Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Coming Soon: Stormee Waters by Lynda Coker

Today Lynda Coker is my guest and she's here with her new contemporary sweet romance, STORMEE WATERS, which will be released January 14, 2015.

Dirk Savage never fails to acquire what he wants until he encounters Stormee Waters and a backwash of trouble...

Stormee Waters knows about hard times. Needing to care for her aging grandmother and teenage brother, she moves to Houston, Texas and takes a writing job for a popular magazine. Her first assignment is to interview a successful business man for a series of articles entitled, Make My Man Texas-Sized. Her target, Dirk Savage, appears to have the right criteria. He's adventurous with the air of a conqueror. Admired by his peers and coveted by beauty queens and debutantes, he's just the type of man that Stormee needs to make her first article sizzle and sell. But can she handle the heat when she catches his attention?

Dirk Savage is used to acquiring what he wants, except in the illusive quest for the one woman who can fill his heart. The shock of discovering her in the naive young woman assigned to interview him sets his jaded emotions on high alert. Can he convince her that his pursuit is genuine?

Here's an excerpt:

“How old are you?” His tone possessed a clipped edge of exasperation.

What does my age matter? Mortified, she fidgeted with the small purse she held in her lap. “Twe—twenty-three.”

“You blush and fidget like a little girl.”

To her astonishment, and with more force than necessary, he closed her door, circled the car, and slipped back behind the wheel. A few minutes later, he parked in front of the Stardust Restaurant. This time, when her door opened, he helped her out and led her toward the restaurant’s entrance, stopping just short to maneuver her into a secluded niche in the building’s exterior.

With her back against the rock wall, Stormee muttered, “What are you doing?”

“Time to make up for leaving me standing in your doorway.”

Shock kept her immobile, while the sweetest pleasure she’d ever experienced sensitized her mouth beyond bearing. With unhurried, soft kisses, he explored the corners of her clenched lips. Mrs. Stanton’s warning echoed in her ears. “Remember to keep it professional, Stormee. He’s not the kind of man you’re used to dealing with.” She pushed away the annoying memory as he wet her bottom lip with his tongue.

Author Bio:

Lynda is an author of contemporary romance that lingers in a reader’s mind long after they’ve closed the book. She lives in Northeast Texas with her husband of fifty years. They enjoy traveling, trying new foods, spending time with family and friends, and doing community service work together. When she feels the need to take a break from writing, she enjoys creating fabric art. She offers an open invitation to view both her writing and fabric art on her blog.

Blog:  http://betweenthelinesandmore.blogspot.com

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/lyndacoker

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

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

Buy Links: Preorder at Amazon - http://amzn.com/B00R9YQZTK

The Wild Rose Press: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=195&products_id=6034

Stormee Waters Launch Giveaway Link:  http://betweenthelinesandmore.blogspot.com/p/stormee-waters-launch-giveaway.html

Winner at Winter Warm-Up Bloghop!

Thank you to everyone who commented on and read my post for the Winter Warm-Up Bloghop. I've chosen the winner of a copy of my contemporary romance FIRST AND AGAIN, and it's going to

Holly Letson!

Congratulations Holly! I hope you enjoy the book. The grand prize winner of the $75 Amazon gift card is Stephanie Osborn. Congratulations Stephanie!

Merry Christmas everyone! 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Wishing you a Happy Christmas and a Warm Winter!

Are you ready for Christmas? Are you going nuts with shopping, baking, sending Christmas cards and everything else the season entails?

Relax and enjoy some of the sights of the season.

What would Christmas be without cookies? 

I love Christmas lights! Here's some from my city.

I love angels!

These poinsettias are placed on the boulevard between the east and west lanes on a main street downtown. They really light up the night!

And my dog Lou is always ready for Christmas!

You can always relax with a good book, and this Christmas I hope you'll choose one of mine.

Bridget Grant is back in Paradise. Paradise, North Dakota, that is.

She’s swallowed her pride and moved back to her hometown with her daughter after her divorce and the loss of her catering company. Now she’s trying to navigate the strained relationships she’d left behind – including her first love, Jack Davison.

Jack never forgot Bridget, or the day she left town – and him. When Bridget caters a lunch at Jack’s tourist ranch, old flames reignite. They have more in common than ever – Jack’s also a single parent. Though they both try to keep things casual, Bridget, Jack and their girls are starting to look a lot like a family.

But Bridget’s only planning to stay in Paradise until she’s saved enough to relaunch her business. Jack’s invested too much in his ranch to leave. And with their daughters involved both have a lot more at stake than heartbreak. How can they risk falling in love?

To read an excerpt please check out FIRST AND AGAIN on my website.

I'm giving away an ecopy of FIRST AND AGAIN to one commenter who tells me what she/he is doing to get ready for Christmas this year. Or you can tell me what your favorite Christmas cookie is! The prize will be rewarded by December 24, 2014 so speak now!

Don't forget to enter the Bloghop-wide draw for a $75 Amazon gift card. (See the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post). One entry per person please. Draw will be made on December 23 using Random.org and posted on www.hopswithheart.blogspot.com

Don't forget to keep hopping! There are prizes at each stop.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

#HolidayRecipe with Kim Iverson Headlee, Author of LIBERTY

Jam-filled Crescent Rolls

1 tube of pre-cut crescent roll dough
Your favorite jam(s)
Melted butter (optional)

Preheat oven as directed on the package for the type of baking sheet or pan you plan to use.
Open tube and unroll each triangle.

Spread a small amount of jam across the base of the triangle, no more than halfway toward the point. This is the tricky part, because the jam can ooze out and burn during baking.

Roll the triangle loosely and place on baking sheet. Brush with a little melted butter (optional).

Repeat for the remaining triangles, leaving at least 2 inches between crescents.
Bake as directed on the package, and do not over-bake!
Cool before serving. The jam can get very hot.

