Following the doctor’s cheerful announcement of triplets, the first thing Janna MacGregor did was pick her darling husband off the floor. The second thing she did was make a decision about what to do with all her newfound free time. Take her word for it, mandatory bed rest can skew one’s perceptions. During her sojourn in bed, Janna remembered her attorney-husband’s sage advice that successful attorneys always have the last word in an argument. Taking these wise words to heart, she became an...Read More
Mallory Crowe is the award winning author of the Fractured Farrells series, the Bad Boys of the Underworld series and many other novels. She grew up surrounded by rescue dogs and escaping into romance books whenever possible. After trying to do the “adult” thing by getting an accounting degree and CPA license, she decided to try her hand at writing and never looked back.
An avid traveler, reader, and Netflix addict, Mallory currently lives in Michigan, with her husband and three laidback...Read More
Once again it's hard to believe how fast time flies. It's February now--and that means it's closer to May and June, when my next novels are being published.
I've referred to them here before, but here's the current schedule:
My third Barkery & Biscuits Mystery, BAD TO THE BONE, will be a May release, and my paranormal romance PROTECTOR WOLF, the next in my Alpha Force miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne, will be published in June.
I've also turned in the manuscript for the first in a new mini-series for Harlequin Romantic Suspense. The title hasn't been confirmed yet, but it's about the Chance K-9 Ranch, which is all about training dogs. That includes police K-9s, pets, and eventually service and therapy dogs. And, oh yes, each story will contain a romance. They're Harlequin, after all.
More to come soon. And I hope your year is progressing well, and that you're reading lots!
Joanne Rock is giving away advance copies of her April release, THE MAGNATE'S MAIL ORDER BRIDE on Goodreads as part of the #HarlequinSecretValentine promotion! Readers can enter a book from one participating Harlequin author, and winners will get a bonus secret valentine book too! In addition to THE MAGNATE'S MAIL ORDER BRIDE, Joanne's winners will receive a bonus Harlequin Desire by a fellow Desire author. Follow the hashtag on your favorite social media channel starting February 1 to learn more. Giveaway runs February 1-21. Be sure to sign up for Joanne's author newsletter this month to win newsletter exclusive prizes every month, March-June to celebrate book five in Joanne's Heartache, TN series from Superromance (Wishes at First Light 3/17) and the first three books in her McNeill Magnates series from Harlequin Desire, releasing in April, May and June 2017.
On February 2, 1990, I got The Call from my agent. HarperCollins wanted to buy my first book, CANDLE IN THE WINDOW. The time was 3:30pm. Not that I was counting... As with every year, I'm celebrating with my newsletter friends. Join now and get in on the fun! Hint: there's a free story in it for all my newsletter friends!
Book sale! THE WOMAN WHO COULDN'T SCREAM hardcover is on sale from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million for less than $20. Prices are changing fast, so please order now! Also available for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks, Google Play
New article! The current bane of my existence is... Drum roll, please! Naming characters. Sure, you've done it. You named your kids or your pets. You know how important this is. You worry about it, argue about it and finally come up with the perfect name. But I've written 54 published books. I've named literally hundreds, maybe thousands of people: heroes (must sound manly), heroines (feminine and distinctive) and secondary characters (should reflect their personality.) Don't forget, the reader must be able to pronounce the names!
I'll start a book in a mad fervor when...Read CHRISTINA DODD ASKS FOR HELP NAMING CHARACTERS
A New Knights of Honor Release from Alexa Aston
Alexa is thrilled that her second book in the Knights of Honor series, MARKED BY HONOR, goes on sale February 10th and can be pre-ordered now.
Tragedy strikes when Lady Beatrice Bordel's grandfather dies as they are about to depart on a journey to visit a family friend. Now homeless, Beatrice continues with the plan. On the road, she and her sole servant are accosted by highwaymen. All seems lost---until Raynor Le Roux arrives.
The dashing knight rescues her, but Beatrice tells Raynor a white lie to protect herself. The couple's growing attraction turns to love, but Beatrice's dishonesty stands in the way of their happiness. Will she finally tell Raynor the truth---and hope he forgives her deception---or will it be too late?
Join Raynor and Beatrice as they travel toward their inevitable destination of love.
