HarlequinE Contemporary Romance Box Set Vol. 2 Release Day!

That’s a mouthful, isn’t it? But, YAY, ALL I HAVE, my rival farmer romance, is out as part of the HarlequinE Contemporary Romance Box Set.

 

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How the box set works: The box set will be available for purchase for the next three months: June, July, August. And, it’s a pretty sweet deal: four novels/novellas (mine is a category length novel) under four dollars. On September 1, the box set will no longer be available for purchase, but you will be able to buy each book individually. (Mine is 2.99–currently 2.51 for preorder on Amazon).

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I LOVE this book. I mean, I love all my books, but this remains one of my favorites. How could it not? Farmers, socially awkward heroine, broccoli jokes? Like my Antiques in Flight books and my Superromances, it’s a book where I was determined to be myself, let my own voice shine through, and my editors responded by appreciating that for what it was.

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I’m so proud of this book and what it’s become and I can’t wait for people to read it! If you’d like to read some excerpts:

(First Chapter) (Excerpt One) (Excerpt Two) (Facebook Excerpt)

And if you’re ready to buy the box set, here are the buy links:

(Amazon) (BN) (iBooks) (Kobo) (Harlequin) (Goodreads)

HAPPY READING!

Flight Delay Excerpt #1

FlightDelay72lgSo FLIGHT DELAY releases in TWO weeks. This has probably been the release that’s snuck up on me the most. It’s been done for a while, and I’ve been working on so much other stuff.

Still, I am so excited about it. I had originally planned for Em’s story to come second in the FLIGHT series, we do see a lot of Em in FLIGHT RISK after all, but Lawson and Katie’s story was so clear in my head. And it’s a story I’m so proud of. It’s a lot about family and forgiveness–of others, of ourselves. It’s about building something good out of a lot of bad somethings. Those are my favorite stories to tell.

If you haven’t read FLIGHT RISK, you don’t need to to follow along. All the books in this series stand alone.

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite scenes from the book, and there are pre-order links at the bottom if you’re so inclined!

EXCERPT:

But when she opened the fridge, the first thing that caught her eye was a case of beer. It was open. Before she’d registered the action, a can was cold in her palm, her fingers gripped around it tight enough she could feel the slight give of aluminum.

Someone entered, and Katie winced when Lawson’s voice interrupted the silence.

“A little early for a beer, don’t you think?”

Katie stared hard at the blue and silver of the can, remembered her conclusion from a few days ago. Let it go. Admit everything. “Never too early for an alcoholic.” The words were shaky, not nearly as unaffected as she’d hoped. “A recovering one anyway,” she added lamely. What did recovering matter to him?

The silence throbbed with tension and…fear? Something. Something dark and painful.

God, just one sip would numb some of that.

And ruin everything she was trying to regain.

Though he didn’t speak, the sound of footsteps moved closer. His forearm came into view and he took the beer without production.

When she convinced herself to look at him, he was pulling the carton of beer out of the fridge. He dropped her can in it and stepped back into the dining area, resting the case on the bright red counter.

Unable to stay upright any longer, Katie moved into the dining area and took a seat at one of the old, scarred tables.

He studied her face and she tried to read his mind. Tried to figure out what he was thinking. There’d been a time she’d been able to read his expressions, but she couldn’t read this one.

Not horror or disgust or disappointment. It was more blank than anything. Katie looked at her hands.

“You were drunk when you did those interviews?”

The question wasn’t what she expected. That he’d automatically connect her alcoholism to the pain she’d caused him was a shock. Oh, if only that was the only reason. “A lot of them. That’s not an excuse, though.”

“You don’t have to tell me that.” The pause all but echoed in the big empty room. “But I guess it explains some things.”

As Katie was working up the courage to look up from the table, to say something—anything—to change the subject, Law placed a can in front of her. This time, it wasn’t a beer.

“What’s this?” The red and silver can seemed foreign. Him offering something to her, even more so.

“A Coke. You like Coke.”

