Thursday, December 26, 2013

Throwback Thursday - The Greek Tycoon's Ultimatum

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The Greek Tycoon's Ultimatum 
by Lucy Monroe
US ISBN 0-373-12353-1

My first sale to Harlequin Mills&Boon Modern Romance/Presents/Sexy
September 2003 - UK
October 2003 - North America
November 2003 - Aus/NZ

Savannah has returned to Greece with the intention of making her peace with the Kiriakis family. But Leiandros Kiriakis has other ideas. He still believes the lies about Savannah, and is set on making her pay for the past.

Savannah is reluctant when Leiandros demands that she share his home.  There's an unbearable sexual tension already throbbing between them. As for Leiandros, now he has Savannah right where he wants her - and in a short time he'll be giving her an ultimatum: if she doesn't want to lose everything she holds most dear, she'll agree to be his wife!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Throwback Thursday - The Rancher's Rules

WARNING RATED PG-13
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THE RANCHER'S RULES
by Lucy Monroe (c) 2006
1st book in Sunshine Springs duo
Harlequin Promotional Presents
December 11, 2007
ISBN 0-373-82057-7


Excerpt
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The feel of Grant’s lips against hers was so overpowering, Zoe almost forgot to respond. Her body knew what it wanted however and she found herself arched against him, kissing him back for all she was worth. Her hands dug into the flannel covering his chest and she tried to eat his lips. He groaned and dragged her onto his lap, deepening the kiss.

At the first touch of his tongue, Zoe lost whatever sense of reality she had left. Her mouth opened and she invited him in with little flicks of her tongue against his. His mouth was hot, his taste utterly masculine. How had she gone so long forgetting how this felt?

Grant’s body shuddered under her and Zoe felt more than just his hard thighs against her backside. A responding wetness warmed her inner thighs as she clamped them tightly together in an effort to assuage the ache in her most feminine place. She squirmed against him, exultant when he bucked under her.

She licked the salt and butter from the popcorn off of his lips, tunneling her fingers into his hair, awed by the feel of its silkiness against her skin. His hands were locked on her hips and she desperately wanted to feel them move. Then they did. Right up her body to breasts that longed for his touch.

He brushed her already erect nipples as they strained against her top. She wanted more. She wanted to rip off every layer of cloth between her burning skin and his hands and she wanted those talented lips that were wreaking havoc with her mouth to do the same to the needy little buds jutting against his palms.

She rocked harder against him and he groaned deep in his throat. He bucked upward, pressing his hardened penis against the juncture of her thighs and she almost came apart.

It was too much.

It was too wonderful.

It was over.
Grant had torn his mouth from hers and yanked his hands away from her breasts. She kept her eyes shut and waited for him to resume the kiss, to go on to something better.
Seconds moved in slow succession.

She opened her eyes and could have screamed at the look of horror on Grant’s face. He stood abruptly and she fell on the floor, landing hard on her bottom.

So much for their first kiss in four years.

He moved to stand near the recliner.

Zoe climbed up off the floor. "Ouch." She rubbed her backside. "What was that for?"

Grant ran his fingers through his hair. "Sorry. I…"
She waited, but Grant never finished his sentence. He just stared at her, like she had grown a couple of antlers…or worse. Her body ached from wanting, not to mention her unceremonious trip to the floor. Grant’s dismayed features were not helping.

"Stop looking like that. It was just a kiss."

"Just a kiss? Zoe, you’re my best friend. A man does not kiss his best friend."

This was getting out of hand. "Grant, I don’t know if you have noticed or not, but your best friend happens to be female. There is no cardinal rule against kissing me."

"I have a rule against it."

Had he written that rule before or after their hot and heavy session in his barn when she was nineteen? She felt her face crease in a frown. "Well, you broke it."

"I know." He looked so genuinely dismayed that she fought with dual desires.

