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Diving into the files and bookcase

April 28, 2012 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger No Comments →

For the last few weeks I’ve been condescending some of my files on my computer. It’s amazing how much you accumulate. Of course I ended up in my WIP folder and was drawn in to reading some ideas I had written pieces of thoughts down for. Now my mind is filled with even more stories I plan to write. LOL.

I extended my organization of files to other places including working on my house. One is my book case and you guessed it I ended up reading more than fixing. LOL. But it was fun. I still have much to do in both my home and computer. I expect I will find lots as I dive into my files and books.

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.

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Covers-How Important Are They?

April 26, 2012 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 1 Comment →

COVERS–HOW IMPORTANT ARE THEY? 

The cover of a novel is the single most important ingredient in the success or failure of a book.  This isn’t something authors want to hear and it’s not always true.  If the book is special enough and it gets lots of word-of-mouth, even a bad cover can’t stop the book from being a success. 

If the author’s name is well known–and I am speaking of New York Times bestsellers with very large print runs–a bad cover can’t stop the book from being a success.

However most of us fall in the category where a cover can make the difference between success and failure. 

Over the years, I’ve had good covers and bad.  One of the prettiest covers I ever had was on a book called MIDNIGHT RIDER.  The problem was the cover was completely white.  The lovely embossed bird on the front didn’t show up until the reader picked up the book.  Not many did!   

The title may have been another part of the problem.  It was chosen by the publisher and no amount of talking could convince them to change it.  The combination of bad cover and bad title was lethal.   The book was my biggest failure and I think it was one of my better books.

Starting May 1st, my Sinclair Sisters Trilogy is going to be re-issued.  The first in the series is MIDNIGHT SUN, a fish-out of water Romantic Suspense set in Alaska.  The covers on these three books were extremely plain, just colors and the title.  And I have to admit the title, MIDNIGHT SUN, isn’t that exciting.   I’ve never been particularly good at titles, which makes the cover even more important. 

Since changing a book title is very confusing to readers, the publisher is simply changing the cover, putting a guy on the front, which has become sort of a brand for my Romantic Suspense books.   I’m not crazy about the new cover for MIDNIGHT SUN.  For one thing, I just met the cover model, Lynn Gunn and he his absolutely gorgeous–and a terrific guy.  I don’t think the cover does him justice.  Still, it’s interesting, and I’m hoping readers will pick it up and give the book a try.

If you enjoy Romantic Suspense and haven’t read MIDNIGHT SUN, I hope you’ll give it a try.  The other books in the series are DESERT HEAT and DEEP BLUE and they get new covers, as well.  Hope you enjoy them all and that you also watch for my new releases. 

You can reach me on my website www.katmartin.com

Very best wishes, Kat

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Power of Love

April 13, 2012 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger 1 Comment →

Love is such a powerful thing. It moves people in so many ways. As a writer of romance I love exploring the various ways that love unfolds. All the paths it takes are fun to explore.

This weekend I watched movies based on love. Each was so different and to see the ways love came and was shown made me think. The great thing was the movies followed families. The love, tribulations and all the things in between. From the beginning of time people have been falling in love. Love can make you crazy, giddy and bring you such hope and joy.

Love has many types – the love between friends and family. The love between lovers. Each has the core of opening yourself to another person and becoming a unit. With friends it is building a close knit relationship that stands through good and bad. The same with family. With family we share and love.

The love between lovers is what I explore in my books. From the start of the initial attraction, the first steps to getting to know each other, the dating and then finally the all encompassing feelings and knowing you belong together. There are of course the ups and downs and the times when you fall in and out of love. But when you find that right someone it is magical, exhilarating and soul moving. Yeah I am a romantic at heart. All the steps to the power of love fascinates me.

Taige Crenshaw
http://www.taigecrenshaw.com/
…increasing the sizzle factor

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Wilde Rapture – When a woman ducks into an alcove at a wedding she meets the man who is intriguing and will tempt her.

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P.J. O’Dwyer author of romantic suspense

April 10, 2012 By: Romance Junkies Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 6 Comments →

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Welcome! Please share a little about yourself, your genre, and any other pen names you use. 

