Blog Diva - Monday, June 26, 2017
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Ruth West - Saturday, June 24, 2017
The Power of Love by Carolyn Faulkner
Annie is struggling to keep her ranch afloat. When her foreman of many years is called away to care for his ailing sister, she has no choice but to run an ad in the local newspaper, looking for help.
What she didn't bargain with was finding a man who not only does the work of three men, but one who also lights a fire within her that hasn't been lit since her ex-husband walked out on her seven years before.
Sexy, dominant, and scarred, not only from a horrendous accident but from a bad marriage and divorce, Quinn has decided that Annie should be his wife. Annie, on the other hand, is not so sure.
Just when things start to look up for the ranch, will she throw away the best thing to walk into her life?
Publisher's Note: Sexy romance with explicit love scenes and domestic discipline. If this offends, please do not purchase.
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Ruth West - Friday, June 23, 2017
The Rebel's Secret by Zoe Blake
The Rebel’s Secret is the third and final book in USA Today Bestseller Zoe Blake's Western Trilogy, The Ride Hard Series which includes The Cowboy’s Revenge – Book One and The Gunfighter’s Pursuit – Book Two. All three books can be read as stand-alones.
She was determined to claim her revenge. He was determined to claim her.
Michaela Armistead had only revenge in mind when she stepped into that frontier saloon. Disguised as a boy, she had been on her father’s murderer’s trail since the end of the War Between The States. What she hadn’t counted on was Major John Thomas Brice, commanding officer of the nearby fort, taking her prisoner!
One look at those flashing violet eyes and Major Brice knew this was one little rebel who needed to be taken in hand. He would be damned if he allowed her to continue on her dangerous quest for revenge. She needed to learn, in this part of Texas, his word was law. If that lesson came at the end of a leather strap, then so be it.
Problem was, his feisty Rebel was not going to give in without a fight!
Ride Hard Series – Three Soldiers, One Single Purpose.
Three soldiers who don’t give a damn about the War Between The States or that they were all on the losing side. All they care about is it’s over… they can finally seek their revenge.
DISCLAIMER: Contains anal play, domestic discipline, and creative cowboy-style punishments.
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Ruth West - Saturday, June 17, 2017
SUMMER IS COOLER WHEN YOU STAY UNDERCOVER!
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Michele Callahan - Wednesday, March 22, 2017
One look, one touch, and there is no denying the heat...
Twenty-one and single, Alexis Lopez hopes her lackluster response to men is a problem she's eager to solve by volunteering for the Interstellar Brides Program. One look at the large, dominant alien who claims she belongs to him sets her body on fire. When he tells her, in explicit detail, how he'll claim her in every way, she is eager to give her mate everything, body and soul.
Von of Everis is a ruthless and high ranking Hunter who's spent years fighting in the Hive wars. But his bed, and his life, are empty until Alexis arrives. One look at his innocent little bride and he knows she belongs to him.
Simple, right? Nope. The match is challenged by one of the most feared warriors on the planet and stolen kisses and mind-numbing pleasure won't save Von from a deadly duel. But Von is a Hunter, a warrior, a protector, and someone is trying to take what belongs to him. Only him. He will do whatever it takes to protect, save and claim his virgin mate.
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Blog Diva - Friday, January 13, 2017
Natalie Montgomery wants a new life. While she may be rich, her life is empty. Her parents were never around, too rich and important to be bothered with a child. And when they present her with a emotionless fiancé, she's done. As a volunteer for the Interstellar Bride Program, she is thrilled to arrive on the hot, desert planet of Trion, and in the arms of a seductive warrior who makes her body burn.
Roark of Trion is not eager for a mate. Danger and the constant threat of war dog his steps. But one look at his new bride, and his mind is changed. Natalie is everything he ever wanted in a woman...so soft, so passionate, so submissive to his every need. An attack on their outpost leaves Roark fighting for his life. For her protection, Natalie is transported back to Earth. Roark thinks she's dead. But she's very much alive and so is his newborn son. Natalie's anger and regret grows with each passing day her mate does not keep his promise to come for her. By the time he discovers his mistake, it may be too late to win back her heart.
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Blog Diva - Monday, January 09, 2017
With five overbearing brothers, Piper Dare must head West to forge her own life. Her trip takes an unexpected turn when she fills in as a mail order bride for a woman she meets on the stage.
Lane Haskins and Spur Drews are stunned by their new bride. A gun toting, foul language spewing redhead is not what they expected. But they don't mind the little wildcat. In fact, they love her instantly.
But their match takes a decided turn and their love—and devotion—is put to a very powerful test.
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Blog Diva - Thursday, December 29, 2016
Kiss the Prince: A Cinderella Story
Ella Miermont's beloved father was executed ten years ago as a traitor to the crown. Despite her noble blood, Ella has been forced to work as a servant in her own home, a slave to her cruel stepmother's whims and the taunts of her stepsisters. But it's the night of the Masquerade Ball, and Ella is determined to pursue pleasure in the arms of a handsome and dominant lover. Just for one magical night.
Prince Dorian of Syrenne is tired of his father's ceaseless matchmaking. When the king tells him he must choose a bride in the next few weeks, Dorian defies him and disguises himself as a servant at the Dungeon Masquerade. There, he meets a beautiful and mysterious woman who submits to his firm hand with a seductive innocence that captures his heart. But all too soon, his lover runs away, leaving nothing behind but a glass slipper and memories of unbridled passion he cannot forget.
