Saturday Free Reads

A psychopathic killer is stalking the women of Sydney . . .
Federal Agent Clayton Munro, a criminal profiler with the Australian Federal Police (AFP), has been called upon to assist in hunting down a vicious murderer who is intent upon carving up his victims while they’re still alive. Guilt-stricken over his wife’s suicide, Clayton’s forced to set aside his personal issues in order to focus on the case.
Detective Ellie Cooper is also no stranger to heartache. Pregnant and abandoned at the altar by a fiancé intent on pursuing a career with the AFP, her opinion of the elite body of officers is anything but favorable. Angered when her boss orders her to partner with the Fed, she’s determined not to cut him any slack.
But women are dying on the streets of western Sydney and the pressure is mounting to find the person responsible.
Will Clayton and Ellie be able to put aside their animosity and work together to catch a killer before it’s too late? And what about the special fascination the killer seems to have with Ellie . . .

Murder on The Mind (A Jeff Resnick Mystery Book 1) by L.L. Bartlett

Jeff Resnick hardly knew his well-heeled half-brother. But after suffering a fractured skull in a vicious mugging, he reluctantly accepts the fact that he has a long and brutal recovery to face—and his closest of kin can provide him with the time and place to do it.

Now, Jeff is haunted by unexplained visions of a heinous crime—a banker, stalked, killed, and eviscerated like a ten-point buck. When Matt Sumner’s murder is discovered, a still-recovering Jeff realizes this was what he had seen. Jeff must not only convince himself of his new-found psychic ability, but also his skeptical brother Richard Alpert. Since Sumner was Richard’s banker, both brothers have a stake in finding out what happened. With Richard’s reluctant help, Jeff’s investigation leads him to Sumner’s belligerent family and hard-nosed business associates, none of whom want him snooping around.

When Jeff discovers a second victim, he knows he must relentlessly chase his quarry even if it means risking his brother’s life.

Thursday Thoughts: Dream lover

I was recently talking about writing heroes with a group of friends of mine, and found it to be a very interesting conversation. I think I should preface this with they were not my usual cohort of readers of romantic fiction. There were a few jokes and good natured ribbing, but once the laughter had tapered off we began discussing what made heroes in books so different from most of the men we know in the real world. I say most because there really are some great fantasy men come to life in the world, but for my single ladies I’m sure they can agree there are far more frogs than princes.

I think the key to the perfect hero is he’s the fantasy of what we think we want but proves he’s what we need. He’s perfectly flawed and the heroine is confronted with making that leap into love with someone that may not be so charming all of the time. He has feelings and even if words get in the way, he eventually communicates with her all that he can be to her (okay, to be fair this is usually with some awesome sex but…I’m not complaining). The romance hero is a guy that is comfortable with his masculinity and doesn’t need to impose it on the heroine, but instead encourages her to embrace the full spectrum of what it means to be a woman.

It’s a heady thing to read about such a man on page. I love the romance hero mostly, though, because he is the perfect mate to the perfectly flawed heroines that I enjoy reading.

Wednesdays Words ~ How A Cowboy Saved This Bad Girl by Marlo Peterson

This is a definite fantasy, and a very steamy one. It is set in a contemporary but the idea of being so free in this day and age is a little hard to believe. Not totally unbelievable but you do scratch your head at some point and say why. At least I did. Once I reminded myself that its a book, a romance I was ale to get past the hmm, feeling and totally get into the story. The cowboy is major ALPHA and the heroine is a woman. I say that because at times we do make questionable choices and have a hard time making up out minds. A short read but pretty good and well worth the spending the short afternoon reading during a rain shower. The price is excellent at free. Definitely worth checking out if you are looking for a new author.


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A break up turns Tina’s world upside down, leaving her with more questions than answers. She’s a strong, independent, ram of a woman, so what is she supposed to do when something so painful and out of her control happens?

After going to a bar to drown her sorrow, Tina ends up doing some naughty girl things that she’s been wanting to for a while, but that she doesn’t want to become part of her identity. When the pieces fall into place, she decides to head out of town to a ranch in Texas, where she meets Travis, a dominant, alpha male cowboy who is as much gentleman as take no nonsense, rugged MAN.

