Claire Marti started writing stories as soon as she was old enough to pick up pencil and paper. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in English Literature, Claire was sidetracked by other careers, including practicing law, selling software for legal publishers, and managing a non-profit animal rescue for a Hollywood actress. Her award winning debut novel, SECOND CHANCE IN LAGUNA, won best unpublished contemporary romance in the Heart of the Molly and third place in...Read More
Welcome, spring! (At least, in the Northern Hemisphere!) Mary Jo Putney is happy to announce that she is starting a Print on Demand (POD) program for the backlist books that she publishes directly because she wants to make her stories available for readers who prefer print. A POD book is usually about 5 1/4" by 8"--the size of a trade paperback. Because they are printed to order, they cost more than mass market paperbacks; about the same as for a traditional trade paperback.
She plans to start with her medieval romance UNCOMMON VOWS, because she's had recent requests for that story in a print edition. Then she'll move into her much loved Fallen Angels series. To launch these print books, she's planning on having a new cover designed for UNCOMMON VOWS. That should be available for the April newsletter. Here is the current cover. The story is a sort of prequel to her Bride Trilogy because since Meriel and Adrian are the ancestors of the heroine of THE WILD CHILD, another Meriel in the 19th century. As new print editions become available, they'll be announced here and on Facebook. Happy reading!
Spring has arrived in Sharpsville. Flowers, the birds, and the bees.
And don't forget the Vices. This small town has big secrets.
He's home to shed his destructive past. She's back to make him atone for it.
Ross Stevenson inherited an empire he wants no part of. He's home to get rid of it and return to his life in California. But family sins run deep. When a series of fires injures an old friend, he must stay and catch an arsonist.
Dr. Mel Hathaway isn't back in Sharpsville to run the ER and reminisce. She's there to learn how her father died on Stevenson land. It may not have been an accident.
Arson. Secrets. Betrayal.
For Mel and Ross the sparks fly in more ways than one. She despises how he's made his money, and she's stirring up trouble. For the town. For them. And she's unearthing secrets best left alone.
The heat rises, Kentucky burns, and Ross discovers Mel may have committed arson.
SMOKE & SECRETS: Vices Book One is available on Amazon.
BETS & BLACK BOOKS: Vices Book Two is coming soon.
May the luck of the Irish bless you to have a Happy St. Patrick's Day.
National Women's History Month is the perfect time to be a rule breaker. In BREAK EVERY RULE (03/29/11) we meet Dominique Falcon, beautiful and restless. Her number one unbreakable rule is no men. The last thing she expects is to be attracted to her gorgeous next door neighbor, Trent Masters. Who knew breaking a rule could be so deliciously wicked.
So, take a chance and BREAK EVERY RULE.
From the Dark Sorcery series...THE FORBIDDEN...
D'Anu witch Silver Ashcroft walks a perilous line by practicing gray magic---but she must protect herself and the ones she loves at all costs. Silver witnesses evil beyond comprehension, and knows it's up to her, alone. That is, until she meets Hawk.
Hawk is a Tuatha D'Danann warrior, one of the powerful beings descended from the Fae. In his world, duty has always come before pleasure. When he meets Silver, the lines blur and the sensual witch might be too much of a distraction from the terrors that lie in wait.
Only the strongest will survive the upcoming battle in San Francisco. The forces of darkness have become more powerful than ever. Warrior and witch must trust in their hearts above all else---for to claim victory, they must first claim each other.
WRITERS: the year is still new! Keep that resolution (you know the one) and FINISH your book. And pro authors, how about taking your book and career up to the next level? I'm blogging about rewriting and all kinds of basic story structure tricks at screenwritingtricks.com. Learn how to use your favorite movies to write better, more marketable books.
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Happy March! - Alex
It's March and I have two books coming out this month. THE LAST CHRISTMAS ON EARTH is a prequel novella for my new futuristic series and the first novel in the series, THE SCATTERING OF SEEDS. The new frontier series will follow the passengers and crew of the starship Halcyon, traveling to a faraway galaxy to establish a new colony.
Duncan was sure the docks in England or Europe looked like this when people immigrated to the new world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. All around him were families with children, ready to take a chance for a better life in a strange new place.
It's still cold outside so snuggle up with a good book and enjoy.
March has me thinking of lions and lambs, but it's still gloomy and rainy here--perfect weather for hot tea, cozy cats, and good books. I'm happy to report that I have two books for you that are as cozy as you could wish!
SMALL TOWN TROUBLE is the fifth book in the Trouble the black cat detective Familiar Legacy series. Trouble is visiting Kentucky, where he has to help sweet Erin Walsh find out who kidnapped her saucy stepmother, solve the murder of one of her closest friends, and make sure she has every opportunity to get together with an old school friend, Noah Daly. Trouble pops up again in THE TROUBLE WITH CUPID, a clever collection of short romantic mysteries. And if you're looking to take a walk on the chilling side, check out the fresh price of .99 cents on my Appalachian Frankenstein fairytale of a novel, DEVIL'S OVEN. Don't forget to leave a review at your favorite online bookseller when you finish reading any book--I and every author I know appreciates it deeply. Have a safe and lovely spring!
