Bound To Serve Win's the IDA's

Bound To Serve took first place for Romantic Suspense in the prestigious International Digital Awards.

 

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Sep 17, 2016 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

July 8, 2016

10:37 AM

 

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Fermenting Cellars:  Read Between the Wines with Wisconsin Authors

Time: Saturday, September 17 at 12 PM - 3 PM

Fermenting Cellars Winery, 2004 W. Manogue Rd., Janesville, WI 53545

Admission: Free

Enjoy a day of tasting wines and meeting nine Wisconsin authors at Fermenting Cellars Winery. Picnic lunches available for purchase.

Authors in attendance with their books for sale/sampling include:

Julie Castle, Nicholas Chiarkas, Sherry Derr-Wille, Linda Godfry, Margaret M. Goss, Pat Hall, HR Jones, Jerry Peterson, Leanne Lippincott-Wuerthele

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The Story Behind The Story

The story behind the story of Bound To Serve

Published in Just Romantic Suspense 5/25/16

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  1. The first thing you need to know is that I love spy novels and movies. So naturally I had to come up with, Delta Star, my own clandestine agency. It was a bit like going on an undercover mission creating my own super-secret black ops world and I loved every minute of it. Of course the agents had to be pure ice.

Condor earned his reputation by being Delta Star’s ultimate secret agent. He’s untouchable, unstoppable, and he always nails his targets. But no matter how many times he’s saved the world, he’s a ghost who will never take credit. He works best alone, and to continue to protect his country, he’ll stay alone.

  1. Some of my books start with an opening line that tantalizes me until I write it down and others begin with a general, I wonder what would happen if I… idea. Bound To Serve, was born after a marathon 007 and Jason Bourne viewing weekend. Hubby also loves them you see.

     

  2. The book is set on a lush tropic island because I truly love the Caribbean. Sparkling water, warm sand beaches, and balmy breezes, what’s not to like. Best of all those hot tropic nights can lead to all sorts of romantic entanglements. Toss in a private resort where passion is always on the menu and a dangerous mission where star crossed partners have to contend with the enemy and their own inner demons to survive and it just doesn’t get any better for me. I’m now trying to talk my hubby into jetting off to a secluded isle, purely for research of course.

     

     

  3. I always did like my heroes a little dirty so I couldn’t make Condor too squeaky clean. Besides, bad boys are much more fun. I wrote my ghost agent the way I saw him flaws and all. He’s called in when other agents screw up. He doesn’t make friends; that’s not his purpose.

Ross Longtree, code named Condor, leaned back in his chair. A flash of heat hit him hard as he watched the feisty, buttoned-up redhead react to his presence. Oh, yeah, her reputation as a ballbuster was true. He could read it in her defiant green eyes. He shifted in his chair, uncomfortable and annoyed with the way she made him feel. She shouldn’t be able to make him feel anything at all. “You’re ice, damn it, fucking act like it.” He was very good at keeping people at arm’s length. It was what kept him safe, and more, what made him the lone wolf able to protect people from the shadows. But his skills seemed to vanish when he looked at her—and she looked right back. The godawful suit she wore did nothing to hide the curves underneath. And that fire in her eyes. Most women crumbled beneath his touch, eager to be dominated and consumed. But Bridget? If she wanted him to subdue her, she’d make him fight for it. The thought set every nerve in his body on fire. “She’s not for you, stupid, and you sure as hell don’t deserve her.” His hand closed over the antique gold band in his pocket anyway, and he fingered the emblem of his dominance.

  1. I love strong, smart, adventurous women and I wrote my heroine Bridget Jamison with those attributes in mind. She’s obsessed with capturing Simon Perez, the elusive terrorist responsible for her ex-fiancé's death. When the Delta Star director hands the case over to Condor, a mesmerizing ghost agent who has the power to make her weak in the knees with one intense look, Bridget agrees to be Condor's partner so that she's not dropped from the case and her chance for justice.

She rose as Condor stepped her way, and she stared him down. Most men backed down from her fierce, take-no-prisoners, glare. Condor didn’t even blink.

  1. Now they’re on a mission to infiltrate a dangerous criminal organization and capture Perez. It’s up to Condor to keep this beautiful, determined agent out of harm’s way, and to keep their explosive passion contained long enough not to risk their cover…and their lives.

 

 

 

 

 

First Bound to Serve reviews are in!

 

Denise Van plew's review

Apr 29, 2016

*****

it was amazing

bookshelves: arc-given-for-review 

First off this might look and sound like it is just a action romance with a bit of heat but make sure you are wearing flame resistance material in clothing. Some scenes will be so hot that some might have combustion problems. This agency also will be very intriguing especially if Bridget and Condor are examples of the agents they have in Delta Star. They do not take on any wimpy missions either, they are filled with danger but at times quite colorful. Ghost agents add pizzazz to a story with this one taking a chance on Bridget but their chemistry adds the fuel. They also will come across a ghost agent that comes as a surprise but he will also be showing his true colors. This one actually flew by in reading that surprised me that it turned out that way. Humor will find its way in also thanks to Bridget and her spunk. I think this one will be well liked by most especially as I have said much dynamite beneath this cover.


