Beach House – Coming April 5

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Coming April 5 – Beach House – a contemporary romance just in time for a beach read.

 

When Alli arrived at her beloved Beach House to recover and get her life back on track the last thing she expects to find is a border living there. Throwing him out is her first priority. The last thing she needs in a man anywhere near her.

Alex rented the beach house for the whole summer, depleting his bank account in order to get his head on straight and his writing back on track. Finding a woman on the deck when he returns from shopping is not only unwelcome, turns out she’s also the damn owner!

Two damaged people need to find a way to coexist and heal, helping each other in ways neither saw coming.

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Allison rolled her suitcase across the gleaming hardwoods to the sand colored tile in the large gourmet kitchen.

She smiled at the sight of her favorite bedroom suite to the far right of the great room, on the north side of the house and closer to the kitchen. She was able to get her things inside using the luggage as well as the cane to assist her.

The master suite had never appealed to her, stairs not withstanding. This smaller room was the one she had furnished despite Richardson’s snooty decorator, Sofia.

A soothing sage green in color, this room, like the great room, had a lovely view of the ocean and a private deck with excellent shade. The queen size bed left plenty of room for a sitting area and the private bath had a walk-in shower. No tubs for her in the near future, except for possibly the hot tub on the main deck.

Her chair stood in front of the glass wall. It was the one she’d fought for. The decorator hadn’t wanted it in here, didn’t like the way it looked with the rest of the furniture. Sofia had chosen two French style, horrendously uncomfortable and elegant chairs for the space. She’d gone so far as to tattle to Richardson, but for once he’d been in a magnanimous mood early in the marriage and waved it off. This was a beach house, not a board room!

Allison had chosen it, a chair and a half swivel recliner with a whimsical fabric of a darker green than the walls with red, purple and yellow shapes to add color and informality to the room. The fabric had made her smile. This was a reading chair, something she could curl up in.

The master suite, even if she could use the stairs, was not to her taste. Even though the house was hers, a wedding present, Sofia had decorated that bedroom in Richardson’s rigidly upscale sophistication. It could have been lifted from his penthouse in New York City. Nothing beach-y about it at all.

Unpacking could happen later. She wanted, no she needed to sit in a shady spot on the main deck and just breathe for a little while. Let herself revel in the belief she was finally safe and free.

Choosing one of the beach loungers in a shaded part of the deck, even knowing she’d have problems rising, she slipped off her shoes and ran her hand through her hair, releasing it from the ponytail she’d had while driving. She pushed the heavy red tresses away from her face and allowed the ocean to mesmerize her. Such freedom before her.

She was dozing when the shadow fell across her and a deep voice said, “Who are you and what the hell are you doing here?”

 

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Meet Leslie Ray!

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Please meet Leslie Ray. Her latest book – Exposure – is now available and it’s one you shouldn’t miss. Part rom-com, part angst – go for it!

 

 

 

 

* You are going to be new to many of my readers. Tell us about yourself.

Born and raised in the south, I’m a Southern writer through and through. I love to capture the essence of growing up in a small-town in my books. When I am not writing, these days I spend most of my day negotiating with my youngest to actually pay attention to virtual school. Thank you Covid. One day, when the world returns to normal, we’ll go back to our adventurous lives of exploring new places.

* Tell us about the book that’s just come out.

EXPOSURE is the first in my new Carefree series. Beaufort, SC is the inspiration for this series setting and I’m so excited to do a coastal series. Especially on these dreary winter mornings, it’s nice to escape to the warm sun and sand of the SC coast.

EXPOSURE follows the lives of freelance nature photographer Julia Hawthorne and police chief Miles Scott, two perfect strangers who have a troubling connection in their past. This saucy rom-com quickly becomes an emotional journey as the past collides with the present, leaving Miles to make a tough choice between hiding his scars or exposing his heart.

Find out more at Welcome to Carefree

* What started you on your love of writing?

Funny story, I was living in Pennsylvania, about to move back to the south. In preparing for the move, I went into the bank to close out my accounts. You should know, I’m a klutz. It’s my superpower. So here I am, walking into the bank, not paying attention (per usual, I was trying to get my life together while in motion, always a good idea), and I took one step in the door only to crash into a wall. A roughly six-two, very fine wall of a man. He was decked out in his dress blues and looking very sharp. I have no idea what branch of the military he was, but it got my approval. The man was pure male perfection. I would like to tell you this is the part where I said something charming or witty, but those off the cuff comments apparently are reserved for my books and not real life. Instead, I stuttered some unintelligible “I’m sorry” and went on about my way hoping no one else saw me. When my bank business was finished, I got back in my car and texted my best friend the words “If I ever write a romance novel…”. And so, my first novel was born. I spent the first six weeks of our move in coffee shops, bouncing between looking for jobs and writing my first novel. You can read about my amazing collision in RUN TO ME. Though Emerson and Preston don’t meet in a bank, they do have quite the first collision.

