A Little Blackmail by Helen Conrad

Another stop on the Destiny Bay Romances Tour.

These sweet editions are just coming at the right time for me and I’m happy to have be able to show them to you.

A Little Blackmail
Destiny Bay Romances – Forever Yours
(Sweet Edition #2)
by Helen Conrad
Adult Romance
Paperback & Ebook, 172 pages
March 28th 2014 by Doorknock Publishing

Sometimes you have to break the rules to right a wrong.

Janet Cardona is usually a by-the-book good girl, but when Matt Carrington won’t give her cat back, she sees red. Rules mean nothing when there’s an animal to be saved. So when she’s caught in a burglary and blackmailed for it, she finds she can’t refuse. Matt only needs her to pretend to be his wife for a day or two so that he can run a scam he’s involved in. But once the pretense gets going, he begins to yearn for the real thing. Now Janet has to decide if she can let herself fall for a con man.

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As a treat I have an excerpt from the book for you too. Sit back, grab a coffee and read.

She found the phone on a small, lacquer table, picked up the receiver, and dialed. How easy it was to dial out. She felt like a prisoner here, yet she could call out whenever she pleased. She could so easily call home—even call the police . . . She gazed down the hallway, half expecting Matt to jump out at her at any moment, but there was no sign of anyone.
She laughed with relief. There was still a real world out there after all.
“Baxter,” she said affectionately, “it’s so good to hear your voice.”
“Janet, where are you?” Baxter sounded cranky. “You never showed up yesterday, and Howie and I have been here waiting since dawn. We’ve got that special edition on spores to lay out.”
“I know, and I’m really sorry to leave you two in the lurch, but I might not be in for a while.”
“You mean until after lunch?”
“I mean until after Thursday,” she said, hoping it was an exaggeration.
“What?” His outrage echoed in her head. “Where are you?”
She hesitated. What in the world was she going to tell him? If she told him the truth, he and Howie would be over here in no time, ready to rescue her. She couldn’t have that.
“None of your business, Baxter. I do have a private life, you know.”
She waited for him to laugh. Her indignant speech had certainly sounded phony to her and she expected him to see right through it. But for some reason, he seemed to believe her.
His voice was hushed, incredulous. “Are you … are you with some guy, Janet?” he asked.
She sighed. At least here she could go with the truth. “Yes, Baxter. As a matter of fact, I am.”
There was a long silence. Neither one of them knew what to say next.
“Janet?” Baxter ventured at last.
“Don’t . . . don’t do anything crazy.”
“Of course not.”
“I mean . . . Howie and I . . . You know we . . . well, we care about you and if you need any help or anything . . .”
Inexplicably, tears welled in her eyes. She hadn’t expected that.  Since her father had died, those two were all she had left in the world.  Except Alexander, of course.  But to know they felt that way too touched her heart.
“Thank you, Baxter,” she whispered, her voice breaking. “Goodbye.” She put down the receiver and stood for a moment, her hand still on it, blinking away the moisture in her eyes. What great guys.


Helen Conrad is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than 90 romances (over 15 million copies sold) published under various pseudonyms with Harlequin, Silhouette, Loveswept, and others. She is currently revamping and rewriting much of her backlistómainly into the Destiny Bay Romances Series. The first six, the Forever Yours Series, are being rewritten as Sweet Editions.


A Little About the Destiny Bay Romances: Sweet Editions
From Author Helen Conrad

“The Destiny Bay Romances take place in the sort of beach town I’ve always loved–and now I live in one! But writing about beach towns came first and this series is centered on the rich, influential Carrington family living along the California Coast, and in Hawaii. These are good-looking, fast-driving, hard-hitting men and women whose impulses lead them into trouble every time–and inevitably to fall in love.

The original series includes language and love scenes that aren’t, for the most part, especially harsh and explicit–but some of my readers from my years writing sweets for Harlequin as Raye Morgan have asked if we couldn’t have sweet and clean versions–and I thought–what a good idea!

These are basically the same stories…but with the conflicts softened a bit, the language cleaned up, and no explicit love scenes. There are still a few adult situations, but they’re muted. Consider these the PG versions.

I hope you enjoy them!”

