Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Cover Reveal! @BonnieEdwards

As Winter grinds on I write this in the depths of January's icy grip. I apologize now if this post appears to be weirdly optimistic in the face of another tragedy. I cannot see what will come in the next 10 weeks and I'm forced to write this post in advance.

No matter that it's Winter, I'm thinking of Spring and what it means: fresh starts, blossoms, longer days, more sun and lighter clothing. Bring it on!



But here now, in mid-January, I'm pleased to say that I have completed the first rough draft of Loving Logan Book 2 in my Return to Welcome series.

A bit about the book:

Elle Foster left Welcome broke, pregnant, and with a bad-girl rep.
Now, she’s returned to Welcome still broke, with four children, but has vowed to never get pregnant again.

Elle has three rules:  Don’t date. Don’t sleep with the boss and don’t believe in happily-ever-after.

Logan Hughes is younger and establishing a new business. Adopted, he wants nothing more than to have a family of his own. He needs an assistant and Elle needs the work…

A pirate raider lurks inside Logan and when he lets him loose, even a determined woman can fall under his spell. And that sexy pirate may make Elle Foster break all her rules.

But can Logan give up fatherhood for the one woman he wants more than life itself? 



At this writing, I also have a brand new cover to reveal for an upcoming release in my Diamond Collection. Diamond at Heart is paired with Twinkle, Twinkle Little Thong in this collection and has suspense and mystery woven through it.



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Monday, February 19, 2018

End of Winter Doldrums

I'm the first to admit it ... I'm not a winter person. Yet, I live in Atlantic Canada just above the most northern Maine border. So, winter it is. Long, sometimes hard, and definitely cold and wet.

I began this winter, as I always do, with a laundry list of writing tasks and a plan to hibernate as much as possible to accomplish my list. I even gave my all-wheel-drive vehicle to my youngest son to cart his young family around in relative safety.

All I had to do was write.

December came and went and there was barely a scratch made to the list. After all, the holidays took center stage. Except for Christmas Day when we were buried beneath a blizzard that lasted for two days and ruined the holiday for which I'd shortchanged my writing.


January blew in on a horrible storm. More blizzard like conditions for three full days. No sense starting one of those projects since the power would no doubt go out. It didn't and I was now another week behind.

By the beginning of February I was starting to get stir crazy and even reclaimed my car for the weekend. It snowed and I had to dig my car out from under a mountain before I could return it to my son for school and after-school activities on Monday.

Finally, I'd made to some nicer weather (an anomaly for New Brunswick in February) and my interest in writing was renewed. I picked up where I'd left off in November and the words flowed like the rain outside my office window. Until my roof began to leak.

Now here I am, just past the halfway mark in February, my roof fixed, the papers on my desk dried out, and the keys on my computer smoking from the speed of my flying fingers. My end of winter doldrums seemed to have passed. For the moment.

Another few weeks and spring will arrive. The sun will shine, the birds will chirp, and I'll finish the darned ... oh ... look ... a squirrel!

When I can concentrate, here's what I'm working on ....

Waking Up in Oz
Oswald, KS ~ Late Summer, 1975

Corporate Attorney Dorothy Gail Farmer has been sent by her boss to neighboring Oswald, KS to take a deposition from a client. Within moments of her arrival, Dorothy and most of the small town fall victim to the ravages of a strong tornado.

When Dorothy wakes up in the makeshift hospital set up at the local community center, it's like she's landed in the fictitious land of Oz. Surrounded by people who are make their living playing up the Oz legend, everyone she meets reminds her of the movie she loved as a child. First, there's the ruggedly handsome deputy sheriff, Chris Lyons who's anything but cowardly. She's befriended by a trauma psychologist named Tim Mann and a professor of meteorology named Steve Crowe. And, if all that's not confusing enough, she's falling for Wynn Morgan, a storm chaser nicknamed Wizard because of his uncanny ability to predict storms.

Will Dorothy help her client save the wildlife rescue from the clutches of the evil local land baroness, Evelyn Witcher so she can return to Kansas City? Or, will being stranded in this strange place be just what Dorothy needs?

