Friday, June 29, 2018

How I Came to Write Historical Romance


I came to writing historical romance through the back door, so to speak. First, I was a journalist. No, let me back up. First, I was a reader. I got hooked on the old Gothic romances of the Victoria Holt variety. Just loved those women-in-jeopardy stories. So I decided I could write one of them. Only, like my favorite author at the time, Mary Stewart, I would use a modern-day setting.

At 25, I completed my first novel. But it didn't sell. Another of the same genre followed, and it didn't sell, either. When I read a big, sweeping historical like those so popular in the 1980s, I thought I could write one of them, but I'd set it in World War II.

That book, in manuscript form, won several contests, as did my women-in-jeopardy (now called romantic suspense) stories. But still no publishing contract. However, the senior editor at Harlequin Historical was judging my World War II book, which had finaled in a contest, and she said she liked my writing and would like to see something I'd written with a setting prior to the 1900s.

By then I had joined Romance Writers of America and was desperate for a book contract. I'd been scribbling stories for two decades. So I decided I could write a romance set in Regency England. I had read every book Georgette Heyer ever wrote, and I loved the era. I'd even gotten to the point where I was finding errors in other author's stories. So I began writing A Duke Deceived. After I'd written three chapters, I entered it in two or three contests, and to my delight, it placed in each one I entered. When I completed it in 1996, I sent it to that editor at Harlequin Historical, and a half a year later, they called and offered me a publishing contract. 

It was the seventh book I'd written! About half of those which came before it are not publishable. Three of them--including that World War II romance, It Had to Be You--have been indie published, and though sales are not huge on them, readers have responded very favorably.

I was thrilled when that first published book won me the title of Notable New Author in 1999. More than  thirty novels set in Regency England have followed.

What about that first romantic suspense I wrote when I was 25? It's now been indie published as CapitolOffense. To my shock, my indie editor said Capitol Offense was his favorite of the six books he edited for me. 

In the interest of full disclosure, I must confess that neither the World War II love story nor the romantic suspense stories sell well, even though the reviews are good. All of my Regency-set historicals are perennial bestsellers. Readers just don't follow me to other genres.

Many of my historicals contain mystery elements. That way I can keep my feet in both camps.

After all these years, it's still a guilty pleasure for me to read those old midcentury women-in-jeopardy stories.--Cheryl Bolen, whose newest series is The Lords of Eton. The second installment, The Earl, the Vow, and the Plain Jane, came out this month. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

First Loves by @lcrandallwriter


There were two of them. One was tall, blonde and lanky, the other shorter, dark-haired and muscular with darkly intense eyes. My grandmother introduced them to me. I never missed a chance to see these two young men and I day-dreamed about them when we were apart. Today, about a hundred years later, I can't remember both of their names but I do remember the dark-haired one's name. It was Buzz.
I was young, and the feelings I had for these guys were rich and fun. I awed at the lives they lived, always on the road, always grabbing life by the horns, always active, though frequently in trouble, but I didn't care about that. Even though we never met, I knew them well. I had a crush on these guys, the main characters in my grandmother's favorite television show, Route 66. They were my first loves. I think we all know that first love crushes hit us at any age, and yes, I was very young for this one. But still, this admission really dates me.

Buzz and What's-His-Name were among a long list of crushes I had on people I didn't know. The fantasy of it probably made the crushes more exciting and more fun than if I, at such a young and inexperienced age, had fallen for someone I could actually talk to, sit across from on the teeter-totter, or shoot marbles with. That's one of the beauties of first crushes. They are whatever we make them.

Another beauty of the crush on a stranger is the whole-body, out-of-body experience of it, minus any growly temper, bad breath, or inexplicable scratching we don't want to know about. That Hugh Jackman may pick his nose is unimaginable. Sure, Chris Pratt sweats, but it's beautiful, glistening, and stink-free.

In the books I write, the main characters’ paths to love prove to be a lot harder, a lot messier than what I imagined with my crushes. I put my heroes and heroines in grave danger. They get dirty and they get hurt. They have to unearth old patterns that prevent them from finding love and be willing to change destructive ways. They have to face not only the villain who threatens their lives but also the inner demons that keep them stuck.

