• Guest Blogs

    Training Rain by A.S. Fenichel – Cover Reveal!

    Today I’m happy to share the shiny new cover for one of my very good friend’s upcoming releases. TRAINING RAIN by A.S. Fenichel is the third book in her Psychic Mates series, and if you enjoy action-packed paranormal romance, you won’t want to miss it!

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    Coming Soon from Ellora’s Cave Publishing!

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    While you’re waiting for TRAINING RAIN to release, check out the first two books in the series…

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    JOSHUA’S MISTAKE — Amazon ♦ EC ♦ B&N

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  • Guest Blogs

    A.S. Fenichel Talks About JOSHUA’S MISTAKE

    I’m so pleased to welcome one of my best friends back to the blog today. I guess I didn’t look too weird at the RWA National Conference back in 2011, because A.S. Fenichel sat down beside me and we chatted a bit. Just a few minutes later, she received an email with the cover art for her first book, MAYAN AFTERGLOW. I remember her excitement when she showed it to me. Talk about a bonding moment!

    Fast forward three years. A.S. Fenichel now has nine books published with Ellora’s Cave. She’s here today to talk about her newest release, JOSHUA’S MISTAKE, Book 2 of the Psychic Mates series.

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    Blurb

    Accused of treason and the murder of her Psychic Special Forces team, Tessa is in the custody of the FBI. She’s shocked and terrified when the most powerful Psi Agent in the world shows up to probe her mind and discover her guilt or innocence.
    Joshua never expected to find a victim of one of his probes attractive, but he can’t seem to leave her behind when all hell breaks loose. Saving the stunning blonde means being drawn into a psychic war that will definitely end his career—and likely both of their lives.
    The rhythm of their psychic auras hums to perfection and neither can fight the bond, but it’s all ripped away by a madman with a grudge. Tessa falls into a coma and Joshua will have to risk his heart and soul to pull her back from the brink.

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    Karla: Congratulations on your new release, my friend! JOSHUA’S MISTAKE is the second book in the Psychic Mates series. Joshua is the brother of the hero in book 1, KANE’S BOUNTY. I remember asking you if Joshua would get his own book after I read KANE’S BOUNTY. Did you plan this series from the get-go, or was that a happy, unexpected development?

    A.S.: Wow! What an intro. Thanks Karla and thanks for having me on your blog today.

    I had no intention of writing another book to follow Kane’s Bounty. I wrote KB for a “call” from the editorial staff at Ellora’s Cave and that was going to be that. Like yourself, so many people read the book and asked me about Joshua and if he would have his own book. It started my wheels turning.

    Karla: How many books are planned for the series, and, should they be read in order, or can each book be read as a standalone?

    A.S.: Officially I’m planning on four books. Unofficially, I’ve already discovered a character in book three that is quite tempting, and I suspect people will really want more from him.  The books can totally stand alone. But, as is often the case, I believe readers will enjoy them more if they read them in order. It’s like visiting with old friends when characters pop up in the next book or the next.

    Karla: Where did the idea of psychic bounty hunters and operatives come from?

    A.S.: The “call” I mentioned earlier was for bounty hunter related books. I saw the first scene of Kane’s Bounty in my head immediately, two bounty hunters after the same mark in a crowded bar.  Then I thought, what if the hero could read her mind. That intensified the entire plot and I was really excited. So if Kane is psychic, his brother probably is too, right?

    In fact Joshua is THE psychic. The most powerful PSI Agent in the world. He is a total badass.

    Karla: I know you use an outline when you write. Did anything take you by surprise while you were writing?

    A.S.: I do use a rough outline. I’ve never written a book that stuck to my original plan exactly. Tessa was much harder to write than I expected. She’s very complex.

    With Joshua’s Mistake and the subsequent books, I saw the opportunity to have a lot of fun with different psychic abilities. It was amazing how well my crazy notions worked out. In fact, at one point something terrible happens due to Tessa’s very unique ability to slow time for an instant. I’m not giving any spoilers, but I was not expecting that. 😉

    Karla: What is your favorite aspect, or part, of JOSHUA’S MISTAKE?

    A.S.: Joshua! He is sexy, smart, dangerous and yet tender and caring. Most people are afraid of him and yet he’s still managed to cultivate some lasting friendships. I think people are going to really love him.

    Karla: Aside from this series, what else do you have in the works?

    A.S.: OMG! Here’s some really exciting news. I’m working on a series called The Demon Hunters. I just signed a contract with Lyrical Press, an imprint of Kensington Publishing, for the first three books. I’m so excited about these stories. The series is Historical Paranormal Romance and really different from anything you’ve seen before. The setting is in Regency England and there’s a problem with Demons. A big problem. All the books are about the demon hunters who are fighting to save the world from evil, yet there is still room to fall in love. After all, it is ROMANCE. 😉 I’ve started edits on the first book, ASCENSION and hope it will be available sometime in the summer.