* Do you write in more than one genre – tell us a little about each one and the books you’re working on in each?

I have only ever published contemporary romance novels. They are my great love. I have a series set in the NC mountains (Spruce Pine Series) and now I am starting my series in SC (Carefree Series).

I have a YA Dystopian novel started. I don’t know if it will ever see the light of day, but it’s a story that came to me one hot summer day. I was walking our dog, who’d just had surgery, and the grass was dry and crunchy. As I walked in the heat, listening to the sound the grass made beneath my feet, the story came to me. I still think about it from time to time. It will hit me out of nowhere, which is a good sign one day it will get written.

* Have you attended any writing conference or classes? Tell us about some that and some that have been especially helpful.

The only major conference I have ever attended was RT (Romantic Times) which unfortunately does not exist anymore. What I will say about the big conferences is they are an amazing place to network, and meet fellow authors and readers. Not to mention it’s just fun to be around a ton of people who have the same passion as you.

* Are you a member of any writing groups?

I am a member of RWA (Romance Writers of America) and our local RWA chapter Heart of Carolina Romance Writers. I am also part of an amazing critique group comprised of 6 other extraordinary romance writers.

* How attached do you get to your characters? Do you know what happens after the book ends?

My characters live in my head so long, they’re like family. I think that’s why you’ll see previous characters pop up throughout a series. I have a hard time letting them go.

I do usually know what happens in their lives post book. Again, sometimes the reader gets little glimpses into their lived as well later in the series. Maybe one day I’ll do a crossover and bring some of my favorite characters together from different series. I’m sure I can find a way to make it work.

* Describe your ‘perfect’ writing day.

Oh, how I imagine this one often. Ha! My perfect writing day would be a long morning writing session in a coffee shop, lunch with a friend for a little break, and then a nice long writing session on my front porch on a nice, warm, sunny spring/summer day. I recently left my day job to focus on writing so hopefully, one day post COVID, I can actually make this happen.

* Could you tell us the one question you wish people would ask about your writing… and don’t forget the answer.

I don’t know that I have a specific question I wish people would ask, but I love when people do ask questions. I LOVE talking about my writing. It can be such a solitary journey so I love when people want to step into that world and talk about it. It’s like watching a behind the scenes clip after the movie.

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HCRW Anthology!

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From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Outer Banks, a diverse variety of captivating romance novellas await you in this charity anthology brought to you by Heart of Carolina Romance Writer

 

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Samantha Covington’s SOMEONE LIKE HER can conjure anything, except love.

Love may require breaking someone’s heart. Even your own in JUST DUCKY by Laverne St. George

When you trust the enemy, at least you know where you stand in TWO IF BY SEA by Maggie Preston.

Worlds collide in BROWN MOUNTAIN LIGHTS by Donna Steele.

The last thing he expected was what he needed the most in Linda Tiffin’s UNWRAPPED WITH LOVE.

One grumpy actor in need of rescue plus one overly prepared hiker equals one hike to love in GRINDING CORN by Laurel McMacken

Ten years, three months, and one week…THE GIRL NEXT DOOR is all grown up by Laura Browning.

A bad-ass outlaw biker falls for a woman he can’t have in MIRROR IMAGE by B. L. Harris.

On the River: A Cassie’s Family Story

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Cassie and Tom Duff live at The Landing, a beautiful neighborhood by the river in their little town in North Carolina. They’re surrounded by their beloved family and friends. Most of the couples here live a domestic discipline lifestyle, where the husbands are the head of household.

It can’t be said that these ladies always follow their husbands’ lead, thought, and the men often have their hands full trying to keep up with their fun-loving and headstrong wives. This first book in a new series by PK Corey follows the funny, quirky and romantic escapades of Cassie and her friends Sue and Annie, as well as the younger generation who are all involved in solving a problem from Cassie’s past. Come and join the ride! You will feel like you’re a part of this group and want more from PK Corey!

Publisher’s Note: This sweet, contemporary romance contains a theme of power exchange.

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Cassie stopped and took a sip of her wine. She and Sue exchanged another look that none of the others could read.

Finally, she went on. “I don’t know if she expected me to take a swing at her—the fool certainly should have. She should’ve run like hell. My fist caught her right in the nose, and I remember she staggered backwards. Then she came at me. Her first punch split my lip and then, boy howdy, it was on! It was your typical girl fight after those first few blows. We knocked the cart with the food on it completely over. We were on the floor rolling, kicking, scratching, biting, head butting and hair pulling. Part of me wishes I had a video of the whole thing. I know we were a sight to behold.”

