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    heidibetts.com » Blog
    Heidi
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    So I’m working on another love scene.  There’s at least one in every story I write, did you know that?  That’s a lot of humping to write about! But everybody likes a good sex scene, right?  I tend to enjoy reading them than writing them, but hey—it’s part of my job description. And this one, even though it’s taking me a while to complete, is turning out to be hot, hot, hot. The only problem I’m having is deciding just how steamy to go.  I don’t do erotica; that’s not my thing.  But I do have the option of using…let’s just…
  • Dark & Deadly--8 Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance--99 Cents!!

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

    The Crayon Box
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:31 am
    Just got plants in the ground and now there is a freeze warning tonight. Figures. Especially since Winter's Risk released overnight!I'm so excited to share Josie, Zach, and Quinn's story! Not to mention finish off Carl and Rose's saga.  Will Rose get her third relationship together to win the bet? And at what cost to her own relationship?Buy here! Blurb: Rose Winter has brought two relationships together. But now she has her greatest challenge yet. A threesome. But will she risk her own relationship to make this difficult match?Josie’s not a bad person. She’s just dating…
  • Men and Reading

    JEN BLACK author
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:49 am
    Caroline Carpenter reports in  the Bookseller that 63% of men rarely read. I wanted to cheer when I saw the headline, because the man I live with finds reading a chore. He'll be delighted to hear he is not alone! The Reading Agency commissioned the survey of 2,000 UK men and women which discovered - if surveys can be believed, of course - that men prefer to watch film instead. The reasons (excuses!) given were - too busy, did not enjoy reading, preferred doing the internet. One in five men admitted to pretending to have read a specific title in order to appear more intelligent. It…
  • Reviews

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    Jenna Bayley-Burke
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    A lovely review from Farrah at Imagine A World ::Cooking Up a Seduction was a lovely romance. It was light, fun, and a truly enjoyable read. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.
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    Writer's Blog: Blog of romance author Jennifer Ashley

  • Dark & Deadly--8 Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance--99 Cents!!

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Dark and Deadly: 8 Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance is Live!Enjoy stories and novels, short and long, from Jennifer Ashley, Felicity Heaton, Erin Quinn, Laurie London, Erin Kellison, Bonnie Vanak, Caris Roane, and Alyssa Day! Most are brand new, never before published!Find…
  • Wild Wolf now in UK, AU, CA, NZ, etc

    8 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    Hey everyone. As you know there was a huge glitch at my publisher to get Wild Wolf out across the globe last week. Some of those glitches appear to be fixed. Here's where you can find Wild Wolf in:Australia:Rosemary's Romance Books (print):http://www.rosemarysromancebooks.com/epages/Rosemary.sf/en_AU/?ObjectPath=/Shops/Rosemary/Products/9780425266045Amazon AUhttp://www.amazon.com.au/Wild-Shifters-Unbound-Jennifer-Ashley-ebook/dp/B00COOFQOU/Canada:Chapters / Indigo:…
  • Wild Wolf is out--Woot!

    1 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Wild Wolf--Graham's story--is now out!!! In print everywhere books are sold, or in ebook at:Barnes and Noble Amazon Apple iBooksAll Romance EbooksAlso out on Kobo and in Audio! And in case you missed it, I quietly released another story in the Immortals series: Wolf HuntLogan's story--originally released in Immortals: The ReckoningNewly revised and re-edited, this is a standalone novella in the Immortals seriesEvents take place after Book 5: The RedeemingOrder the ebook fromKindleNookKoboAll Romance Ebooks I'm considering writing more in this series (particularly Septimus's story),…
  • Cover Reveal--Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance in one Package

    31 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    I'm getting together with some of my cool friends again to bring you another bundle of books for 99 cents!The set, Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance will be out APRIL 14! Mark your calendars. We knew you'd need a reading boost for tax time. :-)  Authors included: Alyssa Day Jennifer AshleyCaris RoaneLaurie LondonErin QuinnFelicity HeatonErin KellisonBonnie Vanak This set in includes some brand new, never-before-published works!On release week, we'll be doing some great giveaways on our individual Facebook pages and / or blogs, Twitter parties, and a big…
  • Wild Wolf--Excerpts

    27 Mar 2014 | 5:46 pm
    I've been remiss about putting up excerpts for Wild Wolf! Here you go, a nice long one. This book is out April 1 (and that ain't no April Fools).Chapter OneGraham McNeil slammed his massive fist into the jaw of the attacking wolf just as his cell phone rang. He got the wolf into a headlock and tried to reach for the phone, but the wolf fought and clawed, drawing blood, its breath like sour acid. Graham’s Collar sparked heavy pain into his throat, while the Collar on the wolf he fought was dormant. Was this where things were going with the stupid-ass idea that all Shifters should have their…
 
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    The Crayon Box

  • A little Winter in spring

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:31 am
    Just got plants in the ground and now there is a freeze warning tonight. Figures. Especially since Winter's Risk released overnight!I'm so excited to share Josie, Zach, and Quinn's story! Not to mention finish off Carl and Rose's saga.  Will Rose get her third relationship together to win the bet? And at what cost to her own relationship?Buy here! Blurb: Rose Winter has brought two relationships together. But now she has her greatest challenge yet. A threesome. But will she risk her own relationship to make this difficult match?Josie’s not a bad person. She’s just dating…
  • 26 Mar 2014 | 7:53 am

    26 Mar 2014 | 7:53 am
    I blogged at TRS Blue! http://trsblue.blogspot.com/2014/03/you-cant-always-get-what-you-want.html
  • 25 Mar 2014 | 5:28 am

    25 Mar 2014 | 5:28 am
    Winter's Source is on sale until Sunday! http://www.loose-id.com/specials/daily-deals.html
  • Another excerpt from Dear Rose Winter's Source

    21 Mar 2014 | 5:29 am
    To read another excerpt: http://mechelea.livejournal.com/129038.html
  • Throwback Thursday

    20 Mar 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Tweet from Liquid Silver: A bored computer programmer. $1.99 #Kindle Deal - Code Monkey #LSbooks amazon.com/dp/B00CT5RCVY01:50 AM - 21 Mar 14
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  • this writer’s life

    Heidi
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    So I’m working on another love scene.  There’s at least one in every story I write, did you know that?  That’s a lot of humping to write about! But everybody likes a good sex scene, right?  I tend to enjoy reading them than writing them, but hey—it’s part of my job description. And this one, even though it’s taking me a while to complete, is turning out to be hot, hot, hot. The only problem I’m having is deciding just how steamy to go.  I don’t do erotica; that’s not my thing.  But I do have the option of using…let’s just…
  • Happy Hunk Day

    Heidi
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
  • Happy Tax Day

    Heidi
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Or, you know, as great a day as you can have when income taxes are due.
  • truth

    Heidi
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
  • Happy Sunday

    Heidi
    12 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Happy Sunday, My Darlings! So how are you doing this week?  Anything super-fun going on with you? This week, I AM HAPPY that Mr. Handyman was able to fix the bedside lamp I gave him to work on.  I really wasn’t sure it was salvagable—it worked fine, but the base was a mess & the lamp kept falling over.  But Mr. Handyman did a stupendous job of repairing it!  And I’m so glad because A.) I love this stupid lamp & B.)  it’s the lamp I use when I sit in bed to write. I AM HAPPY that we’ve had a few very nice days when I could open up the house & let…
 
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    JEN BLACK author

  • Men and Reading

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:49 am
    Caroline Carpenter reports in  the Bookseller that 63% of men rarely read. I wanted to cheer when I saw the headline, because the man I live with finds reading a chore. He'll be delighted to hear he is not alone! The Reading Agency commissioned the survey of 2,000 UK men and women which discovered - if surveys can be believed, of course - that men prefer to watch film instead. The reasons (excuses!) given were - too busy, did not enjoy reading, preferred doing the internet. One in five men admitted to pretending to have read a specific title in order to appear more intelligent. It…
  • Indie wars and statistics

    13 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The BBC published a lengthy article last autumn on current publishing in the UK, with some comparison statistics showing US and UK differences. Figures vary - as statistics always do! - depending who is writing, what the angle is and which figures they decide to quote. But the general trend is always the same - e-books are expanding their market share. The graphics are clear.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23682885There's also a wonderful argument going on at…
  • A Scottish break

    11 Apr 2014 | 2:53 am
    We sneaked away for a quiet, two-night break in a wonderful hotel right on the sea at Crinan. We went last November, and took Tim. We thought we could slide in without too much upheaval before Easter and the summer hordes crowded the place out. (It doesn't take many, because the place is so small!)  There were a lot more craft in the basin than we saw in the last week of October, so I guess yachtsmen are waking up and stretching their muscles for the coming season.The weather was mild, breezy and prone to rain showers. On the second day, the clouds were low and grey, covering everything,…
  • Breaking the Union

    6 Apr 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Some of the questions concerning the Scottish vote for independence are catching my interest. We've had holidays of varying lengths in Scotland ever since I started driving a car many years ago. But now Dh swears if they go independent he will never cross the border again. I'm not altogether sure if he really means it, but the idea of a border control on the top of Carter Bar, or customs barriers across the A74 strike me as fairly ridiculous. But if they vote Yes, then Scotland will no longer be part of the UK, and nor will they be part of the EU. They will have to apply for membership. Since…
  • Cooking, Burial Rites and daffodils

    4 Apr 2014 | 1:38 am
    Today is a day when hiding away in my study is preferable to being in the kitchen. We have guests coming to morrow for a meal, and preparing for six over three or four courses is not something that happens easily in this house. I have friends who cater for ten or more without turning a hair because they've grown up with large families - or they love cooking - but my culinary skills have been for a max of two most of the time. Therefore knowing how many potatoes or carrots six people will eat is a nightmare of guesswork for me. Quite often tempers flare....On another subject I listened to…
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    Jenna's Romantic Notions

  • Reviews

    Jenna Bayley-Burke
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    A lovely review from Farrah at Imagine A World ::Cooking Up a Seduction was a lovely romance. It was light, fun, and a truly enjoyable read. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.
  • Cooking Up A Seduction Blurb & Review Blitz

    Jenna Bayley-Burke
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    April 14: Queentutt's World of EscapismApril 15: Romance Novel GiveawaysApril 16: Behind Closed DoorsApril 17: For the Love of BookendsApril 18: All I Want and More April 21: It's Raining BooksApril 22: Aly's Miscellany - ReviewApril 23: Wicked Readings By TawaniaApril 24: Rage, Sex and Teddy Bears - ReviewApril 24: Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock - ReviewApril 25: Susana's Morning RoomApril 28: Sarah Says Read Romance - ReviewApril 29: Rachel Brimble RomanceApril 30: Reviews By MollyMay 1: i love lady pornMay 2: Booker Like a HookerMay 2: Zee Monodee - Author's Corner - ReviewMay 5:…
  • For Kicks - new review

    Jenna Bayley-Burke
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
     Thanks to Miranda Grissom Joyfully Reviewed for a lovely reviewJenna Bayley-Burke’s For Kicks is one outstanding romance. Breeze and Logan heat things up quickly. Breeze is such a determined woman she almost lets it get in her way. Logan is carefree but knows when to be serious. I love the way he romances Breeze. It is so sweet and dreamy. I mean, if a guy did some of the stuff he does for me I would be putty in his hands :) . This contemporary novel has it all: exceptional characters, wonderful plot and a heavenly romance. Don’t miss out on For Kicks this is a keeper romance.
  • Thursday Thirteen Interview :: Liz Everly

    Jenna Bayley-Burke
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    1. Latest release?  Like Honey, the third in my SAFFRON NIGHTS series is just out. It’s set in beautiful Scotland with a sexy spy-turned-beekeeper and a young lonely widow. Gray is sent to there to infiltrate her honey business because of illegal goings-on. They are very attracted to one another—but he’s her employee (at least that what she thinks) and she may be a criminal, so Gray can’t act on his impulses. The way they get to know one another better makes up a part of the story. The other part is the suspense element, which includes an international drug ring, along with local…
  • Second Chance Bride by Trish Morey Super Book Blast

    Jenna Bayley-Burke
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Trish will be awarding a $20 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour. Remember, the more you comment, the better your chances to win.Scarlett Buck has always been flaky in comparison to her sensible twin sister Tara, so nobody is really surprised when Scarlett spends all her money on a one way ticket to Australia to be with the man she’s met on the Net. But she hasn’t reckoned on the guy already being married, or her mom getting…
 
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    Joely Sue Burkhart

  • Camp NaNOTMo

    Joely
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:58 pm
    So Camp NaNo just hasn’t been going so well.  At all.  I’ve just got so much going on right now that I’ve not made any progress at all.  Between the house, my Evil Day Project (now in phase 3, sob, will we ever be done?), and all my RT scrambling, I’ve blown it. On the bright side, I’ve used up one whole box of 250 business cards making book thongs.  I’ve mailed off some and given several away to my hairdresser, and of course we had a few boo-boos (holes punched too close to edge), so I don’t have exactly 250 book thongs, but I’m happy with…
  • RT Promo

    Joely
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Proof positive that I’m insane: I’m making my promo for RT.   Yes, making.  As in by hand.  Each one is slightly different for the most part.  I bought a bunch of chunky beads and smaller glass beads at Jo-Anns, Michaels, and Hobby Lobby.  Cute mask charms from Etsy.  I printed some heavy, glossy business cards at VistaPrint. And watched some tutorials to figure out how to bead. Middle and I got busy today.  We worked off and on for probably 6-7 hours and I have a whopping… 65 made.  I ran out of my black chunky beads and used up one roll of cord.  I have…
  • Camp NaNo

    Joely
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:03 pm
    I’ve never joined a cabin before, but this year I’m going to Camp along with Raelyn, Nicole and Diana.  My #1 goal:  finish the PNR.  I don’t care how many words that is, whether 20K or 50K.  I just want this done so I can get it submitted. So I can work on the next billionaire book (which I finally got a hilarious title for – I hope they let me keep it!) and the plantation story and Mal’s book… Sigh.  I have so many things I want to do this year! So it’s time to get busy. Anyone else ready to make some s’mores and tell some ghost stories…
  • Guess Who’s Talking Now

    Joely
    18 Mar 2014 | 5:43 pm
    That was unexpected. I’ve been working on two things back and forth:  Charlie and the PNR.  I’ve had some important realizations on both, but I haven’t really been getting very many words.  I’d like to run the PNR by my editor soon to get a feel for whether she likes it or not, and while I really love some things… other things were a little too stiff and not quite right.  Those kind of changes are hard to make, but I’ve been chiseling away all month. Out of the blue today while I was working for the Evil Day Job, a new voice popped into my head.  Okay,…
  • Colors Are Hard

    Joely
    17 Mar 2014 | 9:19 pm
    I’m moody when it comes to color. In writing, I’m all black and red, mixed in with grays and white.  Every once in a while I get a craving for brilliant blue or emerald green, but in general, my colors are solid. However, in my non-writing life, I’m a little OCD with color.  I go through “cravings” where I like certain combinations and want to buy new kitchen towels or a new bedspread.  But after a year or so, I’m DONE with that color.  I’m glad for the item to wear out so I can replace it with the new craving! I’ve loved blue and yellow. …
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    Meljean Brook » Blog

  • Balloons and squid, oh my! I animated those covers!

