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Monthly Archives: July 2014

San Juan Island Stories 

About the Book

Title
San Juan Island
Stories Anthology
Genre Contemporary Romance
Author Name Wendy Lynn Clark
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

Blurb

The San Juan Island Stories Anthology (#1-5) is a collection
of new short stories set around the crisp green San Juan Islands in Northwestern Washington. Light and sweet, they are perfect
for a quick lunch break so you can return to the rest of your day with a feel-good
smile.
Story #1 – “Fatty Patty” is the cruel nickname that
followed Pepper to high school graduation. Five years later, she’s back at her reunion
to prove it hasn’t defined her. In her slim Kate Spades, she’ll show them all —
her underachieving classmates and especially the boy who broke her heart…

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Darling’s Desire

About the Book

Title Darling’s Desire
Genre Romantic Suspense
Author Name TD Hassett
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
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Interview with TD Hassett

Why did you write this book?
I didn’t mean to write this book, it just wouldn’t leave me alone.
I had been working on my first paranormal romance and this suspenseful love story
kept bugging me. I couldn’t stop thinking about Darling Roberts and her story. Maybe
it was because I named my Siamese cat after her character but whatever, I couldn’t
get her situation out of my head.
Perhaps another reason the story wouldn’t leave me alone was
the setting. The story takes place primarily on a secluded lake in Connecticut where some folks
have gone missing. I live on just such a lake, although to my knowledge no one has
turned up murdered around here. For a variety of reasons the hero and heroine will
have to weather a couple of weeks together in a spooky lake house. Passion, drama
and mystery ensue. I promise a happy ending but I refuse to make it easy for this
couple!
What is your favorite genre to read?
I love contemporary romance the most, followed closely by historical
romance and mystery.
What is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
I just finished reading another author’s series and fell a little
in love with Jack Storm. He’s another sexy rock god with a good heart. What’s not
to like?
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I watch a lot of movies but not so much television. I did really
enjoy Lost, especially all those episodes where Sawyer takes his shirt off. His
character called to me.
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I am working on two books right now. One is about an Incubus
that falls in love with a veterinary technician. Will his love be strong enough
to let her go with her soul intact? I am also working on the prequel to my Love
and Music Series. The band is just starting to get off the ground when Rick Houston
is injured on stage. Troubled nurse, Jenni Mitchell can’t stand this rude rocker
and can’t wait to get him off of her floor. Unfortunately for her, Rick is going
to be sticking by her for a while and there’s nothing she can do to change that,
at least not for three months. She needs money after Rick’s advice gets her fired
and he needs a fiancé for a K1 visa to stay in the States. They’re both hiding something
from the other but neither will be brave enough to show their true selves. It has
been fun writing about this opposite attracts couple.
Please tell us about your
latest book.
Darling Roberts is going back to the lake house her mother disappeared
from thirteen years ago. She needs to decide to stay or sell. The locals believe
the place cursed, but her best friend thinks it would be a blast to spend the weekend
there before heading to Europe. BFF Madison is
determined to set Darling up even if that means dragging a recently widowed rock-and-roll
drummer to the scene of a murder.
Ross Daniels has a secret. He can’t stand the pitying looks well-wishers
have given him since his wife’s accidental death. The European leg of the Becket
tour can’t come soon enough. A weekend stay at a mutual friend’s lake house seems
like a decent way to kill a couple of days before hopping a plane, at least until
he spends some time with temptation herself. Passions ignite and Ross feels his
heart beginning to beat again. Darling isn’t who he thought she was and he can’t
get enough of her sweet soul and lush curves.
Darling is determined to take charge of her life and the lake
house is just the place to begin. Ross is a scrumptious distraction but she knows
she has to keep things in perspective. Why would a world famous drummer want to
hang out with her in a small town that even the locals want her run out of?

Author Bio

T.D. Hassett grew up reading the romance greats–Jackie Collins,
Julie Garwood, and Judith McNaught. She was certain that life should be like a romance
novel, with lots of passion, some incredible adventures, and a guaranteed happily
ever after. She attended college in New England,
earning a B.A. in History and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology before changing her
mind again and studying education. Currently Ms. Hassett lives in Connecticut with her very
patient husband and two young children. Her rambunctious family shares their home
with three crazy cats and a darling golden retriever named Delilah. Her eccentric
relatives and their quest to make her feel like the only normal nut in the family
tree inspire her writing.

