Archive for September, 2011

My Bittersweet Love of Romance

September 29, 2011 By: Romance Junkies Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 25 Comments →

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Bittersweet is one of my favorite words because it aptly applies to so many things in life. One of the best examples of the term is a novel about reunited lovers. Despite bitter feelings from a relationship gone wrong, two lovers can’t forget the sweetness that brought them together. Is this an oversimplified explanation of a tired plot device? Maybe, but I have a shameless love for this genre within a genre and I’ll read them and write them as long as I’m able. Two of my romance novels have reunited lovers as either the main plot or a subplot. I love to write these types of stories and judging by the number of books with this theme, so do other writers. Readers, like me, love the reunited lovers storyline as well. What makes this plot so compelling, so readable, so thoroughly enjoyable? I believe a well-written reunited lovers plot appeals to everyone’s basic belief that love conquers all. 

What is more absorbing than two people who loved and lost and against all odds end up back together? Absolutely nothing! My eleven-year-old daughter and her friends are obsessed with the idea of love. They spend countless hours discussing who likes whom and who is going out with whom (in this context, they mean who is texting whom) and watching shows featuring young love as its basic premise. We instinctively believe, from a very young age, that love is all we need. Just the other day, one of my daughter’s friends commented in the car that all songs are about relationships—and she’s right. Relationships we form during the years when we are most susceptible to believe love is all we need have a huge impact on our lives. Successful relationships or ones that end amicably continue to feed this belief and can lead to healthy adult relationships. When love goes wrong, however, we are left with the bitter aftertaste that never completely disappears and colors our view of love. Love stories featuring two characters who have loved deeply, parted ways unpleasantly, and come together later in life are ripe with conflict—the kind of conflict that appeals to everyone. 

In Heart of Glass, main character Kat sacrifices her relationship with Danny so his business can succeed. Years later, when she’s assigned to profile his company for the magazine she works for, sparks fly. Instant conflict. In Shoe Strings, small town golden girl Kerry Ann, fearful of her feelings for her boyfriend’s best friend Bryce, reacts in a way that keeps them apart for years. When they finally face their feelings, BAM, instant conflict.  What about you? What are some of your favorite romance plotlines? 

Christy Hayes writes romantic women’s fiction from her little basement office in the South. She’s cooked up all kinds of trouble for her flawed characters when she’s not driving her kids to one sporting event or another or walking her pesky rescue mutts through her neighborhood. Please note that a portion of the proceeds from each book sold will be donated to charity.

Regina Duke ~ Speed Date Interview

September 28, 2011 By: Romance Junkies Category: Speed Date Interview 17 Comments →

You the Readers are the Interviewers. Here is your chance to get answers to the questions you always wanted to ask your favorite Authors. Authors will be coming into the blog for a Speed Date Interview.  They will only be there one day and you can only ask them two questions.

Pull up a chair, put on your best smile and make the best impression of yourself.

Personal and inappropriate questions may not be answered at the Author’s discretion.

Ask an Author two questions and be entered to win in our monthly giveaway. You could win a package of free reads from the RJ book vault. We will be asking Authors to select the best question they were asked on the day they day they posted on the blog. We will also be picking random winners from the general questions.

Once the Speed Date interview is done the Interview staff will be going in and selecting a group of questions and answer to post on the RJ Authors Interview Webpage. 

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            First of all, thank you Romance Junkies, for having me! I’m so excited to reach out to readers. In fact, my decision to go indie and make my books available for Kindle and Nook was born of a desire to please readers. Without you, writers are working to an empty room, so to speak.

            I began writing as a child. I used to write stories for my girlfriends in school. I would spend hours every evening (after homework!) writing adventures for one or two close friends. I wrote stories, novels, novellas, anything and everything as long as I had an audience for it. And of course, many works never had an audience, including a paranormal I am dusting off and preparing to publish.

