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  • YA Scavenger Hunt: Go Team Teal!

    Ann Aguirre
    Melissa Jolly
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Updated 4/6/15 – This hunt is over. Today kicks off the Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt, and there are tons of great prizes to be won. You decide how much effort to put into it, but the rewards will definitely be commensurate with the time you spend visiting various sites and gathering clues. There are eight teams: RED, BLUE,GOLD,GREEN, ORANGE,TEAL,PURPLE,& PINK. I’m on the TEAL team this time around. If at any point, you get stuck, check out the How to Hunt page for help. At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for…
  • TBT: Something About Emmaline

    Elizabeth Boyle » Blog
    Elizabeth
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    With Mad About the Major only a few weeks away from arriving on an ereader near you, I thought I would look back at the Bachelor Chronicles–starting with the first book, Something About Emmaline. If you’ve never read this one, I have to say: what are you waiting for? Emmaline is one of my most favorite heroines–I adore how they first meet–Alex arriving at his London town house to find it in the throes of being redecorated and a woman in his bed. A woman who claims to be his wife: “Yes, thank you,” she replied. “When my husband returns from Westmoreland, rest…
  • The Volunteer Cat

    Gina Black
    Gina Black
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:03 am
    This essay was sent out with my Christmas cards. I meant to post it for you not long after and here it is almost May… When the kids were little, and they got bossy and demanding, we’d tell them, “Sorry but the servants are off today.” Of course, Taylor and I would declare that to … Continue reading The Volunteer Cat →
  • Happy Sunday

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    Heidi
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Happy Sunday, Dungeon dwellers!  How y’all doin’ this week? It’s been a semi-decent week here at Casa del Heidi… This week, I AM HAPPY that another bi-annual dentist appointment is out of the way, with no need for further work before the next one.  As usual, my teeth were declared practically perfect in every way, & I was sent off with a bright smile & a new turquoise toothbrush. I AM HAPPY that while I was out & about, I found an adorable Winnie-the-Pooh mug at a hospital thrift store, in perfect condition!  Have I mentioned how much I love all things…
  • A day at the seaside

    JEN BLACK
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:14 am
    Yesterday was beautifully warm, even hot, and when today turned out to be the same - you can never be sure in England - we headed out to the beach with a sandwich and a bottle of water.The weather has been amazingly good so far this year. There wasn't really much of a winter. It was wet and rainy, with mud everywhere, but never really cold. We've had several really lovely days so far and it is only April.Apart from the fact that we had to almost strangle Tim to stop him dragging us out of the car and onto the beach, it was wonderful. Sunshine, not enough wind to even call it a breeze, but not…
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    Ann Aguirre

  • YA Scavenger Hunt: Go Team Teal!

    Melissa Jolly
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Updated 4/6/15 – This hunt is over. Today kicks off the Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt, and there are tons of great prizes to be won. You decide how much effort to put into it, but the rewards will definitely be commensurate with the time you spend visiting various sites and gathering clues. There are eight teams: RED, BLUE,GOLD,GREEN, ORANGE,TEAL,PURPLE,& PINK. I’m on the TEAL team this time around. If at any point, you get stuck, check out the How to Hunt page for help. At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for…
  • YA Scavenger Hunt: Red Team Go!

    Ann Aguirre
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    UPDATE 10/6/14 – THIS HUNT IS OVER Today kicks off a Fall YA Scavenger Hunt, and there are tons of great prizes to be won. You decide how much effort to put into it, but the rewards will definitely be commensurate with the time you spend visiting various sites and gathering clues. There are six teams: RED, GOLD, GREEN, ORANGE, INDIE and BLUE. I’m on the RED team, myself. If at any point, you get stuck, check out the How to Hunt page for help. At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you…
  • YASH coming up soon!

    Ann Aguirre
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    Hey, readers! So it isn’t long before the YA Scavenger Hunt begins. I hope you have plenty of time because there isn’t just one team or two or even three. This time we have 6, that’s right, 6 YASH teams which means more prizes, news, and fun! So let’s get started. TEAM RED INCLUDES:   TEAM GOLD INCLUDES:   TEAM GREEN INCLUDES:   TEAM ORANGE INCLUDES:   TEAM INDIE INCLUDES:   TEAM BLUE INCLUDES:   Hope you all are as excited as I am! The YA Scavenger Hunt begins at noon pacific time on Thursday, October 2nd and runs through Sunday, October…
  • Big Mortal Danger Winners!

    Ann Aguirre
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:50 am
    First off, congratulations! And thanks to everyone who participated. I hope it was fun.  Olivia Campbell –  trip or laptop  Mighta Zerie Nolasco –  manuscript critique Zairah Divino – flash drive Lea Krnjeta – branded compact Lina G – Skype chat Alyssa Susanna – signed Fierce Reads book prize package Arnie Arce – movie poster Chelle Pike – infinity symbol necklace You can contact me with your shipping information using the link on my contact page. If you don’t get in touch by August 26th, we will draw for a new winner. In the event a…
  • Let It Go Day

    Ann Aguirre
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    I’m excited to tell you all about an event I’m putting together in conjunction with Harlequin, called Let It Go Day. #LetItGo In I WANT IT THAT WAY, Ty has to let go of old pain in order to embrace happiness and open his heart to love. We all have past baggage that makes it hard to move forward. So in honor of this, we’ll be celebrating his freedom on September 3rd.  I invite all my readers (and other authors) to participate by letting go of painful memories and reaffirming your freedom. I can’t wait for the excitement on September 3rd and I hope you’re up for…
 
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  • TBT: Something About Emmaline

    Elizabeth
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    With Mad About the Major only a few weeks away from arriving on an ereader near you, I thought I would look back at the Bachelor Chronicles–starting with the first book, Something About Emmaline. If you’ve never read this one, I have to say: what are you waiting for? Emmaline is one of my most favorite heroines–I adore how they first meet–Alex arriving at his London town house to find it in the throes of being redecorated and a woman in his bed. A woman who claims to be his wife: “Yes, thank you,” she replied. “When my husband returns from Westmoreland, rest…
  • Newsletter Winner

    Elizabeth
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:02 am
    Thank you to everyone who opened and read my newsletter and went that extra step and entered my contest. And the winner of the Kindle Fire is: Earlene G. of Leavenworth, KS. Congratulations and I hope you enjoy your new eReader. And thanks again to all my newsletter subscribers–loyal and dear fans all! If you aren’t signed up and missed the chance to enter, you can sign up at the top of this page. I’ll be doing another big giveaway in May.
  • 5 Things with Heather McCollum

    Elizabeth
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today Heather McCollum, author of sweeping, magical Scottish historical romances, is visiting the blog. The answers to her “Five Questions” are fantastic! Welcome, Heather… Thank you so much for having me here today! What a fun way to learn about those of us behind the melt-your-heart pages of romance books. 1) Since romance authors always write about falling in love, when and how did you discover you were in love? I was a Virginian girl and he (Braden) was an Army kid, his father stationed in Hawaii. We met at college in Maine. I had already kissed too many frogs to count…
  • Five Things with Julie Johnstone

    Elizabeth
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    USA Today Bestselling Regency Romance author Julie Johnstone is here today, with a “Five Questions” post! Her next book, My Seductive Innocent, goes on pre-order this Thursday. Welcome to the blog, Julie… 1) Did you have a nickname growing up? Gosh yes! They called me string bean, and I hated it! I was 5’9” by the time I was in fifth grade and so self-conscious! I was an expert at slouching to appear shorter! I’ll tell you a little secret. In my novel, My Fair Duchess, many of my heroine’s insecurities came from my childhood! 2) Where is the most beautiful/romantic…
  • 5 Things with Nicola Davidson

    Elizabeth
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today Nicola Davidson, author of both Regency and Tudor era romances, is visiting us all the way from New Zealand! Welcome to the blog, Nicola, and thanks for sharing some fun facts with us… 1) Did you have a nickname growing up? My father always called me Shorty, because I was a pip squeak growing up – front row of every school photo. He still does, although I’m now 5ft 9″ tall and nearly look him in the eye… 2) Where do you go for inspiration when the creativity well is running a little dry? Anyplace with water. I’ve solved plot issues, untangled dialogue…
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    Gina Black

  • The Volunteer Cat

    Gina Black
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:03 am
    This essay was sent out with my Christmas cards. I meant to post it for you not long after and here it is almost May… When the kids were little, and they got bossy and demanding, we’d tell them, “Sorry but the servants are off today.” Of course, Taylor and I would declare that to … Continue reading The Volunteer Cat →
  • Adventures with the ACA

    Gina Black
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    In California,  we have until December 15 to renew  health insurance through the new marketplace. Last week I logged on and ended up in a Gilliamesque warren of bureaucratic malfunction that I’d hoped would clear itself up. But, alas, that sort of thing never does. Just for fun, I’ll give you the highlights…. Somehow…my DH is … Continue reading Adventures with the ACA →
  • A Rose by Any Other Name

    Gina Black
    1 Jun 2014 | 9:45 am
    Last week I discovered that an old friend had died. We’d gone through long periods of being out of touch, so that in itself, was not a warning that she was gone. I stumbled upon the information of her passing when I was looking for her on Facebook, hoping to get back in contact. There I … Continue reading A Rose by Any Other Name →
  • March Sale

    Gina Black
    9 Mar 2014 | 7:55 pm
    I  put the ebook of The Raven’s Revenge on sale for the month of March–and then I forgot to tell anyone! So, consider yourself told. It’s 99¢ Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and all the usual outlets. Links —->. In other news, there really isn’t much other news. I’m still working on The Unsuitable Earl and … Continue reading March Sale →
  • How to Listen to your Manuscript on a Mac

    Gina Black
    2 Feb 2014 | 7:46 am
    This month I thought I’d blog about something practical and helpful for other writers. It came about when one of my author friends mentioned that she was using her Kindle to listen to her work-in-progress. I’ve done that, but it’s ever so much more convenient and pleasant to do that with my Mac. Knowing she … Continue reading How to Listen to your Manuscript on a Mac →
 
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  • Happy Sunday

    Heidi
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Happy Sunday, Dungeon dwellers!  How y’all doin’ this week? It’s been a semi-decent week here at Casa del Heidi… This week, I AM HAPPY that another bi-annual dentist appointment is out of the way, with no need for further work before the next one.  As usual, my teeth were declared practically perfect in every way, & I was sent off with a bright smile & a new turquoise toothbrush. I AM HAPPY that while I was out & about, I found an adorable Winnie-the-Pooh mug at a hospital thrift store, in perfect condition!  Have I mentioned how much I love all things…
  • Sexy Fail Saturday

    Heidi
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Where Are They Now? — Cruella de Ville The post Sexy Fail Saturday appeared first on heidibetts.com.
  • Friday Funnies

    Heidi
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The post Friday Funnies appeared first on heidibetts.com.
  • Happy Hunk Day

