Kendra C. Highley | My Favorite Sports Films

I’ve written my share of athletes—snowboarders, outfielders, and point guards—mainly because of a love of sports. My dad is a rabid Texas Rangers fan, and there was always a game on at home. Some of that rubbed off, to the point that I enjoy sports movies, too. Here are a few of my favorite sports movies:

  • Major League

    All right, Gen Xers, how many of your remember Charlie Sheen playing the wild pitcher, and the ragtag bunch that made up the Cleveland Indians? The premise is pretty simple: once the owner’s wife inherits the team, she wants to move it to Florida, but they have to have a losing season for the move to be considered. Instead, they make it all the way to the play-offs. Now, this movie is NSFW, but it’s also pretty hilarious.

  • The Sandlot

    I didn’t see this movie until I was an adult, watching it with my kids, but the trueness of it struck me immediately. The way the boys were written…the banter, the shenanigans….it was so well done. And hey, how many times have you said, “You’re killing me, Smalls!” over the last decade or so. I also loved it because of the loving care and the homage is paid to baseball. This is a game of vacant lots and parks, played by kids with a summer to kill. Plus, James Earl Jones’s late cameo was amazing.

  • Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby

    I’m not much of a NASCAR fan (I’m an IndyCar girl), but this movie had me rolling. The spoofs were on the nose and the Battle Royale between Ricky Bobby and his arch nemesis cracked me up. I won’t drive around with a cougar in my car, though.

  • A League of Their Own

    Okay, this might be my favorite of the bunch. A quietly feminist message wrapped up in a baseball movie, bringing up themes of washed up coaches, sibling rivalry, and losses due to WWII? This movie is poignant, gorgeous, and full of comic relief. Tom Hanks as the hapless manager is almost enough to make you watch it on its own.

  • Tin Cup

    Being a (bad) golfer and a definite romantic, Tin Cup immediately appealed to me. Rene Russo and Kevin Costner had a cute chemistry, and the story of a washed up golf pro from a tiny driving range in west Texas going on to the US Open was really fun. Add in the fact that Roy was a hot mess and his track to the Open was a train wreck in progress only made it more entertaining.

Other sports movies to check out: Bend it like Beckham; Friday Night Lights, Bull Durham (man, I have a lot of Costner on here); Caddyshack; The Bad News Bears (the Walter Matthau version).

How about you? What are your favorite sports movies?

THE BAD BOY BARGAIN by Kendra C. Highley

The Bad Boy Bargain

Baseball player Kyle Sawyer has many labels: bad boy, delinquent, ladies’ man, fearless outfielder… Only one of them is actually true. But then sweet ballet dancer Faith Gladwell asks him to help wreck her reputation, and everything goes sideways.

Faith knows a thing or two about love, and what she had with her cheating jerk of an ex wasn’t it. When he starts spreading rumors about her being an Ice Queen, Faith decides it’s time to let a little bad into her life.

Lucky for her, Kyle Sawyer–dark, dangerous, totally swoonworthy Kyle Sawyer–is landscaping her backyard over Spring Break. Shirtless. And if she can convince him to play along, ” dating” Kyle will silence the rumors.

But Faith’s plan threatens to expose Sawyer’s biggest secret of all…and that’s a risk he’s not willing to take.

Young Adult [Entangled Teen, On Sale: November 14, 2016, e-Book, ISBN: 9781682813355 / eISBN: 9781682813355]

Getting Cozy with Charli Rae

Kym: “Today I have the pleasure of sitting down with Charli Rae Warren in her hometown of Hazel Rock, Texas for an interview. Charli is a kindergarten teacher who came back to Hazel Rock after a twelve-year absence! She’s also an imaginary friend of mine who lurks in my brain and messes with my hair.”

Charli: “I beg to differ, you’re the one who’s constantly messing up my hair.”

Kym: “That’s because it’s so beautiful; I’m a little jealous.”

Charli: “Really?”

Kym: I roll my eyes. “No, I just like messing with you.”

Charli: “That’s not very nice.” Kindergarten teacher stare.

Kym: Laughing. “That’s not going to work on me Charli, I’ve seen a lot meaner faces in my day than yours.”

Charli: “So, get to the point. Why did you bring me to The Cozy Corner—other than to mess with me?”

Kym: “I thought readers would like to hear a little bit about you, after all, your story releases December 6th.”

Charli: “Already? Wow, it seems like it was just yesterday that you were slapping me on a piece of paper, then scratching me out, and then building me up—only to tear me back down again.”

Kym: “It was kinda fun, wasn’t it?”

Charli: “You’re a masochist.”

Kym: “What does that make you, if you’re sitting here talking to me?”

