually when we think of women and overcoming illness, the discussion turns toward breast or ovarian cancer. Perhaps sometimes we lose focus and don't realize that good heart health is equally important. We only have one, after all, and we should take care of it. :)

Heart disease awareness is a cause close to my, er, heart as well. Both of my parents lost their fathers to heart attacks, and in both instances neither man lived to see 60. Granted, on my father's side there had been a history of heart problems among the men (up through his line, several men succumbed in their 50s and 60s to heart trouble), yet it's because of associations like the AHA that we learn things that break these cycles brought on by genetic patterns. As I head into my 40s, I don't want to worry about having my life cut short by something that could have been prevented.

For just two dollars (maybe more if you check out the other titles available at ARe), you can help a great cause and read a hot story that gets your heart pumping. Hope you enjoy it!

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

28 Days of Heart Author- Cornelia Amiri

My name’s Cornelia Amiri, I write Celtic/Romances about long swords, hot heroes, and warrior women. I’m calling all warriors at heart to join the battle against heart disease by reading a romance from All Romance Ebooks 28 days of Heart Campaign. One will be released each day of February so you can read all 28.

My story will be released February 20th, TIMELESS VOYAGE. With the purchase of Timeless Voyage and any of the 28 Days of Heart Ebooks, all proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. As you read about the strong hearted warrior woman, Anwen, remember you are a warrior as well as your purchase helps AHA battle heart disease.

Love isn’t bound by the limits of time…
Off the mist shrouded coast of Ireland, a pagan lady-pirate, Anwen, captures the enemy, a Roman, Titus Rufius Kaeso. The Celtic warrior woman presses her hard iron dagger against Kaeso’s throat, but her arm does not obey the will to slay him. From time out of mind, memories of fated lovers, druids, and sacrifice, stay her hand. Kaeso is also captivated by dreams of the woman he loved in a previous life, the mirror image of Anwen. But in this lifetime they are foes, Roman and Celt. Can Anwen and Kaeso steer their timeless voyage to a happy destiny or will they be robbed of love once more?

Feeling heat on her neck from someone gazing hard at her, she wheeled around and spotted a shadowy figure. Rushing forward, with a flick of her wrist, she pressed her dagger against the man’s throat.

The full moon glowed on her catch. His hair shone like spun sunlight that streamed down a stone smooth face adorned with deep sea-blue eyes. “Lugh, the sun god?”

He gestured for her to release the blade so he could speak. She slid the sharp dagger down to his chest.

Looking her straight in the eye, he rasped, “Assassin, I ask your name before you send me to the Elysian Fields.”

How can a Roman be so handsome? She clutched the dagger tighter. “I am Anwen, a druid novice of Ynys Mon.”

He let out a sharp laugh. “The old governor slew the druids of Ynys Mon. They are all dead.”

“I survived.”

He flashed a row of white teeth as he grinned. “Good fortune then, and now you have a cargo of wine and fish sauce. Take it all, but leave me my ship and crew. They are
worth nothing to you.”

“I think not. Your voyage ends here.” When she tried to stab the Roman, her arm hung heavy and she couldn’t move it. Startled and shocked, she swallowed. Jerking her head toward her crew, she yelled, “Breccan, Casnar, Torna, tie up the prisoner.”

“What say you?” Starn the Stout balked at her order.
Her captive’s extraordinary eyes, fathomless as the sea, drew her to him. Thoughts swam in her head. I do not know him. Even if I did, he’s a Roman. What is wrong with me?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