With this sexy creature crossing her path, how does a woman like Tina cope? Travis shows Tina what she has been missing in her life, but it remains to be seen what she is prepared to do about it…

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Excerpt Monday ~ Role Play by Billie Arsceneaux

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Excerpt (Unedited) ~

Aiden looked up at the building and made sure the address was correct that Maxine texted him. He locked his car and moved with long sure strides across the busy street weaving his way through the slow traffic. This Sonia Risen lived in a pretty decent neighborhood in Brooklyn right across the Manhattan Bridge on East fourth. The building was one of those kinds that had an eatery below it. The sign said Viola Italian Restaurant, he looked inside the window for a moment and wondered to himself how the food was.  Right next to it was the door that led up to the upper floors where the apartments were housed. Four apartments, Aiden looked at the names and pressed the one for Sonia Risen.

Her voice came over the intercom soft but clear. “Yes?”

“Hey I’m Aiden O’Neil. Detective Maxine Brighton sent me.” Aiden said.

“Let me get her on the phone and make sure please,” Sonia replied.

“Listen… ” He sighed and pushed back his irritation. She was a girl who just saw two friends killed so checking to make her feel secure he’d just have to deal with it.

She spoke again. “Detective Brighton says to tell me your badge number.”

“Seven- nine-two-six,” he replied instantly. That was engrained in his memory, being a cop was his life for fifteen years.

Silence and then Aiden heard the sound of the intercom and her voice again. “Ok come on up.”

The door clicked and he took the stairs two at a time to the third floor and knocked on the door. The woman that opened it was stunning, Aiden sent her age at around twenty-seven and African American. Her skin was light brown reminding reminded him of beige satin. She was wearing a hunter green jumpsuit that was cuffed at the heels. Dark strappy heels and a silver heart shaped pendant on her neck. Her hair was cute pixie cut and she was immaculately dressed.

“Ms. Risen?” Aiden asked.

“Yes, thank your being patient, come on in,” she answered with a small smile.

She wore pale lip-gloss on her full lips. He looked at her, assessed her and looked at her deep brown eyes. Even though she was friendly her gaze and her body posture showed fear. Sonia Risen was a woman who was terrified for her life.

“Did I catch you on your way out?” Aiden asked as he stepped in.

“No why?” Sonia asked, looking puzzled.

“You’re dressed up,” he pointed out and assessed apartment. Her apartment had one main entry, fire escape, large windows facing the alley and two facing the street.

“Nope this is how I usually dressed,” Sonia answered. “Call it, me being conceited  but I like to look good.”

“You do,” he agreed.

“Thank you, can I get you some coffee or maybe green tea?”

“Coffee, black is fine, I don’t know what green tea taste like but it will never past my lips,” Aiden answered.

She walked to the kitchen. “Its really very good for you antioxidants and stuff.”

“I’ll take your word for it,” he replied as he walked around her apartment.

It was tastefully decorated with small things that women collected, knick-knacks on the mantelpiece, artsy things on the wall.  No pictures of family but some of other people, he noticed the woman Dana that was killed in one picture. Her face was all over the news so you couldn’t help but recognize her. It seems her friends were her family. Aiden wondered what her backstory entailed. In New York every one had a backstory.

“Here you go, hot and black,” She handed him a mug with a mustache. He raised an eyebrow and she smiled and teased. “It separates the male from female mugs.”

“Funny,” he sat down and she did as well. “So tell me about what’s going on.”

“Well its all over the new, I think me and my friends are targeted,” Sonia said. “Detective Brighton seems to think so too if not she wouldn’t have recommended I hire you.”

“Have you had an incidents to make you feel you’re in danger?” He asked.

“Not but I found Willa yesterday.” He watched as her eyes filled with tears. “She was the baby out of all my friends and what that sick person did.”

“Tell me about your friends,” he said trying to draw her attention away from the gruesome scene probably engrained in her mind’s eye.

Sonia smiled. “Willa was the gypsy, bohemian and artsy, Nathalie likes facts , she’s going to be a reporter in Portland, she’s there now. Chanelle and Serena and wealthy and kinda of into the status of what money can buy. Chanelle has problems in her marriage. Serena is a trust fund baby but still hangs on to Chanelle’s coat tails. She has more connections, more parties and the likes. Dana she was the one thing that bridge us all together and when she died, the haves stepped way from the have-nots.”

He looked around. “You seem to be doing pretty ok for yourself. Tell me about Sonia Risen.”

