Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from Sourcebooks Casablanca Authors

Happy Thanksgiving! I love, love this time of year. One special treat will be hosting my sister and her two daughters. We've made our plans, which includes a baking day. My sister, Jodi, will make a cherry pie (she's famous for them). I plan to experiment with more Georgian era recipes with the help of my nieces. We're going the old fashioned route and baking our pumpkins (as opposed to using canned stuff for pumpkin desserts). It's a noticeable difference in flavor.

From my family to yours, we wish you a Happy, Wonderful Thanksgiving!      ~Gina Conkle

At Thanksgiving time I often think of my mother's mother, whose house we visited for so many holidays. She always made sure each family member had their favorite food at the feast. Mine was a "salad" made with lime jello, crushed pineapple, and cottage cheese.
I don't know if I could face it now, but I loved it as a child. And it sure seemed a better choice then my brother's green bean casserole with canned mushroom soup and french fried onion topping. Ick!

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Have a joyous, gratitude-filled Thanksgiving.
Jane Ashford

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Thanksgiving is a special time for me. My heart overflows with gratefulness--that I live in this country and enjoy the freedom to celebrate as I wish. Thankful for my family and for good health. For being able to continue to write my stories.

But most of all, I'm thankful for readers. I have the best ones on earth. Without them, I'd have no need to write.

Blessings to all!
Linda Broday

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Thanksgiving means family and now we have a new addition!!  Happy Thanksgiving! Terry Spear

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Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends! I'm Canadian and we already celebrated our Thanksgiving back in October. I took my son and daughter to the pumpkin patch/farm and here are a few of my favorite photos from the day (and a favorite conversation!).

I am grateful for so much this year—my first book, Highland Promise, came out with Sourcebooks, we got a puppy, and my kiddos started Kindergarten!! But the biggest thing I'm grateful for is just them—I'm grateful to be their mom. 💕💕💕
                                        —Alyson McLayne


Maddie: What kind of bird is that?
Me: A turkey.
Maddie: Just like our turkey that we bought for Thanksgiving!
Me: Um...not exactly.

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I always feel a little guilty about Thanksgiving because I contribute almost nothing except my delightful company. My father-in-law is a great cook and he loves going all out for the holidays, so all I have to do is show up with a bottle of wine and my annual dinner contribution.
Because nothing says Happy Thanksgiving like turkey-shaped butter.

Happy feasting, everyone!
Tamara Morgan

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Although this is technically a book blog, and I’m supposed to be writing about all the glamorous bookish things in my life right now, I’m going to give you a puppy instead. (Sorry not sorry.)

For my birthday a few weeks ago, my husband and daughter decided that the perfect gift would be a wriggling, messy, rambunctious puppy…and they weren’t wrong. Duke is the newest addition to our family, and we couldn’t be happier about him. He’s an Akita/Lab mix, and he’s already assimilated himself into the writer lifestyle by lounging on the couch with me for hours at a time while I work.

He’s also a dog after my own heart because the only thing he wants to do (besides nap) is eat. In fact, he's quickly learned to carry around his bowl and look sad, because nothing is more effective in getting snacks than this face.

Seriously, you guys. He's so hungry. The vet says he's likely to grow to 100+ pounds, so he has some serious growing to do.

My real-life adventures also have a way of popping up in the novels I write, so don't be surprised to read a book soon with a ravenous puppy who wins the heart of everyone he meets. (And for more pictures of puppy adventures, be sure and follow me on Instagram. I'm a super obnoxious puppy parent on there!)

Tamara Morgan is a contemporary comedy romance author. Ninety-nine percent of her information comes from television, movies, books, and all other pop culture activities that limit the amount of time she has to spend in polite company.

Her long-lived affinity for romance novels survived a B.A. degree in English Literature, after which time she discovered it was much more fun to create stories than analyze the life out of them. She lives with her husband and daughter in the Inland Northwest, where the summers are hot, the winters are cold, and coffee is available on every street corner.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

HIGHLAND PROMISE PHOTO SHOOT—Behind the scenes with Jasper by Alyson McLayne

My debut book, Highland Promise, came out recently, and its book birthday was the same day as my puppy Jasper's first birthday! So I thought it would be fun to do several promo pics featuring my birthday boy with my birthday book. Jasper would cooperate and pretend to read and love Highland Promise. 


As you can imagine, it was a long day—hair and make-up, costumes, props, a wee prima puppy tantrum, and a big, exhausted sleep when the shoot was done.

We started out looking at Highland Promise and deciding how best we wanted to feature the book. After a minute of just staring at it, we sighed, wiped up the drool, and decided full frontal would be best…I meant the cover, of course!

Next we delivered Jasper to our hair and make-up peeps, Maddie and Cooper, to make sure he looked snazzy, then we looked at various options for costume, deciding that because Jasper was orally fixated and liked to eat things, simpler would be better.

All was going well until he went all wild-eyed and decided the book smelled delicious. Bad doggy! 

