Re-Release – Taken by Surprise

Since receiving the rights back for TAKEN BY SURPRISE, I’ve been working on having the book re-edited and re-covered.  Finally, after months of work, TAKEN BY SURPRISE is once again on the market!

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Blurb:

Everyone is shocked when Clare Ulster leaves her rich and handsome fiancé, chucks her well-to-do Milwaukee city life, and moves into her grandparents’ old homestead in the remote Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The quiet small town of Iron City is just what she needs to get her life in order and learn to stand on her own.  No men needed! 

Unfortunately, disaster follows her.  Unable to let her go, her abusive, cheating ex- fiancé finds his way to the U.P. and sets out to make Clare’s life more of a living hell then he’d done in the past.  Additionally, Clare’s alleged involvement with the Fire Chief, aka, town player, lands her in a world of trouble with his ring of female admirers, sending her on a dangerously chaotic adventure including murder and kidnapping.  With Clare’s life in danger, irresistible Police Chief Jack Ricco will do whatever it takes to keep their newest resident safe.

Will Clare and Jack be able to survive the deceptively peaceful Iron City?

Get your copy now!

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Createspace – Paperback coming soon

Thank you for your support!

 

 

Spring Cleaning Surprise

I did a bit of spring cleaning today and was rewarded with a pleasant surprise.  While cleaning a closet, I came across my mother’s stash of V.C. Andrews books.  Though I’ve already read them, I pulled them out, and put them back onto the TBR shelf.  I guarantee that within five minutes of posting this, I will be cracking open Flowers in the Attic.

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What books and authors do you read over and over?

Love Between the Covers – Romance Documentary

Interview with Laurie Kahn

Love Between the Covers!

Here’s an interview with Laurie Kahn, the LBTC writer/director/producer – AND – find out what the Press is saying about LBTC:

Writer/Director/Producer Laurie Kahn talks about her page turning documentary and “Must See” festival film, LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS, which takes us inside the world of the romance novel. June 10th kicked off the official Opening Night of the 21st Annual 2015 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL, one of the crown jewels in the global film festival crown.

“Upbeat and heartfelt…”
- Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

“The feature-length film takes an affectionate look at the vast, unheralded community of women who have effectively kept the publishing industry afloat by sales of romance novels (more than $1 billion in 2013 alone, according to BookStats).”
- James Sullivan, The Boston Globe

“For romance aficionados, Love Between the Covers will articulate and confirm all the reasons they love romance. For viewers who know little or nothing about romance fiction, Kahn’s documentary will deliver one astonishment after another.”
- Donna Seaman, The Booklist Reader
“Booklist Editors’ Choice: Video, 2015 – TOP OF THE LIST WINNER
Writers and fans demonstrate affection and mutual respect for each other in this well-edited program that will be devoured by romance readers, aspiring writers, and anyone who loves reading.”
- Candace Smith, Booklist
“The documentary was really fabulous!”
- Kristin Wise, RT Book Reviews

“Romance writing isn’t just a billion-dollar industry. It’s also the nicest meritocracy around.”
- Emma Teitel, Maclean’s Magazine
Join us:

February 20th from 1:00 to 5:00

West Allis Public Library

Constitution Room

7421 W. National Ave.

West Allis, WI 53214

414-302-8503

and

February 27th from 1:00 to 4:30

Brown County Library – Kress Family Branch

333 N Broadway

De Pere, WI 54115

(920) 448-4407

Love Between the Covers – Romance Documentary

Coming soon to the West Allis Public Library and the Kress Family Library in De Pere – Love Between the Covers!

Here’s what readers are saying about LBTC:

Video interview:   https://player.vimeo.com/video/140221532

Video Interview:  https://player.vimeo.com/video/134982872

Amazing. It was incredible… The community of women really surprised me!

— Dina Reeves, romance reader

 “I think that it shows that women are important. Women’s feelings, thoughts, and desires are important.”

