Author Elizabeth Davies

September 26, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News


Seren has an unusual gift – she sees spirits, the shades of the dead.

 Terrified of being accused of witchcraft, a very real possibility in twelfth century Britain, she keeps her secret close, not even confiding in her husband.

 But when she gives her heart and soul to a man who guides spirits in the world beyond the living, she risks her secret and her life for their love.

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Author Interview:

Please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

I have only just this minute published my new novel, The Spirit Guide, a paranormal romance set in medieval Wales, and featuring a young woman who sees ghosts. The events behind the story are historically correct (as much as I could make them) but the ghost bit is all my own work!

How did you get the idea for your book?

I stumbled across the story of Matilda of Hay whilst researching for my first novel, State of Grace, and thought it would make a good background story to the main one. I felt I wanted to step away from vampires, yet the paranormal still interested me, and after my father died I had been asking that age-old question of what happens after the last heartbeat. Where do our spirits go? And why do some people claim they see ghosts? That’s how the idea for The Spirit Guide was born.

 When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?

For me, it was a gradual thing. The thought that perhaps I could put a story down on paper gnawed away at me for decades, before I finally had the courage (and the determination) to write my first novel.

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

Of course he has to be handsome and strong, both mentally and physically, though this may not prevent me from exploring less traditional heroes in the future. He also has to have an absolute love for his woman, and a determination to fight for her, all the way.

 What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?

I work full time, so have little chance to do anything else except write when I get a minute to myself. My husband and I do enjoy hiking in the mountains, though, and we try to get a hike in on most weekends.

 When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes? 

I’ll try anything, as long as it’s on someone else’s plate! When we go out to dinner, I tend to order what I know I will like, and then sneak a taste of my husband’s food if he has something different. If I like it, then I might order it myself next time.

 What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?

My computer – how else would I be able to self-publish!

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

A night without our teenage daughter in the house would be a start! I like a meal at home, maybe a good film and an early night…

 How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you? 

Focused – when I get an idea in my head, or there is a job to be done, I won’t rest until it’s completed. I’m also good at organising things, and I hate letting people down. I have a thing about punctuality, too.

 What is your favorite comfort food?

Anything sweet, but preferably chocolate.

 What is your favorite season? What do you love about it?

Definitely summer! I hate being cold, and I don’t like the dark days and the constant rain we get in Wales.

What project are you working on next?

Yet another paranormal romance, with a similar concept to The Spirit Guide, but in a modern setting. I think I’m out of my comfort zone, but my readers’ feedback will tell me if I should stick to the medieval period!


Author Bio:

Elizabeth Davies was born and raised in South Wales. She lived in England for nearly two decades but returned to her roots when she felt the mountains of her youth calling to her, and hiking in her beloved Brecon Beacons is now one of the joys in her life. When she is not working as a full time secretary, Elizabeth loves spending time with her family, hates doing necessary chores, and tries to fit in writing whenever she can. She has published three novels in the Resurrection trilogy, “State of Grace”, “Amazing Grace”, and “Sanctifying Grace”,  and has just released a new paranormal romance, “The Spirit Guide”, and this time the story is about ghosts. She is also seriously addicted to chocolate.


Author Amanda Forester

September 26, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News


This adventurous duke…

The Duke of Marchford requires a suitable bride, but catching spies for the Foreign Office takes up most of his time. Not wanting to face another London season as an eligible man, he employs the notorious Madame X to find him a match.


Has met his match

Miss Penelope Rose knows the rules of marriage among members of the ton better than most. Her own unsuccessful attempts at matrimony did not stop her from becoming London’s most exclusive matchmaker. Marchford proves to be a difficult client, but as he draws on her social expertise to help him flush out a dangerous traitor, they find that falling in love may be the riskiest adventure of all.

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Read more about Penelope and Marchford, in A Winter Wedding now available. To get you started in the series, the first book in the trilogy, Wedding in Springtime is being offered FREE for a limited time, and Midsummer Brideis currently only $1.99. Amanda loves to hear from readers so visit her at her website, facebook, or twitter.


Author Interview:

Please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

I’m so excited that A Winter Wedding has just been released, where Penelope Rose and the Duke of Marchford, after dangerously flirting with each other for the past two books, are finally getting to be the main characters.

Miss Penelope Rose, the notorious Madame X, exclusive matchmaker to London’s elite, has made a modest fortune creating love matches for everyone but herself.  Her toughest client yet, the Duke of Marchford, has commissioned her to find him a bride, but he is more interested in tracking down a spy than in interviewing potential mates.  Marchford is willing to do anything to find that spy, including announcing an impromptu engagement to force Penelope to stay close and help him catch the traitor.  When Penelope refuses to play along, Marchford takes to wooing her to stay, including embracing that most perilous of holidays–Christmas!  As Penelope and Marchford work together to uncover a deadly plot, they find falling in love is the most dangerous adventure of all.

When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?

I think I always wanted to be a writer, but was afraid of criticism, so I never shared my stories with anyone. Over time, I was encouraged to write by a friend and joined a writers group that gave me knowledge and encouragement.  Once I gained the courage to start writing, it was so much fun I knew I had to continue!

Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?

There is a lot of advice out there, but one thing that has stayed with me is that the best promotion is to write your best book possible. I have tried to focus on honing my craft to produce the best possible novels, and I confess have really enjoyed doing so!

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

The “perfect hero” can come in many forms. I have written about many different kinds of heroes, some who are bold and outgoing, some who are more reserved, but one thing they all have in common is that they begin to see the heroine in an enchanted light.  They all have the ability to see in their lady attributes and strengths she may not even know she has.  The “perfect” hero is one who will love their mate wholly and completely, encouraging her to be the best person she can be.  I actually think this is what makes a great heroine too!

 What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?

As a working mom I don’t have a lot of time for my own hobbies, unless you count driving the kids around to all their various activities as a pastime (seriously, they have a much busier social schedule than me – was it like this when I was a kid? I don’t think so!). When I do get a chance to catch my breath I enjoy scrapbooking (my goal is to get the kids’ baby books done before they go to college!) and going for walks with friends.

 What has been your biggest adventure to date?

Years ago, before I was married, I traveled to Europe by myself. I was there about a month and it was an amazing adventure.  I traveled to Holland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, and England.  I saw amazing works of art and architecture, historical sites, and met some great friends.  I even ran into an old school friend, walking down the streets of Munich!  It’s a small world!

If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?

Although I have been to England (mostly London) I have never been to Scotland. I have now written several books set in the Scottish Highlands and have never visited – so wrong!  I need to go.  Whisk me away fairy godmother!

When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes?

I do have some favorites I enjoy and I must add that my husband cooks the best grilled salmon and the best flank steak I have ever tasted. (By the way, I think being a good cook is another attribute of an awesome hero!).  I will try most things…but not everything!

What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?

Warm showers. I love to go camping, but a warm shower is the one thing I miss the most when I’m in the woods and the first thing I want to do when I get back home!

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

I love to go somewhere with a beautiful view, whether it’s looking out over the city lights or up at the stars. Add some chocolate and a wonderful companion and you have yourself a great date!

How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you?

I’m mostly introverted in social situations, though I enjoy meeting new people. I hope I am generally kind and I’d like to think I’m creative when I’m writing a new book.  I think my husband would add “stubborn”, which I would modify to “determined”.