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Passion’s Sacred Dance 

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Title Passion’s Sacred Dance
Genre Paranormal Romance
Author Juli D. Revezzo
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Blurb

Battling mounting debt, Stacy Macken is determined not to lose
her historic art gallery. When Aaron Fielding appears and offers to help, she fights
to keep the attraction sizzling between them from clouding her judgment. He may
be her savior in disguise–but can she trust him?
Aaron intrigues her with tales of the Tuatha dé Danann, sworn
warriors who protect humanity from the monsters seeking their destruction. If Aaron
can prove what he claims, she would give up anything to help–even the gallery he
claims is sacred ground. But with her property set to stage the next epic battle,
she needs answers. An old family diary will confirm the ancient legend is true,
if only they can find it in time.
If the battle is lost, the enemy will take control of Earth for
the next five hundred years. Stacy and Aaron’s budding love might only complicate
things.

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Written in the Cards 

About the Book

Title: Written in the Cards
Genre: western historical romance
Author Name: Lauren Linwood
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Maggie Rutherford jilts
her too-perfect society groom at the altar and flees New York for the American West, where she turns
her travels into dime novels that she writes and illustrates under the pen name
Lud Madison.
After the Civil War,
veteran Ben Morgan marries his childhood sweetheart and takes her to homestead on
the Great Plains. Losing her and their unborn child
in an Indian attack, Ben detaches from emotion and becomes a roaming gambler. When
he kills a cheating opponent in self-defense, the man’s gunslinger brother swears
revenge upon Ben.
Ben hides on a cattle
drive and brings in a herd to Abilene,
where a waiting Maggie wants to find a rough and tumble cowboy to interview for
her next story idea. Sparks fly as the dangerous
drover and popular novelist wind up living in the same household, running a general
store east of Abilene.
But with Black Tex Lonnegan hot on his trail, will Ben run from his growing attraction
to Maggie and the gunfighter’s promise of death–or will he make a stand for his
life–and love?

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Interview with Maggie Rutherford:

Tell us about yourself,
please.
I’d be delighted to. My name is Maggie Rutherford, and I grew
up in New York City.
I was the

one who spoke up and objected to being married at my own wedding. I rushed
out, leaving hundreds of society gossipers to rake me over the coals. I decided
that I couldn’t marry a man I didn’t love or respect, and so I’ve made my way across
the West. I write dime novels under a pen name for my family’s publishing company.
I thought my stories of adventure would sell better under a man’s name, and I definitely
didn’t want my brother, the head of Rutherford House, to give me a pity publish.

What is your family like?
My mother died when I was quite young, so I don’t remember her
at all. Papa totally ignored me for his publishing empire, disappointed that I was
a girl. I worshipped my older brother Marcus, and I’ll admit he spoiled me rotten.
I traipsed after him and his best friend Frank, who’s truly family to me. If they
rode, so did I. If they took fencing or boxing lessons, then I was their shadow
and learned every move. My aunt Harriet feels she’s failed me somehow because I’m
not interested in needlepoint or the necessary social graces to be a success in
society.
What special skills do
you rely on?
Outlaw Muse
My brain is my largest muscle, and I flex it every chance I get!
I don’t understand these empty-headed females—or at least those who pretend to be
empty-headed. I’m blessed with two skills that are helping me support myself since
I’ve moved to the West. I have quite an imagination, and I draw upon it heavily
as I write my dime novels. I’m also quite handy with pen and ink or charcoals, and
so I also illustrate my books. The money I’ve made as a dime novelist has helped
me pay my way without relying on my family’s publishing fortune.
If someone from your past
showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
I would not want to spend a single minute in the presence of
my former fiancé. Richard was not the man I thought he was, and that was bitterly
disappointing. He would never have let me spread my wings and soar. He wanted to
keep me in a cage that would have become my prison.
Are you happy with the
way your story ended? Why or why not?
I couldn’t imagine being any happier than I am at this moment.
I’ve found a career that I can be proud of. I’ve discovered the town I’m meant to
settle down in, with my dearest friends Frank and his fiancée Rebecca, who’s become
as close as a sister to me. Most importantly, I plan to spend the rest of my days—and
nights—with the man who has changed me for the better. Ben Morgan brought love and
laughter into my life. He respects me. He challenges me. He’s almost too good to
be true. I can’t wait to build a life and have a family with him.

