Rachael Thomas | New Year and Snowbound

New Year is a time for new beginnings, a time to put the past behind you and move forward with renewed determination. A year ago, I began writing a new book and I wanted to use New Year’s Eve and the celebrations people enjoy as a setting for a romance. As Tilly and Xavier came to my mind, bringing with them all their problems and hurts from the past, I looked out of my writing room window to see big fat flakes of snow swirling to the ground and I had the perfect setting for their romance. Not only that, but they wouldn’t be able to get away from each other, they’d have to face the attraction they felt for each other and their problems head on.

The story opens on New Year’s Eve and Tilly and Xavier find are forced to spend not only New Year’s Eve, snowbound and alone in an English country manor house, but several days. Xavier feels guilty celebrating Christmas after tragic events in his past, which ended his motorcycle racing career and Tilly is recovering from the shock and shame of being left standing at the altar last New Year’s Eve.

Locked away from the world by a blanket of snow they learn so much about each other as well as themselves. They allow the intense attraction between them to develop during a passionate encounter, but are either of them ready to face up to the desire that has been unleashed?

I hope you enjoy being snowbound with Xavier and Tilly as much as I enjoyed writing their story.

About Rachael Thomas

Rachael Thomas

Rachael Thomas grew up in the Midlands in England, but when she moved to Wales, over twenty years ago, she found a place to finally put down roots. She married into a farming family and embarked on a massive learning curve which also saw her learning Welsh when her two children were small.

Writing is something she has always wanted to do and she can still remember the thrill of one of her short stories being held up as an example to the class when she was about nine. It wasn’t until her own children were in school that she seriously started to pursue her dream. She joined a local writing group which met every Monday afternoon and being with like-minded people was the boost she needed.

Reading romance had always been her first love, and just about every short story she wrote was romance, so she decided to write her first book. During that process she also attended her first weekend writing course with Kate Walker and joined the RNA’s fabulous New Writers’ Scheme. A short time later she joined Romance Writers of Australia and learnt a lot from entering their competitions. She sought out courses and you can imagine her joy when she discovered Sharon Kendrick’s course in beautiful Tuscany.

Behind the Scandalous Façade, her SO YOU THINK YOU CAN WRITE entry, is her thirteenth book and although only eight have those magic words ‘the end’ written on them, the others are definitely part of the learning process she has enjoyed over the last six years.

She loves to escape to distant shores with her characters, entering their glamorous world and feeling all the emotions they experience as they discover their love for one another. A love so strong it will overcome all obstacles eventually, leading to that promised happy ever after.

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About NEW YEAR AT THE BOSS’S BIDDING

New Year at the Boss's Bidding

Moretti’s by midnight

Jilted bride Tilly Rogers hopes her luck is changing when she’s offered a prestigious catering contract for billionaire businessman Xavier Moretti’s New Year’s Eve party. But then she ends up snowbound alone with her boss and at his bidding!

It’s the end of the year and the end of Tilly’s contract, which leaves Xavier free to seduce her at his will. Hardly shy of a challenge, this notorious playboy makes it his resolution to have virgin Tilly crumbling by his experienced touch.

aBefore the snow settles, Xavier is determined to have Tilly under a brand-new set of tantalizing terms!

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Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde | 10 Things to do with your BFF!

We’re visited by two very best friends today — Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde. They’ve been friends for as long as I’ve known them and it’s always a pleasure to be in their company. So I asked them for their secret. And today they’re sharing the things they do!
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  1. Spa day! (Massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, etc.)
  2. Read the same book and discuss what you liked/disliked about it.
  3. Make cupcakes (or anything chocolate!)
  4. A day of shopping (clothes, make-up, purses, all girly stuff!)
  5. Go and see a chick flick together (the kind of movies your spouse will never go and see)
  6. Hang at Starbucks drinking your favorite latte and GOSSIP!
  7. Go to the beach, drink fruity drinks, lay out in the sun, and read.
  8. Go wine tasting together.
  9. A weekend getaway — to anywhere!
  10. Watch The Bachelor on TV together and laugh at the girls who cry and the ones that throw themselves at the guy! (This is a lot more fun when cocktails are involved, LOL!)

About Carly Phillips

Carly Phillips

Carly Phillips is the N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over 50 sexy contemporary romance novels featuring hot men, strong women and the emotionally compelling stories her readers have come to expect and love. Carly is happily married to her college sweetheart, the mother of two nearly adult daughters and three crazy dogs (two wheaten terriers and one mutant Havanese) who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. Carly loves social media and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at www.carlyphillips.com.

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About Erika Wilde

Erika Wilde

Erika Wilde is the author of the sexy Marriage Diaries series and The Players Club series. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two daughters, and when she’s not writing you can find her exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. For more information on her upcoming releases, please visit website.

