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  • The Big Mortal Danger Contest

    Ann Aguirre
    Ann Aguirre
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    It’s almost release time for MORTAL DANGER, the first book in my new YA trilogy about bullies, beauty, prep school, and revenge. In case you haven’t seen it yet, the cover is absolutely amazing. I love the infinity symbol. In honor of the release of MORTAL DANGER (coming 8/5/14), I’m doing an Infinity Symbol Scavenger Hunt for the entire month of July.  Your mission will be to find and capture (take a picture of) any infinity symbols you can find or create.  The more creative you get, the more points you will earn.  Here’s an example of one I found in Vancouver, Canada. I need…
  • Print edition of Lone Wolf and Feral Heat

    Writer's Blog: Blog of romance author Jennifer Ashley
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    At last, my publisher has set up preorders for the book that will gather Lone Wolf (Shifters 4.5) and Feral Heat (5.5) into one print volume. It will be called Shifter Mates, paperback edition only, sold in stores (and online). Here's the pre-order info at Amazon: will be available in all stores--this is just where I saw it first.The cover they showed me is awesome--I will post it when it's "final."The pub date is in the spring--there are all kinds of complicated publisher reasons why they had to wait so long,…
  • A Year Ago Today.

    Melly's Spot
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:38 pm
    It's been a year since I was laid off. A year that was like a roller coaster, with many highs and lows. Some loops. A few moments when I wanted to puke. The whole package.I had two short-term jobs that each had their own pro's and con's. I miss them both, but I kind of knew they weren't "the one." I'm still grateful though. They helped get me back into the game and stopped me from growing cob webs. I still miss my old work family so much, even though I still see a lot of them. It's hard to believe we won't all be together again. There's a part of me that still feels this is a nightmare…
  • the man was a poet

    Ally Blake Romance Author - Blog
    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…
  • A Week of Giveaways!

    Elizabeth Boyle's Blog
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    While I will be posting winners over on my Facebook page, I thought I would have an easy spot for people to check and see if they won right here. Winners: Monday Facebook Drawing: Winner: Rita Gerstheimer Prize: Print copies …
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    Ann Aguirre

  • The Big Mortal Danger Contest

    Ann Aguirre
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    It’s almost release time for MORTAL DANGER, the first book in my new YA trilogy about bullies, beauty, prep school, and revenge. In case you haven’t seen it yet, the cover is absolutely amazing. I love the infinity symbol. In honor of the release of MORTAL DANGER (coming 8/5/14), I’m doing an Infinity Symbol Scavenger Hunt for the entire month of July.  Your mission will be to find and capture (take a picture of) any infinity symbols you can find or create.  The more creative you get, the more points you will earn.  Here’s an example of one I found in Vancouver, Canada. I need…
  • 2B New Adult Cover Reveal

    Ann Aguirre
    16 Jun 2014 | 6:30 am
    We are over the moon about the cover reveal for my 2B Trilogy Series!!! Published by Harlequin HQN, the 2B Trilogy Series is a New Adult Contemporary Romance series made up of 3 titles. I WANT IT THAT WAY is the first full-length novel in the 2B Trilogy and is set to be released August 26th. Book 2, AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME, is releasing on September 30th, and THE SHAPE OF MY HEART is scheduled to be released on November 25th. You DO NOT want to miss this series!   About I WANT IT THAT WAY: Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she’s determined to make them come true. But between maintaining…
  • Reviewer Book requests

    Ann Aguirre
    11 Jun 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Would you like to get one of my books for FREE? Then you can already start celebrating like this:   If you do not have a blog, remember that first preference will be given to you if you’ve reviewed books of mine at Amazon or Goodreads. There are also some foreign language titles in here, so be sure to spread the word among all of your bilingual peers.   Here are some of the titles you can request: Silver Mirrors Enclave – SPANISH Language Edition. Horde – SPANISH Language Edition. Horde – FRENCH Language Edition. Let the Requests & Reviews commence!   Note: as it…
  • The Mortal Danger Tour

    Ann Aguirre
    19 May 2014 | 11:56 am
    I’ve been hinting about this for a while and I now have permission to announce it to all of you since everything is locked in. Two times are yet to be confirmed but the dates are definite! I hope you’re as excited as I am about the authors who have been kind enough to help me celebrate Mortal Danger‘s release by signing with me! Are you ready to get dangerous with us, readers?! Tuesday, August 5th Malaprop’s Bookstore 55 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801 With: Beth Revis, Alexandra Duncan, Meagan Spooner Time: 7pm Wednesday, August 6th Cover to Cover Bookstore 3560 N High…
  • The Announcement of Awesomeness.

    Ann Aguirre
    11 Mar 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Dance monkey in the house! (You know what that means.) Okay, first… review this post: Riding the Dragon. Are we on the same page regarding what books I’m talking about? Awesome! So basically, we pitched these books a while back. Remember, I said I wouldn’t talk about that process and I didn’t. Mum’s the word! We got multiple offers, but in the end, we sold my new adult romance trilogy to Margo Lipschultz at Harlequin.    I can’t even articulate how much my new editor loves these books! Her enthusiasm (and the excitement of the WHOLE team at HQN) has…
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    Writer's Blog: Blog of romance author Jennifer Ashley

  • Print edition of Lone Wolf and Feral Heat

    7 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    At last, my publisher has set up preorders for the book that will gather Lone Wolf (Shifters 4.5) and Feral Heat (5.5) into one print volume. It will be called Shifter Mates, paperback edition only, sold in stores (and online). Here's the pre-order info at Amazon: will be available in all stores--this is just where I saw it first.The cover they showed me is awesome--I will post it when it's "final."The pub date is in the spring--there are all kinds of complicated publisher reasons why they had to wait so long,…
  • New Allyson James--Shareem release today!

    9 Jun 2014 | 6:08 am
    Tales of the Shareem: Kieran officially releases today!!Apple: US: UK: CA: AU:…
  • TWO Releases Today!! Perfect Mate and Double Hexed

    20 May 2014 | 10:54 am
    I have two releases today--2 novellas previously released as a part of anthologies, now available on their own as ebooks for $1.99 each! (Note that these are still in print--see the final paragraph of this post).Here are the many places you can find them:Double Hexed (Wherein Janet, a Stormwalker, her dragon-shifter boyfriend Mick, and their friends are trapped in her hotel by a deadly curse.)Amazon and…
  • Perfect Mate--Shifters Unbound, coming in May!

    26 Apr 2014 | 5:18 pm
    I love this gorgeous cover! This is for Perfect Mate, Nell and Cormac's story that was originally published in Unbound last March.Due to popular demand, the publisher has agreed to pull it out of the anthology and publish it as an e-book on its own for $1.99.Out May 20!!Pre-orders:Amazon: will show up on Kobo and other booksellers…
  • Dark & Deadly--8 Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance--99 Cents!!

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Dark and Deadly: 8 Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance is Live!Enjoy stories and novels, short and long, from Jennifer Ashley, Felicity Heaton, Erin Quinn, Laurie London, Erin Kellison, Bonnie Vanak, Caris Roane, and Alyssa Day! Most are brand new, never before published!Find…
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    Melly's Spot

  • A Year Ago Today.

    30 Jun 2014 | 6:38 pm
    It's been a year since I was laid off. A year that was like a roller coaster, with many highs and lows. Some loops. A few moments when I wanted to puke. The whole package.I had two short-term jobs that each had their own pro's and con's. I miss them both, but I kind of knew they weren't "the one." I'm still grateful though. They helped get me back into the game and stopped me from growing cob webs. I still miss my old work family so much, even though I still see a lot of them. It's hard to believe we won't all be together again. There's a part of me that still feels this is a nightmare…
  • Throwback Matey's!

    26 Jun 2014 | 10:13 am
    I have an interview tomorrow. It's with the same company I was supposed to start working for this week, but for a different department. In honor of the interview, I decided to dig up an old work picture of me for Throwback Thursday (#tbt for those who speak in hashtags). The memo was *THIS* big!Here I am at my first full time job at PricewaterhouseCoopers or just Price Waterhouse back then. I believe this is also my first official desk that was all mine and boy am I proud of it! I shared an office with another girl whose job it was to do research in Lexus…
  • Swinging the Summer Away

    25 Jun 2014 | 8:04 pm
    I love summer. I love everything about it. I love the fireflies, the long days and the hot temps. I just love it. Another part of the summer I enjoy is seeing all the summer shows on television. Some of them are the same old comedies and crime dramas, but some of them are a little bit cheesy, a little more risky and just plain fun. I don't catch a lot of shows because I'm more of a reruns on DVD type of person, but there was one summer show I didn't miss.It was the summer of '08 and one I would gladly forget if I could. It was the summer we lost my father. Yet despite that, one…
  • Say Hello To My Little Friend

    19 Jun 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Today I went shopping at Target with my friend Katie and her three kids. While walking down an aisle with her daughter Elizabeth, I picked up a box of cat food.Elizabeth: "Melanie, do you have cats?"Me: "I do. I have six actually. Well, I don't really have six. They live outside. I just feed them." Notice I felt a need to defend having six cats to an eight year old. That's the shame I feel.We walked along in silence until, "Did you make that up?" She asked in an accusing voice. "You don't really have six cats!"It's nice that children think having six cats is something cool enough to make up.
  • Working Nine to Five in Sweats

    12 May 2014 | 6:18 am
    I currently have a temp job where I work at home full time. I went to the office for a week and a half and I haven't been back since. Working at home seems wonderful, but like all jobs it has its pro's and cons...Pro: No longer having to dress up for work. Con: There's no incentive to maintain your weight. Sweatpants always fit!Pro: No coworkers.Con: No coworkers. The best part of working is all the new people you meet. I miss my CACI family so much! There's a bond there you just don't get when you work at home.Pro: Setting up your own desk.Con: Having your dog walk all over your desk.
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    Ally Blake Romance Author - Blog

  • 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…
  • writing what you know

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    One of the best things about writing for a living is that everything is research; eavesdropping, navel-gazing, googling pictures of Justice Joslin… And travel. I’ve done a bit of travelling in my time.  Europe, North America, bits and pieces of my home country of Australia.  And every time I go anywhere new I do so with a notebook, a pen, and a wide open imagination, meaning many of the places I’ve been have ended up in books. Paris (Steamy Surrender)Tuscany (A Mother for His Daughter)Venice (The Secret Wedding Dress)Louisiana (When Honey Got Married…)My latest Harlequin…
  • "Second Chance Honeymoon" release day!

    25 Jun 2014 | 3:05 am
    I have a problem with secondary characters.  Don't get me wrong, it s a good problem.  Kind of.  the problem?  They have a way of trying their darndest to takeover my books! In fact the one time I tried to write that had only the hero and heroine and not another soul, my editor asked me nicely to put some in because she loved my secondary characters so much. Lesson learned.  Give them free reign.  As they can be mighty fine at giving insights into the main characters. SECOND CHANCE HONEYMOON (out June 23rd and 99c on Amazon for the first 2…
  • harlequin junkie

    2 Jan 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today is my Mum's birthday - Happy Birthday Mum!!!And I'm also over visiting with the always gracious Harlequin Junkie chatting about my latest Harlequin Kiss - THE DANCE OFF.Come say "hi" for your chance to win not one, but TWO back list Ally Blake ebooks!
  • happy new year!

    31 Dec 2013 | 4:08 pm
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    Elizabeth Boyle's Blog

  • A Week of Giveaways!

    8 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    While I will be posting winners over on my Facebook page, I thought I would have an easy spot for people to check and see if they won right here. Winners: Monday Facebook Drawing: Winner: Rita Gerstheimer Prize: Print copies …
  • 12 Days of Wishes Grand Sweepstakes

    23 Dec 2013 | 7:02 am
    Welcome to my 12 Days of Wishes Grand Sweepstakes! First I’d like to thank some of my wonderful author friends who have contributed to the Grand Prize box including Grace Burrowes (the iPad!), Jane Porter (the wonderful set of Montana …
  • The 12 Days of Wishes

    23 Dec 2013 | 6:04 am
    So here it begins–The 12 Days of Wishes giveaways in celebration of my new Rhymes with Love book, If Wishes Were Earls. No matter if you are on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, prefer to read blogs, or just want …
  • A Free Stocking Stuffer

    10 Dec 2013 | 8:51 am
    Just in time for the holiday and to celebrate the upcoming release of my new Rhymes with Love book, If Wishes Were Earls, I am making my short e-story, Cynders & Ashe FREE! This is my thank you to …
  • Save the Date: December 31st

    7 Dec 2013 | 9:44 am
    Here is the Save the Date card that tells the story of Harriet and Roxley’s wild romance: Feel free to lift them and Pin them or Share them on Facebook or Twitter! Spread the news!…
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  • Happy Hunk Day

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
  • talk dirty to me

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I had something totally different planned for today, but then this popped up & nI just couldn’t resist sharing! From BuzzFeed, I bring you… Definitive Proof That Guys Are Hotter When They Are Covered In Dirt Oh, yes, there are even more hot, dirty hunks!  Click on the links & zip over to BuzzFeed to enjoy them all…
  • RIP James Garner

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    As you may have heard by now, legendary actor James Garner passed away over the weekend. I can’t tell you how sad this makes me. I’ve always loved James Garner.  Some of my best memories are of sitting with my dad watching Maverick repeats and The Rockford Files.  We were both big fans.  Then later, seeing him in Murphy’s Romance, show up in the Maverick remake as Mel Gibson’s father, & even in The Notebook.  I don’t think there was ever a role he played that I didn’t enjoy. And I got the feeling he was a really great guy, you know?  Not just as…
  • Happy Sunday

    19 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Here we are again—another Sunday.  I hope it’s a happy one for you! This week, I AM HAPPY that I’ve gotten myself a brand new Macbook Air & a new mini-refrigerator for my bedroom.    (Yeah, it was a big day for Best Buy…& also the only day in all of July that I’ve left the house.  I’m telling you, I get dressed & go outside & the entire economy takes a giant leap upward. ) I’ve been wanting a Macbook Air for well over a year—ever since I upgraded to an iMac for my office & realized Apple/Mac really is superior over…
  • Sexy Fail Saturday

    18 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
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    JEN BLACK author

  • Write for a living?

