~☆Author Spotlight☆~ Carlene Love Flores

Two weeks ago the Washington (DC) Romance Writers (WRW) RWA chapter held its annual Reader and Blogger Appreciation luncheon. As a continuation of the party, WRW is hosting a blog hop to highlight some of WRW’s authors.

I’m so happy to have author Carlene Love Flores guest blogging today about her inspiration for Stay For Me. 

Welcome Carlene!

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It was October 2014. Mom and I sat at a small round table covered with a plain black cloth that matched the floor, the walls, the uniforms of the staff—even the background music with its hypnotic notes. It was about ten at night, early for Las Vegas. I held in a yawn. Seated all around us were gems bringing this darkened showroom to life. I was tired but dazzled. Women wore shiny, glittery and short dresses and their excitement and anticipation gave a beautiful energy to the room. Makeup. Hair. Legs. Heels. Smiles. Mani’s. Pedi’s. Everywhere. When I turned to check on Mom, she was doing okay. If not, I would have suggested we call it a night and head back to our room. Although quiet, she seemed comfortable and like our room was not where she wanted to be. This had been her idea. Her way of remembering him.

Low and dirty bass notes grinded in the background. Crossed legs bounced at the knees and ankles.

Mom’s hair looked nice, her complexion too, not red or puffy or swollen. Hard to imagine only a few hours earlier we’d been at the love of her life’s funeral. And then in a windy helicopter ride hovering over Hoover Dam, his favorite place to ride his motorcycle. We were dressed in our respectful attire that had felt appropriate in the chapel but not quite right as we soared so high above this powerful engineering wonder.

I felt we’d done his memory justice. I was proud of my mom for how she was handling his loss and how committed she was to “celebrating” rather than “mourning” him as he’d requested in the letter he’d been able to write before his passing that was read at his memorial.

We could return to San Diego and Mom could say she’d honored his request.

“He took me to my first male revue, you know.”

No I hadn’t known that.

“We were with friends. We had dinner and drinks and then he excused himself and told me to enjoy the show. It was my first time.”

I could only imagine what Mom must be feeling. Then, with him. And now, without him.  

I thought it impossible, but the room became darker, more ominous, the background music more intimate and intimidating. The glittering women—louder. Mom and me—quieter. Then the music changed and the first dancer emerged on stage. I broke out in a ridiculously embarrassing smile, my nerves tantamount. Mom? She was the epitome of a cool and elegant lady in her modest black and white wrap dress. It took me a while to tear my eyes from the stage, but there was a point when I glanced down and saw her foot bouncing at the ankle. Red killer heels. I smiled. I knew she’d worn them for him. She was okay. 

The show was phenomenal. Chippendales was classy, sexy and entertaining.

“You know, I’ve never been to Thunder From Down Under. I wonder if we could get a room for one more night?”

Less than twenty-four hours later…

The show was phenomenal. Thunder was rowdy, sexy and entertaining.

How could I not have been inspired to write after these whirlwind 48 hours that began in a chapel and ended at not one, but two strip shows?

These Three Words, the series, is dedicated in celebration of the man who loved my mom enough to let her go—Clifford Joseph Salvador Merced. 

P.S. There was this one dancer. I remember him clearly to this day, two years later. You could see how shy he was on stage, but each time he ventured a look out into the crowd, he would smile at a different lady, give a small wave, and then mouth the words “Thank You”, like he was relieved and grateful people had come to see them. He did this throughout the entire show. His character in the These Three Words series is Gabe.  He appears in books 1 and 2, and he’s getting his own book, as soon as I can coax it out of him. To see the real deal, go catch the show at The Rio in Las Vegas. Look for sweet, shy James. And wear some glitter for me and Mom.

Xoxo,

Carlene Love

 

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12622012_491116334347001_9056304438314391367_oCarlene Love is a fan of the stars (especially Orion), music (especially Depeche Mode), and the ocean (especially at sunset). These inspire her intimate stories. If she could touch someone’s heart with writing the way others have for her, she’d say there never lived a luckier girl. She is the author of the Sin Pointe series and the These Three Words series.

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~☆Author Spotlight☆~ Alessandra Torre

 

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An award-winning New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels, Alessandra Torre’s books focus on romance and suspense, all with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, co-hosted Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.

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Chloe Madison. That’s me. A former NYU princess who just fell from grace, right off my pampered Manhattan throne and onto the unforgiving steps of Nicole Brantley, socialite and queen bitch. Now, I walk her dog and mix her smoothies. Try to navigate my own problems while fixing all of hers.

I want what every New York girl wants. A career, an apartment, and true love, preferably in a smoking hot package.

It turns out I’ll have to fight for all of it.

Purchase your copy of Love, Chloe today!

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Shayna Renee’s Spicy Reads ~ “Beautiful. Inspiring. Ridiculously entertaining. I loved EVERY SINGLE SECOND of this! With a strong Sex and the City vibe, Torre takes us on a fun, entertaining, and angsty journey of self discover and love. Passionate, outgoing, hilarious, and very well written, LOVE, CHLOE is one of Torre’s best work! People aren’t always what they seem, and Chloe Madison is about to get her wake-up call.”

Jessica Sotelo (Angie & Jess’s Dreamy Reads) ~ “Alessandra Torre takes a huge leap outside the box with Love, Chloe, a captivating, romantic story of self discovery that follows fallen socialite, Chloe Madison. Chloe, born into wealth and privilege, unexpectedly finds herself homeless and unemployed after all of her family’s assets are seized by the government, just before she discovers her longtime boyfriend’s infidelity. While her situation seems dire, the story that evolves is a fun, surprising one, wrought with magnetic, snarky characters and humor ridden dialogue all swathed together by Alessandra Torre’s sharp writing style. This book chronicles Chloe’s newfound view on life, on love, on people, on New York and her voice, as well as her perspective, is deliciously consuming.”

