Nina Crespo Presents: Laura Heffernan’s Guilty Pleasures


Nina Crespo:  What’s your current guilty pleasure? Readers want to know!

Laura Heffernan:  I’m completely addicted to reality TV. Competition shows, lifestyle shows, trivia, home improvement, cooking shows – I love them all.

Readers, what are some of your must-have indulgences? Feel free to share them with us in the comment section. Also, take a moment to check out Laura’s new book. It may become your new guilty pleasure.

Now available from Laura Heffernan!

Seeking the smart one

Twenty-four-year-old Jen Reid had her life in good shape: an okay job, a tiny-cute Seattle apartment, and a great boyfriend almost ready to get serious. In a flash it all came apart. Single, unemployed, and holding an eviction notice, who has time to remember trying out for a reality show? Then the call comes, and Jen sees her chance to start over—by spending her summer on national TV.

Luckily The Fishbowl is all about puzzles and games, the kind of thing Jen would love even if she wasn’t desperate. The cast checks all the boxes: cheerful, quirky Birdie speaks in hashtags; vicious Ariana knows just how to pout for the cameras; and corn-fed “J-dawg” plays the cartoon villain of the house. Then there’s Justin, the green-eyed law student who always seems a breath away from kissing her. Is their attraction real, or a trick to get him closer to the $250,000 grand prize? Romance or showmance, suddenly Jen has a lot more to lose than a summer . . .

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Excerpt

He touched my chin with two fingers, bringing my gaze up to meet his. Damn those green eyes. I searched them for answers, wishing I knew whether he was putting on an act for the audience. Even with the lights off, the cameras stationed in the yard would capture us. The producers filmed everything, day and night. Everyone in America would know if we kissed. For a moment, I struggled to remember why that was bad.

“I guess it’s not your fault, since I got the question right,” I said begrudgingly, shifting slightly backward.

“If that is the best I can get, I’ll take it. But I’m going to work on complete forgiveness. I’ll pay you double interest on our bet—six cents.”

“Well, then,” I laughed. “Maybe I’ll have to reconsider once I get my money. I’d hate to have to send Birdie to break your kneecaps.”

The image of five-foot-tall Birdie coming after Justin with a baseball bat cracked him up. I laughed, too, crossing my legs and settling more comfortably in the lounger. My knee practically touched Justin’s leg. He didn’t move.

We sat quietly for a few minutes. I wondered if he heard my heart pounding. Even not wanting to get caught kissing on national television with a near-stranger, I found something about Justin irresistible. Possibly his smile. Or his dimples. His brains. The ease of talking to him. His personality. The fact that he was practically perfect for me in every way.

That line of thinking wasn’t helping. I needed to change the subject before I started calling him Mary Poppins.

“It’s a beautiful night.” I gestured at the sky.

“Yes, it is,” Justin said, his eyes never leaving my face. Did he lean forward slightly? Only inches separated our lips.

The warmth definitely wasn’t the beer. I licked my lips nervously and leaned in, closing the gap. If he moved the tiniest bit…

“So—”

About the Author

Laura Heffernan is living proof that watching too much TV can pay off. When not watching total strangers participate in arranged marriages, drag racing queens, or cooking competitions, Laura enjoys travel, baking, board games, helping with writing contests, and seeking new experiences. She lives in the Northeast with her amazing husband and two furry little beasts.

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It’s My Book Birthday!

Dalir's SalvationDALIR’S SALVATION is finally here! I’m excited to release the last book in The Song series. I loved writing about Dalir and Ari, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading about them.

About DALIR’S SALVATION
To be with the man of her dreams, she’ll have to face her worst nightmares…

Ari is looking to live a normal life. But after she hits her head, normal is no longer an option. A mysterious, rugged man appears, whom only she can see… each night he fulfills her fantasies and leaves her begging for more. She’s sure he’s a figment of her imagination—until she finds out the hard way that he’s all too real. Now, to truly be with him, Ari will have to embrace the parts of herself she’s been desperately keeping at bay.

Dalir’s been burned by love before, yet he can’t resist Ari’s beauty and charm. And all it takes is one kiss to spark nights of passion. But there’s danger on the horizon that only Dalir and his friends in the band Thane’s Redemption can deal with. And the longer he stays with Ari, the greater the peril to them both. Will the two of them be strong enough to fight for their newfound love—and their lives?