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    This blog - link below - is one I shall revisit very soon.Elle CaseyIt's all about what to do if you want to make a living writing books. She is a great advocate of having similar covers for similar types of books, so that readers can latch onto them quickly. I didn't do that with Viking Magic. I went  on a very different  path, and maybe that was a mistake. She also advocates having professional covers done. Quite the opposite to what I was thinking in my last post. (but very much what Catherine's blog was saying, now I come to think of it.) The thing is, am I going to bow down to…
  • Self published covers

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Several things get in the way of producing a good cover for a self-published book, according to a blog I've just discovered. The main culprits are Laziness, Lack of skills and/or imagination, Delusion, and Distorted perspective.Catherine ( writes wittily about the traps of self-delusion we can fall into, and she's right on many points. I don't want to be bothered hunting down cover designers and paying out shedloads of money for a cover I probably won't like. I say this because I cringe at many covers leering at me from the…
  • Writing? What's that?

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:53 am
    I have the strangest feeling. Just can't get interested in writing. Weird. It seems long holidays will do that to you. I don't have ideas for anything new, and I noticed over this last week that I'm thinking up things to do that do not include writing. Maybe I should just give it a rest for a while, and come back to it when I'm ready. Or at least, more ready than I am now.Of course there's loads to do after the holiday. The garden is a jungle. I've got caught up on the washing, ironing and mundane jobs like re-stocking the fridge etc. Tim thinks he can still run out when ever he wants and go…
  • Pet Passports

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    So let me tell you about taking your dog to France. It all starts with having your dog microchipped. Tim was done when he was still with the breeder, and on his first visit to my vet that number was recorded against his  name. Then in March or thereabouts this year, we spoke to the vet about him going to France. Tim was required to have an injection against rabies and certain other jabs were required - and had already been given as part of the normal routine of caring for our pet. We were advised to use something against fleas and ticks as ticks are pretty nasty in southern France, and…
  • Home again

    11 Jul 2014 | 1:58 am
    We left just as the grass seed was greening up nicely. Now back in England  and home as of 3pm yesterday. Return journey easy-peasy. We relied on sat nav man to get us to Abbeville in France without going through Rouen, which we understand is still in turmoil due to the tunnel repairs. Sat nav took us round the western edge of Paris on an amazing string of roads. We disappeared into a tunnel on the A86 and re-appeared several kilometres and  many minutes later in Nanterre district without any knowledge of how we got there! I felt as if I'd gone down the rabbit hole with Alice.Tim…
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  • Caribbean Cowboy

    Jenna Bayley-Burke
    12 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    I wish life had lined up so I could write faster about Nik Hansen. In the mean time...
  • What Google Really Thinks of Me

    Jenna Bayley-Burke
    9 Jun 2014 | 11:46 am
    I was stalking The Bloggess and she did a post about Googlism, a site that gives you the straight poop on what Google thinks of you. Of course this made me curious, as most things do. I had check it out. Careful, it's not like you can unlearn these things about yourself.jenna is famousjenna is ecstaticjenna is even dumber than her fatherjenna is the answer to a mothers prayersjenna is appearing on live with regis on mondayjenna is described as "bubbly" and “a bluejenna is known along the stripjenna is certainly specialjenna is like that also in real lifejenna is winningjenna is really…
  • Greetings From the Review Trail

    Jenna Bayley-Burke
    2 May 2014 | 12:30 am
    Cooking Up A Seduction has been getting some great reviews lately...I give Cooking Up Seduction 5 Fangs only because 6 isn’t allowed. Hot steamy romance mixed with yummy described food makes an awesome tale. -- Authors That RockA lovely, fun and smooth read that I can heartily recommend to even the most discerning of romance readers. -- Rage, Sex & Teddy BearsI will try to keep my gushing about this book small, but that will be difficult as this was such a fantastic read. This is one I know you won't regret reading. -- Sarah Says Read Romance
  • That Time I Got Stabbed At My Brother's Wedding

    Jenna Bayley-Burke
    1 May 2014 | 12:00 pm
    We're just back from a trip to DC for my brother's wedding. The bride was gorgeous, the ceremony touching, the pictures full of personality & the reception was off the hook! Until I got stabbed.By a pencil thin stiletto heel, in my toe. I may have disinfected it with a shot of vodka. It wasn't nice vodka, I wouldn't be so wasteful. But it did end my dancing early, even before my one-year-old niece stole the spotlight with her rendition of the hokey pokey. I think my bridesmaid season is ending. My brothers are all married, as are many of my friends. Which is fine, because I am a dynamite…
  • Glam Squad

    Jenna Bayley-Burke
    26 Apr 2014 | 2:31 pm
    My sister-in-law called in a glam squad for the wedding. I had no idea what to ask for - so I said I didn't want all my hair back & not too much make-up. And then all my hair went back and the make-up was caked on. At that point, though, eh, just roll with it. My mom liked it, so there was that. My daughter wanted to know what happened to my face. Nice, kiddo. I'm telling myself that make-up looks good in pictures, not in person. And learn to take a selfie. Sheesh, that pic is blurry.
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    Joely Sue Burkhart

  • Harris-Cox Plantation: Part 2

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:03 pm
    In this picture, the first floor to the left is where the original log cabin is.  Of course it’s covered over by the same gray clapboard as the rest, now.  In fact, the only place you can really tell it was a log cabin is where they built a hallway in between the old and new additions (I’ll share a picture of that shortly). The fireplace on the far left end is supposedly original to the 1830 cabin.  Unfortunately, someone who lived there awhile back thought it’d be a good idea to turn the oldest part of the plantation into a garage.  They installed two big garage doors…
  • Harris-Cox Plantation, Part 1

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    A little background about the Harris-Cox Plantation. I never knew its real name until I started doing research for our story.  I always called it “the old plantation.”  It’s also called “slave manor” by the locals. Of course everyone says it’s haunted.  If you dare spend the night within its walls, you might hear the slaves rattling chains in the dungeon.  (There is no dungeon.)  The creepy graveyard you can see from the road is where the slaves are buried (nope, it’s family and friends of the family.  Sadly, lots of infant graves.) In all…
  • Our Writers’ Retreat

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Wow, we had a terrific weekend! The first two days it was just me and the kids with Papa.  I wrote in brief 500-word stints and got about 5K in two days on Billionaire #2.  I helped cook meals and did clean up duty while the kids rode horses.  They rode about ten miles a day, believe it or not.  We also took a super nice buggy ride. That brown horse, Smoke, might look narrow and skinny, but that little fellow can PULL.  He hauled five of us and two dogs at times (there’s a huge Great Dane that gave us a little trouble, and KoKoKoNa hurt her pad–she’s not used to gravel…
  • The Evolution of a Short Story

    13 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Well over a month ago, I saw a call for submissions.  Yes, yes, I know, I have terrible luck with anthology calls.  I get so wrapped up in creating something different and unique that I twist it beyond my original vision to something that’s just not suitable for that particular call. Not to say I haven’t ended up with cool stories as a result — they just weren’t appropriate for that particular antho.  (Survive My Fire was first written ages ago for a dragon anthology call and I’m still pretty darned happy with it even though it wasn’t accepted for the…
  • My First Writers’ Retreat

    11 Jul 2014 | 6:36 pm
    It’s been a loooong time coming – but my Beloved Sis and I are finally getting together for a writing retreat next weekend at my Dad’s!  I’m taking off two days from work and taking the kids up Wed. night.  I know, not ideal, but I hope they’ll be so busy riding horses, etc. that I can still get a ton of things done.  Then Molly’s coming up for the weekend and we’ll laugh and talk and write ourselves silly. We’re already making lists of what to bring, like coffee, Earl Grey tea, my milk frother, wine, duh!  But also bacon, cookies, Motrin,…
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  • Defining Steampunk at Bitten By Books, a Kraken King giveaway, and a recommendation for a web hosting service.

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    DEFINING STEAMPUNK Bitten by Books is having an awesome feature this month, in which they ask several authors and artists to offer their definitions of steampunk. Mine is up today, along with a couple of questions — come and join me! YOU CAN WIN A COPY OF THE KRAKEN KING — ALL EIGHT PARTS! I’m closing the comments here so that it’s clear you have to comment at the Bitten by Books post first, then return here to enter. Thanks! For some reason I thought that I’d also set up a giveaway with that guest post, but I guess not! If you post a comment there, though, come…
  • Authors Are Filthy Thieves! + the Iron Seas storyline (is there one?)

    11 Jun 2014 | 10:44 am
    From Wikipedia Commons/Public Domain There’s a guest post and giveaway up at Paranormal Haven! It’s all about how authors are dirty thieves (okay, so it’s really more of a where-do-you-get-your-ideas post) but there’s also a giveaway! You get a chance to win any one of the Iron Seas books, including The Kraken King! Stephanie also posted her review of Parts VII & VIII today. And yesterday, I posted this question on Facebook: Do you feel that the Iron Seas series is leading somewhere? Because I don’t have a series plot planned out at all; I just write whatever…
  • What I’m Reading: Monsters, Revenge, Steampunk, and Tentacles

    8 Jun 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary, translated by J.R.R. Tolkien This is going to be a slow and long read. I love the legend of Beowulf, so that might have pulled me in, anyway — but Tolkien’s use of language is just so, so incredible. I won’t be reading this all in one go; I’ll be savoring it for a while, most likely. Losing Control by Jen Frederick For transparency’s sake — Jen is a friend of mine and I also made this cover.  I like putting books together, so this was my project today in InDesign — creating a print version of this novel, which…
  • Where to find updates about my work (Where’s Meljean?)

    6 Jun 2014 | 11:25 am
    One of the most important things I learned from the serial release is that I really don’t reach a lot of my readers — or perhaps they are following me on one social media site, but not another, so the updates they needed weren’t necessarily the updates they received. So here is a quick breakdown of all the places that I’m at on the web aside from my website, and what you’ll find there: #1 – E-Mail Newsletter I don’t send this out very often — typically only when I have a new release. This is the best place to find information about my work if…
  • The Kraken King, Part VIII roundup! and FAQs

    5 Jun 2014 | 10:28 am
    First, a few frequently asked questions: (Most of this is information that I included in my newsletter. If you missed that, here is a link! And here is my newsletter link if you want to sign up.) When will the compiled version of THE KRAKEN KING be released? I’m not sure yet! I expect that it will be fall/early winter. It all depends on my publisher’s schedule (and I turned in the very last part only a few weeks ago, so as far as print production is concerned,  it’s almost like I just turned the book in.) Will there be an audiobook? I think so! I never know until my…
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    Beth Ciotta

  • Cover Reveal --Enchanting Christmas

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

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

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

    6 Apr 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Greeting friends!This week (and next) I'm celebrating the reissue of my Wild West Trilogy! Available now in digital (ebook) format and ON SALE at Amazon (Kindle), Barnes and Noble (Nook), Apple (iTunes), and Kobo! Limited time only so take advantage and please spread the word!As an added bonus, I'll be giving away this fun and awesome necklace!Visit any one of the blogs listed below on my Tasty Book Tour to enter for a chance to win! April 7th- Storm Goddess Book Reviews(Stop 2) Books with Leti Del MarApril 8th- Bajgajka Loves Books and Giveaways(Stop 2) Booklover SueApril…
  • A New Series and a Cover Reveal!

    4 Mar 2014 | 7:34 am
    It's March and we just got 8 fresh inches of snow. And it's freezing! I think most everyone in the country is freezing. Hang tight, all. Spring is on the way. And so is a new series from moi! (How's that for a segue?)  Drum roll please!      Coming this fall from Beth Ciotta (author of the Cupcake Lovers), a new contemporary series—Impossible Dream—celebrating hope, love, and the magic of the human spirit! Five long-time girlfriends—known as The Inseparables—find themselves in their thirties and battling disillusion. Tangled up in real-life…
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    Dawn Chartier's Blog ~ Lagniappe for Readers and Writers

  • Summer time! Time for Reading on the Beach...

    1 Jul 2014 | 1:26 pm
    I can't wait to get back to Florida and relax with the family on the beach. Yes. I'm a beach bum! I don't fix my hair or put on any make-up, it's just plain Jane me. Flip flops and all that. (Plus a few extra pounds, but whatever.)  So far since the kiddo's school's out (Well, she's out for good. Now heading off to college. Boo hoo!), I really hadn't had time to kick back and chill out. I did, however, go to my publishers conference in Las Vegas, where I mixed business with pleasure. Mostly pleasure I'll admit.  (I tried posting pictures but they were all sideways. Sorry.) I…
  • What? We are almost in May???

    25 Apr 2014 | 6:11 am
    Say it isn't so! I feel like I haven't stopped since Christmas. It's been one holiday after another, then on top of that there was the kiddo's birthdays; the grandbaby (Gigi) arrived in February; my anniversary trip in March, and I also submitted not one, but 2 books this year already. Woot!I hate to confess that it took me a few years to write the last full novel, but that's because I rewrote it like almost 4 times. (Because I doubted myself. I had to put a stop to that "they won't like me crap", and ask an editor to give me a firm deadline. Yes. I did. She gave me 3…
  • My first Trip to San Francisco and Sonoma

    31 Mar 2014 | 12:27 pm
    On the 19th of March the hubby and I went to San Francisco and Sonoma. We both fell in love with both cities even though the start of our trip didn't start off too well.We never fly first class, but this was a special trip (our anniversary) so we splurged a little, and thank God we did. Our butts were stuck on the plane for 2 hours before it finally got the go ahead to leave. Something to do with computer problems. BUT, there were free drinks in first class. Well worth the extra money. :-)Here is a picture of me, no make-up and a little tipsy with the hubby while we waited for hours on the…
  • Having fun at the Endymion Ball...Mardi Gras 2014! (Grand Marshal: Ian Somerhalder! Woot!)

    3 Mar 2014 | 10:39 am
    As many of you know Mardi Gras is normally a few weeks long in New Orleans, and that's all cool and stuff, but normally when Mardi Gras time comes my family and I leave.  It's not that I don't like Mardi Gras, but once you've seen it 20x's or more it does get old...However, riding in Mardi Gras is something totally different. This year my hubby got to ride in Endymion (which is one of the best parade's to ride in), and he had a blast. I didn't get to see him until the end of the night once his float made into the superdome where the parade ends and the concert and ball begins...This year…
  • Entangled Publishing is Celebrating 3 years w/ .99 cents books! Woot!

    5 Feb 2014 | 11:24 am
    For the month of February, Entangled Publishing is selling books for .99 cents! I can do some serious damage with .99 cent books! Woot! Bye now!Entangled PublishingDawn Chartier Not An Angel, Out Now! Diamonds, Out Now!
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    Diane Craver            Award-Winning Author - Blog

  • Visit me at CTR blog for a chance to win Book 3 in my Amish Series! 