            I chose to begin by publishing North Rim Delight, a novel about Terri Baker who is dealing with the loss of her beloved German Shepherd and trying to shake off an abusive ex-boyfriend by taking a vacation to the Grand Canyon. Bounty hunter Russ Camino is tailing a hit man with a tragic connection to his family’s past. When he lays eyes on Terri, he falls head over heels in love, but refuses to admit it. Then he realizes that the hit man is following Terri, and he knows he must protect her at all costs.

            Of course, there is a happy ending!

            Terri Baker is a character I have “known” since college. It is so gratifying to finally tell her story. And because these characters live and breathe for me, I wanted to explore what happens after they returned from the Canyon. To that end, I wrote The Woof in the Wedding Plans, a novella about their lives three months later as they deal with wedding plans, a new German Shepherd, a super-rich and overly involved future father-in-law, and the wedding planner from hell! It’s full of dogs, danger, laughs, and of course another happy ending.

            I hope you enjoy reading about them as much as I enjoy writing them!

            When I am not writing, I am training and showing my own dogs. I have loved many breeds over the years, but my current pack consists of two papillons and a tiny rescued Shetland sheepdog. I write about my dogs under the name Linda White. Because I have two names, I also have two websites.

www.reginaduke.com

www.lindalouwrites.com

 

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North Rim Delight  http://www.amzn.com/B0050Q57SY

 

 

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The Woof in the Wedding Plans (novella)  http://www.amzn.com/B005JSPBV6

Freshness of Fall

September 28, 2011 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 13 Comments →

The season of fall is here. With it comes a fresh tanginess in the air. The crisp scent. The temperatures has changed and gotten cooler which means more clothing. As I walk around I notice people doing as I am clinging to the last dreads of the good weather. Enjoying being outside until the weather makes it no longer possible for long treks in the outdoors. So I’ve been out enjoying long walks in the crisp days.

It has been fun seeing the changes and imagining how it will be in a few more weeks. I can see the changes in my neighborhood. The leaves changing and flowers waning. In the park I took a seat and watched the families having fun. The couples strolling. For myself I read in the crisp sunshine enjoying the freshness of fall.

McKenna Jeffries
http://www.mckennajeffries.com/
…. 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.

Timeout Stool for litte Darcy

September 22, 2011 By: Guestauthor Category: Contests, Guest Blogger, Latest News 14 Comments →

Thank you Kim and Romance Junkies for hosting me today. I’m pleased to announce the release of my latest novel, Every Savage Can Reproduce, Pride and Prejudice-inspired science fiction:

# Paperback: 212 pages
# Publisher: Steamy D Publishing (August, 2011)
# ISBN-13: 978-0980610598
# Website: www.steamydarcy.com

In the futuristic society on Planet Earth, Elizabeth Bennet is accused of luring Fitzwilliam Darcy to an illegal establishment, which leads to their exile deep in the centre of a rebel planet. The subsequent galactic war exposes dark secrets regarding the autocratic Queen Immortal. Will Elizabeth and Darcy discover their love for one another and find their way back to Earth?

Set in the 39th Century, this novel is a tale of Pride and Prejudice-inspired science fiction, where Jane Austen’s characters take on new lives but still face the barrier of class distinction and seek to overcome their faults, as in the original classic.

In this futuristic society, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet have conceived a rather unusal baby, due to some radioactive dates they ate in the centre of the rebel planet. Here is an excerpt from the novel about little Darcy:

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“What?” Darcy’s eyes widened at Elizabeth’s insane declaration.

How could you suggest that, Mom? Logan protested loudly to his mother. He must have kicked inside the womb, as Elizabeth felt a sudden contraction. She gasped and held onto Darcy’s arms.

“What is the matter?” Darcy asked anxiously.

“Logan is kicking too hard…” She drew in a deep breath.

I’m sorry, Mom! Logan said. I didn’t mean to hurt you. I just couldn’t stand the thought of even a fake wedding between Dad and that awful man-turned-woman princess Caroline Wickham.

