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26. Review: Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

One of my favorite reads of 2014, Burn for Me is an action packed race to save Houston from a psychopathic mage who uses fire to level anything in his path.  Set in an alternate world where a serum gave some people incredible magic powers, Nevada is a private investigator struggling to make ends meet for her family.  When she’s given the mission to bring in Adam Pierce before he kills anyone else, she knows that she’s a sacrificial scapegoat for the powerful families that own her firm and rule Houston.   Nevada can tell if someone is lying to her, and she knows that everything she’s been told so far is a lie.

Mad Rogan is after Adam Pierce for reasons of his own.  He’s another human with unmatched destructive powers and even fewer ethics.  He can kill with the flick of his wrist, arouse with a thought, and reduce a city to rubble.  I loved this guy!  He does what he wants, with little regard for the consequences, because for Mad Rogan, there are no consequences.  Wealthy beyond belief, powerful beyond measure,  Mad Rogan is godlike with his powers.  He is an indifferent, brutally decisive god who doesn’t hesitate to act, and it’s a good thing for Nevada, because without his help, however reluctantly she’s accepted it, she would be toast.  Literally.

Nevada is a very strong heroine who doesn’t realize the extent of her magic.  She knows that she can tell if someone is telling the truth, but she doesn’t know that she can compel another to speak the truth.  Mad Rogan discovers this, rather unpleasantly, when someone tries to kill Nevada’s grandmother.  I thought he deserved it.  He’s a guy you can’t entirely trust, and after their initial introduction (he kidnaps she), I didn’t think he would ever come across as a convincing romantic lead.  He did.  That’s part of the magic of this book.  Nevada’s influence on him changes him.  Mad Rogan has willingly done terrible, terrible things, things he doesn’t regret or even feel the slightest twinge of remorse over, but Nevada tempers his impulses to just let loose with his magic, at least when someone isn’t trying to kill them. 

I loved this book!  I wasn’t going to read it at first because of the cover, which I don’t think represents the book well at all.  I thought it would be a PNR with lots of sexy times – it’s not.  It’s more of an urban fantasy with a strong heroine, a badass hero who finally meets his match, and a whole lot of sexual chemistry.  And a ton of adrenaline-laced action scenes.  I LOVED it!  I want MOAR!!   And I want it NOW!!

Grade: A

Review copy proved by my local library

From Amazon:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews launches a brand-new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more dangerous desire . . .

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile situation. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run and wanting to surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

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27. Spotlight and Giveaway: Texas Cowboy Blog Tour Featuring Carolyn Brown and Linda Broday

I can’t get enough cowboys, so I’m excited to be part of the Texas Cowboy blog tour with Carolyn Brown and Linda Broday.  Make sure you enter the giveaway below!

They are tough, hard working, and have the manners their mama gave them. Is it no wonder that readers are in love with the ultimate hero — cowboys. Today we’ve got Western romance authors Carolyn Brown and Linda Broday to explain the tricks and tips their heroes have up their sleeves when they go after the woman of their hearts.

 

Linda Broday:  Rancher Cooper Thorne, the oldest of his blood brothers, is the hero in Texas Mail Order Bride. He’s the founder of the Battle Creek Bachelors Club and has vowed to never marry because of his horrific past. He’s happy being a bachelor or so he tells himself. So he’s downright fit to be tied when Delta Dandridge steps off the stagecoach claiming to be the bride he sent for. And then her refusal to go back where she came from just adds salt to the wound. It isn’t long though before he finds that maybe Delta is what he needs. She sure brought excitement and spice to his life.

When it comes to wooing a lady, Cooper says:

“A man has to get her dander up first, knock her off balance. A spirited woman says and does things without thinking them through. Once I get her good and furious she’s putty in my hands. Of course, I apologize and smooth all those pretty, ruffled feathers and that gets me close enough to kiss her. A woman does love an apologetic man who sees the error of his ways. I invite her to supper, which she feels obliged to accept. Talk about her dreams and plans for the future. That way I learn two things: what’s lurking in that mysterious head that few men have glimpsed inside and also find out how those things may involve me. Afterward, I walk her home, kiss her goodnight, and tell her how pretty she is in the moonlight. One thing leads to another and, before you know it, I’m making love to her. Did I mention that I do love a spirited woman with grit?”

I hope you’ll try Texas Mail Order Bride and if you like it, look for Twice a Texas Bride coming in May.

Carolyn Brown: Let me introduce myself. I’m Sawyer O’Donnell and I kind of fell into this job on Fiddle Creek in The Trouble with Texas Cowboys. I didn’t come to Burnt Boot lookin’ for a job but I damn sure found one. I didn’t expect to have to share the bunk house with a feisty red head but I damn sure had to. There were two cowboys after her hand and both of them were rich beyond words and could give her anything in the world so what chance did I have. All I could do was cook and give a great foot massage. And listen when she talked so I knew what she really wanted for Valentine’s Day. It was all a matter of giving her my time and heart which was a good thing because I sure didn’t have the money to give her what those Gallagher and Brennan cowboys offered.

Title: The Trouble With Texas Cowboys

Author: Carolyn Brown

Release Date: January 6, 2015

Genre: Contemporary (Western) Romance

Summary

Can a girl ever have too many cowboys?

No sooner does pint-sized spitfire Jill Cleary set foot on Fiddle Creek Ranch than she finds herself in the middle of a hundred-year-old feud. Quaid Brennan and Tyrell Gallagher are both tall, handsome, and rich…and both are courting Jill to within an inch of her life. She’s doing her best to give these feuding ranchers equal time-too bad it’s dark-eyed Sawyer O’Donnell who makes her blood boil and her hormones hum…

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Author Biography

Carolyn Brown is a New York Times bestselling author with more than sixty books published, and credits her eclectic family for her humor and writing ideas. Carolyn was born in Texas but grew up in southern Oklahoma where she and her husband, Charles, a retired English teacher, make their home. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them young.

Social Networking Links

Website: http://carolynlbrown.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carolyn-Brown/198727816879253

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13554.Carolyn_Brown

Title: Texas Mail Order Bride

Author: Linda Broday

Release Date: January 6, 2015

Genre: Historical (Western) Romance

Summary

Rancher Cooper Thorne thinks his life is finally on an even keel. But when mail-order bride Delta Dandridge steps off the stagecoach and claims he sent for her, he scrambles to set her straight. The tempestuous woman makes him see red and also challenges all his vows to remain a bachelor. It turns out Delta Dandridge is going to set Cooper Thorne straight about a few things…

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Author Biography

A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Linda Broday writes western historical romance. She lives in the Texas Panhandle on the Llano Estacado where the American Indian and Comancheros once roamed. She’s always been fascinated with cowboys and the American West way of life because to her these men and women embody strength. Her desire to keep history alive is what drives her to write unforgettable characters.

Social Networking Links

Website: http://lindabroday.com

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

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1204489.Linda_Broday

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28. What is Your Genre in 2015?


Another month to think about writing  progress and wish you all great success with your endeavours, whether you are writing sci-fi, steamy romance, an edge of the seat thriller... so many choices.

Are you going to cling to your tried and trusted genre, or are you brave and going to branch out into new territory in 2015?
Whatever you decide, all the luck in the world!

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29. TURNING PAGES: GONE TOO FAR, by Natalie Richards

"In third grade, it was spies vs. ninjas. What started as a pick-your-side game became an invitation-only club. In fourth grade, it was the seats on the back of the bus. By fifth, it was lunch tables. Year after year, the same kids found their way... Read the rest of this post

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30. Interview and Giveaway: Jessica Peterson, Author of The Millionaire Rogue

 

This morning Jessica Peterson stopped by for a chat, and she brought along a copy of her latest release for you to win!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Jessica!  Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Jessica Peterson] Books, country music, romance, wine.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Millionaire Rogue?

[Jessica Peterson] Sure!  This book was so much fun to write.  A couple of years ago I was researching the Hope Diamond and discovered it appeared, mysteriously, in 1812 London.  This was the spark for my HOPE DIAMOND TRILOGY.  How fun to set a trio of romances amidst the intrigue of a cursed diamond with a checkered past?  I couldn’t resist!

THE MILLIONAIRE ROGUE follows banker Thomas Hope and debutante Sophia Blaise as they try – and fail! – to resist each other following the theft of a fifty-carat diamond from Hope’s ballroom.  I remember brainstorming an outline for MILLIONAIRE and being overwhelmed by how quickly – and strongly – the first few scenes came to me.  As a writer who often struggles with plot, it was such a thrill to have the pieces of Thomas and Sophia’s puzzle fall together like they did.  No book is easy to write, but writing these two characters, detailing their adventures, was really a joy.

I’d like to think Thomas is a somewhat quiet – but intense – hero.  I found him to be charming, adorable, and, like Sophia, irresistible.  He’s got a shady past (who doesn’t?), but there is something endearing about him – he always tries to do right by those he loves.

Sophia is a heroine after my own heart.  I think we all, at some point in our lives, struggle with disconnect between who we think we should be – what we should want, who we should be with – and who we really are.  Sophia is no exception; while she thinks she wants to marry a man with a title and castle, the man who really makes her happy has neither of those things.  I loved exploring this internal conflict

[Manga Maniac Cafe]  Can you share your favorite scene?

[Jessica Peterson] It’s no secret that I love – LOVE! – writing kissing scenes.  There are a few of them in THE MILLIONAIRE ROGUE; I’d have to say my favorite is the first kissing scene, when Thomas and Sophia are forced to kiss – only to discover that they like kissing each other very much.  They share another smooch later that night in the rain.  That scene is definitely a close second.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

[Jessica Peterson] The characters.  I really liked writing a softer hero this time around – he’s like the nice guy who also happens to be very handsome and very rich.  And Sophia was such a joy to visit with everyday.  They are so witty and so real to me; and they had quite a lot of fun together themselves.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?

[Jessica Peterson] Yikes, that’s a good question.  My husband makes fun of me for having a car full of empty water bottles.  I have a phobia of being thirsty, I guess, because I take water with me EVERYWHERE.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.

[Jessica Peterson] You’re in luck.  I just organized my office, so there’s nothing here to scare you.  I’ve got my planner, a cup of iced coffee, and a notebook filled to the brim with notes on book 3!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?

[Jessica Peterson] Love this question.  I just got back from a trip to England, where my husband and I did a good bit of sightseeing in London.  Of all the things I saw, the thing that struck me most was a neck ruffle from the Elizabethan period.  I’d trade places with Queen Elizabeth I, just so I could see that neck ruffle in action.  I’m so curious what life was like back then – what people looked like, how bad their teeth were.  I’d love to meet Shakespeare and Kit Marlowe.  And I’d like to know if the food they ate was really as weird tasting as we think it is.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] You have been granted the use of one superpower for one week.  Which power would you choose, and what would you do with it?

[Jessica Peterson] I’d choose the power of being able to live in movies and TV shows.  Then I’d go live in THE HOLIDAY for a few days, followed by PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (the Keira Knightley version) and then, because I love Benedict Cumberbatch, SHERLOCK.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?

