THE TEXAS MUTINY SERIES by M.E. Carter

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About Texas Mutiny:

The Texas Mutiny Soccer team is known for their skills on the soccer field.  They work cohesively as a team, and their bond shows.

But off the field, each team member has a unique story.

Daniel Zavaro , Team Captain.  A self-proclaimed bachelor who loves nothing more important to Daniel than soccer, his extended family, and his mother’s home cooking.  When fate steps in and he inadvertently meets a woman who needs his help, Daniel is Juked by love.

Rowen Flanighan, The Rookie.  Son of a legendary forward in the European Premier League, he prefers to be known for his own skills, not his heritage.  Full of integrity, he tries to maintain his cool when he meets and falls for the team Groupie.

Santos DeGuajardo, The Veteran.  A family man at heart, Santos is madly in love with his wife and kids, yet he still can’t seem to stay faithful.  When confronted with his infidelities and the end of his marriage, Santos must figure out if he can win her back or if he has to move on.  And as long as he’s the team Goalie, there will always be temptation.

Have you been “Juked” by the boys of the Texas Mutiny yet?

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Ten Fun Facts about the Texas Mutiny:

 

Every author has their own writing process.  The things that make them most comfortable and help them reach their goals.

Problem is, characters seem to have a mind of their own and sometimes that means the original process goes out the window!

I experienced that phenomenon over and over while writing the Texas Mutiny series.  Here are Ten Fun Facts about the series and how the writing process didn’t exactly go as planned.

1)      My youngest child, who most know as “Bug”, is the inspiration for multiple younger characters in the series.  When I wrote Juked, baby Chance started out as a two month old – the same age Bug was at the time.  When I wrote Goalie, Theo was about 14 months old – the same age Bug was at the time.  I try to keep the characters different, but babies/toddlers all tend to be pretty similar in their learning process, so many everyday situations have been added to various scenes.

2)     I never planned to write a book about a groupie.  But when inspiration hits, there’s not a lot you can do to stop it.  I was in my car writing Juked one night, while my daughter was in dance practice.  I was researching derogatory terms for “soccer groupie”.  (For the record, there are several terms, but nothing I’ve been able to find that is exclusive to the sport of soccer, like “puck bunny” would be to hockey.)  Instead, I stumbled across several blog posts from former soccer groupies and I was fascinated.  So yes, some of the things that happen in Groupie?  They’re not the result of my imagination at work as much as they are based on true stories.

3)     I never panned to write Goalie either.  One of my beta readers for Groupie mentioned that she would be interested to know what happened with Santos and Mariana, who were at that point, just secondary characters that popped in and out very briefly.  I told her there wasn’t a story there.  The following morning, I sent her quite a few texts cussing her out, as I suddenly had a 30 chapter outline and story rolling through my brain.

4)     Goalie is about a couple going through a divorce.  I wrote it while I was going through a divorce.  There’s a misconception that I wrote my own divorce story.  I didn’t.  We could all be so lucky as to divorce a man like Santos.  Which is weird to say since he’s a serial cheater.  But if you make it to the end, you’ll see why I can wish for that.

5)     I’m not a fan of naked torsos on covers, but I wanted to try a “Social experiment”, if you will, about how well a naked torso cover is received.  That’s how Juked ended up with a soccer player on the cover.  Then it turned into a whole series and I have to keep the covers consistent with more torsos.  Serves me right.

6)     Speaking of covers, one really cool feature with the paperback, if you put two of them side by side, the second one upside down, and push the covers together, the pictures come together like a puzzle to make one whole person.   It works with the covers of Groupie, too.  However, it does NOT work with Goalie.  If you put those two pictures together, it looks like a threesome with a four-boobed alien woman in the middle.  That’s a different genre, altogether.

7)     I toyed with just letting the soccer team be the Houston Dynamo, which is our actual team here in Houston.  Then the inspiration for Groupie hit and I figured their very real PR department wouldn’t want to have any sort of association with some of the things my players do off the field.  And since a lawsuit didn’t fit into my schedule, I very quickly changed the team name.

8)     Speaking of changing the team name, I couldn’t come up with one I liked for anything!  So I had a contest in my group for one.  The winner, Helen Cope, came up with the name “Texas Mutiny”.  Not only did she win some books, she is a character in Juked.  Remember Rosemary Cope?  Erik’s mother?  Helen’s middle name is Rosemary and liked the sound of it for the character.

