Hello Everyone. Today started off kind of rocky for me. I hope your Monday began way better than mines. As a result of my ‘rocky morning,’ I’m totally so far behind schedule. Hence, today’s late post. Any who, it’s Day 6 and I’d like to introduce you all to author Phoenix Rayne. Some of you may know her but for the ones that don’t, I’m sure you will love her! Here she is …
Author Phoenix Rayne grew up on a farm in Arkansas. She has lived all over the country but now resides back in Arkansas with her miniature poodle Bougie. Phoenix obsession with books started at a very young age. She got tired of reading about characters who looked nothing like her and her friends. She decided to write short stories and only shared them with her friends. Several years later she published her From Love to Loathe Series.
Phoenix loves to read Romance, Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery, Suspense, and a little bit of Erotica. So it’s only natural she would write the same. She loves having a different variety of characters in all of her books. No matter what shade you are, you will be able to relate and understand all of her characters.
In her free time, she reads, writes and enjoys having cocktails and going to the movies with her friends.
1. What made you start writing?
I wanted to read about little chunky girls who had a brown round face like me.
2. Where do you get your inspiration from?
3. Why are your main characters (females) always plus size?
Because I’m plus size and we need more books about the BBW’s out there.
4. How do you choose the cities the novels are based in?
I’ve lived in every city I’ve written about. I like to give my POV of that city.
5. Tell me about your leading men in your novels?
I love a hot Alpha and even a hot Beta, oh hell I love a hot Omega too.
6. Which one of your leading men would be your perfect guy?
Dorian Alveston from Your Secret’s Safe with Me Trilogy.
7. Which novel is your personal favorite?
I can’t even begin to choose, I love them all.
8. Favorite leading Lady in your novels?
Cricket Hooper. She’s in my From Love to Loathe Series.
9. What’s next?
I’m heading over to a rougher side.
10. What do you want your readers to take away from your work?
It doesn’t matter your shade or size. Love is love.
From Love to Loathe Series
Heels of Love
When Cricket Hooper moves to Seattle she only has a couple of goals find a job and an apartment near her friend Chelle, and basically to live a quiet, normal life. However, it isn’t long before life becomes far from normal. When a mysterious man helps get her car out of the mud after she makes a wrong turn, she finds herself in his thrall. He wines and dines her, quite literally, and before Cricket can stop it, things are steamy and serious very serious.
Cricket is thrown aback when Jyme turns out to be more than a simple fisherman, but then she isn’t telling all of her story either.
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The Enclave of Jyme
As a child, Jyme Samson believed his family trait was a curse and he tried his best to cope with it. His high school sweetheart Elle was there for him every step of the way until betrayal sat foot on his doorstep and tore them apart, making him doubt everything he ever believed.
All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Cricket Hooper, his desire to be everything she needed forced him to enclave into the real Jyme the man he’s always wanted to be.
Every story has two sides. In Heels of Love and Wounded Love, Cricket had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Jyme’s eyes. This is his story from the first moment he laid eyes on her and knew she was the real meaning of his existence.
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It appears that Cricket and Jyme have it all together now. They have a house, serenity, safety a normal life. But something always seems to take Cricket back to her past sometimes, her future requires it.
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Winter in Love
Winter Babe Samson, is a beautiful, ambitious, spoiled brat. She’s the daughter of Jyme Samson and Cricket Hooper. It’s been twelve years since Winter has seen her mysterious mother and she’s alright with that. Not having her infamous mother in her life has left Winter with a nasty attitude, smart mouth and no respect for her lonely but broken father. The sheltered girl has everything: from designer clothes and jewelry to the best new ride. Her almost perfect life is turned upside down when her crush expresses that he wants to get serious sexually. This is a problem for Winter since she’s a virgin.
Her two best friends have given up their VCards already which has her thinking. She’s tired of being the virgin in the group and decides to give her most precious gift to her crush Dakarai. Winter doesn’t want Dakarai to know she has no experience with guys. An unexpected perfect opportunity finds himself to Winter. Axle Albertson, son of her father’s enemy, runs himself into her presence. Whom just so happen to be looking for someone to have sex with. Winter is determined to make this situation a business transaction only, but Axle wants to be friends with her, but twists and turns may push her closer to him. With him being who he is she’s certain her father won’t find out until he does.
