Lara Van Hulzen’s Recipe For Romance

I’ve been strapped in, working so hard to reach the deadline on my Harlequin Presents but it’s hard to resist all these fun books in the Bachelor Bake-Off!  Today I have another Bake-Off author, Lara Van Hulzen as a guest to tell us more about her book.

Welcome, Lara!

I began publishing with Tule after a surf lesson in Hawaii led me to connect with Jane. It’s a great story, really. One that I could see ending up in a book one day.

When Jane asked me if I would be interested in being a part of a Montana Born series about a Bachelor Bake Off, I jumped at the chance. I had never done a book in a series with other authors and it was a great learning experience, as well as a lot of fun.

I’m proud to be a part of the Bake Off Series, not only because of the other great authors involved, but because I was able to write a story set in the town of Marietta, Montana.  Jane and I talked about a potential storyline based on a wealthy family that lives in Marietta and from that came A Recipe For Romance.

Wes St. Claire is the oldest of four children. He runs the family estate, his father having made his fortune in television and broadcasting. While visiting his dad in Marietta, he’s suckered into being a part of the Bachelor Bake Off that’s raising money for Harry’s House, an after school activity center for kids. He agrees, but only because Noelle Olsen, a beautiful dance teacher that has caught his eye, agrees to help him learn to bake.

This was a fun story to write, not only because of the Bake Off setting, but because it’s the first in a four book series that will center around the St. Claire family. And I have to own up to the fact that I don’t bake. I love to eat desserts, but my daughter holds the status of baker in our household. She was a great help to me when it came time to pick recipes for A Recipe For Romance!

Do you enjoy baking or, like me, would you rather be the one to devour the finished product?

Look for A Recipe For Romance at these online retailers:
Amazon | iBooks | KoboAmazon UK

Thank you, Lara, for dropping by today and sharing with us.  Readers, don’t miss A Recipe For Romance!  I’m celebrating this release with Lara and there’s a special prize up for grabs!  Leave a comment for Lara and you’ll be entered to win a fun and sweet JP prize.  Contest ends Sunday with winner announced Monday.

Charmed By Chocolate with Steena Holmes

I was introduced to Steena Holmes through my very good friend CJ Carmichael.  I’d read Steena’s books long before I’d met her and I was so excited to meet Steena as she’d been such a good friend to CJ, as well as an inspiration to writers all over.  Steena has a huge heart and a passion for readers and writing and she’s one of the most giving authors I know, always willing to encourage and offer assistance.

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Steena Holmes, CJ Carmichael, Megan Crane and the Tule Team

I am so excited today to share that Steena’s new book is out, and it’s a Tule story, too!  Her delicious Charmed by Chocolate is the 6th book in the Love at the Chocolate Shop series which is set in the much loved town of Marietta, Montana.


When Leah ran off to Southern California, she hoped to leave freezing cold winters and unrequited love behind. She was never meant for a small town life and the timing with her longtime best friend–and secret soul mate–was always hopelessly off.
But after a mishap on the hit reality show Charming, Leah declares her love for Wade nationwide and is publicly dubbed “Lonely Leah.” She returns to Marietta to hide at her family’s home–from the media who wants to turn her into a human interest story, from the townspeople upset with her blunder, and most of all, from Wade, who wants to talk.
It took Leah leaving town to wake Wade Burns up to the reality that he’s head over heels in love with his best friend. But now that she’s back home, she’s giving him the cold shoulder. With chocolate and a grand gesture, can Wade charm his way back into Leah’s heart?

Steena Holmes is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the novels Saving Abby, The Word Game, Stillwater Rising and The Memory Child, among others. She won the National Indie Excellence Award in 2012 for Finding Emma as well as the USA Book News Award for The Word Game in 2015. Steena lives in Calgary, Alberta, and continues to write stories that touch every parent’s heart. To find out more about her books and her love for traveling, you can visit her website at www.steenaholmes.com or follow her journeys over on Instagram @steenaholmes where she’s always on the hunt to find the best chocolates around.

