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BOOK BLAST ~ Sleigh Bells in Valentine Valley by Emma Cane ~ Givaway


Sleigh Bells in Valentine Valley

Valentine Valley # 5

By: Emma Cane

Releasing October 28th, 2014





Return to Valentine Valley, where Christmas lights are twinkling and first love burns brighter the second time around…

When Tony De Luca’s ex, Kate Fenelli, waltzes through the door of his tavern and pulls up a bar stool, she turns his balanced world on end. Once they’d been each other’s first love, first everything. But then life happened, and they walked away with broken hearts. Now Kate is back in Valentine, and they can’t seem to stay out of each other’s way. When Tony begins wondering what would happen if they rekindled the sparks, he knows he’s in big trouble.

Kate can’t believe she’s sitting at Tony’s bar spilling her life-changing problems to him. He’s as gorgeous as ever, and she can’t seem to forget how incredible he always made her feel. Still, the door on that chapter of their lives closed long ago. Yet with Christmas buzzing in the air, Kate can’t help wondering if anything is possible—even a second chance with the only man she’s ever loved.



Kate was just about to start putting the chairs upside down on the tables when someone knocked on the front door. She looked up and saw Tony.

Smiling, she unlocked and let him in. “So how did it go?”

And then she saw the small bandage oozing blood on his right cheek.

She gasped. “Tony!”

He shrugged and dropped his hockey bag near the door. “It looks worse than it is.”

“But it’s bleeding through the bandage! Weren’t you wearing a helmet, a face mask?”

“Of course I was—I don’t want to lose my teeth. But we were warming up, and someone on the other team was hitting too hard, and I’d taken off my helmet to adjust…never mind the details.”

She followed him into his office. “You could have lost an eye!”

“I know, I know.”

“And you need a new bandage.”

“This was a new bandage after the game, and I ripped off the scab that had formed.” He rummaged through his shelves until he found the medicine kit.

“Maybe you need stitches?”

“Naw, I’m fine. I have antiseptic things in here somewhere.”

She pushed his big hands out of the way, found the little packet, and opened it. “Sit down on the desk so I can reach you.”



With a sigh he complied, sitting on the edge of the desk. That put his face a little above hers, and she had to stand between his knees. She bit her lip as she tried to be gentle peeling off the bandage.

“Just rip it away,” he said with amusement.

So she did, and she was the only one who winced. The cut wasn’t too long, nor was it an open gash or oozing blood too badly. Using the damp antiseptic wipe, she gently cleansed it, then looked for a bigger, square bandage. After applying it, she stood still, admiring her work.

“There,” she murmured with satisfaction.

Tony wasn’t smiling anymore. Those chocolate brown eyes were staring at her as if out of the past, back when he’d desired her, needed her.

And she realized she was standing between his thighs. The shock of awareness and heat that moved through her body was swift and overwhelming. He put his hands on her waist, as if he knew she was suddenly weak with longing.

“What are we doing?” she whispered.

But she didn’t move away.

“I think I’m kissing you,” he said, leaning closer.

Their breaths merged, the heat of him seared her.

“Stop me now,” he warned in a hoarse voice.

Their lips almost, almost touched.

And she couldn’t speak, didn’t want to deny him, found herself deep in the past, where Tony had been the only boy, then the only man, who’d drawn her, who’d made her desperate for his touch, who’d made her lose herself.

He kissed her, openmouthed and hungrily, no gentle exploration but inspiring a renewal of a desperation that she’d buried within her for over nine years. He pulled her against him, her hips into the openness of his, her aching breasts flattening against his broad chest, her head turning until it practically rested on his shoulder. She felt greedy with the need of him, desperate for the taste of his tongue. And then his hands slid to cup her backside, pressing her even harder against the erection outlined by his jeans. She let her hands roam him, remembering his biceps and shoulders, the broad planes supporting his collarbones, the lean pillar of his neck. His hair was thick and warm, and so good to touch.

Their mouths explored as if in homecoming, as memories swamped her of laughing kisses, tender kisses, urgent kisses. Tony was still all of that for her, and no one had ever made her feel like this but him.

That made her break off the kiss and stare at him, wide-eyed. His eyes smoldered as they watched her mouth. He didn’t look like he could stop, and for a moment, she wondered if she could, if Tony once again could create a passion that made her forget everything but him.


