Friday, August 31, 2012

Beautiful Books

by Joanne Kennedy
I love books. Especially old books.I love corner bookstores, boxes of books in dusty attics, and the smell of ink and paper. I love the heft of a big book in my hands, the riffling of pages, the feeling of discovery as you open to the first page, and the look of a well-stocked library. Anthony Powell was right: Books do make a room.

E-books are great for both readers and writers. But as bookstores close and publishers struggle, I wish publishers would take a step back in time and capitalize on the qualities people have always loved in books—the qualities nookbooks and Kindle editions just can't replicate. There’s no point in competing with e-publishers to make books that are cheaper, less cumbersome to carry, or easier to distribute. So why not make them beautiful?

Wouldn't it be great if we brought back the days when books had beautiful leather bindings and marbled endpapers; gilt decorated covers and quaint illustrations pasted on the front?. I owned a used bookstore years ago, and as you can see there were quite a few finds I couldn’t bear to sell. I held on to some favorite novels in gilt-decorated editions; lots of beautifully illustrated animal books, and of course a collection of old horse training manuals to feed my cowboy obsession.

Back in the golden age of publishing, the book itself was a work of art. Novels were often illustrated, and I wish that would come back into fashion. Dickens was brought to life by “Phiz.” Mark Twain’s characters were visualized by E.W. Kemble, and children’s books had memorable illustrations by A.B. Frost, Arthur Rackham, and other forgotten artists.

I think today’s readers would welcome beautiful books into their lives. And what better recommendation could there be for a novel than for a publisher to put out a keepsake edition, artfully printed and gloriously illustrated? Yes, it would be expensive. But I’d gladly pay a premium for a fine edition of the books I consider “keepers.”

Do you have a particularly beautiful book you treasure? What books would you like to have in a deluxe illustrated edition?

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thoughts on Writing a Romance Series

by Deb Werksman
Editorial Manager,
Sourcebooks Casablanca

As an acquiring editor I'm always asking for a series concept, a trilogy, or a concept for multiple books that allow for branding and building readership. When I talk about "career arc" I'm looking for what your next, next, next books will be...

Here are some things to think about as you conceive and write a series for the romance readership.
  • In today's marketplace, the current/most recent book is going to be the most visible. The booksellers are very focused on frontlist. That means readers have to be able to enter your series at any point.
  • Each book has to be able to stand on its own. Build and (re)populate the world in every book. Never assume readers have read the series from the beginning.
  • Don't explain backstory--give the information in the telling of the new story.
  • Bring fresh secondary characters into every book.
  • Future heroes and heroines have to be desirable/redeemable every time they appear in any book. You will be working against yourself if you set a character up as a jerk or undesirable and then try to redeem them as a hero or heroine later.
  • If you set up a character very strongly as the next hero or heroine, then deliver that character's story in the very next book. Don't try to keep a secondary character's setup going over multiple books--it's difficult to keep their story development totally fresh.
  • Be consistent throughout the series with the same heat level, tone, quality of writing.
  • If one book fails, the retail buyers may be unwilling to continue or to strongly support the series--for this reason I as an editor am going to be focused on the market strength of the next book as it stands, rather than being dictated by the order of the characters' stories.
  • If you set up your series in such a way that it has to be read in one particular order you may find extensive revisions when your editor rearranges the order of the series.
  • Even after the entire series is on the market, readers may not read the books in order. You have no control over that.
The mission of your publishing house is to position your books and your brand, build your readership and your career, achieve the deepest and broadest possible distribution for each book, understand and research the market, evaluate market data and strategize from there, and, bottom line, to reach the most readers possible. That's how your stories make an impact.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Trends and obsessions

Trends aren't just for writing. The new trend is to say you're obsessed with something. Picture Kelly Osborn on Fashion Police saying, "I'm obsessed with those shoes!" Don't watch it? Well, what can I say? That's something else I'm obsessed with.

