Monday, February 19, 2018

Monday's Montage Mantelpiece: Sweet and Sassy Valentine Box Set

Title: Sweet and Sassy Valentine
Authors: Mona Risk, Jacquie Biggar, Dani Haviland, Natalie Ann
Tamara Ferguson, Suzanne Jenkins, Alicia Street, Leanne Banks
Joan Reeves, Cynthia Cooke, Taylor Lee, Susan Jean Ricci
Series: Sweet and Sassy #3
Genre: Mixed Romance
Release Date: January 31, 2018
If you’ve ever been struck by Cupid’s Arrow, you know Love has the power to change you and your world. If you’ve ever been in love, then you know there is no feeling more exquisite than being held by the one you love.

Readers choose to read Romance fiction because it speaks to their need to love and be loved.

Authors choose to write romance because they understand that Love is the greatest force on earth. We write, not fantasy, but the reality that love can be found when one least expects it. Just ask any senior citizen who is in love what it feels like. She or he will tell you that it feels the same way at eighty as it felt at eighteen.

We wanted each of you to have a special Valentine romance to cherish so we created this collection with stories of varying “heat” levels—from sweet romance to downright sexy—so you’re bound to find the kind of romance you love.

We, the twelve authors of SWEET AND SASSY ROMANCE, dedicate this Valentine Collection to you, the Hopeful Romantic!

Keep hoping. You can never tell whom you may meet tomorrow or whom you may already know that you suddenly see in a different way.

If you’ve ever been struck by Cupid’s Arrow, you know Love has the power to change you and your world. Cherish this collection of stories with varying “heat” levels—from sweet romance to downright sexy. You’re bound to find the kind of romance you love. It’s never too late to live Happily Ever After!

Valentine Babies by Mona Risk
What wouldn't the doctor do to save the life of the headstrong reporter and her baby?

With This Heart by Jacquie Biggar
What happens when two of Tidal Falls' most beloved citizens have second thoughts just before they get married?

The Biggest Heart Ever by Dani Haviland
When would he learn that trying to do everything by himself could be deadly—and make her a widow before they were married?

That Unexpected Kiss by Tamara Ferguson
Can an undercover FBI Agent rescue the woman he loves when she’s targeted by his father’s killer?

Bittersweets by Suzanne Jenkins
Will waiting for that perfect moment to take their relationship to the next level ever come, or does fate have other ideas?

The Sweetheart Test by Alicia Street
Can the workaholic billionaire who wants the career-driven woman prove he can pass the sweetheart test?

Millionaire Dad by Leanne Banks
Can the woman and the millionaire who rescued her find forever love after their passionate love affair ended and a baby’s on the way?

Scents and Sensuality by Joan Reeves
A science nerd and a man happy with his flavor-of-the-month dating habit try to put a desperate end to his mother’s matchmaking schemes.

His Magic Touch by Cynthia Cooke
Can Sera open her heart to Trent once more and rebuild the family she lost, or will she be fooled by his magic touch and lose everything.

Love Me Tender by Taylor Lee
Tiffany and Brady kick up the heat on their simmering romance proving that TENDER LOVE can be sizzling HOT.

Flying Upright by Susan Jean Ricci
After Monique’s skating partner and dearest friend suffers a serious accident, will their relationship regain momentum, or melt due to the past?

All For Nothing by Natalie Ann
A lost purse. A forbidden love. A bond forged through the test of time.

Mona Risk
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Mona Risk, received an Outstanding Achiever Award from Affaire de Coeur Magazine. She's a two time winner of Best Contemporary Romance of the Year from Readers Favorite; a winner of Best Romance Novel of the Year from Preditors & Editors Readers Poll; and an EPIC Award finalist.

Mona lives in South Florida and has traveled to more than eighty countries on business or vacation. She writes contemporary romances, medical romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal fantasy. Sprinkled with a good dose of humor, her stories are set in the fascinating places she visited or more simply at home.