    Meljean
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    Sheri Moore, thanks to the power of random.org, you are the winner of the “What’s out the porthole?” poster giveaway! Please fill out your info here, and I’ll get that to you as soon as I can. The Kraken King and the Abominable WormIf you’d like to see what I came up with on those covers — and enter a contest for another poster! — check out my post at I Smell Sheep! (and don’t forget to check out the I Smell Sheep review for The Kraken King, Parts 1-3!)
  • RELEASE THE KRAKEN! + Do you want an open reader thread?

    Meljean
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:25 am
    I’ve been resisting that SO MUCH. But you know it had to come sometime. And what better day than today? This is going to be a two-month long journey from beginning to end. I know this is a new format for everyone, and it’s set in a different part of the Iron Seas world, with a lot of different stuff happening. So if you have any questions about the serial format, about the worldbuilding, about anything that won’t require a spoiler (I won’t give spoilers), please feel free to post anything in the comments below. I’m in my writing cave, but I’ll pop out now…
  • The serial as a feature, not a bug (The Kraken King FAQs)

    Meljean
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
    By emails I’ve received and just general rumblings on the internet, I’ve picked up a sense that some readers feel they are being punished by the serial release in some way — that if they are buying the serial, the price and format is their punishment. If they buy the compiled print version, the wait is the punishment. I suspect that some of this comes from the impression that print version of THE KRAKEN KING is being delayed so that the serial can come out first, and the serial was designed to milk everyone’s money. So I feel that I need to clarify the timeline,…
  • Kraken King poster giveaway! (Animated covers redux)

    Meljean
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:03 pm
    **This is a duplicate post, but with an added giveaway. If you already commented on that post (at my blog) you’re already entered.** Guess what’s out next week?!! Not that I’m excited! For fun, I’ve decided to animate bits of each serial cover for its release week. I’ll be writing up a post later about the animation process itself, but for now, I’m wondering: What should be out the window? Cover #1, the fire (as on the book page) is pretty straightforward. Cover #2, I think the balloon needs to go somewhere. But what about Covers #3 & #4? Animating the…
  • What’s out the porthole? (Animating THE KRAKEN KING)

    Meljean
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:12 am
    Guess what’s out next week?!! Not that I’m excited! For fun, I’ve decided to animate bits of each serial cover for its release week. I’ll be writing up a post later about the animation process itself, but for now, I’m wondering: What should be out the window? Cover #1, the fire (as on the book page) is pretty straightforward. Cover #2, I think the balloon needs to go somewhere. But what about Covers #3 & #4? Animating the people is beyond my capabilities, but look behind them … all that open sky, just waiting for something to fly by. So I’m taking…
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    Beth Ciotta

  • Celebrating Wild West Romance!

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

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

    10 Feb 2014 | 8:15 am
    UPDATE!Via Rafflecopter, the winner of the Share the Love Giveaway is....  Bonnie Franks!Congratulations, Bonnie! ( I sent you an email) and thank you to everyone who joined in the fun. More giveaways coming soon. Stay tuned!**************************************************************************Hello friends!It's been a couple of months since I've posted here. I spend most of my social time on Facebook so if you haven't connected with me there, please do! This year will be a year of many changes for me. Exciting changes that are in the works. Stay tuned for updates.Meanwhile…
  • Happy Holidays!

    22 Dec 2013 | 12:27 pm
    Greetings friends!Look for a catch up post with all the latest and upcoming news around the new year! In the meantime, wishing you the happiest of holidays! 'Tis the season to feel and show the love!To you and yours from me and mine!Blessings, Beth
  • More Love and Magic and a Giveaway!

    1 Nov 2013 | 5:01 am
    I'm one lucky (and busy) gal. ANYTHING  BUT LOVE, the third Cupcake lovers novel, hit shelves October 1. Then, hot  on ABL's heels, came SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL, a Cupcake Lovers holiday novella!                               Now I'm over-the-moon, crazy excited to share another holiday release. Launching today...I'm thrilled and honored to be included in the magical holiday anthology along with mega-talented authors, Heather Graham, Deborah LeBlanc, and Kathleen Pickering. Available on-line or in stores…
 
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    Dawn Chartier's Blog ~ Lagniappe for Readers and Writers

  • My first Trip to San Francisco and Sonoma

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

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

    5 Feb 2014 | 11:24 am
    For the month of February, Entangled Publishing is selling books for .99 cents! I can do some serious damage with .99 cent books! Woot! Bye now!Entangled PublishingDawn Chartier Not An Angel, Out Now! Diamonds, Out Now! www.dawnchartier.com
  • Happy New Year's!

    2 Jan 2014 | 9:26 am
    Wait 2013, don't go! I haven't met all of my goals! Does that sound familiar to you too?So what happened? Well, I told myself I would have another contract and book published in 2013, and lets just say 1/2 of it happened. I got the contract. Woot! But the other 1/2 will have to wait until 2014. (That's when the What Happens in Vegas series comes out, and I can't wait!!!!)And you know what? I'm okay with that. Why? Because great things are worth waiting for. I know this will be great!(1st picture of the hubby and I for 2014...Yep. We had a few...the proof is in his hand.)So…
  • Thanksgiving has come and gone...Are you ready for Christmas?

    4 Dec 2013 | 12:29 pm
    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I did for the most part. I enjoyed my turkey dinner with my In-Laws. And I got to visit my family in Folsom, LA that night as well. However, I'm still in that, "I miss my mom mode." Especially during holidays.Holidays are the hardest. I'm always thinking about her and how we would celebrate. She'd always cook certain dishes like oyster dressing, coconut-orange balls (don't ask), fruit salad, and even though my sister and/or brother would try to make those dishes, they never come out the same.My father has a…
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    Diane Craver            Award-Winning Author - Blog

  • Book Giveaway at St.Louis School this SATURDAY!

    3 Apr 2014 | 6:56 pm
    My giveaway consists of the following: A $25 Gift Card to Family Christian Store,  from my Amish series, A Joyful Break (Dreams of Plain Daughters, Book One), Judith's Place (Dreams of Plain Daughters, Book Two) and Marrying Mallory (Inspirational Romance)Here is more information about this awesome fundraiser and evening of fun! Come for a wonderful evening Saturday, April 5th, to help raise money for St.Louis school (Owensville, OH) with Live and Silent Auctions; raffles for every whim & wallet from the Original Green Egg, a Wheelbarrow of Fun, Cash/tuition raffle and the Cincy Reds…
  • JUDITH's PLACE - FREE - LAST DAY!

    19 Mar 2014 | 4:51 am
    If you haven't read Book 2 in my Dreams of Plain Daughters Amish Series, then I hope you grab a copy. JUDITH'S PLACE is ranked # 1 in Amish Romance on the Free List. Thanks ahead for the support!As soon as I finish Book 3 (on Chapter 15), I plan on having a big blog contest here so check back here soon for more information about it!
  • Freebie for St. Patrick's Day!!!!

    15 Mar 2014 | 8:40 pm
    JUDITH'S PLACE is not only going to be FREE for St. Patty's Day, but also free Sunday thru Wednesday! You'll save $4.99 so grab a copy if you haven't read Book 2. A Sneak Peek of FLEETING HOPE, Book 3 is included in the back of Judith's Place. I'm writing Ch. 14 right now of Book 3. I want to finish it this month and get it off to my editors in April. Hopefully, FLEETING HOPE, will be published in April!My seasonal scoring project starts on April 1st and ends on May 14 so it's a long one - 6 weeks of scoring which I'm grateful for, but I wish the commute wasn't so LONG! HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S…
  • Need reviews for JUDITH'S PLACE!

    24 Feb 2014 | 5:50 am
    BLURB Judith Hershberger wonders what her life would have been like had she been born into an English family instead of an Amish one. Would she be  happier with the freedom to obtain more schooling as an English young woman instead of being limited to only an eighth grade Amish education? In Judith’s Place, the second book in the Dreams of Plain Daughters Series, schoolteacher Judith Hershberger yearns to learn more despite the educational restriction imposed on her because of her Amish upbringing. Wanting more than an eighth grade education, she puts off joining the Amish faith.
  • Save $3 today and tomorrow for A JOYFUL BREAK, Amish Series!

    9 Feb 2014 | 10:33 am
    A JOYFUL BREAK (Dreams of Plain Daughters, Book One) is featured today at Ereadersnewstoday!Click here to see my featured book! Be sure to scroll down the page! Today and tomorrow you will save $3 off the regular price if you should purchase a copy on Amazon or Barnes & Noble! BLURB for A JOYFUL BREAK After her mother’s untimely death, a twenty-year-old Amish woman has a difficult decision to make: Choose to break from the Plain community and her boyfriend to live in the English world permanently...or join the Amish church. Rachel Hershberger wants to get away from her Amish home in…
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    Megan Crane & Caitlin Crews

  • Project Joy: The Triathlon Version

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    Just about six months ago, I decided I wanted to do a triathlon.  I wasn't particularly fit.  I'd spent the previous nine or so months doing a lot of hiking but that was about it.  But my friend had done one and the way she talked about it was inspiring. It clicked. I'd never found working out for medicinal purposes (because I knew I ought to) much fun, but I thought training for something seemed like the kind of focus I needed. I'd been a lifeguard in a previous life, so I could swim.  I already knew how to ride a bike.  And I've had periods of…
  • 2013

    31 Dec 2013 | 6:37 pm
    This was such a magical, extraordinary year, coming as it did on the heels of two years' worth of grief, loss, change, and a very grim sort of hope for something better. We found it in 2013, I'm happy to say. I started the year off on a truly life-altering trip to Ireland in the company of some wonderful (and so very inspiring!) writers, then visited old friends in London. In May Jeff and I visited what we hope will be our future home in Montana, where I went on to plot out a brand new series and the start of a new publishing venture with another set of writers who are both friends…
  • Life Lessons, or Things I Have Learned from Reading “Smutty,” “Trashy,” and “Dirty” Books

    16 Sep 2013 | 6:30 am
    1.     Stop thinking so much and so hard about yourself.  Think more about others and see what happens.2.     Pain can be good.  It can lead you exactly where you need to go.3.     The more you trust, the better it is.4.     Ask for what you want.  Everything’s better when you do.5.     “Perfect for you” isn’t the same thing as “perfect,” and vice versa.6.     People always reveal themselves if you let them, for good or…
  • TEMPT ME, COWBOY is out now!

    10 Sep 2013 | 3:42 pm
    I'm so excited that my first straight up contemporary romance is finally out! You can buy it wherever you buy your ebooks, and I hope you will!But here it is at Amazon (and there are already some great reviews!  Hooray!) for your buying pleasure, just in case.
  • My Birthday is Today--Are You One Of the Contest Winners?

    19 Jun 2013 | 7:47 am
    Hooray!  It's my birthday and that means YOU get books!I'm giving away ten copies of my next Harlequin Presents, A ROYAL WITHOUT RULES, which you can buy with the cover of your choice in the UK and in the US this August:The ten winners of the new book are:Lo-Ammi GaebGinette KnellerAmanda ShivrattanSharon BergerRebecca KramerConnie Kline FischerTerry L BradenCarol SchafferAGirlInSanDiegoMelanie JAnd the ten winners of a book I'll select randomly from my backlist are:(Anonymous) (173.62.197.50) Jun. 17th, 2013 04:25 pm (UTC)cover choiceI like the UK one. The two women holding…
 
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    Daisy Dexter Dobbs - Author, Artist and Grand High Exalted Goddess of Make-Believe

  • Daisy’s All New Greek Delights Series: First 3 Books Available Now!

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    I’ve got lots of good news to share today! At long last, the first 3 books in my brand new Greek Delights series are finally available from Amazon in Kindle format. Yay! On the “Books” page of my website you’ll learn all about the books and find full chapter excerpts. The very best news of all? For 3 days, from Tuesday April 15 through Thursday, April 17, Exercising Her Options, the first book of the series, will be available from Amazon FREE! After Thursday it will return to its regular $4.99 price. This is the first time in all the years I’ve been published that I have EVER…
  • Website Revamped and Updated!

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    With three new books debuting at Amazon.com soon (April 15 release date), I knew it was high time I focused some attention on my website (http://daisydexterdobbs.com/). I hadn't done a full update since the release of my last 2 books in 2011, so it took me a small eternity to complete all the changes that were needed. The Illustrated FAQ is a brand new feature. I really enjoyed putting this whimsical, quirky page together and hope you’ll enjoy it as well. You’ll also find a new book page featuring my three upcoming contemporary romance novels, my upcoming titles, and my out of print…
  • Pardon My Dust!