Charli: “Okay, okay. You got me there.” She leans in with a devilish smile on her face. “So, who do you want to talk about?”

Kym: “Cade?”

She doesn’t fall for my innocent suggestion. She shrugs.

Charli: “He’s my ex-high school sweet heart. The town mayor, who happens to be up for re-election.”

Kym: Holding my up hands in surrender. “Stop. You got me. As hot as Cade is, the last thing I want to talk about is politics.”

Charli: Smiling like she won.

Kym: “What about Mateo?”

Charli: Choking on some imaginary object. “Mateo?”

Kym: “You know, the sheriff?”

Charli: “I think, I remember the man who put me in handcuffs.” She shivers and rubs the back of her head.

Kym: “Please. Don’t act like it was the first time you wore steel bracelets.”

Charli: Crossing her arms over her chest. “Seriously? You’re going to go there? I was a teenager.”

Kym: “I never wore that style jewelry when I was a kid.”

Charli: “Oh, you just wear them now…for fun?” She waggles her eyebrows.

Kym: “You’re crossing the line, Charli.”

Charli: “What line?” Looking down at the concrete floor of her family store, The Book Barn Princess. “I don’t see a line.”

Kym: Plugging my nose. “What is that smell?”

Charli: She smiles again, like payback is in order. “Don’t you recognize Princess’s perfume?”

She’s getting a little too much pleasure out of my discomfort, so I decide to even the score and have Princess rub her armadillo odor all over Charli’s pantleg.

Charli: “Fuzz buckets! That’s not fair, you know I’ve come to love the stinky little girl!”

Kym: “Maybe you should have given her a bath before I arrived.”

Charli: She reaches down and scratches the little creature’s ears. “It’s been a long day. Dad and Scarlet and I have been working on a special piece of book art.”

Kym: “Really? Are you making something for me?”

Charli: She smiles again, and when Charli smiles everyone notices. “You’ll have to be nicer to me in the next book.”

Kym: I decide it’s time to strike a deal, I want that book art. “How about I give you some Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream?”

Charli: “Do I get to—”

Kym: “Don’t give away the secrets Charli, our readers haven’t even had a chance to read your debut novel, Fatal Fiction yet and A Reference to Murder doesn’t come out until May of 2017.”

Charli: “Fine, but I get to do it, right?”

Kym: “The bowl is waiting for you.”

Charli: That devilish look returns to her eyes. “And my—”

Kym: “Ah, ah, ah…” Wagging my finger back and forth. “Don’t say another word about the ice cream. But I will tell you, that you’ll enjoy it…immensely.”

Scarlet walks in looking like a voluptuous red-headed Grace Kelly.

Scarlet: “O.M.W. I should have known she’d make you late!”

Kym: “Hi, Scarlet. What’s Charli late for?”

Charli: “Don’t tell—”

Scarlet: “Her hair appointment.”

Scarlet has a way of blurting things out. She’s brilliant, but her mouth gets her and everyone else in trouble. And I can’t help it. I love messing with Charli’s hair.

A bat flew down from the barn loft and somehow tangled itself up in Charli’s hair.

I grin. Charli tries to be brave, but she screeches. Princess jumps straight up in the air before scurrying off and Scarlet freezes in disbelief, before her hands attach to her hips and she demands I intervene.

Scarlet: “Kym Roberts, that’s not very nice.”

Kym: “You’re right.” The bat disappears and Charli stands there breathing heavy. Her eyes roll upward like she can possibly get a glimpse of the mess I’ve created.

Charli: “Thanks a lot. It was a blast sitting down and spending time with you—”

Before she gets too riled up, I decide to send another wrench her way. The front door to The Barn swishes open and the little bell dings, signaling the arrival of a customer.

Cade: “Princess? Mateo and I were looking for your dad—”

Scarlet grabs Charli’s arm and shoves her out the side door before the two hunky men I love, can see her. Drat the woman.

Scarlet: “He’s upstairs in the loft, Cade! Charli isn’t here. I’ll see you later!”

And the two women disappear out the side door of The Barn; Scarlet to the rescue once more.

Scarlet constantly makes me happy for creating such a loveable character in the series. I mean, it’s good to have a best friend in your corner, right? It makes life pretty darn cozy.

FATAL FICTION by Kym Roberts

Book Barn #1

Fatal Fiction

When kindergarten teacher Charli Rae Warren hightailed it out of Hazel Rock, Texas, as a teen, she vowed to leave her hometown in the dust. A decade later, she’s braving the frontier of big hair and bigger gossip once again . . . but this time, she’s saddled with murder!

