Season of Surprises by Best-Selling Authors #Holiday #Romance #RSsos #MFRWauthor


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SEASON OF SURPRISES

Noelle’s Surprise by Merry Holly, Amazon Bestselling Author

Noelle has a secret. One she doesn’t know how to tell Chase. Married and isolated on the tropical island they now call home, it’s not what she imagined their life would be. Trying to be helpful, an acquaintance of hers got her elected onto the Christmas in July committee. To complicate matters, one of the client’s he’s introduced her to has made her intentions toward Chase public. Noelle believes Chase wouldn’t cheat, yet loneliness riddles her with doubt.

Noelle has a secret. One she doesn’t know how to tell Chase. Married and isolated on the tropical island they now call home, it’s not what she imagined their life would be. To complicate matters, one of the client’s he’s introduced her to has made her intentions toward Chase public. Noelle believes Chase wouldn’t cheat, yet the doubt has been planted. To make matters worse, the women have elected her to the Christmas in July committee.

Frustrated at Noelle’s unhappiness, Chase has tried everything to combat it. But her mood swings are driving him crazy. When he finds a brochure on plastic surgery, he flips out. His beautiful wife doesn’t need it, nor does he want her to look like the “plastic wives,” of his clients. How can he finish the job and keep her on the island until its completion?

Enticed by a Laird by Gerri Brousseau, Amazon Bestselling Author

She was an Englishwoman of title, and he a Scottish Laird. He captured her heart from the first moment she laid eyes on him, but would her family ever approve? She knew she should forget him and walk away, but how could she when she’d been enticed by a Laird.

Holiday Handbag Extravaganza by Vicki Batman, Amazon Bestselling Author

Christmas Countdown is On! Hunk-a-licious customer, Jack Treadaway, pesters boutique owner, Callie Woods, to locate a vintage handbag for his mother. Too bad the wedge between them is his sister, the meanest girl in town.

Her Frog Prince Holiday by Cara Marsi, Award-Winning and Amazon Bestselling Author

At a Halloween party, uptight gallery manager Bella Cassani lets her friends goad her into kissing a handsome stranger. Yes, a girl has to kiss a lot of frogs to find her prince, but Bella prefers “frogs.” They’re safer than the sexy-but-unfaithful kind. When fate brings the knock-her-hat-off-with-a-kiss guy back into her life, things get complicated.

Chad Prince likes his life just as it is. Working in art galleries, he travels the world with no complicated relationships or family entanglements. There’s more to life than the money and success that were so important to his father, and no woman will betray him again like the last one did. Falling for sexy Bella Cassani is the last thing he wants.

Providence by Bobbi Lerman

Accused of theft, Amy Beale flees a New Year’s party and the detective determined to arrest her. An accident sends her traveling back in time for one last chance to clear her name and find her fate in a love that transcends time and space.

A Day for Destiny – by Jane Gale

Destiny’s life is turned upside down after receiving a court summons. A sexy and mysterious man arrives in town throwing her mundane life further into a tailspin. Destiny doesn’t know who to trust or if she should take a chance and risk it all.

Turkish Delight by Madison West

Birthdays have never been kind to Amelia, but on her 28th birthday she receives a birthday gift that changes her life forever when an unexpected work trip takes her to the hauntingly beautiful Istanbul, Turkey in search of a rare tapestry. In a city where East meets West, Amelia finds her past colliding with her future when she unexpectedly falls in love with a fearless world traveler named Owen.

Holiday on the Home Front by Kristin Drew

Betty’s been on the move for as long as she can remember. Van’s a small-town boy turned soldier just days shy of deployment. A chance encounter brings them together for a few spark-filled days before Uncle Sam calls him to battle. Can a new love survive distance? Will her soldier survive the war?

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Authors Bio:

Marian Lanouette is an Amazon bestselling author. She graduated from Post University with a degree in Accounting, but always dreamed of writing. IF I FAIL, A Jake Carrington Mystery was her debuted book which hit Amazon’s top two hundred bestselling mysteries along with stellar reviews. She soon followed that up with BURN IN HELL, A Jake Carrington Mystery which also resided in the top five hundred on Amazon.

The third book in the Jake Carrington Series, Mated for Life is with the editors as we speak. Look for it in early 2016.

An accomplished author she writes in both the mystery and romance genres. Marian’s Season of Magic (2014) became an Amazon Bestseller and resided on the list for over seventeen weeks. The Season of Anthologies are her brain child and are written under the pseudonym Merry Holly. This May, Marian followed up Season of Magic with Season of Love Box Set. For the 2015 Holiday season the Season of Series will release two books one romance and one mystery titled Season of Surprises and Season of Thrills.

An avid reader, she discovered her love of mysteries by reading the Daily News as a youngster in New York. Intrigued by the real life crimes, and how the police worked and eventually solved cases, ignited her imagination beyond the ordinary.

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Books by Marian Lanouette: If I Fail: A Jake Carrington MysteryBurn in Hell: A Jake Carrington Mystery (Volume 2)

Books by Merry Holly: Season of Magic (Holiday Box Set)Season of Love Box Set

Gerri Brousseau was born and raised in Connecticut. She attended Connecticut State University. One night after a strange dream about a dream catcher, she was inspired to write According To Legend. Most of the novel was written while she commuted to and from work on the train. Since that time,Gerri has also written A Pirate’s Ransom, To Kill a Monarch, The Yuletide Bride (in the Season of Magic Anthology), Puppy Love (in the Season of Love Anthology), and Enticed by a Laird(in the Season of Surprises Anthology) coming this Christmas. She has signed with Soul Mate Publishing.

In 2012 Gerri served as the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Chapter of Romance Writers of America and is also a member of Romance Writers of America as well as Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. Gerri has also served on the Board of Directors of CTRWA as a Member-At-Large.

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Award-winning author, Vicki Batman, has sold many romantic comedy works to the True magazines, several publishers, and most recently, two romantic comedy mysteries to The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and several writing groups.

An avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Chocoaholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby.

Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking “What if??

Find about more about Vicki at: http://www.vickibatman.blogspot.com/

Cara Marsi is an award-winning author, self-proclaimed TV junkie, and a former corporate drone and cubicle dweller. Freed from her fabric-covered cage, she can now indulge her love of all things romance. Cara craves books with happy endings and loves to write about independent heroines and the strong heroes who love them. She also loves to put her characters in dangerous situations or situations merely dangerous to their hearts and watch them fight for the happy endings they deserve.

An eclectic author, Cara is published in romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance. She also published numerous short romance stories in national women’s magazines and online. When not traveling or dreaming of traveling, she lives with her husband on the East Coast in a house ruled by two needy cats who compete for attention.

Cara’s books have won awards and finaled in contests and have been well-reviewed.

She really loves to hear from readers and am always interested in making new friends. Please contact Cara at http://carolynmatkowsky.com/index.htm

 She’s also on Twitter,Facebook, and Pinterest.

Between Love and Lies by Jacqui Nelson #MFRWauthor #RSsos #BookReview #WesternRomance @Jacqui_Nelson


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BETWEEN LOVE AND LIES

By Jacqui Nelson

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In a town ruled by sin, will he earn her love or her lies?

Dodge City, Kansas – 1877

Sadie Sullivan lost everything when a herd of longhorn cattle bound for Dodge City trampled and destroyed her farm. Now she works in Dodge—one of the most wicked and lawless towns in the West—at the Northern Star saloon. But her survival in this new world of sin and violence depends on maintaining a lie so deadly it could end her life before the town of Dodge can.

The one man capable of unraveling all of Sadie’s secrets is Noah Ballantyne, the Texan rancher whose herd destroyed her home. Back in town and taking up the role of deputy alongside legendary lawman Bat Masterson, Noah vows he won’t leave until he’s made things right. But with the saloon’s madam unwilling to release Sadie and a rich cattle baron wanting her as well, the odds aren’t in favor of finding love…or leaving town alive.

“Spellbinding stories that whisper to your soul.” — Linda Broday, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author

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Welcome to a new Old West.

Jacqui writes historical romantic adventures set in the American West. Her stories include an Oregon Trail scout, an ex-Rebel spy turned government rabble rouser, and a Dodge City cardsharp gambling with love and death. Those are her heroines. Wait till you meet her heroes!

Her love for the Old West came from watching classic Western movies while growing up on a cattle farm. She’s been nominated for over 20 awards and won the RWA® Golden Heart® for historical romance and the Laramie® for western romance drama.

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*** MY REVIEW ***

Oh, my Gosh, I Love Sadie!!

She’s the epitome of the perfect heroine. Strong, resilient, capable, and beautiful. Even against seemingly insurmountable odds, she finds the strength of will to survive, and more than that, thrive.

Noah Ballantyne hasn’t been able to get her out of his mind since their first disastrous encounter. Now that he’s found her again, he vows to make things right, but can he save Sadie before it’s too late?

You’ll have to read the book to find out 🙂

One of the best books I’ve read this year!

I give Between Love and Lies:

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Saving The Children by Fran McNabb #MFRWauthor #mgtab #RomSus @FranMcNabb


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Saving the Children

by Fran McNabb

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The lives of six orphans lie on the shoulders of a nurse and a wounded Special Ops soldier. . .

After losing her husband and unborn child in a car accident, Victoria Lafferty has devoted her life to helping South American children find homes in the US, but her plans are thrown into chaos by a rebellion in the country.

When his mission is compromised and he is shot and captured, Major John Dawson is kept alive so the rebel leader can “take care” of John himself for killing his brother.

Together Victory and John face the hostile jungle and the rebel leader, but will deep-seated guilt and a desire for revenge stand in the way of their life together?

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The distant scream of a jaguar shattered the morning quiet of the jungle. Major John Dawson lay unmoving and imagined the beauty of the big cat stalking his prey in the last moments before the sun drove the animal into hiding.

John waited for another roar or scream from the thick underbrush—anything to help his mind escape the pain.

It didn’t come.

Finally he forced his eyelids open to face another day in captivity somewhere in the bowels of the tiny country of San Gabriel. Weak streams of light struggled through the hole in the thatched roof and fell on the dirt floor. The odor of lingering smoke and burned cornmeal sent his stomach muscles into knife-cutting contractions.

God, don’t let me vomit.

He covered his lower face with his hand then took several long deep breaths. Carefully he turned his head to the side to see how far the bucket of water sat away from him. He needed to wet his parched mouth, but getting to it meant moving, and moving meant more pain.

