Contemporary

Find Me By Shelley K Wall

Blog Diva - Monday, December 01, 2014

Jackson was good at pushing Amanda’s buttons – making her do things her sensible mind abhorred—but was cheating on a friend part of the agenda? Would he go that far? When his best friend has the girl he’s always wanted, how far will Jackson go to tempt her away?

Jackson Holstenar owes his childhood to his best friend Carter, the closest thing he’d had to a brother. Amanda Gillespie’s in serious need of adventure—according to her friend Darlene. After losing her job a year earlier then hiring on with another law office, she hasn’t taken her eyes off work in months. Until the man behind her job loss shows up at the adventure club meeting Darlene dared her to attend—Jackson Holstenar.

When Jackson’s father suffers a stroke, he has to drop his carefree attitude and take over the family company’s helm. He turns to Amanda to help unravel a contract problem at work and fixes her up with his best friend who’s ready to start a relationship. Can Jackson work alongside her again without losing her?
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Her Winning Formula By Shannyn Schroeder

Blog Diva - Monday, December 01, 2014

Spring break was supposed to be a last blast of fun for three friends before the reality of adulthood set in. But for the trio’s science whiz, it’s an education in instant attraction…

Chemistry major Felicity Stone can tell you everything about the way chemicals interact, but when it comes to social interaction, she needs schooling. Abandoned by her friends, Felicity is faced with spending spring break alone—unless she accepts a gorgeous stranger’s invitation to pose as his girlfriend at a family wedding. Not one to turn down a research opportunity, Felicity never expected it to produce such breathtaking results…


Teacher and baseball coach Lucas Tanner is fascinated by Felicity’s potent mix of spirit and scientist, not to mention her delicious curves. When Felicity asks him to return the favor by teaching her how to pick up guys, he can’t refuse—but he’s not at all happy with the idea of her using a formula for flirting on anyone but him. Can he convince her that together they have the perfect chemistry? 
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Cowboy, It's Cold Outside By Katherine Gerbara

Blog Diva - Monday, November 24, 2014

COWBOY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE is the fourth book in my The Scott Brothers series for Montana Born books. Each of the brothers is markedly different especially Trey. He’s the middle brother smack between two older cowboys and too younger warriors. He’s a photo journalist who lives life safely behind his camera and views the world through his lens until one snowy December evening when he arrives in Marietta to find his brother’s house empty except for the very tempting Lucy DeMarco.

This is a Christmas story that brings together two wandering souls. Lucy’s not really excited about the holiday season this year, but as she and Trey embark on a holiday affair they both find the true meaning of the spirit of Christmas.

For me the holiday is all about food and music. I love gifts—don’t get me wrong, but my most cherished holiday memories involve sitting around a large table with my family. I included a scene in the story that kind of reminds of them. Here’s a little snippet:

Evan and J.T. told jokes that were corny but made everyone laugh. It was the kind of dinner she’d always wanted to have in her home. She was surrounded by family, and a part of her felt like the Little Match Girl looking in the window at something that she couldn’t have.

But she knew that she’d made Marietta her home and this could be her reality. All she had to do was reach out and take it.

Just be. Read More

Family Plot By Sheri Cobb-South

Blog Diva - Wednesday, November 19, 2014

“It appears we have only one room vacant tonight on account of the fine weather bringing all the anglers to the coast for a last bit of fishing ere the winter sets in,” the innkeeper informed Pickett. “That being the case, I’ve taken the liberty of having your valise sent up to your wife’s room. I hope that’s agreeable.”

“My—my wife, you say?”

“Aye—Mrs. Pickett. You did say that was your name?” the innkeeper asked in some consternation.

“Yes, that’s it.” Pickett darted a quick, bewildered glance up the staircase.

“You’ll think me a regular noddy for not connecting the pair of you at once. Truth to tell, I had the impression Mrs. Pickett was a widowed lady.”

“No, that’s quite—quite all right,” Pickett assured him, wanting only to be rid of the man so that he might resolve the situation with the woman whom the innkeeper imagined to be his wife. Read More

The Promise By Beth Wiseman

Blog Diva - Monday, November 17, 2014

Mallory put the pan of lasagna into the oven and set the timer. Tate wouldn’t be at her house for at least an hour. She went back to the couch and resumed her research on Peshawar.

Ismail couldn’t have been any more transparent. Her boss knew she wanted to save a life, and he was clearly planting the idea in her head. She couldn’t blame him for wanting to help his niece. Abdul had told her the same thing as Ismail—that the media only showed the ugly parts of the country, that where he lived was very safe and beautiful. But as she scoured the Internet, she found photos to validate both the beauty of Pakistan and the fact that it was a war-torn country.

She’d been thinking about her cousin Kelsey all day. Would bringing Majida to the United States guarantee Mallory a place in heaven—or paradise, as Ismail called it? Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. She knew it was in the Bible, but she couldn’t recall who said it. She wished her parents had raised her and Vicky in the church. She should have at least been properly introduced to God when she was young. At the very least, would helping Majida ease her guilt over not being able to save Kelsey? Read More

Unlikely Venture By Kristen Luciani

Blog Diva - Thursday, November 13, 2014

I recently responded to a Facebook thread titled “Why do you write?”

