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  • holiday escape giveaway!

    Ally Blake Romance Author - Blog
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Hey gang!I can't believe it's December already. That's summer down here, which means sweltering days, short shorts, hours spent in the backyard pool, frog song on the air. And of course Christmas bearing down upon us quicker than we can handle.With three kids seven and under this is a particularly wondrous time of year. Santa's letters have been posted, the tree goes up the day after my son's birthday, and gifts are secreted away in any number of hidey holes lest inquiring minds go looking :).As for you, my fabulous readers, I have a pre-Xmas gift up for grabs. Enter my "Holiday Escape"…
  • 5 Things with Theresa Romain

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    Dana Starler
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Historical romance author Theresa Romain has joined us today to answer five questions about herself, and her stories, that you probably don’t know. Her newest novel, Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress, debuts on January 6th, and her holiday story, A Season for Desire, is out in stores now! 1) How do you pick the names of your Heroes/Heroines? I write Regency-set historical romance, so I need to make sure my characters have names that existed (or plausibly could have existed) in the early 1800s. One way I find names is through contemporary novels—that is, contemporary to the Regency! If a…
  • Adventures with the ACA

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    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 […]
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    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
  • Christmas and GONE GIRL

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:05 am
    I read Gillian Flynn's GONE GIRL  last week. Initially I thought I wasn't going to like it, for the beginning was very slow. Then slowly, slowly, I got more and more interested and couldn't stop reading. By the end I thought it was a masterful piece of writing, even if the subject matter was a tad off centre. Not many people are so vengeful they will spend a year or more planning a crime and then put themselves through hell in order to bring it about. It could be done, of course, and on the one hand admiration is the overriding factor; on the other, it is pity for such wasted lives. I…
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    Ally Blake Romance Author - Blog

  • holiday escape giveaway!

    7 Dec 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Hey gang!I can't believe it's December already. That's summer down here, which means sweltering days, short shorts, hours spent in the backyard pool, frog song on the air. And of course Christmas bearing down upon us quicker than we can handle.With three kids seven and under this is a particularly wondrous time of year. Santa's letters have been posted, the tree goes up the day after my son's birthday, and gifts are secreted away in any number of hidey holes lest inquiring minds go looking :).As for you, my fabulous readers, I have a pre-Xmas gift up for grabs. Enter my "Holiday Escape"…
  • allyoop!

    22 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
     I'm so excited that the website for my new graphics business - ALLYOOP DESIGNS - has finally gone live! From the very beginning of my writing career I've designed my own website - wanting, needing, to know how that kind of thing worked.  (And gosh that first one was terrible!)  Since then I've built dozens of other people's websites on request, taught myself html, and Photoshop, figuring things out as I needed to know them. And today I can add...  And a slew of other design strings to my bow. I love the work, love that it uses a different part of…
  • resisting the musician - blog tour

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    The Resisting the Musician blog tour is up and away!  (Dates and links below)Giveaways include books, a signed post card, and custom made guitar picks with the name of the book's signature song - "I Pick You" stamped upon them.I hope you win :).AllyxXx7/28 ~ Manga Maniac Cafe ~ Guest Blog7/28 ~ Inner Goddess ~ Promo , Review7/29 ~ desiremeonly ~ Guest Blog7/29 ~ Book Nook Nuts ~ Promo 7/30 ~ Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance ~ Promo 7/30 ~ My Reading Room ~ Review7/30 ~ deal sharing aunt ~ Promo 7/31 ~ First Page to the Last ~ Review7/31 ~ A Passion for Romance…
  • harlequin junkie

    26 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Head on over to the Harlequin Junkie where I'm chatting about SECOND CHANCE HONEYMOON!There's a giveaway, and a fab review of the book in which Sara so graciously said, "Second Chance Honeymoon is a fast paced, light hearted, great romantic escape read."Enter the comp and say "hi" for your chance to win a back list Ally Blake ebook!
  • the man was a poet

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:56 pm
    My husband MP3 player is currently filled with Billy Joel.  I love me some Billy Joel - the man's a poet, honest to goodness.Only I gut stuck between the kitchen and the hall yesterday when Innocent Man came on.  It's a song I adore, the music beautiful, the lyrics poignant.But not having heard it for a good while it's the first time the lyrics meant something new to me.  When it hit me that this song is about every hero I write. About the kind of man who can see past a woman digging in her heels against love, knowing she's doing so because of past hurt, and is…
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  • 5 Things with Theresa Romain

    Dana Starler
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Historical romance author Theresa Romain has joined us today to answer five questions about herself, and her stories, that you probably don’t know. Her newest novel, Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress, debuts on January 6th, and her holiday story, A Season for Desire, is out in stores now! 1) How do you pick the names of your Heroes/Heroines? I write Regency-set historical romance, so I need to make sure my characters have names that existed (or plausibly could have existed) in the early 1800s. One way I find names is through contemporary novels—that is, contemporary to the Regency! If a…
  • 5 Things with Cristi Caldwell

    Dana Starler
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:42 am
    USA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell is here today to tell us five things about herself we probably don’t know. Christi published her first Regency romance just a few years ago, and they have quickly gained in popularity. Her most recent release is For Love of the Duke, and just look at this cover!   1) Do you celebrate when you finish a book and what you do? I sleep! As a mom to a really, really energetic six-year old and twin 10-month-old babies, my days are spent between mommying and writing. I reward myself by curling up for a good nap while my hubby steps in to man…
  • Five Things About Megan Mulry

    Dana Starler
    5 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today I welcome Megan Mulry to the blog! Megan is a USA Today bestselling author of both contemporary and historical romance, her newest book Roulette just out a few weeks ago. She’s come to share with us five things you probably don’t know about her… 1) What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done? The easy answer is probably skydiving, but I think publishing a book feels far more daring and heartstopping. If the chute hadn’t opened, it would have been kind of a one-off; you know what I mean? *splat* But publishing a book—nowadays with e-books especially—it is…
  • TBT: Love Letters from a Duke

    4 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    People always say this is one of their favorites–with Felicity Langley being one of my most beloved heroines. Yet her story would not have been told without some help. So on this Throwback Thursday, let me introduce you to some of the books that helped me write Love Letters from a Duke: The London Encyclopedia, ed. by Ben Weinreb and Christopher Hibbert. This is one of my favorite books to have within reach while I am writing a book set in London. Names through the Ages, by Teresa Norman. I love the way this book divides names into centuries so you can pick names by generations. City of…
  • 5 Things with Erin Knightley

    Dana Starler
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    USA Today bestselling author of smart, sassy Regency romances, Erin Knightley, is joining us on the blog today. She’s here to reveal five things we probably don’t know about her… 1) Did you have a nickname growing up? Believe it or not, my brother used to always call me Bushy-haired Cavewoman. Charming, no? LOL – it wasn’t until high school that I discovered hair product. Hilariously enough, when my sister was tracing our ancestry, we discovered that we are descendants of Captain John Stuart, whose Cherokee name was Bushyhead. Seriously! 2) How do you pick the names of…
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    Gina Black

  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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¢, 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Embracing . . . and Letting Go

    Gina Black
    2 Jan 2014 | 9:15 am
    I have never been able to touch my toes, ever. When I was in the fourth grade, there was a famous incident where my teacher (a Mrs. Buffum who haunts my nightmares) sent me to the Principals office. We were doing exercises in PE and she thought I wouldn’t do it when the truth was that […]
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  • Friday Funnies

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
  • Darling Hollie in The Dungeon

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A while back, I started something here in The Dungeon that I sadly let drop.  (I’m kind of gifted at that; I’m so busy trying to keep characters & plotlines straight in my head that I tend to lose track of other stuff. )  But I’m going to try to get back to this… Our “Meet the Darlings” feature, where we let you get to know our most dedicated Darlings of The Dungeon (i.e. frequent WIPs and Chains hanger-outers) a little better.  As a step in that direction, today’s interview is a re-post of our original visit with the delightful DARLING…
  • Happy Hunk Day

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Back by popular demand…
  • Happy Hanukkah

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I know the holiday begins at sundown, so I should probably wait until tomorrow to wish you a Happy Hanukkah. But tomorrow is Wednesday, & that would mean cancelling Happy Hunk Day…which I’m pretty sure would cause a Dungeon-wide riot!
  • it’s a girl!

    14 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    It’s Top Secret everything here in The Dungeon lately!  On the heels of last month’s very sad news about Miss Precious, I feel it’s only fair to share a bit of good news that I’ve been keeping to myself for going on two months now.  (Though you may have gotten a hint from this post back in late October; I led you to believe it was research for a work-in-progress, but it was really related to this… ) And here’s the refrain—sung to the tune of “The Theme from The Brady Bunch“—that keeps going through my head: Here’s the story…
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  • Christmas and GONE GIRL

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:05 am
    I read Gillian Flynn's GONE GIRL  last week. Initially I thought I wasn't going to like it, for the beginning was very slow. Then slowly, slowly, I got more and more interested and couldn't stop reading. By the end I thought it was a masterful piece of writing, even if the subject matter was a tad off centre. Not many people are so vengeful they will spend a year or more planning a crime and then put themselves through hell in order to bring it about. It could be done, of course, and on the one hand admiration is the overriding factor; on the other, it is pity for such wasted lives. I…
  • Run-up to Christmas

    15 Dec 2014 | 2:54 am
    Miss a day and e-mails choke up the computer! Now I'm running to keep up, and all because I took Saturday out to host a dinner for friends. Well, and Sunday to get over it - I was cream-crackered even though DH did a lot of the cooking!Here I am today, running to catch up. E-mails checked off - except that for some reason BT Openworld is down, though G mail is functioning without a hitch. Keeping abreast of the Sydney Lindt cafe seige, and trying to plan for the next few days and the run-up to Christmas. I try and stay out of town at this time of year because I dislike being pushed and shoved…
  • Complaints about Kindle Unlimited

    11 Dec 2014 | 3:25 am
    Best selling American writer H M Ward has something to say about Kindle Unlimited. "Ok, some of you already know, but I had my serials in it for 60 days and lost approx 75% of my income. Thats counting borrows and bonuses. My sales dropped like a stone. The number of borrows was higher than sales. They didn't compliment each other, as expected.Taking a huge ass pay cut while I'm still working my butt off, well that's not ok. And KU effected my whole list, not just KU titles. At the time of enrollment I had about 60 titles total.I planned on giving it 90 days, but I have a kid in the hospital…
  • Winter Casualty

    8 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Out walking today with Tim and came across what I hope will be the only casualty of winter. Couldn't see any injuries and no sign of a struggle. Beautiful little fox, and not very old. A touch of frost on his fur, since he was in the shadow of the tall hedge separating the fields. Tim sniffed and sniffed but made no effort to touch it.Brilliant cold day with low sunshine making long, long shadows across the fields. At last the temperature is comfortable for walking fair distances at a decent pace. Lovely and warm inside my old Goretex jacket, fleece hat and gloves, but with my face freezing!
  • Notable Books

    3 Dec 2014 | 3:12 am
    I expect every independent author/publisher received a lengthy explanation about how VAT on e-books will work after the turn of the year. I got mine. So it looks as if it is happening. The consoling thought is that Amazon might be paying more tax too.The New York Times has published a list of notable books of 2014 - my eyes scanned the list, several thoughts occurred to me. Firstly, I have read none of them. Secondly, they all seem to be on gut-wrenching topics. Thirdly, where have all the happy books…
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    Joely Sue Burkhart

  • Balance for 2015

    9 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    Balancing multiple projects at once has always been a problem for me.  I tend to become OCD with a project, especially once it’s over the hump and flowing in the Zone.  I don’t want to leave the Zone – I just want to finish.  Even if that means 5K, or even 8K, 10K days.  That means no sleep, stressed out, aching fingers and wrists, sore muscles in my back.  It’s stupid, really. Though I have to admit I love careening down those deadly curves at breakneck speed. I have multiple series and publishers to balance in 2015.  At least I do have contracts in hand to help…
  • Sold!