First loves are special, whether for book or TV character or in real life. I've spilled about my crushes, how about your first crush? Who was it? When you recall your feelings for that person, do you smile really big?


This post was first published on The Write Way Cafe 
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Story or voice?

Yesterday on my Facebook page--here it is, come join me--I asked friends and followers there what they'd been reading lately. I asked largely because I'd just finished such a great book, Just In Time, by Marie Bostwick, and have enjoyed the responses because they've all differed so much from each other. And they made me think of another few questions. Since I was supposed to blog today, I figured I'd ask them here.

What means the most to you in a book? Once you've bought it, whether because of the cover, the blurb, the author, the title, or the fact that it was either free or on sale, what keeps you there? And, while I'm asking, how long do you give it before you decide not to finish?

When I ask what "keeps you there," what I really want to know is whether it's the story or the writing. Personally, I can read the dullest story in the world if it's written in a voice that invites me into the conversation. If the setting is described so that I'm there getting my feet wet in the creek and swatting at mosquitoes, I want to stay. If the emotion makes my heart hurt or tears roll or gets me smiling when there's no one to smile at, I'm there. The story is secondary. 

If it's the best story in the world and has won more awards than most of us have ever dreamed of but the writing isn't evocative to me, I probably won't finish. I'll check out the ending and I won't ever give it a bad review, but I won't seek out other books by that particular author, either. 

I give a story a minimum of two chapters before I decide it's not going to work for me. Or, occasionally, I order the sample Amazon offers. I usually know by the end of that--I'm not sure how long those are--whether it's a keeper or not. 

On the same subject, but not really, does anyone else find that they enjoy audio-books by people whose writing they normally can't or don't or won't read? I do, often, and would love to have a viable explanation for it. 

Happy reading!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Loving Logan - Pre-order news! by @BonnieEdwards #GemsinAttic

I'm so excited to share that the second book in my Return to Welcome series is now up for pre-order. Early buyers will get a chance to read the story of Elle Foster and Logan Hughes for only 99c. Loving Logan will be released July 1.
Pre-Order 99c

Here's a bit more about the story:

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

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.

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.

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


About Welcome, WA...

Ahhh....the lovely town of Welcome, WA where no one is welcome to return. I created Welcome when I wanted to write about a homecoming that didn't go smoothly. And now I know why! This idyllic town with the lovely bakery, the tree-lined streets, and friendly faces is not what it seems.

Jealousy and old grudges with a dollop of nasty gossip make Welcome...well...less than welcoming. (and makes for some comic relief)

And I love a good play on words, don't you? I hope you enjoy my newest romance series and know I'm winking when I say: Welcome home!

In other news Book 1, Finding Mercy is now available in print! 
Finding Mercy in Print
Bonnie Edwards lives with her husband and pets on the rainy coast of British Columbia. She has written novels, novellas and short stories for Kensington Books, Harlequin Books, Carina Press, and Robinson (UK) although now she publishes her work herself. For more deals and progress reports on new books subscribe: Bonnie's Newsy Bits

Look for more exciting releases on her website.  https://www.bonnieedwards.com/

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Monday, June 18, 2018

The Excitement of 'The Chase'

Or ... as authors often call it ... finding a new plot.

As great as it feels to come up with a new story idea, the hard work behind 'the chase' is not all that glamorous. Both authors and readers long for a new idea, an unusual twist to a standard plot.

Romances of the 1960's and early 70's were filled with doctor heroes and their steadfast nurse or receptionist heroines. A singular twist was the widowed doctor hero who falls for his child's nanny. If the book had a foreign setting the hero was most likely a Prince or Sheikh.

In the late 70's and early 80's romances added in suspense. By the late 80's, love scenes had come out in the open. All the major publishers were adding racier lines to their catalog. Still, no swear words, and body parts were still euphemisms rather than the real bold thing.

The late 1980's and early 1990's saw a rise in shorter historical romances. No longer the 300+ page saga, Shorter, quicker, but equally satisfying reads could be found with more emphasis on the relationship than on the history.

And, just as the genre was changing, so were the authors' careers. As story lines got bolder, so did the writers creating them.

