Today's group of authors write a multitude of genres, with varying degrees of romantic heat. Whether you like your romance tame or hot, contemporary, historic, or with a touch of the paranormal and magic, these gals have something for you. The one constant is their desire to reach out and heat up their readers' live with it all. Add in one very talented cover artist and there you have...International Heat!!!
Who is International Heat?
These erotic authors, artists, editors and reviewers span the globe to bring you lots of International Heat.
We’ve featured Jess Dee, Lexxie Couper, Rhian Cahill, Jayne Rylon and Mari Carr in the last few weeks of the Sweet, Sexy Scorching Hop. Now we’re going to call roll and introduce you to the whole group, posse, gang ummmm gaggle? Rotflol You get the picture. They are an entertaining crew of amazing authors.
Group Website: http://internationalheat.wordpress.com/
Rhian Cahill (Sydney/Singapore/Sydney)
Years of slavery to four young aliens and their sire failed to squash the love of writing or reading hiding behind the facade of a boring stay-at-home mum. Escaping from the mother-ship with vivid imagination intact, Rhian uses her superpowers for good.
Okay, so that’s not quite how it happened. Married to her very own hero for over 20 years and raising a family of four kept writing on the back burner but with more time to spend on the things she loves most, Mr. Muse and Rhian have taken over.
Writing a multiple of genres keeps life interesting and busy. Rhian can be found in numerous places online where her love of talking is well satisfied. An Aussie, who’s spent years living overseas, Rhian and family are now happily residing back in their native land of down under.
Spin the Bottle (September 25th )
Just when you think you know the rules, the game changes.
Party Games, Book 4
Lillian McDermott can’t complain about the years she’s spent at the top of a career she never wanted. But modelling gave her everything. Amazing experiences and enough money to leave it all behind to start her own perfume and fashion label.
The one thing it didn’t give her is Mackenzie Harris. Her brother’s best friend. The man who sees her only as a surrogate little sister. Now, at the launch party for the next phase of her life, she’s done waiting. She’s going to rock Mac’s world until ignoring her is the last thing on his mind.
Mac isn’t blind to Lilli’s charms, and he never has been. But no best mate screws around with a little sister, no matter how tempting. No matter how much he wants to show her exactly how he’d like to respond to her teasing. But this time she’s gone too far, and he’s not backing down. She started it, and he’s going to finish it.
One spin of the bottle turns friends to lovers. But as the boundaries come down, everything changes. Including what they thought they believed about the other.
Warning: Playing this game will result in breathless sexual anticipation, smoldering sexual chemistry and scorching sexual tension. And then the fun really starts…
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_________________________________________________________________________________ Mari Carr (Virginia, USA)
Writing a book was number one on Mari’s bucket list and on her thirty-fourth birthday, she set out to see that goal achieved. Now her computer is jammed full of stories — novels, novellas, short stories and dead-ends. She’s been multi-published at Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, Carina Press and Liquid Silver Books. A New York Times and USA Today bestseller as well as winner of the Passionate Plume, Mari found time for writing by squeezing it into the hours between 3 a.m. and daybreak when her family is asleep and the house is quiet.
To learn more about Mari Carr, please join her Yahoo! group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Heat_Wave_Readers/join
Eastern Ambitions – Coming in print in October 2.
He’s lost everything. Can he win her heart?
Compass Brothers, Book 3
Sam Compton never liked getting his hands dirty, at least not on Compass Ranch. Armed with a business degree, he’s about to become the youngest VP at an illustrious Wall Street investment firm. Until his partner in an office romance turns into an ultra-refined snake in the grass.
Staggering from the punch of betrayal, another blow threatens to level him. His father is dying. He races home to lend his brain to his brothers’ backs at the ranch, and finds something he never expected. A sophisticated yet playful woman stimulates his mind…and parts below the belt.
Compass Ranch gave Cindi Middleton’s wounded soul everything it needs: a home, acceptance, and respect—not to mention unlimited sex—from the ranch’s sexy cowboys. Despite their instant and intense sparks, Sam’s defection to the bright city lights she left behind is a big red flag. She’s been there, done that, burned the T-shirt.
Yet the heat of their attraction brings them circling back to each other’s arms…until a certain snake reappears, threatening to endanger the acquisition of the one thing Sam has realized is truly priceless.
Tissue alert! The authors recommend you have a few on hand while reading this book. To make up for any sniffles, a host of cowboys with open arms await to console you, distract you or make your wildest dreams come true.
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Lexxie Couper (Newcastle, Down Under)
Lexxie Couper started writing when she was six and hasn’t stopped since. She’s not a deviant, but she does have a deviant’s imagination and a desire to entertain readers with her words. Add the two together and you get erotic romances that can make you laugh, cry, shake with fear or tremble with desire. Sometimes all at once.
