BURN, by Dawn Altieri: New Release Excerpt, Guest Post, and Giveaway!

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Introducing BURN, a hot romance in more ways than one,

by author Dawn Altieri!

Meet Dawn Altieri:

A lifelong resident of northern New Jersey, Dawn Altieri has been scribbling stories practically since birth. After reaching a milestone birthday (she won’t say which one), she figured it was about time she took a shot at writing professionally.

With an overactive imagination and a slightly twisted mind, she enjoys reading dark and dangerous tales almost as much as writing them. When she’s not curled up on the sofa with her laptop, her latest story, a box of chocolates and a cup of tea (or a glass of wine, depending on the time of day), she can be found volunteering in the world of animal rescue. She shares her home with her husband and daughter, and a menagerie of rescued fur-babies.

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About BURN:

Chloe Addison is on the verge of a promising career in real estate development until an explosion destroys her first major project and casts suspicion on her in an arson investigation. Her career is suddenly at risk—and possibly her life.

Firefighter Ryan Monroe wants a spot on the arson team, and getting close to Chloe might be the best way to solve his first investigation. Despite a painful past of his own, Ryan has dedicated himself to saving people, and when he realizes Chloe is in danger, she’s no exception. He just might be the perfect guy to rescue her, but their attraction could bring them both down in flames.

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Excerpt:

Losing Chloe was not an option.

Ryan ignored Jeremy’s calls as he approached the warehouse. Ignored the chief’s voice over the transmitter clipped to his shoulder. He wasn’t supposed to enter a fire scene without instructions from the chief. Wasn’t supposed to break off on his own to go inside. He also wasn’t supposed to fall in love with someone he’d just met.

But he had.

He had to find her, get her to safety and make things right between them. She was the best thing that had ever happened to him, and there was no way he was going to lose her now.

The enormous main stockroom was heavily engulfed. Several of the higher windows had already blown out in the explosion, and flames and smoke billowed through the shattered remains to escape. Flames and smoke that could have already killed Chloe.

He couldn’t think like that. He’d been trained not to, to focus on the task at hand and not be distracted by his emotions. But all his training seemed to be flying out the window like those flames. He raised his Halligan tool and smashed the lower window.

“Monroe,” Chief Flanagan shouted over the transmitter again, “I order you not to enter the structure until Truck Company has completed roof operations. Do you read me? Do not advance!”

He swung the tool again with relentless determination. She could be trapped somewhere with the fire dancing closer each second, could be fighting to break free as the flames licked at her porcelain skin and left it singed with permanent scars like the ones that haunted him every day. Soon the smoke would strangle her, making the sting of her last breaths tortuously painful. And the heat. God, the heat…

He had to find her, had to reach her before it all happened. He knocked the last shards of glass from the window frame as Jeremy caught up to him.

Jeremy’s crushing hold on his shoulder halted his movements. “Roger that, Chief. I got him.” Jeremy turned Ryan to face him, staring him straight in the eye. “Not yet,” he warned, refusing to let Ryan go. “Listen to me. I know you want to tear in there and get her, and we will. But you need to calm down and do this right or you’re gonna get us all killed, you understand me? I’ll throw you the fuck out of here if I have to.”

Ryan glared at Jeremy, tempted to punch the living shit out of him to escape his grip. But Jeremy was right. The chief was right. He had to wait. If he ran in before the truckies had vented the roof and drawn the fire in the opposite direction, he’d jeopardize not only Chloe’s life, but his own life, and the lives of the crew, and he could kiss his career goodbye. Yet it was only a matter of time before the fire reached her, the building collapsed further, or the smoke-filled whatever room she was in and she ran out of air.

“Fuck!” He doubled over with his hands on his knees. How the hell was this happening again?

Fifteen Fun Facts:

