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Celebrating the release of When Darkness Whispers with books and swag! (@lisacbooks)

I’m celebrating my new paranormal romantic suspense release with a giveaway!

Some memories are better left forgotten…

Haunted by an unclear past, biologically enhanced Marine, Eva Montreaux, can’t be distracted from her mission. With American servicemen being brutally murdered on the island of Okinawa, it’s more than priority. It’s critical. But when her investigation brings her face to face with Marcos Delacruz, it triggers memories. Ones she lost. Memories that somehow include him.

Marcos Delacruz has tried to forget the woman who left him with nothing but empty promises. Even now, three years later, Eva doesn’t seem to express any guilt over breaking his heart. In truth, she seems to barely recognize him. This deployment has been challenging enough with too many restless spirits haunting the island. But when his own investigation forces him to cross paths with her once more, Marcos discovers there may be a deeper truth.

With the number of murders climbing rapidly and the rising need to track the murderer across the tropical island, Eva struggles to reclaim what she lost. But the island holds darker elements–a serial killer. One that doesn’t appear to be human.

Thrust into a world she can’t escape, Eva must discover a way to stop a murderer from destroying anyone else’s future, but how can she succeed if she can’t even remember what role Marcos played in her past?

When Darkness Whispers is a unique blend of paranormal and military romance you won’t want to put down! If you like haunting mystery, spine-tingling suspense, and Japanese mythology, you’ll love When Darkness Whispers!

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When Darkness Whispers

10 things about the Assassins and Sweethearts Series by S.J. Maylee #RomSuspense

I’ve talked about my assassins and few times here already, here, here, and here. 😀 Today, I’m I’m going to share a bit about the whole series, Assassins and Sweethearts. When I started writing the first story, I had no idea I was writing about an assassin. I did know immediately that he was dangerous and that my heroine was taking a huge risk falling for him, but I couldn’t stop her. The result is a thrilling ride of lust, suspense, and heart pounding love.
Here are Ten Things about the Assassins and Sweethearts Series:

  1. The four assassins are Ethan, Aidan, Max, and Gavin. You get to meet each of them in Desire Unexpected, book 1.
  2. In each book in the series, I will attempt to find a sweetheart for one of the assassins. Book 2 is a free read where Ethan’s story continues. Always love finding out what happens after the initial end and I’ve done that with the 2nd book.
  3. Aidan and Gavin are brothers and they’ve known Ethan all their life. Eventually you’ll see how Max fits in. He keeps telling me I can’t share his secrets. But now that I’ve dangled his sweetheart in front of him, he’s loosening up. <3
  4. Each assassin has a skill that helps them to excel in this chosen profession. They are each smart enough to know when they should lean on one another. They’re a team in more ways than one.
  5. Ethan has a head for business. He takes full advantage of his success and often hides in plain sight.
  6. Aidan is a ghost. You’ll never see him coming.
  7. Max is brute strength, but don’t let that fool you. He’s also the sweetest one of the bunch.
  8. Gavin is the foundation and looks out for everyone, keeping his eye on the big picture.
  9. The sweethearts play a huge role in the series. Not only do they need to find a way into the hard hearts of these assassins, but they’ll unravel the threat that will be growing throughout the series.
  10. When each assassin has their sweetheart, a new series will spin off with a whole new crew.

These men may kill for a living, but they’ll capture your heart. And once they have you, they’re not going to let go.


Desire Unexpected, Assassins and Sweethearts Book 1

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Contemporary Erotic Romantic Suspense
Nadia and Ethan

Sparks fly when two art lovers find common ground. When his ruthless life threatens to tear them apart, he must choose between all that he desires and keeping her safe.


Desire Protected, Assassins and Sweethearts Book 2 (FREE Read)

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Contemporary Erotic Romantic Suspense
Nadia & Ethan
FREE READ!!

When a woman fears her fiancé is straying, she follows him and walks right into his Op. Now, he must incorporate her into his plan before they’re both killed.


Unexpected Destiny, Assassins and Sweethearts Book 3

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Contemporary Erotic Romantic Suspense
Liz and Aidan

When an assassin falls in love with the woman he’s contracted to kill, he’ll stop at nothing until she’s safe.


Holiday Cookies – S.J. Maylee Makes You Go Yum!

One of my favorite things about this time of year are all the yummy treats and the holiday cookie is high on my list. I have several favorite recipes, from my buckeyes, my gingerbread men, I miss my bushia’s chrusciki, my mom’s pita piata, my sister-in-laws white chocolate cereal and marshmellow blubby things <- that’s totally the real name 😉 my chocolate dipped shortbreads … the list goes on and on.

