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    Writer's Blog: Blog of romance author Jennifer Ashley
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Apologies for taking forever to update this blog. I've been furiously busy finishing Mate Bond (Shifters Book 7), working on the next Captain Lacey novel, and getting my websites (Allyson James and Jennifer Ashley) completely overhauled.I now have a pretty new website that combines Allyson and Jennifer into one! You can access it at either: or My old one (jennifersromances) is still up, but I'm in process of sending it over to the new one.I have all info in one place, plus pull-down menus for each author and each series. Plus each series…
  • avast ye mateys! » Blog
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Friday is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so how about a week full of pirate fun? We should start with a Buccaneer Breakfast… Then a wee pint or two… Followed by…
  • Plot Points

    JEN BLACK author
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:38 am
    Editing makes a person consider plot points.Definition? A plot point is a turning point in the story for both protagonist and plot.Start with your protagonist at a moment of  change - and this had better be a significant, life-changing change, rather than a decision to wear heels rather than flatties. Feed in a few general details to give us a grasp of normal life because then we will appreciate the changing incident more. This first plot point marks a change in and for the protagonist, indicates the direction the story is about to take, and hopefully engages the reader. The most…
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    Jenna Bayley-Burke
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    Happy gets his second round of braces this week. We'd really hoped that by getting him braces early, his teeth would turn as they dropped into place. But there is one tooth being a jerk, and so he'll have braces for the rest of the school year. He didn't mind having braces, unless we were having ribs or corn on the cob. Monday (Archery, Scouts - Braces)   Balsamic blue salad w/ grilled chickenTuesday (Taekwondo)   Chicken with 40 cloves & mashed potatoesWednesday (Soccer x 2)   PizzaThursday (Taekwondo)   FajitasFriday   Shanghai…
  • Deadline Mode

    Joely Sue Burkhart
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Sorry for the long absence lately!  We’ve been crazy busy with back to school and Princess’s non-stop band practices.  Starting this weekend, she has something every single Sat. through the end of October, plus every home football game.  Several trips later in Oct will require an overnight stay in St. Louis.  Plus Middle is hoping to make the Jr. High basketball team, and Littlest just made honor choir. Which means our after-school pick up routines are CRAZY. But the real stressor going on right now is the upcoming deadline.  I’m deep into the next Billionaire book,…
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    Writer's Blog: Blog of romance author Jennifer Ashley

  • New Website etc.

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Apologies for taking forever to update this blog. I've been furiously busy finishing Mate Bond (Shifters Book 7), working on the next Captain Lacey novel, and getting my websites (Allyson James and Jennifer Ashley) completely overhauled.I now have a pretty new website that combines Allyson and Jennifer into one! You can access it at either: or My old one (jennifersromances) is still up, but I'm in process of sending it over to the new one.I have all info in one place, plus pull-down menus for each author and each series. Plus each series…
  • 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…
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  • avast ye mateys!

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Friday is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so how about a week full of pirate fun? We should start with a Buccaneer Breakfast… Then a wee pint or two… Followed by…
  • UPDATE! (prayers for Harley, please)

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    If you scroll down, you’ll see today’s original post, but… A MIRACLE HAS OCCURRED!!! HARLEY DOES NOT NEED SURGERY!!! After taking away Harley’s food & water last night…waking up early…putting him through the trauma of another trip in the carrier & car… We got to the vet at about 8am.  There was a note on Harley’s chart that the doctor wanted me to be there when they shaved him to be sure they correctly marked the spot.  So we got into the exam room.  And this time, it was my regular doctor, not the new associate they have at the…
  • Happy Sunday

    13 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Happy Sunday, My Darlings!  How are you  this week?  I hope you’re doing great & have been keeping track of everything you need to be thankful for so you can share them here! I AM HAPPY that I got a thumbs-up on my mammogram this year.  Always a huge relief. I AM HAPPY that—even though he’s scheduled for surgery tomorrow—my sweet little Harley Doodle is doing wonderfully, amazingly well.  Yes, he’s got a lump that even the veterinarian can’t identify…  Yes, it has to be surgically removed…  Yes, it’s disconcerting not to know…
  • Happy Birthday, Darling Jason!

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Happy Birthday to My Darling Jason! His birthday was actually yesterday, but I thought you’d prefer I cancel Sexy Fail Saturday over our Friday Funnies. So kick back, grab a drink & a slice of cake, & celebrate in a way I think Darling Jason would approve—by watching his sexy self in one of his sexy, action-packed movies.  I recommend The Transporter or Transporter 2 or Transporter 3 or Safe or…  Well, you know, any of the other great films where he kicks butt & (hopefully) takes off his shirt.
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    11 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
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    JEN BLACK author

  • Plot Points

    8 Sep 2014 | 2:38 am
    Editing makes a person consider plot points.Definition? A plot point is a turning point in the story for both protagonist and plot.Start with your protagonist at a moment of  change - and this had better be a significant, life-changing change, rather than a decision to wear heels rather than flatties. Feed in a few general details to give us a grasp of normal life because then we will appreciate the changing incident more. This first plot point marks a change in and for the protagonist, indicates the direction the story is about to take, and hopefully engages the reader. The most…
  • Amazon v Hachette

    5 Sep 2014 | 3:40 am
    Amazon is in dispute with Hachette book Group in the US. I've been vaguely aware of this for a while, but didn't think it affected me. Except perhaps that my Amazon sales have been very poor this last month. But then, August is a bad month as everyone, but everyone, goes on holiday and forgets reading.The squabble is affecting writers like Stephen King, Lee Child and James Patterson. They claim Amazon is sanctioning books - I'm not sure what they mean by that, but I think it means they don't supply them in the usual way when asked - but it affects 2,500 Hachette authors and over 7,000…
  • All those words

    3 Sep 2014 | 2:13 am
    Thirty-two chapters and that's my novel complete at 106k word count. Phew! Now I'm ready for the Big Read Through, and I'm a little bit scared of it. What if all those words add up to a rubbishy story that doesn't hang together, and worst of all - bores me?It's possible I'll feel all of these things. OTOH, it is also possible I'll fall in love with it. I hope so. So, I've been out with the dog and the exercise and fresh air have woken me up and got my brain going. I have three critique chapters to do for writerly friends, but otherwise the whole day is mine - except for another hour's walk…
  • Final edits and Createspace

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:47 am
    I'm up to Chapter Thirty in my "final edit" of Capture a Queen. What I've discovered on this go through is that I'm getting really good at combining two sentences into one, and doing it more elegantly than I used to. Practice does improve one's technique, if not make it quite perfect yet! I've also found that around chapter 27 I've screwed up the time line. Things happen out of sequence, so that will need a major re-shuffle. I'm going to work it out on a paper copy and then transfer the finished result to the computer. Otherwise I'd always be afraid I'd deleted something instead of…
  • Writing - what's gender got to do with it?

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:32 am
    I'm like everyone else in that I follow links on Twitter in the hope of finding something good. Sometimes I do, and one of the website I've bookmarked is this one:  Take a  look at her home page and you'll see (if you are like me, that is) loads of titles to articles you simple must read. They don't disappoint, either.I keep re-reading the one about the first 250 words of your book being the most important in the hope that eventually, I'll be doing what she suggests by instinct. It will filter through in a process something akin to osmosis. That's…
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  • Meal Plan Monday

    Jenna Bayley-Burke
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    Happy gets his second round of braces this week. We'd really hoped that by getting him braces early, his teeth would turn as they dropped into place. But there is one tooth being a jerk, and so he'll have braces for the rest of the school year. He didn't mind having braces, unless we were having ribs or corn on the cob. Monday (Archery, Scouts - Braces)   Balsamic blue salad w/ grilled chickenTuesday (Taekwondo)   Chicken with 40 cloves & mashed potatoesWednesday (Soccer x 2)   PizzaThursday (Taekwondo)   FajitasFriday   Shanghai…
  • Meal Plan Monday

    Jenna Bayley-Burke
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    Once the school year starts, I hate meal planning. It's fine to make a nice dinner when we'll all sit around the table and enjoy it. But cooking things that can be served immediately, and stored in the crock pot for the second shift...not so much fun. I wish more activities were after school instead of at meal time. Monday (Archery, Soccer, Scouts)   Greek salad w/ pitasTuesday (Taekwondo)   Spaghetti & meatballsWednesday (Soccer x 2)   Cashew chicken & riceThursday (Taekwondo)   FajitasFriday (Birthday party)   One Pot Salmon Coconut…
  • Romance Cooks

    Jenna Bayley-Burke
    9 Aug 2014 | 9:36 pm
    I'm sharing Lauren's Red Potato and Bacon Salad (Cooking Up A Seduction) on Romance Cooks ::
  • 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…
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    Joely Sue Burkhart

  • Deadline Mode

    14 Sep 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Sorry for the long absence lately!  We’ve been crazy busy with back to school and Princess’s non-stop band practices.  Starting this weekend, she has something every single Sat. through the end of October, plus every home football game.  Several trips later in Oct will require an overnight stay in St. Louis.  Plus Middle is hoping to make the Jr. High basketball team, and Littlest just made honor choir. Which means our after-school pick up routines are CRAZY. But the real stressor going on right now is the upcoming deadline.  I’m deep into the next Billionaire book,…
  • Dreaming Story

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:31 pm
    In the beginning, before I called myself a writer, I would set a story in my head before I fell asleep at night.  I’d lie awake, watching it play out as long as I could, until I fell asleep.  Sometimes, I’d continue to dream the story, and if I was especially lucky, I’d even remember it the next morning.  So then when I went to bed that night, I’d start the reel there and see where else the story would go. Some stories I dreamed for a long time (The Shanhasson series).  Some I’ve started to write down, but never really saw through to the end.  Sometimes I…
  • 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…
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    Meljean Brook » Blog

  • FROZEN, Chapter 10 (The End!)

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Whee!! Seventeen days from the start, I finally hit the end. I wasn’t able to keep my daily schedule, so I’m going to keep this up a little longer after the finish than I originally intended. It’ll be here until Tuesday night, then I’ll take it down, but don’t worry! I expect that I’ll have it all edited, formatted, and at your favorite bookstore by next week. Hurray! I hope you all enjoyed it! Beginning on August 28th, I’m releasing a chapter of this novella every day as kind of a do-or-die way to finish it. If you want to know more, please see my…
  • FROZEN, Chapter 9.1

    12 Sep 2014 | 3:32 pm
    I know, I know! You’re thinking: Chapter Nine Point WTF??? But I’m just about to hit my mid-afternoon “go pick up the kid and take her to TKD and don’t have time to work for hours” break, and Chapter 10 isn’t quite done, and this has been bothering the heck out of me. So I’m just going to post this scene now. I originally intended for this scene to be at the end of Chapter 9, but that chapter ran long and late, so I just told myself: I’ll move it to the beginning of Chapter 10. But as I’ve been writing 10, that decision has been nagging at…
  • FROZEN, Chapter 9

    10 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Ugh, sorry again. For those wondering what the hell happened to my daily posts, it comes down to two factors: 1) I expected that the start of this school year would mean a lot more time during the day to work (it usually does) and I was wrong wrong WRONG. So wrong I want to cry. 2) This novella is ending up even longer than I expected. Because I always write long … but I’ve got Chapter 10 drafted now and the whole thing is probably going to come in at just under 50K. This chapter alone is 7.5K. So every time I think: I should be done with this chapter, my brain times it for a…
  • FROZEN, Chapter 8 (finally!)

