Author Archives: Valerie Clarizio

A Thorned Rose in the Sand – New Release by Lea Bronsen

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I got the idea for this story after watching a video of French “globe cooker” Fred Chesneau visiting nomads in the Moroccan desert. They generously shared their food, home, and wisdom with a stranger, and I thought it would be cool to write about a female rally driver having the same experience – only with more spice!

A Thorned Rose in the Sand is set in the beautiful, quiet dunes of western Sahara where the sun is so hot you can’t walk barefooted and you could go miles and miles without seeing a single soul. In this story, you’ll meet a badass 450cc rally motorcycle, an opiniated but gentle dromedary, and two highly strong-willed young persons from opposite sides of the planet who get off to a bad start then can’t keep their hands off each other 😊

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 When life in a big U.S. city becomes too much, Stevie Jones decides to live her wildest dream – compete against the tough guys in a motorcycle rally across Morocco. But the real excitement is found away from the race track, in the shifting sands of the desert.

 After his studies in London, Ragab has returned to the nomadic lifestyle of his Bedouin family and the majestic silence of the Sahara. He dreams of the perfect wife, until a beautiful but feisty biker stuck in a sand dune turns his quiet world upside down.

Available from

Evernight / Amazon.com / Amazon.uk / Barnes & Noble / Bookstrand / iTunes / Kobo / Smashwords

 Add the book to your shelf on Goodreads   

See photos that inspired me to write the book on Pinterest

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About the author

 Lea Bronsen

 

Lea Bronsen likes her reads hot, fast, and edgy, and strives to give her own stories the same intensity. After venturing into dirty inner-city crime drama with her debut novel Wild Hearted, she divides her writing time between psychological thriller, romantic suspense, and dark erotic romance.

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So this happened today – I made the top 100 Amazon Author Rank in Some Sub-Categories!

 

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AND – The Love Under Fire boxed set I’m in is currently at #423 on Amazon!

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Part of what is so great about this boxed set is that 50% of the pre-order proceeds will be donated to #petsforvets!

Help authors help VETERANS and PETS!

WHEN LOVE SPARKS DANGER, GET READY FOR AN EXPLOSION!

Twenty-one Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and other bestselling authors bring you a heart-pounding collection of 21 BRAND NEW, NEVER-BEFORE PUBLISHED stories all in one amazing romantic suspense limited time boxed set.

From around the edges of every day existence lurks mystery, betrayal, greed, and death.

With every turn of the page, feel the heat of adrenaline as fear lights up the night. Fight alongside the tenacious heroes and heroines as they battle for survival. They’ll put everything on the line to thwart the evil coming after them.

They want to trust in the power of love. But is it enough?

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Book Lovers Day!

Get 40 #Books for #99c! #BookLoversDay Deal! #Romance #Suspense #Thrillers

Re-Blogged post by Kathryn Knight:

As far as I’m concerned, every day should be Book Lovers’ Day!  As a reader and an author, I can’t imagine a day that didn’t include immersing myself in a story.  I’ve been doing a series of individual cover reveals for the Romantic Suspense Box Set that will contain my next novel, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm, and right now, you can get an amazing deal if you pre-order this Box Set of 21 Romantic Suspense Thrillers.  These are all NEW stories from USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Bestselling Authors!  The best part?  We’re donating a large portion of our proceeds to Pets for Vets, a charity that pairs rescued animals with military vets in need of companion animals.  I am so, so happy about this.  As a huge fan of rescuing animals, and a daughter, granddaughter, and wife of military veterans, this is so important to me.

Right now, we are offering an unbelievable deal, to get the ball rolling and maximize visibility:  we’re offering the entire set for just 99 cents if you Pre-order NOW on either Nook or iTunes (or the iBooks phone app).  That means you can order the set today, and have it hit your e-reader on release day, November 13th, automatically—a fun surprise just in time for holiday travels and a little escapism when the chaos of the season gets too stressful, or a snowstorm gives you some time to unwind.

As a special thank you, you get 19 FREE books and novellas today!  All you need to do is take a screenshot of your iTunes or Nook order and send it to:
stephanytwrites@gmail.com


You’ll get codes to download any or all of the 19 titles in the photo above for free!  So help us meet our goal to support Pets for Vets and download Love Under Fire today, and then redeem your free books and find some new authors to love!  LINKS:

Love Under Fire on iTunes

Love Under Fire on Nook/Barnes & Noble

Our big Love Under Fire Facebook party is coming up too, and we hope you’ll join us as we celebrate!  There will be tons of giveaways, and you’ll get the very first peek at excerpts from the Box Set novels listed below. Join the Party here, and we’ll see you on August 13th.  Happy Book Lovers’ Day!