TITLE – Liberty, second edition
AUTHOR – Kim Iverson Headlee
GENRE – Historical Romance
PUBLICATION DATE – December 2014
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 462 pages/118K words
PUBLISHER – Pendragon Cove Press
COVER DESIGNER – Natasha Brown

“When the legend becomes fact,
print the legend.”

Please follow the Pre-Order & Launch Blog Tour
December 8-19
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They hailed her “Liberty,” but she was free only to obey—or die.

Betrayed by her father and sold as payment of a Roman tax debt to fight in Londinium’s arena, gladiatrix-slave Rhyddes feels like a wild beast in a gilded cage. Celtic warrior blood flows in her veins, but Roman masters own her body. She clings to her vow that no man shall claim her soul, though Marcus Calpurnius Aquila, son of the Roman governor, makes her yearn for a love she believes impossible.

Groomed to follow in his father’s footsteps and trapped in a politically advantageous betrothal, Aquila prefers the purity of combat on the amphitheater sands to the sinister intrigues of imperial politics, and the raw power and athletic grace of the flame-haired Libertas to the adoring deference of Rome’s noblewomen.

When a plot to overthrow Caesar ensnares them as pawns in the dark design, Aquila must choose between the Celtic slave who has won his heart and the empire to which they both owe allegiance. Trusting no man and knowing the opposite of obedience is death, the only liberty offered to any slave, Rhyddes must embrace her arena name—and the love of a man willing to sacrifice everything to forge a future with her.


Paperback edition forthcoming!


The warrior-woman looked heavier by at least two stone, but Rhyddes pinned her chest with her knee. She dropped the pitchfork and grasped her dagger, yanking it free. Grabbing a fistful of limed hair, she wrestled the woman’s head to one side to expose her neck.

The Pict bucked and twisted, trying to break Rhyddes’s grip. ’Twas not much different than wrestling a fever-mad calf.

Rhyddes’s deft slice ended the threat.

Blood spurted from the woman’s neck in sickening pulses.

Rhyddes stood, panting, her stomach churning with the magnitude of what she’d done. ’Twas no suffering animal she’d killed—and it could have been her lying there, pumping her lifeblood into the mud.

Bile seared her throat, making her gag. Pain lanced her stomach. Bent double, she retched out the remains of her morning meal, spattering the corpse.

After spitting out the last bitter mouthful and wiping her lips with the back of her hand, she drew a deep breath and straightened. As she turned a slow circle, her senses taking in the sights and sounds and stench of the devastation surrounding her, she wished she had not prevailed.

The news grew worse as she sprinted toward the lodge.

Of her seven brothers, the Picts had left Ian and Gwydion dead, her father and Owen wounded, the lodge and three outbuildings torched. She ran a fingertip over the crusted blood of her scratch, and she couldn’t suppress a surge of guilt.

Mayhap, she thought through the blinding tears as she ran to help what was left of her family, ’twould have been better had she died in the Pict’s stead.

The surviving raiders were galloping toward the tree line with half the cattle. The remaining stock lay stiffening in the fields, already attracting carrion birds.

Three days later, the disaster attracted scavengers of an altogether different sort.

Love this book? Please join Kim's All-Stars Street Team!

Friday, December 12, 2014

#HolidayRecipe from Author Tina Gayle

Tina Gayle is my guest today and she's sharing another holiday recipe. Tina, how about sharing your recipe for Lemon Curd with us?

Lemon Curd

6 Tbs unsalted butter--softened at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. grated lemon zest

Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer about 2 minutes. Slowly add the eggs and yolks. Beat for 1 minute. Mix in the lemon juice. The mixture will look curdled, but don't worry...

In a medium, heavy-based saucepan, cook the mixture over low heat until it looks smooth. (The curdled appearance disappears as the butter melts) Increase the heat to medium and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens. Be patient, this takes about 15 minutes. When you dip a spoon into the mixture and draw your finger (careful, it's hot) down the middle of the back of the spoon it will leave a path. Or, if you're like me and cook with a thermometer, it will read 170 degrees. DO NOT let the mixture boil.

Remove from heat and stir in the zest. Transfer to a bowl and press plastic wrap on the surface to prevent a skin from forming. Chill in refrigerator. The curd will continue to thicken as it cools.

Covered tightly this will keep in the fridge for a week and about 2 months in the freezer.

I like this cold with vanilla wafers.

Here's a blurb and an excerpt from Tina Gayle:

Executives' Wives' Club series

Four women...
One fatal car wreck...
Everyone's lives changed...

EWC1 -- "The Unwilling Widow"

Jennifer Larson, having lost her husband, friends and the perfect life she’d had planned, now faces the biggest challenge of her life, moving into an unplanned future. While the rest of the Executive Wife Club is still wallowing in the past, Jen is tempted into the future by a sexy chiropractor, Hagan Chaney.

But does he really love her or is he only after her money?

Excerpt -

Jen gathered her strength and followed Hagan through the house. The easy flow of his long limbs showed incredible grace for a big man. So tempting, yet, she couldn’t pursue him. Not now, not with everyone watching her, they expected her to act like a grieving widow. If she didn’t, they’d forever brand her as an unloving wife.

She hated the farce, but she had no choice. No one knew her marriage had turned into a sham long before Craig died.

A few minutes later, she walked outside and breathed a sigh of relief. Finally, with the showing done, she could return Hagan to his office. She locked the front door and stored the key in the lockbox. Spinning on her heels, she faced Hagan.

At the end of the porch, one foot already positioned on the first step with a hand out to assist her, he waited. “So, Jen, since we’re done for today, why don’t we meet tomorrow night for dinner?”

Jen edged backward and her butt hit the closed door. The urge to run away from his undeniable magnetism, and the problems he’d cause, sent her mind into a tail spin.

What in the hell should I do now?

About the Author

Tina Gayle was born in Texas, the place of her heart and where most of her family still lives. The youngest of four daughters, she grew up a dreamer.

