Cover Reveal: KORD: Dakonian Alien Mail Order Brides

Cover by Croco Designs
Release date: October 17, 2019
Preorder: coming soon

Barb Quintain seems to have it together. She owns the hottest restaurant in town, lives in a fabulous luxury apartment, and has a personality as big as the state of Texas. But outward confidence conceals old wounds as big as Texas, too. She hides behind success, fearing someone will discover what she’s really like—a fake, a fraud, all broth and no beans.

Then, one evening, he walks into her restaurant—the hottest, sexiest man she’s ever seen. Kord. An alien from Dakon who’s so out of her league, she could never deserve him.

Kord doesn’t understand why none of his Intergalactic Dating Agency matches have panned out until he happens into Barbie Q’s Restaurant and meets the proprietress. His twitching horns immediately signal she’s his Fated mate. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem to recognize that. The only thing he can do is get her to hire him so he can convince her they’re meant to be together.

Just as Kord’s patience wins her over, and Barb begins to envision herself as his mate, a family crisis sends her running in her rhinestone boots. Will confronting her past destroy their future?

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Sixx: Dakonian Alien Mail Order Brides now available for preorder #SFR

She wants a man who’s got her six…

He needs a mate with enough moxie to leave Earth…

Software developer Moxie Maguire has a BIG dream—save enough money to start her own video game company. That’s why she logs fourteen hours days working for an obnoxious boss. But when life seems to be passing her by, she sets another goal—meet Mr. Right, a man who can support her dream. She joins the Intergalactic Dating Agency and is matched with a hot and horned alien named…Sixx. Sexy as heck, a good listener, family-oriented—he’s the perfect man to share a life with.

If only that life was on Earth.

Sixx has a dream, too. Find a mate, settle down, and raise kits. With females in short supply on his planet, this single dad heads for Earth to get a female and get back to Dakon and his young son. The instant he meets Moxie, he recognizes she’s his Fated Mate. They’re meant to be together.

But he won’t abandon his child. And, unfortunately, his planet has even fewer computers than females. One for the entire planet, to be exact.

Will two Fated Mates have to part? Or can they find a way to work it out?

Release date: September 26, 2019. Reserve your copy now! You don’t pay until the book is delivered to your ereader on release day.

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Recommended Reads: What I read in July #bookreviews #amreading

All the books I read this month were amazing! I highly recommend all of them. However, I’m about nine books behind on my 2019 Goodreads reading challenge (I pledged to read 100 books this year). I have a feeling I’m not going to catch up.

I loved, loved, loved Tragic Magic and the magical, witching world Rebecca Royce created. It was fascinating and entertaining the way her characters used their magical abilities–and I don’t normally care for fantasy romances involving magic. The plotting/story was very clever the way seemingly disparate story elements converged at the end. And speaking of the ending, it had a great HEA that made me cry.

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Witch Way Around is a fun, light, sweet paranormal romance that was exactly what I needed at the time. It was a delight to read. Angie Baybee Jewel is a witch whose powers never developed. But she does have a remarkable green thumb, and plants respond to her. Kit Wilde is a tiger shifter, currently working with the circus, whose duty is calling him home to take over as alpha of his pack. They have great chemistry, but witches and shifters don’t mix in their worlds. Can this relationship be saved?

I loved Angie’s connection to nature; it felt realistically pagan, and the circus as one of the settings, was a clever, unique deviation from the norm.

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Shunned by her Lycan pack, half-breed Shay accepts a dare to put the moves on visiting VampLycan Trayis, a shifter she’s had a crush on and who is one of the few people who is nice to her. Trayis is more than happy to oblige and take her to bed. It’s only supposed to be a one night stand, but soon Trayis is the one looking for the happily ever after. Can he help Shay overcome her past and take a chance on him?

This book offers what author Laurann Dohner does best: creating hot alpha heroes who are nice guys and not alpha-holes and feisty heroines in need of a little tender loving care. A fast-paced, easy-to-read romance.

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In this second book of The Hunt series, Payton, a scrappy young woman (and her dog) are being hunted by Themba, an alien prince looking for one last hurrah before he settles down in an arranged marriage benefitting his kingdom. Since she was terrorized by her ex-husband, being hunted by an alien is the last thing she needs.

This is such a fantastic book and series. Everything about it feels so real. Great characters, awesome world-building, creative story and plotting. You can read this book as a stand-alone, but I recommend you start with the first book just because the series is so good and you shouldn’t miss any part of it!

