Mel Teshco’s Lady In Red

melteshcoHi everyone, today I’m excited to introduce you to talented Australian author, Mel Teshco who is writing for the new Tule’s latest imprint, Eros.  The Eros imprint is all about hot…hot, hot and erotica and Mel’s new Eros release, Lady in Red certainly notches up the heat.

Like many authors, Mel is first and foremost, a dreamer.  She’s also a mother of three gorgeous girls and lives with a semi-patient husband, two fat horses, one crazy Belgian shepherd and three cats who run the house.  Mel claims writing keeps her sane and I am so glad she continues to find the time to do it because her new story has just the right kick of dreaminess and sexy heat to keep readers entertained!

I invited Mel to stop by and talk to us about her new story.  Please help me give her a warm welcome!

Welcome Mel!

 

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in the call girl industry? What entices young women into the trade? And why some women love their work while other women feel as if they have no choice?

Ever since the movie Pretty Woman came out, I’ve been fascinated by the culture, and have read some enthralling non-fiction books on the subject. Having said that, the heroine in my story is entirely from my own imagination!

Meet Brandy—Kate Matthews in her ordinary life—the heroine in Lady in Red, releasing Feb 2nd. Brandy loves her job, but billionaire philanthropist and client, Blaine Leo Waymann, threatens everything she’s worked for by tempting her into his own world and putting everything at risk, including her heart.

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Brandy hasn’t had an easy childhood. Bullied as a child, and losing everyone she’s ever loved, she’s not about to give into Blaine’s demands. Not without a fight. Not if there’s even a minute possibility she’ll get hurt. Being a call girl gives her the financial security she craves, and no one will take that away from her. Not even when she begins to question her job of choice.

I loved writing this story, so much so that I’m making a series, tentatively titled: VIP Agency, for each of Brandy’s call girl friends. In future stories you’ll also get to know Scarlet, Tiffany and Savannah. And perhaps one other call girl who is not yet introduced into book one. More news on her later…

In the meantime, grab a glass of red (or your liquid of choice) snuggle up on your armchair or under the covers of your bed and please enjoy the Lady in Red.

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Thank you, Mel, for sharing with us!  Readers, if you like romances with a lot of heat, do be sure to download a copy of Mel’s Lady In Red! As always, I’ve also got a fun treat for one of you.  Leave a comment for a chance to win a $15 gift card to the e-retailer of your choice (Kobo, Amazon, iBooks, B&N, or Google Plus)!  Contest ends on Monday with winner announced on Tuesday.

New Release! The Tycoon’s Forced Bride

It’s here! My new release, The Tycoon’s Forced Bride is now live and available for sale! I’ve been so excited and looking forward to sharing this with you.

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Malcolm McKenzie will never forget that night in New York when he put Ava Galvan in a taxi following a heated argument, and the Argentine beauty was involved in an horrific accident—one that ended her career as an acclaimed soloist with the Manhattan Ballet, and impaired her memory and ability to live an independent life.

The Scottish tycoon and philanthropist lives with his guilt, and another consequence:  Ava was pregnant with his child the night of the accident.  Ever since, Malcolm has raised Jack as a single father.

But Ava is stronger now, and Jack wants his mommy to come home.  Malcolm has never stopped wanting her and he’s determined to do whatever it takes to claim Ava—with or without her consent.

The early reviews have already started coming in and I’m thrilled readers are enjoying the story!

“Reading this during a cold winter day can heat up your blood. The steamy scenes between Colm and Ava can bring even the subzero temperature to sizzling.”  – Marinela Book Review

“5 stars….An inspiring and romantic read.” – Isha Coleman, Rock Book Reivews

I hope you’ll download your own copy of The Tycoon’s Forced Bride for sale at these e-retailers:

Amazon | Barnes&NobleiBooks | GooglePlay | Kobo

Do let me know what you think once you’ve had a chance to read it and if you feel inclined, please leave a review for it online too!

Before I sign off, I am feeling the love and in the mood to celebrate with you!  I’ve got a fun mystery prize for one fabulous reader and I hope that reader is You!  For a chance to win, leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win.  Contest ends Tuesday with the winner announced on Wednesday!

