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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?


Lisa Elwood

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116 comments posted.

Re: Rancher to the Rescue (9:58am July 17, 2013):

That he's such a talker. It's restful, I can just let it all flow over me with just an occasional comment

Re: Magic Rises (9:55am July 17, 2013):

I haven't read your books before but this sounds like a great way to jump in to the series.

Re: Jungle Fire (10:46am July 11, 2013):

I like ordinary people in extraordinary settings and vice versa!

Re: It Happened One Midnight (5:05pm July 3, 2013):

Boom! Yes, it happens again.

Re: Prince of Secrets (6:04pm July 2, 2013):

Buying Warrior's Moon tonight! Regarding your question, I do as little as possible, so it's hard to say. Maybe recording shows when I know I already have a ton to watch!

Re: Final Sentence (6:01pm July 2, 2013):

Oliver Reed, Bernard Cumberbatch, Clint Eastwood.

Re: Love, Lies, and British Spies (2:41pm April 15, 2013):

I always suspected that about writers. Dorothy Sayers always got mocked for being in love with Peter Wimsey, but I thought he was worth it!

Re: Flirting Under A Full Moon (5:27pm April 11, 2013):

Sounds great!

Re: Once Tempted (7:54pm April 1, 2013):

Mom, Dad & I went to Glacier National Park from western Nebraska when I was 12. I decided that's where I was going to honeymoon and 7 years later I did. My husband and I have continued to be avid road-trippers!

Re: Lord of the Keep (3:24pm March 25, 2013):

I like the half naked guys, but that usually doesn't get me to buy. Blurb and favorite authors.

Re: Lord Of Darkness (4:05pm March 5, 2013):

I've loved your books since the Raven Prince. I'd love to win this one.

Re: An Encounter at the Museum (9:41am March 1, 2013):

To show you how old I am, we went to the Laserium and saw a far-out Laser show set to rock and roll!

Re: Hot Ticket (9:38am March 1, 2013):

Sometimes you're Lucy, sometimes you're Ethel.

Re: Real Men Don\'t Break Hearts (11:11am January 23, 2013):

This sounds like fun!

Re: Doomed (3:46pm January 15, 2013):

I've always thought Medusa and Ariadne got the short end of the stick in their myths and wouldn't mind re-tellings of them. Actually I think Ariadne has one The Bull God by Gellis.

Re: Thread On Arrival (2:44pm January 15, 2013):

I'm all for bringing respect to sewing!

Re: Live And Let Love (3:52pm December 28, 2012):

This sounds cute-dogs and fun-gadgets at the same time. Nice trick!

Re: A Seal At Heart (1:16pm December 14, 2012):

My hustband and I are my team.

Re: Double Time (4:59pm November 30, 2012):

I like a singable melody and I like it to come to a crescendo of some kind. Looking forward to your book!

Re: A Wedding In Apple Grove (12:03pm November 16, 2012):

This sounds really cute!

Re: Texas Wide Open (10:22am November 14, 2012):

Tortured heroes are the best!

Re: Enslaved (6:31pm November 9, 2012):

I love a damaged hero, one of my favorites: Malkom from Demon in the Dark by Kresley Cole. Another, Elvis from Exposure by susan Andersen. All of J.R. Ward's guys seem kind of damaged.

Re: Blood Therapy (4:22pm October 23, 2012):

It gives me hope for other series I want to return!

Re: Run The Risk (11:02am October 11, 2012):

In the series by Patricia Veryan, Roland Mathieson did some dishonorable things in his search for treasure but in the end redeemed himself. A real tear-jerker!

Re: Lady X's Cowboy (5:17pm October 9, 2012):

I read mysteries in public. For some reason reading about how to get away with a grisly murder is more acceptable than a love story!

Re: Against His Will (11:57am October 8, 2012):

I admire your ability to do something different. Some authors have to recycle the same character over and over. Which can be ok if you like that character!

Re: Dark Light Of Day (6:59pm October 2, 2012):

What a great concept! One of the first things I ever saw of someone with an ability was Barbra Streisand in "On a Clear Day" when she could encourage plants. It seemed so soft and sweet and harmless! but still magical.

Re: Renegade (7:45pm September 27, 2012):

I have a big old house, so I just hang on to them. One thing that's helping on space is ebooks.

Re: Diary of a Vampire Stripper (7:12pm September 26, 2012):

Sounds like an interesting take on vampires.

Your list of creepy crushes was great. I'm a Vincent Price lover from way back.

Re: Bruja Brouhaha (5:17pm August 24, 2012):

I love the combination of the spooky and the mundane world. Sounds like a fund read!

Re: Relentless Pursuit (1:31pm August 20, 2012):

This sounds great! You can get tired of the big, strong, silent-types and want someone who just puts it out there.

