The Fall by Christie Meierz

March 02, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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As bitter enemies scheme against each other with the fate of Tolar in the balance, Laura Howard, made a powerful empath by the Jorann’s gift, loses everything—again. Now she must recover and find her place, and herself, while fighting against the ghosts of her past and the expectations of everyone around her.

Loss after tragic loss shakes the Paran to his very soul. With his allies vying for control of the planet and his own province caught in the middle, he must risk his life as well as that of the woman he loves to take the one action he never thought he would: fight for leadership of the ruling caste.


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From The Fall, by Christie Meierz

“What else did you see in Laryth?”

“My father’s ears. That little crease he has, here,” she placed a finger where it would be on her own ear, “is a family trait. But other than that, he resembles you.”

“You told me you wanted a son who resembled me.”

“Did I?”

He leaned forward to rest his forearms on his knees. What smoldered in his dark eyes pulsed through him and into her. “You did.”

She looked at her hands, struggling to catch her breath. “I do not understand how I could be so wanton, so quickly. I was… I lost John, it was too soon.”

He moved from the chair to sit on the edge of the bed beside her. “You had lost everyone,” he said in a soft voice. “Marianne was your friend, and the Sural protected and sheltered you, but you had no one else when I met you. You were lonely.” He laid one hand along her face. “I knew very quickly I had met my heart’s match. It did not take you long to reach the same conclusion.”

“Love at first sight,” she whispered.

“When you remember more, and you are yourself again—”

Laura stopped breathing. “What?” She swatted his hand away from her face.

“Beloved?” He straightened, with brows furled.

She gasped a breath, and another, her stomach twisting as if she’d been punched. Her father’s voice echoed off the walls of his study. When the gene therapy starts to work. When you are smart. When you are a proper Johnson.

When you are yourself.

She fixed the Paran with a glare. “You do not want me.”

“You know I do. You are far too sensitive not to see it.”

“No, you want the Laura you once had. Not me, not as I am now. Is everyone else waiting for me to be myself again?”


“Are they? Who in this place cares about me?” She thumped her chest with one hand. “My family thinks I am dead. No one here wants me as I am. I have nothing. Nothing!” She rolled onto her side, her back to the Paran.

“My heart is yours,” he whispered. His fingers touched her arm. The confusion coursing through him magnified.

She shook him off. “Your heart belongs to a woman who looked like me, but she died. There is only me now, and you do not want me. Go. Get out.”


Author Bio:

Award-winning writer Christie Meierz writes space opera and science fiction romance set in a civilization of empaths on the edge of a dystopic Earth empire. Her published works include her bestselling debut novel, The Marann, and its sequel, Daughters of Suralia, and two prequel short stories published in Into Tolari Space ~ The First Contact Stories.

Christie has spent a night and/or eaten a meal in all 50 U.S. states, plus Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Currently, she lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her mathematician husband and an assortment of stuffies. When she’s not writing, she writes about writing on her blog, Meierz Musings (, and Facebook (facebook/christie.meierz and facebook/tolarispace), where she welcomes comments and friend requests.



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Afraid of Everything by Karen Jones Gowen

March 02, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News


Afraid of Everything is a touching and expertly written book about the life and experiences of Helena Carr as she explores an intriguing new world.

Helena Carr is afraid of everything. After a crisis at work, she quits her job and feels lost. It’s time for a serious change, to beat the extreme anxiety that has plagued her since childhood. Something different, unplanned and radical. Sell her house, move to a foreign location, turn her life upside down in an effort to end the emotionally paralyzing fear.  Before Helena can act on her options, however, she has a terrible accident on a Southern California freeway. Instead of going on an exotic vacation, she is in a hospital, in a coma, traveling to strange worlds in another dimension, meeting people who seem to know more about her than she knows about herself.  As Helena explores this intriguing new world, she realizes the truth about her past and the purpose of her future. And she is no longer afraid. She is at last ready to live. But first, she must wake up from the coma.

Paperback: 285 Pages

Genre: Women’s Fiction Publisher:

WiDo Publishing (October 7, 2014) ASIN: B00OAC0N6U

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Afraid of Everything  is available as an e-book and paperback at Amazon

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About the Author:

Born and raised in central Illinois, Karen Jones Gowen now lives and writes in Panajachel, Guatemala. She and her husband Bruce are the parents of ten children. Not surprisingly, family relationships are a recurring theme in Gowen’s writing. Her  children’s stories have appeared in the Friend, and her essays in the Jacksonville Journal Courier. Gowen’s published books are Farm GirlUncut DiamondsHouse of Diamonds, Lighting Candles in the Snow, Farm Girl Country Cooking: Hearty Meals for Active Families and Afraid of Everything. She blogs at her website, and at Coming Down the Mountain.

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Twitter:  @KarenGowen


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Monday, March 2 (today) @ The Muffin Stop by for an interview and book giveaway!

Monday, March 2 @ Romance Junkies Check in at Romance Junkies blog today and learn more about author Karen Jones Gowen and her latest book, Afraid of Everything.

Tuesday, March 3 @ The Lit Ladies See what author Margo Dill has to say after reading Afraid of Everything by Karen Jones Gowen. There will also be a giveaway of Afraid of Everything for one lucky winner; Good Luck!

Wednesday, March 4 @ All Things Audry Fellow author Audry Fryer reviews Karen Jones Gowen’s latest work, Afraid of Everything. Stop by and hear from Audry and get in on a giveaway for your own copy of this fabulous read!

Thursday, March 5 @ Choices with Madeline Tasky Sharples Madeline Sharples reviews the fabulous new novel by Karen Jones Gowen. Learn more about Gowen and Afraid of Everything and one lucky blog reader will win a copy of the book in a giveaway.

Friday, March 6 @ Create Write Now Mari McCarthy reviews Afraid of Everything by Karen Jones Gowen. Fellow author reviews are always the best – stop by and see what Mari has to say!