Mara’s Bookshelf ~ “Love, Chloe is a refreshingly sassy sexy read and I loved and enjoyed every little bit of this book. Yes, even the desperate ex, the un-parent-like parents, but most of all, Chanel! Alessandra Torre is an exceptional writer and she shows it with every story she publishes. Love, Chloe is a must read for everyone who is going through a tough life. Let Carter and Chloe inspire you with their journey in life and love and give you hope that everything will turn out for the best.”

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Be on the lookout for Alessandra’s next book…

Moonshot releasing July 4th, 2016.

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★Author Spotlight★ L.A. Fiore

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L.A. Fiore is the author of several books including: Beautifully Damaged, Waiting for the One and A Glimpse of the Dream. She’s also the social secretary for her two children, a tamer of ill-mannered cats, the companion to one awesome dog and married to her best friend. She likes her wine red, her shrimp chilled and her social gatherings small and intimate.

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His Light in the Dark by L.A. Fiore
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HisLight_Amazin_iBooks_SmashMy first memory was of a slap, hard across the face: the sting on my cheek and the jarring of my bones as I slammed back into my bed. It was my dad who had hit me.

I had been four.

Most of my memories were much of the same and no one ever saw, no one ever fought to help, no one ever cared.

Then we moved.

My new neighbor cared, rescued the twelve-year-old I had been from a beating. Always thought I’d suffer the nightmare alone, I was wrong.

Mace Donati saved me that day in all the ways a person could be saved.

And his daughter, Mia, she became the friend I had always wanted, my conscience when my own faltered, the light that led me home when I had lost my way.

The girl who grew into the only woman I would ever love.

But when you realize you’re more like your father than the good people who took you in and gave you a home, the only way to return their kindness is to let them go.

I let them go, got so far lost in the shadows I couldn’t remember who I was anymore. Mia never gave up on me. She fought for me, kept the light on so I’d find my way back.

And when I did, life threw us a curveball. I had to hurt Mia in order to save her.

But when my past comes back to haunt me and I almost lose her, I’m ready to fight for her…fight to find a way back into her heart while keeping the demons from my past from finishing what they started.

~ Cole Campbell

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“What an emotional roller coaster that was for me…unbelievable, i loved it..it was so different and unique.” -5 Star Review from My Book Filled Life

“It’s raw, emotional, and beautiful all at once plus full of twists and turns.” -5 Star Review from Vanilla Twist Reads

“This will by far be one of my favorites for the WHOLE YEAR. I know it is only January but I am THAT sure.”– 5 Star Review from Author Grace Morales

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Beautifully Decadent (Book #3 in the Beautiful Series)

 

Releasing July 2016

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Avery Collins has just landed her dream job, pastry chef for the posh-Manhattan restaurant, Clover. Her new boss, Trace Montgomery, even helped with securing her an affordable place to live: a beautifully restored carriage house owned by his friend, Rafe McKenzie—a man that makes her catch her breath and stirs her imagination. Trouble is, he’s involved with someone, his father is being released after 25 years in prison and Avery is just his tenant. Exploring the attraction that sizzles whenever they’re together would be the icing on the cake, but Avery knows all too well that you can’t have everything. Of course, what’s cake without icing?

Rafe McKenzie’s world shattered at nine when his father Liam—the only parent he knew—was arrested and convicted for armed robbery. Growing up in the system, Rafe managed to survive his childhood and now has a job he enjoys, a house he’s restoring and a tight circle of friends. He’s even working on reconciling with his dad, both eager to put the past in the past.

Happy for the income a tenant would bring, Rafe agrees to rent his carriage house to Clover’s new pastry chef. When Avery Collins pulls up his drive, she’s not at all what he’s expecting. Funny, sexy and as sweet as her desserts, it doesn’t take long for things between them to heat up. Just when it seems as if they’ll have their cake and eat it too, the past comes back with deadly intent leaving Rafe to figure out who’s pulling the strings before his world shatters again.

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Author Spotlight – Shevaun DeLucia

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Shevaun DeLucia, author of the Eternal Mixture Series and The Forbidden image4Love Series, lives in upstate New York with her husband, four children, and two dogs. As a stay-at-home mom while her children were young, she fell in love with reading. She indulged in the small moments that took her away from the reality of her loud, rambunctious household, bringing her into a world of fantasy. When reading wasn’t enough to satisfy her, she turned to writing, determined to create the perfect ending of her own.

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TRANSCENDENTLove, desire, and the undeniable hunger for another living being is something Jeffrey Bauer knows nothing about. Women have always been drawn to him like moths to a flame. But, he’s been careful to never indulge in the same woman more than once; it’s a rule he has always abided by. A rule that has kept him safe—until now.

Jeff’s impervious world now crumbles to the wayside once he crosses paths with her—Elise Jewels. She knocks down his walls with just one glance. She grabs ahold of his soul, without permission, and keeps it hostage. She’s become the exception to his simple rule.

Elise screams innocence and purity—a beauty that Jeff doesn’t want to taint. He has to decide to embark on his deepest desires with Elise or to save her from himself by staying far away.

Will he be able to fight the irresistible pull she has on him? Or will he allow her to slip away?

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Shevaun is working on book #3 in the Forbidden Romance Series

Nirvanana (Book #3 Forbidden Romance)

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