Sweet Ache UK Cover & Excerpt

UK Sweet Ache Cover

So here is the UK cover of Sweet Ache… I know some of you were asking about what the cover was that had shown up on Amazon.co.uk.

Now let’s see….are you wanting a little excerpt as well?

And then his voice comes through the speakers as a single spotlight lights up the empty stage. A frenzy ensues all around us as women begin shrieking in epic decibels so that I can’t hear his voice but can feel it somehow. The crowd must feel the same way because the shrieks calm just in time for him to hit the first chorus.

You killed my heart.

You snuffed it out.

You stole my hope.

He sings the notes to their biggest hit, Stolen, and even though the fangirls are on an ecstatic high, the power of his voice a capella silences them. Goose bumps chase over my skin despite the stifling heat of the arena. I’ve heard the song a hundred times on the radio and yet the raw emotion when he sings, like he’s scraping the words from his core, captivates me.

The lights flood the stage in a blaze of brightness, and Hawkin stands there, head down, foot tapping, a striking profile dressed in dark clothing against all of the light. He slowly lifts his head to end the chorus and the guys kick in with their instruments.

And I’m lost.

I know he’s entertaining thousands and has no clue I’m even here and yet I feel like as he peers into what I’m sure is a mass of blinding light on his end that he’s looking straight into me.

 

©2015 NAL Penguin and K. Bromberg, All rights reserved.

 

Hmmm Hawkin…. Can’t wait till you ladies get your hands on him too!

 

Guest Post in Love-Letter Magazine

A couple of weeks back, I told you all I had a guest post in the German magazine, Love-Letter, to coincide with the release of DRIVEN in Germany on January 15th. Since then, several of you have asked what my article was about and if I could share it. The answer to question number one is that they asked me to write an article explaining why I felt readers would love a race car driver. The answer to number two is the article itself. Here you go:

Picture a man walking along an asphalt stretch, race suit unzipped so that the arms hang loose, shirt beneath fits tight, and an arrogant smirk turns up one corner of his mouth. He walks with the ghosts of a nightmarish childhood always over his shoulder, always haunting him, a constant reminder of the things he never wants, the things he’ll never allow himself to have. He is in the only place he can find solace and outrun his demons, even if just for a moment, the racetrack. He suits up, straps in the car, and drops the hammer as he exits pit row.

Adrenaline rushes through him, blood thunders in his ears, his head is clear for the first time in days, and his hands grip the wheel to give him complete control. It’s just him and the track. His actions and reactions, racer against racer, man against machine, and the ghosts of his past left in his dust as he hits two hundred miles per hour. The concrete wall beside him and the finish line ahead of him, both can make or break him, but neither can define him.

This is his peace. This is who he is, no apologies, no regrets. His need for speed is his salvation and his damnation all at the same time.

We all love our romance heroes in whatever career that makes them who they are – a businessman, a firefighter, a military hero, a boxer, a rock star – but something about a racecar driver called to me. Of course like all literary heroes, we expect him to be a little troubled and a lot good looking, but the question I asked myself was will women be drawn to read a story where the main character has a profession with an inherently male following?

Colton Donavan had been in my head – his story, his denial of worth, his drive to find redemption – and as hard as I tried to fit him in the three piece suit genre that was popular at the time I wrote Driven, that just wasn’t him. All I could see him as, the only career he could have, was a racecar driver.

Of course the career choice and symbolism of it plays perfectly into the plotline with the heroine, a woman recovering from her own ghosts, who spends her life helping damaged boys, but something about Colton’s career stood out to me and made me want to delve further. When women think of a racecar driver, they think Tom Cruise in Days of Thunder or Chris Hemsworth in Rush, so what was it that made me think women would want to read about mine?

First of all, there is something inherently sexy about a man drawn to speed, one who chooses to live his life on that razor thin edge between control and recklessness, life and death. The notion begs the reader to question if he pushes the limits in all aspects of his life. On the track the hero has the ability to control his moves – slow, fast, risky, safe – but off the track does he exert as much control over his lover and the unpredictability that love holds? Can he let go his dominating need for control and let someone in?

