Surprise new release by Dale Mayer!

Hi everyone,

Usually I have my work mapped out a few weeks in advance. However due to an over booking of editors, I was required to hustle my buns and pull out another book (one I wrote last year but never had a chance to revise) and get it ready for this second editor.

The good news is I did and surprise, surprise, it’s actually been through multiple rounds of editors, proofreaders and beta readers and is already live at most places! :)

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Blurb:

Time has a way of solving many problems – but it also has a way of creating many more…

Sari grew up with a secret that involved her missing father… The only other person who knows the truth refuses to acknowledge it. Sari can’t forget what happened. Ever. She lost someone she loved.

Fifteen years later, the possibility of reversing the series of events drives her to keep searching for answers. Especially now that she’s finally returned to where it all happened and with the people – one in particular – that she’d been forced to leave behind.

Fifteen years ago, Ward was devastated when Sari’s mother fled to France with Sari. Even at ten, they’d been sweethearts. But the mystery of what happened back then had lain fallow… waiting for someone to stir up the soil. And damn if Sari wasn’t the best at doing just that…

Sari and Ward are out of time. Can they solve the mystery of what happened? Or do they become the next victims…

Available now at Amazon and coming soon to Google Play, iTunes, B&N, Smashwords and Kobo!

Do you like surprises reader? Or are you the kind that needs lots of warning? I have 4 kids and they are split right down the middle on that issue. :)

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Friday Finds

Welcome to Friday Finds! We would love your input for discounted books, free books, book recommendations or new releases and book contests (where books are the prize). Feel free to submit through our Friday Finds Submission Form. The cut-off is Wednesday for that Friday’s post, and please make sure that the offers you are submitting will be running that Friday. Thanks!

Book recommendation

Written+In+RedBook title: Written in Red

Book author: Anne Bishop

No one creates realms like New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop. Now in a thrilling new fantasy series, enter a world inhabited by the Others, unearthly entities—vampires and shape-shifters among them—who rule the Earth and whose prey are humans.

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.

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New releases

Breaking+the+Bachelor+(Entangled+Lovestruck)Book title: Breaking the Bachelor

Book author: Maggie Kelley

This time, Cupid’s playing dirty…

Goaded by her competition, matchmaker Jane Wright makes a very public bet that she can find the “perfect” match for Manhattan’s hottest confirmed bachelor—sexy-as-sin bartender Charlie Goodman. Unfortunately, Charlie is also Jane’s ex-lover, a man she broke up with on a cocktail napkin. With her company on the line, Jane has no choice but to convince the man of her most impractical dreams to dive back into the dating pool.

Charlie doesn’t want to see Jane’s business fail. He just wants a little revenge. Determined to prove to Jane that chemistry always beats compatibility algorithms, he plans to drive her crazy with desire…then walk away. And his plan is working. A little too well, actually. Because even as Jane scrambles to calculate Charlie’s best match, the heat building between combusts. But Charlie’s been so busy outsmarting Cupid that he hasn’t noticed he’s the naughty cherub’s next target…

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25167235Book title: First Love: A First-in-a-Series Romance Anthology

Book author:  Lexy Timms, Chrissy Peebles, Sierra Rose, Bella Love-Wins, Chloe Grey, JC Coulton, Christine Bell, Cassie Alexandra, Dale Mayer

9 thrilling stories in one volume
9 sexy heroes.
9 strong heroines.
9 new series to fall in love with

These works of fiction are from some of today’s most exciting authors.
A star-studded anthology of thrilling, action-packed and totally swoon-worthy first books by your favorite romance authors.

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99 cent book

MustLoveAnimals3d_400x300Book title: Must Love Pets: A Romance Box Set

Book author: Theresa Weir, Dale Mayer, JB Lynn, Edie Ramer, Candace Carrabus, Barbara Samuel, Zoe Dawson

NY Times, USA Today, Amazon and B&N bestselling authors!

Love dogs, love cats, love romance! Seven tales of love for 99 cents!

