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July's Best Reads: Dive into Summer's Hottest Page-Turners!

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Movie costumer Joey Jessop discovers a Hollywood diva's deadly secrets.

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Intelligent. Kind. Must like children. Passable looks. A man of means. Must make us laugh . . .

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She won�t quit until she gets justice.
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Passion has its own demands...and love, its wondrous possibilities...

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97 comments posted.

Re: No Ordinary Sheriff (7:00pm June 17, 2012):

Part of the reason I love series is because you get to know the setting and the characters so well. The downside is having to eventually say goodbye to those characters when the series ends. I usually prefer series to stand alone books.

Re: The Marriage Bargain (3:49pm June 15, 2012):

I like the HEA at the very end of the story. I want one of the characters to finally realize their love for the other person. When that happens they will stop at nothing in order to declare it.

Re: Big Sky Country (3:24pm May 31, 2012):

I think both men sound great. Different but great. I wonder how well they get along?

Re: Seeker Of Shadows (6:18pm May 30, 2012):

Hannibal Rising was horrible. I didn't like the ending at all. But everyone else loved it.

Re: Tangle Of Need (1:36pm May 28, 2012):

I love being able to see new facets to a character throughout a series. Part
of the reason I love series so much is being able to get to know the
characters better.

Re: Finding Her Son (1:33pm May 28, 2012):

I couldn't agree more about the flaws. Our flaws make us unique.

Re: A Wild Night's Bride (3:48pm May 15, 2012):

I love the premise of this story. They seem to be very different from one another. Watching them fall for each other should be fun.

Re: Karma (5:03pm May 8, 2012):

I like humor sprinkled throughout the story but I mainly want drama. I haven't read many contemporary stories with lots of humor yet.

Re: Darkest Caress (12:11pm May 4, 2012):

What a cool coincidence that you happen to have the same lineage as your characters. I love interesting DNA facts. There was something in the news this week about a study that believes all blue-eyed people are descended from one single person with that eye color mutation. Very interesting.

I love PNR. The book sounds awesome!

Re: Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal (8:49pm May 3, 2012):

Deciding to get divorced and later to move to another state on my own was difficult. I was completely daunted by the idea of starting over in a place where I knew absolutly no one. It was a gamble and it paid off.

Re: Demon's Bride (1:26pm May 2, 2012):

I always prefer a hero who is a self-made man. They usually have a chip on their shoulder because they will never be fully accepted by high society. I have more respect for commoner heroes who make their own fortune than heroes who are born into it.

Re: Under His Protection (10:28am April 29, 2012):

I am drawn to very Alpha heroes. I can like Beta heroes but I don't get as invested in their stories. Alpha men are much more dynamic to me.

Re: Enraptured (1:19pm April 26, 2012):

I love a charming villain. Hannibal Lector was one of my favorites. He was a monster but he wouldn't allow rudeness. He was a charming psychopath.

Re: Somebody To Love (12:54pm April 24, 2012):

I did just that last Fall. After my divorce was finalized I packed up everything I own and moved to the other side of the country. I had no friends or family in my new city. After living here for a few months I have carved out a life for myself. More importantly, a life on my own terms. :)

Re: Blackmailed by the Italian Billionaire (1:16pm April 22, 2012):

I agree that heroines have changed the most in contemporary stories. They are more independent, assertive and strong. I think it makes the stories more interesting. The hero and heroine are on equal footing.

Re: No Dress Required (11:15am April 21, 2012):

I love connected stories. I like to catch up with characters from earlier books. I am so glad that your second book will be category length. I loved the excerpt.

Re: Untouched (7:13pm April 20, 2012):

I like 2, 8 and 10. Okay, 9 too. LOL

Re: The Wolf Who Loved Me (4:36pm April 12, 2012):

I don't like to have secrets. I wouldn't trust anyone to keep them anyway. I'm pretty open about my life. I would be too paranoid that someone would spill the beans.

Re: Trouble Me (1:59pm April 9, 2012):

This sounds like a lovely story. I feel for the hero already and want him to find happiness again. I can't wait to read Trouble Me.

Re: The Devil and Miss Jones (12:22pm April 8, 2012):

Congratulations on your 60th book! I love cheeky titles that have a bit of humor or double entendre. One word titles can catch my attention too. I love The Devil and Miss Jones. It piques my interest right off the bat.

Re: One Hot Cowboy Wedding (12:17pm April 8, 2012):

I vote for all of the above. I love a cowboy's work ethic and manners. They love their mommas and always open the door for you.