Charli agrees to sell off the family bookstore, housed in a barn, and settle her estranged dad’s debt—if only so she can ride into the sunset and cut ties with Hazel Rock forever. But the trip is extended when Charli finds her realtor dead in the store, strangled by a bedazzled belt. And with daddy suspiciously MIA, father and daughter are topping the most wanted list . . .

Forging an unlikely alliance with the town beauty queen, the old beau who tore her family apart, and one ugly armadillo, Charli’s intent on protecting what’s left of her past . . . and wrangling the lone killer who’s fixin’ to destroy her future . . .

Mystery Cozy [Lyrical Press, On Sale: December 6, 2016, e-Book, ISBN: 9781601837318 / eISBN: 9781601837318]

Be sure to pick up a copy of Fatal Fiction, A Book Barn Mystery today! Happy Holidays!

**Giveaway Alert!**

Look for my Holiday Giveaway on Fresh Fiction and enter for your chance to win a Princess pin—because that’s the only way you’ll want to cuddle up with an armadillo;)

Until Next time, get cozy and read on!

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 Mystery available now and her romance release Mistletoe and Lace, The Hard Men of the Rockies Anthology from the authors of and upcoming mystery release, Fatal Fiction, A Book Barn Mystery available now and her romance release Mistletoe and Lace, The Hard Men of the Rockies Anthology from the authors of!

Behind The Scenes Of BETTER OFF THREAD, By Amanda Lee

When I decided to write BETTER OFF THREAD, I knew I wanted to write a Christmas book and I knew the book had to feature Captain Moe, Tallulah Falls’ resident Santa Claus. Captain Moe has always been one of my favorite characters. I’ve loved him since book one—THE QUICK AND THE THREAD—when he made food for Marcy and Angus, even though the diner was closed.

A few years ago, I met Joseph and Mary Moore at a Christmas craft bazaar in Kingsport, Tennessee. The Moores write books and travel the country making appearances as Santa and Mrs. Claus. We had a wonderful time together for the three days we attended the bazaar. As you can see from the photographs, Joe is certainly an authentic looking Santa!


The children adored him. They’d shyly come up to him, and Joe/Santa would give a hearty, “Ho! Ho! Ho!” and then he’d ask, “What’s your name?”

Upon hearing the answer, Santa would slap a hand to his forehead and say, “Of course! I recognize you now. You’ve just grown so much since last year.”

I thought that was the most creative response. I mean, “he sees you when you’re sleeping; he knows when you’re awake; he knows when you’ve been bad or good” but he doesn’t know your name when you approach him in the mall? What’s up with that? So, Joe and Mary had that figured out. The child has grown! This makes the child happy and answers the question of why Santa wouldn’t know his name.

And Joe would take it a step farther in some cases. If the child was with both parents, he might say something like, “Wow, you’re going to be as tall as your dad. You might even be a little taller than he was when he was your age.”

The child’s eyes would widen. “You knew my dad?”

“Of course! And your mom too!”

By the time the weekend was over, even I believed that Joe and Mary were the real Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Marcy, on the other hand, knows Captain Moe as her real-life Santa. He’s one of her favorite people in Tallulah Falls. Although Captain Moe has made several guest appearances in the embroidery mysteries, this is the first time he’s a featured character and we get to discover more about him. We always knew he was more than a wonderful friend, uncle, and cook. But in BETTER OFF THREAD, we learn about his past and a few things about his present. And Marcy is dismayed when she realizes it took Captain Moe getting accused of murder to prompt her to get to know him better.

Is there somebody in your life you might not know as well as you think? The answer might surprise you. My husband and I were driving one day and saw a sign that said, “Learn to read music.” I said, “I can read music…at least, a little.” He said, “I used to. I don’t know how much of it I remember.” I was surprised to learn that he played the trumpet in elementary school. So, you see, there’s always something more to learn about people.


What is something new you’ve learned about someone you thought you knew EVERYTHING about? One reader will get a signed copy of
BETTER OFF THREAD (e-book if international).

About Amanda Lee

Cozy Mystery Writer

Amanda Lee is a pseudonym Gayle is using for the new cozy mystery series featuring a heroine who owns an embroidery shop. The series is set on the Oregon Coast and features Marcy Singer, a spunky, thirty-something, entrepreneur who is handy with a needle.

Embroidery Mystery



Embroidery Mystery Series #10

Better Off Thread

Santa finds himself in a stitch of trouble in the tenth in the series from the national bestselling author of THE STITCHING HOUR…

Marcy is busy helping her customers make hand-crafted ornaments at her embroidery shop, the Seven-Year Stitch. But despite the yuletide bustle, when her friend Captain Moe asks for her help, she can’t refuse—especially when the favor is to play the elf to his Santa for sick children at a local hospital. Despite the ridiculous outfit, Marcy finds herself enjoying spreading cheer—until the hospital’s administrator is found murdered.

