Maria Grazia Swan was born in Italy, but this rolling stone has definitely gathered no moss. She lived in Belgium, France, Germany, in beautiful Orange County, California where she raised her family, and is currently at home in Phoenix, Arizona—but stay tuned for weekly updates of Where in the World is Maria Grazia Swan? As a young girl, her vivid imagination predestined her to be a writer. She won her first literary award at the age of fourteen while living in Belgium. As a young woman...Read More
Tamara Lush writes sexy books for sharp women. Her recent book, Constant Craving, was a 2018 RWA RITATM Finalist in erotic romance. In 2017, she was one of 24 writers awarded the Amtrak Writer’s Residency, and she rode around the United States on a train while finishing Constant Craving. Buzzfeed said the book is “the perfect read for when even chocolate can’t satisfy your cravings.” Scandalicious called the book “smart smut,” with “diversity, a hero you love to hate and a kinky...Read More
Cathryn Marr is the pseudonym for the writing team of Terese Ramin and Dawn Johanson. Terese Ramin is the award winning, bestselling author of ten romance and romantic suspense novels, numerous short stories, and the creator/editor/author of the charitable collaboration Bewitched, Bothered & BeVampyred. She co-wrote the medical-legal thriller The Whistleblower’s Daughter with David Wind. Her autobiographical essay, “Two-Puppy Theory”, is included in the anthology The Sound and the Furry,...Read More
UNCHAINED DESIRE coming in May!
Chained to a demon queen for hundreds of years, fallen angel Ramiel has given up on his brothers and sisters----and humanity. He has seven days away from hell to replenish his power and that's all he cares about----right up until his meeting with the much too innocent Kyria. He fell for that act before and it landed him in hell, he won't be making that mistake again.
To save her sick father, Kyria knows she must find Ramiel. He's dark, brooding and everything Kyria should be scared of, but the haunted look in his eyes makes her think there's more to him. The tattoos and chains don't frighten her either, but the connection she has with him does. When strange creatures attack her, Ramiel steps in to protect her.
Ramiel believes he's reluctantly helping Kyria, but what neither of them knows is that she may be the one to save them all...
WILD FOR YOU from the Riding Tall series is available now!
Dara Winters has always liked her best friend Bailey's older brother, but it isn't until the day Jack walks into her special needs ranch that he starts to steal her heart.
Jack McBride lost his wife several years ago, and he hasn't been ready to meet another woman until Dara.
Truth is, she's always been there. As his younger sister's best friend, Dara has been around as long as he can remember. So how is he's just now noticing this beautiful woman with fire, spirit, and a kind heart who attracts him like a magnet?
Jack's daughter wants no part of another woman in his life. He doesn't know what to do with his daughter's actions and anger.
What he needs to figure out is how to bring together his daughter and the woman he loves.
THE GOODBYE CAFÉ is on sale now!
Book #3 in my Hudson Sisters series went on sale last week (March 26)!
Divorced California girl Allie's done her best to cope with the demands of her father's will: that she and her sisters Des and Cara unite to renovate the Sugarhouse, the 1920s theater built by their great-grandfather. The renovations are almost complete when their aunt Barney buys the Goodbye Café -- an icon in their small Pocono Mountain town -- and overnight Allie finds herself playing the role of waiter rather than her customary waitee.
The summer is almost over, and Allie's daughter, Nikki, is due in California for the start of new school year. Allie knows as soon as the theater has been totally renovated, she'll be free to leave and go back to her life in LA. But leaving Hidden Falls isn't as easy as she thought it would be: she's come to love her sisters and her aunt, and the town where her family's roots grow so deep. She'll also be leaving behind what could be the love of a lifetime. What will Allie do when time finally runs out?
And for those of you who've read book 1, THE LAST CHANCE MATINEE and book 2, THE SUGARHOUSE BLUES:
Will the lost emerald necklace ever be found?
Who is the mysterious J?
What really happened at the hidden falls that caused Barney's fiancé, Gil, to fall to his death?
