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Different sides

October 28, 2010 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 2 Comments →

There are many sides to any story. I was having a conversation with a friend in which we were discussing a book we had both read. We both had a different side we came away from the story with. Although it has happened before, each time I think it is so interesting. It has lead to some very lively and interesting discussions.

It is fun to dissect what we each got from a book. She sees things or subtle contexts that I didn’t or vice versa. When we discuss it together it is like uncovering parts of the book I didn’t have any clue about. This is why I love having these conversations. It is good to get a different side to the story.

Many times after our discussions we both go reread the book. We see the different side we each saw yet we sometimes find even more sides. Yep lots of discussion material to have. It is so much fun when reading to discover even more. There are even times they read something I haven’t then give me there thoughts. Since we have a similar taste in books I use what they think to try a book that I might have been unsure of.

So what are some books your have discussed with other and found a different side?

McKenna Jeffries
…. sensual, edgy, unexpected

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Conquering Jazz – What’s a woman to do when she unwittingly makes a tantalizing proposition to her best friend?

Be brazen, bold and set some ground rules. Her offer. One night of carnal bliss. No emotion allowed.

His counter offer. A continued affair to fulfill all their sexual cravings.

His hidden agenda. Conquer to make sure their affair never ends.

Buy here at Liquid Silver Book.

It’s Almost November by Shana Galen

October 27, 2010 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 6 Comments →


 It’s release month! Actually, it’s almost the end of my release month. In November, a whole new crop of bright-eyed authors will be hoping you’ll notice their latest offering. But for a few more days, this month is all mine! And I’m hoping you’ll pick up a copy of The Making of a Gentleman. It’s the second in my Sons of the Revolution series. Maybe you read the first in the series—The Making of a Duchess. If not, no worries. The Making of a Gentleman can stand alone.

The Making of a Gentleman

The Making of a Gentleman is the story of Armand Harcourt, comte de Valére. In some ways he’s your typical romance hero—handsome, alpha, great in bed. In other ways, he’s a bit unconventional. Armand was imprisoned at the age of 11 and remained imprisoned, in solitary confinement, for 12 long years. His crime? He had the unfortunate luck to be born a French aristocrat. When the peasants storm his family’s chateau at the start of the Revolution, Armand flees to Paris. While there he comes under the “protection” of two men who call themselves The Jacques. But when Armand learns their secret, they lock him away.

At the start of the book Armand is still adjusting to life outside prison. He doesn’t speak or have any manners. His brother hires a tutor, Felicity Bennett, and you can guess what happens next. But Felicity has her own demons, and Armand’s past is about to catch up with him.

Since it’s almost November, and my three seconds of fame are about up, I want to tell you a little secret—this was the hardest book I’ve ever written. Armand doesn’t speak for the first few chapters, and while I initially considered that a challenge, it was almost more of a challenge than I was ready for.

Now I’m not one of those authors who moans about how hard writing is. I love writing. I don’t want to do anything else, which is why when I finished Armand’s book—the hardest book ever—I really celebrated. I’d met the challenge and accomplished something I never had before.

It’s almost November. I hope you won’t wait to pick up The Making of a Gentleman. And let me know, what challenge have you successfully conquered recently?

Visit my website at for excerpts and contests.Shana Galen

New Projects – Expanding Your Writing

October 26, 2010 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 2 Comments →

By Sascha Illyvich

One of things my publicist has me doing now is working on larger, more marketable projects.  As a writer, we need to realize that this business requires us to sell and sell a lot.  Otherwise, why bother?  We have the fabulous opportunity as romance authors to write stories that speak to not only our hearts, but to our readers emotions while making a living from this.

The key here is to write a story with the broadest appeal possible while staying true to who and what we are as authors.   I’ve had an interest in writing a story or series about the Elementals (No one’s doing it in Romance) and also involve one of my dearest friends and supporters.  What I’m going to share shortly is an excerpt from that story but first I want to share the why behind it.

