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Sweet Romance + Thrilling Intrigue = February Best Reads

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Night time can be frightening, especially when you’re all alone.

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He wanted revenge but found love instead.

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Some promises are meant to be broken, Some vows are forever…

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Can the course that they’ve set for the future handle a slight detour...?

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The famous bells are ringing a hero’s welcome when a former army captain returns home...

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"A cracker of a read—her best yet!"—B. A. Paris

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Trading favors, battling wills, and winning love

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Bound by love. . .torn apart by secrets.

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Will a blackout change everything for these unlikely lovers?


Joanne Fluke's Lake Eden Cookbook
by Joanne Fluke
"A Holiday Treat You'll Use All Year Round!"
Posted October 11, 2011

It's time to party! Delores Swensen is hosting her annual cookie exchange and luncheon and we're invited. Her daughter Hannah, who owns The Cookie Jar, is catering the affair and Hannah has even been nice enough to give each guest a binder of her recipes as a Christmas Read more...

Jill Hayden

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26 comments posted.

Re: It Begins with a Kiss (7:33pm July 3, 2012):

I downloaded "It Begins With a Kiss" today and am really looking forward to the next 3 Drakes Rakes books. I've got to be honest though. It's going to be tough to top a heroine more fabulous than Grace in "Never a Gentleman". Grace could do it all!

Re: Too Hot To Touch (7:06pm August 3, 2011):

My first crush was Raymond Bodine when I was in the 2nd grade. He gave me a pearl bracelet for Christmas that year and I wore it until it started turning my wrist green. Ahh, young love!

Re: The Goodbye Quilt (6:49pm May 12, 2011):

My mother passed away nearly 20 years ago, but I miss her as much today as I ever have. She loved to read and I appreciate her sharing her love of books with me. I'm looking forward to reading "The Goodbye Quilt" but I must confess "Home Before Dark" remains remains my favorite of your books.

Re: Against the Law (7:42pm March 1, 2011):

I just read Against the Wind and am about to start Against the Fire. I really enjoyed the first book. Jackson was a wonderful hero....not to mention hot!

Re: Wild Man Creek (11:08am January 29, 2011):

I really enjoyed Clay and Lilly's story in Promise Canyon. Thanks for another great Virgin River story.

Re: The Paris Secret (6:52pm January 21, 2011):

I liked Daisy Minor, the librarian heroine in Linda Howard's "Open Season". A good suspense and a good laugh all in one.

Re: Somewhere Along the Way (8:11pm November 16, 2010):


You were the first author I had the pleasure of meeting and the experience left me speechless (quite a feat, let me tell you). You were in town autographing "Rewriting Monday". The second time I had the pleasure of seeing you, you were autographing "Welcome to Harmony" and I told you what a special treat it had been to meet you the first time. You said "Oh Jill, I'm just a human being". Well, to us readers, you are magical. As you've indicated it took you quite a while to "whip out" that first best seller, but we are so glad that you knew you'd make it "if you tried really, really hard". Weaving your words together is a gift that not everyone has and thank you so much for letting us share them.

Re: You're All I Need (6:10pm October 24, 2010):

I think a lot of us take it for granted that writing the book is the end of the project. There's obviously a lot more to it than that. Thanks for giving us insight into your writing process and what comes after it.

Re: Just One Taste (12:46pm September 12, 2010):

I got the New Generation Kindle for my birthday too and it arrived on Tuesday. I'm already loving it!!

Re: Warrior (5:05pm September 11, 2010):

My best fan moment was last fall when I got to meet Adriana Tregiani, the author of the Big Stone Gap and Valentine books. I'm such a huge fan of hers. She chatted with the audience for nearly 2 hours before she even started signing books. I had almost every book she'd ever written and while she signed them all, we discussed Clark Gable (she's crazy about him)and how to get her mother to cough up some of her jewelry before she dies. Then she said "Well Jill, what else can I do for you?" She was gracious enough to have several pictures taken with me. I cherish those books and pictures so much.