One to comfort and the other to smack him.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Throwback Thursday - The Greek's Christmas Baby

The Greek's Christmas Baby
by Lucy Monroe
(Connected to The Greek's Innocent Virgin)
ISBN #0-3731-2506-2
November 2005

The only proof that Greek tycoon Aristide Kouros has that he is married is a piece of paper. Aristide has no memory of his beautiful wife Eden – although his body remembers the desire he feels every time she comes close…

Eden loves her husband and it’s breaking her heart that he has no recollection of their love…But Eden is keeping a secret one that will bind Aristide to her forever…


The Inspiration Behind the Book
This was originally posed in a blog in December 2005

I wrote "The Greek's Christmas Baby" after my mom had a stroke. She woke up and had forgotten her family...her kids mostly. But she remembered her husband in this vague way and he is obsessive compulsive (not very nice on a lot of occasions - can be very emotionally abusive). My sisters and I were so hurt and it took weeks for Mom to start remembering us. During that time, I came up with this story idea. What would happen if a husband woke up having forgotten only his wife?

I think a lot of my own pain is in that story and I loved both Eden and Aristide because in their own ways, they were fighting the good fight. They just got confused sometimes about who the enemy was.

I remember sitting in the chair by my mom's hospital bed (I spent *a lot* of time at the hospital because I'm the only daughter who works at home, so I worked there and just hung out with her a lot) and taking tons of notes on her condition. At one point she asked what I was doing and I told her I was taking notes for a book. She gave me this look, a conspiratorial one - for a brief flash, she remembered that about me, not that I was her daughter but that *everything* was fodder for my books. She smiled and winked and I blinked back tears. A few hours later she remembered out of the blue that she had six children. She still didn't recognize us, but she remembered that she'd had us. It was a good moment.

The funny thing was, the doctors couldn't understand the amnesia at first. They said the part of her brain affected by the stroke should not have impacted her memory. It was only after a second MRI that they saw how massive the stroke really had been. But you see...so many of the themes in that book played out in my mom's hospital room and later. And now I'm getting all emotional thinking about it. It's good to have her remembering us...not a gift we're ever likely to take for granted.

Hugs,
Lucy

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Throwback Thursday - Silver Bella

Silver Bella
by Lucy Monroe
Cowboy Contemporary Romance Novella
Electronic Re-Release of a novella originally published in print only
in the Merry Christmas, Baby Anthology
Samhain Publishing - December 4, 2012
ISBN 978-1-61921-542-9


CHAPTER ONE

Sexless mannequin.

The words reverberated through Bella Jackson’s head as she stepped out onto the catwalk.

“A man could get frostbite touching you.  You’re all smoke and no fire, babe.  If the world knew what a total fraud you are, you’d never get another modeling job again.  Who wants the original ice queen modeling clothes for today’s sensual woman?”  Curt’s vitriol echoed around her, drowning out the announcer’s modulated voice, even though the confrontation had taken place miles away and days ago.

She couldn’t forget.

Maybe because Curt had taken his story to the press and her face and body were plastered all over the tabloids with headlines that made her cringe.

Bella Jackson, Ice Queen or Sexpot?

Model Freezes Boyfriend Out of Bed

Lexi’s Creations Cover Model Fraud

Ex-boyfriend Says This Model’s Bed Needs an Electric Blanket to Stay Warm

And the one that had given her mother heart palpitations: Ex-boyfriend Speculates Bella is Gay.

She’d done hundreds of trunk shows in her ten year modeling career, but never had she been so nervous stepping onto a stage.

Had everyone in the audience seen the stories?  Were they laughing behind their hands as she modeled clothes that only a woman extremely in touch with her own sexuality would wear?

That woman was not Bella.

She didn’t have hang-ups, no matter what that jerk, Curt had said.  It was just that she’d been so career minded since her teens the whole man-woman thing had pretty much passed her by.  Not to mention the fact that she wasn’t interested in getting intimate with a man who couldn’t see beyond her body to the woman inside.

She’d had her bad experiences with idiots who thought her bra size was equivalent to her I.Q. and men who wanted a trophy on their arm, not a living, breathing woman in their life, so she’d pretty much stopped dating.  Until Curt.

When he’d pressed for sex, she’d been unable to share her secret with him...or her body.

The truth was, she hadn’t wanted to.

