Friday, March 30, 2012

Giveaway and Q&A with....Cathy Maxwell!!!

Cathy Maxwell will be giving away to one lucky reader a copy of WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE. Post your comments to be entered in a chance to win. US and Canada residents only.

Q&A: Cathy Maxwell’s WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE



Cathy Maxwell talks about how Daphne du Maurier helped her write WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE, her upcoming THE CHATTAN CURSE trilogy, and the fun of escaping to another world...



Cathy, thanks for joining us and congratulations on the republication of WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE.



First, when was WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE published? And why does a publisher “re-release” a book?

WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE was first published in 1998, almost fifteen years ago. Publishers re-release because the public is interested in the author and want to read those classics. It’s a wonderful compliment.



The novel is set in the Regency era—your specialty!—but it’s far from the ballrooms of London. Why did you choose a remote village and estate as a setting? Where is Cornwall, anyway?

Cornwall is a peninsula located in the most western part of England. Eden would not be able to hide her past if she was in London, but here, surrounded by kind village people, she can be whomever she wishes. I also like the dynamic of country life. It truly is the heart and soul of England, even today.



The village, Hobbles Moor, and Penhollow Hall are a world onto its own, with most of the story taking place there. What is it about stories set in this sort of microcosm that appeals so much to so many readers? Is it that it can be so entertaining to read about characters such as villagers, servants and the “local gentry” can be so entertaining to read—as well as a change of pace?

Don’t we all love escaping to another world? Leaving the bills, the cares, the car pools? We all have our “villages” in real life. Our peeps. And I think recognizing them in literature is grand fun.



There’s a bit of magic in WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE as the villagers cast a spell to bring the Earl of Penhollow a bride. Do you believe in magic? Is this something you’ve used as a plot device in other books? Which ones?

I believe that when people come together for one shared purpose, great forces are set to work. Is that magic? Do we have the ability to will what we desire? Or is it Higher Power answering prayers? I’m open to everything. That being said, I’ll be using the mysteries of life again in my upcoming The Chattan Curse trilogy. The first book is LYON’S BRIDE and it will be released this May.



Trained as a courtesan, the beautiful and innocent heroine, Eden, is destined to be part of a harem. Did her blend of knowledge and innocence make her a difficult character to write?

Eden wasn’t any more difficult than the others. And perhaps easier. After all, she had a secret. She isn’t innocent . . . whereas Pierce was more complex. He is the character with a decision to make.



Was including the harem a tip of the hat to the breakout romances of the late 70s from authors such as Johanna Lindsey, Rosemary Rogers and Kathleen Woodiwiss?

I wasn’t thinking of them at all. Actually, I wanted to turn the tables. Eden is the one with “experience.” In many ways, Pierce is the innocent and I liked that thought of a “pure” knight.



Which, if any, of your other novels is similar to WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE in terms of being set outside of London and the immediate concerns of the ton?

Many of them—BECAUSE OF YOU, TEMPTATION OF A PROPER GOVERNESS, THE SEDUCTION OF AN ENGLISH LADY, IN THE HIGHLANDER’S BED, FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN . . . titled people for titled people’s sakes are not interesting to me. I like the dynamic of a society.



It’s been fourteen years since Pierce and Eden got together. Surely one of their children will be old enough in a few years to have a romance of his or her own. Do you think you’ll ever return to Penhollow Hall?

I don’t know about revisiting Penhollow Hall, although I suspect I’ll be returning to Cornwall again. For the research on this book, I read Daphne du Maurier’s Vanishing Cornwall. Cornwall was the setting for many of her books and her travelogue is wonderful reading for an armchair traveler.



How can readers get in touch with you with questions and comments? And are you on Facebook?

I have a website at http://www.cathymaxwell.com/ Yes, I’m on Facebook. Isn’t everyone? Readers can find me at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cathy-Maxwell/166883240063709 if they want to yak at me. To sign up for my mailing list or just post a quick comment, I have a fan page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cathy-Maxwell-Fan-Page/144546442251787



What have you got in store for us next?

This is a Maxwell packed spring! The first of The Chattan Curse books is out in May, LYON’S BRIDE. Then, in June, Avon Impulse is releasing an e-anthology titled FOR LOVE AND HONOR. Lynne Hinton and Candis Terry are the book’s other two authors. We were each given the theme of “a soldier” and turned loose from there. I adore my contribution The Bookish Miss Nelson. It is set during the Peninsula Wars in the early 1800’s.



Then, Pocket Books will be re-e-releasing (did you catch all of that?) a novella I wrote for them a decade ago titled, In a Moonlit Garden. It will be out in July. Long time fans will know this is from the TEA FOR TWO anthology I did with Liz Carlyle.



Finally, the second book of The Chattan Curse trilogy, THE SCOTTISH WITCH, will be out in November of this year. The third book, THE DEVIL’S CURSE, should be out next spring.

I have my nose to the grindstone!



Thanks again, Cathy!






WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE by Cathy Maxwell

An Avon Books Mass Market Reprint/Fiction

April 2012/On Sale: 3-27-12/$7.99 (Canada $9.50)/978-0061755880 ● 0380797097



Back Cover Copy



Everyone knew the Earl of Penhollow needed a wife, so one thunderous night the villagers gathered together to ask the ocean to deliver a bride to the bachelor lord…

When Pierce Kirrier rescues a mysterious beauty from the billowing ocean waves, he has no idea who she is or where she came from. But at first sight of this enchanting maiden, he knows he must claim her for his own. Taking her back to Penhollow Hall, he pampers her like a princess, determined to win her trust and her heart.

For Eden, awakening in an elegant bedchamber in a remote corner of Cornwall is like a perfect dream. In Pierce’s arms she has discovered true love, true joy, and a passion she never imagined could exist. Yet she knows in her heart that, once her secret past catches up with her, her dreams could be shattered … forever.

WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE excerpt


By Cathy Maxwell

Eden didn’t want to lie, not to him, not anymore. But she couldn’t tell him the truth.

Lord Penhollow sat down on the piano bench beside her, his back to the instrument. “Play.”

“What shall I play?”

“It doesn’t matter.”

Her fingers trembled as she touched the ivory keys. She was all too aware of him, of his thigh brushing against hers, of his arm leaning on the piano, of the intensity in his face.

For a moment, her mind went blank. She could barely remember her name, let alone why she was here. Her fingers stuck a D chord and then began moving almost with a will of their own. Mozart.

The music had been written to be played by moonlight. It wasn’t an easy piece. Its mood changed swiftly, flowing from pensive contemplation to almost joyous rapture and back again.

She played for him as she’d played for no other, letting the music speak words that could never, should never be spoken between them.

His expression sober, he leaned his head down on his arm, listening. The light from the single candle encircled them.

Eden didn’t feel the burn of tears until the first one trickled down her cheek. She struggled to hold back the others. Her throat ached with the pain of regret. Still she played, her fingers running over the keys, striking chords. Another tear escaped, this time falling free and striking the back of her hand just as she finished the final chord.

The music vibrated in the air. Neither spoke. Eden couldn’t face him. She lowered her head, staring at the contrast of her fingers against the creamy ivory keys.

The back of his fingers stroked her cheek. She shivered at his touch, then closed her eyes, pressing her cheek closer, wanting these few moments between them.

