Thursday, October 22, 2009

Laura Breck - Secret Vegas Lives

Laura will offer a free GOODIE BAG to one name drawn from those who leave comments on Laura's feature on Reading Minnesota!

by Laura Breck

Red Rose Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-60435-201-6

Mistaken for a blackmailer, socialite Valerie Kane will do anything to keep sexy Italian crime writer Antonio Daniato from publicly exposing her, and Antonio is very interested in seeing how far Valerie will go to protect her reputation.

Bestselling author Antonio Daniato sets a trap to capture his blackmailers, and is surprised when psychologist Valerie Kane stumbles into his arms. She swears she's not involved, but he threatens to expose her unless she reveals her accomplice. When she bares her soul to prove her innocence, Antonio is fascinated, but shaken by the intensity of his desire for her.

Surrendering to temptation, Valerie risks her reputation to let Antonio into her life. But she uncovers evidence that he's staging the blackmail scenes as research for his next book. When she confronts him, it's his turn to convince her of his innocence.

Their outrageous sexual attraction keeps them in each other's arms, but mutual distrust prevents them from admitting deeper emotions. When the true blackmailer threatens to reveal Antonio's double life, Antonio yields to guilt and lets Valerie go.

But Valerie discovers his secret, and will fight for Antonio against an addiction whose hold on him may be stronger than their love.

I’ve been writing since the ‘80s, but I’ve just become serious about it in the last few years. I lived in Las Vegas for three years, love the unique culture, and challenges of Sin City.

One of the primary goals of my writing is to give readers a world into which they can escape the stress of life. And a fun read for lounging on the beach or cuddling up with a blanket and a cup of tea. ~Smart Women ~Sexy Men ~Seductive Romance.

Another goal is to make a difference in the world. That is why each of my books will sponsor a community program, and a percentage of my proceeds will be donated to that organization.

I live in Saint Paul, Minnesota with my family, and although I work a full-time job as a financial analyst for a professional sports team, I write every evening and weekend. I hope to be a full-time writer one day soon, and I take classes in every aspect of writing, marketing, and publishing. I’m a member of Romance Writers of America, Midwest Fiction Writers, Wisconsin Romance Writers of America, and Elements of RWA.

I write a sensual romance with a touch of mystery. I am in a truly wonderful, loving, long-term relationship, and I share my domestic happiness through my characters, who emotionally commit to each other before they begin a physical connection. My goal is to let readers know that love, in monogamous relationships, can be fun and spicy!



Great news! A portion of the proceeds from my book Secret Vegas Lives will be donated to The Shade Tree Shelter in Las Vegas, Nevada, a shelter for women, children and their pets.


  1. Hi All - And thank you, Beth, for hosting me on Reading Minnesota today and helping me kick off my blog tour. The goodie bag is full of fun things for readers, as well as some idea-starters for writers who are planning their marketing strategy.

    I'll be checking in all day, and I look forward to everyone's comments!

  2. Sounds sexy for sure, but as a smarty pants who is having fun, I have to wonder: what bestselling author actually has the time to stage blackmailings or hunt down blackmailers? I mean, I know a LOT of authors and they're usually so busy that they barely have the time for their one life, much less run a DOUBLE life! How does Antonio do it? :)

    Of course you know I'm just having fun here! :) Honestly, it's stuff like that that make romance the perfect escapist genre. The theme of mutual distrust despite intense attraction reminds me of "The Thomas Crown Affair," which I loved, so likely I'd enjoy this book.

    I hear good things about the RWA, by the way. Keep it up, Laura!

  3. Thanks for stopping by, Christina, and I think the theory is that once you make your fist million in book sales, you hire people to do all the dull/boring work for you, leaving plenty of spare time for blackmail related items!

    I do love the Thomas Crown Affair too. Pierce Brosnan is such a hottie, but ohmigosh, Rene Ruso is an inspiration to those of us over...ahem...30...with her fantastic physique!

    I appreciate the kind words,

  4. Hey Laura! Very exciting having your first book out - congrats! Sounds like a very fun premise.

  5. Hey Laura,

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! on your new release...

    I can't wait to read it!!!

    Happy Reading!!!
    Happy Halloween!!!
    Anna Shah Hoque

  6. Thank you, Helen and Anna! I'm excited, but tired at the same time. It's kind of stressful organizing a debut book release. Does it get any easier with the second and third book???

  7. Your books sound like a very good read and I can't wait to read it. I think it's very nice of you to give a share of the proceeds to a shelter. Good luck with your book.

  8. Thanks for the kind words, Sherry. When I found a shelter that takes in pets too, I was hooked. Many women won't leave abusive situations because they don't want to leave their pets behind. I'd love to see pet quarters attached to every shelter.

  9. congrats on your release hun cant wait to read it i love that your giving part of the proceeds to a worth cause thats so heart warming so thank you for that

  10. Sherry is the winner of the wondeful Goodie Bag offered by Laura Breck.

    Sherry, please contact me at to discuss this.

    Thank you, and thanks to all who left comments.


  11. Laura, this book is fabulous! Antonio's secret life is soooo cool. What a great book especially if people like sexy love scenes :-)