A Guest Post by Dawn Altieri

  1. BURN is my first novel. Unless you count that baby kidnapper story I started writing in junior high and never finished. Or that rock-star girlfriend tale I wove in high school. Or the one I never finished writing during college, about the mom haunted by the infant daughter she lost. Or the story of the detective who falls for the victim of a crime he’s trying to solve. Or… Okay, BURN is probably my sixteenth or seventeenth novel, but who’s counting?
  2. During college, I was a DJ at Seton Hall University’s heavy metal radio station, WSOU in New Jersey. A good friend nick-named my late-night shift “The Dawn of the Dead Show.”
  3. Chloe Addison, the heroine of BURN, was named after my friend Nancy’s cat.
  4. I’ve had jobs in retail, food service, child care, advertising, graphic design and the printing industry. None of those positions hold a candle to being a writer.
  5. In my head, the part of BURN’s Ryan Monroe is played by Charlie Hunnam. His understudy is Justin Hartley from “This is Us.”
  6. I’ve had seven cats and three dogs in my lifetime, though not all at once. People close to me—who know my love for animals—are often shocked at how low that number is.
  7. I’ve had a girl crush on Jennifer Aniston ever since the first episode of Friends. Maybe it’s the hair, maybe it’s the string of romantic comedies, maybe it’s because she’s been married to not one but two of the hottest men in Hollywood. I don’t know. I just love her.
  8. Also in my head, the part of BURN’s Lieutenant Jeremy Hurst is played by David Gandy. I know, I know… Jeremy’s younger than David, Jeremy’s more arrogant than David, Jeremy does not speak with a British accent. But wouldn’t Gandy look great in nothing but a pair of bunker pants and suspenders???
  9. I did a lot of online research regarding arson techniques while I was writing BURN. I may very well be on some sort of FBI watch list.
  10. I am an extreme introvert. But then again, aren’t all writers?
  11. I could live on chocolate alone. Especially dark chocolate. With raspberries.
  12. While I was writing Burn, I often found myself with Ellie Goulding’s song “Burn” stuck in my head. Like, really often.
  13. I can name almost any classic rock or heavy metal song in less than ten seconds.
  14. I’ll be writing Jeremy’s story next. Or maybe Zack’s. No, Jeremy’s. You’ll just have to wait and see.
  15. I have so many story ideas in my head, I’m not sure what to write first. And that’s a good problem to have!

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His Family of Convenience, by Amy Ayers: Blog Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway!

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His Family of Convenience

Meet Amy Ayers:

Amy Ayers remembers writing her first fiction as an introspective tween in rainy Portland, Oregon. She took a break from writing to move with her family to the desert of Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Women’s Studies which lends itself to writing strong, opinionated heroines. She has worked as an Editor, a Job-Skills Trainer, and as an Executive Assistant. She even spent a college semester writing articles for the Tombstone Epitaph in the town ‘too tough to die’. She currently divides her time between her writing, her family (including one husband, four boys and two dogs), and her daily commute to work. A life-long lover of literature, she began writing her own contemporary romance in earnest in 2014 and is thrilled to be published with Entangled. She hopes to win the lottery someday so that she can devote all of her time to writing; until then, she writes when she can.

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About His Family of Convenience:

 

Senna Callas’s one-night stand with her alpha asshole boss, Marco Medina, was supposed to mark the end of her internship and their ridiculous attraction. After being unreachable and ignoring Senna for a year, Marco sweeps back into the country and summons her to his office, revealing he knows her secret…the secret created during their explosive night together.

Marco is determined to be there for the son he’s just discovered he has, but when it comes to being with Senna, his choices aren’t his own. His meddling family expects him, the firstborn son, to follow through with the arranged marriage set up when he was a child. And Senna has no plans on being his mistress and still resents how her attempts to contact Marco were ignored. The only thing going right between them is the attraction that burns no matter the complicated situation they’re in.

Marco would do anything to protect his family, anything except decide between the legacy he was born into and the young family he’s just found…

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Guest Post:

I asked Amy to tell readers about what inspires her to write, and how she was inspired to write His Family of Convenience.

I’ve always loved writing.  My college degree is in journalism and I have lots of experience with technical writing or really any fact based writing and that process is fairly smooth.  But fiction writing is another beast entirely. Part of this adventure of trying to switch from technical writing to fiction writing has been about finding a process that works, and that was much harder than I thought it would be (in fact, I’m still working on it!)

I’m a very visual person.  If I can see it, touch it, imagine it, I can usually write about it – factually at least.  The ball is heavy.  The product costs $10. Turn the wrench clockwise to tighten the screw.  Those are all facts and can be expressed with little or any embellishment.

But fiction writing is all about the embellishment.  It’s about placing your reader vicariously into the story so they get lost in the sights, sounds, smells and become emotionally involved in the hero’s journey.  That’s why we read fiction, to be transported. We pay our money and ride the ride and if we’re not lost in the writer’s words we feel gypped.

My fiction writing typically starts with images, something striking that I can’t forget.  For this story it started when I wrote the opening scene as a writing exercise with a group of romance authors. One person set the rules: the scene couldn’t be longer than 1000 words and had to include the words tango, flame and spice.  Flame and spice are still in there, by the way, but I lost tango in the edits.

Those words began to roll around in my mind and images of a college-type dive bar began to form.  Not just any bar, but a tequila bar with sombreros on the walls and tiki torches scattered around for light. Dark, sticky floors.  Beachside but not a particularly safe beach.  Then it became, “OK, why would my heroine be working here?  How would she know my hero? Would she be happy to see him if he wandered in?”  Why is probably the most helpful word in my author toolbox because the more you ask it, the better you get to know your characters.  And once you know them, you know why they can’t be together.  And that is what makes a great romance.  Two characters that absolutely can’t be together, but they find a way.

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EXCERPT:

“He’s not just your son, or even our son. He’s part of a lineage, a birthright that demands certain behavior. Any Medina heir should be raised knowing our place in the world and the responsibility we have to the men, women, and children of Barcelona and Girona.”