Her tears flowed freely now. She tasted them on her lips, and then, tasted him. His fingers brushed her lips softly, before his lips hovered near hers in silent question.

Eden had never kissed before. The women of Madame Indrani’s did not kiss. A kiss was too intimate, too personal. A poet had once said, a kiss could claim a woman’s soul and never give it back and Madame had trained her women to believe it. But now, Eden craved that intimacy. The blood roaring in her ears, she wet her lips and parted them.

He needed no other invitation. Their lips met.

The kiss was far more gentle than she’d anticipated. His lips were smooth and soft. Kissing him felt as natural as breathing and she relaxed into it with a small sigh. His arms came around her, pulling her closer. Her hands still rested on the piano keys. She raised them now and placed them awkwardly upon his shoulders.

His lips pressed against hers curved into smile, a heart beat before his arms tightened and his kiss deepened.

What had started off as simple and innocent flared into passion. Her breasts flattened against the solid strength of his chest. Separated by only the thin layers of cotton material between them, she could feel his heart beat. Her nipples tightened in response. The tip of his tongue gently stroked her lower lip. It tickled and she gasped in surprise. That’s when his tongue sweetly entered her mouth and she really learned how to kiss.

This was intimate. . . but, very exciting.

Eden drank her fill of him. He’d been sipping brandy. She could taste it in the kiss, mingled with the salt from her own tears. His skin smelled of the spice scent of his shaving soap he’d used a few hours earlier.

But it wasn’t enough. She wanted to be closer and hooked her arms around his neck He chuckled deep in his throat. His hands on her waist, he lifted her up to sit on his lap.

Eden faced him, her bent legs embracing his body. She kissed him back now. He’d shown her how and she reveled in the feel of his body pressed against hers. Placing her hand against his jaw, she delighted in the texture of his whiskered growth beneath her fingers and the movement of his muscles as he devoured her with his kiss.

Their movements pushed her night dress up her thighs. Pressed against his black, finely woven breeches, she could feel the long, hard length of him. Something possessive and proud soared inside her, opening her to him. She pressed closer.

His hand ran up her bare thigh and slipped beneath the night dress. Their kiss went deeper and deeper as if they could pull the very breath from each other. She tugged at his shirt, wanting clothes removed between them. Her fingers slipped under the waist of his breeches and her fingertips brushed the velvety hard head of his erection. His hand came round and captured hers, preventing her from exploring further. He broke the kiss and leaned back against the pianoforte, his breathing heavy.

Eden tossed her hair back, a wildness thrumming through her. She leaned her arms on his chest and bit his bottom lip. “Why did you stop? I want to touch you. I need to feel you.”

She would have kissed him again, but he shook his head, taking both her wrists in his hands. “If we don’t stop here, then I’ll never stop.”

Eden rubbed her breasts against his chest. “Then let’s not stop.”

His eyes glowed in the candlelight. She waited. She felt wanton, she felt powerful . . . she felt honest. This, she was trained for. This, she understood.

Suddenly, he rose, bringing her up with him. Strong arms cradled her shoulders and her legs. He blew out the candle and carried her from the drawing room to the hallway leading to her bedroom.

Eden threw her arms around his shoulders breathing in the scent of warm man and starched cotton. Tomorrow, she would leave, but she would have tonight.

He pressed her door open with his shoulder. The room was dark save for the moonlight coming in through the panes of the French doors and spreading across the bed. Outside, the fountain splashed and crickets called.

Eden’s heartbeat quickened as he didn’t waste time but crossed to the bed and laid her down upon the sheets, the bed still indented where her body had been resting earlier. She reached for him.

But Lord Penhollow didn’t follow her onto the bed. Instead he backed away, moving into the shadows.

Eden came up on one elbow. “Aren’t you joining me?”

“No.”

Her passion fuddled mind had difficulty understanding. “No?” She came up on her knees. “But I thought– We were just . . .” Her voice trailed off. She couldn’t put into words what they’d been doing in the drawing room. Oh, she knew many descriptions for it, but none of that matched this racing of her heart and the almost desperate need inside her. “Don’t you want me?”

He gave shaky laugh and then whispered, “I burn for you. I want nothing more than to be buried inside you and feel your body around me.”

Eden groaned with the aching desire his words inspired. She reached out. “Then come to me.”

“I can’t.”

Eden dropped her hand to the bed, gathering the sheets in a fist clenched in frustration. “Why?”

“Because there is something I want from you more.”

“And what is that?”

“I want you to trust me.”

Trust. Eden sat back on her heels. She combed her hair back from her face with her hands. “What if I can’t give you that?”

“You will,” he said fiercely. “Because I’m not the type of man to stop until I get what I want.”

Her heart seemed to stop. “What if what you want, is not what you expect?”

“You’re an innocent, Eden. I could never believe you guilty of wrong doing.”

“An innocent?” she repeated with disbelief. “What makes you believe that, my lord?”

His teeth flashed white in the darkness. “My sweet Eden, I could tell by your kiss. I’m the first man you’ve kissed, although you learn quickly.”

“My lord, I’m far from innocent that you think–”

“No, stop. Aren’t we all guilty of something?” he practically growled.

His anger surprised her. She pulled back just as he crossed the room to her. His hands grasped her arms and lifted her to meet his kiss. This kiss was different than the earlier. It was savage, possessive, and branded her completely as his.

He let go and Eden slid to the bed, unable to move.

Her body cried for more.

He stood over the bed. “You’re mine,” he said. “But I want more than just this, Eden. When I take you, it will be when I can claim all of you. Your heart, your mind . . . your soul.” Without another word, he turned and left the room, shutting the door behind him.

It was hours before Eden could fall asleep and when she did, she knew she would not be leaving on the morrow.

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Copyright by Cathy Maxwell. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.



Coming soon:

LYON’S BRIDE

By Cathy Maxwell

Back Cover Copy



“When a Chattan male falls in love, strike his heart with fire from above..."

They call him Lord Lyon, proud, determined— and cursed. He is in need of a bride, but if he falls in love, he dies. His fervent hope is that by marrying— and having a son— without love, perhaps he can break the curse's chains forever.

Enter beautiful Thea Martin—a duke's headstrong, errant daughter and society's most brilliant matchmaker. Years ago, she and Lyon were inseparable, until he disappeared from her life without a word. Now she is charged with finding Lyon's bride—a woman he cannot love for a man Thea could love too well.







Thursday, March 29, 2012

Book winners are...........

Yep. Going to announce both today....

The Renee Bernard winner is... MAUREEN

The Lori Foster winner is.... KIMH


Congrats! Please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com with your snail mail info by 4/10/12.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Chat Wed night with Janet Elaine Smith!


Author Janet Elaine Smith joins us to discuss her latest time travel release, PORT CALL TO THE FUTURE. Door prize: One lucky winner will receive a pdf copy of Book 1 in this series, HOUSE CALL TO THE PAST (which is highly recommended by Mo)! Moderated by Sandi.

When? Tomorrow (Wed) night at 9:00PM Eastern Time

Where? http://client0.addonchat.com/sc.php?id=102122 or go to http://www.romrevtoday.com/ and click on RRT CHAT in the upper right of the home page. Once the login screen loads, just type your name and choose Mo's room from the chat room menu ;)

Hope to see everyone there!

