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A theme-park princess. A real-life prince.


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Can two stubborn adults let down their guard long enough to let love in again?


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A modern-day fairy tale of hope and rescue from NYT bestselling author Rachel Hauck


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A journey to the lush vineyards of Tuscany—and into the mysteries of a tragic family secret.


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Can a one-time enemy to protect them?


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When the battle is for love, the one who surrenders wins. But who will lay down arms first? And whose heart will break wide open?


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118 comments posted.

Re: Hard to Come By (7:09pm November 25, 2014):

There's a book on my TBR pile "Wyoming Fierce" by a favorite author, Diana
Palmer, where the lead, Cane Kirk had lost his arm in a war. I have read other
books where the leads have a disability, but none come to mind right now.

Re: Reforming the Rock Star (6:31am September 30, 2014):

I don't have the energy or will to re-invent myself. I just want to be true to
myself.

Re: Saving Gracie (10:25pm August 23, 2014):

Since I gave up my car, I'm walking more and taking public transit. You have
more time to look around you when you're no longer behind the wheel. Life
moves at a different speed now.

Re: Shenandoah Dreams (5:23am July 4, 2014):

I would go exploring. And I very much enjoy time travel books.

Re: Dream Huntress (6:29am June 23, 2014):

I'm also a fan of Medium, but I always viewed the show as fantasy. Now having
experienced my own personal loss, I've started to seriously entertain the
possibility of what comes after death...
Good luck with the book, the heroine sounds like someone whose tough enough
to handle any lost soul, keeping the story from becoming a horror story.

Re: Wild About Her Wingman (2:27am April 24, 2014):

My iPad and a cosy freshly made bed, makes for a quiet relaxing night.

Re: A Shot of Red (2:25am April 24, 2014):

The art of blown glass has always fascinated me. Your itinerary looks like it has
something for everyone. What a fun trip it must have been, thanks for sharing!

Re: Fezariu's Epiphany (2:50am August 13, 2011):

I like that this is a "real world" that the characters inhabit giving the story
dimension and greater depth.

Re: Never A Gentleman (11:28pm April 26, 2011):

I like the sound of "Never a Gentleman". My most memorable reads take me on
an emotional journey.

Re: Everyone Loves A Hero (1:53am February 2, 2011):

My moment hasn't come. I'm still a work in progress so hopefully by the time the
moment comes I'll have evolved into a person of action.

Re: Deadly Heat (4:20pm January 22, 2011):

I'm a "glass half empty" kinda person, so I like my books with a dark edge, lots
of angst and turmoil.

Re: Pleasure Me (11:42pm January 15, 2011):

I enjoy the emotions (the thug of the heart) that reading makes me experience.

Re: Against The Wind (11:15pm January 3, 2011):

Trilogies are fun, because it offers a chance to see beloved characters go on and
re-enforces the notion that we are all connected to one another.

Re: The Irish Warrior (12:12pm December 22, 2010):

I'm not one for remembering opening lines, but rather the endings of books
tend to leave me lasting impressions.
This one is from a favorite Laura Kinsale book of mine:
"...I can't find a moral in it and say the blame lies here or there or with
somebody else. I just don't know. We're dominoes—we fall one way or we fall
another." He kept stroking her cheeks. "I don't care. I only know I'd love you
whichever way it fell out."

Re: The Heir (11:32pm December 16, 2010):

I'm always surprised at the clever ways authors turn around impossible
situations into a HEA ending. This one one sounds so good!

Re: Sparks (4:07am December 3, 2010):

Sparky, makes me think of all the pets I've had in my life. I often wondered who
was keeping whom? We pamper our pets so much that I can't think of myself as
their master!

Re: Honky Tonk Christmas (5:06am November 20, 2010):

I've always loved me a good cowboy
story.

Re: The Devil She Knows (11:10pm November 7, 2010):

My memories are more of people than
places, they are of large family get
togethers.

Re: Wicked Highlander (2:02am September 20, 2010):

Atlantis is a world that intrigues me.

Re: The Bride's Necklace (1:59am September 20, 2010):

I like the continuity elements in the
covers making each book clearly part of
the same series.

Re: Warrior (1:22pm September 11, 2010):

My worst fan moment was at a book
signing by Anne Rice. I couldn't come up
with anything smart or interesting to say
to her and she ended up signing my
name wrong on the book.