Titles in the Love Under Fire Box Set:

Kathryn Knight – The Haunting of Hillwood Farm

Stephanie Queen – Ace Under Fire

Casi McLean – Reign Of Fire

Valerie J. Clarizio – The Code Enforcer

Chris Patchell – Deception Bay

Aaron Paul Lazar – The Asylum: a Carmen Garcia romantic suspense novel

Alyssa Richards – Chasing Secrets

K.M. Hodge – Summer of ‘78

Pamela Fagan Hutchins – Buckle Bunny

Judith Lucci – RUN for your life

Stephany Tullis – Blue Lady’s MISSION UNDER FIRE

Fiona Quinn – Cold Red

Anna Celeste Burke – Lily’s Homecoming Under Fire

Margaret A. Daly- Monsters in my Closet

Linda Watkins – The Witches of Storm Island, Book I: The Turning

Tamara Ferguson – Two Hearts Under Fire

Suzanne Jenkins – Running with Horses

Inge-Lise Goss – Diamonds and Lies

S.R. Mallery – Tender Enemies

Jinx Schwartz – Baja Get Away

Uvi Poznansky – Virtually Lace

Summer Fun!

Hey folks, how have you been so far this glorious summer?  What have you been up to?

Today I’m going to a friend’s house for her annual Fourth of July Party! She usually throws a pretty good bash and I’m happy to be able to attend this year especially since I’ve missed the last several.

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Several weeks back, the hubby and I were on vacation.  Dodging raindrops, we hiked in Shenandoah National Park and the Smoky Mountains.  Our bear count topped out at seventeen. This guy caused a pause in our hike though.

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Hiking flat ground isn’t good enough for the hubby, he always feels the need to climb something so we trekked up Mt. LeConte in the Smoky’s.  Here’s my proof:

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I’d love to hear and see what you’ve been up to. Show me some pics in the comments.

Enjoy the warm days!

Guess who’s on the USA Today HEA blog today talking about their new release?

I am thrilled to be Joyce Lamb’s guest today on the USA Today Happy Ever After blog. Thank you, Joyce, for allowing me the opportunity to talk about my new release entitled Missing Out on Life.

The interview not only has information about the new release but also includes tidbits about me and my writing style. I invite you to check it out: https://happyeverafter.usatoday.com/

Here’s some info about the book:

Tag Line:

Jaded by the past. Closed to a future. Shocked by unveiled secrets. They were meant to be together.

Blurb:

Meredith Wellington receives a call that her sister has been murdered. Her two young nieces land on her doorstep. An instant family is the last thing she needs as she reaches for the top rung of the corporate ladder.

Jeremiah Crown, aka Coach, lives a simple life managing his family’s Kentucky horse ranch. When a damsel in distress decked out in a suit and spiked heels needs assistance, he’s more than happy to help out. Happier still to realize this corporate powerhouse doesn’t recognize him as the man she’d deemed an enemy in high school twenty years earlier.

Once she realizes Coach’s identity, any chance of a romantic relationship disappears. When Meredith places her nieces low on her priority list, Jeremiah reconsiders his attraction to her. When danger comes calling, Meredith realizes this kindhearted veteran has the skill set to help her, if only she could set aside her pride to ask.

Can two people overcome past misunderstandings in time to thwart approaching danger?

 
Buy Links:
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Calling all ARC & Beta Readers!

Do you love reading romantic suspense, contemporary or paranormal romance books? Do you want to get your hands on books before the general readership? If so, I’d love to add you to my ARC and/or BETA team. Please contact me if you are interested in being a BETA reader or if you are interested in reading and reviewing ARCs (advance reader copies) in exchange for an honest review. I release about two stories per year. In case you need some convincing, check out these accolades:

Reader email: I finished your book last night and am hoping you are working on your next one.   You definitely have the talent for writing.  I am a huge fan of Debbie Macomber and Susan Mallery and you seem to have that same flare/style of writing.

Reviews:

Covert ExposureI loved this book. It was a quick, enjoyable, sexy read. Ms. Clarizio knows how to build romance so that it’s not just meaningless sex inserted into a story. You can feel the attraction between the Detective Spinelli and the Red haired beauty, Shannon O’Hara. – Jewel Walker

Missing the Crown JewelsI enjoyed how the characters developed along with the plot. I like the mystery and being able to try and figure out who the bad guy is. I especially enjoyed the goid, decent men in the story who will protect and love and cherish the female! Really enjoyed the book! – LaRae G

Family ForeverJust adored this book! Your heartstrings are tugged on both sides.  – Carolyn P.

Plan InterruptedI finished this book yesterday, and I’m still thinking about the characters today. Other reviewers have summarized the story, so I’ll point out that I absolutely loved the way Valerie portrayed Joe’s character and his tenderness as a father. Her ability to reflect the emotions of all her characters is excellent, and I couldn’t believe how many times I was moved to tears while reading the book. The story certainly isn’t typical, and I thoroughly enjoyed Plan Interrupted. Keep up the good work, Valerie. I’m a fan! – Maddie Cochere

MISSING OUT ON LIFE, a Chandler County novel is scheduled for release on June 14th. If you like romantic suspense books you may be interested in this one. ARCs are available! If interested please email me at valclarizio@yahoo.com.

