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New Release: The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren

Finn rubbed a hand over the spot where his scar was in what looked like an absentminded gesture. “I signed up for a gun-safety course as soon as I healed so I could deal with the fear.”
Liv rubbed the chill bumps from her arms. “That must’ve been ridiculously hard.”
He gave a humorless laugh. “The first few weeks, all I could do was sit there and watch other people do target practice. Listen to the sounds. Let the panic come and force myself not to run. It sucked. But then I met this cop who offered to help me. She pushed me, and I started to get used to handling the gun and began to train.” He focused on a spot somewhere over her shoulder like he was seeing the memory play out on a screen. “She taught me how to switch off the emotion of it. It’s going to sound ridiculous, but it became like football used to be for me. One mission. No emotion attached to it. Get the ball into the end zone. But this time it was hit the target. It was the only thing that helped.”
“Jumping into the fire…

COLLISION COURSE by Marie Harte: Spotlight & #Giveaway!

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COLLISION COURSE by Marie Harte

He's always had a way with the ladies

She won't give him the time of day

Sparks fly when two hearts in motion collide.

Florist Joey Reeves is working overtime to stay away from Lou Cortez, the ace mechanic with a reputation for irresistible charm. She's a single mom with enough on her plate—the last thing she needs is entanglement with the hottest guy in town…


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Determined to start over again, she dug into her orders and updated delivery times, getting in touch with their new delivery guy, a cute twenty-year old who’d no doubt soon be rolling in tips. “Well, hello there.” She glanced up from the counter and froze. “You work here?” A large grin creased a face she’d tried hard to forget. The man who’d been haunting her sleep, who’d dogged her th…

Exciting News for 2018 from Shana Galen

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty excited about 2018. I have two books coming from Sourcebooks--one in March and one in July. No Earls Allowed will be out in March and if you're a reviewer of blogger, you can now request it on NetGalley. Here's the lovely cover!





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Have a happy, happy new year!!

Is it better to give than receive?

Psychologists have discovered that if you receive a gift it makes you happy. If you give a gift, it makes you happier. As someone who has suffered from occasional bouts of depression, I can tell you that sometimes the only way to break out of it is to do or give something nice. That may not surprise you. It feels good to give.

Is there such a thing as too much giving? I think there is... When it's  painful instead of pleasurable. Some people ruin their holidays by rushing around, doing too much for too many. So what if you can't find the perfect gift for Uncle Ed? He'll survive. In fact, he'd probably rather you not go into debt or get into an accident driving around in an ice storm for his present.

This year, instead of Christmas cards I sent the money I would have spent on the cards and postage to one of my pet charities. The Arbor Day Foundation. Because of the many recent wild fires, a lot of reforestation will need to take place.


A gift of $15 will plant two tr…

Merry Christmas from Sourcebooks Casablanca Authors

Wishing all of our readers a wonderful New Year!
Shana Galen

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Gina Conkle :-)

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our wonderful readers!  Alyson McLayne



I hope your holidays are splendid!     Jane Ashford *** Happy Christmas!! Hope you all made the nice list! With love from Juliet Lyons xxxx

Kim Redford Enjoys “Christmas in the Park” at the Choctaw Nation Capitol

What fun it is to enjoy “Christmas in the Park” on the original Choctaw Nation Capitol grounds at Tuskahoma, Oklahoma, with all the colorful lights and inspirational displays that celebrate the season.

For the nightly drive-through, enter at the main gate near the two-story Council House built in 1884 and follow the trail outlined by traffic cones and barriers along a path through brightly lit arches to leaping buffalo, glowing reindeer, gingerbread houses, and all manner of other holiday delights.



The Choctaw Nation Cultural Events program plans and installs the Christmas displays, but many other employees volunteer to make this seasonal light extravaganza a much anticipated success every year. The tour is always free and open to the public from dusk to 9 p.m. through New Year’s Eve.


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Kim Redford is an acclaimed bestselling author of Western romance novels. She grew up in Texas with cowboys, cowgirls, horses, cattle, and rodeos for inspiration. She d…

My Top 4 Holiday Movies

I don’t get nostalgic for very many things, but I make an exception for holiday movies. It’s probably because of my annual tradition of saving all my present-wrapping for the very last minute. For weeks, I ignore all holiday warning signs and realize, around today’s date, that I have about 10,000 presents to be sorted and wrapped.
Hence my annual movie marathon.
In a few short hours, I will retreat into my office with this year’s load of goods, lock the door, and cue up several holiday movies to get me through the paper-and-ribbon slog. (Don’t worry – I take breaks for snacks.)
Although the assortment of movies changes year-to-year, you’ll almost always find some combination of my Christmas movie top four.
While You Were Sleeping
I can pretty much recite this movie from start to finish (“These mashed potatoes are so creamy.”), and I always take a moment to pause when the newspaper boy bites it during his routine delivery. Even though I never, in my wildest dreams, pictured Bill Pu…

All I Want For Christmas…Is A Hot Scot!

