Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Welcome to Laguna Beach: 10 New Kindle World Stories in Kaira Rouda's Laguna World


Hey friends, welcome to Laguna Beach ...

I'm excited to present to you ten brand new stories set in Laguna Beach, all spin offs from Kaira Rouda's original Laguna Beach Series.

LAGUNA BEACH is a sexy modern romance series by author Kaira Rouda, set in beautiful Laguna Beach, California. The stories feature the cast of a high school based reality TV show, ten years after the show wrapped. Inspired by the original reality show, Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, the LAGUNA BEACH series is beach reading at its best.



Start with the original series by
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Then move on to these amazing reads from the Laguna Beach Kindle World! A big shoutout and THANKS to Zoe York for creating all these awesome book covers.



Reckless in Laguna by Barbara Ankrum

A Laguna Beach wedding reunites a pair of ex-lovers, but letting go of the past is not as simple as saying “I do.”



Lucky in Laguna by Rachelle Ayala

Scriptwriter Lucky Lenigan regrets writing dog walker Tally Tallahan into a reality show as another man’s love interest.



Last Night in Laguna by C.M. Albert

Bexley Rue has a gypsy soul. Kai Donovan wants nothing but love. Is one night together enough to heal her fractured life and tame her wild heart?



A Treasure in Laguna by Heather Hiestand

While searching for gold in Laguna Beach, treasure hunter Crowe Erickson finds the real adventure is love…



One Night in Laguna by Melissa Keir

Can former reality TV star, Cole Hayes and schoolteacher, Melanie Whitman create a relationship that will last a lifetime or will their one night stand crash in the waves of Laguna Beach?



Lost in Laguna by K. N. Lee

Isla wanted to be alone—to repair her broken heart... and then Garrett Thorn came home.



Weddings in Laguna by Cheryl Phipps

When déjà vu and ‘I do’ collide, hearts are destined to break.



Sleepless in Laguna by Suzanne Rock

A radio shock jock tries to convince his straight-laced ex he’s ready to cease his wild ways and settle down.


Sunset in Laguna by Melanie Shawn

Can an artist who's lost her inspiration and a novelist with a decade-long case of writer's block let go of their pasts long enough to embrace their future—together?



True Love in Laguna by Lacey Wolfe

Two lost souls find true love when they least expect it.

Please join me and the other Laguna Beach Kindle World authors, and Kaira Rouda at a Launch Party July 7, from 3:30 Pacific Time to 8:45 Pacific Time [or 6:30 Eastern - 11:45 pm Eastern] on Facebook. Chat, play games, and win prizes!

6:30pm EDT/ 3:30pm PDT - Kaira Rouda
6:45pm EDT / 3:45pm PDT - Rachelle Ayala
7:15pm EDT / 4:15pm PDT - Heather Hiestand
7:45pm EDT / 4:45pm PDT- Melanie Shawn
8:15pm EDT / 5:15pm PDT - Lacey Wolfe
8:45pm EDT / 5:45pm PDT - Barbara Ankrum
9:15pm EDT / 6:15pm PDT- Colleen Albert
9:45pm EDT / 6:45pm PDT - KN Lee
10:15pm EDT / 7:15pm PDT - Suzanne Rock
10:45pm EDT / 7:45pm PDT - Melissa Keir
11:15pm EDT / 8:15pm PDT - Cheryl Phipps
11:45pm EDT / 8:45pm PDT - Kaira Rouda

Christmas in July! Read an excerpt from Deck the Hearts, A Christmas Creek Romance by Rachelle Ayala


