~~Love Courageously~~ The only thing that beats a romantic happily-ever-after ending is a happily-ever-after ending in Christ. Publishers Weekly Bestselling and award-winning author Deb Kastner strives to create a cord of three strands between the hero, the heroine, and Jesus Christ. Deb’s contemporary western romances contain sigh-worthy heroes and strong heroines facing obstacles that draw them closer to each other and the Lord. Deb first became aware of God’s saving grace in high...Read More
You'll laugh. At least, I did!
In the book I'm currently writing, a medieval re-enactor had to cancel because his jousting saddle had given him hemorrhoids. I couldn't spell hemorrhoids so I Googled it. Which in turn led to an attack of online ads for hemorrhoid creams, hemorrhoid pillows, magic spells to rid me of hemorrhoids...
I posted on FaceBook, "What subject have you Googled that caused ad-haunting?" Then I spent far too much time reading the clever responses. From my dear, funny readers:
"I do Medicare Part D (prescription insurance) counseling, and we google meds when a client doesn't know what the meds treat. So some data analyst thinks I'm an insomniac manic depressive diabetic high blood pressure low bone density incontinent constipated menopausal high anxiety chronic pain sufferer..."
"I have a echo dot thingie in my kitchen and it flashes randomly so I suspect it's a Russian spy double agent."
"I used to live in a town called Milford. I recently was googling a pizza place in Milford on my phone so the buttons are all small and I googled pizza MILF because I pressed the search button too early..." READ MORE!
Book 2 of the Tovenaar Series, THE CURSE is now available.
Prince Laren, a Tovenaar destined to be the ruler of his house, has only one goal. Break the spell that forces him to go catting around at night and unleash his wrath on the sorcerer responsible. Then he meets a woman with fiery hair, deep blue eyes, and the body of his dreams. She's but a pawn in the looming conflict between members of the hidden community. And the prince is torn between his old and new desires.
Juliet Cooper's plans were simple: sell her great uncle's property, return home, find a job, and get on with life. But then she meets Laren---in both human and cat form. And her plans get complicated. Juliet finds she can't leave until she knows the secrets that her great uncle's property and the handsome, blue-eyed man are hiding, unaware of the price she might have to pay.
When Juliet is attacked by Laren's opponents, he must decide whether to rescue her, risking not only the wrath of the community members who shelter him and his princely future, but also his life.
I'm offering an exclusive short story, told in serial format, available only in my newsletter. This short story is titled THE SECRET. This story is set in the Tovenaar Series world and takes place before THE HIDDEN. Sign up for my newsletter and don't miss an episode.
I'm finishing INTO THE FRAY and hope to have it out by the end of October. It is the third book in my Daring Escapes Series.
Books, books, and more books! Books have been my safe and happy place over these past few months---as they have been since before I could read, when I cuddled safe beside my favorite grownups as they read to me. What a gift we give children when we read to and with them. All my recent reading has inspired me to start posting reviews and just plain book thoughts every Sunday over on my blog. When you visit my blog page, there's a little box up in the left corner where you can sign up just for the blog. I hope you'll come by! And since I'm doing more reading than writing these days, here's a link to check out my low-stress, light cat mystery SMALL TOWN TROUBLE. Summer vacation, sneaky stepmother, smart girl, cute guy, bossy boots detective cat named Trouble, and, of course, a murder! You can check out the whole multi-author series here, too. Stay safe, and cool, and dry, and be good to yourself!
I'm excited to share I've just finished writing book #3 in my Trillium Bay series! MY KIND OF PERFECT tells the fun, funny, romantic story of the youngest Callaghan sister. Does Lilly get her happily ever after? Of course she does. But is it with John Taggart? Or someone new? What's the latest with Emily and Ryan? And Brooke and Leo? Can't wait to let you read it! Release date to be announced soon.
Want to have some fun from the safety of your home? Hop on over to Susan Elizabeth Phillips' Facebook page on Thursday, September 17 at 3 p.m. EDT (12 p.m. PDT), when Susan and I will chat live.