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“Chloe” is an illegal self-aware artificial intelligence in love with a human man. She wants to become a real girl. She makes a deal with the devil to make that happen. More than Stardust is an awesome, awesome story and piece of writing. It is so clever, crafty and nuanced. At times it had me biting my nails. Author Vivian Jackson does not go easy on her characters. This is some amazing fiction that is sure please both sci-fi romance and hard-core SF readers. Grab it with your grabby hands!

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M/M romance is not the usual genre I read. And an M/M romance in which males can get pregnant? Well, this is my first one. Roan is a mink shifter abused by an alpha gang member. He sees a chance to escape and runs to the one person with whom he feels safe: his former college roomie and friend, Hansol, who he had a big crush on. Hansol secretly loved Roam and was crushed when he disappeared years ago. When Roan shows up on his doorstep, Hansol takes him in, determined to make him stay this time. But the past won’t leave Roan alone…

Mink Omega in hiding is a sweet, enjoyable love story. The love Hansol has for Roan is very touching. The M/M sex scenes weren’t exceptionally graphic. I highly recommend this book.

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If you think you saw this book reviewed earlier in the year, well, you did. I read it again! I found it so useful, I wanted to have the paperback in addition to Kindle copy. This is a great resource for romance authors. If you want to know what makes a compelling story, and how to keep readers turning pages, get this book.

Kindle | Paperback

Nook | Paperback

Please note: I read for personal enjoyment and share what I read. I am not a book reviewer/blogger, so I do not accept review requests.

What did you read this month that you enjoyed? Did you read any of the books I read?

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BookBub! The Alien Mate boxed set is 99 cents for a limited time

In advance of a BookBub Featured Deal, the Alien Mate Complete Collection boxed set is on sale for 99 cents for a limited time. A steal of a deal! If you bought all four books individually, it would cost $18.96 US. Grab it while the deal lasts!

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Mail order brides of the future travel from Earth to an icy planet to meet the alien men of their dreams. This boxed set contains all four books of the Alien Mate series:

Alien Mate (Book 1)

Falsely convicted of a crime, she’s sentenced to life as an alien’s mail order bride.

Alien Attraction (Book 2)

How insane is it to marry an alien as a publicity stunt?

Alien Intention (Book 3)

Their attraction unleashes a perfect storm.

Alien Mischief (Book 4)

Will a little mischief jeopardize her second chance for love?

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Thought-provoking motivational advice from an unlikely source…#motivation #success #inspiration

Recently I ran across a homily that resonated with me. It was this:

“If you can’t do anything about it, then it’s not a problem. It’s a circumstance. Deal with problems, and the circumstances may or may not change.”

Not all bad things are problems that require action! Often life hits us with situations that we can’t do anything about. Running around, desperately trying to fix the unfixable is pointless. You have to accept the hand you were dealt and make it work or work around it.

After I saw that “quote,” I started collecting others. Here are a few more worth pondering. (I’ll cite the source as the end of this post*).

“There’s a movie going on in your mind. You have turn off the drama on this small screen before you can see what’s really happening in the world beyond.”

“If you want to confuse a stranger, ask for directions to ‘anywhere.’ Such a question would baffle even the wisest guide. Before anyone can show you the way, you have to know where you’d like to go.”

“Go on and follow in the footsteps of this made-up hero, who, if you think about it, is actually an idealized version of you.”

“Your method has helped you get the goal several times already, but now something has changed. Suddenly, that same method won’t net the same results. The winner’s way is to adapt.”

(Lol. This affects just about every author I know!)

“It is said that spicy food raises the metabolism, and spicy living does the same for your energy level. You’ll add a little risk, and suddenly, things will pick up.”

“What helps you calm down is a sense of knowing. Note that believe and knowing are not the same thing. Belief is a decision.”

“What is the cost of inaction? Look at that closely because it’s higher than you think. When you tally up all that’s lost by not making a move, you’ll find it to be a terrible and needless expense.”

Do any of these quotations resonate with you? Which ones and why?
What do they mean to you?

*All these quotations were daily horoscopes in my local newspaper. FYI, I don’t believe in astrology, but I found these horoscopes to be profound.

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Cover reveal! SIXX: Dakonian Alien Mail Order Brides (Intergalactic Dating Agency)

Cover by Croco Designs

She wants a man who’s got her six…

He needs a mate with enough moxie to leave Earth…

Software developer Moxie Maguire has a BIG dream—save enough money to start her own video game company. That’s why she logs fourteen-hour days working for an obnoxious boss. But when life seems to be passing her by, she sets another goal—meet Mr. Right, a man who can support her dream. She joins the Intergalactic Dating Agency and is matched with a hot-and-horned alien named…Sixx. Sexy as heck, a good listener, family-oriented—he’s the perfect man to share a life with.