Happy reading, my friends!
Finding the right words...
I'm looking forward to, SAY YES, the newest release in the It Happened One Wedding series.
Nicole Harrison, a marriage-shy marriage counselor, wants to shake up her love life and loner Jayden Cassell seems to be the perfect solution.
However, convincing him of that proves an interesting challenge...
To learn more about SAY YES visit daragirard.com
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I'm excited to share that my first Regency romance trilogy, The St. Clairs, is releasing this spring and summer. DEVOTED TO THE DUKE, MIDNIGHT WITH THE MARQUESS, and EMBRACING THE EARL can all be read as standalones. All are available in KU.
Jeremy St. Clair, Marquess of Sather, isn't looking to wed---until he meets the luminous Lady Catherine Crawford, a sought after beauty who wishes to marry for love. They share a kiss that both hope will lead to a future together but their lives are changed that very night.
Years later, the couple meet again. Jeremy is now the powerful Duke of Everton, while Catherine has learned a devastating secret that will prevent her from ever marrying the man she loves.
Will her secret be revealed---and will Jeremy accept her even if it will ruin his reputation?
I'm grateful THE KING'S COUSINS trilogy is still doing well. Pick up THE PAWN for 99 cents and THE HEIR and THE BASTARD for $1.99---or read for free in KU.
Exciting News! CHRISTMAS IN HARMONY HARBOR, the final full-length book in the Harmony Harbor series, is now in production. In some ways CIHH was the easiest book I've ever written, while in other ways it was the hardest. Easy because I've known how the series would end, how this book would unfold, from the day I began brainstorming the series four years ago. And hard because it's never easy to say goodbye to a town and a family that you've lived in/with and loved for so long.
But as much as I love my Gallaghers and Harmony Harbor, I'm thrilled to announce that I've signed for another small-town contemporary romance series with Forever! I'm super excited about this new series and can't wait to introduce you to the people of Highland Falls, a small town in the mountains of North Carolina.
Book 1 in the series won't be out until early June of next year, but over the upcoming months readers will be given the opportunity to name characters and businesses in Highland Falls through my newsletter and Facebook reader group, so be sure to sign-up and join us for the fun.
Happy Spring everyone! I'm thrilled to be participating in the Lil Book Bug Bookstore's Spring Fling with Khloe Wren Book Signing on Sunday, April 14, 2019, from 1pm to 5pm.
Lil Book Bug Bookstore is an awesome independent bookstore in Lancaster, California, close to Los Angeles. Come by and see the 14+ authors signing and giving away special swag and prizes.
I'll be signing all three books in my Finding Forever in Laguna series:
"Sweet, sexy, lush, and lovely, this series is a new force in the genre you won't be able to put down until the ultimately satisfying end..." Kerrigan Byrne, Bestselling author of the Victorian Rebels series
Here's more information on the event: Facebook.com/lilbookbug/
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DANDELION WISHES, a small town romance by Melinda Curtis, will soon be a TV movie!
SOMETIMES WISHES DO COME TRUE, SHE'D HEARD IT SAID
Will Jackson was a control freak and a killjoy. He had been since they were kids. He'd made it his mission to come between Emma Willoughby and her best friend--his little sister--all their lives. But why? Until the day of the accident, Emma had always thought of herself as adventurous, not dangerous.... And then her friend had almost died.
She desperately needed to apologize, to try to explain, if she could. Will had managed to keep the two apart while Tracy was in the hospital, but now that she was home in Harmony Valley, the winemaker wannabe had to understand that getting past this was the only way they could heal. And yet even if Tracy was able to, Emma wasn't sure she could forgive herself. And Will had made it abundantly clear: he wouldn't sleep until he'd found retribution.
What's better than one Duke, a baker's dozen! DUKES BY THE DOZEN a multi-author boxed set of never before released stories, is coming on April 16th.