"To travel is to take a journey into yourself."- Danny Kaye
It's no secret that I will never travel enough to satisfy my curiosity. There is a sort of wonderful energy that comes with packing, planning and taking off to a place either familiar or unfamiliar. In either case, there is always something to learn from the ground that you tread.
In THE FAT GIRLS CLUB: PARIS BOUND, Angela, Nicki and Sissy realize that they have missed something in their lives that work and television could not fulfill. Their trips to London and Paris not only exposed them to sites, sounds, tastes and textures of these countries but something more--- what had been missing in their lives.
Take time to explore, even if it's in your own backyard.
I'm so thrilled to announce the upcoming re-release of my Warner Family series with new covers! If you love sexy contemporary romance about the super-wealthy, then stay tuned for more details about the release date for TENDER SECRETS, ROAD TO SEDUCTION, CAMPAIGN FOR SEDUCTION and REDEMPTION'S TOUCH.
Meanwhile, don't forget that NO ORDINARY LOVE and BEYOND ORDINARY LOVE, the first two books in my Journey's End Billionaires interracial contemporary romance series, are now available in print and ebook format! What happens when sexy French billionaire Jean-Baptiste Mercier meets his match in no-nonsense career woman Samira Palmer? Come to Journey's End and read this two-part saga to find out!
Finally, have you picked up UNFORGETTABLE yet? It's #5 in my Journey's End small-town contemporary romance series, and it tells the long-awaited story of Daniel and Zoya, who get a second chance at their lost love after a bad breakup fourteen years ago. Reader reviews have been positive (and this is where Baptiste makes his first appearance), so I hope you'll check it out today.
Don't miss HAUNTING BEAUTY by Erin Quinn."A complex, mysterious, and very satisfying story!" --Diana Gabaldon, NYT Bestselling author of the Outlander series
Danni Jones believed everything she'd been told about her past---that she was an unwanted child abandoned by her mother. That she was an outcast set apart by her clairvoyance. That she was alone. Then came the stranger.
Sean Ballagh appears without warning with claims that Danni has family and they've been searching for her since she disappeared twenty years ago. It's what the lonely child inside her has always dreamed. Knowing she's desperate to understand who she is and where she comes from, Sean lures her back to Ireland, to a moment in her own past when her life was destroyed. In a world where nothing is what it seems, where the mystical and the occult are as vivid as the emerald fields, Danni must find the courage to face the treacherous past and believe that history can be rewritten.
I'm thrilled to share that A SEDUCTIVE ARRANGEMENT (The Fortune Brothers, Book 2) is now available in print.
A flashy playboy
A quiet cartoonist
A crazy wedding in Las Vegas
Can one wild night turn into forever?
Get a copy from your favorite retailer here.
Bill A. Brier, the author who made Linda Blair's head spin in "The Exorcist" in his Hollywood film career, is making readers' heads spin with his cinematic '50s mystery series set in small-town Oklahoma. Now on sale, Book Two finds Defiance, Oklahoma's newly-minted police chief discovering sinister stuff going on in backrooms, in an inn on the edge of town and in remote, moonlit fields.
THE KILLER WHO WASN'T THERE
A chilling locked-room mystery! Impossible for the murderer to escape ... yet, he did, and Defiance, Oklahoma's young police chief is having the devil of a time solving this case.
Powerful officials conspire against Chief Bucky Ontario's attempts to solve the case, including the KKK, whose members resent Bucky's friend, Charlotte, a Harvard-educated "Negro" lawyer. When they drag her off to a hanging---her hanging---Bucky reaches the end of his rope.
When my children were young, St. Patrick's Day somehow morphed into a major holiday. It started off with leprechaun magic.
The night before, after the children were asleep, I piled the kitchen chairs in a huge tangle on the table.
In the morning I awoke my husband early so he could apply a coating of mint mud mask to his nose.
Upon waking, the children raced downstairs, shrieking with delight when they saw the chairs akimbo on the kitchen table. "Oh, those mischievous leprechauns," I would growl, shaking a fist at the ceiling.
They would examine the porridge. Not green. But mysteriously it would turn an indigestible color the moment my back was turned. The milk in the fridge? The same.
With the children watching me closely. I needed to use all my wits and the good old distraction technique, along with sleight of hand. Then my husband would walk in, dressed for the day... sporting a bright green nose, which he refused to believe had turned green.
The children fall on the floor, laughing and clutching their stomachs, and I would laugh, too.
Things got much more complicated once my daughter got the notion that she was going to catch a leprechaun!
