What I read in March…#recommended reads #PNR, #SFR, #Regency #nonfiction

Welcome to my monthly mini-reviews of the books I read during the month. As you can see, I updated my graphic to a hammock in the sun instead of a cozy spot in front of the fire, because it IS spring. Time to take the books outside! Without further ado, here’s what I read in March…

Lucy is a human slave being sold by a cruel alien master when she’s bought by Fynd, a brutish-looking Vaxxlian who needs a mate to bear him children. Maimed in battle, rejected by a female of his own kind, he bears physical and emotional scars. He intends to be kind to her–but has no intention of letting her go. She’s fearful at first, but comes to love her alien brute. This is a quick, light, fun Insta-love romance.

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The Gorison Traveler Incident started off with a bang, hooked me from the start and kept me turning pages until I finished it. Vivian is an alien cultural specialist aboard the Gorison Traveler. When the Ke’ters, visiting aliens, begin attacking the crew, she defies orders and places the ship in lockdown, then risks inviting other aliens, the Veslors, aboard the vessel to take care of the problem. THEN she has to face her commanding officer. The Gorison Traveler Incident is a fast, creative story with a scrappy heroine and a protective hero. I had a great time reading this book.

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A still-grieving widow is abducted by alien slave traders and crash lands with her dragon shifter hero on a planet inhabited by dinosaurs. Sound preposterous? More like, awesome. Metal Dragon is a well-written, well-crafted story filled with angst, excitement, and steam. It hooked me at the start and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the story. This is book two of the Warriors of Galatea series (definitely a stand-alone read!), and I immediately one-clicked book one. Metal Dragon is must read for SFR lovers.

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Gabby is a doctor. When a mysterious man appears, turns into a dragon, and flies away with her patient, she gets swept up into an epic battle to save his parallel magical world. Six stars! Absolutely phenomenal world-building. Richly detailed, yet not overpowering. This is a very visual book. The magic and fantasy world of Wings of Stone is so well-crafted the story is totally believable. The H/h get their HEA, but there is a story arc that continues throughout the series.

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Love how the Everton Domestic Society series offers a different take on the Regency romance trope and gives the heroines an actual occupation. It’s done in a way that feels natural and authentic to the time period and trope. In A Lady’s Virtue, Everton Lady Sylvia Dowder is hired to redecorate an earl’s manor. He’s an American who recently inherited the title and is having trouble adjusting to his new role. Likable characters, sweet romance, fresh approach.

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David Gaughran explains what works on BB and what doesn’t, and how to design, target, and test your ads. A must read for authors who intend to try advertising on BookBub. Caveat: I’ve been trying his method, and still haven’t been able to make it work for me. I need to do more testing.

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Killing it on Kobo was written by a former Kobo employee, so you get inside info on how Kobo Writing Life (the self publishing platform) works, and it does operate differently than Amazon. The book is basically a Kobo self-publishing how-to for beginners, but veterans may pick up some helpful tips, insights, and strategies. I skimmed over the stuff I was already familiar with, but I did learn a few useful things, so that made it a worthwhile read. If you’re just going “wide,” and haven’t published on Kobo before, definitely pick up this book.

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What did you read in March that you recommend?

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2009-2019: A look back at how I got published…

This year, 2019, marks my tenth anniversary as a published author. In July 2009 I signed my first book publishing contract. Writing books and getting published was always my BIG DREAM.  It was the one thing I wanted more than anything else in the entire world. So I stuck to it, even when it seemed like I wasn’t getting anywhere.

Before my publishing debut, over a period of two decades, I’d written four novels (women’s fiction, not romance), had two literary agents, and received hundreds of rejections.

After completing the four novels, I switched to short stories. I’d sold several to magazines (one to Good Housekeeping!), won quite a few writing awards and was working toward the goal of submitting a collection to a publisher.


