Nina Crespo | Ultimate Alpha Hero Lineup

Developing characters for my romance stories requires inspiration. My volume of names is usually where I start. It lists the meaning and origin of names, as well as associated gemstones, colors, and elements. It helps tremendously with character profiles, but sometimes I need visual inspiration. This was true in writing The Song series. If you haven’t read the books, let me share what the trilogy is about.

Two of the alpha heroes served as Army Rangers along with their friends. The team was facing death when Dalir, an ancient warrior, gave them a second chance at life. He also shared one of his special abilities with them: Time travel. They use this gift to protect people. When they’re not facing danger, they play music. Their band, Thane’s Redemption, gives them an outlet from the stress of their quest and serves as a cover between missions. In short, hot guys in a band with supernatural abilities, teamed with an equally tough, drool-worthy, ancient warrior, on a mission to save the world.

A dream team was a great visual aid and inspiration for writing the books. Here are my picks for The Song series alpha males.

Kit Harington as the hero in Thane’s Redemption, Book 1. Yes. I’m addicted to Game of Thrones, but that’s not the only reason. Kit’s long hair and soulful eyes make him a perfect fit as Thane. A committed and loyal hero, willing to lay it all on the line for the woman he loves.

William Levy as the hero in Reid’s Deliverance, Book 2. William captured my attention and votes during Dancing with Stars (Season 14). Lauren, the heroine in the second book, described Reid as a clean-cut hottie who inspired fantasies of holding on for a sinful ride. Can you see the resemblance? I certainly can.

Jack Reynor as Colby, the reconnaissance expert on the team. I wanted more of Jack’s character, Shane, in Transformers: Age of Extinction. Shane was not only a protector, but he believed in the woman he loved. In my mind, that makes Shane similar to Colby. A guy who’s not afraid to take the lead, keep the faith, and get the job done.

Redaric Williams as Mace, technical guru. I didn’t catch Redaric as Tyler on The Young and The Restless, but I’m definitely going to check him out in his future projects. As I think of The Song series, I can see this actor portraying, Mace, the man who’s an irresistible mix of brains, looks, and muscle.

Jay Ryan as Wes, the team’s logistics expert. If you’ve watched the reboot of Beauty and the Beast, you noticed Jay as the main character, Vincent. In The Song series, Wes is tough, dangerous, and a loner, but the right woman could bring out his tender side. I can see Jay playing this intense, complex character.

Jason Momoa as Dalir, the hero in Dalir’s Salvation, Book 3. Yes. This pick could be related to my weakness for superheroes and loving that Jason is playing Aquaman on film, but imagine what I see. Over six feet of tall, delicious, ancient warrior wielding a sword. Can you deny that Jason isn’t a solid match for Dalir?

What qualities in an alpha male hero inspire your fantasies?

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The Song #3

Dalir's Salvation

To be with the man of her dreams, she’ll have to face her worst nightmares…

Ari is looking to live a normal life. But after she hits her head, normal is no longer an option. A mysterious, rugged man appears, whom only she can see… each night he fulfills her fantasies and leaves her begging for more. She’s sure he’s a figment of her imagination—until she finds out the hard way that he’s all too real. Now, to truly be with him, Ari will have to embrace the parts of herself she’s been desperately keeping at bay.

Dalir’s been burned by love before, yet he can’t resist Ari’s beauty and charm. And all it takes is one kiss to spark nights of passion. But there’s danger on the horizon that only Dalir and his friends in the band Thane’s Redemption can deal with. And the longer he stays with Ari, the greater the peril to them both. Will the two of them be strong enough to fight for their newfound love—and their lives?

Romance Erotica Sensual [Lyrical Press, On Sale: September 27, 2016, e-Book, ISBN: 9781601835444 / eISBN: 9781601835444]

About Nina Crespo

Nina Crespo lives in Florida where she indulges in her favorite passions — the beach, kick boxing, a good glass of wine, date night with her own real-life hero and dancing.

Her lifelong addiction to romance began in her teens while on a “borrowing spree” in her older sister’s bedroom where she discovered her first romance novel and became lost in the world of happily ever after.

Curiosity about people and places, including what’s beyond the stars, fuels her writer’s imagination. This wellspring of inspiration allows Nina to create sensual contemporary and paranormal stories, which she hopes will feed your own addiction for true love and romance.

The Song



Hi Everyone!

I am so thrilled to be in the Fresh Fiction newsletter today talking about my brand new book, LYRIC AND LINGERIE! It’s my first ever self-published book and now that it’s making its way into the world, I’m excited and nervous all at the same time. L & L is a lot lighter and funnier than the books you usually see from me and I’m dying to hear what you think of it. I co-wrote it with my dear friend, Katie Graykowski (who is one of the funniest and kindest women I have ever met) and we had entirely too much fun coming up with our characters and the zany situations we put them in.

Here’s the blurb:

From New York Times Bestselling author Tracy Wolff and International Bestselling author Katie Graykowski comes a sexy tale of love, laughter and lingerie …

Lyric Wright is an off-beat astrophysicist whose life is falling apart around her. After losing her fiancé to a hula dancing astrologer and losing her dress to an ill-fated leap of faith, she’s sure there’s nowhere for her life to go but up. At least until she sits down on a trans-Pacific flight next to the one man she never wanted to see again—the boy she’d lost her heart and her virginity too back before she’d learned that friendship and football don’t equal true love.

Broken down quarterback Heath Montgomery is on a plane ride to nowhere. Dodging the phone call he’s certain will end his professional football career for good, he might be Texas bound, but he knows there’s nowhere for him to go but down. But that’s before his childhood best friend and confidante plops back into his life wearing nothing but duct tape and a bad attitude. Determined not to lose her again (especially since he isn’t sure why he lost her the first time) and desperate to outrun his own shadowy future, Heath sets out to take Lyric on the ride of her life. Too bad she only dates men who actually know what her butterfly nebula is … and can find it without the help of a star chart.

Add in one passive-aggressive flight attendant with delusions of couture, a cherry red car with a crush on Neil Diamond, an over-protective sister with a black belt in Krav Maga, two parents determined to marry their spinster daughter off to the hometown hero no matter the cost, and a whole lot of lingerie popping up in all the right places at all the wrong times and you’ve got an unforgettable love story that fans of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson won’t want to miss!