“I do.” She looked up at him, bowled over by such a simple gesture, but… After everything she’d done to him, a pop was like a freaking bar of gold. “Lawson.”

“I have to get back.” He grabbed the case of beer off the counter and marched out of the Canteen without another word.

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Preorder Links! (In order of price from cheapest to most expensive!)

(Samhain) (Amazon) (BN) (iBooks)

Let’s Talk About June

I know, I know, it’s still the middle of April. Why on earth would I want to talk about June?

Books, of course!

First up, things have been moving along with the HarlequinE Contemporary Box Set, of which my book ALL I HAVE, will be a part. First up, the gorgeous, adorable PERFECT cover:

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I love it. The colors, the field in the background, the PURPLE PLAID! Be still my heart.

I also received the covers that will be on the box set, along with some info about the other books in the set.

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The other authors and I have begun to share our books with each other and we’ve got quite the variety! Rebecca’s got a ex-military maid & exotic dancer hero paired with a single mom. Maggie’s got a cop and New Year’s Eve (two things I, of course, enjoy). And Kristina brings us a world of celebrities! Then I bring the farmers, like I do. 😉 A little something for everyone.

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The Box Set releases June 2nd, and then in September the box set will no longer be on sale, but each title will be sold individually. So, you can either get four books for the price of one in June, or wait until September and buy them at full price.

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My other June release, TOO CLOSE TO RESIST, my first PRINT release (eee!) was reviewed in Romantic Times magazine. They gave it four stars and (among other things) said, “This is a well-written story with a unique plot.” Well-written and unique, yay!

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I would also feel remiss if I didn’t remind everyone FLIGHT DELAY releases May 7th. This is the second in my Flight series, but can be read as a stand alone. Keep in mind with Samhain titles, you can usually get the title cheaper from the Samhain website, the week of release. (For example it’s $4+ on Amazon and BN right now, but $3+ on the Samhain site right now).

Superromance News

Happy Saturday, all! I’m up way too early thanks to children, but I have a few bits of news to share.

First up, I got the back cover copy for TOO CLOSE TO RESIST which is amazing. The people who write these truly have a skill I do not possess! So, what’s TOO CLOSE TO RESIST about?

Forced proximity, natural attraction

Moving in with her younger brother isn’t what free-spirited artist Grace McKnight imagined doing at age thirty. But under the circumstances, she knows it’s for the best. The complicating factor? Kyle Clark, her brother’s roommate and business partner—a.k.a. the most infuriatingly buttoned-up person Grace has ever met.

Living with Kyle causes as much friction as Grace expected. And plenty she didn’t. She and Kyle have more in common than she ever thought. Now, instead of pressing his buttons, she’d rather undo them. Only, getting closer to Kyle means discovering his darkest secrets, and convincing him—and herself—those secrets won’t tear them apart.

The rather undo his buttons part about killed me dead. Is it June yet?

And even MORE exciting news is that I got the call from my editor offering me a contract to write two more Superromances. The first will be connected to TOO CLOSE TO RESIST (the hero will be the aforementioned brother, and the heroine appears in TCTR as well), as for the second, well, I have until May to figure that out. 😉

So, for the next few weeks I’ll be working on Jacob and Leah’s story. It’s got friends-to-lovers, a fake relationship, and hopefully will end up with some fun banter when all is said and done.

Welcome to 2014

Happy 2014, everyone! I hope your first six days of the year are going a little more smoothly than mine. The oh-so-fun, lingering respiratory thing everyone seems to be down with hit us hard right before the new year, and continues to outstay it’s welcome.

But! It’s the first week of 2014 and that means it’s time to buckle down and try to get some work done.

I’ve decided that I’m no longer going to blog on a schedule. This year, I’ll be blogging any time I have information to share (new sales, release dates, covers, blurbs, contests, a great read I’m recommending etc) but I won’t be posting every Monday (or most Mondays) like I did in 2013.

However, while I scale back on blogging, there’s still plenty of places to follow me. I’m not sure a day goes by I’m not on Twitter @NicoleTHelm, and I post almost daily on Facebook.