What is your favorite comfort food?

I love mashed potatoes, but not just any mashed potatoes. Here’s my favorite recipe:  start with a bunch of red potatoes, 1 sweet potato, and 1 parsnip.  Peel the sweet potato and the parsnip and chop into large chunks along with the red potatoes.  Boil until tender.  Drain and mash into a bowl with butter, sour cream, and salt and pepper to taste.  Yum!

What is your favorite season? What do you love about it?

I do love the fall, it is exciting with the beginning of school, the dramatic changing of the leaves. I enjoy all the holidays during this time – my anniversary, Halloween, Thanksgiving, my birthday(!), all leading up to my favorite holiday of all – Christmas!

What project are you working on next?

In A Winter Wedding there was one lady for whom Penelope could not make a match.  Lady Kate was a hardened case, so naturally I had to take her on myself.  She has been giving me trouble and protesting quite a bit, but I have a few surprises for her.  And if that doesn’t work I’ll be forced to trap her into marriage.  It’s for her own good!

Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next?

I am planning on attending the Emerald City Writer’s Conference in Bellevue October 17-19. There will be a huge romance author book fair on the 18th and I plan to be there with the whole Marriage Mart trilogy!



Amanda Forester holds a Ph.D. in psychology and worked for many years in academia before discovering that writing historical romance novels was decidedly more fun. Whether in the Highland hills or a Regency ballroom, Forester’s critically acclaimed novels offer fast-paced adventures filled with wit, intrigue, and romance. She lives with her supportive husband and naturally brilliant children in the Pacific Northwest.Visit her at


Author Allie A Burrow

September 26, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News


About Allie A. Burrow…

Allie A. Burrow writes sensual contemporary love stories that are both sweet and romantic but with a liberal dash of heat added. When not burning up the pages, you’ll mostly find her marauding as Aurelia B. Rowl where she pretends to be far more sweet and innocent and writes young adult, new adult, and contemporary romance stories.

She lives on the edge of the Peak District in the UK with her very understanding husband, their two fantastic children, and their mad rescue mutt who doesn’t mind being used as a sounding post and source of inspiration. Too often lost in her own world, she regularly wows her family with curious, hastily thrown together meals as a result of getting too caught up with her latest writing project… or five!… and she has developed the fine art of ignoring the housework.

To find out even more about Allie you can visit her website You can also check out her main writing persona, Aurelia, by visiting

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YouTube (as Aurelia)



About For One Night Only…


Erotic contemporary romanceRelease date: 26 September 2014Publisher: Breathless Press ISBN: 978-1-77101-390-1

Heat level: 4

Word count: 9,000+



Kate Powell only went and fell for the soldier she’d met just once before he had to jet off on a year-long posting overseas.

Seven months in, and Kate is hornier than a blue wildebeest in mating season with only her battery-powered friend for relief. Her skills as a pen-pal scale new heights, but then a text message arrives out of the blue.

Corporal Mark Butler is back in the country for one night only, and Kate isn’t about to let the opportunity pass her by. After all, who needs a vibrator when the real thing comes calling?

*Allie has chosen to donate all royalties from ‘For One Night only’ and ‘Serviced: Volume 1′ to the UK charity Help For Heroes*




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Safely enveloped in the darkness of the alcove, the bass pounded through the soles of Kate’s boots and echoed inside her ribs. She lunged and caught Mark’s face in her hands, pulling him down to kiss him, her tongue forcing a route past his surprised lips and delving into the wetness of his mouth. “Take me,” she breathed. Her hand stole over the carved ridges of his stomach, following the arrow-shaped path down to where it disappeared inside his jeans. “Please…”

His mouth opened and closed and he glanced over his shoulder at the heaving dance floor. “But—”

“No buts.” She reached for his fly, undoing it quickly, but instead of finding another layer of clothing, his dick sprang free and elicited a gasp from her throat. “I need this”—she fisted her hand around it, stroking him, and his eyes squeezed shut, his jaw jutting out as his head tipped back—”I need you…inside me”—she swirled her hand over the engorged head and his entire body jerked—”now.”

Mark’s eyes flew open and even in the dim lighting, she saw his pupils dilate, the naked desire on his face almost frightening. His fingers skipped over the back of her neck and lost themselves in her hair, getting tangled in the shoulder-length tresses she had loosely pinned up. The gentle touch was at odds with the fierce hunger in his gaze. Electric shocks surged through the many nerve endings, connected directly to her core, and she had to lean into his hand, let him support the weight of her head, suddenly too heavy to keep upright under her own steam.

He tilted it back and locked his gaze onto hers, issuing her with a challenge. “If we’re going to do this”—he leaned into her, his lips rasping her ear—”right here, right now”—his gravelly voice resonated within her, hungry, powerful—”we’re doing it my way.”

Staggered by the transformation from man to soldier, her need for him ramped up another notch and it was all she could do to move her head the tiniest fraction. His eyes searched hers for an answer, the wait agonizing, until finally, he dipped his head. Achingly tender, his lips flitted over the top of hers, like rose petals blowing in the wind. Her eyelids fluttered closed, cracking under the strain of keeping them open.

Sweet, yet maddening, Kate yearned to take control and deepen the kiss, but he broke off every time she tried before catching her lower lip between his teeth as if to punish her. Their sharp edges sank into her swollen flesh without breaking the surface, his tongue immediately soothing any pain. The all-conquering, take-no-prisoners warrior had arrived.


Author Interview:

Please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

Ooh well, let’s see… I actually have a busy Autumn ahead with the release of For One Night Only today but since Allie A. Burrow is my naughty alter-ego, most of my current projects are writing as Aurelia B. Rowl. I have book two of my YA/NA series, A Girl Called Malice coming out next week and then a novella called Christmas is Cancelled being re-released at the beginning of December.

When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?

To be completely honest, I was very slow on the uptake. At school I always enjoyed creative writing, and I was an excellent pen pal even colour coding sheet after sheet of handwritten letters, but I never once considered myself as a writer. It was only when I got a second wave of the reading bug a few years ago that the ideas for my own stories started to hound me day and night. In the end, I sat down and gave writing a go. Somewhat surprisingly, I was published within the year with my first complete story and it was closely followed by more to the extent I am now having to write books to demand in order to fulfil contracts.

Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?

I’m not sure I can think of a specific thing anybody has told me personally, so I’ll fall back on the good ol’ “You can’t edit a blank page” by Nora Roberts. Either that or “read, read, read.”

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

I like my heroes to be gentlemen; strong and forthright with impeccable manners, a good heart, and tactile even in public. They sometimes dip their toe into the wild side every now and then but are honest and honourable (and are, of course, brilliant kissers and amazing in bed LOL)

What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?

This sounds tragic when I actually voice it, but in the past year I have taken up ballet. It’s something I have always wanted to do, having never done it before in my life, and then—ta-da!—my daughter’s dance studio floated the idea of adult beginner classes. At the age of 38, I wore my first ever pair of ballet shoes but I love it, and it is an extremely thorough workout.

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

Easy…having kids! No two days are the same and it is amazing to watch them grow. They’re now 7 and 5 and I am so proud of them.

When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes?