    13 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    I'm on the Coffee Time Romance Blog today. If you leave a comment, your name will be entered in my drawing for a copy of Book 3 in my Amish Series, FLEETING HOPE! Link:   Book 1 or Book 2 may be substituted if the winner so chooses! Have a super & blessed Sunday, everyone.
  • My Independence this holiday weekend! 

    6 Jul 2014 | 7:33 pm
    In March 2006, I received 3 contracts within the month from Samhain Publishing! Author Dianne Castell suggested that I should submit to Samhain Publishing, which I will always be grateful to her for this. I was so speechless and happy to receive my contracts, which were for seven years. The titles were NO GREATER LOSS, A FIERY SECRET, and NEVER THE SAME. I learned a lot by being published by Samhain. I had great editors, and I enjoyed working with the cover artists. I made friends with several Samhain authors, and we are still in touch. Here are a few of them: Karen Wiesner, Cerian Hebert,…
  • Happy 4th of July & Summer Book Sale!

    4 Jul 2014 | 6:04 pm
    We had beautiful weather here today in Ohio for the 4th! We went swimming at the old house today and had a picnic there. It was great fun sharing the day with children, grandchildren, and other relatives. Hope all of you have a safe and happy holiday weekend! I'm having a special summer sale on two of my back list books, MARRYING MALLORY and WHITNEY IN CHARGE. The regular price for each is $2.99 but for a limited time, you can purchase the books for 99 cents each! Both are available for sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble! Click here to buy Marrying Mallory on Amazon. Click here to buy it…
  • FLEETING HOPE, Book 3 - Available now in print! 

    29 Jun 2014 | 4:28 am
    Paperback or ebook can be purchased here from Amazon! Have a wonderful Sunday, everyone!
  • FLEETING HOPE (Dreams of Plain Daughters, Book 3) NEW RELEASE!

    16 Jun 2014 | 6:24 am
    Fleeting Hope is available in ebook on Amazon and Barnes & Noble! Soon it will also be in print! Link here to buy for Amazon and here for B & N! BLURB: After her fiancé, Daniel Beachy, died in a buggy accident, schoolteacher Ruth Yoder decided to move out of her parents’ home and into the house he’d built for their married life together. Ruth  has lived alone for the past eleven years. When David Hershberger, a widower, starts spending time with her, Ruth is surprised. David’s children are amazed, too, that their father is interested in their longtime…
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    Mina Carter

  • Release day for The Letter!!

    Mina Carter
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    Sergeant Rick Week’s career ended in a hail of bullets and the death of a friend. After months of recuperation, he’s finally able to fulfill a promise he made to that friend. All he has to do is find a girl and deliver a letter. Simple. Maybe… Hattie Jameson lost the man she loved. KIA. A year and a half later, she’s trying to move on but a letter for a charity calendar shoot addressed to her late fiance, Billy, rocks her. Not as much as the sexy as hell Scottish soldier who turns up on her doorstep. The man who was with Billy when he died. She shouldn’t find him attractive. Not…
  • Pre-release Giveaway for The Letter!

    Mina Carter
    28 Jun 2014 | 10:18 am
    Okay, to celebrate my upcoming release THE LETTER, we’re having a giveaway! Fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Remember the more tasks you complete the more entries you get. Good Luck!   a Rafflecopter giveaway   Just in case (since we’ve had problems with the link on the newsletter, here’s the direct link!
  • Guest post: A Soccer Heartbreak By Liz Crowe

    Mina Carter
    23 Jun 2014 | 1:38 am
    So, anyone that knows me even a little knows that I’m a BIG rugby fan. But, today, just for you, I have best-selling author Liz Crowe as a guest, talking about football! I’m sitting in a hotel lobby with a nice Belgian beer, listening to a bunch of soccer parents yammer about recruiting, since we are at a premiere ‘”showcase tournament” for the Wenchling’s Region 2 tournament (they are 2 and 0 so far, one more game tomorrow then we will likely play through to the semi finals). I am also in deep mourning over that U.S. Men’s soccer World Cup match tonight. Oh dear lord in…
  • Pack Princess Goodreads Release Event and Giveaway!!

    Mina Carter
    4 Jun 2014 | 6:05 am
    A single night of passion, or the one meant to be… Evva Castillo knows she’s a pack princess. Duty to her family and her pack will always come first. But duty turns to hardship when she’s ordered to marry someone she doesn’t want. Can her hope for a night away from the packs’ prying eyes bring her the courage to go through with her job? Razor is the leader of the Devil Riders MC. They’re rough, tough, and dangerous enough that no one would risk entering their sanctuary. Until a daring princess shows up to cause trouble, stir his libido and give him a run for his money. But when…
  • Dragon’s Chase (PPA #7 – Shifter romance) Available now!

    Mina Carter
    28 May 2014 | 4:18 am
      He’s found his mate. But can he convince her that he’s her dragon? Working for the Paranormal Protection Agency has never been boring, but shadow-dragon Duke didn’t expect to meet his mate in the line of duty. He certainly didn’t expect a warrior every inch his match, or for her to slap him across the ass with her tail and take off across the city. With Baron on a very personal protection detail, Duke has to fly solo on the pair’s investigation into the warlock who nearly killed Baron’s mate. Just one problem, his mate is working with the warlock. So, dead or alive, he has…
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    Daisy Dexter Dobbs - Author, Artist and Grand High Exalted Goddess of Make-Believe

  • 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,…
  • Available Soon from DDD: Marching Home, a 20th Century Historical Romance

    22 Jun 2014 | 12:30 pm
    My next book is titled Marching Home. This 20th century historical (WWII) romance, a 34,000 word novella, will be available soon. About Marching Home: Clara knows better than to get mixed up with a serviceman during wartime. But she loses all rational thought when she meets Jimmy at the USO dance. The charming army private, in Chicago for a three-day leave, turns her world upside down. The few precious days they share before he ships out on Christmas Eve are infused with more love, laughter and romance than most couples experience in a lifetime. Blissfully enveloped in a seventy-two hour…
  • It’s Amazing What a Man Will Do for Love

    23 May 2014 | 11:17 am
    Darling Scarecrow - Greek Delights, Book 3 (contemporary romance/romantic comedy). Here’s what the story’s about: With her two best friends happily involved with the men they love, Lottie Dolan can’t help but wonder if she’ll ever find Mr. Right. Along with her new job comes a smoking hot boss, but the surly, sexy Greek is all brains and no heart. The man is so mired in sales statistics and market projections he'd probably be oblivious if she came to work naked. With the success or failure of the first American branch of his family's olive oil business at stake, Alexandros Kokoris is…
  • Inspiration, a Kindle Countdown Deal, True Love and Baklava

    15 May 2014 | 4:30 am
    The Inspiration: I’m not in the habit of posting photos of hotties but I’m making an exception today. When I spotted this photo online about a year ago I was gobsmacked. This gorgeous guy is exactly, I mean EXACTLY, the way I pictured Nick (Nikolas) and George (Yorgo) Kokoris while writing their stories. I don’t know who he is or who photographed him, all I know is he’s the epitome of my Greek Delights series heroes! The Kindle Countdown Deal: I’m so excited! Starting today, May 15, through May 22, Chocolate Gratitude (Greek Delights, book 2) is an Amazon Kindle Countdown Deal! So…
  • It Has a Button to Click and Everything!

    2 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ooh, look! Isn’t this is just the coolest news ever? When I have contests or specials on my books, that’s where I’ll be posting about them so please come LIKE my Daisy Dexter Dobbs author page and help me reach my teeny, tiny goal. And by all means, feel free to SHARE! :D (You’ll note when you see my page that I only have a little ways to go before I hit that elusive 8 million LIKES.) Thanks! P.S. Have you seen my latest Super Earthling illustrated blog post? My posts there are about my writing, my books and my most awkward moments. Whenever you’re in need of a smile or a healthy…
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  • Andy Lewter: Gifted

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    Delilah, here! Help me welcome a new-to-me-author, Andy Lewter. Her debut paranormal novel, Gifted, was recently released by Astraea Press! You can find a long excerpt on the publishers’ website! The last thing Abigail Everett thought would happen over spring break was having her world shift into an entirely new perspective. Unfortunately for her, that’s exactly what happened. Between struggling to master her newly-formed abilities, coming face-to-face with dark, deceiving mind tricks by those that seek her leadership, and learning of a mythical world that she never deemed possible,…
  • Thanks, and a New Release!

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Can you see the raggedy edges of my sanity fraying away? Two releases in as many weeks. Ack! Thanks to everyone for helping me launch Once in a Blue Moon. The party yesterday was a blast, and if you didn’t have time to jump in while it was live, you still have time to enter to win free stuff (books, jewelry!). The Trivia Question contests will stay open until 5 PM ET, so head on over there now!  Once in a Blue Moon Party So onto the next release… Does it need any introduction? With so many authors involved, it’s been ballyhooed across the internet. If you hadn’t…
  • Jennifer Kacey: Accidental Voyeur (Contest)

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Psst! Don’t forget to join my Once In a Blue Moon Release Party this afternoon  from 2-6ET!  Tons of prizes to be won and a chance to schmooze with some great authors! Now, back to Jennifer… ~DD Marriage. Some people cringe when they hear that word. Others sigh and want to go dance in the rain. I had an epiphany a little while ago that I always write from the pre-marriage perspective. Like. Always. Figured all of us married ladies could use a little sexy infusion now and then. So Accidental Voyeur was born! It’s a bit kinky, it’s a lot dirty and I hope everyone will take a…
  • Taige Crenshaw: Driscollism

    20 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    Here is something that I call a ‘Driscollism’. This comes from the hero in my book Unexpected Encounter (Singleton, #4) which released today. In the book my hero says some…let’s just say his views on things are interesting. I’ll let Driscoll Jacobs speak for himself. Driscollism When someone tells me I’m going to fail, it makes me even more determined to succeed then flip them off when I do – said by Driscoll Jacobs from Unexpected Encounter by Taige Crenshaw I love this Driscollism because one of the things I believe is when something is tough or hard I won’t let it defeat…
  • I’m having a party!

    19 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    So it’s last-minute, but who doesn’t love spontaneous? Okay, so Monday night’s not all that spontaneous, but it’s not a lot of lead time either. ANYWAY, I’m rambling again. Used to it yet? On Monday afternoon 2:00PM to 6:00PM EDT, I’m hosting a FB party to celebrate the release of Once in a Blue Moon. I have friends lined up to join me. And as details about my guests emerge today, I’ll come back and update this page. But don’t you love a little mystery? What you need to know for now is the time, which I’ve given you. And the fact that…
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    HelenKay Dimon » blog

  • Summer Giveaway!

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:27 pm
    I am part of a huge summer giveaway. There are so many prizes you can win, including a copy of my Cosmo Red-Hot Read, EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW. Check it out HERE.
  • Playing Dirty

    3 Jul 2014 | 3:57 pm
    It looks like there’s some info about my upcoming romantic suspense series up on Amazon (and “buy” links are up on B&N). The introductory novella is called RUNNING HOT. That comes out in December. The first single title, PLAYING DIRTY, comes out in February, which really means late January on the publishing calendar. Here’s the back cover copy and cover (yay!) for PLAYING DIRTY: As an elite Alliance agent—the joint undercover operation of MI6, the British Secret Intelligence Service, and the CIA—Ford Decker lives for the adrenaline. But when he befriends sexy…
  • Writing Process

    2 Jul 2014 | 2:41 pm
    People ask about my writing process all the time – how do i write a book, where do ideas come from, etc. I saw this video from Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black about his process. It’s pretty interesting, so I’m sharing!
  • Contest!

    20 Jun 2014 | 1:18 pm
    This weekend I’m running a contest on my FB page and giving away the first two books in the Hanover Brothers series. If you like romance and secrets and a bit of a family drama, this might be the series for you. Check it out on my FB Page. In case you want to take a look at the books in the series, here are some links for you: NO TURNING BACK A SIMPLE TWIST OF FATE LONG WAY HOME TOO FAR GONE
  • A Little Repacking

    19 Jun 2014 | 1:55 pm
    I have a book due July 1st, so the next two weeks will be a race to the finish. I’ll be doing some giveaways on twitter and my FB Page. Until that starts I thought I’d show off the cover for ONE NIGHT IN VEGAS. This is a re-packaging of one of my early books, VIVIA LAS BAD BOYS!, an anthology of three related novellas. I got the rights back and I’ll be listing it for sale soon. The original price through Kensington Publishing was something like $14.00. Through the wonders of self-publishing I’ll be able to sell it for much less, more like $3.99. So, stay tuned.
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    Margaret Daley

  • Hero Interview from The Warrior’s Vow by Christina Rich with a Giveaway

    Margaret Daley
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:48 am
    This week I’m hosting  Christina Rich with The Warrior’s Vow and Sandra Glahn with Informed Consent (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 (July 27th) evening. Interview with the hero from The Warrior’s Vow by Christina Rich: 1. Jesse, tell me the most interesting thing…
  • This week Christina Rich and Sandra Glahn with Giveaways

    Margaret Daley
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    Congratulations to Britney for winning Annslee Urban’s Smoky Mountain Investigation, to Melanie for winning Kathleen Y’Barbo’s Their Unexpected Love and to Mary for winning Gail Gaymer Martin’s Treasures of Her Heart. This week I’m hosting  Christina Rich with The Warrior’s Vow and Sandra Glahn with Informed Consent (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…
  • Heroine Interview from Their Unexpected Love by Kathleen Y’Barbo with a Giveaway

    Margaret Daley
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    This week I’m hosting Annslee Urban with Smoky Mountain Investigation, Gail Gaymer Martin with Treasures of Her Heart (US only), and Kathleen Y’Barbo with Their Unexpected Love (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 (July 20th) evening. Interview with the heroine from Their…
  • Heroine Interview from Treasures of Her Heart by Gail Gaymer Martin with a Giveaway

    Margaret Daley
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:41 am
    This week I’m hosting Annslee Urban with Smoky Mountain Investigation, Gail Gaymer Martin with Treasures of Her Heart (US only), and Kathleen Y’Barbo with Their Unexpected Love (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 (July 20th) evening. Interview with the heroine –…
  • Excerpt from Her Hometown Hero by Margaret Daley