    Karla: Congratulations! That’s fantastic news! Now, here’s one last, totally fun (and difficult) question before I let you get back to writing. Of all the heroes you’ve written, do you have a favorite, and if so, why?

    A.S.: Oh my goodness! Unfair!! I love the one I’m with. LOL… I’m writing two books now and I love the characters in them above all others. However, if I must choose… I adore Avery from Wishing Game. If I were going to leave my wonderful husband to run off with one of my characters, it would be for Avery Colton Townsend. He is a study in controlled passion. I love a man who will do the right thing no matter the cost to himself. (BTW, I married a man who is exactly like that)

    Karla: Thanks for visiting today! Come back soon and talk to me about your next book. 🙂

    A.S.: Thank you, Karla. This was fun and I will most definitely come back. You can’t get rid of me so easily. 🙂

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  • More Than Words,  Sunday Snippets

    Sunday Snippet – MORE THAN WORDS – Serenade

    Welcome back to the Sunday Snippet, part of the Weekend Writing Warriors meme.

    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I love writing Valentine’s Day scenes. Love! There’s one in my upcoming release, CUP OF SUGAR, and there’s a great one in MORE THAN WORDS. Today I’m giving you a taste of that scene. Travis is on stage and Calli is seated (anonymously, she thinks) in the audience. Let’s check in with Travis and Calli, shall we…

    morethanwords_msrHer chest tightened as he played a few notes of the next song—one she’d only heard the beginning of, three months ago in her kitchen. Her body wasn’t the only thing craving Travis. Stupid heart.

    “This next song is one of mine,” he half-chuckled, “actually, that’s not quite right. I wrote it, but it belongs to somebody special.” He strummed the first chord. Looked right at her. “So does my heart.”

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    Blurb

    A brutal mugging two years ago left Calli terrified to go out after dark, and incapable of real dating. Hanging out with a resentful Chihuahua every night hasn’t filled the void, and all the sex toys from the store she owns could never replace a flesh-and-blood man. An online Scrabble site promising anonymous, flirty fun sounds like just the ticket. A like-minded geek, that’s what she needs. Unbeknownst to her, the man on the other end of the game is anything but geeky.

    Tired of the party scene, Travis seeks a venue where he can meet a woman who is drawn to his mind, not his profession. Having women chase after his bad-boy musician persona has grown stale. After heating up the tiles online with Calli, he knows he must meet her in person. Touch her in person. And when he does, their chemistry is undeniable. She stimulates him, mind and body. But when he discovers her tragic past he realizes it will take more than words to win her heart…and her trust.

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  • More Than Words,  Sunday Snippets

    Sunday Snippet – MORE THAN WORDS – Travis

    Sunday snippet time, part of the Weekend Writing Warriors meme.

    Pretty soon, I’ll be posting snippets from a new release! But for today, we’re having a little visit with Travis Graham, the hero of MORE THAN WORDS, and his bandmate, Victor, after a gig.

    morethanwords_msr“Dude, come sit at the bar.” Victor, Black Box’s crazy-ass drummer, poked Travis in the ribs with his drumsticks after their last set had finished. “Bring your strings, chicks love that shit.”

    “Nah, I’m out of here, for which you should thank me, otherwise I’d steal all the best ones from under that hideous moustache of yours.”

    Victor laughed, smoothing his fingers over the bushy inverted horseshoe. “The ladies love it. They say it tickles them in all the right places.”

    “I’ll try not to keep that in mind,” Travis said as he walked away from Victor, endless free drinks and a sea of liquored-up, willing females.

    Blurb

    Their online games turn into games of the heart.

    A brutal mugging two years ago left Calli terrified to go out after dark, and incapable of real dating. Hanging out with a resentful Chihuahua every night hasn’t filled the void, and all the sex toys from the store she owns could never replace a flesh-and-blood man. An online Scrabble site promising anonymous, flirty fun sounds like just the ticket. A like-minded geek, that’s what she needs. Unbeknownst to her, the man on the other end of the game is anything but geeky.

    Tired of the party scene, Travis seeks a venue where he can meet a woman who is drawn to his mind, not his profession. Having women chase after his bad-boy musician persona has grown stale. After heating up the tiles online with Calli, he knows he must meet her in person. Touch her in person. And when he does, their chemistry is undeniable. She stimulates him, mind and body. But when he discovers her tragic past he realizes it will take more than words to win her heart…and her trust.