His kisses and what he’d wanted to do afterward had left her as cold as he’d accused her of being.

She was a twenty-six year old virgin with a reputation for extravagant sex and a supposed list of lovers the length of the Miami yellow pages.  It wasn’t her fault that the press speculated, or that men who hadn’t made it to first base had bragged about their homeruns, but neither had she denied the rumors.  Lexi said her reputation was good for the line and Bella had considered it another cost of her career.

Her bad-girl reputation had done its own job keeping her insulated from the type of men she could actually want.  The men attracted to the persona she presented to the world were very rarely the type of men she could be honestly attracted to.

Curt had been different, or so she’d thought.

She’d found out too late that the conservative accountant had only wanted the bad girl, not the real Bella.  He’d wanted to take a walk on the wild side with her as his tour guide.

The last daywear model was returning up the catwalk when the announcer introduced Lexi’s eveningwear and Bella began her signature glide down the Plexiglas stage, her hands damp and her heart beating too fast.

Subdued lighting made it possible for her to make eye contact with the audience, but that was the last thing she wanted.  Still, she couldn’t help subtly scanning the patrons seated in the ultra classy Dallas hotel, looking for signs that the tabloid stories had done their damage.

But this audience seemed just like all the others, their gazes fixed on her shocking white silk dress.

She was halfway down the catwalk when her gaze snagged on a pair of green eyes.  The color of new grass, they were set in a face as hard as granite and as sexy as sin.

The look in those eyes caught her as effectively as if the man’s hands had closed over her shoulders and halted her mid-step.  She did in fact stop, her body freezing with a blast of sensations totally alien to her.  Sensations that belied every one of the nasty headlines.

Her pause lasted only a second, but she felt the first blush she’d had in years crawling hotly up her skin.

The man’s thin lips quirked in a knowing smile.

Obviously aware that he was the cause of her hesitation, his expression reflected a mixture of mocking humor and blatant male approval.

She’d spent years learning to ignore the masculine admiration her body elicited.  For her, the perfectly proportioned curves were a tool of her trade, nothing more, but this man’s look went zinging to the very heart of her.

Frissons of awareness skittered along her nerve endings, leaving goose bumps of sensation in unlikely places.

She stopped at the end of the stage, which happened to be right in front of his table while two other models wearing eveningwear came down the catwalk to flank her.

His eyes flared with pleasure as she stood in a mannequin still pose before him and his dark blonde head tilted slightly, as if he was adjusting his angle to look at her better.

An electric current vibrated across the space between them, inexorably connecting them.  Unbelievably, her nipples grew hard and her breasts felt tight while her thighs trembled with the effort it took to maintain her pose.

She’d never reacted during a show this way.  Not ever.

Only years of practice and discipline made it possible for her to move through her choreographed routine with the other two models.  However, no matter which direction she turned, she felt that amazing connection.

It was scary.

Relief mixed with disappointment when the announcer cued her to return up the catwalk.  She walked away from the green-eyed man, supremely aware of the almost non-existent nature of the back of her gown.

It dipped to a V that ended right above her bottom, the white silk semi-transparent.  She wore minimal undergarments and if he was looking closely enough, he would see the shadow of her cheeks and the outline of her legs beneath the fabric.  Shards of excitement speared her inner thighs at the thought.

For the first time in her modeling career, she felt exposed, as if her body was more than a living mannequin used to show off a designer’s creations.

That the dress was in fact showing her off.

She could not help wondering what he thought of an outfit that left so little of her body’s secrets to the imagination.

***

Jake Barton watched the beautiful brunette retreat up the catwalk with the biggest, most painful hard-on he’d had in years...maybe ever.

It was such an unexpected turn-on that he wanted to howl at the moon.  “Damn it, Lise, you didn’t tell me this was going to be a lingerie show.”

“Shh,” his sister hissed from her seat beside him, not turning to look at him.  “Haut couture tends to be more revealing.  The lingerie comes later.”

“You’re kidding.”

“No, I’m not.  It’s on the program if you’d bothered to look at it.”

He looked at it now and sure enough, there was a finale of nightwear by Lexi.