Bracing himself, he swallowed, lifted his elbow to begin the slide, but stopped. Talking and footsteps outside the door of his hut made him stop. His body went on alert. With a bullet still lodged somewhere in his left shoulder area and fever draining his body of every ounce of energy, there was nothing to do but wait for the makeshift door to be thrown open.

He gritted his teeth. He hated being helpless.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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Fran McNabb grew up along the beaches and waterways of the Gulf Coast and has used this setting in many of her novels. She and her husband live on a quiet bayou harbor and love to spend time fishing and boating with their sons and families. Visit her at www.FranMcNabb.com, http://classicandcozybooks.blogspot.com, Twitter @FranMcNabb, Facebook Fran L McNabb.

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Fran McNabb will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn host.

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Special Agent Maximilian by Mimi Barbour #mgtab #Romsuspense #BookBoosts @MimiBarbour


Special Agent Maximilian
by Mimi Barbour
Series: Undercover FBI, #3
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: August 25, 2015

Identical twins but different men – she loves both!

In this electrifying romantic suspense set in the steamy streets of New Orleans, Lieutenant Commander Nik Baudin, accidently meets up with an identical twin he never knew existed. When his brother Max goes missing, Nik assumes his identity as Special Agent Maximilian. This gives him access to FBI files making it easier to arrest the gangsters who attacked his brother and to stop their trafficking of underage girls. Being that Nik has specialized commando training, he’s the perfect man for the job – that’s if his PTSD doesn’t kick in and leave him cowering in a corner.

Special Agent Maya Barnes can’t believe it when she spots her partner, Max Foster, wandering along the French market without a care in the world. Since he’d been beaten and had gone missing weeks earlier, they all believed him dead. There’s only one problem… though this man might look exactly like the missing agent, she knows differently. In all the years they’ve worked together, she’s never wanted to have mind-blowing sex with her partner before.

Mimi Barbour is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who’s sold over 500,000 copies of her books world-wide. Her five romance series: The Vicarage Bench/ time travel at it’s best, Angels with Attitudes / angels love romance, Vegas / fast-paced plotting, Elvis / make a song a book and her newest, Undercover FBI / with sizzling conflicts and lots of humor.

Mimi’s been heard to say: “I’m an author who loves to read uplifting stories about romance. Add in some time travel, or maybe an angel, or even a little romantic suspense and it makes the story more fascinating because of the incredible possibilities.

Death by Romance-Anne Kennison #RomSus #MFRWauthor #MGTAB @annekennison


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Death by Romance

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Anne Kennison

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The murder of Gordon Taylor, prominent businessman and philanthropist, has Detective Ryan Hamlin stumped. No viable suspects, no decent leads. When a chance conversation breaks the case wide open, Detective Hamlin suddenly has a long list of unlikely suspects who, with a “perfectly legal” multimillion dollar investment to protect, must make sure that none of them is convicted or everything will be lost. That’s when the deception and finger-pointing begin. The detective is certain he’s headed down the path that will lead to the killer, but is he?

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The Grim Reaper is a capricious son-of-a-bitch who’ll let an undeserving miscreant go with nothing more than a renewed faith in God, then throw a surprise party for a guy like Gordon Taylor. A decent guy who was about to go from merely to hugely rich. With good business sense, ambition, and a few lucky breaks, Gordon had parlayed a small inheritance from his grandfather into Taylor Industries, a multimillion dollar conglomerate with fingers in everything from manufacturing to banking, and he was at the endgame for the IPO. He had worked hard and it was all about to pay off.

None of it mattered. Gordon Taylor would die within the hour.

Gordon’s work day had ended. He was lounging in his leather executive chair, feet crossed and propped up on the desk, hands behind his head, strong fingers intertwined.  He was enjoying a moment of solitude after another grueling day dealing with overly cautious attorneys more interested in racking up legal fees by creating obstacles than finding solutions, and greedy investment bankers wanting more than their fair share of Gordon’s empire. He’d spent the day wrapping up details for the IPO which, when done, would tack three beautiful zeroes on the end of his already substantial net worth.The thought didn’t leave him as elated as he had thought it would, and he wondered if trading control for dollars was worth it. He already had more money than he and his wife Jessica could spend in three lavish lifetimes and, when all was said and done, it wasn’t about the money. It never had been.

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Anne Kennison’s unique plot twist comes from a fertile imagination honed by 20-plus years as a trusts and estates attorney. Now retired from the practice of law, Anne lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband Dale and two Ragdoll cats Grady and Elliott. When she’s not writing the sequel to Death by Romance, Anne loves to travel, dabble in photography, and spend time with her two adorable granddaughters.

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Anne will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.

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Proving Ground by Stanalei Fletcher #MFRWauthor #mgtab #RomSus


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Screw-ups don’t get second chances. That’s what Caitlin Malone believes when she returns to Oregon after failing her first Northstar Security assignment. When she inadvertently stumbles across a plot to steal deadly pathogens from the bio-lab near her hometown, she sees a chance at redemption.

USDA Forest Ranger, John ‘Mac’ MacAlistair, doesn’t want to babysit the motorcycle club holding their annual rally in his national forest. To make matters worse, Caitlin is attending the rally with Mac’s estranged uncle. Having her home again brings up feelings that are better left buried.

It’s early September. Any spark will send the dry timber into a raging fire. The terrorists are counting on that distraction to work in their favor. When Caitlin is trapped by the wildfire, her only hope of rescue is pinned on Mac, the man she’s tried two years to forget. Before they can share their feelings, Mac and Caitlin must first escape the burning forest and stop the terrorists from releasing the deadly pathogens.

AUTHOR BIO:

Stanalei Fletcher

Stanalei’s love of writing romance stems from reading favorites such as Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Barbara Cartland and Alistair MacLean. She has over twenty years of training in the martial arts and holds the rank of Sandan, a third degree black belt, in Aikido. After a taste of life on both U.S. coasts, she now resides in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her hero and best friend – her husband. Together they enjoy the open road astride a Harley, visiting museums and our National Parks. Visit Stanalei at www.stanaleifletcher.com

*** My REVIEW ***

Exciting Read

I’ve long been a fan of the romantic suspense genre and Stanalei Fletcher does not let me down with Proving Ground.
The opening scene sets the stage for a fast-paced novel filled with a variety of pitfalls that keeps the H/H on the run and the reader on the edge of their seats.
The author does a credible job of bringing the characters to life on the page and provides a sensational backdrop for the suspense.
I recommend this book to anyone who appreciates a strong heroine and a hero to swoon over.

I was given this via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review

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As Lost As I Get by Lisa Nicholas #MFRWauthor #mgtab #RSsos @lisa_nicholas_ @Barclay_PR


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AS LOST AS I GET

by Lisa Nicholas

AS LOST AS I GET by Lisa Nicholas is the perfect mix of hot romance and thrilling adventure. A doctor working in rural Colombia is shocked to run into the CIA agent who saved her life two years before. After an impetuous night of passion, she vows to stay away from him. But when her job takes her deeper into the jungle, he may be the only one who can save her from a new threat… If readers liked STRIKING DISTANCE by Pamela Clare they’ll be thrilled by this romantic suspense.

Title: As Lost as I Get

Author: Lisa Nicholas

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: August 18, 2015

Publisher: Berkley Intermix

Print Length: 72k

Format: Digital ONLY

Digital ISBN: 9780698191464

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From the author of The Farther I Fall comes an action-filled romance in which two lovers discover that the best thing about being lost is having someone find you…

CIA operative Lee Wheeler is glad to be back in the field, even if the assignment is at a backwater station in Colombia—what he considers punishment for crossing lines in an attempt to save his brother’s life. Either way, he’s ready for action. But he never could have predicted the action he’s about to get…

Doctor Zoe Rodriguez is in charge of a clinic in a tiny town on the edge of the rain forest. She’s still dealing with a traumatic experience she had in Mexico—a trauma she wouldn’t have survived if it weren’t for Lee. So when they unexpectedly cross paths again, unresolved wounds rise to the surface, and their mutual passion flares to life.

But when a new threat reveals itself, Lee and Zoe’s reunion takes on echoes of the past that may ruin their chance for a future.

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Excerpt from As Lost as I Get:

As soon as the guards left the room, the man rose to his knees and leaned over, shaking the hood off. He was definitely a tourist. His dark hair was cropped close and gleaming; she couldn’t tell if it was dark brown or black. He had the same expensive look as his jeans. His fair skin was clear and clean shaven with just a hint of shadow, and he had the sort of profile she’d only ever seen on a movie or television screen. He wouldn’t be here long. Either he had a family with money or he worked for a company that would want him back.

She realized he was giving her the same level of scrutiny, and felt a small rush of fear. They were both bound, so surely he couldn’t hurt her, but there was something dangerous in his eyes. Which is why she didn’t expect them to soften the way they did. “Zoe Rodriguez?”

She was too startled to answer, but just nodded.

He glanced toward the locked door and pushed himself to a crouch, the movement oddly graceful. She fought not to flinch when he came over to her. “My name’s Lee Wheeler. I’m with the CIA. I’m going to get you out of here.”

The sudden lump in her throat caught her by surprise. She tried to keep her face schooled as she studied him. There was no trace of anything but sincerity in his blue eyes. “How do I know you’re telling the truth?”

“You don’t.” He flashed a quick, humorless grin. “I’m not precisely carrying my credentials at the moment.” Another careful look over his shoulder. “Trust me until we’re out of here, and I promise I’ll show you all the proof you need.”

Zoe’s throat ached and her eyes were stinging. She would not cry in front of a stranger, but the relief was threatening to overwhelm her. “Why?” she said. “I mean, I’m nobody.”

“Médecins International doctor, working as an emergency surgeon in a refugee camp in Oaxaca—that doesn’t sound like nobody to me.” He started to say something else but froze, then threw himself over to where the guards had initially pushed him.

The hood.

Talks With Fists came in with the filthy bucket that served as a toilet, then dropped it, cursing and yelling at Lee to close his eyes. Lee did, but the guard cuffed him across the cheek before pulling the hood over his head again.

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THE FARTHER I FALL

Sometimes when you fall, you land just where you need to be…

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Gwen Tennison got out of Afghanistan alive but scarred–and then got stuck on her sister’s couch. When she’s offered a job managing the U.S. tour for rock music’s hottest, most troubled star, it seems like just the thing to snap her out of her post-injury funk. Her instructions are simple: start the shows on time, and keep him clean.