If only that life was on Earth.

Sixx has a dream, too. Find a mate, settle down, and raise kits. With females in short supply on his planet, this single dad heads for Earth to get a female then get back to Dakon and his young son. The instant he meets Moxie, he recognizes she’s his Fated mate. They’re meant to be together.

But he won’t abandon his child. And, unfortunately, his planet has even fewer computers than females. One for the entire planet, to be exact.

Will two Fated mates have to part? Or can they find a way to work it out?

Coming September 26, 2019

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Enter to win $200 in prizes in the Cara Bristol 10th Authorversary Prize Drawing #giveaway

This July is the 10th anniversary of my first publishing contract! To say thank you to readers for a wonderful 10 years of publishing, I’m giving away a $200 prize package*!

One lucky winner will receive:

  • $100 Amazon OR Barnes & Noble eGift Card
  • 3 book scented candles (New Books, Antique Books & Ancient Scrolls)
  • 3 autographed paperbacks (Alien Mate, Goddess’s Curse & Claimed by the Cyborg)
  • A spiral bound notebook with pens
  • 2 ebooks from my backlist
  • Decorative box
  • Fun swag

*The drawing is open to international readers; however, the prize will be a little different for non-US residents. If a person from outside the US wins, he/she will receive the $100 Amazon gift card and 12 ebooks from my backlist, in lieu of the physical prizes.

To enter the drawing, just answer an easy question. For more entries and to increase your chances of winning, follow me on social media. Hurry! The deadline to enter is Aug. 1.

Please be sure to read the drawing entry rules on the contest page!

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Happy Authorversary to me!! My 10th year as a published author

Ten years ago this month I signed my first publishing contract with Black Velvet Seductions, a small ebook publisher.

I went on to have books published by Loose Id, Decadent Publishing, Lazy Day/Blushing Books. I completely changed genres (from spanking romance to science fiction romance). I went indie, and I hit the USA Today Bestseller list twice.

To date, I’ve written and published 40 stories. I say stories, not books or titles, because some repackaging has occurred. Some novellas were originally published in anthologies and then later released as individuals titles. Some individual stories were later anthologized. In a few cases when publishing rights reverted to me, I changed the book’s title when I released it as an indie publication. Some of my early books are “out of print” and are no longer available.

Here’s a complete list of the stories I published in a decade, with the genre and the original publisher listed. If no publisher is listed, it was released as an Indie publication.

And there you have it–the complete list!

This year so far, I’ve published two brand new novels, Alien Mischief and Under Fyre, compiled all four Alien Mate series books into a boxed set, and updated and released an older title, Warrior’s Curse. I have three new Intergalactic Dating Agency novellas planned for the fall: Sixx, Kord, and Braxx.

Being an author is my dream job. Thank you all for supporting me. I’m looking forward to the next ten years.

Get ready for the 10th Authorversary $200 Prize Giveaway! Coming July 15, 2009! Find out what’s in the box!

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Release Day! Warrior’s Curse is now live on all booksellers! #PNR

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A paranormal romance inspired by the Greek myth of the Amazon women warriors.

A powerful tribe of women warriors lives in service to the Goddess, separate from men, their sworn enemies, until mating fever strikes and they must venture into the wilderness to seek mates.

Sheltered and protected behind palace walls, Princess Reena has never even seen a man. When the mating curse compels her older, wiser cousin to seek a mate, Reena accompanies her, eager for the chance to see a man in the flesh.

Reena learns how dangerous men can be.

Embittered by a terrible wrong a woman committed against him. Garat leaves his encampment to secure the water his people need to survive. When he encounters the queen’s daughter in the wilderness, his need for vengeance consumes him, and he takes Reena hostage. But as her sweetness melts his hatred, Garat begins to suspect there is an evil behind the palace walls that wants Reena dead.

After kidnapping her, can he get his heartmate to believe the people she trusts the most want to kill her? Can he open her eyes to the evil force that threatens their love and her life?

Warrior’s Curse is a re-release of the previously published Goddess’s Curse. It has been updated with a new ending. It’s a single, standalone novel with an HEA and no cliffhanger.

A new excerpt from Warrior’s Curse…

“I’m aware of how curious you are about the Lahon. How would you like to see them for yourself?”

“What do you mean?”

“How would you like to accompany me on the manhunt?”

