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Indie Author’s Corner: Authors: Working Together to Tell a Story

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

 

Authors: Working Together to Tell a Story

There are many outstanding duos and groups in the writing world and their planning and organization is very important for the success of their novels. There is a lot of teamwork needed to complete a project by co-authors.

I was approached by a group of authors who wanted some help in bringing their novel to market. Of course, I had my own ideas, but I knew the best source for information was from the Spotlight Crew. You know the authors that I have interviewed over the years (10 years, 1300 interviews and book showcases).

Some of the ‘Rules’ I came with:

  1. A good manager/leader is essential to the success.
  2. Member selection is a major part of the process.
  3. Established a strong outline to work from.
  4. Develop powerful characters and story line.
  5. Willing to commit the time and interact with other authors.

This article looks at co-author DUOs, Group projects, Novel series, Booksets and Publisher driven theme series.

James Patterson is the Master co-authored best-selling novels.

The key to his success is his control of the process.

A strong detailed outline including the plot and the characters is his primary tool. He rewrites the outline until he is satisfied the story is complete.

He follows his outline completely for his first draft. To him the outline is what makes the book. Editing is a part of his book’s success.

The co-author is given notes and an outline which is very long. The co-author drafts the chapters trying to keep them short, which is Patterson’s style. The co-author sends him pages periodically for feedback.

The product is returned to Patterson who completes the novel.

Patterson has a team of editors and assistants who produce the novel.

Patterson maintains complete control of the process like jacket design and the novel’s release.

Here is a snapshot the thoughts and ideas the Spotlight Crew came up with.

D. E. Ireland – Co-Author Duo (PEN NAME)

Meg Mims and Sharon Pisacreta
An Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins Mystery

Partner

Sharon and I have been friends since college and helped critique each other to publication of other books – her in historical British romance, me in American western historical mystery. When I came up with the idea of pairing up Eliza/Higgins as amateur sleuths, I knew Sharon had done far more research and had knowledge about Edwardian England — and we’d long been seeking an idea to collaborate on, so voila. We both made up a “partnership agreement” to share in everything, the writing, the revisions, the research.

The Outline

Sharon’s talent is in coming up with extensive outlines for each book (there are 4 in our series), but I absolutely helped brainstorm the plot points, the characterizations, the setting details, etc. Our outlines sometimes exceeded 20 pages.

Characters and the Story Line

We used George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion book and play (which helped in the making of My Fair Lady), plus his author’s notes — which absolutely set in stone that Eliza and Higgins were NOT romantic at all. Which is why we decided on making them friends and sleuths. As for the story lines, our first book was easiest — the “hairy Hungarian” and former student of Higgins, Nepommuk, was a blackmailer, so we had to kill him off.

Interaction

We alternated chapters, and then edited each other’s work, and then revised again, and again, until it seemed pretty seamless with two co-authors. As for marketing, we wanted a major publisher. Once we had the first book in finished manuscript form, I sent a query to an agent — who called me back within an hour! With an OFFER of representation!! That was a shock, and he sold the book in two weeks to Minotaur. Of course, that was in 2014. Things are much different now, so many changes over the last seven years, especially with COVID and paper shortages, etc.. We got our rights back and are putting the books out on our own with new covers on Amazon.

Sparkle Abbey – Co-Author Duo (PEN NAME) 

Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter – The Pampered Pets Mystery Series

Partners

Our author picture is a shot of us with the real Sparkle and the real Abbey. Don’t you love the stare down? Our real names are Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter. We write the Pampered Pets mystery series together. We’re also friends and neighbors so you’ll often find us writing at ML’s dining room table or at our local Starbucks.

We chose to use Sparkle Abbey as our pen name on this series because we liked the idea of combining the names of our two rescue pets – Sparkle (ML’s cat) and Abbey (Anita’s dog).

Characters/Story Line

We have a very unique approach in that we take turns with the books. So what that means is that one of us (Mary Lee) writes the odd numbered books, and one of us (Anita) writes the even numbers books. The odd numbered books feature, Caro Lamont, a pet therapist; the even numbered books feature, Melinda Langston, a pet boutique owner. The two protagonists are cousins, so they share background information. And the books share setting, locale (Laguna Beach, CA), and secondary characters.  We create the plots together and work closely on the storylines to keep everything consistent.

Interaction

We live in the Midwest, but if we could write anywhere, you would find us on the beach with our laptops and depending on the time of day either an iced tea or a margarita.

We have had so much fun writing this series and we hope you enjoy Caro and Mel’s adventures!

Traci Wilton – Co-Author Duo (PEN NAME) 

Traci Hall and Patrice Wilton – Salem B&B Mystery

Partner

Patrice Wilton and I were critique partners for years before we decided to write a story together—a romance. Then we did the Salem B and B cozy mysteries.  We knew each other’s writing style and thought it would be compatible. We agreed to compromise and be respectful as our friendship would always come first. When one person really thought it should be a certain way, usually the other compromised, or we had a tally of who got to choose for that time, and the other person would get the win the next round. We try to keep the ego out of it lol.

Detail Outline

Yes, we worked off of a synopsis and plot that was approved by our publisher. We used images from the internet so that we had the same visual going into the story. We followed that system for our indie series.

Characters and the Story Line

Our editor had the story idea—he wanted something like the Ghost and Mrs. Muir. We had our own take on it of course and developed the characters together. We used images from the internet to make sure we both saw the same thing. Now, after six books, we both know exactly what Charlene would do, and Jack, and Sam, in a given situation.

Interaction

Patrice wrote chapter one in the first book, and so I wrote chapter one in the second book, and we alternated for each book after that. If Patrice wrote chapter one, then I would write chapter two, and so forth—we followed our synopsis and plot. We go through many revisions, at least six if not more, and by the end of the book, the story has its own voice that is a blend of both of ours. We have a newsletter and an assistant to help with a review team. For our indie series, Patrice put us on Draft 2 Digital—they have split payments for collaborations.

Paige Terner  Group Writing (PEN NAME) 

The DEADLY WATER HAZARD: A Cactus of the Valley Mystery

Lead: Judy A. Knox
Other Authors: Doreen Lechner, Larry Meath, Carol Redmore, Martha Jo Tisdale

Partners

Paige Terner is the pen name for a group of writers who meet weekly in a senior community very similar to Cactus of the Valley via Zoom. Meetings usually consist of writing on an assigned topic, or in response to a challenge. Activities are varied, and the writers’ levels span the gamut from beginners to published authors with a wide range of interests. What they have in common is an interest in writing and the willingness to share their work with the rest of the group.

Outline

One day someone had a brilliant idea for a long-term project: a group written mystery story. Easy, right? Outline a basic plot, insert characters, divide into sections, and assign one to each writer. Voila! In two or three months, put them together and out will pop a story. That’s what we thought! Three years later, it didn’t exactly just pop out, but it did materialize as The Deadly Water Hazard, a story to be proud of. Here are our comments on the experience. We had weekly writing assignments.

Characters/Story Line

My first question when someone suggested writing a murder mystery as a class project was, “Where do you start?” One Joy of Writing participant suggested we set the murder in a 55+ adult park, similar to ours.

Never having considered a novel, my first thought was that it would be simply a continuation of any story written for an assignment. I learned quickly that there would be a myriad of pieces that would need to be carefully put into place. Part of the challenge was learning that those various pieces were called “back stories,” “vignettes,” and something called a “denouement.” I learned that writing a murder mystery was far more complicated than I ever imagined. More than just a plot, there are characters to create.

As time went on and various parts of the mystery moved forward, my interest in participating intensified. It was reassuring to see more pieces of the puzzle being put out there to consider. Interestingly enough, the deletion of those extraneous words, which only “take up space,” was of interest to me. I especially like the word “camaraderie” when it applies to the Joy of Writing writers!

Martha Jo Tisdale

Interaction

Working with this group of talented, creative writers was a delight. The project was a learning experience for everyone involved. We had fun making up scenes and dialogues and watching our characters come to life. We improved our writing skills. We learned to give and receive constructive criticism as we problem solved together. Above all, the group stayed committed to “getting ‘er done” without forsaking quality or wrecking relationships in the process.

Judy A. Knox

Our writing group’s journey has been a wild ride and a wonderful gift. Without the guidance of our fearless leader and dedicated editing team, we would have been adrift. Writing is easy; editing is tough. Our Joy of Writing group members are the best editing team an aspiring writer could have. But I do have to add, arriving at our destination has been a joy.

Doreen Lechner

Writing a mystery by committee posed challenges, rewards, and gratitude.  Gratitude goes to Judy for an incredible amount of work just to keep this project going.  At times it seemed a bit like herding cats.  Challenges were embedded in the gratitude.

Combining a dozen or so writers with varying styles and ideas necessitated a degree of humility, not to mention patience. But in the end I think we all felt rewarded with the product, not to mention our ability to see this through. If we had known from the outset how difficult it would be, I’m not sure we would have started it in the first place.

Larry Meath

Working as a team to write The Deadly Water Hazard was invaluable; in addition, it was fun. It was a challenge when some in our group who are snowbirds returned to home states in the summers, making it hard to stay in rhythm. The arrival of Zoom this past year helped greatly, as we juggled characters and time lines and made many changes.

The camaraderie of working toward one goal was a great pleasure, and strong leadership from Judy kept us in line. I learned so much about writing techniques and editing. The experience was a treasure!

Carol Redmore

EDITING

Editing group input and participation in the editing sessions was invaluable, adding dimension and clarity to the overall final product.

Group editing is a unique experience. Every person commented on the excerpts. Some positive, some negative, but all beneficial. They received insight to the bigger picture for publishing a novel.

Danger Cove Series – Publisher driven theme series

Gemma Halliday Publishing 

Author comment: T. Sue VerSteeg

Partner

Gemma Halliday reached out to me. She had already hit the NY Times and USA Today lists and wanted to expand her growing backlist. She chose to co-author with a few fellow writers she trusted. I’d met her on an online chat group, and she’d critiqued a few of my books. It also helped that I wanted to be her when I grew up as a writer. LOL We had such similar styles, so it wasn’t too much of a stretch. She led the first book in the Tahoe Tessie Mysteries. As for the Danger Cove Mysteries, the situation is quite different. There are many other authors writing in that fictitious setting. Elizabeth Ashby is also fictitious. Gemma Halliday has creative control over all of the books.

Outline

With the first Tahoe Tessie, Gemma Halliday sent out the outline and a base character sheet. I wrote the book, breathed life into her characters, and fell in love with each and every one of them. She then had creative control to shape it back into her vision. With Danger Cove, each author has to submit an outline for approval. This can go through several edits back and forth before coming to an agreement on something that works for the writer and the publisher.

Characters and the Story Line

I think I rambled on too much in the last question. LOL With Tahoe Tessie, it was mostly Gemma. She did give me a lot of room to grow the characters, though. I’m forever grateful for her trust in me. In Danger Cove, the main characters are all ours. We do have shared secondaries that the editing team keeps a close eye on.

Interaction

Interaction is a nice back and forth. I’m truly blessed that Gemma and her team are such wonderful, talented people. With Tahoe Tessie, the creative control is all Gemma’s. So, editing and marketing are pretty much at her discretion. With Danger Cove being different, it’s more of a hybrid. My questions and concerns are taken into account, and we always go back and forth with ideas on how to make it work for all of us. Marketing is hybrid as well. They do a lot and we kick in as well.

 

Last Chance Beach – Book Series

Romance Gems – 22 great authors strong – debuted February 1, 2019

Individual novels with the same setting.

LAST CHANCE BEACH is the island paradise where Dreams go to live again and Wishes may come true. It’s Summer’s End on the island, and the cottages, condos, hotels, and bungalows are filled to capacity.

LAST CHANCE BEACH ROMANCE is a line of single title, full-length romance novels, united by the setting of Last Chance Beach.

Joan Reeves – Deceptively Yours

From an interview

Partners

When I organized Romance Gems, I set it up with an Executive Team and invited my friends to join in. The marvelous Bonnie Edwards, Jan Scarbrough, and Nancy Fraser did so for which I’m eternally grateful. We invite authors to join our group based on their body of work, professionalism, and personality. We read some of the nominated author’s work and discuss whether she will be a good fit in the group dynamic. We want not only good writers but also an author who is professional and plays well with others. No drama divas or authors who aren’t willing to work for the success of the group and each other. That’s basically our mission statement. Support each other, support the group blog, work together, and have fun doing all of that.

Nancy Fraser – Return of the Runaway Bride

From an interview

Partners

The main objective was—obviously—sales. More than that though was to widen our collective audience. Being that all the authors belong to our private group, The Romance Gems, we posted a call for participation and were delighted with the results when over half the group joined in this first joint venture. The actual process of creating the box set fell to the group of fourteen, with volunteers taking up different jobs under the watchful eye of our leader, Joan Reeves. For hovering over thirteen highly talented and opinionated authors, she deserves sainthood.

Interaction

Romance Gems support group. Friendship. The occasional virtual slap upside the head when it’s needed. I think the biggest professional benefit would be the encouragement of 22 like-minded Romance authors who will bend over backward to see their Gems Sisters succeed.

 

A Touch of Passion – Book Bundle

Individual novels under one cover. This bundle is now available by the individual titles only.

Tamara Ferguson – That Unforgettable Kiss

From an interview

Group

The romance bundle for A Touch of Passion is comprised with full-length novels. When my dear friend Uvi Poznansky invited me into the group, I immediately said yes. She is the most amazing organizer I’ve ever met when it comes to putting together an anthology, and setting up promotions and Facebook events, and she’s very talented graphic designer as well. It takes a lot of patience to work in a group; particularly when some members don’t have the ability to contribute as much time as others, because of previous commitments.

Goal

The goal, of course, is to boost the sales of books for each author in the group. And, if in the process, we take it to the next level and become Amazon bestsellers (which we did), it would assuredly boost our sales even more.

What many authors don’t realize is the category rankings for anthology sales will also be associated individually with your numbers.

A bestselling anthology can definitely boost your career as an author, and you should always think carefully before turning an offer down.

 

Spring Into Love Anthology – Book Bundle

Individual novels under one cover. This bundle is now available by the individual titles only.

Marcia James – Love Unleashed

From an interview

Group

love participating in romance ebook anthologies (or boxed sets, as many people call them). Not only do I get to work with a great group of authors, but we each get one of our stories in front of the other authors’ readers. This can and does lead to an increase in sales of our other books and novellas. So these boxed sets are a way of co-promoting with other authors.

Theme

It’s very important to network with other authors. Most of these boxed set opportunities come about when a group of author friends decides to join together to do a boxed set. The group comes up with a theme, like the sports-theme of this summer’s Score One For Love. Each author in the group has to write a story (or have one already written) that fits the theme.

Interaction

That saves time and money, since we’re splitting the jobs (running a Facebook page, contacting advertisers, coordinating the cover and formatting, etc.) and the cost (paying for advertising, the cover, the formatting, etc.) And the boxed sets are a great deal for readers, too, since most of them include at least ten stories for 99 cents.

I think all boxed sets are a win-win for both the authors and readers.

Danger Cove Mysteries Series – Multi-Author Series

Individual novels with the same setting.

Partners

Gemma Halliday

Gemma Halliday is the #1 Amazon, New York Times, and USA Today bestselling author of several cozy mystery and suspense thriller novels. Gemma’s books have received numerous awards, including a Golden Heart, two National Reader’s Choice awards, a RONE award for best mystery, and three RITA nominations. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her large, loud, and loving family.

​Gemma opened up her own boutique publishing house in 2013. Since then she has published over 200 titles from more than 40 authors and taken almost half of those from debut authors to USA Today bestsellers.

https://www.gemmahalliday.com/

https://www.facebook.com/gemmahallidayauthor

Gemma Halliday Publishing

https://www.gemmahallidaypublishing.com/

https://www.gemmahallidaypublishing.com/multi-author-series

Gemma Halliday Publishing is a small, boutique publisher of quality women’s genre fiction who work with a select number of authors per year. We enjoy stories with laughter, heart, and lots of clever plot twists. We don’t publish books with graphic gore or sexual content, which makes our books perfect for sharing with your eighteen-year-old daughter or your eighty-year-old grandmother. Our titles are available in most major online retailers and by special request from brick & mortar bookstores and libraries.

Our multi-author series follow different heroines in our favorite fictional towns where murder mixes with love and a healthy dose of laughter!

Each series contains sub-series written by one author, focusing on one heroine. Books can be read in any order!

Aloha Lagoon

Welcome to Aloha Lagoon, one of Hawaii’s hidden treasures. A little bit of tropical paradise nestled along the coast of Kauai, this resort town boasts luxurious accommodation, friendly island atmosphere…and only a slightly higher than normal murder rate. While mysterious circumstances may be the norm on our corner of the island, we’re certain that our staff and Lagoon natives will make your stay in Aloha Lagoon one you will never forget!

Danger Cove

Welcome to Danger Cove! We’re a sleepy little town in the Pacific Northwest and home to renowned mystery novelist, Elizabeth Ashby. While Elizabeth swears the stories she writes are fiction, you can find the inspiration for her murderous tales all over Danger Cove…from the intriguing cast of local characters to the places to eat, play, and explore in Danger Cove.

https://www.gemmahallidaypublishing.com/danger-cove-mysteries

Outline

Characters/Story Line

Interaction

Summary 

Problems I saw:

  1.     Need for better social media. At times it looks like the authors were hiding from the readers.
  2. Need for an effective Amazon Profile
  3. Weak marketing
  4. Breaking up is hard to do. Conflicts can arise.

Doing this project was a great experience. The consence was that you need the following to be successful co-authoring a project. It sounded like fun was had by all.

  1. Need a strong leader
  2. Need a detailed outline.
  3. Great characters.
  4. Solid Story Line.
  5. Effective Interaction

Contributors Outline

Author: Sparkle Abbey
Author Genre: Mystery, Crime, Humor And Comedy

Website: Sparkle Abbey – pampered pet mysteries
Author’s Blog: Sparkle Abbey
Twitter: @sparkleabbey
E-Mail: SparkleAbbey@gmail.com
Goodreads: Check Out Goodreads
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

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Amazon Author Profile and Book List

Author Description:
Our author picture is a shot of us with the real Sparkle and the real Abbey. Don’t you love the stare down? Our real names are Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter. We write the Pampered Pets mystery series together. We’re also friends and neighbors so you’ll often find us writing at ML’s dining room table or at our local Starbucks.

We chose to use Sparkle Abbey as our pen name on this series because we liked the idea of combining the names of our two rescue pets – Sparkle (ML’s cat) and Abbey (Anita’s dog).

We live in the Midwest, but if we could write anywhere, you would find us on the beach with our laptops and depending on the time of day either an iced tea or a margarita.

We have had so much fun writing this series and we hope you enjoy Caro and Mel’s adventures!