“I work for an advertising company in Manhattan, I like my job, I like to work for what’s mine,” she explained. “You appreciate what you have more if you work for, well that’s my opinion anyway. I read and play the flute but mainly I don’t want to die. Dana didn’t deserve it and neither did Willa.”

“You’re friend’s club seemed to cause someone to get pissed off, ever been there?” Aiden asked bluntly. “You know the wrong sex buddy could make a guy angry enough to kill. Ever fucked someone there and laughed about it, gossip, anything like that? Fetish clubs don’t always have the best element.”

Her eyes flashed angrily. “Let me make this cleat first off, my sexual partners and few and very far between.  I don’t care if she was wearing a strap on and fucking men or women, Dana didn’t deserve to die for it. From what I’ve found out her place was tasteful and for people to open up in their sexuality. After what she had to live through with her dead husband I don’t blame her. None of us are whores or sex freaks Mr. O Neil and even if we were no one can take a life for some moral judgment handed down.”

Fire, nice, Aiden thought. “Gotcha still some one is targeting all of you.”

“I understand but don’t make us sound like perverts and it’s our fault,” she snapped. “Maybe you’re not right for this I don’t like anyone who snap judgments about me or anyone.”

“It’s all well and good to get upset and self righteous about yourself and your friends but it won’t stop a killer.” Aiden snapped right back. “Lady, if you want me to pat you on the back and dry your tears I’m not the right man for the job.  But let’s be clear if I do take on this job, I’m not pussy footing around your delicate sensibilities. I’m here to stop your from dying a gruesome and painful death. What you think about me or what I think about you has nothing to do with it.”

“That’s very clear,” she said tersely and blinked furiously.

“You’d better get it through your head and dry up the tears welling up in your eyes,” Aiden snapped. “Fight or flight which do you chose, Sonia?”

“I chose fight, this is my life and no one has to right to take it,” Sonia straightened her back. “How much is your fee?”

“We’ll discuss that later…”

“No we’ll discuss it now, I like to know what I’m getting myself into from the start,” Sonia said.  “Plus I want to hire you for something more.”

“Really what would that be?” Aiden asked.

“I want to investigate who killed Dana and Willa,” Sonia said.  “You see I did my homework on you too, Mr. O’Neil and you were one of the best cops on the NYPD before the bullet that shattered your knee.  I saw the small limp and I know the second bullet put you in the hospital for almost six weeks. So while I may not have the money Dana, Chanelle or Serena have I can afford to pay you and I would prefer it.”

He liked this woman, strong, good work ethic and grit. In a fight she wouldn’t crumble and beg for mercy. This killer would get off on it and she would take that from him. Now that he’d ever get a chance because Aiden decided then and there he’d help her. She met his blunt words with fire of her own and that impressed him. Still he low-balled her on the price, he had enough high paying clients. The cop that was forever part of him wanted to see this guy in jail facing multiple life sentences.

“Three hundred and fifty a day plus food and expenses, we can wave the retainer,” Aiden said.

“I’d prefer to pay it, what is it?” Sonia asked.

“Five thousand,” he answered.

Sonia stood and went into what he expected was the bedroom.  She came out with her purse and in front of him wrote him a check. He wondered how much of a dent she just put into her bank account but didn’t say a word when she handed him the slip of paper. She had a lot of pride and savings, again her felt a sense of appreciation for this petite woman with a formidable personality.

“So when do we start?” She asked.

“I start by running down a few leads,” Aiden said and stood.  “You stay here and you don’t go anywhere without me. I’ll be back tomorrow and we’ll figure out if you’re safe here or if I’m moving you to a safe house.”

“Didn’t I mention that I’ll be going with you while your investigating?” Sonia asked sweetly. “You took my retainer so now you work for me.”


Billie Arsceneaux is a transplant from Gentilly Louisiana to New York City. By day she teaches young women to dance and by night she delves into her writing. Being a creative free spirit it amazes even her that her muses tend to drive her books towards the darkness. With a vast knowledge of criminal profiling and behavioral analysis at her disposal, she creates characters with layers of complexities. One could only expect books that expose shadows in a dark corner and a killer lurking hunting for another victim. Billie weaves mystery and desire while her heroes and heroines fight for what they hold most dear. She invites you to enter her world and prepare for the ride of your life.