Waking Up in Oz has been contracted by The Wild Rose Press for their new "Stranded" historical romance line and is scheduled for release this coming fall.

Until next month ... stay happy, stay healthy, stay warm and well read.

Nancy



Friday, February 16, 2018

Post-Valentine Confessions by @JoanReeves #GemsInAttic

Ready for some Post-Valentine Confessions by the Gems In The Attic authors? Ready or not, here they are.

We are a baker's dozen--that's 13 if you're not familiar with the expression--of authors.

During the first week of February, I emailed the blog group authors and asked each to reveal what her beloved gave her Valentine's Day.

I have 7 responses for you, and 1 is mine which will appear last.

I'd like to thank all the authors who bared their souls and provided the content for this blog post today.

Confessions Good for the Romantic Soul

Lynn Crandall

Lynn is the author of Two Days Until Midnight, a shifter romantic suspense.

Bird-shifter Lark spent her life shielding her true identity. To protect her flock’s habitat she’s taken a job that pits her mission against her secret and her integrity. Reclusive billionaire Tamier lost his freedom and his dreams the day a Society assassin cursed him and changed him into a were-cheetah. As their relationship develops into a promise of true love, she must teach him to live or lose everything.

"I received a scrumptious box of chocolates(Yum!), money for a new purse (desperately needed), a beautiful card, and a handwritten note for Valentine's Day. Simple and sweet."

Karen Kelley

Karen is the author of a brand new release, Thief of Hearts, Book 3 of Bachelors Series.

One last job and she’s out of the family business…Get in, grab the jewelry, and get the hell out. Technically Piper Lewis is not a thief. She’s a retrieval expert, except the law probably won’t see it like that. One small glitch: Piper didn’t plan on sexy Cason Wilde catching her in the middle of the job.

"Karl grilled ribeye steaks, and I did the sides. We walked on the beach and just shared our plans for the next few months, then went back to the RV and watched a movie."

Jan Scarbrough

Jan is the author of My Lord Raven.

To protect what little family she has left, Lady Catrin Fitzalan switches places with her cousin to save the poor girl from wedding a vicious knight called the King’s Raven. Bran ap Madog, bastard son of a Welsh prince, has devoted his life to serving the English king. Bran wants a reward for his service to the king: a wealthy wife and the land and power she can bring him. Will his last battle, with his new wife, cost him his heart?

"I gave my husband a valentine card, but of course he forgot to give me one. *LOL* He did apologize and took me out to a fast-food Mexican restaurant for dinner."

Kathleen Lawless

Kathleen is the author of Deliver Me, a western romance.

Raised on a small Arkansas farm, Maddie Winston craves excitement, but an escaped convict seeking shelter in her barn is more adventure than she bargained for. Determined to help the brooding stranger clear his name, Maddie impulsively joins Judson Burke on a dangerous journey to his Texas home and find herself the victim of relentless passion.

"I received a dozen red roses,  dark chocolate, and my favorite red wine. Honey and I went out for lunch, then made a romantic dinner, complete with chocolate volcano cake for dessert. After dessert, my honey and I booked a week in Mexico! Life is short. It's up to us to make it sweet."

Hannah Rowan

Hannah is the author of Man Wanted, her first novel published by Kensington Precious Gems which can be found used on Amazon. She's focused more on article writing in the last few years. She's currently working on a website so don't be surprised if you see a new book from her in the future.

"I received a lovely bouquet from my husband on Valentine's Day, and a dinner in one of my favorite restaurants. I bought him a gift certificate for the two of us to go to a local shooting range. It's so hard to find that man a gift! This is an activity we can do together."

(Note from Joan: I support women's right to defend themselves. I also believe in being educated about firearm safety, practicing at an authorized range, and being licensed to carry. I grew up in the South so my dad taught me to shoot. I go to the range with my husband and my daughter.)

Liz Flaherty

Liz is the author of The Happiness Pact, her latest release.

