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    Sweet as Candy is Now Available!

    He’s a cop. She’s a massage parlor attendant…and a single mom. They’re wrong for each other, but when they’re together, everything seems right.

    Hello, my lovelies! SWEET AS CANDY is finally here, and I’m so excited to share Jake & Candace’s love story with you!

    When I began writing the Close to Home Series, I envisioned three books, one for each of the Lawler siblings. However, their friends Jake and Candace started jumping up and down inside my head, and I knew I had to follow them on their journey to happily-ever-after together. I’m so glad I did! The road to long-lasting love isn’t a smooth one for this couple, but it’s still chock-full of sweet and sexy goodness. And the epilogue…oh, my heart! You may want to have a tissue ready to dab at those sappy, happy tears.

    SWEET AS CANDY is the third book in the Close to Home Series, but it can be read as a standalone story. Jake and Candace appear as secondary characters in ICING ON THE CAKE, but you don’t need to read that book first to fully enjoy SWEET AS CANDY.

    I hope you love this story as much as I do, and I’d love to hear from you after you read it. Please, come find me online at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Goodreads, Amazon, BookBub, or shoot me an email. I hope to hear from you soon!

    One little aside about this book… While most businesses in my stories are fictional, the butterfly conservatory in SWEET AS CANDY is based on the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. I love butterflies and have enjoyed many magical trips to this special place over the years. If you have never had the pleasure of visiting a butterfly conservatory, I highly recommend you find the nearest one and and check it out.

    Pick up your copy of SWEET AS CANDY from:

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    99¢ for Cup of Sugar? What a Deal!

    After a good deed turns into a sweet-and-sexy weekend away, Conn wants to be more than just Nia’s neighbor…

     

    CUP OF SUGAR is on sale for 99¢ for a limited time only. Get this feel-good romance for the sweet low price of 99¢ from May 29 to June 2.

    CUP OF SUGAR is Book 1 in the Close to Home Series, but it can be read as a standalone story. Though I know that once you’ve met the characters in this series, you’re going to want to read all the books!

    Get your copy of CUP OF SUGAR from:

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    Nia has one rule—don’t date neighbors. Simple, except the guy next door is single, handsome, and not inclined to close his blinds while naked. When her car dies, Conn takes “being neighborly” to a new level by offering a ride to her long-distance destination. Nia has resisted his looks and charm for months. Surely she can handle a few hours in his truck…

    For months, Conn has blatantly put himself on display, hoping his pretty blonde neighbor would tire of secretly watching and come knock on his door for a cup of sugar—or more. No such luck—until an unusual opportunity arises. After a six-hour drive turns into a sweet-and-sexy weekend, Conn wants more than neighborly status with Nia. To get it, he must convince her to break the rule protecting her heart—by putting his on the line.

     

    Check out the other books in the Close to Home Series:

    ICING ON THE CAKE

    SWEET AS CANDY

    CLOSE TO HOME SERIES BOX SET

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    Pre-Order Sweet as Candy

    The third book of the Close to Home Series will be released June 2nd! I’m so excited for you to read Jake & Candace’s love story.

    Both of these characters made appearances in Book 2 (Icing on the Cake) and their journey to happily-ever-after in SWEET AS CANDY is sweet, sexy, tender, and tumultuous. And the epilogue…gah! I dare you not to cry happy tears while reading it.

    Like the other books in the Close to Home Series, SWEET AS CANDY is a standalone story and you don’t have to read the other books in the series. (But I think you’ll love it even more if you do.)

    If you are new to the Close to Home series, and want to start at the beginning, I have put the first three books in a convenient box set, also available June 2nd.

    I love this series so much. I can’t wait for you to read Sweet as Candy, and love Jake & Candace too!

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    Worth the Wait is Available Now!

    It’s here! Release day for WORTH THE WAIT is here! It has been 4 1/2 years since my last book, and I am so excited to put Worth the Wait out there for you all to read. I absolutely love this story and I hope you will too!

