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Seduction in the Sun
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Sunday, January 5th, 2014
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The Seduction in the Sun Box Set: 9 Sizzling Romances set under the hot sun… 1000 pages!

 

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Indulge in nine scorching hot romance stories that will whisk you away from the winter chill… with steamy new adult, sexy billionaires, and alphas wielding ribbons and rope, these books by bestselling authors will keep you warm throughout the cold winter nights.

PLUS – participate in our fabulous giveaway where you could win a brand new Kindle Fire HD and Amazon gift certificates! (details below)

Included in the hot new “Seduction In The Sun” boxed set:

HANDS ON WITH THE CEO by Cathryn Fox writing as Cat Kalen

When a self conscious college sophomore takes an au pair job in Greece, sitting for a gorgeous billionaire CEO, she knows he’s just the guy to give her the sexual experiences she’s looking for. Too bad he’s hands off. Or is he?

ONE HOT WINTER BREAK by USA Today Bestselling Author Sharon Page

College student Mia Reynolds just broke up with her long-time boyfriend, Ryan, and gets an offer she can’t refuse from billionaire’s son Jonathon Powell: a week at an exotic resort. Jonathon’s wicked games intrigue Mia. But ultimately, is it Jonathon she loves… or Ryan?

SOMETHING BORROWED by New York Times Bestselling Author Adriana Hunter

What do you do when the one man you were meant to be with already belongs to another?

For Dana Marshall, new wedding planner and curvy single, “always the bridesmaid, never the bride” is the story of her life. But when she is assigned to help manage a dream wedding for an important client, nothing can prepare her for the encounter with the insanely handsome groom…

DEBT OF HONOR by New York Times Bestselling Author Opal Carew

Held captive by a domineering sheikh…
…and made to pay for a crime she did not commit.

Angelica couldn’t believe that hopping off a plane during a refueling stop to search for one-of-a-kind souvenirs could lead to so much trouble. Now she is detained in an exotic country by a devastatingly handsome sheikh… and ends up in his harem.

HOW TO TRAIN A LOVER- A SAVAGE INERACTIVE by New York Times Bestselling Author Daire St. Denis

Tessa’s off to spend some much needed R&R in the Greek Isles on the luxury yacht of playboy billionaire and sexual dominant, Alander Papadakis. However, when Alander breaks one of her golden rules, her holiday plans take a turn and she jets off–solo–to the island of Lesvos where she happens upon a mysterious young man from her past.
VEGAS HEAT by New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Hawkeye

Anna Phillips and her husband Austin are in a marital rut. In a last ditch attempt to save their marriage, they decide to take a road trip. The destination? The Last Temptation Resort and Casino in Vegas… which is also a BDSM club… with an enticing stranger.

BREAKING FREE by USA Today Bestselling Author Cherise Sinclair

A submissive, Beth must yield to become aroused, but after a sadistic husband, she’s too scared to give up control. The last thing she wants is a ruthless, powerful Dom. But that’s just what she gets.

THAT ONE TIME by New York Times Bestselling Author Marian Tee

23-year-old Ayah Chandler believes in love at first sight, and she should – since it only took that one time for her to fall head over heels. Billionaire Nic de Koningh grew up trusting no one but himself. But can love spring from one moment of connection?

TWO ARE BETTER THAN ONE by Suzanne Rock

Quinn and Declan enjoy having sex together, but love sharing a woman more. After months of searching, they’ve lost hope of ever finding a permanent third to complete them. Then they meet shy, reclusive Hannah and everything changes. They’ll have to do everything they can to convince her that two men are better than one.

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St. Patrick’s Day Blog Hop FUN!!
Thursday, March 15th, 2012

I might not be Irish, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be celebrating St. Patrick ’s Day with a little cheer and a whole lot of green beer!

Today I plan to put on my greenest of green clothes, topped off with my funky hat and head into the city to celebrate.

But before I start my drinking games, I’d like to tell you about a St. Patrick’s Day Blog Hop and contest!   

For my own personal contest I’m going to give away a $25 Amazon gift certificate to one lucky winner!  For a chance to win all you have to do is leave a comment below and tell me what you do on St. Patrick’s Day.

AND

Each author involved in the BLOG HOP  will be giving away a prize. Like a swag pack, gift cards, ebooks, print books, and so much more.

