Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Guys and Gals of Murder, Mayhem and Mystery Author Spotlight: RP Dahlke

Author Bio:
I write humorous mysteries about an annoyingly tenacious tall, blonde and beautiful, ex-model turned crop-duster who, to quote Lalla Bains, says: “I've been married so many times they oughta revoke my license.” I wanted to give readers a peek at a not so-perfect life of a woman who is not afraid of chipping her manicure because she doesn't have time for a manicure, what with herding a bunch of recalcitrant pilots and juggling work orders just to keep her father’s flagging business alive.

Beginning with #4 in the series, A Dead Red Alibi, Lalla and her family will reside in South East Arizona where she will divide her time between a fledgling P.I. business with cousin, Pearlie Bains, and volunteering as a team member with  Cochise County Search and Rescue.

I also write a romantic sailing mystery trilogy: A Dangerous Harbor and Hurricane Hole. Coming in 2015: Dead Rise


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My favorite TV Heroes and Heroines by RP Dahlke
Because I write mysteries with humor, I DVR the T.V. detectives that make me laugh: Monk, The Mentalist, and Elementary are some of my favorites. I think it's great when an actor finds his, or her, niche in a series. I remember Tony Shaloub as the Italian cabdriver Antonio Scarpacci in the long-running sitcom Wings, with Tim Daly and Steven Weber, and as the face morphing, and still funny, alien in Men in Black. I always thought Simon Baker was a hunk, and I love that his part in The Mentalist allows him to show his great smile. Did you know that Simon Baker is Australian, and Johnny Lee Miller of Elementary is not English. Some viewers complain that he mumbles his lines to cover the fact that he can't get the accent right. I don't mind, I just turn up the volume.

As for women sleuths, there hasn't been anything like Murder She Wrote, on main stream American T.V. since that program went off  the air. I liked Miss Marple on PBS, but then I discovered PBS's Miss Phryne Fisher played by the gorgeous Essie Davis. She's a young flapper living in 1920's Melbourne, Australia. A fashionista (I'd kill for her wardrobe) she carries a pearl handled pistol (my kind of gal), she has funny side-kicks, she's also funny, smart, and has great romantic escapades.

So, until the television moguls in Hollywood decide to do the Dead Red Mystery series featuring, sassy smart and funny heroines who uncover the killer and along the way find, if not the undying gratitude of the local police, at least a sense of fulfillment in a job well done.





A Dead Red Cadillac

A Dead Red Heart




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Pre-Order Blitz: Run To You by Kandice Michelle Young

Title: Run to You
Author: Kandice Michelle Young
Series: Run #1
Genre: Erotica
Expected Release Date: February 10, 2015


Summary:
I moved to New York for a fresh start.  I did not move here to fall for a man like Sebastian.

Sebastian Black came into my life like a storm in the peak of the night…dark, raging, all-consuming, and guaranteed to leave destruction in his wake. From the moment our eyes met, he had a hold on me. I wanted, craved, and needed him like nothing I had ever desired before.

The problem was he needed total submission. From the moment he handed me the contract, I knew what he was proposing would destroy me. What I had not planned was his ability to make me crave destruction. I would lose myself in him. Sebastian knew how to take me over the edge, and before I even knew it, I wanted to go freefalling.

It was evident that my past had the ability to destroy us. What I had not calculated was the power of his to do the same. My dark, brooding, impeccably sexual, alpha-male had his own crosses to bear. I was not sure I was strong enough to handle them, or the woman who helped chain him there.


“The elevator comes to an abrupt stop and the doors open. I try to pull away from him, but he nibbles on my neck and I let out another deep moan. The door slides closed once more. Sebastian stops it with his foot, dislodging his fingers and straightening my dress for me.

“We’re here.”

“No we were there then you stopped.” I smile knowingly at him and follow him into the foyer, brightened only by warm, recessed lighting.

I glance around looking for art on the walls, but all I see is beige, which is a direct contrast to the dark granite tiles at my feet. We move from the foyer into a more open kitchen, connected to a minimalistic living space. There is a steel table in the center with soft white couches on either side.

Sebastian leads me to an island made of dark wood and marble, and gestures for me to sit on one of the white leather stools.

“Wine,” he suggests.

I smile. “Sure.”

“Dom. Romaine?” He asks, as he pulls an expensive looking bottle from the rack.

“Sebastian, I don’t know much about wine except that it's better when it’s not stale. I’m sure whatever you have will be fine.”

