Tara Taylor Quinn | Getting Ready for the Holidays
Author Guest , Guests , News / September 9, 2016

Fall always makes me think of the holidays. Sometimes with anticipation. Sometimes, I’m just plain not ready yet. This year, I have the holidays hitting me upside the head in September. We’re traveling this holiday season and it’s up to me to coordinate between all of the different families vying for our time, to schedule where we’ll be when to best suit everyone, and to find a loving home for our furry friends while we’re gone. Then there’s Mom’s boutique. It started out as a dream of hers told to me, by her, when I was a kid. She envisioned women working together throughout the year making crafts, socializing, becoming friends that would be a support system when life got rough. She envisioned them selling the crafts at a church holiday boutique and donating the proceeds. Eleven years ago, she made that dream a reality. Her boutique was open in her church social hall for six hours on one Saturday in November and made nearly a thousand dollars that was donated to children’s ministries. The boutique now has so much hand crafted stock and display equipment that it requires a large storage unit. My mother’s garage has been turned into…

Gail Ingis | SURVIVAL: Fifty Years A Celebration
Guests / March 16, 2016

Survival of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion is the impetus for a 50th anniversary celebration to acknowledge the Women’s Junior League that saved the Lockwood-Mathews’ home from demolition. A part of the celebration will be an exhibition, a retrospective of the fascinating and tumultuous decade of the 1960s, which will feature artists’ work based on their interpretations of 1960s.   Continue to read on Ingis

The heat is on . . .SUMMER HEAT
Guests , News / March 3, 2016

The SUMMER HEAT that is with 16 sexy stories by 16 bestselling authors, including Caridad Pineiro’s UNDER THE BOARDWALK, a scorching hot story of a husband and wife trying to rekindle the passion they once shared under the boardwalk. Now available at Amazon. Additional retailers coming soon! [see below] Join the SUMMER HEAT authors at their release party for a chance to win a Kindle Fire and lots of other prizes and fun. 16 All New Contemporary Romances from NY Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling Authors. Guaranteed to make your blood run hot. Passion, steamy nights, excitement, and suspense. Something to suit every reader’s taste. Grab a cool drink (you’ll need it!), find a hammock, and curl up for an unforgettable escape. Caridad Pineiro, UNDER THE BOARDWALK A passionate night under the boardwalk brought them together, but can Chase and Natalie rekindle that lost love in just one night? Nina Bruhns, FAST AND FLIRTY The top-secret package STORM Corps transporter Kade Maddox is hired to deliver turns out to be way more trouble—and a whole lot sexier—than he ever anticipated. Rebecca York, OUTLAW JUSTICE Will a surprise reunion with her old lover save her life when she flees from…

A Piece of Cake
Guests / January 12, 2016

Choosing the professions of my fictional characters is something I look forward to every time. I try to pick something I am interested in, so I can write about it with conviction, passion and sincerity.  I would not, say, write about an accountant or a mathematician; for me, math is a major irritant, like getting sand in my eye. So when it comes to math, I have to take a pass. But that still leaves a lot of fields wide open. I have written about characters that were violinists, ballerinas, children’s book editors, podiatrists, obstetricians, bar owners, interior designers, and architects. One character owned a bra shop, and boy did I have a lot of fun with that. Another did not know what she wanted to do, and found her calling in the course of the novel. What I didn’t know about these fields I was able to research, a process both invigorating and thrilling because it allowed me, however briefly, to slip into someone else’s life. On the deepest level, though, the character’s profession needs to speak for her or his soul and it is my job as the author to match my understanding of the character’s inner life…

Four Knights to Sweep You Off Your Feet – only $.99
Guests / November 5, 2013

Are you craving a bold, handsome hero to sweep you off your feet? Or, at least take you on a delicious adventure far from the dishes and laundry? Look no further than the newly released KNIGHTS OF VALOR box set, four full-length medieval romance novels featuring swoon-worthy knights who will not only win the love of the feisty damsels in the stories, but will conquer readers’ hearts as well. KNIGHTS OF VALOR is available on Kindle and Nook and is priced at just $0.99 for a limited time. The novels include books by bestselling, award-winning authors Denise Domning, Catherine Kean, Eliza Knight, and Laurel O’Donnell. Also available by these four talented writers: the Daring Damsels box set, which ranked in the top five medievals on Kindle for eight weeks. $4.99 at most eBook retailers. Catherine Kean | Eliza Knight | Denise Domning | Laurel O’Donnell