Look for Charmed By Chocolate at these online retailers:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay |
Amazon UK

This is a perfect Steena story, too, as no one loves chocolate like Steena Holmes.  Celebrate Charmed By Chocolate by posting a comment to Steena below, and one of you will win a fantastic chocolate and book prize package worth over $50.  This is a reader treat not to be missed!

 

A Chat With The Bachelor Bake-Off Authors

I love the new Montana Born series, Bachelor Bake-Off, as Marietta is near and dear to my heart, as are all the occupants,including those hunky bachelors.

For extra Bachelor Bake-Off fun I asked authors Jennifer Faye and Jessica Gilmore to interview each other to help introduce them and their wonderful stories to you.

Girls, I hand it over to you!

Jessica: Hello Jennifer, it was so much fun working with you on this series! Could you tell me a little about yourself?

Jennifer:  Hi, I’m Jennifer Faye. I live in the United States with my very patient and helpful husband and two needy furbabies aka cats. 😉 I’ve been writing for most of my life. When I was very young, I asked Santa for a typewriter. I was certain that one day I’d be a writer. I just didn’t know about all of the twists and turns there would be on my journey to being a multi-published author. But it has truly been a dream come true. What could be better than giving people their happily-ever-after’s?

And I am very fortunate to be able to work with an amazing group of authors on the Bachelor Bake-Off series. Jessica, you’ve been wonderful. Why don’t you tell us about yourself?

Jessica: Thank you! I’ve loved working with you all too. I l really enjoy being part of a series because it makes a solitary job into a really social one. I’m Jessica Gilmore and I live a whole ocean away in the north of England with my husband, my ballerina teen daughter, two cats and a very spoiled dog. I work part time for a conservation charity and I’m lucky enough to be a multi-published romance writer as well. Like you it was quite a journey to get here – I always thought I’d write regency romances for a start! Maybe one day I will… So tell me about your Bake-Off book? I can’t wait to read it.

Jennifer: My book, Sprinkled With Love, is the third in the series, but each book can be read as a standalone. They each contain their own HEA. It is a light-hearted romantic comedy with the most adorable cat with a mind of his own. 😉

What does one do with a matchmaking cat named Romeo?
Spirited and beautiful, Jillian Parker is one of Marietta’s newest business owners. Still, her mother worries about Jillian’s bare ring finger. So in order to give her mother something else to fuss over, Jillian adopts a cat named Romeo. He turns out to be anything but a docile lap cat. 
One snowy night, Romeo makes a break for it. With Jillian right on his heels, they have a near miss with a passing pickup driven by Avery Wainwright, one of Jillian’s closest friends. A rodeo accident has the sexy cowboy returning home to recuperate, and he’s not happy about it. 
So when Avery finds himself lassoed into the Bachelor Bake-Off, he turns to the one person who has always helped him out—Jillian. But will teaching him to take chances outside of the show ring have them both discovering that their feelings for each other run much deeper than they ever imagined?

Jessica, I just love the title of your book, Baking For Keeps. I’m fortunate that I’ve gotten some behind-the-scenes tidbits about your book and it sounds fabulous! Can you share with us a bit about the book?

Jessica: That sounds fabulous, I’m really looking forward to it. Mine is the fourth in the series – and there is a cat, Patchwork, but he is a very minor character. Lacey Hathaway has it all — a job she loves as a local radio DJ, a home with her adored, eccentric aunts and, best of all, a community after a childhood traveling with her musical parents. So what if her life is a little too safe? Marietta is everything to Lacey. Not only is she helping to organize the Bachelor Bake-Off and filming a documentary about the process, she’s also volunteered her brother as a Bachelor. But, when her brother backs out, Lacey has to find a last-minute replacement. And who better than her aunts’ lodger, gorgeous – if taciturn – Zac Malone?
Zac’s not exactly community-minded. In fact, he makes it clear that the sooner he’s out of Marietta the better. But when Lacey persuades him of the powerful impact the Bake-Off funds will have on local children, he decides to give it a go. On one condition. If he has to learn to bake, so does disaster-in-the-kitchen Lacey. Desserts aren’t the only thing heating up, and as the attraction flares and Zac makes plans to leave, Lacey’s beginning to realize that maybe there is a world beyond Marietta’s borders after all… if she’s brave enough to take that step.

