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August 01, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News No Comments →


Night Sky

By Suzanne Brockmann and Melanie Brockmann


Sourcebooks Fire October 7, 2014

ISBN:9-781-4926-0144-9 Hardcover/$16.99 Ages 14+



Action-packed, mysterious, charming and witty. I’m ready for more!”—Gena Showalter, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Alice in Zombieland


Original and exciting, NIGHT SKY propels readers into a dangerous future where even the police are powerless, but softens the harsh blow with tender romance, powerful friendships, and intense loyalty. Loved it.”—Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series.


“I have been a Suzanne Brockmann fan for years, and I am delighted to say that I am now a fan of Team Brockmann!  NIGHT SKY is full of adventure, humor, and just the right amount of Brockmann wit and humor.  I love this book!”—P.C. Cast, New York Times bestselling co-author of The House of Night series.

Hunted. Kidnapped. Bled. Destiny can be dangerous…


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann makes her young adult debut with a pulse-pounding novel of paranormal suspense set in the same world as her highly acclaimed and bestselling romance Born to Darkness, alongside her daughter and co-author Melanie.


Young girls are being kidnapped for the secret that’s in their blood. When Skylar’s neighbor becomes the next victim, she must use her newly discovered abilities to save her before it’s too late.


Sixteen-year-old Skylar Reid is thrown into a strange world when she discovers that she has unique telekinetic and telepathic powers.  After Sasha, the child she babysits, is kidnapped and believed to be murdered, Sky and her best friend Calvin are approached by Dana, a mysterious girl who has super-abilities similar to Sky’s.  With the help of Dana and her sidekick Milo, the four teens embark on a quest to discover who killed Sasha, and to bring the killers to justice.


With Dana as Skylar’s surly and life-toughened mentor, Sky attempts to harness her powers to aid them in their quest. Complicating an already complex relationship with the older girl, Sky starts to fall for the dangerously handsome and enigmatic Milo – and begins to suspect that the attraction is mutual. But then Sky realizes that Sasha might still be alive, and the unlikely foursome’s mission becomes one of search and rescue, pitting the heroic teens against a very deadly enemy.



Suzanne Brockman, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author, has won 2 RITA awards, numerous RT Reviewers’ Choice, and RWA’s #1 Favorite Book of the Year three years running. She has written over 50 books, and is widely recognized as a “superstar of romantic suspense” (USA Today). Suzanne and her daughter, Melanie Brockmann, have been creative partners, on and off, for many years. Their first project was an impromptu musical duet, when then-six-month-old Melanie surprised and delighted Suz by matching her pitch and singing back to her. Suzanne splits her time between Florida and Massachusetts while Mel lives in Sarasota, Florida. NIGHT SKY is Mel’s debut and Suzanne’s 55th book. Visit Suzanne at


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Author Shana Galen

August 01, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News No Comments →


Her name is Bonde, Jane Bonde…

A beautiful and eligible member of the ton, Jane has more than a few secrets: she’s one of the Crown’s most elite agents. She may be deadly, but she doesn’t know a thing about fashion, flirtation, or love…until Dominic Griffyn shakes up her carefully stirred world and asks her to be his bride. He’s exactly the kind of man she’s not looking for. And he’s dangerous, because falling into his arms is so much more satisfying than saving England from her enemies.


He’s an improper gentleman who needs a wife…

Talk, dark, and tortured, Dominic Griffyn is haunted by demons from his past. When his stepfather insists that he marry, Dominic allows himself to hope that the beautiful but mysterious Miss Bonde might help him forget his troubles. As they grow closer, it’s clear that there’s more to Jane than danger. She might be just what his neglected heart needs.


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Author Interview:

please tell us a little bit about your current projects? My latest book is Love and Let Spy, and it’s the final (probably) book in my Lord and Lady Spy series. It’s about Jane Bonde, England’s best spy. She’s the best because she’s single-minded when it comes to her missions, but then she meets Dominic Griffyn, a man with a dark, tortured past, and he changes everything.


When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer? I think it was when I was a senior in college, and one of my psychology professors told me I was “a damn fine writer.” He did not give praise freely, if ever. I didn’t think writing was a career, but I knew I would keep writing after that comment.


Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day? I don’t know who gave it to me, but someone quoted Winston Churchill, who said, “Never, never, never give up.”


Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you? The perfect romance hero is smart, protective, strong, loyal, and passionate. He knows what he wants and goes for it. The perfect hero for me is a guy who wants to work side by side with me, who is really involved in his family, and who thinks of others before himself.


What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections? I love to read and see movies. I don’t see many movies lately, though. I don’t have any hobbies or collections. I’ve never been a collector. My daughter is, though, and together we like to look for My Little Pony stuff or whatever she’s gaga about at the moment.


What has been your biggest adventure to date? Motherhood. It’s exhausting and fulfilling and I’m still learning the ropes.


If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why? London, of course. I always want to do more research.


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 am so not adventurous. I eat the same thing every day. Also, I hate to cook. I’m happy to eat anything I don’t have to cook.


What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without? The microwave. As I said, I hate to cook. The Keurig is a close second.


What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”? Is it sad if I say going to bed early? I never get enough sleep! Maybe a nice dinner I don’t have to cook and in bed by 8.


How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you? I’d describe myself as dedicated, hard-working, and thorough. My family and friends would say I’m a perfectionist (I’m not), bossy, and organized.


What is your favorite comfort food? cookies


What is your favorite season? What do you love about it? Spring. I love the weather. It’s not too hot or too cold, the flowers are blooming, the baby animals are being born, and it just smells good. To me, all the seasons have a smell. Spring smells like jasmine.


