Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Everything You Need to Know About HUNT THE DAWN

Book 2 of my Fatal Dreams, HUNT THE DAWN, will be out in just under a week! I'm so excited for the world to meet Lathan and Evanee.

About Lathan...
Tattooed: Check!
Rides a Motorcycle: Check!
Tortured by his ability: Check!
Painful past: Check!
Hearing Impaired: Check!
Hunting a serial killer: Check!
Melts into a puddle of goo around the heroine: Check!

Here's a bit more about the book...

Out of darkness and danger

You can't hide your secrets from Lathan Montgomery-he can read your darkest memories. And while his special abilities are invaluable in the FBI's hunt for a serial killer, he has no way to avoid the pain that brings him. Until he is drawn to courageous, down-on-her-luck Evanee Brown and finds himself able to offer her something he's never offered another human being: himself.

Dawns a unique and powerful love

Nightmares are nothing new to Evanee Brown. But once she meets Lathan, they plummet into the realm of the macabre. Murder victims are reaching from beyond the grave to give Evanee evidence that could help Lathan bring a terrifying killer to justice. Together, they could forge an indomitable partnership to thwart violence, abuse, and death-if they survive the forces that seek to tear them apart.

Book Trailer:


Her eyelids fluttered. Opened.
“How are you feeling?” That question was more appropriate than interrogating her on how she came into possession of a human eyeball. He’d wait until she was fully conscious before tripping down that trail.
“Cold. So cold.” Goose bumps pimpled over her bare skin. She scooted toward where he sat on the edge of the bed, wrapping herself around his hips, seeking his body’s warmth.
He should get the heavy sleeping bag from the closet. He should cover her with it and leave the room. He should, he should, he should. He didn’t. He pulled off his boots and eased into the bed. She latched onto him before he fully reclined.
She molded herself to him. His shoulder her pillow, her arm around his middle, one of her legs draped over his thighs, her knee just a few miniscule inches from his groin. Everything vanished, except the vivid sensation of her feminine curves burrowing into him, seeking his safety, his comfort, his warmth. She was cool where he was on fire. She was soft where he couldn’t bend. She was sweet where he felt bitter.
            She fit into his arms, against his body, and into his soul like she was designed especially for him. He wanted to believe he could have a happy ending with her, but his reality was a cruel, hard place where good things just didn’t happen. Or if they did, they never lasted.

"Roads' second book in her Fatal Dreams series is a dark and intense romance that pulls no punches and offers plenty of mind-bending twists. Fans of Feehan's Ghostwalker series will want to give this series a try as there is a similar feel between the two series.There are some interesting and original paranormal/supernatural elements here.The characters are well developed and the villain earns a top-notch creepy award. Roads brings the suspense, the action, the heat and also scary psychological twists. This is a read that you might want to leave the light on for!"
~RT Book Reviews

"This book is the perfect combination of the darkest of humankind with a romantic touch. And when you thought that Race The Darkness was already shocking in some ways then think again – because this one tops it all!"
~Vi, Goodreads Review

"If you enjoy dark paranormal reads, I highly recommend this one. I've enjoyed both books in this series, and I can't wait to see what the author comes up with next."
~Harlequin Junkie Top Pick

"Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Michael Crichton? Move over—make way for Abbie Roads!"
~MLC, Goodreads Review

You can purchase HUNT THE DAWN here:

Abbie Roads writes dark emotional novels featuring damaged characters, but always gives her hero and heroine a happy ending... after torturing them for three hundred pages. Her debut novel RACE THE DARKNESS was a Publishers Weekly Top 10 Pick for Fall. You can find Abbie here: Website, Facebook, Twitter. Be sure to join her Newsletter to receive exclusive content and secret giveaways.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Katie Ruggle: Fun with SWAT

While I was working for the police department, one of the most fun tasks was helping out at ERU training. A couple of times a year, I’d drive a minivan full of volunteers to the house or farm where the Emergency Response Unit (SWAT) was holding training. The officer who’d created the scenario (something like the beginning of an improv skit) would let us know what the situation was and what role we’d play.

Although I’ve been assigned roles such as Hostage, Reluctant Cult Member, Woman Hiding in Closet Unbeknownst to Guy Holding Gun in Other Room, and Dead Person, my favorite part to play was one of the “bad” guys. Give me an Airsoft rifle and let me hide in the trees, and I’m content (despite my huge and irrational fear of ticks).