Although the deceased had plenty of people willing to fill her stocking with coal, evidence pins the crime on Moe. Now it’s up to Marcy, with the help of her police officer boyfriend Ted and her Irish Wolfhound Angus, to stitch together the clues to clear Moe’s name—before someone else winds up crossed off Santa’s list for good…

Mystery Cozy [Berkley, On Sale: December 6, 2016, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780451473851 / eISBN: 9780698186521]

Vanessa Vane | Why Montana?

I get asked why I write all my books about Montana. There are a number of reasons, so I have to break it down for you.

  1. I lived there for five years. Writing about a place I’ve been, but especially lived, brings it all back. No, I didn’t live there in 1885, but you get the idea.
  2. Here’s a secret that Montanans know and I’m sharing: It’s one of the best places… ever. It’s a secret because if everyone knew, everyone would live there. Since those of you in Florida or Australia probably aren’t picking up stakes and moving to Montana, you can live vicariously through my books.
  3. It’s larger than life. The sky is so big, the prairie so vast, it goes on and on and on. The history is so unique. Butte is fascinating. Imagine, Butte, Montana being the richest city in the world! Ghost towns dot the landscape and Virginia City is like stepping directly into the past. It’s like you can **feel** the past when you’re there.
  4. It’s extreme. Winters aren’t for cold weather sissies. Summers are, well, perfect. There is no spring and fall is temperamental. It makes for great plot points! Yes, there are blizzards. Often. Yes, it hails. Badly. Yes, there are flash floods. Yes, the summers are perfect.
  5. I ache to go back. Since I can’t do that very often, I go back in my writing.
  6. Cowboys. Yes, they are there. These are REAL cowboys. Melt your butter kinds of men that fantasies, and romance novels, are made of.
  7. It truly is the Wild West and I try to get that across to all my readers, one hot hero at a time (or maybe two at a time!!).


Bridgewater Menage #8

Their Brazen Bride

Abigail Carr has her sights on the Landry boys, both Bridgewater men. That means they claim a bride together, which is just fine with her. Both Tucker and Gabe have turned her head. But she’s ruined her chances with them because of a bad situation of her own making. She’s made up a beau to feel included in the community. But news travels fast in a small town and her lie has taken on a life of its own. Tucker and Gabe Landry want Abigail, but they won’t claim what belongs to another. Discovering the truth, they vow to make her theirs, no matter what it takes.

Romance Erotica Sensual | Romance Historical | Romance Western [Bridger Media, On Sale: November 28, 2016, e-Book, ISBN: 2940157024215 / eISBN: 1230001444919]

About Vanessa Vale

Vanessa Vale

Who doesn’t love the romance of the old West? Vanessa Vale takes the sensual appeal of rugged cowboys a step further with her bestselling books set in the Montana Territory. They are much more than just sexy historical westerns. By introducing sexual taboos into this otherwise traditional romantic setting, Vanessa has won the loyalty of a fan base that never knows quite what to expect with each new series.

“Montana Maidens” was the first to push the envelope with strong BDSM themes. “Montana Men” followed suit with softer themes but lots of deliciously graphic sex. “The Bridgewater Series” showcases ménage relationships because sometimes one hot cowboy isn’t enough. No-holds-barred, graphic descriptions, strong storytelling, engaging characters and breathtaking landscapes all combine to make very naughty reads.

And as a resident of Wild Wild West, Vanessa Vale finds plenty of inspiration for her work, for who doesn’t love a handsome cowboy?

Bridgewater Menage Series | Wildflowers Of Montana | Montana Men – Vanessa Vane


CO-AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan Interview Each Other

Angie, what’s it like writing with a co-author? Is it seriously like the best thing ever?

It is seriously the best thing ever, yes! I love that we’ve decided to work together writing romance. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it’s the most fun I’ve had in a long time when it comes to writing. I think my favorite part is brainstorming our books and characters! We work so well together, with each of our different strengths playing roles. Your ability to follow big picture themes and character development, and my ability to think of the smaller details and how they play into those bigger themes. It’s a win-win!

Amalie, you’re such a fast writer, I often wonder how you do it. What’s something you have to do to gear up for a writing session? Like, major doses of espresso?