Dirty Sexy

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About DIRTY SEXY SAINT

Excerpt from DIRTY SEXY SAINT

She had a small amount of cash on her, and there was no telling how much longer she’d have access to her credit cards before they were put on hold. She called a cab company, then got out of the car, tossed the keys and cell phone beneath the seat—since her father could track that, as well—and manually locked the door.

Within minutes, a taxi pulled up to where Samantha was waiting. The driver was a friendly young girl in her early twenties, and she was counting on the other woman to find her just the right place to celebrate her first night of freedom. A place where no one knew her or would judge her or would expect her to be the good girl she’d always been.

“My name is Angie.” The girl glanced over her shoulder to the backseat with a friendly smile. “Where can I take you tonight?”

“To your favorite bar in the Chicago area.”

Angie’s brows rose in surprise as she took in Samantha’s designer purse and high-end attire. “Are you sure about that? My favorite bar is a far cry from The Aviary,” she said of the upscale lounge where the wealthy went to mingle and be seen. “The place I hang out at is a bit on the

unrefined side,” she said with a laugh.

Samantha grinned. “That’s exactly what I’m counting on.”

Dirty Sexy Saint

Are you ready to get Dirty Sexy with a Saint?

Clay Kincaid knows he’s more a sinner than a saint. Especially when it comes to women. With a rough and damaged past that has left him jaded, he doesn’t do committed relationships. But he does like sex—the hotter and harder, the better. He likes it fast and filthy, which is why he refuses to even touch someone as sweet and guileless as Samantha Jamieson. Until he discovers that she likes it just as down and dirty as he does. Let the sinning begin . . .

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Fran Stewart | Why on Earth?

Why on earth do you do these things to your characters? That’s a question I’ve heard often from readers, and one I feel compelled to answer. I’ll probably get that question a lot more once people read A WEE DOSE OF DEATH, in which Peggy’s dear friend Karaline gets shot.

So, why do I do it?

Because there wouldn’t be much story without it. Because it works. Because the story line needs it. Because it seemed right at the time. Because I couldn’t think of any other way to handle it.

All of the above.

I do have to admit feeling really bad about shooting Karaline. Okay, okay. I know I didn’t shoot her. But I might as well have pulled the trigger myself. As I write, I feel what my characters are feeling, think what they’re thinking, and react/respond as they do.

That’s meant some sleepless nights throughout the journey, agonizing over whether or not I really should push Biscuit off a dock, shoot Karaline, kill Melissa’s fiancé, or send Harper off on a wild-goose chase. It doesn’t matter which series I’m writing. The answer is the same: Yes.

One of the questions I wrestled with as I wrote A WEE MURDER IN MY SHOP, the first ScotShop mystery, was Why is Dirk, a 14th-century Scottish ghost, here in the 21st century? I even had Karaline ask him that, and the fact that Dirk had no idea why he was here was fairly devastating to him. The answer, though, is here in A WEE DOSE OF DEATH. Dirk figures out his purpose, his mission, his gift.

And it’s pretty cool!

I found myself crying as I wrote that scene, and I hope you’ll be moved by it as well.

All he needed, to find his gift, was for Karaline to get shot.

BANG!

It’s so much fun being able to make things happen.

About Fran Stewart

Fran Stewart

Fran Stewart is the author of the Biscuit McKee Mysteries as well as a standalone mystery A SLAYING SONG TONIGHT, about a Depression-era serial killer whose favorite song is Jingle Bells. Her new ScotShop Mystery Series from Berkley Press begins with A WEE MURDER IN MY SHOP.

Fran lives quietly with various rescued cats beside a creek on the other side of Hog Mountain, Georgia.

She sings alto with a community chorus and volunteers at her grandchildren’s school library. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.

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About A WEE DOSE OF DEATH

A Wee Dose of Death

A second dose of Scottish charm from the author of A Wee Murder in My Shop.

While business is booming at the ScotShop in Hamelin, Vermont, proprietor Peggy Winn doesn’t have time to toast her good fortune thanks to her hot-tempered, fourteenth-century Scottish companion. Being thrust into the modern world hasn’t been easy for Dirk, but Peggy is at her wit’s end trying to keep the ghostie galoot in line.

But when the local police chief finds the body of Peggy’s friend Karaline’s college professor in a deserted mountain cabin, everyone is thrown for a loop. It seems the secretive professor may have been killed over his ecological work, an idea that’s only reinforced when Karaline herself is shot. Now Peggy and Dirk must set aside their differences to put the cold-blooded killer under loch and key…

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Lily Harlem | Visit Southern Spain in HEAT OF THE DAY

Thank you for inviting me to Fresh Fiction today it’s great to be here. I’ve brought with me my new novella HEAT OF THE DAY. It’s a ménage a trois story with M/F, M/M and M/F/M scenes in it and set in beautiful Southern Spain.

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I’ve been lucky enough to spend quite a lot of time on the Costa Del Sol in and out of the holiday season. It’s a beautiful place, there’s always something going on and the people watching—if that’s something you enjoy doing, which I certainly do—is incredible.