Can I be on the fence with this one? Generally, I’ll give most things a go—once—but as a pretty strict vegetarian, it narrows down the variety and I’d have to be sure of the ingredients.

How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you?

Oooh tricky one… I guess I’d describe myself as tenacious and determined, creative yet logical, firm but fair, cheerful and supportive. Naturally, my friends and family love me and would agree whole-heartedly. No way would they use words like ‘stubborn’ and ‘fiercely independent ;-)

What is your favorite comfort food?

Good, another easy one… you can’t beat a portion of chips (as in proper English chipped potatoes not crisps or fries) smothered in salt and vinegar, ideally eaten straight out of the paper wrapper.

What is your favorite season? What do you love about it?

Spring. Without question. I love when the evenings get lighter, and the days that are gloriously sunny with azure skies but the air is cool and crisp. I also love seeing the trees and plants come to life, the arrival of colour and also the baby animals. The season never fails to invigorate me but then summer encroaches and it all gets a bit too warm for my liking.

What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?

Hmm, convenience as in washing machine or dishwasher? Or the smartphone kind which I can never be without, even though I never actually use as a phone to talk to people?

What project are you working on next?

My next Allie project is already underway but has been temporarily side-lined to get this year’s new releases completed. It is the story of two teachers, one called Mr Smith and one called Mrs Smith and what happens when they are mistakenly allocated one hotel room instead of two. My next Aurelia project is book three in my YA/NA series, which also happens to be my first male/male romance so I’m looking forward to getting started.

Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next?

I am currently touring the internet with my Allie release and then concurrently on tour with my Aurelia release, so I suspect I’ll be all over the place; cropping up here, there, and everywhere for the next few weeks. I’m also an internet junkie and can generally be found on Facebook and Twitter most days (see earlier comment about smartphone LOL).

Read Pink® in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness

September 25, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News


Read Pink® in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Support the Next Chapter in Innovative Research

Penguin Random House Marks Five-Year Partnership Milestone and $125,000

in Donations to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®


What’s black and white and pink all over? The initiative by Penguin Random House called Read Pink® in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October)!


Today the scientific community has left behind the “one-size-fits-all” breast cancer treatment to emerge with targeted, more effective therapies. As a result, after remaining stagnant for more than 50 years, the death rate from breast cancer has decreased by 30 percent. The Read Pink® initiative by Penguin Random House is proud to be part of this exciting new chapter in the fight against breast cancer, supporting the bold research of The Breast Cancer Foundation® (BCRF), while leveraging its passionate readers to help increase awareness and education about the disease. This literary embrace of a life-saving cause has resulted in nearly 1.5 million best-selling novels shipped with Read Pink seals and information about BCRF across all five years of the promotion.

Penguin Random House is thrilled to partner once again this year with BCRF, as 91 cents of every dollar spent by BCRF is directed towards breast cancer research and awareness programs.

The $25,000 donation that Penguin Random House contributes, regardless of sales, provides vital funds to support the mission of BCRF.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Penguin Random House’s Read Pink® editions, we are featuring a few participating authors and what Read Pink® means to them…


Beatriz Williams (2014 Read Pink® Spokesperson), A Hundred Summers

“Every life lost to breast cancer leaves behind a hole that can never be filled again: a wife, a mother, a sister, a friend, an aunt, a grandmother. I’m so grateful for organizations like The Breast Cancer Research Foundation for their efforts to find a cure for this devastating disease, and honored to support breast cancer awareness, detection, and research through Penguin’s READ PINK program in 2014. With your help, we can move closer to the day when breast cancer leaves behind only survivors.”


Karen White, The Time Between

“Since 1989, death rates from breast cancer have been decreasing due to earlier detection and improved treatment because of the efforts of organizations like The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Books have always been an important part of my life, and I am honored that my book will be part of Penguin’s Read Pink program that supports breast cancer awareness and research through reading. It is my greatest hope that through efforts like this we might find a cure within my lifetime.”


Nora Roberts, Sea Swept and The Witness

“To all the moms and daughters, wives and sisters, lovers and friends, Read Pink is here for you and yours. Help support breast cancer awareness and the strong, brave women who fight or will fight this disease and Read Pink in October.”


Catherine Anderson, Perfect Timing

“I am so delighted to be included in the Read Pink campaign again this year with Perfect Timing being featured, along with so many other great books, to raise funds for breast cancer research. I can remember when a diagnosis of breast cancer was often equivalent to a death sentence. Nowadays, the survival rates have increased greatly, and I personally know women who have prevailed over this terrible disease. Sadly, I’ve also known a few women who lost the battle. So I call upon all of you to join ranks with me and countless other women in a war to defeat breast cancer. ‘Read Pink! Buy books bearing the Read Pink logo as gifts for the women you love.’ By standing together as sisters, we have it within our power to make a huge difference!”


Jayne Ann Krentz, Dream Eyes

“This is the time of year when we celebrate the progress that has been made in the battle against breast cancer and acknowledge the work that lies ahead. No, we aren’t there yet. There’s a long way to go. The greatest weapon we have to fight this disease is research and research costs money. That is why this breast cancer awareness campaign is so important and why I am proud to participate.”


Marie Force, I Want to Hold Your Hand

“I’m so thrilled to be part of the Read Pink effort to help raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research. I hear frequently from romance readers who tell me my books and those of other romance authors have helped them get through breast cancer treatment. I want to hear from fewer of them in the future. I want to hear they took our books on fabulous vacations rather than treatments. Please Read Pink in October to support all the courageous women fighting this disease and to fund critical research. Thank you for Reading Pink!”


Full List of 2014 Participating Authors:

Jojo Moyes, The Last Letter from your Lover

Karen White, The Time Between

Nora Roberts, Sea Swept and The Witness

Jennifer Chiaverini, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker

Beatriz Williams, A Hundred Summers

Wendy Wax, While We Were Watching Downton Abbey

Catherine Anderson, Perfect Timing

Marie Force, I Want to Hold Your Hand

Janet Chapman, The Heart of a Hero

Lisa Gardner, MacNamara’s Woman

Jayne Ann Krentz, Dream Eyes



Mark your calendars and remember to join in the conversation with @BerkleyRomance and @PenguinGroupUSA on Twitter in October.  Make sure to use the hashtag #ReadPink!


For more information about the Read Pink initiative and to view a complete list of the participating retail outlets, please visit


Read Pink® Blog Tour Schedule

Please support the blogs taking part in this special, Read Pink®Spotlight Tour!