What's better than a dashing duke? A dozen of them! In this case, a baker's dozen---thirteen of your favorite historical romance authors have come together to bring you more than a dozen tantalizing novellas, with one per month, for a year's worth of never-before-released romances.
Alyssa Alexander, Jennifer Ashley, Grace Burrowes, Gina Conkle, Eileen Dreyer, Elizabeth Essex, Bronwen Evans, Anna Harrington, Madeline Martin, May McGoldrick, Ella Quinn, Heather Snow, Sabrina York
Don't miss out on this limited time boxed set.
Read. Feel. Fall in Love.
Time is running out to get your eBook copy of NEVER LET GO for $0.99 ($0.79 in some places!)
The sale ends this month.
As a forensic genealogist, Willow Anderson is following in her late grandfather's footsteps in her quest for answers about a baby abducted from the hospital more than twenty years ago. The case may be cold, but things are about to heat up when someone makes an attempt on her life to keep her from discovering the truth.
Ex-FBI agent--and Willow's ex-flame--Austin McKade readily offers his help to protect the woman he never should have let get away. Together they'll follow where the clues lead them, even if it means Austin must face the past he's spent much of his life trying to forget. And even if it puts Willow's tender heart at risk.
In this fast-paced and emotional page-turner, bestselling author Elizabeth Goddard keeps the stakes high, the romantic tension sparking, and the outcome uncertain until the very end.
In STRANGERS SHE KNOWS, Max and his ten-year-old daughter Rae are rebuilding a Ford F100 pickup. Because my father-in-law owned an F100 and The Husband drove it while in high school, and it's against their religion to ever hire someone to do what they can do themselves, I have A Source (two, actually) on pickup rebuilding. Which has led to writing discussions like...
The Husband: "There are two beams that run the length of the pickup, and the masherbumbles connect at the whipdoodles. When the engine wingles snarfle the fiskpopers---"
Me: "You know I've never in my life been under a vehicle, right?"
Him: "Okay." :speaks slowly/uses little words: "There. Are. Two. Beams. That. Run. The. Length. Of. The. Pickup..."
STRANGERS SHE KNOWS, coming Oct. 8 in hardcover, trade paperback, audiobook and ebook.
Or at your favorite independent bookstore!
New Survey for my current manuscript:
Review the results of last month's audiobook survey!
For you! A complete and updated Downloadable/Printable Book List sorted by genre, series and in order.
NEW BOOK: Huntress Series Number 6! SHADOW MOON releases April 19. A haunted FBI agent is on the hunt for a female serial killer. This time, the predators lose. Pre-order now. If you're new to the series, it's written to be read in order, starting with HUNTRESS MOON.
Add RC Bray's award-winning audiobook narration for $3.99 or less.
SCREENWRITING TRICKS FOR AUTHORS WORKSHOPS in the Highlands and Caribbean! Join me for this 7-day Eastern Caribbean writing cruise, November 7-10. London and Highlands workshops TBA. Details here.
APRIL CONTEST: win a $20 Amazon gift card! Enter here.
Happy Spring! - Alex
Tamara Lush has made ALL I KNOW, the first book in her Paradise Beach series, available for a June pre-order on Amazon. It's a rom-com about a woman who feels obligated to care for everyone, a sexy Marine who wants to make his first love his forever bride, and a fake wedding proposal that changes everything.
USA Today bestselling author Carolyn Haines was recently honored with the Alabama Library Lifetime Achievement Award. The award has been given only once before, to E.O. Wilson. Haines is a native of Mississippi but has lived in Alabama for the past 35 years. She's published over 80 books, mostly mysteries and crime novels. Haines writes three on-going mystery series---the Sarah Booth Delaney series, the Pluto's Snitch series, and Trouble, the black cat detective multi-author series. Her latest book is BONE-A-FIED TROUBLE and GAME OF BONES will be released by St. Martin's Minotaur May 14. Haines has also been the recipient of the Harper Lee Award for Distinguished Writing and the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence as well as Best Amateur Sleuth series by Romantic Times. Learn more about her and sign up for her newsletter at carolynhaines.com
If you love Historical Romance with tender love stories, fierce passion and exciting adventure, then the Half Moon House Series is for you! For ten books, readers have been watching Hestia Wright help any woman who comes to her in need. We've watched her ongoing battle with the man who ruined her years ago. Readers have asked when she was going to get a HEA---and now it's coming! Deb's reader group, the Debutantes, got the first peek at Hestia's gorgeous cover. Newsletter subscribers are next! Start the series with THE LOVE LIST, and follow Deb on social media or watch her website for the cover reveal, Behind the Book historical tidbits, excerpts and contests!