PS: If you’re a KOBO reader, you can get 50% off The Tycoon’s Forced Bride, or any other story for the next few days! Just use this Promo Code at checkout when buying from the KOBO site: JAN1650.

Visalia – My Hometown

I love these shots of my hometown and Visalia’s beloved Fox Theatre! I rode my bike down Main Street every day on my way to ballet.

frog_450x2-138x215What’s your hometown? Do you still live there or have you moved away?  Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of The Frog Prince.  My heroine, Holly Bishop was a Visalia girl too!  Contest ends Tuesday with winner announced Wednesday.

 

A Chat with Lark O’Neal

LarkONealPhotoI’m a huge fan of  Lark O’Neal and so excited she was able to join me on my blog to talk about her new release, Extreme.  Lark is an inspiration and something of a mentor so please help me welcome Lark to JaneBlog!

Lark, please tell us about the premise of your new release, Extreme.

Extreme kicks off my new series, Going the Distance II: YOLO.  It’s about a group of young backpackers and travelers in exciting locations across the planet.  Up first is Iceland, land of ice and fire, where a volcano causes all kinds of trouble.

Kaitlin Bouvier has been in love with her friend Tyler forever, so when he texts her from Iceland saying he’s in trouble, she’s more than eager to fly to his side and try to rescue him, even though she knows there is no hope.

At the airport, she meets Gabe Walsh, the opposite of Tyler in everyway—but very, very hot. He talks her into going to the Blue Lagoon, and the two discover an extreme attraction. The trouble is, both have a serious passion in life that has nothing to do with falling in love.  Graduate student Gabe is studying volcanoes, while Kaitlin is an Olympic snowboarder—there’s just no way they’ll ever both be on the same Continent, much less the same town.  It’s hopeless—and they agree to just have a fling. A very, very hot fling.

But when the volcano blows, they’re stranded together and discover they just might be soul mates.

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What sparked the idea for this novel?  Do you draw inspiration from real life for your stories?

Kaitlin was a minor character in the first Going the Distance series. She’s Tyler’s friend and I loved her rugged athleticism and straightforward attitude. I also went to Iceland last January and it was crazy, amazing—and so dark.  Because it’s cheaper in winter, there were a bunch of young travelers around and I was intrigued by them.  I am a very serious traveler and have been to a lot of places (with more still on the list!!).  Readers loved going to New Zealand in EPIC, and asked for other countries.  Iceland was very high on the list, so it was an easy choice.

Will there be more books connected to this one?

The YOLO series will follow some of the characters readers will meet in this book to England, Venice, Australia—and who knows where else? Next up is Chelsea’s story, FIERCE, out in April.

Why did you choose to write this book?  What keeps the attraction alive for this genre for you?

People have been asking me a lot why I ventured into New Adult, as I have a successful career in women’s fiction and romance (as Barbara O’Neal and Barbara Samuel). Why add a new genre?  A fair question.

The answer is really pretty simple: these books speak to me.  At nineteen, you have autonomy, but not much experience making choices.  Life is huge and decisions can have enormous consequences—both good and bad—and luck plays into it all, too.  Also, love is real and deep and intense—really intense. I love that. It suits my voice.

I wrote the first one, Random, in a few weeks. It arrived whole and insisted it had to be written—and I was off.  Here it is, three years later, and I’ve written six of them.

You’ve got to take a trip suddenly, with just twenty minutes to pack and you don’t know how long you’ll be gone.  What 5 things would you absolutely have to take with you – besides clothing?

iPad.

Book in case of iPad failure (I once broke a Kindle as I got on the plane in Denver to fly to the UK and was desperate by the time I landed. Nine. Hours. With. No. Book.) Good English teabags.

Notebook and pen (of course).

A tiny tin of watercolors and paintbrush.

What’s your astrological sign?  Do you read your horoscopes or is it all malarkey in your opinion?

I’m a Gemini, with a Taurus moon and Aquarius rising.  That means I’m a restless rebel and easily bored, but also rooted in things like growing gardens and cooking meals to make a home.  I love to travel, but I love to come back.  I’m a very loyal friend and a big talker.  And there was probably no other possible career for me but writing.  I’m just too odd to make anything else work.