I’m a lifelong romance reader, but sometime in the early 2000s, I’d begun reading erotic romance. Well, one day in 2009, I got bored so I sat down at the computer to play. Just for fun, I wrote a short erotic romance about a woman at a job interview who has sex with the man who would be her boss. I threw in every kinky sex act I’d ever heard of. Remember, I was only playing. But, when I finished the story, I thought, hey, this isn’t bad. Maybe I can sell this. (Why I would think that after receiving hundreds of rejections, I don’t know. I guess I’m tenacious—besides being modest. Lol).

I found a call for submissions from a little publisher called Black Velvet Seductions and submitted Intimate Submission. BVS accepted it. Every single book I’d written and submitted since then was accepted by the first publisher I submitted to.

In July 2009, I signed a publishing contract with Black Velvet Seductions, and in September of that year, Intimate Submission was published. (That book is no longer available). I published a second story with BVS and an anthology, before moving to Loose Id, which published eight books of mine. I’d also been published by Decadent Publishing and Lazy Day (now part of Blushing Books). In total, I’d had 15 romances published by publishers when I went Indie in 2015.

Under Fyre, to be released in May, will be my 36th title. Since 2009, I’ve written about 1.5 million words, and have hit the USA Today bestseller list twice.

I got my foot in the door to the publishing world with spanking romance.  I kind of fell into the niche after discovering there was a market for spanking stories. But, after a while, I found the genre limited what kind of story I could write. I desired more creative freedom. I wanted to emphasize the romance, the characters, the plots, and not spanking or Domination/submission (D/s). And frankly, I wanted to be able to tell my neighbors what I wrote and still be invited for dinner!

So, I switched to mainstream science fiction romance (SFR)  because of the creative potential. I’ve been writing sci-fi romance exclusively since late 2015. I have now five science fiction romance series under my belt:

I want to celebrate my 10th Authorversary with you, my readers, because you made the dream come true. I want to thank you for buying my books and supporting me. What better way to celebrate than with presents?  You can get the Prequel to Under Fyre for FREE by subscribing to my newsletter ( download it here). There will be a unique prize drawing for the release of Under Fyre, flash giveaways throughout the year, and in July, there will a big prize giveaway.

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Win Alien Mischief, 50+ #PNR & SFR novels AND an ereader! @BookSweeps

I’ve teamed up with 50+ fantastic authors to give away a huge collection of Paranormal & Sci-Fi Romances to 2 lucky winners, PLUS a brand new eReader to the Grand Prize winner!

Oh, and did I mention you’ll receive a collection of FREE reads just for entering? 😁

You can win my novel Alien Mischief (Alien Mate 4) , plus books from authors Aidy Award, Brenda K Davies, Lexi Post and more. Enter the giveaway by clicking here 👉 bit.ly/paranormalscifirom-mar19

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Epic kitchen/cooking disasters….#KitchenAccidentsHappen

How do you make meatloaf and end up with tomato soup on the back of your head?

My family meatloaf recipe calls for tomato soup. As I was emptying a family-sized can of tomato soup into a measuring cup, the soup plopped in, kind of exploded, arced over my head and landed in my hair, on the back of my head.

That’s a new one. Although it’s not my only kitchen accident.

On another occasion, I was making chili in the crock pot. I had soaked the dried beans and had them draining in a colander in the sink. At the center island, I mixed all other ingredients in the crock pot, then went to take the crock pot to the sink to add the beans. The crock pot must have been cracked, because the bottom fell out. Chili went everywhere. There was even in the hinges of the cabinets! Months later I was still finding bits of chili in odd places.

Another time, I was baking an Italian cream cake for my husband’s birthday. The recipe calls for you to alternately add/mix flour and buttermilk. I had the batter mixing in the bowl, and as I went to add more flour, I dropped the measuring cup in the bowl–as the beaters were going. Cake batter splattered everywhere.

The epic cake batter explosion….

What’s your best kitchen/cooking disaster?

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A sneak peek excerpt from Under Fyre (Alien Dragon Shifters 1)

He held her, breathing in her fragrance, their mix of scents. “My mate. Forever mine,” he said, as he stroked her hair.

“Your mate. Forever yours,” she murmured sleepily. “It doesn’t sound so daunting anymore.”