Haha, my YA editors always ask if I have clones in my basement. Confession: I might. Just kidding. I’m lucky that I do write quickly. It may not always be awesome, but that’s why I have you. You keep me in my lane when I veer down ridiculous tangents. Readers, I’m not kidding. It’s like SQUIRREL! Or in this case, hot guy on a horse! To gear up for a writing session, I make sure I have coffee and my playlist for these books (mostly classical). When you’re writing different genres, it’s hard to keep track. Playlists are essential to my process!

Angie, how do you feel about writing cuddle scenes with your best friend in the world?

Honestly, I felt really comfortable writing these romantic scenes with you right off the bat because we were already friends before we started writing together. Also, sharing the responsibility of getting those scenes just right takes the pressure off big time. People have asked me what it’s like to write romantic scenes with another person, and I think that being able to giggle and laugh while we write and edit the scenes together is one of the biggest draws for co-authoring for me.

Amalie, what do you think is the best part about co-authoring with someone?

For me, the best part is the word presents. I *love* waking up to a new chapter when I open Google Docs, and then getting fired up to write because of what Angie has written. It’s like the best case scenario…like a choose your own adventure historical romance novel, one that I get to write as well. What’s not to love about that? Plus, Angie is brilliant. Like hardcore awesome talented. I’m one lucky co-author.

Angie, you are a terrific editor. Do you ever think “oh my god, this is a load of crap?” And if so, how do you approach it gently, given your co-author is such a delicate snowflake.

You are my most precious snowflake! I love revisions (you know that by now) and when I get into a scene you’ve written, I never know what to expect. I could get all excited because I can see places for me to layer in, or I can sit back and cruise through your scene without feeling the need to do anything at all. I love that we can edit each other comfortably, and when we want to change something, we can find a way to make it work. I’ve learned over the last few books we’ve written that email and Google comments don’t always translate emotion well, so i also like being able to talk on the phone too!

Amalie, do you ever try to write one of your own books and miss my invaluable input?

OMG. THIS QUESTION. Seriously, it’s like I’m missing half my brain when I try to write something on my own. This can’t be good for my self-esteem. We’re together, we’re not together. What is HAPPENING? Yes, it’s hard. Sometimes, I feel like a split personality, and it just feels so much better when I’m writing with you. Everything makes sense. My world makes sense. You complete me.

Angie: You had me at hello.

Amalie & Angie: *ugly crying*

MY ROGUE, MY RUIN by Amalie Howard, Angie Morgan

My Rogue, My Ruin

The Marquess of Hawksfield’s lineage is impeccable and his title coveted, but Archer Croft is as far from his indulgent peers as he can get. His loathing for the beau monde has driven him to don a secret identity and risk everything in order to steal their riches and distribute them to the less fortunate.

Lady Briannon Findlay embraces her encounter with the Masked Marauder, a gentleman thief waylaying carriages from London to Essex. The marauder has stirred Brynn’s craving for adventure, and she discovers an attraction deeper than the charming thief’s mask.

Brynn is a revelation, matching Archer in intelligence, wit, and passion. Stubborn and sensuous in equal measure, she astonishes him at every turn, but when someone sinister impersonates Archer’s secret personality, and a murder is committed, Archer begins to think he doesn’t stand a fighting chance without her.

Romance Historical [Entangled Select, On Sale: November 21, 2016, e-Book, ISBN: 9781682813522 / ]

About Amalie Howard

Amalie Howard

Amalie Howard grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 22 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts.


About Angie Morgan

Angie Morgan

Angie is the author of several critically acclaimed young adult and middle grade books written under two other names (Page Morgan and Angie Frazier), and is now thrilled to be leaping into the world of adult romance. My Rogue, My Ruin is the first of three books in her new Lords of Essex series, co-written with good friend and fellow author, Amalie Howard. Angie lives in New Hampshire with her husband, their three daughters, and a menagerie of pets.

Lords of Essex


December has come at Fresh Fiction Box Not to Miss!

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It’s always hectic fun prepping for the December box, Readers & ‘ritas, and Thanksgiving all at once. Can you believe this is the last subscription box of 2016?!

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This Month’s Print Books: Everyone received four of these titles
Victoria by Daisy Goodwin
~ This book was so big it almost didn’t fit! We wanted to make sure everyone has a chance to read it before the show premieres in America.
The Greek’s Christmas Bride by Lynne Graham
Maid Under the Mistletoe by Maureen Child
Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson
The Danger of Desire by Sabrina Jeffries
Lone Wolf by Sara Driscoll
Too Hot to Handle by Tessa Bailey
Size Matters by Alison Bliss

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This Month’s eBooks: Everyone received all four!
Tree of Life and Death by Gin Jones & Elizabeth Ashby
Sexiest Man Alive by M. Clarke
Highway Thirteen to Manhattan by Kourtney Heintz
A Stroke of Luck by Audra North

To mix it up a bit this month, we included two Readers & ‘ritas buttons in every box instead of the usual Vixen buttons. Each button features a different genre. There are six possibilities: Crime Fiction, Romance, Historical, Paranormal, Inspirational, and Sci-fi Fantasy. Which two did you get?

