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BEFORE SHE WAKES release and giveaway!

Today I’m very pleased to be celebrating my fourth release since my Ruby Golden Heart final for GHOST PLANET back in 2009. In some ways this book represents a change for me—it’s my first release of aBeforeSheWakesCovern erotica title. But BEFORE SHE WAKES is full of romance, fantasy, and sci-fi (in other words, plenty of geeky bits), which have all been part of my author brand since the beginning. Also, while my other titles were published by Tor Books, this one comes from the Penguin Random House romance e-print, Loveswept.

BEFORE SHE WAKES has a fun history, in that I wrote the first scene of the first story, The Garden Rules, as an experiment (when I was supposed to be working on one of my other books, ahem). I had no idea whether I’d be any good at erotica. A couple of beta readers liked it and encouraged me, and I even got a manuscript request from Kindle Singles, but still it was more than a year before I worked up the nerve to finish it. When I did, my agent was so enthusiastic that I decide to write and indie publish a series. 

So with the help of my agency, I published two shorts. But I quickly found I did not have enough time to put into promotion to make the stories a success. I also wasn’t sure about the market for short stories sold individually. So we decided to pitch the collection to a couple of digital-first lines. I was very pleased (and frankly, stunned) that we quickly got back two offers. And everything moved pretty quickly from there. 

The best thing about this collection (that ended up being six stories) is it’s the most fun I’ve ever had on a writing project. I didn’t start it with the intention of seeking a traditional publisher, so I sent my internal critic on extended leave and I wrote whatever I wanted to. Every time I’d think of a scene or plot twist and that critic crept back to whisper in my ear, “That’s TOO much, TOO weird, tone it down,” I very deliberately went right ahead with whatever it was. (So if you read the book and come to a scene with a purple fairy and think “whoa!”,  you’ll know exactly what happened.) And as I expected, what you’ll see in reviews are a number of comments such as:

For those readers with a sense of adventure who are looking for a change of pace and aren’t afraid to go thereBefore She Wakes is a wonderful, sexy, titillating trip to the other side of speculative fiction, that side you’ve been curious about but until now, haven’t been brave enough to try. Be bold. Take the plunge. And have some fun.  (Books, Bones & Buffy book blog)

If your curiosity is piqued by all this, name your favorite fairy tale in the comments for a chance to win one of two e-copies. (Leave contact info, or plan to come back and check comments to see if you won.) Also you can check out a story for free (The Dragonfly Prince) on Instafreebie. 

And now I’m off to mix the cocktail I’ve chosen in honor of the day, The Green Fairy.




Fangirl Friday

It’s Friday again, and we have some great weekend reads for you! The first four books in Heather McCollum’s DRAGONFLY CHRONICLES series are on sale–you can buy them individually for only $2, or buy the whole bundle and save even more. Kim Law’s SUGAR SPRINGS series is on sale in the UK (£1) and Australia ($2). L.L. Kellogg’s CAPTIVE SEDUCTION is FREE until Saturday. And you can enter an Amazon Giveaway to win a free copy of MARRIAGE: IMPOSSIBLE by Ava Blackstone. That’s me! 



by Heather McCollum

All four books on sale!

From Book 1, PROPHECY:
Serena Faw must shut out the barrage of thoughts from everyone around her. Her telepathic powers reveal the darkness and true intentions behind every false smile. When her adopted brother is accused of murder, the only man who can help her is the one person she cannot read. Can she trust him with the life of her brother? Can she trust him with her heart?

Keenan Maclean is the younger brother to the new chief of the Macleans. A dark prophecy shadows him. One brother will live wed to a witch and one will die. Keenan is raised to defend his clan and die.

Serena and Keenan hunt a loyalist murderer before the Battle of Culloden and fall in love despite the prophecy’s warning that she heralds his death.

Get it now at: Amazon



by Kim Law

All three books on sale in the UK and Australia!


