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Thanks to Romance Junkies for Having Me Here Today

August 25, 2008 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger 2 Comments →

Thank you for having me here today, Romance Junkies.  I’m going to head back to the world of writing romance novels for a while, but I’ll be back to check in later today.  I’ve enjoyed blogging with you, and I hope you come see me at my website  I do have a newsletter on the latest happenings in my small world, so if you would like to be included (in my small world) :-), please drop me a line at the e-mail address on my website.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Bess McBride

A Train Through Time by Bess McBride

August 25, 2008 By: Guestauthor Category: Latest News 4 Comments →

A Train Through Time Book Cover

And another spectacular cover by Tamra Westberry. I love it!

A Train Through Time is my first time travel, but not my last.  I love time travels, the juxtaposition of old and new…especially playing with modern dialogue versus the more formal dialogue of the late Victorian era here in the United States.  Both Love of My Heart and A Train Through Time are partially set in the late Victorian/early Edwardian era of the Pacific Northwest.

The idea came to me while I was at Glacier National Park last summer, and I took the train over to Eastern Washington several times to see my daughter who was giving birth to her first baby.  I imagined…what if one went to sleep on a modern train and woke up on an old one…  It’s not a new concept…although it was to me at the time.  I’ve seen other books addressing the same sort of time travel, but this one is special to me.  I love the hero, Robert, a Victorian man ahead of his time who dreams of a woman who has not yet been born…or come to his time.  Throw in a female college teacher of women’s studies who believes women are equal to men in all things, and what else can you have but love, love, love.  :-)

Book Trailer:

Blurb:  College teacher Ellie Standish thinks she’s on a sleek modern train heading to a conference on women’s studies in Seattle, but she awakens from a night’s doze to find herself on a bizarre historical train full of late Victorian era reenactors who refuse to come out of character.  When the leader of the group—one handsome, green-eyed Robert Chamberlain—finally convinces her the date is indeed 1901, a skeptical Ellie decries any eccentric theories of time travel and presumes she is smack dab in the middle of a very interesting historical dream.  She turns the directorial reins of her dream over to one smitten and willing Robert, only to realize that dreams cannot last forever.  Someday, she must wake up to reality, though Ellie no longer has any idea what reality is.  She only knows that Robert must play an important part in her future.  But how can he…if he’s only a figment of her imagination or worse yet…a man who belongs to an era long past?


“I’m not going to marry an eighteen-year-old girl, Grandmother.”  Robert turned away and strode to the bay window.  He stared down onto the city below.

“Robert, be reasonable.  You need to marry sometime.  Don’t you want a wife?  One young enough to give you children?  Any one of your sister’s friends would be quite suitable.”

“I’m afraid not, Grandmother.  I’m waiting.”

“Waiting for what?” Mrs. Chamberlain muttered.

“The right one.  She will come along.  I know it.”

“For goodness sake, Robert.  Where will you find her?  You never appear even to look.”

Robert continued to stare out the window with his hands clasped behind his back.  “I do not think I have met her yet, but I feel certain that I will know her when she does finally appear.”

“Robert, what nonsense!  You are usually so sensible in all matters except when it comes to this subject.  It seems my son’s wife raised a silly romantic,” the older woman muttered.

“Perhaps she did, Grandmother.  Perhaps she did,” he murmured with a smile.

“Give me great-grandchildren, Robert.  I cannot live forever.”

He turned away and grinned at the frail appearing silver-haired woman resting on the green velvet settee.

“Yes, you will, Grandmother.  You will outlive us all.”

“Hmmppff,” she muttered looking away.  “The house is quiet.  We need children in it once again.”

“Perhaps my sister can do the honors in a few years, Grandmother.  All she lacks is a suitable husband.”  He consulted his pocket watch.

She eyed him with a piercing stare.

“Have you become a confirmed bachelor, Robert?  Has time passed you by then?”

Robert laughed and bent to kiss his grandmother’s pale cheek.

“I hope not, madam.  I did not intend to remain a bachelor for the rest of my life.”

“Then why do you wait?  Give me a practical reason, none of your romantic musings.”

He straightened and grinned.  “I can only assure you once again that I wait for the right woman.  I know it sounds foolish, but it is the truth.”  He turned away toward the door.  “I must go into the office to see to a few things before we leave tomorrow.  I look forward to riding the train.  I always do.”

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A Trail of Love by Bess McBride

August 25, 2008 By: Guestauthor Category: Book trailers, Guest Blogger No Comments →

Bess McBride, book cover, A Trail of Love, Glacier

And look at this cover by Angela Anderson.  Isn’t it fabulous?

A Trail of Love is my third published romance novel with The Wild Rose Press who have been veddy, veddy good to me.  This one was inspired by my…then…upcoming gig as a park ranger at Glacier National Park last year.  I wrote several chapters before I actually arrived at the park but ended up putting it on hold for the summer due to edits on other books.  And I’m glad I did.  It’s much better for my having actually spent some time in the park and around bear rangers.  Little do they know, they’re all featured in my book as a composite of my hero, Dace!  :-)  Since I’m still actually working at the park this summer, I wave at them with a huge anonymous pseudonymly grin, knowing they’re all handsome heroes…at least “in my book,” they are!  :-)

Book Trailer:


Kerrie is on the run from a painful past, and she hides in plain sight as a summer employee in the majestic setting of Glacier National Park.  Lonely and isolated from the family and friends she left behind, she dreams of the day when a kind and gentle man will say to her:  “I fell in love with you the first time I saw you across the room.”