Mo
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Happy Release Day to.... Lori Foster!!!

Today is the release of A PERFECT STORM by Lori Foster. I have read the book and can happily say it was a terrific read.  To help celebrate Lori's release day, I am giving away a copy of A PERFECT STORM to one lucky reader.

Here is the blurb:

He never saw her coming…


Spencer Lark already knows too many secrets about Arizona Storm, including the nightmare she survived and her resulting trust issues. But in order to expose a smuggling ring—and continue avenging his own tragic past—the bounty hunter reluctantly agrees to make Arizona a decoy. Yet nothing has equipped him for her hypnotic blend of fragility and bravery, or for the protective instincts she stirs in him.


Arizona wants to reclaim her life, which means acting as bait to lure the enemy into a trap. Sure it's dangerous, especially with a partner as distractingly appealing as Spencer. But as their plan—and their chemistry—shifts into high gear, Arizona may discover there's an even greater risk in surrendering her heart to a hero….

Interested in this?
Then post once and I will put your name in the hat and draw a winner later in the week.
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Monday, March 26, 2012

Spotlight Review:

RETURN TO GRACE – Karen Harper
Home Valley Amish Trilogy , Book 2
MIRA
ISBN: 978-0-7783-1481-3
February 2012
Inspirational Amish Romantic Suspense

Home Valley, Ohio - Present Day

Hannah Esh left Home Valley after her betrothed, widower Seth Lantz, got another woman pregnant. Devastated and broken hearted, Hannah headed for the city and a singing career, but after her audition was a bust, she ended up taking a job as receptionist in the recording studio. Tonight, out for Halloween fun, she has brought her English friends back to Home Valley to tramp through the corn maze and dance on the Amish graves. When shots ring out, her friend Kevin is suddenly dead, and Hannah's wrist is pierced by a bullet. She calls 9-1-1 .

On his way home, Seth Lantz hears a woman screaming and stops to help. He thought he recognized Hannah's voice, but that can't be; she's gone. Inside the cemetery he finds a bleeding Hannah and one of her friends, dead on his wife Lena 's grave. Two others are also hurt. Seth holds Hannah. He can hear sirens in the distance, then the voices of her parents. Their daughter has returned from the world, but in a terrible and disgraceful state.

FBI Special Agent Linc Armstrong is trying to make sense of the murder in the Amish cemetery. Hannah Esh seems to be in the middle of all the mystery, and local Sheriff Jack Freeman is agreeing to help with the investigation. Linc learns that there have been threats in the Amish community, and it looks as though these threats just escalated into a violent murder. The victim was not Amish, just someone who got in the way of the bullet. All of Linc's answers seem to be pointing to Hannah, and until he can learn who is after her, he wants her kept under wraps where he can watch her. Linc warns Hannah to stay out of this investigation, but instead, she and Seth form an unlikely partnership and do their own digging for clues.

Hannah will never forgive Seth for betraying her. His wife Lena is dead now, but he has a young daughter to care for. Seth says he still loves her, but Hannah cannot trust him. Seth hurt her, and she can't turn her back on what he did. Nor can she go back to her Amish roots, even though her parents are trying to keep her at home. All Hannah wants to do is solve this murder and return to the city and her singing career.

RETURN TO GRACE is Hannah Esh's path while she is back in Home Valley . She takes a job at the local bed and breakfast and helps her friend, restaurant owner Ray Lynn Logan keep track of Lily Freeman, the ex-wife of Sheriff Jack, whom Ray Lynn has been dating. Lily has come back to Home Valley to claim Jack, and Ray Lynn is afraid she'll lose him. Meanwhile, Hannah's friend, Sarah Kauffman, who has left the church and is marrying her English fiancé, has invited Hannah to her wedding. Hannah plans to sing at the wedding, but neither Seth nor Linc Armstrong wants her to go; they still think she's a target for the killer. Hannah and Seth begin to walk a tightrope of guarded love and misplaced trust while they attempt to solve the murder. Their passion is ignited every time they are together, but Hannah pushes Seth away; she cannot go down that road again.

RETURN TO GRACE is the second novel in the Home Valley Trilogy, following FALL FROM PRIDE (September 2011). The series will conclude with FINDING MERCY, coming soon. All of these novels stand alone, and RETURN TO GRACE is a tense and compelling mystery coupled with romance.

Diana Risso

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Book Giveaway:


PASSION WEARS PEARLS by Renee Bernard
Out now!
Historical Romance and part of a Jaded Gentleman series

Blurb:

After the darkness of a dungeon in India, artist Josiah Hastings dreamt of returning to a world lush with color—only to discover that years of imprisonment left his eyesight weak and failing. So when the fiery beauty of Miss Eleanor Beckett appears in his vision amidst the bleak grays of a London winter, he knows he's found his muse and one last chance at a masterpiece.


Once a spoiled and exultant girl, Eleanor is struggling to survive in a city where men prey upon her. Saving her from assault and ruin, Josiah will pay her a fortune to sit for a painting. To restore her life, Eleanor must risk her reputation modeling for an artist without a chaperone—and try not to lose her heart to a man with dark secrets and unseen enemies...



Quick and easy to enter.... just post once and I will add your name to the hat. US and Canada mailing addresses only. Good luck!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Don't forget to check out the contests at RRT:

Terrie is running a great contest at the main RRT site:

http://romrevtoday.com/Main%20Pages/Contest.htm

Latest reviews posted.....


Contemporary Fiction
EMILY & EINSTEIN - Linda Francis Lee - A Novel of Second Chances - 3/2012 - Jane - (Paperback release) New 3/20/12

Contemporary Romance
BED & BREAKFAST BLUES - Susan Ralph - 2/2012 - Diana - New 3/20/12
STILL HOT FOR YOU - Diane Escalara - 3/2012 - Jennifer - New 3/20/12
TAKING A SHOT - Jaci Burton - A Play-By-Play Novel - 3/2012 - Holly - Erotic - New 3/20/12

Fantasy
A SLIVER OF SHADOW - Allison Pang - Abby Sinclair, Book 2 - 3/2012 - Lenore - Urban - New 3/20/2012

Historical Romance
BETWEEN THE DUKE AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA - Sophia Nash - Royal Entourage series, Book 1 - 3/2012 - Carolyn - New 3/20/12

Inspirational
RETURN TO GRACE - Karen Harper - Home Valley Amish Trilogy, Book 2 - 2/2012 - Diana - Romantic Suspense- New 3/20/12
SUMMER OF SECRETS - Charlotte Hubbard - Seasons of the Heart, Book 1 - A Perfect 10 - 2/2012 - Diana - Contemporary Romance - New 3/20/12
Paranormal Romance
A DEVIL NAMED DESIRE - Terri Garey - Devil's Bargain, Book 2 - 2/2012 - Terrie - New 3/20/12
EVENTIDE - Elle Jasper - The Dark Ink Chronicles, Book 3 - 3/2012 - Amanda - New 3/20/12
NOW OR NEVER - Michele Bardsley - The Wizards of Nevermore, Book 2 - 3/2012 - Amanda -New 3/20/12
SIREN'S DESIRE - Devyn Quinn - Dark Tides Trilogy, Book 3 - 2/2012 - Lenore - New 3/20/12