Available at: Amazon
And if you missed Geoffrey and Merryn's love story in WORD OF HONOR, Book 1 in the Knights of Honor, it's available for only 99 cents at: Amazon
Talk about a sweetheart! Mace Carson in Linda Lael Miller's March 21 novel, FOREVER A HERO, came to the rescue of a woman named Kelly when she desperately needed help back in their college days. Now, in the finale of Linda's Carsons of Mustang Creek series, Mace is a vintner in ranch Wyoming country, and Kelly's in Mustang Creek representing the company that wants to buy his winery. The problem is, it's most definitely not for sale. But that's nothing compared to the trouble from Kelly's past that follows her to town. But once again Mace shows he's a cowboy hero when he steps in to defend her.
Tuck a note in your friends' Valentines that you've pre-ordered FOREVER A HERO as your gift to them! (And remember to pre-order a copy for yourself!) Speaking of gifts, Linda will have plenty for all you who attend her Rhinestone Cowgirl party during the RT Booklovers' Convention in Atlanta on Saturday, May 6. Join the fun in your best cowgirl sparkles!
One remarkable night will change two lives forever!
Michelle Lawson never expects a fun filled trip to Paris with her friends to turn her life upside down or her heart inside out! A by-the-rules type of woman, an unexpected, passionate one night stand leaves her shaken and confused. The next morning life catches up with her and she's forced to head back home to assume her position as principal of a private school.
Jackson Douglas didn't plan on ending a trip to Paris for his brother's wedding the way it did. A quick drink before flying back to Dallas, Texas turns into a night that leaves him desperate for more. His hopes of seeing the woman again is dashed when they go their separate ways ------ or so he thought.
Jackson decides life has a funny sense of humor at times when he returns to find the new private school that he now owns has a beautiful principal he knows all too intimately. Can they overcome their barriers long enough to break a few rules and find a love that was ignited under the lights of Paris, or will a clause in a contact force them apart?
Man is it cold out there, but this February, I have three smoking hot releases to help warm you up. On February first, the hotly anticipated pairing with me and Sienna Mynx again for another Harlequin Kimani book, THIS IS LOVE.
Then right behind that one is the first book in my new sports romance series, BRYCE! Book 1 in The Player series is guaranteed to make you sizzle and chase the winter blues away. Money, power, prestige...failure. Bryce Coulter is ... The Player.
But wait, there's more. Right behind BRYCE on the 28th of February is book 2 in The Player series, DAX. Who doesn't love a sexy friends to lovers romance? Especially when The Player is Trouble? Money, power, prestige...trouble. Dax Coulter is The Player.
Sylvia Day, the #1 New York Times, #1 USA Today and #1 international bestselling author, will be in Kensington, London for the London Book Fair from March 14-16th, 2017. Later in the month, Sylvia will be in Henderson, NV for the Local Author Showcase held at the Henderson Public Library on March 18th at 2pm (more details to come soon on Sylvia's events page). For more information and details on all of Sylvia's upcoming events, check out Sylvia's website.
My latest release WINTERWOOD LANE is now available in both eBook and print.
In this holiday family drama, Kate Elliot wakes up in a strange bedroom with a family who considers her a hero, no memory of what she's done and a man who doesn't trust her.
Get a copy from your favorite retailer here.
I'm also excited about the re-release of THE GLASS SLIPPER PROJECT, which will be in a new eBook and trade paperback format by early-February.
Visit daragirard.com to find out about latest releases.
I've been busy!
First, I'm in the middle of editing the final book in my Deadly romantic suspense series, DEADLY SECRETS. This is the story of Kerry Randolph, the drug kingpin's lieutenant who finds unlikely love with Assistant US Attorney Jayne Morrison, the woman who almost prosecuted him. Stay tuned of release date details...
Second, in the next few weeks I'm going to issue an Author's Cut version of JUST ABOUT SEX, one of my earlier contemporary romances. This updated version of the book, which tells the tale of sex therapist Dr. Simone Beaupre, who falls in love with intriguing attorney Alex Greene, includes a new scene, cover and epilogue. I'll let readers know the release date as soon as possible.
Finally, I've had a steady stream of readers ask which of my latest books are available in print. The answer? The first two books in my It's Complicated series, TROUBLE and RISK, are available in print on Amazon now, as are DEADLY PURSUITand DEADLY DESIRES! Going forward, I hope to simultaneously release all new books in ebook AND print format.