    Heidi
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Now, just because yesterday was Earth Day & required a special post doesn’t mean I’m going to leave you without a Happy Hunk Day hottie for the week. What kind of Mistress do you think I am? So here he is…enjoy!  The post Happy Hunk Day appeared first on heidibetts.com.
  • Happy Earth Day

    Heidi
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    There’s only one Earth—please do all you can every day to protect it! The post Happy Earth Day appeared first on heidibetts.com.
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    JEN BLACK

  • A day at the seaside

    22 Apr 2015 | 8:14 am
    Yesterday was beautifully warm, even hot, and when today turned out to be the same - you can never be sure in England - we headed out to the beach with a sandwich and a bottle of water.The weather has been amazingly good so far this year. There wasn't really much of a winter. It was wet and rainy, with mud everywhere, but never really cold. We've had several really lovely days so far and it is only April.Apart from the fact that we had to almost strangle Tim to stop him dragging us out of the car and onto the beach, it was wonderful. Sunshine, not enough wind to even call it a breeze, but not…
  • The Craigsmuir Affair

    19 Apr 2015 | 3:09 am
    A busy week over - appointments made and kept with Dentist, Optician, Medical practice and we've had the kitchen re-vinyled, and the living room and stair-plus-landing re-carpeted. We're looking spick and span, smell of new carpets and we're good for another twenty years now.With the help of my friends in the critique group I've finally hit on a title for my story about Daisy - wait for it - THE CRAIGSMUIR AFFAIR. Here's the first page to hopefully whet your appetite:Setting and period: Clennell Castle, Northumberland, 1893Daisy Charlton swept the sheaf of papers into her arms, cast a final…
  • Writing Style

    15 Apr 2015 | 2:14 am
    69 Pages of edit done. Don't know how many more to do, but I'm less than half way through. Interesting to see how many small duplications there are, usually between the end of a chapter  the beginning of the next. Writing the story I tend to write in chapters, and so I have a sort of mental break between ending one and starting the next. That's where the duplication creeps in as I don't recall precisely how I ended the chapter and begin the new without checking. There's a lesson there somewhere!I'm reading Extraordinary People by Peter May at the moment. It's an Enzo MacLeod story set in…
  • Take a Break

    10 Apr 2015 | 12:14 pm
    We've had a week of splendid weather and I've spent a lot of it outdoors, so writing has taken a back seat. Considering it's only April, the weather has been amazing, reaching temperatures of 20 and 21 degrees. I'm so not used to such heat that working at anything was a trial! The forecasters claim the weekend is going to be cold, so I tell myself I'll catch up then.Sometimes I need a break from working at the computer day after day. I get some relief every day now I have my dog, because he's a high energy type who needs a lot of exercise. He gets three walks every day and he's just…
  • Do surveys help book sales?

    7 Apr 2015 | 2:18 am
    Everyone said it, but I didn't really believe it. Now I think it may be true. The book world is changing. What brought me to this momentous conclusion? I've been looking at Alison Morton's  survey :http://alisonmortonauthor.com/2015/02/what-the-readers-say-the-survey-report/and I did not see library or bookshop mentioned anywhere. I shall go back and read again just to be sure I didn't skim over the words. Skim reading is a diabolical habit of mine - so often I miss the important bit and have to go back and find it!I think I knew the worst about video trailers. Hardly anyone watches them…
 
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    Joely Sue Burkhart

  • WordFence is the BOMB

    Joely
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Someone on Twitter mentioned that they loved the WordFence plugin a few weeks ago (I think it was @mharvey) and I installed it.  I haven’t been hit with attempted hackers lately TO MY KNOWLEDGE but that hack years ago when my site was hosted on yahoo was one of my most horrible memories.  I almost deleted the whole thing and said f*ck it. Last night I was trying to do dinner and my gmail box was flooded constantly with WordFence notifications.  400+ between when I left work to pick up the kids and got home.  By 8:00pm I easily deleted 600+ notifications.  I went into WordFence and…
  • Slow and Steady

    Joely
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:33 pm
    I have a surprise coming for you tomorrow:  the re-release of Beautiful Death!  If you pop over to the book’s page, you’ll see the pretty cover that Angela Campbell made for me. I’ve been hitting Dark & Early a couple of times a week and working on Billionaire #3.  I usually do pretty well Monday and Tuesday, but then I get lazier–and sleepier–and find myself staying in bed toward the end of the week. But I’m getting about 500 words a morning, and then trying to match that at night. The nights are still difficult for me to concentrate. I might have…
  • Now Available: The Billionaire’s Ink Mistress

    Joely
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:26 am
    Happy book birthday to Jackson and Diana! It’s not necessary to read The Billionaire Submissive first, but if you’ve been wondering about that stained glass project, you’ll get a nice update in The Billionaire’s Ink Mistress. Donovan and Lilly make several appearances to help introduce his attorney and best friend, Jackson Montgomery Warring, and his future Mistress, Diana Temple, aka The Priestess. To celebrate, I’m offering two prize packages, one to be given away here, and the other given to a newsletter subscriber. Each package includes a $50 e-gift…
  • Re-Release: The Fire Within

    Joely
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Over the years, I’ve had a few people email me to ask about the Keldari Fire novella, The Fire Within. It was originally published by Drollerie Press, along with the Shanhasson trilogy and Survive My Fire, but that publisher folded years ago.  I was on a roll in 2012 and got most of these lost titles re-released with new covers, but I ran out of steam. Sadly, I had this cover made… I just kept putting off the actual formatting.  Then I decided I ought to make an edit pass, because that was several years ago and my writing style has changed quite a bit. Finally this month, I sat…
  • Wordless

    Joely
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:15 pm
    I’m trying to think of something to post so you know I haven’t died or fallen ill.  I’ve opened up the new post window at least twice tonight, stare at it, and shut it down.  There aren’t any words. That’s my problem so far in 2015. I’ve been battling several different situations at home this year so far.  Princess is struggling with her first job and the stress of making enough money to go on her band trip to Hawaii.  We bumped up her therapy appointments to every other week because she’s been having anxiety issues.  I’ve been depressed…
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    Beth Ciotta

  • New Release! OBSESSED (A Starstruck Novella)

    12 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    My poor, poor blog. So neglected. I'll have to do something about that... at some point. Meanwhile it's still the perfect place for me to share big news. And the big news of the moment is the official release for my latest creation--OBSESSED (a starstruck novella).Obsessed is the launch novella in a new continuity series with fab authors (and friends) Cynthia Valero and Elle J Rossi. Three authors, one world! OBSESSED launches April 13. Look for WRECKED one week after that and JADED the week after that!Below is a list of blogs participating in the Release Day Blast for OBSESSED. Hop over to…
  • Beauty & the Biker --Release Week Tour!

    3 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    I'm thrilled to announce the official release of BEAUTY & THE BIKER--the launch book in my new contemporary series, Impossible Dream! Advance reviews have been amazingly wonderful!"Filled with humor, heart and touch of mystery, this is a truly magical book!"  "It's exactly what you want every book and every romance to do as you read it. Make you sigh with satisfaction, happiness and maybe even a little envy.""There's nothing better than watching a light, funny, loving character pull a wounded, wary, brooding man out of a dark place." "Upbeat, magical, mysterious, fun and…
  • Cover Reveal --Enchanting Christmas

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    So, so thrilled to share the cover of the second book in my upcoming series, IMPOSSIBLE DREAM! Read all about it!Coming this fall from Beth Ciotta (author of the Cupcake Lovers), a new contemporary series—Impossible Dream—celebrating hope, love, and the magic of the human spirit!Five long-time girlfriends—known as The Inseparables—find themselves in their thirties and battling disillusion. Tangled up in real-life troubles and stifled aspirations, they’re ready to ditch their deepest desires …until they stumble upon the peculiar matchmaking company, “Impossible Dream,” where…
  • Celebrating Release Day!

    1 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Thrilled to be celebrating the release of IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, the fourth novel in my Cupcake Lovers series. Celebration includes.... This short promo-vid. Enjoy and feel free to share the love!   Also.... check out these sites via my Tasty Book Tour. Some are posting reviews. All are featuring book bits and buy links as well as hosting a giveaway. Enter to win a signed copy of ANYTHING BUT LOVE (book 3) and a Cupcake Lover tote bag!   Participating HostsA Tasty Read Book ReviewsBrit Nanny Reads (rev)Book Reviews and More by KathyRomancing the ReadersTrina's…
  • Presenting Guest Author, Alexa Verde!

    30 May 2014 | 3:00 am
    I'm pleased to share a post, excerpt, and giveaway from debut author Alexa Verde. I've known Alexa for several years now and she's one of the most generous, kind-hearted people I know. And boy, can she spin a story. Please keep reading and help me celebrate the release of COLOR OF DANGER!Cheers,Beth* * *Former runaway Mari Del Lobo works hard to save her struggling restaurant and to trust people again. Dallas surgeon Dr. Luke Goodman turns her world upside down with terrifying news. A recent murder has her late brother's - aka the Smiling Killer - signature and MO.
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    Dee Carney

  • Saturday Status: April 25, 2015

    Dee Carney
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:49 am
    What I’m Doing: I turned in the final manuscript of my werewolf series to my editor this past week. The first book has a name, TAMING HER WOLF, and the series is called FIRE CREEK SHIFTERS. I also have a cover! Can’t wait to show it to you. I sent my editor a revised synopsis a few days later and in rewriting it, boy howdy did I see how much the book changed from what I’d pitched to what I’d actually written. I should have turned around and immediately started working on the third in the VAMPIRE HUNGER series, but I’m pooped! I worked hard on Taming Her Wolf and…
  • New Release: Fairy Tale Retelling Boxed Set

    Dee Carney
    10 Feb 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Once Upon A Fairy Tale includes 11 authors with 11 fantastic fairy tale retellings. Only $0.99 for a limited time. I don’t know how long the set will be available, so snag your copy now. My story, a slight spin on Cinderella, involves a fashionista who meets a young man who disappears at midnight. Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Once-Upon-Fairy-Danielle-Monsch-ebook/dp/B00TDMW3B0 Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1121188612?ean=2940150272323 Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id965941401…
  • Six Sentence Sunday

    Dee Carney
    1 Feb 2015 | 5:32 am
    Working on Fire Creek Wolves, Book 1 (Untitled) and I’m behind schedule! Ack! Deadline for this one is going to be tight as I’m still learning my hero and heroine. But at least I have a good idea of what Chris “Brick” Preston looks like. Although he doesn’t have a beard, like the guy in this link, this is a damned good representation. Click here for Brick on Pinterest. He lowered his face toward hers again, capturing anything else she might have said. The magic rushed back in, inciting his passion and hunger. His teeth gently nipped at the plump fullness of her…
  • Saturday Status: January 17, 2015