Chapter One

Deck the halls with boughs of holly
“Fa la la la la, la la la la.” Holly Jolly sang gustily from the top of a twelve-foot stepladder. She was decking the entrance hall of the Gills Mansion with twisted garlands of holly branches.
Every year, the town of Christmas Creek held a gala Christmas bash at one of the Victorian mansions built by the timber barons who’d come to the Redwood Coast of California in the late nineteenth century. Holly, as president and CEO of Holly’s Jolly Elves, was commissioned by the town council to guarantee Christmas Creek’s festive holiday atmosphere.
This year would be no exception, despite the passing of old Marney Gills, the doyenne of Christmas lore and local history in the Redwood Empire. She’d left her entire estate to a great-nephew who lived in Los Angeles. His lawyer hadn’t objected to the mansion being used in this year’s Christmas Creek bash, so here Holly was, weaving tinsel and holly over the nails that had been put in place for previous Christmas parties.
She’d already wound fragrant pine swags around the banisters and had placed wreathes of every sort over the dark wooden paneled walls. A fourteen-foot Christmas tree awaited trimming in the living room, and she’d frosted every window with an Epsom salt and dish-soap mixture.
Now she had to make the front entrance grand. After stretching to hook the holly garlands all around the cathedral windows, she leaned the other direction to drape silver tinsel over the arms of the beaded antique crystal chandelier.
“Deck the halls with boughs of holly. Fa la la la la—”
Bam! The solid oak front door crashed into her ladder. Holly flapped her arms, dropping the tinsel and grabbed the chandelier wildly. The ladder crashed to the wooden floor first, and then the chandelier ripped from the ceiling, holding Holly from her demise only long enough for her to pray she wouldn’t break her tailbone.
She hit the ground which grunted like a large bear. Millions of crystals cascaded over her, strings of beads, diamond shapes and pear-shaped globes, pummeling her like dry hailstones.
“La la la la.” The last part of the song staggered from Holly’s breath, a delayed response as now, she was struggling with the tangle of crystal beads on her face.
“Will you quit that fa la la la la-ing?” The ground, which turned out to be a man, growled, his burly arms joining hers in detangling themselves from the ruined chandelier.
“Were you the one who knocked me off my ladder?” Holly swept aside her unruly red hair and stared at the gruff gentleman who she had landed on.
If he wasn’t glaring at her like she was a winged witch, he would be considered handsome. But as it was now, his eyebrows were gathered low and a deep scowl marred his strong face with the proverbial cleft chin.
“What do you think you’re doing in my house?”
Holly jumped to her feet, her heart all a flutter. “You’re Gordon Gills?”
“And you’re trespassing.” Gordon, she presumed, picked up a string of crystals. “I hope you have insurance because this is an antique Russian palace chandelier, a gift from a tsar to my great-great-grandfather, the original Gordon Gills of Gills Mills—the sawmill which founded this town.”
“Excuse me?” Holly let the red in her hair do the talking. “You almost killed me, barging in and knocking my ladder down. I hope you have insurance. I could have broken all the bones in my body, starting with my tailbone up to my neckbone.”
“Well, you didn’t, because I caught you and saved your big butt.” He rubbed his own backside, which no doubt took the brunt of their combined weights.
Holly angled her gaze and couldn’t help noticing how tight and fine his ass looked, even in a pair of jeans. God knew he had enough muscles to take the punishment.
Wait, hadn’t he just insulted her?
“Big butt?” She put her hands on her hips. “Did your mother ever tell you it’s rude to comment on a woman’s body?”
“No. My mother died in childbirth while having me.” He pointed at the boughs of holly encircling the cathedral window. “Get that garbage out of here.”
Before she had a chance to feel sorry for the brute for not having a mother, he’d insulted her again.
“Garbage? Are you calling my holly garbage?” Holly kicked at the remnants of the crystal chandelier. “I’ll have you know, I personally picked and bundled and wrapped each strand to make that festive garland.”
“Who cares? Get this place cleaned up and the chandelier fixed and replaced, then leave me alone.” He picked up the fallen ladder and righted it next to the high window overlooking the front door. “What the heck is that white stuff you smeared all over the window?”
“It’s artificial frost.” Holly removed her gloves and threw them at the bear man. “You better talk to the city fathers before you ruin my artwork.”
“Artwork fartwork! I want every pine needle out of here, and all that scummy frost wiped up. As for the priceless chandelier …” He picked up the jumble of crystals and looped it over Holly’s neck and shoulders. “Don’t come back until this is fixed. And don’t send me the bill. I may have inherited my great-aunt Marney’s estate, but I sure as heck didn’t inherit her good cheer.”
“No, you didn’t inherit a single good thing from her, definitely not good manners.”
A vein on Gordon’s forehead ballooned, and he crossed his arms, biceps bulging noticeably. “If you’re not cleaning up this mess, I’ll hire cleaners and bill it to you. What’s your name again?”
“I never told you.” Holly jutted her jaw at the Neanderthal. Just for kicks she added, “And no, I won’t have dinner with you tonight or any other night, Mr. Gordon Gills.”
What a waste of a good looking man to be so grumpy, but then again, this man with the waxed, hairless arms and smooth tan chest under the collar of his metrosexual mini-sleeved shirt was a tad too plastic for her taste, even if he looked like a typical action figure hero. Short sandy hair, blue eyes, broad shoulders, and don’t forget, that cleft chin, all ruined by his lack of manners and civility.
For once, the grouch’s eyebrows raised, and he scratched the back of his neck, looking either uncomfortable or confused. “You want to go out with me? After what you did to my house?”
“And ruin my merry mood? Never,” Holly reiterated. “I’ll just fa la la la la out of your miserable, wretched, un-gentlemanly, Scroogey life, wearing your Russian chandelier around my neck, and no, I’m not going to wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday, or even a nice day. You’ll be hearing from your lawyer.”
“My lawyer?” Gordon Gills’ voice echoed behind her as she sashayed out the double oak doors.
“Yes, the one who authorized me to jolly up your miserable mansion.”
“And who are you, exactly?
“Why, I’m an elf, and I don’t give my name to strangers.” Holly tossed her hair back and stalked away from the Gills mansion. Thank God, she hadn’t hung the mistletoe yet.