    4 Feb 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Gack...cough...wheeze... Holy cow, look! Everything’s gone! And there’s a brand new blog header in place. That’s because everything Daisy is being revamped (I even colored my hair a different shade today!). :D New posts and information are coming soon! Stay tuned for updates. Thanks! --Daisy
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    Delilah Devlin » Blog

  • Julia Kent: Letting Loose

    Delilah
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you had told me a few years ago that I would be wearing a unicorn mask and carrying a squirt gun around my neighborhood as a professional activity, I would have laughed myself silly in my old office, surrounded by paperwork and tasks and office politics more intricate than trying to get Congress to pass a balanced budget. But here I am. Readers have asked me why — why? —WHY? — I write crazy romantic comedy that takes everything up a few notches until it’s so absurd you can’t help but laugh. Because…isn’t that just real life? At least, that’s…
  • Amy Sandas: Girl Scouts … and Romance Heroines?

    Delilah
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    My daughter joined Girls Scouts this year and she loves it! The projects, the discussions, the games, the friends. Most of all, I think she understands this is something special. This long-standing organization focusses intently upon honoring every girl for her unique interests, capabilities and talents. Whether it is a love for animals, nature and the outdoors, music and dance, or reading, the girls are encouraged and supported in whatever direction they choose to go. Everyone is free to be exactly who she is, and is celebrated for it. It may seem odd that I intend to compare this to romance…
  • A Question… and an excerpt…

    Delilah
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’ll ask the question first for those of you who don’t have a lot of time to peruse blogs. If you’re so inclined, you can read on for a glimpse of It Takes a SEAL, which releases in less than a week! So, the question… I adore Sci-Fi B Movies. Have since I was a kid. I must have watched The Blob with Steve McQueen a hundred times. My faves include: Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Dracula 3000, Sharknado, and Mega Python and Gataroid (OMG—Debbie Gibson and Tiffany, together on screen?!). I added Bermuda Tentacles to the list of instant B-movie classics this…
  • Morgan Emerson: CampNaNo and Goals

    Delilah
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The month of April means spring for most people around the country, waiting for snow to melt and flowers to bloom.  Here in the desert of Phoenix, where we only have two seasons—hot and not very cold—we’ve had a very mild winter and am already hitting the mid-ninties.  Yeah, I’m sure you can feel my excitement. For writers, April also means it’s Camo Nano!  It’s our chance for redemption if we weren’t able to complete the original NaNoWriMo back in November.  For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month…
  • Taige Crenshaw: Changing

    Delilah
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The one thing I love about life is it’s never stagnant. There are changes that range from minor to huge. No matter the change, it causes a ripple effect of some kind, which leads to good or bad things. Right now, I’m thinking of changes because of a book I’m writing. My characters are at a crossroads. In the book, they went through the change of letting someone close to them. It caused for both a major ripple in their lives as they adapted to each other. Once they did accept the change and letting someone into their lives they rode the wave of that ripple and are enjoying the journey.
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    HelenKay Dimon

  • Giveaway!

    HelenKay
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:19 pm
    My publisher, Berkley, is giving away 20 copies of my upcoming release, MERCY, on Goodreads. Sign up to enter. If you win you get a print copy sent to you. There’s no downside! ENTER HERE.
  • A New Series!

    HelenKay
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    I’m thrilled to announce I’ll be writing a new series for Carina Press. Wahoo!! I didn’t draft this deal listing but I really like it: HelenKay Dimon’s first two books in her GREENWAY RANGE series, in which a group of hardened, ex-special ops soldiers go searching for a new profession and are instead caught totally off guard by the women they encounter in and around their shooting range, to Angela James at Carina Press, for publication in beginning Spring 2015 (World). The books will be contemporary and very sexy. Expect some dirty talking guys and the smart women who…
  • FAQs About Relentless

    HelenKay
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:18 am
    When a book comes out you think about all things that happened while you were proposing it and then writing it. I thought I’d start sharing some of those, book by book. 1. RELENTLESS is actually the third book in a miniseries. Each book stands alone but there are characters in common from one book to the next. 2. The hero, Ben Tanner, was never supposed to exist. He appeared when I was writing the first book in this miniseries, FEARLESS. I knew who the bad guys were going to be and the general plot and then this NCIS agent stepped on the page. I actually wrote a scene with him in it…
  • New Release!

    HelenKay
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:58 pm
    I couldn’t get on my blog for a few days…but I’m back, which is good since I have a new book out. RELENTLESS is now available in both print and digital. The elite Corcoran Team has a new hero in HelenKay Dimon’s Relentless! Branded a traitor for exposing high-level corruption, former NCIS agent Ben Tanner needs to redeem himself. When the hot new operative saves nurse Jocelyn Raine from a brutal attacker, he embarks on his most challenging mission yet: discovering who’s after the strong, sexy woman–and trying his best not to fall for her. She has, he…
  • Book Chit Chat

    HelenKay
    5 Mar 2014 | 10:56 am
    I’m talking about my newest release, BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE, over at Get Lost In A Story. Go check it out.
 
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    Kate Davies Blogs!

  • All About #MyWritingProcess - The Blog Tour

    24 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    Thanks to Skylar Kade for including me on this writing process blog tour!1. What am I working on? Currently, I'm tidying up and revising one of my earlier books, Hooked, for re-release later this year. It's my first foray into self-publishing, and the learning curve has been steep! I'm enjoying it, though. I'm also closing in on the ending for a new rodeo-set novella.2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? Wow, that's a tough question. I've been told that my dialogue stands out - and considering my college degree was in playwriting, I guess that's fitting! And no matter how…
  • Meet The Author - Danube Adele

    15 Jan 2014 | 3:30 am
    NAME:  Danube AdeleBLOG: www.danubeadele.wordpress.comTITLE OF FIRST BOOK: Quicksilver Dreams, Book #1 Dreamwalker SeriesRELEASE DATE:  January 6, 2014FAVORITE WRITING STORY/SAYING/MEMORY: I’d read an adventure story written in the first person by Gena Showalter called Playing With Fire.  It was such a fun, lighthearted read, and I completely enjoyed myself.  I may have even read it in one sitting. It got me thinking.  Could I do this?  I hadn’t had time to write for a while because my children (identical twin boys) were young, but now they were older.
  • Book BIN Tuesday - Quicksilver Dreams by Danube Adele

    14 Jan 2014 | 3:00 am
    My name is Taylor, and damn but my life changed overnight. One moment I was just a regular girl working two jobs to pay my bills, and next thing you know, I'm uncovering secret metal disks at my boss's house. Now I'm reading minds, dream-walking and being saved from bad guys by Mr. Dark and Brooding.That would be Ryder Langston, my new next-door neighbor. He's sex on legs but he's also a secret agent from another world—no joke. I believe him now because he dragged me back here "for my protection" after he discovered someone was trying to assassinate me on Earth. It isn't working out so…
  • Eric Sheffer Stevens Interview, Part Four

    19 Nov 2013 | 4:00 am
    In which I ask a lot of random, silly questions, and he is infinitely patient with me.If you weren’t an actor, what do you think you would you be doing?Carpentry. Well, I amdoing carpentry. Is that a fair answer? I have a dream, still, of just having a farm somewhere and a shop in the barn, and building stuff. I kind of think I would go crazy at some point, but that’s my go-to thing. I have to be doing both of those things. So if you took acting away, that’s all I would be doing. What position did you play in the Broadway Show League?(long, drawn out silence.)The softball…?Oh! I’m…
  • Eric Sheffer Stevens Interview, Part Three

    15 Nov 2013 | 4:00 am
    In which we discuss documentaries, theater, and kidsI noticed a credit for the narration of After the Fall on your IMDB page. I was wondering how you got involved with that project.Oh, that’s a good friend of mine who produced it. Really fantastic piece. She’s been involved in this story for years and years. Over ten years. It’s about these children who were in orphanages when (Romania) was still under communist rule. They (the authorities) ended up paying people to donate blood, and so you’d get repeat customers, sailors and prostitutes, trying to make fifteen dollars or whatever,…
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    Monique DeVere

  • Pull Up A Chair With Mon ~ Let's Talk About: Initial 'ING' verbs #writetip

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

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

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

    4 Feb 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Hello true and faithful reader--yep, I'm speaking to my one reader . As you probably noticed from the word count metre over there on the right, I've got another story ready for you. This one is a Valentine's novella entitled You Don't Get Joe! which is scheduled for release next week. I thought you might like to see the cover and blurb. In a couple of days, I'll post an excerpt. For now, please meet Robyn Dare and Joe Langford, my latest reunion story for Valentine's Day.BACK COVER COPYA lot can happen in six days!There’s no secret that New York columnist Robyn…
  • #Read Excerpt of ZACH'S REBOUND GIRL ~ On Sale Now! #BookBuzz #Smashwords #Kindle #Kobo #Romance @AmazonBookPromo

    30 Jan 2014 | 2:39 am
    Yay! Zach's Rebound Girl is on sale!You can purchase copies from Amazon. The paperback version is on the way. ExcerptZach's Rebound GirlCopyright © 2014 Monique DeVerePublished by Crystal Swan PublicationsUnited KingdomAll rights reserved.“I don’t believe you.”Her mouth fell open at the sheer audacity of the man. Okay she was lying, but he had no way of knowing that. She could’ve had thousands of affairs for all he knew. “You don’t even know me. I’ve changed.”Electric tension vibrated between them. He was staring at her mouth again, his jaw stiff, eyes doing that glitter…
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    Indulge Yourself

  • Filling You In, Catching You Up

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    This is why I couldn't clean out my gutters.So today I thought I'd update you on some of the things I've posted about recently. (Of course, "recently" is a relative term. Heh.)There's a new thing to add to my "Happy" list. This Saturday is the City Islanders home opener. Local professional soccer. I have come to love attending these games so much, and I have occasional anxiety about it because Number Two is finishing her freshman year in high school so the countdown has begun to when I have an empty nest. Now, no kids in the house does not bother me. Them moving on to their own lives,…
  • There's Something to be Happy About Every Day

    7 Apr 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Hi, all! I know, you don't remember who the heck I am, since I post so infrequently! I have had little to say and no time to say it, but I've been thinking about this one for a while. So here's a quick hit, with hopefully some more rambling stuff to come soon. :)MondayOn Mondays I am happy because there is a new Football Today podcast to listen to.TuesdayOn Tuesdays I am happy because there is a new PFW in Progress podcast to listen to, plus Agents of SHIELD and Supernatural are on TV.WednesdayOn Wednesdays I am happy because my Entangled sales are updated. Even though I'm far enough past my…
  • This Is New

    8 Mar 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I got this in spam mail last week. It really speaks for itself, don't you think?From: yanglim177 at a yahoo e-mail addressSubject: SAD NEWS!!!Re: YOU NEED TO SAVE YOUR LIVEAttn:           I AM VERY SORRY FOR YOU, IS A PITY THAT THIS IS HOW YOUR LIFE IS GOING TO END. MY DUTY AS I AM MAILING YOU NOW IS JUST TO KILL YOU AND I HAVE TO DO IT AS I HAVE ALREADY BEEN PAID. SOMEONE YOU CALL A FRIEND WANTS YOU DEAD BY ALL MEANS, AND THE PERSON HAVE SPENT A LOT OF MONEY ON THIS PROJECT, THE PERSON ALSO CAME TO US AND TOLD ME THAT HE WANT YOU DEAD AND HE…
  • Listening while Writing

    6 Mar 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Today's guest is my very good friend Misty Simon, another of the authors in the Harlequin E urban fantasy launch anthology! Misty, take it away!I know a lot of people make play lists when writing books. I’ve tried this before and have failed miserably. I tend to listen to a whole album when writing a book. Phantom of the Opera was on the iPod while I wrote Wicked Ink for the Paranormal and Urban Fantasy Box Set for Harlequin E. There was something about the dark music and the thought of what could have happened if the Phantom had been redeemed. Yes, there’s a Point of No Return but what…
  • Planes, Boats, and Nausea Relief Bracelets—Guest Blogger Naomi Bellina

    5 Mar 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Everyone, please welcome my guest Naomi Bellina, one of the authors in the Harlequin E urban fantasy launch anthology!Every year, traveling sucks a little bit more. I take a plane trip in October to visit family and I don't know, maybe it's just me, but the whole adventure seems to be weirder each time. This last trip through the airport I had to stand in this strange machine I can only assume was scanning my body looking for contraband. The position I assumed was feet slightly apart, arms over my head with my hands almost touching. I swear, I almost rose up on my toes in a “pointe”…
 
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    Nell Dixon - Romance writer

  • Unexpected Treasure - Free!

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:08 am
    Unexpected Treasure - short story which I released a while ago has finally gone free on Amazon UK. If you all report it then hopefully it'll go free for my US readers too. Here's the UK link
  • Vote for Christmas Ever After!

    1 Apr 2014 | 4:03 am
    Gulp, voting is open for the RONE awards in the novella category. Christmas Ever After is a nominee and I would be eternally grateful for any votes. I know I don't stand a chance as I don't have the street teams and huge cohorts of organised voting some authors have but I'd be thrilled to reach double figure :) Vote Here It only takes a minute and InD'Tale Mag are lovely and don't spam you. Hugs. If you haven't read it yet and want to read before you vote - voting is open for a week! Here are the buy links! Amazon.com Amazon UKLady Charlotte ‘Lottie’ Bellhavan is dubbed the runaway bride…
  • Sophie's Choice has a release date!

    25 Mar 2014 | 3:19 am
    I'm delighted to say that the prequel to Christmas Ever After, which tells the story of Rafe's sister, Sophie, is now scheduled for release on May 15th. Now I had better finish writing it as my editor will be waiting! It has a gorgeous cover which I'll share with you all as soon as I get the go ahead!
  • Christmas Ever After is a RONE award nominee!

    6 Mar 2014 | 8:03 am
    I'm thrilled to say Christmas Ever After has been nominated for a RONE award. Such lovely news on a grey, cold March day. You can get your copy HERE if in the US Or HERE if in the UK Also available in other countries and if you're old school you can get the paperback!
  • An Uncivil War - FREE!

    1 Feb 2014 | 1:30 am
    FREE for next few days! My Chick lit Timeslip Amazon UKAmazon.com Grab your copy and tell your friends!
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    Cynthia Eden

  • Guest Author Khelsey Jackson!