Girl with the Cat Tattoo – Theresa Weir, NY Times bestselling author & Rita award winner

Groomed for Murder – Zoe Dawson

It’s a Dog’s Life – Dale Mayer

Christmas at Angel Lake – Edie Ramer

The Mutt and the Matchmaker – JB Lynn

The Man, The Dog, His Owner & Her Lover – Candace Carrabus

Walk in Beauty – Barbara Samuel, seven-time Rita award winner

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Free books

18466548Book title: Mountain Hero

Book author: Cheryl Yeko

Broken Engagement:
Finding her fiancé cheating with her best friend was bad enough, but when Michelle heads up the Rocky Mountains for a little R & R, it goes from bad to worse when her car breaks down during a major snowstorm.
Mountain Hero:
Along a deserted stretch of highway, Jason rescues a beautiful woman who’s being accosted by two men. But can he keep her safe when they’re left stranded during a harsh winter storm?
Love Blossoms:
Sometimes, one finds their Soul Mate in the most unexpected
places.

Amazon

Deadly+Offerings

Book title:  Deadly Offerings: Book One of the Deadly Series

Book author:  Alexa Grace

From USA TODAY bestselling author Alexa Grace, Deadly Offerings is a novel with pulsing passion and razor-sharp suspense. It is the first adventure in this sizzling suspense series.

Anne Mason thinks she’ll be safe living in the Midwest building a wind farm. She may be dead wrong. Someone is dumping bodies in her corn field and telling Anne they are gifts—for her!

As the body count rises, Anne realizes a cold-blooded serial killer is patiently waiting and watching her every move. And he won’t stop until he ends her life. It is clear there are no limits to this killer’s thirst for revenge or how far he will go to get it.

After a nasty divorce, Anne Mason does not want to get romantically involved, especially with ex-husband’s attorney, Michael Brandt. The ruggedly handsome new County Prosecutor is the last person Anne can trust, but may offer her only chance at survival from a psychopathic killer. But will she survive the passion that rages between them?

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Guest blogger: Jennie Jones

Please give a warm welcome to Jennie Jones, who’s our guest on MM for the first time. I am lucky to know Jennie personally and meet up with her every six weeks or so, where possible, for coffee and long conversations about books and writing. So, over to Jennie . . .

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Small Town Girls

It’s lovely to have the opportunity to talk about my favourite ladies. Meet Sammy, Kate and Charlotte, and I’m about to introduce Lily to the Swallow’s Fall community.

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When I wrote The House on Burra Burra Lane, I had no idea I’d be writing another four books in a series but that’s what happened, and I’m so glad it did.

Set in a fictional small town in the NSW Snowy Mountains, each story in the Swallow’s Fall series incorporates the difficulties of those moving to the country and those who are already settled in the country and on the receiving end of the newcomers.

Would you live a small town with fewer than 100 inhabitants? It’s a question I’ve asked my readers and the responses are amazing. Roughly, 50% would and 50% wouldn’t. But from those who wouldn’t, the majority say they’d give it a try, or that they love visiting small remote towns in books and that’s the way they prefer it. From the percentage of those who would (either have or still do) the response is unanimous: yes please.

No matter where we live I doubt many of us could cope with the hassles of life without support from others. Notice I say support, not interference! Although both go hand in hand on occasion, and that’s just life. In my small town stories, the themes are about being lost, looking for a new start, getting over the past, and eventually, about belonging and how important it is to give and receive.

I currently live by the ocean in Western Australia but I’d like to live in a small country town. I wouldn’t live in town though, I’d live a twenty minute walk out of town. That way, I’d have the satisfaction of community and the comfort of solitude. Perfect, to my way of thinking.

Books #1, #2 and #3 in the Swallow’s Fall series are out now and book #4 The Turnaround Treasure Shop (with Lily) will be released in May. You can find Jennie on her webpage.

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New York, New York Where Publishers Publish and the Avengers Fight Aliens

What can I say about New York that hasn’t already been said, sung or seen?  If you’ve never been to New York let me tell you a little bit about it that you many not know.

The MET - Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art

The MET – Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art

When you’re in the city there is a constant hum of energy that flows through the air, through the people and either feeds you or drains you.  You feel it and it can be invigorating as you walk through the crowds, watch people do what they do and lend yourself to the perpetual event that is New York.  I don’t know how else to describe it.  You actually FEEL the city.

A city full of energy!

A city full of energy!