Fate seems determined to keep Ella from finding happiness. Her stepmother has promised her to a lecherous old enemy, and once the bride price is paid, she cannot escape that union. Her secret lover, a castle servant named Dorian, has mysteriously disappeared, and besides, there is no hope for a future with him now that she is betrothed. Ella is trying to find a way to escape all her troubles when she stumbles into a plot to kill the Crown Prince. She must forget about Dorian and her own desires, and risk both her life and freedom to stop an innocent man from being murdered – even if he is a member of the royal family who labeled her father a traitor.
But Dorian has been keeping many secrets... and now, his enemies threaten them both.
Welcome to the magical kingdom of Syrenne, where humans coexist with werewolves, vampires, dragons and witches. Where the men are dominant and the women submissive. Where order can only be upheld with the tightest adherence to the laws…
Disclaimer: Kiss The Prince is a magical romance which contains explicit scenes including spanking and elements of BDSM. If such material is likely to offend you, please do not read it. Read More
Michele Callahan - Wednesday, December 28, 2016
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Michele Callahan - Tuesday, November 03, 2015
His Work of Art by Shannyn Schroeder
“Tell me about your superhero guy. The one I saw last week,” Reese said.
“What do you want to know?”
“What’s his story?”
“I’m an artist, not a writer. He doesn’t have a story.”
“Everyone has a story. You have one. I have one. It colors everything we do and see and say. There’s a piece of us in everything we create.” She handed him the pad back and began to clean up their dinner mess. “Tell me something about him.”
“He’s not white.” Adam hated that the first comment he made was about race.
Reese turned and leaned against the table she’d just cleared of their dinner. She pursed her lips before speaking. “So race is important.”
“Yeah. There aren’t enough people of color in comics.” The statement was true, but not the reason.
“Not enough, no. But we have Green Lantern and Cyborg.”
This was solid footing for them, arguing the merits of comics. “Marvel has Black Panther. And let’s not forget the new Ms. Marvel, who is a double whammy as a woman and a person of color.”
“If you think you’re going to convince me Marvel is better based on this argument, you’re out of luck. I get the importance of full representation. I am a woman. That’s why the portrayal of Lyrid is so important. So your guy, he’s black?”
“I guess what I’m really asking is if he’s black just because that’s how you envision him or if you made him black because it’s part of your character building.”
And there went the footing. “You can’t take race away from character. It’s part of who you are.”
Michele Callahan - Thursday, October 29, 2015
Hi there! My name is Melissa West, and I am the author of RACING HEARTS, book 1 in the Hamilton Stables series, featuring horseracing. When I set out to write my first contemporary romance, I knew I wanted to focus on a topic outside the norm. Cowboys had been done, and even horse racing had been done, but I didn’t know of any stories that focused on a horse racing family that was all but royalty in that world.
But to create a realistic world, I had to really do my homework. I started by picking up books at the library, reading until my eyes burned, and then reading some more, all the while feeling like I wasn’t getting a clear picture into the racing world. That was when I decided to reach out to horse trainers, and I was fortunate to hear back from legend, Todd Pletcher. Before long, I had a clearer look into what it really took to train a horse. The long hours, the dedication, the community-feel of a farm, and how every person on staff worked themselves to the bone.
Somewhere along the way of researching this amazing sport, watching more Youtube videos than I could count, and asking questions that were all too often idiotic, I found myself loving it. I loved the passion and drive, and I knew I had my story.
A female jockey, daughter to a legendary racehorse trainer, gets hurt and has no one else to turn to than the boy her father had once trained, who was no longer a boy at all. RACING HEARTS captures that thrill of the race, the tension of two towns that both claim to be the best in racing, and the sureness of a first love that never really died.
In the lush heart of Kentucky, the Hamiltons are horse racing royalty, born to produce champions. To win takes heart and soul—and to love takes the wild spirit of the land itself…
The oldest of three headstrong brothers, Trip Hamilton is considered the best horse trainer in the world. But he learned long ago to keep his focus on the horses and away
from the riders. He’s seen the way heartbreak can waylay a career, and he’s determined not to risk it—until a stubborn, sexy rider thunders into his life, breaks his resolve, along with several of his rules, and takes his heart right out of the gate… Read More
Blog Diva - Wednesday, April 01, 2015
When I began ONE TRUE HEART I knew I wanted to write a story about a man, Drew Cunningham, who was afraid to live because he believed a terrible tragedy was he fault. One night in the Amarillo airport he meets a woman, Millanie McAllen, who has never been afraid of anything in her life. She’s crippled up and broken and thinks the last person who can help her is a shy man who looks like he might be a professor. Millanie has taken care of herself all her life and is touched that this guy thinks he can help her. She decides to play the helpless role if only long enough to catch a ride to her home town, Harmony, Texas.
Though they are attracted to each other, neither believes in love. And, like most of us in our real lives, Drew and Millanie are surrounded by friends and relatives who complicate their lives.