As I mentioned earlier I do really enjoy writing series with other author -s but it does take some organisation! What did you find most challenging?

Jennifer: You’re right. Organization was the key to making this series work. For me, the most challenging part of this series was that all of the books were written to encapsulate the same time period, but they are from very different points-of-view. So it was the small details that had to be tied together in every book. And lucky for us, the Tule team was fabulous about smoothing out the details such as the bell that Mrs. Monroe uses at the beginning of the Bake-Off.

But the readers should be assured that the books are all quite different just like the characters in each romance.

How about you, Jessica? What did you find the most challenging?

Jessica: I think the same, making sure there are no continuity errors and not being able to head off anywhere I wanted without checking in first! Not only did all my details need to tie in with your books but I also had to make sure that the setting was absolutely right too – Marietta is a very well-known town and I’m sure the readers will pick up on anything I got wrong! But on the flip side it was great having four other authors there to answer questions and brainstorm the details with and the editorial team were so helpful too.

One of the hardest things for me was coming up with the recipes – especially the pie! Have you made any of yours?

Jennifer: Funny you should ask that question. While I was busy writing the book, I asked my husband to pick me up the ingredients for each item my hero bakes. It’s amazing all of the information that sprang to mind while I was baking the Montana Cowboy Cookies. It was a very helpful and delicious exercise. Sadly I ran out of time to bake the pie and cake. Luckily, I’d baked them in the past and was able to draw on my memories for those scenes.

Did you make any of your recipes? If so, which was your favorite?

Jessica: The cake is a recipe I made up once when I needed to use some apples and have repeated quite a lot so I was pretty confident with that. I don’t often bake cookies (or biscuits as we call them – the difference in language was a little bit of a challenge as well!) but I did make a version of the shortbread and, like Lacey and Zac, mixed it by hand. I can testify that it is a lot harder than using a mixer! The pie is a gamble. I haven’t made it so I have no idea if it works. I’ll have to give it a go sometime…

Jennifer: Jessica, thank you for chatting with me about the Montana Born Bake-Off series. I really enjoyed working with you and hope we get to do it again. And thanks to the Tule team for all they’ve done to make this fun series a reality.

Jessica: Absolutely, I’d love to work with you again too – and echoing your thanks to the Tule team. I hope the readers enjoy discovering the Bake-Off series as much as we did!

Download a copy of Sprinkled With Love:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay

Download a copy of Baking For Keeps:
Amazon  | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay

Thank you, Jennifer and Jessica for sharing your chat with us and for two wonderful stories in the Bake-Off series!  Readers, be sure to look for Sprinkled With Love and Baking For Keeps at your preferred online retailer.  If you enjoy them, be sure to drop the authors a line as I’m sure they’d love to hear your thoughts!

Now, to celebrate with Jennifer and Jessica for their new releases, I’ve got a fun JP prize lined up for not one but Two lucky winners.  For a chance to win, leave a comment below for Jennifer and Jessica and you’ll automatically be entered to win! Contest ends Tuesday with winner announced Wednesday.

Food Should be a Love Language with Shirley Jump

I’m buried under a tight deadline but wanted to tell you I’m so excited about the new Bake-off Bachelor series from Tule Publishing featuring books by some authors I love to read. Kicking off the series is an author I’m a big fan of – Shirley Jump! Shirley is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author who has published more than 60 books (in 24 languages!).  She also competes in triathlons and loves to have in-depth discussions about important things like chocolate and shoes!

I invited her to share something about her love of baking with us. Please give Shirley a warm welcome!

When I was a little girl, my mom used to bake bread every weekend. I’d get up in the morning, and she’d be in the kitchen, kneading the dough. Push, pull, flip. Push, pull, flip. Over and over, until the thick dough glistened and was ready for its final rise, then a trip to the oven. I’d go outside and play, and when I came in for lunch, the scent of fresh-baked bread would hit as soon as I opened the door. So rich and comforting, like a scented hug. My mom would brush the warm loaves with butter, and then cut off a couple slices and make me the world’s best peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

I don’t bake—I never did acquire my mom’s talent with things involving the chemical miracle of yeast and warm water—but I do love to cook. Some of my best memories are from dinners with my children, or times in the kitchen when one of them would help me mash potatoes or create a casserole. Now that my kids are grown up, I don’t have those dinners very often, and I do miss them.

