Author Aubrey Wynne: Earl of Brecken

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A seductive Welsh earl on the brink of ruin. A wealthy cit in search of a hero.

Miss Evelina Franklin reads too many romance novels. She’s certain a handsome duke—or dashing highwayman—is in her future. In the meantime, Evie entertains herself with the admirers vying for her fortune.

The Earl of Brecken needs cash. His late father left their Welsh estate in ruin, and his mother will not let him rest until it is restored to its former glory. Notorious for his seductive charm, he searches the ballrooms for a wealthy heiress. His choices are dismal until he meets Miss Franklin. Guileless and gorgeous with an enormous dowry, she seems the answer to his prayers. Until his conscience makes an unexpected appearance.

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Brecken Castle, 1815

“My final year of university is finished. Are you sure you want me to leave again so soon?” Madoc leaned against the mantel, the smoldering peat in the grate hot against his trousers. The September sun poured through the floor-to-ceiling windows and mocked the thin, dour man wrapped in heavy wool blankets.

The silence stretched. Perhaps the earl had fallen asleep. His gaze fell on his father’s bony fingers, clutching a shawl around his rounded shoulders as if it were his last defense. Madoc swallowed as his father’s gaze narrowed. The hazel eyes, passed down to his only son, sparked with anger.

“Do you think I cannot manage my own affairs because I cannot walk?” rasped the earl, batting at a limp strand of gray on his forehead. “Do you think the inability to use these feckless limbs affects my brain?”

“No, Father, but I believe it has affected your spirit.” He went down on one knee and took a cold, papery hand in his warm clasp. “Please, let me take you for a ride in the carriage, get out and see some of your tenants. Your soul is in this land.”

“I don’t need you to take me anywhere. If I wanted to leave my home, I’d do it.” The old man bellowed with surprising volume. Then his shoulders slumped, as if the admonishment had depleted what little energy he’d possessed. “Go! Enjoy your youth while you have it. Lady Fortune is a fickle, evil woman. You never know how long happiness will stay perched on your shoulder.”

Madoc was finished. What had he been thinking? His father had no idea how hard it had been to get leave right after Waterloo. Then again, his family didn’t know he was working for the Home Office. He hadn’t been at university for the last year. He’d been in Belgium. His Grand Tour would provide the perfect ruse for a spy to be abroad. He stopped at the front door, his palm on the cold handle of the door, a final glance at his home. It may be years before he was able to return. If he returned.

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Bestselling and award-winning author Aubrey Wynne is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. She resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule, and barn cats. Obsessions include wine, history, travel, trail riding, and all things Christmas. Her Chicago Christmas series has received the Golden Quill, Aspen Gold, Heart of Excellence, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and twice nominated as a Rone finalist by InD’tale Magazine.

Aubrey’s first love is medieval romance but after dipping her toe in the Regency period in 2018 with the Wicked Earls’ Club, she was smitten. This inspired her spin-off series Once Upon a Widow and the Scottish Regency series A MacNaughton Castle Romance with Dragonblade Novels.

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Sin City Wolf: January Bain

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Never get between a wolf and his mate…

Billionaire. Casino owner. Tall, dark and deadly. Cristaldo Luceres is a potent force and a dangerous wolf to cross. Head of the House of Luceres, he’s used to fighting—literally—off any threat from rival houses. Wealth and women are his, but the one thing missing from his life is his mate.

Cristaldo’s on full alert when trouble comes to town in the beautiful shape of one Miss Everly Affini. The talented musician won a shot to play at the coveted Nero’s in Cristaldo’s Glittering Palace… and she could be the one, Cristaldo’s Forever Mate.

One problem is that she doesn’t think so—and isn’t shy about telling him—and another is that Rocco, an enforcer for the House of Ribelle, the Luceres’ sworn enemies, thinks she’s destined for him. Oh, and it’s the most powerful Super Blood Wolf Moon of the century, meaning chaos is unleashed.

Too bad. Once Cristaldo has a scent of his Forever Mate, he’ll fight for her…to the death if necessary. Everly doesn’t stand a chance.

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I stared out at the night, the pull of the waxing moon yanking hard. Taking a gulp of my Dalmore 62, the finest single malt whisky ever produced, I raked a hand through my hair. The need to run free was building, growing stronger by the hour. I needed to let the clean, dry desert wind blow everything else away.

Blame it on the blood moon, an ominous potent to all my wild forbearers, scheduled to rise over Las Vegas’s towering skyline in a matter of days. All my billions couldn’t stop that trickster from wreaking havoc on my kind. Not that I would trade places with any otherworldly creature. Nothing beats being a werewolf. Nothing. Especially being a billionaire werewolf, with more money and possessions than any other wolf or human on the planet.

I savored the final gulp of the fragrant whisky with its drumroll and smooth finish. It would prove amusing to see what my rivals at the House of Ribelle had planned during the event, necessitating me showing those mongrels their low rank in the pecking order. My wolf bristled at the very idea, prepared to strike.