Jacquie Biggar
Jacquie Biggar is a USA Today bestselling author of Romantic Suspense who loves to write about tough, alpha males who know what they want, that is until they're gob-smacked by heroines who are strong, contemporary women willing to show them what they really need is love. She is the author of the popular Wounded Hearts series and has just started a new series in paranormal suspense, Mended Souls.

She has been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoys writing romance novels that end with happily-ever-afters.

Jacquie lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her family and loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. She swears she can't function without coffee, preferably at the beach with her sweetheart.

Free reads, excerpts, author news, and contests can be found on her website. You can follow her on FacebookTwitter or email her via her web site.

Jacquie lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and loves to hear from readers all over the world!  You can join her street team on Facebook, her exclusive Review Crew or sign up for her newsletter.

Dani Haviland
USA Today best-selling author Dani Haviland, a Mayflower and Mormon pioneer descendant, recently semi-retired from selling tractor parts, tools, and roses in Alaska, relocating to a more temperate climate in western Oregon to pursue her passions: writing, gardening, and photography.

Life has changed from jumping into a skidsteer loader to plow snow to pull-starting the walk behind weed whacker, but there are still enough hours in the day for the feisty old lady to propagate people for her novels and plants for her yard. Sharing is part of her personality, so creating books and photos to share all over the world makes her happy.

Her tenacious and perky attitude is reflected in many of her cyber children, whether they be a British lord stuck in 18th century North Carolina or a 6'7" time traveling 'fairy' who is out to champion anyone who is having a rough time dealing with difficult life situations.

Tamara Ferguson
Writing steamy yet sweet compassionate stories of fate that are wonderfully romantic, Tamara Ferguson is the multi-award winning, #1 international bestselling author of 8 #1 books and novellas in the Tales of the Dragonfly Romance Suspense Series, the Kissed By Fate Series, and the Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Series.

Her wounded warrior romances, Two Hearts Unspoken. Two Hearts Surrendered, and Two Hearts Undone were all winners at the 2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards; with Two Hearts Unspoken earning the Silver Medal in Military Fiction. Two Hearts’ Christmas Wish, the fourth story in the series, just spent 6 consecutive weeks at #1 in the Mistletoe Kisses & Christmas Wishes romance set. Two Hearts Surrendered was just announced as a Romance Selection for the 2016 New Apple Book Awards.

Along with the 2015 Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Award Winner That Unforgettable Kiss, Two Hearts Surrendered and Two Hearts Unspoken were also finalists for the 2016 IAN Book of The Year. Tales of the Dragonfly In Tandem was a romance finalist in the Indie Excellence Awards, while Tales of the Dragonfly In Flight was a romance suspense winner at the Readers' Favorite International Book Awards.

Since she remains a full-time caregiver for an autistic son (along with a bunch of adopted pets!), you can usually find Tammy working at home, where she spends a lot of time not completing her numerous home improvement projects, because she's writing or helping author friends promote their books on twitter.

Suzanne Jenkins
Suzanne writes page-turning contemporary romance, mystery, and women's fiction with passionately gripping characters that stay with readers long after they turn the last page. The Detroit Detective Stories, beginning with The Greeks of Beaubien Street are a reflection of American fantasy with historical reality. Pam of Babylon books consistently rank in the Top 100 Best Sellers in American Drama with over 500,000 downloads. A retired operating room nurse, Jenkins lives in Southern California.

Alicia Street
Alicia Street is a USA Today Bestselling Author and Daphne du Maurier award-winner. She writes both sweet romance and sexy romance and sometimes collaborates with her husband, Roy. Her years as a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher provide the inspiration behind her Dance 'n' Luv contemporary romance series. A compulsive reader of every genre, Alicia loves watching old black-and-white movies and inventing new recipes for soup.

