Intergalactic Brides

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The Back Story:

Imagine the world has changed. Aliens have not only made themselves known, but have also sought out Earth’s goverment to make a deal… a deal for a bride program. The Zelthranites are going to die out if they can’t find females to claim as mates. Only males were born in the last two generations and now their world is without hope. Until a Zelthranite discovers Earth and learns that human women are compatible with his kind. So, after changing their names to something more Earth–friendly, like Terrans, they make a deal. In exchange for a large sum of money and the perks of being related to an alien, women may apply to be a bride to their very own, handsome, purple Terran alien.

Brielle:

Brielle has waited faithfully for her fiancé to return from Terran Prime, only to discover she’s been engaged to a lying, cheating bastard who tosses her out on her rear the moment he’s back on Earth.

Not one to go down without a fight, Brielle will do anything to ensure her survival — even sign up for a bride exchange on another world.

Syl has lived his life in his lab, always preoccupied with his experiments. But the moment he sees Brielle, he realizes that perhaps his life has been missing something after all.

Wanting and having are two different things. What would an exotic looking female like Brielle want with an alien geek like him?

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Victoria:

 Doctor. Hero. Alien.

Time is running out. Victoria Mathers has tried everything. Her daughter has a rare cancer that hasn’t responded to any of the treatments human medicine has to offer. If she can’t convince the sexy alien doctor to help her, she knows she’ll watch her child die. Victoria will do anything to save her daughter, even if it means bonding with an alien for the rest of her life.

Per Earth’s rules, Xonos isn’t allowed to treat humans, unless they’re one of the new human-alien pairs. However, looking at the small human child who is obviously suffering tears at his heart. It’s been his life’s work to save people, and he isn’t sure he can stand by and watch an innocent child die when he might be able to help.

What starts as a simple arrangement quickly turns into something more as Xonos and Victoria grow closer. It isn’t long before she realizes that she yearns for his touch and she wants so much more from him than he may be willing to give. Love was never mentioned when they struck their bargain, but now she’ll settle for nothing less.

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Avelyn:

Avelyn’s life was turned upside down the day she lost her baby and realized her husband was a monster who couldn’t be redeemed. Now that she’s divorced and having to make it on her own, she knows she needs to make some major changes in her life. But when she enters the Terran Station in Las Vegas in search of a job, the last thing she expects is to find her arms full of a screaming alien baby, and faced with a very flustered daddy.

Thrace adopted sweet Lily to spare her from the Intergalactic Adoption Agency. Now that he’s become a doting daddy overnight, he’s feeling a bit overwhelmed. When Avelyn is dropped into his lap, he’s more than grateful. A nanny is just what he needs!

There’s only one problem. When Thrace looks at Avelyn, he doesn’t see a caretaker for his daughter. He sees a vibrant, desirable woman who sets his blood on fire.

What’s an alien daddy to do when what he wants most is to have the nanny in his bed?

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What do you like to read? Something steamy or something sweet?

As as writer, I’m often asked if I read the same types of books I write. Well, I write a lot of different romance genres: paranormal, sci-fi, historical, cowboys, m/m, and young adult. Not all under this name though. I have several pen names, each specializing in a different sub-genre of romance. So to answer the question “do you read what you write?”, the answer is yes. I read paranormal romances, sci-fi romances, historical romance, contemporary and historical cowboys, some m/m romances, and, lately, I’ve been devouring every young adult romance Melanie Marks has written. But I also read some genres I don’t write, like mystery and horror. It really just depends on my mood, but 99% of the time you’ll catch me with a romance novel in my hands.

So, I’d like to take a moment to highlight just a few of the books I’ve read in the past month. Maybe you’ll see something you like and discover a new (to you) author 🙂

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Ruby is falling hard for her best friend, Zack. Unfortunately, her ex-friend, Jade, is craving him too. And Jade always gets what she wants. Always. Well anyway, usually. But things aren’t exactly going as “usual” these days. Not since the hot new boy, Hudson, has shown up at Jefferson High School. Hudson with his dreamy blue eyes—that don’t even look at Jade. (Ha!) They seem to always be on Ruby. Hmmm. What’s up with that???

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Shop owner Skylar Love and her family have lived on the same island her ancestors discovered several centuries ago. Her life isn’t perfect, but it’s hers. After dumping her lying, cheating boyfriend, she isn’t surprised when her brother tries to bribe their best friend to take her out on a pity date. When she finally agrees, her life turns on a dime.