    Dee Carney
    17 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    What I’m doing: I just turned in a fairy tale retelling for a boxed set a couple days ago. The high level concept for it would be, “Cinderella meets The Devil Wears Prada.” The set will release early next month. More news as it becomes available. (On that note, make sure to sign up for my new release newsletter when you want to know about my releases: http://eepurl.com/VxJwT ) I’m currently writing Fire Creek Wolves, Book 1 (still no title on it–but that’s nothing new to my process. lol) 16K words into it and the heroine finally reveals her backstory. :/…
  • English Toffee – Terri Meeker

    Romance Cooks
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    This recipe has been handed down for generations. It’s appropriate because it’s a Christmas must around my house and it’s English (which goes right along with my time-travel Victorian novel). And I saved the best for last. It is ridiculously easy. English Toffee 2 cups chopped pecans 1 stick of butter 1 stick of margarine 1 cup sugar 6 tablespoons light corn syrup 2 tablespoons water 12 oz. of chocolate chips (milk chocolate or semi-sweet. Choose your own adventure here.) Spread chopped pecans on the bottom of a cookie sheet Combine margarine, butter, sugar, corn syrup and…
 
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    Mina Carter

  • Freebie Friday

    Maria Connor
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:17 pm
    It’s that time of week again…Freebie Friday!! As always, these prices (FREE) were correct at time of posting but PLEASE check before you click!!  
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    Maria Connor
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:38 pm
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    10 Apr 2015 | 1:41 pm
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    4 Apr 2015 | 10:58 am
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  • Lindsay Cross: Plotters and Pansters

    Delilah
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    As a lifetime lover of reading, I have devoured book after book since I could read. In elementary and middle school, it was adventures and literature. In high school, much to my parents despair, I discovered Romance, and never looked back. My addiction to reading grew to the point of staying up all night to finish a book – every night. But in all that time I never once stopped to think about the process of writing or even touched on imagining how much hard work all those awesome authors put into a book. Now, as a writer myself, I am discovering the ins and outs and ups and downs. In the…
  • Update and a Question…

    Delilah
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    Maybe you’ve been paying attention…not that you had to. This week’s blown so far as work. I missed my Friday short story release. Sorry!! But I’ll restart this coming week. Expect something new soon…something about a timid seamstress who takes on a sexy challenge… So, why have the past few days been so crazy? My daughter and best friend, Kelly, underwent a radical hysterectomy yesterday. Everything went well, and she’s recovering in the hospital.  She gets to drink things today. No food yet. And she’s already thinking about the foods she…
  • Heather Long: Untamed Wolf

    Delilah
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Enjoy this excerpt from Heather’s brand new book, Untamed Wolf! ~DD Wolves of Willow Bend Untamed Wolf Book #6 in the Wolves of Willow Bend Series Releasing April 24, 2015 — TODAY! Dylan Royce, Willow Bend Hunter, is a natural flirt and courted his fair share of she-wolves, but he’s never found the woman who makes his pulse race. With the new pack’s borders verging on Willow Bend territory, he’s tasked with keeping an eye on them. His job grows more challenging daily, especially since one seductive female keeps crossing the line. Chrystal Landros knows she’s supposed to…
  • Elle  James: Who doesn’t love a sexy Navy SEAL?

    Delilah
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:44 am
    As a former member of the military, a brat to a career Air Force dad, with a sister, brother and daughter all having served time in the military, you could say it’s in the blood. I love the military men and women who represent our country and fight for our freedoms so many take for granted. These men and women are heroes! Each branch has their own special operations forces and I love to write about each. But lately, I’ve been reading and writing about the Navy SEALs. These men have some of the toughest training, are smart, physically fit and mentally prepared to face danger…
  • Pam Headrick w/a Min Edwards: Stops on My Way to a Writing Life

    Delilah
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:05 am
    We all have stops along the way. They’re what make us ultimately who we are. And my stops brought me here, to a writing life. It took longer than probably most authors’ experience, but I’m here nonetheless. So let me tell you about my stops, or rather the times of my life that brought me closer to being an author. I love to read and started at a young age. First my mom and dad read to me, then they taught me to read for myself. By the first grade I was probably considered an obsessive reader. In fact I won an award for reading the most books that year. But I didn’t stop there. I kept…
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    HelenKay Dimon » blog

  • New Release!

    HelenKay
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
    It’s release day!! Today TAKEN comes out. This is a male/male novella in the Holton Woods erotic romance series. Eli and Wade are tough, ornery, smart and lethal. They’re also dedicated to each other…but their relationship has never run smoothly and that continues in TAKEN. Known for her “emotional, sexy and smart” stories, now, HelenKay Dimon presents a bold new novella that takes readers to the edge… Wade Royer and Elijah Sterling are on shaky ground. While initially reluctant Eli is finally ready to take things to the next level, Wade is hesitant. He senses trouble…
  • Sale!!

    HelenKay
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:13 am
    PLAYING DIRTY is on sale! You can buy the digital version at Amazon and Barnes & Noble for the awesome price of $1.99!!! Amazon Barnes & Noble
  • New Release!

    HelenKay
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s release day!!! CHAIN OF COMMAND is out!!! A dirty-talking retired marine spec ops hero, plus a no-nonsense, down-to-earth heroine, then add in a fight over a broken promise and sexy times. How can you resist that? Well, if you think you can let me try to lure you with this: as of the time I’m writing this Amazon has the book on sale for $2.99, so that’s about 80,000 words for under $3 – deal! It’s $3.99 everywhere else, which is still a really good price. “Chain of Command is a winner…” – USA Today, Happy Ever After blog Retired…
  • A Chit Chat

    HelenKay
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:29 am
    I got together with good friend Jill Shalvis and had a little chat about alpha heroes over at USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog. You can check it out HERE.
  • Release Day!!

    HelenKay
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:57 am
    It’s release day! PLAYING DIRTY is out. If you like romantic suspense or action movies…or guys with gun…this is a book for you. The hero is former CIA and now an agent with a group called The Alliance. The heroine is the girl next door – literally. We have a missing scientist, a toxin going up for international sale, romance and, as I said earlier, dudes with guns. How can you say no??? Maybe the cover will tempt you: “Few people write romantic suspense like Dimon, as this pulse-pounding, complex opening to Bad Boys Undercover proves.” -RT Book Reviews You…
 
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    Kate Davies Blogs!

  • Book BIN Tuesday - Fallen Embers

    21 Apr 2015 | 6:16 am
    There's a thin line between blood and madness. Children of Night, Book 5 Early Twelfth Century. When the half-civilized Conrad Quintano stumbles upon a stacked battle on an isolated beach, his first instinct is to walk away. What does he care if a bunch of worthless vampires kill each other? But a dying ember of chivalry compels him to rescue the pretty female vampire in distress—radically
  • Man Crush Monday - John Boyega

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:27 am
    Today's crush is John Boyega. Because I can't stop watching the new Star Wars trailer. 
  • Book BIN Tuesday - Loving Maddie From A to Z

    7 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    A new release from Kelly Jamieson! Woo-hoo! Award-winning photojournalist Zack Donovan is happy to be alive after being held captive by a band of rebels in Syria. He's not so happy to be on his way back to Chicago to recuperate with his college friends Maddie and Aidan, who are now a couple. The fear while being held prisoner was nothing compared to how he feels about facing the two people who
  • Man Crush Monday - Tom Hiddleston

    6 Apr 2015 | 8:46 am
    Today's crush is Tom Hiddleston. Because come on. You even have to ask? 
  • Throwback Thursday - Ritual Love

    2 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Samhain! Time travel! A Druid priest! And my favorite spot in Scotland, the Isle of Iona. This book was SO much fun to write, even if it is a bit of a departure from my usual fare.  Scientist Moira Sinclair doesn’t believe in magic. Or at least she hasn’t since childhood. She’s only come to Iona in remembrance of her long-deceased grandmother, the last person who encouraged her fanciful side.
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    Margaret Daley

  • Hero Interview from A Mother to Love by Gail Gaymer Martin with a Giveaway

    Margaret Daley
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    This week I’m hosting Becky Avella with Targeted (US and Canada only) and Gail Gaymer Martin with A Mother to Love (US and Canada only). If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on your post with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (Apr. 26th) evening.   Interview with Richard (Rick) Jameson, the hero from A Mother to Love by Gail Gaymer Martin:…
  • Heroine Interview from Targeted by Becky Avella with a Giveaway

    Margaret Daley
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    This week I’m hosting Becky Avella with Targeted (US and Canada only) and Gail Gaymer Martin with A Mother to Love (US and Canada only). If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on your post with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (Apr. 26th) evening.   Interview with the heroine from Targeted by Becky Avella: 1. Stephanie O’Brien, tell me…
  • This Week Becky Avella and Gail Gaymer Martin with Giveaways

    Margaret Daley
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Congratulations to MaryAnn for winning Linda Goodnight’s The Memory House and to Angela for winning Barbara Warren’s Dangerous Inheritance! This week I’m hosting Becky Avella with Targeted (US and Canada only) and Gail Gaymer Martin with A Mother to Love (US and Canada only). If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on your post with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at…
  • Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt: Stop #10 (Purple Team)

    Margaret Daley
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! I am a part of Team Purple, and this is Stop #10. If  you’re just joining us, there are two loops—purple and pink—and they begin at http://lisatawnbergren.com/2015/04/christian-fiction-scavenger-hunt-stop-1-purple-team/ and http://www.robinleehatcher.com/christian-fiction-scavenger-hunt-stop-1-pink-team/ for stop #1 for either stream. If you complete either the pink loop or purple loop, you can enter for a Kindle paperwhite and the 17 autographed books from that loop. If you complete BOTH loops, you can enter for the Grand Prize of a…
  • Interview with Barbara Warren, author of Dangerous Inheritance with a Giveaway

    Margaret Daley
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    This week I’m hosting Linda Goodnight with The Memory House (North America only) and Barbara Warren with Dangerous Inheritance (US only). If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on your post with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (Apr. 19th) evening.   Interview with Barbara Warren, author of Dangerous Inheritance:   1. Barbara Warren,…
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    Love with a Shot of Adrenaline

  • Upcoming Books I Can't Wait For

    12 Apr 2015 | 10:21 am
    I ended up judging two published contests (the Prism and the Daphne) at the same time, so I have 8 books to read by May 15. And I have... *counts* ...57 titles on my Kindle I haven't read yet. (OMG, I should haven't counted!) AND there are a couple dozen paperbacks on the shelf in my bedroom.And still, I can't WAIT for a bunch of new books that aren't due to be released for weeks or even months. Here's a sampling:Go Ahead, Make My Bouquet by Misty SimonRelease Date May 22, 2015Okay, I confess, I got to read this one already. :) It's a great contemporary romance set in the same small town as…
  • Greatness in Customer Service: Hulu and, Believe It or Not, American Airlines

    2 Apr 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Okay, so I probably just had the best customer service experience ever.Back in December, I subscribed to Hulu Plus so I could watch the end of Selfie. Once the last episode aired (so sad!), I canceled my subscription. Or so I thought.I clicked the cancel button, and confirmed I wanted to cancel, and then they have this cute little video telling you that you don't want to cancel. Down to the right, where the eye doesn't naturally fall (trust me, I learned about the Z-pattern thing working at an ad agency), was a check box you had to click to say yeah, I still want to cancel. Until that box is…
  • Unretouched Last Man Monkeys Male Draw New Releases and FREE Books

    15 Mar 2015 | 1:10 pm
    I couldn't come up with a good title that hinted at the content of this post so I just kind of mashed it together. So here's a preview:1. Unretouched Photos2. Last Man on Earth3. 12 Monkeys4. Why I Follow More Male Celebrities on Social Media5. New Releases and Two Free BooksUnretouched PhotosI was just reading a short piece in Entertainment Weekly that analyzed all the unsavory reasons "we" clicked on unretouched celebrity photographs and used that for brief commentary on the (mostly) awful state of our society.Why can't we just click because we're curious?I didn't actually click on…
  • FREE Tiny Treats, Renegade, and Computer Shopping

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    So what's everyone been up to?I've been freaking cold, man. It's been in the teens, which broke records for our area. Typically, we play football on Thanksgiving in sweatshirts. Not that it can't be cold now, but usually low 40s, high 30s. Not 17! I'm a little worried about our oil budget this winter.I've also had a lot more Christmas spirit this year. Not sure why. I usually compartmentalize my holidays. It gets me into trouble when we hit December 15 and I realize I don't have time to ship presents the inexpensive way. So maybe that's why I've been planning sooner. I have a couple of…
  • "Why the hell would you DO that?"