But Lucas Wheeler may be more than she can handle. Though he’s drug-free, he still feels the need, and his gorgeous, capable new tour manager is a challenge he can’t ignore. Fame and infamy have forced Lucas to protect his heart, but soon he finds himself craving Gwen’s touch, and yearning to give her control. And Gwen might feel the same way.

But it’s not just the mutual heat between them that is keeping Gwen on her toes. Someone is following Lucas from city to city. With more than just her job on the line Gwen must decide how much she’s willing to risk to keep Lucas safe.

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About Lisa Nicholas:

As Lost as I Get

Lisa Nicholas is the author of The Farther I Fall. If she’s not writing, she’s feeding her story addiction any way she can: raiding Netflix, pillaging her local bookstore and library, and (most recently) tearing her way through the comics archive at Marvel.

Connect with Lisa at her website | blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

I’m honored to have Lisa with me on the blog today. Welcome Lisa:

Do you outline your books or wing it?  Describe your process.

I used to say I was a total pantser. I wrote everything by instinct and as ideas came to me for future scenes, I’d make a note of them. It worked pretty well—at least during the first draft. Anybody who’s a lifelong reader (and aren’t we all?) knows how story works on a subconscious level. The closest I came to outlining was to brainstorm a series of questions as I was doing my initial planning. Questions like, “What if Main Character did this? How would Other Main Character react?”

I still do that for shorter works, for the most part. The problem I ran into came after the first draft was finished. I have three completed first-draft novels sitting on my shelf that no one’s ever going to see because I don’t have the faintest idea how to go about fixing what’s wrong with them. I was getting comments back from critique partners (and an editor or two) that my pacing was off. They may as well have been telling me that my furblequach settings were wrong, because that’s about how much I understood the problem! When I had a very trusted mentor point out that there was an emotional connection missing in one of my books, I knew that writing on instinct wasn’t working for me anymore.

I started studying structure. I read books on three-act structure, story beats, anything I could get my hands on. As Lost as I Get is the first book where I actually started with a bare-bones outline: this is what happens in Act I, this is what happens in Act II, this is what happens in Act III. I fleshed it out as I went, breaking things down to chapter and scenes.

The difference in writing the first draft wasn’t enormous, but having a road map definitely made it easier. I often deviated from the map as the story grew organically, but it gave me a place to start. And when it came time to edit? What a difference! I could see where the story was flabby, and how to rearrange/rewrite/delete/replace scenes. It was much easier to keep the entire book “in my head” at once.

So that’s my process now. Once I have a pair of main characters and a general story idea, I start breaking it down into acts, and a few crucial events that must happen, and where they should fall. It’s made it much easier to stop worrying as much about “what happens next” when I’m writing, so I can pay more attention to “how do my characters feel about what’s happening?”

How do you decide on setting?

I try to figure out where the characters “belong”, so to speak. With As Lost as I Get, one of the visuals that came to me early in the planning process was that I wanted to have my hero and heroine (who turned out to be Lee and Zoe) lost in a rain forest/jungle and traveling on foot. (I owe that entirely to Romancing the Stone, which I saw in the theater at an impressionable age.) So I had to find somewhere with a rain forest, to start with. I knew by this time that Zoe was a doctor with a non-governmental organization, so I needed a place where such an organization might work. I also knew I wanted to avoid some of the “troubled locations” that get used a lot in books, so nothing in the Middle East (no rain forests there, anyway!) or the continent of Africa. That narrowed me down to basically South America, and I just narrowed it further from there, reading up on various countries and regions until I found a place that seemed to offer the most interesting set of potential conflicts for my characters.

In my current WIP, it’s simpler. One of my main characters is a lot like me in some ways (the hero, actually), so I started him out in my home state of Michigan, in an area I lived in for a time. If I could learn to set all of my books in places I’ve lived, I would save so much research time! 🙂

What genre(s) do you write in?  Why?

I write romantic suspense for the most part. I like to describe my books as action movies from a woman’s perspective, with a big romance at the heart of it and plenty of sex. My tagline is “romance with plenty of action”—and the pun is deliberate.

Honestly, I think I started writing romantic suspense for two reasons. The first is that I didn’t trust my ability to write an interpersonal, internal conflict between my main characters that could carry an entire book. I wanted to include external conflict that would work to keep them apart as well. External conflict, to me, sounded most interesting when it involved danger and guns and intrigue.  Of course, it turned out to be irrelevant, as I quickly learned that without that internal conflict, a good romance doesn’t work anyway—so I had to learn how to write them!

Second reason: I love action movies. I’m a Marvel movie fangirl, but my love of all things epic and explode-y goes way back to seeing Star Wars at a drive-in when I was five years old.

Once I started writing this genre, everything clicked. It gives me a reason to write about all the story elements I love.

What is your favorite part of writing?

Much like reading, I love being able to mentally go places and do things I would never ever do in my real life. People are endlessly fascinating to me, and I like playing around with how they tick. Plus, the actual physical act of writing, of putting together words and creating something new in front of my very eyes, is a rush.

What is your least favorite part of writing?

The Valley of Despair. Sometimes called the Dreaded Middle. I think every writer hits it at some point while writing a story. For me, it comes about 10,000 – 20,000 words into a book. It’s the point at which the initial rush of excitement of a new story has worn off, I’ve finished all my introductory stuff, and I’m left to make sense of everything I’ve introduced. Potential plot holes loom large, characters seem stale and flat, and I basically wind up wondering what the hell I’m doing with my life.

When I was a baby writer, I thought that meant I had started writing a book that just wasn’t going to work, and that I should give up and move on to the next book. Then when it started happening over and over again, I thought it meant that I was the problem, that I was a terrible writer who couldn’t come up with a decent idea to save her life.

Eventually I realized, after hearing other writers talk about similar problems, that this was just part of my process. That every book I write is going to have this point, and it doesn’t mean a darn thing about my ability as a writer or the worth of my story. It just means I’ve reached the Valley of Despair. Fortunately, the solution to winding up in the Valley of Despair is simple (not easy, but simple): keep going. As long as I keep writing, I’ll eventually get past it and the book will start looking worthwhile to me again.

Some writers edit excessively as they write; others wait until a novel is finished to do the bulk of editing.  How about you?

I try to wait until I’m finished before I do any extensive editing, especially fidgety rewording of things. I can get lost doing that for ages and never write new words. The exception is if I realize that I took a major wrong turn on a big scale, then I’ll go back and rewrite. As Lost as I Get had three very different Act Is until I finally figured out the right beginning and went on to finish the darn thing.

What’s the strangest thing you have ever done in the name of research?

Nothing that strange yet, sadly, although I’m sure my Google search history has me on a watch list somewhere. 😉

E-books, print, or both?  Any preferences?  Why?

I have both, and I’m sure I will always have both, but right now I’m much more likely to buy e-books. I am at a point in my life when I’m trying to reduce the amount of physical clutter around me, and there’s something super appealing about carrying around most of my library in my bag. Plus, there’s the instant gratification factor, which is hard to beat!

Please tell us your experiences with social media.  What are your favorite and least favorite parts of it?

I am a social media junkie. Working from home, it’s my only social outlet when I’m busy. I love the sense of community and connection. My least favorite thing is that sometimes it’s really hard to disconnect when it’s time to focus on work. I end up using blocking software a lot of the time so I don’t lose a whole day.

What do you read? Do you read different genres when you’re writing versus not writing?

Everything. I’ve been a voracious reader all of my life, no matter what genre. I love genre fiction in general: romance, science fiction, fantasy, horror, but I’ve read my share of mainstream and literary novels too. I read more nonfiction now than I did when I was a kid. In fact, when I’m writing, I’m much more likely to be reading nonfiction than fiction, and if it is fiction, it’s probably not the same genre that I’m writing!

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Grace King needs to save her catering business by all means necessary. Even if it means striking a deal with the hot estranged husband she walked out on, but can’t forget despite her best efforts.

Sebastian Zwane is baffled to discover he’s still legally bound to the woman who broke his heart. With a booming career and new offices to open, the last thing he needs is a scandal and for her to demand half of the empire he built after their separation.

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Carmen Falcone learned at an early age that fantasizing about fictional characters beats doing math homework any day. Brazilian by birth and traveler by nature, she moved to Central Texas after college and met her broody Swiss husband—living proof that opposites attract. She found in writing her deepest passion and the best excuse to avoid the healthy lifestyle everyone keeps bragging about. When she’s not lost in the world of romance, she enjoys spending time with her two kids, being walked by her three crazy pugs, reading, catching up with friends, and chatting with random people in the checkout line.

She loves to procrastinate, so please indulge her and drop her a line @ carmenauthor@yahoo.com. For more info, visit her website: carmenfalcone.com

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MERCY’S RESCUE

by Debra Holt

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  BLURB: MediaKit_BookCover_MercysRescue   Fighting for his life after an ambush, Sheriff Josh Wellman awakes to find himself looking into the eyes of a real-life angel of mercy. Despite his groggy condition, he knows his life has changed the instant their hands touch.   Devastating heartbreak has left Mercy Smith’s faith in tatters, her heart guarded against more loss. Her dedication to the air evac trauma team she leads has insulated her from the realities of the earth below, so now Josh faces the biggest challenge of his life.   Can he find a way around the walls that fortify her heart and convince this angel to stay on the ground with him? Can Mercy open herself to life again and find a way to restore her faith in God … as well as love?

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Excerpt:   “Three minutes out. Descent begins in one.” The pilot’s voice crackled through the headset as he tossed a look over his shoulder to Mercy, strapped into the jump seat. She responded with a quick thumbs-up. “The scene is secured,” he added. “We’re in and out fast. There’s only one to transport.”   A dull, leaden weight sank to the pit of her stomach. Mercy Smith knew his words meant the other injured person had died before their arrival.   “We can’t save them all, Mercy.” Paul Robards, the second medic onboard who was seated across from her, responded to the shadowed look that crossed her face. “Some things are out of our control.”   “That’s true. I just wish we had the chance to try.” She’d served four years in the trauma-one unit on the ground before accepting the promotion to join the air evac as team leader, so she was a realist. She knew they would lose some of the patients they were called to assist, but that never stopped the feeling of defeat when they lost someone before they could intervene and attempt to save them. Mercy used to tell herself that everything was in God’s hands. She didn’t delude herself with that platitude any longer. The only hands she could count on were the two folded in her lap. She just needed the opportunity to try.