Monday, March 9 @ Hott Books  Don’t miss today’s giveaway and book review for Karen Jones Gowen’s Afraid of Everything! Guest author Melissa Bennett will be reviewing this fabulous novel and one lucky winner will walk away with their own copy to read (and hopefully review)!

Tuesday, March 10 @ Bring on Lemons Join educator and guest blogger Cathy Hansen as she shares her thoughts after reading Karen Jones Gowen’s latest book Afraid of Everything. Be sure to complete the Rafflecopter form and see if you’ll be the lucky winner of the giveaway for your own copy of this great book! Wednesday,

March 11 @ Nutshell Newsletter Press Join Sheila Gazlay as she reviews Afraid of Everything by Karen Jones Gowen.

Thursday, March 12 @ Lauren Scharhag Avid reader and book enthusiast Cathy Kirby Contino reviews Afraid of Everything by Karen Jones Gowen. Readers of Lauren Scharhag’s blog will also have an opportunity to win a copy of Afraid of Everything. This is a blog stop you won’t want to miss!

Friday, March 13 @ Selling Books with Cathy Stucker Catch up with Karen Jones Gowen as she is interviewed by Cathy Stucker about her latest work Afraid of Everything. Don’t miss this WOW! Women on Writing book blog tour stop at Selling Books!

Monday, March 16 @ Katherine Hajer Katherine Hajer reads and reviews Afraid of Everything by Karen Jones Gowen. One lucky reader of Katherine’s blog will also win the giveaway and take home their very own copy of this great book!

Wednesday, March 18 @ Renee’s Pages WOW!’s own Renee Roberson reviews Afraid of Everything by Karen Jones Gowen and will host a giveaway for one lucky winner to go home with their very own copy of this page turning novel!

Thursday, March 19 @ I’d So Rather Be Reading Find out what the lovely Kelli at I’d So Rather Be Reading has to say after reading the latest work by Karen Jones Gowen. Find out more about Afraid of Everything and get in on the giveaway to win your very own copy!

Friday, March 20 @ Author Ava Louise Fellow author Ava Louise reviews Karen Jones Gowen’s latest work “Afraid of Everything” and offers a giveaway for one lucky reader!

Monday, March 30 @ Memoir Writer’s Journey Join Kathleen Pooler at Memoir Writer’s Journey as she reviews Afraid of Everything by Karen Jones Gowen


CONTEST: Heartbreak Cove by Lily Everett Sneak Peek!

February 28, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Contests, Guest Blogger, Latest News

Romance Junkies is excited to share a sneak peek from Heartbreak Cove by Lily Everett, along with a contest for one lucky reader to win the entire Sanctuary Island series, consisting of Mass Market editions of Sanctuary Island, Shoreline Drive, and Heartbreak Cove, as well as Homecoming, the collection of three Billionaire Brothers novellas set on Sanctuary Island! (Please note that this contest is limited US residents.)

Just tell us in the comments below why you want to win this Sanctuary Series set for a chance to WIN!

“Great, wholesome, laugh-out-loud entertainment that’s sure to please small town or island contemporary fans. Grab the series and settle in for a pleasant weekend of reading pleasure. I highly recommend it as one of the best contemporary series available.” Read more – Reviewed by Dorine at RJ.

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Welcome to a place where love is in the air, fate is in the stars, and home is just a heartbeat away…

Sheriff Andie Shepard may be new to Sanctuary Island but, like everyone else who comes here, she’s already fallen under its healing spell. Andie is determined to leave her mistakes behind her and make this scenic haven her home. But she just might have to change her plans—as well as open her heart—when an unexpected visitor shows up on her doorstep…

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Caitlin is the ten-year-old niece Andie never knew she had. Silent, wary, and shy as can be, Caitlin only responds to the horses that run wild across the island. Andie has no idea how to deal with Caitlin—until Sam Brennan enters the picture. A tall, handsome loner who rehabilitates abused horses, Sam is able to help Caitlin break out of her shell. But that’s not all: He finds a way to touch something deep in Andie’s heart, opening her up to the healing power of love. Together, these three lost souls must face the darkness in their past to build a brighter future. Because here, on Sanctuary Island, anything is possible…



October 2013

Sheriff Andie Shepard leaned into the smooth bark of a tulip poplar and let the tree trunk do the work of propping up her tired body.

All around her, couples danced on the patch of cleared grass surrounded by long picnic tables laden with potluck dishes, pitchers of lemonade and sweet tea, and bowls of punch. Andie smiled at the exuberant happiness buzzing through the crisp evening air, making the town square glow as bright as the white twinkle lights strung from the gazebo and the tall oak trees.

Standing on the edges of the crowd, Andie got a wistful sense of what it must feel like to truly belong here on Sanctuary Island. It made her all the more determined to find her place in this town, amongst these people.

A whirling couple narrowly missed tripping over a folding chair at the end of Andie’s table, their laughter loud enough to scare away the fireflies.

Some people were having just a little bit too much fun, courtesy of one particular bowl of punch. The groom had doctored that bowl with a generous pour from a silver flask, making sure everyone knew which punch was now adults- only. Andie had been standing guard ever since.

Which she likely would be for another few hours yet. She smothered a yawn. Her shift started before dawn today, and it wouldn’t be over until the last wedding guest stumbled home and tumbled into bed, safe and sound.

She blinked to clear the exhaustion from her vision, and when she forced her eyes open, her heart slammed into her throat.

It was him.

Sam Brennan loomed across the picnic table, his tall, muscular form haloed in the golden glow of the twinkle lights. His face was cast in shadow, but even when she’d had him under the direct glare of the sheriff’s office fluorescent lights, Andie hadn’t been able to get a good read on him.

Because of the beard, she told herself, straightening automatically as she studied the close- cropped brown bristles darkening his jaw— but deep inside, Andie knew it was something more.

“You should go home, Sheriff,” he said abruptly, the low rumble of his voice vibrating through her like the roll of distant thunder. “You look like hell.”

