Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Top Five Books on my TBR list

Top Five books on my TBR list

It’s a sad, sad world when I’m only allowed to pick my top five books on my TBR list, BUT I’ve done it with the utmost care and am ready to show the world what I am DYING to read. Between mothering at the end of the school year, edits, and writing new books, I barely have time to breathe, let along read. But I need to read like I need to live, so I’ve been trying extra hard to read before I go to bed at least. The problem with that? I usually get so into a book that I can’t sleep long after I put it down. Such is life, I suppose. 

Be sure to comment below and tell me what your top five TBR books are right now. I’d love to add more to my never-ending list. 

5. Man of Honor (Battle Scars #3) by Diana Gardin
I’ve read the first two books in this series and they completely blew me away. Nothing sucks me in more than a tortured military hero, and Diana knows how to write the best of them. 

4. Max (Cold Fury Series #6) by Sawyer Bennett
As a huge fan of anything Sawyer, I am super excited to read this one.  Alas, life has just been a little too busy to make it happen. Still, I look forward to the day where I can dive into Max’s story. There’s something entirely too sexy about these hockey players Sawyer creates, and I can’t get enough of them. 

3. The Air He Breathes (Elements #1) by Brittainy C Cherry 
I’ve never read a book by this author, but my mom (otherwise knows at my reading partner in crime) swears by this author and anything she writes. This is the one she told me to start with and when I read the beginning of the blurb (“Stay away from him,” people said. “He’s cruel.” “He’s cold.” “He’s damaged) I was completely sold.

2. Infinity Plus One by Amy Harmon
This is another author my mom can’t get enough of. She’s read every single book written by Amy and said if I wanted to start it should be with this one.  

1. Preppy Part One, Two, AND Three by TM Frazier
I’m cheating with a series, I know. BUT technically these are supposed to be read together, so…yeah. I adored TM’s writing, and I loved The Kind series, so it was only inevitable that I read Preppy’s stories too. He’s kind of a wickedly, hot character and I can’t resist a bad boy. Now, I’m counting down the day s I can binge these.

Between boot camp and two TOD's in Iraq, my buddies Max, Gavin and me have been through some serious hell. So the last thing I ever expected was to find the biggest challenge of my life back home.

My girlfriend died. I couldn't even attend her funeral, let alone tell her goodbye or that I'm sorry I wasn't there like I should've been.

But she left me a gift. The best and scariest one I could've ever asked for. One I didn't think I could handle...until the day I saw her tiny blues looking up at me in that airport. Chloe.

Now here I am, raising my baby girl-with the help of my two best friends. Things couldn't be better. Until she walked into my life.

All I wanted was a nanny. Someone to take care of my girl when I couldn't. What I didn't count on was Addison, the brown-eyed temptress with a body of sin, and everything I didn't need, but suddenly wanted.

Available now: Amazon

I'm in love with a woman I can't have, and there's absolutely nothing I can do to stop myself from falling.

The problem? Her brother's my best friend.

I shouldn't want her this much. Not when it goes against the bro code. Not when I've never been able to commit to another woman for longer than a night.

But one look into her eyes and I'm a mess for her. She's my everything. Walking away might end me, but if I don't, I'll be risking a hell of a lot more than just a broken heart.

Available for pre-order now. (Releasing November 7th) Amazon

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Under Her Skin by Adriana Anders out on Audio today!

I'm super excited to announce that the Audiobook for Under Her Skin, featuring the dulcet tones of Wendy Tremont King is finally out from Tantor Audio! (And check out this hot, new cover!)

Title: Under Her Skin
Series: Blank Canvas
Author: Adriana Anders
Audio out: May 30, 2017

This gentle giant's scarred hands may be the warmest touch she'll ever know.
...if only life were a fairy tale where Beauty got to keep her Beast
Ivan thought the world was through giving him second chances.
Hell, who was he kidding—he wasn't good enough for them anyway. And he certainly wasn't good enough for her.
But the moment Uma walked into his life, Ivan knew he had to put all that crap aside and do everything he could to help. She was like nothing he'd ever known. Beautiful, lost, alone, she had the kind of sad eyes that were just begging for someone to save her...
...and despite his rough exterior, despite the nasty rumors, despite all the bad decisions following him around like the strays he couldn't help but rescue, Ivan was nothing but willing to be the kind of man she needed.
Yeah, he'd thought the world was through giving him second chances.
Until she came into his life. Until she changed everything.
Until he realized he would do anything, fight anyone, tear the world apart if it only meant saving her.