 

PLUS We have TWO Grand Prizes for TWO different winners! *gasp*

 

Grand Prize 1: Winner’s Choice of a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

Grand Prize 2: Winner’s Choice of a $90 Amazon or Barnes&Noble Gift Card

 

So you as a reader – what do you have to do? Well, come on over to these websites today and comment on as many as you want. The grand prize winners will be chosen at random from the commenters – meaning you can comment on EACH blog – meaning 120 entries to the grand prize.

 

So come on and play.  You know you want to.  For a full list of authors involved please scroll to bottom of post!

 

PRIDE’S RUN:

Seventeen year old Pride is a tracker—a werewolf with a hunger for blood. Taught to trick and to lure, she is the perfect killing machine.

Kept leashed in the cellar by a master who is as ruthless as he is powerful, Pride dreams of freedom, of living a normal life, but escape from the compound is near impossible and disobedience comes with a price.

When she learns her master intends to breed her she knows she has to run.

But Pride soon learns that if she is to survive in the wild, she must trust in the boy who promises her freedom, the same boy she was sent to hunt.

With life and death hanging in the balance the two find themselves on the run from the Paranormal Task Force—officers who shoot first and ask questions later—as well as her master’s handlers.

Can Pride flee the man who has held her captive since birth and find sanctuary in the arms of a boy who has captured her heart? Or will her master find her first?

To learn more about my Wolf’s Pride series go to www.catkalen.com or to purchase a copy go to Amazon Or Barnes and Noble

 

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Good News for Nook owners!
Thursday, March 15th, 2012
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Pride’s Run is now available at Barnes and Noble!!

 

Apologizing!
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Thursday, March 8th, 2012
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Love” means never having to say you’re sorry

Whether you’re in a relationship with a BFF or a boy, this is a truism that simply isn’t, well, true. At some point in your life (probably many!) apologies will definitely be called for, and some will be easier to make than others.

The words I’m sorry have to be amongst the most difficult in the English language.  They convey a lot of unspoken subtext.  Sometimes they’re inadequate. Occasionally, they can be very powerful. But always, they should be delivered with sincerity.

I’m sorry you’re an idiot apparently doesn’t count.

I’ve never been a huge fan of forced apologies. They take away the power of the words. When they were little, I preferred to explain to my children why their behavior was unacceptable. If they chose to apologize on their own to a friend or sibling, all was good. If they didn’t, they got to sit in their bedrooms and contemplate the error of their ways so they could learn not to repeat it.

Teenagers, however, have it rough. They’re on their own to decide if an apology for their behavior is warranted. It means not only having to examine their own actions, but interpreting how someone else has received them. Consideration for others is a big leap toward adulthood, and just so you know, not everyone makes it successfully. To this day, I would rather receive (and deliver) a sincere gesture than empty words. It keeps my friendship pool small but deep. How many times have you had someone tell you they’re sorry, when you know, deep down, they aren’t sorry at all?

(Accepting insincere apologies gracefully is a whole other topic…)

But how do you deliver a sincere apology when you’re uncertain how it will be received?

In Pride Unleashed, Pride returns to the compound to find Stone has been beaten—repeatedly—by their master because of her.  For those of you familiar with the relationship between Pride and Stone, you’ll know it’s a very complicated one.  They were raised together, and therefore, they have a history. And no one will ever know you better than someone who shares your past.

The problem for Pride is that she allowed her personal perceptions to cloud what she should have known to be true, and apologizing to Stone for one thing means saying she’s sorry for a whole lot more.  Apologies aren’t easy for her, and Stone knows this. They were raised to hide their weaknesses, not admit to them. Saying she’s sorry, or showing regret in any way, can turn an apology into a death sentence for them both.  The fact they have an audience raises the stakes all around.

Accepting an apology from someone who doesn’t offer them easily is equally difficult for someone not used to receiving them, and Pride and Stone have to rely on a lot of subtext in this particular scene. Stone can’t allow her to make it, or accept it from her if she does. And yet the words need to be said, because Pride realizes the importance of them.

Talk about a difficult discussion to have!

Do you have a difficult time apologizing?

Readers Choice Award
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Sunday, February 26th, 2012
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Pride’s Run is up for Best Book and Cat Kalen is up for Best Author.  YAY.  If you agree, I’d love you vote.

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PRIDE’S RUN is FREE TODAY
Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
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Pride’s Run is free today at Amazon.  Please share and let others know to go download a copy today!