    Worth the Wait is the second book in the Very Personal Training series, but it is a complete standalone story. You don’t have to read the first book in the series to fully enjoy Worth the Wait.

    Worth the Wait is currently available in e-book format from Amazon, Apple, Kobo and Barnes & Noble. Print edition coming soon, for those of you who prefer a physical book in your hands.

    Your reviews and star-ratings are always appreciated, so if you have a couple minutes to add yours to Amazon, Goodreads, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc., I would be so thankful!

    Feel free to tag me on social media. I love to connect with people.

    Thank you for reading!

    ~ Karla

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    Worth the Wait is Available for Pre-Order!

    It’s almost here! Worth the Wait is the second book in the Very Personal Training series, though it can absolutely be read as a standalone story, without reading the first book (Body of Work).
    I am in love with this story. It’s packed with sexy times, funny bits, deep emotional moments, and has a lovely & satisfying happily-ever-after. I hope when you read it, you’ll think it was “worth the wait.” 😉

    Worth the Wait releases April 7, 2020, but you can pre-order it now from Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. This is my first time having a book up for pre-order, so I was tickled pink when I saw that people had actually starting clicking that button. Thank you!

     

    Worth the Wait by Karla Doyle

    When personal trainer Sam bumps into his favorite former client, their chemistry reignites instantly. Leigh is everything he pictured in his sometime-down-the-road woman. Sexy, funny, independent, mature—in more ways than one. He never cared about their age gap, he just wasn’t ready to get serious before. He’s ready now. But when his prior playboy ways come back to bite him in the ass, it’ll take more than sizzling sex and charm to convince Leigh to stick around.

    Leigh’s life is humming along according to plan. Her custom bakery is thriving. Her daughter is a well-adjusted ten-year-old. Romance is the one area that’s lacking. Completely. Until the universe fulfills her request for some hot lovin’ and puts Sam in her path—for a second time. Sam gives her exactly what she was missing, and more. Maybe more than her well-structured life plan can handle…

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    Here’s a taste of Sam & Leigh’s  story, from Chapter One:

    Leigh jogged across Dundas Street, waving a thank-you at the rare gentleman who’d stopped to respect the pedestrian crossing. Another minute and she’d have given up and turned back to her shop. She had three-dozen cupcakes to transform into superheroes, a double-layer, red-velvet cake to bake, and an appointment with a bridezilla before this day ended—and it was already two-thirty. But first, she needed a coffee.

    Correction, she needed somebody else to make and serve her a coffee. A big fancy one with a triple shot of eighteen-percent cream and a generous dose of sugar. Every minute of her day was allotted for something specific. This minute, along with the next five, were scheduled for coffee. The schedule kept her sane. On busy days like today, so did a big fancy coffee.

    She pulled the door and stepped into Bean There, blinking as her eyes adjusted from the bright, June day to the coffee shop’s interior lighting. A couple more blinks and the darkness morphed into shadowy outlines of tables and chairs, dotted with midafternoon patrons—one of whom was looking her way. Intently.

    Leigh checked over her shoulder, ready to apologize for blocking somebody’s path, but saw only the door. Maybe she’d been wrong, maybe the lighting had played tricks with her vision and he hadn’t been staring in her direction.

    She glanced at the guy again while walking toward the counter. Nope, she hadn’t been wrong.

    He was definitely watching her. Maybe she had flour in her hair or a smear of icing across her t-shirt. Whatever the reason, she’d take it, because the guy staring from under the low brim of his ballcap had the best shoulders and arms she’d seen on a man outside the gym. The body of a hot younger man. And, oh god, he was smiling.

    Something about him pinged on her radar. More than raw attraction, there was a sense of familiarity. Hard to know for sure while her vision was still muted. The fact that she couldn’t see any features above his sexy, smiling mouth didn’t help either.

