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Hot Reads Edition of Fangirl Friday

Promise of FireHello, friends and welcome to a new take on our Fangirl Friday. Instead of merely mentioning the Ruby books releasing or on sale (yes, they’re terrific) we want to make this Friday spot a place we can talk about all kinds of books. New releases, hot sales, and books that have finally made their way to the top of the TBR stack. We know we all have towering stacks, right? And we want more interaction. We want you to tell us what you’re reading and loving. It’s a place to not only promo, but to really talk about what’s tickling your fancy in the world of fiction (or even non-fiction). Rubies will be providing  several books each Friday that are on our radar. Your job is to give us even more…even if  it’s your own new release. We’re a community and you’re part of it.

So here we go:

HOT OFF THE PRESSES:

The Fabulous Darynda Jones has a fascinating recommendation. She was asked to blurb a book for a debut author. Here’s what she has to say:

I gave a quote for a book (and debut) that came out today and it’s phenomenal! It’s called A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet, but it’s more fantasy than “hot”, though it is that too at times. You can find more info on Amanda at http://www.amandabouchet.com and if you’re interested in buying her book, check it out here https://www.amazon.com/dp/1492626015/ref=cm_sw_su_dp
 
SIZZLING SALES:

Red-hot Ruby Author L.L. Kellogg has her entire Seduction Series on sale. Check out Hypnotic Seduction, Captive Seduction, and Sin City Seduction. I’m thinking there’s lots of seducing going on here 🙂

https://www.amazon.com/Hypnotic-Seduction-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00826BAF8

https://www.amazon.com/Captive-Seduction-Book-2-ebook/dp/B00BBQ2JPQ  

https://www.amazon.com/Sin-City-Seduction-Book-ebook/dp/B00YOIN1X2

 FROM THE RUBY TBR STACK:
 
Ruby Heather McCollum recently read Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Here’s the Kindle link: Amazon Buy Link

I really enjoyed it! I think it is considered YA dystopian. I was immediately absorbed into the world of Reds and Silvers. Aveyard is a master at world building and pulse-driving plot twists. I immediately bought the sequel but have to wait until February for the third book.

Here’s the blurb:

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

Ruby Elizabeth Langston went back to an old favorite with Betty Neels:

I think that a lot of Betty Neels books are on sale right now.  AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN is 99 cents. https://www.amazon.com/Independent-Woman-Best-Betty-Neels-ebook/dp/B001R4GN5E

It was copyrighted in 2001, so it was one of the last novels that Betty Neels ever published before she passed away.

Neels’ stories are an addiction for me. The heroine is almost always a young, middle-class English woman who falls for an older Dutch physician. The books are sweet, fairly predictable, and ultimately charming–like a tea with honey on a cold night. A comfort read when I need a few hours of peace.

And from Bev Petterson’s TBR stack: Body of Evidence by Rachel Grant  https://amzn.com/B00EA8EO00

Rachel is a fellow pixie and 4-time GH finalist. I just read BODY OF EVIDENCE when I learned it had recently been optioned for worldwide motion picture and television rights. The book was super and I’ll be reading all her “Evidence” books. Holy cow, it was good and I’m looking forward to the movie.

In Body of Evidence, a sexy romantic political thriller, an archaeologist and a US Attorney find themselves on an explosive, globe-spanning chase full of political intrigue and legal drama.

“An exhilarating read that could easily be a blockbuster on the screen.” – Kirkus Reviews  

 

Now the Rubies would like to know what you’re reading…or what the next hottest book of the summer will be. Ready…set….share away!

Ruby Release Introducing Laurie Kellogg’s Naughty Alter-ego, L.L. Kellogg

Imagine you’re writing a heartwarming Hallmark/Lifetime-style love story. Then suddenly, about 100 pages into the novel, your fingers develop a mind of their own and start typing scenes that force your characters to rip off each other’s clothing and  jump into bed (or on the kitchen table) to give each other multiple orgasms (all while the kids are at school or asleep).

This is what happens every time I write a book and why NY editors would never take a chance on my novels. My work straddles two different markets and are, as I call them, fence-sitters.

I’ve tried to give Naughty L.L. free rein from the beginning to write sexy romantic comedies, but then my domesticated half, Heartwarming Laurie, wrestles control of the keyboard away from my mischievous twin to work in dark back-stories and give my characters deep family relationship issues.