Interracial and Multicultural New Releases August 10 to August 16

Always On His Mind: Interracial Christian Romance by Marsha Cassendrew (Aug 15, 2014)

Body Shop by Lyra Byrnes (Aug 15, 2014)

Bride to the Billionaire Wolf (BBW Paranormal Romance) by Clarissa Black (Aug 15, 2014)

Hard Love MMA: Twice as Hard Box Set by Ranae Rose (Aug 15, 2014)

Limelight by K. Ball (Aug 15, 2014)

Mistress from 9 to 3 (BWWM Interracial Romance) (Submission to Pleasure Series Book 1) by Jameka Jones (Aug 15, 2014)

One Good Reason: Part I by Jon Bradbury (Aug 15, 2014)

Princess Ces’alena (Webster Fields Book 1) by Mercedes Keyes (Aug 5, 2014)

Right Back to You by Alexis Cane (Aug 15, 2014)

The Stud Book (BWWM Interracial Romance) by Jameka Jones (Aug 15, 2014)

Sympathy for the Devil by Billy London (Aug 15, 2014)

Three Little Birds by Carol E. Wyer (Aug 11, 2014)

Vegas Honeymoon by Danee’ Daniels (Aug 15, 2014)

What Are You Doing New Year’s by Shyann Savage (Aug 15, 2014)

Willing Prey For The Predator by Danee’ Daniels (Aug 15, 2014)

The Bigger the Better (Interracial erotica / bmww erotica ) by Olivia-Lyn Robinson (Aug 14, 2014)

Lawmakers by Tressie Lockwood and Dahlia Rose (Aug 14, 2014)

Lonzo: Book 2 (Tycoon Series Book 2) by Kat Madrid and E.M. Guinid (Aug 14, 2014)

A Package Deal by Jaxx Steele (Aug 14, 2014)

Taste (Scarlet Ties Book 1) by Samara King (Aug 14, 2014)

TOO TABOO VOLUME 2 (10 Book TABOO Box Set) by Ivana Cox and Lola Minx (Aug 14, 2014)

Twisted Bind Dates by Shyann Savage (Aug 14, 2014)

Wooing the Architect & Other Interracial (BWWM) Contemporary Romance Stories by Carol Robi (Aug 14, 2014)

Purity Ends Now (Sitter Bundle) by Amanda Richol (Aug 13, 2014)

Double Dipping (Sitter Interracial) by Amanda Richol (Aug 13, 2014)

A New Path: A Manor Verse Romance Novel (The Manor Verse Book 1) by Meyari McFarland (Aug 11, 2014)

Beautiful Prey 2: The Storm Series (BWWM Romance) by Phoenix Daniels (Aug 13, 2014)

Chocolate: ¿A qué crees que sabe el pecado? (Spanish Edition) by Erick Martínez and Francesca Di Paola (Aug 13, 2014)

Her Two Jaguars (Fur, Flesh and Claws Book 1) by Tabitha Selene (Aug 13, 2014)

His Master by Richard Fillmore (Aug 13, 2014)

Love Notes and Football (The Blake Boys Book 5) by Rhonda Laurel (Aug 13, 2014)

Loves Legacy: The Legacy Series: The Beasley’s Book Four by Leila Lacey (Aug 13, 2014)

Mated To The Alpha Dragon (A BBW Paranormal Romance) by Rachel Red (Aug 13, 2014)

Monitored (The White Coat Series Book 3) by D.D. Parker (Aug 13, 2014)

One Sweet Night by Marilyn Lee (Aug 13, 2014)

PAYBACK (Taboo INTERRACIAL Pregnancy) by Lola Minx and Ivana Cox (Aug 13, 2014)

Playing with the Enemy by Suzzana C Ryan (Aug 13, 2014)

Prisoner (Echo’s Wolf) (Volume 1) by Lia Silver (Aug 13, 2014)

Taken by Temptation (Rugged Riders Book 2) by Ambrielle Kirk (Aug 13, 2014)

Tempted by the Beast (Beastmen of Shadowmere Book 4) by Jaide Fox (Aug 13, 2014)

The Elven King (Elven Claimed Series: Part 1: a BWWM Fantasy Romance) by Lexi Johnson, SFBuzz Kindle Unlimited, Alpha Storm and BBW Paranormal Romance Pack (Aug 12, 2014)

Alec: The Wilde Brothers (The Billionaire’s Desire Book 1) by Rose Francis (Aug 12, 2014)

Living in Shadow (Living In…) by Jackie Ashenden (Aug 12, 2014)