What project are you working on next? I have a new series coming out in January, and it follows a group of thieves and their intersection with a noble family in London. The first is a novella titled The Viscount of Vice, and it’s about a viscount with a bad reputation who has the chance to redeem himself.


Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next? I’ll be signing at Katy Budget Books in Houston on August 10 at 3 p.m. with Sophie Jordan. On August 5, Sophie and I are hosting Katharine Ashe, Grace Burrowes, Sophie Barnes, and Gaelen Foley in a Facebook party. There will be lots of prizes, so get on Facebook and sign up to go. Finally, this fabulous stop at Romance Junkies kicks off my blog tour. All the dates are posted on my website.


Shana Galen is the national bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice The Making of a Gentleman. She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston’s inner city. Now she writes full time. She’s happily married to a man she calls Ultimate Sportsfan and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. The family is owned by two cats Baby Galen named Mickey and Maisy. Shana loves to hear from readers: visit her website at, download her free author app for exclusive content and first looks, or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.


Breathless Press Birthday

August 01, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News No Comments →


I don’t know about you, but no matter how old I get, I still look forward to my birthday with eager anticipation.  Of course, I have to share it with my twin brother, but it’s still a magical day.  I love all the cards and messages from friends and family and every year our parents always find a way to make both of us feel special.  There are individual gifts, we alternate who gets to pick the breakfast spot and the dinner spot and we each get our own cake!  That could well be the best part of the day.  I can’t get enough of chocolate and even though Dominic eats chocolate, he loves vanilla sponge with strawberry buttercream frosting.

We didn’t join Breathless Press until after their 4th birthday and so we’ve really been looking forward to their 5th birthday in August.  I’ve been particularly keen to see what it’s like to have a digital party with authors, staff, blog hosts and fans.  Something new for me.  Here’s how it started.  Months ago, our publisher suggested we adopt a theme and after much discussion, we agreed on Alice in Wonderland.  Next came the idea to write a collection of short stories – our popular Flirts – inspired by characters from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Soon submissions were streaming in and before we knew it, we had 14 fabulous Wonderland Tales to celebrate our birthday. The most exciting part of it all is that these stories are not only available in eBook format, but we’re also releasing the whole collection in print in both paperback and in a limited edition hardcover edition!

This has been such a fun journey to be a part of so far and all through the month of August we’ll be promoting the Wonderland Tales, hosting a fantastic Rafflecopter giveaway and having a month-long, site-wide 50% off sale!  So far, I have to say that this birthday celebration is shaping up to be amazing!  I hope that you’ll join us and have as much fun as we are…



Wonderland Tales
Dive into a world of seduction, mystery, and adventure as Breathless Press plunges head first down the rabbit hole with these fourteen tales inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classics Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Travel the road to a coffee shop or make a pit stop with a detective on the hunt.  Meet an intergalactic assassin or follow someone who is very, very late.  Slip into a brothel or party with Ailis in a strip club.  Celebrate a sweet 21st birthday gone wrong, or very right! Help solve a mystery with only one clue.  Will you be claimed by the seductive Mad Hatter?  Open a door to carnal passion and dangerous secrets.  Watch as the crowning of the true Queen of Wonderland hangs in the balance.  Take a journey through the Tulgey Wood alongside a handsome Wonderland hero.  Take part in a resistance to take down the Red and White Queens.  Wherever the path may lead you, it’s guaranteed to leave you breathless.


Until next time…


Domino Lane xx


Happy 5th Birthday Breathless Press!!


In August, Breathless Press is turning 5!  To celebrate we are releasing a limited edition Hardcover collection of our special birthday Wonderland Tales and to make sure that you’re able to indulge in a little birthday fun, we are also having a month long 50% off sale across our site (
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HIDEAWAY COVE by Anna Sullivan

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HIDEAWAY COVE by Anna Sullivan (July 29, 2014; Forever Mass Market; $8.00)


SOME PASSIONS CAN’T BE DENIED . . . Jessi Randal walked away from her last relationship with a baby and a broken heart. Now, years later, the last thing this single mom wants is to give Windfall Island-and all its nosy residents-anything more to gossip about. But the moment she lays eyes on the tall, sexy stranger with the slow Southern drawl, she knows she’s in delicious trouble . . .  Holden Abbot is on the island to find the missing heir to the Stanhope family fortune. It’s his job to charm as many secrets out of the town as possible. And if he can charm Jessi into his bed, even better. When all evidence points to her as the heir, a dangerous enemy sets his sights on Jessi and her son. Now Holden will have to risk everything to protect the family he’s come to love.


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One day at a time. Yeah, she remembered.

Jessi breathed out, then in, slow, deliberate breaths. Hold’s argument sounded so logical, so simple and effortless. Just take it a day at a time, enjoy what they had for the time they had it. What could be easier?

But how did she shut off her own doubts and fears? After nearly a decade of putting Benji first, how did she ignore his feelings?

She trusted Hold, but— No, no more buts, no more what ifs or tomorrows. She trusted Hold. Period. He’d never do anything to hurt either her or Benji on purpose.

“You’re right, Hold. Let’s just enjoy today and let tomorrow take care of itself.

He studied her for a minute. She kept her eyes on his, let him make what he would of her acceptance. He put his arms around her, pulled her in for a hug. “We’ll take our time Jessica, get to know one another, and see where it takes us.”

She leaned back, looked into his face. “Hold . . .”

He put a finger over her lips, then his mouth, one of his sweet, simple kisses. He couldn’t know how that kiss, the kind one lover gave another where there was more than sex between them, got to her.

