Author J Richards

Burning Submission

The Submission Series Book One

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Sometimes submission can be hot…

Vicki’s never had a problem standing up for herself. So when a meathead at the gym grabs her butt, she has no problem punching him in the face. Gavin, the gorgeous gym owner, throws the guy out, and his tender, but insistent demand to tend to her injured hand makes Vicki hot. The buff, sex-god-come-to-life is everything she’s ever wanted, and he’s only too happy to show her how good sex can be.

Gavin is entranced by the feisty woman, even though he already has more than enough on his hands with the gym and his work as a volunteer fire fighter. The last thing he needs is this bundle of contained fury tossed in his lap, but something about her calls to his inner Dominant. Not only that, her body responds to him like no other. But when he discovers someone is stalking her, it’s no longer all fun and games. Submission is all about trust…and after a brutal attack, trust is the last thing Vicki is willing to give…to anyone.

Reader note: contains light BDSM, spanking, and submission elements

Author C.A Knoble Interview

Born in Toronto and raised nearby, Cynthia has written her entire life and in multiple genres. After a string of unsatisfying jobs and the onset of a chronic illness, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a published author. A graduate of culinary school, she is also the mother of two boys. She lives in southern Ontario, Canada with her sons, a dog and a cat.

Her first novel, Night’s Companion, is an erotic tale of a woman and her vampire lover. It has been well-received and has spawned several requests for a sequel.

Cynthia’s second novel, Chefree, is a sweet romantic tale of a lonely Chef and how her life is forever changed when handsome billionaire Aaron Hudson makes an appearance in her restaurant.

Her brand-new release, a series of erotic novelettes called, There He Sat, is her foray into short-story writing.

Plans for upcoming works include a horror novel and some paranormal romances.

For more info, please visit Cynthia’s website: http://www.caknoble.weebly.com

 

What inspired you to write your first book? I have written stories since I was a child. It has only been recently that I have found the courage to share my work with others and to publish it. I wrote Night’s Companion during the raw stages of my grieving the loss of my niece Kaity and it is the first book I published.

How much real life do you put into or influences your books? Occasionally bits of dialogue or a character trait in someone I know may find it’s way into a story but the vast majority is conjured by my imagination.

What is the hardest part of writing for you? I struggle to find balance writing with the promotion I need to accomplish. I wish I could just write endlessly but that is not the reality of my situation.

What are your current projects? My first horror novel, Paisley, is almost finished and I hope to release that soon. I’ve also been working on a mountain lion-shifter romance, another story with a unique take on werewolf packs, I’m revising the last installment in my There He Sat collection and I’m outlining a sequel to Night’s Companion. I’m busy.

How do you go about choosing the title for your book(s)? Truthfully, I kinda suck coming up with titles. I use snippets of song lyrics for titles a lot.

What is your favorite genre to write? I write stories as they come to me. My published works so far are in romance and erotica but I also write horror and fantasy stories.

Generally, how long does it take you to complete a book from idea to handing it over to your publisher? A few months usually, depending on how long the story is and how much research needs to be accomplished.

Do you ever use someone in your life as a sounding board for ideas or do you prefer to work alone? I have a few awesome beta readers and I’m part of an author group, Lascivious Ladies of Literature. The other authors (Gayle Cranfield, Michelle Roth, Kelsie Belle, Suzette Rose Cauler and Sara Anderson) are fabulous at kicking ideas around. I’m very fortunate to be part of such an incredible group.

Do you travel to research for your book(s)? I haven’t yet, no, but I would like that.

Did you learn anything while writing your book(s)? I learn a lot while writing. I learn new things from whatever research I’ve conducted and I always learn more about myself and the process of writing when I write a new story.

Have you ever had an idea for a book but never written it and what is it? I had an idea for a zombie book a few years back but the market is so saturated with zombie stories I didn’t think it would do well so it continues to sit on my hard drive as a partially written novel.