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  AUTHOR Bio and Links: MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_MercysRescue   Born and raised in the Lone Star state of Texas, Debra grew up among horses, cowboys, wide open spaces, and real Texas Rangers.  Pride in her state and ancestry knows no bounds and it is these heroes and heroines she loves to write about the most.  She also draws upon a variety of life experiences including working with abused children, caring for baby animals at a major zoo, and owning a wedding planning business (ah, romance!).   Debra’s real pride and joys, however, are her son, an aspiring film actor, and a daughter with aspirations to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (more story ideas!)  When she isn’t busy writing about tall Texans and feisty heroines, she can be found cheering on her Texas Tech Red Raiders, or heading off on another cruise adventure.  She read her first romance…Janet Dailey’s Fiesta San Antonio, over thirty years ago and became hooked on the genre. Writing contemporary western romances,  is both her passion and dream come true, and she hopes her books will bring smiles…and sighs… to all who believe in happily-ever-after’s.   The Seymour Agency represents Debra and she is soon to have two contemporary romances published by Spencer Hill/Tulip Romance and Astraea Press. Debra invites you to visit her website at www.debraholtbooks.com.

She loves to hear from other aspiring authors or readers via email at debraholtbooks@gmail.com.

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His name wasn’t Jonathan Mills, and he wasn’t vacationing on the idyllic island. FBI agent John Miller was on the trail of a notorious female serial killer, and he couldn’t blow his cover to anyone. Not even the beguiling Mariah Carver, who had unwittingly entangled herself in a web of deadly deceit.

John couldn’t deny that sweet, sensual Mariah was the woman he had been waiting for. Nor could he act on the passion that tormented them both. The daring lawman was poised to wed another woman: the ruthless Black Widow, who married—then murdered—her victims…

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Suzanne Brockmann is the New York Times bestselling author of fifty-three novels.  Her favorite is the one where her most popular character, gay FBI agent Jules Cassidy, wins his happily-ever-after and marries the man of his dreams.  Called All Through the Night, this was the first mainstream romance novel with a hero and a hero ever to hit the New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list.  In 2007, Suz donated all of her earnings from this bookin perpetuity, to MassEquality, to help win and preserve equal marriage rights in Massachusetts.

Since her explosion onto the publishing scene twenty years ago, Suz is now widely recognized as one of the leading voices in romantic suspense. Her work has earned her repeated appearances on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists, as well as numerous awards, including Romance Writers of America’s #1 Favorite Book of the Year (three years running), two RITA Awards, and many Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards.

Married to author and screenwriter Ed Gaffney, Suz divides her time between Sarasota, Florida and Boston, Massachusetts. She has two grown children, Melanie, who is a personal trainer and a writer, and Jason, who is an actor and tap dancer.  Suz also has two miniature schnauzers, C.K. Dexter-Haven and Little Joe, both of whom (unlike Mel and Jason) still live at home.

Suz has recently co-written a Young Adult paranormal romance called NIGHT SKY with her daughter, Melanie.  It’ll be released in late 2014, from Sourcebooks.

Suz also recently produced her first independent feature-length movie, a romantic comedy called THE PERFECT WEDDING, that she co-wrote with her husband Ed and her son Jason. The film is available now via streaming and on DVD from Wolfe Releasing.  Find out more at www.ThePerfectWeddingMovie.com.

Suz is a proud member of PFLAG — Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. She is also a card-carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Human Rights Campaign, and MassEquality. A firm believer in civil rights for all people, she fought hard to bring equal marriage rights to all citizens of her home state, Massachusetts, and is currently working to do the same in Florida.

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*** MY REVIEW ***

Anyone who knows me, knows Suzanne Brockmann is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read everything she’s ever written and published–or at least I thought I had.

Every now and then I do a search through Amazon to see what my go-to authors have coming up in the future. I was surprised to come across Love With The Proper Stranger, a re-release from 1997. 

From the opening line, She laced his coffee with opium, I was hooked. I mean, how can you not want to find out what happens after that, right? Right 🙂

This book kept me involved the entire time. I needed to find out if John and Mariah would get their HEA and how was he going to catch the black widow, an infamous serial killer who had evaded the law for years.

The favorite line for me was: He tried to formulate a plan, tried to make his brain turn back into a brain again, rather than the soggy basket of wet laundry it had become.

How can you not love a book that gives you visualizations like that? 🙂

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Brothers of Baird’s Cove: Renegade by Caroline Lee is a Reconstruction Era Southern romance with equal helpings of sweet tea and tart lemon cakes. This first book in the Brothers of Baird’s Cove series follows a charismatic smuggler with authority issues who accidentally falls for a plantation owner’s daughter—and oh, the spicy romance, charming dialogue, and thrilling, heart stopping danger! This book has it all. If you’re a fan of Stephanie Laurens’ Cynster Series, you’ll swoon for the Brothers of Baird’s Cove.

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Title: Brothers of Baird’s Cove: Renegade

Author: Caroline Lee

Series: Brothers of Baird’s Cove

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: August 11, 2015

Publisher: Self-Published

Print Length: 90K

Format: Paperback and Digital

Print ISBN: 978-1515029274

Digital ISBN: B011DSA9BW

Synopsis: 

Smuggling gave him the freedom he needed…

To no one’s surprise, McKee Baird never fought in the War Between the States. His fiercely independent nature made it impossible for him to take orders, and his close friendship with a black man stopped him from fighting for his father’s South. But he’s found his own way to rebel against the new government the United States has imposed on him… and right now, the only thing standing in the way of his smuggling business is the intriguingly uninhibited Becks Middleton.

Their chance meeting gave her the excitement she’d been craving…

Becks has a life of freedom away from Charleston society’s rules. So of course she can’t help but be drawn to the stimulating renegade her mother invites to visit Beckett Plantation, even if she doesn’t approve of his profession. When the opportunity to seduce Mac arises, Becks takes that chance, planning on one night of passion before the dangerous smuggler leaves. But when she accidentally becomes part of his schemes, she can’t reveal the truth without risking his freedom. Joining him on his ship, Becks will face not just her growing love for Mac but a confrontation with authorities that will threaten their very lives.

Can the two of them reconcile their differences before their future is stolen away?  Find out more at: Amazon

Excerpt from Brothers of Baird’s Cove: Renegade:

“Why are you here, Mr. Baird?” Becks took a step back. Anything to put more distance between them, afraid of losing her reason again.

“You called me Mac before.” He was apparently fascinated by the portrait on the landing, judging from how carefully he studied it. “I liked it.” “It doesn’t seem proper.”

“Are you always proper, Becks?”

She swallowed, her throat suddenly dry at the sound of her name on those lips. “I confess…” She looked down at her hands, now clasped in front of her. “I’m not.”

“Really?” She heard the lightness in his tone, and glanced back up to see him smiling at her. Oh God, that smile. She had to look away. “I had no idea.”

“Teasing isn’t very gentlemanly, Mr. Baird.”

“Mac.”

“Fine. Mac.”

“And I wasn’t teasing you. I was remembering the last time I got to catch you.”

He would have to bring that up again, wouldn’t he? “Again, not very gentlemanly.”

“Catching you?”

“Bringing it up.”

“Well, you’ll find that I’m as improper as you are.” She sucked in her breath at that, wondering what he meant. But he clarified, to her relief and secret disappointment. “I haven’t been accused of being a gentleman in long time.”

“Really?” Becks didn’t bother hiding her surprise. He was dressed like a gentleman, and had been taking tea with her mother like a gentleman. In fact, if she hadn’t seen him barefoot and muddy on the bank of her river, she would have guessed he was a Charleston planter… albeit one without a barber.

“Really.” He smiled again, and she liked the way his face creased. His smiles were sudden and over quickly, but the lines around his mouth and at the corners of his eyes told her they were frequent.

Lord have mercy, what had they been talking about? Oh yes… “Well, do you think you could at least try?”

“To be improper?”

“To be a gentleman.”

He gave a little mocking bow. “For such a proper young lady, I’m sure I could make an attempt to remember how.”

About Caroline Lee:

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Caroline Lee is what George R.R. Martin once described as a “gardener author”; she delights in creating interesting and lovable characters, and allowing them to lead their own stories. Often they draw the story along to completely unexpected–and wonderful!–places. She considers a story a success if she can re-read it and sigh dreamily… and she wishes the same for you.

A love of historical romance prompted Caroline to pursue her degrees in social history; her Master’s Degree is in Comparative World History, which is the study of themes across history (for instance, ‘domestication of animals throughout the world,’ or ‘childhood through history’). Her theme? You guessed it: Marriage throughout world history. Her favorite focus was periods of history that brought two disparate peoples together to marry, like marriage in the Levant during the Kingdom of Jerusalem, or marriage between convicts in colonial New South Wales. She hopes that she’s able to bring this love of history– and this history of love– to her novels.

Caroline is living her own little Happily Ever After with her husband and sons in North Carolina.

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Caroline generously agreed to an interview today so I took full advantage (rubs hands in glee)

Do you outline your books or wing it?  Describe your process.

I found a quotation from George R.R. Martin once that described the two different kinds of authors as “Architect Authors” (those who design every aspect of the project before they begin to ‘”build”), and “Gardener Authors” (those that plant the seeds of the story, “water” it, and watch it grow). I’m definitely the latter. I start a story with a clear idea of the characters, the setting, and what I want the main conflict and climax to be… but I rely on the characters to get me there. I’ve discovered lately, though, that I have to have some kind of outline, or I’ll end up with a book that’s 200,000 words long. Sometime the characters just have minds of their own. 😉
How do you decide on setting?

Often the setting is the first thing that pops into my mind! In fact, I tend to come up with a scene in my mind, and then build the entire story around it. Usually it’s the first scene in the book, but not always. For instance, in Renegade, I had this image of a first kiss scene, where they’re in a rowboat on a salt water river with the marshes all around, while it’s raining. It’s almost magical, the sound of rain on water, and so very primal. I wanted to write that scene, but then I had to figure out what kind of characters would be in a scene like that. What kind of heroine would be the type of woman to go for a row in the rain? What kind of hero would appreciate that kind of woman? And how in the world would I get them in a situation where they’d have a first kiss in a rowboat? So that’s it: in order to write that scene, I had to create characters, backstory, and a conceivable plot to make it happen. And that’s how Renegade was born.
What genre(s) do you write in?  Why?