Re: Warrior (2:27am September 7, 2010):

Change is good, especially the way you've
gone about it - sounds like an awesome
book!

Re: Dark Warrior Untamed (7:33am August 29, 2010):

Elizabeth Lowell's heroes are a favorite of
mine. Tough on the outside, but sensitive
inside.

Re: Deadly Fear (3:04pm August 26, 2010):

I think it is the hope that there is
something redeemable to be found
even in monsters that gives them
appeal factor. The promise of good
makes something bad attractive -
which is why I love those bad boys.

Re: Seduced by the Wolf (5:18am August 24, 2010):

Wolves are one of my favorite
shapeshifters, I'm looking forward to
reading this story!

Re: Assassin's Heart (5:15am August 24, 2010):

I'm sceptical. If you can't learn from the
past or even remember it what is the
point of that life?

Re: Nemesis (4:38pm August 21, 2010):

In San Francisco we're still waiting for
summer to start. The weather has been
pretty cool.

Re: Whisper Kiss (4:35pm August 21, 2010):

It's the longevity and the ancient history
of the creature that adds mystery to their
lore.

Re: Hero (3:46am August 19, 2010):

As a reader I don't like harsh negative
reviews. My feeling is if you don't like
the book there's no reason to bash it,
it might not be to your liking but that's
no reason to turn someone off it
before they've had a chance to read it
themselves and with reading tastes
being so subjective it is doesn't seem
right.

Re: Roast Mortem (1:32pm August 15, 2010):

You've given me a craving for pancakes
as well as for the other ... LOL

Re: Moonshine (3:54am July 22, 2010):

We all make it through life with the help
of friends and family, it makes sense to
have sidekicks in books too.

Re: To Conquer a Highlander (11:47pm July 13, 2010):

I'm a collector of books.

Re: The Wild Irish Sea (12:14pm July 9, 2010):

Congratulations on the release of The
Wild Irish Sea! The next time I see a seal
on the coast of California I'm going to be
thinking about selkies.

Re: Crush On You (11:11pm July 7, 2010):

I believe a life mate needs to be your best
friend as well as your lover. I've always
envied those that have the best of both
worlds.

Re: Unchained (11:34pm July 5, 2010):

New Years is the one time of year where
the extended family gets together.

Re: Rapture Untamed (11:20pm June 29, 2010):

I like both stand-alone and series books.
It's really a matter of looking at how
much free time I have, when I decide
which to pick up.

Re: The Master & the Muses (11:32pm June 28, 2010):

There are no perfect heroes, just men
who have faced great adversity and still
strive to do their best and hold on to all
that makes life worth living.

Re: Hidden Wives (12:59pm June 27, 2010):

I haven't read anything lately worth
sharing, but the last new author to wow
me was Linwood Barclay.

Re: Sworn To Protect (11:42pm June 25, 2010):

You're a new author to me, but not for
long!

Re: Dragon Unmasked (5:02pm June 16, 2010):

There have been times when I haven't
had the energy or desire to pick up a
new book, but I've always kept reading
by picking up books I've read
previously and re-reading passages
that give me comfort.

Re: Crush On You (2:52am June 11, 2010):

Old jeans and a unmemorable top ...

Re: Desire Me (2:19am June 9, 2010):

I've never gone on a physical
scavenger hunt. But I've participated
on several website based ones which
I've enjoyed.

I've got Desire me in my TBR pile so I
need to get my hands on Seduce Me
before I can read it.

Re: Night Myst (7:09am June 4, 2010):

My favorite authors have my undivided
attention and that means I'll read
whatever they publish.

Re: I Love This Bar (5:49pm June 3, 2010):

I think if I happened to find myself
under a yummy cowboy I'd forget the
rest of the world and I'd be totally
immersed in what it feels like to have
his weight on me, what he smells like,
what color his iris is ...

Re: The Making Of A Duchess (5:42pm June 3, 2010):

I don't need to pretend to be someone
else in my everyday life, because books
provide me that outlet.

Re: Strange Neighbors (11:18pm June 1, 2010):

I wish there was a support group for
every walk of life, I think we all need a
little help.

Re: Ancient Whispers (10:17pm May 31, 2010):

Marie-claude congratulations on the
win!