Meanwhile, Naughty L.L. is busy planting snarky thoughts in my hero and heroine’s heads, and inspiring witty banter that some consider far too funny for the gravity of whatever dire situation I’ve plunged my characters into. (Yes, I’m one of those people who laughs and cracks jokes at funerals, and cries at weddings.) Therefore, when I finally type THE END, without fail I discover I’ve written a book no one knows how to sell.

I’ve spent thirteen years trying to exorcise Naughty L.L. from my heartwarming dramedies and ban Heartwarming Laurie from my sexier books, but they both refuse to behave. Therefore, in January, I decided to take my career into my own hands and publish independently. I released two of my steamy family dramedies in February and April, which I’m happy to report are doing very well.

When I began thinking about publishing some of my hotter works, I realized I would have come out of the closet, so-to-speak, and share the sad fact that, as an author, I have what shrinks call dissociative identity disorderformerly known as multiple personality disorder or by laymen as a split personality.

Today, I’d like to introduce, L.L. Kellogg (the Mr. Hyde to my Dr. Jekyll) who writes red-hot romantic comedies branded A Little Naughty and a Lot of Fun! The heat level of L.L.’s work is about the same as a Harlequin® Blaze, however L.L’s books have bigger stories that are slightly more provocative and single title length.

I must warn you, however, once I unleash my alternate personality and allow myself to transition to L.L. Kellogg, my rebel half may take over completely. So I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who’s read and reviewed my first two books, The Memory of You and A Little Bit of Déjà Vu , and say goodbye in case my naughty half refuses to let me come back.

Laurie closes her eyes and falls into a deep trance. All at once, her body writhes and convulses as her short dumpy figure transforms, growing a few inches taller and shrinking several dress sizes until a shapely young woman emerges. L.L. shakes out her long thick mane and slips on her four-inch heels before sashaying to center stage, hips and shoulders wiggling in counterpoint.

Whew!  I thought that stick-in-the-mud was never going to let me out to play. Hi, everyone. That’s me on the left. I’m a little wilder and more free-spirited than Laurie and a lot younger and prettier.  (And confidentially, her husband likes me a lot better). In any case, I’d like to thank her and the Ruby Sisters for having me here today to release my debut novel, Hypnotic Seduction.

This red-hot love story was a Golden Heart finalist under another title, Subliminal Seduction. Of course, Laurie took ALL of the credit. But rather than being accused of plagiarism, she agreed to let me publish MY novel.  I conceived the idea for the story while attending a stage show featuring a hypnosis demonstration. As I watched the hypnotist put a group of people under and convince them to do ridiculous things, I thought, what if a post-hypnotic suggestion made a woman kiss her boss . . . and my imagination took off.

The book began as a light, sexy romp, but then Laurie insisted on saddling my hero and heroine with family issues and, as if that wasn’t enough, she also forced me to give them sexual problems and dark back-stories. We had a real tug-of-war over this plot. But in the end, I won and the story is more red-hot romantic comedy than one of those heartwarming dramedies Laurie keeps trying to make me write.  Here’s the story that resulted:

“Hypnotic Seduction is a fun, sexy romantic comedy.  Enjoy LL Kellogg’s engaging and steamy contemporary romance!”

Bella Andre, international bestselling author of I Only Have Eyes For You

 “Five thumbs up! Hypnotic Seduction is a funny ugly-duckling love story for readers who enjoy red-hot romantic comedy with lots of sizzle.”

M.J. Fredrick, award-winning author of Midnight Sun

 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? 

After miraculously landing her plum new position, sexually frustrated Hannah resorts to hypnosis to boost her self-confidence with men, hoping to attract another mate. Unfortunately, a post-hypnotic suggestion compels her to kiss her sexy playboy boss, who she then stupidly falls for in and out of bed. Despair induces her to use similar hypnotic principles on him—in the form of subliminal messages—to convince the man she loves that he wants a happy-ever-after with her. But as everyone knows, desperate measures usually spell disaster.

If you would like to read an excerpt, you can find one at Amazon  or Barnes & Noble.  For those of you who don’t have e-readers yet, it’s also available in paperback, which I’ve priced at only $7.99 to be competitive with mass market books.

So what about you? Do you have a naughty alter-ego who constantly interferes with your plots and characters? Have you or anyone you know had any interesting experiences with hypnosis that you’d like to share?

As a thank you for dropping by, I’ll be holding a random drawing for a free digital copy (in the format of your choice) to be awarded to one lucky non-Ruby who leaves a comment.

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