    He’d probably been in the bakery with some equally young fiancée, checking out wedding cakes, and had smiled at her out of recognition. Or, since she’d been cursed with one of those faces that never lie—and his good looks and the blip of attention he’d given her had initiated a pleasant tingle to the south—he was simply amused by the cougar drooling over him.

    Regardless, no more ogling. But, oh boy, his sexy grin was a keeper for later.

    “Large vanilla latté with whipped cream and cinnamon, please. To go.” She poked at a handful of coins while the coffeehouse barista prepared her order. A total ruse, she’d brought exact change plus a fifty-cent tip, as always.

    The money gave her something to focus on. Her peripheral vision still worked though, and it was in overdrive, thanks to ballcap guy’s muscle-filled, army-green t-shirt. He was yummier than the dessert coffee she’d ordered.

    And he was leaving. He stood, slapped his male companion on the shoulder, and disappeared from her subtle sightline.

    She exhaled slowly, smiling politely when her cup of comfort landed on the counter. Back to reality.

    “Hey, Leigh.” A deep, friendly voice slid into her ear from behind. “Haven’t seen you in a while.”

    She knew that voice from the gym—or house of pain, as she’d once renamed it, thanks to her former personal trainer’s rigorous sessions.

    “Hey, Sam,” she said, turning—and nearly dropping the five-dollar latté when the source of the deep voice came into view.

    Hat. Army-green t-shirt packed solid with muscles. Handsome, smiling face, which she could now see more of than just his mouth. Sam was the guy.

    She’d only seen him in gym attire, not in street clothes. And never wearing a hat. She wouldn’t have thought he could get hotter than he’d been at the gym. He could. He absolutely could.

    “Got it?” He still held her hand where he’d caught it and the fumbled takeout cup, saving her drink and preventing a giant, sticky mess.

    Which had her mind conjuring other sticky messes she and Sam could create. Sexy ones. Not a good train of thought with the object of her lusty infatuation looking into her eyes.

    “Yes, I’ve got it now, thanks,” she said, finding words that wouldn’t get her in trouble. “I didn’t recognize you without your gym clothes.” Heat flooded her cheeks as Sam’s smile stretched into a wider grin. “As in, wearing clothes other than your gym clothes. Obviously, since I’ve never seen you naked.” So much for finding words that wouldn’t get her in trouble. “Well, I didn’t make this awkward at all, did I?”

    “Not one bit.”

    That should have been the end of it. They should be exchanging polite goodbyes and going their separate ways. Only he didn’t say goodbye. Nor did he let go of her hand.

    “Are you rushing off to somewhere, or do you have a few minutes to sit and catch up?”

    Zero minutes, that’s what she had. Negative minutes, actually. Yet the words that came out of her mouth were, “Sure, yes.”

    “Great.” He released her hand, then placed his at the small of her back, using the contact to guide her toward a booth at the back of the café.

    Maybe she’d stepped through some crack in reality and this wasn’t her neighborhood coffee shop, but an alternate version. One where a hot young gym trainer wanted to spend his unpaid, personal time with a woman at least a decade older.

    “So, what’s new, how’re you doing?” he asked after sliding onto the opposite bench. “Still hitting the gym a lot? Because you look fantastic. As always.” He couldn’t be flirting, he was just being nice. Because he was a nice guy. A nice, super-hot, too-young-for-her guy.

    She fiddled with the cardboard sleeve circling her cup. Dared a glance across the table and found him smiling at her. A genuine smile, or one damn good facsimile thereof. Either way, it warmed her more than the coffee she sipped.

    “Nothing new with me, everything’s good, and yes to working out regularly.” She toyed with her cup, contemplated. If he laughed in her face, so be it. What was a little more embarrassment in the grand scheme of things? “I miss seeing you at the gym.”

    “New trainer not kicking your ass hard enough?”

    “I don’t have a new trainer.”

    His eyebrows rose, then his gaze drifted lower, over every inch of her body not obscured by the table. “I know I said it already, but you look great. You definitely don’t need a trainer anymore.”