Leanne Banks
Leanne Banks is a national #1 best-selling author of romance novels. She is the winner of the Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards in Series Sensuality and Love and Laughter. She is also the winner of the Florida Writers Beacon Award, the Golden Quill Award, the Georgia Romance Writers' MAGGIE Award and Booksellers' Best Award. Her books have been recognized by the Award of Excellence Contest, the Romance Writers of America Rita Contest, and the National Readers' Choice Awards.

Leanne is a popular speaker to many kinds of groups. One of her workshops was featured on the CBS Morning Show. Drop Leanne an email if you would like to find out more about having Leanne speak to your group.

Leanne believes her readers work hard on the job and for their families, so she tries to lighten the load with stories featuring a strong sense of fun, emotion and sensuality. Reader response is heartwarming. One of her favorite letters was from a woman who had been suffering severe health problems: "[Your books] did more for my health that all the medicine in the world -- as corny as this sounds, [your heroes] made me feel like life is `worth it'."

Leanne lives in Virginia with her family. She loves music, chocolate, quotes, and new adventures.

Joan Reeves
Joan Reeves is a New York Times and a USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance. Her novels have been published in a half dozen languages, and her ebooks are available at most ebook sellers with audio book and print editions also available. Several of her books are available in French editions through her publisher in France.

When not writing romance—or nonfiction to share what she has learned in life—Joan divides her time between the hustle and bustle of Houston and a house in the Texas Hill Country. At their country house, Joan and her hero, her husband, attempt to grow wine grapes and fruit trees—all while fighting hordes of marauding gophers, skunks, deer, fox, and the occasional copperhead snake.

Joan lives the philosophy that is the premise of all of her romance novels: "It's never too late to live happily ever after."

Cynthia Cooke
First published in 2003, Cynthia Cooke is an award-winning author who has published 18 novels in 12 different countries with Harlequin, Entangled, and Amazon Kindle Worlds. She has a deep affection for romance stories and playing in the ocean. On her best days you can find her on the beach with her notebook, a novel in hand, and her dog, Angel, by her side.

Taylor Lee
USA Today Best Selling author Taylor Lee has written more than forty Suspenseful Mystery Thrillers – with a heavy dose of Sexy to Sizzling HOT Romance. Taylor says “My characters are dangerous men and women in dangerous times. Love, passion and ridding the world of evil? What’s not to like?

 Susan Jean Ricci
An Award-Winning, From Women’s Pens Author, and Humorist, Susan Jean Ricci is best known for her Cindy’s Crusades Series, starring the hilarious duo Cindy and Jay DeMatteo. These cherished characters are first introduced in the novel Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems, and return to entertain you in the sequel The Sugar Ticket. Their mischief making continues in these shorts Two Miracles for Christmas, A Valentine’s Day to Remember, and The Blind Seer. 

Ms. Ricci’s Christmas stories and novellas have been published in the beloved Annie Acorn Christmas Treasuries 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. Other selections appear in Annie Acorn's Romance 2015 Treasury, Annie Acorn's Romance Treasury 2016, and Annie Acorn’s Spirited Tales 2015. All may be purchased as stand alone stories, as well as other her titles, including those smoking, hot novellas available in Ms. Ricci’s catalogue, The My Sexy Chef Series. 

More recently, Ms. Ricci’s When Sailors Play has been included in Uvi Poznansky’s Bestselling Anthology Love in Times of War. Her current tales are offered in the following anthologies Unforgettable Heroes – Unforgettable Passion, and Sweet Heat – Where Love & Suspense Meet. 

Susan and her husband Joe live in a beautiful town near the sea, and when time allows, they love to travel. Together they have seven children, ten grandchildren, and harbor their queen of the castle Emma the Lab.

Natalie Ann
Natalie Ann lives in Upstate NY with her husband and teenage son. She has always had a love for books, especially romance and happy ever after. She's written the Road Series and the All Series based in the Capital Region of New York. She is currently writing the Lake Placid Series located in the Adirondacks of New York.