9)     In the acknowledgements of each Texas Mutiny book (except Megged) is the name John Marshall.  He is the husband of a good friend of mine and has been obsessed with all things soccer since he can remember.  He’s in his 40’s and still plays on a competitive league.  John has never read a romance book in his life until he beta read the entire series.  It’s not uncommon for him to send me notes from his job because he’s gotten caught up in a chapter.  His wife has even texted me pictures of him reading my books the day they go live, so he can see the final product!  I also been told the conversations they had while he beta read Groupie were, um…. Interesting.

10)  My favorite characters in this series, by far, are Tiffany and Rowen.  There is something so lovely and wonderful about knowing nothing in your past matters to the person that loves you the most.  I love them so much that they are getting a second book, tentatively titled Outswinger.  It’s scheduled to release in July.

 

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About the Author:

My name is ME Carter and I have no idea how I ended writing books. I’m more of a story teller (the more exaggerated the better) and I happen to know people who helped me get those stories on paper.

I love reading (read almost 300 books last year), hate working out (but I do it anyway because my trainer makes me), love food (but hate what it does to my butt) and love traveling to non-touristy places most people never see.

I live in Houston with my four kids, Mary, Elizabeth, Carter and Bug, who was just a twinkle in my eye when I came up with my pen name. Yeah, I’ll probably have to pay for his therapy someday for being left out.

 

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ALL HE WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS by Elle Wright

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by Elle Wright
An Edge of Scandal Novella
Forever Yours | Grand Central Publishing
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Married by Christmas . . .

Morgan Smith is more than ready to settle down with the love of his life. He fought hard for Syd, and just thinking about calling her “Mrs. Smith” . . . man, he’d happily elope right now. But his bride wants a Christmas wedding, and he’s not going to disappoint her. Nothing will stop him from meeting her at the end of that aisle-until one night changes everything.

Sydney Williams’ world could not be more perfect: an amazing man, a beautiful daughter, and soon the wedding of her dreams. But a heart-stopping message in the middle of the night quickly turns her blue skies stormy. Now Morgan’s in danger and the only Christmas miracle Syd wants is to hear his voice again . . .

A sexy Christmas novella in Elle Wright’s Edge of Scandal series.

Other books in the Edge of Scandal series:
The Forbidden Man
His All Night
Her Kind of Man

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Sydney gasped, then let out a tiny squeal. If she’d been standing, she would have probably done a little dance. “You’re so going to get it when you get here. You know I hate surprises. But I’ll be ready.”

“I’ll be there,” he said. “And, Sydney?”

Sydney swooned at his low tone. “Yes,” she whispered.

“I hope you don’t have anything planned for the morning, because I plan to have you preoccupied for hours. Love you.”

Before she could respond, she heard the click that signaled he’d hung up. She rubbed her hand over her hair. Brynn had spit up on her hair. As her fingers traveled down her cheek, she felt the crusted baby food that her daughter had coughed onto her face. If Morgan saw her like that, story time might be over.

Bolting into action, Syd kicked at the mass of covers on her bed. In her haste to get out of the bed, her foot got stuck in the thin sheet and she toppled over on the floor, hitting her elbow on the corner of the nightstand. Instead of swearing at the pain and the table, she suffered in silence for fear of waking the baby up.

She rubbed her arm and hobbled toward the bathroom. Ouch, that’s going to bruise.

After the quickest shower of her life, she emerged from the steaming enclosure and wrapped herself in a towel. At the mirror, she ran a comb through her curls and brushed her teeth.

Glancing at the clock in the bathroom, she saw that eight minutes had passed. He said naked. But she considered donning the skimpy piece of nothing she’d purchased at the store the other day. It would drive him crazy, and that’s exactly what she wanted.

She practically sprinted into the bedroom but stopped in her tracks upon seeing Morgan leaning against the dresser, arms folded across his chest. “Morgan,” she breathed.

His mouth turned up in a devilish grin as his gaze traveled from her face to her neck to her chest and down the length of her body. It was almost like he was touching her, fanning his fingers across her skin the way his hungry eyes took her in.

Sydney took a minute to check him out. He’d let his beard grow out a little, and the five o’clock shadow sent a surge of heat right to her core. He wore a pair of navy blue slacks and a dress shirt. The top button was open and the sleeves of his shirt were folded up to his elbows, giving her a glimpse of his muscular arms. The tattoo on his left arm peeked out from under the silk fabric. He looked damn good.