ADRIANA ANDERS has acted and sung, slung cocktails and corrected copy. She’s worked for start-ups, multinationals and small nonprofits, but it wasn’t until she returned to her first love—writing romance—that she finally felt like she’d come home. Today, she resides with her tall French husband, two small children and fat French cat in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she writes the dark, gritty, emotional love stories of her heart.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Kim Redford Discovers Ranch & Range Romance Comics

How had I never heard about Cowgirl Romances comics from the 1950s till my friends Scott and Sandi sent me a postcard of a terrific cover? What fun, I couldn’t help but think when I read, “All new romances of ranch and range!” I had to know more about these comics, so I went online and discovered ComicBookPlus, free and legal public domain books. Under Westerns, I found Annie Oakley and many others, but I was still looking for Cowgirl Romances, so I kept going till I came to the Western Romance section. Now we were getting somewhere.

 ComicBookPlus lists fifteen titles and seventy-one issues in the Western Romance category of contemporary and historical comics published between 1949 and 1958. They include Fiction House's Cowgirl Romances of twelve issues and Fawcett's Cowboy Love with an eleven issue run. These comics appear to be exciting pulp fiction with titles such as “Dowry Paid in Lead,” “Call Her Gun-Girl,” and “Koln Dilgen Tames Rocking River, but He Can't Tame Mary Mercer!”

I couldn’t wait to get started looking between the covers. First, I picked the comic to match my postcard that turned out to be issue eleven of Cowgirl Romances published in the fall of 1952. I set to reading “Love Is Where You Find It,” and I soon discovered four more illustrated stories in the same issue, “Fight for Your Love,” “Honeymoon Range,” “Heartbroken Buckaroo,” and “I’ll Love You Always.” I enjoyed them all. They’re short, easy-to-read, feel-good stories that evoke the time period when lots of folks were finding love on ranch and range.

Range Romances also caught my eye at DigitalComicMuseum, so I took a look at the December 1949 issue—all historical stories— with “Gunsmoke Heartbreak,” “Petticoat Law,” “Outlaw Love,” and “Tenderfoot Sweetheart.” I also peeked at an issue of Real West Romances with a contemporary setting . . . “Sometimes a cowhand can’t figure whether to pursue them or run away from them—Wild Hosses and Ornery Gals!”

What wonderful entertainment with a vintage touch of clever stories and gorgeous illustrations. What can I say? I’m hooked to learn more, read more, and share more. And now I’m well aware that authors writing Westerns have been building on a large body of work for a long time that includes beautiful comic books and graphic novels. I guess we’d better thank the Gutenberg press for starting the process of getting our writing into the hands of a large audience on a wide range of topics.

And who knows, maybe in my next Smokin’ Hot Cowboys novel, I might just come up with a character that can’t resist collecting cowgirl and cowboy romance comics set on ranch and range. Now that’d be fun, wouldn’t it?

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 divides her time between homes in Texas and Oklahoma, where she’s a rescue cat wrangler and horseback rider—when she takes a break from her keyboard. Visit her at Kim Redford.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Nature Therapy... And a Giveaway! by Abbie Roads

Nature Therapy... And a Giveaway!

Be sure to keep reading to find out how you can win a signed copy of SAVING MERCY.

It was a long and gray winter here in Central Ohio. But Spring has sprung and summer is almost here!

Nothing soothes my soul and recharges my batteries like going on a long walk. I call it Nature Therapy!

Here's some of the lovely flowers I've seen...

Here's some of the paths I've walked...

Here's some of the animals I've seen...

Here's my back yard during sunset...

Here's my dogs... Just because they're cute.

Here's my favorite Spring and Summer treat... A Snickers Parfait from our local dairy bar.

What do you love most about Spring and Summer?

Would you like to win a signed copy of SAVING MERCY?

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He’s found her at last…
Cain Killion knows himself to be a damaged man. His only redeeming quality? The extrasensory connection to blood that he uses to catch killers. His latest case takes a macabre turn when he discovers a familiar and haunting symbol linking the crime to his horrific past—and the one woman who might understand what it means.

Only to lose her to a nightmare
 Mercy Ledger is brave, resilient, beautiful—and in terrible danger. The moment Cain finds her the line between good and evil blurs and the only thing clear to them is that they belong together. Love is the antidote for blood—but is their bond strong enough to overcome the madness that stalks them?