Dace Mitchell could be that man!  The handsome bear ranger rescues Kerrie from her own foolish behavior–more than once–and she finds herself drawn to him against her will…until she discovers he’s already involved with someone else.

When Kerrie begins to get mysterious silent phone calls, it seems the past has caught up to her.  Can Dace save her from a violent man who will stop at nothing to have her?


A moose!  Baby mooses!  Was that the right word?  Kerrie had never seen moose before in real life.  They were magnificent!  The dark brown mother so tall, her long stick-like legs seemingly incapable of bearing her great weight.  The dark blonde youngsters, though lighter in color and smaller in scale, were perfect mirror images of their mother.

She turned to face an approaching vehicle, casting a last glance over her shoulder to make sure the moose cow and her calves did not reenter the road.

A large silver truck pulled up to the kiosk and Kerrie wished she could have slid down to the floor of her booth.  The driver was Dace and he wore the same Smokey Bear hat as she, except as one of those outdoorsy men, it looked so much better on him.  He worked for the Park Service.  Her summer had just gotten much, much longer.

Kerrie’s heart tapped an excited rhythm against her chest.  If this was any indication of what the summer promised, her hiding place suddenly looked a lot like Paradise.

Dace cleaned off the battery posts and reattached the cables.  He got back in the truck and turned the ignition over.  The truck started right up.  Kerrie was sure she actually heard it purring under his care.

Dace unfolded his long legs from the small truck and got out.  “There you go,” he said with a grin as Kerrie kept her distance.

“Thank you, Dace.  I really appreciate your help.  I should get one of those gizmos so I don’t have to stand by my dead truck like a helpless female.”

His eyebrows shot up, and he tilted his head inquiringly.  “I doubt you’re helpless.  I’ve discovered you women are pretty handy when you need to be. Goodnight, Kerrie.”

Dace climbed in his truck and watched Kerrie pull out of the parking lot.  Her taillights disappeared into the night.  What was with that woman?  For that matter, what was with him?  He had better things to do than stalk an unwilling female.  Didn’t he?  A vision of his sterile, lonely apartment in government housing popped into view.  Okay, so maybe he didn’t have anything better to do.

Still, there was something in those beautiful brown eyes of hers that compelled him. Loneliness was turning him into a hopeless romantic, for Pete’s sake. Every now and then, he caught her looking at him with an expression of…  What was it?  Longing?  Dace bit his lower lip.  If anything, Kerrie acted like she would be happy to see the last of him.  For the most part.

He smiled at the last thought.  There was something about her, and he wasn’t going to be satisfied until he knew what it was…or she gave him firm marching orders.  With a sigh, he pondered the night ahead, hoping he would be able to get some sleep…though that seemed unlikely.  Images of the silky dark curls of a complicated woman had been interrupting his sleep for the past few nights.

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A Sigh of Love by Bess McBride!

August 25, 2008 By: Guestauthor Category: Book trailers, Guest Blogger, Latest News 1 Comment →

ASigh of Love Book Cover

She’s back!

A Sigh of Love was contracted two weeks after my first book, Love of My Heart, by the same house but a different editor.  It’s a contemporary romance set in Alaska, and is “inspired” by a true story…all the way up to the romance.  All characters are a figment of my imagination and bear no resemblance…really!  :-)

One of the great things about writing romances is that we I get to rewrite history occasionally. Not “that” kind of history, but the significant happenings in my own little world.  This book was one of those moments.  So, the memory of traveling around Alaska for an entire week talking to myself in a video camera has now transformed itself into a wonderful romance with a happy ending!!  :-)  Yay fiction!!

Book trailer:

Blurb:  Abbie is on her way to Anchorage, Alaska to meet George whom she has been corresponding by telephone for the past three months. George has repeatedly asked her to come up to Alaska for a visit so they can meet in person. Call her crazy, but Abbie makes airline reservations to fly from her home in Seattle up to Anchorage to meet George. She’s lonely. Why shouldn’t she make a mad romantic dash up to the last frontier to meet a man? She’ll just ignore the practicality and logistics of a long-distance relationship. When she calls George to let him know her arrival time, he chooses that awful moment to let Abbie know that he thinks they don’t have much in common after all and she should cancel her plane reservations. Abbie is stunned, humiliated and ashamed of the lonely desperation that drove her to make nonrefundable airline reservations to Alaska.

What to do? Abbie decides to go to Alaska anyway. A grouchy and depressed Abbie meets Tom on the plane, a tall, handsome anthropology professor who happens to be half Native Alaskan and half Caucasian. As the plane flies north, Tom and Abbie discover a mutual attraction. By flight’s end, Abbie is completely enamored of the stranger, and she doubts her judgment, perhaps even her sanity, as she finds herself falling again for yet another Alaskan male…until George shows up, that is.

Excerpt:  Abbie shoved her carryon bag under the seat in front of her as far as it would go. She had the aisle all to herself, and she fervently hoped that the two seats next to her would remain empty. She was in no mood for casual airplane chitchat. From her seat, she could see down the length of the plane, and it appeared as if most of the passengers had already boarded and seated themselves.

Good, she thought with satisfaction stretching her legs out in front of her and placing her paperback on the seat next to her. What kind of idiot takes an 8 p.m. flight to Anchorage, Alaska, in September anyway? She leaned her head back and closed her eyes. Besides me.