28 Days of Heart Author Sylvia Shultz On Mythology

I’ve always loved mythology. When I was very young I read a marvelous old (1930’s?) book called Peter and Prue, or The Two Runaways, which was all about Greek mythology. I must have been familiar with if even before then somehow, because the only parts of the book that were kind of strange were the parts about Norse mythology (which never really grabbed me anyways).
When I got to college, I eventually found my way to the Classics department and became a Classics major. Here was little me, the oldest kid in the family, the first one to leave the nest, hours away from home and from anything familiar. I was learning Latin, and doing all right with it, and trying to learn Greek, and not doing so well. I was lonely and stressed – but I had my mythology stories. They were comforting, familiar tales, something I could rely on in a strange new world. I read Ovid’s Metamorphoses in Latin, loving the syllables as they rolled around on my tongue and in my brain. It was a fresh new look at my beloved old friends.
I’ve always been drawn to humorous romance, the goofier the story, the better. I figured this story would be perfect for a fundraiser celebrating the heart and all its quirks. What better way to nurture the heart than to write a story about the goddess of Love? A Slightly Different Perfect is the story of a mousy fifth grade teacher, Trisha Gillespie, who gets turned into the goddess of love Aphrodite.  In her new incarnation, she learns a valuable lesson about the price and the rewards of true love.
            I’d be very pleased if you’d visit me at my website,, or become a fan of my Facebook page, which I’ve called Sparkleheart. I hope you enjoy A Slightly Different Perfect, and I do appreciate your support of the American Heart Association. See, my mom’s got heart disease – she had a heart attack a couple of years ago and had to have a stent put in – so this really is a cause that I support for personal reasons. Enjoy the story, support the AHA, and Goddess bless.

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"Sylvia Shults is the princess of darkness, a mistress of malevolent miracles...and her lean, mean prose will keep your nightlight on well past your bedtime. Highly recommended." -- Jay Bonansinga, national bestselling author of FROZEN, TWISTED, and THE SINKING OF THE EASTLAND

"TIMELESS EMBRACE encompasses all the great human reactions and emotions: laughter, amazement, lust, tears, joy, surprise, and the best, love. You couldn't ask for a better story..." -- Xeranthemum, Whipped Cream

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

28 Days of Heart Author Mari Carr

During the month of love, when everyone's attention is focused on matters of the heart, All Romance eBooks (ARe) is helping to fight the number one killer of women, heart disease, with their 28 Days of Heart campaign.

Beginning February 1, 2010 , ARe, the digital bookseller that owns All Romance ( and OmniLit (, will release one new novella  per day for twenty-eight consecutive days. All proceeds from the sale of these shorts will be donated to the American Heart Association.

I was thrilled when my story was selected to be part of this wonderful cause. I lost both my grandfathers to heart attacks, as well as a very close friend of the family. Heart Disease is something that all too often affects everyone and to be able to contribute to this worthy cause in even this small way is quite humbling.
Mad About Meg, my 28 Days of Heart story, features yet another teacher in my Lowell High School series. Other books have included Retreat, Covert Lessons and Scoring—all available at Ellora’s Cave. They say “write what you know” and for me, that’s public education!
Here’s the blurb:
If it weren't for bad luck, Meg Williams wouldn't have any luck at all. As if traveling to a tropical island on Valentine's weekend in a nasty storm isn't bad enough, she's doing it alone after finding her boyfriend in bed with another woman. Enduring the trip from hell, she arrives on Eden Isle only to discover that her hotel reservation has been lost and there are no vacancies anywhere on the island. Disheartened, Meg heads for the hotel bar.

Rob Madison is used to being in the limelight due his wealth and power. Used to being pursued by women for his fortune. When he meets Meg in the bar and realizes she doesn't know who he is, he decides to spend the evening as a regular guy. Discovering she doesn’t have a place to stay, he offers to share his penthouse with her.    

As the night progresses and their mutual attraction becomes apparent, Meg wonders if her luck has turned, while Rob wonders if one weekend in each others arms will be enough…

Mad About Meg will be released on February 16! To learn more about Mari Carr, please visit or join her Yahoo! group to join in the fun with other readers as well as Mari Carr!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Humor: Retarded Grandparents

In these days where "retarded" has become a dirty word and an epithet, let us keep in mind that little pitchers have big ears and even bigger mouths, but don't expect them to report what they hear accurately.

This is great !!!
   (this was actually  reported by a teacher)

After Christmas, a teacher asked her young pupils how they spent  their holiday away from school.

One child wrote the following:

We  always used to spend the holidays with Grandma and Grandpa.

They used to live in a big brick house but Grandpa got retarded  and they moved to Arizona .

Now they live in a tin box and have rocks painted green to look like grass. They ride around on their bicycles and wear name tags because they don't know who they are anymore.

They go to a building called a wreck center, but they must have got it fixed because it is all okay now, they do exercises there, but they don't do them very well.

There is a swimming pool too, but they all jump up and down in it  with hats on.

At their gate, there is a doll house with a little old man sitting in it. He watches all day so nobody can escape.

Sometimes they sneak out, and go cruising in their golf carts.

Nobody there cooks, they just eat out.

And, they eat the same thing every night --- early birds.

Some of the people can't get out past the man in the doll house.

