I’m thrilled to announce I’ll be writing a new series for Carina Press. Wahoo!! I didn’t draft this deal listing but I really like it:
HelenKay Dimon’s first two books in her GREENWAY RANGE series, in which a group of hardened, ex-special ops soldiers go searching for a new profession and are instead caught totally off guard by the women they encounter in and around their shooting range, to Angela James at Carina Press, for publication in beginning Spring 2015 (World).
The books will be contemporary and very sexy. Expect some dirty talking guys and the smart women who challenge them. No shrinking violets. No doormats. These women are a total match for these rough-and-tumble guys in the bedroom and out.
I’m so excited to start writing these…
When a book comes out you think about all things that happened while you were proposing it and then writing it. I thought I’d start sharing some of those, book by book.
1. RELENTLESS is actually the third book in a miniseries. Each book stands alone but there are characters in common from one book to the next.
2. The hero, Ben Tanner, was never supposed to exist. He appeared when I was writing the first book in this miniseries, FEARLESS. I knew who the bad guys were going to be and the general plot and then this NCIS agent stepped on the page. I actually wrote a scene with him in it then deleted it. I tried the scene again and damn if he didn’t walk in the door a second time. That time, he had his own point of view – in other words, he was one of the narrators in the book. I tried to wipe him out a second time and for whatever reason he refused to budge. Once I realized Ben was there to stay I had to decide if he was a good guy or a bad guy. I decided on good long before he stepped in front of the heroine, Laura Bart, in FEARLESS and protected her from getting killed.
3. Ben is not really in the second book in the miniseries, RUTHLESS, all that much. I had him stationed at a hospital, watching over an injured bad guy. That’s when the idea for his book was born. I decided he was working and eyeing up a sexy nurse while he planned to make his move. All of that became the backstory for how Ben and Jocelyn meet and where they are at the beginning of RELENTLESS – on their first date.
6. It is rare for me to change where I start a book once I write the first scene. RELENTLESS is one of the two times I’ve done it in 30+ books. The book originally started with a bank robbery where Ben and Jocelyn get trapped when the gunmen appear. That scene is now much later int he book.
7. In case you’re interested, go HERE to see the Pinterest page for the Corcoran Team books.
I couldn’t get on my blog for a few days…but I’m back, which is good since I have a new book out. RELENTLESS is now available in both print and digital.
The elite Corcoran Team has a new hero in HelenKay Dimon’s Relentless!
Branded a traitor for exposing high-level corruption, former NCIS agent Ben Tanner needs to redeem himself. When the hot new operative saves nurse Jocelyn Raine from a brutal attacker, he embarks on his most challenging mission yet: discovering who’s after the strong, sexy woman–and trying his best not to fall for her. She has, he learns, something in her past she wants to remain hidden.
But when the attacks on Jocelyn continue, Ben takes her on the run to protect her. Sparks ignite and tension is high as their options dwindle. It’s possible Jocelyn’s secret has endangered them both. Now it’s Ben’s job to see they survive the fallout….
Here are some examples of where you can find it:
I have a new cover I love and want to show off. This is for ONLY, my second book from Berkley Heat. It comes out October 2014. You can probably tell from the cover and copy it’s on the naughtier side:
He’s a man who fixes difficult situations. She’s the one thing he can’t handle—and the one thing he can’t resist…
Sebastian Jameson negotiates for high-end clients who need problems taken care of quickly and discreetly. Accustomed to being in control, he’s still reeling from his ex-wife’s decision to write a tell-all about their private life, one that highlighted their bedroom activities. The fallout left Bast’s love life in chaos, making him a magnet for women who thrive on risky fantasies, and a pariah to all others.
Kyra Royer knows all about Bast’s reputation—and is intrigued enough to try to change him into a one-woman guy. But getting him into her bed will be a challenge. He’s known her brother for years, and her brother, with his rough past and sniper abilities, is not a man you cross. Kyra knows Bast thinks she’s off-limits, so she’ll have to get creative to make him hers.
