Leadership quotes…

I’m on a leadership quote kick lately.  Here are two of my favorites:


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Do you have any favorites you’d like to share?


Guest Post/New Release by Author Raven McAllan

I’m happy to introduce fellow Evernight author Raven McAllan. Raven’s going to tell you a bit about her new release titled TEMPTATION! raven

Raven, the floor is yours.

Thank you for inviting me onto your blog today, to talk about Temptation my recently released book from Evernight Publishing.

Temptation is the first book in a new series about an Island in the Indian Ocean where dreams and fantasies come true—if you let them.

Isola dei Sogni. Island of Dreams. Not your ordinary run of the mill island. For a start, there a lot of very interesting people living there. Some aren’t wholly human either. The shifter population is active in the running of the island. So are those with other attributes. After all, you need all sorts to sort out those dreams and fantasies.

I wrote a shorter version of this story several years ago, as book two in the series. With Impulse another story set on the same island as book one. When I subbed those original stories to Evernight they suggested we swapped the order around. It works so much better.

Temptation is Meryl’s story. She’s feisty, doesn’t suffer fools gladly and is still getting over the break up with the one guy she could have settled down with. Not that she’d admit that of course, especially not to him.

Marloth is so pleased to see her again. But there’s a lot of unfinished business between them, especially his past, and how she wasn’t supposed to fit into it.

A wee tease… Here he is trying to explain some of it to Meryl

So, let’s go back to my twenty-first birthday. When my father told me my history. It’s a strange thing in my family, but you don’t shift until you come of age. That is twenty-one. Oh, and by family, I mean it more than a mum, dad, grandparent sort of thing. I guess other sorts of shifters will have clans, and packs, and stuff. We have a family. Each to their own. Anyway, where was I? Oh, yeah. I have no idea how or why it happens like that, the being twenty-one stuff, but it does. So, the night before that date, you’re invited to meet up with the council, for your coming-of-age ceremony. It’s all very hush-hush and no one ever talks about it afterward. Even now, I’m not going to explain things to you, except to say I was told what would happen, and how. I had to pledge certain things, as well. Of course, at twenty- one, and in front of all these people you’ve known as friends of your father, it was scary. I couldn’t help but wonder about mafias, or mason-type things. Overawed and overwhelmed was an understatement. Not only that, one of those things indirectly involves you.”

He shivered. Meryl squirmed. She was uneasy and didn’t want to show it. A sheen of sweat beaded on Marloth’s skin, and Meryl herself felt clammy. Tentacles of fear were once more busy and crawling over her body, and she had to know more. It wasn’t something she did very often, but Meryl prayed that Marloth would be able to explain without breaking any oath he’d taken. “It does? How?”

“Let me do it all in order, ’kay? Then I think you’ll see things better.” He hesitated and then picked up her hand to play with it, stroking the back, and rubbing her fingers with his. If that connection helped him, no way was Meryl going to tell him that each feather- light sensation was making her hot, needy, and wet.

“So, after the big day, I was told to go back to university and finish my last semester. Then once I’d graduated, they’d begin my … my education as a shifter, I guess. The first time you shift is not easy, not comfortable, and damn well not something you can talk about over a pint. I guess if you learn from an early age it might be different, but we don’t.”

“And do you know who else is like you? You know, have meetings and things?” Meryl was interested in the mechanics of it all. When she’d known him the previous year, and inadvertently walked in on him as he shifted, she hadn’t freaked out, as he seemed to think she would. Instead, with his permission, she’d watched, fascinated as he changed from man to beast, and then later, back again. Now it seemed something sinister was tied up in his abilities, with her entangled in it.

“Not as such, but yeah, I guess you could say, like senses like. And of course, you do know some people. Those who guide you, for instance, like Faran does for me. He’s my cousin, and powerful in our families. Also, you know some, but not all those earmarked to be part of your life.” He sighed and his hold on her hand tightened.

“Like a wife?” Meryl guessed. “And we met, and I put a spanner in someone’s works?”

“Something like that.” Marloth kissed each finger of the hand he held. “You see, I was at, well, not a loose end because I knew what I wanted, but I wanted to paint. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. Put a canvas in front of me, and I’m away in my own world. I worked like an idiot for a few years and then said I needed a gap year.”

Meryl giggled. “I thought most people did them immediately before or after uni?”

