AJ Renee. Military wife, mother, daughter, sister… I like long walks on the beach, beer, wine, scotch, and cosmos. I consider myself a Florida girl since I lived there the longest time. I’ve never officially used my college degrees in the 12+ years I’ve had them. I’m a nerd, goofball, and loyal to a fault. I’m also an open book so if you’re curious about something feel free to ask.
Where is your favorite place to write and what food must be present?
I work the best at my desk. I drink hot tea while I write and try to avoid the snacks. Writing is awful for my waistline.
What are you favorite things about attending signings?
Meeting everyone! I do get a little shy and feel awkward but it’s because I don’t always know what to say or do.
What author would you love to meet (Who is your unicorn author)?
(Welcome to the Club, #1)
Published by: Crave Publishing LLC
Publication date: November 6th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
People say size doesn’t matter, but in a world ruled by cash and currency, the size of your bank account does.
When it comes to the survival of the richest, hundreds have no worth. Thousands are mere pocket change. And millions are nothing more than a beginner’s stepping stone.
But when it comes to blistering hot passion, money doesn’t always speak the language of love. There’s the billionaire boss who falls for her sinfully gorgeous employee. And the rich construction worker whose world changes after a hot encounter with a girl from the other side of the tracks. Dollars can’t be turned to hearts.
Follow the characters of these five intertwined novellas and discover that you can’t put a price tag on romance.
All bets are off when finding love is worth more than millions, and risking it all might just be worth it.
Because in this world… it’s all about the billions, baby…
Out of his close proximity, she released a held-in breath and entered the room. Inside, she realised she hadn’t even thanked him, so as she turned back, she found he hadn’t quite stepped away either, and their faces were millimetres apart. The silence persisted, as his smouldering eyes captivated her while her knees locked for a moment too long, before she stepped back.
“Uhm, thank you and goodnight. I seemed to have momentarily lost my manners,” she managed to say.
“Yeah, same to you,” he casually countered, which had her feeling disappointed, as she had hoped he also felt that electric buzz between them, but it clearly hadn’t affected him in the same way. His footfalls headed toward his room and then they stopped.
She peeked around the corner of the doorjamb and saw him look back over his shoulder. Her breath caught at the stark picture it painted, while nothing but the fear of consequences kept her from running after him.
“Just once?” he softly asked.
She took a steadying breath, knowing exactly what he meant. “Yes.”
He turned around with need in his eyes, while she rushed out of the room and met him halfway, with her arms already stretched out.
The collision of their bodies echoed in their lips finding each other’s, while his arms encircled her. The frenzied feelings burst into chaos as she felt his tongue slither over her lower lip before he nipped at the flesh.
A yearning mewl escaped her, and the little space left between them was closed as he lifted her up and she crossed her legs around his hips. Pressing her up against the wall, their tongues danced along with their bodies as he steadily ground his hard member against her sex.
Whatever this was meant to be, she’d rather not think about, but in a few seconds of clarity, she knew this went against the code of conduct for Salexis and her personal morals, so she pushed him away.
He immediately set her down and stepped back until he hit the wall behind him.
Through the panting she found his eyes, familiar eyes she pretended to love for over a year, without realising she had done just that. It wasn’t the love she shared with Joel, it was different in every way, but she had avoided seeing it until now that she was close enough to see it in his eyes, knowing she would soon lose it.
A Billion Reasons by Elsa Kurt
Jenna gasped a little as their lips touched. He was so gentle, his touch so tender, that tears sprung to her eyes. There were no comparisons to the way Griffin Pierce kissed her, it was passionate yet sweet, and she wanted the moment to last forever. The way his hand traced the curve of her jaw, then coiled through her hair, his fingertips scratching her scalp in slow circles. Every touch, every move was made with sweet reverence. No touch was made without consent, no kiss was demanded…only asked.
He led her from the table, deftly snagging a blanket from under the trolley—one that Tilly had no doubt had the foresight to leave for them—and led her to the now moonlit beach by the lake. There he opened the blanket with a flick and let it settle on the sand. Griff took her face in his hands and searched her eyes for the answer to an unasked question. She slipped one strap off her shoulder, letting it drop. Jenna gave a small, encouraging nod, and Griff’s hand teased a trail down her throat, across her collarbone. His fingers slipped under the other strap, and as he lowered it, he placed a soft kiss on her bare, moonlit skin.
Her head fell back, and she sighed his name as her dress fell to the ground with a whisper. Then his lips found hers again, and they kissed deeply. Griff lowered her to the blanket, then pulled off his shirt. He kicked off his shoes and unbuttoned his pants with measured, deliberate movements, like a man ready to love a woman slowly and thoroughly. He was by far the most beautiful man Jenna had ever seen. With a sense of wonder, Jenna realized that her heart wanted him as much as her body did. There were no warning bells, no voice of caution hissing in her ear. There was only Griff and the moonlight.
He laid down beside her, brushed the long hairs away from her face, and gazed down at her with the same awed wonder she felt. “Sweet girl, what have you done to me, hmm?”
Jenna smiled and raised her hand to his face. It was small against his warm, rough cheek and tickled her palm when he nuzzled against it. She giggled and said, ‘Oh, what have you done to me, old man?”
He gave her a look of mock indignation, then winked as he said, “I’ll show you old man,” just before he kissed her and rolled her on top of him.
They made slow, unhurried love under the stars and moon, exploring each other’s bodies with lips, tongues, and hands. They whispered sweet words against one another’s skin and held on tightly in the most profound throes of passion. Then, in the pre-dawn hours, they ran back to the estate and into Jenna’s guesthouse, where they fell into bed. She curled against Griff and slept soundly for the first time in years.
I’m AJ Renee and I’m a romance author who loves happily ever afters. I’m a military wife and mother of three little girls who I adore and drive me nuts. I fell in love with reading after I was given The Secret by Julie Garwood. School always forced reading and while there were a few I enjoyed, it made me resent reading. Now I look forward to falling in love with a good book.
When and Why did you start to write?
I started writing almost four years ago. My best friend passed suddenly and the fact that she never got her own happily ever after nagged at me. An idea popped into my head and wouldn’t go away until I sat down and started working it out into the first draft of Widower’s Aura. I never planned on publishing it. It was for me and it was a form of grief therapy, but things kind of snow balled after that.
What authors do you always read or suggest to others?
Julie Garwood, Nora Roberts, Kathleen Brooks, HJ Bellus, Carina Adams, and too many others to count. If I loved it, my friends heard about it.
What is the most surprising thing you have found out with the writing process?
That you can’t force it. The characters write themselves.
What are you working on now?
My first paranormal romance.
When writing are you a pantser or plotter?
I’m a mix. If I plot too much than I find myself unable to write. I know where I want to go but there are many times that my characters surprise me with a twist. I think this makes it more fun and even addicting for me. I want to know what is going to happen.