Watch for Deck the Hearts this fall in the Love, Christmas Anthology with 19 other stories inspired by your favorite Christmas carols.
Holly Jolly lives for Christmas. It’s the only time of the year, as far as she’s concerned.
Gordon Gills doesn’t need a reason to hate the holiday season. He doesn’t see the point.
Gordon returns to the mansion he inherited and finds Holly making a mess with her Christmas decorations. Unfortunately, his great-aunt’s will stipulates that he must make merry every Christmas if he wants to keep his inheritance.
Holly is determined to infect the grouchy Gordon with every dose of Christmas cheer she can muster up and show him what Christmas is really about, while Gordon doesn’t believe Holly can truly be that cheerful. He’ll make the entire ordeal anything but jolly for the redheaded elf, if only he weren’t so attracted to her.
Will Gordon prevail and turn Holly into a Grinch, or will a sprinkling of Christmas magic show Gordon that there’s no fighting love, especially when it’s wrapped up in a gorgeous red-headed package of jolly holly?

Monday, May 30, 2016

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It's Only Love by Mel Curtis, USA Today Bestselling Author. NBA coach Trent Parker is a stickler for the rules, until he meets Cora Rule, the biggest rulebreaker of the Rule clan.

Surrender to Love by Raine English, USA Today Bestselling Author. When Tara Spencer agrees to spend the summer caring for her ailing grandmother, she has no idea how her life will be changed by the handsome stranger next door.

The Merry-Go-Round by Author Donna Fasano, USA Today Bestselling Author. When Lauren divorces her husband, her life quickly turns into a 3-ring circus. Will she step off the merry-go-round--or reach out and grab the brass ring?

Twist of Fate by Patti Forsythe, USA Today Bestselling author. Rebecca Perris is on a dangerous quest to find her sister, but when she meets Aaron al-Rashid again, it's her heart that's at risk.

Her French Count by Mona Risk, USA Today Bestselling Author. A Da Vinci Code in a French Chateau. The lovely American architect has turned his life upside down, but are his chateau and a missing statue worth endangering her life?

Love Me Forever by Ari Thatcher, USA Today Bestselling Author. Escaping to Maui to get over her divorce, Jen runs into her first love, who blew her off at the end of her vacation. Matt had given up hope of ever finding her again. Can he convince her to give him a second chance?

Playing the Rookie by Rachelle Ayala, National Bestselling Author. A rookie pitcher and a sports intern on the rebound connect to get over their exes. Will their fling turn into true love or destroy both of their careers?

Duke of Devonwood by Carly Carson, National Bestselling Author
Sparks fly as Miranda plots to gain control of her inheritance from a modern day Duke who tries his best to resist her wiles. Can both of them win?

Blue Ribbon Summer by Kelly Collins, National Bestselling Author. They had their summer set, until fate stepped in to redirect them. One night--one event--everything changed.

Fashion Victim by Suz deMello, best-selling, award-winning author: Hot isn't a hot enough word to describe corporate raider Fletcher Wolf, but since he's suing couturier Cara Fletcher for, oh, a gazillion dollars, she figures she shouldn't hit on him…at least not too hard.