    Cynthia Eden
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    Hi, everyone!! I hope you are having a great Thursday!  Today, author Khelsey Jackson is taking over my blog–she’s got a hot new release, and she wanted to share an excerpt with us.  (Thanks for coming by, Khelsey!)     Excerpt from SKYLER TOWER: He went in the house and as soon as she couldn’t see him her phone went off. She glanced down at the screen and frowned. An unknown caller was calling her, normally she never answered unknown or blocked numbers but with everything that was going on she did. “Hello?” she answered and prayed her voiced…
  • WHEN HE WAS BAD – Mass Market Re-release

    Cynthia Eden
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    Book news! Kensington Publishing has re-released WHEN HE WAS BAD–the book is now available in mass market form (and it has a shiny, new cover!). WHEN HE WAS BAD features a paranormal novella from me and a novella from the amazingly talented Shelly Laurenston (her stories always make me laugh!). WHEN HE WAS BAD was actually the very first anthology that I ever completed for Kensington (the book was originally released in 2008).   Kensington is planning to re-release more of my older titles–you can look for mass market versions of I’LL BE SLAYING YOU and ETERNAL FLAME…
  • Special Guest: Michelle Diener (with Giveaways!)

    Cynthia Eden
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:28 am
    Congrats to Barbara Elness & Brittany! You were are the winners from our recent giveaway! Michelle will be contacting you with prize information. Hi, everyone!! Today, I’m excited to have guest author Michelle Diener with us today–and Michelle is talking about one of my all-time favorite topics: strong heroines. Strength…it can come in so many wonderful forms. Michelle is also offering two copies of her great new release to commenters. Welcome to the blog, Michelle! Kick-butt heroines who don’t actually kick butt There are many ways to skin a cat, as the saying…
  • Sinful Seconds Twitter Party

    Cynthia Eden
    19 Mar 2014 | 7:10 am
    I hope you can make it to the party tonight! There are LOTS of prizes up for grabs. You can read all the details here. Have a great Wednesday!!
  • SINFUL SECONDS – Available now!

    Cynthia Eden
    17 Mar 2014 | 8:12 am
    It’s here!!! The SINFUL SECONDS anthology officially releases today!     From the six USA Today and New York Times bestselling authors who brought you WICKED FIRSTS, comes an all new contemporary set of six sexy, suspenseful and very SINFUL SECONDS. SINFUL SURRENDER by Elisabeth Naughton SINFUL RAPTURE by Alexandra Ivy SINFUL SECRETS by Cynthia Eden SINFUL IN SPURS by Laura Wright SINFUL SEDUCTION by Katie Reus SINFULLY SCANDALOUS by Joan Swan   SINFUL SURRENDER by Elisabeth Naughton He’s been watching her, and now he’s here, in the dimly lit bar of the swanky Vail…
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    Cathryn Fox Blog

  • Invitation to Eden

    cathryn
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    Escape From Reality by Adriana Hunter When curvy single and struggling romance author Leila Connors receives a mysterious invitation to spend an all-expense paid week on a tropical island, it simply seems too good to be true. Who is responsible for sending the invitation? Why does the envelope smell of dominant male possession? And most […]
  • We Invite you to EDEN where you can read a #free #ebook

    cathryn
    26 Mar 2014 | 6:50 am
    I have a special treat for you today. As many of you know, I’m part of an AWESOME continuity series called Invitation to Eden. Well, I just got the “all clear” to post the FREE PREQUEL here so you can read it and get to know a little more about the series! Aren’t you excited? […]
  • Cover Reveal and giveaway!!

    cathryn
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:08 pm
    We’re super excited to reveal the next books in our Whispering Cove Series. Feisty, Fiery and Flirty in Whispering Cove. To celebrate our upcoming releases were giving away a full set of whispering cove stories. Winner will win their choice of one digital anthology, either, Wild, Wet and Wicked in Whispering Cove, or Burned, Bold […]
  • INVITATION TO EDEN

    cathryn
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:01 am
    INVITATION TO EDEN GIVEAWAY! SIGN UP for your own INVITATION TO EDEN, a brand new series from 27 of the biggest names in Romance. Sign up for a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card and a ton of awesome prizes from the authors in the series by joining our Eden Newsletter, Facebook Page, […]
  • COVER REVEAL, Beautiful and Broken

    cathryn
    5 Feb 2014 | 8:59 am
    BEAUTIFUL AND BROKEN, Sara Hubbard Molly’s a hot mess and her life is falling apart. Just when she thinks she’s about to get her happily ever after, her sister steps in to have an affair with her fiancé on her wedding day. Determined to bring Molly out of her funk, her friends take her out […]
 
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    LIZ FIELDING

  • Easter – a food feast by Liz Fielding

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:53 pm
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  • Spring-Board Your Story Idea with Character

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:18 am
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  • Spring Fling by Liz Fielding

    13 Apr 2014 | 10:52 pm
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  • Spring Decadence: Salad Cancels Cupcakes, Right? :-) By Shirley Jump

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
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  • Seven Tips for Aspiring Writers Barbara Wallace

    10 Apr 2014 | 3:50 am
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    Marie Sullivan Force

  • FREE Beach Read Today!

    6 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    Get MAID FOR LOVE FREE TODAY!With 675 five-star reviews on Amazon Kindle, MAID FOR LOVE is a fan favorite, and the perfect antidote to endless winter! Ready to put some sand between your toes? Get MAID FOR LOVE and read about what happens when hometown hero Mac McCarthy returns to Gansett Island and accidentally knocks a down-on-her-luck single mom off her bike. If you love Mac and Maddie in book 1, follow their story throughout the entire McCarthys of Gansett Island Series, now at 10.5 books--and soon to be 11 books! Get MAID FOR LOVE here for FREE TODAY!In the…
  • Who Has Ten Kids? Well… Let Me Tell You!

    19 Mar 2014 | 6:10 pm
    From the very beginning of my thoughts about the Green Mountain Series, I pictured ten kids growing up in a red barn in Vermont. That image was very vivid in my mind right from the start. I’ve had a few dour people infer that I went with ten kids in the new series to ensure I could write ten books. Well, that is and isn’t true at the same time. It istrue in the sense that I’m hoping to write about ten siblings who interest me. It’s not true because check me out on Gansett Island. “Only” five McCarthy kids, and here we go into book 11 with no end in sight. I’m writing the eighth…
  • Romance Isn't Just for Women

    7 Mar 2014 | 10:55 am
    It’s Never Too Late to Fall in Love: Eshel Travis“I have fallen in love with you,” begins a letter 68-year-old Eshel Travis wrote to Marie. “Let me diagnose my condition.”Mr. Travis goes on to explain that he used to watch four or five movies a day. During his 46 years of marriage, including several years or retirement, his wife, Pam, has unsuccessfully attempted to encourage him to read a book. “Any book,” as he says. Prior to falling in love (with Marie), it had been more than 30 years since he read a book. When he did read, as a teen, however, he recalled he didn’t want to…
  • ***All New Selfie Contest!***

    20 Feb 2014 | 5:10 pm
    The publisher of ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE soooo loved the selfie contest, they asked us to do it again! Fun fun FUN! We have all new FABULOUS prizes up for grabs! Here’s how it’s going to work and please make sureyou read ALL the way to the end so you can see the many ways to WIN!Starting TODAY, get back out there and find ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE in your local bookstore or order your copy from an online retailer and take a picture of yourself holding the book. We want to see you WITH the print copy of ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE (sorry, no ebook copies for this contest). When you’re out and about,…
  • Why the Beatles? And other things you need to know about the Abbotts of Vermont!

    2 Feb 2014 | 8:10 am
    I’m so excited that it’s finally February and the the release week for ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE! I thought it would be fun to help prepare for release week by telling you some more about my new family as well as what inspired the titles for the series. What I didn’t know when I picked Beatles song titles for my new Green Mountain Series is that the week the first book came out would also mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles arriving in the U.S. for the first time. What a happy little coincidence! Long after I sold the first two books to Berkley Publishing, I struggled to come up…
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    Inside an author's mind....

  • Busy Month

    6 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    Sorry I've been neglecting the blog lately. March was a crazy-busy month for me, and it didn't leave a lot of time for blogging.Between re-editing my fairy tale book, Rescuing Rapunzel, and preparing it for submissions (it was pulled from it's original publisher earlier this year), editing the second book in that series, as well as doing my taxes, taking on extra hours at the hair salon, and having the kids home for Spring Break, the month of March flew by me so fast, I didn't know what to think.Let's not mention the new growing pains with our new house as well... Okay,…
  • Before His Eyes Excerpt

    4 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    Sometimes even a fairy godmother needs to call for backup.Guys and Godmothers, Book 2When Fairy Godmother Lilly Bloom gets her latest assignment, the rules send her into a minor panic attack. She must bring two people together—using as little magic as possible.Photographer Bruce Matthews has finally found someone who really, really gets him. He and Greta like the same things, laugh at the same jokes. There’s just one thing—he’s never actually seen her face to face. Her social media profile bears no picture.Much as Greta Vandecall yearns to leave her small town and meet her online…
  • My Writing Process Blog Hop

    3 Mar 2014 | 8:17 am
    D. Renee Bagby started this, and Paige Prince tapped me to jump in, so here we go. 1) What are you working on?Currently, I'm in between two different projects--revising an older project, and creating a new, short little side story to the Guys and Godmothers series. 2) How do you think your work differs from others of its genre?My work is different, because I'm a big goober, and I think that comes across in my stories. Most of my characters live somehow on the "nerdy" side of life. My latest release, Before His Eyes, is about two people who come together through their love of all things…
  • My Fingernail Obsession

    2 Mar 2014 | 8:57 am
    Yep, those are mine. And I made the gloves, tooI've mentioned that we have gotten a new house. We're finally getting settled in, and you wanna know why I know we're finally settling in?I'm polishing my nails again.Let me go back and explain why this is important.Hi. My name is Candice Gilmer, and I'm a chronic nail biter. I have bitten my nails for as long as I can remember. I would bite them down to the "quick," occasionally making them bleed, but always, always, always, they were bitten down to at the very least, nubs.And when I would get my nails done they…
  • Just a Quicky...

    26 Feb 2014 | 8:42 am
    Just in case you're looking to kill time. And laugh. A lot... Bad Romance Covers
 
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    Kimberly Gardner

  • When Buying Books from Publisher Sites

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

    Willa Okati
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    “His Fair Lady” is available at 10%-off sale, now through Sunday at Loose Id! “Dressed to Thrill” is also on sale at Loose Id for $2.99!
  • His Fair Lady Releases Today!

    kimberly
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:29 am
    Today is the release day for my new novel, His Fair Lady. Yay! It’s my first publication in a couple years and I’m really excited about it. Here’s the blurb and link where you can read an excerpt. Mark Talleo is something of a dog with the ladies. Any girl, anytime, anywhere is his motto until he meets Josie Frazier. The long lean redhead not only shares his love of musical theatre, but her smoky sexy voice and infectious laugh drive Mark wild and haunt his every step. Equally fascinating is his sense that she has a secret, one he is determined to uncover on his way to…
  • Cleaning out the cobwebs

    kimberly
    16 Jan 2014 | 11:33 am
    Wow! It’s been a long time since I posted anything here. Excuse me while I dust and vacuumn and generally get the place in shape for visitors. *g*   As those of you who know me on FB will recall, I had some serious medical issues beginning in the summer of 2012 and continuing through most of 2013. During that time my writing was put on hold so I could get healthy again. I’m happy to report I have completed my treatment and gotten a clean bill of health from my doctors. I am also happy to report I am writing again and it feels great. In fact, I am anticipating the release of a…
  • A nice review for Too Soon For Love

    kimberly
    2 Jan 2012 | 6:21 am
    It’s always nice to be surprised by a good review. This morning I found a lovely review of TSFL in my inbox. The review is from Barbara at PNR and it says in part, ” Kimberly Gardner challenged my feelings over the question “How soon is too soon?” The answer, I suppose depends on the individuals involved. I found the two men’s battle with their feelings heart rending and ultimately, uplifting.”   Read the entire review. http://tinyurl.com/7kvhowl    
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    Cynthia Harrison

  • Coming Soon

    cindy
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    Today I finished the final draft of Natalia.  Do you recognize her? That’s her mom, Gypsy, to the right. Natalia’s having a rest over the holiday weekend before one final read-through, copy-edit, and beta-read by Marla. Natalia is different: my first published novella. She will be indie, but I’m unsure how to market her. Natalia’s all grown up, well, 15 anyway, and coming into her Paradise Powers full-on and fast, saving 17-year-old Melissa from a Dark Initiate who may or may not be part of the local Rom community. So there is YA. There is NA. There is…
  • Jesse (1954-2014)

    cindy
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:57 am
    An old friend from my past died a few weeks ago, and he’s been on my mind a lot since then. Jesse and I knew each other as teen and new adults. Friendships in those years meant more than family to me, and it was the same for my friends. We were family to each other, because our families of origin didn’t work. Many of our gang, dubbed the Pranksters by the slyly intelligent Doug Beeler years before I read Ken Kesey, had fathers who drank, parents who were divorced, mothers who hit us, and so on. Some of us had been forcefully evicted from the family home. Jesse, in this merry…
  • Parents: The Other Side

    cindy
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Am I a hypocrite? I talk about missing my sons, and how far away they are and how it breaks my heart, but in all that I never really talk about how I am with my own parents. It’s complicated. But I often think of them now, and how I don’t see them much, or keep in better touch. My parents were an important part of my sons’ lives, but before that, when I was young, they never seemed to care where I was or what I was up to. They didn’t come to my first (group ceremony in Detroit) wedding, although my mom helped me choose a graduation dress that could double as a…
  • The Versatile Blogger Award

    cindy
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    Wow! My first ever blogging award, and it only took 12 years. Exciting. And thank you to Bodicia at A Woman’s Wisdom for the nomination. How did I win? Here, in her words: The rules for The Versatile Blogger Award are: Announce your win with a post and thank the blogger who nominated you. Present 10-15 deserving bloggers with an award. Link your nominees in the post and let them know they have been nominated. Post seven interesting facts about yourself. I just met a new blogger yesterday whose posts from the male pov I really enjoy. And I’ve been following a nature photography…
  • Finding Silver Linings

    cindy
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    Thanks to a friend, I’ve been thinking about discovering the silver linings in sad or disappointing events. She says every experience has the potential for a silver lining. I didn’t think that was true, but I decided to try to find the silver in one of the saddest things I’ve ever experienced: the gradual realization that my kids (grown men now) would not be returning, perhaps ever, to live in their home state of Michigan. Where I live. We were not going to have any more family holidays together. We would not be meeting for lunch. We were not going to throw a barbecue…
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    Heather Hiestand's Musings

