If you haven’t yet began the One Night of Passion series, now might be a good time. Book 1, Addicted to You is now available in mass market paperback and ebook!
Addicted to you is the smoking hot friends to lovers romance between Irish film director Rill Pierce and sassy, lost girl with a hart of gold, Katie Hughes. I love how Katie’s love for Rill and grim determination pull him out of the depths of despair into a rich world of love and passion like he’s never known.
Addicted to you is available now in ebook and print at all major outlets!
On August 1, Headline Publishing in the UK will be re-releasing one of my favorite erotic romances–Paradise Rules–with a lovely new edition and cover. Whether you are in the UK/Australia/New Zealand area and decide to read Paradise Rules for the first time, whether you are in the U.S. and have never read it, or if you want to dig out your old copy, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate summer, beaches and primal Hawaiian heat than with Jason Koa…
She didn’t believe in paradise…
To most people Hawaii’s crystal blue shores are an inviting opportunity to escape reality. But for Lana Rodriguez who grew up there, the picture-perfect vacation getaway disguises the bitter truths she escaped years ago, and not without some emotional scars. Now a successful blues singer, Lana’s returning to Waikiki with a different outlook on the past, and a bold defiance when it comes to men, romance, and sex. This time, it’s on her terms.
Until she found it in him.
Local celebrity, businessman and island god, Jason Koa, may be every woman’s dream. For Lana, it’s not exactly love at first sight. Though their start is rocky, they can’t deny the passions they arouse in each other. Jason refuses to become Lana’s pawn. It’s time to show her who makes the rules on this island—and in the bedroom. But will Jason’s attempt at breaking Lana’s shell reveal secrets that neither are prepared to face, or will they allow themselves to get swept away by a tidal wave of desire?
“Jason?” she called out hoarsely.
Again, there was only silence.
She distantly heard the sound of water splashing. She walked over to the window and watched, her breath burning in her lungs, as Jason arose out of the ocean with a flex and bulge of defined muscle. He’d obviously taken an afternoon swim. He used his fingers to wipe water out of his face then casually swiped his hand over a ridged abdomen, making a stream of water splash off taut, sun-bronzed skin. Lana stood rigid, paralyzed by the sight of him glittering and flashing in the bright sunlight like an ancient Polynesian god.
She made a small, trapped sound of dismay—or was it longing?—when he suddenly went still and looked directly at her through the pane of glass.
* * *
Jason didn’t say anything, just went to the refrigerator, opened it, and took out a bottle of water. He turned to face Lana Rodriguez and cracked off the plastic top with a brisk twist of his wrist. The silence that ensued was tense . . . charged.
He chugged down half the water.
She still stood where he’d first seen her by the window. She wore a pair of cut off jean shorts, a fitted T-shirt, and white canvas tennis shoes. Her hair had been pulled back into a pony-tail. He didn’t see a trace of makeup on her face, but she didn’t need it. He’d been right. Her skin soaked up the sun like it’d thirsted for it forever. Her legs looked long, smooth, and satiny in the shadowed light.
He sensed her uncertainty . . . her anxiety, but he did nothing to soothe her unrest. The sight of her rattled him. That knowledge made him realize he needed every advantage he could get. Forget Hawaiian hospitality. She was going to have to sweat for putting herself in his territory.
Just like he did.
She walked toward him silently, her exquisitely chiseled jaw held high. Damn, that woman had a chip on her shoulder.
“I’m sorry for intruding,” she said. Her low, smoky voice made his damp skin prickle.
“The door was open and I . . . couldn’t find you.”
She flinched slightly at his harsh question, but then her jaw went up again. He saw anger ignite in her tilted hazel eyes.
“I wanted to hire you again. As an escort.”
He gave a bark of laughter before he chugged down the remainder of the water and tossed the plastic bottle in his recycling bin beneath the sink. “Give it a rest, will you? Angie—the hostess at Jace’s—told me you were there last night. Did you think she didn’t recognize you? She was telling everyone about her encounter with Lana Rodriguez, including me when I went in to close last night. You know I’m not really an escort for Hawaiian Nights. What are you really here for?”
Her backbone stiffened. “You don’t seem to have any problems with the fact that you blatantly mislead me.”
He shrugged. “It’s like I said the other night. I got what I wanted, and so did you. What if I did twist the truth a little?”
“Twist the truth?” she repeated incredulously. “I could have you arrested for what you did!”
“You could try.” He watched her as he used the towel around his neck to dry his hair. “But you’d have to admit you solicited sexual services from Hawaiian Nights. That’s not going to please the police any more than my little misrepresentation. I’ll just say it was a mistake that you thought I was a male prostitute.”