If you’re like me, and got here a lot, you learn to accept this energy, prepare for it, let it do its thing and you get to that second layer of New York which is participation layer.  You become part of the culture of New York.  You learn to use the subway because Taxis are expensive and not always reliable according to where you are and at what time of day you need them.  You position yourself to harness the energy there which propels you to go to events, hang with friends and do business like pro.

Grand Central Station where Avengers come to kill aliens!

Grand Central Station where Avengers come to kill aliens!

You filter certain experiences of New York according to whether you’re a gawker or participater.  If you’re there to just take in the sights, that’s fine, you’re more of a gawker and there’s nothing wrong with that.  If you like to be entertained, exposed to the amazing and unusual, then New York should be your #1 destination.  The down side of that is that you don’t really submerge yourself in New York culture, thus you don’t understand that when someone comes across as cynical, or even rude they’re actually just trying to save themselves time and frustration by getting to the point.

Seeing friends in NY just adds to the adventure!

Seeing friends in NY just adds to the adventure!

I recall one of my first visits to New York when someone told me to get out of the way and I immediately moved and apologized.  Now, when someone pushes me and tells me to get out of the way I say, “Screw you, you don’t own the sidewalk,” and I hold my own.  My good friend Charina, who is a Brooklyn native, tells me that I’m an honorary New Yorker because I’ve been in New York so often I’ve learned to adapt and embrace.  And I’ve learned to grow thick skin and not give a crap about people being frustrated with me.

New York is exciting.  It’s a place where anything can happen.  I’ve met famous people, homeless people, artists, actors, writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, salesmen, the list goes on.  If it’s worth doing, making or talking about then you can find it in New York.

R.L. Stine told me he loves my work! We did a book trailer for him. They even asked to use a tagline I created for the trailer!

R.L. Stine told me he loves my work! We did a book trailer for him. They even asked to use a tagline I created for the trailer!

I have my favorite places to go of course. I love love love the Flatiron Building.  Any excuse to go there and I’m there.  I LOVE visiting MacMillan Publishing, especially my friends at Tor/Forge who are always so gracious and kind.  And, who have amazing authors and books!  There’s a little park not far from the Flatiron and I’ll go there to people watch before or after meetings.  There’s always something going on there.  I love attending BEA at the Javits even though the Javits is not one of my favorite buildings.  I love visiting the little park my friend Victoria helps create when she lived there in the 1980’s.  I love walking around 42nd Street, I love Broadway and try to see a play whenever I can.  I love visiting my friend Charina in Brooklyn.  People in Brooklyn are very unique and I love it there so much I’d live there in a (you guessed  it) New York minute!

I went to Ground Zero not even a year after 9/11.  Posters looking for missing loved ones still covered building walls, not yet faded, the ink or the memory.  I’ve gone every year since, but this year was the first time I got to go to the new memorial and it was a bit overwhelming to see it all.  I will certainly go again.

9/11 Memorial

9/11 Memorial

I’m fortunate that I have friends in publishing and the arts.  I was able to go backstage when War Horse was playing and I got to see the puppets and meet the cast.  I’ve gone backstage a few times and it’s always a thrill.  I’ve had conversations with the most amazing people about art and politics and fashion.  I’ve talked to Neil Patrick Harris about the correct way to spell “Sheila” (his mom’s name is Sheila as well), I’ve talked to Cory Doctorow about playing World of Warcraft (his wife is a better gamer than he is btw), I’ve talked to Stephen Amell from Arrow and told him my husband would be so jealous because I got to meet him and he didn’t.  I’ve met and hung out with famous authors and brilliant business people.  New York is a hub of adventure and a thrill ride of a lifetime.

 

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A New Girl (One of Them)

My first post as a regular at MM…I’m thrilled to be here. :)

I’m a big fan of lists because they make me feel organized even when I’m not and also work for my short attention span. So today I present you with:

The Top 5 Things You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Amy Knupp:

Books by me—US editions on top and foreign copies on the bottom.

Books by me—US editions on top and foreign copies on the bottom.