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Emma Cane grew up reading and soon discovered that she liked to write passionate stories of teenagers in space. Her love of “passionate stories” has never gone away, although today she concentrates on the heartwarming characters of Valentine, her fictional small town in the Colorado Rockies.

Now that her three children are grown, Emma loves spending time crocheting and singing (although not necessarily at the same time), and hiking and snowshoeing alongside her husband Jim and two rambunctious dogs Apollo and Uma.

 Emma Cane

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Posted by on October 31, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights


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SPECIAL GUEST ~ Shannyn Schroeder ~ Giveaway

Please help me welcome a special guest to the blog today :) Author Shannyn Schroeder is visiting. I believe that you learn something new everyday and I definitely did from Shannyn’s guest post. I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. Afterward, please check out her latest release HER PERFECT GAME and then enter her giveaway :)

Take it away Shannyn….


Nerd Conventions

By: Shannyn Schroeder


When I started writing Her Perfect Game, I knew I wanted to have it take place at a convention. Although I had heard of the big ones, like Comic Con, I had no idea that there were so many. I have a list here of ones that I used during my research. While I didn’t actually attend any (timing was off for some and they’re really expensive), I spent hours poring over pictures and blogs and videos to absorb as much of the experience I could without having to be surrounded by thousands of people.



Chicago Comic Con (Wizard World)


This is the one of the cons that Her Perfect Game is loosely based on. It’s held in a suburb of Chicago every year in August. Wizard World does similar cons all over the country.


C2E2 – Chicago’s Pop Culture Event


This is the other con that I used for Her Perfect Game. It’s held in April in downtown Chicago. I used the schedule of panels to decide what Charlie would want to participate in while she was there.


Def Con – Hacking conference


Def Con is the conference that Charlie hopes to win registration for. Def Con is THE hacker conference. It’s held in Vegas every year, usually in August. For the purpose of my story, though, I cheated and made it take place in June. In my defense, the first Def Con was in June.


Geek Girl Con


I love everything about the concept of this con. It’s held in October in Seattle, Washington. All of the panels look interesting. I would love to attend one year.


Comic-Con International – San Diego


I don’t think I could talk about cons and not mention this one. This convention is probably one of the most famous and has been going strong for over 40 years.



New York Comic Con


This is another con that is known all over.




I first heard about this con over at It’s a science fiction/fantasy con. So many panels sound like fun, but this is another one in California.



There are tons more all over the country, so if you’re interested in attending one, look around. I would suggest that before you sink your money into it, read some blogs, check out the previous year’s schedule of panels and workshops, and make sure it sounds like what you’re looking for.


Here’s a site that list many, many cons:



Her Perfect Game

Hot & Nerdy # 2

By: Shannyn Schroeder

Releasing October 26th, 2014



Spring break is supposed to be a week of fun in the sun for three childhood friends about to graduate from college. But one of them is ready to get her game on somewhere else…

Charlie Castle is an expert archer and a fierce warrior—in her favorite video game, anyway. But college life was a program she couldn’t quite master. To land a cybertech job without a degree, she’s entering a “hackfest” over spring break—where she also hopes to meet the sweet gamer who’s been flirting with her online. Instead, she runs into the hot guy who walked away years ago, and can’t fight the desire that comes rushing back.

Jonah Best has never gotten over Charlie, whose kisses were always as deliciously creative as her coding. But now that they’re face to face again, he doesn’t know how to admit that her online admirer is really him—or how to convince her that he’s offering her a job for her incredible skills, not her sex appeal. Can Jonah cut through their communication glitches and persuade Charlie that the next level up for them should be forever?



The elevator dinged on the fourth floor, and Jonah ushered her out and down the hall. Their steps shushed against the carpet, and Charlie wanted to talk, say something, but she didn’t know what. At her room, she slid the key card in, and as she pushed the door open, she tugged Jonah inside.

“What are you doing, Charlie?”

She wrapped her arms around his neck and breathed in his scent. “I don’t want to be alone.”

Charlie held her breath, waiting for him to push her away, but he didn’t. His arms came around her and stroked her back. Memories flooded her brain. Jonah holding her, touching her, kissing her senseless. She’d give almost anything to have that again, even if it was only for a night. To feel grounded again.