Mona Risk

Jacquie Biggar

Dani Haviland

Tamara Ferguson

Suzanne Jenkins

Alicia Street

Leanne Banks

Joan Reeves

Cynthia Cooke

Taylor Lee

Susan Jean Ricci

Natalie Ann

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Blog Tour: Demons & Wolves by Katze Snow

Titles: Broken in Silence & Within these Depths
Author: Katze Snow
Series: Demons and Wolves #1 & 2
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal, BDSM
Release Dates: Broken in Silence - March 18, 2017
Within these Depths - November 3, 2017
Cover Design: Jay Aheer at Simply Defined Art

Broken in Silence #1
Tannerian Wulfric is a leader—a strong alpha who bows to no-one, especially those who try to undermine his authority.

When an opportunity arises, he grabs it with both hands and lets nothing get in his way. Trouble is, his brother has been caught in the crossfire of glorious retribution, and Tanner is in need of assistance.

For many years, Alex Jonas has lived his life in peace. But when fate lands him in the hands of his ex-lover and alpha, he finds himself in the centre of a feud he never knew existed, and must immerse himself in ways he had never imagined. One chance encounter, one night, and everything comes crashing down around him. Alex must fight for his life while Tanner fights for one thing and one thing only—vengeance, which has never tasted sweeter.

Can Tanner avenge his family’s death without spilling more blood? Or will his inner demon tear apart everything he has worked for, and lose the man who owns his heart?

Within These Depths #2
Tanner is so close to his revenge that he can almost taste it. With an unusual brand of negotiation skills under his belt, he has everything he needs. Now all that stands between him and destroying Elijah Ravenhill is a dangerous mission into the depths of Hell. Accompanied by his guides, he will enter where loyalties and souls are tested, and few ever return.

Newly mated Alex just wants to keep his loved ones safe. In the sprawling grandeur of Wulfric Manor, he finally has his family under one roof, even if it may only be temporary, and his dreams of having something normal seem to be within reach. Yet what’s normal for the wolf is torture for the prey, and chaos descends on Alex with one mysterious phone call.

Can Alex have all he ever dreamed of without sacrificing his life? Will Tanner put an end to Elijah once and for all, or will his revenge go up in smoke within the fires of hell itself?

Warning: Within These Depths is the highly anticipated sequel to Broken in Silence: Demons and Wolves Series, and things are really heating up. This story is NOT a typical romance and it's not intended for those who seek a HEA. It cannot be read as a standalone.

Tobias and Alex have a little fun in the kitchen! 
“Honey and no chocolate sauce—what kind of sundae are you making?” Alex murmured, spreading his legs further apart.

Tobias set the items down next to him, cracked open the jar of honey, and stuck his finger inside. Alex watched him suck his finger all the way to the knuckle, his eyes locked tight on him.

“Who said anything about sundaes?” This time, Tobias stuck two fingers inside the jar and offered it to Alex. He didn’t really have much of a choice, though. Tobias thumbed his fingers between Alex’s lips, and dammit, he fucking devoured them. It was impossible not to; the honey tasted so rich and moreish, and he lapped at them until every droplet of it was gone. “At any rate, chocolate sauce will not suffice for a satisfactory lube as it will cause chafing. No, honey is much thicker, and it will taste divine when I lick it clean from your body. Now, enough talking. I’m starving and you are still wearing clothes.”

Goodbye chivalry, and hello, kinky bastard!

Katze SnowAuthor Bio:
Katze Snow never learned when to shut up. Food and coffee are what encourage Katze to function in a semi-normal, sort of socially acceptable way. Doses of sarcasm and sass are what she lives for, and her wolf, Kiba, who is Katze's little furbaby. She's been writing since she was a child, but finally published her debut novel, Alpha's Bane, in Autumn 2016.