    Margaret Daley
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Coming home should be filled with joy, but Kathleen Somers felt nothing. Numb, she was beyond caring where she lived so long as she could be by herself. She stared unseeing out the window of her older brother’s Ford F-150 as Howard turned into the family ranch outside of Cimarron City, Oklahoma. Green pastures were scattered with cattle grazing peacefully, their world not rocked like hers. To my very foundation, whispered through her thoughts. In New York she’d been following her dream to become a principal ballerina in a major ballet company. She’d been close—a step…
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    Monique DeVere

  • #MySexySaturday SEXIEST EYE CANDY snippet #Romance #Bloghop @MySexySaturday #Saturday7

    28 Jun 2014 | 1:26 am
    This week I'm taking part in the My Sexy Saturday Blog Hop. The hop require participating authors to post 7 paragraphs, 7 sentences or 7 words from a WIP (work in progress) or published work. My snippet comes from my latest release Sexiest Eye Candy, a spicy contemporary romance set here in the UK. My hero--Ethan Stone--is a celebrity weight loss coach and my heroine--Karis Van de Burke--is a cosmetic surgeon. From the moment these two meet, things heat up.BlurbHe’s so sexy he has the title to prove it!Super-hunky, weight-loss celebrity Ethan Stone brings out Dr. Karis Van de…
  • #NewRelease SEXIEST EYE CANDY #Romance #Kindle

    19 May 2014 | 3:20 am
    I have a New Release and it has a story. Sexiest Eye Candy was originally intended for the Mills & Boon Modern Romance (KISS) line, but half way through I changed my mind and pulled the partial from HMB slush pile. I mention this to give you and idea of the type of book Sexiest Eye Candy is. It's spicy--OK some readers have already told me HOT!--yet, simple, clean romance. There isn't a whole lot of external plot since the focus is on the internal issues and the romance. Looking for more plot? Why not try Zach's Rebound Girl?If you enjoy Harlequin type romances, I think…
  • Pull Up A Chair With Mon ~ Let's Talk About: Initial 'ING' verbs #writetip

    2 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    Initial –ING verbsIt's been a while since I last added to my Pull Up A Chair blog series. I thought I'd talk about starting sentences with an ING verbs. If you're a writer, and have critique partners, no doubt you'd be familiar with the policing that goes on when it comes to the way we write/construct our sentences. As such, you probably have the red pen pulled out to highlight every time a sentence begins with an ING verb.  Some readers find it annoying when authors begin a sentence with an ING verb. Me--I don't care, so long as it's used correctly and you're telling me a good…
  • #Rafflecopter #Giveaway YOU DON'T GET JOE! #RomanticComedy #Kindle #Novella #ValentinesDay #VDay

    12 Feb 2014 | 8:31 am
    Fancy a FREE copy of You Don't Get Joe!? Enter my Valentine's Day Giveaway to be in with a chance to win one of 3 digital copies of the novella. Click HERE to enter!
  • #SaturdaySnippet YOU DON'T GET JOE! #VDay #ebooks #Romance #ShortReads #KindleReaders

    8 Feb 2014 | 5:14 am
    As promised, here is an excerpt from my new Valentine's Day story. Hope you enjoy this snippet of You Don't Get Joe! which will be on sale February 11th 2014.ExcerptYou Don't Get Joe!Copyright © 2014 Monique DeVerePublished by Crystal Swan PublicationsUnited KingdomAll rights reserved.He carried her to her room, torn between wanting to hurry and get her soft body out of his arms yet yearning to hold her close for a while longer. With her honey-blonde hair, sassy smile, and wide chestnut eyes he had a tough time not falling for her all over again.He laid her on the bed atop the covers. What…
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    Indulge Yourself

  • Cover Reveal for Kat Latham's Tempting the Player!

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Book three of the London LegendsBest friends make the best lovers.Libby Hart and Matt Ogden are perfect for each other—as friends. They’ve known each other for ages. They act as each other’s plus-ones. They even share custody of a dog. And if there’s always been a little spark between them, so what? It’s never been worth jeopardizing their friendship.Professional rugby player Matt is fighting for a starter position with the London Legends—and that’s not the only thing he’s fighting. A crippling fear of flying means he’s struggling to get his career off the ground. He has no…
  • Full Fusion

    28 Jun 2014 | 9:30 pm
    I'm a little appalled at myself.My latest book has been out for three weeks, and I haven't even mentioned it here! (Apologies who have seen all my announcements on social media and stuff. You can stop here. :) )Full Fusion is my first young adult paranormal adventure, published as NJ Damschroder.I've always wanted to write YA. I mean, I can attribute my entire career to all the books I devoured when I was a tween and teen and college student (though by then I was mostly reading adult romance). But when I started writing, there was a huge drought in YA fiction. That changed dramatically,…
  • Doing It with Passion

    28 Jun 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Because a lot of our family time is attending sporting events, I get to hear the National Anthem a lot. Many different versions, many different settings, and many different methods.Recently, I realized I've started categorizing each rendition I hear.The most disappointing are the "look at me!" types. The ones who drag it out to twice as long as it should be, showing off all the fancy stuff they can do with their throats. They really seem to be focused on themselves, on being impressive. And on trying to make everyone recognize how oh-so-special they are.There may be a venue where that's…
  • Orphan Black Has Made Me Afraid

    22 Jun 2014 | 1:09 pm
    I admit to holding on to a bit (or way more) of naivete and blind idealism when it comes to certain issues related to casting in Hollywood. When people roar about Supernatural killing off all the ethnic and female characters, I point out that they kill off EVERYONE. If someone ever survives (Hi, Sarah from "Provenance" in season 1!) and comes back, well, we know it's goodbye. When people were up in arms about having too few females in the first "cast photo," I thought it was unfair to JJ Abrams, who is well known for using strong female characters in his shows. And then we had additional…
  • My Chris Pine Mini Marathon

    20 Jun 2014 | 4:01 am
    Last week, I read a blog post about romantic comedies with geeky characters. And one of the suggested films was Blind Dating. So I got it out of the library. It was adorable. Chris Pine did a very good job pretending to be both blind AND geeky AND insecure, and he's also got a talent for displaying passion. (Not that kind, although sometimes that kind.)Someone else had mentioned watching Unstoppable on Facebook. That was one that had been on my Netflix list before we ditched Netflix, so I got that from the library too. I liked it! The people on FB thought the beginning was slow, but I…
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    Nell Dixon - Romance writer

  • Romantic Novelist Association conference

    9 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    This weekend is the RNA conference and on Saturday I'm giving a workshop with the fab Phillipa Ashley! We're talking about series and linked books. We've both written series and linked books. Mine are the New Bay Cornish set series, The Mayer family triliogy, The Ever After series - book 3 is coming befor Christmas! and Cue Me In and Lights, Camera, Poltergeist - my New Adult stories. Phillipa has The First time series as Pippa Croft and some steamier books under another name. We can't wait to talk about our experiences and share the pro's and con's involved.
  • Guest Blogger - Krysten Lindsay Hager

    17 Jun 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Please welcome Krysten Lindsay Hager. She is an author and book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and also writes middle grade, YA, humor essays, and adult fiction. Her debut novel, TRUE COLORS, is out June 17th from Astraea Press. She is originally from Michigan and has lived in South Dakota, Portugal, and currently resides in Southern Ohio where you can find her reading and writing when she’s not catching up on her favorite shows. Here's the blurb for TRUE COLORS Every day I walked down the sidewalk to school and wished I were one of…
  • Today at 2pm

    20 May 2014 | 2:47 am
    Today at 2pm I'll be talking at Wednesbury Library in Sandwell with the lovely Phillipa Ashley and Elizabeth Hanbury. Call the library for a free ticket as spaces are almost gone :)
  • Sophie's Choice - out today!

    5 May 2014 | 11:38 pm
    OUT NOW! Sophie’s Choice. Just 99c 77p Why not try this one and Christmas Ever After? Amazon UK Here's a taster! "Do it then. Run away to Northumberland with me." She wasn't sure what had prompted her to make such a rash offer. Perhaps it was the desire to shock Henry, or merely her own need for a companion for the journey, even if he was a somewhat dull solicitor. "It's not that easy. I have a job, responsibilities." "Cluck, cluck, cluck." Sophie goaded. Henry glared at her. "I am not chicken." She raised her eyebrows. "Prove it." To her amusement, he appeared flustered by her…
  • Unexpected Treasure - Free!

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:08 am
    Unexpected Treasure - short story which I released a while ago has finally gone free on Amazon UK. If you all report it then hopefully it'll go free for my US readers too. Here's the UK link
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    Sylvia Day - Official Website of the #1 Bestselling Author

  • Looking forward to RWA!

    11 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    Sylvia will be attending the Romance Writers of America’s 34th Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas, July 23-26! Sylvia’s summer events continue in Brazil and Maryland, with many more to look forward to in Fall! Get all the details of … Continue reading → Sylvia Day - Official Website of the #1 Bestselling Author
  • CAPTIVATED BY YOU – Treat #4

    Sylvia Day
    11 May 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Happy Mother’s Day! Want to know when this book releases? Sign up for the newsletter here » See the other Captivated by You treats here » Sylvia Day - Official Website of the #1 Bestselling Author
  • Renegade Angels in Germany

    Sylvia Day
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    German rights to Sylvia Day’s A Dark Kiss of Rapture, again to Stefanie Broesigke at Heyne, by Sylvie Rosokoff at Trident Media Group, on behalf of Kimberly Whalen. — Publishers Marketplace (April 7, 2014) Sylvia Day - Official Website of the #1 Bestselling Author
  • Crossfire in Croatia

    Sylvia Day
    29 Mar 2014 | 9:25 am
    Croatian rights to Sylvia Day’s 4th and 5th titles in the NYT bestselling Crossfire series, again to Znanje, by Blanka Daroczi of Andrew Nurnberg Associates Budapest, in association with Meredith Miller at Trident Media Group on behalf of Kimberly Whalen. … Continue reading → Sylvia Day - Official Website of the #1 Bestselling Author
  • Aftershock Debut

    Sylvia Day
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Aftershock debuts at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list! The print anthology of Afterburn & Aftershock debuted at #1 on the Publishers Weekly bestseller list, and hit both the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Sylvia Day - Official Website of the #1 Bestselling Author
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    Cynthia Eden

  • July Newsletter Winner

    Cynthia Eden
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Congrats to Kimberly Smith!!! Kimberly is the winner of the July newsletter contest. She won a $30 gift card and an early copy of PLAYING WITH FIRE.   I run newsletter contests each month, so please make sure that you’re subscribed to my newsletter so that you won’t miss the fun.
  • Free For the 4th of July – THE WOLF WITHIN

    Cynthia Eden
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    I hope all of my US readers are gearing up for a great holiday weekend! Happy 4th of July!   Since it is such a special weekend, I wanted to offer a free book to readers. So if you haven’t checked out THE WOLF WITHIN yet, then grab a copy while the book is free! FBI Special Agent Duncan McGuire spends his days–and his nights–tracking real-life monsters. Most humans aren’t aware of the vampires and werewolves that walk among them. They don’t realize the danger that they face, but Duncan knows about the horror that waits in the darkness. He hunts the monsters, and he protects the…
  • I’LL BE SLAYING YOU – Available in Mass Market

    Cynthia Eden
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Happy Tuesday!!!   In case you haven’t read my sexy vampire novel, I’LL BE SLAYING YOU, I wanted to come by and announce that Kensington Brava has re-released the book in mass market form–yay!!!! I’LL BE SLAYING YOU was originally released in 2010 (in trade paperback), so I am very excited that the book is on store shelves again.     Blurb: Cynthia Eden returns to the realm of the Other, where the supernatural bounty hunters of Night Watch work hard and play harder… Sandra “Dee” Daniels is a vampire’s worst nightmare. Sure, she couldn’t get up to…
  • Newletter Winner

    Cynthia Eden
    14 Jun 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Congrats to  Laurie Gommermann! Laurie, you are the winner of the Kindle Paperwhite (I sent you an email with prize details). Next month, I’ll have a brand-new prize for my newsletter subscribers. Thank you!

    Cynthia Eden
    9 Jun 2014 | 6:13 am
      Vampires exist. So do werewolves. The creatures that you fear in the darkness? They’re all real. And the baddest of the paranormals…those who love to hurt humans…they’re sent to Purgatory, the only paranormal prison in the U.S. His job is to stop the monsters. Deadly forces are at work within Purgatory. The monsters are joining together–and their plans have to be stopped. FBI Agent Shane August, a very powerful vampire with a dark past, is sent into the prison on an undercover assignment. His job is to infiltrate the vampire clan, by any means necessary.
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    Bonnie Ferguson Writer

  • Happy Canada Day!

    30 Jun 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Raising a cyber toast & sending good wishes to my fellow Canucks! Have a great holiday!
  • Game of Thrones Season Finale

    15 Jun 2014 | 8:29 pm
    The Game of Thrones season finale was absolutely epic. I thought the whole season was spectacular, but tonight’s episode was unfreakingbelievable! I just wish I could start watching the next season right now. Alas, ’tis not to be :( Oh well, I’ll have to console myself with season two of The Witches of East End, which thankfully, begins in three weeks. And now I shall commence happy dancing.
  • Recent Reads

    27 Apr 2014 | 10:07 pm
    I recently read and loved In Bed With a Highlander, Seduction of a Highland Lass, & Never Love a Highlander by Maya Banks. The three novels make up her McCabe Trilogy. What books have you enjoyed lately?
  • Spontaneous Haiku XIV

    1 Feb 2014 | 7:13 am
    Early morning rise Really? It’s a Saturday I might as well surf ~by Bonnie Ferguson
  • Happy 2014!

    1 Jan 2014 | 8:31 am
    Here’s to a New Year filled with love, laughter, & wishes come true!
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    Cathryn Fox Blog

  • Ink Heart Authors July Releases!

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    Can you believe that all the books pictured below released in just the last month? Have you loaded up your Kindle with these titles? Because this is the perfect summer beach reads list!
  • Win $100 Gift card and SUMMER LOVIN’ T-shirt

    10 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    For a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift card and a gorgeous Summer Lovin’ T-shirt check out the Summer Lovin’ Rafflecopter HERE!  
  • 24 Jun 2014 | 5:57 am

    24 Jun 2014 | 5:57 am
    There’s a hot summer reads box set releasing on July 1, but they are available for preorder now! So many books to fill your days, and all for less than a cup of coffee. Now that’s a deal! There are two sets, one called Steamy and Sizzling (my book is Web of Desire, a former […]
  • BREAKING FREE, Invitation to Eden is now available!