I will be guest speaker at the 2017 Book and Author Luncheon sponsored by the Friends of the Clarkesville-Habersham County Library at Piedmont College (my alma mater) in Demorest, Georgia, in the dining hall on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 12 noon.
Anybody nearby who wants to attend can call the library at 706-754-4413 to inquire about tickets.
Treat yourself to a Valentine's day gift this month---three sexy, contemporary romance stories by L.G. O'Connor! The CAUGHT UP IN RAINE collection is a digital box set containing one full-length novel and two companion novelettes, available for download at Amazon, iTunes, B&N, Kobo, and Smashwords for only $4.99.
The Caught Up in Love Trilogy centers around three New Jersey women: romance writer Jillian Grant, her sister Katherine "Kitty" McNally Lynch, and Kitty's daughter Jenny Lynch. All part of a family that is plagued by loss, each woman harbors her own guilty secret and must journey through her own personal pain to find redemption and ultimately surrender her heart for a second chance to get 'caught up' in love...
Visit www.lgoconnor.com and sign up to receive her newsletter to stay updated about more books coming in this fantastic series, as well as updates on L.G.'s urban fantasy novels. Readers can also connect with this talented author on:
Shoshanna Gabriel (aka Shoshanna Evers): Writing is going slowly but steadily on SECOND CHANCES FOR TRAMPLED HEARTS, a Bear Creek Saddle inspirational romance! My twins are now 7.5 months old, and it's been (ahem) challenging to home school my eldest (age 7 yrs) with our new kiddos, but thank GOD we are so blessed by these babies, it's all worth it! Can't wait to have a finished book to share with my readers. If you're not subscribed to my newsletter yet, please sign up at ShoshannaGabriel.com/subscribe so we can keep in touch!
Shoshanna Gabriel is giving away a prize for February: One winner will receive Pocket Prayers: 40 Simple Prayers that Bring Peace and Rest by Max Lucado, which has hundreds of five-star reviews from readers who say this short book brought them closer to God. Enter at ShoshannaGabriel.com/contests.
Find out why NYT and USAT bestseller Shoshanna Evers changed her name to Shoshanna Gabriel, stopped writing erotic romance, and started writing inspirational romance in her post "Saying Goodbye to Erotic Romance."
JUSTICE ASCENDING is finally here! Book three in the sexy post-apocalyptic Scorpius Syndrome Series, it features Tace Justice and Sami Steel and a whole lotta secrets and kisses. Here's the blurb: Before surviving the Scorpius bacterium, Tace Justice was a good ole Texas cowboy who served his country and loved his mama. After Scorpius, the world became dark, dangerous, and deadly---and so did he. The Vanguard medic is stronger, faster, and smarter than before, but he's lost the line between right and wrong. His passion is absolute, and when he focuses it on one woman, there's no turning back for either of them...
Sami Steel has been fighting to survive right alongside Tace, convincing the Vanguard soldiers she's one of them. In truth, Sami is a former hacker turned government agent who worked at The Bunker, where scientists stored both contaminants and cures. Only she knows the location, and she's not telling. Yet when sexual fire explodes between her and Tace, she'll face even that hell again to save him.
What secrets do you keep from your life partner? In Kate White's March 21 psychological thriller, THE SECRETS YOU KEEP, Bryn Harper is a successful non-fiction author who learns her husband is keeping secrets from her---dark secrets--- hence the book's title. Secrets may get a bad rap, but Kate says during her 14 years as editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, she learned that marriages actually benefit from a few harmless secrets. (Example: Kate's husband thinks he hates anchovies, but they've been the secret ingredient in her salad vinaigrette, which he's enjoyed for years!) Kate thought it would be fun to ask you what innocent secrets you keep from your life partner. To share your secret, take her quick survey HERE.
Here's something that's not a secret: if you pre-order Kate's THE SECRETS YOU KEEP in any format before March 21, 2017, HarperCollins will send you an exclusive excerpt of her Bailey Weggins mystery coming this fall! To get your sneak peek at what case Kate's gutsy crime writer will be working to crack next, email your proof of purchase to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 20, 2017, and they will email you that riveting first chapter!
Hi everyone! I'm busy making plans for the RT convention in Atlanta, but wanted to take a few minutes to share my new releases for February.
