Three Hot Releases, Three Incredible Women!

Hello out there! Happy Tuesday everyone. I know I’ve been so quiet but I promise you it’s because I’m writing, writing, writing! But today guess what I’m doing? Today I’m CELEBRATING! Back in 2010, I joined the Washington DC Romance Writers group and they are by far the most amazing ladies (and one gentleman, Hi Tim!). Generous, brilliant and warm are the three words I’d use to describe them all. I could go on and on but I’ll just say that it was the first time I’d ever entered somewhere a complete stranger and left with true lifelong friends. And three of those friends have SMOKING HOT romance releases today. So it is my greatest pleasure to share with you…

lynneHot Nights with the Fireman by my critique partner and friend, Lynne Silver! True story: after reading the first draft for this, my first words to Lynne were how the book’s hero, Jason, was one of those who could get away with ANYTHING and I’d still love him. So consider yourselves warned!

ONE SPARK IS ALL IT TAKES

Everyone in Washington, DC, knows that when the heat is on, you call Valerie Wainright. This brilliant, brassy PR maven can spin any hot scandal, and she’s never let a client ruffle her feathers. Yet when she agrees to teach DC’s bravest how to handle a media frenzy, she faces an entirely different kind of fire. Keeping things all business and no pleasure is far harder than she expected.

After steamy photos ignite the Internet, firefighter Jason Moore instantly goes from hero to bad boy. While he couldn’t care less about an online rep, he cares a lot about his job and saving lives. If Valerie can help clear his name, he’ll do what she says-even if it means forcing himself to keep his hands off her. But beneath Valerie’s cool cover, Jason feels a smoldering desire that lights his own. And this is one inferno he’ll definitely want to stoke . . .

Book Release Date: July 14, 2015, by Hachette Book Group. CHECK OUT THIS FIERY BOOK HERE! Continue reading

St. Patrick’s Day Blog Hop! #Giveaway

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Hola friends!

Carlene here. Welcome to the St. Patrick’s Day Blog Hop organized by the lovely ladies of Inner Goddess! I’m so excited to be spending my first St. Patrick’s Day living back home in San Diego in a very long time. Here in Southern Cali, we love our Irish brothers and sisters and the chance to celebrate this time a year just as much as the next person. But what I love most is how we mix that with our local Hispanic and military roots. One of my favorite places to do this is at local gem, Balboa Park. Nestled inside this iconic park are a village of cottages, including the House of Ireland, where you can go on St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy music, dance, traditional costumes, arts, crafts, and ethnic foods. The park is one of the most romantic spots I’ve ever seen and as a romance writer, that does my heart so very good.

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photo credit: Cole Joseph Photography

Sidewalk-Flower1MI have yet to set one of my stories in the Park but living back here now, and visiting as often as I do, it may just be a matter of time! So now I’d love to hear from you! Please share the lovely details on one of your most romantic, favorite spots where you live. At the end of the hop, I’ll choose one random winner to win my blog’s prize of a copy of my book, Sidewalk Flower, starring the sweet yet sexy country boy Lucky Mason, and a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

Don’t forget to enter the hop’s Grand Prize a Rafflecopter giveaway!

Good luck and Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Now off you go to keep hoppin’! Click here to get to the next stop!

Always love,

Carlene Love♥

Going Hero Deep with Mackenzie Lucas!

I crush hard on romance novel heroes and I know you do too. Which is why I’m inviting special guest authors and their heroes to select and answer two questions for us. The questions come from a list I designed to dip into what really lies underneath all that strapping, heroic yumminess. Today’s guest author is a dear friend of mine and Washington DC Romance Writing sister, Miss Mackenzie Lucas! Please give a warm welcome to Mackenzie and her sexy rock star hero, Josh. I wonder what Josh is willing to share…

EveryHeartSings_400x600Question One: What’s the last completely spontaneous thing you did?

Josh: My last spontaneous action was to walk away from my manager and travel to Serenity Island alone to write the album I needed to write. Once there, a whole string of crazy bad-ass spontaneity ensued. You’ll have to read my story to find out.

I plan to do just that and bravo to you. That was a very gutsy decision and one that I’m sure paid off with some really good music. You’re awfully cute, by the way. ;-) 

Question Two: What is your favorite song and why?

Josh: It’s the song I wrote called “Bridges” in honor of my grandfather Saul Cohen. He’s a great musician in his own right and I never felt I could measure up to the old man until I came to Serenity and found the heart of my music.

