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Stories I love to hate to read

Please welcome Lyndi’s Adventurous Friend Robecca Austin!

Every time I pick a new book, I can’t wait to read it. My kindle isn’t filled with hundreds of books I haven’t cracked open. I’m lucky if they’re twenty among the hundreds of titles.

And I enjoy reading each one!

But I can’t help look for the moments between the pages that I love/hate to read. The moments that make me want to send the book flying but also keeps me turning the pages.

Do you have those reactions?

I particularly enjoy a good, bad guy. The type that keeps evading capture until they don’t. The ones we learn about their back story as we read. The heart-wrenching villains that make me shed tears for their past. Yep, those villains.

At the end of the story, I’m not sure if I want them to escape or get caught. Drat!

I’m also a sucker for a good romance between characters. Yes, yes…that’s probably because I write romance. But I adore when the hero and heroine fight their crush. That push and pull of emotions are what keeps me coming back for more.

Let me tell you, I’m currently reading If She Says Yes by Tasha Harrison and it has got me on the edge of my bed or is that seat…

What do you love or hate about your favorite books, but keep reading anyway?


Family comes first.

The sentiment has been drilled into Latricia’s mind since birth.

When she’s forced to choose between self-respect or her family, what would she sacrifice?

The first time she saw Heath McCreath, he was out for blood. Her brother’s blood.

At their second meeting, he vowed to make her pay for her brother’s crimes. 

As if his promise to destroy everything she loved isn’t bad enough, the threats come from the sexiest mouth she’s ever seen. 

He’s her blackmailer and she shouldn’t feel anything for him, so why does her body betray her?

Now she has to decide, him or her?

Sneak Peek from Courted:

Latricia sniffed the collar of the shirt she’d worn to bed these past nights, surprised that traces of Heath’s scent still lingered, and now mingled with hers. She should have accepted his offer to have Terrance take her shopping the day she’d been pampered, but she never envisioned sharing his bed. True, that first night, seeing him shirtless had made sleep restless, but tonight was different. Unwittingly, her affection for him was deepening. Marriage made their relationship more complicated.

Taking a steadying breath, she opened the bathroom door and stepped out, almost stumbling at the sight of him already in bed, the covers drawn around his torso. His fingers stilled over whatever message he’d been sending on his phone as he drank her in.

Flipping off the bathroom light, she pulled back the sheets before slipping into bed, settling the covers over her stomach. Never was she self-conscious about sleeping, but tonight, every part of her was attuned to every inch of him. How could she relax, much less sleep, with him encroaching on her space, rallying for her attention?

“Did you enjoy dinner?” He rolled onto his side, propping his head onto his elbow.

Grateful he’d broken the silence, she said, “Yes, the Pruesos are nice.”

“I wouldn’t know.” His gaze roamed over her face. “I spent the entire evening watching you eat—”

Her skin warmed at his admission.

The thumb from his free hand rolled down the center of her parted lips, from top to bottom. “—Wishing I was the cause of your delight. Not the morsel of food you’d slipped onto your tongue.”

What would he taste like when she swirled her tongue around his cock? Smooth… delicious? If his kiss was anything to go by, she suspected his flavor was an enticing concoction.

Author: Robecca Austin

Courted: An enemies to lovers billionaire romance

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Robecca Austin is the author of happy ever after romance stories. She enjoys crafting tales of sassy heroines and alpha heroes that have a soft center.

She writes historical romance and billionaire romance stories.

You can find her outside enjoying nature and lots of sunshine when there are no bugs. When she’s not writing her next novel, she’s busy battling Cystic Fibrosis and hugging family. She lives and works in Canada.

Writing scary stories since her teens–welcome Shiela Stewart!

Please welcome Lyndi’s Adventurous Friend SHIELA STEWART!

Sometimes I think I was born to scare and be scared. Might be because the first horror movie I ever saw I was I think 5. It involved a woman wielding an axe and killing people. I snuck downstairs to see what my parents were watching. I was caught and put to bed. Or it could be my brothers who like to scare me with glow in the dark skulls in my closet or lying in wait under my bed and grabbing my feet, scaring the crap out of me. I rarely had nightmares. What it did was encourage me to write scary stuff. Vampires, demons, witches, shifters and ghosts. Spirits are my favorite, having lived in a haunted house. The first story I wrote was called Too young Too Evil, about a teenage girl conjuring up a spirit to help her stop bullies and her brother who always made fun of her. I was 15.  

