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!

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.


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.

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.

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.
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!


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!


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.


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.


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:

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.)


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.

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!






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.)


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:
Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay | Smashwords | Amazon UK

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.


Holiday Reads and Halloween Treats

Recently I heard from a few of my readers who had trouble getting my newsletter so I thought I’d share my newsletter content here on my blog so no one misses out!

It’s almost that time of the year again when cute little ghouls and ghosts come out to play and though it’s still be a couple of weeks away, son Mac and I are already busy decorating and getting into the spirit of Halloween!


Later today Mac and I will be in the kitchen stirring up some easy ‘no-trick’ Halloween treats, but before I get back to my little ghoul, I wanted to remind you of another Holiday treat that’s still available to you at a great price.

Tule Publishing’s new Christmas Boxed Set, A Montana Born Christmas, featuring a set of eight heartwarming stories from some of today’s best New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling authors is now available to download for just $0.99! It includes my first Sheenan Christmas story, Christmas at Copper Mountain, along with seven other reader favorites from Tule authors. But you must take advantage of this special deal by the 27th of October as the price will climb just after that date to $2.99 so grab it now! It would make a great ‘treat’ for friends and family too so feel free to gift it someone!



A Montana Born Christmas is available at major e-retailers so be sure to treat your own kindle and buy it today! This special price will be gone in just one week!

Before I sign off I also want to share this fun Halloween recipe Mac and I will be trying out today. I hope you enjoy!

MacsMummyPopsMac’s No Trick Mummy Pops


  • 8 straws or lollipop sticks
  • 11 oz. chocolate, melted
  • 8 Nutter Butters, opened
  • 1 cup buttercream frosting
  • Mini M&Ms, for decorating


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly dip straws or lollipop sticks into chocolate before topping on open Nutter Butter. Press cookie back together, then dip into melted chocolate until completely coated. (Allow excess chocolate to drip back into pan.)
  2. Place dipped cookie onto prepared baking sheet to set, about 25 minutes (to speed up the process, transfer pops to the refrigerator for 10 minutes).
  3. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a straight flat tip with buttercream and pipe from side to side. Lightly cover backside of eyes with frosting and press onto cookie pop. Set aside at least 1 hour to fully set.
  4. Enjoy!

And as always, no blog would be complete without a treat, so in honor of Halloween, I have a sweet treat for one lucky winner!  For a chance to win, leave a comment below and tell me what you love best about Halloween, or what Halloween treats are always a hit in your house.  Contest ends on Monday with winner announced Tuesday.  Happy Halloween!



Romantic Kisses and Cowboys with Barbara Ankrum

971067_521250791255457_1104412762_nIt’s rodeo season and I’m all about cowboys right now (and always!).  I’ve also been excited about Tule Publishing’s great lineup for the Montana Born Rodeo, especially Barbara Ankrum‘s latest, Choose Me, Cowboy. which wraps up the series for 2015.  A story about forgiveness, second chances and healing, Choose Me, Cowboy is the perfect book if you’re looking for a heartwarming read.

I invited Barbara back to tell us more about her new release.  Please help me welcome Barbara Ankrum!

First, thanks so much, Jane, for sharing space on your blog with me today!

I’m thrilled to be a part of the exciting Montana Born Rodeo series with my October book, Choose Me, Cowboy. If you read last summer’s A Fair to Remember, (starring Olivia Canaday and Jake Lassen) you’ll recognize the heroine of this one as the second of the three Canaday sisters, Kate.

It’s common knowledge that Kate Canaday has issues around dating. Her men all have expiration dates. All except one. Pro-Bull-rider Finn Scott, the man at the crux of her long-standing commitment issues, has always been Kate’s Kryptonite, the one she tried to forget but never could. Six years ago, he married someone else and broke her heart. Suffice it to say, it was complicated.  Now a divorced, single dad, Finn’s recent move to Marietta with his five-year-old twins puts Kate directly in the path of his tangled-up life.  She certainly doesn’t want a second go-round at a broken heart. But let’s face it, Kate and good dating decisions do not go hand in hand. So, deciding to help Finn win a custody battle with his ex might be the worst mistake she’s ever made. Or it could just be her best mistake yet.