[Jessica Peterson] I just finished Tessa Dare’s ANY DUCHESS WILL DO.  It was unbelievably good.  I also loved ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins, LONGBOURN by Jo Baker, THE HOOK UP by Kristen Callihan, and Julie Anne Long’s IT HAPPENED ONE MIDNIGHT (can you tell I love romance?!).  All amazing reads.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Jessica Peterson] I love to interact with readers, whether it’s via Goodreads, my Facebook page, my Twitter feed, or my blog.  Drop a line and say hello!  

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8108644.Jessica_Peterson

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

Twitter: @JessicaPAuthor

Blog: http://jessicapeterson.com/blog/

Thanks, Julie, for having me!

About the book:

In an age of stately decorum, the Hope Diamond was a source of delicious intrigue—and a font of unimaginable adventure…
Though not of noble birth, Thomas Hope has a skill in banking that’s made him one of the richest, most trusted men in London. Still, he keeps his dubious past hidden. So when an old acquaintance calls on Hope to help acquire the infamous French Blue Diamond, he’s desperate to be discreet. He never expects that his biggest concern shouldn’t be losing his reputation, but his heart…
Sophia Blaise is determined to make a brilliant match with this season’s most eligible, most titled bachelor, but her true passion has been ignited by the incredible stories she hears while secretly transcribing the memoirs of a notorious Madam. After a night of clandestine writing ends with Sophia caught up in a scandalous adventure of her own—with an alluring banker—she begins to question whether she’s suited to the proper life she’s always known…
Caught up in a thrilling exploit and unexpected romance, Sophia must make a choice between what her head knows is safe and what her heart desperately desires, before both slip from her grasp forever…

About the Author:

Jessica Peterson began reading romance to escape the decidedly unromantic awkwardness of her teenage years. Having found solace in the likes of Rhett Butler and Mr. Darcy, it wasn’t long before she began creating tall, dark, and handsome heroes of her own.

A graduate of Duke University, Jessica worked at an investment bank before leaving to pursue her writerly dreams. She lives with her husband, the tall, dark, and handsome Mr. Peterson, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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31. Spotlight and Giveaway: How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy by Vanessa Kelly

I have an excerpt and giveaway for Vanessa Kelly’s latest release, How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy.  Enjoy! 

How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy

Renegade Royals # 3

By: Vanessa Kelly

Releasing January 6th, 2014

Zebra / Kensington

Blurb

Whether as spies or lovers, the Renegade Royals—illegitimate sons of England’s Royal Princes—are bold, skillful, and a force to be reckoned with…

A war hero returned from Waterloo should be able to indulge in a bit of bad behavior. Instead, Captain William Endicott is summoned by his father, the Duke of York, to investigate an assassination plot. The unlikely suspect: William’s former sweetheart. Will can’t believe that innocent Evie Whitney could be mixed up in anything so nefarious. Then again, almost everything about Evie has changed—except for his body’s instinctive response to hers…

Just as Evie’s life is finally coming together, Will saunters back into it. Should she slap him—or seduce him? Even as she tries to decide, scandal pushes her toward marriage with a man she can neither trust nor resist—and into the heart of a deadly conspiracy…

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/08/how-to-plan-wedding-for-royal-spy.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21535290-how-to-plan-a-wedding-for-a-royal-spy?from_search=true

Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes | iTunes | Kobo

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B&N: http://bit.ly/1o55dzl

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/books/How-Plan-Wedding-Royal-Spy/LdpzSQL3f0upseUTInTZmA?MixID=LdpzSQL3f0upseUTInTZmA&PageNumber=1

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/how-to-plan-wedding-for-royal/id883292201?mt=11

Author Info

Vanessa Kelly is an award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance.” Her Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance. Her current series, The Renegade Royals is a national bestseller. Vanessa also writes USA Today bestselling contemporary romance with her husband, under the pen name of VK Sykes.

Author Links: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Website: www.vanessakellyauthor.com

Blog: http://www.vanessakellyauthor.com/vanessa-blog/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VanessaKellyAut

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1vCc1Zs

Excerpt:

Will and his fellow spy, Alec Gilbride, must find a way to speak with Evie and her suitor, Michael Beaumont, who they suspect of treason:

Will didn’t much enjoy approaching Evie like he would an enemy, but he nodded his agreement. Alec wandered off at an angle, as if heading to speak to Lord Reese, before casually strolling around to come up behind Evie. Will, meanwhile, made a head-on approach.

When he was still several feet away, he could see Evie’s shoulders go up around her ears as if she sensed him nearing, even in the midst of a serious conversation with Beaumont. She turned her head, snagging Will’s gaze. Behind the glint of reflected candlelight on her spectacle lenses, her eyes widened with dismay.

Damn.

Aside from her evident distrust making his job more difficult, he hated the idea that she wasn’t comfortable around him. He supposed it was inevitable given the years apart and the way he’d disappointed her, but he didn’t share her unease. From the first moment he’d seen her today, he’d been overcome by a sense of familiarity so strong it had robbed him of breath. Was it merely a reactive instinct to returning to his childhood haunts? He’d not felt that way when visiting with Aunt Rebecca only a few weeks ago, but perhaps the sorrow over his uncle’s death had mitigated the cheer of that particular homecoming.

Beaumont, noticing Evie’s distraction, had broken off and turned to face Will with a puzzled look on his features. When their gazes met, Beaumont’s head jerked back as if he had just sighted the enemy. He moved a step closer to Evie, one hand disappearing behind her back, and Will had little doubt that Beaumont’s hand now rested protectively on her waist. Obviously, the man had good instincts where his almost-fiancée was concerned—a useful if unwelcome bit of knowledge.

“Wolf . . . Will . . . good evening,” Evie stammered. “It’s . . . it’s nice to see you again.”

Evie’s awkwardness in company was nothing new. But awkwardness with him was. Will gave her a slight bow and the warmest smile in his arsenal.

Her smooth complexion pinked up with a pretty blush and her generous bosom rose and fell on a quick exhalation of breath, the plump mounds straining against her bodice. It took a great deal of willpower on his part to resist the temptation to take a longer glance down.

“I’m glad I accepted Matt’s invitation,” he said. “It’s been like coming home, seeing Maywood Manor and all my old friends.”

Her full mouth thinned into a narrow line as she transformed from flustered to annoyed in the space of one breath. “One could wonder that you didn’t make the trip sooner, but never mind. I’m glad you’re enjoying yourself. Certainly my mother seems happy to see you.”

Ah, now that was a tidy detail. She obviously thought her mother was up to something too.

Beaumont glanced at Evie and cleared his throat in a pointed fashion. Her shoulders jerked even higher and her cheeks went from pink to red.

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32. Spotlight: Unbound by Sara Humphreys

Sara Humphreys has a new novella hitting stores shelves today.  You can order it for only .99! 

 

Blurb of UNBOUND

The forces that bind them can also tear them apart…

Zachary McKenna is a warrior shapeshifter from the Lion Clan, trying to catch a break in the sun and surf of Mexico. Mai Tais and scantily clad beach beauties are just what he needs after his last battle. But the fun doesn’t last long before a beautiful young woman is mugged on his doorstep and Zach is pulled right back into the fray.

Zach has no idea of the danger Annabelle has unwittingly brought to his doorstep, until he discovers that losing her will almost certainly destroy him…

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Sara Humphreys-Bio

Sara is a graduate of Marist College, with a B.A. Degree in English Literature & Theater. Her initial career path after college was as a professional actress. Some of her television credits include, A&E Biography, Guiding Light, Another World, As the World Turns and Rescue Me.

In 2013 Sara’s novel UNTAMED won two PRISM awards–Dark Paranormal and Best of the Best. Sara has been a lover of both the paranormal and romance novels for years. Her sci-fi/fantasy/romance obsession began years ago with the TV Series STAR TREK and an enormous crush on Captain Kirk. That sci-fi obsession soon evolved into the love of all types of fantasy/paranormal; vampires, ghosts, werewolves, and of course shape shifters. Sara is married to her college sweetheart, Will. They live in New York with their 4 boys. For a full list of Sara’s books and reading order, please visit her website at http://novelromance.net/books/reading-order

Social Media Links

Website: www.sarahumphreys.com

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

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Sara-Humphreys/e/B002DEQFYQ/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Twitter: @authorsara

Tsu: https://www.tsu.co/authorsara

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2909019.Sara_Humphreys

Instagram: http://instagram.com/fitfabfortyplus

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33. Review: Last Chance Family by Hope Ramsay

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

I wanted to read Last Chance Family for a few reasons.  First, Charlene is a veterinarian.  I love vet books.  Probably because I wanted to vet, but silly me – I listened when adults said girls weren’t good at math and science (yes, I went to school a long time ago and had zero self-esteem).  Second, Mike is suddenly forced to play the role of parent to his young niece.  I enjoy the single parent/guardian trope, especially when said parent/guardian is overwhelmed with their new responsibilities.  Mike is a gambler, he had an abusive and unhappy childhood, and he is blindsided by his duties taking care of Rainbow.  So blindsided that he immediately determines that he needs to make the brother he hasn’t seen since he was five Rainbow’s new caretaker.

Mike starts out as man whose every decision disappoints.  He convinces himself that Vegas is no place for a child, and that a gambler can’t possibly be a good father figure.  His brother, Timmy, however, would be perfect.  He’s a pastor, so he has to be good with kids.  Right?  The only comfort Rainbow has left after witnessing her mother’s murder is Tigger, her cat.  Mike knows how much that ball of fur means to his niece, but he’s ready to give him away because Tim is allergic to animals.  Isn’t a loving home better for Rainbow than that hissing menace?  Never mind that the girl has witnessed the brutal murder of her mother and hasn’t had the best home life.  Nah.  It’s just more expedient to take the cat to the shelter because Mike has a high stakes poker tournament coming up.

I’m not going to give too much background information on Charlene, due to spoilers.  Her biggest hang up is her inability to trust.  She’s been burned in the past, and her overbearing parents have interfered in her life, causing her to make a decision that haunts her to this day.  She can’t forgive herself, and she can’t forgive her parents either.  She can’t do anything to make them happy; even her successful career failed to make them proud of her.  Her mean and small-minded parents hold too much power over the little town of Last Chance, causing Mike and Rainbow a lot of grief.

Charlene knows that Mike is the wrong guy for her and that he’s a commitment-phobe.  His efforts to foist Rainbow off on his brother shout loud and clear that he’s not planning on sticking around.  Even though she is undeniably attracted to him, she forces herself to keep Mike at arm’s length.  Rainbow, on the other hand, desperately needs someone to love her, and Charlene is more than willing to give the girl some of the affection she’s starving for.

Last Chance Family is a feel good romance about second chances and learning how to forgive yourself.  Both Mike and Charlene have made plenty of mistakes, so the question for the reader is will they learn anything from them?  I was terribly worried that Mike wouldn’t, but I know that Charlene, after being bullied by her parents into doing something she knew was wrong, would eventually find the strength to stand up to them.  I enjoyed this book, and look forward to reading more y Hope Ramsay.

Grade:  B

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From Amazon:

Mike Taggart has always been willing to take a gamble. But these stakes are just way too high – there’s no way he’s prepared to become a legal guardian to his five-year-old niece. His only option is to head from Las Vegas to Last Chance to sort things out as quickly as possible. Problem is, he arrives to find an inconsolable little girl, her sick cat, and a gorgeous veterinarian he can’t get out of his mind.