Since it *is* the beginning of the year, I thought I’d take a few moments to tell you about my 2014 releases. You’ll hear more about each throughout the year, but here’s a quick overview.

Risky Return: This is the second book in the Harrington Airfield Series. If you read Seven Night Stand, you’ve met Ryan, the hero. When he finds out he’s accidentally still married to his high school sweetheart, a now very famous actress, he knows he’s got the perfect opportunity to help out the reality show his brother (Nate) and his brother’s girlfriend (Vivvy) are trying to get picked up. This is a series that doesn’t have to be read in order, but the reality show concept is set up in Seven Night Stand. Risky Return will be published by Entangled Indulgence and is slated to come out in March, but all Entangled dates are always subject to change.

This book will also introduce the heroine of the third book, Second Go. This book is slated for fall of 2014, but again, that date is subject to change, as is the story since it hasn’t gone through any edits yet.

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Flight DelayThis is the second book in the Antiques in Flight Series. If you read Flight Risk, you’ve met Lawson, the hero. The story takes place about six months after Flight Risk ends, with Lawson and his sons all settled into life at AIF, until his ex-best friend, Katie Potter, returns ready to make amends. This series can also be read out of order. Flight Delay will be published by Samhain Publishing in May.

Too Close to ResistThis book is my first Harlequin Superromance, which means it will be sold both digitally and in print! It also means I’m being published in the same line as some of my favorite authors, which is just amazing.  It’s also the longest book I’ve written. Too Close to Resist features a heroine with a bright tattoo, colorful hair and a painful past. And an uptight hero who can’t help but be undone by her. I’ll have the official back cover copy soon, and a cover in the next few months! Too Close To Resist releases in June!

All I Have (formerly known as All I’ve Got): This is my rival farmer book and it’s being published by the newly launched HarlequinE. I don’t have a release date yet, but it should be in 2014. There will also be a second book in this series (All I Am) that also revolves around a farmer’s market. If you check out All I Have’s page, you can get a sneak peek with an excerpt.

2014 is shaping up to be a busy year, and I can only hope things get busier!

Happy Flight Risk release day!

Flight Risk has released! Yay! Confetti! Fireworks! Airplane rides for everyone!

I’ve talked ad naseum about this book, and I’m sure I could keep doing so, but I’ll keep it short and sweet today. The long awaited release day! We’ve got buy links, guest post links, and excerpts at the end.

If you read Flight Risk I’d love to hear from you! Facebook, Twitter, email, leaving a review–it’s all good.

Here’s where you can buy:

(Amazon)

(Barnes & Noble)

(Samhain Website)

(Kobo)

(iBooks)

Here’s where you can read previous excerpts: (Cubs joke) (Fabio) (Tattoos)

Here’s where you can read a guest post I did about the evolution of Flight Risk

And here’s where you can read a new excerpt. (Warning: penis joke ahead!)

Excerpt

Trevor took a deep breath and framed Callie’s face with his hands. “I don’t want to hurt you.”

She was confused for a moment and then she tried to look down, but he couldn’t let it be that easy. She deserved more, and she had to see it not just hear it. “Believe me when I say there is a part of me that would like nothing better than to finish what we started.”

“Yeah, that part is called your dick.” When he didn’t even crack a smile, she shrugged a little, tried to wriggle away. “Jeez. It was a joke.”

“I don’t want to joke. I want to be honest. I want to…” God, he wanted to kiss her again. To feel the soft expanse of her skin. He wanted to take her clothes off slowly and…

Trevor closed his eyes, tried to erase the images careening through his mind. “I want to explain because I don’t want things to be weird between us again.” He reopened his eyes. “You mean too much to me for us to go down this road. Because, bottom line, I’m leaving.”

She wiggled again, but he held firm and she stilled. “I get it, Trevor. Really.” Her eyes refused to meet his.

