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Guest Blog by Rachel Brimble featuring The Templeton Cove Series! @RachelBrimble @HarlequinBooks

Templeton Cove…the end is nigh

 

My love affair with a small UK seaside town called Templeton Cove began back in 2012, when I wrote the first book in the series, Finding Justice. I created a town on the southern coast of England, inspired by my childhood holidays, along with a cast of seven or eight characters. The story is romantic suspense and revolves around the murder of a mutual friend to the hero and heroine.

By the time I’d finished writing the book, I’d fallen in love with the Cove and wasn’t ready to leave. So, as my agent started to send out Finding Justice to publishers, I started on the second book, A Man Like Him.

You can imagine my elation when Finding Justice was contracted by Harlequin Superromance! I felt as though I’d finally broken into the publisher I believed was the right home for Templeton Cove. My editor loved this small town as much as me and quickly contracted A Man Like Him followed by another three-book contract in 2013 (What Belongs To Her/Christmas At The Cove/Her Hometown Redemption), followed by another three book contract in 2015 (Saved By The Firefighter/Ethan’s Daughter/A Stranger In The Cove).

It’s always been a lifelong dream of mine to write an ongoing small-town series similar to those by my favorite authors, Nora Roberts, Jill Shalvis and Robyn Carr. Harlequin gave me that opportunity and I shall be forever grateful to have worked on eight books with the best editor on the planet, Piya Campana.

But, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end…

Harlequin Superromance has now closed its doors to new submissions and the last set of books will be published in June 2018. This is a sad fact for authors and fans of the line and I have received some truly amazing emails and messages from devoted readers of the Templeton Cove series. In truth, I have been overwhelmed by the support for all of my future endeavors, too.

Book 8, A Stranger In The Cove, will be released January 2018 and I hope I’ve managed to bring the series to a good and satisfying end for the fans who have read the books from the start to those who have jumped in and out – all the books can be read stand-alone.

So, what’s next for me?

I plan to keep writing and have a new single title romantic suspense, If I Want You, coming November 8th from the Wild Rose Press. In addition to this book, my agent is currently shopping out a new Edwardian romance and a new contemporary romance, both of which, I hope will be the first books in two brand new series.

The initial disappointment of Superromance closing has passed for me and now I’m excited for the future – things happen for a reason, right?

Fingers crossed, my amazing readers will continue to read my books as I write each one hoping to deliver a better and better story.

Happy Reading!

 

Rachel x

Rachel’s latest release is Ethan’s Daughter – here is the blurb & buy links (all the other books in the Templeton Cove series can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble etc):

There’s safety in solitude…isn’t there? 

Single dad and best-selling thriller writer Ethan James has no problem being Templeton Cove’s most famous recluse…until a surprise visit from the past plunges him into a real-life crime drama just as feisty nurse Leah Dixon barges her way into his world. 

Ethan’s first priority is to protect his daughter. His second priority is to keep Leah out of this dark web—and that means out of his bed. Except Leah isn’t going anywhere; she’s afraid little Daisy is in danger. Ethan couldn’t live with himself if anything happened to Leah…but pushing her away may be even harder!

 

 

 

If you need to see what Harlie’s Books obsession with this series is, here are the links to all of my reviews.

http://www.harliesbooks.com/posts/arc-review-of-ethans-daughter-templeton-cover-7-by-rachel-brimble-rachelbrimble-harlequinbooks-harlequinmyrewards/

 

http://www.harliesbooks.com/posts/review-of-saved-by-the-firefighter-templeton-cove-6-by-rachel-brimble-wa-rafflecopter-giveaway-rachelbrimble/

 

http://www.harliesbooks.com/posts/review-of-her-hometown-redemption-featuring-an-interview-with-my-english-rose-rachel-brimble-wa-rafflecopter-giveaway/

http://www.harliesbooks.com/posts/review-of-rachel-brimbles-christmas-at-the-cove-templeton-cove-4/

 

http://www.harliesbooks.com/posts/harlequin-spotlight-review-of-rachel-brimbles-what-belongs-to-her-sashas-top-ten-things/

 

http://www.harliesbooks.com/posts/harlequin-spotlight-a-man-like-him-by-rachel-brimble-reviewexcerptgiveaway/

 

http://www.harliesbooks.com/posts/finding-justice-by-rachel-brimble-harlequin-spolightreview/

 

Buy links:

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01NAMY53H/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

Amazon UK:

 http://amzn.eu/eYGTixj

Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ethans-daughter-rachel-brimble/1125531674?ean=9781488017186

Kobo:

https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/ethan-s-daughter-mills-boon-superromance-templeton-cove-stories-book-7

BIO:

Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had seven books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and an eighth coming in Jan 2018. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!