And here’s one of my favorite excerpts from LYRIC AND LINGERIE:

“Come on, Lyric,” he coaxed as he made another reach for one of the small bottles of Scotch. “You know you don’t like Johnnie Walker. You’re more a Mike’s Hard Lemonade girl.”

If he remembered correctly, JW was more her twin, Harmony’s, drink. Back in the day the three of them had spent more than one night in high school getting drunk and talking about how they were going to take on the world. Right up until he’d slept with Harmony, and she’d ripped his heart out of his chest.

Lyric’s big, round blue eyes—which he’d noticed weren’t close to being the curviest thing about her—turned glacial. “Scotch isn’t the only thing on this plane I don’t like, but it looks like I’ll have to adapt.”

He was baffled by her hostility, especially considering they’d once been really good friends. But from the day Harmony had dumped him, Lyric had treated him like he had a social disease. He’d understood at the time—or at least, he’d told himself he had. Everyone knew girls stuck together over things like that. But twelve years was a long time to hold a grudge when he hadn’t actually done anything wrong.

She turned her back on him—or tried to, anyway. That duct-taped dress of hers made it almost impossible for her to move. Which was good for him, since it gave him a chance to grab for the Johnnie Walker. Painkillers be damned. If he was going to deal with her anger management issues, he needed a drink. He’d obviously underestimated Lyric’s scorn for him, however, because she jerked the basket away so fast that a bottle of Jim Beam shot out and beaned the guy across the aisle right in the temple.

The bottle bounced off the guy’s head, hit his knee, and tumbled to the floor. The three of them turned as one to watch as it rolled down the aisle into coach. After it disappeared, Lyric’s latest victim turned in their direction. With a sinking heart, Heath watched as his eyes widened with recognition. “Hey, aren’t you—”

The guy didn’t bother finishing the sentence. Instead, he leaped the three feet across the aisle. “I’m a huge fan.”

With a long, put-upon sigh, Heath sat forward and accepted his fate. This was exactly what he’d been dreading all along, though he’d been certain the first shot would have come from Wranglers Jersey in front of him—hence the newspaper camouflage.

Pulling a napkin out of the basket, he grabbed a pen out of his pocket and scrawled his signature across the American Airlines logo. Then he handed it to the guy with a smile that was more fake than their flight attendant’s tan. Under the circumstances, it was the best he could do. Fame came at a price, and that one bottle of Jim Beam was going to end up costing him eight hours of peace and quiet.

“I’m sorry. Can we talk later? Right now I’m catching up with an old friend.”

At the “old friend,” Lyric’s eyes cut over to him. The guy took the napkin, wiped his hands with it, and tossed it on the floor behind him. “Dr. Wright, I saw your last video podcast on the Crab Nebula—it was amazing.” There was so much reverence in the guy’s voice, he might have been talking to Jesus or Joe Namath.

Lyric straightened her shoulders, smoothed her hair down, and when she smiled, there was nothing fake about it. “Thanks. Next week, I’m doing quasar output and the effects on dark matter.”

“Oh my God. Oh my God. I can’t wait!”

His eyes practically glowed with the fervor of the zealot. All around them, heads were turning to check out the commotion.

Terrified of Wranglers Jersey one row ahead, Heath tried to slink down to hide behind the chair in front of him. But at six foot five and two forty, wiggle room didn’t exist. Add in the broken knee and the reading light shining down like a spotlight, and he might as well have been the featured performer at the Super Bowl halftime show.

Lyric was oblivious to his discomfort. She and Science Geek had moved on to a spirited discussion about the upcoming (and obviously very exciting) Firefly cast reunion scheduled for the next San Diego Comic-Con. Science Geek got so enthusiastic that his jacket fell open, revealing a T-shirt that read, “Beam Me Up, Scottie. There’s no intelligent life down here.” Heath barely resisted commenting that she’d already Jim Beamed him upside the head, but he doubted they’d get it. With all the science speak flying around, however, he was considering Jim Beaming himself—right between the eyes.

Science Geek’s gaze locked on to Lyric’s cleavage. “That dress. Is that the new light-refracting material they were talking about on the SETI website?” He reached out and ran a fingertip along the top edge of her dress, lingering for a second in the shallow between her breasts.

Heath couldn’t take it anymore. Shooting Science Geek an I’m-going-to-beat-the-shit-out-of-you glare, he yanked the blanket out of Lyric’s cleavage and tucked it under her chin and around her shoulders.

It might have been twelve years and she might hate him, but he still thought of her as the little girl who had brought him a Hostess Cupcake with a candle on it for his tenth birthday. She’d been the only one to remember that birthday and the ones that came after it. Heath would be damned if some Klingon tried to handle her quasars … not on his watch.

She turned to him, bemused, but must have decided he wanted an introduction, because she suddenly said, “I’m sorry. I didn’t introduce you to my seatmate. This is Heath Montgomery.”

Unfortunately, she used her professional lecturer tone and her voice echoed through the dark cavern of the plane. The second his name dropped from her lips, the seat in front of him rattled like an F5 tornado. Wranglers Jersey’s head popped up, and then it was on. Heath dove for the newspaper, but he wasn’t fast enough on the draw, and the guy’s eyes widened as their gazes connected.

“Holy shit.” His voice echoed down the aisle. “Ho-ly shit. You’re Heath Montgomery. Man, you were great in the Super Bowl last year.”

Before Heath could answer, someone else stuck their head past the curtain that separated first class from coach. “Montgomery. Dude, how’s the knee? That was a brutal hit.”

From there, it was only a few seconds before he had a fan club of five or six men gathered in the aisle around them, all vying for his attention. On the plus side, Science Geek had been trampled in the rush, which meant Lyric’s body was safe. Too bad he couldn’t say the same about his own, but he was familiar with taking one for the team.

Wranglers Jersey yelled to his girlfriend, “Tiffany, get up here. You’ve got to meet the Deuce.” He turned back to Heath. “She’s almost as big a fan as I am. In fact, we met at LSU in the kinesiology building, right in front of the lifesize portrait they have of you holding the Heisman. It was fate.”

The next thing Heath knew, a tiny brunette popped over the top of the seat, Sharpie in hand. Before he could so much as say hello, she’d ripped open her shirt and shoved her perfect but obviously fake C cups in his face. They were pretty, but he had to admit, he preferred Lyric’s real double Ds—even encased in duct tape.