Re: The Quick and the Thread (7:59pm August 6, 2010):

I've had the good fortune to go to quite a few book signings and meet several of my very favorite authors. The experiences have been good and bad for me as a reader too. I've found that you can't take it for granted that because a person is a good writer that they are also a good public speaker. I was disappointed at a signing by an icon of the romance writing community. She was short with her talk and boring as she could be. On the other hand I'm equally disappointed for the author who has put forth a great deal of effort with their display, brought us gifts, given a great talk and no more than a handful of people attend.

Of course I've been so star struck that I've babbled non-stop and sobbed in thanks to authors who have touched my heart.

So, even though I'm sure the signings can be a hassle, please don't stop. We appreciate you more than you can know.

Re: Ice Cold (11:31am July 18, 2010):

I'm really looking forward to meeting Jennifer Weiner this Tuesday evening and we're meeting Susan Elizabeth Phillips in January. I've already met two of my all time favorites, Jane Green and Adriana Tregiani, but I'd still love to meet Robyn Carr, Linda Howard, Jennifer Crusie and Susan Donovan.

Re: Home is Where the Bark is (2:10pm July 4, 2010):

My long haired, black cat Lola, is the Mae West of cats. She never meets a stranger! She has just a little more feline bearing than most cats do. She's the queen and she knows it. She welcomes visitors by sashaying into the room, tapping them with her paw, telling them it's time for the petting and loving to begin. She gives me hours of good company and laughs every day.

Re: Blown Away (1:27pm May 30, 2010):

Normally I read books in a trilogy or series as they come out, but my TBR pile has become so big, I'll be waiting until all the books are out before I read them this time. Sherryl Woods 3 latest Sweet Magnolia books are now out, so I'm good to go with them. I suspect I'll wait until all of Susan Mallery's "Perfect" books are out before I start them too. Most I just can't resist reading as they are published. I'm impatiently waiting for Nora Roberts final wedding book, Happy Ever After to come out in November and Jo Davis' final Firefighters of Station Five, "Ride the Fire" in December.

Re: A Thread So Thin (3:54pm May 16, 2010):

I had an imaginary friend when I was young. My sister had one too. I suppose we all need that place to go to in our hearts and minds where we are loved and accepted unconditionally.

My job is extremely stressful and by the end of most days, I'm exhausted and not up to any confrontation, problems or drama. I slip into the pages of my beloved books and think of nothing but the friends I've made with the characters and authors. I'd love a tight knit group of frinds as in THURSDAYS AT EIGHT by Debbie Macomber. They are just the best. I always know I'll enjoy my vist with my "friends" Lisa Kleypas, Susan Wiggs, Sherryl Woods and Robyn Carr.

A friend commented to me yesterday that books were my life. They may not be my entire life, but they certainly make it more pleasant.

Re: Think Twice (11:56am May 2, 2010):

I read the latest More Than Words book too. I also read I Spy a Wicked Sin by Jo Davis, Malice by Lisa Jackson, Naked Edge by Pamela Clare, Something About You by Julie James and The Heart of a Stranger by Sheri Whitefeather. Now I'm reading the third Bride book by Nora Roberts, Savor the Moment. All are authors I'd read again.

Re: The Teaberry Strangler (6:17pm April 25, 2010):

I have found many new authors because I signed up for an e-mail from my city's public library and each Monday they e-mail me the first few pages of a book of a genre I have picked. Tuesday through Friday I get a few more pages of the same book so by Friday I've read the first 20 pages of the book and know if I want to purchase it to continue or bypass it. Word of mouth from my book club friends is another source for new authors or good reads but because I read so much, I really try to make my discounts and coupons from various book stores go as far as I can. If I read a book by a new author that didn't do it for me, I'm not likely to try again, but if it's a dud from a favorite author, I'll certainly give the author another try.