    6 Dec 2014 | 7:51 pm
    I’m thrilled to announce that Charlie (the novel I finished for NaNoWriMo) and his brother, Vincent, are both going to have a home at Carina Press! It’s ironic, because I started Charlie’s story for one of their Christmas anthologies last year or maybe even the year before (time flies).  But he had other ideas.  (The story of my life.)  His book clocked in at 91,500, one of the longest books I’ve written since the very beginning. The reason I’m not saying titles is because we’re looking at new ones, both for the book and the series.  The original…
  • Guest Post: Sherri Goodman

    5 Dec 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Please welcome Sherri Goodman to my blog today! As a lover of the erotic literature and the romance genre, you’ve probably spent many moments fantasizing about the characters and steamy scenarios you encounter in your reading. In these fantasies, you may have deviated from the script a bit and implored the help of your own imagination. Why not take all that creativity and enthusiasm for romance to the next level and create your own erotic piece? While it may seem daunting, the process of writing an erotic or romance novel is no different from the methods used to produce a work of…
  • Official NaNoWriMo 2014 Winner

    30 Nov 2014 | 3:38 pm
    I made it official today by adding some backstory notes I’ve been working on for Charlie’s brother.  My Word file says 50,030 but NaNo counted only 50,009.  Either way, that’s above the word count goal for the month! Plus, I’ve completed all the edits that were due this month on TWO other books.  Yes, it’s been a busy month. So my plans for December are: Brainstorm and take notes on Vincent’s story Billionaire #3 proposal Second round edits, FLEs on Billionaire #2 Promo plan for Mama C.
  • Update

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:20 am
    I’ve already completed the second (my read thru) and third (Beloved Sister’s feedback) drafts of Charlie’s story.  He’ll be ready to submit soon, though he’s not due until 1/31. Then I worked on first-round edits for Billionaire #2 and finished them up yesterday. Last night I worked on Mama C’s Never Let You Down and sent back final line edits. As you can see, my 2015 schedule is going to be INSANE!! I’m planning to write 3-4 more books next year.  I already have releases scheduled in Jan and April.  Planning on another in Nov (but I have to write…
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    Meljean Brook » Blog

  • Wrecked is free (until December 11)

    8 Dec 2014 | 8:29 am
    I forgot to say — WRECKED IS FREE! (If you need an epub version, please contact me And I updated my “Covers I Made” page with a few new ones that are among my favorites. Whee! If I ever want to feel really unproductive, I head over to that page and see how many books my friends have published in the last few years (and these are JUST the self-pubbed ones.) Haha, god. The Charlotte Chronicles by Jen Frederick Once Upon Another Time Novella Collection The Waltz of the Sugar…
  • Barbarian short story & giveaway & a skull hat!

    3 Dec 2014 | 9:38 am
    SKULL HAT, YEAH!!!(|(c) prometeus) Some day, I might do all of this Milla Vane stuff over at her site. But not today! I’ve written a (kind of) holiday barbarian short story called “Silent Night”! It’s very short. It features a character mentioned in the NIGHT SHIFT story but there are no spoilers, so if you haven’t read that story yet, no worries! You can check it out (and enter to win a copy of NIGHT SHIFT!) over at That’s What I’m Talking About as part of their Mistletoe Madness celebration. The photo to the left looks nothing like…
  • Barbarian Giveaway! Jane the Virgin! and THE KRAKEN KING audiobook news!

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Please note: This contest is over. Audiobook News Tantor Audio has purchased the rights to THE KRAKEN KING!! *confetti* I’m not sure when the release date is, but this means it will be coming. Hurray! Jane the Virgin Oh my gosh, this is the best new show I’ve been watching. If you haven’t seen an episode yet, I think it’s on Hulu (that’s where I’ve been watching it.) This is just a charming, self-aware, really fantastic show. Has anyone else been watching it? I’m also watching How To Get Away With Murder and torn between thinking it’s a really…
  • Audiobook update! (The Kraken King)

    5 Nov 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Between the serial and the compiled release, the audio rights were kind of lost in the shuffle! So we’re waiting to hear now whether Tantor is going to pick up the rights again — as soon as I hear anything, I’ll post another update.   The post Audiobook update! (The Kraken King) appeared first on Meljean Brook.
  • Holy crap, it’s November!

    1 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    I don’t know how this happened. I’ve had my head down working, mostly, so all of my coming soon pages seem to be outdated. I’ll be going through and updating the site this week, but they will be small updates. I don’t yet have a date for the Blacksmith’s book (or even a title yet, though I’ve been tossing some around). As soon as I do, I’ll post all that information here. Upcoming Releases THE KRAKEN KING‘s compiled release is coming this Tuesday, November 4th. The anthology NIGHT SHIFT, featuring my first barbarian story written as Milla Vane,…
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    Dee Carney

  • Saturday Status – November 29, 2014

    Dee Carney
    29 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    What I’m doing So…guess who’s sitting on a contract for two books? Yup! That’d be me! Carina Press has offered a contract for the third book in the Hunger series and the first book in a trilogy entitled Fire Creek Wolves. I’m still tweaking and working on the actual story for the first book, but expect it to be released in August 2015. The Hunger book won’t release until March 2016. Seems like so far away, but it’ll be here before you know it! Aaaaand… if you didn’t know it, my book Brush Strokes is now part of an 8-author bundle that you…
  • What To Read After 50SoG: The Gemstone Collection

    Dee Carney
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    Look where you can get a copy of my steamy novella, Brush Strokes, on the cheap! Not only is my story available, but an additional 10 stories by some amazing authors, all for only $0.99. What the what? Go! Go! Kindle US – Kindle UK – iTunes – Nook – Kobo –
  • #TeamRomance

    Dee Carney
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    There’s a hoodie for that. Get yours before the sale ends 9 days from now.  
  • Saturday Status- September 27, 2014

    Dee Carney
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    What I’m doing now: I’m roughly 28K words into my 95K words sequel (which *gasp* has a title!). I’m still learning my heroine who is unsure of herself too, which doesn’t make the writing any easier. But I persevere. I’m also plotting a fairy tale retelling of Red Riding Hood, although that’s going SUPER slowly. I read Frozen by Meljean Brook recently (go read. seriously good and suspenseful) and elements of that keep trying to insert themselves into it. I spend my time unwinding them… The struggle is real. What I’m reading: Just finished reading…
  • Six Sentence Sunday

    Dee Carney
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    Hunger XXX, book 3 in my Vampire Hunger series, is well under way. I’ve crossed the 20,000 words mark this morning. Hopefully, in a few months it’ll be complete. Today’s inspiration can be found on Pinterest. He’d probably make a good Victor, don’t you think? (Hell, YEAH, he would!) The slave whirled to face him. And for the first time, Victor paid attention to what she was wearing. Really paid attention. Hell, he’d already known she was beautiful, a flawless and priceless jewel. But the dress outlined her body in a very perfect way. Victor swallowed hard. I…
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    Diane Craver            Award-Winning Author - Blog

  • WHEN LOVE HAPPENS AGAIN - Available now on Kobo and Apple! 

    5 Dec 2014 | 5:22 am
    I'm happy my inspirational romance, WHEN LOVE HAPPENS AGAIN, is now available in ebook edition  on 4 sites - Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, and Kobo! It's not in print yet but should be in early 2015! 
  • Precious Priorities is FREE today thru Tuesday!

    22 Nov 2014 | 6:32 am
    Grab a free copy of my Mainstream Fiction, PRECIOUS PRIORITIES! You will save $3.99 if you do! It was previously published as NEVER THE SAME with Samhain Publishing. After my seven years contract ended, I asked for my rights back. I'm happy to have it reissued with a new cover, new title and revised slightly! Click here to get your free copy from Amazon! Blurb A plane crash. Two women, strangers to each other, on the edge of dire decisions.  And the changes survival makes in their lives—this is the heart of PRECIOUS PRIORITIES. …
  • Little Grandson loves reading Grandma's Books! 

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Isn't my grandson, Dean, incredibly cute holding my Book 3 in his little hands? So much fun when my daughter, April, posted this photo on FB.  I couldn't stop smiling! And Fleeting Hope is G-rated so is safe for him to read this Amish book as well as my other ones!  lolI've received 10 great reviews for this book. If you haven't read it yet, I hope you grab a copy. Fleeting Hope is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple in ebook and paperback! BlurbAfter her fiancé, Daniel…
  • Only 99 cents for WHEN LOVE HAPPENS AGAIN!

    12 Nov 2014 | 3:23 pm
    I did a final revision on WHEN LOVE HAPPENS AGAIN. Some readers didn't like the sexual overtones and a few swear words so these things have been removed. Other readers mentioned it was a clean read so we all have different feelings about what a clean read actually is. Originally, I planned on it being an Edgy Inspirational Romance. Because it is a Christian romance, I was happy to revise again. I will have the lower price for a few days before it will go back to the regular price of $4.99. The original title of this story was  NO GREATER LOSS and was published with Samhain…
  • YOURS OR MINE is only 99 cents today & tomorrow! 

    10 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    BLURB:  Twenty-eight Sydney Smith decides it’s time to move out of her tiny apartment and become a homeowner. Blake Smith, no relation, also wants to see the duplex. A mix-up has them viewing it together. They both love the house. Sparks fly between the handsome engineer and the beautiful columnist. Sydney wonders if she should mention home buying as a way to meet someone in her column, “Sydney’s Sassy Suggestions to Singles.” A highly sensual story of fun, home buying, romance and love. It's written under D.S. Craver…
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    Mina Carter

  • The zombies get some love!

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:41 am
    Some great reviews for the zombies on the tour at the moment: Seize the Day Booklover Sue   While you’re here – enter our contest!! a Rafflecopter giveaway
  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus…

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
    So, today I’ve been working on a little Santa short called ‘Santa’s Naughty List’ featuring a very sexy santa. Take a leap of imagination with me, and tell me, if there was a sexy santa movie, who would you want to play Santa? Today’s #giveaway will be a tote  , all you have to do to enter is leave a comment below with your answer!! Meanwhile, we have a Contest!! a Rafflecopter giveaway No purchase necessary to enter. Facebook and Amazon are in NO WAY sponsors or linked to this giveaway. Winners have 48 hrs to reply once contacted or they forfeit their prize and a…
  • Frosty the Snowman

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    Woohoo! Today I’m over at Bookin’ It reviews sharing my recipe for cupcakes! Head on over and show them some love (they have a giveaway over there too!) Sooooo…todays question is on cupcakes! Do you prefer plain (I do) or frosted? Today’s #giveaway will be a Swag pack , all you have to do to enter is leave a comment below with your answer!! Meanwhile, we have a Contest!! a Rafflecopter giveaway No purchase necessary to enter. Facebook and Amazon are in NO WAY sponsors or linked to this giveaway. Winners have 48 hrs to reply once contacted or they forfeit their prize and a…
  • Zombies on tour!

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    Today, the zombies are over at: Chelle’s Book Report!   While you’re here – enter our contest!! a Rafflecopter giveaway
  • Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree…

    14 Dec 2014 | 12:46 pm
    We got our copy of the Radio Times this weekend! Bizarrely, it’s the ONLY time of year we actually buy the thing. It’s one of our traditions, along with leaving one present on little Miss Carter’s bed in a morning (it used to be to keep her quiet until we adults were ready to get up, but now she sleeps in longer than we do!). Another tradition of ours is TV… specifically the Doctor Who christmas special! Do you have any traditions? What are they? Today’s #giveaway will be a signed copy of BLOOD MATE , all you have to do to enter is leave a comment below with your…
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    Author Daisy Dexter Dobbs - Love, Laughter, Romance, and a Touch of Magic

  • A Celebration of Christmas Books

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Marching Home is book 1 of the Golden Times series. Since book 2, The Harold Angel, debuted on December 15, I wanted to celebrate its release by offering readers a special Amazon Kindle Countdown price on the first book of the series. So between December 15 and 22, you can purchase Marching Home at the special holiday price of just 99-cents (regularly $2.99)! Golden Times, book 1 (WWII romance/Christmas fantasy romance/women's fiction) Clara knows better than to get mixed up with a serviceman during wartime. But she loses all rational thought when she…
  • Three Christmas-themed Books from Daisy

    10 Dec 2014 | 12:19 pm
    I’ve got news to share about three of my Christmas-themed books—all Amazon Kindle exclusives! The first book, Ho Ho Uh-oh…, is volume 1 in my “The Crazy Woman Inside Me” series of humorous essays. This little book is available in Kindle edition for just 99-cents! Here’s more about it: Ho Ho Uh-oh… is the first volume in a continuing series of warm, funny and fun-filled essays. It becomes clear in the introduction, “Daisy the Closet Writer,” why the author chose to title this series The Crazy Woman Inside Me. Life experience has taught…
  • The Harold Angel: Christmas Fantasy Novella

    30 Nov 2014 | 10:11 am
    The Harold Angel (link takes you to the book’s page on my website), my Christmas fantasy novella, will release on December 15, but the Kindle edition is available for pre-order from Amazon NOW (and it’s just $2.99)! Golden Times series - book 2 This story has been a favorite with my beta readers who’ve said, “If you like stories about miracles, you'll love this one!” The Details: Golden Times #2 (Christmas-themed/fantasy/women's fiction) Christmas, Present Day: About to turn eighteen, Jamie Crumrine is having a difficult time at home. The oldest of four kids in a single-parent home,…
  • Daisy’s New Book Covers

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Since my book covers have recently been updated, and I just revealed two brand new covers today, I wanted to share the book covers here. To get all the book details and updates, follow my official author Facebook pageand visit my website. And don’t forget to pop over to my illustrated (all my own drawings) Super Earthling blog when you’re in need of a smile or a good laugh! The Book Covers: above: Greek Delights series - book 1 above: Greek Delights series - book 2 above: Greek Delights series - book 3 above: Golden Times series - book 1 above: Golden Times series - book 2 (Christmas 2014…
  • Indie Writing and an Alien Interruption