  1. I write contemporary romance, including 12 books for Harlequin Superromance and 3 indie published shorter stories. Instead of telling you about my stories, I’ll do one better and offer you the opportunity to try one for yourself if you’re interested. If you want one of my print books for free, email me at alknupp@gmail.com with the subject line PRINT BOOK and tell me which one you want and what your address is. I’ll send one book to up to 20 people, first come first served, US residents only this time (my apologies to the international readers). You can choose from Unexpected Complication, The Boy Next Door, Doctor in Her House, The Secret She Kept, Playing with Fire, A Little Consequence, Fully Involved, Burning Ambition, Island Haven, After the Storm, A Time for Us, and Because of the List. Or you can choose a reprint of Burning Ambition in a 2-for-1 volume with Abby Gaines’ That New York Minute. (Again, email me now if you want one!)
  2. I was gluten-free before gluten-free was cool. And dairy-free. And soy- and egg-free. And nightshade-free. And sugar-free. And nut- and seed- and legume-free. My friends lovingly call me a food freak. Or sometimes just “special.” (It’s a medical diet and, yes, I do eat. A lot. Proteins, veggies, and fruits, and the random very special high-maintenance homemade dessert that meets all the requirements.):shock: And yes, some days I would kill for an extra-large DQ Blizzard!
  3. I share my small, stuck-in-the-60s home with a husband who, most days, helps me hold on to my sanity, two teenaged boys who rob me of my sanity, and two turtles and five cats. Which is proof I never had sanity to begin with.
  4.  My “day job” is as a grammar geek/copyeditor at Blue Otter Editing. Best. Job. Ever. Not only do I get paid to read some really fabulous stories, but I get to indulge my slight extreme OCD-ness by making sure all the beautiful words are spelled and used correctly and the commas are in the right places.
  5. I graduated from the University of Kansas, so I’m quiet during football season and allegedly not quiet during basketball season cheering for the Jayhawks. Today, however, I’m in mourning, following a painful season-ending loss. Ah, well, approximately 92 more days till next basketball season.

And that’s pretty much me in a nutshell. So to speak. One last reminder to email me now if you’d like a free book! :smile:

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Review: Christmas Wish by Chris Almeida & Cecilia Aubrey

24794454Title: Christmas Wish (Countermeasure: Bytes of Life, #7)
Authors: Chris Almeida & Cecilia Aubrey
Release Date: February 28, 2015
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Source: ARC received from Authors

Book Summary:
In the seventh Byte of Life, newlyweds Stephan and Jessica Connellan are solidifying their relationship while expecting their first child. Nothing will stop Stephan from protecting the dream he’s always yearned for—a family—but his concerns for Jessica and their baby’s health could be more harmful than the eye can see.

Jessica’s joy in the new life they are creating together is crumbling. As her pregnancy progresses, Stephan appears distant, detached. Worried that their whirlwind romance is about to explode in her face, she’s anxious to bridge the distance between them. Will she be able to remind him of what they have together before his promise of forever slips through her fingers?

My Thoughts:

Lovely. Simply lovely. Christmas Wish by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey is the seventh novella in the Countermeasure: Bytes of Life series and is one of my favorite Bytes so far. Christmas Wish features Stephan and Jessica who were introduced to us in Countermeasure and their love story begins in To Russia With Love. This book is a side story and continuation of their romance. I get so freaking excited when authors write novellas like this so I don’t have to let my favorite characters go.

Stephan and Jessica are newlyweds and parents-to-be so we get to peek in on what life is like for them right now. The authors do a phenomenal job in general of writing about couples who have been together for a long time. It is not easy coming up with new story ideas with the same characters, but I am always surprised when I read a new one from Chris and Cecilia. Their stories are real and engaging. Christmas Wish is no different. I enjoyed the simple scenes of everyday married life between Stephan and Jessica just as much as the bigger parts of the story. There was a very heartwarming scene where the two of them are just talking in bed and it makes your heart swell at the openness of it. It’s so refreshing in fiction to have the real substance of life that isn’t heartbreaking, but joyful.

Everything is not all sunshine and rainbows for this couple, though. Stephan is worried. Fearful. And going a little out of his mind. He is so scared of losing Jessica and the baby he thought he would never have that he takes things to the extreme. He inadvertently pushes Jessica away and this only causes concern from Jessica. She has been down this road with him in the past and really doesn’t want to travel it again. The scene in which everything comes to head is genius. It is real and raw and emotional. Your heart breaks for both Jessica and Stephan as they deal with their own personal version of hell. It is a fantastic scene that results in some incredibly passionate and steamy intimate moments.