She worked for years in the business world doing a variety of accounting jobs. Then when her two sons were little, Tina decided to go back to school to get a degree in MIS. She only used this degree a few years before deciding to follow her passion for writing romance.

Married twenty-five years, she and her husband love to travel and can’t wait for Mike to retire so they can do it more.

Find Tina Gayle everywhere

Home - www.tinagayle.net
Blog - www.tinagayle.blogspot.com
Twitter - https://twitter.com/#!/AuthorTinaGayle
Goodread - http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1641826.Tina_Gayle
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/tina.gayle
Google + - https://plus.google.com
Linkin - http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tina-gayle/11/689/759

Sunday, December 7, 2014

#HolidayRecipe for a Quick and Easy Date Night Dinner

Author Anita Philmar is my guest today with a holiday recipe. Take it away Anita!

Choose your favorite wine. (Opening the bottle is something you can have your lover do.)

Make a quick dip of combining a mashed avocado with your favorite salsa. (Stir together and you are done.)

Open a bag of your favorite corn chips and you are ready to party.

Personally, I like to enjoy my wine and munch on the dip while I’m cooking the fajitas.

Now slice up
1 medium size onion
1 green pepper

Sauté in non-stick pan with two tablespoons of oil, add 12 medium size shrimp (Shelled and de-veined). Sprinkle with tablespoon of taco season (vary this to your taste), and cook until shrimp are done. Add some flour tortillas and dinner is served.

Now for desert – might I suggest you share a hot read, any of mine should put you in the mood.

Also if you are looking for other easy date night recipes – download for free Passionate Cooks

Have a great evening!

Here's Anita's current release. DEPUTY'S BRIDE is an erotic, historical western that is a stand-alone story with a satisfying HEA.

Texas Deputy Bo Kildare is looking for a special kind of lady, one that is willing to meet his special requirements. No sweet little virgin will do, he wants a woman who knows how to please a man, perhaps two.

 Recently widowed, Sarah Elizabeth Foster-LaFever has lived in the public eye for the last few years and wants out. Her reputation as Micah LaFever’s wife has left her penniless and without many viable options until Bo comes calling. Now, she believes she found the perfect man until her past rears its ugly head.

Can murder and corrupt dealings keep these two lovers from making it to the alter?


“God, when is he going to get here,” Sarah muttered and strolled to the free-standing, oval mirror in the corner. Critically, she examined her silk dressing gown’s high collar. Unable to breathe with every button running down the front of garment secured, she’d only connected a few at her waist. The dark red robe highlighted her creamy complexion and light blonde hair.

Through the open at the top, she viewed the curve of her breasts and the tight fit of her corset. The cream color almost matched her skin, creating the illusion that she was nude underneath. Tugging aside her wide skirt, she examined the long line of her legs. She’d opted to omit her bloomers. One, because with the fire raging in the fireplace, she was hot. Two, because she thought Mr. Kildare should get a glimpse of what he’d receive if he decided to make her his wife.

 Granted from what Madeline had told Sarah, the man wanted more than a dutiful wife. He sounded as if he were more like her deceased husband. Micah enjoyed playing extreme bedroom games.

 She frowned, thinking how much she’d missed sex in the last year. Not because she hadn’t had the chance to indulge. More because she hadn’t wanted to fall victim to the same power hungry crowd that Micah had belonged. She’d done enough for those bastards and she had no intentions of doing...  

Knuckles hammered against her door.

 Brushing a nervous hand over her hair, she offered up a silent prayer that everything would work out before she rushed back to the doorway. After a quick breath, she asked, “Who is it?”

 “Bo Kildare, I was sent by Madeline Cowden.”

A masculine tone rang from the other side.

 His voice alone sent shivers racing over her skin. She flipped back the lock and inched open the door. “Yes, she said you might be stopping by.”

Anita Philmar's Bio:

Anita Philmar likes to create stories that push the limit. A writer by day and a dreamer by night she wants her readers to see the world in a new way.

Influenced by sci-fi programs, she likes to develop places where anything can happen and where erotic moments come to life in a great read.

Naughty or Nice?
Read her books and decide.

I've done a holiday recipe exchange on Anita's blog. You can check out my recipe here. Thanks!

Monday, November 24, 2014

ANDROMEDA'S FALL by Abigail Owen releases December 10, 2014!

ANDROMEDA'S FALL (Shadowcast Nation #1) by Abigail Owen is releasing world-wide on December 10, 2014. But you can pre-order your print or ebook now!

Print book pre-order            Ebook pre-order

Here's a blurb:

Andromeda Reynolds is being hunted. After witnessing her mother’s violent death at the hands of a pack of wolf shifters, Andie has devoted her life to protecting her community of cougar shifters from a similar fate. But now, a greater threat lies within her own dare, and she must run. If she stays, Kyle Carstairs will force their mating, seeking the added political power their union would provide.

Andie would rather chew off her own foot than end up with Kyle. Though, knowing him, she won’t live long either way. Andie’s only hope of survival is to mate Jaxon Keller, the Alpha of the Keller Dare with which she is seeking asylum. But before she can get to him, Andie must first go through A.J., one of the Alpha’s Protectors.

What Andie doesn’t realize is that A.J. has secrets of his own. All Andie knows is that the incredibly frustrating shifter insists on challenging her story, her skills, her trust… and her heart.


He glanced down at her. “You really are a tiny thing, aren’t you?”

Andie scowled. “Don’t let my size fool you. I can pack a wallop when I want to. Even with a broken arm.”

A.J. laughed. “I’m sure you can.”

Andie stared straight ahead, her mouth thinning. She hated being patronized. Men were so dense sometimes. They never took her seriously until she showed them exactly why they should.

Keeping her left arm protected, Andie suddenly dropped. One leg shot out and she spun low to the ground, sweeping A.J.’s feet out from under him. As he landed on his back, she was on top of him, her knee on his windpipe—not crushing, just sending a message.