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Lots of stuff to tell you about! After getting my rights back for close to 30 books from my former publishers, I’ve taken a bold leap to become an indie writer. So far I’ve got four new books available (check my “Daisy’s Books” link at the top of this page for more info) with two more coming before the end of the year. Has it been tough? Oh hell yeah…especially with a couple of aliens determined to have me for dinner! Don’t miss this harrowing tale on my Super Earthling blog. My newest romance book, Marching Home, is (according to my editor and my beta readers) “a beautiful,…
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  • Lynda K. Scott: On Alien Kittens and Golden Minions

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:25 am
    I share my somewhat messy office with my alien kitten, Wookie. That’s my favorite place to work because I can go in there, turn on the radio/cd player/tv and close the door! LOL Well that was true until the end of June 2013. This morning, as I settled down to write this guest post, Wookie, who has been my muse and writing partner for the last ten years, sashayed up to my chair and asked, “Chrruupp?” I immediately dropped my hand to her soft little head to pet her. I believe that’s an automatic reaction to “Chrruupp?” even though it has nothing to do with the question.
  • Alisa Anderson & Cameron Skye: A Mafia Romance

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Fallen Angel: A Mafia Romance – Part 2 (Roman Crime Family) “Fallen Angel is a dark, tasty appetizer with echoes of “The Sopranos.” It’s like picking up a Lindt truffle on your way out of the store. There’s just enough to wake up your taste buds, or in this case, other parts due south.” – Margo’s Red Light District “Gritty, sexy and with a strong but vulnerable female lead. Fallen Angel is a surprisingly good read.” – Ingrid Hall “Is Jess going to get sucked into a world with Nick that will destroy her or will she…
  • Melissa Snark: Hunger Moon

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Freya was the Norse goddess of love and war. How’s that for being the deity of the two things where all things are fair? In Loki’s Wolves, Freya is an important figure, and the patron goddess of the heroine, Victoria Storm. Here are three fun facts about Freya. 1. Her name means “lady” and she is the daughter of Njord, a god of the sea. She was married to a god called Od or Odur, and bore two daughters, Nossa and Gersimi. Od disappeared mysteriously, and there are many mentions of Freya looking for her husband in various guises, crying tears of gold for him. 2. She…
  • Maggie Wells: Hookups (Contest)

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    Wedding hookups. You hear about them. Rumor has it they’re almost inevitable. But I can tell you that I have been to (and in) a lot of weddings, and I have yet to encounter one of these mythical beasts. Are they the stuff of urban legend? I mean, it wasn’t that I was unavailable. I was a bridesmaid NINE times and flying solo for eight of those gigs. I attended several more as a guest—no butt-bow required—still no play. I never once found myself playing kissy face in the corner. I’ve shaken my tail feather in the Chicken Dance, danced a passable Hora for an Irish-Catholic girl, and…
  • Heather Boyd: Never a Gentleman

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:21 am
    Hi Delilah and company. I’m Heather Boyd and I’m bringing the heat. Do you feel that? That’s the burn of a 40C (104F) day. I’m here in Australia wishing just a little bit of the northern cold would blow my way so I can think clearly. Unfortunately, I’ve got months left of this sort of weather so rather than dwell on what I can’t have –snow- I’ll talk about my work instead. My Latest Release, Never a Gentleman, is a gay romance set in regency era England and came out earlier this month. I used to joke that I read romance novels not for the girl but only for the hero. Perhaps…
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  • A Conversation & Contest With Jill Shalvis

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    My dear friend Jill Shalvis and I both have novella releases this month. We got together to talk about the books and the couples in them. You can check it out here and over on Jill’s blog HERE. Before we get started, I thought it might be good for you to see inspiration photos we each used for our heroes. Here’s Jill’s for her hero Sawyer in MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY: She’s so subtle. Here’s my inspiration for Ward in RUNNING HOT: Now onto the chat… We both love alpha heroes, smart heroines, romance novels and reading each other’s books. We also both…
  • New Release In New Series!

    16 Dec 2014 | 3:37 am
    t’s release day for RUNNING HOT!!!! One CIA hero, one MI6 heroine and one bad guy in Fiji. Add in a $1.99 price tag and, really, you should buy 100 copies. Right? Well, if the price tag doesn’t entice you, how about the cover? Or the fact this is the kickoff novella for a new romantic suspense series? No serial killers or women being attacked – none. This is alpha dudes fighting bad guys and falling for smart women. How can you say no? [Note: I know you CAN but...] Camped out at a resort bar in Fiji, CIA operative Ward Bennett may look like he’s on vacation but…
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    I’ve had a busy but very good year and have a lot of reasons to be grateful. So, today I’ll celebrate Thanksgiving with a few of my favorite people and send good thoughts to those I won’t see and miss. To all of you out there who celebrate: have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! And stop by my Facebook Page tomorrow for a giveaway
  • New Cover

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    On Friday I’ll post a giveaway on my Facebook page. Today I’m posting a new cover. This is for CHAIN OF COMMAND – retired marine special ops guys who open a gun range and personal security business outside of San Diego and the one woman accidentally stands in their way. The book comes out March 2015 and is the first of two connected books. Take a peek:
  • New Cover!

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    I forgot to show off a new cover!!! This is for FALLING HARD, the second single title (3rd book because the first is a novella), in the Bad Boys Undercover series from Avon. I think we can agree he looks kind of badass. Here’s the back cover copy: After a grueling assignment with the black ops force known as the Alliance, Weston Brown is craving downtime. Instead, he’s pulled into his deadliest operation, in the one place he never wanted to see again. No-nonsense and so damn hot, Lexi Turner lied to get him to her mountain clinic in Pakistan. But the threat is terrifyingly real.
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    Margaret Daley

  • Heroine Interview from A Christmas Gift by Kathi Macias

    Margaret Daley
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:14 am
    This week I’m hosting Liz Johnson with Navy Seal Noel and Kathi Macias with A Christmas Gift (print-US only; ebook-worldwide). 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 The drawings end Sunday (Dec. 21st) evening. Interview with the heroine from A Christmas Gift by Kathi Macias: 1. Julia Lawson Bennington, tell me the…
  • Heroine Interview from Navy Seal Noel by Liz Johnson with a Giveaway

    Margaret Daley
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:04 am
    This week I’m hosting Liz Johnson with Navy Seal Noel and Kathi Macias with A Christmas Gift (print-US only; ebook-worldwide). 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 The drawings end Sunday (Dec. 21st) evening. Interview with the heroine from Navy Seal Noel by Liz Johnson: 1. Jess McCoy, tell me the most…
  • This week Liz Johnson and Kathi Macias with Giveaways

    Margaret Daley
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:37 am
    Congratulations to Mary for winning Lyn Cote’s ebook of Where Honor Began and to Katrina for winning Rhonda Gibson’s A Pony Express Christmas. This week I’m hosting Liz Johnson with Navy Seal Noel and Kathi Macias with A Christmas Gift (print-US only; ebook-worldwide). 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
  • December 2014 Christian Fiction New Releases

    Margaret Daley
    13 Dec 2014 | 12:23 am
    December 2014 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Amish Romance: Murder Tightly Knit (An Amish Village Mystery) by Vannetta Chapman — As fall blankets the Pumpkinvine Trail with colorful leaves, a local Amish man is found dead on the path. For the federal investigator called in on the case, everyone is suspect. Even the Amish village knitting shop, The Cat’s Meow, is implicated. Amber Bowman and Hannah Troyer know who isn’t guilty-they know this community down to the last buggy, but can they find the guilty…
  • Hero Interview from A Pony Express Christmas by Rhonda Gibson with Giveaway

    Margaret Daley
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    This week I’m hosting Lyn Cote with Where Honor Began (ebook-prequel to Honor) and  Rhonda Gibson with A Pony Express Christmas (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 The drawings end Sunday (Dec. 14th) evening. IInterview with the hero from A Pony Express Christmas by Rhonda Gibson: 1. Jake Bridges,…
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    Sylvia Day - Official Website of the #1 Bestselling Author

  • #12DaysofGideon

    Team Sylvia
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Are you celebrating Crossfire this holiday season? We’re posting some of Gideon’s best quotes with #12DaysofGideon. Sylvia Day - Official Website of the #1 Bestselling Author
  • Captivated Readers are No.1

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    26 Nov 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Everybody wants Gideon! Captivated by You debuts at the top of the USAToday list, outselling the book in second position by nearly 2-to-1. The fourth Crossfire novel also hit #1 on all three New York Times lists, Publishers Weekly, the Wall … Continue reading → Sylvia Day - Official Website of the #1 Bestselling Author
  • It’s here!

    Team Sylvia
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    The wait for more Crossfire is over. Captivated by You is now available in North America, the U.K., Australia, Brazil, Norway, and coming soon to the rest of the world. Gideon is waiting for you… Sylvia Day - Official Website of the #1 Bestselling Author
  • Take the Day Off

    Team Sylvia
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Captivated By You is almost here! Did you catch the book trailer that Penguin released yesterday? Are you ready to take the day off tomorrow to read it? Maybe this note from Gideon can help. Sylvia Day - Official Website of the #1 Bestselling Author
  • Gideon has arrived. Captivated by You, Chapters 1-3 are now live.

    Team Sylvia
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    Can’t wait to keep reading the Crossfire series? You don’t have to. Get an exclusive look at Captivated By You—the complete first three chapters—right now, right here on read Chapters One, Two, and Three! If you think you’ve read chapter … Continue reading → Sylvia Day - Official Website of the #1 Bestselling Author
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    Cynthia Eden

  • December Newsletter Winner

    Cynthia Eden
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Congrats to Rachel Robertson! Rachel, you are our December newsletter winner.  I’ve emailed you, but if you didn’t get my note, please contact me at info @ to claim your prize.   Thank you!
  • Guest Author Wynter Daniels (With Giveaway!)

    Cynthia Eden
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today I’m excited to have guest author Wynter Daniels visiting the blog. Welcome, Wynter! First of all, I’d like to give a huge thank you to Cynthia for letting me hang out at her blog today. Not only is she a hugely talented author, but she is an incredibly sweet and generous lady, one of my favorite people in the whole world. And no—she didn’t bribe me to say all that. It’s the truth!   I love romantic suspense and paranormal romance, just like Cynthia does. I write both. But I also write contemporary romance, and I have a brand new one out. THE SURROGATE HUSBAND happens…
  • WATCH ME…and holiday fun!

    Cynthia Eden
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:34 am
    I’ve got a new book scheduled to release very soon!  I was hoping to make this book available by the end of the year, so I am thrilled to say that WATCH ME will be available on 12/9/14: Watch Me…The first book in New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Cynthia Eden’s sexy new romantic suspense series…DARK OBSESSION. He was hired to protect her. Watching gorgeous Gwen Hawthorne wasn’t a hard job—but it certainly was tempting. Chance Valentine had tried to keep his distance from the sexy socialite for years, but when her father hired him to keep watch on her—as a…
  • Zoe Winters – Guest Author & Giveaway

    Cynthia Eden
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Hi, everyone! Today, author Zoe Winters is taking over the blog–she’s chatting about her new release and offering a giveaway.  Thanks for coming by, Zoe!   Dystopia: Coming to a Zoe Winters Book Near You: With Free Prize Inside! (And… $2.99 Release Day Sale!) Thank you so much to Cindy for hosting me on the release day for my newest book! It’s been a while since I’ve been here. I often feel like I’m the last person on every train. When I started writing vampires (not the only paranormal species in my series—but one of them), everyone was saying “vampires are…
  • Newsletter Winner

    Cynthia Eden
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:27 am
    Congratulations to Amanda Gylling! Amanda, you are the newsletter winner for October–you’ve won a $50 gift card!  If you did not receive your email notification, please contact me at to claim your prize. Thanks so much, everyone! Have a great week!
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    Cathryn Fox Blog


    1 Dec 2014 | 6:01 am
    Dec 1 -5 OVER 50 Romance Titles from Today’s Top Selling Authors on MEGA SALE–Some Are Even FREE! Super Hot Deals and Steals! Visit the Hot for the Holidays Deals Page
  • FREE, HIS STRINGS TO PULL (In the Line of Duty)

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    As a way of saying thank you to all my readers, HIS STRINGS TO PULL, a brand new book in my Line of Duty Series is FREE. A whirlwind affair…or a headlong plunge into the deep end of forever? AMAZON  BN  KOBO  ITUNES An In the Line of Duty Short Story As lifeguard Jenny Anderson […]
  • CAPTURED! 9 Alpha Bad Boys who will Capture your Heart!

    6 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    9 Alpha Bad-Boys Who Will Capture Your Heart CAPTURED is a steamy collection from today’s hottest authors featuring 9 sexy bad boys trying to capture your heart, every way they know how. Nine tales of sensual seduction featuring alpha male heroes determined to have their way, and willing to do anything to get it, even […]
  • Tons of amazing prizes to be won!!!