Abbie Roads writes dark emotional novels, but always gives her hero and heroine a happy ending... After torturing them for three hundred and fifty pages.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

George and Puppies...Need I Say More?

Just released! After the End is a fun and heart-warming free epilogue novella to the exciting Search & Rescue series!

For fans of sexy, brooding ice divers
Motorcycle Club bad boys turned firefighters
Tall, dark, and silent wilderness guides
And cops with hearts of gold…
The end is just the beginning.

What happens after happily ever after? Now that the murderer has been caught and the arsonist is behind bars, the town of Simpson, Colorado has returned to its sleepy, picturesque former glory. Yet for the heroes of Search & Rescue, work is never done…
…especially not if the extraordinary women if their lives have anything to say about it.

Told in alternating chapters focusing on four unforgettable romances, this slice-of-life novella catches up with fan favorites from the Search & Rescue series—proving once and for all that the end is just the beginning.

Pick up your free copy at any of these booksellers:

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Will Han Solo Save Marie Antoinette?! (by Asa Maria Bradley)

Or, The Magic Luncheon at the Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Weekend.

Author Sally Kilpatrick
engaging in
Viking Duck shenanigans. :-)
Last month, I attended my very first #BVW and it was a crazy fun time with so many super romance fans. We played games, we had unusual Q&A sessions, we celebrated with a pizza party, we laughed ourselves silly during dirty mad libs, we signed books--so, so, many books. And in the middle of it all, was the beautiful extraordinary out-of-this world author luncheon.

If you've never been, here's the deal: readers buy tickets to a specific author's table at the luncheon and the authors outdo themselves (and each other--in a totally friendly way) by decorating their tables in themes.

Sounds like fun? It was!

The tables of this year's luncheon were a true testament to how creative authors (and their assistants are).

Here's an overview of the chaos that is authors socializing while decorating tables.

And another view of the room. (Yes, that is Sharon Sala chatting with Heather Graham while Eloisa James decorates her table, wearing a beautiful hat!)

Rose Lerner's table was one of my favorites and not just because I love fuzzy animals.

Here's my table, which of course had a Viking theme. This is also the first time I've seen my cover on top of cupcakes!

Here's a detail of the yummy cupcakes. Each of the authors were provided a plate with their cover decorating the treats. 

Molly McLain also brought something yummy to her table. A date with Channing Tatum!

Cathy Lyons's aka Jade Lee's cute bears are a little less ferocious than the bear shifters in her books.

Shana Galen had a French revolution theme going with a deadly center piece.

Heather Graham's decorations also had a death detail in the form of handmade coffins.

Kristan Higgins gave an amazing keynote that made us both laugh and cry.

Marina Adair took her guests camping.

Elizabeth Barret's beautiful table played on our favorite theme: HEA.

Rebecca Zanetti's table looked gorgeous decked out in blue and yellow. (Which just happens to be the colors of the Swedish flag. :-) )

Tracy Brogan proudly declared herself (and her guests) a book lover.

Mary Jo Putney took her diners to the ocean.

Lenora Bell threw an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party.

After the luncheon, there was a big author book signing/sale that was open to the public. And it just so happens that I was across from Alyssa Day and Shana Galen who engaged in some action-figure play before the doors opened for the readers. 

So what do you think, will Han Solo save Marie Antoinette from her dreadful destiny? 

Of course he will! After all, the Barbara Vey Readers Appreciation Weekend is all about celebrating romance and happily ever afters. :-)

Thank you to all the readers and authors who attended. You showed this newbie such a very fun time. And a very HUGE thank you to Barbara Vey and her family for planning, organizing, and executing an amazing weekend!

~            ~            ~

Asa Maria Bradley grew up in Sweden surrounded by archaeology and history steeped in Norse mythology, which inspired her sexy modern-day Viking series. She now lives in the Pacific Northwest with a British husband and a rescue dog of indeterminate breed. Booklist 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 the follow-up, Viking Warrior Rebel, is a Romantic Times Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award Nominee and a Booksellers Best Award finalist. Romantic Times Book Reviews described the book as “filled with action and passion from the first page until the last.”

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

RT 2017 Roundup and a GIVEAWAY!

So a couple of weeks ago was the annual Romantic Times Book Lovers Convention (or RT for short!).  This year it was held in Atlanta and I have to say, I'm really glad I went!

