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Pets for Vets Donation!

As some of you may remember, I was part of a boxed set entitled LOVE UNDER FIRE.  The romantic suspense set featured 21 stories by bestselling authors. A portion of the proceeds were to be donated to the PETS FOR VETS program. A program that pairs shelter pets with veterans. This past weekend, one of the authors, Kathryn Knight, presented a check in the amount of $1,725 to the PETS FOR VETS chapter in Portland Maine.  Soon, another author in the group will present a check for the same amount to the group in Washington DC.

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It was such an honor for me to be a part of this fabulous group of authors and project.

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The LOVE UNDER FIRE set is no longer available as a book bundle but most of the authors have rereleased their stories separately. Check out the author links below for more information.

Judith Lucci

Love Under Fire title:  RUN for Your Life 

A long awaited romantic interlude turns deadly…

Stephany Tullis

Love Under Fire title:  Blue Lady’s MISSION Under FIRE

THE MISSION changed. Her COVER is blown. With NOWHERE to run and NOWHERE to hide, what can she do to SURVIVE?

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret A. Daly

Love Under Fire title:  Monsters in My Closet

Can Becky keep her secrets?

 

Fiona Quinn

Love Under Fire title:  Cold Red

Undercover. Under fire. Under arrest. It’s hard to save a special agent’s life with your hands cuffed behind your back.

Kathryn Knight

Love Under Fire title:  The Haunting of Hillwood Farm

A dangerous ghost brings them together…but will they survive long enough to find happiness?

Casi McLean

Love Under Fire title:  Reign of Fire

When Love Sparks Fire, Even Ash Burns

 

K.M. Hodge

Love Under Fire title: Summer of ’78
When you’re a serial killer’s type…

Linda Watkins 

Love Under Fire title: The Turning
The Witches of Storm Island

It is the Year of Our Lord 1685 and 14-year-old Maude Prichard finds herself at a crossroads in life…

Alyssa Richards

Love Under Fire title:  Chasing Secrets

Her husband’s secret tore everything down. A ruthless killer threatens all she has left. It’s up to her to make everything right.

Tamara Ferguson

Love Under Fire title:  Two Hearts Under Fire

Can two wounded hearts under fire survive love?


Suzanne Jenkins

Love Under Fire title:  Running with Horses

Moving horses to the high country comes just in time when Mindy and her coffee date witness murder at a Mojave Desert cafe

Valerie J. Clarizio

Love Under Fire title:  The Code Enforcer

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

Stephanie Queen

Love Under Fire title:  Ace Under Fire

Can this bad boy has-been make a comeback to save an old flame?

Uvi Poznansky

Love Under Fire title:  Virtually Lace

Michael sets out to create a virtual reality simulation of the murder. Can he bring the mystery to life? Can he solve its clues in time, before the killer turns on the woman he loves?

Inge-Lise Goss

Love Under Fire title:  Diamonds and Lies

When murder upends a diamond heist, can the jewel thief trust the mark who vows to protect her?

Anna Celeste Burke

Love Under Fire title:  Lily’s Homecoming Under Fire

Someone in wine country wants Lily dead…

S.R. Mallery

Love Under Fire title:  Tender Enemies

In 1941, when Lily sets up a “honey trap” for Joe, the Nazi, she soon faces a danger she isn’t prepared for–falling in love. 

Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Love Under Fire title:  Buckle Bunny

The last guy to call Maggie a buckle bunny didn’t make his eight seconds

Jinx Schwartz

Love Under Fire title:  Baja Get Away

Sometimes love is murder

Aaron Paul Lazar

Love Under Fire title:  The Asylum

Carmen has a secret, and his name is Dr. Micah Worthy

Chris Patchell

Love Under Fire:  Deception Bay

She’s armed. He’s dangerous. Together, can they stop a killer from tearing a small island community apart?

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WisRWA Announces the Finalists in the Write Touch Readers’ Award Contest!

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So this happened yesterday…I am thrilled to announce that MISSING OUT ON LIFE finaled in the romantic suspense category in the Wisconsin Romance Writers Write Touch Readers’ Award Contest.

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Congratulations to all the finalists and a big THANK YOU to all who judged and helped with the contest.

A full list of finalists can be found here: http://wisrwa.org/write-touch-2019-finalists/

Upcoming events!

I, like many others, am ready to get rid of this snow and move on to warmer and sunnier pastures. Though, with the amount of snow we had this year we had a great snowmobile season – no complaints about that part of winter. But, the cold finally got to me and I’m ready to bring on the Spring activities which for me means the hiking, fishing, and BOOK EVENT season is about to start. The hubby and I have begun what we call ‘practice walking’ for our upcoming trip to Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Zion and Joshua Tree national parks.  Here’s some pictures of some of our past hiking and fishing trips:

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I’ve also begun to prepare for upcoming book events.

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On April 12th I’ll be doing a workshop for Write on Door County at their WRITING ON THE DOOR: Paths to Publication Conference.  I’ll be talking about writing your first draft fast and how to carve out tome to write, no matter what, to finish your book.  We’ll talk about increasing productivity and staying the course.  I will also be sitting on a panel with four other authors to discuss, and field questions, in regard to our paths for publication.

It’s not too late to sign up for the conference! Just click here!

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On April 27th from 4:00 to 5:00 I’ll be hosting ‘Romance Bingo’ with three other romance authors.  I invite you Join me, NYTimes bestselling author Stacey Joy Netzel, USA Today bestselling author PJ Fiala, and Steven Mitchell for a fun hour of bingo filled with books and prizes.

On April 28th I’ll be sitting on a panel with three other romance authors and we’ll be talking about ‘Writing Romance in the 21st Century.’

Romance writing can be a tricky enough subject to conquer, let alone having to adapt to the changing market. Join this talented group of writers to learn all about romance writing in the 21st century.  

I will also be taking part in a book signing event on Saturday, the 27th from noon until 3:00!

You can find out more here: UntitledTown Book and Author Festival, Green Bay WI, April 26-28, 2019.

 

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.

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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

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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?

Blurb:

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

WHEN LOVE SPARKS DANGER, GET READY FOR AN EXPLOSION

EVERY SALE HELPS A VETERAN GET A PET!!!

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.

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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?

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

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SHIFTER WOODS: SNARL by NICOLA M. CAMERON

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.

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Word Count: 31,000

Series: Esposito County Shifters (Book 3)

Heat Level 4

Published by Belaurient Press

ASIN: B07H2YFLY2

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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.

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BIO

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

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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.

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