    6 Sep 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Okay, so — thank you for your patience! This chapter ended up being much longer than I’d anticipated, even after moving the original scene at the end to the next chapter. So, hey! The good news is that the next chapter is already almost completed thanks to this one taking me so long. So I should be back to my one-chapter-a-day posting schedule (though I’m not sure if it will be tomorrow at noon or a little later.) Only two more chapters left! I expect to have it all posted by Monday Okay, yeah, that didn’t happen. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT I’M GOING TO TAKE THIS DOWN…
  • Post of Shame (Chapter 8 will post tonight instead of at noon)

    4 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    Sorry, everyone — I was still working last night, then I put the kid to bed and I fell asleep right next to her. I guess the past few days really did catch up to me :-/ Still working. I’ll have it up as soon as I finish. It’s four-thirty in the morning, I’ve been up for an hour already, yet the final pages of this chapter aren’t coming together as quickly as I’d like. So I’m going to admit that all of the not-writing stuff from this week caught up with me, and I won’t be finished with this chapter by noon. Now I have to decide between…
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    Dee Carney

  • Six Sentence Sunday

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

    Dee Carney
    6 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    What I’m doing now: Look up at your tab, assuming your browser has tabs. Do you see the little icon up there? Now if you have twenty tabs open, you can tell which one is for my site! Unfortunately, I had to get help in getting it up there, but I like seeing it, so yay! What I’m writing now: I just submitted the proposal for HUNGER UNTAMED to my editor. (It will be book 3 in what I’ve called the Vampire Hunger series.) Keep your fingers crossed that Carina wants to publish it. While I wait on a response, I’m continuing to write the rest of the story. I’m…
  • Saturday Status-August 16, 2014

    Dee Carney
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    I managed exactly two of these before stopping. Oops. But here we go again and I promise to try to do better! What I’m Writing Now I had written over 14K words on Vampire Hunger Book 3…before scrapping it all. I’d found the original chapter one I’d written and liked it so much better than the revision. So, I’m now back to the drawing board, using the original version. So as of right now, I’m 7000 words into a 75,000 word (estimated–I’ll probably go up to 90K) story. I’m simultaneously writing a sooper sekrit series for self-pub. The first…
  • Saturday Status-June 14, 2014

    Dee Carney
    14 Jun 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Works in Progress: The #sixsunday post didn’t work for some reason, but I’m still working on Vampire Hunger 3 and am 9200 words into it. I’m projecting it to be somewhere around 75,000 words when done, which probably means it’ll be at least 90,000 words. lol I’m also cowriting a tentacle-themed story with Ella Drake, although it’s a back-burner project. We’re only on chapter 2 of an unknown final length story.   Tweet of the week: I absolutely believe in the inherent goodness of people. This tweet/link is yet another example. Loved this story.
  • Saturday Status-June 7, 2014

    Dee Carney
    7 Jun 2014 | 8:29 am
    I’ve been a fan of @AlannaCoca ‘s Saturday Status posts for a while and I just saw @jessmichaelbks doing it too, so I’m going to try and join in on the fun. Regularly. (Key word, that.)   Works in Progress So I’m about ten percent in to Untitled, Vampire Hunger 3 and will have a #sixsunday post up tomorrow. Right now, I only have a vague idea of how to tie this book into the series (weird, right?) so I’m purposefully writing slowly. Sometimes not knowing what’s going to happen in a story makes it difficult to write!   Tweet of the week How cool…
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    Diane Craver            Award-Winning Author - Blog


    14 Sep 2014 | 6:52 am
    If you haven't read WHEN LOVE HAPPENS AGAIN, it's free today thru Wed. on Amazon. I reissued it under a new title and gorgeous new cover ( It was previously published under the title NO GREATER LOSS with Samhain. It's an inspirational romance. Regular price is $4.99!  LINK for the FREEBIEBlurb:  After losing her young husband and baby son fifteen years ago, Dr. Jennifer Hunter is determined never to marry again. Losing loved ones is just too painful.  A friend introduces Jennifer to Alex Brunsman and suggests she hire him to renovate her old farmhouse.
  • For 24 hrs. only $1.99 for WLHA!

    5 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    My Christian romance, WHEN LOVE HAPPENS AGAIN, will be only $1.99 for 24 hours! The regular price is $4.99. It's only available on Amazon at this time. Click here to purchase! If you enjoy reading about Dr. Hunter and Alex Brunsman, I'd appreciate it if you could write a review for WHEN LOVE HAPPENS AGAIN! Thanks ahead. And have a super weekend. We are invited to a lasagna dinner on Saturday night so looking forward to it and seeing our little grandchildren.  My gorgeous cover was created by BLURB: After losing her young husband and baby son fifteen…
  • Labor Day weekend!

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    We had a nice time on Labor Day at daughter April's house. It was nice spending time with grandson Dean. He's three months old and is a charmer. I need to buy a new memory disk for my digital camera so didn't take any pictures yesterday. I'll share one of him that was taken in August. The grilled food was delicious, and Michael always does a perfect job grilling meat. Amanda went swimming in April's pool, but I was lazy and didn't go swimming. I seem to be lazy a lot recently. :)  Maybe it's because summer is ending soon. We never went on a vacation, but hard to with having two houses.
  • A Joyful Break - still ranked high on Amazon!

    23 Aug 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Thank you to everyone who has purchased my books this month, especially  A Joyful Break. You helped to keep it #1 in Amish Romance for several days. Right now it's # 23 in Amish Romance. I've started writing Book Four in my Dreams of Plain Daughters Series. The title is A Decision of Faith! I already have a cover for this book, and I love it because the young woman is perfect in appearance for the character, Violet Robinson. Busy weekend for the Cravers. We tore out carpet and padding in the upstairs of our previous house this morning because we are going to have new carpet installed in…
  • An Amish Starry Summer Night! 

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    This novella is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble! I enjoyed so much writing my short, AN AMISH STARRY CHRISTMAS NIGHT, that I had to tell Rebecca's story and write about her in my new novella. I hope readers will want to read about Rebecca and her challenges! BLURB: Rebecca Fisher’s childhood best friend, Andrew Kauffman, left Clayton Falls without saying goodbye. It surprised Rebecca that fifteen-year-old Andrew never kept in touch with her after suddenly leaving their close-knit Plain community. Eleven years later, Andrew breaks his engagement with an English woman and quits…
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    Mina Carter

  • Teaser Tuesday: Dead Reaper Walking

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:48 pm
    I thought this week we’d try something new…a blog hop for teasers. Mine’s below, then check out the links below, or add your own and join the hop! Sitting back on a wobbly chair in the café/bar near the department, I ran a finger around the top of my coffee mug. Troy and his partner were lost in their own thoughts. From my conversations with Troy I’d learned the threats they’d faced so far had been lower level stuff. A couple of vamps and werewolves and they had been few and far between. Scary enough if you weren’t used to them, but in the general scheme of things…
  • Manday Hotties! Men in Hoodies!

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    Good Morning! Monday is here again and you know what that means…that’s right! Manday hotties! This week I’ve raided my stock archives to find some yummy specimens wearing hoodies! Enjoy! Please note: These images are not mine, nor am I claiming copyright. I have, however, purchased a license for the use of the images from the appropriate stock site.  
  • New release: Dead Reaper Walking!

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The second in the Liberty, Oakwood series is now available! Amazon | Amazon UK | B&N | Kobo | iTunes  
  • Manday Hotties!

    8 Sep 2014 | 6:43 am
    So, since I’m often knee deep in images of hot men, I thought I’d join the Manday hotties fun and post a few up here for you all… Please note: These images are not mine, nor am I claiming copyright. I have, however, purchased a license for the use of the images from the appropriate stock site.
  • Sexy new cover for Protect and Service!

    3 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
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    Delilah Devlin » Blog

  • Regina Kammer: My Real-life Book Boyfriend

    14 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    As romance readers we talk about our “book boyfriends”. These tend to be Alpha Heroes: ruthless, implacable, protective, possessive men who attract with their charisma and buffed-out good looks, who keep us yearning with their potency and skill. I readily admit that my favorite book boyfriend would quite possibly be the very worst actual boyfriend ever. He is Lord Odo Wraxall, the heroic villain of Lord Wraxall’s Fancy, an erotic romance (heavy on the erotic, light on the romance) first issued by the old Black Lace imprint circa 1996. With Odo, the sexy fun and adventure never stop. We…
  • “Words, words, words, words…”

    13 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    I’m singing that like a refrain inside my mind. Over and over. Like a mantra. I don’t have time to chat today, maybe not tomorrow. I have a book to finish, a short story to wrap up, stories to read, another book to initiate—and it better all happen this weekend or my schedule is toast. So, “Words, words, words, words.” You might be happy to know this is a BDSM story, and my hero is a fireman. He’s lovely. Heart battered and bruised. Like the name Coop?
  • You’ll Make Her Cry

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    Had a late night and didn’t have much to say. Then I saw this. Enjoy! I love the tats and ragged baseball cap. Post by Matt Williams. Country music is very hit or miss for me, but hey, an ex-soldier who can sing? Cute in a “boy down the road” sort of way? Be sure to go follow his page.
  • Cheyenne Blue: Forbidden Fruit — stories of unwise lesbian desire

    11 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    She’s off limits but the attraction burns so bright it’s impossible to resist. Have you ever wanted someone you know you can’t have? Have you ever yearned—and burned—for them? Have you ever pursued them, even when you know you’re putting everything at risk? Of course you have. The women in Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire know what they want, and they’re not afraid to take it. And the stakes are high: career, friendship, marriage, even a life is on the line. Cheyenne Blue has gathered seventeen stories from some of the best writers of lesbian erotica, as well as…
  • Cynthia D’Alba: Texas Twist (Contest)

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    Hi all! Cynthia D’Alba here. Mega-thanks to gal-pal Delilah Devlin for having me here today. I’m happy-dancing over the release of TEXAS TWIST, the fourth book in the Texas Montgomery Mavericks series. When I wrote Texas Two Step (book one), I had no idea there’d be more books in the series but I’m so pleased that Texas Twist isn’t the last book. There will be at least three more books…maybe more! Who knows! J So far, Texas Twist has excellent reviews, so readers and reviewers seem to be enjoying the story of bull rider, Cash Montgomery and his love, Paige Ryan. Here’s a little…
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    Dreaming in Daylight

  • Struggles and brainlessness

    9 Sep 2014 | 4:43 pm
    So, okay. It's been almost a year since I last posted anything here. And basically, I have no excuses. We went on a trip to Vancouver and Seattle not long after that last post where I blew out my knee--not the knee I usually have trouble with, the other one. Which, I think, rendered me brainless. I didn't actually do any major damage to the thing, it just hurt a lot. I was on crutches for a couple of weeks, got shots in the knees, did physical therapy, and gradually got to where I could walk again. The process, by the end of it, took months.But the brainless thing didn't seem to improve. I…
  • Texas Government--At the Local Level (Texas for Writers #10)