When writing, do you have a process? I do in that I start with an outline. However sometimes as the characters take shape they may dictate a different course of action than I had first thought. I normally write the story chronologically but then sometimes I write major events then go back and fill in smaller scenes. I suppose my process is organic, whatever seems to work for the particular story on which I’m working.

Do you have any advice for new authors looking to make their own literary statement? Write what feels real, to you, to your characters and to your story.

How many books have you written? Do you have a particular favorite? I have written six novels and a collection of five short stories. I love all my stories; they are all my babies. If pressed to choose a favourite, my answer is a horror trilogy entitled The Path of Thorns that has not yet been released.

Why did you choose to use a publisher instead of self-publishing? My first two novels were self-published and I may return to self-publishing in the future. I went with a publisher, Wicked Lass, a division of Eirelander Publishing, for There He Sat, the collection of erotic shorts. I have loved the process of working closely with my editor, Buffi BeCraft, and the stories are better because of her input.

Where do your ideas come from? Normally story ideas just pop into my brain, usually in fully fleshed-out scenes. Occasionally, a song or a photo influences me. Truly, anything can be an inspiration, which is why it is so important for writers to remain aware of their surroundings and events going on around them. Writing is a lonely process and too many writers seclude themselves from the outside world.

How many books do you currently have published? Two full-length novels, a paranormal erotic romance, Night’s Companion and Chefree, a sweet romance and a collection of erotic shorts entitled There He Sat.

Are you working on anything right now? I’m working hard to complete my first horror novel, Paisley, for a December release. After that I have a shifter romance entitled Ravages of Spirit in the works, along with a series surrounding a fire station and, amid many requests, I will begin working on a sequel to Night’s Companion in the new year.

Do you have a favorite Hero or Heroine from any of your books and why?Michelle from Night’s Companion. She suffered a horrible past and was still so strong. I loved how easily she went toe-to-toe with Kord, a vampire, and Drew, the town’s sheriff. Despite all she’d endured, she never backed down when she felt she was right. That conviction and strength is admirable.

Do you have anything you would like to say to your current readers or to those that haven’t yet read your work(s)? I would like to thank my current readers. You are all sensational women and I love and greatly appreciate all the amazing comments and reviews I have received from you. For those that haven’t yet read my work, what are you waiting for? 🙂

More About You ~ The Fun and the Naughty

Share one thing about yourself that would surprise people who know you. I also draw and paint.

Doggy style, cow girl or missionary? This depends on my moods and my partner. My favourite position isn’t mentioned here so I’ll let you wonder what could be my favourite.

What secret sinful pleasure do you keep hidden in your cupboards? Dark chocolate.

Are you a wine or beer kinda gal? Again, this depends on my moods and with whom I am drinking. I’m not much of a drinker but I do enjoy a glass of either now and then.

If you could go anywhere at all on your next vacation where would you go?This is a really tough question as there are many places I would love to visit. Spain has always called to me, as has Italy, Australia and New Zealand. I would also love to visit Ireland again. Oh, and Scotland. Yeah, I could probably go on all day listing off places in which I would love to vacation.

If you could choose any hot famous guy to take with you who would it be and why? I’m going to choose Gerard Butler. He’s worldly, hot, intelligent, funny and in my fantasies he is amazing in bed.

Thong, Bikinis, Granny Panties, or Boy shorts? Granny Panties.

Are you a dress up in heels or a jeans and flats woman? Oh my, try pajama pants and slipper socks for the most part! I do love to dress up when the occasion calls for it but otherwise I’m very casual.

Homebody or Party all the time girl? Homebody, definitely. I fare well in social settings, I just prefer my peace and solitude.

Tall, Dark and Deadly or Smart and Sexy or Athletic and Funny? If we’re ‘building’ a man here, then I want one who is Tall, Dark, Smart, Sexy, Athletic and Funny. If you force me to choose from the above, I’ll take the Smart and Sexy, thank you.

Significant other or Tearing up the town free and clear? I am currently looking for a significant other although I have no problem tearing up the town in the meantime.