Just in time for Valentine's Day, SCENT OF TRIUMPH debuts on audiobook, read by Earphones Award-winning narrator Erin Bennett and directed by Ideal Audiobooks founder Amy Rubinate. SCENT OF TRIUMPH is the saga of a young French perfumer during WWII, and what she must do to save the family she loves.
Says Heroes and Heartbreakers: "Strengths: Courageous heroine; Star-crossed lovers; Daunting saga; Splendid sense of time and place, capturing the unease and turmoil of the 1940's; HEA... An engaging story featuring a larger-than-life heroine."
Preorder the audiobook now on Amazon.
Following the release of the THE WINEMAKERS audiobook, also read by Erin Bennett, is a companion novella, LIFE IS A CABERNET, now in wide distribution at an introductory price. Set in Napa Valley in 1956, the story of a mysterious vintner and a young woman---both of whom have lost people they loved in the war. Thought the attraction is undeniable, can they find the strength to love again?
Be sure to enter this month's contest! I'm giving away copies of THE WINEMAKERS, along with a collections of wine goodies for entertaining in style.
HARD RULES (Dirty Money book one) is on SALE for $1.99 (reg. $7.99)!! Buy your copy here. Don't forget book two in the Dirty Money series, DAMAGE CONTROL, is coming out on February 21st! If you register your pre-order HERE, you can claim TWO FREE BOOKS!!
ABOUT THE SERIES: The only man within the Brandon empire with a moral compass, Shane Brandon is ready to take his family's business dealings legitimate. His reckless and ruthless brother, Derek wants to keep Brandon Enterprises cemented in lies, deceit, and corruption. But the harder Shane fights to pull the company back into the light, the darker he has to become. Then he meets Emily, a woman who not only stirs a voracious sexual need in him, but becomes the only thing anchoring him between good and evil.
Emily is consumed by Shane, pushed sexually in ways she never dreamed of, falling deeper into the all-encompassing passion that is this man. She trusts him. He trusts her, but therein lies the danger. Emily has a secret, the very thing that brought her to him in the first place, and that secret could destroy them both.
THE ART OF TAMING A RAKE received a starred review from Publishers Weekly! Legendary Lovers Book 4 features Quinn Wilde, Earl of Traherne and has a sizzling Taming of the Shrew theme. Read Chapter 1 at Amazon or on Nicole's website Books Page. THE ART OF TAMING A RAKE is on sale now!
SECRETS OF SEDUCTION is also on sale at Amazon and BN. In Nicole Jordan's third captivating Legendary Lovers tale, charming Lady Skye Wilde teaches a reclusive, emotionally scarred nobleman to love again. This is also Hawk's story -- the long-awaited conclusion to Nicole's Paradise Series! RT Book Reviews gave SECRETS OF SEDUCTION a Top Pick and Hawk a K.I.S.S. award. Read Chapter One.
And connect with Nicole on Facebook for a great time!
"A marvelous, well-written love by a gifted storyteller."--- RT Book Reviews on SECRETS OF SEDUCTION
Happy Hearts Month! I hope you're staying cozy and having a great winter. Here in the Midwest we're veering between ice storms and eerily springlike days. I miss the sunshine, though, and am keeping an eye out for crocuses. Two pieces of great news: My short story, A Paler Shade of Death, is nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. It's a huge honor to be nominated--think of it as the Oscars for mystery writers! You can read the story in the anthology, St. Louis Noir. The other news is that if you sign up for my newsletter, you'll get a link to a free ebook. Don't wait--sign up now! And while you're there, check out my daily blog. Looking for a good Valentine's gift for your gothic-loving bestie? THE ABANDONED HEART has just the right title, and is great for tingling thrills by the fire. Be good to yourself and your heart this month and always.
I'm so excited to share that LOVE RUNS DEEP, the first book in my new Changing Tides series will release on February 21. These stories were inspired by real-life sailors and the women and men who love them. First up is Lt. Nic Riley and Lt. Kyle Hutchinson who find themselves in truly close quarters on the USS California, where not only love runs deep...
Also, I'll be at the Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation weekend, April 28-30. If you're in the Milwaukee area, come see us.
by Selena Laurence On Valentine’s Day it’s traditional for romance writers and bloggers to write about “why we should read romance.” And there are some fantastic reasons, and they’ve been discussed ad nauseam which is why I won’t do that to you here. The simple fact is that I can’t convince you to read romance… Read More