As books often do, this story didn’t come to me as a thread; it came to me as a ball of multi-color yarn. All of us live lives that are intertwined with those we love or fear or even hate. All of us are looking for one true heart. Some of us settle for less or even give up on finding what we’re looking for, but the people we meet and love all add a depth to us. In ONE TRUE HEART I wanted to show that sometimes loving can win out. Read More
Blog Diva - Thursday, March 19, 2015
Tropical Island Getaways
It seems to me, when someone says the word, ‘paradise’, we immediately think of a tropical island. Lush vegetation, the perfect weather, sunshine, ocean, gorgeous scenery. It always sounds like the perfect place to escape to when our lives get to be overwhelming. It’s what my hero does in my latest contemporary romance, Escape to Paradise. To get away from his life, he goes to St. Barthelemy in the West Indies. When I started doing research on island getaways, looking for a setting for my story idea, I was overwhelmed with the desire to escape to one myself. And the more I researched St. Barth, the more I wanted to go there. A few years later, after the initial search was over, I came into a windfall. Suddenly I had the funds for a pricey vacation. Did I choose St. Barth, or some other paradise? Hawaii, Tahiti, Bermuda, Fiji? The possibilities are endless and the choice can be overwhelming and difficult. In the end, I chose none of these lovely spots, even though I’m dying to see such places in real life. Instead, I’m going to London, Paris and the French Riviera, which does involve a beach! And when I return, I’ll most likely write a story that’s set in one of the places I visit. I’m longing to, and I haven’t even been there yet!
In Escape to Paradise, the heroine, Andrée Bancroft, has grown up on an island, it’s the only place she’s known, so her exotic venture is to the United States. The hero, Maximillian Chanteur, on the other hand, has travelled extensively, as he’s a famous rock star, and wants nothing more than to get away from everything in a secluded spot like St. Barthelemy. Here’s a little excerpt from it I hope you enjoy: Read More
Blog Diva - Thursday, March 12, 2015
Aspiring journalist Caroline Sanders doesn’t have time for frat parties and college keggers—not even when the gorgeous Roger Freeman climbs into her car unexpectedly one night on campus. The two are inexplicably drawn together but when Caroline’s offered a prestigious internship that could lead to a job at The New York Times, she leaves Roger behind for more serious prospects.
Six years later, back home and starting a new career as a florist, she’s shocked to run into Roger again. He’s never forgotten the girl who left him to find herself, though he’s certainly tried. As the two begin seeing each other and grow closer, he finds it impossible to resist falling for her once more. What he doesn’t know is that Caroline’s life over the last few years has been filled with tragedy, and the adventurous and exciting woman he remembers is all but gone.
Is Roger ready to risk his heart again, and is Caroline ready to trust him with her story? Read More
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Michele Callahan - Thursday, November 19, 2015
Meet the Couple from An Honorable Wish by Eileen Richards
Remember the movie When Harry Met Sally? Scattered through out that movie were these interviews of couples on how they met and how long they were together. I thought it would be fun to do that sort of interview, but regency style... sort of.
So, if I may, I would like to introduce you to Mr. and Mrs. Tony Matthews, our couple from
Michele Callahan - Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Interview: Miss Anne Townsend, Spinster from An Unexpected Wish
Miss Townsend, welcome. Thank you for taking the time to speak with us.
So lovely to meet you as well. I’m delighted to be here.
Perhaps you can tell us more about yourself?
I am the eldest daughter of a baronet. My father was Sir Walter Townsend. We grew up in our family estate in Sussex. My mother died young of influenza so I’ve been responsible for carrying for my younger sisters since her death. Father passed away from heart pains just six years ago. My stepbrother inherited the estate in Sussex. I have two sisters, Sophia and Juliet. I’m also the companion to Lady Danford.
Blog Diva - Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Secondary characters and how they must have their own story!
A Touch of Passion, book #3 in my USA Today bestselling Disgraced Lord’s series is released on 24 March 2015. I thought I’d do something a bit different and talk about the secondary characters in the book—or one in particular.
As I was writing the story, a secondary character, Rose, the Duchess of Roxborough, sparked my imagination.
You’ve probably heard that characters talk to authors, or they do to me. My heroine, Lady Portia Flagstaff, introduced me to her best friend Rose. I came to know Rose through Portia and Rose soon became a favorite, so much so that I’ll write Rose’s story. In addition, Rose is now going to show up in the rest of the Disgraced Lords books (books#4-#6).
Rose’s story is a common one in Regency romances. She was manipulated by her family into marry the very elderly Duke of Roxborough, for position and money. Thankfully, he had the grace to die within two years of marriage, leaving Rose a very wealthy, beautiful widow with a young son, the future Duke of Roxborough. Read More
Blog Diva - Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Early last year, my sister called me with a request to help her drive to Ohio from Oregon. I hesitated for maybe a nanosecond before I agreed. After all, I write American historicals and we’d be following the path of the Oregon Trail, where so many thousands traveled. Only it would be Wagons East this time. I was about to embark on my next novel in the Cotillion Ball Series, and it was to be about one of the brothers in the Fitzpatrick family joining the Pony Express in 1860. What better way to research my topic than take a cross-country trip? I had my suitcase packed in minutes.
I’ll gloss over the part where that particular suitcase caused a pileup on the people mover when I changed planes in Denver. You really don’t need to know what a klutz I can be.