He didn’t know how he was going to stand seeing the model who had been introduced as Bella in anything sexier without coming in his pants.

That little lady was a walking work of art.  A perfect pocket Venus.  She definitely didn’t fit the current trend of boy-thin, Amazon tall models that graced most magazine covers.

The other models in the show for Lexi’s Creations designed especially for petite women were small in stature too, but none of them had this model’s voluptuous curves or the air of sensual promise her pouting lips gave her.  Despite those sensual lips, her brown eyes had reflected an unconscious vulnerability that he found every bit as enticing as her sexy body.

For the first time since his sister had talked him into attending a series of trunk shows with her while she researched the professional world of fashion for her latest book, he thought he just might enjoy himself.

The program said the sexy beauty was the official cover model for Lexi Creations, which meant she would no doubt feature in all of the shows.  Considering the number of them he’d promised Lise he would attend, he would have ample opportunity to meet Bella.  He smiled, the prospect affecting his mood and his libido in a very definite way.

His dick was already making emphatic statements about what it wanted to do when they met and it wasn’t to engage in polite conversation.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Throwback Thursday - The Real Deal

THE REAL DEAL
by Lucy Monroe
September 2004 (tradesize) ISBN 0-7582-0860-X
June 2005 (mass market) ISBN 0-7582-0861-8

Like a classic Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn/Doris Day-Rock Hudson movie-but with plenty of steamy heat-Lucy Monroe's debut novel introduces a pair of delightfully sparring opposites whose undeniable attraction is about to take them beyond the edge of reason...and right into the throes of delicious passion...

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SHUT UP AND KISS ME

The most important thing in Amanda's life is negotiating a successful merger between her company and Brant Computers, a family-held competitor. It should be a done deal: Company president Eric Brant is on board with the idea. But when Amanda arrives in Eric's office, it is his cousin Simon Brant who greets her-and Simon is anything but agreeable. He's not about to give up control of the family company or lay off loyal workers. Squaring off against the sexy, brilliant, sexy, obstinate, sexy, eccentric, not to mention sexy Simon is completely frustrating-and a total turn-on. And when he walks out on her presentation, sidetracked by another one of his brilliant ideas, Amanda is shocked...and intrigued...no, furious!...and...and...and so attracted she can barely enter data into her Palm Pilot...

Simon has never met a woman as passionate and driven as Amanda, or as devastatingly attractive. He can't decide if he wants to put her on the next plane home-in the cargo hold-or kidnap her and spend a long weekend showing her exactly the kind of negotiating he likes best. Come to think of it, if the lady wants war, maybe they should engage in full-on battle...in the bedroom...and see who will be the victor. But when intimacy leads to an explosive passion, it might be time to think of a different, more permanent kind of merger...one that's less about business and all about pleasure...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Humpday Hottie!

Starting your Thanksgiving weekend off with a little relaxation.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Throwback Thursday - Pregnancy of Passion

Pregnancy of Passion 
by Lucy Monroe
December 2006 North America
US ISBN 0-373-12590-9


“Lucy Monroe is a master at depicting strong passion between her two main characters, and again in Pregnancy of Passion she has delivered a powerful punch. Be prepared for sorrow and pain but also a passion not to be denied.”
—Marilyn Shoemaker, Contemporary Romance Writers Reviews


It was a year since their tempestuous affair had ended. So why was he back? Elisa trusted Salvatore di Vitale about as far as she could throw him. And, as the Sicilian security expert was over six feet of pure muscle, that wasn’t very far.  Salvatore told Elisa he had come to protect her, and that much was true.  But if their close proximity led to passion he wouldn't exactly be complaining. And if passion should lead to pregnancy…so much the better! Because then Elisa would have to marry him – which was Salvatore’s plan all along…

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Throwback Thursday - The Latin Lover

The Latin Lover
Harlequin Presents #2861
ISBN-10: 0-373-12861-4
ISBN-13: 978-0373128617
October 2009 North America

Rich, hot-blooded, passionate...These Mediterranean men are irresistible!