While Katze also writes MF, MM is where her heart truly lies. Her writing is dark, gritty, and takes satire to a whole new level. Come and join her! But be warned: Katze likes her men dark, twisted and all kinds of messed up, and she hopes you do too.

When Katze's not writing, she's working for a top secret, underground organisation, or taming wolves. (Check out her furbaby, Kiba!)

"Why ever would I want to go to heaven, when hell is so much more fun?" ~ Broken in Silence (Demons and Wolves #1)


Broken in Silence #1

Within these Depths #2

February 8 - Making It Happen
February 10 - Diverse Reader
February 12 - My Fiction Nook
February 13 - Embrace The Rainbow
February 14 - The Novel Approach
February 16 - MM Good Book Reviews
February 19 - Padme's Library
February 21 - Alpha Book Club
February 22 - Love Bytes Reviews
February 26 - Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
February 28 - Joyfully Jay

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Release Day Blitz: Hard to Let Go by Jaclyn Quinn

Title: Hard to Let Go
Author: Jaclyn Quinn
Series: Haven's Cove
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: February 19, 2018
Cover Design: Cate Ashwood Designs
Interior Design and Formatting: Flawless Touch Formatting
Owen Richards lives a quiet life in his small hometown of Haven’s Cove. He has a rewarding life consisting of three very supportive—not to mention feisty—women, and a successful bakery that he owns and absolutely loves. Yet, Owen can't seem to shake this emptiness inside or the intense feeling that something is missing. A sudden encounter with a man from his past, one he despises, turns his entire world upside down. When Owen finds himself attracted to that sexy man, he questions everything, including his sanity. After all, only an incredibly disturbed person would find that he can’t stop thinking about his high school bully.

Brody Walker never expected to return to Haven’s Cove. He’s made a life for himself in Boston where he can truly be the person he was always meant to be. But an unexpected call has Brody facing all the demons he’d left behind so long ago. Now, he’s faced with not only a difficult goodbye, but one long overdue apology to a man who is no longer that lanky kid from high school. The challenge is to convince the guy he’s changed—and also prove he’s worth taking a chance on.

When passions ignite, truths are exposed, changing beliefs these men have held on to for years. Faced with the knowledge that things aren’t always what they seem, will they choose to hold on to the incredible thing they’ve found…or is it easier to give in to the fear and let go?

“Do you always put chocolate chips in your blueberry muffins?”

He looked down at the bowl then up at Leslie. He’d been fucking up all morning and it pissed him off to know it was because of that asshole. “Shit. Guess today’s special has been decided, chocolate chip blueberry muffins.”

“Sounds yummy if you ask me, but then, I pretty much like chocolate in everything.” Leslie laughed and tossed some chocolate chips in her mouth.

Owen shook his head and said, “Yeah, I know you do. If you eat one more chocolate croissant, I’m docking your pay.” He bumped her with his hip to move her out of the way as he reached for the muffin pan.

“Like hell you will. It’s called quality control. How else are you gonna know if this stuff is good enough to sell? You’re welcome,” she deadpanned, shrugging her shoulders. “Besides, if you being distracted gets us more chocolate in your baked goods, I don’t see a problem.” Leslie winked at him and tucked a red curl that had fallen out of her hair tie back with the rest of them on top of her head. They each had pale skin, but with Owen’s dark chocolate brown hair and her red curls, they didn’t even look related.

“Who says I’m distracted?” he asked defensively. He was totally fucking distracted. Man, he really needed to get his mind off of the shit-storm that barreled into town this morning. Luckily, all of the mistakes he’d made were ones he could salvage…so far.

Owen’s mind had been going back to the close call that morning over and over again. He knew he was being immature blaming Brody for anything that happened. Owen’s the one who almost caused the accident by running the stop sign. He was just so damned pissed at himself, because before he recognized Brody, he’d let his eyes wander over his well-developed body. The perfect fit of his jeans, the plaid shirt that clung to a broad chest, the goatee that made him look rugged and mysterious, and the brown hair just long enough to tuck behind his ears. That was not even close to the clean cut, all-star athlete that used to make Owen’s life a living hell.

