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!

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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.

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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:



Twitter: 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

Thank you so much for participating in Jana's Birthday Book Giveaway! You've made my birthday a truly memorable occasion this year. Good luck in the Rafflecopter draws. All the Rafflecopters close at 6 pm CST November 6, and I will be making the random draws for the winners sometime after that. Winners will receive their prizes directly from the authors ASAP.

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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

All the Rafflecopters will close at 6 pm CST on November 6, and winners will be chosen shortly after. So enter now and enter often! In one hour I'll be back with the last post of the day -- four contemporary romances in three heat levels.

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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

Just one more hour until three new books!

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Round 4 - A Touch of the Paranormal

And now for something completely different -- and completely wonderful! Here's four fantasy/paranormal novels from four fabulous authors.

The Golden Key Chronicles by A.J. Nuest

When antiques restorer, Rowena Lindstrom, purchases an armoire containing a hidden key and a “magic” mirror, she believes the handsome warrior prince waiting on the other side is some sort of elaborate joke. Yet she cannot deny their connection seems bound by more than just the key and, when prophecy intervenes, only a leap of true love can reveal her destiny.

After suffering two torturous years in the dungeons of Seviere’s Keep, Prince Caedmon returns home as the only person to understand the key’s grim connection to his beloved Rowena. Yet their enemies to the north are merely one of many obstacles determined to see them fail and, to escape the clutches of the evil Wizard Gaelleod, Rowena and Caedmon must flee to the future—the one place Caedmon’s worst fears are confirmed.

Join Caedmon and Rowena as they discover a love bound by fate in The Golden Key Chronicles.

Amazon Buy Link              Length: Full-length

A.J. Nuest's website            Heat level: Sizzling hot

Say Nothing of What You See by Christy Effinger

When her aunt steps off a grain elevator into the emptiness of a prairie evening, Mira Piper loses her
one protector. Chloe, her flighty mother, impulsively drags her daughter to Bramblewood, an isolated spiritualist retreat in northern Michigan, run by the enigmatic Dr. Virgil Simon.

Chloe plans to train as a medium but it's Mira who discovers she can communicate with the dead. When her mother abandons her, Mira discovers a darker aspect to Bramblewood: the seemingly kind doctor has a sinister side and a strange control over his students.

Then one winter's day Troy Farrington arrives, to fulfill his mother's dying wish and deliver her letter to the doctor. But calamity strikes and he finds himself a captive, tended by a sympathetic Mira. Haunted by her dead aunt and desperate to escape Bramblewood, Mira makes a devil's deal with Dr. Simon. But fulfillment comes with a steep cost...betrayal.

Amazon Buy Link                     Length: Full-length

Christy Effinger's website         Heat level: Spicy

Shift Happens by J.C. McKenzie

Andrea McNeilly’s job as a government agent is not asking questions, but then a routine assignment turns into a botched assassination of a Master Vampire’s human servant. Answers become a priority. Her search to discover the truth is riddled with obstacles, the largest being an oversized Werewolf who resembles a Norse god. Andy can't afford the distraction he offers, because if she fails, she faces eternal enslavement.

Wick’s job is to monitor Andy, but he prefers more intimate activities, none of them G-Rated. His choices, however, are often not his own. His ability to help Andy is limited by his bond to the Master Vampire.

Facing many trials and challenges along her path to redemption, Andy learns the value of her freedom might be set too high.

Amazon Buy Link                Length: Full-length

J.C. McKenzie's website       Heat level: Spicy

Improbable Solution by Judith B. Glad

Welcome to Whiterock, Oregon, where Sally Carruthers nurses her dying father, and dreams of the day she can go back to her real life. Where Gus Loring seeks forgetfulness, but to find it, he'd have to do the impossible and forgive himself.

Whiterock is a town where people are from, because there's nothing to hold them there. Every year more of the stores on Main Street close, and every year more of its young people leave to find their fortunes somewhere else. Where what you see today may be different tomorrow.

Maybe that's why the town persists. Because there is more to Whiterock than its 639 residents, the elk statue by the park, and the Bite-A-Wee Café. More to it than a place where Gus and Sally find temporary passion together. Whiterock is more than just a town. A lot more...

Uncial Press Buy Link             Length: Full-length

Judith B. Glad's website           Heat level: spicy

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Something Special - Mary Balogh's Newest Release!