Re: Primal Possession (3:14pm August 15, 2012):

I like the non-kick ass type. I don't want to read about a woman who's trying to be like a guy unless she's trying to be like Machiavelli.

Re: Sweet Deception (10:27am August 13, 2012):

Everything!

Re: Seducing Cinderella (10:25am August 13, 2012):

ugly duckling!

Re: West of Want (7:19pm August 8, 2012):

Passionate!

What a fantastic idea, to base a story on the winds! They were in so many fairy tales I read as a child. And zephyr is one of my favorite words. I look forward to reading it.

elwoodl@umkc.edu

Re: Married By Midnight (10:00am August 3, 2012):

Hey, I just found out she's not dead, hope springs eternal!

Re: Married By Midnight (9:44am August 3, 2012):

The worst reason is when an author has passed away. I read a book Eldrie the Healer by Claudia Edwards and I'll always want to know what happened to her character.

Re: Deception (4:06pm July 30, 2012):

A medieval con man hero, I'm there! Alas, only a heroine in my own mind.

Re: Goddess in the Middle (7:29pm July 27, 2012):

Sounds like fun!

Re: Take it Like a Vamp (11:59am July 25, 2012):

I am getting this book whether as a freebie or a purchase! Han Solo wasn't a vamp but he was kind of the bad boy to start with. He was way hotter than poor Luke. I've re-watched a little and Mark Hammill was cuter than I remembered but you didn't notice with Harrison Ford sneering all over the place.

Re: Jesse (8:15pm July 13, 2012):

I love dads and little girls, a good relationship there sets her up for life!

Re: Gwen's Ghost (4:47pm July 12, 2012):

Congratulations on the ego-suppression!

Re: The Reluctant Matchmaker (4:10pm July 10, 2012):

It's interesting to see it from this perspective. I have several friends and have read many books where the heroine is tall and has a hard time finding a man to meet them head to head. They say they never get treated with any chivalry that people always expect them to be independent.

Re: It Begins with a Kiss (8:47pm July 3, 2012):

Sounds great! I love reading about science before it gets all mathy.

Re: Wicked Nights (11:48am June 29, 2012):

I think Marianne from Green Dolphin Street was one of the first. She was so prickly and hard to love but she wanted to be so badly.

Re: The Marriage Bargain (12:49pm June 15, 2012):

I like the big public announcement like Jerry Maguire

Re: The Wild Wood Enquiry (10:35am June 14, 2012):

Love the Mildred story!

Re: Kiale Dream (1:31pm June 12, 2012):

Sounds fun!

Re: About Last Night (12:08pm June 11, 2012):

This looks so cute! I hope I win but you've sold one more if not.

Re: Joy Ride (11:42am June 11, 2012):

I go to other people's houses and feel so disoriented when I don't see piles of books all over. Especially in the bathroom! I was just thinking about my childhood reading: fairy tales and ghost stories, the 3 investigators, Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew. Then historical romances like Mara Daughter of the Nile and Perilous Gard. Sci-fi from Andre Norton. Travel romances from Betty Cavanna. "Career-romances for Young Moderns". Then on to gothics like Watch the Wall My Darling and romantic suspsense by Mary Stewart and Phyllis Whitney. Ok, I read a lot of romance, but other stuff too! Mysteries by Dorothy Sayers and P.D. James. Thanks for reminding me of my old friends.

Re: Copycat Killing (12:38pm June 6, 2012):

Conan O'Brien!

Re: Soul Bound (3:43pm June 5, 2012):

I'm an anti-hero type too. Han Solo is kind of one.

Re: The Homesteader's Sweetheart (5:21pm May 29, 2012):

I like angst in a book, so I like the ones where dad needs to be reminded to be a husband/boyfriend too.

Re: A Gentleman Says "I Do" (5:05pm May 25, 2012):

Great title!

Re: Where There's Smoke (5:04pm May 25, 2012):

Sounds like an interesting story! I was hoping for more camp in the Dark Shadows movie, I wanted to see more of the 70s.

Re: The Reason Is You (12:11pm May 22, 2012):

I'm kind of guy-like, I like fast action, but if the tease is satisfying in itself, then it's great! Your book sounds interesting.

Re: Deadly Secrets, Loving Lies (4:37pm May 18, 2012):

Tony Stark--beautiful, liquid eyes.

Re: The Courtesan's Lover (11:19am May 17, 2012):

Sounds intriguing!

Re: Night Walker (1:56pm May 16, 2012):

Anything based on Antonio can't be bad!

Re: A Wild Night's Bride (7:52pm May 15, 2012):

I love Georgian books they're so much wilder than Regency stories!

Re: Karma (2:14pm May 8, 2012):

It all depends on the writer! This sounds good because I like a caring hero.