Sparkymom's review

May 04, 2016

*****

it was amazing

Wow!!! This was nothing like what I expected. When the description said undercover, it really meant it in more ways than one. Be forewarned that this book is seriously hot and sexy with pervasive BDSM elements. The chemistry was off the charts, and despite the heavy sexual content, it had a well though out plot and plenty of suspense since Bridget wasn't very good at following orders and was forever getting in trouble. Condor was older, set in his ways and seriously alpha. The two of them made an interesting team and an even better couple.

I received an ARC from Net Galley for review.


Wednesday Stanley's review

May 01, 2016

****

really liked it

Read in May, 2016

I first want to say I love finding new author's and this was the first time I have read anything from Mrs. Castle. The description of this book is what really caught my attention and made me want to read it. 

I loved Condor or 'The Ghost' as he goes by. I thought he was mysterious, dominate, possessive, sweet, caring and kind. He was definitely a guy that took his undercover work seriously. Though I have to say I wish we could have gotten to know him better. I felt like we didn't really get to 'know' his character. We just kind of got to know what he was into. 

I found Bridget a mixture between likable and a bit annoying. You're either going to really like her or you're just not going to like her at all. Bridget is trying to avenge her ex-fiance's death, by taking down the man she's convinced is responsible for her ex's death. I found Bridget a bit hard headed and stubborn at times, she definitely didn't seem to follow order's easily (she seemed to want to be in charge at all times). I think towards the end of it you might soften towards her a bit if you haven't already. 

Now that being said I kind of found the first part of the book to be a bit boring and a little bit repetitive. It wasn't really until about half way through that the story seemed to pick up the pace and really catch my attention. It was than that I really started to enjoy it. There were aspects of undercover and espionage, some action, and a few little twists thrown in that I didn't see. I thought all together that this was an enjoyable book. 

I'm giving this book 3.5 Stars (probably on the higher side of 3.5, since you can't really do 3.75) to 4 Stars.

***I received an arc of this book from the author and or the publisher for my honest review***


Monique Daoust's review

May 15, 2016

***

liked it

Read in May, 2016

Ross Longtree, code name Condor. He’s Delta Star’s cleanup man, the one who succeeds at the spying jobs when others fail, when there’s trouble, the Iceman cometh. Delta Star is a secret government agency, and Bridget Jamison was recently promoted from computer analyst to field agent. Her fiancé, James Clayton, another agent was killed on the job, and Bridget holds herself responsible. Nobody knew they were having an affair, and even though he cheated on her, she needs to find the man who was responsible for James’ death: Simon Perez, an international terrorist. Bridget has been working the Perez case for three years, she thinks she might have located him, when she is called in the agency director’s office. She will have to work with Condor if she is to remain on the Perez case. She doesn’t want to share, but it’s that or she’s taken off the case. Bridget and Condor had crossed each other’s path briefly along the years, they’re both attracted to each other, but relationships are forbidden at the agency, so neither did anything about it. Bridget is a very assertive woman, Condor is a Dom, which will not be easy to deal with as they are to infiltrate Perez’s island compound as a Dom and his submissive. 

BOUND TO SERVE starts off really well, I loved the covert atmosphere, however the blurb never mentioned that this was a BDSM romantic suspense; had I known it was BDSM, I would not have opted to read it, as erotica and BDSM are pretty much coming out of my ears these days and I rather dislike so-called alphas, them being all too commonplace as well. 

Nevertheless, BOUND TO SERVE is a fast-paced read, well-written, the BDSM and suspense elements are dealt with competently, I was however extremely pleasantly surprised at the romance itself. I loved that Ms. Castle’s characters remained true to themselves throughout, the dynamics never changed: Bridget is definitely not a submissive-type of woman, Condor is absolutely a dominant male, and yet both are open-minded faced with the inevitable, that their attraction is real. I really enjoyed their relationship; obviously there were personality conflicts to begin with, but they were dealt with intelligently by the author. There were none of the issues I expected, and while I felt somewhat dejected at first that Condor was yet again another domineering male, he really grew on me; Bridget, I loved right from the start. The sex scenes are sizzling, respectful and at time, quite playful. So, if you like some spying games with your BDSM and a really nice romance, I do recommend BOUND TO SERVE. At least, you will know to expect BDSM!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Things are happening!

Hi,

I'm sorry it's been a little while since I last checked in. Life has a way of intruding. But now things have gotten back to normal, totally confused, and a little messed up :-)

On a positive note I just went through the galleys on the first book in my Dangerous Liaison's series Bound To Serve. I have to confess that I shed a few happy tears. It's been years coming and I love what my Entangled Publishing editor, Stephen Morgan, has done with it. I know you'll agree and I can hardly wait to show it to you. Can a cover reveal be far behind?

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Until next time, Julie Castle

Exciting News!

I'm thrilled to announce that my Dangerous Liaisons Trilogy has been picked up by Entangled Publishing's Ignite Imprint.

Select Suspense is an exciting line of cutting edge romance novels offering heart stopping suspense, adventure, and intrigue with to-die-for heroes and kick-butt heroines.

I'm so proud and humbled to be among these awesome authors. I'll be sure to keep you posted on every step along the way to publication.

 

Welcome to my blog.

Hi,

I'd like to welcome you to my blog. I'm a little new at this so please be patient with me. I hope you'll stick around and share. My plan is to discuss all things romance.

Julie