    3 Sep 2014 | 5:37 am
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  • WIN Print copy of Crashing Down

    2 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    Goodreads Book Giveaway Crashing Down by Cathryn Fox Giveaway ends September 29, 2014. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to win
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  • Take one cowboy, one tycoon and two desperate women...

    14 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    This is the best fun! A book share with my best online buddy, Donna Alward is released in the United States today. A Deal at the Altar is a two-in-one containing two marriage of convenience stories - Donna's cowboy romance HIRED BY THE COWBOY (originally published in 2007) and my UK/Dallas based romance, SOS: CONVENIENT HUSBAND REQUIRED (originally published 2010). Here are the blurby bits -
  • Christmas Kisses and Mistletoe Wishes

    4 Dec 2014 | 11:56 pm
    The first of my new newsletters, Newsletter - Christmas Kisses and Mistletoe Wishes - was launched yesterday and if you haven't already signed up to receive it here are some great reasons why you should -  1 I will never send more than one a month.  2 My subscribers go into a weekly draw for a book from my back list.  3 I run competitions and giveaways from time to time. Not huge ones - you
  • Happy Thanksgiving

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:20 pm
  • It's getting to feel a lot like Christmas...

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:21 am
    One of the fun things about being an author is writing a Christmas romance in the middle of the summer. I don't have a new one out this year - right now I'm knee deep in snow in a book that's going to come out in July. :) Happily, Mills and Boon have been having a re-release fest with my books in the last few months and here are some of my backlist Christmas stories that are now available -
  • Backlist Bliss

    16 Nov 2014 | 12:16 am
    Mills and Boon are putting out a dozen or so of my backlist books between now and January 1st and I'm having a lovely time watching Amazon to see the fabulous new covers as they're added to the listing. The latest is for Chosen As the Sheikh's Wife, a novella that was written for the Mills and Boon centenary celebrations and originally published in the 100 Arabian Nights anthology. I
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    Megan Frampton

  • 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.  
  • All Sorts of Newsy News!

    Megan Frampton
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    Sorry for being absent here–I tried to log in a bit ago, only something was off, and then I wandered away and forgot. Because ME. Let’s see. The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior is out, it is doing well, and got chosen by awesome author Sarah MacLean to be included in her list of Best New Romance Novels for December in the Washington Post (my Boston Globe editor father might’ve groused, but I’m pretty darn pleased!). Put Up Your Duke, the second book in the Dukes Behaving Badly series, has a cover* and a blurb! It’ll be out June 30, 2015. He was once…
  • The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior is Out in FOUR Days!

    Megan Frampton
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:23 am
    So my Avon debut comes out in four days, and Avon has an excerpt from the first chapter, while you can read the second chapter over at Heroes and Heartbreakers. Meanwhile, you can sign up for my newsletter, which will be sporadic (because I know myself!), and will just share release news and other important Frampton thingies. I am starting work on a new project, one that has a character from Put Up Your Duke, my second Dukes Behaving Badly book (PUYD comes out in June of 2015). And that’s it! Thanks for stopping by, thanks for signing up for the newsletter, thanks for reading. Megan
  • When Good Earls Go Bad Edits

    Megan Frampton
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    I’m working on edits for my February 2015 novella, When Good Earls Go Bad. It’s one of my zanier books; the heroine is exceedingly literal, and the hero is quite pragmatic. They share a love of books, toast, and honesty. Here’s a bit from when Annabelle and Matthew are walking home, and she’s taken his arm: Goodness, he was strong. Maybe he did do his own housework; bringing in firewood, beating rugs, moving furniture around, and other tasks would certainly build up his muscles. Perhaps there were different requirements for Earls of the Scottish persuasion so it was…
  • Megan Frampton NEWS!

    Megan Frampton
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    1. I have a newsletter sign-up! See that nifty thing to the right? Click there, fill in your info, and I’ll send sporadic but timely updates on all my releases and other news. 2. I have a title for the second book in the Dukes Behaving Badly series–it’ll be called Put Up Your Duke. 3. The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior comes out November 25, Put Up Your Duke comes out June 30, 2015. When Good Earls Go Bad, a Dukes Behaving Badly novella, comes out February 5, 2015. 4. I post daily at Heroes and Heartbreakers about romance novels, I am on Twitter (@meganf), and I am…
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    Sonja Foust

  • Top 10 #MadeForTVHoliday Movies

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:59 pm
    This year, I decided to embark upon a special Christmas journey… Holiday goal: Watch every ass-tastic holiday made-for-TV movie available for streaming on Netflix. Ready, set, go. — Sonja Foust (@SonjaFoust) November 22, 2014 And I came away from my first few viewings with a life lesson and a hashtag. So far have learned I must: Be named Holly, be kind and good, and own a white winter coat with matching scarf and hat. #madeForTVHoliday — Sonja Foust (@SonjaFoust) November 23, 2014 Since it’s a week before Christmas, I thought I should share my reviews in case you want to get…
  • CrossFit Proves James Cameron Wrong

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:15 pm
    I rest my case. (Visited 249 times, 1 visits today)
  • Online Class: Overcoming Creative Impasses

    30 May 2014 | 8:10 am
    Guys! I’m teaching a class next month! Remember when I wrote that Just Do It post and then My Half Assed Kitchen made me this cool graphic to go with it? Image courtesy My Half Assed Kitchen Well, I’ve taken that content and spun it into a 2-week long online class on overcoming your creative impasses. It’s coming up quick, too! The class starts on June 16, so you don’t have much time to get your junk in gear and register! Here’s the low-down on the course: If you’re a blogger or a writer (or an anything, really), but you’re having trouble overcoming…
  • 33 Things You’ll Know By The Time You’re 33

    4 May 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I’m 33 years old today, guys. I feel like I should do something to celebrate, but, um, I think I’m just going to, you know, go to work and stuff. But, here’s a special post for you on the theme of my birthday, because it’s my blog, dammit. 33 Things You’ll Know By The Time You’re 33 Sunscreen is infinitely less annoying than sunburns. No one else cares about the size of your thighs as much as you do. “Fake it ’til you make it” only gets you so far. Sometimes you have to stop, admit you don’t know what you’re doing, get…
  • Decrapifying: 40 Bags in 40 Days Stage 1

    10 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you’ve been a reader of this blog for any length of time, you know I’m kind of into the minimalist thing. Most recently, I did Project 333, although that was actually a couple of… ulp… years ago now, I think. So this time I’m embarking on the 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge. The idea? Toss the trash! Decrapify! Get rid of 40 bags of stuff that you do not need in your house. You can do this in a lot of different ways. My sister-in-law is doing the scrapbook version. And if you’re super hardcore, you can pare down until you have, like, 97 things and can fit…
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    Inside an author's mind....

  • 9 Dec 2014 | 11:24 am

    9 Dec 2014 | 11:24 am
    His Velvet Touch, part of the Taming The Alpha box set is finally available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and iTunesPart of this amazing collection, including  contemporary, military, werewolves, shifters, vampires, billionaires, witches, dragons, demons & more, there's an alpha just for you inside.And it's only $0.99! What a steal!Here's a little bit about my book, His Velvet Touch:When Harper walks into Chris’s life on a hook-up dare from her friends, he wants nothing to do with her until he realizes he can use her to his benefit. She works for an investment firm, and…
  • Christmas Shopping -- Gift Cards or Presents?

    7 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    Tis the season!It's time for Holiday shopping, and that worrisome panic that you've got NO TIME to get anything done for the holidays.I'm in that mode--an ever-burning panic in the back of my mind, trying to figure out what to get everyone.So I'm defaulting to my basic--gift cards. They're easy. The person getting them gets exactly what they want, and I can set a hard budget, and don't go over it.I know there's a lot of people who love getting gift cards--I am one of those people. I LOVE THEM. SERIOUSLY.I have a Nook, and I love, love, love a Barnes and Noble gift card so I can get books…
  • Taming the Alpha, Coming Soon

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    Taming The Alpha -- Amazon, B&N As I've talked about before, I'm incredibly privileged to be a part of the Taming The Alpha box set, coming out December 9, 2014.All kinds of alphas are in this book--sexy contemporary bad boys, to paranormal hotties, there's something for anyone who likes to read about taming that alpha guy.My personal story is a contemporary, called His Velvet Touch, about Chris, who's cravings for Harper go against his better judgement.This journey has been an amazing experience.For one, the education about self publishing has been so intense, I've been in a state…
  • Cinderella!!!

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    If you haven't heard, Disney is doing a live action Cinderella movie.And can we say I'm thrilled? I have always loved the Disney story of Cinderella--it was my favorite in childhood. My mother still tells stories about how I became a 'party trick' among her friends, because I could recite the entire book, including the voices my mom used when she read it, on command.And evidently did.To this day, Cinderella has always been a favorite story trope. Some of my favorite renditions? Well, let's see -- Ever After, with Drew Barrymore, A Cinderella Story, with Hilary Duff, and of course, the classic…
  • The Taming The Alpha Box Set

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    This is the latest about the new box set I'll be in, Taming The Alpha, available for pre-order now at Amazon Kindle and pre-order for Nook and other vendors is coming soon.Post by Candice Gilmer.
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  • Christmas Traditions

    11 Dec 2014 | 7:38 am
    We have a Christmas tradition at our  house that I dearly love. It started a few years ago, sort of spontaneously. We'd always baked a cake and sung happy birthday to Jesus but one year my older daughter, Sundy, came up with a twist on the idea. We generally have around 20 or 30 people at our house for Christmas dinner and frankly, by the time we eat, no one wants a big piece of cake. So my girls bake mini-cupcakes, spelling out "Happy Birthday, Jesus" with a letter on each tiny cake.  While everyone is still gathered in the living room, we put a candle in each cupcake and pass one…

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
     Order Cowboy Under the MistletoeYippee! It's finally here. The first book in my new series from Love Inspired has hit the shelves to get you  warmed up for the Christmas season! Here's a bit about it:Second-Chance Christmas It's been nine years since Jake Hamilton broke Allison Buchanon's heart and left town. But she's never been able to forget the high school boy she secretly loved. Now Jake's come home to care for his ailing grandmother, and Allison's family will do anything to prevent a rekindled romance. Unfortunately, the connection between Allison and the green-eyed cowboy is…
  • Today's Lost Youth, Dog Food, and a ROK

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    It all started with a bag of dog food. A BIG bag of dog food. Fifty pounds of dog food. If you guessed I have several large dogs, you'd be correct. I was at Walmart when the husband called to say we were out of dog food. I don't usually make these purchases because fifty pounds is heavy and I'm a wimp. But this day I braved it to save an extra trip to town.Back in the pet aisle, the fifty pounders were stacked so that I had to wrestle a bag forward and then hoist it up and into my cart. To say I was making little progress is putting it mildly but I could do it. Eventually. Suddenly, a pair of…
  • The Good News Blog

    10 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    More than once lately I've complained that the "News" programs on TV report only bad news, never the good stuff.  When a person walks through a dark season in her life, as I have this year, finding the joy in life is often difficult. As I floundered, searching for a way to escape the doldrums, I heard a simple sermon by a young preacher on maintaining joy in life. His text was from Phillipians 8.  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of…
  • Easy Peach Cobbler-only four ingredients!

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Last night, I wanted pie. While I resisted that urge, I succumbed to an easy version of peach cobbler. This recipe makes a light amount of crust with lots of peaches. Sorry we ate it so fast, I forgot to a take picture.  Easy Peach CobblerIngredients needed:Peaches, self-rising flour, sugar, butterFor crust, blend together the following until crumbly:1 cup self-rising flour½ cup sugar or a combination of sugar and Splenda½ stick butter or margarine, meltedSprinkle about ¼ of the crumbs on the bottom of a sprayed 8 x 8 pan.Spoon in 1 large can of peaches (about 29 oz), including juice.
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    Cynthia Harrison

  • Christmas Miracles

    Cynthia Harrison
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:47 am
    Christmas was a magical time for me as a child. My mother went all out, dividing our living room into three equal pie wedges out from the tree. Every inch of floor space would be filled with toys. She didn’t wrap anything, so upon first waking and walking out into the front room, young eyes dazzled with riches. It was amazing! Looking through pictures I saw that one year I received a Chatty Cathy doll, a tiny kitchen set with a kid-sized table and chairs, and about a hundred other gifts, all setting me up to become the perfect little wife and mom I already wanted to be. Way over the…
  • Changing My Mind

    Cynthia Harrison
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:27 pm
    The human mind is a quirky old thing. Old being the key word. We are still dealing with our primitive brain and things get complicated when our shiny new neocortex starts tussling with the reptile. These two parts of our brain, like it or not, must co-exist; sometimes it feels like an uneasy marriage. Our reptile brain was simply focused on two things: staying alive and continuing the species. Avoiding pain and seeking pleasure. Easy except that damn “fight or flight” mode psychologists always talk about still has me in its grip more often than I care to admit, even to myself. Or…
  • Single Mom Christmas

    Cynthia Harrison
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:24 am
    I left my husband in September of 1983. I was 28 years old, had two small children,  and absolutely no idea what heartache I was in for by the time Christmas rolled around. For their sake, I tried to put a good face on things. I put up a little Christmas tree in our apartment, bought gifts for them, cuddled and watched all the holiday cartoon specials. This photo is at my parents’ house. They did not approve of my pending divorce and now that I’m older than they were then, I know why. It’s those two little ones off to the side–now that I’m a grandparent, I…
  • Love Caters All

    Cynthia Harrison
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:22 am
    Happy Release Day! Yes, Luke’s #1 Rule is now available worldwide in print and e-book editions. So why am I blogging about Love Caters All, another authors’ story? Because I recently met Nicci Carrera on Facebook where we discovered we had the same publisher and that our books were being released on the same day. Yes, Nicci and I are release day twins! The coincidence was too big not to do something with it, so I’m talking about Nicci and Love Caters All and she’s talking about Luke’s #1 Rule.  Before even reading Love Caters All, I got a little bit worried…
  • New Release! Luke’s #1 Rule by Cynthia Harrison

    Cynthia Harrison
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:02 am
    OK so I never pressed the “press this” button before. Want to see what happens. A Woman’s Wisdom over in England did a nice write up of my new novel…releasing as an e-book MONDAY. New Release! Luke’s #1 Rule by Cynthia Harrison.
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    Stacy Dawn

  • Romancing the 8 Blog Tour

    8 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Time to have some fun with the Romancing the 8 Blog Tour!  Today I give you 8 lines from one of my Christmas in Noelle stories...A Cinderella Christmas         “...You all played us like we were some puppets in a fairytale play.” She shot to her feet, unable to control the shaking anger. “Do you know what you’ve done! Wes won’t even talk to me now. And you know the worse part?” The back of her eyes burned and she waved her hands in the air, the wool coat falling to the ground. “We were perfect for each…
  • Special Deals!!