The ones who do get out, bring food back to the wrecked center for pot luck.

My Grandma says that Grandpa worked all his life to earn his retardment and says I should work hard so I can be retarded someday too..

When I earn my retardment, I want to be the man in the doll house.

Then I will let people out, so they can visit their grandchildren.


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Thursday, February 11, 2010

28 Days of Heart Author-- Samantha Somersby


As an author and lover of romance, matters of the heart are important to me. I was thrilled to have my novella, Touch of Fire, accepted by All Romance for their 28 Days of Heart series. Valentine’s Day is filled with imagery of hearts and flowers, expectations of boxes of chocolate, or dinners out. I love the idea of doing something to promote awareness, especially in women, about the importance of taking care of our health and our hearts.
10 Randomly Weird Heart Facts

Your heart is about the same size as both of your fists put together.
The aorta is about the diameter of a garden hose.
Your body contains 5.6 liters of blood and it circulates through your body about 3 times per minute.
Your heart beats around 35 million time in one year.
Your heartbeat is triggered by electrical impulses that travel down a special pathway through your heart.
The first human-to-human heart transplant was performed in South Africa in December on 1967 by Christiaan Barnard.
Most heart attacks occur in the hours between 8 and 9 am. In terms of days of the week, most heart attacks occur on Mondays.
The human heart can easily build up enough pressure to squirt blood 30 feet.
A January 2010 study published in the American Journal of Cardiology concluded that men who have sex twice a week are 45% less likely to have a life-threatening heart condition.
A woman’s heart beats faster than a man’s heart.

In honor of the series release, I’m running a contest!

Enter the Your Heart’s Desire Contest

1. Post a list of the four titles from the series you’d most like to have someplace on the web. Facebook, myspace, twitter, your own blog, one belonging to a friend, this one…all fair game.

2. Using the contact page on my website samanthasommersby [dot] com, email me the URL where I can find your post and your email address

What’s the Fabulous Prize?

At the end of the month I will fulfill the wishes of seven winners for a total of 28 books. Winners will be contacted prior to fulfillment just in case their top four selections has changed.

Why seven winners, four books each? I really want to encourage everyone to support this endeavor. With 28 titles to choose from in so many sub-genres, AND for a super reasonable price ($1.99-$3.50), you’re sure to find some others that you can’t live without. Right?

Samantha Sommersby lives in San Diego with her husband and son. †In 2007 she left what she used to call her †“real life” day job as a psychotherapist to pursue writing full-time. She now happily spends her days immersed in the world of the Forbidden,†a world where vampires are real, where magic is possible, and where love still conquers all. Samantha is the author of over a dozen novels and novellas including The Temptation, book four in the critically acclaimed Forbidden series releasing March 5 and published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Pirates, Thieves, and Enemies

I can't believe this. Flash Point is already on pirate sites ::sob:: In fact, many of my books are now available for free. "Pirate" is too good a word for scum who steal. Let's call them what they really are-- thieves.

This is not Johnny Depp. These folks aren't nearly as handsome, and they damn sure don't have a good heart. They're still thieves stealing from little old ladies, widows, and the poor. Most ebook authors are not rich, and may are suffering more than most in this economy. Some don't have other means of income and no health insurance. Besides, when does stealing become okay if you only steal from folks you assume (incorrectly) can afford the loss?

This is not Robin Hood, and you're not stealing from the rich to give to the poor. You're just stealing. Plain and simple. It doesn't matter if you're not making a profit from what you have stolen. Theft is still theft. Buying one copy and then redistributing it is still illegal use of an item, like buying a gun and then using it to commit a felony.

How would you like it if someone burst into your home and took the paycheck from your hand? Yep, that's what e-piracy does to the authors who worked, often for weeks, to get a story down on paper. What? You think it only takes a few hours to bang out a story? No, stupid. It takes an average of a week for every 5K-10K words, depending on the author's situation and abilities. Therefore, a novella can be up to FOUR WEEKS of work, and a novel much longer. Yeah, you go work at your job for a month and have someone steal your income. See how you feel then.

Senators, you're losing tax dollars. Quite a few, since you tax individual authors like independent businesses, not at individual rates. We pay more than our "fair share" and that's only a small portion of what we could earn if we weren't losing so much to e-pirates who hide behind ISP's in foreign countries.