You can sit in Peurto Banus and admire the super-cars crawl by as you sip on sangria and lust after the yachts in the marina. Wandering around the old town of Marbella is always a treat and I particularly love the quaint, cobbled squares which have orange trees providing shade for diners at the exquisite little restaurants – Ohh the tapas! And all the time the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range towers in the distance.

If you’re feeling flush and in the mood to party don’t miss Nikki Beach. It’s THE place to be seen for the young, hip and rich crowd and a day there consists of music, dancing and drinking champagne – awesome fun! I was lucky enough to get in there once by tagging along with some cool friends!

nikki beach

But it’s the long walks along the beachfronts and promenades that I enjoy the most. The Golden Mile is strung with beautiful villas to admire, there are sand artists in Marbella to stun you as you wander with an ice-cream and if you’re fortunate enough to get on a boat out to sea, you can take a trip to Morocco or Gibraltar. Look out for dolphins too, there’s plenty about.

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It’s my love of this area that brought my decision to set HEAT OF THE DAY here. My threesome aren’t rich by any means and certainly wouldn’t have the funds to hit Nikki Beach. They are bar workers who have fallen into a wonderful summer of threesome love, until that is, they are forced apart. But you know what they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder and when they reunite, phew, the heat of Costa Del Sol is nothing compared to the heat these three feel for each other.

I’m looking forward to a return trip to Southern Spain, I hope perhaps next year, but until then, I’ll keep my heart and thoughts there by using it as a place to set my stories.

Thanks for reading

Lily x

About Lily Harlem

Lily Harlem

Lily Harlem llives in the UK with a workaholic hunk and a crazy cat. With a desk overlooking rolling hills her over active imagination has been allowed to run wild and free and she revels in using the written word as an outlet for her creativity.

Lily’s stories are made up of colourful characters exploring their sexuality and sensuality in a safe, consensual way. With the bedroom door left wide open the reader can hang on for the ride and Lily hopes by reading sensual romance people will be brave enough to try something new themselves? After all, life’s too short to be anything other than fully satisfied.

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About HEAT OF THE DAY

Heat of the Day

When three become two with no explanation, emotions run high, passions flare and hearts are ripped apart.

Everyone can remember a perfect summer—one with endless blue skies, a heart brimming with true love and nights full of hot, sweaty lust. Well, we’ve just had a summer like that, Piper and I, and it was spent in Spain with a man who had that certain je ne sais quoi that we couldn’t resist.

Seraphim came into our lives and blinded us with his beauty, his charisma and his exotic charm. His generosity with his mind, his affection and his body blew us away and the three of us became a joyously tangled trio who needed nothing more than to be together.

So when he left, when we had no way of tracing him, the despair was black, the pain raw and our only comfort was each other. But why did Sera leave? What would make a man walk away from his lovers? And if he showed up again on the doorstep, what the hell would happen after so much angst? One thing’s for sure, it would be an explosive reunion in many ways. Absence might make the heart grow fonder, but it can make the rest of the body highly volatile as need wars with hurt, and pain collides with desire.

Reader Advisory: This book contains M/M and M/F scenes.

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General Release Date: 19th January 2016

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Jane Jensen | The Many Lives Of KINGDOM COME

I’m thrilled and excited to have my first release with Berkley Prime Crime hitting the market. KINGDOM COME is a murder mystery set in Amish community in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Holding the paperback book in my hands is the culmination of a long journey. This is a story that wouldn’t die, and one that struggled to find its proper form like a morphing shapeshifter.

Besides writing books, I also design computer games under the name Jane Jensen. KINGDOM COME, with a female detective, was first conceived of as an adventure game. I wanted to do a mystery/thriller that had a strong romantic element to it. You would play the role of the female detective trying to uncover who dunnit. Romance is something I don’t feel we see enough of in games, so the romantic aspect of the story was critical. The game proposal was for a live action game in order to best represent the romantic/erotic elements of the story. But it was a risky project, and an expensive one, and we didn’t find funding for it.

Here’s the front of that original pitch.

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The proposal sat on my hard drive for a year or so, like so many other game proposals. Those who pitch film scripts or game concepts know that many of them will never get made. However, KINGDOM COME would not let me forget it. I had developed most of the plot while working on the game pitch, and the story haunted me.

You see, I live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania myself, having moved back here after twenty years on the west coast. This was a story I wanted to tell, a story about how I feel about this little area of land, the charm and pull of it, the old and the new, the good and bad. I have a love/hate relationship with the conservativism of the area, and while I admire the simplicity of the Amish lifestyle, as a modern woman (who loves modern tech and speaking my mind), I could never go there mysefl. To sum, I had feels about this story that kept prodding me in the arse like a bad spring in a car seat.