Scowled, Darcy settled Elizabeth in the nearest chair, and caressed her belly and back tenderly. Then, with a stern voice, he talked to his unborn son. “Logan, if you ever do that again to your mother, I am going to put you on the timeout stool for a long time – once you’re old enough to be put there!”

Logan replied in a quivering voice, Yes, Dad! I promise. Mom, too. I swear. I love you both. I won’t do anything to hurt either of you.
Elizabeth nodded her head and pressed her hands on her belly. With a few more deep breaths, she felt the pain fading away.

“That was not acceptable, Logan,” Darcy said sternly. “You must understand that I can’t let it go without punishment.”

Yes, Dad.

Darcy embraced Elizabeth and let her rest as he thought about a suitable reprisal. “For your punishment, son…you are not allowed to say anything for the next two days.”

Oh…! That’s bad… Yes, Dad, Mom, I am sorry.

Elizabeth patted her stomach. “Apology accepted. Now off you go.”

Thanks, Mom, for not being angry with me, Logan said meekly, and subsided into silence.

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Well, I hope you don’t find the plot too crazy. And to celebrate the release of the book, I’m pleased to give out a copy of Every Savage Can Reproduce in pdf format and a souvenir from Australia.

Unleash your imagination and let me know what you think about how parents will discipline their unruly child in the future. Contest ends 30 Sept and is open to worldwide readers. Thanks and happy reading!

Mona Risk ~ Speed Date Interview

September 21, 2011 By: Romance Junkies Category: Speed Date Interview 19 Comments →

You the Readers are the Interviewers. Here is your chance to get answers to the questions you always wanted to ask your favorite Authors. Authors will be coming into the blog for a Speed Date Interview.  They will only be there one day and you can only ask them two questions.

Pull up a chair, put on your best smile and make the best impression of yourself.

Personal and inappropriate questions may not be answered at the Author’s discretion.

Ask an Author two questions and be entered to win in our monthly giveaway. You could win a package of free reads from the RJ book vault. We will be asking Authors to select the best question they were asked on the day they day they posted on the blog. We will also be picking random winners from the general questions.

Once the Speed Date interview is done the Interview staff will be going in and selecting a group of questions and answer to post on the RJ Authors Interview Webpage. 

http://www.romancejunkiesreviews.com/artman/publish/interviews.shtml

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Osiris’ Missing Part

Mona Risk  Blush sensuality level: This is a sensual romance (may have explicit love scenes, but not erotic in frequency or type).  According to the legend, the evil Egyptian god of storm, Seth, killed his brother Osiris, chopped him into fourteen pieces and flung them all over Egypt. Isis, goddess of family, reassembled thirteen of his body parts. Since she couldn’t find his supernatural male member, where his godly power was stored, she reattached a human one.  Isis has always loved Osiris, the charming god of labor. While dreaming of marriage, family and a son, she helps him fight Seth. Together they struggle to survive iniquities and perils. His trip to the Afterlife has changed Osiris. He regrets his past womanizing. Guided by oracles she utters when they make love, they search lands and seas for his missing organ so he can recover his godly attributes. Osiris has fallen in love with Isis but the sins of his past and their unexpected consequences threaten to separate them more painfully than Seth’s mayhem and curses. Available at Ellora’s Cave Blush for $ 5.24:http://www.jasminejade.com/p-9394-osiris-missing-part.aspx