Winter is punished and forbidden to see her crush Dakarai or her sexcapade partner Axle. Her father starts being overbearing and has set the rules, and they are clear—until they’re broken. The From Love to Loathe Series has given us a classic love story with an edgy twist.
This final installment of The Series reveals the gut-wrenching hurdles Winter Babe Samson has to overcome to be an experience sexual partner for her crush.
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The Marriage That Didn’t Stay in Vegas
Phoebe Alexis Courtland had a plan. As a paralegal studying for the bar, she decided while in Vegas for a conference she would let off some steam with her friends. When Phoebe wakes the last day of her weekend trip to Vegas, she finds one of the biggest princess cut wedding rings on her ring finger while lying on top of a naked chiseled chest god. Phoebe remembers nothing of her drunken night of love and is determined to have the marriage annulled immediately. After Vegas, Phoebe is forced to go to her now husband Xavier’s Ranch to get him to sign the divorce papers. But, Xavier won’t sign them without a fight. Xavier has a few tricks up his sleeve for his new bride. Will Phoebe be able to get her divorce?
*Content Warning: Contains explicit scenes and language. Intended for 18+ Audience
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All Torn Apart
Can one woman tame the biggest philanderer to walk the streets of Memphis? Gunner Hawthorne is the sexiest, wealthiest, and the most colossal prick you’ll ever meet. He’s at the top of his career game and has everything to show for it. Gunner is preparing his team for one of the biggest takeovers in cosmetic history. Gunner, as usual, is full of himself as he insults the female owner of his company’s biggest competitor, Vrede Cosmetics. He is now forced to make what he wronged back right. But, can Gunner woo Vrede without falling for her in the process?
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Alareik is a Cupid, and get that image of a diapered baby with a bow and arrow right out of your head. Cupids are all six foot Gods of love, invisible to the mortal’s eyes, who are sent down to Earth with their daily assignments…to help mortals fall in love.
Alareik is the most popular Cupid out there, and not only is he the hottest Cupid but he’s the most compassionate. Alareik stumbles across a mortal who has a third eye. Sapphire, a waitress no one would take a second glance at, can see the invisible Cupids. Alareik has never met a mortal who could do this. He’s put on a special assignment to figure her out.
Alareik willingly accepts this task and finds himself falling for the plain and peculiar girl. Sapphire’s love for life changes this Cupid’s heart forever.
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Your Secret’s Safe With Me Trilogy
Your Secret’s Safe With Me
Cambria Price definitely has secrets she doesn’t want exposed. Growing up in orphanages and foster care, she struggles to have the things she wants and needs to be an ordinary girl. Growing up to be one of the best boosters in Little Rock, Cambria uses what she was taught to get whatever she needs whenever she needs it. She has a crew that she trusts and all of her lifts run smoothly like clockwork. Until one night, everything falls apart. Two in her crew takes the fall for Cambria and the others. She decides to leave the boosting world behind her to have a new start.
Cambria, now, a hard working barmaid thinks her past is in the past until it catches up to her. She’s blackmailed into doing some of her old tricks. She has no choice but to do what she’s told or else. In the process, she has to get one of the best attorneys in the city to fall for her. While losing control of her own life, Cambria finds herself falling for her mark and he for her. In this erotically stimulating romance, Dorian becomes addicted to her. Just the thought of her brings Dorian to his knees. Cambria’s body yearns for Dorian as well as she has never had every desire and want filled and satisfied by such a man. Dorian wakes up the sexual beast inside of her. Dorian has ruined her. She’s never wanted a man the way she longs for him.
Is this fate or just another job for Cambria? Will her secrets destroy what’s to become of them?
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Your Secret’s Safe With Me 2
Withholding secrets can hurt, so can revealing them, but when it comes to Cambria Price’s secrets, they’re not safe. Dorian has broken off their engagement and the both of them are trying to move on, but desire eats at them and they try hard to resist. Cambria has a decision to make and it’s the most important decision of her life. This book is intended for mature audiences. THE SENSUAL SERIES OF CAMBRIA AND DORIAN CONTINUES in the hotly anticipated follow-up to YOUR SECRET’S SAFE WITH ME.
