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After months of long-distance communication, actress Parker Collins and artist Grayson Lacroux finally plan to reconnect in the seaside town of Wellfleet, Massachusetts. But Parker never shows, and weeks pass without a word, leaving Grayson to believe he's misinterpreted their budding relationship. 

Parker has been running on autopilot ever since she lost her friend, mentor, and the only family she's ever known, Bert Stein. Armed with junk food, tequila, and her big, lovable dog, she's prepared to hole up and mourn--and determined to mend a fence Bert had never been able to with his estranged and bitter brother. But Parker didn't count on the sinfully hot artist she's been fantasizing about for nearly a year walking in on her grief-induced drunken night. 

When Grayson stumbles across Parker, he has no idea what to make of the gorgeous blonde who blew him off despite the heat sizzling between them. But that doesn't stop him from feeling protective of the woman who's consumed his thoughts for months, and when he learns of Parker's plans to confront an angry old man, he refuses to leave her side. As Parker's past unfolds, they're led on an unexpected journey of discovery. Their connection deepens, and late-night fantasies become passionate realities, until good intentions spark painful secrets, threatening the love they've found. 

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August 18, 2016:

That's a Wrap D.I.R.E Agency Series Chat with Author Joni Hahn from 8:00pm-10:00pm EST in the FB Mocha Milieu Chat Room
Prizes: $10.00 Amazon GC and 2 signed print books

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Fair Day with Erotic Authors Chat with Authors Trinity Blacio, Dawn Montgomery, HA Fortman, Louisa Bacio, and Viola Grace from 2:00pm-7:00pm EST in the FB Mocha Milieu Chat Room 
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Steampunk

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  • 15th - Heather Massey's Steampunk Cafe'

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Show it off Saturday

Join us in celebration of our new event, Show it Off Saturday. It's going to be fun. Get a look into new books, blurbs, and other goodies on Facebook! So grab a friend, grab a drink, and get ready...

13 August

Holly Cortelyou - giveaway: 5 e-copies of LAST RESORT LOV
Mia McKimmy
Lex Valentine - giveaway: 2 MM Audiobooks (choice of Afterburner, Fire Season, Broken Bonds, Bitter Bonds, Save Your Love, Kissing Joan Collins, Rousing Caine)

20 August

Franny Armstrong - giveaway: An autographed print copy of We Be Jumpin
A.M. McKnight
Dani Collins

27 August

Abbey MacMunn
Effie Kammenou - giveaway: Evanthia’s Gift (print copy) & $25.00 Amazon gift card
Elleby Harper

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The dog days of summer are upon us, and Coffee Time Romance is heating things up even hotter with summer romances. Walks on the beach, spectacular sunsets, and getting caught in a summer downpour with a gorgeous hero are just a few of the joys that make the long, hot days of August worthwhile. Coffee Time Romance has that and more for our Summer Lovin’ event. Visit with the authors who bring you these sizzling summer stories, Wednesday, August 31 on the Coffee Time Romance blog.

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Can you believe we are already in the middle of summer? No matter where you live that thought is just about as depressing as the rains that have been surrounding us throughout these last few weeks. Thankfully, Coffee Time Romance has fantastic Contests to tide us over throughout the year.

July contest winners for Ellie Gray Contest for an e-book and goodie bag per winner are…

Andrew Vincent & Christina Robinson

 

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What was your summer vacation like as a kid? Did it involve books? Share a memory of summer with us.

From Gwynn Morgan/Deirdre O’Dare
Wow, what a neat question!

All four seasons involved books for me from a very early age! I probably read at least half the books in two small Arizona towns' libraries. I started with Nancy Drew, Bobbsey Twins etc, but soon graduated to the classic westerns such as Zane Grey's since I was always a "cowboy" girl. From there it was historical novels and many other things because romance wasn't really a recognized genre back then. I would have gone to it quickly if it had been. Of course summers, since I grew up on a ranch, meant  a lot of riding and chores, even more than during the school term. It was hard work but also a lot of fun. That is probably why a lot of my writing still centers around cowboys and the outdoors. Somehow my years of higher schooling and office work never left much to dream or write about. And I still read--almost everything except horror and "true crime" books. Paranormal and fantasy romance and some romantic suspense are my faves.
 