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The other book stops on this tour are:

Run Run Runaway
May 12 – Book Intro

May 13
Letters from Annie Douglass Lima
Christy’s Cozy Corners
Kelly P’s Blog
My Ereader and Me

May 14
I Am A Reader
All That’s Written …

May 15
deal sharing aunt
The Wonderings of One Person
Katie’s Clean Book Collection

May 16
The Reading Diaries
Mythical Books
Tressa’s Wishful Endings
i blog 4 books

May 18
Getting Your Read On
My Love for Reading Keeps Growing
The Written Adventure

Moving Too Fast
May 26 – Book Intro

May 27
Kelly P’s Blog
deal sharing aunt
My Ereader and Me

May 28
All That’s Written …
Mythical Books
I Am A Reader

May 29
The Wonderings of One Person
Katie’s Clean Book Collection

May 30
My Love for Reading Keeps Growing
Tressa’s Wishful Endings
The Reading Diaries
i blog 4 books

Jun 1
Letters from Annie Douglass Lima
Getting Your Read On
The Written Adventure
Christy’s Cozy Corners

June 2 – Grand Finale

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Review The Guest by Karen Dales

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This short captured me from the start with the scene setting and the way this author knows how to make me almost hear the monks chant. She expertly builds up and foreshadows what is bound to come, but then still surprises with the how and the who.

I loved how she made the Guest real and gave him an unexpected dept. All the other characters, even the ones who have a minor part in the whole, are not just cardboard figures but real and alive. And like I mentioned above the scenes are properly set without becoming an info dump, but rather is very much picture painting.

Yes, a very pleasurable read I would suggest to everyone who likes reading a snippet of buddhist life presented very different from what you would expect.

Book Tour and #Giveaway – Wake Up Call by Victoria Ashley

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Victoria Ashley

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My heart stopped and suddenly it was hard to breathe. His voice always had that effect on me. It was like poison slowly running through my veins killing me bit by bit. Like a drug that I couldn’t get enough of even though I was almost down to my last breath.

Jace took a step forward and grabbed my hand. He slowly trailed his fingers over my face and backed me into the wall. My heart stopped again if that was even possible. “You can’t leave,” he whispered. “I need you.” His warm breath kissed my lips as he bit his bottom lip and placed both of his hands around my face. They were warm and soft to the touch. Too big for my fragile face, although I wanted to bury myself in them. “Breathe. There is no one here but the two of us. Breathe,” he whispered.

Avery Hale had spent her whole childhood abused by her drunken, hopped-up parents. Broken from a lifetime of hate and pain she grew up realizing that trust and love just didn’t exist. Not in her world at least. After turning the age of eighteen, she packed up and moved far away determined to escape her hurtful past and start a new life. Once on her own she comes to the conclusion that the emptiness still exist. Doing what she had to to survive she found herself mixed up in exotic dancing and meaningless sexual relationships unable to feel anything, for anyone. She was sure that her life was worthless and there was nothing left for her. On the other hand, so she thought. 

After meeting a beautiful stranger, jace, her life suddenly is turned upside down. Everything that she truly believed suddenly gets questioned and then she is left to figure out if there is really more to her than she could ever have imagined. Jace, having some secrets of his own puts the pain of his own past behind to do what he can to help Avery.Can the love of another broken person be enough to help Avery, or is she already too far gone? 

Avery’s life is pulled in many directions as she tries to find herself, and not everyone and thing is what they seem to be in this story of love, trust and opening up. Finding herself and learning to love herself might just be the hardest thing she’s ever had to do.


Victoria Ashley PictureA bit about the author

Victoria Ashley is an author from Rockford, IL. She wrote her first novel in 2011 after finding an app on her phone that allowed writers to upload their own work. After finding her passion in writing she then moved on to publish her first novel Wake Up Call, which has been viewed over thirteen million times on that website and plans to continue working hard to publish more in the near future. You can find her Facebook Author page here

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How’s Your Gas Mileage? How To Be a Hybrid Author by Melissa Bowersock

It used to be that there was one path an author could follow to publication: find an agent, pitch your manuscript to a traditional publishing house, sign a contract, and get published. Pretty straight-forward, much like buying a car. You narrowed down your choices by style of car, color and options, you bought the thing, and drove it off the lot.

Easy, huh?

Not anymore. Now we’ve got a zillion options for powering a car: regular gas, diesel, electric, hybrid, flex fuel. Having these options is a two-edged sword: we have lots to choose from, but the decision-making process gets a bit tougher because we need to research all the options to know which one is the best fit.

