Suspected Russian Spy Captured and Interrogated!

State secrets have never been this sexy.

I’m at the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood today interviewing fellow Ruby (and writer of sexy intrigue/thrillers) Nikki Navarre about her fantastic new Russian romantic suspense The Russian Temptation. It features a boundary-pushing hero who I was never sure wouldn’t actually kill the heroine. Talk about a bad boy!

Pop over and let me know who your favorite dark hero is…and find out which Alias character I always wanted Syd to have just…one…night with.

Recommended New Release: Daughters of the Nile

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From critically acclaimed historical fantasy author, Stephanie Dray comes the long-awaited new tale based on the true story of Cleopatra’s daughter.

After years of abuse as the emperor’s captive in Rome, Cleopatra Selene has found a safe harbor. No longer the pitiful orphaned daughter of the despised Egyptian Whore, the twenty year old is now the most powerful queen in the empire, ruling over the kingdom of Mauretania—an exotic land of enchanting possibility where she intends to revive her dynasty. With her husband, King Juba II and the magic of Isis that is her birthright, Selene brings prosperity and peace to a kingdom thirsty for both. But when Augustus Caesar jealously demands that Selene’s children be given over to him to be fostered in Rome, she’s drawn back into the web of imperial plots and intrigues that she vowed to leave behind. Determined and resourceful, Selene must shield her loved ones from the emperor’s wrath, all while vying with ruthless rivals like King Herod. Can she find a way to overcome the threat to her marriage, her kingdom, her family, and her faith? Or will she be the last of her line? Continue reading

The Affair continues…with Deceit

It’s here!

An Affair of Deceit is now available!

A father’s sins. A daughter’s loyalty. A lover’s protection.

When a charming CIA agent shows up on her doorstep, lawyer Abigail Mason finds herself drawn into the search for a man she had written off long before–her estranged father. Her father’s caught in the agency’s crosshairs, and she’ll do all that she can to figure out just what he’s done.

Agent James Riley knew that the stubborn, tough-as-nails attorney would be a thorn in his side, but he never guessed that he’d feel an undeniable attraction to her. To keep Abigail from stumbling alone into a web of international espionage and danger, he’ll need to bring her into his search and keep her close. But when a madman singles her out as the one who should pay for her father’s sins, Riley will do all he can to protect the woman who’s claimed her heart.

Jamie Michele’s Emotional Journey: 12 Steps to a Heart-Wrenching Romance

I’m a guest professor at Romance University today discussing my personal interpretation of Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces. I call it the Emotional Journey. Yes, there are dozens of these sorts of interpretations, but mine’s a little bit different, and I’ve not seen this exact sort of analysis before. I basically graphed a romance novel’s most critical Campbell-esque elements on a scale of time versus emotional magnitude. Follow the squiggly line to write your most heart-wrenching romance yet! (No, it’s not that easy, but this is a useful tool for pre-writing and revisions).

What the Captain wants, the Captain gets…

REVIEW: THE RUSSIAN SEDUCTION by NIKKI NAVARRE

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Diplomat Alexis Castle’s glamorous but stressful career dictates every move she makes. And in Moscow, where she’s under constant surveillance and faces the very real threat of being compromised by a Russian intelligence agent, her moves are limited to a handful of carefully calculated cocktail parties. Briefcase always in hand, her poise is unbreakable–until the Russian navy makes a threatening move on fragile Ukraine, and she’s forced to negotiate a solution with her new counterpart in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, disgraced Russian submarine captain Victor Kostenko.

Kostenko, furious at losing his sub command for a trumped-up charge, refuses to engage the American on the Ukrainian crisis, but Alexis is persistent. The daughter of a legendary ambassador–and the new ex-wife of another top-level diplomat–she is driven by the need to prove that her success in her field has nothing to do with the men she’s loved. She pursues Kostenko with all required propriety, but once she catches him, their diplomatic standards of engagement are slowly shredded. For now that Kostenko has seen her, he must have her.

And what the Captain wants, the Captain gets. Continue reading