My very first romance novel was, as you might guess, a Precious Gem! Published in 1996, Courting Trouble was a typical sweet category romance. Looking back now, I realize I might have been ahead of my time because I'd created a "foodie" romance long before they were a thing.

With a small town sheriff for my hero, and a cookbook author for my heroine, I'd set a personal bar for myself that my second book would have to beat.

My second book also sold to the Precious Gem line but, unfortunately was lost when the line closed unexpectedly. I tucked the book away and didn't bring it back out until 2014 when, revamped, I sold it to Soul Mate Publishing. This was my take on a plot twist. Home is Where the Hunk is became my backward secret baby book. It featured a father who knew he was the father but had no idea who'd given his child life.

Winner of the 2015 International Digital Award for Contemporary Romance, this book will always be one of my favorites.

In between Courting Trouble and Home is Where the Hunk is, there were many other books in a variety of genres. Everything from vintage historical (1960's and 70's) to futuristic fantasy to erotic romance. Hey, a girl's got to keep her options open!

What's next? What new idea? What plot twist?

At the moment, I've chosen to take on a classic. I'm giving The Wizard of Oz a face lift. Waking Up in Oz is my vintage take on the infamous story. With any luck, I've twisted it just enough to make it new again.

Until next month, happy reading and creative writing!

Nancy




Wednesday, June 13, 2018

One Favorite Book? by @lcrandallwriter

I like to play games with my husband. I don't mean things like manipulation or power plays, I mean simple things like "ever have you ever?" My games often don't make sense and they certainly don't matter a lot. It's just fun.

One game is, what movie have we seen that actor in? Another has been what three things do you hate doing? And what three things are most fun doing? It's not unusual to learn new things about him while playing games, which fascinates me because we've been married many years. For this particular game, I learned he doesn't like to negotiate for lower prices, say on a new car. That blew me out of the water. He is very good at it. When I told our kids that he doesn't like it, they were shocked. "What! No way!"

My games typically are impromptu. Last night I asked him, "What is your all time most favorite book?" That stumped him. He is a voracious reader and has enjoyed many, many books. That was his answer -- "I've liked a lot of books." I persisted. "What one book is your favorite?" Then I asked myself and I was stumped. Geez, I've been reading and loving books since I was a young child. I still remember reading The Poky Little Puppy over and over and over.

This morning my husband had two answers, one nonfiction book and one fiction, but both were books about characters expanding and becoming more than they'd been before. The Great Bridge, by David McCullough, chronicled the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, which took enormous perseverance, intelligence, and devotion. The second book, Take Me With You by Kathryn Ryan Hyde, really touched my husband's heart. It featured a main character showing two children the world and forging life-long friendships and heartfelt admiration.

Me? I'm still trying to narrow down my list of favorite books to one.

So what about you? Can you name one favorite book and share why you love it?


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

No Place Like Home by Karen Kelley


     Just over two years ago Karl and I became full time RVers. We bit the bullet and downsized from 2,000 sq feet to app 300 sq feet. It took us over a year just to do that. When you've been married as long as we have you collect a lot of "stuff".

     Even though we rarely traveled beyond our small Texas town, pop. 3,000, we were ready for this new adventure. We sold the house, moved into our fifth wheel, and took off. In the last 26 months we've visited 39 fabulous states, made a few blunders along the way, and had the best time of our lives.

     We were getting ready to pull out of Tifton, Georgia on April 23rd when Karl's left lung collapsed. We were terrified. After four days in the Tifton hospital, they transported him to Emory hospital in Atlanta because the hole in his lung was "really big" and wasn't closing on it's own.

     Family comes first, always. I put my writing on hold as Karl and I prepared for his first surgery--ever. He did great, but in recovery developed another leak, even though it was smaller than the first one. We were devastated. It took around 3 weeks for it to close on it's own.

     We made the decision to head back to Texas and stay in one place for a while so that Karl could recuperate, make doctor appointments, get a smaller oxygen system set up, and I can catch up on my writing. It was a good decision. After traveling for 26 months, we're both ready to stay put for a while.