Publishing is much the same. That one avenue to publication has turned into a superhighway complete with onramps, off-ramps, overpasses, bypasses and cloverleafs. It’s sometimes hard to know which is the right way to go.

I got into the game back in the 1980s when that one clear path was the only way to go. Through an agent, I sold my first two books to a NY house and was *ta da* traditionally published. All well and good, although the experience was not quite the joyful satisfaction I had dreamed about. The publisher changed the titles of both books, chose the cover designs, and the only editing process consisted of asking me to either add or delete x number of pages in order to make the page count. But, true to their word, the books were published, they appeared in book stores, grocery stores and drug stores and I made a little money.

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Enter the 90s, and the rules started to change. The traditional big houses got more and more gunshy; they were less inclined to gamble on a new, or little-known name. The good news was that the entrepreneurial spirit was alive and well, and small presses were springing up like weeds to take up the slack. Or rather, they were making tracks in the weeds, carving out their own dirt roads to the promised land. Suddenly there were a few more options for authors, although some of those dirt roads were bumpy and some took longer and more convoluted paths to get where the author wanted to go.


Breaking into new genres my original publisher had no interest in, I hooked up with a few of those small presses. One contracted with me to do only an e-book of my satire of romance novels. Another picked up a contemporary romance and did both a paperback and a Kindle version.

Then I learned about CreateSpace, Amazon’s self-publishing company, in the mid-2000s and decided to give it a go. The first time through the process had a steep learning curve. Formatting the book to the finished size with chapter headings, page numbers, and headers, creating the cover, uploading the files and then proofing the final product were all huge steps, and I did quite a dance around my mistakes before I broke through to the finish line. But in the end, I did it—I self-published my first book. And it looked good.


Next challenge was converting the book for Kindle. Again, there was a learning curve, but after the formatting experience I’d already been through, it wasn’t that difficult. Now I was an e-book publisher, as well. Reading through several of the writers’ forums online, I heard about Smashwords, an independent e-book publisher that would provide digital formats for all the other e-readers out there beside Kindle. More learning curves, but I followed their extensive guidelines, plowed through it and converted most of my books for all readers. I had all the options covered.

And that’s the best part about being a hybrid author. When you buy a car, you’re pretty much stuck with that engine system, be it gas, diesel, electric or some combination thereof. But as authors, we have a plethora of choices to choose from—one, two, or all of the above. We can keep going the traditional route or we can branch off into any of multiple directions dependent on how much time, effort and money we are comfortable putting into it. If we have multiple books, we can publish each in a separate manner. If we have only one book, we can still divide the print and digital versions into separate processes. The opportunities and the combinations are unlimited, and many authors are mixing and matching as their wants and needs dictate.

What’s the best way for you to go? Do your homework, research the options and choose the path that fits. Don’t limit yourself to old school thinking; find the option that gets the best mileage for your work, and kick that engine into overdrive!

Book Blast and Giveaway Knowing Vera by Rachelle Ayala

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Some secrets are best untold.

Vera Custodio has never fallen in love, though she has strong feelings for her friend and sometimes lover, Zach Spencer. Long-forgotten memories resurface when Vera discovers Zach’s mother was the woman her father supposedly murdered many years ago.

After losing his leg, former triathlete Zach Spencer reevaluates his life—and realizes he’s falling in love with Vera. When she ends their relationship, Zach is determined to prove his love and follows her to Australia in search of the killer.

Caught between a web of family secrets and a deranged adversary, Vera and Zach must depend on each other for survival. Love blossoms, but the truth explodes everything Vera knows about herself. Will she close her heart forever or risk it all for a shot at happily-ever-after?

Knowing Vera



clare-ricoAbout the author

Rachelle Ayala is the author of dramatic fiction crossing genres and boundaries featuring strong but flawed characters. She writes emotionally challenging stories and is not afraid of controversial topics. However, she is an optimist and laces her stories with romance and hope.

Rachelle Ayala has written four novels. Michal’s Window is a powerful and emotional journey as lived through the eyes of Princess Michal, King David’s first wife. Broken Build is a story of redemption and healing where a man learns to love and trust the woman who destroyed his life. Hidden Under Her Heart is a heartfelt love story mixed with controversy over difficult decisions.

Her latest is Knowing Vera , a steamy romantic suspense involving family secrets, disability, and an unsolved murder.


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