Finally, I made it to Salt Lake City, where I was meeting up with Sis. Snow was lightly falling, and it was a quintessential winter scene. The next morning, as we prepared to depart, we were told there was going to be a blizzard chasing us from west to east, so we’d best get moving. Plans for my research and all my little side trips to Courthouse Rock and the like went flying out the window and into the swirling snow. Read More
Blog Diva - Tuesday, March 10, 2015
She let out a slow, nervous breath. “I thought I’d find you here.”
Startled, Cyprian jerked around. Moonlight silhouetted the lean lines of his body. “Then you’ve spoken with Pontius?”
“I sent him to look for you. He’s going to help you take our daughter far from this trouble.” His dull edged pain sliced through her.
“Maggie and I aren’t going anywhere until we talk.” This conversation would have been so much easier before her encounter with Felicissimus robbed her of the luxury of transparency. “You deserve to know everything.” She prayed her secret agreement with the slave trader hadn’t tainted her voice. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, February 28, 2015
FURY OF OBSESSION Book Blurb:
Dragon-warrior Venom lives in self-imposed isolation. Cursed by his toxic touch, he is deadly to anyone who has contact with him for too long. Set apart from others and hounded by intense loneliness, he craves the lasting connection he believes he cannot possess. Until a chance encounter with a sultry mortal offers a ray of hope…
Evelyn Foxe is the woman of Venom’s every desire, but she’s too busy running from the Russian mob to think about love. As she accepts Venom’s offer to help her escape her precarious situation, she’s skeptical, afraid that he’s in league with those sent to harm her. But when a biological weapon is unleashed in her hometown, Evelyn is forced to trust Venom—or risk the dangers of going it alone. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, January 17, 2015
Five Things I Love About Writing & Reading Paranormal Romance
1. The heroes are HOT!
Seriously, have you ever read a PNR that didn’t have a smoking hot hero? Whether the guy is a vampire, a werewolf or another sort of creature, PNR heroes are undeniably hot. (In my free novella, Queen of Hearts, my hero is a gargoyle who’s also ex-military. DELISH.) Not to mention broody, dangerous and often in need of a little rescuing themselves. Which brings us to the heroines…
2. The heroines aren’t shrinking violets!
At least in the books I write, my heroines are equal partners to the heroes, even if they’re human. I love a well-balanced relationship and PNR typically delivers. The heroine might be a damsel in distress, but chances are good she’s already making an attempt at saving herself. It’s just easier with the hunky hero at her side. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, January 03, 2015
Hey, everyone! I’m very excited to visit with you and ring in the New Year with the topic of ROMANCE.
Romance books have been my drug of choice since…well, as long as I can remember. The writer in me hears fellow authors talking of classics, sci-fi, and high fantasy books, and the romantic in me runs for cover. I must have my happily ever after.
So, when it came time to pen my own novels, it only made sense I’d tackle what I loved, focusing on particular aspects my favorite authors dangled before me like Godiva chocolates in the dark, tempting moments of a too-long maintained diet.
What do those aspects look like? Well, for starters, strong heroes. The kind who’ll plow through any challenge to win their woman, and are willing to pull their head out of their ass and make themselves vulnerable if it means keeping her. Read More
Blog Diva - Monday, December 29, 2014
Garrett Kayrs lifted his head and took a deep breath. Slowly and way too deliberately, he set Janie away from him. “Janie?” he asked his sister.
Her hands fluttered together, her eyes wide. “It just happened.”
Garrett growled, his eyes flashing a bright aqua, then rushed Zane.
Zane dropped into a fighting stance just before the vampire slammed him into the rock chimney. Shards ripped into his back and pinged off the floor. “Knock it off.” He cuffed Garrett on the side of the head the same way he would his brother Logan before punching Garrett’s thigh and knocking him to one knee. “I have ten years of combat experience on you, kid. Wait for the right time to battle.”
Garrett shot a punch up into Zane’s groin. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, December 20, 2014
Excerpt from “Immortal Relations, Love and War” p.p. 60
It was a short flight from Moscow to St. Petersburg. There our party was met by two limousines and whisked along to the historic Hermitage Museum. Arriving, it looked to me like the whole world was there. I didn’t know why President Kolukov had asked me to wear the Russian General’s Uniform he gave me, but I wanted to humor my good friend. We exited the limousine onto a red velvet carpet that had wide gold piping down each side and which looked to be almost 400 meters long. I thought it odd that President Kolukov had me stand to his left and next to him, when Stephan was senior in rank to my uniform. When we got to the head of the carpet, we turned. Stephan and Adam moving behind us, I looked up and turning the corner onto the same red carpet we had just traveled was someone I would recognize anywhere, under any circumstances. It was Magdalena, on the arm of Roger, our doctor. At first I was confused, but when I saw the dress she wore, an exact copy of her hand made blue dress, only in brilliant white and then heard the music, I realized what was happening; Magdalena and I were getting married! My friends had somehow arranged all this without even a hint that I picked up on. I had already glanced at some of those on either side of the isle and thought I recognized some political figures from various countries. Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, March 20, 2015
A Romantic Suspense
Businessman Cole Dunbar breaks away from inventing the latest gadgets when the woman who has broken through his protective walls turns up missing. Mother Nature and a sex trafficking ring have Cole racing against time and breaking all barriers to find Dina Wright. But does Dina need saving?