My son, however, who worked for a couple of years at a diner type place, will sometimes cook for me. In his down time at work, he’d create his own concoctions. When I come home, tired or sick, he’ll tell me to sit down and he’ll make me something. It’s always amazing, always delicious, and a real gift of his creative talents.

I think food should be one of the love languages. So much preparation and time go into creating dinners and desserts, and thought about what the other person likes or doesn’t like. We put the plate before the one we love, then hold our breath, hoping every bite is going to hit them with joy. With a handful of ingredients and a couple of hours of time, you can tell the other person how much you love them, and how much you want to share that hour at the table with them.

Tell me, what is your favorite recipe to make for the one you love? Are you a cook or a baker? Or neither?

Look for Shirley’s book at these online retailers:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Thank you for sharing with us, Shirley! Readers, don’t miss this great series and do be sure to download Shirley’s book today.  I’m helping Shirley celebrate the launch of this delicious series so be sure to leave a comment below and you’ll be entered to win a fun JP prize! Contest ends at midnight on Friday with winner announced on Saturday.

New release! Away in Montana is here!

I’ve just returned home from the most amazing trip to the UK. I loved visiting the UK Mills & Boon/Harlequin office and spending some time with my editorial team and catching up with author friends was the highlight, but I’m so happy to be home with family for the holidays!

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Author friends and lovely editors from Harlequin Mills & Boon
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Jane with Megan Haslam, Megan Crane and Flo Nicols
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Megan Crane, Maya Blake and Jane

Today is an exciting one for me as my first historical romance, Away in Montana, is here! Though my Sheenans series has concluded, I love Marietta and my characters so much, that I decided to write about their family histories. Sinclair and McKenna’s story is the first in my new series, and I cannot wait to hear what you think of it!

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If you didn’t get a chance to pre-order it earlier, you can download a copy today at one of your favorite online retailers:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Google

Whenever you get around to reading it, I hope you’ll drop me a line to share your thoughts.  You know I always love hearing from you!

I have some lovely author friends with great releases for the holiday season and I added a few to my own kindle which I’ll be back to tell you about soon but in the meantime, let me leave you with a lovely, yummy quick and easy recipe for Mulled Wine.  It’s the perfect beverage to curl up with and get cozy to read.

Ingredients:
1 orange, sliced and seeded
1⁄2 cup sugar
2 cups water
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 bottle red wine
Directions:
Combine the orange, sugar, water, and spices in a large stainless steel or enameled pot.
Slowly bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 15 minutes.
Reduce the heat, add the wine, and slowly reheat but do not boil.
Serve warm in mugs.
Serves 8.

Last but not least, what’s a new blog and a new release without a fun giveaway to enjoy the celebration?!  I’ve got a festive prize pack full of goodness and tons of holiday cheer for one lucky winner and I hope it’s YOU!  Leave me a comment below, tell me if you enjoy historical romances and what was the last historical you really enjoyed, or share what you love most about the holidays.  You’ll automatically be entered to win!  Contest ends Friday night with winner announced on Saturday.  Happy Reading!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is next week and I’m trying not to panic as I have a book due Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, which means this next week is going to be long hours of writing, and Thanksgiving will be more of a “thankful mom even tried to find turkey” holiday this year.  Fortunately, the boys love me and are pretending that store bought pumpkin pie is as good as mom’s homemade ones.

9780373060337-284x450It’s funny how reality recedes when I’m writing a lot, and as I’ve been writing a lot I feel as if I’ve been traveling almost constantly, even though I’m just at my desk, in my chair.  Late December my next Harlequin Presents comes out, and early December, my historical romance set in Marietta Montana, releases.

Away In Montana, the first of my Douglas Ranch of Paradise Valley series, and set in 1889, when copper was king and the Northwest Territories were all becoming states, is a reunion romance and my favorite kind of story that is full of achy-breaky heart and lots of emotion.  I didn’t intend to write more Montana historicals when I finished this one, but I’ve become very attached to the 1880’s and 90s and story ideas keep whispering to me.  Check out some of my inspiration for this story on Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/thejaneporter/away-in-montana/ and you’ll see just how beautiful this world was inside my head!