Charlene Polk has two talents: healing sick critters and falling in love with the wrong men. Mike has trouble written all over him, but she can’t leave him in the lurch. And the more time she spends with the sexy high roller, the more she sees that this ready-made family is the best stroke of luck they’ve ever had . . .

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34. Review: Bittersweet Farm 1: Mounted by Barbara Morgenroth

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

I’ve had my eye on Mounted for a while, so I was beyond thrilled when it was an Amazon Deal of the Day a few weeks ago.  Cost?  FREE!  I loved this book, and once I finished, I promptly purchased book 2.  At $2.99, I couldn’t resist finding out what happens next.

Talia is a 17 year old equestrian.  She lives on her wealthy father’s farm, feuds with her half-sister Greer, and misses her mother who passed away after a painful illness.  Greer’s indiscrete behavior has cost yet another equitation coach his job, and their overindulgent father has just hired Lockie to take his place.  Lockie is young, handsome, and a talented rider, but Talia knows that he won’t stick around long.  No man can resist Greer, and once she gets her claws in him, it won’t be long before he, too, is canned.  Determined to put up with him until the inevitable, Talia is pleasantly surprised with his professionalism and coaching skills.  And, Lockie doesn’t seem to be the least bit interested in Greer.

Mounted is an over the top soap opera, peopled with colorful characters and beautiful horses.  Greer is someone you love to hate; she’s spoiled, selfish, and lazy, and expects everyone to cater to her every whim.  When she keeps placing second to her number one rival, she blames her horses, and demands a constant string of replacements.  Lockie mocks her work ethic, assures her that until she starts actually putting forth an effort that she’ll always place second, and rebuffs her advances with barely contained patience. 

Talia is immediately drawn to Lockie, and she recognizes his swift mood changes for what they really are – indications that he’s in terrible pain.  Ever since he suffered from a traumatic riding incident, he’s been plagued by horrible headaches. Though she’s reluctant to ask her father for favors, she asks if he’ll help Lockie find specialists to help manage his pain.  Lockie reminds Talia of her mother and her final months, when nothing relieved the debilitating pain she suffered because of her illness.  She can’t stand by and just watch the new trainer suffer, so she’s determined to do something to help him.

I found the dialog confusing at first, but once I got used to the author’s narrative style, I no longer had that problem.  I really enjoyed the banter between Lockie and Talia, and how their love of horses brought them together.  Talia would be more than content to never show again, and she dislikes jumping.  When her old, trusted gelding pulls up lame, Lockie declares that they have to find a new horse for her.  Talia is reluctant to retire her equine friend; he helped her through her mother’s death, and she trusts him. The prospect of a new horse isn’t exciting for Talia, it’s stressful and she doesn’t want to have any part of it.  Greer, of course, ridicules her and laughs at her dislike of jumping, calling her a coward.  I personally completely understood where Talia was coming from.  I have no desire to jump, never did, never will, and so I ride saddleseat.  Lockie finds Talia a warm blood and is excited to teach her dressage.  Talia is not so excited, but at least she wouldn’t be jumping.  I am interested to follow her progress in her new discipline.

The book ends on a cliffhanger, so I immediately downloaded the second book in the series.  This was a very quick read for me.  The chemistry between Talia and Lockie kept me turning the pages, as did the horsey parts.  If you enjoy horses and soap operas, Mounted should appeal to you. 

Grade:  A-

Review copy purchased from Amazon

From Amazon:

Talia Margolin’s life has been marked by events completely beyond her control—her mother’s death, the move to her father’s horse farm, the retirement of her show horse.

Now she faces the arrival of a new coach whose job is to get Talia’s half-sister, Greer, qualified for the finals at the National Horse Show. Greer is brutal on trainers but Lockie Malone is different. Handsome, talented, and with a will of hardened steel, Lockie can be an immovable object. He also becomes the agent for change in the lives of everyone at Bittersweet Farm.

For seventeen year old Talia, change has never meant anything but loss. Will this time be different?


Mature content and sexual situations, nothing graphic.

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35. Interview and Giveaway: Chelsey Krause, Author of Can’t Always Get What You Want

Please give Chelsey Krause a warm welcome to the virtual offices!

[Manga Maniac Cafe]  Good morning, Chelsey! Describe yourself in five words or less.

Eclectic. Funny. Organized. Creative. Capable.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about your book?

What if you found “the one,” and then lost him?

This story is about Sophie, an acute care nurse who loves the Rolling Stones. When her best friend bails on their plans to go to a concert together, Sophie ends up with an extra ticket, and (begrudgingly) gets stuck on a blind date.

Although Brett Nicholson may be the hottest carpenter alive, and Sophie may technically be single, she isn’t exactly on the market. Six years ago she found The One. He was everything Sophie dreamed a man could be—and then she lost him. Now that he’s gone, Sophie finds herself in a life she never expected. 

As she realizes she’s falling for Brett, Sophie’s unresolved feelings for her first love resurface, and she has to choose between a life she thought she wanted, and the one she really needs.

I think of it as “P.S. I Love You” meets “Scrubs (TV series)” with a Rolling Stones sound track ?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

This book was inspired by merging three separate ideas:

  1. A question: What if you found the one, and then lost him?

  2. A story: How my husband and I met.

  3. A song: My husband often singing the chorus of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by the Rolling Stones.

Let me explain in further detail:

  1. This idea kept me up at night. There’d I’d be at 2 AM, staring up at the ceiling, I would have these visions of a young man and woman in love, and him dying of cancer. I didn’t know their names yet, or what type of cancer he had, or any other details. But I could feel a grief so powerful, so heart wrenching, that I’d literally ache for them.

I don’t know where this couple came from, but one night they just showed up in my thoughts, and I wondered what their backstory must be, and what happens to the girl after her one true love dies.

Then, I started reimagining my own life experiences (like giving Sophie a nursing career, like me), stories I’ve heard, or inventing new ones, and making it mesh with my “vision” until I had a solid story.

  1. My husband and I met in an unusual way (a blind date that I arranged myself), and I’ve always thought it would make a great scene in a book.

I changed the details a lot (the venue, the time of year, the band, the circumstances of how she ended up with an extra concert ticket), but Brett and Sophie meet in a very similar way that my husband and I met.

This may interest you… The scene where Sophie uses lipstick to write her phone number on an old receipt to give to the guy just standing there is REAL! I really did that, while I was waiting for mystery man (aka my future husband) to show up for our blind date. I didn’t originally put it in the manuscript, but a dear friend of mine who knows my “how we met story” suggested I put it in there.

  1. My husband will often (jokingly) sing the chorus of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” when I say I want to do such and such, or go here and there. One day when he was singing this, the two above ideas merged with this one, and it all clicked in my head. The girl grieving for her first love would someday meet a new man on a blind date. She’d learn that you don’t always get what you want, but sometimes you get what you need.

And that’s that!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

The flirtatious banter! It was SO fun to write. Ooh, and the awkward hospital scenes (which are based somewhat on my experiences as a nurse). I’d think about situations I’ve been in, and then ask myself, “How could that situation have been worse?”

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with this story?

Coming up with a new career for Sophie. I wanted to give her a fulfilling job that would draw from her nursing back ground, and just couldn’t come up with a solution. I finally came up with something I loved after sitting down with a pen and paper, and drawing an idea web. The sort of thing they get you to do in fourth grade. Who knew something so simple could give me the answer I’d been anguishing over for months? lol

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had a theme song, what would it be?

A toss-up between “Roar” by Katy Perry and “Raise a Little Hell” by Trooper. Such empowering messages!!!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing you won’t leave home without.

Lip gloss.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.

  1. Eiffel tower figurine that my best friend brought back from Paris for me

  2. Toothbrush holder that I keep pens and scissors in

  3. A pile of notebooks, receipts, and index cards that have various bits of dialogue and scene ideas scribbled on them for the next book I’m working on ?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?

No one, to be honest! At times there are places I’d rather be (ex. somewhere warm and sunny, rather than shoveling my driveway in -40 degree weather), or things I’d rather be doing (ex. Sitting in Starbucks, rather than folding laundry). But in all honesty? I’m completely happy being me. I wouldn’t want to trade my life with anyone else (even for a day).

I admire the attitude Salvador Dali had:

“Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure: that of being Salvador Dali.”
? Salvador Dalí

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?

Some Girls Do by Clodagh Murphy

  • I discovered this book earlier this year, and I love it to bits. If you enjoy love stories with a bit of an edge, and a lot of humor, then I recommend “Some Girls Do.” I’ve read it twice this year!

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

  • Emma Donoghue writes with such stunning clarity. I could literally feel what it was like to be a burlesque dancer, living in San Francisco in 1876, during the small pox epidemic.

Imperfectly Criminal by Mary Frame

  • This is the second book in Mary Frame’s “Imperfect” series and I could hardly put it down. I laughed, I cried, and marvelled at how Frame managed to create a romantic whodunnit story that was both funny and heartfelt.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

All sorts of things! Although lately, my spare time has been used up listening to “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old” podcasts, and frittering time away on Pinterest ?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

Readers can email me directly at chelsey@chelseykrause.com

Or, they can connect with me on:

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8583948.Chelsey_Krause

Twitter: https://twitter.com/chachack2

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Can’t Always Get What You Want

By: Chelsey Krause

Releasing January 13th, 2015

Loveswept

Blurb

Fans of Ruthie Knox, Rachel Gibson, and Molly O’Keefe will love this deeply romantic and uplifting debut novel about losing everything you thought you wanted—and getting exactly what you need.

Sophie Richards has been looking forward to a much-needed girls’ night out: a Rolling Stones tribute-band concert, a few drinks, a distraction from her grueling nursing shifts in acute care. But when her best friend bails, Sophie gets stuck with a blind date.

Although Brett Nicholson may be the hottest carpenter alive, and Sophie may technically be single, she isn’t exactly on the market. Six years ago she found The One. He was everything Sophie dreamed a man could be—and then she lost him. In an instant, her whole life changed, and she forgot all about happily ever after.

But as she gets to know Brett, Sophie starts to wonder about the future for the first time. With a broken heart still clouding her mind, jumping into a new relationship feels impossible. When she’s in his arms, walking away feels even harder. Now Sophie faces an impossible choice: living in the past or choosing love in the here and now.

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/11/cant-always-get-what-you-want-by.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23256189-can-t-always-get-what-you-want?from_search=true

Buy Links Amazon | Barnes | iBooks | Kobo

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Cant-Always-Get-What-Want-ebook/dp/B00NRQWAT8/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413206012&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=cant%27t+always+get+what+you+wan

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cant-always-get-what-you-want-chelsey-krause/1120377343?ean=9781101883624

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/cant-always-get-what-you-want/id921351761?mt=11

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/can-t-always-get-what-you-want

Author Info

I was born and raised in Canada, and live with my husband and two children. I’ve been a nurse since 2009. An essay I wrote on intercultural nursing has been published in a nursing anthology.

I love thrift shops, repurposing old junk and learning new belly dance moves. I can’t decide if my favorite movie is either “Bridget Jones’ Diary” or “Fight Club.”

I’ve always wanted to be a writer and in the spring of 2013, I finally sat down and wrote my first book. Now that that’s done, I’m working on my second.

I believe that the best way to become a great writer is to read.
A lot.