The athlete aspect of an alpha male character has always been a draw to readers. The need for the hero to be physically fit is something that is expected in a romance novel, and a racecar driver is no exception. A driver must be in exceptional shape to withstand hours on end in a car, to overcome the fatigue of fighting a steering wheel against the g-force they battle on the track, and to deal with the extreme temperatures they face inside of a helmet and race suit.

But here’s the thing, Colton’s career as a racecar driver helps him cope with his past, but its not what defines him. As with all male heroes in romance novels, it is what’s beneath the surface that captures our hearts. It is the rough exterior with the hints of vulnerability that tugs on our heartstrings and allows us as a reader to see past the actions that infuriate us because they hurt the heroine we’re rooting for. It is watching the female character delve deep enough with patience and obstinance to prove that she’s not going to hurt him like others have. As the reader we love to watch her try to unravel the tight hold the hero has on his control and succeed in unlocking the padlock protecting his heart for the very first time. We root for them when they struggle, blush from their combustible sexual chemistry, and swoon when the hero finally allows himself the chance at love.

The career may help distinguish the man, yes, but it’s the pieces of the little boy mixed with hardened man that wins our hearts in the end. Three-piece suit, military uniform, boxing shorts, baseball uniform – none of them matter because when the hero says “I love you” for the first time, it’s the transformation of the man that has won over our hearts. We can all identify with his profession, but we fall in love with the good guy the heroine has helped him become.

Will readers like Colton the race car driver? Definitely. He paints a striking picture in his fire suit with metal surrounding him, and adrenaline coursing through his veins like a necessity to survive. Will readers love Colton once they get a glimpse of the man beneath, who is struggling with his past and how he can overcome it, and find love with Rylee? There’s not a doubt in my mind.

And the title of TANNER & BEAUX’s BOOK is …

HARDBEAT ThroatI’m pleased to announce that the title of the third Driven standalone novel featuring TANNER (Rylee’s brother) and BEAUX will be titled HARD BEAT.

What is the book about?  Here you go:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Sweet Ache comes a blistering new novel filled with danger, secrecy, and a desire that can’t be sated…

Foreign war correspondent Tanner Thomas is addicted to living on the edge. Needing the adrenaline rush of his job to help him cope with a personal loss, he throws himself back into the game to get the next big story. But when he meets his new photojournalist, Beaux Croslyn, he can’t help but feel like he’s losing his focus—and maybe risking more… 

With secrets she won’t address, Beaux is far from your ordinary woman. Determined to keep her distance, she’s willing to pull Tanner in closer and hide behind the sparks flying between them. But as Beaux’s past begins to put their relationship—and their lives—at risk, Tanner’s determination to find the truth puts them both in jeopardy.  

He’s ready to chase her to the ends of the earth to find out if what they had was real, or if the danger surrounding them was just an exquisite heat fated to burn out….

Once I have a cover and pre-order links I will post them but for now…here you go…

 

Needing a tease of Becks?

Sooooo I’m hearing that you are all in need of a little taste of Becks and #SLOWBURN…so here goes…It’s one of my favorite scenes between Becks and Colton in the book…here’s just a taste so that I don’t ruin the rest of the scene.

“It’s all your fault, you know.”

He chokes out a laugh, his face scrunched up as he tries to figure out just what in the hell I’m talking about. “This is gonna be good,” he says, clapping his hands together and rubbing them back and forth. “Lay it on me, brother. Can’t wait to hear your fucked-up logic.”

I glare at him. “You started all this shit. We—you and I—were perfectly fine—single and ready to mingle—and then you had to go and get struck by the almighty voodoo.”