    26 Sep 2013 | 11:54 am
    I was going to do another regional/geographic post--The Hill Country next, I think--but I decided I ought to go ahead and finish up talking about Texas Government and get it over with. Schools will go into another post all together, but I'll talk about county government here and the government that the average person will bump up against.Hill County Courthouse, Hillsboro, built 1890Texas is rightly famous for its courthouses. There are 254 counties in Texas. Most of them are about 1000 square miles, though some, like Rockwall and Somervell Counties, are extra small, and others, like Brewster…
  • Texas Government: How We Got This Way (Texas for Writers # 9)

    21 Sep 2013 | 9:29 am
    Most folks who observe Texas politics and government are pretty much in agreement with the late, great Molly Ivins. Texas government is a spectator sport.That being said, The Main Thing that a writer must remember is that at the local level most people write about--Everybody's elected. All the bosses are, anyway. And there is no such thing as a concentration of power. Or even a city school district. The schools--and sometimes the utilities, and other stuff I'm not remembering right now--are run by their own independently elected board of trustees. As are the junior colleges.The four-year…
  • South Texas Plains (Texas for Writers #8)

    11 Sep 2013 | 1:49 pm
    So. In this blogpost, I am going to write about the South Texas Plains.  You will see that the region is divided into the Central South Texas Plains, the Upper Rio Grande and the Lower Rio Grande. I will be honest with you. I've never lived in this part of Texas. My dad grew up in San Antonio, and the fella had an uncle who lived in Laredo a decade or so, but other than that, I've mostly just driven across it a couple of times, and that was a while ago. So I'm going to have to do a fair bit of research on this. Which is kind of the point. The information is there, if one will go out and…
  • Tangent: Surfing, Indians, "Pronounciation" and Bats (Texas for Writers #7.5)

    7 Sep 2013 | 9:54 am
    Hey, look what I found! A map with subregions on it. You know how I talked about "Deep East Texas" or about the blackland prairie? Well, this map shows those subregions. Pretty cool, huh. This will really be helpful when I get to talk about the Panhandle Plains region. Because those sectors are pretty different--and yet similar. And that section in blue called Post Oak Savannah? It has stretches of meadow crossed with woods. It's just that more of them are Post Oaks. And Live Oaks. Lots of live oaks. And native pecans. This is kind of a bonus blogpost. I'm sticking in a lot of smaller things…
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    HelenKay Dimon » blog

  • New Cover!

    12 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    My upcoming romantic suspense series Bad Boys Undercover is about a team – the Alliance – put together from the CIA and MI6. It will be available in late January in print and digital with the first single title called PLAYING DIRTY. But before that there is a novella that kicks off the whole series, and it will be out December 16th. In RUNNING HOT a female MI6 agent and a male CIA agent get in each other’s way on their respective assignments…and then the Alliance is born. Here’s the cover for the novella, RUNNING HOT. Maybe it’s just me but the hero on this…
  • Giveaway!

    6 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    Good news! My publisher, Berkley, is giving away 20 copies of ONLY on Goodreads. Go HERE to enter to win. You have until September 19th.
  • News!

    5 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    I have some great news to share. For those of you who read MERCY and are waiting on ONLY (I’m hoping that’s all of you), I’ve sold more books in this series! The first will be an eSpecial digital novella featuring Wade and Elijah (yes, it’s a male/male romance) and be out in April 2015. That book will also give a bit more insight into Gabe (who you’ll meet in ONLY), the hero for the next single title in the series. That book – tentatively titled MINE – features Gabe and Natalie and will be out in October 2015 from Berkley Heat. So, two more erotic…
  • Early Review

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    It’s never too early to talk about ONLY, my October release, is it? I don’t think so either. Here is a great early review from RT Book Reviews. The reviewer gave ONLY 4 1/2 stars – wahoo! “Dimon turns genre expectations upside down in this blisteringly hot erotic suspense sequel. Fans of her high-stakes, dangerously seductive world will find plenty of familiar faces and a wealth of new temptations and menace that quickly grow addictive…Dimon’s ability to weave together such strong, engaging plots is commendable, and her characters are surprising, complex and…
  • Behind The Scenes

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    I thought I’d give a little peek at the behind the scenes writing of LONG WAY HOME. Here are some thing you might find interesting about the book: 1. This is the third in a series of four. The hero, Callen, is a a bit difficult. I think of him as emotionally broken yet solid. It’s a weird combination. He loves his family yet keeps getting hit by disappointments and the fallout from family secrets, but he’s not weak. And Grace, the heroine, totally gets him and is not scared off. I love that about her. 2. I originally wanted his book to be #4 in the series but I…
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    Kate Davies Blogs!

  • Countdown to Hometown (Heroes) - Meet Mark Colby

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hero's Name: Mark Colby Hero's Occupation: Chief of Police of Coho, Washington (small, historic logging town on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State) What Makes Him a Hero:  He’s dedicated his life to public service and protecting others Meet The Hero Paragraph: Libby took another step closer and planted her hands on her hips. “You’ve spent more time trying to convince me I’m crazy
  • Countdown To Hometown (Heroes) - Meet Adam Ford

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hero's Name: Adam Ford Hero's Occupation: Ex Army soldier just returned from Afghanistan What Makes Him a Hero: American Soldier.  Saved lives of six soldiers from sniper fire, three died later Meet The Hero Paragraph: In the doorway stood the most stunning man she’d ever laid eyes on.  Never again would she roll her eyes at the mention of the word "breathtaking."  His penetrating blue gaze
  • Countdown to Hometown (Heroes) - Meet Brody Jenson

    13 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hero's Name: Brody Jenson Hero's Occupation: Security for Middle-Eastern Contractor What Makes Him a Hero: Brody is a wounded warrior fulfilling a promise to his dead comrade.  Meet the Hero Paragraph: The tight-lipped stranger had limped into the bar for the first time two weeks ago. He came in almost every night, sat at the end of the bar, nursed one beer. He didn’t talk much despite
  • Countdown to Hometown (Heroes) - Meet Alex Trahern

    12 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hero's Name: Alex Trahern   Hero's Occupation: Hi Tech Security & Business Consultant What Makes Him a Hero: Alex is the guy you go to when you need help.  He's in the business of saving companies from internal and external threats and Alex is very good at what he does.  He's fiercely loyal to his family and his friends.  He expects the same kind of loyalty back, but it's worth it to have
  • 11 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am

    11 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
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    Margaret Daley

  • Heroine Interview from Cowboy to the Rescue by Louise Gouge with a Giveaway

    Margaret Daley
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:03 am
    This week I’m hosting Louise Gouge with Cowboy to the Rescue (US only), Katy Lee with Sunken Treasure, and Caryl McAdoo with Hearts Stolen (an ebook to any reader who like her author page on Facebook and comment on this blog). 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 (Sept. 21st) evening.
  • This week Louise Gouge, Katy Lee and Caryl McAdoo with Giveaways

    Margaret Daley
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Congratulations to Rebecca for winning Janet Lee Barton’s A Home for Her Heart, to Eliza for winning LeAnn Harris’s The Last Lie and to bn100 for winning Becky Harling’s The 30 Day Praise Challenge for Parents. This week I’m hosting Louise Gouge with Cowboy to the Rescue (US only), Katy Lee with Sunken Treasure, and Caryl McAdoo with Hearts Stolen (an ebook to any reader who like her author page on Facebook and comment on this blog). 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…
  • September Christian Fiction New Releases

    Margaret Daley
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:20 am
    September 2014 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Action/Adventure: The Promise by Beth Wiseman — Mallory Hammond is determined not to let her boyfriend, parents, or anyone else get in the way of her #1 goal-to save a life. A new friend she met online offers her the chance, but she’ll have to leave behind everyone she loves to take it. Tate Webber has loved Mallory for years. He begs her not to go, but Mallory embarks on the dangerous journey to Pakistan anyway, only to discover how swiftly and easily promises…
  • Interview with Becky Harling with a Giveaway

    Margaret Daley
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:47 am
    This week I’m hosting Janet Lee Barton with A Home for Her Heart (US only), Leann Harris with The Last Lie, and Becky Harling with The 30 Day Praise Challenge for Parents (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 (Sept. 14th) evening. Interview of Becky Harling: 1. What made you…
  • Hero Interview from The Last Lie by Leann Harris with a Giveaway

    Margaret Daley
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:22 am
    This week I’m hosting Janet Lee Barton with A Home for Her Heart (US only), Leann Harris with The Last Lie, and Becky Harling with The 30 Day Praise Challenge for Parents (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 (Sept. 14th) evening. Interview with the hero from The Last Lie by…
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    Monique DeVere

  • ZACH'S REBOUND GIRL Book Hook Hop #MFRWhooks

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:44 am
    Hi! And welcome to the August 27 Book Hooks Meme, hosted by Marketing for Romance Writers. As a member of MFRW I get to participate in this wonderful blog hop, along with some great authors who will be sharing snippets of one of our books today, and every Wednesday. My featured book is Zach's Rebound Girl, my full length Romantic Comedy, light Mystery/Suspense. Hope you enjoy the taster! Don't forget to hop on over to MFRW Authors Blog to read the other authors in today's Book Hook Hop! Zach's Rebound GirlGoodbye quiet geek ... hello hot TV personality.Television property renovator…
  • #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!
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    Love with a Shot of Adrenaline

  • Adventures in Car Shopping

    7 Sep 2014 | 5:34 am
    I got my first car 22 years ago, a Honda Civic hatchback coupe. Seven years after that, my husband got a company car and we traded in my Civic and I started driving his Corolla.Fifteen years later, that Corolla is finally worn out enough that it makes more sense to buy a new car. Yay!I spent many hours doing research online and narrowing down my options based on budget, safety ratings, reliability, and appeal. My top option was a Scion xD, in part because it was different. I hate that every car looks the same, and they're all silver, white, gray, red, or black. My entire life, I have not…
  • Ice Bucket Awesomeness

    14 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    A lot of things go viral. Some of them are silly, like dogs stealing frankfurters or Sweet Brown spawning a new catchphrase. Some are awful, showing the darker side of life or human nature. But some are pure awesomeness.The Ice Bucket Challenge, a campaign to raise donations for and awareness of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), has been around for a few months. But then friends and family of Pete Frates, a former Boston College baseball player, took up the challenge, and it moved like that virus on the new TV show The Last Ship.I saw football player Julian Edelman accept the challenge—in the…
  • Adrenalizing

    12 Aug 2014 | 1:52 pm
    What do you think of the new look?If you subscribe to the blog (or are viewing it elsewhere), you have no idea what I'm talking about. Click here and check it out, if you're so inclined. :)I started blogging originally on LiveJournal, mainly because I thought blogs were a cool way to say what I was thinking without having to bore the people around me. I'm kind of an opinionated person.*pause for the fake incredulity and sarcasm*I added a Blogger blog somewhere along the line, because people had their preferred formats. I posted the same thing in both places. Then eventually I let LiveJournal…
  • Movie Lust