    Available now from Amazon ♦ B&N ♦ Kobo ♦ iTunes ♦ More

    Read Chapter One here!


  • Body of Work,  Sunday Snippets

    Sunday Snippet – BODY OF WORK – Goner

    Welcome and thanks for checking out my Sunday Snippet. For more bite-sized excerpts from authors, head over to Weekend Writing Warriors.

    Today’s eight sentences are from BODY OF WORK, and follow very closely after last week’s snippet. Time to find out if Brian knocked on Cassie’s door…


    bodyofworkHe swallowed hard at the muted sound of the chime.

    The outside lamp came on. Cassie’s eyes popped into view in the lower portion of the window. They locked with his, instantly changing from a cautious squint to wide with surprise. The tip of her nose appeared, then her top lip. She had to be standing on her toes now. The rest of her mouth followed, curled in a smile. That’s all it took—he was a goner for the thousandth time.


    Blurb

    Cassie has fantasized about the ginger-haired personal trainer for months. Brian is friendly, but never more—until he appears on her doorstep and shows her how much her flirting has affected him. The more she’s with him, the more Cassie wants the fairytale, not just hot sex with the six-two hunk. She can give Brian full access to her body, but after her ex’s reaction to her explicit photography business, sharing her secrets, and her heart, isn’t an option.

    Brian knows better than to break the rules. Don’t date gym members. Keep his inner beast on a leash during sex. Cassie tested his resolve on number one her first day in the gym. Shattered the second rule when he touched her. The petite pixie shares his preferences in the bedroom. She makes him laugh and love—but past mistakes haunt him, emotionally and tangibly. Cassie’s worth the price he’ll pay for breaking the rules. Now he must convince her to give him her heart.

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  • Body of Work,  Sunday Snippets

    Sunday Snippet – BODY OF WORK – Decision

    Welcome back for another Sunday Snippet, part of the Weekend Writing Warriors meme.

    This week’s eight-sentence excerpt is from early in the first chapter of BODY OF WORK. I loved writing this book! If you like a bossy-yet-sweet alpha male — Brian Black is your man. A heroine who embraces her sexuality, and a forbidden romance — check and check. Lots of hot sex — oh hell yeah. So let’s get started. 😉

    bodyofworkBrian rolled to a stop on Sloane Street. He killed the engine and stared through the rain-covered window of his Jeep at the white bungalow. If he did this, if he knocked on Cassie’s door at a quarter to one in the morning, there’d be no going back.

    A man could only take so much. The petite brunette had caught his eye from day one. She’d been torturing him for months—chatting, teasing him with comments that made her blush, openly flirting with him while she exercised. He’d have made his move immediately if not for his stupid contract.

    Which led him back to the decision at hand—to knock on her door or drive away?


    Blurb

    Cassie has fantasized about the ginger-haired personal trainer for months. Brian is friendly, but never more—until he appears on her doorstep and shows her how much her flirting has affected him. The more she’s with him, the more Cassie wants the fairytale, not just hot sex with the six-two hunk. She can give Brian full access to her body, but after her ex’s reaction to her explicit photography business, sharing her secrets, and her heart, isn’t an option.

    Brian knows better than to break the rules. Don’t date gym members. Keep his inner beast on a leash during sex. Cassie tested his resolve on number one her first day in the gym. Shattered the second rule when he touched her. The petite pixie shares his preferences in the bedroom. She makes him laugh and love—but past mistakes haunt him, emotionally and tangibly. Cassie’s worth the price he’ll pay for breaking the rules. Now he must convince her to give him her heart.

    Read Chapter One online, right here!

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  • News,  Random,  Reviews

    Some Ginger Love from Scandalicous Book Reviews

    It’s not unusual for my cell phone to start dinging with messages the second I drop my kids at school, but today I got one from Mandy, the awesome blogger/reviewer behind Straight Shootin’ Book Reviews, congratulating me on making it on to Scandalicious Book Reviews. I had no idea what she was talking about until I clicked over and saw this totally awesome shout-out and review of BODY OF WORK. What a woohoo! way to start the day!

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    I love Brian Black pretty hard myself, so it makes me all giddy when other people do, too.

    BODY OF WORK was one of three Ellora’s Cave books mentioned as Nikki’s favorites, so I’m extra honored to be included in the post. Head over to Scandalicious to see her other picks.

  • More Than Words,  Sunday Snippets

    Sunday Snippet – MORE THAN WORDS – Mystery Girl

    Sunday Snippet time once again, part of the Weekend Writing Warriors meme.