Romantic Suspense
BORN TO DARKNESS - Suzanne Brockmann - Fighting Desinty series, Book 1 - 3/2012 - Carolyn- Paranormal - New 3/20/12
PROTECTOR - Catherine Mann - A Dark Ops Novel - 3/2012 - Patti - New 3/20/12

Series Romance
BEHIND BOARDROOM DOORS - Jennifer Lewis - Dynasties: The Kincaids, Book 3 - 3/2012 - Patti - HD #2144 - New 3/20/12
BILLIONAIRE'S BABY - Leanne Banks - Harlequin Desire Anniversary Collection - 3/2012 (reprint) - Patti- Short STory - Available in HD #2148 - New 3/20/12
A LOVER'S TOUCH - Brenda Jackson - Harlequin Desire Anniverary Collection - 3/2012 - Patti - Short Story Available in HD #2146 - New 3/20/12
THE ROYAL COUSIN'S REVENGE - Catherine Mann -Harlequin Anniversary Collection - 3/2012 - Patti - Short Story - Available in HD #2144- New 3/20/12
A TOUCH OF PERSUASION - Janice Maynard - The Men of Wolff Mountain, Book 2 - 3/2012 - Patti - HD #2146 -New 3/20/12
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Wednesday Night author chat with... Susan Frances!!!


Champagne Books author Susan Frances joins us to discuss her book, THE KING MAKER. Door prize: One lucky winner will receive a free download of THE KING MAKER! Moderated by CrazyMo.



When? Wednesday  night at 9:00PM Eastern time



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Lucky Winner is...

The winner of Kiss Me, I'm Irish is.... CAIT045!!!

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Get MARRIED IN HASTE by Cathy Maxwell

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


AVON BOOKS REDUCES THE E-BOOK PRICE OF CATHY MAXWELL’S



MARRIED IN HASTE DURING MARCH







MARRIED IN HASTE Selling for $1.99 During Publisher’s“March Madness” E-Book Sale

 


3-16-2012, New York Metro Area--New York Times bestselling novelist Cathy Maxwell’s MARRIED IN HASTE is now on sale as an e-book for $1.99 as part of Avon Books’ “March Madness” sale, which continues through March 31.



MARRIED IN HASTE is the first book in Maxwell’s Marriage trilogy. It features three friends who discover love is never quite like people expect it to be. Upon its initial publication, Publishers Weekly praised MARRIED IN HASTE as “a well-wrought tale...a delicious read” and praised Maxwell’s “sympathetic protagonists and [the] engaging writing style characteristic of Maxwell’s Regency romances.” Her other Marriage novels are A Scandalous Marriage and The Marriage Contract.



Also this month, Avon Books is re-releasing Maxwell’s “masterful, joyous love story”* WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE. In May, with an on sale date of April 24th, LYON’S BRIDE, will launch Cathy Maxwell’s new The Chattan Curse trilogy. It be followed in November 2012 by The Scottish Devil.



For more about Cathy Maxwell, her books and her upcoming appearances, please visit her at http://www.cathymaxwell.com/  and on Facebook.




Sunday, March 18, 2012

Spotlight Review:

FEVER - Joan Swan
Kensington Brava
ISBN: 978-0-7582-6638-5
March 2012
Romantic Suspense

California - Present Day

Radiologist Dr. Alyssa Foster is on her twelfth consecutive day of twenty-four hour shifts and is looking forward to the end of her fellowship as she heads to the worst part of her job; dealing with prisoners. Her current patient ‘s size as well as the fact that he's serving a life sentence makes her nervous, but a part of her can't help but admire his build. Alyssa's worry over his unexplained high body temperature and his soft-spoken responses to her questions lull her just enough that the prisoner is able to take her captive before she can even blink. Alyssa sees her chances for help or escape dwindling as first the guards give over without a fuss, and then another prisoner joins them. With nothing to obstruct their escape, Alyssa quickly finds herself handcuffed in a car with two escaped convicts.

Teague Creek ahs reached the end of his rope. After three years in prison, his last appeal has been rejected, but he has no intention of serving out the rest of his life sentence. A paramedic and firefighter in his former life, things changed for Teague drastically after a warehouse fire that killed some of his fellow firefighters. He's not sure how it happened, but since that fire his body temperature has been elevated, and he can heal wounds with his bare hands. That same fire also started the out-of-control downward spiral that sent Teague to prison, but now he intends to take back his life. Capturing Hannah, the girlfriend of his former friend and brother-in-law, at the hospital is integral to his plans, and Teague figures that as long as he has Hannah for leverage, everything will work out in the end. But how will things work out when he realizes that the doctor he kidnapped isn't Hannah?

A thrill ride from beginning to end, FEVER will keep you on the edge of your seat. Teague has pretty much given up on proving his innocence; he just wants to get back the most important pieces of his former life and move on – far from the reach of those responsible for his current nightmare. Alyssa has worked hard to get where she is, and being held as a hostage will certainly mess up her career plans. When she realizes that Teague meant to kidnap the attending physician that Alyssa was covering for, she decides to keep her mouth shut – as long as she's of use to him, he won't kill her. But as her night goes from bad to worse, Alyssa begins to see sides of Teague she hadn't expected, and begins to wonder just who the man truly is: convicted killer or protective healer.

With plenty of twists and turns to keep readers guessing, and a captivating if unique romance, Joan Swan's debut book FEVER, is a must read.

Jennifer Bishop

Friday, March 16, 2012

Happy St Patrick's Day....and a contest!

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!

To help celebrate, a copy of KISS ME, I'M IRISH will be given away. This fabulous book features authors Roxanne St. Clair, Jill Shalvis and Maureen Child.

Here is the blurb:

The Sins of His Past by Roxanne St. Claire




For one incredible night, Kendra Locke gave Deuce Monroe everything she had. Then he walked away without a backward glance to chase his big-league dreams. Now after one too many daredevil stunts, he's back in his hometown ready to pick up where they left off—but Kendra has no intention of giving in so easily….






Tangling with Ty by Jill Shalvis





Dr. Nicole Mann, a child prodigy who graduated high school at the age of thirteen, has no room in her mind or her schedule for romance. But when the architect renovating her apartment turns out to have a charming Irish accent, all bets are off—and Ty Patrick O'Grady plans to use every trick in his book to stay in her life for good.



Whatever Reilly Wants by Maureen Child





Connor Reilly only has a few weeks to go in his "no sex for ninety days" bet with his brothers—and he figures no woman is safer to be around than his best friend, Emma Jacobsen. Until Emma shows up at a bar in a short skirt and high heels, and suddenly seems anything but safe!
 
 
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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Q&A with Ashlynne Laynne!




Tell us about your newest release.

My newest release is also my first release. It’s the first book in a series about the unique love affair between a half-blood (half-human, half vampire) and a Wiccan human. It’s entitled The Progeny and will be followed by a sequel in June titled Blood Bonds. At its core, The Progeny is simply a story about a man and woman who fall in love. The fact that he’s a half-blood and she’s a Wiccan human are secondary factors.