“Sign my chest,” she demanded. “Honey, take a picture and I’ll get it inked for your birthday.”

Wranglers Jersey whipped out his cell phone before wiping a tear from his eye. “Baby, I love you.” But then he glanced around and realized all the men in the general vicinity were now staring at his girlfriend’s chest. Reaching over the seat, he grabbed for the blanket Heath had just wrapped around Lyric. “Can I borrow this?”

Heath’s hand shot out, knocked Wranglers Jersey’s hand away. “Dude, show some respect. Don’t touch her.” Guarding Lyric’s cleavage was turning into a full-time job.

The guy blanched, held up both his hands in a sign of surrender. “I’m sorry, man. I didn’t mean to disrespect your girl.”

You would think after ten years as a pro quarterback, he would be used to the crazies, but the truth was, they still threw him for a loop. He heard a snort come from Lyric’s general direction, and worried she was upset. But when he glanced at her, she was laughing her ass off—enjoying the hell out of his discomfort. Just like a woman.

Trapped now—as much by the crush of expectations as by the small crowd that had gathered around him—he gingerly reached for the Sharpie and started to sign right below the woman’s chin. Lyric stopped him with a hand on his wrist.

“No, no, no. You don’t want to sign there. The bones are much too close to the surface and it will hurt when she gets it tattooed. Plus, she might not want it showing at her next job interview.”

She repositioned his hand directly over the fullest part of the woman’s breast. “Sign here, where it’s fleshier. But be careful of the aureoles. She might want to breast-feed someday.”

Gritting his teeth, he quickly scrawled his name across her chest, avoiding the nipples as Lyric had suggested. This wasn’t the first rack he’d signed in his career, but it was by far the most uncomfortable. Something about Lyric watching and offering suggestions threw him off his game.

But once he’d given one autograph, it was open season. People handed him napkins, scraps of paper, T-shirts, even a diaper bag. He was on signature number eight when the flight attendant stomped down the aisle and muscled his way through the crowd. Hands on hips and one eyebrow raised, he glared down at Lyric. “What. Did. You. Do?”

“Me?” Lyric pressed her hands against her chest in mock innocence. “I haven’t done anything. It’s Mr. Football over here causing all the commotion—signing boobs and posing for pictures.”

The flight attendant sighed heavily, then, with all the self-importance of a dictator commanding his legions, pulled himself up to his full height of five foot six inches. Turning to Wranglers jersey, he ordered, “Stop touching those. I don’t care if they’re signed by Versace himself.”

“As for you,” he told the girlfriend with a scowl, “you’ve got five seconds to put those away or I’m getting out the duct tape. And this time, it’s not going be pretty.” He pointed at Heath. “And you, keep your Sharpie to yourself.”

As the couple in front of him finally turned around and did what they were told, Heath took a long sip of Lyric’s drink. Then nearly spewed it when the flight attendant held up his hands and said, “People, this is not Playboy One. Hugh Hefner is not on this airplane, and God willing, he never will be. Which means there will be no more nudity on this airplane. Do you understand me? No. More. Nudity.

“Now, unless you possess a first-class seat,” he continued, turning a snarky eye on the folks loitering in the aisle, “please return to the back of the plane. The curtain is here for a reason, people. We DO NOT run amuck in first class.” He pointed his index finger at the closest offender. “There is NO AMUCK running in first class. Do I make myself clear?”

Fingers fluttering, he shooed them down the aisle into coach, then turned back to the first-class passengers. “Ladies and gentlemen. There are three rules that we live by here in first class. One, we eat, we drink, we sleep. If there is talking, it is in hushed tones. Hushed tones, people. I’m talking whisper with perhaps a muted hand gesture or two. Personally, I prefer telepathy, but if you haven’t evolved that far then hushed tones will do.

“Two, the only body parts I want to see are your hands and your faces. Everything else must be covered at all times. Please don’t test this rule.” He glared at Boobs and Wranglers Jersey as he spoke. “And finally, rule number three. The—”

A shriek came from the back of the plane, interrupting him. It was followed by the sound of rapid footsteps tromping up the aisle. Seconds later, a topless woman appeared at the edge of first class. “Deuce, sign me too. Please!”

Mr. Flight Attendant sighed heavily, then snapped the curtain closed right in her face.

Without missing a beat, he continued, “The curtain stays closed. Always. Do you understand these three rules as I’ve explained them to you? If not or you are unable to comply with them, feel free to gather your belongings and move to coach.”

When no one spoke up, he took a moment to smooth the wrinkles from the front of his navy vest before asking, “Now, who needs a drink?”


Tracy Wolff

Hero and heroine, Heath and Lyric, are two seriously funny people. They’re full of puns, sharp wit, and so openly forthcoming truly endearing themselves to readers … Tracy Wolff and Katie Graykowski through their lovely, romantic, tandem writing (you couldn’t tell it was two different writers) charm romance readers quickly and painlessly through Heath and Lyric’s outrageously adorable love story in Lyric and Lingerie. A must read for rom-com lovers.”
–TeriLyn, She Reads New Adult

AMAZING! I’m giving this a 4.5 star rating … The whole story was beautiful. Loved everything about it.”
–Nay Denise, Nay’s Pink Bookshelf

Lyric and Lingerie

Warren Rochelle | Why Do You Write?

Tell us about your Love Affair with Writing

My love affair with writing began in the third grade when I read The Chronicles of Narnia and fell in love. I fell in love with Narnia (my deep imprint for how Faerie should be), and with storytelling. I decided then I wanted to be a writer when I grew up.

I wrote my own Narnia story, but with a few twists. What I remember now is that there was no High King, instead a High Queen. I think her name was Louise. Instead of centaurs, I had bucentaurs (half-human, half-cow). These creatures I found in some forgotten mythological resource or from browsing in the dictionary. The other detail that comes to mind all these years later is that in this Other World country there was a Plain of Fire and a Plain of the Moon. The former, golden grass; the latter, silver. I had it “bound” in a 3-ring notebook wrapped in a blue-and-white cloth I rescued from my mother’s scrap basket.