I write historical romance, because I’m a social historian. Social history is the study of the kinds of lives people would’ve led, rather than the events that are strung together to make “history.” Historical fiction is applied social history, because it’s basically extrapolated history. And in my completely biased opinion, historical romance is the best kind of historical fiction… because it always end Happily Ever After. Not all historical fiction—or history!—ends happily, but I know my characters will live long, healthy, happy lives together.
What is your favorite part of writing?

When my characters do something unexpected. I love writing dialogue, and I think it’s the most fun to write. But it’s also really useful at building characters, and often one of characters will turn out to have a surprise trait or backstory I hadn’t planned, because of something that pops out during a conversation. In Renegade, I’d planned on Becks and her mother to have a sort of partnership, since they’re so much alike and have a mutual goal of keeping their plantation home running. But shortly after the smugglers shows up on their property, the two of them have a conversation where they realize that they’ve been keeping secrets from each other, and that perhaps they’re not quite as in tune as I’d imagined. I hadn’t planned that, until I wrote it. Their relationship turned out to be much more like mine with my mother; loving, but exasperating at times. And more realistic that it’d originally been.
What is your least favorite part of writing?

Writing the “filler” scenes; the scenes where I have to communicate that time has passed, and this is what’s been happening. I really just want to get to that next scene where the characters interact, where I can have some fun dialogue. But we’ve got to get through the “filler” scenes first.
Some writers edit excessively as they write; others wait until a novel is finished to do the bulk of editing.  How about you?

I edit as I write, sentence by sentence. I’m no good at going back and re-writing a paragraph or a scene after it’s on the screen; once it’s on there, it’s set in my mind, and I have a hard time conceiving of how it could change. I rely on my beta readers, critique partner and editor to tell me what needs changing, and usually how it needs to change. Thank goodness for them!
What’s the strangest thing you have ever done in the name of research?
I can’t claim it’s the strangest thing I’ve done in the name of research, but I watched a lot of videos of revolvers firing under water for the climax of Renegade. I probably got on a few watch lists somewhere with that browser history! I also pulled out a replica early pistol that I keep in my costume closet and made my husband act out the final “grappling” scene with me, so I could figure out how the revolver would’ve discharged. But don’t worry; no husbands were hurt in the writing of this book. 😉

E-books, print, or both?  Any preferences?  Why?

Most of my audience reads my books on their Kindles, but I don’t have a preference for my own reading. Or rather, I see the benefits for both. I love having a paperback copy of my favorite books, that I can fold back and beat up (I’m not a gentle reader), but I love love the immediate gratification of e-books. If I want to read that book, I press “buy” and bam! I can start reading right away. And I can carry a million books at once. I really like that feature. And I can even put my Kindle in its waterproof case and climb in the bath with it!
Please tell us your experiences with social media.  What are your favorite and least favorite parts of it?

I’ve been on Facebook since the early months, back when you had to have an .edu address to get on it. So it was an obvious platform when I began to build my author brand. And once I found out that I could link my Facebook and my Twitter? Whoooo, that was helpful! I really like that I can interact directly with fans and other authors, about things that aren’t just related to writing or my books. I have to force myself to blog though; my goal is one entry a month, for goodness’ sakes! Those blog posts are usually history posts about something really cool I just researched, that were too long to put on my Facebook author page.
What do you read? Do you read different genres when you’re writing versus not writing?

I read historical romance and scifi with cool heroines (and anything by Terry Pratchett!). Since meeting so many different authors, I’ve been reading different genres of romance (contemporary, paranormal, etc.), but I still love historical the best. I’m reading all the time, and I’m writing all the time, but I do find that I can write better if I’m re-reading an old favorite. If it’s a new-to-me book, I’m way more focused on finding out what happens next in that book, rather than finding out what happens next in my book!

Thank you so much for hosting me and asking such interesting questions! These were really fun to think about and answer. I had a great time!

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Taming A Highland Devil

 by Kimberly Killion

~Available 08/09/15 ~

Title: Taming A Highland Devil

Author: Kimberly Killion

Genre: Historical Romance, Erotica

Release Date: August 9, 2015

Publisher: Killion Publishing

Synopsis:

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A CHOICE…
Laird Magnus Sutherland loves women. His prowess in the bedchamber has earned him the name Devil of Dunrobin, but no woman has ever stirred his heart. Magnus needs to provide his clan with an heir, which is the only reason he agrees to marry the neighboring chieftain’s sister. When his betrothed arrives, he discovers the chieftain has two sisters. If Magnus must bind himself to one woman, he intends to discover which is best suited to be his wife, for he wants more than a body to plant his seed. He wants a mate for life.

A CHALLENGE…
There are three reasons Lady Effie Reay refuses to vie for Laird Sutherland’s affections…

For one, she is thirty-two and would surely lose a competition to her beautiful, younger sister. Secondly, Laird Sutherland is a well-reputed rake, and she holds no desire to wed another faithless man. And thirdly, the sight of him makes her tingle, shiver and ache.

Will Effie be successful in thwarting Magnus’ advances, or will her body succumb to a temptation that can only lead to heartbreak?

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About Kimberly Killion:

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Internationally published author, Kimberly Killion, writes sexy historical romances. Her debut book was nominated for the romance-publishing industry’s highest award of distinction, the RITA® Award.

BEYOND WRITING CREDENTIALS, Kimberly is also the Owner/Creative Director/Photographer of The Killion Group, the umbrella company over Hot Damn Designs. With 24+ years of experience in marketing, communications and design, Kimberly holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Certificate in Web Design, and is an Adobe Certified Expert. The Killion Group has designed 5,000+ book covers and has 2,000+ clients, including Kensington Publishing, Amazon Publishing, Sourcebooks, Samhain, Trident Media Agency, Kristen Nelson Agency…and many, many more.

Connect with Kimberly at: Website | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads |Amazon

Excerpt:

They were perfect for one another, Effie decided as Laird Sutherland entered the Great Hall. Four of his kinsmen trailed him, all braw and thickly built, but none possessed the chieftain’s dominating presence. Hair, black as a raven’s eye, lay disheveled about his shoulders with a braid falling from each temple to mark his status. A sea-green and pale blue plaide, perfectly pleated, draped over a clean léine shirt, but what impressed her most was the arsenal he wore on his person—a basketsword hung from his hip, two daggers sheathed at his waist and the black handle of a sgian dubh poked out the top of deerskin boots.

He was a good match for Effie’s younger half sister, as well as Clan Mackay. Their union would make their clans a fearsome beast to behold. Clan Sutherland was known for their prowess in battle. They were powerful enough to protect themselves as well as Effie’s clan. The truth of the matter was, Clan Mackay needed Clan Sutherland more than Clan Sutherland needed the Mackays. And her brother knew it, which is one of the reasons Ian had traded their sister for an alliance after Da died.

The other reason was simple—Ian was as eager as Effie to see Vanna wed. Effie had taken over Vanna’s tutelage after Da ousted Vanna’s mam from the clan four years past. At nineteen, Vanna knew her letters and could manage a household, but Effie feared her sister might be a wee bit loose with her legs. Given Laird Sutherland’s lascivious reputation, Effie suspected he might find such a quality agreeable, so long as the girl took care not to spread her legs for his kinsmen.

’Twas a mistake Vanna’s mam had made.

Effie shook the thought out of her mind. Vanna was not to blame for Besse’s transgressions.

“Think ye the chieftain will like me?” Vanna swished long black hair over her shoulder and fiddled with the brooch pinning the heavy wool of her arisaid.

“The man agreed to the union in writing six months past. It matters naught if he likes ye.” The worry stitching Vanna’s thin black brows together made Effie wince. She would do well to remember Vanna was the daughter Da had coddled throughout her adolescence, unlike Effie who’d had two bairns in the nursery by nineteen. “I suspect ye will have Laird Sutherland feeding ye roasted almonds before dawn.” Effie gave her sister’s cold fingers a reassuring squeeze then stepped into her brother’s shadow where she belonged.

“Laird Mackay, welcome to Dunrobin.” The chieftains embraced in a fierce hug, smacking one another heartily on the back. “Ye must forgive my tardiness, but in my defense, ye are more than two months early. I didn’t expect ye and your retinue until the first thaw.” Laird Sutherland glanced down a line of Mackay warriors, all huddled in furs with melted snow beading their beards. He made a gesture toward one of his housecarls. Moments later, the fire burning in the hearth roared to life.

“A wee bit o’ snow cannot contain the young and impatient.” Ian’s cracked lips split into a wide smile beneath his thick copper-colored beard.

A wee bit o’ snow? Effie contained a snort. They’d traveled four days through a bleating blizzard, risking their horses’ health, as well as their own, because of Vanna’s impatience. Effie feared her toes would never thaw inside her worn leather brogues.

While the chieftains introduced their kinsmen, Effie peeked around her brother’s shoulder to study Laird Sutherland more closely. The man was as braw as they came. Black stubble shadowed his jaw but didn’t hide the strong angles of his chin and cheekbones. Silver-blue eyes the color of shallow seawater glittered beneath thick black brows. His nose, slender and straight, directed her gaze to sharply-defined lips.

Simply put, the man was…well, he was certainly easy to look upon.

Effie decided her sister had been blessed with good fortune, until Laird Sutherland turned toward his seneschal. A scar trailed a sinister red line from in front of his ear, down his thick neck and into his léine shirt.

Vanna sucked in air, her spine straightened.

Effie wanted to scold her. The girl slept peacefully night after night beneath the blanket of protection the Mackay warriors provided. War was essential to the security of their borders. No one knew this better than Effie. She had her own scars, though none marred her skin.

“Wake the servants and warm ale for our guests,” Laird Sutherland issued the order to no one in particular for his attention was now on Vanna. He added instructions to prepare their accommodations, then set himself before his betrothed.

“If this is your sister, then ye did her no justice in your missives.” Laird Sutherland eyed Vanna from tit to toe and awaited introductions.

Ian angled himself toward Vanna. “May I present Lady Vanna Mackay.”

Vanna’s smile could weaken any man’s resolve, and she knew it. She glossed her full lips, batted her curled black lashes and dipped low as Effie had taught her. “’Tis a pleasure to finally meet ye, m’laird.”