“Daunting? You found the idea of being mated to me daunting?” he said, but he was unalarmed. Her love for him smelled like warm spice.

“Not being your mate. It was the eternity part that was difficult to accept.”

“One day less than eternity wouldn’t be enough time with you,” he said. He pressed his lips to her hair, damp with perspiration. Wispy tendrils tickled his face.

“You say the sweetest things.”

“I mean the sweetest things.”

She squeezed him. “I’m so happy.” Yawning, she patted her mouth. “Sorry.” She gave a wry smile. “I can hardly keep my eyes open. Three orgasms wipes a girl out.”

“Three? That’s all? I promise I’ll do better next time.”

Under Fyre (Alien Dragon Shifters 1) blurb

Betrayed by her people, does she dare trust a dragon?

The alien dragon shapeshifters who discover Earth come in peace—at first. Then, inexplicably, they threaten to attack. In an attempt to show goodwill and appease the dragons, Earth sends a human woman to become a concubine to one of the Draconian king’s sons, Prince K’ev.

K’ev would sooner give up his ability to breathe fire than accept a human, but when he meets Rhianna, sparks fly, and his dragon realizes she’s his mate.

Rhianna falls for the hot-blooded prince, unaware she’s a key link in a desperate scheme to defeat the dragons, a strike that could backfire with devastating consequences. Will she figure out what Earth has planned in time to save her dragon mate? And if she does, will K’ev be able to save her planet from an angry king’s retaliation?

Under Fyre is available everywhere!


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A dragon in the hot seat: an interview with Prince K’ev of Under Fyre (Alien Dragon Shifters 1)

My special guest today is Prince K’ev ulu K’rah Qatin (K’ev) of planet Draco and the hero of Under Fyre (Alien Dragon Shifters 1), my upcoming new release. I managed to get the prince to answer a few questions.

Cara: I’m surprised you’re going to mate with a human woman. I got the impression you don’t think much of humans.

Prince K’ev: I don’t think much of humans. They’ve proven themselves to be liars and thieves. But, I’m not taking a mate. Dragons and humans can’t mate, because humans have no fyre. The human woman will be my concubine. And, I wouldn’t be taking her at all if my father the king hadn’t ordered it.

Cara: As a human, I’m offended that you call us liars and thieves. Your people have threatened to attack Earth! My people are hiding in tunnels, underground garages and bunkers in fear for their lives.

Prince K’ev: Draconian justice is swift and harsh. We don’t initiate conflicts, but we end them decisively. Your government has been stealing precious metals from a planet that is rightfully ours, now you’re attempting to colonize and steal the planet itself, and when we offered you an opportunity to demonstrate your good faith by sending the president’s daughter as my consort, you sent a substitute and tried to pass her off as the First Daughter. The facts speak for themselves.

Cara: I thought you liked Rhianna.

Prince K’ev:  If I had to get stuck with a human, she’s the best of the worst. I met her years ago when she was a child, and I thought she was different from the rest. But, she lied to me, too. Went along with the ruse to pass herself off as the president’s daughter.

Rhianna is different. She’s delectable. She’s our mate.

Cara: I’m sorry. What was that last part? I didn’t quite catch it.

Prince K’ev [Looking uncomfortable]: Nothing. Ignore my dragon.

Cara: You talk like you’re two separate people. Aren’t you and the dragon one and the same?

Prince K’ev: We are two, and we are one. Two minds in one body. We share one fyre. Humans and other nonshifters rarely understand the duality.

Cara: One last question. Can dragons really throw fire?

[A burst of flame ignites the desk]

Prince K’ev: Any more questions?

Cara: Uh, no. Thanks for the interview. [Rushes to put out the fire].

Under Fyre (Alien Dragon Shifters 1) blurb

Betrayed by her people, does she dare trust a dragon?

The alien dragon shapeshifters who discover Earth come in peace—at first. Then, inexplicably, they threaten to attack. In an attempt to show goodwill and appease the dragons, Earth sends a human woman to become a concubine to one of the Draconian king’s sons, Prince K’ev.