In Blood Bound, Katiera is the Air Elemental with a duty to force sweeping change throughout the harsh world, killing many.  Though she is losing power, she has left her soul mate unclaimed out of fear.

James Wolfewood’s one goal in life was simple:  Protect his soul mate and daughter, whatever the cost.  After being killed by Mike Al-Omar the last time, he is reborn and vows to end things and finally atone for the years his soul mate has suffered at the hands of the brute.

But Al-Omar has different plans.  Intent on stopping his daughter, he captures his granddaughter Alex in an attempt to force Katiera and James to surrender.

James and Katiera are they’re thrown together to rescue their daughter and work through their issues.  Can they see eye to eye or will they lose each other despite a bond that runs deeper than blood?

When I started this story, I wanted to write a story for my loved one, and I wanted a story that would allow me to branch into a larger audience with ease. Blood Bound has a larger appeal, similar to a Neil Gaiman or Laurel K. Hamilton feel to me and my beta readers.  I could put in tons of heavy emotions, hot sex, quirky fun and not have to rely on BDSM elements I normally utilize to get the point across.  I wanted a story that would allow me a short series, so I the author wouldn’t get bored but would still learn about something interesting to me and different enough that currently no one else is doing it.

I wanted the story to differ from “Covenant of Wolves 1: Stalker (Dub Mix) and that series because the primary emotions in Stalker’s world are anger and passion.  In Blood Bound, the primary emotions are intense passion and regret.  Both of those sets of emotions allow me to work with ANGST – the main emotion behind conflict in romance stories.

How about an excerpt?  Remember this is unedited but will be sent to my agent soon,so wish me luck 😉  Read the first chapter here

Sascha Illyvich

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Character Crush – Shirin Dubbin

October 25, 2010 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 8 Comments →

Confession: I am in luv with Curran from the “Kate Daniels Series” by Ilona Andrews, Carlos Rivera in L.A Banks’ “Vampire Huntress Legends,” and Jamie MacKinnion from Johanna Lindsey’s “A Gentle Feuding.” Yes, I know this makes me stranger than the offspring of a Lady GaGa, Adam Lambert lovefest *sigh* but it’s true.

All three characters are very different from my actual tastes in men. Thinking on it, perhaps that’s the draw. As romantic figures these guys are gorgeous fantasies. I adore their ugly ways, their heroics, and their macho antics. Even their missteps add flavor to their characters. If you’ve ever had a crush on the hero of a book you’ll know what I mean.

In life they’d be too much to handle. Could you imagine? A girl would never get any rest helping to rule the various were-creatures of Atlanta; or aiding in negotiations with the Vampire Council. Imagine being the Lady of the MacKinnions among feuding Highland clans. Jeez. I won’t even mention what insatiable sexual appetites these characters have. As one of their wives you’d need to buy stock in Red Bull and pop a whole lot of ginseng.

Envisioning the logistics of life with real men like these is off-putting…but that makes the fantasies so much hotter.

Celia Sweet and I wanted just such a character for our erotic romance Halloween novella, Dusk Takes Dawn.  I think we got him. Dusk is fierce yet thoughtful. He’s impossible to live with (seriously bossy), or to live more than an hour without (lovable in his machismo). And talk about insatiable—woo! He’s also a gargoyle from a cursed race (there go those logistics again). Adding up all his traits, Dusk is a romantic hero for true; and Celia and I are hoping you’ll have your own confession to make once you’ve read his story. Maybe you’ll be a little in luv with Dusk too.


Paranormal peacekeepers, Dawn Maza, the witch with a capital ‘B’, and Duskan Entreri, one helluva beast, are partners and lovers… Actually, they are in love. They’re not lovers yet. Stone separates them, making her a statue at night while he turns to granite by day, and the two have never consummated their love. Instead, they communicate via video and voice mail. That travesty will change tonight.

Under the advisement of a crone—who may or may not have ulterior motives—the pair must freeze time for a single chance at igniting the All Hallows sky with the fires of their passion.