  • Cover Reveal! Tempting Josie by Anh Leod

    Heather Hiestand
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:11 am
    Coming in May! Tempting Josie is a sexy contemporary romance by Amazon Bestselling Author Anh Leod (Heather Hiestand's alter ego). The cover artist is Delle Jacobs.Blurb:TEMPTING JOSIE  Webcomic artist Josie Manheim never expected to reunite with her sinfully gorgeous high school ex on a blind date. But one look at him has her remembering their sexy exploits and wanting more. He’s changed, though, darker and more mysterious than in the old days. Each encounter ratchets the intensity of their connection…and begs the question of who he’s become. Miguel Barrino, now an undercover FBI…
  • Cover Reveal! The Kidnapped Bride by Heather Hiestand

    Heather Hiestand
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:31 am
    Buy at BNBuy at AmazonBlurb:Pursuing this elusive heiress will be the ultimate temptation…Lady Elizabeth Shield is used to saving herself from trouble. And even if dashing private inquiry agent Dougal Alexander just rescued her from white slavers, she’s definitely not returning to her stifling aristocratic life and unsuitable suitors. Not when there are other women in danger—and a secret promise to keep in Edinburgh. But outwitting Dougal’s tactics to return her to London and her family will be easier than staying away from his intoxicating kisses…He’s a baron’s second son…
  • On #sale The Marquess of Cake, a Victorian romance

    Heather Hiestand
    12 Mar 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Extra, extra, read all about it! Seriously though, I had no idea The Marquess of Cake was going on sale for $1.99 at 4 etailers today. Sixty-seven percent off! Fabulous price for my full-length Victorian romance with cake! I have no idea how long this will last, so snap it up quick. Don't forget, The Marquess of Cake is also available in print. And, the sequel, One Taste of Scandal, is available too. His Wicked Smile will be out May 1st!Amazon linkBarnes and Noble linkiTunesSonyBlurb:Coffee. . .tea. . .or a pastry chef sweeter than any confection. . .Scotch trifle fit for Queen Victoria,…
  • Everybody loves cake! #amreading

    Heather Hiestand
    26 Feb 2014 | 10:40 am
    Heather Hiestand on AmazonIt seems like every other women's fiction or romance book advertisement I see these days is about cake. Cake decorating heroines, cake-business owning heroines, bakeries...yes, it's all about the cake! Most of what I see is contemporary romance, but, you know what? I write about cake-loving heroines in Victorian England. Yes, someone was making amazing cakes 125 years ago, setting the scene for today's delicious and beautiful cakes, and I've had fun doing the research to bring a London bakery to life from that era.If you are looking for more of the sweet fun that…
  • Adriana Kraft introduces The Unmasking #newrelease #amreading #romsusp

    Heather Hiestand
    22 Feb 2014 | 10:23 am
    Buy LinkIt’s All About the Research   Authors of erotic romance often get teased about what kind of research they might delve into for the sake of their books – it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it…**snicker, giggle, knowing wink.**   The research my husband and I engaged in for this spicy romantic suspense is a little different – some might say, it’s been our entire lives. We’ve both taught at universities (that’s where we met) and we know the academic life from the inside. The choices and struggles faced by our professorial hero, Anthropologist Matt…
 
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    Kate Hardy

  • Guest blogger: Nina Harrington - why writing in more than one genre is a must for any author

    23 Mar 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I'm thrilled to have a guest blogger here today - Nina Harrington, who also writes for Harlequin, has just released her first romantic suspense title and is here to toll us all about writing in more than one genre. Take it away, Nina!Thank you Kate for your warm welcome to your Blog. I am very happy to be here.When I am introduced to someone for the first time, and they find out that I am a fiction writer, often the first question they ask is: ‘What kind of books do you write?”I usually resist the temptation to say that my pen name is actually E.L. James and I am here in disguise, and…
  • A few days as a princess...

    20 Mar 2014 | 6:24 am
    It's not every day you get to be hugged by Darcey Bussell.So I hope you'll forgive me for, um, running on about it just a little bit more.The photo below is courtesy of the RNA - Darcey is giving me the trophy, and I've just given her a copy of my book Ballroom to Bride and Groom ;)And if you want to see my acceptance speech (a bit overwhelmed and incoherent, talking way too fast, and trying very hard not to cry) then lovely Fiona Harper filmed it, and you can see it on the Mills and Boon website right here.Yesterday, I had lunch with my local RNA chapter to celebrate, which was fabulous (not…
  • RNA Awards 2014

    18 Mar 2014 | 6:54 am
    Monday 17 March 2014 has to rate as one of my best Mondays ever.Forgive me for running on a bit (and posting a gazillion pics), but I'd like to share the whole day, warts and all.I'd been so looking forward to the RNA Awards do - I'd been thrilled to be shortlisted again for the RoNA Rose prize, and not just with one but TWO books! Better still, some of my best writer friends had been shortlisted with me, and I couldn't have been on a shortlist with nicer people. (It didn't matter who won. We were all going to cheer each other on. We'd all been shortlisted before and we were just going to…
  • Guest post - Donna Alward on the writing process

    17 Feb 2014 | 1:00 am
    Last week, I posted my blog on the writing process. As Donna Alward's website is currently undergoing a few changes, I offered to host her here - so, take it away, Donna!Big huge humongous thanks to my pal Kate (and RoNA finalist – wait double finalist!) for hosting me with my “My Writing Process” blog. Kate’s SUCH an inspiration to our “writing group” and I’ve known her for yonks. But since she joined the Romance line we’ve chatted even more. Sometimes even about writing. Mostly about food. And exercise. And kids. :) Okay – now on to my writing process!1) What am I working…
  • Breaking news - award shortlist!

    13 Feb 2014 | 7:16 am
    I'm thrilled to say that I've been shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists Association's RoNA Rose Prize 2014 - with TWO books!Sharing the text and photographs from the RNA (with thanks to them), and huge congratulations to my fellow shortlistees:Congratulations to all authors shortlisted for the 2014 Romantic Novel of the Year Awards. The shortlist for the RoNA Rose Award, recognising the best in category/series and shorter romance that focus on developing a love affair between the hero and heroine, is:Louise Allen, Forbidden Jewel of India, Harlequin Mills & BoonCaroline Anderson, Snowed…
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    Sara Hantz » Blog

  • GCC Presents….. Terra Elan McVoy!!!!!!!

    Sara Hantz
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Terra Elan McVoy’s Criminal, Out in Paperback! Nikki’s life is far from perfect, but at least she has Dee. Her friends tell her that Dee is no good, but Nikki can’t imagine herself without him. He’s hot, he’s dangerous, he has her initials tattooed over his heart, and she loves him more than anything. There’s nothing Nikki wouldn’t do for Dee. Absolutely nothing. So when Dee pulls Nikki into a crime—a crime that ends in murder—Nikki tells herself that it’s all for true love. Nothing can break them apart. Not the police. Not the arrest that lands Nikki in jail. Not even…
  • GCC Presents………… Jeri Smith-Ready

    Sara Hantz
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Jeri Smith-Ready (author of the Shade trilogy) makes her contemporary debut in what Kirkus calls “a captivating story of family heartbreak.” THIS SIDE OF SALVATION Everyone mourns differently. When his older brother was killed, David got angry. As in, fist-meets-someone-else’s-face furious. But his parents? They got religious. David’s still figuring out his relationship with a higher power, but there’s one thing he does know for sure: The closer he gets to new-girl Bailey, the better, brighter, happier, more he feels. Then his parents start cutting all their…
  • GCC Presents……………… Eileen Cook

    Sara Hantz
    9 Mar 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Year of Mistaken Discoveries by Eileen Cook is now available! About the book: Friendship is a bond stronger than secrets in this novel from the author of The Almost Truth and Unraveling Isobel. As first graders, Avery and Nora bonded over a special trait they shared—they were both adopted. Years later, Avery is smart, popular, and on the cheerleading squad, while Nora spends her time on the fringes of school society, wearing black, reading esoteric poetry, and listening to obscure music. They never interact…until the night Nora approaches Avery at a party, saying it’s urgent. She…
  • Join My Street Team!!!!!

    Sara Hantz
    8 Mar 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Street Team!! Are you a people person? Do you love to talk books? If you’re enthusiastic about books, highly motivated, friendly and would like to receive and share author goodies, I’d love to have you on my Street Team! I’ve got new releases coming in the next several months and I’d love for you to be part of the fun. If you’d like to join, please email lee@authorsoundrelations.com for more details!
  • GCC Tour………………………… Denise Jaden!!!!

    Sara Hantz
    3 Mar 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Rather than doing a traditional interview-filled blog tour, Denise Jaden is celebrating the release of her new nonfiction writing book, FAST FICTION, by dropping tips about writing quickly at every stop of her blog tour, and offering some awesome prizes for commenting on any of these posts (including this one!) The more you drop by and comment, the more chances you have to win these great prizes: Denise’s Fast Fiction Tip: Try starting with relationships. My writing process has taken a lot of twists and turns over the years, but I’m finally settling into a method that works well for…
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    Amarinda Jones

  • &%$#!!!!

    Amarinda Jones
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:14 pm
     So, I'm picking up Rosie, a kelpie with a dash cattle dog in her, next Tuesday from the homeless shelter after I come back from a trip to the middle of nowhere. Yesterday I bought food and stuff so I had everything when she wanders in. Last night I put together what initially appeared to be a simple dog bed. Simple-my-arse. First of all the instructions were completely wrong for me. I think they were written for someone else...like a man. I did almost consider calling a very good male friend and requesting him to 'fix it please'. But I didn't. I girded my loins and with Allen key in…
  • Wow, a plot...

    Amarinda Jones
    5 Apr 2014 | 4:53 pm
    I was reading this book, part of a series, by a well known paperback writer and I was about four pages into it when I found out a character died.  Just like that. He's dead. I flicked back a couple of pages to make sure I hadn't missed anything and that pages weren't stuck together. I checked the series number of the book to make sure I hadn't skipped a book in between - but no, the character was dead. I avidly read on trying to work out what had happened, how the heroine was coping and wondering what she would do next now that this person had left her life. I liked that the heroine was…
  • Geoff the Stoic...

    Amarinda Jones
    30 Mar 2014 | 11:58 pm
     I was driving past one of the local schools. I was thinking how the school day seems to end a hell of a lot earlier than it used to when I was a kid. Or maybe in reality it doesn't. I always wanted the school day to finish approximately 30 minutes after I arrived and not at 3:30pm when it was scheduled to end. I didn't care much for high school. I still maintain that I would have been better going straight from primary school to working and travelling overseas. But there were these pesky rules and regulations that necessitated me turning up each day and attempting to pretend I…
  • Weird dude on book covers...

    Amarinda Jones
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:18 pm
    I was reminded by author Anny Cook about this weird dude that can be seen on multiple ebook covers. Which weird dude you ask out of the headless men picture above? And why headless men? I'm assuming to buy the pic with a head would cost the cover artist/publisher more money.  I don't know about you but I would like a hero with a head. I'd pay the extra for the head. I don't feel, as a reader, that's asking too much. I can see all three men have abs and a crotch but bring me his head - cranium that is, not dick. Anyway the weird dude we were discussing is the one at the back with his…
  • Boy oh boy, you're going to get us in trouble when your parents get home...

    Amarinda Jones
    23 Mar 2014 | 9:21 pm
    So, I went to drop off some eggs at a friend's place in between trying to mow the lawn and the showers that kept stopping me. I knew they wouldn't be home so I went around the back and dropped off the eggs and said hello to their dog Teddy. He loves everyone. The minute Teddy sees you, he loves you no matter who you are or what you look like, he will present you with a ball or a toy duck for you to play with him. So, I see him. He sees me and is excited. I'm not sure how he did it but in his rush to grab this mangy duck toy he turns himself in such a way that he smacks his face on some…
 
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    Stephanie Julian On a Moonlit Night

  • Join Me at Authors After Dark

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:10 am
    Authors After Dark is coming QUICKLY and OMG this year is going to be INSANE!As always AAD is about the readers, and the amount of awesome we have put together for you this year, you would be INSANE not to attend…. First, our amazing Master of Ceremonies is none other than Alexandra Ivy! She will be doing a cool little event to celebrate your favorite gargoyle, Levet on Friday! Wanna know more? Check out the FB group where Alex will be talking about the awesome that she has going on!Torquere and authors BA Tortuga and Julia Talbot will be Sponsoring our Welcome event, the Midnight Rodeo……
  • 6 Apr 2014 | 5:22 am

    6 Apr 2014 | 5:22 am
    GODDESS IN THE MIDDLE is on sale for 2.99. B&N has picked it up for a special Nook Sale! And Amazon is price-matching. If you haven't read this hot menage, now's the time. "Stellar...Julian blends terrific sex with tender romance. Liberally laced with humor and filled with intriguing characters." —RT Book Reviews 4 ½ starsTOGETHER. THEY CREATE THE MOST POWERFUL MAGIC OF ALL ...Romulus and Remus are sexy werewolf cousins with an unbreakable bond. When they meet beautiful goddess Amity and save her from an encroaching demon, they discover that the three of them together are way more…
  • A little cosplay between friends... And an excerpt

    12 Sep 2013 | 6:21 am
    In NO RESERVATIONS, heroine Kate is working as a seamstress for a small town tailor but while she hems suits and repairs dresses during the day, at night, she's sewing up something entirely different.Kate's original goal was to be a costume designer on Broadway but that's a dream she never got to pursue. Her mom died shortly before her college graduation and Kate never strayed far from home.But Kate's creativity never faltered. From her custom-made wedding dresses and lingerie to her burlesque and cosplay costumes, she keeps busy.If you go to my Pinterest board Kate's Lingerie, you'll see a…
  • NO RESERVATIONS exclusive excerpt

    3 Sep 2013 | 9:46 am
     Here's a special release day excerpt showcasing one of Kate's talents. Her design skill, of course. But these designs aren't exactly for mixed company...or anyone under the age of 18.Amazon   B&N    KOBO   iTunes  NO RESERVATIONS“Do you like this one?” She posed with her feet together and her hands clasping the feather duster just below her breasts, looking at him from beneath her lashes. “I got the idea from a costume I made for a play in college.”As she breathed, the feathers brushed against her breasts, the sensation intensifying the lust pulsing…
  • 3 Sep 2013 | 7:18 am

    3 Sep 2013 | 7:18 am
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    Beth Kery

  • Awesome Early Reviews for SINCE I SAW YOU from Kirkus Reviews and RT Book Reviews!