I’ve never looked back. I’ve been in love with writing, with storytelling, and with one author or another ever since. I try to write every day, even if that means just one paragraph, or re-reading and revising the work from the day before. If I am not able to sit down and write for a while, I begin to feel out of kilter, or somehow disconnected from the universe. I won’t be getting the charge I require. The world seems a bit skewed then.

I love words and language. I read dictionaries for fun. I am fascinated by metaphor and etymology and symbols. I collect words and books about words.

I write to make meaning, to interpret and explore the human condition, to explore answers to the question of what it means to be human. I write to understand and celebrate love, perhaps the most powerful force in the universe. While I read all kinds of fiction, I have found the genres of science fiction (I think the Mushroom Planet books got me hooked on SF) and fantasy provide the metaphors and the stories I need to delve deeply into these questions,

I write because I have to. I write because that’s who I am.


The Werewolf and His Boy

Their leap of faith could unleash magic-or plunge them into darkness.

Henry Thorn has worked at Larkin’s since graduating high school. He likes it-especially when he can use his secret skill of hiding inside shadows so his boss can’t find him. Without that talent, he would never have survived growing up different.

When a new hire enters the store, Henry’s other latent talent kicks in. He can smell an emotional response even before he lays eyes on the redhead.

Jamey Currey came out, and his conservative parents promptly kicked him out. He, too, is different-he senses Henry’s attraction the moment they meet. The first time they kiss, torrential rains fall from skies split by lightning.

Their kiss also awakens the Watchers, diabolical hunters who will stop at nothing-even extermination-to keep magic suppressed. With the help of a coven of friendly witches, the boys embark on a quest to discover an ancient key to restoring magic to the world, and to understand the mysteries of their own hearts.

Warning: Contains a werewolf and a godling, prescient dreams, bloodthirsty monsters, annoying pets, (mostly) friendly witches, dark secrets, sex in hardwares, and meddling gods.

Romance Gay | Romance Paranormal [Samhain Publishing, On Sale: September 27, 2016, e-Book, ISBN: 9781619233492 / eISBN: 9781619233041]

About Warren Rochelle

Warren Rochelle

Warren Rochelle is a Professor of English at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. His short fiction and poetry are published in such journals as Aboriginal Science Fiction, Forbidden Lines, Crucible, The Charlotte Poetry Review, the Asheville Poetry Review, the North Carolina Literary Review, Romance and Beyond, and Icarus. A critical book, Communities of the Heart: the Rhetoric of Myth in the Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin, was published by Liverpool University Press in early 2001.

Golden Gryphon Press published his first novel, The Wild Boy, in the fall of 2001, and his second novel, Harvest of Changelings, in 2007. His third novel, The Called, also published by Golden Gryphon, was published in July 2010.

The Werewolf and His Boy, his fourth novel, releases on September 27, 2016 from Samhain Publishing.


Vella Munn | Character Possession

Being possessed by a character is a kind of out of body experience. For me, it’s as if someone or something real has taken over my mind, and I have no choice but to hold on for the ride. Most times the experience results in those light bulb moments when I actually believe I’m brilliant—or rather the characters that have spun themselves out of dust and cobwebs are brilliant. I’m just along to document their lives in ways readers can connect with.

Case in point, I’ve been writing romance fiction to the tune of somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 plus books. Only rarely does a fictional character charge at and through me like Winter Barstow has. Sad to say, Winter existed long before I completed a story that satisfied both of us. Death Chant, I believe, does that. It’s a book of the heart. All I can do is hope readers of this romantic suspense with paranormal elements in the form of a ghostlike wolf will understand why I feel the way I do.

Getting back to Winter, I can’t recall when she first started insisting I listen to her. I initially became aware of a lonely voice visiting me as I was trying to fall asleep. Winter explained in her quiet and desperate way that she felt as if she’d been dropped onto Earth at the age of around five with no idea what or who she was before that and had come to me for answers. She had no parents, no family, no idea where she’d been before someone found her standing by the side of the road in Barstow California in winter. (Thus her name) Her features are Native American, but it doesn’t matter since she has no connection to her heritage. In fact, until a college anthropology professor she calls Doc and sees as her mentor forced her to face her rootlessness, she had no idea what to do with her life. Several years later Doc hands her a powerful clue to her past in the form of an authentic Pacific Northwest Native American ceremonial mask depicting a wolf.

Unfortunately, Doc disappears before he can explain, leaving her with nothing but questions, suspicions, and fear.

I have little if any control over Winter, but I was determined to present her with a man who challenges her in ways she didn’t know were possible. He had to be her emotional equal if they were going to fall in love. In contract to Winter, Jay Raven, a Hoh Native from Washington state is steeped in tradition. His roots sink deep into the Olympic National Forest where the mask comes from. He senses the holes in Winter but has holes of his own and wants nothing to do with this complex seeker—until he has no choice. Until her life depends on his actions.

In a way I’m glad I haven’t been possessed by many characters like Winter because I’m not sure there’d be anything left of my own personality. She’s that intense. But as a writer, I can’t think of a greater gift. Winter pushed me to fully depict her, and while I was writing Death Chant, in many regards I became her.

Now, maybe, she’ll leave me alone but maybe she’ll send someone else to take up residence inside me. In fact, I think she already has.

Thus I write.

DEATH CHANT by Vella Munn

Death Chant

When her mentor disappears, Winter follows his trail to the Pacific Northwest, where the untamed wilderness is beautiful…and hides deadly secrets.

Anthropologist Winter Barstow knows nothing of her past or ethnic heritage and tells herself it doesn’t matter. Everything changes when Doc, her mentor, sends her an authentic ceremonial wolf mask from Olympic National Forest. The mask calls to her in ways she can’t understand or explain.

Then Doc disappears. Determined to find him and discover the mask’s origin, she travels to the mysterious, awe-inspiring forest where she’s confronted by Native American ranger Jay Raven, who has no love for Doc.

The deeper Winter digs into her mentor’s disappearance, the more alarming things become. She begins to hear a mysterious wolf’s howl…even when no one else does.

Jay warns Winter to leave, but she owes Doc and herself the truth.

And even though it goes against everything he has promised his tribe’s elders, Jay can’t walk away from Winter. Not only has a spirit wolf reached out to her, but he also suspects she’s in terrible danger…and his growing feelings for her are too strong to ignore.

