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Burn It Up

Nov. 3, 2015 Signet Eclipse, ISBN: 9780451476609

Desert Dogs, Book Three

In the latest from the acclaimed author of Give It All, mount up and ride a roaring motorcycle to Fortuity, Nevada, where the heat is rising…

After a decade spent chasing shadier pursuits, Casey Grossier has come home to the badlands to settle down in Fortuity. Vowing to put his days of dirty money behind him, he’s cleaned up his act and become co-owner of Benji’s Saloon. But despite his efforts to be a better man, he can’t shake his crush on his sweet-faced bartender, even though the woman screams trouble.

Abilene Price hopes she can outrun her mistakes and build a safe, respectable life for herself and her baby. So she’d be wise to keep her distance from her boss, Casey, and the rest of his roughneck motorcycle club, the Desert Dogs. But she just might need their help. The return of a violent figure from Abilene’s past ignites a powder keg—and it’s only the beginning…

Praise

"A wonderfully refreshing addition to this series, featuring a warm-hearted hero and a lost, lonely heroine who must learn to overcome their pasts… A unique and successful part of a fast-paced, savvy series. ★★★★" Romantic Times

"McKenna creates flawed yet relatable characters, and her plotting is deft. Readers will look forward to spending more time in Fortuity." —Publishers Weekly

"A slow burn of a romance, McKenna draws on the heartstrings with this emotionally stirring novel. Straddling the line between romantic suspense and contemporary romance, this series doesn't follow the regular biker book rules. I definitely think it is worth the read even if you don't find biker books appealing." —Fresh Fiction

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Crosstown Crush

Sept. 1, 2015 Signet Eclipse, ISBN: 9780451476050

When he’s working, Mike Heyer is all business—every inch the alpha male, with the hard, capable body to back up his persona. But at home he can be a different man entirely, harboring appetites only his wife gets to glimpse…

When Samira first learned of her husband’s fantasies, she was reluctant, even alarmed. But after witnessing the way they set him on fire, she yielded, and happily indulged. As their games have intensified, so has the rush. And now so has the risk—they’re poised to take Mike’s indecent desires to the next level, by opening their bed to a sexy, brazen stranger. A man seeming custom-made to grant every last one of Mike and Samira’s sinful wishes.

Welcoming someone new into their lives was always a dangerous proposition, but the couple imagined if anything was at stake, it was their privacy…not their hearts.

Praise

"Cara McKenna writes about kink, sex and emotion with intricacy and intimacy. I can’t get enough!" —Molly O'Keefe, author of Everything I Left Unsaid

"McKenna has already proven she is willing to push the envelope and challenge readers, and this deliciously kinky opening of her new series offers fans everything they have come to love in her books. ★★★★" Romantic Times

"McKenna satisfies the reader with scene after gloriously filthy scene of detailed play-by-plays and dirty talk, while also giving a real sense of the appeal of the cuckold dynamic for all parties." —Publishers Weekly

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Badger

Aug. 31, 2015 Brain Mill Press, ISBN: 9781942083030

Literary Fiction, as C.M. McKenna

C.M. McKenna’s compelling voice has earned a devoted audience and multiple awards for her erotic fiction. Her page-turning literary debut, Badger, disturbs and titillates with the story of a recovering pill addict whose compulsive fascination with a Boston antihero spirals out of control.

Nearly twelve months sober, Adrian Birch feels like a nobody. But when her wrist is broken in a hit-and-run accident, she’s avenged by the Badger, a secretive street vigilante. Instantly obsessed, Adrian takes to staging suicide and constructing chance meetings to get his attention. Their resulting affair is harsh and needy, wrought with McKenna’s signature dark eroticism—until the connection gets out of hand and ignites the violent passions of the city.

Hailed for her “evocative,” “intense,” “deftly drawn,” and “engrossing” stories by reviewers at Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and Jezebel, McKenna now establishes herself as a rising star in neo-noir. Badger challenges the reader to imagine how an impulsive young man is killed, offering only the perspective of the fascinating and unreliable Adrian Birch.