Is it malarkey? Maybe. Maybe not.

How may fans contact you? 

Lots of ways! Larkoneal @gmail.com  larkoneal.com https://www.facebook.com/LarkONealAuthor

You can also find me on Instagram.

Thanks for having me, Jane!  xoxox

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Lark, it’s been such a pleasure to chat with you and I am so looking forward to reading Extreme!  Readers, do check out Lark’s new release and if you read it, drop Lark an email and let her know what you think of it.  Authors always like to hear from readers and I know Lark would love to hear from you.

Look for Extreme at these online retailers:
Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay

Meanwhile, I have a festive holiday themed giveaway for one of you, a box jam packed with treats and fantastic reads by three of my favorite authors, along with a couple signed books by me, too!  Don’t miss this special prize box and you can enter the giveaway by leaving a comment for Lark below.  The winner will be drawn late on Christmas day, and the winner announced on December 26th.  Hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend.  Much love to you!

Q&A with A Special Guest!

IMG_3583Today I’m introducing you to a rather special guest who has been one of my long-term readers, and through our shared loved of books and stories, we’ve also become friends.  It thrills me to share that Denise Stout is now also a debut author!  Denise’s story, Christmas Miracle on Oyster Bay is one of the stories featured in the Then Comes Winter anthology and I couldn’t be happier for her.

Please join in giving a warm welcome to Denise Stout!

  1. You came to publishing in a non-traditional path by entering a writing contest, what made you decide to enter?

I’ve been writing for several years. A friend suggested entering judged writing contests would give me good feedback on my writing strengths and weaknesses and point me in the right direction toward a better finished story. I saw a contest on a book blog, and it had several things which interested me: it was a judged contest, they wanted the story to be an Austenesque romance, and there was a chance to be published if I placed high enough.

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Then comes Winter with bluster and snow,
that brings to our cheeks the ruddy glow…” 
—Gertrude Tooley Buckingham
If you long for a toasty snuggle on a cold winter’s night, this compilation of original short stories inspired by the magic of the holiday season—and more than a nod to Jane Austen—is fancied as a sublime wintertime treat. 
On the heels of the summer anthology, Sun-kissed: Effusions of Summer, and in concert with some of Meryton Press’s most popular authors, this romantic anthology introduces more promising writers.
With a robust mix of contemporary and Regency musings, Then Comes Winter rekindles passionate fires with equal wonder, wit, and romance.

  1. Are you a fan of Jane Austen?

I do consider myself to be a Janeite, though I read all romance–contemporary, regency, cozy mysteries, etc… I write contemporary romance. I love all of the works by Austen and felt there was a good chance I could pull it off without making it fanfiction. It has a subtle feel of Pride and Predjudice, but it’s a contemporary romance–someone not familiar with Austen would still enjoy it because it’s a standalone romance.

  1. Do you have future writing plans?

I have a few stories fighting to get out. I’m working on the characters and plotting a little, but I’m more of a pantser when it comes to writing. I’m looking forward to possibly writing a series based in the town setting from my story.

  1. Share something most people don’t know about you.

I’ve appeared in two different commercials for cleaning products. I earned my SAG credentials on the first one which ran nationally on cable. I bought my dining room furniture with that money. The second commercial was on HGTV, and I appeared with the star of one of their shows. It was filmed in my kitchen. I received a lot of free product for that commercial.

  1. Do you have a special place or time to write?

I write when the kids are at school, because I’m usually too busy after school. My dining room table has become my desk. When my husband found out I was writing–I kept it a secret for a while–he bought me a laptop. I left the office for the dining room. It’s less distracting, but it still has a window.

  1. What do you use for inspiration?

I love to listen to music when I write or mentally plot. Top 40, Country, sometimes Hard Rock or Old School Rap. 80s music. While I like quietude, I can’t stand complete silence. I need something in the background, even if it’s just white noise. Music is a great solace.

  1. Do you collect anything odd?

I love hearts. When I was a kid, if my brothers and I had something alike, my mom marked each item with a unique symbol–mine was a heart. You’ll probably find at least one heart in most of the rooms in my house, except for my boys’ rooms. A wooden bowl, a heart shaped stone, milagros, nothing too 80s cheesy or kitschy (I got rid of those), some are subtle like the iron scroll on the light above my kitchen sink or obvious like a pillow made from a vintage quilt. I buy them with purpose now.