Re: True Highland Spirit (1:27pm March 30, 2012):

I love a protective hero. I like the heroine to take part in the action and control her own fate. She doesn't have to be strong at the beginning of the story but I want her to grow into a strong person by the end.

Re: Texas Baby Sanctuary (4:57pm March 27, 2012):

Congratulations on the new series, Linda! I grew up in rural Oklahoma so I have mixed feelings about Texas. I love stories set there because the culture is so similar to the one I grew up with. BUT there will always be a friendly rivalry between OK and TX. ;-)

Re: Cassie's Grand Plan (2:26pm March 20, 2012):

My neighborhood has a gorgeous park. It overlooks Puget Sound in Seattle. There are hiking trails, cookout sites and lots of places for my dog to play. Love it!

Re: His Duty to Protect (10:13pm March 13, 2012):

I love romantic suspense because I adore a protective hero. I especially love military heroes. His Duty To Protect sounds like a book I will love.

Re: The Forbidden Claim (5:44pm March 11, 2012):

Sleep! Reading is a close second. If I don't have the first one then I can't concentrate on the second.

Re: Under The Covers (6:34pm March 10, 2012):

I can't imagine how scary it is to put your blood, sweat and tears into a book and then have to send it out into the wild. I don't think I would be able to do it. My skin is too thin. I wouldn't be able to handle the anxiety. I applaud you for being able to do it.

Re: Against The Night (4:51pm March 9, 2012):

I love the original Star Wars movies, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, The Usual Suspects and Clue. I also enjoy lots of horror and suspense movies.

Re: Dire Needs (5:04pm March 5, 2012):

I love series. I like knowing I will get to stick with a world for a while. Stand alone books are great too but I really love series.

Re: The Rodeo Man's Daughter (5:07pm March 1, 2012):

Second chance/reunion stories are one of my favorite tropes. I like that the hero and heroine are older and wiser and finally ready to go after what they missed the first time around.

Re: Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel (3:23pm February 28, 2012):

I'm only in my 30s but I would guess that schooling has changed drastically since then. It seems that teachers are not given the tools and flexibility they need to be effective in the classroom. We should be putting more money into schools instead of defunding them.

Re: The Rogue Pirate's Bride (5:48pm February 24, 2012):

I like the comfort of knowing there will be a HEA. I can become engrossed in the story without worrying if everything will work out or not.

Re: King of Darkness (4:21pm February 22, 2012):

I don't drink coffee. I do love a nice cup of Earl Grey. Coffee is just too strong for me. :)

Re: Courting His Favorite Nurse (6:36pm February 21, 2012):

I get vertigo and have a fear of heights. I doubt I will ever have the nerve to go up in a balloon. The highest I've ever been was on the London Eye ferris wheel.

Re: The Widow's Revenge (10:34pm February 18, 2012):

I have read several snippets from The Widow's Revenge on other blogs. I like that she will go to any lengths to get what she wants. I think she is going to get more than she bargained for.

Re: Stud (5:53pm February 8, 2012):

I intentionally wait to see the films before I read the books. I am usually disappointed if I read the book first. I waited to read the Harry Potter books until after I saw the movies.

Re: Darkest Highlander (12:45pm February 6, 2012):

I do enjoy having magical or paranormal elements in a historical romance. I think it can add danger to the story.

Re: Alpha Instinct (9:30am February 2, 2012):

I adore paranormal romance. I like that the characters don't have to follow the normal rules that apply to a contemporary romance. The heroes can be uber Alpha without being considered jerks. I love shifters especially.

Re: Chosen By Sin (4:40pm January 31, 2012):

Romantic suspense is one of my favorite genres. I love a little danger with my romance. I think the danger speeds up the feelings the hero and heroine feel for each other. I also like to see a hero's protective side.

Re: Touch Me (12:43pm January 30, 2012):

I like second chance stories as well as marriage of convenience stories. I love military and law enforcement heroes. I like their honor code and their bravery.

Re: Double Dare (12:51pm January 27, 2012):

I like cop, firemen and construction worker heroes. They aren't afraid to get their hands dirty. They are also very fit.

Re: Fever (2:58pm January 25, 2012):

Hello Joan! When I want to achieve a goal I usually map it out on my calendar. It motivates me to not drag my feet if I can see that big red X looming in front of me.

Re: Sex, Lies and Surveillance (1:58pm January 19, 2012):

Hmmm who is my favorite spy? Jason Bourne or James Bond? Bourne for skills and Bond for style.