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TV show – Flashpoint

For those of you who know me, you are probably aware that I love to watch movies and television programs. That said, oddly, several years ago I got so angry about the rising cost of my cable TV bill, I actually canceled cable TV. What an adjustment that was, slapping up an antenna to get three to five channels on a good day. After two years of just watching local channels, and getting movies and TV series DVDs from my library, I decided to spring for Amazon Prime and I love it. One of the things I love most is not having to live by a TV program schedule.  Another thing I absolutely love is binge watching TV series’. Recently, I finished a new-to-me program called the Sopranos. You may have heard of it.

Currently, I’m in season two of FLASHPOINT which aired from 2008 to 2012.

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The casting for this show was awesome, especially this guy, Enrico Colantoni:

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The look on this guy’s face, and in his eyes, when he’s talking people down is phenomenal. If you haven’t had a chance to check out this Canadian police drama television series I urge you to do so!

Now, do you have any movie or TV series recommendations for me?

It’s Cover Reveal Day! Check out this beautiful cover for MISSING OUT ON LIFE!

This week is cover reveal week for the soon-to-be released books in cycle three of the Chandler County series. MISSING OUT ON LIFE is my second book in the series. Pre-order links coming soon! #romanticsuspense

Missing Out On Life

Blurb:

Meredith Wellington receives a call that her sister has been murdered. Her two young nieces land on her doorstep. An instant family is the last thing she needs as she reaches for the top rung of the corporate ladder.

Jeremiah Crown, aka Coach, lives a simple life managing his family’s Kentucky horse ranch. When a damsel in distress decked out in a suit and spiked heels needs assistance, he’s more than happy to help out. Happier still to realize this corporate powerhouse doesn’t recognize him as the man she’d deemed an enemy in high school twenty years earlier.

Once she realizes Coach’s identity, any chance of a romantic relationship disappears. When Meredith places her nieces low on her priority list, Jeremiah reconsiders his attraction to her. When danger comes calling, Meredith realizes this kindhearted veteran has the skill set to help her, if only she could set aside her pride to ask.

Can two people overcome past misunderstandings in time to thwart approaching danger?

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Last year in May I released MISSING THE CROWN JEWELS which is on sale right now at all major ebook retailers  for just $.99.  Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / iBooks / Kobo / Playster

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Check out the Chandler County Facebook page to learn more about the other books and authors of Chandler County. Did I mention there was fun and games on the FB page as well? Prizes, too! : https://www.facebook.com/ChandlerCounty/

Sign up for the Chandler County newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/dhNpsn

 

Calling all ARC reviewers and BETA readers!

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Do you love reading romantic suspense, contemporary or paranormal romance books? Do you want to get your hands on books before the general readership? If so, I’d love to add you to my ARC and/or BETA team. Please contact me if you are interested in being a BETA reader or if you are interested in reading and reviewing advance reader copies in exchange for an honest review. I release about two stories per year. In case you need some convincing, check out these accolades:

Reader email: I finished your book last night and am hoping you are working on your next one.   You definitely have the talent for writing.  I am a huge fan of Debbie Macomber and Susan Mallery and you seem to have that same flare/style of writing.

Reviews:

Covert ExposureI loved this book. It was a quick, enjoyable, sexy read. Ms. Clarizio knows how to build romance so that it’s not just meaningless sex inserted into a story. You can feel the attraction between the Detective Spinelli and the Red haired beauty, Shannon O’Hara. – Jewel Walker

Missing the Crown JewelsI enjoyed how the characters developed along with the plot. I like the mystery and being able to try and figure out who the bad guy is. I especially enjoyed the goid, decent men in the story who will protect and love and cherish the female! Really enjoyed the book! – LaRae G

Family ForeverJust adored this book! Your heartstrings are tugged on both sides.  – Carolyn P.

Plan InterruptedI finished this book yesterday, and I’m still thinking about the characters today. Other reviewers have summarized the story, so I’ll point out that I absolutely loved the way Valerie portrayed Joe’s character and his tenderness as a father. Her ability to reflect the emotions of all her characters is excellent, and I couldn’t believe how many times I was moved to tears while reading the book. The story certainly isn’t typical, and I thoroughly enjoyed Plan Interrupted. Keep up the good work, Valerie. I’m a fan! – Maddie Cochere

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Christmas Sale! eReader stuffer!

What are your plans for Christmas? Big family get-together? Nice, quiet alone-time? I’ll soon be entering two days of total family chaos but then I’ll wind down with a glass of wine and my kindle:)

By the way – Guess what’s on sale just in time for Christmas? Do you have a special someone who likes to read romantic suspense stories? For just $.99 you can send MISSING THE CROWN JEWELS to their eReader!

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Buy Links:

Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / iTunes / 24Symbols