October 1 – Exclusive guest post with spokesperson Beatriz Williams on


September 22                                   Cheryl’s Book Nook; The Readers Den; Gone with the Words;

Pretty Sassy Cool

September 23                                   Reading Reality; You Gotta Read; Adria’s Romance Reviews

September 24                                   Kimberly Faye Reads; Nicely Phrased; I Smell Sheep

September 25                                   Romance Junkies; To Read or Not To Read;

A Southern Girl’s Bookshelf

September 26                                   Cindy’s Love of Books; Chick Lit Plus; The Book Reading Gals


September 29                                   LitChat; Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf; Chris Book Blog Emporium

September 30                                   Reality Bites! Let’s Get Lost!; Grave Tells; Britt’s Book and Life Blog;

Sincerely Stacie

October 1                                          Cocktails and Books; The Reading Nook Reviews; 2Bookaholics;

Wit & Sin; Raw Books

October 2                                          SOS Aloha; Bookish Things & More; Shayna Renee’s Spicy Reads

October 3                                          Dew on the Kudzu; Peace Love Books;

Grown Up Book Reviews


October 6                                          My Book Addiction and More; Book-alicious Mama;

Chick Lit Central

October 7                                          A Dream Within A Dream; Thoughts in Progress; Mundie Moms

October 8                                          Flirty and Dirty Book Blog; Readers Live A Thousand Lives;

That’s What I’m Talking About

October 9                                          Book Lovin’ Mamas; Lori’s Reading Corner; The Book Reading Gals

October 10                                        Supernatural Snark; Once Upon a Twilight;

Expressions of a Hopeful Romantic


October 13                                        Fallen Angel Reviews; Parajunkee’s View; As I Turn the Pages

October 14                                        Reading in Black & White; Keepin It Real Book Blog

October 15                                        ABCD Diaries; Fictional Candy; Paranormal Book Club

October 16                                        Sexy Bibliophiles; Book Sniffers Anonymous;

Sexy Book Reviews By Shelly & April

October 17                                        Wicked Lil Pixie; The Book Swarm; Addicted 2 Novels;

Stephanie’s Book Reports


October 20                                        News & Sentinel, “Book Nook”; The Reading Café

October 21                                        The Book Bellas; The Book Cellar

October 22                                        The Novel Life; My Book Muse;

Confessions of a Y.A. & N.A. Book Addict

October 23                                        Rock Stars of Romance; Silver’s Reviews; Journey of a Bookseller

October 24                                        Sunshine & Mountains


October 27                                        Bewitched Bookworms; Ramblings From This Chick

October 28                                        Reading in Pajamas; Turn the Page

October 29                                        Michelle & Leslie’s Book Picks; Stuck In YA Books;

Reviews by Tammy & Kim

October 30                                        Fang-tastic Books; No BS Book Reviews; Marie’s Cozy Corner

Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews

October 31                                        In Shadows; Love Romances & More

Author Denise Moncrief

September 25, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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Murder, revenge, and nightmares. Can their love survive the haunting of Laurel Heights?



A dark cloud of deceit hovers over her family tree…

Left an estate by an aunt she’s never met, Laurel Standridge takes possession of Laurel Heights, hoping it will be the safe haven she needs to recuperate from her ill-fated relationship with Rand Peterson. Secrets long buried rise to the surface when her cousin James is murdered and dumped on the highway just outside the gates of Laurel Heights.

Her past trails her to the mountains of Arkansas…

Caught in an obligation Chase Peterson feels he cannot ignore, he agrees to help his brother Rand take back the property he believes Laurel stole from him, but Chase remains at Laurel Heights after he discovers Laurel took nothing of Rand’s away with her except nightmares, fading bruises, and a broken rib.

Unexplained disturbances shatter her hopes of a normal life…

Are the strange bumps, thumps, and bangs reverberating through the night caused by the murderer of Laurel’s cousin James, someone Rand has sent to exact his revenge, or a disturbed soul existing in another dimension, trying to communicate with the living? Drawn together by the intrigue surrounding Laurel Heights, Chase and Laurel become hopelessly entangled in a relationship that goes deeper than lust. Can their love survive the haunting of Laurel Heights?



Since Laurel had moved into her aunt’s house, she hadn’t fallen asleep once without pharmaceutical help. The sleeping aid usually lulled her into lullaby land, but the drug seldom got her through the night without a nightmare. She was quickly running out of the prescription and would have to resort to over-the-counter antihistamines soon. The doctor she had seen in Fairview wouldn’t renew her prescription. He hadn’t wanted to prescribe it anyway. She wouldn’t be going back to him.

She lay still beneath her comforter, listening to the unusual sounds coming from the lower floor. The house made a lot of noises, especially at night. She sucked in a ragged breath when it made a few more. Thuds and bumps sounded like footfalls. Was someone in the house or was she being paranoid? Every shadow reminded her of Rand. He was in prison and would be incarcerated for a very long time, probably the rest of his life, but he could easily send one of his loyal subordinates to find her.

She wrapped her fingers around the grip of the baseball bat she kept next to her bed and hoped she wouldn’t have to use it. Confronting an intruder with a hollow piece of aluminum seemed like a lame defense. She had been considering purchasing a gun, but hadn’t done so yet. Maybe it was time. She’d have to buy one under the radar because she didn’t want anyone doing a background check on her. Acquiring a shotgun shouldn’t be too hard. It seemed everyone in Arkansas owned a firearm of some sort.

She threw off the comforter, rose from the bed, slipped across the room with the bat over her shoulder, and opened the door to peer down the hallway toward the front stairs. Nothing moved. The house was quiet. Maybe a little too quiet. Only moments before, a symphony of strange noises had disturbed the night. It was as if opening her bedroom door had turned off the sound.

She stared at the back stairs directly across from her bedroom and considered going down to the first floor to check the door locks, but nixed the idea. Locked doors wouldn’t keep someone out of the house if they really wanted to get in. Better to barricade herself in her bedroom and keep the bat close by. She slammed the door shut.

No moonlight filtered through the flimsy fabric covering the window. The moon hid behind a thick cloud cover. She tugged at the curtains, pulling them tighter to keep out the night. Before she stepped away, she caught a glimpse of something not quite right. Peeking between the curtain panels, she stared across the backyard. On the other side of the grimy window, a dim light flitted back and forth inside the detached garage.

She shivered with apprehension. The structure was derelict, unlike her garage in California. The four-car garage had been attached to Rand’s half million-dollar house. They had been living in the two-story, five-bedroom house for at least a year, but the place had never seemed like home to Laurel. Everything belonged to Rand. By the end of their disastrous relationship, he had treated her like a possession as well. Actually, maybe he had all along.

Comparing her life then to her life now brought up memories of the beating Rand had given her and his attempt to attack her again. If Foster hadn’t shown up when he did, she’d probably be dead.

She glanced at the clock beside her bed. It was nearly four in the morning, the darkest hour of the night. Who could possibly be snooping around her place in the dark? Who would be in her garage at any hour? She contemplated calling the local Sheriff’s Office, but decided against it. She didn’t want cops involved in her personal business. No. She would find out who was messing around her property without involving local law enforcement. Eventually the intruder would show himself, and she would be ready for him.


Author Interview:

Please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

Thank you so much for hosting me today!

Today’s release, Laurel Heights, is the first in an exciting new series of paranormal romantic suspense. The central character in the series is Mitchell Grayson (Gray), a county Sheriff’s deputy and paranormal investigator. Even though he is not a main character in any of the books except the second one, he is a central character in the series. Each book has three elements that spin and twist until they come together at the conclusion of the book. A romantic element, a suspense element, and a paranormal element. All of the books in the series will have a haunting that Grayson will investigate. I have already begun writing the second book in the series, Victoria House, with the concept in mind for the third book, Ashley Ridge. I plan to continue the series as long as I can imagine new situations for Gray to investigate. I’d like to keep the series going for at least an additional three or four books beyond what I’ve already drafted.


When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?