“Well, I like to be different. No, honestly? I wanted enough money as a cushion so I could paint. When I came into your coffee house, I’d been in Europe and worked my ass off in a painting frenzy. I headed back to Scotland to check out some of the country’s scenery. Then I saw you and knew I needed to check out your scenery instead.”

If you’re interested, you can find Temptation on the Evernight Publishing website, Amazon, Bookstrand, Kobo and Smashwords.

Book two Impulse will be out in March.

Happy reading,

Love Raven xx


USA Today Bestselling Author Announcement!

I am beyond excited to announce that LOVE UNDER FIRE hit the USA Today Bestselling List at #44.  LOVE UNDER FIRE is a romantic suspense box set of which 50% of the pre-order proceeds, along with proceeds from the first week’s sales, will be donated to the PETS FOR VETS program.

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My contribution to the set is entitled THE CODE ENFORCER.

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Can they overcome their painful pasts—and a murder investigation—to find happiness together?


Having been made the laughing stock of her hometown by her cheating ex-fiancé, Investigator Markie Pearson has sworn off overly-confident, good-looking men. When Bryce Hawk strolls into town, Markie quickly realizes he’s the classic example of a man she needs to keep at a distance.

Ex-Marine Bryce Hawk moves to small-town Wisconsin after his military career-ending injury. All he wants to do is hide in his mundane job as the city’s code enforcer while he sorts out his life. What Bryce doesn’t account for is Markie, that emerald eyed beauty, walking through his office door on day one. Too bad it’s too, late. Women are not in his plans, nor will they ever be…especially Markie, the one who gets his dormant juices flowing while irritating him at the same time.

When the municipal code violators that Bryce is investigating are murdered, Bryce becomes Markie’s number one suspect. Or, is he another target? Is she?

Will this damaged cop and wounded vet overcome their inner demons in order to work together to escape the claws of death and perhaps find love in the process?

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If you haven’t already nabbed your copy of LOVE UNDER FIRE you can still do so:

Amazon / Universal Link



Twenty-one Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and other bestselling authors bring you a heart-pounding collection of 21 BRAND NEW, NEVER-BEFORE PUBLISHED stories all in one amazing romantic suspense limited time boxed set.

From Around The Edges of Every Day Existence Lurks Mystery, Betrayal, Greed, and Death

With every turn of the page, feel the heat of adrenaline as fear lights up the night. Fight alongside the tenacious heroes and heroines as they battle for survival. They’ll put everything on the line to thwart the evil coming after them.

They want to trust in the power of love. But is it enough?

Bookbub Deal of the Day! Check out Missing Out on Life for just $.99

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Jaded by the past. Closed to a future. Shocked by unveiled secrets. They were meant to be together.

Meredith Wellington receives a call that her sister has been murdered. Her two young nieces land on her doorstep. An instant family is the last thing she needs as she reaches for the top rung of the corporate ladder.

Jeremiah Crown, aka Coach, lives a simple life managing his family’s Kentucky horse ranch. When a damsel in distress decked out in a suit and spiked heels needs assistance, he’s more than happy to help out. Happier still to realize this corporate powerhouse doesn’t recognize him as the man she’d deemed an enemy in high school twenty years earlier.

Once she realizes Coach’s identity, any chance of a romantic relationship disappears. When Meredith places her nieces low on her priority list, Jeremiah reconsiders his attraction to her. When danger comes calling, Meredith realizes this kindhearted veteran has the skill set to help her, if only she could set aside her pride to ask.

Can two people overcome past misunderstandings in time to thwart approaching danger?

Amazon / Nook / iTunes / Universal Link

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New Release by Nicola M. Cameron – Shifter Woods: SNARL



Hello, and thanks so much for having me on today! Shifter Woods: Snarl is the third entry in my Esposito County Shifters series and takes place a few weeks after the events of Shifter Woods: Howl and Shifter Woods: Roar. In this story, we meet disgraced wolf Alpha and ex-SEAL Jack Hawthorne, who shows up in Esposito County hoping to get a job with a former commanding officer. The last thing he expects to find is his mate … or to learn that Kate Chandler is the daughter of his former commander, has no sense of smell, and isn’t interested in being mated. Jack will need all of his SEAL endurance skills to woo and win his mate—assuming that the Alpha of Esposito County’s wolf pack lets him stay at all.