5 STARS: Once you start, you won’t be able to stop.
“This is an amazing thrill ride. You will be on the edge of your seat, between wanting Dina and Cole to get together and seeing all the other story threads play out. There are no cliffhangers; all of the story lines are wrapped up and the ending left me satisfied. It definitely keeps you enraptured until the very end. Just when you think nothing else could go wrong, a new twist is thrown in. I would say this is one of the best romantic suspense stories that I have read recently. Fans of Maya Banks’ Slow Burn series will enjoy the intensity of the story and the steaminess of the attraction between the characters.” Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, February 27, 2015
Holly Cramer’s past choices have finally caught up to her, but she never expected them to endanger her baby.
Holly has had many consequences throughout her life—job losses, financial collapse, relationship problems—but none has ever shaken her like her pregnancy. She cleans up her life as she carries her child, but she never tells the father. When he learns about Lily’s birth, he comes back into her life, but he brings a world of trouble with him. He’s a suspect in a murder case, and when Holly uses her private investigating skills to help police locate him, the tables turn and he takes her and the baby hostage. But is he really a killer or a victim? His link to her family’s arch-nemesis creates an even more tangled web. Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, February 20, 2015
Against the Sky hits New York Times 3 weeks in a row!
Feb 15th list - AGAINST THE SKY #7
Feb 22nd list - AGAINST THE SKY #12
March 1st list - - AGAINST THE SKY #14
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Blog Diva - Friday, February 13, 2015
Setting the Scene for The Coin and The Book of Hours
Lately, many readers and bloggers have asked how I came up with the plot of my first novel, The Coin. A more interesting question popped out from one particular blogger who asked, why use the French Riviera for the setting of your thriller? The obvious subtext was, how such beautiful area lends itself for the inspiration of such darkness, and that got me thinking.
The ready answer is always the simplest—I found some coins in a clearing and started thinking about a possible suspense plot. Since I was already living in the area, might as well use it as my backdrop. But the more complex answer is that I needed to show that even in a beautiful environment, there is always a suggestion of the ugly, a reminder of how things were and could be once more. Past events shape and affect actions, both around the environment I lived in, as well as with its people, and humanity always has the capacity to turn vicious.
Basically, it was a decision designed to give my characters depth and to show the undercurrents, political and social, that would have affected them in that area at that time.
Let me explain. Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, January 23, 2015
ALASKA. In America’s last wilderness there is no limits to what a man can do.
Book Summary …
For detective Nick Brodie, that means keeping the perps off the streets of Anchorage 24/7. Nick has never backed down from danger, but after the horrors he’s seen, he’s definitely in need of a break.
Samantha Hollis never thought she’d meet anyone like Nick, especially in a place like Las Vegas. But after one reckless, passionate night, she discovers the charismatic stranger is everything she wants in a man. But can he ever be more than a one-night stand?
When Nick invites her to Alaska, Samantha decides to find out, never guessing the depths she’ll discover in him or the tangle of murder, kidnapping, and danger about to engulf them both … Read More
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Blog Diva - Sunday, February 08, 2015
Inspirational Romance is by far my favorite genre in which to write. A perfect example of this is in my novella (the title piece) of my book Finding Christmas Love and Other Stories. My publisher actually gave me the challenge of writing a story to go with a title that she had come up with, Finding Christmas Love. To my delight, my imagination began working overtime, conjuring up a wonderful holiday-focused storyline that would incorporate all of the elements (recurring themes) that I weave throughout my sweet romances. Specifically, love, family, tradition, hope and faith.
In Finding Christmas Love, my protagonist Holly Carlyle is only twenty-two years old, but has faced her share of tragic events that have molded the person that she is today. Having spent her early years up until age eight at the family’s Vermont farmhouse on the property comprising their family’s Christmas tree business, lovingly named, Christmas Tree Farm, Holly’s father moved them to Boston after his wife died. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, October 25, 2014
A Guide to Edwardian Courtship
By Carrie Turansky, author of The Daughter of Highland Hall
When eighteen-year-old Kate Ramsey travels to London with her family to make her debut into society her main goal is to meet the right young man and secure a marriage proposal by the end of the season. Her overbearing aunt insists her future husband must be a wealthy young man who is in line to inherit his father's title and estate. When Kate meets Edward Wellington she think he may be the man she has been looking for. But as she gets to know Jonathan Foster, a handsome medical student and strong Christian who is determined to protect the poor and vulnerable in London's East End, Kate’s not sure which man should win her heart.
Kate has spent months preparing for the season and learning all that’s expected of her. Understanding the “rules of courtship” for men and women was part of her training. Here is some of the interesting advice given to guide young men and women during courtship in the Edwardian Era in England.
1. When walking with a lady, the gentleman takes the protective position closest to the street. Leave her the inner side of the pavement. – Beadle’s Dime Book of Etiquette
2. No gentleman should permit a lady, whom he likes, but does not love, to mistake for one hour the nature and object of his intentions. Women may have some excuse for coquetry; but a man has none. – The Illustrated Manners Book Read More
Blog Diva - Sunday, September 21, 2014
Julian clenched his hands into fists. Beat up, broken bones... Sophia Montgomery looked like a discarded doll. And now, he’d had to rip out the only bright light left in her life. He knew it was all part of the job, but this time . . . well, this time, it stung.