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Travel and Research 

 Last year I had the unique opportunity to visit Egypt. We spent a few days in Cairo, a noisy capital crowded with a colorful population of twelve million people, who walk, drive, ride the metros, push carts, at all hours of the day and night, and never seem to sleep. I tasted the delicious Middle Eastern food and experienced the special dry climate, and warm winds of the Sahara desert.   We flew to Luxor, in Upper Egypt, and cruised the Nile River to visit the temples and admire the monuments, sphinxes, obelisks, in Luxor, Karnak, Abydos—temple of Osiris, Kom Ombo—temple of Seth, the Island of Philae—temple of Isis. We sailed all the way to Abou Simbel where a whole temple has been transferred from an island in the middle of the Nile River. In a joint effort, French, Dutch and British archeologists saved the magnificent temple from the Nile waters’ flooding, after the construction of the High Dam of Aswan.  Back in U.S., I relied on my beautiful memories, pictures, brochures, and maps of Ancient Egypt to help in my research. After immersing myself in the pharaonic civilization and the Myth of Isis and Osiris as written by Greek historian Plutarch, I asked myself what if…  

As my story unfolded, I often consulted with the Internet for details about clothing, vegetation, undersea world, animals, ancient belief, architecture, and so many things related to the gods populating the Egyptian pantheon.   Osiris’ Missing Part is a paranormal fantasy, an armchair traveling, that will take you through the Nile Valley, the Red Sea and all the way to the Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean, while you share Isis and Osiris’ adventures, share their emotions and witness their love story development.  mona-2-2.jpg

BIO

Chemist, author, world-traveler, Mona Risk can’t stay put in one place for long. Equipped with one carryon and a laptop case, she traveled to more than fifty countries on business or vacation. To relax from her hectic schedule, she avidly read romance novels and mentally plotted her own books. Eventually she left a successful scientific career to share with her readers the many stories brewing in her head.   OSIRIS’ MISSING PART, Risk’s first paranormal book, is set in mythological Egypt.Mona Risk is a multipublished award-winning author with two international romantic suspense novels available at Ellora’s Cave Blush, TO LOVE A HERO and FRENCH PERIL, and contemporary romances, BABIES IN THE BARGAIN, Rx for TRUST and Rx in RUSSIAN published by The Wild Rose Press.  Her books received stellar reviews and have been finalist in EPICON or/and Best Book of The Week at The Long And The Short Reviews, won Best Contemporary Novel of the Year at Readers Favorite, or/and Best Novel at Preditors & Editors. All books are available as ebooks or print at the publishers, amazon.com, Fictionwise, Barnes&Noble.com,…www.monarisk.comwww.monarisk.blogspot.com

Jennifer Probst Speed Date Interview

September 20, 2011 By: Romance Junkies Category: Speed Date Interview 18 Comments →

You the Readers are the Interviewers. Here is your chance to get answers to the questions you always wanted to ask your favorite Authors. Authors will be coming into the blog for a Speed Date Interview.  They will only be there one day and you can only ask them two questions.

Pull up a chair, put on your best smile and make the best impression of yourself.

Personal and inappropriate questions may not be answered at the Author’s discretion.

Ask an Author two questions and be entered to win in our monthly giveaway. You could win a package of free reads from the RJ book vault. We will be asking Authors to select the best question they were asked on the day they day they posted on the blog. We will also be picking random winners from the general questions.

Once the Speed Date interview is done the Interview staff will be going in and selecting a group of questions and answer to post on the RJ Authors Interview Webpage. 

http://www.romancejunkiesreviews.com/artman/publish/interviews.shtml

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Bio:

Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons, one 4 and one 6, keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean. 

Her first book, Heart of Steel, was published by LionHearted Publishing, and will be re-launched for e-book form on October 1st. Her novella, “Masquerade” appeared in Red Sage Secrets Volume 11, and “The Tantric Principle” is available now from Red Sage. Her newest release, “Sex, Lies and Contracts” will be out February 1st, 2012. She has also written a children’s book, Buffy and the Carrot, co-written with her twelve year old niece, along with a short story, “A Life Worth Living.” All of her books are available at her website.