— Rebecca J. Haymond, reader

Nora's readers

Film Synopsis:

Love stories are universal. Love stories are powerful. And so are the women who write them. For three years, the filmmakers followed the lives of five published romance authors and one unpublished newbie as they build their businesses, find and lose loved ones, cope with a tsunami of change in publishing, and earn a living doing what they love—while empowering others to do the same. Romance is the behemoth of the publishing industry; it outsells mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy combined. Yet no filmmaker has ever taken an honest look at the amazing global community that romance writers and readers have built. Until now.

Where and when can you go to see this lovely, heartfelt film?

February 20th from 1:00 to 5:00

West Allis Public Library

Constitution Room

7421 W. National Ave.

West Allis, WI 53214

414-302-8503

and

February 27th from 1:00 to 4:30

Brown County Library – Kress Family Branch

333 N Broadway

De Pere, WI 54115

(920) 448-4407

Love Between the Covers – Romance Documentary

Love Between the Covers

LBTC Picture

Calling all readers and writers – Coming soon to Milwaukee and Green Bay – Love Between the Covers!

Yes, you read it correctly.  The feature-length documentary film about the awesome community of women who read and write romance novels will be showing at two locations.  WisRWA is sponsoring both showings!

Where and when can you go to see this lovely, heartfelt film?

February 20th from 1:00 to 5:00

West Allis Public Library

Constitution Room

7421 W. National Ave.

West Allis, WI 53214

414-302-8503

February 27th from 1:00 to 4:30

Brown County Library – Kress Family Branch

333 N Broadway

De Pere, WI 54115

(920) 448-4407

***Not only can you view this great film at the Kress Family Branch of the Brown County Library you can participate in a Reader and Author Q&A!  But wait, there’s more, many of Wisconsin’s finest romance authors will be holding a book signing after the film showing!  Hang around after the show and visit with the authors!***

Love Between the covers teaser Film synopsis:

Love stories are universal. Love stories are powerful. And so are the women who write them. For three years, the filmmakers followed the lives of five published romance authors and one unpublished newbie as they build their businesses, find and lose loved ones, cope with a tsunami of change in publishing, and earn a living doing what they love—while empowering others to do the same. Romance is the behemoth of the publishing industry; it outsells mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy combined. Yet no filmmaker has ever taken an honest look at the amazing global community that romance writers and readers have built. Until now.

Check out the trailer: https://vimeo.com/user7053188/lbtctrailer

Here’s some more clips:  http://www.lovebetweenthecovers.com/full-film-clips/

How about some pictures:  http://www.lovebetweenthecovers.com/press-kit

Meet the main characters:  http://www.lovebetweenthecovers.com/main-characters/

***All WisRWA authors are invited to participate in either or both events.  Contact Valerie Clarizio at valclarizio@yahoo.com if you’d like to participate at the Green Bay event or Maureen Welli if you’d like to participate at the West Allis event.***

Valentine’s Pets & Kisses – Release Tour!