Lee Ann London once had big plans…scholarship, college, love. Then she found herself raising her deceased sister’s twin girls when their father disappeared. Now, with her beautiful girls, a community that depends on her, and her photography studio finally taking off, Lee Ann may not have the life she’d imagined, but it’s definitely where she wants it. Until Cody, her bad-boy ex, returns to Sugar Springs…

Cody’s childhood put a chip on his shoulder the size of Texas. Bouncing around the foster care system, he was always the one to leave before anyone left him first. Then he found a place he wanted to stick. Lee Ann was the best thing that ever happened to him. Only, he hurt her. Bad. He’s back now, and determined to earn her forgiveness…and maybe win back her love while he’s at it.

Get it now: Amazon UK | Amazon AUS (Sugar Springs) | Amazon AUS (Sweet Nothings) | Amazon AUS (Sprinkles on Top)


CAPTIVE SEDUCTION Captive Seduction Digital

by L.L. Kellogg


If only the good die young, then New Jersey’s virtuous First Lady should be a cinch to kill. Unless….deep down she’s really quite naughty.

The Beauty—a chronic people pleaser who’s had enough of her goody-two-shoes life.

Since her mother’s untimely death, crusader Josephine Callahan has served as New Jersey’s First Lady. Acting as her father’s official hostess in the governor’s mansion is tantamount to living in a fishbowl, which makes S-E-X extremely difficult.

On the brink of a nervous breakdown, frustrated Josie loses her usual good sense along with her cool and lets her assemblyman boyfriend sweet-talk her into an impromptu romantic getaway—something she would never consider if she had a clue someone is trying to kill her.

The Beast—an incurable bad boy who refuses to admit beneath his scars lurks a hero.

A deliberately twisted message, via the governor’s spiteful assistant, misleads ex Special Forces officer, DJ Ryder, as to the true objective of his freelance assignment. He’s told to, not only track down the governor’s classy daughter and hold her in protective custody, but to also teach her a lesson by letting her believe she’s been kidnapped.

When Josie discovers the scarred, but still sexy, badass has played her for a fool, she retaliates by feigning a raging case of Stockholm syndrome, teasing the brute until all he can think of is the ‘hold her’ part of his orders. How can Ryder concentrate on keeping Josie safe when he’s busy avoiding the danger she poses to his heart?

Get it FREE at: Amazon



by Ava Blackstone

Enter to win a FREE e-book!

Navy SEAL Sean Patterson didn’t mean to marry his best friend’s sister. But when he wakes up in a Reno honeymoon suite with a vicious hangover, a platinum band on his ring finger, and a mostly naked Keri in his bed, he knows the attraction he has spent half his lifetime repressing must’ve finally burst out of control—to disastrous consequences.

Keri MacKinnon has had a crush on her brother’s best friend Sean since he rescued her from imaginary pirates when she was six. When he returns stateside after a harrowing tour of duty leaves him with a death wish, Keri will do anything to help—even pretend to be married. But as her crush blossoms into love, she must convince Sean to trust her with what really happened on the battlefield, or their make-believe marriage won’t ever grow into the real thing.

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Mar 8, 2016 11:59 PM PST, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules


Did you have a new release this week? A book on sale? Have you read something that blew your mind? Sound off in the comments! We want to hear from you! We only ask that you are courteous to other commenters and that authors do not post the same book more than once. Buy links are welcome. Thank you!

Fangirl Friday

It’s Friday, and we have some amazing weekend reads for you. I’m super excited to report that Courting Trouble, the next book in Lizzie Shane’s Reality Romance series, is out now. For all you horse lovers, Bev Pettersen’s A Scandalous Husband is on sale for $0.99. And Love and Oreos by Elizabeth Bemis–which USA Today called a 2015 “Must Read Romance,” is FREE. Read on for all the details.



A Reality Romance Novel

by Lizzie Shane

New Release!

She’s trying to live down her reputation. He’s trying to live up to his.

Elena has always been impulsive, until one wild night on a reality dating show earns her a reputation she can’t escape. She wanted to be famous, but now she’s infamous and determined to redeem herself. No more impulsive Old Elena. New Elena is going to be respectable and sweet if it kills her—and her first task is attending the wedding of the woman who beat her on the show.

