Dreamy Inspiration, SFR, and Rachel Leigh Smith (and a #Free #Read!)

Today, I’m very happy to welcome author Rachel Leigh Smith to the website. She’s here to talk about her new book, My Name is A’yen, and how she used her own personal journey to inspire her hero. AND a special treat: the book is free. You can find the details below.

ABOUT RACHEL:

Rachel Leigh Smith was swept off her feet at the age of six by Magnum, P.I., then again at nine by Frank Hardy. She remembers her favorite romance novels by the hero’s name, so of course she writes romance for the hero lover. She lives in central Louisiana with her family, a half-crazed calico, a ginger tabby lion, and a menagerie of book boyfriends.

Website:  www.rachelleighsmith.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RachelLeighSmithAuthor

Twitter: http://twitter.com/rachelleighgeek.

And now let’s hear more about her new book, MY NAME IS A’YEN:

rachel coverABOUT MY NAME IS A’YEN: They’ve taken everything from him. Except his name. The Loks Mé have been slaves for so long, freedom is a distant myth A’yen Mesu no longer believes. A year in holding, because of his master’s murder, has sucked the life from him. Archaeologist Farran Hart buys him to protect her on an expedition to the Rim, the last unexplored quadrant of the galaxy….Farran believes the Loks Mé once lived on the Rim and is determined to prove it. And win A’yen’s trust. But she’s a breeder’s daughter and can’t be trusted….Hidden rooms, information caches, and messages from a long-dead king change A’yen’s mind about her importance. When she’s threatened, he offers himself in exchange, and lands on the Breeders Association’s radar. The truth must be told. Even if it costs him his heart.

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Now, let’s hear from Rachel!

I’ve been stringing words together on paper to tell stories since I was ten. After I finished rachel pichigh school, hardly a day went by without me putting words on paper. Literal paper, not virtual paper. This was back in my pre-laptop dark ages.

I’m also a domestic abuse survivor, in a marriage gone wrong. We were married for a little over three years, but only spent eleven months living together. I had to leave because I feared for my life. I was in the process of writing my first actual novel, and my words dried up.

From April 2010 to March 2011, I probably wrote 2,000 words altogether, most of them in a letter to my ex in-laws that I never mailed. While staying with grandmother after she had surgery, and basking in the peace and tranquility of her spirit, my words came back. By the end of 2011 I had a finished novel and two agent requests for the full manuscript. They loved my voice, but the subject matter was an almost impossible sell in that market.

Then, on the night of May 16, 2012, what should’ve been my third wedding anniversary instead of looking forward to the divorce being final, I dreamed about an alien walking through the woods saying the words Loks Mé over and over and over.

When I woke up the next morning, he told me his name was A’yen and he had a story to tell me. I made some basic plot notes while eating breakfast, opened a file that afternoon, named it My Name Is A’yen, and off I went. 86 days later I had a 95,000 word first draft.

It was the best summer of my life. A’yen was everything in a character I’d always wanted to write. He’s known intense heartache, lost his entire life, and had to reinvent himself against his will. It’s not a coincidence I was doing the same things that year.

A’yen finished his journey back to wholeness before I did. Then he held my hand as I finished mine. Writing the first three A’yen’s Legacy novels helped me work through what had happened to me and find new dreams to replace the ones that shattered.

A’yen is a smart-ass, a bit of an introvert, loves a good practical joke, refuses to be pigeonholed, and loves with every fiber of his being. He’ll sacrifice anything for those he loves, including his life. There’s a lot of me in him, and a lot of my dad (who flew 1400 miles while sleep-deprived and exhausted, to rescue his little girl).

He’ll always be near and dear to my heart. Without him, I wouldn’t be where I am. And I don’t think I’d be a whole person again. He taught me how to dream again.

The excerpt I’ve chosen to share with you is one of my favorite moments in the novel, and shows who he truly is at his core. He’s finally decided to trust Fae, and is slowly sharing his past with her.

He reached up, grasped her hand, pulled her around so he could see her face. “Life as a Loks Mé is a delicate balancing act. Things you take for granted aren’t that simple for me.”

Fae sat on the edge of the desk by his feet, resumed trailing her fingers on his legs this time. “Such as?”

“Looking at you without permission, for one. I’ve been lucky enough to be surrounded by people who see me as more than a slave, which means I forget how dangerous it is for me to look at them and start conversations. I almost got myself arrested for assault on an Athen space station once because I smacked Pete’s head and told him to shut his big fat mouth before I stuffed his shoe down his throat.”

Fae’s eyes widened, and she glanced at Pete. “What did you tell him?”

“I was teasing him about being loud enough with Wayan that I could hear them when I walked into the bay.”

Pink tinted her cheeks, she stared at her shoes, and her fingers stopped their gentle massage. A’yen lifted her chin with his finger, to see her eyes. “We weren’t that loud. Pete is very good at tall tales.” He ran the tip of his thumb along the bottom of her lip. “The point is, the way I talk to people above me terrifies my mother. It’s a miracle my mouth hasn’t gotten me killed.”

Pete giggle-snorted. “It almost did that one time. Remember? I went down with you and Wayan to a festival on Centron.”

A’yen grinned at the memory. “Oh yeah. I told the governor’s wife if she didn’t get her hands off my ass and out of my pants I was going to break her fingers.”

Fae covered her mouth in a failed attempt to stifle a laugh. “I bet you did.”