Abbie let loose a sigh which began deep within her soul. It came out louder than she planned, and she hoped no one else on the quiet plane heard the understated groan. She opened her eyes and found a tall man standing in the aisle next to her seat. Startled, she blinked and met a pair of almond-shaped, obsidian eyes that crinkled at the corners. His friendly smile widened to a grin.

“May I?” he asked, indicating the window seat past her.

“Oh, sure.” Abbie quickly scrambled out of her seat and stepped into the aisle to allow him to pass. She caught her breath when he slid past her to take his seat. His face was strikingly handsome. Exotic eyes were the prominent feature in an angular bronze face with a narrow nose and full lips.

As the plane rolled onto the runway, Abbie leaned her head back and closed her eyes for a moment. It wasn’t too late. She could still jump up and ask the attendants to stop the plane and let her off. She smiled imagining the scene. Would they open the doors and let her out onto the runway to trudge back to the terminal on foot? Would they take the airplane back to the terminal and boot her out the door—forbidden ever to book a flight with them again? A quiet hysterical giggle escaped her wayward lips. Or would they force her to inexorably march on and continue the flight to Anchorage against her will?

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Love of My Heart by Bess McBride

August 25, 2008 By: Guestauthor Category: Book trailers, Guest Blogger, Latest News No Comments →

Love of My Heart Book Cover

And I’m back!  Just that fast….

My first book is Love of My Heart, and as a first book, it holds a special place in my heart.  The cover by Tamra Westberry is exquisite…as are all her covers…  Love of My Heart was contracted in April 2007 and published in e-book form in June with print following in February 2008.  Fast, huh???  I think the publishing company was a big smaller then and could process the books quicker, but what a ride.

The idea for Love of My Heart came from a little Victorian house Christmas tree ornament I had (I love those things).  When I lived in Western Washington and worked on the hilltop of Tacoma, I loved the beautifully restored Victorian homes in the area, and I wanted to set a book in one.  Combined that with my work as a mental health therapist, and Love of My Heart was born…

If I may, I’d like to post the cover, link to the book trailer, blurb and excerpt for you!

Blurb:  Aggie has done what no mental health therapist should do. She’s fallen in love with her mysterious client, Bill.

Aggie has recently purchased an old Victorian house on a hillside overlooking Commencement Bay in Tacoma, Washington; where she finds an old photograph of a Victorian era couple and a love letter written in 1885. The letter speaks of another love that can never be—that of Louise, the daughter of a wealthy English family, and her Irish lover, William.  Heartbroken, Aggie soon begins to dream of the forbidden love between Louise and William, but in her dreams, William’s face mirrors that of her beloved, Bill.

Bill is in love with Aggie, and he can’t figure out how to get close to her.  If only he hadn’t entered her professional doors as a client.  How is he going to fix this?

Cathy leaned forward conspiratorially. “Okay, so

what’s this mysterious thing you wanted to discuss? I’m

all ears.”

Aggie grinned at her longtime friend. It was always

good to spend time with her. She had such an effervescent

personality. Aggie wasn’t really looking forward to

discussing Bill with her though. How to broach such an

awkward subject?

“This is tough,” Aggie began hesitantly. “I-I’ve done

the one thing we therapists aren’t supposed to do.” She


“What’s that? Overcharge? Call in sick? Reschedule

an appointment?” Cathy grinned.

Aggie chuckled. Cathy wasn’t making this easy.

“No, silly. You know…” She hesitated again, hoping

Cathy would come to the rescue.

“You know you’re going to have say it, Aggie, not me.

You do the talking. You’re worse than one of my clients.”

She sighed in mock exasperation.

“I know, I know,” Aggie sighed. “Okay, here goes. I

swear though…if you even look at me funny, I’m going to


Cathy grinned, but she raised her eyebrows


“I’ve fallen for a client,” Aggie announced as if she

were dropping a bomb. She waited for the fallout.

“But that’s not the only thing.” Aggie rushed on. “The

house. You know, the Victorian I just bought?”

Cathy nodded.

“Well, something really odd happened. I found an old

cigar box in a small cupboard in my bedroom. There was a

love letter of some sort inside and a photograph. The

letter was from a man named William. How’s that for

coincidence? It was addressed to a woman named Louise,

and he was begging her to come back to him. Not that she

left him or anything.” She knew she was babbling. “It

seems her parents were against their relationship. I don’t

know why, but he asks her to put a candle in her window

for three nights, and he will come to her on the third

night.” Aggie’s voice cracked, and she paused and fanned

her face in a comical gesture to break her rising tension.

“My word…so romantic,” she managed to continue lightly

as she tried to grin at Cathy who was now leaning

forward in her chair.

“No kidding. Did you bring the letter? I’d love to see


“No, it’s so old and fragile. I really didn’t want to take

it out of the house. I wish I had though.” Aggie took a

breath. “Anyway, there’s more.” She was beginning to

enjoy her audience’s rapt attention. “The photograph was

probably taken in 1885 here in Tacoma. It’s of a man and

a woman standing on a curb in front of a building called

the Tacoma News. She’s wearing a long skirt and a dark

bonnet, very turn of the century type of clothing.

Unfortunately, the hat is obscuring her face. But the

man…” she paused for effect, “the man looks exactly like

my client, Bill, except he has one of those old-fashioned

thick mustaches.”