Dusk and Dawn are up for the task. Halloween is about to get sexy.

EXCERPT from Dusk Takes Dawn  (steaming hot/explicit)

Dusk Takes Dawn Buy Link


The writing team of Celia Sweet and Shirin Dubbin could easily be called “sweet & salty”. Sex coach and southern belle, Celia, pours on naughty interludes as smooth as honey. While urban fantasy romance author and southern girl, Shirin, crackles with popcorn-crunching action. And their take on romance? Well, darlin’, it’s better than your favorite dessert topped with a scoop of ice cream while a boy-toy serves it. Tasty!

Celia, although naughty, is quite shy but Shirin is always ready to chat. Catch up with Shirin and maybe Celia too on the web at, on twitter, and on facebook

SWEET RELEASE – New from Carrie Pulkinen at Breathless Press

October 25, 2010 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 3 Comments →

Sweet Release Cover

When Breathless Press sent out the call for Halloween stories, I jumped at the chance. I’d already started on a demon story, so I figured “Why not?” A few days later, I was ecstatic to find out that Sweet Release had been accepted and would be released October 8th.

I’ve always been fascinated by the paranormal. What can I say? I grew up next door to a cemetery; I lived on Cemetery Road. Then my dad got me into monster movies. He was always watching shows about vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and the like. Add the two together, and I didn’t have a chance. I started writing in junior high, when I wrote a weekly article for the local paper. But my true talent lies in writing paranormal romance.

 Sweet Release is a 9,200 word erotic paranormal romance. Here’s what it’s about:

The day Miranda Billings dies isn’t the worst day of her life, but it’s close. Miranda dreams of adventure and escaping her boring existence, but death might be too much of an escape. But with the help of Andre the demon slayer, she discovers the adventure she craves and ignites the passion within her heart.

When Andre, the half-demon EMT, finds the woman he loves crushed by a bus, he reawakens her soul with his magic and his blood.  Now, Andre must decide if he’s willing to let her join him in his perilous quest to slay demons and save humans. He almost lost her once. Is he willing to risk losing her forever?


Miranda awoke in an unfamiliar room. Black satin sheets covered the king sized bed, and matching curtains were drawn across a massive window on one wall. It was dark as midnight, but she could see just fine. Where the hell was she?

Her mind, still groggy with sleep, couldn’t focus. Was it a dream? Had the entire night been a figment of her imagination? She inhaled deeply, and her senses tingled with the familiar scent of cinnamon and musk. She rose onto her hands to find a man with pair of sparkling emerald eyes watching her in the darkness.


“Miranda. Thank God you’re awake.” Faster than she could blink, he was on the bed beside her. He trailed his fingers down her cheek, leaving behind a burning path of heat on her skin.

Every molecule in her body hummed with his touch. Her passion flared to life as he stroked his fingers through her hair. If this was a dream, she might as well take advantage of it. She placed her hand behind his neck and pulled him to her. His velvet lips took hers willingly, parting for her tongue to slip inside. He tasted like cinnamon, and she wanted to drink in everything he had to offer.

He trailed his fingers up her arms and cupped her face in his hands. He touched her gently, as if he was afraid he might break her. And that just wouldn’t do. She swung her leg across him and straddled his lap. Her heart raced as she nipped his neck and slipped her hands beneath his shirt. His cock hardened between her legs, and she ground against him. This was going to be fun.

He moaned. “Oh, Miranda.”

“I want you, Andre. I’ve wanted you since the day I met you.” In one swift movement, she ripped his shirt over his head, and he gasped. Her gazed trailed up and down his body as she memorized each cut of his muscular chest. He was sculpted like a god, with the face of an angel. She licked her lips.
He put his hands on her shoulders and gazed into her eyes. “Stop. We can’t do this now.”

