The Setting of My Next Book

Carolyn LaRoche Author pictureCarolyn LaRoche grew up in snow country but fled the cold and ice several years ago. She now lives near the beach with her husband, their two boys, two finicky cats and one old dog. When she is not at the little league field cheering on big hits and home runs, she is busy teaching science to unwilling teenagers. She is also excited to announce the print release of Witness Protection this month!

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Thank you for the invitation to visit with you and your readers today. The last six weeks or so have been pretty crazy so it is nice to have a chance to relax and talk about the thing I love most- writing- with people who love to read. I am so happy to have the opportunity to share the print release Witness Protection on January 20th with all of you.

For Christmas 2014 I had the goal of doing as much of my gift shopping through local vendors, home-based and small businesses as I could manage. Through my son’s little league team I met a woman who had a previous life as a laboratory chemist, much like myself. She took her skills, training and desire to do something good for her family and the community and channeled them into a home business of making organic and locally supplied soaps, balms and lotions. In keeping with my shopping goal, I placed a large order for several items to use as Christmas gifts. Imagine my excitement when I went to her home to pick up my order and discovered she lived in a three hundred year old farmhouse.

I love old homes. They reek of history and mystery. Joy, sorrow, memories of births, marriages and deaths seem to become a very part of the beams that formed the structure. Walking into her home brought on an instant rush of inspiration. The hand carved woodwork, the secret little cubbies and the sprawling land that once used to be a part of pre-civil war plantation had my mind racing. Think Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind. Even the front door was original, complete with a skeleton key lock. Anxious to see more, I imposed myself on her graciousness and asked for a tour. The hand wrought exposed beams and the wide planked floors with square hewn nails had me shaking with excitement. I could quite literally visualize women having tea in front of the large stone fireplace and men stomping the dirt of the fields off their boots on the back porch. I decided on the way home that property begged to be in a book.

I emailed the owner a day later and shared my thoughts with her. She responded with some history of the home and invited me back to walk the property and view historical documents. You can bet I’ll take her up on it! Roses Ridge Farm has become the setting of my next work in progress, the third book in the Defenders of Love series where Keegan James, cousin to Logan James in Witness Protection will find his new home, a pre-civil war plantation full of mystery, intrigue… and romance.

My mother has had a long time desire to see Savannah, Georgia.We recently booked a trip for the whole family to the historic district of Savannah for this spring. I am anxious to let the history there inspire me. Do you have a favorite historical place? What about it speaks to you and why? I’m always looking for new inspiration so leave a comment here or visit me on my Facebook page or blog (links below).

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WitnessProtection_200x300Someone wants Angelina dead…again. Will following her heart put her in danger or in the arms of the man she’s meant to be with?

As far as the world knows, NYPD detective Angelina Ferrara died in a violent firefight on Chelsea Piers over a year ago. Living in the witness protection program as history teacher Lucy Taylor was supposed to save her life, but being alive and living were two very different things. Until she meets detective Logan James when he goes undercover in the same private school where she works.

Something about the handsome man with the gorgeous blue eyes piques her interest. There’s no doubt he has secrets… but then so does she. When the Ricci crime family discovers she’s still alive, she finds herself on the run with Logan. Her heart led her astray before. Can she trust it to let Logan help her survive?

Buy: Witness Protection (Defenders of Love, Book 1)

Get into Bed with Paige Tyler (Author Interview)

her lone wolfKeira: What’s your favorite part about writing romantic suspense? Reading it?

Paige Tyler: I love the intensity between the hero and heroine that comes when they get thrown into a tension-filled, life-and-death drama. It drives emotional responses and actions that force them to confront each other, need each other, and ultimately, depend on each other, in order to survive. All that just makes the romance pop.

Beyond the interactions between the hero and heroine being driven by the romantic suspense plot, there’s also that “Oh my God, what’s going to happen next?” feel to a romantic suspense that keeps the reader—and me as the writer—flipping the pages as fast as they can to find out how the characters can possibly made it out of their current predicament.

Keira: What makes for a perfect romance novel hero?