    “Thank you.”

    “That’s one of the things I’ve always liked about you. You know how to take a compliment.” He leaned forward and folded his arms on the table. “Confidence is a sexy thing.” His gaze tracked her tongue as she licked a spot of whipped cream from her lips. “So is watching you drink that coffee.” He’d just called her sexy, after complimenting her physique.

    This was officially the best coffee break ever.

     

  • Random,  Work In Progress

    Getting There!

    Hello! It has been a long 4+ years since my last post. An even longer 4+ years since I’ve had a new release.

    2015 was a difficult year. Life threw a couple of major curveballs at me and I struck out. (An ironic analogy, since my last release before I disappeared from writing life had a baseball theme.) But I’m off the bench and I’ve been working on my swing, getting back into condition to rejoin the author roster.

    I’m twelve scenes away from the end of an OW/YM (older woman/younger man) romance that still doesn’t have a title, but promises to turn up the heat wherever you’re reading it while also making you chuckle and tug on your heartstrings a little. This couple has a few curveballs of their own to deal with before finding their happily ever after. But I promise they will. And so will I.

    Sam & Leigh’s love story is book 2 in the Very Personal Training series. Though you meet the hero as a secondary character in Body of Work, the new book completely stands alone.

    I’m super excited to share it with you! For now, how about a totally unofficial, unedited, subject-to-change blurb, just to give you a taste of the story ahead?

    When personal trainer Sam bumps into his favorite former client, their chemistry reignites instantly. Leigh is everything he pictured in his “sometime down the road” woman. Sexy, funny, independent, mature—in more ways than one. He never cared about their age gap, he just wasn’t ready to get serious before. He’s ready now. But when his prior playboy ways come back to bite him in the ass, it’ll take more than sizzling sex and charm to convince Leigh to stick around.

    Leigh’s life is humming along according to plan. Her custom bakery is thriving. Her daughter is a well-adjusted ten-year-old. Romance is the one area that’s lacking. Completely. Until the universe fulfills her request for some hot lovin’ and puts Sam in her path—for a second time. Sam gives her exactly what she was missing, and more. Maybe more than her well-structured life plan can handle…

    Sound good? Are you as pumped to read it as I am to release it? I hope so!

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    Gift Wrapped on sale for 99¢!

    I’m here to spread some holiday cheer with a great price on my popular Christmas romance, GIFT WRAPPED! Get your copy of this sweet & sexy, laugh-out-loud funny story for just 99¢ for a limited time only, from:

    Amazon ◊ iBooks ◊ Kobo ◊ B&N ◊ All Romance

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    “This was my first book by Karla Doyle and I loved it! It’s one of those books that leaves you with a cheesy smile on your face because it was just that enjoyable. The perfect romantic holiday read.”

    “I loved Gift Wrapped and was so satisfied to with all aspects of this story. Definitely hilarious, sexy and heart warming good times just in time for the holiday season!”

    “My favorite book by Karla (I might even go as far as to say, one of my favorite books EVER)! It hit every mark for me. The characters were so sweet, with just the right amount of spice. I didn’t want it to end.”

    Gift Wrapped was absolutely perfect! This book is probably one of the best holiday romances I’ve read! This is one that will definitely become a reread and will be staying on my kindle!”

    “If you are like me and love Christmas stories, especially a story who has everything, you certainly don’t want to miss this one. Gift Wrapped was such a sweet, sexy and funny story. It was everything I hoped and wanted to be!”

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    TASTE ME is Available Now—FREE!

    TASTE ME is now available everywhere, and it’s FREE!

    122,000-WORDS OF DARK ROMANCE AND DANGEROUS ENCOUNTERS!