Before she could gloat too much, though, she was flying through the air. Andie tucked into a back flip, landed on her feet, and then spun and launched herself backwards in a one-handed back handspring. A.J. had just gotten on his feet when her legs wrapped around his neck. She used her momentum to drop him back to the floor.

Andie rolled and ended up in a crouch close by. A.J. held up his hands in surrender. “All right, wildcat. You’ve proved yourself.”

Andie glared at him. “Don’t doubt me. And don’t insult my intelligence by pretending you just lost either,” she said in a severe voice, made harsher, perhaps, by the fact that she’d just realized exactly how incredible his blue eyes were. They were a vibrant color made even more interesting by the black ring that rimmed the irises. And she was more than irritated with herself for having noticed that at all.

He levered himself up off the floor. “Fair enough.”

The only thing that kept her from proving her point more—because she could tell he’d held back—was the small amount of respect she could see in his eyes. With a brusque nod, she followed him down the hall.

Pre-order Buy Links

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Award-winning author, Abigail Owen was born in Greeley, Colorado, and raised in Austin, Texas. She now resides in Northern California with her husband and two adorable children who are the center of her universe.

Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. A fourth generation graduate of Texas A&M University, she attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.

Winners at Jana's Birthday Book Giveaway

I've been busy writing and getting a book ready to submit since my birthday, and I've been
remiss in announcing the winners of my giveaway. In no particular order, here they are:

Mary McCoy - won a copy of OFF THE GRID by Karyn Good

bn100 - won a copy of FLAWLESS from Jana Richards

Fedora Chin - won a copy of SEEING THINGS from Jana Richards

Niki R. Bass - won an autographed print copy of ONLY ENCHANTING by Mary Balogh

Shelley Summers - won a copy of TURN IT UP by Inez Kelley

Mary McCoy - won a copy of MOVING ON by Annette Bower

Tina Myers - won a copy of A LONG WAY FROM EDEN by Jana Richards

Wendy Dusek - won a copy of FIRST AND AGAIN by Jana Richards (Wendy, please contact me!)

Brandi Dagwan - won a copy of HER BEST MAN by Jana Richards

Sherry Strode - won a copy of THERE GOES THE GROOM by Jana Richards

Shelley Summers - won a copy of ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID by Jana Richards

Tina Myers - won a copy of IRIS RAINBOW by Ilona Fridl

Mannouchka - won a copy of HOME FIRES by Jana Richards

Fedora Chin - won a copy of THE REGENCY STORYBOOK by Lesley-Anne McLeod

Nicole - won a copy of SPOOKY SOJOURN by Ashley Ladd

Brandi Dagwan - won a copy of TAKING COMMAND by KyAnn Waters and Grad Stone

bn100 - won a copy of THE BASTARD by Inez Kelley

Sherry Strode, Eleanor Harkins, and Nicki Bland each won their choice of a backlist novel from KyAnn Waters

Barbara Barber - won a copy of THE EMPIRE by Elizabeth Lang

Mannouchka - won a copy of TRAILING KAIWULF by Kayelle Allen

Nicole - won a copy of THE REBELS  by Elizabeth Lang

Mina Gerhart - won a copy of THE EARL'S PECULIAR BURDEN by Lesley-Anne McLeod

Barbara Barber - won a copy of LOVELAND by Andrea Downing

Laurie Gommermann - won a copy of CAPTURED HEART by Heather McCollum

Tina Myers  - won a copy of THE HEART OF THE PHOENIX by Barbara Bettis

Linda Bass - won a copy of THE GOLDEN KEY CHRONICLES by A.J. Nuest

Dee Gattrell - won a copy of SAY NOTHING OF WHAT YOU SEE by Christy Effinger

Jana Leah - won a copy of SHIFT HAPPENS by J.C. McKenzie

J.C. McKenzie - won a copy of IMPROBABLE SOLUTION by Judith B. Glad

Maria Smith - won a copy of GHOST OF A CLUE by Debra Doggett

Victoria Zumbrum - won a copy of THE SHUCKER'S BOOKTIQUE by J.C. McKenzie

Phaedra Seabolt - won a copy of A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE by Annette Bower

Jean Patton - won a copy of THE GIRL MOST LIKELY by Jana Richards

Shelley Hammond - won a copy of SWEET AS SIN by Inez Kelley

Thank you to all the authors and readers who participated. You helped to make my birthday a real blast!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Karyn Good's New Romantic Suspense - OFF THE GRID

I'm very pleased to welcome my friend Karyn Good, who has a brand new romantic suspense. OFF THE GRID releases today from The Wild Rose Press. I've just finished this book and I can tell you it's fabulous!

In her own words, Karyn tells us about the inspiration for OFF THE GRID:

"Inspiration comes from all kinds of places and the idea behind this book is no different. It’s usually the characters that come to me first. Not this time. This time it was the setting. The Downtown Eastside of Vancouver is infamous for being Canada’s poorest urban postal code. The more I read and heard about the area the more the idea of using it as a setting for a novel dug in.

The idea of activist and Doctor Sophie Monroe and Family Law expert, Caleb Quinn, were born when the idea of bridging the gap between the rich and the poor first started worming its way inside."
Here's a blurb:

A committed doctor to Vancouver's inner city, nothing fazes Sophie Monroe—until a pregnant teenager shows up at her clinic on Christmas Eve requesting sanctuary and claiming the baby's father is one of the city's most influential businessmen. Sophie is in over her head and thankful when aid shows up in the form of an attorney who's a little too confident and a lot too sexy.

Family Law expert Caleb Quinn just wants a date, a chance to prove he isn't the elitist jerk Sophie assumes. Helping deliver a baby is not what he has in mind. But before long protecting a traumatized teenager and her son become his first priority. Even if saving them pits him against the baby's father, a childhood friend. A man who will do anything to keep his dark side private.