When my daydreaming became a problem. I have a very active imagination, and I could imagine myself other places, with other people, living a different life. Well, as you can imagine that might not be very healthy. One day I realized I could channel all that creativity into a much healthier activity by writing instead of daydreaming.


Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?

A publisher, and I can’t even remember which one. I submitted the Colorado series years ago and received my first rejection. It was crushing. But the man advised me to hone my craft and polish my skills, perhaps by attending a writers’ conference. I took his advice. At the conference, I realized how much I didn’t know about the art and craft of writing. Looking back on some of the manuscripts I drafted eight to ten years ago…I cringe. And even now, I learn new skills. My biggest advice for aspiring authors is to keep writing, researching, and reading about the craft of writing. Never give up your dream.


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

I think the perfect romantic suspense hero should be beautifully flawed. Where’s the tension-building conflict between the hero and heroine if the hero does everything right? No one is perfect and I don’t want to read about perfection. Give me the baggage, the quirks, the scars, and the inner turmoil. The more, the better. Just as long as there is something about the hero the heroine can’t live without. Not that she has to have him to survive, but that she wants to survive with him. Here are five characteristics (not a complete list by any means) of what I think makes a perfect hero:

He has a strong sense of right and wrong.

  1. He has a strong heart that is easily broken.
  2. He’s fearless, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t afraid.
  3. He knows when to confront danger and when to back away.
  4. He may not be Hollywood handsome, but he’s definitely attractive to the heroine.


What has been your biggest adventure to date?

Let me just say right off that I am NOT the out-doorsy type. Give me air conditioning and a nice place to potty, and I’m a happy camper. Until a few years ago, I was mortally afraid of drowning. I would go into the pool, but no one better push my head under the water. So going whitewater rafting in Class III to IV rapids was something way out of my comfort zone. My biggest fear was NOT falling out of the raft; it was being unable to get back in. Rafting the Ocoee in Tennessee was one of the most fun things I’ve ever done in my life. Since then, I’ve rafted rivers in Montana and Colorado as well, and I would go again in a heartbeat.


If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?

Hum…that sounds like an interesting premise for a book.

The Rockies in Alberta, Canada. One place I’ve never been. I love the mountains. It’s obvious because I set so many of my books in the mountains. I think my love for the Rockies began when I was a child. My mother and father had taken a trip to the Colorado Rockies before I was born. I would sit for hours looking at the pictures my mother had taken of that trip and longed to see the places she’d captured in her photographs. There’s something about the size and grandeur of snow-covered peak that takes my breath away.


When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes?

I will try anything once, and I’ve found that I like some unusual foods—well unusual for a girl from Louisiana.


What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?

The Internet. When my mother was ill, I spent every other night with her in a house with no Internet connection. I found myself clicking on my browser icon only to be reminded I had no service. A couple of times, I wanted to cry. How pathetic is that? Although, I have to say, I had plenty of time to write after she went to bed. I completed Crisis of Serenity during that time.


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

Are you talking reality or fiction? With two children living at home, a romantic evening is any night they are both out of the house! Recently, my husband and I took a trip to New Orleans, just the two of us, where we had a room on the 22nd floor of a hotel right next to the French Quarter. Such a wonderful view. That night we dined at Antoine’s. A very old, very classy restaurant. Candlelight and wine. That night it was just the two of us, which can be very romantic is that’s not what you’re used to. New Orleans has such a unique atmosphere, unlike any other city in the world, that it felt like we had ventured somewhere exotic. I think getting away and doing something different with the one you love is the ideal romantic evening.


What is your favorite comfort food?

No question. Tex-Mex.


What is your favorite season? What do you love about it?

In Louisiana we have one week of fall, a half day of winter, two weeks of spring, and summer. It is hot and humid all the time. So hot that I don’t want to spend much time outdoors. My favorite season is fall because the temperatures are milder, the air is crisper, and there’s a feeling of impending celebration with the holidays coming on. I love decorating for the holidays. Fall colors, green, gold, orange, red, and purple, are my favorite color combination. My daughter and I have a Pinterest board dedicated to fall decorating inspiration.

What project are you working on next?

I’m working on the second book in the Haunted Hearts series, Victoria House. It’s set in the same fictional county in Arkansas as Laurel Heights. And of course, there is a ghost, a cop, and a woman who wants the ghost in her house to settle down and let her live in peace…with the cop.


Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next?

Tonight, I’m hosting a Launch Party for Laurel Heights on Facebook. Please join the fun on September 25, 2014, from 7pm until 9pm, central standard time. There will be fun, games, and prizes. Here is the link:

This blog tour for Laurel Heights will continue until October 1, 2014. Please visit my website for details at

I’m offering a Laurel Heights Launch Party giveaway on my website until November 1, 2014. Stop by my website for details.

From October 13 – 27, 2014, my book Crisis of Serenity will be on tour. Details will be posted soon on my website as well as included in my monthly newsletter. Please go to my website and sign up for my newsletter to get the details when they become available.


Suspense, She Writes

Where the road to happily ever after takes a suspenseful detour. Fast paced twists and turns that keep you turning the pages. Romantic happily ever after moments that take your breath away. Paranormal romantic suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Want to know a little bit more about Denise? She’s a Southern girl who has lived in Louisiana all her life, and yes, she has a drawl. She has a wonderful husband and two incredible children, who not only endure her writing moods, but also encourage her to indulge her writing passion. Besides writing romantic suspense, she enjoys traveling, reading, and scrapbooking.

Accounting is a skill she has learned to earn a little money to support her writing habit. She wrote her first story when she was a teen, seventeen handwritten pages on school-ruled paper and an obvious rip-off of the last romance novel she had read. She’s been writing off and on ever since, and with more than a few full-length manuscripts already completed, she has no desire to slow down.

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Author Regina Kyle

September 24, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

Hello, Romance Junkies and thanks so much for inviting to stop by and virtually chat about life, writing and romance.

I’m a huge theater geek, so when I decided (thank you, mid-life crisis) to sit down and write a romance novel, it was only natural I’d set it in the world of Broadway, the pinnacle of all things theater. There’s something so magical about theater – the lights go down, the music starts and the audience is transported into another world.

I still remember the first professional production I saw: George Gershwin’s Little Johnny Jones at the Goodspeed Opera House, a historic theater on the banks of the Connecticut River. (Side note: the Elm City Reparatory Theatre in Triple Threat is based on the Goodspeed, description, history and all. I basically took the Goodspeed, lock, stock and barrel, and plunked it in New Haven.) It starred none other than Thomas Hulce, who a few years later was nominated for an Oscar for his performance as Mozart in Amadeus. He also won a Tony award as lead producer of the 2007 best musical winner, Spring Awakening. Who knew he could tap dance? Well, I did, because I’d seen it live and in person.

Then there was my first time on stage: playing Muff Potter at age ten in a children’s theater production of the musical Tom Sawyer. (Yep. That made it into Triple Threat too, with heroine Holly playing the role.) I didn’t get to sing, and spent much of my stage time playing dead, but I loved it. That show began my long streak of getting cast as boys or animals. (I’ve played a dog, a lion and a mouse, among others.) I often joke that it was years before I got a role as an actual girl, but in truth I loved every part, every minute up there having the audience in my grip, and I still manage to find my way onto the stage every once in a while in community theater productions.

