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Highlander’s Portrait by C.A. Szarek

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

The Sexy Scribblers have a new collection!

Different genres, different authors, but one thing ties them together, a young woman who has special gifts.

And if she bestows one of her gifts on you, legend has it you’ll find your true love.

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Highlander’s Portrait


C.A. Szarek

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From the world of the Highland Secrets Trilogy!

Historical romance author Ashlyn George is an uninspired author. Writer’s block plagues her imagination, so her agent encourages her to go on a trip to Scotland that’s geared toward writers. She’ll try just about anything to put words on the page, since her latest manuscript is overdue.
She collides with a blue-eyed hottie that looks just like an old portrait she bought in an antique shop in Inverness.

As laird of his clan, Eoin MacLeod has been charged with protecting the famed Faerie Flag. When it changes hands, he has to ensure it’s safe—no matter when that may be. Using the Faery Stones, and his Fae blood, he time travels from the eighteenth century. He’s done it again and again, but this time he wants to bring the Flag back with him.

He didn’t count on a bonnie lass from the twenty-first century to argue, and claim it for herself. Her passion brings out desires in Eoin that make him want to put aside his duty and stake a claim of his own…on her.

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Legacy by Chanta Rand

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

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Chanta Rand

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In 1930s Detroit, Jackson Chandler owns the most successful speakeasy in Black Bottom, one of the city’s poorest sections of town. Born into a family of wealth, he’s lived most of his life trying to distance himself from his uncle, a notorious cathouse owner. But with prohibition, a spoiled fiancée, and his family’s nefarious reputation, he’s got his own problems. When his club’s rumrunner is murdered by mobsters, things go from bad to worse. He needs a replacement, fast. With his legacy at stake, Jackson will do anything to protect his name and his club—including offering the job to someone no one would expect.

Jolene Edwards has seen her share of hard times. With a terminally ill grandmother to support, she does whatever is necessary to survive during the nation’s Great Depression. When an opportunity to become a rumrunner lands in her lap, she leaps at the chance to make enough money to lift herself out of poverty. The stakes are high. Transporting liquor illegally means danger, possible imprisonment, and dealing with Jackson Chandler, a man she can’t stand, but one she fights her attraction to from the moment they meet.

When the two realize they both have a connection to the same gold locket, they begin to see each other in a new light. One night, a near-fatal accident throws them together and forever changes their destiny.

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Coming June 28th

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

Family Ties, Book 1

Available June 28th



He’s not her father’s pick. But he’s her only option.

Gage Barrett’s goal is to bring one of the biggest crime bosses in the city to his knees. The man runs drugs, extorts money, and has the profits laundered by the pretty Angelena’s father. Gage just has to get close enough to find the evidence he needs to put the guy away for good before another family is forced to live through a pain Gage is all too familiar with.

Angelena Bianco doesn’t understand why her father is so insistent she marry the son of one of his clients. Santo is a thug and she wants nothing to do with him. It will be a cold day in hell before she’ll walk down any aisle to that man. When the day comes for her to get married, it will be to a man of her choosing, not her father’s.

Lena has two months and few options. She needs to find a husband, fast before she’s forced into a situation she can’t live with.


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#Sexy Men Inspire #Romance by Jennifer Fulford

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

#Sexy Men Inspire #Romance

By North Carolina novelist Jennifer Fulford

My high school teachers gave me curious looks the year I plastered my math textbook with photos of GQ models. Oh the beauty. It was actually an attempt to save the cover from wear-n-tear, but I made the most of the blank space. Decades later, I use a technique many writers adopt to imagine their characters: finding photos that express his/her looks or attitude.

My trilogy explores the dark side of a character from Alexandre Dumas’ “The Three Musketeers.” Dumas developed Athos, a main character in the classic novel, 150 years ago when photos of famous beautiful men did not circulate online. What a shame. I’ve found that putting a face to a character inspires me to write more deeply about him or her. And who doesn’t like imagining who would play a protagonist in a movie?