Some people are obsessed with the Twilight novels...or were. Has the trend passed? I'm not sure. I've always been told not to write to trends. But isn't that what happens organically? Who wants to produce a book that no one will buy?

Beyond writing, I have another obsession. I'm obsessed with euro beads. That's the generic term for those pricey Pandora bracelets. For those of us who cannot afford the Pandora brand, there are less expensive alternatives and they're just as pretty. I love making them!

I've become so obsessed, I can't wear all the bracelets I make. Even though I'm branching out into necklaces and earrings, I still need to give some away to prevent a jewelry box explosion. Did I say 'give away?' I meant to say sell or trade. Otherwise, how am I to support my beading habit? 

So, I opened an Etsy shop and began trading 'stuff' on Listia. What are these places you ask?

Well, Etsy is where you can sell anything homemade. I also sell my autographed books there. Hey, I made them in my home, so it counts. (grin) My store is called Ashlyn's Imagination, and here's the link.  I also give a 20% discount for the code AshlynCreates.   

Listia is a smart new website based on the principle that "One man's trash is another man's treasure." I'm obsessed with the idea of recycling. My husband and I don't like clutter. Anything we're not using that doesn't have enormous sentimental value goes on ebay, Amazon, or Listia. What I like about Listia is that no money exchanges hands. People simply put up their item and others bid for it with points. The one who offers the most points, wins!

How do you get points? The site gives you 500 to start, and then you're off and running! People bid on whatever you put up for "sale". Thus, you gather points to bid on stuff you want (beads) AND they take your unwanted junk off your hands. Whoever came up with this idea was brilliant!  

So...what will I ever do if my favorite trends go away? Namely writing about vampires, werewolves, and other paranormal characters. Or euro beads? Or TV fashion and makeover shows? There, there, Ashlyn. Don't cry. Some other trend will come along. There will always be plenty of new obsessions to discover.  

So, what's your obsession?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Say Cheese! School Pictures

It’s almost back-to-school time for my kids, and the two weeks leading up to the new school year are always busy. We have registration, open house, freshman orientation, and orientation for parents of freshmen this year. It means a lot of running around and check-writing. You heard right, folks. Our public schools don’t take Visa, Mastercard, or American Express. And you have to write separate checks for each fee; eight checks between two kids! (Don’t even get me started.)

But this blog isn’t about the hassles involved with registration. It’s about the part I really like. School pictures! The school takes pictures at registration, so the parents can see and approve the photo. They also take them once more in the spring, so we can see how our kids have changed over the year. I love that!!!

This year played out a little differently than in the past, though. I found myself on the verge of an all-out power struggle with both of my kids over what to wear. Here’s how the conversation went with my son.

Me: Go change for your school pictures.
Teen: I don’t want my picture taken.
Me: You have to, so go change.
Teen: Why do I have to? I don’t see what the big deal is. I don’t care about pictures.
Me: I want a picture of you and so do your grandmas. And I want it to look nice.
Teen: Fine… (Stomps toward his room)
Me: And put on clean clothes. (I've learned to add this important detail)
Teen comes out in a t-shirt he had on the previous day.
Me: Did you just pick that up off the floor?!? (pointing for emphasis) Go change right now! And it better be something clean this time. Wear something NICE.
Teen returns with another dirty t-shirt. 
OMG! By the third t-shirt and only 20 minutes left to make it to the high school, I threw up my hands. At least it was clean. I wasn’t getting nice.

Here’s how the conversation went with my 9-year-old daughter.

Me: Why don’t you wear one of the dresses Mimi bought you?
D: I like what I’m wearing.
Me: But don’t you want to wear something nicer for your pictures?
D: (primping in the mirror) No. I think I look great.

LOL. That’s my girl! Gotta love that kind of self-assurance. So off we went for pictures with her dressed in a t-shirt that was almost too short for her, a fringed jacket, a pair of jeans, and feathers in her hair.