  1. Favorite thing to wear?

Bracelets. So easy to change out, different styles to dress up or down, fun way to accessorize, easy on the budget, and because they’re fluid, I have less problems with allergic reactions to unknown materials.

Denise Stout dreamed about writing from a very early age, guided along the way by some special teachers who took interest in her writing and encouraged her to pursue her words in print. She loves to write stories about strong women who strive for the best in life, sometimes faltering, but who always have the fortitude to pick themselves back up again while finding love along the way.
A frequent contributor to FindSubscriptionBoxes.com, she also reviews books, movies, and products. When not driving carpools, watching her boys play sports from the sidelines, volunteering or other activities, she loves to read. And write. Or watch Jane Austen adaptations. Denise lives in the Baltimore area with her husband and three sons.

Find Denise on Twitter: @denisestoutauth or Email her at: denisestoutauthor@gmail.com

Thank you, Denise for sharing with us and huge congrats on your debut release!

I’m so excited for you and readers, I hope you’ll show Denise some love too and get your copy of Then Comes Winter soon.  And I’m always happy to share some love with you, too, so here’s a fun giveaway for you!  Leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win a box of holiday reads and festive treats, including a signed copy of my Kidnapped Christmas Bride, and Denise’s story anthology, Then Comes Winter.  The giveaway closes Friday and the winner will be announced  Saturday.  Good luck!

 

Recommending Awesome November Reads!

This Thanksgiving, Ty and I are in Louisiana with the boys and we’re touring historic plantations, overnighting at one of the most haunted buildings in the US (the Myrtles Plantation!), and spending a few days in New Orleans enjoying the French Quarter.  In between sight-seeing, I’m also looking forward to doing a lot of reading and have loaded my kindle with some great books!

First on my list is Put A Ring On It by Beth Kendrick.  Some of you may recall reading previously on my blog that I met Beth a number of  years ago at a tea hosted by John Charles, former RWA Librarian of the Year.  I remember reading one of Beth’s womens fiction stories and becoming an instant fan, loving her fresh, fun voice and flirty writing style.  As always, I’m thrilled every time she has a new book out so this month and available in stores today, November 3rd, is Beth’s new book, Put A Ring On It, which I cannot wait to read!

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The author of New Uses for Old Boyfriends returns to the Delaware beach town of Black Dog Bay, where one woman learns to put passion before practicality…
Brighton Smith doesn’t do outrageous. As an insurance actuary, she’s trained to assess risk and avoid bad investments. But when her fiancé calls to confess he’s married someone else on a whim (“I looked at her and I just knew!”), she snaps…
That night, at a local bar, Jake Sorensen—hot, rich, and way out of her league—buys Brighton a cocktail. At midnight, she kisses him. And by dawn, they’re exchanging vows at a drive-through chapel.
Brighton knows Jake is a bad bet, but she doesn’t care. After a lifetime of playing it safe, she’s finally having fun. Until the whirlwind romance gives way to painful reality…and Brighton finds out the truth about why a guy like Jake married a girl like her. With her heart on the line and the odds stacked against them, Brighton must decide whether to cut her losses or take a leap of faith that this love affair is one in a million.

Look for Beth’s new release at one of these online retailers:
Amazon | Indie Bound | Barnes & Noble

Next, I’m really looking forward to reading The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris.

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From New York Times bestselling author Kristina McMorris comes an ambitious and heartrending story of immigrants, deception, and second chances.
On a cold night in October 1937, searchlights cut through the darkness around Alcatraz. A prison guard’s only daughter–one of the youngest civilians who lives on the island–has gone missing. Tending the warden’s greenhouse, convicted bank robber Tommy Capello waits anxiously. Only he knows the truth about the little girl’s whereabouts, and that both of their lives depend on the search’s outcome.
Almost two decades earlier and thousands of miles away, a young boy named Shanley Keagan ekes out a living as an aspiring vaudevillian in Dublin pubs. Talented and shrewd, Shan dreams of shedding his dingy existence and finding his real father in America. The chance finally comes to cross the Atlantic, but when tragedy strikes, Shan must summon all his ingenuity to forge a new life in a volatile and foreign world.
Skillfully weaving these two stories, Kristina McMorris delivers a compelling novel that moves from Ireland to New York to San Francisco Bay. As her finely crafted characters discover the true nature of loyalty, sacrifice, and betrayal, they are forced to confront the lies we tell–and believe–in order to survive.