600full-oliver-reedMy main inspiration for Athos is the late Oliver Reed, a notorious bad-boy British actor who enjoyed a wonderful career in film. He played Athos in a series of Musketeer movies released in the late ‘70s by Alexander and Illya Salkind. Reed’s portrayal of Athos – dark, mysterious, sexy, brooding – left a deep impression on my romantic side. I wanted to know more about him, and when I read the novel much later, I felt compelled to fill in a few blanks about the Musketeer’s life. Thank you, Oliver Reed and Alexandre Dumas for inspiring my trilogy The Musketeer Series.

577872_629477410417141_181274616_nAs I was writing the first book, “Blood, Love & Steel,” images of a newer Athos (of course, for my blockbuster movie) popped onto my screen. I love the Danish actor Mads Mikkelson from the period movie A Royal Affair, so when I found a photo of him with a beautiful counterpart, the visual connection to Athos and Milady helped fuel my second book, “Athos & Milady: In The Beginning.” (And who can deny that Mads isn’t a name worthy of mad desire?)

54a70864b3763_-_elle-james-mcavoy-deOf course, Athos has historically been a popular character, and the British just can’t leave the story alone and neither can Hollywood. But their choice of actors doesn’t necessarily ring true with my ideas of Athos. So, I have a suggestion. Filmmakers, please consider XMen hottie James McAvoy for the next portrayal of Athos. And I can fix you up with a good screenplay!




You are blood of my blood. Flesh of my flesh.

Sometimes kingdoms fall not by war but by beauty—wrapped in silk, drenched in sensuality, and smelling of honeysuckle. The Comte de la Fere longs for a love more fulfilling than youthful sin. The new sovereign finds his match in a mysterious woman, Anne, who beguiles him with her poetic intelligence. Setting aside good judgment, the young Frenchman marries her, despite many sinister undercurrents. Her temptation is too great.

“Athos & Milady: In the Beginning” chronicles the early heart-breaking story of Milady de Winter and Athos before their paths cross in “The Three Musketeers.” Definitely not a book for school-aged readers, this novel is a sexy re-imagination of two characters from the classic novel by Frenchman Alexandre Dumas. It claims its French-ness in many poetic, passionate scenes of longing, woven together by imagery from the Book of Genesis.


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The silence of the sanctuary made Athos pause. He listened to his breathing and inhaled incense and exhaled potential. Heading toward the priest’s study, a cold chill blew from the direction of the confessionals. He strained and heard a door click shut. Aware it might be the priest, he walked over and found the hem of a silvery fabric protruding from a closed confessional door. Someone rustled inside.

He stepped up to the door, but the priest’s booth was empty. A voice from within the next compartment stopped him from knocking.

“Delays, delays.” Followed by a long sigh.

Athos froze. It was Anne.

She started humming, a nocturne or a hymn. It was lovely, the pitch and the drama, like she was purring the notes in secret contentment. The hum deepened. He knew if he made any sound he would give himself away, and part of him wanted to. The other part was fascinated by the cat in the cupboard.

A minute passed and the notes from her lengthened until she wasn’t singing. Her tone imparted animalistic pleasure, the kind from a cat of bigger size. He’d hear an mmm and an umh while the fabric of her dress shifted inside the cramped, wooden box. Her hands were making long passes across the fabric—Where would that place them now? Her breath hitched and resumed, heavy with need. The movement sounded like swirls of an autumn breeze, fanning her body. Dramatic rests interspersed her music. She was holding her breath. Longer and longer. The fabric rubbed in rhythm. He nearly spoke, taking the words right out of her mouth, his own lips pressed moistly to the door, at the moment she peaked: Oh God. The air rushed out of her, and the stray hem of the skirt slipped inside at the vibration.

All the wind left him, too, though under tight control. He laid his palms silently on either side of the door and dropped his head. Air, I need air. He tried to collect himself and move. His body was rigid. All that separated her from him was a slat of wood and a metal swivel. In every other way, they were on the same plateau.

“Excuse me.” The voice hit him from behind like a splash of frigid water. Athos buckled and straightened as quickly. Father de Breuil stood at the centre of the pews, leaving several rows between them. “May I help you?”

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