Secret Service golden boy Adam Dylan never wanted fame, but when he’s caught on camera saving the daughter of an A-List actress the video goes viral and he becomes America’s favorite hero. But there’s more to the story than the media hype. Now a sought-after celebrity bodyguard, he’s determined to earn his heroic reputation—even if that means nothing more glamorous than working security at a celebrity wedding.

When one of the wedding guests doesn’t want to take no for an answer, Adam comes to Elena’s rescue. It’s been a long time since anyone has stood up for her, but her reputation can only drag him down. Elena knows she should keep her distance, but it’s oh so tempting to give in to her wild impulses just one more time.

Buy it now at: Amazon


Fangirl Friday

It’s Friday, and we have some amazing weekend reads for you. In Christmas Revels, you can read Ruby Sister Louisa Cornell’s debut, prize winning novella for 99 cents and get Ruby Sister Kate Parker’s regency murder thrown in for free! Can’t get enough Christmas? You’re in luck, because Ruby Sister Kim Law’s Hot Buttered Yum is on sale through the 24th. Or take a quick trip to Vegas with Ruby Sister L.L. Kellogg’s Sin City Seduction–free at Amazon. For shifter lovers, Ruby Sister Vivi Andrews has a Goodreads giveaway you’ll love. If you’re looking for YA, Ruby Sister Vanessa Barneveld’s This is Your Afterlife is on sale in the US. Read on for all the details!



by Hannah Meredith, Anna D. Allen, Kate Parker, & Louisa Cornell

Discounted to $0.99!

“A Light in Winter or The Wicked Will” – Debt-ridden Connor Grayson inherits his uncle’s title and ruined estate. But in order to receive his uncle’s money, the new Viscount Roxbury must marry an ancient crone—a fate he considers… until he meets her companion.

“The Lord of Misrule” – Everyone expects the Earl of Morrell to propose to Alice Caruthers during the Christmas holidays. Finally! But when the earl’s best friend arrives as the lucky First Foot on New Year’s Eve, Alice’s world turns upside-down.

“God Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen” – Newlywed Eugenia, Lady Hunter, wants to impress her aristocratic in-laws with her first Christmas house party — but blackmail, dead bodies, and being snowed in with a killer are not part of her plan.

“A Perfectly Dreadful Christmas” – Three not-so-wise gentlemen, a pregnant stranger, several tumbling footmen, and an unexpected snowstorm will turn Elizabeth’s Perfectly Ordinary Christmas into a disaster … or a Christmas miracle with the man she loves.

Fangirl Friday

It’s Friday, and we have some amazing weekend reads for you–two new Ruby releases, as well as some amazing sales and a Goodreads giveaway. Read on for all the details!



by Elizabeth Langston

New Release!

She’s a girl who can’t remember. He’s the guy she can’t forget…

It’s her final semester of high school, and Kimberley Rey is curious about what will come next. She needs to pick a college, but her memory disability complicates the choice. Will her struggles to remember make it impossible to leave home?

Help arrives through an unexpected and supernatural gift. Grant is a “genie” with rules. He can give her thirty wishes (one per day for a month) as long as the tasks are humanly possible. Kimberley knows just what to ask for–lessons in how to live on her own.

But her wishes change when a friend receives a devastating diagnosis. As she joins forces with Grant to help her friend, Kimberley learns that the ability to live in the moment–to forget–may be more valuable than she ever knew. 

Fangirl Friday

It’s Friday again, and you know what that means–it’s time to find that perfect weekend read. Here are some Ruby books I’ll be spending some quality time with soon:

HYPNOTIC SEDUCTIONHypnotic Seduction Angelina Digital

by L.L. Kellogg

Discounted to 99 cents!

She has a problem relaxing with men
Frumpy wallflower Hannah Oliver is nearly thirty and has a serious self-image problem. Growing up in her centerfold mother’s shadow and being raised by her pious grandparents has left her so self-conscious about her matronly, D-cup figure she gets tongue-tied around good-looking guys. So when Hannah discovers her fiancé/employer boinking her roommate, she’s not only devastated–she’s unemployed.