Without his high school jacket or him hiding behind the ring leader, Chuck, no one would know it was Brody Walker. Except it was him. He was one of Chuck’s lackeys, always there, taunting Owen and egging Chuck on. The fact that Owen had let his eyes wander over his perfectly sculpted—no…shit, Owen—over that piece of shit—yeah that’s better—disgusted him. Proof positive he just needed to get laid.

Author Bio:
I have been an artist from a very young age. From drawing cartoon characters and evolving into portraits, making jewelry, photography, and now writing. I have an amazing support system in my family and friends and couldn’t be more grateful.

I live in central New Jersey, love summers at the Jersey Shore, rock music, wine, sexy men, and laughing a lot with my amazing friends and family. Sunday dinners at my parents’ house are crazy, hysterical and you can count on a movie quote…or ten…being thrown out. Insults between siblings is how we show our love for each other!

When I’m not creating, you can find me reading books from my favorite authors. I’m a hopeless romantic, starving for passionate characters and always craving that happy ending, whether in reading or in writing my own books.

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Blog Tour: Heart 2 Heart Anthology

Title: Heart 2 Heart Anthology
Authors: May Archer, Charlie Cochet, Poppy Dennison
Alison Hendricks, Sloane Kennedy, Lucy Lennox, AE Wasp
Ruthie Luhnow, Lily Morton, Chris Owen, Hailey Turner
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: February 7, 2018
Cover Design: AngstyG
Anthology Editor: Leslie Copeland

Once upon a time, a bunch of authors wondered… What if a dating app that guaranteed you a love match broke down just in time for Valentine’s Day? What if you found yourself on a blind date with a random guy who might be your opposite in every single way? It could be a disaster. Or… When the code breaks down, fate just might take over.

Eleven of your favorite gay romance authors have joined forces to light up your Valentine’s Day with a collection of sweet, sexy, silly, and hot short stories, featuring a wacky cast of characters chosen from your reader suggestions! Morticians and magicians, superheroes and spies, lawyers and lobstermen, will all learn that love has nothing to do with algorithms… and sometimes you find it in the least-likely places.

And the best part? All proceeds from this collection will go to the authors’ favorite LGBTQ charities, to ensure that love in all its incarnations will be celebrated and protected every single day of the year!

⌛⏰⏳It will only be available for 90 days, so Tuesday, May 8th will be the last time you can purchase this anthology.⏳⏰⌛

We are pleased to be donating 100% of our proceeds to 3 wonderful charities:  

We encourage all readers to learn more about these groups and
consider making a donation of your own. Every little bit helps.

What began as a random idea quickly turned into a collaborative and completely voluntary effort from 11 authors, more than 130 readers, cover designer, 2 proofreaders, and one cat herder to keep it all together.

Readers were asked to submit ideas for characters, both typical and off-the-wall, and from that list, each author picked 2 seemingly mismatched guys and helped them find love.

The Baker and the SEAL by May Archer

The Assassin and the Dog Walker by Charlie Cochet

The Electrician and the Event Planner by Poppy Dennison

The Professional Gamer and the Paranormal Photographer by Alison Hendricks

The Florist and the Lawyer by Sloane Kennedy

The Uber Drive and the Phone Sex Operator by Lucy Lennox

The Lawyer and the Lobsterman by Ruthie Luhnow

The Tattoo Artist and the Writer by Lily Morton

The Criminal and the Sommelier by Chris Owen

The Superhero and the NSA Agent by Hailey Turner

The Magician and the Mortician by AE Wasp

The Superhero and The NSA Agent by Hailey Turner
“Still no movement,” FBI Agent Christopher Morris announced over the radio.