Re: The Proposal (2:27pm May 4, 2012):

This is such a great thread for interconnected books. Write faster!

Re: Darkest Caress (2:24pm May 4, 2012):

Sounds interesting. So glad not to have another lawyer or doctor heroine! I'm sure I have had them but just shrugged my shoulder, it was just a coincidence!

Re: Beauty and The Best (12:28pm April 30, 2012):

Love the basis of your characters. Hope I win!

Re: No Dress Required (2:18pm April 21, 2012):

Sounds fun! I like connected books too.

Re: Untouched (1:36pm April 20, 2012):

1, 7, 10
I almost didn't comment since I'm not into models as heroines but I have to like a girl with a Captain Kirk crush!

Re: The Zen Man (2:23pm April 17, 2012):

The ones you mentioned and Lord Peter Wimsey. I love that veneer of drollery with an alpha hero underneath. Shades of the Scarlet Pimpernel!

Re: Mariana (12:03pm April 12, 2012):

I'd leave it alone, except for errors. If you absolutely feel the need to revise, make it a separate re-issue.

Re: The Wolf Who Loved Me (12:01pm April 12, 2012):

I have a secret chocolate stash!

Re: Lessons After Dark (11:35am April 6, 2012):

I like your comments about schools as a setting, I was just thinking the other day about how to make friends and how much easier it was back in school, were you were forced to interact with a whole reange of people.

Re: Wedded In Scandal (4:02pm April 3, 2012):

Glad to hear about light-hearted teasing heroes! I went to prom both years with the guy I eventually married. It was lovely and I still remember the dresses in detail.

Re: Wildest Dreams (3:56pm March 29, 2012):

I used to love this subject as a kid and read a lot of YA historical, romantic fiction, one of my favorites was Torrie by the Johnsons.

Re: Sex, Lies and Contracts (4:10pm March 23, 2012):

I like snarky ones who need a comeuppance!

Re: Cassie's Grand Plan (6:03pm March 20, 2012):

In our neighborhood association we have beautiful turn of the century homes and a great homes tour.

Re: Secret Confessions of Lady H ? Book 1 (9:52am March 14, 2012):

I can see the appeal back in more leisurely times but I can't even watch sporting events, just tell me the final score!

Re: Rule Of Three (9:55am March 13, 2012):

I could learn to live with it!

Re: His Duty to Protect (9:53am March 13, 2012):

I like that they're helicopter pilots.

Re: Sketch a Falling Star (11:57am March 12, 2012):

That happens to me when I'm on the internet!

Re: Against The Night (10:12am March 9, 2012):

Two movies I can watch again and again are Indiscreet with Ingrid Bergma and Cary Grant and Red Dust with Jean Harlow and Clark Gable. Romance movies at their finest!

Re: Texas Pride (12:02pm March 8, 2012):

Having so many books in the house annoys my husband, but he gets over it.

Re: Sweet Enemy (1:02pm March 7, 2012):

Resolution!

Re: Fever (12:59pm March 7, 2012):

After 30 years, I've learned I can only say what I mean to him--he can't read between the lines. And the silent treatment will not be noticed.

Re: Dire Needs (2:43pm March 6, 2012):

Your book sounds great! I don't like series where the main character's the same in every book. I want romantic closure!

Re: Racing The Devil (7:03pm March 2, 2012):

I haven't seen it yet either, I knew how WWII ended. But your character sounds great!

Re: A Sliver Of Shadow (5:11pm February 29, 2012):

I believe in that instant spark, but I don't think I'd call it love. However, I'll go with it in PNRs!

Re: Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel (11:43am February 28, 2012):

Some schools are trying to teach students by using the knowledge in real situations instead of by rote. I'm actually glad I was back in the rote era, I'm a better memorizer than I am a critical thinker!

Re: King of Darkness (3:00pm February 22, 2012):

I love unexpected heroines!

Re: The Last Beginning (4:21pm February 20, 2012):

No epic fail, it's been hit or miss. This year, he drove me to work and we went out afterwards. Nice!

Re: The Night Is Mine (2:09pm February 16, 2012):

Nope, guess that's why I've always just had jobs, not callings.

Re: A Scandalous Countess (5:34pm February 13, 2012):

I love Poldark too. I used to read YA historical fiction about the Colonial period, which was mainly the end of the Georgian period. Georgian times were so much more unrestrained which is fun! Also, it's a little less over-exposed in the romance field at this point.

Re: Ride With Me (5:23pm February 13, 2012):

My husband's always talking me in to stuff, usually about riding ATVs or motorcycles. Or getting closer to the edge of a drop-off. After 29 years I've learned to resist dares!