The fourth entry, Shifter Woods: Scream, will come out in late October, with plans to combine all four novellas into a box set and print version in January 2019. I also plan on doing a full-length novel set in Esposito County – not sure which couple is going to star in it yet, but I promise that everyone from the Shifter Woods novellas will make an appearance.

Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance

Word Count: 31,000

Series: Esposito County Shifters (Book 3)

Heat Level 4

Published by Belaurient Press



Can a lone wolf woo and win his very own kitty girl, or will he get turned into cougar chow?

Jack Hawthorne is an Alpha wolf shifter and former SEAL who lost the leadership of his pack while serving his country. Kate Chandler is a cougar shifter with no sense of smell and a deep-seated distrust of fated mates. When these two are thrown together at the Cougar Ridge Ski Resort in Esposito County, NM, Jack realizes that the sharp-witted, beautiful female is his heart’s mate. But her injury means she can’t smell the truth, and her father (and Jack’s former commanding officer) has made it clear that Kate is off limits.

Now, Jack has to convince Kate that they’re meant for each other, win her father’s approval, and convince the local wolf pack to accept him. But as every SEAL knows, the only easy day was yesterday.



Nicola Cameron is a married woman of a certain age who really likes writing about science fiction, fantasy, and sex. When not writing about those things, she likes to make Stuff™. And she may be rather fond of absinthe.

While possessing a healthy interest in romance since puberty, it wasn’t until 2012 that she decided to write about it. The skills picked up during her SF writing career transferred quite nicely to speculative romance. Her To Be Written work queue currently stands at around nineteen books, and her mojito-sodden Muse swans in from Bali every so often to add to the list, cackling to herself all the while.

Nicola plans to continue writing until she drops dead over her keyboard or makes enough money to buy a private island and hire Rory McCann as her personal trainer/masseur, whichever comes first.

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Bookbub Deal of the Day! Check out Taken by Surprise for just $.99!

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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?

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A Thorned Rose in the Sand – New Release by Lea Bronsen

Hi, and thank you for hosting me on your blog!

I got the idea for this story after watching a video of French “globe cooker” Fred Chesneau visiting nomads in the Moroccan desert. They generously shared their food, home, and wisdom with a stranger, and I thought it would be cool to write about a female rally driver having the same experience – only with more spice!

A Thorned Rose in the Sand is set in the beautiful, quiet dunes of western Sahara where the sun is so hot you can’t walk barefooted and you could go miles and miles without seeing a single soul. In this story, you’ll meet a badass 450cc rally motorcycle, an opiniated but gentle dromedary, and two highly strong-willed young persons from opposite sides of the planet who get off to a bad start then can’t keep their hands off each other 😊

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 When life in a big U.S. city becomes too much, Stevie Jones decides to live her wildest dream – compete against the tough guys in a motorcycle rally across Morocco. But the real excitement is found away from the race track, in the shifting sands of the desert.

 After his studies in London, Ragab has returned to the nomadic lifestyle of his Bedouin family and the majestic silence of the Sahara. He dreams of the perfect wife, until a beautiful but feisty biker stuck in a sand dune turns his quiet world upside down.

Available from

Evernight / Amazon.com / Amazon.uk / Barnes & Noble / Bookstrand / iTunes / Kobo / Smashwords

 Add the book to your shelf on Goodreads   

See photos that inspired me to write the book on Pinterest

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About the author

 Lea Bronsen


Lea Bronsen likes her reads hot, fast, and edgy, and strives to give her own stories the same intensity. After venturing into dirty inner-city crime drama with her debut novel Wild Hearted, she divides her writing time between psychological thriller, romantic suspense, and dark erotic romance.

Meet Lea Bronsen on

Website / Blog / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Goodreads / Amazon / Pinterest


So this happened today – I made the top 100 Amazon Author Rank in Some Sub-Categories!


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AND – The Love Under Fire boxed set I’m in is currently at #423 on Amazon!

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Part of what is so great about this boxed set is that 50% of the pre-order proceeds will be donated to #petsforvets!

Help authors help VETERANS and PETS!


Twenty-one Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and other bestselling authors bring you a heart-pounding collection of 21 BRAND NEW, NEVER-BEFORE PUBLISHED stories all in one amazing romantic suspense limited time boxed set.

From around the edges of every day existence lurks mystery, betrayal, greed, and death.