Cassie chuckled. “Can you just picture what the guys walked, or rather ran in on? Tom was grabbing for me and Steve tried to get to Sue, but we weren’t quite ready to give up the fight. I’d been in my share of brawls during my time on my own. I’d learned quickly not to stop fighting until your opponent isn’t moving. When Tom tried to pull me away, the only thing that registered in my mind was that someone was trying to stop me. And that meant it was an enemy. So I slammed my head back into his face—I had no idea at the moment that it was Tom. That’s how I, unfortunately, managed to give him a bloody nose in the process.

“He got me locked in a bear hug, and by hearing him say my name over and over, it finally penetrated my brain who had hold of me. Steve was helping Sue to her feet. She did look rough. Her blouse was ripped off, blood was running down from her shoulder and dripping from the back of her ear as well. Her face was bloody, both from her lip and her nose, which was badly swollen.

“I’d fared little better,” Cassie admitted. “My cheek was split open over my cheekbone. I think it was her ring that cut me. My mouth and nose were also dripping blood. One earring had been torn through my ear, which added to the blood-spattered scene. Even Tom was bleeding as we stood there, all of us in shock. It seemed quiet for a moment; all you could hear was Sue and me breathing heavily.

Then Steve asked, ‘What the hell?’ Tom seemed at a loss for words.

 

About PK Corey

I’ve been intrigued by spanking stories since before I first saw Ricky spank Lucy. Stories of this nature were hard to come by before the Internet and the ones I found were a little harsh on discipline and very much lacking in love. So, I made up my own stories and enjoyed these in my head for years. I finally began writing them down. Although the lovely women in my stories are spanked often, the love between them and their men is the most vital part of their lives together.

I don’t think of myself as a writer so much as a storyteller. I don’t churn out books nearly as fast as perhaps my readers would like. My stories are told to me by my characters and I pass them along. I write what I’ve always wanted to read about – dominant men, strong women, intense love and loyal friendships.

My Cassie’s Space series is about a mature couple who are deeply in love. Despite adoring Cassie’s free-spirited ways, Tom is determined to keep her safe, even if it takes a trip over his knee to do it. And with her friend and accomplice Sue by her side, a trip over his knee is very likely. The Cal’s Law series is about a younger couple. Though from very different backgrounds, Cal and Jenny are drawn together by love and discipline. And my newest book, On the River, combines all my characters as they go about their lives on The Landing.

I was a school teacher most of my adult life. Now retired, I love having the time to write. I share a fulfilled life with my wonderful husband and my cat, Sophie. My adult children come around enough to keep us satisfied. Besides writing I spend my time reading and designing and unique, hand-drawing bookmarks. And I delight in hearing from my readers. You can contact me at pk.corey@yahoo.com

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Some Positives in 2020

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2020 is gone but there were highlights… Thought I’d mention mine in order to make you think about yours!

Had some books come out – Rth Home in February, A New Time in April, Hazardous to the Touch in September, and Christmas Cookies in November. Fewer interruptions helped there.

   

We went to Disney World with our grandson in March, just before the world screeched to a halt, so our timing was good. He turned 5, so this was a birthday trip for him, his dad and his Granddar. Had a wonderful time!

   

We also welcomed a second grandson this year – see there were some great positives – and we’re thrilled with all our boys.

The wedding that was planned for September was postponed, but I already have my dress, so I have to maintain my weight for another year. Good incentive, right?

Yes there were changes, I got quite proficient at Zoom and have a minimal commute to my exercise classes, but I kept them up! You can also do Weight Watcher meetings this way, which I did. One of the things I’m proud of is getting some old projects (both writing and my counted cross stitch) done – remember no snacking!

      

   

Start the New Year out with me – Book 6 in the Conall Clan series – New Secrets – is out today!

New Secrets – Cover Reveal

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It’s here – New Secrets! And on the anniversary of the first book in the series – Don’t Look Back


The 6th book in the Conall Clan series – New Secrets – is now available for pre-order! And all six are available on Kindle Unlimited for a limited time!

When an unknown half-brother arrives in Sweetwater, a whole new set of problems accompany him, putting Megan and others in danger. Can Lou find it in himself to accept this new sibling, in order to keep everyone safe?

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The Conall Clan saga continues… And check out the incredible new covers!

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So, this was Sweetwater. Home of the famous Conall boys. It didn’t look like much. Why in all hell would a Territory Alpha—one as strong as this Lou Conall was purported to be—pick a backwater hole like this for his headquarters?

He might be foolish coming here. Regardless, curiosity had won out. Adrian, the old sot, had been drunker than he’d ever seen him when he confessed his secret past. He probably wouldn’t live long enough to regret the lapse. Surely cirrhosis would get that last surviving liver cell soon.

Axel didn’t care much either way. He wouldn’t be going back. If Adrian drank himself to death, fine. Any affection he might have felt for the old man was a distant memory. Adrian had beaten it out of him years ago. Only bad memories remained. Although Axel had never understood the beatings, this new information made things clearer.