Look for The Edge of Lost here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

I’ve always been a huge historical romance fan and Elizabeth Hoyt is one of my all time favorite authors so I’m especially looking forward to reading her new release, Sweetest Scoundrel.

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Prim, proper, and thrifty, Eve Dinwoody is all business when it comes to protecting her brother’s investment. But when she agrees to control the purse strings of London’s premier pleasure garden, Harte’s Folly, she finds herself butting heads with an infuriating scoundrel who can’t be controlled.

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Bawdy and bold, Asa Makepeace doesn’t have time for a penny-pinching prude like Eve. As the garden’s larger-than-life owner, he’s already dealing with self-centered sopranos and temperamental tenors. He’s not about to let an aristocratic woman boss him around . . . no matter how enticing she is.
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In spite of her lack of theatrical experience-and her fiery clashes with Asa-Eve is determined to turn Harte’s Folly into a smashing success. But the harder she tries to manage the stubborn rake, the harder it is to ignore his seductive charm and raw magnetism. There’s no denying the smoldering fire between them-and trying to put it out would be the greatest folly of all . . .

You’ll find Elizabeth‘s release available for download here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Another favorite author I always love reading is Kelly Hunter and she’s got the perfect story for the holidays in  A Bad Boy For Christmas!

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How can he protect his family when he no longer knows what family is?
Cutter Jackson’s perfect world is crumbling. A new-found half-brother, a father short on answers, and a woman who challenges his every word will do that to a man. He’s losing his authority, his morality and his restraint with every breath. And there’s still Christmas and New Year to navigate.
Street-savvy Mia Blake isn’t looking for a place in the family Cutter loves so much. As for the lust that sparks between them, Mia’s more than happy to fan those flames and drive them both a little nuts. She can handle it. She can handle him right up until the moment Cutter decides he wants more than a holiday fling…

Look for Kelly’s new release here: Amazon | iBooks

I’m such an avid book girl and always looking for great reads and there’s nothing I love more than talking about books.  Have you added any good books to your TBR lately?  Can you recommend a great holiday read for me?  Share with me and one of you will win a signed print copy of my Taming of the Sheenans anthology (which includes the first three stories in the Taming of the Sheenan), a $5 Starbucks drink card, a festive ornament and some great reader swag.   Giveaway closes Dec 1st with the winner announced Dec 2nd!

New Book and a Festive Giveaway!

I am so happy the holidays are here and that I have a new book,  A Christmas Miracle for Daisy releasing today!

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I love Thanksgiving—the turkey and feast, the gathering of family, the big football game followed by an evening movie.  But I also love it because it kicks off my favorite four weeks of the year.   I’ve always loved the way sturdy brown, beige and orange gives way to the sparkle and shimmer of Christmas.

Most of you know I have a weakness for Christmas.  I start Christmas shopping after Labor Day and love thinking about what would make the perfect gift for each member of my family.   My kids and husband say I am terrible at receiving gifts—it’s true, I don’t know why—but I do love to give them.

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Last June I flew to Seattle next to a stout older man with white hair and a beard and I thought that if Mac was with me, he wouldn’t be able to take his eyes off the man, convinced we were sitting next to Santa Claus.  The old man looked like the real thing, and by the time the plane arrived in Seattle, I had a brand new story…but it wasn’t the one I’d planned on writing for Cormac Sheenan!

I was so conflicted. I didn’t want to listen to the idea, but once the premise took hold, it wouldn’t let me go. I thought about it all summer and then when I sat down to write, Kris Krinkles kept popping up, and taking over. It’s definitely a miracle story, though, as well as a riff on the very popular film, Miracle on 34th Street.

