An American in London #booklaunch #KISKIK #Romance #power

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As if I’d arranged it, the President of America was here in London to meet the Queen of England this week. It’s a job to imagine two different characters yet they seemed to hit it off pretty well. One of the things the British know is that his mother was British – a Scottish lassie from Stornaway on the Isle of Lewis. As I’ve watched the TV footage of the state visit I’ve seen so many things that appear in my new book “Power” where Congressman Jackson T. Paine comes to London and meets his own Scottish lassie, Olivia Johnston-Denny.

1559555031.pngOn any day there will be thousands of Americans in London. On any day there will be Americans working with the British in the corridors and offices of power in an around Whitehall and Parliament itself. As a “humble” congressman, Jackson doesn’t get the level of pomp and security that surrounds President Trump. All the same, he does get to ride in one of those black armored Cadillacs that you see in American presidential convoys all over the world.

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Emma Calin Enjoying The Power of  London

Power in itself is useless. Only when combined with influence does it transform into the murky and lethal business of politics. This is how the British royal family maintain their unique status. With no mud on their lips, they may whisper in any ear. The royals appear in many of my ‘Passion Patrol’ books, starting with the arrival of baby Prince George as a germinal event in Dynasty’. In ‘Crowns’, revolution in France against an out of touch elite government calls for the restitution of the monarchy. In Guilt’, religious terrorists plot to assassinate the royal family of England when they gather for the horse racing at Royal Ascot. If you’ve watched and enjoyed the visit of president Trump to Buckingham palace I just know you’d love these stories.

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Anneli Power review 99c launchAnd now ‘Power’ is released. Congressman Jackson T. Paine is an Oklahoma farming boy tipped to run for president in 2024. He keeps it simple and has one political message:

‘Keep it Strong, Keep it Kind.’

It’s not a message everyone likes. When he collides with a flame haired girl from a castle on the Firth of Forth, the spark starts a fire. Action and passion unfold in a chase through the streets of London and Naples. If you’ve followed the series watch out for familiar faces like Anna La Salle, Shannon Aguerri, Kaitlyn Thorn, Randolph Quinn and the mysteriously ruthless Bastian Wolf.

Nothing seduces a man or woman like POWER.

Available to buy direct from me, or from all major online book retailer sites in ebook and paperback formats. 

Introductory ebook price of $4.99 $0.99.

Get the book and enjoy the POWER tonight!

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Join me on a #romance book tour with Silver Dagger Tours – daily chances to #win #prizes & #giveaways!

passion patrol bannerI’m delighted to have been accepted for a Silver Dagger Tour with my complete Passion Patrol Series.

Maia, the powerhouse behind this book blogger tour service is an absolute star and is so well organised.  Come along and meet her book blogger team over the next month as they discover my Passion Patrol titles.  There are chances to win exclusive swag and prizes by commenting and following these posts.

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive content and a giveaway!

https://www.silverdaggertours.com/sdsxx-tours/passion-patrol-series-book-tour-and-giveaway

…and here’s the list of dates and blogs for you to visit:

May 15

kickoff at Silver Dagger Book Tours

Viviana MacKade

May 16

Lock That Door

Midnight Book Reader

May 17

Craving Lovely Books

Scrupulous Dreams

May 18

Romance Novel Giveaways

May 19

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Rita’s reading room

May 20

Readeropolis

Tome Tender

May 21

Shannon Muir, Author – Infinite House of Books

3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too!

May 22

Casey’s Corner

A Mama’s Corner of the World

May 23

2 chicks and a book

A Pinch of Bookdust

May 24

The Magic Of Wor(l)ds

Better Read Than Undead

May 25

Bedazzled By Books

May 26

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

May 27

Educated Book Freak

Luv Saving Money

May 28

Book Review Virginia Lee

Books all things paranormal and romance

May 29

Books, Authors, Blogs

From Head To Tale

May 30

Book Lovers 4Ever

Dragon’s Den

May 31

Always Love Me Some Books Blog

Reviews and Promos by Nyx

June 1

Book-Lover

June 2

Breanna Hayse Romance

June 3

Girl with Pen

Paranormal Palace of Pleasures

June 4

Inside the Insanity

Maiden of the Pages

June 5

Authors & Readers Book Corner

@jypsylynn

June 6

E-Romance News

Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read

June 7

Jazzy Book Reviews

Paranormal Romance Trance

June 8

Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’

June 9

T’s Stuff

June 10

Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

Sylv.net

June 11

eBook Addicts

Teatime and Books

June 12

Valerie Ullmer | Romance Author

The Book Dragon

June 13

The Bookshelf Fairy

Triquetra Reviews

June 14

Tracie’s World of Books

Yearwood La Novela

June 15

Twisted Book Ramblings

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‘Cougar’ romance – a steamy excerpt – for adults only from CROWNS

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Chateau de la Roche Courbon – venue for the filmset action in ‘Crowns’

First move of seduction by a ‘cougar’ – taken from chapter 21 of Crowns by Emma Calin.