Awwwww, just don’t mind all the sighing you might be hearing right now. Continue reading

Going Hero Deep with Lynne Silver! #GIVEAWAY

I love romance novel heroes and I know you do too. Which is why I’m inviting special guest authors and their heroes to select and answer two questions for us. The questions come from a list I designed to dip into what really lies underneath all that strapping, heroic yumminess. Be prepared to release your inner dirty girl this day before Valentine’s Day because today’s guest author is Lynne Silver! And she’s giving away an ecopy of this sexy sweet book to one lucky commenter! Please give a warm welcome to Lynne and her hero, Aidan, as we see what the hunk from Waiting on Love is willing to share…

Waiting_on_Love_smallQuestion One: When is the last time you laughed really hard and what caused it?

Aidan: Currently I’m deployed overseas and most of the day is freaking boring with a capital B. Obviously me and my boys get a little restless and tricks are played on each other to pass the time. I’m a little nervous to put this in writing in case it gets traced back to me but all I can say is Staff Sergeant Rosado is going to examine every toilet seat before ever sitting on one again.

Aidan! You are an ornery one. I think I speak for everyone reading right now when I say Thank You for your service. And for being so dang cute.

Question Two: Speaking on intimacy, how do you know when it’s okay to ask for more?

Aidan: When she’s soft around me and making those little moans in the back of her throat, I don’t need to ask for anything, she’s giving me everything I need. And more.

(A thud sounds. Carlene has been left speechless and may need help getting her heart back in her chest. Carry on…)

Blurb:

After a disastrous vacation breakup with the man who was supposed to be The One, KK O’Brien decides she’s done. Love will find her when the time is right. Continue reading

Mid Week Tease … Lucky in Love #MWTease

Welcome to Mid Week Tease!

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Friends … I goofed! Totally missed out on officially joining the linky list for this week’s teasing selection so please forgive me! Thank you so much, Miss Bunino, for bringing us back for sexy fun each week. Author friends, join in next week, won’t you? Check Sandra’s post for the sign up. With Valentine’s only a few days away, I knew I wanted to share from the book that started my romance writing career. Please enjoy this bit from Sidewalk Flower with one of my favorite couples, Trista and her man, Lucas “Lucky” Mason...

He gazed out into the sleepy nighttime sky that surrounded them, sure of what he was about to do.  He poised himself up onto his knees so that he could more easily remove the folded up handkerchief from his back pocket.  His head grazed the soft top of the Jeep but he ignored it to bring out the cotton that was folded over a couple times.  Unwrapping the folds, he held it out to her, cradling it in his open hands.  It was a beautiful yellow daffodil that he had plucked from the church’s flower garden.  It matched the color of the lively threads of the dress Trista now wore which brought a heat to his heart he couldn’t and didn’t want to cool down.

“Trista Jeane Hart, I would be honored and extremely happy if you would be my wife.  I love you, darlin’, more than anything in this entire world.”

He handed her the flower.

Sidewalk-Flower1MHe admired the way she tried to calm her trembling jaw with a soft, feminine hand and hold the flower in the other.  “You really want me, don’t you,” she said shakily.

“Oh Trista, you are insane.  Yes, I want you so badly, I’m about two seconds away from scooping you up and sneaking you into your old room, and having my way with you.”

“But I mean, forever, you want to keep me forever.”

“Forever.  Yes.”

“I would love to be your wife.  Yes Lucas!”

“Yeah?”

“Yeah.”

He bounced off his knees in his excitement and hit his head on a roll bar.  “Ouch.”  He lowered his head and Trista rubbed it for him.  “I kind of like the sound of that.  Yes, Lucas.  I think I could get used to hearing you say that more often.  Yes and Lucas.  Just like that.”

“I might be insane but you are a nut, Lucas.”

“So you’re going to marry me?” Continue reading

Mid Week Tease! Opportunities…#MWTease

Welcome to Mid Week Tease!

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Happy 2015, friends! I hope the last week of the new year has been kind. Warm hugs to all of you out east. Thank you so much, Miss Bunino, for bringing us back for sexy fun each week. Author friends, join in next week, won’t you? Check Sandra’s post for the sign up. For my tease today, I’m sharing one last snippet from Stay for Me, book 1 in my new series with Evernight. Here’s a bit of the story from Sam’s perspective, doing his best to keep his hands locked and away from her…

There was something about this room she hated.

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