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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.
Well, August is behind us and we’re off to a rainy September. Not that I’m complaining. We’re desperate for the rain and sometimes it’s really nice to work while listening to the rain pelt against the window pain. Now that the kids are back in school I’m hoping to become a little more productive. Summers are crazy around here, even though my kids are in their teens!
One thing I accomplished over the summer, was getting Pride’s Pursuit up at Amazon! YAY. It is available now, AND Pride’s Run is up for FREE TODAY. Yes, that’s right FREE! Go grab your copy while you can.
Now that my Pride’s series is finished, I am working on a spin off series, with one of the characters from the books. I can’t tell you who, and I can’t even tell you the title, otherwise that will give away the ending to Pride’s Pursuit!
So I’d like to share an excerpt with you on Pride’s Pursuit, and don’t forget to go to Amazon and grab Pride’s Run. You can just click here!
As I settle my thoughts, I can feel Stone inside my head, surfing around and sorting through the images in my mind, but before I can stop him, before I can tell him I have everything under control, the sound of the window smashing penetrates the quiet inside the cabin.
My eyes snap up and briefly connect with the officer’s before we both turn in the direction of the sound. My heart lurches as the hunter draws his gun and takes aim at the boy/wolf about to attack.
In a fierce possessive rage, Stone shifts mid air and dives for the man’s throat. The officer peels off a shot, but it goes wayward and lodges in the ceiling as Stone pins him beneath his big, beefy paws. Stone presses down on the man’s chest and the weight of the wolf forces the gun from the hunter’s hands.
Ruled by his primal side, Stone’s roar echoes in the stillness of the black night, and his large, deadly canines flash in the thin column of moonlight as animal bloodlust takes over.
“Stone, no!” I cry out, but there is nothing I can do to calm him, nothing I can do to stop the feral wolf bent on his own agenda.
Fear propels me forward and I let loose a loud howl as I prepare to pounce, but Logan steps in front of me to shield me from danger. Looking hard and dangerous as shards of silver bleed into a storm of blue within his eyes, I gulp air and wonder if he, too, is going to go wild on me. But when I look at him, really consider the boys standing over me, I see him for what he is. Strong. Steady.
In complete control of his wolf.
“Don’t go near him, Pride,” he warns. “Not when he’s like this.”
With that, Logan tears off his clothes and shifts. Despite having just warned me, he flies through the air, his beautiful streamlined body catching lift before he clamps down on the back of Stone’s neck. An explosion of violence erupts in my ears as he gives a savage shake of his head. Stone yelps, his jaws unhinging as the powerful alpha tears him clear off the hunter’s body.
Panting hard, the officer lets loose a cry and scrambles backward. He swipes the blood from his neck and reaches for his gun, but even in the middle of a deadly battle Logan has enough foresight to kick it my way before the officer can grab it. It scuttles across the wood floor, out of my reach.
As the situation goes from bad to worse, my glance locks with the officer’s, and I know our thoughts are running in the same direction. We both dive for the gun at the same time, but I manage to reach it seconds before he does. He lands with a hard thud, and I quickly tuck the weapon into the back of my jeans then grab hold of his shoulders to drag him away before he gets caught in the crossfire.
With my breath coming in ragged bursts, I turn my attention to the two alphas. While neither is packing silver, they’re both packing deadly fangs, and even though we have regenerative abilities, there is no way a wolf can come back from a torn and shredded jugular.
In an untamed fight that could end in death, Logan and Stone roll across the floor, and the fresh scent of blood fills the air as they rip into each other’s flesh. Frantic, and knowing I need to neutralize the situation before one of them ends up dead, I give the officer a deadly glare.
“When I’m done with these two, you have some explaining to do,” I warn between gritted teeth, then pull the gun from my waistband.
I hold it over my head, but the officer jumps me, his large palm wrapping around my wrist. As he shackles my arm, I call on all my wolf strength and prepare to break free from his death grip.
I jerk away, but when he says, “Don’t, they’ll hear it,” my brain comes to a screeching halt.
As I digest his words, my eyes study him and when I see real worry lingering in the depths of his gaze, I understand what he’s saying, what he’s warning me about. It also becomes glaringly apparent that if he was really working against me, he surely would have let me fire and signal his team.
Taking that as a good sign, I announce, “They already heard one shot.” A shiver moves through me as I look out the smashed window and listen for signs of his comrades’ approach.
The two wolves crash against the cabin wall and the floor below me shakes violently. Blood smears on the wooden slats, and I have no idea how this fight will end, because while both wolves know each other’s strengths they also know each other’s weaknesses.