She was still reading when Charles came in. With only the light from the bedside lamp his head and shoulders were in shadow. She studied his large hands and the flatness of his stomach. Shamelessly and secretly beneath the duvet she moved her hand to a comforting aroused self-caress and set aside the book. It wouldn’t hurt to add a little secret tingle to his voice and presence. Wordlessly he lowered his lips to hers and she couldn’t stop, couldn’t stop, OMG, just couldn’t stop. The kiss was breathless, wet and pulsed out into his hair as her free hand held the back of his head.

Now I have been kissed,” he said.

She was trying to recover her senses. She was guessing he didn’t know what had just happened. He had one knee on the bed and was leaning over her. She moved her hands to his lips, like an animal wanting him to sense her. Some instinct in him made him clasp her fingers there and let the warmth of his tongue push between them. She knew where she wanted that hot tongue but not recorded on the bosses’ CCTV.

He took off his shoes and sat upright on the bed beside her.

You know I can’t stay, Sophia. Captain Côté is outside and I promised him I’d only be a minute. He has to guard me and he’s a good man. His soldiers are a bit rowdy after Vandervell’s film show and the wine. I don’t want to make things any harder for him.”

Did you just come to kiss me goodnight?”

Of course and to say I understand how you feel about the stuff I had to do for the show.”

The kissing and the bed scene,” she said.

I felt nothing. I just did what I’d seen on movies.”

She smiled, again letting her hand trail along his lips, gently parting them and feeling the warmth and wetness of his mouth. This time he kissed her fingertips.

She brought her lips to his and ran her hand along the fabric of his thigh. He gasped as she continued over his hard shaft. She paused at the head and pressed as she kissed him again, this time with her tongue.

Do you know how you made me feel just now?” she asked.

I don’t think so exactly,” he whispered.

You know I want you to let go too, don’t you?”

She pressed on his shaft, gently stroking him. He nodded and looked down.

I just want you to think of me and say my name and I’ll be saying yours, Charles,” she whispered.

He sighed and looked at her. She could feel the tight spring of his desire in every muscle of his body and chamber of his mind.

I love you,” he said in an awkward rush.

And desire me as a woman?”

Yes, Yes. It’s impossible not to….”

Then imagine me and say my name as you come. Hold me, only me, in that moment.”

I must go,” he said.

I’m thinking of kissing you, Charles. I’m not ashamed or shy about that,” she said as she slipped her hand back to her hot wet hood. She knew he was watching her face even through her closed eyelids. He was breathing hard as he watched her from the door.

Charles, Charles, think of me, oh God say my name, say my name too,” she pulsed out in a groan.

 

For more hot romance and adventure with Charles and his bodyguard-lover Sophia, check out ‘Crowns’

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The food of love – pasta and shellfish for a romantic quick, gourmet dinner.

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SPAGHETTI CON LE COZZE

screen shot 2019-01-11 at 19.29.36Taken from my companion cookery book ‘Seduction of Taste’ .   Spaghetti con le Cozze, is a dish eaten by the heroine of the romance novel ‘Dynasty’ – Shannon Aguerri – when she’s in Venice.  Herbs and shellfish bought in the market that morning and cooked for her by a real Italian smoothie, Fabio.  It’s full of taste, passion and fresh ingredients, guaranteed to stir your libido and power up your loins…..

Pre-preparation:

  1. Scrub and rinse the mussels in cold water.
  2. ‘De-beard’ the mussels – remove any remnants of rope emerging from the shell.
  3. Drain and rinse to get rid of any sand and foreign bodies.
  4. VERY IMPORTANT – discard any mussels that are permanently open as these may already be dead and may give you really bad food poisoning  – not worth the risk IMHO.  If you can squeeze them together and they stay shut you could consider using them – sometimes putting them in water makes them open.  If you squeeze and they re-open – throw them out.