She turned her head slightly and brushed her lips against his warm neck, and his hands paused on her back. She pressed on, though, kissing his jaw and loving the rough feel of the stubble.


“Just kiss me, Jonah.”

She didn’t look into his eyes, afraid to know what she’d find, but she knew he wanted to kiss her. If for no other reason, out of sheer curiosity. She kept her eyes closed as she tilted her head.

His lips met hers with tenderness at first. Then they became more insistent, and she softened against him, inviting his tongue into her mouth. His hand reached up and cradled the back of her head, and she wanted more. This heady feeling wouldn’t last the night, but Jonah could give her more.

She tugged at his T-shirt, searching for his warm skin. When her fingers met his flesh, he jerked back. “Charlie.”

But she didn’t stop.

He grabbed her hands. “Charlie.” Then he waited for her to meet his eyes. “We’re not doing this.”

She swallowed hard. His steel gray eyes sparked with lust. She didn’t misread the signs. He wanted her. “Why not? Got a girlfriend?”

“No girlfriend. You’re well passed halfway to drunk. I don’t want you to do something you’re going to regret in the morning.” He grabbed her shoulders and turned her toward the bed. “Get some sleep and we’ll talk tomorrow.”

“What if I don’t want to talk tomorrow?”

He sighed. “Then I guess we won’t.”

She crawled on top of the covers. “Will you stay and talk for a while if I promise not to molest you?”

He glanced to the other side of the room. “Sure.” He scooted the armchair a little closer to the bed.

“There’s room here.” She patted the bed beside her.

He simply shook his head.HerPerfectGameTease2

“Who is it that you don’t trust—me or you? I already gave my word.”

He laughed and stretched his legs out in front of him. The light from the hall cast him in shadows. Between his dark hair and black T-shirt and jeans, he blended into the dark.

She tucked her hands under her head as she lay on her side to watch him talk. “Tell me about the people you work with.”

Jonah accommodated her again and spoke in quiet tones until she became sleepy and struggled to keep her eyes open. He stood, leaned over, and kissed her head.

“Hey, Best?”


“I’d never regret you.”

Another heavy sigh came from him, but she didn’t know how to interpret it. Then she heard the door close with a quiet thunk.


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Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Leary series, contemporary romances centered around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the new Hot & Nerdy series about 3 nerdy friends and their last spring break. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.

 Shannyn Schroeder

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Posted by on October 30, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights


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BOOK BLAST ~ All You’ll Ever Need by Sharon C Cooper



A woman wants what a woman wants…

Quick-witted, sassy, construction worker, Jada (JJ) Jenkins, loves the finer things in life. She’d rather be in designer clothes and stilettos than sporting steel-toe boots and a hard hat. She hates getting dirty and worst, sweating. Jada’s ready to quit her job and marry a wealthy man who’s able to support her shopping addiction and her expensive taste. She’s not looking for love, only a comfortable lifestyle. What she doesn’t expect to find is a blue-eyed hunk with dimples and a disarming ability to throw her off her game.

For professional football player Zack Anderson, its love at first sight when he meets Jada. The fact that she’s a construction worker is even better. He wants a woman who’s not afraid to get down and dirty, someone who enjoys fishing, hiking and the great outdoors. He thinks he’s found that in Jada.

Before he loses his heart, will Zack discover that the last thing on this feisty steel-toe-boot-wearing-beauty’s mind is getting her hands dirty with love?

BWWM (black woman, white man) interracial romance



“I’ve been admiring you from across the room and couldn’t let the evening pass without dancing with you.”

He moved with such fluidity. Jada felt as if she were floating on a cloud, her feet barely touching the floor. She didn’t know much about football, but she remembered her grandfather mentioning that Zack was a star running back. Apparently, his graceful moves served him well on the football field, as well as on the dance floor.

“I still can’t get over you being a sheet metal worker. You definitely don’t look like one.” Zack pulled back slightly to look at her, and his piercing eyes made her miss a step. She loved dancing. Missing a step was unheard of. There was no way she was going to let the mere presence of a man rattle her.