His bow was deep, reverent, but his eyes darkened with lust. ’Twas how men looked at Vanna. She possessed uncommon, exotic beauty, unlike Effie, who resembled every other green-eyed lass in the Highlands with unruly copper-colored curls and pale skin. The one physical attribute Effie had to her favor was her firm round breasts. Not that anyone ever noticed them.

Laird Sutherland noticed. His gaze flitted over Effie’s person then lingered long seconds on her breasts.

Her heart skidded, but she quickly pulled the seams of her mantle tighter around her bosom and tucked herself farther behind Ian.

“And who, pray tell, is this bonnie creature?”

Ian had to follow Laird Sutherland’s eyes before he replied, “This is Euphema Reay—”

“Effie, m’laird,” she corrected quickly and stepped forward beside Vanna to curtsey. As she stood upright, she glared at Ian. At four years her junior, Ian had the bitter disposition of a man twice his age. “I am my brother’s other sister.”

Laird Sutherland’s brows perked up, his head tilted, then his eyes shifted back to Ian. “I was not aware ye had two sisters.”

Ian scratched his beard. “I saw no point in mentioning it during our negotiations.”

Laird Sutherland’s gaze swept over her like a gust of heat before he met her eyes. “Are ye married, lass?”

“I’m widowed, m’laird.” She hated those words. Had hated them for two years.

“And past her years.” Ian’s callousness spiked her temper.

“I just turned two and thirty. I’m hardly dead.”

“Do ye still bleed?” Silence hummed in the wake of Laird Sutherland’s inquiry. The fire cracked in the hearth, raising the short hairs at her nape.

She considered herself keen, but it wasn’t until he asked his blatant question that she fully understood the path of the conversation. She held no desire to take another husband, much less take a husband from her sister. Staring wide-eyed at the rushes scattered about the floor, she felt almost ashamed when she answered, “Aye.”

Effie swore she heard Vanna’s teeth grind as Ian attempted to remedy the situation. “Forgive me, but ye agreed to marry Vanna in exchange for an alliance.”

“We’ll have our alliance.” He locked eyes with Ian. “But I’ll remind ye that I agreed to a union with your sister.” Laird Sutherland’s attention shifted between Vanna and Effie. “I’ll need a fortnight to decide which one is best suited to be my wife.”

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BEWARE OF ME

BY CYNTHIA EDEN

Walk on the wild side with New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Cynthia Eden’s dark new romantic suspense, BEWARE OF ME.

Criminal. Killer. Monster. Ethan Barclay has been called many things in life, and he usually doesn’t care what people say about him. He’s tough, hard, and brutal when he needs to be. But even the most dangerous of men can have a weakness. Ethan’s weakness has—and always will be—Carly Shay.

Their pasts are tied together—twisted and melded by blood and death. Walking away from Carly was the hardest thing that Ethan ever did, but it was also his one good deed. He knew Carly deserved far better than him, and he wanted her to have a perfect life, a life that didn’t involve paying for Ethan’s sins.

Only now the secrets from their past have been revealed, and Carly’s life is on the line. Ethan’s enemies, Carly’s enemies—the predators are closing in on them. But Ethan isn’t going to let Carly be threatened. He will move heaven and hell to protect her. He won’t lose Carly, not again, and for those foolish enough to try and take her from him…they are about to see just how deadly Ethan truly can be.

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AUTHOR BIO:

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Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller.  Cynthia is also a three-time finalist for the prestigious RITA® award . Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over fifty novels and novellas.

Cynthia is a “hybrid” author. She has published extensively with New York (her New York publishers include Avon, Kensington, Grand Central, and Harlequin), and she has also enjoyed success in her indie writing career.

Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate.  Her favorite hobbies including hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.

You can find Cynthia chatting daily on Twitter or on her Facebook page.


*** MY REVIEW ***

This is one of those books that sneak up and grab you by the throat. At first I wasn’t sure I would become invested in Ethan and Carly–his continual use of the term babe rankled–but then the author gives you a glimpse of how deeply committed they are to each other, enough to kill, and I was hooked.

I ended up reading far into the night because I needed to know what would happen next. Cynthia kept me on the edge of my seat for most of the novel.

A highly recommended read for anyone who likes a bad boy character with a heart of gold.

I give this book  kiss2kiss2kiss2kiss2

KINDLE SELECT: FRIEND OR FOE? #MFRWauthor #MGTAB #Kindle #SummerReading @jacqbiggar


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There’s been a lot of talk in recent months about the Kindle Select program and it’s perceived problems for authors.

I’ve entered the three-month term that KDP requires–which basically means you can’t place your ebook for sale with any other vendors during the time you’re in the select program–for each of my novels I’ve published, and I have to say I don’t regret it at all.

Thanks to the KU-Koll and the newly developed KENP (Kindle Edition Normalized Pages Read) my books are finding their way into readers hands, and I’m even getting some fans!

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As a new indie author, this means so much in terms of developing confidence in what I’m writing and discoverability for new-to-me-readers. Many rumors abound about Amazon and their so-called goal to take over the world.

So far as I’m concerned Amazon has always been a readers best friend and we, as authors, would be stupid not to realize that fact and embrace it, because they aren’t going anywhere.


I have a Kindle countdown deal running right now on my latest release, Twilight’s Encore. I hope you’ll consider trying this new author out and posting a review to share your experience with the book.

Thank you, and I hope you’re finding some great books this summer,

Jacquie Biggar

Third in the Wounded Hearts series

TWILIGHT’S ENCORE

by JACQUIE BIGGAR

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Ty Garrett loved Katy Fowler from the first moment he saw her. When

circumstances yank the young couple apart, Ty becomes angry and bitter.

Years later Katy returns to Tidal Falls to get married in her family’s

theatre, not expecting to run into Ty Garrett, the boy she’d never

forgotten. And worse than that, he is the man she needs to help

prepare the Twilight theatre for her upcoming wedding.

When a series of sabotages wreak havoc on the theatre and danger threatens

Katy’s life, can Ty save her and win back her love, or is it too late for these star-crossed lovers?

EXCERPT:

“Ty, I didn’t expect to see you here. That’s twice today. I’d almost think you had it planned.” Her steps faltered when she realized just where he was standing—in front of the condom section. She flapped a hand in front of her face, a futile attempt to calm her racing pulse and pink cheeks.

He eyed her embarrassment for an amused moment before leaning over and deliberately picking up a box of extra large—in his dreams—glow in the dark—really?—contraceptives. “Funny, that’s what I was going to say.” He dropped the box into the half-full basket he carried in one hand. “After all, sugar, I was here first.”

Her gaze helplessly followed the carton of Trojans. They landed on top of three cans of kitten food, various colorful toys, and some litter. Katy reached into the basket and plucked out a toy mouse. “Unless you’re into some kinky activities, Garrett, your cover is blown.” She pointed toward the shelves behind him filled with pet supplies.

He shrugged. “You’re the one who leapt to conclusions.”

She didn’t think he was talking about condoms.

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A BARON FOR BECKY BY JUDE KNIGHT #RegencyRomance #BellesInBlue #MFRWauthor #MGTAB @JudeKnightBooks


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A BARON FOR BECKY

by

JUDE KNIGHT

She was a fallen woman when she met them. How can they help her fall on her feet?

Book Blurb

Becky is the envy of the courtesans of the demi-monde – the indulged mistress of the wealthy and charismatic Marquis of Aldridge. But she dreams of a normal life; one in which her daughter can have a future that does not depend on beauty, sex, and the whims of a man.

Finding herself with child, she hesitates to tell Aldridge. Will he cast her off, send her away, or keep her and condemn another child to this uncertain shadow world?

The devil-may-care face Hugh shows to the world hides a desperate sorrow; a sorrow he tries to drown with drink and riotous living. His years at war haunt him, but even more, he doesn’t want to think about the illness that robbed him of the ability to father a son. When he dies, his barony will die with him. His title will fall into abeyance, and his estate will be scooped up by the Crown.

When Aldridge surprises them both with a daring proposition, they do not expect love to be part of the bargain.

Excerpt 

The maid must have added a fresh log to the fire just before they arrived. The top was still uncharred, but flames licked up from the bed of hot embers. A twig that jutted from one side suddenly flared, turned black, and shrivelled. The bottom of the log began to glow red.

The duchess spoke again, startling Becky out of her flame-induced trance.

“What do you want for your daughter, Mrs Darling?”

“A better life,” Becky said, suddenly fierce. “A chance to be respectable. A life that does not depend on the whims of a man.”

“The first two may be achievable,” the duchess said, dryly. “The third is unlikely in the extreme. And you expect my son to help you to this goal, I take it.”

Becky was suddenly tired of polite circling. “I was saving so that I could leave this life; start again in another place under another name. But my last protector cheated me and stole from me.

“I do what I must, Your Grace. Should I have killed myself when I was disgraced? I had no skills anyone wanted to buy. I could play the piano, a little; sew, but others were faster and better; paint, but indifferently; parse a Latin sentence, but not well. Should I have starved in the gutter where they threw me?

“Well, I wasn’t given that choice. Those who took me from the gutter knew precisely what I had that others would pay for. As soon as I could, I began selling it for myself, and I Will. Not. Be. Ashamed.”

Her vehemence did not ruffle the duchess’s calm. “We all do what we must, my dear. I am not judging you. Men have the power in this world, and we women of the gentry are raised to depend on them for our survival. But you must know that Aldridge cannot offer marriage to a woman with your history.”

Author bio

Jude Knight

Jude Knight writes strong determined heroines, heroes who can appreciate a clever capable woman, villains you’ll love to loathe, and all with a leavening of humour.

Jude Knight is the pen name of Judy Knighton. After a career in commercial writing, editing, and publishing, Jude is returning to her first love, fiction. Her novella, Candle’s Christmas Chair, was released in December 2014, and is in the top ten on several Amazon bestseller lists in the US and UK. Her first novel Farewell to Kindness, was released on 1 April, and is first in a series: The Golden Redepennings.

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Jude’s Other Books (on Amazon)

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Farewell to Kindness (Book One, the Golden Redepennings)

Jude graciously agreed to an Interview today 🙂

Do you outline your books or wing it?  Describe your process.

I outline. I have a skeleton plot clearly in my head before I start, and character sketches for all characters – detailed character interviews for my main characters. When I start, I write a few paragraphs per chapter, describing what is going to happen.

Then the characters take over, and new subplots appear, and people I thought were going to be important fade to insignificance, and new people wander into the story and take over.