    5 Dec 2014 | 1:16 pm
    December 5-19, Honky Tonk Hearts Boxed sets will be .99 each. Not only will you get my Lonesome Cowboy title, but the two boxed sets have the full series.   And don't miss the Honky Tonk Hearts Party on Facebook on Friday, December 12 at 7:00pm Here's the link:  there will be authors and great giveaways!!
  • Trans Canada Romance Writers Christmas Giveaway

    4 Dec 2014 | 1:09 pm
    TransCRW Christmas GiveawayWith the days counting down to Christmas, Trans Canada Romance Writers has put together an awesome Christmas Giveaway!Enter the Rafflecopter for your chance to win a major eBook Prize Package as well as a $5.00 Amazon Gift Card.eBook (PDF) Prize Package Includes:A Cinderella Christmas by Stacy DawnOne Sweet Christmas by Darlene FredetteA Woman of Honour by Marlow KellyThe Bullrider and the Bare Boycotter by Jeanine McAdamStorms of Passion by Lori PowerA Cowboys Fate by Gini RifkinTransCRW Christmas GiveawayOpen: December 3, 2014End: December 17, 2014Winner will be…
  • Hauntings in the Garden Day 5

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Since it is Halloween, I thought you deserved more than just one book today.....The Houseby Lara Parker  Unexpectedly, Leslie Harrison inherits a sprawling horse farm in Florida from a distant relative. She packs up her life and relocates to the Sunshine State with no idea what awaits her. Upon her arrival, she meets the farm manager, Preston McClay and, to her chagrin, he isn’t happy to see her. Quickly the cantankerous, but rather good looking, farm manager becomes the least of her worries when things start to go bump in the night. Will the sinister activity in the house chase…
  • Hauntings in the Garden Day 4

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    ShriekWeek by Anne Knol   http://www.slowandsteadywriters.blogspot.com’s hard to fit in when you’re suspected of murder. It’s even harder to lay past ghosts to rest.  Events organiser Maggie Ballater has a new career, a new Island home and a new life and intends to make the most of it. But two things stand in her way. One is the dangerously attractive guitarist who brings back past memories she’d rather forget. The other is the inexplicable murder of the lead actor in her ShriekWeek pageant.     Bram Jenkins wants to…
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    Stephanie Julian On a Moonlit Night

  • Where I'll be...and hope to see you!

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    2014 is almost a goner and I'm looking forward to the new year with anticipation because I've got lots of places on my agenda to visit this year. Here's what I have so far. I hope to see many of you there.February 5-8, 2015I can't wait to spend some time in Florida with readers who love paranormal romance as much as I do.Coastal Magic Convention March 28, 2015This is a new event and I'm excited to be joining themCapital City Authors EventApril 17-18, 2015Another new event.Romancing the CapitalJuly 22-25, 2015In NYC!! Can't wait. There's a huge literacy signing with hundreds of your favorite…

    12 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    Only 99 cents for a limited timeOne woman. Two men.Half a million dollars. One night... Book One in the Indecent seriesOne night. That's all Erik and Keegan want with Julianne. And they've come up with the perfect plan: Offer Julianne a half-million dollars.Julianne is in debt up to her eyeballs due to her mother's illness. Five-hundred-thousand dollars would pay off her bills and give her a start on a new life. All she needs to do is have sex with a man she's never met. An explosion left Erik with scars, physical and psychological. Work is his only refuge. Until he sees Julianne through a…
  • Philly Author Fest is this Saturday

    6 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    Philly Author FestJoin some of your favorite authors for an afternoon of books and fun on November 8th from 11am-4pm!Attending Authors:Megan Hart, Melissa Schroeder, Stephanie Julian, Dana Marton, Theresa Troutman, Judi Fennell, Caridad Pineiro, Sara Humphreys, Tracey Lyons, Jenna Galicki, Beth Rinyu, N.M.Silber, A.M Madden, CS Patra, Jamie Farrell, Jae Lynne Davies, Ella Jade, Ursula LeCouer, Kimberly Kincaid, Michelle Kemper Brownlow, Christi Barth, Gina Ardito, Elizabeth Hayley, Ashley Beale, Julie Johnson, Eliza Knight, Tilly Greene, Kym Grosso, Julia Kent, Jacki Kelly, Renee Wynn, KM…
  • Halloween Treats

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    They'll be no tricks today, only treats. Want a very early preview of the next (still untitled) Salon Games book? I'll have a short excerpt in my newsletter going out later today.Sign up here for my newsletter
  • SPELL BOUND on sale for a limited time

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    A darkly sensual paranormal with a twist on the traditional, SPELL BOUND, Book 1 in the Darkly Enchanted series, is on sale for 99 cents through Monday.Magic, shapeshifters and a 500-year-old curse…the perfect read to heat up a cool fall evening.Spell BoundAmazon    B&N    Kobo   iBooks   AllRomanceMoon BoundAmazon  B&N   Kobo   iBooks   AllRomance
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    Beth Kery

  • Cover Reveal: GLIMMER

    Beth Kery
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:32 am
    I’m very pleased to reveal the cover for my next contemporary erotic romance. GLIMMER has it all–suspense, surprises and a scorching love story! Look for it on May 2, 2015. Preorder now! 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…
  • ONLY FOR YOU Is Raking in Some Fab Reviews!

    Beth Kery
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    ONLY FOR YOU, the third novel in the critically acclaimed One Night of Passion series, is raking in some amazing reviews of its own! Check them out! Fiction Vixen “Another winner in the series, fans will be pleased.” Heroes and Heartbreakers – “The writing here is so strong it’s nothing less than thrilling.” Debbie’s Book Bag – “Hot and steamy. Kerry’s powers of description are impeccable.” The Reading Café – “Beth Kery is a master of erotic fiction.” Night Owl Reviews –A Reviewer Top Pick, “A lovely story and a…
  • Great Early Reviews for ONLY FOR YOU!

    Beth Kery
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:41 am
    Very excited that there are two big early reviews for ONLY FOR YOU, out 12/2/14! ONLY FOR YOU… will blow readers’ socks off. Kery knows exactly what she’s doing when she pens these addicting tales and seems to connect to book lovers’ emotions with ease–RT Book Reviews Kery’s third One Night of Passion contemporary (after Exposed to You) combines sizzling heat with a cozy vibe. Those who relish domestic eroticism with a kinky yet tender trajectory will be satisfied–Publisher’s Weekly
  • Out today: THE AFFAIR WEEK 8 and ON THE JOB!

    Beth Kery
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:02 am
    I have two releases today, the final episode of THE AFFAIR and a steamy re-release of the novella from the Three to Tango anthology, ON THE JOB! I hope you enjoy both!
  • The Affair Week 7, Available Now!

    Beth Kery
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Emma and Montand’s angsty, sexy, beautiful affair is coming to a close. Will their love affair last longer than the prescribed 8 weeks? If you have held off on beginning the read, now might be a good time to jump in! Kindle Nook Kobo iBooks
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    Kristina Knight - Romance Author

  • Musical Distraction

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    I recently finished a round of revisions on my latest manuscript and sent it off (yay!), but along the way I made a little discovery. It's no secret that I write with music in my mind. Before starting a manuscript, I create a playlist - all kinds of music are involved. During the actual writing, no lyrics are allowed, but during edits or while I'm researching, the playlist is going. So, of course, during these revisions, there was much playing of the playlist.No, I didn't get tired of it. The discovery that I made was that I can't have music videos mixed up with non-videos. In fact, it's…
  • #AuthorSpotlight: Sharon Cullen ~ Pleasing The Pirate

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Hiya, readers! I'm really excited to welcome my friend, Sharon Cullen, back to the blog. Sharon's historical romance, Pleasing the Pirate, is only 99 cents for a limited time, and she's giving us a sneak peek into the book. Take it away, Sharon!Pleasing the Pirate BlurbFrom Sharon Cullen, author of the eBook sensation Loving the Earl, comes the tale of a ruthless pirate and the Scottish lass who fills him with desire for something greater than plunder.With her clan’s crops burned and their property confiscated, Mairi McFadden is desperate to free her brother from imprisonment so that he can…
  • #3OnThursday - Favorite Holiday Flicks!

    11 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hi, gang! I'm back with another 3 on Thursday after a LONG hiatus in which I wrote all the words. Some of them twice. :DBecause I've been in heaven binge-watching a lot of these movies over the past couple of weeks, I thought I'd make this a holiday movie edition and list 3 of my favorite holiday movies. Yes, there are more, but these three are special. At least for today.1. Rudolph. And Santa Clause is Coming To Town. When I was little my mom would make hot cocoa and we would all sit down in the living room at 7pm on a Wednesday night and magic would happen. Rudolph and Hermie or the Klaus…
  • #TastyTuesday: Kristina's Fairy Pudding

    9 Dec 2014 | 5:21 am
    Hi, gang! Sorry I've been a little MIA with the recipes lately...I wish I had a good excuse like I'd been whisked away to a remote Caribbean island with questionable interwebz but the truth is ... it's the holidays. And I've had 2 books due. And shopping. And family in for a week. And, well, it's the holidays. It's busy and lovely and amazing! So today I'm sharing one of my favorite holiday dessert recipes - fairy pudding! This is a really light but very sweet pudding - so don't forget a glass of milk!What you need:1 cup sugar1 envelope Knox gelatin1 cup milk2 egg whites2 beaten egg yolks1…
  • #AuthorSpotlight: Melinda Dozier - Time Out Valentine

    1 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Time Out, Valentineby Melinda DozierPublisher: The Wild Rose PressRelease Date: January 2015And here's the amazing Time Out, Valentine cover ...BLURBLexi’s life is one big dump. Or so she thinks. To keep her mind off her latest breakup, she stays busy with work. It’s no big deal, since writing for Time Out Portland Magazine is a blast…except for the one small snag – Grant Reeds. Grant, a shy but sexy computer geek, is new to Time Out, working as the Networking Director for the online magazine. Even though Lexi thinks he doesn’t notice her, he sure as hell does. The owners have a…
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    Ryshia Kennie

  • The Vacation is Trickling Away - Now What?