Cooking:

  1. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil (you can add a splash of olive oil too to stop sticking).
  2. Add spaghetti and cook for 2 minutes less than the recommended time.
  3. Add half the butter and the olive oil to a large pan and over a low heat, soften the garlic and chilli.
  4. Turn up the heat to high, add the drained mussels and the wine. Cover immediately.
  5. Cook on a high heat for 5-7 minutes until the shells are opened.  N.B. If any shells are now still firmly shut – discard them. (This also means they were dead before cooking = bad stomach)   Remove any empty shells (sometimes the mussels fall out!)
  6. Drain the spaghetti.
  7. Add pasta to the pan with the mussel mixture and the rest of the butter. Toss well.
  8. Cover and leave for a minute.
  9. Add the lemon zest and a squeeze of juice.
  10. Stir the chopped parsley through the mussel-pasta mixture.
  11. Season with freshly ground black pepper and extra salt to taste.

Eating:

Serve with a green leafy salad, dressed with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar and crusty bread.

This dish also works well with clams if you can get hold of them – it is then known as Spaghetti con Vongole and is equally delicious. Substitute 500-750g of clams for the mussels.

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Find more recipes from ‘Dynasty in my companion cookery book ‘Seduction of Taste’

Or for a combined experience, why not try the 2-book gourmet – ‘Dynasty Plus’ and get both books in one edition.  Then you can use the live links to jump between the story and the recipes.  Or when you cook the food, you can jump back in to get a feel for the romance and passion of that moment in the story!

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My hot luncheon date at Bloxington Manor with the Earl – a character interview from Dynasty

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A character interview from Dynasty.

At last I could get out of central London. I’d had an early meeting with my best ever friend, Anna La Salle, Deputy Chief Commissioner at Scotland Yard. These days we’ve all gotten used to soldiers and cops with machine guns mingling with the tourists in Whitehall. I often stand back and reflect at the madness and sadness of it all. I’m excited to be heading south to interview a true aristocrat and sexy hunk, but I never forget the danger that the police and military face on these magnificent streets, every minute of every day.

As I get nearer to Bloxington Manor I’m feeling quite nervous. I mean this guy is a peer of the realm and hob-nobs with the royal family. I remember going to bed after I’d sent Police Constable Shannon Aguerri to meet him. I just didn’t know what I’d find in the morning. I mean she’s got a heart of gold but also a big mouth and a bit of attitude – well honestly a truck load of attitude. That’s why she’d been kicked out of inner city. It could have been disastrous for all three of us. Shannon’s got so much front she’ll just face up to anything. Spencer Chamberlain Knightsmith, eleventh earl of Bloxington is a refined English gentleman and accustomed to respect. At first I didn’t know him myself, he’s the kind of guy who risks becoming a cut out wealthy aristocrat. I sure didn’t expect Shannon to find him welding up an old racing car with his overalls open to the waist and almost certainly nothing at all underneath. The view wasn’t wasted on Shannon.

I pull up in front of the pillared front entrance. Two long haired retriever dogs scamper towards me across the gravel drive. They look wet from the long damp grass of the meadow that runs down to the lake. A commanding voice booms out.

“Jilly, Bobby. Stop!”

The animals freeze and sit. In the distance I see the six-feet-four bear-like form of Spencer striding along the long drive of horse chestnut trees golden in the autumn sun. He’s wearing a tweed jacket, corduroy trousers and of course green wellies. Now my heart is beating a bit harder. This is the first time I’ve spoken to him since I set Shannon on him and put mayhem into his life.

He takes my hand and kisses me on both cheeks, European style.

“Emma – you’ve not changed a bit and you’re always early for appointments.”

“I like to set the scene before I get into the action,” I say.

“What a good strategy. Top class idea. Look, let’s get inside. I hope you’ve got time for some cold cuts while we talk.”

“Cold cuts?” I’d forgotten this old-style aristo language.

“Luncheon – I’m going up to the City later for a board meeting so it’ll be great to combine question with digestion.”

He chortles at his obviously choreographed expression.

“You’ve turned into a bit of a poet Spencer.”

“Well to be honest I do it just to make Shannon groan. She talks at twice my speed and my old duffer act slows her down a bit.”

I’m beginning to see what I set loose on the poor chap. I wanted him to be happier but I’m still not sure if I did the right thing. I look at his rugged face and brown eyes. His hair is still overlong and a little more grey. He eases a commanding hand into my back and smiles. I love his posh accent.

“It’s truly wonderful to see you again. To be honest I never felt we’d got to know each other before, well you know, before Shannon.”

“I was always watching you from a distance, feeling jealous of her if I’m honest. When you started to do things out of character I just had to let you go.”

“Out of character?”

“Like singing Elvis songs to her and taking her to Venice to propose.”

“All that kind of surprised me. You know a man is like a box of toys or something. A woman can’t control what’s in the box but she can choose what she pulls out and what games she plays.”