“That doesn’t mean I shouldn’t say this.” He waited and waited until she finally met his gaze again. “I don’t want to be the one that hurts you. Maybe that’s egotistical of me to think I could, but I don’t want to be the one who walks away and leaves you hurting. I’ll have to walk away, Callie. You know that.”

“Yes, I know.” Her voice was soft and it caused him to gentle his hold, to brush the pads of his thumbs across her jaw.

“Don’t,” she said, a slight crack to her voice, and that hint of vulnerability was the only thing that had him dropping his hands.

She took a step away from him and wrapped her arms around herself. Like magic, she pulled herself together, hiding all the little chinks in her armor, all those pockets of vulnerability, and suddenly she was Callie standing in front of him. Strong, invincible, in charge, and he wobbled in her shadow.

“Now, brace yourself, Trevor, because I’m going to be really honest here.” She tried to smile to lighten the mood, but it didn’t reach her eyes. It didn’t reach anything. “You could hurt me.”
She let that hang in the air for a minute, her eyes holding his, her hands clutching her arms as if that was her grip on strength.

“Callie.”

“So, you’re right. We can’t do this because I’m starting to think I’m finally getting to a point where I can heal. Finally getting to a point where I want to. I think that means letting myself have a real relationship if the right guy comes along.”

Something clutched in his heart, but was immediately gutted by her next words.

“You’re not the right guy, Trevor.”

He should nod and accept that, but he couldn’t. He had to know it wasn’t that simple. “Because I’m leaving.”

She stepped toward him and traced his hairline with her finger before she met his eyes again. “Because I’m Pilot’s Point.” She dropped her hand. “And you’re not.” Flat. Final. Sure. He wished he could feel any of those things, mostly sure.

He took her hand in his, squeezed. “Is it pathetic we’re letting addresses keep us from doing this?”
She shook her head almost vehemently. “No. They aren’t just addresses. You’re FBI through and through, and without AIF, I’m nothing. It’s more to us than just. It’s who we are.”

He swallowed and when she pulled her hand away, he let it fall, let the connection end. For the first time in his whole life, he wished he could be Pilot’s Point. He wished he could stay.

Flight Risk eARC contest

Gosh, I’m great with titles, aren’t I?

Anyway, Flight Risk will release in just over three weeks, and I already warned you August was going to be alll about this book.

In fact, if you pre-order from the Samhain store right now (and up until release day, I believe) it’s only $3.85 (instead of the usual $5.50)!

To celebrate the so-close-I-can-taste-it release of this book I love so much, I’ll give away one eARC at the end of the week. All you have to do to enter is follow the following two easy steps:

1. Follow me on Twitter (@nicoleThelm), Facebook, or subscribe to the blog. (You don’t have to do all three, just one)

2. Leave a comment telling me which you did/do and the email & doc preference you would like me to send the ARC to should you win.

On Sunday 8/11 at 6pm CST, I will randomly choose one winner and send them the ARC.

To whet your whistle, here’s another excerpt:

Trevor leaned against the fence a few feet away from her. “Why? You enjoying the view?” He waggled his eyebrows.

Callie rolled her eyes, hoping she could rationalize the pink on her cheeks being from the heat of the day. “Please. You’d need a few more muscles and some tattoos to affect me.” He really didn’t, but she would never admit that to him. Let him think she had a thing for muscle-bound bad boys instead of lean, rangy good guys.

“Who says I don’t have any tattoos?”

Callie narrowed her eyes, studied him. Her pulse jumped. “You don’t have any tattoos.”

“Just because I don’t have any above the waist doesn’t mean I don’t have one.” He cocked his head, grinned.

Something strange and unnerving clutched in Callie’s gut, but she ignored it and matched his grin with a skeptical smile. “All right. Prove it.”

Trevor began to unbuckle his belt and Callie thought her heart was going to jump right out of her chest, but then he stopped. “Okay, you got me. No tattoo.”

Callie realized her mouth was hanging open. She quickly snapped it shut.

“What about you?”

“What about me?” she asked, really wishing she had a drink of water at this point. Her throat was so dry she couldn’t swallow and she was having trouble settling on a coherent thought. Damn heat.