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Valentine’s Day is all about the joy of love and romance, and who doesn’t like hearts and flowers? Get a jump on that special day
by pre-ordering your copy of the Valentine Pets & Kisses Boxed Set brought to you by a fourteen talented romance writers.
At the special price of $0.99, you have more reason than one to celebrate because this is a limited time offer. Order your copy of Valentine Pets & Kisses today! Release date is Tuesday, February 2, 2016, which is just around the corner!
Description
Candy and canines. Flowers and felines. Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with your sweethearts of the human and fuzzy varieties!
Nothing is more heart-warming than kisses from the pet who adores you and the man who loves you, so snuggle up with VALENTINE PETS & KISSES — an anthology of fourteen sweet romances from USA Today bestselling and award-winning authors — and strike the perfect mood for moonlit walks and candlelight dinners with your pet and
sweetheart.
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Valentine Hound Dog – Rachelle Ayala
Fashion icon Jenna Hart, along with her basset hound puppy, tries to convince a burned former fireman that beauty is never skin deep and love’s arrow strikes not only the beautiful, but the bold.
The Crazy Girl’s Handbook – DelSheree Gladden
Spending the weekend babysitting her two nephews and a puppy was supposed to be fun. Sweating to death at a baseball game while getting gum in her hair, soda down her shirt, and an ice cream pedicure wasn’t part of the deal. Neither was finding out the best guy she’d ever missed a blind date with had witnessed it all. Longest. Weekend. Ever.
The Vet’s Valentine Gift – J.L. Campbell
Matthias Laing has snagged the woman of his dreams, but his job as a vet keeps getting him into trouble. The situation is past complicated because of the growing assortment of animals in Toni’s house and to top it all, the conflict between Matthias and her ex-husband. Can Matthias and Toni’s budding romance survive their challenges and
if it doesn’t, will Jade, her precocious five-year-old find a way to play Cupid and fix things by Valentine’s Day?
Her Perfect Catch – K.L. Brady
Nerdy, struggling sports writer Melanie Vincent needs a miracle when her dream of running a nationally recognized blog hits a snag due to low readership. After Mel is gifted a pair of Super Bowl tickets for years of faithful dog sitting, she has a chance encounter with her favorite football player that leads to the inside scoop on the biggest
story of her career…and maybe the love of a lifetime.
cover set 2
Inflamed – Jade Kerrion
Debra Martinez doesn’t believe in happy endings, until Sean Orr, Havre de Grace’s newest firefighter, shows her and her son, Aidan, a new and beautiful kind of “normal.” But the happiness can’t last—not for Sean who is on the run from his own past.
Remember When – Hope Welsh
Laura and Brent really tried to make their marriage work, but in the end, it just wasn’t meant to be. Or was it? When they meet to discuss joint custody of their Akita, they discover they have much more to talk about other than the dog.
Your Biggest Fan? – Sydney Aaliyah Michelle
Noah Patrick, NFL bad boy, has sworn off women, who only seem to want him for his fame and his money. Callie James is such a big Noah Patrick fan, she named her energetic Chihuahua after the man of her dreams. When they find themselves hiding out in the same Brooklyn Brownstone, a crazy blizzard, a never-ending supply of spaghetti, and a dog with identity issues bring them together even though they both
have secrets that would tear them apart.
The Feline Fix – Caroline Bell Foster
Meeting Police Constable Callum Forde on the worse day of her life, makes cat lover and scientist Wendy Wilde question all that she values, her cat’s loyalty and the role science plays in love.
cover set 3
Trembling Hearts – Suzette Riddick
Recluse Jason Carr is living in rural Virginia after an accident leaves him physically scarred. While taking a stroll and minding his business, the spunky Lezlie Sharpe literally crashes into his life, stealing the heart of his beloved pooch, Trooper. Now, forced to share living quarters, will Lezlie capture Jason’s heart too?
Valentino, Be Mine – Tina D.C. Hayes
Kaylee Rose is thrilled when a neighbor moving out of the country asks if she’ll consider taking in her teacup Yorkie, Valentino, but there are a few strings attached. When she finds out a man she can’t stand is the other caretaker, she’s forced to deal with the arrogant jerk until they decide who gets the pampered pooch permanently . . . or risk
losing the dog to a heartbreaking fate.
Lost and Found – Jeanne Bannon
Lexie is so distraught after long-time boyfriend, Josh, dumps her, she takes a leave of absence from her teaching job. Josh leaves behind the puppy he bought for her just before things fell apart even though she’s not a dog person. Lexie contemplates giving it away but decides keep the little mischief-maker and get her some training.  While at puppy obedience school, Lexie meets Tommy, the happy-go-lucky type she
could give her heart to if only she was ready. But Lexie gives Tommy the brush off and they lose touch. However, a series of events, some unfortunate, bring them together again.
cover set 4
Surviving San Francisco – Susan Oloier
When 23-year-old Leah Newland accepts a job in San Francisco and runs away from her small-town Illinois life, she expects things to change for the better. What she doesn’t expect is to lose her job, adopt a cat she hit with her car, and fall for a sexy and seemingly unavailable veterinarian. Suddenly, going back to the Midwest seems better
than surviving San Francisco.
19 Ivy Lane – Aubrey Wynne
Eloise Kolby steps off the bus and greets Hollywood with high expectations and a smile. Two months later, she’s broke, hungry and rethinking her dream. An offer to house sit provides her with too much time alone, an adopted family of kittens and a sexy postman
waiting at her gate. Victor Burnham can’t stop thinking of the beautiful, mysterious woman who just moved into his hometown. She meets him each day at the mailbox, waiting for a letter. When the envelope finally arrives, they both must face decisions that could make their dreams come true or jeopardize their relationship forever.
Three Plus Three – Cindy Flores Martinez
A year after losing her husband, a grieving widow, Violet, and their beloved bichon fries visit their favorite place the day before Valentine’s Day. While they are there, Violet meets a handsome widower who makes her feel alive again.
VPK Final 14 copy
Don’t delay. Download your copy today!
Purchase Links
Barnes & Noble Nook: http://bit.ly/VPKNok
Google Play: http://bit.ly/VPKGp
Apple iBooks: http://bit.ly/VPKiBk
Join the Release Party on Facebook.
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Heart filled with paw prints and scrolls

