New Face Time!

wine_sampleDo you live in the Charlotte, NC area? If so, I’ll be at a book signing this Saturday, from 7:00-9:00pm at the Aloft Hotel.

Grab your girlfriends, your book club buddies, and head to Aloft in Ballantyne for a one night only event featuring New York Times and USA Today bestseller Darynda Jones, USA Today bestselling author Kieran Kramer, and award-winning author Elizabeth Michels, in addition to Nancy Northcott, Regina Jeffers, and many other local authors.

This event is held in partnership with Park Road Books as featured bookseller.

Participating authors include:

Paranormal/Fantasy: Darynda Jones, Jeni Burns, Nancy Northcott, Missy Lynn Ryan

Contemporary: Kieran Kramer, J.A. Coffey-Author, Andria Gaskins, Sophia Henry Books, Author Reagan Phillips

Historical: Award Winning Author Elizabeth Michels, Caroline Lee, Regina Jeffers.

No outside books allowed; all books must be purchased on site at the event.

 

#LOLHop- A Labor of Love!

Labor of Love Blog hop

From sweet to dark, divas of romance work their fingers to the bone for your reading pleasure. Join us 9/4-9/6 and enter to win a Kindle, plus new, heart-pounding titles just for you!

We’re partying and giving away prizes on Facebook. Come join in the fun! Each author has a great romance to offer, along with 3 grand prizes (see below). My feature is HELL ON HEELS, a NEW release in my Southern Seductions series.

Book 3 JA COFFEY- High ResolutionFlamboyant, artistic Caroline Cattrell is determined to remain independent of her wealthy family’s influence–even if it means losing her friends in the process. After losing her job, she’s forced to use her seductive personality and pose as a honey pot in an undercover operation to keep her head above water.

Stan Kendrick was the one man that everyone had it out for. Branded as a cheating ex, he was forced to uphold his bad boy image to save the lives of those he cared about. But working undercover gets a lot more complicated when the one woman who could help him nail an international crime lord and finally close the case is the last woman who would dare to help him. Buy it for 99 cents for a limited time!

 

In HELL ON HEELS, Caroline must go undercover to help a man she’s mistakenly hated for the past decade. A man who has a dangerous secret life. A man who desperately needs her help.

This excerpt features training for hand-to-hand combat from two combative characters under the watchful eye of his ex-partner:

They practiced it a few more times, until both of them were red-faced and breathing heavily from the contact. Then Stan fished around in his back pocket, and with an unreadable expression introduced something new to her. Something that made her knees go weak for all the right reasons.
“One last thing. If someone wants to keep you tied up, they’ll probably use these.” He held up a pair of clear, plastic zip ties.
“Trash bag thingies?” she asked.
He chuckled. “These are soft cuffs. They’re portable restraints. Easy to carry and easy to hide as they don’t set off metal detectors. Cops and criminals alike have been using them for years.”
“I see.” She didn’t want to know why supposedly boring Stan Kendrick knew about soft cuffs.
He leaned forward, reaching around her to pin her wrists together while he explained how the mechanism worked. “So, the theory is the same as before. You want to create space around your body when they are trying to secure you, so you have room to break free. If they tie you, spread your wrists or ankles as apart as far as you can. Make the space fat, so when they zip you, there’s room to move later.”
“Okay.” It was hard to think when he was this close to her. He smelled like soap and pine trees and…leather. Leather made her think of all kinds of interesting things, so she swallowed hard and forced the fantasy away.
Stan paused. They were face-to-face and her hands were cuffed behind her. If he wanted to, he could lean down and kiss her. He could do whatever he wanted to her. She found her lips pursing as if anticipating his caress.
“You okay? I can’t be gentle with this demonstration. And if the cartel catches you, they sure won’t be.” Stan’s gaze never wavered, his hazel eyes locked on her in a way that had her shifting in her shoes. If not for the presence of his partner a few feet away, she’d be throwing herself at his feet.
Caroline exhaled slowly and nodded. “Gotcha.”
“You look good cuffed,” he said in a low voice. The closest thing to an admission that she was affecting him.
He took a step back, his gaze traveling leisurely down the length of her. She resisted the urge to inhale, her hands bound behind her already forced her breasts up high. She felt her nipples stiffen under his hot stare.
Stan’s throat bobbed as he swallowed hard. “Caroline, I…”
“Everything under control over there? She knows the drill?” Allison hollered towards them.
“We’re fine.” Stan gritted over his shoulder. His eyes returned to her face, still burning with an emotion she didn’t dare name. “Everything’s under control.”