Paige: Everybody has their own take on what makes a perfect hero. That’s part of the fun of reading romance books—you get to see everyone else’s definition of that perfect guy. In my world, a hero has to be strong and confident, without being arrogant or being a jerk about it (alpha-holes need not apply). The reader has to believe this guy could take charge in a crisis or in the bedroom, while at the same time knowing he’s not going to try to steamroll the heroine’s objections or concerns. The hero can come with his issues (nobody’s perfect), but somewhere in there, the heroine has to be able to see the caring, noble person underneath those issues.

All my heroes typically have a sense of humor—even if it might be a little dark sometimes—because that helps them deal with a lot of the dangerous, stressful situations in which they tend to find themselves.

By definition, the hero must be ready to risk his life for the heroine, even if she doesn’t want him to. But he also has to be willing to set aside his own happiness if that’s what the heroine needs, even if she doesn’t agree. And of course, the hero has to be hunky!

In HER LONE WOLF, the hero, Clayne Buchanan, has some anger management issues and more than his fair share of baggage. But when it comes to protecting his woman, none of that matters. He’s going to do anything to protect her.

Keira: How about in a heroine?

Paige: Regardless of the genre I’m writing in, my heroines are always kick-butt. I don’t mean they have to run around with handguns and chain saws, but they have to be willing to face danger alongside their hero. They may find themselves in distress frequently, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re “damsels in distress.” I expect them to do their part to get themselves out of the trouble they’re in. And if their man is in trouble, I expect them to stick that nose right in there, even if it only causes more trouble in the long run.

That’s Danica Beckett, the heroine in HER LONE WOLF. She’s in the FBI and can seriously handle herself. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t need Clayne’s help now and then, but it does mean that when the stuff hits the fan, she’s right in there with him dealing with it.

Keira: How do you define love? What makes people stick together for the long haul?

Paige: For me, love is a commitment between two people to put the other person’s needs, wants, and happiness ahead of their own. People who are able to spend their days less worried about themselves and more worried about their partner are the ones who can hang together for the long haul.

Keira: What surprised you while writing HER LONE WOLF?

Paige: I discovered that Clayne has a sensitive side! After working with him in Book One of the series (Her Perfect Mate), I kind of had this picture of Clayne as the perpetual rough-around-the-edges type. But he told me after the first book came out that he was a bit concerned people had gotten the wrong idea about him. He even pulled me aside at one point and asked if maybe the publisher would be willing to tweak a few scenes in Book One to let his nicer side show. Of course I told him it was way too late for that—the book was already on the street! He growled a lot, but after I agreed to give him final say on each of his scenes in HER LONE WOLF, he calmed down some. There was a time when he didn’t even want to read any of the reviews. He was worried about what people were saying about him. But I shown him a few reader comments where it was obvious they realized he had some issues in his past. For a guy with his size and temperament, it’s funny seeing him worry about what people will think of him.

Keira: If you could be a shapeshifter, what type of animal would you wish to shift into?

Paige: Instead of taking the easy way out and going for the really sexy picks like wolves or one of the big cats, I’m going to give you a realistic answer to this question, based on the kind of shifter I would probably be based on the real me.

You ready? If Paige Tyler were a shifter, she’d most likely be a bunny shifter! Yeah, not so heroic, huh? But to be truthful, when real drama happens, I either freeze or run like hell. So, I’ve come to accept that I’m way more bunny than wolf or big cat.

Keira: What’s next on your plate?

Paige: Right now I am one busy little bunny.

Besides all the promo I’m doing for HER LONE WOLF, but I’m also getting ready to do the promo for a special free novella from X-OPS called HER SECRET AGENT. It gives the readers a peak behind the scenes of the very beginnings of the DCO. You get to see a younger John Loughlin, the Director of the DCO, getting to know a certain foxy shifter extremely well. It’ll be available on the 2nd of December from Sourcebooks. Oh, and did I mention it’s FREE?!