PRIDE’S RUN TOP PICK Night Owl Review
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Sunday, February 19th, 2012
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This is what a young adult book should be. YA authors take notes. You don’t need to dumb down a story that’s addressed to a teen audience. You can have a compelling story that doesn’t have to focus on two people wanting to jump each other’s bones. The main female doesn’t have to be a supposedly every girl character who is actually a Mary-Sue, and the main male does not have to be a controlling stalker. In this book there is no real romance. Sure there are hints of a developing romance but that’s all because the hero and heroine haven’t known each other very long, and are getting to know one another. The heroine is an awkward young woman who has been imprisoned all her life but after she escapes all she wants to do is survive and learn about the world. Her awkwardness is one of her most charming features and doesn’t vanish although it does get better over time. The action in the story is brilliant but what outshines that is the scenery. We get to look at the world through human and wolf eyes and each form provides new insight. The story is thrilling, compelling, and I could not put the book down. The end is a cliff hanger but that is to be expected with this type of book. I can’t wait for the second book in the series. I would recommend this to all YA book fans.

Pride’s Run is a finalist!
Thursday, February 16th, 2012
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I’m so excited to announce the Pride’s Run is a finalist in the Silken Sands contest, YA category!  Winners will be announced next month!  Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Pride Unleashed Available Now
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Monday, February 13th, 2012
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Seeking revenge, Pride is headed back to the compound where she was once nearly broken to the will of an evil master. She’ll stop at nothing to free the enslaved wolves still caged in the estate’s underground prison. Knowing there is only one way back inside the fortified mansion, Pride allows herself to be captured.
Armed with a plan, she finds herself back in her cage but when things begin to unravel, she once again finds herself at the mercy of her former master. This time, however, she knows she has two wolves on her side, Logan and Stone—powerful alphas who will both fight to the death to free her.
Except the compound hides secrets that threaten both her heart and her identity and when bonds are tested and bloodlines are revealed, Pride realizes if she completes her mission she’ll be releasing her pack into a world where no one, least of all Pride, is safe.

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Excerpt:

The night is thick, dark, and ominous—much like my current disposition. All around me the vineyard’s nightlife falls mute, the cacophony of familiar sounds muffled beneath the heavy, menacing mood. Tension hovers overhead like a threatening rain cloud and my flesh tightens, waiting for the sky to crack open and fracture the silent night. Even the crickets stand down, their chorus hushed as they sit watching, waiting, listening for the hammer to fall, or in this case, the silver to pierce.

It unnerves me to think that the nocturnal creatures surrounding the estate—a mansion where I’d once been imprisoned—instinctively know that I, along with the pack of wolves at my back, are walking head first into danger and chances of survival are slim at best.

Not unless I can deceive him. The master. A coldblooded human who kept me under his strict control for seventeen long years. The same man who taught me to trick, to lure, to embrace my primal side in an effort to hunt the ruthless drug dealers who dared to cross him. But I’ll have to put on my best performance yet if I want to fool the soulless predator who uses both silver and abuse to domimate his wolves.

And they call me the monster.

The second I surrender and he slaps a collar around my throat, I know what I’ll have to do—convince him that I hadn’t run away from the compound and had only been following his orders to hunt down a rogue wolf.

But showing no emotion in the face of an enemy who is as cunning as he is powerful might not be as easy as it once was. Not after everything I’ve been through. The fact that I’ve changed while running in Olympic National Park with the rogue wolf in question, however, is a point in my favor. The master no longer knows all my weaknesses.

Or any of my strengths.

I angle my head to see Logan, the boy/wolf who wound himself around my heart and helped me learn so much about the world, and about the girl inside me. When my eyes lock on his, my stomach punches into my throat and I swallow a cry of anguish.

Emotions crowd me because I realize Logan’s fate is in my hands and I know what will happen to him once I turn him over to the master. I must abandon him like he’s nothing more than a tick on my ruff, like what happened between us in that cave two weeks ago during the full moon was nothing more than a diversionary tactic. Despite our bond, I understand it’s the only way we can get inside the fortified compound, the only option we have. But it still doesn’t make feeding him to the wolves, so to speak, any easier.

I smile at my new mate but my expression slips when I turn away. The truth is I’m frightened. Frightened for Logan. Frightened for the pack of wolves at our backs, for the pack still trapped inside—what will happen if I can’t get them out? And I’m frightened for Stone, the alpha who pretended to be my enemy but who risked his very life to save mine.

