Wednesday, March 20, 2019

New Release Alert and Amazon Gift Card Giveaway- Surrendering to Her Mate by USA Today Bestselling Author Erzabet Bishop #giveaway #pnr #shifter @erzabetbishop @ginakincade



★★★ NEW RELEASE ALERT ★★★

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Surrendering to Her Mate (My Wicked Mates Book 2)

A new beginning…
Fleeing from a relationship gone horribly wrong, bunny shifter Clover Frazier makes the choice to start a new life. If only her car had gotten the memo. Stranded in the parking lot of what seemed to be a nightclub, she walks into a world she never knew existed. A new job with room and board are the answer to her prayers, but can she really outrun the ghosts of her past or will they come back to claim her?
A cat with a broken heart might just learn to love again.
Master Richard has just come out of a five-year Master/sub arrangement after a bitter breakup. He spies the new barmaid instantly, dismissing her as just another pretty face. When circumstances put them in close proximity, his resolve to stay at a distance is put to the test when his prickly panther responds to the luscious bunny shifter. Finding himself enamored by the curvaceous blonde, the teacher becomes the student and this alpha male learns that the gift of trust might just be the greatest surrender of all.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Now Available: Craving Her Mates: My Wicked Mates #1 by USA Today Bestselling Author Erzabet Bishop #shifter #romance #pnr @erzabetbishop @naughtynightspr @ginakincade



Now available from USA Today Bestselling Author Erzabet Bishop!

In the darkness of night, desire reigns supreme.

The sins of the past live on in the present...

Carefree submissive Natalia Adams lived the dream of a promising future. Her life at Inferno, the city’s most exclusive BDSM club, was everything to her until she was thrust into a living nightmare. Now a lynx shifter, and a detective trying to help victims like herself, she hides behind more than one mask to keep herself veiled from the world. When a murder case takes a dark turn, will she be able to rely on her animal instincts to keep her alive?

Seven years, seven murders...

Ryder, a male submissive at Inferno, is devoted to the lifestyle and one very hard to pin down Domme. An incubus that feeds on negative emotions, he is also a Doctor of Psychology specializing in BDSM related crimes. When yet another murder occurs, he is asked to assist Detective Natalia Adams. Sometimes the truth is hiding in plain sight, and all it can take is one kiss.

The whisper of the cane can bring them heaven or hell...

Cage still dreams about the sub who got away. Natalia was his fantasy girl and the woman he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. As the new owner of Inferno, he still can’t get her out of his mind. His wolf wants their mate back and they aren’t taking no for an answer. A discovery is about to rock his world and bring the past and future colliding together. If only he has the courage to embrace it.

#shifter #menage #sexytimes #detective #crime #incubus #cat #wolf #paranormalromance




Monday, February 25, 2019

New Lower Price: Mallory's Mark by USA Today Bestselling Author Erzabet Bishop #pnr #shifter @erzabetbishop



Now only 3.99!

Hotter than Hell and eager for sin...

Mallory is having a bad year, even for a succubus. Her adorable dog has transformed into the Devil himself, and she can't catch a date without someone dropping dead in her wake. Now a hot shifter detective is on Mallory's trail, and things are about to get dicey. Even a trip for a cut and curl can't ease her spirits. After Mallory rescues a dog in distress, her luck might finally be turning around. Sometimes the one you save saves you right back, and maybe that sexy investigator will turn out to be exactly what she needs as well. But someone from Mallory's past has a score to settle, and her hot new boyfriend may just end up on the menu.

All that glitters could be murderous...

Detective Bryce Richardson is a werewolf on a mission. A murderer is stalking the city streets, and all signs point to one very gorgeous lady with a string of one-night stands and a growing pile of bodies. Watching her with her blind rescue dog tugs on his heartstrings, and he finds himself falling for his chief suspect, hook, line, and sinker. A true mate is hard to find and when his animal speaks, he's learned to listen. But can Bryce keep his head long enough to solve the murders, or will he be next in the killer's sights?

#shifter #succubus #detective #vampire #hellhound #paranormalromance 

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Chasing His Polar Bear


Hot. Hilarious. Happily-ever-after. Chasing His Polar Bear by Golden Angel arrives on March 1st!!!