“Mother would never permit it.” Her pulse raced at the prospect of seeing a barbarian in the flesh.

“She would. I already asked her.”

“She said yes?” Reena widened her eyes. “You’re jesting. How?”

Honna’s hesitation revealed the answer. Becauseobserving from afaris the closest I will ever come to mating, and my mother seeks to grant my dying wish. A measure of excitement receded. Why, now, when she felt better, did people assume the worst? Could it be a symptom of her malady that she rallied before she keeled over?

“I convinced her that due to your remission, you can handle the journey. She knows how interested you are in the Lahon, so she agreed to let you accompany me under one condition.”

“What’s that?”

“You resume taking the herb.”

Reena grimaced. “All right.”

“Thank you. I’m so glad you’ll join me. It will make this whole experience bearable. I can rest easy knowing I’m there to care for you, and you’ll get to see the Lahon. Perhaps then you’ll realize they’re not what you’ve built them up to be in your mind.” Honna dug into her medicine pouch and extracted a small vial, which she emptied into a goblet sitting on the bedside table. After filling the glass with water, she handed it to Reena. “Drink up.”

Wrinkling her nose, she took a sip and fought off a shudder.

Honna smiled approvingly. “I’ll go make the arrangements for our journey. We’ll leave when dawn breaks on the morrow.”

Oh, no…don’t do it Reena!!!

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Preorder Warrior’s Curse on #iBooks, #BN, #Nook #Kobobooks #GooglePlay — July 8 release

Preorder for a July 8 release is available for Warrior’s Curse on Apple, Barnes & Noble, GooglePlay and Kobo. Sorry, but preorder is not available for Amazon.

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Warrior’s Curse blurb

A paranormal romance inspired by the Greek myth of the Amazon women warriors….

A powerful tribe of women warriors lives in service to the Goddess, separate from men, their sworn enemies, until mating fever strikes and they must venture into the wilderness to seek mates.

Sheltered and protected behind palace walls, Princess Reena has never even seen a man. When the mating curse compels her older, wiser cousin to seek a mate, Reena accompanies her, eager for the chance to see a man in the flesh.

Reena learns how dangerous men can be.

Embittered by a terrible wrong a woman committed against him. Garat leaves his encampment to secure the water his people need to survive. When he encounters the queen’s daughter in the wilderness, his need for vengeance consumes him, and he takes Reena hostage. But as her sweetness melts his hatred, Garat begins to suspect there is an evil behind the palace walls that wants Reena dead.

After kidnapping her, can he get his heartmate to believe the people she trusts the most want to kill her? Can he open her eyes to the evil force that threatens their love and her life?

Warrior’s Curse is a re-release of the previously published Goddess’s Curse. It has been updated with a new ending. It’s a single, standalone novel with an HEA and no cliffhanger.

Warrior’s Curse excerpt

Reena sighed and snuggled in her bed. As her illness progressed, a persistent chill had pervaded her bones. The heaviest robe, the thickest blanket could not banish it. This morning? So comfortable and cozy. Her blanket, though unusually heavy, was oh so warm, and so was the pillow beneath her head. But hard. What kind of feathers could make a pillow so firm yet still tickle her nose? She rubbed her cheek against it, absorbing the unusual, pleasant scent. Musky, and earthy. Like woodsmoke or fresh evergreen. Or a combination of both.

If only every morning could be like this. She hugged her pillow. Soon an attendant would arrive to rouse her for breakfast, but maybe she’d feign sleep. Naughty. She smiled.

Then sobered. Yes, she’d been naughty. She had displeased her cousin by refusing further treatment. What had occurred after that? She crinkled her forehead, trying to remember. She’d poured out the tincture, and then…then…

A Lahon had burst from the foliage.

Then muscle cramps and searing pain. Paralysis.

Her eyes flew open. Rough-hewn walls, large, rustic furniture filled her field of vision. Gone were familiar accoutrements and luxuries. Instead of finely woven fabric,  a furry animal hide covered her, and, supporting her head, was hard flesh covered by a thick mat of…of, hair. A man’s chest.

She bolted upright with a shriek.

The Lahon sprang up without a sound.

“Help!” She tried to scramble from the bed, but he hooked an arm around her waist. “Let me go! Help!”

She slapped at his shoulders, his chest, his face. Neither blows nor screaming fazed him a bit, and she found herself flat on her back, her cries silenced by his calloused hand, her arms restrained, her lower body pinned by his heavy, muscular thigh, and something sizable and rigid poking her leg.

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