The fine line between BFF and happily-ever-after…Tucker Llewellyn and Libby Worth—strictly platonic!—realize they’re each at a crossroads. Tucker is successful, but he wants a wife and kids: the whole package. Libby knows that small-town life has her set in her ways; the tearoom owner needs to get out more. So they form a pact: Libby will play matchmaker and Tucker will lead her on the adventure she desperately needs. But things change unexpectedly. When a personal crisis tests Libby, will Tucker be there for her as a best friend…or something more?

"I went with Duane to watch some friends making music, then went to dinner. We don't do cards anymore, but he asked me in the morning if I'd be his Valentine. I said, "Yes," and he did, too. It was a good day."

Joan Reeves

Joan is the author of April Fool Bride, now on sale through Feb. 22 for only 99 cents!

Heiress Madeline Quinn, dubbed Mad Maddie by the tabloids, needs a husband by the time she turns 25 in order to claim her full inheritance. She's learned the hard way that men only see dollar signs when they look at her so she decides a marriage of convenience is the answer. She turns to the one man she trusts, her housekeeper’s son who treated her like a little sister—until one disastrous night when she acted impetuously.

Jake Becker hasn’t seen Maddie since the night she tried to seduce him. Why should he help the woman who changed the course of his life? Simple. Revenge. Or is it something else? Something that sizzles like steam heat between Maddie and Jake that neither can resist!

"Valentine's Day this year was a bit unusual. On Monday, we spent mucho thousands for a new heating and air conditioning system. By the time Valentine's Day rolled around, we were a little shell-shocked by the unexpected expense so we economized this year. Darling Hubby gave me a bouquet of stargazer lilies and pink carnations, both favorites of mine, and a mushy card. I gave him a bag of Mounds Miniatures and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, both of which he loves, and a mushy card. (He's so sweet he even shared his candy with me.)

Actually, I didn't feel neglected at all on Valentine's because for our 40th anniversary this past December he gave me a matched set of heart-shaped ruby earrings and pendant."

So there you have it. We hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day and a chance to spend it with someone you love. 

Joan Reeves is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Sassy, Sexy Contemporary Romance. Her books are available in audio, ebook, and print. All of her books have the same underlying theme: It's never too late to live happily ever after. She lives her HEA with her hero, her husband, in the Lone Star State. Joan invites you to visit her online at her Blog and Website. Follow her at:  Facebook * Twitter * YouTube * Amazon Author Page * BookBub Author Page.  

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Finding Love by @lcrandallwriter



Happy Valentine's Day!


February 14 is a day for lovers to celebrate love with chocolate, flowers, cards, and a romantic dinner.

But the sentiment of love is not confined to one special day or even for one special person. Love’s expression is inspired in many ways and at any time of year. One of my favorite movie quotes reminds us that love is all around. The movie is Love Actually and the Hugh Grant character who speaks it is England’s prime minister.

“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge - they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around.





While we celebrate romantic love on Valentine’s Day, I like to consider all the places we can find love. For myself, I feel it flow from the innocence of a child, in the contentment of a cat’s purr, in the beauty of tree, in a shared memory with a friend or family member, and in the pages of a love story. A feeling of love is truly accessible all around.
I hope you feel it and are inspired by it on this day and every day.

Inspire me. Tell me where you find love.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Romance is in the air by Karen Kelley


The day before Valentine's Day and love is in the air. What better time to release Thief of Hearts, the third book in my Bachelor series, but it is a stand alone, romantic comedy. I had a lot of fun writing Piper and Cason's story.

 You see, she's a retrieval expert. That is, she goes after people's things that have been lost or stolen. She's usually skirting the law, if not flat out breaking it. Except Cason catches Piper with her hand in his safe.

 She doesn't mean to shoot him. Now he has amnesia and thinks she's his ex girlfriend--the one who hired her. She can't just tell him: Nope, you've got that totally wrong. I'm the woman who was robbing you, then shot you when I got caught. She really doesn't want to go to prison. Besides, she feels guilty because she did shoot him.

 New plan: She'll make sure he's okay through the night, then leave.

 Of course, my heroine doesn't have the best luck in the world. I hope everyone who reads Thief of Hearts will enjoy it as much as I had fun writing it. I hope everyone has a romantic Valentine's Day!

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