The Progeny started as a dream about a gorgeous guy with the weirdest colored blue eyes and a strange necklace. When I woke up, I immediately started sketching his necklace. After that, the story kinda snow balled and gelled. October 8, 2010, with sketches of the strange necklace, a stack of research on the Salem witch trials and the names Shauna and Ascher running through my head, I decided to write a home for these characters.

In the beginning of the book, Ascher is grumpy. Frankly, who could blame him? He’s engaged to seal to Ursula—a cold and careless vampire who wants nothing more than to get her hands on a bloodstone— and he feels conflicted about his existence.

All of that changes when he meets Shawnette McCutchin. She’s beautiful, intriguing and possesses some of the most potent blood that he’s ever smelled. A war begins inside Ascher. He craves Shauna’s blood just as much as he craves her body and the closer they get, the harder it is for him to control his urges. After Ascher calls off the sealing to Ursula, the trouble begins. His family’s peaceful period ends when Ursula’s army attacks the Rousseaus. Kidnapping, some steamy love scenes and Wiccan rage complete the plot.



Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?

Hmmm...That’s a tough one. But if I have to choose, I’d say Shauna’s big raging scene in chapter fourteen was one of my favorite to write. Up until this point, I’m alluding to the fact that something’s going on with her. She’s making things implode and moving things with her mind but this scene is Ascher’s proof positive that his sweetheart is different. This is the scene where the reader and Ascher see the sheer strength of Shauna’s power. I did it from Shauna’s POV and Ascher’s because I wanted the reader to see what was happening inside her mind and body while she experiences this event that changes her character. I also wanted the reader to get inside Ascher’s mind when he comes to terms with the fact that the woman he loves is the one thing he’s been forbidden to be with.



Do you visualize your characters in your head?

I dream my characters and scenes that sometimes end up in my books. It really freaked me out in the beginning but now I’ve come to expect it. I dreamed Ascher so clearly that I immediately knew who he’d look like if he were a real person. This really helped when it was time to have the cover drawn. Most times, when I write, the scenes play out in my head like a movie. I usually write to music so it becomes a music video in my mind.



When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve written poetry and songs most of my life but I knew that I wanted to be a novelist once I dreamed about these characters.

Tell us a little about your daily writing routine. Are you a plotter or pantser?

I usually begin a project with a loose timeline of events. It never works out exactly as I plan. I’m writing book three of this series and these characters are rebelling against my “plotting.” I’ve had friends tell me that I should trust the characters to tell their story. I work full time so that leaves less time to write. I try to write at least two or three hours a day.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I don’t know if it’s a quirk but I prefer to only write love scenes for characters in loving relationships. It helps me to connect with the love scenes if I’ve set up a deep emotional storyline between two characters. (Sighs) Maybe I’m just a hopeless romantic.



What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

I learned that mouse gestation periods are usually twenty days. I spent a whole day researching this for a half page of dialogue and narration. I learned tons of things about Wicca and the occult. Even though my stories are fantasy, I enjoy rooting them in true events and facts.

This gives them a realistic base that makes the possibility of my world believable.



What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

I’ve read romance novels since I was a teenager. My grandmother had several Danielle Steel novels around the house. I devoured them, barely understanding what I was reading. This sparked my love of the romance genre. My love of the horror genre was born when the same grandmother took me to see Creepshow when I was a pre-teen. It scared the crap out of me but it spurred my love of most things macabre. I later became a huge fan of Stephen King and I remain one to this day.

My husband and my best friend Tabetha were my first cheerleaders. They pushed and encouraged me when I wanted to give up. Once I started writing, I met author Leanore Elliott. I was scared to death and had no clue what I was doing. Leanore took me under her wing and helped me to sort things out. I don’t think I would’ve made it without her guidance. Brenda Dyer has also been an unselfish supporter. She and I write like genres and have similar views of our beloved vampires. We just understand one another. I jokingly call her my “literary soul mate.” These two ladies have unselfishly cheered me on and have made the transition into writing smoother.

What does your family think about your career as a published author?

I think my husband thought I’d lost my mind when I told him that I wanted to write about witches and vampires. The more he read and the more he saw me really immersing myself into what I was doing, he knew that this wasn’t just a passing phase for me. He gave me a laptop for my birthday last year. I know him well enough to know that this was his way of showing his support.


Besides writing, what other interests do you have?

I love cooking, reading and spending time with my husband and son.


Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?

The sequel to The Progeny—Blood Bonds—is set to release in June. I’m currently working on book three of the series and it has no release date at this time. I’m also outlining a few unrelated novellas for a different series I plan to start.


Connect with Ashlynne Online:

Twitter: @qlane

Facebook: Book Page- http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Progeny-Series/129418917161599?bookmark_t=page

Author Page- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Ashlynne-Laynne/118945981513261

Google + https://plus.google.com/102489030801377466225#102489030801377466225/posts

Author Blog: http://ashlynnelaynne.blogspot.com/

Website: ashlynnelaynne.com

Email: ashlynnelaynne@aol.com

*****

The Progeny by Ashlynne Laynne (Book One of The Progeny Series)
Publisher: Novel Concept Publishing
Release Date: February 15, 2012 Genre: Paranormal Romance

 The Progeny Blurb:

“No fate other than the one I choose.”

The timeless creed, and tattoo, bore by the Rousseau’s— a vampire clan with the purest bloodline of any vampire family. Out of this clandestine group came one who was different, yet the same: Ascher - a half-bloodling— half- human, half vampire.


Ascher questions the purpose for his existence and which world he truly belongs to: the human world or the vampire world. Two months from sealing to Ursula— a prearranged union to a woman he abhors — he’s at his wit’s end. He knows if he calls off the sealing, the Romanian clan will strike with deadly force, but he cannot see eternity with a cold empty shell of a woman like Ursula.

Just when he thought life was complicated enough, he meets Shauna— a beautiful, bi-racial human Wiccan — and immediately develops an unshakable attraction to her. She makes him feel alive and vital despite his origins and Ascher makes a decision that turns his immortal world upside down.
 
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Jo Goodman winnner is....

Congrats to Maureen, who wins the copy of her book!

Please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com with your snail mail address.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Chat Wednesday night with Caroline Linden!!!


http://www.carolinelinden.com/
 Historical romance author, Caroline Linden, joins us to discuss her book, BLAME IT ON BATH. Door prize: Two lucky winners will each receive signed copies of ONE NIGHT IN LONDON, Book 1 in the series! Moderated by Sandi.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

A Perfect 10:

A COWBOY IN MANHATTAN – Barbara Dunlop
A Perfect 10
Colorado Cattle Barons , Book 2
Harlequin Desire #2140
ISBN-13: 978-0-373-73153-4
February 2012
Series Romance

Lyndon, Colorado – Present Day

Reed Terrell went missing from his family ranch after his father passed, but now he's home safe and sound and fifteen million dollars richer. Still, even with all that money, all Reed wants is to work on his ranch his way. His brother, Caleb, thinks he needs a ranch manager, but Reed isn't willing to play along with Caleb's plans. Pretty soon Caleb and his fiancée, Mandy, will be married and off to Chicago , leaving Reed all alone on the ranch, which is just exactly what he wants!