So I sat down and wrote the story out as a novel. Initially, though, I decided to change it so that the main detective character was a man and the romantic subplot was a gay romance. You see, I also write gay romance under the nom de plume Eli Easton, and I already had a publisher that would take the story. All I had to do was write it and it would be released fairly quickly.

But when the first draft of the novel was done, I still wasn’t at peace. Although I liked the tension of having a mature, gay Amish man who had been trying to live his life by the rules, and a brash male detective who was openly gay (Should I still write that story? Maybe I should!), the original bones of the story didn’t sit quite right in that guise. I had first developed my detective as a female character, and, holy crap, she was not happy to be usurped. There was also a certain level of sympathy and understanding that she had to the victims as a female, right or wrong, that was missing from the male detective. The gay aspect was interesting, but it seemed to struggle with the murder mystery for dominance instead of being mutually enhancing.

So I sat down and in one week rewrote the protagonist back to Elizabeth Harris. This, this was the story. I was pretty sure of it now! J But the bad news was, I no longer had a publisher. It was not an “Eli Easton” book. It also was way more of a murder mystery by now and less of a romance. So the search began with the help of my agent. A year later, the manuscript found a home at Berkley Prime Crime, and as of January 2016 it is finally published!

I don’t know if you’ll be able to see the bones of the previous versions in this book, but I feel like the changes the story went through made it a much stronger piece than it would have been otherwise. The various iterations, shelving, and picking back up, made me really focus on the important elements at its core. I have since written a sequel to KINGDOM COME, another Elizabeth Harris mystery, that will be coming out in August 2016. I hope you like the series. Please do drop me a note and let me know!

All the best,

Jane Jensen

About Jane Jensen

Jane Jensen

Jane Jensen is a novelist and game designer. Best known for her computer game series Gabriel Knight and her novel Dante’s Equation, she has published seventeen games and four thrillers. She also writes romance as Eli Easton.

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Kingdom Come

Amish country in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, has always been a place of quiet beauty—until a shocking murder shatters the peace, and leaves a troubled detective picking up the pieces

After her husband is murdered, Detective Elizabeth Harris turns in her NYPD badge and moves back home, hoping that a quiet life in remote Pennsylvania Dutch country will help her overcome the dark memories of her ten years in New York. But when a beautiful, scantily clad “English” girl is found dead in the barn of a prominent Amish family, Elizabeth knows that she’s uncovered an evil that could shake the community to its core.

Elizabeth’s boss is convinced this was the work of an “English,” as outsiders are called in Lancaster County. But Elizabeth isn’t so sure. All she’s missing is an actual lead—until another body is found: this time, a missing Amish girl. Now Elizabeth must track down a killer with deep ties to a community that always protects its own—no matter how deadly the cost…

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Laura Kaye | LOVE IN THE LIGHT, a Special Emotional Release

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I’m thrilled to be back at Fresh Fiction today celebrating my newest release—and this is a special one to me. A follow-up story that I never thought I’d write. In fact, the follow-up to my very first published book. Where HEARTS IN DARKNESS was about two strangers finding acceptance and belonging while trapped in a pitch-black elevator, LOVE IN THE LIGHT is about that couple learning to trust the love that they found.

For the past five years, the most frequently asked question I’ve received is whether I’d ever write a follow-up to HEARTS IN DARKNESS. And for a lot of that time, the answer was no. When I finished that book, that was all there was of Caden and Makenna’s story. I knew things that happened to them after the book ended, but there was no story. When the story idea finally came to me, it was exciting, but also scary. Because by then, HEARTS IN DARKNESS had had a lot of readers and it had a super unique premise (two strangers trapped in a pitch-black elevator) that would be hard to follow. But once I knew what the story was, it wouldn’t leave me alone. I knew I had to write it. I just hoped it would be good enough to do justice to the first.

The result was LOVE IN THE LIGHT, which is quite possibly the most emotional and heart-wrenching story I’ve written. My Hard Ink series book HARD TO HOLD ON TO would be a close second, maybe because both of the book address a particularly heart-wrenching topic—PTSD.

In LOVE IN THE LIGHT, hero Caden Grayson is a paramedic who, as a fourteen year old, was badly injured and scarred in a car accident that killed his mother and brother and left his father an empty shell who shut Caden out. Caden’s relationship with heroine Makenna James forces him to open up emotionally in a way he’s never really done before, and that brings all kinds of things to the surface that Caden thought he had under control.

One of my biggest worries while writing LOVE IN THE LIGHT was that readers would get frustrated with Caden’s issues. He suffers from anxiety, claustrophobia, panic attacks, and depression. Some of that was clear in the first book—after all, he’s the one claustrophobic in that elevator, not the heroine—but seeing his issues within the framework of the sexy fantasy of the elevator is different from living with them in a long-term relationship. But I couldn’t make Caden just get over himself. That wouldn’t have been true to what he was going through. And I couldn’t make Makenna’s love somehow able to magically cure him. Caden had to do the hard work, and it was really emotional and challenging to write.