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I absolutely loved the book, the characters, the twists and the turns. The narrative was innovative yet original…(read more)

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Then and Now with Naima Simone

Before I became a published romance author, I was a fan of Naima Simone. I couldn’t wait to reach out to her when I signed with Entangled Publishing. Yes, I did the whole embarrassing fan/reader gush (as if she didn’t remember all of the books she’d written). Since then, we’ve had our share of Twitter chats and good laughs. She’s also great at giving me a nudge to stay on task with my writing.

Nocturnal Nina presents Then and Now with Naima Simone. Enjoy!

Then

Gabriel New-500x750Secrets and Sins: Gabriel

Twenty years ago, Leah Bannon’s beloved Uncle Richard vanished without a trace. Leah, now a private investigator, begins to suspect it was murder. When she reopens the cold case, Gabriel Devlin—-the man she loves but can never have—-inexplicably stands in her way.

Only four people know the truth about Richard’s mysterious disappearance—-Gabriel and three childhood friends…who have all sworn to take that secret to the grave. But a hidden enemy wants those shocking secrets brought to light…even if he has to kill to make it happen.

After experiencing an unimaginable loss two years ago, Gabriel refuses to put himself through the pain of loving someone who could be gone in an instant. But as he thwarts Leah’s investigation at every turn—-both to keep his friends’ pact, and to keep her safe from danger—-the sexy PI makes it impossible for him to protect his secrets. Or his heart…

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Now

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Rion Ward fought hard to be free of the Irish mob life. Now, as the co-owner of Boston’s hottest aphrodisiac club, he’s traded crime for the ultimate sexual fantasy. But when the “good girl” from his past walks through Lick’s doors, he discovers that his unconsummated hunger for her never abated.

Widowed for two years from a man who felt that anything besides the missionary position was dirty, Harper Shaw is ready to move on. The first step to feeling alive again is sex. Hot, dirty, black-out-from-orgasm sex. And who better to provide it than the brooding, sexy, tatted bad boy-turned-man she’s known for years?

Rion, however, has one stipulation: He’ll be hers only for one night. One night to explore her every fantasy. One night to push her limits. One night to introduce her to a passion that makes both doubt if it will be enough…

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About the Author

NaimaI was born the daughter of a sharecropper…okay, maybe not. But, I am the daughter of a pastor from whom I inherited my love of romance. The man can preach a mean Song of Solomon! (There’s that plug, Daddy! You can pay me later!)

Although my first book starred a cucumber named Fred, my first romance came several years later in the seventh grade when I wrote myself as a heroine opposite Ralph Tresvant from New Edition. Through the power of my pen and imagination, Ralph took one look across a crowded stadium, met my dark, mysterious gaze, fell passionately in love and serenaded me in front of millions of fans. Out of all the girls in the world, he chose me! And, of course we lived happily ever after—once we had the inevitable fight, aka black moment, and made up with a passionate declaration of love and fidelity. This same story reincarnated itself many times over the years: with Donnie Wahlberg from New Kids on the Block, Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, and as recently as last night, Vin Diesel.

Though the characters have changed, my love of love has endured. Shaping the lives of the unique men and women who experience the first, hungry bites of lust, the dizzying heights of passion and the tender, healing heat of love— nothing compares to it. Except maybe discovering new material for love scenes with my husband, the head of Research & Development!

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Nina Crespo presents Wild Hearts by Lynn Cahoon

Wild HeartsA Fresh Start –

Abigail Johnson just nabbed her dream job, running Castle View’s Big Cat Sanctuary. However, after she moves with her daughter from Seattle back to her hometown, Mark Castle drops the bombshell. The sanctuary is on life support and she shouldn’t even unpack.

Feeling torn –

Mark has one chance to save the family business on the verge of bankruptcy. And no one can deny, the tiger sanctuary is dripping in red ink. Closing it is the responsible thing to do. At least financially.

One final shot –

The sanctuary’s existence hinges on winning one of the most prestigious grants in the zoo world, The Wildlife Conservation Society –Hagenbeck Grant. Can Mark wait for Abigail to save the sanctuary or will the bank and the other Castle kids push him to sell off the one place the cats call home?