She took a cleansing breath, pasted her most seductive smile on her lips, and glanced up at Zack. Her breath caught, and again her heart pounded uncontrollably when she met his gaze.

Oh, this is ridiculous. He’s just a man, dammit.

Her usual self-talk wasn’t working tonight, and she couldn’t understand why. Sure he had the bluest eyes she’d ever stared into. Not that she had ever stared into the eyes of a blue-eyed hottie before, but his were mesmerizing. And it didn’t help that the feel of his hard body rubbed up against hers had the throbbing pulse between her thighs beating a cadence she hadn’t experienced in months. Hell, it’s no wonder I can’t get myself togetherThe man is like an electric shock to the senses. Forget getting to know him. I need to get away from him.

His grip tightened around her waist, preventing her planned retreat.

“So tell me about yourself. What do you do when you’re not carrying duct work around?”

Jada blew out a breath. The anxiety consuming her was an unfamiliar feeling, her nerves raw and unprotected. Yet, on second thought, there was no way she would let nervousness get the best of her. It was time she poured on the old JJ charm.

Copyright © 2014 by Sharon C. Cooper


Bestselling author, Sharon C. Cooper, spent 10 years as a sheet metal worker. And while enjoying that unique line of work, she attended college in the evening and obtained her B.A. from Concordia University in Business Management with an emphasis in Communication.

Sharon is a romance-a-holic – loving anything that involves romance with a happily-ever-after, whether in books, movies or real life. She writes contemporary romance, as well as romantic suspense and enjoys rainy days, carpet picnics, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. When Sharon is not writing or working, she’s hanging out with her amazing husband, doing volunteer work or reading a good book (a romance of course).


Posted by on October 30, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights


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BOOK BLITZ ~ Sweet Texas Series ~ 3 books by Candis Terry ~ Giveaway

Trick or Sweet

Sweet, Texas Series
Anything But Sweet, Sweetest Mistake & Something Sweeter: Sweet, Texas # 1 – 3

By: Candis Terry




Anything But Sweet

Anything But Sweet


If Charlotte Brooks thinks she and her TV makeover show can turn Reno Wilder’s hometown upside down, he’ll be happy to prove her wrong. The x-Marine has seen too much turmoil and he likes Sweet, Texas, just the way it is. Traditional. Familiar. A little dull. Everything Charli isn’t. But instead of backing off from his scowls like everyone else, Charli digs in her skyscraper heels.


Reno Wilder is a one-man unwelcoming committee, but Charli isn’t budging. It’s clear the gorgeous cowboy needs an overhaul just as much as Sweet. Someone needs to break him out of that gruff shell and show him how fun and rewarding a little change can be.



Sweetest Mistake

 Sweetest Mistake



Firefighter and former Marine Jackson Wilder has tough guy down to an art, but he’s learned the hard way that promises were made to be broken. Abigail Morgan was once his best friend, his first kiss, his first love, his first everything. He’d just forgotten to mention all that to her and she blew out of his life. Five years later, she’s back and he’s battling a load of mistrust for her disappearing act. But for some reason he just can’t keep his lips—or his hands—to himself.


When her stint as a trophy wife abruptly ends, Abby returns home to Sweet, Texas, and comes face-to-face with Jackson—her biggest and sexiest mistake. Time and distance did nothing to squash her love for the act-first-think-later stubborn hunk of a man, and when he suggests they renew their old just-friends vow, Abby realizes she wants more. She’d cut and run once. Could she do it again? Or could she tempt him enough to break his promise?




Something Sweeter


The men in Texas are hard to resist . . .

Seattle event planner Allison Lane is an expert at delivering the perfect wedding—even if she might not exactly believe in the whole “’til death do us part” thing. When her father decides to tie the knot with a woman he barely knows, Allison heads to Sweet, Texas, to make sure his new honey is the real deal. What she didn’t expect to find at the local honky-tonk was a sexy Southern man as bent on charming her pants off as he is on blowing her “true love doesn’t exist” theory all to hell.

And they always promise . . .

Veterinarian, former Marine, and Sweet’s favorite playboy Jesse Wilder takes one look at Allison and knows she’s a handful of trouble he can’t deny. But even after a sizzling kiss and obvious mutual attraction, it seems Allison has no such problem. When Jesse uncovers her sweet side, can he crush his playboy image, melt her cynical heart, and change her mind about taking a trip down the aisle?