He pours two glasses of a dark red and hands me one. I take a casual sip as I glance around, noting the granite countertops.

 “Let’s move to the sitting room,” he says, taking my hand. “I want you as comfortable as possible for this.”

My sex responds to his words and I feel a residual hunger building in me from our unfinished encounter just moments before. I follow him into the living room and sit on one of the plush white couches, noticing a fantastic stone fireplace, but still no art. He sits on the couch adjacent to mine.

“You know there’s plenty of room over here. I promise I won’t bite. Well, at least not that hard,” I say playfully.

“I’m fine here, thank you,” he responds.

I can’t help the slump in my shoulders as I cross my legs and lean into the cushion for support.

“Danielle, you needn’t be disappointed. There are many things I want to do to your body, and I will do them all.” He smiles. “But, first I think we need to reach an agreement.”

I feel the excitement pulsing through my veins again. “Ok…”

He places his glass on the table and rises to his feet. “There’s something I should show you. Wait here.”



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Author Bio:
Kandice is…
…a serial lover of all things pink, self-proclaimed chocoholic, home-schooling mother, and wannabe yogi.
Her debut erotica novel, Run to You, the first in the series Run, is coming soon.
Kandi’s love of storytelling can be traced back to her fourth grade year, when a history lesson on Native Americans became too unimaginative for her liking.  She took it upon herself to liven things up by creating a story that was based on half-truths about a self-named Indian Princess. Kandice is in fact of Native American heritage (her great-grandmother was a full-blooded Cherokee) and in her own mind a princess, so you can see where her inspiration came from.  Her story was a huge hit with friends, and an author was born.
Kandice was born and raised in rural Arkansas, where she currently lives with her husband and three children. Though, if you ask her she’ll confirm that her soul is lost somewhere on the west coast waiting for the day that her body can rejoin it.


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Title: Wrecked and Ruined Box Set
Author: Aly Martinez
Release Date: January 14, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Summary:
For the first time, The Wrecked and Ruined Series is available as a box set. 

One accident. Four lives. Forever changed.
It was only a single moment, but it destroyed us all.

Changing Course
After a tragic accident robs him of a future with his wife, Brett Sharp must let go of the past and learn to love again. But what happens when the woman he used to love refuses to accept the woman he can’t live without?

Stolen Course
After the loss of his fiancee, Caleb Jones is angry and numb. His only goal is to make the woman who killed her pay. But what happens when everything he knows to be true explodes around him? Who will be left to pick up the pieces, and who will need to be saved from the wreckage?

Among The Echoes
After being stripped of her identity, Dr. Erica Hill had long since stopped living. The day she meets celebrity boxer, Slate Andrews, her life drastically changes for the better...and the worse. She's on the run, determined not to take him down with her, but absolutely unable to let him go.

Broken Course
After the fated accident that killed her best friend, Sarah Erickson is left consumed by guilt and self loathing. But can a second broken soul be enough to fill the voids of her own? Or will such scarred pasts prove too much for love alone to overcome?


Changing Course #1
Summary:
I met Sarah Kate Erickson when I was twenty-one years old. I was lucky enough to keep her for seven years before a tragic accident stole her from me. She didn’t die, but sometimes I think it would have been easier if she had.

I lived in a haze for those four years after the accident. Catering to her every need, even though she hated the very sight of my face. I tried to hold on to her and the future that we were supposed to build together. But you can’t hold on to someone that doesn’t exist anymore.

It wasn’t until I met Jesse Addison, a barista at the local coffee shop, that I realized I didn’t just lose Sarah that tragic night, I lost myself as well. Jesse taught me how to let go of the past and learn to love again. But what happens when your past haunts your present and the woman you used to love refuses to accept the woman you can’t live without?

***Intended for readers 18+. Each book in this series can be read as a standalone.***

Stolen Course #2
Summary:
***Each book in this series can be read as a stand alone.***

I fell in love with Manda Baker eight years ago, and I loved her to the core of her soul. We were supposed to have that elusive happily ever after and spend a lifetime together. But that was all before she was STOLEN from me.

Her best friend, Sarah Erickson, killed her. It wasn’t intentional. It was far worse. Everyone claims it was just an accident, but I can see through the lies. Even if it’s with my dying breath, I will make her pay for what she did.

Fate hates me. It robbed me of my first love and left me to navigate through this world emotionless and numb. Then, one day, spiteful fate gave me a woman to fill my shattered soul and make me feel again. It gave me Emma Jane Erickson. Now I spend my days searching for the answers that will ruin Sarah and my nights falling in love with her sister—the one person who is bound and determined to save her.

