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Cover Reveal! Tempting Josie by Anh Leod

Coming in May! Tempting Josie is a sexy contemporary romance by Amazon Bestselling Author Anh Leod (Heather Hiestand's alter ego). The cover artist is Delle Jacobs.




Webcomic artist Josie Manheim never expected to reunite with her sinfully gorgeous high school ex on a blind date. But one look at him has her remembering their sexy exploits and wanting more. He’s changed, though, darker and more mysterious than in the old days. Each encounter ratchets the intensity of their connection…and begs the question of who he’s become.

Miguel Barrino, now an undercover FBI agent, has trailed a priceless piece of stolen art to his former home town. Can he keep his ex out of trouble and still heat things up with her under the covers? With criminals on the loose, falling in love could lead to more than hearts in danger.

WARNING: This book contains secrets, a small town, and sexytimes.

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Cover Reveal! The Kidnapped Bride by Heather Hiestand

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Pursuing this elusive heiress will be the ultimate temptation…

Lady Elizabeth Shield is used to saving herself from trouble. And even if dashing private inquiry agent Dougal Alexander just rescued her from white slavers, she’s definitely not returning to her stifling aristocratic life and unsuitable suitors. Not when there are other women in danger—and a secret promise to keep in Edinburgh. But outwitting Dougal’s tactics to return her to London and her family will be easier than staying away from his intoxicating kisses…

He’s a baron’s second son accustomed to making his own way and uncovering the truth. Now Dougal must keep Lady Elizabeth close for her own protection, but her spirited wiles are proving scandalously irresistible. His most difficult case yet will be showing her that he’s everything she truly desires—and that love is the greatest of adventures…

“Before I realized it, the unusually strong and well-developed characters of The Kidnapped Bride had sneaked up on me and captured my full attention. This is one of the best shorter books I have ever read.” --Delle Jacobs, author of Lady Wicked

Release Date:  9/15/2014
Price:  $1.99
Redcakes 3.5

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On #sale The Marquess of Cake, a Victorian romance

Extra, extra, read all about it! Seriously though, I had no idea The Marquess of Cake was going on sale for $1.99 at 4 etailers today. Sixty-seven percent off! Fabulous price for my full-length Victorian romance with cake! I have no idea how long this will last, so snap it up quick. Don't forget, The Marquess of Cake is also available in print. And, the sequel, One Taste of Scandal, is available too. His Wicked Smile will be out May 1st!

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Coffee. . .tea. . .or a pastry chef sweeter than any confection. . .

Scotch trifle fit for Queen Victoria, scones with clotted cream. . .Alys Redcake knows the way to a man's heart. Yet she is unaware that with each morsel--and flash of ankle--she is seducing the handsome marquess frequenting her father's tea shop. Unmarried at twenty-six, Alys's first love is the family business. But thoughts of the gentleman's touch are driving her to distraction. . .With his weakness for sugar, the Marquess of Hatbrook can imagine no more desirable woman than one scented with cake and spice. Mistaking Alys for a mere waitress, he has no doubt she would make a most delicious mistress. And when he finds himself in need of an heir, he plans to make her his convenient bride. Yet as they satisfy their craving for one another, business and pleasure suddenly collide. Will Hatbrook's passion for sweets--and for Alys--be his heart's undoing?

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Everybody loves cake! #amreading

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It seems like every other women's fiction or romance book advertisement I see these days is about cake. Cake decorating heroines, cake-business owning heroines, bakeries...yes, it's all about the cake! Most of what I see is contemporary romance, but, you know what? I write about cake-loving heroines in Victorian England. Yes, someone was making amazing cakes 125 years ago, setting the scene for today's delicious and beautiful cakes, and I've had fun doing the research to bring a London bakery to life from that era.

If you are looking for more of the sweet fun that comes from cake-oriented fiction, check out my Redcakes series from Kensington. I promise you'll leave wanting to visit your kitchen or your local bakery!

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Adriana Kraft introduces The Unmasking #newrelease #amreading #romsusp

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It’s All About the Research


Authors of erotic romance often get teased about what kind of research they might delve into for the sake of their books – it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it…**snicker, giggle, knowing wink.**


The research my husband and I engaged in for this spicy romantic suspense is a little different – some might say, it’s been our entire lives. We’ve both taught at universities (that’s where we met) and we know the academic life from the inside. The choices and struggles faced by our professorial hero, Anthropologist Matt Bayfield, are more familiar than we might like to admit.


Hubs is a sociologist with a specialty in criminology. I promise he’s drawn on this background immensely in creating our spunky female undercover cop, Nancy Appleby, in plotting the trajectory of the crimes and the mystery of solving them, and especially in understanding our truly creepy villain (who I won’t name, of course – that would spoil everything!).


We’ve both immersed ourselves in understanding Celtic culture and history for years – long before we envisioned this novel. Hubs has Welsh roots, and mine are Scotch-Irish on one side, so we feel an ancestral pull to that era and its understanding of seasons and cycles. It was easy to hand that passion over to our ersatz professor. We won’t say more about how it’s woven into the plot, but we think readers will like it.


We had a close call researching the technology we’ve given our resourceful cop – hubs found himself on a website requesting security clearance for more information. Backed right out of that one! But found what we needed to know without tripping any more alarms.


The North Woods, where we’ve set the novel? A place we’ve lived and loved, and left, when the winters grew too much for us to handle. But while we lived there, we threw ourselves with a passion into the cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and crisp winter outings Nancy enjoys so much. Writing those scenes was like watching snippets from our own life on the screen.


