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Once Upon a Groom
by Karen Rose Smith | Interview

Q: Please tell us more about the Reunion Brides series.
ONCE UPON A GROOM is officially scheduled as a October release but it was available on September 20 in print form, e-book is October 1. And, yes, it is the next book, book 2, in my REUNION BRIDES series. The series revolves around a fifteenth year high school reunion in Miners Bluff, Arizona. Sparks...
Brightarrow Burning
by Isabo Kelly | Interview

Q: What inspired this story?
I was asked by an editor if I could give her a short story proposal to substitute into an anthology if the proposed stories for the anthology didn't come through. In the end they all did, but by that time, I'd come up with the very basic idea for this story. The initial spark came in the form of the...
Lucky Charm
by Marie Astor | Interview

Q: What is the inspiration for LUCKY CHARM?
Romance is such a big part of women's lives - we spend so much time dreaming and worrying about finding that special someone, but when things do not go exactly as planned, we rely on our friends to help us through the tough times. I knew that I wanted to write a fun contemporary romance about the magical...
Romancing the Countess
by Ashley March | Interview

Q: ROMANCING THE COUNTESS is a truly unique and fabulous story by the fact that your hero and heroine were both tragically betrayed in their first marriages and had to see if they could take another chance on love with each other. Where did the idea or the inspiration come from to write this story about such an unusual couple?
I'm so glad you enjoyed the storyline! I would love to give you a truly romantic answer about getting the idea for ROMANCING THE COUNTESS one day on a trip to Paris, but the truth is I've never been to Paris (yet!), and I actually had the idea for such a concept a few years ago when I was working a...
Contentment
by Margaret Ethridge | Interview

Q: We're so glad you can make it, because we'd love to talk about this unique concept. A series that look at After Happily Ever! What inspired this particular series of books?
After Happily Ever is a new line created by Turquoise Morning Press to feature stories that take place after a couple rides off into the sunset. In other words, they are not your typical romance novels. I was very excited that CONTENTMENT was chosen to be the debut title for the AHE line because I believe...
The Empire
by Elizabeth Lang | Interview

Q: What is the inspiration for THE EMPIRE, the first in a trilogy?
My inspiration was the characters. I had been writing some short stories with this cast and I was having so much fun that I decided to expand them into a proper story.

The storyline came from a desire to explore the issue of the ends justifying the means and looking at it from various angles. In...

Running in Fear: Dragon's Den
by Trinity Blacio | Interview

Q: RUNNING IN FEAR: DRAGON'S DEN is book five in the Running in Fear Series. How did you come up with the concept for the series?
At first I had three books in my mind, but after, the three other characters kept popping up in my head. My fans kept asking for more stories and a greater plot formed to connect the other stories that wanted to be brought to life. So, for right now, I have at least three more planned maybe more, and...
His Country Cinderella
by Karen Rose Smith | Interview

Q: What inspired the series Montana Mavericks: Here Come the Texans series? What is the unifying theme?
The Montana Mavericks is a continuity series that is added to year after year. Harlequin comes up with the basic thread that weaves throughout all the books, the type of hero and heroine for each plot and a short summary of the kind of plot they'd like to see. Each author in the series creates a plot...
Devil
by Jianne Carlo | Interview

Q: DEVIANT DEVIL is quite the action-packed romantic suspense. What kind of research goes into planning those complicated ops you had in the story?
A ton - but it was so much fun. I purchased the Navy SEALS BUD/s Class 234 DVD and watched that a bunch of times--incredible and fascinating to see what these warriors must do to earn that trident. I read the following books:

The Warrior Elite - The Forging of SEAL class 228

Team Secrets of The...

One Good Reason
by Sarah Mayberry | Interview

Q: We know that heroine Gabby is Tyler's ex-girlfriend (from the previous book, The Last Goodbye) and hero Jon is Tyler's brother, but what gave you the inspiration to put these two characters together?
When I was writing the first scene with Gabby in TLG, even though I hadn't planned it when I outlined the book, I decided she should be Tyler's ex-girlfriend. I thought it would help shed light on his intimacy issues as well as give him a confidante. The more I wrote, however, the more I liked Gabby....
Shinobi, Book One: Concealed in Shadows
by Sessha Batto | Interview

Q: From where did you draw the inspiration for the Shinobi series?
I've studied martial arts and swordsmanship for many years, and I've always been intrigued by the conflict inherent in the martial code of honor. To me, ninja are the epitome of this conflict, assassins and spies who are loyal to their clans to the death. Trained to set aside their emotions, yet carrying...
A Fateful Wind
by Suzette Stone | Interview