Favorite social network and why? Facebook, probably because of the ease of communicating and sharing with others. It feels more intimate to me than some other platforms although social media is a still cold way to communicate.

What was your “dream” job as a child? I wanted to be a veterinarian.

What was the worst job you ever had while working towards being a published author? Retail jobs. Nightmare customers, stupid customers, ignorant customers, lol, I’m sure anyone who has ever worked in a retail environment can empathize.

What would be your next best choice if not writing as a career? I graduated from culinary school. So cooking, and most likely in an institutional setting, would be my next choice.

About Your Latest Release

Introduce us to the main characters:

My latest release is He Sat: Brooding is the third of five shorts in the collection. Each story is told from the male protagonist’s viewpoint. In Brooding, after catching his fiancée in a sexual tryst with his boss, Josh is starting afresh, a new job in a new city. Tara is also starting afresh, having just broken up with her boyfriend.

How do these two meet?

They meet at a train station, both awaiting the train that will whisk them away to their new existence. Mutual goals soon spark an attraction that leads to an intimate encounter on the train.

How would you characterize their relationship in one word answers, start, middle and end?

Cautious. Threatened. Hopeful.

What three words would you use to describe this story?

Hot with a plot. That was four words, sorry.

Blurb:

Desperate to escape from his deceitful ex-fiancée Kim, Josh Dawson awaits the train that will carry him to his fresh start in a different city. A chance meeting with the somewhat flaky but extremely alluring Tara, who is also fleeing her past, leads to an intimate encounter and then to a burgeoning relationship.

The appearance of Kim cuts short Josh’s glee at his content new existence. She awakens forgotten emotion within him as she pleads for her second chance and a new beginning for them as a couple. Forced to examine if his feelings for Tara are genuine or merely a rebound from Kim, Josh faces a near-impossible decision. He must choose between two vastly different women, an act that will elate one and devastate the other.

C.A the brooding

The words on the page swam before Josh’s eyes. Try as he might, he could not concentrate on the book in his hands. Reading was to be a distraction, a way to pass the time whilst waiting for the train. However, the intended carefree task had become an exercise in futility. No matter where he was or what he did, he could not block out the image of Kim, naked, straddling his boss, Lou. He could picture her sweat-soaked hair stuck to her neck and shoulders as her breasts swayed with the effort of riding Lou’s cock fiercely. The heavy scents of perspiration and sex filled his nostrils every time he remembered the horrid sight.

With a huff, he tossed the paperback into the trash container beside him and crossed his arms. He closed his eyes and attempted to focus on the new job that awaited him in a new city. He was grateful for the much-needed fresh start. He only wished that he could feel the elation for it that he should. However, Kim had robbed him of that, among so many other emotions. Now, he was either furious or numb, incapable of feeling anything other than one of those two extremes.

He opened his eyes and looked about the station as he shifted his body on the hard wood bench. At this late hour the building was almost deserted, apparently not many people rode the midnight train to Calgary. He caught sight of a custodian and watched him languidly push a broom around the floor in front of the washrooms. After a few moments, he grew bored of the man’s slow and lazy movements and stared at his shoes, cursing himself for arriving at the station so early. He knew it would be difficult to pass the time and yet he could not stand being in his parent’s home a moment longer.

Despite their continual reassurances that they understood what he was going through, he could not help but feel like a failure when he had had no choice but to temporarily move back home. He truly appreciated them allowing him to stay there while he had found his new job and prepared to move to Calgary. However, he could not bear another second of his father’s encouraging words that starting over was a good thing or his mother’s tearful begging for him to keep in contact as he was moving so far away.

The sound of small wheels caught his attention and he looked up to see a young woman walking toward him. She wheeled two suitcases behind her, one in each hand, and had two bags slung over each shoulder. She shuffled her flip-flop encased feet under the weight she carried, her floral sundress moving erratically around her legs. He wanted to look away but knew she was approaching him. There was no one else present and the lost look upon her face informed him that she was about to ask him something. Steeling himself for an unwanted conversation and hoping it would be over quickly, Josh held her gaze until she stopped before him.