Aggie sat back in her chair triumphantly, awaiting

Cathy’s reaction, which was quick in coming.

“Really?” she breathed. “You don’t just have Bill on

the brain and see him in every face, do you?”

Aggie shook her head, a small smile playing on her


“I don’t think so. I thought of that myself. It really

looks a like him. And one more thing…” She told Cathy

about her dream of Louise.

“So you see why I needed some rational thought here.

I don’t know what to think. Was it a dream? It seemed so

real. I’m confused, counselor. What’s going on?” Aggie

raised her hands in supplication as she tried to read the

varying expressions on Cathy’s face.

Book trailer:

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Bess McBride,,

Good Morning from Guest Author, Bess McBride!

August 25, 2008 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger 1 Comment →

Bess in Key West

Hi all!

Romance Junkies has kindly allowed me to blog today…all day.  I know, I know…  All day??  What can you possibly say all day long?  Never fear, Romance Junkies.  I’ll come up with something.

A little bit about me…natch!  I’ve been writing romance novels since July 2006.  At the time, I was in the throes of some bizarre…and ongoing…midlife crisis, and I’d walked away from a secure, well-paying job with the government as a mental health therapist.  I plopped myself down in a comfy bookstore with my hot chocolate on hand and read books…especially books on how to make a living without a job!  :-)

A woman would come into the bookstore daily, plug in her computer, and proceed to spend several hours alternately staring into space or furiously typing.  A writer!  I knew it.  Eventually, we met, and Ann Elizabeth Cree told me she was a romance author (though the modest woman failed to tell me she was a Golden Heart winner or that she had eight published Mills & Boone novels to her name), and she directed me to the nearest chapter of Romance Writers of America, where I stood up and said, “Hi, my name is Bess McBride, and I want to write romance novels.”  :-)

And sooooo, I received my first contract in April 2007 from The Wild Rose Press, my second contract in April 2007 from The Wild Rose Press, and four more since then.

In the continuing and neverending midlife crisis, I sold my house last year, bought a recreational vehicle, convinced my significant other to give up security and steady paychecks, and we “hit the road” to travel the United States (before the gas crunch).  Right now, the plan is for me to work summer seasonal jobs with the National Park Service and spend the winters in warm climates (like the Gulf Coast of Alabama) writing romance novels.  It’s a great life!

I have four books out in release right now, a paranormal/fantasy called Love of My Heart, a contemporary set in Alaska called A Sigh of Love, another contemporary set in Glacier National Park called A Trail of Love, and my latest release is a time travel, A Train Through Time.

All four books are available at The Wild Rose Press,

And yes, I’m going to be back with blurbs, covers, book trailers and excerpts of all of them…ad nauseum!  Bear with me…  :-)

Bess McBride,,

RJ Review Staff Blue Ribbon Favorites for the Summer!

August 22, 2008 By: Romance Junkies Category: Blue Ribbon Favorites, Latest News 1 Comment →

THE RED SCARF by Kate Furnivall, Berkley
5 Ribbons from RJ

“Kate Furnivall’s book, THE RED SCARF, is a stunning narrative of loyalty, romantic love, and fear of betrayal. Anna’s tender-hearted reaction to care for Sophia during her time of need, and strong-willed Sophia’s loyalty toward Anna brought tears to my eyes. I was swept into the Siberian wilderness when Sophia, a tough survivor, escapes to find Vasily in a small village. Masterful storyteller Kate Furnivall spins a cruel world of Soviet Russia. THE RED SCARF was too compelling to put down. I’m telling my friends who love a dark historical to grab this powerful book.” Reviewer: Kathleen

Read rest of review: The Red Scarf


THE STORM by Jean Johnson, Berkley
5 Ribbons from RJ

“THE STORM is book six in Jean Johnson’s absolutely enchanting series about eight brothers banished from their homeland because of an ancient prophecy. Rydan of Nightfall has intrigued me from the very first book and I have been anxiously awaiting his story. I have wanted to unravel the mystery of this dark, enigmatic hero from the very beginning of this incredible series. THE STORM exceeds all of my expectations. The chemistry between Rydan and Rora is amazing and well worth the wait. Johnson skillfully combines the overall plot surrounding the island of Darkfall, the multiple prophecies, the eight brothers, with tales of love and passion into an enthralling and exhilarating series filled with action and adventure that should not be missed! Johnson has earned a place on my must buy list and her latest, THE STORM, is a definite keeper!” Reviewer: Robin Snodgrass Read rest of review: Sons of Destiny 6 TheStorm. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

JUST ONE OF THE GUYS by Kristan Higgins, HQN
4 Ribbons from RJ

“JUST ONE OF THE GUYS is an extremely likable romance story! Chastity shines as a woman on the search for love. She faces highs and lows through the course of the story. I really liked the fact that she leads a full and fulfilling life, even without a husband or boyfriend. Chastity knows how to have fun and enjoy her own company. She has a supportive family, a job she enjoys, hobbies, a love of the Yankees, and the need to prove herself. I will not spoil the romance for you but there are deep feelings and hurts and regrets to be explored in this story. In addition, there are some small subplots revolving around Chastity’s family that keep this small town story interesting and realistic. Kristan Higgins has a writing voice that is very genuine, robust, and amusing. She keeps the heart in romance without losing focus of her characters or the stories they have to tell. JUST ONE OF THE GUYS abounds with charm and the true joys and pratfalls of falling in love.” Reviewer: Sarah W