Most Likely to Turn up the Heat by Cheryl Harper. Sue Walker's "no soldiers, no cops, no coworkers" policy doesn't stand a chance against injured cop turned high school security guard Max Holt. His mission to return to Dallas and danger could be the dealbreaker.

My Favorite What If by Lyssa Layne, National Bestselling Author. Jacob "Smitty" Smith and Sloan Talbott have both have been hurt. Neither is looking for love. Will one week in paradise be a fling to remember or could it possibly lead to something more?

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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1: Caridad Pineiro, Under the Boardwalk - A passionate night under the boardwalk brought them together, but can Chase and Natalie rekindle that lost love in just one night? 


2: Nina Bruhns, Fast and Flirty - The top-secret package STORM Corps transporter Kade Maddox is hired to deliver turns out to be way more trouble—and a whole lot sexier—than he ever anticipated. 


 3: Rebecca York, Outlaw Justice - Will a surprise reunion with her old lover save her life when she flees from a homicidal husband? 



4: Jennifer Lowery, The Fall (Book #2 ATCOM series) - The last thing ATCOM agent Brendan Devayne wants is to settle down, but Mia Lawrence makes him think twice… 


5: Taylor Lee, Jared: (Book 1, The Justice Brothers Series) - The rookie cop learned the hard way that when tangling with the Justice Brothers, Justice—like Love-- isn’t always fair or easy. 


6: Traci Hall, Festival by the Sea - Al Cooper’s too bad to be a cop and too good to be a crook; Darcy Smith can’t get enough. 


7: Stephanie Queen, Beachcomber Heat - This summer’s heat wave on Martha’s Vineyard is breaking records, but so is the crime wave. The combination is causing a wave of red-hot dangerous desire between Dane and Shana. 



8: Kathy Ivan, Sex, Lies and Apple Pies - A televised baking competition brings them together. But deceit, intrigue and revenge are on this menu. Can their love survive? 


9: Jackie Ivie, The Hunted - LeeAnn’s got business in Miami. Bring on the sun. Sand. Sexy men to look at. The last thing she expects is to be someone’s target. 


10: Michele Hauf, The Geek Gets The Girl - Mistaken for the IT geek? This sexy CEO is about to learn the intimate operations of his company—up close, and personal. 


11: Rachelle Ayala, Bad Boys for Hire: Ken (Bad Boys for Hire Series, #2) - After Jolie Becker is left at the altar, her friends secretly hire a hunky beach bum to cheer her up. 


12: Katy Walters, Sands of Seduction - Clary escaped to a place of sea and sand, a place of passion and seduction. 


13: Melissa Keir, Protecting Her Pigg - Arson and fire bring them together, but what will cause the most damage…the arsonist bent on revenge or their own stubborn ways? 


14: Dani Haviland, Pool Boy Wanted (No Experience Preferred) - He’d never known a woman before, and that’s just how she wanted him. 

15: Jacquie Biggar, Summer Lovin’ - Can two mismatched lovers find a way past their mistakes, or will they keep their lonely hearts forever guarded?

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

#Excerpt Bad Boys for Hire: Ken from Summer Heat: Love on Fire #romance



Hey friends! It's a few short days to the much anticipated release of Summer Heat: Love on Fire!

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I'm thrilled to share with you an excerpt from the book I contributed to the set and have you meet Ken Cassidy who gets more than he bargains for when he's asked to substitute for an absent groom.
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After Jolie Becker is left at the altar, her friends secretly hire a hunky beach bum to cheer her up.

Excerpt:

When she came out of the bathroom, Nikki was no where in sight. Someone knocked on the door.

“Room service,” a male voice called.

“Nikki?” Jolie scanned the empty room. Her stomach growled at the memory of the uneaten steak. She crossed the room and opened the door.

Ken stood there, all blond, tanned, and smiling with a bouquet of fresh flowers and a silver platter. “I came to see if you’re okay. I’m so sorry.”

“Sorry about the kiss?” She let him in. “Or that we didn’t finish.”

“Definitely the latter, if you’re all right.” His blue-gray eyes twinkled. “But first, my lady. Flowers and food.”

“You didn’t have to,” Jolie said, even as her heart swelled with joy. She took the flowers, a fiery orange collection of orchids and lilies. “Where’s Carol? Did you leave her alone?”