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Author Info

Candis Terry was born and raised near the sunny beaches of Southern California and now makes her home on an Idaho farm. She’s experienced life in such diverse ways as working in a Hollywood recording studio to chasing down wayward steers. Only one thing has remained the same: her passion for writing stories about relationships, the push and pull in the search for love, and the security one finds in their own happily ever after.


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Posted by on October 30, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights


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#2 What to Read Wednesday with Tina Wainscott ~ Giveaway

Thank you for joining me for Part II of What to Read Wednesday :) On our second post we have Loveswept author Tina Wainscott and she’s answering the question author’s are asked all the time “Where do you get your ideas?” I think you’ll enjoy her answer. Afterward check out her latest release Wild Nights : The Justiss Alliance #3! What do you think of her sexy cover?

Also, don’t forget to enter her wonderful giveaway. The link is at the end of the post :)

Take it away Tina…


The Genesis of an Idea

A question a lot of authors get is, “Where do you get your ideas?”

I know that “It came to me in a dream” sounds, well, dreamy. But it rarely happens to me. Most dreams that sound really cool in the dead of night look ridiculous in the light of day. I searched my huge Word doc of ideas and found only three dream-inspired ideas. Only one made it to a book.

While I was searching for a plot for my third Justiss Alliance operative, a faint memory of an idea floated into my mind. I trolled my idea doc and found it. I thought I’d share the actual idea as I wrote it just for fun:

8/7/98 – (from a dream) – Romantic suspense

Gwyneth Paltrow lookalike and her fiancé had planned a vacation to a tropical island. As usual, he backed out of it. Like in Sliding Doors, he kind of uses her, takes her for granted. Angry, she decides to go without him. Has a few drinks, flirts with cute guy at bar. Decides she deserves a fling, that it’s time to change her life. But she chickens out (reader knows she’s going to be the same old, no growth).

Next scene, the guy (Jack) is being surprised by his friend, who has procured them entertainment for the evening (since he was bummed about Gwyn). There was something about her, innocence, yet bit of daring. The friend gets his woman and leaves. The pimp then sends in Jack’s woman, though he’s already decided he’s not going through with it (because, hey, he is the hero, after all). Then he sees that it’s Gwyn. She’s obviously drugged (pimp says she’s at his beck and call). Something’s not right. He doesn’t want to take her to the hospital or police, because she could be arrested for drug use or prostitution. So he sits with her all night.

The next morning, she wakes in bed with him, is shocked and scared. He tells her what happened. She says last she remembered she had went to the bathroom. They figure someone date drugged her drink. Go to police, but they threaten to charge Gwyn with drug use and him with pimptom if they press. Jack wants her to go home, but he intends to check into it. (noble, can’t walk away from a fight, won’t be intimidated.)

This all hits a personal note with Gwyn. Someone is drugging women and using them for prostitutes. She was almost used. She’s tired of being used. She’s going to do something about it. Gets strong, grows. Jack is so totally different from her, yet she admires him. By near end of book, fiancé comes looking for her, and she can see she didn’t really love him either. She’s totally different.

That’s how my writer’s mind works. I had the heroine’s internal conflict, the plot, and some general details. Then I had to fit it into my Justiss Alliance theme, an agency that seeks justice outside the bounds of the law. The hero, now Sax, could have just been vacationing at the resort, but I’d already had my last Justiss hero sort of stumbling into a dangerous situation, so I wanted this to be an assignment. So, add in that several American women had reported to the Department of State that they suspected being given date rape drugs at a hedonistic resort on a private Bahamian island (Hm, guess where I got the inspiration for that!), not a lot of evidence, and the need for that evidence before justice could be brought. Then I had fun taking my sexy ladies man and turning him into an overworked business geek for his undercover role, just the kind of guy who might buy a “sure thing.” Throw in a heroine who’s just dumped her cheating boyfriend and is ready to explore her wild side. Stir in a lot of sexual chemistry, a little investigating, and heaping amounts of “required” nakedness, and the dream becomes reality!



The courageous men of USA Today bestselling author Tina Wainscott’s Justiss Alliance series never give up and never make a promise they can’t live up to—especially when love is on the line.