We had to call in hair and make-up for a quick touch up and to get the paper out of his teeth. Luckily, the client (me) had enough books to replace the chewed one and after a quick break to let Jasper loose on the Craft Services table, we kept going.

Finally Jasper's day came to an end and he fell into an exhausted sleep, dreaming of rabbits, Darach MacKenzie, and the yummy glue used in book bindings. 

But my work had just began as I chose the best shots, edited them and added copy. Here's how they turned out:

My mom's book just came out. It's called HIGHLAND PROMISE. You should buy it…before I melt you with my eyes.

My Mom's book just came out. It's called HIGHLAND PROMISE. I know it's exciting, but can you keep it down? I'm trying to read.

My mom's book just came out. It's called HIGHLAND PROMISE. I 💗 it so much. Darach MacKenzie is my new favorite book boyfriend…is that weird?

My mom's book just came out. It's called HIGHLAND PROMISE. Please buy it…I'm low on treats.

My mom's book just came out. It's called HIGHLAND PROMISE. There are dogs in this book. They chase cats. Sooooo good.


Do you have a favorite photo? Let me know in the comments down below!

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Four Miles on Thanksgiving by Abbie Roads

Flying Feather 2013
Four Miles on Thanksgiving

It's almost Thanksgiving! Woohoo! 

Bright and early every Thanksgiving, my husband and I throw on our warmest workout wear, then drive an hour to The Flying Feather Four Miler! 

It's a tradition we started nearly ten years ago and one we look forward to every year. Some years the weather is mild. Some years it rains. And one year it was
Flying Feather 2016
so cold and snowy during the race that my clothes were actually frozen from my own sweat by the time I finished! It took all day to get warm again!

Part of our tradition is to stop by Starbucks to get coffee and snacks and pick up a newspaper with all the day-after-Thanksgiving sales before driving home.

There's something very satisfying about doing this run every year. But maybe it's just a way to not feel guilty about all the overeating that will be occurring... lol. 

How about you? Do you have any fun Thanksgiving traditions?

Abbie Roads writes dark romantic thrillers. You can find her here:

Friday, November 17, 2017

Top Five Reasons Why Romance Books Are the Very Best

Top Five Reasons Why Romance Books Are the Very Best:

5.    The Delicious Heroes. Whether grouchy or funny, tough or sweet, romance heroes are the swooniest. Since my heroes tend to lean toward the grumpy side, chatty Hugh—the hero of the second book in my Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series—was a change for me. It made writing On the Chase so much fun, though, and it was probably good for me to get away from the brooding guys for a little while (although I’m sure I’ll be back—I do love a grump with squishy-soft insides).

4.    The Awesome Heroines. They may have their foibles and quirks, but the women in romance books battle through their insecurities and weaknesses to get things done! I love discovering the unexpected bad-assery in my heroines. It reminds me that we all have superhero strength inside of us, just waiting to emerge when we need to save the day.

3.    The Humor. I’m such a sucker for a good joke. When characters make me laugh, I fall in love with them a little (okay, a lot). Romances have so many opportunities for humor—after all, the only thing better than a chuckle is a chuckle followed by a sweetness-inspired aww.

2.    The Banter. Add a little sexual tension, and the conversation between the hero and heroine starts to spark. Full of humor and teasing and heat, well-written banter can be more stimulating than a sex scene. Hugh and Grace are the king and queen of banter, and I love them for it. Is there anything more attractive than a hero and heroine who really know how to use their words?

1.    The HOPE. No matter how tough things get for the main characters, a romance promises the reader a happy ending. This, to me, is the very best part of romance books. Even when the real world seems upside down in the worst possible way, readers know for certain that Grace and Hugh—and all the other romance couples—are going to get their happy-ever-after. There’s nothing more important in the world than hope, and romances offer a heaping helping of it. That’s why, for these reasons and so many more, romance books are the very, very best.

 ON THE CHASE by Katie Ruggle

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Special Free Romance Read for You Offered by Gina Conkle

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Meet My Love at Midnight by Gina Conkle
One midnight rescue. A daring Christmas Eve dance. And love blossoms at the most wonderful time of the year between Bow Street's best, Jack Emerson, and Lady Isabella Foster.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

For the love of holiday romances...and giveaways!!

Let me start by saying that I LOVE writing holiday romances.  It's true.  If I could, I would do it year-round.  Unfortunately, not everyone loves reading about Christmas in June so I try to stick to writing and releasing them during the winter holiday season.  To date, I have written ten.

I once said very early on in my writing career, that readers could always count on me for a holiday novella and so far, I've stuck to that.  And I've loved every second of it!  Lol!