    10 Aug 2014 | 4:50 pm
    I don't know what it is. Maybe I'm a bit bored by TV right now. (Though Franklin and Bash comes back this week, yay! And then the Doctor!) Maybe I need inspiration for my writing. I don't know. But I've been watching and rewatching movies a lot lately. Old favorites like Galaxy Quest, stuff I never saw like Gravity, and more recent loves like Iron Man 3...and today I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy for the second time.I give it a solid A. I'm getting tired of criticism that things aren't "unique." Nothing is, especially superhero/comics-inspired movies. All I want from film…
  • Making that Connection

    8 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
    I'm so happy to have Misty Simon back here today! Ivy is probably my favorite mystery series, and if you try one, you'll understand why! Take it away, Misty!Thanks to Natalie for having me here today!I love getting sucked into a story. It doesn’t matter what the vehicle is. It can be a book, a movie, a television show, a chat with a friend over coffee. I’m an avid listener and watcher, and as I listen and watch I can’t help but be drawn into the emotions and the vividness of what is being told.I especially love getting lost in a book, though. What can be better than using your own…
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    Sylvia Day - Official Website of the #1 Bestselling Author

  • A Captivating Excerpt

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    Last week both the cover and NOVEMBER 18, 2014 publication date were revealed for the fourth Crossfire novel: Captivated by You and you could mark your calendars and pre-order your copy. Today you can indulge in an excerpt, online for … Continue reading → Sylvia Day - Official Website of the #1 Bestselling Author
  • Sylvia’s Fall Events

    6 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    Sylvia will be attending the Vegas Valley Book Festival in Las Vegas from October 16 to October 18! Sylvia’s appearances continue into Fall with more events in Las Vegas, Nevada; Birmingham, Alabama; and Toronto! Get all the details of the … Continue reading → Sylvia Day - Official Website of the #1 Bestselling Author
  • Pride and Pleasure — New Again!

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    Pride and Pleasure re-released today with a beautiful new cover—order your very own copy here. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure, read the excerpt! 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
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    Cynthia Eden

  • MINE TO HAVE – Available now!

    Cynthia Eden
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    Today is the release day for MINE TO HAVE!! Yay! To celebrate, I’ll be posting lots of giveaways over at my Facebook page, so be sure you stop by! Is he a hero…or the villain? When Elizabeth Ward sees Saxon Black rushing into the backroom of The Blade—a low end bar in Miami—she isn’t sure if he’s there to save the day…or just to raise some hell.  But she’s being held hostage, and he’s her best hope of survival.  Within minutes, she’s away from the jerks with the guns and riding fast and hard on the back of Saxon’s motorcycle. Death stalks them. Saxon has been…
  • MINE TO HAVE – Available for Pre-Order

    Cynthia Eden
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    MINE TO HAVE will be available on 9/15/14! Yay! That is so close! The book is currently available for pre-order at Amazon, iBooks, and Kobo. Is he a hero…or the villain? When Elizabeth Ward sees Saxon Black rushing into the backroom of The Blade—a low end bar in Miami—she isn’t sure if he’s there to save the day…or just to raise some hell.  But she’s being held hostage, and he’s her best hope of survival.  Within minutes, she’s away from the jerks with the guns and riding fast and hard on the back of Saxon’s motorcycle. Death stalks them. Saxon has been working…
  • Newsletter Winner

    Cynthia Eden
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    Congrats to Connie Williamson! Connie is the winner of the $50 gift card from my August newsletter giveaway.   (Connie, I sent you an email with prize claim information. If you did not get it, please contact me at info @   If you haven’t signed up for my newsletter yet, please do! I only send out newsletters when I have a new release and I include a giveaway in each newsletter.   Have a great day!
  • PLAYING WITH FIRE – Available now!

    Cynthia Eden
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
      PLAYING WITH FIRE is out now! And, to celebrate, I’m giving away a Kindle HD on my Facebook page–so be sure to come over and enter for your chance to win! And here’s a teaser from the book for you: “I’ve dreamed about you,” he whispered. His hold was an unbreakable grip on her wrists. At his confession, her heartbeat picked up and hope blossomed inside of her. Finally, finally, he’d— “In my dreams”—a muscle flexed along his jaw—“you kill me, Cassie Armstrong.” Oh, hell. “I told you. I’m not here to hurt you.” “But you have killed me…
  • PLAYING WITH FIRE – Autographed Copies

    Cynthia Eden
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    PLAYING WITH FIRE releases tomorrow!! Yay! This is the third and final book in my Phoenix Fire series…and it’s about the most powerful phoenix shifter of all–DANTE. An Old Flame Cassie Armstrong has plenty to atone for. The daughter of the most immoral researcher ever to pick up a scalpel, she’s determined to use her own brilliance in genetics to repair the damage her family has done to the paranormals. Especially Dante, the first of the phoenixes, the one they call the Immortal. He’s been haunting her dreams since she was a little girl, and she’s been…
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    Bonnie Ferguson Writer

  • Of Typing & Bug Bites

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:18 pm
    I’ve been writing up a storm of late, furiously working to finish a project. I hope everyone has been enjoying their holiday weekend. It’s kind of hard to believe it’s September already, but so it is, though I can’t say I’ll be sorry to see fall arrive since the mosquitos have been feasting on me all summer. Eh, what can you do?
  • 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
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    Cathryn Fox Blog

  • CAPTURED! 9 Alpha Bad Boys who will Capture your Heart!

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

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

    2 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    Goodreads Book Giveaway Crashing Down by Cathryn Fox Giveaway ends September 29, 2014. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to win
  • 1 Aug 2014 | 5:49 am

    1 Aug 2014 | 5:49 am
    As many of you know, I’m part of AN amazing group of people called InkHeart Authors. We are a prolific group of self-published and hybrid authors dedicated to providing high quality romance fiction. Check out all the great deals we are offering this week! Price: $3.99 Buy from Amazon. ~ ~ ~ Now it’s FREE for […]
  • 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!
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  • Cheese Scone Recipe

    13 Sep 2014 | 4:53 am
    This is the recipe for the cheese scones on my Facebook page. I've looked up the US cup equivalents but it's tricky since nothing is equivalent. Apparently 2 cups of flour are about 10oz so if you increase the other ingredients slightly it should work. Apart from not getting the dough too wet this is not a recipe that requires precision! Anyway, here goes - 225 gms (8 oz) of
  • Pre-order The Bride, the Baby & the Best Man

    4 Sep 2014 | 11:38 pm
    The Bride, the Baby and the Best Man is now available for pre-order at a special pre-release price of 99c (77p if you're in the UK) at all outlets. For those of you in a hurry, here are the links -  ibooks  Smashwords Barnes and Noble Kobo Amazon Google Play For those with a little more time, here's the blurb - What do you when, three weeks from your wedding, a blackmailing aunt leaves
  • Pretty shoes, gorgeous socks...

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:03 am
    I'm going to have a little ranty rant... It's about what happens to you if you're not a standard fit. Nothing major. Just having feet that, over the years, have spread a little and are now wider than standard. I used to buy shoes from a company famous for providing well made, comfortable shoes for the wide fitting. Pretty shoes. I'm fairly light wearing with shoes (that just means I don't walk
  • A bride, a baby and the wrong man...?

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:47 pm
    This is cover on iBooks marking the place where, for the first time, an ebook version of  The Bride, the Baby and the Best Man is available for pre-order. The rights were reverted to me earlier this year and I've "refreshed" it a little, it's been to a copy editor whose spotted the things that need a new eye to spot and I'm working with a designer on the new cover. Meanwhile you can pre-order
  • Classic Office Romance

    14 Aug 2014 | 11:42 pm
    It's publication day for the ebook version of a classic office romance I wrote a while back. I loved this book -  in which a very down to earth, very ordinary girl, captures the heart of the very broken Max Fleming. Max made a brief appearance in Amanda's story - his sister - The Baby Plan,  when she fell in love with Dan a year later. And because some characters just live on, when I
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    Inside an author's mind....


    9 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    I have a tween, so this is in honor of her... lol Yes, yes yes, it's release day!!!And today, to celebrate, I'm giving away a copy of JUST HIS TASTE (Or any of my backlist, if the winner already has it) to THREE LUCKY PEOPLE!Seriously, that's all you gotta do... Comment to win.Just His Taste, 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.
  • The First And Last Time I Write Simultaneous Stories (Maybe)

    7 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    Just His Taste, G&G Book 3Many times, when I dive into a story idea, I wind up creating a concept that's far too big for a single book. My mind will splinter into multiple directions, and I'll create secondary characters as I write that all deserve their own story line.When I came up with the series Guys and Godmothers, I had an idea, based solely on a stuffed fairy godmother that a friend of mine made.In the conversations about them, I toldBefore His Eyes Bk 2her "that should be in a book, that's hilarious" when she told me the story of these dolls. She laughed, because it was a bit too…
  • Story Inspiration

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    If you follow my Facebook Page Candice Gilmer, Author you might have noticed I've been putting up pictures of Chris Pine lately.Especially pictures of Chris in glasses.I mentioned in my last post that I was involved in an anthology collection written by a ton of amazing authors.Well, long story short, the reason for the Chris Pine obsession? Because my hero for this upcoming short story has glasses and might resemble Chris a bit.I don't normally let an actor inspire a lead character in a book--at least not to this degree. Sure, I'll glance at pictures and say, hey, he looks kinda…
  • Work Work Work = More Books For You

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Howdy everyone.Once again, I've been horribly neglecting my blog. But I have a really, really, really good excuse...Lots of stuff on my plate right now, but that's good for you all, because that means I'll be releasing more books soon!First off, I signed two new contracts with Samhain Publishing, so I'll be releasing Saving Her Destiny in June 2015 (a spin-off from Just His Taste, out Sept 2014) and Dark Within in October, 2015.Also, as a bonus, for you people who love print books, Under His Nose and Before His Eyes will be released in a single print volume July 2015, called Guys and…
  • Know Your Roots.