Re: Made For Marriage (4:49pm January 17, 2012):

Congrats on taking charge of your career. I don't think I could handle the waiting game that authors have to deal with.

Re: Scrumptious (2:26pm January 16, 2012):

When I was young I knew what I wanted to do. Once I got married I had to make different choices. I'm trying to get back to the goals I set as a kid.

Re: Dylan (2:02pm January 15, 2012):

Hello CH! I really enjoyed the first book in the series. I think Dylan's story sounds lovely. Congrats on the new release!

Re: Sins Of The Highlander (9:03pm January 12, 2012):

He must be protective of the heroine. If I don't believe he would do anything to keep her safe then I'm really not interested.

Re: Bride By Mistake (4:55pm January 10, 2012):

Hello Anne! I adore marriage of convenience stories. I like that the couple may hate each other in the beginning. They bicker and fight. The heated exchanges usually lead to passion. Love it!

Re: Hot Rain (1:42pm January 4, 2012):

I have never tried online dating. I think I would be too afraid to try it. You never know what kind of crazy people are out there. Maybe I'm just old-fashioned.

Re: Sweet Reward (3:41pm January 2, 2012):

John Murphy in Sweet as Sin by Inez Kelley is a great tortured hero. He was abused physically and psychologically as a child. Watching him overcome and deal with his pain was heartbreaking. I do love a tortured hero though.

Re: Wedded In Scandal (12:24pm December 22, 2011):

LOL! My big time wasters are Twitter, catching up on my favorite reader/author blogs and TV. I swear it took twice as long to unpack my things in my new house because I kept getting distracted.

Re: Lady Seductress's Ball (1:39am December 19, 2011):

I love my mom's sugar cookies. She makes them with powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar. They melt in your mouth. I'm expecting a batch in the mail this week!

Re: Mistletoe and Margaritas (9:37pm December 10, 2011):

I've lived all over the US. I need the changing seasons too. I couldn't live where it is warm and sunny all of the time. I think it would freak me out.

Re: Dreaming Of The Wolf (1:01pm December 8, 2011):

Pasta of some sort is my go-to meal(I'm Italian). I love potatoes too and sometimes will have a meal of just mashed potatoes with lots of pepper and butter. I love one pot cooking. Thanks for the recipes Terry!

Re: Wild Thing (5:19pm December 5, 2011):

I think opposites do attract but I'm not sure they will always last in the long term. You need the initial spark but if the couple doesn't have anything in common they may not stay together. Congrats on the new release!

Re: Hunter Of Shadows (12:28pm December 2, 2011):

It has to be the movie The Usual Suspects when the big bad guy's true
identity is revealed. He was set up to be some mythic villain and at the end
of the movie we are shocked at who it is.

Re: Hot Zone (2:19pm December 1, 2011):

I really want a Kindle Fire for Christmas. Thanks for the giveaway!

Re: In The Heat Of The Bite (8:17pm July 19, 2011):

One of my favorite secondary characters is Sarah from Megan Hart's books. She is in Broken, Stranger and Naked. She is a funky Goth chick who is a straight shooter. I love her philosophy of life. I also want to see her finally get Jack, the guy she has been crushing on forever.

Re: Night Walker (12:03pm July 18, 2011):

I wouldn't want to be immortal. I would hate to have to watch the people I love pass away. I could meet new people and make friends but I would have to lose them too. It would be too painful. I think one life is enough.

Re: Magnificent Passage (10:45am July 12, 2011):

It's so nice to have it rereleased. It must be a very special book for you. I love the new cover. I can't wait to read it. Congratulations on your new "first" release!

Re: Just One Season In London (3:00pm July 11, 2011):

Congratulations on the release of Just One Season in London. It sounds like a compelling story. A family on the brink of financial ruin need to take drastic steps to ensure their future. I can't wait to read this story.

Re: Loved By A Warrior (11:11am July 6, 2011):

I think it is born out of fear. If there isn't a practical explanation then the imagination runs wild. Sometimes it is a comet that is interpreted as a dragon or a god. I love reading about legends and curses. I studied several mythologies in college. So fascinating.

Re: Night Veil (9:44am June 27, 2011):

Batman, no question about it. Batman is dark and tortured. He doesn't have super powers. He is physically vulnerable like any other human but he puts himself at risk anyway. Of course some could say that he has a death wish or is an adrenaline junkie but whatever. I love my heroes to be dark and twisty. I don't want a goody-goody, aw shucks hero.