And then read some more.

I absolutely love books and would live at the library if they’d let me.


Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Website: http://www.chelseykrause.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/chachack2

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8583948.Chelsey_Krause

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36. Interview and Giveaway: Patricia Rosemoor, Author of Dangerous

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Patricia!  Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Patricia Rosemoor] Creative but able to multi-task.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about your book?

[Patricia Rosemoor] Camille’s past drives her as a homicide detective until she gets put on administrative leave. She can’t get let the case go — a 14 year old girl’s life may be at stake — and so agrees to work with the man with whom she’d had a one night stand and who then went to jail for punching out a prosecutor. Now a P.I., Drago has never forgotten Camille, but he knows she sees things in black and white, while he has always operated in shades of gray…

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Patricia Rosemoor] I started with a premise. An internet predator who kills young women. A female detective with a past who can’t let the case go when it’s taken away from her. Who better as a love interest than someone who grew up fighting to stay out of gangs, with no help from the cops.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

[Patricia Rosemoor] The sometimes adversary relationship between Camille and Drago.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with this story?

[Patricia Rosemoor] Keeping a high level of sensuality while having my hero and heroine focused on finding the missing girl.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had a theme song, what would it be?

[Patricia Rosemoor] Satisfaction, Rolling Stones.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing you won’t leave home without.

[Patricia Rosemoor] My Smartphone — I rarely make phone calls, but I use it as a computer away from home.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.

[Patricia Rosemoor] I have a desk, but a friend calls my office a “storage room” because I write on a laptop in my living room — so there’s nothing personal ON the desk. But the office is filled with things I love — stained glass hanging in the window, artwork and photos of friends on the walls, and especially the shelves and shelves of Patricia Rosemoor books :)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?

[Patricia Rosemoor] Kathryn Bigelow. I would love to direct movies.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?

[Patricia Rosemoor] Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, Brilliance by Marcus Sakey (a former grad student who started his writing career in my Suspense-Thriller class), Archetype by M.D. Waters, the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. One of my all time favorite books is Dark Horse by Tami Hoag.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Patricia Rosemoor] I love gardening. Unfortunately, it will be another 4 months before the weather will allow me to get back to working on it.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Patricia Rosemoor] Website: http://PatriciaRosemoor.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PatriciaRosemoor and https://www.facebook.com/PatriciaRosemoorAuthor

Twitter: @PRosemoor

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/prosemoor/

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Dangerous

By: Patricia Rosemoor

Releasing January 6th, 2015

Loveswept

Blurb

Fans of Linda Howard will love Dangerous, the story of a driven female cop who teams up with an irresistible ex-con to bring a killer to justice—and discovers that breaking the rules is hotter on the wrong side of the law.

Chicago homicide detective Camille Martell will stop at nothing to track down “Angel,” a sexual predator who has already butchered two young victims—even after her off-the-books investigation leads to her suspension. But when her relentless attempts to contact Angel online puts her teenage neighbor in mortal danger, Camille’s worst fears are realized. Panicked and overwhelmed with guilt, Camille needs help—even if it comes from the one man she swore she’d do anything to forget.

After serving time for a trumped-up charge, private investigator Drago Nance doesn’t trust cops. Nothing will change that, not even the steamy weekend with Camille that burned itself into his memory. But with an innocent girl’s life at stake, Drago can’t ignore the need in Camille’s eyes, or the heated promise in her touch. He agrees to help—if she’s willing to play by his rules. He just never suspected that seducing his partner could be just as thrilling as chasing a madman.

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/11/dangerous-by-patricia-rosemoor.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22890016-dangerous?from_search=true

Buy Links Amazon | Barnes | iTunes | Kobo

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dangerous-Patricia-Rosemoor-ebook/dp/B00LRIUK22/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416101685&sr=8-1&keywords=dangerous+by+patricia+rosemoor

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dangerous-patricia-rosemoor/1120019671?ean=9780553392548

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/dangerous/id898614802?mt=11

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/dangerous-35

Author Info

With 90 novels and more than seven million books in print, Patricia Rosemoor is fascinated with “dangerous love” – combining romance with danger. She has written various forms of romantic and paranormal romantic thrillers, even romantic horror, bringing a different mix of thrills and chills to her stories.

Patricia has won a Golden Heart from Romance Writers of America and two Reviewers Choice and two Career Achievement Awards from RT BOOKreviews, and in her other life, she teaches Popular Fiction and Suspense-Thriller Writing, credit courses at Columbia College Chicago. Three of her Columbia grad students and two students from other venues are now published in novel-length fiction

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Website: http://www.patriciarosemoor.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PRosemoor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/65795.Patricia_Rosemoor

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37. Spotlight and Giveaway: Return to Clan Sinclair by Karen Ranney

This morning I have an excerpt and giveaway for Return to Clan Sinclair by Karen Ranney!

Return to Clan Sinclair
Clan Sinclair #3.5

By: Karen Ranney

Releasing December 23rd

Avon Romance

Blurb

The stunning follow-up novella in New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney’s beloved Clan Sinclair series.

It’s true love in the Scottish highlands. When Ceana Sinclair Mead married the youngest son of an Irish duke, she never dreamed that seven years later her beloved Peter would die. Her three brothers-in-law thought she should be grateful to remain a proper widow. After three years of this, she’s ready to scream. She escapes to Scotland, only to discover she’s so much more than just the Widow Mead.

In Scotland, Ceana crosses paths with Bruce Preston, an American tasked with a dangerous mission by her brother, Macrath. Bruce is too attractive for her peace of mind, but she still finds him fascinating. Their one night together is more wonderful than Ceana could have imagined and she has never felt more alive.

But when the past reaches out in the form of an old foe, Ceana’s life is in danger. Now Bruce fights to become her savior-and more-if she’ll let him.

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/11/return-to-clan-sinclair-clan-sinclair.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22836639-return-to-clan-sinclair

Buy Links: Amazon | B&N | iTunes

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00M714K9W?tag=karerann-20

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/return-to-clan-sinclair-karen-ranney/1120356999?ean=9780062337450&isbn=9780062337450

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/return-to-clan-sinclair/id904028245?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4at%253D1l3vpsn

Author Info

Karen Ranney began writing when she was five. Her first published work was The Maple Leaf, read over the school intercom when she was in the first grade. In addition to wanting to be a violinist (her parents had a special violin crafted for her when she was seven), she wanted to be a lawyer, a teacher, and, most of all, a writer. Though the violin was discarded early, she still admits to a fascination with the law, and she volunteers as a teacher whenever needed. Writing, however, has remained the overwhelming love of her life.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Website: http://karenranney.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Karen_Ranney

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/68758.Karen_Ranney


Excerpt

July, 1880

Drumvagen, Scotland

Her driver slowed to a halt, no doubt getting an eyeful of Drumvagen and the Scottish coast. Ceana would wager a goodly sum that by the time the week was out, he would have posted a report of everything to her brothers-in-law. The same intransigent, annoying, and beloved brothers-in-law who were trying to render her as dead as her poor husband, Peter.

She’d been a widow for three years now, during which they’d been her guardians. She couldn’t escape them. Wherever she went, one of the three brothers was there.

“Do you need anything, Ceana?”

“Can I fetch anything from town for you?”

“Shall we order something from London?”

“You’re looking a little peaked, would you like to take the sun with me?”

They’d offered their arms, their interest, their help, and their eternal interference.

So she had done what any self-respecting Scot would do when faced with three Irish brothers-in-law: she’d run away from home.

She dismounted from the carriage, standing there staring in awe.

Granted, Iverclaire was a lovely place, an enchanted castle in Ireland, quite a forbidding yet beautiful structure. But Drumvagen, this had been created by her own brother.

They’d been so poor once upon a time, but Macrath had taken his dream and made it come true. Because of him, she’d had a season in London and had married the son of a duke.

Yet she always thought she had something to do with his happiness as well. Her friendship with Virginia had led them to be introduced at numerous events. When Virginia and Macrath were finally married after her first husband died, she wasn’t the least surprised.

Nor was she the least surprised when Alistair, Virginia’s first child, looked just like Macrath.

The seabirds called a greeting to her, swooping down on air currents blowing the scent of the sea to her.

For days, she’d been alone in the carriage, encased in a bubble of silence. Other than speaking to the driver first thing in the morning and when they stopped for a meal, she hadn’t talked to another person.

At first she’d missed her daughters terribly. Then she realized the time was her own, to think, to mull, to remember. When she went home, she’d be a better mother to Darina and Nessa.

She stood at the base of the steps, staring upward. Virginia had told her about Drumvagen, but even her description failed to convey just how impressive the house was.

Built of gray brick sparkling in the sunlight, it was four stories tall with rows of windows reflecting both the sun and the sea to her right. But most impressive of all was the twin staircase beginning at the broad front doors and curving down and around like arms reaching out to enfold her.

She took the right staircase and, with her left hand gripping her skirt, placed her right on the broad stone banister, slowly ascending the steps.

At the top, she stopped and turned and looked at the ocean. Far off in the distance was the North Sea. Drumvagen and its neighboring village, Kinloch, was the perfect place for Macrath to live. From here he could simply sail away to anyplace in the world he wished to be.

She glanced down at the carriage and her driver, standing at the head of the horses with his cap in his hand. Thomas was a good man, but he was a toady to all the Meads. He was going to tell them everything they wanted to know, which was a pity. The man had a good memory, and she’d no doubt already erred in some manner.

Her lips twitched at the brass knocker on one of the big broad doors. Macrath had evidently had the refrigeration machine’s likeness made especially for Drumvagen. She picked it up and let it drop, hearing the echo in the foyer.

A moment later the door was flung open. A body slammed into her, arms gripping her waist, pulling so tightly on her dress her train almost toppled in a flurry of fabric. She found herself falling, only righting herself by gripping the door frame.

“Save me! Please! Don’t let her get me!”

Ceana stared down at her niece. The poor girl was trembling and she had splotchy color on her cheeks.

“Fiona?” She reached down, enfolding the girl in a hug. “What’s wrong?”

“It’s Brianag, I’ve done something terrible and she made the sign of evil over me just like a witch. I’m going to get sick and die, I know it.”

Who was this Brianag who was tormenting the poor child?

“Aunt Ceana.”

She looked up at the sound of the composed voice, blinking at her nephew. Alistair was only fourteen but already had the height of his father, not to mention his demeanor.

As she stood on the doorstep, he extended his hand to her.

“How nice to see you again Aunt Ceana,” he said. He glanced down at his sister dismissively. “You must pardon Fiona. She’s a silly little thing.”

“I am not silly. I’ll tell Brianag you broke her jar of spices.”

To Ceana’s great surprise, Alistair paled.

“That wouldn’t be well done of you, Fiona. You know as well as I do it was your carelessness that made the jar fall. Father always says we have to deal with the consequences of our actions.”

“Where are your parents?” Ceana asked. “Where are Macrath and Virginia?”

“They’ve gone to Edinburgh, they have,” a voice said. “Leaving me to deal with their spawn.”

She looked up past Alistair and—God help her!—took a step back toward the steep stairs.

Fiona was more correct than she had assumed.

Drumvagen did have a witch.

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38. Spotlight and Giveaway: The Loving Daylights by Lynsay Sands

This morning I have an excerpt and a giveaway celebrating the release of Lynsay Sands latest release, The Loving Daylights. Enjoy!

