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An Improper Bride (Elliot & Annabelle #2) Is Out Today!

An Improper Bride by Nadia Lee
When Elliot Reed offered a one-year contract marriage, I accepted it. Jobless, with a younger sister to provide for, I didn’t have much of a choice even though I found him insufferably arrogant and too attractive for my own good. But somewhere along the way, our terms seemed to have altered. Now Elliot wants a fresh start, and I agree. I would like a peaceful marriage — even if it’s fake, and even if it’s only for a year.

Despite our commitment, the ugly baggage we carry gets in the way. He demands nothing less than full openness, and I can’t leave my heart vulnerable to a man who may turn his back on me if he discovers my secrets.

As our pasts collide, his enemies become mine, and mine become his. Unless we can overcome our fear and mutual distrust, our fresh start is doomed…

Note: This is the second part of a three book-long story featuring Elliot and Annabelle.

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An Improper Deal by Nadia LeeDid you miss the first book, An Improper Deal, in Elliot and Annabelle’s epic love story? If so, get it today!

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An Improper Ever After by Nadia Lee
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An Improper Deal Is Out!

An Improper Deal by Nadia Lee
My life crashed and burned two years ago, and now I’m a stripper — a very bad one. Worse, I’m in debt to a dangerous man who orders me to seduce a billionaire prodigy. Except why would a guy as handsome and rich as Elliot Reed want me, a girl with no education, no prospects, and a younger sister to feed?

But Elliot is more than the incorrigible bad boy that the world sees. He is kind to my sister and looks at me like I’m a decadent dessert he wants to devour. When Elliot offers me money for sex, I wish I could walk away, but he ups the ante: a million dollars for one year of marriage. The man’s gotta be insane, but beggars with less than a hundred bucks in the bank can’t be choosers, and I want to give my sister a life better than my own.

Now, trapped between a man who controls my future and a man who could own my heart, I wonder if I haven’t screwed up my life even worse when my “husband” refuses to call me by my given name, and I run into my ugly past…and his.

Note: This book contains a cliffhanger ending.

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An Improper Bride by Nadia Lee
Get the next installment in Elliot and Annabelle’s unforgettable love story. Pre-order from your favorite store today.

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A HOLLYWOOD BRIDE Is Out Today!

A Hollywood Bride (Billionaires' Brides of Convenience, Book 2) by Nadia Lee
Ryder Pryce-Reed. Billionaire. Hollywood superstar. The man every man wants to be. The man every woman wants to have.

I am about to become his bride…but only so he can claim his grandfather’s legacy. The world is furious that he will belong to a working girl as ordinary as me.

Our deal was supposed to be simple. I marry him for a year; he ensures that my unborn child and I are taken care of.

But now everything’s complicated. We can’t keep our hands off each other. Enemies, both past and present, want to tear us apart. And…I’m in love with Ryder.

How do you keep a man everyone says isn’t yours to keep?

Note: This installment of Ryder and Paige’s story does NOT contain a cliffhanger ending.

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A Hollywood Deal (Billionaires' Brides of Convenience Book 1) by Nadia LeeMissed the first book in the series, A Hollywood Deal? Grab it today!

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FAQ

Q: Does A Hollywood Bride have a cliffhanger?
A: No. :) But there’s probably going to be one more book, coming after Elliot’s story.

Q: Why does it come after Elliot’s story?
A: Mostly because I want to keep everyone’s story in neat chronological order. I think that makes it easier for people to keep up and not get confused about the timeline. I had a couple of books released out of order in an earlier series, and it seemed to cause a lot of confusion.

What’s Next?

Coming up next is An Improper Deal, featuring Elliot Reed. It is available for pre-order on iBooks.

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Now in Audio: The Billionaire’s Counterfeit Girlfriend (The Pryce Family Book 1)

The Billionaire's Counterfeit Girlfriend by Nadia LeeCurvaceous beauty Hilary Rosenberg doesn’t believe in love. She only goes out with nice guys who won’t expect passionate romance—until a notorious womanizer demands she repay a favor with four weeks of counterfeit dates.

Billionaire playboy Mark Pryce doesn’t do relationships. In fact, he’s never been with the same woman for more than three months. But when his matchmaking mother tries to sabotage his bachelorhood, he needs a stand-in girlfriend. Luckily, Hilary owes him big time. But as they start to spend more time together, he finds himself wanting to break his first rule: never get too close…

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A Hollywood Deal Is Out!

Finally, the first book in Billionaires’ Brides of Convenience series is out! Meet Ryder Pryce-Reed, incorrigible actor and playboy!

A Hollywood Deal

A Hollywood Deal (Billionaires' Brides of Convenience Book1) by Nadia Lee I’m used to cleaning up after my boss, Hollywood superstar and all-around bad boy Ryder Pryce-Reed. Nothing can shock me now–not the countless “humped and dumped” women or the wreckage left in the wake of his wild ways–until he asks me to marry him…

…for a year.

He says it’s strictly so he can claim his beloved grandfather’s painting, but I know there’s more. There’s always more with Ryder.

My instincts say no, but he’s offering to take care of the baby in my womb. Since my self-centered ex isn’t going to play the father, I say yes, while steeling my heart. I can’t afford to fall for a man who only wants me for a year.