Vixen’s Tale:
Every month, until June 2017, each box will showcase a new adventure featuring our mascot, Vixen. The tale is illustrated with a collectible postcard.


Vixen’s Tale #7 – Holiday in Hope’s Bluff

The Holiday Pageant is all Hope’s Bluff can talk about, but the planning committee cannot decide on a director. Vixen wonders if she should step up to lead, but worries she won’t have what it takes to make the town proud.

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SPOILER ALERT! Christmas Box Inside!

The first batch of Christmas boxes are on there way. Everyone who pre-ordered received a bonus 5th book and, surprise, a second eBook! The second wave of Christmas boxes will ship out before December 15th, there are less than 40 left.

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Each Christmas box has 4-5 of these titles:
Merry Cowboy Christmas by Carolyn Brown
A Christmas Bride by Hope Ramsay
Christmas Comes to Main Street by Olivia Miles
Mistletoe Cottage by Debbie Mason
Christmas Joy by Nancy Naigle
Christmas in Eternity Springs by Emily March
Mistletoe Between Friends/The Snowflake Inn by Samantha Chase
A Bravo for Christmas by Christine Rimmer

All Christmas boxes have both eBooks!
His Jingle Bell Princess by Barbara Dunlop
The Omen Days by J.T. Ellison

Special gifts from some amazing authors!
Paper Ornaments from Emily March
Keylights from Susan May Warren
Wooden Heart Ornaments from Nancy Naigle
Cowboy Cutouts from B.J. Daniels

Vixen wants to celebrate a mini-Christmas with you! She picked out each item with care. First is a Christmas Tree lollipop, under which everything goes. The second is a key so Santa and Vixen can find you. Third is a mini version of her to play with. And finally, a Christmas card, so you can share the joy!

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Jenna Bayley-Burke | Romance And Chocolate

All I need to be happy is a comfy spot to curl up with a warm blanket and a great romance novel. Where the only sound is the tapping of rain on the roof, a steaming mug of tea is within reach, next to a box of truffles that is always full – kind of like Mary Poppin’s bag. I have too many kids for this scenario to happen without magic, so I’m going for it.

It’s a crazy world out there, peeps. You’ve got to do whatever you can to hold onto the happy. Things that get me smiling always find a way into my stories. Sometimes more than one story. I have an absolute obsession with Moonstruck Chocolates. It’s a Portland thing, but in the damn-that’s-delicious way, not the uber-cool-lumbersexual-hipster way. Though there was that one time they put a bird on it…

The flavor of these chocolates is so on point, you want to share them with everyone and keep them to yourself because there is nothing like the blend of cocoa, ancho and chipotle chiles in the Ocumarian truffle. I got my first taste of it while writing Just One Spark, and just had to let my characters try it too.

When setting COMPROMISING POSITIONS in Portland, I knew Moonstruck would show up again, but not the big role it would play. David takes his chocolate so seriously he’s decided you can tell a lot about a person from their favorite chocolate. He’s all about the Italia Espresso, and she’s in love with the sweet heat of The Ocumarian. They bring each other chocolates, different types based on the occasion. Even now, years after writing their story, I still think of them whenever I walk past Moonstruck.

Who am I kidding? I walk in. I order something for me, and something for each of the characters I’m writing at the time. Editing my next release, SNOWED IN, had be stocking up on the Wild Huckleberry truffle and Sea Salt Cajeta Caramel. These are the sacrifices I make for my art.



Compromising Positions

He never broke a rule…until he met her.

​When fitness empire CEO David Strong agrees to help teach a yoga class for couples based on poses in The Kama Sutra, he’s put in one compromising position after another. Especially since the instructor is his best friend’s little sister-in-law, doesn’t have a lot of experience with men, and is totally off-limits. She’s everything David’s never wanted. So he can’t understand why he suddenly needs her so much.

Sophie DelFino has fantasized about David for over a decade, but he has a type, and she’s far from it. He’s also got all sorts of rules and reasons why they shouldn’t be together. Good thing Sophie is all about bending the rules.