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Your Secret’s Safe With Me 3
It appears that Dorian and Cambria have gone their separate ways. Dorian’s engaged to Olympia and Cambria has been living the Fab life with Judge Ross. They both wear smiles and greet each other whenever they met at functions but are they truly happy being apart?
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Book Excerpt ~ Your Secret’s Safe With Me (Part 3)
The bedroom door opened wide, Rod and Giselle came out with luggage. They walked past me, and I kept my attention on the bedroom’s thresh hold. She appeared in the doorway. Her cheeks and nose both were red. Once those eyes met mine, I knew she’d been crying. She held her cosmetic box and rolled out her Mac Zuca bag. I’d bought her that last year. I kept going to the bathroom and couldn’t even brush my damn teeth for her all of her cosmetics covering the sink. The lady at the store said everyone who was anyone had the Zuca bag. She had four Mac makeup boxes that she consolidated into the Zuca bag. She loved that bag; she talked about it for weeks to her friends. Giselle ended up getting one because Cam repeatedly told her how much she loved it. I had done well with that purchase.
Cambria stopped next to island and dug into her purse. She pulled out her Arkansas Razorback keychain and her iPhone sitting them both on the marble top. Rod held the door open for her. She wouldn’t make eye contact with me. She just walked right passed me not saying a word. Dad and I were the only one’s watching her. Everyone else was to involved with Phillip and Roxy’s break down. I couldn’t feel anything for them yet. I was too far gone to give a damn. Dad watched me and then he frowned. He looked at the door, then at me, then back the door, and back at me. I knew he wanted me to go after her, but I couldn’t do that. He shook his head and then walked to over to Mom and Olympia. He wrapped an arm around both of their waists. He was giving me a window to take. A window to go and talk to Cam without an audience. I looked at the door, and Rod was closing it. I caught it before the latch could connect. I opened it back up and slid out.
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As mentioned in previous posts, this is the spin-off to the Love, Life, & Happiness series and will center around Cheryl’s brother Kevin. Find out how he handles his marriage to Jennifer and the return of his college best friend Carla in the first part of this hot new series.
Kevin Thompson always lived life straight by the book. He got a great job, married his college sweetheart, Jennifer and together they’re raising a wonderful son.
Even though Kevin is living the picture perfect life, he’s starting to feel that something is missing. His marriage is slowly falling apart leaving him in a compromising position. To make matters even more complicated, he unexpectedly runs into an old college friend, Carla Windsor. Carla just happens to also be friends with Jennifer.
When secrets are exposed between the three, will it destroy everything Kevin has worked hard for? Or, will he see this as his way out of the life that he once cherished?
Hi everyone! Since Something Just Ain’t Right 2 is coming soon, I decided to release the playlist. As you all may know from previous playlists, each song included on the list pertains to certain scenes in the story. You will notice that there are several songs from D’Angelo’s new album (which I had on repeat while writing this story).
Iggy Azalea-Beg For It
B.o.B. – Not For Long (feat. Trey Songz)
Taylor Swift- Style
Dwele- This Love
Ledisi- That Good Good
Ellie Goulding- Love Me Like You Do
D’Angelo and The Vanguard- The Charade
George Tandy, Jr.- March
Nick Jonas- Chains
D’Angelo and The Vanguard- Betray My Heart
Jazmine Sullivan- Let It Burn
Trey Songz- Slow Motion
Leela James- So Good
Ne-Yo- Take You There
Raheem DeVaughn- Nothing Without You
Ne-Yo- Lazy Love
Keke Wyatt- Nothing In This World
D’Angelo and the Vanguard- Another Life
Ed Sheeran- Thinking Out Loud
If you are a Rdio member, make sure to check out the Something Just Ain’t Right 2 playlist. Something Just Ain’t Right 2 will be released soon!!!