Now he could see how red and puffy the areas around her eyes were. He assumed she had been crying recently. She smiled thinly at him. He thought the gesture looked forced, as if she did not want to smile but believed she should.

“Is this where the train to Calgary boards?”

Her voice was low and timid and held a sweetness he had not anticipated. The small but genuine smile that formed on his lips surprised him.

“Yeah, the platform is right out the doors behind me.”

“Oh, thank God,” she sighed.

She righted the suitcases and then shrugged her shoulders to drop her bags. One of them hit a suitcase and then rolled several feet away on the filed floor but she did not seem to notice. She shuffled a few more steps and then plopped down on the bench beside him. He immediately straightened his spine and slid to the furthest end of the bench, wondering why she had not sat on the empty bench beside the one he occupied. His peripheral vision caught her head turn in his direction, and he reluctantly looked back to her. He watched the corners of her lips twitch and thought she was about to smile again. Her chin quivered and then, to his surprise and gross discomfort, she burst into tears.

© C.A. Knoble 2015

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Author C.A Knoble

Kord is sexy, controlling and just too hot for Michelle to resist beginning a torrid sexual tryst with him, even if he is her new boarder. Mysterious, charming and more than capable of fulfilling every fantasy Michelle has ever had, she finds it easy to ignore the questions others raise about Kord’s odd behavior. When both of their violent pasts collide in their conjoined present, Michelle’s very life will hang in the balance as Kord struggles with a horrid choice: save Michelle or protect his true identity; lose his human lover or expose his true nature.

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c.a nights companion

 

Author Elle Boon interview

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Elle Boon lives in Middle-Merica as she likes to say…with her husband, two kids, and a black lab who is more like a small pony. She’d never planned to be a writer, but when life threw her a curve, she swerved with it, since she’s athletically challenged. She’s known for saying “Bless Your Heart” and dropping lots of F-bombs, but she loves where this new journey has taken her.

She writes what she loves to read, and that is romance, whether it’s erotic or paranormal, as long as there is a happily ever after. Her biggest hope is that after readers have read one of her stories, they fall in love with her characters as much as she did. She loves creating new worlds and has more stories just waiting to be written. Elle believes in happily ever afters, and can guarantee you will always get one with her stories.

What inspired you to write your first book? My friends were authors and I’d been beta/crit partnering for them for years. They’d encouraged me to try it, and so I did. That book will probably never be published, even though I do love the story lol. After that I couldn’t stop the stories in my head lol.

How much real life do you put into or influences your books? Soooo much. You will find little tidbits in every book. For examples…In Selena’s Men the girls dancing on the top of the bar, I have totally done that. Two For Tamara, when Akra says she doesn’t do girls, my best friend said that. Sooo many little things. In my latest book that is coming out December 15th, Jett’s book I have a scene where they are getting it on after having driven fast on the hood of his car, which is an old muscle car…Yeppp, totally from my own experience. LOL

What is the hardest part of writing for you? Promoting the books I’ve already written lol.

What are your current projects? I have 4 current works in progress. I have book 5 in my Ravens of War. Book 3 in my Mystic Wolves I just hit, The End, so now I’m waiting on edits. I just started book 2 in my Iron Wolves, and I’ve got a book coming out December 1st which is called A SmokeJumpers Christmas. It’s a short novella about Cammie and Keanu and their little baby. You’ll get to see all the characters from previous books, plus I have started book 3 &4 in that series, and plotted book 3 in the Iron Wolves and book 4 in the Mystic Wolves. OYYY, I am crazy lol.

How do you go about choosing the title for your book(s) ? I try to work them out to where they sorta stay within the series in some way. If possible lol

What is your favorite genre to write? Hands down paranormal and shifters <3 Although I love my RAVENS sooo hard.

Generally, how long does it take you to complete a book from idea to handing it over to your publisher? Depends on my “Real Life” 6-8 weeks.