“You think you know me—”

She put her fingers over his mouth. “I do know you.”

“You can never really know another person, Jessica. Not everyone is as honest—” He broke off, dropped another light kiss on her lips. “It’s not important. I’m starving. Let’s eat.”

He stepped away, flashing her a grin before he went into the kitchen, a grin that didn’t hide the shadows in his eyes.

So, he’d been hurt before, Jessi realized, and by a woman if she didn’t miss her guess. It was so clear in that moment. A man as irresistible as Hold Abbot would have been involved before, and deeply, she thought. He might be naturally flirtatious, but she’d discovered that he wasn’t casual about acting on those flirtations.

No, someone, some woman, had broken his heart. And his trust.

He held back, Jessi understood now, because he was waiting for her to hurt him, and in holding back, he guaranteed they’d hurt one another.

But she was already too far gone to be careful now.


Author Interview:

please tell us a little bit about your current projects?I’m working on about 5 different things at the moment.  A western dark comedy, an east-coast buried treasure mystery, two different stories with ghosts, and one I’m not talking about yet…


When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?I’ve wanted to write since I was old enough to read, but the moment when I had the courage was when my sister, who loved romances, said to me, you could do that. And then I found out how hard it is. And how much I loved it.


Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?  Faulkner, ‘Kill All your darlings,” which was paraphrased by Stephen King: ‘Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.”  Editing is probably the hardest part of writing, and cutting something you really love can be brutal, but it’s one of the most important parts of writing.


Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you? Tall dark and handsome, of course, but it’s that perfect blend of strength and emotion that always gets to me.  Of course, no man is perfect, and a hero who can acknowledge his faults and overcome them always melts my heart.


What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections? I don’t collect anything, but I’ve done just about every craft known.  I’ve settled on crocheting, and have published several patterns.  And I love jigsaw puzzles.


What has been your biggest adventure to date? It’s work, it’s fun, and it always takes me somewhere surprising.


If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why? Ireland-castles.  Haunted castles!  What could be better?  Or Egypt and pyramids.


When it comes to food, are you the adventures type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes? I like to experiment.  But I’m not eating sweetbreads. Or insects.


What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without? My laptop, but air conditioning runs a close second.


What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”? Just the two of us, somewhere pitch black on a clear evening with the whole Milky Way for a backdrop.


How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you? Upbeat, optimistic, family-oriented—but I love my own company, and the company I find in books, whether I’m writing or reading.


What is your favorite comfort food? Pasta J  I’m half Italian!


What is your favorite season? What do you love about it? I love the spring for all the rebirth and potential it represents, and I love the fall, because I can burrow in with a good book.


What project are you working on next? I’m about halfway through a story involving a cowboy, a transplanted city-girl, a town full of eccentric characters, and a corpse that keeps turning up where it’s least expected.


Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next? I don’t have any signings scheduled yet, but you can always find me on, on Goodreads, and 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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COMPASS NORTH by Stephanie Joyce

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In Stephanie Joyce Cole’s COMPASS NORTH, a desperately unhappy woman is thrust into a new life and a new identity in a small town in Alaska when she is presumed dead in a freak accident. She discovers that it takes more than a change of venue to reinvent a life.


“Compass North is a must read book for today’s generation of women (and men), defining their role in a complex and fast changing world.” – Grady, Goodreads.


Find out more about COMPASS NORTH in this exclusive interview with Stephanie Joyce Cole!

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Author: Stephanie Joyce Cole

Author Location: Seattle, Washington

Genre: Women’s Fiction; Romantic Suspense

Release Date: December1st, 2013 (digital) April 1st, 2014 (print)

Pages: 224 pages

Publisher: Champagne Book Group

Format: Digital eBook, Trade Paperback

ISBN: 978-1-77155-008-6



Synopsis: Reeling from the shock of a suddenly shattered marriage, Meredith flees as far from her home in Florida as she can get without a passport: to Alaska. After a freak accident leaves her presumed dead, she stumbles into a new identity and a new life in a quirky small town. Her friendship with a fiery and temperamental artist and her growing worry for her elderly, cranky landlady pull at the fabric of her carefully guarded secret. When a romance with a local fisherman unexpectedly blossoms, Meredith struggles to find a way to meld her past and present so that she can move into the future she craves. But someone is looking for her, someone who will threaten Meredith’s dream of a reinvented life.


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Author Interview:

please tell us a little bit about your current projects?


I am really pleased that you invited me–thank you! My recently released novel, COMPASS NORTH, is the story of a deeply unhappy woman from Florida who’s slips into a new identity and a new life in Alaska after she’s presumed dead in a catastrophic accident. At first she is pulled along by circumstances, but then she starts to rebuild her life and make her own choices. She discovers that she can peel back the layers of unhappiness that have weighed her down, and her strengths and joys reemerge. But not everyone in Florida is convinced that she is dead, and someone is looking for her, someone who might destroy her dream of becoming a new person.


I am currently writing the sequel to COMPASS NORTH, tentatively titled A LATE HARD FROST. Many of the same characters from COMPASS NORTH have returned, but the second book follows Cassandra Drake, the temperamental and fiery clay artist you met in the first book. Cassandra must overcome the memories of a terrible past event which haunts her and prevents her from moving ahead with her life and finding happiness. Meanwhile, a dark threatening presence is stalking her, creeping ever close. I hope to finish this second book later this year.


Both novels take place in Homer, which is a fabulously quirky small town in south-central Alaska. (You can see some pictures and find information about Homer on my website, I lived in Alaska for many decades, though I’ve recently relocated to Seattle.


Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you?


This is such an interesting question, because true heroes are never perfect. They have insecurities, doubts and fears, but they also have a core of inner strength and courage that shines through all that. Perfect heroes come in a variety of packages, but when you meet one, you are inspired and uplifted by him. The perfect hunk of man who looks great on the beach is nice to look at, but unless he’s got more to offer up, he becomes boring pretty quickly. And sometimes you meet a man who you initially wouldn’t give a second romantic look, yet as you get to know him, superior qualities like integrity, honesty and character draw you to him like a moth to a flame. But I’m the first to admit it–there is nothing wrong with a man who is easy on the eyes too…


What are some of your favorite pastimes?


Well, I’m very good at staring into space and wool-gathering, as I guess most authors are. I love to pour myself a glass of wine and let my imagination loose, exploring a new adventure in my head. I also enjoy ceramics (as you can probably tell since pottery artists appear in my books–writers are advised to “write what you know” after all). I hike as often as I can. Walking deep into a forest with a pack on my back is heaven. I like to travel, practice yoga sort of regularly, and I love parties. I don’t really cook much but I love to eat. My favorite activity is probably a good dinner with comfortable friends. And of course, I read, read, read–all kinds of books.


What has been your biggest adventure to date?


Well, two trips are tied for that honor. Two years ago, I fulfilled a lifelong dream to visit Bhutan, the tiny Buddhist country nestled between India and China in Asia. It was like stepping back into an ancient time. The Bhutanese limit access to their country in order to preserve their heritage and way of life, so it is not very westernized. It was an privilege to visit their country, and the highlight was a hike up to Tigers Nest Monastery, perched high on a cliff on a steep mountainside.


And last year my husband and I traveled to Peru and hiked to Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas. You may have seen pictures of Machu Picchu, because it is one of the most famous destinations in the world. Food poisoning unfortunately slowed me down and I had to do some of the trail on horseback, but I will never forget my first view of the city as we climbed up to it out of the Peruvian jungle.


What is your favorite comfort food?


Chocolate, always chocolate. Very good, very dark and luscious. Yum!


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


Well, maybe this harks back to your question about the “perfect hero” because it’s always nice when romantic evenings include a perfect hero. The very old song “Some Enchanted Evening” from the musical South Pacific evokes the feeling that has to be there, though that song is about seeing a stranger across a crowded room, and my perfect romantic evening wouldn’t necessarily involve a stranger. But you might remember a pivotal line in the song, “…and somehow you know, you know even then…”–the perfect romantic evening, whatever the setting or circumstance, culminates in that moment of wonder when the connection is made, for the first time or the hundredth time, when you feel the electrical zing of heat and desire that one person almost magically sparks into you, through a simple glance or the lightest of touches, and you know you’re lost. An invisible cord now links the two of you, and you both know it. And regardless how it turns out in the end, you are never quite the same after that.



Author Bio

Stephanie Joyce Cole lived for decades in Alaska. She and her husband recently relocated to Seattle, where they reside with a predatory but lovable Manx cat named Bruno. Stephanie has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. When she’s not writing, she’s hiking, creating ceramics, practicing yoga, traveling, volunteering and discovering new ways to have fun–and oh yes, reading, reading, reading.


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Author Katie MacAlister

July 31, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News No Comments →




“My name is Dagmar. I am your wife.”


“Ha ha,” Leo said, shifting to the side when she dug out of a sea chest another armful of bedding. She spread it out on the bunk, holding on to his arm when he tried to stand. He weaved when he did so. “Ha ha ha ha ha. That was very funny. Even I, previously ill but now well, can appreciate that joke.”


She got him settled on the bunk and returned to the sea chest, pulling a small package wrapped in red silk. From it, she withdrew a large paper.


“I hate to ruin such a fine attempt of amusing me, but I can assure you that I’m not married.”


“You are.”


“You are mistaken. I would remember something like being married, especially to a Danish woman named Dagmar. I take it you are Danish?”


“Half. My mother was English. And I assure you that we are married.”


“I am very much not mar—” She shoved the paper under his nose. It took him a minute to focus his eyes on the writing, and then another minute to translate the Danish document, but once the pertinent points became clear to him, he felt a cold wave wash over him, making his skin prickle. “Damnation. I am married.”




He squinted at the paper.


“To a woman name Dagmar.”


She folded the paper up and put it away in the chest. “That is indeed so.”


You are named Dagmar.”


“I have been ever since I was a week old, or so Dearest Papa once told me.”


He thought for a moment. Even his mind felt a bit slow and feeble. “I’m married to a woman named Dagmar who is also a princess.”

“Congratulations, Leo. You have evidently recovered well enough to reason and understand basic facts.”


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Book: The Truth About Leo

Author: Katie MacAlister

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Release Date: August 5, 2014

Genre: Historical Romance




Can Dagmar flee Denmark


Dagmar Marie Sophie is a poverty-stricken Danish princess whose annoying royal cousin is about to have her stuffed away in a convent. When she finds a wounded man unconscious in her garden, she sees a way out of her desperate situation.


By Lying to Leo?


Leopold Ernst George Mortimer, seventh earl of March, and spy in the service of the king, finds himself on the wrong end of a saber and left for dead. He wakes up not remembering what happened…in the care of a beautiful woman who says she is his wife.

Back in London, Leo-with the help of his old friends the eccentric Britton family-sets out to unravel what he’s forgotten… Is Dagmar truly the wonderful, irrepressible woman who makes his heart sing, or is she a dangerous enigma bent on his destruction?