I dropped my glass onto the proofs of the recent interview I’d done for Business Leader Quarterly. The founding of the Royal Bank of Luceres and the recent expansion of our casino enterprises into several new countries was the stuff of legend and warranted a huge center spread in the magazine. Amusing really, humans being unable to see more than what was right in front of their noses. My photo stared from the piece, all GQ to the public, but the slick surface hid a beast, ready to burst forth at a moment’s notice.

And that beast, bored and weary at the sameness of the days, needed a change. Where was the excitement? The new challenge? Having gathered all the riches the world had to offer didn’t fill the deep void of longing, growing stronger by the day, of wanting something more. Only to myself would I admit that my life was lacking, that surrounded by so many, I was lonely.

Maybe it was time to choose a mate? Even if she wasn’t the famed Forever Mate so valued by the pack, at least I would have company at night. Someone to share my victories with. No. I wanted the real thing. A true mate at my side, anointed as being the chosen one of destiny. I raised my head and closed my eyes, catching a sense of change on the wind. Something…was coming.


My office door slammed wide open, causing a low growl of warning to escape my throat before I caught sight of the intruder who’d broken my concentration. Ah, Lucius. My identical twin. He’d come bearing dubious gifts, by the look of it.

Two frightened young women preceded my brother inside the penthouse offices of the Glitter Palace casino. They should be scared. Lucius might have been named for the light, but his heart was filled with darkness.

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January Bain has wished on every falling star, every blown-out birthday candle, and every coin thrown in a fountain to be a storyteller. To share the tales of high adventure, mysteries, and full-blown thrillers she has dreamed of all her life. The story you now have in your hands is the compilation of a lot of things manifesting itself for this special series. Hundreds of hours spent researching the unusual and the mundane have come together to create books that features strong women who live life to the fullest, wild adventures full of twists and unforeseen turns, and hot complicated men who aren’t afraid to take risks. She can only hope her stories will capture your imagination.

If you are looking for January Bain, you can find her hard at work every morning without fail in her office with her furry baby, Ling Ling. And, of course, she’s married to the most romantic man! Who once famously remarked to her inquiry about buying fresh flowers for their home every week, “Give me one good reason why not?” Leaving her speechless and knocking her head against the proverbial wall for being so darn foolish. She loves flowers.

If you wish to connect in the virtual world she is easily found on Facebook. Oh, and she loves to talk books…



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Author Interview Luba Lesychyn: Theft Between The Rains

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Author Interview: Luba Lesychyn

1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book?

I think many writers feel that a genre chooses them and I am one of those. I started my novel writing journey with a character, a chocolate-addicted museum employee, and I wanted to set the book in the world of museums in which I had been working for more than 20 years (in Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum). I also hoped to inject a sense of humor into my work.

It was only after a false start or two that I decided to bring in the element of an international art theft thriller and it wasn’t until a third draft that I integrated a real-life cold case heist that had taken place at the ROM in the 1980s. That was the genesis of my first book, Theft By Chocolate, and then I followed it up with a sequel, Theft Between the Rains, where many of the same characters return with a new art theft plot – although, I must say, the plot is very different and kind of turns art theft upside down.

2. Writers write what they know, and must observe the world. Are you a first born, middle or last child and how does this shape your view of the world?

I was the only daughter in the family and was wedged in between an older and younger brother. They’ve been my best friends even in our youth and I definitely learned about being independent because I wanted to do everything that they could do. I was also the most introverted of the siblings – ‘the observer.’ I tend to let other people do the talking and sit back and listen. It’s not surprising that I was the one who became a writer.

3. Where is your favorite place to write?

I live in a very small urban footprint, so even though I do have a desk area, I set myself up on my sectional couch which gives me a view to a floor to ceiling window and Lake Ontario.

4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains?

I remember when writing my first book, the mentor who was supervising me in a creative writing program suggested I take out a major subplot I had threaded throughout the book. I was so resistant at first, but then I realized she was right and how much it was muddying the main plot line. It was the right thing to do. But then I resurrected that subplot in the sequel, Theft Between the Rains, where it worked far better and made much more sense.

5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them?

I am a big fan of Daphne du Maurier and although she is no longer on this plane, I would have loved to have asked her what personal experiences influenced the paranormal overtones in her work.

6. Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows.

Even though I had been blogging for a long time and I have now written two books and am working on my third and fourth, I have found it difficult to introduce myself as a writer. Someone very recently pointed out to me that it’s very clear that writing is not a hobby for me – it’s my passion and profession.

7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a back pack for company. What three items are in your survival pack?

A swiss army knife, a first aid manual, and some flares. How practical is that!

8. If you could have one super power in your existence, what would it be?


9. Favorite snack?

Guacamole and nachos, but it shows up in my daily life as hummus and flax seed crackers.

10. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going or do you drive the speed limit?

I’m actually the slowest car on the track. In this past year, my urban lifestyle went from 150 mph to tortoise pace and I love it. I feel like I’m finally getting to know my authentic self. I don’t need to know how to get where I’m going or even know where I’m going – I have full trust in the universe and am trying my best to live in the flow. I only need to take one next step and the rest of the journey will unfold in its own time.