Read rest of review: Just One of the Guys


5 Ribbons from RJ

“TALES FROM THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT: GHOULS is a fantastic paranormal romance from a fresh and talented voice. Kacey Smith has created a story that is sexy, funny and highly entertaining. I absolutely loved this book, and encourage anyone looking for a smart and sassy heroine to look no further than Crystal Lafarge. I hope that we will get to read much more about Crystal and her friends in the future. I know that I will be first in line to read the next story!” Reviewer: Cheryl McInnis Read rest of review: Tales from the Graveyard Shift Ghouls~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

DEMONICA:PLEASURE UNBOUND by Larissa Ione, Grand Central
5 Ribbons from RJ

“PLEASURE UNBOUND is a fantastic start to what promises to be a dark and sensual new series, overflowing with action and romance. Larissa Ione has created an entire new take on the supernatural world and it is very addictive. The heroes are sexy and very alpha male and the heroines, the ones we have met so far anyway, are strong and independent. The story for PLEASURE UNBOUND moves along at a fast and furious pace, keeping the readers at the edge of their seats as more and more secrets are revealed. The love scenes are very erotic and sexy; the fact that Eidolon is an incubus demon is quite apparent. I really enjoyed reading PLEASURE UNBOUND and will be anxiously waiting for the next two novels in the series to come out.” Reviewer: Cheryl McInnis

Read rest of review: Demonica Pleasure Unbound


PHANTOM IN THE NIGHT by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love, Pocket Books
5 Ribbons from RJ

“I have enjoyed reading the whole B.A.D. series, but the newest in the series, PHANTOM IN THE NIGHT, is my favorite. It is mysterious, edgy and the wicked humor tops it all off. I thought I had the “villain” figured out and was pleasantly surprised when another twist was thrown into the mix. I was shocked to my toes when I learned who the real villain was. I look forward to reading more of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s tales and Dianna Love has become an “auto-buy” author for me. “Reviewer: Billie Jo

Read rest of review: Phantom In The Night


TRIAL BY FIRE by Jo Davis, Signet Eclipse
5 Ribbons from RJ

“Within the pages of TRIAL BY FIRE you will discover a sizzling hero paired up with a dynamic heroine that heat up the pages with an scorching passion. Jo Davis delights her readers with a romantic suspense weaved with an enthralling plot that wills you to turn the pages quickly to see how it ends. I truly enjoyed the cast of vibrant characters within this charming tale. I laughed out loud at the antics and cried when the heart of the story unfolded. “Reviewer: Billie JoRead rest of review: Trial By Fire ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

5 Ribbons from RJ

“L. L. Foster’s SERVANT: THE AWAKENING is an intriguing blend of romance and urban fantasy with some horror elements added to the mix. She begins this intense novel at a running pace and never slows down. Fans of Lori Foster’s previous books will notice that this is a darker, grittier side of her writing. Foster demonstrates that she possesses an exceptional talent for writing in any genre extremely well. Her interpretation of urban fantasy stands out in an ever-growing list of options. Gaby’s story kept my adrenaline pumping fast and furious. I was unable to put the book down until I had read the very last word! This book is a splendid beginning to a promising new series. It has an engaging, innovative plot that will have fans demanding sequel after sequel to this marvelous story.” Reviewer: Robin Snodgrass Read rest of review: Servant The Awakening ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

SHALL NOT WANT by Julia Spencer-Fleming , St. Martin’s Minotaur
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“I SHALL NOT WANT is a wonderful story on its own, but I wouldn’t recommend that new readers start here. The gradual unfolding of the relationship between Clare and Russ is so important to the series, you should really begin at the beginning, with IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER. I SHALL NOT WANT concludes on a more hopeful note than the previous entry in this series, but poor Clare and Russ are still a long way from a storybook happy ending. I plan to keep reading this brilliant series until the lovers finally get that happy ending – or die in the attempt.” Reviewer: Lynn Reynolds

Read rest of review: I Shall Not Want


SOUL OF FIRE by Sarah A. Hoyt, Bantam Spectra
4 Ribbons from RJ

“Sarah A. Hoyt’s SOUL OF FIRE is a marvelous tale, full of strange and original images, including her portraits of kingdoms of were-monkeys and were-tigers. Everyone in this alternate world possesses at least a little magic; the issue is merely how fairly the magic will be distributed. Peter Farewell serves an ancient goddess who seeks to keep any one kingdom from trying to hoard all the magic to itself, as the British are doing. I highly recommend SOUL OF FIRE, as well as the first book in this series, HEART OF LIGHT, which introduces Peter but focuses on the adventures of his friends Nigel and Emily Old hall. Both books create a vividly realized world of magic and feature wonderful, well-rounded characters. Peter is a fantastic creation. He’s a charming yet fierce dragon – but also a man, and one who’s willing to make any sacrifice for the woman he loves.” Reviewer: Lynn Reynolds

Read rest of review: Soul of Fire


NAUTI DREAMS by Lora Leigh, Berkley
5 Ribbons from RJ

“Lora Leigh lived up to her reputation as the ‘Mistress of Seduction’ because NAUTI DREAMS was so hot that one match would have been enough to make me erupt into flames. Romance played a huge part in NAUTI DREAMS and I found myself in awe at how romantic, yet forceful, Natches was. Nothing was going to deter this Mackay from his mission and when the smoke cleared Chaya was well and truly caught – Natches Mackay style. My favorite Nauti installment to date, NAUTI DREAMS is powerful and compelling. I have yet to fall out of love with Natches; however, the next installment of this great series, NAUTI INTENTIONS, just might give Natches a run for his money. It is the story of Alex Jansen and Janey Mackay and promises to be just as naughty as the rest!” Reviewer: Natasha Smith