Hi everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Since we are days away to 2015 (Wow, can you all believe that?!), I was thinking on the next books to release. Although Something Just Ain’t Right will more likely be released in January (don’t hold me to that, but it’s a possibility) I am thinking about the next series to write. The front runners are still Kevin and Elise’s stories, but I haven’t forgotten about The Love Chronicles or the re-release of Our Love.
A series that is going through my head right now is giving Zack his own story, which will tell his experience as a rookie in the NBA. It will also give a little back story to his relationship with Dominique and his friendship with Jayden (which I’m sure you miss him and Britney!)
Now that I have a boatload of ideas, I need your help in deciding which books I should write. Of course it will be after Something Just Ain’t Right, but I can always think ahead on what to present to my publisher with the next series.
I will have a poll at the bottom with the choices. The one that has the most votes will be the next series. Now, Our Love and Redemption might still be released after Something Just Ain’t Right and before my new series, but these choices will still be included on the poll. Also, with Kevin and Elise’s stories, although the title names were the ones I included after Love Always, they may be subject to change.
Thanks in advance for your poll choices. Looking forward to seeing what you all choose! 🙂
Hi everyone!! Here is the cover for The List, by Kate L. Mary! This is the first book in the College of Charleston series. 🙂
Title: The List
Author: Kate L. Mary
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Series: College of Charleston series, Book #1
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Release Date: May 25, 2015
Twenty things every girl must do before she turns twenty. . .
But thanks to her crazy, over-protective father, Annie Roth is way behind schedule. Good thing it’s her first semester of college, because Annie is more than ready to start checking off items. . .
Where it gets complicated? Ryan and Chris. Best friends. Both sweet, funny, totally hot, and totally into Annie.
But there are some things on The List that Annie only wants to do with Ryan. . .
Get Heart Broken
Fall in love
I closed my eyes when my head started to spin. “Have a first date, a first kiss, smoke a cigarette, get a fake ID, go skinny dipping. Have sex.”
When I opened my eyes, Ryan was staring at me. My heart pounded. He was so close I could feel the heat radiating off his body. It made the blood sizzle in my veins.
“All that before you turn twenty?” he whispered. I nodded and his eyes went over my face, lingering on my lips. “How long do you have?”
My heart pounded in my ears, drowning out the ocean and the wind. Even the music from the party. “A year. I turn nineteen September fifth.”
“Seems doable,” he said, scooting closer. “How many things have you marked off?”
“Four before tonight.” My heart pounded even faster, and I inhaled sharply. His eyes were still on my lips and it made my brain even fuzzier than the alcohol. “Now I can cross off getting drunk, and Cami says we’re going to stay out all night.”
He pulled back a fraction of an inch. “How drunk are you?”
I shook my head and blinked a few times when my temples pounded. “I don’t have anything to compare it to.”
He frowned, then his eyes went to my lips. “We can cross something else off, if you want.”
About the Author:
Kate L. Mary is a stay-at-home mother of four and an Air Force wife. She grew up in a small town just north of Dayton, Ohio where she and her husband met at the age of twelve. Since their marriage in 2002, they have lived in Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and California.
Kate enjoys any post-apocalyptic story – especially if zombies are involved – as long as there is a romantic twist to give the story hope. Kate prefers nerdy, non-traditional heroes who can make you laugh to hunky pieces of man-meat, and her love of wine and chocolate is legendary among her friends and family. She currently resides in Oklahoma with her husband and children.
Be sure to check out her bestselling BROKEN WORLD series, which is a top 100 book in dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction on Amazon.
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Happy Sunday everyone!!! To get ready for the release of Unconditional Love on August 1st, both books from the Love, Life, & Happiness series will be for FREE this week!!
Starting, tomorrow, Trust Me will be free for one day only on Amazon as well as Smashwords. The book will also be free on July 5th-6th on both sites. The code for Smashwords is up: WT53G. Another code will be posted for July 5th-6th.
Love Unbroken will also be for free on July 5th-6th, but on Smashwords only. I will post a coupon that will have the code for everyone to purchase the book through their website. For Love Unbroken, this will be a new version that will include an excerpt from Trust Me as well as a preview for Unconditional Love.