I hope you enjoy it!

Here’s a little excerpt from Choose Me, Cowboy:


Up in the treehouse, Kate rolled toward him and braced her head on her hand. But she said nothing, just stared through the darkness at him.

“What?” he asked.

“I used to love watching you ride. Well, technically, I was scared to death watching you ride.  But you could ride those bulls like nobody’s business.”

A pleased smile lifted one corner of his mouth. “Yeah?”

“Yeah. I don’t think you should let anything keep you from doing the thing you love.”

He rolled a look up at the stars. “My kids have put a whole different spin on my priorities.”

She dropped her hand to the wooden floor between them and drew little circles in the dusty plank. “I know. I admire that about you. Mostly because I’m so not a grown up. At least, ask my family and they’ll tell you that. My many choices in men have been…well, let’s say flawed.”

He squinted at her in the dark, a funny look that made her ask, “What? Do you want to know how many?”

“How many what?”

“Men. How many men there have been?”

“No. I wasn’t going to ask that.”

“What were you going to ask?”

“I was wondering how they didn’t see in you what I do. How they let you go.”

Oh, no. No, no, no. Don’t say things like that to me.

He touched the diamond rings that dangled against her blouse.

She laughed and pulled the rings back. “I just have them there for safe-keeping. Don’t go getting any ideas.”

He rolled up on his elbow toward her now with a grin. “Like…what kind of ideas?”

“Like…like…that this means something.”

“Does it?”

She clutched the rings between her fingers like a nervous habit. “No.”

But even in the moonlight, under those stars, he could see the lie in her eyes. She could have kept them in a drawer, out of sight. But she hadn’t. They were nestled against her breasts, the precious metal warm from her skin.

Maybe the starlight was to blame, or the fact that they were up here in this treehouse when they should be doing the right thing. But he didn’t feel like doing the right thing. He didn’t feel like doing anything at the moment but what was wrong. She gasped as he slid his hand around her waist and pulled her close to him. “Maybe I don’t believe you,” he whispered against her mouth.

She swallowed thickly and flattened her palm against his chest. “You’re playing with fire.”

“Maybe I like it.” He tucked her against his hips, just so there’d be no mistaking just how hot that fire really was. A tremor of want went through her and her fingers curled into his shirt. “And maybe you do, too.”

“I don’t.”

“Prove it. I dare you.” His mouth hovered teasingly close, his lips barely brushing hers.

Gawd,” she breathed against his mouth with a smile he could feel. “What’s the deal with everyone daring me lately?”

But then she kissed him, and it was no gentle thing. Her kiss was hungry and full of hot need. She opened to him, wanting his tongue, finding his with hers until they couldn’t get any closer. Until that kiss fused them together. He felt her arms tangle around his neck, restless and tugging him closer yet.

Damn, she tasted good. Red wine and sweet strawberries. And Kate.

An instant later she was on her back and he was on top of her, pushing his knee between her long legs and reveling in the soft press of her breasts against the hard plane of his chest.  But he wanted—needed—her closer yet. He wanted inside her. Not just physically, but past that steely wall she’d closed around herself. He wanted all of her, not just the piece she’d agreed to loan him.

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Barbara Ankrum is the bestselling author of fourteen books, including her latest contemporary romance, CHOOSE ME, COWBOY, from Tule Publishing. Her bestselling western historical series, ‘Wild Western Hearts’ and  her new ‘Wild Western Rogues’ series are available on all e-book platforms. Barbara’s books have been twice nominated for RWA’s prestigious RITA Award. She’s the mom of two wonderful, grown children and she lives in Southern California with her sweet husband, two cats and her scruffy Toto-impersonator-walking-companion, Maggie.