I liked talking with the negotiators, too. It reminded me of writing dialogue (well, my half of the conversation, at least). When I was playing a cult member who’d started to doubt the leader’s teachings and just wanted to get out, I was sending messages back and forth with an officer who was the worst texter I’d ever met. Later, I found out that, not only did he hate texting in general, but he’d been given an older flip phone for the negotiations, so he was forced to text old-school (push the “3” button three times for “F”). Hearing this, I forgave him for all the punctuation, spelling and grammar errors that had caused me such pain (my inner editor is always there with her figurative red pen).

I managed to learn quite a bit during these events. During one training exercise, I played a militia member. My gun-toting brethren and I were given a few hours in which to set up trip wires, CS-gas grenades and pretend explosives around the property before holing up in the house for the stand-off. In Fan the Flames, the second book in the Search and Rescue series, I had Rory use some of these intruder-deterrent techniques outside of her home.

Despite it being a danger-free exercise and knowing most of the people in the ERU, there were adrenaline-filled moments. When the team entered the house and put me face down on the floor, my heart rate definitely increased. It made me really admire the officers who do this for real, those who, if negotiations fail, go into a building knowing that there are guns and/or explosives and/or people who are willing and ready to kill.

The real-life first responders I’ve met and worked with made it easy to create the characters starring in my Search and Rescue series. I have such great admiration for the cops and firefighters and those in the military and all others who run toward danger rather than away. While my current jobs are to write and bake bread, first responders risk their lives every day to help others. I can only hope that my characters fully reflect the bravery of these true-life heroes.

Haven't met the Search and Rescue team yet? 
Here's your chance: 
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Monday, November 28, 2016

Berserker Warriors: Truth or Myth? (by Asa Maria Bradley)

A 6th century Swedish bronze plaque with
Odin and a berserker wearing a wolfskin.
(Werner Forman/Universal Images Group/Getty Images)
I've been fascinated with Norse mythology ever since my grandparents gave me a children's picture book based on the Icelandic Sagas. Growing up in Sweden, I learned even more about my Viking forefathers (and mothers ;-) ) as I studied history and archaeology in school. In seventh through ninth grade (what we in Sweden call högstadiet or highschool), my history teacher noticed my interest and gave me books to read outside of class. This is when I first learned about the berserkers, Odin's fierce warriors who could whip themselves into a battle frenzy that made them feel no pain and allowed them to become such superior fighters that they always defeated their enemy.

Viking Warriors Book 1
A double 2016 RITA finalist
In my contemporary paranormal Viking Warriors series, immortal king Leif and his band of warriors have been sent back to Midgard (the human realm) to protect humanity from the evil half-god Loki and his genetically engineered creatures. I tweaked the berserker myth a little in that each of my immortal Viking and Valkyrie has an inner warrior spirit--a berserker--that they can tap into whenever they are fighting. When they do they become not only incredibly strong and fast, but also create a connection with their fellow Vikings and Valkyries that enables them to always know the location of their battle brothers and sisters. The drawback is that a berserker becomes more restless the longer a Norse warrior is on earth and there's a risk the berserker takes full control over the Viking's body.

The Vikings try to calm their inner warriors through fights with Loki's creatures, by drawing on the energy that rise from humans on the dance floor of a nigh club, and even through sex. If a warrior's berserker takes control, they succumb to permanent battle fever and become a danger to themselves and their fellow battle brothers and sisters. When that happens, Odin has to call them back to Valhalla and entrance them into an endless slumber. The only thing that can calm a berserker once it is in full battle fever is a Viking's or Valkyrie's själsfrände, or soulmate.

Viking Warriors Book 2
An RT Book Reviews Top Pick!
The word "berserker" comes from from the Old Norse words ber-serkr (plural ber-serkir) meaning a "bear-shirt." The Icelandic Sagas--prose narratives that are the oldest written records describing the Vikings and their customs--also include ulfhednar as part of the fierce warriors that worshiped Odin. Ulf means wolf and hednar means pelt in Old Norse. Both the wolf and the bear were sacred animals to the Vikings.

The berserkers have long been thought to be only a myth, but historians and other scholars now think that there is plenty of proof that these elite warriors actually existed. In the book Germania, the Roman historian Tacitus describes amazing elite warriors in northern Europe. These fierce Norsemen worshiped Odin in a cult-like fashion and would enter the battle field howling like wolves, wearing bear and wolfskins. They operated in smaller independent groups that were widely sought after by kings and chieftains. However, they were difficult to control in formation warfare. Other historical records describe how Olav Haraldsson (St Olav) put berserkers on the front lines at the battle of Stiklestad in 1030, but instead of holding the line as ordered, the wild warriors attacked and thereby contributed to the king’s defeat.