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

    Beth Kery
    11 Mar 2014 | 8:56 am
    I’m excited to show you the cover for ONLY FOR YOU, Book 3 in the One Night of Passion series, available December 3. You all remember Seth Hightower, Joy’s big, intimidating, simmering uncle (they are close enough in age that they are more like brother and sister). As you may recall, Seth avoids self-centered actresses and warns Joy that actors are “another species”. This is his story–and how he ends up falling hard despite his personal rules with Hollywood’s sweetheart, Gia Harris. ONLY FOR YOU: Publication Date: December 2, 2014 Some passions are too hot…
  • An ARC of Since I Saw You!

    Beth Kery
    24 Feb 2014 | 7:10 pm
    I have an advanced review copy of SINCE I SAW YOU to give away on March 1! To enter, be a liker of my facebook page and leave a brief comment under the contest notification! www.facebook.com/beth.kery SINCE I SAW YOU, Because You Are Mine Bk. 4
  • Signings and Appearances, this Spring and Summer

    Beth Kery
    20 Feb 2014 | 4:31 pm
    I’ll be at quite a few conferences and booksignings coming up, plus doing several workshops. I hope I’ll meet you at one! April 26th to 27th: Spring Fling, RWA Chicago North conference. Chicago Mariott Northwest, Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Registration: I’ll be doing two workshops, plus the Book Signing, which is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, Saturday April 26th, 9:30 to 10:30 May 13th to 19th: Romantic Times convention, New Orleans Registration: https://www.rtconvention.com And Huge Book Fair, Saturday May 17, 11-2. RT Agenda July 4-6, Romance Author and Reader Event Edinburgh…
  • Never Before Seen Excerpt: Since I Saw You

    Beth Kery
    20 Jan 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Excerpt: SINCE I SAW YOU, Book 4 in the Because You Are Mine series, available May 6, 2014. When enigmatic billionaire Ian Noble sets Lin the task of ‘taming’ his brilliant, yet half-savage brother Kam Reardon, she eagerly accepts. She’s more than curious about the solitary genius and everything she’s heard about him. During their electric first meeting, her fascination increases a hundredfold. Kam practically oozes raw sex appeal. Lin is interested…very interested. But does her intense attraction and willingness to go places with him she’s never gone before in the bedroom really…
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    Kristina Knight - Romance Author

  • #AuthorSpotlight: Louise Wise!

    10 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hi, lovely readers! It's my pleasure to welcome British author Louise Wise to the blog today, to tell us about her new book, Oh No, I've Fallen In Love, which sounds like a hoot! Take is away Louise!All About: Oh No, I've Fallen In Love! On the surface, Valerie Anthrope was happy with her life. She had her own brokerage with Sunny Oak Insurance and was financially solvent. But once asleep, she was plunged into a world of nightmares that reminded her she was cursed.And that meant she couldn’t fall in love. Ever.Lex Kendal was a multi-millionaire. Women flocked to him, preened and…
  • #CoverReveal: One Lucky Night!

    4 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hiya, gang! I'm thrilled to be part of the cover reveal for One Lucky Night, an anthology from Constant Phillips, Aria Kane, Melinda Dozier, Grace Teague and Ana Blaze! Here we go!One night can change everything…The crew at Boston’s Brazen Head Pub hasn’t been very lucky in love. Can a mysterious visitor inspire them to look past old hurts and misconceptions and give romance a chance? One Lucky Night is a collection of five sexy interwoven novelettes by Aria Kane, Grace Teague, Ana Blaze, Constance Phillips, and Melinda Dozier.Lucky Break by Aria KaneFour years ago, chef Derek Chase…
  • #Giveaway Winners + All. The. Books.

    27 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hiya, gang! So, we have a winner! I participated in the Springtime in the Country blog hop over this past week - and we have winners! The Randomizer pulled 3 names from its hat, to win copies of my backlist books - yay! Those winners are Andrea I, Cathy Brockman and Janice H. Look for an email from me and let me know which book you'd like to claim, winners!There are more winners - all the blogs in the hop had prized plus the hosts are offering up a $100 gift card to head over to Cowboy Charm to see if you won anything else!And, on to the apologies I mentioned in the post title - my blog is…
  • A Day In My Life - March

    24 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    Hi, everyone! I'm back with another A Day In My Life Post..as you regular readers know, I joined a blog-circle in 2014 and have met some new friends along the way. The blog circle is a group of friends and moms who love photography. We set aside 1 day each month to photo-document what we do and then we all share our 'day' through a blog.This month, I decided to do something a little different. We have a new baby nephew and I was planning to make him a quilt...well, he came into the world a little earlier than expected, which meant I needed to work fast on that quilt.He's a superhero kind of…
  • What do you love about Spring?

    20 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    http://cowboycharm.blogspot.com/2014/01/springtime-in-country-blog-hop.htmlSpring is one of my four favorite seasons - lol. I don't want to make winter mad, it might stick around a few more weeks, and I can't say it's summer because although I love it those oppressive heat/humidity days can get to me, and I do love fall but fall starts to push me toward winter and after a winter like this one, its hard for me to find the joy in snow. And ice. And days when the temperature gauge doesn't even hit 0.My absolute favorite thing about spring is the hope it brings with it. This week is the perfect…
 
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    Ryshia Kennie

  • A New Day

    Ryshia Kennie
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:48 pm
    I went shopping today, not meaning to.  It was one of those random encounters as I headed through the mall toward the parking lot.  But not before I encountered the sale.I suppose I should back up a bit from the sale.  It's snowing today.  That has a lot of us a bit bummed out as on April 16 we should be well into spring, not looking at snowflakes sprinkling what remains of the old snow.  It's the time of year when I should have put my winter jacket and boots away but wimp that I am, I'm still wearing my toque too.  So when I saw the sale, and saw all those…
  • Bad Luck or Just Half Way Through?

    Ryshia Kennie
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:40 pm
    It's position in the alphabet makes M number 13.  Thirteen is considered unlucky.  So is M an unlucky letter?Well, the first thing that came to mind with m was not a bad luck word but oddly, maroon.  I know it's not a word but remember Bugs Bunny when he would mispronounce moron.   It's rather a fun word that I've used from time to time, usually when laughing at one of my own goofs. Maroon, a funny use of the letter M.The next word that came to mind was militant.  That's a word I hear far too often for comfort on the news. So enough of that and moving on.M…
  • Happiness is Success

    Ryshia Kennie
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:17 am
    --> This may sound a bit like an infomercial but I have to say I've reviewed a few of Eldon's books and the information he provides, is amazing.  I've enjoyed every one.   So when I heard he had a new release I was happy to be part of it.  Here it is, your FYI or head's up on a great self-help author.  RyshiaAre you still searching for what will make you truly happy; that illusive something that will finally give you a feeling of being satisfied with your life? Is your belief system full of statements such as, “If I only had . . . . then I would be happy?”…
  • L Leads The Way

    Ryshia Kennie
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:36 pm
    This blogging the alphabet has been rather a learning experience.  It's interesting how many words the letter l leads, as in first letter of the word.  So far, in the first sentences of this post, that's; learning, letter and leads.  If I look to my right,  blogger is showing Post Settings of:  labels, links and location.  On the table just in front of me is the Reader's Digest that I always read second hand from my mom who has subscribed since before I was born.  All that aside, I see the title "Defeating Death Embracing Love".  That title grabs me and…
  • Good Luck With Number Eleven

    Ryshia Kennie
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:55 am
    It's coming up elevens.I have a good friend who swears by the luck of the number eleven. Using that theory as a starting base, I have to say that today is a very lucky day for in the world of alphabet blogging, today is time for number eleven.  Wait for it...Drum roll...It's center stage for the ravishing letter K.And what does K have in store us besides holding one of the luckiest placements in the alaphabet?Well, let's see:K is for kill which is an ugly word for most people but in the world of romantic suspense, it becomes a necessary word.  It's an active word that describes the…
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    Susan Says

  • O: A to Z Blogging Challenge

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Welcome to another day in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Find the entire list here. My theme this year is world-building. Mostly I’m asking questions that I believe need to be considered whether you creating a medieval fantasy world, a science fiction story or even a contemporary novel. The ideas I present aren’t in a particular order as I had to fit them into the alphabetical order needed. And don’t forget to visit the other blog I’m part of during the A to Z Challenge over at the IWSG. Now onto your world.Omens can be useful when your world involves magic or superstition. Animals,…
  • N: A to Z Blogging Challenge

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Welcome to another day in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Find the entire list here. My theme this year is world-building. Mostly I’m asking questions that I believe need to be considered whether you creating a medieval fantasy world, a science fiction story or even a contemporary novel. The ideas I present aren’t in a particular order as I had to fit them into the alphabetical order needed. And don’t forget to visit the other blog I’m part of during the A to Z Challenge over at the IWSG. Now onto your world.Many worlds, medieval, created or historical, there are different classes of…
  • M: A to Z Blogging Challenge

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Welcome to another day in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Find the entire list here. My theme this year is world-building. Mostly I’m asking questions that I believe need to be considered whether you creating a medieval fantasy world, a science fiction story or even a contemporary novel. The ideas I present aren’t in a particular order as I had to fit them into the alphabetical order needed. And don’t forget to visit the other blog I’m part of during the A to Z Challenge over at the IWSG. Now onto your world.Magic! Usually when people think of world building they think of fantasy…
  • L: A to Z Blogging Challenge

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:41 am
    Welcome to another day in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Find the entire list here. My theme this year is world-building. Mostly I’m asking questions that I believe need to be considered whether you creating a medieval fantasy world, a science fiction story or even a contemporary novel. The ideas I present aren’t in a particular order as I had to fit them into the alphabetical order needed. And don’t forget to visit the other blog I’m part of during the A to Z Challenge over at the IWSG. Now onto your world.Are you going to follow JRR Tolkien and make up you own language? Will people…
  • K: A to Z Blogging Challenge

    12 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Welcome to another day in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Find the entire list here. My theme this year is world-building. Mostly I’m asking questions that I believe need to be considered whether you creating a medieval fantasy world, a science fiction story or even a contemporary novel. The ideas I present aren’t in a particular order as I had to fit them into the alphabetical order needed. And don’t forget to visit the other blog I’m part of during the A to Z Challenge over at the IWSG. Now onto your world.Relatives often provide all the drama needed for a great story plot. Kinship…
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    Cait London

  • My Aries Birthday Reviews

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    April is my birthday month, and I usually give a lot of thought to the past and the future.I fall within the Aries sign, so you know what that means: We're going to go for the gusto. :)Right now, my schedule is full and is getting fuller. A graphic artist is finishing a cover for me, which is at the top of the list. Can't wait. Then, I'm doing the covers for 2 mystery short stories. !!Also, I'm gifting 5 each review copies for Be Mine and for Donovan's Second Chance. This is a first for me, future plans and all that.Specs on the review drawings: For Nook and for Kindle: 5 copies of Be Mine, a…
  • ROMANTIC SUSPENSE 4 U

    26 Mar 2014 | 7:28 am
    HIDDEN SECRETS now on Kindle.(soon on Nook)I love small town secrets and HIDDEN SECRETS is loaded with them.STORY: Romantic Suspense: While secrets drift around Godfrey, a small mountain town, Marlo has her own problems: She sees things--before they happen. She doesn't want to know, doesn't want to know... But Spence, her teenage love, isn't making things easy and people around them start dying.Marlo's senses are kicking up and someone is very angry with her for prodding the past, for digging into what the killer doesn't want exposed... HIDDEN SECRET REVIEWS: --> The killer makes…
  • She's Back...

    20 Mar 2014 | 4:33 pm
     SEASON OF TRUTH* Romantic Suspense(On Kindle Prime for a Limited Time) Down on her luck, Chloe returns to her hometown and childhood friends, Angelica and Josy. Her arrival stirs a dark haunting past and Michael Bearclaw, who wants to settle an old score with her. The town’s ruling Club isn’t happy as the three women and their new loves untangle old mysteries. *Season of Truth is a retitle of Three Kisses, one of my first romantic suspense. I'm loving this cover better than the original. Cover Design by Melody Simmons of eBookindiecovers.Season of Truth, (that truly is a better…
  • Sample Quinn Donovan?