Praise

“Badger is for fans of twisted love stories, a read that will stay with you long after it’s over, like a bruise you can’t stop pressing because the pain feels so good you don’t want it to end.” New York Times bestselling author Megan Hart

"The pacing, the backstory, the main characters, the side characters, the attention to detail exactly when it was needed…pure perfection. Brilliantly written, unique and uncomfortably profound. If you’re in the mood for a raw, gritty yet beautifully written love story, this is it. ★★★★★" —Maryse's Book Blog

"A masterwork of erotic fiction. Deep, dark and thrilling—easily in my top five of all time." —Charlotte Stein, author of Never Loved

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Drive It Deep

June 16, 2015 Penguin / InterMix, ISBN: 9780698407848

A Desert Dogs Novella (prequel; can be read out of order)

The author of Give It All and Lay It Down reveals a glimpse into the past in this blistering new Desert Dogs prequel about love gone wrong.

Jeremiah Church and Raina Harper have been close since they were kids, back when life was all about hot Nevada summers spent running wild on the backs of their motorcycles with their friends. Now in their thirties, their lives are changing, and so is the way Miah looks at Raina—a sizzling tension has begun to smolder, impossible to ignore.

Miah is a man of simple pleasures—after a long day overseeing his family’s cattle ranch, a cool drink in his hand and a barstool under his backside are all he needs. Except lately, Miah’s begun looking at his bartender differently. Raina is Miah’s polar opposite—she’s as hot-headed as he is self-possessed, as wild as he is steady. And though they’re a recipe for disaster, the mutual attraction brewing between them is too tempting to deny.

But when bottled-up desires hit this hard, this fast, after so long, the results are positively explosive. And while the affair is hot enough set the badlands on fire, when the flames burn out, will their lifelong friendship survive, or go up in smoke?

Praise

"Sensual and alluring, Cara McKenna's writing will always spellbind readers." —Fresh Fiction

"A perfect cocktail: sexy cowboys, protagonists who are old enough to actually have some character, a romantic conflict that’s very, very real… Drive it Deep is a fantastic romance. Wonderful, real, and raw. ★★★★½" —Romance and Smut

"Despite their differences, when these two come together, they produce enough heat to swelter under the Nevada desert stars… That makes things very dangerous, because loving your best friend and falling in love with your best friend are two very different things." —Heroes & Heartbreakers

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Give It All

Feb. 3, 2015 Signet Eclipse, ISBN: 9780451471277

Desert Dogs, Book Two

Keep your friends close—and your enemies closer...

Bar owner Raina Harper can’t say for sure what Duncan Welch is to her. With her small Nevada town under siege by a ruthless casino development and still reeling from a spate of murders, she knows that trusting the public face of the corporate invaders is risky to say the least. Though, damn, it’s one fine-looking face…

Duncan may be a mercenary when it comes to getting the job done, but he’s no villain. In fact, the calculating fixer soon finds himself in the bad guys’ crosshairs, framed and facing professional ruin. To clear his name, he’ll need help from Raina and her roughneck motorcycle club, the Desert Dogs. Gaining their trust won’t be easy, and the molten sexual tension between Raina and Duncan only makes things more complicated—especially since Miah Church, Raina’s friend and ex-lover, would sooner strangle Duncan than shake his hand.

One thing’s certain, though: If they don’t deal with their incendiary attraction soon, the whole damn town might go up in flames…

Praise

"McKenna's Desert Dogs series is one of the most original and compelling out there. In this second installment, a marvelously mismatched couple find everything they fear and desire in each other's arms. A rare treat. ★★★★½" Romantic Times

"McKenna’s second Desert Dogs contemporary is an engrossing romantic thriller. While Raina and Duncan appear to be as different as oil and water, a sizzling sexual chemistry arcs between them. McKenna’s deft plotting and endearingly flawed characters will keep readers coming back for more." —Publishers Weekly