But justice never comes cheap. Will doing the right thing cost Sophie and Caleb their reputations? Or their lives?

And an excerpt:

Casual relationships weren’t her thing. Once she’d yearned for more. For the commitment other women scoffed at. Then she’d learned her lesson. It didn’t mean she didn’t crave family. She refused to ask about the woman from his office. It was none of her business. Neither was he. But renewed determination to resist him didn’t mean he wasn’t getting to her.

No soft music played. The dim lighting was courtesy of an unlit dingy hallway. The smell of antiseptic and desperation laced the air. It didn’t matter. Sophie wanted to meet his challenge. She didn’t want to dodge. Or object. She wanted to kiss the hell out of Caleb Quinn.

So she stepped back. “I can’t do this with you. I need to know I matter. That I’m the only name on your list.”

Caleb took her face in his warm hands. “Sophie, right now there is no one else but you.”

She wrapped her hands around his wrists and tugged them away. “But there’s a long line behind me and I’m choosing not to join the queue.”

“Don’t.” He refused to let go of her hands when she tried to release them, brought them up between them. “Don’t toss this aside.”

“I don’t do casual.”

“There won’t be anything casual about it.”

OFF THE GRID is available at The Wild Rose Press and Amazon.

Karyn Good can be found at:

Website: http://karyngood.com/blog/

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

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/karyngood or @karyngood

Happy Release Day! Thank you for sharing your new book with me today, Karyn!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Last Round - Last call for Contemporary Romance!

For our last group of books to bid on we have four contemporary romance novels in three heat levels. So without further ado, let's introduce our books.

Turn it Up by Inez Kelley

Talk is foreplay. Use it. 

Dr. Bastian Talbot and self-proclaimed sex goddess Charlie Pierce heat up the air waves with their flirty banter as radio hosts Dr. Hot and the Honeypot. Off the air, they're best friends...but Bastian wants to be so much more. He wants Charlie--in bed, and forever.

Problem is, Charlie doesn't do commitment. Sure, she's had X-rated fantasies of Bastian, but he was always just a friend--until he impulsively proposes and unleashes the lust they've been denying for years. Charlie's willing to explore where their wild chemistry leads, but she won't marry him. And he won't have sex with her until she accepts his proposal, despite her seductive schemes.

What are Dr. Hot and the Honeypot to do? Ask their listeners for advice on how to tame a sex kitten and turn a perfect gentleman into a shameless lover. The Race to Wed or Bed is on...who will turn up on top?

Amazon Buy Link         Inez Kelley's website         Length: Full-length      

Heat level: Sizzling hot

Moving On by Annette Bower

Anna Jenkins, a mysterious woman, arrives in the resort town of Regina Beach as the heir to a cottage, even though there isn’t an obvious family connection. The residents of the town know everyone’s business and they are very keen on discovering Anna’s secrets. Anna meets Nick Donnelly with a secret of his own.  As a soldier, the injuries he sustained in an IED explosion were greater than most people realize.

During his rehabilitation, Nick and Anna become friends. Nick begins to dream of a life on the land with a family of his own. When Anna discovers that Nick plans to return to active duty, she puts the brakes on loving a man who might die because of his career. Nick must convince Anna they have a future to live for.

Amazon Buy Link                       Length: Full-length

Annette Bower's website             Heat level: Sweet

A Long Way from Eden by Jana Richards

Zane Martin's teenage daughter is pregnant. Meg Evan's son is the baby's father. Because Zane grew up not knowing who his father was, he'll be damned if he'll let his grandchild live with that shame. Meg was forced into an abusive marriage because of an unplanned pregnancy, so she knows that love is the only good reason to marry. Neither Meg nor Zane expects or welcomes the attraction that sparks between them. As they await the impending birth of their grandchild, old wounds open and long hidden family secrets come to light. The young couple build a newer, stronger relationship, while Meg and Zane reach for a love passionate enough to overcome the past--if they're strong enough to trust it...and each other.

Jana Richards' Books at Uncial Press

Jana Richards' website

Length: Full-length               Heat level: Spicy

First and Again by Jana Richards

Bridget Grant is back in Paradise. Paradise, North Dakota, that is.

She’s swallowed her pride and moved back to her hometown with her daughter after her divorce and the loss of her catering company. Now she’s trying to navigate the strained relationships she’d left behind – including her first love, Jack Davison.

Jack never forgot Bridget, or the day she left town – and him. When Bridget caters a lunch at Jack’s tourist ranch, old flames reignite. They have more in common than ever – Jack’s also a single parent. Though they both try to keep things casual, Bridget, Jack and their girls are starting to look a lot like a family.

But Bridget’s only planning to stay in Paradise until she’s saved enough to relaunch her business. Jack’s invested too much in his ranch to leave. And with their daughters involved both have a lot more at stake than heartbreak. How can they risk falling in love?

Carina Press Buy Link                Jana Richards' website

Length: Full-length                     Heat level: Spicy

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Round 10 - Left at the Altar Series

Welcome back for Round 10 of the giveaway. This time I'm featuring my Left at the Altar series, a humorous contemporary romance with a wedding theme.

To give you an idea what all the ebooks in the giveaway are like, I've given some guidelines about the heat level and length of each ebook. In explanation:

Sweet - No fully described sex scenes. If sex occurs, it happens behind closed doors.
Spicy - One or more sex scene. PG13.
Sizzling hot - Fully described sex scenes using frank language.

This is the way I'm describing the length of the books:
Full-length - over 50,000 words
Novella - between 5,000 and 49,999 words
Short Story - under 5,000 words

Her Best Man by Jana Richards

Sarah Stevens experiences a bride's worst nightmare; being dumped at the altar. When she goes on the Caribbean cruise meant to be her honeymoon in order to lick her wounds, she discovers her ex-fiancé has sent his brother, Will Marshall, the former best man, on the cruise as well. Everyone on board thinks they're newlyweds, and Sarah is too embarrassed to set them straight. How is she supposed to share a tiny cabin with a man she barely knows? How is she supposed to pretend that she and Will are on their honeymoon? Even worse, how can she keep from falling in love with him? Sarah discovers the best man for her really is the best man.