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:37 am
    Today I have a post at Everybody Needs a Little Romance about my writing retreat last weekend. (That photo to the left is the room service cart I held hostage so I could write on the side of the room that had the view of the ocean.)Because of my trip, I am SO far behind on TV! My husband is a little overwhelmed by our stuffed DVR. LOL So we're only doing a bit at a time, and I'm two episodes behind on a lot of stuff. Behind on a lot of my favorites and dying to catch up!But some of what I've seen lately has been absolutely delighting me.Let's talk about Haven first. I caught up last…
 
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    Cynthia Eden

  • Newsletter Winner!

    Cynthia Eden
    6 Apr 2015 | 7:06 am
    Congrats to Jana Leah! Jana is our March newsletter winner!!! Jana, I sent you an email, but just in case you did not receive it, please contact me at info @ cynthiaeden.com to claim your prize.   Thanks so much!!
  • It’s book release day!!!

    Cynthia Eden
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    I’m very excited to say that BROKEN, the first book in my new “Lost” romantic suspense series with Avon Romance, is now available at your favorite ebook retailer or bookstore!     The first novel in New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden’s sizzling LOST series introduces the Last Option Search Team, an elite unit that must protect the only surviving victim of a serial killer. Ex-SEAL and LOST founder Gabe Spencer is accustomed to the unusual in his job. But when knockout Eve Gray steps into his office, he’s rattled. For the mysterious woman is a dead…
  • BROKEN – Available 3/31/15

    Cynthia Eden
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:37 pm
      It is almost time for the release of BROKEN, the first book in my new “LOST” romantic suspense series! To celebrate the release, I’m posting daily giveaways over at my FB page–so be sure to come by for your chance to win!  I’ve got lots of fun goodies up for grabs.   Here’s the blurb for BROKEN: The first novel in New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden’s sizzling LOST series introduces the Last Option Search Team, an elite unit that must protect the only surviving victim of a serial killer. Ex-SEAL and LOST founder Gabe Spencer is…
  • Newsletter Winner – February

    Cynthia Eden
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:13 am
    Our newsletter winner is…Debbie Skinner! Congratulations, Debbie! Please email me at info @ cynthiaeden.com to claim your prize (and I sent you a note!!).
  • NEED ME – Available now!

    Cynthia Eden
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:49 am
    My latest “Dark Obsession” tale is available now–NEED ME is up at all digital retailers.   The cops think that Julianna Smith is a murderer. No one will listen when Julianna claims she’s innocent, and as the suspicions mount against her, only Julianna knows the truth…a killer is hunting her. Somewhere in the darkness, a stalker is closing in and preparing to deliver a final justice that she can’t escape. He’s her only option. Devlin Shade isn’t a man who trusts easily, and when Julianna Smith walks into VJS Protection, he’s well aware of her reputation—the…
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    LIZ FIELDING

  • 24 Apr 2015 | 12:13 am

    24 Apr 2015 | 12:13 am
    Stormachtige ontmoeting / Liefde met slagroom Auteurs: Liz Fielding, Marion Lennox | Miniserie: Stoere papa's | Reeks: Bouquet | Boek nr: 362 | Pub.datum: 28 apr. 2015 0 review(s) | Schrijf een review Korte omschrijving De steenrijke financier Ben Logan is gewend zijn eigen boontjes te doppen - totdat hij tijdens een
  • The Bride, the Baby & the Best Man is free

    18 Apr 2015 | 11:38 pm
    The Bride, the Baby and the Best Man is now available free at most outlets! For those of you in a hurry, here are the links -  ibooks  Smashwords Barnes and Noble Kobo Amazon Google Play For those with a little more time, here's the blurb - What do you when, three weeks from your wedding, a blackmailing aunt leaves you holding the baby? Faith Bridges should be wedding dress
  • 16 Apr 2015 | 6:26 am

    16 Apr 2015 | 6:26 am
    The SECRETS WE KEEP trilogy that I wrote with Barbara Hannay and Jackie Braun a couple of years ago is being published as a 3-in-1 in Germany at the end of April.   DIAMANT MEINES HERZENS von FIELDING, LIZ Seine Frau Belle entzieht sich ihm immer mehr. Doch der gutaussehende Unternehmer Ivo Grenville ist entschlossen, um ihre Liebe zu kämpfen. Mit fantasievollen Geschenken
  • Tote Bags n' Blogs

    6 Apr 2015 | 11:25 pm
    I'm over at Tote Bags n' Blogs today revealing the cover for my new Harlequin Romance, Vettori's Damsel in Distress (the third in my series about the ice cream girls Tempted By Trouble, Anything But Vanilla). Go take a peek - I'd love to hear your opinions!
  • 4 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm

    4 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    HAPPY EASTER!
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    Megan Frampton

  • 31 Mar 2015 | 6:27 pm

    Megan Frampton
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Lots of news! 1. I finished the first draft of One-Eyed Dukes are Wild, out sometime in 2016. Yay! 2. I’ll be at the East Brunswick Barnes & Noble on April 8–details in the image here. 3. I’ll be speaking at the New England RWA Conference; the title of my talk is New Rules: How Has the Romance Novel Covenant Changed? and it takes place on Friday, April 24, at 5:30. 4. I’ll be signing copies of The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior the following day at the NECRWA Conference also. 5. And will be at the Romantic Times Conference?doing a variety of things. The RT…
  • Working on One-Eyed Dukes Are Wild

    Megan Frampton
    15 Mar 2015 | 7:19 am
    Hey everyone! I’ve had a bunch of new people joining the Very Sporadic Newsletter, so thank you! I will be sending a new newsletter out in a bit, depending on if I can find news that isn’t a) I’m tired, b) I’m cold, c) I’m craving salt, because that is not news. It is just life. I’m closing in on the final chapters of One-Eyed Dukes are Wild, which will be out sometime in 2016 (I forget when, I’ll update when I remember!). And after that, it’s off to writing a Christmas-themed novella, which will be out in October of this year, I believe.
  • When Good Earls Go Bad Out Now in Digital, March 3 in Print

    Megan Frampton
    11 Feb 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Hey everyone! When Good Earls Go Bad, a novella set in the Dukes Behaving Badly series, is out now–thanks to everyone who picked it up in digital. It will be out in print on March 3, and includes a peek at my next full-length novel, Put Up Your Duke. Here’s the blurb for When Good Earls Go Bad: Megan Frampton’s Dukes Behaving Badly series is back, though this time it’s an earl who’s meeting his match in a delightfully fun and sexy novella! What’s a lovely young woman doing asleep in his bed? Matthew, Earl of Selkirk, is shocked to discover it’s his…
  • In Florida on January 31!

    Megan Frampton
    11 Jan 2015 | 12:56 pm
    I’ll be at KissCon, an author meet-and-greet special event held in Sarasota, FL, on January 31. The participating authors also include Katharine Ashe, Maya Banks, Lena Diaz, Jeaniene Frost, Laura Lee Guhrke, C.J. Kyle, Julia Quinn, Kerrelyn Sparks and C.L. Wilson. The event costs $25–more details can be found here. I’m so excited to be in company with these awesome authors! Plus there’s Florida–given how cold it is in Brooklyn right now, that will be a treat. Yay! Also, my novella When Good Earls Go Bad will be released just a few days after that on February…
  • Fun Quiz! How Noble Are You?

    Megan Frampton
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:20 pm
    The lovely Avon marketers asked me to write up a quiz on just how noble you are. So I did, and here it is; let me know what rank you ended up with.  
 
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    Inside an author's mind....

  • It's That Time Again

    8 Apr 2015 | 8:02 am
    It is time.That time of year every spring that makes me absolutely nuts. And my husband as well.It's tornado season.And today, we're kicking it off with Armageddon. Or so the weathermen are claiming.We're evidently in the middle of a vortex of cold fronts and warm fronts and low pressure and all the things that make the swirling tornadoes spark and come alive later today.Me? I'm finding myself in a strange place. Not exactly sure what I should be doing.In the past, I would be backing up computer files (which I will do anyway, because that's never a bad thing), storing them on my portable hard…
  • His Velvet Touch Now Available

    17 Mar 2015 | 9:55 am
    Today His Velvet Touch is being released on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iTunes I am super excited about this -- I really do love this story, Harper and Chris are great. I was thrilled when they were so well received in the Taming the Alpha box set, and going back to their relationship was a complete joy. The original story didn't allow me to have all the details I wanted in the story, because of the constraints of the box set, so I've been tinkering with it to weave those things back into it before I released it.It's also the beginning of a new series of contemporary romances…
  • Saving Her Destiny Cover Reveal

    11 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    This one is so pretty! I think it's one of my all time book cover favorites.This is one I pretty much told the cover artist to "have fun." She went in a very different direction from my other books, but oh my goodness, she did an amazing job. Saving Her Destiny is coming in ebook and Print in June of 2015Pre order is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble Sometimes the future comes knocking. Sometimes it knocks you into next week.The Mythicals, Book 1Fairy-In-Distress team member Duncan Molar’s mission is as simple as it is desperate. Find his missing best friend,…
  • Guys and Godmothers Anthology Cover Revealed

    9 Mar 2015 | 7:52 pm
    So this is the print cover for the Guys and Godmothers Anthology, containing Under His Nose and Before His Eyes in one print volume. Available in July of 2015 Just His Taste will be available in print as well, this fall... I love it, isn't it awesome? And more covers coming soon! 
  • Everything He Does