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BLURB:  Arianna Devlin is an advertising executive with ambition and too much stress. Desperate for balance, she enrolls in a yoga school to teach her certain lessons. Breathe. Stay calm. Be in the moment. And ignore her sexy yoga teacher who is becoming a major distraction…Grant Madison runs a yoga school and lives by one code: don’t get involved with the students. But when Arianna walks into his studio, his resolve begins to crumble. He offers her a deal: a secret affair while in the studio, and the practice of tantric sex in the bedroom…But when lust turns into love, Arianna and Grant are forced to make a difficult choice. Can Arianna reject the career opportunity of a lifetime for the possibility of love? Can Grant ignore his past and take a chance on the future?

Author Website: http://www.jenniferprobst.com Author Blog: http://jenniferprobst.wordpress.com

Kecia Adams

September 18, 2011 By: Romance Junkies Category: Speed Date Interview 6 Comments →

Pull up a chair, put on your best smile and make the best impression of yourself.

Personal and inappropriate questions may not be answered at the Author’s discretion.

Ask an Author two questions and be entered to win in our monthly giveaway. You could win a package of free reads from the RJ book vault. We will be asking Authors to select the best question they were asked on the day they day they posted on the blog. We will also be picking random winners from the general questions.

Once the Speed Date interview is done the Interview staff will be going in and selecting a group of questions and answer to post on the RJ Authors Interview Webpage. 

http://www.romancejunkiesreviews.com/artman/publish/interviews.shtml

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In The Vendetta, vengeance intersects the international world of fine art when ski town barista Lisa Schumacher serves up espresso—with a dollop of passion—for Italian businessman Nick Carnavale. Lured to Rome by family ties, Lisa must race to find a mysterious missing painting in time to convince Nick that love, and life, is worth more than his revenge.

 

Kecia Adams—Author Biography 

website & blog: www.keciaadams.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeciaAdams

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/KeciaAdamsAuthor

 

 

 

After receiving a degree in International Relations from USC, Kecia entered the U.S. Navy—a true opportunity for adventure—and learned to write and edit the vast amounts of paperwork required to keep that organization functioning like a well-oiled machine. Talk about deadlines! 

She left the service several years ago to “settle down” with her own personal hero. They traveled the world together and lived in Italy and South Korea, but they returned home often enough to figure out that love really does make the world go ‘round. It was while touring in Italy, in fact, that Kecia began to write down the stories that had been in her head for years. 

Now, when she’s not spending ridiculous amounts of time at the computer dreaming up interesting characters and spicy conflicts for her fiction writing, she loves to ride her bike really fast and shop for shoes with her two daughters—heroines (and world travelers) in the making. She has had three short stories published under another pseudonym, and her first contemporary romance with e-publisher Etopia Press, The Vendetta, is available September 16th. You can find out more about Kecia and her writing at her author blog/website: www.KeciaAdams.com 

In her “day job” as a copyeditor, Kecia is the co-owner of EDITS [that] ROCK, an editorial partnership that provides editing, writing, and publishing assistance for beginning writers, published authors, and writers pursuing self-publishing. Kecia contributes regularly to the EDITS [that] ROCK blog at http://www.editsthatrock.com/blogETR/ 

Lorhainne Eckhart ~ Unassuming heroes – Men are from Mars, Teens are from?

September 16, 2011 By: Romance Junkies Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 7 Comments →

Instead of a peaceful relaxing summer, we spent the summer in state of a transition – called moving. First, to a friend’s farm – before we recently relocated to a beautiful property in the Gulf Islands.

 As a single mother, I don’t shy away from challenges, even the heavy lifting. But I have to tell you, moving is physically exhausting. What happened during this move was three teenagers surprised the heck out of me with their generosity.

Picture this. Three typical looking teenagers, ages 15 to 17. One with long hair drooping over his eyes, baggy shirts and ripped jeans, many would judge as sloppy and look away in disgust. Did I know these young boys? I’d met them, and their parents. But I barely knew them.

What’s remarkable is what they did. They showed-up, climbed in my mini-van and accompanied me to the storage place where all my furniture and belongings were stored in a large portable storage container, which had been transported from my recently vacated home. Because of the nature of my move to a new island, I was leaving many of furnishings behind. These young lads moved everything into a permanent onsite storage unit. Organized my furniture and personal belongings, what would stay in storage, and what would be relocated to my new home, come the day of my move.