Romance Suspense [Totally Bound Publishing, On Sale: September 20, 2016, e-Book, ISBN: 9781786510709 / eISBN: 9781786510709]

About Vella Munn

Vella Munn

Vella Munn now writes exclusively as Vella Munn but had a previous life as Dawn Flindt and Heather Williams.

Writing is in my blood, probably has been my entire life. I’ll never regret growing up in an area too remote for TV reception to reach; that way I discovered books. Daydreaming my way through my childhood slowly evolved into a compelling need to put my thoughts, emotion, and imagination down on paper. I love to explore the human psyche, to ask my characters to decide what is most important in life and pursue those goals with everything in them. These days much of what I’m doing involves Native Americans, both past and present. I’m intrigued by their belief systems, their legends, stories, lifestyles. At the heart of all of my stories is romance, but its impossible to say the books follow a particular path because I’m constantly growing and evolving both as a writer and a human being. If something turns my crank and evokes a basic emotional response in me, that’s what I want and need to write about. Hopefully my readers continue to be interested in the same journey.


Susan Fox | Of Cats, Dogs and Redemption

More specifically, how “Save the Cat,” a trip to the San Diego Zoo, a sprinkle of Christmas magic dust, and a warm, wonderful heroine helped me figure out how to (hopefully!) make readers love my hero as much as I do.

Mo Kincaid used to be a sinner. He knows it, he owns it, and he’s turned his life around. Even so, he’s a loner, a man who fixes vehicle engines and avoids getting close to people—because in his twenties he hurt everyone he cared for.

When HOLIDAY IN YOUR HEART starts, Mo has returned to Caribou Crossing, the small Western town he left many years ago, abandoning his wife and son. He now feels compelled to see them and offer his sincere apology, and see if there’s any way to make amends. He thinks no further than that. He never dreams, because he doesn’t believe he deserves to dream. The last thing he imagines is that he might become part of a family and find an amazing woman to share his life.

But long before any happy ending could happen, I needed the reader, right up front, to see that this man, a true lost soul, was capable of being so much more.

In Blake Snyder’s guide to screenwriting, he has a technique for helping an audience relate to a less-than-sympathetic character. It’s called Save the Cat—as in, if the hero saved a cat, wouldn’t that tell you something about him and make you like him better?

Well, I didn’t have Mo save a cat, but there’d been another character lingering in my brain ever since I saw New Guinea Singing Dogs at the San Diego Zoo a couple of years ago. They’re not your normal dog. They’re wilder, free spirits, independent, not the kind of dog that begs for your affection. But they can also be domesticated and they’re capable of affection. Their personality is more like that of a cat. (And there’s that cat again…) Their name comes from their weird, warbly howl. They can climb trees and fences, and wriggle through the tiniest holes. Are you in love yet? I was. So, enter Caruso, a singing dog that was abandoned at the animal shelter and keeps escaping.

In the first scene, his escape path leads straight to Mo and a connection is made, one that leads over time to the two adopting each other. It’s in part through this relationship that I show readers Mo’s capability for affection, commitment, and responsibility, and the way those qualities unfurl and flower over the course of this redemption story.

Now, this is a romance, so of course there’s a woman. Maribeth Scott’s openness to Mo and her ability to see his strengths are huge factors that help him realize his potential. She facilitates his reunion with his ex-wife and son—her friends Brooke Brannon (the heroine of GENTLE ON MY MIND, who is also a redeemed sinner) and Evan Kincaid (the hero of HOME ON THE RANGE). Maribeth helps Mo realize that he’s long since paid for his sins and that he deserves to dream and to move on with his life.

But can he move on with her? When the book begins, 39-year-old Maribeth, who’s been dating for a quarter of a century but never found Mr. Right, has decided to move ahead with her own life and realize her dream of being a mother. She’s going to find a sperm donor. But then she meets Mo and feels the kind of attraction she’s never felt before, not just to his sexy looks but to the warm, generous man she knows lurks inside his battered, guilt-ridden soul. There’s one huge obstacle, though. Even if Mo can come to believe—with the help of Caruso, Brooke and Evan, and Maribeth—that he’s capable of love, he is convinced that, after having utterly screwed up parenthood the first time, he should never again have a child.

Can Maribeth—and the miracles of a Caribou Crossing Christmas—convince him that he not only deserves to dream, but to have his dreams come true?

In a starred review, Publishers Weekly says: “Fox knows just how to spin a sweet (and slightly spicy) romance with plenty of heartstring tugging and Christmas cheer.”

I’d love to hear your views on redemption stories. Do you believe that sinners who truly regret their past actions deserve a second chance?


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Caribou Crossing Romance #8

Holiday in Your Heart

It’s Christmas in the cozy Western town of Caribou Crossing, the season for homecoming, forgiveness, and—just maybe—the gift of a fresh start…

As the holidays approach, the air is filled with the festive sounds of bells chiming and carolers singing. Maribeth Scott loves Christmas, but she’s pretty sure that after years of waiting, Santa isn’t finally going to gift her with Mr. Right. In fact, the only thing she truly wants for Christmas is a baby to love. At thirty-nine, she’s determined to become a mother and she will make it happen, even if she has to do it on her own.

When Mo Kincaid returns to the rustic town after almost twenty years away, he’s seeking redemption from his checkered past. The last thing on his mind is romance, and he’s certain he doesn’t deserve it. But now there’s irresistible Maribeth, showing him the true spirit of Christmas and winning his heart. For the first time in Mo’s life, the future looks bright. Only one thing stands between them: Maribeth’s deep desire for a child and Mo’s conviction that he’s too flawed to be a father. Is his world-weary heart ready to take the ultimate leap of faith?

Romance Contemporary | Romance Western | Holiday [Zebra, On Sale: September 27, 2016, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781420140286 / eISBN: 9781420140293]

Sandra Owens | Fur Babies, Real and Imagined…

Hello friends,

Welcome to the first Fur Babies, Real and Imagined… Each month, I’ll be talking about those little four-legged creatures that steal their way into our hearts.

I never planned to have animals in my books, but the furry devils just kept popping up—Peggy, a three-legged cat in THE LETTER, Mr. Bunny, a rabbit in LOST IN HER, Pretty Girl and Sally, war dogs in ONLY HER. All of my books have at least one animal of one kind or other in them, probably because I love the creatures, especially cats.