With every turn of the page, feel the heat of adrenaline as fear lights up the night. Fight alongside the tenacious heroes and heroines as they battle for survival. They’ll put everything on the line to thwart the evil coming after them.

They want to trust in the power of love. But is it enough?


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iTunes: https://apple.co/2NkgkcD
Nook: http://bit.ly/2IMhydl
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GCTP7CJ

Universal Link: https://www.books2read.com/u/mleeJP


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Book Lovers Day!

Get 40 #Books for #99c! #BookLoversDay Deal! #Romance #Suspense #Thrillers

Re-Blogged post by Kathryn Knight:

As far as I’m concerned, every day should be Book Lovers’ Day!  As a reader and an author, I can’t imagine a day that didn’t include immersing myself in a story.  I’ve been doing a series of individual cover reveals for the Romantic Suspense Box Set that will contain my next novel, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm, and right now, you can get an amazing deal if you pre-order this Box Set of 21 Romantic Suspense Thrillers.  These are all NEW stories from USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Bestselling Authors!  The best part?  We’re donating a large portion of our proceeds to Pets for Vets, a charity that pairs rescued animals with military vets in need of companion animals.  I am so, so happy about this.  As a huge fan of rescuing animals, and a daughter, granddaughter, and wife of military veterans, this is so important to me.

Right now, we are offering an unbelievable deal, to get the ball rolling and maximize visibility:  we’re offering the entire set for just 99 cents if you Pre-order NOW on either Nook or iTunes (or the iBooks phone app).  That means you can order the set today, and have it hit your e-reader on release day, November 13th, automatically—a fun surprise just in time for holiday travels and a little escapism when the chaos of the season gets too stressful, or a snowstorm gives you some time to unwind.

As a special thank you, you get 19 FREE books and novellas today!  All you need to do is take a screenshot of your iTunes or Nook order and send it to:

You’ll get codes to download any or all of the 19 titles in the photo above for free!  So help us meet our goal to support Pets for Vets and download Love Under Fire today, and then redeem your free books and find some new authors to love!  LINKS:

Love Under Fire on iTunes

Love Under Fire on Nook/Barnes & Noble

Our big Love Under Fire Facebook party is coming up too, and we hope you’ll join us as we celebrate!  There will be tons of giveaways, and you’ll get the very first peek at excerpts from the Box Set novels listed below. Join the Party here, and we’ll see you on August 13th.  Happy Book Lovers’ Day!

Titles in the Love Under Fire Box Set:

Kathryn Knight – The Haunting of Hillwood Farm

Stephanie Queen – Ace Under Fire

Casi McLean – Reign Of Fire

Valerie J. Clarizio – The Code Enforcer

Chris Patchell – Deception Bay

Aaron Paul Lazar – The Asylum: a Carmen Garcia romantic suspense novel

Alyssa Richards – Chasing Secrets

K.M. Hodge – Summer of ‘78

Pamela Fagan Hutchins – Buckle Bunny

Judith Lucci – RUN for your life

Stephany Tullis – Blue Lady’s MISSION UNDER FIRE

Fiona Quinn – Cold Red

Anna Celeste Burke – Lily’s Homecoming Under Fire

Margaret A. Daly- Monsters in my Closet

Linda Watkins – The Witches of Storm Island, Book I: The Turning

Tamara Ferguson – Two Hearts Under Fire

Suzanne Jenkins – Running with Horses

Inge-Lise Goss – Diamonds and Lies

S.R. Mallery – Tender Enemies

Jinx Schwartz – Baja Get Away

Uvi Poznansky – Virtually Lace

Summer Fun!

Hey folks, how have you been so far this glorious summer?  What have you been up to?

Today I’m going to a friend’s house for her annual Fourth of July Party! She usually throws a pretty good bash and I’m happy to be able to attend this year especially since I’ve missed the last several.


Several weeks back, the hubby and I were on vacation.  Dodging raindrops, we hiked in Shenandoah National Park and the Smoky Mountains.  Our bear count topped out at seventeen. This guy caused a pause in our hike though.

Shenandoah bear

Hiking flat ground isn’t good enough for the hubby, he always feels the need to climb something so we trekked up Mt. LeConte in the Smoky’s.  Here’s my proof:

Mt LeConte

I’d love to hear and see what you’ve been up to. Show me some pics in the comments.

Enjoy the warm days!