Links:

Website

Blog

Twitter

Facebook

Facebook Street Team – Rachel’s Readers

Amazon Author Page:

https://www.amazon.com/Rachel-Brimble/e/B007829ZRM/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1490948101&sr=8-1

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1806411.Rachel_Brimble

 

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#Guest Post, #Excerpt & #Review of Regenerate by Sarita Leone w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

Regenerate

by Sarita Leone

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GENRE: Paranormal Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

The Octopus isn’t an urban myth—and its agents are anything but ordinary. The intelligence bureau is so well-hidden most doubt its existence. A handful know its location. And fewer walk the halls in the subterranean compound.

Benjamin Sinclair didn’t ask to be a scientific miracle but every mission has its risks and one perfectly-placed bullet ended his life—for a brief moment in time.

Nicole Anima battles demons every day. Life as a paranormal resources operative gives her tortured mind a rest—and keeps her from contemplating her own death.

When Anima and Sinclair partner on a globe-trotting race to eliminate the threat about to cripple humanity, all hell breaks loose. Leaping from planes, crashing into continents, dealing with voodoo priestesses, and running through jungles with zombies hot on their trail doesn’t leave much time for romance, but this duo somehow manages to sizzle.

Two agents. Telepathic mind paired with regenerated commando. One world—and a mission to save it.

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EXCERPT TWO:

Nicole ripped the iPod off her bra strap and tossed it, ear buds trailing like streamers from a small black kite, toward the sand beyond the boardwalk.  

An ordinary man never would have heard the music playing. He never would have been able to hear the beating of her heart, either. But Ben Sinclair was no ordinary man. He heard both, and now that she remembered the important details of his life she wouldn’t forget them again.

“I can still hear old Mick jiving.”

The near-whisper sent a fresh wave of revulsion along every nerve ending.

“I can hear him. I can give you that satisfaction you need.”

“You don’t know what I need.” The words were hoarse. It was a miracle she could speak at all, given the tightness of her throat. “You have no idea.”

“Give me a chance to show you what I know. I promise, you won’t be sorry.”

“I’m already sorry. I’m sorry you know my name. Sorry you have my number. Sorry you’re even on this planet. Sorry? It’s just the tip of how I feel when I remember you walk among humanity.”

Silence. For one long moment, she thought she might have conquered the spider.

Then, the truth.

“You didn’t always treat me like this. There was a time when—”

“That was before I knew what you are, before I had any idea evil hides under…” She couldn’t finish. Wouldn’t finish. There was no way in hell she was going to admit his looks ever turned her on.

Worse. That he had stolen her heart. And, still held it—despite her attempts at retrieval.

Damn treacherous heart.

Topic:  How in world did you come up with this concept?  You write historical romance so was it hard to step into the PNR world?

Thanks for inviting me to chat with you today about my paranormal romantic thriller, REGENERATE!

I have written historical and contemporary romances so you’re right—this is my first real leap into the paranormal world. I’d toyed with the idea for a while but wanted to wait until the “right” idea came to mind. A few years ago, that idea fell into my life.

REGENERATE is a story of redemption, rebirth, and the restoration of order from chaos.

Anima and Sinclair work for an elite, super covert government intelligence agency called The Octopus. The Octopus houses the nation’s finest tactical military minds. They keep evil from taking over the world, without anyone ever realizing they’ve even been saved.

Nicole is badass beautiful, a woman whose paranormal ability has had her to the brink of madness more than once. She’s found her stride, working as an agent for The Octopus. But spending time with Sinclair might just push her over the edge. You see, she and Sinclair have a past. And, whether she likes it or not, he still holds her heart.

Benjamin Sinclair is the world’s first regenerated human—that is, a sniper’s bullet killed this commando but science and stem cell technology brought him back to life. He’s invincible and immortal which makes him the ideal choice for battling a zombie army or stopping an assassin’s bullet.

Stem cell research is something close to my heart. I’ve had a profound, life-changing brush with stem cells and the possibilities they hold for saving lives. While they don’t, sadly, cure everyone who needs their medical miracle, they do have potential—and save some. So Sinclair is my way of saving a hero and letting him live to save others. And that’s how I came to write this book—the stem cell part of my real life influenced my writing life. In a way, it’s been a huge help, to write about saving the man and watching him be a hero to humanity.

I loved writing this book—Nicole Anima and Benjamin Sinclair are fearless. Their struggle to keep the world safe from evil feels relevant.