These three unassuming Teens were self-confident, organized, they lifted, sorted, stacked so I didn’t have to. They were natural leaders, problem solvers, so not once did I have to direct them on what to do. They worked quickly, without complaint, taking care nothing was damaged or scratched. These teens didn’t have an agenda. They weren’t looking to be paid. They helped me, a single Mother, because I needed help, and they asked for nothing in return.

But it didn’t end there. Over the next week I was privileged to witness other acts of kindness other adults may have missed. One of these teens helped a young four-year-old little boy, not related to him, who wanted nothing more than to ride a bike.  

The 17 year old young lad I’ll call Sam, went to the store, bought training wheels for this little boy. Installed these wheels on this little guy’s bike, and then stood back and watched on as this boy pedaled hard and fast on his first solo ride. Not once did I hear one of these teens, gloat or mention the great deed they’d done. What each lad did was move on with his day, being a teenager.

Would you recognize these three Teens amongst all the other teens loitering on the streets or hanging out in the park with a group of friends? Probably not. Have they been judged by other adults as troublemakers, and possibly a problem? Absolutely, by looks alone. Are they stand-up citizens in line for a humanitarian award? Are they from a solid respectable family, where Mom and Dad are still married and living together? No and No.

All three of these Teenager’s has divorced Parents. Two have Stepparents. And each family structure is completely different. But you know what each one of these young lads has in common? They have a parent, a stepparent, a role model who holds them accountable for their actions. I’ve heard some parents say, these kids aren’t given a break. Well you know what? It shows in their character, they’re great young lads. Each of these Teens work. I’ve met their parent, stepparent, and their other role models. These adults have integrity, are hard workers. But not one of them is a pushover, or makes excuses for their kid. And each one’s not so wrapped up in themself, their problems, and focused on just making money that they sacrifice everything and everyone else.  

These kids are not giving time to slough off, and be couch potatoes in front of the TV or the computer every day after school, or all night after dinner. These young men are expected to help out. Be productive in the real world. But in turn for their hard work, and their positive choices, I’ve watched these parents give these Teens freedom to go out quading, motocross biking, to the park or store with friends, to have fun. And their parent’s quote, “We have to trust them.” And it shows, because Mom, and or Dad are interested in what these teens are doing. My hats are off to these parents, and role models, because they’re making a difference. Look around in your community.

How many Teens do you know who are an unassuming hero?

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Lorhainne Eckhart began her writing career in 2008, when she published her first novel, The Captain’s Lady, a Contemporary Military Romance. Lorhainne Eckhart is a member of the RWA, Sisters in Crime and Victoria RWA.  She makes her home on beautiful Vancouver Island, and lives in the country with her three children. The mother of a special needs child. And one of her greatest gifts was having to learn, organization, structure, and how to stay focused on what’s really important in life. She lives by simple rules, the same she teaches her children. Stay honest, be impeccable with your word, never take advantage of anyone, and treat everyone with respect. She’s an advocate for children with special needs. Passionate about preserving our environment, wildlife, and protecting what natural resources we have left, so there will be a future for our children. Lorhainne loves her garden, nature and all animals. When she isn’t being a busy Mom, working on, and promoting her next novel, you’ll find her horseback riding on the trails, working in the garden, or outside enjoying nature.Lorhainne is an avid reader and writer. She writes romantic suspense, but enjoys reading novels from all genres. Some of her favorite authors include Suzanne Brockmann, Tess Gerritsen, Nelson DeMille, James Patterson, Karen Robards, and Karin Slaughter. 

Her latest novel, The Choice, Book One of Walk the Right Road Series, is a romantic, mystical suspense. And explores an issue most women have fallen victim to at one time in their life. The masterful predator who preys on vulnerable women, and clouds the invisible barrier between right and wrong. What would you do for someone you love?