“Why not? It’s my dream. I’ll do what I want.” She slid back and popped the button on his jeans. Adrenaline coursed through her veins. She’d undressed him with her eyes a thousand times, and he was more beautiful than she imagined.

His eyes were liquid. A molten emerald, piercing gaze. “Miranda. This isn’t a dream.”

“I don’t care.”

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Don’t judge a book by its cover or Do

October 23, 2010 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 8 Comments →

They always say that a great cover is half the battle to getting a reader to pick up the book and read the blurb.  I’m a very visual person, so yep, I tend to look for the exciting covers, then titles and then the blurb, but the blurb has to sell me on the story or I won’t buy. On the other hand, without the great cover, I probably won’t pick up the book to read that blurb. Unless the book is by an “auto-buy” author or I’ve heard some great “buzz” about the book.

That said, as an author, it’s always a little unnerving waiting for the cover. And what does an author do when they aren’t fond of the cover? Is their publisher one who will allow them some say or will that author get stuck with a ho-hum cover? I’m very fortunate that I do have some say in the cover art. I’ve only rejected one cover and I didn’t really reject it; I just offered suggestions to make it better (imho). Of course, I did give a grunt when I saw the cover for On the Silver Edge of Time. Why? The hunky, half naked hero was the spitting image of my brother. Check out my website and look at the bio page. See if you don’t agree. I’d love to know who modeled for it.

Anyway, I got the cover two days ago for my December release, The Keeper of Moon Haven and OMG, I was floored, awed and very pleased. Behold – I give you a look at the cover.

The Keeper of Moon Haven will be available in December from Champagne Books.


On the southern fringes of the Mendip Hills sits the Castle Hamingjur, an abandoned structure most fear haunted. Yet, on the rare occasions when the Hunter’s Blue Moon occurs, the Keeper occupies this mysterious castle where he guards the bridge to Alfheim Haven.

Noreen Willshire discovers more than fairytales hidden between the pages of Beletania’s diary. She opens the ancient book and finds a bridge to a Faery Realm where all manner of mythical creatures reside. In her naïveté, she summons the Keeper before his scheduled time in the human realm. In that brief moment, the mysterious wizard touches her soul with more than magick. She promises to return the diary during Mefylleth, a time when the barriers between the two realms melt away, but danger stalks her path. Torn between her desire to make a new life for herself in America and her growing love for the Keeper, she must bridge the gap between magick and time to follow her heart.

A Plotter’s Guide to Pantsing

October 22, 2010 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 7 Comments →

In the fiction writing world, we tend to divide ourselves up into two distinct groups: the plotters and the pantsers. The plotters, well, plot. They outline, they plan, they do all the anal-retentive things you might expect. The pantsers write by the seat of their pants, hence the term. They often say, “If I know how the book ends, I’m not interested in writing it anymore.”Nanowrimo cometh. Inherently, Nanowrimo tends to foster the pantsing school of thought. Chris Baty’s guide to all things Nanowrimo is even called No Plot? No Problem! It’s a great book, and pantsing really does work for some people… but not all of us.I am, by nature, a plotter. I plan pretty much every aspect of my life, including what I write. That’s not to say that everything always goes according to plan, but I’m paralyzed without some idea of where to go and what to do. So how do I swing Nanowrimo?I plot like a pantser.If you’re a plotter, too, and the idea of Nanowrimo scares you crapless, here are my tips for getting started:

1. Outline in October. It’s not cheating to start your outline early. In fact, it’s encouraged! You can plan as much as you want, as long as you’re not writing.

2. If you happen to get to November without a plot, go day by day. Plan what you’re going to write in the morning when you start, or plan the next day’s writing the evening before.

3. Decide how serious you’re going to be about this. If you’re doing it just for fun, give pantsing a try! You might find that you like it, and that the freedom produces an altogether different (maybe better) result.

If you know you’re a plotter, and you can’t stand the thought of not having a well-plotted novel done at the end of the month, you’ll have to be more proactive about plotting ahead of time.