“In my defense, I had no idea who she was, but her bodyguard had me on the ground in two seconds and almost broke my fingers. Then I had to apologize to her and the governor before they’d let me leave. If the governor hadn’t found it so funny, I’d be dead.”

Pete’s head wagged back and forth. “What I found funniest was how, not ten minutes later, Wayan was doing the exact same thing and you didn’t bat an eye.”

“He could put his hands wherever he damn well pleased.”

Fae stood from the desk, pressed a kiss to his cheek. “A’yen, you do have a fine ass.”

He caught her fingers, brought them to his lips. “Thank you.”

Thank you for sharing, Rachel! And now, here’s the deal: My Name Is A’yen is free from all retailers! Just click on the buy links below the book blurb to download it in your preferred format, and enjoy the read!

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Wendy Lynn Clark: Sexy Heroes, Action Heroines (and a #Giveaway)

Today, I’m very happy to welcome author Wendy Lynn Clark to the website. She’s here to talk about her new sci-fi romance, LIBERATION’S VOW, and something we all love–sexy heroes and kick-butt heroines!

ABOUT WENDY: Wendy Lynn Clark is from the vibrant green Pacific Northwest. She writes contemporary and science fiction romance with sexy heroes and undefeatable heroines, as well as sweeping epic fantasy and creative nonfiction. Her words are infused with wonders from her travels—teaching in Japan for three years, earning her MA in Brighton, and studying abroad in Greece. When she’s not hiking in the Cascade mountain range, she’s writing on her couch with a steaming cup of tea and her two snuggly calico cats. Her books are a mix of soaring imagination, blockbuster action, and thrilling romance. They are recommended for anyone who enjoys a well-told story with a happy ending guaranteed. For up to date promotions and release dates of upcoming books, sign up for the latest news at her website: www.wendylynnclark.com

And now let’s hear more about her new book, LIBERATION’S VOW:

wendy coverABOUT LIBERATION’S VOW:  He wants redemption. She’s using him as bait. They’ll sacrifice everything for one passionate embrace…Aris is tortured by his past. The regional governor and aristocrat once traded his half-sisters’ lives for power. Seeking to redeem himself, he makes a deal with a shady agent that could get him killed….Resa is a zero-class assassin. Her predecessor was a murderous nightmare, and she has no choice but to fill those bloody shoes. She attempts to infiltrate Aris’ life to draw out the android-corrupting rogue agent. The mission reveals forbidden desires that change everything….Aris is using Resa too, but similar feelings cloud his judgment. With their passion unleashed, a secret may be revealed: the real reason the Antiata family has been sentenced to death. Resa and Aris are the only ones who can stop a human-robot war that destroys all worlds forever….Liberation’s Vow is the third book in a series of sci-fi romances, and it can be read as a stand-alone. If you like android assassins, creative world-building, and sizzling chemistry, then you’ll love Wendy Lynn Clark’s latest roller coaster romance.

You can find Liberation’s Vow at the following links:

Amazon
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iBooks
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All Romance eBooks

Now, let’s hear from Wendy! (And be sure to enter the giveaway at the end…)

Happy Release Month!

I’m so thrilled to share my newest hot, action-packed science fiction romance with wendy piceveryone!

Liberation’s Vow features the third sibling in the family ripped apart by the secret assassination plot of the Robotics Faction. (You can read about the first two in Liberation’s Kiss and Liberation’s Desire.) Each book features a different couple with a happy ending, so Liberation’s Vow can be read as a stand-alone romance.

Planetary governor Aris holds the power to defy all his adversaries, but this sexy playboy finds himself brought to his knees by an indestructible heroine with unexpected vulnerabilities.

Resa can’t remember her past, but she’s been programmed to kill the governor as soon as he gives her the information she needs. The longer she’s around the seductive man, the less she can control her craving for his intoxicating touch…

I had so much fun writing their story!

My inspiration for Aris is Christopher Pine (as cheery, lover-of-women Captain Kirk) crossed with more grounded, sexy, mature George Clooney. Yum! Jaded by all the women who throw themselves at him, Aris needs the wakeup call of a woman who can’t be charmed – at least, not at first! He has hidden depths as well, and when he realizes that Resa can see past his position to the real man beneath, she becomes the one woman he will do anything to protect.

My inspiration for Resa is every awesome action heroine. I love movies where the woman can more than take care of herself. Some of my favorites are Trinity in The Matrix and Leeloo in The Fifth Element. They have chests of steel encasing more fragile hearts of glass.

Resa is my first complete kick-ass heroine, and she will not be my last. In addition to being virtually indestructible, she’s able to fire any weapon, drive any vehicle, withstand any damage, and repel bullets. She’s constantly saving Aris from assassination attempts, building collapses, and other evil robots. Her only real vulnerability is her heart…which Aris soon possesses, along with her body and soul.

If this sounds interesting, please give it a try! For the month of July, I’m also running a New Release Giveaway for the chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card for anyone who purchases Liberation’s Vow.  Everyone who enters receives a small (secret) prize. Details are on my website. (Click to visit Wendy’s site.)

Who are your favorite sexy heroes and awesome action heroines? Leave a comment to be entered for a $5 Amazon gift card drawing, and then head over to Wendy’s website to learn about her giveaway! For my sexy hero, I gotta go with either Rhage or Vishous from the early BDB books…or Bones. For my action heroine, DJ will shoot me with her newly improved staff aim if I don’t pick her–LOL. How about you guys?

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