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From Lorhainne Eckhart, Author of The Captain’s Lady, comes a Romantic Mystical Suspense that sizzles with passion and unforgettable drama.  “A wonderful tale of courage, and real-life choices that’ll keep you riveted.” Mimi Barbour, Author of The Vicarage Bench SeriesMarcie Hollis is a Wiccan, who’s always played by the rules. That’s until she meets Dan McKenzie, a man who she believes to be the knight in shining armor she’s been searching for all her life. However, Dan’s not who he appears to be. He lures Marcie into his world of lies, greed and high-grade marijuana. But fate intervenes on Marcie’s illicit trip for Dan to New Orleans, when she’s robbed in a crowded airport. The thug not only makes off with her suspicious backpack, he knocks her down, her head slams on the concrete floor, and she loses her memory right in the path of DEA agent, Sam Carre. After a six-month investigation into the activities of a big time drug dealer crumbles, the same day damming evidence is found stuffed in Sam’s locker – evidence suggesting he’s the notorious leak on the team, Sam jumps on the first plane home. Arriving in a crowded airport in New Orleans – his reputation and loyalty are in question. But even though Sam’s tired, disillusioned and haunted by a past that gives him no peace, he stops to help an attractive stranger when she falls in front of him. Then in an act of chivalry, he takes her to his home until the police can identify her. When questions arise about Marcie, and what she’s involved in, the answers lead them to the exact felons Sam investigated in the Pacific Northwest.  When her illusive memory returns, this complex case pushes them both to explain the unexplainable, and leaves Sam with a haunting question. Was she set up, or was this a game she played? Sam’s forced to make a choice, walk away from the attraction that connects them, or risk losing everything. 

Maggie Shayne and the End of An Era

September 15, 2011 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 7 Comments →

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Hi, fellow Junkies!  I’m Maggie Shayne, and I’m blogging for you today about two things near and dear to my heart.  The first of which is my Wings in the Night vampire series, which began with Twilight Phantasies from Silhouette Shadows in 1993, when my youngest daughter was in Kindergarten, and which ends, 9for now) twenty stories later, with Twilight Fulfilled, releasing this month.  (9/20 in print, 10/1 in all electronic formats.) That same daughter is finishing college now.

It’s very hard for me to end this series.  I’ve published more than fifty novels and more than twenty novellas in my long career with numerous publishers.  But this series has been with me since the very beginning.  My second book ever published, was book 1 of Wings in the Night.  And I had no idea it would even be a series at that point.

At that time, vampires were not popular in the romance genre.  In fact, no one was writing them besides Lori Herter (Obsession, Possession, Confession–fabulous, pre-vampire craze vampire romances you must read!)  Back then, you couldn’t get the publishers to take one even if you offered to pay them!  But Silhouette had just launched a new line called Shadows.  It was ahead of its time, and so was my series. (And Lori’s for that matter.)  But we published there, and the work of my life was born.  I’ve written a lot of other stories and types of stories, from romantic suspense to westerns to other types of paranormal romances. But this really has been the defining series of my career.  And I will miss it deeply.

That said, the entire time I worked on Wings in the Night, I was very careful to craft each book to be read all by itself, so that readers who had not read the others could still enjoy each title.  So don’t feel intimidated to try the final book of a long series.  I would suggest though, reading the one just before this one, TWILIGHT PROPHECY, because it and TWILIGHT FULFILLED  do sort of go together.

As for the backlist–I’m happy to say that every single one of them is now available in numerous ebook formats.  And all but the first four or five can still be found in print, if you look hard enough.  So please, try one without fear of not being able to find the rest.