Multimillionaire Luke Tanner made his fortune in New York, building his pharmaceutical company from the ground up. With an upcoming birthday and a longing to return to the one place where he can be himself, he goes home to Love Island to find the family and friends he left behind. His best friend’s sister, Skylar Love, has always been off-limits, an unspoken code between friends. When he gets home to find her all grown up and single, he knows it’s time he stepped up his game before someone else snatches her up.

With plans to build a lab on the Island and move back home, he finally talks her into a date. When the date goes south and someone tries to kill them both, winning her heart takes a backseat to keeping them both alive while they figure out the mystery of who’s behind the threat. Her gift of seeing colored energy is the only way to keep them alive, and she’ll risk more than her heart to keep the people she loves safe. She’ll risk her life.

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Brock “The Rock” Carter has had one serious relationship in the whole of his adult life but she did something unforgivable.
The tattoo on the inside of his forearm marks the date.
The other date tattooed on his arm is in memory of his loss from a year earlier.
Now all he does is what he’s done since he was thirteen… hitting on girls for what he can get out of them.
With the scars of the past his soul searches for a family connection.
A connection that goes deeper than that of his brotherhood of fighters.
A brotherhood that could be torn apart when love crosses the line and others try to manipulate those involved in the messy love triangle.
With a showgirl mother and a player for a father who has his own sordid secrets, will Lizzie give Brock what they have missing in their life? Can she? Will she be allowed to?
This is a fight they both need to win. A fight bigger than the one Brock has to face with his best friend Jake.

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As you can see, my reading is about as all over the place as my writing. Although, I’ve been focused on sci-fi and bikers lately (for my writing). I enjoy reading the young adult romances because it reminds me what it’s like to be innocent and see the world in a different way. Sometimes it’s nice to revisit my teen years by diving between the pages of a book and remember what it was like the first time I had a crush on a boy (although, to be fair, I was 4 and in pre-K… his name was Mikey and I thought he was the cutest boy I’d ever seen — and I continued to think that until he moved away in the 4th grade). So, when life decides it’s time to shake things up and I end up feeling like I’ve been run over, it’s nice to take a trip back in time, even if it only lasts as long as it takes me to read a book.

What do you enjoy reading? If you have a favorite genre, what do you love about it? Do you have a go-to book when you need a pick-me-up?

Moonlight Protector

Until July 15th, get Moonlight Protector, book 1 in the Ashton Grove Werewolves series, on sale for $2.99 at BookStrand.com!

Cole Andrews, biologist by trade and werewolf by blood, is tired of being alone. He and his two brothers live in the large Victorian home that had belonged to their parents. He’s always wanted to find his mate and start a family. Now that he’s in his thirties, he’s starting to give up hope. He’s already seen all of the women available in his small town of Ashton Grove and so far none of them are “the one.”

Marin Thomas is fleeing for her life. After being abducted and held hostage, she is determined to escape the maniac once and for all. Stealing his car, she travels as far and as fast as she can – until a car accident lands her in some woods near Ashton Grove, Georgia. Fighting for her very life, she finds herself begging a wolf for help.

Is Marin the mate that Cole has been waiting for? Or will she end up with one of his brothers? One sniff tells him that she belongs to his pack. The only question that remains is who will win her heart?

Entertainment and Today’s Economy…

In today’s economy, with so many people being out of work, you would think the entertainment industry would suffer the most.  After all, people are concentrating on paying bills and putting food on the table.  However, I have not seen a decline in traffic at the movie theaters, malls or bookstores.  If anything, the lines at the bookstore have been longer than ever!  It takes twice as long to get through the mall parking lot …

So why does entertainment still seem to be doing okay?  Easy… in order to survive during depressing times where money is running thin, jobs are scarce, and people are stressed to the max, the easiest way to kick back and relax is with a good book or a movie.  The best thing about malls?  You can walk around them and feel like you’re getting out and doing something without actually buying anything (well, maybe a cookie and a coke at the food court).

As an author, there is one change that I have noticed…  my paperback sales have been down, but my e-book sales have gone through the roof.  Does it have to with cost?  The price of gas?  Or did everyone just happen to get an e-reader for Christmas?

Either way, the book business seems to still be doing well, despite the recession.

While my passion is writing, I still have a day job to pay the bills.  Let’s face it, you don’t write novels to make money, you write novels because you have to!  I digress…  the point is, my day job isn’t all that stable at the moment. I’ve noticed that as my stress level increases, the more I want to purchase books and movies.  It’s nice to escape from reality for a while and submerge myself in a world where werewolves, vampires and fairies run rampant.

What about you?  Are you reading or watching more movies these days?