    7 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    I get told a lot that my books are funny.Yeah, I guess they probably are.I don't sit down with the intent of writing a funny scene or a funny book. They just come out that way. Probably because I live a generally funny life.Kristan Higgins and Jill Shalvis talk all the time on their facebook pages about the funny/silly things that happen in their lives all the time. From their own clumsiness to just funny circumstances that only seem to happen to them, you can see how they channel that into their books.To be able to poke fun at yourself, with that "This would only happen to me"…
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    Cynthia Harrison

  • Cake

    Cynthia Harrison
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:11 am
    Americans are busy people. One of the things I dislike saying is “I’m too busy” because I know my busy is relative to your busy. Sure, for me, I have more than usual going on right now. More tasks to complete on a daily basis. At first this worried me and upset me. I miss my friends on Twitter. I miss reading my favorite blogs. I miss WRITING my own blog. But I’ve had to cut corners, so I do what I need to do for now. Except. This morning I got up at three a.m. to work on my novel. Five days a week, for the last week or so, I have been faithfully writing a chapter or…
  • Finding Writing Time

    Cynthia Harrison
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:22 am
    When I asked for help with my writing dilemma in my last post, the online response was quick and effective, from comments here to email to Twitter to Facebook. And then I had a terrific session with the writers and instead of deconstructing my pages, we talked about the overall picture of how this last part of the book is going to play out. My critique group, Tom, Bob & Vernie, plus a bunch of other people, handed me back my happiness yesterday. Thank you! Right away the group figured out that it’s one book, not two, so whew, although they are in favor of me putting the murder plot…
  • Stranger To My Happiness

    Cynthia Harrison
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:52 am
    Sharon Jones’s song lyrics deal with how another person can steal your happiness, leave you in misery. I know that’s true, but other things bring me down. Well, mostly one thing: no time to write my novel. And it’s almost finished. First draft, but still. So close … a million miles away. “I feel like a stranger to my happiness.” That’s it, exactly. I always have time for a blog post, which is good as a stop-gap measure, at least it’s SOME kind of writing, but not even that happened yesterday. Opened up Mac to write this post and up popped an…
  • Responsibility

    Cynthia Harrison
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
    I owe my friend Sharon an apology. She asked about my new car, probably because black is notorious for being difficult to keep clean. Sharon wanted to know if washing the car was my husband’s job and I replied “my car, my responsibility” … Yeah, but. It wasn’t always. This marriage has been pretty traditional for almost thirty years. Then everything went sideways about a year ago. Husband hated yard work and so moved us into a condo. I was okay with it because I was okay with everything. That was my role, to be okay with whatever he wanted because he was the boss…
  • Paint It Black

    Cynthia Harrison
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    Not sure when things started going dark. Knew it was the medication for almost daily migraines since the accident. Knew I didn’t have clinical depression, knew I was lucky, knew I had some stuff to sort out but felt up to the task. It was just … I felt sad. Every day. For maybe a week. The routine became familiar. Mornings, if I slept more than a few hours, I’d wake up hopeful. Start the day feeling serene. But, slowly the slide into sadness would begin and then, more often than not, migraine pain would beat its drum on my head. So, medication, then meditation. If I’d…
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    Kate Hardy

  • #63!

    8 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    I’ve had a spectacular week – lovely ed decided that she liked what I’d done with the revisions on the Capri Book, so M&B #63 is going to be out in April 2015 – ‘It Started With a Wedding…’ I really like the title! Finding the Pandora bead that said ‘wedding dress designer meets toffee magnate’ was a bit tricky, so in the end I opted for a flower-based bead to celebrate the sale. (Had a sneaky breakfast out with DH in the city on the day I bought the bead – eggs Florentine is one of my all-time favourites.) Current work: I’m writing M&B #64 (a medical romance),…
  • Hello - I'm back!

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:34 am
    First of all, massive apologies for neglecting the blog. Life just got in the way. I will try harder, but I’m cutting the blog back to once a week as I think that’s probably all that people really want to read from me (but if you do want to see things as they happen, I’m on Facebook most days).So… what’s been happening? Apart from the life-in-the-way stuff, it’s been the school summer holidays. We had a wonderful time in Prague (here I am next to the astronomical clock).And I had holes drilled in my eyes (aka a laser iridotomy to stop me getting narrow-angle glaucoma and losing my…
  • Choc Box Spring Blog Hop guest - Donna Alward 'Spring Memories'

    14 May 2014 | 3:32 am
    Spring Memories: Down on the Farm…Confession: Spring is not my favourite season.Late spring? Sure. In the late spring green things are sprouting, flowers are starting to bloom, days are longer, and there’s this feeling that summer is right around the corner.But that happens closer to the May side of things, and spring “officially” starts on March 20th or 21st. Why don’t I like it so much? Well, it’s a bit dirty, to be honest. The snow melts, but then the ground is muddy and it smells…not so nice. Dirt tracks into the house. Even the road, when it’s dry, is a pain because…
  • Choc box blog hop guest - Barbara Wallace 'Top Five Hero Inspirations'

    14 May 2014 | 3:27 am
    Well, it wouldn't be spring (or a Chocolate Box hop) without gorgeous men, right? So Barbara Wallace has some fabulous inspiration for us...I’m starting a new project this week, which means casting a new hero. “Casting” is perhaps my favorite part of the job (besides indulging in post-manuscript rice pudding) because it lets me spend hours upon end playing on the Internet in search of the perfect sexy actor or model to use for inspiration. Like many of my colleagues, I need to have a mental picture of my characters before I can write.Lately, despite my web surfing, I find myself turning…
  • Chocolate Box Blog Hop Guest - Shirley Jump '10 top tips for runners'

    14 May 2014 | 3:24 am
    I did say there was a theme - and Shirley's running REALLY inspires me (especially at the moment as I have tennis elbow and can't do my normal weights - cardio it is!) I would double-emphasise number 2 in her tips - very, very wise advice.Ten Tips for New RunnersBy Shirley JumpIt’s spring, which means lots of people are going to be thinking about exercising more (yeah, I know, we all made that resolution in January and lasted to, oh, January 10th before it was broken) and getting that beach body, or at least a body that has enough stamina to hike down the sand to the water with a cooler,…
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  • Newsletter Contest!

    Crystal Jordan
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    I’m giving away a couple of spa sets (citrus and lavender) to new subscribers to my newsletter in the next month (US only). For my international folks, I’ve got a $30 gift card to Amazon or B&N–your choice! This basically gave me the excuse to go buck wild at World Market today. Tons of fun! Sign up here! Copyright © 2014 Crystal Jordan. This Feed is for personal non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this material in your news aggregator, the site you are looking at is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact…
  • Italian Interlude is out and it’s FREE!

    Crystal Jordan
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    Check out the free prequel to the Destination: Desire series. So excited! While studying abroad for a year in Rome, Karen Hudson meets the man of her dreams. Tate Patton is everything she’s ever wanted—tall, smart, handsome, ambitious. Unfortunately, their year is coming to an end, and he’s dragging her along to spend their last week in a rented villa on the Amalfi Coast…with his parents. Just what she was hoping for—to meet the family right before she gets dumped. Tate can’t imagine his life without Karen in it. But his parents are a lot to take, and he wants to make sure she…
  • Hawaiian Holiday released today!

    Crystal Jordan
    3 Dec 2013 | 10:59 am
    Julie Simms moved back to Half Moon Bay to take over her ailing great aunt’s fiber arts store, and stayed by her side until the end. Now it’s Julie’s first Christmas without the sassy old lady, and grief drives her to take some much-needed time off away from a town full of memories. A week in Honolulu—hula dancers, coconut palms, and sunny beaches—is exactly what she needs, plus a bonus: meeting a gorgeous man who makes her forget everything except getting naked. With him. As often as possible. Stanford Professor Lukas Klein, who’s just finished up a conference and is ready for a…
  • Edge of Night is out in the wild!

    Crystal Jordan
    11 Sep 2013 | 8:38 am
    Edge of Night is the third book in my paranormal erotic suspense Night series (Book 1 is Embrace the Night and Book 2 is Night Games). I love this series and think it’s some of my best work, so I hope readers agree and it sells like mad (hey, I can hope, right?) Details below! Like most humans, Erin was totally in the dark about the hocus pocus going on around her, until she learned a hairy little secret—her aunt and her new husband were both werewolves. To say family politics got complicated is an understatement, especially when she dated and broke up with a vampire. She has no plans…
  • Unbelievable series out in print!

    Crystal Jordan
    5 Jun 2013 | 7:30 am
    Three ladies have one thing to say to love. Make me. If You Believe When a homeless man predicts she’ll meet her soul mate today, Aubrey only laughs and points to the name of her coffee shop: “Bean There, Done That.” She’s sure sexy police chief Price Delacroix’s campaign to wear down her resistance is doomed to fail. Until her resident prophet spouts a new prediction: her soul mate’s life is in danger. Believe in Me Guardian angel Tori is holding up her end for her current client, but his soul mate’s angel is failing big time. Then a replacement steps in: Jericho, the man who…
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    Stephanie Julian On a Moonlit Night

  • 10 Hot Paranormal Romance Books for $0.99!

    14 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    Only 99 cents! Limited time offer!10 Thrilling Tales of Sexy Alpha Bad BoysCRESCENT MOON – From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Lori HandelandFOREVER FREED by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Laura KayeSPELLBOUND by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Opal Carew, writing as Amber CarewSINS OF THE FLESH by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Caridad PineiroSPELL BOUND by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Stephanie JulianHAUNTING A COWBOY – A Brand New Story from USA Today Bestselling Author Randi AlexanderHUNTRESS FOR…

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:24 am
    Kat has uprooted her life and moved to Philadelphia. She's starting her own business and opening her heart. But caring for two men brings both rewards and pitfalls.Tristan and Adam are determined to keep Kat close and win her heart. But work dangers and family obligations conspire to tear them apart before their fragile relationship has a chance to grow into something stronger.  Amazon  B&N   Kobo   iTunes   All RomanceAnd don't miss the first three parts. Part I is now free!Amazon    B&N (B&N has not yet put this title free. I'm still…
  • A Great Bargain for Paranormal Lovers for only 99 cents

    3 Sep 2014 | 5:03 pm
    10 Thrilling Tales of Sexy Alpha Bad Boys. A $42.99 value for only 99 cents.CRESCENT MOON - From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Lori Handeland FOREVER FREED by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Laura Kaye SPELLBOUND by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Opal Carew, writing as Amber Carew SINS OF THE FLESH by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Caridad Pineiro SPELL BOUND by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Stephanie Julian HAUNTING A COWBOY - A Brand New Story from USA Today Bestselling Author Randi Alexander HUNTRESS FOR…
  • A little taste of AN INDECENT AFFAIR PART IV

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:32 pm
    The release date is in two weeks but here's a tiny excerpt for you...Excerpt: Kat’s mouth dropped open at Tristan’s bald statement.Naked and between them.Oh, god, yes. That sounded wonderful.She wanted that. And everything that went with it. All she needed was the courage to take what they offered.Go ahead. Do it. Say yes.Tristan watched her, his expression intent and a challenge in his eyes. From the very first, he’d been upfront about exactly what that he wanted. Which was her.Nothing in her life had prepared her for Tristan. No one had ever pursued her with such straightforward…
  • 20 Aug 2014 | 5:54 pm

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:54 pm
    NOW FREE! AN INDECENT AFFAIR PART I One night. One woman. Two men. Twice the desire. After years of trusting no one, Katrina wants to surrender completely, if only for one night. Tonight, Tristan and his best friend, Adam, will give her exactly what she wants… Amazon iTunes Kobo
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    Beth Kery

  • THE AFFAIR, Week 1, is available now!