    17 Jun 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Yay, I’m so excited that the June Invitation to Eden books are now available. Breaking Free is available everywhere in ebook, and print at Amazon! Spring Break at college is supposed to be a time of fun and parties, but Alaska Rossi, AKA Janey Smith, is on lockdown thanks to her father’s mafia dealings. She […]
  • Books not to miss!!

    1 Jun 2014 | 2:51 pm
    I’m sharing some fantastic books that released this past month. Don’t want you to miss out on these great reads! It’s the perfect time to load up your ereader for some steamy summer reading.
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  • Stephanie London talking about writing her first book

    9 Jul 2014 | 10:30 pm
    I'm absolutely delighted to welcome Stephanie London to my blog this week as she launches her debut book, Only the Brave Try Ballet. Check out that cover! Over to you, Stephanie!  Things I Learnt Writing My First Book Writing a book for the first time is a fantastic life experience. I learnt a lot about myself in the time it took to write, revise (and revise and revise and revise)
  • Digital Book Day

    5 Jul 2014 | 11:52 pm
  • Spring into Writing with the 3 Big Cs

    25 May 2014 | 11:24 pm
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  • Brenda Novak Auction

    17 May 2014 | 11:05 pm
    It's that special time of year again. May is Brenda Novak auction time when the whole romance community comes together to help raise funds for diabetes research. There are some truly amazing lots offered by writers, publishers and companies who support this great charity. Brenda, whose son lives with diabetes, has raised a staggering amount of money for research. You can help. Just browse
  • Tulips by Susan Meier

    5 May 2014 | 5:00 pm
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    Sonja Foust

  • CrossFit Proves James Cameron Wrong

    Sonja Foust
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:15 pm
    I rest my case. No visits yet
  • Online Class: Overcoming Creative Impasses

    Sonja Foust
    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

    Sonja Foust
    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

    Sonja Foust
    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…
  • 10 Ways You Can Tell You’re Talking to a Crossfitter

    Sonja Foust
    30 Dec 2013 | 7:52 am
    You’ve heard of Crossfit, right? It’s the new, weird fitness craze sweeping the nation. It involves “functional” fitness, so you’ll often see the athletes running with heavy things and jumping on wooden boxes. They also throw barbells around a lot, and they do it all for time—either completing as many rounds as possible in the allotted time, or completing all the rounds prescribed in the shortest amount of time possible. So how can you tell if you’re talking to a Crossfitter? Here are 10 ways that are probably going to give them away… 1. They talk about “kipping” all the…
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    Inside an author's mind....

  • Dad's Inspiration

    6 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
     In UNDER HIS NOSE, one of my favorite parts is when Roark takes Stephanie out on a "real date." The two of them have been best friends for all their lives, but they've never crossed that "dating" line. Enter Roark's Fairy Godmother, Christy, to help get them over that hump, because they really do belong together.Anyway, one of my favorite parts is when Roark picks Stephanie up in his dad's classic Camaro.Dad's Camaro that inspired Roark's car. I even got to ride in it. Once. Part of the reason this is one of my favorite scenes is because the car is…
  • Yep, I'm neglecting my blog AGAIN.

    3 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    I haven't been blogging like I usually do the last couple of months. I should say, I've been super busy, and I sort of have, but also, I think the writing of a regular blog is a discipline that I have not yet mastered.Sure, I can make all the plans in the world about what "blog series" I'm going to write, and all these outlines of doing said series, but if it doesn't make it to the blog, it DOESN'T MAKE IT TO THE BLOG.Yet, I still find myself struggling on what to put on my blog, as well. One of the best series I ever did was the 12 days until the release of Mission of Christmas, where I…
  • This should explain it all..

    30 Jun 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Yes, boys. I'll get right to work.  
  • No Excuses Now

    23 May 2014 | 6:30 am
    If you follow me on Facebook, I've been talking a bit about the fact that I've been painting my house.From top to bottom.Well mostly.The house we bought had been a rental before we got it--and as such, the landlord had painted every wall in the house white.Not eggshell. Not cream. CONTRACTOR WHITE. Paper white. So friggin white I wanted to scream--white. While it was very clean and appealing when I looked at the house, the more I wandered around with my white walls, the less I felt like this was my house.I go on »
  • JUST HIS TASTE Up for Pre-Order!

    20 May 2014 | 8:57 am
    Found out today that JUST HIS TASTE, Guys and Godmothers #3 is up for pre-order!Find it on Amazonand Barnes and Noble Even Fairy Godmothers can make the wrong call.Guys and Godmothers, Book 3Avalynn Fay is not a typical Fairy Godmother. She wears leather body suits, rides motorcycles, and prefers bourbon to anything fru-fru. Probably why she is assigned new charge, Jason Gregorian—a PI who drinks bourbon and loves to cook barbecue.Jason’s a good guy. Generally decent. Even willing to pretend to be his ex-girlfriend Tessa’s date for a wedding, so she won’t be alone while her…
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    Kimberly Gardner

  • “Phoenix Rising” (Re-release) Now at Loose Id!

    Willa Okati
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    Two dozen roses, one dozen balloons and a night with a sexy, young stripper. It’s the perfect birthday present for the man who has everything. Or is it? Because the gift Jimmy really wants can’t be bought at any price. Adam Hyland’s life is in the dumps. Living in his car and stripping for his supper, he doesn’t expect much when the birthday-boy invites him to stay for cake and champagne. but the come-hither in Jimmy’s eyes, and the fire in his kisses, dares Adam to hope for more. And for a while it seems he just might get it. Of course, it could never be that easy.
  • “Woman’s Weeds” is now at Amazon!

    Willa Okati
    13 Jun 2014 | 8:16 am
    “Give me thy hand, and let me see thee in thy woman’s weeds.” So says Duke Orsino to Viola in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. And so too says David, a young and gifted director to Kieran, the beautiful young man he’s cast as Viola. But when Kieran’s penchant for silk and lace proves to be more than an acting exercise, David must face the mystery of his own desire for this stunning man in a dress.   Woman’s Weeds at      
  • Another lovely review for His Fair Lady

    25 Apr 2014 | 3:49 am
    Today is my birthday and what a nice birthday present! I found another wonderful review for His Fair Lady. This one is from Joyfully Jay and says in part, “This story is engrossing. Gardner does a wonderful job of pulling readers in emotionally and keeping them on edge with a story that is sweet and angsty and intriguing. I loved this so much. I was compelled by Josie and her inner struggle as well as the fear she held. I was also intrigued by Mark and his attraction to Josie’s mystery regardless of her secrets. And then there’s the mean girls… ugh. It’s hard to have taboo…
  • A couple nice reviews for His Fair Lady

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    When I googled myself this morning — yes, I do that — I found to my delight, two very nice reviews for my newest release His Fair Lady. The first was from Jane at Dear Author. She says in part, “I liked Josie from the start. She’s smart, not easily bowled over when a hot guy asks her out and makes Mark work to get her attention and a date. So sure, a bit of this is because she’s got a secret and hasn’t dated much but a lot is due to some inner quality I sense in her that won’t accept second best or anyone only trying to see if he can get in her pants. My thoughts…
  • When Buying Books from Publisher Sites

    Willa Okati
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    Did you know you can buy ebooks directly from publishers (e.g. Loose Id) that’ll work perfectly with your Kindle, Nook, or Kobo reader? It’s really pretty easy. Loose Id sells formats that work on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo. Here’s the breakdown: Kindle reads Mobi and PRC files. Once downloaded, they can be emailed to your Kindle email address. You can also download the “Send to Kindle” app available here (for Macs) and here (for PCs). Nooks read EPUB files. You can use Calibre to transfer books to your Nook. Kobo reads PDF and EPUB files. You can find more about how…
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    Cynthia Harrison

  • Worth It

    Cynthia Harrison
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    Brene Brown spent her life researching shame, never suspecting until one crystalline moment that under her need to excel was a perfectionism that kept her mired in guilt, judgment and blame. It took her awhile to assimilate her years of research with her newfound self-awareness and the result has been TED talks, new books, and television interviews about her discoveries. Here she is with Oprah! I have NEVER been a perfectionist. I have always known I am far from perfect. But this too has caused me endless shame, blame, and guilt. Because our culture likes perfect. That’s why we…
  • Help for Falling Faces

    Cynthia Harrison
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    One of the benefits of being pleasingly plump is having far fewer wrinkles than skinny girls our age. The saddest drawback to the fun of losing inches and gaining confidence is finding out that, wow, toes get wrinkled! I loved my plump little feet. Now I notice there are actual wrinkles at the tops of my toes. Really?? The indignity of it all! Lisa and I talked about this. She said for her the arms were the worst. Oh, yeah, arms. I don’t go out in public without them covered. I looked over my wardrobe recently and thought “just donate every top without at least an elbow length…
  • Old Things

    Cynthia Harrison
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    I have always loved old things, ancient things even. Mythology was my favorite subject in high school and I still study the early Persian myths and religions. Gods and goddesses and pagan magic hold an allure that has always been there. Almost everything I own is old. Mostly inherited, as my grandfather made furniture as a hobby and I got lots of that. I have my granny’s hope chest, old Pennsylvania Dutch that she updated in the 60s with an antique wash. It’s peeling now but I love it still. Since it’s been refinished it’s not valuable. Just sentimental. Counting the…
  • Love After Love

    Cynthia Harrison
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
     Super moon shook up some worlds this weekend, and I have yet to catch up with all the changes in my own little universe. This is, for example, my first post from my new boyfriend, Mac. I thought I could hold on to Dell a little bit longer as a back up, but he refuses to play second best and just sort of died on me. Also, no mouse!   So here I am without Dell, without a printer, without a map or a mouse. Just the shards of a super moon blow up in my online world. Yeah, high class problems, not that I have much …except for that one I’m teaching tomorrow. We read a poem the first…
  • Truth & Fiction

    Cynthia Harrison
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    Yesterday I met a writer friend at the library to talk about his novel-in-progress and other writer stuff. It was a great meeting. For me there is nothing like a one-on-one conversation. It’s my very favorite. Like reading a book, just you and the author on this ride. So to have a one-on-one with another writer is such a treat. One of the things that came up was how much of ourselves we put into our characters. Melissa is ME. She’s the most autobiographical character I’ve ever written, like literally pages torn out of my teenaged diary. But at some point, my characters…
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    Captive Dreams of an Erotic Pen

  • Print Editions

    13 Jul 2014 | 4:09 pm
    One of the things I have wanted to do for a while is get some of my stories out in print - for those that aren't too keen on reading via an electronic devise, and for those that just want a print copy.  So far I have two collections up and running ... but I plan on releasing others, if these go over well. A SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE Available at Amazon DIGGIN’ UP BONES: Zach’s back - and
  • I've added ...

    13 Jul 2014 | 3:49 pm
    I've added a poll (it's off to the left side), and I would love for you to take a moment and let me know what you would like me to write next.  I tried to keep the answers to things I have on the back burner ... Options are: A sequel to Enslaving Heaven A new Parallel Lives story Animal Attraction - feline Animal Attraction - canine Animal Attraction - avian Animal Attraction - other A new In
  • Back in the saddle again ...

    13 Jul 2014 | 3:42 pm
    After months of not being able to get any writing done, I have finally reached a point where I can get back to things.  It is very slow going ... but progress is being made. In other news, I have finally finished the edits of TIME AFTER TIME and THE LIFE NOT LIVED and the re-releases are now live.  * ~ * TIME AFTER TIME Sands of Time: After being diagnosed with inoperable cancer, Nicole
  • A Brand New Story and a few re-releases

    30 Oct 2013 | 7:13 pm
    I am tickled to announce the release of a brand new story - CLAIMING THE OWL.  It is the sixth story in my Animal Attraction series of hot and sexy gay shifters and the men they fall in love with. UNLEASHING THE JAGUAR Michael found himself in the most awkward of situations.  Trapped in his jaguar form as the newest inhabitant at a zoo, he has to figure out how to get free, without
  • A Second Chance at Love ~ Bundle One and Two

    27 Sep 2013 | 10:18 am
     The first time around they weren't ready.  Now star-crossed lovers get A Second Chance At Love ... DIGGIN' UP BONES: Secrets forced Alisa to push Zach away - can she handle letting him back into her life, knowing he is going to keep digging until he finds out what they are? All Alisa wanted was to be left alone with her writings. But the discovery of Native America bones on her
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    Stephanie Julian On a Moonlit Night

  • Melissa Schroeder's 10th Anniversary Blog Hop

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
    Melissa is celebrating her 10th anniversary with a gifts!Join her for a chance to win an iPad Mini and be sure to check out her wonderful backlist, including the book that started the Harmless series. Is it love, or just a little harmless sex?Max has always been Anna‘s knight in shining armor. But Max has always seen her as a charming, and very sexy, little sister.Until Max’s cold fiance dumps him, Anna unloads another of her many conquests and she invites him over for margaritas and Mexican food. Too much tequila, too much flirting, and too many years of fighting the attraction —…
  • OVER EXPOSED...available now

    1 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    When the cameras are off, the real action begins. Greg Hicks is a Hollywood power player. For years he’s enjoyed the perks that come with being a top director and producer: the influence, the wealth…the women. But none of his many conquests have ever possessed the incredible sensuality of the young woman he once watched lose all inhibition in front of his camera. Sabrina Rodriquez’s life is far from a Hollywood dream. Refusing to make the same mistakes as her unlucky-in-love mother, she’s focused on her first real job and avoiding all distractions, especially those of the male…
  • The Salon Games continue...

    26 Jun 2014 | 8:21 am
    Amazon  BN   Kobo   All Romance   Books-a-Million   iTunes OVER EXPOSED  When the cameras are off, the real action begins. Greg Hicks is a Hollywood power player. For years he’s enjoyed the perks that come with being a top director and producer: the influence, the wealth…the women. But none of his many conquests have ever possessed the incredible sensuality of the young woman he once watched lose all inhibition in front of his camera. Sabrina Rodriquez’s life is far from a Hollywood dream. Refusing to make the same mistakes as her…

    24 Jun 2014 | 6:36 pm
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  • ONE NIGHT ONLY... Availabe on KOBO for pre-order

    7 May 2014 | 5:48 am
    ONE NIGHT ONLY... is now available for pre-order from KOBO. (Other sites coming very soon.)JUST ONE NIGHT by NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Caridad Pineiro.He has just one night to prove to her that anything is possible . . .Jason Hart, Jase to his friends, has just graduated college and earned his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. It's the night of the graduation party and she'll be there. His best friend's slightly older sister, Nickie. Nickie is the only woman he's really wanted for a long time. He has just one night to make it happen.She has just one night…
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    Beth Kery

  • THE AFFAIR: My take on it

    Beth Kery
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    This fall, fall in love . . . Anyone who knows me is probably all too aware that I’m bursting with excitement about my upcoming serial novel, THE AFFAIR. This is a supersexy, angsty, sensually indulgent and extremely romantic love story between a brooding billionaire and a hospice nurse. Sound familiar? Well it’s not. As a trained clinical psychologist, I take characterization very seriously, and Montand and Emma are two of my favorite characters to date. Although at first blush, Montand may seem like the type of guy every man would want to be and every woman would want to have—sexy,…
  • THE AFFAIR covers!