GRAB IT WHILE IT'S ONLY 99¢! Amazon → https://amzn.to/2MHDzNV Apple → https://apple.co/2REbkRm B&N → http://bit.ly/2sYCUyL Kobo → http://bit.ly/2FZyhgh

BLURB:
Once upon a time, when she was betrothed and in love, Sheila Slater believed in fated mates, fairy tales, and happy endings. Now, one big heartbreak later, she's a self-rescuing princess, kick butt fighter, and undercover extraordinaire. But to save the shifter world from the evil designs of Aiden Mansfield, she'll be forced to reunite with her ex-fiance: Aiden's twin brother, Eli. And when Sheila appears in Eli's office, as stunning as ever and with all of the information needed to take down Aiden, Eli can barely control himself. She's gorgeous, determined, and deadly. Her very presence tempts his bear, and he can't stop thinking about finally taking a big, sensuous bite out of her. What happens when these two put aside their past for the benefit of everyone's future? This novella is part of the Big Bad Bunnies Series but may be enjoyed as a standalone. The timeline of Sheila & Eli's story runs concurrently with Chasing His Honey Badger. Big Bad Bunnies Series
  1. Chasing His Bunny
  2. Chasing His Squirrel
  3. Chasing His Puma
  4. Chasing His Polar Bear
  5. Chasing His Honey Badger (coming April 1, 2019)

About Angel
Angel is a self-described bibliophile with a "kinky" bent who loves to write stories for the characters in her head. If she didn't get them out, she's pretty sure she'd go just a little crazy. She is happily married, old enough to know better but still too young to care, and a big fan of happily-ever-afters, strong heroes and heroines, and sizzling chemistry. She believes the world is a better place when there's a little magic in it.
Find Angel Online! Amazon → http://amzn.to/2DplX3X BookBub → http://bit.ly/2G68e3O Facebook → http://bit.ly/2Ds7c0e Goodreads → http://bit.ly/2rt4rdL Instagram → http://bit.ly/2CkqiqZ Website → http://www.goldenangelromance.com

Thursday, February 21, 2019

#FREE For All: Grab Your Copy of Burning Midnight by USA Today Bestselling Author Erzabet Bishop #shifter #paranormal #wolves #vampire #magic @erzabetbishop @naughtynightspr




#free for everyone Feb 21- Feb 25

Also available to #read in kindle unlimited.


#paranormal #witches #vampires #werewolves #romance #booksale #ku #amazon #kindleunlimited

About the book...

The dreams of the heart may be the darkest of all…


Kissed by the moon…
Diana Robichard runs Moon Called, an antique shop specializing in cursed objects. A new antiquity falls into her possession and promptly disappears, her tidy world is upended. When faced with a threat to those she loves the most, witchcraft alone may not be enough to save them. Blood vows and shadowy magic may hold the key, but the ultimate power might just be in the darkest recesses of her heart.

A wolf unleashed…
Alpha wolf, Aristide Benoit, is a wolf on a mission. When multiple pack members, and finally his daughter, go missing, he is ready to do whatever is necessary to find them. A pending war with the vampires looms in the distance but a blacker danger lies closer to home. Will the sexy witch destined to be his mate be his downfall, or his salvation?

Blood and fire…
Vampire Regent, Rand Sinclair, has a problem. His vault is missing an amulet never meant to see the light of day. Endangering a treaty with the wolves, he must act quickly before the woman he loves is swept into an ancient curse that will destroy them all. But can he make room in his heart and embrace a love that can set them all free?


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Overture by Skye Warren




Title: Overture
Series: North Security #1
Author: Skye Warren
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Release Date: February 19, 2019



Blurb

Forbidden fruit never tasted this sweet…

The world knows Samantha Brooks as the violin prodigy. She guards her secret truth—the desire she harbors for her guardian.

Liam North got custody of her six years ago. She’s all grown up now, but he still treats her like a child. No matter how much he wants her.

No matter how bad he aches for one taste.

Her sweet overtures break down the ex-soldier’s defenses, but there’s more at stake than her body. Every touch, every kiss, every night. The closer she gets, the more exposed his darkest secret.

She’s one step away from finding out what happened the night she lost her family. One step away from leaving him forever.