From Missy Jane:
As a kid, my summers usually meant driving to El Paso from Houston to visit my grandma. The saying "Everything is bigger is Texas" is never truer than when talking about road trips. It used to take twelve hours to drive straight from Houston to El Paso, but they've upped the speed limit to eighty for most of it, so it's a little less now. However, it's still a killer drive. I remember jumping out of the car at every rest stop to measure with my fingers on the map. I loved when we were less than an inch away. Then once we got to El Paso the view of the mountains never failed to take my breath away. I would tag along after my two older sisters and their friends as they ran around the small neighborhood my grandma lived in. We'd walk everywhere, including a corner store for candy and sodas. It's so dry in El Paso, you can smell the rain coming from miles away. On June 24th we celebrated San Juan's Day, St. John the Baptist. Everyone in the neighborhood would do their best to wet everyone else with hoses, water balloons, buckets or even glasses of water. Some of my best childhood memories happened in El Paso, and it will always be one of my favorite places to visit for that reason.

Melissa:
When I was a kid my family took a lot of road trips where we, my dad, mom, and two sisters (one 2 years younger than me and the other 7 years younger) squeezed into a vehicle and drove for a few hours to get where we were going. Usually it was the Colorado River. I grew up in Southern California so it was the bigger version of the river on the state’s border not the Grand Canyon version.

The majority of those trips had us driving through the Mojave Desert... which basically means a long stretch of nothingness. Not many towns or stops, barely any light after sunset, and practically no radio stations to tune in. This all took place during the 80s and 90s so no eReaders, satellite radio, or smart phones. Our options for entertainment were reading, drawing (for me anyway) and if we were lucky my dad would bust out his portable television with the tiny screen that probably weighed 50 LBS. With that we could either watch a VCR tape or spend time trying to tune in a TV station that we’d find then lose promptly after because we had driven out of range. The radio was also not an option and we were stuck with cassette tapes my dad had brought along to listen to which were full of music that only he liked. The road trips were painfully long.  At times I thought that I would surely perish of boredom and I used each second of light to either read or draw. But, as soon as we arrived my books and drawing things were forgotten along with the monotony I barely lived through. I had my fun, never anticipating the return trip. It wasn’t that bad ... probably because I was tuckered out from the vacation and was practically a zombie and slept on the way home.

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LRWA Online Courses

Writing from the Male POV

Presented by Sascha Illyvich
Dates: August 1 – 15, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:
In this updated version, learn the ins and outs of character creation from a side of romance we rarely hear from, the male romance reader/writer! Paranormal Romance author Sascha Illyvich shares with us tips on how to create more memorable characters, avoid some common pitfalls and have more fun with our writing!

What you’ll learn from this class

  • Male Archetypes and how they affect our characters
  • How (il)logical men think and why they act the way they do
  • How to get your man to express his true “self” and speak in his voice
  • What men REALLY care about and how to work with that for your characters*
  • Relationship issues Men face*
  • A man’s self view*
  • The Gay Male Mindset
  • The Male Cycle of Emotions and how it compares to the female cycle of emotions
  • A man’s journey in life and his Success
  • How to take any male character from any movie/story and modify him to fit your story

A few extras

Using character creations sheets (don’t groan!) that have all the relevant information you’ll need, you’ll be able to craft male characters that are just as deep as your female characters.  Getting inside the heads of your male characters is the most important aspect of “how to write” them.

Cross gender writing can make or break an author’s career if they cannot portray the opposite gender clearly and accurately.  With the growing popularity of M/M romances, it’s becoming increasingly important for males to be portrayed in the proper light!  We’ll cover all that here and a lot more over the next week.

Instructor Bio:
Proclaimed by the Publishing industry as the Bad Boy of Romance, Sascha started writing fifteen years ago. Author of over 45 titles, his erotic romances have been listed under the Night Owl Romance and Road to Romance’s Recommended read list, and he’s been nominated for a CAPA by The Romance Studio. Recently, Torn to Pieces was a USA TODAY Recommended Read.