In ONLY HER, book five of the K2 Special Services series, my hero, Cody, suffers from PTSD, but his war dogs give him a reason to get up each morning. That is a creation of my mind. There is a fabulous real organization, Warrior Canine Connection, that… Well, here it is in there own words.

“Warrior Canine Connection is a pioneering organization that utilizes clinically based Canine Connection Therapy to help wounded Warriors reconnect with life, their families, their communities, and each other.”

Warrior Canine Connection is a fabulous organization that pairs a dog with a wounded warrior hero. If you’d like to check them out, their website is: here

If you love animals like I do, follow my blog posts here because I’ll be talking each month about animals, both real and imagined.

I’m giving away a copy of ONLY HER to one commenter.

If you have a pet, tell me the name and what kind it is. If you don’t, what would you like to have — a dog, a cat, something else? And what would you name it?

See you next month!

Sandra Owens

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ONLY HER by Sandra Owens

K2 Team #5

Only Her

Former SEAL sniper Cody Roberts has returned from Afghanistan with too many demons and a simple wish: to be left alone. Working for K2 Special Services, caring for the war dogs he rescued, playing his guitar—that’s all he wants to do. But Cody is as protective as his nickname, “Dog,” suggests. A man like that can’t sit back when he realizes the beautiful veterinarian next door is being targeted by an unknown enemy.

Riley Austin is desperate to find out who’s poisoning her animal patients, and she’s stunned by her mysterious neighbor’s suggestion that it’s personal. But Cody makes her feel something else, too: a powerful attraction. He insists he’s no good for her, but those haunted eyes and that chiseled body tell Riley that surrendering to their mutual lust is worth the risk. And despite his conditions—no falling for each other, no regrets once it’s over—she’ll fight to love him just as fiercely as he’ll fight to save her.

Romance Contemporary [Montlake Romance, On Sale: July 19, 2016, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781503937550 / ]

About Sandra Owens

Sandra Owens

A best selling, award-winning author, Sandra Owens lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Her family and friends often question her sanity, but have ceased being surprised by what she might get up to next. She’s jumped out of a plane, flown in an aerobatic plane while the pilot performed death-defying stunts, has flown Air Combat (two fighter planes dogfighting, pretending to shoot at each other with laser guns), and rode a Harley motorcycle for years. She regrets nothing.

Sandra is a 2013 Golden Heart® Finalist for her contemporary romance, CRAZY FOR HER. In addition to her contemporary romantic suspense novels, she writes Regency stories.

K2 Team


Candace Havens | Cole’s Top Five New Television Show Recommendations

The new television season is upon us, and we’d thought it’s be fun to ask Cole Keller from Branded what new network shows he might be watching in between all that hard work he’s doing on the ranch. Not that he has that much free time any more. Not with heiress Callie Lewellyn all up in his business. But even a hard-working man like Cole needs a break now and then. He loves to read, but he also doesn’t mind kicking back with a beer or two and watching his favorite shows.

Here are Cole’s top five new shows he’ll be watching:

  1. The Exorcist (Fox): My girl Callie likes a good scary movie, but she almost always ends up in my lap. That happening once a week is just fine by me. And that trailer for the show is creepy as hell.
  2. Pitch (Fox): Baseball. Enough said. And a female pitcher who gives as good as she gets, good for her. I think it would have been better if they picked my team, The Texas Rangers, instead of the Padres for her to play on. But I’ll give this a go.
  3. Notorious (ABC): I’ve had a thing for Piper Perabo ever since that old movie Coyote Ugly. Whatever you do, don’t tell Callie. She’s liable to rip off my nuts. Did you see Piper in that spy show? She could kick some butt. She’s all suited up in this one and looks damn good. Again, you tell Callie I said that, and your nose won’t look so pretty when I’m done with you.
  4. 24: Legacy (Fox): Corey Hawkins was in The Walking Dead and stars in this. That dude is awesome and kicks butt. And it’s 24, man. Love that show. And Corey says in the trailer “I’m the only one I can trust.” I respect that.
  5. Designated Survivor: Kiefer Sutherland, who was in the old 24, stars in this. He has to be the president even though he doesn’t want to. He’s playing a guy who’s doing to do the right thing, even though the choices he makes aren’t easy one. That one is definitely going on the DVR.

BRANDED by Candace Havens


He’s her dirty little secret.

I have my hands full taking care of my little sister and covering for my uncle as ranch foreman. The last thing I need is a Texas princess like Cassie Llewellyn getting up in my business and messing with my head.

All I can think of is getting up close and personal with those curves of hers. And being on the edge of discovery makes our quick-and-dirty encounters twice as hot. And that’s all they are—quick and dirty—there’s nothing deeper going on here.

There’s only one rule to keeping my job and a roof over my sister’s head: stay away from the boss’s granddaughter. But I’m not always great at following the rules.

Romance Contemporary | New Adult [Entangled Embrace, On Sale: September 19, 2016, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781633757141 / eISBN: 9781633757141]

About Candace Havens

Candace Havens

Bestselling author Candace Havens has published more than 25 books. Her novels have received nominations for the RITA’s, Holt Medallion, Write Touch Reader Awards and National Readers Choice Awards. She is a Barbara Wilson Award winner. She is the author of the biography “Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy” and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation’s leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities from George Clooney to Chris Pratt. Her entertainment columns are syndicated by FYI Television, Inc. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2000 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing classes. She does film reviews with Hawkeye in the Morning on 96.3 KSCS, and is a former President of the Television Critics Association.

Charmed & Dangerous | Caruthers Sisters | Uniformly Hot


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A Spicy Honeymoon with a Brew

Fall is almost here, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it! The summer heat has dug in its heels and driven me to a cozy air-conditioned corner with a cold brew, a little spice and a honeymoon to boot—all of them, of course, fictional. I enjoyed all three of this week’s feature mysteries that took me on a tour from Monticello, to Seattle, to Pittsburgh, PA. And all three authors included recipes you don’t want to miss! Put them on your reading list, you won’t be disappointed.

KILLING THYME by Leslie Budewitz

Spice Shop #3

Killing Thyme

In Seattle’s Pike Place Market, Spice Shop owner Pepper Reece is savoring her business success, but soon finds her plans disrupted by a killer in the latest from the national bestselling author of Guilty as Cinnamon.