    Beth Kery
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    Emma and Montand’s sizzling, romantic affair begins today! The Affair Week One Innocent yet unconventional hospice nurse Emma Shore has secured a new position at The Breakers, the sprawling mansion of enigmatic and dangerously handsome racecar billionaire Michael Montand. Hired as caretaker for Montand’s stepmother, Emma expects few complications. But one night, lost in the mansion’s maze of corridors, she comes upon a woman and a man she can’t identify engaged in a raw, naked interlude of sexual subjugation. Silently, from the shadows, Emma watches–shocked,…
  • Only One Day to Go! THE AFFAIR

    Beth Kery
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
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  • Reader Feature: ABOUT LAST NIGHT

    Beth Kery
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
    Do you plan to read THE AFFAIR right when it comes out every Tuesday? If you’re that type of reader, I hope you’ll join me on Facebook every Wednesday (starting 9/17) to weigh in on Tuesday’s episode of THE AFFAIR and ask me questions. (I’ll answer if I can without giving away spoilers). Part of the fun of the serial is that we’re all reading it at the same time, and that leads to a good communal reading experience. So see you next Wednesday after Week 1 of THE AFFAIR release on September 16th!

    Beth Kery
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    I’m giving away a signed Advanced Review Copy of ONLY FOR YOU (12/3/14) the 3rd novel in the ONE NIGHT OF PASSION series to one subscriber of my newsletter, which goes out September 15th! If you have not signed up for my newsletter yet, now is the time!

    Beth Kery
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    Check out this exclusive excerpt, from my upcoming THE AFFAIR (9/16) at Heroes and Heartbreakers!
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    Kristina Knight - Romance Author

  • #TastyTuesday - Concord Grape Pie

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hi, everyone! I've shared recipe posts with you all from time to time, and I'm bringing them back - on Tuesdays you'll find a new recipe from me...some will be fun, some will be quickie recipes and some may seem a little intimidating. But trust me, if I can make 'em, you can!Here we go with this week's farmer's market inspired Concord Grape Pie: Call me uncivilized but until RadioMan and I moved to the NorthCoast, I had no idea people did things with grapes other than 1) eating straight from the bowl or 2) as grape jelly/jam. Color me surprised when someone brought a Concord Grape Pie to…
  • #AuthorSpotlight: Love In A Small Town

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Lovein a Small Town: Ten Homespun and Heartwarming Contemporary Romances (CrimsonRomance Bundle)CaliforniaSunset: Casey DawesDivorced mother Annie Gerhard meets rugged newbookstore owner John Johnson at the worst possible time in her life. Her hightech company is threatening to lay her off if she doesn’t move from Californiato New Jersey and her 15-year-old son David is causing trouble. The recessionhas hit Silicon Valley hard and there are no jobs for a middle manager, even ifshe hates what she does. And this is no time for romance, no matter how goodthe man looks in his jeans.John has…
  • #AuthorSpotlight: Cowboy Up Box Set!

    11 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Seven men as tough as the west…Seven women who know how to...Cowboy UpA boxed set of seven romantic novellas by seven award-winning authors experienced with writing about the men of the West.Buy Cowboy Up:  Amazon    Barnes & Noble   AllRomanceEbooks   Always, Cowboy by Allison MerrittThe past is better left behind, unless it offers a brighter future.Brody Longtree's first love was bull riding, but he loved beauty queen Libby Dempsey equally as hard. When she turned down his marriage proposal, everything from his rodeo career to his love life went to hell.
  • Today On My Desk: A Bit of Inspiration

    9 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Every now and then I look at my desk and did that get there? What was I using it for? And why did I not put it away?Then, of course, I continue on about my day...and more things are added to the mess. I like my desk. I like it clean, but somehow I can concentrate more when it's a little messy. I'm hip-deep in a new project - one I can't wait to tell you guys about! - so the mess is...a little bigger than normal. Here are just a few of the things on my desk (that should probably be put away.I'm newly obsessed with nail wraps. I've had a hate-hate relationship with nail polish…
  • A Friday Teaser from Start Me Up!

    5 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    I am still drooling over this cover, y'all, and I've seen it (regularly) for at least 2 months. I love it so hard - it' a great representation of Chase and it's sexy (like the book) and I love Nina's's just ... gah! So glad I get to finally share Start Me Up with all of you!And for little while, you get to pick up Start Me Up as part of the Harlequin E Contemporary Box Set: Volume 3, along with 3 other fab books by authors Amy Jo Cousins, Rebecca M. Avery and Sarina Bowen. I've read all the books and they are get your copy!Still need a push? Here's a little taste of…
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    Susan Says

  • Tweet That

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    Social media and promotion are not my favorite thing but I've accepted it as part of the business of writing. If you want people to know about your books you must get the word out. One of those ways is on Twitter. You'll find lots of advice out there, some good and some not so good. As with most promotion, you need to find your comfort zone in how you use the tweet verse. And remember what works for someone else might not work for you. Take all advice including mine with a grain of salt.At one of my local writing groups we had a speaker who shared some expert advice on using twitter. She…
  • There's No Place Like Home on a Friday

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    I'm back from my trip to visit Colorado. Enjoyed that beautiful country and spending time with my son. I've learned that I don't mind actually flying in an airplane but airports are the pits. I don't care for crowds of any kind but the thing that bothers me the most is the inefficiency I encountered in many areas of the whole business. I have endless patience with someone trying to do their job but absolutely none with people standing around when they should be working. Enough complaints.I found this interesting article about writers who struggled with mental illness. Lots of us joke about…
  • Out of Touch, Kind Of

    10 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    It's been a wonderful holiday so far. Today we rode the cog railroad up Pike's Peak. It was quite cold, 33 degrees with 17 degrees with the wind chill factor. But it was clear and you could see for miles and miles. Very beautiful. We saw almost no wildlife which was a disappointment. Later though we saw a golden eagle flying parallel to us as we drove and then a bighorn sheep standing right beside the road. Didn't get a picture because there was too much traffic. Then we found a wonderful bar in a pizza restaurant to hang out and laugh about our day's adventures.Stream on our hike.Cactus on…
  • Sunflowers for Tina

    8 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    I'm saddened and blessed to part of this bloghop honoring Tina Downey. Tina blogged at Life is Good and you can leave a comment there for her family. Most of us met Tina through her work with the A to Z Challenge of which she was an integral part. You can find a list of hop participants on that site..I think sometimes what makes us feel old isn't the years ticking by but rather the accumulation of sadness and loss. I never met Tina in person and still the world is dimmed by her absence. If you've kept up with Tina's post, though they weren't frequent as she dealt with health issues lately,…
  • The Week Flies By

    5 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    Even with taking Labor Day Monday off from blogging, the week remained busy with IWSG on Wednesday. I'm still visiting the participants who celebrated the three year anniversary of the blogging group. I hope you're thinking about being part of the upcoming book.As usual on Friday, I'll share some wisdom from my Old Farmer's Almanac Planner."A truth that's told with bad intent,Beats all the lies you can invent."William Blake, English poet (1757-1827)Sunday is grandparents' day so keep this Swedish proverb in mind:The young should be taught; the old should be honored.And a quote from JRR…
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    Cait London

  • New Cover Look

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    LADY ON THE LINE/WOMAN LINEMANLady on the Line: Amazon or NookLady's Desire: Amazon or Nook Lady on the Line was my very first book and first of the Casey 2-books. I dedicated it to my mother, Stella (a name I used for a mother in Season of Truth(romantic suspense) A Lady’s Desire is the second Casey.This is a new cover look for my series books and I hope you like it. It’s basic, but does the deal, I hope. At the time, real models were photographed and painted per book, or that’s what I understood. Back in the Day, the distributor here gave a program on his take for covers. Lady on the…
  • Love on the Oregon Trail

    7 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    NIGHT FIRERT REVIEW: "Cait Logan [London] beautifully blends the heart-tugging atmosphere of an Americana Western with a humorous, poignant love story sizzling with sexual tension on the Oregon Trail. NIGHT FIRE is a marvelous read."I drove the Oregon Trail, researching along the way. There are parts that cannot be accessed, but what an experience!As you're standing on the windswept hills, viewing one of the many cemeteries, you can just feel the hardships and determination. We visited each of the landmarks, which the emigrants had to reach by a specific time--or get caught in…
  • 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…
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    Jenyfer Matthews

  • Shiver!

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    I’m pretty sure it was summer on Monday of this week, but it is definitely fall-going-on-winter today. Overnight lows were in the 40s and it was only 65F in the house this morning! Brrr! I was doing a decent job of ignoring the maple leaves changing until the temperature dropped so much. I have also been pretending that I don’t need to can tomatoes this year. I didn’t plant as many plants this year as last year so there haven’t been as many tomatoes but we still aren’t keeping up with eating them fresh. I have made a couple of large pots of tomato sauce for the…
  • Driving My Life Away

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    People always make it sound like life gets so much easier when your children get older. Get a job when they go back to school, no problem. Yeah, right. Life is easier in a way – I don’t have to cut up their food and feed them, I don’t have to bathe them (though I do have to harass my son to bathe!), they can take themselves to the bathroom. However, both are very active and neither of them drive so here is where I am still very involved with them. My car is in the body shop today to have some rust repaired and though I don’t have my own car, ironically I will be…
  • I Give Up

    5 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Much like summer, this week has disappeared on me. It’s been an odd week overall, for me anyway. It was a short week yet it felt incredibly long. There were long periods of waiting (and boredom) punctuated with intense moments of hurry-up-and-get-it-done. For a while I tried to keep on top of everything but it quickly became clear that it wasn’t going to work so I just let go. My capitulation hasn’t changed anything much that I can tell. It was the children’s first week of school. I can’t say I am particularly looking forward to the school year – yes, they…
  • Time Flies

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Here we are at the end of August, Labor Day weekend and the end of summer for all practical purposes upon us. Where on earth did the summer go? I don’t know about you, but it doesn’t really even feel like I had an actual summer. Part of it was the weather – summer starting a bit late and being cooler than normal – and part of it was my schedule. Seven nearly back-to-back tennis tournaments through June and July will do that to you. I enjoyed myself as much as you can while driving to and fro across states, getting up earlier than I’d like for early morning match times, and making…
  • Summer Garden

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:31 am
    It has been a strange summer for growing things. Winter was so long and summer got a late start. Plants (mostly) came back and bloomed, but in sort of strange intervals. I thought my tulips were never going to come up and when they did it was starting to get seriously warm out. The peonies bloomed a bit late and still have some deadheads on them, late in August. My hydrangea died back so far this winter that it still hasn’t bloomed and probably won’t this year. The vegetable garden hasn’t done much better but much of that is on me for getting it put in late. The tomato…
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    On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

  • Celta Thursday: Heart Quest

    11 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    Once again Ilex walked the places where the bodies had been left, starting with a park.He tested every meter of the perimeter for spells – and discovered muffling spells as well as illusion spells .... the spells were noble crafted, but one carried a sufficiently unique signature that sent hope shooting through his veins and spurred his hunting Flair.At least now he knew what sort of place the cult preferred, nothing round. Nothing within hearing.
  • Ghost Layer is OUT! And it's the days of Ghost Layer, so pics