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About the Author

CahoonNew York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you’d visit the town where she grew up, you’d understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of small town life. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and two fur babies.. Sign up for her newsletter at www.lynncahoon.com

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A Naughty New Year…Brazen Style

NLW_500 (1)Today, I’m at Ramblings from This Chick Blogspot sharing a FREE short story based on Tab And Drew from NAUGHTY LITTLE WISHES. It was fun to revisit two characters I love. I also updated the relationship status of Jasmine and Ethan from TAKE ME IF YOU DARE.

One of things on my list this year is to dive into another contemporary series. I’ve literally been dreaming about my new characters. Stay connected and be one of the first to meet them in 2016. In the meantime enjoy THE NEW YEAR’S DARE and the other stories posted for the event. Also, don’t forget to enter the awesome giveaways and to enjoy all the enjoyable things that happen at night!

 

 

 

Nina Crespo Presents Holiday Reads from Marina Myles and Kimberly Kincaid

THE WEREWOLF’S SERVANT

Thorncliff Towers is done up for Christmas, secure against wind and wolves. But Karina Petri is shut out, too, and the gypsy witch wants what’s inside. She envies the gifts, the feast, the pretty clothes, of course. But her true desire is for the love of Constantin Stoica. Her smolderingly handsome childhood friend agreed to serve Lord Draven after his brother was caught stealing last year. He suspects Karina was involved—and it would take more magic than she possesses to make him forgive. . .

Constantin has always been drawn to Karina’s dark curls, flashing eyes, and reckless ways. But trusting her has proven dangerous before, and this night holds more to fear than most. The wrong decisions could cost him his job, his safety—even his life. But letting Karina go could cost him his heart. . .

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About the Author

Although Marina Myles lives under the sunny skies of Arizona, she would reside in a historic manor house in foggy England if she had her way. Her love of books began as soon as she read her first fairy tale, and grew by leaps and bounds when she discovered Nancy Drew/Agatha Christie mysteries and rich, historical romances.

Dreaming of becoming a published author, she wrote her first ‘gothic’ story at age eleven. She went on to study creative writing at Southern Methodist University- where she received degrees in Communications and English Literature. During her time in Dallas, she had the unique experience of being a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.

Now with her loyal Maltese close by, she relishes the hours she gets to escape into worlds filled with tortured heroes, strong heroines, and their fiery-but not easily attained-love affairs. She’s busy being a wife (to her Italian-born husband) and a mother (to her two beautiful daughters), but she is never too busy to hear from her amazing readers.

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THE SUGAR COOKIE SWEETHEART SWAP

Where There’s Smoke. . . by USA Today bestselling author Donna Kauffman

When flames from a recipe gone disastrously wrong send hunky firefighter Will Mason to pretty Clara Parker’s rescue, the sparks really begin to fly! And once Will gets a taste of Clara, he aches for more than just a little sugar from the famously single food columnist. . ..

The Gingerbread Man by National bestselling author Kate Angell

Folks have always told fun-loving Abby Denton that her anatomically correct Gingerbread cookies are. . .impressive. But those erotic cookies have nothing on the sexy stranger Abby saves from a snowy country road. Could Lander Reynolds be the Christmas treat she’s truly been longing for?

Sugar And Spice by Kimberly Kincaid

When caterer Lily Callahan goes up against hotshot pastry chef Pete Mancuso in the bake-off of the season, the stakes are high–and scandalously passionate. Will the gorgeous gourmand steal Lily’s heart–and the top prize in the Christmas cookie competition?

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About the Author

Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she’s not sitting cross-legged in an ancient desk chair known as “The Pleather Bomber”, she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to éclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a 2015 RWA RITA® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. Her digital Line series is all about the hot cops and sexy chefs of Brentsville, New York. She is also the author of the Pine Mountain series, which follows small town singles as they find big-time love. Kimberly resides in Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.

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Tag Team Tuesday with Naima Simone

I’m chatting about guilty pleasure television with Naima Simone. We’d love to hear from you if you’re a Scandal fan or if there’s a show we need to add to our TBW list. Feel free to chat with us in the comment section of our conversation on Facebook!

Nina Crespo:
What hooked you onto the television series Scandal?