Read rest of review: Nauti_Dreams


WILD CARD by Lora Leigh, St. Martin’s
5 Ribbons from RJ

“While reading HIDDEN AGENDAS, also by Lora Leigh, my heart hurt for the Navy SEAL so abused but still so steadfast in his wedding vows to his wife. I yearned for his book and for his happy ending. Not one word of this highly emotional and addicting novel, WILD CARD, has disappointed me. Noah Blake, while a changed man, continued to be true to his wife and though six years had passed, almost three of them spent recovering, Noah still honored his wedding vows. A more perfect character I have yet to meet. WILD CARD is an intoxicating first installment of a brand new series. The words flow, the emotions are raw, and love is in the air. Add in the danger of Noah’s mission and I could not have asked for a better book. I can’t recommend WILD CARD enough. It is ultimately one of the most satisfying books I have ever read penned by this prolific and talented author. “Reviewer: Natasha Smith

Read rest of review: Wild Card


TEMPT ME WITH DARKNESS by Shayla Black, Pocket
5 Ribbons from RJ

“The first word to come to my mind to describe TEMPT ME WITH DARKNESS is Wow! Others are amazing, terrific, fantastic and outstanding! Shayla Black is well known as an author of erotic romance, but with the introduction of her new Doomsday Brethren series, she is sure to win over legions of new fans. TEMPT ME WITH DARKNESS is a story that seamlessly combines elements of fantasy, mythology and the paranormal with contemporary, sensual romance. Marrok, Olivia and the other members of the Brethren are richly drawn, fascinating and utterly irresistible. They will stay with you long after the last page is turned, and the storyline will leave you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next novel in this sure to be addictive new series.” Reviewer: Cheryl McInnis

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5 Ribbons from RJ

“THE TROUBLE WITH MOONLIGHT is a titillating, intriguing, historical romance. Readers will be spellbound by this unique story as James and Lusinda try to discover more about each other without revealing their own secrets. Containing humorous dialogue, mystical and interesting characters and a mysterious plot, this is a great escape novel. Readers will keep turning pages long after they discover THE TROUBLE WITH MOONLIGHT. “Reviewer: Dottie

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TO WED A HIGHLANDER by Michele Sinclair, Zebra
5 Ribbons from RJ

“Hot, hot, hot! Set in the early fourteenth century Scottish Highlands, TO WED A HIGHLANDER is a passionate, thrilling historical novel. FIVE BLUE RIBBONS! I absolutely loved it and found it impossible to put down until I finished reading the last page! Readers will be swept up in this story as these two pride-filled people help each other overcome their vulnerabilities and discover the meaning of true love. These two characters are well matched and memorable; they stay in your mind long after the book is closed. The secondary characters add charm to the novel and I hope to see them in future novels. TO WED A HIGHLANDER has found a place on my keeper shelf. It is a book to read over and over again. This is the first book I have read by Michele Sinclair, but it will not be my last. This reviewer is now a fan and I cannot wait to get to the bookstore to get her book THE HIGHLANDER’S BRIDE.” Reviewer: Dottie

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SOME LIKE IT WICKED by Teresa Medeiros, Avon
5 Ribbons from RJ

“Ms. Teresa Medeiros has done it again! SOME LIKE IT WICKED is a clever, love-and-laughter, historical romance and a terrific read. I absolutely loved it! Five Blue Ribbons!! Ms. Medeiros’ books should come with a warning – they can be addictive. This passion-filled romp is filled with witty dialogue and feisty characters. Anticipating what madcap adventure Catriona would become involved in next kept me turning the pages. From the moment I started reading this novel I could not stop until I finished the last page. Brimming with humor, an enchanting plot, irresistible characters and highly sensual love scenes, SOME LIKE IT WICKED is a winner. I cannot recommend it enough and I look forward to the sequel SOME LIKE IT WILD coming out in 2009.” Reviewer: Dottie

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DIE SLOWLY FOR ME by T.L. Gray, Cerridwen Press
5 Ribbons from RJ

“If you want a read with fast pace, twists and turns that keep you at the edge of your seat, DIE SLOWLY FOR ME is a must. The plot is a pleasure to follow, with the issues of women in a male dominated job, parental abuse and the foster care system all being dealt with beautifully by Ms. Gray. There are some very hilarious moments in this book and you can only have a healthy respect for Nikki’s inventiveness in standing up for herself. You will most certainly enjoy the teams’ reaction to her and the lengths they go through to stay out of her way. T.L. Gray has produced an absolutely stunning read.” Reviewer: jhayboy

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DARE TO by AKM Miles, Torquere Press
4.5 Ribbons from RJ

“JC’s character brings high levels of hilarity to the book as well as that in-house cupid at work feel. DARE TO is a very emotional read that will have you reaching for the tissue box – a time or two.” Reviewer: jhayboy
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Dream Job…and a Contest! — by Delilah Devlin

August 21, 2008 By: Guestauthor Category: Contests, Guest Blogger 34 Comments →

I’ve been hard it for nearly two months, running toward multiple deadlines. I have 100 pages to go on the last contract, and I have to be done by September 1st. My whole focus has been on making page count. I’m late paying bills, haven’t returned phone calls to family and friends, and have hit the delete key to zap messages without opening them to see if they’re important. Oddly, I don’t feel particularly stressed and that worries me.