Re: Under a Desert Sky (8:44am June 18, 2011):

Happily ever after doesn't have to mean the couple gets married at the
end of the story. I think a HEA can happen when the couple admits their
true feelings and acceptance of each other. I am satisfied when the
characters have an emotional breakthrough. Both people should be
stronger and more confident at the end of the story because they met
each other.

Re: Virgin (10:29am June 16, 2011):

LOL Cheryl! I love character interviews. They are always so much fun. I love the concept of Virgin. I've read excerpts on several sites and I like that Dax is the inexperienced one being driven to distraction by the lovely Ava. I love that he knows Ava is "the one". Congrats on the new release!

Re: Blood Of The Wicked (2:05pm June 13, 2011):

I believe there are some people that have a very strong intuition that might make it seem like they have great luck or the ability to see the future. I also think there are highly empathetic people that can read the emotions of others very well. It might seem like they can read minds but they are just highly observant. Psychologists and jury consultants might be good jobs for those people.

I do believe that some people are gifted with stronger senses than the rest of us. It is a natural talent like artistic or musical skills.

Re: When Tony Met Adam (2:02pm June 12, 2011):

Wow! Congratulations on the film! How exciting for you. I love m/m romance so I will have keep my eyes open for it. Good luck!

Re: The Soldier (9:00am June 2, 2011):

My grandmother's older brother and I shared the same birthday. He was exactly 50 years older than myself. I remember for my 6th birthday we shared a Bugs Bunny birthday cake. Can you imagine being a 56 year-old man with a cartoon birthday cake? LOL

Re: Awaken The Highland Warrior (7:04am May 18, 2011):

I think characters usually share a few characteristics with the author. I'm sure not all characters do. Sometimes they may be modeled after someone the author knows. Part of the fun of being a writer is being able to create characters. Building a world and characters from scratch you would have to borrow from your own life and experiences.

Re: Wickedly Charming (12:47pm May 16, 2011):

It's interesting how people always end up doing what they are meant to do no matter how many detours they take. Thanks for the great article. Wickedly Charming sounds lovely.

Re: Love Drunk Cowboy (1:33pm May 4, 2011):

Hello Carolyn!
I spent the first 22 years of my life in a tiny town (pop. 838)in Northeastern Oklahoma so I know the attraction to cowboys all too well. I live in the Midwest now and would love to go back to my roots. I'm a farm girl that is stuck in the big city. I much prefer a rural life. Having a cute cowboy would be all the reason I would need to put my cowgirl boots back on.

Congratulations on your new release! Can't wait to read it.

Re: Total Abandon (7:10am April 30, 2011):

I love digital books! My wallet, however, does not. I have a Kindle and the One-click purchase button is one of my biggest weaknesses. I've found many new authors through digital books. My digital library runs about 350 books long. I should probably take everyone's suggestion to start a spreadsheet of my own.

Re: Hidden Embers (8:28am April 22, 2011):

I love Fall the most. I like the cooler air so it is perfect sweater weather. I also like the Fall colors. Halloween is my favorite holiday so that is a plus too.

I don't know how you keep up with 3 pen names. I would be so confused. Congrats on all of your new releases!

Re: Blood Sin (2:20pm April 21, 2011):

Blood Sin sounds so interesting. I really enjoy paranormal romances. The fact that the heroine has a complicated relationship with the vampire only makes it more interesting to me.

Re: A Marriage of Inconvenience (9:09am April 16, 2011):

I would probably be described as a control freak. I like order and hate chaos. I like to do things myself instead of delegating.

Re: Vowed In Shadows (8:58am April 11, 2011):

I can't give a specific character but I will give the type of character I would like to be. I would want to be a survivor. Something terrible happened to her that she must overcome. She is a fighter that does exactly what she wants. I think it is great when she meets the right man and is able to trust him enough to let him help her. I love a protective hero.

Re: Collision Course (10:01am April 8, 2011):

I LOVED the original Star Trek. Mr Spock was my first crush. I'm a Star
Trek gal married to a Star Wars guy. Luckily we both like the
Firefly/Serenity world.

Re: The Return Of Black Douglas (6:56am April 1, 2011):

I didn't realize that Gaelic referred to both people of Irish and Scottish descent. That is very interesting. I had always thought of them as completely separate groups.

Re: Play Me (9:24am March 29, 2011):

It may sound strange but bad pet names or overused pet names really pull me out of the scene. I don't mind profanity or vulgarity but if there is a silly or too frequently used pet name during the scene it makes me cringe.