Former host of The Unnamed Romance Show on Radio Dentata, Sascha continues to write for Red Sage, Ardent Books, Secret Cravings Publishing, Decadent Publishing, Sizzler Editions and Totally Bound. Find him at http://saschaillyvichauthor.com

Agency Representation provided by The Corvisiero Agency

Sascha also edits for Ardent Books, a division of Assent Publishing, and Sizzler Editions Intoxication Line, a division of Sizzler Editions. Sascha is also part of the WriteSex Panel, a blog group defining erotica for writers in any genre! Find us at http://www.write-sex.com

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Social Media for the Confused and Terrified

Presented by Elena Dillon
Dates: August 1 – 29, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:
In this class we will go over the basics of the social media platforms, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Blab. I will give you ways to stream line social media, we will do goal setting and discuss the ways and reasons to use each platform.

This class is for people who are uncomfortable with Social Media, its different formats and want an easy way to make it work for them as an author. So if you’ve been putting off getting comfortable with the many different platforms now’s your chance!

Instructor Bio:
Author, Elena Dillon, is the winner of a Weta Nichols Writing Award and an InD’tale RONE award. She was also a finalist in the Book Buyers Best, the Published Maggie’s and the Reader’s Favorite Awards all in the Young Adult category. She writes sweet teenage romance with sass,suspense and swoon. Elena has never lived anywhere besides Southern California, which is probably a good thing since she hates being cold and is terrified to drive in the snow. She loves being a wife to her husband of twenty-five years and a mother to her three kids and high-maintenance bulldog, Brutus. A self-proclaimed nerd, she spends her days writing and catering to Brutus, w

++ho considers her “the help.”

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Fights, Farce and Fiction

Presented by Merien Grey
Dates: August 1 – 29, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:
Fights are as good for evoking emotions as making love. If done properly, a reader can tell more about a character in those few minutes before, during and after a fight or violent scene than you can in several paragraphs or even chapters worth of backstory. This class is to give authors insight into the various story-enhancing opportunities they have when using weapons and in fight scenes. Teaching authors to present more than just the glint of a blade, the sizzle or rasp of a sword being drawn and showing them how to research and exploit all the aspects of confrontations to add as many emotion invoking tools to their writers tool box to create detailed realistic fiction as possible. At the end or the course, the instructor will take one question or excerpt from each attendee and answer the question or questions via video conference or email as per the attendees request.

Instructor Bio:
Merien Grey spent over a decade traveling the world as a military intelligence analyst observing all manner of people and their behavior. During her exploits, she was forced to develop a working knowledge of what many consider “historical” weapons since many third world countries still use them. This line of study took on a life of its own and became a hobby she has enjoyed and built on over the years. When she began writing Regency romance, it was a natural progression to make the Regency her main period of interest. It has been her favorite recreational study subject for over a decade now. Merien has degrees specializing in Anthropology, Sociology, English and Communications Technology. Merien currently lives in the shadow of Mount Rainier in Washington state with her husband, two dogs and a kiddo who rules the land with an iron hand, at least until bedtime.

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Historic Battlefield Medicine

Presented by Georgie Lee
Dates: August 1 – 29, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:
War during the Regency era wasn’t pretty and neither were the wounds and treatments soldiers and seamen suffered in the heat of battle. Even if a soldier survived his injury, there was no guarantee he would live through the many infectious diseases which ran rampant through the military hospitals. Surgeons were ill-equipped to deal with the mass numbers of soldiers in need of treatment and did the best they could with the limited knowledge and tools they possessed.

Battlefield Medicine will take you through the ins and outs of British Army and Navy medicine during the late Georgian and Regency eras. The training and techniques of surgeons, as well as the medicines and pain relief available, field hospital practices and the effects of infection and disease on the healthy and wounded alike will all be explored. Firsthand accounts of military surgeons and their patients will help provide a full picture of medicine in the time before antibiotics or germ theory, as this class examines this bloody, horrific and often fatal aspect of Regency life.

Instructor Bio:
A lifelong history buff, Georgie Lee hasn’t given up hope that she will one day inherit a title and a manor house. Until then, she fulfills her dreams of lords, ladies and a season in London through her stories. When not writing, she can be found reading non-fiction history or watching any movie with a costume and an accent. Please visit www.georgie-lee.com to learn more about Georgie and her books

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