     BUT, will we get the itch to start traveling again, or  will we take off again for parts unknown? Who knows. There is something to the saying, 'no place like home' and Texas is home. We love the Hill Country, but there's always going to be a bit of an adventurer in us.

     So, are you an adventurer, or are you a stay put type person? Or maybe a little of both?

 
Have a great day!
Karen Kelley
www.authorkarenkelley.com

Monday, June 11, 2018

The Grand Experiment @MaddieJames

Last summer I embarked upon a grand experiment. I wasn't sure where it was going to take me, although I did have a plan. I just wasn't sure that I could actually pull off the plan, and I also wasn't sure that the grand experiment would work.


I'm still not sure but I think this is a "time will tell" type of thing. I'm still waiting for time to tell.

I'll share this grand experiment with you in a minute but first I want to respond to a few questions to myself:

  • Am I happy with this grand experiment so far? Yes. Yes I am.
  • Do I regret having jumped in with both feet with this adventure? No. No regrets whatsoever.
  • Would I do it again if I had to? To this extent? Perhaps not. (See lessons learned later for more info.)
I've been publishing romance since 1997--21 years now. I started out in traditional publishing after working ten long years to polish the craft and write a book that was accepted by a New York house. Twenty-one years is a long time to write and publish, and also a pretty good span of time in which our writing evolves. I'm no exception. 
Last summer, when I looked back over that 20-ish some years of my complete body of work (50ish titles then), I realized some things.
  • My brand had shifted.
  • I was writing all over the place in romance subgenres.
  • My sales were tanking
  • About half of my books were ten years old or older.
  • I'm a better writer today.
So I made some decisions. Some of you already know what those decisions are, if you've been following my work. Once I started on this grand experiment, I was very transparent with what I was doing. In the summer of 2017 I pulled 20 books out of the marketplace and put them all on hold. I created a new pen name and new brand for those 20 contemporary romance novels and set out to rewrite them all, one by one, rebrand into a new series, and re-release.

The first book went back up wide in the marketplace in October 2017. Since that month I have re-released one or two books a month. This is what makes me happiest in my grand scheme. So far, I have kept with my plan and I am on track with my release schedule. In fact, I am ahead of schedule and have felt comfortable putting books further out on preorder because they are ready. 


Not all books needed the same level of updating, revising, rewriting. Later books were in fairly good shape but needed new series elements added or characters blended throughout the story. Others' need a fair amount of work.

Am I happy with the results? Yes. I know that the dozen books now back in the marketplace are better written, well-edited, and have cool covers. Plus, they are all now in one small town series and with continuity--that makes me happy. 

Any regrets? None whatsoever. Would I do again? If needed, yes, in a heartbeat, but I would (and am) biting off in smaller chunks. I have 3 books currently on preorder through August. September will go up in a week or so. Then one book each in October, November, and December (include a new Christmas story in that time frame!) And a final release in January. Then I will be finished.

Sorta. With the writing at least. 

You see, the grand experiment was written this way:


1. Branding
2. Content
3. Marketplace
4. Targeted marketing

I'm beginning to craft that grand experiment marketing plan now. Stay tuned for part II.

****

Maddie James aka Sophie Jacobs writes to silence the people in her head. Find out more at www.maddiejames.com

Friday, June 8, 2018

Taking my website into the mobile age by Jan Scarbrough


So, the young guy at work looked at my website on his cell phone. He said it needed to be bootstrapped.

Bootstrap?

“A loop of leather or cloth sewn at the top rear, or sometimes on each side, of a boot to facilitate pulling it on.” Dictionary.com

Huh?

I’ve heard the idiom: “Pull (oneself) up by (one's) bootstraps, to help oneself without the aid of others; use one’s resources: I admire him for pulling himself up by his own bootstraps.” Dictionary.com

But what does bootstrap have to do with my website? Little did I know, everything! My 2012 version of janscarbrough.com was outdated. It needed to be bootstrapped!