    13 Mar 2014 | 11:55 am
    --> DONOVAN'S SECOND CHANCEAMAZONNOOK ~**~Just for St. Patrick's Day! And Donovan is part Irish. I thought you'd enjoy this first chapter, introducing the town of Blarney, Arkansas....~**~Chapter OneHow could the scent of baby powder make him feel so safe? Quinn Donovan wondered.The soft, limp drape of his sleeping daughter’s limbs against him held the midnight terror at bay. Freshly bathed and sprinkled with “fairy dust”— otherwise known as baby powder— four-year-old Keely sighed against his throat, her tousled curls catching the breeze from Ferguson Lake.Quinn cuddled her…
  • Yum: Donovan's Second Chance

    27 Feb 2014 | 11:09 am
    DONOVAN'S SECOND CHANCE is now available in Kindle and Nook.Contemporary Romance: Quinn is a single dad, who hasn't been with a woman in years. His only interest is in his 4-year old daughter's happiness, and that of his family in Blarney Flats, Arkansas. But when Taylor Hart arrives to sell her inherited property to developers, the town's magical safety and this "boyo" are stirred up. He's hot and bothered, and getting "Tay" to see things his way isn't easy....This is a Cait London classic, and I really enjoyed the story again. See that gristmill in the background? That's Quinn and his…
 
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    Jenyfer Matthews

  • Quilting for Life

    Jenyfer
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:47 pm
    There was a time when I was nearly obsessive about quilting. If I wasn’t piecing one, I was working on the hand-quilting for one. Sometimes I was doing both. And they weren’t little quilts – they were typically queen-sized quilts, sometimes verging on king-sized. Depending on the complexity of the pattern I could complete a quilt in about six weeks start to finish. E even made several quilts to order for people. I was practically my own sweat shop. Believe it or not, I was most productive when my children were tiny. I know that is frequently a period of life when most moms…
  • Better Late Than Never

    Jenyfer
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Remember that table that I started to cover with candy wrappers? Probably not – I almost forgot about it myself! I *think* I bought the table in the summer of 2012 and then it sat in my garage for a while before I had any idea of what to do with it. I didn’t really need a table when I got it, but we’d just moved into a big house and it was only $1 so how could I resist. I started working on it last January – of 2013 to be specific. It sat in my kitchen for a long time then I had some company over and put it in the basement and forgot about it. I got it back out in the…
  • Whatever Works

    Jenyfer
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:34 pm
    The last few days have been beautiful here – almost 60F and mostly clear. Pretty enough that all of the snow in my yard has gone and so have the mounds of ice in my driveway. Warm and inviting enough that my children have been out in the driveway with the basketball and riding their bicycles around the neighborhood. Pleasant enough that my son wanted to spend some time outside this afternoon. In a tree. With his Kindle. He’s about seven feet up here and I’m assuming the fleece blanket was more about glare on his Kindle screen than about being cold. His position doesn’t…
  • Hope Springs Eternal

    Jenyfer
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:07 am
    We’ve had ice and snow and crazy cold arctic temps this winter and now I’ve been told it’s spring and yet the ice and snow continue. In spite of what the calendar says, I’ve had my reservations about getting too invested in this supposed change of seasons. And then I saw this in my yard today: They are smaller than they look in this picture but they are there. Tulips? Crocus? Not sure since I planted both in the same area, but it doesn’t matter what they are. If the bulbs are thinking it is spring after the harsh winter we’ve had, I’m much more…
  • Change of Scene

    Jenyfer
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:34 am
    My current work schedule gives me Fridays and Mondays off so I thought I better take advantage of that while things are still on the slow side and my children are on spring break this week. In the end I made a last minute decision to take the kids and drive to Maryland over the weekend to visit my sister and her family. You know, because I don’t spend enough time in the car driving all over creation on a regular basis anyway! It was a good trip. It was dark and cold and raining in Michigan when we left on Friday morning. I knew the weather in Maryland wasn’t forecast to be much…
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    On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

  • Celta Thursday Cut Scene: Continuation of cut Chapter 1, Heart Search

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    Celta Thursday Cut Scene: Continuation of cut Chapter 1, Heart Search "We’ll talk, Primross, about what else I want, but not now and not over a scry," Laev said to the private investigator.The Residence sent the echo of a banging door and an exuberant breeze seemed to rush toward Laev. His journeywoman student, like the younger sister he'd always wanted, had arrived for her morning lesson in finance and estate building. It took real effort to slam the door in the Residence, but Jasmine Ash always managed.She'd stop at the kitchens for a treat and to stroke Black Pierre, the old FamCat who'd…
  • HeartMate is up on AUDIBLE!

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    So thrilled! Here it is: http://www.audible.com/search?searchAuthor=Robin+D.+Owens
  • Celta Thursday: Cut opening from Heart Search

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Celta Thursday, Heart Search cut opening:Druida City, Celta, 422 Years After Colonization, Late Spring"We've located your heirloom amethyst and diamond cuff bracelets," the private investigator said. His craggy face was expressionless on the scry screen hanging on the dark paneled wall near Laev Hawthorn's desk.Laev Hawthorn, GreatLord T'Hawthorn, kept his own face as impassive as ever but let optimistic hope trickle through him. As far as he knew, those were the last of the Family treasures his late wife Nivea had sold before his HeartGift. "Thank you. How much will it cost to recover…
  • Celta Thursday: Hearts & Swords (story collection), Heart Story

    3 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    Celta Thursday: Hearts & Swords (story collection), Heart Story: I did about five openings for Heart Story before settling on the one in the book. This is one of them:Druida City, Planet Celta 406 Years After Earth Colonization, SpringHer mother was dead. Finally. Good riddance.Now Arbusca Willow – and the rest of her family – was out from under the woman's tyranny and they all could get on with their lives. Some of the women who'd lived in the Residence had already found lovers or husbands of HeartMates.Arbusca's son had convinced her that it was her turn. But being married was something…
  • Ghost Seer Out Today! And win a free copy!

    1 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    Ghost Seer is out today, in electronic and MASS MARKET PAPERBACK form!I had the chance for a friend of mine, Arwen, to read my heroine's, Clare Cermak's cards, and am giving away 3 free copies, here: http://tarotbyarwen.com/blog/?p=17710.
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    The Blog of Stella and Audra Price

  • Cover Reveal: Make Damn Sure

    2 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s been 10 years since Nyx Deveraux had the night of her life with a guy that was elusive as smoke. 10 years since she was rocked, utterly. Every man since then has been lacking, and Nyx has been chasing the devastation she felt since. No one compares to the one night only man that haunts her dreams. And then she meets Rusty… Formally anyway. She already knows him in the biblical sense. Declan “Rusty” Rust made a mistake ten years ago, one he’s paid for every day since. Nyx was too much of a sexy obsession, and his pride demanded he take what was destined to be his, first, so that…
  • The Big HUGE AAD package raffle starts TODAY!

    16 Jun 2013 | 9:01 pm
    Starting Today You can get 6 offerings from 6 amazing authors for 99 cents!And whats better? Every book bought is an entry to the raffle to win one HELL of an Amazing prize!Whats the prize?An AUTHORS AFTER DARK PACKAGE! (including Registration and Room for 5 nights, parking if needed and some cool hotel goodies) and entry to a special “invitation only” party!So what are the books you need to buy to get the Max (30) entries for the books?Entwined By Fate by S. A. Price http://www.amazon.com/Entwined-Fate-S-A-Price/dp/1607670771The Blood and the Vow by Saranna DeWylde…
  • Wanna Win your way into AAD 2013?

    9 Jun 2013 | 11:30 pm
    So with AAD 2013 around the corner, and so many people excited about the event (especially us, the authors!) we thought we would do something awesome to get one lucky winner to the event, while spreading the word about our sexy little books!So the six of us, TJ, Amanda, Cara, Stella, Saranna and Eliza decided to do something awesome. Why not do a huge contest with a freaking awesome prize? We thought Paid registration and a room free of charge to the winner was a freaking awesome prize, so we said why not? Let’s pool our resources and make this happen.So from the 17-22nd of JUNE, readers…
  • Lots of things happening!

    31 May 2013 | 5:52 am
    So, as the title says, lots of things happening.AAD is in 2 months.Edits are just about done on our soon to be released EC book.We have a new release coming out in late June.People are reviewing and LOVING SOMETHING DARKER and GIVING UP THE GHOST.  these are all good things.Some other awesome things? I shall tell you.1. We are involved in an awesome contest for later this june. 5 days. 5 authors, 5 dollars. each author will have a normally 2.99 or higher book up for 99 cents to celebrate their involvement in Authors After Dark for ONE WEEK and in that time YOU could win your way into AAD…
  • New Release, New Review drive and prizes!

    15 May 2013 | 5:32 am
    So today, now, this second, THE SERENDIPITY OF KARMA is out in the wild... and its already getting amazing reviews!Its the perfect length for a lunchtime read, and a story that will stay with you through your afternoon, day dreaming about Rhys... TRUST ME!Pick it up here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Serendipity-Karma-Shades-ebook/dp/B00CSDEYGS/And did you know today starts the 15-15 Review drive? Bet you didnt! this is simple!So from May 15- June 15th we are going to do a review drive.in that month the more books of ours you read and review on amazon.com, the more awesome stuff you get!So…
 
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    Jess Riley Writes

  • Peeking from the Grant Weeds

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

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

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

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

    Jess Riley
    8 Aug 2013 | 10:00 pm
    The other day I was digging through some old files and I stumbled across some old anonymous journal excerpts from my Dad's college students. They're freshmen, and one of their assignments is to maintain a journal about their first year in college. Some of the things they write are hilarious, insightful, sometimes heartbreaking, cringe-inducing, and utterly (and perhaps unfortunately) relatable. I picked a few gems to share below. Enjoy! ~~~~~"I went tanning today and burned the shit out of my skin. Gotta love it. Go skin cancer!""I think my roommate hates me. Almost everyone hates me. At…
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    Camy's Loft

  • Lacy Red Bolero knit pattern

    Camy Tang
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’ve been trying to get rid of yarn in my stash this year. I came across these two red yarns that look similar but are slightly different. I didn’t have enough of one yarn for a scarf, and while I had enough of the second yarn for a scarf, I have TONS of scarves.So I decided to use both yarns to make a lacy bolero that I can wear over tank tops to make them into T-shirts (it’s still a little chilly here in California, not quite tank top weather).I wrote down the pattern here. I based it off of the Anthropologie-Inspired Capelet pattern by Julia Allen.This is a good pattern to use if you…
  • Inspy Kisses giveaway - winners announced

    Camy Tang
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    The winners of the three Surprise Boxes of Christian books are:W. BarefootS. NakasamaiT. CarneyAnd of those three, the winner of the Kindle Touch is:S. Nakasami!Congratulations to all the winners! (I've emailed you. Please contact me from my website or Facebook if you didn’t get the email message.)I know the rest of you are crying into your chicken noodle soup that you didn’t win. Cheer up! Order the book!First Kisses, 6 novellas by Linda Goodnight, Janet Tronstad, Debra Clopton, Margaret Daley, Camy Tang, and Lacy Williams now only $2.99 for a limited time! Get yours today! Available on…
  • How can I pray for you?

    Camy Tang
    24 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’m so honored that so many of you entrusted your prayer requests to me! I am praying for you! Please be sure to fill out the form below with any updates!For those of you with prayer requests, I would love to pray for you! I asked God to make me a prayer warrior this year, so how can I pray for you?Prayer requests can sometimes be private things, so to keep your privacy, I’ve made a form you can fill out that will keep your requests just between you and me. :)Loading...
  • Giveaway - Surprise Box of Christian Books

    Camy Tang
    18 Mar 2014 | 1:33 pm
    To celebrate the 99 cents sale of our First Kisses novella collection, I’ll be giving away THREE Surprise Boxes of Christian Books to three winners! The Surprise boxes will each include non-fiction and fiction, a mix of genres. There’ll be something in there for every taste!Also, each Surprise box will include an Audible audiobook of Heart of Gold by Lacy Williams.Finally, one lucky box winner will also receive a new Kindle Touch!First Kisses, 6 novellas by Linda Goodnight, Janet Tronstad, Debra Clopton, Margaret Daley, Camy Tang, and Lacy Williams now only $2.99 for a limited time! Get…
  • How can I pray for you?

    Camy Tang
    28 Feb 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’m so honored that so many of you entrusted your prayer requests to me! I am praying for you! Please be sure to fill out the form below with any updates!For those of you with prayer requests, I would love to pray for you! I asked God to make me a prayer warrior this year, so how can I pray for you?Prayer requests can sometimes be private things, so to keep your privacy, I’ve made a form you can fill out that will keep your requests just between you and me. :)Loading...
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    Laurie J. Edwards ~ Author, Artist, Dreamer...

  • Are Your Goals a Piece of Cake?

    lje1
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    As a former cake decorator, I love Dana Carey’s comparison of goals to CAKE! Who wouldn’t want to eat this delicious cake layer by layer? The Monthly Goalpost for April.
  • Writing Process Blog Tour

    lje1
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    Texas writer and illustrator Mark Mitchell, known for his wonderful watercolors and many picture books, invited me to join this writing process blog tour. I’ve been lucky to be part of his online class Make your Splashes – Make your Marks. Mark wrote about his own process on his blog. I’m also fascinated by the history of this blog tour, which spans continents, so I traced my invitation back a few links. Akiko White, the winner of the 2014 Tomie dePaola award for her illustrations made out of cake (yes, they’re awesome and delicious), tagged Mark. And she had been…
  • A to Z Challenge: Day E

    lje1
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:37 pm
    US Version ~ August 1 ~ Capstone/Switch Press E is for Erin. Erin Johnson. One of my pen names. People often ask why I have so many pseudonyms, and I have to say it’s because I have so many different personalities. Writers can get away with having a multiple personality disorder by claiming they’re using pseudonyms. They can talk to people who don’t exist and say they’re developing their characters. Non-writers get help for these problems; writers welcome them. So as part of the A to Z Challenge, which is offering 30 prizes, I’m giving away a copy of the UK…
  • A to Z Challenge (30 free YA books)

    lje1
    1 Apr 2014 | 11:37 am
    Have you heard about the A to Z challenge? Here’s a link to 26 posts about 26 awesome books by 24 terrific YA authors, AND there will be prizes. Yep, most days there are book and/or swag (mostly books) giveaways. There are about 30 prizes to be won in April. Here’s the fantastic lineup: A is for Aimee Gilchrist Aimee Gilchrist 1-Apr B is for Breed of Innocence Lanie Jordan 2-Apr C is for Cry of the Sea Donna Driver 3-Apr D is for Don’t You Wish Roxanne St. Claire 4-Apr E is for Erin Johnson (Yes, that’s me**) Erin Johnson 5-Apr F is for A Flight of Thieves David…
  • Where can I find great diverse children’s books?