Purchase Links

AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU





Excerpt

Rest, Liam told me.
He’s right about a lot of things. Maybe he’s right about this. I climb onto the cool pink sheets, hoping that a nap will suddenly make me content with this quiet little life.
Even though I know it won’t.
Besides, I’m too wired to actually sleep. The white lace coverlet is both delicate and comfy. It’s actually what I would have picked out for myself, except I didn’t pick it out. I’ve been incapable of picking anything, of choosing anything, of deciding anything as part of some deep-seated fear that I’ll be abandoned.
The coverlet, like everything else in my life, simply appeared.
And the person responsible for its appearance? Liam North.
I climb under the blanket and stare at the ceiling. My body feels overly warm, but it still feels good to be tucked into the blankets. The blankets he picked out for me.
It’s really so wrong to think of him in a sexual way. He’s my guardian, literally. Legally. And he has never done anything to make me think he sees me in a sexual way.
This is it. This is the answer.
I don’t need to go skinny dipping in the lake down the hill. Thinking about Liam North in a sexual way is my fast car. My parachute out of a plane.
My eyes squeeze shut.
That’s all it takes to see Liam’s stern expression, those fathomless green eyes and the glint of dark blond whiskers that are always there by late afternoon. And then there’s the way he touched me. My forehead, sure, but it’s more than he’s done before. That broad palm on my sensitive skin.
My thighs press together. They want something between them, and I give them a pillow. Even the way I masturbate is small and timid, never making a sound, barely moving at all, but I can’t change it now. I can’t moan or throw back my head even for the sake of rebellion.
But I can push my hips against the pillow, rocking my whole body as I imagine Liam doing more than touching my forehead. He would trail his hand down my cheek, my neck, my shoulder.
Repressed. I’m so repressed it’s hard to imagine more than that.
I make myself do it, make myself trail my hand down between my breasts, where it’s warm and velvety soft, where I imagine Liam would know exactly how to touch me.
You’re so beautiful, he would say. Your breasts are perfect.
Because Imaginary Liam wouldn’t care about big breasts. He would like them small and soft with pale nipples. That would be the absolute perfect pair of breasts for him.
And he would probably do something obscene and rude. Like lick them.
My hips press against the pillow, almost pushing it down to the mattress, rocking and rocking. There’s not anything sexy or graceful about what I’m doing. It’s pure instinct. Pure need.
The beginning of a climax wraps itself around me. Claws sink into my skin. There’s almost certain death, and I’m fighting, fighting, fighting for it with the pillow clenched hard.
“Oh fuck.”
The words come soft enough someone else might not hear them. They’re more exhalation of breath, the consonants a faint break in the sound. I have excellent hearing. Ridiculous, crazy good hearing that had me tuning instruments before I could ride a bike.
My eyes snap open, and there’s Liam, standing there, frozen. Those green eyes locked on mine. His body clenched tight only three feet away from me. He doesn’t come closer, but he doesn’t leave.
Orgasm breaks me apart, and I cry out in surprise and denial and relief. “Liam.
It goes on and on, the terrible pleasure of it. The wrenching embarrassment of coming while looking into the eyes of the man who raised me for the past six years.






Author Bio

Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance such as the Chicago Underground series. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, two sweet dogs, and one evil cat. 



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Friday, February 15, 2019

The Chase Is On...Chasing His Polar Bear by Golden Angel

PNR fans rejoice! It's almost time for Eli & Sheila! Chasing His Polar Bear by Golden Angel releases March 1st!!

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BLURB:
Once upon a time, when she was betrothed and in love, Sheila Slater believed in fated mates, fairy tales, and happy endings. Now, one big heartbreak later, she's a self-rescuing princess, kick butt fighter, and undercover extraordinaire. But to save the shifter world from the evil designs of Aiden Mansfield, she'll be forced to reunite with her ex-fiance: Aiden's twin brother, Eli. And when Sheila appears in Eli's office, as stunning as ever and with all of the information needed to take down Aiden, Eli can barely control himself. She's gorgeous, determined, and deadly. Her very presence tempts his bear, and he can't stop thinking about finally taking a big, sensuous bite out of her. What happens when these two put aside their past for the benefit of everyone's future? This novella is part of the Big Bad Bunnies Series but may be enjoyed as a standalone. The timeline of Sheila & Eli's story runs concurrently with Chasing His Honey Badger. Big Bad Bunnies Series
  1. Chasing His Bunny
  2. Chasing His Squirrel
  3. Chasing His Puma
  4. Chasing His Polar Bear
  5. Chasing His Honey Badger (coming April 1, 2019)

