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LUXURY MODEL WIFE by Adele Downs-5 Star Reviews

LUXURY MODEL WIFE is garnering 5-Star reviews from book bloggers and readers. Have you downloaded your copy yet, or ordered a copy in print? If not, what are you waiting for?

“I’d make some space on your ‘Keeper’ shelf if I were you.” 5 Stars! Cuddles Please Blog

“Adele Downs has given us another amazing story.” 5 Stars! ~Bella’s Blog

“So good I could not put it down.” 5 Stars! ~Girl With Pen

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Antiques expert Steve Carlson must face the mistakes of his past to discover a treasure he never imagined: the heart of a vulnerable yet determined widow.


Steve tilted his head, his bright blue eyes sizing her up. “Sorry, but I gotta’ ask. Do you always talk like that?”

Victoria felt her cheeks warm. “Whatever do you mean?”

There.” He studied her again with not-so-subtle curiosity. “You sounded like your late husband James just now. Funny, you don’t seem like the snooty type to me. More like a regular girl.”

His comment touched a nerve like hot wires to stripped cable. Victoria bit back a retort while blood rushed through her ears. She closed her eyes against the sound to clear her head. Twenty-eight was hardly a girl, and she was damn tired of defending her right to be a Van Orr.

For five years she’d tried and failed to fit into the privileged world of her older husband—learning couture, keeping her posture as straight as a modeling school graduate, rounding her O’s when she spoke —apparently fooling no one on either side of the social spectrum in the process.

Defeat swept over her and her shoulders sagged beneath five-thousand dollar silk and linen. No matter how hard she tried, she’d forever be exposed as the abandoned kid who’d grown-up in shelters.

Strange though… when she opened her eyes and returned them to Steve Carlson’s handsome face, she sensed his remark was meant as a compliment and not a reminder that she lacked James’s pedigree. It was like he saw her.

Her. Not James’s luxury-model second wife.

Still, his manners were disgusting. Even store-owner-janitors should know how to behave. Snooty type. Who was he to say that to her? She was a potential client for heaven’s sake.

Victoria stood to leave. She was sick and tired of people voicing their opinions about her and her late husband’s disparate lineage. She’d been bullied and belittled since the day she’d become engaged. “You don’t know me well enough to analyze me, Mr. Carlson.” She kept the annoyance out of her reprimand. The rich had taught her that cool distain wounded more deeply than anger.

Steve grimaced, rubbed his jaw, and then stood to face her, his expression sheepish. He waved her back to her seat. “Please. I’m sorry I offended you. I’m a friend. Really. We’ve gotten off on the wrong foot.”

He ran a hand through his hair and his bicep bulged with the movement. Victoria’s gaze followed the lines and curves of sinew and muscle and took in the military tattoo peeking from the hem of his tee shirt.

She resisted the images that teased her dormant libido, and brought her eyes back to his face. Damn. That didn’t help. Why did this annoying man have to be so good-looking? Her attraction to him only made her feel guilty, like she’d betrayed James’s memory. Widowhood came with a unique set of baggage.

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A Kindle Filled with Cowboys! #Giveaway #Romance

Love Cowboys?

Enter the free giveaway for one person to receive a Kindle filled with 21 cowboy stories from many of your favorite romance authors. KISSING HER COWBOY by Adele Downs is included.


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Blue Collar: Boys Behaving Badly Anthology, Coming Soon!

I’m excited to announce that my short story UPSIDE DOWN LOVE will be included in an upcoming anthology featuring those hot blue collar heroes we love to love.

Here’s the announcement from editor Delilah Devlin:

Congratulations to the authors whose stories will be in BLUE COLLAR: A BOYS BEHAVING BADLY ANTHOLOGY! Here’s the list!

Adele Downs – Upside Down Love
Belinda LaPage – Shear Passion
Jennifer Kacey – The Boss
Kris Norris – Cabin Fever
Lisa Carter – The Traffic Stop
M. Marie – In the Heat of the Moment
Megan Mitcham – Elevation
Mia Hopkins – We Drill Deep While Others Sleep
N.j. Walters – Roadside Assistance
Robie Madison – Renovating the Heart
Sukie Chapin – Mr. Big
Susan Saxx – Special Delivery
Tray Ellis – Full of the Wild Life

There will be a story by Delilah Devlin and, hopefully, one from Elle James, also included in the volume.

More details coming soon!

Adele Downs-Best Banana Bread Recipe EVER at Karen’s Killer Fixin’s

Author Karen Docter has featured Adele Downs and her Original Banana Bread recipe at Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. The bread is sweet and easy to make and absolutely delicious. Stop by!