Then join me and many other authors who are coming together online for the 15th Annual Buns & Roses Romance Tea for Literacy, headlined by Eloisa James on Sunday, October 18, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. CDT. In addition to that main event, authors will do video sessions on Friday and Saturday, October 16-17, during the Virtually Yours Weekend. I'm joining Jill Shalvis for a video chat on Friday at 4 p.m. CDT. Tickets for the Tea for Literacy are $25 (Basic package) and $55 (Deluxe), and include the chance to purchase special author events. (But mine with Jill is included in both packages.) Tickets must be purchased in advance here. There will be fabulous auction items, a raffle, and cute Mystery Bears to purchase.
Also remember you're invited to Meg's Cozy Tea Time on YouTube, where I begin the day with tea and a totally unrehearsed "good morning" twice a week.
The New York Times and USA Today bestseller DANCE AWAY WITH ME by Susan Elizabeth Phillip is now available in hardcover, audiobook and ebook! At long last, the legendary #1 New York Times bestselling author returns with a heartfelt novel of womanhood, a wild heart, and the healing power of love. Run, run, as fast as you can! When life throws her one setback too many, midwife and young widow Tess Hartsong takes off for Runaway Mountain. In this small town high in the Tennessee mountains, surrounded by nature, she hopes to outrun her heartbreak and find the solace she needs to heal.
But instead of peace and quiet, she encounters an enigmatic artist with a craving for solitude, a fairy-tale sprite with too many secrets, a helpless infant, a passel of curious teens, and a town suspicious of outsiders, especially one as headstrong as Tess. Just as headstrong, is Ian North, a difficult, gifted man with a tortured soul---a man who makes Tess question everything.
In running away to this new life, Tess wonders--- Has she lost herself... or has she found her future? Order your copy of DANCE AWAY WITH ME today!
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If you've read Cathryn Marr's debut paranormal romance SOUL KEEPER, you know the world portrayed in that book is full of dark, gritty corners. But the resilient characters shine brightly against that sometimes harsh paranormal backdrop. When Terese Ramin and Dawn Johanson, the writing duo known as Cathryn Marr, started discussing website prizes, door prizes for reader conferences, and giveaways for their newsletter subscribers, they knew the items they chose needed to be as special and unique as the world and characters in their Brotherhood of Shadows books.
So, they contacted Fargo Motif, a talented mother-daughter artisan team, who create custom, handcrafted jewelry pieces based on the characters and vibe of Cathryn's books. The results have been gorgeous! Want a chance to win a high quality, custom crafted piece from Fargo Motif? Subscribe to Cathryn Marr's monthly newsletter for an exclusive chance to win each month. Newsletter subscribers will also be the first to know when book two in the Brotherhood of Shadows series gets a release date.
Perfect Pairings and September Reads
Regency romance author Janna MacGregor contends nothing goes together better than a brisk fall day and a cozy romance novel. Except maybe a strong margarita and a spicy beach read during the summer... Or a sexy historical story read by glowing candlelight. For book lovers, some things just go together!
Read more about these perfect pairings (and share your own!) all month long on Janna MacGregor's Facebook and Instagram pages, and in her monthly newsletter that contains exclusive content for subscribers. Sign up now! While you're there, check out Janna's celebrated Cavensham Heiresses Regency romance series.
For even more access to this interactive author and her lovely reader friends, join the Ladies and Lords of Langham Hall Facebook group.
New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries' WHO WANTS TO MARRY A DUKE released last week, and she's spending September celebrating with friends! Readers will have two chances to connect with the Regency romance author this month when she visits the following online reader groups.
Wednesday, September 2 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Eloisa James' Lindow Castle Facebook Group
Join Sabrina for an hour of fun historical posts, giveaways, and Q&As with readers in bestselling author Eloisa James' Lindow Castle group!
Request to Join (Must have a Facebook account)
Monday, September 14 Between the Chapters Book Club Takeover
Sabrina will answer questions and chat with readers in Kensington Publishing's Facebook book club, a virtual community of booklovers with the aim of sharing their favorite books.
Request to Join (Must have a Facebook account)
Not on Facebook? Sign up to receive Sabrina's monthly newsletter where she shares exclusive content like new book covers, snippets from her current work-in-progress, and more!
Learn more about the books including an excerpt from her latest release here.
Join the cover reveal celebration for THE LAST RULE OF MAKEUPS and check out the updated look of the Breakup Bash series on 2 September. THE LAST RULE OF MAKEUPS releases on 12 October. Find out more about this standalone title and all of the books in the series here.
