Happy Weekend, RG2E Peeps!
How ’bout we pack our virtual bags and go to Paris?!
Here to lead the way is RG2E Featured Author Emma Calin…
For me, the most romantic city in the world has to be Paris. I never tire of visiting, whatever the time of year and whatever the weather. Even on a cold grey damp winter’s day, there is something magical and poetical about The City of Lovers.
As a francophile and living much of the year in rural South West France I am often surprised that many of my neighbours have never been to their capital city. It was a foregone conclusion that my international romance ‘Knockout! A Passionate Police Romance’ would feature Paris and of course, a hero with roots set firmly in my favourite place with a French father and American mother. One of the most romantic encounters between the lovers takes place in this city.
KNOCKOUT! on Kindle and in print: Amazon Worldwide
Here is a video including poetical excerpts from the book to give you a flavour of their romance…
My favourite area to stay is Pigalle and many of the shots in the video are from my own photo collection. Home of the Moulin Rouge and many seedy bars, but also a vibrant residential area there is a multitude of cafés, local restaurants and small old-fashioned family run businesses offering meat, fish, chocolate, coffees, bread, pastries and ethnic foods. There is a room on the 7th floor of a hotel where we stay with a window that looks out over the roof tops of Paris and on to the magnificent white dome of the Sacré Coeur. The lift only goes to the 4th floor so the last 3 flights are a trudge – but it’s worth it for the view (and also helps mitigate the calories from the wining and dining.) If you want the number let me know – but don’t expect luxury accommodation – this is typical functional quirky french. The décor is a bit tired and shabby, there is something to sleep on and an ensuite bathroom but barely the space to swing le chat. All is forgiven for the vista.
Thanks so much to DD for letting me come on RG2E and indulge my passion for Paris!
Book Blurb: KNOCKOUT! A Passionate Police Romance by Emma Calin
Interpol cop, Anna Leyton, spirals down into a hopeless vortex of sexual and emotional passion as she fights to keep her professional cool. Who is deceiving who in this fast moving ride across continents? What motivates her art loving prize-bull of a lover Freddie La Salle? The power of love and trust stands against greed and crime as conflicting forces grapple for that knockout punch.
Amazon 5* Reviews:
Stephen Woodfin – Suspense, intrigue and romance: What else do you need? 10 May 2012
Emma Calin refers to this book somewhere as a “genre-romance with a bit of added suspense.” That is like describing TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD as a children’s story with a trial thrown in for extra measure. Calin gives readers much more than steamy bedroom scenes, although she doesn’t scrimp on those. She frames the book around a story of high stakes gambling on a world class boxing match. The fix is in, or is it? The Mob has a lot of money on the fight and it wants to make damned sure it has a good return on its investment. The protagonist, Anna, is from time to time investigator, undercover operative, bait, lover, captive. Freddie, the beautiful boxer, who has the power to make or break the deal, also is not what he appears. He has a secret of his own that drives him and threatens to jeopardize his ability to go for the jugular at the crucial moment. He, too, is playing all sides against each other. Emma Calin has delivered a knock out punch of her own. Highly recommended.
André LeGallo – LUST and the LAW, 4 Jun 2012
Captivating characters, venues, action, and scenes combine to make Emma Calin’s KNOCKOUT! a great read. Anna is a detective inspector with unmet needs and Freddie is a world class boxer with artistic parents. Their mutual chemistry takes hold immediately, initially in the back of a taxi, and doesn’t let go making for memorable sex scenes. Each driven by secret personal and professional agendas, they meet in attractive international settings. Anna’s law enforcement objectives sometimes trump her hormones but it’s always a close-run thing. Is Freddie owned by Mafia gambling interests? The reader is offered an informed glimpse of the FBI and of its British counterpart. Likewise, the author shares her profound knowledge of the criminal world and of the sophisticated big boat culture. KNOCKOUT! is easily the best of its genre that I have read.
Emma Calin was born in London in 1962. She currently lives in France and the UK.
She has been writing since childhood and has won numerous local, national and international prizes for poetry and short stories.
“Knockout! A Passionate Police Romance” is a love story set against a backdrop of international gambling corruption and deception. Interpol cop Anna Leyton finds herself torn between love and duty when her professional and private life intersects. A video teaser for this book is available in the right hand column of this author page, below the blog – it shows a scene from the trailer of a bedroom with the caption “desire consumes”. This book is now available in both paperback and Kindle formats.
“Sub-Prime” is a prize-winning hard hitting short story about courage, exploitation and love. It is a raw and brutal exposé of life at the bottom in the aftermath of recession. Available in Kindle format which includes a FREE downloadable audiobook
“The Chosen” is the brand new short story which is being given away here on RG2E. It is set in modern times where working people struggle to keep their dreams alive. A world where the promise of love motivates desperate measures. Available in Kindle format, which includes a FREE downloadable audiobook.
Coming soon…. “ESCAPE TO LOVE” a gritty suspense romance ‘novellette’ with FREE 1 hour 20 minute audiobook.
Connect with Emma here:
Emma Calin Blog: http://www.emmacalin.blogspot.com
Emma Calin Website: http://www.emmacalin.com
Twitter: @Emma Calin
Other books by Emma Calin:
Sub-Prime – Amazon worldwide
The Chosen – Amazon worldwide
ESCAPE TO LOVE – out next week!
Paris is definitely on my Bucket List, Emma! And I can’t wait to take a virtual trip there with your book!
RG2E Readers: Emma is Ebook Gifting 3 copies of KNOCKOUT and 3 copies of ESCAPE TO LOVE (which releases next week)!!! So, leave a comment below if you’d like to win!!!
Thanks Bunches, Emma! U rock!!!
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