    12 Feb 2015 | 9:33 am
    I just read this great post from fellow author Leah Braemel and found myself appreciating what she spoke about--her super-supportive husband who's been with her throughout her writing journey.While I read it, I thought how nice it was to have a supportive husband like that.It's not easy to get support like that from your partner when you write. Writing is a very solitary job. It's still important for you, as a writer, to be able to go into the office, the closet, where ever and work for a while, without issues. I am lucky enough that I have a husband who's just as super-supportive.
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    LINDA GOODNIGHT

  • BLOG TOUR DATES, The Memory House

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:41 pm
     THE MEMORY HOUSE releases Tuesday, March 31. Please join me the celebration.Click on a link to join the conversation. I'll be giving away some books along the way so join me on the journey! March 30 - Article at Publishing Crawl.March 31st - Seekerville - article on editing and a chance to win a book!April 1st - Novel Escapes - InterviewApril 3rd - Book Reviews and More by Kathy -Recipe  and featureApril 3rd - THE READING FRENZY - Interview April 4th - Wicked Little Pixie -Review and recipeApril  5th - Be Nice or Leave - reviewApril 6th - Night Owl Reviews  -…
  • Miss Julia's Peach Tea

    24 Mar 2015 | 1:33 pm
    In honor of the release of THE MEMORY HOUSE, I'm sharing the recipe for the delicious peach tea my heroine, Julia, makes for guests in her bed and breakfast inn, The Peach Orchard Inn. My  daughter and I can't get enough of it. It's refreshing, fruity, and sweet.Miss Julia's Peach TeaMakes about 1 quart2  one qt. size teabags2 cups waterBoil bags in water.Pour boiled tea into a quart jar or pitcher and add 1/2 cup sugar. Stir. Puree 2  fresh peaches for about a half cup of puree. Strain.Juice of one lemonIce for glassesMix all together. Fill quart container the rest of the…
  • Easy Peasy Pie!

    24 Jan 2015 | 8:49 am
    Love pie? Don't love to bake? I'm feelin' ya. So try this on today, NATIONAL PIE DAY!Ice Box Pie 1 can Eagle Brand milk6 TBSP. lemon juice1 8 oz. can crushed pineapple1 cup chopped pecans1 big carton of Cool WhipOptionally, add 1/2 cup flaked coconut.Mix together first four ingredients. Fold in Cool Whip.  Put into a graham cracker crust or baked, cooled pie crust. Chill.
  • New Year's Good Luck Meal--Southern Black-eyed Peas with a Twist!

    31 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    Ever wondered where the southern tradition of eating black-eyed peas for good luck on New Year's Day began?  Well, here you go! According to lore, during the Civil War, the Yankees pillaged and plundered the south until there was little left for southerners to eat except for black-eyed peas and greens. The  south survived and thrived on these nutrient rich, common foods and today they are a staple we love to enjoy anytime.  Add some cornbread-another southern staple-and a fortunate New Year is almost guaranteed! Try this healthy black-eyed pea salsa/side dish we call…
  • Orange Slice Treats and an Old Fashioned Christmas

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am
     So, I was at our little bitty, local IGA yesterday—love this store--and ran across the old fashioned candies I remember from childhood. Frankly, I never liked the taste but I LOVE the smell so I bought some. They smell like Christmas to me. As I was talking to the checker, she told me this recipe. I’ve yet to try it, but it’s simple and yummy looking and adds a festive attitude to the plain old forerunner to gummy bears. Let me know if you try…
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    Cynthia Harrison

  • Old Dog, New Trick

    Cynthia Harrison
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:20 am
    This new thing I am exploring is not really a trick. And I’m not a dog. But I’m 60 years old, so I’ve been on the planet for awhile. Anyone under, say, 40, might think by 60 we have it all figured out. Especially someone like me who has been working on “figuring it all out” for more than half my life. I always want to make my life better. I want better relationships, I want not to be sad, I want success, I want a happy family. I want to be happy inside and out. Tall order. I’ve walked many paths that promised happiness through my years. I tried giving…
  • Luke’s #1 Rule On Sale!

    Cynthia Harrison
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:55 am
    Luke’s #1 Rule on sale for 99 cents! April 24-May8 Tagged: 99 cent book, addiction, blended family, Kindle Sale, love, Luke's #1 Rule
  • Blue Heaven Book Trailer

    Cynthia Harrison
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:07 pm
    I made my first iMovie! A few of us did most of the footage for Blue Heaven ages ago & finally it’s here. I learned a lot…like what to film next time:) Tagged: beaches, betrayal, blue heaven, book trailer, romance, sunset
  • Plotting a Thriller

    Cynthia Harrison
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:29 am
    I’ve had the idea for a psychological thriller for almost a year now. The minute I finished my latest novel (on my editor’s desk as I type this) I started planning the new one. I quickly realized there would be a LOT more research than usual. I had a new genre, a new setting, a new profession, which has since turned into several new professions. I almost said “maybe not.” But my critique group meets next week, and a month ago I’d promised them a first chapter of the new book. I’d already done quite a bit of research on the setting and I knew the character…
  • Dieting Through the Decades

    Cynthia Harrison
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:46 am
    Life is a trip, a journey, an adventure. Sure there are bumps in the road, and I don’t mean cocaine. One of my main problems in the second half of my life has been weight. In my 20s I was a size 8. Then later, a 10. The much dreaded double digits, but I wasn’t too concerned. Yet. 30 Something For me, when I quit smoking in my early 30s, after a dozen previous attempts, some lasting as long as a year or more, I started eating. As a smoker from an early age, my taste buds had been reduced to ash. I craved nicotine and food was a necessary evil. Then my buds bloomed and suddenly I…
 
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    Nancy Henderson

  • 4 Apr 2015 | 4:51 am

    4 Apr 2015 | 4:51 am
    Good morning everyone! I have moved my blog.   Please visit here:  http://www.always-a-story.com/blogThanks for reading!Nancy
  • Happy 2015!

    1 Jan 2015 | 4:02 am
    I haven't made any resolutions for the new year.  I have made goals, but just basic ones that I can control.  I'm toying with changing the genres I usually write in.  Don't get me wrong I will still write historical romances, but after releasing one more Native American Colonial romance, I think I'm going to take a break for awhile and write something deeper, grittier.I'll be taking a class on writing horror and thrillers.  I'm not even sure what to expect, but I've been a long time fan of the horror genre, both books and movies, and I think I'd like to try my hand at…
  • I have a new blog

    12 Nov 2013 | 4:46 pm
    My blog has officially moved.  Please visit:www.always-a-story.com/blog 
  • Randomness

    12 Nov 2013 | 3:06 am
    I have been writing my a** off.  No clue where this inspiration is coming but I’m not complaining.  Maybe it has something to do with my health now that I’m feeling better.  Before my surgery, I didn’t realize just how awful I was actually feeling now that I’m doing so much now.  Things like exercising, reading, attending writerly things, etc.  However, it is true that the more you write, the more inspired you are, which makes you write more.  I also woke up this morning to realize how truly behind I am with real life things like housework (the…
  • Local author day at Liverpool library

    10 Nov 2013 | 2:48 am
    I had a great day at Local Author Day at the Liverpool Library in Liverpool, NY.  Thank you to everyone who came out.  My readers rock!  It was an afternoon of talking writing, books, and meeting some wonderful readers and fellow authors.  Oh, and the gang decided to help me while I was packing up to go to the signing.  Here's Blaze and Pan deciding which boxes would be best to transport my books.And below is Pan totally exhausted after helping me pack.  Oh, the life...
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    Amelia June

  • Love Letters 6-12

    ameliajune
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:33 pm
    It’s a love letters update! I’m slowly pulling numbers off my wall as I knock out love letters to strangers, friends and family. Number 6: Today’s love letter is headed far away! #30daysloveletters #30dayschallenge A photo posted by Amelia (@deserthooker) on Apr 13, 2015 at 11:59am PDT I started sending love-filled postcards through Postcrossing, a website that helps you send and receive poscards all over the world! Number 7: For my youngest child #30daysloveletters #30dayschallenge A photo posted by Amelia (@deserthooker) on Apr 14, 2015 at 11:09am PDT Number 8:…
  • Love Letters 2-5

    ameliajune
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:23 am
    So far, so good! Love letter day 2! Gonna leave it somewhere. #30dayschallenge #30daysloveletters A photo posted by Amelia (@deserthooker) on Apr 9, 2015 at 12:03pm PDT On day 2, I had a friend leave the letter somewhere random. Day 3, to an online group sending letters out. #30daysloveletters #30dayschallenge A photo posted by Amelia (@deserthooker) on Apr 10, 2015 at 11:17am PDT On day 3, I mailed a letter to Love for the Elderly (please note: I do not know much about these organizations, I’m using the “it gets where it needs to go” plan rather than doing a ton of…
  • 30 Days of Love Letters: Day 1

    ameliajune
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    I am addicted to TED talks, which is not the worst addiction. In looking for my first 30 day challenge, I encountered this lovely talk by Hannah Brencher (you can watch it, I’ll wait): She created a website dedicated to writing love letters, for people you know and people you don’t. They collect nominations for people who are in need of an extra boost–nothing fancy, nothing but a few words of encouragement from someone out there. I’ve been entranced by the idea of writing love letters to strangers–just leaving them out for someone to find. It could end up in the…
  • Welcome to the 30 Days Project

    ameliajune
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:41 am
    Here’s what happened. On vacation in a hotel room, I watched the movie Wild. Based on a true story, the movie and the book before it are about a woman who decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. While the story itself was interesting (if totally anticlimactic, petering out toward the end in the most annoying way), what really fascinated me was the concept of doing something so impossibly hard. At the same, a friend of mine went on a three day solo hike through some desert country to sit in some hot springs. She just trekked out into the world, fearless. People do things I cannot begin…
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    Beth Kery

  • Giveaway: 3 copies of GLIMMER this afternoon!

    Beth Kery
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:48 am
    Want to throw your hat in the ring to win one of three signed copies of my upcoming novel, GLIMMER? You can do so over at my facebook page! Available 5/5!
  • Giveaway Today!