His laugh is loud and draws attention from other patrons beginning to fill up the the bar. “Struck? More like knocked me on my ass. Dude . . . I’m sorry. . . . Wait. No, I’m not.” He slaps his hand on the table. “I’m not going to apologize because when it happens to you, you’ll get it. All of it. The barebacking, being okay with someone holding your balls in their hands, the . . .” Colton’s head snaps up to mine as the puzzle pieces fall into place. His eyes widen as the smirk starts to play at the corners of his mouth. “No fucking way . . .”

“Viv?” I look away from him immediately and search for my new best friend and her constant supply of mind-numbing gifts.

“For the love of all things holy . . . you didn’t . . . you’re not . . . you fucking are, aren’t you?” he finally sputters out. And just what I need: Now Donavan knows I’ve been voodooed.

Let the shit storm begin.

(© First published by Signet Eclipse, an imprint of New American Library,a division of Penguin Group (USA) LLC Copyright © K. Bromberg, 2015)

Not too much longer now…I can’t wait for you to read about Becks and Haddie’s story…

PURCHASE LINKS ARE HERE

Housekeeping and Questions Answered

How Bad do you want it

HOUSEKEEPING…

So it’s the new year (can you believe it?) and only 52 days until SLOW BURN (so excited for you guys to read this). I can’t wait for the bloggers to start reading it and commenting on it so that you guys get excited for it. In the meantime, here are a some answers to some questions that keep getting brought up in messages so I’m going to answer them here….

♠ Signed Copies ♠

Yes, I sell signed copies. You order them through my website. I’ll send you an invoice, you pay, then I mail them. Easy.

Order them HERE

 

♠ How to Get Paperbacks that You Already Own Signed ♠

If you already own copies of the paperbacks and want me to sign them, yes, I’ll sign them. Mail them to me (use media mail rate, it’s cheaper), add a return postage label/stamp, tell me who you want them dedicated to. You can mail them to me at

PO BOX 933

San Diego, CA 91903-0933

 

♠ SLOW BURN’s RELEASE ♠

WOOHOO!  It’s almost to the 50 day mark!

1. Yes, I will be having a blog tour with SLOW BURN. The Rock Stars of Romance will be handling it so stay tuned because information will be coming out soon in regards to sign-ups for it.  

2. Yes, I have extra SLOW BURN ARCs to hand out to readers. Some will go to predetermined people, some will go to readers in some contests I will hold in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for how to win one.

 

 

♠ K. Bromberg Newsletter ♠

 So the first K. Bromberg newsletter went out. Did you all get it?  If you did not get it and you’re already signed up for the newsletter, you can request the link HERE.

If you want to start receiving the newsletter, you can sign up HERE.

 

♠ Tanner’s Book ♠

No, I do not have a title for it.

 

♠ The Ten Year Gap Book ♠

No, I do not have a title for this yet either nor do I have a release date beyond Fall 2015. Also, I will not divulge what will be in this book but it will be a full length novel, not a novella as previously planned.

 

♠ A Movie Deal/Television Show ♠

It is so very flattering that you guys love Colton and Rylee so much that you want to see them on the BIG screen. Here is the answer to the people who ask my why I have not ‘made a movie’ yet.  In all honesty, the possibility is a huge long shot and not something I put much time hoping for…but you never know. I do know the books have been given to film agents to read and see if they fall in love with AND for them to also think it’s translatable to film. I write a lot of inner dialogue and that’s hard to make verbalize on film. 

 

♠ Correspondence ♠

I’ve been under some tight deadlines as of late so my correspondence has piled up. I’m going to get you all answered ASAP and then dive head first into Tanner’s Book. Thank you so much for your patience.

 

♠ Release Dates ♠

2/24 – Slow Burn

6/3 – Sweet Ache

late June/early July – possible something if time permits

Fall 2015 – The 10 Year Gap Book

November 2015 – Tanner’s Book

 

WHEW! Did I get it all?  I think so. I hope that answers your questions. Thanks again for all of your support over 2014 and I’m so excited and can’t wait for you guys to read all of these new characters I’ve created while at the same time getting to revisit some of the old ones. 

I RACE YOU!