Author Biography


After writing several boring software books, Katie MacAlister switched to fiction, where she could torment her characters, indulge her penchant for witty dialogue, and fall madly in love with her heroes. The Truth About Leo is a brand new romance continuing the series of delightful Regencies that launched her career. A regular on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestsellers lists, Katie MacAlister has written thirty novels, including unforgettable paranormal, historical, and contemporary romances, which have been translated into numerous languages. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Visit to learn more about the author.


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Author Jo March

July 30, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News 2 Comments →

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Clarissa could never have foreseen the magic a simple hatter could bring to her life.

As queen of Wonderland, Clarissa should have been secure in her position, but Alice sought to change all that. A clause in the dead king’s will only serves to spur on their childhood rivalry. Alice will stop at nothing to take the throne for herself.  The best laid plans can go awry though and it’s only a matter of time until the true queen of Wonderland will be crowned for good.


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“Who are you?”

“I’m just a simple hatter, miss. Newly arrived here to ply my trade at court.”

“Interesting. Well, don’t let me keep you…”

At her dismissive tone, the hatter raised his eyes and stared at her for a moment. “Did anyone ever tell you that you’re awfully bossy? I’m sure the queen herself isn’t as bossy as you!”

“Not lately, no, and since you are new here, you may want to wait until you meet the queen to decide what she’s like.” Stepping to one side on the path, she cocked her head at the exit. “I believe you were just leaving?”

Slowly he walked toward her, closing the distance between them until he towered over her. Realizing that it might not be safe to be alone with this stranger, she was tempted to take a step backward, but one look at the expression on his face showed that he was expecting her to be intimidated. Resolutely she stood her ground. Staring defiantly up at him, she crossed her arms defensively across her chest.

“Am I in your way?”

“Not at all.” And with that he dropped his lips to hers. The kiss was gentle at first—their mouths the only point of contact between them—but within moments, his tongue had teased her lips apart and his hands were buried in her hair, drawing her nearer. Of their own volition, her hands explored the planes of his chest through the cotton shirt he wore, and her fingers memorized every detail.

Without warning he pulled away, his breathing ragged. His gaze bore into hers and she felt as if he were reading every thought that flashed across her mind. Her heart fluttered like a trapped butterfly in her chest—the sound so loud that she felt sure he must be able to hear it. With extraordinary gentleness, he ran the back of his hand slowly down her cheek before stepping quietly past her and leaving the garden.


Author Interview:

First, can you let us know what projects you are currently working on? I’m currently working on a few things, but possibly the most relevant is a full-length romance novel. The others are in totally different genres. I find it helps to be able to change tracks completely when I’m stuck.

How do you fit writing into your schedule? What does your workspace look like? My schedule is quite crazy as I’m self employed, have a few contract clients and also volunteer with a local non-profit. I try to make a little time every day to do some writing, but that isn’t always possible and so it often ends up being a case of binge-writing over a weekend! At home, I have a laptop table in the lounge, but at the office I have a desk which doubles as a paperwork breeding program!

Do you do a lot of research for your stories? What is the most interesting thing you have learned? Some of them don’t need much research or they’re set so firmly in the realms of imagination that it’s impossible to do any, but for my current work in progress I needed to find out more about the inner workings of small town Fire stations. I was fortunate enough to be put in touch with an amazing officer in the States who has been invaluable to me. As for the most interesting thing I’ve ever learned? Well… everything new you learn is interesting *grin*

Are you a plotter or do you write as it comes? Do your characters start with names or do they have to have personalities before they can be named? I write totally off the cuff and actually find it fascinating that people can plot out whole books. About as close as I come is when it comes to pacing. I often write the opening to book 2 in a series so that I know how long book 1 needs to be. My characters develop as I write about them. They usually have names to begin with, but occasionally as I learn more about them, there may be a tweak or two….

What do you want readers to take away after reading one of your stories? What do you want them to feel?| What attracts me to this genre is the romance, the love story. I would hope that readers would be left feeling happy and that they could share in that feeling of love.

What genre would you love to write but haven’t yet? Is there one you would shy away from? I will never write horror. It’s just not something I’m comfortable with at all. I don’t read it or watch it and I don’t understand why people would want to be scared. So far though, I’ve tried writing in quite a few of my favourite genres and will probably continue to experiment.

Do you have any hobbies that you do in your spare time? Is there something you would love to learn but haven’t had the chance yet? I love to make cards and I also love to cook and bake. It’s very rewarding! I would love to learn how to crochet. My Gran was a true artist and I regret that I never asked her to teach me.

What kinds of advice would you give a new writer? Is there anything that you have learned that you can pass on to someone just starting out? I would recommend that a writer writes first for themselves. After all, if YOU don’t like the story, why should a reader? After that, keep writing. You will grow and evolve and no matter how many setbacks you may have, it’s important to keep at it!

What kinds of books will we find on your bookshelf? I have fairly eclectic taste. Everything from romance and chicklit to sci-fi and fantasy. I also have a passion for any books set in Tudor England!

Do you prefer to jump up and embrace the day or have a lazy breakfast in bed? I seldom have breakfast in bed, but when I have the opportunity, a good lay in is always top of my list! For the most part though, it’s “up and at ‘em” for me

What are three words you would use to describe yourself? Are they the same as family/friends would use? Creative, busy and organised chaos. According to my family “loyal, loving and talented” are their three words.

What is your favorite TV show? How about ones that you would stay away from? I love anything with the word “star” in and all police dramas. Again, it’s the thrillers and horrors and political dramas that I stay away from.