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You know I love hearing from you, so please tell me what you’re doing for Thanksgiving, and I’ll be drawing 5 names from the comments for a special prize pack from me, consisting of a signed print copy of the gorgeous UK edition of Christmas at Copper Mountain and lots of special, festive reader treats.

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Sending you much love and wishes for a peaceful, joyful Thanksgiving week, and hoping you’ll be with your favorite people, whether they be friends or family!

Katherine Garbera’s Her Christmas Cowboy

kgReaders, I have another wonderful friend visiting JaneBlog today.  Please give a warm welcome to USA Today bestselling author Katherine Garbera, who isn’t just a friend of mine, but was the 4th author to join Tule!  When we realized we wanted some holiday stories I reached out to Katherine and she immediately agreed to write something for our new Marietta, Montana.

Please help me welcome the amazing, Katherine Garbera!

When Jane talked to me about Tule Publishing in Atlanta in 2013, I was immediately smitten with the idea of a publishing company that was run by authors.  I immediately said, “Hell, yes, I want to be a part of it!” and went home to start working on my first novella for Tule.  It was A Cowboy For Christmas.  When I started writing the book I knew I wanted Carson to have a large family of brothers, in fact there was a dearth of women in the Scott brothers’ lives.  But as I was crafting this five brothers one showed up fully formed inspired by an article I read.  And that brother was Lane Scott.

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I, like many authors, spend a good deal of my time when I’m not writing reading.  It might be books, magazines or articles on the Internet and this one article showed up out of the blue of a couple’s engagement photo shoot.  The groom was Jesse Cottle was a double-amputee who had been wounded in Afghanistan.  His story of heroism was inspiring and a little kernel of my own character was born.  But what really inspired me was when the photographer said that he wanted to get a shot of the couple in a field and the groom took off his prosthetics and the bride to be carried him out onto the field where they were going to take the photo.  She gave him a piggy-back ride and it captured my heart and my imagination.  You can read the article here.

It took me a long time to figure out the right heroine for Lane Scott.  And over those three years, I was inspired by more stories of courage from everyday people who went off to fight for their countries and came back to a changed lifestyle.  So Lane participates in the Invictus Games, he skis, he speaks at schools and veterans’ associations.  He comforts others and finds comfort himself in sharing his story and his recovery. But he has also been searching for a home again and Christmas is really for me about home and family.

Lane has physically been based in Marietta but he hasn’t found a reason to stay until he gets knocked off his feet by Felicity Danvers.  A sweet girl he knew in high school but had been too shy to do anything but smile at him.  Together they face the holidays together and the holiday season works its magic on them.

Her Christmas Cowboy is a story that many readers have asked for and I’m really happy that it is finally here for you to read.

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To celebrate I’m giving away a holiday gift pack which includes an autographed copy of Her Christmas Cowboy and some holiday goodies from the UK (including some chocolate, tea and recipes cards).  To be entered to win tell me your favorite part of the holidays.

Mine snuggly under a blanket with my hubby, drinking hot chocolate while watching our favorite holiday movies.  I have two ultimate favorites: Christmas Vacation and Elf!

Happy Reading!

Kathy 🙂

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Thanks so much for stopping by to share with us today, Kathy!  Readers, be sure to add Kathy’s books to your tbr pile this holiday season and be sure to leave a comment for Kathy below so you can be entered to win the fun prize she’s offering!  Contest ends on the 14th with winner announced on the 15th.  Happy Reading!

 

My Friend Susan Stephens

So happy to have my very talented friend, Susan Stephens on my blog today.  We go a long way back, having shared the same editor early on, as well as a love for alpha heroes and emotional stories!

Welcome, Susan!

ss1I’m so thrilled to be here. Thank you for inviting me, Jane!

I’ve just seen my 51st book for Harlequin Presents hit the shelves, and have been answering a lot of questions. What’s the best thing about writing romance, for example? The readers, of course! Meeting people across the world is a bonus I never imagined when I signed my first contract and the Internet has brought us all closer together, which I love.