Fresh Pick | ETCHED IN BONE by Adrian Phoenix
Guests / March 12, 2011

Maker’s Song #4 March 2011 On Sale: February 22, 2011 Featuring: Heather Wallace; Dante Baptiste 384 pages ISBN: 1439137307 EAN: 9781439137307 Mass Market Paperback $7.99 Add to Wish List Fantasy Urban Buy at Amazon.com As good as the first. Etched in Bone by Adrian Phoenix SON OF A FALLEN ANGEL. FORGED IN VAMPIRE’S BLOOD. SWORN TO A MORTAL WOMAN. IF DANTE FALLS, THE WORLD FALLS WITH HIM. . . . THREE LEGACIES ETCHED IN BONE More beautiful and powerful than any creature the world has ever seen, Dante Baptiste has become the supreme target of the three worlds that spawned him. The mortal agents of the Shadow Branch have tried to control his mind through psychological torture. The vampire elders who guide nightkind society have plotted to use him in their bloodthirsty bid for power. And the Fallen have waited for millennia for Dante to claim his birthright as their Maker. But Dante belongs to no one—except the woman he loves. . . . ONE PASSION SWORN IN BLOOD Determined to face the Fallen and the world on his own terms, Dante hopes to piece together his shattered past and claim his future, with FBI agent Heather Wallace at his…

Sandra Hill | Aging Well
Author Guest , Guests / December 19, 2010

Some things in life age well. Wine. Scotch. Men and women with good bones and healthy physiques. Well-crafted furniture. Master paintings. And books. Yes, I said books. As I’ve been updating seventeen of my backlist titles for reissue in the coming year, I must say with shameless lack of humility that my books do age well. Going back to my first novel published in 1994, THE RELUCTANT VIKING , I have been reviewing them page by page, looking for errors, modernizing the content (Hey, Dolly Parton would not be considered the epitome of sexy lady today; nor would Kevin Costner, nor, God forbid! Mel Gibson, appeal to the younger reader). In the process of these new readings, I have been remarkably surprised at how enjoyable they are, even after all these years. And one added plus is that I get to make changes I deem necessary which has resulted in a major do-ever. I am “unkilling” two secondary characters in MY FAIR VIKING (now retitled THE VIKING’S CAPTIVE, January, 2011). Selik and Rain were the hero and heroine of THE OUTLAW VIKING, but I had them die in MY FAIR VIKING a few years later. Readers were outraged. So, voila!…

Sherri Browning Erwin | Childhood Favorite Things
Guests / December 5, 2010

Ah, the holidays! Chestnuts roasting, stockings hung by the chimney, city sidewalks dressed in style, people laughing, mulled cider spices warming the blood… Yes, blood. I have to think of the vampires. They enjoy the holidays, too. One of my favorite things about this time of year is snuggling by the fire with a good book. What does an author of vampire stories read during the holidays, you ask? Some childhood favorites: 1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. Sometimes shopping makes me feel like a Grinch, but the Whos down in Whoville always bring out the best in me. My heart grows three sizes with every read. Bring on the roast beast! 2. The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Like lead character Sara Crewe, I’ve always been a princess in my own mind. The magic of Sara’s imagination in keeping the hard times from getting to her always reminds me, in a way, of the magic of Christmas. And of course, she has her own sort of Christmas miracle at the end. Did you know that The Little Princess was originally based on Charlotte Bronte’s abandoned manuscript Emma, about an heiress being abandoned penniless at a…

VICTORIA GRAY | Female Spies? Oh My!
Guests / November 20, 2010

What comes to your mind when you hear the word spies? James Bond, gadgets, an eccentric Civil War-era spinster known as Crazy Bet. Yes, that’s right…a spinster known as Crazy Bet – Elizabeth Van Lew, a Richmond spinster known as Crazy Bet, used her eccentric behavior as a cover for her ingenious schemes, disarming the people she’s deceiving without ever using a weapon. The daughter of a prominent Richmond businessman, she spent her inheritance buying and freeing slaves before the war. During the war, she spied for the Union, supplying information to Union generals; during her frequent visits to the Confederate prison in Richmond, Crazy Bet brought food and books for the imprisoned Federal soldiers and much desired treats for the guards while she gleaned information she could funnel to Union officers. Using her reputation as an eccentric to her best advantage, she adopted the touched persona of “Crazy Bet” to further avoid suspicion of her activities. Elizabeth Van Lew’s story inspired the character of canny spymaster, “Crazy Betsy” Kincaid, in Angel in My Arms, the story of Amanda Emerson, a beautiful Union spy and Captain Steve Dunham, the Union officer she recruits for a suicide mission. Steve Dunham’s facing…