Since I’m so close to writing the end to PRIDE’S PURSUIT, I thought I’d have a contest and give away a copy of PRIDE’S RUN.
Are you interested in winning an autographed copy. All you have to do is head to my Amazon Page and click the Like button at the top of the page, then shoot me an
email at cat at catkalen dot com (no spaces etc!)
I’ll draw Friday morning and post the winner here!!
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?
Okay, so my life has been in a total chaotic mess for about two week now …and that started as soon as my son got home from university. He hasn’t been here long but wow, did he ever pick up some bad habits while he was away. Um, I’ve been teaching you to put the toilet seat down since you were old enough to use it, and what’s with all the dishes on the counter every morning. I haven’t been too hard on him though, since he’s leaving for Vietnam on Friday. Yes, he’s going to Vietnam! Half way around the world from where we are! I’m still having a hard time wrapping my brain around that one.
He accepted a three month internship at the Canadian Consulate in Vietnam, and while he’s beyond excited, I have eight new ulcers. So in the two weeks he’s been home, work has pretty much gone to the way side for me. I’ve been helping him arrange needles, doctor’s appointments, dentist appointments, travel Visa, bank visa, housing in Vietnam, plane tickets (30 hour flight, kill me now!) etc…
I really am enjoy these few short weeks we have together, but I have to tell you, I’m missing Pride, Stone and Logan. I feel like those three are my kids too and I’m so anxious to get back to telling their story.
So in the meantime, before I rush my son off to his next appointment, I’m going to leave you with this excerpt from book three! Unedited, of course!
PRIDE’S PURSUIT, Cat Kalen, coming Fall 2012
At the mention of Logan’s name, Stone’s eyes darken to a deadly shade of black and his nostrils flare. He rakes his hair from his face, only for it to fall forward again.
His jaw tightens and I brace myself because I know what’s coming next. “You don’t have to go back you know,” he says.
I look away from him, anger erupting inside me. “Yes, I do.” I say the words out loud as I cut the mental connection between us.
“Haven’t we lost enough, already?” I ask, trying to keep my voice from rising to the point of hysteria as the others begin to stir around us. “Our childhood, our parents, our freedom?”
I glance back at him in time to see silver shards bleed into his black pupils. “We could end up losing more,” he warns.
My stomach rebels when I see the raw, tortured look on his face, his worry hitting like a fist to my gut. I suck in a hurried breath and it’s all I can do to inflate my lungs.
“And we could end up winning,” I counter, sounding more breathless than I would have liked. “Either way, you know we have to try, and I’m not about to walk away from Logan’s family. They’re missing because of me, Stone.” I wave my finger back and forth between the thin column of space between our bodies. “Because of us.”
The air between us charges, a volatile eruption of emotion that neither of us can keep in check. I’m sure anyone within a fifty mile radius can feel it, and if we don’t get it under control it will surely trigger a reaction from the wolves around us. Stone fists his hands, his predatory glance going from me, to Logan, back to me again.
“Logan never should have let you go back to the compound. You were finally safe and he should have ensured you stayed that way. It only proves he can’t take care of you the way I can, Pride.”
When I sense his mounting fury, I work to keep my own anger in check and try to reason with him, but as I do it simply reminds me that he’s been imprisoned his whole life and is reacting the only way he knows how.
“First,” I say in a calm voice that belies my emotions, “it wasn’t Logan’s choice to go back it was mine. And I wasn’t safe, Stone, inside the compound or out. What happened here proves that.” I wave my hands around. “I could have been a part of all this. None of us will ever be safe until we stop the PTF.” I lower my voice, and add, “Besides, did you really think I’d leave you there, to suffer at the hands of the master while I basked in my freedom?” I give a slow shake of my head. “Maybe you don’t know me so well, after all.”
“You’re wrong, Pride. I know you better than anyone knows you, maybe even better than you know yourself.” He goes quiet for a long time, then his voice is dark, grief-stricken, and completely possessive when he finally says, “I let you walk away from me once. But you came back and now that we’re together again, I won’t be able to let you do it a second time.” He exhales slowly and adds, “I can’t.”
When I hear the need in his voice, a storm rolls through me and my gut clenches. “Stone, please. Don’t.”
“I can’t, Pride.” He gives a slow shake of his head. His hair falls forward to mask his eyes, but it does nothing to hide his emotions when he says, “I won’t be able to make it through it. Not again.”