Pepper Reece’s to-do list is longer than the shopping list for a five-course dinner, as she conjures up spice blends bursting with seasonal flavor, soothes nervous brides fretting over the gift registry, and crosses her fingers for a rave review from a sharp-tongued food critic. Add to the mix a welcome visit from her mother, Lena, and she’s got the perfect recipe for a busy summer garnished with a dash of fun.

While browsing in the artists’ stalls, Pepper and Lena drool over stunning pottery made by a Market newcomer. But when Lena recognizes the potter, Bonnie Clay, as an old friend who disappeared years ago, the afternoon turns sour. To Pepper’s surprise, Bonnie seems intimately connected to her family’s past. After Bonnie is murdered only days later, Pepper is determined to uncover the truth. But as Pepper roots out long-buried secrets, will she be digging her own grave?

Mystery Cozy [Berkley Prime Crime, On Sale: October 4, 2016, Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780425271803 / eISBN: 9780698140554]

SEEDS OF DECEPTION by Sheila Connolly

Orchard Mystery #10

Seeds of Deception

The New York Times bestselling author of A Gala Event returns with newlyweds Meg and Seth Chapin who should be worried about writing thank you notes, not taking a juicy bite out of crime…

With the bushels of time they spent organizing their wedding, Meg and Seth didn’t have a chance to plan a honeymoon. But now that winter has arrived, there’s not much to do at the orchard. So with their shared love of history and all things apple, they pick Thomas Jefferson’s orchards at Monticello as the perfect getaway.

While they enjoy the beautiful sights, there’s a rotten addition to the agenda when Meg’s parents discover their handyman dead in the backyard. With a bitter police chief eyeing Meg’s father as a suspect, Meg and Seth have to cut their honeymoon short to find the root of the problem.

Includes Delicious Recipes

Mystery Cozy [Berkley Prime Crime, On Sale: October 4, 2016, Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780425275825 / eISBN: 9780698165656]

TANGLED UP IN BREW by Joyce Tremel

Brewing Trouble #2

Tangled Up in Brew


Brew pub owner Maxine “Max” O’Hara and her chef/boyfriend, Jake Lambert, are excited to be participating in the Three Rivers Brews and Burgers Festival. Max hopes to win the coveted Golden Stein for best craft beer—but even if she doesn’t, the festival will be great publicity for her Allegheny Brew House.

Or will it? When notoriously nasty food and beverage critic Reginald Mobley is drafted as a last-minute replacement judge, Max dreads a punishing review. Her fears are confirmed when Mobley literally spits out her beer, but things get even worse when the cranky critic drops dead right after trying one of Jake’s burgers. Now an ambitious new police detective is determined to pin Mobley’s murder on Max and Jake, who must pore over the clues to protect their freedom and reputations—and to find the self-appointed judge, jury, and executioner.

Mystery Cozy [Berkley Prime Crime, On Sale: October 4, 2016, Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780425277706 / eISBN: 9780698181755]

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Kym Roberts

Kym Roberts is a retired detective sergeant who looks for passion, mystery and suspense in every book she reads and writes. She can be found on the web, on Facebook at Kym Roberts (author) and on Twitter @kymroberts911. Look for her new romantic suspense release, Red Lace, A Hard Men of the Rockies Novella and upcoming mystery release, Fatal Fiction, A Book Barn Mystery available for pre-order now.

Jenna Jaxon | The Characteristics of the Lady’s Maid

All ladies of the Regency, if they could at all afford one, had a lady’s maid, a personal servant who attended her every day. Characteristics of a good lady’s maid included “great neatness, skill, and taste, as well as discretion and cleverness.” Many such maids “received special training so as to enable them to acquire a certain level of knowledge before entering the unique field of caring for a mistress.” Her main duties were to see to her mistress’s clothes, help her choose outfits, fix her hair, keep all clothing laundered, shoes cleaned and all items in good repair, know how to sew and mend, and bring her mistress early breakfast in her bedroom if she desired. Her focus was always on her mistress to assure that when she went out into Society, she presented a flawless appearance.

Other important duties of the lady’s maid, according to Geri Walton, were “medical tasks, hair brushing, and money matters.” She might be called upon to change bandages or apply leeches. In addition to creating her mistresses’ coiffures, she was in charge of brushing her hair each night to keep it healthy and in good order. A lady’s maid also made sure that bills form tradesmen were paid in good order, but that was the only instance of money matters in which she was involved.

At the top of the servant pyramid, a lady’s maid often received compensation beyond her quarterly salary. She would have traveled whenever her mistress did, this being one of the perks of the position, as was her bed and board. The status of the position was an inducement as well. When visiting other households, the lady’s maid would take the status of her mistress. At home, she was considered above the other servants, with the highest status save only the butler and the gentleman’s gentleman.

French maids were highly prized, as were French dressmakers, for their fashion sense. In HEART OF DELIGHT, Gabriella has been hired by an English countess and traveled back to England with her. She had a very desirable skill set, having been a modiste in France. Therefore, she is able to not only attend to her mistresses’ outfits, but is able to create them as well. Of course, Gabriella takes the position of lady’s maid for purposes other than employment. She wants to travel to England to seek out the powerful Duke of Rother, for reasons of her own.

About Jenna Jaxon

Jenna Jaxon is a best-selling, multi-published author of historical romance in periods ranging from medieval to Victorian. She has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager. A romantic herself, she has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise. She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories. She lives in Virginia with her family and two rambunctious cats, Marmalade and Suger. When not reading or writing, she indulges her passion for the theatre, working with local theatres as a director. She often feels she is directing her characters on their own private stage.

Jenna is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America and is very active in Chesapeake Romance Writers, her local chapter of RWA.

She has equated her writing to an addiction to chocolate because once she starts she just can’t stop.

House of Pleasure | Handful of Hearts



Handful of Hearts #3

Heart of Delight

He’ll do anything to be her heart’s delight—except tell the truth.

Gabriella d’Adventure is on a mission. She has come to England as a lady’s maid in pursuit of the Duke of Rother. When she meets Horace Carpenter, valet to a marquess, she is delighted to enlist his aid in gaining her heart’s desire: a meeting with the duke. But will her growing feelings for the handsome valet interfere with her plans for the duke?