I’ve learned to go with the flow. In my most recent books, I still have a skeleton plot, and a more detailed outline two or three chapters ahead of where I’m working. But not all the way to the end, because although I’ve so far finished more or less where I intended, anything could happen along the way.

How do you decide on setting?

My stories are plot and character driven, so I choose the setting to suit the needs of the story. That said, a setting will get stuck in my head, and I don’t always know why. Setting was important to Farewell to Kindness – more than a third of the book took place in a country village during the festival of Whitsunweek, which reflects my own fondness for country living and for the rhythms of the year.

It’s sequel, A Raging Madness, will largely centre around a journey on a canal from Chester to London. A plot need drives the decision, but canal boats and the culture of those who lived on them will become port of the story.

What genre(s) do you write in?  Why?

I write historical romance. It’s a broad area, and I can’t define my version of it more narrowly than that. Candle Christmas Chair is fairly traditional (though its heroine isn’t)—a sweet courtship story. Farewell to Kindness is a mix of romance, thriller, and mystery. A Baron for Becky has two heroes and one heroine, and doesn’t follow the rules at all. And at least some of the books to come will not stay even within the broadest of genre boundaries. I’m not good with boundaries.

Why do I write historical romance? I love history. I particularly love history that allows me and my readers to reflect on our own times, and the late Georgian is perfect for that. And, since stories are artificial constructs and where they start and finish is entirely optional, I chose to tell stories about heroes and heroines who find one another and work through their barriers and challenges towards the hope of happiness.

What is your favorite part of writing?

I love those moments when the plot elves are co-operating, the words fly into the computer as fast as the fingers can type, I’m not conscious of time passing or anything in my immediate environment, and I surface after minutes of total immersion to find that hours have passed. I love them especially when I read what I’ve written while ‘in the flow’, and it satisfies my soul. Those moments don’t come every day, but the hope of them keeps me going.

What is your least favorite part of writing?

I hate those times when every word has to be torn kicking and screaming from a reluctant, bleeding brain; when an hour’s writing produces 100 stolid limping words. They have to be endured, but I don’t have to like it.

Some writers edit excessively as they write; others wait until a novel is finished to do the bulk of editing.  How about you?

I’d do both. I enjoy editing. I think I’m a better editor than I am a writer. I tend to edit as I go, returning over the previous day’s work each morning, and also going back several chapters when a later chapter requires a plot point or a hint or a change in an earlier one.

If the story isn’t heading in the direction it needs to, I’ll stop and do a more substantive edit part way through. I’ve been known to completely reshape a story when halfway through.

And I certainly also do a complete edit once I’ve finished. On Farewell to Kindness, which is long and has many plot lines, major and minor, the editing was the most important part, allowing me to find out who I’d lost on the way through. At the time, I commented that I write like I knit: I keep dropping stitches and forgetting the pattern.

What’s the strangest thing you have ever done in the name of research?

I’ve researched some odd things and had some peculiar conversations. Soap. Invalid chairs. The best place for someone to have an injury that would cause him to bleed out and die. The scale of bribery at Newgate Prison. I’ve been known to stand in front of the mirror to examine the way the mouth and face move with different emotions, so I could describe them accurately. I’ve cooked archaic recipes to see how they work, and talked to experts in archaic skills and crafts for the same reason. But really, none of that is strange, is it?  

E-books, print, or both?  Any preferences?  Why?

I like e-books for the convenience of carrying them, but I prefer research books to be in print so I can easily flip from one place to another.

Please tell us your experiences with social media.  What are your favorite and least favorite parts of it?

I’ve met many good people on social media, including the Bluestocking Belles who have become my friends and partners. I like that social media allows us to talk to readers all over the world: a grand 24 hour, 365-day a year book tour. It is a great blessing, and it can be a huge time waster. My least favourite part of social media is the hours it can munch if I’m not disciplined.

What do you read? Do you read different genres when you’re writing versus not writing?

I read widely. A lot of historical romance. Some history. SF. Mystery. Mainstream. I don’t read much paranormal or many thrillers. I enjoy alternative history stories. I read biographies and history non-fiction. Also popular science books.

When I’m writing, I tend to read only books that are relevant to my current topic. I get very focused.

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GIRL CODE #MFRWauthor #MGTAB #amreading #romance #CaitJarrod


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Hi Everyone!

Writers In Crime gals and me had a great time writing stories of friendship and romance. Below is a snippet from FAITH.

Giveaway below!

Happy Reading!

~Cait

 

 

GIRL CODE: An anthology:

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All proceeds from sales are going to the Wounded Warriors Project.

Introduction by Julie Ann Walker.

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Girl Code blurb:

Four best friends struggle with decisions that affect their lives, their hearts, and their futures. As sisters, they embrace the Girl Code.

HOPE
Josephine “Joey” Lockhart escapes her past, herself and her home town of Pearl, Ohio to Florida after high school. Years later, she meets a man that refuses to let her hide behind her camera lens and encourages her out of her shell. Will he be the one to push her to feel for the first time?

LIVE
After seven years in drug hell, detoxing Juliette “Juls” Carrington returns to her hometown Pearl to attend her grandmother’s burial. Once more rejected by her family, she has a swim in a pond nearby when a mysterious camper, an ex-drunk, coaxes her to come to his hut in the woods. Together they must fight their inner demons for a chance to love…and live.

FAITH
Selena Bodine escaped into the United States Air Force to leave behind a painful past and the one man who she refused to let herself love. Years later, an urgent call from her father brings her back to Pearl, Ohio and face to face with the man she still loves. But will the secret that Cullen is investigating her threaten their second chance?

PERSISTENCE
Laydi Michaels has been running away from her past and bad memories for years. Finding herself wasn’t an easy task, but she’s managed to finally get to a point to where she wants to be. Only to wake up married to her boss….who fired her the night before. Wrapped in a case that puts her life in danger, and dealing with a grave situation back home in Pearl, Laydi figures out she wasn’t close to finding herself, and now, she’s risked everything.

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FAITH EXCERPT:

She closed her eyes and sucked in the indescribable ache hitting her ribs with a force of a jagged knife. Not only did she walk away from him, she crossed a line with her sisters. What must they think of her? “Thank you for the beer.” She set her bottle on the table and rose.

He moved, blocking her path. “No,” he snapped. “You’re not walking away again.”

She recoiled, gazed into the blue eyes she loved, and couldn’t stop the quiver in her chin. “I’m sorry. I never meant to hurt you.”

He brought her wrist up between them, and set her hand on his chest. “There’s nothing to be sorry for.” His words filled with such affection, such determination, tingles raced over her skin.

“This is messed up,” she whispered, yet didn’t remove her hand. She couldn’t leave his comfort. Curling and uncurling her fingers, she spread her hand further to touch more of him. “I feel things that scare me. Remember things I didn’t know I did.”

He pressed a kiss to her forehead. “We’ll take it slow,” he said and tucked his chin until her gaze settled on his. “Okay?”

She nodded, and he pressed his mouth to hers in a feather-soft caress filled with gentleness and longing. His hand stayed against her lower back and the curve of her butt.

Through her yoga pants, heat radiated from his fingers. She prayed he’d move them lower.

As if he’d read her thoughts, he cupped a butt cheek and squeezed. His lips and tongue moved over hers like a fine-oiled machine, as if they’d kissed a hundred times.

She snuggled into him further, melted into the contour of his body, his hard plains aligning with her perfectly.

But she had to go. She needed time, distance, air. “I can’t.”

A low growl vibrated from him. She placed a kiss on his neck and laid her head against him, absorbing his comfort and warmth.

“The paper I gave you,” she said slowly, unsure exactly how she would proceed in bringing up what she’d done and the reason for it.

“The sketch?” He lifted a brow, confusion and something else she couldn’t name stretching across his features, and placed a hand on his pocket.

Her heart leapt so hard, she feared it would jump out of her chest, which made the raw emotions she faced harder.

“It may look like lines, a drawing, but it’s more. It reveals what I want most from life.” The pain of sharing something so deep, so personal with someone was difficult, yet with him, it felt right. “Research it. At the time, I couldn’t give any more,” she whispered next to his ear and kissed his cheek. Forcing a smile, she moved past him, down the steps, and headed home.

Author bios and contacts:

Cait Jarrod

 “I write what I love to read – Romantic Suspense/Mystery- I love writing and creating the meet-cue (the point where the hero and heroine meet) to the blossoming of the romance. Add a suspenseful plot or a good mystery to the equation and the perfect book is born to curl up to and lose yourself in, taking you away from reality, troubles.”

As a child, I entertained myself for hours playing pretend, but not with dolls and such. I created stories and pictured them in my mind, sometimes even acted them out, my well preserved secret until now. I spent years after leaving school trying to figure out my niche. Not being a literary enthusiast, I never thought my childhood pastime would lead in this direction.

In life, one door closes and another opens, so I’m told. This was true for me. I lost my mother, my best friend, to cancer. After a year without her, I picked up her favorite hobby…reading. After one book, a romantic suspense, I was hooked. In the past, I’d fall asleep after a few minutes of reading. Now, books rank up there with a good red wine. It didn’t take long for my childhood muse to come back in adult version urging me to put the scenes in my head on paper.

I hope I have provided you with the escape similar to the ones I conjured in childhood and rediscovered as an adult, and I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I have loved creating them.

Cait’s debut novel, Kidnapped Hearts won awards in the categories of Best Happily Ever After and Best Suspense. Cait lives in Virginia with her husband and three daughters.

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D.C. Stone
“I write romantic suspense because I can connect with it, and love the thrill of kicking ass and being sexy while you’re at it.”

D.C. Stone is an e-book author and full-time fraud investigator when she isn’t diving into the world of Fiction. After serving eight years of service with the United States Air Force, she went on to transition into the world of Financial Crimes and became a lead investigator for many years. When she isn’t trying to solve a new puzzle in the world of fraud, she is engulfed with coffee, her laptop, and all those crazy characters in her head. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers, Kiss of Death, and the Liberty State Fiction Writers. Come stop by on Facebook, Twitter or her website and say hello!

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Jessica Jayne
My writing interests vary much like my reading interests. Though I mainly write romance type novels with a spicy twist, I have lived what some might call a suspenseful life. As a survivor of stalking and sexual assault, I learned the ins and outs of the legal system pretty quickly. It helped to precipitate my interest in getting my law degree… that and the fact that I grew up around attorneys. So adding suspense to my writing is no big surprise to me or anyone that knows me.”