She stalked toward him, looking furious. He thought she was about to ream him out when she suddenly stopped dead in her tracks.
“Why?” The single word popped out of her mouth, seemingly against her will. “Why the hell did you do that?”
He paused before he let the towel drop to his chest. His cock stiffened to full, leaden readiness, as erect as it might have been after having a woman pamper it with her hands and mouth for long, delicious minutes.
All that from just the sight of Lana’s vulnerability, just the hint of her softness.
“I told you. I wanted you. When the opportunity arose to take what I wanted, I took it.”
She shook her head in amazement. “Just like that.”
“Yeah,” he growled as he came around the granite-topped island that set off his kitchen from the living space. He saw her eyes go wide as he stalked toward her. “Just like that.”
PARADISE RULES is the kind of hot/sweet romantic combination that I’ve come to expect from Beth Kery.
A flawless romance that is sure to stand the test of time.
5 Hearts from the Romance Studio
Romance with both eroticism and emotional conflict.
Recommended Read from Jane at Dear Author
I found it impossible to set this book down.
4.75 stars and a Top Pick from Night Owl Romance
Kery creates tension by weaving together a mystery and a happily-ever-after love story.
4 stars from Romantic Times
I definitely recommend PARADISE RULES.
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I’ll be out and about the rest of the summer, socializing, talking on some panels, and doing book signings. Hope you can stop by for one of these events!
August 3, 2013, 1:30 to 4:30, Paperbacks and Things, Book signing with myself and author Jory Strong. 8027 N Wayne Rd., Westland, MI 48185. Contact Melissa Bliss at email@example.com for more information.
August 11, 2013, Romance Authors – Summer in the City Girls Night Out
August 11 at 7:00pm
Sheffield’s, Chicago, IL Register for this event here.
September 7, 2013, 1-3: Catch a Bunch of Authors Fair–Panel Discussion and book signing. Prisco Community Center at 150 W. Illinois Avenue, Aurora, IL.
I’ll be taking off tomorrow for the Romance Writers’ of America conference in Atlanta! If you are going to be there for part or any of the conference, here’s where you can find me. I hope you’ll stop by and say hello!
Wednesday July 17th, 5:30 to 7:30, “Readers for Life” Literacy Signing, Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Find out more here. Open to the public (you don’t have to be an RWA conference attendee).
Thursday July 18, 11-12: Workshop: The Contemporary Challenge: How to Write 300 Pages of Romance without Demons, Death, or World Destruction. (CRAFT)
Best-selling authors Julie James and Beth Kery discuss what happens after boy meets girl in real-world settings and how to tackle the challenges of writing contemporary romance.
Thursday July 18th, 3-4:30: Berkley author signing, all books FREE to RWA conference attendees.
Thursday July 18th, 8-10 pm: Contemporary Romance Writers Ice Cream Social, Rooms 303-304, Come get to know the new Contemporary Romance Writers Chapter! While enjoying the tasty treats, join in the discussion with our panel of distinguished authors and industry professionals. Panel currently includes:
Bella Andre, NYT bestselling author
Carly Phillips, NYT bestselling author
Beth Kery, NYT bestselling author
Amanda Bergeron, editor, HarperCollins
Laura Bradford, agent
Laura Kaye, moderator, NYT bestselling author
Friday July 19th, 8:30 to 9:30: Workshop: The Revival of the Serialized Novel (CAREER)
Speakers: Kerry Donovan, Sara Fawkes, Rose Hilliard, Beth Kery, Lauren Hawkeye Jameson, and Leis Pederson
I’ve got some new print titles as well as some mass market reprints coming out from August to December of this year!
Addicted to You, the first book in the One Night of Passion series, will be out in Mass Market this August, so you could dip start the series at a nice price. It’s available now at Amazon for the extra nice preorder price of 7.19. Just another nice price note, the Nook and Kindle versions of Exposed to You are available now for the discounted price of $8.89
Book 2 of The Because You Are Mine series, When I’m With You, will be available in print on September 3. Also, look for a special TARGET version of When I’m With You which will include a complimentary long novella, Captured by You! Many of these will be personally inscribed and autographed by me. Quickly on the heals of When I’m With You comes Because We Belong, Ian and Francesca’s heart wrenching, super sexy happily ever after. It comes out November 5. Currently, the Nook and Kindle versions of Because You Are Mine are available for the discounted price of $8.89 if you’d like to begin the series now.
In December, you’ll see a mass market version of my erotic contemporary suspense Sweet Restraint out in mass market paperback!