My answer was truthful.

“I write because I love creating emotionally tortuous and heart wrenchingly devastating stories with damaged characters I can fix and make all better with a few strokes on my keyboard. That is, after I’ve had a multitude of panic attacks over plot twists, the kind only lots of wine can quell.”

Also…and this bit wasn’t part of my answer…as a full-time working mom of three young children, the creative outlet helps preserve my sanity. I channel angst into my work to add dimensionality and depth. So when I say my kids inspire me, I’m not exaggerating.

At all.

Simply put, it’s FUN to create seemingly insurmountable circumstances, characters you want to fall in love with and spicy relationships that make your insides sizzle. I’m rooting for the good guys, against the bad guys and the exciting part is, once I finally have the story in my head, I never really know how everything will unravel.  Read More

If the Shoe Kills By Lynn Cahoon

Blog Diva - Monday, November 10, 2014

The tourist town of South Cove, California, is a lovely place to spend the holidays. But this year, shop owner Jill Gardner discovers there’s no place like home for homicide. . .
As owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner looks forward to the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers. But when the mayor ropes her into being liaison for a new work program, 'tis the season to be wary. Local businesses are afraid the interns will be delinquents, punks, or worse. For Jill, nothing’s worse than Ted Hendricks--the jerk who runs the program. After a few run-ins, Jill’s ready to kill the guy. That, however, turns out to be unnecessary when she finds Ted in his car--dead as a doornail. Officer Greg assumes it’s a suicide. Jill thinks it’s murder. And if the holidays weren’t stressful enough, a spoiled blonde wants to sue the city for breaking her heel. Jill has to act fast to solve this mess--before the other shoe drops. . .

"Murder, dirty politics, pirate lore, and a hot police detective: Guidebook to Murder has it all! A cozy lover’s dream come true." --Susan McBride, author of The Debutante Dropout Mysteries Read More

SLOW HAND by VICTORIA VANE

Blog Diva - Thursday, November 06, 2014

EXCERPT:

Wade raked his hand through his sandy hair with a curse. “Damned vegan tree-huggers will destroy our entire state economy.”

Iris rolled her eyes as if anticipating a full-blown tirade. “Be back in a jiffy.” She winked at Nikki as she slipped out the door.

Nikki grinned. “I take it you’re not a card-carrying member of the Green Party?”

“No.” His gaze narrowed and brows pulled into a frown. “You’re not one of them I hope.”

“Who me?” Nikki shook her head. “No, sir-ee, I’m a live-and-let-live Libertarian and a longtime omnivore. My grandparents had a chicken farm in Lavonia. I betcha didn’t know Georgia is the country’s biggest chicken producer.” Read More

Intensity By C.C. Koen

Blog Diva - Monday, November 03, 2014

A Newbie Author Selfie by C.C. Koen

A strange thing happened while…driving to work one day. A lusty fantasy seized my brain, taking over as co-pilot. Before I knew it, a parking lot and my intended destination appeared. Scary, right? Imagine how I felt? My common sense had just taken an unannounced vacation. I thanked the high heavens no one had been hurt and I’d arrived safe and somewhat sound.

After three days of manic preoccupation, I surrendered to the surging ideas, picked up my laptop and typed, and typed, and typed. The frantic-forming romance story continued steadily for three months. At that point, feedback became a necessity and the great race for an editor began.

Connections made, feedback gathered—multiple times, and mega-money spent, I entered a zone often termed as, “hitting a wall.” As a newbie writer, the “wall” related to: 1) my writing style and 2) the genre. I discovered, being an avid romance reader did not equate to writing it. Almost simultaneously, I did two things: enrolled in writing workshops and joined an online writing group. Read More

Love Me Later By Libby Rice

Blog Diva - Thursday, October 30, 2014

LOVE ME LATER
Book One in the Second Chances Series


BLURB

Can they love right on the redo?

Scarlet Leore enjoys a glittering existence among New York society’s elite. Ethan Blake is a prizefighter knocking his way through school, counting on his winnings to bankroll the dreams that won’t fit in a boxing ring. When the two meet, neither can deny the instant attraction that wells between the hulking fighter and the heiress who is miles and millions out of his league. But a vicious attack leaves Scarlet physically and emotionally battered, and for Ethan, the allure crumbles along with the rest of his life after Scarlet accuses him of wielding the knife.

Years later, Scarlet has abandoned the high life for that of a hard-working lawyer, while Ethan has clawed his way to the pinnacle of a business empire. Drawn into his world of high-stakes tech mergers, they dance to a tune of revenge, desire, and finally, redemption. But theirs is a world that won’t tolerate an attorney falling for her client. They’ll need more than lust and forgiveness. They must bridge the chasm of a tormented past to understand who they are today. Only then can they forge a future in the face of the resurging enemy who once tore them apart. Read More