"Duncan and Raina’s relationship begins as an uneasy dance that is firmly based in distrust but heightened with a coiled whip of lust and need that flashes through them with each new encounter. Duncan knows deep inside that Raina will change him. For the better or worse though, that remains to be seen." —Heroes and Heartbreakers

"Once again, Cara McKenna has completely won me over with her imperfect, flawed characters and a story that keeps on surprising me." —Guilty Pleasures

"Featuring [a heroine] as tough, determined, and whip-smart as any you're likely to find in contemporary romance today." —Romance Novels for Feminists

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Wild Holiday Nights

Dec. 1, 2014 Harlequin Blaze, ISBN: 9780373798292

Satisfy your Christmas cravings with…

“Holiday Rush” by Samantha Hunter
Cake guru Calla Michaels is canceling Christmas to deal with fondant, batter and an attempted robbery. Then officer Gideon Stone shows up at her door. Calla thought her kitchen was hot enough before…

“Playing Games” by Meg Maguire
With her plane grounded on Christmas Eve, Carrie Baxter agrees to share a rental car with her secret high school crush. Sure, Daniel Barber is hotter than ever, but he's still just as prickly, too. It's gonna be one looong drive…and an unforgettably X-rated night!

“All Night Long” by Debbi Rawlins
Overworked paralegal Carly Watts needs Jack Carrington's signature, but he'll do whatever it takes to buy more time before selling his grandfather's company. Including having one very naughty night before Christmas!

Praise

"In Maguire's 'Playing Games,' an ice storm forces two travelers…into close quarters for one of the sexiest road trips in recent memory. This trio of holiday love stories is sure to make an enjoyable stocking stuffer. ★★★★" Romantic Times

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Lay It Down

Aug. 5, 2014 Signet Eclipse, ISBN: 9780451471260

Desert Dogs, Book One

Backbreaking days, wild nights, and the hard hum of steel between your thighs...

That’s a life well lived, according to the Desert Dogs—four friends who call Fortuity, Nevada, their badlands home.

Vince Grossier is the self-crowned outlaw king around here. But when Fortuity’s slick new mayor invites a casino development to town, greed isn’t far behind—and it claims Vince’s good friend as its first casualty. With the law turning a blind eye to the mysterious death, Vince must seek his own brand of justice. The pretty photographer hired by the developers might be the key to uncovering the truth. And she’s a temptation too good to pass up.

Finally free of a controlling ex, Kim Paget’s not looking to be taken for a ride—not on the back of some tattooed roughneck’s bike and definitely not in his bed. But when she uncovers evidence supporting Vince’s suspicions of murder, Kim must entrust her safety to a man whose body threatens danger of a whole different kind.

Praise

"Like a smooth shot of whiskey after a dry desert ride, Lay It Down quenched my thirst for wicked hot romance. Cara McKenna knows how to write sexy-as-hell bad boys." New York Times bestselling author Jaci Burton

"McKenna opens her Desert Dogs series on the perfect note, presenting readers with a story that is sizzling, intelligent and completely absorbing. She burrows under each character's skin…and her well-executed badlands setting reflects her biker gang perfectly: gritty, rugged, dangerous, but noble and utterly captivating. A series to watch. ★★★★½" Romantic Times

"McKenna ratchets up sexual chemistry and danger in equal measure, and tension stays high to the end. Readers will eagerly turn pages to learn the outcome of both the mystery and the romance." —Publishers Weekly

"A gritty desert setting and murder mystery along with a sexy romance and a few scenes that made me laugh out loud round out this book." —HEA USA Today

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All Or Nothing

April 24, 2014 Harlequin, ISBN: 9781488700286

This is a re-release of Making Him Sweat.

First book in the re-released Wilinski's series, followed by Going the Distance and Takedown.

Disagreements are best settled in the ring and—below the belt…

Round 1
In this corner is Jenna Wilinski, who’s inherited a rather seedy boxing gym from her estranged father. With it, she can realize her dream of launching an upscale matchmaking business…provided she can take on the very intimidating—and wickedly hot—boxer who stands in her way!