About Angel
Angel is a self-described bibliophile with a "kinky" bent who loves to write stories for the characters in her head. If she didn't get them out, she's pretty sure she'd go just a little crazy. She is happily married, old enough to know better but still too young to care, and a big fan of happily-ever-afters, strong heroes and heroines, and sizzling chemistry. She believes the world is a better place when there's a little magic in it.
Find Angel Online! Amazon → http://amzn.to/2DplX3X BookBub → http://bit.ly/2G68e3O Facebook → http://bit.ly/2Ds7c0e Goodreads → http://bit.ly/2rt4rdL Instagram → http://bit.ly/2CkqiqZ Website → http://www.goldenangelromance.com

Monday, February 11, 2019

#99cents #LimitedTime Grab Your Copy of Bound In Fire: A Shifter Romance by USA Today Bestselling and Award Winning Author Erzabet Bishop @erzabetbishop @naughtynightspr




#99cents #limitedtime #KU #shifter

The witch with the phoenix tattoo…

Isobel Fieri loves her dream job of working as an archivist in the city’s most prestigious museum. Well, aside from the creepy advances of her boss, that is. But when her mentor goes missing and a valuable exhibit piece vanishes into thin air, she knows something is very wrong. Bound by her desire to find answers, some really steamy flashbacks, and an attraction to a certain sexy fireman, opening weekend is about to get interesting.

He will find her again and protect her at all costs.

Roark Jameson has never forgotten the mate he loved and lost. He and his cat have pledged their lives to fighting fire, the very thing that took her from them. When he finds himself in front of the Remington Museum, he is drawn in to the mythology exhibit despite himself. A chance meeting will upend his universe and bring his carefully constructed world crashing down around him. Discovering his long lost mate here seems impossible, but when danger roams the hallowed halls of the museum, he must fight for her or lose her forever to the twisted web of fate.


Friday, February 8, 2019

Pre-Order Alert: Chasing His Polar Bear by Golden Angel


THE CHASE CONTINUES... Chasing His Polar Bear by Golden Angel will be live on March 1st!!

PRE-ORDER FOR JUST 99¢: Amazon → https://amzn.to/2MHDzNV B&N → http://bit.ly/2sYCUyL Kobo → http://bit.ly/2FZyhgh

BLURB:
Once upon a time, when she was betrothed and in love, Sheila Slater believed in fated mates, fairy tales, and happy endings. Now, one big heartbreak later, she's a self-rescuing princess, kick butt fighter, and undercover extraordinaire. But to save the shifter world from the evil designs of Aiden Mansfield, she'll be forced to reunite with her ex-fiance: Aiden's twin brother, Eli. And when Sheila appears in Eli's office, as stunning as ever and with all of the information needed to take down Aiden, Eli can barely control himself. She's gorgeous, determined, and deadly. Her very presence tempts his bear, and he can't stop thinking about finally taking a big, sensuous bite out of her. What happens when these two put aside their past for the benefit of everyone's future? This novella is part of the Big Bad Bunnies Series but may be enjoyed as a standalone. The timeline of Sheila & Eli's story runs concurrently with Chasing His Honey Badger. Big Bad Bunnies Series 1. Chasing His Bunny 2. Chasing His Squirrel 3. Chasing His Puma 4. Chasing His Polar Bear 5. Chasing His Honey Badger (coming April 1, 2019)
About Angel
Angel is a self-described bibliophile with a "kinky" bent who loves to write stories for the characters in her head. If she didn't get them out, she's pretty sure she'd go just a little crazy. She is happily married, old enough to know better but still too young to care, and a big fan of happily-ever-afters, strong heroes and heroines, and sizzling chemistry. She believes the world is a better place when there's a little magic in it.
Find Angel Online! Amazon → http://amzn.to/2DplX3X BookBub → http://bit.ly/2G68e3O Facebook → http://bit.ly/2Ds7c0e Goodreads → http://bit.ly/2rt4rdL Instagram → http://bit.ly/2CkqiqZ Website → http://www.goldenangelromance.com

Thursday, February 7, 2019

#FREEBIE ALERT: Grab Your Copy of Sweet Sensations by USA Today Bestselling and Award-Winning Author Erzabet Bishop #collection #sexytimes @erzabetbishop #naughtynightspr




#FREE for a #limitedtime!