Theft Between the Rains

by Luba Lesychyn


GENRE: International Art Theft Mystery



What would you do if you worked at a reputable international museum and art works listed as still missing since WWII began showing up on your doorstep?

That’s the substance of the newest urban art theft thriller Theft Between the Rains by Luba Lesychyn.

Drawing on her more than 20 years at Canada’s largest museum, Luba reintroduces many of the affable and quirky characters from the prequel, Theft By Chocolate. Also resurrected is the malicious art thief who has been on the world’s most wanted criminal list for decades.

Theft Between the Rains takes readers behind the scenes at museums and to parts unknown of Toronto. And with water being a character unto its own, Luba uses both humor and thriller elements to weave a page-turning story while simultaneously illustrating how changing weather patterns and flash flooding are impacting metropolitan centers globally.



Lying slumped back in a chair, my body felt as though a truck had dumped a load of concrete over me. I mustered enough energy to crank my head upwards, but my brain was foggy, punch-drunk, as if I’d overdosed on gluten. In a mirror on the opposite wall, I caught a glimpse of my reflection. What was that dark mark on my throat, small and round? My head drooped downwards, and I noticed the door swelling open, incrementally, a sliver of light growing by millimeters. And then…a leg came into view. And, another. Where was I? Who was this coming in? Was I asleep, having one of those 3:00 am witching hour anxiety dreams? Should I get up? I couldn’t get up. Neurons were misfiring. I knew that person at the door. He was saying something to me…but the words seemed out of sync with what I was hearing.

Why did this guy sound like Johnny Cash…singing “Hurt”? Oh my god, it was Marco Zeffirelli, and now he seemed to be screaming at me, but it sounded as though he was underwater.

“Huh, what’s going on?” I said. Was I on some kind of drug trip? I didn’t do drugs. Did someone drug me? Marco’s hands came towards the sides of my face, tugged at something, and the music stopped. Oh, right. It was all coming back to me. I had been listening to my iPod while working at my desk.

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Luba Lesychyn is a popular Toronto-based mystery writer, a graduate of the Humber School for Writers, and a respected author in the library readings and events circuit.

In her two books, she draws from her more than 20 years of work experiences at the Royal Ontario Museum (Canada’s largest museum), and her time working for a private museum consulting firm to write humorous, international art theft thrillers featuring amateur sleuth Kalena Boyko. Her newest book, Theft Between the Rains, is a sequel to Theft By Chocolate (about a woman looking for chocolate, love and an international art thief in all the wrong places) published in 2012 by Attica Books and launched in Canada and the UK.

Luba currently spends her time writing and virtually touring Theft Between the Rains in which lead character Kalena Boyko returns to find herself pulled into international art theft intrigue when masterpieces missing since WWII start appearing on her doorstep.










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Nancy Fraser: His Marriage Gamble

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His Marriage Gamble

by Nancy Fraser


GENRE: Historical Romance



Felicity Beaumont, the rebellious daughter of Louisiana elite devises a plan to move her father’s illegally owned slaves north to safety using the gambling river boat known as the Lucky Lady. Dressed as a young farm boy, she attempts to sell family heirlooms to raise the funds she needs. Short the full amount, she continues her ruse and bargains her way aboard the boat as their chaperone.

Charismatic owner of the Lucky Lady, Jake McAlister doesn’t trust women, and when he discovers Felicity’s subterfuge, he remembers exactly why.

While they find themselves in agreement about helping the free men and women, they are at odds over everything else, including their quickly escalating feelings for one another. When caught between Felicity’s powerful father and the ire of a local judge, they’re forced into a marriage neither wanted.

Can they make the best of a bad situation? And, will gambling on love be a bust or reap them both a happily ever after?



Felicity Beaumont grasped the heavy hunting knife firmly in her hand and lifted. Pressing the shiny blade against her thumb, she tested the sharpness of the weapon’s edge. Tiny red bubbles beaded on her skin and she bit back a cry of pain.

Raising the knife level with her chin, she made the first cut. Tears stung her eyes and her knees threatened to buckle beneath her. She made a second cut before stopping to survey the damage.

Not enough. Not nearly enough.

A third cut made her stomach lurch, and with the fourth, tears ran freely down her cheeks.

If Papa could see her now, he’d turn her over his knee. He’d be upset, even angry, especially when he realized she was gone and when he found out what else she had done. With one last swipe of the knife, her latest show of rebellion was complete.

A mound of chestnut silk lay pooled around her ankles, twenty year’s growth of hair chopped off in less time than it took Papa to trim his mustache and beard, less time than it took for her to make the most important, albeit reckless, decision of her life.

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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.

Like most authors, Nancy began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.

Nancy has published over thirty-five books in full-length, novella, and short format.

When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

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Will doing the right thing be his first mistake? Or, his last?

He’s the owner of a gambling riverboat. She’s the willful daughter of a rich man, hoping to free his wrongfully indentured slaves.

Can he help her with her quest without consequence? Or, will he end up with a bride he didn’t want?

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Author Interview Aurora Russell: The Au Pair and the Beast

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Author Interview: Aurora Russell

1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book?