The Greek Tycoon's Inherited Bride by Lucy Monroe
Phoebe's betrothal to his brother meant she was forbidden to him, and honour was the code Greek billionaire Spiros Petronides lived by. But with one kiss Spiros knew he had to claim her as his!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Throwback Thursday - The Sicilian's Marriage Arrangement

The Sicilian's Marriage Arrangement 
by Lucy Monroe
US ISBN 0-373-12604-2
February 2007 US


Hope Bishop is stunned when darkly sexy Sicilian tycoon Luciana di Valerio proposes marriage. Brought up by her wealthy but distant grandfather, she is used to fading into the background. But Luciano’s sensual lovemaking makes her feel vibrantly alive. Hope falls in love with her husband and is blissfully happy—until she discovers that Luciano married her to fulfill his own ruthless agenda.


Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Keep the Party Going with Free Kobo Books

Jan's Paperbacks Kobo Event - Picture taken by TV Slawik
Saturday's Kobo Reader Party was a big hit, with eighteen authors, dozens of books, tables of food and wine and chocolate, plus goodies and giveaways galore, not to mention lots of readers! Thank you to Jan's Paperbacks for hosting us and Kobo Books for showing us all a good time.

And we want the party to continue!

So through the end of the month, those of you who couldn't make it will have access to our download codes for free Kobo ebooks! Below is the list of pre-holiday presents for you along with instructions on how to get the titles free FOR A LIMITED TIME.

Also, many of us signed stock.  So, if you couldn't make the party, but would like a signed print edition, visit Jan's Paperbacks in Aloha (or online) to buy them (as long as supplies last). 

You'll find signed copies of Heat Seeker and Million Dollar Christmas Proposal for me.  There may be some signed copies left of Warrior's Moon and other of my titles as well.

In addition, I left a couple dozen signed book cover postcards which are free for the cover collector  or eBook reader who still wants to keep author autographs for her (or his) favorite books.

Now for the free Kobo books!

Just click on the book titles below to be taken to the book's page. Then:

1.  Click the Buy Now button. (Don't worry you won't pay anything because you have the download code.)
2.  Sign in with your Kobo UserID and Password. If you don't have one, you will need to set up one.
3.  Once you are signed in and selected the book with the BUY NOW button, it will take you to the "Confirm  Your Purchase" page.
4.  Click on tone link for "Have a gift card or promo code?"  It is just below your address on the purchase screen.
5.  A field will pop up for you to enter the PROMO code: jansbooks
6.  Click the APPLY link.
7.  A box will pop up saying that you've covered your cost so they won't have to bill your credit card.
8.  Now you will see at the BUY NOW button that $0.00 will be charged. Click the BUY NOW button.
9.  Then you get the DOWNLOAD EPUB button.  Click it to download to your computer.
10.         HAPPY READING! 

Jessa Slade

Erin Kellison, KC Klein & Jessa Slade

Jamie Brazil

Meljean Brook

Darcy Burke

Darcy Burke

Maggie Faire

Caroline Fyffe

Bryan Gregory

Bryan Gregory

William Hertling

Paty Jager

Paty Jager

Maggie Jaimeson

C Morgan Kennedy and Therese Patrick

Delilah Marvelle

Delilah Marvelle

Lucy Monroe

Elisabeth Naughton

Elisabeth Naughton

Jean Sheldon

Jean Sheldon

Jack Whitsel

Please feel free to share these links with your reader friends on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, heck -- everywhere! The more downloads, the merrier :) Thank you for reading!

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Thank you, Jessa Slade, for compiling the book list and book signing info for this blog post!

Monday, November 04, 2013

Holiday Family Recipes



Thanksgiving is just a few short weeks away and there are so many amazing things to look forward to...the aroma of the turkey cooking, smell of fresh pumpkin pies, family get togethers and sleepovers with the grandchildren.  This is a wonderful time of year.  I just love the tradition of it all and especially love seeing my girls build their own family traditions. 