About the Writer

Why did you choose to
write about this character?
I thought it would be interesting to create a heroine who was
a writer as I am. It’s funny just how much we have in common as we try to research
and write our stories—even if we’re writing more than a hundred years apart. I’ve
always loved the name Maggie and saw her in my head for a long time. She was smart,
feisty, and talented, and I just loved her red hair! I simply had to wait till the
right story for her came along.
Was there anything you
discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
Maggie was much more vocal (in my head) than some of my characters
have been in the past. When I wanted to make Ben the dime novelist in my story,
she wouldn’t hear of it! She believed she had the talent and drive to be the writer—and
she was exactly right. That freed Ben up to become a gambler on the run, and it
made for a unique, stronger storyline.
When you wrote about this
character, what made you the most happy? What made you the most sad?
I was always happy writing about when Maggie was experiencing
new things, especially her growing attraction to Ben. Maggie’s just as much a gambler
as Ben is. She will try anything and relish the opportunity she’s been given. It
was hard to allow her to let Ben go when Black Tex Lonnegan came to town to kill
him. Rationally, she knew he needed to leave to save his life . . . but giving him
up was like cutting away pieces of her heart and soul. That was difficult to write.
Why do you write?
I am compelled to write. I feel I have so many stories to tell.
I want to bring the kind of pleasure to my readers that I’ve known as I’ve read
books over the years. I want readers to be entertained. To laugh aloud. To cry.
To feel they’ve discovered new friends.
What other character from
this book do you want to write about? Care to tell us why?
I might try to write Marcus’s story one day. He’s such a terrific
older brother to Maggie. He’s a good friend to Frank. He’s a successful businessman.
The US
was on the brink of change at this time in history, and it might be interesting
to see those changes through Marcus’s eyes. Another character that would be fun
to follow would be Tim, the teenager Marcus takes under his wing. To go from being
the son of a hotel desk clerk to helping develop a new town and a publishing empire?
Hmm…I’ll have to think about this one!
A Game of Chance 
Is there anything you’d
like to say to your readers?
I just want to express my gratitude to those readers who have
bought my books and told me they’ve enjoyed my characters and their stories. That
puts a smile on my face.

Author Bio

Lauren Linwood became a teacher who wrote on the side to maintain
her sanity in a sea of teenage hormones. Her romances use history as a backdrop
to place her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire
and yearning for one another grow into the deep, tender, treasured gift of love.
Lauren, a native Texan, lives in a Dallas suburb with her family. An avid reader,
moviegoer, and sports fan, she manages stress by alternating yoga with five mile
walks. She is thinking about starting a support group for Pinterest and House Hunters
addicts.

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What We Found 
Title: What We Found
Genre: Romantic Mystery
Author Name: Kris Bock
Book heat level: PG13

Blurb

Finding a dead body changes a person.
22-year-old Audra Needham is back in her small New Mexico hometown. She
just wants to fit in, work hard, and help her younger brother. Going for a walk
in the woods with her former crush, Jay, seems like a harmless distraction.
Until they stumble on a body.
Jay, who has secrets of his own to protect, insists they walk
away and keep quiet. But Audra can’t simply forget what she’s seen. The woman deserves
to be found, and her story deserves to be told.
More than one person isn’t happy about Audra bringing the crime
to life. The dead woman was murdered, and Audra could be next on the vengeful killer’s
list. She’ll have to stand up for herself in order to stand up for the murder victim.
It’s a risk, and so is reaching out to the mysterious young man who works with deadly
birds of prey. With her 12-year-old brother determined to play detective, and romance
budding in the last place she expected, Audra learns that some risks are worth taking
– no matter the danger, to her body or her heart.
“Another action-packed suspense novel by Kris Bock, perhaps
her best to-date. The author weaves an intriguing tale with appealing characters.
Watching Audra, the main character, evolve into an emotionally-mature and independent
young woman is gratifying.” Ellen Rippel

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A Touch of Darkness 
Genre Urban Fantasy
Author BC Brown
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

Blurb

Abigail St. Michael, a former cop, has joined the recently growing
ranks of metaphysicals, individuals with abilities outside that of normal human
nature. When a murderer stalks her town killing children, Abbey uses her ability
of touch clairvoyance to hunt him down. Her only roadblock is that her murderer
seems to have his own unique talent, the ability to ‘wipe’ his victims and their
surroundings of any metaphysical energy. With little physical evidence and no supernatural
evidence, Abbey is forced to rely on instinct and luck to solve the case. However
both Abbey’s luck and instinct seem to have taken a permanent vacation as the victims
keep piling up with the killer’s escalating blood lust.

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