Current happenings in the life of a romance writer…
December ~ 2017
WORTH THE RISK – Available this month from Loose Id
Everyone knew Stephanie and Devin had been happily married…except for Stephanie and Devin. Though they’d been deeply in love, Devin’s work ultimately drove them apart and they divorced.
When their son disappears, the two are brought back together in a common cause: to figure out what happened and find their son. They start to think maybe second chances are possible and the old chemistry is still there–until Devin’s old nemesis gets out of jail. Will the same danger that split them apart the first time do it yet again?
CONQUERING LOGAN – Available now from The Wild Rose Press
Hailey Madison wants her bodyguard, and she’s not letting anything get in the way—not her father and not Logan’s job or the enemy stalking him—now that she’s got him all to herself on the high seas. The unexpected appearance of a jealous ghost is a minor glitch in her carefully planned seduction.
Logan DeAngelo knows his boss’s daughter is off limits. Despite his good intentions, guarding her body keeps him within firing range of her seductive determination. The Caribbean sunshine is nothing compared to the heat between them, and Logan’s running out of reasons not to get seared. He can protect her from ghost and her dad, but protecting her from his stalker could mean choosing between keeping her and keeping her alive.
SHAKE UP – Available now
Motivations and tenacity collide in this passion-filled Edison Bay Romance by Joyce Palmer.
Shake Up is a contemporary love story packed with a myriad of emotion, plenty of sensual detail and an abundance of humor.
Lacey Parker’s new position with the DEA earned her career independence. Will vocational freedom be worth the sacrifice of her former boss, the only man she ever loved?
Sheriff Jonathan Parker is less than thrilled with his wife’s new job and the boundaries she’s imposed upon him. He witnesses the danger she faces while trying to take down a brutal drug-dealing killer. He must resist the urge to protect his woman. A concept he finds almost unbearable.
While sexual compatibility alone is not the basis for a healthy relationship, the insatiable lovers struggle through their perspective emotional preconceptions to function as equal partners while an unstable admirer attempts to sabotage their delicate family foundation.
˃˃˃ A hero with a protector complex and his feisty, risk-taking heroine mix it up in this high-spirited love story.
Lacey, a gifted marksman and law enforcement professional, is tired of the sheriff (who happens to be her husband) assigning her to ‘the safe zone’. Like most cops, she wants to see some action. It is obvious to her the only way that will happen is for her to change agencies, and that’s exactly what she does. She never expected, though she should have, her overprotective husband’s meltdown as a result of the deal. Fate intervenes, and for the sake of their family, the couple is forced to learn the meaning of compromise.
˃˃˃ There’s plenty of trouble to be found in the booming beach-bordering town, Edison Bay.
Whether Lacey’s out with her girlfriends at their favorite hangout, Barney’s Pub, horny as all get out when John slips in beside her, or skinny-dipping at night on a public beach with said friends, and her husband shows up just as a bunch of randy cops are stripping down to join them, or at The Shoot Out, her father’s gun club, when her undercover target crosses her path, the woman has no problem finding trouble.
˃˃˃ 4 hearts review from the original, 2010 version, before substantial revisions.
Lacey and John are very much in love and I was rooting for them from the beginning. This book is really two stories that have been seamlessly woven together by the author. The DEA undercover operation to take down a killer is played out against the backdrop of John and Lacey’s attempt to fix their marriage. Both stories are well done. The DEA investigation is tense and suspenseful. The secondary characters are well developed and I would love to see a few of them get their own stories. The Parker’s efforts to reconcile their differences are touching and heartfelt. They make realistic concessions to try and preserve their marriage. John and Lacey’s sexual encounters are scorching hot. Their sex scenes are explicit and steamy. Apparently, marriage doesn’t have to dim the fire. This is a very enjoyable story and I look forward to reading more from Ms. Palmer.
-Susan P. April 19, 2011
From Random Thoughts From A Tech Nerd, 1/2/18
Book Review by Gabrielle Sally (author,reviewer)
What’s a woman to do when the men in her life persist in telling her what she can and cannot do without checking with her first? Well, in Lacey Parker’s case, you take a field position with the DEA and when your husband tells you, no, you leave and don’t look back. Then, when he doesn’t come for you, you resort to something drastic to shake things up in SHAKE UP by Joyce Palmer.
Likes: I really enjoyed the characters. Both John and Lacey seemed like a good match for each other and played off each other’s strengths and weaknesses. I thought the secondary characters helped round out the story and I loved how protective everyone was. The bad guys (and girl) were just menacing enough to keep the suspense going until the end.
If you enjoy contemporary romance with hot sex and strong characters, then you definitely want to give Ms. Palmer’s story a read. It has all the makings for an enjoyable evening and you may find yourself staying up well past your bedtime because you couldn’t put it down.
A powerful woman surrounded by dominant men
Lacey Parker regrets sending John divorce papers, but it’s her final chance to save her broken marriage. After a two-month separation, she must jolt John into making a move. He receives her message and works quickly to repair their damaged marriage with a compromise. John must accept her position in law enforcement and recognize her talent as an undercover officer. Working in the dark and hazardous world of the DEA places Lacey in danger, but the strong men surrounding her, keep her safe. Joyce Palmer’s writing is fast paced, the sex scenes are steamy, and all the men definitely comfortable in clearly defined dominant roles.~~~~~
Review on Amazon.com for Shake Up from a Lilly’s Book World reviewer
December 4, 2017
I loved this story quite a lot. It has quite nice characters, both knowing what they want and doing what it takes to achieve it. Yes, it does have some issues, in my opinion, but it is a very enjoyable read, that will stir some of those romantic feelings.
A protective husband, a much determined wife, these are our main characters and they are quite a couple. When Lacey is accepted as a DEA agent, you can imagine how furious her husband had become. Especially since his protective nature wanted her as close as possible. His possessiveness becomes unbearable so Lacey needs some time away to figure things out. When divorce becomes an issue, John realizes they may have bigger problems than he thought. In parallel with their issues, we have undercover agents trying to capture a big time drug dealer. Who’s a husband supposed to deal with that?
Lacey started as a confident woman, but later in the story she proves to be weaker and always in need of a savior. I appreciated the connection Lacey and John shared and his willingness to do what it takes to recover their marriage. This comes in contradiction with the image of a DEA agent, willing to fight crime. Their love life is quite intense and the way the author describes it is weaved greatly in the story.
Beginning was great and action packed and the characters seemed very strong and developed. But towards the end, the book becomes predictable and it reduces the action part of the story. However, the focus is more on the main characters and how they find common ground.
Even if there may be some items that did not stand quite well with me, I cannot give this book less than 4 stars, as it made me feel good, it made me feel emotions and it kept me focused on both levels – the relationship between the main characters, but as well the case waiting to be solved by the agency. I can’t wait to read more about the other characters and more by this author. Hope you like it as well! Enjoy J
Watch for the second story in my Edison Bay Romance series, Wounded Hearts, coming soon…
Until next time, I wish you happiness and much love!