The Loving Daylights

The B.L.I.S.S. Series #3
By: Lynsay Sands

Releasing December 30th, 2014

Avon Impulse

Blurb

Shy Jane Spyrus loves gadgets. She can build anything B.L.I.S.S. needs in the international organization’s fight against crime-although its agents aren’t exactly lining up at her door. Some of them think her inventions are a little too . . . well, innovative. Like her shrink-wrap prophylactic constraints, or her spray-on truth serum.

Of course, you can’t use wacky inventions to fix all your problems; Jane knows that better than anyone. Her neighbor has been kidnapped, driving that point home. She will have to team up with another human being-and Abel Andretti arrives just in time. He will help Jane find her neighbor, stop a villain, and most of all he will show Jane to love the daylights out of something without batteries.

Excerpt:

1:40 p.m. Thursday

“D & C meeting in twenty minutes, Jane.” “Yep.” Jane Spyrus straightened from her worktable and smiled at the tall blonde standing in the doorway of her office. “I’ll be ready. I just have a couple more adjustments to make. Thanks for reminding me though, Lizzy.”

“No problem. Want me to stop and grab you on my way?” She asked. “Just in case you get too involved in what you’re doing?”

Jane didn’t take offense at the offer. She was famous for getting involved in her projects and being late for meetings. “No, that’s okay. I just have a couple more adjustments to make, then I’ll head right over.”

Lizzy Hubert nodded, then moved slowly into the room. “What are you working on?”

Jane immediately shifted to block her worktable, aware that her face was flushing with embarrassment. “Nuh uh. You’ll see soon enough.”

“Can’t blame a girl for trying,” she laughed and gave a shrug. “See you in twenty minutes. I’ll save you a seat.”

Jane waited until the door had closed behind the other woman before relaxing and turning to peer down at the item on her worktable. She shook her head. It was silly to be embarrassed about her latest project. It was a brilliant idea. At least she thought so. And she wasn’t embarrassed by the B.T. Trackers she was also going to reveal today. But somehow, the mini-missile launcher made her blush and want to squirm every time she thought of presenting it. Jane sincerely wished she could have someone else do the presenting at the monthly Development and Creation meetings. That was the one aspect of her job that she truly disliked. Jane loved creating new weapons and spy technology for BLISS but loathed presenting them. She was a very poor public speaker. She tended to stammer and stumble over her words, and knew she probably sounded like a fool. It was amazing to her that Y accepted any of her inventions.

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LYNSAY SANDS is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there’s occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus. Please visit her on the web at www.lynsaysands.net.

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39. Spotlight and Giveaway: Talk Dirty to Me, Cowboy by Jodi Linton

 
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She takes her cowboys tall, tattooed, and tempting as hell…

Texas Ranger Gunner Wilson is sittin’ in a bar, all six-foot-five-inches of long, hard cowboy. Waitin’. Watchin’. Bidin’ his time for Laney Briggs and her hot little behind to saddle up and make his night. His girl. Hell, after all these years, he knows exactly how to drive her crazy with need…for him.

And Laney is ready to play. Tonight is their new beginning, and she has on her red cowboy boots—the ones that make Gunner wild. She knows that she’s only a few tequilas away from being pressed up against his firm, demanding bod. At his wicked mercy. But tonight, Gunner has something he wants. Needs. Even if it means that Laney will be the one in complete control…

 

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Growing up in a small Texas town didn’t have many perks, but it allowed for some colorful writing material. After settling down with her family in central Texas, Jodi found her passion: writing kick-ass, southern contemporary romance stories. Today she can be found cozied up to the computer escaping into a quirky world of tall tales, sexy, tight jean wearing cowboys, and a protagonist with a sharp-tongue quick enough to hang any man out to dry.
 
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40. Spotlight and Giveaway: Kensington Historical Holiday Romance Title

This morning, I have a spotlight and giveaway for some Kensington holiday historical romances.  Make sure you fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter!

 
 
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SEASON FOR DESIRE 
Theresa Romain
Holiday Pleasures # 4
Released Oct 7th, 2014
Zebra/Kensington


 
 

PROPERLY WICKED

Like her four sisters, Lady Audrina Bradleigh is expected to marry a duke, lead fashion, and behave with propriety. Consequently, Audrina pursues mischief with gusto, attending scandalous parties and indulging in illicit affairs. But when an erstwhile lover threatens to ruin her reputation, Audrina has no choice but to find a respectable husband at once.

Who would guess that her search would lead her to Giles Rutherford, a blunt-spoken American on a treasure hunt of his own? When a Christmas snowstorm strands the pair at a country inn, more secrets are traded than gifts—along with kisses that require no mistletoe—and Audrina discovers even proper gentlemen have their wicked side…



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Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest. Please visit her at http://theresaromain.com.

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ONCE UPON A PLAID
Mia Marlowe
Spirit of the Highlands # 2
Released Oct 7th, 2014
Zebra

 
 

A wife may be courted, too…


Many would count Katherine Douglas fortunate indeed. Laird William Douglas is broad-shouldered, gentle-handed, everything a lass could dream. But after four years of marriage, Katherine still knows little of what goes on in his heart. And she has yet to bear him an heir. The distance between them is too great—and so she flees over the snowy highlands to Glengarry Castle, home of her childhood, to set her husband free.

But William won’t let his wife slip away without a fight. Before long, he’s at her father’s threshold himself, witness to the rumbles of discontent in Glengarry, the bright joy of Yuletide at a family hearth, and the hidden needs of his own beloved…

 
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Mia Marlowe learned much of what she knows about storytelling from singing. A classically trained soprano, she devised back stories to prepare for operatic roles. Since she’s worn a real corset, and had to sing high C’s in one, she empathizes with the trials of her fictional heroines. But in Mia’s stories, they don’t die in a Parisian garret. They get to live and keep the hero! Mia loves history, art, music and travel. Especially travel. Good thing, since she’s lived in 9 different states and is embarrassed to admit she’s lost track of how many times she’s been to Europe. She regards her frequent moves as vacations on which she drags along all her stuff. Currently, she and her DH make their home in New England.

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MADELEINE’S CHRISTMAS WISH
Ella Quinn
The Marriage Game # 5.5
Released Oct 27th, 2014
eKensingston
 
 
 
The bachelors in Ella Quinn’s Marriage Game series make a habit of resisting the irresistible. But during the season for giving, surrendering to temptation may be the greatest gift of all…

A French spy, Georges, Marquis Cruzy-le-Châtel, has lived in England for years, sacrificing his life for his country—but not his heart. For he’s never been able to forget his childhood friend, Madeleine. And now, in her hour of need, he is there to rescue her…

The victim of a ruthless statesman, Madeleine, Comtesse du Beaune, has been abducted and sent to England to work in a brothel. Her greatest wish is to return home for Christmas, and her only hope of it is to marry Georges—though she will be his wife in name alone. Yet as they steal across the snowy countryside, Georges decides to woo her—with kisses that melt the winter’s frost and leave her longing for a holiday miracle…


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Ella Quinn lived all over the United States, the Pacific, Canada, England and Europe before finally discovering the Caribbean. She lives in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands with her wonderful husband, three bossy cats and loveable great date. Fans can find out more at www.ellaquinnauthor.wordpress.com


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AN OATH TAKEN 
Diana Cosby
The Oath Trilogy # 1
Released Dec 8th, 2014
eKensington


 
 
A man of honor. A woman of spirit.

As the new castellan, Sir Nicholas Beringar has the daunting task of rebuilding Ravenmoor Castle on the Scottish border and gaining the trust of the locals—one of whom wastes no time in trying to rob him. Instead of punishing the boy, Nicholas decides to make him his squire. Little does he know the thieving young lad is really…a lady.

Lady Elizabet Armstrong had donned a disguise in an attempt to free her brother from Ravenmoor’s dungeons. Although intimidated by the confident Englishman with his well-honed muscles and beguiling eyes, she cannot refuse his offer.

Nicholas senses that his new squire is not what he seems. His gentle attempts to break through the boy’s defenses leave Elizabet powerless to stem the desire that engulfs her. And when the truth is exposed, she’ll have to trust in Nicholas’s honor to help her people—and to surrender to his touch…


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Diana Cosby, a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer, owes her passion for writing to a gypsy childhood of living, traveling and experiencing various cultures throughout the world. An avid romance reader her entire life, it was an easy decision to begin writing after her career as a meteorologist. Diana is married to Bob, the hero of her life, a naval officer with over 22 years of service, including a tour in Iraq. She is blessed with three loving children: Eric, Stephanie and Christopher, and enjoys the company of her dog, Duncan Trevor MacGregor, and two cats, Bad and Brat. She’s a member of various romance writing organizations and presents writing workshops for her local writing chapters.
 

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CHRISTMAS AT THORNCLIFF TOWERS
Marina Myles
The Cursed Princes # 3.5
Released Nov 24th, 2014
eKensington

 


THE WEREWOLF’S SERVANT

Thorncliff Towers is done up for Christmas, secure against wind and wolves. But Karina Petri is shut out, too, and the gypsy witch wants what’s inside. She envies the gifts, the feast, the pretty clothes, of course. But her true desire is for the love of Constantin Stoica. Her smolderingly handsome childhood friend agreed to serve Lord Draven after his brother was caught stealing last year. He suspects Karina was involved—and it would take more magic than she possesses to make him forgive…

Constantin has always been drawn to Karina’s dark curls, flashing eyes, and reckless ways. But trusting her has proven dangerous before, and this night holds more to fear than most. The wrong decisions could cost him his job, his safety—even his life. But letting Karina go could cost him his heart…



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Although Marina Myles lives under the sunny skies of Arizona, she would reside in a historic manor house in foggy England if she had her way. Her love of books began as soon as she read her first fairy tale and eventually led to a degree in English Literature. Now, with her loyal Maltese close by, she relishes the hours she gets to escape into worlds filled with fiery—but not easily attained—love affairs. She’s busy being a wife, a mother, and a member of Romance Writers of America, but she is never too busy to hear from her amazing readers. Visit her at www.marinamyles.com.
 

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CHRISTMAS DELIGHTS
Heather Hiestand
The Redcakes # 5
Released Nov 1st, 2014
Kensington

 
 
 
The sweetest gift is the hardest to unwrap…

Lady Victoria Allen-Hill never dreamed she’d be a widow at twenty-one—let alone a virgin. Her father insists that she attend a matchmaking house party in the snow-covered seaside town of Pevensey in hopes she’ll find a suitable husband. But for Victoria, it’s an opportunity to indulge in a passionate affair—and the handsome inventor she meets at the Christmas Eve masquerade ball may be just the man for the job…

Lewis Noble is the cousin of London’s famed Redcake sisters, so it almost stands to reason that he’s just as irresistible as one of their sugar-iced pastries. Lewis catches the eye of every woman at the party—but Victoria is the only one who catches his. He won’t be tied down in her father’s business, but watching other men court her amid a flurry of engagements ignites a jealousy he’s never felt before. A dose of honesty may be just the thing to mend their broken hearts—for many holidays to come…


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Heather Hiestand was born in Illinois but her family migrated west before she started school. Since then she has claimed Washington State as home, except for a few years in California. She wrote her first story at age seven and went on to major in creative writing at the University of Washington. Her first published fiction was a mystery short story, but since then it has been all about the many flavors of romance. Heather’s first published romance short story was set in the Victorian period and she continues to return, fascinated by the rapid changes of the nineteenth century. The author of many novels, novellas and short stories, she makes her home in a small town with her husband and son and supposedly works out of her tiny office, though she mostly writes in her easy chair in the living room.
 