In writing the story arc that began in Because You Are Mine, grew in When I’m With You, coming to a big climax in Because We Belong, and continuing with another couple in Since I Saw You, it was necessary for me to shift my primary characters in and out of the spotlight. Ian and Francesca were the main hero and heroine in the first book, Elise and Lucien take center stage in the second, and things move back to Ian and Francesca’s unfolding story in Because We Belong, the third book which releases this November. A character is introduced in Because We Belong, Kam Reardon, whom I just knew I had to tell a story about, and so Since I Saw You unfolded. This was a unique and fun writing experience for me. I have written stories where the main characters move into secondary roles in subsequent books while another blooming romance is the focus. This is the first time, however, that I’ve had the original couple take center stage again as a result of what happened in book two.
One of the complications that comes from writing the same couple as the main hero and heroine in book after book is sustaining a sense of romantic and sexual tension. The last thing a writer wants to do is write the same scenes or scenarios over and over, or make the reader bored with limp sexual tension. Recently, I was watching the writers from the hugely successful television show Friends talk about why they had to break up the romance of Ross and Rachel early on in the series. With the two becoming involved early on, the show had gone ‘flat’ in their opinion. They decided to break up the couple, maintain the spark throughout the series, making the final episodes when Ross and Rachel finally get together have an even richer payoff.
It’s a tricky thing, doing what writers such as Diana Gabaldon did so successfully in the Outlander series, keeping us interested in Claire and Jamie’s romance for several books in a row. It’s a challenge most writers don’t attempt, but instead write series with a common world and characters that move from secondary to primary roles, such as in J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. With the recent success of series such as Sylvia Day’s Crossfire novels, however, readers are becoming accustomed to reading the same hero and heroine across the story arc of several books, and love the consistency. I thought it would be a unique and interesting challenge to combine the two styles, allowing the camera to focus on one couple, then another, and then going back to the first, and then swinging to yet another couple.
The exciting thing about the series this way was that the second couple’s romance—Lucien and Elise’s—while unique and particular to them, was the spark that created the conflict that led to the camera lens swinging back to the original couple, Ian and Francesca. But it’s more than just conflict in the negative sense. Lucien’s backstory and search is what leads to an opportunity for enrichment and deepening of all the characters in the Because You Are Mine series. Yes, strife and anxiety have entered Ian and Francesca’s world again in When I’m With You, but it’s giving this special couple the unique chance to address and resolve old insecurities and heal wounds, to discover an enduring happily ever after. This is especially true for Ian, who carries deep scars and uncertainties from a tragic, shadowy past, and whom I firmly believed deserved an opportunity to present himself to Francesca, whole and free of self-doubt.
The satisfying thing for me at the culmination of When I’m With You is that because of the characters moving in and out of the spotlight, I was able to end the book not only with a conflict that begged to be resolved in Ian and Francesca’s case, but a sweet, passionate conclusion for Lucien and Elise.
Balancing the two energies of tension and security is always a romance writer’s challenge, and one that I had fun maintaining while the couples moved in and out—and back into—the spotlight. What’s even more fun is to re-read the books and see the action and rising conflict going on with one couple that we weren’t aware of when in the other couple’s point of view.
Do you like series? Would you like them to feature a common world and with different main characters, or would you prefer to see the same hero and heroine in each book? Or are you a fan of the single title?
My erotic suspense Sweet Restraint is out today in the United Kingdom from Headline Publishing. This one has lots and lots of forbidden sizzle, but tons of heart as well.
Chicago Special Agent Shane Dominic was in love with Laura Vasquez until the day she left him and married another man. Laura’s never disappeared from his fantasies, or destroyed his desire to learn the truth about why she left. When her husband, the criminal mastermind behind an ring of thieves, is murdered, Shane knows this is his last chance. One look at Shane, and Laura’s own memories come back to haunt her, but she’d never divulge her secrets – a desperate vow that’s compromised when Shane takes her as his captive to a secluded cabin. Here, she will finally belong to him, be subjected to his every torturously erotic whim, and be forced to trust him with a shocking truth she’s hidden for so long – one that will expose them to a danger closing in on the both of them.
In other news, my next three Berkley book subrights have been bought by Headline, UK, including Because We Belong, the next book in the Because You Are Mine series, and Since I Saw You, the book after that. They plan to release Because We Belong in November, the same time as Because You Are Mine releases here in the States. Here’s the lovely UK cover.
A few people have been kind enough to send in snapshots of the Recommended Read section from Target. Thank you! Check out Because You Are Mine:
I’ve just been chugging along, working on Since I Saw You and enjoying the spring weather whenever it’s not flooding or cold. 🙂 Hope you are having a pleasant spring.