I am a born and raised small town Ohio girl, who moved to the Sunshine State after graduating from college. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English because I could not imagine doing anything else but reading and writing. It is such a pleasure to be able to share all the stories in my head!

In the journey of life, I got my law degree (and license) and also became a wife and a mother of three children. So, life is always an adventure.

I love to read and write… obviously! I’m a huge sports fan, especially college football and the Ohio State Buckeyes!  Go Steelers!  Go Rays! Go Lightning! I LOVE to travel… LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to travel. And I love sharing my love to travel with my children. Did I say I love to travel? I love to drink coffee in the morning and tea at night! I love a good glass of wine, especially if it comes from a bottle made by the FOOLS wine club… yep, I’m a founding member of that crazy group!  J  I love hanging out with my family and my friends!  Music makes me happy. I’m a mix between country girl and city chic. But I love nothing more than putting on my jean shorts, tank top, cowboy boots and hat and watching Tim McGraw or Eric Church belt it out!  I’m a sucker for a cowboy hat!  J

Favorite quote:  “If nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies.”

Find Jessica at:

Website: http://jessicajayneauthor.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Jessica-Jayne/388268367912903

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6545547.Jessica_Jayne

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Lea Bronsen
“I love how well-chosen words can make your heart beat a little faster.”

Lea Bronsen likes her reads fast, hot, and edgy, and strives to give her own stories the same intensity. After venturing into dirty inner-city crime drama with her debut novel Wild Hearted, she divides her writing time between psychological thriller, romantic suspense, and erotic contemporary romance.

She is signed with Evernight Publishing, Decadent Publishing, and Insatiable Press.

Find Lea at:

Website: http://leabronsen.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeaBronsen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LeaBronsen

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6966248.Lea_Bronsen

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lea-Bronsen/e/B00BTFT8KS

Email: leabronsen@yahoo.com

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In DESIRED, the newest novel by award-winning author Anna Jeffrey, Miranda March is committed to taking care of her ailing mother. But when handsome and rich Harvey (Tack) Tackett reappears in her life after a passionate one-night stand, Miranda’s world is turned upside down. Trying to have a romantic relationship with Tack or any man would be as hard as mixing oil and water. Can she solve the conundrum and find a happy-ever-after with Tack?


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Miranda March wears her extraordinary beauty like a mask to conceal her emotional vulnerability. A successful small businesswoman, she might appear to be in control of her universe, but ever in the back of her mind is the one thing that can yank the rug out from under her at any moment: Her mother who suffers from mental illness.

Enter handsome, sensual—and rich—Harvey (Tack) Tackett, a friend of a friend, in town overnight on business. The instant they meet, Miranda feels a connection that stirs her to break one of the rules she lives by—no foolish flings with men passing in the night. After a night of passionate lovemaking like she’s never known, profound emotions emerge. She believes the feeling is mutual. But Tack leaves town without so much as a call and she hears no more from him. As she struggles to overcome her disappointment, she learns her mother has sunk into a depression that calls for immediate attention. Miranda has no choice but to move Mom in to live with her. Her life will never be the same.

From out of the blue, Tack reappears. But it’s too late. Miranda is committed to her duty to her mother. Trying to have a romantic relationship with Tack or any man would be as hard as mixing oil and water. She has already tried and failed at that. Can she solve the conundrum and find a happy-ever-after with Tack?

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About Anna Jeffrey:

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Anna Jeffrey is an award-winning author of mainstream romance novels as well as romantic comedy/mystery. She has authored and published 11 romance novels under the pseudonym of Anna Jeffrey and co-authored 7 as USA Today Bestselling author, Dixie Cash.

Anna Jeffrey’s books have won the Write Touch Readers’ Award, the Aspen Gold, and the More Than Magic awards. Her books have placed or finaled in the Colorado Romance Writers award, the Golden Quill and Southern Magic as well as the Write Touch Readers’ Award, the Aspen Gold,  the More than Magic awards and the NEC Readers’ Choice Award. She is a member of Romance Writers of America.

Anna is a fifth generation Texan. She was born and grew up in West Texas, where most of her family members were farmers and ranchers or worked in the oil fields.

She has always been a voracious reader. As a child, she participated in storytelling competitions. As she grew older, she competed in writing contests. At some point, she developed an ambition to write fiction, but life got in the way. She left Texas for many years and lived in four of the western states, a rich experience she’ll never forget. Only after she returned to Texas, did she sit down and try her hand at fiction. Most of her stories begin with the premise of ordinary people facing unexpected life events and handling them in an honorable, courageous way.

She loves most things western, from the customs and culture to the philosophy of life. She enjoys many hobbies, i.e., reading, painting and drawing, crafting, needlework and beading among others.

These days, she’s back home in Texas. She and her husband currently live in a small town not far from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

Connect with Anna:  Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads

Anna kindly agreed to share some of her secrets to success with us today.

Tips for up and coming writers

The first tip I would give any writer is read good books. And read and read. Read authors whose prose you admire, whose stories have the flavor you would like to convey in your own writings. If your goal is to write romances novels, read in the romance genre. If you want to write thrillers, read in that genre. Watch good movies with dramatic stories. (And by that, I mean “real” stories. A movie of 2 hours of explosions is not a real story.) Not only will you be entertained, you will subconsciously learn story structure.

Never stop learning. A long time ago, one of the college exercises used in teaching writing was to have a student choose a book and re-write it in longhand word for word. The object was not to plagiarize. Something about writing in longhand brands the memory with the style of the writing, the twist of a phrase, the complexity of the sentences and even good grammar. I’ve done this. Years back, I did choose a book I liked and re-wrote it on a yellow tablet in longhand. I only worked at it a little bit every day, so it took forever. But when I finished, I realized I had seen things subtle little things in the writing that I hadn’t seen before, so I had learned something.

Learning to be a grammarian will save you hours of time and make your writing smarter. I have half a dozen books on grammar, but my favorite is “Woe is I” by Patricia O’Connor. It’s a small book that’s quick and easy to use. It might be hard to call yourself a writer if you can’t put together a sentence using correct grammar.

Learn to punctuate correctly. It’s hard to construct complex sentences if you don’t know how to punctuate them. Incorrect punctuation might cause you to say something you don’t mean. This is in the same category as learning good grammar.

Become your own best editor. Ernest Hemingway’s genius was being able to say volumes in very few words. Even if you don’t admire Ernest Hemingway, learn to trim the fat from your prose. It will streamline your writing and make it easy to read. Start with killing adverbs, then adjectives. Take a critical look at all of your adverbs and adjectives, including phrases that act as such. I know how challenging this is. Even after all of the words I’ve written, I still battle with it. ….. Remember that the average reading level in the US is 8th grade, so never use a 50-cent word when a 5-cent word will do.

Choose a writing guru who has studied journalism, as Ernest Hemingway had. No one has learned to trim fat writing better than someone who has studied journalism. Example: Michael Connelly.

You can never have a story with too much dialogue. One of the sweeps I do after I finish a book is to go back through it and check all of the narrative to see if I could somehow say it in dialogue. Dialogue is showing. Narrative is telling. Dialogue is the epitome of characterization.

Avoid anachronisms in dialogue. They distract, even annoy, readers and make you look dumb. Learn how to write realistic speech for the era in which you want to set your story. Read books that portray the era, study how the author has handled the dialogue. If you write contemporary, eavesdrop to learn how people speak. Take notes. Learn slang. Many books are available on slang from different eras and different cultures. Buy a couple for reference.

Last but not least, do the chair time. Park your butt in the chair in front of your computer and produce. Finish a manuscript. No matter what else I’m doing, I manage to write for at least 30 minutes every day. If I’m really pressed, I set a kitchen timer for 30 minutes and don’t allow anything to interrupt me for that little bit of time. I’ve done that for 20 years. By that method, I’ve held down an outside job, run an outside small business and written 18 novels. Discipline yourself and accomplishment will sneak up on you.

Above all, don’t be boring.

Great advice Anna. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom. I especially like the part about never having too much dialogue!

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JULIE ANN WALKER

Blurb

In a world on the brink…

Six men. One sunken Spanish galleon. Millions in gold and silver coins lying on the ocean floor. And a past that refuses to let the guys of Deep Six Salvage forget the Navy SEAL motto: the only easy day was yesterday…

There’s more than one kind of treasure…

The nation’s security has always been CIA agent Olivia Mortier’s top priority. But a mission-gone-wrong has begun to make her wonder if there’s more to life than risking hers.

And more than one secret at the bottom of the sea…

Only two things could make Leo Anderson abandon his hunt for the legendary lost ship, La Santa Christina, and return to the world of weapons and warfare he swore to leave behind: a capsule of enriched uranium, lost on the ocean floor, and a plea for assistance from the one woman he can’t seem to forget…

Author Bio

Julie Ann Walker

Julie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of award-winning romantic suspense. She has won the Book Buyers Best Award, been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Bookseller’s Best Award, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award. Her books have been described as “alpha, edgy, and downright hot.” Most days you can find her on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission.

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*** My review ***

My absolute favorite thing is when a writer manages to bring the characters to blazing life on the page. Julie does that in spades with Hell or High Water.

This book is filled with beautifully done imagery and not-soon-to-be-forgotten lines from a cast of hard as nails ex-Navy SEAL’s. One of my favorites was from Leo the Lion Anderson:

“I know I’m a bad person.” And that had her gaze snapping up to search his face. “I think you have to have a bit of bad in you to do what we do. But we’re bad people workin’ on the good side. And that makes it okay. Because the bad people workin’ on the good side are the only things standin’ between the good people and the bad people who are workin’ on the bad side. Every lie I’ve ever told, every life I’ve ever taken was in the name of keepin’ innocents safe. And that’s what lets me sleep at night.”

Walker, Julie Ann (2015-07-07). Hell or High Water (The Deep Six) (Kindle Locations 3385-3390). Sourcebooks. Kindle Edition.

Dialogue such as the piece above kept this story fresh and enjoyable for me. I caught myself reading with a smile on my lips more than once. You can’t ask for better than that. 🙂

If I had to give anything negative at all, it was the amount of sex scenes in the book. I ended up skipping over a lot of it to get to the good stuff. If you’re looking for a great read full of fresh phrases and hard to forget characters, this one’s for you.

I give this book  kiss2kiss2kiss2kiss2kiss2