Q: Where did you draw inspiration for A FATEFUL WIND?
I grew up in a tiny village on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, UK. As a child we would play around a defunct tin mine - dangerous I know - and I was always intrigued by the stories I would hear of miners leaving behind their families to seek their fortunes in Australia, America and Mexico. The village I lived...
Strong Arms of the Law
by Cerise DeLand | Interview

Q: STRONG ARMS OF THE LAW is a VERY hot read. There's no question about that, but it also has a great plot and interesting story. How did you come up with the idea for it?
Since moving to Texas, I have learned so much about this state and the people who live here. Because I grew up and lived always in large cities on the East Coast of the States as well as in Japan, I came to Texas very green about the West. But once here, I loved it. The people are innately funny. You...
Thanksgiving Kindle Countdown Sale!
Autumn Reflections and October Winds will be .99 until November 27! Autumn Reflections: Dr. Autumn Hanson, a prestigious orthopedic surgeon, uses her busy professional life as a way to distract herself from the loneliness building inside her. When she became a single mother to Grayson, her seven-year-old son who wears superheroes on his leg braces, she vowed to give up those things to protect him, no matter how much she longed to share her life with someone. Kade Franco, a respected journalist in Cloquet, Minnesota, and the city's most eligible bachelor, has had his share of love's regrets. He could have any woman he wants, but he's waiting for his Lois Lane. Where he doesn't expect to find her is in the beautiful hazel eyes of the newest doctor in town. Autumn spent seven years building a wall around her heart, but she quickly discovers Kade's sexy chocolate eyes to be her kryptonite. She may be tough, but she's no match for her man of steel. Together, Kade and Gray will show her love never fails. October Winds: October Halloran left her past behind and found happiness in a tiny northern Minnesota town working at a local truck stop. At least she was happy, until Sheriff Jett Raven started asking questions she didn't want to answer. Jett didn't buy the story ‘Sarah Banks' sold the rest of the community. Smitten since the moment he first laid eyes on her, he knew she wasn't who she claimed to be. It wasn't until she stumbled across a dead body that he had a reason to dig into her past, and bring her into his home. Murdered truckers and attempted kidnappings lead October and Jett to the startling truth. With dozens of girls' lives on the line, it's up to October to discover who's after her and why. It's up to Jett to keep her alive.
Mating Season
Available at Amazon, Kobo, B&N, iTunes, and other booksellers. It's mating season on the arctic planet of Jensen, time for eligible men to winter with a potential spouse. In the past, Koll's enormous size and gruff disposition have scared off available women. When Shila literally falls into his arms, he hopes maybe this year will be different. Shila belongs to a race of shifters who are able to transform into enormous frost bears. She loves Koll's big body and sexy growl, and she understands the benefit of having a strong protector. With two male shifters stalking her, she needs Koll to keep her safe. But can he defeat the competition?
Shining Through/red Hot Russians 5
Dirty Dancing meets Olympic figure skating in this sweet and sexy sports romance The Biggest Season of her Career… America's sweetheart Tabitha Turner is on track to win figure-skating gold in the Winter Games. Her family has sacrificed everything for her career, but the pressure is taking its toll. Burned out and living a lie, can the Golden Girl let off a little steam without melting the ice? The Last Chance of His… Russia's bad boy of skating Daniil Andreev is determined to prove the toughest thing about him is his competitive fight. When Tabitha tempts him to help her take a secret walk on the wild side, he gives her a taste of the freedom she craves, never expecting that one unforgettable night could turn into something more. Two Hearts on Thin Ice… Chicago, Vancouver, Paris… the international figure skating season unfolds. Tabitha and Daniil compete and fall in love, but as the pressure mounts in a make-or-break season, can they set aside their painful pasts and spiral into a shining future together… or will their dreams shatter like thin ice? At the Grenoble Winter Games, the torch isn't the only thing burning...
Seven Rogues For Christmas
99 cents for a limited time!! Seven Rogues find the love of their lives in this historical holiday collection.
Ring Around The Rosy
Harassing phone calls from a killer terrify journalist, Susan Weston after her first big byline. Detective David Morgan investigates the calls and the fact Susan's bracelet was found at the murder scene. Sparks fly between them in more ways than one. To make matters worse, someone is leaving roses in front of Susan's door. Is she being stalked by a killer?
Out Now