But how can I resist the sexiest man alive when he turns on his formidable charm to give everyone a good show? And how does a simple girl like me deal with the spotlight as his fiancée…or the scandal that explodes in our faces?

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Okay, I really need to warn everyone: unlike my other titles, THIS ONE ENDS IN A CLIFFHANGER. I went back and forth on this because there are lots of readers who simply hate cliffhangers, but ultimately the story just couldn’t be wrapped up in a satisfying manner in one normal-sized book without rushing the ending.

But I guarantee that Ryder and Paige WILL have their happy ending! Thank you!

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Note: A Hollywood Deal‘s sequel, A Hollywood Bride, is currently available for pre-order on iBooks.


My Publishing Journey

journeyI’ve been debating for awhile about whether to write about this topic. It seems a bit…pretentious to write about my journey. OTOH, a lot people have expressed an interest, so I figured I’d go ahead and put it out there. :)

I quit my corporate job in 2004 to write. The job paid well, and it was interesting work (up to a point) but it simply wasn’t good for me mentally. (I was basically an ax-man for a large corporation—paid to go in and lay people off.) My parents were horrified, of course. Mom told me, quote, “You’re too smart to be a writer.”

In 2004 publishing was all about NY deals because there was no viable ebook market, not the way there is now. I think there were publishers like Elora’s Cave that sold PDF copies, but super-sexy erotic romance wasn’t something I could write well and consistently, and I wanted a NY print deal very badly. So I tried for something that I thought New York would want.

I spent years writing category romance and later switched to urban fantasy. I did it not because I enjoyed reading urban fantasy—I’d never read in the genre—but because somebody who was mentoring me said it would be a great thing for me to write because (a) I live in Japan and I’m “surrounded by manga”, and (b) urban fantasy was hot at the time. In retrospect I think it was a mistake, and I think a bad mentor can really derail and damage your career trajectory, esp. when you’re new and don’t have much confidence.

Regardless, despite all that I actually got a really good agent with my urban fantasy manuscript. Unfortunately, it was 2008 (Lehman Brother went BOOM that year), and the ms didn’t sell. I had a lot of good rejections, but NYC didn’t know how to market the book and no one wanted to take chances at the time.

Afterward, I floundered for a while because I really wanted to get that NY deal but didn’t know what to write. I felt adrift and lost, and even though I hate to say this, watching my writing friends get NY deals didn’t help. I was happy for them—they had worked so hard—but at the same time I sort of felt sorry for myself. (Self-pity is a terrible foundation for success, or even a clear direction in life. But it’s one thing to know this intellectually, and quite another not to let it get to you emotionally.)

In 2010 I got married; in 2011, our baby was born. Then in 2012, I had this really bad crisis-of-self where I wondered what I was doing with my life. Money was tight, and we wanted to move, but finding a good place wasn’t easy, and both my husband and I were sick for nine full months out of 2012.

Then I decided I was just going to write what I wanted to write and see where things went. Yes, a NY print contract with a decent advance would have been super sweet, but I couldn’t live my entire life waiting for someone else’s approval, especially when I didn’t need said approval to pursue my dream.

Besides, I had inked two e-publishing deals along the way, with two different and fairly well-respected publishers, and honestly speaking neither one worked out particularly well. I made humiliatingly small sums of money from both, and I felt very apologetic to my husband, who was super supportive, and my little boy who, within a month or two of his birth, I had to start putting aside for several hours a day so I could work on edits from the second publisher.

Since I had also published a novel (Vengeful in Love) on my own, and had made far more money with it by uploading it to Amazon and other platforms myself, I decided to write a sequel using a couple of the supporting characters as the leads. So in the midst of buying a place of our own in 2012 and moving in early 2013, I started to write a contemporary romance novel, which became Reunited in Love. I’m not a particularly fast writer, so I sat on that manuscript and wrote another, which was Redemption in Love. Then I wrote another (Sweet in Love), storing them all up and making plans for two more books as well. I did this specifically so that I could create a series using characters that were related in some way, stories that were somewhat inter-connected, and release them back-to-back very quickly. I had heard from so many people that readers really like this, so I wanted to try it.

Let me tell you, it was not easy to write multiple books without knowing how readers were going to react to the stories. 2013 was a very difficult year—more so than 2012—because after the move, I had to micromanage (for six months!) a general contractor in America who was doing a very bad job on some house repairs there, and deal with my insurance adjuster (who thankfully was more professional). I think I lost about 20-30 pounds that year from stress.

It wasn’t until December 27, 2013 that I officially launched the Hearts on the Line series. I privately dubbed the event “Nadia’s career reboot,” but I honestly had no idea what I was going to do if it bombed. I was so worried and anxious that I made myself sick on the Reunited in Love launch day and ended up in a hospital getting an IV to rehydrate my body and having multiple blood samples drawn for testing.

Thankfully the series took off in early February, and I’m so grateful for all the people who took a chance on me. I had hoped and dreamed for almost ten years that I would have a writing career, and now it finally seems to be working. I’m humbled and touched by the support I’ve received from my fans, fellow writers, family and friends.