For more information, visit Heather’s website at www.heatherhiestand.com. Heather loves to hear from readers! Her email is heather@heatherhiestand.com.
 

 
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41. Spotlight and Giveaway: Romancing the Holidays at Kensington

I have a spotlight and giveaway for some contemporary holiday romances. Fill out the Rafflecopter form to enter!

 
 
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ALL HE WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS
Lisa Plumley
Kismet, Michigan # 4
Released Oct 7th, 2014
Zebra/Kensington

 
 
In Kismet, Michigan, Christmas is special: big fluffy snowflakes, sleigh bells, carolers singing. It’s a picture-perfect holiday—you just have to choose who’s in the frame…


Jason Hamilton is on thin ice with the board of his toy company. The young CEO may be a kid at heart, but his party boy reputation requires damage control. So Jason’s off to Kismet to inspect a model store, stay on Santa’s Nice list, and stick to business—no goofing around. Which is too bad, because the store manager, Danielle Sharpe, is the definition of what makes Naughty fun…

Danielle is thrilled to show off her thriving little toy store—especially if it’s her ticket out of Kismet. The single mom is tired of manufacturing cheer solo while her ex-husband has all the fun. But if she’d known Jason was this hot, she wouldn’t have offered to host him. With Jason in her house, Danielle is getting warmer than spiked cider. She’s supposed to impress him with her expertise, not daydream about catching him under the mistletoe. Now whatever she does, she can’t get swept up in the magic…


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When she sat down to write her first book, LISA PLUMLEY expected the process to be easy. Three tries and several years later, she realized it’s not easy—but it is the most fun to be had outside of shoe shopping. Now the bestselling author of more than a dozen books, Lisa lives in sunny Arizona with her husband and two children. She invites readers to visit her website, www.lisaplumley.com, for previews of upcoming books and more.


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NO CHRISTMAS LIKE THE PRESENT
Sierra Donovan
Released Oct 7th, 2014
Zebra

 
 
Lindsay Miller is knee-deep in Christmas cards and homemade fudge, but she’s never felt more like a Grinch. Why can’t Christmas be full of magic, like in her favorite movie, A Christmas Carol…?

…Enter Fred, a sexy and eccentric stranger who arrives at Lindsay’s door out of the blue. Dressed like he just stepped out of a Dickens novel, complete with British accent, Fred claims he’s a Messenger, sent from “Headquarters” to help her discover the joy of Christmas. But is Fred an angel from above—or just stone cold crazy? 

Fred’s used to dealing with skeptics. Telling a stranger you’ve been ordered to inspire holiday cheer is a tough sell. But there’s a further complication. Fred’s mission is to help Lindsay right the wrongs from her past that have been holding her back. But somehow along the way, they’ve become wildly attracted to each other—and falling in love is not part of the plan. Fred only has ‘til the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve to guide Lindsay to the magical future she deserves—even if it’s a future without him…
 
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CHRISTMAS IN COWBOY COUNTRY
Janet Dailey
Released Sept 30th, 2014
Zebra

 
 
 
The greatest gift is love…

Ski instructor Annie Bennett doesn’t have time to miss the twinkling lights and holiday parties in Aspen and Vail. With her older brothers gone and winter just around the corner, her parents need help with their sprawling Colorado ranch. The most wonderful time of the year isn’t always easy for a lot of the folks in their town, but Annie does her best—until the tall, dark, and rugged surveyor on their neighbor’s land becomes a potent distraction…

Wyoming born and bred, Marshall Stone is a practical man. But there’s something about Annie that’s as wild and sweet as the mountain wind. He doesn’t want to tame her. Just love her. Annie Bennett is all he wants for Christmas. And for always. But she’s too wary to believe he means it. Until he takes her in his arms and explains without saying a single word…

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Janet Dailey’s first book was published in 1976. Since then she has written more than 100 novels and become one of the top-selling female authors in the world, with 300 million copies of her books sold in nineteen languages in ninety-eight countries. She is known for her strong, decisive characters, her extraordinary ability to recreate a time and a place, and her unerring courage to confront important, controversial issues in her stories.


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HUCKLEBERRY CHRISTMAS
Jennifer Beckstrand
The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill # 3 
Released Oct 7th, 2014
Zebra/Kensington

 
 

Now that they’ve happily married off two of their grandchildren, Anna and Felty Helmuth are ready for their next matchmaking challenge. What better way to celebrate the most heartwarming of seasons—and make Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, the place for unexpected love…

A difficult marriage has left the Helmuths’ widowed great-granddaughter, Beth, finished with wedlock. She’s content to live with them and make a life for herself and her toddler son. But once she turns down handsome Tyler Yoder’s proposal, it seems only fair to encourage him to find a suitable wife. Trouble is, his gentleness and generous ways are showing her how joyous a real meeting of hearts can be. . .

After a failed courtship, Tyler thought the best he could hope for in a wife was mere companionship. But spirited Beth is the one he longs to protect, and hold close. Earning her trust is the hardest thing he’s ever had to do. And soon, both will discover that forgiveness and understanding are gifts that only rekindled faith—along with the happiest of holidays—can bring.

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Jennifer Beckstrand is the bestselling author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series and the Forever After in Apple Lake series, set in two Amish communities in beautiful Wisconsin. She has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a background in editing. She and her husband have been married for thirty years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and two adorable grandsons, whom she spoils rotten. Readers can visit her website at www.jenniferbeckstrand.com
 

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SANTA’S SECRET
Serenity Woods
Released Dec 1st, 2014
Kensington Books

 
 

Will the magic still be there when they wake on Christmas morning?

Having long since lost his Christmas spirit, Rudi comes to Santa’s Secret Village looking to sell the resort. His seven-year-old daughter already knows the truth about Santa, and neither of them is particularly in the mood for the festive season.

Practically a recluse since the death of her husband, Eva’s not looking for romance. Her trip to Santa’s Village is for the sole purpose of making Christmas more festive this year for her young son. But Eva brings an unexpected sparkle to Rudi and Isabel’s lives that renews their belief in the spirit of Christmas.

As the weather grows colder, things heat up between Rudi and Eva. But will the magic still be there when they wake on Christmas morning?


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Serenity Woods lives in the sub-tropical Northland of New Zealand with her wonderful husband and gorgeous teenage son. She writes fun, flirty, sweet and sexy contemporary romances. She would much rather immerse herself in reading or writing romance than do the dusting and ironing, which is why it’s not a great idea to pop round if you have any allergies.
 

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IF THE SHOE KILLS
Lynn Cahoon
A Tourist Trap Mystery # 3
Released Nov 10th, 2014
eKensington

 


The tourist town of South Cove, California, is a lovely place to spend the holidays. But this year, shop owner Jill Gardner discovers there’s no place like home for homicide…

As owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner looks forward to the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers. But when the mayor ropes her into being liaison for a new work program, ‘tis the season to be wary. Local businesses are afraid the interns will be delinquents, punks, or worse. For Jill, nothing’s worse than Ted Hendricks—the jerk who runs the program. After a few run-ins, Jill’s ready to kill the guy. That, however, turns out to be unnecessary when she finds Ted in his car—dead as a doornail. Detective Greg King assumes it’s a suicide. Jill thinks it’s murder. And if the holidays weren’t stressful enough, a spoiled blonde wants to sue the city for breaking her heel. Jill has to act fast to solve this mess—before the other shoe drops…

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Lynn Cahoon is a multi-published author. An Idaho native, her stories focus around the depth and experience of small town life and love. Currently she lives in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and two fur babies. 
 


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42. Jex Malone, by C.L. Gaber and V.C. Stanley | Book Review

Jex Malone, by C.L. Gaber and V.C. Stanley, is an exciting mystery and just like a re-imagined Nancy Drew saga, where feisty girls get together to solve crimes and have fun along the way.

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43. Guest Post and Giveaway: Larissa Ione, Author of Revenant

Please give Larissa Ione a warm welcome this morning!  She’s here to share a Top 5 list, and she also has an awesome giveaway you can enter!

Name the Top 5 items in your deadline survival kit

Oh, this is a great topic! Okay, let’s see…

  1. Coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. When I’m on deadline, this is the only time when I drink coffee into the evening.

  2. Aspirin. When I’m on deadline, I don’t get much sleep, which leads to headaches. I gobble aspirin like candy and swallow them down with the coffee!

  3. Frozen microwavable meals. So easy and fast!

  4. Werther’s apple-filled caramel candies. I’m not one for sweets, but I love sucking on these little gems while I’m working. Usually at night when I need a little boost. Yum!

  5. Wine. I’m usually a beer drinker, but for some reason, when I’m on deadline, I go for a glass of wine instead…usually late at night, when I know I’ve only got another hour or so left before I finally go to bed. My last hour of writing is usually pretty pathetic anyway!

Thank you so much for having me! I hope you and all your readers have a wonderful holiday season!

REVENANT by Larissa Ione (December 16, 2014; Grand Central Publishing Mass Market; $8.00)

HELL HATH NO FURY . . .

For five thousand years, Revenant believed he was alone in the world, a fallen angel beyond any redemption. Now he finds he has a twin brother who had all the light and love Revenant was denied. Caught in a tug of war between Heaven and Hell, he must weigh his thirst for revenge against his desire for a mysterious female named Blaspheme-a female whose very origins could deliver him into salvation . . . or destruction.

LIKE AN ANGEL SCORNED

Blaspheme has a deadly secret: she’s the forbidden offspring of an angel and a fallen angel. Hunted by both heavenly and satanic forces, she has survived only by laying low and trusting no one. When Revenant claims he can save them both, how can she possibly believe him? But the powerful angel is persistence incarnate and for Blaspheme, there’s no place she can hide in Heaven or Hell where he won’t find her . . .

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A former meteorologist and EMT, Air Force veteran Larissa Ione now gets her daily dose of excitement from vampires, werewolves, demons, and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. She lives in wintery Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat, and her hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.

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REVENANT excerpt

Since the moment Revenant bumped into Blaspheme at the hospital a few weeks ago, he’d been obsessed, and now, as her long legs ate up the asphalt as she walked toward him, he imagined them wrapped around his waist as he pounded into her. The closer she came, the harder his body got.

“Blaspheme.” He stepped out from between two black ambulances, blocking her path.

She jumped, a startled gasp escaping full crimson lips made to propel a male to ecstasy. “Revenant.” Her gaze darted to the hospital doors, and he got the impression she was plotting her escape route. How cute that she thought she could get away from him. “What are you doing lurking in the parking lot?”

Lurking? Well, some might call it that, he supposed. “I was on my way to see you.”

She smiled sweetly. “Well, you’ve seen me. Buh-bye.” Pivoting, her blond ponytail bouncing, she headed in the opposite direction.

“Come home with me.”

“Wow.” She turned and crossed her arms over her chest, which only drew his attention to her rack. Niiice. “You get right to the point.”