Eventually, I decided my son was right. What is the big deal about what they wear for their school pictures? It’s how they look most of the time. Why wouldn’t I want to remember them this way? Besides, everything is going to be out of fashion soon enough. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at these old school pictures I found of my husband and me from kindergarten and our senior years.

Look at that collar! I wanted to wear a dress.
The bow tie is almost bigger than he is.

Love that eighties hair.

Don Johnson called. He wants his jacket back.
I would love to know what everyone does with all of their old photos. Mine are unorganized in boxes, because I can't decide what I should do with them all. Does anyone have any great ideas on how to organize your photos? 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Finding the Time to Read

by Olivia Cunning

Do you know why I became a writer? Easy. I love to read. If you don't love to read, I don't think you have any business writing.

Once upon a time, I could sit and read an entire book from cover-to-cover. Some days I'd even read two books in one day. *gasp!* These days, that seems like a modern-day fairy tale. An impossible dream. Unrealistic.

I just don't have time!

I currently have this book on my nightstand.

I got it in my head that I would reread the entire Harry Potter series this summer from beginning to end. Come to think of it, the last book I read cover-to-cover in one sitting was "HP and the Deathly Hallows". It's been years! So in preparation for my intended reading marathon, I replaced several of my hard copies. A few of my original books had "magically" disappeared when I loaned them out to family members. So once I had all seven books lined up on my shelf, I eagerly started reading.

I can't wait. I said.

This is going to be awesome. I said.

I wonder if the secrets revealed at the end of the series were hinted at in earlier books. I said.

It will be so cool to read the entire series as a unit. I said.

I'm currently on chapter two in the first book. Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, is a week from today. I don't think I'm going to reach my goal.

So a couple of months ago, I moved here

thinking one of the things I would enjoy doing most in my new locale is sitting near the waves and reading a good book without interruption. Dream on! I haven't even been to the beach in two weeks. Between the new job and everything that goes with writing and being a writer, I don't even have time to explore the island. And when I did steal five minutes to go to the beach after dinner one evening, I couldn't enjoy watching the waves, because a certain horrible entity kept weighing on my mind. THIS beast:

I despise that evil creature.

Despite the never-ending list of must-do tasks, I need to read. It's always been a necessary part of my life.

So confession time.

Do you know where I do most of my reading?


Now isn't that romantic? True, I'm mature enough to use the big-girl pottie and it's my Kindle that never leaves that room, but if I didn't read there, I wouldn't have the time to read anywhere. Ten stolen minutes of reading is better than none.

Maybe when I am finally able to quit my day job (see to-do list), I'll find the time to read again. But until then, I'll keep doing this

and pray I don't drop one ball, because I know if I do, the rest will soon follow.

How much do you read each week? And where do you do most of your reading? How do you find the time to do it? Inquiring minds...

Friday, August 24, 2012

Secret loooovers: that's what we are...

I'm Macy Beckett, and I have a confession.

See the pretty cover up there? The one with moonlight dancing over a placid Texas lake? Well, I've been having a secret, obsessive relationship with that book. (Shh! don't tell my husband!)

It all started a couple of months ago when the FedEx man delivered a batch of ARCs (advance reader copies) to my doorstep. Sultry with a Twist is my debut novel, so this was the first time I'd seen my work in print form. It was magical. It was stunning. It was A REAL BOOK!

It also occurred to me that if I was holding my secret lover, other people were, too. (She gets around, but that's okay. We have an open relationship.) Not only had print ARCs gone out to bloggers and reviewers, but the digital copy was available on netgalley. That meant strangers were reading my book!

Commence screaming!
That's when the nasty beast Anxiety wrapped its tentacles around my body, bent me over the sofa, and had its way with me. Holy sh!t, real flesh-and-blood humans were reading my book! Would they love it? Hate it? What would Publishers Weekly say? (For the record, they called it a "delightful debut." Just sayin'.) And what about readers? Would they embrace my new series?