I wrestled writing A Christmas Miracle for Daisy. It was a fierce battle, but I was committed, and determined that Daisy, Cormac, and Whitney have the happy ending they deserved. A Christmas Miracle for Daisy releases today and I hope you’ll love Kris Krinkles, my kindly old Santa, as much as I do. He’s truly a delight and made me giggle as he put tough, non-believing Cormac Sheenan in his place, while regaling four-year-old Daisy with his most inventive stories.

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A Christmas Miracle for Daisy has been released at $2.99 to give all my loyal readers a chance to scoop it up before it switches to $3.99 on November 30th.  If you’re following my complicated, tough Sheenan brothers, you won’t want to miss Cormac’s story!

Look for A Christmas Miracle for Daisy at these online retailers:
AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iBOOKS | GOOGLE PLAY | KOBO

I’m celebrating the new book with a great giveaway and I’d love your help in spreading the word about my new release.  For a chance to win, share my $2.99 Santa graphic on your social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google etc. – anywhere you like) and then come back and leave a comment below, letting me know where you’ve shared it.  I’ll pick a winner on November 30th and you could win this fun holiday prize!  (To share the graphic, right click on the Santa-with-finger-on-lips image and save it to your computer.  Then share on your choice of social media.)

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Have a wonderful week and much love to you. As ever, I am so very thankful to have you in my world.  I wouldn’t be here, writing, without you!

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year with Maggie Marr

Maggie-MarrI am so happy to have guest author Maggie Marr here today.  Maggie isn’t just a really cool author, and the President of the Los Angeles RWA Chapter, and an entertainment attorney, and the film agent for several of my projects, as well as the legal counsel for a fantastic little publishing company that is near and dear to my heart, (whew!  that’s a lot isn’t it?), she is also someone I love to bits.  I do.  She makes me a bit teary because she is that cool.

Why am I a fan of Maggie?  Because she’s strong and smart, passionate and loyal, and creative and real.  The real thing is what pushes her to the top.  She keeps it real even as she promotes opportunities for women, and sets the bar so high but then helps others get there.  As you can see, I’m full on fan girl for her, and I’m thrilled she’s here and you get to meet her and learn about her new story releasing today, A Billionaire for Christmas.

Maggie, welcome to my JaneBlog!

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I love Christmas, but once upon a time, I didn’t. For a long while, Christmas came with a host of pressures. Which parent did I spend the holiday with? What gifts should I get my family? How did I get all those gifts purchased, wrapped, and delivered to all my friends and family in time for the holiday? For a loooong while, (that kind of felt like forever) Christmas lost its joy for me.

So what happened?

My love for Christmas returned with the arrival of my children. Seeing the excitement of Christmas through their eyes rekindled my lost love for the holiday. As I built my own family and home, we created our own traditions for the holiday. The creation of these traditions lit my spark for Christmas. Now, I find myself getting excited for the holiday sometimes as early as September. My excitement usually begins when our youngest mentions (usually around the end of summer) that Christmas is coming and they absolutely can not wait. For our family, Christmas has become the time of year when we build in extra time. Extra time for shopping and baking and cooking and decorating. We do all these things as a family. I try to cut back on deadlines and often the pressure of our day-to-day existences eases with no school. This time of year has become one of joy and happiness for me.

Yes, I love Christmas again. With this rediscovered love, one of the traditions that I’ve built into my life is releasing a Christmas book.  My Christmas book this year is A Billionaire for Christmas, book 7 in my Eligible Billionaires Series. This is a long-lost love story. Shelly fled her home and her future when her brother died. Anthony’s heart froze when he lost Shelly. Now Shelly is home for Christmas and Shelly and Anthony must see if Christmas Magic can spark their romance.

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A Billionaire for Christmas
Anthony Travati will no longer live in his brother’s shadow. Determined to start his own financial group and sever his ties to Travati Financial Anthony will stop at nothing to gain his independence. Shelly Bello spent five years trying to escape the memories of her past. Now she’s putting her life back in order and has come home to spend Christmas with her grandmother. Anthony and Shelly were the couple most likely to marry but a tragedy tore them apart. Can their never-ending love and Christmas magic overcome the tragedy in their past and reunite these long lost lovers?