    Today I’m sharing a bite from MORE THAN WORDS, known by many as “the dirty Scrabble book”, which is now available in paperback edition as well as e-book!

    MORE THAN WORDS is the story of Travis and Calli, who meet playing anonymous, online Scrabble on an adults-only, chat-based gaming website. Travis went there looking for a woman who would be interested in his mind instead of his rockstar exterior. Calli went there because connecting with somebody in real life is, in her mind, a physical impossibility.

    In this snippet, Travis is reflecting on his first game with C Ya (Calli’s gaming handle), which included a lot of very flirty banter in the chat window.

    MTW-paperback-availableThe question he couldn’t shake was why some faceless female on a geeky game site had gotten to him. Women threw themselves at him all the time—young ones, old ones, and an incredible amount of smoking-hot ones. Even small-time musicians got laid a lot, freely and without any expectation of commitment. A perk of the job, until it grew old. Now he couldn’t stop thinking about C Ya, wondering exactly what she looked like, where she lived, if she walked around wearing lingerie just for the hell of being sexy. For all he knew, she wasn’t even a she. He ought to give his fucking head a shake.

    Click here to get MORE THAN WORDS in ebook or paperback. 🙂

    Blurb

    Their online games turn into games of the heart.

    A brutal mugging two years ago left Calli terrified to go out after dark, and incapable of real dating. Hanging out with a resentful Chihuahua every night hasn’t filled the void, and all the sex toys from the store she owns could never replace a flesh-and-blood man. An online Scrabble site promising anonymous, flirty fun sounds like just the ticket. A like-minded geek, that’s what she needs. Unbeknownst to her, the man on the other end of the game is anything but geeky.

    Tired of the party scene, Travis seeks a venue where he can meet a woman who is drawn to his mind, not his profession. Having women chase after his bad-boy musician persona has grown stale. After heating up the tiles online with Calli, he knows he must meet her in person. Touch her in person. And when he does, their chemistry is undeniable. She stimulates him, mind and body. But when he discovers her tragic past he realizes it will take more than words to win her heart…and her trust.

  • Guest Blogs

    A.S. Fenichel’s Alaskan Exposure

    Today, I’m fortunate to have one of my very good friends visiting. I met A.S. Fenichel at the RWA National Conference in NYC in the summer of 2011. During our random meeting at a panel discussion about digital publishing, she received the cover for her very first book via email. Fast forward two years, Andrea has 9 book covers on her website! Including this pretty one, for her brand-new release, ALASKAN EXPOSURE.

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    Welcome, Andrea!


    Hi Karla, I’m so happy to be here to talk about my new release, Alaskan Exposure. This is my first contemporary romance and I’m really excited about it. I got the idea while on my own Alaskan cruise. My husband and I went on an anniversary trip last year and had the most amazing time. Alaska is stunningly beautiful and so was the first officer on the ship. We met him when we took a tour of the bridge. He was so good looking I could barely speak. Good thing my husband had a lot of technical questions about the ship. He even asked questions about becoming a career merchant marine. YUM! I took it all in, made a few mental notes (mostly about his beautiful blue eyes) and by the time we left the ship, I had the makings of a new book in my head. Now that’s what I call a working vacation. J

    I’m happy to share the back cover blurb and a short excerpt here today. If anyone has any questions about Alaskan Exposure, the book or the cruise, I’d love to hear from you. I’m also going to be chatting on Writer’s Space tonight with some other wonderful writers from 9:00 – 10:00 ET if anyone would like to join me for a real time chat.

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    Excerpt:

    Charley headed to the designated area in front of the forward elevator bank on deck eight. In case a good shot availed itself, she kept her camera bag with her. She reached inside the specially made backpack and felt her way to the camera sling. Her Canon EOS 5D Mark III was at the top and she dug for the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L lens and its EW-83F hood. Her hand wrapped around it and pulled it from its snug memory foam compartment. She walked up the one deck from their cabin while attaching the lens best suited for close, low-light shots.

    Even only having seen that small percentage of the ship, she had to admit it was not at all cramped or claustrophobic. When she saw an officer talking to a group of passengers, she immediately clicked off a few pictures. He was tall. His chest and shoulders filled out the white uniform and he smiled easily at the three women who peppered him with questions while batting their eyelashes shamelessly. The youngest of the three looked to be at least ten years older than the sailor.

    Charley zoomed in on his bright blue eyes and neatly cropped dark, curly hair. He seemed genuinely interested in what the women were saying. If she had to guess, the handsome officer must have known the passengers. She clicked several more pictures.

    His eyes turned toward her. There was a moment of surprise, followed by a slow, private smile. Inside her lens he was so close he penetrated her comfort zone. Charley felt her cheeks flush and she took the camera away from her face.