    Beth Kery
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:33 am
    As I gear up for the release of my upcoming novel GLIMMER, I’m giving away two ebooks from my backlist today at my facebook page. Stop by and comment to enter for a free book! Have a wonderful weekend! Beth
  • GLIMMER Excerpt: Get to Know Dylan and Alice

    Beth Kery
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    Excerpt: GLIMMER, 5/5/15 She looked over at him. He was watching her steadily. A strange feeling overcame her, like a door was opening in her chest. She had a bizarre yet shockingly strong urge to sink deeper into his dark gleaming eyes . . . to feel his arms close around her. What the hell was wrong with her? “Alice? Is everything okay?” “Yeah,” she said through rubbery lips, forcing her gaze out the window again. Her heart began to roar so loud in her ears she wondered if he heard it. “I was glad to hear you accepted the position at Camp Durand. I wasn’t entirely certain what to…
  • GLOW Blog Cover Reveal

    Beth Kery
    13 Mar 2015 | 1:53 pm
    I’m so pleased to be able to reveal the cover for the upcoming sequel to my May release, GLIMMER. Glimmer itself stands on its own, but Dylan’s and Alice’s story is a complicated one with a deep history. GLOW amplifies the suspense and Alice’s journey of self-discovery. I think of this story as a sexy contemporary, but one with elements of suspense and mystery, and even a coming-into-one’s own theme. Look for these two novels, GLIMMER and its sequel GLOW, to come out in May and December of this year. GLIMMER, May 2 GLOW, December
  • First Peek: Excerpt of GLIMMER

    Beth Kery
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:37 am
    From the New York Times bestselling author of Because You Are Mine, a scorching new novel about forbidden desire… After graduating from her M.B.A. program, Alice Reed is surprised when she’s recruited for the management training experience at legendary Camp Durand, owned by Durand Inc.’s young, billionaire CEO, Dylan Fall. The company usually recruits from Ivy League schools, not insignificant colleges like Alice’s. Alice enthusiastically accepts, but she still wonders why Dylan would choose a girl from the wrong side of the tracks for the prestigious program. But after a passionate…
 
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    Kristina Knight - Romance Author

  • #TastyTuesday ~ Cinnamon Tortilla Crisps

    21 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Hi, everyone! I'm back with another quick and tasty treat for your Tuesday. Cinnamon tortilla crisps - you know, like the treats you get after a meal at your favorite Mexican restaurant? They taste sooo good, and they are sooo simple to make. Here we go:Ingredients:6-8 medium sized flour tortillas3-4 tablespoons butter (spreadable, or to make this super-low calorie, us Promise or I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spray)Jar of Cinnamon SugarDirections:Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Using a pizza cutter (or scissors) cut the tortilla shells into triangles and then spread (or spray) 1 side of…
  • #SummerOfLoveBooks ~ Get Your Read On!

    16 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Hi, everyone! I wanted to let you all know about a fun giveaway I'm taking part in with a host of other authors. It's called the Summer of Love Contest, and if you decide to enter you could win a book a week for the whole summer! Books to lounge with by the pool, books to take on vacation...books to escape the insanity of having all your kids (and their friends and their friend's friends) in your house. All. Summer. Long.You can find all the details about how to enter here. You've got until May 15, 2015 to enter...here's a little bit about the contest:The contest opens on April 1 and…
  • #TeaserTuesday ~ The Daughter He Wanted

    14 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Hi, all! I'm back with another Teaser Tuesday ~ This time from my new Harlequin SuperRomance, The Daughter He Wanted:Alex buzzed back that he would meet her there and before she could retype the blow-off message Paige tossed her phone into her bag.It was ridiculous, really, all the weird scenarios that had played out in her head over the past two days. Since inviting him into her home, she’d had a nightmare that he fought her for custody, and then a made-for-TV dream about them falling in love and living happily ever after, complete with more tawny-haired, crooked-smiling kids in her house.
  • #CoverReveal ~ Shades of Desire Boxed Set!

    9 Apr 2015 | 5:40 am
    Hi, everyone! It's here - well, almost! A few weeks ago, I was asked to join a boxed set with USA Today Bestselling and Award Winning authors. Shades of Desire is what came from that initial meeting; the set is filled with 10 sweet and sexy romances, and there really is something for everyone is the set. Here's a little about the bundle:Ten titillating tales from USA Today, bestselling and award-winning authors. Step into the world of some of the freshest voices in romance. From spicy secrets to sweet second chances. Come find your perfect shade of desire.J.A. Coffey - Bestselling AuthorLIAR,…
  • #TastyTuesday ~ Italian Pasta Salad

    7 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Time for another quick and easy recipe because...yes, deadlines are here. Plus, it's spring break at bebe's school and that always means a lot of running around. One of my go-to quickies when spring and summer come around is pasta salad. We can make an entire meal from a 15 minute session in the kitchen. Here's one of my tried-and-true recipes:Ingredients:1 12-oz. package tri-color rotini pasta - tri color makes it taste better...just ask bebe1/2 pound Italian salami, finely diced (optional)1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced1 cup Italian-style salad dressing (light…
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    Ryshia Kennie

  • Hello World - Google Maps!

    Ryshia Kennie
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:06 pm
    Yesterday we had one of those sweeping winds, the kind of prairie winds that rattle the bare trees and clear the dust off the sidewalks.  I'm not a fan of those winds but I suppose they have their purpose.   So it was into one of those hairstyle destroying winds that I found myself and where I soon wished that I'd at least worn a touque.  Why?  Because I discovered that a touque has more than one purpose:  A)  It keeps your head warm and B) It hides a bad hair dayThe day began well enough, very early as it does when I'm wrapping up a story.  It means long…
  • Harlequin Intrigue and The Call!

    Ryshia Kennie
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:27 am
    It's been a rather wild March not a surprising fact, for winter doesn't follow a calendar and these last few weeks it's still chucking a curveball or two.  But this March it's been more than that.  Some great things have been happening and I've been quiet here on the blog as truly, it didn't seem real until now.  So today I have news and I want to tell everyone.  And that's when I discovered that my website has a major issue so before I could do a blog post I had to spend the morning on a frantic run to get the website fixed.Why frantic you ask?  Or maybe you didn't.
  • The Morning After...

    Ryshia Kennie
    15 Feb 2015 | 1:27 pm
    The weather report said snow showers. That was yesterday.  I admit, I had to google that.  What the heck is a snow shower?  I mean I knew what was going on out there, it looked like a small scale blizzard, biting winds that got stronger through the day and a steady pelt of snow that smeared the windows and made it look like there was a white haze between indoors and outdoors.  And on days like this, as all you winter babies know, nothing, not even modern heating systems, completely ward off the chill. Even the snow kite race event was cancelled.  I figured that as the…
  • Michelle Moran and Rebel Queen

    Ryshia Kennie
    10 Feb 2015 | 5:30 pm
    From the internationally bestselling author of Nefertiti and Cleopatra's Daughter comes REBEL QUEEN, the breathtaking story of Queen Lakshmi - India's Joan of Arc - who against all odds defied the mighty British invasion to defend her beloved kingdom.  Enter to win a signed copy at the end of this post!I'm excited to welcome Michelle Moran and her latest book Rebel Queen which is set in India.  As usual, Michelle has done extensive research in the country and has come back with some interesting stories.  I'll let her take it away from here.With every book I write, I discover…
  • Bad Sex - It's Really About the Edits

    Ryshia Kennie
    8 Feb 2015 | 2:19 pm
    It happens to the best of us.  You read the story too many times and you miss something.  Sometimes you've read that scene so many times that your brain rewrites it to what it wants you to see.  Or maybe that deadline had you rush, you sped read your way through.  Who knows how it happens but we hope that others will catch it, maybe our beta reader or the final catcher, the editor but alas, sometimes they too, are merely human.  As a reader I'm pretty forgiving, I imagine most of us are.  Usually I'll just skim read over the occasional blip.   But in a…
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    Susan Says

  • V: V for Vendetta

    25 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    My theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge this year is a mishmash of books, movies, writers and TV shows that have in one way or another taught me something about writing and helped me be a better writer. Some inspired my own stories and a few taught me what not to do. Each post is a one minute lesson on writing. Please stop by the IWSG blog for some daily inspiration.V For Vendetta is a movie based on a comic book. V wears a Guy Fawkes mask and works to take down a corrupt fascist government in some future world. Along the way, he helps Evey, a young woman to see the rot at the center of…
  • U: Utothiaz

    24 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    My theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge this year is a mishmash of books, movies, writers and TV shows that have in one way or another taught me something about writing and helped me be a better writer. Some inspired my own stories and a few taught me what not to do. Each post is a one minute lesson on writing. Another great stop today would be the IWSG blog for some April inspiration. Today I'm going to feature a guest, Alex J. Cavanaugh.U is for Utothiaz!What the heck is that?The Utothiaz (pronounced U-toe-thee-as) are one of the many races of aliens in my latest book, Dragon of the…
  • T: Theft of Swords

    23 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    My theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge this year is a mishmash of books, movies, writers and TV shows that have in one way or another taught me something about writing and helped me be a better writer. Some inspired my own stories and a few taught me what not to do. Each post is a one minute lesson on writing. Find some inspiration to get you through the last week of the Challenge at the IWSG blog.Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan is the first book in a three book series. It seems the simple tale of two friends who make their way in the world as thieves, taking on impossible jobs and…
  • S: Stargate

    22 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    My theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge this year is a mishmash of books, movies, writers and TV shows that have in one way or another taught me something about writing and helped me be a better writer. Some inspired my own stories and a few taught me what not to do. Each post is a one minute lesson on writing. More inspiration is found at the IWSG blog's take on the Challenge.Stargate, the movie, is another great one with Kurt Russell as the star. A WWII era dig in the middle east reveals a metallic circle made of other-worldly material and strange markings. Move to modern day and the…
  • R: Anthony Ryan

    21 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    My theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge this year is a mishmash of books, movies, writers and TV shows that have in one way or another taught me something about writing and helped me be a better writer. Some inspired my own stories and a few taught me what not to do. Each post is a one minute lesson on writing. Hop over to the IWSG blog for some April inspiration.Anthony Ryan has written a high fantasy trilogy that starts with the novel Blood Song. The cover grabbed my interest and when I opened the book it started with a ten page italicized epilogue written in first person by a narrator…
 
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    Cait London

  • The Plotting Trail

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:55 am
    Check out:Return to Fairy CoveSeason of Truth Silence the WhispersSleepless in Montana When Night Falls Hidden SecretsStart Here on The Plotting Trail: If you haven’t read Dwight Swain’s Techniques of the Selling Writer, you just must. It’s not just another how-to, but is the foundation of many other how-tos. If you write fiction, you need Swain's book. I’ve studied this book repeatedly and find some new inspiration each time.But moving on to my 30-yr experience in Plotting: When I first started trying to sell, I soon discovered two things: 1.)   Publishers bought me for my…
  • Spring in the Ozarks

    13 Apr 2015 | 8:29 am
    I thought you'd like to see some of my spring shots.I usually take my camera and drive around, taking shots, and have that planned pronto. There were some gorgeous white bark sycamores along one creek, but parking/walking there is dangerous. Those will have to wait until I have a "spotter" with me.These are called different names, "Johny Jump Ups," "Wild Violets", etc. They are lovely in my back yard. Do you have other names for them?I did take some good yard shots by the house, and the following are some of them:We're having lots of storms in the Midwest, and we use our weather alert…
  • The Scarry Inn: Shirley McCann