I’m also putting the finishing touches on Book 2 of my Special Wolf Alpha Team Series (SWAT…as in a pack of werewolves secreting working in Dallas on the SWAT team…cool, right?). At the same time, I’m working the first draft for Book 3 in that series so I can turn it in to my editor sometime in January. Plus, I’m starting the outlining phase for Book Four of X-OPS…or is it Book Four of SWAT??? I get a little confused sometimes. :)

Oh yeah, BTW, I’m also putting out a military ménage book set for Veteran’s Day with a tribute to each of the uniformed services. It’s your basic old-fashioned girl meets two guys and decides that anything two people can do…three can do better!

*hugs*
Paige

HER LONE WOLF

Leaving him was Impossible…

It took everything she had for FBI Special Agent Danica Beckett to walk away from the man she loved. But if she wants to save his life, she has to keep her distance. Now, with a killer on the loose and the stakes higher than ever before, the Department of Covert Ops is forcing these former lovers into an uneasy alliance…whether they like it or not.

Seeing her again is even worse…

The last thing Clayne Buchanan wants is to be shackled to the woman who broke his heart. She gets under his skin in a way no one ever has and makes him want things he has no right to anymore. All he has to do is suffer through this case and he can be free of her for good. But when Clayne finds out why Danica left in the first place, everything he’s tried to bury comes roaring back-and there’s no way this wolf shifter is going to let her get away this time.

Buy: HER LONE WOLF

Excerpt:

Clayne looked at her, his eyes wet with tears. The sight of them almost tore Danica’s heart out. In all the time she’d known him, she’d never seen him cry.

“We’ve just lost so much time,” he said, his voice rough with emotion.

She wanted to tell him it didn’t matter, that they would more than make up for it, but all that came out was a muffled sob. She closed the distance between them and kissed him—hard.

Clayne gripped her shoulders in both hands and pulled her against him. She thrust her fingers in his hair and opened her mouth to his, giving him an all-access pass. This was what she’d given up—being in the arms of the man she was meant to be with. She had left him for the very best reason, but now she realized it wasn’t a solution that could have ever worked long-term. She needed Clayne like she needed oxygen. How had she survived the last two years without him?

Danica pulled away and rested her forehead against his. “We have lost a lot of time, and for that, I am so, so sorry,” she said softly. “But we’re together now, and more than going to make up for it. Starting right now.”

Clayne pressed her up against the wall and kissed her so hard she couldn’t breathe. She threaded her fingers in his hair and gave as good as she got. Dear Lord, the hair on her arms was standing up. She’d never experienced anything so intense—not even the first time they’d made love.

Their weapon holsters hit the table by the door with a thud, but she barely heard it over the impatient growl Clayne let out as he shoved her suit jacket off her shoulders. This first time wasn’t going to be slow and sensual. It was going to be raw and animalistic. And she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Nonstop action and hair-raising storytelling done well. This series gets better and better.”
– 4.5 Stars from RT

“This story was an action packed thrill ride from start to finish!”
– Reviewer Top Pick, Night Owl Romance

“Paige Tyler gets an A+ for Her Lone Wolf and the X-Ops series. Her Lone Wolf’s murder mystery is first rate but it’s the emotion that Tyler weaves into the story that makes it unforgettable.”
– Joyfully Recommended, Joyfully Reviewed

Read Another Excerpt Here!
http://paigetylertheauthor.com/BooksHerLoneWolf.html 

Buy: HER LONE WOLF

Review: The Reluctant Elf by Michele Gorman

reluctant elfHeroine: Lottie and her daughter, Mabel, are planning to visit Aunt Kate this Christmas because Aunt Kate is starting a bed and breakfast (B&B) business. When Kate is hospitalized, Lottie and Mabel leave a day early for their Christmas vacation. The B&B is in dire straights, so are Aunt Kate’s finances, and the help just absconded for a break to recuperate. Everything hinges on getting a good rating from the reviewer. But Lottie hasn’t the foggiest clue what to do to run a successful B&B.

Hero: Danny, the taxi driver, is an unlikely but most definitely needed hero. When Lottie offers him enough money to fund a trip to see his young daughter in America, he agrees to aid her in anyway he can. He helps paint, fix, repair, clean, and cook. And along the way the two find they have an affinity for each other.