    Ryshia Kennie
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Sometimes in life and in writing you just need a little vacation.  So a trip to Arizona had me thinking that I'd get plenty of writing done by the pool.  Note to self - the pool is not for writing, it's for relaxing, play and yes - even exercise.  It's not for work.  Besides, I heard that laptops and water don't mix.  No - that's just a theory, not a proven experiment.But speaking of motivation, the trip home is very motivating.  It has me longing for the warm little cocoon of my basement office where temperatures are steady.  And outside they are steady too…
  • Dishtowel Will Travel

    Ryshia Kennie
    28 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    It's hard to write on vacation or maybe that's just an excuse.  Maybe I've been plodding with my word count because all of a sudden writing hasn't been much fun.  Now don't get me wrong, I still want to write - need to write even.  But I expect the words will just miraculously, effortlessly plop out, pouring across the page in a vast first rough draft that only needs some sprucing, tuning and sprucing again.  But that's not quite how it's working.All of a sudden there's expectations. Up until now I wrote, submitted and wrote again.  I was master of my own game.
  • Remembrance Day - Lest we Forget

    Ryshia Kennie
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
    It's a rather sobering Remembrance Day.  Not that they all aren't a reminder of the sacrifice so many made and continue to make.  But today is the 100th Anniversary of World War I.  Combine that withthe shock of having two soldiers killed on Canadian soil within the last three weeks and it's drawn a large crowd to Parliament Hill and the national memorial service.(Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)I wasn't able to watch the ceremony this year which I do every year on TV or at the local cenotaph.  But I'm not in the country and it's not on TV, at least not on my cable…
  • 10 Nov 2014 | 7:46 pm

    Ryshia Kennie
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Choices and Illusions - you may have remembered the its release but it was so good -  it's out again - in paperback and about time!  Just in time to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of Eldon Taylor's Progressive Awareness Research and just in time for Christmas, or just in time for a life changing read.  It's a fantastic book that will power-stoke your life by giving you the tools you need to succeed.Choices and Illusions is available at all online and retail bookstores.  To participate in the celebratory event Eldon has put together including a chance to win a $500…
  • New Release - Legacy of Fear

    Ryshia Kennie
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    Imagine a language - lost.Imagine, a unique language that is written, not spoken.Imagine, a language written by and for women.Imagine - the possibilities of such a language.My latest romantic suspense is out!Just released...Legacy of FearAndra Vandersan is an expert code breaker, as fiercely independent and beautiful as she is brilliant. Working at the highest levels of deciphering, she's always remained at a safe distance from the seamy underworld of Hong Kong's criminal elite--but that's about to change.  When her next-door neighbour is brutally murdered in a way that suggests the work…
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    Susan Says

  • Halcyon Days

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:30 pm
    The term Halcyon Days emerged in ancient times when a grieving wife named Halcyon threw herself into the sea after discovering her husband, Ceyx, drowned body. The gods took pity on the couple and turned them into halcyons, kingfishers, and gave them the power to calm the stormy seas for 14 days around the time of the winter solstice. It's really windy here today, so maybe we're too far from the sea to benefit.But the next week will be my blogging Halcyon Days as I take a break from many of my online activities. I won't be blogging again until the 26th though I'll drop in on Twitter and…
  • Book Promotion 101 by Sharon Ledwith

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    Book promotion, the terrible, confusing, difficult part of being a writer. So many times we get and give advice but does it really work. Today, Sharon Ledwith shares exact details about what worked for her and the numbers to prove it. She's been so generous with letting us see the intimate details of her promotion experiences.This past November, I decided to go gung-ho and promote my two time travel books. So I prepared a plan and outlined it HERE. This is gist of my book promo strategy:1. I created a Goodreads Giveaway for The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis, and the prequel to the…
  • Freezing Friday

    11 Dec 2014 | 11:30 pm
    It's not even officially winter yet and I'm freezing. I'm really not a fan of winter. I'll try not to complain on my blog like I did all last winter. No promises though.Finished up the edits on The Warrior and the Governor. After all the rewrites and zillions of times editing it, I still cried through the one chapter. I choked myself up so I hope that's a good thing for the readers. Really made me eager to get back to the next Warrior book that I have about one quarter of the first draft completed.Lots of bloggers taking a break for the holiday. I haven't decided yet whether I will or won't…
  • Tom Olbert: Evolving as a Writer

    10 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    It is my pleasure today to introduce Tom Olbert, a fellow Musa Publishing speculative fiction author. Tom has experience with multiple publishers and has learned a few thing he learned along the way. He's going to share his journey from short-story writer to novelist.Writing fiction (specifically science fiction and supernatural fiction) is pretty much all I ever fantasized doing as a kid.  I knew all along that was my (calling? Passion?)  Those words always sound a bit lame to me, but you get my point.And, much to my amazement, I actually started producing stories people were…
  • Carol Browne Visits

    8 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Carol Browne writes speculative fiction for Musa Publishing and is doing me a huge favor with an interview today. I made her do all the work so I had more time to write. It's been a joy getting to know her.What writers inspired you to take on the epic fantasy genre?Till now, it hadn’t occurred to me I had written epic fantasy, and to be honest I’m not a great reader of the genre. I prefer horror and the paranormal. The idea for my book came to me in a day-dream when I was listening to music. I had recently read Lord of the Rings, and it had the kind of magical setting I thought my…
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    Cait London

  • Gift Givers and Tunisian Hooking

    9 Dec 2014 | 2:52 pm
    I hope you're enjoying the holiday season and my Christmas Snuggable(s): Miracles and Mistletoe, The Pendragon Virus,  The Loving Season. :) Books are always great gifts, but sometimes we writers do other stuff.Like Tunisian Hooking: I'm not a knitter or a crocheter. However, I got this huge bag of stuff at Goodwill, which included probably everything needed--and a big batch of cream yarn.My mother and sister crocheted everything, from the most delicate to afghans. (Which left me bored, of course.) But then, a few years later--lots of years later--this came along and…
  • Upcoming & Potstickers

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    The Ebook of this is out now, but the paperback cover is so gorgeous, I wanted you to see it now. Thank you, NajQamberDesigns.Amazon/NookThe Basket Maker's Wife: Safely hidden away from her horrifying past, single mother Nora loves her elderly friend, the inituitive owner of The Basket Shop. A young woman on-the-run arrives, and the three women's lives unite, changing Nora forever. Amid a cast of characters who love her, Nora fearfully faces the past, a new full life, and the terror of a shocking gift that has waited for her....  A Different Kind of Story from Cait London: The…
  • Book Land's Early Christmas

    16 Nov 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Is it too early to think about Christmas? IMHO it is too early, prior to Thanksgiving.But in BookLand, authors are busy getting Christmas books out there. And so am I. (Check out my updated Book List)But the Other Side of me, that homey side is busy gift-making.I have a whole line-up this year, and beaucoup thanks to a good friend, Carolin. She helped me get down one crochet stitch, which has served me well during lots of stress. After a full day's work, I crochet dishcloths. It's so much fun choosing the colors to suit the person I want to gift. They are great little gifts. So me and my one…
  • Humor Mystery Novelette Series

    13 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    DEATH BY COUPON and DEATH BY SALSA DANCING  **Now on Kindle, available elsewhere soon.Introducing Sue Kowalski, a Kansas City suburb homicide detective. Recently divorced, Sue holds her own in the all-male force. As the smallest, most agile, Sue has been been hefted up, lowered down, and scrunched into places no woman should enter. She craves good bear-claw pastry, coffee, and Jose Morales, a co-worker. Her chances for the first two are good. Death by Coupon: A body found outside an alley dumpster has Sue working a new case. The Body was a couponer, desperate enough to climb into the…
  • Dealing with Novel Interruptus

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Read More About My Christmas Stories... With the busy holidays straight ahead, every writer deals with Novel Interruptus.I’m doing quite a bit of DIY indie publishing which is hard to balance with writing time. And I've changed computer systems (a time-sucker for a writer), the usual family stuff, and now facing the upcoming holidays. I’m just now back into a story that has waited for months. In the last few days, I’ve picked up the story line and have been burning my fingertips on the keyboard. It feels so good.I’ve written other things in the months between when I had to stop this…
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    Jenyfer Matthews

  • Christmas Past

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:23 pm
    I have a distinct lack of holiday spirit this year. If not for the children, I’d probably have skipped putting up a tree. Though I might still have put up some Christmas lights. I do like Christmas lights. I am trying to make Christmas nice for my children, because though I lack enthusiasm this year myself (more on that another time) I do remember how exciting this time of year was when I myself was still a kid. I can remember the magic of waking up before the crack of dawn to creep downstairs and see what Santa had brought while I was sleeping. My sister and I would take turns sneaking…
  • Something to Talk About

    11 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    If only I had something, I’d have something to say here…. It’s been a weird time for me lately… work was crazy for a while and now it’s not. We’re in a lull before another busy period comes up next year. I wish there was something between total boredom and full-out crazy but that just seems to be the way it goes where I am, which is okay for now. I’m pretty well settled in and feeling pretty good about where I landed. The majority of my Christmas shopping is done. I forced myself to wrap some presents last night and tried to remind myself that there…
  • Tis the Season

    1 Dec 2014 | 5:22 pm
    I dragged our Christmas tree out last night. It’s artificial and comes in three sections with pre-strung lights, and every year that I manage to assemble and figure out how to plug all the various cords together to get all the lights to work – and that lights do actually work – I feel very accomplished. I let the children take the lead on decorating – they are much more enthusiastic about it – and I just come along behind and redistribute things a bit as needed. Some people have very decorated trees – all red ornaments or all silver. Everything matches and…
  • Just in Time

    23 Nov 2014 | 1:33 pm
    The happy couple got married back in August, but perhaps my delay in finishing their quilt isn’t such a big deal since it is definitely quilt weather now. And it’s also really gorgeous: (click image to enlarge) I called this quilt Ocean Currents (in my mind anyway) because of the colors but now that it is done, it reminds me more of Van Gogh’s painting Starry Night. I think it is all the swirls. I created a serious fabric stockpile when I was living in the United Arab Emirates and could buy fabric for about $1.50/yard and I still had enough big chunks to put a pretty backing…
  • Finished… Or Not

    16 Nov 2014 | 8:18 am
    There were no sports events this weekend and work was quiet too so I had no more excuses not to make some progress on the stairs. I thought that all I needed to do was paint the risers and the trim and aside some adding some trim pieces, I’d be done. Well you know how that goes… This has taken me so long, here is a quick review. This is how the stairs started. I am not a fan of wall to wall carpet in general and white carpet on the stairs? Always looks messy and is hard to vacuum: The landing was my biggest concern but once I saw this under the carpet, nothing was going to stop me…
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    On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

  • Interview on USA Today Online & Cut from Heart Fire

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:26 pm
    So thrilled! here is Celta Thursday, a bit cut from the scene where Tiana is regressed to the firebombing of her house.Garrett's jaw tightened, then he said, "What was the noise?""I don't know you. Who are you? Are there people inside, too?"Another scream tore from her, a girl's scream."Easy. I'm just here to help," Garrett said. "I love you like a bro–, like an uncle.""My uncles don't love me.""What's going on?""Someone threw something in the window while we were all…
  • Celta Thursday: Map of the Area Where the Starship Lugh's Spear landed

    11 Dec 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Celta Thursday: Map of the area where Lugh's Spear starship landed.
  • Map of the planet Celta

    5 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    Sorry folks. I thought yesterday was Wednesday most of the day, and last night, so I spaced Celta Thursday. Not a cut this week, but a map of the planet...
  • Happy Thanksgiving! Celta Thursday, Return of ZANTH AND THE TREASURE.

    27 Nov 2014 | 10:12 am
    Happy Thanksgiving! I am so grateful for all of you who enjoy my work, and who share such wonderful words and feelings with me. Celta Thursday, a return of the piece, ZANTH AND THE TREASURE (Free Short Short Story set in the Celta Universe)Celta, 406 Years After Colonization, SummerZanth's whiskers twitched. The smell was incredible. Incredible and wonderful and with the scent of great Flair magic.He padded warily through the night and the bushes that rose high above his head. He'd never been out of the city of Druida before. Here on his FamMan's southern, overgrown estate there were…
  • CE Murphy Kickstarter: Rosie the Redeemer

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:21 pm
    A kickstarter by my good friend, Catie (CE) Murphy, urban fantasy and fantasy author. The deets and READ THE FIRST 3 CHAPTERS at --> link:BLURB As monsters follow the boys home from WW2, Rosie learns she can redeem a damned soul--but will she lose her own in the process?The war is over...but for Rosie the Redeemer, the homefront battle is just about to begin!It's July 1945, and handsome young Johnny B. Goode is home from the war. Reportedly shattered by his experiences, he takes a night shift job at the local factory. It's no surprise that the girls there are smitten with the handsome young…
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    Jess Riley Writes

  • We are DONE Remodeling!!