What else is amazing? Meeting other industry professionals. And there’s no one I respect more than Jane, for all that she has achieved, and even more for the woman she is, sharing her love and her gift as a wordsmith so generously.

And just for being Jane! Unique, tender, and special—as well as a lot of fun!

Here’s a pic of the first time we met at a gorgeously romantic hotel in Chester, England, when I was a complete newbie, and so unbelievably thrilled to meet another author, especially one from the USA. We’re still friends. That’s how special this business is.

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When I attended the Romance Writers of America conference in San Diego this year, the first attendee I signed a book for, asked when I was going to write more polo books similar to my Acosta series. I just love her for that. I love my billionaire cowboys, and I love my readers, so I came home and started writing straight away.

ss3A new series is born!

My brand new Blood and Thunder series is a collection of stand-alone, no-holds-barred romance stories, set in the tough, unforgiving world of top-class polo. There’s passion and steamy action, as well as fiery, stand-up heroines to deal with those arrogant men.

Here’s the first novel in the series—available for purchase November 8th.  Up for pre-order now! Isn’t the cover great—the guy’s so hot!

This is my Russian billionaire hero, Alexei Riga.

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Here are the links for you…
Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | iBooks US | iBooks UK | iBooks CA | Kobo

And if that cover isn’t hot enough, here’s Book 2 in the series…

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My Romani Chieftain, Dante Formosa is the billionaire hero of Argentinian Billionaire, and Dante is hot, hot, hot!!  Pre-order now. Release date January 2017.

Coming soon in the same series…
Book 3 Spanish Gold
Book4 Cold Cache
to be continued…

I’ve had the best fun writing these red-hot stories, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Please don’t be shy. Join in with the chat on my Facebook page and on Twitter. The romance world is such a genuinely happy community that whatever else is going on in our lives, we can reach out and escape for a while, either by reading a new book, or by chatting with other fans of the genre.

Having the opportunity to hook up with you today has been great. Let this be just the start!
Susan xx

Find Susan on the web:
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Newsletter 

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81xzwxeb9dlThanks so much for stopping by today, Susan!  I’m so excited about your new releases and can’t wait to read them. 🙂  Readers, do check out Susan’s books and drop her a line to share your thoughts!  As always, there’s fun to be had with a great giveaway and Susan has generously decided to giveaway a digital copy of Christmas Tsar along with a signed copy of her latest Presents novel, A Diamond for Del Rio’s Housekeeper, together with Susan Stephens swag, and a special little gift just for you.  This giveaway is available globally so that no one is excluded.  Leave a comment for Susan and you’ll be entered to win!  Contest ends November 11th with winner announced November 12th.

 

Romance For a Cure – and a Giveaway!

For those of you who may not have received my newsletter today, here’s a quick recap – and a holiday treat!

Are you ready for some wonderful holiday reading? I am so excited to share that this holiday season, I will be part of NYT bestselling author Brenda Novak’s anthology to benefit Type 1 diabetes research.

My Sheenan book, A Christmas Miracle for Daisy, is included with many other wonderful stories by some of your favorite authors. All I Want For Christmas will be released November 1st but will be gone for good on December 31st. That means it’ll only be available for two months. Grab yours while you can. Pre-orders save 25%—and all proceeds go to #diabetesresearch.

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Pre-Order:
AMAZON US | iBOOKS | BARNES & NOBLE | AMAZON UK | AMAZON AU | AMAZON CA | KOBO | GOOGLE

So order your copy of the All I Want For Christmas collection now, for only USD $7.99 and let’s make a difference.

I’m hosting a special contest, and will be giving away a total of 4 prizes – 1 prize of a $25 giftcard to one lucky winner, and runner up prizes of fun holiday books and treats to 3 lucky winners.  How to be a winner?  Share the cover of the Christmas anthology with one of the retail links somewhere on social media, and then post that link in the comment section below.  Contest closes midnight October 31st PST and the winners will be announced November 1st, with all 4 names drawn via random.org!

 

More of those Scandalous Copelands!

In between celebrating my fifth wedding anniversary, and helping my middle son with his college applications, I’ve been trying to finisn the revisions on my next Harlequin Presents, which is Logan and Rowan’s story, the third and possibly final story, in my Disgraced Copelands series.