There is so much hope for this couple when you see the way they can work things out. My favorite quote is from Stephan spoken to Jessica: “You awe me. And you scare the hell out of me.” It is a loaded statement and you really want to read the book to find out how he explains it to her. You might just swoon. Christmas Wish is a captivating romance that draws you in from the first page, tangles with your emotions and leaves you both satisfied and wanting more at the same time. If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend you get started now.

Reviewed by: Amy R.

Four and a half stars

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Review: Hunter Reborn by Katie Reus

hunterreborn_100DPI-e1419124589604Title: Hunter Reborn (Moon Shifter, #5)
Author: Katie Reus
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Publisher: NAL/Signet Eclipse
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Source: ARC received from Publisher

Book Summary:

Losing her was the hardest thing he’d ever endured…

Warrior shifter Aiden’s investigation of the trafficking of vampire blood leads to a startling discovery: the beautiful vampire bondmate he thought was dead. Decades ago, they’d defied their powerful families to be together, but then Larissa disappeared without a trace. When their mating link broke, it nearly destroyed Aiden. Now she’s back with no memory of where she’s been. Even more shattering—Larissa claims she has no idea who Aiden is.

Now she’s back…

It’s a race against time to bring down an operation more evil than his pack ever suspected, and Aiden finds himself working side by side with a mate who no longer trusts him—and she wants out. But he lost her once, and he won’t let her go again. Unfortunately, Larissa’s blood is the key to a powerful monster’s dangerous plan—and he’ll stop at nothing to destroy her, sparking off a war between the supernaturals and humans that no one will win.

My Thoughts:

The Moon Shifter series by Katie Reus continues to get better and better. Each book I read pulls me in and keeps me there until reality sucks me back out. I love how lost in the stories I get with these books. Hunter Reborn, the 6th novel in the series is no different. Katie does a fabulous job of creating individual characters with their own stories while maintaining the flow of the overall series plot.

In Hunter Reborn, we get to watch Aiden (lupine shifter) and Larissa (kickass vamp) find each other again. Aiden believed Larissa was dead many years prior to the setting of the story and Larissa has no memory of what happened. Watching the two of them connect and learn about each other again was so heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. Especially as we learn what really happened all those years ago to force them apart. The romance between the two of them was very believable in my opinion given the storyline. Katie does a fantastic job of building relationships and writing intimate scenes that fit the story and the characters. I loved how this one played out. Something very endearing to me in Hunter Rebornwas that even though Aiden is a strong wolf and by nature feels the need to protect his mate, he embraced Larissa’s strength and encouraged her. He did not hold her back but backed her up.

As the plot unfolds, several characters from previous books make an appearance. It is always great fun to check in on past characters. The way Jayce and Kat interact is hysterical. Jacye is still one of my favorites. Many of these scenes were the result of Kat and Aiden’s friendship. And I always adore the cubs in the books. It makes me want to go back and read all the other stories again!

Hunter Reborn has everything you look for in a paranormal romance – well developed paranormal characters, an intense and suspenseful plot as well has sexy romance. While you could read this as a standalone, I don’t really recommend it. Katie does a great job of summarizing the overall series plot, but reading the others first gives you a lot of background on the other characters and makes Hunter Reborn a more enjoyable read.

It appeared to me in Hunter Reborn that Katie is setting up Ryan and Theresa, and Aldric and Natalia’s stories which I am very excited about. Katie writes some seriously evil villains in Hunter Reborn from the vamps to the witch, Magda. They are simply crazy, which makes for a great story! I highly recommend you give Hunter Reborn a try!

Reviewed by: Amy R.

Four and a half stars

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Friday Finds

Welcome to Friday Finds! We would love your input for discounted books, free books, book recommendations or new releases and book contests (where books are the prize). Feel free to submit through our Friday Finds Submission Form. The cut-off is Wednesday for that Friday’s post, and please make sure that the offers you are submitting will be running that Friday. Thanks!