Author: Elizabeth Ashby
Author Genre: Mystery, Chick Lit, Romance

Website: Danger Cove Mysteries
Goodreads: Check Out Goodreads

Amazon Author Profile and Book List

Author Description:
Local resident Elizabeth Ashby was born and raised in Danger Cove and now uses her literary talent to tell stories about the town she knows and loves. Ms. Ashby has penned several Danger Cove Mysteries, which are published by Gemma Halliday Publishing. While she does admit to taking some poetic license in her storytelling, she loves to incorporate the real people and places of her hometown into her stories. She says anyone who visits Danger Cove is fair game for her poisoned pen, so tourists beware! When she’s not writing, Ms. Ashby enjoys gardening, taking long walks along the Pacific coastline, and curling up with a hot cup of tea, her cat, Sherlock, and a thrilling novel.

Author: Tamara Ferguson
Author Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense

Website: TALES FROM DRAGONFLY
Tales of the Dragonfly homepage
Twitter: @Tammysdragonfly
E-Mail: Tammysdragonfly@gmail.com
Goodreads: Check Out Goodreads
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

Post with Profile + Interview: HBS Author’s Spotlight

Amazon Author Profile and Book List

Author Description:
Writing steamy yet sweet compassionate stories of fate that are wonderfully romantic, Tamara Ferguson is the multi-award winning, USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the Tales of the Dragonfly Romance Suspense Series, the Kissed By Fate Series, the Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Series, the Daydreams & Dragonflies Sweet Romance Series and the Tales From Dragonfly Pointe Short Story Series.

If you don’t believe in the power of fate, you shouldn’t read her stories, because Tamara always writes a happily-ever-after for her heroines and heroes, since it doesn’t always work out that way in real life.

Since 2015, she has earned more than thirty awards, twenty of those for her Two Hearts Wounded Warrior romances, including five Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards with Two Hearts In Accord (2019) and Two Hearts Unbroken (2018) earning the BRONZE, Two Hearts Under Fire (2019) and Two Hearts Unspoken (2016) earning the SILVER and Two Hearts Find Christmas earning the GOLD Medal in Military Fiction (2018.) Two Hearts Surrendered was also a New Apple Romance Selection for excellence in Indie Publishing and 2018 Top Shelf Finalist. Two Hearts’ Christmas Wish is a 2017 IAN Book of the Year Finalist. And it’s the #13 BEST INDIE BOOK of 2017.

Along with the 2015 Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Award Winner That Unforgettable Kiss, Two Hearts Surrendered and Two Hearts Unspoken were also finalists for the 2016 IAN Book of The Year. Tales of the Dragonfly In Tandem was a romance finalist in the Indie Excellence Awards, while Tales of the Dragonfly In Flight was a romance suspense winner at the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards.

A member of the RWA, the Authors’ Billboard and the Authors’ Independent Book Network, her stories have been included in several #1 bestselling anthologies.

Since she remains a full-time caregiver for an autistic son (along with a bunch of adopted pets!), you can usually find Tammy working at home, where she spends a lot of time not completing her numerous home improvement projects, because she’s writing or helping author friends promote their books on twitter.

Author: Nancy Fraser
Author Genre: Romance

Website: Nancy Fraser
Author’s Blog: Instagram
Newsletter Sign-Up
Twitter: @nfraserauthor
E-Mail: romwriter96@gmail.com
Goodreads: Check Out Goodreads
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

Post with Profile + Interview: HBS Author’s Spotlight

Amazon Author Profile and Book List

Author Description:
Award-winning author Nancy Fraser has been writing since the early 1990s. Published since 1996, she writes in multiple romance genres. From sweet 1960’s vintage romance, to paranormal/time travel, to sizzling erotic romance, she never knows where her muse will take her.

When she’s not writing (which is almost never), Nancy loves to travel with Las Vegas being her favored destination. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

NANCY FRASER—Jumping Across Romance Genres with Gleeful Abandon—is an Amazon Top 100 and Award-Winning author who can’t seem to decide which romance genre suits her best. So, she writes them all.

Author: Gemma Halliday
Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Romance

Website: Gemma Halliday Author
Author’s Blog: Gemma Halliday Publishing
Gemma Halliday Publishing Authors
Twitter: @gemmahallidayca
E-Mail: gemma@gemmahallidaypublishing.com
Goodreads: Check Out Goodreads
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

Amazon Author Profile and Book List

Author Description:
Gemma Halliday is the #1 Amazon, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of several mystery series, suspense novels, and young adult books. Gemma’s books have received numerous awards, including a Golden Heart, two National Reader’s Choice awards, three RITA nominations, and a RONE award for best mystery. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her large, loud, and loving family.

Author: Dawn Greenfield Ireland
Author Genre: Mystery Thrillers, Fantasy,Professional & Technical

Website: Dawn Ireland Writer
Twitter: @dawnireland
E-Mail: dawn@dawngreenfieldireland.com
Goodreads: Check Out Goodreads
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

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Amazon Author Profile and Book List

Author Description:
Dawn Greenfield Ireland is the CEO of Artistic Origins Inc, a writing and editing company that has been doing business since 1995. Her first book, The Puppy Baby Book (hardcover), was a finalist in the IPPY book competition (2001) and has been selling steadily ever since.

Novels include The Alcott Family Adventures cozy mystery series (Hot Chocolate, Bitter Chocolate, and Spicy Chocolate). Science Fiction includes Prophecy of Thol, and The Last Dog (dystopian/futuristic), Forced Dreams, and Gifts from Thol. Steamy shifter romance by DG Ireland includes Bonded and Tothars.

In addition to the novels, Dawn is an award-winning screenwriter with 14 feature film scripts, 2 of which were optioned. She also creates nonfiction/self-help books and products. Writers Preparation Handbook is an online course, eBook and audiobook. What’s Breaking Your Budget is currently an eBook and will be available as an audiobook and an online course someday soon.

Originally from Feeding Hills, MA, Dawn migrated to San Antonio in 1968 then moved to Houston where work was more plentiful. She built a 34-year career as a technical writer/editor.

Dawn has been a member and benefactor of Women in Film and Television (Houston) for decades. Her current day job is writing, creating online courses, and editing books and all things written.

Author: Marcia James
Author Genre: Romance

Website: Marcia James Web Site
Author’s Blog: James Gang
Twitter: @Marcia_James
E-Mail: Marcia@MarciaJames.net
Goodreads: Check Out Goodreads
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

Post with Profile + Interview: HBS Author’s Spotlight

Amazon Author Profile and Book List

Author Description:
Marcia James finaled in eleven Romance Writers of America contests before selling her first contemporary romance. Her releases include Sex & the Single Therapist (the first in a comic romantic mystery series) and the “Klein’s K-9s Service Dogs” contemporary romance series. A national and international ebook bestseller, she writes hot, humorous romances featuring heroines you can root for, heroes to die for, and funny dogs.

In her eclectic career, Marcia has shot submarine training videos, organized celebrity-filled nonprofit events and had her wedding covered by People Magazine. After years of dealing with such sexy topics as how to safely install traffic lights, she is enjoying “researching” and plotting her novels’ steamy love scenes with her husband and hero of many years.

Author: Judy A. Knox
Author Genre: Christian, Nonfiction, Memoir, Cozy Mystery

Website: Judy A. Knox
Twitter: @JudyAKnox
E-Mail: judy@judyaknox.com
Goodreads: Check Out Goodreads
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

Amazon Author Profile and Book List

Author Description:
Judy Knox, a retired high school teacher, now teaches Christians how to get more from their relationship with God. Judy began writing seriously after the death of her husband in 2012 as a way to inspire and encourage believers to see evidence of God’s love and grace in their everyday lives.

She and her husband, Alan, grew up in Iowa, and were married in 1961. They both accepted Christ in 1972 while living in Kansas City. Four years later, due to a job transfer, they moved to the Chicago North Shore area. After Judy retired in 2003, they moved 200 miles west to a smaller town in Illinois to enjoy a more leisurely lifestyle.

After 51 years of marriage, Alan died, and Judy returned to the Chicago North Shore area to live near her son, daughter, and six grandchildren. It was then that writing, which she had always enjoyed but seldom had time for, became a passion. After spending three winters in Arizona, she now resides there permanently. She is the leader of the Joy of Writing Group in Mesa, AZ, and is a member of Christian Writers Critique Group in Mundelein, IL, and American Christian Writers Association. She participated in the Write to Publish Conference in Wheaton, IL in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Judy serves as a volunteer with China Vision, a missionary organization headquartered in Columbia, MO, editing and distributing missionary Pete Snyder’s newsletter. In 2014 she edited his book “What’s Missing in Missions?” Later that year she appeared on Andrew Wommack’s television program “The Gospel Truth,” which airs world wide, relating a testimony about prosperity.

Author: Joan Reeves
Author Genre: Romance, Chick Lit, Nonfiction

Website: Joan Reeves
Author’s Blog: Joan Reeves – Sling Words
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Twitter: @JoanReeves
E-Mail: Joan@JoanReeves.com
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Joan Reeves is a New York Times and a USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance. Her novels–Keeping Romance Alive…One Sexy Book at a Time–have been published in a half dozen languages, and her ebooks are available at most ebook sellers with audio book and print editions also available.

When not writing romance–or nonfiction to share what she has learned in life–Joan divides her time between the hustle and bustle of Houston and a house in the Texas Hill Country. At their country house, Joan and her hero, her husband, sit on the porch at night, look up at the star-studded sky, and listen to the coyotes howl.

Joan lives the philosophy that is the premise of all of her romance novels: “It’s never too late to live happily ever after.”

Author: T. Sue VerSteeg
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USA Today Bestselling Author T. Sue VerSteeg was born and raised in the small town of Grinnell, Iowa. At the age of 21, she moved her family–parents and all–to the beautiful Ozarks region of Missouri where they have lived since. She is blessed with an adoring husband, two wonderful kids, the best sister in the world, and amazing parents. Writing has always been a passion in her life, to which family and friends can attest. From her first attempt at a spin-off of Dick and Jane, to her latest novel, her heart and soul has been poured into each word. Her most sincere wish is that you will find as much enjoyment in reading her stories as she did in their creation.

Author: Patrice Wilton
Author Genre: Romance

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Patrice Wilton was born in Vancouver, Canada, and knew from the age of twelve that she wanted to be a writer. She became a flight attendant for 17 years, then moved to Australia and England, before settling in Ormond Beach, Florida. She is a NY Times & USA Today best selling author and has written around forty books, mostly romance series. Here are her personal favorites:

The Candy Bar, Paradise Cove, Heavenly Christmas, and The Wounded Warrior series. Now a new exciting adventure has begun. She has joined forces with her good friend, Traci Hall to write a Salem B&B Cozy Mystery series for Kensington under the name of Traci Wilton. They have written 5 books in the Mrs. Morris Bed and Breakfast series, and will be starting book six soon. We are loving it and hope our readers do too!

Author: Traci Hall
Author Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult

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From contemporary seaside romances to cozy mysteries, USA Today bestselling author Traci Hall writes stories that captivate her readers. As a hybrid author with over fifty published works, Ms. Hall has a favorite story for everyone.

Mystery lovers, be on the lookout for her Salem B&B Mystery series, co-written as Traci Wilton, and her Scottish Shire series, which takes place in the seaside town of Nairn, as Traci Hall. Whether it’s her ever popular By the Sea series or a fun who-done-it, Traci finds her inspiration in sunny South Florida, by living right near the ocean.

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Sweet & Sassy Falling Into Love: Great New Box Set From the Author’s Billboard

There is never a wrong time to snuggle up and fall in love! The Authors’ Billboard has another Sweet and Sassy boxset aimed directly at Falling Into Love.

This four-book set from USA Today Bestselling, Award-Winning Authors contains stories of second chances, single parents, small-towns and large. With some touches of suspense, unexpected sparks, and close-knit families, these characters are out to find more than they bargained for while Falling Into Love.

Stacy Eaton, USA Today Bestselling Author, Bradley, Loving a Young Series: With a new house in her name, Nolan Nickels seeks out the perfect plan to get the house ready so she can bring her two daughters’ home, but is her fixer-upper more than she bargained after Brad Young comes to help?

Susanne Matthews, Bestselling Author, – Make Mine a Manhattan: Assuming her heroine’s identity, Savannah Long heads for New York to experience life and gets far more than she bargained for.

Denise Devine, USA Today Bestselling Author, – Unfinished Business: When Alana Morgan’s life is upended by a suspicious death and a betrayal, she joins forces with Reid Sinclair to uncover the evidence she desperately seeks.

Taylor Lee, USA Today Bestselling Author – You Can’t Always Get What You Want: He’s a hard as nails police chief. She’s a feisty ADA. The one thing they have in common is arrogance. Sparks flare when the challenging duo face off.

Each and every book in this series is worth its weight in gold! I’m going to focus on my newest book in the set, Make Mine a Manhattan. This book is also part of the Cocktails for You series, which means it’s full of humor as well as serious, romantic scenes.

What’s an author to do when, thanks to writer’s block, she’s hopelessly stuck?

With only eight weeks left to finish her newest novel, bestselling author Sydney Sanders, aka Robin Langford, is stumped. On impulse, the thirty-three-year old introvert decides to take her agent’s advice and shift gears, but instead of going on a short vacation, she decides on hands-on research. Immersing herself in her story and assuming her heroine’s identity, she heads to Manhattan to live out the plot. What could possibly go wrong?

As Savanna Long, she boards the train, expecting a quiet ride and time to refresh her muse for the chore ahead. But a lot can happen during the thirty-eight hour trip, especially with her imagination and the drop-dead gorgeous passenger in the next car.

We all know that the best laid plans can often go awry, and for Robin that’s exactly what happens.

Here’s a glimpse at the opening scene from the novel.

You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.

Dr. Seuss

 

Chapter One

“Please, Mom, can’t you just let it go?” I begged, regretting my decision to stop in for a cold drink after my morning run. “You asked and I said no, and I mean it. I’m not interested. Nyet, nada, nein, non.”

There were two disadvantages to wearing a mask to protect myself and others from COVID-19. The first was the difficulty breathing when one was hyperventilating and the second was the inability to see someone’s lower facial expressions, but the eyes never lied.

From the storm clouds in my mother’s gray ones, I knew she was angry with me, but I was just as mad at her—well, maybe not at her exactly—but I was frustrated, and this scheme of hers was just one more complication I didn’t need, one more reason for my heavy breathing, and it had nothing to do with being out of shape. At the moment, I was hot and sweaty. I just wanted my iced capp and then a shower.

“It’s not as if Mayor Loucks asks you for favors every day,” Mom continued with another volley in an argument I was determined she would never win.

“For the last time, Mom, I refuse to go out with every eligible Tom, Dick, or Harry someone throws in my path,” I stated, my teeth gritted so tightly, they ached. “Besides. We’re still supposed to be staying socially distant. I’m perfectly content in my own bubble. I like my life here as it is, without a lot of fanfare. Shakespeare and I are just fine.”

Mom harrumphed as she finished putting the final touches on my iced cappuccino. The good thing about having a parent who owned a coffee shop was the free drinks, the bad thing was the unsolicited advice.

“I don’t understand why you’re being so obstinate and selfish,” she continued. “The pandemic is winding down. There hasn’t been a new case in days, and this is just one little dinner—a barbecue picnic, for heaven’s sake. You’ll be outside. The man is in Flowerfield to look over the old Dog Mountain ski area. If he agrees to invest in it, it’ll be a shot in the arm for the town, and Lord knows, we can use it. Franklin assures me the man has had both of his Coronavirus vaccines and has a negative test. You can’t get any safer than that these days, and you know it. Besides, Lacey says he’s gorgeous, cultured, and filthy rich. You aren’t getting any younger and quality husband material isn’t easy to find around here. I would think you would be happy to take one for the town.”

“Take one for the town? Just what are you suggesting, Mother? I’m perfectly happy without a prick between my legs or anywhere else,” I hissed through clenched teeth.

“Sydney Robin Langford, you watch your mouth. I didn’t raise you to speak like that and you know it. That is most definitely not what I meant. There are decent folks in here who want to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee without listening to your foul language. The way you’re behaving these days, I swear you’ve become anti-social. Maybe you should see Doctor Edwards. You could’ve started premature menopause.”

I exhaled forcefully. I couldn’t say prick, but my mother, in the same quiet tone a five-year-old uses to whisper, could inform the town that her thirty-three year old daughter was menopausal.

“Mom, I’m sorry, but I don’t have time to play nice-nice with some rich carpetbagger who’ll probably walk away from the deal anyway.”

“You’re too busy? I doubt that. You’re the only person I know who actually enjoyed all those months of quarantine. If I hadn’t insisted you come to dinner last night, you would’ve brushed off your sister and your nephew as well as your dad and me. So tell me, Miss Too-Good-to-Do-The-Town-A-Simple-Favor, what is it that you’re working on? And don’t say school work because you started summer vacation last week.”

“I’m … I’m working on a special course—something online,” I stammered, the half-lie slipping out of my mouth.

“You’re always working on something online. The governor says that the kids will be going back to in-classroom learning this fall, so you can quit trying to develop those—what did you call them? Oh yes—innovative and exciting online lessons.” Her eyes narrowed. “I was reading about screen time dependency. Are you addicted to video games? Good Lord, don’t tell me you’rewatching porn or chatting with some stranger who could well be a serial killer.”

“Mother! I don’t know where you get your ideas, but no!”

I shook my head, rolled my eyes, and reached for my cappuccino. And here I thought I was the one with the wild imagination. It was perfectly acceptable to send me on a blind date with a stranger who had money and might invest it in the town, but if I were to meet anyone online, he would be the next Jeffrey Dahmer.

“Forget it. You wouldn’t understand. You never have.” I stepped back. “I have to get home and feed Shakespeare.”

My mother turned and glared at me.

“You treat that cat better than you treat the members of your own family. Fine. I’ll call Franklin and make some excuse, but you’ll regret not helping out when the town needed you. If Stargazer Enterprise does reopen the mountain, having a close personal relationship with the CEO would be quite advantageous.”

Would she never give up? On the defensive now, I harrumphed.

“Since when does a blind date barbecue picnic I have no intention of attending morph into a close personal relationship? Forget it, Mom. I’m not the sacrificial virgin ready to be tossed into the volcano to save the town. Unless you agree not to harp on this again, I’m not coming back for lunch with Callie and Mickey.”

The bell rang announcing the arrival of another customer.

Thank you, Lord.

“Fine,” Mom agreed, but her tone made it clear she wasn’t happy about it. “Maybe he doesn’t need a date per se. There will be plenty of single women there. I’ll see you at one thirty sharp.”

She frowned, her mask moving up her face almost obliterating her eyes.

I sighed, knowing full well that this wouldn’t be the end of it, but if I didn’t make lunch, I wouldn’t survive the lecture that was sure to follow. How old would I have to be before she would let me live my own life?

“I’ll be here.”

Turning abruptly, I collided with the mountain behind me, splashing my iced capp all over both of us, the beige froth settling and melting on top of his loafers.

