In the quaint little town of
Cailkirn, Alaska, it’s impossible to keep a secret, especially one as juicy as
the unexpected return of Kitty Grant. Tack MacKinnon remembers her wild red
curls and even wilder spirit—and still feels the sting from when she shattered
his heart in college. But there’s a pain in Kitty’s gorgeous eyes that guts him
to the core and Tack is determined to do whatever it takes to see the woman he
still loves smile again—even if it means taking on her demons as his own.
After fleeing an abusive
ex-husband, Kitty decides that the best way to heal her broken heart is to come
back home. But she gets a whole new shock when she sees how undeniably sexy
Tack has become. More handsome, more muscular, more charming—more everything—he’s
impossible to resist. Before she knows it, they’re reigniting sparks that could
set the whole state of Alaska on fire. Yet trust doesn’t come easy to Kitty
anymore, and as things heat up between her and Tack, she can’t help but wonder
if one of them is going to get burned . . .
About The Author******
With more than 7 million
copies of her books in print worldwide, award winning and USA Today bestseller
Lucy Monroe has published over 60 books and had her stories translated for sale
all over the world. While she writes multiple subgenres of romance,
all of her books are sexy, deeply emotional and adhere to the concept that love
will conquer all. A passionate devotee of romance, she adores
sharing her love for the genre with her readers.
Every author has their own process.
Music is a BIG part of mine and every book I've written has had its own
playlist, even way back before that was a word. ;-) I can write anywhere
as long as I've got my iTouch and a pair of headphones. Even a birthday party
at a noisy pizza parlor. Yes, I've done it...hiding in a corner.
Just ask my family. Deadlines wait for no one.
Wild Heat is no exception, but I've got to
tell you...the music on that playlist surprised me. I love
positive country. I'm not as big a fan of the classic twang, but yes I do
have Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton in my iTunes library. The thing is, I
haven't been using country to write to for a few years. Then all of a
sudden, this new series comes along. It's set in Alaska and the playlist
is decidely country. I won't tell you how much music I bought in six
months, but I will tell you that I've heard more new country writing the
Northern Fire series than in the whole decade leading up to it.
No way could I list all the songs I listened
to writing this book, but how about I share the Top 10?
1. Fishin' in the Dark by the Nitty Gritty
Dirt Band - please tell me you all remember this one. It's one of my
favorites from back in the day and it embodies that feeling of Kitty &
Tack's relationship before she loses her way in college.
2. Land of the Living by Pam Tillis - this
song could be Kitty's anthem as the book opens. She's ready to start
living again, even if she doesn't know it.
3. Crash my Party by Luke Bryan - when
Kitty first shows up in Cailkirn, Tack thinks it's the last thing he wants, but
the reality is, he desires nothing more than his former best friend crashing
4. Turn on the Radio by Reba McIntyre -
sometimes the songs are about how they make me feel while I'm writing.
This is the feisty side of Kitty and who better to channel it than the Queen of
5. Boys Round Here by Blake Shelton -
now this is Tack and his brother and cousins. These Cailkirn boys know
they're something special and they should!
6. Good Girl by Carrie Underwood - this
could be Kitty singing to herself, reminding herself that she can't trust what
men tell her, that Tack could hurt her just like her ex did. That she needs to
7. I Hold On by Dierks Bentley - Tack
is the kind of man that when he makes up his mind, he doesn't let go.
Kitty may take some convincing and Tack may need to remember his mind has been
made up for a while, but this man isn't letting go.
8. Better Dig Two by The Band Perry -
the intensity of this song is almost crazy right? And that's the kind of
relationship I like to write about. Love it or hate it, but you will not
be unmoved by it. I can get behind that kind of romance.
9. Deeper than the Holler by Randy
Travis - this song made it onto several playlists I listened to while writing
Wild Heat because it just so embodied the love Tack has for Kitty.
10. Little White Church by Little Big
Town - because the best romances end with a wedding. :)
You can see the whole playlist on my YouTube
bought his way out of the mafia to protect Emma, but when an old ghost returns
to the Mauricio Family, a chain of events starts that can harm everyone. While
Carter must decide to return to the Mauricio Family or not, a face that is
oddly familiar to Emma comes into her life. She’s given the chance to discover
more about her family while tensions between the rivaling Mauricio and Bertal
Family comes to a head in an explosive way. The truce is officially off, and
when the two worlds collide, Carter’s decision is made.
He didn’t start this war, but he will end it.
He will do anything to protect Emma.
been learning how to shoot for a couple of months now. It had been Theresa’s
idea, and these sessions had started to replace our wine nights. It had also
been her idea to have Noah be our instructor. Carter was the better shot, but
Theresa still liked to keep her distance from him. He still made her uneasy.
had asked her about it one night at their apartment when I’d gone to the
bathroom. I stopped in the hallway when I’d overheard Theresa explain, “It’s
not that I don’t like him. It’s just…he’s a killer, Amanda. He’s dangerous. I
know he loves her, and I know if anyone is going to protect her, it will be
him, but…” She’d sighed. “I don’t know. He’s known as the Cold Killer. It’s
hard to get past that, even though I know Emma loves him so much.”
had asked, “Are you worried for her?”