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So glad you stopped by to share with us today, Barbara!  Readers, if you love the rodeo, be sure to grab your download of Choose Me, Cowboy soon. Barbara also has a treat for one of you lucky readers.  For a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card, leave a comment below and tell Barbara where your most romantic kiss took place!  Contest ends Tuesday with winner announced on Wednesday.

This Debut Author Goes Way Back

Sinclair Jayne is the pen name for one of my best friends.  I met her nearly 17 years ago introduced by our husbands.  Hers was my husband’s doctor and they suggested we talk to each other since we both wanted to be romance writers.  We met, and became fast friends, and we would talk writing–as that was our dream–but we’d talk writing in between taking care of babies and husbands and prepping meals and doing errands.


The years passed and our dreams shifted and reshaped as the kids grew and our work tugged us in different directions but still, we remained fast friends.  And then Sinclair moved from Bellevue, Washington to Oregon and I was at a loss.  She’d been there through everything–including an IVF procedure–what would I do?

Years passed again and I went to California and then Tule brought us back together.

Sinclair’s version of our friendship is below, so there are two things to know about her: she is talented, loyal and extraordinary, and her debut book, is very special indeed!

Sinclair, welcome to my blog and my wonderful readers!


While writing and publishing my first book, Wrecked, this year with Tule Publishing has been a thrill and wish fulfillment of a childhood dream, what’s really hit home for me was how much my friendship with Jane Porter has shaped my adult life and my writing.  We met through our husbands and clicked over our love of romance and challenges of trying to imagine and then write a sexy, romantic and emotional love scene in between diaper changes.  I still remember listening to her problem solve a tricky happy-every-after-scene with an alpha hero who could barely apologize even when he was so wrong while I was trying to dodge spoonfuls of chocolate pudding flung by one of her sons (who’s now driving)!

Jane is one of the funniest, smartest and most driven women I know, and those qualities are reflected in her intense and engaging novels, the way she lives her life and her friendships.  She has always been able to make me laugh, even when she made me cry, which was a lot when I first started writing because she could cut to the essence of a character, a scene, and the conflict with the precision of a neurosurgeon.  She would adamantly tick off on her fingers what was wrong and what was missing in the scene I’d given to her to read over coffee at our neighborhood coffeeshop, but it was up to me to fix it, and because of that tough love (and I wanted to think she was at least sometimes wrong, but no such luck ever), I learned how to write.  I actually started thinking GMC (goal, motivation, conflict) when people would tell me stories at parties.  I now intone GMC and other Jane writing advice to my kids when I am proofing their papers, and not surprising, they are not appreciative.  I was and am of Jane’s advice and one night over a lot of wine, I proclaimed my ever lasting loyalty, which turned out to be needed when she and her husband, Ty had fertility issues.  He was often in Hawaii teaching at his surf school, but Jane needed daily hormone shots.  Despite my needle terror, I said yes, and pressed down the plunger day after day, once even during a wine tasting party my husband and I were hosting.

When we lived close, we used to laugh about so much and many times during our rambling, excited, and imaginative conversations, Jane would take notes on napkins, tissues and scraps of paper during our conversations as inspiration for future characters and dialog so I always tried to be funny and clever even when I felt gloomy and crabby, which, in the Pacific Northwest, was often because I am still a So Cal girl at heart and every time I think of her writing in her beautiful home above the Pacific with all the doors and windows open so the breeze can bring in the fragrance of the ocean and flowers and the muse of inspiration, I am envious, but also grateful.  I can visit.  We can sit in the sand, dodging the sun, and talk about life and books and writing and the past and the future.  You can’t pick your family, but you can pick your friends, and sometimes your friends can even pick your last name of your pseudonym.