Re: Stud (5:25pm February 8, 2012):

This sounds like your best Zetithian yet!
I always try to think of them as two separate endeavors because I'm usually disappointed, so it helps to not link them in my mind.
I'm thinking of two TV movies that exemplify he best and the worst, both from Barbara Michaels novels: Ammie Come Home-best, the Crying Child-worst. The worst is when they change a key story line for no reason. Another worst: the YA novel Avalon High. In a misguided attempt to make it more "girl power", they pointlessly changed a character point of the female lead. Fail!

Re: The Duchess Diaries (12:53pm February 7, 2012):

This sounds like so much fun and it is a beautiful cover!

Re: Alpha Instinct (11:19am February 2, 2012):

Paranormals give you a freedom from having to follow the rules of reality dating. Having a mystical mating instinct cuts a lot of time out of the getting together equation. I know a lot of women like those kick butt girls of paranormals but I like women who don't kill things. Can't we just all get along? For example: I watched Lost Girl; she fought someone and killed them just because they told her to. I miss the original Star Trek peacenik-era of "I'm not going to kill someone for your entertainment" (shritless!). (I don't miss the PC-era of Star Trek: TNG so much.)

Re: Touch Me (3:49pm January 31, 2012):

I like sibling rivalary. Used to be common in the old HQ's. Favorite-Just the Way you Are-Freehy

Re: Sex, Lies and Surveillance (1:37pm January 20, 2012):

I liked the Avengers and Ilya from the Man from Uncle

Re: The Fallen Queen (1:34pm January 20, 2012):

I much prefer the non-traditional angel/demon storylines.

Re: Lure of Song and Magic (1:52pm January 18, 2012):

I agree with the other posters, I believe in the magic of the natural world and the extraordinary magic that sometimes touches us.

Re: Scrumptious (6:35pm January 17, 2012):

Sadly, I had no real career ambitions, I just wanted to win an EGOT (see 30 Rock) despite having no talent. I found the job life presented me with.

Re: Made For Marriage (6:31pm January 17, 2012):

Hi,
I just want to win your book, but it seems like they want you to write what's selling right now not necessarily what's in your heart, so you need to keep up on the trends. Sometimes it's more a job than a calling.

Re: Demon Crossings (6:58pm January 5, 2012):

This sounds great!

Re: The Duke is Mine (12:11pm January 4, 2012):

I read a book that made Rebecca a heroine because she was a take-charge modern woman and made the unnamed heroine kind of a villain because she was mousy and conventional. I hated it!

Re: Wedded In Scandal (8:32pm December 22, 2011):

All those headlines on Yahoo.com, I go from one light news story to another and find hours have passed.

Re: Lady Seductress's Ball (12:56pm December 19, 2011):

I like peanut butter cookies with a chocolate kiss in the middle. I only get those at Christmas and I like to watch Little Women while I eat them. Waiting for 2 new books: Cinder by M. Meyer and Eloisa James' latest fairytale.

Re: How To Worship A Goddess (11:46am December 13, 2011):

I'm with Anne, I'd like him to have teeth!

Re: Hushed (2:56pm December 6, 2011):

I'm all about the romance. I want the relationship discussion and angst to be the main line of the story. Plot, schmlot!

Re: Busted in Bollywood (1:50pm December 5, 2011):

Sounds fun, I love Bollywood films.

Re: Hunter Of Shadows (3:31pm December 2, 2011):

I know I've experienced this but I just can't think of one! I guess along those lines are the whoa, when an underdog comes up with a one. I used to love the old TV-show Kung Fu, when the bullied guy beats down the villians. That was a surprise for them!

Re: His Last Duchess (3:26pm October 27, 2011):

I wouldn't mind a little solitude. Whenever I pause to think a matter through someone passing through the office inevitably aks "falling asleep?". "No! I'm thinking, ever heard of it?" Lovely dog!

Re: Red's Hot Cowboy (6:14pm August 24, 2011):

Vintage motel, sounds fun!

Re: The Vampire Next Door (12:51pm August 16, 2011):

I've already read the other 2 and am happy to hear the next book is out! You've got a "cozy" paranormal thing going that's really enjoyable.

Re: The Landlord's Black-Eyed Daughter (12:44pm August 11, 2011):

Real life has enough angst, I want a HEA when I read. God's in his heaven and all's right with the world!

Re: Pleating for Mercy (4:31pm August 5, 2011):

My luxury hobby is buying half the stuff I need for some craft project and then abandoning it.

Re: Runestone (6:00pm July 12, 2011):

I like that line along a man's hipbones that shows above a low waistband

Re: Demons Prefer Blondes (10:59am June 20, 2011):

What has he ever written? It's a tough job no matter the subject matter!

Re: Virgin (11:40am June 17, 2011):

So glad to know the series is continuing.

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