We will be having two Thanksgivings this year.  With a family as big as ours, it is not unusual for us to have more than one.  On Thanksgiving day, Hubcap and I will host our family Thanksgiving.  Then on the following Sunday we will host another feast of Thanksgiving for my sisters and their extended families. It is a wonderful (and super busy) day of remembering all the blessings in our lives.  

No matter what you are doing or how you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you have a blessed day.  I am thankful for each of you and that you chose to be part of my life. 

Here's a recipe my mom taught me that she used to make for Thanksgiving and now I do (updated with a couple of healthy alternative ingredients):

Shirley-Ann's Thanksgiving Cream Corn Casserole

2 Cans of Creamed Corn
1 Cup Egg Substitute (liquid)
1 Package (unsalted tops) Saltines (crushed)
1/2 tspn garlic powder
1/2 tspn onion powder

Options:  if you like onions, add either onion flakes (3 TBPN) or fresh finely chopped onion (about 1/3 of a cup).  Also you can add breadcrumbs or more finely crushed crackers to the top.

Mix in a glass or ceramic dish no larger than 9x9.  Bake uncovered 30-40 minutes in preheated oven at 350 (375 if you like a crispier top).  Let cool at room temperature at least 10 minutes before serving.

Please share one of your favorite family recipes with us below.  I will chose one recipe from those posted and make it for my family this year so make it a good one!  I'll post pics on Facebook and Twitter over Thanksgiving. 

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Kobo Reader Party - Jan's Paperbacks