The second big thing on my mind today is my readers.  A lot of them have been with me from the start of this series and many more have jumped onboard this long and winding train along the way.  Recently, several readers made videos for me, telling me what Wings in the Night has meant to them.  We here at Shayne Central decided to make it into a contest, and to award a Kindle, the entire series in E, and several print books as prizes–and to let the viewers decide the winners.  Voting in that contest ended last night at midnight, but you can still see all the entries here: Vampire Video Entries

The winners, just being announced today, are here at my Vampire Video Contest Facebook Page

And while even I don’t know the winning entry at this point, I know who’s in the lead, and I’m kind of rooting for her.  Here’s here video.  Oh, warning here: get your tissues ready.  Also, be sure to make the video big, as her text is a little small, and quickly X out the ads at the bottom so you can read the captions.

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I just love videos!  Love watching them.  Love making them.  Love sharing them.  It’s yet another way to exchange emotions and share hugs, smiles & tears with others.  Just like books are to me!  Feel free to explore the other vids on my Youtube Channel while you’re there looking at the contest entries.  Lots of my dogs there.  You’ll get a laugh if nothing more, to offset the tears you just shed with that video above!

So here I go, with 5 days to go until the launch of my series finale.  It’s a bittersweet, but very exciting time.

I have lots more in the works, including a new Witch series called THE PORTAL from MIRA Books, with three books already scheduled to go: MARK OF THE WITCH, October 2012; DAUGHTER OF THE SPELLCASTER, December 2012; BLOOD OF THE SORCERESS, February 2013.  Book one is nearly finished.  In fact, I’ll be sending it off to my editor this week.   I’m very excited about this series.  As a working Witch (I’m a high priestess, legal clergy of Wicca!  Bet you didn’t know that!) this series is very special to me, and will be peppered with authentic spells, rituals and wisdom handed down from woman to woman, through the ages.

And I have a lot more stories planned, including a YA Collaborative effort with my oldest daughter, an English Teacher and talented writer, and some more very dark romantic suspense.  None of these are sold yet, or even ready to be marketed.  They’re all in my proverbial basement, being tinkered on by my subconscious crew of females, along with some other, sort of weird notions.  I always have a dozen stories in various stages of development down there.  Someday I’d like to make a video-tour of that basement of mine.

Oh, inspiration!  Gotta run.  Nothing’s more useful in procrastination techniques, than playing around making videos!

See you all online!

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A Scandalous Proposition

September 14, 2011 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 7 Comments →

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Sean Bean as Sharpie in the 95th Rifles. Hold that thought because that’s what got me started on A Scandalous Proposition. Major Lord Adam Fitzroy is an officer in that regiment so we get to see him sporting that dusty green uniform and being heroic.

Back in England in furlough he rescues a beautiful woman from an awkward situation in an inn, little suspecting that she was acting as paid companion to his mother, the Dowager Duchess of Southsea, AND has connection to the local brothel. His price for his silence? One wicked night in her company.

Florentina, far from being a light-skirt, is actually Spanish, working desperately to help the war effort. Dare she trust Adam with her secret or should she succumb to his scandalous demands?

Whilst she’s trying to make up her mind, Adam must deal with Philippa, the woman he’d intended to marry but who calmly upped and married his brother the duke instead whilst Adam was away fighting for King and country. She now seems to think that Adam and she can pick up where they left off. The nerve of the chit! She threatens to have him banned from his ancestral home if he demurs. She’s also pregnant and Adam suspects that his brother isn’t the father, meaning that the next heir to the duchy could be a bastard.

Poor Adam. He’d have a quieter time of it if he hot-footed it back to the Peninsular!

Anyway, there’s blackmail, murder, hot sex, oh and whipped strawberries and cream involved in this raunchy Regency, and that’s all I’m going to tell you.

A Scandalous Proposition is now available from Carina Press and Amazon. com.

Wendy Soliman is a Brit, now dividing her time between Andorra and West Florida. She shares her life with her husband Andre and a rescued dog of indeterminate pedigree. She was brought up on the Isle of Wight in southern England, surrounded by historic building that roused her curiosity and set her on her path as a historical novelist. Find out more about her and her books at her website www.wendysoliman.com.

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