Today I released my tenth holiday novella - A VERY MARRIED CHRISTMAS.  It is book three in my Silver Bell Falls series and I have to admit, I almost didn't get to do it this year.  You see, I released HOLIDAY SPICE - which is a full-length novel - last month and while it is a holiday romance, it wasn't my usual kind of story and I felt like I really needed to do a novella for the readers that was more on track for what I always do.  And so A VERY MARRIED CHRISTMAS was born!
Silver Bell Falls was created as sort of a Christmas-Year-Round town.  They take their namesake seriously and during the holiday season, "Silver Bells" can be heard all over town.  In the first book CHRISTMAS IN SILVER BELL FALLS, my heroine Melanie shows up in town reluctantly after finding out a house there is her inheritance from her grandmother.  The only problem?  She hates Christmas.  Seriously, she's a female Scrooge.  So to have her stuck in a town where everyone lives and breathes Christmas was a LOT of fun!  She and the local sheriff have a surprise meeting while Melanie's in the tub and...well...let's just say it's one of my favorite meeting scenes ever!  Was it any wonder I had to give readers their wedding story?  And that's what A VERY MARRIED CHRISTMAS is - it's Melanie and Josiah's wedding story.

Here's a small excerpt:

He chuckled softly and placed another kiss on top of her head.  “Mel, we already know we want to get married.  We have the place and it’s decorated beautifully.  We’ve been living together almost since we met.  I don’t think we need to wait another year for a wedding. Personally, I don’t want to wait that long.”  Then he shifted so he could look at her face and smiled softly.  “I want you to be my wife.  The sooner the better.”
Her heart kicked hard in her chest and that’s when it hit her.
She wanted to be his wife sooner rather than later too.  Waiting another year just meant obsessing about things for a longer period of time. 
“I don’t want to wait another year either,” she began carefully.  “I love you and I want to be your wife, but…can’t we at least talk about another date?  Something that doesn’t have to do with the holidays?”  And before he could comment, she quickly added, “Wouldn’t it be nice to have a date that is just ours?  Something we aren’t sharing with the rest of the world?”
He sighed and she knew he was disappointed.  Truth be known, she hated to be the one to make him feel that way, but she also knew she’d feel worse if she kept her feelings to herself.  This was going to be their wedding and it should be on both of their terms.
The silence was beginning to make Melanie nervous, so she looked up.  “Josiah?”
Another sigh.  “I get what you’re saying and I guess I thought we had crossed that hurdle and you were over your whole hating of all-things-Christmas.”  He shrugged.  “In my head, I thought it would be the perfect way for you to have a whole different view of it—something positive and happy to wash away all the negative memories.”
Rolling over, she placed her hand on his chest directly over his heart.  “You have done so much to make that happen and I really have learned that not everything about Christmas is bad, but…it doesn’t mean I want to share the happiest day of my life with it.  Think about it, Josiah.  As magical as it all sounds in your head, think of the reality of having it as our anniversary.  We’d never get to celebrate it on its own—it’s always going to be a holiday to celebrate something else.  And when we have kids, our anniversary will get lost in the shuffle.  Is that really what you want?”
By the look on his face, he hadn’t thought about these things.  Melanie knew how much Josiah loved Christmas and everything about it.  Living his entire life in Silver Bell Falls, how could he not?  It was like living in a giant Christmas card year-round! That’s why she felt it was important for him to be open to looking at other dates.  While she could completely concede that Christmas and everything that went with it could be wonderful, there were also a lot of other wonderful times of the year for them to consider.
“How about this,” she began, hoping to encourage him a bit.  “Let’s go and have some breakfast, break out the calendar and start looking at it.  How does that sound?”
He considered her for a long moment.  “Do you mind if I take a shower first?”
Not quite the response she was looking for but… “Sure!  I’ll go get out all the makings for pancakes and get them started.  Sound good?”  She knew pancakes were one of his favorite breakfast foods and she hoped it would work in her favor by putting him in a good mood while they talked about potential non-Christmas dates.
Just as she was about to move away from him, Josiah surprised her by wrapping her in his arms and twisting them until she was beneath him.  He kissed her thoroughly, deeply and left her completely breathless.
“Wow,” she said, trying to catch her breath.  “The thought of pancakes got you that worked up?”
He laughed softly.  “No.  The thought of marrying you did.”
Winding her arms around him, Melanie hugged him close.  “Breakfast can wait a little while longer, right?”
And by the sexy grin on his face, Josiah completely agreed.


And don't forget to mark your calendars!!  My very first Christmas book - THE CHRISTMAS COTTAGE - is coming to the Hallmark Movies & Mystery Channel on December 9th at 9:00!!  You can get all the details here:

You didn't think I forgot about the giveaway part, did you??  I have TWO holiday boxes to give away!!  Each contains a signed copy of either A VERY MARRIED CHRISTMAS or THE CHRISTMAS COTTAGE along with some swag and holiday goodies!  So don't miss out!!  To enter, comment below with what you love most about holiday romances!  And for a second chance to win, go over to my Facebook page - - like it and leave a comment there that says CASABLANCA AUTHORS SENT ME!  That's it!  Easy-Peasy!!

Happy Reading, Friends!!