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Sneak Peek

I’m finishing a book now, but I thought you might like a peek at the last one I finished. It’s GAMES PEOPLE PLAY and it comes out in late December from Avon. A mysterious hero, a determined heroine, a cold case and sexy times. No explosions and no gunfire. It’s a “lite” suspense that’s really more about the characters and their difficult pasts and how they intertwine. Here you go…

She sat there and toyed with her cup. Spun it around between her palms as she watched him. “Why are you here?”

He thought coming up with an excuse but abandoned the idea. Emery didn’t strike him as like the type to buy nonsense. “I realized that when we last met I may have acted a little–”

“Arrogant. Annoying. Dickish.”

She seemed to have those descriptions ready to go. He preferred to use one of his own. “Brusk.”

“Wow, that wasn’t even on my Top Ten List.” She shifted her chair to the right when someone pushed past her on the way to the bathroom. “I like mine better.”

He didn’t doubt that. “I’m not normally one who goes back and re-thinks his actions.”

“Are you one who apologizes?”

She sounded serious, so he gave her an honest answer. “Hardly.”

Sneak Peek

I’m finishing up a book that will come out in late December 2016. It’s romantic suspense, but a much different kind of romantic suspense from what I usually write. No undercover operatives. No international locations. It’s lighter on the actual suspense (fewer explosions and all that). This hero is a lurks-in-the-shadows type. Very powerful and mysterious. He kind of freaks the heroine out when they first meet. Here’s a taste:

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She didn’t hear footsteps or see a shadow until the legs of the chair on the other side of the café table screeched against the tile floor and a man sat down across from her. Strike that, not just a man. Not part of the usual stripped tie, navy suit business crowd she waded through each day. This one had a lethal look to him. Dark hair with an even darker sense of danger wrapping around him.

He didn’t smile or frown while his gaze searched her face. Broad shoulders filled out every inch of the jacket of his expensive black suit. Those bright blue eyes matched his tie and provided a shock of color to the whole Tall, Dark and Deadly look he had going on.

He managed to telegraph power without saying a word as a hum of energy pulsed around off him. She fought off a shiver and reached for her spoon. Hardly a weapon but something about this guy made her insides bounce and the blood leave her head, and she had no idea why.

Some Deal Info

I don’t think I ever posted the deal notice for the series I sold last fall. Here it is:

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Digital: Fiction: Women’s/Romance

HelenKay Dimon’s MR. AND MR. SMITH, in which two heroes who are dating and working undercover for different intelligence agencies are unaware of the other’s mission until they overlap and one becomes the target of the other, to Shauna Summers at Loveswept, two-book deal, for publication in beginning spring 2016, by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency.

MR. AND MR. SMITH comes out May 10th. The second book, THE TALENTED MR. RIVERS, comes out August 1st.

New Reveal!

I know it’s the holidays and everyone is running around and all that, but do you want to see a cover? This is for my May 2016 release, MR. AND MR. SMITH. Remember how I said STRANDED, the holiday novella that released late last month, was an after-the-suspense-is-over angsty romance? Well, MR. AND MR. SMITH is pure romantic suspense. Two guys, each working on a different covert operation and not knowing about the other’s work. It’s hot, fast-paced and suspenseful. There are two heroes (no heroine – this is an LGBT romance) and each is alpha and lethal. Here’s the cover copy:

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Fisher Braun knows how to keep a secret. As a covert paramilitary operative, his job—and his life—depends on it. He’s at the top of his game, ready for action and always in control. No enemy has ever brought him to his knees, but one lover has: Zachary Allen, the man currently sharing his bed. The perfect package of brains and brawn, Zach is someone worth coming home to, and Fisher hates keeping him in the dark about what he does. But the lies keep Zach safe. Until the day Fisher loses everything. . . .

Zachary Allen is no innocent civilian. Although he plays the tech geek, in reality he’s deep undercover for the CIA. In a horrible twist of fate, the criminal enterprise he’s infiltrated has set its sights on the man whose touch drives him wild. Zach would do anything for Fisher—except blow his own cover. Now, in order to save him, Zach must betray him first. And he needs Fisher to trust him with all his heart if they want to make it out alive.

You can pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Snippet!

Here’s a little snippet of MR. AND MR. SMITH (May 2016 romantic suspense release), complete with an inspiration photo I used while writing…

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The material pulled tight across his broad shoulders and the sleeves highlighted every muscle. The faded jeans balanced on his hips. No belt. He used to joke about that providing “easy access.”

Cover Reveal!