As Kyra turns up the heat, Bast struggles to resist the sexy young woman’s considerable charms. But when Bast’s job turns from tricky to deadly, keeping Kyra nearby might be the only way to keep her alive—even if it means getting closer than he ever intended…
An alpha businessman, his assistant, one reckless night in the office, an allegation that rips them apart and a tiny surprise that pushes them back together – BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE is out!
He usually gets what he wants. What he wants is her…and all that comes with her.
Sex in the office? Lincoln Campbell knows better. His assistant, Thea Marshall, is off limits—until her back hits the door and her clothes come off. The next day brings more than morning-after regrets. It brings damning evidence that Thea stole business secrets.
Three months later, he can’t shake the doubts in his gut, so he heads for Thea’s family cabin by the lake, ready to talk. He’s not ready for the woman who answers the door. She was shapely before…and it won’t be long before she’s a totally different shape.
After Linc escorted her off company property while her protestations of innocence fell on deaf ears, facing off with him now isn’t exactly Thea’s idea of a good time. She needs a few more weeks to plan the drastically different direction her life has taken, but now he’s here—and refusing to leave.
With a storm rolling in and snow piling up, there’s nothing to do but face the past…and try to resist the real man behind the suit.
I have a book coming out next week. It’s sexy but also heartwarming (at least it is to me!). The set-up goes like this: A hot businessman, his assistant, one night and the explosion afterward. Here’s the very beginning:
Thea Marshall’s back hit the wall. Words caught in her throat as strong hands skimmed up her skirt and along the bare skin of her upper thighs. A mix of heat and need pulsed through the office.
The breath rushed out of her and the room went wavy, but she welcomed the rush. She’d craved his touch, dreamed about this moment, since that first day she walked into the executive suite of Campbell Construction four months ago.
Everything about Lincoln Campbell worked for her. From the scruff over his chin to the short, almost military-cut brown hair and intense blue eyes. That simple black-band watch he always wore.
The chest, the face. And the hands. Those long fingers were pure perfection.
“This is a mistake.” He said the words against her neck, but his mouth kept moving. Licking and kissing while he hooked a palm under the back of her knee. With a tug her leg landed high on his hip, leaving her open and vulnerable to his touch.
“I know.” Part of her wanted to relax into him. Let those fingertips travel all over her until every cell screamed for him to push inside. She needed all the intensity he usually focused on the job to switch to her. Surround her.
But she didn’t plan to sit back and watch. She’d strip him, taste him. One by one she opened the buttons of his crisp white dress shirt, placing a kiss on each muscled inch she uncovered. Next went the aqua tie that highlighted his eyes.
No wonder her control had finally cracked tonight. She’d opened the door to say goodnight and let him know everyone, including the cleaning crew, had cleared the floor. Knocked right into him and now their mouths roamed all over each other.
One of his hands slapped against the wall next to her head as the other slipped past the elastic band of her panties. She angled her hips, trapping his fingers between them.
“I can’t stop.” His fingers mirrored his words. One rubbed against her. Slid right into her folds and brushed up and down.
Her head fell back as the room began a lazy spin. “Me either.”
I have three romantic suspense books from Harlequin Intrigue coming out back-to-back starting in April (which really means the end of March). They are books #3 through #5 of the Corcoran Team miniseries. Each stands alone but they do share some common characters. Now that I have the third cover, I thought I’d show them off as a group. So…here’s RELENTLESS (April), LAWLESS (May) and TRACELESS (June):
Want to see Callen Hanover’s book? This one comes out in August. Wahoo!
The Hanover brothers are trying to live down the con-man reputation of their late father. But they can’t blame their father for all their problems in life—or in love…
Callen Hanover has led a tough life. But after years of roaming, he’s finally settled back home in Sweetwater to reunite with his brothers, and rebuild Shadow Hill, his grandmother’s crumbling home. The last person he expected to see at his door was Grace Pruitt—ex-girlfriend and partner to the FBI agent who’s determined to put Callen away.
Grace Pruitt is in town to save the two men she cares about the most—her former partner who seems to be on a downward spiral, and Callen, the man who ran before she could explain who she really was…or tell him some shocking news. Can the secrets of the Hanover family’s past be just the thing to save them all? Or is it already too late?