I stare at him. This isn’t the man I’d abandoned to the mercy of someone like Shannon.

“You’re deeper Spencer.”

“It’s called happiness. When you’re unhappy in life that’s all you are. Unhappiness is a city state. Happiness is a continent.”

His voice is deep and confident. If he wasn’t married I definitely could you know…….

We walk through the entrance hall with the grand stairway and through the long gallery of paintings. The Orangery is still the same with its view of the chapel and cricket field.

Avington-Park-9164“So this is where King Charles the Second consorted with his mistress Nel Gwynn?” I ask.

“Yes, I love that sense of history. I tell Shannon she should read the story of his father, Charles the First and his wife Maria. Now that was a love story.”

“Does Shannon agree?”

“She says she’d rather write a bloody hot love story with me than read one. She lives very much in the present.”

I watch his face in profile as he gazes out of the window. He nods in acknowledgement of the warmth her words convey. He turns to me and gestures me to sit. A maid wheels in a trolley with plates of sandwiches, sliced meat, salads and a range of beautiful fruit. He sits opposite me, his eyes flick to mine. I want to hold them and he lets me linger just a little longer than he would have allowed before. His sexiness is more obvious, more experienced. I’m showing a generous cleavage with a ruby pendant teasing his focus. He’s ten years younger than me. I smile and enjoy the ping in my belly. His eyes come back up to mine and I can see he knows what I’m feeling. I need to get control here.

“Those guys out there – your fans, they want me to ask you some quite personal things. I’m a bit shy to be honest.”

“Me too, but look, there’s only you and me here and we probably like the same stuff.”

“OK – the first moment you saw Shannon, what did you think?”

“You want me to be honest?”

“Sure.”

“Well, we live in a world of sexy images. You get kind of numb and I’d turned off, shut down. When I saw her, even in that police uniform I had a surge like I was seventeen.”

“Do you think she knew?”

“Shannon knows everything. She just has to angle her hips a little, push out her lips a little. I covered things up by bumbling on about the car I was fixing. She moved half an inch into my personal space and, well I wanted to kiss her then and there. She knew.”

“You’ve got to tell me if you were wearing anything at all under those overalls?”

I’m afraid I’ve gone too far and embarrassed him. He looks down and then sweeps his eyes up my body to my face, as if he’s tracing the path with his finger. Oh no…things are getting, you know – possibly humid.

“No, it was a summer day.”

“You didn’t get to say that much. Did you think about her after she’d left?”

He smiles slowly and brings his hand to his chin. I’d followed Shannon’s actions that night so his answer would be news to me too. His expression is wicked and knowing. He speaks slowly in a slightly husky voice.

“Emma, we’ve not met for a while but there’s no one closer to me. Yes, I thought about her.”

“You…?”

“Yes, I took a shower and I couldn’t hold back.”

“Did you ever tell her?”

“No, I’m a English gentleman. I wanted her to want me as only that at the beginning. It seemed my most favorable angle”

Behind my eyes I roll a fantasy of this gorgeous gentle man letting go in his lonely ecstasy of pure sex, thinking of me. I knew what I’d be thinking of later. I take some food while Spencer stands and pours some mineral water. His groin is level with my eyes. I let myself imagine that shower scene, his groan, his release. Several times.

There is a voice in the kitchen out of sight. It’s a female and I know that south London accent.

We both stand as she almost scampers in, her golden skin and crazy black hair somehow shouting her personality without the need for words. Her blue eyes mixed with her complexion made me crazy with jealousy I admit. She was here now but I’d had Spencer to myself for a precious time. A time that would kindle a little heat in me when I needed some private warmth.

We hug. Her body is young and wiry compared to mine. I’d have no chance against her. She kisses Spencer’s lips and glances at me. A woman like me knows that growl from another woman.

“I hope he hasn’t been a sexy charmer. I don’t allow that sort of stuff in here and don’t forget I’m a cop.”

“He’s been a gentleman.”

“That’s what I feared. That’s what had me fooled. By the time I realized his tactic I had my clothes off and it was too late.”

Spencer has returned to his aristocratic look. Just once I caught his eyes on mine with a look of complicity. For sure this man – my man, made love to her but now I knew something of him she didn’t. You can’t ever explain to men how much things like that matter to a woman.

“When I last saw you here you were a regular cop. You’re a Chief Inspector now at Scotland Yard, ” I say.

“Yeah, bullshit will always baffle brains Emma – I know you’ve always worked on that principle.”