It’s so wonderful to be here with you today! I write romantic suspense as P.J. O’Dwyer and have loved reading romance ever since my mother gave me my first historical as a teenager. Back then, the voice that said “you should write” was ignored, unfortunately. Instead, I opted to travel the world as a travel counselor. But the yearning to put words to paper resurfaced years later.My choice of genre was a given after I met and married my husband. It seems his dreams and aspirations had always been focused on law enforcement. Twenty-five years later, married to a state trooper, it was hard to avoid hearing about the day to day police work he was involved in (very exciting stuff), not to mention the camaraderie and hilarious stories, especially the interactions cops have with each other. So it was inevitable I would combine both of our passions: romance and murder. (Not that murder is his passion, only solving them.) It also helps to have a go-to guy (my husband) to assist me on the law enforcement side 

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release. 

This is a very exciting time for me. My debut novel Relentless will be released April 15. This is the first book in the Fallon Sisters Trilogy where we meet Bren Ryan who is widowed, jaded, and searching for her husband’s killer by herself. That is until she meets up with sexy cowboy Rafe Langston who seems quite interested in her theory of murder—maybe a little, too, interested. EXCERPT Excerpt from RELENTLESS: He cocked his head and studied her. His dark brown brows knit together over a pair of emerald eyes. “You’re the horse freak.” 

“Pardon?” “Horses. The room with the painted horses.” He motioned toward the ceiling. “Guess that’s why I have a horse farm.” “Right.” He took a step closer. “I like the room.” Bren pulled her hands apart and stepped back, eyeing the entrance to the hallway. “Good. You ever have a daughter, she’d love it.” “Family’s not something I’m looking for.” Bren bit down on her lower lip. He towered above her. The shape of his Stetson, since removed, still molded against his head and made the black locks curl up at the ends around his ears. His face chiseled and rough with a light black beard gave him a dangerous appearance. He took off his black suede jacket and laid it on the counter. Bren’s every nerve ending tingled, and that voice inside screamed for her to hotfoot it out of there. But there was something about him, a familiarity she couldn’t quite place. “I should go.” Bren motioned toward the entryway of the kitchen. “Enjoy the house, Mr. Langston.” 

He leaned in over the counter. “Mr. Langston’s my father. My name is Rafe.” “Fine, Rafe.” He came around the counter. Leaning against the edge, he crossed his arms. “Can I call you Bren?” Bren nodded. “Sure. We’re neighbors now. We share a common driveway. You might want to think about purchasing a tractor with a bucket. It’s still winter, and February in Washington County is heavy snowfall season.” “Don’t see much snow in Texas.” “No?” “Nope. Too warm.” Definitely too warm. Bren inched back toward the cabinet behind her. 

“I’m sorry about your husband.” “Thanks.” Not at all what she expected him to say. Nor did she expect the way it made her feel. He seemed to genuinely care that it was upsetting to her. “I heard Bernie’s crack. I’m not unpredictable. Bernie forgot to mention my husband was murdered.” “What’s the sheriff doing about it?” “Kevin? Not a damn thing. He believes Tom’s death was an accident, just like everyone else in this narrow-minded town.” “How do you know it wasn’t?” The one-year anniversary of Tom’s death had come and gone. She’d given up sharing her theory with anyone. She knew the truth. But for the first time in a long while someone actually wanted to talk to her about it. “This is probably upsetting for you. It was insensitive for me to ask. I’m sorry.” “Are you kidding? I could talk about it until lack of breath. That’s the problem. No one takes me seriously. Tom knew his way around a barn. He didn’t wrap himself up in the pulley system and say a Hail Mary and jump out the hayloft.” 

“Hayloft?” “It’s complicated.” Bren reached in her pocket and grabbed her hair tie and pulled her hair up into a loose bun. She pointed in the direction of the front door. “I could show you. It’s the red barn as you come in. Right before you get to my house.” He remained quiet, the expression for a split second in his eyes hard, almost angry, and then it disappeared. Jeez, Bren. You sound so needy. Rafe Langston would have no interest in helping her sort out Tom’s death. This guy probably thought she was a total fruitcake. Self-consciously she brought her hand down, nervously scratched the back of her head, and let her hand waft down to her side. “You’re not interested. It was silly, anyway. I just thought . . . you seemed . . .” He pushed off from the counter. “How about I take you home? I didn’t see your truck when I pulled up. It’s getting dark.” He was just like everyone else. She fisted her hands. And here she’d thought he might be different.“I’m perfectly capable . . .” He stepped forward. His green eyes smiled at her while he reached back to grab his jacket. “Are there lights in this barn?” 