Do you ever use someone in your life as a sounding board for ideas or do you prefer to work alone? Oh yes, I use several people. My betas and my bf Caitlyn O’leary are my go to people.

Do your travel to research for your book(s)? I have for my Mystic and Iron Wolves used places I’ve been to and to an extent for my Ravens. I like to use places I can picture in my head. However, since I do paranormal, I like to make shit up lol <3 So my worlds are sorta crazy <3

Did you learn anything while writing your book(s)? Yessss, what not to do and how to do it lol.

Have you ever had an idea for a book but never written it and what is it? Not yet. I mean I have lots of book ideas, but I plan to write them. They are all in my series. WEllllll, wait I have a series that is mainstream and is sort of real life, with a twist. It’s really an emotional telling that I plan to write and pitch at RT, but I’m not sharing just yet. I don’t know if it will get published since it’s based on real life and it is contemporary. I’ll keep you posted

When writing, do you have a process? Yep, I have coffee. Lots of coffee. Cheetoos puffs. Red Hots. Cofffffeeeee. Then when the afternoon or evening hits I need water with sweetnlow (this is a no judge zone people) I like music playing in the background. Depending on the book and scene. Hard rock or a nice Todays Country <3

Do you have any advice for new authors looking to make their own literary statement? I’ll tell them what Sylvia Day told me. Write 3 books before you submit. That way you know you are ready to be a writer and you’ll know how long it takes you to write. Don’t give up. Learn from your mistakes, and listen to your editors, but don’t always think they’re correct. Get some good editing books and learn “how” to write. Get a thick skin, because this can be a tough business, but if you love to write, you’ll enjoy the hell out of the journey <3

How many books have you written? Do you have a particular favorite? I’ve written 11, 1 is never, probably never, gonna see the world lol. Hmmm, I love all my books, but I think I love Lyric, but that’s probably because she’s the most recent lol.

Why did you choose to use a publisher instead of self-publishing? I chose a publisher first because I was scared and financially it was easier.

Where do your ideas come from? EVERYWHERE. I can literally see something in the sky and think “Hey, did you see that? That looks like something Zeus would do.” And boom I’m writing it down and putting it in my book of notes for the Ravens lol. Or I pass a wooded area and think that is where if I was a woman and my car broke down I’d hate to be stuck. That is exactly how I plotted out His Perfect Wolf, book 2 of my Mystic Wolves.

How many books do you currently have published? 9 books published, but if you count the 2 that will be published in December, it’ll be 11

Are you working on anything right now? I’m hoping to finish book 2 in my Iron Wolves MC by the end of November.Do you have a favorite Hero or Heroine from any of your books and why? Zeus will always be my favorite, cause he is everything I think is awesome in an alpha, and maybe because he was my first lol.

Do you have anything you would like to say to your current readers or to those that haven’t yet read your work(s)? I really would like to say thank you so much for taking the time to read my books, if you’ve read them. If you haven’t I truly hope you do. I swear I am totally not crazy “snort” okay, I may be a little, but I’m harmless

More About You ~ The Fun and the Naughty

Share one thing about yourself that would surprise people who know you. I have used little bits of most of my family and friends in my books lol. If they read my stories, they’d know it lol.

Doggy style, cow girl or missionary? All the above and then some <3

What secret sinful pleasure do you keep hidden in your cupboards? Ready Whip

Are you a wine or beer kinda gal? Moscato

If you could go anywhere at all on your next vacation where would you go? Hawaii

If you could choose any hot famous guy to take with you who would it be and why? The Rock

Thong, Bikinis, Granny Panties, or Boy shorts? Thong and No Shoe Panties

Are you a dress up in heels or a jeans and flats woman? I like to dress up and if I’m home I like comfy clothes.

Homebody or Party all the time girl? Homebody.

Tall, Dark and Deadly or Smart and Sexy or Athletic and Funny? A mix of all

Significant other or Tearing up the town free and clear? Hubby.