REGENERATE is the first book in a series. The Octopus will definitely send Agents Anima and Sinclair on other dangerous missions. Just as there seem to be new challenges for humanity that evolve, interpersonal issues between this pair will also come into play to force growth—and encourage lots of sizzling moments, too!  The second book in the series is set to release in December of this year. I did intend this to be a series from the very beginning. As long as the world needs saving, there’s room for The Octopus!

Thanks for your time! I’ve enjoyed chatting with you!

  Talk about a book that is so totally what I don’t read.  Zombies, second chance romance, paranormal and a thriller all wrapped up in one book.  I’ll be honest, I picked the book to review based on the cover.  He’s hot, right?  And he is totally Sinclair, too.  I have no shame.  But what kept me in the book was the story itself.  I knew going into it that this book is a first for the author.  😉  

What I truly want to talk about is that the author took a risk.  She is a historical romance writer.  And yes, I’ve read her so that is why I’d give this one a chance.  She has written a book that at times is frustrating, thrilling, sexy as hell and in the end a great start to a series with recurring characters.  Yes, same couple.  *SWOON*  Same couples in a book are like catnip to me.  I like to see the character growth between both hero and heroine and how it continues to shape their romantic relationship.  Ms. Leone has set up Anima and Sinclair for a great series.  There is a back story that goes further than what we read in this book.  I feel it and I really hope that she expands on it.

Now, while I don’t care for Zombies (yes, I don’t watch The Walking Dead), I loved that aspect of the story.  And with Anima dealing with her own past and how she lives today…fascinating.  She is real to me and I realized that her relationship with Sinclair will definitely have its ups and downs.  Sinclair…I love the idea of stem cells regenerating.  Of course, now he is immortal and I can’t wait to read more about how he copes with that realization.

Overall, I really liked the book.  Sinclair and Anima are a great couple with plenty of sexy times and surrounded by a plot that is fast paced and breathtaking.  I can’t wait to see how Ms. Leone builds the world in this series and where she takes us with Sinclair and Anima.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Sarita Leone is an award-winning author who has written romance in many forms including Regency, paranormal, and contemporary. She loves happily-ever-afters in any setting!

When she’s not writing, Ms. Leone spends her time hiking, learning languages, and traveling. She loves adventure and can pack a suitcase, grab her passport, and hit the road in less time than it takes to peel an apple!

http://www.saritaleone.com

https://www.facebook.com/sarita.leone

https://www.amazon.com/Regenerate-Sarita-Leone-ebook/dp/B01N0J61IN/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1480170051&sr=8-3&keywords=sarita+leone

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Sarita will be awarding $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
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Excerpt, Giveaways, Guest Blog, Reviews

Guest Post & #Review of Claimed by the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi #5) by Cara Bristol w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

 

Claimed by the Cyborg

by Cara Bristol

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GENRE:   Science Fiction Romance

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BLURB:

March Fellows assumed he had all the time in the galaxy to pursue a relationship with Jules, an alien exchange student from Xenia, until she vanished without a trace. After years of searching, he finds his lost love on the eve of her arranged marriage.

The daughter of the Xenian emperor, Julietta never meant to fall in love with a Terran man while visiting Earth. Leaving to fulfill her responsibilities on her home planet opened up a hole in her heart that could never be filled. When March, now a cyborg, unexpectedly shows up just before she is to be bonded, she struggles to find the courage to turn him away a second time and follow through with her duty.

Before she can act, the lovers are thrust into a political conspiracy that threatens the Xenian empire and their lives.

Claimed by the Cyborg is a standalone read in the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series.

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Excerpt Three:

“If Naimo should…pass, what will happen?”

“The seer will choose another mate for me.”

“You will go through with it?”

“I will be required to.” The idea sickened her, but responsibility only could be delayed; it could not be shirked. Each postponement shortened the time available to produce an heir. She and Naimo or his replacement would have to couple often to ensure she got pregnant by the deadline.

“I hope for your sake he recovers, and you live a long and happy life together. I apologize for interrupting your solitude.”

She would never see him again. Her heart seized, but she didn’t dare watch him go. Julietta gripped the pillar of the tacani for support. Tears trickled down her cheeks.

For a big man, he moved quietly, his footfalls making the merest pitter patter on the floor. In seconds the door would open and—

She whirled around.

March stood in front of her, his face stony, his blue eyes lit with an emotion she couldn’t read.

He grabbed her and yanked her against his chest. Her feet left the floor. One strong hand slid under her hair to grip her nape and tilt her head. His mouth slammed down on hers, would have forced her lips to part, but she was already opening for his kiss, drowning in it. Waves after wave of need swamped her body, eradicating all thought and will, except for the need to get closer, to meld into one body so no space, no cultural divide, no duty could separate them.