As an author, what surprises you about this story? Well . . . I’d have to say, as in every story, it’s the characters themselves. It’s interesting, but as a writer you find the characters take on a life of their own, most times they dictate what’s going to happen next, and sometimes they even surprise me.   

Whose head do you like being in the most when you’re writing, the heroine or the hero?  I enjoy the heroine. I get to live out my hopes and my dreams with her. But I find the hero is the most fun.Let’s face it, when do you get to be in your man’s head? Well . . . you hope he’s always thinking of you. But to know those intimate thoughts they don’t normally share is a rush. 

What is the process like for you when choosing a title? 

Personally, I like one word titles. To find that one word that describes my heroine and the book is a challenge. But when I find it, it’s an amazing feeling of accomplishment. With Bren’s story, I had gone through quite a few titles.I know with every author we have our vices and methods to shed writer’s block. For me, it’s a good run. After three miles of just myself and the open road, my brain seems to unfurl and everything is so much clearer.It was just such an occasion when Relentless popped into my frazzled brain. It was like . . . Eureka! It was golden; and I loved it.  The other two titles came naturally, and I fell in love with them with just as much enthusiasm. What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story? 

On a serious note, Relentless centers round a very controversial topic—horse slaughter. As a writer, there is a lot of research involved in any story, and this one was no exception. But I owed it to every horse rescuer and animal advocate to get it right. The hardest part for me was watching the barbaric slaughter of healthy, majestic horses on YouTube and interviewing horse rescuers. They made me cry with their loss, and laugh at their wit and the lengths they will go, especially, to outsmart their nemesis “the kill buyer.” What are you working on right now?  The second book in the series Defiant, which is Kate’s story, will be released in September. Gorgeous as she is idealistic, she wants more than just horse pastures. Only she gets more than she bargains for with the man who charmed her, because now he controls her.But she’s a Fallon and resourceful. She’ll find a way to escape multi-millionaire husband Jack Reynolds, even if he is the U.S. Attorney for Maryland.Currently, I’m working on the third and final book of the series Forsaken. Dani is the sister neither Bren nor Kate know about, yet. That is until the beautiful Irish barmaid Dani Flynn finds her homeland just a spec on the horizon behind her and open seas dead ahead.She’s poised to change everything Bren and Kate believe to be true. And they’re not the only ones. There was no way I couldn’t write a book about Bren’s best friend Kevin Bendix. More like the brother Bren never had, eventually, they would become family—even if it was by law.I loved writing Kevin. Maybe it’s because I have one just like him at home. It was fun to ruffle this guy’s serious exterior. Here’s a sneak peek into the life and times of Mr. Law-and-Order.Sheriff Kevin Bendix’s life is orderly and free of complications. That’s the way he likes it. But that’s all about to change with one gorgeous, blue-eyed brunette who can’t prove she’s in the U.S. legally. It’s his job to have her deported. Only his attraction to Dani Flynn is clouding his judgment. She isn’t your average law breaker. All of about five foot two with a face of an angel and a body of a sinner, she will be his undoing. It’s not only his heart she’ll steal. Loving this woman could cost them both their lives.Is there anything else you’d like to share with us about RELENTLESS?

I’m so glad you asked. As a writer, I believe we are entrusted to entertain as well as educate. Relentless gave me the opportunity to do both. Relentless became a reality for me due to the gracious nature of horse rescuers who took a call from a stranger, listened and agreed with enthusiasm to read Bren’s story, and offer their insight and knowledge.As a way to thank them for their kindness and because their fight has become mine, I am donating 5% to horse rescue for every book sold in the trilogy and any other future works.The only catch—you must purchase the books on my website at www.pjodwyer.com. There is a list of rescues to choose from including most states, a fair amount of provinces in Canada, and a few in the UK to include my homeland of Ireland, as well as, Australia and New Zealand.  Book Title & Blurb:              RELENTLESS

Headstrong horse rescue director Bren Ryan has been a red-headed streak of trouble for more than one man in Clear Spring. She’s grown up needling local “kill buyer” Wes Connelly, and since the sheriff ruled her husband’s sudden death an accident, Bren’s been investigating things herself. She’s certain Tom was murdered, and she’s hell-bent on cornering his killer the only way she knows how—by tempting him to do it again. And she’s the bait.Rafe Langston came to Maryland looking for land and a fresh start. Or so he says. The sexy cowboy isn’t generous with details, but Bren couldn’t care less—until he buys half her farm at auction and moves into her childhood home. Suddenly, the last man she should befriend becomes her only ally in solving her husband’s murder.