When she’s not submerged in the worlds she creates, Lexxie’s life revolves around her family, a husband who thinks she’s insane, a indoor cat who likes to stalk shadows, and her daughters, who both utterly captured her heart and changed her life forever.
Having no idea how old she really is, Lexxie decided to go with 27 and has been that age for quite some time now. It’s the best of both worlds – old enough to act mature, young enough to be silly.
Lexxie lives by two simple rules – measure your success not by how much money you have, but by how often you laugh, and always try everything at least once. As a consequence, she’s laughed her way through many an eyebrow raising adventure.
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Bandicoot Cove~ The Wedding
A photographer, a firefighter, a rake. Let the debauchery begin!
When Kennedy bolted after a mind-blowing one-night stand with a sexy Australian firefighter, she never expected to be standing in front of him four months later on a tropical island resort. Naked, thanks to her phobia of butterflies.
Trouble is, she’s equally turned on by Luke and his hunky British cousin. Not exactly how she’d intended to spend her first day as Bandicoot Cove’s official photographer.
Luke never planned on falling for the feisty, flirty American he met at a New York bar. Now that he’s face to face with her again, he has two questions. Why did she run? And why can’t he stop thinking about sharing the woman of his dreams with his cousin?
Addison invited himself along on his cousin’s trip for a weekend of no-strings-attached sex. But he wants to get to know Kennedy on all levels. Seriously, this is no way for a rake to behave. And how the hell is he going to tell his cousin he’s interested in the very woman Luke can’t get out of his mind?
Warnings: The setting sun isn’t the only thing heating up Bandicoot Cove, because when the word “threesome” gets thrown into the mix, it’s seduction on a global scale. (Note: No butterflies were scorched during scenes of burning passion.)
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Bianca D’Arc (Long Island, NY, USA)
A good friend told me I was doing myself a disservice with my official bio, so I thought I'd take a moment to go a little further here, on my site, amongst friends. While I'm very proud of what I've accomplished in my life and prior career, for the most part, it's not what I'm about now, as a romance writer. Yet, because of my interest in science fiction, fantasy and the paranormal, I find myself bringing a lot of science into my writing. Of course, the fact that I ran a laboratory for a half-dozen years while I was in grad school probably has a lot to do with that.
I've been a lab geek, climbed to the top of the corporate ladder in the shark-infested streets of lower Manhattan, and earned the right to put a whole bunch of letters after my name, but I've always enjoyed writing more. Even when I was concentrating on my previous career, I was always writing for my own enjoyment. Escaping to my own fantasy world at the end of a rotten day in the office was one of my favorite pastimes and a cheap form of "therapy." Creating new worlds and sharing them with the amazing folks who take the time to actually read my books, is way more fulfilling than anything I've done before.
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The first installment of our story, where we first meet Belora and her mother, Adora. Little do they know their lives will soon change. War is coming and with it, the discovery of their missing family. Love will also find them, each in turn as they struggle against events fraught with danger and risk.
War is coming for the knights, dragons and a damsel who is not quite in distress, but finds her heart's desire in the strong men of the Border Lair.
A chance meeting with a young male dragon seals the fate of one adventurous female poacher. The dragon's partner, a ruggedly handsome knight named Gareth, takes one look at the shapely poacher and decides to do a little poaching of his own. Sir Gareth not only seduces her, but falls deeply in love with the girl who is not only unafraid of dragons, but able to hear their silent speech, which is a rarity. He wants her for his mate, but mating with a knight is no simple thing. To accept a knight, a woman must also accept the dragon, the dragon's mateâ€¦ and her knight too.
She is at first shocked, then enticed by the lusty life in the Lair. War is in the making and only the knights and dragons have a chance at ending it before it destroys their land and their lives. But there's nothing a knight enjoys more than a noble quest and winning the heart and trust of a maiden is the noblest quest of all.
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Jess Dee (Australia)
Jess Dee lives in beautiful Sydney, Australia, with her husband, their two sons and their insane dog - a ridiculously overweight puggle named Luigi.
An avid romance reader since her early teens, Jess knew one day, when she grew up, she’d have to write her own love stories. It might have taken a while, but in December of 2005, she finally got “the call.” Her first book, Photo Opportunity had been contracted. Now you can’t hold her down. She’s completed a whole host of books, and is finally doing the work she loves most— writing romance.
Jess likes to set her stories in Australia. Have a look at the gorgeous images on the page, and you’ll understand why it’s so easy to find romance in this beautiful country.
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Their true colors are hidden…until one woman turns everything upside down.
