Elaine Stock | When A Heroine Swoons Over Someone She Shouldn’t

All Isabelle, my heroine in ALWAYS WITH YOU, wants is to be loved without conditions. She’s eighteen, has healed from a health setback, and after losing her mom years ago and being raised by an emotionally distant father and grandmother, wants her Prince Charming. In her mind, she doesn’t care what faith or race or background he is because she’s certain that when her heart tells her who this destined man is, she’ll have no problem recognizing him. In the meantime, she’s not especially seeking him, will wait patiently, and is ready for love when it grabs her.

Love, in the very real body of an attractive young man, pays a needed visit just in time to even call him a true hero! Tyler intervenes when a gang of punky teens has less than stellar plans for Isabelle. But, many eyes around her small Adirondack town, let alone her own dad, are suspicious of the community where Tyler lives. She’s forewarned of possible dangers, but chooses to see only the Wonderful in Tyler and The Faithful, and that’s with a Capital W.

What causes a fairly intelligent woman to fall for a man that society sees as less desirable?

In Isabelle’s case:

  • She knows the close family and faith she lacked growing up, and doesn’t want to repeat that sadness for the rest of her life. In Tyler, she has a strong man who isn’t afraid to take a stand, a man of faith, one who is devoted to his siblings (his parents died tragically) and community.
  • She feels Tyler’s anguish and wants to make it better for him. Tyler is orphaned, has more responsibilities—both to family and community—than someone his age should have, and hasn’t had the traditional opportunities (like college or career) that usually come along when connected from a more supportive family. Though loved by her dad and grandmother, Isabelle empathizes with Tyler’s emotions and believes she can be the one to make a difference in his life.
  • She and Tyler are young and can start over in time to enjoy the rest of their lives. They both want love, a real family bond, and faith in a God who wants them, missing tickets from their childhood. Determined, and with headstrong tenacity, their minds and more importantly, their hearts, tell them that their union is meant to be.

Enter the unknown, aka tension or obstacles to their Happily Ever After. It’s not until Isabelle marries Tyler and is pregnant with their first child that she slowly comes to learn and accept that Tyler and the community she now lives in, one that is isolated from her old life with her dad, grandmother, and friends, have deceived her into making her think that they are kind and morally right folks.

But, Isabelle loves Tyler. Doesn’t she? Yet, with a baby on the way, she must make an important decision of her life, even if it’s the most heart-ripping one she’s ever faced.



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ALWAYS WITH YOU by Elaine Stock

Always With You

Can she move forward without knowing her past? Will he enjoy his present if he can’t free himself from what he left behind? In the heart of the Adirondacks, Isabelle lives in the shadow of a dark family secret whose silent burden strips her family of emotional warmth and faith in God. Tyler belongs to the religious sect called The Faithful, which Isabelle’s father dislikes immensely. Yet, because Tyler belongs to this group, Isabelle sees only a man devoted to his family and faith. She wants it; she gets it; they marry. And when the truth comes out, Isabelle faces two choices: Staying could endanger her child. Leaving could cost her life.

Inspirational Romance [Elk Lake Publishing, On Sale: January 19, 2016, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781942513841 / ]

About Elaine Stock

Elaine Stock

Elaine Stock is the author of Always With You, which released in January 2016 and has made the Kindle bestseller list. Her novels fuse family drama and psychological suspense. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and contributes to the international “Happy Sis Magazine.” In addition to Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads, she hangs out on her active blog, Everyone’s Story, dedicated to uplifting and encouraging all readers through the power of story and hope.


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?

Visit www.ninacrespo.com to meet Dalir and join the release celebration for Dalir’s Salvation (Release date 27 September 2016).


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


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?


Just post below your thoughts on redemption and one reader will win an autographed copy of HOLIDAY IN YOUR HEART


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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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, / ]

Mika Jolie | Nassau Hall, a centerpiece of Princeton University campus, a national landmark

When I started writing the Poison & Wine series, I thought about creating a fictional town around Princeton, New Jersey. I even considered choosing a neighborhood small town as the location for the series, but something was missing. Much like the Martha’s Way series in which the island Martha’s Vineyard became a character in itself, I wanted to capture that same indispensable quality in the Poison & Wine series. After a lot of back and forth with myself and my supporting group, I decided to go with my heart.

The medium-size vibrant town is family friendly, centrally located between Philadelphia and New York. It holds the record for having the most ice cream parlors in Mercer County, which include The Bent Spoon, Halo Pub, Thomas Sweet and Ricky’s…needless to say we eat a lot of ice cream.