A collective gasp filled the room, and I was suddenly aware of the dozens of gazes fixed on me. This was the icing on my sucks-to-be-me day!

There was Frank, the town mechanic and Sylvia who ran the dry cleaners. Was that Mayor Loucks? Hard to tell with the mask, hat, and sunglasses. When news of my latest debacle got around—and it would do so at super-sonic speed, His Worship would be glad to have avoided setting up his big buyer with the Queen of Klutz and Bad Luck.

“Oh my God,” Mom cried. “What have you done? I swear when God was handing out clumsiness, you asked for a double dose. Don’t you ever watch where you’re going?”

Where I’m going? Injured party here!

Speechless, I gaped at the huge, wet spot spreading across the man’s tan shirt and khaki pants, scarcely noticing the fact that my white cotton t-shirt was just as wet. Tilting my head up, I stared at the black mask, mirrored sunglasses, and brim of a Panama hat. When had I ever seen a man with such broad shoulders? To rub a little salt into the wound of my humiliation, despite my mask, the aroma of his aftershave tickled my nose, and I sneezed.

Heat filled my cheeks. No doubt the top half of my face was as red as a ripe tomato, and considering I had frizzy, carrot-colored hair, currently pulled up into a messy bun on the top of my head, it wouldn’t be a good look on me. I peered at the mess I’d made, suddenly aware of the fact that my tightened nipples were poking out of my wet shirt.

Mortification mixed with indignation, and my brain clicked into gear. I set the empty cup on the table beside me and tried to cover my wet chest with my arms.

The stranger just stood there, looking down on me.

Not known for my patience and diplomacy, I lashed out at him in a tone worthy of Katerina in The Taming of the Shrew.

“I’m so sorry. I didn’t know you were there. Of course, if you hadn’t been standing right on my ass, we might’ve avoided the collision. Or don’t you know what six feet, social distancing means?”

He hissed in a sharp breath but didn’t speak, no doubt because he knew I was right.

Mom raced around the counter with a damp cloth and a pile of napkins.

“Don’t just stand there, do something.”

Gritting my teeth, I grabbed the damp cloth from her, and started dabbing at the coffee on my t-shirt.

“Not you, for heaven’s sake,” Mom barked.

So much for motherly love and compassion!

Pasting a fake smile on my face, I turned to the man and began rubbing at the stain on his shirt and pants, praying they wouldn’t stain; otherwise, I would be expected to cough up for replacement designer clothes that cost more than my annual tax bill. My new t-shirt was probably ruined, and that annoyed me more, causing me to rub harder.

I stopped dead, my heart pounding out a primitive beat, my lungs refusing to function.

While the stranger had to be at least six foot six, I was barely five feet tall. Most of the coffee stain was on his crotch, a fact my addled brain had ignored. My hand was essentially massaging that area of his anatomy, and I could feel something cylindrical growing hard under it.

I jumped away as if I’d been tasered. The old, Is that a flashlight in your pocket or are you happy to see me joke ripped through my mind, and I smothered a giggle.

“Robin, you’re just making it worse,” my mother said, handing the man the pile of napkins. “Perhaps you would like to step into the washroom, sir?”

The man grunted and reached for the napkins. I couldn’t help noticing his hands. Whoever I’d collided with had the hands of a pianist, with long tapered fingers. What would it be like to have hands like that caress my body?

Mother of God! What is wrong with me? As soon as he moved away, I rushed out the door, jogging the three blocks home faster than I’d ever run them before, grateful that at seven in the morning, the street was all but deserted.

You can read all about Robin’s adventures in Make Mine a Manhattan, part of the Sweet & Sassy Falling into Love box set available now for only 99 cents USD. Preorder your copy today.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

HOT Romances and Suspense Summer 2021 – Kindle Virtual Bookshelf

Today the HBS Virtual Bookshelf is showcasing: HOT Romances and Suspense Summer 2021 which includes 11 great Romance Novels. These are some of the BEST DEALS from outstanding Authors for the Kindle at Amazon.

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HOT Romances and Suspense Summer 2021 – HBS Virtual Bookshelf

Book Collection

Secrets, Lies & Alibis by Jacquie Biggar
An elusive danger brings two obstinate lovers together for the sake of their unborn child

SAC Agent Amanda Rhinehold is driven to succeed, so it’s a bitter pill to swallow when she is forced to accept a demotion in order to distance herself from an error in judgment– one that leaves her pregnant.

Jacquie is a Romance, Contemporary and Suspense writer who writes the ‘Wounded Hearts’ series.

THAT UNBELIEVABLE KISS by Tamara Ferguson
Can A Long Distance Marriage Of Convenience Lead To A Lifetime Of Love?

Womanizer Brian Lancaster has been in and out of trouble his entire life. Being forced to enlist, he does one noble thing when an employee of the family construction business is laid off. Karen Andres’ younger brother is diabetic and she’s shocked when Brian offers marriage so that her brother can continue to have medical coverage.

Tamara is an award-winning author who writes Romance and Suspense novels.

Return of the Runaway Bride by Nancy Fraser
Five years earlier, Emily Bennett ran out on Chase Michaels on the eve of their wedding. At twenty-two, she wanted more than the island of Last Chance Beach could offer. Intent on making a name for herself as a world-class journalist, she left to take a job with a big city newspaper.

Nancy is a Top 100 Bestselling Author. She writes Romance novels and short stories.

Don’t Bruise the Bananas by Susan Jean Ricci
A Free Pass For a Lifetime…
Laugh with this special couple as they re-nest, hope that their treasured memories will inspire their relationship to grow stronger, and pray as they experience hard challenges they never expected to face.

Susan is a A USA Today, Award-Winning Author. She is the author of the Cindy’s Crusades series of novels and short stories.

AMNESIA by D.G. Torrens
Cassie is suffering from trauma-induced amnesia. Weekly visits to her psychologist are proving challenging until fragments from the night of her attack begin to surface. Cassie spirals into a dark hole of fear and confusion – Pandora’s box spills open, revealing contents that she is ill-prepared for. Her nightmares are worsening. Her fear intensifies. The truth is imminent…

Dawn is a Award-winning Author who writes Biographies & Memoirs, Romance and Contemporary fiction.

Nora by Cynthia Woolf
Wed one of her father’s lecherous old cronies or flee. Those are the only options for Nora Jones. Refusing to be a pawn, she escapes in the night, running for her life. Her freedom.

Cynthia is the award winning and best-selling author of historical western romance books and short stories. She also writes scifi romance novels.


The Trouble With Rainbows by Susan Aylworth
Joe Vanetti was deeply in love with his late wife, Roberta. Even thinking of another woman feels disloyal. Although his romantic life ended with Roberta’s death, he still has their children to raise. He’s returned to Rainbow Rock so they can grow up close to his family. The last thing he’s thinking about is dating, but when Joe runs into Angelica DeForest, the former “Ice Queen” from high school, he can’t help but wonder at the change in her.

Susan is the award-winning, bestselling author of the Rainbow Rock Series.

Volunteer for the Alien Bride Lottery by Margo Bond Collins
I didn’t want to compete in the Alien Bride Games. But I would do anything to save my sister.

Hannah’s just a kid. Yeah, sure, she’s 21, old enough for her name to be drawn in The Alien Bride Lottery. But she’s got her whole life in front of her. I, on the other hand, have nothing left to live for. Not since my fiancé died in the car wreck that changed my life forever—almost a year ago, on the morning of our wedding day.

Margo is the bestselling author of the A Night Shift Series.

Pirate’s Promise by Lisa Kessler
Greyson Till never found a weapon he didn’t like. As the immortal Master Gunner of a pirate ship, he’s grown his collection for over two hundred years. So when a legendary cursed blade that can cut through any material goes missing from the government’s paranormal artifact vault, he’s eager to retrieve it. Working with the secret division Department 13 has always come with its set of challenges, but this one is the worst yet.

Lisa is the Author of the award-winning Night Series. She writes Romance, Short Stories, Science Fiction & Fantasy books.

Angel’s Promise (Devil’s Series (Duet) Book 2 by Aleatha Romig
Everett Ramses came into my life like a hurricane on a dark New Orleans night. With a deep voice and penetrating gaze, his mere presence tingled my nerves and twisted my insides much like the city’s legendary stories of spirits and ghosts.

Aleatha is a New York Times & USA Today Bestseller Author. She is the author of the Consequences Series.

ROCK IT TO THE MOON by M.J. Schiller
While love had come to some of the other members of Just Short Of Chaos, Dex Rogan had no interest in getting tangled up in that mess. That is, until he stumbled upon Tatum backstage.

Mary is a bestselling author. She is a romance-romantic suspense writer.

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Secrets, Lies & Alibis

Wounded Hearts Book 8

Author: Jacquie Biggar

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An elusive danger brings two obstinate lovers together for the sake of their unborn child

SAC Agent Amanda Rhinehold is driven to succeed, so it’s a bitter pill to swallow when she is forced to accept a demotion in order to distance herself from an error in judgment– one that leaves her pregnant.

Adam O’Connor uses his playboy image to keep anyone from getting too close. History has shown the people he cares about tends to get hurt, he’s like the proverbial bad luck charm. When an affair with his supervisor goes sideways and she leaves town, he figures it’s for the best, though his heart isn’t so sure.

When trouble comes calling, these two will have to sort their differences in order to protect their baby- and try not to fall in love in the process.

Author: Jacquie Biggar

Author Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Suspense

Website: Jacquie Biggar – Romance Suspense Writer w/Attitude
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Jacquie Biggar is a USA Today bestselling author of romance who loves to write about tough, alpha males and strong, contemporary women willing to show their men that true power comes from love. She lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and loves to hear from readers all over the world!

In her own words:
“My name is Jacquie Biggar. When I’m not acting like a total klutz I am a wife, mother of one, grandmother, and a butler to my calico cat.

My guilty pleasure are reality tv shows like Amazing Race and The Voice. I can be found every Monday night in my armchair plastered to the television laughing at Blake and Adam’s shenanigans.

I love to hang at the beach with DH (darling hubby) taking pictures or reading romance novels (what else?).

I have a slight Tim Hortons obsession, enjoy gardening, everything pink and talking to my friends.”

THAT UNBELIEVABLE KISS

Kissed By Fate Book 5

Author: Tamara Ferguson

AVAILABLE at Amazon
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Can A Long Distance Marriage Of Convenience Lead To A Lifetime Of Love?

Womanizer Brian Lancaster has been in and out of trouble his entire life. Being forced to enlist, he does one noble thing when an employee of the family construction business is laid off. Karen Andres’ younger brother is diabetic and she’s shocked when Brian offers marriage so that her brother can continue to have medical coverage.

After Air Force engineer Brian is deployed twice, Brian and Karen are both afraid to admit they’ve fallen in love. Can their long-distance marriage of convenience lead to a lifetime of love?

Author: Tamara Ferguson

Author Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense

Website: TALES FROM DRAGONFLY
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Writing steamy yet sweet compassionate stories of fate that are wonderfully romantic, Tamara Ferguson is the multi-award winning, USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the Tales of the Dragonfly Romance Suspense Series, the Kissed By Fate Series, the Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Series, the Daydreams & Dragonflies Sweet Romance Series and the Tales From Dragonfly Pointe Short Story Series.

If you don’t believe in the power of fate, you shouldn’t read her stories, because Tamara always writes a happily-ever-after for her heroines and heroes, since it doesn’t always work out that way in real life.

Since 2015, she has earned more than thirty awards, twenty of those for her Two Hearts Wounded Warrior romances, including five Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards with Two Hearts In Accord (2019) and Two Hearts Unbroken (2018) earning the BRONZE, Two Hearts Under Fire (2019) and Two Hearts Unspoken (2016) earning the SILVER and Two Hearts Find Christmas earning the GOLD Medal in Military Fiction (2018.) Two Hearts Surrendered was also a New Apple Romance Selection for excellence in Indie Publishing and 2018 Top Shelf Finalist. Two Hearts’ Christmas Wish is a 2017 IAN Book of the Year Finalist. And it’s the #13 BEST INDIE BOOK of 2017.

Along with the 2015 Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Award Winner That Unforgettable Kiss, Two Hearts Surrendered and Two Hearts Unspoken were also finalists for the 2016 IAN Book of The Year. Tales of the Dragonfly In Tandem was a romance finalist in the Indie Excellence Awards, while Tales of the Dragonfly In Flight was a romance suspense winner at the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards.

A member of the RWA, the Authors’ Billboard and the Authors’ Independent Book Network, her stories have been included in several #1 bestselling anthologies.

Since she remains a full-time caregiver for an autistic son (along with a bunch of adopted pets!), you can usually find Tammy working at home, where she spends a lot of time not completing her numerous home improvement projects, because she’s writing or helping author friends promote their books on twitter.

Return of the Runaway Bride

Last Chance Beach Romance

Author: Nancy Fraser

AVAILABLE at Amazon

Five years earlier, Emily Bennett ran out on Chase Michaels on the eve of their wedding. At twenty-two, she wanted more than the island of Last Chance Beach could offer. Intent on making a name for herself as a world-class journalist, she left to take a job with a big city newspaper.

Heartbroken, Chase left Last Chance Beach and joined the Coast Guard in an effort to rebuild his life. Returning four years later for a family emergency, he decided to stay and go into business with his best friend.

Emily’s returning as well. Not as the journalist she’d hoped to be but as a bestselling romance author. One of her books is about to be made into a movie, and filming will take place on Last Chance Beach and in the nearby town of Summerville.

Will Emily’s return give them a second chance at the love they once shared? Or, will her ‘other’ reason for leaving put a wedge between three best friends that can’t be healed by time or intention?

Author: Nancy Fraser

Author Genre: Romance

Website: Nancy Fraser
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Author Description:
Award-winning author Nancy Fraser has been writing since the early 1990s. Published since 1996, she writes in multiple romance genres. From sweet 1960’s vintage romance, to paranormal/time travel, to sizzling erotic romance, she never knows where her muse will take her.

When she’s not writing (which is almost never), Nancy loves to travel with Las Vegas being her favored destination. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

NANCY FRASER—Jumping Across Romance Genres with Gleeful Abandon—is an Amazon Top 100 and Award-Winning author who can’t seem to decide which romance genre suits her best. So, she writes them all.

Don’t Bruise the Bananas

Cindy’s Crusades, Book 3

Author: Susan Jean Ricci

AVAILABLE at Amazon

A Free Pass For a Lifetime…
“Intense emotion, leading to prose or poetry, cannot be described in any other fashion… I embrace Jay’s existence with the honor he deserves, because he always got me, even when I didn’t get myself.”

Returning from the award winning Cindy’s Crusade’s Series, Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems and the sequel The Sugar Ticket, kindly join Cindy and Jay DeMatteo’s journey in the third saga Don’t Bruise the Bananas, as these two lovebirds approach the seven year itch.

Laugh with this special couple as they re-nest, hope that their treasured memories will inspire their relationship to grow stronger, and pray as they experience hard challenges they never expected to face.

Author: Susan Jean Ricci

Author Genre: Romance

Website: Susan Jean Ricci
Author’s Blog: Susan Jean Ricci
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A USA Today, Award-Winning Author, Susan Jean Ricci is best known for her Cindy’s Crusades Series, starring the hilarious duo Cindy and Jay DeMatteo. These characters were first introduced in the multi-award winning novel Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems, and return to entertain you in its sequel The Sugar Ticket. Look for the soon to be published and final saga Don’t Bruise the Bananas, releasing May 2021.

Cindy and Jay’s mischief making lives on in these shorts: A Sweet Snafu, Christmas With Niagara, His Sacred Vow, Passion’s Secret Ingredient, and Turning up the Heat. Please also consider Ms. Ricci’s other stand alone works of fiction and short stories in her new series Love’s Salvation, and her latest release, the nonfiction best seller Running On All Fours.

A member of the RWA, The Authors’ Billboard, and the Independent Authors’ Network, several of Ms. Ricci’s titles have been recognized as Outstanding Novella Winner in the IAN 2020, Outstanding Finalist in the IAN 2020, and Finalist in the Outstanding Novellas Categories 2019,2018, 2017, and the Women’s Outstanding Fiction Winner in the IAN 2016.

Awards
SPARKLES OF THE SEASON – Gold Medal Winner for The Readers’ Favorite – Novella Category 2020

CHRISTMAS WITH NIAGARA – Finalist in the Novella category: The IAN Book of the Year Awards 2019 SHARING SEA GLASS –Finalist in the Novella Category: The IAN Book of the Year Awards 2019

AMNESIA

Romantic Suspense

Author: D.G. Torrens

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Cassie is suffering from trauma-induced amnesia. Weekly visits to her psychologist are proving challenging until fragments from the night of her attack begin to surface. Cassie spirals into a dark hole of fear and confusion – Pandora’s box spills open, revealing contents that she is ill-prepared for. Her nightmares are worsening. Her fear intensifies. The truth is imminent…

Author: D.G. Torrens

Author Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Romance, Contemporary

Author’s Blog: Spilled Ink
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D.G. Torrens is a UK & USA bestselling Author/Poet. D.G. has written and published 19 books to date and is currently penning book 20 – Amnesia due for release summer 2021. The author is represented in the USA by Hershman Rights Management (HRM Literary Agents) A prolific writer with a deep passion for the written word, D.G is also a founding member of bestsellingreads.com and AuthorCityUK.

Nora

Brides of the Oregon Trail Book 9

Author: Cynthia Woolf

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Wed one of her father’s lecherous old cronies or flee. Those are the only options for Nora Jones. Refusing to be a pawn, she escapes in the night, running for her life. Her freedom.

Ben Taylor is no stranger to a fight. An honorable man, he’s still a rough, tough cowboy who gets into plenty of trouble. When caught in a compromising situation, albeit an innocent one, Ben does the first thing that comes to mind – marry the lady in distress.

Sparks fly in 1855 in the Willamette Valley in the Oregon Territory as Nora and Ben fall unexpectedly in love, but no one can outrun their past forever. When danger comes calling, will Ben be able to protect Nora, or will they all go down in flames?

Author: Cynthia Woolf

Author Genre: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Website: Cynthia Woolf – from Cowboys to Space Captains
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Cynthia Woolf is the award-winning and best-selling author of fifty-three historical western romance novels and two short stories with more books on the way. She has also published six sci-fi, space opera romances, which she calls westerns in space. Along with these books she has also published four boxed sets of her books.

Cynthia loves writing and reading romance. Her first western romance Tame A Wild Heart, was inspired by the story her mother told her of meeting Cynthia’s father on a ranch in Creede, Colorado. Although Tame A Wild Heart takes place in Creede that is the only similarity between the stories. Her father was a cowboy, not a bounty hunter, and her mother was a nursemaid (called a nanny now), not the ranch owner.

Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and her great critique partners for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.