A few years back in the small community I grew up in, there were some ‘issues’ at our local high school. Apparently there was a fight between two girls and some say drugs were involved. A female police officer was called into the school and she rounded up the students involved as well as the girls who were in the vicinity or who’d watched the action unfold.
This officer brought the girls into the principal’s office one by one and apparently made them strip down to their underwear to determine if they were hiding any drugs. One girl, who was a top student and athlete and had nothing to do with the fight, refused to remove her clothes. Angry and crying she stormed out of the office, pulled out her cell phone and called her mother.
As you can imagine, this was big news. It made the papers which led to an investigation into the officer’s conduct.
I remember thinking how difficult it must have been for that young girl, who had to have been completely intimidated by this officer, (an authority figure), to stand up for herself and walk out. Out of all the students pulled into the office, she was the only one to flee, even though many knew what was taking place was wrong.
I’m proud of her for her stand and wonder if I would have been as courageous if it were me. In my household we’ve always been taught to respect authority figures, but I think it’s also important to teach teens that just because a person is an authority figure it doesn’t mean what they do is always right. It’s frightening, because today we see more and more authority figures taking advantage of their position than ever.
In Pride’s Run, Pride is a shape shifting werewolf who is kept leashed by a cruel master who doesn’t want her to question his authority. His goal is to break her, like he’s done to so many wolves before her. Pride knows what he’s doing is wrong, and while no other wolf has found the courage to stand up to him, Pride know she has to be the one to make a stand.
With the inner strength of few, Pride faces many challenges and obstacles in Pride’s Run, but the real question is will she get out from under her master’s control, or will he finally break her, too?
Have you ever had to stand up to an authority figure? How did you handle it?
When I was in grade 11 I dated a guy who was a year older than me. We spent the entire school year together and eventually the school year ended and summer came and went. When I started grade twelve, he went off to college. It was a nearby college so we weren’t forced to deal with a long distance relationship. Regardless, because he was no longer a ‘high school student’ living the easy life, the dynamics of our relationship quickly changed.
Unlike when we were both in high school—living a fairly stress free life where we’d go out every Friday and Saturday night, only to cram our homework in on Sunday—he was bogged down with homework every night and he worked part time on weekends as well.
So while he was working, I was still going out with friends. The group I hung out with consisted of both boys and girls, and suddenly my boyfriend became very jealous and very possessive when other boys were around me. It got to the point where he told me I was only allowed to go out one night on the weekend and I had to choose between Friday or Saturday. Hmmm, that didn’t go over so well with me. He expected me to sit home by myself because he had to work and wasn’t able to hang out with the rest of us.
While I still liked him, it occurred to me that we were at very different stages in our life. Since I wasn’t willing to stay home by myself, and he was busy with college and work and unable to spend any time with me, I knew the relationship had reached its end.
Naturally we broke up, but I never forgot the way he changed, and became so possessive of me when he felt threatened by other guys. I always wondered what brought that on. What was it that had him acting like this?
In Pride’s Run, Pride is faced with two very powerful alphas who are both in love with her. While they both might be alphas, their behaviour, however, and how they exert their dominance is completely different. Once alpha is very possessive, and wants to take charge and protect Pride. The other likes to stand back and allow Pride to make her own decisions. He’s there to catch her if she falls of course, but he wants her to realize how strong, determined and independent she really is.
Is one way right? Is one way flawed?
I know what you’re thinking and it’s exactly what my seventeen year old daughter adamantly said to me. That Pride should be allowed to make her own decisions.
But let’s look deeper. Let’s look at the way these alphas were raised. One spent his entire life in captivity. His knowledge has been limited and he reacts with instinct. (Isn’t it wolf instinct to protect the female?) The other boy lived a life of freedom, and reacts with knowledge rather than instinct.
Aren’t they both simply behaving the only way they know?
Will Pride come to realize this or will she fault one for his behaviour.
After all, isn’t love about accepting the other person the way they are, flaws and all?
Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This tri-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive TWENTY signed books, one book from each author on the hunt in my team!But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!
Go to the YA Scavenger Huntpage to find out all about the hunt. There are THREE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter all three! I am a part of the RED TEAM–but there is also a blue team and a yellow team. You can enter all three contests–which has a total prize bucket of SIXTY signed books!
If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.
SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
Directions: Hidden within my post is a single letter that is RED. Make a note of that letter! It’s a part of a scrambled phrase. When you go to all the author sites of the red team, you’ll have all the letters you need to enter the contest.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by [insert date here]. Entries sent without the correct puzzle code or without contact information will not be considered.
