Get a Very Special Look at In the Brazilian’s Debt by Susan Stephens!

I love horses. I love hot guys. I love hot guys on horseback. I love hot, wild polo guys on horseback in particular.

And now I have a confession to make. I’m sure you know my own, personal ‘Love At First Sight’ story by now, I’m sure:  met my husband on a Monday, engaged by Friday and married 3 months later…

We met in Malta—a tiny jewel of an island, packed with history in the Mediterranean Sea, just south of Sicily. And he played polo. Not the groomed variety, but the wild, no holds barred variety on the wildest of ponies. Once seen, never forgotten. Did I have to think twice? Hmmm. No.

So now you know why I have an obsession with mad, bad polo players with a dangerous glint in their eyes.

Which brings me on to my latest Hot Brazilian Nights series – did I mention that my preference is for hunky, swarthy men?

So, to Book 1. In the Brazilian’s Debt

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Lady Elizabeth Fane has two choices: lose her family’s Scottish stud farm or swallow her pride and beg Chico Fernandez for help. She’d never forgiven the arrogant Brazilian polo star for abandoning her years before, so instead she will collect on the debt he owes her.

Yet in the sultry Brazilian heat passions flare, revealing feelings Lizzie thought she had long conquered. That until Chico finally reveals the truth behind his desertion and Lizzie realises that he not only has power over her body, but it’s she who is in the Brazilian’s debt.

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Let’s meet my hero and heroine—for more info’ just follow this link: http://susanstephens.net/thunderbolt/index.html to the dedicated pages on my web site where you can meet the muses for the characters on team Thunderbolt! and learn more about my inspiration for this series.

Chico Fernandez. Age: 30

Single. And no wonder!

Arrogant Brazilian polo player Chico Fernandez has never had his heart broken—some say, because Chico doesn’t have a heart to break. Running the world’s top-class polo training school is more than a hobby for gaucho polo international Chico, it is his life, his passion, and his obsession. Few pupils make the grade. Few survive his relentless training methods. It would take an exceptional woman to not just to survive, but to thrive and to conquer the heart of this cold, seemingly heartless man.

 

Lizzie Fane (Lady Elizabeth Fane) Age: 26

Single

Shrewd, focused and determined, Lizzie may be young, and a difficult childhood may have made her wary, but when life gets tough Lizzie gets going. Taking on the responsibility for the stud farm her grandmother built up, Lizzie handles everything that comes her way—including an impossibly arrogant man from her troubled past. Grit, skill, and dogged determination, allows strong-willed Lizzie to go head to head with the most impossible man in the polo world, Chico Fernandez.

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Excerpt

What was it about music and sex? The rhythm, he decided. Dancing was the perfect prelude to sex. Lizzie’s breathing had quickened, and her heart was pounding furiously against his chest. What was in her head? Raw sex was swirling round them, and that couldn’t be helping Miss Prim right now. All the other dancers were intent on each other, and no doubt, the inevitable outcome of the evening for them. How did Lizzie think this would end? With a good night’s sleep?

‘Don’t fight me,’ he murmured, his mouth close to her ear. ‘Once a day during training sessions, that’s okay. Here on the dance floor? No.’

‘Stop,’ she warned him in a whisper.

‘Stop? Of course I’ll stop, if you want me to.’

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The Presents Team Loves…Fairytales

by Laura McCallen, Assistant Editor/Editorial Assistant

From Cinderella’s glass slipper to Snow White being woken from an eternal sleep by true love’s kiss I’ve always been fascinated by the magical, mysterious, wondrous world of fairytales. It’s not hard to understand – in the reality-TV-drenched world we now live in, romance and happily ever after have largely been replaced with ‘shomance’ and unions that are good for the career rather than the soul. Who wouldn’t want to escape the cynicism and doubt of today to live in a far off kingdom of daring princes and fairy godmothers where you can find the kind of love that lasts a lifetime?

It’s the same reason why I’ve always loved Harlequin Presents stories! Think about it – those daring princes take the form of tycoons and billionaires (and, on occasion, actual princes!) with tough, brazen exteriors that hide a heart of gold and a desire to passionately and completely love one woman for the rest of his life. And those far away lands? From Singapore and Russia to Brazil, Australia, London, New York and the dazzling Mediterranean coast Presents stories transport you, bringing these dream destinations to life. And though there may not always be a fairy godmother it’s wonderful to see the beautiful, vivacious Presents heroines making their own dreams come true, fighting for what they want and the man they love. And the best part of all? You’re always guaranteed a happily ever after in these fairytales!