“Bootstrap is a free and open-source front-end framework (library) for designing websites and web applications.” Wikipedia

Not to get into the details (which I don’t understand anyway), quite simply, developers can use this product to make websites easier to view on mobile devices like phones and tablets. Let’s face it, how many people own a landline phone? (Me!) Most phones are mobile, and they do more than voice communication. Our phone, for many people—especially younger people—is our lifeline. We do everything on our phones from texting to paying bills. So, it makes sense that if you want your website viewed, you must make it viewable via a mobile device.

Therefore, let me introduce you to the 2018 version of www.janscarbrough.com! It is not officially finished, but close.

What do you think?



Wednesday, June 6, 2018

DO I WANT TO BE A PRINCESS? by Hannah Rowan


Is marrying a prince really a happy ending to a fairy tale?

Memories of the latest royal wedding are fading into history, but I’ve been catching up on You Tube clips of the highlights of the event.  Yes, all the pageantry was interesting.  And the clothes.  And the guest list.

But what really held my interest was speculation about what the main characters were thinking while the eyes of millions of people watched their every move.

I know what I’m generally thinking when I’m sitting through a long ceremony.

Do I have time to stop for milk on the way home?

I didn’t take anything out of the freezer for dinner.

I really need a new pair of shoes.  I saw some really cute ones on QVC the other day.

And then perhaps I’ll have some thoughts about the people sitting through the ceremony with me.  I might envy a woman’s ability to pull together an outfit while wondering if the woman next to her owns a mirror, because that outfit…well.

And because I’m a writer I’ll start making up stories about the people I’m looking at.

But a prince’s bride most likely doesn’t have to worry about stocking the fridge.

She does, however, have to worry about what her life is going to be like once she says “I do.”

I’m pretty sure the royals don’t have one bit of privacy.  They’re not only scrutinized every time they go it in public, but their homes seem to be cluttered with all manner of servants and aides and advisors and whatnot.

While I would greatly appreciate having someone cook all my meals, I don’t think I need witnesses should I decide to spend the day in my sweats, binge-watching Gray’s Anatomy and eating a few pints of Ben & Jerry’s.  Are the royals even allowed to do such things?

Could their lives really be as perfectly proper and polite as they appear on the surface?

And do they really have to wear those totally bizarre hats?

Monday, June 4, 2018

Happy Cajun Monday! By Connie Vines

It may be the cool weather, or the fact I’m writing an anthology set in New Orleans, Louisiana—or I’m simply hungry this morning,  but I’d thought I share a few recipes you might like to sample.

Creole Coffee

"Good and simple. Rich, dark-roast coffee and chicory, molasses, and cream makes for a delicious cup of coffee."

1 cup of hot brewed coffee with chicory.  Stir in 1 tablespoon of molasses and 1 tablespoon of half & half (or more to taste).

* If your local market doesn't stock French Market ground coffee, you may shop on line.  My fav: Cafe du Monde.

Pain Perdu 


"Pain Perdu is a special New Orleans-style French Toast. The most tender version is made with wide loaves of French or Italian bread. Its great flavor comes from the orange brandy in the batter."

5 eggs
½ cup sugar
2 Tablespoon of orange liquor (I substitute traditional orange juice)
12 slices of white bread
In a large bowl, combine eggs, sugar, milk, brandy and orange zest. Beat until thick and foamy. Pour mixture into a shallow pan. Soak bread slices in the mixture for 1 to 2 minutes on each side until they are thoroughly soaked through.
Heat a griddle or frying pan over medium heat. Lightly spray griddle with cooking spray. Cook the bread slices 1 to 2 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Serve hot.

Cajun-Style Eggs Benedict 



"Forget the English muffins, Canadian bacon, poaching eggs and harassing Hollandaise sauce. This biscuit, egg, and andouille sausage breakfast topped with a simple Mornay sauce is terrific."
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 c milk
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
1 dash Tabasco Sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste
4 large buttermilk biscuits cut in half
¼ cup vegetable oil
½ lb. Andouille Sausage cut in 2-inch slices
8 eggs

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in the flour, and stir until the mixture becomes paste-like and light golden brown, about 3 minutes. Gradually whisk the milk into the flour mixture, and cook over low heat. Cook and stir until the mixture is thick and smooth, about 10 minutes. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and hot sauce; season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep warm over low heat.