    7 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    KINDLE 2.99~PPRBK 11.63 PrimeIntroducing: Shirley McCann has been writing for over twenty years. Her short fiction has appeared in various publications over the years, including Woman’s World, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, and The Forensic Examiner, as well as many confession magazines. ~~REVIEW for The Scarry Inn The Scarry Inn by Shirley McCann is a YA/New Adult Horror Story about a group of four teenagers driving to Flagstaff, Arizona for their Christmas break from school. Their car breaks down and leaves them stranded in a small town called Frighton on Christmas Eve, in the…
  • Editing a WIP

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:58 am
    THE BASKET MAKER'S WIFE   Today I am editing my WIP (work in progress). I’m at the roundoff point: This manuscript needs a serious “Relook” before ending. Cruising into homebase, the final rough draft, this is very important. This WIP was not lucky enough to have a straight shot through. It had many interruptions. Because it is the second in series, it has to be balanced with the first book. That means the timelines have to be right, the places and characters matching the previous book.One of the most important things that is sometimes skipped in how-to write sessions is the…
  • Spring into Repurposing

    23 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    Since I'm writing about small farm/small town/homey stuff today in the second book of my Basket Series, (THE BASKET MAKER'S WIFE is the first) I writing about repurposing, spring plantings, etc.Here's a review from an Amazon buyer of THE BASKET MAKER'S WIFE: "Fantastic. I loved the characters and the special relationships. The humor with how the hero deals with the heroine was just hilarious. I can't wait for the next book and will be checking frequently to see who will be next in line with their courting basket."Currently, I'm researching chickens, and that is a tip about one of the 2nd…
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    Jenyfer Matthews

  • One Thing After Another

    Jenyfer
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:42 pm
    What a busy week it has been – and not necessarily entirely the fun kind of busy. I had a minor, low speed collision in rush hour traffic at the end of last week when the person in front of me stopped suddenly and I bumped them from behind. We opted not to call the police since the damage was minor – and all to my tiny car. It honestly didn’t look like a big deal but that wasn’t what the body shop found of course. So I arranged to drop my car off bright and early Monday morning. Last weekend I drove to Kenosha, Wisconsin for a tennis tournament with my daughter (in my…
  • Muddling Through

    Jenyfer
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:44 am
    I’m a planner by nature and I find that my weeks always go more smoothly when I have some ideas for dinner before the week starts. Not necessarily a set-in-stone plan for every night of the week – I can wing it a few nights – but at least three ideas of something I can make with what I have on hand. If I’m really on top of things I can think of ideas with enough time to pick up what I don’t already have in stock. The last two weeks have not been great weeks for meal planning. I muddled through much of last week and we got take out twice. This week is not shaping…
  • Surprise!

    Jenyfer
    3 Apr 2015 | 2:33 pm
    I was suspicious when my son called me at work asking where the baking soda was… previously the only baking he’d done was from mixes I’d bought him and he was currently out of those. He was not inclined to tell me what he was up to… This is what I came home to after work: He wanted to surprise me. He certainly did that. The cookies were extremely flat and crunchy. After some discussion we decided that he had melted the butter rather than softening it. Lesson learned. At least I hope so. I was wiping off the stove about a week ago and suddenly looked down to see that…
  • I Believe in Spring

    Jenyfer
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:55 am
    My son is on spring break this week and is hanging out at home while I work. On the one hand, I love that he is old enough to be at home on his own and can take care of himself but on the other hand, I’m scared of what I’ll find when I get home every day. Will he have tried cooking again? How many dirty dishes will he have created? Will there be any food left to eat? He’s grown just over 2″ taller since Christmas and put on about 15 pounds. Keeping him in groceries is a costly challenge. In some ways it might have been cheaper to take time off work and go on a trip…
  • Sweet Inspiration

    Jenyfer
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:44 am
    Sometimes when my mind is wandering, inspiration will suddenly strike. It would be the solution to a problem or just a random idea for how to deal with a project I’m working on – like the perfect color for a piece of furniture I’m restoring. Sometimes it is a twist on a recipe. For instance, it suddenly occurred to me that I could make a basic white sauce and then add some of my homemade pesto to it to make a pesto cream sauce. That may seem obvious to many of you but it was nearly a revelation to me. I’m planning to make it soon and add some shrimp to it for a special…
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    On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

  • Cut From Heart Search -- Camellia's HouseHeart Research

    23 Apr 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Camellia was very proud of the decor and ambiance of her tearoom, Darjeeling's HouseHeart. All in all, it seemed like a HouseHeart to her.Not that she knew of a HouseHeart personally, she didn't, but she did her research – hard not to do that when one of her best friends was Glyssa Licorice, the Heir to the PublicLibrary Family. So she had seen records describing HouseHearts in general, and even some private records and holospheres of an unnamed HouseHeart or three. Since the destruction of the HouseHeart led to the complete ruination of a Residence, information on them was stingy.But…
  • Celta Thursday, Cut Epilogue of Heart Thief

    16 Apr 2015 | 7:31 am
    I'd completely forgotten I'd written an Epilogue of Heart Thief. Balsamea is the baby now known as Dani Eve, Diva became Drina, Straif T'Blackthorn's cat.EPILOGUE OF HEART THIEF Samba touched noses with Balsamea, then leapt aside as one chubby hand grabbed for her calico fur. **Time to play.** The Fam jumped down and glided over to the door. She turned and lifted her nose. **I saved you all,** reminding them, as she did every few eight-days. "Thank you," Ailim replied gravely. Samba ordered the door open, then she glanced back. **Thanks are enough for me. My sister, Diva, demands adoration.**…
  • Celta Cut: Heart Change

    10 Apr 2015 | 11:11 am
    I was requested by a reader on Facebook to post a cut in honor of her birthday, so here it is:"I think we should go out to dinner tonight," Signet said.Cratag and Avellana looked up from their craft tables and stared at her."Go out to dinner," Avellana said as if it were a foreign concept, frowning.Signet switched her gaze to Cratag. He'd been briefly surprised but now was impassive. She raised her brows. "You must have eaten out.""Plenty of times. I was a merchanter guard, you know." His wave was brief. "Ate on the trail, at inns. Stayed at inns between jobs.""So now you like dining with…
  • Celta Thursday, Heart Story from the collection Hearts and Swords

    9 Apr 2015 | 7:54 am
    I had trouble with the beginning, this was #3. *The old woman is dead. Finally,* the cat said mentally. *Good riddance,* she sniffed.Arbusca Willow stopped pacing the private dining room she'd rented for the first meeting with her HeartMate, her fated husband.She addressed the cat, "Fairyfoot, you aren't even my son's Familiar Companion. You are my daughter-in-law's. You didn't know my mother."*Saw her long enough to know she was a mean GreatLady. Had all of you under her paw.* Fairyfoot licked her own forepaw. *That's true?*"Yes."*Tried to live forever. Lied, killed,* the cat snapped down…
  • Celta Thursday, Cut from Heart Dance

    2 Apr 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Celta Thursday: Cut from Heart Dance:Once again Saille Willow knocked on her door in the morning. Fairyfoot had announced his presence in the Residence – as if Dufleur couldn't sense him – and had pranced to the bedroom door.When Dufleur opened it, he held a single bloom – a fancy orchid brilliantly yellow. She was glad she was wearing another new tunic and trous set – this one in teal. The flower's fragrance was outrageously strong, yet mingled well with the other blooms he'd brought her. She set it in the face, tilted her head. It didn't look quite right."May I?" Saille asked.She…
 
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    Camy's Loft

  • Too Stupid To Live heroines

    Camy Tang
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    I'm now blogging at the Suspense Sisters blog! In case you missed it, I was blogging about "Too Stupid To Live" heroines (don't you just love them?! Not) and my Regency romance, The Spinster’s Christmas, which I'm revising right now.
  • You're worth more than gold

    Camy Tang
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    I’m over at the Love Inspired Authors Blog talking about my heroine, Joslyn, from Gone Missing, and a song that inspired me while I was writing the book.You’re worth more than gold
  • Extended Excerpt of GONE MISSING

    Camy Tang
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    My next romantic suspense, Gone Missing releases in May! Here’s an extended excerpt of the first three chapters.Readers met Joslyn in the previous book in my Sonoma series, Treacherous Intent. However, you do not need to read the books in the series to enjoy this one, each story is stand-alone.WITHOUT A TRACEAs a skip tracer in training, Joslyn Dimalanta knows she has the skills to track down her missing friend. As long as her friend's startlingly handsome brother, Clay Ashton, doesn't distract her. But then his sister's house detonates—almost killing Clay and Joslyn. Now they realize the…
  • Protection for Hire book #3

    Camy Tang
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Several of you awesome peeps have emailed me and posted on my Facebook page, asking about the third Protection for Hire series book. Well, I’m working on it right now!Since Zondervan opted not to publish the third book in the series, I’ll be self-publishing this one. And since I’ll be self-publishing, I can do a little genre-bending.It’ll still have the same (twisted) humor and suspense/mystery, but it’ll also be a sort of “what if?” storyline. I’ve been calling it a Dystopian, but that’s not accurate—it’s not a far-flung future like The Hunger Games or Divergent, but…
  • Revised version of THE SPINSTER'S CHRISTMAS

    Camy Tang
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Some of you wonderful people bought Mistletoe Kisses, the Christian romance anthology I self-published with 7 other Christian authors, which has my short novel, The Spinster’s Christmas included.However, I wanted to revise the Spinster’s Christmas because it had some problems. I wasn’t in a good place self-confidence-wise with my writing when I wrote the book, and so there are some threads that just weren’t resolved well enough for my taste.So I hired Meredith Efken at The Fiction Fix-It Shop to do a macro/developmental edit on the book (a macro edit is a high-level critique that…
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    Laurie J. Edwards ~ Author, Artist, Dreamer...