But back to ghosts. I’ve always been fascinated with life after death. Do we just become a void, not existing at all, or can our spirit, part of our soul, still linger, not able to cross over? No one can be certain. But it is fun to write about. This brings me to my ghostly releases. Discovery in Passion, bk 1 in the Passion series and Secrets of the Dead, book 1 in the Lost Souls series. Innocence of the Dead, book 2 in the Lost Souls series will be released later this year so stay tuned.

I would love to hear from the readers, so leave a comment to win a copy of either Secrets, or Discovery. One lucky commenter will win.

Here’s a glimpse of the two ghost books.

Secrets of the Dead.

Blurb: Jessica Coltrane is a die-hard sceptic who believes that ghosts and paranormal activity are nothing more than a figment of an overactive imagination. That is until she finds herself locked inside a haunted house with the enigmatic paranormal investigator C.J. Dowling.

Born with the ability to see and speak to the dead, C.J. Dowling thought investigating a haunted house would be a job like many others. He’s prepared for anything—except smart and sexy Jessica.

Working together in close quarters, C.J. and Jessica discover it isn’t only negative tension between the two, but sexual as well. Giving into their desires seemed like a good idea at the time, until they wake and find the spirits thought otherwise. Trapped with the ghost of a child long forgotten, an amorous entity that is threatening Jessica, and a powder keg of a spine-tingling mystery that might just be better left buried.

Discovery in Passion

Blurb: Wanting to start fresh, Cassie Evans relocates to the small town of Passion where she moves into the home of her dreams, complete with dreamy next door neighbour, artist, and handyman Thomas Healy. The only problem is, the house she bought just might be haunted.

Thomas Healy lives a life of solitude and that suits him just fine. Then Cassie Evans moves in next door and begins to turn his peaceful life upside down. He tries to ignore her, but ignoring a woman as beautiful as Cassie isn’t so easy, especially when she shows up at your door, naked, begging for you to paint her. Thomas’ first mistake was to agree to it, his second was to take Cassie to bed, now she’s all he can think about.

When their blossoming love is overshadowed by a ghostly haunting, the curious Cassie launches an investigation into the life and death of her home’s previous owner, uncovering a mystery and attracting the attention of a killer. Where will Cassie’s discovery lead her? To the love of her life or to death itself?

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Meet Amber Daulton and her newest sweet romance–a Christmas story!

Welcome to AMBER DAULTON, and thanks for being with us today. First, would you tell us a bit about yourself? What area of the country do you live in, do you have a family, pets, etc.

I’m from North Carolina, USA, and I’m married with two furbabies. It’s beautiful in NC. It’s only a five-hour drive from certain parts of the Great Smoky Mountains in the west to the beach in the east. I love waking up in the morning to see thick fog outside my windows (I live near the mountains). Though I’ve always enjoyed visiting big cities, I’m happy to live in a small town.

Are you a coffee fiend, or do you have another “addiction” you must have on your desk at all times?

I’m not a coffee drinker, but I love having a cat in my lap while I’m writing—as long as the cat isn’t trying to lay on my hands. It’s so frustrating when they do that.

Is your education relevant to your writing, or have you branched off in something entirely different to create?

Sort of, maybe, not really. I studied history in college and took a creative writing course (my school only offered one), and though I’ve written one historical romance and a couple of time-travel romances, my education hasn’t played a large role in my writing. I’ve always been fond of history—with or without school as a factor—so I have a ton of history books in my office.

Tell us about your most recent publication?

I’ve recently received the rights back to my debut novella, Forever Winter, from my publisher, so I’ve given it a makeover with a fresh cover and edit to self-publish it.

The story takes place on the main characters’ wedding day. While some readers may be put off from that, I want them to know this story isn’t book two or a continuation from another book. It’s a complete novella that focuses on one day in the lives of Camden and Susanna and Camden, the hero and heroine.

Most romance books show how the characters meet and fall in love, but they give little detail to the wedding, marriage life, and the children that may come from the union. I wanted to do something different, so I focused on all the horrible things that could go wrong on a bride’s most special day. While I put poor Susanna and Camden through the wringer, I also showed how love triumphs in the face of adversity and that nothing will stop two people who are madly in love with each other from getting married.