He shrugged. “Saves time.”

“Were you planning to wine and dine me at least? You know, before the sex.”

“No. Just sex.” Lots and lots of sex.

He could already imagine her husky voice deepening in the throes of passion.

“Oh,” she said, her voice dripping with sarcasm. “You’re charming, aren’t you?”

Not once in his five thousand years had anyone ever called him charming. But even uttered with sarcasm, it was the nicest thing anyone had ever said to him.

“Don’t do that,” he growled.

“Do what?” She stared at him like he was a loon.

“Never mind.” Dying to touch her, he held out his hand. “You’ll love my play room.”

She wheeled away like he was offering her the plague instead of his hand. “Go to hell, asshole. I don’t date fallen angels.”

“Good news, then, because it’s not a date.” And he wasn’t a fallen angel.

“Right. Well, I don’t fuck fallen angels either.” She made a shooing motion with her hand. “Go away.”

She was rejecting him? No one rejected him. No one.

She started to take off again, and he blinked, confused. This wasn’t right. He had his sights set on her, and she was supposed to surrender. This was something new. Something…titillating.

He moved in slowly, matching her step for step as she backed up.

“What are you doing?” She swallowed as she bumped up against a massive support beam.

“I’m going to show you why you need to come home with me.” He planted both palms on the beam on either side of her head and leaned in until his lips brushed the tender skin of her ear. “You won’t regret it.”

“I already told you. I don’t fuck fallen angels.”

“So you said,” he murmured. “Do you kiss them?”

“Ah…no, I—“

He didn’t give her the chance to finish her sentence. Strawberry gloss coated his lips as he kissed her, and he swore he’d never liked fruit as much as he did right now.

Her hands came up to grip his biceps, tugging him closer as she deepened the kiss. “You’re good,” she whispered against his mouth.

“I know,” he whispered back.

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44. Guest Post and Giveaway: Katie Lane, Author of The Last Cowboy in Texas

Please welcome Katie Lane to the virtual offices this morning!

5 reasons why cowboys make such great heroes by Katie Lane

1. Their strong sense of family and community.  To me, a true hero loves their family and community.  My hero Beckett Cates might have a few insecurities where his brothers are concerned, but when they need him, he’s always there.

2. The manners their mamas drill into them from birth.  Whether it’s opening a door, pulling out a chair, or politely sharing a banana Moon Pie, there’s nothing that screams “HERO!” like a man with manners.

3. Their work ethic.  Heroes don’t sit on their bee-hinds.  If a job needs to be done, they don’t wait for someone else to do it.  All of my heroes work hard so they can play hard. 

4. Their tender side.  I like alpha heroes, but I also like an alpha hero who has a tender heart.  As an ex-marine, Beckett is tough, but his heart is as gooey as a marshmallow.

5. The way they fill out a pair of wranglers.  There is just something about a fine butt in pair of faded jeans that will make any woman’s heart race a little faster.

Thanks for having me, Manga Maniac Café!  It’s always a pleasure!

About The Last Cowboy in Texas, book 7 in Katie Lane’s Deep in the Heart of Texas series

Country music princess Starlet Brubaker has a sweet tooth for moon pies and cowboys: both are yummy-and you can never have just one. Now Beckett Cates may not be a cowboy, but he certainly has the heart, soul-and body-to whet her appetite. He’s a sexy ex-Marine with a touch hotter than the scorching Texas sun and arms strong enough to catch her when she lands into trouble.
Playing bodyguard to America’s sweetheart isn’t easy for Beckett. But falling for her sure is. Unfortunately, Starlet has a reputation for keeping a guy or two wrapped around her finger and Beckett refuses to be anybody’s backup. So now it’s up to Starlet to prove that she’s put her cowboy-crazy days behind her. Otherwise, she’ll be singing solo instead of living in harmony with the man who’s loved her even before her fame and fortune.

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About Katie Lane

Katie Lane is the USA Today bestselling author of the Deep in the Heart of Texas and Hunk for the Holiday series.  Katie lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and when she isn’t writing, enjoys reading, going to the gym, golfing, traveling, or just snuggling next to her high school sweetheart and cairn terrier Roo.

Learn more about Katie Lane at:
www.katielanebooks.com
Facebook.com/katielaneauthor
Twitter, @ktlane3

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45. Meet Derrick Collins from Julie Brannagh’s Holding Holly and Giveaway

 

Please give a warm welcome to Derrick Collins this morning!

I’m Derrick Collins. I have been playing football since my daddy put my brother and me into Pee-Wee. I currently play for the Seattle Sharks. When I’m not playing football, I spend time with my Holly.

[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Derrick Collins] Driven, passionate, fun-loving, happy.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share a typical day in your life?

[Derrick Collins] I get out of bed as late as possible before I have to be at practice. The other six months a year I get up as late as possible. Holly is awake (and happy about it) when the sun is up.

The rest of my day goes like this. I do some lifting, take care of whatever it is that needs to be done, and then I go home and spend some time with the women in my life – my wife, my mama and my grandma. My little bro is home from Afghanistan for good, so we play video games or do some work around Mama and Grandma’s place when he has some free time.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words come to mind when you think of Holly?

[Derrick Collins] She’s caring, compassionate, and loving. She thinks about other people before she thinks of herself.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s her most appealing quality?

[Derrick Collins] She knows everything about me and loves me anyway. And that makes me the luckiest guy in the world.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What just drives you nuts about her?

[Derrick Collins] Did I mention she’s up when the sun is? I can’t be too mad, though. My beautiful wife is teaching me to love mornings.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could change one thing you’ve done in your life, what would it be?

[Derrick Collins] I would have met Holly sooner.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?

[Derrick Collins] My phone.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your dreams for the future in five words or less

[Derrick Collins] Health, happiness, wealth, and Holly.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

Holding Holly
Love and Football # 4.5

By: Julie Brannagh

Releasing December 2nd, 2014

Avon

Holly Reynolds has a secret. Make that two. The first involves upholding her grandmother’s hobby answering Dear Santa letters from dozens of local school children. The second…well, he just came strolling in the door.

For the last two years, Holly has not been able to stop thinking about gorgeous Seattle Shark Derrick Collins. His on-field exploits induce nightmares in quarterbacks across the NFL, but she knows he has a heart of gold.

Derrick has never met a woman he wants to bring home to meet his family, mostly because he keeps picking the wrong ones-until he runs into sweet, shy Holly Reynolds. Different than anyone he’s ever known, Derrick realizes she might just be everything he needs.

When he discovers her holiday letter writing, he is determined to play Santa too. And as the pair team up to bring joy to one little boy very much in need, they discover the most precious Christmas gift of all: love.

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/10/holding-holly-love-and-football-45-by.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21805398-holding-holly?from_search=true

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Author Info

Julie Brannagh has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She lives in a small town near Seattle, where she once served as a city council member and owned a yarn shop. She shares her home with a wonderful husband, two uncivilized Maine Coons and a rambunctious chocolate Lab.

When she’s not writing, she’s reading, or armchair-quarterbacking her favorite NFL team from the comfort of the family room couch. Julie is a Golden Heart finalist and the author of contemporary sports romances.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Website: http://www.juliebrannagh.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JulieBrannagh
Twitter: https://twitter.com/julieinduvall
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7127296.Julie_Brannagh

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46. Guest Post and Giveaway: Wendy S Marcus, Author of Loving You is Easy

Please welcome Wendy S Marcus to the virtual offices this morning!

First off a great big thank you to Manga Maniac Café for hosting today’s blog post promoting my Loveswept Contemporary Romance, Loving You Is Easy. In the story, the hero, Shane, is a soldier in the U.S. Army who returns home wounded. I’ve been asked to discuss five things Shane would never have in his rucksack. So here goes:

1) Porn – Since getting four full color, sexy pictures from his pen pal, Brooke, Shane has no desire to look at any woman but her. Those long, slender legs. That firm, perfectly rounded ass. Hot damn, gets him worked up every single time.

2) Pre-packaged/commercially produced baked goods – Shane’s mother loves to bake, and he grew up with a constant supply of delicious, fresh-baked cakes, pies and cookies. To this day she still makes sure he never goes without her tasty treats, even while he’s overseas. (Good thing he likes to work out or he’d be big as a house!)

3) A book – Shane’s more of an action guy than a reader. He prefers doing to reading about other people doing – especially where sex is concerned.

4) Lotion – Guys are tough and their skin should be tough. Now Shane believes lotion has its uses. Like foreplay, to get his hands on the soft, delicate skin of a woman’s back and shoulders. Or in a pinch, for a massage of a more personal nature, like when a man is away at war for months at a time. But he’d never let lotion take up valuable space in his ruck.

5) A camera – At the beginning of Loving You Is Easy Shane is in his fourth tour of combat duty in Afghanistan. The horrible images of all he has seen during years at war are forever burned into his memory – no matter how hard he’s tried to get rid of them. He does not need pictures to remember.

And now a question for you, if you had to go away for a long journey and all you could pack is one rucksack, what are the top five things you would definitely, without a doubt, take with you? Remember, they have to fit in your ruck!

Loving You is Easy
By: Wendy S. Marcus

Releasing December 9th, 2014

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She’s a survivor of the front lines of politics. He’s a wounded soldier returning home from the battlefield. Can they place their trust in the power of love?

Nobody plays the role of perfect politician’s daughter better than quiet, respectable math teacher Brooke Ellstein. But she won’t be caught swimming with the sharks again, not after the son of a wealthy donor sinks his teeth into her and gets away with it. Still, political connections have their perks, such as heading up the governor’s “Support Our Troops” pen-pal initiative—and getting first dibs on the smoking-hot sergeant whose picture shakes her right down to her goody-two-shoes.

When corresponding with sweet, classy Brooke, Shane Develen instinctively hides his commando tattoos and blue-collar roots—and he can tell that she’s hiding something, too. But Shane knows he’s gained her trust when Brooke gives him a blisteringly sexy photo. Then he’s injured in an ambush and a fellow soldier posts the snapshot online. Overnight, Brooke’s reputation turns to ashes. Even though he’s totally wrong for her, Shane shows up on Brooke’s doorstep, determined to set things right—and discovers that right or wrong has nothing on the chemistry they share.

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/09/loving-you-is-easy-by-wendy-s-marcus_27.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22747255-loving-you-is-easy?from_search=true

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Author Info

Wendy S. Marcus is an award-winning author of contemporary romance. A nurse by trade, Wendy holds a Master of Science in Health Care Administration, a degree that does her absolutely no good as she now spends her days, nights, and weekends mucking around in her characters’ lives creating conflict, emotion, and, of course, a happily ever after. Wendy lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley region of New York. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her dog Buddy, and blogging/e-mailing/tweeting/facebooking with her online friends.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Website: http://wendysmarcus.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wendy-S-Marcus-Author-Page/184507031577429
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/WendySMarcus
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4823224.Wendy_S_Marcus

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47. Spotlight and Giveaway: Double Trouble by Lori Wilde

This morning I have an excerpt and give away for Lori Wilde’s Double Trouble.  Enjoy!

About DOUBLE TROUBLE

Two Lori Wilde romances together for the first time in print!