The Trouble With Rainbows

Rainbow Rock Romance Series Book 6

Author: Susan Aylworth

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Joe Vanetti was deeply in love with his late wife, Roberta. Even thinking of another woman feels disloyal. Although his romantic life ended with Roberta’s death, he still has their children to raise. He’s returned to Rainbow Rock so they can grow up close to his family. The last thing he’s thinking about is dating, but when Joe runs into Angelica DeForest, the former “Ice Queen” from high school, he can’t help but wonder at the change in her.

Despite a successful career as a violist, Angelica DeForest lives a lonely life. Painfully awkward and socially inept, she’s spent her adult years caring for aging, bitter relatives. She promises herself she will try to be bolder, to reach out to others and maybe even (gasp!) socialize. She certainly doesn’t intend to begin with Joe Vanetti, the high school Golden Boy who was always so perfect, so far above her, no matter that he’s even more handsome now than back in high school.

A promising future beckons, if they have the courage to banish the ghosts of their past.

Author: Susan Aylworth

Author Genre: Romance, Contemporary and Historical; Family drama; Historical; Paranormal Mystery

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Susan Aylworth loves “travel, great, music, and good raspberry jam” and claims addiction to “words in almost all polite forms.” Her first book, started when she was nine, “was a rip-off of Black Beauty. I wrote eight whole pages!” For her fifth grade career day, she stated her ambition to become “a rich and famous author.” Years later, she is pleased to have achieved the ‘author’ part of that goal.

She enjoys researching backgrounds and careers for her novels. “It’s one way to live many lives all at once.” She lives in northern California with her writer husband, Roger. She has also lived on the East Coast and in the Navajo Nation, the setting for several of her novels. Like most women of her generation, she wishes the kids would visit more often.

Volunteer for the Alien Bride Lottery

Khanavai Warrior Bride Games Book 5

Author: Margo Bond Collins

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I didn’t want to compete in the Alien Bride Games. But I would do anything to save my sister.

Hannah’s just a kid. Yeah, sure, she’s 21, old enough for her name to be drawn in The Alien Bride Lottery. But she’s got her whole life in front of her. I, on the other hand, have nothing left to live for. Not since my fiancé died in the car wreck that changed my life forever—almost a year ago, on the morning of our wedding day.

So when Hannah is chosen in the Lottery, I volunteer to take her place. Then I find out I’ve been matched to the biggest alpha-hole I’ve ever met. I saw how he acted during last year’s Bride Games. I want nothing to do with him—but Vos Klavoii, the games director, is determined to see me married off to him.

Maybe there is a fate worse than death.
Then again, maybe this is his shot at redemption.
And maybe it’s my chance to truly live again.

Author: Margo Bond Collins

Author Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy

Website: Margo Bond Collins – Aim for the Heart…
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USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times bestselling author Margo Bond Collins is a former college English professor who, tired of explaining the difference between “hanged” and “hung,” turned to writing romance novels instead. She now writes urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and science fiction romance. Sometimes her heroines kiss monsters, sometimes they kill them. But they always aim for the heart.

Pirate’s Promise

Sentinels of Savannah Book 5

Author: Lisa Kessler

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Greyson Till never found a weapon he didn’t like. As the immortal Master Gunner of a pirate ship, he’s grown his collection for over two hundred years. So when a legendary cursed blade that can cut through any material goes missing from the government’s paranormal artifact vault, he’s eager to retrieve it. Working with the secret division Department 13 has always come with its set of challenges, but this one is the worst yet.

Along with the mission comes fiery, no-nonsense paranormal weapons expert Aura Henderson, who couldn’t be less thrilled about this pairing. The last time they saw each other, Greyson accidentally blew her cover, almost killing them both. Worst of all, to get the sword, she has to pose as Greyson’s wife. The last thing she needs is to get involved with a sexy grumbly pirate, whether in reality or just pretend.

When they locate the relic, the gilded blade thirsts for blood and things aren’t what they seem. Greyson isn’t sure who to trust anymore, and he’s not about to let death come between them…

Author: Lisa Kessler

Author Genre: Romance, Short Stories, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Website: Lisa Kessler
Author’s Blog: Lisa Lair – DARK, PASSIONATE. PARANORMAL
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Lisa Kessler is a Best Selling author of dark paranormal fiction. She’s a two-time San Diego Book Award winner for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror and Best Published Romance. Her books have also won the PRISM award, the Award of Excellence, the National Excellence in Romantic Fiction Award, the Award of Merit from the Holt Medallion, and an International Digital Award for Best Paranormal.

Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.

When she’s not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, and has performed with San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego.

Angel’s Promise (Devil’s Series (Duet) Book 2

Devil’s Series (Duet) Book 2

Author: Aleatha Romig

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Everett Ramses came into my life like a hurricane on a dark New Orleans night. With a deep voice and penetrating gaze, his mere presence tingled my nerves and twisted my insides much like the city’s legendary stories of spirits and ghosts.

As the ruler of New Orleans, Everett Ramses lives life hard and takes what he wants without apology.

He wants me to be his queen.

I am not an unwilling capture or a damsel in distress.

No, I, Emma North, willingly fell for the man who proclaims himself the devil.

Do I follow through on the promise I made to Rett, or do I listen to my own instincts and run before it’s too late?

The future of New Orleans is now in my hands.

Have you been Aleatha’d?

Enemies to lovers, age-gap, arranged marriage, noir romance.

Author: Aleatha Romig

Author Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Thriller

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Aleatha Romig is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of over thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!

Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These stand alone thrillers continue Aleatha’s twisted style with an increase in heat.

Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and is a member of PEN AMERICA. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

ROCK IT TO THE MOON

LOVE AND CHAOS SERIES Book 3

Author: M.J. Schiller

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While love had come to some of the other members of Just Short Of Chaos, Dex Rogan had no interest in getting tangled up in that mess. That is, until he stumbled upon Tatum backstage.

Before Tatum, I would have told you love was for chumps. But I would have been wrong. The moment I saw her, it was like BAM! This driving urge to be with her was more jarring than if someone smacked me in the face with my drumsticks. And every moment since has just solidified her place in my heart. By the time I found out she was off limits, it was too late. I was all in.

Tatum Salvetti doesn’t have time for love. If it can’t be color-coded or found on the periodic table, she doesn’t need it. But when an ugly incident drives her into Dex’s arms, she’s shaken enough to step out of character for once. I wasn’t looking for love that night, I was looking to escape, and Dex was the perfect distraction from my train wreck of a life. He was perfect, period. But I’m in astrophysics. I’m not stupid. I knew it wasn’t going anywhere. Even if he wasn’t just interested in a one night stand, we wouldn’t be able to hide a relationship from Zane. My brother seemed to still think of me as the twelve-year-old he met when our parents wed.

Well, it wasn’t any twelve-year-old girl in Dex Rogan’s bed that night, and if Zane found out about it, he would go apeshit. I was trying to get away from chaos, not create it. Tatum has sacrificed her whole life for others. But maybe this time she could think of her own desires. Could Dex’s brand of chaos be just what she needs?

Author: M.J. Schiller

Author Genre: Romance

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Bestselling author M.J. Schiller is a retired lunch lady/romance-romantic suspense writer. She enjoys writing novels whose characters include rock stars, desert princes, teachers, futuristic Knights, construction workers, cops, and a wide variety of others. In her mind everybody has a romance. She is the mother of a twenty-two-year-old and three twenty-year-olds. That’s right, triplets! So having recently taught four children to drive, she likes to escape from life on occasion by pretending to be a rock star at karaoke. However…you won’t be seeing her name on any record labels soon.


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Former Bradley AD, Thornridge basketball coach Ron Ferguson dies at 89

Former Bradley AD, Thornridge boys basketball coach Ron Ferguson dies at age 89

Dave Eminian

Journal Star
Ron Ferguson

PEORIA — Former Bradley athletic director Ron Ferguson died in the early morning hours Thursday at a Peoria senior care facility at age 89.

Ferguson had suffered from dementia the last few years. But he built an indelible legacy at Bradley and through a lifetime in sports.

The longtime coach and administrator took over as BU athletic director from Chuck Orsborn in 1978 and re-made the Braves athletic department through his reign, which ended in 1996.

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One of the last things Ferguson did was hire Jim DeRose to coach a Bradley soccer program for which Ferguson envisioned big things.

“Ron just loved Bradley, loved Peoria,” DeRose said. “In the years after he left, he’d always reach out and ask if there was anything he could do to help me, anything we needed. What a great man to have in BU athletics.

“I wouldn’t be here celebrating 25 years if not for Ron Ferguson taking that chance.”

Ferguson — head coach of the iconic Dolton Thornridge boys basketball teams of the early 1970s — was a charter member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and also a member of the Bradley Athletic Hall of Fame and the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame.

Players and staff members of Bradley's 1981-82 team that won the NIT was honored at halftime during Wednesday night's game at Renaissance Coliseum. Front row, from left, are sports information director Joe Dalfonso, player Willie Scott, athletics director Ron Ferguson, manager Eugene Link and associate head coach Tony Barone. In the back row, from left, are players Mitchell Anderson, Pierre Cooper, Eddie Mathews, Donald Reese, Barney Mines and assistant coach Jay Eck.

Ferguson set a high bar for athletic directors to follow after him at Bradley. And he did all he could to help them succeed.

“I will always be appreciative of the warm welcome Ron gave to me when I arrived at Bradley six years ago,” Bradley vice-president of intercollegiate athletics Dr. Chris Reynolds said. “During a lunch, his love of Bradley University and Bradley Athletics was abundantly clear as he recounted fond memories he experienced with our Braves sport programs.

“Ron is an icon throughout our community, the state of Illinois and the Missouri Valley Conference and his passion for Bradley Athletics serves as an inspiration to me and many others.”

Ferguson was a standout three-sport athlete at Harvey Thornton High School, helping the basketball team reach the Sweet 16 at Huff Gym in Champaign as a junior in 1948.

He studied physical education at Illinois with hopes of becoming a coach. After graduation and a stint in the army, he became an assistant coach in three sports at Thornton Junior College (now South Suburban College).

Ferguson was renowned as the coach of the Thornridge boys basketball team, which won back-to-back state titles in 1971 and 1972 and is regarded as the best team in state history. That team included Quinn Buckner, who went on to Olympic and NBA fame.

Ferguson went on from Thornridge to serve as assistant coach and assistant athletics director at Illinois State for three years, then moved to BU’s athletic helm.

“I was blessed to inherit a great situation from Ron,” said former BU athletic director Ken Kavanagh, who took over after Ferguson left in 1996 and now is in his 12th year as AD at Florida Gulf Coast. “Both Ozzie (Orsborn) and Fergie lived in Naples when I came down here, and I got to visit with them a lot, was blessed to have their friendship for such a long time.

“We had Peoria Day down here, because there were a lot of people from central Illinois in this area and they’d get together. Ron got talked into going to one, and at the end of the first banquet he attended, they announced he and his wife, Linda, were the new co-chairmen of the group. That’s just how he was, you could always count on him to be involved.”

Former Bradley athletics director Ron Ferguson

Ferguson led Bradley’s basketball exit from the confines of Robertson Field House for the brand new and much larger Carver Arena.

On his watch, Bradley basketball returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 25 years. He also spearheaded Bradley athletics into a new fundraising era and enhanced or built facilities for softball and soccer.

The soccer program and women’s sports were launched. He developed what is now the Braves Club and took athletic fundraising to new levels at the university.

Ferguson also pushed for Illinois State to join the Missouri Valley Conference, seeing an opportunity to save travel expenses and create a rivalry.

I-74 rivalry: 11 memorable moments in the Bradley-Illinois State basketball rivalry

A heavyweight state-wide, he helped bring the state high school all-star basketball games to Peoria, and later, his expertise was invaluable in assisting the city land the Class A and Class AA state high school basketball tournaments for Carver Arena.

Ferguson moved from the athletic director’s chair in 1996 to assistant to the president, where he remained for three years before retiring.

“When I was AD, I wasn’t a desk guy sitting there going over the budget every five minutes,” he said in a 2013 Journal Star story. “I got out in the community. That’s what I was hired to do was be the front guy for the athletic department.

“I was very happy at Bradley and love Peoria. I was happy at Illinois State, too. I never had a job in my life where I was unhappy or got fired. I enjoyed every place I’ve been.”

Dave Eminian is the Journal Star sports columnist, and covers Bradley men’s basketball, the Rivermen and Chiefs. He writes the Cleve In The Eve sports column for pjstar.com. Reach him at 686-3206 or deminian@pjstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @icetimecleve.

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HBS Author’s Spotlight: Invincible Destiny Collection of Romance Novels is featured at the HBS Author’s Spotlight Showcase

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Monday, June 7, 2021

Invincible Destiny Collection of Romance Novels is featured at the HBS Author’s Spotlight Showcase

Today the HBS Author’s Spotlight is showcasing an author set: Invincible Destiny boxed set includes these seven great Romance Novels. These are some of the BEST DEALS from outstanding Authors for the Kindle at Amazon.

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Invincible Destiny
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Seven NY Times and USA Today Bestselling authors have come together to give you a collection of strong heroes and heroines that prove when you put your mind to something, your destiny is your future.

Whether you’re just starting out or starting over, losing your love or finding a new one, a first chance, or a second…maybe even a third, destiny is in your hands. It’s in your grasp. You find a way, you work hard, and you believe enough to make it happen.

WHISKEY SMASH (New): Jen Talty, USA Today Bestselling Author
While he prefers a double shot of whiskey, he’s not opposed to taking a stroll down champagne lane, but not if it’s going to cost him at the track.

DON’T BRUISE THE BANANAS (New): Susan Jean Ricci, USA Today Bestselling Author
As Cindy and Jay DeMatteo approach the seven-year itch, will their treasured memories inspire their relationship to move forward, or do other circumstances interfere with their marriage?

GIRLS IN THE CITY – ALISON (New): Suzanne Jenkins, USA Today Bestselling Author
Surgical resident Alison catches the eye of Chief Rich, but she doesn’t want to start anything with him because of a longed for transition. But her heart has other ideas.

IN TANDEM: Tamara Ferguson, USA Today Bestselling Author
When Jake Loughlin and Danielle Reardon are fatefully reunited at Dragonfly Pointe during the restoration of the Inn, will unveiling the dark secrets of the past help expose a ring of human traffickers?

GIVE ME A CHANCE: Natalie Ann, USA Today Bestselling Author
A single father. A woman on the run. Can they find comfort in each other?

SEEKING RACHEL: Josie Riviera, USA Today Bestselling Author
When faith is adrift, the heart is the compass leading the way home.

FOR THE LOVE OF CANDY: Patrice Wilton, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
The life Candy scratched out for herself and son is coming to an end. Her Miami bar provided a decent income, but more important it provided a touch of magic. During storms the lights will flicker, the wall will sweat, and if you wish for something it will happen. Now with all that’s going on, the last thing she needs is the magic of love.

 

Whiskey Smash

It’s all in the Whiskey Book 7

Author: Jen Talty

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Two years ago, Hayden Fox wasn’t sure she would walk again, much ride a bucking bronco. Being on the backside of a horse was bittersweet and while being a cowgirl was all she’d ever dreamed of, it came at a price.

One she knew this time she might pay with her life. However, she didn’t know what else to do. Her uncle had paid all her bills. He’d made sure she was well-taken care of and he never let her forget he’d given up everything to ensure she had the best doctors and the best training money could buy.

For the last ten years, Sawyer Lawson has been making his way from one country bar stage to the next. All he cared about was plucking his guitar, keeping his head, and staying out of trouble.

Only trouble had a way of finding him and this time it came in the form of a sexy cowgirl who needs the same kind of help that once landed Sawyer behind bars.
 

Author: Jen Talty
Author Genre: Romance, Suspense

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Author Description:
Welcome to my World! I’m a USA Today Bestseller of Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance, and Paranormal Romance.

I first started writing while carting my kids to one hockey rink after the other, averaging 170 games per year between 3 kids in 2 countries and 5 states. My first book, IN TWO WEEKS was originally published in 2007. In 2010 I helped form a publishing company (Cool Gus Publishing) with NY Times Bestselling Author Bob Mayer where I ran the technical side of the business through 2016.

I’m currently enjoying the next phase of my life…the empty NESTER! My husband and I spend our winters in Jupiter, Florida and our summers in Rochester, NY. We have three amazing children who have all gone off to carve out their places in the world, while I continue to craft stories that I hope will make you readers feel good and put a smile on your face.

Don’t Bruise the Bananas

Cindy’s Crusades, Book 3

Author: Susan Jean Ricci

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A Free Pass For a Lifetime…
“Intense emotion, leading to prose or poetry, cannot be described in any other fashion… I embrace Jay’s existence with the honor he deserves, because he always got me, even when I didn’t get myself.”

Returning from the award winning Cindy’s Crusade’s Series, Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems and the sequel The Sugar Ticket, kindly join Cindy and Jay DeMatteo’s journey in the third saga Don’t Bruise the Bananas, as these two lovebirds approach the seven year itch.

Laugh with this special couple as they re-nest, hope that their treasured memories will inspire their relationship to grow stronger, and pray as they experience hard challenges they never expected to face.
 

Author: Susan Jean Ricci
Author Genre: Romance

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A USA Today, Award-Winning Author, Susan Jean Ricci is best known for her Cindy’s Crusades Series, starring the hilarious duo Cindy and Jay DeMatteo. These characters were first introduced in the multi-award winning novel Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems, and return to entertain you in its sequel The Sugar Ticket. Look for the soon to be published, and final saga Don’t Bruise the Bananas, releasing 2021.

Cindy and Jay’s mischief making lives on in these shorts: A Sweet Snafu, Christmas With Niagara, His Sacred Vow, Passion’s Secret Ingredient, and Turning up the Heat. Please also consider the other stand alone works of fiction and short stories in Ms. Ricci’s new collection Love’s Salvation, with more on the immediate horizon.

A member of the RWA, The Authors’ Billboard, and the Independent Authors’ Network, several of Ms. Ricci’s titles have been recognized as the Outstanding Novella Winner in the IAN 2020, Outstanding Finalist in the IAN 2020, and Finalist in the Outstanding Novellas Categories 2019,2018, 2017, and the Women’s Outstanding Fiction Winner in the IAN 2016.

Ms. Ricci’s stories have been included in Cute But Crazy – Ditzy Dudes, Invincible Diversity, Sweet and Sassy Summertime, Volume One, Summer Shorts, Unforgettable Joy: Unforgettable Pleasure; Cute But Crazy: Wild, Wacky Women; Christmas Shorts; Unforgettable Christmas Dreams: Gifts of Love; Sweet and Sassy Heroes; Sweet and Sassy in the Snow, Unforgettable Charmers – Unforgettable Hunks; Unforgettable Thrills – Passion and Power; the USA Today Bestselling Love, Christmas 2 – Movies You Love; the Sweet and Sassy at the Beach Collection, the Sweet and Sassy Weddings – A Time for Romance Anthology; Sweet and Sassy Valentine Collection; Sweet and Sassy Christmas – A Time for Romance Collection; the Unforgettable Christmas – Gifts of Love, and Unforgettable Heroes – Unforgettable Passion.