Tragedy brought them together. Love will forge them like steel. The last thing Benny expected was to find himself in the middle of an active shooter event on campus. Canyondale University isn't the type of place he imagined becoming the center of such brutality. After getting shot in the thigh, he would've been dead if not for the SWAT member who rushed to his aid at the moment one of the gunmen was bent on finishing the job. An explosion of violence is a typical day for Wyatt. It's his job to charge headfirst into the worst situations. This time is different. Downed by several bullets and left for dead, he might not have made it out alive if not for an unlikely hero—a young college student named Benny. Now, Wyatt can't stay away from Benny. The man's dry wit and courageous heart has him mesmerized. Unfortunately, Wyatt's near-death experience has his ex seeing the light and wanting him back. Relationships built under such stressful circumstances aren't known to last, especially when meddling exes are involved. Thankfully for Wyatt, Benny isn't easily budged, and he's not giving up his knight without a fight.
The Knight Before Christmas
He lived to serve her….. As Sir Luke prepared to spend another Yuletide holiday at the side of Lady Evelina—the woman that he as a knight has pledged and vowed to protect—he approaches the festivity with a bittersweet feeling. It seems he has fallen deeply in love with his lady, a strong and brilliant woman now pledged to marry another man. Yet when her foolish fiancée breaks their engagement on the eve of Christmas, Luke seeks to comfort the defiant Evelina with the ultimate gift; the gift of his love, his respect, his heart…and, on that very night, his body….
Entangled Minds
Strange, realistic visions and dreams invade Rebecca Brennan's mind. When she experiences someone's pain, she's determined to find out who shares her mind. Her search leads to a small town filled with Victorian homes and interesting people and puts her life in danger.
Alien Mate Experiment
Abducted from her world and dropped onto his, she's as alien to him as he is to her. That doesn't mean they can't have some fun with their differences. But can a beautiful black woman really love an alien male with scales, claws, and a tail?
Blade Of Darkness
Return to the "utterly addictive" (RT Book Reviews), "fast-paced and humorous" (Publishers Weekly) world of New York Times bestselling author Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardians. Dana Pembroke has been able to glimpse the future of those she touches for as long as she can remember. But she never saw Aidan coming. When the tall, dark Celt with the charming grin yet world-weary eyes walks through her door, the future she sees for him is one full of violence, danger, deception... and passion. Because amidst the terrifying battles that unfold in her visions, she also sees herself in Aidan's arms and in his bed. Dana knows she should keep her distance, but the tender moments and laughter they share entice her even as she finds herself thrust into a world of vampires, immortals, and other preternatural beings. Immortal Guardian Aidan O'Byrne has been hunting and slaying psychotic vampires for nearly three thousand years, so visions of bloody battles don't trouble him. The battles Dana foresees, however, show Aidan's brethren turning against him, so he can't help but feel alarmed. While he spends as much time as he can with Dana, struggling to decipher her dire predictions, Aidan finds himself utterly smitten. Hope rises that he has finally found a woman who can banish the darkness and loneliness that plague him. But when vampires begin targeting Dana and a powerful enemy spawns chaos, will fate grant them time to find happiness together? "Another electrifying page-turner"—Heroes & Heartbreakers "I'm hooked!"—Reading Between the Wines Book Club "Amazing"—From the TBR Pile "Unbelievably funny"—I Smell Sheep "So much awesomeness"—The jeep Diva "Great action and romance"
High Test
Hayden Owens is just your typical graduate student working his way through school as a barista for the Owens Coffee Company—no relation. But he keeps the "no relation" part to himself when he meets dashing, older Neal Kirchner, a successful architect from an old-money family. Hayden doesn't exactly lie, but he figures it can't hurt for Neal to believe he's a rich kid. After all, Hayden doesn't want Neal thinking he's a gold digger. The closer they become, the harder it gets for Hayden to come clean. Something always seems to get in the way. When a company bankruptcy and a jilted, vindictive woman threaten to expose his charade, Hayden thinks it's all gone down the drain. Luckily Neal is ready with some innocent trickery of his own.
Everything I've Dreamed Of
Kate Willowbrook dreamed of a life filled with beauty –– a man who loves her, friends, and a home. At eighteen, Kate's dreams were replaced by nightmares when she witnessed a crime. Kate fled, never settling down and never trusting anyone until at the age of the thirty, she discovers the small town of Lakes Crossing and CEO, Noah Reed. When Noah's wife was killed in an accident, his world exploded. Noah settled for an empty, loveless life until the day he met Kate. When he learns about Kate's past and finds she is still in danger, Noah takes over, becoming over-protective—to the point Kate feels stifled and controlled. As Noah and Kate struggle to put the past behind them and find a balance that fulfills both their needs, they learn that there are no guarantees in life, but in Lakes Crossing they have been given a second chance at love.
Small Changes