Round 2
In the far corner is former pro boxer Mercer Rowley. He’s the only who can protect his “home”—even if it is a little rundown—from his determined and feisty little opponent. But man, once the gloves come off, his hands just want to touch her everywhere…

Round 3
This match-up is too close to call. But no matter which contender comes out on top, the other is sure to enjoy every minute of it…

Praise

"Maguire succeeds in socking us with a sterling combo of love, loyalty, family, sweat and tears. ★★★★½" Romantic Times

"If you enjoy reading about super sexy boxers who like to get down and dirty, then definitely give this book a try. It’s an easy, entertaining story and I’m looking forward to reading the next installment, [Going the Distance]." —Blithely Bookish

"Full of interesting, likable characters and sexy love scenes. A contemporary romance I would recommend for anyone who wants something light, fun and easy." —Fiction Vixen

Named a 2013 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award nominee (as Making Him Sweat)! Romantic Times

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Going The Distance

April 24, 2014 Harlequin, ISBN: 9781488700293

This is a re-release of Taking Him Down.

Second book in the re-released Wilinski's series, between All Or Nothing and Takedown.

Rules of the Ring...

No unsportsmanlike conduct.
Matchmaker Lindsey Tuttle always thought Rich Estrada was a whole lot of sexy. What's not to lust after? He's a gorgeous, flirty mixed martial arts fighter. When they find themselves heating up during an unexpected-and superintense-make-out session, Lindsey is ready...until Rich ends it with no explanation.

Three rounds...
Now it's almost a year later, and Rich has a broken foot, which means a frustrating recovery back in Boston before his next fight. But this could be the perfect time for a rematch with a sexy little matchmaker....

And minimal clothing!
There's no denying the chemistry between them. It's full-contact, no-holds-barred attraction...and only one can be on top!

Praise

"The perfect summer read." —Harlequin Junkie

"Grade A. If you have read Maguire before…you know she writes flirt and spark like nobody else. [Going the Distance] is no exception." —Badass Book Reviews

A Dear Author Recommended Read! "The sex is smoking but before they commit to each other, they realize that each needs the other on a deeper basis. By the time they’re set for the future, I’m totally on board." —Dear Author

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Takedown

April 24, 2014 Harlequin, ISBN: 9781488741746

This is a re-release of Driving Her Wild.

Third book in the re-released Wilinski's series, a sequel to All Or Nothing and Going the Distance.

Winning is good. Succumbing is even better…

Evasion
Recently retired pro MMA fighter Steph Healy is through having rough-and-tumble romps with sexy blue-collar dudes. Unfortunately, Wilinski's Fight Academy has hired an electrician with a body built to make a gal weep.

And avoiding some full-body contact is taking all of Steph's self-control.

Grapple
Carpenter-turned-electrician Patrick Doherty is damn good with his hands. Sure, he's not what Steph is looking for—yet. But he's about to prove that she has seriously underestimated her opponent…

Submission
The moment Patrick has her deliciously pinned, Steph knows she's in deep, deep trouble. Because this seemingly mild carpenter has the mastery to give her exactly what she needs…and this is one takedown she's willing to take lying down!

Praise

"A realistic storyline with an unusual heroine and a struggling everyman hero makes this an easy story to like. And Steph and Patrick's bedroom tumbles certainly don't hurt. ★★★★½" Romantic Times

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Hard Time

April 15, 2014 Penguin / InterMix, ISBN: 9781101622018

Annie Goodhouse doesn’t need to be warned about bad boys; good sense and an abusive ex have given her plenty of reasons to play it safe. But when she steps into her new role as outreach librarian for Cousins Correctional Facility, no amount of good sense can keep her mind—or eyes—off inmate Eric Collier.

Eric doesn’t claim to be innocent of the crime that landed him in prison. In fact, he’d do it again if that’s what it took to keep his family safe. Loyalty and force are what he knows. But meeting Annie makes him want to know more.

When Eric begins courting Annie through letters, they embark on a reckless, secret romance—a forbidden fantasy that neither imagines could ever be real…until early parole for Eric changes everything, and forces them both to face a past they can’t forget, and a desire they can’t deny.