Awards
SPARKLES OF THE SEASON – Gold Medal Winner for The Readers’ Favorite – Novella Category 2020

CHRISTMAS WITH NIAGARA – Finalist in the Novella category: The IAN Book of the Year Awards 2019 SHARING SEA GLASS –Finalist in the Novella Category: The IAN Book of the Year Awards 2019

Girls in the City: Alison

Author: Suzanne Jenkins

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After medical school, Alison Saint lands the coveted surgical residency at her father’s alma mater in San Diego, but it means saying goodbye to Eddie for good. The first week in the OR, she catches the eye of Rich Mortimer, hunky chief resident. She doesn’t want to start anything with him though because that transition she’s longing for is in the plan. But her heart has other ideas.
 

Author: Suzanne Jenkins
Author Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Suspense

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USA Today Bestselling Author Suzanne Jenkins writes page-turning contemporary romance, mystery, and women’s fiction with passionately gripping characters that stay with readers long after they turn the last page. The Detroit Detective Stories, beginning with The Greeks of Beaubien Street are truly American with a touch of fantasy. Pam of Babylon books consistently rank in the Top 100 Best Sellers in American Drama with over 500,000 downloads.

A retired operating room nurse, Jenkins lives in Southern California.

In Tandem

Author: Tamara Ferguson

When Jake Loughlin and Danielle Reardon are fatefully reunited at Dragonfly Pointe during the restoration of the Inn, will unveiling the dark secrets of the past help expose a ring of human traffickers?
 

Author: Tamara Ferguson
Author Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense

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Writing steamy yet sweet compassionate stories of fate that are wonderfully romantic, Tamara Ferguson is the multi-award winning, USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the Tales of the Dragonfly Romance Suspense Series, the Kissed By Fate Series, the Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Series, the Daydreams & Dragonflies Sweet Romance Series and the Tales From Dragonfly Pointe Short Story Series.

If you don’t believe in the power of fate, you shouldn’t read her stories, because Tamara always writes a happily-ever-after for her heroines and heroes, since it doesn’t always work out that way in real life.

Since 2015, she has earned more than thirty awards, twenty of those for her Two Hearts Wounded Warrior romances, including five Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards with Two Hearts In Accord (2019) and Two Hearts Unbroken (2018) earning the BRONZE, Two Hearts Under Fire (2019) and Two Hearts Unspoken (2016) earning the SILVER and Two Hearts Find Christmas earning the GOLD Medal in Military Fiction (2018.) Two Hearts Surrendered was also a New Apple Romance Selection for excellence in Indie Publishing and 2018 Top Shelf Finalist. Two Hearts’ Christmas Wish is a 2017 IAN Book of the Year Finalist. And it’s the #13 BEST INDIE BOOK of 2017.

Along with the 2015 Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Award Winner That Unforgettable Kiss, Two Hearts Surrendered and Two Hearts Unspoken were also finalists for the 2016 IAN Book of The Year. Tales of the Dragonfly In Tandem was a romance finalist in the Indie Excellence Awards, while Tales of the Dragonfly In Flight was a romance suspense winner at the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards.

A member of the RWA, the Authors’ Billboard and the Authors’ Independent Book Network, her stories have been included in several #1 bestselling anthologies.

Since she remains a full-time caregiver for an autistic son (along with a bunch of adopted pets!), you can usually find Tammy working at home, where she spends a lot of time not completing her numerous home improvement projects, because she’s writing or helping author friends promote their books on twitter.

GIVE ME A CHANCE

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Cultivated by the wealthy and elite in New York City, plastic surgeon Dr. Max Hamilton seemed to have it all. A beautiful wife and two well-behaved children, along with a successful practice. But an ugly nasty divorce forced him to pick up his children and move north to Lake Placid away from everything that destroyed him. Now with things starting to normalize, he finds himself in desperate need of a nanny and housekeeper. That’s all. Nothing more, nothing less.

Quinn Baker spent her childhood in poverty, foster care and even detention centers. As an adult working two—sometimes three jobs—her fingertips still couldn’t grasp the edge of the vicious poverty circle to pull herself out. When she overhears of Max’s need for a nanny, she takes a risk and prays her past doesn’t come back to haunt her.
 

Author: Natalie Ann
Author Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Natalie Ann is a USA Today Bestselling Author that lives in Upstate NY with her husband and son. She has always had a love for books, especially romance and happy ever after. She’s written more than twenty-five books including the Road Series, the All Series, the Lake Placid Series, the Fierce Five and the Love Collection, not to mention being in several boxed set collections.

Seeking Rachel

Seeking Series Book 4

Author: Josie Riviera

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When faith is adrift, the heart is the compass leading the way home.

This poignant Regency Inspirational romance will fill your heart with love and hope.

Rachel Lockhart grew up running wild and free with nomadic Gypsy children on her father’s estate. Craving adventure, her imagination conjured up an impossibly perfect, grey-eyed man to share it with.

Now grown, her outspoken ways are about to send her home from London in disgrace. Until she unexpectedly clashes with an impossibly perfect, grey-eyed man. And the back of her mind echoes with God’s promise: I will not leave you comfortless. As if she’d find comfort with a man as arrogant as Nash Browning.

Broken by too many sea battles, soul-sick from recent loss, Nash doesn’t even know where to begin to search for his lost faith. It certainly isn’t among the addle-brained females of the ton. But when he stumbles upon an enticing masterwork of contrasts named Rachel, his weary heart sparks with life.

Is it possible the way back to his faith is with a woman who is honest to a fault, yet fiercely loyal to a shunned people? Can he set a course for a future with her, and trust that God has prepared the way?

A thread of faith, however faint, can lead you to your destiny.
 

Author: Josie Riviera
Author Genre: Romance, Christian, Contemporary

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Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable shih tzu, who constantly needs grooming, and live in an old house forever needing renovations.

For The Love of Candy

Candy Bar series

Author: Patrice Wilton

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The Candy Bar is in trouble. Crime and corruption has changed the landscape of the street. Candy can stay and fight it, or sell and run. She has called an emergency meeting with her dear friends, the sisters of her heart, to tell them her decision.

Enter Harrison Wolfe—Boston lawyer, probably a Mayflower descendent by his arrogance and arresting good looks. He has come to the Candy Bar to tell her that his daughter is engaged to her son Billy. He’s only 21 and graduating from college, and is certainly not ready to take on the responsibilities of marriage. Harrison is also strongly opposed to this engagement and wants to put an end to it before it even begins.

Thunder cracks open the sky, lightning strikes, and Harrison and Candy are caught up in the magic and madness. Now they have to fight their attraction—and keep their pants on–to stay focused on keeping their children apart.

This hilarious, touching, upbeat story will engage your emotions and hopefully have you laughing one minute, and wiping tears the next.
 

Author: Patrice Wilton
Author Genre: Romance

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Patrice Wilton was born in Vancouver, Canada, and knew from the age of twelve that she wanted to be a writer. She became a flight attendant for 17 years, then moved to Australia and England, before settling in Ormond Beach, Florida. She is a NY Times & USA Today best selling author and has written around forty books, mostly romance series. Here are her personal favorites:

The Candy Bar, Paradise Cove, Heavenly Christmas, and The Wounded Warrior series. Now a new exciting adventure has begun. She has joined forces with her good friend, Traci Hall to write a Salem B&B Cozy Mystery series for Kensington under the name of Traci Wilton. They have written 5 books in the Mrs. Morris Bed and Breakfast series, and will be starting book six soon. We are loving it and hope our readers do too!

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Featured: Two Hearts Under Fire by Tamara Ferguson – Caleb and Linda Pirtle

Featured: Two Hearts Under Fire by Tamara Ferguson

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While on a desperate run, something crazy happens along the way. Can two wounded hearts under fire survive love? 

Three years ago, members of Airman Russ Quinlan’s team were targeted and captured during transport in Iraq.

When Russ discovers the only other survivor was left for dead after a brutal assault by insurgents, he realizes his covert mission had resulted in deadly consequences, and someone was trying to frame him.

When Russ decides to enlist help from AFOSI Agent Brand Reardon, he finds Claire Ellis instead. A close friend of Brand’s fiancé Sarah, Claire’s staying at Brand’s Quantico apartment temporarily, hiding out from an abusive ex-husband who she’s sure is trying to kill her.

When an assassin attempts to gun them both down, Russ is able to avert the attack, turning the weapon on the killer. But who was the intended target?

Russ figures their only option is to run, heading to Crystal Rock, Wisconsin, to enlist Brand and Sarah’s help.

While on the run, something crazy happens along the way.

Can two wounded hearts under fire survive love?

Despite their serious subject matter, the Two Hearts Wounded Warrior stories are all about hope, with happily-ever-after endings.

Tamara Ferguson

Meet Tamara Ferguson:

Writing steamy yet sweet compassionate stories of fate that are wonderfully romantic, Tamara Ferguson is the multi-award-winning, USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the Tales of the Dragonfly Romance Suspense Series, the Kissed By Fate Series, the Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Series, the Daydreams & Dragonflies Sweet Romance Series and the Tales From Dragonfly Pointe Short Story Series.

If you don’t believe in the power of fate, you shouldn’t read her stories, because Tamara always writes a happily-ever-after for her heroines and heroes, since it doesn’t always work out that way in real life.

Since 2015, she has earned more than twenty-five awards, seventeen of those for her Two Hearts Wounded Warrior romances, including five Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards with Two Hearts Unbroken earning the Bronze (2018), Two Hearts Unspoken earning the Silver (2016) and Two Hearts Find Christmas earning the GOLD Medal in Military Fiction (2018.)

A member of the RWA, the Authors’ Billboard and the Authors’ Independent Book Network, her stories have been included in several #1 bestselling anthologies.

Since she remains a full-time caregiver for an autistic son (along with a bunch of adopted pets!), you can usually find Tammy working at home, where she spends a lot of time not completing her numerous home improvement projects, because she’s writing or helping author friends promote their books on Twitter.

Review by Kindred Spirit:

Tamara Ferguson’s Two Hearts Under Fire explodes with action, suspense, twists and turns, and an unlikely alliance that blossoms into romance.

Her beautifully crafted writing grabbed me on page one and never let go. After reading only a few of her Two Hearts series, Ferguson is quickly becoming a go-to author, who I know will provide a quick read to sweep me away into a happily ever after.

Richly-drawn characters I love to love, woven into exceptionally handled, real-life drama ripped from the pages of current events, charge her plots with believable storylines.

And backdrops using well-researched military themes bring the challenges facing our United States veterans front and center, which I absolutely love.

In Two Hearts Under Fire, Russ Quinlan and Claire Ellis, each running from imminent danger of their own, join forces in a fast-paced thriller. Dodging danger at every turn, they manage to fall in love — the kind of love everyone desires.

Please click HERE to find Tamara Ferguson’s books on INDIE BOOK SOURCE.

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Friday, May 14, 2021

Dianne Krogh – The 4:15 Express to Nowhere is featured at the HBS Author’s Spotlight Showcase

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The HBS Author’s Spotlight SHOWCASES Dianne Krogh’s New Book: The 4:15 Express to Nowhere.

Dianne is a self-published Contemporary Fiction Author who writes Family Sagas.

The 4:15 Express to Nowhere

Author: Dianne Krogh

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The 4:15 Express to Nowhere is a twisting, emotional exploration of a family torn apart in pursuit of a pretense and brought together again in the most unexpected way.

Valerie Fairfield is 13 when she decides to become someone else. By the time she realizes it is a mistake, she is 58. And dead.

When Valerie dies suddenly one Saturday afternoon, she finds herself trapped in her past until she can confront the tragedies she set in motion with her decision so long ago.

Her sensitive son is drifting through life convinced he has no value. Her beautiful daughter is miserable even as she prepares to marry a wealthy and handsome man in the society wedding of the year. Business problems, a tragic accident, personal losses and political scandal drive the family into deeper dysfunction as Valerie fights to protect the family image. Her children struggle to prevent their own identities from being sacrificed as they are being made into the children Valerie really wanted. There is gritty reality lurking beneath the polished image of the family Valerie has created, but she refuses to acknowledge the pattern of destruction that has followed her since middle school.

Insight, imagination, and humor combine to create this deeply engaging novel about social class envy, peer pressure, individual differences and the outside influences that tear at family ties in our contemporary society.

Slowly Valerie realizes the tragedies her family endured were because of the misguided decision she made so many years before, and she begins to feel regrets. It isn’t until she looks down on her funeral, which is filled with devastating family revelations, that she finally understands that her perfect life is just a legacy of mistakes. But is it too late for forgiveness?

Author: Dianne Krogh

Author Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Saga

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Author Description: I’ve always loved words. Their power to elicit emotion. To tell a story. To create understanding. Or to persuade. I’ve used them for all those things over the years.

My novels are about contemporary life and how we cope with the pressures. Everyday is filled with mystery, fantasy and psychologically thrilling events. They entangle us when we go to work or snare us while we plant our gardens. Those are the stories I like to explore — the stories that have become the challenges of life in the last half century of America.

My husband would tell you it took 20 years and thousands of dollars worth of coffee to get my first novel done. But that isn’t quite true. Most of that time was spent thinking about it. The idea to do a novel about greed and ego took root in my mind long ago.

But those were the days of 50-hour work weeks writing corporate communications, carpools to drive, meals to prepare, and trying to stay upright in the happy chaos of a household with a husband, a teenage son, a dog, a cat, and a bossy Parrot. Erma Bombeck was my hero. Now I have the time to let my words flow in whatever direction my mind leads me. What fun!

Thank you all for reading my books. And thank you for the heartwarming reviews and comments. I live in Arizona now, but my roots are still in Nebraska where a touch of the pioneer spirit still lives and pushes us onward.

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Life in a Peacock Nest – Crimes of Greed and Ego are Rarely Punished
From a new storyteller comes a engaging and light-hearted novel. A powerful boss with a Stage 4 case of greed and ego. People eager to crowd into his orb. But, can anyone survive there?

Scarred from growing up in a small town where the children from a clique of wealthy families were always favored, Alan Dravel begins a vengeful search for his own wealth and power. He barges into the technology boom of 1980’s corporate America with an idea. Over his head but never in doubt, he unleashes his greed and ego in a self-serving climb to success which turns destructive.

Alan’s quick thinking, he considers it a special kind of genius, keeps him a step ahead of his failures. He shuns contact with the common herd and disregards the opinions of people who wear rubber-soled shoes, but those are the people he turns to when he needs scapegoats.

With a handsome face, a quick mind and a lack of ethical or moral considerations to restrain him, Alan drags a Kansas farm family, a country church and associates of a high-flying corporation together in his widening web of failures – all while being honored as one of the country’s top business leaders.

Those caught in the slipstream of Alan’s wild ride to power struggle to hang on for the rewards they believe association with Alan can provide. Power and ego prevail as Alan orchestrates the most unimaginable twists and turns to entangle his victims and save himself. Those who survive find justice in the last place they think to look.

Life in a Peacock Nest is a captivating saga that probes the strength and weakness of the human spirit. It is a story about the nature of people, with characters so memorable you won’t want to let them go.


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Monday, May 10, 2021

Sweet Summer Romance 2021 – Kindle Unlimited Series Bookshelf

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Sweet Summer Romance 2021 – Kindle Unlimited Series Bookshelf
Read Free, 7 Kindle Unlimited Series from a group of outstanding Romance Authors.

 

Lindi Parker, Shifter Shield Series (3 book series)

Author: Margo Bond Collins

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Lindi Parker works hard at being human, not an easy task for a snake shifter. She has no desire to search for others like her–until a new case changes everything. When Lindi learns she’s not the only shapeshifter in the world, she also realizes she might be next on a killer’s list.

In order to save herself and the abused children she works with, she will have to team up with Dr. Kade Nevala, a member of the shifter tribe responsible for eradicating weresnakes–and the most attractive man Lindi’s ever met. Even more terrifying, she’ll need to embrace her serpent side, a choice that has enormous consequences for Lindi, and for everyone around her.

Under Her Skin
Lindi Parker works hard at being human, not an easy task for a snake shifter. She has no desire to search for others like her–until a new case changes everything. When Lindi learns she’s not the only shapeshifter in the world, she also realizes she might be next on a killer’s list.

In order to save herself and the abused children she works with, she will have to team up with Dr. Kade Nevala, a member of the shifter tribe responsible for eradicating weresnakes–and the most attractive man Lindi’s ever met. Even more terrifying, she’ll need to embrace her serpent side, a choice that has enormous consequences for Lindi, and for everyone around her.

The Skin She’s In
Capturing the killer who was stalking the shapeshifter community should have earned weresnake Lindi Parker and her new boyfriend, mongoose-shifter Kade Nevala, a vacation. Instead it earned them a basket of baby lamias and a whole pile of trouble.

Some shifters think no lamia should be left alive. In fact, a faction of shifters led by one particular werewolf pack is determined to take Lindi down any way they can.

In Someone Else’s Skin
Lindi Parker is scared out of her mind–and for a snakeshifter, that’s saying something.

When Lindi grabbed the latest newborn lamia and leaped into the unknown, she knew she was risking both their lives.

But the alternative–allowing the faction that wants to eliminate all lamias on sight to capture them–meant certain death.
 

Author: Margo Bond Collins
Author Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy

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USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times bestselling author Margo Bond Collins is a former college English professor who, tired of explaining the difference between “hanged” and “hung,” turned to writing romance novels instead. She now writes urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and science fiction romance. Sometimes her heroines kiss monsters, sometimes they kill them. But they always aim for the heart.

Pam of Babylon Series

Author: Suzanne Jenkins

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1. Pam of Babylon
When Jack has a heart attack on the train from Manhattan, his wife and his two lovers discover secrets and lies, and each other.

2. Don’t You Forget About Me
When Jack dies, his wife and his two lovers discover his secret life… and each other. A gripping story about love and human nature — a compelling companion to Pam of Babylon. In Book #2, Marie, Sandra and Pam discover they share more than Jack’s love.

3. Dream Lover
A beautiful life at the beach is marred for Pam as Jack’s former lovers discover the truth after his death as they visit the house on Sea View. The third book in the Pam of Babylon Series.

4. Prayers for the Dying
The fourth installment in the Pam of Babylon series finds Jack Smith’s victims attempting to move forward, grappling with the pain and horror that he left behind. Pam makes a few startling revelations about herself, while Sandra hopes for a future with exciting expectations. Marie is in a most unlikely place, with the happiest news in the bleakest circumstances. Ashton’s story of a lifetime love affair with Jack is finally told, with his heartache revealed.

5. Family Dynamics
When Cindy Thomasini’s family tries to sue Pam, she hires attorney Dan Chua to look into the matter. He looks into more than the lawsuit, however, with the resulting excitement much to Dave’s dismay.