Romance Contemporary [Entangled Select, On Sale: November 28, 2016, e-Book, ISBN: 9781633757943 / eISBN: 9781633757943]

Series Order

  • Compromising Positions (Invested in Love 1), David & Sophie Entangled Select 2016
  • At the Boss’s Expense (Invested in Love 2), Curtis & Robyn Entangled Indulgence 2017
  • The Price of Success (Invested in Love 3), Cameron & Lauren Entangled Indulgence 2017
  • Tempting Acquisitions (Invested in Love 4), Jake & Lily Entangled Indulgence 2017
  • Conflicting Interests (Invested in Love 5), Ryan & Kelly Entangled Select 2017

About Jenna Bayley-Burke

Jenna Bayley-Burke

Jenna Bayley-Burke is known for her fun, sexy romance novels, baking banana bread and over-volunteering. She thinks she has the best jobs in the world—mother, wife and author. When she’s not lost in her latest story, she can be found pursuing whatever hobby her characters are enamored with—photography, yoga, shoes, hard cider, Pinterest projects and cooking up a storm.


Kerry Adrienne | Meet Derek Poole (from PURSUING THE BEAR)

Character Interview (Perspective):

Meet park ranger and woodworker, Derek Poole from PURSUING THE BEAR

“Sure!” Oh crap, that was too eager. Bria lowered her voice and tried again. “I mean, sure, if you’re already heading that way. Don’t go out of your way on my account, though. I have this.” She held up the compass.

“And you know how to use it?” Derek’s eyes shone.

  • It seems like you have a bit of a humorous streak. Do you like to tease?

Derek: I only tease people I like. And it’s gentle teasing. Nothing mean or bullying of course. With all the issues in Deep Creek National Park right now, I find having a sense of humor helps me cope. I also hope it puts people at ease.

  • So you don’t tease the lions?

I haven’t really had the chance. Besides, they’re trying to take the bears’ land away, and the cave. With war brewing, I really don’t spend a lot of time thinking about how to entertain the lions. Especially the twins, Marco and Mason. Those lions are trouble waiting to happen.

  • But you tease Bria?

Yeah. I kind of like her. (chuckles) She’s so smart, though. I’m not sure what she could possibly see in a simple ranger and woodworker. She’s got more degrees than someone her age should have.

  • She’s driven?

Very. It’s difficult to be around her and wanting to help her but not being able to. I have to protect the bears first. Still, when I see the excitement in her eyes…

  • Sounds like you’re smitten.

(laughs) No comment.

  • Tell me about your woodworking. Isn’t that an old-school hobby? What is it that draws you to it?

I’ve always liked working with my hands and my parents encouraged it…to a point. Finally, I decided I’d do what I wanted instead of what everyone wants me to do. I love working in wood—discovering the life inside a branch. Carving a branch that once housed a bird’s nest, or a bee hive. Wood is so warm and alive, and one of the most magical things in our natural world.

  • Speaking of magic, who is Shoshannah? I’ve heard her name but no one can really explain what she is or how she helps.

That’s tough. Shoshannah is everywhere and nowhere in Deep Creek. Mostly, we can find her in the cave, but even that isn’t guaranteed. She’s an ancestral shifter spirit. She helps shifters transition, heal, and even face their demons.

  • What does she look like? I mean, is she a bear, or a wolf, or a lion?

Depends on what she wants to be. She seems to have the power to be any type of shifter. Right now, since the bears control the cave, she helps us—probably because we occupy the area. But I’ve heard of her helping other shifters, too. She’s a bit of an enigma. (leans back) I can tell you that when she does appear, her beauty is all encompassing. She’s like light—ethereal, bright, and magical.

  • She sounds amazing. I want to thank you for sitting down to talk with me. It’s great to meet you, Derek.

Any time. You know where to find me.

If you want to read more about Derek, Bria, and the ancestral spirit, Shoshannah, check out the links here on the interview page. Sounds like Bria has already sparked something in Derek. I hope they can find their way to each other.

PURSUING THE BEAR by Kerry Adrienne

Shifter Wars

Pursuing the Bear

The Shifter Wars heat up when a woman investigates the mysteries surrounding a fierce breed of man and exposes more than just secrets

Bear shifters exist. Professor Bria Lane has known this since she was a child. Now she’s returned to the forests of Deep Creek to prove it to the world. She has no idea how close she is to that proof in ruggedly sexy park ranger Derek Poole. Intimately close. But uncovering Derek’s wild side comes with a shattering price.

Like a magnet meeting metal, Derek is drawn to Bria. His destiny. His mate. So beautiful and so vulnerable. So dangerous, too: an encroachment of lions, vengeful and vicious, is closing in and they’re ready for war. Now is not the time to be distracted like a lovesick cub.

If Bria reveals the truth of the Deep Creek shifters to the world, she’ll bring out the worst of both sides. But Derek can’t hide his secrets from the love of his life forever. He knows they’re playing with fire–and that when passion runs this hot, this reckless, someone’s bound to get burned.