He’s got a problem fending off women
Pharmaceutical CEO Jordan Calder has a huge image problem too–his professional image. Most guys would kill to be publicly proclaimed a world-class lover, but other men don’t share his dark, shameful past. The only thing women have ever wanted Jordan for is what he can give them in and out of bed. So when his grandfather drags dowdy Hannah into his office as an executive assistant candidate, Jordan hires the mousey woman on the spot.

Could hypnosis be a solution?

Fangirl Friday (3.13.15)

Welcome, ladies and gents, to another edition of FANGIRL FRIDAY! The day when we Rubies gather to gush about books. New books, cheap books, free books, or books we’re just excited to be reading right now.  (And encourage you to post your book news as well!)

New Ruby Releases This Week:

This weeks I am thrilled to celebrate the exciting contemporary DEBUT of our very own web guru Elizabeth Bemis.  (Congrats, Liz!)

Love and Oreos by Elizabeth Bemis

loveandoreos_asfrKatherine Mendoza is curvy PR exec whose passion for Oreos is tempered only by her workaholic lifestyle. But when an invitation to her high school reunion lands on her doorstep the same day she takes on the obscenely attractive owner of a chain of fitness centers as a client, she decides it’s a sign from the gods. Who better to get her backside into shape than the guy whose backside she’s about to save?

Fitness-master Quinn Mitchell is more than happy to help Katherine slim down, but keeping his hands off her curves is proving to be the bigger challenge. Unfortunately, he’s got oversized problems of his own: his fitness centers are coming under fire from a reporter with a vendetta, he’s behind schedule and losing backers, and his business partner insists that being seen with anyone who’s not model-thin is bad for business.

In an epic clash of wits, wagers–and Oreos, Katherine and Quinn put everything on the line to succeed… but can they win it all without losing their hearts?

Amazon :: More About Liz


 And speaking of exciting debuts… our own Katie Graykowski is debuting her first book in a new sub-genre: mystery!

Kindergarten Killer by Katie Graykowski

CoverFinalMD-KindergartenKillerMustang Ridges isn’t a town, a stripper, or some old western movie. She’s a feisty, single mom living in the small town of Lakeside, Texas where money does buy happiness and keeping up appearances is much more important than the truth. Six months ago on her thirtieth birthday, her husband decided that married life, fatherhood, and his job as the Lakeside Chief of Police weren’t as exciting as a permanent vacation to Grand Cayman with his mistress and a million dollars in diamonds he stole from the police evidence lockup.

Mustang is a pariah in a Lakeside full of piranha. But she refuses to leave—this is her home, and she figures that if she can’t join them, then she’ll beat them at their own game. With a little luck, some intimidation, and the help of her good friends Monica and Haley, Mustang presides over her own little slice of Lakeside, the Bee Creek Elementary Parent Teacher Organization.

All is quiet in Lakeside until Molly Miars, the kindergarten teacher, is found dead. According to the new police chief, she overdosed on heroin. That doesn’t explain why her head was the only body part to make it to her funeral. Mustang and her follow PTOers don’t buy the heroin overdose for a second.

Vowing to do right by Molly, the PTO decides to investigate.

Quickly they find that Lakeside isn’t the quiet, sleepy town it appears to be. There is a dark side—money laundering and drug trafficking. When Mustang’s name turns up on a contract killer’s hit list, things go from bad to worse. Can she and the PTO stay alive long enough to find out who killed Molly Miars?

Amazon :: More About Katie


Ruby Books Discounted or Free in the Coming Week:




Hear ye, hear ye! Today is the LAST DAY that Amanda Brice’s CODENAME: DANCER, Book 1 of the Dani Spevak YA dance mystery series is only $0.99!  Get it at Amazon.

 Also, if you hurry, there is still time left to enter for your chance to win one of four signed print copies of HAWK’S REVENGE by Vivi Andrews– Book 3 of my Lone Pine Pride series (which can be read as stand alones). Enter at Goodreads by March 15

 And if you missed Addison Fox’s TEMPTING ACQUISITIONS, it is still FREE for Kindle for a limited time:


Share In the Comments!