First of all, thank you for having me, Danita!

I have written in several romance genres, and I find that I just write whatever book idea feels most interesting at the moment. I have been in a Contemporary Romance mood lately, I guess!

For The Au Pair and the Beast, in particular, I was inspired by my love of Gothic romance, like Rebecca and The Mysteries of Udolpho, as well as beauty and the beast stories. I really wanted to create a contemporary twist on these absolutely classic themes. It was such a fun book to work on!

2. Writers write what they know, and must observe the world. Are you a first born, middle or last child and how does this shape your view of the world?

Great question! I am a first-born child, and I have always been pretty responsible, trying to take care of my younger sibling and to be helpful…plus, I have always been a bit of an overachiever. I do think that being a caregiver from a young age has given me a more observant nature, along with a sensitivity toward how others are feeling, which certainly helps my writing. Also, I am motivated/driven to finish!

3. Where is your favorite place to write?

Well, ideally I would like a secluded cabin retreat with an office overlooking a lake or stream…but realistically, since I have two young kids, I am happy to write anywhere with a desk that is mostly quiet. I used to write a lot on the train and the bus during long commutes, too, which worked well except I was always a bit concerned that anyone right behind me might be able to read the really steamy scenes!

4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains?

That is always tough! However, I would rather have a better story overall than keep something that doesn’t make sense, or doesn’t fit, drags, etc. Over the years, I have gotten better at cutting where needed…but I never totally get rid of scenes or passages that were really good. I always save them in separate documents, just in case. Every now and then I’ll steal something from them that might work somewhere else.

5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them?

My favorite author changes, probably daily, but I’m going to go with J.D. Salinger (assuming I can choose someone who has passed away…and who was a famous hermit so he probably would never talk to me anyway). I would ask him what he imagined Seymour Glass was thinking throughout “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” in 9 Stories.

6. Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows.

Tough question! All right…with so much of the oceans still so unexplored by humans, I would not be surprised if we discovered some totally crazy creatures, potentially including something like mermaids, down in the depths. There. I said it. Also, I would love to travel down to the depths in a deep-sea submersible.

7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a back pack for company. What three items are in your survival pack?

One of those cool bottles that will filter saltwater to fresh water

Satellite phone

Swiss Army Knife

Gotta be practical! Although I wouldn’t mind bringing a knowledgeable wilderness camper as my companion, for sure (Bear Grylls is easy on the eyes!)…and I love romance novels set on desert islands!

8. If you could have one super power in your existence, what would it be?

Healing people (and other creatures, too). Flying and superstrength are awesome, but I’d love to be able to heal, especially now!

9. Favorite snack?

I like lots of snacks, but I would be very sad if I couldn’t eat cheese anymore. Cheese and fruit, cheese and crackers, cheese alone…it’s all delicious!

10. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going or do you drive the speed limit?

Hm…I am a very measured rule-breaker. I pretty much always go about 8 miles above the speed limit. I want to get there fast, but safely! Does that make me a speed-walking tortoise? Ha!

The Au Pair and the Beast

by Aurora Russell


GENRE:   Contemporary Romance



Veronica’s new job comes with a darling little boy, a Gothic castle and…a beast?

When recently laid-off Francophile Veronica Carson is recommended for an au pair job by the elegant leader of her French conversation group, she isn’t sure what to expect—but a Gothic castle deep in the wilds of Maine is certainly not it. Still, she’s drawn in by her joyful little charge, Jean-Philippe, and even more drawn to his brooding father.

Ruthlessly successful businessman Alain Reynard has loved before and has no wish to repeat the painful experience. The tragedy of his recent past is still fresh in his mind, and he wants nothing to do with his son’s lovely new au pair. Despite his best efforts, though, he can’t seem to get her off his mind.

A passionate romance begins to blossom but is put to the test when painful reminders of Alain’s past return. As ugly rumors swirl, the truths of the past and the present collide. Veronica must decide if Alain really is a beast and, if so, whether she can love him enough to break through the dark memories and secrets that tether him to what once was.



Monsieur Reynard was angry—furious, even—so that his eyes were thunderous and every line of his tall frame was taut with barely leashed rage.

“Who are you working for? Who sent you?” he demanded.

“What? I’m working for you—or I thought I was. Madame Montreaux recommended me.” Veronica was genuinely confused and a little freaked out, but she tried to be patient. Maybe something had happened to damage his memory in his recent accident? Still, the look he was giving her sent a chill down her spine. In spite of his injuries, this was a powerful, dangerous man—especially now, when the usually-charming façade was down.

“Yeah, sure. What newspaper? Website? Who are you sending pictures to?” He barked out the questions, stepping closer—so close that Veronica could smell his spicy cologne and feel the heat radiating off of him. And how the heck had he gotten down here from the house so fast?

Her mouth fell open. “I’m not working for anyone. I was just sending pictures to my friend. You can read them,” she offered, then added with a snap, “although I don’t appreciate your taking my phone from me.”

He glanced at the partially typed message. “Proof of life?” He raised his eyebrow.

“It’s…ah, an inside joke,” she explained.