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TWO lucky winners will receive a swag pack by USPS mail filled with Bromley’s Earl Grey tea featured in the book LIP SERVICE. The tea will be the perfect complement to Adele’s Original Banana Bread recipe. Enjoy!

Here’s the link to the recipe and to participate in the giveaway:

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Some ghosts won’t take “yes” for an answer.

Jack Harris has loved Legs Anderson since they were kids. Now that he has her in his bed, he has no intention of letting her go. Aunt Ada has other ideas, even from the grave.

Orphaned at a young age, Legs Anderson owes her Aunt Ada everything. The stoic old lady raised her, and Ada’s warnings about men—and the Harris boys in particular—have stuck, even after her death. Of course, that could be because Ada stuck around, too.

Patience is not one of Jack Harris’s virtues, and he’s waited too long to start a life with the woman he’s loved since childhood instead of them just knocking boots. Now Ada is interfering from beyond the grave, haunting the old Victorian house she bequeathed to her niece and reinforcing Legs’s fears of commitment. But Jack won’t give up. No matter what trouble may follow, the house will be renovated, Ada will learn to let go, Legs will put her money where her mouth is…and then Jack’ll put his lips everywhere else.

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Fall In Love With Romance – Giveaway with HUGE Prizes!

Fall In Love With Romance Giveaway

Enter to compete for hundreds of dollars worth of gift cards, a Kindle Fire, and books!

Now until February 14, 2017!

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Ellora’s Cave Publishing – Postmortem and Farewell

During Ellora’s Cave Publishing’s early years, to write for them was a sign a romance author had “made it.” Many aspiring and seasoned authors wanted to write for Jasmine Jade Enterprises, and the competition for a contract was fierce. Ellora’s Cave was a pioneer of the ebook industry, and shot erotic romance into the heart of mainstream romantic fiction. The company spawned several copycat publishers, and the competition, including the rise of self-publishing, eventually led to its decline. Things got ugly. But my purpose for this farewell post is not to disparage the organization, but to remember the good times.

I wrote for Ellora’s Cave for years under another pen name, and when I decided to go mainstream, and asked for the return of rights to my books, I had no idea I would escape one of the most divisive business collapses in romance publishing history. I was spared the grief of flagging sales, unpaid royalties, and acrimonious departures. My memories of Ellora’s Cave are still filled with days of bright-eyed optimism, their fabulous convention parties, generous gifts and awards to authors, and their boost to my early career. I try to hold on to those thoughts, though my heart goes out to author friends who were hurt by Ellora’s Cave’s downfall.

Here’s a look back at the last of the glory days, during a visit to their offices in Ohio, on the eve of the first Ellora’s Cave RomantiCon in 2009. I found these pictures in an old file on my flash drive, and thought it would be fun to post them.


Ellora’s Cave mobile book trailer, parked inside their Ohio warehouse.


Ellora’s Cave authors tour the print shop, warehouse, and shipping facility that printed and stored our books and filled customer orders. (left to right: Samantha Cayto, Dalton Diaz, Adele Downs, Mari Freeman, Lee Pearce, Nina Pierce, Samantha Kane.)


The print shop and paper roll for the printing press. It was fascinating to watch a book being created.


Our books were stored in the warehouse opposite the print shop.


Printing the pages of a single book.


Producing the cover art.


Cutting and binding the pages into a completed product.


The warehouse where our books were stored.


The SuperStar Award presented to me in 2009 from the publisher for two of my books. (Currently out of print and circulation.)


The official Ellora’s Cave mascot, housed in an enormous glass case inside the entrance to the editorial offices. Personally, I wouldn’t have wanted my office or cubicle anywhere near this snake, but the EC staff didn’t seem to mind.


The Ellora’s Cavemen cover models and their choreographer. The Cavemen attended all our author events and conventions for readers, and were a lot of fun to hang out with.

Farewell, everyone. Good-bye to a golden era.

(Photos copyright Adele Downs and may not be copied or reproduced without permission.)

LUXURY MODEL WIFE by Adele Downs – Holiday Relax and Read

LUXURY MODEL WIFE is the perfect romance to relax with over the holidays. An All Romance eBooks Staff Pick! If you haven’t ordered your copy yet, I hope you’ll give the book a try. Garnering 5-Star reviews from book bloggers and readers. Available in both digital and print formats.

“Adele Downs’ LUXURY MODEL WIFE is a great read. This book is so good I couldn’t put it down.” 5 Stars! Kim~Danielle’s Domain Reviews

“I’d make some space on your ‘Keeper’ shelf if I were you.” 5 Stars! Cuddles Please Blog

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