Instead, he now has to contend with Mandy's sister, Katrina, who left home as a ten year old child to study the ballet in New York . Now she's home again, visiting with family after her father's stroke. Unfortunately for Reed, Mandy has coerced Katrina into staying at the Terrell ranch, giving Mandy and Caleb alone time in the bedroom. Suddenly, Reed's quiet little home is full of people, and all he wants is to be as far away from Katrina Jacobs as he can get.

Flush in her successful career as a New York ballerina, Katrina is at the top of her game until she injures her ankle in a freak accident. Now, with an excuse to visit her family, she's back in Colorado in the dust, sweat and horseflesh. Ugh. She's the one member of her family who hates ranching, and it doesn't matter whether it's the Jacobs ranch or the Terrell ranch, she wants nothing to do with the mess and dirt. Katrina's deathly afraid of chickens and horses, but in Colorado , people gather eggs and would rather ride horses than walk or drive. Tiny and blond, these are not activities Katrina wants to engage in; give her a cold sidewalk any day. For Reed, Katrina is pure eye candy, a city princess who doesn't belong in the country. He wants her gone, and fast.

Reed becomes A COWBOY IN MANAHTTAN when he takes it upon himself to protect Katrina from forces beyond his control. From the first time she practically melted into their kisses, Reed was lost and sinking under Katrina's spell. He doesn't want her to leave, so he follows her to New York . Katrina, however, prefers men who wear tuxes and have portfolios. Reed can't stand the city, and he and Katrina are worlds apart in a universe that will never meet. Can they find a common ground?

A COWBOY IN MANHATTAN is pure romance, a little mystery, and a top notch Perfect 10! The passion is hot, and the emotions are palpable as Reed and Katrina blaze their paths toward each other. There is a definite happy ending to their story, one that is unusual and entertaining!

Second in the Colorado Cattle Barons series, A COWBOY IN MANHATTAN follows A COWBOY COMES HOME (January 2012) but stands alone on its own merits. Sister Abigail's story is up next in a future book in this series.

In the meantime, you have to check out A COWBOY IN MANHATTAN …it's a Perfect 10!

Diana Risso

Book Giveaway:

A PLACE CALLED HOME by Jo Goodman



When Thea Wyndham and Mitchell Baker learn they've been named joint guardians for their late friends' three children, they're little more than acquaintances. Barely polite acquaintances, at that. Something about Mitch's forthright intensity has always left ad exec Thea feeling off-balance,
while Mitch makes no secret of his disdain when Thea offers
him financial assistance if he'll take sole guardianship.




Thea is far from heartless. She's just plain terrified of her new parenting responsibilities. Both she and Mitch are romantically involved with other people. Yet the more time they spend together, the less certain she is of her loyalties. There are complications and mis-steps, tears and laughter - lots of it.
And somehow, through it all, the dawning realization that the
last place she thought she'd find herself could be just where
she belongs...

Learn more by visiting Jo's website: http://www.jogoodman.com/


This is Jo Goodman's first contemporary romance after making her name in historicals. Have you read some (and enjoyed) authors who write in more than one genre? If so, tell us about them.

One entry per person and US and Canada mailing addresses only.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Kat Martin's winner is....

Congrats to JANE!

Jane, please contact me at pattifischer@yahoo.com and let me know what you want -- print or ebook of Kat's book.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Redwood Bend winner is....

Random Number Generator picked.... Booklover1335 as the winner!!

Congrats, and email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com with your mailing info.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Guest Blogger: Do You Love to Travel by Kat Martin

Contest: A copy of Against the Night to one person who comments on the blog. Winner can choose from Kindle, Nook or paperback format. Post comments or questions for Kat.



     I’ve always loved to travel. I was fortunate to marry a man who enjoyed seeing the world as much as I did...or maybe being adventurous was an unspoken quality I was looking for in a man.

     I especially love Europe. I’ve been to England, of course, since back then I was writing historicals set in the Regency and Victorian periods. I’ve also been to France, Spain, Austria, Germany, Italy, the Chech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Scotland, the Caribbean, and miscellaneous places I can barely recall.

     On a cruise we took to Mexico a few years back with twenty-five other authors and six hundred and fifty readers (Wow! Was that fun!), one of the stops we made was in Belize.

     I mention this particularly because I used my experiences in Belize when I was writing AGAINST THE NIGHT, my newest AGAINST novel, released the end of February.

     Our ship anchored offshore and we took a launch boat to the mainland. We spent the hundred degree, ninety percent humidity day with a couple of our favorite friends, Kathleen and Michael Gear, the anthropologist/archeologists who write the PEOPLE books set 10,000 years ago.

     The heat was unbelievable! And unbearable! I had never experienced anything like it and hope I never do again. But the tropical landscape and the people who live there left a lasting imprint on my mind that I was able to use when I was writing AGAINST THE NIGHT.

     I did, however, leave out the part about our trip to a non-tourist, locals restaurant where we ordered native food (the Gears insisted, though there was no air conditioning and it must have been a hundred and twenty degrees inside! I’ll pay them back for that someday.)

     At any rate, we wanted to eat local cooking so we ordered capybara, a meat and rice dish that tasted pretty good but was spicy and hot, like everything else. The bad news was, it turns out a capybara is the largest rodent in the world! A rat about two feet long!

     Oh, yeah. We ate it and never forgot the experience.

     So you can see where the adventures you have in life make great fodder for stories.

     Lots of authors use a journal. I think it’s a great idea. Or just keep a few photos, anything that reminds you of the experiences you had when you were there. And it doesn’t really matter where you go. Anyplace can bring you excitement, adventure, or just simple insight into a place different from where you live.

     Along with the memories I had of Belize, I did research on the country, even used Google Earth to give me a fresh look at the tropical landscape I describe in AGAINST THE NIGHT.

     It’s Johnnie Riggs’ story, an ex-Army Ranger turn P.I whose specialty is the underbelly of the city. In a place called the Kitty Cat Club where he’s working on an assignment, Johnnie first spots Angel Fontaine, a petite blond exotic dancer.

     From the moment he sees her, Johnnie wants her in his bed. The problem is that Angel Fontaine is really Amy Brewer, a kindergarten teacher from Michigan, a young woman risking her life to find her missing sister, whose job she has taken in the club.

     I hope you’ll watch for AGAINST THE NIGHT and that you enjoy it. After that, AGAINST THE SUN, with Jake Cantrell and Sage Dumont, will be out the end of May.

     Till then, all best and happy reading. Warmest, Kat


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Blurb of AGAINST THE NIGHT:
 
He knows what goes on in the dark.




She’s got the face of an angel and the body of…well, isn’t that what he’d expect from an exotic dancer? But there’s something about this girl that Johnnie Riggs can’t shake. The former army ranger is hot on the trail of an elusive drug lord—and suddenly very hot under the collar, as well.





Amy’s got her own agenda to pursue: her sister is missing and Amy seems to be the only one who cares. She’ll enlist Johnnie's help and do her best to ignore her growing attraction to finally get some answers. But when the two trails begin to converge and reveal something even more sinister than they imagined, their mutual desire is the least of their problems. They’ll bring the truth to light…or die trying.




Excerpt:

Johnnie Riggs was a night owl. A former Army Ranger with a PI’s license, Johnnie spent most of his time in the bars and clubs of Los Angeles, digging up information for clients who could afford his fees. And the occasional recovery job, if the money was high enough.