I’ve shared my buckeye recipe before. You can find it here. Today, I’m going to share my shortbread recipe because it has THREE sticks of butter. So, you know it’s yummy. 😀


Shortbread Cookies Dipped in Chocolate

Ingredients
3/4 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature (3 sticks of butter)
1 cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix together (using an electric mixer or hand mixer) the butter and 1 cup of sugar until they are just combined. Add the vanilla. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and salt, then add them to the butter-and-sugar mixture. Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Dump onto plastic wrap, pull the sides of the wrap up and use it to flatten the dough. Overlap the edges of the plastic to seal and chill for 30 minutes.

Roll the dough 1/2-inch thick and cut with your favorite cutters. Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool to room temperature.

When the cookies are cool, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put 3 ounces of the chocolate in a glass bowl and microwave on high power for 30 seconds. Stir. Continue to heat and stir in 30-second increments until the chocolate is just melted. Add the remaining chocolate and allow it to sit at room temperature, stirring often, until it’s completely smooth. Stir vigorously until the chocolate is smooth and slightly cooled. Stirring makes it glossier <- great tip!

Dip 1/2 of each cookie in the chocolate and return it to the parchment. Allow the chocolate to complete cool before serving or storing.


I may not have a holiday story available, yet. But I do have a free read. <3 Below is a bit about the story. Happy Holidays, everyone. Be safe, eat the yummy treats, and have a wonderful time. See you next year! <3


With Desire Protected, I explore a couple who has already fallen in love. They’ve already committed their lives to one another. BUT, that’s not where their story ends. Desire Protected explores what happens next. Nadia is in love with an assassin. It isn’t going to be easy.

Will love conquer all?

Will love protect?

Find out in this sexy suspenseful FREE Read.

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Desire Protected

Assassins and Sweethearts Series

by: S.J. Maylee

Contemporary Erotic Romantic Suspense

Book Description:

Nadia Duskin has already found her hero and she’s determined not to lose him…

Ethan Wright has just been handed one of the most disturbing jobs of his career, killing a vicious madam who’s tricking her employees and selling them to human traffickers. He’s determined to take the woman out, and all is going according to plan, until Nadia shows up and everything veers off course. Now he must find a way to complete his mission and save the woman he loves.

Be Warned: light BDSM and spanking


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Praise for Desire Protected:

5 stars from Liz’s Reading Life: Desire Protected is a quick, sensual, heart pounding read that will have you desiring more.

5 stars from a reader, Tracy W: Another well done story from an author I come back to again and again.

5 stars from a reader, Doris O: Suspense, heat, and above all love. Read it, you won’t be disappointed.


Excerpt:

Coming here had been stupid. If she left quickly, Ethan would never know she’d been there.

A step inside and she knew she’d made the wrong decision.

Ethan stood and came at her. “What are you doing here?”

“Ah.” She pushed the door closed behind her and stayed put. “I’m ah…”

“How did you get in here?”

“I took a cab. You’re busy. I’ll just get back in a cab and go home.” She turned around.

He stepped in behind her and placed his hand on the door above her head. “Don’t make another move.” He kicked her feet apart and pressed his body to hers.

She stared at the door. An ache rushed from her chest to the back of her throat, and then she heard a tiny little click.

He pulled her hair back and brought his lips to her ear. “They can still see us but our voices are blocked for thirty seconds.”

She had no idea what to say to him. Many times they discussed how dangerous it would be for her to get caught up in his business. “I’m sorry.” What a pathetic thing to say. She knew better.

“You followed me here?”

“I did.” Her stupid jealousy had gotten her here. She felt like a child. Maybe she should be punished like one. She tapped her head on the door.

“We’ll have a long talk about this when we get home.”

“I understand, Sir.” Her voice came out crackly.

“How did you find my room?”

“I may have told this second blonde woman I just started working here.” She wanted to crawl under the table.

“You did what?” His tone had gotten awfully low. “What do you mean second blonde?”

“Shit.” She tapped her head on the door again. Then she remembered the cameras. “I’m supposed to be in here making you happy.”

 

“You’ve failed.”

“Hey!” She turned around and he plastered himself to her.

“You have no idea the kind of danger you’re in this very minute.”

“From you? Yeah, I have an idea.”

“I’m the least of your worries. I’m working tonight.”

She sucked in a deep breath. Her heartbeat raced. “I’m so sorry.” Not only had she betrayed her promise to Ethan, but she’d put both their lives in danger.

He put his hand around her throat and squeezed. “Shhh.” He stroked along the back of her neck. His touch may have been gentle but his palm pushed her head back, bringing her gaze to his. “Follow my lead and I’ll get you out of here, but first I will make good use of our time.” His beautiful hazel eyes turned dark as night.

“Okay.” She trusted him and believed with her whole heart he’d get her out of this situation. A tiny click signaled the end to their privacy.

“Are you sure about that?” He hauled her back to the couch where he’d been sitting and pulled her over his lap.

“What are you doing?” She kicked her legs.

“You need to make me happy, wouldn’t want you getting fired on your first day.” He flipped up her skirt and yanked down her panties.

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