Anxiety was soon joined by his best buddy, Obsession. Together, the little bastards forced me into a daily routine of compulsively checking my Goodreads reviews and my Amazon rankings. I cried out, "But that's not helpful! I have work to do--other books to write!" However, my captors only laughed in my face and made me Google myself as punishment for my impudence. Obsession and Anxiety are merciless masters.

Veteran authors tell me I won't feel this way forever, that the novelty (haha...get it?) will wear off in a few months. I hope they're right, because I'm beginning to develop an eye twitch and a Merlot dependency.

And because I have no shame, I created a short film depicting my illicit love affair. Enjoy, and don't judge me too harshly. I'm suffering for my art! ;-)


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Macy Beckett writes hot & humorous small-town romances set in Sultry Springs, Texas, where first loves find second chances. Her debut novel, SULTRY WITH A TWIST, is available for pre-order (just sayin') at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Indie Bound and several other online retailers. SULTRY WITH A TWIST releases October 2nd, followed by two more Sultry Springs novels in 2013. Macy loves to keep in touch with readers on Facebook and Twitter, so stop by and say hello!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Rules for Grown Ups by Shana Galen

I was probably born to be a teacher. My grandmother was a teacher and my aunts were teachers and from as far back as I can remember, my mom would say to me, “you should be a teacher.” This was inevitably during a time when I was bossing my little sister around. Hey, some people just need more direction, right?

I did become a teacher and taught for eleven years. There were definitely aspects of teaching I did not care for, but there were some I embraced without fail. The rules was one of these. Before my first year of teaching, I spent many hours thinking about my classroom rules—how many would I have (not too many!), how would I write them (as positive “Do” statements), and how would I enforce them (detention!)? I probably should have been thinking about what to do when a student cursed at me and threw his shoe at my head, but I was 23 and had no experience with inner city kids.

The hero of my next book, When You Give a Duke a Diamond, which releases September 1st, has never been a teacher and he would have throttled that little punk without a second thought. But what Will, the sixth Duke of Pelham, does have in common with most teachers is that he has rules. Very strict, important rules.

Will lives his life by rules, which is true of all of us to some extent. We obey the rules of traffic, of social interaction, even of social media. But Will has what he calls Cardinal Rules, additional rules he has imposed on himself. Most kids can’t wait to be a grown up, so they don’t have to follow all of the rules anymore, but Will lives his life by rote and rule. He eats, sleeps, and works on a schedule. His first Cardinal Rule is that the schedule is to be preserved at all costs. His second Cardinal Rule is never fall in love.

You see where this is going, right? Because Will is going to meet Juliette, who scoffs at rules and scoffs at the Dangerous Duke.

Have you ever encountered a preposterous rule? I saw a picture on Facebook for a sign that said, “Warning: Do not walk on ceiling.” Good rule, but necessary? How about you?

He had a perfectly orderly life...

William, the sixth Duke of Pelham, enjoys his punctual, securely structured life. Orderly and predictable—that's the way he likes it. But he's in the public eye, and the scandal sheets will make up anything to sell papers. When the gossip papers link him to Juliette, one of the most beautiful and celebrated courtesans in London, chaos doesn't begin to describe what happens next...

Until she came along...

Juliette is nicknamed the Duchess of Dalliance and has the cream of the nobility at her beck and call. It's disruptive to have the duke who is the biggest catch on the Marriage Mart scaring her other suitors away. Then she discovers William's darkest secret and decides what he needs in his life is the kind of excitement only she can provide...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Reading aloud...for an audience

Last weekend I was invited to be the guest reader at the Katherine Susannah Prichard Speculative fiction awards. The Katherine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Center (or KSP) is the oldest writers center of its kind in Australia and is set in the hills (we only have one lot of hills in Perth).

It is a lovely old house with accommodation for the writer in residence. The idea of a 4 week funded writing retreat is so tempting, but I can’t see hubby or the kids letting me go for that long…maybe when they are older.

While it was a thrill to be invited to read at the awards, it was followed by what will I read!

These people aren’t romance lovers, and yet everything I write is either romance or has romantic elements.