6.The Tao of Pam
A beautiful life at the beach is marred by secrets and lies as the legacy of Jack Smith’s debauchery continues to haunt his widow, Pam. The Tao of Pam finds Pam at a crossroad which will take her to the next phase of her life, offering her choices she didn’t want to make.

7. In Memoriam
In Memoriam begins with the birth of a baby boy to Pam’s former boyfriend, Dan and daughter, Lisa as the journey of Pam of Babylon continues in this seventh volume. Still reeling from the death of her beloved son Brent, Pam endures life at the beach with remarkable strength.

8. Soulmates
Pam faces new challenges with glamour and poise, while Sandra doesn’t disappoint, and Lisa discovers new strengths. Shattering events transpire on what should have been Pam’s happy wedding day, (and again shortly afterwards), leaving her bereft and lonely with her grief once more. To top it all, Pam’s daughter Lisa seems to have inherited her Mom’s poor judgement when it comes to getting an HEA…

9. Save the Date
Pam and John set their wedding date while Sandra and Dan Chua move in together. Grandmothers Bernice and Nelda fall in love – not with each other. Lisa and Cara meet new men, and Jack becomes a distant memory. Hopefully, he’ll stay that way.

10. I’ll Always Love You
Who do you trust? In a circle of women, you want to trust your friends. Sometimes, you must do so even when common sense says beware. In this latest installment of the Pam of Babylon series, Bernice, Nelda, Pam, Lisa, Violet, Cara and little Miranda rise up in power in this tale of triumph and love.

11. Beach Spirits
The cycle of drama continues with lows to fabulous highs and back to lows again. Pam of Babylon, the well loved series, continues with Book #11. After a horrifying start, Sandra is the only character who seems to be in control, but that might be a smokescreen. Pam starts out on shaky ground, but soars to new heights! Lisa and Cara add zest to their romance, a few new men come on the scene, and an observer notes they are all just one, big happy family.

12. South Shore Romance
At last, with everything aligned perfectly, and her family occupied, Pam finds romance, love, excitement and joy with Senator Charlie Monroe and his rescued Greyhound, Margaret. But swirling around her are the antics of Dan and Julie and their exciting but exasperating relationship…

13. Meet Me at the Beach
Romance swirls around as friends and neighbors learn that perfect someone is right down the beach. A wedding shakes things up; a discovery is made during the honeymoon, and a love triangle is formed when Lisa opens her heart again. Things seem to be on the right path finally, but as usual, a secret of Jack’s is exposed, shaking it up once again.

14. Pam’s Adventures in Babylon
Dreams almost come true for Pam and her crew, until a storm, a native in a loin cloth, an ex-girlfriend, and a plantain stir things up. The final act is Pam’s July 4th Picnic where tequila plays a part in a critical lapse in …fill in the blank. Life at the beach takes on a new twist as Pam embraces the children Jack left behind.

15. Second Chance
Just when life settles down to a dull roar for those people whom Pam holds closest to her heart, the pendulum swings in the opposite direction and everyone is tossed into the air. Who will they hold on to as they fall back to earth?

16. If I Ever Leave You
After Randy leaves for Greece and another Adventure Trek season, family demands on Pam make an impromptu trip to the Greek Islands to meet up with him more appealing. While Pam debates leaving, Lisa is confronted with a startling revelation, Alison takes a chapter from Pam’s playbook and looks the other way, Sandra is caught in a maelstrom of intrigue, and Violet, still not completely comfortable with her new skinny body, is swept into a love affair that shocks everyone.

17. Touch Me When We’re Dancing
The theme of life after a snowstorm is slow dancing, couples falling in love, or out. A new neighbor moves in next door to Pam, Lisa discovers love in an unexpected place, Tim finds comfort in someone who has always been there, and Sandra decides to appreciate what she has in her hands. In the city, a major shake up at Lang, Smith and Romney leads to the proverbial pot of gold for Sandra. Randy has a shocking visit, and in return, takes back a promise he made to Pam in Greece. In the background, Karen Carpenter sings.

18. Portrait of Marriage
The aftermath of Pam’s lavish beachside Memorial Day party on Long Island has everyone wondering what’s up with their relationships. What does a suspicious wife, a bored husband and a nosy neighbor have to do with the story? Everything in the saga of Babylon’s beautiful and rich Pamela Fabian Smith Zapelli Bradshaw.

19. Children of the Dead
The beautiful deception continues as Jack’s children try to find a way to regroup in spite of their perverse history and connection.

The longing to know if Jack was aware of her existence leads Alison on a journey of self discovery, including a few misguided bypasses she later comes to regret. In this installment of Pam of Babylon #19, anything goes, so hold on to your hat. Themes of infidelity, incest, and general bad behavior continue.

20. Dinner with Pam
When Alison discovers a new addition to the Jack Smith Fan club, she not only befriends her, she takes it one step further and invites her to join the family.

At the next lavish Memorial Day Picnic of Pam’s, several new faces join the festivities. In the past, secrets were exposed, betrayals uncovered, even babies conceived. What will the end result of this picnic be?

21. Dancing by Moonlight
Suspense comes to Babylon when Jack is linked to the Manhattan DA’s young wife, Ginger Harrow. Intertwining lives lift some up and knock a few others down, but life goes on in Babylon. Alison’s new husband, Adam Marchand discovers what makes the village dwellers tick, much to his shock when his coffee shop, Village Grounds, becomes the meeting place in town…

22. Ginger Harrow
Ten summers ago, a beautiful young girl innocently stepped into a trap set by Jack Smith. Brent Smith was afraid of girls, but in the Smith household the machismo factor was so powerful, he’d do whatever he could to hide it from his father.

Then, he met the mesmerizing Ginger Harrow whom Jack coveted, and the wheels in Brent’s head began to turn. He’d finally secure his father’s approval.

23. Sexual Healing
Everyone in Babylon finally has someone. Pam and Jake Stevens are faithfully devoted. Laura and Will Peterson, passionate. Lisa and Ryan, committed lovers. Alison and Adam, happily married. Julie and Eric Jacobs, steadfast companions. Sandra and Alex Morrison, casual dates. Dan and Barista Lily Smith, long-time friends. Even Hocus has Sandra’s driver, Damon.
 

Author: Suzanne Jenkins
Author Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Suspense

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USA Today Bestselling Author Suzanne Jenkins writes page-turning contemporary romance, mystery, and women’s fiction with passionately gripping characters that stay with readers long after they turn the last page. The Detroit Detective Stories, beginning with The Greeks of Beaubien Street are truly American with a touch of fantasy. Pam of Babylon books consistently rank in the Top 100 Best Sellers in American Drama with over 500,000 downloads.

A retired operating room nurse, Jenkins lives in Southern California.

Return to Welcome Series

Author: Bonnie Edwards

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Finding Mercy

Seriously? Return to Welcome? She’d rather chew rusty nails… Welcome, WA an idyllic town where rumors, gossip, and grudges endure long after their best before date…

Mercy Talbot left Welcome on a high–a golden-girl beauty queen who stepped confidently into a bright, exciting future. But that was a long time ago and that girl is far, far, away. She’s failed in her career, failed in love, failed her family–and she’s dead broke.

All Mercy wants is to forget her failures and move forward into a new life with a fresh set of dreams–and get out of Welcome before it sucks her back in for good. But one look at her precocious niece who desperately needs her sends Mercy on a journey into her past that will change everyone’s future.

Loving Logan

A standalone single mom (with too many kids and a bad rep) romance that breaks all the rules: he’s younger, wants his own kids, and is the nicest guy in Welcome.

Elle Foster has three rules: Don’t date, don’t sleep with the boss, and don’t believe in happily-ever-after. She left Welcome broke, pregnant, and with a bad-girl rep.

Craving Jake

Returning to Welcome was easy…staying will be a challenge. Especially when someone is determined to drive her out.

Brianna Bowler has returned to her small town of Welcome to help run Bowler’s Dog Rescue. She’s also doing everything she can to set aside thoughts of her high school crush Jake Morrow. Jake appears to be with a perfectly perfect sprite of a woman. (Not that she minds how opposite she and the sprite are. Really, she doesn’t.)

Paramedic Jake Morrow has a woman in his house: she cooks, cleans, clings —and irritates the hell out of him. He’d felt sorry for her, injured, alone and broke, and offered to help. Big mistake.
 

Author: Bonnie Edwards
Author Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Paranormal

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Author Description:
Bonnie Edwards has been writing all her life, starting with a poem about Santa suffering with gout. She was seven, Santa was a thousandteen years old. Delighted with writing, she went on to write family sagas, humorous contemporary romance, romantic suspense, erotic paranormal ghost romances and more.

She may jump around within romance, but all her stories come with a tear, a laugh, and a happy ending. Published by Kensington Books, Harlequin Books, Carina Press, and Robinson (UK) Bonnie’s stories stretch from short stories to novellas and novels. Now, she’s happy to be publishing her work herself.

With over 30 titles to her credit, she has been translated into several languages and sold books worldwide. Aside from standalone romances, she has 4 ongoing romance series, Tales of Perdition, The Brantons, and Love at Christmas. Contemporary family sagas find a home in Return to Welcome. She’s hard at work on a brand new series coming in summer 2021.Learn about more exciting releases and get a free romance by subscribing to her newsletter, Bonnie’s Newsy Bits through her website.

Bonnie writes Romance, Contemporary and Paranormal novels and novellas.

By the Sea Series (18 book series)

Author: Traci Hall

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Ambrosia by the Sea

Celia escapes to paradise by the sea, after her ex’s ultimate betrayal. She’s starting over, with a new life and a café to call her own—only things are not going as planned.

Karma by the Sea

Karma Aneko is striving to “make it” in the male-dominated business of law, when a twist of fate leaves her stranded on a South Florida beach.

Puppy Love by the Sea

Sarah champions the underdog in her shelter by the sea, fighting against designer puppy mills and greedy breeders.

Franco is a wealthy single dad, looking for a place to heal. When he invests in a puppy store, Sarah, the local animal control officer, is hell-bent on shutting him down…

Masquerade by the Sea

Tired of the shenanigans of seafaring men, Jolie decides to rise above and captain a ship of her own. She wants to set sail on the vast blue sea but quickly realizes independence comes with a price.

Holiday by the Sea

Teagan believes following your dreams should come first.

Only instead of traveling the world, this video blogger is stuck working in her parents’ bakery over the holidays. Delivering cookies in a humiliating elf costume doesn’t seem the best time to meet Riley. He’s…

Festival by the Sea

With a head full of secrets, Darcy throws in the towel on her academic pursuits and returns to South Florida’s sultry beaches—and the safety of her hometown.

Dancing by the Sea

Dancer extraordinaire Zamira made a mistake… and she knows it.

She left to pursue her own success at the expense of love, and now she’s back to embrace the passion of the tango.

Her ex, the celebrity Armand Vargas, has turned his fame into fortune and opened a dance studio of his own. The last thing he expects is for his estranged partner to show up for tryouts.

Forever by the Sea

Have you ever wanted the perfect day?
For everything to go just right?

That’s what soulmates Sinead and Christian have dreamt of since kindergarten.

Once they decide to get hitched, they plan the wedding of year, and things go south from there…

Blue Christmas by the Sea

Tamsyn wants the perfect Christmas…but she can’t even prevent her parents’ divorce.

The key is to stay positive, whenever you find yourself alone, work a few more waitressing shifts to get over the holiday slump…

Returning Home by the Sea

Brayden wants to keep his wife safe—from himself.
He doesn’t want her to know what happened.

Zoe needs to make a new life with the man she loves… only…

Blossoms by the Sea

Leif is too rich and handsome for his own good—and he wants her… There’s no way single mom Evelyn Banner is going to trust him. Especially when he’s out to buy the flower shop where she works and tear it down to build some kind of sports facility monstrosity. This charming Scandinavian wants to take away the only income she has, the job that puts food on the table for her and her son…

Billionaire by the Sea

Maggie finds a naked man in the surf…
It’s a first for them both.
The handsome stranger has lost his memory…

As Maggie and her sisters unravel the mystery, they realize there’s more at stake than reclaiming his identity. His amnesia could have resulted from an attempt on his life.

Santa Baby by the Sea

One night of passion…and three months later…

Career-minded and determinedly single Crysta Jones realizes Christmas may be different this year. Dillon had been a fling— a good one. Hotter than hot. But now her life’s about to change…

Sandy Kisses by the Sea

Lucia is in no way prepared…for Ronan O’Neill…
…or his big, loving, happy family.
Sure, she has a commitment issue or two, after overcoming an abusive childhood, but she’s a successful tattoo artist now…who lives life on her terms.

Billionaire’s Brother by the Sea

Special Forces soldier Mark Livingston is pursuing his missing billionaire brother, believed lost at sea…
…when he discovers Madeleine, a woman who draws him into a life he’s never known.

She sees through his disguise…but is she the only one?

Love, Actually by the Sea

Harper closed her eyes…and pointed to a spot on the map.
The rest changed her life…
It wasn’t so much where she went, the beautiful beaches of South Florida, but who she met.

Holiday Pickup by the Sea

Hard-hearted Harley is off limits, to all but the brave…

Armed with the worst pickup lines in the world, Marc is shoved into the deep end of the dating world by his well-meaning friend.

Secret Santa by the Sea

Years after Serenity’s heart was broken, she returns to the cozy beach town of her youth to discover what actually happened… and make things right… Why did Ryker, her high school sweetheart, break up with her? What she finds makes her consider what taking a second chance would mean…
 

Author: Traci Hall
Author Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult

Website: Traci Hall
Twitter: @Tracihallauthor
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Author Description:
From contemporary seaside romances to cozy mysteries, USA Today bestselling author Traci Hall writes stories that captivate her readers. As a hybrid author with over fifty published works, Ms. Hall has a favorite story for everyone.

Mystery lovers, be on the lookout for her Salem B&B Mystery series, co-written as Traci Wilton, and her Scottish Shire series, which takes place in the seaside town of Nairn, as Traci Hall. Whether it’s her ever popular By the Sea series or a fun who-done-it, Traci finds her inspiration in sunny South Florida, by living right near the ocean.

Wounded Hearts Series

Author: Jacquie Biggar

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Tidal Falls
A woman and child in danger teaches Nick life is worth living.

ALL SHE WANTS IS TO LIVE HER LIFE

Abused, Sara Sheridan finds the courage to escape her husband. She has no interest in getting mixed up with another alpha, attitude-laden male. Especially with her ex hot on her trail.

ALL HE CRAVES IS PEACE AND QUIET

Marine, Nick Kelley prefers solitude, away from the memories haunting him. So what is it about his reticent neighbor and her child that tempts him to give it up?

UNTIL LOVE GETS IN THE WAY

Nick and Sara’s growing attraction leads them down a dangerous path as her ex-husband closes in on the new life she’s made for her daughter and threatens to blow it all apart.

The Rebel’s Redemption

Is it too late for second chances?
Jared Martin left Tidal Falls a hotheaded youth. Eight years in the military has turned him into a cynical, disillusioned man.
Then he returns home to find out he’s a father.

Twilight’s Encore

One man’s betrayal will seal another’s fate.

Ty Garrett fell in love with Katy Fowler as a young adult. Her father’s betrayal yanks the couple apart, and Ty turns bitter.

After a decade away, Katy returns to Tidal Falls with plans to get married in her family’s theatre. But she never expected to run into Ty Garrett, the boy she’d never forgotten.

The Sheriff Meets His Match

When a jaded sheriff is drawn to an exasperating woman in trouble, anything can happen

Jack Garrett has been stung by love in the past, but he can’t deny his attraction to the new receptionist, Laurel Thomas.

When trouble comes to Tidal Falls, Jack worries that Laurel Thomas is in over her head.

Summer Lovin’

Mitch Taylor and Rebecca Sorenson share a secret.

Rebecca’s job as secretary of Cascade Elementary, the same school she attended as a child, is rewarding. She has a great group of friends, many of whom are married now. And if sometimes she wished it were her up there in that sparkling white dress…

Maggie’s Revenge

DEA Special Agent Maggie Holt is fierce, smart, beautiful– and in over her head.

Maggie has been working undercover 15 months when she is taken by Chinese-Mexican cartel leader, Chenglei. She tries to escape with 8 other women and is captured and brutally punished.
 

Author: Jacquie Biggar
Author Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Suspense

Website: Jacquie Biggar – Romance Suspense Writer w/Attitude
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Twitter: @JacqBiggar
E-Mail: jbiggar@telusplanet.net
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Author Description:
Jacquie Biggar is a USA Today bestselling author of romance who loves to write about tough, alpha males and strong, contemporary women willing to show their men that true power comes from love. She lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and loves to hear from readers all over the world!

In her own words:
“My name is Jacquie Biggar. When I’m not acting like a total klutz I am a wife, mother of one, grandmother, and a butler to my calico cat.

My guilty pleasure are reality tv shows like Amazing Race and The Voice. I can be found every Monday night in my armchair plastered to the television laughing at Blake and Adam’s shenanigans.

I love to hang at the beach with DH (darling hubby) taking pictures or reading romance novels (what else?).

I have a slight Tim Hortons obsession, enjoy gardening, everything pink and talking to my friends.”

Desiring Danger Series (5 Book Series)

Author: Rachelle Ayala

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Love Will Stay

My name is Salem Pryde, but you can call me Sarah Pryce. I collect secrets and sometimes, I keep them.

I could be a demon or an angel, depending on whose story I believe.

Colson’s Corner is a delightful town. Tucked in the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada mountains, it’s full of naïve, gullible, and friendly victims—er, I mean residents who still believe in being neighborly and kind, go to church, and leave their doors unlocked

Taking Me Back

Linx Colson fights fire with fire on smokejumper Grady Hart while a deranged arsonist targets their most precious secret.

I’m Linx Colson. I’m mean, unforgiving, and have a short fuse. Don’t hate me. I love dogs, and I rescue them from careless, cruel humans who abandon them in the creek, toss them from their cars, and leave them in burning buildings.

All You Want

Town busybody, Tami King, has her sights set on Sheriff Todd Colson while a creepy stalker has her in his sights.

I’m Tami King, and I’m proud to be a prima donna. Except I live in a boring, one-corner town, Colson’s Corner, that’s about as far from hip and cool as the Dust Bowl is from Malibu.

Kiss Me Tight

Sniper Rorie Rivera aims to disrupt a politician’s wilderness trek until she butts heads and kisses with tour guide, Chad Colson.

Rorie Rivera: Take the shot. Take the shot. I have the congressman’s flashy ski cap in my sights, but I’m not pulling the trigger. Not yet. Not until he tells me what he did with my missing sister.

Hold My Love

Framed for the murder of a congressional aide, Kevin Colson aims for the real killers—with a little help from loud-mouthed drama queen, Virgie Rivera.