Her mouth fell open and she swallowed, gripping her towel. “You’re here,” she murmured, her voice strained.

With his eyes fixed on her mouth, he said, “You’re not naked.”

She let her towel fall to the floor with no hesitation. “I am now.” Slowly, she sauntered toward him, feeling brazen and a little crazy with need. She’d missed him, and seeing him standing before her made her want to grab him and hold on to him for eternity.

No words were necessary. Everything they needed to say, they said with their eyes, with the magnetic pull that seemed to take over whenever they were near each other. He brushed a finger down her cheek and wrapped his hand around the back of her neck, jerking her to him. She gasped as he crushed her body against his, reveling in the feel of his hard chest against her soft breasts. He leaned down, rubbing his nose against her cheek, then lightly biting her jaw. Morgan trailed a line of kisses to her ear, pulling the lobe between his teeth.

“I can’t believe you’re mine,” he groaned, his breath hot in her ear.

“I can’t believe you still have on clothes,” she retorted, bringing her fingers up to his collar.

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Wright Elle.jpg ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Born and raised in Southeast Michigan near Ann Arbor, Elle learned the importance of reading from her mother. It was also her mother who, later on in her life, gave Elle her first romance novel: Indigo by Beverly Jenkins. From that moment on, Elle became a fan of Ms. Jenkins for life and a lover of all things romance. An old journal she wrote back in college became her first book (which she still wants to publish one day).

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DAVID UNDONE by James Lee Hard

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(Mending A Broken Heart)
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After having his heart broken by his boyfriend, David buys a plane ticket and runs away from New York to the farthest place possible. He finds himself on the other side of the Atlantic, in a small country that’s as beautiful as it is frozen in time.
David’s successful career as a writer has stalled. His muse seems to have abandoned him; all he can think of is Steven’s harsh words about him and his neediness. So he retreats to a house in the middle of a beautiful mountain range, perched on a bay of crystalline, blue-green waters — the same one where he and Steven had planned to go and spend a romantic getaway together. Maybe Steven is right. Maybe David is pitiful and can’t do anything right.
Still jet lagged and questioning himself, David meets Manuel, a Portuguese hunk whose body looks like Michelangelo himself chiseled it. He’s handsome, easygoing, and exudes an aura of self-confidence that makes David want to know more about him. Manuel is everything David is not, and he finds himself drawn to him, his charisma pulling him ever closer.
But is Manuel enough to make him forget about his heartbreak and insecurities? Can David let go of his past?

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“He leaned in and placed his hand on David’s cheek, almost covering his whole face in the process. Time seemed to slow down as David saw Manuel lean in for a kiss and felt his own heartbeat against Manuel’s warm hand. Before he could realize what was happening, Manuel kissed him, his soft lips touching his, the taste of coffee invading him. David thought to protest and explain to Manuel things couldn’t be like that. He wasn’t an easy man who slept with the first guy that winked at him. His reasoning, however, was washed away by the lust that took ahold of his body, as Manuel’s tongue began to explore his. His slow exploration quickly transformed into a passionate kiss. Manuel moved in closer to David. His hands slid to his torso and grabbed firmly, pulling David closer to him. David marvelled at the ease with which Manuel pulled him in, as if he was light as a feather, but quickly forgot it as their chests bumped into each other. Manuel’s heart thumped wildly underneath his flannel shirt and his body heat enveloped David in an erotic embrace. Suddenly, David realised this was his chance to see what hid underneath Manuel’s clothes. He wouldn’t need to depend on his imagination anymore.”
 
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Hunky Mark is unemployed, penniless and living off the help of his friends. His life orbits around sex encounters that leave him with a bitter aftertaste. He went from skinny tall guy to hunk in a few years, after promising himself not to let anyone beat him again. But Mark still struggles with his self-image because underneath all of his muscles he still feels like a clumsy teenager.
His life starts to change when a stranger approaches Mark offering him a job as a stripper. Mark immediately dismisses it as another lame attempt at getting him laid. But his desperate need for money makes him think twice. He ends up surrounded by gorgeous men, his first true love and a past that just refuses to go away.

