Family Friend is in Danger

I haven’t ever written a blog post like this before. I haven’t needed to before.

In short: a family friend of mine, Steven Sotloff, is in danger. He’s the American journalist that ISIS is saying will be beheaded next, in the video they released showing James Foley’s beheading.

This is the link to a petition, asking President Obama to do what he can to bring Steve home: http://1.usa.gov/1odkUEx

Now that we have the basics out of the way, let me bring this event a little closer home, specifically, to my parent’s house, in New York.

This is Steven Sotloff.

This is Steven Sotloff.

It begins (for me) with a romance:

When my older brother sat next to a pretty woman on a plane, he says it was love at first sight. They spent the whole flight just talking… at one point, back massages were exchanged. The chemistry between them was intense (and 13 years later, hasn’t waned). Their relationship happened fast; they were a pair from that first chance encounter on. Fast-forward two years, and they got married. I was one of her bridesmaids (and a couple of years after that, when I married DH, she was one of mine – just a short while after giving birth to their first son. She looks beautiful in all my wedding pictures, albeit very tired (no wonder!).

My sister-in-law’s friend is a field journalist – the kind of journalist who goes deep into the Middle East, deep into the conflict zones, to investigate what’s happening, and shed some light on it for the world. He writes (wrote) articles and speaks (spoke) on the news as an expert on what’s going on in the Middle East.

Whenever he stops in New York, where I was born and raised, Steve knows he always has a place to stay at my parent’s house. He would come over, order in pizza, hang out with my folks and then go to sleep, exhausted from his travels. Steve slept in the same bed that I do when I go home to New York, on the same sheets my parents have had for probably 30 years, under the same blanket I remember from childhood.

Steve was on a mission, going on an assignment to Syria, when things got tense. His fellow journalists could feel the conflict rising, and told him it wasn’t safe. Steve does lots of crazy things in the name of field journalism that aren’t safe, mind you, so if he says it’s getting bad, it’s already really bad. Steve is as white as you get, and stuck out as an American. While his friends went home to America,  Steve felt called to be there, to write about it, to know what was going on.

Steve was captured close to the Turkish border. That was last year, August 2013. 

I remember thinking, when my parents told me that Steve had been kidnapped by terrorists, that he’d get out of it. “He’s so smart,” I thought, “he’ll just figure a way out.” Now I know that even a genius would have fared no better if he’d been captured. A year passed, and it was as if Steve had dropped off the face of the earth.

To be honest, I sort of… forgot about him. I forgot that while I live my life, Steve was being held captive by ISIS. Maybe I blocked it out.

Until the video… the video ISIS released showing American journalist James Foley getting beheaded by a man shrouded in black, like the Angel of Death himself. At the end of the video, they show Steve, in orange prison garb, on his knees. He’s not wearing his glasses, and his head’s been shaved. Steven Sotloff is next, they said. 

This is Steve now. He's in danger.

This is Steve now. He’s in danger.

We’re taking it pretty hard, as you can imagine.

Steven Sotloff is only 31 years old. He’s from Miami. He loves basketball.

His parents are desperate.

I didn’t watch the video (I just can’t) – so I didn’t know that our family friend was in grave danger until my dad emailed me this:

Not sure if you saw this in the news.
Please pass this along:
IMPORTANT: It was revealed that our family friend, Steven Sotloff is a captive of the Islamist terrorist organization ISIS. Steven appeared at the end of a video in which reporter James Foley was beheaded. In the video, Steven is seen at the end declaring that he will be next.

There’s nothing I can do, nothing at all, except pray, and hopefully use my platform from writing romance novels to try and spread the word. That’s what I’m doing. Please sign the online petition, and then pass it along. We need 100K signatures, we’ve only got about 3K right now just from it circulating through NY.

If you pray, please include Steve in your prayers. Many of us say we’ll pray for someone, but we forget. So please, take a moment right now to offer up a prayer for Steven Sotloff to come home safely, and that his family might find peace and comfort in this terrible time.

Thank you for your prayers, for signing the petition, and for spreading the word.

I love my readers, and I appreciate that you took the time to read this.

All my best,
Shoshanna Evers

Pics from RWA14!

Here are some pics from RWA 2014 – some are sideways or upside down. Sorry! I just wanted to get them on here!

I’ve got pics of me, Melody Anne, Sabrina Jeffries, Sylvia Day, Liliana Hart, Hugh Howey, the party bus (with stripper pole, naturally) on the way to the S&S/Pocket dinner, Julia Coblentz from B&N Nook Press, swag, Molly O’Keefe, Kelly Bowen, Jane Porter, Delphine Dryden, Christine d’Abo, and more. Me at the Alamo, upside down. Also pics proving how the TSA hates me and goes through my checked luggage, Every. Time. I fly. Rob Sturtz and I at the Trade Show with our table for SelfPubBookCovers.com (sideways, again).