Which was the reason that tonight he sat at a table at the Kitty Cat Club on Sunset Boulevard, watching a little blond pole dancer with the hottest body he’d ever seen and trying like hell not to get an erection.

Johnnie reached for the Bud Light sitting in front of him, took a swallow and set the barely touched bottle back down on the table. He wasn’t there to get drunk. He wasn’t there to get turned on by some sexy little piece of fluff.

He was there to make a collar and a nice chunk of change.

He glanced around the club, one of the better-run strip joints in the area, a place an out-of-town businessman could go for a little harmless fun and not feel like he was about to get mugged when he walked outside to catch a cab.

Johnnie knew the owner, a guy named Tate Watters, a reasonable sort who ran a clean operation. Tate knew Johnnie was there to collect a skip, but he was a stand-up guy who did his best to stay on the right side of the law, and having a pervert around--Johnnie’s target--wasn’t good for business.

It was dark inside the club except for the neon beer signs behind the bar, the soft glow of lights over gilt-framed photos of nineteen fifties strippers that hung on the walls. A row of colored spotlights lit the woman performing on stage.

The place smelled like stale beer and cheap perfume, and rock music hid the sound of clinking bar glasses and the heavy breathing of the men. Customers sat in the darkness at small round tables sipping whiskey or beer, staring toward the entertainment with big smiles on their faces.

Johnnie didn’t blame them. He’d be wearing a big smile, too, along with a raging hard-on if he wasn’t there on business.

He watched the woman on stage, twenty-five or six, a pretty little erotic dancer in nothing but red sequined pasties and a matching gee string. She wasn’t just small, she was dainty, little more than five feet tall, with the shiniest, straightest, long blond hair he’d ever seen. Short bangs fluttered across her forehead above a pair of blue eyes that made him shift in his seat against his growing arousal, and muttering a curse between his teeth.

The music played, the beat steady, loud and erotic. As she raised a red spike heel, tucked her ankle around the pole, and slid up, then sank back down, rubbing the pole between her pale, perfectly proportioned legs, he felt a tug in his gut so strong he had to shove back his chair and get up from the table. Grabbing his beer bottle, he walked to the back of the club where he could watch the room and put a little more distance between him and the scrumptious dancer on stage.

He scanned the patrons, keeping a careful watch for his target.

Earlier in the week, he’d gotten a call from his Ranger buddy in Houston. Trace Rawlins owned a security firm with branches in Houston and Dallas. In the years since they’d left the Army, they had worked together a dozen times, most recently on an abduction case that had led them into Mexico.

According to Trace, a guy named Ray Carroll had jumped bail and was on the run. Rumor was he had friends in L.A. and odds were good that was where he had gone to ground. Good ol’ Ray had been arrested for possession and trafficking in child pornography--the lowest of the low as far as Johnnie was concerned. He would have taken the guy down for free if he’d had to, which fortunately he didn’t.

What made the case interesting was that Ray was the grandson of the widow of wealthy Texas oil billionaire, C.P. Carroll. The widow was filthy rich and she doted on her grandson, which, with that kind of money at his command, made Ray a flight risk. His bail had been set at a half million dollars, which his grandmother had posted.

But Ray had taken off for parts unknown, leaving grandma on the hook for a boatload of money if her boy wasn’t caught and brought back to appear in court. For ten percent of the bail fee, a cool fifty thou less a referral fee to Trace, Johnnie had agreed to find him. Surprisingly, once he’d started digging, narrowing his search hadn’t been all that hard.

Since zebras didn’t change their stripes and jackals like Ray were fairly predictable, it didn’t take long to find out that Carroll hung out in the local strip clubs.

The Kitty Cat was his favorite. According to the bartender who I.D.ed the photo Johnnie had received over the Internet, a guy calling himself Ray Conners had been in the club both Wednesday and Thursday nights. Johnnie had come in on Friday and was there again tonight but so far hadn’t seen any sign of him. Not until now.

The black padded vinyl front door swung open, letting a thin slice of street noise into the club. Recalling the photo, Johnnie recognized Ray Carroll as he ambled through the entry and made his way over to the bar. He was an average-looking forty-year-old, with thinning brown hair and the kind of greasy smile you’d expect to see on a creep like him. He sat down on one of the black vinyl bar stools and the bartender, a tall, spare, good-looking Hispanic named Dante, flashed Johnnie a heads-up glance before taking Ray’s drink order, a double Grey Goose martini on the rocks.

Johnnie sipped his beer, his attention fixed on Ray, who stared with fascination toward the stage. The dancer, Angel Fontaine, being not much bigger than a kid, was Ray’s favorite. He watched as she dipped and swayed to the music, the red-sequined cones over her nipples flashing in the spotlight, the light changing color to the rhythm of the beat.

Johnnie tried to look away, but found himself as mesmerized as the drunks at the tables. Like the rest of her body, her breasts were perfectly formed, not too large, not too small, and tilted provocatively upward.

Her face wasn’t perfect, he had finally gotten around to noticing. Her mouth was a little too wide, making her pouty lips a little too pronounced. Her cheeks were as flawless as rose petals but her chin was a little too pointy.

She was the sexiest woman, Johnnie had ever seen.

She turned, thrust her pale, luscious bottom into the air and wiggled it suggestively, and his groin tightened. If he didn’t make his move soon, he wouldn’t be able to walk, let alone make a collar.

Ray came off the stool just then and started toward the stage. Johnnie noticed the folded dollar bills in one hand as he approached the little blonde.

Another man beat Ray to her, leaned over and stuffed a ten dollar bill into the girl’s sequined gee string, the scrap of red barely covering the spot every guy in the place dreamed of touching. Angel whirled away from him and smiled, mouthed a thank you. When she turned her back, raised her arms above her head, and began swaying to the hard rock beat, another man stuffed a bill into the glittering strip of red around her waist above that sweet little ass.

Ray moved closer, hovering as Angel approached the edge of the stage. He leaned toward her, stuffed the money into her gee string. He was grinning when he turned away, his mind on pussy instead of escape.

Johnnie made his move, leaping the last few feet, slamming into Carroll, knocking him over an empty table, both of them crashing to the floor. Ray struggled as Johnnie caught his arm, cranked it behind his back, lifted and hauled him to his feet. Johnnie caught sight of the club’s big Asian bouncer moving toward them, but he didn’t seem to be in much of a hurry. Guess he’d got word about the pervert, too.

Carroll squirmed in his grasp. “Who the hell are you?”

“I’m your worst nightmare,” Johnnie said, cranking the arm a little higher, eliciting a satisfying grunt of pain. “I’m the guy who’s gonna make sure you get back to Houston safe and sound.” Ray stumbled a couple of times as Johnnie’s heavy frame propelled him forward, slamming him into the wall beside the door. “I’m the guy who’s gonna put your sorry, perverted ass back in jail.”