    Beth Kery
    23 Jun 2014 | 8:58 am
    Some things are meant to be savored. THE AFFAIR is an angsty and super sexy love story that’s an eight week long reading experience, beginning with the first ‘episode’ on September 16th, 2014. After that, travel with unconventional hospice nurse Emma Shore in real time as she steps across the threshold into a world of luxury, sensual pleasure and forbidden passion. Knowing he’d break her heart if she lingered too long, Emma told Montand their affair would last 8 weeks, and then she’d walk away. But is 8 weeks too much time in which to lose her heart? Readers of…
  • Where You Can Find Me at the Romantic Times Book Convention

    Beth Kery
    8 May 2014 | 7:21 am
    The RT Convention in New Orleans is days away. If you are attending either the conference or the big book signing, I’d love to meet you! Here’s where you can find me–just come over and say hello! For more general information on the RT Convention Agenda, click here. Thursday May 15th, 11:15 to 12:15 Author Chat, Erotica, w/ fellow authors Lauren Dane, Megan Hart, Christina Lauren and Tiffany Reisz, 2nd fl., Studio 9 Thursday May 15th, 6:30 to 8:30, Pub Crawl on Bourbon Street Friday May 16th, 2:45 to 3:45: Workshop, Writing an Erotic E-serial, with fellow authors Megan Hart,…
  • More Awesome Reviews for SINCE I SAW YOU!

    Beth Kery
    5 May 2014 | 10:11 am
    The fourth book in the BECAUSE YOU ARE MINE series, SINCE I SAW YOU is out tomorrow–5/6/14! I’m so excited about it. Kam and Lin are two of my favorite characters, even though an author shouldn’t play favorites with her ‘children’ I know. :) There has been some amazing early reviews out for Since, and I’d like to share them here: “Beth Kery’s Since I Saw You is the whole package. The characters, the writing, the romance, the pacing, the emotion—I wish every book was like this.” Heroes and Heartbreakers…
  • Awesome Early Reviews for SINCE I SAW YOU from Kirkus Reviews and RT Book Reviews!

    Beth Kery
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:46 am
    I was excited to see some great pre-release reviews for SINCE I SAW YOU, Book 4 in the Because You Are Mine series, out May 6! I like to describe this one as a super sexy, sophisticated and fun Beauty and the Beast setup between two very special people who may seem mismatched, but are actually perfectly suited to each other. Here is a tidbit from Kirkus Reviews, but check out the full review here! Kirkus Reviews “Best-selling erotic-romance author Kery pens a red-hot tale of the road to love complicated by scorching, graphically described sex, including light BDSM. With two enigmatic…
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    Kristina Knight - Romance Author

  • #giveaways and more!

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    Hey, everyone! Have you joined in the Summer Lovin' Party that Lisa and Leann from Twin Opinions are putting on? There will be battles of the book boyfriends, author interviews, giveaways and tons of fun!I'm taking part - you could win a copy of my backlist, and I'm also sharing excerpts and fun stuff from behind the scenes of my new Rockers series (which starts with Light My Fire, out now)!You can find Twin Opinions here ... And here's the Rafflecopter for the event:" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway
  • #AuthorSpotlight: Lillian Darcy ~ After the Rain

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hiya, gang! I'm pleased to shine the spotlight on Lilian Darcy's new book ~ and not just because I've been a Lilian fan for a LONG TIME. I love her ability to draw characters and create deep, emotional's a peek inside her latest:All About After the Rain: How do you stop being angry at someone when they’re gone? Kira Shepherd Blair’s older sister Neve died eighteen years ago at River Bend Park, on the night of the 1996 Marietta High School senior prom, and Kira is still mired in feelings she can’t resolve. So much of her life has been shadowed by Neve, from the…
  • My Favorite Time...

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    ...for research is when I'm stuck. Doesn't sound very smart, does it? What I mean is, I don't necessarily research the place I'm writing about, the profession, the weather, etc. before I start writing. The beginnings of stories, for me, are kind of like epiphanies. Some of my writer friends talk about 'seeing' a fully-drawn scene and writing it down. I'm like that, kind of. I see a character, maybe two, hear a bit of dialogue and I'm off. The more the character 'talks' the more I see - foliage, buildings, beaches. It kind of draws itself in my imagination. All because the character is talking…
  • #BookSpotlight: D'Ann Lindun ~ Lily's Summer Cowboy

    8 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hey, there, readers! I'm so excited to welcome my good friend, D'Ann Lindun back to the blog today. D'Ann has a brand-spankin'-new cowboy to share with let's get to it!All About Lily's Summer Cowboy: Afraid to love, Lily Halderman is determined to never feel despair like when she lost her husband to cancer. Left alone to continue their custom farming business, she struggles to stay afloat, both financially and emotionally. Until Will comes along to help with the farm, impressing her with his hard work ethics, and presenting a danger to her heart because he is just the kind of man she…
  • First Lines ~ Who's Got A Good One?

    3 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    First lines kill me. And first lines give me that tickley feeling up and down my spine. First lines make me cry. And roll my eyes. And always - always - they pull me into a book. Or they don't.I'm one of those readers who cracks open an interesting book in the bookstore and reads the first bit. A good first line will have me immediately closing that book, putting it under my arm and reaching for another. A so-so will have me read a few pages. If a line doesn't grab me, I'm on to the next one.First lines, I think, set the tone for the book. Create interest in a character or situation, and make…
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    Ryshia Kennie

  • International Authors' Day Bloghop

    Ryshia Kennie
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:48 am
    July 18 is the first official International Author's Day.  It was a day began by blogger, reviewer and fellow book addict, Debdatta at Bookish Indulgences.   International Author's Day will start out with a blog hop that runs through the week - July 14 through 18.  Check out the links at the bottom of this post and stop by the blogs participating, there'll be plenty of prizes as well as a crew of good books just waiting to be discovered as readers and writers prepare to enjoy the week.International Authors' Day - it's that word author that makes me pause.  It has a strange…
  • Fatal Obsession - One Novel, Two Novels, Three Novels - More

    Ryshia Kennie
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Fatal ObsessionFive novels - one boxed set!Fatal Obsession is a boxed set of five romantic suspense novels just released this week.  These stories are dangerous and they're hot.   And that's not all that's good about them, they're on sale, the whole set for 99 cents at all online bookstores.  How hot is that?So, yeah I have an inside scoop on it all, a reason to be excited.  My novel, Fatal Intent is included as part of the set. So here's what's inside Fatal Obsession:Deadly Shadows by USA Today Bestseller Jaycee ClarkThe first book in the gripping and sexy world of the…
  • Author Blog Hop - Meet The Authors

    Ryshia Kennie
    8 Jun 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Lisa McManus Lange invited me to participate in a blog hop.  Today it's a different kind of blog hop.  Not a reader hop, nor a book hop, nor even a review hop.  Today it's an author hop.  How did this happen?  Or more aptly, what is this?Well it's a hop that passes the torch from one author to another.But first, a little more about how I got here.  As I said, Lisa McManus Lange invited me.  I met Lisa ages ago when I stumbled on her blog and was intrigued by a fellow Canadian author and by what she had to say.  So I'd leave a comment from time to time…
  • An Absent Mind

    Ryshia Kennie
    28 May 2014 | 5:58 pm
    An Absent Mind is a riveting new novel from Eric Rill, author of Pinnacle of Deceit and The Innocent Traitor, is about a race against time.    The ticking time bomb is Saul Reimer's sanity.  His Alheimer's is going to be the catalyst that will either bring his family together or tear it apart.My review of An Absent Mind:Alzheimer's is a difficult journey for any individual or family to take and there is no opt out.  In An Absent Mind, Eric Rill takes on a family's journey as their patriarch is diagnosed with Alzheimer's.  The story is told in a unique fashion,…
  • Cinco de Mayo

    Ryshia Kennie
    5 May 2014 | 6:28 am
    Today there's not only Cinco de Mayo but all kinds of things to celebrate.  One, I've crawled out of the writing cave and submitted two projects aka stories.  I kind of miss them now, no more mornings running from deranged killers or crawling through bat caves and no more Josh - sigh and Max - add a second sigh there.   So they're off into the world and I wait and worry that they made it safely.Meantime, last week I was blogging the alphabet with a great group of bloggers but things kind of fell apart near the end - for me, not for them.  So while I never got to x, y…
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    Susan Says

  • MDQ of the STORY

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    I jotted the acronym, MDQ, down in my little tablet where I keep track of possible blog topics more than two months ago. I don't think I'd ever seen the acronym used though I did know what it meant.The Major Dramatic Question is what I've always thought of as the big plot question that the story seeks to answer. It's the goal of the protagonists, the driving force behind the action and drama leading the reader toward the end of the novel. Where the lovers end up together in the romance novel? Will the forces of good overcome evil in the fantasy novel? Will Earth's spacecraft stop…
  • Starting Point

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    As a reader of fantasy and science fiction novels, I'm a big fan of prologues. I love them. Despite what some writers have been led to believe, the most recent statistic I saw claimed that 95% of readers not only read prologues but enjoy them as I do. Don't be put off by that out-of-date but still spouted nonsense about never writing a prologue into your novel.One of my favorite fantasy novels of the past year, Blood Song, by Anthony Ryan, uses a different technique. Ryan divides the novel into a different parts and starts each part with the viewpoint of an historian recording what is…
  • Jet or Snail

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    My husband made fun of me a few days ago. I bought new running shoes, expensive shoes because I have old knees and I need good shoes. They felt so wonderful on that first day out on the road. I returned home after an hour's run (dripping sweat, not a pretty picture) and told my husband I ran fast and felt great in my pretty new footgear. He laughed and said steady might be a better description than fast. Okay, so I resembled more a snail crawling through peanut butter than a world class marathoner, but the pace felt perfect for me at my present stage of life.Our pace at many…
  • A Place At That Table

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    The war between Amazon and Hachette continues. Most of the writers I know haven't taken sides. The specific facts are being held secret but one thing we can all be sure of is that it's about the money. And by that I mean how much Hachette makes and how much Amazon makes on the books they sell. Both love writers only in so much as they make money for their companies. Both love readers because they buy the products Hachette and Amazon are selling.Like many writers, when I started bleeding out that first novel, I imagined it on the shelf in bookstores and libraries. Book tours and signings ...
  • Week Wrapup

    11 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Thanks PK Hrezo for her great post on how having a newsletter is an important part of promotion. And good luck to Cate Masters on her ongoing promotional tour for Goddess, Awakened. A few words of wisdom from my Old Farmer's Almanac planner.If there be no remedy, why worry? (Old Spanish Proverb) I tried to pass this on to my students shortly after 9/11. Three Mile Island, the nuclear plant, is actually in our school district. There was lots of extra security there for a while and a few false alarms when fighter jets took to the sky looking for threats. There is an airport not far from TMI and…
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    Cait London

  • That He-She Thing

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    Now on Sale 2.99THE PENDRAGON VIRUS Romance and other Writers: Let's study that He-She Thing:In general romance, writers need to reach beyond and dig deeper than their own life experience. Here are some of my tips to consider:We’re as different as our birth signs. John Gray’s study of Venus and Mars books are excellent studies for the general romance man/woman basic relationships.Historical romance writers have an easier time of creating the male protagonist/hero—this because in historical times males had a designated role, just as females did. Yet he had to be appealing enough for the…
  • 15 Ways to Edit the Feel

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    --> The Basket Maker's WifeYou’ve written the whole story and it’s time to edit. Last century, when I started writing, I began writing with a big checklist: Who, What, Why, When. Then there’s the 5 senses, etc. And making punctuation work.There’s the Plotter and the Plunger style of writing. Sometimes to just get into the story, to get into the pulse/heartbeat of it, I try to write whatever in the set-up, pushing it. I’m fine with Dreck, if it gets the story rolling.I’m editing now and toning, darkening/lightening, watching those paragraphs for dialogue/narrative positions. If…
  • Doll Clothes Patterns

    29 Jun 2014 | 6:40 am
     I'm currently working with the 2nd book in my Basket series, but today had to lay off due to eye strain.I've been labeled a Busy Bee as I am always doing something, and today seemed a good day to work on my 18" Doll Patterns. (I have granddaughters. :))!Before reading on, note that making doll clothes is a sideline, and I'm not doing designer work, rather for play.These patterns were purchased, then traced on grocery sacks. I only traced/cut the ones I would probably do the most and those will go into an easy-reach file. !!I'm using the material/notions I have on hand, because if you've…
  • Who Owns the Story?