Re: On The Steamy Side (11:52pm March 23, 2010):

A few cute kids who come to mind are Rosie in Catherine Anderson's Bright Eyes (one of the Coulter series), another Rosie and Robyn Carr's Angel's Peak and Nick, Zane and Barrie's daughter in Linda Howard's Mackenzie's series.

It was so much fun to meet you in Plano at Legacy Books. I'm mighty proud of the fifth of rose infused vodka I won. It turned out well. I'm planning to make a batch of Miranda Cocktails for my girlfriends soon!

Re: The You I Never Knew (12:58pm March 14, 2010):

I don't set out to read a book that will make me laugh or cry, I just want to read a good book and of course not all books hit people the same way.

The hardest I think I've ever laughed was reading a book called The Bachelorette Party by Karen McCullah Lutz. I picked this up off a sale table at B&N and it was a winner for me.

Books that I remember sobbing like a baby over were The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman and Hey Good Looking by Fern Michaels.

The laughter or tears tells me I'm really into the book.

Re: Chick with a Charm (10:18pm February 19, 2010):

It's funny that pets grow to fit their names as humans often do. I have a solid black longhair cat named Lola. She's the Mae West of cats. When someone comes to visit, she prances into the room, and you can almost hear her say "Of course you came to see me." That old Sarah Vaughan song "Whatever Lola Wants Lola Gets" certainly applies to my Lola. She's the queen of this house.

Re: Down By The River (12:42pm January 24, 2010):

I like reading series. When I read Susan Elizabeth Phillips' "Heaven, Texas" and Catherine Anderson's "My Sunshine", it didn't take me long to realize I was missing something. Even Mary Burton's "Dying Scream" which is highlighted today, is not the first in the series. I really liked the book but again, wish I'd known there was something before it. Of course, all that does is make me scramble to find and read all the missing pieces of the series.

Re: Forbidden Falls (12:50pm January 17, 2010):

I tend to resist technology. I didn't seen anything wrong with writing a letter or listening to a record. My job tends to force me to at least work with current technology. I have 1 pc and an iPod, but I was the straggler in the pack when I got those. No laptop, no iPhone, no kindle or nook. Miraculously, I function quite well.

Re: Snow Angels (10:37pm November 30, 2009):

For Christmas reading, I've read Debbie Macomber's "The Perfect Christmas" which I'm excited about getting her to autograph tomorrow night. I've read the last of "The Legend of the Four Soldiers" books by Elizabeth Hoyt and tonight I finished "Talk of the Town" by Sherrill Bodine.

What to read next????

Re: Take Me For A Ride (10:44pm November 25, 2009):

For some crazy reason, I always feel compelled to try a new recipe for a special meal instead of either sticking with the tried and true dishes or at least having a dry run before the big event. Pies that didn't set, gravy that didn't thicken, meat that was too dry. I've done it all.

I look forward to reading your new series Karen, but I must tell you that Open Invitation? is one of the cutest books I ever read. It's one that re-read periodically.

Re: Finger Lickin' Fifteen (12:14pm October 17, 2009):

Sometimes authors can get bogged down in background description and I tend to skim past that. I assume a character is dressed appropriately for the time period they are in. I don't need a tedious description of each outfit they are wearing.

Authors who re-visit a location in more than one book can paint a picture of the place a little at a time and give me a bird's eye view of the place. In my mind, I can tell you the location of every building in Robyn Carr's Virgin River, Ca., Adrianna Trigianni's Big Stone Gap, Va and Diana Palmer's Jacobsville, Tx.

I need detain, just not too much.

Re: Can't Stand the Heat (6:33pm October 6, 2009):

I really enjoyed your book and would love a story from Adam's perspective. I must tell you that the relationship between Frankie and Jess was so sweet and well written that it touched me. I kept wanting to find out more about them.

I'm looking forward to "On the Steamy Side".

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