CHARMED AND DANGEROUS

When her thrill-seeking twin sister goes missing, Maddie Cooper must come to her rescue-which means teaming up with irritating, arrogant, and altogether way too sexy FBI agent David Marshall. David isn’t one to get easily distracted but his new self-proclaimed partner has him completely sidetracked with her delectable curves and knockout smile. His first priority: follow the leads in the case. Then he can go about the all-too-enjoyable task of following his heart . . .

MISSION: IRRESISTIBLE

PR specialist Cassie Cooper loves the adrenaline rush of a well-planned party. And a masquerade ball at the museum is her best yet. But when a legendary amulet is stolen practically from under her nose, she needs the help of her nemesis, archaeologist Harrison Standish. No-nonsense Harrison has all the intensity of Indiana Jones. Though just when he needs his full attention on their mission, he’s having the damnedest time keeping his mind-and his hands-off Cassie . . .

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About Lori Wilde

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lori Wilde has written sixty novels. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and a certificate in forensics. She volunteers as a sexual assault first responder for Freedom House, a shelter for battered women. Lori is a past RITA finalist and has been nominated four times for theRomantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. She’s won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, the Lories, the More Than Maggie, the Golden Quill, the Laurel Wreath, and the Best Books of 2006 Book Award. Her books have been translated into twenty-five languages and featured inCosmopolitan, Redbook, Complete Woman, All You,TIME, and Quick and Simple magazines. She lives in Texas with her husband, Bill. 

AUTH. WEBSITE:

http://www.loriwilde.com/

AUTH. TWITTER ID:

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From Charmed and Dangerous

The air in the room seemed miserably hot even though he’d twisted up the controls on the air conditioner when he’d walked in. Or maybe it was the heat of his blood rushing through his veins.

“Nobody likes being intimidated.”

“Don’t be so sure of that. Ever heard of a submissive?”

“I’m not a submissive,” she denied. “Far from it.”

“You sure? You entered a man’s room while he was getting undressed.”

“That doesn’t make me submissive. If anything, I’d say I was dominant.”

“You dominating me?” The notion was so foreign, so utterly ridiculous that David burst out laughing.

His derision incensed her. She stabbed an index finger in his direction. “Maybe you’re the one who’s longing to be submissive.”

“Oh yeah?” Swiftly he covered the remaining distance between them.

She backpedaled until she ran smack dab into the wall. David grabbed both her wrists, pinned her hands above her head and swiftly shoved one knee between her legs, completely hemming her in with no way out.

“This look like submissive to you, darlin’?” he growled.

They were both breathing hard, their lips almost touching.

“For your information I’m a third degree black belt in karate,” she said.

“Bring it on. I’m fifth degree.”

“You don’t threaten me.” She gulped, belying her own bravado.

He saw the column of her throat muscles pump hard and he knew he’d succeeded in intimidating her, but still she held her ground. She might be scared, but she was too damned proud to run away.

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48. Deeper: Review

If you’re a reader whose interests tend towards (angsty, challenging, occasionally sweet) romance, I can’t recommend Robin York’s Deeper enough. To be clear, this is absolutely not a book for young readers. Deeper definitely falls into the New Adult genre, and as such, is one of the best New Adult novels that I’ve read in the past year. (My favorite of the year is probably Leah Raeder’s Unteachable, which Wendy reviewed a few months ago.) Although I’m still trying to find my bearings in NA lit in general, I like Robin York’s work quite a bit. (This is probably because she is also romance writer Ruthie Knox, who is a person you should read if you like contemporary romances.) Anyway. Here’s what I liked about Deeper (despite what seems to me to be an awful-ish title, and not just because it’s also the title of a lesbian romance novel that is crazy bad). If you’re interested in NA and... Read more »

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49. YA Book Blast: Disenchanted by Leigh Goff

Welcome to the Release Day Blast for Disenchanted,
a new YA Fantasy novel by 
Leigh Goff


About Disenchanted:

A dark curse, a forbidden love.

Orphaned sixteen-year-old Sophie Goodchild is an outcast among the ordinaries and her coven, but not because she’s untalented. Descended from a powerful Wethersfield witch, her spellcasting gift is awkwardly emerging, but that’s the least of her worries. The boy she’s forbidden to fall for, a descendant of the man who condemned her ancestor to hang, carries a dark secret that could destroy them both unless Sophie learns how to tap into the mysterious power of her diamond bloodcharm. 

Suspenseful, dark, romantic, and brimming with old magic, Disenchanted captures the intrigue of New England’s witchlore.

Book Details:

Title: Disenchanted

Author Name: Leigh Goff

Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy Romance

Publisher: Musa Publishing, LLC http://www.musapublishing.com/

ISBN: 978-1-68009-045-1

Release Date: 12/19/2014

Read an Excerpt:

I sat, soaking wet, shaking from the adrenaline. Whoever he was, he rescued me from the would-be thief who bore the symbol of the Leos, a breath-saving nickname I gave Judge Mather’s Law Enforcement Organization. I strained to see, but the rain drops clinging to my long eyelashes blurred my vision. I wiped them away as my heart settled to an even pace.

With his back to me, he watched the thief disappear into the stormy night. He ran his hands through his thick, wavy, wet hair. His broad shoulders relaxed before he turned to offer me assistance. He extended his long arm to help me to my feet. I hesitated for a second, unsure of him, but as he reached for me, our fingers brushed together. A shock of electricity bolted through my hand. I froze as I caught the surprised reaction on his face, telling me he felt it, too. His fingers clasped firmly around mine and, with no effort, he pulled me to my feet. Unsteady, I pressed my hands against his firm muscled chest that showed through the drenched white shirt. A dizzy, swirly sensation swept through my head as if I were on a merry-go-round spinning around at one hundred miles per hour.

He had to be six feet tall.

“Are you okay?” he asked in a smooth British accent. His deep voice vibrated with tension, sending warm chills inside me.

I balanced myself and brushed my wet hair behind my ears, swallowing hard. A British accent that could make a girl melt if the girl didn’t have alarm bells going off in her head. There were no Brits currently living in our small part of Wethersfield, which meant he had to be one of them. My wide eyes flitted around, looking for a clue to make sense of why the statuesque Mather boy with his soaking wet shirt and black tailored pants left the comfort of his father’s manor house to brave the storm.

He stepped closer, breaching the already slim gap between us and forcing my eyes up. The streetlight illuminated his handsome features. His ivory complexion, dappled with raindrops and a shadow of thick stubble, revealed a hint of blush as if it were wintertime and the cold air had plucked at his cheeks.

I followed the perfect straight line of his nose to his brooding, dark eyes full of mystery. His eyes wandered over the details of my face and settled on my own, waiting for me to reply. A warm, wet breeze swirled up from behind him and wrapped his alluring scent around me; clean, floral and woodsy and thoroughly masculine. I inhaled again and again, unable to exhale. With all the plants and flowers I had smelled in my lifetime, he smelled better than any, alone or in combination. I wavered slightly, side to side, feeling dazed. I gulped a mouthful of air, trying not to breathe him in. What was wrong with me? I shook myself out of the stupor.

“Did you know that man?” he asked.

“Did you?” I said in an accusatory tone, but at that moment, I didn’t care about the attacker.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.” He drew back like I was crazy for suggesting anything.

He was the enemy. Say something, I thought. “What…what are you doing out here anyway?”

He furrowed his eyebrows inward. “Saving you, obviously.”

I threw my hands on my hips, shocked by the irony. A Mather helping a Greensmith? Hell was freezing over somewhere beneath our feet and every kind of farm animal was sprouting wings to fly. “That’s impossible.”

“And why is that?”

“Because…because you’re a Mather,” I said, not meaning to sound disgusted, but I struggled to contain my feelings. Fact was, the Mathers had Greensmith blood on their hands, as well as my coven’s blood. Through Wethersfield’s history, they were known as witch-hunters and with each generation, they changed only to appear more politically correct, but their intentions remained unchanged.

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About the Author:


I love writing young adult fiction with elements of magic and romance because it's also what I like to read. Born and raised on the East Coast, I now live in Maryland, where I enjoy the area's great history and culture.

I am a graduate of the University of Maryland, University College and a member of the Maryland Writers' Association and Romance Writers of America. I am also an approved artist with the Maryland State Arts Council. My debut novel, Disenchanted, was inspired by the Wethersfield witches of Connecticut and will be released by Musa Publishing in December 2014.


For review copies or to arrange an interview, blog visit, or event with the author please click the Sapphyria's Book Promotions banner or you may contact her at saphsbookblog@gmail.com

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50. Guest Post and Giveaway: Sharon Cullen, Author of His Saving Grace

Please welcome Sharon Cullen to the virtual offices!  She’s here to share a guest post, and she has a giveaway for you to enter, too!

I love this topic! While I try very hard never to take my deadline down to the wire (I’ve never been a procrastinator), there are times when it occasionally happens. And, hey, I’m always up for a snack!

 

Chocolate anything is good for me. I mean that literally. I’ve been known to eat directly out of the bag of chocolate chips if need be.

But my favorite is M&Ms. Plain or peanut (although peanut will make me love you forever).

I’ve also discovered these chocolate…thingies. I’m not sure what to call them but they’re made by Brookside and they’re called Dark Chocolate Acai Berries. It’s made of dark chocolate (obviously) with a blueberry taste. Soooo good. And the best part is that they’re fairly low in calories and while I’m not sure what the health benefits of acai are, I do know there are some. Right?

I’m also a prodigious baker. There’s always some baked good sitting on our counters. Lately I’ve been going through my Pinterest recipes and trying new things at least once a week.

Ack! This makes it seem like all I do is eat. I promise you, that’s not the case.

Unless there are M&Ms in the house.

His Saving Grace
Secrets & Seduction # 4

By: Sharon Cullen

Releasing December 23rd, 2014

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Blurb

Perfect for fans of Mary Balogh, Sharon Cullen’s captivating novel tells the deeply emotional tale of two devoted lovers facing the ravages of war.

For months now, Lady Grace Ashworth has mourned the death of her beloved husband—until the day a very-much-alive Michael arrives at her front door. It’s nothing less than a miracle. However, Grace soon realizes that this Michael isn’t the same man who left for the Crimean War. She’s stunned to learn that he has suffered a devastating head injury. Putting all her own desires aside, Grace resolves to devote herself to Michael’s recovery and to love him no matter what troubles may come.

Convinced that his wife is wasting her time on a broken man, Michael attempts to shield Grace from a life of inconvenience by driving her away. But Grace will have none of that. Despite every obstacle Michael throws in her path, she stubbornly soldiers on, fighting not only for their marriage but for the love they once shared. In the end, will her determination alone be enough to save Michael from the darkness that threatens to consume him?

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Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22707764-his-saving-grace?from_search=true

Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes | iTunes | Kobo

 

 

Author Info

Sharon Cullen is the author of the historical romances The Notorious Lady Anne, Loving the Earl, and Pleasing the Pirate, as well as many novels of romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance. If you’d like to find out more about the author and her books, you can visit her blog or her website. She is addicted to social networking so you can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Friend her! Like her! Follow her! She’d love to hang out with you and talk about her passion: books.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Website: http://www.sharoncullen.net/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sharon-Cullen-Author/243329341691

Twitter: http://twitter.com/SharonCullen

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1806419.Sharon_Cullen

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