So there you have it. The berserkers probably did exist, but you had to take the uncontrollable with the undefeatable if you wanted to hire them. Kind of like the immortal fighters in the Viking Warriors series, although their berserkers can be calmed by their själsfrändes which they all of course eventually meet. I write romance after all. ;-)

If you're interested in learning more about the berserkers, I recommend these two articles:
"The truth about Viking berserkers" BBC History Extra on Sep 9, 2016.
"Berserkergang" The Viking Answer Lady, last updated on Nov 11, 2016.

And if you are a fan of Viking romance, in addition to the Viking Warriors series, I highly recommend TALES OF THE VALKYRIES an anthology of short stories by myself,  Gina Conkle, Harper St. George, Emma Prince, Anna Markland, and Lisa Hendrix. It's currently free across most e-retailers. 

Asa Maria Bradley grew up in Sweden surrounded by archaeology and history steeped in Norse mythology, which inspired the immortal Vikings and Valkyries in her paranormal romances. She came to the US as a high school exchange student and quickly fell in love with ranch dressing and crime TV series. Asa currently resides on a lake deep in the pine forests of the Pacific Northwest with a British husband and a rescue dog of indeterminate breed. Booklist has attributed her writing with “nonstop action, satisfying romantic encounters, and intriguing world building.” Her debut book, Viking Warrior Rising, was a 2016 double RITA® finalist and her  most recent release, Viking Warrior Rebel, received Top Pick! status by Romantic Times Book Reviews, which described the book as “filled with action and passion from the first page until the last.”
Visit her at, follow her on Twitter @AsaMariaBradley, or connect with her on

Friday, November 25, 2016

Happiness Is...Hallmark

Who here watches the Hallmark Channel??
**waves hand furiously**
It seems like everyone I know is a fan of the channel just like me and never more so than this time of year.  Well, last week, I made this announcement:

Needless to say, I am THRILLED!!  I know it is just optioned and nothing is written in stone yet, but a girl can hope, right??  I mean, talk about being thankful and a dream come true!  I promise to keep you all posted on any updates and as soon as I know something, you will too.

In the meantime, if you have NOT checked out The Christmas Cottage, I highly recommend it. 


I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from the Casa Authors

Shane Galen
This Thanksgiving I'm so thankful for my health, the health of my family, and my wonderful readers. I love going to work every day and writing stories I love and hope my readers love too!

Jane Ashford
I'm so grateful for the beauties of nature, which always revivify me. That's me peeking out from behind the gorgeous leaves. : )

Terry Spear
Having fun with decorating and photograph and family fun.

Wild turkeys in Omaha, Nebraska.
Have a great one! Happy Thanksgiving.

Linda Broday

I'm so blessed with all God has given me. I have food, a warm bed, and family who care about me. This is far more than so many people have. I'm also blessed that I can write stories that touch readers' hearts.

Blessings on you and your family! 

Samantha Chase

I am thankful for so many things in my life - my family, my friends, my health - but this Thanksgiving I am especially thankful because it is the first time in...35 years that I'm having Thanksgiving dinner with BOTH of my parents.  They've been divorced since I was 12.  This year, they are both coming to my house and I am preparing the feast.  It's either going to be wonderful or I'm going to have to change this answer to being thankful for 35 years of NOT having Thanksgiving with the both of them!  LOL!

Gina Conkle

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm grateful to have a warm, loving family. I'm grateful my son came home from college (his freshman year). He's having a blast and energized by what he's learning. I'm grateful my younger son is having a great time his junior year in high school (and maturing way too fast). He went ice skating with friends at an outdoor rink last Friday, fell down a few times, but got back up again - laughing and skating better after each fall. I felt like that night was a life metaphor. The transition from California to Michigan has been tough on him, but now he's fully settled and happy. I'm grateful for my husband, Brian. He supports me through ups and downs with humor and wisdom (and he's the BEST kisser ever). I hope you have a great Thanksgiving holiday with the special people in your life. Much love and blessings to you!


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Linda Broday: How Thanksgiving Was Born

The pumpkins have lost their toothy grins and scary faces. It’s time to get on to the next holiday—Thanksgiving.

But do you know how the holiday came to be? I doubt few people do.