    Jess Riley
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:47 am
    Some of you who know me may recall that we've been remodeling our house since before any of us were born. We've poured a driveway, torn down a shed, built a garage, sided, roofed, re-windowed, gutted the second floor, gutted the living room, and installed a pleasant little patio on which I have a semblance of privacy in which to drink my morning coffee.Well, guess what? We FINALLY tackled the last two rooms: the kitchen and first floor bathroom / laundry. This was a massive project, and we hired a real-life design & reno company to manage it all. It all cost more than J paid for the…
  • Morning Visitor

    Jess Riley
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    Give me the treat already!The last 24 hours have been pretty exciting here at the Riley homestead. First, Daisy got her first-ever haircut! Isn’t she cute? It only took us twelve years to make her appointment…and the groomer walked away with all ten fingers and completely unbroken skin!It looks like the carpet is 6 inches tall and has swallowed her legs.Back fat roll!!! We never knew it existed...Maybe this is the place ... This morning I was doing my usual plant-watering routine when I saw a very elderly man park in front of my house. He was driving a beige four-door sedan. (What,…
  • Peeking from the Grant Weeds

    Jess Riley
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    After one of the most unpredictable grant seasons ever, I am busier than ever at work--hence the silence on this trusty old blog. I am making serious hay while the sun shines. I do miss the novel I started last summer, but I've been adding to the tidbit folder. Ideas are percolating. Other developments:We're considering remodeling our kitchen and downstairs bathroom this summer, after which we will have fully renovated our entire house. A human being can only take so much toilet so close to the kitchen for so long. Developing story, stay tuned ...I've started my seedlings! Far too early, it…
  • Gifts for Writers. (Hint: They're Not Books This Year)

    Jess Riley
    1 Dec 2013 | 5:47 pm
    Posting with the Girlfriends today, on gifts for writers and cutting-edge technologies. (Note: this no longer includes the Neo Alphasmart. Sounds like a fun learning toy for intelligent kids, right?) Stop by and tell us what you write on, what you want for Christmas, what you're giving the writers on your list: Skin-thickening cream, a unique little personal crisis (for inspiration), Famous for a Day treatment (it's like a spa day but far more entertaining)."My name ... is Neo."Subscribe with Feedburner
  • Cat in a Cold Stone Cistern

    Jess Riley
    21 Nov 2013 | 11:28 am
    (Which is really the opposite of a Hot Tin Roof.)My parents live in an old farmhouse they bought at a real estate auction in the early eighties for a song. What song, I don't know--maybe it was that old favorite, "You Will Never Stop Remodeling This House (and one day your son's friends will Saran Wrap a dead possum to the porch)."Anyway, it's a farmstead, which means it came with a garage, outbuildings, and an actual barn with hay and Official Farm StinkTM in the actual barn At the time, a local farmer still housed his cows there and pastured them in adjacent fields; the fence that ran the…
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    Camy's Loft

  • Cry Out to Jesus

    Camy Tang
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    For those of you who might be having a hard time this Christmas, here’s one of my favorite songs. It was actually the theme song to my book, Treacherous Intent, because of the trauma the hero was going through after he came back from Afghanistan."Cry Out To Jesus" by Third DayTo everyone who's lost someone they loveLong before it was their timeYou feel like the days you had were not enoughwhen you said goodbyeAnd to all of the people with burdens and painsKeeping you back from your lifeYou believe that there's nothing and there is no oneWho can make it rightThere is hope for the…
  • Just released: Treacherous Intent

    Camy Tang
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    My newest Love Inspired Suspense, Treacherous Intent, is the latest book in my Sonoma series (although each book can be read on its own). This story stars Liam O'Neill, whom readers met in my books Narrow Escape and Unshakeable Pursuit.DANGER AT HER DOORSTEPPrivate investigator Elisabeth Aday thinks her California women's shelter is a safe haven—until skip tracer Liam O'Neill shows up. While searching for a missing woman, Liam unwittingly puts Elisabeth in the crosshairs of the deadly drug gang that is trailing his target. To stay alive, they must find the woman before the gang finds them.
  • USA Today Best-Selling Books list!

    Camy Tang
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:31 pm
    I sent this out in my newsletter but forgot to post this here on my blog! Mistletoe Kisses, the Christian romance anthology I self-published with 7 other Christian authors, hit the USA Today Best-Selling Books list!THANK YOU to all of you who bought the book, tweeted about it, shared on Facebook, and posted reviews! It's all because of you!
  • Prelude for a Lord - names part 5 Lucy

    Camy Tang
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is continuing my series explaining how I came up with the weird (and not so weird) names of my characters in Prelude for a Lord.Alethea’s half-sister, Lucy PurcellActually … there’s no special meaning for Lucy’s surname. It sounded like a last name for a country woman seduced by Alethea’s father, and it wasn’t the name of any real-life peers.Alethea’s father, the 7th Earl of Trittonstone, had an affair with a local woman, Hannah Purcell, a seamstress, just before he married Alethea’s mother. Hannah had Alethea’s half-sister, Lucy, only a few months before Alethea was…
  • Gerard's scarf & Prelude winners!

    Camy Tang
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    I finished Gerard’s scarf! It’s lovely and squishy. Here’s the link to my Ravelry project page if you’re interested.And the winners are:The winner of Gerard’s scarf and a copy of Prelude for a Lord is:Cathy B. (Oklahoma)The winners of a copy of Prelude for a Lord are:Cora B. (Ohio)DeVorah B. (Georgia)Breanna D. (California)Deidre D. (Georgia)Carol G. (Oklahoma)Janka H. (Slovakia)Deborah K. (Virginia)Cheri O. (Kentucky)Sara W. (Virginia)Joan W. (Florida)Congratulations! I’ve emailed you. If you didn’t receive my email, or if I didn’t respond to YOUR reply, please contact me…
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    Laurie J. Edwards ~ Author, Artist, Dreamer...

  • Easy Revisions for Your NaNo Novel

    4 Dec 2014 | 6:27 am
    Have you finished your NaNo novel or did you get stuck partway through? If your story needs revision, but you have no idea of how to get started, here’s the perfect solution. Agent Jill Corcoran and “Plot Whisperer” Martha Alderson are offering a novel revision course packaged in video form, so you can watch each lesson at your convenience. I first met Jill and Martha in their online course on editing picture books. A small group of us met each week to get feedback on our manuscripts. By the time the class ended, I’d received a valuable gift: Jill had identified a…
  • A Trip to the Maine Coast

    1 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    To celebrate the start of a new month, I’m welcoming another friend with a book release, Marcia Strykowski. Marcia’s second book, AMY’S CHOICE, debuts today, so I invited her to tell a bit about herself and give some tips to aspiring as well as experienced writers. So glad you could join us, Marcia. I have plenty of questions, so I hope you’ll settle back with a cup of tea and enjoy a long visit. Where are you from and how has that and/or where you have lived/visited influenced your work? I grew up in Massachusetts, but often traveled to Maine and New Hampshire. Most…
  • Halloween Madness: Little Dead Riding Hood

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Because it’s Halloween, I wanted to showcase something scary and literature-related. What could be better than announcing a friend’s new book called –yep, LITTLE DEAD RIDING HOOD? So welcome to Amie and Bethanie Borst, who agreed to talk about the book and share some of their secrets about how they came up with such a creative idea for their SCARY EVER LAUGHTER series, which also includes CINDERSKELLER and SNOW FRIGHT. Oh, and be sure to read all the way to the end for a chance to win a free copy. Just enter your info in the Rafflecopter and maybe it’ll conjure up an…
  • Painting on the Canvas of Your Life

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    Art by Ali Spagnola I’ve been reading Panache Desai’s Discovering Your Soul Signature and wanted to share one of the meditations from the book: Imagine that your life can be portrayed on a canvas….When you look at this canvas, you’ll see see everything that’s been placed there. And most of it doesn’t originate from you…. As you’ve moved on through life, external labels have been superimposed on the canvas…. People have told us who we are, and this fills the canvas too. Now start pulling off those labels…. Peel away those limitations.
  • Domestic Violence Victim Speaks Out

    9 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    For more information: Jessica DeFranco 203/458-4646 jdefranco <at> rowman <dot> com   Domestic Violence Victim Speaks Out Former abuse victim Alexis Moore helps abuse and cybercrime victims. Now she shares her secrets in her book Cyber Self-Defense. To tweet this news, copy and paste: to Twitter with #noexcuseforabuse Everyone wonders why Janay Rice didn’t just leave. Alexis Moore, a former abuse and cyberstalking victim has the answer. “Deep inside many victims blame themselves for the violence, and leaving is no guarantee the abuser won’t track…
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    Astraea Press

  • In the Kitchen for Christmas with Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Iced Buttermilk Brownies My mom found this many years ago and our family has been making it ever since! Ingredients:What You Need (Brownies)•             Two sticks butter•             4 tablespoons cocoa•             1 cup water•             2 cups flour•             2 cups…
  • AP Christmas Stories: Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy "The Courtship of Ebenezer Scrooge"

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Courtship of Ebenezer Scrooge by Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy Blurb:Ebenezer Scrooge changed for the better after three Christmas ghosts impacted his life and heart.  His miserly ways vanished as he gained happiness and his family ties with nephew Fred have improved.  There’s something missing, however, and when Ebenezer meets Widow Abigail Collins, he realizes what he lacks.  He sets out to court Abigail, object marriage and learns the many ways love can further improve his disposition and life!   Purchase…
  • AP Christmas Stories: E.A West "Trust of the Heart" & "Running from Christmas"

    13 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Author bio: E.A. West, award-winning author of sweet and inspirational romance, is a lifelong lover of books and storytelling. In high school, she picked up her pen in a creative writing class and hasn’t laid it down yet. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, knitting, and crocheting. She lives in Indiana with her family and a small zoo of pets.  For more information visit:  Trust of the Heart (Veteran Hearts, Book 2) Blurb:Josh Teague has dark memories from his time in Iraq. While he longs to share the burden of those memories with…
  • In the Kitchen for Christmas with Frank Borne

    11 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
     Broccoli Salad6 broccoli crowns (wash, then cut into florets) 1 bag slivered almonds 1 box of raisins (or half of a round cylindrical container)(I used the Great Value brand from Wal-Mart) 2 small bags of real bacon pieces (I used the Great Value brand from Wal-Mart) 1 red onion diced small Dressing: 2 cups mayonnaise, 4 tablespoons white vinegar, and 16 packets of Splenda All comes together in 10 minutes. I chill it overnight before serving. Right before serving, mix everything one more time. Shrimp & Artichoke Dip2 8-oz. packages of cream cheese 2 lb. shrimp 2 cans artichoke…
  • AP Christmas Stories "Nowhere for Christmas"

    9 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    by Heather Gray Blurb:Anything can happen on the road to Nowhere… A journalist and single mother, Avery is used to being in control though she tries to remind her-self to let God take lead in her life. Eli, her son, is happy as long as he has his music, plenty of food, and the occasional adult on which to practice his rapier wit. Gavin, a virtual stranger, is a photojournalist who mysteriously dropped off the scene a few years ago. The trio ends up together for a Christmas road trip to the small town of Nowhere. An eight hour drive in a rental car turns into two days of misadventure…
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    Fierce Romance

  • Christmas at Grove Park Inn

    Gwyn Brodie
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    One of the things that I like to do around Christmas each year is to visit the Grove Park Inn, which is now the Omni Grove Park Inn. It is a beautiful place to visit any time, with its amazing views of the surrounding mountains, but especially beautiful during the holidays, when you can also see all of the wonderful gingerbread houses on display. Here are some of the photos I took during my visit a couple of weeks ago.Sit beside the fireLobbyHere are a few of the gingerbread houses on display.This soldier opening a package from home was also one of the entries.I hope you enjoyed the photos!
  • A Sense of Duty

    Cameo Brown
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:12 pm
    I hope this lovely winter season finds you happy, healthy, and enjoying family and friends. I'm trying to finish a major project at work, which A) cuts into my writing time (boo!) and B) cuts into my holiday festivity time. This doesn't make me happy, but I think we'll be done by Friday, so the next week should be all clear. All clear to just veg and relax, as the holiday shopping is done for this year.Aaaaaah.So, I'm going to find a cozy spot and pick up a favorite book, one I've ready many times, and just enjoy some much needed one-on-one with a favorite author.On that note, if you're…
  • Iona Abbey Part 3

    Vonda Sinclair
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    I have a few remaining photos from my visit to the Isle of Iona in Scotland. During past weeks I posted Iona Abbey Part 1, Iona Abbey Part 2 and Iona Nunnery.Beautiful flower garden we passed along the walk toward the abbey.Fuchsias Click to enlargeBase of St. Matthew's Cross.Click to enlarge.St. Columba's Well?The Great ChurchClick to enlarge.The Great ChurchClick to enlarge.Where the bake and brew house used to be.Click to enlarge.Abbey GardenRuin of the Bishop's House built in 1630s.Abbot's HouseClick to enlarge!Iona Abbey and Church.Thank you for checking out my posts about Iona…
  • New Release - Bound to Surrender!

    Natasha Moore
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:46 am
    Re-released with a new cover (by the talented Lacey Savage) and a new title, Bound to Surrender has always been one of my favorite erotic romances. Bondage, reunited lovers, and a sexy hero with very talented hands! I'm so happy to be able to make it available again.Blurb:Love is nothing but an illusion. Heiress Gabriella Winslow learned that lesson years ago when her magician boyfriend abandoned her, sick and alone, hundreds of miles from home. In the years that followed, she’s tried to forget him and the erotic bondage games they used to play. But the life she’s made for herself since…
  • Having a Routine...The Puppy is SUPPOSED to Be Sleeping...

    Terry Spear
    13 Dec 2014 | 5:24 am
    Hey, just because I can’t sleep, doesn’t mean that the puppy shouldn’t. I just had too much to do, so I was up at 4 am this morning, HOPING Max would sleep. No such luck. He was like it was our regular time to wake up between 5-6:30, depending on how late I worked the night before. So we had to go out, and we had to eat and we had to play and I was trying to get some of the million and one things done, like get the bear ready to ship, and a Christmas card ready and bills paid, and Max is happily getting into mischief. Of course. :)  I can’t say what he grabbed hold of this…
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  • THIS WEEK'S WORD - Means Wretched!