4. Don’t be afraid to deviate from your plot. In the fast and furious pace of banging out 50,000 words in 30 days, you will find that you don’t have time to sit and mull things over as soon as you hit a plot snag. Be creative, get through it, and get writing again! You can always modify your outline.

5. Engage the community. Nano-ers are great at helping each other out with plot problems. Try the forums or the chat room.Are you doing Nanowrimo this year? If so, friend me up. I’m streetmouse there. And, if you’re in too, tell me your best pantsing tips!

Shooting Stars coverSonja Foust always dreamed of being a writer, marrying a devastatingly handsome man, and living on a Caribbean island. Hey, two out of three ain’t bad. Sonja lives in Durham, North Carolina (a decidedly non-Caribbean location) with her devastatingly handsome husband and writes romance novels. She can’t imagine a better life… well, except an independently wealthy one on a Caribbean island, but she won’t be picky. Sonja and her devastatingly handsome husband, Robbie, enjoy playing with Sydney, their black lab mix, riding bikes together, and  keeping up with the latest sitcoms.Sonja’s latest novel, Shooting Stars (which was written during NaNoWriMo a couple years ago!), is available now from Whiskey Creek Press. 

Debbie Macomber Event

October 21, 2010 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News No Comments →

MIRA Books

Marketing Bulletin

October 19, 2010

Spread the word…

During this event, Debbie will be

talking about her latest book

and answering fan questions. Other

highlights include book giveaways

as well as links to the Cedar Cove

website, the iPod application page

and Debbie’s Facebook page.

Please pass this information on

to anyone (retailers included)

who would like to take part in this

amazing opportunity!

All fans need to do to be a part of this live event is register at:

To help celebrate the publication of

 Call Me Mrs. Miracle


and to celebrate Debbie’s birthday, Harlequin will be

hosting a rare, live, online event!

Join us on October 22, 2010 at 3pm EST!


Is it time for ‘Highland HellCat’?

October 21, 2010 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 5 Comments →

It seems like I wrote this book a long time ago. Honestly though, that’s just my inner child stomping her foot and demanding instant gratification. There’s something about finishing up a sequel book set that just makes me itch want to find out if anyone likes what I’ve written. Needless to say, I’m really happy to see Brina’s making it’s way onto shelves.

People often ask me if I know where my sagas are going when I begin them. sure…ah…why yes…I always plot out the books, constructing a neat outline for each book. Excuse me while I roll my eyes here because there are just times when my characters refuse to follow the outline.

In ‘Highland HellCat’, this worked out well because Brina didn’t end up at the convent she’d been promised to. I did have a few days of trying to decide what she’d do when faced with Connor Lindsey telling her she was going to be his wife. Screaming at him the entire book wasn’t going to work very well…lol…But honestly…Brina was all for throwing things.

I think Connor enjoyed that part a little too much. Sigh. Yes, these characters are so real to me, I talk about them as though they are real. When I’m writing, I’m most often looking at the keyboard. My husband makes fun of me because I tend to type harder as the emotional level of the scene exculpates. I wear keyboards out, chipping the paint off the letters long before they fail. My kids have scowled at me when trying to use my system.

Hey…that’s why mom’s office is called ‘The secret lab’. As any comic book fanatic could tell you…that means stay out.

Back to Connor. Poor guy was in a fix. Okay, I placed him there but still he had several obstacles to over come. Even being laird didn’t promise him a life full of what his heart desired. Not if he wanted to be a good laird that is. He needed to make the best choice for his clan and that wasn’t the bride he’d contracted because his enemy had lead her astray with honey coated lies.

Don’t worry…Deirdre will get her happy ending in Highland Heat, out in March.

But Highland HellCat was for Brina. She needed a noble man and Connor didn’t disappoint me. He might have kidnapped the sister he felt best for the future of his clan but that didn’t mean he might impose his will on her by strength alone. I adored the seduction he employed to win her over and I hope you will too.

Drop by my website for excerpts of what’s coming soon.