Hot Romances of Essie: Island Flavor by Luke Brown and Berthalicia Brown (Aug 12, 2014)

Carried Away (Romance on the Go) by Elizabeth Monvey (Aug 12, 2014)

Curved Blue Lines: A Policewoman’s Tale by Nova Black (Aug 12, 2014)

Magic Lust (Hidden Bliss Series) by J.C. McRiley (Aug 12, 2014)

Popping My Sheriff: An Interracial Cop Romance by Joanna Ireyn (Aug 12, 2014)

Spring Break by Xaviana Lady (Aug 12, 2014)

Strange Bedfellows by Carol Robi (Aug 12, 2014)

TABOO MEGABUNDLE (25 BOOK MEGA BOX SET) by Lola Minx and Ivana Cox (Aug 12, 2014)

Two Weeks in Geneva: Book Two by Lydia Rowan (Aug 12, 2014)

When I Get You Alone in a Secluded Shed: A BDSM Fantasy for Women by Alpha Dom (Aug 12, 2014)

Whispers Moaned in the Dark by Brenda Stokes Lee (Aug 12, 2014)

FanGirl Squeal (RockStars of Romance Book 1) by Jackie Chanel and Madison Taylor (Aug 11, 2014)

The Cage King: A Novella of the Entwined Realms by Danielle Monsch (Aug 11, 2014)

In Her Skin by Stacy-Deanne (Aug 11, 2014)

A Lover for Beth: Part II: A Multicultural Romance by Yuwanda Black (Aug 11, 2014)

Love Anew: Lonely Billionaire Romance Series, Book 1 by Shyla Starr (Aug 11, 2014)

The Alpha’s Mail Order Bride by Jasmine White (Aug 11, 2014)

Breath of Innocence (Dragon Erotica): Rising Dragons #3 by Ophelia Bell (Aug 11, 2014)

Charmed Lovers (Box Set) (Caveat Emptor Book 8) by Zenobia Renquist (Aug 11, 2014)

Reunited (The Nogiku Series Book 3) by S. J. Pajonas (Aug 11, 2014)

Rock Star Lover & Masked Desires (Combo Edition) Carnal Diaries by Yvonne Nicolas, Wicked Productions and Karri Klawiter (Aug 11, 2014)

Sweet Tea and Mayhaw Pie: A Bon Amie Novel by Hattie Mae (Aug 11, 2014)

Chocolate Cherry (Taboo Interracial Romance BWWM) by Jazmine Perry (Aug 11, 2014)

Desdemona & The Billionaire: A Sensuous Erotic BBW Romance by Susan Hart (Aug 11, 2014)

The chocolate box vol. 1: an assortment of 12 romantic shorts by Jackie Rose (Aug 11, 2014)

Love By Design by Snow Wynters (Aug 11, 2014)

Bench Hands by Peter Melillo (Aug 11, 2014)

Love Rules by Rita Hestand (Aug 11, 2014)

Brenda’s Story: Interracial Erotic Romance (Queen of Spades Book 4) by Rene Rogers and K.C. Falls (Aug 11, 2014)

Dany’s Desire Pt. 1: Wet with the Rowing Team by Kasper Rawlson (Aug 11, 2014)

Unhappy Housewife by Xaviana Lady (Aug 11, 2014)

What He Wants by Shyann Savage (Aug 11, 2014)

Whitney’s Story: BBW Interracial Erotic Romance (Queen of Spades Book 5) by Rene Rogers and K.C. Falls (Aug 11, 2014)

My Protector Part 1 (Angel Falls) by Stephanie Burke (Aug 10, 2014)

Homeless When She Found Him: Interracial Romance by Marsha Cassendrew (Aug 10, 2014)

How Much Do You Love Me? by Paul Mark Tag (Aug 10, 2014)

Somebody New: An Interracial True Love by Marsha Cassendrew (Aug 10, 2014)

Interracial Erotic Romance (6 Stories) by Sapna Patel (Aug 10, 2014)

Patty’s Story: BBW Billionaire Interracial Romance (Queen of Spades Book 3) by Rene Rogers and K.C. Falls (Aug 10, 2014)

Loves Legacy: The Beasley’s Book Four (Legacy Series) (Volume 4) by Leila Lacey (Aug 10, 2014)

Making My Bed & Laying In It: Interracial love by Cassie Harper (Aug 10, 2014)



Those are the books we found around the way  this week! Had an IR/MC release and don’t see your book here? Email your IR/MC release to irmcbooks (at) hotmail (dot) com

Saturday Free Reads

One More Day: The Alexanders, Book 1 (Jackson + Ridley) by M. Malone

Jackson Alexander was born with the voice of an angel and his only dream was to “make it”. But his devotion to his music meant he was too busy working to protect his wife. After her death, he made a promise to himself.
He’d never sing again.