Kevin Colson: All I ever wanted was to make my father proud. I decided to run for Congress, but I had no idea the price I would pay. They say I killed a man. They have false witnesses and a fake video. I’m on the run, but I can’t seem to stay away from Virgie Rivera, the damsel not in distress who’s determined to get her man.
 

Author: Rachelle Ayala
Author Genre: Romance Historical

Website: Rachelle Ayala
Author’s Blog: When a Woman Wrongs a Man
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Rachelle Ayala is an award-winning USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She writes emotionally challenging stories but believes in the power of love and hope.

She is also a writing teacher and founder of the Romance In A Month writing community. She lives in California with her husband and has three children and two birds.

She is also a writing teacher and founder of the Romance In A Month writing community. She lives in California with her husband and has three children and two birds.

Awards
Her book, Knowing Vera, won the 2015 Angie Ovation Award, and A Father for Christmas garnered a 2015 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award. Christmas Stray was awarded the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award and A Pet for Christmas had an Honorable Mention. In 2017, Playing for the Save won Readers’ Favorite Gold Award in Realistic Fiction.

Tales of the Dragonfly Series

Author: Tamara Ferguson

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In Tandem
Separated by circumstances fifteen years earlier, Jake Loughlin and Danielle Reardon are fatefully reunited at Dragonfly Pointe.

But the mysterious Dragonfly Pointe has a history of tragedy. An unsolved brutal assault and murder of a six-year old girl over twenty years before has remained unsolved. A successful entrepreneur, Jake has hidden his status as a special investigator for the FBI. As owner of the Dragonfly Pointe Inn, Jake has returned to restore and renovate the abandoned property.

But, unofficially, he’s investigating the theory that a ring of human traffickers is operating in the area. With three to five kidnappings occurring at the end of each year, over the states of Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, Jake can trace a pattern going back as far as thirty-five years.

And there could be a connection to the death of the little girl at Dragonfly Pointe twenty-two years earlier.

Still grieving after the death of her grandmother several months before, Danielle has finally returned to Crystal Rock. A former model and vocalist for a band, Danielle escaped her chaotic life as a celebrity when her boyfriend died of a drug overdose. After obtaining her degree in horticulture, she opened a successful landscape business in New York.

When Jake and Danielle finally meet again, it’s magic.

But something odd is going on at Dragonfly Pointe. During the reconstruction process, a suspicious stranger is sighted in the area.When a young girl is kidnapped from a nearby community, the FBI investigation becomes official and Jake is put into action.

And then lovely, eighteen-year old, Lucy Callahan, is kidnapped. Granddaughter of the former police chief of Crystal Rock, Lucy is like a sister to Danielle.

When the FBI investigation leads back to Dragonfly Pointe, Danielle herself is put in danger.

Indian legends claims Dragonfly Point has a mysterious power to ensure new beginnings. Will Jake and Danielle be able to create their own new magical beginning?

In Flight

A woman who’s afraid to trust. Successful designer, Penny Wentworth has arrived from New York to take charge of the wedding flowers for the new owners of the Dragonfly Pointe Inn. As a single parent of a severely autistic and mentally impaired son, she has no romantic illusions; her experience with an abusive husband has left her wary of relationships.

A man who’s afraid to love. Haunted by his past since discovering a six-year old girl brutally murdered at Dragonfly Pointe over twenty-two years before, Sam had intentionally avoided returning home. But after resigning from his job as a homicide detective in New Orleans when his marriage fell apart, Sam is now the chief of police in Crystal Rock, Wisconsin.

An undying passion that’s endured throughout the years. Penny’s escort for the wedding, Sam had once been the object of every single one of her teenage fantasies. Despite his overwhelming attraction to Penny as a teenager, Sam had deliberately kept his distance because of their age difference. But from the moment Sam meets Penny again, he realizes she’s always been the only woman for him.

And when Sam and Penny spend the entire weekend of the wedding together, their sizzling attraction turns explosive.

But unaware his divorce was never legally finalized, Sam has no idea that Vanessa Gerard Danielson is on her way to Crystal Rock in an attempt for reconciliation.

And no now there’s a killer in their midst. Sam is stunned when Vanessa’s body is pulled out from the Crystal Rock River.

Indian legend claims Dragonfly Pointe has a mysterious power to ensure new beginnings. When Sam’s search for a killer leads him back through his own tarnished past, will a woman who’s afraid to trust be able to forgive a man who considers himself undeserving of her love?

Extended Flight

When A Navy Vet Saves The Life Of A Crime Boss’ Daughter, Will Their EXTENDED FLIGHT Survive Love?

When wounded warrior Aaron Davidson returns home from Afghanistan, he’s devastated to learn his sister Karen is missing. On the streets of New York City attempting to aid in the investigation, Aaron somehow manages to save the life of a woman who’s intentionally shoved into oncoming traffic.

The daughter of a notorious crime boss, Kiley Carlton believes her father might be the one trying to kill her. As a protective measure, Kiley accompanies Aaron when his search for his sister leads him to Crystal Rock, Wisconsin.

But after arriving at Dragonfly Pointe, not only are surprising secrets revealed from the past, but the psychical ability Kiley has supposedly inherited from her Creole ancestors is brought to light.

Although she’s hesitant to expose her abilities, Kiley’s visions are far too accurate for Aaron to discount. Both sensing a strange familiarity, their attraction has been sizzling from the moment they met.

Will they be able to uncover the truth about who might be trying to kill Kiley, while discovering who’s responsible for kidnapping Aaron’s sister?
 

Author: Tamara Ferguson
Author Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense

Website: TALES FROM DRAGONFLY
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Writing steamy yet sweet compassionate stories of fate that are wonderfully romantic, Tamara Ferguson is the multi-award winning, USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the Tales of the Dragonfly Romance Suspense Series, the Kissed By Fate Series, the Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Series, the Daydreams & Dragonflies Sweet Romance Series and the Tales From Dragonfly Pointe Short Story Series.

If you don’t believe in the power of fate, you shouldn’t read her stories, because Tamara always writes a happily-ever-after for her heroines and heroes, since it doesn’t always work out that way in real life.

Since 2015, she has earned more than thirty awards, twenty of those for her Two Hearts Wounded Warrior romances, including five Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards with Two Hearts In Accord (2019) and Two Hearts Unbroken (2018) earning the BRONZE, Two Hearts Under Fire (2019) and Two Hearts Unspoken (2016) earning the SILVER and Two Hearts Find Christmas earning the GOLD Medal in Military Fiction (2018.) Two Hearts Surrendered was also a New Apple Romance Selection for excellence in Indie Publishing and 2018 Top Shelf Finalist. Two Hearts’ Christmas Wish is a 2017 IAN Book of the Year Finalist. And it’s the #13 BEST INDIE BOOK of 2017.

Along with the 2015 Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Award Winner That Unforgettable Kiss, Two Hearts Surrendered and Two Hearts Unspoken were also finalists for the 2016 IAN Book of The Year. Tales of the Dragonfly In Tandem was a romance finalist in the Indie Excellence Awards, while Tales of the Dragonfly In Flight was a romance suspense winner at the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards.

A member of the RWA, the Authors’ Billboard and the Authors’ Independent Book Network, her stories have been included in several #1 bestselling anthologies.

Since she remains a full-time caregiver for an autistic son (along with a bunch of adopted pets!), you can usually find Tammy working at home, where she spends a lot of time not completing her numerous home improvement projects, because she’s writing or helping author friends promote their books on twitter.

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Christa Reads and Writes: Book Review: TWO HEARTS UNSPOKEN TARGETS Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book 11 by Tamara Ferguson

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Book Review: TWO HEARTS UNSPOKEN TARGETS Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book 11 by Tamara Ferguson

Synopsis (from Amazon)

Wounded Warrior Air Force Captain Zach Logan Experiences Flashbacks Of Murder. Can He Keep His New Love And Her Autistic Son Safe From A Killer?

The single mom of a severely autistic son, Elizabeth Bowen is a full-time accountant in Illinois. But the plant where she’s been working will be closing soon, due to the struggling economy in Illinois. She’s had her hands full with her son Kyle, since his father’s been long out of the picture, so when the opportunity to enroll Kyle in a vocational facility in Wisconsin comes up, she gladly accepts.

Retired air force captain, Zachary Logan, is a wounded warrior, searching for a new life for himself outside of the Air Force. When he relocates to the town of Crystal Rock at the invitation of his friend, Luke Bryant, he realizes he’s found it, and accepts the position of administrator at the recently built wounded warrior facility.

When Beth and Zach meet at the beach at Dragonfly Pointe, their attraction to each other is instantaneous. And the most wonderful thing of all? Zach is accepting of her special needs son, Kyle, for exactly who he is.

But battling PTSD, Zach experiences flashbacks of a gruesome murder. Can he keep his new love and autistic son safe when they’re all targeted by the killer?

This is the extended version of the original Two Hearts Unspoken, as ROMANTIC SUSPENSE, originally published in the USA Today Bestseller, Do No Harm.

Review
This is a wonderful story on many levels. Beth is dealing with her adult son, Kyle, who has autism and requires constant supervision. She has hopes that the new vocational center will lead to a better future for him while giving her some respite. She’s starting a new job, glad to leave the last man she dated behind.
After the injuries in a fire on his last deployment, Zach realizes that his career in the military is over and is looking for something new. His friend Luke provides the opportunity and means for Zach to start over working not only on his own treatment, but working with other veterans as part of a wounded warrior facility. Besides, there were some strange things happening when he was staying with his cousin at his family’s old home.
The feelings between Zach and Beth and Kyle grow with some nudging from Luke. The point of view shifts and the reader gets both Zach’s perspectives, his insecurities, and fears, as well as Beth’s. There is humor, suspense, and romance. It’s very well-written and both autism and PTSD are handled well. Although it is book 11, and I suspect Luke’s story is in one of the other books, it is easily read as a stand alone.

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  1. This sounds like an amazing book!

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  2. It was. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Thank you so much Christa for such a BEAUTIFUL REVIEW!! I really appreciate it!! I am sharing at my blog too.

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HBS Virtual Bookshelf: There’s Romance In The Air

Sunday, August 16, 2020

There’s Romance In The Air

Source: HBS Virtual Bookshelf: There’s Romance In The Air
Today the HBS Virtual Bookshelf is showcasing: There’s Romance in the Air Bookshelf which includes 13 great Romance Novels and Short Stories. These are some of the BEST DEALS from outstanding Authors for the Kindle at Amazon.

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Collection Books and Buy Links

Liam’s Wild Irish Rose by Joan Reeves
Maura O’Reilly doesn’t want a relationship–she just wants Liam Harper.
Joan is a NY Times & USAToday best-selling author of Contemporary Romance.

Searching for Love by Melissa Foster
In SEARCHING FOR LOVE… Zev Braden and Carly Dylan have known each other their whole lives. Their close-knit families were sure they were destined to marry…
Melissa is the author of several International bestselling novels and the founder of the World Literary Café and the social and support networks for women.

The Lost Connection by Jen Talty
Gabe Underwood will do whatever it takes to protect his family and the woman he’s destined to love…
Jen is a USA Today Bestseller author of Romantic Suspense.

Desperate In Delaware by Caroline Clemmons
Mina Faye Stapleton… I will wait no longer! When will I have my own husband and children?
Caroline is a Top 100 Bestselling Author who writes Romance, Mystery & Thrillers, Paranormal novels.

TWO HEARTS UNSPOKEN TARGETS by Tamara Ferguson
Wounded Warrior Air Force Captain Zach Logan Experiences Flashbacks Of Murder. Can He Keep His New Love And Her Autistic Son Safe From A Killer?
Tamara is an award-winning author who writes Romance and Suspense novels.

Life in a Peacock Nest by Dianne Krogh
A powerful boss with a Stage 4 case of greed and ego. People eager to crowd into his orb. But, can anyone survive there?
Dianne is a self-published Contemporary Fiction Author who writes Family Sagas.

Addicted to You by Suzanne Jenkins
When a lost soul meets one on the mend, fireworks explode while two guardian angels keep watch.
Suzanne is a Romance and Suspense Author. She is the author of the Pam of Babylon series and The Greeks of Beaubien Street.

Return of the Wolfe by Nancy Fraser
Ever since she was a teenager, Sarah Tremayne wanted one thing and one thing only—to be a park ranger at Big Bear National Park in Bear Lake, Wisconsin.
Nancy is a Top 100 Bestselling Author. She writes Romance novels and short stories.

Coffee and Dessert: Meg by Jan Romes
Meg Matheson’s dating experience was a complete train wreck. She decided it was easier to swear off men altogether than to put herself out there again. Eighteen months later, something deep inside beckons.
Jan writes contemporary romance and women’s fiction.

Rayder’s Appeal by Bonnie Edwards
What can a reformed con man do when the woman who changed his life needs his help? Eleanor Macklin has overcome her past and repaired the damage done by her first, and only, love.
Bonnie is the author of The Brantons and the Tales of Perdition series. She writes Romance, Contemporary and Paranormal novels and novellas.

Sin Worth the Penance by M.J. Schiller
An entire ocean can’t separate Killian Murphey from his grief… But shortly after his return to Ireland Killian finds himself in an unexpected liplock.
Mary is a bestselling author. She is a romance-romantic suspense writer.

The Carson City Bride by Cynthia Woolf
U.S. Marshal Joshua Egan has a vengeance on his mind when he marries an unclaimed mail order bride to care for his motherless children. A gang of outlaws murdered his dear wife during a stagecoach robbery gone wrong
Cynthia is the award winning and best-selling author of historical western romance books and short stories. She also writes scifi romance novels.

The Cowboy’s Secret Baby by Maddie James
She’s the maid of honor. He’s the best man. Both are keeping secrets. What happened to Jillie and Mack’s relationship at the end of Roses & Rawhide?
Maddie is a Top 100 Bestselling Author. She writes Romance and Suspense novels.

A DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOKS AND THEIR AUTHORS, WITH THEIR CONTACT INFORMATION AND BIO, FOLLOWS.

Liam’s Wild Irish Rose

A Moment in Time Book 4

Author: Joan Reeves

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Maura O’Reilly doesn’t want a relationship–she just wants Liam Harper. But Liam wants more than sex. Just the thought of being tied to one man makes her anxious. She tries to resist him–she really does, but every time she sees him, her resolve and good intentions melted away. How can she cut him loose?

Of all the women in the world, Liam Harper had to fall for the one who seems to have no interest in him. At least no interest outside of the bedroom. A lot of men would think that was the perfect relationship–hot sex with a beautiful woman who had no interest in a relationship.

Unfortunately, Liam wasn’t one of those men. He wanted Maura, and he wanted more than sex. He wanted all of her. Could he have the luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day and finally get Maura to commit to him?
 

Author: Joan Reeves

Author: Joan Reeves
Author Genre: Romance, Chick Lit, Nonfiction

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Joan Reeves is a New York Times and a USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance. Her novels have been published in a half dozen languages, and her ebooks are available at most ebook sellers with audio book and print editions also available.

When not writing romance–or nonfiction to share what she has learned in life–Joan divides her time between the hustle and bustle of Houston and a house in the Texas Hill Country. At their country house, Joan and her hero, her husband, sit on the porch at night, look up at the star-studded sky, and listen to the coyotes howl.

Joan lives the philosophy that is the premise of all of her romance novels: “It’s never too late to live happily ever after.”

Praise

“…knows her genre inside and out and just how to serve it up with equal measures snappy dialogue, humor and romantic delight. I loved this book and recommend it!” ~ Barbara Taylor Sissel, Harlequin Mira Author

“This was a great book!!! …I couldn’t put it down! …perfect balance of humor and sexy romance. I am hooked!!” ~ Stephaniemc

“Delightful, Touching Romance…so many things I love about the way Reeves writes–her characters are well developed, the situations they’re put in are compelling and the dialogue is frequently humorous. But it’s the underlying emotion that continues to draw me further into every story.” ~ Marilyn W., Chicago, IL USA

Searching for Love

Pleasant Hill – Oak Falls Book 6

Author: Melissa Foster

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In SEARCHING FOR LOVE…
Zev Braden and Carly Dylan have known each other their whole lives. Their close-knit families were sure they were destined to marry—until a devastating tragedy struck, breaking the two lovers apart. Over the next decade Zev, a nomadic treasure hunter, rarely returned to his hometown, and Carly became a chocolatier and built a whole new life across the country. When a chance encounter brings them back into each other’s lives, can they find the true love that once existed, or will shattered dreams and broken hearts prevail? Find out in Searching for Love, a deliciously sexy, funny, and emotional second-chance romance.
 

Author: Melissa Foster

Author: Melissa Foster
Author Genre: Literature & Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers

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NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

Melissa writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Readers adore Melissa’s fun, flirty, and sinfully sexy, award-winning big family romance collection, LOVE IN BLOOM featuring the Snow Sisters, Bradens, Remingtons, Ryders, Seaside Summer, Harborside Nights, and the Wild Boys After Dark. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on social media or her personal website.

The Lost Connection

The Raven Sisters Book 4

Author: Jen Talty

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Gabe Underwood will do whatever it takes to protect his family and the woman he’s destined to love, even if that means spending a year with the Elite Brotherhood planning their demise.

Since the death of his adoptive mother, Gabe has known exactly who he is, and what he must do, but it comes at a price. In order to save his brothers and the Raven sisters to ensure the Collective Order will reunite and restore balance to the paranormal world, Gabe must play a deadly game of cat and mouse. He must betray those he loves in order to prevent the Elite Brotherhood from destroying the future.

If he fails, not only will he never be able to hold his one true love in his arms, but the powers psychic realm will forever land in the wrong hands, killing, him, his brothers, and the Raven sisters.

Willow Raven has loved Gave for as long as she can remember, but he’s broken her heart for the last time. She will stop at nothing to make him see the error of his ways and prove to him that the Elite Brotherhood only wants to channel their powers and use them for evil. However, she’s ill-prepared for the battle that Gabe has pulled her into or how she’ll have to fight to save not just the man she loves, but the future of a new order so powerful it will change the face of the universe.
 

Author: Jen Talty

Author: Jen Talty
Author Genre: Romance, Suspense

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Welcome to my World! I’m a USA Today Bestseller of Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance, and Paranormal Romance.

I first started writing while carting my kids to one hockey rink after the other, averaging 170 games per year between 3 kids in 2 countries and 5 states. My first book, IN TWO WEEKS was originally published in 2007. In 2010 I helped form a publishing company (Cool Gus Publishing) with NY Times Bestselling Author Bob Mayer where I ran the technical side of the business through 2016.

I’m currently enjoying the next phase of my life…the empty NESTER! My husband and I spend our winters in Jupiter, Florida and our summers in Rochester, NY. We have three amazing children who have all gone off to carve out their places in the world, while I continue to craft stories that I hope will make you readers feel good and put a smile on your face.

