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Wed
Sep 20 2017 1:30pm

“Found Family” Can Be the Best Family

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4 Favorite Found Families

Family doesn't always have to be the people you're related to by blood. Many of us have found that the people we're closest too are the ones that we share no blood ties with at all. Today, authors Michele de Winton (Ride Me Right), Violetta Rand (One Taste of Angel), Michele Mannon (author of the Deadliest Lies series), and Katana Collins (author of the Harrison Street Crew series) are here to discuss some of their favorite found families in fiction. Thanks, ladies!

Note: These authors are part of a massive sale of books. Check out their titles on sale, and peruse all the books (over 100!!) that are on sale from now until September 25. 

FOUND FAMILY 
Definition: A group of unrelated persons who commit to one another as a family.

Oceans Eleven. Harry Potter. Friends. The Found Family is a favorite trope used within fictional storytelling. It’s often done with clear intention and can be very obvious, like in the movie, The Avengers. This story revolves around an unlikely band of misfit superheroes who’ve joined together to save the world. And if you think about it, this is usually the case with adventure stories where the plot lines revolve around newly established and often unexpected brotherhoods. Moviegoers appreciate the rich characterization that goes hand in hand with this type of storyline.

However, the Found Family trope can be showcased in a slightly more subtle way, as is the case in the movie, Steel Magnolias. In this movie, a deep, very realistic sisterhood develops between the characters. Yet it’s the undercurrent of what bonds them together—a strong case of southern moxie along with a dark, painful tragedy—that bears closer inspection. 

We asked four dark contemporary/suspense authors to share examples of their favorite brotherhoods and sisterhoods. And, as is the way with author-hoods writing within the same trope, we received four uniquely different responses.

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Fri
Jun 2 2017 12:00pm
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Katana Collins Excerpt: Enforcer

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Enforcer by Katana Collins

Ryan Gallagher is the one who does the dirty work. The brute force in the Harrison Street Crew, he lives to have the club all for his own one day. But the one thing he can’t have is Megan Mahoney—the one woman he’s loved since she was a teenager who needed saving.

Megan never forgot the all-consuming passion she felt for Ryan, her larger-than-life, wild teenage love. But coming from a hard, shocking past has left her broken and scared—and untrusting of the Harrison Street Crew. Ten years later, she’s back in Ryan’s world to claim a promise he made to her years ago. And even though she knows she shouldn’t fall for him, Ryan still has an explosive, sensual pull on her that she can’t ignore.

Ryan’s powerful love for Megan is the only thing that could ever soothe the tempestuous beast that roars in his soul. And when she comes back to him to aid her in a dangerous quest—a deadly revenge plot he swore he would be a part of years ago—Ryan can’t say no. He lives to protect this woman. He will die loving this woman. And as the stakes get higher, the love that they have kept hidden all these years explodes and goes further and deeper than either of them expected. But with a dark threat from Megan’s past thrust headlong into their lives, can their love win out?

Get a sneak peek at Katana Collins's Enforcer (available June 6 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

Five years later . . .

“Listen, you piece of shit. I know you know who killed our brother. Tell me now, and we’ll let you go.”

Ryan paced in a circle around the tied-up man. Melito Reyes was just out on parole and had been in the cell next to Boots. Also a member of the car club, Impyerno, the Filipino club with a name that literally translates to “Hell.”

Melito spat onto the floor, a tooth bouncing next to Ryan’s toe. “I’m the piece of shit? Me? You’re the one beating the fuck out of a rival club member. You lookin’ to start a war?”

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Sat
Mar 4 2017 1:04pm
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Katana Collins Excerpt: Outlaw: Part 1

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Outlaw: Part 1 by Katana Collins

Worse than bad. Hotter than hot. These are the bad boys of the Harrison Street Crew, and they answer to no one. They take what they want. And what they want is you.

Volume One of a three-part volume by Katana Collins.

Patrick Flanagan lives outside the law. The cops don’t like him. The law doesn’t trust him. He may come at you with a charm and a handsome smile, but make no mistake—he’s as reckless and bad as they come. But when a total bombshell with stilettos and a power suit comes blazing into his life, this bad boy is about to be so, so good…

Get a sneak peek at Katana Collins's Outlaw: Part 1 (available March 7, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

Four Months Later

Patrick Flanagan came to quickly. Or at least, he thought it was quickly. His head was resting on the steering wheel, his shoulders and chest slumping forward like dead weight. He blinked awake. What happened? Where am I?

Brushing his fingers over the symbol at the center of the wheel, he glanced around, eyes darting back and forth. He wasn’t in his car, his Pantera. Why wasn’t he in his own car? He squeezed his eyes shut, thinking hard. The memory slammed into him, hard and fast. Oh, that’s right. He stole this one. Some poor, unsuspecting fool’s Toyota that they left running in the parking lot of a Hannaford. When will people ever learn? Leaving the car running is to a car thief what an unattended T-bone is to a stray dog: irresistible. An invitation to steal it. A big fat target with flashing lights that says, “Take me! I’m easy!”

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Wed
Jan 18 2017 2:30pm
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Ex-Con: Part 1 Exclusive Limited-Time Release!

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Ex-Con: Part 1 by Katana Collins

Worse than bad. Hotter than hot. These are the bad boys of the Harrison Street Crew, and they answer to no one. They take what they want. And what they want is you.

Ex-convict Shane McGill is as rugged and wild as they come. Bad to the bone and back on the streets, he’ll do anything and say anything to survive. Even if that something means joining the one car club he had worked so hard to avoid. But there’s one person out there who can match him toe-to-toe...if the hot mechanic pin-up doll of a woman with the body of a goddess and tomboy attitude would even give him a chance.

Ex-Con: Part 1 is no longer available to read on Heroes & Hearbreakers. Look for Part 1, out January 31st from major retailers, and be sure to follow up with parts 2 & 3. 

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Katana Collins is lucky enough to love her day job almost as much as she loves writing. She splits her time evenly between photographing boudoir and newborn portraits and writing steamy romances in a variety of genres — paranormal, contemporary, new adult and suspense.