Ridley Wells has a h
abit of picking the wrong men but she’s never ended up on the radar of a Mafia don before. Hiding out with her twin sister makes the most sense except she never thought her sister would be halfway around the world. Or that she’d be mistaken for her sister by the sexiest man she has ever seen.

There’s a dark, broken spirit inside of Jackson that she knows she can heal. But the depth of her lies threatens the trust between them until Ri has to make a choice.

Trust him or break him all over again.

Dragon Call (Lunes & Lords Book 1) by Emi Davis

Insomnia does things to a girl’s head, drives her to perform acts she would have scoffed at if not for a bad case of desperation. Yoga. Meditation. Getting in touch with her inner Lune via witchy rituals she doesn’t even realize she’s enacting until she’s naked in the dark with an aggressive dragon…or two.

Cora Phillips has spent her life denying the Lune tradition but with two dragons–and their masters–hounding her with mating claims, her denying days have come to an end. Like it or not, the dragons have come.

And she doesn’t like it one bit.

Friday’s featured Cover Art ~ What Grows In The Garden by Stacey DeAnne



Elle Baron is a young widow trying to adjust to life as a single mother in Sunset, Texas. She’s thrown for a loop when she sees, Harper Sobieski, her ex-boyfriend and childhood friend, standing in her garden.

Harper works as a technical marketing engineer for a company in Munich, Germany and Elle has never forgiven him for moving away twelve years earlier. Despite Harper’s visits throughout the years, Elle still harbors hard feelings while fighting her lifelong attraction for him.

She gets the shock of her life when Harper proposes marriage. Even though Elle has wanted nothing more than to be Harper’s one-and-only, she can’t shake the feeling that Harper’s sudden desire to get married is uncharacteristic and there might be more to the story.

During the weekend, Harper and Elle realize that their love shines brighter than ever, but before Harper goes back to Germany, Elle must choose between marrying Harper and the possibility of never seeing him again.


Thursday Thoughts: Heart breaker

Confession time. As much as I’m in love with a good “Happily Ever After”, I’m also a sucker for a good heartbreak story. It’s bizarre, considering my stock and trade is in a conclusion that sees the heroine and hero walking off into the sunset hand in hand. I love songs with lyrical heartache. I’m a sucker for a movie where the two lovers never make it to the end, and I can sob uncontrollably for their unrequited love. I think that’s why I appreciate romances where the hero and heroine had a chance and flubbed it, but redeem the relationship just in time. Although I can cheer on their success at working it out, there is a part of me that can still mourn the idea of what it would have been like if Fate had not been so kind. It’s a bit twisted I know, but I’m a quirky kind of gal, and one day I think I may write my love story that isn’t about love found but instead lost.

Wednesdays Words ~ One readers review. It’s Always Been You by Kendra Mei Chailyn

A short read but a good one. The price was fair for the length. I enjoyed the concept that touched on real life subjects job harassment and life as a police officer. The romance was their along with the tension between the hero and heroine. A couple of laughable moments. This is the perfect book to read for a short trip or an afternoon of relaxing.

1579624Blurb ~

Marcia Heslop didn’t make it in the NYPD. Not because she was a bad cop, but because of workplace bullying. Walking away from that life, she finally settles down in a small town as the Sherriff and life may not be big-city-good but it is good. That is until Richard Lazlo walks into her life asking for more than she thinks she’s capable and willing to giving.

Richard Lazlo has always had a thing for Marcia. But their working relationship wasn’t conducive to a sexual relationship. When she leaves the NYPD, Richard’s world crashes around him and soon living without Marcia is just the one thing in his life he cannot do.

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Excerpt Monday ~ More Than My Everything by Janet Eckford

Blurb ~
Blake Channing has been dubbed the Bad Boy of Country, and for the last several years has lived up to that moniker with pleasure, until recently. His career is where it needs to be but a chance encounter with two friends turned lovers shows him his personal life is lacking. Shelby Jackson, his childhood best friend, is that piece he’s been missing to have it all. He’s arranged a vacation just for the two of them, where he hopes his next love song will be written.