It's also a great time to start the Tillbridge Stables series if you're a Kindle Unlimited subscriber. THE COWBOY'S CLAIM, Book 1 is part of KU for the month of September. Order here
HER SWEET TEMPTATION, Book 2 is available for pre-order.
New Release: Get your binge on in September with two new releases from Desiree Holt. THE CORPORATE HEAT BOX SET releases 9.8.20 and THE STRIKE FORCE BOX SET releases 9.22.20. Click here to watch the Strike Force book trailer.
Giveaway: Win a print set of Desiree Holt's Omega Team series plus author swag. Books include RAW EDGE OF DANGER, MISSION CONTROL, and LETHAL DESIGN.
On October 13, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr returns to the beloved town of Virgin River with a brand-new story about fresh starts, new friends and the magic of Christmas. Meet Kaylee Sloan, a successful writer, who heads to Virgin River in hopes that the isolation will help her put the grief of her mother's recent death out of her mind---long enough, that is, to avoid the holidays and to meet a writing deadline. As she drives north through the mountains and the majestic redwoods, Kaylee immediately feels inspired, and to her surprise, she is embraced by people of Virgin River who are more than willing to help a friend---or a stranger---in need. In time, Kaylee finds out that there's no better place to spend Christmas than Virgin River. Reserve your copy of RETURN TO VIRGIN RIVER today! Signed hardcover copies are available for pre-order from Barnes & Noble. For details about Robyn's upcoming virtual book tour and opportunities to purchase signed copies through independent bookstores, visit Robyn's Facebook page.
You have probably heard about the fires raging in California, especially in Santa Cruz County, where I grew up. But did you know that many romance writers call or have called, northern California home? Bella Andre, Barbara Freethy, Jasmine Haynes, Ava Bradley, Sherry Ewing, Alice Gaines, debut author Karysa Faire, Tricia Linden, Ariella Moon (me), and many more have penned romance books among the redwoods or overlooking the ocean.
So while I struggle to focus on upcoming books for the Teen Wytche Saga and the Two Realms Trilogy, I send out prayers and protection spells to my writing friends in the evacuation zones, my editor and family members in the smoke's path, and to the stretched-thin firefighters. May they all be safe.
I wanted to take a moment to thank readers for all their wonderful reviews of my recent psychological suspense novel, HAVE YOU SEEN ME? a combination thriller/whodunit that A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window, has called "whip smart and dagger sharp," and Amazon named a best book of the month. If you haven't had a chance to read it yet, I hope you'll check it out:
On a cold, rainy morning, personal finance journalist Ally Linden arrives at her office soaked to the bone, only to find she's forgotten her key card. When her boss shows up a short time later, he's shocked to see her because, he explains, she hasn't worked at the company in five years. Ally's in a fugue state and she has no idea how or why she ended up there.
As she tries desperately to figure out where she's been, it becomes clear that something terrible happened in those forty-eight hours--and someone will stop at nothing to make sure she doesn't learn the truth.
SECOND CHANCE LOVE, a contemporary Christian romance is on sale now for 99 cents through September 5, 2020.
Eight years should have been long enough to overcome the hurt and humiliation of being left at the altar, but when Jillian Rodgers walks back into Sam Lawson's life, he has to grapple with those feelings again. Worse yet, he can't stop thinking about her.
Jillian has returned to her hometown to help care for her mother. Facing Sam again is hard, but Jillian wonders if her return could mean a second chance for them. In a small town their paths often cross, and despite Sam's vow not to make the same mistake, he finds himself falling for her all over again.
But Jillian hasn't been completely honest about her life. When that comes to light, can he still forgive and forget? Can they have a second chance at love?
Looking for your next summer binge read? Cowboys Cash, Jace and Sawyer Dalton have got you covered. The three cousins are trying to save Dry Creek Ranch and the new women in their lives. As it turns out, the women may just save them instead.
"Stacy Finz delivers a fantastic tale of cowboys, cattle rustling and the power of love and family in the California gold country." ---Kate Pearce, New York Times bestselling author.
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Dominant doesn’t equal psychopath, and while I’m at it, submissive doesn’t equal victim. I have recently seen several kinky erotic romance novels where the ‘dominant’ is actually a psychopath. Maybe I get hung up in terminology because of my degree in psychology, but I feel the urge to make this distinction, and to call things… Read More