UK readers: Hard Time is now available to you! The ebook was released by Piatkus on November 7, 2014, with the paperback to follow on July 2.

Praise

"Gritty and compelling. McKenna is a master at capturing realistic situations and characters." —Maya Banks, #1 New York Times bestselling author

A Dear Author Recommended Read! "For all of its forbidden nature, this is a lovely, heartfelt romance." —Dear Author

"Hard Time delivers erotic passion unlike anything I've seen in awhile. Delightfully dirty, Cara McKenna has found her place among some of my favourite erotic writers." —Under the Covers

"Ultimately, here in the underbelly of blue collar life, we learn that people are more than just labels, snap judgments are often misguided, and new life is found in the most unlikely of places. There's nothing sugar-coated here, and the romance stands out more because of it." —Heroes & Heartbreakers

"★★★★½ Top Pick! McKenna has crafted an intense, at times dark, heated romance. Eric's letters to Annie are simply beautiful and build to a physical and emotional relationship that is completely addictive." Romantic Times

Named a 2014 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award winner!
As well as an RT Editors' Best Books of 2014 pick. Romantic Times

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Her Best Laid Plans

April 15, 2014 Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin, ISBN: 9781460328248

Experience Ireland—the dramatic beauty, the warm hospitality...and the smoking-hot local guys!

Imagine nursing a pint in a cozy, authentic country pub, far from Cork City’s busy pulse. Getting here took you a plane, bus, taxi, and...erm, bicycle. But just as you’re resigning yourself to drinking beside gray-haired farmers, you see him—a man with the looks and charm to soothe any heartbroken girl.

He’s your bartender. Your really, really gorgeous bartender.

For American Jamie Webb—recently dumped and housesitting for two weeks—Connor Kelleher is like a six-course feast after a 23-year starvation diet. But it’s gotta be casual. She’s just begun re-routing her life after an extended, man-related detour. Still, a sexy romp (or twenty!) with Sexy McBartender?

But what about when Jamie's best-laid plans for no future plans with any man begin to change?

Praise

"You just want to roll around in [the story] and enjoy the heat, the emotion, the connection. Jamie and Connor have great chemistry, of course, but also good old-fashioned fun." —Heroes & Heartbreakers

"Every time I open a Cara McKenna book, it's like opening a treasure box." —The Bookish Babes

A 2015 RITA Award finalist in the Romance Novella category! —Romance Writers of America

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Unbound

Oct. 15, 2013 Penguin / InterMix, ISBN: 9781101621998

She set out to find herself, and discovered the darker side of desire.

Merry’s lost a lot recently—first her mother, then close to a hundred pounds. Feeling adrift, she strikes out in search of perspective. A three-week hike through the Scottish Highlands was supposed to challenge her new body and refocus her priorities, but when disaster strikes, she’s forced to seek refuge in the remote home of a brooding, handsome stranger…

Rob exiled himself to the Highlands years ago, desperate to escape his own self-destruction. Haunted by regrets, he avoids human contact at all costs…but when Merry turns up injured, he can’t very well run her off. And as he nurses her back to health, Rob can’t resist his guest’s sweet demeanor—or her flirtatious advances. The igniting passion between them rouses a secret appetite Rob has long struggled to keep hidden. But Merry craves nothing more than to help Rob surrender to his desires, and the journey draws the lovers into an entirely different kind of wilderness.

Praise

"McKenna fans will be pleased both by Rob, a new type of hero, and with how Unbound deals with heavy issues. Readers can look forward to a passionate connection with this book and the characters and, in the end, ask for more of Rob and Merry." —Heroes & Heartbreakers

"Unexpectedly charming characters with a heady dose of kink makes this story one of my favorites this year." —Under the Covers

"Dirty and mesmerizing… It is pretty amazing to sit down and read just about the two main characters and nothing else. There are no distractions to pull you away from focusing on them and only them." —Fiction Vixen