By: Alyson McLayne


Ah…Christmas. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways: I love the confusion every year as I put the three pieces of our Christmas tree together and can NEVER remember which cord plugs in where to light up the whole tree.I love decorating the tree to beautiful Christmas music playing in the background—and by music I mean the tinkling of glass bulbs as they smash to the floor and the screeching of kids as they fight over the ornaments.I love the hours spent decorating sugar cookies when I’m determined to stay on my diet—and I can no longer lick the extra icing off my fingers.I love getting up in the wee hours of the morning because I’ve forgotten to change the placement of the elves who are watching the kids by day and flying back to report to Santa at night.  ;)I love the seemingly, never-ending line-up to take pictures with Santa every year because once you start, you can never stop. I love shopping with my 5-year-old who wants to buy her dad things that are pretty…

Visions of Sugar Plums... by Abbie Roads

Visions of Sugar Plums... by  Abbie Roads

What's your favorite part of the holidays? 
I love all the baking! 
This seems to be the only time of year when I can get away with being a crazy cookie baker!  So far this Holiday season I've made Texas sheet cake cookies, pumpkin cookies with brown butter frosting, chocolate chip/dried cranberry cookies, crushed candy cane cookies, turtle cookies, and today I baked one of my favorite family recipes... 
Sugar Plum Surprise Cookies!

I love these cookies for a few reasons...
1. They are simple to make. 2. You can load the whole batch on one cookie sheet to bake  (which saves a ton of time). 3. And the best part...There's a surprise inside each one!
Here's the recipe:

Sugar Plum Surprise Cookies (Preheat oven 325 degrees)
1c. soft butter 1/2c. powdered sugar 1 1/2t. vanilla 2c. flour 1/2t. salt 1c. oatmeal 36 candies--I use candied cherries, all flavors of Hershey kisses, caramels, and Andes mints. But you can use whatever you think sounds …

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January 2018
Heart of the Wolf–Re-release 10th Anniversary
New Novella added: Night of the Wolf
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Flight of the White Wolf

May 1, 2018
Sexy, hot Arctic wolf, private investigator Gavin Summerfield, is on a mission: learn if an heiress’s husband is cheating on her, but he doesn’t expect to meet up with the woman who tased him some years earlier, who is now…an Arctic wolf like him. Her mission: Keep her…

Cold-Water Rescue Diving (or C'mon! It'll Be Fun!)

Cold water is scary. Really cold water with ice on top is extra scary.
Once you’ve fallen through the ice, and the water has you in its grip, it quickly robs you of your ability to fight. In a few short minutes, it makes you clumsy and slow and sleepy and disorientated, until you can’t even try to save yourself. It’s a predator that makes you calmly accept your death.
For as long as I could remember, one of my top fears—a break-out-in-a-cold-sweat-even-thinking-about-it fears—was getting trapped under the ice. The idea of pounding on an unbreakable frozen layer while not being able to breathe… That’s the stuff of nightmares.
So why, exactly, was I standing on a frozen reservoir, just feet from a hole cut in the ice, preparing to jump into thirty-two-and-a-half-degree water?
Sadly, I have a tendency to believe people when they say, “C’mon! This’ll be fun!” I’ve gotten suckered into countless chores (“Let’s all spring-clean the boarding stable. It’ll be fun! It won’t be an all-day he…

Ponder, Plot & Plan…and a Highland Conquest GIVEAWAY!

It’s December already, and alas, my NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) goals died with a pathetic whimper about mid-way through November—the best laid plans…
Which was the problem, really, because in terms of my writing process, I’m what is called a plotter (as opposed to a pantster) and by the time I’d finished HIGHLAND BETRAYAL, book 3 in The Sons Of Gregor MacLeod series, I didn’t have time to plan book 4, HIGHLAND CAPTURE, before NaNo started.
My process looks something like this: first I mull on the story and let it percolate—I may look through Pinterest and find images for characters and settings that appeal to me or tap notes into my phone when they come to me in the middle of the night. Then I work on character profiles, interspersing those with writing down scenes in random order. And at some point I pull out my plot graph, which I use for every book.This graph comes from writing guru Michael Hauge, although his version is much more detailed:


I begin by inserting scene…