“Whoever told you I had any principles?” I say, wondering if her tone had a bit of edge.

Spencer laughs

“Ha! You walked into that one Shannon.”

“Look, it’s only catty cos you’re here giving Emma smiley eye stuff. Bugger off to work and bring me in some spontaneous red roses.”

Spencer rises, kisses her and walks the door. He glances back but avoids my eyes.

“I leave you girls to chat. Emma and I never got to say much and certainly nothing new.”

Once he was gone Shannon pours some tea and sits opposite to me where Spencer had been sitting.

“So, what did you talk about? If it wasn’t about me then lie – I know you make stuff up at the drop of your knickers.”

“Shannon – are you a bit jealous of women around Spencer?”

“Course not.”

I let it drop and told her the truth.

“We talked about you and what happened when you first met each other…….”

Mid afternoon I drive out through the gates and head back to the crazy sprawl and scramble of London. I still feel turned on and you know, damp and naughty. I push a love song compilation CD into the player. I’d be at my flat in Chelsea alone for at least an hour before my man came home. Maybe I’d scratch my my itch of lust on him when he came through the door. Did I want to share that heat with another man? Maybe I’d take a shower with Spencer. Yeah, it’s a private affair and he’s my man after all!

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Marlie – suspense #romance set in wilds of #Canada – @anneli33 #booklaunch from Anneli Purchase

eBOOK_MARLIEToday I’m handing over my blog to the Canadian novelist Anneli Purchase whom I very much admire as a writer. If  you bond emotionally with the gravity and beauty of Nature and acknowledge the passion woven into the human heart by our primal struggles for survival you’ll like her work. Yes, that means strong and raw conflicts and of course some stimulating passionate romance. I’ve got Marlie on my Kindle today and I’m going to post a review as soon as I’ve finished. With Anneli’s books that does not take too long because once you’ve started that’s the end of all other plans for the day.

Now it’s over to Anneli…

When I was visiting Jan Brown, a high school friend I hadn’t seen in many, many years, she showed me the paintings she had done. One of them almost leaped off the wall and said, “I’m Marlie.”

I told Jan, “That is amazing! This is the girl in my book!”

Jan graciously offered the use of the painting for my book cover image and I’m ever so grateful to her.

In the painting, Marlie’s left eye says, “You’ve hurt me.” Her right eye is harder and, along with the determined way her mouth is set, it says, “Don’t you dare….”

Marlie is gorgeous, kind, and generous. She’s a bit naïve—maybe too trusting—but gutsy, with a strong will for self-preservation.

If only she could find someone to love her for the person she is, and not just for her pretty face. She’s had bad luck with men and knows she should be more choosy. Will she go through her life being too wary, shunning those who offer her love?

067Living on her own in the small northern island community of Masset in the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii), she tries her best to fit in, but she finds it’s not as easy as she thought it would be. When a local artist pays her a lot of attention, she is flattered. However, she makes a serious error in judgement. Perhaps he’s not the gentleman he first seemed to be. Marlie has a struggle to make a comeback, but the right eye and the determined mouth tell us that she won’t go down without a fight.

Meanwhile, a handsome commercial fisherman is standing in the wings. Neither he nor Marlie are sure they are right for each other. She is just a bit too left-wing for him and he’s too much of a right-wing realist for her. But there is no denying the sparks.

Set in the mystical beauty of the islands, “Marlie” will give you a sense of being there with her, while she fights her personal demons.

Author Bio:

IMG_0182aAnneli Purchase lived in the Queen Charlotte Islands for several years and has a special fondness for them. She now lives on Vancouver Island and spends her time writing and copy-editing when she is not pursuing her other hobbies of mushroom picking, photography, gardening, and sewing. “Marlie” is her fifth novel.

 

Links:

For Kindle and paperback:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.ca

For e-books other than Kindle :

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Blog: https://wordsfromanneli.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/anneli33

 

 

Feeling Fruity in France

Fruity in France 28.8.2017 00438 degrees Centigrade is 100 in good old traditional Fahrenheit.  This is the not quite the mellow fruitfulness that the English poet Keats wrote about the British Autumn and I’m HOT.  Here in South West France is full on Emma Calin style bursting lust. So much fruit, colour and sheer reproductive joy is just spilling and spilling out all around me. I can’t stop it or even hold it back. I’m just making jam, pickles and relish in my kitchen and hot hot love in my office as I boil up the next Passion Patrol story. I pick ripe sweet figs and tomatoes hot hot hot in the sun. It’s passion in the pot and passion on the page. Nature gets you to a point where you just can’t hold back and you just have to let go……..

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