    lje1
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:42 am
    Originally posted on the open book: Recently  The New York Times paired articles by Walter Dean Myers and his son Christopher Myers , discussing the lack of representation of people of color in children’s literature. Those excellent articles—which pointed out that in the long history of children’s literature we haven’t made much progress —caught the attention of best-selling author Jennifer Weiner, who started the #colormyshelf hashtag on Twitter asking for suggestions of diverse books that she could go purchase for her daughter. What a wonderful way to bring attention to what…
 
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  • Wednesday with the Writers: Classic Inspiration for Scenes by Jennifer Rae Gravely

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:16 am
    Hi guys!It is Wednesday, so that means it's time with some of our writers. Jennifer Rae Gravely is here to talk about getting inspiration for your scenes from the classics. Not plaugerize of course... but get inspiration. We get inspiration from everything... why not the classics?What is your favorite ways to get inspiration for your stories?~Kelly~*~*~*~Here's Jennifer...I love the classic poets and find that I use their works as inspiration for scenes in my stories. In Knight of the Dead I favored the romantic poet William Wordsworth and in Set to Love used his friend and fellow author…
  • New Releases: "Pearl" and "Quilt"

    12 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    Hi guys! We have two new releases for you guys this week! They are both fabulous and I hope you pick them up especially if you love sweet romances. (I'm sort of fangirling over Trevor from Pearl Valley! Read it and you'll understand... SWOON!)Anyway, have a great weekend and check out the new books!~Kelly Anne Brown loves her job at The Stitching Post Quilt Shop in Grandville, Michigan, but she keeps a suitcase packed so she can leave at a moment's notice. Living under the radar, she longs for a normal life, but settles for listening to family stories told by the friendly ladies of the…
  • New Release: 6:59

    5 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    Hi guys! We have one book for you today, and it is a great one! What would happen if at 6:59 every day, the world went dark, and when you woke up the next morning, things were different-- and you had no idea what you did? 6:51 p.m. I close my AP Calculus book and place it into my black, Jansport book bag. I close my calculator and place that, too, carefully into the calculator slot. Inserting my pens and my pencils, I slide the silver zipper around my bag to close it. 6:54 p.m. I’m in my bathroom. I stare at my face. My ocean blue eyes. My dirty blonde hair. My tan…
  • Wednesday with the Writers: Meet Princess Morgane (by Elaine Cantrell)

    2 Apr 2014 | 4:18 am
    I LOVE Character interviews. I've done a few myself. We ask actors about the characters they portray... why not authors? Here is Princess Morgane from Elaine Cantrell's THE ENCHANTED. ~Kelly Character Name: Princess MorganeHero/Heroine/villain/secondary: Prince Alan (hero) 1.  Tell us a little about yourself. How did you come to your author’s attention? Occupation? “I am the Princess Morgane, daughter of King Maccus, wife of Prince Alan who is heir to his father King Bowdyn. The entire kingdom celebrated my marriage to Prince Alan, so I suppose that is how she heard of me. My…
  • New Release: "Overnight Invitation"

    29 Mar 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Hi Guys!So we one release this week, Overnight Invitation by Jane Henry. I think you'll love it. Leave a comment below if you get it :) (Actually, leave a comment anyway. I love comments.)Also, if you didn't see it, we started Wednesdays with the Writers on the blog. J. F. Jenkins shared a deleted scene from Vala. I love deleted scenes. I feel so... important. Like it is a secret society or something *shhhhhhhhhhhh* CLICK HERE to be in the know...Anyway, I hope you have a GREAT weekend. Check out Overnight Invitation. And stay tuned for all the exciting things we have for you next week.
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  • Check Out These FAB Promo Ads! Book & Trailer

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    BTS now has 2 new styles and budget friendly features to choose from:Full-Page Sneak Peek – $50Includes a 1-page feature spread with book cover, blurb, excerpt, author bio, author photo and author website url. Also includes an embedded link to your website and purchase page for your book. See word count stipulations below:    Blurb – 125 words max.    Excerpt – 480 words max.    Author Bio – 50 words max.Full-Page Author Interview – $75Includes a 1-page feature with author photo, author bio, short interview, book cover, book blurb and…
  • Saddle Up Sunday Snippet - Stilettos At High Noon

    5 Apr 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Welcome to Saddle Up Sunday Snippetssponsored by STILETTOS AT HIGH NOON  Western Fiction/Western Romance BlogToday's featured Western is Dark Night of the Moon - Book 2 of Holding On To Heaven * Western Wolf-Shifter* Paranormal* Native American MythologySetup and Excerpt:Creed finds Lauren in the woods thrown from her horse and almost frozen to death.Creed dropped to a knee beside her and placed his fingers against her neck. Thank God, a faint pulse. A ribbon of crimson streaked her forehead and ran down her cheek. The blood, thickened by the cold, had ceased running long ago.
  • Book and Trailer Has Some Great Promo Deals!

    3 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Get maximum exposure for your books with a BTS cover and featured spread!ADVERTISING COVER SALESOur cover sales include: • Your book featured on our cover. In addition, we use your book cover as the inspiration for the entire cover! EXAMPLE HERE    • Full page exposure in our Table of Contents section EXAMPLE HERE    • 4 full pages including an interview, excerpt from one of your books, blurb, direct link to your purchase pages and up to six additional book cover (with links) to highlight your other work EXAMPLE HERE All this and more for just…
  • Join Us 4 Saddle Up Sunday Snippets -

    28 Mar 2014 | 1:06 am
    Two Sundays a month STILETTOS AT HIGH NOON hosts Saddle Up Sunday Snippets. We'd love to have all Western Fiction and Western Romance authors join us.Since opening the blog on March 1st, Stilettos at High Noon has had 3,000 unique page visits. Now, doesn't that make you want to get your book excerpts read by some of our followers/viewers?Deets about Saddle Up Sunday Snippets can be found here (don't forget to sign up). Our first excerpt day will be April 6th.We welcome all genres, all eras - as long as it's WESTERN themed.How about it? Want to show the world your books?HERE STILETTOS AT…
  • U CAN'T GO WRONG WITH BOOK & TRAILER MAGAZINE

    27 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    CALLING ALL AUTHORS!YOU CAN'T GO WRONG WITH THIS!! BOOK AND TRAILER MAGAZINE is currently accepting advertising for the May/June 2013 issue and beyond.Deadlines for advertising: May/June 2014 Issue all materials and payment received by April 10thFull Page Premium ads $70, up to 6 booksFull Page Standard ads $50, up to 2 booksHalf page Premium ads $50, up to 3 booksHalf page Standard ads $30, up to 2 booksFourth page ads $15, one bookFor Authors wishing Special attention we offer: Big Splash ad $140. Two page customized adInside Cover ads, page 2 or 3 for greatest exposure, $120Premiere…
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    Falling In Love With Romance

  • Thursday Writing Quote

    Suzie Quint
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    I’ve always strived for two sometimes seemingly contradictory qualities in my novels: the inevitability of the conclusion so that the reader, upon reflection, can see the shadow of the end suggested in the beginning; and the illusion that the writer and the reader are discovering the same things about the story and characters at the same time. ~ Robert Campbell
  • A Snippet from A Dark & Stormy Knight

    Suzie Quint
    13 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    New releases always come with sneak peaks. It's part of how authors try to entice readers. Don't hold it against us. It's a fine line to walk. I try to pick amusing moments, but at the same time, I don't want to put the best of the story out there either. I never want anyone to feel the way I sometimes do after I see a movie, as though I'd already seen all the best stuff in the previews. So with that in mind, this snippet comes from the middle of the story. Georgia has done a favor for Tommy, a guy she and Sol went to high school with. Tommy is in the process of getting a divorce, and Georgia…
  • Thursday Writing Quotes

    Suzie Quint
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don't mean utterly, but kill most of them ~ then the rest will be valuable. ~ Mark Twain
  • The Hero's Journey - the Hunger Games

    Suzie Quint
    6 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    An excellent, straightforward analysis of The Hunger Games structure.
  • Thursday Writing Quote

    Suzie Quint
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:21 am
    Dialog is "perishable" . . . but the character's need is sacrosanct. That cannot be changed because it holds the entire story in place. ~ Syd Field quoting Waldo Salt
 
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    Fiction Vixen Book Reviews

  • Review: Unfixable by Tessa Bailey

    FV Angela
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Tessa Bailey has quite a few fans here at Fiction Vixen. We simply adore her dirty talking heroes. It all started with Protecting What’s His, which was Derek and Ginger’s story, and although I’m not a huge fan of NA romance when I found out Ginger’s sister Willa was getting her own book I couldn’t help myself and asked for review. After winning a trip to Ireland in a photo contest Willa Peet decides to make this trip about rediscovering herself. Somehow she lost her true personality while in her relationship with the all-American, boy next door Evan. But…
  • Review: Nailed by Christine d’Abo

    FV Jen
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    These Cosmo Red Hot Reads are like an addiction for me.  They are shorter books so I can read them in about an hour and they have some super steamy scenes.  Nailed is my latest Cosmo Red Hot Read and it didn’t take long for the book to engage me. Sophia Holbrook has the chance of a lifetime with her first reality TV/decorating show.  Nervous for the first day of filming she arrives at the set early to get the lay of the land.  This project is so important to her for many reasons.  It is the first big break for her and her friend/business partner and the location they are set to…
  • What-To-Read Wednesday: One Night Ever After by Tere Michaels, Elle Brownlee, and Elizah J. Davis

    FV Sophia
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Welcome to What-To-Read Wednesday. Each week our Fiction Vixen reviewers will tell you about a book they think you need to read ASAP. This week Samantha recommends: One Night Ever After by Tere Michaels, Elle Brownlee, Elizah J. Davis Every once in awhile I check in on an author that wrote one of my favorite M/M series: Faith, Love, and Devotion. Recently I noticed Tere Michaels was part of the One Night Ever After anthology and although I didn’t know the other authors, I decided to go for it. I was very pleasantly surprised! This book features three M/M stories focused on one-night…
  • Review: Naughty Bits Part I: The Lingerie Shop by Joey W. Hill

    FV Amy
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Remember me by showing your naughty bits once in a while.” Madison has lived her life as a woman in control of everything; that is until her sister, Alice’s recent death.  Leaving the corporate world and Boston behind, Madison sets out to take over Alice’s lingerie and sexy toy shop, Naughty Bits, in North Carolina.   Naughty Bits provides everything from the classy sensual to the blatantly sexual props in order for couples to expand their sexual boundaries and now that Madison is running it, it is also an in your face reminder of her own desires.  The desire for…
  • Review: Hard Time by Cara McKenna

    FV Jen
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Last year Cara McKenna gave us After Hours, a book set in a psychiatric hospital and now she brings us Hard Time, a book set in prison.  I wonder what it says about me that I was very excited to read both books? Hard Time is about librarian Annie Goodhouse.  The latest addition to her job is to be outreach librarian for Cousins Correctional Facility.    Her first walk through the prison and one man immediately stands out. He was big.  Tall frame, wide shoulders-but not burly.  Unlike many of the inmates, his head wasn’t shaved.  His near-black hair was due for a cut in fact,…
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    The Life & Times of a Book Addict

  • FFBC Blog Tour/Giveaway: Prisoner of Night & Fog by Anne Blankman

    Cristal | Book Addict
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Thanks for joining me on my stop for The Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman Blog Tour! Hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club.Release Date:April 22, 2014Publisher:Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her "uncle" Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf's, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler.And Gretchen follows…
  • Waiting on Wednesday # 28

    Cristal | Book Addict
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:08 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 On the Fence by Kasie West. Expected Publication:July 1, 2014Publisher: HarperTeen She's a tomboy. He's the boy next door… Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of…
  • Book Spotlight: What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

    Cristal | Book Addict
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Publication: April 15, 2014Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers From the author of My Life Next Door comes a swoony summertime romance full of expectation and regret, humor and hard questions. Gwen Castle's Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her Nantucket-esque island this summer. He's a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island's summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she'll never escape her past—or…
  • Tied with Me (With Me in Seattle #6) by Kristen Proby

    Cristal | Book Addict
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Publication: March 18, 2014Publisher: Ampersand Publishing A man whose lifestyle is so different from her own… Nic Dalton’s cupcake bakery is thriving. She serves both rock stars and locals alike, content with her growing business. But one adventurous night out with her best friend, Bailey, turns her life upside down. She meets a handsome stranger who makes her skin sizzle and her heart race. Their one night together is explosive and unexpected, but when he has to suddenly leave without taking her phone number, Nic resigns herself to never seeing him again. …What will it take to trust…
  • Waiting on Wednesday # 27

    Cristal | Book Addict
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:37 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 Visions by Kelley Armstrong. Expected Publication: August 19 2014Publisher:Dutton As #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong’s new Cainsville series continues, Olivia’s power to read omens leads to the discovery of a gruesome crime with troubling connections to her new hometown. Omens, the first installment in Kelley Armstrong’s exciting new series, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of…
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  • The Burning One – A Short Story by Author Jessica Leigh

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

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

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

    writerjessicaleigh
    14 Jan 2014 | 11:09 am
    How to let it roll “write” off It’s one of the most gut-wrenching, tooth gnashing experiences that any struggling Indie author has to endure.  And endure it, we must – this shit just happens.  There is really not much you can do about it either, unfortunately. Advice from those above us is to simply accept it, don’t respond (unless it’s vulgar and sometimes that doesn’t even work), be as professional as you possibly can, and just move on to the next page. Just move on?  Really? For instance, one of my latest and greatest:  “I’ve never read a book so poorly…
  • The Power of a Haunting Setting: Waiting for Eden and Savage Forest

    writerjessicaleigh
    3 Nov 2013 | 3:15 pm
    The Setting That Haunts Me I am in love with a place.  There is no other way to put it, really. Love produces a physical response: an increase in pulse rate, a swell of feeling within, a dreamy essence to your thoughts, and a desire to return again – at all cost. Do I feel this love?  Oh, yes. This kind of emotion will lend an individual a sense of an intimate connection with a location, as well as an underlying feeling of its sheer mystical power.  You research, you photograph, you even obsess a bit as if you were head over heels with a new lover.  It has power because…
 
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