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About the Author:
Lily Everett grew up in a small town in Virginia reading Misty of Chincoteague and Black Beauty, taking riding lessons, and longing for a horse of her own. Sadly, her parents gave her a college education instead—but she never forgot what the world looked like from the back of a horse. She currently lives in Austin, Texas, where she writes full-time.  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest



February 27, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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(February 24, 2015; Forever Mass Market; $8.00)

WILL A FEW FLIRTATIOUS STEPSHarry Norcliffe never wanted to inherit his beloved uncle’s title. The rigidity of the ton, the incessant reminders from his marriage-minded mama that he must settle down with a highborn lady and produce an heir and a spare: it’s all such a dreadful bore. So when his mother asks him to take part in a dancing competition, he patently refuses. The last thing he needs is another chore . . . until a beautiful, brilliant, delightfully tempting maid makes him rethink his position. LEAD TO A SCANDALOUS SEDUCTION? Most women would be over the moon to be pursued by a wickedly handsome-not to mention wealthy-duke like Norcliffe. But Lucy will not be any man’s trophy. She could use a friend, though, and what begins innocently soon ignites into desire. As Lucy tries to resist Harry’s scorching kisses, he makes an utterly irresistible offer. Enter the dance contest with him, and win a prize that could change her life forever . . . if falling in love doesn’t change it first.

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He took off his coat and went to tend the fire. His wide shoulders needed no padding. When he rose and dusted his hands, she noted his superior height once again. In his waistcoat and shirtsleeves, she could discern the way his waist tapered.

He joined her on the sofa and laid his arm across the top of it. “Tired?” he asked.

“No.” She was too aware of him. In the shadowy room, she could not see his bright blue eyes, but the soft sound of his breathing mingled with hers. The tension between them crackled all around her. A long moment suspended. Her senses were heightened, and her breasts felt heavier for some odd reason. She discerned the scent of wintergreen soap and something else—something masculine and irresistible. Something unique to him.

He leaned closer, and she could feel the whisper of his breath on her lips. “From the first moment we met, I could not get you out of my head.”

His words made her feel giddy, but she held back, because she was still a little wary. “I am undoubtedly the first woman to threaten you with a knife.”

He grinned. “Indeed you are. Now that you are unarmed, perhaps we could be friends.”

“We will shake on it,” she said, offering her hand.

He took her hand and turned her wrist, palm up. He looked up at her beneath his dark lashes, and then he kissed the tender underside of her wrist. When he touched his tongue to the pulse point, her breath shuddered out of her. She thought she might melt from the heat in his seductive gaze.

“I’d better go,” he said. There was a knowing look in his eyes, as if he was aware of exactly how he’d affected her.

When she inhaled on a shaky breath, he helped her to rise. She walked with him to the door as if she were enveloped in a fog.

He halted and gazed into her eyes. Then he drew her in his arms and kissed her gently on the lips. His mouth moved over hers and his hand slipped down the curve of her spine. Heat and longing surged inside her. He wrapped his arms around her, and she could feel the hard, unyielding muscles of his arms, chest, and thighs as he pressed her against him.

“Forgive me in advance,” he said.

“For what?” she whispered.

He kissed her gently once more, and then he drew his tongue along the seam of her mouth. Her lips parted and then his tongue was in her mouth, tasting her while his hands slid down her spine and to her bottom. He pulled her flush against him, and she could feel his hard body. She was breathing faster and everything inside of her was on fire for him. God help her, she wanted his hands all over her.

He broke the kiss, and she was aware that his breathing had quickened as well.

When he released her, he said, “Good night, sweet Lucy.”

Her limbs trembled a little as he strode out into the night, leaving her to wonder if he knew it was her first kiss.

About the author:

Vicky Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the United Kingdom allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge, and Spencer House are among her favorite places. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle. That unfortunate incident led her British colleagues to nickname her Trouble. When she’s not writing, Vicky enjoys reading, films, concerts, and, most of all, long lunches with friends. A native Texan, she holds degrees in English literature and marketing.


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February 26, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News


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When Lily Doyle spots her high school crush Aiden Flynn on the inbound ferry, she knows trouble is about to dock in Seashell Bay. And not just because he’s more handsome than ever. If Aiden’s in town, the rumors must be true about his family’s plan to sell their coastal land to the highest bidder. But Lily will do whatever it takes to convince the hottest guy on the beach to protect their idyllic island home. Gorgeous Lily Doyle was the only thing Aiden missed after he escaped from his hometown to play pro baseball. Now all Aiden wants is to wrap up the business deal and get back to his life, not relive a past that still haunts him. But as memories rush in about the night of passion he and Lily shared long ago, everything else washes right out to sea-everything except the desire that still burns between them.

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“You know this isn’t your fault, Aiden. Don’t you? None of this is your fault.”

He gave an absent nod, almost as if he wasn’t really listening. “A big part of me just wants to sell my land and head back home. That way Bram will get the money he needs, and I’ll never have to lay eyes on the old man again.”

She tugged on his hand, exerting just enough pressure to let him know she wanted him to turn and face her. Some instinct whispered that he wasn’t yet ready to give up on Seashell Bay and that he needed her to help him work it through.

“But what about the other part of you?” she asked softly.

Though Aiden didn’t say anything, he did turn to look at her.

Lily rested her other hand on his chest, just for a moment, before dropping it to her side. “I hope you don’t go. I really, really hope you don’t.”

There, I’ve said it.

Aiden’s gaze roamed over her face. Even though it was so dark, her vision had adjusted, and she thought she saw yearning in his expression and a hunger that hadn’t diminished over the years.

Then he gently released her hand. “But you know I have to,” he said in a low voice.

That short, brutal exchange summed up everything. Impulsively, she’d taken the risk and put her feelings out there, but his answer hadn’t changed.

Clearly she was an idiot because instead of stepping away from him, instead of taking her cue from the gentle rejection, she moved closer and slipped her arms around his waist. It was the dumbest thing she could imagine doing, but she did it anyway.