My next thought was, arg! My first solo reading and my longest. And they are going to be a tougher crowd than the kids at bed time. I’ve had lots of practice reading aloud every night for the past…well enough years that the kids appreciate story and comment if nothing happens in the first page except description.

Reading for an audience is also different to me muttering in front of the computer as I read through looking for clunky sentences. So I found a scene with action, and not too much romance, practiced, made notes in the margins and set off for the hills (about 1hr away).

It was a delightful afternoon and I got to listen to some of the award winning stories. My reading went really well, and best of all the books I donated to KSP were taken to new and loving homes.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Reading, the Real Theatre of the Mind

from Mia Marlowe...

I've heard it said that radio dramas were "theatre of the mind." Listening to radio stories wasn't a passive activity in the way movies or stage plays are. The story didn't merely wash over you. It was an active sort of entertainment. Listeners had to populate their mental stages with all the characters and action they could only hear. They had to build the settings and put the characters in motion in a world they alone could see.

Radio dramas were good mental exercise, but IMO, books are what really provide this experience. With only ink on a page, readers have to collaborate with the author to populate the story with flesh and blood characters, to build a whole world filled with sights, sounds, smells and textures.

But what happens when the world is so different from what a reader is used to? One of my intrepid Dutch readers had no trouble imagining Brandr, my hot, fire mage hero. Of course, the wonderful cover helps there.

But she was having difficulty imagining the longhouses in LORD OF FIRE AND ICE. I can't blame her. We have nothing like it now. You can watch House Hunters every day and never run across a floor plan like the one the vikings used. So my reader found this wonderful website with incredible pictures that illustrate the viking age. Here's the link: Lotofr.

The museum itself, which is organized around an archeological dig, is housed in a longhouse, a single story structure that was home to the head of the household and all their retainers in a communal sort of living. A longhouse was organized around a central meal fire. There were no chimneys. Smoke escaped from holes in the high-peaked roof. Deep benches, used for both seating and sleeping, lined the walls. Only a few rooms were actually walled off inside, the better to circulate heat. Life was as harsh as the winters and people needed to live in close community with each other in order to survive. 

I'm delighted that my reader was fascinated enough by the world of LORD OF FIRE AND ICE to do a little of her own research. The pictures she discovered help her form more accurate mental images of the viking age setting.

How about you? Have you ever read a book whose world so fascinated you, you had to delve into it deeper on your own?

Mia loves to connect with readers. Find her at , Twitter and Facebook

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Read, read and read again!

Gone With the Wind is my all time favorite book and I reread it about every ten years. That means I’ve read it at least four times since that first time I got my hands on a copy that looked like this in 1968 and seen the movie too many times to count without taking off my shoes. 

At twenty, I was a young mother with a child who wouldn’t sleep at night and the book was thick enough I figured it would take me at least a week to read it. I was wrong! I got so caught up in the story that I read it in three days. I fell in love with Rhett Butler and if Husband would have agreed our son would have been Charles Rhett instead of Charles Lemar. I loved Scarlett’s spit fire determination and sassiness and decided that if I ever wrote a book (which was my secret dream) that all my heroines would have a back bone of steel and just as much sass as Scarlett.

The first line about Scarlettt O’Hara not being beautiful but having so much charm caught my attention. I wondered if the author pictured herself in the same way but when I found a picture of her with a book in her hands, I changed my mind. There was something hauntingly beautiful about the author as well as her words. By the end of the book, Margaret Mitchell was right up there next to the angels in my estimation. I declared I would read everything she’d ever written. When I went looking for the rest of her works, I figured out real quick that I had already read everything she’d ever written.

When I read the book the second time, I had three kids and found myself feeling more of Scarlett’s mother’s emotions. Raising a spirited child like Scarlett couldn’t have been easy, especially when the Mister O’Hara doted on her so much. And dealing with those next two daughters who weren’t as pretty or as popular with the young gents of the age would have taken the wisdom and patience of a saint.