Senna watched as Max tried valiantly to detach the probably solid gold links from the cuffs of what was certainly a custom shirt.

“That’s an incredible amount of pressure to put on yourself…and on a baby.”

His voice hardened again. “Max is a Medina. He’s the firstborn of a firstborn. He will fulfill his duties. That’s the way it’s been done for centuries.”

“It sounds like a prison sentence. What if he wants to be a doctor or a rock star or something?”

Marco’s laugh was harsh. “Firstborn sons don’t get to have dreams, princesa.”

She glanced at Max playing happily in his father’s lap, his big, expressive brown eyes taking in all the shiny newness that was Marco. So precious and innocent. Then the doubt hit her like a vicious punch. What have I sentenced him to?

“It’s not all bad, Senna. I love what I do, and I think I’m pretty good at it.”

“Yes, but if you had a choice, would this have been it?”

“I don’t know. Probably. I mean, I think every little boy has dreams of growing up and fighting fires or flying fighter jets.” His smile was thin.

She sighed. “I wanted to train dolphins at SeaWorld. So I get it. Plans change. Life happens.”

“For a Medina the plan is set. And it’s an honor and a privilege. Max will grow to see that one day.”

“Just like you have?”\

“Yes.” His answer was firm, resolute.

He finally stood up to face her, but he didn’t relinquish the baby. His features were fixed and stony. His eyes flashed with fire, his words tumbled out low and foreboding.

“Senna, I want Max to meet his family in Girona.”

“Okay. I’m sure we can arrange something.”

“I want to take him to Spain with me. Today.”

She stood to face him, panic consuming her.

“You can’t just take him, Marco. We can work out some sort of agreement, but he doesn’t go anywhere without me.”

“Fine, Senna. In that case, let me tell you what is going to happen.”

This should be good.

Taken Back: A Steamy New M/M Romance from Cali McKay & Julie Farrell

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Taken Back

A Steamy M/M Romance

Author Name: Cali MacKay & Julie Farrell

Book Name: Taken Back

Series: (Taken Series, #1)

Release Date: July 27, 2016

Publisher: Tipsy Goat Press

Cover Artist: Cali MacKay

Pages or Words: 48000 words

Categories: M/M Romance, Fiction

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Sometimes you need to go back to your past, in order to move on to your future.

Jax Hunter has spent the last ten years trying to forget his first love Nathan Steele—and the brutal betrayal that derailed everything he’d worked so hard for. Jax has finally gotten his life back together, when Nathan returns to deliver another blow – his company is set to bulldoze the bar he’s built from nothing.

Ever since that summer in high school, Nathan has been denying his feelings for Jax—the only person he’s ever loved. Nathan knows Jax might never forgive him, but when Nathan’s uncle is murdered and Nathan might be next on the hit-list, Jax is the only one he can turn to.

Jax still doesn’t trust Nathan—not with his bar, and for damn sure, not with his heart. But the more time they spend together, the harder it is to resist the undeniable passion between them. Can they overcome their past hurts and learn to trust each other again? Or will another betrayal tear them apart forever?

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Meet Cali MacKay & Julie Farrell

Cali and Julie

Cali MacKay and Julie Farrell are romance writers and long-time friends, who have combined their passion for M/M romance to write together, bringing you the steamy stories they’ve dreamed up.  they’ve had a blast writing them, and hope their passion for the stories will come through in their writing, and you’ll enjoy the characters they’ve brought to life, just as much as they do.

More From the Authors:

Describe your writing space.

Our writing spaces are very basic. Cali writes in her living room in her favorite chair with her family running in and out of the place. Julie needs peace and quiet, so she writes in her office, with no other distractions around.

What is the hardest part about writing for you?

The writing comes easy, the marketing is the part that seems to take all the time and effort!

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

Cali writes ALL THE TIME! Julie writes Monday to Friday, and takes weekends off.

What quirks do you have?

Cali has very bad ADD, so she has a short attention span (which Julie can attest to, having just spent a week with her), and as a result her writing tends to be very fast-paced and she tries not to get bogged down in a lot of detail. Cali thinks Julie’s quirk is that she’s so nice and sweet and yet she’s writing all these alpha dominating men, by channeling her inner-alpha. Grr!

Julie Farrell: 10 things you want to do or try…

Fall in Love in Paris.

Scale the Grand Canyon.

See the Northern Lights.

Donate Blood.

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Ireland.

Fly First Class.

Become a Yoga Teacher.

Learn to Play the Piano.

Learn to Fly a Plane

See a Broadway Show.

Cali’s 10 Top Places She’d Like To Go

Norway (especially to see the Northern Lights)

Thailand

Iceland

(back to)the Scotland (especially the Highlands)

Japan

Spain

Been to Greece, but would like to go back to the islands

Bali, Indonesia

(back to) Italy

Sweden

Where to find the authors:

Website: http://www.caliandjuliebooks.com/

Mailing List: http://www.caliandjuliebooks.com/#!blank/c16fm

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