Because it was Aiden, and it was a beautiful, summer night in Seashell Bay. It was their past and their present all coming together in a tangled web of starlight, pushing her to claim the moment they’d been too afraid to grasp that long-ago night.

“Stay for a little while anyway,” she whispered.

For several agonizing seconds, it seemed that fate held them in the balance. Then Aiden let out a huge breath and folded his arms around her, holding her tight. “For a while,” he murmured, brushing his lips across her temple. His masculine stubble softly chafed her skin, making her shiver.

Torn between heartache and relief, Lily turned her face up. Aiden captured her lips in a kiss that went from tentative and sweet to hot and passionate in the space of a few heartbeats, as she’d known it would. The feel of his mouth on hers, his tongue sliding inside to claim her with a fierce, almost desperate possession, transported her back to that night when they’d finally said yes to each other. It felt wild and new and yet so familiar in the best possible way. The years between them dropped away, almost as if he’d never left.

Just like riding a bike.


About VK Sykes

V. K. Sykes is a wife/husband writing team-Vanessa Kelly and Randall Sykes-who write romantic suspense and single title contemporary romance.  One of the great things they appreciate about being writers is that they can work anywhere so Vanessa and Randy split their time between Ontario, Canada, in the summer and Florida in the winter. Both locations have shores just as beautiful as the imaginary Seashell Bay.




Married to a Perfect Stranger by Jane Ashford

February 26, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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Much as readers love the rides in the park and assemblies at Almack’s, we’re also increasingly interested in what else was going on in the Regency era. The Regency historical has expanded to include many types of stories and characters, as well as fascinating developments of the time. I’m always on the lookout for intriguing story possibilities, and when I came across a mention of Lord Amherst’s diplomatic mission to China in 1816, ideas started to spark. I dove right into research on the complexities of trade and politics.

But the important thing, of course, was the love story. And the prospects there were equally promising. With travel so much slower than today, this mission took years. What if a man who had just married was sent off on such a journey? How would newlyweds cope with the long separation? Two, our hero would be exposed to vast cultural differences at the Chinese Emperor’s court. The experience would probably change him. And his young wife, left to herself, would be altered as well. What would happen once they were together again? Thus, history set the stage for Married to a Perfect Stranger.




Mary was fascinated by the way her husband came to life talking to a knowledgeable colleague. He sat straighter; his eyes glowed with a relish for debate. He looked absolutely confident of his ability to contribute. She wanted to see more of this man. “What does tea have to do with opium?” she asked.

Conolly smiled at her and sat back to allow John to answer.

“Just this,” her husband replied, ticking off points on his fingers. “Tea from China is the largest single item in Britain’s trading accounts. Every Englishman wants his tea. Of course we sell goods to the Chinese as well, but not nearly enough to offset the amount we purchase. Some years ago, tea imports finally became so expensive that there wasn’t enough silver to pay for them. So traders looked for a profitable product to compensate for the loss.”

“And discovered that many Chinese like opium,” said Conolly.

“Which is illegal in China by imperial edict,” added John.

He and his coworker were like a practiced chorus, Mary thought. Obviously this was much discussed at the Foreign Office.

“However, opium is produced in India and sold there anyway.”

“By private agencies, not the British government,” her husband assured her. “But the trade is silently condoned by the East India Company.”

“Because it brings in piles of money,” Conolly supplied, “with which to buy tea.”

Mary nodded. “I see.”

“We’re rapidly reaching an impasse,” John concluded. “And it will end in war.”

“Do you think so?” If he had begun the conversation out of politeness, Conolly was wholly engrossed now. Mary could see how much he valued John’s opinion.

Her husband nodded. “All sides are obdurate. Communication is slow and uncertain and often contentious. Somebody will call out the troops in the next few years.”

Mary understood better now why John cared so much about his work and devoted so much time to it.

William Conolly looked glum, but he didn’t argue. “There must be some way we can stave it off.”

“By doing our jobs,” replied John. “Get the most accurate information to the right people.”



Title: Married to a Perfect Stranger

Author: Jane Ashford

Publication Date: March 3rd, 2015

ISBN: 9781492601906


Time and distance have changed them both…


Quiet and obliging, Mary Fleming and John Bexley marry to please their families and John immediately leaves on a two-year diplomatic mission. Now John is back, and everything they thought they knew about each other was wrong…


It’s disconcerting, irritating—and somehow all very exciting…

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Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was captivated by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. Her romances have been published all over the world. Jane has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews. She lives in Los Angeles, California.



SECRET HARBOR by Anna Sullivan

February 25, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News


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SECRET HARBOR by Anna Sullivan

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SCANDALOUS SECRETS LEAD TO DEADLY DESIRE . . . Ten years ago, Paige Walker left her beloved home of Windfall Island to become an actress in Hollywood. Now she’s coming back a star, honored with awards and beset by scandal. Escaping from a tabloid frenzy of gossip and lies, Paige wants nothing more than to surround herself with old friends. She never expected to meet an infuriating-and sexy-stranger . . . or to find herself in true danger. Brilliant attorney Alec Barclay came to Windfall to look for the kidnapped, long-lost heir to the Stanhope family fortune. What he finds is the most beautiful and enigmatic woman he has ever known. If his suspicions are correct, she’s the heir he’s been looking for . . . and the target of a deadly conspiracy. Drawn together by desire-but haunted by secrets of the past-Alec and Paige try to unlock a mystery as dangerous as it is irresistible. But every passion has a price . . .

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Ma turned to Paige, sobering. “So, you’re home, are you?”

“For now,” Paige said, and yeah, Alec could see the resemblance—not in looks, though he’d have bet Ma’s father had had to beat the boys off with a stick. It was more the tilt of the head, the challenge in the eyes, the tone of their voices. Paige’s was just as cool and decided as Ma’s. They both enjoyed the byplay, though neither would admit it to the other.

But Paige, as was right, relented first. She bent to kiss Ma’s cheek. “It’s good to see you.”