The Unmasking was originally released in 2008 under a different pen name; rights reverted to us when the contract ran out, and we’ve decided to re-issue it as “ourselves.” We’ve thoroughly re-edited the book and incorporated helpful feedback from our beta readers


Our tag line is Erotic Romance for Two, Three, or More. Most of our published work has focused on the “three or more” side of the equation. We’re happy to offer a book focused on the “two” element, and we think readers will find the sex is no less sizzling. And no, we’re not going to share any research we might have indulged in to write those scenes.  


Whose mask will crumble first—

the enigmatic professor of Celtic Studies,

the undercover cop masquerading as a co-ed,

or the campus stalker,

biding his time to strike again?


Is anthropology professor Matt Bayfield the Blackthorn College rapist, or a potential ally? Aloof and unapproachable, Matt has academic ambitions. He can’t escape Blackthorn College soon enough, and he doesn’t want any entanglements to slow down his exit.


Nancy Appleby would like nothing more than to solve the string of campus rape cases before Thanksgiving so she can go home. The last thing she wants is a relationship to complicate her life—but she’ll settle for a fling, especially when the sex sizzles.


The stalker has his own carefully crafted timetable, with a special date just for Nancy. Can Matt and Nancy force him out of his hidey-hole before it’s too late?



Adriana Kraft is the pen name for a husband/wife team writing Erotic Romance for Two, Three or More. The award-winning pair has published over thirty erotic romance novels and novellas to outstanding reviews. Romantic pairings include straight m/f, lesbian, bisexual, ménage and polyamory, in both contemporary and paranormal settings.




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One Taste of Scandal at Romance Junkies!

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Click on the chocolate cake for my part of the contest. A gift card and ebook is up for grabs!

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Bring on the Heat release party January 6-7 #contest #prizes #newrelease

Come to the Bring on the Heat release party! Visit the erotic romance authors, read excerpts and check out the prizes!

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A collection of erotic tales from today’s hottest authors, featuring BDSM love stories, ménage romps, and everything in between. No matter what your taste in erotic romance, we’ve got you covered and then some! WARNING: These stories may require readers to seek out a cold drink and a hot man.

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One Taste of Scandal Excerpt #romance #historical


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“Lord Judah?” She faltered, as his unusual amber eyes focused in her direction.

“Captain Judah Shield.” He bowed slightly. “I should have introduced myself earlier.”

“Did you know who I was? A Cross, I mean?”

“No, no.” He shook his head. “My mind was on other things.”

“It sounds like there is a tale here,” the marchioness said.

“We reached for a paper at the same time and ended up walking here together,” Captain Shield said. “Nothing more exciting than that.”

The marchioness nodded and introduced herself to Magdalene with an informality that reminded her of her brothers.

When Magdalene was seated, Captain Shield said, “You inquired about Lieutenant Cross?”

“Yes. Of course there was all that business last winter about your deaths, and then being disciplined for being in Lahore. Then you both resigned your commissions?”

Captain Shield frowned. “He had not resigned when I left.”


He shook his head. “I am afraid you know more than I do if that is the case.”

“But you were close friends, were you not?”

“I have not received a letter from him since I arrived.” He turned to his brother. “Nothing came to the Farm or Hatbrook House?”

“Not that I’m aware of.”

“I will send letters to a couple of places that might reach him,” he offered. “And send you word of the results.”

Magdalene tried to smile. “My family would appreciate that. You can contact my brother George directly if you prefer.” She pulled a second piece of paper from her reticule, on which she’d written the address.

He accepted the paper and smiled, a dashing tilt of the lips that exposed a wry sensibility and even, white teeth. “I much prefer to communicate directly with beautiful ladies. Forgive me if my years in India have taken the polish from my manners.”

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December 1st #histrom release: One Taste of Scandal

Releasing December 1st in trade paperback (online purchase only) and December 5th in ebook! Enjoy autumn in 1887 London in this second book of the Redcakes series. Just as much cake...


A cup of sugar . . . a dash of cream . . . and a craving for a cake decorator that won't be denied . . .

When Captain Judah Shield learns he is more bastard than noble born, he goes in search of his true lineage. Determined not to lean on his family's wealth, he accepts a job managing Redcake's Tea Shop. Despite the flurry of excitement a single soldier creates among the staff, Judah clearly has no time for a wife. Though what man doesn't have time for a delectable beauty like lovely Magdalene Cross? . . .

He has the bearing of an English gentleman and the fiery touch of a true rake. Which is precisely why Magdalene must avoid Judah if she hopes to escape her family's reputation for scandal. Surely no good can come from a man whose kiss leaves her hungry for more. Certainly not the kind of marriage that could restore her social status. Still, Magdalene cannot help imagining what an incredible wedding night it would be-and when fate steps in, she may not have to imagine after all . . .

"One Taste of Scandal is a delicious, multi-layered Victorian treat" -Gina Robinson, author of The Last Honest Seamstress and the Agent Ex series

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Dancing in Red is a #free #amazon read on 10/21


My Wear Black prequel, historical fantasy, is free today!


Nellie Clifton isn’t going to spend her life as a “wren,” one of the prostitutes serving the soldiers on the desolate plains of the Curragh outside Kildare, Ireland.


Nellie is going to make something of herself, and to do so, she has a plan: she is going to be the mistress of Queen Victoria's son, Prince Albert—but if he is a mistake, she needs another escape plan.


Nellie Clifton: Well on her way to becoming a legend, instead of just a footnote in history.

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