Between the time that had passed since the first book, reader expectations, my own expectations, and the challenges of writing about their relationship and Caden’s issues, releasing LOVE IN THE LIGHT was admittedly intimidating to do. But sometimes I think we have to do the things that scare us—that’s how we grow, keep ourselves challenged, and do creative things we might not otherwise have done.

Here’s an excerpt from LOVE IN THE LIGHT that offers a window into the hero’s journey:

Excerpt from LOVE IN THE LIGHT:

The ninety-minute ride flew by, probably because Caden wasn’t looking forward to confronting what he had to confront.

The investigation file listed a mile marker, which was the first piece of information he had to narrow his search, and there were also pictures of the accident itself. He’d seen them—and the whole file—before. When he was sixteen, he’d found the file and read it cover to cover, needing every gory detail like a junkie needed a fix. Caden had thought knowing would help, but it had just provided fodder for his subconscious to twist into nightmares and guilt and fear.

So he didn’t spend a lot of time looking at the photographs now—except to take note of the fact that the ditch and field where the car had landed were immediately after a long line of trees, which was part of what had kept anyone that night from seeing the over-turned car for so many hours.

First, Caden saw the mile marker, and then he found the tree line. He pulled the Jeep onto the side of the road. Sitting in the driver’s seat, Caden surveyed the scene, but beyond his knowledge of the photographs, not a thing there looked familiar. And why would it? The accident had occurred late at night and, by the time daylight broke, Caden had been out of his mind.

Taking a deep breath, Caden got out of the Jeep and walked around to the grass. The irrigation ditch was still there, creating a deep slope downward just a few feet off the edge of the road. He climbed into it. Stood there. Crouched down and placed his hand against the frozen earth where two people he’d loved had died.

Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you, Mom and Sean. I’m sorry I lost you. I love you. And I’m trying so damn hard to make you proud.

Closing his eyes, he let his head hang on his shoulders.

A tractor trailer roared past, and the sound of it was familiar enough to send cold chills down Caden’s back. But Caden wasn’t trapped in that car. He wasn’t. Not anymore.

He rose to his feet and looked around for one last minute. There weren’t any ghosts there. There weren’t any answers there. The past wasn’t there.

The realization brought both relief and frustration. Relief that he’d come to this place and found it to be…just a place. Just an ordinary roadside sitting under the winter gray sky. Frustration because going there hadn’t brought him any closer to figuring out how to close the door on the past.

What else could give him any sense of closure?

Back in the Jeep, he flipped through the investigation file. A name caught his attention. David Talbot. The paramedic who’d been the first person Caden was aware of on the scene of the accident. What Caden most remembered about the man was the kindness of his voice, the reassurances he kept offering, the way he explained everything that was happening even though Caden hadn’t really been capable of following it. The man’s words had helped ground Caden after a long night of not knowing what was real, and Caden had always been convinced that David Talbot was the only thing that had kept him from going insane. And staying there.

Holy shit, why hadn’t Caden thought of Talbot before? Would the guy even be around? Maybe it was a long shot after fourteen years, but Caden’s gut said there was something to this idea. It certainly couldn’t hurt.

A quick search on his smart phone revealed that Talbot’s firehouse in Pittsville was only a few minutes away. Caden made his way there not knowing what to expect, or whether he should expect anything at all.

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About Laura Kaye

Laura Kaye

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

Series include: Hearts of the Anemoi | Discarded Heroes | Laura Kaye’s Heroes | Hard Ink | Wedding Dare | Hearts in Darkness

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Love in the Light

Two hearts in the darkness…

Makenna James and Caden Grayson have been inseparable since the day they were trapped in a pitch-black elevator and found acceptance and love in the arms of a stranger. Makenna hopes that night put them on the path to forever—which can’t happen until she introduces her tattooed, pierced, and scarred boyfriend to her father and three over-protective brothers.

Must fight for love in the light…

Haunted by a childhood tragedy and the loss of his family, Caden never thought he’d find the love he shares with Makenna. But the deeper he falls, the more he fears the devastation sure to come if he ever lost her, too. When meeting her family doesn’t go smoothly, Caden questions whether Makenna deserves someone better, stronger, and just more…normal. Maybe they’re too different—and he’s far too damaged—after all

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Heidi R. Kling | Top Five Ways to Get Over a Cheating Ex

Finding out someone you have put your trust has betrayed you is awful. However, if you learn the two people you trusted most betrayed you together, it could be soul crushing. In NOT OKAY, CUPID, the protagonist, Hazel, finds out her sleazy boyfriend is cheating on her with her best friend. In one instant, the life that she had organized perfectly transforms from a dream to a nightmare and crushes her perfectly-planned future. With the help of her best friend’s brother, Felix James, she sets off a revenge plot, so she will not fall apart completely, but just in case humiliating your ex is not in the cards, here are my tips for the top five ways to get over a cheating ex.