A Dear Author Recommended Read! "Grade: A. I’ve never encountered such a raw, visceral, genuine portrayal of fetishism in erotica… It won’t be for everyone, but if you’re looking for nuanced portrayals of complicated characters I can’t recommend it enough." —Dear Author

"[The] author does a really nice job writing this hero… While this book has some very sexy scenes, it also has a nice overall arc as we watch Rob become more confident and find love again. Really enjoyed this one." USA Today

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After Hours

April 16, 2013 Penguin / InterMix, ISBN: 9781101621981

A dangerous infatuation with a rough and ready man…

Erin Coffey has been a nurse for years, but nothing’s prepared her for the physical and emotional demands of her new position. Needing to move closer to her dysfunctional family, she takes a dangerous job at Larkhaven Psychiatric Hospital, where she quickly learns that she needs protection—and she meets the strong, over-confident coworker who’s more than willing to provide it.

Kelly Robak is the type of guy that Erin has sworn she’d never get involved with. She’s seen firsthand, via her mess of a sister, what chaos guys like him can bring into a woman’s life. But she finds herself drawn to him anyway, even when he shows up at her door, not eager to take no for an answer.

What Erin finds even more shocking than Kelly’s indecent proposal is how much she enjoys submitting to his every command. But he can’t play the tough guy indefinitely. If they want to have more than just an affair, both will have to open up and reveal what they truly need.

Praise

A Dear Author Recommended Read! "After Hours is a gritty romance…blunt, beautiful, and believable. It is a harsh tale well-told and I like it so much I've read it three times in the past month." —Dear Author

"Intense, funny, and perfectly dirty." USA Today bestselling author Victoria Dahl

"The sweet, smoking hot, standout erotic romance you’ve been craving." New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery

"Cara McKenna writes real romance. Rough around the edges and anything but easy, the relationship between the hero and heroine is something they have to work for, and is all the more rewarding for it." —Heroes & Heartbreakers

"Ms. McKenna’s writing is what really sucked me into this book. She has a way with words and phrases that make me laugh or think or sigh or…well you get the point. She has a way with phrases, words and paragraphs that make me feel. This story was about two average people but I was completely drawn into their HEA." —Fiction Vixen

"It’s a well done, real life, gritty erotic romance with a bossy, bossy hero and a heroine who can fight right back. Well done." —Smexy Books

"Erin and Kelly's romance is quite erotic… Their love story unfolds at a wonderful pace, and I highly recommend this one." USA Today Books

"I am a finicky erotic romance reader. I dislike when characters start porntalking, when there is endless discussion of who is what for whom (I'm hard for you, you're wet for me, she's humid for the mailman). I often find the amplified sex scenes…to be ill fitting with the rest of the story. So it is a huge joy for me to find exceptionally evocative writing and an exploration of sex and intimacy so well written that it all fits together." —Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

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Thank You for Riding

April 2, 2013 Samhain, ISBN: 9781619213371

Part of the Strangers on a Train series, which also has stories by Ruthie Knox, Samantha Hunter, Serena Bell, and Donna Cummings. These stories will all be available together as a paperback anthology, in February 2014!

The last train of the night might just be the start of something good.

Stung ego or not, Caitlin’s relieved her fizzling relationship is over, even if she’s just been unceremoniously dumped between the copier and a dead ficus tree. At least she has an excuse to ditch the lousy office Christmas party in time to catch the last subway home…to her cat, and early-onset spinsterhood.

Instead of a lonely, chilly ride, she gets an unexpected holiday treat in the form of a nearly familiar face—a handsome stranger she encountered last week at the blood drive.

At the end of the line, neither can seem to let their chance meeting end—until their extended flirtation finds them facing the prospect of spending a frigid winter night locked in an unheated subway station. And they wonder if keeping each other warm is merely a delightful form of rebound therapy…or a memorable first of many more dates to come.

Praise

"This book only takes place over one night, but it works so well. Both Mark and Caitlin are just adorable. They have the best banter between them. Grade: A." —Smexy Books

A Dear Author Recommended Read! "Hilarious…delightful…a breath of fresh air. This is a sweet, lite, happy novella." —Dear Author

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The Wedding Fling

Dec. 18, 2012 Harlequin Blaze, ISBN: 9780373797387

Celebrity Scandal! Inside the Runaway Bride’s Secret Rendezvous!