Colors of Love
Speed, Book 2
Seth Pace, guitarist of the rock band Speed, is a born dreamer, and nothing stands in his way of making those dreams a reality. Except when it comes to band manager Luke Struthers. He’s everything Seth wants in a partner, but even after five years of perfectly explosive sex, Luke refuses to commit.
After a childhood ravaged by abuse, Luke knows he’s a potential danger to anyone foolish enough to love him. Seth is safer without him, but Luke has no idea how to cut him loose painlessly. Until he spots Seth’s kind of woman—pretty, smart, friendly. The plan: seduce her into a sexy threesome, then leave the two alone to fall in love. Problem solved. A night of excitement with the two hottest men on the planet? Yeah, baby! Yet Kaz’s inborn ability to read auras tells her something isn’t right. It’s obvious Seth and Luke are madly in love, but subtle clues in Luke’s aura signal he’s up to something. She’s not sure what, but if she doesn’t do something quick, the two men she’s quickly come to adore will wind up without the happily ever after they both deserve.
Warning: One man + one man + one woman = a whole lot of steamy two-way and three-way M/M & M/M/F sex, a hero or two to drool over, and a heroine who recognizes true love when she sees it.
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Lila Dubois (Los Angeles, CA and Ireland)
Lila recently married her Irish Farm Boy in a beautiful (if she does say so herself) ceremony in Los Angeles. The wedding, followed by a battle with immigration service’s and the purchase of a fixer-upper necessitated a break from writing. Break over, and all that newly-wed activity was quite inspirational.
Having spent extensive time in France, Egypt and Turkey, Ireland and England Lila speaks five languages, none of them (including English) fluently.
Have Monster Will Travel
Monsters in Hollywood: Book 4
She’d always heard Hollywood was full of monsters. She didn’t know they meant actual monsters.
All of Hollywood is talking about Calypso Production’s new top-secret action movie, and Joanna is tapped to be the Production Designer. There’s just one big issue: the lead actors are monsters. Literally.
Bound by tradition and discipline, Tokaki’s clan of shapeshifers has maintained the old ways even as they’ve retreated from the human race. When members of another clan come up with a plan to expose and explain their hidden existence, he agrees to help. As the warrior who trains all others, he knows how to inflict both the maximum, and minimum, amount of damage. Because of this experience he’s asked to become something they call a “stunt coordinator”.
When Joanna and Tokaki meet it’s electric, and not just because Joanna watches him shift from a massive white tiger into a handsome, naked man. Tokaki is fascinated by the outside world, especially Joanna, who’s colorful in more ways than one. When he takes Joanna to a hidden temple deep in the Chinese mountains, neither expects she’ll be risking her very life. In order to save the woman he loves, Tokaki must turn to his family for help, risking the secrets his clan has kept for a millennium.
___________________________________________________________________________________ Jambrea Jo Jones (Indiana Jones–tee hee)
I wanted to be the youngest romance author published, but life impeded the dream. I put aside writing and went to college briefly, then enlisted in the Air Force. After serving for two years in the Air Force I returned to my home in Indiana and started a family. A few years later I discovered yahoo groups and book reviews. I haven’t turned my head over my shoulder since—there’s no sense in looking back. Reviewing books invoked my muse and called the writing bug back. Friends earned along the journey kept pushing me along until I submitted my first manuscript to a publisher. Since that time, I’ve submitted many more, had a few rejected, had a few published, and I’m working hard at getting more stories crafted.
I live with my family in Indiana where I read and play with my son when I’m not writing. I love to read and receive reader feedback and since I’m addicted to the internet, you can often find me lurking there. I invite you to email me any time, and stop back here for updates every once in a while!
Semper Fi Ben
Book two in the Semper Fi Series
Colonel Ben Davies was going out of his mind. Why was he having sexual thoughts about his best friend’s kid sister? Nothing could happen between them. No matter how much Mari tempted him.
Maribeth O’Malley admired the boy who hadn’t minded a girl tagging along with him and her brother. Over the years, those feelings turned to love for the man he’d become. Now she had to convince him that she was all woman.
When Mari comes across information she shouldn’t have she turns to the man she loves for help. Her life is in danger and Ben must find the person responsible without falling into bed with her.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of violence
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____________________________________________________________________________________ Jayne Rylon (Ohio, USA)
Jayne Rylon’s stories usually begin as a daydream in an endless business meeting. Her writing acts as a creative counterpoint to her straightlaced corporate existence. She lives in Ohio with two cats and her husband who both inspires her fantasies and supports her careers. When she can escape her office, she loves to travel the world, avoid speeding tickets in her beloved Sky and, of course, read.
Jayne is a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA), the Central Ohio Fiction Writers (COFW) and Passionate Ink.
