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CHARACTER INTERVIEW With Lily and Nate from Light My Fire by Kristina Knight

HARLEQUINe_0614_9781460336311_LightMyFire    Light My Fire by Kristina Knight –

     RELEASE INFO:

     Book Details:

Light My Fire, part of the Harlequin E Contemporary Box Set: Volume 2

Lily MacIntyre’s life is offtrack, and she knows exactly how to right it: shed her America’s      sweetheart image in a big way. Getting down and dirty in a limo with rocker Nate Lansford seems   like the perfect solution. Plus, she’s had a mad crush on him practically since birth. The only problem? Nate is her brother’s best friend…and he doesn’t see her as anything other than a surrogate little sister.

Links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Harlequin-Contemporary-Romance-Box-Volume-ebook/dp/B00JD7P8B2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401296353&sr=8-1&keywords=kristina+knight

BN.com: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/harlequin-e-contemporary-romance-box-set-volume-2-rebecca-m-avery/1119054656?ean=9781460336274

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/harlequin-e-contemporary-romance/id866954970?mt=11

Excerpt: Lily - LMF

“Don’t.” Her words were a whisper, but still loud in the back of the limo.

“Don’t, what?”

Finally she looked at him, her deep brown eyes molten in the darkness. “Don’t be my brother’s best friend tonight. Don’t be my cheerleader. Just…” Her hand trembled against his on the cool leather seat. “I’m not America’s favorite sixteen-year-old any longer. I don’t need to pretend I’m still sixteen, and the magazines are already burning me at Trey’s sacrificial altar, so why not send that old image up in flames all the way?”

She leaned across the seat, brushed her sweet lips across his cheek, and Nate nearly lost it. He was holding on by a thread. This was Lily.

The same girl he’d grown up with. The Lily who’d brought him home after school because she noticed he hadn’t eaten lunch for three days. The Lily who cheered for him at the high school talent show. The Lily who couldn’t really want him, because if she did…he would ruin her.

Nate groaned when her lips brushed against his. A bit of her hair had come loose from the sleek updo and brushed against his neck, fanning that trickle of flame even hotter.

Her hand traced the line of his jaw, and Nate’s resistance burned to the ground. He pushed her back into the corner and dug his hands into her hair. “You don’t know what you’re asking for.”

She panted. “I know exactly what I want, Nate Lansford, and what I want is you.”

Nate lowered his lips to hers, tasting the sweetness of her lips for the first time. Her tongue tangled with his, pushing him further, asking him for more. And Nate gave it.

When Lily arched her back, Nate reached for her breast, feeling her nipple pucker beneath the fine silk of her dress. She moaned, a tiny sound, but it was enough to pull him back into the present.

What was he doing? This was Lily. The girl who made him want to be more than the kid from the wrong side of Malibu’s tracks. His friend.

He couldn’t mess that up.

Nate pushed away from her, fisting his hands in his hair as he tried to put a few more inches between them. The back of the limo was too tight. He was too close to Lily. He needed air. Space.

Distance.

“I’m sorry.” His voice was rough. “That shouldn’t have happened.”

 

 CHARACTER INTERVIEW WITH NATE AND LILY

Nate - LMF

Light My Fire is book one of my Rockers series, which is out with Harlequin-E. The series follows Nate (lead singer), Chase (songwriter and producer/manager) and Josh (guitarist) of Anthem, a band on the cusp of being the Biggest Thing Ever. The three guys grew up together but they kept their fair share of secrets from one another – from Nate’s crush on Chase’s twin to Josh’s struggles with addiction. In the series they’ll face their demons, find women who make them want more than they think they deserve…and have a lot of fun!

 

Thank you for visiting The Dragon Lair! So tell me a little bit about Light My Fire and characters.

Light My Fire is Lily and Nate’s story. Lily has been around the band from the beginning and she’s Chase’s twin sister, but until now Nate has been able to control himself around her. Things get hot after an awards show, and then even hotter when Lily teases Nate from the dance floor at a club…she’s definitely got his number.

 Where did the story come from?

I’ve always had a love affair with musicians and music! My very first job was at a small, country radio station when I was sixteen and my love of music just grew from there. I started out just wanting to write Nate’s story…but Chase and Josh, Nina and Kat insisted they had stories to tell, too.