But what happens when everything you know to be true explodes around you? Who will be left to pick up the pieces, and who will need to be saved from the wreckage? 

Among the Echoes #2.5
Summary:
***A stand alone novel which contains material that may be offensive to some readers. Including sexual abuse, graphic language, and adult situations. Intended for readers 18+.***

My name was Dr. Erica Hill. I was a victim, then a witness, and then I ceased to exist altogether.

I may still be breathing, but stripped of my identity, I have long since stopped living. I am invisible, and my life depends on my ability to stay in the shadows.

But he sees me.

Slate Andrews is the embodiment of everything I have been taught to avoid. He’s rich and famous, and one image of him with a woman would earn millions for any paparazzi lucky enough to snap it. He has vowed to protect me with his life, yet he exposes me with his every breath. I should be stronger and walk away. I should disappear. But I’m terrified he would come after me.

I’m on the run, determined not to take him down with me but absolutely unable to let him go.

My name is Riley Peterson…at least for today.

Broken Course #3
Summary:
Seven years ago, my life changed forever. One accident and the person I saw in the mirror no longer resembled the woman I used to be. I was lost and confused inside my own body. I felt alone and disconnected from the world, carrying the incredible weight of guilt and loss that wasn't even mine to harbor.

Then fate led me to Leo James. He taught me that crazy could be perfectly normal and it shouldn't hurt to breathe. Don't get me wrong. Leo isn't perfect. He has his own cross to bear, and the truth is, that might be why I fell for him in the first place. But despite everything he does for me, learning to forgive myself is infinitely harder than overlooking the flaws of another.

Now, the secrets and lies of our past have begun to dictate our future—threatening to ruin us before we get the chance to try. Perhaps we were cursed from the start. Or maybe, just maybe, the remnants of our fractured lives will fit together to form one whole, where love isn’t questioned and being happy is…well, easy.

Can a second broken soul be enough to fill the voids of my own? Or will such scarred pasts prove too much for our love alone to overcome?

Author Bio:
Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five- including a set of twins. Currently living in Chicago, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.
After some encouragement from her friends, Aly decided to add “Author” to her ever-growing list of job titles. So grab a glass of Chardonnay, or a bottle if you’re hanging out with Aly, and join her aboard the crazy train she calls life.


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Cover Reveal: Dangerous Temptations by Brooke Cumberland

Title: Dangerous Temptations
Author: Brooke Cumberland
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Expected Release Date: End of February 2015
Cover photography: Perrywinkle Photography
Models: Chase Williams and Whitney Rae Diederich

Summary:
One night was all it took…
One night to ruin everything I thought I knew.

From the outside, I had the perfect lifestyle.
Wealthy fiancé, blossoming career, amazing friends.

I wasn’t looking to get married yet, but when William—“Manhattan’s royalty”—charmed his way into my life, I couldn’t deny the security and comfort that overcame me.

To society, I was the girl only after his money. I was the party-goer who managed to seduce a man twice my age to have the lifestyle some could only dream of. I was every magazine’s clichĂ© of what a gold-digging whore was.

I wanted to prove them wrong—that our love was real and that I wasn’t that girl.

But then everything changed.
One wrong decision. One unfaithful night. One haunting reality.
Perhaps they were right.

The media didn’t see it coming…and neither did I.

**This is a stand alone romance suspense novel with no cliffhanger. HEA depends on who you ask.**
***Recommended for readers 18 and up due to strong language and explicit sexual content.***