Sinclair Jayne

More about Wrecked:

Hollis Remington is slinking home to San Clemente, California. Needing to hide out at her grandmother’s beach cottage to lick the wounds from her latest professional failure, she’s stunned to find her ex lover and professional surf god, Kadan Carson, lounging in the only bed. Naked. Hollis can’t afford a hotel, and no way will she let her family or friends know she’s broke, but Kadan’s refusing to leave. He does, however, agree to share…
Professional surfer Kadan Carson is recuperating after his third ankle and foot surgery, and while it’s highly possible his professional career may be over on the brink of his most lucrative corporate sponsorship deal, he’s determined to fight the inevitable effects of age, gravity, and injury on his body in private. No fans. No nurses. No distractions. Until Hollis shows up, who has always been one hell of a distraction. Six years after she walked out for the last time accusing him of infidelity, she’s still the one woman he hasn’t been able to exorcise from his heart, head or body. And he doesn’t really want to.
There’s no way Hollis can forgive, but she also can’t forget. Kadan was and is her first and only love. Can she help him to heal without losing her heart again?

Look for Wrecked at these online retailers:
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Thank you, Sinclair, for your time and for introducing us to a great surf god like Kadan!  Love you, girl!!  Readers, please help me get the word out about Sinclair’s new release, Wrecked.  Be sure to download your copy soon and feel free to share your thoughts on Facebook and other reader websites too.  I would love to bring Sinclair Jayne to the attention of other readers.  And there’s more fun for you too!  I’ve got an awesome I Heart Sinclair Jayne prize package that celebrates Sinclair’s and my Bellevue friendship for one lucky reader! For a chance to win, leave a comment here for Sinclair and you’ll automatically be entered to win.  Contest ends Friday, with winner announced on Saturday.


Charlene Sands: Got Cowboy?

I have been a fan of Charlene Sands a long, long time.  As a closet Harlequin Desire reader, I never miss a Charlene Sands release, and so I was so thrilled to hear that Charlene had signed on with Tule to write one of the rodeo stories for this year’s Montana Born imprint.  Charlene also happens to be the launch author with this year’s Copper Mountain series and her story is amazing and garnering many many 5 star reviews.

For my readers who know Charlene, you’re going to love her blog (and new book!).  For those who don’t yet know her, so glad you’ve got the chance to meet her now!

Welcome, Charlene to my blog and my incredibly supportive readers!

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In reality I would imagine the cowboy life wasn’t all too glamorous.  They ate dust on the cattle trail, fought Mother Nature’s wrath in scorching heat and raging storms and gusty winds that swept the hats from their heads and blew grit in their eyes. They fell asleep at night, their exhaustion a blessing against the hard-packed ground that was their bed.

But there’s just something honorable, worthy and soulful about a cowboy that pulls at all my heartstrings and makes this New York born, California implant… bleed cowboy.


I know why that is.  It’s easy for me to explain. Back in the days of my early childhood, my father, a wonderful ex-Army Sergeant, turned entrepreneur, had a gift for storytelling that entranced his two young daughters.  And what were the stories about?  Well, they weren’t about princesses or silly rhyming cats or female superheroes.  No, these stories came directly from his own passion, the history of America.   My dad, bless his soul, read four thick books a week and could tell you any detail you wanted to know about General Armstrong Custer, (his favorite subject) the American Revolution and our founding fathers, the Civil War, the plight of the American Indians and the American Cowboy.

cs2As a young girl, I’d sit on my parent’s bed on Saturday mornings and implore my father to “Tell me a ‘tory.”  Being the grand storyteller that he was, Dad would concoct a fascinating tale about the bad guys of the west and interject ME, as the Sheriff Who’d Saved the Day!  I’d be Sheriff Charlene in the town of Cinnamon Toast Ridge and the tall tale would take on a life of its own.   As we grew older, my father would entertain us with fascinating facts about history at the dinner table. And it wasn’t so much a lesson in history, but of life.  As I look back on those times, I can only hold those treasured memories to my heart.