It’s time for a cover reveal!!! The next book in the Bad Boys Undercover series is called UNDER THE WIRE (out June 2016). It’s completely a standalone story. You don’t have to read the others to read this one (tho I would love it if you read them all).

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Only one thing could pull Reid Armstrong away from a vacation he’s earned with every muscle in his finely honed body—learning that his former fiancée has disappeared on a top-secret science expedition in the middle of nowhere. Second chances don’t come often in Reid’s business, and he needs to prove his worth to Cara Layne or die trying.

Waking up to find her camp destroyed and her colleagues missing, Cara is a walking target. She can’t trust anyone, least of all Reid. Even if his skills get them out alive, he’s a heartache waiting to strike twice. Yet being in close proximity proves their connection burns hotter than ever.

The body count is rising, the enemy is getting closer, and soon Reid will be right back in the position that cost him everything—forced to choose between the woman he loves, and the job that’s his only hope of saving them both . . .

The book is up for pre-order and available in both print and ebook.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my US visitors!

I am grateful for many things this year – the hubby, my family and dear friends. I am especially grateful to my readers. I know that you have have a lot of reading choices and whenever you decide to spend time and money on one of my books, please know I am thankful.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving and holiday shopping weekend.

Stranded Excerpt

How about a short snippet from STRANDED while everyone rushes off for Thanksgiving fun (and starts cooking)…

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“You’re begging for me to go after you. You want me to launch the first strike.”

Brax stood up, meeting Cabe face-to-face. “You want to fight and take your revenge. I get it.”

“I liked you better when you were dead.”

The verbal blow bounced off Brax. He’d suffered so much worse. Growing up gay in a community that rejected him, fighting off a long line of attackers over the years . . . watching the blood slowly seep out of Cabe as his dark eyes closed. Yeah, words didn’t bother him. Cabe’s indifference did, so Brax welcomed a fight. Any sign of life or interest would be good.

You can buy it at:
Amazon
Barnes&Noble
iBooks
Kobo
Riptide Publishing

STRANDED Is Out!

Today is the official release day for STRANDED – wahoo! Stranded is a holiday novella. It’s also part of an anthology – LOVE FOR THE HOLIDAYS – and a portion of the proceeds goes to charity (more on that below).

STRANDED is a gay romance about two former assassins with a rough personal history. It’s not a romantic suspense. It’s really a “what happens after someone like Jason Bourne is done being Jason Bourne and tries to put his life back together again” type of story. It’s sexy and angsty. Did I mention one of the heroes tried to kill the other? Yeah, dating is hard.

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Cabe got out of the gun-for-hire business the hard way—by nearly dying. Except then his former boss calls in one last favor for one final job. The mission should be simple: get a message to a retired operative in Alaska. But it puts Cabe face-to-face with the one man he doesn’t want to see and can never forget. Not after all the secrets and lies. Not after Brax almost killed him.

Brax Hughes lived hard and retired young to a cabin in the middle of nowhere. Well, that was the plan, but before he can hang up his sniper rifle, he has one last mission: win back Kyle Cabe. Brax wants another chance, wants to come clean, but after months of lying to Cabe, he knows he could face a bullet—or worse—when they meet again. And they will meet. Brax made sure of that.

With a storm moving in and someone lurking outside the cabin, time is running out. Brax needs to talk fast and keep his weapons ready. And his best weapon is the truth.

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Twenty percent of the proceeds from this title will be donated to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Help Center.

Founded in 1996, the GLBT National Help Center is a non-profit organization that provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Utilizing a diverse group of GLBT volunteers, they operate two national hotlines, the GLBT National Hotline and the GLBT National Youth Talkline, as well as private, volunteer one-to-one online chat, that help both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more.

To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit their website: glbthotline.org

You can buy it at:
Amazon
Barnes&Noble
iBooks
Kobo
Riptide Publishing

Charity Novella

I have a release next week! This is my final release of the year – wahoo! It’s a GLBT romance, and by that I mean it’s a romance between two men. If you read my erotic romance series – the one including MERCY, ONLY, TAKEN and MINE – you’ve read gay romance from me before.

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The upcoming release, STRANDED, is a standalone romance with characters you’ve never met before. They are lethal, alpha former assassins. They have a relationship history that did not end well. Okay, one tried to kill the other…these things happen. STRANDED is not a romantic suspense. It’s more of a “what happens after the high-tension suspense ends and these people need to put their lives back together” thing. It’s sexy and a bit angsty. You can buy it alone or as part of the Love For The Holidays anthology. Either way, a portion of the proceeds goes to the GLBT National Help Center. I hope you’ll give it a try.