I loved the transformation of both Caroline and Stan Kendrick in HELL ON HEELS.  Their love is proof that some sparks are just meant to ignite passion!

Pick up your copy at the PREORDER PRICE of 99 cents (reg. $2.99) for this week only! And find the other books in the series here.

CONTEST ENTRY

To celebrate our hop, we’re giving away three prizes: 1) grand prize Kindle, 2) $35 Amazon or B&N Gift card (winner’s choice), and 3) $25 Amazon or B&N Gift Card. That Kindle will be preloaded with fantastic books from participating authors. Don’t forget to sign up for my VIP Newsletter, COFFEY TALK, and then click here to enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win BIG! And check out the other amazing authors in our blog hop for more chances and other prizes to win!!

Slut-Shaming in the Industry

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photo courtesy of Alisa Varner

I happened across a social media post from one my all time favorite authors that actually turned my stomach. The FB post was in response to a linked article about NPR’s lack of inclusion of her wildly popular fantasy novel, (one that I have purchased, and lent out and repurchased and reread–and which holds a coveted spot on my physical bookshelf )on their top 100 Swoon-worthy Romances. I adore this author so much, I dedicated my first historical fiction book (also NOT a romance) to her. It changed the way I thought about storytelling.

So what’s the trouble? Her luscious, ground-breaking fantasy novel wasn’t included in a list of top ROMANCES by NPR. (Click the link to see why not.)

Yes, you read that correctly. Her female-focused fantasy, which has an amazing romantic subplot, wasn’t added to a list of top romances. This lack of inclusion created hue and outcry from her fans with comments like “many romances don’t have any plot at all” and the charmer who asks “how dare you include something as trivial as plot in my spank bag material” and refers to romance “mindless fluff”.

Rabid readers…..please.

Can we stop with the genre shaming?

Seriously, folks. In an era where people get up-in-arms about slut-shaming, fat-shaming, gay-shaming, etc…why do we then feel the need to denigrate other fiction genres, simply because we don’t choose to read it? Do we really need to go here?

We have suffered through a time of the lowest literacy levels in America. As a relatively intelligent (I like to think) female, with multiple advanced degrees,  who writes and reads voraciously across genres, I’m offended that anyone feels the need to cut down one genre of books in order to make another superior. Especially not when in 2014, it was reported that one quarter of adults hadn’t read a single book.

Can we all just stop?

There’s room for all of us on the virtual bookshelf, folks, or haven’t you noticed?

Romance Writers of America, an organization that I have belonged to for many years, defines romance under these terms (my text formatting, btw):

Two basic elements comprise every romance novel: a central love story and an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending.
A Central Love Story: The main plot centers around individuals falling in love and struggling to make the relationship work. A writer can include as many subplots as he/she wants as long as the love story is the main focus of the novel.
An Emotionally Satisfying and Optimistic Ending: In a romance, the lovers who risk and struggle for each other and their relationship are rewarded with emotional justice and unconditional love.

 

If this is the definition of romance according to the official industry standard in publishing romance, then why is anyone surprised to see there are books with romantic subplots being left off the list? Why the outrage? Why the backbiting comments to authors who work just at hard crafting highly successful (oh, wait, that’s right…romance accounts for over 50% of ALL fiction sales) novels?

 

I don’t complain when I don’t see Agatha Christie’s name on the NPR list of best romances. I don’t shake my fist that Tolkein is left out. I don’t concern myself with the fact that Stephen King’s name didn’t appear once on that list.

Books are books are books. Good books are even better. The fact that one doesn’t make a classified list for which it clearly doesn’t qualify doesn’t make it better or worse than any other book (or genre).

I don’t get it. Maybe it’s just me.

It’s not just me, is it?