When I’m writing, I get that same rush. I’ve always been an avid reader. (I read Gone With The Wind when I was eleven.) But as a writer, I’m in control. I get to say who says what and goes where. I get to put my characters through the worst kinds of torment – and then reward them at the end of it with their happily ever after.

Well, sort of. Sometimes my characters take over. Like in Triple Threat. Originally, Holly was going to be a divorced stage mom of sorts (also taken from my own life, as I have a teenage daughter who is a professional actress). But she was having none of that. No way, no how. In no uncertain terms, she told me her backstory was something very different. I fought it, but in the end I listened to her, and I’m pretty happy with the result.

Nick, the hero in Triple Threat, was another story. I knew right away who he was, what he wanted and what his demons were, and he was very cooperative. Until I started torturing him, that is. But he came through when it counted, and that made the dramatic ending of the book one of my favorite parts. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!


Book Blurb:

The Theater of Temptation presents Sabotage…and Seduction!

The Playwright: It’s emerging playwright Holly Nelson’s big break. Broadway. Having survived her traumatic marriage and divorce, Holly is now aiming for success, not love. And any naughty dreams about Nick Damone—the gorgeously dishy star who was her crush back in high school—must remain a fantasy.

The Star: For Nick, Broadway is a chance to go from big-screen-eye-candy to serious actor, and to explore the lust blazing between him and Holly. But life-threatening accidents will force a chain of events that could bring down the curtain on the whole production…or give Nick and Holly a chance to finish the sexy something that started fifteen years ago!

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Author Bio:

Regina Kyle knew she was destined to be an author when she won a writing contest at age ten with a touching tale about a squirrel and a nut pie. By day, she writes dry legal briefs, representing the state in criminal appeals. At night, she writes steamy romance with heart and humor.

A lover of all things theatrical, Regina lives on the Connecticut coast with her husband, teenaged daughter and two melodramatic cats. When she’s not writing, she’s most likely singing, reading, cooking or watching bad reality television. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and treasurer of her local RWA chapter. Triple Threat is her debut novel.

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A knock at the door, followed by her mother’s voice, made both of them startle. “Are you up, Niccolò? I thought I heard voices.”

  1. So much for whispering. Her stomach clenched like a guilty teenager, caught with her pants down. Or open. Not that she’d been the kind of kid to sneak a guy over. That was Noelle’s territory. Holly was what her sister would call a late bloomer.

She prodded Nick, mutely urging him to respond. “Uh, yeah, I’m up, Mrs. Nelson.” He scrambled for his jeans, lying in a heap on the floor, while Holly cowered near the most convenient hiding place—the closet—refastening her own pants and straightening her shirt. “Just, um, talking to my agent on the phone.”

“Isn’t it a little early for a business call?”

“You haven’t met Garrett. The man doesn’t sleep.”

“As long as you’re up you might as well come downstairs and have some breakfast. I made pancakes and sausage.”

“That sounds great. I’ll be right down.”

“Oh, and have you seen Holly? Her father could use some help outside.”

Double damn. She shot Nick a panicked look. He appeared equally dumbstruck, and she said a silent prayer for him to call on his acting chops to deliver a convincing lie.

“Um, no, I’m, uh, still in bed. But I’d be happy to pitch in. Just give me a few minutes to get dressed.”

“That’s very sweet of you, Niccolò. Now hurry and come eat before it gets cold.”

Her mother’s footsteps retreated and Holly slumped against the dresser, breathing a sigh of relief before turning to Nick. “Seriously? Twenty million a picture and that’s the best you could come up with?”

He shrugged on a Van Halen T-shirt. “What can I say? Improvisation was never one of my strengths. But I more than make up for it in…other areas.”

Holly blushed at the reminder that barely seconds ago he was giving her one of the best orgasms of her life, while she was almost fully clothed. One heated glance from Nick and her look-don’t-touch rule, along with her ability to form coherent thought, had flown out the window.

Not again. If she was going to survive this whole experience with her heart intact, she needed to set some boundaries. And the best way to do that was to stay as far away from Nick as possible until the theater reopened and they could get back to business. It wouldn’t be easy when they were sharing the same house, but it was necessary, seeing as she had the willpower of a vampire in a blood bank when it came to him.

“I’ve got to get downstairs before my father sends out a search party.” She smoothed her hair and crossed to the door, hoping her swollen lips and flushed cheeks wouldn’t give her away to her parents. “Are you coming?”

Too late, she realized the huge opening she’d given him. “Not this morning, apparently.” With a wolfish grin, he adjusted himself and zipped up his jeans, following her out of the room. “But I’ll take a rain check.”


Author Rosanne Bittner

September 24, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

            Hello, Romance Junkies, from Rosanne Bittner! I’ve been writing over 30 years and just turned in my 60th book.  I am an avid lover of America’s magnificent west, its history, its landscape, and all the exciting wild west action that is food for so many plots.  Telling America’s history through page-turning stories is my goal, and the feedback I get from fans is so positive.  Most comments are about how real my characters are, as though they really lived.  I take fictitious characters and wrap them into real historical places and events and off we go!

I have won numerous writing awards over the years and am a member of several national historical societies, Women Writing the West and Romance Writers of America. I love (and write) a great love story, the kind where love holds the hero and heroine together as they face the perils and sometimes tragedies involved in settling a lawless land.  I also have written many Native American stories and Indian/white romances.

I am so glad you could join us here at RomanceJunkies. To start, will you please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

            Right now I’m hoping you will go out in search of my September book, DESPERATE HEARTS (Sourcebooks). It’s my 59th published book and is an exciting tale about a Montana vigilante who falls in love with a young woman who has come to the little gold town of Alder, Montana under mysterious circumstances.  Little does our lawman know that this woman is wanted for murder back in New York City!

Next up is a reissue of my fabulous love story, OUTLAW HEARTS, new cover and all, next June (2015).  The very next month a sequel will be published, DO NOT FORSAKE ME.  You won’t want to miss this story of love, forgiveness, redemption and exciting, often gritty, western action, which contains tragedy and triumph – and some very hot love scenes!  The first book is about wanted man Jake Harkner and the woman who loves him and becomes his rock.  The story covers several years and brings Jake from the depths of despair to the heights of love and acceptance.  The sequel involves Jake’s grown son and daughter and a family closeness that will bring both laughter and tears.  In DO NOT FORSAKE ME, Jake has to come to terms with the demons that have haunted him all his life, and it’s his wife, Miranda, who is his strength and who helps him finally find the true meaning of love.  I love these two stories and am considering a third book.

When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?

I have always wanted to write – wrote tons of poems over my early years – my first poem in the 2d grade – my first short story in the 4th grade – but I never tried a full novel until I was 34 years old.  I’d read THE PROUD BREED by Celeste de Blasis, and I just said, “I want to write a great love story like that,” and off I went.

Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?

It’s to watch passive voice and be careful of omnipotence – i.e. let the story happen through the characters and don’t sit “above” the story telling the readers what’s happening.  Let it all happen through the characters in an active way.  By doing so, readers become even more involved in the story and everything seems more real. That advice came from my long-time agent, Denise Marcil, who is now retired.