Romance Paranormal [Carina Press, On Sale: November 28, 2016, e-Book, ISBN: 9781504749305 / eISBN: 9781460397497]

About Kerry Adrienne

Kerry Adrienne

Kerry Adrienne loves history and spends large amounts of time wondering about people who lived and walked on Earth in the past. She’s a mom to three daughters, six cats, and various small animals, including a panther chameleon. Her shoe horde will attest to her fine shopping skills.

In addition to writing, she’s a college instructor, artist, costumer, and editor. Her new love is her Mini Cooper Convertible, Sheldon, and they have already gone on many adventures.

Wicked Tale | Shifter Wars


SECRETS by Lindsay McKenna and an EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT!

Hi Dear Readers!

Well, it’s that time again! My next Delos series book, SECRETS, is available, released on 11.21.16!

Novella, 2B2 is a sequel follow-up on UNBOUND PURSUIT, 2B1, which was released on 9.29.16). This is Mark Reuss and Mattie Lockwood’s story.

If you read UNBOUND PURSUIT, you met Mark Reuss, who was a dark, secretive secondary character. He’s a man with a violent past and moves in and out of the lives of the people who love him.

Darkness surrounded him. Could love rescue him…


December 23rd

Mark Reuss was in such deep shit he couldn’t see daylight any more. His broken lower left arm ached so badly, he wanted to yell like a banshee, but the blackness of the Texas night, the biting December cold seeping into his body, made him call on all his ex-recon Marine skills to escape up the hill.

He kept his night vision goggles over his eyes as he climbed, while below him ATF, DEA, Border Patrol and FBI agents swarmed around an 18-wheeler truck. Thanks to Mark, they’d made a surprise raid on Mexican drug lord Diego Cardona’s vehicles, and now American agents were rounding up what was left of the members of his drug and sex slave cartel.

Sixty kidnapped children from Mexico had been on their way across the border in the massive trucks, all part of Cardona’s sex trafficking operation that regularly stole children from all over South America across Texas soil and taking them on to the East Coast to be sold. Now, the cartel had expanded from sex trading to running a monthly gun-and-run operation, as well. Mark, who had been sent into the cartel as an undercover agent, had set up the sting. The U.S. authorities had caught the transport, and this fortunate group of children had been saved.

His heart turned toward Mattie Lockwood. The least he could do was apologize for his abrupt behavior of two days ago. How he ached to see her, to be near her. But to do that could put her and her entire family in danger from Cardonas. The drug lord had spies in every Texas town along the border.

Mattie was his touchstone, the one person in his life he could never be without. And yet, he was again about to disappear from her life without adequate explanation. She was a trained EMT. She could help him with his injury.

And how would she react to his banging on her house door in the middle of the night? Would she even let him in? Mark wasn’t sure after the debacle of him showing up at Mattie’s kindergarten school two days ago with her friend, Tal Culver, present. More than anything, he needed Mattie. She owned his heart and she didn’t even know it. He had to get her help.

SECRETS by Lindsay McKenna

Delos Series: 2B2


Darkness surrounded him. Could love rescue him?

Mark Reuss’ childhood was a living hell. The only bright spot in his life during those dark days was his best friend, Mattie Lockwood. Her beauty and spirit called out to him, but he didn’t want to drag her down into the gloom his life had become. So when he graduated high school, he joined the Marine Corps and left his past—and Mattie—behind.

Or so he thought. Mark never forgot Mattie, or stopped wanting her. Now he’s back in town, ready to face his demons and make a life with her. But before he can set his plans in motion, Mark must suddenly disappear once again, but it means keeping secrets from Mattie. Will he once again have to let go of the woman he loves?

Romance Contemporary | Novella / Short Story [Blue Turtle Publishing, On Sale: November 21, 2016, e-Book, ISBN: 2940157065782 / eISBN: 9781929977437]

About Lindsay McKenna

Lindsay McKenna

The “Top Gun of Women’s Military Fiction,” Linsday McKenna has had 145 books published under the McKenna name since 1981, most dealing with military or mercenary subjects, for several publishers: Simon and Schuster, Warner, Avon and Berkley, Harlequin/Silhouette. She is the originator of the Military Romance genre, with “Captive of Fate,” Silhouette Special Edition, 1983. She has sold 23 million books worldwide and in 33 foreign languages. She proudly served in the US Navy and was a meteorologist.

Perfect, Wyoming | McKenna’s Wyoming | Jackson Hole, Wyoming | Shadow Warriors | Delos | Kincaid Trilogy | Wind River – McKenna | Delos Series: 2B2