The only commitment Saxby Cole has ever made is to the SEALs. He follows a long line of Southern charmers who swear monogamy isn’t in their blood. He’s never met a woman who made him want to swear his allegiance—until, while undercover for a Justiss Alliance assignment, he finds a woman who makes him think twice.

When Jennessy Shaw’s boyfriend dumps her right before their vacation to a hedonistic Caribbean resort, she goes without him to explore her wild side. Throwing caution to the wind, she propositions Saxby—only to suffer his gentle rejection.

When she wakes in Saxby’s room with no memory of the night before, Jennessy discovers his real purpose: to sniff out an operation where women like her are drugged and prostituted to resort guests. She goes from victim to his investigative partner . . . but getting too close to the sexier-than-sin Saxby may be her wildest move yet.

Praise for the Justiss Alliance series

“Tina Wainscott delivers high-octane suspense and red-hot romance! Full of edge-of-your-seat action and red-hot passion, Wild on You is a souped-up roller coaster of a page-turner.”—Julie Ann Walker, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Black Knights Inc. series

“Bad boys breaking rules and hearts and dishing up justice—Tina Wainscott nails it!”—New York Times bestselling author Cindy Gerard


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USA Today bestselling author Tina Wainscott has always loved the combination of romance and suspense, because nothing complements falling in love better than being hunted down. The author of more than thirty novels and novellas, Wainscott creates characters with baggage, past hurts, and vulnerabilities. They go through hell, find love, and, at the end, find peace in who they are and everything they’ve gone through. And isn’t that what everyone wants?


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Posted by on October 29, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights


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#1 What to Read Wednesday with Laura Simcox ~ Giveaway

Happy Wednesday :) Thank you for joining me for Part I of What to Read Wednesday. First up we have author Laura Simcox visiting. She’s sharing her 10 favorite words and then her latest release Various States of Undress : Virginia. I love this cover, and the blurb draw me right in. This sounds like a fun book :)  (please come back for our second author who will be visiting later today)

Laura’s also got a fun contest going on…so check it out….and she’s offering up a wonderful giveaway :)

So, Enjoy!

Take it away Laura…


My Ten Favorite Words

By Laura Simcox


Understatement of the year—I love words. I’m an author. Awesome words? Right up my alley—which, I’ll warn you, is a random, winding alley that involves stops for food. (I could use a snack at the moment.)

Anyway…my favorite words:

  1. Selection: Okay, not a big, impressive word, but such a great one. It’s pleasant, and makes me think of making good choices. “Have you made your selection?” “Why yes, I have. I’ll take the hot guy who’s nice to kittens, please.”


  1. Cartography: Maps are totally fun. When I think of map-making, it makes me want to take a nap, but when I think of looking at maps, plotting adventures (especially for my characters) or finding impossible-but-true town names in real life, it’s a blast. No, it doesn’t take much to entertain me, thanks.


  1. Buffalo: Again, the adventure thing. I don’t write Western-themed romance, but the idea of plains, whipping wind and a cowboy are pretty cool. There’s also the chicken wings thing. I think I love buffalo sauce more than ice cream, and that’s saying a lot.


  1. Dupioni: My favorite kind of silk. It shimmers, it’s soft but tough, and it has layers of color. Back when I designed costumes for a living, if a theater’s budget would allow it, I always reached for it!


  1. Shasta: I love grape soda, that’s why, and if I could find it in diet (any suggestions?) I would buy it by the case, unless it ended up tasting gross. I also want to name a cat Shasta someday. Wouldn’t that be an awesome cat name?


  1. Benediction: Okay, going all churchy for a moment, but a blessing before parting ways is a good thing. It also calls to mind very cool names: Benedicta. Benedict. Cumberbatch? Or Benedict the Shakespeare character, who is so much fun.


  1. Breezy: It’s a multi-use word, and it rhymes with stuff. Characters can be breezy (a lot of mine are) and the weather can be, too, which makes me happy because I hate being hot. I have also named a fictional cat Breezy.


  1. Gack: I use this word all the time, in place of the F word, because I have a little kid. “Mama gacked up dinner again.” I was curious, so I looked gack up in an online dictionary and found that it meant “an exclamation of disgust”. Close enough.