Join USA Today Bestselling Author Erzabet Bishop as she leads you through literary dreams and fantasies, a holiday cookie exchange, zombie dating, sexy cowboys, and more in this collection of some of her favorite short stories.

#sexytimes #zombiedating #cowboys #highwayman #cookieexhange #storycollection #free #KU



Wednesday, February 6, 2019

An Engaging Tale Of Witches & Ghosts! RT @AngelicaDawson @NaughtyNightsPr #PNR #RPBP #ASMSG

Ember has a new talent that frightens her. 
Can she embrace it in time to save someone she loves? Or will fear hold her back?
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 
"Engaging Tale of Witches and Ghosts!"
"Wonderful story to read"
"I really liked the past-life aspect!"
January 22, 2019
ASIN: B07MCL55TC
Ethereal Guardian
Ghosts of Salem Book 3
Available in wide distribution
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon Smart Link

Ember harbors a number of fears. One stems from a bad date and prevents her from getting intimate. The other is her new-found magic abilities. Both are holding her back when it comes to the hot nursing student that just wants to be with her, however she’ll take him. She strives to overcome her past so she can relax in the arms of the man she loves, but she’ll need to embrace her future if she is going to save his life.

To celebrate the release of book three, Angelica Dawson has priced book one on sale!
Ethereal Protector (Ghosts of Salem Book 1)
Summer Parker has moved to Salem, into her great-grandmother's house. Once there, she is plagued by the sensation of someone watching her. Added to that, she is having strange dreams about her ancestor, Mary Parker, who was one of Salem’s witches. Her human roommates remove most of the eeriness of her predicament, but the intangible roomie is making himself at home too. After a close call, the identity of her resident ghost is revealed. But if Geoffrey is the ghost, does that make her Mary Parker? One thing is certain, Geoffrey is as determined to protect her.
WARNING: Suicide Trigger
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Author Bio:
Angelica Dawson, USA Today best selling Naughty Nights Press author, has been writing for several years and having sex a lot longer than that. Angelica is a wife, mother and environmental consultant. Her love of plants and the outdoors is not diminished by the bloodsucking hoards — mosquitoes and black flies, not vampires.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Now Available from USA Today Bestselling and Award-Winning Author Erzabet Bishop! #boxset #shifters #shiftingheartsdatingagency @erzabetbishop @naughtynightspr @ginakincade



Tired of your mother managing your dating life?

Weary of the club scene or endless blind dates?

Enter the world of the Shifting Hearts Dating Agency and find your fated mate. A little bit of magic and a whole lot of hunky shifters await you.

#shiftinghearts #datingagency #shifters #paranormalromance #boxset #cat #wolf #witch #curvygirls #fatedmates #pnr #bookishlove #readinglife #bear #sexytimes


Saturday, January 19, 2019

New Covers: The Westmore Wolves Series by USA Today Bestselling Author Erzabet Bishop #pnr #shifters #paranormalromance #newcoveralert @erzabetbishop @ginakincade






Now available! The Westmore Wolves series by USA Today Bestselling Author Erzabet Bishop!

#shifters #WMW #curvygirlromance #witches #gargoyles #wolves #paranormal #PNR

Wicked for You (Westmore Wolves #1)
Heart’s Protector (Westmore Wolves #2)
Burning for You (Westmore Wolves #3)
Taming the Beast (Westmore Wolves #4)
Mistletoe Kisses (Westmore Wolves #5)

Monday, December 31, 2018

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Love is Never Past Tense by Janna Yeshanova




Originally from the former Soviet Union, Janna Yeshanova escaped in 1989 when persecution became violent during the crumbling of the Soviet state. This required getting permission to emigrate and a long dangerous train trip across central Europe with her elderly mother, her young daughter, and the $126 she was permitted to take out of the country. She did this by overcoming gridlock in Russia, animosity and graft at the border, and neglect in the west. Safely out of Soviet control, Janna and her family spent months as refugees waiting for permission to come to the United States. Arriving in the United States knowing not a soul, Janna settled in Ohio and began to rebuild her life. She earned a second masters Degree and was invited as a speaker at the Bosnia and Herzegovina International Peace Conference in 1996. While building her business as a Leadership Trainer and consultant, she has become a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation. She offers life coaching services to individuals, conflict resolution to couples and groups, and soft skills training to organizations of all sizes. Her book, Love Is Never Past Tense, offers a message of hope and inspiration, showing that nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself.