For Round 3 of Jana's Birthday Book Giveaway, I have something very special on offer. The wonderful Regency historical author Mary Balogh has graciously offered to give away an autographed print copy of her newest release, ONLY ENCHANTING. This book is hot off the press, and part of Ms. Balogh's Survivor Club series. I can't wait to read this one!

Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh

Flavian Arnott, Viscount Ponsonby, suffered severe head injuries in the Napoleonic Wars. After he was brought home, his fiancee broke off their engagement and married his best friend. Now, eight years later, he has made an almost full recovery though he has been left with a stammer and disturbing gaps in his memory. His former best friend has recently died, and his former fiancee as well as both families hope for a reconciliation and a renewal of a lost love. But Flavian turns instead to the safety of the quiet, dignified, artistic widow with whom he waltzed at a friend's ball. The experiences of Agnes Keeping's life have taught her not to look for love but rather to seek contentment in mere affection. Unfortunately, she tumbles into love with her handsome, witty waltz partner and marries him before she understands that for him she is a mere escape from love.

Mary Balogh's website                                Heat level: Spicy

Amazon Buy Link                                       Length: Full-length

This is the only print book on offer in Jana's Birthday Book Giveaway, and it's an autographed copy to boot! Ms. Balogh has told me she is prepared to mail the book anywhere, so the contest is open to entrants worldwide. Let's show her how much we love her and how much we want to read this book!

Remember, more ebooks will be ready to be given away in one hour!

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Round 2 - A Visit to Lobster Cove, Maine

I'm excited to offer a taste of a new series from The Wild Rose Press. Lobster Cove is a sleepy little coastal town on Mount Desert Island in Maine. But all kinds of strange and wonderful things happen there! The two contributions to the series featured here happen to be of a paranormal/fantasy nature, but the series features books of varying lengths in all romance genres. To date we have contemporary romance, suspense, historical and of course, paranormal/fantasy. My own contribution to the series is called ONE MORE SECOND CHANCE. It's a full-length contemporary romance and will be released in the near future. Here's a blurb:

Dr. Alex Campbell has an agenda —finish his contract to provide medical services in Maine, pay off his medical school debt, and head back to his real life in San Diego. But when he meets Julia Stewart, all his carefully laid plans are put in jeopardy.
Julia Stewart, Lobster Cove’s high school principal, swears she’ll never let another man drag her away from the home she loves. Her aging parents need her, and the Cove is where she wants to raise her daughter. When her mother’s illness brings her and the big city doctor closer together, panic sets in. Her marriage taught her that men don’t stay. Can she put aside the heartaches of the past and trust Alex enough to accept the love he’s offering? Or will her fear of abandonment mean she’ll send him away forever?
Here's two great offerings from the Lobster Cove series. You're going to love them!

A Ghost of a Clue by Debra Doggett

Rory DuMont has had enough of hiding the fact that she sees ghosts. Lobster Cove is a new start and she's determined to shed the mistakes of the past. If that means she ends up alone then so be it. What she can't seem to shed is Travis Reed, Lobster Cove's resident skeptic and biology teacher. Sparks fly when the skeptic and the psychic find themselves alone together but the sparks turn into flames when a ghost takes a personal interest in them.

Length: Novella

Heat Level: Spicy

Amazon Author Page

The Shucker's Boutique by J.C. McKenzie

After her fiancé dumps her and her beloved Aunt Jenny goes missing, Willa Eklund travels to Lobster Cove with a broken heart to search for Jenny while running her bookstore. When a mysterious man visits the Shucker's Booktique on a stormy night drenched in rain and covered in mud, Willa's heart melts under his stormy gaze. She wants Lon and the answers he may have, but he also has a secret. Can Willa trust him?

 Lon Devlin is a Tempest, a water sprite who can only take a human form during stormy nights. He rides the waves, lives by the tides, and nothing can hold him down, not even a beautiful woman. When he visits his mortal friend, he discovers she's missing and her intriguing niece has taken her place. He wants Willa, but he also wants answers. What happened to Jenny?

The Wild Rose Press Buy Link          Length: Short story

J.C. McKenzie's website                    Heat level: Spicy

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

Next up in one hour: something special from Regency Historical author Mary Balogh!

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Welcome to Jana's Birthday Book Giveaway!

Hello and welcome to Jana's Birthday Book Giveaway! It's my birthday (I'm not saying which one) but you get the gifts!