I found myself with half a week's
notice leaving home and flying to
another country for an unknown
period of time to take care of a sick
sibling. It was a stressful five months
and a very emotional time. I learned
some good things about myself and
more importantly some bad things
about myself and what my limitations
are.

Re: Dead in the Family (10:46pm May 30, 2010):

I haven't read so many Urban Fantasies,
but I'm taking note of the books
mentioned in the post and comments for
reading suggestions.

Re: Blown Away (10:43pm May 30, 2010):

There are a few authors I read as soon
as I can get a hold of their books, but
with most authors I end up reading
once the whole series is out only
because my TBR pile is so big it takes
me a while to get to them.

Re: His At Night (12:24pm May 26, 2010):

I'm also a fan of Laura Kinsale, but I
didn't realize that what appears to be
a simple scene required research for
accuracy which I admit I've been
known to take for granted. Great post
Sherry and great insight on your end
for spotting the historic details.

Re: Sex And The Single Earl (12:01pm May 20, 2010):

I like setting which throw the couple
together. Small towns work in doing this
fine.

Re: On Folly Beach (11:48pm May 19, 2010):

I wish I'd had more photos of family
events as the older I get the more I'm
forgetting. It's really important to record
those events with photos, video and
stories to pass on to the next generation.

Re: Web Of Lies (10:52pm May 17, 2010):

I still like romance to be the star of a
book so I like contemporary first, then a
mix of everything else for variety.

Re: Live To Tell (8:26pm May 15, 2010):

So far I've had to make adjustments to
plans but I've not had to cancel.

Re: Silent Truth (8:24pm May 15, 2010):

I can't make it there so you'll have to
come back and dish on all the goings on
and don't forget to bring us back some
loot!

Re: Haunting Warrior (3:08am May 12, 2010):

I'd travel into the future and I'd go on a
spaceship to see the universe and hopeful
meet a yet unborn relation of mine.

Re: Sex Drive (7:33pm May 10, 2010):

You're having such a great year Susan,
and here's hoping to an even better
second half!

With reguards to being shut out, as
long as the characters are drawn with
beauty inside and not just outside and
are given some human foibles and
problems I can identify with, I can
avoid feeling shut out. No matter what
the differences may be, there is a
basic human need to find connection
that over rules what might try to
divide us.

Re: A Thread So Thin (10:49pm May 8, 2010):

I just don't where to start as there seems
to be such a glut of YA books with so
many adult fiction authors having
switched over.

Re: The Jaguar Prince (2:31am May 8, 2010):

Karen OMG only you could have taken the
events of that day and spun it into gold,
a pure gem such as you did!

Re: Touching Darkness (10:39pm May 6, 2010):

Jamie, great list!

Best thing - work from home
Worst thing - I miss having people to
gossip with

Re: In Shelter Cove (4:03pm May 4, 2010):

I like stories where an average person
gets drawn into a situation of danger or a
case of mistaken identity and finds they
have what it takes to survive.

Re: His Border Bride (10:58pm May 3, 2010):

I'm always in love with the latest hero of
the current book I'm reading. I'm fickle
that way.

Re: Rule's Bride (2:55am April 25, 2010):

I'm looking forward to picking up this
series!

Re: Beautiful People (9:41pm April 21, 2010):

I love it when humor is used to break up
a tense scene.

Re: Silent Truth (2:55pm April 20, 2010):

Reading, books in general, cooking and
baking, but foremost on the list is family
and friends.

Re: An Earl to Enchant (1:49am March 30, 2010):

"Wer're dominoes--we fall one way or we fall another." "I don't care. I only know I'd love you whichever way it fell out."
Seize the Fire-Laura Kinsale

Re: Viking in Love (6:51am February 4, 2010):

I haven't read a romance with Vikings
in quite some time. I definitely picture
a Viking as a strong alpha figure just
the kind of male lead I go for.

An author I discovered quite by
chance worth mentioning is Linwood
Barclay (No Time For Goodbye). I
usually stick to romance books, but
this one, which is a suspense/thriller,
was worth going outside of the genre.

Re: Drive Time (5:40am February 2, 2010):

I'm a talker so if you have secret you
want to keep you have to let me know it's
a private confidence.

Re: Catch Of A Lifetime (5:33am February 2, 2010):

This is such a fun and unique series!

Re: Hasta La Vista, Lola! (3:51am January 29, 2010):

This sounds like a fun premise. Original
and intriguing!