*****

Connect with Kat on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kat-Martin/322579975013
Her website: http://www.katbooks.com/


Purchase AGAINST THE NIGHT:

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Against-Night-Raines-Wind-Canyon/dp/0778313190/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1326835326&sr=1-1

Indiebound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780778313199

A Perfect 10:

RAINSHADOW ROAD – Lisa Kleypas
A Friday Harbor Novel
A Perfect 10
St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 978-0-312-60588-9 (Trade Paperback)
ISBN: 978-1-4299-3837-2 (eBook)
March 2012
Contemporary Romance

San Juan Island, Washington State

When Lucy Marrin was seven, her younger sister became very sick. Alice recovered, but ever since, their parents have coddled and spoiled her, leaving little time or attention for Lucy. All was not lost for Lucy, however; she discovered a special affinity for glass and a life's ambition. Today she is a practicing artist specializing in stained glass and mosaics. Her personal life is not so successful; she has just suffered another relationship failure when her live-in of two years dumps her…for Alice ! As she walks the beach in an attempt to ease her spirit, she meets an attractive man, but this is definitely NOT the time start a new anything.

Sam Nolan is intrigued by the woman on the beach, but he can't even get her name from her. Sam has a special relationship with the earth and the wine grapes he grows, but his man/woman relationships are never allowed to thrive for long. He and his brothers grew up in a totally dysfunctional household, and Sam will not let himself invest strong emotion in his affairs. He never leads women on, but ends things when he senses the women begin to want more than he is willing to give.

RAINSHADOW ROAD is a wonderful book with marvelous character building, warmth, charm, humor…and a touch of magic. It's easy to fall in love with Lucy and Sam as the author lets us in on their personalities and interactions, but there are others who captivate as well. Sam's niece Holly is a love. She's come a long way from the little orphan introduced in Ms. Kleypas's recent short holiday novel, CHRISTMAS EVE AT FRIDAY HARBOR. And Lucy has two generous friends in Justine and Zoë who run a nearby Bed and Breakfast. I eagerly look forward to their stories and Alex's—the remaining Nolan brother—tale in the future.

I so enjoyed the beautifully written RAINSHADOW ROAD that I'm giving it one of the rare RRT Perfect 10s. Do yourself the huge favor of finding it, then immerse yourself in the doings in Friday Harbor , but block out enough time for it; you won't want to put it down.

Jane Bowers

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Catherine Mann comes to RRT and chats!

Come chat with Catherine Mann
When: Wednesday March 7, 2012
Time: 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST



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(choose Mo's Book Buzz room. No registering or passwords required)

Notes: USA Today Bestselling author, Catherine Mann joins us to discuss her latest Dark Ops story, PROTECTOR. Door prize: One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of PROTECTOR! Moderated by CrazyMo.

Learn more about Catherine by visiting her website:  http://www.catherinemann.com/

Monday, March 05, 2012

New Reviews Posted at Romance Reviews Today



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Congratulations to the following winners or a $10 gift certificate!

Sue H.

Robin G.

Michelle D.



The following new reviews have been posted:



New reviews - March 2012



Contemporary Fiction

DEATH, TAXES, AND A SKINNY NO-WHIP LATTE - Diane Kelly - A Tara Holloway Novel, Book 2 - 3/2012 - Patti



Contemporary Romance

ISLAND OF DESIRE - Lorei O'Clare - 2/2012 - CeCe- Erotic

QUINN - R.C. Ryan - The Conway Trilogy, Book 1 - 3/2012 - Diana

RAINSHADOW ROAD - Lisa Kleypas - A Friday Harbor Novel - A Perfect 10 - 3/2012 - Jane

SOME LIKE IT HOT - Lousia Edwards - The Rising Star Chef, Book 2 - 12/2011 - Perfect 10 - Rose May

THE PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE - Jasmine Haynes - DeKnight Trilogy, Book 3 - 2/2012 - Holly - Erotic

THE SUMMER GARDEN - Sherryl Woods - Chesapeake Shores, Book 9 - 2/2012 - Diana

WITH JUST ONE KISS - Francis Ray - A Grayson Friends Novel - 3/2012 - Jennifer



Historical Fiction

THE GARDEN INTRIGUE- Lauren Willig - The Pink Carnation Series - 2/2012 - Jani



Historical Romance

BLAME IN ON BATH - Caroline Linden - The Truth About the Duke, Book 2 - 3/2012 - Jane

PRINCESS CHARMING - Nicole Jordan - A Legendary Lovers Novel, Book 1 - 2/2012 - Carolyn

SEDUCTION - Brenda Joyce - The Spymaster's Men, Book 1 - 2/2012 - Carolyn

THE CAPTURE OF THE EARL OF GLENCRAE - Stephanie Laurens - The Cynster Sisters Trilogy, Book 3 - 2/2012 - Carolyn

THE REVENGE OF LORD EBERLIN - Julia London - Secrets of Hadley Green, Book 2 - 3/2012 - Jane

TOUCH OF A ROGUE - Mia Marlowe - 3/2012 - Jennifer



Paranormal Romance

KISS OF THE VAMPIRE - Cynthia Garner - Warriors of the Rift, Book 1 - 2/2012 - Rose May

SHATTERED DREAMS - Ellie James - Midnight Dragonfly, Book 1 - 2/2011 - Rose May - Young Adult



Romantic Suspense

AGAINST THE NIGHT - Kat Martin - The Raines of Wind Canyon , Book 5 - 3/2012 - Patti

FEVER - Joan Swan - 3/2012 - Jennifer

NEXT OF KIN - Sharon Sala - Rebel Ridge, Book 1 - 2/2012 - Jennifer



Series Romance

A COWBOY IN MANHATTAN - Barbara Dunlop - Colorado Cattle Barons, Book 2 - A Perfect 10 - Diana - HD #2140

SEX, LIES AND VALENTINES - Tawny Weber - Undercover Operatives Series, Book 3 - 2/2012 - Diana - HB #666

WHAT HAPPENS IN CHARLESTON ... - Rachel Bailey - Dynasties: The Kincaids, Book 2 - 2/2012 - Patti - HD #2138


Happy Reading!

Terrie

Owner

Romance Reviews Today

www.romrevtoday.com

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Book Giveaway:

REDWOOD BEND by Robyn Carr
Part of the Virgin River series
Release date: 2/28/12



Blurb:

CAN CHANGING A TIRE CHANGE YOUR LIFE?


Katie Malone and her twin boys’ trip along the beautiful mountain roads to Virgin River is stopped short by a tire as flat as her failed romance. To make matters worse, the rain has set in, the boys are hungry and Katie doesn’t have the first clue about putting on a spare. As she stands at the side of the road pondering her next move, she hears a distinct rumble. The sight of the sexy, leather-clad bikers who pull up beside her puts her imagination into overdrive.


Dylan Childress and his buddies are on the motorcycle trip of a lifetime. But the sight of a woman in distress stops them in their tracks. And while the guys are checking out her car, she and Dylan are checking out one another.


In one brief moment, the world tilts on its axis and any previous plans Katie and Dylan might have had for their futures are left at the side of the road.

Interested? Then tell us about some of your favorite small town series books.

Winner to be drawn and posted later in the week. US and Canada mailing addresses only.

Friday, March 02, 2012

Have some winners to announce....

First up....I forgot to pull the winner of Sara Ramsay's ebook. That is......PamP!

Now, for the $10 Amazon gift card winner...that is.... commenter #9 - Sherry!!

Please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com with your names and email addresses.

Congrats!