K’ev would sooner give up his ability to breathe fire than accept a human, but when he meets Rhianna, sparks fly, and his dragon realizes she’s his mate.

Rhianna falls for the hot-blooded prince, unaware she’s a key link in a desperate scheme to defeat the dragons, a strike that could backfire with devastating consequences. Will she figure out what Earth has planned in time to save her dragon mate? And if she does, will K’ev be able to save her planet from an angry king’s retaliation?

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Use code BNPALIEN50 to get Alien Attraction for 50% off on BN.com — limited time! #Nook #SFR #NookDeals

Alien Attraction (Alien Mate 2) is 50% off on BN.com March 11-18, 2019. To get the discounted price, use code BNPALIEN50 at checkout. The book must be purchased on the Barnes & Noble website (BN.com) to get the discount. It’s not available from your Nook device.

Get the deal here!

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

I’m Sunny Weathers. You probably recognize me from my reality show, Sunny Weathers’ Excellent Adventures. I’ve had to perform a lot of crazy stunts in my career, but this one takes the cake! The producers are sending me to another planet to become an alien’s mail order bride. I’m not allowed to tell anybody it’s a gimmick, and as soon my contract is up, I’ll be leaving planet Dakon. Unfortunately, I hadn’t counted on my attraction to Mr. Tall, “Darq,” and Handsome…

I’m Darq. The moment I laid eyes on the female with pretty mud-colored hair and a sunny smile, I knew she was mine. Competition for females is fierce, and I was determined to claim a mate from the latest shipment from Earth, so I broke the rules. If anyone finds out, my own brother would banish me to the icy wilderness, and I’d lose my mate. I will do anything to keep her…

Alien Attraction is a stand-alone read in the Alien Mate series.

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Mated with the Cyborg price reduction! Only $2.99

Mated with the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 2) is available now at a new lower cover price. Just $2.99 USD on all vendors. The price also has been reduced by 40% for international buyers as well.

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Kai Andros’s orders were simple. Get in. Gather the intel on the terrorist organization. Get out. 

Then he met her. Mariska. Beautiful. Innocent. Ignorant of her father’s atrocities. And marked for death. His orders said nothing about saving her. But he did. He went off-mission.

Can a rogue cyborg outrun both Cyber Operations and the terrorists to save the woman he loves?

Mated with the Cyborg is an action-packed steamy sci-fi romance between a man with a mission and a woman with a secret that jeopardizes their lives and the fate of the galaxy. It’s a standalone read with an HEA and no cliffhanger.


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Get the FREE Prequel to UNDER FYRE now! #dragons #aliens

Betrayed by her people, does she dare trust a dragon?

The alien dragon shifters who discover Earth come in peace—at first. Then, inexplicably, they threaten to attack. In an attempt to show goodwill and appease the dragons, Earth sends a human woman to become a concubine to one of the Draconian king’s sons, Prince K’ev.

K’ev would sooner give up his ability to breathe fire than accept a human, but when he meets Rhianna, sparks fly, and his dragon realizes she’s his mate.

Rhianna falls for the hot-blooded prince, unaware she’s a key link in a desperate scheme to defeat the dragons, a strike that could backfire with devastating consequences. Will she figure out what Earth has planned in time to save her dragon mate? And if she does, will K’ev be able to save her planet from an angry king’s retaliation?

The Prequel to Under Fyre tells what happened during the friendly early encounters between dragons and humans. On his first diplomatic tour of Earth, young Prince K’ev meets a child, Rhianna Montclair. As an adult, she will become his concubine, his mate, his everything. Both are unaware of how important that first meeting is and how everything soon will change…

The prequel is a 2500-word prologue to the main 60,000-word novel, Under Fyre. It is new, exclusive content not in the main book. In addition to the prologue, the prequel also includes an excerpt to chapter one from Under Fyre.

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What I read in February: 9 books I recommend #SFR #PNR #Nonfiction

Looking for your next good book? Take a look at what I read in February. I recommend all of these. You’ll find a mix of science fiction romance, paranormal romance (dragons and shifters), and some nonfiction titles.