The third time around, the book was an anniversary edition that looked a lot like this and it was Mammy who caught my attention. She was the one who ruled the roost even more than Scarlett’s Momma. And I could identify very well with her having to make all those decisions and do the bossing since my kids were in high school.

Each time I read the book, the characters took on a whole new depth and I understood their motives more and more. By the time I got around to reading it a few years ago, I realized that the reason was because my own life experiences had changed so much. I could relate to the characters that had lived through the tough times and had beat the odds and carved out a path in a brand new totally different world.

This past summer one of my best friends told me that she had a signed original copy of the book. I'd just love to look at that copy but alas, she knows I'd drool on it, and keeps in locked away in a safe. She is one smart cookie, let me tell you, but I do have an order in for a set of lock picks and a book called "Bank Robbing for Dummies." Shhh! Don't tell and I'll let you peek at it, too!

Readers have told me that they've reread my books second and third times. Do they find brand new depths with a second or a third reading? Does a twenty year old new mother find courage in a sassy heroine? Does a sixty year old grandmother see herself in one of those secondary characters?

Today, I’m grateful for readers who send emails and notes my way that say my books have made them laugh or cry or get mad or even sigh at the end because they wanted just one more chapter.
Do you ever reread books at different times in your life and find brand new gems between the pages? What's been your favorite read, reread and read again book?
I’ll give away a signed copy of One Hot Cowboy Wedding to one of the folks who comment today. Maybe it’ll even be one of those books that is read a second or third time!

Friday, August 17, 2012

HOT Cowboys + Giveaway by C.H. Admirand

It’s official, cowboys are HOT…for those of you who have read a western romance, this isn’t news, but for those of you who are new to western romances…the cowboy is THE quintessential American hero. They work from dawn til dark and get up again to do it all over again the next day. There are no days off…the land is a harsh mistress, but they love working their spread…their land, caring for their animals/herd, and if they are lucky enough have a good woman to stand by their side through it all. This is where I come in ready to give one of my favorite hero-types a shot at happily ever after!

Cowboys can be tough as nails when they have to…with a marshmallow center that they only show to a select few. Add a tall rangy frame, broad shoulders, and working-man’s hands and you’ve got my attention. Toss in a few character flaws and you’ve got a kick-butt story. What’s not to love?


Although the third book in my hot cowboy trilogy, JESSE, released in July, I’ve got this idea for a fourth book as well as a whole new series. A long-time fan of TV Westerns and Silver Screen legends, how could I not come up with another idea with role models like John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Clint Walker, James Arness?

While I’m working on the proposal and need a break, I sit on our patio by the new stream and pond that our oldest son, Phil, designed and let me help build. It’s too funny to watch all of the birds come in and stand amid the river rocks, leaning down to sip from the running water…or bathe in the pool by the waterfall. Only our loveable puppy, Jameson, is brave enough to test the limits of my patience by putting his paws in the pond  and chewing on the ornamental grasses and water lily that were happily growing there.

Here’s the before…


And the after…

Soooo...back to Hot Cowboys Heroes...Coffee Time Romance is hosting a contest for me this month, giving away a signed copy of the trilogy for those handsome Garahan's the link to enter... be sure to stop by!!! 

LASR is having their Fifth Anniversary Celebration and giving away all sorts of prizes.  I’ve offered to give away the signed trilogy for my hot cowboy series: The Secret Life of Cowboys to help them celebrate. Here’s the link to their website to enter the contest

I’m also part of their blog hop tomorrow, the 19th, here’s the link that will go live on the 19th:

Grab a hold of your Cowboy with both hands...and love him like the devil...he'll thank you for it. 
Happy Reading!!! 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Upcoming Releases and Blog Tour Schedule for Savage Hunger! by Terry Spear

Creating books is only part of the process of being an author. Creating fun ways to promote can be another. The other day, one of my fans had a really neat picture of herself with wolves, inspired by me, she said. Thanks, Donna! So off I went to check out the site and low and behold, I sacrificed hours of writing on JAGUAR FEVER, my bad (though I did get 3,000 words written yesterday), but I got hooked on making up a new profile picture for Facebook, and some more for guest blogs for the upcoming book tour.