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A couple's quick romance and hasty marriage is torn apart by family and fate, leaving them to face the collapse of the Soviet Union separately. Years later, old memories are stirred to give their love a second chance. Serge and Janna's chance meeting at a Black Sea beach sparks a passionate romance and a quick marriage. Serge's parents, suspicious of Janna's motives and heritage, force him to break up with her. As the Soviet Union collapses, revealing ethnic and social pressures, each faces danger separately. Serge drowns in self-doubt, his life spiraling down and in. Janna plots a dangerous exodus to America with her mother and daughter. Years pass, stirring old emotions.Then, changing circumstances give their love a second chance. Janna Yeshanova tells a story, providing a very personal view of political and social change.

Love is Never Past Tense is part romantic drama and part a look at real people responding to life-changing events, but mostly a suspense adventure about living through one of the biggest changes in living memory. Love Is Never Past Tense is available on Amazon in hardcover, paperback and Kindle eBook formats. The newly released audiobook is available on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. The audible and Kindle versions are enabled with WhisperSync. The audio is narrated by Daniela Acitelli, a narrator with dozens of audiobooks to her credit. Even those familiar with the story found new meaning in her presentation. It took me two years to find her.

http://www.loveisneverpasttense.com
Audiobook sample https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nBbMxrEb1g
Book Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quPSNk7EnoA
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Audio Book at audible.com https://adbl.co/2FrEWAs
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Amazon Kindle https://amzn.to/2Ku6h3S





How did you start writing erotic romance? My writing is true to life, not erotic, but the lives I write about seek (and find love). I started by living my life with no plan to write. Several years ago, during an extended visit back to Europe, opportunity and inspiration showed up at the same time.

Plotter or pantster? I don’t think either describes what I’m doing. Love Is Never Past Tense is true to life, looking in depth at both the protagonists. The characters are deep into their own plots and take the story with them. That said, a big part of their plots includes romantic plans.




What are three things you have on your writing desk?




Three? You gave me a compliment! But thanks for limiting your question to only three. On the wall to my right, I have a portrait of my daughter Alla, when she was 12. Surely, this portrait has it’s story! It was the last summer before we left the Soviet Union. I had to go out of town and I asked my friend who was a famous artist Ludmila Tsoncheva to stay with my kid for three — four hours. She said Yes. When I came back, I saw a mesmerizing scene! Ludmila invited her friend who was also an artist, Inessa Tsypina. Both of them created three wonderful portraits of my daughter. Ludmila painted with oil on canvas, and Inessa drew two portraits with pastels. One of them is on my desk. The second thing on my desk is a pair of Rose Quartz Healing Gemstone Bookends. I chose them in pink to support the color of the pants my daughter wares in the portrait to make the portrait more distinct. I am developing a course for Life Coaches, and the two book ends are supporting the books I am using for reference on how better to implement Emotional Intelligence. And the third thing is a map of Crimea on a coffee caster. Crimea is on of the places where Love Is Never Past Tense set. It’s one of my favorite places at the Black sea! Thank Goodness you do not see the rest of the desk! 😊


Favorite food? I make wonderful stuffed peppers. I have a sin to confess to: I put a bunch of sour cream on the top! Who wants the recipe for the peppers?Send me a message to https://www.facebook.com/loveisneverpasttense

Tell us a little about your new release. What character in the book really spoke to you? Love Is Never Past Tense is based on a true story – my true story. It is part a wholesome romance, part —a narrative of my immigration to America, and it’s hard to pin it down to a single genre. It pushes the boundaries of women’s fiction (some parts are based on actual events), literary fiction and contemporary romance. Some might even classify the novel as a historical romance — actual recent history fills the book. Love Is Never Past Tense is now seeking a new audience in the form of an audio book. I searched for years for the right narrator and finally found her. Daniela Acitelli captured the voice I was hearing in my head as I wrote the book. And here is a sample: http://bit.ly/2Ah0ESX Since this is a true story, in the literal sense all the characters really spoke to me. In the metaphorical sense, my two protagonists saw their lives collapsing as the Soviet Union crumbled around them. They followed different difficult paths but, in the end, still found each other.