Justine has two new releases to celebrate in April, one of them marking the launch of an exciting new venture!
First is a special new contemporary series from Tule Publishing, set in the fictional town of Last Stand, Texas, a place with a fascinating history and even more fascinating characters. A very talented bunch of authors have gotten together to create a town with heart, and with people you will come to know and love. Justine's first entry in her Texas Justice series is THE LONE STAR LAWMAN, featuring a heroic lawman who's become a very reluctant internet sensation, and the verbal target of a grief-stricken reporter. Up for pre-order now, the book will be released on April 25th.
And it's been a long time coming, but that furry rascal Cutter returns with a new adventure, OPERATION HERO'S WATCH, where a man who keeps his promises is helped by people---and a dog---who excel at making that happen. Also up for pre-order now, eBook release April 1st, print April 2nd.
MEANT FOR ME
When a handsome stranger about to leave for war proposes elopement, Chloe, the perfect Southern lady, runs away to 1917 New York City. "Romance of epic proportions, absorbing and satisfying." PG13
Lyn Cote's book MEANT FOR ME is part of the "Great Books Great Deals" April Celebration April 8-12, 2019. A dozen authors. Top notch talent. All books FREE or 99 cents. And a big prize to one winner! Click here to preview the authors participating.
I'm excited to announce I have my second book in the series, New Beginnings. UNEXPECTED LOVE is a pre-order on Amazon and will be released April 15th.
Dedicated to her high schoolers with special needs, Sadie Spencer was determined to get help for her work program even if it meant she had to be creative to find a way to talk to Andrew Knight who owned a large company that would be a perfect place for her students. She bid on him in a bachelor auction and won a date with him. She was excited she would have a chance to convince him to hire one of her students. But she soon realized that God had His reasons for bringing them together.
Experience had taught Andrew that he didn't need anyone in his life, including God. Until Sadie began to show the successful businessman how much he had to offer her students. But though the walls he'd built around his heart were slowly crumbling, would he ever find the courage to make peace with God so that he could be not only Sadie's hero . . . but her husband?
Happy Spring! It has been a whirlwind winter in the Northwest with record snow and cold weather. Thanks to my hubby's business trip, we spent time with our son and his family in Hawaii and watching a two-year old play in the sand is something I highly recommend.
Our travel to Hawaii involved, fun in the sun, family time, and...danger. Well, maybe I'm being extreme about the danger but in my defense, I learned afterwards that a local had fallen 200 feet. The hike, called Manoa Falls, is through a forest trail where scenes of Jurassic Park were filmed. We hiked in a torrential downpour, over a trail oozing with mud and packed with slippery, rock steps. The reward at the top was a gorgeous waterfall. It's the type of hike you brag about surviving. Good news! Pele, Hawaii's volcano goddess, was sleeping.
This month, instead of featuring one of my books, I'd like to recommend one I discovered that was perfect for our trip. It's called, SEA WITCH, by Sarah Henning. If you love Young Adult stories, suspense, twists and turns, a dash of romance and mermaids, this is the book for you.
Have a wonderful Spring!
When we decided to co-author a new adult contemporary romance, we knew working together would make us better writers, but we didn’t realize it would make me us better men. Um…maybe we should back up at this point and mention that we are not, technically, men at all, so much as wives, moms, and card-carrying… Read More