     Oh god.
     My head was pounding. Or wait, was someone at the door?
     There’s no way I was this hung over. Or was I? Shit, I didn’t know. It was pitch black but then I realized I hadn’t opened my eyes yet, but the pounding was definitely apparent.
     I rolled over, feeling the weight shift around on the mattress. The light, fluffy comforter felt great on my hot skin. The rest of me felt like I’d been hit by a truck.
     My body jerked. Something was wrong.
     I don’t have a light, fluffy comforter.
     I opened my eyes, blinking several times to get used to the bright light. The sun was shining in, and I silently cursed that damn window for not shielding the sunlight out.
     I sucked in a breath as I tried to remember the events from last night.
     I couldn’t. Not much after dinner anyway. I knew I went out for Brittainy’s bachelorette party. The girls and I took a limo all over the city, taking us to dinner at (restaurant name here) and then we ended up at Le Bain for dancing and drinks.
     The rest was kind of fuzzy.
     I squinted, arching my back to stretch out the kinks. Good lord it felt like my body had been folded in half and beaten all night long.
     I roamed my hands down my body, feeling for any kind of evidence. I was naked, completely naked, and I never slept naked unless…
     I brought my fingers down in between my legs. It ached, badly. I could tell I had a full body work out last night.
     I felt sick, like I was going to throw up, but I continued lying straight, hoping it’d pass.
     I breathed in and out, slowly. Once my stomach calmed down, I attempted to move. A firm hand grabbed around my waist, pulling me back before I had the chance to get up.
     “Don’t move,” a low, deep gravelly voice growled. It was a voice of a man who’d just woken up. Next to me.
     Once I let it sink it, it rang a bell, but I couldn’t quite place it. He pulled my body to his, my back to his chest as he gripped my hip with one of his hands. He dipped his chin onto my shoulder and whispered over my ear, “I still have the taste of you on my lips.” I could feel his hot breath on me, the scent of alcohol apparent as I inhaled against him.
     Holy shit.
     I tried and racked my brain of any memory of last night. Who the hell was this guy? What was his name? Crap, I didn’t even know his name!
     His hand squeezed my hip before trailing down my stomach, slowly going down in between my thighs.
     “Stop,” I blurted out, sucking in another breath. His hand halted, but I still didn’t know who the hell this guy was. He could be into domination for all I know.
     “Hung over?” he questioned, amusement laced in his tone. His breath tickled over my ear again, sending shivers down my spine unwillingly.
     I cursed my traitorous body. It obviously remembered last night, yet nothing was coming to me.
     “Yeah, I seem to have a case of the ‘I don’t remember what the hell happened last night,’” I said honestly. He removed his hand. I felt his body shift slightly as he put space in between us.
     “Turn around,” he ordered. “Maybe you’ll remember my face.” I could hear the hopefulness in his tone, but I knew a visual wasn’t going to help any. I’d blacked out and nothing from last night was coming to me.
     I didn’t hesitate though. I grabbed the sheet to conceal myself as I turned around to face him.
     Well now at least I understood my body’s reaction. He was all messy hair with light stubble on his face. His eyes were dark, chocolate brown I’d say. He was looking at me intently, waiting for me to say I remembered him. But I didn’t.
     I swallowed as I looked down the length of his body to see him completely naked, not at all covered up.
     “Sorry,” I choked out, forcing my eyes to look back up at him. “I have no memory of you.” I blushed, seriously embarrassed. He looked good enough to eat and here I was not remembering any of it.
     “That’s okay,” he finally said, his lips curving up slightly. “I’d be glad to help you remember…perhaps a fourth time would jolt your memory.”
     My eyes widened in shocked. “A…fourth time?” I clenched the sheet tighter to my chest. No wonder my body felt bruised and broken.
     “Wow…” He grinned playfully. “No memory even after three times is kind of an ego killer.” He brushed a hand through his messy locks, taking my attention away from his eyes. I imagined I was to blame for his hair looking like that—as if I had raked my hands through it over and over—squeezing, pulling.
     Stay focused, Mac.
     I blinked, seriously frustrated I couldn’t remember anything.
     “I’m s-so sorry,” I rambled. “I can usually hold my liquor, but last night was a girl’s night…”
     “I know,” he cut me off. “Bachelorette party if memory serves me correct. You were out with some girlfriends.”
     “Right…oh god, did they see me leave with you? I need to get dressed. I should leave. Where are my clothes?” I started to sit up and quickly realized that wasn’t going to happen. “Shit.”
     “Sit back, Mac.” It wasn’t a suggestion. He pulled me back lightly, dropping my head to the pillow. “I’ll grab you some juice and pills.”
     “Okay. Thank you…” I lingered, still not knowing his name.
     He sat up, searching the floor for his shorts. He pulled them on and spun around with a huge grin on his face. “Alex.”
     Ho-ly panty dropper.
     Which explains why I’m not wearing any.




Author Bio:
Brooke Cumberland is a USA Today Bestselling author who's a stay-at-home mom and writes full-time. She lives in the frozen tundra of Packer Nation with her husband, 4 year old wild child, and two teenage stepsons. When she's not writing, you can find her reading love stories, listening to music that inspires her, and laughing with her family. Brooke is addicted to Starbucks coffee, leggings, and anything sweet. She found her passion for telling stories during winter break one year in grad school--and she hasn't stopped since. 


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