Someone tell me why I write and publish again? Why should I sweat, swear, and cry over telling these stories when someone is just going to steal my work and give it away for free?

Government won't help, and publishers can't help me, so I have to make the bad decision. I will no longer be giving away my ebooks in any form, nor will I be able to afford to purchase gift certificates on a regular basis because of the reduction in my income.

In fact, I've lost so much income to the theft of my books that I'm now working part-time again, cutting further into my ability to write. Don't try to blame the economy. My DH got a job in September and has been working ever since. We're still behind on our mortgage, but we're catching up slowly. That "catch up" can't happen without my income. We have a budget dependent on everyone making a certain figure. When my royalties are 1/3 of their usual, I have to make up that deficit, and so I went out and got a "real" job. Blame it on the thieves who dare to give themselves the romantic name of pirates and think they're being Robin Hood instead of what they really are-- thieves.

Sharper than a serpent's tooth is the fact that it's probably someone who dares to call herself or himself my fan and friend and smile to my face. Someone who thinks I'm good enough to read, but not good enough to pay fair and square for my books. Some friend. Some fan. With friends like you, who needs enemies? At least my enemies have the courage to be honest and hate me openly. I'd rather have an honest enemy than a false friend.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

28 Days of Heart Author Guest-- Jackie Kessler

28 Days Tour: Hell’s Angel by Jackie Kessler
Blurb: Where can an angel find comfort? A lonely banished angel sits outside the gates of Paradise, lamenting the joy she has lost. When she is joined by a fallen archangel, she learns that one doesn't need to be in Heaven to experience bliss.
Hi! I’m Jackie Kessler, and I like to write about demons and angels, among other things. When I heard about the 28 Days of Heart, and that all proceeds would be going to the American Heart Association, I knew I wanted to write a Hell story for it, one that was about connection, and possibly even redemption.

The angel called Angel first appears in my second book, THE ROAD TO HELL, but you don’t need to read it to understand why Angel is alone outside the gates of Paradise...or why she feels so horribly alone. And you don’t need to read the first book, HELL’S BELLES, to know who the archangel is that she meets. (But of course, I hope you **will** read the books!)

“Hell’s Angel” is somewhat of a departure from the Hell on Earth series in that it’s not humorous, it’s not written in first person, and it’s not about the former succubus Jezebel. Whether you’re new to Hell on Earth or if you’ve read all the books and novellas, I think you’ll enjoy the story.

Books and stories by Jackie Kessler:

Hell on Earth series:Hell’s Belles
The Road to Hell

“A Hell of a Time,” Eternal Lover
Hotter than Hell (mass-market reissue coming September 2010)
“When Hell Comes Calling,” Lilith Unbound“Hell Is Where the Heart Is,” A Red Hot Valentine’s Day“Hell’s Angel,” 28 Days of Heart
Hell Bound,” Those Who Fight Monsters (coming fall 2010)
Hell to Pay (date TBA)
“Hell’s Fury,” Mammoth Book of Hot Romance (date TBA)

The Icarus Project series (with Caitlin Kittredge):Black and White
Shades of Gray
(coming June 2010)

Young Adult novels (by Jackie Morse Kessler):Hunger (coming October 2010)
Rage (coming spring 2011)

Jackie Kessler on the Internet:

Deadline Dames: http://www.deadlinedames.comLeague of Reluctant Adults: http://reluctantadults.blogspot.comTwitter: @JackieKessler, @JackieMorseKess

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

28 Days of Heart Guest Author-- Tilly Greene

Where My Love of Football Led Me by Tilly Greene

Hello, everyone. My name is Tilly Greene, an erotic romance author, and I wrote “And She Scores” for the ARe's 28 Days of Heart project that benefits the American Heart Association.

Despite not being athletic, I love sports, and always have. In fact, I’ve written about heroes that play ice hockey, rugby, F1 racing and now, with “And She Scores”, [American] football. Personally, I’m looking forward to the Superbowl with a bunch of friends and cheering on both teams – love Indianapolis and its Colts and yet my heart is eager for New Orleans and their Saints to have something to celebrate. It’s funny that I love this sport so much. You see, my high school team was one of those that wasn’t very good. I was a yell leader [and I was as bad, no rhythm kind of bad] and remember more of the defense cheers than the offense – now that’s telling!