Re: Forbidden Heat (10:30pm January 27, 2010):

It sounds like you very much enjoy the
research needed for your books. I think it
all adds up to great writing and an
enjoyable reads.

Re: Hold On Tight (2:34am January 26, 2010):

I don't stop in the middle of reading to
look up words I'm not sure of, I just
read on. I might however recall that
word and look it up later when I'm not
reading.

Stephanie thanks for blogging with us!

Re: Getting Lucky (10:53pm January 18, 2010):

I enjoy reading series! More of a good
thing is always welcome.

Re: The Keepers Of Sulbreth (1:40am January 15, 2010):

I admit to being challenged by difficult
or unusual names both while reading
and in every day life. My mind gets
around it by substituting its own
simpler version so I make do when
reading. But there's no way I'm going
to remember these names. But that's
true with most books for me, as I
remember emotions that were evolved
and the scenes better.

Re: Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy (2:14am January 12, 2010):

Thanks for taking out of your busy life to
spend it here with us!

Re: Come Hell Or High Water (11:28am January 7, 2010):

Probably getting a degree I never made
use of, but I met my best friend because
of it so it wasn't a total waste of time.

Re: Fugitive (12:39pm January 5, 2010):

Cheryl it was great meeting everyone
in FUGITIVE! They were a lot of fun. So
I'm wondering if you revisit the
characters once the book has gone to
press? I know once I'm finished
reading a book I still think about the
characters and scenes I enjoyed.

Re: Dangerous Highlander (12:13pm January 4, 2010):

I think in this case your editor and the
marketing team made the right
decision. "Demon’s Kiss, Demon
Prince and Dark Demon" is a totally
different series in my opinion from
"DANGEROUS HIGHLANDER,
FORBIDDEN HIGHLANDER and WICKED
HIGHLANDER." Two different
readerships.

Congrats Donna on putting together
this wonderful series!

Re: Dark Slayer (10:46pm December 28, 2009):

Blood books by Tanya Huff is also on my
list. I discovered the books long before
they became a TV series.

Re: The Beautiful Being (10:49pm December 17, 2009):

I don't take rejection well so I could never
stick it out long enough. Kudos to all
writers that do and have their dreams
realized.

Re: Wild Heart (10:01pm December 14, 2009):

Thanks for the inside scoop! And I never
go by covers, but by the authors
description of the characters so don't
focus too much on the cover details.

Re: Rainwater (9:25pm December 13, 2009):

I would have said before the 1900s, but
now that we're well into the new century I
might consider moving the date up a
little.

Re: Kitty and the Midnight Hour (9:21pm December 13, 2009):

I would like to gift this to my mother,
who always fights in my corner.

Re: Love in Translation (9:35pm December 10, 2009):

I've lived abroad but sadly I was too
young and have no memory of it.

Re: Red Kiss (11:32pm December 8, 2009):

I share everything with my mom,
including my books.

Re: My Unfair Lady (2:13pm December 6, 2009):

I love the title! Great post, I can see ways
to apply your suggestions to other areas
outside of writing.

Re: Dancing On The Head Of A Pin (2:07pm December 6, 2009):

I would like to pass this one to my
brother!

Re: Searching For Pemberley (10:17pm December 3, 2009):

The talking with a British accent made me
smile! That makes perfect sense.

Re: Sex Drive (9:47pm December 2, 2009):

I hate to say goodbye to characters
after I've enjoyed a book, so yes I like
series with linked storylines and
characters. I enjoyed the The Awesome
Foursome for that reason.

Re: The Splendor Falls (11:12pm December 1, 2009):

I'd like to share this one with my hip
aunt!

Re: Scorched (11:07pm December 1, 2009):

I'm always on the lookout for a great
series!

Re: A Genie in the House of Saud: Zubis Rises (11:37pm November 30, 2009):

My brother is going through some
serious health issues and he could use
some cheering up!

Re: Dark Lover (11:40pm November 29, 2009):

I re-read my favorites so I copies of
those on my bookshelf in my room. I
also have keeper shelves of books I've
received from authors and more
shelves of favorite authors too!

I go through phases when it comes to
genres. So I read pretty much
everything.