Author Bios
Rachelle Ayala From romantic suspense to sweet contemporaries, I write from my heart and love to include children and pets in my stories.
DelSheree Gladden is a USA Today bestselling young adult and romance author, whose writing includes everything from dystopian and Native American mythology to sweet and funny romances.
J.L. Campbell is an award-winning author who writes sweet romance, romantic suspense, women’s fiction, new and young adult novels.
K.L. Brady is a multi-award-winning author of sweet and sexy romantic comedies, young adult romance, and a spy thriller series based on her career in U.S. intelligence.
Jade Kerrion writes frequently award-winning, occasionally best-selling science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance novels.
Sydney Aaliyah Michelle is a contemporary romance writer, a voracious reader and movie fanatic who hails from Texas.
Caroline Bell Foster writes contemporary women’s fiction with themes of substance that defy convention.
Suzette Riddick is a wife, mother and nurse practitioner who enjoys writing romance novels with a touch of reality.
Tina D.C. Hayes writes romantic suspense and cozy mysteries while her pampered pooches and parrots stand guard against writer’s block.
Jeanne Bannon is an international best-selling author of paranormal and romance fiction with twenty-five years of experience in the publishing industry.
Susan Oloier is a mother and educator who writes memoir, as well as adult and young adult contemporary fiction.
Aubrey Wynne is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night.
Cindy Flores Martinez writes sweet romantic comedy and inspirational romance in both English and Spanish.

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Love Between the Covers

LBTC Picture

Calling all readers and writers – Coming soon to Milwaukee and Green Bay – Love Between the Covers!

Yes, you read it correctly.  The feature-length documentary film about the awesome community of women who read and write romance novels will be showing at two locations.  WisRWA is sponsoring both showings!

Where and when can you go to see this lovely, heartfelt film?

February 20th from 1:00 to 5:00

West Allis Public Library

Constitution Room

7421 W. National Ave.

West Allis, WI 53214

414-302-8503

February 27th from 1:00 to 4:30

Brown County Library – Kress Family Branch

333 N Broadway

De Pere, WI 54115

(920) 448-4407

***Not only can you view this great film at the Kress Family Branch of the Brown County Library you can participate in a Reader and Author Q&A!  But wait, there’s more, many of Wisconsin’s finest romance authors will be holding a book signing after the film showing!  Hang around after the show and visit with the authors!***

Love Between the covers teaser Film synopsis:

Love stories are universal. Love stories are powerful. And so are the women who write them. For three years, the filmmakers followed the lives of five published romance authors and one unpublished newbie as they build their businesses, find and lose loved ones, cope with a tsunami of change in publishing, and earn a living doing what they love—while empowering others to do the same. Romance is the behemoth of the publishing industry; it outsells mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy combined. Yet no filmmaker has ever taken an honest look at the amazing global community that romance writers and readers have built. Until now.

Check out the trailer: https://vimeo.com/user7053188/lbtctrailer

Here’s some more clips:  http://www.lovebetweenthecovers.com/full-film-clips/

How about some pictures:  http://www.lovebetweenthecovers.com/press-kit

Meet the main characters:  http://www.lovebetweenthecovers.com/main-characters/

***All WisRWA authors are invited to participate in either or both events.  Contact Valerie Clarizio at valclarizio@yahoo.com if you’d like to participate at the Green Bay event or Maureen Welli if you’d like to participate at the West Allis event.***