What is your favorite dessert? Do you make it yourself or order it out? I have yet to find a dessert that I hate… and I love to bake!!

What is your favorite childhood memory? I have so many. I have to say that my parents really are the most awesome and so it’s hard to pick just one. Walking on the beach in the rain, bed time stories, coffee left for me before my Dad left for work. I wouldn’t trade any of them!



Author Bio:

Jo March lives in her own Wonderland—a place filled with books, animals and plenty of ways to exercise her imagination and creativity. She cannot remember not wanting to be a writer and indulges whenever she can. She lives in Cape Town and considers it the most beautiful place in the world to live.

MJ O’Shea’s Impractical Magic

July 30, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News No Comments →


Sequel to Newton’s Laws of Attraction Physics teacher Fenton Keene is looking forward to a summer of doing nothing but hanging out with friends and maybe getting into a little trouble. With his best friend out of town, trouble seems like the best option and it comes in the form of his building’s newest temporary resident, a gorgeous fireman named Kevin. Fen’s been attracted to men before, but this is the first time he’s considered acting on it. And act he does. Fen and Kevin have an intense summer fling. Just in time for Kevin to go home, more feelings develop than Fen can ignore, but they don’t stop Kevin from leaving. Once Kevin’s gone, Fen can’t stop thinking about him. That’s when reality sets in and Fen faces the difficulties of distance and fidelity, while Kevin balks at Fen’s reluctance to tell his friends and family. They just need to find a way to make their magic more practical.

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“You mind if I sit here?”

Fen sat up at the sound of a low, smooth voice. He was disoriented for a second, sweating from the heat of the day but blind, stuck in muted gray. Then he remembered putting his T-shirt over his face when he felt it getting burned earlier. He dragged the fabric down and squinted at the sudden, overwhelming sunlight. A broad-shouldered dark blotch grew sharper by the second.

“Um, no. It’s fine,” he mumbled. He’d sat his book and his iPod on the deck chair next to him. He reached out and fumbled for them until a warm, calloused hand slid both items into his. “Thanks.”

The guy’s laugh was as low and sweet as his voice. “You okay?”

“Just a bit sun blind and I don’t have my contacts in so you pretty much look like a dark blurry mountain.”

“Uh, thanks, I think.” Another chuckle. And Fen wasn’t usually one to react to things strongly, but damn if that chuckle didn’t send a whole flock of shivers flying up his spine.

This guy has to be new.

Fen had been at the pool all morning. Hell, he’d been at the pool most days that week and in the building for over two years. He’d know if he’d heard a voice like that before. Especially with the way his body seemed to react to it.

Fen blinked at the hand that seemed to materialize out of nowhere right in front of his chest, which was still mournfully pale and freckling more than tanning. “I’m Kevin. Just moved into the building a few days ago.”

So he is new. Summer just got a bit more interesting. Fen checked himself. Wait, why did I think that?

He grasped Kevin’s big, long-fingered hand with his, a bit cautiously. “Fenton, but everyone calls me Fen.”

There were the shivers again. What the hell? He had to see this guy. But wait. That meant…. Fen wanted to groan.

The combination of the over-chlorinated pool and his contacts had made his eyes itch, so he’d simply slung his nerdy glasses on when he’d left for the pool earlier. Now he had to put them back on or else he’d stay in Blind City. But first he had to find the damn things. Fen swept his hands along the ground until he found his glasses. He shoved them on his face and stood so he wasn’t looking up at Mister Shivers from his back. Of course when he stood, it was on his tube of sunscreen, which then proceeded to squirt all over his other leg. He screamed and jumped like a little girl, and then wished he could disappear into the pool and never return.

Kevin chuckled. “You okay?”

“Other than being terminally awkward? Yes, I’m fine.” Fen wiped desperately at the thick spooge of lotion that had made its way all up the inside of his thigh and under his shorts. What a fantastic first impression he made.

“I like your glasses. They make you look smart.”

Fen decided the guy must be fucking with him. He looked up and just about choked. And they make you look like…. Dammmmnnnn.

Earlier shivers be damned. His whole body melted when Fen finally got a good long look at this not-so-mysterious new guy. Yeah. Damn was pretty much the only word his brain had room for. Tall, at least compared to Fen, with dark brown hair that curled up at the ends, big brown eyes, gorgeous smile, golden tanned skin, and his body… fuck. He looked young, probably not much out of the jailbait range, but Fen had to stop himself from drooling visibly. He was already drooling like a damn St. Bernard inside.

See, the thing was, Fen wasn’t exactly straight. Exactly.

He’d spent most of his teenage years panting over the girls who weren’t into his pale, skinny science-geek ass, but a few times he’d noticed when one of his friends stripped off his shirt, or when his college roommate came back from the shower with his towel slung low on his hips. He’d noticed… and maybe got a warm, melty feeling in his belly a time or two. But he’d never done anything about it. He didn’t know why. He just hadn’t. And he was twenty-nine, not a kid anymore, and there was this seriously fucking hot guy standing there, and… was he flirting? Fen didn’t even know. But for the first time ever his body really, really wanted to know. No little warm, melty feeling. That was like saying Niagara Falls was a leaky faucet.

“Uh,” he laughed awkwardly. Glasses. Right. We’re talking about my glasses. “Thanks. They’re pretty dorky.”

Kevin just shrugged and dropped into the seat next to Fen’s. That’s when Fen noticed there were at least six other empty loungers just as close to the pool as his and not next to anyone else.

Hmmmm. Interesting.