    16 Jun 2014 | 3:59 am
    ROMANTIC SUSPENSESLEEPLESS IN MONTANA In editing mode, (if not before) a fiction writer (especially in romance) must answer/finalize two primary questions:1.) Whose POV starts the story?2.) When to introduce other protagonists or antagonists?Hogan Kodiak in Sleepless in Montana has a problem, and he's perfect to demonstrate Who Controls the Story. Other family members revolve around him, and The Problem and sub-problem, but Hogan is central to the story.A story will twist and turn as it is being written/emerges and characters/individual characteristics are born, edited, reborn, changed. To be…
  • Character Conflict: Depth

    4 Jun 2014 | 3:30 am
    SEASON OF TRUTHROMANTIC SUSPENSEDivorced and down on her luck, Chloe Matthews, star of SEASON OF TRUTH, doesn't want to return to the small western town. But when forced to return, she must meet her past, a teenage love, and old deadly secrets begin to unravel. Her arrival touches off her 2 best friends, and ignites a killer, who must protect those deadly secrets.This story has depth, character backgrounds, motives, conflicts.In conversations with other writers/readers, this comment comes up frequently, regarding quality of writing and that is depth of character, i.e. “while the storyline…
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    Jenyfer Matthews

  • Something’s Gotta Give

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    There is only so much time in a day and way too much do lately. My daughter arrived home from her week in Florida playing at a national tennis tournament late Friday evening and we got up bright and early on Saturday morning to go to another tournament about an hour away. I probably should have skipped this one for her but it seemed like a good idea and she said she wanted to do it when I asked her. So we went and though she was exhausted by the end, she managed to play very well and also finish pretty highly. I’m pleased she was doing well, however because she was doing well it meant…
  • Finders Keepers

    18 Jul 2014 | 2:42 am
    I was on the way to take my daughter shopping when I spotted these beauties on the curb in my neighborhood. I did a quick u-turn and went to get them – no way they would have been there when we got back. They have hanging hooks in them so someone had been using them as decoration – but based on the looks of the frame they were actually a window at one point. I don’t have a good place to hang them for decoration, and I also think I can probably come up with a better use for them. The idea of turning them into an interesting headboard occurred to me. I also though about making…
  • Recycling Project

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:39 am
    The office where I’m working had four boxes of appreciation awards leftover from a long ago project that never actually happened. Many, many of them were thrown away long before I started working there and many were re-used in other ways, sometimes as gag gifts. By the time I arrived on the scene there were three boxes left and the receptionist decided that two of them needed to be thrown out. That is where I came in. This is what the award looked like: The glass globe is so pretty, I could not just let them be thrown away. I thought there must be something that could be done with them…
  • One Down, One to Go

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:31 am
    I got one wooden deck chair sanded this weekend… One more to go. I’ve also been tending my garden. The seeds I started probably aren’t going to amount to much since I started them too late. The asparagus is going crazy however so I think I’m good to go with beginning to harvest it next year. The tomatoes and the basil are also doing pretty well. But I’m kind of glad that nothing else is doing so much, including my apple tree, because the raspberries are keeping me more than a little busy. Last year I got one large ziplock bagful. I’m already on my fifth bag…
  • Robin Update

    12 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The nest is still on top of the pergola but the robin family seems to have moved on because I am able to be in the back yard for long periods picking my raspberries and have not been attacked. I hope all of the babies made it – I mowed the grass a couple of days ago and did not see any feathers or any other evidence that the one I tried to rescue died – not in the yard anyway…
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    On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

  • Ghost Killer Done!

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Whew! 5 books (none under 80K words), in 1.5 years! Whew. Perhaps, someday I will get that awesome RUSH of feeling that I've finished again. I miss it. I'm tired but done.
  • Celta Thursday, the Turqouise House Floorplan

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Celta Thursday, and keeping head down. I'll be focused on work today and tomorrow, but here's Celta Thursday, the sketch I made of the Turquoise House's floorplan that I used for Heart Fire.And I don't know why it turned around. So it goes. Later, folks!
  • Celta Thursday, Upcoming Heart Fire cut

    10 Jul 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Celta Thursday -- UPCOMING HEART FIRE CUT, I'm all about easy until done with Ghost Killer. Hero is Antenn Moss (architect, adopted son of the Blackthorns)...heroine is Tiana Mugwork, priestess. Lord Equisetum is the antagonist in this novel:He took a waterfall, dried off, and sank into the comfort of his bedsponge, pulling linens over himself. Pinky settled on the far edge of the bed on his pillow, as plump as the cat himself, and dropped into snuffling sleep.As Antenn's mind whirled with images of the day – and he sure preferred Tiana Mugwort over GraceLord Equisetum – he let himself…
  • All Heart Books Up on Audible! And Celta Thursday

    3 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    Here's the series: This is narrated by Noah Michael Levine, recommended by a good friend. Ghost Seer is narrated by a woman, for contrast. :)And because it's easy, and the copy edits for Heart Fire lit yesterday, here's the first section of the Cast of Characters for Heart Fire that is open on my machine and I'm working on: Cast of CharactersAntenn Blackthorn-Moss's Family:Pinky: Antenn's cat who became a FamCat animal companionShade Moss: older brother, murderer, one of a slum triad…
  • Free short, short story: Zanth and the Treasure with Soundtrack and Sounds

    27 Jun 2014 | 8:41 am
    I did this myself, so let me know if you like the music or not. :) Also, you must have Chrome or Firefox to view (or can download an app for Apple products).Here:!/bookshelf?booktrackId=774f1d5c831548e0b8573384ba916eda Let me know about it
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    Jess Riley Writes

  • 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…
  • Is Your Husband Trying to Tell You Something?

    Jess Riley
    5 Nov 2013 | 12:04 pm
    From time to time, J comes home from work with a box of “product.” It’s a perk of the job. These freebies have included cases of paper towels, toilet paper, dinner napkins, full-sized boxed tissues, travel-sized tissues, disposable hand towels, and pre-moistened “cleansing wipes” when you have a sticky poo. It’s a little like Christmas any time he comes home with a giant bag o’goodies. What will it be today? What’s in the box? Will it be anti-viral tissues in Hanukah-themed boxes? Paper towels that smell like cinnamon and pork? Now, I don’t mean to humble-brag, but last…
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    Camy's Loft

  • Camy's Sonoma fictional family tree

    Camy Tang
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’m over at the Love Inspired Authors blog talking about a new family I’ve introduced to my Sonoma series, the Whelans, and how they’re connected to the Grant sisters from my first 3 Sonoma books! Click here to read the blog post!
  • Necessary Proof ebook novella now FREE on Nook too!

    Camy Tang
    11 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Free! My romantic suspense novella, Necessary Proof, is free on Kindle, iBooks, Smashwords and Kobo, and now Nook also!Originally published in First Kisses, a novella anthology with Linda Goodnight, Janet Tronstad, Debra Clopton, Margaret Daley, and Lacy Williams.After opening his heart to Jesus in prison, Alex Villa has left his criminal past behind him. However, his efforts to take down a gang producing meth in Sonoma have made him a target. Set up to look like he’s being bribed by the gang, the police blame him for the death of a cop. Only the evidence on an encrypted laptop can prove…
  • How can I pray for you?

    Camy Tang
    10 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’m so honored that so many of you entrusted your prayer requests to me! I am praying for you! Please be sure to fill out the form below with any updates!For those of you with prayer requests, I would love to pray for you! I asked God to make me a prayer warrior this year, so how can I pray for you?Prayer requests can sometimes be private things, so to keep your privacy, I’ve made a form you can fill out that will keep your requests just between you and me. :)Loading...Free! My romantic suspense novella, Necessary Proof, is free on Kindle, iBooks, Smashwords and Kobo!
  • Necessary Proof free ebook novella!

    Camy Tang
    29 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Free! My romantic suspense novella, Necessary Proof, is free on Kindle, iBooks, Smashwords and Kobo!Originally published in First Kisses, a novella anthology with Linda Goodnight, Janet Tronstad, Debra Clopton, Margaret Daley, and Lacy Williams.After opening his heart to Jesus in prison, Alex Villa has left his criminal past behind him. However, his efforts to take down a gang producing meth in Sonoma have made him a target. Set up to look like he’s being bribed by the gang, the police blame him for the death of a cop. Only the evidence on an encrypted laptop can prove he’s…
  • Boucle V-neck top knitting pattern

    Camy Tang
    28 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Update: I also did this in a non-boucle yarn at a smaller gauge. The textured patterning showed up much better and the smaller gauge made the tee smaller, if you're interested in downsizing this pattern. Info on the second tee is at the bottom.I had some boucle yarn I had bought for another project, and I wanted to get rid of it. I came across the Summer-weight Woolly vintage pattern by Jane Koster & Margaret Murray that called for boucle yarn, so I decided to try it. My yarn ended up being much thicker than what was used in the pattern and I had to almost completely rewrite the pattern…
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    Laurie J. Edwards ~ Author, Artist, Dreamer...

  • Chocolate Book Blog

    12 Jul 2014 | 7:51 pm
    When I agreed to do this blog, I wondered how I could possibly combine books and chocolate. First of all, I LOVE way too many children’s books to choose favorites and second, I’m not a fan of chocolate. Now before you run in the opposite direction screaming at such sacrilege, perhaps I should explain. I used to be a total chocaholic in my early years. Then I got the ultimate job ever at age 16 – working in the Chocolate House at HersheyPark. After eating chocolate cake for breakfast, chocolate ice cream with chocolate syrup topped with chocolate whipped cream for lunch, and…
  • Courting the Muse

    20 Jun 2014 | 8:11 am
    Many people long to be writers; few follow through. In every writers’ group, you’ll find that often it’s not the most talented writers who get published, but the most persistent. This persistence doesn’t only apply to submitting work, it also applies to showing up at the page. Recently I was pondering this as I signed books at BEA and met CPs and fellow SCBWI members who were also signing. How did we, out of the many writers we know, end up with published books while other more talented friends have yet to achieve publication? It obviously had little to do with talent.
  • Recapping BEA

    14 Jun 2014 | 8:03 am
    As a librarian, I spent many years going to BEA, but 2014 was the first year that I went to sign books. A few years ago, I had the thrill of seeing one of my books in a publisher’s display. But this time my book was prominently displayed (Yes, that’s Grace and the Guiltless on the top shelf of the Switch Press display.) It was fun seeing the ARCS of Grace between all the other books coming out from Switch Press, Capstone‘s newest venture into fiction., and getting autographed copies from fellow authors. And my book was not only part of the publisher’s display, it was…
  • 20 YA Novels for Thinking Adults: A Diverse List

    14 Jun 2014 | 5:35 am
    lje1:In my opinion, only the best (and most confident) adults read (and write) YA… Originally posted on the open book: There has been a lot of controversy this week surrounding that now-infamous Slate article saying that adults should be embarrassed to read YA. Here at LEE & LOW, we couldn’t disagree more. We don’t think your enjoyment of a book should be limited by your age (or anything at all, really). YA novels are great. They can be entertaining, literary, thought-provoking, funny, sad, or all of the above at the same time. There have been several excellent lists of YA…
  • Prepare for an Epidemic…

    22 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Yvonne Ventresca I recently had the pleasure of connecting with Yvonne Ventresca and discovering that we both wrote nonfiction books on singers for Lucent Books. Mine was about Rihanna; hers was on Avril Lavigne. But that wasn’t the only similarity. We both had YA fiction titles debuting in May.  So what better way to celebrate our joint book birthdays than hosting her on my blog. Yvonne’s latest release, Pandemic, has been called “riveting and terrifyingly real” on Goodreads. Welcome, Yvonne! It’s great to have you here today. I’m so glad you were willing…
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    Astraea Press

  • RELEASE DAY: Elizabeth Jackson "This Beautiful World"

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
     Blurb:As children, RaeAnne and her sidekick King were held captive after they discovered the body of a boy their age in a crate of apples in their small town’s peculiar orchard. Now RaeAnne is grown and the mother of a troubled young daughter. After her mother is killed in an accident, she travels home to her father with her daughter. But RaeAnne finds that she is not welcomed by everyone, and frightening incidents start to happen involving her and her family. As RaeAnne unravels the mysteries of her childhood, including what happened to her older brother, who vanished on the same…
  • RELEASE DAY: E.A. West "Different"

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Blurb:Jezebel Smith is different. She can’t talk, she doesn’t look like anyone in her family, and no matter what she does it’s always the wrong thing. God accepts her for who she is, but He’s the only one who does. Then she finds an unconscious man in her favorite cave, and her life is turned up-side down. New people and new rules collide with the old, leaving Jezebel unsure of which set of rules apply to her life. When the strangers in town attempt to help her out of the nightmare she’s grown up in, it promises to change her life forever. Author:E.A. West, award-winning author…
  • My Town in Three Photos - Friday Harbor

    19 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    by Jill Urbach  My hometown is Friday Harbor, WA. (Incidentally, my AP novella "Mr. Impeccable" takes place in Friday Harbor.) This first picture is a view down Spring Street which is the main street through town. This next picture is also of Spring Street during our 4th of July parade. In this picture, the local American Legion is pausing in front of our two-screen movie theatre to salute the flag.  Now here's a picture from our community dinner this week. Each month, the high school hosts a community dinner where the cooking students cook and the community can come…
  • AP Author Spotlight: Christi Corbett

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
     Christi Corbett  Blog: http:christicorbett.wordpress.comTwitter ID: @ChristiCorbettGoodreads: Describe yourself in three words:DedicatedSassyAdventurous Tell us a little about your latest release:Along the Way HomeKate Davis is intrigued when her father reveals his dream of starting a horse ranch in Oregon Territory. Settlers out west value a strong woman, and…
  • RELEASE DAY: Lucie Ulrich "The Rose Ring"

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
     Blurb:With a will that reads like a piece of fiction, the return of his long-lost brother, and the possibility of losing the family ranch, Micah Cooper calls on high school friend, Sky Baxter, to bail him out of a bad situation.Though her brain tells her no, Sky’s heart says yes. She accepts Micah’s in-name-only proposal, knowing it’s unlikely anything permanent will come of it. She’s been in love with him since the ninth grade, and if he hasn’t figured it out by now, there’s little chance he ever will.When an unexpected kiss ignites a spark, giving Micah hope for a possible…
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    Fierce Romance

  • Smoo Cave in Durness, Scotland

    Vonda Sinclair
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Smoo Cave is on the edge of Durness on the north coast of Scotland. The cave is 200 feet x 150 feet x 50 feet high at the entrance and contains 3 sections. Inside the second section is a very dramatic and noisy waterfall, the Allt Smoo River, pouring through the cave. Standing inside this smaller part of the cave right next to the waterfall, you have to shout to be heard when talking. Sometimes boat trips are available that go back through the cave to the third section but when we were there, the river was flowing too much for a full tour of the cave. The waterfall is 80 feet high.Click to…
  • Love Is... Cover Reveal!