“Then where have you been?”

“Getting settled,” Paige said.

Ma reached over, took her hand. “You never have to question your welcome, child, on this island or with me.”

“You’d have read me the riot act.”

“Well, you deserve it, and I always believe it’s best to take your medicine in one fast gulp. May sting like the devil and taste worse, but it shortens the suffering.”

“Not always.” Paige’s gaze slipped to the television at the end of the bar, tuned to the evening news. Sorrow clouded her expression, just for a second or two, but long enough for Alec to see it before she turned back to Ma, her pain safely hidden behind the mask of the actress. “Sometimes retreat is the best course of action.”

“It’s hardly life-or-death, child. Now, help me find a nice soft chair to rest my old bones.”

Paige took Ma’s arm on one side, Alec the other.

They helped her down from the stool to a table not far away.

“Bring me some dinner,” she called out to her son, “and none of that experimental cue-zeen you like to pass off on the rest of these yahoos.”

“She’s right,” Alec said to Paige, “your thing isn’t life-and-death.”

Paige swung around, one delicately arched eyebrow inching up as she gave him a long, cool study. “Telling me how to live my life, Counselor?”


“I’ll take it from her. She may not be family, but I respect her.”


Paige lowered her bluebell eyes, sighed. “I’m sorry,” she said. “We seem to bring out the worst in each other.”

“Why is that, do you think?”

She only shrugged.

“I’m not important enough for you to figure it out?”

Her gaze cut to his, narrowed a little, and sparkled with the same amusement that quirked up the corners of her mouth. “Oh, I have you figured out.” She dropped her eyes to his mouth and leaned in until she was close enough for him to feel the whisper of the breath she let out on a little back-of-the-throat purr.

A sudden storm raged through Alec’s body and shorted out his mind. He leaned in to close the distance, confused when he felt a pressure on his chest. It took him a minute to understand that the pressure didn’t come from inside him, from heat and hunger and blind, raging need. The pressure was her hand on his chest, preventing him from taking what he craved because this time she was teasing him. She straightened, smiling like a cat with canary feathers sticking out of its mouth. “Tell me again how you’re such a mystery?”

“You’re playing with fire,” Alec said softly, enjoying the flare of fear he saw in her eyes.

He had to give her credit, though, she recovered fast. “If you have to point that out, Counselor,” she said, smiling in pure female satisfaction, “it’s probably just your ego talking.”

Maggie took her by the arm and said, “Why don’t we have a drink, just us girls?”

Paige took a couple of steps before she looked back. “Should we send you something with ice?”

Alec looked down at his scotch, neat, and said, “Why don’t you just come back here and stick your finger in this? I’ve never seen alcohol freeze before.”

Paige kept her smile in place, but behind it he could see her fuming. “I intend to keep my finger, and the rest of me, as far away from you as possible.”

“You need some better tools, son,” one of the men called out. “I’d say bigger, but a man’d have to have a good-sized pair to take on a woman like that.”

The whole bar erupted as he watched her saunter away, laughing.

Let her laugh, Alec thought. They weren’t done with each other, not nearly. And he was going to enjoy the contest.


Author Q&A

I am so glad you could join us here at RomanceJunkies. To start, will you please tell us a little bit about your current projects? The Windfall Island novels, of course.  The writing is done, but Secret Harbor, the final in the trilogy, just came out, so I’m enjoying the moment.  I have several other projects in the works, including a historical about the Gilded Age, a story about a ghost, and one involving a dead body.  At some point I’m going to have to choose one, but for the moment they all have a hold on my imagination.

When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer? I’ve always wanted to write, so I can’t identify the moment.  But finishing that first book felt pretty amazing!

Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day? Kill your darlings—Stephen King paraphrasing William Faulkner.  It’s an absolutely critical commentary on self-editing for any writer, I think.

Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you? I tend to go for the Type A heroes, but I have written more easy-going ones as well.  Either way, I like them to be flawed.  Perfection is boring.

What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections? I have a million hobbies, mostly crafts like needlepoint, cross-stitch, and I’ve sold some original crochet patterns.  Currently I’m learning tapestry—when I can find the time!

What has been your biggest adventure to date? Life in general.  I’ve travelled and I have kids (and aren’t they always an adventure?), and I’ve realized a big dream.  Every book I write is a new adventure; I’m sad to see them end, but there’s always a new story waiting.

If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why? If time travel is allowed, a castle in the British Isles back when knights were chivalrous—but just for a visit.  I’m all for modern conveniences.

When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes? I love trying new things, but I have to draw the line at insects or animal organs of any kind.  I spent a lot of time on the farm as a kid, and the mental picture is just too much to get past

What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”? Probably the cliché—candlelight, good food, a walk on the beach with a sexy man…you can guess the rest ;)

How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you? Easy-going, optimistic, I like to start each day with thanks and hope.  My family and friends would probably describe me as a workaholic!

What is your favorite comfort food? Chocolate, of course. Or pot roast.  We used to have it every Sunday when I was a kid, so I guess I equate it with security, love, and family.

What is your favorite season? What do you love about it? Fall, I love everything about it.  I live in a northern state, so it ends the hot weather, and with the leaves turning, it’s beautiful.  I get to wear cozy sweaters and sleep with the windows open to the brisk air.

What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without? Ice.  Central heating and air conditioning, indoor plumbing.  The list goes on and on!

Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next? I don’t have any personal appearances scheduled at this time, but you can find me on Facebook, Goodreads and the Internet at  I have a contest starting soon, so definitely look me up on Facebook (

About the author:

Anna Sullivan was born and raised in southeastern Michigan, the seventh of nine children, whose claim to fame was reading five books a week in grade school. Needless to say, her obsession with the written word only grew from there–despite a short, and misguided, foray into the world of computer science (the “sensible” job path). She still lives in Michigan, with her husband, three children and two dogs whose life of leisure she envies but would never be able to pull off.