Princeton is also home to Princeton University, Colbie Bennington’s alma mater. The University is mentioned several times in the novel as Colbie is one of the two protagonists in SOMEWHERE TO BEGIN.


It had been almost five years since she waved goodbye to her alma mater. Yet standing across the street, staring at the oldest construction at Princeton University, chills ran down her spine—from its critical role in America’s history during the Revolutionary War, the fact that her grandparents met and fell in love while studying at the same University she later attended, to the many days she’d spent sitting on the front lawn deep in a debate over Dante, Socrates, situational ethics with fellow classmates, reading one of Shakespeare plays, and writing research papers.

A wave of sadness hit her. There, she’d been free, the most alive. She missed the carefree Colbie, however fleeting that time had been.

A little side note. One of my favorite pictures of our boys is of them running toward Nassau Hall.

Boys running

I’ve learned a lot about Nassau Hall from my father-in-law. The man is a walking history book. As I’m writing this, I can hear his voice vibrating with delight as he marvels over the historical events surrounding this national landmark.

Nassau Hall was named in memory of King William III of England, House of Nassau and Prince of Orange. The Renaissance style building with ivy climbing on its walls was at one time the largest stone structure in North America and played a significant role during the American Revolutionary War.

During the Battle of Princeton, January 3, 1777, the British occupied Nassau Hall but soon surrendered to General Washington’s troops, who had hit the structure hard with artillery.

I love to include symbolism in my novels, something that captures the essence of a story. This national landmark has survived fires, wars, and of course students. Yet, much like a battered veteran, it remained standing, serving as a symbol of the history and traditions of the University. Even the dent left by a cannonball on the south side of the west wing—that remains evident today—encapsulates Colbie and Zander and their battle scars, a reminder of who they used to be, where they’ve been, and who they’ll never be again.

About Mika Jolie

Mika Jolie

Mika Jolie is the bestselling author of the Martha’s Way series.

She lives in New Jersey with her Happy Chaos—her husband and their energizer bunnies. A sports fanatic and a wine aficionado, she’s determined to balance it all and still write about life experiences and matters of the heart. Let’s face it, people are complicated and love can be messy. When she’s not weaving life and romance into evocative tales, you can find her on a hiking adventure, apple picking, or whatever her three men can conjure up.

Martha’s Way Series | Poison and Wine



Poison and Wine #1

Somewhere to Begin

There are wounds that never show on the body.

For twenty-nine years, Colbie Bennington does as expected with an eternal smile stained on her lips. The biggest chances she’s ever taken can be counted on one hand, three fingers to be exact—her battered red chucks, painting her toenails a vibrant blue, and her wedding dress. Always the dutiful daughter and a Stepford fiancée, she has never acted on impulse, never been in love.

She’s never lived.

On her wedding day, Colbie ends a toxic relationship, drops the fake smile, and says, “I can’t do this anymore.”

Navy SEAL Zander Serrano returns home broken and burdened with a volcano of remorse. Too trapped in a mental war to be at peace and too damaged to be at war, he shuts the world out. The last thing he expects is to feel, especially for a runaway bride with her own baggage.

Two empty hearts marred in different spots find themselves drawn to one another. Each with their own scars. Some, the world can see. Others, unseen to the naked eye.

They say two broken people should not be together. But for Colbie and Zander, their attraction is undeniable, unexpected.

Can two souls with fractured parts be the best cure for each other’s wounds?

Starting over is never easy, but sometimes in life, everyone needs somewhere to begin.

Romance Contemporary [Author Self-Published, On Sale: September 20, 2016, e-Book, ISBN: 9781537496528 / eISBN: 9781524214074]

My Heroines: The Power of Intelligence and Wit in Historical Heroines

I’ve never been a reader who enjoys the helpless, spineless, petty wiles of a senseless heroine—so, it is only natural that when I started crafting my own books I knew only an intelligent and cunning heroine would do. A woman who loves adventure and can go toe to toe with any alpha hero brings a story to life.

My A Lady Forsaken Series features women of varying intellect and education, but all possess the wit to thrive and secure themselves a promising future complete with love and laughter. Each has their own struggles to wade through and wounds to heal, but with their cunning nature—and strong men by their side—they overcome all odds to find happiness.