New Release

The RiskBook title: The Risk

Book author: Skye Jordan

Book blurb: From New York Times bestselling author Skye Jordan, Xtreme Heroes is a brand new series starring super-hot extreme athletes and their adventures.

The Risk, Book 1:

Former Olympian turned physical therapist to the elite Julia Bailey knows all about pushing the limits. But when a sexual harassment suit costs her a dream job—not to mention her reputation—she takes on the biggest risk of her life. Rehabilitating the X Games’ most notorious bad boy might be just what she needs to secure the funds for her own treatment center. Problem is, the only kind of recovery her new client is interested in is under-the-covers freestyle—gear optional.

Daredevil snowboarder Noah Hunt is a rock star—on and off the slopes. A recent accident might have him down, but he’s far from out. He doesn’t care what the sexy therapist with the sweet curves says. He’s got sponsors to impress and trophies to collect, and taking things slow and steady just ain’t his style. A little dirty talk and a sizzling night later, Julia learns just how fast and hard he likes to play. Too bad for him, his heart goes all in, and one wrong move could cost him more than just his career.

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darkling lordBook title: The Darkling Lord

Book author: Shona Husk

Book blurb: A darkling with a lust for power…
Henry Saint shouldn’t exist. Every year on his birthday, he kills someone and takes their soul so that he may live another year. He is a darkling, not fairy… but not human either. Yet he is bound by the laws of both worlds. With a new King on the throne of Annwyn and the mortal world trying to rebuild after plagues killed so many, Henry seizes the opportunity to carve out a place of his own. He wants Detroit.

A spy without a soul…
Darah was Felan’s spy before he became King of Annwyn. Now he has one last mission for her. He wants her to join the darkling’s Court and discover what Henry’s endgame is. No one trusts the Banished when they gather in great numbers. As Darah gets drawn into Henry’s world she realizes he can give her the one thing she could never find in Annwyn—love. But is love worth betraying her King?

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Special Offer

deerskinBook title: Deerskin

Book author: Robin McKinley

Book blurb: The story of Princess Lissar, who flees her father’s wrath and is granted an unexpected new life

Princess Lissla Lissar is the only child of the king and his queen, who was the most beautiful woman in seven kingdoms. Everyone loved the splendid king and his matchless queen so much that no one had any attention to spare for the princess, who grew up in seclusion, listening to the tales her nursemaid told about her magnificent parents.

But the queen takes ill of a mysterious wasting disease and on her deathbed extracts a strange promise from her husband: “I want you to promise me . . . you will only marry someone as beautiful as I was.”

The king is crazy with grief at her loss, and slow to regain both his wits and his strength. But on Lissar’s seventeenth birthday, two years after the queen’s death, there is a grand ball, and everyone present looks at the princess in astonishment and whispers to their neighbors, How like her mother she is!

On the day after the ball, the king announces that he is to marry again—and that his bride is the princess Lissla Lissar, his own daughter.

Lissar, physically broken, half mad, and terrified, flees her father’s lust with her one loyal friend, her sighthound, Ash. It is the beginning of winter as they journey into the mountains—and on the night when it begins to snow, they find a tiny, deserted cabin with the makings of a fire ready-laid in the hearth.

Thus begins Lissar’s long, profound, and demanding journey away from treachery and pain and horror, to trust and love and healing.

DEERSKIN by Robin McKinley​ is on sale for $1.99: Deal runs through March 31

99c Book

deadly pursuitBook title: Deadly Pursuit

Book author: Misty Evans

Book blurb: Her sting operation put a ruthless criminal in prison.

One year ago, rookie FBI agent Celina Davenport pulled off the ultimate undercover operation…she seduced Emilio Londano – the dangerous leader of the San Diego Mafia – and destroyed his illegal empire.

Now he’s escaped and looking for revenge.

When Londano escapes a maximum security prison and begins picking off Celina’s friends and coworkers, everyone she knows becomes a target. Including DEA agent Cooper Harris, the man who once broke her heart and is now assigned to be her bodyguard.

How far will they go to stop him?

Cooper and Celina must risk their careers – and their hearts –to turn the table on their pursuer. But will their past, with its forbidden passions and impulsive choices, put them directly in his crosshairs?

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lover undercoverBook title: Lover Undercover

Book author: Samanthe Beck

Book blurb: He’s undercover. She’s in over her head.