Meanwhile, warm the biscuits in a toaster oven and keep warm. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the andouille pieces into the skillet cut-side-down. Cook until golden brown, then turn over and cook until browned on the skin side; remove and keep warm. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Crack four of the eggs into the hot pan, and cook until the egg whites have firmed about halfway through, about 1 minute. Gently flip the eggs over, and cook 10 to 20 seconds more until the other side has just firmed on the outside. Repeat with the remaining eggs.

To assemble, place two biscuit halves onto each plate, cut-side-up. Divide the andouille sausage among the biscuits, then top each biscuit with an egg. Finally, spoon some of the sauce over each egg and serve.

Please stop by my web page or click on the provided link to read samples of my novels.

I’ll be working on revisions while I sip by Creole Coffee.

Happy Reading,
Connie


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Friday, June 1, 2018

New Book Love @JoanReeves #GemsInAttic

You know what authors totally love? Publishing a new book. So I'm thrilled to finally have Second Chance Bride, Book 2 of All Brides Are Beautiful, published and available for readers.

Backstory

My biggest problem in writing this book was redeeming Constance Quinn, the cold and unloving stepmother to Maddie Quinn, who was introduced in Book 1, April Fool Bride.

I had emails from readers who hated Constance! Could Constance be redeemed?

Maddie, now happily married to Jake Becker, thought so. (Pardon me if I treat these characters as if they're people I know. *g*) I guess you'll have to read this sexy, heartwarming romance novel and decide for yourself.

About Second Chance Bride

Constance Quinn is the Ice Queen—can Alex Martinez turn her ice into steam?

She left town at eighteen, wanting to leave behind all the pain and heartbreak. She reinvented herself as wealthy, successful Constance Quinn. The only problem is there's no room for love or relationships in her rigidly controlled existence.

Now older and wiser and having made peace with her stepdaughter, she's determined to find the part of herself that got lost in her transformation.

A blonde with curves in all the right places.

That's what Alex Martinez thinks when he sees Constance. When they touch, something hot and urgent passes between them. Their attraction is mutual. Their desire is palpable.

Although Constance cannot resist a kiss from Alex, she knows she's playing with fire because he is the one man she can never have.

Second Chance Bride is Book 2 of All Brides Are Beautiful. Here's an excerpt I hope you'll enjoy.

Excerpt, Second Chance Bride

Despite the sultry evening, Constance Quinn felt chilled. This was the house. His house. Every room blazed with lights. The air vibrated with pounding music, accompanied by loud splashes, girlish squeals, and booming laughter. She should leave.

Yet, she remained rooted, staring at the house for several more minutes before she turned—and literally bumped into a man. A startled gasp escaped her, and she gave a nervous laugh. “Where did you come from?”

He took a step backward, as if knowing she felt threatened, and pointed toward the house she’d been studying. “From across the street.”

His voice captured her attention despite the noise in the background. When he stepped forward, into the pool of light cast from a street lamp, her eyes widened and chill bumps swept over her arms as she realized who he was.

His online photo didn’t do justice to his unruly dark hair and warm brown eyes. He didn’t look like anyone’s idea of a history professor. Not with those broad shoulders, lean waist, and carved biceps. Unexpectedly, a wave of heat flashed through her, chasing away the chill.

“I’m Alejandro, but just about everyone calls me Alex.” He pointed again to the house across the street. “That’s my house. I hope the noise and lights didn’t disturb you.”

His easy smile made her breath catch. She could only shake her head in response. She found herself taking a step toward him. Oh, dear. She curled her hands into fists to keep from reaching out to touch him. Her pulse beat erratically. Suddenly, she felt threatened by…what?

His intense masculinity?

She took a deep breath and made herself articulate what she was feeling, rather than stuff her feelings into the hole in her soul and pretend they didn’t exist. What was she feeling?

Attraction? Yes. But also...desire.

No! That was crazy. She was the Ice Queen. She didn’t feel desire—especially not after just meeting the man a few minutes ago. She bit back a groan. Why this man?

Even if she wanted him, he was the one man she could never have.

Postscript

Thanks for reading this excerpt. Now, I'm back to writing. Have a great June!

Joan Reeves is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance.

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.

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