Has writing become a job? I know it really is my only job, but I never wanted to feel like it was. Since I began writing in 2000, I’ve followed my muse down whichever path she chose to lead me, sometimes writing stories I knew wouldn’t be as successful as others simply because they gave me pleasure.

With this last book, I felt that pleasure through the first third of the book. Not so much during the second. As I head toward the finish I have to figure out what’s missing.

So far the book has humor—tons of it actually. How could it not when it starts with a charity bachelor auction and is loosely based on my own experience at one a few months ago? It has sexy heroes—three to-die-for males, two of them deputy sheriffs who like to play BDSM games—so what’s not to love about them? The setting is a small, fictional town in my beloved Texas. That can’t be the problem.

Niggling at the back of my mind is the thought that maybe it’s the fact I’m working on books I’ve already conceived and I’m ready to start the creative part, the dreaming part of writing again. For me, it’s the most fun. The function of writing that feels least like “work” because I have complete freedom to daydream without producing a thing. I don’t know how the creative process works for other writers or where they get their ideas, but for me, ideas kind of float into my head, usually late at night when I’ve shut down the computer, watched a bit of one of my favorite TIVO’d shows (Eureka, Monk, House, L&O: Criminal Intent, Burn Notice), and I’m starting to fall asleep.

I start dreaming by picking up wherever I’ve left the story of my latest serial daydream. Maybe I’m a singer hiding in cowboy country from a stalker fan—that’s one of my favorites. I cower in a closet when the stalker breaks into my house, speed dial the cowboy-sheriff hero and whisper for help while the stalker draws ever closer. At some point I get bored with the favorite rescue fantasy and my mind drifts off—that’s when it hits me. The idea that grabs me by the throat and sends me scurrying to my desk to write down the details before they’re lost.

That hasn’t happened lately because I’m not dreaming about the tried and true stalker fantasy. I’m thinking about the next day’s scene and dialogue and my brains still mired in WORK. Okay, so I’m moaning about something that doesn’t seem like a problem, right? I do have to finish this book, but I so want to be excited about the next project so that it motivates me to sizzle right through the end of the current project.

Maybe you have some ideas how I can recover my excitement so late in the game. Or maybe you can tell me your favorite ways to let WORK go and just dream.

BTW—I received a box of books in the mail yesterday—my latest release, A HOT MAN IS THE BEST REVENGE, which includes stories from Shiloh Walker, Beverly Havlir and myself. If you post a response, you’ll be in the running to receive a free, signed copy. So put your thinking caps on!

A Hot Man is the best Revenge

Your Favorite Romance Hero–and What He Says About YOU!

August 18, 2008 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 4 Comments →

I’m Diana Laurence, today is my birthday, and my present to myself is joining you on the RJ blog today to talk about my favorite subject in all the world: hot and sexy heroes.

Heroes that capture your mind, heart and will. Heroes you fantasize about, pine for, can’t live without.

You know what I’m talking about…sometimes in your reading you encounter a guy that just really sends you. Well, when you react that way to a hero, it’s really something special, and it says something about who you are and what you seek in life. I’ve spent a lot of time studying this phenomenon, talking about it with romance lovers and women of all kinds, and writing about it. So I thought today I’d do a really fun little experiment with you: Let’s talk about a few classic types of heroes, you pick your favorite, and let him tell you why you chose him and what it means! Intrigued? Good!

To help us out, I invited five heroes from my Soulful Sex anthologies to compete for your attention. Each one represents a particular heroic archetype, and each one attracts different kinds of women.

I’ll start with looks alone…although looks can be deceiving! Meet:

Mr. Wellsley

Prince Lucan

Captain Adesteis

William of the King’s Archers

Raniwa of the Osha

Have a favorite yet? Well, you might be leaning towards a couple of these guys, but of course you need to get to know them better before you can tell which one really makes you crazy. For that you really need to have a brief encounter. So I invite you to click on any or all of these links below to read a passage starring your potential hero.

Mr. Wellsley exerts his sinister allure
Prince Lucan insists upon his evil way
Captain Adesteis saves the day
William demonstrates his boyish charms
Raniwa works his soul-magic

Did you find a favorite hero? Maybe two? All right then, let’s find out what heroic types these five gentlemen represent, and what your choice says about you!

If you picked Mr. Wellsley, your favorite hero is THE VAMPIRE. You may also enjoy characters like the Dark Wizard, the Cruel Master, and the Hypnotist. If we were to ask this guy what it is you see in him…well, I’ll let him speak for himself!

The Vampire: Good evening…Pardon that cliché, I couldn’t resist. I’m delighted to tell you about the woman who is drawn to me. She is the cheerful sort, always positive, helpful, like a ray of sunlight. She always looks on the bright side, which is why she secretly longs for the darkness. She is captivated by my amorality, my freedom to indulge my lusts without compunction, for she would never dare to live in such a way. She is also in love with surrender. She experiences deep bliss when giving away her will to a power greater than herself, and that I am. Surrender satisfies her longing to unite her darker side with her optimistic one. By union with me, she may bring these warring elements to peace within herself.