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    CaitiffAdjective and Noun [ Kay-rif ]Cowardly, despicable.Caitiff is pretty rare in contemporary use, but it has functioned since the 14th century as an adjective and also as a noun (as in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure: "O thou caitiff! O thou varlet! O thou wicked Hannibal!").Both the adjective and the noun evolved from the Anglo-French adjective caitif, meaning wretched, despicable. The French word in turn derived from the Latin captivus, meaning captive - the shift from captive to wretched being perhaps prompted by the perception of captives as wretched and worthy of scorn.Caitiff is…
  • HOT FOR FRIDAY - Hosted by Book Boyfriends Cafe

    12 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    WELCOME to HOT FOR FRIDAY BLOG HOPSponsored byDon't forget to check out all the authors participating in this weeks Hot For Friday Blog Hop HERE. We'd love to have you join us next week (or any week). You can sign up at the same link above for the next HOT FOR FRIDAY Blog Hop.This weeks theme is "First Kiss". I've chosen Meko and Cesca's kiss from WHERE THE RAIN IS MADE. want to know why, right? They met under tense, violent times when Francesca Duvall and her brother Marsh were kidnapped by the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers during a raid on their homestead. Her captor (and protector)…
  • Hot For Friday Hop - Hosted by BOOK BOYFRIENDS CAFE

    4 Dec 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Welcome to HOT FOR FRIDAYHosted by Book Boyfriends Cafe Our fun task this week was to choose one of the heroes from a book and compare him to a look-alike celebrity. More specifically, who would we choose to play our hero in a movie?This was an easy choice for me. I chose Actor/Model Rick Mora to play Meko from Where the Rain Is Made. Meko (aka Ethan Gray) is a time wanderer from the modern world who is sent back in time by a Sacred Council to help his beloved people, the Cheyenne. One of the tenets of time wandering is to avoid falling in love with a woman from another time and…
  • This Week's Word Means "To Imitate"

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    Mimesisnoun [muh-MEE-sis]The imitative representation of nature and human behavior in art and literature; any disease that shows symptoms characteristic of another disease; or the representation of another person's words in a speech.First Known Use: 1550. Originally a Greek word, it has been used in aesthetic or artistic theory to refer to the attempt to imitate or reproduce reality since Plato and Aristotle. Mimesis is derived from the Greek verb mimeisthai, which means to imitate and which itself comes from mimos, meaning mime. The English word mime also descends from mimos, as do mimic and…
  • Author SUZ deMELLO Is Here Today!

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Please help me welcome Author Suz deMello and her new release PERILOUS PLAY! Perilous Play by Suz deMello I’m so pleased to be a part of the eighth What to Read After Fifty Shadesof Grey boxed set, which includes squirm-inducing, edgy erotic fiction. My fictionalized memoir is part of this set.Check it out:One woman’s journey into the contemporary kink underworld, Perilous Play is Suz deMello’s explosive personal account of her experiences with BDSM. Engaging and honest, this groundbreaking memoir will grab you and never let you go. Here's an excerpt:Trapper’s first word to me…
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    Falling In Love With Romance

  • Thursday Writing Quotes ~ George R R Martin

    Suzie Quint
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    [After A Dance With Dragons was completed] I did my sweat. That’s a technique I learned in Hollywood, where my scripts were always too long. “This is too long,” the studio would say. “Trim it by eight pages.” But I hated to lose any good stuff — scenes, dialogue exchanges, bits of action — so instead I would go through the script trimming and tightening line by line and word by word, cutting out the fat and leaving the muscle. I found the process so valuable that I’ve done the same with all my books since leaving LA. It’s the last stage of the process. ~ George R R Martin
  • Tuesday Teaser/Opening - Dreamfever

    Suzie Quint
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Have you ever read a series that's consumed you? Caught at your every free moment to keep reading it. Karen Marie Moning's series has done that to me. This week's teaser is from Dreamfever, the fourth book of the incredible urban fantasy Fever series. The Blurb: MacKayla Lane lies naked on the cold stone floor of a church, at the mercy of the erotic Fae master she once swore to kill. Far from home, unable to control her sexual hungers, MacKayla is now fully under the Lord Master’s spell.…In New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning’s stunning new novel, the walls between…
  • Eight Sentence Sunday ~ Liar, Liar, Tabloid Writer ~ Meeting Jackson

    Suzie Quint
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I haven't done an 8 Sentence Sunday in some time, but I'm closing in on finishing the first draft of my WIP Liar, Liar, Tabloid Writer, and I have the cover (at the right. Isn't it pretty?) so I think it's time. This bit is near the beginning of the story. Our heroine, Cleo, is being given the introductory tour by Nigel, her editor, at the tabloid where she is now (unhappily) employed.    “And this is Jackson Palmaroy.” Nigel’s high-tone British accent made Jackson sound like he was someone who should have gone to Oxford instead of University of Florida. “His…
  • Thursday Writing Quotes ~ JK Rowling

    Suzie Quint
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    I didn’t write with a target audience in mind. What excited me was how much I would enjoy writing about Harry. I never thought about writing for children — children’s books chose me. I think if it is a good book anyone will read it ~ JK Rowling  Don't you love being able to get calendars of your favorite books? Click on the picture to get this 2015 calendar from Amazon
  • Tuesday Teaser/Opening ~ Darkfever

    Suzie Quint
    8 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I love good urban fantasy. The key word there is "good." The vampire stuff that never seems to die (bad pun alert) has worn out it's welcome with me, but something that builds on the fairy realm? Even better when the fairies are kind of evil. Or at least wicked. When that's done well, it will always catch my attention. And Darkfever: Fever Series Book 1 is done so very, very well. Blurb: MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so…
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    Fiction Vixen Book Reviews

  • Counting Down To Christmas With Free Books!

    FV Sophia
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Another day of sexy hot freebies from ARe. Each download will be available for 48 hours so get these on your e-reader TODAY. Get these free downloads today at ARe: (click the graphics)   We’ll be announcing the new ARe free download each day so check back! Counting Down To Christmas With Free Books! was first published on Fiction Vixen
  • Amy’s Friday Five: Romance Freebies – 12/19/2014

    FV Amy
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    Another week of HOT reads to keep you warm over the holidays!  Merry Christmas! Aces Wild: A Sin City Collection by Amanda Carlson 0.00 AMZ B&N His Risk to Take by Tessa Bailey 0.00 AMZ B&N Hot Package by Lynn Raye Harris 0.00 AMZ B&N Their Private Need: A Death Lords MC Romance by Ella Goode 0.00 AMZ B&N Welcome to Sugartown by Carmen Jenner 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…
  • Celebrating With ARe and Free Books!

    FV Sophia
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Here is the next ARe download in their 12 days to Christmas celebration. Each download will be available for 48 hours so don’t delay. Get these free downloads today at ARe: (click the graphics)   We’ll be announcing the new ARe free download each day so check back! Celebrating With ARe and Free Books! was first published on Fiction Vixen
  • Review: The Masseuse by Sierra Kincade

    FV Amy
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Anne Rossi is one of the best masseuses in the business so it doesn’t shock her when billionaire, Maxim Stein requests her services at his home for a private massage. While she usually screens her clients, she makes an exception for Stein given what she stands to gain monetarily for her services. What Anna doesn’t count on is the compromising position she quickly finds herself in with Stein’s bodyguard, Alec Flynn. Lust is a powerful drug and it doesn’t take long for Anna and Alec to given into the mutual desire they both have for one another. Anna has a habit of flight over fight…
  • New Freebies at ARe – Countdown To Christmas

    FV Sophia
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    ARe is counting down to the Holiday with a new free eBook each day. Here is todays free download. Enjoy! Get these free downloads today at ARe: (click the graphics)     We’ll be announcing the new ARe free download each day so check back! New Freebies at ARe – Countdown To Christmas was first published on Fiction Vixen
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    The Life & Times of a Book Addict

  • Kaleidoscope by Kristen Ashley Launch Day Blitz!!

    Cristal | Book Addict
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:12 am
    If you are a fan of Kristen Ashley, then I am here to give you some exciting news. Kaleidoscope from the Colorado Mountain series is finally available to you in print!  If you have yet to check out this awesome romance story, now is the time.  And if you would like a chance to win a signed set of the whole Colorado Mountain series, enter the giveaway below!!!KALEIDOSCOPE by Kristen Ashley (December 16, 2014; Forever Mass Market; $7.00)When old friends become new lovers...anything can happen.Sexy, gifted, and loyal, PI Jacob Decker is a tall, cool drink of perfection who had…
  • Book Spotlight: Dancing with Mistletoe - A Holiday Story by Leslie Wells

    Cristal | Book Addict
    28 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    Publication: November 5, 2014Publisher: Allium PressIn case you didn’t get enough of Jack and Julie in Come Dancing, they are back in a short story for the holiday season! Dancing with Mistletoe takes place right after Come Dancing ends. I am very excited to read this. I love reading holiday stories in December.  And in case the synopsis peaks your curiosity and you want to read this book,it is free Nov. 28-30th!! So go grab it and enjoy.When it comes to Christmas presents, it’s not the size that matters . . . A sparkling, entertaining story that will leave you laughing and in the…
  • Waiting On Wednesday #43

    Cristal | Book Addict
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:35 am
    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 Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke (Prisoner of Night & Fog #2) by Anne Blankman.Publication: April 21, 2015Publisher: Balzer + BrayThe girl known as Gretchen Whitestone has a secret: She used to be part of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle. More than a year after she made an enemy of her old family friend and fled Munich, she lives with a kindly English family, posing as an ordinary German immigrant, and is preparing to graduate from…
  • Twice Tempted (Night Prince #2) by Jeaniene Frost

    Cristal | Book Addict
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    Publication: March 26, 2013Publisher: AvonSource: BoughtDating the Prince of Darkness has its challenges...Leila's psychic abilities have been failing her, and now she isn't sure what the future holds. If that weren't enough, her lover, Vlad, has been acting distant. Though Leila is a mere mortal, she's also a modern woman who refuses to accept the cold shoulder treatment forever–especially from the darkly handsome vampire who still won't admit that he loves her.Like choosing between eternal love and a loveless eternity...Soon circumstances send Leila back to the carnival circuit, where…
  • Creed by Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie

    Cristal | Book Addict
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Publication: November 8, 2014Publisher: FluxSource: PublisherThree went in. Three came out. None even a shadow of who they once were.When their car breaks down, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and his brother Mike walk through a winter storm to take refuge in a nearby town called Purity Springs. When they arrive, the emergency sirens are blaring and the small farming town seems abandoned. With no other shelter, they spend the night in an empty house.But they soon discover that not everything in Purity Springs is as it seems. When the town's inhabitants suddenly appear the next morning, Dee, Luke,…
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  • Summer Girl – An award-winning romantic short-story

    12 Dec 2014 | 7:50 pm
    “I won a trip to Disney World for this light-hearted humorous romance – it’s from a very youthful point of view that you will surely enjoy. Without further ado…  here is my favorite little short story… Summer Girl!“ ~ Jessica Leigh   My ears were burning, the tell-tale sign of my secret passion.  They always burned that way when Michael was near. I rolled down the minivan window a fraction of an inch and stole a sniff of salt-laden air. Heaven on a highway. “The air-conditioning is on, Althaea.” I bit my lip and closed the offensive gap, trying…
  • Savage Journey 4.5 Star Read by Blogger Long and Short Reviews

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:48 am
    “Aptly named, Savage Journey follows the life struggles of a small group set in the mid 1600s on the American continent. This drama is a serious novel of life; there’s romance there, of course, but also a certain grim hardiness, an admirable determination that runs not only through the novel, but through the best of the characters as well. Characters in this epic story are both good and bad, and those that sit somewhere in the middle. We find ourselves in the midst of the “Wolf Clan” of Lenni Lenape people. There are those of mixed races among them, and also, they welcome fur…
  • Seeking The Original American Way

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    Seeking The Original American Way.
  • Seeking The Original American Way

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:42 am
    Original Native American Philosophy is why this Country Worked for Eons I am a romance author and although I try to keep my tales both light-hearted and positive at the core, my research often puts me in a melancholy state of mind. It also makes me want to share what I have learned with others of a similar mindset (for example… readers of romance or fantasy, perusers of historical accounts, piners for days of yore, and dreamers of what might have been). Do any of these things describe you?   Once a Massive Original Society As I research the many illustrious historical…
  • Mouthwatering: An Eastern Native American Historical Recipe Guide

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Today, I find myself…well, hungry. Researching historical fiction can be tiresome work, but as I was editing some text late last night, I discovered something of interest. My stomach was growling -literally – from the descriptions I presented in my storyline. I thought I would share some amazing recipes I have uncovered while writing about the Lenni Lenape people. I am preparing to try out a few of these things in my own kitchen as well! It is fairly well-known that the early Native American diet – eastern woodland to be more specific – was centered around the basic groups of…
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