I can only hope that the boy I’ve known since childhood was able to use his wit and resourcefulness to stay alive. But what if I’m wrong? What if the master kills him because of me?

I draw in a sharp breath and work to desensitize. I can’t let panic get the better of me. Not now. Not after I’ve come so far.

Keeping to the shadows and camouflaging ourselves in the hostile night, my footsteps slow as we reach the long winding driveway leading up to my former master’s estate. With my sight unhindered by the darkness, I glance past the thick iron gate defending the perimeter and take in the sprawling mansion nestled at the foot of Mount Sirren.

On the south ridge of the mountain, overlooking the estate, fields of grapevines provide a gorgeous backdrop to the majestic manor. As I inhale the familiar scents, I struggle to tame the wolf pacing restlessly inside me, but I can’t seem to marshal the unease seeping from my every pore.

Even though our aim is to get in and out as quickly as possible—no one wants to be inside the compound any longer than necessary—it’s still a risky plan, dangerous, and the scars marring my body are a constant reminder that disobedience comes with a price. If I make one wrong move, one small mistake under the master’s watchful eye, not even the capable alpha beside me or the pack of werewolves who make up our small army will be able to step in and stop him.

Something I long ago vowed to do.

My ears perk for sound, and I note that the propane-fired cannons, a device used to scare birds from the vineyard, are quiet tonight. But come tomorrow they’ll blast again. At least they’d better blast, because my plan to get the others out alive hinges upon it.

Floodlights sweep the area, splashing monstrous shadows over the manicured lawns and towering marble sculptures. As I take in the array of statues fringing the walkway I can’t help but think they resemble an armed band of soldiers ready to defend the empire, prepared to kill all those who threaten their leader. I look beyond them, and in the distance I spot the front door with its ornate, silver doorknocker.

As I glare at it, my heart thunders and my blood pumps faster. The majestic entranceway might look welcoming to most, but I know it’s not. I know the cruelties that await us on the other side. But instead of heeding common sense and running in the opposite direction, we’re walking straight back in, simply because it’s the only way I can follow through with the vow I once made to myself.

Logan moves closer, sensing my discomfort. Unwilling to give in to my fears, I breathe in his comforting scents, pulling them deep into my lungs. The heady bouquet of clean earth—a fragrance that reminds me of cool, summer days—mingles with the fresh aroma of pine needles. The aroma seeps under my skin and as it travels through my veins I suddenly can’t help but wish I was facing the master alone. I hate the risk Logan is about to take. Hate that he’s so sure of me that he’s willing to put his life in my hands.

Aware of the security cameras panning the area, I take a tentative step closer to the intercom outside the gate. But fear for Logan’s safety has my stomach rebelling as the bulging black button taunts me. I want to reach for it, but I can’t seem to move, my mind and body no longer functioning on the same wavelength.

Logan curls his hand around my waist, and I jump at his touch. He slides me a look as those perceptive blue eyes of his slowly move over my face, a careful assessment that makes me uncomfortable.

His voice is low, reassuring and I try not to fidget when he whispers, “It’s going to be okay, Pride.”

I force a smile and my wolf bristles, but I no longer let her take comfort in his touch, or the warm strength of his body. Right now I need to draw on my anger, because it’s that anger that’s going to keep my wolf sharp and keep us alive.

“Pride,” he says again in that soft tone that always gets to me, then he pauses to add depth to his words when he states, “We’ve all got your back. Nothing is going to go wrong.”

“I know,” I respond and study his family as I work to keep my voice from sounding uncertain. Although Logan is smart, strong and skilled, we’re no longer playing in his territory. While his world might have dangerous black bears, birds of prey, and wild, feral animals, the king of my jungle is far more deadly.

And we’d be wise to remember that.

 

 

Mood Food
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Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
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Well, it’s that time of year again when the teens come home from school with the blahs, otherwise known as winter blues.  Part of that—besides hating every minute spent locked inside the classroom—is the lack of sun, and believe me, where I live, there is a total lack of sun this time of year.

So for you teens with the winter blahs, there are a few things you could do. (No, it does not involve dropping out of school and hanging out on a sunny Caribbean beach all day!—although I kind of like the sounds of that.)

Something as simple as making changes in your diet with mood-enhancing foods can help! 

Mood foods have an impact on the brain.  Now, that impact can be either positive or negative.  This is all based on the components in the food, how they’re absorbed, and the chemical reaction that takes place.

