©2014 Zondervan – Excerpt used with permission
Reggie exploded out the door and into the pack of waiting press. The chilled air reached for her, and she longed for Tallahassee’s late September heat.
“Princess, over here.”
“What do you think of Hessenberg?”
“Are you really the great-granddaughter of Princess Alice?”
“Are you going to sign the entail?”
Cameras clicked and buzzed in her ears and her forward motion stopped when she sank into the mud of media. Read More
©2014 Zondervan – Excerpt used with permission
Justice For Abby is on sale now through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes!
Nowhere to hide…
Fashion designer Abigail Harris has been rescued, but her nightmare is far from over. Determined to put her harrowing ordeal behind her and move on, she struggles to pick up the pieces of her life while eluding the men who want her dead.
The Mid-Atlantic Sex Ring is in ruins after Abby’s interviews with the police. The organization is eager to exact their revenge before her testimony dismantles the multi-million dollar operation for good.
Abby’s safety rests in the hands of former US Marshal, Jerrod Quinn. Serious-minded and obsessed with protocol, Ethan Cooke Security’s newest agent finds himself dealing with more than he bargains for when he agrees to take on his beautiful, free-spirited client. Read More
A Post Hijack by The Emerald Springs Underbelly Blog
Hello, fellow snoops! Holley Trent was supposed to provide a post, but I think you’ll like what I have to say even more. I’ve got gossip! Who doesn’t love gossip?
As you know, every spring, the folks here in Emerald Springs, Washington pitch in for a massive town potluck. This year, Sam Whitman of Emerald Tea Farm thought the gathering would be a great venue to test out his new blog feature. His experiment with video didn’t go so well, but our crafty snoops at The ES Underbelly Blog were able to download his video before he pulled it. We’ve transcribed these awkward exchanges for your reading pleasure.
(Camera activates revealing Sam seated at a table in the community center. Alan Prevost walks past, carrying a plate and a bottle of beer.)
Sam Whitman: Alan! Alan Prevost, come talk to me.
(Alan looks around, sighs, and pulls out a chair next to Sam.) Read More
The idea for my newest Harmony book BETTING THE RAINBOW came from the question, “If you had a chance to change your life, what would you be willing to risk?”
My character Dusti Delaney and her sister were stuck on a small farm , on a little lake, near Harmony, Texas. They made enough to live but nothing more. Both had dreams of what could have been if one had been able to finish nursing school and the other had followed her dream of being a professional photographer.
On their once-a-month night out Dusti learns of a charity poker game and sees her one chance to change. Though she has her goals too, she wants to see her sister follow her dream first.
One man knows enough about poker to teach her to win. Only problem is, if she makes it to the final table, she’ll be playing against him. As he teaches her about Texas Hold’em and love, she sees the possibility of her dream coming true.
I think I loved this story so much because I once pushed all my chips in on a dream. I wanted to write but with teaching, going to grad school and raising two boys, there was never any time. Finally, with the help of my husband, I quit, drew out my retirement and lived on it while I wrote. Forty books later I’d say the gamble paid off. Read More
Writers Retreats to Beat Writers Block
By Jennie Marts
Being stuck on your current WIP is no fun! Especially if you are on a deadline. It’s even worse if you are a ‘fly-by-the-seat-of-your-Pantser’ and you’re waiting for the story to come to you and your characters voices are deafeningly silent in your ears.
A favorite trick of mine is to set up my own mini-writing-retreat. For me, all a writing retreat needs is a notebook, a purple pen, a Snickers bar, a bag a Cheetos, two Diet Cokes and a quiet place to write. Sometimes I bring my laptop, but that makes it hard because then I get Cheetos-dust on the keyboard.
Changing the place you write and your writing medium are great ways to change-up and often ‘charge-up’ your writing energy. Take a break from your laptop and your desk and change your surroundings. Get a new perspective with a new landscape. Take a blanket and go to a park. Enjoy the breeze as you sit in the grass and write a description of the town where your story is. Read More
Where’s Your Home Sweet Home?
Some say that home is where the heart is. My home sweet home is where ever I’m at with my honey. Married at an early age, we’ve grown up together. The house is empty when he’s not here and he feels the same when I’m away. It’s a blessing to be loved and appreciated. That’s what we all want. Jenna Myers has to solve a mystery, a murder and catch an arsonist before she can find her home sweet home. Where is your home sweet home?