His tongue lashed hers, but she accepted his anger as penance, craved more, incited more as she lashed back. Teeth gnashed, deliberate and accidental, drawing blood that mixed with the decadent taste of him. Her head swirled, and she grabbed at his shoulders for support. Taut muscle, as hard as rock, offered no give, like his kiss. He didn’t coax, he took, anger and pain evident in the crush of his mouth, the steel grip of his hands.

Scalding tears of love and despair poured from her eyes and into their mouths.

When he dropped her on her feet and thrust her away, it was like tumbling into the abyss again, like returning to Xenia all those years ago.

He wiped his lips as if to erase her touch. “Have a good life, Jules.” He left and never looked back.

Series bible

By Cara Bristol

I was asked if I write a series bible or if I just start writing.

Series bible? You mean, make things easy on myself? Banish the thought!

No, I just start writing. I’m a pantser. I make up the story as I go along. I don’t even know I’m writing a series until I finish the first book. I’ve written three series now: the Rod and Cane Society, Breeder, and the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series and with every one, I started the first book thinking it was going to be a single title.

That said, I have a made some lists related to the series. In the Breeder, there were a lot of “alien” words, so I created a glossary for myself so I could remember. And in the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series, I listed the various usages of “cyber.” Cyber Operations is the secret organization of cyborg cyberoperatives, called Cy-Ops for short. Plus a bunch of other words. I had to keep track of which terms were two words, which were hyphenated, and which were single words.

Since secondary characters can become main characters and vice versa, sometimes I have to go back through previously published books to find out what I said. Did he have brown eyes or blue? What color was her hair? Where did he work again?

Ironically, I outline my short stories but write the novels by the seat of my pants. I have a gut feeling that the stuff I come up on the fly is better than if I sat down and cold-plotted. It feels more natural, more creative to me.

Seriously?  Why are you NOT reading this series?  I know, I know.  I don’t read much sci/fi because frankly, I’m more visual when it comes to the genre.  Star Wars/Star Trek anyone?  But I can not get enough of Ms. Bristol’s Cy series.  The men are hot, brave, loyal and fierce when it comes to their lady loves.  The women are just as equal to the men.  No wallflowers here.  Sure, they have some kind of conflict going on but in the end, the hero and heroine are equals and treat each other as such.

March is just awesome.  In fact, he might be my favorite out of the series.  He gets pulled back into the Cyber Operations world when things go south.  I really liked his interaction with Carter, the head of Cy-Ops.  I’ve heard from a very good source, that Carter FINALLY gets his book next.  About time.  He has intrigued me from the start.  Anyone, March is one of the good guys that never leaves a man down or a woman that he has wanted for the last five years.  He never gives up and he never gave up on Jules.  The sweetest part of the book is towards the end.  He gave her something to work towards and finally had her see what exactly was going on.  Of course, she already had figured out most of it.

Jules, of my Jules.  I adored how she was able to incorporate the Terran world with her own.  She never expected to see March again, much less be able to be with him.  She had two things in her heart…her planet and her love for March.  She just never thought that she would be able to have both.  I loved how Ms. Bristol brought their two worlds together and also, explained Jules’ culture and how the bonding is for the good of her planet.  Ms. Bristol has a way of explaining her worlds without dumbing it down or reaching out so far that no one would understand it.  She makes the story flow with her words and characters.

You really care about them and how everything is going play out.  I felt so sorry for Naimo in the end.  He didn’t deserve what happened in the end.  And trust me when I tell you this…the ending is SO unexpected.  Loved it.  How it all played out is brilliant.  I just wanted to slap Kur upside his head.  How could he?  And his father, too?  Anyways….

Do yourself a favor and pick up this book and series.  It’s brilliant!

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol has been the no. 1 best seller in science fiction romance, bdsm erotica, and holiday fiction on Amazon. She’s the author of two science fiction romance series featuring tough alpha heroes: the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance cyborg series and the Breeder science fiction romance series, which emphasize character-driven stories written with a touch of humor and sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara lives in Missouri with her own alpha hero, her husband.

Cara’s Website:  http://carabristol.com

Amazon Author Page:  https://www.amazon.com/Cara-Bristol/e/B004D8KZTQ

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/cara.bristol.3

Author Newsletter:  http://eepurl.com/9aRJj

Twitter: @CaraBristol https://twitter.com/CaraBristol

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carabristol/

 

Buy Links:

 

Amazon: http://hyperurl.co/Claimed-Amz

iBooks: http://hyperurl.co/Claimed-iBooks 

Kobo: http://hyperurl.co/Claimed-Kobo

BN:  http://hyperurl.co/Claimed-BN

 

Paperback version: http://hyperurl.co/ClaimedinPrint

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Cara Bristol will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
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