Review: The B&B reviewer and his family are seriously dysfunctional. I am very glad that the creepy brother/in-law doesn’t barge in on Lottie in the bath. He was a very ignorant self-absorbed cad. His wife was a hypochondriac and couldn’t stand her children. The two kids were terrors. I’d be afraid for Mabel to hang out with them. The only one sane was the reviewer. Are you up for some crazy hijinks involving scolding plumbing, falling down ceilings, holes patched with toothpaste? Then you’re in for a treat with this wifi-less Victorian-themed holiday chick-lit. Happy ending for all. There’s definitely room for continuation.

Rating: ★★★½☆

Buy: The Reluctant Elf

Audio Review: Conversion (Conversion, Book 1) by S.C. Stephens

conversionHero: Teren Adams is a gorgeous twenty-something year old architect who just so happens to be part vampire. He really wants things to work with Emma and can’t believe she’s still with him after the dropping the news of his vampirism. He’s terrified of her meeting his family – because they’re pushing for babies and are worried he’s going to die soon and not be able to make any. He and Emma aren’t even married yet!

Heroine: Emma can’t believe Teren is a vampire… or part vampire. He has a heartbeat. It’s kind of cool – she thinks -she’s not sure. Meeting his parents seems a little sudden and gulp they’re vampires too. His great-grandma is even a full fledged vampire. Yikes! But then they drop the bomb that the two need to quickly make a baby because Teren will die and reach his vampire maturity. That’s a real kicker. Maybe even a deal-breaker.

Review: This story has a punchy beginning which is especially cute but it skips forward past the romance and starts again after the characters are in love. Teren reveals his half-vampire status and it’s a race in the sack to get pregnant because he’s about to cross over into his more vampiric state. That bugged me. I would have preferred wooing, romancing, sexing, marrying, and eventually babying… but the story went all over the place on that score and sex scenes became very sterile. It drags a bit through the “I’m a vampire” “No way” “Yes. See fangs?” “Oh my gosh! Fangs!” “Fangs.” “You’re a vampire!” stage. There’s also a lot of animal magnetism in the book which I didn’t like. The story picks up when a vampire hunter kidnaps them. Will Emma and Teren live through it or will they both be murdered in vengeance?

Narrator: Piper Goodeve has a nice voice and is the main reason I was able to get through the whole book. She does an excellent job narrating.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Buy: Conversion, Conversion (Audio Book)

Review: Twisted (Eternal Guardians, Book 7) by Elisabeth Naughton

Tempted.inddReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Cynna is a spectator of an interesting fight.  Nick is fighting for his survival without losing who he is.  Almost right away this author shows how ugly the beast of sexual and mental abuse is.  I found that even though this is part of a series, you could read this book by itself.  But if you want to know more about the Guardians, you’ll want to stay true to the series.

If you’re someone that likes Mythology (one of my favorites in English class) you’ll see that it’s combined with a group trying to protect us humans and half-breeds.  You might even recognize some of your favorite gods and those you loved to hate.  If you like some action in your read then this book will be perfect for you.  On top of that, Elisabeth adds a mystery into the mix that will heighten your reading experience – who doesn’t love a good mystery.

An interesting character to watch out for is Ari – you’ll understand when you meet him.  But he also makes me curious – what’s his story.  Nick gives the readers hints but I still found myself wanting to know more.  Both of the main characters are strong willed but for different reasons but that doesn’t stop them from realizing how much they need each other.  Once you get involved in the story, you will find it hard to put down – there’s just no good stopping point because something else will come up that will grab your attention.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Buy: TWISTED (Eternal Guardians Book 7)

Review: How to Lose a Lord in 10 Days or Less (Tricks of the Ton, Book 3) by Elizabeth Michels

how to lose a lord in 10 days or lessHero: Andrew Clifton is Lord Amberstall. On his return to London society, he realizes he is being followed and takes measures to evade his pursuers. At first it seems like a successful attempt to escape… but then his horse nearly lands on a young woman and he gets thrown.

Heroine: Katie Moore used to love horses until she had a bad fall off of one that left her with a permanent limp. Her retreat to the countryside was a decision she took knowing she would never be on the marriage mart again. Terrified to be near horses, Katie is still determined to save Lord Andrew’s horse.