It’s been a busy week for actress Leigh Bailey. The stunning starlet reportedly ditched her cheating groom on her wedding day and ran off to enjoy a honeymoon-for-one at a secluded tropical island. But rumor has it that she’s not alone...

And we have the exclusive scoop on Leigh’s hush-hush hideout—right from the drop-dead delicious dude she’s been fooling around with!

Resort pilot Will Burgess was just going to give us the basics—enough to earn some much-needed cash. But we never anticipated our intrepid insider getting up close and very, very personal.

It’s the most salacious celebrity story of the year...don’t miss out!

Praise

"I forgot how seductive Meg Maguire's writing can be… Once again, Meg takes a seemingly simple premise…and she makes it sing." —Penelope's Romance Reviews

"The playful nature of this pair is the highlight of Maguire's satisfying read. ★★★★½" Romantic Times

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Headstrong

Dec. 27, 2011 Samhain, ISBN: 9781609286774

Libby Prentiss is ready to simply be herself. After half a lifetime rebelling against her privileged family’s expectations, she hopes her biological research trip to New Zealand will cut the cord for good.

It doesn’t take long to spot the hopelessly amateurish spy her overprotective father has hired to keep an eye on her. Fortunately, Reece Nolan’s desperation to save his family’s pub makes it all too easy to convince him to turn double-agent. Yet there’s something different about him. His icy reserve sets her on fire…and ignites a secret yearning to let him see the mass of insecurities she hides behind her provocative persona.

Where Reece is a glacier of cool self-control, his brother Colin is a hot-blooded, unpredictable volcano. Libby’s instant friendship with Colin is more satisfying than anything she’s ever known—and traps her in completely foreign territory. She’s caught between one man determined to hold her at arm’s length, and another who offers her the intense connection she’s worked so hard to avoid.

Something’s got to give or the fallout could tear them all apart…and put the Nolan family’s future in serious jeopardy.

Praise

"Put it on your to-be-read pile today!" —Long and Short Reviews

"Featuring realistic characters who are easy to care for, this is an entertaining read with a scorching romance that will leave readers breathless." Romantic Times

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How to Write Hot Sex

Oct. 3, 2011 Shoshanna Evers, ISBN: 2940013381643

My piece "Real Ugly", on the topic of creating realism and tension in erotica, is featured in this essay collection, edited by Shoshanna Evers.

How to Write Hot Sex: Tips from Multi-Published Erotic Romance Authors features everything you need to know about adding sizzling sexual tension, scorching sex scenes, and emotional impact to your romance writing in twelve info-packed essays from bestselling and multi-published authors—so you can get published and get paid.

Praise

"If you are an erotic romance writer, or are considering writing it, you need to read this book. It's jam-packed with information covering all different types of sex scenes. You might want to have a tall glass of ice water handy, too, because even these authors' non-fiction is hot!" —Cassandra Carr, bestselling author

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Trespass

July 26, 2011 Samhain, ISBN: 9781609285036

He opened his home. She stole his heart…and his money.

Many would envy veterinarian Russ Gray’s life in rural Montana’s wide-open spaces. Russ calls it lonely. In a country with more cattle than eligible females, he doesn’t envision his seven years as a widower ending anytime soon. Until a mysterious woman lands at his door in the dead of night, riddled with buckshot.

Sarah Novak hates lying to such a kind, handsome man, but if an upstanding citizen like Russ finds out why she’s been three weeks on the run, he’d surely turn her in. Yet she can’t refuse his offer to let her stay until she heals, no questions asked.

From the start they fall into an easy companionship, then teasing flirtation flares into an unexpected intimate connection. But no matter how right it feels in his arms, guilt tugs at Sarah’s heart. Russ doesn’t deserve what she must do next.