Can you tell me a little about the characters? -

Lily is trying to break out of her shell, desperately! She was the star of a popular sit-com in which she was perennially 16-18 years of age…but she’s in her mid-20s and she wants more. Unfortunately, Hollywood still wants her teenage character. So, she decides to take matter into her own hands by having a hot affair…and who better than Nate, who she’s been crushing on for years? Nate, on the other hand, has his own demons. He loves Lily but he’s also afraid of hurting her so he doesn’t want things to change between them…the problem is things are already changing and he’s got to figure out just how far he’s willing to go for his friend.

What about these characters fascinated you, and made you want to tell their story? -

I thought I had a good handle on Nate from the start – I thought he was all surface and glitz. But totally surprised me, though, because he’s really deep. And Lily just made me fall in love with her – she’s feisty and she knows what she wants…it’s just that no one believes she really wants what she says she wants.

Can I meet them? -

Sure! Why don’t I hand the interview over to them…take it away, guys!

So…Nate, while remembering to keep this PG-13 in case my mother reads this, what’s your favorite thing about Lily?

Nate grins The sweet little snoring sounds she makes when we sleep. Lily slaps Nate’s arm. I do not snore, Nathan! Nate’s grin widens. Trust me, its totally hot.

 Lily, same question. What was it about Nate that drew you in, and made you decide HIM. I want HIM? Other than his manly bits, of course.

Lily eyes Nate. Well, the manly bits don’t hurt anything. Her gaze softens and she smiles. Nate has a way of pinpointing you, so you’re the only person in the room no matter who else is there. That’s nice. She crosses her arms over her chest. But, ladies, the man is a cover hog, and his snores are not sweet.

 What do you think is the best part of the story?

Lily I like the ending. He can take me home any time. Nate takes her hand.  I think the readers will like watching Lily come into her own. And, you know, the sex is pretty hot.

So, now that the book is over, how are you all behaving for Kristina?

Nate blinks innocently I think Kristina would agree that we behaved perfectly through the entire book. Kristina gives Nate the side-eye. You behaved when you wanted to behave, Nathan.

How do you feel about your love story being out in the world, for everyone to read?

Nate and Lily look into one another’s eyes. Nate’s thumb caresses hers. We’re good with it.

You have been awesome. Thank you so much for visiting me. Is there anything else you’d like to add about Light My Fire  before I let you get back to your lives?

Nate Kristina could have let us have more sex. Lily, punches his shoulder Nate, I don’t think that’s what Eden meant. Nate She said anything.

 Kristina, they are so much fun. Thank you so much for visiting me, and allowing me to drag these characters out to play! Is there anything else you want to add before I let you get back to your life?

Thank you so much for having me (and Lily and Nate) over today! We all had a ball. And I love to hear from my readers, so hit me up o Twitter or Facebook or email me (links are below!)

 

Author Bio:

Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police–no, she wasn’t a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer’s capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she’s living her own happily ever after.

Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!

Author Links:

Website: http://www.kristinaknightauthor.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kristinaknightromanceauthor

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/authorkristina

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/authorkristina/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5827833.Kristina_Knight

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+KristinaKnightAuthor/posts

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Romance Writer’s Weekly Sept 9, 2014

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Do you like to read romance novels? Wouldn’t you like to know more about your favorite authors? Well you came to the right place! Join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all….. About our writing of course! Every week we’ll answer questions and after you’ve enjoyed the blog on this site we’ll direct you to another. So come back often for a thrilling ride! Tell your friends and feel free to ask us questions in the comment box.

 

Hi! Thanks for hopping over from the fabulous Beth Carter’s place.

 

I’ve been absent from the #lovewritechat blogs for the last few months but I’m back now and ready to go! LET’S DO THIS! Oh, and while you’re at it, don’t forget to check out our Romance Weekly Facebook page.

 

So this week’s questions come from the aforementioned Beth Carter, and I think they’re pretty awesome.

 

What’s your favorite aspect of novel writing? Dialogue? Setting? Conflict?Narration? Explain.

 

Hands down, it’s the characters. I love–love–developing and getting to know new characters. Their likes, dislikes…who they were before the story and who they will become during it. I love Happily Ever Afters and I love finding two characters who could not be more wrong for each other and yet fit together so perfectly. In the second book to my Dragon Lore series, the hero is the scariest dragon in existence. Nicknamed The Destroyer for his intense, absolute hatred of Hunters. So of course that means he needs a Hunter female to protect and love, right? Oh, Dallas fought it with everything he had, but there was just no denying that Lily was perfect for him. She needed him, she protected him, and when everything turned to shit, he needed her.