Logan and Rowan’s story hasn’t been scheduled yet, nor is there a cover, but I thought I’d let you see the world I use when creating.  Like so many authors today, I rely on Pinterest to help me world build, (check out my board) and then I also still use good old-fashioned bulletin boards, printing out pictures, layering in text and sometimes maps, or even color swatches to help inspire me when I’m writing.   This story features an American socialite and a Greek-Irish hero and I loved the setting…can you guess where much of the story is set by the pictures I’ve pinned?

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And here’s a quick sneak peek excerpt from Rowan and Logan’s story:

“Check your phone,” a deep, rough, impatient male voice echoed, this one most definitely not Joe’s.

           8b9ae725adaa4adcf996349ef87c2935 Logan turned swiftly, eyes widening as her gaze locked with Rowan Argyros’.  His green gaze was icy and contemptuous and so very dismissive.

            She lifted her chin, her press of lips hiding her anger and rush of panic.  If Rowan Argyros—her biggest regret, and worst mistake—was here, it could only mean one thing, because he wouldn’t be here by choice.  He’d made it brutally clear three years ago what he thought of her.

            But she didn’t want to think about that night, or the day after, or the weeks and months after….

            Better to keep from thinking at all, because Rowan would use it against her.  More ammunition.  And the last thing a former military commander needs is more ammunition.

            He didn’t look military standing before her.  Nor had he looked remotely authoritative the night she met him at the Bachelor Auction fundraiser to benefit children in war torn countries in need of prosthetics.  He’d been a bachelor.  She’d helped organize the event.  Women were bidding like mad.  He would go for a fortune.  She didn’t have a fortune, but when he looked at her where she stood off to the side, watching, she felt everything in her shift and heat.  Her face burned.  She burned and his light, green gaze remained on her, as the bidding went up, and up, and up.

            She bought him.  Correction: she bought one night with him.

            jp4And it only costs thousands and thousands of dollars. 

            The remorse had hit her the moment the auctioneer had shouted victoriously, “Sold to Logan Lane!”

            The intense remorse made her nauseous.  She couldn’t believe what she’d done. She’d filled an entire credit card, maxing it out in a flash for one night with a stranger.

She didn’t even know then what Dunamas Maritime was.  Insurance for yachts?  Ship builder?  Cargo exporter?

            He knew that, too, from his faint mocking smile.  He knew why she’d bought him.

            She’d bought him for his intense male energy.  She’d bought his confidence and the fact that of all the attractive men being auctioned, he was by far the most primal.  The most sexual.

            She’d bought him because he was tall and broad shouldered and had a face that rivaled the most beautiful male models in the world.

            She’d bought him because she couldn’t resist him.  But she hadn’t been the only one.  The bidding had been fierce and competitive and no wonder.  He was gorgeous with his deep tan, and long, dark hair—sun streaked hair—and his light arresting eyes framed by black lashes.  There was something so very compelling about him that you couldn’t look away.  And so she didn’t.  She watched him, and wanted him. Like every other woman at the charity event.

           jp5 They’d all looked, and wanted.  And many had bid, but she was the one who’d bid the longest, and bid the highest, and when the heart-pounding bidding frenzy was over, she came out the victor.

            The winner.

            And so from across the room that night he looked at her, his mysterious light hazel eyes holding hers, the corner of his mouth lifting, acknowledging her victory.  Looking back she recognized the smile for what it was—mockery. 

            He’d dared her to bid, and she had, proving how weak she was.  Proving to him how easily manipulated.

            By morning he would hate her, scorning her weakness.  Scorning her name.

           jp3 But that hadn’t happened yet.  That wouldn’t happen until he’d taken her again and again, making her scream his name as she climaxed once, twice, and then after a short sleep, two more times before walking out the door the next morning.

            The sex had been hot, so hot, and so intense, and so deeply satisfying.  With anyone else it might have felt dirty, but it hadn’t been with him.  It’d just felt real.  And right.

            But she did feel dirty, later, once he’d discovered she wasn’t Logan Lane, but Logan Lane Copeland, and the shaming began.

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