He scrolled up and she swore he nearly smiled in spite of himself. “Locked in a dungeon, eh?”

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Aurora is originally from the frozen tundra of the upper-Midwest (ok, not frozen all the time!) but now loves living in New England with her real-life hero/husband, two wonderfully silly sons, and one of the most extraordinary cats she has ever had the pleasure to meet. But she still goes back to the Midwest to visit, just never in January. She doesn’t remember a time that she didn’t love to read, and has been writing stories since she learned how to hold a pencil. She has always liked the romantic scenes best in every book, story, and movie, so one day she decided to try her hand at writing her own romantic fiction, which changed her life in all the best ways. Find out more about Aurora, upcoming releases, and news at


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Author Interview Cheryl Holt: A Summer Wedding at Cross Creek

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Author Interview: Cheryl Holt

  1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book?

I usually write historical romances, and I am renowned as a “master” of the romance genre.  For years now, I have been writing linked trilogies, where I release all three books on the same day.  I always have very complex plots and riveting characters, as well as a plot thread that ties all three books together.  It’s really complicated and draining!

When I finished my three trilogy books last summer, I was really exhausted.  My brain was fried, and I simply couldn’t get going on my next trilogy for 2021.  Finally, I decided to write something else, so I could refresh my brain and my creative energy.  For years, I had been wanting to write a contemporary women’s novel that would target readers who enjoy authors like Elin Hilderbrand and Jennifer Weiner.  So I wrote a contemporary novel with that audience in mind.

It was fun and invigorating, and when I was done with it, my brain had total reset.

2. Writers write what they know and must observe the world. Are you a first born, middle or last child and how does this shape your view of the world?

I’m a middle kid, but I never think about how that “shaped” me.  I just write books and have fun. 

3. Where is your favorite place to write?

I’ve been lucky with my writing novels.  Since I published my 13th one, I’ve earned enough money to stay home and write full time.  I’m at over sixty novels now and still going strong.  I have an office in my home, and I spend nearly all my time, locked away in it and writing, writing, writing.  I produce three novels per year, so I work really hard.

4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains?

In A Summer Wedding, I don’t kill anyone for a change!  So spoiler alert:  There are no dead characters at the end.  There are some who are so miserable by the end that they probably wish they were dead!

I’m mostly a historical romance writer, and if you’ve read many of them, you will be shocked to hear that I often kill off a villain using very old-fashioned murder.  Usually, in historicals, the hero will duel with the bad guy.  Not in my books.  In my books, the hero takes the bad guy out in the woods and slits his throat.  I’m renowned as the “International Queen of Villains” so I write some of the best (worst) villains in American fiction, and they always get their just desserts.  When I kill them off, it’s always very fun.

5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them?

I don’t have a favorite author.  I read constantly.  It’s the only way to become a great writer, and I like any well-written book.  It doesn’t matter what genre or time period.  If the writing is good, I’ll read it.  It has to be fast paced though, with snappy dialogue, and great characters.  Otherwise, I don’t bother.

6. Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows.

When I was thirty, I lived on Maui, in the Hawaiian Islands, and I started the first soup kitchen in Hawaii.  It’s still going after 25 years and has served 2 million suppers.  Even though I’ve published over 60 novels, and I’m (sort of) famous around the world, I still view that soup kitchen as my greatest achievement.

7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack for company. What three items are in your survival pack?

Novels!  It’s the only thing I’d pack.  Maybe some jigsaw puzzles too.  I like to keep my brain busy!

8. If you could have one superpower in your existence, what would it be?

I think I would like to see through walls.  Or maybe fly!

9. Favorite snack?

Chocolate, of course!

10. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going or do you drive the speed limit?

I’m the most boring person in the world, so I always drive the speed limit.

A Summer Wedding at Cross Creek

by Cheryl Holt


GENRE: Contemporary Women’s Fiction



From New York Times bestselling author, Cheryl Holt, comes a sparkling, fast-paced novel about the complexity of family—and all the ways they can drive us crazy.

The lavish Layton-Benjamin wedding promises to be an event to remember, and the groom’s wealthy parents have spared no expense to impress their guests by hosting it at the exclusive Cross Creek Inn, a private mountain retreat tucked away in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. But the bride and groom are from completely different backgrounds, and they’ve only known each other for a few months, so it’s been a ‘hurry-up’ engagement that has everyone worried.

When the groom arrives late and tempers start to flare, it’s clear the wedding is a minefield that has to be carefully navigated. As parents and friends begin taking bets over whether the happy couple will make it to the altar, secrets are revealed, new loves emerge, and true happiness is finally found.

Book your visit to the Cross Creek Inn! A witty, fun summertime story about family, friendship, and finding out what matters most—that only Cheryl Holt could tell.

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“It’s so beautiful here!”

Jennifer Layton spun away from the stunning scenery out the window of her hotel room, and she smiled at her father, Greg.

“I suppose it’s all right,” he replied.

“You suppose?” she asked.  “Don’t injure yourself by exhibiting too much enthusiasm.”

She had three siblings, but she’d always been his favorite.  It was an open and established family fact about which they all joked.  On hearing her remark, he was instantly chastened.