  1. A good cry. Sob, even. Denial is the very worst thing you can do. Face it. It happened. Let yourself be very very very sad. And angry. But not, like, break his windshield angry, but no dude is worth a felony.
  2. Classic Sads. Sad movies. Watch one. Watch two. Heck, watch a dozen. They help with the tears. (And TVs don’t mind if you chuck pillows at them. Feather ones, anyway.)
  3. Gather them around you for comfort. For an ear. For their love. They will listen, let you rant. Unfortunately in Hazel’s case, the cheater WAS her best friend so she has an extra hurdle to climb. (And that’s when Felix steps in.)
  4. Try to get over it. This is a tough one. And it may take a long time, especially if you go to the same school or run in the same circles. Try to stay away from him and the new girl (or three or four) if at all possible. Distance helps.
  5. Move on. Regaining trust is hard. I would advice AGAINST trusting the cheater however. Jay tries to get back with Hazel, and even though it might be the easiest thing, it’s not the right thing. Cheaters rarely recover from cheating. But YOU can move on from heartbreak. There are a lot of trustworthy guys out there. Even if one doesn’t look like it on the outside (FELIX JAMES) he could have a soft heart with lots of love for you. <3 Happy Reading!

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About Heidi R. Kling

Heidi R. Kling

Heidi R. Kling is the author of the acclaimed novel SEA, set in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami, and the bestselling fantasy series The Spellspinners of Melas County. Her second contemporary novel, PAINT MY BODY RED, set in the Silicon Valley and in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, launches November 2, 2015 from Entangled Teen, with more contemporary novels to follow.

SEA was a finalist for “Northern California Book of the Year”, an IndieNext Pick, Goodreads “Mover and Shaker” and a Gateway Reader’s Award Finalist among other generous accolades. The Spellspinners of Melas County is a serial about estranged teen witches and warlocks set on the California coast. WITCH’S BREW, THE GLEANING, DEVIL’S FROST and BEAUTIFUL MONSTER are available now.

After earning her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School in New York, she returned to Northern California where she lives with her husband and two children, right over the coastal mountains from the sea.

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About NOT OKAY, CUPID

Not Okay, Cupid

Her wicked revenge, or his wicked heart…

Hazel McCallister loves her life. Perfect grades. Perfect best friend. Perfect boyfriend. Until her perfect boyfriend cheats on her with her perfect best friend. Now Hazel’s in free fall—until her best friend’s brother, Felix, gives her the perfect idea. Reclaim her power by taking revenge on her cheating ex.

Felix James loves his life. Casual relationships. Loads of surfing. He’s as drama-free as they come. But he can’t stand by when his sister steals her best friend’s boyfriend, and the dude insists it was Hazel’s fault. So Felix vows to help turn Hazel into a girl her ex can’t resist—so then she can break his heart.

With an alliance in place, Hazel’s revenge is all but assured. But with each piece of payback, she feels a stronger attraction to Felix, even though revenge will turn her into a girl Felix could never be with. And soon Hazel has to make an impossible choice: revenge…or Felix, the boy who’s stolen her heart.

WARNING! This book contains betrayal, revenge, and that most tempting vice of all, the bad boy you know you can’t have.

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Heather L. L. FitzGerald | In Defense of Fantasy

“Only the most mature of us are able to be childlike. And to be able to be childlike involves memory; we must never forget any part of ourselves. […] For growing up never ends; we never get there. I am still in the process of growing up, but I will make no progress if I lose any of myself on the way.Madeleine L’Engle Walking on Water

Do you remember the optimism of childhood? The anticipation you felt when a friend asked, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” Or how overwhelming it seemed to pick only one occupation? Even as a high school senior you probably thrilled at the prospects before you. Different possibilities glimmered with hope, with opportunity, with the promise of fulfillment.

Then adulthood slapped you across the face and woke you from the your childhood delusions, right? Yeah, me too. Responsibilities, bills, family pain—even the ‘good’ stuff—can weigh us down and steal our joy.

The loud shouts of reality easily drown the whispered dreams of childhood.

This paradigm shift is what draws me to the genre of Fantasy. Those quiet voices speak a little louder, reminding me that life is bigger than my Universe of One (okay—Six—the other five voices in the house get pretty loud at times). Fantasy exposes all the cares of this world for what they are: dragons to be slew, princesses to be rescued, and kingdoms worth defending.

Escapism, you say? Not at all. Though reality is harsh, it is not what defines me. Oh, it may give me temporary amnesia, but a beautifully told tale of lions and tigers and bears is sure to improve my memory.

My family recently went to see the movie Joy. This true story recounts the life of Joy Mangano, a single mom who lived with a severely dysfunctional family. She busted her butt to pay the mortgage while everything around her spiraled out of control.