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A Billionaire for Christmas releases today and for a very limited time is only .99! From my family to yours have the most brilliant holiday season.

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Thank you, Maggie, for being here today and talking about Christmas and your new release.

Readers, to celebrate Maggie being on my blog, I have a I Love Los Angeles giveaway which includes a Los Angeles Starbucks mug, a Los Angeles Starbucks drink card, a signed copy of my Easy on the Eyes (you guessed it…set in LA!) and lots more fun reader swag.  I will also send the winner an ebook of her choice from Maggie’s backlist so tell me if you’ve ever been to Los Angeles and where you like to visit if you do come to Southern California!  Contest runs through Saturday with the winner announced on Sunday, Nov 22nd!

Featuring Karin Tabke…In A Bad Way!

4998_36914127_hrHappy November, everyone!  I hope your Halloween was fun.  I know I ate way too many mini & bite size sweets.  I’m swearing off candy today but it’s okay as I have a wonderful treat in store for me…Karin Tabke’s IN A BAD WAY releases today and it’s just downloaded to my e-reader!

I wasn’t sure how many of you know Karin so I have asked her to join us today.  I actually read Karin for years before I ever met her.

I was introduced to her as an author through my friends, Michelle and Tina, die-hard romance readers and promoters of romance, and when I had questions about  about digital publishing two years ago, Karin spent an hour on the phone with me giving me her thoughts and advice.  Karin isn’t just a talented writer, she’s a wonderful person, generous and supportive of all women, and I’m delighted to have her here today!  Welcome, Karin!

Karin, please tell us a little bit about yourself that is not commonly known. 

I used to raise boa constrictors and iguanas.  My kids loved it.

What do you love most about being a writer?

The storytelling part and the meeting readers part.

How many books have you got under your belt now?

20 and climbing. What’s the journey been like since you became published? Amazing. Crazy. Challenging.  I’m working harder now as a self-publishing author then I ever did as a New York published author. I love it. Does the thrill ever fade? No.

Why did you choose to write this book?

IN A BAD WAY is book four in my Bad Boys of the Bay series. Flynn showed up in BREAKING BAD book two.  I knew the moment he showed up on the page I wanted to get to know him better.  I also knew he needed an extra special lady.  Isadora Fuentes is something else. What attracted you to this genre? I married a hot cop so it’s only natch that I write them.  J

Please tell us about the premise of IN A BAD WAY. 

IN A BAD WAY is the story of two fractured souls who just want to be left alone but find their attraction to each other impossible to ignore.  They each have to go waaaay out of their comfort zones to make it work. But wanting to make it work isn’t always enough.  Sometimes you have to strip down to the raw center, pour alcohol on it and let it burn before you finally understand that THAT pain’s got nothing on the pain of living without that one person who lights you up.

This is Izzy and Flynn’s love story.  It will have you squirming in your seat, catching your breath, laughing out loud, sighing, getting angry, all while pushing you closer and closer to the edge of your seat.   I dare you not to fall in love with these two the way I did.

So? What happens when Mr. Suit and Tie meets Ms. Wild Style? A chemical reaction that leaves them both IN A BAD WAY.

Special Agent Flynn Ryker meets his match when Wild Style, a sexy little stripper with a big secret, lands in his lap, literately.

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Will there be more books connected to this one?

Yes!  Whose story is next? Hunter and Alex.

Does your main character, Izzy, have any characteristics that are similar to your own?

She does. She’s pretty fierce when it comes to protecting the people she loves.  She’s kind of a smart ass too with a big heart.  I wish I were as brave as she is.

Tell us more about Flynn’s personality.  What makes him tick?

Flynn is old school conservative.  He comes from money, is hot as hell, and highly intelligent.  Things have come easy to him until he meets a bodacious little stripper who turns his world inside out.  He’s lived his life thinking he wanted one thing but discovers he wants the polar opposite.  He spends much of the story fighting it.  But in the end, there is nothing he can do to prevent hurricane Izzy from breaching his heart and wreaking havoc with it.

What’s your own favorite scene from the book?

Oh gosh, I had so many!  I had so many laugh out loud moments as I wrote this story that I found myself smiling so much, my cheeks hurt.  But it’s also a deeply emotional story.  And sexy as hell.