I write because ... I write because I have a life story worth sharing and the opportunity to do so. A big part of my book chronicles my journey from the Soviet Union to the United States. I left the Soviet Union as the country was collapsing and became part of a wave of Soviet Jewish immigrants seeking safety and a new life in Israel, the United States and elsewhere. In the 30 years since, nothing has come close in terms of the effort it took or the impact it had on my life. It led me to America and to US citizenship—a difficult and dangerous path.

What is your favorite type of character to write about? My favorite characters are complex, real people facing real challenges. In the streets used for Love Is Never Past Tense, the world was falling apart, but any street will do.

What is next on your writerly horizon? I’m looking to make Love Is Never Past Tense into a movie. A screenplay writer J. Walter Cohen read the book and fell in love with it. He involved his friend and colleague Lewis Gordon, and they together created a great screenplay!





Serge didn't try to catch up to the shuffling, thin, leather skirt. He hadn't a clue what he would do if he actually caught up with her. So he continued following her along the high embankment for a fairly long time, until they crossed the whole of Lanzheron Park. But, reaching the beach, the girl quickly descended to the sea. Serge even began to jog a bit to keep her in sight. His head was clear this morning, and soon he would try out his cunning for the first but not the last time this day. The spy set up camp at the upper solarium and watched over her. Maybe she was waiting for some company, or a young man, or a girlfriend (which would undoubtedly seem to be better), but to our spy, all were equally bad possibilities. This guessing game carried on in his head, but it seemed she wasn't looking for anyone. She ducked into the changing room, and her leather skirt momentarily hung over the edge of the stall. After a minute, she exited, and Serge, pulling his long hair away from his head with both hands in anguish, groaned something unintelligible. Her breasts exited the little room first. The spot from where Serge looked down provided such visibility that his knees began to tremble. Her face was impossible to discern through her long hair and sunglasses, but something told him it would also be in order. She laid before her a light beach towel, and laying down she took a book from her bag and began to read. Burning her “landing site” into his mind, Serge took off like a shot to the nearest cabana rental. Fast as lightning, he exchanged his clothes for a key, crammed two metal rubles in the pocket of his swimming trunks, and became Don Juan. He feared, though, that there were already a bunch of admirers slinking ever closer to the sacred beach towel, and that he would simply be too late. He'd have to crawl to his place in line, and like the others, would have a poor chance of success. He flew down the stairs and quickly found the beach towel, but … its owner was nowhere to be found. There was a book, a beach bag, and sunglasses, but their owner had disappeared. Oh, yes! This would be the second time that a smart thought visited Serge’s head today. People come to the sea to swim, after all! This interpretation of her disappearance comforted and delighted Serge. He became bolder and impudently tossed his glasses onto the same towel and cheerfully marched to the water. With his half-blind eyes, he surely could not see her. And where, among dozens of bathers? He dove into a wave, and swam away from the shore. First, he couldn't stand to watch bathers jumping around like frogs in the shallow water. Secondly, at this moment, his exceptionally quick-witted head told him he couldn't be the first to return to her beach towel. Then he'd have to take his glasses and fiddle around a bit in front of the beach towel to buy time as he came up with a new plan. Perhaps he'd cover himself with the towel, or maybe … no, he needed to work on his initial scenario. He even came up with a sophisticated opening: "Excuse me, young lady, but I left my glasses here on your towel. I simply didn't have anywhere to put them, or myself for that matter." With this, his stockpile of ideas was depleted … At last he climbed out of the water and headed along the well-trodden route to her beach towel. The towel was in place, and on this towel lay the magnificent body of its hostess, but Serge's glasses were lying a little bit farther on the edge of the towel. Serge squatted down and mumbled his introduction. He was counting on her to respond with typical beach chit-chat: "Where are you from? How long ago did you arrive in Odessa?" or other such nonsense. "Your glasses are fine," she responded. "I figured someone just confused their beach towel with mine, but have a seat anyway." She scooted over, freeing up half the beach towel. He got scared. If he lay down, then he wouldn't be able to resist the urge to nuzzle up to her. Then he'd certainly look like a pervert, a youth brought up with no manners, or a pest—in a word, he would give the exact opposite impression than he wanted. He mumbled something like a "thank you" and lay down beside her on the sand. She motioned towards him with a little bag of sunflower seeds, "Help yourself." ” Oh God, what's