Kristy

New Exclusive Rylee & Colton Scene

Frosting Pic

Who wants a new scene between Colton and Rylee that deals with Christmas cookies and icing? You all know how Colton loves tasting his sweets and his Ryles at the same time…

This new scene is exclusive to newsletter members only. I just finished it up and think you’ll enjoy revisiting with them. 

The inaugural newsletter will go out before year end.

Sign up for the newsletter: CLICK HERE

What does ‘A Driven Novel’ Mean?

So the covers of Slow Burn and Sweet Ache (and I’m assuming Tanner’s book (yet untitled)) say ‘A Driven Novel‘ on them. I’m getting a lot of questions asking me ‘What does that mean?”

All three of these spin-off books are complete STANDALONE novels. I can’t stress that enough. In writing these books I worked super hard to make sure that:

1.) They are their own complete novel focused on the new characters. They can STAND ALONE. When you read the last page of each book, their story is complete.

2.) You DO NOT have to have read the Driven Trilogy to read any of these three books. 

3.) These three books can be read IN ANY ORDER. They are not connected in any way other than the fact that they are the stories of characters in the original series. 

4.) Rylee and Colton are present in the stories but few and far between. They do not carry the novel in any capacity. While they might have scenes such as Becks and Haddie did in the Driven Trilogy, they are not the story.

I know you all want more Rylee and Colton and you will get that in the 10-Year Gap Novel (still untitled, expected late 2015), but don’t pick up Slow Burn (2/24 release) or Sweet Ache (June 2, 2015) or Tanner’s book (November 2015), and expect a continuation of The Driven Trilogy. You will be sadly disappointed. Haddie & Becks and Quinlan & Hawkin and Tanner & Beaux, all have their own unique story to tell, and I can’t wait for you to fall in love with them as well.

I write and will release these books with the knowledge that it will be a hard feat for me to make characters that you’ll fall in love with as passionately as you have Rylee and Colton, but I think once you get immersed in these new stories, you’ll find a bit of room in your book boyfriend heart to love these guys as well.

I hope that clarifies some of the questions you’ve been asking. Please let me know if you have any more. 

Kristy

Thank you…

We are getting to that time of year when we are supposed to be enjoying our friends and family but are instead scurrying from here to there without a second thought because we are so busy trying to get everything done for the holidays whether it be decorate, wrap presents, everyday life obligations, remembering to thank the Elf of the Shelf for appearing, scouring Pinterest to see why our homemade gift looks nothing like our pin does, finishing a book (<—that would be me)…it’s so crazy that we never stop to take a moment to breathe…and then you don’t even have a moment to breathe because the stress you feel is holding it hostage…

SO…I am taking that moment right now to say a few words to you all before I can’t see straight from my personal chaos that three little ones create…Forgive me if I get a little sentimental but, well, you know that’s how I am.

This year has been crazy in so many ways I can’t even begin to remember it all. I mean, I went from the highest high of hitting #2 on the New York Times as an indie author with Crashed to one day later my son being paralyzed (Thank you to those who still ask about his health. He is about 99.5% recovered now)…talk about life teaching you where your priorities need to be. I went from being banned from Amazon with my short story UnRaveled in the Bend Anthology (which I will forever feel guilty for regardless of how many times the ladies in the anthology tell me to shush up) to signing a traditional book deal with Penguin books to bring you Slow Burn and Sweet Ache. I went from Raced hitting USA Today bestsellers list to being scared to death to turn in Slow Burn to my editor for the fear that it wasn’t going to be ‘enough’ for a traditional book on shelves in stores. And then what happens? I get asked to sign on for another book. Crazy stuff, I tell you. If you would have asked me two years ago if I ever thought this would have been my life, I would have laughed. Being an author was something that little chubby girl, who sat on the grass with her notebook in her hand, dreamt of and never thought was going to happen. Never. 