  1. Petite: When referring to food, it makes me feel as if it’s okay to have two or three of something, because it’s small. Petite items are also generally cute and fun. Everyone needs more cute and fun in their lives.


  1. Serendipity: Well, first of all, there’s the wonderfully romantic movie with John Cusack. Secondly, it’s a word with amazing promise. It makes me think that the future’s so predictably bright, I’ve gotta wear my petite, breezy shades. (I have some, too! They have flowers on them.)


So those are my ten words! What about you? Do you have a favorite word—why?

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When the president’s daughter risks everything with her sexy new boss, they’re bound to find themselves in Various States of Undress!

If she had it her way, Virginia Fulton—daughter of the President of the United States—would spend more time dancing in Manhattan’s nightclubs than working in its skyscrapers. Tired of dodging paparazzi, she needs a change. And a real chance. So when she finds herself in the arms of sexy, persuasive Dexter Cameron, who presents her with the opportunity of a lifetime, Virginia sees it as a sign … but can she take it without losing her heart?

CEO-to-be Dexter Cameron knows he’s taking a risk by hiring a stylish party girl to jumpstart his family’s legacy department store. But the president’s gorgeous daughter has her thumb on the pulse of Manhattan, and the partnership seems like a win-win … until Dex discovers that his goals now include more than securing the corner office—they include Virginia herself. Dex must decide: does he make a move up the ladder? Or on the girl of his dreams?


Putting on her best smile, Virginia took a slow, deep breath; nodded to people on the sidewalk; and walked into the museum with Dex.

The usual gasp that occurred when she walked into a public place barely registered in her mind, but the short silence afterward did. Her lips curved into an automatic, friendly smile. “Good evening,” she murmured.

Dex nodded and glanced around the room. “We need to move before half the people in here come this way.”

Virginia looked over her shoulder at several society matrons who crept forward like zombies wearing couture. Ugh. She glanced back, her eyes resting on an area where a string ensemble was playing softly. “Want to dance?”

“Really?” His gaze followed hers. “Nobody else is yet.”

“So? They will if we will. But if you really don’t want to—”

“It’s not that.” He stared down at her. “I’d love to dance with you.”

Suddenly, she wanted nothing more than to see what it was like to be in Dex’s arms. Her breath caught at the unexpected thought. Yes, he was attractive—but so were a lot of men, and she’d danced with plenty of them without getting all giggly about it. He wouldn’t be any different, right? Taking his arm, she winked up at him. “We’re going to put on a show.”

“No, we’re not.”

“We already are,” she pointed out and raised her chin toward the crowd who was pretending to be too worldly to watch them, but were anyway.

“Right.” Dex let out a breath. “Virginia, maybe I spoke too soon. I’m a bad dancer, just so you know. Maybe this is a terrible idea.”

Virginia grabbed his hand and led him forward. “How bad can you be?”

“Spasmodically bad.”

Her eyes widened even as she pulled him onto the dance floor. “Well, it’s too late now.” She placed one hand on Dex’s shoulder and felt a rush of heat as his fingers slid across the bare skin of her back. Swallowing, she raised her other hand and placed it in his. “Box step?”

“Box what?” He began to haul her in a diagonal motion.

Oh hell. Giggles threatened to spill out of her mouth, and she gently tugged on his shoulder. “Slow down and just move around in a circle.”

He tried. He really did, but the look of concentration on his face—teeth gritted in a fixed grin, eyebrows knit tight—made her lose it, and she laughed.

“Thanks,” Dex muttered. “Thanks a lot.”

“I’m sorry for laughing,” she said. “You did warn me about your dancing ability.”

“I did.” He glanced around. “Oh, thank God.” Several couples had joined them, and after a moment he relaxed into a smoother rhythm. “At least they’re only staring at you.”

Virginia wanted to tell him that a lot of the people were staring at him too—with quite a bit of curiosity—but she held her tongue because if he got super nervous, he might rip her arm out of her socket. She needed to concentrate since she was acutely aware of his hand on her back, which had begun rubbing gently against her skin in time to the music. She doubted he realized he was doing it or that his chest brushed against her breasts every time he attempted to turn her—but she knew, and the longer they danced, the shorter her breath became.