“Any tattoos?”

“You’ll never know.” She got a weird and uncomfortable feeling that Trevor was flirting with her. Which was crazy. The heat was messing with her brain. Obviously.

Heroine Week Roundup

I hope you all had a chance to look at the amazing Heroine Week posts at Romance Around the Corner. Such a great discussion about women in romance in both the posts and the comments.

My post was on the unlikable heroine, and the discussion in the comments and Rebecca’s post on the same subject were like little light bulbs all over the place helping me realize why it is I like the “unlikable” so much,

Also fitting for heroine week was reading Mary Ann River’s novella The Story Guy, which if you’re a part of the romance community at all you’ve probably already seen the gushing reviews. And they’re all right on the money, because this novella was fantastic.

What really struck me with this novella though was the heroine. She is not unlikable in the least, and yet she entered my list of favorite heroines. A list which is populated mostly by prickly, kick ass, “unlikable” types. Carrie is kick ass in her own way, but it’s a very different way.

Carrie is nice. She loves her job. She loves her parents and friends and is relatively content. She has no terrible tragedy marring her life. She’s not hugely flawed or unbelievably perfect. She is very real. More so than perhaps any other character I’ve read in romance Carrie was someone I personally related to. I understood her because she was so much like me.

And so heroine week and reading The Story Guy kind of came together to put this bright shining point on why it is I like the “unlikable” heroine so much.

She feels real. Flaws are real. Selfishness is real. I see my flaws in giant blazing 3D, so heroines that are flawed and not always good at being around people are heroines that strike the “real” chord for me more so than uber sophisticated, sleek, successful or meek, dewy-eyed, self-sacrificing Cinderella types.

But, in Carrie, despite her general likeableness, I found pieces of myself in such clarity, she was real and 3D and all I look for in a heroine. A crap way with people is going to be the thing I relate to the most, but just being an average, doing-the-best-I-can person is also incredibly real and awesome.

I’m off to the RWA conference on Wednesday. I’ll be going to workshops, pitching to agents/editors, participating in Samhain’s book signing, going to a few parties. I’m nervous and uncertain and a million other emotions I can’t even name, but I am so excited to be a part of this community, even if only on the fringes.

Romance is awesome. Writers are awesome. Heroines are super awesome.

Happy Heroine Week!

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It’s HEROINE WEEK! The amazing Brie over at Romance Around the Corner collected a bunch of guests posts from authors and readers regarding heroines in romance novels and organized it all into one awesome week celebrating romance heroines.

If you’ve read my blog long enough, you know I love me some heroines. Especially if they’re effed up. On Wednesday, I’ll have a post at RAtC about the appeal of unlikable heroines.

There are some amazing authors and bloggers who I’m in total awe of taking part and I can guarantee if you read or write romance, you won’t want to miss a post.

Each day has a variety of posts. (Here’s the schedule)

If you’re following me on Twitter or like me on Facebook, I’ll post individual links as they occur. And hopefully by the end of the week, you’ll be just like me:

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Flight Risk Updates

I’m so excited that Flight Risk is starting to pop up around the Internet! And that I can share that it is coming out August 27th! I’m working on final line edits this week, and hopefully in July preordering will be available.

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For now, I exist on the Coming Soon page of the Samhain store. The cover artist did such an amazing job, I could just stare at that cover for hours.

AND Flight Risk is up on Goodreads if you want to add it to your to-read shelves. 🙂

I’ll be posting a lot about this book come August. My inspiration, how this book and (possible) series differs from my Entangled airport series, excerpts, etc.

If you’re interested in reviewing or hosting me for a stop on my blog tour, email me at NicoleTHelm@gmail.com. I don’t have eARCs yet, but should next month.

For now I’ll leave you with a little line from the book to give you an idea of what my hero and heroine are like:

“He was the kind of guy who’d offer someone else comfort after his own mother’s funeral. She was the type of woman who brought booze and bad news.”