Uncial Press Buy Link                 Length: Full-length

Jana Richards' website                 Heat level: Spicy

There Goes the Groom by Jana Richards

Eight years ago Tony left Olivia at the altar. He was sure she didn't really want to marry him. Now
he's back, and they're forced to work together.

Coming home isn't easy for Tony, because his father wanted him to work at a trade instead of going off to college. Their relationship is still unsteady. Even before Tony's return, Olivia began questioning the depth of her love for her fiancé, a man she chose because he was safe and reliable. The last thing she wants is a loveless, faithless marriage like the one her parents suffered through.

When Tony, who never stopped loving her, insists her fiancé is the wrong man for her, Olivia sets out to prove him wrong. But the sexual chemistry between them is still strong, and so are her feelings for him. Even so, how can she break her engagement, hurt her fiancé as she was once hurt? And how can she trust Tony not to abandon her like he did before?

If anyone does the jilting this time, she will.

Amazon Buy Link                     Length: Full-length

Jana Richards' website               Heat level: Spicy

Always a Bridesmaid by Jana Richards
Dani Dipietro has always considered herself an ugly duckling in a family of swans. She's the bridesmaid her friends count on, but never the woman any man wants for his bride. So she plays the funny girl and guards her emotions, and her secrets, closely.

When Zach Morrison was dumped at his wedding, Dani was there to help him through the humiliation. A year later they meet again and once more Zach needs her help. To fend off the unwanted attentions of his former fiancé, he asks Dani to pretend to be his girlfriend. They play their roles a little too well, and make believe turns into reality. But their relationship comes crashing down around them when Zach's trust issues cause him to accuse Dani of cheating. Telling the truth means that Dani will betray a friend, something she will never do. But keeping her secrets means she may be destined to remain a bridesmaid forever.

Uncial Press Buy Link                 Length: Full-length

Jana Richards' Website                  Heat Level: Spicy

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Round 9 - Let's Hear it for Romantic Suspense!

It's time for a little romantic suspense. SEEING THINGS  is suspense with a touch of the paranormal thrown in. FLAWLESS is set during World War 2 in occupied France. And Karyn Good's new novel, OFF THE GRID, is set in the gritty world of Vancouver's downtown east side. This book is so new that that it doesn't have a buy link yet! It releases from The Wild Rose Press on November 7.

Off the Grid by Karyn Good

A committed doctor to Vancouver's inner city, nothing fazes Sophie Monroe—until a pregnant teenager shows up at her clinic on Christmas Eve requesting sanctuary and claiming the baby's father is one of the city's most influential businessmen. Sophie is in over her head and thankful when aid shows up in the form of an attorney who's a little too confident and a lot too sexy.
Family Law expert Caleb Quinn just wants a date, a chance to prove he isn't the elitist jerk Sophie assumes. Helping deliver a baby is not what he has in mind. But before long protecting a traumatized teenager and her son become his first priority. Even if saving them pits him against the baby's father, a childhood friend. A man who will do anything to keep his dark side private.

But justice never comes cheap. Will doing the right thing cost Sophie and Caleb their reputations? Or their lives?

Karyn Good's Books at The Wild Rose Press

Karyn Good's website      Karyn Good's Amazon Page

Length: Full-length

Heat level: Spicy

Seeing Things by Jana Richards

When psychic Leah McKenna “sees” the abduction of a small boy, she knows she must help find him, no matter the danger to herself. David Logan, the boy’s uncle, doesn’t believe in psychic phenomenon. He believes Leah knows who kidnapped his nephew, and plans to stick close to her to discover the truth. As they search for Jeremy they uncover truths about themselves and the way they feel about each other. Can Leah convince him her visions, and her love for him, are real before time runs out for all of them?

Uncial Press Buy Link                     

Jana Richards' website                     

Length: Full-length

Heat level: Spicy

Flawless by Jana Richards

France, 1942. The world is at war. The Nazis have stolen the infamous blue diamond, Le Coeur Bleu, intending to barter it for weapons that will destroy the Allies. Jewel thief Hunter Smith is given a choice; help the French Resistance steal back the diamond and avenge the death of his best friend, or stay locked up in an English prison. He chooses revenge.

Resistance fighter Madeleine Bertrand’s  husband died when he was betrayed by Hunter Smith. How can she now pretend to be married to the arrogant American? How can she betray Jean Philippe’s memory by her passionate response to Hunter’s kisses? Neither is prepared for the maelstrom of attraction that erupts between them. To survive they must uncover the mysteries of the past and conquer the dangers of the present. But first Madeleine must decide if her loyalties lie with her dead husband and the Resistance or with the greatest love of her life.

Jana Richards' books at The Wild Rose Press

Jana Richards' website         Length: Novella       Heat level: Spicy

In one hour, something special. Two contributions from the new Lobster Cove series from The Wild Rose Press. Stay tuned!

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Round 8 - Historicals with a Difference

When we think of historical romance, we often think of books set in Medieval times, or perhaps the Regency or Victorian periods in England. But publishers are now seeing the value in other time periods as well. That's not to say we don't love Regencies, because we do! But the 1940s and the 1960s were rocking times, too!

Iris Rainbow by Ilona Fridl

Rebellious teen Teri Darden comes of age in the Summer of Love, 1967, falling hard for Tim Olson, who plays bass guitar in a soon-to-be-famous rock band called Virgin Ram. When the band goes on a lengthy tour, Tim and Teri not only lose touch with each other but the lies of his spiteful ex-girlfriend push Teri into the dark side of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll in the San Francisco of the 1960s. As his year-long tour comes to a close, Tim realizes how much he has missed Teri, but his efforts to find her again are futile. He goes from one bad marriage to another yet is always searching for Teri, until they meet again thirty years later. Neither could quite forget the other, but can they rekindle what was lost?