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    It's been a week, and thank you for all who have purchased it!This IS the time of Ghost Layer, so I'll do some pics for Day 1, etc.Day 1:At Clare's (new to her) historic house in Denver:Day 2:Clare going up to South Park and DL Ranch:Day 3 and 4: View from the ridge of DL Ranch AND Buckskin Joe/Fairplay CemeteryThank you. I appreciate each and every reader.
  • 1 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    GHOST LAYER OUT TOMORROW! I'm very excited! But THAT story actually starts on September 7th (a Wednesday).Clare Cermac’s adjusting to a new man in her life—and a lot of ghosts. The passing of Clare’s aunt gave way to a sizeable inheritance of not only money, but also the ability to communicate with the dead. At the same time, she met Zach Slade, a private detective with a rough past, and just like Clare, he’s not yet ready to accept her gift—or his own.But Clare has another matter to look into. A multi-millionaire needs her help after relocating an old ghost town to his mountain…
  • Celta Thursady: Antenn Moss Blackthorn and Tiana Mugwort as I visualize them

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
  • Celta Thursday: Heart Change: After consummation scene:

    21 Aug 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Celta Thursday: Heart Change: After consummation scene:A few minutes later her ears stopped ringing enough to hear his ragged breathing. She opened her eyes to see the moonslit room of gray and silver shadows and night and Cratag's sharp eyes were closed, his smile that of a man savoring an experience. Her arms clamped around him tight, she wanted to keep this experience in her memory always, too. He didn't seem to notice the extra pressure, but that was fine. Her arms encompassed all she needed tonight."Wonderful," she murmured and liked the low, throaty sound of her voice.He stiffened. "I'm…
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    Camy's Loft

  • SUSHI FOR ONE: deleted scene chapter 24

    Camy Tang
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    I found another deleted scene from Sushi for One tucked away in the depths of my computer. This one was a short scene originally inserted at the beginning of Chapter 24, but it got axed since I was over word limit, and my editor pointed out it didn’t do much for the storyline.For those of you who haven’t read Sushi for One, don’t worry, this won’t ruin the book for you. For those of you who have read it, you’ll hopefully get a chuckle over some of the snarkiness that got cut from the original book.I’m also giving away the last of my author copies of Sushi for One over at…
  • Regency Goodies Giveaway

    Camy Tang
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    To celebrate the release of my debut Regency romance, Prelude for a Lord, I’m holding a huge giveaway of books, hand-knit lace shawls, Jane Austen tea, and violin Christmas ornaments!I’m giving away FIVE baskets. Each has (1) a bag of whole leaf Jane Austen tea from the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, England, (2) a violin ornament in honor of my fictional musicians, Lord Dommick and Lady Alethea, (3) a copy of Prelude for a Lord, and (4) a different hand-knit lace shawl (yes, knit by yours truly). I tried to use knitting patterns that Jane Austen or her contemporaries would have used,…
  • Review: Evernight

    Camy Tang
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    Evernight by Kristen Callihan My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is my first book by this author and I was really impressed with the complexity of the story world. In a way, it reminded me of contemporary urban paranormal romance like Sherrilyn Kenyon, but steampunk, which for me was not a bad thing at all.The hero, Will, was totally hot and very sympathetic. He had a great backstory that made me like him right away.The secondary characters were numerous but interesting, and their subplot threads wove neatly into the main storyline. The plot also had a lot of twists that kept me guessing.My only…
  • SUSHI FOR ONE: Original chapter 8

    Camy Tang
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    I found this yesterday and had completely forgotten about this. I had originally plotted a different set of dates for Lex in Sushi for One and one of them was Duane the Dweeb. He got combined with/switched to George in a later revision, and I rewrote their date scene, but I found the original scene tucked away in my computer.For those of you who haven’t read Sushi for One, don’t worry, this won’t ruin the book for you. For those of you who have read it, you’ll hopefully get a chuckle over some jokes I didn’t include in the chapter 8 that’s in the book.I’m also giving away the…

    Camy Tang
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    I just turned in book #6 in my Sonoma series, GONE MISSING, which will be out in May 2015, but I also just got the cover art for book #5, TREACHEROUS INTENT! Isn’t it neat? In the book, the hero and heroine, Liam and Elisabeth, head to a town called Penny Bay, which I based off of Mendocino, California, one of my favorite towns to visit. Mendocino has a beautiful lighthouse on the edge of the cliff. So of course, I write about it in my book with lots of bad guys with guns. :)(Also in TREACHEROUS INTENT, readers will meet Joslyn, who has her own story in GONE MISSING next year. :)TREACHEROUS…
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    Laurie J. Edwards ~ Author, Artist, Dreamer...

  • Too Much to Do?

    5 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Here’s some great advice to fit the most important things into your days,   Some of the best advice ever for becoming successful.
  • Hot Author, Cool Deal

    13 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Judith Tewes Jumping for joy that one of my friends has a new book out under her pen name, Judith Tewes. And she’s doing a Rafflecopter giveaway (scroll down for details). To celebrate, I invited her to my blog. I was planning to serve a cool glass of sweet tea to cool us off in the summer heat, but as you’ll see, Judith prefers the frigid weather of the north, so hot chocolate may be her beverage of choice. In spite of her preference for cold, Judith’s writing remains HOT, HOT, HOT. If you pick up her latest release from Bloomsbury, you’ll see what I mean (details…
  • 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…
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    Astraea Press

  • RELEASE DAY: Anna Clayton "Christmas Love"

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Blurb: Dee Wallace's father died six months before her mother made her spend Christmas Day with a man Dee hated, the bully from school and a house full of strangers. There she meets Max Portland, who somehow made everything about her first Christmas without her father better.Over the next several years, Dee and Max come together at Christmastime and the timing is never right for them to be together. How many Christmases does it take to grow up and fall in love?  Author:Anna Clayton lives in upstate NY with her husband, kids, dogs, cats and a bunch of other pets.  When she's not…
  • RELEASE DAY: Monica Goulet "Follow Me Home"

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Blurb: 16-year-old Kelsey thinks her new house far away from Tulsa is the perfect place to escape her past—until she meets Jay, the boy who used to live there.After a series of mysterious break-ins at the house, Kelsey discovers the culprit is Jay, but before she can confront him, Jay inadvertently sets in motion a series of events that leave Kelsey and her family devastated and wind Jay up in juvie.Desperate to fix things, Kelsey confronts him only to discover Jay’s not the delinquent she expects, but a boy with a past more messed up than hers. Against her better judgment, the two of…
  • RELEASE DAY: Kathy Bosman "His Halloween Kisses"

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Blurb:Ali’s never been so scared. She’s housesitting for a colleague on Halloween night, but the lights have gone out, and terrible noises and crashes send her imagination into overdrive. When her brother’s friend comes to her rescue, he kisses her in the dark three times. Once back in the light, Ali is embarrassed at allowing him to kiss her. Byron tries to ignore his strong attraction for Ali, especially seeing he’s not ready for a relationship. When Ali finds out why, she runs away, but life has other plans. What can bring them together? Fate, faith, or the memory of his Halloween…
  • RELEASE DAY: Vivian Roycroft "Shenanigans in Berkeley Square"

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
     Blurb:The right man doesn’t know she’s alive. The wrong man’s out to change that.Coralie Busche can only admire Kenneth Rainier from afar. He’s a most handsome philosopher of the Romantic movement and for months she’s eavesdropped on his conversations at the coffee house. If only she had the courage to join his debates… and perhaps more. Her feminine education of singing and sewing could be of no interest to such a man — but then that vexing rake, the Duke of Cumberland, brings her to Rainier’s attention and she can’t hide any longer.Rainier has lived with his…
  • RELEASE DAY: Katy Newton Naas "The Visitors"

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Blurb:Sometimes soul mates find each other in unlikely places. But is love worth it if it risks your life?Seventeen-year-old Noah is startled when he awakes one day to find that dangerous, irrational, self-serving, and destructive visitors called “humans” are coming to visit his beautiful, perfect society. All citizens are ordered to have limited contact and share minimal information with these visitors.Sixteen-year-old Jady is thrilled to accompany her father and his crew on a trip to a recently-discovered planet, Verdant. The United States’ crew is hopeful that they can learn from…
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    Fierce Romance

  • Biltmore's Water Gardens

    Vonda Sinclair
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I visited Biltmore Estate with a good friend a few days ago. The day started off cloudy, as you can see here but after lunch the sun came out. I enjoy walking from the highest parking area and through the woods to this elevated lookout. I don't know the story of these two old cars but I thought they looked great sitting in front of the house.Biltmore House is a 250 room, 178,926 square foot privately owned house museum and tourist attraction in Asheville, NC. The architecture is similar to French chateaux. George Vanderbilt had it constructed between 1889 and 1895. Richard Morris Hunt was the…
  • The Cottage Next Door Releases Tomorrow!!

    Natasha Moore
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I'm so excited! Blurb:It’s tough to grasp a second chance at love when you’re holding on to the past.After his wife died in a car accident, bestselling author Hunter McCaffrey stopped writing—and stopped living. He’s rented a beachfront cottage to try to get his head on straight, and start the long climb up from his pit of despair.Instead of pounding out a first draft, though, he runs the beach, drinks away his pain, and tries to ignore the vibrant woman in the cottage tucked next to his.Still floundering months after the loss of her adventure-junkie husband, Sylvie Chase hopes some…
  • Steampunk Bears and Cougar Shifters!

    Terry Spear
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Many know I write wolf and jaguar shifters, but I wasn’t sure how well cougars would be received. Like with the exotic big cats, jaguars, and the wolves, with cougars, I do a ton of research to make the big cat shifters as realistic as possible based on their other animal half. I've been asked if I would write bear shifters. Anyone game? It would be much later, as I have so many have-to books to write. Cougar’s Mate has been well loved and so Call of the Cougar will be out by December. Earlier, if I can manage. I’m trying to finish up A Silver Wolf Christmas revisions today, then…
  • Making The Best Of The Holiday Catalog Season

    Jenna Ives
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Man oh man, it’s that time of year again when our mailboxes start getting stuffed with catalogs. Are the holidays really around the corner already? Where did the year go??Yesterday – don’t ask me why – I found myself flipping through one of those endless catalogs, and actually enjoying myself for a half-hour.With full credit to the Catalog Favorites catalog, I quote a few of their T-shirt offerings to brighten your day:“When I have nothing to do, I do it online.”  How true for all of us!“You’ve gotta hand it to short people… we can’t reach it anyway.”  At 5"4"…
  • Coming Soon to Audiobook - My Fierce Highlander

    Vonda Sinclair
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:34 am
    My Fierce Highlander will soon be released in audiobook. It will be available for download from Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. I've listened to the whole book and the studio is working on a few minor corrections. The narrator I chose has a really great voice. Do you enjoy listening to audiobooks?Here is an excerpt from My Fierce Highlander:Scottish Highlands, 1618A stiff breeze carried the scent of bruised grass and blood on its icy breath.Death.Gwyneth Carswell dropped into a crouch and peered through the brambles at the tartan-clad bodies, a dozen or more, lying in the dusky gloaming. While…
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  • New ANTHOLOGIS Released - #gay #fiction

    8 Sep 2014 | 6:34 pm
    New Male/Male Anthology Releases - Erotic Gay FictionCrossroads AnthologyIncludes Crossroads, Book 1, Crossroads Revisited, Book 2, Crossroads Showdown, Book 3 and Crossroads Shadowland, Book 4* Kindle best-seller* Suspense* Ghosts/Paranormal* Contemporary Private Eye seriesKINDLE: NOOK:* * *Homoerotic Historical AnthologyDevil's Heel - an erotic Pirate novellaMagnolia Heat - a Coming of Age erotic novellaLong Hard Ride - an erotic Western novellaKINDLE:…
  • Sojourn With A Stranger NOW .99! (Save $3.00)

    4 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    SOJOURN WITH A STRANGERMYSTERYSUSPENSEROMANCEA ghost haunts the halls of Stafford House. When Raine Brinsley arrives and accepts a position as a house servant, the ghost is determined to let Raine know who murdered her.Derek offers a Raine a large sum of money to bear his child. Now she must choose between caring for her beloved grandfather and her honor. Derek and Lyman Stafford race against time to produce the first male heir in the family, thereby securing the title to Stafford House. The brothers will do anything to win…even murder.“A dark, Gothic novel with romance, mystery, suspense…
  • #99 CENTS ALERT! Sojourn With A Stranger - Gothic Paranormal

    2 Sep 2014 | 6:57 pm
    SOJOURN WITH A STRANGERMYSTERYSUSPENSEROMANCEA ghost haunts the halls of Stafford House. When Raine Brinsley arrives and accepts a position as a house servant, the ghost is determined to let Raine know who murdered her.Derek offers a Raine a large sum of money to bear his child. Now she must choose between caring for her beloved grandfather and her honor. Derek and Lyman Stafford race against time to produce the first male heir in the family, thereby securing the title to Stafford House. The brothers will do anything to win…even murder.“A dark, Gothic novel with romance, mystery, suspense…
  • #99 Alert on Bundle! La Romance Torride Will Warm Your Heart For Hours!