this?” resounded in Serge's mind. “Are you kidding me … sunflower seeds?” And his hand with a subsequent "thank you" reached in the bag. "Do you like Ilf and Petrov?”2 ” Lord, who is she talking about? I've only heard of them in passing, but I don't know the slightest thing about them …” Serge thought to himself. "My name's Janna," she came to his rescue. "Sergey," he stammered in reply, "but at the institute everyone actually calls me Serge, or Seriy …”3 She chuckled. "Grey. You're actually black as tar. Where did you get such a tan?" she asked, spitting out sunflower seed shells. Not even awaiting a response, she exclaimed: "Here is an interesting moment”—and she began to read her book aloud, something about Ptiburdukov and his Varvara, who was leaving her first husband for him but couldn't make up her mind. Janna read for a while, probably about five pages, and then thrust the book towards Serge and said, "You read from here," marking the place with her fingernail. Serge began to read, but he didn't understand a word. He was too busy worrying about his diction, trying not to miss any letters or words. He fought through two pages, but his audience was clearly not impressed. "Would you like a cigarette?" "If he has a smoke, then he'll stop reading.” Serge could almost hear her thinking. He pulled a cigarette from a mashed-up pack of Javas, the best tobacco the Soviet Union could offer at that time. She handed him the matches. He brought the flame close to her face. She took a drag and rolled over on her back. Serge absolutely didn’t know what to do: read, blow sand from her, ask her about something. But she was not waiting for any questions and didn’t ask any questions. It was as if he simply was present. And that was that. The only thing that remained was for Serge to stare dumbfounded into the sand and observe the ants. Having smoked half the cigarette, she jammed the other half into the sand and turned back over on her stomach, brushing her leg up against Serge's. But she did not hasten to remove it. Silent Serge, who really didn't look the part of a reasonable person, turned into an animal. His uncontrollable desire sprang to life, pulling his swimming trunks down into the sand with such force that it became painful. Serge secretly burrowed a hole in the sand, easing the pressure. He became obsessed with a craving to climb on top of her. But this was out of the question, which made his desire even stronger … "It's hot. Let's go for a swim," she said, lifting herself up on her elbows. For the first time he could see her breasts up close, causing his heart to leap through his ribs like a bird in a cage. He muttered he'd catch up to her, and when she left, his desire ever so slowly began to hide itself away, until he was finally able to get up and head towards the sea. She splashed around in the waves, which towards midday became quite sizable. He flopped about next to her, often brushing up against her body. Then he suggested tossing her in the waves. He cradled her head and shoulders, gathered her hands into his, and finally lifted her up and tossed her into the waves. Janna liked it, and so did he, but for a different reason: every time she hit the waves, her bathing suit slid down slightly, and when her breasts finally became exposed, he was ready to splash to his very death. Suddenly, she ended up cradled in his arms. With one arm, she grasped his neck, and he now understood that everything will happen, he just needed to patiently wait. Once something starts, eventually, it ends. The delightful swim as well: they returned from the water and again lay down on the beach towel. “I want to get tanned like you.” (She had already switched to the informal you4 in the water. He liked this, as it made him feel less uneasy around her). She placed her arm next to his for comparison, and her brown skin seemed much paler than his almost blackened arm. Guiltily, he informed her that he just returned yesterday from his apprenticeship in Baku, and so it was not surprising that he was so dark. “You have beautiful hands,” she pensively remarked. Then, determined, she added, “No, you just wait. I’ll catch up with you in two days. Just wait and see.” These words poured over his body like oil. For Serge, this meant that he would spend at least two more days with her. “Get some ice cream. Do you need some money?” “I have it,” answered Serge, but before he could get up and leave, he had to turn and crawl to hide his “desire” …



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During their first three days together, Serge (as they called our hero at the time) was the quieter of the two, once in a while muttering some insignificant phrases. The first time he saw her, he silently followed her for a long time. She walked along easily, shifting her long, rather well-proportioned legs. Her thin leather skirt swung from side to side, barely hiding her shapely hips. A green blouse tightly covered her beautifully straight back. All the while, Serge followed her like she was a vision, lacking the courage to come closer or to back away. He knew that making her acquaintance was a long shot; she was simply out of his league. How could he possibly know that she, a complete stranger, would inexplicably impact his life and be with him forever, whether she was at his side or not?