When Russ wakes up with an empty bed—and an empty wallet—his first instinct isn’t to call the cops…it’s to catch her and find out why his urge to protect her overshadows all reason. Because he’s had a taste of real passion, and he’s not letting it slip away without a fight.

Praise

"★★★★" Romantic Times

"Trespass is beautifully written, a powerful drama that will stay with you. I won't reveal the ending, but be ready to shed some happy tears." —Long and Short Reviews

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The Reluctant Nude

April 5, 2011 Samhain, ISBN: 9781609284190

Fallon Frost’s late foster mother had done so much to heal the wounds of her damaged childhood. So when a lecherous developer plans to bulldoze her old home to make room for a strip mall, the practical, ordered life Fallon has built for herself is threatened.

Then he makes a twisted proposal. He’ll leave the land alone if she poses nude for a sculpture that’ll end up in his collection. Seeing no other choice, she heads for Nova Scotia—only to find something totally unexpected. A sexy, hot-blooded, infuriating sculptor.

Guarded, sexually detached Fallon is a challenge Max Emery can’t wait to tackle. Yet with each tap of his chisel, he uncovers a woman who rekindles a dream he thought lost. Home, family…love. And the closer he gets to her core, the harder it becomes to accept that he’s carving her naked body for another man’s eyes.

As progress on the sculpture almost grinds to a halt, their fragile fantasy world collapses under the weight of reality. Threatening Fallon’s one chance to save her foster mother’s land…and any chance she and Max have to find love.

This story was a 2010 Golden Heart® finalist.

Praise

"This is a truly wonderful plot that offers readers something fresh in the romance world. The concept of an artist and muse is extremely interesting, and the author has done an incredible job with the nuances of romance. ★★★★½" Romantic Times

"I was so invested in Fallon and Max… The Reluctant Nude is a gorgeous book that is pure romance. I really can’t recommend this one enough. A+" —Smexy Books

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Caught on Camera

April 1, 2011 Harlequin Blaze, ISBN: 9780373796120

Wilderness survival television star Dominic Tyler (Ty) and his assistant Kate Somersby are stranded in a remote cabin during a freak winter storm. Things look pretty bleak—until they make a fire and strip off their wet clothes….

Act I—set up
Survive This! is Kate's life…as are unscripted fantasies about Ty, her boss and best friend. But when Kate is suddenly injured, Ty decides filming is too dangerous for her. This will be Kate's last adventure for a while.

Act II—plot point
Kate is furious and threatens to quit. But Ty needs her. So what can he do? Keep her occupied by filming every minute of their intense and definitely unrehearsed sex!

Act III—cliff-hanger
It's Kate's choice now: Her hard-won career? Or end credits featuring dangerously wild sex with Ty? Ha. Some choice. But either way, the final cut is guaranteed to be a thrilling ride!

Praise

"Maguire…makes a spectacular Blaze debut with the story of a scruffy cable TV survival host, Dom Tyler, and his camera-wielding assistant, Kate Somersby, who've flirted with each other off-screen for years. (Their banter is charming and laugh-out-loud hilarious.) … Will they jeopardize their working relationship to find out if what they feel is love or lust? Fans of reality shows like Survivorman and Man vs. Wild will especially enjoy this one! ★★★★½" Romantic Times

"I really, really loved this damned book." —Penelope's Romance Reviews

Named a 2011 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award nominee! Romantic Times

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Ready and Willing

Aug. 31, 2010 Loose-Id, ISBN: 9781607378464

At thirty-two, Abby’s pretty much got her shit together. She has a good job, a cozy home, a supportive family…and a biological clock that’s starting to feel more like a time bomb. Turned off the by the cold science of artificial insemination but wary of the complications that might come from enlisting a close male friend, Abby settles on a happy medium—she places an ad in a newspaper and goes in search of guys who are willing to help her conceive the good old-fashioned way. In the end she selects two men and winds up with far more than the no-strings-attached sex she bargained for, including an impromptu threesome and an unexpected romance.

Praise

"Sexy and unusual and well worth my time. If you're after something short, different and hot, look no further." —Kaetrin's Musings