“I’m so sorry, Sophia.” The apology sounded lame to his own ears.
She looked like a stone statue, wrapped in gauze in places and looking like she’d gone twelve rounds with the heavyweight champion. That she was even alive was a miracle and able to communicate was beyond belief.
Julian faced Alena Borin, Sophia’s grandmother who she didn’t recognize. He needed to remember she’d lost her daughter on top of nearly losing her granddaughter. Sophia’s road to recovery would be long and trying. He put on what he’d perfected as his reassuring smile and held up one finger. “Just one more moment, please.”
He turned back to Sophia. “Your grandmother is back. Do you recognize her now?” Maybe she’d just been confused. Some of the pain medications she took could make anybody loopy. Add to that the trauma she’d endured, and a recipe for blocking things had been built. Read More
Blog Diva - Sunday, August 24, 2014
An excerpt from Home to Chicory Lane:
Landyn Spencer craned her neck to check the Interstate traffic behind her in the rearview mirror. But all she could see was the U-Haul trailer she was pulling. The extended mirrors on the behemoth were smeared with a dozen hours of rain and dust.
New York was thirteen hours behind her, and with the sun finally coming up she realized she was on familiar territory.
She’d left the city after ten last night, starting out on only four hours of sleep. She’d been watching the lit up Empire State Building fade into the skyline in her rearview mirror, and not until she’d passed through the Lincoln Tunnel and come out on the New Jersey side, had she finally allowed herself tears.
That was a mistake. She’d been crying ever since. But enough. She had to get hold of herself before she got home. She swiped at damp cheeks, took a deep breath, and steadied her gaze on the road in front of her. If her eyes got any more swollen, she’d have to pull the Honda over. And if she did that, chances were good the stupid thing wouldn’t start again. Then she’d really be up the Hudson without a paddle. Besides, right now, she just wanted to put the past––and Chase Spencer––as far behind her as she could. Read More
Blog Diva - Sunday, July 06, 2014
The Life I’m Living and the Life I’m Observing
I’m a lot like you. Average in so many ways. I’m a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, neighbor, friend ... and writer. Perhaps the last descriptor is what makes me different from most people. Yet the life I’m living and the life I’m observing are much the same. I’m always looking for story, the perfect characters, the tension-filled plot, the setting that fights my protagonist’s goals, the balance of emotion and symbolism, witty dialogue, and a novel better than I’ve ever written before.
I write suspense. That means I look at the world through the eyes of my imagination—and possible crime. Nothing is ever as it seems. People, events, situations all have the potential to leap onto the pages of a book with lots of yummy stress and conflict. Story ideas jump at me like mosquitoes in summer. Instead of using bug spray, I look for ways to draw them tighter and force them to react and respond.
I hear part of a conversation and twist it into a crime or a victim’s response. I see people interacting and wonder if someone is in danger. I focus on media reports, and “what-if” sparks a story idea. Read More
Blog Diva - Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The truth behind Khloe Adams is—she’s not one author but three. Plus, one of the authors is a USA TODAY Bestseller and has written over 75 books. Together, they write hot and sexy contemporary romance with a touch of humor.
Their story began when they met each other on an elevator at a Romantic Times Convention. Only this was no ordinary ride. The elevator became stuck between the fiftieth and fifty-first floors at the hotel.
But don’t get worried. They write romance, not horror.
They were trapped with a male model from the cover of several steamy romances. He kept them very entertained. Afterward, they needed a drink to cool down and headed for the nearest bar.
One thing led to another and they decided to form a partnership and write about independent women and strong, sexy guys. With the help of modern technology, they’ve managed to do it. Two of them live in Florida, and the other one lives in Colorado. A recent USA TODAY review said, "Khloe Adams writes hot with a flair—great humor." Read More
Blog Diva - Wednesday, January 07, 2015
I’m excited to be kicking off, what I hope to be a banner year, by guest blogging for the fabulous RomCon team. For those who don’t know, let me share a little about myself. I’m a southern wife, beard supporter, homeschool momma of two taekwondo badass chicks and a self-proclaimed pug wrangler.
So what do I do in between? I write steamy, wine worthy stories, of course!
In the pool of the Romance, it was a quick jump into the deep end for me. I have fallen head over heels in love with writing stories drenched in strong characters and intriguing (often, dark) plots.
I love connecting with readers. Find my contact information below and swing by to say hello!
Tasting Los Angeles (Tasting Series book 4 – STAND ALONE)
A woman struggling to stand on her own two feet. Read More
Blog Diva - Wednesday, December 31, 2014
What is Alicia’s Possession?
Alicia’s Possession is a mystery novel. It’s a psychological thriller. It’s an erotic romance.
I tell you this so that you don’t go into it expecting page after page of hot, steamy sex. Oh, it’s there all right, with bondage and Dominance and submission, but that is only part of the story.
Alicia has returned to her affluent lakeside home to recuperate from the horrific car crash that left her in a coma for two months, as well as come to terms with her husband’s infidelity and their impending divorce. All this has led to her depression to the point of agoraphobia, but she frequently hears the often violent arguments of her neighbors, Judith and Daniel. One night, the sound of gunshots jerks Alicia out of her sleep. When she looks across the lake, she is certain she sees someone stuffing a body into the trunk of a car before racing away from her neighbors' house.