“I’m sorry, peanut.  It’s marvelous, and I’m delighted by it too.”

She grinned.  “That’s more like it.”

From the minute she’d phoned to tell him she’d gotten engaged and was planning a quick wedding, he’d been slow to exhibit the attitude a girl ought to expect from her only parent.  He was a widower and carpenter whose wife died of cancer when his four children were very small.  Jennifer had just been eight at the time.

He’d spent his life providing for them as best he could.  He was sensible and pragmatic, with strong views about the world and his place in it.  He’d never been the type to reach out and grab for more than he’d been given, but he’d wanted more for her and her siblings than he’d ever been able to supply.  In that, he’d been very generous. 

He’d encouraged her to spread her wings, to go to college and move on to a great future, and she’d done exactly that.  She’d fled their home in Portland, Oregon, to attend college in Eugene, then she’d flitted off to sunny, exciting Los Angeles.

In the process, she’d fallen in love with Eric Benjamin.  He was disgustingly rich and had grown up in an environment so different from hers that he might have been raised on the moon.

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CHERYL HOLT is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon “Top 100” bestselling author who has published over fifty novels. 

She’s also a lawyer and mom, and at age forty, with two babies at home, she started a new career as a commercial fiction writer.  She’d hoped to be a suspense novelist, but couldn’t sell any of her manuscripts, so she ended up taking a detour into romance where she was stunned to discover that she has a knack for writing some of the world’s greatest love stories.   

Her books have been released to wide acclaim, and she has won or been nominated for many national awards.  She is considered to be one of the masters of the romance genre.  For many years, she was hailed as “The Queen of Erotic Romance”, and she’s also revered as “The International Queen of Villains.”  She is particularly proud to have been named “Best Storyteller of the Year” by the trade magazine Romantic Times BOOK Reviews.

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Author Sara R. Turnquist: The Lady and Her Champion

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She needs someone to fight for her. He needs to be rescued.

Karin and Pavel have become separated by war and the destruction of his family’s home. When Pavel hears of Karin’s predicament, he rushes to his beloved. But what will he find? Will the pull to remain by her side be stronger than the tug to return to the front lines?

Zdenek and Eva are blissfully happy after finding one another. Then his father summons him home. It is a reunion Zdenek dreads. How will his father react to Zdenek’s involvement with a merchant’s daughter? More…what will Zdenek do if the man does not accept her?

Radek, who has recently defected, finds himself caught between two worlds. He stumbles upon a Hussite captive in the Royalist camp in dire need of a champion. Can he defy yet another army? Ostracize himself and limp back to the Hussites for the sake of a woman he owes nothing to?

While the Hussites maintain a tenuous hold on their lands, will internal conflict prove their undoing?

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“And just who would be pursuing us?” Hana’s eyes narrowed. “You disarmed and bound the only men who knew of our leaving.”

“Don’t be foolish,” he said, his tone on edge. “I only deterred that soldier for perhaps a half hour. He will have come around and made his situation known forthwith. And do not be mistaken…our pursuers will come by horse. As you see, my lady, we are on foot.”

Her features dropped, as did her arms. Had she not considered these things? And why should she have? Outside of this war, a lady of her beauty and grace should never know such hardship. Should never have faced such abuse…or been threatened with more violence.

It wasn’t right.

Even now, disarmed as she seemed, she appeared lost.

He longed to take the couple of steps between them and offer her the comfort she was due.

But he could not. She was not his betrothed, and he would not take such liberties. No matter how fitting the action seemed.

She glanced to the side. “I see.”

He wished she would look at him. Would this lead to one of the female hysterics he had heard tales of? What would he do then?

But she breathed in deeply and then turned her face toward him.

“Then we must go. And make haste.”

He nodded. And something warm and pleasant blossomed in the center of his chest. What was it? Admiration? Relief? Something else?

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Sara is a coffee lovin’, word slinging, clean Historical Romance author whose super power is converting caffeine into novels. She loves those odd little tidbits of history that are stranger than fiction. That’s what inspires her. Well, that and a good love story.

But of all the love stories she knows, hers is her favorite. She lives happily with her own Prince Charming and their gaggle of minions. Three to be exact. They sure know how to distract a writer! But, alas, the stories must be written, even if it must happen in the wee hours of the morning.

Sara is an avid reader and also enjoys reading clean Historical Romance when she’s not traveling. Her books range from the Czech lands to the American Wild West and from ancient Egypt to the early 1900s. Some of her titles include The Lady Bornekova, Hope in Cripple Creek, The General’s Wife, Trail of Fears, and the Convenient Risk Series.

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What We Bury

by Carolyn Arnold


GENRE:   Mystery/Thriller



She’s dying, and she knows it. If only she can stay alive long enough to leave one last message. As the rain beats against the metal roof, she uses her blood-soaked fingertip to scrawl on the floorboards… The letters GB.
Detective Madison Knight has been house hunting, but a call from her real estate agent has nothing to do with finding the perfect property. She’s found a woman’s body, stabbed multiple times. Madison arrives on scene and is presented with an unknown Jane Doe and two letters written in blood. There’s no murder weapon, and it seems Doe was attacked somewhere else.
As Madison works to find justice for the victim, Madison’s own life is put at risk. What she comes to discover is some people will go to extreme lengths to protect their secrets—even as far as murder. But will learning that lesson come too late for her?