    He’d caught her with her hand in the cookie jar. She’d invaded his privacy and he smiled warmly across the expanse of blue carpet. But he didn’t look the least bit offended. Normally she asked people if she could photograph them, though spontaneous pictures always turned out better. Making a conscious effort to slow her heart and ignore her embarrassment, she felt her cheeks cool slightly.

    The officer said his polite goodbyes to the ladies and walked over to Charley. “Miss Ballantine?”

    “Yes.” Immediately her cheeks flushed again. He smelled of a musky cologne, soap and man. What the hell was wrong with her? She shook herself out of her mesmerized state. “I’m Charlene Ballantine, sorry I’m late.”

    He frowned for an instant. “I was told Charley.”

    Her cheeks were on fire and her heart beat so hard that it was a wonder he didn’t comment on the infernal noise. “Charley is fine.”

    He held out his hand. “I’m Kyle Macintyre, the ship’s first officer. I’m assigned the task of showing you the bridge. The captain asked that I tell you what you may and may not do while aboard.”

    “They sent me a list of dos and don’ts.” Her voice was a bit steadier.

    There was that smile again. “Yes, I’m sure the line sent you a laundry list, but since you’re not part of the crew and you have had no shipboard training, Captain Cristou likes to make certain they’ll be no trouble.”

    She nodded dumbly, intoxicated by the deep, warm sound of his voice. “Who were those women?”

    If the question surprised him he didn’t show it. “Mrs. Jones and her two daughters. They’re taking a family vacation.”

    “Do you know them?”

    He cocked his head to one side. “I just met them. Why do you ask?”

    She shrugged, wishing she could keep her mouth shut. She supposed the question was out of context, but she was curious. “It looked as if you knew them.”

    Turning the digital display on her camera around, she showed him the pictures she’d taken. He stood very close as she scrolled through the dozen shots she snapped while he was unaware. Her shoulder brushed against his arm.

    The warmth of his body spread through her as if she were standing too close to a furnace. She’d lost her mind. That was the only explanation. Since her divorce, men had been the last thing she wanted. She’d spent a year in therapy trying not to think of them as the enemy and she’d made progress. She’d even gone on a couple of dates that hadn’t ended in disaster. But this sailor had an effect on her that none of the men she’d come in contact with had. Her pulse was tripping wildly and she thought running away would be a great idea. In fact, better to get as far away from Kyle Macintyre as possible. Unfortunately, that wasn’t an option.

    He smiled brightly. “It does. You know, I’ve been doing this for so long, I’ve just learned that on a short cruise you don’t have much time to get to know people. I make friends quickly.”

    She took a step away from his arousing scent and warm body.

    “I’ll bet you do.” Sarcasm dripped from her words. She thought of looking around to see if her mother was behind her. No, it had been her. Shit.

    He frowned, but was still so gorgeous she could barely look at him. “I think I should be insulted by the way you said that, Miss Ballantine, but I’m going to reserve my reaction until I know you better.”


    About A.S. Fenichel

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    A.S. Fenichel gave up a successful career in New York City to follow her husband to Texas and pursue her lifelong dream of being a professional writer. She’s never looked back.

    A.S. adores writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Books have always been her perfect escape and she still relishes diving into one and staying up all night to finish a good story.

    Multi-published in erotic paranormal, historical romance and now erotic contemporary, A.S. has 6 books currently available and two more underway with Ellora’s Cave Publishing.

    Originally from New York, she grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in the East Texas with her real life hero, her wonderful husband. When not reading or writing she enjoys cooking, travel, history, and puttering in her garden.

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  • More Than Words,  Sunday Snippets

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    Sunday snippet time! Part of the Weekend Writing Warriors meme. Make sure you check out that list of participants when you’re done here. 🙂

    Starting next week, I’ll be starting with teasers from my upcoming, November release, CROSSING THE LINE. Check back here this Wednesday for the cover reveal.

    For today, here’s one more bite-sized excerpt from MORE THAN WORDS. This bit follows not too long after last week’s, where Travis met Calli in person for the first time with a surprise — and very unexpected — visit to Calli’s store.

    “Are you…” How to word it. How to ask if the ridiculously good-looking man holding her in his arms was some nut-job stalker. “Insane?”

    “Not currently. I’ve been on the wagon for almost two months.” Dear god, he had dimples to go with the charming crinkles when he smiled.

    She was such a goner.

    morethanwords_msrFor more of Travis and Calli’s dirty Scrabble story, check out MORE THAN WORDS on Amazon, Goodreads, or at your other favorite e-book retailer.

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