SCORNED EVER MORE, A Lady Forsaken (Book Three), details the life of a French spy, Lady Lorelei de La Valette, pushed into a form of servitude by country and family. She’s sent to England to infiltrate society and gain the hand of Lord Chastain, a man deemed valuable to Napoleon—love was never meant to happen, especially a love for the Marquis of Drake, Chastain’s best friend. Lorelei is faced with two options, deny her heart and fulfill her mission or allow love to take its course and forsake her country. Yet, Lorelei knows there may be a way to have both. You’ll have to read the book to find out if her wit was enough to save Lorelei’s mission—and her happily ever after.

Resourcefulness is a trait normally reserved for men in historical romances; the man who invests in a risky business venture to restore his family’s fortune or a man who marries to save his family from scandal; however, resourcefulness is not a characteristic that should be limited to heroes. In SHUNNED NO MORE, A Lady Forsaken (Book One), Lady Viola Oberbrook is shunned by society after her selfish, petty ways cause the deaths of two men. She flees to the country an entitled debutante who doesn’t understand the grave mistake she’s made and why society would turn against the beautiful daughter of a wealthy duke. Instead of spending her time and energy forcing herself on the ton, Viola decides to make amends for her behavior, though no action can bring the men back from the beyond. She dedicates herself to raising money to help an orphanage for wounded and abandoned children in London’s East End. Unfortunately, her identity is discovered and she has no other option but to show all of London how much she’s changed—and in doing so, win the heart of a man who has all the reason to despise her very existence.

While writing my A Lady Forsaken Series I found a new set of female characters—the Craven House women. Each has their own weakness; one is a thief, another a mistress, the youngest a gambler, and the eldest a madame. Personally, I did not see these traits as weaknesses but characteristics that make a heroine worth exploring; if a woman, and all she does, is seen as scandalous, can she use her intelligence to overcome the mold she’s been placed in? THE THEIF STEALS HER EARL tells the story of Miss Judith Pengarden, a woman taken to stealing as a way to help support her large family. She is not a bad person, nor does she pinch items for the fun of it; she sees this as her only option for helping the family she loves. She uses her skills and wit to disentangle herself from several scandalous situations. You’ll have to check out her book to find out if this thief can steal the heart of an Earl most proper.

My next release, THEODORA, Lady Archer’s Creed (Book One), features a woman who not only has the intellect and wit to make a favorable match in society, but she’s smart enough to know that life isn’t all about marrying well and having children. There is friendship, loyalty, and integrity to think about. Lady Theodora Montgomery, the only sister of Lord Cartwright, has interests that do not include lady’s fashion and the current dance trend favored in London ballrooms—she dedicates much time to her skill with a bow and arrow and her academic pursuits. Without the opportunity to explore her own passions and desires, Theo knows a content and happy future are impossible. But maybe, just maybe, Theo can find a man who understands her passion for knowledge, accepts her need to help her friends, and loves her all the more for her unconventional desires.

There are no rules—or guidelines—when creating the perfect heroine. With that comes the lack of limitations to her depth, her passion, her desire, and her ability to be her own individual self. Her ideals, goals, aspirations, and dreams distinct and separate from her hero. As an author, I take the time to explore all my heroines have to offer a story—and their hero’s—resulting in tales that captivate readers, encouraging them to discover their own intellect and wit along the way.

About Christina McKnight

Christina McKnight

Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since. Currently, she focuses on Historical Romance.

Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.

Craven House | Lady Forsaken


A LADY FORSAKEN BOX SET by Christina McKnight

A Lady Forsaken Box Set

Books 1-4, plus novella

Shunned No More, A Lady Forsaken Book One
A lady Shunned by all…
A lord Betrayed by one…
An impossible match, destined to be…

Forgotten No More, A Lady Forsaken Book Two
A lady forgotten by all…
A man mesmerized by one…
A love neither can abandon…

Scorned Ever More, A Lady Forsaken Book Three
A man willing to sacrifice all…
A woman determined to take everything…
A love lost forever…

Christmas Ever More, A Lady Forsaken Novella
A lady seeking forgiveness for her past…
A woman forging a new path in life…
A girl lost and in search of a place to belong…
A trio of women holding out hope for three different holiday
Christmas ever more.

Hidden No More, A Lady Forsaken Book Four
A lady concealed from society…
A man uncovering the secrets of his past…
A love neither can hide…

Romance Historical [Author Self-Published, On Sale: May 26, 2016, e-Book (reprint), ISBN: 9781945089022 / eISBN: 9781945089022]