As a child, Joy dreamed of being an inventor. Dreamed of making things that people couldn’t live without. But reality crammed itself down her throat and left her choking on the urgency of the immediate. At the crisis point in the movie, Joy Mangano remembers. She remembers who she was a child. Remembers who she really is, deep down. This spark of remembering reignites her dreams, fans the flames of her imagination, and changes the course of her life.

Personally, I need that reminder. What Madeleine L’Engle states in the above quote is profoundly true: “only the most mature of us are able to be childlike.” Losing ourselves in the undertow of life is a grievous loss indeed. One worth swimming against, even when the storms are brutal.

As a young mother I began to read THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA to my children. I learned that these stories were not merely for children. They were for a disorganized, weary, and sleep-deprived mothers. They were for me.

In Lewis’ world of Narnia I was able to recognize many of my own struggles. From wonder to betrayal to redemption, the tales reflected reality on a grander scale. Gave me fresh eyes to consider the challenges I faced while stirring the embers of dwindling dreams. There was something about getting pulled into a magical land where the laws of nature were suspended or changed which stirred my imagination for what I encountered in my own world.

Fantasy births possibility. Births creative solutions. Makes one aware of the overall story, and that we each play an important part. No character is too small to make a difference (think Reepicheep!). My children needed to know that, and I needed to be reminded of it. Thanks to Narnia, and a few other series like The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins, I remembered the part of myself that loved to write.

Many years later, I’m “still in the process of growing up” by getting lost in a great fantasy tale. More and more it’s becoming obvious that this is a Good vs Evil world in which we live. We should all start taking notes from the dragon slayers in books so we can recognize the dragons that life sends after us—and know that they can be conquered! After all, when you were a kid, did you pretend to be an accountant that struggled to balance the books? Or, did you imagine yourself as a knight in shining armor ready to rescue the beautiful princess?

Exactly.

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What did you imagine you’d be when you grew up? Let us know in the comments. Heather will be giving away a copy of her new release, THE TETHERED WORLD to one commenter.

About Heather L.L. FitzGerald

Heather L.L. FitzGerald

Heather L.L. FitzGerald lives in Texas with four someone’s that call her mom and one special someone that calls her his wife. Her YA Fantasy The Tethered World releases February 1st on Amazon and other online retailers. Heather is a member of the North Texas Christian Writers, and helps to facilitate the Manet writer’s group. She loves drinking ice lattes, cloud watching, and getting lost in a good book.

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About THE TETHERED WORLD

The Tethered World

“Normal” means different things to different people. For sixteen-year-old Sadie Larcen, family dynamics look a little different than most. Parents with oddball occupations? Normal. Five homeschooled siblings—one with autism? Normal.

Police knocking on the door and parents gone missing? Definitely not normal!

When Sadie uncovers the reasons behind her parents’ disappearance and the truth about her heritage, she despairs of ever feeling normal again. Especially when she learns that her mother’s interest in Bigfoot, Dwarves, and other lore extends beyond her popular blog. Sadie’s family has been entrusted with keeping the secrets of the Tethered World—home to creatures that once roamed the Garden of Eden.

Sadie and her siblings must venture into this land to rescue their parents. Stepping out of reality and into a world she never knew existed is a journey Sadie fears and resents. But she chooses to risk all to save her family.

She’s just not sure she will survive in the process.

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Gail Ingis | A Writer’s Life…

Stories could be set in this city, once a small fishing village . . .

Sarasota: Culture & Circus

Stuffed with people and culture today, I can’t imagine Sarasota, Florida, once was a small fishing village with only a few hundred people at the turn of the 20th century. Charles N. Thompson was the manager of Ringling Brothers Circus in the 1890s. He checked out the village and bought a 154 acre track for $1650, then later added 30 acres more. Dresses for dancing cost that much today. Hard to imagine all that land then for the price of one dress now. Sounds like a fairytale.

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About Gail Ingis

Gail Ingis writes historical romance, loves history and romance of course, has taught history, and her weekly blog frequently covers historical content. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Ingis’s early days began and ended with writing, drawing and music. Her inspiration to write came from books gifted to her by an aunt. But life had other ideas.

After graduating from the New York School of Interior Design with a BFA in Interior Architecture and Design and masters’ studies in Architecture and Design Criticism at The New School (Parsons). Her career in interior design and architecture led her to the other arts. Ingis founded the Interior Design Institute, a school of interior design, that she eventually sold, but during her tenure, she was twice asked by publishers to write a textbook, her efforts were thwarted by a heavy schedule.

Ingis resides in Connecticut with her scientist-writer husband. She and her husband travel and enjoy tennis. Currently, she sits on the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum Board of Trustees and serves as Curator of Art for exhibitions at the museum.

She is a member of the CTRWA—Connecticut Chapter of Romance Writer’s of America.