The lead FBI agent was someone Shane had worked with on several cases before over the years. They’d bonded over their shared hatred of the Dodgers, the lone Angelinos in their departments that didn’t support the local team. Shane’s parents had been transplanted Chicagoans and the Cubs were the only team worshipped in his family.

“I doubt they’d miss the pickup. Their bosses wouldn’t take too kindly to that,” Shane replied as he absently ran a hand through his sandy blond hair, scratching at his skull.

“They better. I got a date with my wife tonight and if I miss it, she’s gonna kill me.”

“You can take her out tomorrow.”

Christopher gave him an exasperated look. “Today is Valentine’s Day.”
Shane shrugged. “And?”

“Don’t let him fool you, Morris. Shane has a date tonight he’s just trying to get out of,” NSA Agent Laura Tavers said.

Christopher’s gaze zeroed in on Shane like a shark sensing blood in the water. “Is that so?”

Shane tossed his empty to-go coffee cup in the trash can and peered at the surveillance video of the warehouse distribution center running across numerous computer screens.

He pretended to ignore his traitorous partner’s gleeful cackle and Christopher’s curiosity.

“I don’t know what the big deal is,” he muttered.

“You haven’t had a date the entire time I’ve known you, Mr. I Don’t Have Time For Other Humans,” Morris replied.

“I don’t have time to date.”

“I stole his phone yesterday between meetings,” Laura said cheerfully from where she sat at a borrowed desk, eyes glued to the surveillance video. “Downloaded Heart2Heart because they’re having a promotion for a free dinner blind date. First one hundred new users get their meal paid for by the app. Guess who won a spot at midnight?”

“I didn’t agree to the illegal hacking of my phone,” Shane retorted.

“It’s not illegal if you give me your passcode.”

Hailey Turner, author of The Superhero and The NSA Agent
Can you tell us a little bit about your characters?
Damian is kind of a quiet, nerdy, hot guy who likes making kids smile and is a fixture on the cosplay convention circuit. He wants to find someone who will love him for more than just his pretty face, and who won't think any less of him for his daily nerdgasm over comics and superhero movies.

Shane is a federal agent who has put his career first for years and is only vaguely thinking about wanting a relationship. That's not to say he wouldn't say no if the right guy tripped into his life, he's just not actively looking. Shane is a kind of no-nonsense, get shit done kind of guy who doesn't have a lot of room for nerdy, whimsy things in his life--or so he thinks.

The characters you had to choose from were reader’s submissions, correct? Were there any other characters you considered writing about before you chose this couple?
I kind of, maybe, shoved my way to the front of the line to get the superhero character. I thought reeeeeally hard about going for the assassin, which Charlie ultimately picked, and I love what she did with him, so I'm happy I chose the NSA agent instead.

What were some of the reader submissions that stood out to you, and why?
The Lobsterman! I thought that was so unique.

How did you come to be involved in the Heart2Heart Anthology?
Leslie said I was going to be part of it and I always listen to Leslie.

Have you ever been involved in a group project like this before? What were some of the challenges you had to face?
No! It was a blast from start to finish. I think Leslie had a more challenging job than I and the other authors did. We just had to write the stories. She had to wrangle all of us.

What do you think of the line-up of authors? How does it feel to be in such great company?
Oh my god, it's kind of a wow moment? All of these authors are amazing and I've made several new friends, which is so fun. I think the best part is that all of us, no matter our level, wanted to do this for charity, and we all were determined to make it happen.

Have you ever been set up on a blind date? If yes, how did it turn out? 
No, I've never been on a blind date.

If Heart2Heart were to match you with someone, who do you think you'd get paired with?
Hopefully someone who likes books and action movies as much as I do.

May Archer

Charlie Cochet

 Poppy Dennison

Alison Hendricks

Sloane Kennedy

Lucy Lennox

Ruthie Luhnow

Lily Morton

Chris Owen

Hailey Turner

AE Wasp

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