What are you working on at the moment?

THE HARD WAY, Alex and Hunter’s story.  At the end of IN A BAD WAY, Izzy’s sister Alex is still missing.  In THE HARD WAY, we find out what happened to her.

How do you see the romance genre evolving in the next ten years?

I think we’re going to see darker more complex heroes and heroines as well as darker themed stories.

Based on everything you know today about the publishing industry and making it as a writer, is there anything you’d do differently if you had to do it all over again?

I would.  I’d write slower, and I’d be more strategic.

Describe your personality in 5 specific words. 

Passionate. Dedicated. Friendly. Compassionate. Grounding.

What advice would you give aspiring writers today?

Learn. Your. Craft. Be. Patient.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

My gratitude.  While I write because it’s my passion, it’s my readers that drive me to write better. I appreciate each and every one of them taking their hard earned dollars and spending it on my books.

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Thank you, Karin, for chatting with me and I’m really excited about your new release.  I do hope my readers check it out.

And readers, you know I love you, so there is a special giveaway celebrating Karin today.  I am giving away the first 3 stories in Karin’s The Chronicles of Katrina Series:  The Dare, Double Dose, and The Truth, plus fun reader swag and a $5 Starbucks drink card.   This is the series I read that I fell in love with.  Hot, sexy, interesting…loved it…and I think you will, too.  Have you read Karin yet?  Are you a fan?  If so, let me know which is your fav Karin Tabke story, or tell me something interesting you learned about Karin in the feature!  The contest runs through the 6th with the winner announced on November 7th.  Have a great week!

 

Celebrating Christmas with CJ Carmichael

I met CJ Carmichael in Victoria B.C. over 17 years ago and its been an incredible friendship.  Not only do we try to meet once a year for a writing retreat with Barbara Dunlop, our fellow Singletree pal, but we also now do a Montana adventure every Spring/Summer to CJ’s charming cottage at Flathead Lake.

This past June it was just CJ and me for a week and we did a little bit of everything:  wrote, shopped, brainstormed cover ideas for this year’s Montana Born books, attended a rodeo in Poulson, and spent a day in what must be God’s country–Glacier National Park.

I’m sharing a few pics from our visit to Glacier National Park below.  When we left her cottage for the peak we had no idea that we’d soon be hiking in shorts in snow!

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I think you can tell how much I love CJ.  She’s my buddy, my mentor, my touchstone, and a huge part of my heart, which is why  it gives me great pleasure to help celebrate her brand new Montana Born Christmas release, A Bramble House Christmas!

If you haven’t read her yet, do.  CJ’s stories are warm and smart, packed with emotion and characters you will love.  She writes the small town setting so very well and here’s her gorgeous Christmas story for 2015, and yes, this beautiful cover happened while we were in Montana last June!  (Thank you, Lee Hyat, for your awesome design.)

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Finn Knightly a.k.a. Finn Conrad wants to know why his recently deceased father left his nurse fifty thousand dollars after knowing her a mere six weeks. So he travels to Bramble House B&B in Marietta, Montana to find answers.

But Willa Knightly is not the conniving woman he expects to find. Before he knows it, Willa-and her six-year-old son Scout-are stealing his heart. And that’s before he finds out Scout’s secret and the real reason this Christmas is so important.

CJ Carmichael‘s A Bramble House Christmas is available for Download RIGHT NOW at the following online e-retailers:
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Start reading now!  Here’s a link to the excerpt too.  I have no doubt you’ll love this latest story in the Carrigans of the Circle C series.  (I personally love how CJ’s Carrigans intersect with my Sheenans.  It’s part of the magic of Marietta, Montana!)

As always, no new release celebration is complete without a special reader giveaway and I’ve put together a I Heart CJ Carmichael prize (the prize includes CJ’s anthology Let it Snow, my Taming of the Sheenan anthology, and a Calgary, Canada Starbucks mug). For a chance to win this tote packed with books and treats, leave a comment below, sharing with me what you like most about CJ’s Carrigans series (if you’ve read any of the books so far), or if you’ve read any of her other books. Contest ends on the 31st with winner announced on November 1st.

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