He sank back into his lounger, lay back, and closed his eyes again, determined not to make anything of it even if he wanted nothing more than to crawl into young Kevin’s lap and touch.

“Hey, you might want to put some more sunblock on—you know, on your shoulders instead of your leg.” Kevin chuckled. Fen wanted to groan. Like he didn’t get enough shit already from his friends for being a moron. Now Hot Guy was doing it too? “You’re getting kind of pink,” Kevin gestured at Fen’s chest.

Wanna help? Fen nearly choked on his own spit. That would go over super well in the first three minutes after they’d shaken hands.

“Thanks. Gotta love Irish skin.” He smiled—at least he hoped it looked like a smile and not some sort of breathy sigh—and reached for his bottle of 50 SPF. “You need any?” he asked, offering the bottle.

Suave. Seriously. Maybe next I can flop on my stomach and moan out “do me first.”

Kevin smiled. His grin was brilliant and easy and made him look so young and sweet and kissable. Fen wanted to kiss him. A lot. He thought.

“Thanks. I’m okay though,” Kevin said shyly. The shyness was cute, and totally at odds with a guy who obviously had no problem plunking himself down right to Fen when there were empty chairs all over the place.

Fen didn’t know what else to say, which was something that had seriously never happened to him before. He just shrugged and lay back on his chair for the third time. He wished he could come up with something witty—banter, flirtation, anything—to keep the conversation going with his suddenly shy new neighbor.

Yeah. He had nothing.


Review Quotes:

“Impractical Magic is a charming, light-hearted story with depth. O’Shea’s knack for humorous dialogue and action shines through clearly in this book”\

“The scenes between Fen and Kevin are sweet and sexy. M.J. O’Shea is great at creating characters you can fall in love with and cheer for.  She does an awesome job of resolving the issues keeping them apart and giving Fen the HEA he so deserves.”


Impractical Magic is mostly all about camaraderie, connection, and love.

And the ending is perfection wrapped in phyllo dough (like all the best things are). ”


Author Bio:

I’m Mj O’Shea:) I grew up, and still live, in sunny Washington state in a little old house. While I love to visit other places, I can’t imagine calling anywhere else home.

I spent my childhood writing stories. Sometime in my early teens, the stories turned to romance. Most of those were about me, my friends, and our favorite movie and pop stars. Hopefully, I’ve come a long way since then!!

When I’m not writing, I love to go to concerts, hang out with my friends, play the  piano (and my other instruments), dance, cook, paint pictures, and of course read! I really, really like coffee and tea, nail polish and glittery sparkly things, headbands, hats, scarves and sunglasses!

I have two little dogs who sit with me when I write. Sometimes they come up with ideas for me too…when they’re not busy napping of course.

Find My Way Home by Michele Summers

July 30, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News 1 Comment →

“This debut shows a lot of promise. Summers packs in a lot of emotion and off-the-charts sexual tension.” – RT Book Reviews


She’s just the kind of drama
Interior designer Bertie Anderson has big dreams for her career, and they don’t include being stuck in her hometown of Harmony, North Carolina. One last client, and Bertie is packing up her high heels and heading for her dream job in Atlanta. But her plans are derailed by the gorgeous new owner of that big old Victorian she’s always wanted to renovate…

He’s vowed to avoid
For retired tennis pro Keith Morgan, Harmony is a far cry from fast-paced Miami—which is exactly the point. Keith is starting a new life for himself and his daughter Maddie, and he’s left the bright lights and hot women far behind. Bertie’s exactly the kind of curvaceous temptation he doesn’t need, and Keith refuses to let their sizzling attraction distract him from his goals. Keith and Bertie both have to learn that there’s more than one kind of escape, and it takes more than wallpaper to turn a house into a home.

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She’s just the kind of drama
Interior designer Bertie Anderson has big dreams for her career, and they don’t include being stuck in her hometown of Harmony, North Carolina. One last client, and Bertie is packing up her high heels and heading for her dream job in Atlanta. But her plans are derailed by the gorgeous new owner of that big old Victorian she’s always wanted to renovate…

He’s vowed to avoid
For retired tennis pro Keith Morgan, Harmony is a far cry from fast-paced Miami—which is exactly the point. Keith is starting a new life for himself and his daughter Maddie, and he’s left the bright lights and hot women far behind. Bertie’s exactly the kind of curvaceous temptation he doesn’t need, and Keith refuses to let their sizzling attraction distract him from his goals. Keith and Bertie both have to learn that there’s more than one kind of escape, and it takes more than wallpaper to turn a house into a home.

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please tell us a little bit about your current projects? Thanks for having me! This is so exciting. Find My Way Home is the first book in the Harmony Homecoming series and was great fun to write. My heroine, Bertie Anderson wants nothing more than to move away from her small, hometown and make it big as an interior designer. She’s only three weeks away from reaching her goal when she’s given the challenge to redesign the old Victorian in town she’s always dreamed about. But there’s a catch: she has to finish in three months with the reward of a huge bonus if she does. No probs. Easy peasy. Except her client is Keith Morgan, retired professional tennis player and bad boy of Miami.

Keith has moved to Harmony with a huge chip on his shoulder (along with a lot of guilt) in hopes of changing his life and making a better one for him and his ten-year old daughter. What he doesn’t expect is the small town quirkiness he encounters, his aunt’s ultimatum to get married, and his uncontrollable attraction to his maddening designer, Bertie.

Lots of laughs and love in this one!