Even with all of those surreal moments, one of the bests parts of the year was befriending and getting to meet so many of you. So many of these moments spent with you will be something I will always cherish even if this author thing doesn’t pan out. From the signings in Los Angeles to Cleveland to Book Bash to New York to Oklahoma City to Las Vegas…you ladies know how to spoil me. I truly am the luckiest author out there. You are all so passionate about these books and characters and support me no matter what direction I try to take on this journey…it’s truly overwhelming…So at this time of year when we thank and spend time with our loved ones, I just want to make sure to let you know that I consider you all a part of my extended family. I truly do. (My husband even knows some of your names). 

Think of this as my Season’s Greetings card to you and your family. Wishing you a happy holidays and a memorable 2015!

I RACE YOU!

Kristy

(I could make 25 more of these collages with all of the memories I have from 2014, so forgive me if I left you out, but Sweet Ache needs to get finished!)

Thanksgiving Post from Colton

Hey…

Did ya miss me? 

I was just chilling in my office with Baxter and my beer…feet up on my desk watching the waves outside…Yes, it’s sunny as fuck here in Malibu so sorry to all you stuck everywhere else in that white shit that falls from the sky. Ry kicked me out of the kitchen while she fixes our Thanksgiving spread, wants to keep some part of it secret since it’s our first one being married, so I thought I’d bang out a quick email to you…well, I’d rather be banging something else but that variety is definitely on the menu for later. 

I know it’s been a while so I thought I’d fill you in on some shit you might have missed. Let’s see…the team ended the season with another win so that’s always a bonus. Can’t go fucking wrong claiming a checkered flag, right?

The boys are doing good…Scooter’s birthday was last week and Ry threw him a little party to celebrate. Shayne’s a heart breaker with the ladies, and I just might have given him a few pointers to help. Zander, that kid…he’s good. Doing real well and finally started back at an actual school instead of being tutored. Baby steps for him, but he’ll get there – no doubt about that.

What else? Becks…Ha. That fucker is finally falling for a woman and I can’t say that I’m surprised with who it is. Talk about feisty and one to give him a run for his money. I can’t wait to watch this unfold…see if he gets voodooed or not because I’m gonna laugh my goddamn ass off when he does. It’s the Haddie Hex and I don’t think he stands a fucking chance.

Quin’s been awful quiet as of late. Can’t tell if she’s going against my wishes and dating that asshole Kell Mason…the one I stole the barfly from way back fucking when. If she is, we’re gonna have a few words, I can guarantee it. It’s either that or she’s found someone else she knows I won’t approve of so she’s keeping him a damn secret. I’ll find out, make sure he’s good enough for her.

Ry’s brother, Tanner, has been in town for a while after some shit went down overseas. She’s happy to have him around but he’s already restless… kinda like I was if you’d mentioned the thought of me barebacking before I met Rylee…and I can sense he’ll be off to some fucking place no sane person has business being soon to report the news. He’s an adrenaline junkie just like I am but fuck if I’m gonna throw myself in someone else’s war to get my high.

Besides, the only high I need anymore is on the other side of the house. Yeah, it’s been a year, but fuck if she doesn’t still get my motor running. Men say after you get married the sex stops, the blow jobs stop…I guess they married the wrong damn woman because sex with Ry just keeps getting better and better. Hell, we even had a little reminiscent fuck on the hood of Sex the other night. What sane man would say no when your wife texts you a picture of her lying on the hood with heels and not much else on? Talk about driving like the fucking wind to get home and take advantage of that oil change.

She’s good though. Adjusting a bit to sharing her time between the boys and me but she knows I’m good with whatever time she has to spend with them. The first new boy’s home will finish up in a few months and I love watching her passion over every little detail.

Oops, sorry, Ry’s calling me, I’ve gotta…Oh shit. She’s at the door of my office with an apron on and heels…and nothing else. This man’s going to go take advantage of this Thanksgiving spread right now…and I’m not talking about the one on the table. This decision’s a no-brainer….I think I’ll eat the pie first.

We’ll talk later. 

Fuck, I love that woman.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Ace