    TASTE ME is a collection of twenty-seven sexy scenes from the hottest releases of 2015, both newly released and coming soon. This all-star lineup of bestselling authors includes…

    Tijan, Alessandra Torre, Lauren Blakely, Skye Warren, CD Reiss, Anna Zaires & Dima Zales, Red Phoenix, Cherise Sinclair, Kendall Ryan, Chelle Bliss, TK Leigh, Toni Aleo, Sam Crescent, Jenika Snow, Julia Sykes, Nina Levine, Cari Quinn & Taryn Elliott, Ainsley Booth, Katy Regnery, Shari Slade & Amber Lin, Shoshanna Evers, Pam Godwin, Carolyn Crane, Molly Joseph, Ella Sheridan, Karla Doyle, and Brooke Cumberland

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    TasteMe-Cover (2)Download TASTE ME now for a sneak peek of Hold Me, the highly anticipated third book in the dark romance Twist Me series from Anna Zaires. Push your boundaries with a twisty scene from Tight by Alessandre Torre, one of the blockbuster books of the year. Sink your teeth into an alpha rocker bad boy in the not-yet-released Second Chance with a Rock Star from Shari Slade and Amber Lin.

    And read a super-sexy scene from my upcoming release, STEALING HOME

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    Sunday Snippet—CUP OF SUGAR—Tight Fit

    This week’s Sunday snippet from CUP OF SUGAR follows hot (and I do mean hot) on the heels of last week’s excerpt. Neighbors who’ve found themselves on a spontaneous New Year’s Eve road trip, Conn and Nia have been forced to spend the night together in a motel room that has only one bed…

    Cup of Sugar by Karla Doyle“I’ll take the couch,” he said, grinning while shrugging out of his coat. 

    She shifted her appraisal from the loveseat in question to Conn, currently bent at the waist, untying his boots. His t-shirt stretched across broad shoulders, the light-gray fabric molding to his body, showcasing every muscular lump and bump of his back before it gave way to a strip of skin above the waist of his jeans. Jeans that went on for days because his legs were so damn long.

    “You’re too big, you’ll never fit.”

    His boot thudded to the floor and he straightened. Returned to full height, he looked down at her with unadulterated mischief. “Have some faith, sweetheart.”

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    Cup of Sugar

    Nia has one rule—don’t date neighbors. Simple, except the guy next door is single, handsome, and not inclined to close his blinds while naked. When her car dies, Conn takes “being neighborly” to a new level by offering a ride to her long-distance destination. Nia has resisted his looks and charm for months. Surely she can handle a few hours in his truck…

    For months, Conn has blatantly put himself on display, hoping his pretty blonde neighbor would tire of secretly watching and come knock on his door for a cup of sugar—or more. No such luck—until an unusual opportunity arises. After a six-hour drive turns into a sweet-and-sexy weekend, Conn wants more than neighborly status with Nia. To get it, he must convince her to break the rule protecting her heart—by putting his on the line.

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    Read Chapter One here

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    New Year, New Book Coming Soon!

    Happy New Year! I’m excited for 2015, are you? I have lots planned to keep me busy in the writing department this year. First up, finishing CHERRY ON TOP for its release March 5th.

    CHERRY ON TOP is Book 3 in the Close to Home series. The books are linked and characters overlap, but each story can be read as a standalone.

    And here’s a snippet from page one, when Lindsay meets Ben for the first time, at a rehearsal for her brother’s wedding — in the church where Ben is pastor…

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    Book Blurb

    Lindsay could write the book on falling in love—with the wrong guy. From bad boys to a married man, she’s made one bad choice after another, gravitating toward men destined to hurt her. Except at her brother’s wedding. This time, she’s drawn to a good guy—the pastor. Ben is handsome, single, and definitely interested. But with her past mistakes, maybe Ben is too good…

    After two tours in the Middle East, Ben returned home needing peace and purpose. He found it as pastor of a laid-back, small-town church. There’s just one thing missing from his life—love. In a community of a couple thousand, his options are limited. Until Lindsay comes to town for a wedding. Sparks fly between them, but she’s skittish. If Ben wants her to stay, he’ll have to convince her that he’s more than a man of God—he’s the right man for her.

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