KAREN’S KILLER BOOK BENCH: Welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench where readers can discover talented new authors and take a peek inside their wonderful books. This is not an age-filtered site so all book peeks are PG-13 or better. Come back and visit often. Happy reading!
Too Fast For Love by Lilly Christine
Race Car Driver Luke Devlin’s anger issues bring him to a screeching stop, but Love Expert Lacey Lipinski has the keys to help him recalibrate. Can a cruise ship fling survive life in the fast lane?
Just One Look by Deb Julienne
On a secret mission for her father, Diana Clay aka ‘Diana Tolliver’ finds herself alone on a singles cruise. She befriends a passenger and they play a game…date for a cruise. Each must pick out the others date for the duration of the cruise. Between her research on the ship and her new “boyfriend” she has her hands full.
Pirated Pixie y Shea McMaster
Irene Lundquist has no plans for romance while on the cruise with her jilted best friend and his groomsmen. She’s surprised when Dutch Marshal’s good looks and charm do nothing to help her relax, and everything to steal her heart. For Dutch, things get complicated when the best man in charge of the group plans is a gorgeous pixie-sized redhead woman who lights his fire. Can either of them make it through the singles cruise and remain single, or will they get the happily ever after neither of them was looking for?
Healing Hearts by Michele Shriver
Fresh off a bitter divorce and custody battle, Taryn Bradfield is booked on a singles cruise as a present from her best friend. At a crossroads in his life, Makai Grant embarks on a Caribbean cruise to contemplate the future. As they sail the Caribbean, Taryn and Makai find healing and passion in each other’s arms, but when the ship returns to port, they’re faced with the question of whether this is a vacation fling, or the start of something more.
Cinderella at Sea by Ellen Wilder
When girl next door Manda Reilly discovers hero country singer Hunter Cross is onboard her singles cruise, Manda finds herself indulging in the exotic. Hunter’s heroism goes more than skin-deep. Can the man she’s known forever really be her one true love?
Cinderella at Sea by Ellen Wilder
Two more songs and he was more than ready to be done with his set. He motioned for Manda to come on stage with him, but she shook her head in refusal.
Hunter held the microphone to his lips. “Please?”
She rolled her eyes but walked on stage with him.
He put his arm around her. “Who wants me to sing a song to this lovely lady here?”
The crowd roared, and Manda blushed. “Please don’t.” She whispered, her breath escaping in gasps.
Hunter leaned down and put his lips to her ear. “It will be all right. Let me do this for you?” A tear formed at the corner of her eye.
Hunter finished the song, put the microphone back on the stand, and pulled her close to him. He lowered his lips to hers. “Manda, I’m going to kiss you.” His breath caressed her skin. Manda gasped, her heart began to quicken, and the room started to spin. Hunter’s mouth came down on hers in a slow kiss. He traced her lips with his tongue, coaxing her to open for him. Her lips parted, and he flicked his tongue against hers as he deepened the kiss. Her eyes drifted closed, and her body relaxed, melting into his.
The audience cheered.
He closed his eyes relishing in the softness of her lips. There was a touch of something sweet. Hunter pulled away from her. “You relaxed when I kissed you.” He whispered.
She blew out a deep breath. “I didn’t expect to.”
“Has it ever happened before with a kiss?”
Manda shook her head.
“Maybe my kisses are special.”
Meet the authors...
Lilly Christine: When not hunched over her laptop dreaming up strong female leads in sassy dialogue with dashing male counterparts, Lilly Christine can be found hiking and down-dogging with her two dogs and one cat. In addition to reading, she enjoys several outdoor activities including riding horses, gardening, and biking.
Deb Julienne: USA Today and Amazon Bestselling Author Deb Julienne has penned multiple romantic comedy and western novels and anthologies.
While some say truth is stranger than fiction, her experiences run more along the lines of a slap-stick comedy. She makes her own Limoncello…enough said.
After the day job, she loves to play in the kitchen concocting award-winning jams, jellies, preserves, and sauces (with alcohol of course).
Born and raised in San Jose, California, she now resides in her own little bit of heaven in the Sierra Tahoe National Forest Basin, with her husband of 35 years, their three sons and one daughter, and five very precious grandchildren with number six on the way.
Shea McMaster: Shea McMaster lives for traditional romance. Born in New Orleans, raised in California, Shea got moved to Alaska in 1977, where she attended high school before running back to California to get her English degree from Mills College. Alas, once back home she met and fell in love with her own forever true hero, a born and raised Alaska man. Since then she’s had a love-hate relationship with America’s largest state.
With her one and only son grown and on his own, Shea is fortunate to spend her days playing with the furry child, and engaged in daydreaming, turning those dreams into romantic novels and novellas featuring damsels in distress rescued by their own brains and hunky heroes. She also writes under the steamy romances under the name Morgan O’Reilly.
Michele Shriver: Michele Shriver is a National and International best-selling author of women’s fiction and contemporary romance. Her books feature flawed-but-likeable characters in real-life settings. She’s not afraid to break the rules, but never stops believing in happily ever after. Michele counts among her favorite things a good glass of wine, a hockey game, and a sweet and sexy book boyfriend, not necessarily in that order.
Ellen Wilder: Ellen Wilder was born and raised in Indiana. She is happily married to her husband of five years and enjoys raising their two girls and one boy in the house where she grew up. They have a border collie/corgi mix named Loki.
Her parents started reading to Ellen and her siblings at a very young age. They quickly tired of books for younger children and turned to chapter books like Tarzan, The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings forging Ellen’s love for reading.
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