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:42 pm
    La Romance TorrideMeans ‘Steamy Romance’. It sounds delicious in any language, but in the language of love it becomes exhilarating. From historical to contemporary, paranormal to cowboys, this collection has something spicy for every taste. With two full length novels and three novellas, La Romance Torride will warm your heart —and other places—for hours on end!Marlow's Revenge by KC Vixen My Destiny by JL PerryPlaying House by Abi AikenSojourn With A Stranger by Keta DiabloWhispered Pleasure by Lacey Roberts Download your copy today for .99 before price goes up!KINDLE…
  • Blast Release! .99 ALERT! La Romance Torride - Steamy Romance!

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:42 pm
    La Romance TorrideMeans ‘Steamy Romance’. It sounds delicious in any language, but in the language of love it becomes exhilarating. From historical to contemporary, paranormal to cowboys, this collection has something spicy for every taste. With two full length novels and three novellas, La Romance Torride will warm your heart —and other places—for hours on end!Marlow's Revenge by KC Vixen My Destiny by JL PerryPlaying House by Abi AikenSojourn With A Stranger by Keta DiabloWhispered Pleasure by Lacey Roberts Download your copy today for .99 before price goes up!KINDLE…
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    Falling In Love With Romance

  • Tuesday Teaser/Opening ~ Unveiled

    Suzie Quint
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Last week, I did a teaser from Courtney Milan's The Governess Affair. That started something, so this week, I'm rereading Unveiled. I don't read a lot of historical romance, but Courtney Milan is on my auto-buy list, and this is my favorite of her books. Blurb: Of all Ash Turner's accomplishments, stealing a dukedom from his old enemy is by far the most brazen. Now that he's been recognized as the heir, nothing remains but to head to Parford Manor and survey the estate that will be his. He expects opposition. He gets Lady Margaret. Margaret lost everything when Ash claimed the dukedom: her…
  • Fire Up Your Fiction - A Review

    Suzie Quint
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    I wish Fire up Your Fiction: An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling Stories by Jodie Renner had been available when I was a novice writer. It is jam packed with the most wonderful advice - advice I give novice writers in my critique group all the time. Jodie Renner is a free-lance editor (specializing in suspense) who I've been aware of for some time. I respect her, so when I saw she'd written a book about writing, I jumped on it. Sadly, for me, I'm past the point where this has anything new to offer me. Actually, I suppose that's not a bad thing. It means my skills have grown to a place…
  • Thursday Writing Quote ~ W. H. Auden

    Suzie Quint
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    In relation to a writer, most readers believe in the Double Standard: they may be unfaithful to him as often as they like, but he must never, never be unfaithful to them. ~ W. H. Auden
  • Tuesday Teaser/First Paragraph - The Governess Affair

    Suzie Quint
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Today's teaser is from  The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan, who is my go-to for historical romance. This is the prequel to her Brother's Sinister series. And yes, I'm hedging a bit, stepping a little beyond the two sentence allowance, but only because I love this bit, and no, this isn't a "random" selection, but when I read it, I had to share it. The Blurb: Hugo Marshall earned the nickname "the Wolf of Clermont" for his ruthless ambition--a characteristic that has served him well, elevating the coal miner's son to the right hand man of a duke. When he's ordered to get rid of a…
  • You can Fool the Fans but Not the Players

    Suzie Quint
    7 Sep 2014 | 12:21 am
    A while back, I read a book that included a house fire. I've never been inside a burning house (knock on wood), but I've seen an amazing safety film that made an indelible impression and I know it looks nothing like a Hollywood fire. First, the smoke is thick and black and visibility is next to non-existent. The video below gives an idea of how visibility decreases. I'm guessing they used something that generated white smoke, but house fires tend to generate black smoke which makes it much worse. Second, the author describes it as a miracle that the couple who lived in the house hadn't…
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    Fiction Vixen Book Reviews

  • Giveaway: Festive In Death by J.D. Robb

    FV Sophia
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Happy Tuesday! We’re giving away a hardcover copy of Festive In Death by J.D. Robb today. To enter, just use the Rafflecopter below. a Rafflecopter giveaway Open to All. Giveaway sponsor: Fiction Vixen No purchase necessary to win, void where prohibited. The number of eligible entries determines the odds of winning. FVBR is not being compensated for this giveaway. If the winner declines to accept or fails to claim their prize within 72 hours of the announcement, they forfeit their prize(s). Prize distribution is the sole responsibility of the giveaway sponsor. Fiction Vixen Book…
  • New Romance and Urban Fantasy Releases: Week of September 15, 2014

    FV Sophia
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    New Romance and Urban Fantasy Releases: Week of September 15, 2014 Title Author AMZ BN Kobo Total Immersion Alice Gaines AMZ BN Kobo Forgiving Jackson Alicia Hunter Pace AMZ BN Kobo Facing the Music Andrea Laurence AMZ BN Kobo Afternoon Delight Anne Calhoun AMZ BN Kobo Brushing off the Boss Annie Seaton AMZ BN Kobo Priya in Heels Ayesha Patel AMZ BN Kobo The Bouquet List Barbara DeLeo AMZ BN Kobo The Affair Beth Kery AMZ BN Kobo Second Chance Ranch Cindi Madsen AMZ BN Kobo Sharing the Courtesan Cindy Jacks AMZ BN Kobo The Songbird’s Seduction Connie Brockway AMZ BN Kobo Siren’s…
  • Advertising Opportunities For 2015

    FV Sophia
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
      We are now open for advertising for 2015. Fiction Vixen has a vibrant, enthusiastic readership who love romance, making this a great place to reach your target audience when advertising  your novel or upcoming event. Contact us for information on pricing and availability. Advertising Opportunities For 2015 was first published on Fiction Vixen
  • Review: Shattered Bonds by Lynda Aicher

    FV Jen
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    I have been a fan of this series since book 1, Bonds of Trust, was released.  Though it started as a trilogy with the three original club owners, certain events led to them taking on partners and their stories were featured in books 4-7.  Each book brought something new to the series with a ménage couple, a m/m couple, older Doms and younger subs, a Domme with a sports player sub and even a movie star.  Shattered Bonds is the final story and the book where Noah, the stoic lawyer who we have never seen open up, meets his match in Liv. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this…
  • Weekend Feature: Light My Fire by Kristina Knight

    FV Sophia
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Light My Fire by Kristina Knight Lily MacIntyre’s life is off-track and she knows exactly how to right it: shed her Hollywood Princess image in a big way. Nate Lansford seems like the perfect antidote to her problem. Plus she’s had a mad crush on him practically since birth. The only problem? Nate is her brother’s best friend…and he’s not interested in Lily as anything other than a surrogate little sister. That is, until she lights his fire… Exclusive Excerpt Katrina elbowed her. “Are you going to keep drooling over the man or actually go talk to…
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    The Life & Times of a Book Addict

  • Rebecca Donovan’s What If Launch Day Blitz!

    Cristal | Book Addict
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    I am very excited to help participate in today’s Launch Day Blitz. Happy Book Birthday to Rebecca Donovan with the release of her new book What If! If you have been in the market for a refreshing New Adult romance story or just love Rebecca Donovan’s previous books then today is your day!  Be sure to read more about the book and author below and don’t forget to check out the buy link. Publication: September 16, 2014Publisher: Forever / Grand Central PublishingA new novel by the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Breathing Series . . . What if you had a…
  • The Winter People by Rebekah L. Purdy

    Cristal | Book Addict
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Publication: September 2, 2014Publisher: Entangled TeenSource: PublisherAn engrossing, complex, romantic fantasy perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore or Maggie Stiefvater, set in a wholly unique world.Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn't forgotten their warning to "stay away." For eleven years, she has avoided the winter woods, the pond, and the darkness that lurks nearby. But when failing health takes her…
  • The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

    Cristal | Book Addict
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Publication: March 11, 2014Publisher: Spiegel & Grau / Random House LLC.Source: PublisherFor fans of Gillian Flynn and Daniel Woodrell, a dark, gripping debut novel of literary suspense about two mysterious disappearances, a generation apart, and the meaning of family-the sacrifices we make, the secrets we keep, and the lengths we will go to protect the ones we love.The Dane family's roots tangle deep in the Ozark Mountain town of Henbane, but that doesn't keep sixteen-year-old Lucy Dane from being treated like an outsider. Folks still whisper about her mother, a bewitching young stranger…
  • Waiting on Wednesday # 37

    Cristal | Book Addict
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine. The goal is to spotlight upcoming books that I am super excited for.This week I am waiting on Cut Me Free by J.R. Johansson.Publication: January 27, 2015Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux (BYR)Seventeen-year-old Charlotte barely escaped from her abusive parents. Her little brother, Sam, wasn't as lucky. Now she's trying to begin the new life she always dreamed of for them, but never thought she'd have to experience alone. She's hired a techie-genius with a knack for forgery to remove the last ties to her old life. But…
  • Winterkill by Kate A. Boorman

    Cristal | Book Addict
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Publication: September 9, 2014Publisher: Amulet Books / ABRAMSSource: Publisher Emmeline knows she’s not supposed to explore the woods outside her settlement. The enemy that wiped out half her people lurks there, attacking at night and keeping them isolated in an unfamiliar land with merciless winters. Living with the shame of her grandmother’s insubordination, Emmeline has learned to keep her head down and her quick tongue silent.When the settlement leader asks for her hand in marriage, it’s an opportunity for Emmeline to wash the family slate clean—even if she has eyes for another.
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  • Savage Journey 4.5 Star Read by Blogger Long and Short Reviews

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

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

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

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