So, enjoy the pics…  Just, ya know… tilt your head around. And, um, try to read around the pics bc apparently I suck at html. ;)

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I flew back home to northern Idaho and got in after midnight. When I woke up, it was release day for The Tycoon’s Convenient Bride…and Baby! Despite having been amiss in my promoting duties since I was out of town (handing out excerpt booklets counts, though, right?) I was almost scared to see how the book would do. I am so thrilled to post the last pic, a screen grab of my first Entangled Indulgence romance on the B&N Nook bestseller list. It was a wonderful way to end the RWA conference! Thank you to my readers!! I love you!
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After her brother and his wife go missing and are presumed dead, Lauren Peters plans to raise their infant daughter. Her brother’s will, however, stipulates that baby Callie can only be raised by a married couple. Lauren’s as single as they come.

Mack Hansen can’t stand idly by while his business partner’s baby is thrown into a foster home. As he sees it, there’s only one solution—he and Lauren will marry for the sake of the baby—and he’ll keep his attraction to her at bay.

Lauren knows that Mack is all about business, including their marriage of convenience. But her unexpected feelings for him have her turned upside down. With passion sizzling between them, can Mack keep Lauren from stealing his heart…and becoming his wife for real?

 

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Blurb:

After her brother and his wife go missing and are presumed dead, Lauren Peters plans to raise their infant daughter. Her brother’s will, however, stipulates that baby Callie can only be raised by a married couple. Lauren’s as single as they come.

Mack Hansen can’t stand idly by while his business partner’s baby is thrown into a foster home. As he sees it, there’s only one solution—he and Lauren will marry for the sake of the baby—and he’ll keep his attraction to her at bay.

Lauren knows that Mack is all about business, including their marriage of convenience. But her unexpected feelings for him have her turned upside down. With passion sizzling between them, can Mack keep Lauren from stealing his heart…and becoming his wife for real?

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“I know you love that little girl, Lauren. And I know you love your brother enough to not want his daughter to leave this family. Joe wanted us to take care of her. He said so in his will.”

“He didn’t mean us, together,” she said. “In fact, I’m pretty sure Joe would freak out if he thought you were making a move on me. He’s been warning me away from you since you guys were roommates in college.”

Mack waved his hand as if to clear away her concerns. “I’m not making a move on you. This is business. And Joe would understand that extraordinary circumstances warrant unusual solutions.”

“But we’re not married, Mack.”

“It’s just a piece of paper,” he said, shrugging. “We can go down to the courthouse this very afternoon and make it official. It won’t be a real marriage, of course. It would be in name only.”

“It wouldn’t be a marriage in name only, Mack,” she said. “Don’t you see? If we’re living together to raise Callie, it’ll be…it’ll feel very real. At least to me.”

He leaned in so close she had to tilt her head up to keep looking into his eyes. “Is that a problem? We’ve known each other for a long time. I think we could take care of Callie together, at least until Joe and Marisol return. We don’t need to really be in love to get a piece of paper that says we’re man and wife.”

Hmm. What he said made sense. They didn’t need to be in love to get married, not really. Love. It would be so amazing to find a man who’d love her, who’d want to stay with her forever. Not someone like her ex-boyfriend Steve who had waited until his sister had a baby to realize he wanted his own children, something she could never give him. Or any man.

Could this be her only chance to get married?

“For as long as I’ve known you,” she said, “you’ve always said you’d never settle down. Ever.”

“I never thought this would happen, either. Things change. I have a penthouse in Manhattan—plenty of room for you and Callie to move in. We only need to be married until her parents come back. Then we’ll have to be legally separated for a year before we can divorce.”

Divorce? “How do you know about that?”

He laughed. “Thomas schooled me on the legalities of marriage when Joe and Marisol got together, and what it would mean for our joint assets. But it shouldn’t be a big deal,” he said, “unless you have some boyfriend I don’t know about waiting in the wings, wanting to marry you, instead?”

She blushed. Damn him, he always made her blush. “No. But—what about Callie?”

“We’ll share joint custody, of course.” Mack smiled at her as if that solved everything.

“No.” Lauren shook her head resolutely, tearing her eyes away from his handsome face. “This is crazy. People don’t do this kind of thing anymore.”

“What kind of thing?” he asked, amusement creeping into his voice.

Why did he have to be so good-looking?

“A…a marriage of convenience.”

“Stop thinking of it as a real marriage,” Mack said. “Joe was my best friend. I have an obligation to do what he would have wanted me to do. So just marry me and help me raise Callie, like your brother wanted.”

He tilted her chin up, forcing her to look in his chocolate-colored eyes. “Please,” he said softly. “Marry me, Lauren. For Callie’s sake. Put up with me for one year.”

“Everything’s just business with you, Mack.”

Mack’s lips curved into a small smile. “It sounds like you don’t want to miss out on the other benefits of matrimony.”

“Other…benefits?” The words came out breathlessly as images from her dream of him ran through her mind.

He ran one large hand down her cheek, smoothing her hair behind her ear. The light touch tickled her senses, lighting a fire deep within her. “You know,” he murmured. “Benefits.”