Yoga instructor Kylie Roberts is the good twin. At least she was–until an accident forces Kylie to step into her twin’s sexy stilettos at a posh Hollywood “men’s club.” But nothing could’ve prepared Kylie for the dead body in the club’s parking lot or the ridiculously hot detective who insists the killer is targeting her regulars.

Detective Trevor McCade needs Kylie’s help to draw out the killer. It means long nights undercover and long dances where Kylie’s body tempts him with sensual promises. Dances that leave them both wanting more. But despite Kylie’s hidden identity and the danger lurking in the shadows, it’s only a matter of time before Kylie and Trevor take this undercover operation under the covers…

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Book Recommendation

barefootinwhiteBook title: Barefoot in White

Book author: Roxanne St. Claire

Book blurb: Here Come the (Barefoot Bay) Brides! They’re experts at planning dreamy “I do’s” but haven’t found their own happily ever after…yet.

Destination wedding consultant Willow Ambrose has fought a battle with the scale for much of her life, but she has finally won the war. She hasn’t just cut calories — she’s cut all ties to her past, too, and successfully carved out a new body and a new life. But when she comes face to face with someone who left an indelible mark on her heart years before, all that threatens to crumble.

Navy SEAL Nick Hershey is on medical leave, doing a friend a favor as a stand in “man of honor” at a beach wedding. He might not be that interested in the nuptials, but the wedding planner catches his eye the minute they meet. When he realizes Willow is a girl he knew in college — and a girl he unintentionally hurt to the core — he knows he has some making up to do.

Willow has learned how to beat every temptation…but Nick’s sweet as candy kisses just might be the one thing she can’t resist. However, the closer they get, the more their history threatens to tear them apart. Nick and Willow learn the hard way that they can’t change the past, but does that mean they won’t have a future?

Praise for Roxanne St. Claire’s Barefoot Bay books: “Lively, light, pure entertainment!” Carly Phillips, New York Times bestselling author “Fun and engaging — a celebration of family and forgiveness!” Publishers Weekly “Plenty of heat, humor, and heart!” USA Today Don’t miss a single Barefoot Bay book: The Barefoot Bay Billionaires: Secrets on the Sand Seduction on the Sand Scandal on the Sand The Barefoot Bay Quartet Barefoot in the Sand Barefoot in the Rain Barefoot in the Sun Barefoot by the Sea

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Spotlight on Kathleen Irene Paterka

KathleenIrenePaterka-LowResColor-214x300On Facebook lately, I’ve seen memes where we’re asked to describe ourselves with one word. If I could use one word to describe Kathleen Irene Paterka, it’s sparkling. But we all have sad times, and Kathleen, who was scheduled to be our guest blogger today, is going through one right now. She asked me to reschedule her later. I’d love to have her as a guest another time, but Dale Mayer suggested I do a spotlight on Kathleen, and I jumped on that idea.

I’ve been lucky to have met Kathleen in person, and she has a personality that draws people to her. She writes women’s fiction, and her newly released book, THE OTHER WIFE, is gathering great reviews.

FattyPatty_150pxThinking of Kathleen’s books, I realized there’s another word that would describe her: brave. The topics she’s picked! FATTY PATTY is about a woman who lost a lot of weight, and now the perfect man has fallen in love with her. But guess what? He’s a chubby, and she has trouble accepting that. (There’s much more to it, but that’s the brave part. How many authors write about topics like that?)

HomeFires_150pxHOME FIRES might be the closest to a traditional contemporary romance that Kathleen has written. The heroine, a corporate attorney, returns home to the James Bay resort community when her mother is going through a health crisis. On the way to the hospital, she meets a firefighter when her car crashes into his new truck. Again, there’s more to this book, including an arson investigation. As one Amazon reader said, “I laughed, I cried and I couldn’t put it down until the book was completed.

For_I_Have_Sinned_150pxMy favorite book of hers is FOR I HAVE SINNED. It’s about a Catholic priest and former alcoholic who’s having doubts about his faith in the church. I’m not Catholic, but she did this perfectly and hit all the right notes for me. Father Greg was so real. Flawed yet a man of depth and substance. I would love to read a sequel.