Review: First of all, I love this book title. How fantastic is it? I think it’s great. I also love the series title. The hero and heroine couldn’t be more opposite. The hero is pragmatic while the heroine is overly sentimental. Katie is determined to put her foot down on Andrew’s decision to shoot his injured horse. He says it’s a fatal injury. She claims it is not. Who is right? What is humane? If the horse can be rehabilitated it won’t be able to walk or run like normal. Katie is not impressed. She wins the first round by refusing to lend Andrew a replacement horse and invites him to stay on her father’s estate while the horse mends. I’m sad to say, that both characters were kind of flat for me and I was never really involved in the story despite the intrigue around Lord Andrew.

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Buy: How to Lose a Lord in 10 Days or Less (Tricks of the Ton)

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Review: The Bad Baron’s Daughter by Laura London

bad baron's daughterHeroine: Katie Kendricks’ father has disappeared. He’s done it a time or two before but has never been gone for so long. It wouldn’t be a problem, except his creditors are breathing down Katie’s neck and frightening her. Her plan to reach her friend’s bar, The Merry Maidenhead, in London is met with success… but her plans to stay do not when she upsets a regular brute in the bar who wants to show her a lesson or two.

Hero: Lord Linden is a rake of the first order. He goes from one amusement to the next as the mood strikes him. He is easily bored with the London life, but what gentleman isn’t? Having once worked for the War Office, he recognizes on second look that the barboy is in fact a bargirl and is moved to rescue her from the lowlife attempting to teach her a lesson in the middle of the bar. When the owner of the Merry Maidenhead pimps her out, he’s disgusted at the man but pays him fifty pounds to save the girl from the other brute lined up… the more he learns about the girl, the more he’s certain he’s not good for her, but clearly someone needs to watch out for her as someone wants her dead.

Review: The hero, Lesley Byrne, Lord Linden, has made his way onto my favorite heroes list. He reminds me of Justin Alastair from These Old Shades, who is also one of my favorite heroes. There’s a striking contrast between his elegant ennui and his sincere desire to protect the heroine… even from himself. He wants her desperately, but can’t bring himself to debauch her and take her innocence. He’s frustrated and irritated by these new feelings and can come across cruel, violent, or forgetful, but he’s the opposite underneath his outward shell. That dichotomy is what makes it work for me.

The writing is nearly flawless. There was a time or two when a character would make an observation mentally and another character would also expound on it mentally as if in agreement. I had to reread those passages to see if I had missed something. Overall this was a delightful Regency romp that I wish I had known about sooner! It is well worth getting a hold of this book because I believe you will want to keep it on your favorite’s shelf and revisit often. I know that is what I will be doing.

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: The Bad Baron’s Daughter

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Review: Malachim (Secrets and Sins Series, Book 2) by Naima Simone

MalachimReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

This book is told in the first person.

Elena has an abusive husband. Our author shows how a woman can feel as if she’s helpless and can’t get out of a toxic relationship. This is totally different from Gabriel’s story. I recommend that you read this series in order. This is a series about four friends and this is why you should read them in order.

Naima grabs the readers attention right away by showing how cruel some men can be to their wives. But we need to remember that we don’t have to take that kind of abuse anymore. This is a story of empowerment and it is also inspirational. I know Danielle is a fictional character but she shows the reader that you can be strong and overcome adversity – love is a great incentive to make that happen.

Malachim Jerrod is a Boston lawyer and he’s a friend of Gabriel’s. Danielle Warren seems to come out of nowhere in his hour of need. She’s a woman who seems a little skittish. Naima also reminds her readers that sometimes what you do in the past will come back to haunt you.

Just like with book one, my only disappointment is that I didn’t want to put it down when it was time to go to bed or to work. This is already a fast read so you don’t need to speed-read. But you’ll be happy to know that Raphael’s story is next. The bad news is that we have to wait until April 2014 before it comes out. If you’re not good about waiting, the author puts a teaser at the end of this book.

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: Secrets and Sins: Malachim (A Secrets and Sins Novel) (Entangled Ignite)