If you chose Prince Lucan as your favorite, you are a fan of THE BAD BOY. You go for various anti-heroes–the Sexy Killer, the Gigolo, and the Rebel. And here he is to tell you why…

The Bad Boy: Are you hot for me? Hell yeah. If you say no I’ll just tell you you’re lying. Half the thrill of it–although you won’t admit it–is that you love lusting after what you shouldn’t. You love wanting something so bad it makes you do what you know you’ll regret. It’s so damn powerful, it just gets you high. You’re one of those women who always does the right thing, thinks of everyone else first, wouldn’t dare be selfish. You want me because I don’t give a sh*t what anyone, including you, thinks about me. Wouldn’t you love to be so cocky, so self-confident, so reckless? Of course you would, and that’s why you can’t resist me.

But what if you went instead for the gallant, high-minded Adesteis? Well, then you prefer THE WHITE KNIGHT. You love archetypes like the Athlete, the Superhero, and the Soldier. And here’s what this wonderful fellow can tell us about you:

The White Knight: My lady is one who longs for something better, higher, purer. She who seeks me has high standards for herself and longs for one who can likewise prove his worth. She so often must be strong and protect others; she dreams of someone courageous, bold, and mighty, to be her champion and protector. She has known cruelty at the hands of men but still believes there is one who is noble, kind and true. She is only too well aware of the complexities of real life and real love, and wishes for the sort of bond that transcends time and reality. So my love longs for me, and I for her…so we always have and ever will.

If your selection was William, that means you’re a fan of THE PERPETUAL YOUTH. Your type has a childlike, youthful spirit, and includes the Rock Star, the Adventurer, and perhaps even the Computer Geek. Here’s what he thinks of you:

The Perpetual Youth: My type of girl? She just wants to play. I admit I like to chase her, just as long as it stays fun. I guess she finds me charming, funny, irresistibly cute or something. I don’t always get why she likes me, but I don’t mind that she does. Actually, I admit I kind of like it. I don’t think much about stuff like this, but I suppose she’s attracted to me because her own life is so responsible. She always has to be the grown-up, make the right choices, work hard. Me, I just pretty much do what I want to: I be who I want to be, I go where I want to go. It’s a challenge pursuing me, but I think my girl likes challenges too–nothing too easy for her.

And lastly, if you picked Raniwa, your favorite hero is THE SHAMAN. You probably likewise enjoy the Priest, the Teacher, the Magician, and the Beneficent Alien. Let this wise man teach you about yourself…

The Shaman: The woman drawn to me is special. She perceives the mysteries beyond what we see with our eyes and longs for enlightenment, especially as learned from a wise, devoted teacher. She sometimes finds her life too mundane, her daily activities too routine, and rejoices that together we can find the deeper realms beyond. And meanwhile, she so often plays the part of guide and strength to others, she seeks one greater than herself to turn to and rely upon. Her satisfaction in our bond is deep and fulfilling and empowers her to greater achievements. And my devotion to her, although quiet, is as profound as the universe.

And that’s the story on your hero and you! In my opinion, few things in life can teach you more about yourself than the heroes that captivate you. That’s part of the reason I so enjoy creating these guys and getting to know them. If you like to know any of these heroes better, or meet some of their compatriots, please visit A good place to start is my character gallery at

Thanks for celebrating my birthday with me and my heroes!

Welcome Guest Blogger Sheila M. Goss

August 15, 2008 By: Jenn L Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 10 Comments →

Happy Friday!!! Help us welcome Sheila to the Junkies blog!

The Love Affair

By Shelia M. Goss

The relationship between a writer and a reader can equate to a love affair.First it’s the courting period. Before the first date, the writer must introduce themselves and their book title. The title should be catchy; something easy for the reader to remember. Don’t be shy. Tease the reader with a short synopsis about your book.

If you’re feeling risqué, now would be the time to flirt a little by allowing the reader a sneak peek of the book by offering a chapter excerpt on your website.

Once you get the reader’s attention, put your best foot forward and make sure on one of your dates you show them an eye-appealing book cover for your new book. If you don’t have a book cover yet; don’t fret; the reader is not going to turn you down just because you don’t have the cover yet. In fact, with a catchy title and unique premise, readers will be salivating at the mouth to see you unveil your cover.

While building up a solid relationship with the reader, make sure you keep communication open. Communicate your release dates and where your books will be sold.

Readers, just like lovers, like gifts. Don’t hesitate to offer prizes for purchasing your book. Don’t forget about your faithful mailing list subscribers either. I know it may be hard when you have so many potential lovers, but you must treat each one as if they are special.

Also remember just like you, readers love others; so there’s no need to hate. There’s enough love to go around. Cross-promote with other writers and reach more book lovers.

When the “release” date finally arrives, don’t be shy.

After courting the reader, the reader decides if they will take you up on an exclusive relationship for X amount of hours by purchasing and reading your book. When the reader picks up your book, they are expecting to be taken on a journey. Let the journey be enticing and enthralling so that your book lover won’t hesitate to tell their friends about the great love they’ve found in your book. In the book love fest, the more the merrier and the pleasure you’ll get from hearing about a book club selecting your book is immeasurable.

If you build a solid relationship with your readers, they will look forward to your next release. Continue to learn ways to improve your techniques and hopefully with each book release, you will gain more lovers.

Sheila Gross

Shelia M Goss is the author of His Invisible Wife, My Invisible Husband, Roses are thorns, Violets are true, Paige’s Web and Double Platinum. For more information, visit her website: or blog:

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