Did you have a new release this week? A book on sale in the coming week? Have you read something that blew your mind? Sound off in the comments! We want to hear from you! We only ask that you are courteous to other commenters and that authors do not post the same book more than once. Thank you!

This week I’m still reading Outlander.  (It’s a million pages long and I’ve had a crazy busy week.)  I’m excited to finish it, but I might take a break and grab a quickie novella just to cleanse the palate.  Do you prefer your books long or short?  Or do you like to mix it up?  Is there such a thing as too long?  Too short?

Fangirl Friday (3.6.15)

Welcome to another edition of FANGIRL FRIDAY! The day when we gush about books. New books, cheap books, free books, or books we’re just excited to be reading right now.

New Ruby Releases This Week:

This weeks we have a new paranormal release by Shea Berkley and we’re also featuring the previous book in the series (which had a very quiet release last month):

Dark Secrets: Edge of Evil by Shea Berkley

DarkSecrets_EdgeofEvilWhat if nightmares, best kept in the dark, refuse to stay hidden?

Dr. Maya Kelbeck believes no matter how unusual her patients’ delusions, she can help. When billionaire Alden Caldwell seeks her counsel to escape a controlling relationship, she’s intrigued by his unusual diagnosis, lycanthropy—her patient actually believes he is over 600 years old and a werewolf.

Alden Caldwell’s life is not his own and hasn’t been since the middle ages, not since he was transformed into a werewolf. The once noble knight now finds himself no more than a slave to a female vampire who is without morals, without conscious, without a soul.

Maya promises Alden she can help him, and at first it looks like she can, until the supernatural world in which he lives wants him back. Can Alden convince Maya his delusions are real in time to save her, or has he just sentenced a woman who cares for him despite his past transgressions to a fate worse than death?

Amazon :: More About Shea

Dark Secrets: Stone Cold Dead by Shea Berkley

DarkSecrets_StoneColdDeadA brand new series from award winning author Shea Berkley. Step into the world of Dark Secrets for unparalleled paranormal action, adventure and romance.

When an ancient curse brings Anara to Boston, she must choose between standing by and watching the city suffer, or join a daring mortal in his fight to protect the innocent.

Death stalks the dark streets of Boston, but even death has enemies…

Being a hero is Ryan diTaro’s job. Eradicating the city of vampires and other monsters that hide in the dark is how he got the title. When an unknown woman appears and saves his life and then disappears, he’s not sure if he’s made a friend or enemy. Should he accept her help in hunting down the undead, or is she part of an elaborate plan the creatures of darkness have created to end his quest to see evil eliminated for good?

“Reading Shea Berkley is like watching magic unfold before your eyes.” — Darynda Jones, New York Times bestselling author

Amazon :: More About Shea


Also new this week we have the second book in my Lizzie Shane Reality Romance series…

Romancing Miss Right by Lizzie Shane

RMR2They aren’t in it for love… but love has it in for them.

Marcy Henrickson isn’t looking for love as the latest Miss Right on the reality dating show Romancing Miss Right. She’s realistic enough to know the odds of finding true love on national television are astronomical–but the chance that the exposure will boost her next book onto the New York Times Bestseller List? That’s a risk worth taking. And if she’s the one picking from the handsome Suitors, how can she possibly get hurt?

The last thing Craig Corrow wants is to fall in love. San Diego’s Favorite Bad Influence is looking to transition from local radio shock-jock to national television host and a reality dating show is his ticket to fame and fortune. He’s there to stir things up and Miss Right is just another pawn in his game plan…

Until he meets Marcy and she isn’t the fake reality princess he was expecting. She’s all too real–and so is the way he feels about her. But when he’s faced with a choice between love or money, can this bad boy give up his villain ways and get the girl?