Of course, it was also the time of Bonanza and Gunsmoke and Rawhide.  Like every young girl, I had a crush on the Ponderosa’s Little Joe.   Small wonder that the first book I’d ever published from Kensington was about a down-on-his-luck rancher, titled Chance in a Million.  And my very first Harlequin was a historical western titled Lily Gets Her Man.  Since then I’ve written many modern day western series, including the bestselling, The Slades of Sunset Ranch and The Worths of Red Ridge.


My office is filled with western inspiration, from one-of-a-kind metal art horses that rise above my computer, to bookshelves filled with western facts and special art, mostly given to me by my dearest friends.


Claim Me, Cowboy, comes right from my heart.  It’s a story about second chances and shows how love conquers all.  Montana cowboys (of course) and the Copper Mountain Rodeo, babies and broken hearts in need of mending all play a part in this story.  Tyler Warren is a man with a bitter past, who has come home to Summer Simmons Nichols, the girl who’d married his best friend.   Prepare for secrets to be revealed and strong characters to emerge.  Tyler is a man’s man.  He’s the hero I’ve always wanted to write.  And I’m so grateful to Jane Porter and Tule Publishing, for giving me this chance to write my story as I see fit.



Charlene Sands is a USA Today bestselling author penning steamy and emotional contemporary romance and stories set in the American West. She’s been honored with the National Readers Choice Award, the Cataromance Reviewers’ Choice Award and the Booksellers Best Award. Her book, The Texas Renegade Returns was honored with Romantic Times Magazine’s Best Harlequin Desire of 2014.

Charlene knows a little something about romance. After daydreaming about the cute boy with the long blonde hair and dazzling blue eyes two lockers down from her in high school, to her amazement he asked her out on a date. And he’s been continually amazing her for the past thirty years.

When not writing, Charlene teaches childbirth and baby care in her community. Her perfect day includes reading, drinking iced mocha cappuccinos, walking the Pacific beaches with her hubby or dragging him to the latest romantic comedy movie.

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It’s a real treat to have you as a guest, Charlene!  Thanks so much for stopping by. Readers, to celebrate Charlene’s new release, Claim Me, Cowboy and the entire new Montana Born Rodeo series, we’ve got a special treat for you! Leave a comment below for Charlene and you’ll be entered to win this prize package – and it even includes one of Tule’s very popular handmade pottery mugs featuring the wonderful state of Montana (and Marietta is the little red star)!  Contest ends Monday with winner announced on Tuesday.  Good luck!


Celebrating Life & Love

Four years ago today Ty and I married in Las Vegas.  We wanted a celebration, and we wanted it to be fun.  I hadn’t planned on ever marrying again and I’m a deeply spiritual person but being married by Elvis in a tacky little chapel seemed right.




Because it was Ty and me, combined, doing this–love, life, marriage–our way.  We’d done everything backward to that point and so making our wedding uniquely us, felt right.  It felt hopeful and fresh, making our commitment, new and strong.




In just minutes we’re taking off for the Dana Point Harbor to take a boat to Catalina for the night.  It’s a quickie escape as we’ll be back by noon tomorrow, but we wanted a chance to do a little celebration of us, and our committment.

We make a point of celebrating little things and big things as often as we can.  Why?

Marriage is hard.

Love is complicated.

But life wouldn’t be anything without love, and I cant imagine my life without my husband and three sons.


I’ve learned that we celebrate holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries because we don’t just want to celebrate, we need to celebrate.  We crave reasons to get together and talk.  We need to laugh, remember, and share.  We need joy, and we need moments that cement us, and stablize, allowing us to put down deeper roots to hold us fast when the next storm hits.

So celebrate life and love.  We should focus on the good as often as we can!


PS And to celebrate that love, I’ve got a fun giveaway for one of you.  Comment below and winner announced Sunday!  xoxox