This situation wasn’t good. Like, at all. She needed to be able to think straight, and how could she even entertain the idea of working with him if she couldn’t quit looking at him and fantasizing that . . . no. No. Why would she turn down a job in fashion just because she’d danced with the man and liked it a little bit too much?

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After spending years in professional theater as a costume designer, Laura Simcox eased out of the hectic whirlwind of opening nights and settled in a comfy desk chair to write romance. She believes that life is too short not to appreciate heartwarming, quirky humor and her novels are lighthearted journeys into the happily-ever-after. She lives in North Carolina with her true love and adorable little son.

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Suggest A Secret Service Nickname for VSOU: Georgia

Laura Simcox, author of the fabulous VARIOUS STATES OF UNDRESS series, wants your help for the next installment of VSOU: Georgia! Simcox concludes her fun, flirty Various States of Undress series featuring three presidential daughters with the tale of love at the ballgame.

Each sister in the three story series has been given a nickname from her Secret Service agents. VSOU: Carolina was lovingly called Care Bear and VSOU: Virginia was nicknamed Candy Cane.

Laura would love readers to suggest a nickname for the last of the President’s daughters! Help decide what the Secret Service should dub Georgia, the sexy intellectual of the three!

*****If your nickname is chosen for VSOU: Georgia, Laura will include your name in her personal acknowledgments in the book, and you will receive a free copy of the first two books in her series!*****

FUN FACT: Historically, all First Family code names begin with the same letter. The Obama’s are Renegade, Renaissance, Radiance and Rosebud.



Posted by on October 29, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday


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SPECIAL GUEST ~ Lori Wilde author of Christmas At Twilight ~ Giveaway

Please help me welcome author Lori Wilde to the blog today :) I’m so excited to have her visit. She’s giving us a little insight into a writer’s life and sharing her latest release Christmas At Twilight.

And, please remember to enter her awesome giveaway! The link is at the end of the post.

Take it away Lori…


Five Surprising Things About Writers’ Lives.


  • We burn dinner a lot.

You’re busy cooking. A character whispers something in your ear. You run off to the computer to jot down a word or two and the next thing you know, someone is saying, “What’s that smell?”


  • We know a lot of random things.

The other day, my husband had watched The Amazing Race and he was recapping it for me. “They were in this flat-bottomed boat, kind of like a gondola—” Without missing a beat, I said, “Oh they were punting the Cam.” His jaw dropped and his eyes rounded and he said, “How did you know that?” Um, ‘cause I researched it for a book.


3) We can go days without seeing anyone other than family and the UPS man.

And even then the sightings are limited when you’re in the deep throes of deadlines.


  • We get our idea from you.

Everyone wants to know where we writers get our ideas. Ideas are a penny a million. We get them from everywhere. Including you. How do you think I came up with the idea for number four on this list? So watch yourself. You could end up in a book.


  • Writers never take vacations.

We can’t. It’s the nature of our job. Wherever we go, we take notes. We observe. We analysis. We visualize. And the next thing you know we’re off writing…



Christmas at Twilight
Twilight, Texas # 5
By: Lori Wilde
Releasing October 28th, 2014
Avon Romance


It’s Christmas in Twilight, Texas. The Cookie Club is baking, the town is decorated, and Delta Force Operator “Hutch” Hutchinson has finally, reluctantly, returned home . . .

. . . only to get pepper sprayed by the delicious- looking stranger who’s taken over his house. She says her name is Jane, and she immediately sets down ground rules. Top priority: no touching. For Hutch that isn’t easy—he was wounded in action, but one part is still working very well.

Then Hutch learns the truth. Jane harbors a frightening secret—she’s really Meredith Sommers, on the run from a dangerous ex-husband and desperately in need of the safety Hutch can provide. In that moment, he vows he’d do anything in his power to protect her. And as Christmas approaches, they discover that their love can conquer the past and overcome any obstacle—but what price will they pay?

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Lori Wilde is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 70 works of romantic fiction. She is a two-time RITA award nominee, a four time Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice nominee and has won numerous other awards. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and holds a certificate in nursing forensics. An animal lover, Lori is owned by several pets, and lives in Texas with her husband, Bill.

Lori Wilde

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Posted by on October 28, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights


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