Cats, Cats, Cats!

October 19, 2010 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 7 Comments →


         My boys call me the cat lady. But I have to explain. Nope, I’m not a cat burglar, instead I have three absolutely adorable cats. Each creature has his/ her own individual story to tell.

     Let me start at the beginning. We raised four children and various pets: cats, dogs, fish. I even think my oldest cultivated a nest of garter snakes, but knowing how I feel about those things, I doubt he’ll ever admit to it. When I had to put our last and longest pet, a wonderful collie dog to sleep and I had tell the kids, who by that time had left the nest, my husband and I decided, after many tears, that absolutely, under no circumstances, no way, would we ever have another pet. 


     We retired and moved south, as did our only daughter and her family. One night, at about ten o’clock, our granddaughter called her grandfather, tears coloring her tones, to tell him her cat had taken a bite out of her dad’s hand. Sobbing, she insisted he was going to throw the cat outside. In her weepy voice she begged grandpa to take her cat. She promised to feed, bathe, and play with him if we would take him.

     Of course, what is a grandpa to do? We took him. After nearly twenty years of no pets we suddenly had a beautiful orange fellow who liked to bite. Eventually all three of us adjusted nicely, and life moved along for several years.

      One night our second son, who works for a big box store called with a sad tale. The night before he and his staff had heard what sounded like a baby crying but they couldn’t find the source. They did find a tiny black kitten, deserted by his mother and any siblings he might have had hidden in the stock room under metal shelving. Since all our kids are crazy about animals, he had to save the poor little thing and was going to bring it home to the local animal shelter.

     This time I volunteered. We would take the orphan and see how the little one and our big guy got along. Wally, a slim, trim tuxedo is still with us. He doesn’t bite, he loves to play, and the back of my recliner is one of his favorite places to sleep. He and our big guy get along just fine.

     So we come to our third feline addition. The only female of the bunch was not at all what I thought we would get. Our big guy was getting old and Wally is young and wants to play – a lot. I thought we really ought to add to our animal family and look for another kitten, one who could grow up with Wally and be a companion to him because I’m not too sure how much more time our big guy will have.

      We made a trip to our vet and while I studied the kittens available for adoption, this crossed-eyed silver Siamese tiger mix jumped into my husband lap and there she stayed.

      The staff at the clinic stared in amazement. That particular cat had been at the vet’s for two years, had refused to pay any attention to people interested in cats by running into a vacant operating room and hiding on a shelf. When she was displayed on the days for animal adoption, she curled in the corner of her cage and ignored everyone. She had plenty of personality but according to the vet’s assistant she had ‘issues’. My husband said, “Forget the kitten, we’ll take this one.”

      I murmured something about we would try and we took her home. The story isn’t yet the happy ending I had hoped. Yes, we still have our big guy, we have Wally, and Celine, the crossed-eyed silver Siamese are all in residence. But Wally and Celine still don’t play together, she runs, and our big guy just looks at both the youngen’s and I swear he sighs. All three cats take turns sleeping on our bed, they all three absolutely love to sprawl across our desks, they will, on occasion, crawl into our laps and they do keep us compa ny.

      I only wish they wouldn’t decide they needed attention when I’m trying to write a difficult scene or spread themselves over all my research notes on my desk. I especially find their individual fascination with my printer to be a problem. More than once I’ve had to grab a curious cat to save the animal or my printer. Living with modern technology, cats and writing a compelling romance has turned out to be a bit more difficult than I imagined. They have however, from the first to the newest, been a real source of amusement and entertainment. I wouldn’t have it any other way. And I’ll figure out a way to keep them out of the printer and off my desk so I can continue to write my historical romances.


“Battlesong” my second medieval romance is now available from Champagne Books, “Heartsong” the first medieval romance is also available from Champagne Books, and if the cats stay off my desk, I just might get “Windsong” the third in the series finished.

To read excerpts or learn more about my books, visit me at

Allison Knight

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