    Natasha Moore
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:30 pm
    On August fifth, the LOVE IS… anthology will release at e-tailers near you! A collection of 300,000 words, and more than 40 authors, covering all heat ranges and genres, there’s something in here to appeal to everyone. And all of the proceeds are going to charity — specifically, to:Reach out and Read which prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.Today, we are celebrating with a cover reveal for the anthology webring style. Participating authors are revealing the anthology cover, and…
  • Scotland's Mythological (Or Are They?) Creatures: Morag of Loch Morar

    Gwyn Brodie
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Many people, including myself, find there are places in Scotland which possess a certain supernatural feeling, which is why it doesn't surprise me in the least that Scotland has so many mythological creatures in its history.                                                   Morag of Loch MorarMorag is a loch monster said to live in Loch Morar,  near Lochaber, Highland, Scotland. Second to Nessie, it is among the best known of Scotland's legendary monsters. The…
  • An Interview with K. K. Weil and At This Stage

    Cameo Brown
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today I'm excited to introduce my fellow author K. K. Weil (@kk_weil), who will be giving away one free copy of her new adult crossover romance, At This Stage, to the commenter of the day. The lucky person's name will be drawn from those who comment on this interview, and the winner will be notified by Saturday.K. K. grew up in Queens, a subway ride from New York’s theater district, which had her hooked early on a mix of major musicals and low-budget one-man shows. Weil, a graduate of N.Y.U. and former teacher, now enjoys writing her own dramas. She lives near the beach in New Jersey, where…
  • Countdown to The Cottage Next Door

    Natasha Moore
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Two months seems like a long time when you're waiting for a release, but this is summer, where I swear I have something going on almost every weekend and before long I won't be able to fit anything else in before summer is over. And then it will be September and WOW it will be release day for my second-chance-at-love beach romance, The Cottage Next Door.Also, starting next week, I'll be heavy into promoting the charity anthology I've contributed to. The release date for Love Is... is Aug 5th and that will be here before we know it! Heads up - next Mon, Jul 21st will be cover reveal day - both…
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  • #Bondage #Spanking and #Erotica - Cradle of Dreams/Whisper of Dreams

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:35 pm
    With visions of battle still fresh in his mind, Roane Bradfield returns home to find the woman he loves betrothed to another. He corners Kendrick Moreland at Dowager Huggins’ Grand Ball and whisks her into the secluded library. One way or the other, he will know the reason the duplicitous beauty cut him from her life when she promised to wait forever. Sarah must get her son out of New Bern, North Carolina before he succumbs to an epidemic of yellow fever. Yankees have taken over the town and there is only one man capable of smuggling them out—Captain Elijah Fortune. Even though she…
  • Whisper of Dreams is Here! (sequel to Cradle of Dreams)

    14 Jul 2014 | 7:58 pm
    WHISPER OF DREAMSBDSM Erotic Time Travel(Sequel to best-selling Cradle of Dreams)About Whisper of Dreams Sarah must get her son out of New Bern, North Carolina before he succumbs to an epidemic of yellow fever. Yankees have taken over the town and there is only one man capable of smuggling them out—Captain Elijah Fortune. Even though she betrayed him once, she appeals to the champion of her childhood for help. He’s more than happy to accommodate her, but the price of risking his life is steep. And the cost has nothing to do with money.    Short Snippet Sarah came to…
  • Cover Reveal - WHISPER OF DREAMS - *New Release*

    12 Jul 2014 | 9:23 pm
    WHISPER OF DREAMS will be released this week on Amazon, Nook and Kobo. This is the sequel to CRADLE OF DREAMS, one of my best-selling novellas!About WHISPER OF DREAMS Erotica/BDSM Time TravelSarah must get her son out of New Bern, North Carolina before he succumbs to an epidemic of yellow fever. Yankees have taken over the town and there is only one man capable of smuggling them out—Captain Elijah Fortune. Even though she betrayed him once, she appeals to the champion of her childhood for help. He’s more than happy to accommodate her, but the price of risking his life is steep. And the…

    3 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    WELCOME TO SASSAFRAS AND SPURS BLOG HOPSponsored by STILETTOS AT HIGH NOONWe're so happy you stopped by to hop-along with us. Participants in this blog hop are listed below. Be sure to visit all of them and read their snippets!Author Charlene RaddonAuthor D. LindunAuthor Lynn Cahoon Author Jacquie Rogers Author SK Fero Author Caroline Clemmons McKenna Gebhard Author Krista Ames Author Mary Forbes Author Gem Sivad Author Cait Braxton/KetaDiablo And ...if you care to help us promote the hop on Twitter please use this hashtag#sassafrasandspursI'm…
  • Welcome to #MySexySaturday

    27 Jun 2014 | 8:33 pm
    WELCOME TO MY SEXY SATURDAY ... hosted every week by a fantastic group of authors to bring you snippets from their books.Don't forget to drop by the main blog CLICK HERE to read all the wonderful passages this week. I'm pleased to present 7 paragraphs from my full-length novel SOJOURN WITH A STRANGER. This is a full-length novel in the Gothic Paranormal genre and is set in Norfolk, VA.About Sojourn:When her mother and father drowned at sea, Raine Brinsley was left penniless. After she arrives in Norfolk, she has one choice—find employment and earn enough money to return to her…
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    Falling In Love With Romance

  • Thursday Writing Quote

    Suzie Quint
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Success is a finished book, a stack of pages each of which is filled with words. If you reach that point, you have won a victory over yourself no less impressive than sailing single-handed around the world. ~ Tom Clancy
  • Thursday Writing Quote

    Suzie Quint
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    As to the adjective, when in doubt, strike it out. ~ Mark Twain
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    Suzie Quint
    4 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
  • Thursday Writing Quote

    Suzie Quint
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    As a writer, one of the things that I’ve always been interested in doing is actually invading your comfort space. Because that’s what we’re supposed to do. Get under your skin, and make you react. ~ Stephen King
  • 26 Jun 2014 | 7:07 pm

    Suzie Quint
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:07 pm
    A Story is a Promise: Good Things to Know Before Writing a Novel, Screenplay or Play By Bill Johnson Step One. Complete this sentence: My story is about… For Rocky, he starts with this: Rocky is a story about gaining self-respect. That fits his definition of a basic human need because we all want to respect ourselves. Step Two: Complete this sentence: The movement of my story toward the resolution of its promise can be described as… Rocky is a story about someone discovering within himself the courage to overcome insurmountable obstacles. Step Three: Complete this sentence: The…
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    Fiction Vixen Book Reviews

  • Tempting Teaser: Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews + *Giveaway*

    FV Jen
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    “How long have you had the ability to sense vampires?”  Robert asked. Here we go.  “Why the sudden interest?” I asked. “We hear things,” Robert said.  “Rumors.” “What kind of rumors?” I asked. “Disturbing rumors,” Robert said.  “We are dissatisfied with the current level of disclosure.  We are concerned.” We.  We as in the Clan Rat.  The alphas of the clans intensely disliked being kept out of the loop, and Jim was always walking a fine line between endangering Pack security by saying too much and…
  • Review: Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep

    FV Angela
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    With the eleventh book in the Elemental Assassin series, Jennifer Estep continues to deliver and deliver big. For those readers who were afraid this series was going to go stale at the conclusion of the original story arc, you can rest easy. This series just keeps getting better and better with every new installment and Gin remains one of the most kick ass heroines in urban fantasy. Running the Pork Pit, taking classes at the local community college, fighting off would be assassins trying to make a name for themselves by offing the Spider, it’s just a normal day in the life of Gin…
  • New Romance and Urban Fantasy Releases: Week of July 21, 2014

    FV Sophia
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
      New Romance and Urban Fantasy Releases: Week of July 21, 2014 Title Author AMZ BN Kobo Maybe This Time A.M. Arthur AMZ BN Kobo Should’ve Been Home Yesterday Inez Kelley AMZ BN Kobo No Biz Like Showbiz Julie Moffett AMZ BN Kobo In the Shadow of Pride Nancy C. Weeks AMZ BN Kobo Ready to Wed Cindi Madsen AMZ BN Kobo Trapped at the Altar Jane Feather AMZ BN Kobo Swinger Style Jayne Rylon AMZ BN Kobo Poison Promise Jennifer Estep AMZ BN Kobo Oh Gad! Joanne C. Hillhouse AMZ BN Kobo Falling for Her Husband Karen Erickson AMZ BN Kobo The Spirit of the Wolf Karen Kay AMZ BN Kobo The Game…
  • Review: Looking for Trouble by Victoria Dahl

    FV Jen
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Sophie Heyer has always been a good girl so when tattooed bad boy Alex Bishop rolls into town she is hardly able to resist him.  But resist him she must.  Alex is the son of a woman who hates her.  The son of a woman who has made her life a living hell all for crimes she did not commit.  Sophie is the daughter of the woman Alex’s father was having an affair with so many years ago.  It was thought that the pair had run off together but recently Alex’s brother had found a truck with the bodies of Sophie’s mother and Alex’s father.  With nobody to take her anger…
  • How To Reprimand Your Rock Star by Mina Vaughn *Excerpt + Giveaway*

    FV Sophia
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    How To Reprimand Your Rock Star by Mina Vaughn  In this fun and saucy romance novel, all-star college basketball player Thea dominates on the courts—and off—with a rock star who is determined to win her over. Thea is a star basketball player at UConn on track to be Rookie of the Year. That is, if she can stay focused on the game. Lately that hasn’t been going so well, as her knee has been bothering her. But that’s not the only thing on her mind… Ever since rock star Keaton Lowe surprised her in the girl’s locker room, Thea can’t stop thinking about him. On top of his status and…
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    The Life & Times of a Book Addict

  • Dirty Angels (Dirty Angels #1) by Karina Halle

    Cristal | Book Addict
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Publication: June 15, 2014Publisher: Metal Blonde BooksSource:  BoughtFrom the USA Today Bestselling author of Love, in English and The Artists Trilogy, comes a dark romance about a good girl and a very, very bad man. It’s a deliciously twisted take on forbidden love, set among the drug cartels of hot, steamy Mexico and is not for the faint of heart. It contains explicit sex, violence, abuse, drug use, bad language and sexy Mexicans. You have been warned… For Luisa Chavez, a twenty-three year old former beauty queen, a better life has always been just out of her reach. Sure, she’s…
  • Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas

    Cristal | Book Addict
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Publication: August 27, 2013Publisher: Bloomsbury USA ChildrensSource: Bought"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one…
  • Wrongly Accused (SWAT: Top Cops #1) by Laura Scott

    Cristal | Book Addict
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Publication: April 1, 2014Publisher: Love Inspired / Harlequin BooksSource: PublisherA DESPERATE FATHEROnly one thing matters to Caleb O'Malley: his daughter. Framed for his wife's murder, Caleb's only wish is to see his little girl. But Noelle Whitman, his daughter's foster mother, isn't buying his plea of innocence until bullets start flying and they're running for their lives. Staying one step ahead of the real killer proves nearly impossible, but former SWAT cop Caleb will risk everything to keep them safe. Because now there is nothing more important than Noelle and his daughter—not his…
  • Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire Blog Tour & Giveaway!

    Cristal | Book Addict
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Thanks so much for checking out my stop on the Beautiful Oblivion Blog Tour!Publication: July 1, 2014Publisher: Atria BooksSource: Publisher The Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster phenomenon continues in the first heart-pounding new adult romance in The Maddox Brothers series. Fiercely independent Camille "Cami" Camlin gladly moved on from her childhood before it was over. She has held down a job since before she could drive, and moved into her own apartment after her freshman year of college. Now tending bar at The Red Door, Cami doesn’t have time for much else…
  • The Sinner's Bargain by Claire Contreras Cover Reveal & Excerpt!!

    Cristal | Book Addict
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I've been dying for any news about the sequel to The Devil's Contract ever since I read it in May. It's release cannot get here fast enough for me. So I am very excited to help in sharing the cover and  excerpt for THE SINNER'S BARGAIN by Claire Contreras! Let us know what you think! Enjoy.Title: THE SINNER'S BARGAINAuthor: Claire ContrerasAge group: AdultGenre: Dark Contemporary RomanceCover Design: Najla QamberScheduled to release: September 30, 2014Synopsis:Being pulled in different directions, Amara must choose what she wants to believe and whom she'll…
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  • Historical Fiction’s New Leading Man… Nicholas Belline, Coeur de Bois

    30 Jun 2014 | 6:19 am
    The French-Canadian adventurer, explorer, and trapper makes his mark on a wide, frontier land… and it’s Native inhabitants. My latest hero is my favorite… hands down folks, no regrets, sorry to the others I have left behind, but..I simply cannot help it. Nicholas Belline is the whole historical package. (This is how I image him – the cleaned-up version soon after he receives a sexy shave from the woman he desires and a crisp, refreshing skinny-dip in the running waters of the Hudson River.) Nick is a Coeur de Bois – a French-Canadian…
  • Sidekicks, Accomplices, and Oddballs – An Author’s Guide to Creating Superb Supporting Characters

    29 Apr 2014 | 10:14 am
    The birth of a unique side character is probably the most enjoyable aspect to creative storytelling, in Jessica Leigh’s opinion. Create Many new writers are caught up – and rightly so – in the intricate development of the hero and heroine, including their pasts, their storylines, and the process of their relationship reaching its fruition. Authors will spend countless hours pondering their main character’s traits, hopping in and out of their heads, and creating temperaments that are both compelling and attractive to the reader. What is the Purpose of a Side Character? Generally…
  • The Burning One – A Short Story by Author Jessica Leigh

    28 Mar 2014 | 11:46 am
    In many cultures, visitation by a divine angel can occur in varying forms. Have you ever experienced an angelic event that touched your life? ~Jessica Leigh The Burning One Moonlight slid through the open window and kissed her awake. Eva opened her eyes, and followed the shimmering path of moonbeams as they arched across the ceiling. Although she was only twelve, Eva held no fear of night. She liked its dark rhythms and thick, musky scent. The night was her friend, both cool on bare skin, and soothing. It was the sun that she hated. Stark, harsh, and always ready to expose the horrors of the…
  • A Romance Writer’s Tip That You Would Never Think Of

    26 Feb 2014 | 10:24 am
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ We all know the importance of having someone else objectively beta-read and critique your work. Unfortunately, it is particularly hard for small Indie authors to accomplish without a fan club, or a bff literary wizard, or even a mom who was an English major. And reviewers are often unforgiving when it comes to errors. Here’s a thought: If you really want someone to sniff out a fundamental flaw, plot hole, or something that simply does not make sense any which way you word it – pick a dude. Huh? He’s really not your intended…
  • The Lady in Red – a Historical Short Story

    29 Jan 2014 | 8:19 am
    This is a true story as told by my great-grandfather, Joseph F. Kepler. ~Written and recounted by Jessica Leigh I would never forget that morning. At the very least, until my dying day. Mayhap even longer should the Lord see fit to allow the keeping of my life’s memories. We’d had a soaker in the evening hours, well before dawn, and all was damp and the earth quenched. It was very still. Even the birds had ceased their mindless chatter, strangely so, for it being early June – mating season and the like. Mist hung in the air, great pockets of it, here and there, just draped between…
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