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Author @Carolyn_Arnold Interviews Detective Madison Knight

To celebrate the release of Carolyn Arnold’s latest crime novel What We Bury, the next instalment in her Detective Madison Knight series, I’m sharing an interview that she conducted with her character Detective Madison Knight.

If Carolyn is new to you, she’s an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written over thirty books. She’s even getting ready to announce a fifth series starring Detective Amanda Steele. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Carolyn’s intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower. She currently lives near London, Ontario, with her husband and beagles and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime.

With the author’s introduction done, let’s find out more about Detective Madison Knight! (Black text is Carolyn; red is Madison.)

Madison, I need you to cooperate with me for one minute. Okay?

Sure, but let’s make it quick. I have murders to solve… I always have murders to solve.

Guess I keep you busy, but people are curious about you, what makes you tick and—

What makes me tick? Really? You know I’m not a huge fan of cliches.

Yeah, I guess I do. Something to do with your mother.

You should know.

Okay. Let’s get on with this then.


So you’re a detective?

Yes, in Major Crimes with the Stiles Police Department.

You can investigate kidnappings, but you’re primarily assigned murder cases. What made you want to be a detective?

My grandfather was gunned down while celebrating his retirement from the police force when out to dinner with my grandmother. Due to this I never met him. At least the killer was apprehended and sent to prison, but it was his father he sought retaliation for. My grandfather had sent the shooter’s dad to prison due to his working for the Russian Mafia. I had a new enemy from the moment I heard the story—the mob—and I had finding justice became my purpose in life.

What is your greatest secret during this investigation?

It has to do with the blasted mob. They need to get out of my city. Better yet, cease to exist all together—except for behind bars. As I said, they are my enemy and they’ve ensnared and corrupted fellow Stiles PD officers. I’m determined to expose them as well. After all, they don’t deserve the badge, and I consider it my duty to clean up my city. But in doing so…well, I do my best to keep this side mission, which I’ve taken up with quite the fervor recently, from the man I love, Troy. He also happens to be with Stiles PD and is a SWAT team leader. He can handle himself, but I just want to protect him, I guess you could say.

So that’s how you justify keeping your little “side mission” from Troy?


Guess that’s all you’re going to say on that subject… What scares you the most?

Never thought I’d say this but losing the man I love. That and having any harm coming to him or my family or friends.

What was your biggest challenge during the investigation in What We Bury?

There is some trouble on the homefront… Not just because I’m sort of living a secret life. I was positive that Troy was going to propose to me a few weeks ago, but he never did, and nothing’s been said about marriage since. I’m starting to question our relationship and my ability to read people.

I’m surprised that given all that goes on, you chose the status of your relationship with Troy as the biggest challenge…

He means a lot to me. So does my best friend Cynthia, which brings up another challenge thrown at me. She recently married another detective with Stiles PD Major Crimes, but the man who stood up for him at the wedding is a corrupt cop. He has to go, and I need to expose him, but how do I do that without hurting Cyn? It gets a little ugly…

I’m sure it does… So what would you say is your greatest weakness?

I guess it would depend who you ask. Terry would say it’s my black-and-white approach. People who can’t handle a strong woman would say my tenacity is my greatest weakness. Personally, I’d say that’s one of my greatest strengths. As for weakness, I would say that I care too much. It makes me vulnerable and I hate being hurt.

I can see that. All right, how about some fun questions… If you were starving and needed to eat something what would you reach for?

Do you need to ask? A Hershey’s chocolate bar!

What’s your favorite takeout or delivery? I know you love Greek food and pizza…

Picking a favorite among Greek food, Chinese food, or pizza… I can’t do it.

If a person were to send you a bouquet, what flower would you want it to include?

I’m not really a romantic…or at least that’s what I’m telling you. Ahem. But I’ve recently come to discover a new “flower.”

This comes about during your investigation in What We Bury?

It does.

A hint?

What’s chocolate in a vase with a red bow?

A bouquet of Hershey’s bars?

You’ll have to read the “investigation file” to find out.

But this mysterious bouquet, it came from Troy?

You know it.

I know you’re busy—as we’ve established, but just a few quick questions before I let you be. What can you tell us about your investigation in What We Bury?

I got a call from my real estate agent when she was preparing for an open house. She found a body in the shed on the property. I get there and it turns out it was a woman who had been stabbed. There’s no ID, no phone, no purse, and no sign of the murder weapon. But the letters GB are written in blood. I need to find out what they mean, if anything, and who the woman was and who could have killed her.

Sounds like there’s a lot to uncover there.

Yep. And, of course, I take on even more.

The Mafia and corrupt cops?

Uh-huh. And then you throw a couple things at me about midway through! What was that about? And then at the end… (Deep breath) Let’s just say what happened has changed my life forever.