When the sun isn’t shining and we’re all lacking vitamin D, we need to get it from out foods.  Vitamin D seems to increase the amounts of serotonins, one of our neurotransmitters responsible for mood.  Vitamin D also helps with SAD, seasonal affective disorder.

So where can you get vitamin D: fish with bones, fat free and low-fat milk, fortified soy milk and egg yolks. Because vitamin D-rich foods are so limited, it’s often beneficial to take a daily multivitamin which provides 400 IU.

Be sure to avoid additives and sugary food that can ‘fog’ the brain and try to eat unprocessed, whole nature foods like fruits and vegetables, seeds, nuts, quinoa and proteins.

Here’s a great recipe that I’ve been using for year.  Low fat, and packed with nutrients, whole grains, apples (they say an apple a day keeps the doctor away) and even chocolate.

Apple Cookie:

¾ cup butter

1 and ¼  cup pure creamed honey

2 eggs, organic if possible

1 and ½ cup almond butter

1 tsp pur vanilla extract

1 large apple, cored, peeled and cubed.

3 cups whole-wheat or spelt flour

¼ cup ground flax

1tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

1 cup dark chocolate chopped into small bits

Heat oven to 180C. (350F)  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer beat butter, honey, eggs, almond butter and vanilla.  Stir in cubed apple.

In a separate bowl, place flour, flax, baking soda, salt and chocolate, mix using a fork.

Fold dry ingredients into wet until combined.  Scoop rounded tablespoons of batter onto prepared baking sheet a finger space apart.  Bake f r 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown.  Make 4 dozen.

This recipe is from Ontario Apple Growers. Click here to learn more.

Be sure to check out the Good Mood Food Blog:

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Please welcome the wonderful PJ Sharon!
Monday, February 6th, 2012
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Gifts and Talents

Thanks for inviting me today, Cat. I thought I would talk to your readers about the importance of giving our characters gifts and talents. How do we come up with the superpowers our characters possess? And why is it so important to choose the right one? This doesn’t just apply to paranormal and supernatural beings. Even in contemporary YA fiction, the gifts and talents of our characters speak volumes about who they are.

When I created Jordie Dunn, my heroine from Heaven Is For heroes, I wanted to make her a strong, kick-butt girl that readers could admire and look up to. She had to be tough to deal with the loss of her brother and even tougher to break through Coop’s wall of stubborn self-pity. I needed a seventeen year-old girl who was mature, independent, and had some skills that could somehow help our hero in his development and recovery. So I set Jordie up with a mentor who was ex-military, a mother who was emotionally MIA (so that Jordie would have to stand on her own), and I gave her a reason to have trained in martial arts and holistic healing. Of course, I used many of my own experiences to create Jordie’s character, but as she developed, it became clear that her gifts were necessary to make the story work.

Likewise, Penny, in On Thin Ice was a competitive figure skater. If you’ve ever engaged in a sport that requires intense training, you know that it takes sacrifice, hard work, and commitment. These characteristics were essential to Penny’s character. Her talent sets the stage for making it believable that she was mature enough to handle the rocky road I laid out for her. It also allowed me to touch on issues like bulimia that are so prevalent in competitive athletes.

In my upcoming release, Savage Cinderella, Brinn Hathaway is kidnapped, held captive for nearly two years and then beaten and left for dead in a shallow grave in the mountains. How could a ten year-old survive in the wilderness, you ask? Suspension of disbelief is part of every story. We authors need to convince our readers that the journey our characters make is plausible. I set the story in North Georgia so that the elements wouldn’t necessarily be impossible to overcome. At ten years old, she reads well and uses books not only for her survival but for companionship. If I’d made the character any older, it might be harder to reconcile why she would believe her captor’s claims that her parents were dead and that the police would lock her away if they found her. Brinn is the only child of a Senator turned District Attorney, and a woman who is head of a Pediatric Oncology unit. This sets you up to think that maybe Brinn is inherently smarter than the average bear. And speaking of bears, I gave her some interesting friends who help her survive along the way. Whether the story is convincing or not, the journey she takes from beginning to end is made plausible through the gifts she is given.

So when you are writing or reading your next story, see if you can uncover the reason behind the superpower, the gift, or the talent of the main characters. What does it say about who they are? How does it shape and influence their journey?

Who is your favorite character? Does their power, gift, or talent help them on their journey? And how would they be different if they didn’t have it?

 

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