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The Perfect Homecoming by Julia London

February 24, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

Exclusive Excerpt – The Perfect Homecoming by Julia London


“Let’s talk about why you took off from L.A.”


Emma arched a golden brow at Cooper. “What makes you think I took off?”


“Your boss—Melissa, right? She told me you quit and left town. And that you were probably here in Pine River.”


“Wow. For someone who claims not to be following me, you sure sound like you’ve been following me.”


“I’ve been looking for you.”


“That sounds like a total violation of my privacy.”


“I think having me look around for you is better than having a private detective look for you. So anyway, why did you leave?”


“It’s really not complicated, Cooper. I needed a change of view. Haven’t you ever needed a change of view?”


“Sure. But I don’t quit my job for one. I don’t take off overnight.”


She looked as if she intended to argue, but hesitated. She casually touched a lock of hair on his forehead, pushing it aside. He could feel the touch of her finger sink into his skin. “You’re way off base,” she said, and leaned across him and picked up his drink. She deliberately sipped from it, looking at him over the rim of the glass, and put the glass down.


Cooper couldn’t help a small laugh. That move looked so practiced it seemed almost mechanical. He could just imagine it. Innocently touch him, check. Drink from his glass, check. Smile and twist hair around finger, check. “Does that really work? That drink-from-my-glass thing?” he asked, gesturing to his glass.


Emma’s eyes narrowed. She looked away, but Cooper caught her hand and held it. “I know when I’m being played, Emma. And you’re playing me. You must have some secrets to hide.”


She tried to pull her hand free. “You’re annoying the shit out of me now.”


“An you’re starting to fascinate me.”


Excerpted with permission from Montlake Romance from The Perfect Homecoming © 2015 by Julia London. All rights reserved.

The Perfect Homecoming

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Title: The Perfect Homecoming

Author: Julia London

Release Date: February 24, 2015

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Genre: Contemporary Romance



Emma Tyler’s cool exterior and penchant for sarcasm keep most people from getting too close…and an unusual compulsion drives her to steal from the few men who do. When her trophy-collecting habit goes too far, she quits her ritzy event-planning job in Los Angeles and runs away to Pine River, hiding with her estranged half-sisters at Homecoming Ranch and caring for Leo Kendrick, her ailing friend.

Thrillseekers Anonymous founder Cooper Jessup has his hands full with work and his brother’s looming prison release date. But when a client asks him to track down Emma Tyler to retrieve a stolen memento, Cooper can’t turn down the money…or the chance to see the beautiful Emma again.

When Cooper comes to collect the item, Emma refuses to admit the horrible truth. This handsome man may see right through her steely veneer, but can he get close enough to show her how love and honesty can heal a troubled heart?

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Born in Canyon, Texas, and raised on a ranch, Julia London didn’t have her eye on writing romance right away. After graduating with a degree in political science from the University of Texas in Austin, she moved out to Washington, DC, eventually working in the White House. She later decided to take a break from government work and start writing. Today, she is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty novels. She writes historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction, and her most popular series include the Secrets of Hadley Green series, the Cabot Sisters series, the Desperate Debutantes series, the Lear Sisters series, and the Pine River series. She is a recipient of the RT Book Reviews Best Regency Historical Romance award for The Dangerous Gentleman, and a six-time finalist for the renowned RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction. She resides in Austin, Texas.

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SOULBOUND by Kristen Callihan

February 24, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News


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Once two souls are joined . . . 

When Adam’s soul mate rejected him, there was more at stake than his heart. After seven hundred years of searching, his true match would have ended the curse that keeps his spirit in chains. But beautiful, stubborn Eliza May fled-and now Adam is doomed to an eternity of anguish, his only hope for salvation gone… Their hearts will beat together forever

No matter how devilishly irresistible Adam was, Eliza couldn’t stand the thought of relinquishing her freedom forever. So she escaped. But she soon discovers she is being hunted-by someone far more dangerous. The only man who can help is the one man she vowed never to see again. Now Adam’s kindness is an unexpected refuge, and Eliza finds that some vows are made to be broken…

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Eliza sat back on her heels, while Adam merely stared at her as though he had all the time in the world. “Fine,” she said. “Three weeks. I free you and you help me.” She gave him a warning look. “I’ll need your word that you will help me, that this” she waved her hand between them, “isn’t merely a way to trick me into freeing you.”

“This business was your idea, woman,” he said with affront.

“Nevertheless, I’ll need your word.”

The demon’s nostrils flared with a sharp exhalation. “My word then.” Eliza did not look away from him, and he glared back in obvious exasperation. “What now?”

“I’m merely considering if I ought to trust your word,” she said.

A low growl rumbled in his chest as he bared his teeth. “I keep my word, whether I want to or not. My word is my bond. Honor, Miss May. Unlike you, I have it.”

“How dare you—”

“How dare you?” He craned forward, the muscles along his shoulders bunching. “Not so long ago you broke your promise of fealty. To me!”

“Oh, yes, how quick you are to remind me.” Eliza leaned close, grinding her teeth to keep in a shout. “You enjoy being quick, don’t you?”

His thick, dark brows furrowed. “What in the bloody blazes are you talking about?”

“You gave me all of ten seconds to make a choice.” Eliza’s fists ached from clenching them. “And what a choice. I was dead, my body sliced open, my blood on the ground. I would have done anything, anything,” she thumped her fist to her chest, “to get back my life.”

“So that makes it better?” he snapped back in outrage. “Desperation gives you leave to go back on your word?”

“No. That is not what I meant.”

“Then you agree that you bloody well have no honor—”

“You never explained what was involved. You never said I’d be chained to you, like some animal, for the rest of my days,” Eliza shouted. “I was told I would be a GIM. I was ready to serve you in that manner. You knew full well that’s what I believed. If anything, you swindled me!”

All at once, he sagged, though he still eyed her with resentment and distaste. Well, she had a healthy helping of those feelings for him too.

“Tick, tock, Eliza,” she mimicked. “You rushed me because you didn’t want me to think things over.”