Home Sweet Home
Jenna Myers inherits an apartment complex in Denver, Colorado after her father dies in a car crash. Even though there is evidence of foul play, the crime goes unsolved. She breaks off her engagement, sells her bookstore in Cedar Falls, and moves to Denver to manage her real estate investments. A few months later, a friend and tenant is murdered in her apartment complex. Jenna suspects the murder is related to her father’s death but it’s a case of mistaken identity. The killer is after her. Read More
Wine and Romance
I’m A.L. Parks, and I have published two books, and working on a third to be released this summer (fingers crossed). The first two are contemporary romances, and the third will be my first foray into romantic suspense. So, since I am a new author, and many of you may not have heard of me, let alone my books, I was trying to come up with a more creative way to introduce you to them…and this is what I came up with. I love to read…and I love wine.
Wine that goes best with my books:
Bereaved bride Abby Clark is tortured by visions of the fatal crash that took her fiancé on their wedding day. She succumbs to a dark existence where loneliness, sadness and nightmares dwell; until handsome, brooding Bryce Holden walks through the door of her favorite coffee shop, wearing the same cloak of despair and grief. Abby discovers in Bryce someone who understands love and loss, and soon their close friendship grows into a deep love. But ghosts make strange bedfellows, and Abby is forced to battle the tormenting images that continue to haunt her, and confront the ethereal presence of a beloved wife to protect her future with Bryce. Read More
Transferring from her old position had been one of the hardest to decisions Brooke Justice had faced. Those farmers back in Virginia Beach had taught her as much as she had them in the beginning. College hadn’t prepared her for the real-life problems farmers faced, but she’d been a quick study and they’d taken her under their wing. She loved that job, but her separation from Keith had gotten out of control and putting some miles between them seemed like the right thing to do when the opportunity arose.
Brooke gathered a stack of soil sample kits and a notebook with the list of her appointments for the day, then grabbed the keys to the truck the county provided for their use. She headed out the back door of the Main Street office where the truck was parked.
The little white four-wheel drive pickup was much more suitable to the roads than her own car. Many of the roads were still unpaved in this county. In Virginia Beach they'd provided her with a vehicle, too, only it was a big twelve-seater passenger van. It was a bear to maneuver and forget about parking it. Read More
So, hi there! I’m Ava Miles, the new contemporary romance writer who burst onto the scene with her book NORA ROBERTS LAND, which kicked off my acclaimed Dare Valley series. Now, I’m delighted to announce the first book in a connected series called Dare River, set in the deep South, titled COUNTRY HEAVEN. It’s about a down-on-her luck cook who uses food’s magical properties to tame a beastly country singer after he hires her under false pretenses to restore his image.
And I’ve chosen the juiciest excerpt:
“I’m trying to talk Tory here into giving the bull a ride.”
Lola gave her another haughty glance, making Tory feel like she was back in high school, being insulted by the popular girls. “This pathetic little thing, Rye? Why, I bet she couldn’t grip the bull for two seconds with those chicken legs.”
“Shut up, Lola.” His hand stopped her exploration of his skin. “She’s a friend of mine.”
And somehow, hearing him say that was all the incentive she needed. The woman’s insult to her legs was not going to be ignored. “Okay, let’s give this a go then.”
She strode forward, weaving around the women who surrounded the bull, wrinkling her nose as it was assaulted by a cloud of different perfumes. Read More
Today I'd like to share the blurb and cover for my new novel, Mr. Right Now, a fun, contemporary romance with a mistaken identity twist! As with most of my books, music played a part throughout the writing – some songs were representative of the hero, some of the heroine and a couple just had that vacation feel that I wanted for the book.
Here are the top four songs that helped me write Mr. Right Now.
4. Never Wanted Nothing More by Kenny Chesney – Both Mason and Casey in Mr. Right Now are looking for something…and they don't really know what until they meet one another. And from there things get a little hairy, but they both know they've never wanted anything more than each other…
3. Vacation by the GoGos – this one is an oldie but a goodie. Any time I'm feeling like winter is too long (which is OFTEN this winter) or work is too stressful or I just need a break for laundry and cooking and homework and puppy wrangling, this song makes me feel like I can get it all done. In Mr. Right Now Casey needs a vacation in the worst way because her issues come with paparazzi stalkers and nasty headlines… Read More
- Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella
- Craft by Adriana Locke
- One Last Time by Corrine Michaels
- Mastering Her Fear by BJ Wane
- A Wintry Affair by Jamie Phillips
- Cuffed by K. Bromberg
- Maverick by Karina Halle
- Changing Her Mind by Stevie MacFarlane
- Crazy Little Thing by Tracy Brogan
- Misadventures of a City Girl by Meredith Wild and Chelle Bliss