Re: Take Me For A Ride (11:36pm November 25, 2009):

I tried making a lemon meringue pie
for the first time in someone else's
kitchen. Everything was perfect until I
tried to brown the meringue under the
broiler. I left it too long inside of the
oven trying to brown it and instead I
ended up with the meringue collapsing
under the heat. We tossed out the
mess and had the tapioca pudding for
dessert that my friends had inside
their fridge.

Re: Stolen Heat (10:52pm November 20, 2009):

I'd rather have the book be a series with
couples, because I always feel the
secondary characters get the short shift.

Re: Dark Legacy (10:32pm November 18, 2009):

Thanks for sharing your own unique
gifts! Dark Legacy sounds like a must
read book!

Re: Over My Dead Body (11:05pm November 16, 2009):

I love banana bread! I wish you could
share your Grandma's recipe.

Re: Men Of The Otherworld (10:13pm November 15, 2009):

I'll stand behind experience, so that's
Charles Cornick!

Re: Willoughby's Return (11:08pm November 12, 2009):

I've always thought ball gowns look
magical!

Re: Wild Blue Under (10:04pm November 9, 2009):

Thanks for lightening my day!

Re: Rainwater (11:35pm November 6, 2009):

I generally don't look at book trailers.
They don't have much influence on book
buying decisions.

Re: One Lucky Cowboy (4:44pm November 5, 2009):

Fun post! There's something about
cowboys that make them so irresistible.

Re: Captive Desires (9:14pm November 2, 2009):

I like to let my creative spirit free in the
kitchen.

Re: Final Approach (7:35pm October 30, 2009):

I generally avoid the temptation by not
buying anything unless it is one hard to
find brand of chocolate. Not to say that I
don't go through every Halloween candy
aisle looking for it.

Re: Mr. Darcy Vampyre (10:47pm October 28, 2009):

Nouvelle approach to two beloved
stories! Sounds intriguing!

Re: Silver Silence (12:01pm October 28, 2009):

You're such a tease!
Thanks!

Re: The Pelican Brief (12:00pm October 28, 2009):

I haven't had a problem with casting
actors of a different race when the
original character unless it was key to
the story. But I do find I have a little
problem when the actor is too old or
too young for a part. Not only is it
unbelievable, but I find it distracting
and takes me out of the storytelling.

Re: My Unfair Lady (11:47pm October 26, 2009):

Beautiful letter! Thanks for sharing!

Re: The Cowboy From Christmas Past (11:19pm October 24, 2009):

Great article! I don't think you have to
go through hard times personally to
be changed, but if you can relate, feel
compassion and be open minded you
can learn and grow from another
person's struggles.

Re: Fool Moon (11:09pm October 24, 2009):

I'm a terrible story teller, so it is just as
well I have no stories to tell!

Re: Santa Honey (11:08pm October 23, 2009):

It's not all bad news. I spend way more
quality time looking for books online
than I ever did in a bookstore. I also
have the advantage to check reviews
and make a more informed purchase. I
used to be only for paperbooks but
now I'm seeing the advantages for
ebooks. My house can hold only so
many paper books, but it can contain
infinite numbers of ebooks.

Re: Possess Me At Midnight (11:50pm October 22, 2009):

I can't enough of this series!

Re: My Wicked Vampire (1:50am October 20, 2009):

Comedy writers get the least respect
or accolades of all writers and I guess
that applies to romance too. I agree
it's hard to write comedy to the
masses and you're working on mental
level on paper. So you're missing the
physical visual side of comedy with its
element of surprise.

Karen Kelley is an author that writes
with humor.

Re: Finger Lickin' Fifteen (3:47pm October 17, 2009):

I only pay attention to the background
description if it's central to the story.
But some author's have the knack of
making sit up and pay attention whether I
wanted to or not.

Re: The Hunt (11:12pm October 12, 2009):

Anne, congratulations on this life
changing accomplishment!

Re: The Promise (10:50pm October 11, 2009):

I have no answer since I haven't learned
to manage my TBR pile. It's growing
faster than I'm reading. I probably should
stop re-reading old favorites.

Re: Shades of Twilight (4:47pm September 26, 2009):

I enjoy interacting with authors online.
You can have a more meaningful
conversation online, than the one that
takes place during a one minute author
signing.

Re: The Accidental Family (11:47pm September 23, 2009):

Congratulations on the birth of your baby
boy! Remember to take the time to record
every little milestone. They only come
once and need to be celebrated and
recorded for the future.

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