So here's what I came up with.

White Wolf
imikimi - sharing creativity

Yep, it's my brand. Wolves.

imikimi - sharing creativity

 But now I have jaguars too. Sometimes finding the right picture can be a chore, if you're like me and don't have many very nice ones, but I found one that could work for the picture so there you have it! Me in the jungle with one of my big cats. Now, figuring out which one of them it is, will be the really tough part.

I also updated my Facebook cover photo. I didn't have one. Huh? I didn't know we could add one. So I added one that is also my brand. Highlanders! At least as far as showcasing pictures of Scotland goes. So I featured the one that I used for the writing of A Highland Werewolf Wedding. :)

 Here is the schedule for the upcoming releases! Some are pretty set as far as titles and release dates. The ones later on will probably have different titles and release dates can change.

Savage Hunger, October 2012

Savage Hunger

Savage Hunger

Here is the Blog Tour Schedule for Savage Hunger for end of Sept and all of Oct. A winner will be selected for each blog date and will receive a copy of Savage Hunger, US or Canada addresses.

9/24 Love Romance Passion
9/25 Sharon Buchbinder
9/26 The Romance Studio; Paulette's Papers
9/27 Jesse Kimmel-Freeman
9/28 The Lovestruck Novice

10/1 Star Crossed Romance
10/2 Castles and Guns
10/3 Booklovin Mamas
10/4 Paranormal Haven
10/5 Fresh Fiction & 7 Scribes

10/8 Night Owl Reviews
10/9 Manga Maniac Café
10/10 Urban Girl Reader
10/11 Under the Covers Book Blog
10/12 Books and Beyond

10/15 Cocktail and Books
10/16 Book Lovers & Cindy's Love of Books
10/17 Deanna's Tidbits
10/18 Books-n-Kisses
10/19 A Bookworm’s Haven

10/22 Fiction Vixen
10/23 SOS Aloha
10/24 Reading Between the Wines
10/25 Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
10/26 Sia McKye’s Thoughts Over Coffee

10/29 The Qwillery
10/30 RomFan Reviews
10/31 Cynthia Wolf

I have some one no open slots so if you have a review site and want me to join you for a day that is open, just email me and I'll fit you in!

And here is the schedule for more upcoming releases!!!The Highland wolves are taking over! Not a bad thing, really! 

In A Howl for a Highlander, Duncan MacNeill is off traipsing around Grand Cayman Island trying to get the clan's stolen funds back. He's a warrior, not a lover, but when he runs into a she-wolf botanist at the airport, the stakes suddenly change. And paradise becomes even more of a hunting ground for the Highland wolf.

A Howl for a Highlander, February 2013

In A Highland Werewolf Wedding, we have Cearnach's story. He's the second eldest of the MacNeill quadruplets and has only one intention, seeing his friend marry a wolf he doesn't approve of. Run off the road by an American she-wolf--she can't help that they drive on the wrong side of the road and he's late to a wedding--he's found more trouble than he ever bargained for.

A Highland Werewolf Wedding, May 2013 NEW!!!

And more jaguar fun!  
In Jaguar Fever, Maya learns that she and her brother are not all alone in the world when she gets word they have a couple of cousins. Meeting them at a jaguar shifter club in Houston--who would ever have thought such a place existed?--she learns that the shifter that had followed them in the jungle in Savage Hunger is there--trying to uncover an exotic animal trafficking ring--only he's a bit distracted when he catches Maya in his sights and learns that's she's Connor's sister, not his wife--and available.

Jaguar Fever, 2013 

A SEAL Wolf Christmas, October 2013

Hero of a Highland Wolf, February 2014

Jaguar Book #3, August 2014

Titles and dates subject to change!

Aren't they just yummy?????

I want to take them all home with me. What about you?

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