Amazon :: B&N :: More About Lizzie


Ruby Books Discounted or Free in the Coming Week:

PasDeDeathPAS DE DEATH by Amanda Brice will be FREE for Kindle on March 6-10 for the first and only time ever This is a young adult mystery best suited for teen girls aged 12-16.TemptingAcquisitions

Also FREE for Kindle right now is Addison Fox’s first book in her Boardrooms and Billionaires trilogy: TEMPTING ACQUISITIONS. Get it while it’s HOT:



Share In the Comments!

Did you have a new release this week? A book on sale in the coming week? Have you read something that blew your mind? Sound off in the comments! We want to hear from you! We only ask that you are courteous to other commenters and that authors do not post the same book more than once. Thank you!

This week I started the epic undertaking that is reading Outlander.  Just a little light reading.  😉  Are you a fan of the series?  Have you seen the Starz show?

Fangirl Friday (2.27.15)

Welcome to the last FANGIRL FRIDAY of February! The day when we gush about books. New books, cheap books, free books, or books we’re just excited to be reading right now.

New Ruby Releases This Week:

This weeks I’m thrilled to announce the release of the third book in Shelley Coriell’s romantic suspense series, The Apostles:

The Blind by Shelley Coriell

BlindWhen art imitates death…

As part of the FBI’s elite Apostles team, bomb and weapons specialist Evie Jimenez knows playing it safe is not an option. Especially when tracking a serial killer like the First Friday Bomber. He calls himself an artist–using women as his canvas and state-of-the-art explosives as his brush. His art lives and breathes…and with the flick of a switch…dies.

As the clock ticks down to his next strike, Evie faces an altogether different challenge: billionaire philanthropist and art expert Jack Elliott, who’s made it clear he doesn’t care for Evie’s wild-card tactics.

Jack never imagined the instant heat for the Apostles’ defiant weapons expert would explode his cool and cautious world-and make him long to protect this woman. But as Evie and Jack get closer to the killer’s endgame, they will learn that safety and control are all illusions. For their quarry has set his sight on Evie for his final masterpiece…

Amazon :: B&N :: More About Shelley


Ruby Books Discounted or Free in the Coming Week:


 Laurie Kellogg’s THE MEMORY OF YOU is FREE at Amazon through February 28th!


Also, the clock is running out on your chance to win one of four signed print copies of MARRYING MISTER PERFECT by Lizzie Shane – Enter at Goodreads by February 28th!


Share In the Comments!

Did you have a new release this week? A book on sale in the coming week? Have you read something that blew your mind? Sound off in the comments! We want to hear from you! We only ask that you are courteous to other commenters and that authors do not post the same book more than once. Thank you!

This week I’m excited by new releases by two of my favorite authors: Mary Hughes (Masked Attraction) and Roxy Mews (Coral-600).  I have so much love for these two and can’t wait to start reading.  What books have you excited this week?

Fangirl Friday (2.20.15)

It’s time for FANGIRL FRIDAY again – the day when we gush about books. New books, cheap books, free books, or books we’re just excited to be reading right now.  It’s a light week for Ruby news this week, but don’t let that stop you from sounding off about books you love in the comments!


New Ruby Releases This Week:

There are no new Ruby releases this week, but if you have a new book out or if there’s a new book you’re excited about, please tell us in the comments!

Ruby Books Discounted or Free in the Coming Week:

For our friends across the pond, UK readers can still get Kim Law’s Sweet Nothings & Caught on Camera for only 1 pound through February 23rd!



And if you like Goodreads giveaways, check out these babies…

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Marrying Mister Perfect by Lizzie Shane

Marrying Mister Perfect

by Lizzie Shane

Giveaway ends February 28, 2015.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.


Enter to win

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Hawk's Revenge by Vivi Andrews

Hawk’s Revenge

by Vivi Andrews

Giveaway ends March 15, 2015.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.


Enter to win

Also, Laurie Kellogg’s THE MEMORY OF YOU will be FREE from February 26 through the 28th.


Share In the Comments!

Did you have a new release this week? A book on sale in the coming week? Have you read something that blew your mind? Sound off in the comments! We want to hear from you! We only ask that you are courteous to other commenters and that authors do not post the same book more than once. Thank you!

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