  • Inspiration and Genius…

    lje1
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eye off the goal.”  ~ Henry Ford  
  • Original Earth Day and Giveaway

    lje1
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    Did you know that today was the original Earth Day? Here’s a link to a great post by middle-grade author Bonnie J. Doerr about the history of Earth Day along with a wonderful booklist of environmental titles that are perfect for celebrating today and for April’s Earth Month activities.  
  • Need Some Inspiration?

    lje1
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    “Begin doing what you want now….We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand — and melting like a snowflake. Let us use it before it is too late.” ~Marie Beynon Ray
  • Realities of the Writing LIfe

    lje1
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    Most writers rack up rejection slips as they dream of the day that they’ll sign with an agent. Once they get the call and sign with their dream agent, most authors discover they’ll need additional edits on the manuscript they’ve already worked to death. And except for a lucky few, a long wait follows while the book goes out on sub. Then there’s the wait for the book to make it past the acquisitions committee. Finally comes that glorious day of signing a book contract–one of the pinnacles of an author’s life. But wait… You can’t tell anyone your…
  • Overcoming Fears

    lje1
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    “If you hear a voice within you say, ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” ~Van Gogh http://www.full-confidence.com http://full-confidence.blogspot.com/
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    Fierce Romance

  • It's Easy Being Distracted...Really

    Terry Spear
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Two Butterflies in Symphony--one the Tawny Emperor Butterfly, the other, I think it's the same, just different coloringI was out pulling bur weeds, but they're just too extensive, and I have a million other things to do. So I found my weed killer and started spraying them, realizing too late it's also a grass killer. Sigh. But the weeds are so thick, and the grass isn't able to grow where they are, so hopefully, I only killed the weeds.But look what distracted me. I was in the middle of working on the whole back area where I take the puppies to potty, and they're going to be carrying the…
  • How to travel the world with free accommodations

    Leigh Court
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    World travel on your bucket list but not in your budget?I just read a fascinating book on how you can travel the world on the cheap, paying nothing at all for your lodging. It’s a new travel trend called Home Exchanges.Australian author Ainslie Waldron has written a how-to book called Luxury Globetrotting on a Staycation Budget, and the secret is to trade your home for a home in the country you’d like to visit. Ainslie lists several websites where you can place your house up for exchange, and search other countries for houses that other people are willing to exchange.  Always wanted…
  • My Scottish Themed Office

    Gwyn Brodie
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I don't know about you, but I love doing anything crafty! Recently, I tried my hand at creating a fabric covered magnetic board using an old picture frame. Since I had a portion of the metal sheet left over, I found another frame, spray painted it black to match the first one, and used cork that had been sitting around my house for years to make the other half into a cork board.What you will need:FrameFabric (Make certain it is not too thick or the magnetic tape will not attach to the metal properly. The thinner the better)Masking Tape (Used to secure the fabric around the sheet of…
  • How Do You Turn Your Book into an Audio Book?

    Vonda Sinclair
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Audio books are becoming more popular because it's much easier to access them through digital downloads these days. In the past, they consisted of a bunch of clunky CDs you had to lug around. Now, listeners can simply download an audio book in a matter of minutes from Audible, Amazon, iTunes or other sites and listen while driving, doing chores, relaxing, taking walks, exercising and various other things. No need to stare at a book all day in order to "read."I've had my first two books, My Fierce Highlander and My Wild Highlander, produced as audio books and now book three, My Brave…
  • New Covers for Bound Again Series!

    Natasha Moore
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    I did it. Because I CAN do it. I had new covers made for Bound to Submit and Bound to Surrender. I loved the sexy-bound-woman covers but I thought maybe a little man chest would draw a little more attention. So here they are. What do you think?Mason’s dark good looks and dominating personality stirred up Kelly’s forbidden fantasies, frightening her so much that she broke up with him. When she agrees to help out at the community haunted house, she never expects to be tied to a bed, playing damsel in distress to Mason’s masked, whip-wielding villain.Mason knows Kelly is fighting her…
 
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  • Nuggets for April

    Suzie Quint
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Writing a book blurb is always challenging. Here's some help. http://www.thefussylibrarian.com/blog/how-to-write-the-irresistible-book-blurb/?mc_cid=55d4b1bfe8&mc_eid=712a83f075 If you're starting a story or looking to build a story premise, this article will help you think about the things you need to wow the reader http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/find-overlooked-ingredient-successfully-marketing-book/ Now and then Jennifer Cruise posts a blog that is so on the money, I want to frame it by my computer. This one about how to use visceral reactions to show emotions is on of…
  • Thursday Writing Quote ~ Donald Maass

    Suzie Quint
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Advancing plot and moving hearts are not the same thing.  While it is of course essential for story to unfold, it’s just as important for readers’ emotions to be stirred. ~ Donald Maass
  • Tuesday Teaser/Opening ~ Infidel

    Suzie Quint
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:25 pm
    This week, I'm reading Infidel by Ayaan Kirsi Ali. I'm finding this both enlightening and disturbing, but already I know this is something everyone should read. Blurb: In this profoundly affecting memoir from the internationally renowned author of The Caged Virgin, Ayaan Hirsi Ali tells her astonishing life story, from her traditional Muslim childhood in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Kenya, to her intellectual awakening and activism in the Netherlands, and her current life under armed guard in the West. One of today's most admired and controversial political figures, Ayaan Hirsi Ali burst into…
  • Etiquette Just for Men

    Suzie Quint
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    If you're a writer, you need to be aware that there are things that have an etiquette that's uniquely male. So I suppose this post is for the women out there, but honestly, guys, I'd love to hear your views on these "manly" things. I recently became aware of the phrase "man sitting." Here's a different perspective on man sitting. You can skip the first 45 seconds because it's all sales pitch. This video wanders a bit but there's a moment around 4:10 that left me laughing out loud because you would never see this in a woman's locker room. Another thing women don't think about much: Urinal…
  • Thursday Writing Quote ~ Philip Gerard

    Suzie Quint
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Anytime you are writing about sex, violence, war, torture, genocide, child molestation, nuclear annihilation, any subject that carries great weight and is loaded with emotion, stay away from lurid language. Plain language and dramatic restraint will allow the action to claim its own importance--not because the adjectives and adverbs are shouting for attention, but because what is going on in the piece is profound and moving. You are removing the narrative personality and the high-profile language that might obstruct the reader's view of the story. ~ Philip Gerard
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  • Feature: Fringe Benefits by Sandy James

    FV Sophia
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Fringe Benefits by Sandy James When life gets tough and love is hard to find, four friends take their troubles to lunch. High school teacher Danielle Bradshaw deserves a happily ever after, and the Ladies Who Lunch are determined to deliver Mr. Right. HOT FOR TEACHER As the new head of the English department, Dani doesn’t have much time for anything but lesson planning and literature. Romance-or even sex? Forget about it. But then the principal introduces her to last-minute hire Nate Ryan. Finding time to mentor a new teacher won’t be easy, especially when his incredible body and…
  • Weekly Roundup – Week of April 19 – 25, 2015

    FV Sophia
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Week of April 19 – 25, 2015 Freebies, Deals and New Releases Amy’s Friday Five: Romance Freebies – 04/24/2015 New Romance Releases: Week of April 20, 2015 Quick Shop Weekend Deals Giveaways & Features Win a Copy of Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella Win a Hardcover Copy of Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick AJ Pine’s Favorite Reads Plus an Excerpt From Her Latest Release Win a Copy of Dragon’s Lair by Chantal Fernando Alannah Lynne’s Recommended Reads + Giveaway Win a Copy of Escaping Reality by Lisa Renee Jones Giveaway! Win A Copy of Sinful by Joan Johnston P.A.
  • Amy’s Friday Five: Romance Freebies – 04/24/2015

    FV Amy
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:02 am
    Happy weekend!  Enjoy your freebies! Him & Her Box Set by Carey Haywood 0.00 AMZ B&N Temptation by Robin Covington 0.00 AMZ B&N His Mercenary by Vanessa Sims 0.00 AMZ B&N Redesigned by Denise Grover Swank 0.00 AMZ B&N Accidental Abduction by Eve Langlais 0.00 AMZ B&N   These bargains were found at AMZ (US) and prices were valid at the time of posting. Please verify before you purchase. We’ve included search links for BN however all books and/or pricing may not be available at those stores or the books may be AMZ only publications. We hope you’ll find some…
  • Win a Copy of Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella

    FV Sophia
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) has stars in her eyes. She and her daughter, Minnie, have joined husband Luke in LA—city of herbal smoothies, multimillion-dollar yoga retreats, and the lure of celebrity. Luke is there to help manage the career of famous actress Sage Seymour—and Becky is convinced she is destined to be Sage’s personal stylist, and go from there to every A-list celebrity in Hollywood! But things become complicated when Becky joins the team of Sage’s archrival. How will charming and supportive Luke deal with this conflict? Is it possible that what Becky wants most will…
  • Win a Hardcover Copy of Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick

    FV Sophia
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    The Kern Secretarial Agency provides reliable professional services to its wealthy clientele, and Anne Clifton was one of the finest women in Ursula Kern’s employ. But Miss Clifton has met an untimely end—and Ursula is convinced it was not due to natural causes. Archaeologist and adventurer Slater Roxton thinks Mrs. Kern is off her head to meddle in such dangerous business. Nevertheless, he seems sensible enough to Ursula, though she does find herself unnerved by his self-possession and unreadable green-gold eyes… If this mysterious widowed beauty insists on stirring the pot, Slater…
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  • Hold Me Like A Breath by Tiffany Schmidt Trailer Reveal & Giveaway!

    Cristal | Book Addict
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family #1)by Tiffany SchmidtPublisher: BloomsburyRelease Date: May 19th 2015Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble  Bookdepository | IndieBound | Bloomsbury Synopsis:Penelope Landlow has grown up with the knowledge that almost anything can be bought or sold—including body parts. She’s the daughter of one of the three crime families that control the black market for organ transplants.Penelope’s surrounded by all the suffocating privilege and protection her family can provide, but they can't protect her from…
  • Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren Book Blitz

    Cristal | Book Addict
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Publication: April 14, 2015Publisher: Gallery BooksBeautiful Secret is the fourth book in The Beautiful Bastard Series and tells the story of Niall (Max’s brother) and Ruby. I’ve seen a lot of people raving about this book already, even though it was just released on April 14th. Have you checked this one out yet?AN UPTIGHT BRITISH EXECUTIVE. AN ADVENTUROUS AMERICAN NEWBIE. A SEXY INTERNATIONAL SCANDAL IN THE MAKING.New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Christina Lauren’s Beautiful and Wild Seasons series hook up in Beautiful Secret for an erotic intercontinental romp…
  • Waiting on Wednesday #47

    Cristal | Book Addict
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine. The goal is to spotlight upcoming books that I am super excited for.This week I am waiting on A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston.Expected Publication: October 6, 2015Publisher: Disney HyperionLO-MELKHIIN KILLED THREE HUNDRED GIRLS before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon…
  • Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After #1) by Tessa Dare

    Cristal | Book Addict
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Publication: January 28, 2014Publisher: Avon / HarperCollins PublishingSource: Bought/OwnIn the first in Tessa Dare's captivating Castles Ever After series, a mysterious fortress is the setting for an unlikely love . . .As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities.And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one by one.Ugly duckling turned swan?Abducted by handsome highwayman?Rescued from drudgery by charming prince?No,…
  • Waiting on Wednesday #46

    Cristal | Book Addict
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine. The goal is to spotlight upcoming books that I am super excited for.This week I am waiting on Deceptions (Cainsville #3) Kelley Armstrong.Publication: August 18, 2015Publisher: DuttonOlivia Taylor Jones's life has exploded. She's discovered she is not only adopted, but her real parents are convicted serial killers. Fleeing the media frenzy, she took refuge in the oddly secluded town of Cainsville. She has since solved the town's mysteries and finds herself not only the target of its secretive elders but also her stalker…
 
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