Favorite social network and why? Facebook.

What was your “dream” job as a child? I seriously can’t remember lol, but I love what I’m doing now.

What was the worst job you ever had while working towards being a published author? I didn’t have a worst job while working towards being an author, but while in college, I worked at a truck stop. I wouldn’t say it was awful, but it was interested.

What would be your next best choice if not writing as a career? I am and was a stay at home wife and mother. I love my life <3

About Your Latest Release

Introduce us to the main characters: Lyric Carmichael and Rowan Shade. Lyric is a shifter and the sister of the second of the pack of Iron Wolves MC. She is a total bad ass chick in her own right. Rowan is an ex-special forces soldier.

How do these two meet? Lyric is out with friends at a human bar when she is grabbed by several shifters from another pack. Rowan doesn’t realize shifters exist and steps in to help. He is bitten by the other wolves and seeing no other option, she bites him to save him from being turned by the rogue wolves.

How would you characterize their relationship in one word answers, start, middle and end? Sexy, Hot, Combustible

What three words would you use to describe this story? Fun, Sexy, Wild-Ride.

Blurb: Lyric’s Accidental Mate ~Bite Of The Moon~

Iron Wolves MC Book 1

A tough as nails soldier and a bad girl on a motorcycle with a bite…when they collide, everything changes.

A WOMAN IN NEED OF SAVING… Lyric Carmichael is a shifter in trouble. When a pack of rogue wolves attacks her, she knows she will have to fight for her life. Being a member of the Iron Wolves MC and a wolf shifter, she’s used to fighting, with the odds stacked against her, she’s not sure she’ll make it out alive.

A BADASS SOLDIER… Rowan Shade, a member of the Special Forces has fought many battles, so wading into the fight to save a gorgeous woman is second nature. Being bitten by Lyric in order to save him from a fate worse than death, and finding out there are supernatural beings, is one of the most erotic experiences of his life. He just hopes they live long enough to explore more of this new and wild world.

A LOVE BEYOND REASON…

As Rowan and Lyric explore their new relationship, the danger to the pack intensifies. When they find out one of their own has betrayed them, the strength of the entire MC is needed in order for them all to survive the upcoming battle

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Rowan’s wolf was restless. Lying next to the woman he already knew owned him body and soul, he decided to stretch his legs and maybe let his wolf out. Knowing he was able to become a furry beast, and accepting the fact was becoming easier with each passing second.

He slid out of bed, admiring Lyric’s naked form. His body responded to the sight of her luscious curves. The thought of sliding between her thighs and waking his mate back up almost had him doing just that, but a feeling something wasn’t right made him dress in record time. Easing out into the hallway, he wished there was a way to bar the door, other than breaking the lock, but he didn’t want to prevent Lyric from getting out in case of an emergency.

His wolf scratched at his mind, wanting to be let out. Rowan allowed the beast to surface, just enough to help him navigate the halls he’d never been in. The dimly lit walkways inclined as if they were leading back toward the surface a bit. He came to a halt outside a huge steel door where another state-of-the-art keypad was located. The camera showed him several men in camo searching around the surface near the entrance. Rage threatened to consume him at the thought of them breaking into the safe house where he and his mate were sleeping.

He punched in the code Lyric had used to access the other door, unimpressed when the thick door’s bolts could be heard unlocking. His wolf’s hearing picked up the men above moving down the hidden entrance toward him. Making sure he locked the door behind him, Rowan let more of his beast out, preparing to meet them. He’d protect what was his, and the people behind him were his, especially Lyric, his mate.

“Hello, boys. Can I help you?” he asked, his voice more gravelly with the wolf half of him taking up residence.

Four men skidded to a halt on the wet leaves, their camo proving they’d planned to blend into the foliage.

“We only want to talk to the leader.” One of the men held a black nightstick, tapping it against his thigh.