 

How do you choose the setting for your plot? Are they always similar settings or does it vary? (i.e., small town, big city, castle, etc.)

 

You know that old adage ‘Write what you know’? Yeah… I don’t do that so much, except for story settings. I come from a small-ish town in Indiana only a half an hour away from Chicago so the majority of my stories are set in small town Indiana, or Chicago. Well, that was supposed to be how it went. Somehow, my dragons decided to be set in Los Angeles which I know nothing about, which makes it a little scary and intimidating for me.

 

I’m a big six-word memoir fan. (Hemingway even wrote one.) Describe your writing day using just six words. 

Must Write. Must Write. Must Write.

 

See? Super awesome questions this week, huh? Now hop on over to Josie Malone’s blog and see how she answers them. Don’t forget to comment along the way!

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INTERVIEW/RELEASE DAY BLITZ with Autumn Piper

CowboyUpfront  COWBOY TROUBLE
by Autumn Piper

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She’s decided to make some bad choices this weekend.

 

Susie Howell has always done what her family expects of her, but they don’t know about the  divorce papers she’s just signed, or the secret torch she carries for sexy ranch hand Cash. When    keeping the secret gets to her, she flees her brother’s wedding reception. Determined to live a l  little, she swipes the nearest truck from the ranch and heads to Sin City.

 

Cash Acosta has worked hard for everything he has, and nobody is taking off with his truck. When he sees it driving away, he jumps in—and becomes the unwilling passenger of a ready and willing woman he’s forbidden to touch. Hell-bent for trouble, the boss’s sister has already earmarked him as one of her “bad choices”.

 

And Susie intends to get what she wants.

 

AUTHOR BIO

 

Born and raised in itty-bitty Rifle, Colorado, Autumn Piper studiously avoided trouble…but is now inclined toward it, particularly in her novels. She thinks the best things in life are funny, and the runners-up, romantic.

An admitted carb addict, Autumn writes, edits, manages two teenagers, two cats, a box turtle with a huge personality, one husband and many supersize houseplants, and does the cooking and cleaning when forced to.

 

To sign up for Autumn’s occasional newsletter: http://mad.ly/signups/105424/join

 

AUTHOR LINKS:

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/AutumnPiperWrites

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/AutumnPiperAuth

WEB SITE: http://www.autumnpiper.com

BLOG: http://piperpatter.blogspot.com

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003G79D8Y

GOODREADS: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2980295.Autumn_Piper

 

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AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Cowboy-Up-Allison-Merritt-ebook/dp/B00NDAS9ZM/

B&N/NOOK: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cowboy-up-melissa-keir-allison-merritt/1120319088?ean=2940150568457&itm=1&usri=2940150568457

ALL ROMANCE EBOOKS: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-cowboyup-1616837-153.html

 

 

EXCERPT/TEASER:

 

So that’s why you’re runnin’.” Under the parking lot lights, his eyes were pitch black. He thumbed a tear from her cheek.

 

She tried for a more ladylike sniffle, blinked away her tears. Nodded, for lack of a better reply.

 

“When I hear a beautiful woman wants to make some mistakes, my gut instinct is to help her out with that.” His thumb brushed her lower lip. “Hearin’ she’s single…that’s another checkmark in the pros column.” Hypnotized, she barely breathed as he cupped her jaw in his fingers and that gaze riveted on hers. “Seein’ her cry? What choice do I have?” He bent to her, his lips hot and strong, skilled as they teased hers apart, his tongue waking feelings she’d forgotten. And Lord, it may be too soon, it may be wrong, but she wanted. Wanted Cash, his hands, his mouth, his… She grabbed onto his hard shoulders, slipped her hands up his neck, buried her fingers in that thatch of hair. And kissed him like there was no tomorrow. Of course there was. Sexy, brooding, womanizing Cash wanted her, and he’d be hers, at least for this trip.

 

CHARACTER INTERVIEW

 

Thank you for visiting The Dragon Lair! So tell me a little bit about Cowboy Trouble and characters.