What inspired you to write this story?

Back in 2012, I was searching the Internet for anthology submission calls when I found one looking for sweet Christmas-themed romances with a word count of 15k. The deadline was in two weeks, so I figured I didn’t have enough time to plot and write something. But I kept thinking about the call, and for some reason, I set it in the Regency period. Susanna and Camden kept talking to me, urging me to tell their story. So I did. I wrote, edited, and finally submitted it on the day before the deadline. A few days later, I got my first acceptance email. I re-read the message at least two or three times before the truth seeped in—I found a publisher who wanted my book! It’s a great feeling.

What do you most like about writing? Least like?

What I love most is creating a new world or researching a real town and then twisting it enough to fictionalize it. Research, in my opinion, is more fun than writing at times. I love to learn about new places, cultures and people. Although I’d rather travel to do hands-on research, in-depth reading is second best.

The hardest thing for me is deciding on character names. Now, that might not sound like a big deal, but the names have to fit with the characters I see in my mind perfectly. I feel stumped and lose my creativity if I assign a name to someone that just doesn’t feel right. I usually choose the names based on their personality, physical characteristics, family dynamics/heritage, the time period of the novel, or just what I find sexy! I sometimes spend hours, if not days, just scouring through baby name books and websites for the best names.

Do you belong to any writing groups? Are there any writing websites you find particularly useful?

Yes, I mostly frequent Marketing for Romance WritersRom-Critters, and my publisher’s groups. The authors there are always willing to swap critiques, give advice, and share their own personal experiences about writing and life in general.

For websites I find useful, I particularly like Janice Hardy’s Fiction University. There’s so much information about grammar, plotting, story structure, etc that it’s mind-boggling, but who knows what I would do without this site.

Is there any special music you like to listen to while writing? How does it inspire you?

I don’t listen to music while I’m working because it’s distracting. Repetitive background noise, however, like the whirling ceiling fan, sounds of traffic, and static on TV is soothing and helps me get into my zone.

To encourage those still on the path, tell us a little about your path to publication. How many books have you published? How many books did you write before selling one?

I’ve been writing since I was twelve and started submitting to publishers and agents as soon as I turned eighteen. I finally snagged the attention of a small press when I was twenty-six, so it took me eight years of trying, learning, and trying some more.

I don’t remember the exact number of books I’d written before I finally found a book home for Forever Winter, but it was probably around ten. I now have fourteen books available in various formats, including a freebie short story that’s only available to my newsletter subscribers (you can join my newsletter and get the ebook from the link in the social media section!), and I have several more books planned.

The biggest piece of advice I can give is to not give up, do your research, take criticism with an open mind, and don’t let negativity get you down. I know, it’s easier said than done. I’ve been published for nine years now, and I still have moments of self-doubt. But then I think about what else I could do instead of writing, and I can’t think of anything that would make me happier. Writing isn’t just a hobby, not for me; it’s a career, a lifestyle, a way of living that makes me happy to be alive. I’m not saying it has to be that way for you, but if you treat your writing goals with respect (and respect yourself), you’ll have a better chance at meeting your goals someday.

What are you writing now? What’s next for you?

I have three books releasing this year, so I’m way too busy promoting to be writing right now, unfortunately. Forever Winter (re-release) will be live on October 5th, A Hero’s Heart (another re-release) on November 2nd, and the brand new Into The Fire box set on December 14th. As you can tell, I have a couple busy months ahead of me.

Once the release hoopla dies down, I’ll edit Arresting Benjamin, book three in my Arresting Onyx series, and hopefully publish it sometime in the fall/winter of 2022.

Synopsis for Forever Winter

A perfect Christmas wedding, a snowstorm, and a shocking secret. What could go wrong?

Susanna Lorican must marry the man she loves before the truth is discovered, or face the gossip of the ton. With an unexpected snowstorm injuring the minister, her future hangs in the balance.

Viscount Camden Beckinworth vows to keep his bride safe, even if he must betray her confidence. When their love is put to the test, how will he uphold her honor without jeopardizing his own?

– Warning: this sweet, complete Regency romance novella features a brief scene where the heroine is assaulted.

– Second edition. Newly revised and edited.

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Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through Daulton Publishing, The Wild Rose Press, and Books to Go Now, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats.

She lives in North Carolina with her husband and demanding cats.

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