So, what adventures will our brilliant Presents authors be taking you on next? Well, in March…

Carol Marinelli’s innocent Princess Leila takes a risk with major consequences in Princess’s Secret Baby

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Carole Mortimer’s injured bad boy Xander Sterne is at the mercy of his gorgeous caretaker in The Taming of Xander Sterne

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Caitlin Crews’ Paige Fielding must face the man she betrayed and finds herself At the Count’s Bidding in Tuscany…

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Dani Collins’ Sheikh Zafir’s iron will is tested by feisty Fern Davenport in the desert heat of The Sheikh’s Sinful Seduction

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Cathy Williams’ Lucas Romero takes to the slopes in the French Alps but when midnight comes The Real Romero will be revealed…

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Susan Stephens’ Lady Elizabeth Lane thinks she’s owed but she’ll soon learn it’s she who is In the Brazilian’s Debt

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Jane Porter’s Sheikh Mikael will have his revenge but soon he’ll realize there’s more to His Defiant Desert Queen than expected…

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Michelle Conder’s desert prince finds his brief liaison with a Moulin Rouge dancer produced more than just a blazing passion in Prince Nadir’s Secret Heir

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One thing is certain – with these spectacular Harlequin Presents reads you’re guaranteed an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish and the happily ever after we’ve all dreamed of since reading those fairytales as children.

So tell us, what’s your favorite fairytale? And which of our Presents heroes would you love to have carry you off to a faraway land for a happily ever after of your very own? I call Lucas Romero! ;)

 

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Feeding the Hungry Tabloids…

by Caitlin Crews, author of At the Count’s Bidding

Every now and again someone releases intimate MeganCranenewM&Bphotographs—or worse, videos!—to the hungry tabloids, and I cringe.  Don’t you?  I can’t imagine sharing something so personal, so private.  I assume all sorts of terrible, mercenary things must be true about the person who sold them.

When I started writing At the Count’s Bidding, I knew that Paige had to have done something pretty awful for Giancarlo to hate her so much.  Given that his mother was a famous star in the Old Hollywood Glamor sense of the term, I knew that this betrayal had to have been something connected to fame or celebrity.  And it seemed an easy step to take—that a poor girl in a desperate situation would make the better of her bad choices and do something unforgivable.

And here’s the funny thing about unforgivable acts: they’re only unforgivable without love.  Introduce love into the equation and who knows what miracles might happen?

But that’s not to say it’s an easy road to forgiveness…

Here’s a little excerpt:

“Come here.” His voice was a rasp, thick and hot, and it moved through her like joy.

Paige obeyed him and this time, she was happy to do it. She walked toward him, reveling in the way her blood pounded through her and her skin seemed to shrink a size, too tight across her bones. Because he could call this revenge. He could talk about hatred and penance. But it was still the same thick madness that felt like a rope around her neck. It was still the same inexorable pull.

It was still them.

He took her mouth as if he was already deep inside of her. As if he was thrusting hard and driving them both toward that glimmering edge. It was more than wild, more than carnal. He bent her back over her own arms, pressing her breasts into the flat planes of his chest, and he simply possessed her with a ruthless sort of fury that set every part of her aflame.

She thrilled to his boldness, his shocking mastery. The glorious taste of him she’d pined for all these years. The sheer rightness.

Paige kissed him back desperately, deeply, forgetting about the games they played. Forgetting about penance, about trust. Forgetting her betrayal and his fury. She didn’t care what he wanted from her, or how he planned to hurt her, or anything at all but this.

This.

I hope you enjoy this sizzling tale of revenge and forgiveness and love.

Always love, no matter how hard it is to admit it.

About At the Count’s Bidding:

At The Count's Bidding“It’s the surrender. It’s all about the surrender.”

Paige Fielding has waited ten years for Giancarlo Alessi to walk back into her life. But the man she was once forced to betray isn’t interested in asking questions, or hearing apologies…

Shocked to discover Paige working as his mother’s PA, Giancarlo sees his thirst for vengeance reignite. So he lures her to Tuscany, where she will bow to his every pleasurable command.

But the lines between payback and passion quickly blur. And when Giancarlo discovers Paige is pregnant he must ask himself: Is it really revenge he so desperately craves—or her?