He hadn’t emerged Alpha or Beta–not like Adrian’s other sons.

Maybe every father wanted that. Axel wouldn’t know. He had no cubs and liked it that way. So what if his father was disappointed in him. The feeling was mutual, besides when was Adrian ever sober enough to know?

Axel made his way back to his beater of a car and crawled into the backseat. It wasn’t comfortable but funds for a room were lean and this was warmer than sleeping in the woods. Anyway, he wasn’t ready to make his presence known yet. This would do until he finalized his plans.

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The incredible Leslie Ray has created new covers for all of the Conall Clan. Check them out now through Kindle Unlimited.

       

 

 

 

The Earl’s Treasurer – Nancy Lee Badger

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After Stone is wounded and thrust into an earldom, and Adele is widowed by an abusive husband, these star-crossed childhood friends meet at an English country ball, escape a kidnapper searching for a mysterious treasure, and depart for Scotland ahead of those intent on killing anyone in their way.

 

 

I have officially released my long-awaited book The Earl’s Treasure. The pandemic made so many things grind to a halt, though hubby and I managed a week on the beach curtesy of a relative’s time share unit. I decided I had to release the book now to get my readers through the holiday season with laughter, suspense, and romance. Even though I do not consider it a Christmas novel, it takes place in the weeks before Christmas Eve.

This is my 30th romance and having it set partially in Scotland is due to my love of that country. I have volunteered at the New Hampshire Highlands Games for over 25 years with family, but only recently discovered I am partially of Scottish descent. Ever since I wrote a book called Dragon’s Curse many years ago, the urge to write other Scottish historical paranormal novels grew. This book is not a paranormal. Instead, it is a spicy romance based upon a mysterious treasure that takes my characters from England, to Gretna Green, and beyond.

 

Excerpt from The Earl’s Treasure

Rounding a curve in the hillside, he spotted a thicket of dried heather and not the gorse bushes with their claw-like branches. Working his way higher, he pulled himself onto the road. Or, what passed for a road. It looked more like a slickened spillway, with mud-filled ruts, and icy edges. Up ahead he spied Satan lying on his side. “Not good.”

He loved his stallion.

The beast had saved his life during more battles than Stone cared to count. He thought nothing could hurt him more than the death of that special friend, until he perceived the splintered coach.

“Adele!” No answer, so he ran closer.

“Adele! Answer me, lass!” Still no answer.

When he reached Satan, the stallion raised his head. Stone untied him from the damaged coach, and the beast got to his feet. He couldn’t see any obvious injuries, but the icy pellets distorted his vision. If the animal was fine, he and Adele had a way out of the situation.

The sound of pounding hooves in the distance from the direction of Gretna grew louder. He climbed atop the side of the coach, which now faced the sky, and wrenched open the door. The coach shuddered, practically destroyed and totally empty.

“What the hell?” Had she climbed out and hidden? A good idea. He unhitched the team, slapped their rumps, and hoped they would continue running until they reached the castle. Returning to Satan, he pulled his stallion’s head close. “Run, boy. Keep hidden. If I do not whistle for you find the others.”

He slapped his stallion’s rump and the black beast flew toward Castle Bradan. Gazing at the soggy snow-covered lane while hailstones continued to slam against the coach and his head, tiny footprints gave him hope. He grabbed a broken tree branch covered with pine cones and needles and brushed his tracks into nothingness, as he followed her trail.

The hoof beats grew louder and closer. As he hurried around a bend in the lane, slow enough to cover their tracks, he felt inside his boot. The softness of the velvet pouch soothed his fingers and his mind.

“Thank goodness I did not place you with my extra clothing.”

He came upon a high wall built of loose fieldstones rising like the battlements of his grandfather’s castle. Had she found her way to the barrier? The tracks said yes. She must have climbed over and he hoped she had not injured herself.

He threw the branch up and over, then shoved the toes of his boots into small open crevices between the stones. Heaving himself up, he toppled to the snowy ground, before the riders slid to a stop, shouting at the carnage that was once Adele’s coach.

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I hope to write several other books that feature secondary characters from this book. I have recently released a tie-in novella titled Love, Hamish and you can find out how to get a copy FREE HERE 

 

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Nancy Lee Badger grew up in Huntington on New York’s Long Island. After attending Plymouth State, in New Hampshire, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree and met and married her college sweetheart. They raised two handsome sons in Rumney, New Hampshire while dreaming of being a writer. When the children had left the nest, and shoveling snow became a chore, she retired from her satisfying job as a 911 Emergency Medical Dispatcher and moved to North Carolina, where she writes full-time.

Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, and the Triangle Association of Freelancers. She finds story ideas in the most unusual places. Connect with her here:

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