Susie Howell has always done what her family expects of her, but they don’t know about the divorce papers she’s just signed, or the secret torch she carries for sexy ranch hand Cash. When keeping the secret gets to her, she flees her brother’s wedding reception. Determined to live a little, she swipes the nearest truck from the ranch and heads to Sin City.

 

Cash Acosta has worked hard for everything he has, and nobody is taking off with his truck. When he sees it driving away, he jumps in—and becomes the unwilling passenger of a ready and willing woman he’s forbidden to touch. Hell-bent for trouble, the boss’s sister has already earmarked him as one of her “bad choices”.

 

And Susie intends to get what she wants.

 

Where did the story come from?

Cowboy Trouble is a spin-off story from Lone Star Trouble ( a romantic suspense in which Susie’s brother Cleve is the hero). When I was asked to contribute to the boxed set, Cowboy Up, Cash and Susie were the first couple I thought of. CJ Howell’s offspring all seem to be making romantic choices that drive him crazy.

Can you tell me a little about the characters?

Cash is dark horse, a womanizing gambler of a cowboy who has worked for the Howells for 10 years, since he was a homeless teenager with essentially no family. Susie is the daughter of a Texas cattle and land tycoon, with her own champion quarter-horse ranch her father set up for her. She’s always done what her family expects of her. At least, until she divorced the golden boy they wanted her to marry.

What about these characters fascinated you, and made you want to tell their story?

They’re such polar opposites, and each has always been off-limits to the other. Cash has a rep as a womanizer, and Susie has played it safe her entire life.

Can I meet them?

Eden, this is Cash Acosta.

(Tips his black Stetson) “Hey.”

And this is Susie Howell.

(Flashes a wide, proper smile.) “Howdy. It’s nice to meet you.”

 

So…Cash. While remembering to keep this PG-13 in case my mother reads this, what’s your favorite thing about Susie?

If I have to stay PG-13… (winks at Susie)… Her eyes. First couple years I knew her, I thought for sure she had colored contacts. Mami Nature doesn’t do blue eyes and dark hair like that. Usually.

Susie, same question. What was it about Cash that drew you in, and made you decide HIM. I want HIM? Other than his manly bits, of course.

(Hugs herself) He’s such a dangerous bad-boy, all rugged muscle and risk. Plus, Daddy forbid me to talk to him from the first day he came to work at the Flying H. How could a girl resist?

What do you think is the best part of the story?

Cash: We had a hella good time the night we went out in Vegas.

Susie: At least, the parts we can remember.

So, now that the book is over, how are you all behaving for (author)?

Susie: Oh, I think we always behaved for Autumn. It was my family’s rules we just kept breaking.

How do you feel about your love story being out in the world, for everyone to read?

Cash: If one more cowboy spends one less night alone because of it…

You have been awesome. Thank you so much for visiting me. Is there anything else you’d like to add about Cowboy Trouble before I let you get back to your lives?

(Cash, already standing and pulling Susie up beside him): No, but we appreciate you having us. I think we’ve got a honeymoon to finish up now, if you’ll excuse us…

Autumn, they are so much fun. Thank you so much for visiting me, and allowing me to drag these characters out to play! Is there anything else you want to add before I let you get back to your life?

Just that they come in a boxed set with 6 other cowboy stories, all for just $0.99.

AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Cowboy-Up-Allison-Merritt-ebook/dp/B00NDAS9ZM/

B&N/NOOK: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cowboy-up-melissa-keir-allison-merritt/1120319088?ean=2940150568457&itm=1&usri=2940150568457

ALL ROMANCE EBOOKS: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-cowboyup-1616837-153.html

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REVIEW: Hard To Hold On To by Laura Kaye

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Edward “Easy” Cantrell knows better than most the pain of not being able to save those he loves–   which is why he is not going to let Jenna Dean out of his sight. He may have just met her, but Jenna’s   the first person to make him feel alive since that devastating day in the desert more than a year ago.

Jenna has never met anyone like Easy. She can’t describe how he makes her feel–and not just because he saved her life. No, the stirrings inside her reach far beyond gratitude.

As the pair are thrust together while chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing: the things in life most worth having are the hardest to hold on to.

 

Eden’s Review
5 STARS

I loved Nick Rixey.
Totally fell in love with Shane McCallan.
But Easy… Good. God.

I was so hoping Easy and Jenna would get a story after the way he took care of her in Hard As You Can. She needed someone strong to hold onto while she put her pieces back together, and poor Easy, he needed someone to need him to keep him holding on.