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About INDIGO SKY

 

INDIGO SKY

In a whirlwind romance, a lovely New York socialite marries a fêted, debonair author. But beneath the charm is a cheating husband addicted to hasheesh. Her dream marriage turns sour and the simplicity of her life runs amok when a handsome stranger, her husband’s business partner, threatens her staunch loyalty to her wayward husband.

 

When she faces the ugly truth about her marriage, her need to finalize her divorce sends her on mad chase across the wilds of nineteenth century America with a handsome stranger where she learns the hard lessons of murder, kidnapping, and more, that almost destroy her.

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Miralee Ferrell | A Love Affair with Cowboys and Horses

How many adults dreamed about being a cowboy when they were kids? I think especially those of us who are . . . ahem . . . over a certain age, were more enamored of riding the range and fighting the bad guys, due to the prevalence of western TV shows and movies during the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s.

While growing up, my little sister, Jenny, wanted to be a cowboy SO badly. She had all the toys—the Johnny West set, the toy truck and horse trailer, the cowboy hat, the whole nine yards. Me, I just wanted to own a ranch full of horses. We lived in a small town with a couple of hillside acres, but our parents weren’t horse savvy, and we weren’t either.

I remember my first foray into riding alone—I was about 14 and had the opportunity to ride a neighbor’s semi-broke horse. Jet black, not too big, but no saddle or lessons. I did great the first few days, until the horse decided to take off at a canter around a corner. He went one way, I went the other, and the resulting sprained wrist ended my wild cowboy days until years later.

I grew up, never getting my first horse until a year after I married. Two years later, our daughter was born. I had no idea what a horse obsession looked like, until that little girl came along. She rode with me when she was three, and rode her own pony at five. Like me, she read every horse book she could get her hands on, plastered her walls with horse posters, and collected Breyer horses—which she still owns to this day.

We raised and owned horses through my daughter’s entire childhood, and I still continue to trail ride with her when the weather allows. But another avenue to showcase my love of all things horse and cowboy opened up when I hit my fifties—a writing career. I have 16 books in print now, soon to be 18 with two new releases March 1 (both about cowboys), and many of them feature either a horse, a cowboy, or both.

It’s strange, because I started writing women’s contemporary fiction, with no expectation of more. But a horse made its way into that first book, and I soon found myself transitioning to historical romance, with a strong emphasis on the old west—a setting conducive to cowboys and horses—and of course, lots of action, tension, and romance.

BlueRibbon CoverThat is, until my new adventure began, writing novels for horse-crazy kids, ages 8-13. I remember how much I wanted to read those kind of books at that age, and not a lot were available. A friend suggested expanding my love for horses into the middle-grade world, so that’s where I headed. I had no idea how much fun it would be to pour my love of all things equine into books for kids. Now, four books later and two more coming, I’m loving this journey.

How amazing that my personal love of the Old West, cowboys, and horses, would find fulfillment in this newest journey of my life—and one that I’m having a ball living out. My prayer is that kids and adults everywhere would gain the same enjoyment, and that my stories would revive old memories from their childhood as well.

Miralee is giving away two different books—HEART OF A COWBOY, a collection of four novellas by four award-winning authors, Miralee Ferrell, Susan Page Davis, Vickie McDonough, and Yvonne Lehman, releases March 1.

Another lucky winner will get the entire set of HORSES AND FRIENDS, a four-book collection of middle-grade horse novels.

About Miralee Ferrell

Miralee Ferrell

Miralee and her husband Allen have been married over 40 years. They live on 11 acres in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge in Washington State, where they love to garden, play with their dogs, take walks, and spend time with family.

Miralee is a lay-counselor through the AACC, and speaks at women’s groups, libraries, and churches. She has sixteen books in print, including the best-selling Blowing on Dandelions and her award-winning western, Love Finds You in Sundance, Wyoming. Two of Miralee’s books have won contests, and Blowing on Dandelions was nominated for a Christy.

Miralee recently expanded to a new genre—a four-book middle-grade horse series with a strong emphasis on friendship and family values.

Series include: Love Blossoms in Oregon | 12 Brides of Christmas | Horses and Friends

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About HEART OF A COWBOY

Heart of a Cowboy

Four award-winning authors offer a unique historical romance in this collection.

HEARTS REUNITED
By Miralee Ferrell
Mercedes Taylor is determined to save her ranch after her father’s death, but she won’t let anyone help—especially not her old friend Jesse Townsend who deserted her so many years ago. The pain his family inflicted on hers goes too deep for her pride to forgive.

After riding the trail for five years, Jesse Townsend returns to his family property to find the girl he’d once loved all grown up—and more prickly than he’s ever seen her. After his mare is seriously injured, he has no choice but to call on Mercedes—the local animal doctor—for help.

Add the attractive banker’s daughter who Jesse seems smitten with, and trouble starts brewing. Can Mercedes and Jesse set aside the old family feud and find their way back to the love that had only started to blossom when Jesse left?

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