Re: Laird of Darkness (10:33am March 23, 2011):

I do think it is refreshing for the heroine to be experienced. It gives her individuality. I also like that the threat of losing her virginity is not an issue in this story. I think Laird of Darkness sounds very interesting. I think I will enjoy it very much!

Re: Highland Heat (8:03am March 21, 2011):

Hello Mary!
Highland Heat sounds lovely. I like that the heroine didn't just follow duty but instead followed her heart even though she paid a price for it. I like the hero already for not judging her.

Re: An Unlikely Countess (8:04am March 19, 2011):

I like reading about the high life they people of society get to experience. I also like to see how a character reacts when they are put in an environment they are unaccustomed to. I don't think the heroine is wrong for wanting to go back to her former position. It doesn't make her a snob in my opinion. I think it just makes her human.

Re: It Happened One Bite (7:45am March 14, 2011):

Witches and Vampires sound like they would go great together. I think It Happened One Bite sounds awesome!

Re: A Taste of Seduction (3:45pm March 11, 2011):

My goodness I don't think I would be able to be creative if I was in pain. I get migraines regularly and that is enough to keep me from doing most anything. Good for you!

Re: What I Did For A Duke (8:06am March 10, 2011):

Loved the excerpt Julie! This sounds like a wonderful series. I love your cover!

Re: Taste Me (8:30am March 9, 2011):

Megan Hart for her complex stories and deeply flawed and human characters. Lauren Dane for her Alpha males and for the strong families she creates. Jaci Burton for her Alphas and the action and danger she writes so well. Maya Banks for her steamy Sweet series. That is just the tip of the iceberg. Congratulations on Taste Me Tamara! I would love to read that story!

Re: Treasure Me (10:52am March 3, 2011):

Hello Robyn!
I really enjoy learning about the writing process. I follow a few writer blogs/vlogs and I find it very interesting how long the process takes from idea to finished product. Good luck with your new release! The trilogy sounds fun!

Re: Wicked Seduction (1:36pm March 2, 2011):

LOL! I don't think you are crazy. I think we all could stand to indulge our imaginations a little more. I think that is why a true book lover obsesses over their books. It is almost like you loan us your imagination for the time it takes to finish a book. I don't think you are crazy, just luckier than most!

Re: Against the Law (8:08am March 1, 2011):

I can't imagine how it must feel to make that list! Congratulations! I just bought Against the Law but need to read the other two books first. I would love to win them!

Re: His, Unexpectedly (12:37pm February 25, 2011):

I prefer not to make long road trips. I suppose it is because my family did so many of them when I was a kid. I think really long trips with people confined in small spaces can bring out the worst in some people. Every little quirk or annoyance gets amplified. I like reading about road trips, I just don't like to do them myself! LOL

Re: Storm Of Reckoning (1:01pm February 19, 2011):

LOL! What a fun conversation! The book sounds great!

Re: Outcast Mine (11:40am February 17, 2011):

I had never heard of that Leonard Nimoy movie. I think it is so interesting how you two are able to collaborate with each other. I'm sure it took time to figure out how to play to each others strengths during the writing/editing process. Great post!

Re: True Colors (4:03pm February 13, 2011):

I love LOST, Buffy and Castle. I pretty much like all of the Joss Whedon shows. Buffy, Angel, Firefly etc. I like the way he writes characters and especially relationships. He writes so the characters have great banter between them. Snarky, sarcastic and multi-layered dialogue. LOST had just as genius when it came to writing relationships.

Re: Breaking the Rules (3:23pm February 12, 2011):

LOL I don't actually drink alcohol so I haven't ordered drinks with naughty names. I did go to a restaurant a few months ago & my husband ordered me a Shirley Temple as a joke. I have to say that it was really yummy! My drink of choice is usually a southern sweet tea.

Re: Dangerous Secrets (7:40am February 11, 2011):

A year out of college both my husband & I were offered promotions. My husband's included a transfer to another city. We chose his promotion/job and moved. What we couldn't have known then was how important that decision would be for my husband's career. He has become more successful than either of us could imagine. We get to travel the world as a result. Changing cities made all the difference.

Re: Society's Most Disreputable Gentleman (6:27pm February 10, 2011):

I love a rake. They are anything but boring. Bad boys have always had their appeal. I don't think they will ever go out of style.

Re: The Mistress' House (6:21pm February 10, 2011):

I completely agree about Jane Eyre. I cannot wait until the new movie is released in March. The actor playing Mr. Rochester is perfect! Congratulations on the new release!

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