Rowan grunted. “And you thought sneaking around in the dark would get you an audience with the alpha, much less would get you a sit down that didn’t include him beating your ass?” Rowan kept to the shadows, knowing they couldn’t see his face or the fact he’d partially shifted. He couldn’t scent shifter on any of them, not like he could when he’d first met Lyric’s pack.

“We were told if we proved ourselves, they’d allow us to become one of them.” A younger man said hesitantly.

The man with the long rod knocked it against his thigh, and a crackling sound reached Rowan’s ears. With speed, he struck the man closest to him in the throat, lifting him into his arms and launching him at the man with the nightstick. The youngest of the group saw what was clearly the leaders go down and reached for his own Taser. Hating to hurt the young man, Rowan backhanded him. He felt a shock hit him in the back and twisted to see the last man standing, a look of triumph on his face. Rowan ripped the prongs out of his back, pulling the man to him. The man began to struggle, jerking a knife from his belt faster than Rowan had expected.

“I thought this was supposed to be a…gathering intel mission,” he spat. “But, it’s you or me, asshole.” The knife swung in a wide arc, slicing into Rowan’s chest. The burn left in its wake was minimal, enraging more than anything.

“Ah, little man, they should’ve sent more than pups in after the big boys,” Rowan taunted, letting the man see his contorted face for the first time. “Now, you will take me to the men who sent you.”

The faint scent of urine hit Rowan’s nostrils. “What are you?”

Rowan grabbed the zip ties from the man’s belt, shaking his head at the absurdity, and tied him up. He then checked for a pulse on the two unconscious men and the youngest one who couldn’t be more than a teen.

“How did you get recruited?” Rowan asked.

When the only conscious one didn’t answer, he squatted down and looked him in the eyes, pulling his wolf back so he faced him as a man. “Listen, I didn’t know anything about shifters until I was attacked outside a bar a couple of nights ago. I think the men who sent you after me are the ones who did it. If we work together, maybe we can stop another from being hurt, or worse, killed.”

His voice shook. “You aren’t going to kill me?”

Rowan took a deep breath, wishing he didn’t have to smell the man’s piss, but no scent of lies permeated the air. He’d been good at telling if someone was lying before he’d been changed, now he had an added helper. “As long as you tell me the truth and don’t try to hurt those I care for? No.”

With a jerk of his head, the younger man nodded. Rowan slung two bodies over one shoulder, the other he dragged up the incline, shaking at the knowledge they’d come so close to where he’d been sleeping with Lyric.

At the top, he looked back and forth, waiting for the kid to indicate which way they’d left their vehicle.

“I can’t remember which way we came.”

Author C.A Knoble

When billionaire Aaron Hudson dines in the relatively unknown restaurant run by Chef Bree Myers, she believes his appearance will be great for business. He is Toronto’s penultimate bachelor: handsome, rich, charming and coveted by countless women. Bree not only sees an increase in business but is surprised when he seems to take it upon himself to elevate the standing of the restaurant and further her career. He arranges for the city’s top food critic to review the restaurant and then sets his sights on having something Bree had not bargained for: her. When she is resistant to his advances, Aaron turns up the heat. He wants her and Hudsons always get what they desire. Their relationship is off to a rocky start as Bree finds that the upscale world of fame and fortune is increasingly difficult to endure. A betrayal finds her feeling the wrath of the Hudsons and Aaron is left pitting family and business loyalties against his love for Bree, and in the eccentric world of the Hudsons, matters of the heart rarely win.
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Author C.A Knoble

Desperate to escape from his deceitful ex-fiancée Kim, Josh Dawson awaits the train that will carry him to his fresh start in a different city. A chance meeting with the somewhat flaky but extremely alluring Tara, who is also fleeing her past, leads to an intimate encounter and then to a burgeoning relationship.

The appearance of Kim cuts short Josh’s glee at his content new existence. She awakens forgotten emotion within him as she pleads for her second chance and a new beginning for them as a couple. Forced to examine if his feelings for Tara are genuine or merely a rebound from Kim, Josh faces a near-impossible decision. He must choose between two vastly different women, an act that will elate one and devastate the other.