Naima Simone:
You know, actually, I was a late bloomer to Scandal. I kept reading posts about it all over Facebook with people talking about Olivia and Fitz like they were real! LOL! Arguing over them, rooting for them, just going crazy. So finally, I was home one Saturday, nothing to do, and decided to watch the first episode on Netflix. I watched the entire first season that weekend! Between Olivia herself–FIERCE!!–and the forbidden love story along with the Law & Order-on-crack shenanigans…it was over. Oh! And let’s not forget her wardrobe…

Nina:
Law & Order-on-crack-shenanigans. LOL! You do have a way with words. I was late to the party on Scandal, too. I binged watched seasons for days. Okay, obvious question, who’s your favorite character and why? Bet I know the answer. And yes, I’m still giving you “the look” because you said that you would kick me off of the island so you could have him all to yourself.

Naima:
See…you may think I’m about to cheat with this question, but I’m not. Because these two characters are flipsides of the same coin. Jake and Huck. Jake is sane. Huck? Seeeeriously straddling that line. Jake is charming and can be social and affable. You see Huck on the sidewalk, you’re crossing to the other side of the street ’cause that wild-eyed stare is a tad bit unsettling. Plus he doesn’t do small talk. Buuuut…they’re both ruthless, cold, trained killers. Even though Huck appears a little more unhinged, both can be merciless–especially if someone they love is threatened. Actually, to me, Jake is the scarier of the two because he can appear friendly and even harmless. This is also why I find him INCREDIBLY sexy, by the way… And also, they share an ironclad code of honor. Which is sexier. All that to say my fave character is Jake/Huck. 🙂

Nina:
Hmm. So, based on your analysis, and since we’re both on #TeamJake, what does that say about us?

Naima:
Uhh, it says one of two things. Either we love strong, complicated, alpha men…or we’re both going to end up starring on episodes of Snapped and Deadly Women. Strangely, I’m not as off put by the latter as I should be…hee-hee!

Nina:
Ha! (Excuse me as I clean spit-out wine from my computer). Strangely, I’m onboard with that explanation!

Speaking of wine, Jake getting stabbed last season had me gulping glasses of it until the next episode. Is there a scene or plot line on Scandal that you loved, totally shocked you, had you yelling at the TV or made you cry?

Naima: 
YAAAAAAHHHHSS-UH!! Jake getting stabbed had me about to pull a Hell-No-We-Won’t-Go on Shonda Rhimes! LOL!! I was grieving, mad, shocked… One plot line that had me shocked, like WT%$#@??!! was when we found out Olivia’s mother was not only alive, but a freakin’ terrorist! Yooooo!!! First, we thought she was dead. Then when we found out she was alive, we believed she was a victim of Papa Pope’s twisted schemes. THEN, to discover she was the Big Evil all along? Worse than Papa Pope?? Awesome! Oh…and I love every Papa Pope diatribe. He’s the best at ’em!

Nina:
I know! That was just crazy, and you’re right. No one can lay it out there like Papa Pope. I’d also have to add Cyrus’s plot lines to the list. I actually felt sorry for him when he lost his first husband, but oddly, at the same time, I couldn’t hate Jake.

I’m also hooked on The Musketeers on BBC America. One fantastic reason. Luke Pasqualino.  He’s giving Jake a run for his money on my drool-worthy TV characters list. What about TV shows, which one’s are on your hot to watch list?

Naima:
A friend of mine told me about The Musketeers! I haven’t watched it yet though, but I need to see if it’s on Netflix. My fave BBC America show is Sherlock. Oh, Benedict Cumberbatch, yes sexy thang, you! Not to mention, it’s just an awesome show, too. 🙂 Other shows that I looooove are Arrow, The Flash, Evolution of Evil, Scream and a ton of reality TV shows. Bravo, WE and VHI are my pimps! LOL!!

Nina:
I’m with you on Arrow, but if I get into my series list, this conversation will never end. So, back to Scandal–what are you hoping or possibly dreading to see happen this season?

Naima:
I’m hoping to see Jake make it through the season. That’s number one. I’d hate for this to be a repeat of the Grey’s Anatomy debacle. *side-eye* Then, I would love to see Liv choose Jake over Fitz. I’d also love to see Huck’s wife get the axe…painfully. Snitches get stitches, yo!! I would LOVE to see Cyrus actually fall in love with his boy toy hubby!  I want to see Liv get over on Papa Pope at least once! And what do I dread seeing happen? Liv going back to Fitz…boooooo!!!

Nina:
Yay! #TeamJake all the way. Huck’s wife. Agreed! Well, I could chat with you forever, but unfortunately, it has to end. One last question. What would you buy for a dollar?