The eccentric Marquess of Halford, Hal to his friends, is tired of the demands of Society, especially his father’s decree that he marry this Season. When a breathtaking young woman intrudes on his solitude, he is captivated and introduces himself as his valet in hopes of learning more about her. Despite his fear about the true motive behind Gabriella’s quest to meet the Duke of Rother, Hal agrees to help her gain an audience with him, all the while praying his deception won’t ruin his chances of winning her love.

Romance Historical [Author Self-Published, On Sale: September 20, 2016, e-Book, / ]

History ReFreshed | Sheiks And Harems

With the PBS series “Indian Summers” now running, this month we’ll stay with the exotic and look at a genre of books that has proven perennially popular, both with romance readers (there seem to be new Sheik books out every month, contemporary or historical) and historical fiction fans—novels set in the mysterious and titillating world of the seraglio.

We begin the journey with a two-book series by Zia Wesley fictionalizing the life of a real woman, Aimée Dubucq de Rivery. Born on the island of Martinique, young Aimée and her cousin have their fortunes told by an old woman, who prophesies that both will become queens. The cousin becomes Josephine, Napoleon’s first Empress. In an even more unbelievable turn of events, Aimée becomes the favorite of a Sultan. In the first book, THE STOLEN GIRL (THE VEIL AND THE CROWN BOOK 1) we see Aimée’s early life, from her childhood in Martinque through the journey to Paris, where she attempts, without any luck, to marry into the Parisian elite. Resigned to spinsterhood, she decides to become a nun, but before entering the convent, takes ship to Martinique to visit her family one last time. On the voyage back, her ship is attacked by Barbary pirates. Aimée is captured and sold into slavery, ending up at the Grand Seraglio in the harem of the Sultan. This novel and its successor, THE FRENCH SULTANA (THE VEIL AND THE CROWN BOOK 2) offer vivid, well-researched details about life in Martinique, the French court in Paris, and the exotic world of the seraglio, where this naïve Westerner is first captive, then student of the arts of seduction at the Harem School, and finally favorite of the Sultan.

Traveling back to the 17th century, we have THE SECRET POWER OF THE HAREM by Chavdar Milhov. At the age of six, Mehmed IV becomes Sultan in an Ottoman Empire at the height of its reach and power. Inside this world dominated by tyrannical men, two women struggle to control the destiny of the empire: the young Sultan’s grandmother, Kösem Mahpeyker, who has ruled behind the scenes through the reigns of five sultans, and the boy’s beautiful young mother, Turhan Hatice, who becomes Queen Mother at the age of twenty. Hidden away in the seraglio, where hundreds of beautiful girls scheme and manipulate to gain ultimate power, the two battle for behind-the-throne control of the Sultan, his advisors and his policies, a battle which will leave only one victorious. Set against a vivid background of the Ottoman Empire, the novel provides an intriguing picture of a vanished world.

Not all the great seraglios of the world were in the Middle East. In THE SULTAN’S WIFE by Jane Johnson, also set in the 17th century, we switch locales from Turkey to Morocco. Fiery-tempered and cruel, Sultan Mulay Ismael controls the lives of everyone around him, while his wife Zidana uses her evil potions to try to eliminate as many of his offspring as possible who might compete for power with her own children. Into this world of intrigue and danger comes beautiful Dutch virgin Alys Swann, captured for the Sultan’s pleasure and turned over to Nus-Nus, the Sultan’s African eunuch scribe and keeper of the Royal Couching book. His instructions: convince her to convert to Islam, accept her destiny as wife to the Sultan, and give him sons—or both die. So begins an odd and enduring friendship, as Nus-Nus attempts to navigate his protégé (and the woman he comes to love) through the deadly waters of royal intrigue, a task that grows ever more dangerous when Alys gives birth to the sultan’s son. Filled with vivid descriptions of Morocco (author Johnson is actually married to a Berber) and the court of Charles II, where Nus-Nus later travels, this fictional account of these real historical characters has the sweep, authenticity and solid historical groundwork necessary for a compelling historical fiction read.

How much of these accounts of this hidden life are accurate, how much invented? For a look at the actual history behind the myth, we turn to HAREM: THE WORLD BEYOND THE VEIL by Alev Lytle Croutier. Born in a house that had once been the harem of a pasha, intrigued by tales about her grandmother and sister, who had both been brought up in a harem, author Croutier decided to look for the facts behind the legends. Using the Seraglio of the Topkapi Palace as prime example for the organization and workings of harems everywhere, Croutier takes us on a tour of harem life, from the Middle Ages into the twentieth century. Brimming with details, from descriptions of slave markets, to the training of odalesques, the opulent rooms of the favorites, the raising of royal children, to the famed and deadly rivalries in which hundreds of women scheme and intrigue to become a favorite and achieve the ultimate seat of power as valide sultana, mother of the Sultan, Croutier’s expose shows us the real society cloaked beneath the Western world’s erotic fantasy.

Ready to hear some tales of Scheherazade? Prepare to be transported to a unique and vanished world!

About Julia Justiss

Julia Justiss

Real, intense, passionate historical romance

After twelve years as a vagabond Navy wife, an adventure that took her from Virginia Beach, VA, to Monterrey, CA, to Tunis, Tunisia to Oslo, Norway and back, Julia Justiss followed her husband to his family’s East Texas homeland. On a hill above a pond with a view of pasture land, they built an English Georgian-style home. Sitting at her desk there, if she ignores the summer heat, she can almost imagine herself in Jane Austen’s Regency England.

In between teaching high school French and making jaunts to visit her three children (a Seabee in Gulfport, MS, a clothing buyer in Houston and a mechanical engineer in Austin, TX) she pursues her first love—writing historical fiction.

Series: Regency Silk & Scandal | Hadley’s Hellions | Ransleigh Rogues



Forbidden Nights With The Viscount

Leader of Hadley’s Hellions, a group of outsiders who bond together at Oxford vowing to reform Society, Giles Hadley wants nothing to do with the earl, his father who banished him, or his stepbrother George, who is the bane of his existence. But he’s curious about the woman rumor says George is to marry, daughter and political hostess of prominent Tory Lord Witlow.

For her part, Lady Maggie finds angry rebel Giles far more fascinating than George—so fascinating, that though she has no intention of risking her heart after losing her beloved husband, she might just be tempted into an affair…

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