This was my third RT - first one was in Dallas back in 2015, then last year in Las Vegas and now this.  And I have to admit, this one was kind of my favorite.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVED going to Vegas last year, but my hubby was with me and we did more stuff on our own than at the convention so I almost don't even feel I was really at RT.  But this year?  Oh my goodness, what a time!

Let me start by saying that I go to these events in two modes - a reader and a writer.  I totally fangirl when I get to meet some of my favorite authors!  And this year was no different.  I got to meet actress Meg Tilly who now writes romance as Sara Flynn!  I gasped, I shook hands with her and then yammered on about being a fan of the movie "The Big Chill" and then made sure that I said hello to her every single time I saw her.  Lol!  She may or may not have been ready to call security...
And that was just on day one!

I spoke on a panel about the importance of book clubs/street teams, I was a Pop Up author and was one of the hosts of a fantastic reader event called Sweet, Sassy Spicy and you'll see from the group author picture, we had some great Sourcebooks authors in the lineup!  I met some amazing readers at that event who just blew me away with their enthusiasm and kindness and I would have spent the entire day with them if I could!

 If you've never gone to one of these events before, I do highly recommend it.  There is just so much going on all the time and I know that I didn't even scratch the surface on all that was offered!  I got to hang out with some amazing readers and then go off and spend time with some of my favorite author friends!  For those of you who know me, you probably saw how much time Erin Nicholas and I were spending together - mostly ordering from GrubHub and relaxing! 

 Then there was the MASSIVE signing.  Oh my goodness!  What a crowd!  Personally, I love this kind of thing.  I love meeting people, signing books, giving away swag...I love the energy in the room and it's just a lot of fun.  Exhausting, but fun!
The grand finale of the trip, was going out Saturday night with the fabulous Sara Humphreys and going back to one of the places we visited on our Roadtripping with Romance book tour last summer - Nic & Norman's in Senoia, GA.  Great food, lots of laughs and honestly, it was nice to leave the hotel for a little while and just talk and hang out without all the noise!
So now that the whirlwind week is over, it's back to work as I get ready to release the next book in the Shaughnessy Brothers series, A SKY FULL OF STARS!  You can preorder your copy here: We gave away a TON of copies at RT and I've been giving away advanced copies on my Facebook page every Friday night so make sure you stop by, like the page and enter to win!!

There is also a pre-order giveaway going on right now through June 1st that you can enter to win a fantastic basket of goodies related to the story!

Happy Reading!!!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Romance Always!

Kissing dragons, kissing trolls, and kissing frogs. Yep, I love love.

Every season for every reason, love is in the air!

Terry Spear
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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Wilde & Woolly Bears http://www.celticbears

Friday, May 19, 2017

Romance Heroines and Gainful Employment

Jane Austen might have set the standard for delightful heroines with Lizzie Bennet and her fine eyes, and even finer observational skills and witty retorts. I love Lizzie, and her modern equivalent (arguably) Bridget Jones.

The great thing about writing historical heroines, for a modern writer, is that the heroine's career path is limited enough to avoid judgment. The writer doesn't have to worry about giving her a career that reflects her abilities and strengths without coming on too strong or too brainy. 

It's perfectly acceptable that a Regency or Victorian, even Edwardian, heroine would be sitting around sewing, or visiting friends, or shopping in the middle of a weekday.

Her hero might also avoid any serious employment. The challenge is getting them together enough to let the romance develop without boring the reader. Oh, look, they're sitting down to tea again! They're going out on horseback again! He's studying her figure as she crosses the room again!

Again, you say?! Surely not again! 
Creating a modern heroine? She needs a job. Or she's independently wealthy, which is nice but we have trouble coming up with reasons to sympathize. In this modern world, most of us have to work. Even if she's a stay-at-home mom, we know she doesn't have help and there's a world of work in mothering. And then we, the writers, have the task of not letting that employment get in the way of true love. Or turn us off. After all, we have to fall in love with the heroine, too, though not in the same way we love the hero. 

And there, my friends, is my sticky wicket. I'm trying to work out a new contemporary series and my heroines are consistently holding me back. I've had a marketing executive, a lingerie designer, and a crime scene clean-up professional, and none have gotten the green light to move on in their own stories. Alas! 

What careers do you like to read about most? Or, what's your biggest fantasy career? If you weren't what you are now, what would you be doing?