Naima:
You are talking to a woman whose husband stops at the $1 Store first in grocery shopping before he heads to Walmart and Aldi. What can I NOT buy for a dollar is the question! I buy earbuds, book lights, pizza snacks, Christmas decorations, big bottles of Arizona teas, Cherry Cokes, flip-flops… Yeah, I’m up on the $1 Store. 😀 But something I haven’t found there that I would buy? Wal-Dryl!

Nina:
Dollar Store? Our husbands must be twins! Mine keeps dragging me in there under protest. I end up buying crazy stuff I don’t need like a lifetime supply of cheap masking tape or a giant, plastic, green crayon. What the heck is Wal-Dryl?

Naima:
LOLOL!! What?? Everyone needs a giant, plastic, green crayon! My kids are so acquainted with the Dollar Store, when they walk in they’re like, “Hi, Lola!” to the cashier, because yes, they’re on a first name basis with the cashiers. *smh* I just duck and head for the snack aisle and my Arizona tea. And Wal-Dryl is the ambrosia of allergy-challenged sufferers everywhere. Cheaper than Benadryl but works just as niiiice. You get all floaty as your nasal passages clear and your eyes stop watering. My husband accuses me of taking it like candy…I beg to differ, sir! I have allergies. *sniff. sniff* See? Allergies!

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Nina Crespo presents Breaking the Bachelor by Maggie Kelley

Maggie Kelley CoverThis time, Cupid’s playing dirty…

Goaded by her competition, matchmaker Jane Wright makes a very public bet that she can find the “perfect” match for Manhattan’s hottest confirmed bachelor-sexy-as-sin bartender Charlie Goodman. Unfortunately, Charlie is also Jane’s ex-lover, a man she broke up with on a cocktail napkin. With her company on the line, Jane has no choice but to convince the man of her most impractical dreams to dive back into the dating pool.

Charlie doesn’t want to see Jane’s business fail. He just wants a little revenge. Determined to prove to Jane that chemistry always beats compatibility algorithms, he plans to drive her crazy with desire…then walk away. And his plan is working. A little too well, actually. Because even as Jane scrambles to calculate Charlie’s best match, the heat building between them combusts. But Charlie’s been so busy outsmarting Cupid that he hasn’t noticed he’s the naughty cherub’s next target…

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About the Author

After ten years of survival, aka working, in Hollywood, this former actress and current author of sexy contemporary romance is living happily-ever-after in Pittsburgh with her longtime sweetie and their two punky kids. When not carpooling to birthday parties or testing her gourmet cooking skills by throwing a frozen pizza into the oven, Maggie daydreams about sneaking off to the Vegas or Napa, or even just the movies. A love of red wine, Italian food, and music round out her list of life’s greatest joys. Oh, and Tuesday night karaoke, totally underrated fun.

Nina Crespo presents Call Sign Karma by Jamie Rae – now 99 cents

CSK coverLove in the no-fly zone…

Distraught over the loss of her brother in a fighter jet accident, Tinklee Pinkerton decides to follow in his footsteps and prove the tragedy wasn’t his fault. But when she’s chosen as the first woman to fly the Air Force’s F-35, her plan for a life that revolves around work is thrown off course by a handsome, mysterious stranger…

Thanks to Locke’s seductive British accent, sweet nature, and one too many beers, Tink is soon inspired to throw caution to the wind and herself into his arms. She thinks maybe love can heal after all—until she discovers Locke is her superior officer. Tink has no problem risking her life in the air, but with everything on the line, is she brave enough to risk her heart on the ground?

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About the Author

JamieRaeJAMIE RAE is a New Adult and Young Adult author. She writes with one goal in mind – to create stories with a positive message that will stay with the reader long after they’ve finished reading.

Jamie is an avid reader and loves discovering stories with a great hook! She will not eat, sleep, or speak until she reaches the end. The Harry Potter years weren’t pretty!! Convinced that her Hogwarts letter was lost in the mail, she keeps a watchful eye for owls hoping her children will have better luck!

In her other life, Jamie Rae creates smiles to last a lifetime as an orthodontist, keeps her heart overflowing with love as a mother of three and has perfected the art of nomadic living as a military spouse and Air Force veteran. Jamie has a passion for critters of all shapes and sizes and you can often find her sneaking them into her own home or volunteering for rescues.passion for critters of all shapes and sizes and you can often find her sneaking them into her own home or volunteering for rescues.