Against the advice of her estranged husband, Alicia calls the police; but the detective assigned to investigate, Mason Crawley, agrees with Alicia's husband, that she imagined it—especially after he sees her washing down pain pills with gulps of wine. Mason’s suspicions become aroused, however, when he talks to Judith, who says her husband is away on business and can't be reached. Then he gets a mysterious call warning him to stop trying to find the missing neighbor. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, November 15, 2014
It's only been a week since Claiming Catherine was published and it's made quite a stir. It rocketed up Amazon's charts and has sat at #1 in three categories all this time.
The premise of the story is a mail order bride coming to Liberty, Montana to begin her life with her new husband, Jake Bridger. But Liberty isn't a normal town and wives have strict rules to adhere to. As we're in the Erotic category, this book is obviously hot and a prime example of escapist fiction. It is the first in a series of three books, the second, Taming Tessa, comes out on 12/4
If you like erotic romance--mail order brides, Montana, historical westerns, with a whole lot of male dominance--enjoy! Read More
Blog Diva - Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Romance novels have been a not-so-guilty pleasure of mine since forever. In college, I would pray to get stuck at the train crossing just so I could get a few more pages in before class. Now, I keep one stashed in my purse at all times. Thankfully, I’ve started listening to audiobooks in the car, so I don’t have horns blaring at me any more when the red light turns to green! Plus, there’s really no better way to get through a root canal than to listen to a hot erotic scene on your phone while the dentist is doing his thing.
It was only natural for my writing to go in the Romance direction. Erotic romance was only a small skip down the romance road, and one that I am having a blast traveling down. Not just because I get to play out fantasies on paper, but because there are so many places to go within the genre. The characters could have a heavy kink element to their relationship, they could have a light Domination/submission aspect or they could just like to get down and dirty in the bedroom, and I get to play in whichever sandbox I chose! Decisions! Decisions!
I think I have the most fun writing erotic romance because D/s a part of my life outside of my writing. Recently, I was asked if I felt a responsibility to portray the lifestyle in true form, and my answer is yes. I feel an obligation not only to the members of the BDSM community, but also to my readers. There is romance in daily Dominant/submissive relationships. There is love and passion. There is also some really hot, kinky sex. I like showing the reality of it all. Read More
Blog Diva - Sunday, December 14, 2014
Under My Skin Blurb
Everyone wants to either be a member of the Guild or work for them. Little does the populace know that the Guild hides sinister secrets...
For Tate Sullivan, life in her small, coastal town is far from glamorous. The affluent lives of the Guild members and their servants isn't something she has ever wanted. But all sixteen year-olds must take a simple test, and Tate's result thrusts her into the Guild's world, one where they hide horrible plans for those they select. Tate must fight the relentless General Dagon for control of her mind, body, and soul to keep the one precious thing she has always taken for granted: herself.
Her only ally is the same handsome boy she is pitted against in General Dagon’s deadly game. Quinn desires nothing more than to end the life of General Dagon who has taken over Tate's mind. While romance blooms between Tate and Quinn, General Dagon plots to eventually take over Tate's body, and love might end before it even begins. Read More
Blog Diva - Sunday, December 07, 2014
A gryphon is a winged-beastie with an eagle-like head and the body of a lion. Most statues depict a gryphon with bird-like talons, eagle’s head and wings, but with ears of a lion, and a lion’s hindquarters, but there have been a few statues of a gryphon that appear more like a lion, but have an eagle’s head, and no wings.
Here are a few spellings for the legendary creature: Gryphon, Griffon, and Griffin. Its name derives from the Greek 'gryphos', which means 'curved' due to its curved beak.
While gryphons were common in the art and lore of Ancient Greece, they were also found in Ancient Persian and Ancient Egyptian art, dating back to 3000 BC. Read More
Blog Diva - Monday, April 21, 2014
She’s broken with guilt.
He harbors a chilling past.
It’s safer if they keep their distance…
But, the echoes that linger connect them.
Returning to Hidden Pines is the last thing Allie Collins wants. The family cabin where she spent her youthful summers now holds a dark memory that haunts her.
While struggling to forget her past, Allie runs into Damien, a local rebel with secrets of his own. She is not sure she can trust him, and yet, she finds herself drawn to Damien for reasons she can’t explain.
By the time Allie unearths the secrets of Damien’s past, she realizes just how intricately they are connected. Now, she is caught in a dangerous battle that threatens her life and those she loves. Read More
Blog Diva - Sunday, January 05, 2014
Interview of Lynn Lovegreen by Ellie Webster
In lieu of the standard author bio and interview, I thought it might be more fun to interact with my main character from Fools Gold and let her do the interviewing. We’ve spent so much time together—you’ll see what I mean. Here’s Ellie Webster and me, Lynn Lovegreen:
Ellie: Hello, this is Ellie Webster, best known for my appearance in Lynn Lovegreen’s book Fools Gold. Lynn, please tell us a little about yourself.