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Scott loved Russell since the day they met in college. He was the perfect guy: manly, gorgeous and charming. He only had one problem: a long time girlfriend. But that didn’t stop Scott from catching mixed signals from Russell since day one. Could those just be wishful thinking?
Things reach a cathartic moment during Russell’s wedding rehearsal. In an episode of foolishness, Scott drinks too much and drops the bomb. It was his last chance to know if his gaydar was right all along.
Inspired on a true story, this 5.000 word short is fuelled with heated discussions and physical encounters that will engage readers into a small but enthralling plot.

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After a disastrous breakup with his deranged boyfriend, Jake sees himself forced to go back to his parents’ house. What was supposed to be a calm return to gather himself, turns out to be an intense and complicated journey where Jake has to confront a bigoted father who is constantly degrading him, take care of a sick mother who was never bold enough to speak her mind and deal with the not-so-over relationship.
Jake embarks on a journey that brings him the pain from his past, long lost friends and old passions that could be reignited if Jake has the courage to overcome his lingering inner fears.
Will Jake defeat his deepest fears in order to become who he truly is?

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Book 1 in the Rift Trilogy, Paranormal M/M Romance
All those years acting as a tough straight guy are thrown away when Jason finds himself enjoying wet dreams about a chiseled, strong man who shows him how sinfully good sex between two men can be.
Jason begins to question his sexuality due to those evermore-recurring dreams that seem to be so real. His questions are answered on the day he meets Blaine, the stranger in his dreams who, in reality, is an irresistible and tempting demon.
This surreal revelation is the beginning of a life-changing journey where Jason discovers his true self, while stumbling upon a whole new dark underworld.
Jason finds himself in the middle of a colossal battle between angels and demons, while fighting one of his own: coming to terms with his sexuality.
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Book 2 in the Rift Trilogy, Paranormal M/M Romance
After the events of the first book, Jason finds himself lost and unsure about his sexuality. In one last attempt to prove that he is still the same man, he decides to accept Marco’s dare and goes on a date with a woman, only to find that some things are not reversible.

Meanwhile, the nephilim also arrives the city attracted to Jason’s peculiar, scrumptious scent at the same time that Blaine is summoned to Master’s lair in order to find out what are the nephilim’s plans.

Between his own questions, Jason sees himself in the middle of the inevitable clash between the demon and the nephilim. What could be the nephilim’s mission? And what is Blaine’s true intent?

And most important, why is Jason the center of their paths?

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The Final Book in the Rift Trilogy, Paranormal M/M Romance
The stakes are high in this third and final installment of The Rift. While Blaine discovers Jason’s true identity and follows him to save him from Master, Jason sees himself unsure of his own feelings while accompanying the nephilim through the jungles in South America in search of an artifact that could help them defeating the demon army that now controls his city.

All things come together when Jason finds himself divided, between the growing feelings towards Gabriel and the inner lust he feels whenever he thinks of Blaine, while he has to find a way of making both enemies cooperate in order to save humanity.

Will Jason be able to save his world from Master’s army?

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After finding his partner in bed with another man, Robert sees his relationship of fifteen years come to a painful end. A distinguished college professor, his whole life had been dedicated to his career and partner, but after his betrayal, Robert spends one year trying to mend his broken heart, too deep in his sadness to even continue his work in the field of nanorobotics.
Everything starts to change when he meets Matt, a twenty-six year old gardener, who at first sight has nothing in common with him. He’s the poster-boy for the masculine: tall, rugged and handsome, mixed with something else, a dash of sweetness and unpretentiousness that leaves Robert intrigued and wanting to know more. At the same time, Robert fears the stigma of their age difference and what people will say about him dating someone younger.
Nevertheless, they find themselves gravitating towards each other, navigating the entangled mess of each other’s lives. Robert’s fear is still alive, though: will he be able to mend his heart, let himself be happy again and trust another man?
                          
After serving five years in jail, Logan is ready to start over and forget all about his past. But things are not that easy, especially when people can’t see past the ex-convict, and getting a job is harder than ever.
Meanwhile, Kyle has finally come to terms with his own sexuality and does the hardest thing he’s ever done in his life: getting a divorce from his wife, Jessica, with whom he has a toddler named Ryan. He leaves both behind in a bid to rebuild his life and to become the father he dreams of being to his son.
It’s in this hurricane of life-changing events that Logan and Kyle end up meeting each other by chance in a small town far away from their previous lives. The spark between them is immediate and strong, but they both try to fight it, coming up with excuses not to pursue it.
While their friendship evolves, they find themselves even more attracted to each other. But will Logan trust he can find love with another man while his past is still so present? And is Kyle ready to invest in his first gay relationship at the same time as he’s fighting for his son’s custody?
Set in a small town with quirky characters and all the peculiarities that only a small town can offer, Logan and Kyle embark on a journey that could change their lives forever. But will they feel free to follow through?