“I can’t…I can’t think of any benefits.” Her skin tingled where his hand lingered. His mouth, mere inches from her lips, became the focus of her world.

“I can.”

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Blurb:

After her brother and his wife go missing and are presumed dead, Lauren Peters plans to raise their infant daughter. Her brother’s will, however, stipulates that baby Callie can only be raised by a married couple. Lauren’s as single as they come.

Mack Hansen can’t stand idly by while his business partner’s baby is thrown into a foster home. As he sees it, there’s only one solution—he and Lauren will marry for the sake of the baby—and he’ll keep his attraction to her at bay.

Lauren knows that Mack is all about business, including their marriage of convenience. But her unexpected feelings for him have her turned upside down. With passion sizzling between them, can Mack keep Lauren from stealing his heart…and becoming his wife for real?

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#16 on the NY Times Bestseller List, #48 on USA Today!

OMG you guys – THANK YOU to my readers, because you are amazing. Thank you for putting MAKE ME: Twelve Tales of Dark Desire on the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller lists!

This is literally a dream come true for me. To be able to share my stories with enough readers to actually get on a list… *tackle hugs all of you*

I love you guys!! Thank you so much!! Without you, I wouldn’t have a career. My goal is to continue to bring you sexy books for as long as I can. Thank you for reading them! Without you, my readers, I would be writing into the abyss.

And a big shout out to the other authors of the books in the MAKE ME anthology – we are so, so thrilled.

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MAKE ME release day! 12 Books, just $2.99!

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Skye Warren – Wanderlust
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MAKE ME: Twelve Tales of Dark Desire releases March 3rd, 2013!
an Amazon Bestseller!

Make Me: 12 Tales of Dark Desire Shoshanna EversI’m thrilled to be a part of this limited-time box set! Preorder and first week pricing is just 99c, and then the price goes up. On March 31st, 2014… MAKE ME disappears from sale forever…

Take a trip to the dark side with 12 books by some of the hottest names in edgy romance, including USA Today Bestselling authors CJ Roberts, Eliza Gayle, and Aleatha Romig!

Pam Godwin – Beneath the Burn
Skye Warren – Wanderlust
Claire Thompson – Enslaved
Cari Silverwood – Take Me Break Me
Annabel Joseph – Comfort Object
Aleatha Romig – Consequences
Shoshanna Evers – The Man Who Holds the Whip
Annika Martin – The Hostage Bargain
Jasmine Haynes – Take Your Pleasure
Eliza Gayle – Play With Me
Pepper Winters – Tears of Tess
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These e-books would cost over $40 if purchased separately. This set will only be available for a limited time, so order your copy now!

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Thank you, reviewers!

Beauty and the Beast (an erotic re-imagining) by Shoshanna EversI just want to take a moment to give a huge thank you to the awesome book bloggers and readers who have read and reviewed Beauty and the Beast (an erotic re-imagining). 

I know it takes time and energy to write and post reviews, and I am so grateful that you’ve taken the time to do so! I’m grateful for all reviews, good and bad, because once the book is out of my hands it belongs to you, my readers. Your opinion matters.

Here’s what some reviewers are saying about Beauty and the Beast on Goodreads:

5 stars! “Although I have read and seen many versions of Beauty and The Beast, there have been none quite like this. It’s still a beautiful story about discovering a person’s inner beauty and accepting them for who they are regardless of their appearance, but the love scenes are very arousing and sexy.”
~ Lisa M. (see full review here)

4.5 stars! “So…I will never be viewing Beauty and the Beast the same. Now all I’ll think about is how the Beast ravished/spanked/whipped/etc a (willing) Beauty while a prisoner in his castle.”
~ Brittney Marczak (see full review here)

5 stars! “Shoshanna’s reimagined tale is far more gratifying than its predecessors in that readers get permission to experience a sexual being, a sexual Beauty, with a sexy, kinky Beast.
~ Jade Onyx (see full review here)

5 stars! “I found myself reading and watching everything unfold in my head. And only great books do that for me. … It is one to keep with you, in your favorites pile.”
~ Tara Vose (see full review here)

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Beauty and the Beast (an erotic re-imagining) by Shoshanna EversHere’s the blurb for Beauty and the Beast (an erotic re-imagining):

From bestselling erotica author Shoshanna Evers comes an erotic re-imagining of the classic fairytale, Beauty and the Beast.

With her father’s freedom at stake, Belle agrees to be the fearsome Beast’s prisoner in his enchanted castle. Held as his willing captive, Belle must submit to the Beast’s most primal desires to survive.

The Beast can’t let his little Beauty go free, not while there’s still hope that she might be the one to end his decade-long curse…and with true love’s kiss, return him to the Prince he once was.

Their story is one that begins with imprisonment—he in his monstrous body, she in a dungeon—but without this predicament, Beauty would never have met the Beast.

So we shall begin with what occurred on that fateful night when everything changed: when a lover was betrayed, a man deformed, and a castle shrouded in an enchantment…