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

Of course he’s well-built and good looking (for me the dark and dangerous kind), but he’s also brave and tough on the outside – soft on the inside when it comes to loving his woman.  He is fiercely loyal and protective – and he respects women.  He wants and needs the love and sexual pleasure of that one special woman in his life, but he has that tiny bit of “bad boy” in him – not in a cheating way – never!  He’s just a bit wild and sometimes reckless.  The woman in his life has to know how to handle him, and he, of course, knows how to handle a woman in EVERY way.

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

This romance writer’s idea of an ideal romantic evening is just being with the man I love (my husband of almost 49 years) and enjoying life and the fact that we both still have very good health and are financially set.  We don’t need to go out and do something fancy and expensive to find pleasure in life.  Our pleasure is just being together.

How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you?

I would describe myself as full of life, friendly, loyal to both friends and family, very loving, and as my grandsons say, an “awesome” grandma!  I am very, very active – work at least 6 hours a day for a family business plus write several hours a day, travel a lot, work for a local charity organization, love to shop and in general I just enjoy life.

My favorite comfort food?  Peanut butter.

Favorite season?  Autumn.  Wonderful smells of ripe apples and grapes and burning leaves in the air – beautiful colors (I live in Michigan – lots of trees) – crisp, clean air, deep blue skies, “crunchy” nights.

What project are you working on next?

My next project is a toss-up between my first full-length contemporary story and another Indian/white romance that harks back to the sweeping romances of the 80’s.

Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next?

You can find me all over the internet – Google, Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, web site (, blog (, pages and pages of my books on Amazon, author page at Sourcebooks – the list is endless. You can go to my web site and “one-click” on book titles to order them or do the same through Amazon.  By the time this blog is published I will have already had two book signings, so no sense listing them here.  I do always attend the Romantic Times convention, and in 2015 it will be held in Dallas, Texas.  Just go to  to find out more about the convention.  I’ll be there with flying colors to push OUTLAW HEARTS and DO NOT FORSAKE ME.

I appreciate your invitation to visit Romance Junkies and hope to hear from some of you!  Be sure to pick up a copy of DESPERATE HEARTS.  It’s a great read, and you’ll fall in love with Mitch Brady!



Elizabeth Wainwright is on the run. Accused of a murder she didn’t commit, she has no choice but to cut ties with her old life and flee West. The last thing she wants is attention, but when her stagecoach is attacked, she suddenly finds herself under the fierce protection of one of Montana’s famed vigilantes…whether she likes it or not.

Lawman Mitch Brady is sworn to uphold justice. He’s never met a man he’s feared, and he’s never met a woman more desperately in need of his help. Something’s shaken the secretive Elizabeth, but as he gets to know the beautiful city belle, he finds the only thing he wants more than her safety…is her trust. Elizabeth longs to give herself to Mitch, but when her past finally catches up with her, can she truly trust her life to the vigilante who’s stolen her heart?


Rosanne Bittner is an award-winning novelist who is highly acclaimed for her thrilling love stories and historical authenticity. Her epic romances span the West—from Canada to Mexico, Missouri to California—and are often based on personal visits to each setting. She lives in Michigan with her husband and two sons. You can find her at

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Scribd and Maya Rodale Heat Up Summer Reading

September 24, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

eBook subscription service Scribd, also known as the ‘Netflix for books,’ thought it would be fun to take a look at consumer reading habits over the past year and created an exciting infographic just in time for National Literacy Month with the findings. It turns out that people are opening, bookmarking and finishing romance novels above all other book genres.

Additional insights from the infographic include:

  • Wine for Dummies is the most highlighted book of the year
  • The second most popular genre to open is mind, body & spirit – ironic considering Wine for Dummies is the most highlighted
  • The most popular / highlighted sentence from a novel is from The Alchemist, “Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”
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Author Mia Epsilon

September 24, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News


Friends and lovers rarely mix well with coworkers and embezzlement cases, just ask Christine and Charlie.

 After a near fatal accident leads to one incredible night of amazing sex, Christine and Charlie take the leap from friends to lovers.

Christine has battled many demons in the last few years. Charlie has always been her confident and support. When Charlie refuses to answer emails or texts after an embezzling scheme arises at work, Christine must come to terms with not only losing a fabulous lover and her best friend but her job as well.

Charlie carries his own scars when it comes to women. Yet there’s something about Christine which brings out his protective side and makes him hope for love he’s wanted for years.

Christine and Charlie must work together to catch the thief before they can secure a love of a lifetime. Can they catch the embezzler before they lose not only their jobs and each other, but their lives as well?

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Read An Excerpt

“I wish I could go with you. I could show you such delights.”

She hesitated, unsure as always if Charlie meant an innuendo or just conversation. He was a world class flirt, a charmer like none she’d ever encountered, and Christine never felt quite steady around him. For six years he’d seen her as a coworker, then a buddy, then as a good, close friend but not as anything more. Damn it all. “Oh, I bet. You’re a world class traveler and adventurer after all. When did you last visit Australia?”

“Eight years ago. You will love it.” Charlie leaned back in his chair, the window behind him showing the rolling waves of the ocean. “There’s nothing like the Sydney quay and the Nations Row houses in Canberra. I’d love to see your face when you see them.”

She sighed. So much for a romantic vacation with him. He meant friendly conversation. It was all for the best really. They’d both seen how rumors regarding coworkers being more than coworkers affected the professional atmosphere. “This has been a dream of mine, especially with Maddy begging me for ages to visit.”

“I understand.” Of course he did. She’d mentioned the trip several times. Charlie even helped her make the flight arrangements to finally visit her best friend. “No one deserves it more. The last three years have been horrible for you.”

“I do need this vacation.” So why did it feel so empty to be going alone?

“Don’t forget to have fun.” He winked. “I could give you some ideas on fun.”

Geez, he had to be aware how his wink affected women. Every female in ten miles went all fluttery in the knees. Did he have to use it on her? “Stop flirting with me. You don’t need practice. It comes as natural to you as breathing.”

“Who says I’m flirting? Your plane flies right over Honolulu. Stop by and see me in person. We could have dinner, see the sunset, and play on the beach. I’ll drool over you in a bikini while you feast your gaze on me in a Speedo.”

She laughed even as the idea almost took root. Charlie in a Speedo, wet, glistening in the sun with nothing but a few scraps of tiny material between them. Oh heck no. “Like I’m ever going to put a bikini on in front of you? You’ve had chances to stop here on the east coast and see me. Yet you didn’t.”

He lost the smile and the teasing light in his face faded. “I did when you needed me most.”

She swallowed, wishing she could take back the thoughtless words. “I remember. So much I’ve forgotten or blocked, but I recall your face and voice. You held me and made me feel safe. Why haven’t you visited since?”

“Because I’m obviously a fool.” Charlie tapped his long fingers together against his chin.

She felt her gaze widen. He couldn’t be serious. But damn, he seemed so intense, leaning forward, navy gaze all but drilling into her. She swallowed again. Maddy always told her to be bold. She could push a bit, flirt back then lick her rejection wounds during the fifteen hour flight to the other side of the world. “I always have your favorite brand of scotch on hand.”

“Do you?”

She shrugged, crossed her legs, and tried to appear nonchalant. Maddy would be proud. “Your favorite scotch, favorite foods, nice cleans sheets on the bed, and a jogging trail all waiting for you here.”