Amazon Buy Link               Length: Full-length

Ilona Fridl's website            Heat level: Spicy

Home Fires by Jana Richards

Anne Wakefield travels halfway around the world for love. But when she arrives in Canada from England at the end of World War Two, she discovers the handsome Canadian pilot she’d fallen in love with has married someone else. Heartbroken, she prepares to return to London, though she has nothing left there to return to. Her former fiancé’s mother makes a suggestion: marriage to her other son.

Badly wounded and scarred during the war, Erik Gustafson thinks he’s a poor substitute for his brother. Although he loves Anne almost from the first time he sees her, he cannot believe she would ever be able to love him as he is – especially as he might be after another operation on his bad leg.  Anne sees the beauty of his heart. The cold prairie winter may test her courage, but can she prove to Erik that her love for him is real?

Amazon Buy Link                  Length: Novella

Jana Richards' website           Heat Level: Spicy

The Regency Storybook by Lesley-Anne McLeod

England in the early 19th century: a place of extraordinary happenings. War on the continent and political upheavals at home buffeted the lives of ordinary people, while arts and literature flourished under the Prince Regent and a glittering group of aristocrats led high society. It was a period of tumultuous change. The twelve short stories in The Regency Storybook follow fictional Regency characters facing the challenges of everyday life while brushing up against momentous historical events. Charming costume illustrations by Shakoriel bring colour to these heroes and heroines, embellishing all twelve of Lesley-Anne McLeod's stories. The Regency Storybook is a collection of lives, loves and histories--of a time two hundred years ago, but as vivid as yesterday.

Uncial Press Buy Link                       Length: short-stories

Lesley-Anne McLeod's website         Heat level: Sweet

Remember, the contest ends at 6 pm CST on November 6, 2014. In one hour, romantic suspense!

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Round 7 - Hot, Hot Stuff!

This round is dedicated to the sizzling hot! These three novels are not only hot, they're hot paranormals! These sizzling hot books have fully described sex scenes and graphic language.

Spooky Sojourn by Ashley Ladd

Someone’s trying to kill Deanna, but is it the ghosts she doesn’t believe in, the rich socialite who might be a murderess, or someone else with a beef against The Gilroy Hotel that Deanna has just been hired to manage?  The Gilroy’s owners want the ghosts, or whoever is causing the trouble at the hotel eliminated, and they are pressuring Deanna to do the job as quickly as possible. Harry DeVeaux, paranormal investigator comes highly recommended to do the job and against Deanna’s better judgment, she hires him.

Although Deanna thinks Harry’s crazy for believing in ghosts and Harry thinks Deanna has a closed mind to the possibilities of ghosts and they highly annoy each other, sparks fly. Deanna can’t help but fantasize about Harry and inspired by a romance convention visiting her hotel, writes her fantasies in a private blog that Harry finds, hacks, and reads. Ooh la la!

Totally Bound Buy Link                         Length: Full-length

Ashley Ladd's Facebook Page                Heat level: Sizzling hot

Taking Command by KyAnn Waters and Grad Stone

Dangerous missions, hidden enemies, an unexpected passion threaten to destroy them…

His mission is to keep a corrupt government from turning a new life form—a ship he created—into a weapon. Even if he is successful in taking command of BioOne, he’ll have to navigate a volatile and deadly region of space to rendezvous with his group. Taking a sexy brunette as a hostage and dealing with an eager to please sex-bot was never part of his agenda. But for Tarik, nothing ever goes as planned.

Her assignment is to tour the ship and tout the accomplishments of a government that will reign in a new era of diplomacy. Then why the secrecy? In order to find out, she steals aboard the ship only to become an unwilling guest of a hijacking. But how is she supposed to focus on the mission when, with the slightest touch, the sexy and dangerous pirate makes her shiver?

The Wild Rose Press Buy Link        Length: Novella

KyAnn Water's website                    Heat level: Sizzling hot

The Bastard by Inez Kelley

Corrupt. Wicked. Nefarious. Contemptible….

The Baddest Boys in History are back!

You read about them in school. Now learn the truth. Real men. No vampires, no werewolves, no shifters. Just down and dirty raw power —sin to sin, evil to evil, bad to bad. They fight for humanity. It was that or eternal damnation.

They agreed to risk their souls. No one told them they would lose their hearts.

Coming this summer, Inez Kelley’s self-publishing debut.


THE BASTARD: Vike died in blood, in battle, in betrayal. His ruthlessness was second only to his brutality. Now one woman makes his blood sing and he’ll stop at nothing to save her. He only has to face half of Hell to do it.

THE BEAUTY: Lacy is unknowingly descended from an ancient Holy line. Someone is slowly destroying her life and wants her dead. A fierce Viking comes to her rescue, and in his arms, she finds more than safety.

THE BAD NEWS: If Vike can’t protect Lacy, he’ll have to kill her. And for a bastard, what’s one woman worth when the entire world is in jeopardy?

Amazon Buy Link                         Length: Full-length

Inez Kelley's website                     Heat level: Sizzling hot

Next up: In one hour, more historicals!

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Round 6 - Science Fiction, Oh My!

Here are three science-fiction adventure novels from two highly imaginative writers, Elizabeth Lang and Kayelle Allen.

The Empire by Elizabeth Lang

A scientist is caught up in a war that he does not want. His greatest wish is to have a fully stocked lab in an obscure corner of the galaxy where people will leave him alone. Unfortunately, the galaxy is being invaded by aliens from the Andromedan galaxy and he is a brilliant weapons designer, albeit an unwilling one, and he lives in a world that is fast becoming a tyranny. His only supporters are Kali, a telepath, and Bryce, his reluctant assistant. Can they save him, or is he fated to be a pawn in this increasingly desperate war?