“She’s playing gin rummy with Nikki. Seems they have a lot in common.” He moved into the room and set the platter on the table. “Sorry, no wine. I figured they gave you medicine for your allergies.”

“You’re really too kind.” Jolie rubbed her hands which still itched. “Why are you being so nice to me?”

“Other than the obvious reason?” Ken feathered his fingers over her shoulders. “You’re not only gorgeous, but you’re strong and brave, and I want to get to know you better. Will you let me be your honeymoon date?”

Jolie giggled and her heart did a cartwheel. “You make me sound like a cheater. Whoever heard of a honeymoon date?”

“Fine, then, honeymoon hunk, but that would be too arrogant, wouldn’t it?”

“Honeymoon honey.” She tapped his nose. “Sure beats the bittermoon I was on before I met you.”

He closed in, slanting his head. “Don’t worry, I washed the peanuts out of my mouth.”

“Then what are you waiting for, honeymoon honey?”

“Hunk,” he muttered right before their lips touched.

Jolie closed her eyes and leaned into the kiss. She carefully wrapped her hands around his broad shoulders and inhaled his sweet, minty breath. Even after her brush with death, she felt safe and protected in his arms.

As soon as their lips were pressed together, heat rushed through her like the gas jets in a hot air balloon. Lazily, she swept her tongue across the seam of his lips and sighed into his mouth. Kissing him was like a fairy tale dream, where colors brightened and music chimed. She, who had been numb, picture perfect, plastic, was now alive and awake, in the embrace of her delicious prince.

Somewhere in the fuzzy parts of her mind, a voice told her she was behaving badly—that she was Warren’s fiancée and that she wasn’t fast—not at all. She never threw herself at men, especially a stranger she met at a hotel. How sleazy did that sound?

But the tender way Ken kissed her, as if he cherished her, the way he moved slowly, savoring her like fine wine, drew tears like raindrops from a sunny sky. She should be floating with happiness. She was still desirable, wanted, and even admired.

It wasn’t just how hot he was physically, but the way he cared for her and her welfare. She didn’t deserve how considerate he was. She was a woman men left at the altar, and if he really knew how obsessive she was with her schedules, lists, and restrictions, he’d be gone too.

Wetness flowed down her cheeks and she hoped Ken wouldn’t notice, that he’d keep the sweet nibbles going—that he’d overlook the things she lacked compared to other women—qualities no amount of makeup, which she wasn’t wearing, could cover.

“What’s wrong?” He kissed a tear from her cheek. “Are you feeling blue?”

“It’s those blue memories. I’m sorry, it’s not you.” Jolie hastily wiped a tear. What was wrong with her? She could spoil a romantic evening, not once, but twice. “Did you and Carol see the end of the show?”

“I stayed because you made me promise to stay, but I wanted to be with you.” He wiped the corner of her eye. “Am I making you uncomfortable by coming on so fast?”

“No, I love kissing you. I don’t want this to stop. Bet you think I’m this crazy, needy chick who got dumped at the altar.”

“That’s not what I’m seeing.” He twisted a strand of her hair around his finger and swept it over her ear. “You don’t know how grateful I am you’re not married. That was a close call, I’d say.”

“One door closes and another one opens?”

“Exactly. Are you okay with hanging around with me and Carol? How long are you staying?”

“Five days, four nights. Warren went all out for the honeymoon. It’s the only thing he spent money on. I’m lucky he used my account to set everything up.”

“Then I’m in luck, because Carol and I are also staying the same time. All here in Honolulu?”

“Yes, with day trips to the other side of the island.”

“Great. Let’s enjoy our open door.” He caressed her cheek. “No more tears.”

“I can’t promise that. I’m the tearing type. I even cry when I’m happy.”

“Then I’ll kiss them all away, every last drop.” He feathered his lips over her eyes.

Jolie shuddered. It was no use tamping down her feelings. Everything was raw, an open wound, pain and pleasure heightened, extra sensitive. After the way Warren hurt her in front of three hundred guests, what did it matter if sweet talking Ken hurt her at the end of her bitter honeymoon?

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Guaranteed to make your blood run hot. Passion, steamy nights, excitement, and suspense. Something to suit every reader's taste. Grab a cool drink (you'll need it!), find a hammock, and curl up for an unforgettable escape.


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