One of my favorite things about this series is that the heroines aren’t perfect, flawless, waif-like females. One of my biggest complaints in some romances are that I finish the book believing the hero deserved someone stronger–that the heroine didn’t deserve him. But Ms Kaye does a fabulous job making these women broken and yet strong, and for all of Jenna’s issues, she was PERFECT for Easy. She didn’t wallow in her issues, she didn’t feel sorry for herself, and when she decided to get over it, she worked at it until she was. And when Easy needed HER, this big, stronger-than-hell soldier, she gave him the strength he needed. I LOVE THIS. 

I admit, I’m a total sucker for tough heroes who are broken inside, but Easy didn’t just make me fall in love with him. He broke my heart, made me cry for him, and made me clutch my Kindle in a desperate grip until I KNEW he was going to get the peace and woman he so deserved. Which is why I loved this story so much–there was no doubt in my head that Jenna deserved this amazing man. And his surprise for her at the end….yeah, I teared up.

All of the books in this series so far have focused on these soldiers picking up the pieces after an op gone wrong overseas. Rixey and Shane both had issues over how that op turned out, issues that ripped them up and tore them apart. But Easy, Easy was looking for a way out, and Ms Kaye did a wonderful job showing the suffering of our vets, how deep that suffering goes, and putting numbers and faces to it. If this giant, amazingly strong man can see no way out, it shines a light on just how broken our soldiers are. I loved Ms Kaye’s stories before, but I have a whole new respect for her now.

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REVIEW: Stone: At Your Service by Rie Warren

Stone    Hell on wheels meets Hell in high heels.

Bad boy mechanic Josh Stone likes to get his hands dirty any way he can—the filthier, the better. Ever since his wife walked out on him and their young son, he’s only had room in his heart for two loves: the kid and cars.

Roped into playing his best buddy’s gay boyfriend during a romance writers convention, the player meets the girl who’s gonna rock his world. Leelee Songchild. Shy, bashful, beautiful Leelee who blushes at the drop of a hat yet writes hardcore smut to rival Josh’s backlist of Penthouse Forum.

The only problem is his hands are tied. Josh can’t stab his old friend/fake lover in the back even though all he wants to do is take luscious Leelee to bed, and maybe, love her. When the truth comes out, all hell breaks loose. Too bad romance is just for books.

WARNING: Uncompromisingly hot sex, hilarious hijinks, and heartfelt romance—STONE is a triple threat.

Eden’s Review: 5 STARS

First off, I want to say I’m a huge fan of Rie Warren’s writing style. Her ability to tell a story, engage the reader’s emotions and flat-out charm the pants off you is amazing.

Now. I loved this story. I LOVED Stone. I loved Leelee. I loooooved them together. And Stone and Nicky’s relationship? Stone and Nicky and JJ? Amazing.

I admit this story wasn’t perfect. Neither were In His Command and Jingle Bell Rock. But ask me what the flaws were and I couldn’t tell you because all I remember from those stories were the characters. I read IHC almost a year ago, and still think about Blondie and Big Man occasionally. To me, as a reader, that’s what I want. Engage my heart. Make me care. Make me remember these characters forever.

Stone and Leelee weren’t the best couple ever, they were flawed, but the way Stone loved her…HOLY. HAWTNESS. Don’t even get me started on the sex. All. The. Sex. (Keep a fan at hand. Seriously.)

One of my biggest hang ups with some romances is I walk away not believing the heroine deserved her hero. Leelee didn’t have to fight for Stone. She didn’t have to battle a dragon for him. But she was possessive and lovely, sacrificing herself when needed, and I loved–loved–that  she didn’t beat him over the head with his mistakes, and she came back to him. He’d made his last stand, and I love that she came to her senses and found him.

All in all, this was a flawed, imperfect, lovely, steamy hot love story between two people who genuinely loved each other and wanted the best for each other. And I love that.

OH! And don’t forget to read the teaser chapter for Nicky’s story at the end. Goodness, I’m psyched for that one.

Pre-order Stone: At Your Service: http://www.amazon.com/Stone-Your-Service-Carolina-Boys-ebook/dp/B00MRPKWAY/ref=sr_1_8?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1408748736&sr=1-8&keywords=Stone%2C+At+your+service

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