Shelby raced through the luxury cabin, thoroughly out of breath. Now that she’d started the game, she was committed to winning. Although, if she thought about it, she had no idea what she was going to win. It just felt good to be so silly. Ever since she’d opened up Tiny Blessings Birthing Center with her friend Cameron Baltazar, being silly had not been a priority. She loved what she did, and couldn’t imagine doing anything else, but being a small business owner could be draining.

“Damn it,” she huffed, trying to open the sliding glass door that led to the deck.

“Having trouble, sweetheart?”

Shelby shrieked at the sound of Blake’s voice. The husky quality of his chuckle caused goose bumps to form on her skin. The man was too damn sexy, and she was thankful every day she’d built up immunity to his charms. Her ability to remember when he was all gangly arms and legs helped. She tried desperately to get the latch to release and once she was able to get the sliding glass door open, leaped onto the deck. She growled with frustration when she realized the cabin wasn’t on level ground. There was no way for her to escape, except back where she came.

“Didn’t really think this through now, did you?” Blake teased from the doorway.

Shelby scowled and crossed her arms over her chest. Blake was one of the few people that knew she was extremely competitive, and the knowing smirk on his face meant he was going to make her regret losing their impromptu game. She glared back and watched him prowl onto the deck. Dressed in faded jeans and a worn T-shirt, he didn’t resemble the Bad Boy of Country that the press made him out to be.

“Nothing to say? Why so silent, sweetheart?” Blake’s gloating was obvious.

She tapped her foot in frustration when he started to laugh loudly. This was the Blake the media never saw. The grown-up version of the boy who used to pull her pigtails and, hide frogs in her clothes after they’d gone swimming. Shelby felt some of her annoyance slip away, watching him transform back into the simple guy that liked to play his guitar, sing, and write songs. Over the past few years she’d seen less and less of this version of him. If losing the game she’d started meant her Blake had come back just for a little bit of time, she couldn’t ask for anything better.

He’d brought such excitement to her life over the years; even as an adult, she became giddy when they were together. Shelby felt fun and carefree with him, something she never got to experience growing up and only very rarely as time went on. She was always the go-to person, the one people approached with their problems, heartaches, or concerns. She’d even chosen a job that required her to be there for others all the time and always present herself as informed and professional. When she wanted to break out and do something crazy, Blake was the person to hold her hand and take that leap with her.

“Okay, you win,” she admitted with reluctance.

“Now, now. Don’t sound so disappointed.” He waggled his eyebrows as he stepped closer.

He towered over her, his eyes sparkling with amusement. She couldn’t help rolling her own.

“So, what’s my prize?” he asked, boxing her in against the railing of the deck with his arms.

A flutter of excitement sparked in her stomach. She stared into his deep blue eyes and blinked, hoping the tendrils of arousal that worked their way through her body weren’t obvious in her expression. Her cheeks felt flushed with desire, and she desperately hoped Blake didn’t notice.

“You get me not pantsing you,” she replied with bravado.

Instead of making him laugh as she expected, Blake gave her a look filled with such heat, her body tingled as if it had been scorched.

“Actually, sweetheart, that would be a travesty,” he drawled out.

She often teased him that he embellished the slight twang he’d developed after spending so many summers on his grandfather’s Georgia farm. He only remarked that, even though he grew up in Detroit, he thought of himself as a country boy. She’d laugh and say at least it sold records. Now she could definitely see the appeal. At a loss for words, she giggled nervously and tried to avoid his intent gaze.

Shelby would have been a fool to not notice how attractive Blake had become over the years, particularly when women told her repeatedly how lucky she was to know him. His hotness never seemed that important before, because at the end of the day he was her best friend, and she’d shared far too many embarrassing experiences with him to think about him as anything else.


She flushed with shame at the chastisement from her inner voice. Okay, maybe she had on very few occasions wondered what it would be like to kiss him. Only one time, when she was a teenager and super-hormonal and angst-y and really unsure about herself and…

Such a liar.

“Hey, Shel, sweetheart, I’m just teasing you,” Blake tugged on one of her pigtails, moving back to give her space.

“I knew you were.” She smiled and lightly punched his arm.