When he broke eye contact, his hard jaw twitched.

“I’m correct, aren’t I?” Ire and a red rage surged up within her. “And you have the brass to sit on your high horse and talk of honor. Well let me tell you something, demon. There is little honor in forcing a person’s hand. Or using your power to coerce those weaker than you.”

A black scowl twisted the demon’s face as he glared at some distant point. “Fine. May I continue, or have you more complaints to heap upon my head?”

“Please do continue,” Eliza granted.

His golden gaze flicked back to her. “I want to kiss you.”

“No.” The word burst out of her with force. “Absolutely not.”

Unfazed, Adam shrugged. “Unless you have something to offer in exchange for your freedom, Mellan and Mab will, as you say, merely hunt us down, and you’ll be back to where you started.”

“Then I shall find out what he wants.” Eliza straightened her back. She could do that. She must. Like hell was she going to kiss this demon.

Adam simply gave her a slow, wicked half-smile. “Fortunately for you, lass, I already know what he wants. What they both want. More than controlling you. More than torturing me, even.”

“Then why in blazes haven’t you used it to secure your own freedom?” Eliza blurted out.

“I’m only alive because they cannot break me into revealing where this item might be.” The belligerence burning in his eyes was gone in a blink, replaced by a look of pure cunning. “However, I might be persuaded to help you use the knowledge. All I require is— ”

“Fine,” she snapped, irritation getting the best of her. “I’ll kiss you.”

Silence fell, and Adam stared at her with those eyes of his. Devil’s eyes. Eyes that made a woman forget herself. Heat rose up over her breasts and crawled along the back of her neck. Eliza grasped her skirts, her fingers twitching. She would kiss him. Kiss a man who had brought her nothing but irritation. Maybe she’d bite him to boot.

His chest, gleaming with sweat, rose and fell in a soft pattern. A bead of perspiration broke free from the top of his shoulder and ran down along the firm rise of his pectoral muscles, straight toward the dark nub of his nipple. All this time arguing with him, she’d forgotten his state of undress. Not so now. She’d have to press up against those hard muscles, touch his skin. Eliza wrenched her gaze back to his face, and his sinful lips curled in a knowing smile.

“You know,” he said casually, “I believe I shall pass for the moment. I’d rather it be when you aren’t wearing such a sour face. Kills a bloke’s ardor, you realize.”

Eliza blinked. And then his meaning hit her. “Why you…rutting…cheap, trickster…”

He laughed, a flash of even teeth. “Come now, Eliza, fret not.” He stopped then, that obnoxious smile growing and heating with promise. “I’ll take that kiss soon enough. ”

She rose to her feet in a rustle of skirts. “And I’ll be sure to bite that wicked tongue when you do!”

She marched out of the cell, slamming it behind her, as he began to laugh again. Bastard. She might just leave him here to rot after all. His laughing taunt echoed through the dark. “Now that I know tongues are involved, I’ll be sure to collect.”

Author Interview:

When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer? 

The first time a story truly popped into my head and I could not let it go. The fact that I’d rather write than do anything else was a real eye-opener.

Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day? 

My editor. She told me to write the big moments long and the small moments short. Which is to say, don’t spend a lot of page time on small things like your character walking through her house. Spend it on that moment when the bad guy jumps out from behind the door.

What has been your biggest adventure to date? 

Being a published author.

If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why? 

Right now? Somewhere warm. It’s been so cold lately, I feel like my bones are chilled.

What is your favorite comfort food? 


What is your favorite season? What do you love about it? 

Autumn. I love the crisp scents, the colors of the changing trees, coming in from the cold.

What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?

Toilets. lol

What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”? 

Being with my husband.

What project are you working on next? 

FOREVERMORE, book 7 of Darkest London. This is the final book in the series and will feature St. John Evernight.

Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next?

You can find me on twitter (Kris10Callihan) or on Facebook. Stop by and say hello. I love hearing from readers.

Kristen Callihan

About Kristen Callihan

Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewers’ Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book, Firelight, received RT Book Reviews’ Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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Ten Fingers Touching by Ellen A. Roth

February 23, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

Questions for Ellen A. Roth


 What inspired you to write TEN FINGERS TOUCHING? I wanted to write a romantic fairy tale for adults. There is nothing sweeter, more tender or beautiful than young love.  I dedicated this book to    the youth in every woman to take a woman back to that special time in her life when she experienced her first loving relationship.  I wanted her to recall the magic of her first kiss and the joy of her first intimate physical encounter.

What’s the significance of the title?

The title comes from the Prologue which is a 10-line poem.  It begins:

Ten toes overlapping,

Ten fingertips pressing,

When the book was done, the title just jumped out at me and it felt right.

There seems to be resurgence in fairytales. From TV’s Once Upon A Time to the film Into the Woods starring Meryl Streep, fairytales are more popular than ever. Why is that?

Children have always enjoyed fairy tales. I certainly spent a lot of time reading magicalstories and dreaming as a child. But now we’re seeing adults brought into the world of  fairy tales. Why?

Perhaps because the world we live in is filled with so many harsh realities, e.g., war,  terrorism, cyber terrorism, hunger, poverty and disease. Technology and social media communicate all these horrors…all these evils….in real time and we are confronted with  them on a daily basis and often powerless to make a difference, even when we want to play a role.  Also, the outcomes are unknown. Fairy tales take us out of the present and  enable us to escape into magical worlds of fantasy and imagination where good triumphs  over evil and we can align ourselves with the heroes and heroines.

What was your favorite fairytale growing up? The Princess and the Pea.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? I don’t really have a favorite author.  I belong to book club and we read everything.  I  have a collection of favorite books. What I enjoy the most is being swept into a story and  not being able to put the book down until I finish it.

Tell us more about your main characters, Marianna and Martak. What was your inspiration for these characters? Marianna is not only a beautiful maiden but the most intelligent young woman in her village. Her father, a retired school teacher, taught her to read and write. She studied mathematics, astronomy, music and many other things.  Because she is so well-educated,  she is brought to the court to be the governess to the young princess, who is a delightful but mischievous child!