She’d hesitated. “I mean…maybe. I’m not worried for her from him, but because
of him. He’s with the mafia.”
said he’s out.”
well, is anyone really out?”
had replied, “She wasn’t in trouble before because of him. Emma and I did that
all on our own.”
know. I really do, and I feel bad, but I’m just on edge with the guy. He’s
deadly. Can’t you see it in his eyes?” Theresa got up for the kitchen. “I need
a refill. You?”
had melted backward, back into the bathroom. When she’d crossed the hallway,
the bathroom door was shut.
over at her now, I remembered how her smiles had seemed more forced that night,
her laughter a little louder, and the secretive looks she’d sent Amanda’s way.
They were roommates. They were going to talk about me. That was obvious, but
I’d been hurt, though I knew I shouldn’t have been.
worried about me. I tried to keep telling myself it was as simple as that.
held the gun, alone now, some of the old memories came back to me. But they
were never very far away.
had killed two men.
voice had been soft when I called to him. He’d been raping my roommate, and he
was going to kill her. I had no choice. When he turned around and saw the gun
in my hand, I shot him. The bullet hit the center of his forehead.
swallowed now, remembering Mallory as she had watched me, pinned to the wall by
his hands. Her eyes had been so lifeless. They were the opposite of Ben’s. He’d
been pleading for his life, but minutes earlier he’d been planning to kill
Amanda, then me. My stomach churned, remembering that he was going to take me
to Franco. He wanted to barter, trade me in for more money, more drugs.
was the one who killed Mallory, but the Bartel family set all of it in motion.
drew in a ragged breath, cradling the gun in my hands like a precious baby.
This little piece of metal had caused so much havoc in my life, and it was
Carter’s weapon of choice. He’d killed plenty with it when he worked for the
I knew this weapon would have a place in our lives again. I didn’t want it to,
but I knew it would. And with that last thought, my hand closed over it, and I
raised my arms, aiming with my feet apart, my shoulders rolled back. I shot,
one after another, until my clip was done.
except one hit the bullseye. The other one, the outlier, was just outside the
inner circle on the target.
have to get better.
A tingle started in the base of my stomach, and it rose up,
spreading through my body, warming me as it went, until I was almost salivating
for him. When I saw him, I needed to touch him. It had been like this for a
year, and I never wanted it to end. I always wanted to thirst for him.
He murmured against my skin, “Why is it that your presence
can calm me? Your touch can make me alive, and one little sigh from you makes
me want to sleep for days in your embrace?”
I smiled, moving to press a kiss to his ear. “Because you
Pulling me back into his arms, he nudged my legs farther
apart, moving closer, and pressed his lips to the underside of my jaw. He
whispered, “Never.” Another kiss to the corner of my lips. “Ever.” A third
kiss, his lips resting atop mine and he murmured, “I promise. Nothing will ever
happen to you.”
“Because you need to understand. It’s time you know more.
You’re mine, Emma. My first allegiance is to you. Things are going to happen
now, and I can’t control them. The Mauricio family has always followed
Suddenly I realized—he was going back in. A tear formed in my
eye, and I ignored it. This was what he was telling me. I swallowed over a
lump. “What happens now?”
He didn’t answer at first. Then he let out a soft breath of
air and turned, his eyes pained. He said one word: “War.”
I closed my eyes and just felt her. She trailed a hand down
my face, tracing my lips. That small touch, so gentle, so loving. That was
No other woman made me feel like this. It was her, only her.
Opening my eyes, I found her watching me and smiling as her chest heaved for
"I love you," she murmured.
Goddamn. I kissed her and whispered against her lips, "I
love you too."
I closed my eyes and held the man I loved. Resting my
forehead to his, I placed my arms on his shoulders as he held my hips. His
thumbs rubbed back and forth. This. Right here. He was the most powerful man I
knew, and he was all mine.
I didn't begin
writing until after undergraduate college. There'd been storylines and
characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I
HAD to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it
click. Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to
write. I can't blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school.
It was my fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but
at school! So after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put
together something that resembled a novel. I'm hoping I got it right since
someone must be reading this profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future
Now that prohibition
was over, FBI agent Michael Flynn hoped to enjoy the quiet life and a chance to
finally concentrate on finding his best friend’s sister. He’d been in love with
her since he first laid eyes on her picture. Unfortunately, the more he searched
the more he realized she wasn’t just missing. Eryn was hiding from one of the
most notorious gangsters around. One who wouldn’t rest until he knew she was
Eryn O’Malley had
been moving around for years, doing whatever legal, or illegal job she could
find to survive. No time for romance or a normal life. A one night stand with a
handsome man at the county fair seemed like just the ticket to escape for a
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of the plan. Now he was on her trail. Whether to arrest or rescue her, she
wasn’t sure, and she couldn’t wait around to find out. If he caught her, would
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Ginger Ring is an
eclectic, Midwestern girl with a weakness for cheese, dark chocolate, and the
Green Bay Packers. She loves reading, playing with her cats, watching
great movies, and has a quirky sense of humor. Publishing a book has been a
lifelong dream of hers and she is excited to share her romantic stories with
you. Her heroines are classy, sassy and in search of love and adventure. When
Ginger isn’t tracking down old gangster haunts or stopping at historical
landmarks, you can find her on the backwaters of the Mississippi River fishing
with her husband.