 

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The Joy of Banter

by Kate Hewitt, author of The Virgin’s Sweet Rebellion

0415-9780373133277-bigwWhen I received the premise and characters for The Virgin’s Sweet Rebellion, I was excited to get started because I could tell the sparks were going to fly between Ben and Olivia in all sorts of ways. I love romantic comedy movies, from the now-classic When Harry Met Sally to the more recent How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days and The Proposal. The witty repartee in all of these films always has me smiling. But something I’ve realized as both a writer and a reader/viewer is that banter only works if there’s something beneath it—namely, deep emotion that draws the characters together.

Ben and Olivia dislike each other at first meeting—after all, she’s a Harrington and he’s a Chatsfield. They also make assumptions about each other based on their surnames, and it takes a while for them both to realize neither is who the other believed. As the banter falls away a bit, they begin to probe each other’s secrets and darkness, and fall in love with the whole person, not just the clever quips.

Here is a scene from the beginning of the book, when Olivia believes Ben has put her in a substandard room on purpose:

In one quick and fluid move of powerful grace, Ben leaned forward and started clicking away at his computer. Olivia waited, her temper barely held in check.

“I see from your reservation that you have booked a standard room.”

“Nothing,” she told him through gritted teeth, “is standard about the broom closet I’m currently in.”

“The Chatsfield,” he told her coolly, “does not run to broom closets.”

“Then maybe you should have a look at my room.”

He stared at her for a moment, his eyes narrowed, his mouth thinned. And now that she was looking at his lips, Olivia had to admit they were sexy, too. Surprisingly full and mobile and, well, lush. Lush lips on a very masculine man. He had long eyelashes too, she noticed. So unfair.

“Perhaps I should see this appalling room for myself,” he told her, “and address any concerns you have.”

Olivia threw an arm out to gesture toward the door. “Be my guest.”

“Ah,” Ben answered as he rose from behind his desk. “Now, that’s my line.”

Do you like books or film where the hero and heroine banter? Do you have a favorite?

Happy reading!

Kate

About The Virgin’s Sweet Rebellion:

Caught: Olivia Harrington…with a Chatsfield! 

On the verge of her big break, nothing can disrupt the premiere of Olivia Harrington’s new film. So when the press run the story that reclusive Ben Chatsfield is her latest love interest, Olivia has to go along with the lie!

Ben should call “Cut!” on this charade, but it would be a PR coup for the Chatsfields. Olivia’s sophisticated act might fool the media, but Ben knows she’s hiding an even bigger secret…

His leading lady is completely untouched! Something Ben plans to rectify before the credits roll on their fake relationship.

Welcome to The Chatsfield, Berlin!

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Some Rules Are Meant to be Broken!

by Sarah Morgan author of Playing by the Greek’s Rules

I’m excited to have a new Harlequin Presents out this month!  I had so much fun writing the story of Lily and Nik, who are a perfect example of ‘opposites attract’. Lily is positive and optimistic; Nik is a hardened cynic. After a bad experience with love, archaeologist Lily decides to have a ‘fling’ and Greek billionaire Nik Zervakis seems to be the perfect guy.  Nik is willing to oblige, but on his own terms. But both of them are about to discover that this relationship doesn’t follow anyone’s rules…..

About Playing by the Greek’s Rules:

0215-9780373133130-bigwIt’s time to throw away the rule book… 

Idealistic archaeologist Lily Rose craves a fairy-tale love, but in her experience it always ends in heartbreak. So now Lily’s trying a different approach—a fling with her boss, infamous Greek playboy Nik Zervakis!

Anti-love and anti-family, Nik lives by his own set of rules. There’s no one better to teach Lily how to separate sizzling sex from deep emotions! But while Nik has the world at his feet, he also has dark shadows in his heart…

It starts as a sensual game, but can Lily stick to Nik’s rules? And what’s more, can he?

How about you? Are you the type to stick the rules, or do you like to bend them a little?

Sarah

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She turned, her eyes a furious blaze of blue. ‘Get out, Nik.’

He shrugged off his jacket and slung it over the nearest chair. ‘No.’

‘You should, because the way I feel right now I might punch you. No, wait a minute, I know exactly how to make you back out of that door.’ She tilted her head and her mouth curved into a smile that didn’t reach her eyes. ‘You should leave, Nik, because I’m—oh, seconds away from falling in love with your irresistible self.’ Her sarcasm made him smile and that smile was like throwing petrol on flame. ‘Are you laughing at me?’

‘No, I’m smiling because you’re cute when you’re angry.’

‘I’m not cute. I’m fearsome and terrifying.’

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