Amazon Buy Link                 

Elizabeth Lang's website       

Length: Full-length

Heat level: Sweet

Trailing Kaiwulf by Kayelle Allen

Travel to a godforsaken planet on the outskirts of space. Check. Hold intrusive military goons at bay.
Check. Find an invisible man in a different dimension. Check. Finish out the vacation TRAIL yanked you back from to do it? Easier said than done. Yanked back from their first vacation in ages, Jee and Dane get handed a top priority mission. The pay is better than they've earned before as agents for the Trace, Rescue, and Identification League. After this, they might not need jobs. They're the best there is, and the item, person, or secret hasn't been invented that these two can't recover. Until now. After all, how do you find an invisible man in another dimension? The archaeologist in charge can't afford this fee, and neither can the military. So the real question is who -- or what -- is behind the request to trail Kaiwulf?

Amazon Buy Link                    Length: Novella

Kayelle Allen's website            Heat level: Spicy (PG13)

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The Rebels by Elizabeth Lang

What happens when you've escaped a brutal tyranny and find yourself in the middle of nowhere, where no one knows who you are and you're relatively safe (you hope). If your names are Adrian Stannis and Kali Mirren, you immediately fall into another mess of trouble.

As much an action-adventure as a sci-fi novel. The Rebels explores The Empire's dystopian world through the eyes of the rebels.

Amazon Buy Link                   

Elizabeth Lang's website         

Length: Full-length

Heat level: Sweet

Sweet - No fully described sex scenes. If sex occurs, it happens behind closed doors.
Spicy - One or more fully described sex scene. PG13.
Sizzling hot - Fully described sex scenes using frank language.

This is the way I'm describing the length of the books:
Full-length - over 50,000 words
Novella - between 5,000 and 49,999 words
Short Story - under 5,000 words

Except for Mary Balogh's book, all other books in Jana's Birthday Book Giveaway are ebooks. Remember, the Rafflecopters all end at 6 pm November 6. So enter now!

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Round 5 of Jana's Birthday Book Giveaway - Historicals!

Next up -  four historical romance novels from completely different historical periods. Lesley-Anne McLeod writes sweet romances set in the English Regency period. Andrea Downing's books are set in the American West of the 1800s, Heather McCollum is offering a historical fantasy set in the Scottish Highlands in 1535, and Barbara Bettis's book takes place in medieval England. Four wonderful stories from four wonderful writers.

The Earl's Peculiar Burden by Lesley-Anne McLeod

Garret Kenning, the Earl of Therneforde, strives daily to conceal the strange secret that had plagued his family for generations. His home, Kenning Old Manor, is dominated by the last remnant of Kenning Castle--the Red Tower. Ysmay of Scarsfield's medieval world changes with a single step across the threshold of the Red Tower. It takes her to a new life, a new family and a new future in a world that is eerily familiar yet distressingly alien. Reconciling the past and the present and confronting the future present huge challenges to both Ysmay and Garret. But when the opportunity arises to undo the changes wrought by the Tower's strange power, there is no clear path to happiness.

Uncial Press Buy Link                       Length: Full-length

Lesley-Anne McLeod's website         Heat level: sweet

Loveland by Andrea Downing

When Lady Alexandra Calthorpe returns to the Loveland, Colorado, ranch owned by her father, the
Duke, she has little idea of how the experience will alter her future. Headstrong and willful, Alex tries to overcome a disastrous marriage in England and be free of the strictures of Victorian society --and become independent of men. That is, until Jesse Makepeace saunters back into her life...

Hot-tempered and hot-blooded cowpuncher Jesse Makepeace can’t seem to accept that the child he once knew is now the ravishing yet determined woman before him. Fighting rustlers proves a whole lot easier than fighting Alex when he’s got to keep more than his temper under control.

Arguments abound as Alex pursues her career as an artist and Jesse faces the prejudice of the English social order. The question is, will Loveland live up to its name?

The Wild Rose Press Buy Link       Length: Full-length

Andrea Downing's website              Heat level: Spicy

Andrea Downing's Amazon Author Page

Captured Heart by Heather McCollum

Fleeing with only her bow, horse, enormous pet wolf, and the cryptic clues hidden in her mother’s medicine journal, healer Meg Boswell gallops north toward freedom, running from the man who falsely accused her mother of witchcraft. Cursed with magical healing abilities, Meg knows that if she’s captured, she will die like her mother - atop a blazing pyre.

Winter winds rip across the Highlands, pressing Chief Caden Macbain forward in his desperate plan to save his clan. He is not above using an innocent woman to bargain for peace if it keeps his clan from starving. But Meg isn’t who Caden thinks, and he must choose between duty and her life. For although he captured her to force a peace, Meg's strength and courage have captured Caden's heart.

Entangled Publishing Buy Link        Length: Full-length

Heather McCollum's website            Heat level: Spicy

The Heart of the Phoenix by Barbara Bettis

Lady Evelynn’s childhood hero is home—bitter, hard, tempting as sin. And haunted by secrets. A now-grown Evie offers friendship, but Sir Stephen's cruel rejection crushes her, and she resolves to forget him. Yet when an unexpected war throws them together, she finds love isn’t so easy to dismiss. If only the king hadn’t betrothed her to another.

Can be cruel   
Sir Stephen lives a double life while he seeks the treacherous outlaws who murdered his friends. Driven by revenge, he thinks his heart is closed to love. His childhood shadow, Lady Evie, unexpectedly challenges that belief. He rebuffs her, but he can’t forget her, although he knows she’s to wed the king’s favorite.

And deadly
When his drive for vengeance leads to Evie’s kidnapping, Stephen must choose between retribution and the love he’s denied too long. Surely King John will see reason. Convict the murderers; convince the king. Simple. Until a startling revelation threatens everything.

Amazon Buy Link                                Length: Full-length

Barbara Bettis's blog                            Heat level: Spicy

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