Martak is the Master of the Forest.  He is strong, brave and handsome. He was raised in    the woods by Good’s chosen warrior, who is his Guide and mentor. There are many    special things about Martak, but one is that he communicates with animals and he learns   to fly with a set of wings fashioned by his Guide!

Other main characters include Good, Evil and Princess Rosy!

 Why are there Pittsburgh references in TEN FINGERS TOUCHING?

I am a huge champion of Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh references are for fun and to give Pittsburgh fans a special connection with the story. They are inside jokes!

How did you find illustrator John Blumen? I went to the website of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators and started clicking on all    the names. When I got to John’s name and saw his magnificent illustrations, I was hooked. I called him immediately and the rest is history!  John is incredibly talented!

What do the illustrations add to the fairytale?   Everything!  The illustrations bring the characters to life and engage the readers even  more.They add beauty and elegance and make the book a work of art which is what I was seeking.

 What was the process like deciding on the final cover?  Very fun!  We knew we wanted it to be romantic, elegant and striking to catch the reader’s attention, and we wanted to focus on ten fingers touching. John did the illustration and then we refined it together which is the process that we went through for  all the illustrations.

 When you were writing TEN FINGERS TOUCHING, did you know what you wanted your characters to look like? The characters are described in the story, so yes, I had a vision of what they should look like. But, John Blumen, the illustrator brought the main characters to life, except for Evil. There is no character of Evil because Evil transforms himself.  Evil is deceptive and he can be anything at any time!

How long did it take you to write this book? Years!  I began writing it long ago but I never had the time to write the story that I really wanted to tell because, at the same time, I was growing my company.  All my energy and creativity was going in building my relocation firm that eventually had a positive impact on the growth of Southwestern PA. In 2012, I restructured my company in order to carve out more personal time for myself and to focus on the story.

What was the most challenging part? Chapter one!  This sets the stage for the climactic battle between Good and Evil.

While many people think fairytales are only for children, adults enjoy reading them too. Why? For many reasons: b) Fairy tales are escapes and transport the reader to another world and away from the problems of the day. d) Fairy tales such as mine are multi-layered and can be read and interpreted on many levels.  There is a lot to think about in depth if you explore the various themes.

For many reasons:

a) A good story is a good story!

b) Fairy tales are escapes and transport the reader to another world and away from the problems of the day.

c) Fairy tales promote dreaming and magical thinking in adults.

d) Fairy tales such as mine are multi-layered and can be read and interpreted on many levels.  There is a lot to think about in depth if you explore the various themes.

 As a successful business woman who runs her own company, finding time to write a novel must have been an interesting experience. How did you juggle your full time job while spending your off hours writing this book? As mentioned in response # 12, I cut back on my company to carve out more time to        write. But I am also nocturnal and I write late at night when the rest of the world is asleep. I now understand why authors go to the Cape to write the great American novel.     You need to immerse yourself in your story and avoid distractions.

What lessons did you learn while writing the book?  Surround yourself with great talent! I have an excellent editor and an outstanding illustrator.

I also engaged a professional reader, a grammarian and members of my book club who      were test readers!  The end product is not just a book but a work of art.  I love the book and it gives me great joy to have brought my dream to fruition.

 Are you planning to write any more fairytale? My next goal is to write the screen play!

 Are there any other genres that you would like to dabble in? I have an idea for a children’s book but it’s not a fairy tale.  I have also thought about writing a story where the main character is loosely based on my Mother, who passed away 7 years ago.

I miss her terribly.

 Any thoughts about turning TEN FINGERS TOUCHING into a movie? If so, who would you like to see play Marianna and Martak? Yes, I would like very much to see it made into a movie. It is very visual and I could         picture every scene in the process of writing.  I’m not sure who the current young actors or actresses would be best for the parts but Marianna should be played by a younger    version of Gwyneth Paltrow and Martak by a younger version of Brad Pitt!    I can   picture Meryl Streep in the role of Good!


Roth’s love story transcends the battle of good and evil in her classic fairy tale. The climax of the book is a revelation…A satisfying story for those who…enjoy a fairy-tale ending…Blumen’s stunning illustrations that accompany the text are a beautiful contribution.”

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By Ellen A. Roth 

February 2015

$22.95 hardcover; 104 pages

ISBN-10: 0990726827

ISBN-13:  9780990726821

Princess Leia and Han Solo. Aragorn and Arwen. Buttercup and Westley. To this list of beloved fantasy couples comes Marianna and Martak in Ellen A. Roth’s timeless romantic tale of mystery and adventure, TEN FINGERS TOUCHING (February 2015; $22.95).

Roth spins a passionate fable of suspense and romance illustrated with lush paintings rendered in the highest fantasy tradition by renowned artist John Blumen. Together they weave a spellbindingstory of two young lovers caught between the forces of good and evil, with the future of the kingdom and an innocent child’s life at stake. Can the young master of the forest and his beloved maiden save the kingdom and find their “happily ever after?” Fans of Once Upon a Time and The Princess Bride will be swept up in this story featuring the freshest new figures in romantic fantasy literature.

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 ELLEN A. ROTH’s TEN FINGERS TOUCHING is a true labor of love.  As a child, Roth was enchanted by fairytales and spent countless hours reading and dreaming. After earning an MFA from Syracuse University, Roth moved to Pittsburgh, PA, where she worked as a registered art therapist, helping emotionally disturbed and developmentally disabled children, before earning her Ph.D from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education. In 1991, Roth co-founded Getting to the Point, Inc., a premier consulting firm that specializes in helping corporations attract high level executives to Pittsburgh. A member of the National Speakers Association, she has published numerous professional papers and articles. During her career, Roth has received several awards and was named one of the Best 50 Women in Business in Pennsylvania. She shares her life with her husband, Dr. Loren Roth and her children.

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