So here’s some Facts:

Although President George Washington set a day aside to give thanks and prayers, it wasn’t made official and the leaders who came after him nixed the idea due to their interpretation of the separation of church and state.

In 1846, Sarah Hale who was the editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book, began a letter-writing campaign in favor of making the last Thursday in November National Thanksgiving Day. The idea gained favor and President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation making it happen.

However, following presidents changed the day to various ones they favored. Can you imagine the confusion that led to? It was pretty bad.

It wasn’t until 1941 that legislation was introduced in Congress to firmly establish the fourth Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day and it was finally made a national holiday. Thank goodness, this settled the issue once and for all.

On the American Frontier, the Thanksgiving meal consisted of whatever game was killed with whatever vegetables were stored in the root cellar. There may or may not have been a dessert, but if there was, it usually was in the form of a pie or puddings of some sort.

Here’s a recipe for a Thanksgiving Pudding:

Thanksgiving Pudding
(From an 1880 Cookbook)
Pound 20 crackers fine, add 5 cups milk and let swell.
Beat well 14 eggs
pint sugar
cup molasses
2 small nutmegs
2 TSP ground clove
3 ground cinnamon
2 TSP salt
½ TSP soda.
Add to crackers.
Finally add pint of raisins and cool. Makes two puddings. 

Whatever you have on your Thanksgiving table, I pray that joy fills your heart and makes you remember with gratitude that we’re never so bad off that we can’t be worse. Think of the lonely men and women serving our country so far from home. Think of the homeless who have nothing. And lastly, think of the animals in the shelters and especially those out in the cold with no place to go.

I wish you all a very blessed Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

What's in a Cover?

I’m so pleased with the cover of my May book, Nothing Like a Duke. Did you see the cover reveal at USAToday? It’s a new look for me, and the colors are gorgeous. The Sourcebooks art department has outdone itself on this one. I like it both because it’s beautiful, and because I know how a cover can draw readers to give a book a chance.
Which led me to wonder, what attracts me to a shelf in a bookstore or a page online and makes me want to check out a particular title? There’s a bit of magic about design, I think. The whole-greater-than-its-parts that just makes you reach for the book. As my artistic friends over at Corvid Design say, “You can't just throw a couple of figures in there, slap a title on it and go.”
Color is obviously important, and especially the combination of colors that catches the eye amid the many choices offered. Do art schools have classes on that kind of thing? Probably. I was always over in the English Department. : )
Once the color has grabbed me, I need a clue to the genre, of course. And a sense of the mood of the story. Those lead me to read the cover copy, a step along in the decision process.
Then there are the little details that enrich the image. Did you notice the fireworks on the cover of Nothing Like a Duke? Subtle, but up there. The big finish of Lord Robert’s romance comes on Guy Fawkes Day, under a sky lit by pyrotechnics. I'm so glad that bit is pictured.
So what have I left out? What elements of a cover latch onto you so you just have to look?


Monday, November 21, 2016

Puppy Love

If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (and you should! Come on over!), then you already know my struggle. I mean, news! Exciting news! I have a new puppy!

I wasn't really planning on getting a new puppy at this time. I have a Pembroke Welsh corgi. Like Queen Elizabeth II, I love my corgis. But one was enough. And that one, Kylie, is pretty old.

Kylie is sixteen. She sleeps almost all day, and when she does move, you can see the effort it takes her. But she has been my devoted companion and the joy of our house since my kids were little. They're all grown up now. But I still have my Kylie.

The plan was to let Kylie live out her days in peace and then hold off on dogs for awhile. I married young and started a family right away. I thought, how nice to not have anyone to care for, for once in 26 years.

But then my daughter got a puppy, Henry. And Henry came to visit Kylie. And Kylie, who never liked other dogs in her youth, was suddenly up and running and playing again! So my husband said, "let's look for a puppy!"

And did I take the sensible role? Did I say, "Gee, hon. You travel for business often. You're at the office all day. You sleep like the dead and never hear anyone (sick kids, yelping puppies) calling out in the middle of the night. Who is going to care for this puppy?" Nope. I have a friend who had a friend who had a puppy ready to be mine. And now we have Bandit (a little female tricolor Pembroke Welsh corgi).

Bandit adores Kylie! Not sure it's always mutual.

And this happened. Teething! Those teeth chew everything. My furniture. My clothes. Me. My laptop cord. Chewed right through. So now we're in dog training. And I still love her. No regrets.

Are you a dog person? Cat person? Any puppy training horror stories? 

Friday, November 18, 2016


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