Love’s Compass (September 4th)
PRINT anthology containing Northern Exposure and Southern Comfort
Compass Brothers, Book 1 & 2
In Northern Exposure, Silas Compton exiled himself to Alaska to help him get over his unconventional attraction to both of his best friends, Colby and Lucy. When an accident sends Silas home, ten years later, he has to face the truth about his feelings. When things start to unravel on the ranch, will he be able to step up? This time, his family needs him.
In Southern Comfort, Seth Compton has known for years he was falling for Jody Kirkland. When she graduates from college and returns home with a diploma and a fiancé, Seth is determined to prove that they belong together. Even if it means hogtying the stubborn woman to his bed until she comes to her senses.
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J.R. Patrick has had a love affair with reading from the very first story she devoured as a child. With her teenage years came romances and they opened the door to a whole new world—one in which she’s still happily immersed. On the other side of the coin, J.R. and writing didn’t always get along. To say she is a woman of few words is an understatement and her career as a scientist—where being concise is the order of the day—certainly doesn’t help. Thankfully, her characters believe in perseverance and they whisper, scream, mutter, plead…whatever it takes to get their story told. Even if it’s one word at a time.
You might not have gotten past the scientist bit, possibly wondering what science and romance have to do with each other. To that J.R. answers—it’s all about chemistry.
Zach is too hot for words but Marc has no intention of falling for his sexy co-worker—no matter how many of Marc’s explicit dreams Zach stars in. With only a few months left of his stay in Germany, Marc doesn’t dare risk his heart with the beautiful man. But a train ride gone wrong changes everything when Zach comes to his rescue, melting Marc’s resistance in the process.
Zach’s patience has paid off. But now that the reserved scientist has turned up the heat from simmer to sizzle, four months won’t cut it. No. Zach wants forever. Will their chemistry be enough?
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T (Tennessee, USA)
T is the daughter of the Postman. Wife of the Milkman. Mother of a 18 year old young “man” with a shiny new high school diploma and a sort of new new car and a 17 year old daughter with yet another brand new cell phone this time it is a smartphone (really and truly she couldn’t make this stuff up). Oh, lets not forget the cat that thinks he is human, he is the true ruler of their household. She is a confessed eBook Addict only because she isn’t sure she still knows how print books work LOL. The girls call her the reviewer extraordinaire, but she doesn’t think there is anything that extraordinary about her reviews, but hey they are really good for her ego and she does like reviewing books and interviewing authors. When she grows up she wants to be Anita Blake. I mean come on look at all the men that woman has!
Anne Rainey (Middle-of-Nowhwereville)
Anne grew up in a small town the only girl with three rowdy, older brothers. When she wasn’t playing tackle football with them she could be found tucked away in her mother’s book room getting lost in mysterious worlds created by authors such as Martha Grimes and Andrew M. Greeley. She’s had a variety of odd jobs including Chiropractic Assistant, Frame Stylist, Restaurant Hostess, and Nail Technician.
Anne now lives with her fabulous husband, two gorgeous teenage daughters, two ornery dogs and three snooty cats. When she’s not dressing, feeding, cleaning or spending time with them, she can be found at the computer writing stories hot enough to make your toes curl!
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When Catherine Michaels tracks down her long lost sister, Gracie, after a desperate search, she’s thrilled to find her alive and well. But there’s also an unexpected bonus—Gracie’s sexy and single friend, Dean.
Dean is every woman’s fantasy, ruggedly handsome, intense, and as Catherine discovers, a passionately adventurous lover. But his all night appetite has a dark side. For though Catherine longs to give up all control, Dean drives her even further…demanding she learn the real art of submission.
Catherine is having the best sex of her life, opening herself to a surprising new realm of pleasure. And Dean unexpectedly starts to feel he’s met his match…maybe even his soul mate. When they both want more, it gets complicated. Is it game over—or are things just heating up…?
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Valerie Tibbs (Illinois)
I am Valerie Tibbs, Network Administrator by day, graphic designer by night or vocation… Well, the day job pays the bills. But graphic design is my calling.
I began my career in graphic design in 1993 working in desktop publishing for the Illinois AFL-CIO. Creating newsletters, brochures, announcements, and various other types of projects gave me a chance to hone my skills. Several jobs later, several software programs later, and a lot of training, shaped my style.
In 2008 I took the leap and submitted sample covers to several e-publishering houses. After many rejections, a small epublishing company gave me a shot. I’ve been full steam ahead in the cover art world ever since. With over 300 covers to my name, I’m grateful for that one chance that opened the doors.
I’m currently working as a Freelance cover artist for Samhain Publishing, Loose-ID, Lyrical Press, Liquid Silver Books, Musa Publishing, Pink Petal, Etopia Press, Decadent Publishing as well as consignment jobs.
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