Desperate In Delaware

Yours Truly:The Lovelorn Book 11

Author: Caroline Clemmons

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I will wait no longer! Since my parents’ death I’ve been living with my sister’s family. I help care for her home and her adorable children. But, when will I have my own husband and children? There is not even one eligible man near my age in our small town. I hear the snickers and hurtful remarks—old maid, spinster, on the shelf. My cousin sent me a newspaper clipping from a Yours Truly: The Lovelorn’s column. Imagine my surprise when the letter to the columnist read as if I had written it. I’ll do it—I’ll follow the Lovelorn’s advice. I refuse to watch my life disappear until I’m left with only regrets!
 

Author: Caroline Clemmons

Author: Caroline Clemmons
Author Genre: Romance, Mystery & Thrillers, Paranormal

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Through an illogical twist of fate, Caroline Clemmons was not born on a Texas ranch. To compensate for this inexplicable error, she writes about handsome cowboys, feisty ranch women, and scheming villains in a small office her family calls her pink cave. She and her Hero live in North Central Texas cowboy country where they ride herd on their rescued cats and dogs. The books she creates there have made her an Amazon bestselling author and won several awards. Find her on her blog, website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Google+, and Pinterest.

Prior to writing full time, her jobs included stay-at-home mom (her favorite), secretary, newspaper reporter and featured columnist, assistant to the managing editor of a psychology journal, bookkeeper for the local tax assessor and–for a short and fun time–an antique dealer with her youngest daughter.

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your viewpoint), she and her daughter took the most interesting antiques home and didn’t make much money selling what was left. They enjoyed themselves tremendously, though. If she ever wins the lottery, she’ll go back into the antique business while continuing to write. When she’s not indulging her passion for writing, Caroline enjoys reading, travel, browsing antiques, genealogy, painting, and getting together with friends.

She has written articles for several genealogy periodicals and has put together three family books: one for the family of her mother, one for her father, and one for her mother-in-law. She often uses family names in her historical novels for accuracy to the time period.

On her blog or her website you can sign up for her newsletter and receive a free novella, HAPPY IS THE BRIDE. Being on Caroline’s mailing list will also keep you informed of new releases, contests, and giveaways. Don’t worry, no salesman will call

TWO HEARTS UNSPOKEN TARGETS

Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book 11

Author: Tamara Ferguson

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Wounded Warrior Air Force Captain Zach Logan Experiences Flashbacks Of Murder. Can He Keep His New Love And Her Autistic Son Safe From A Killer?

The single mom of a severely autistic son, Elizabeth Bowen is a full-time accountant in Illinois. But the plant where she’s been working will be closing soon, due to the struggling economy in Illinois. She’s had her hands full with her son Kyle, since his father’s been long out of the picture, so when the opportunity to enroll Kyle in a vocational facility in Wisconsin comes up, she gladly accepts.

Retired air force captain, Zachary Logan, is a wounded warrior, searching for a new life for himself outside of the air force. When he relocates to the town of Crystal Rock at the invitation of his friend, Luke Bryant, he realizes he’s found it, and accepts the position of administrator at the recently built wounded warrior facility.

When Beth and Zach meet at the beach at Dragonfly Pointe, their attraction to each other is instantaneous. And the most wonderful thing of all? Zach is accepting of her special needs son, Kyle, for exactly who he is.

But battling PTSD, Zach experiences flashbacks of a gruesome murder. Can he keep his new love and autistic son safe when they’re all targeted by the killer?
 

Author: Tamara Ferguson

Author: Tamara Ferguson
Author Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense

Website: TALES FROM DRAGONFLY
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Writing steamy yet sweet compassionate stories of fate that are wonderfully romantic, Tamara Ferguson is the multi-award winning, USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the Tales of the Dragonfly Romance Suspense Series, the Kissed By Fate Series, the Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Series, the Daydreams & Dragonflies Sweet Romance Series and the Tales From Dragonfly Pointe Short Story Series.

If you don’t believe in the power of fate, you shouldn’t read her stories, because Tamara always writes a happily-ever-after for her heroines and heroes, since it doesn’t always work out that way in real life.

Since 2015, she has earned more than thirty awards, twenty of those for her Two Hearts Wounded Warrior romances, including five Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards with Two Hearts In Accord (2019) and Two Hearts Unbroken (2018) earning the BRONZE, Two Hearts Under Fire (2019) and Two Hearts Unspoken (2016) earning the SILVER and Two Hearts Find Christmas earning the GOLD Medal in Military Fiction (2018.) Two Hearts Surrendered was also a New Apple Romance Selection for excellence in Indie Publishing and 2018 Top Shelf Finalist. Two Hearts’ Christmas Wish is a 2017 IAN Book of the Year Finalist. And it’s the #13 BEST INDIE BOOK of 2017.

Along with the 2015 Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Award Winner That Unforgettable Kiss, Two Hearts Surrendered and Two Hearts Unspoken were also finalists for the 2016 IAN Book of The Year. Tales of the Dragonfly In Tandem was a romance finalist in the Indie Excellence Awards, while Tales of the Dragonfly In Flight was a romance suspense winner at the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards.

A member of the RWA, the Authors’ Billboard and the Authors’ Independent Book Network, her stories have been included in several #1 bestselling anthologies.

Since she remains a full-time caregiver for an autistic son (along with a bunch of adopted pets!), you can usually find Tammy working at home, where she spends a lot of time not completing her numerous home improvement projects, because she’s writing or helping author friends promote their books on twitter.

Life in a Peacock Nest

Crimes of Greed and Ego are Rarely Punished

Author: Dianne Krogh

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From a new storyteller comes a engaging and light-hearted novel. A powerful boss with a Stage 4 case of greed and ego. People eager to crowd into his orb. But, can anyone survive there?

Scarred from growing up in a small town where the children from a clique of wealthy families were always favored, Alan Dravel begins a vengeful search for his own wealth and power. He barges into the technology boom of 1980’s corporate America with an idea. Over his head but never in doubt, he unleashes his greed and ego in a self-serving climb to success which turns destructive.

Alan’s quick thinking, he considers it a special kind of genius, keeps him a step ahead of his failures. He shuns contact with the common herd and disregards the opinions of people who wear rubber-soled shoes, but those are the people he turns to when he needs scapegoats.

With a handsome face, a quick mind and a lack of ethical or moral considerations to restrain him, Alan drags a Kansas farm family, a country church and associates of a high-flying corporation together in his widening web of failures – all while being honored as one of the country’s top business leaders.

Those caught in the slipstream of Alan’s wild ride to power struggle to hang on for the rewards they believe association with Alan can provide. Power and ego prevail as Alan orchestrates the most unimaginable twists and turns to entangle his victims and save himself. Those who survive find justice in the last place they think to look.

Life in a Peacock Nest is a captivating saga that probes the strength and weakness of the human spirit. It is a story about the nature of people, with characters so memorable you won’t want to let them go.
 

Author: Dianne Krogh

Author: Dianne Krogh
Author Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Saga

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I’ve always loved words. Their power to elicit emotion. To tell a story. To create understanding. Or to persuade. I’ve used them for all those things over the years.

After getting a degree in journalism and a master’s degree in communication, I spent many happy years writing advertising copy, producing corporate communications, and creating publications for clients of my public relations group.

Now with time to let the words flow in whatever direction my mind takes me, I have published my first novel, Life in a Peacock Nest.

My mind is off on another journey already. So, I am working on a new book. Stay tuned.

Addicted to You

The Saints of San Diego Book 8

Author: Suzanne Jenkins

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When a lost soul meets one on the mend, fireworks explode while two guardian angels keep watch.

On the one year anniversary of her fiance’s death, Sofia Saint takes a step out of her comfort zone and invites a handsome panhandler to sit at her table at lunch. After they share their history, it’s clear their meeting was more than a coincidence when a second chance at love heals broken hearts.
 

Author: Suzanne Jenkins

Author: Suzanne Jenkins
Author Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Suspense

Website: Suzanne Jenkins
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USA Today Bestselling Author Suzanne Jenkins writes page-turning contemporary romance, mystery, and women’s fiction with passionately gripping characters that stay with readers long after they turn the last page. The Detroit Detective Stories, beginning with The Greeks of Beaubien Street are truly American with a touch of fantasy. Pam of Babylon books consistently rank in the Top 100 Best Sellers in American Drama with over 500,000 downloads.

A retired operating room nurse, Jenkins lives in Southern California.

Return of the Wolfe

Love of the Land Book 1

Author: Nancy Fraser
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Ever since she was a teenager, Sarah Tremayne wanted one thing and one thing only—to be a park ranger at Big Bear National Park in Bear Lake, Wisconsin. Her dream was always to work along side her ranger brother, Brent, and be the first brother-sister team in department history.

Matthew Wolfe is also a ranger and Brent’s best friend. He tolerated Sarah when she was a gangly teen following him around the park like a lost puppy. However, as Sarah blossomed so did his desire.

Just as they’re exploring their mutual attraction, a tragic accident pulls them apart.

Four years have passed and Matthew is returning to Big Bear as the man in charge. Will he and Sarah be able to mend their ragged fences and rediscover what they once had? Or, will Sarah’s pain and anger force her away from Big Bear, and Matt, forever?
 

Author: Nancy Fraser

Author: Nancy Fraser
Author Genre: Romance

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Award-winning author Nancy Fraser has been writing since the early 1990s. Published since 1996, she writes in multiple romance genres. From sweet 1960’s vintage romance, to paranormal/time travel, to sizzling erotic romance, she never knows where her muse will take her.

When she’s not writing (which is almost never), Nancy loves to travel with Las Vegas being her favored destination. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

Coffee and Dessert: Meg

Sweet Matchmaking Series Book 1

Author: Jan Romes

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Meg Matheson’s dating experience was a complete train wreck. She decided it was easier to swear off men altogether than to put herself out there again. Eighteen months later, something deep inside beckons. She tries to act as though everything’s fine, but her boss seems to know what’s going on and encourages her to check out Key West’s new coffee bar and companion service. She scoffs at the idea. Curiosity wins.

Riley Thomas lost his wife to a terminal illness. Before she left, she begged him to make their vision a reality – a coffee bar with sweet hookups. It took five years to conquer his grief and to open Coffee and Dessert. He isn’t interested in finding love again, but he’s on a mission to help others find it.

Sparks ignite the second Meg and Riley meet. Because of their pasts, they deny the chemistry. Riley helps Meg make connections through his matchmaking service.

Will Meg find her soul mate?
 

Author: Jan Romes

Author: Jan Romes
Author Genre: Romance, Humor

Website: Jan Romes – There’s a writer in all of us …
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Jan Romes grew up in northwest Ohio with eight zany siblings. Married to her high school sweetheart for more years than seems possible, she’s also a proud mom, mother-in-law, and grandma.

Jan writes contemporary romance and women’s fiction with sharp, witty characters who give as good as they get. The more she writes the more risks she’s willing to take with her characters.

When she’s not writing, you can find Jan with her nose buried in a book or engaged in some sort of activity to stay fit. She loves spending time with family and friends. A hopeless romantic, she enjoys sunsets, sappy movies, and sitting around a campfire. Though she doesn’t claim to have a green thumb, she takes pride in growing all kinds of flowers and plants.

Jan’s passionate about everything that involves the written word. She loves to connect with readers. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, at writer’s conferences and book signings. If you love books as much as she does, she’d love to hear from you.

Rayder’s Appeal

The Brantons Book 4

Author: Bonnie Edwards

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What can a reformed con man do when the woman who changed his life needs his help?

Eleanor Macklin has overcome her past and repaired the damage done by her first, and only, love. She has all she’s ever wanted, her family’s art gallery. If she’s not as spontaneous, or giving, or loving as she once was, well… that’s a life lesson she learned the hard way from a master of deceit. And trust is a thing of the past…

Rayder Cole has stumbled on a plot to forge stolen art that could ruin Ellie Macklin’s art gallery. He must get the forgery back before Ellie’s life is in ruins. He’s done enough damage to the only woman he’s ever loved, and now, he’s back to save what Ellie’s worked hard to build.

If Eleanor doesn’t take a chance on Rayder, she’ll lose everything. But trust lost is almost impossible to regain.

While the race is on to find the forger, Rayder’s appeal begins to work its magic again and Eleanor hates that she still finds him sexy.

Rayder’s determined to reclaim the woman who stole his heart before he even knew he had one…
 

Author: Bonnie Edwards

Author: Bonnie Edwards
Author Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Paranormal

Website: Bonnie Edwards, Romance Author
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Romance author Bonnie Edwards lives with her husband and pets on the rainy coast of British Columbia.You’ll find humor and tears in her earthy, irreverent, love stories. Sometimes her books have a paranormal twist, likes curses or ghosts, other times not, but they’re always entertaining and guarantee a happy ending.

With four ongoing romance series (Tales of Perdition, The Brantons, and her Christmas Collection) and new series RETURN TO WELCOME, she rarely spends a day without writing. She has written novels, novellas and short stories for Kensington Books, Harlequin Books, Carina Press, and Robinson (UK) although now she publishes her work herself. Look for a brand new series RETURN TO WELCOME starting with FINDING MERCY.

Sin Worth the Penance

The Devilish Divas Series, Book 6

Author: M.J. Schiller

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An entire ocean can’t separate Killian Murphey from his grief… But shortly after his return to Ireland Killian finds himself in an unexpected liplock. It definitely gives him a distraction from his sorrows. Who is the temptress that mistook him for someone else in the dark of the pantry? And why has that kiss set him ablaze?

Bridget Flaherty is definitely the kind of girl that leaves a man burned… But she’s more than reputation leads people to believe. And when shadows from her past come to claim her, will she be the one thrown in the fire? Or will she and Killian be able to smother the flames that haunt her?

Either way, she is definitely A SIN WORTH THE PENANCE!
 

Author: M.J. Schiller

Author: M.J. Schiller
Author Genre: Romance

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Bestselling author M.J. Schiller is a retired lunch lady/romance-romantic suspense writer. She enjoys writing novels whose characters include rock stars, desert princes, teachers, futuristic Knights, construction workers, cops, and a wide variety of others. In her mind everybody has a romance. She is the mother of a twenty-two-year-old and three twenty-year-olds. That’s right, triplets! So having recently taught four children to drive, she likes to escape from life on occasion by pretending to be a rock star at karaoke. However…you won’t be seeing her name on any record labels soon.

The Carson City Bride

The Marshals Mail Order Brides Book 1

Author: Cynthia Woolf

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U.S. Marshal Joshua Egan has a vengeance on his mind when he marries an unclaimed mail order bride to care for his motherless children. A gang of outlaws murdered his dear wife during a stagecoach robbery gone wrong and Joshua’s only need now is for justice. When Rachel Maitland arrives with her innocent eyes and kind smile, she breaks the shield around his heart to pieces, like water flowing through a canyon. He can’t keep her out, no matter how hard he tries, and no matter the risk.

Rachel Maitland was only sixteen when she entered into an arranged marriage lacking in just about every way. Now that her elderly husband has passed, she finds the courage to hope for a new and better life as a mail order bride. Her needs are simple, she wants to be loved. She wants a family. She wants a man who will not just provide for her survival, but shelter her lonely heart.

Joshua Egan might be that man. And he might not. There’s not a lot of room for love in a heart burned by vengeance. And this time, when the outlaws come looking for the money from the robbery…it’s personal. There can be only one victor when the battle for a man’s heart is fought between revenge…and love.
 

Author: Cynthia Woolf

Author: Cynthia Woolf
Author Genre: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Website: Cynthia Woolf – from Cowboys to Space Captains
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Cynthia Woolf is the award winning and best-selling author of more than forty-four historical western romance books and two short stories with more books on the way. She also has six scifi romance novels. She also has three boxed sets of her books available

Cynthia loves writing and reading romance. Her first western romance Tame A Wild Heart, was inspired by the story her mother told her of meeting Cynthia’s father on a ranch in Creede, Colorado. Although Tame A Wild Heart takes place in Creede that is the only similarity between the stories. Her father was a cowboy not a bounty hunter and her mother was a nursemaid (called a nanny now) not the ranch owner.

Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and her great critique partners for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.

The Cowboy’s Secret Baby

Colorado Dreamin’ Book 3

Author: Maddie James

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She’s the maid of honor. He’s the best man. Both are keeping secrets.

The long-requested sequel to Maddie James’ first published novel, Roses & Rawhide is now available! Readers wanted to know… What happened to Jillie and Mack’s relationship at the end of Roses & Rawhide?

Why did Jillie go back to Kentucky?
Will they get back together?
What’s their story?

While Kim Martin and Thad Winchester find their happily-ever-after in Roses & Rawhide, their best friends, Jillie Abernathy and Mack Montgomery, end their sleeping bag sharing relationship during the rugged, two-week pack trip into the Colorado San Juan mountains.

But when Kim and Thad host their wedding at Thad’s Colorado ranch a few months later, Mack and Jillie must come face-to-face with reality–and with each other. She’s the Maid of Honor. He’s the Best Man. Both are harboring secrets–secrets that could break a potential future relationship if they both keep avoiding telling the truth.

Can they reveal those secrets to each other? And if so, can they get past the withheld truths to plan a future together?
 

Author: Maddie James

Author: Maddie James
Author Genre: Romance, Suspense

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Maddie James writes to silence the people in her head–if only they wouldn’t all talk at once!

Whether writing traditional contemporary romance or building paranormal worlds, bestselling romance author, Maddie James, pens stories that frequently cross a variety of romantic sub-genres. Sweet or spicy, suspense or comedy, western or time-travel, her heroes and heroines are always chasing one thing–the happily-ever-after.

Maddie is a Food Network junkie, a struggling gardener, an amateur photographer, a sometimes artist, a by-the-seat-of-her-pants writer, and a closet hermit. She writes every day in her sunroom looking out over a rolling corn field and wouldn’t have it any other way. She frequently rescues stray fur-babies and wayward plants and an occasional antique wicker table but has ceased rescuing two-legged strays (her mother is happy about that). All these quirky topics, and more, make their way into her books.

Her first book, THE WILD WEST, a Kensington Precious Gems romance, received a Calico Trails Cameo Award. RED: A SEDUCTION TALE, claimed first place as the Romance Book Scene’s favorite novella of the year. A four-time nominee for a CAPA/Psyche Award from The Romance Studio, she has received numerous Top Pick, 5 Star, and Best Read reviews from various reviewers. Her books have landed on Amazon Top 100 Paid Bestseller lists, including BROKEN, a #1 bestseller in western romance. Maddie has been listed as a Top 100 Most Popular Contemporary Romance Author at Amazon.

Affaire de Coeur says, “James shows a special talent for traditional romance,” and RT Book Reviews claims, “James deftly combines romance and suspense, so hop on for an exhilarating ride.”


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  1. Thank you, James, for this awesome collection of books. I see many that I need to scurry off and buy right now! I appreciate being included.

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  2. What a great list! So many wonderful writers.

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  3. James, what an honor to be listed with these wonderful authors. Thank you for this great selection of books.

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Source: HBS Virtual Bookshelf: There’s Romance In The Air