When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer? There wasn’t one moment, but a series of reoccurring moments. I kept tinkering with a story in my head, telling myself that I should write a book. But as usual, I’d get busy and forget my goal. Until a hurricane hit Miami and I was stuck with no power and hours on my hands with nothing to do, I started writing my story down on a legal pad. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. It became a daily challenge to me. I needed to know if I could actually write an entire book from start to finish, and so the story goes. For me, the writing process is a series of challenges every day.

Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day? Cherry Adair.  She said: Get in late and leave early. For every scene, that should be your goal. Once you’ve accomplished the point of the scene, it’s time to get out. It seems like easy advice, but for wordy, talky people like myself…it’s a struggle!

Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you? My heroes need to be strong (not just physical) but strong in character, have a sense of humor, take-charge attitude, confidence and lots of heart.

 What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections? Oooo, this is a good one. I love to play tennis and can get a little fanatical about it. You want me on that tennis court, because I’m competitive and a much happier camper when I get off. However, I’ve been banned by my own kids from their matches, because my exuberant cheering embarrasses them. Reading is tops on my list along with knitting, needlepoint and watching movies. (sometimes I do all three simultaneously.)  And as an interior designer, I collect many home accessories. My two current obsessions are antique brown and white transferware and antique boxes, especially Chinese black lacquer boxes. Just writing about it makes me want to start hunting. Better stop.

 What has been your biggest adventure to date? I’m not big on adventures, because I’m way too cautious and practical which makes me boring. But I envy others and their adventures and always think…hmmm, maybe I’ll do that someday. I did travel through Europe studying WWI and WWII military strategies for over four weeks. Visited cemeteries and battlefields all over, including Germany, Czechoslovakia, Normandy, etc. And made stops at several concentration camps. Very sobering as well as informative. Had planned to study art history in Italy, but chose military history instead. Kind of adventuresome, right?

If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why? I’d choose Mykonos, Greece because the idea of chilling and gazing at that gorgeous sapphire- blue water holds great appeal. I think I could get inspired to learn a new language, dance, garden, drool over hot Greek men…even write a book! And I’d eat Greek salad every day for every meal!

 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 good food, so I could be convinced to try almost anything with the exception of sheep eyeballs or maggots like Andrew Zimmern on Bizarre Foods. I’m very adventurous when someone else is doing the cooking, but not so much when I cook for my family. Tend to get in a rut and make the same meals over and over. Need to break out of that habit. Okay, next meal: stuffed duck roulade, um, I don’t think so…too much work.

 How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you? I would describe myself as funny, understanding, sweet, quiet, charming and loyal to a fault. My friends and family would describe me as entertaining, blunt, sarcastic, loud, impatient and bossy. I like my description way better!

What is your favorite comfort food? Anything with pasta. Love those carbs, but they don’t love me back.

What is your favorite season? What do you love about it? My favorite season is spring/summer. Love warmer weather and blooming flowers. Not a fan of winter. At. All. I need sunshine and light. Daylight savings time renews me and makes me want to exercise even more.

What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without? Electricity. I’ve been without through many hurricanes and it’s not fun. Two weeks in the dead of summer is about my limit.

What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”? A night sail with dinner on a boat. Something about getting away on a starry night with sea breezes…

What project are you working on next? The second in the series, Not So New in Town releases January, 2015. Lucy Doolan begrudgingly returns home at her demanding step-sister’s request and thinks her life can’t suck any worse, until she runs into Brogan Reese, Harmony High’s football star, Homecoming King, Lucy’s mad crush and…her step-sister’s old boyfriend.

And finally, I’m writing the third one about Katie McKnight, a location scout from California, who discovers Harmony and spies the perfect house needed for the next teenage-horror-mini-series. Getting Vance Kerner, the homeowner to agree however poses problems. Laughter and love bloom in these upcoming books.

 Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next? You can find me on my website:  and





Thanks again for blogging with us! Thank you for allowing me to visit! This has been so much fun and your questions made me think and smile!

SEMPER MINE by Lizzy Ford

July 29, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News No Comments →


Award Winning author, Lizzy Ford, gives us an emotional, sexy read with her first Sons of War novel, SEMPER MINE.

A Marine captain tortured by the death of his men in Iraq returns home and falls in love with the sister of one of the slain, who blames him for the massacre that killed her brother.  SEMPER MINE, is a standalone novel in the Sons of War contemporary military romance series.


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“A freak accident landed both of the Khavalov twins under my command, just before a routine mission turned into a nightmare. I brought home one twin in a coffin and the other in a coma missing his leg. I did everything right – and still people died. I can’t forget that night or how many lives it changed, including mine.


It’s natural for their sister, Katya, to blame me. I made one decision in the middle of a firefight, and it shattered her sheltered world. I’m the ice to her fire, and when we first meet, it’s not pretty. I don’t fear war or death, and I am definitely not going to let a beautiful woman with a quick temper and broken heart scare me off, either. I know she’s hurting, and I’m determined to make sure she’s okay. It’s the least I can do for the twins.


I may have failed them that night, but I won’t fail her. What I’m not counting on: the feelings she ignites within me.” – Captain Sawyer Mathis


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Also in the Sons of War series: SOLDIER MINE, coming fall 2014!



About Lizzy Ford:

Lizzy Ford is the author of over thirty books written for young adult and  adult romance readers, to include the internationally bestselling “Rhyn Trilogy,” “Witchling Series” and the “War of Gods” series. Lizzy has focused on keeping her readers happy by producing brilliant, gritty romances that remind people why true love is a trial worth enduring. Lizzy’s books can be found on every major ereader library, to include: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Sony and Smashwords. She lives in southern Arizona with her husband, three dogs and a cat.


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