One finger stroked his full bottom lip then slid down his chin. She’d love to trace the same path with her mouth. “You believe you’re so well acquainted with my wants and desires?”

Author Interview:

Please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

My current book out for release is “Take a Chance on me’, book 2 of the ‘Weddings by C & C series. It’s the story of office co workers who become lovers right before both their lives begin to fall apart.

When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?

When I was around 3 or 4 years old, my mom was at the kitchen table writing thank you notes and letters. I was fascinated by the way she wrote, and the movement of the pen, the way the letters curved and formed words. I took a blue crayon and started to ‘write’ on her white kitchen floor. She was not amused but this started a lifelong love of letters, words and pages for me. I love the written word.

Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?

Hmm, that’s tough, because so many people have encouraged me to write. My seventh grade English teacher, Mrs. Graham, probably gave me the best advice. I was shy and withdrawn in school, mainly because I was very smart, aka Heroine Granger from ‘Harry Potter’, and other kids didn’t relate well to me. I loved to write essays and stories so I thrived on her writing assignments. Mrs. Graham also saw me write in my notebook every chance I got. She read our daily journal entries and gave mine back with the words, “Never stop writing. You have been given a true gift. Don’t waste it.” She also gave me a dictionary at the end of the year I still have to this day.

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

While there are no ‘perfect’ people, I believe the ideal hero is one who can accept his faults and grow to become a better person. He learns from his struggles. He also is completely devoted to that one special woman, willing to go to any lengths to protect her.

My perfect hero is my husband. He understands me, and that’s never an easy thing. He gets my moods and when I need to just be alone. He respects the fact I write, even as he doesn’t read my genre. He lets me be the person I am without trying to change me. He also protects me and would go to the wall for me, just as I would for him. We were friends for years before we become romantic, and I think that friendship, that respect and trust, helped us build the relationship we have today.

What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?

I love, love, love to read. I have dozens of books and always look for more. I also like to cook and bake. I’m not a chef by any means but I like to experiment with different foods and flavors. Sometimes this is great and sometimes my efforts go into the trash.

Hobbies, hmmm. I collect Doctor Who things, particularly the Tardis. I have loads of them sitting around the house, so it’s a good thing Hubby loves The Doctor as much as I do. I also adore the old black and white Glam Hollywood movies. There’s just something about those old movies, an elegance and grace our modern day world has somehow forgotten or lost.

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

I travelled alone to Australia for nine days a few years ago and positively fell in love with the country and people. I saw Sydney and climbed the Tower of the bridge (I’m terrified of heights, so this was an achievement of epic proportions for me), the Opera House and the Quay. I sat for hours on the Quay people watching and on the ferries just enjoying all the sights around me. I also visited Canberra and Nations Rows—WOW! The different countries’ embassies, all styled to represent their home country is amazing. There’s a Buddhist temple right beside a castle. I travelled to Victoria and saw the long reaches of just nothing but fields. I opened the door one morning and a whole herd of kangaroos was sitting outside! As I left for the airport, dozens of them were also hoping alongside the road, as if sending me off.

On the flight home, the whole plane shook from take off. It was packed with people and dozens were air sick from the motion. We were told there was a ‘slight problem’ with the left engine. I was sitting on the wing and could see sparks. The attendants smiled and acted as if nothing was wrong, but they rushed everything: we had snacks and drinks, and then almost immediately had dinner then the lights were dimmed. The next thing we knew the flight attendants were telling us all to get in crash position. I’m thinking, of course, um, what’s between Australia and the USA? Water, a lot of water and nothing else—no wait, Hawaii! Are we close to Hawaii? Aren’t there sharks in the ocean? Are we going to be like that ‘Lost’ plane from tv? It was surreal: people were praying and crying, some were gripping their seat mates, others demanded to know over and over what was happening. A bit later, we ‘emergency landed’ in Hawaii, safe and sound, but it’s definitely not something I will ever forget!

I incorporated this scene into ‘Take a Chance on Me’ with all the details.

 If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?

Ireland, because I’ve always wished to see where my ancestors were born, lived and died. It’s a magical fantasy land to me and I’d love to stand and see the green fields and ‘fairy circles’.

What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?

Electricity. We loss power here in the mountains and while I can adapt, I need my electric things: computer, water, lights, heat or AC. You never know what you have until you lose it is never more true than when you lose power.

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

Ideal romantic evening would be dinner together, laughing and talking by candlelight then lying on a blanket star gazing and holding hands. And later…well, later is the truly romantic part.

How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you?

I would describe myself as simply plain me, a reader and writer. Family and friends would agree with me and add once I get to know someone I rarely stop talking. I have a wicked sense of humour which can pop out without warning. I’m extremely loyal and protective of those I care about.

What is your favourite comfort food?

Chocolate. Loads and loads of chocolate.

What is your favorite season? What do you love about it?

I actually love them all, since there’s something magical to be found in each one. Spring is the burst of re life and growth and warmth; summer is the harvest of fresh vegetables and fruits; fall is the crisp air, changing leaves and bonfires; winter is the snow, which I adore watching fall soft and easy and gently. When the world is covered in snow, there’s something just incredibly moving to me about it, as if the world stops, halts and just looks at itself for a moment.

What project are you working on next?

I’m working on another book in the ‘Weddings by C & C’ series. This is Adam’s story, the son of the heroine from ‘Take a Chance on Me’ and the brother of the heroine from ‘Wedding Belle Blues’.

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Mia Epsilon lives with her enduring soul mate hubby in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, USA. She’s an avid reader of almost anything but particularly romance, with too many favorite authors to name. Mia is a never-miss-an-episode viewer of Doctor Who and Sherlock, eagerly awaits each new season, and tends to binge watch both on Netflix with a couple of pots of tea and a plate of blueberry scones. She also happily suffers a coffee and chocolate addiction which causes her to visit her favorite chocolate store, The Chocolate Fetish an abnormally high number of times.

She can most often be found at her computer, spinning new tales, or in a quiet padded nook with her e reader happily engrossed in a new story. Look for more books and favorite characters in the ‘Weddings by C & C’ line including: ‘Wedding Belle Blues’, ‘Take a Chance on Me’, ‘When You Believe’, and ‘That Night’.




Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon

September 19, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon

Young Adult Fantasy

If her love life is going down in flames, she might as well spark a revolution.

Finding out on your sixteenth birthday you’re a shape-shifting dragon is tough to swallow. Being hauled off to an elite boarding school is enough to choke on.

Since Bryn is the only crossbreed at the Institute for Excellence, all eyes are on her, but it’s a particular black dragon, Zavien, who catches her attention.

Zavien is tired of the Directorate’s rules. Segregated clans, being told who to love, and close-minded leaders make freedom of choice almost impossible. The new girl with the striped hair is a breath of fresh air, and with Bryn’s help, they may be able to change the rules.

At the Institute, old grudges, new crushes, and death threats are all part of a normal day for Bryn. She’ll need to learn to control her dragon powers if she wants to make it through her first year at school. But even focusing on staying alive is difficult when you’re falling for someone you can’t have.

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Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures. Going Down In Flames is the first book in Chris Cannon’s shape-shifting dragon series.

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