And She Scores” is a product of my love for the game and I kept the personal thread going by including my hometown, love for Mexican food, and watching fabulous sunsets with my cutie. Actually, the entire project is personal. I have a couple family members, young and old, that have suffered heart attacks, and it’s a constant worry what will happen next. I’d love to kick the disease to the curb and I’m sure others would as well.

So, what the story about? Football’s pre-season is about to begin and, defensive end and captain, Patrick Conway is returning from what could’ve been a career ending injury. Sarah Winters, focused on making a career as a respected reporter in an all male sport, is about to conduct his first interview. Did I mention they used to date? Were driven apart by lies? Still cared for each other? Or that her first sight of him is in the locker room and he’s just returned from working out? No?

What could possibly happen between these two, while at a major arena, with a ton of people around them? To find out, you’ll need to visit All Romance or OmniLit, and pick up a copy of “And She Scores”. Remember, each ebook you buy, the proceeds go to the American Heart Association.

Tilly Greene
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Monday, February 1, 2010

28 Days of Heart Guest Author--Cat Johnson

I'd like to welcome Cat Johnson as the first author on my whistle stop of the 28 Days of Heart Blog Tour! And now, here's Cat's post and excerpt from her book!


I have some friends who only read "important" books. You know the ones. They have to have Oprah's stamp of approval and at least one person has to die or suffer irreparably in some way. I don't write those kinds of books but I would argue that my February 19th release, Private Lies, is just as important as any bookclub pick. I have the nerve to say that because my story is part of All Romance eBooks' 28 Days of Heart charity campaign to benefit the American Heart Association. Every one of the 28 novellas, which will release one each day for the month of February, was donated by the author, with all proceeds going to the AHA to help fight the number one killer of women—heart disease..

If you agree that this cause is just as worthy and important as any of "those" books, check out the entire series being offered as individual eBooks exclusively on and I promise you they are hot and fun—the perfect treat to buy for yourself during the month of love, and you know your books dollars are going to a worthy organization.

Enjoy the following excerpt for my 28 Days story, Private Lies, and remember, "important" is not necessarily synonymous with "serious". Life is short, read something fun!


PRIVATE LIES by Cat Johnson

Sex.. Lies. It's all in a day's work.

Jax Monroe is ready to swear off both sex and men forever. Then she meets the new hot bartender Shane Reynolds and the only thing she can think about is sex and him.

Why not have a little fun? After all, she deserves it, and Shane proves he can provide what she needs. Only Jax doesn't realize something. Shane the sexy barman is far more than just the stud he appears to be.

Excerpt (PG 13)

The depth of Giovanni's cries spoke his passion. 

That didn't surprise Jacqueline Monroe Scarpelli one bit. Her husband Gio was a passionate man. Sultry, foreign, vibrant, and the most brilliant painter she'd ever seen. His artist's temperament made him ardent and sensitive, but also sometimes moody and reclusive. Though he'd never stay that way long and would make it up to her in the most incredible and inventive, toe-curling ways. 

Jax closed her eyes to fully absorb each and every vocal nuance, recognizing as the volume rose, the resonance that signaled Gio's impending orgasm.

She should be familiar with the growing crescendo. In their ten-month marriage, and during their short three-month courtship before eloping, she had experienced the symphony of his lovemaking more times than she could count. His progression from the words of love whispered in heavily accented English, which grew into shouts in Italian that she couldn't understand but still knew instinctively their meaning.

Mouth dry, Jax's stomach tensed and her heart rate sped in reaction to Gio's lovemaking.

This time, however, was different than all the others. Very different. Tonight, Jax stood outside of Gio's art studio, and the feminine cries of pleasure answering Gio's inside were not hers. 

Hand frozen on the doorknob, Jax listened to her husband skillfully screwing another woman while he thought Jax was still at a Junior League meeting. It was obvious to Jax that she was the one being screwed here, and not in a good way. But the main thought dominating her spinning brain, more than anger, hurt, or jealousy, was this—her mother had been right and she would likely never, ever let Jax forget it. 

Jax pulled her hand back from the knob. Hearing her husband's affair was bad enough; there was no way she wanted to see it too. Considering what to do next, Jax ran all ten manicured fingers through her straight, perfectly cut and highlighted blond hair and tried to think. Tiptoeing her designer, kitten-heeled, alligator slides away from the door,

Jax pulled her cell phone out of this season's hottest new bag and reluctantly dialed the number of the one man who could help her.

When he answered, she whispered, "Daddy? I need your help."

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