Lynn: Thanks, Ellie. My dad was stationed in Alaska when I was six, and the family moved up here. We all fell in love with the place, and it’s been home ever since. I am a retired English teacher, and reading and writing has been my passion as long as I can remember. Read More
Blog Diva - Sunday, December 29, 2013
Hello again, RomCon; thanks for having me back.
This is mainly about “The Evil and the Fear”, but it’s also in answer to comments and questions from readers, some of which can be found in Goodreads reviews.
“To see yourself as others see you” (Burns)
Wow... the chance to see the madness of the world through the eyes of a unique seventeen year old woman. What writer would not be passionately infatuated with the idea?
Readers of “The Evil and the Fear”(TEF) and “Expect Civilian Casualties”(ECC) (Plus a few short stories from garybonn.com and writerlot.net) have asked me why I sometimes choose unusual people as main characters. Read More
Blog Diva - Tuesday, February 11, 2014
The technique whereby a person’s beliefs, or what they think they know to be true, are altered. People have been suspending disbelief ever since they could communicate. A hominid embellishing the story of taking down his prey; a tribal elder keeping alive the tale of his peoples’ origins; or a sixteenth century actor and playwright whose famous Sonnet 18 - compares a lady to a summer’s day. All edging out what our senses, or common sense, tells us is true.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, nineteenth century poet and philosopher used the term “a semblance of truth.” So if you tell me the hero of a contemporary romance lived in a building with four walls made of uncontained water, I would have to take my business elsewhere. Or not. True, it’s a contemporary romance and not sci-fi or paranormal, but maybe the hero is a scientist on the cutting edge of force field technology. Maybe the contemporary romance has elements that bleed into other sub-genres. Convince me.
Some writers assume since they are writing fiction, it’s the reader’s responsibility to use his or her imagination when given a scenario that falls outside the realm of the five senses or the world of physics. The responsibility, as I see it, lies with the writer. He or she lays the groundwork, and if they’ve done a credible job, the reader suspends disbelief. Read More
Blog Diva - Sunday, February 02, 2014
Whether you write suspense, contemporary, paranormal, historical, or erotic romance, the same five rules apply across all sub-genres to make your readers fall in love with your book and your characters.
Rule One: No matter what sub-genre you write, romance is the central theme. Suspense and thrills keep readers turning the pages and historical and paranormal details are fascinating, but that’s not what you’re writing about. Not really.
You’re writing about characters twisting and stumbling their way toward love.
According to the 2012 Romance Book Consumer survey, the top reason for readers to buy your romance is the story (Bowker). Those ups and downs your characters experience in their relationship are the reason that reader picked up or downloaded your book. So no matter how many action scenes you have, what your character does for a day job or how big a part your hero’s pet plays in the plot, romance is the only thing that matters. Read More
Blog Diva - Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Thanks for having me today. I’ve been asked how I get followers. I have about 24,000 followers right now on Twitter. Now I doubt very seriously that all of them are readers of my books, though I would say that about 90 percent of them (my guess, no hard data) are readers of fiction. Why would I say that, well because of where they came from. Read on.
I’m going to use myself as the example in my instructions. This is how you build your Twitter followers. First you need to get rid of all those who you are following but they are not following you back. To do this you need to “flush” them away.
I use Tweepi to do this. You can find them at www.Tweepi.com. Make sure you are signed into Twitter before you go to Tweepi. Then I sign in and do the “flush” option. Just before writing this post, I flushed 161 people who weren’t following me. It took me less than a minute. This leaves me more room to find those who will follow me back. Read More
Blog Diva - Monday, January 20, 2014
Book Covers are the FIRST thing people see about your book. The first thing. In a library or online, it's what pulls a reader to your story. Am I one of those people who choose a book by its cover? ABSOLUTELY!
I stand in the New Fiction section of my library and will pick up a book to read the blurb if, and only if, I like the cover. Sometimes I'll pick up the book because the cover is so bad. I'll stare at it amazed it got through the publishing process with something so terrible. And you know there's a book or two out there like that. I know you've seen them yourselves.
I'm breaking down this blog into several parts because there's so much to say about a great book cover. Why am I an expert? Some of you know me from RomCon stuff like blogs, the convention, etc. I'm also the main book cover designer for the Pre-Made Book Cover store and also do all of RomCon's custom cover work. I have a degree in Graphic Design and over twenty years of design experience. This isn't meant as self-promotion (because I'm really not that exciting), but gives a little bit of background why I know what I'm talking about. Read More
Blog Diva - Monday, January 13, 2014
Are You A Lazy Writer?
Okay, I know you're now on a diet and exercising to lose those holiday pounds. So what about your mind? Have you exercised your mind lately? Have you stretched yourself as a writer or have you gotten lazy.
Recently, I received a rejection letter that not only said I was using the "same old" plot devices, but that my writing was repetitive. Hmmm...that was a new one. Yes, I admit I used the "same old" plot devices, mistaken identity, etc...but this publishing house is known for wanting the same ole same ole. I tried to write something they would want...I should have put a Cowboy instead of a doctor and they probably would have bought it.
But the repetitive part made me think about my writing. I also read a new author and her sentences jumped off the page at me, and I immediately knew mine didn't do that. Hmmm...I contemplated, have I become a lazy writer? Am I just putting the words down on the page trying to reach the end? Read More