SCAVENGER HUNT POST
Today, I have the honor of hosting talented author Jamie Manning for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
Jamie’s love of reading can be traced back to Sidney Sheldon novel his grandomother purchased at a tag sale when he was young, and he’s been addicted to books ever since. He prefers getting lost in the pages of a book to just about anything, and it’s that love of reading which sparked his interest in writing. He currently lives in a small, humid city in Alabama, where the only thing he pines for is cooler weather.
Thanks for joining the YA Scavenger Hunt, you guys! I’m so excited to be a part of it this year, and am happy to share with you a scene from my upcoming YA debut, BLOOD BORN!
This is a dream that Ava has, in which she sees her parents–much like she has all the other times she’s had this dream. Only this time, things are a bit different… Hope you enjoy!
Waking up in a coffin hungry for blood is only the beginning for sixteen-year-old-Ava Blue. When Chance Caldon, the hottie who dug her up, tells her that she’s half vampire, Ava’s world really turns upside down.
Half vamp? Ava can’t believe it…she doesn’t even know what that means! Not until Aldric, a thousand-year-old vampire, shows up and tells her it’s true–and that he’s the one who turned her. Then Ava truly begins to believe what she is. Now she has to deal with a sudden and powerful bloodlust, the desire to see Aldric dead, and her growing crush for Chance. Ava knows she’s a monster now, she can feel it; and her life is over.
But redemption isn’t lost. Aldric is giving her a chance to regain her humanity. The price? Kill a hundred vampires, or remain a bloodsucker forever.
So Ava sets out to get her life back. But killing vampires begins a battle that could destroy everything she is working toward. In the end, Ava’s decisions will forever change her life and the lives of those she loves.
YA Scavenger Hunt Exclusive: Sneak Peek at BLOOD BORN by Jamie Manning –
Yesterday PJ Sharon was talking about her office space and it was timely for me because before I read her post, my hubby took pictures of my office space for one of my publishers newsletters. I think a lot of readers as well as other writers are interested in seeing where we spend most of our days creating out stories.
So I’m happy to be here today to share my Cat Kalen writer space with you all and tell you how I came upon such a terrific writing space!
Two and a half years ago we moved from the valley to the city. I had a very tiny office filled with big furniture. My husband built my desk, which I refer to as deskzilla, and a huge bookshelf that prevented me from being able to close my office door. So when we built the house we’re in now, I was lucky enough to design my own office right on the main level with lots of windows and natural light.
Here is a picture of deskzilla which doesn’t seem eat up the space at all!
Here is my camel. He looks over my shoulder when I’m working and makes sure I get my word count in.
Here is my office chair where I can sit back, have a cup of tea and read. I used to have a big sofa here but the chair, table and fireplace was a Christmas present to myself.
Here is my bookshelf. I finally get to display all the books I love! So that’s my space and I feel like the luckiest writer in the world!
It’s time to announce the final lineup of the Spring Scavenger Hunt! This year it will be bigger and badder than ever before with 60 count ’em 60YA authors! With fabulous prizes around every corner you DO NOT want to miss this!
Below is your sneak preview of the authors and the books they will be featuring on the hunt.
LISA T. BERGREN
LAURA A.H. ELLIOTT
KAREN AMANDA HOOPER
JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT
TERA LYNN CHILDS
LISA & LAURA ROECKER
Whew that was a long scroll! Totally worth the carpal tunnel though. If I was to get all the books I wanted from that list my bookshelf would topple over. Leave a comment on this blog telling me which book or books you are the most excited about. =)
Beth Revis has created a website just for our Scavenger Hunts! Click on the YA Scavenger Hunt image below to be redirected there. Because we have so many authors this time we are breaking into three groups. We have BLUE TEAM, RED TEAM, and YELLOW TEAM!
Each group is made up of 20 authors and I am on TEAM RED!
This means that my bonus material will be found on the red team. If you get lost on the hunt simply return to the hunt website and pick up where you left off. While you check out the website, don’t forget to vote on the polls, follow the site, and check out all the prizes. You can even tweet from there too!
THE YA SCAVENGER HUNT BEGINS THURSDAY MARCH 29TH AT NOON PACIFIC TIME AND ENDS SUNDAY APRIL 1ST AT NOON PACIFIC TIME! THAT GIVES YOU ONLY 72 HOURS
TO COMPLETE THE HUNT!
GOOD LUCK TO ALL!