Melanie Daniels is back home, reconnecting with friends and taking over the family business. She's content even if there isn't that one special person in her life. Then she sees the man of her dreams stalking toward her. Jonah Sanders and his daughter have been on the run for nearly two years. It's time to regroup and rest. He doesn't know what has drawn him to this small town but he's learned to live by his instincts. So why does the woman next door override his instincts and cause him to think of a life he can't chance?
Rejoice And Resist: Timely Tales Of The Final Draft Tavern
Follow the cat through time and space... Enjoy a drink in the Final Draft Tavern. Will you emerge in your own time? Or another? The Marchand family and their cat, Whiskey, guide rebels and dissenters, heroes and villains, artists and lovers backward and forward through time. Seven short stories of drama, women's fiction, historical fiction, time travel, paranormal, and romance unite our characters in resistance to tyranny and celebration of the right to speak truth to power.
Naapiikoan Winter
Historical novel Naapiikoan Winter is a bronze level winner in the Inspirational Category of the Will Rogers Medallion Awards! Perfect in paperback for Christmas giving.
Misfortune Of Vision
Prophecy can be dangerous In 12th century Ireland, Orlagh has been Seer to her king for forty years. He doesn't want to hear her prophecies of war and destruction, and dismisses her efforts to warn him. Therefore, she is determined to fulfill her own quest: to find a worthy heir for her magical brooch. In the course of events, she must pass judgment on a thief, escape a Norman war camp, and battle wits with a Fae lord. She receives some prophecy of her own and enlists the help of a grizzled old warrior, who happens to be a long–time friend.
A Wee Gem For You!
A short story in the Warrior Maids of Rivenloch saga... Half-Viking shieldmaiden Kimbery of Rivenloch has until Yuletide to choose a bridegroom…or one will be chosen for her. But when the barbarian Brude the Brutal travels to claim his betrothed, he finds himself bewitched instead by a runaway bride.
Historicals For Christmas
Perfect in paper for Christmas giving. Award-winning historical novels by Alethea Williams.
Silk & Scars
For over a year, Miss Gwendolyn Parkes and the Duke of Sowrith have corresponded. At first an error, the letters quickly became something much more, a friendship forged on like minds and perhaps the hope of something more… When Gwen is compelled by her employer to attend the duke at his Dartmoor estate, she is devastated to find her beloved friend cold and imperious, even if he is the most handsome man she's ever seen – despite his scars. Edward, Duke of Sowrith, has longed to meet Gwen. Arranging her passage to his estate, he is tongue-tied when confronted with her quiet beauty. All too aware of the twisted ruin of his face, he allows fear to hold him silent…until Gwen's safety is threatened. Finally together, they grow closer until it seems they can never again be apart – but can a commoner and a duke find a happily ever after?
A Love Worth Any Risk! Bastards Of London ~ The Last Gamble!
As one of the owners of London's most infamous and scandalous gambling hall, The Underworld, Luke Reese looks like a man who has it all. But underneath his swagger lies a pain which no amount of liquor, women or card games can ease. Because, nine months ago, Luke's son was stolen by his half-brother, Lord Dursley. Luke knows the agony of growing up without a family, and he will not allow his son to suffer the same fate. So when evidence leads him to Coventry and a mysterious governess named Georgina, Luke doesn't hesitate in tracking her down. But nothing is ever as simple as it seems in the London ton. And soon, Luke is facing his most dangerous gamble yet. Dare he risk losing his heart to find his son?
Silk & Scholar
Most ladies dream of finding a husband, but Etta Wilding-Marsh dreams of the law. Establishing a law school for women is the determined firebrand's dearest ambition and she has no time for distraction—and certainly no time for the wickedly handsome antagonist from her youth. After years of annoying her from afar, Lord Christopher Hiddleston leaps at the chance to return to Cambridge and the fiery girl he has never forgotten. Now a successful Gothic novelist, Christopher will use his notoriety to support the school…and drive Etta wild. A chance meeting leads to another, and then the firebrand and the antagonist find a passion of a different sort. But can a woman who dreams too much and a man who never does truly find a happily ever after?
Teach Me
Ever curious, Elizabeth, Viscountess Rocksley, has turned her curiosity to erotic pleasure. Three years a widow, she boldly employs the madam of a brothel for guidance but never had she expected her education to be conducted by a coldly handsome peer of the realm. To the Earl of Malvern, the erotic tutelage of a skittish widow is little more than sport, however the woman he teaches is far from the mouse he expects. With her sly humor and insistent joy, Elizabeth obliterates all his expectations and he, unwillingly fascinated, can't prevent his fall. Each more intrigued than they are willing to admit, Elizabeth and Malvern embark upon a tutelage that will challenge them, change them, come to mean everything to them…until a heartbreaking betrayal threatens to tear them apart forever.
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