Kathleen has published other books that readers love, too, including her newest, THE OTHER WIFE, which is another brave choice. Here’s more about it:

TheOtherWife_150pxTill death do us part…

Eleanor Anderson has a beautiful home, a loving husband, a tranquil life. After thirty-eight years of marriage and her children now grown, she finally has time for herself. She’s not expecting any surprises; certainly not to wake up one morning and find her husband dead in bed beside her from a massive heart attack. It’s a devastating discovery… but not as much as the shock awaiting Eleanor when she learns the truth about her husband’s secret life. And then there’s the damaging document he signed before his death, which threatens to destroy her life.

Claire Anderson isn’t your average thirtysomething. A professor of psychology at a prestigious university, Claire has a successful career, a handsome husband, and two young children at home. But nothing in her background, including her academic accomplishments, prepares Claire for the horrendous reality of discovering that the life she’d led was all a lie… fostered by a husband who’d promised to love and cherish her forever.

Two women from two generations, bound together by denial, anger, and grief. How far will their misery and fear push them? Does compassion rule the day, or will a husband’s betrayal lead to a woman’s revenge?

What happens when each of these women comes face-to-face with the other wife?

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Have you read any books lately that are brave?

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Review: The Marriage Match by Tracy March

The-Marriage-Match-Final-Cover-e1421012775396Title: The Marriage Match (Suddenly Smitten, #3)
Author: Tracy March
Publisher: Entangled Bliss
Release Date: January 19, 2015
Rating: 5 Stars

Summary:

Hot bachelor seeks bride…

Resort tycoon Trent Hawthorne is looking for a wife. His all-business, no-nonsense grandmother (and the matriarch of the small town of Maple Creek) has selected three potential brides–all beautiful and approved. Each “fantasy date” will take place in a lush Caribbean setting, filmed like a reality show to promote the Hawthorne family’s chain of resorts. All of Trent’s hopes for love combined with a clever marketing gimmick…what couldpossibly go wrong?

As it turns out, all it takes is a kiss. A sizzling, sweet-as-sin kiss. But Cynthia Sawyer isn’t one of the bachelorettes, and she’s definitely not supposed to be making out with her boss’s sexy grandson. Not to mention it’s strictly against company policy. But Cynthia has her own reasons for hooking Trent up with a bride who isn’t her as soon as possible. And losing her heart is a price that she’s willing to pay…

My Thoughts:

If you like sweet romance that takes you away on a whirlwind adventure, you have to read The Marriage Matchby Tracy March. It’s the third book in her Suddenly Smitten series, but can easily be read as a stand alone. Tracy writes fabulous characters and puts them in a well planned out story to keep the pages turning. She also does a fantastic job of describing the exotic locations in which her characters travel. You feel the warm sun, the sand beneath your toes and the water crashing against your legs just like the characters. I loved every minute of this story.

In The Marriage Match, Trent’s grandmother has this crazy idea to play matchmaker, film his dates and use it as an ad campaign for their resorts, which he runs. She picks three women for him to meet and spend a day with all in hopes that he will fall in love and they will get a great ad campaign out of it. Her assistant Cynthia is assigned to make sure everything goes smoothly. As you can imagine, things don’t go as planned.

Trent is a very swoon-worthy hero. He is not your typical alpha male and has so much substance to him – something Cynthia is learning each moment she spends with him. He is not the rich kid she thought she knew growing up. I fell for Trent when I learned how open he is about his feelings and desires. In my opinion, this is quite a change in romance novel alpha males. Cynthia is awesome heroine. I love her selflessness, her sense of adventure how she takes a lot of pride in everything she does from working for Trent’s grandmother to helping him find his true love to working with her friend at the bakery. She is all in when she commits to something.

Tracy writes another lovable contemporary romance in The Marriage Match. I started the book trying to figure out how things were going to happen but was quickly sucked in and along for the ride. The pages kept turning and the story moves along at a great pace. Tracy does a wonderful job with the romance aspect of the story, too. It was sweet, romantic and very fitting for the characters. When I finished the book I actually hugged my ereader and let out a big, happy sigh. If you are looking for a sweet romance with captivating characters and a fun story, I highly recommend you give The Marriage Match a try.

Reviewed by: Amy R

Five stars

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