Here's how it's going to work. Every hour between 9 am and 7 pm CST today I'm going to put up a post and introduce you to some ebooks and authors. I've got romantic suspense, historical romance, contemporary romance and science fiction/paranormal/fantasy. There's different lengths and heat levels from sweet to sizzling hot, so everyone will find something to their taste. A Rafflecopter will be attached to the post and you'll be able to put in your name to win one of the ebooks by commenting, liking and following. Winners will be chosen November 6 by 6 pm CST. It's that simple!

So without further ado, here's our first group of ebooks up for grabs. We're going to start with three contemporary novels.

Woman of Substance by Annette Bower

Robbie Smith walks in another woman’s body shape to validate her master's degree research. Even though her professor doesn’t approve, Robbie disguises herself and moves in the world as a large woman, because the women in her research group declare, “You will never know what it’s like to be fat.”

All Jake Proctor wants to do is to spend as much time as he can with his dying grandfather Frank, the only father he's ever known.

While in and out of disguise, Robbie sees Frank and Jake. Robbie is drawn to the tall, dark, kind man in her neighborhood, but she can’t divulge the truth about her about her oversized self and jeopardize all the hard work she's put into her research. She has to see her thesis through to the bitter end. Even if it means deceiving the man she's grown to care about.

Amazon Buy Link                               Length: Full-length

Annette Bower's Website                     Heat level: Sweet

The Girl Most Likely by Jana Richards

Cara McLeod, the girl most likely to have the perfect marriage, is now divorced and, in her own
words, “fat, frumpy, and over forty.” The thought of facing former classmates—and the ex-husband who dumped her—at her high school reunion terrifies her. Cajoled into attending by her kids and her best friend, Cara enlists help at the gym to lose weight and look great for the reunion. Personal Trainer Finn Cooper is more than willing to help—but does he have to be so to-die-for gorgeous?

Finn thinks Cara is perfect just the way she is. She’s everything he wants in a woman, except for one thing—she can’t get past the fact that he's eight years younger. To Finn, age and weight are just numbers. But can he convince Cara the numbers she worries about add up to only one thing for him—love?

The Wild Rose Press Buy Link        Length: Novella

Jana Richards' Website                     Heat Level: Spicy

Sweet as Sin by Inez Kelley
She was made for sin. Sin was something he knew intimately.

John Murphy is tormented by nightmares. A bestselling young-adult author, he writes the ultimate fantasy: stories where good always triumphs. He knows better. His past has shown him the worst in people—and in himself. When he moves next door to the sexy, vibrant Livvy—a woman completely unlike his usual one-night stands—he's driven to explore every curve of her delicious body.

Pastry chef Livvy knows that giving in to the temptation that is John Murphy won't lead to anything permanent, but she deserves a passionate summer fling. John discovers she's as sweet as the confections she bakes while Livvy slowly unravels his secrets. But what will happen when she uncovers them all?

Amazon Buy Link                       Length: Full-length

Inez Kelley's Website                  Heat level: Sizzling hot

Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win one of these three ebooks. I'll be back in an hour with a post about the Lobster Cove Series from The Wild Rose Press. Stay tuned!

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Jana's Birthday Book Giveaway!

Happy Birthday to Me!

November 5th is my birthday, but you get the gifts! Several of my author friends are helping me to celebrate my birthday by offering to give away their ebooks. We'll have over 30 ebooks up for grabs!

Right here on this blog, starting at 9 am and continuing every hour until about 7 pm CST on November 5, a new post describing the ebooks on offer will go up. Each post will have a Rafflecopter attached that will allow you to enter the draw for the ebooks. Simply like or follow the authors, or comment on the post for your chance to win one of the ebooks. It's as simple as that. Easy peasy!

On offer will be a variety of romance genres, including everything from romantic suspense to contemporary romance, and Historical romance to fantasy/paranormal. Every heat level from sweet to sizzling hot will be featured. There's sure to be an ebook for every taste!

As a special surprise treat, Mary Balogh, Regency romance writer extraordinaire, has graciously offered to give away an autographed print copy of her new November release, ONLY ENCHANTING! How exciting!

All Rafflecopter draws will be made after 6 pm CST on November 6 to give readers outside of North America (unless stated otherwise) the chance to enter the fun. 

So join us for the fun! In no particular order, here's a list of authors helping me to celebrate:

A.J. Nuest -

Andrea Downing -

Heather McCollum -

Ilona Fridl -

Inez Kelley -

Christy Effinger -

J.C. McKenzie -

Kayelle Allen -

 Lesley Anne McLeod -

Jana Richards - 

Join me on November 5 here on this blog!