Soon their cozy stakeouts sizzle with unexpected desire neither one can ignore, threatening his mysterious plans and her promise to never fall in love again—especially with a handsome stranger whose secrets could shatter what family she has left.

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Lemon Yellow and Rose Pink by DiAnn Mills

April 06, 2012 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 5 Comments →

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Yesterday afternoon, my five-year-old granddaughter asked to paint my toes and nails. We’d had an exciting afternoon playing Princess Memory, chatting about her preschool, her friends, and exchanged lots of hugs. The pedis and manicures were to be our finale before dinner.            

She’s so organized. Before I had time to think about what I’d agreed to, she had magazines spread out on her bathroom floor and twelve bottles of nail polish lined up according to color. And oh, the colors—from lemon yellow to lime green to rose pink. I think she’d done this before. Because I’d lost at Princess Memory, I got to have my toes and nails done first. I glanced down at my perfect toes, for which my pedicure was a week old, and persuaded her to paint a flower on each big toe. Huge yellow petals with green centers gave my big toes a flair all their own. My nails were another issue. She used “magic” liquid to remove my color, and soon my nails became an artist’s palette. Flowers, and zebras and leopards and butterflies and polka-dots glistened like gems. Beautiful. Breathtaking. She decided to paint her own nails and toes, and we were a matched pair. Her daddy took pictures, so we’d never forget.            

The adventure was fun, and I wondered if the heroine from my romantic suspense novel, The Chase, would have sat on the bathroom floor with us. I think she’d have been right there. We’d have scooted over and giggled about her choice of colors. Even let her get in the picture.            

I love writing about a heroine who knows how to have fun. She can laugh when the bad guy thinks he won—or when she turns over a bottle of candy-apple red nail polish. She has courage and a sense of humor, displays a bit of stubbornness, and has a knack for getting into trouble. My FBI agent hero can’t resist her. When he’s not trying to keep her out of trouble, he’s trying to convince himself that she doesn’t have a place in his heart. It doesn’t work.            

They banter and argue, share ice cream and a motorcycle ride. Now, how much fun is that?           

My point is to have a little fun. Pretend you’re a kid again and forget about the messiness of life. With a little “magic” liquid, even the worst of stains are gone. What have you done to put a little fun in your life?           

Since my new book, The Chase, was based on a real news story that haunted me, I want to know what news story has had a profound impact on you, good or bad news? 9/11? Hurricane Katrina? JFK’s assassination? Head over to my Facebook page to tell me the story that has stuck with you or “like” the others posted there. Or leave a comment here for a chance to win an autographed copy of The Chase.

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H.P Mallory

April 02, 2012 By: Romance Junkies Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News No Comments →

We’ve a new author that we are promoting, H.P. Mallory WITCHFUL THINKING (http://www.randomhouse.com/author/148187/h.%20p.-mallory?sort=best_13wk_3month) – hilarious!  On sale 2/28:

  Featuring, main character, Jolie Wilkins – below are three different Youtube videos – you’ll see right away these stories are fun with a paranormal bent – cut & paste the embedded code below to your website & let your readers enjoy these zany videos!

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Witchful Thinking on sale 2/28:

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From H. P. Mallory—the exciting author of Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble—comes her new paranormal romance featuring the sassy, self-deprecating witch Jolie Wilkins.
 
Jolie thinks she’s seen it all, but life continues to spring surprises. The latest shocker? She’s just been crowned Queen of the Underworld. Jolie may possess a rare gift for reanimating the dead, but she doesn’t know the first thing about governing disparate factions of supernatural creatures. She can barely maintain order in her own chaotic personal life, which is heading into a romantic tailspin.

First there’s sexy warlock Rand, the love of her life, from whom Jolie is hiding a devastating secret. Then there’s Sinjin, a darkly seductive vampire and Jolie’s sworn protector—though others suspect he harbors ulterior motives. As the two polar opposite yet magnetic men vie for Jolie’s affection, she must keep her wits about her to balance affairs of state and affairs of her heart. Overwhelmed, under pressure, and longing for love, Jolie decides it’s time to take charge—and show everyone that this queen won’t take jack.

Something Witchy This Way Comes on sale 7/31

The Witch Is Back on sale 9/25

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