 
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
James spends most of his time looking at his computer screen, trying to summon the magical words that make the ingredients for a great story. He dreams about being able to move people and becoming a great writer one day.
 

 

He writes contemporary gay romance and erotica but he wants to write about much more. His mind is filled with sci-fi gadgets, swords, wizards and dragons and he has trouble trying to choose one theme. Maybe one day we’ll read something starring sinewy heroes battling giant dragons in tight pants. But the romance will always be there. And the abs. And the happy endings – James is a sucker for them.


 



James draws inspiration from everyday life, books, movies, songs, pictures and much more. Almost everything can ignite his desire to write but not all will end up on his stories.

 

 

James is an indie author who relies on friends and a growing base of lovely beta readers to help him with his stories, ensuring that each book is better than the previous one.
 

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SUMMER FLING by Jerica MacMillan

 

Summer Fling

Players of Marycliff University

Book 1

Jerica MacMillan

New Adult Sports Romance

Relaunch Date: November 22, 2016

Blurb

One summer is all they have …
Lance is a notorious player on and off the football field who never sees a girl more than twice.  But with graduation now behind him, his days of carefree flirting are numbered.  As soon as his summer internship is over, his parents expect him to return to Texas to take his place in the family business.  He’s done everything he can to delay the inevitable, and he’s determined to live it up his last summer as his own man.
Abby comes from a world where men don’t stick around.  Lance’s interest does nothing but put her on guard, especially when she finds out he’ll be leaving in less than two months.  With two years left of college and a mom who relies on her for everything, Abby doesn’t have the patience for relationships that are doomed from the start.  But Lance’s persistence wears down her defenses.  Abby convinces herself they’ll just have a summer fling, and she’ll be able to come through unscathed.
Will Abby be able to maintain her distance?  Or will they both be heartbroken when the summer ends?
If you love steamy college romance featuring hot athletes and sassy heroines, check out this first installment in the hot new series everyone is raving about!

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Abby nodded, and Lance moved in to kiss her again.  His tongue swept past her lips, sliding against hers, teasing and tasting.  His hands, like earlier, roamed down her back and gripped her ass once again.  He pulled her tightly against him, grinding their hips together.
Her hands were trapped between them.  She ran them over his chest, feeling the planes of his muscles, gripping the fabric of his t-shirt to pull herself closer.
One of Lance’s hands traveled up to her back, sliding under the hem of her tank top, teasing the skin just under the waistband of her shorts.  His fingers slid lower, sliding along the top of her ass, while his other hand kneaded her flesh through her clothes.
With a small sound of frustration in the back of his throat, Lance broke off the kiss.  He led her the few steps to his bed, sitting down on the edge and positioning her between his legs.
Abby wasn’t sure what he was doing.  She stopped caring when he raised her shirt and began kissing her stomach, his tongue teasing along the edge of her belly button.  Her hands went to his head, threading her fingers through his hair, enjoying the feeling of his mouth against her skin.  She felt his hands slide up the backs of her thighs.  He gripped her ass briefly before sliding around to the front.  He made short work of unbuttoning and unzipping her shorts, pulling back so he could look at her face and watch her reaction.
He didn’t immediately push her shorts off her hips like Abby had expected.  He left them hanging there, running his hands back around, caressing her waist and hips before finally sliding his hands under the fabric.
He groaned when he encountered bare skin.  “Abby, are you wearing underwear?”
She licked her lips and nodded.  “A thong.”  Her husky whisper matched his.
“Can I see?”

 

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About Jerica MacMillan

Jerica MacMillan is a lifelong reader and lover of romance.  Nothing beats escaping into a book and watching people fall in love, overcome obstacles, and find their happily ever after.  She was recently named a semi finalist in Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write 2015 contest.
Jerica is living her happily ever after in North Idaho with her husband and two children.  She spends her days building with blocks, admiring preschooler artwork, and writing while her baby naps in the sling.  Join her Book Club at www.JericaMacMillan.com and get a free book!