Anna Hackett is THE standard for action-oriented science fiction romance. In Edge of Eon, Earth comes under attack by insectoid aliens. Eon, the only people strong enough to help, have refused to get involved. Earth’s military blackmails an officer into kidnapping a Eon warrior. Everything goes according to plan, until they come under attack by the insects, crash land on a military training planet, and battle the elements, the insects, and their own attraction. Awesome world building and cool characters. A fast-paced, action-oriented read with a lot of steam for good measure. Winner of three SFR Galaxy Awards!

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This is my favorite Tasha Black romance so far. Anna is a privateer, who salvages usable items from abandoned spaceships. She’s dropped off on an abandoned ship to tag it for salvage, only to discover she’s not alone. There’s Leo, a handsome alien; a baby who might be the clone of Russian writer Tolstoy, and something evil.

Tolstoy pulled me into the story right away with its awesome world-building. I felt like I was watching the movie, “Passengers.” The characters are likable, and the story kept me guessing. I loved the little origami drone BFF19. It was so cute and clever. The book is worth reading just for BFF19. But Tolstoy overall is great. Read it!

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The book opens with a brief quiz about the world. To my surprise, I scored lower than a chimpanzee would–as does everyone else who takes the quiz. Due to incremental changes occurring over time, the world has improved tremendously, but the small year-by-year changes don’t get noticed, and people’s assumptions become outdated. Using research and data, the author shows how much the world has changed, the faulty reasoning leads to misconceptions, and how people can evaluate statistics and data to get an accurate picture. If my description of the book sounds a little boring, don’t judge the book by it. Factfulness is fascinating and eye-opening.

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Heroine Leah, a temp worker, goes to work for playboy Hugo, unaware he’s a dragon. He’s determined to seduce her; she’s determined to resist. Eventually, she does succumb, and gets turned into a dragon. It was entertaining to watch the cat-and-mouse game between Hugo and Leah.The first part had the feel of a Harlequin romance of yore when a secretary fell for her rich Playboy boss who was out of her league. Once Leah got turned, the story spun off in a different direction about Hugo fighting to keep the family jewels (Lol, his hoard, not the OTHER kind) and his position in dragon society. The first half was a kick, a lot of fun; the second half was ok.

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Do you know why your books aren’t selling? It might not be what you think. David Gaughran takes authors on the reader’s journey from not knowing an author exists on through become a fan. Your work isn’t done just because a reader buys a book. Strangers to Superfans explains why books sell and why they don’t, and gives authors the tools to diagnose marketing problem on every step of the reader’s journey.

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Classic Sue Mercury/Sue Lyndon with an innocent (but not naive) human heroine and a powerful, protective alien hero. A sweet love story with steam. Perfect when for when you want something quick and light.

(Sue Lyndon writes kinky SFR. Under the Sue Mercury pen name, she writes steamy, but not kinky SFR).

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To get a vial of dragon blood to cure her dying brother, Melanie Hall offers herself up as a sacrifice to bear a dragon shifter’s baby. The dragon shifter who acquires her isn’t happy about it. He’s fulfilling his duty to his clan by reproducing, but he hates humans. They killed his mother.

Can this mating be saved?

I loved the beginning of the book. It hooked me right away. It was an enjoyable read all the way through. Highly recommend for dragon shifter fans.

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I liked this book a lot; it was a fun read. I especially enjoyed the hunt part when the dragons were trying to capture a human mate. Exciting stuff! And it was interesting to see how the different women reacted to being chased.

I found the opening a little hard to get into. There were a lot of characters mentioned and keeping track of who was who was a bit of a challenge. I almost didn’t read further, but I was glad I did because it turned out to be a very good read–and the setup in the beginning was important to understanding the story.

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Excellent advice on what needs to be in a romance for it to be a compelling, page-turning read. Romancing the Beat is written in an amusing, straight-forward style that’s easy to understand and follow. It’s only 100 pages, so it’s a like a quick tutorial. There’s a link in the book that allows you to download a free worksheet to apply what you learned in the book. I should have read this years ago!

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Have you read any of these? What did you like them? What other books do you recommend?

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