Sometimes things are outside of my control, Madison… And I’m sorry, but I promise you’ll grow and become even strong emotionally. Our life experiences make us who we are.

Not sure I want to get all touchy-feely. You said you had a few questions… So two more?

Yeah. Uh, now that you finished the investigation in What We Bury, what do you think is next?

I’m sure it’s another murder—and there’s still more work to be done to clean up Stiles. Will I ever finish?

If I told you, that would be a spoiler.

Hardy-har, as Terry would say.

Very true… And if we wanted to read more about your investigation, where would we go?

What We Bury is available from popular retailers.

Right. I’ll make sure to include those at the end of this interview.

This is the end—right? I mean you said a few questions and that usually means three…

Fine, I give up. (Smile) Thank you for your time, Madison.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband and beagles and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime.

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Into the Fire

by J B Glazer


GENRE:   Contemporary Romance



I have been hiding my whole life. Doing what’s expected has become who I am. Until I met Rob Ashford. With just one look into his stormy blue eyes, I knew I was lost. I’ve come to realize he gets what he wants. And what he wants right now is me. As much as I want to succumb to what he’s offering, I’m not sure if I’ll lose myselfꟷor find who I was meant to be. I’m not strong enough to refuse him. I give him everything, and even though he’s given me nothing in return, I still love him. He ignites a fire and passion that burns so bright I fear I’ll combust. The thought of leaving him terrifies me, but I know more than anyone that when you play with fire, someone always gets burned.



As we’re talking the air shifts around me and I know that he is here. We never discussed him attending the event so I was not expecting him, and yet, I’m acutely aware of his presence. I look toward the entrance and Rob is in fact walking in. He is dressed on the more casual side in dark slacks and a sport coat. While some of the men are in suits, he still stands out. Rob is the type of man who could never blend in. Seeing him always takes my breath away, and tonight is no different. My eyes follow his progress as he works the room. It amazes me that I’m living with this man who earns adoring looks from the women he passes—and that he chose me. For now, a small voice whispers in my ear, but I silence it. Right now, he’s mine.

I often marvel at how he commands a room without saying a word, but people seem to fan out as he walks by, unconsciously giving him space. He is stopped by a small group of women but he politely brushes them off. Their eyes linger on his retreating back as he continues his search for me. Ethel follows my gaze and lands on the object that has stolen my attention.

“Here comes trouble. Am I right?”

I nod. “Trouble does seem to follow me.”

“Honey, if trouble looked like that, it could follow me too. He with you?” she asks, inclining her head in his direction.

How to answer? He may be with me now, but I will never truly be his.


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J B Glazer is a Chick Lit and Romance author who writes fun and flirty books with a little bit of heat and a whole lot of heart. She believes in creating characters that are aspirational yet relatable and that a daily dose of chocolate is one of life’s necessities. She’s also a wife, mom, blogger, chauffeur, referee, short-order cook, maid, chocoholic, shopaholic, and multitasker extraordinaire. J B has a thing for big, dramatic endings because that’s the fun of getting to happily ever after.

Visit for random musings and other inspiration. You can also connect with J B in most of the usual places.

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Author Rachel Dacus: The Time Gatherer


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Coming of age as a time traveler isn’t easy. Young George St. James gets help from a magical medieval monk and a 23rd century geneticist. But they can’t keep him safe from a secret society dedicated to eliminating time travel. When love unexpectedly arrives in a distant century, George must use all his skill to thwart his foes while trying to save his beloved from their malice.

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Her hand was limp in his, and her eyes had ceased to move under closed lids.


He couldn’t take a breath until she took one, but her breathing was shallow and slow. George finally inhaled, a lump in his throat. But he couldn’t allow the tears. Not yet. Not while she lived.

A single window above her bed let in a feeble shaft of light, but not much air. The stone walls oppressed him. This backward place. If only he could have transported his beloved to the airy apartment he lived in, four hundred years in the future. She could have recovered there. No one could get well in this backward century.

He had offered to take Elisabetta with him, knowing that she would die of this unknown disease. In his time, they might have been able to cure her, but she’d refused. He wouldn’t force this brilliant young painter to leave everything she’d ever known when that might ruin her and disturb history.

This was all his fault. If George hadn’t allowed his teenage passion for rock and roll to lead him to an even deeper passion for delving into history, he might not be sitting in this stone-walled room in the seventeenth century, keeping vigil at the bedside of the only woman he would ever love.

He could jump right now to the future and ask Dr. Zheng for another remedy, but since this one had gone so wrong, the next cure could be worse. And he couldn’t leave Elisabetta alone now.

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Rachel Dacus is the author of three novels touched with the supernatural, The Time Gatherer, The Renaissance Club and The Invisibles. Magical realism also runs through her four poetry collections: Arabesque, Gods of Water and Air, Femme au Chapeau, and Earth Lessons. Her writing has appeared in many journals, including Atlanta Review, Boulevard, Gargoyle, and Prairie Schooner, as well as the anthology Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and a tiny but feisty Silky Terrier. She loves exploring the outdoors and raising funds for good causes.



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