Exciting news for me! My latest novel, BEYOND DANGER, is #4 in Mass Market fiction on the Bookscan National Bestseller list. That's a personal best on that list!
What are readers saying about BEYOND DANGER?
"Nonstop action, and hot to trot romance always shine in a Kat Martin book."
"Kat Martin never, ever disappoints or misses telling the great story. This one has the romance and mystery that is the hallmark of her books."
"This was a really great book literally could not put down can hardly wait for next one."
"So many twists and turns..and feels...laughs and tears...hated to put the book down..."
"This book is thrilling and is compelling to read. I could not put it down. It combines romance, murder, revenge, blackmail, and terrorism into one great book."
"When I see a Kat Martin book show up in my kindle it's an insta-read. I love all of her books but the Beyond series is phenomenal. Smart, sexy, exciting and...addicting."
I hope you'll watch for BEYOND DANGER.
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I have just had a new release, A DREAM OF REDEMPTION, book #8 in my Disgraced Lords series. It's a Regency Romance about the relationship between the daughter of a Marquis and a man raised on the streets of London.
Even as Clary and Helen know the chances of ever being allowed to marry seems like a dream, they cannot stop the attraction they both feel. But giving in to that attraction could cost them everything they have.
Here's what readers are saying about A DREAM OF REDEMPTION:
A DREAM OF REDEMPTION is an intense and gripping look at a romance involving people belonging to different classes in the Regency era.
This is a great story, and it is a definite page turner. The plot was fast paced, it resonates with present times, and the heat between the two main characters captivating.
A DREAM OF REDEMPTION is intense, heartbreaking, engrossing, romantic and sweet.
I found the characters to be fascinating. Helen and Clary were delightful and I fell totally in love with them. Definitely a wonderful book to read.
I hope you take a peak at A DREAM OF REDEMPTION and let me know how you enjoyed it.
Read. Feel. Fall in Love.
A Box Set . . .
USA Today bestselling author Julie Johnstone just released a box set with five other powerhouses of historical romance---Grace Burrowes, Tanya Anne Crosby, Erica Ridley, Christi Caldwell, and Lauren Royal. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT gives readers SIX books for the price of ONE including Julie's story, "My Enchanting Hoyden." Download the box set today for only $4.99, and journey from the glittering ballrooms of England to the Scottish countryside where the promise of true love echoes down the ages.
An Audiobook . . .
MY DARING DUCHESS, the latest long novella in Julie's Once Upon a Rogue series, is now available in audiobook format! Listen now to the story about a lady bent on ruining rogues, a duke set on revenge, and their attempts to derail each other's plans as a shared passion erupts into a love for the ages.
MY SEDUCTIVE INNOCENT, Once Upon a Rogue, Book 2 is on sale for only $0.99! Download the book about wallflower Miss Sophia Vane and her tumultuous marriage to Nathaniel Ellison, the rich and wary Duke Of Scarsdale.
Virginia Readers! Deb Marlowe is thrilled to be coming to the Virginia Festival of the Book. Watch for her panel on historical romance with authors Joanna Bourne and Ava Stone on Saturday, March 24 in Charlottesville, VA!
Free for a Limited Time -- WINTER HOMECOMING by Lyn Cote,
Catching a freight train out of Chicago is no way to spend Christmas Day.
But the Depression has cost Will Gustafson---his classy wife, executive job and high society life. He's heading home to the northwoods to face the "I told you so's" he deserves. On the freight train a homeless little boy attaches himself to Will like a lost puppy. Why is he alone? On the day after Christmas in her Model T, Cass Newton picks up Will and the boy and takes them home with her. Is she crazy?
But a new widow, she needs a handyman to help her weather the winter in her isolated cabin. She's concealed her "delicate" condition from everyone but can't deceive Will. He wonders how he'll handle this---when his lady boss refuses to see a doctor. Why not for heaven's sake? He fights his growing attraction to this good but stubborn woman---so unlike the cheating wife who divorced him. The three of them become an unlikely "family." Yet what will happen when the snow melts and all their secrets are revealed?
Free March 17-21
I'm starting a new series called Everyday Heroes. HUNTED is my first in the series.
HUNTED, Book One in Everyday Heroes---Pre-order $2.99, released March 10th
Murder. On the Run. Second Chances.
Luke Michaels' relaxing camping trip ends when he witnesses a woman being thrown from a bridge. He dives into the river to save her, shocked to find her wrapped in chains. As a canine search and rescue volunteer, Luke has assisted many victims, but never a beauty whose defeated gaze ignites his primal urge to protect. When Megan Witherspoon's killers make it clear they won't stop, Luke fights to save her, but can he keep her alive long enough to find out who is after her?
We live in a world where, with the flick of our thumb our phone, iPads, etc., can connect up to people half a world away. You can actually see the person’s face. Thousands of miles away! For some, the idea isn’t so farfetched. For many of us, the concept is still kind of mind-blowing. But,… Read More