Kobo Reader Party Saturday Nov 2

On Saturday, November 2, from 6-9 p.m., I’ll be joining a dozen-plus other authors atJan’s Paperbacks in Aloha, Oregon, for a Kobo Reader Party. Come learn more about Kobo reading devices and ebooks, and hang out with some cool Pacific Northwest authors.
Kobo eReader Giveaway
A drawing will be held at the end of the party at Jan’s Paperbacks for a Kobo eReader. You must be present to win. A free raffle ticket will be given as you enter the store.
Gift Basket Raffle
Gift baskets filled with local author print books and special items for the book lover will also be part of the raffle drawing. A free ticket will be given as you enter the store.
Free Kobo eBooks
Participating authors are also offering a free ebook or two via Kobo. You will receive a Kobo discount coupon that must be entered on the Kobo site prior to downloading your book. A demonstration in the store of how to do that will be provided. Kobo ebooks can be read on laptops, desktop computers, tablet computers, ipads, mobile phones, as well as on the Kobo e-reader.
Check out the party Pinterest page or scroll down here to see the list of the authors and the ebooks we will be giving away:
Jessa Slade ~ Dark Hunter's Touch ~ Yearning to be free, Imogene has fled the idleness and cruelty of the phae court to hide in the sunlit realm of humans. When the Dark Hunters find her—and they will—she will face the Queen’s wrath.  But she is tired of running, and after a chance encounter with a seductively handsome stranger named Vaile, Imogene embraces the earthly passions within her, if only for one night. But has she fallen for a man—or an illusion?
Jessa SladeDark Hunter’s Touch
Yearning to be free, Imogene has fled the idleness and cruelty of the phae court to hide in the sunlit realm of humans. When the Dark Hunters find her—and they will—she will face the Queen’s wrath. But she is tired of running, and after a chance encounter with a seductively handsome stranger named Vaile, Imogene embraces the earthly passions within her, if only for one night. But has she fallen for a man—or an illusion?
Jessa Slade ~ The Darkest Night ~ Possessed by an angelic entity, Cyril Fane fought evil with a fiery golden sword until his defeat by a malevolent force. Now darkness and doubt haunt him. Bella McGreay, mysterious mistress of the Mortal Coil night club, has secrets of her own. Barricaded against the joys and terrors of the Christmas season, they’ll have to decide whether the shadows or their secrets are more dangerous, or if together they can find a way to the light after the darkest night.
Jessa SladeThe Darkest Night
Possessed by an angelic entity, Cyril Fane fought evil with a fiery golden sword until his defeat by a malevolent force. Now darkness and doubt haunt him. Bella McGreay, mysterious mistress of the Mortal Coil night club, has secrets of her own. Barricaded against the joys and terrors of the Christmas season, they’ll have to decide whether the shadows or their secrets are more dangerous, or if together they can find a way to the light after the darkest night.
Jessa Slade ~ Hotter on the Edge ~ On the edge of space... On the edge of danger... On the edge of desire... Three novellas of science fiction romance: All That Glitters by Erin Kellison, To Buy a Wife by KC Klein, Enslaved by Starlight by Jessa Slade. 2012 InD'Tale RONE Award for best Short Story/Novella “HOTTER ON THE EDGE is an exceptional trio of sci-fi romance novellas… Creativity, strong characters and interesting plots make this one a winner.” 4 1/2 stars—Top Pick from Night Owl Reviews
Jessa SladeHotter on the Edge
On the edge of space… On the edge of danger… On the edge of desire… Three novellas of science fiction romance: All That Glitters by Erin Kellison, To Buy a Wife by KC Klein, Enslaved by Starlight by Jessa Slade. 2012 InD’Tale RONE Award for best Short Story/Novella “HOTTER ON THE EDGE is an exceptional trio of sci-fi romance novellas… Creativity, strong characters and interesting plots make this one a winner.” 4 1/2 stars—Top Pick from Night Owl Reviews
Jack Whitsel ~ Shadows of Kings ~ A desperate coalition of principalities stand in the forefront as the Harhn and Darkfey threaten to exterminate the domains of man.
Jack Whitsel
Shadows of Kings
A desperate coalition of principalities stand in the forefront as the Harhn and Darkfey threaten to exterminate the domains of man.
Christina F. York ~ Rodeo Royalty ~ Tyler Forrester plans to be a rodeo princess, and get the attention of Brad Young, the hottest junior cowboy around. But a meddling friend sends the plan spinning out of control faster than a seven-second bull ride, and Tyler ends up headed for Valenta, a tiny European country, as a temporary princess. Tyler is a long way from her friends, her family, and her horse. Sure, there’s a hot prince, but he can’t make up for everything she’s missing. Or can he?
Christina F. York
Rodeo Royalty
Tyler Forrester plans to be a rodeo princess, and get the attention of Brad Young, the hottest junior cowboy around. But a meddling friend sends the plan spinning out of control faster than a seven-second bull ride, and Tyler ends up headed for Valenta, a tiny European country, as a temporary princess. Tyler is a long way from her friends, her family, and her horse. Sure, there’s a hot prince, but he can’t make up for everything she’s missing. Or can he?
J. Steven York ~ The Unwinding of Liberty Brass ~ Some say the Clockwork Cowboy was actually a Confederate Artilleryman called Liberty Brass. But for Liberty Brass, the trail seems ready to end almost before it begins. In a half-destroyed barn near the Gettysburg battlefield, on a dark, rainy night, two clockwork men, both damaged in war, meet. In the hours that follow, a terrible secret is revealed, a fateful judgment is made, and only one can survive to see the morning sun...
J. Steven York
The Unwinding of Liberty Brass
Some say the Clockwork Cowboy was actually a Confederate Artilleryman called Liberty Brass. But for Liberty Brass, the trail seems ready to end almost before it begins. In a half-destroyed barn near the Gettysburg battlefield, on a dark, rainy night, two clockwork men, both damaged in war, meet. In the hours that follow, a terrible secret is revealed, a fateful judgment is made, and only one can survive to see the morning sun…
J. Steven York ~ The Best Devil Money Can Buy ~ In 1967 Panorama Beach is awash with dirty money, and green-deputy Tommy “Mustang” Sawtell might just be the last untouched lawman in north Florida. But Mustang is about to be tested as he investigates his first suspicious death and finds signs of a cover-up. Before it’s over, he’s going to learn that justice, the law, and doing what’s right are all different things, and he may not survive the dangerous little place where they overlap.
J. Steven York
The Best Devil Money Can Buy
In 1967 Panorama Beach is awash with dirty money, and green-deputy Tommy “Mustang” Sawtell might just be the last untouched lawman in north Florida. But Mustang is about to be tested as he investigates his first suspicious death and finds signs of a cover-up. Before it’s over, he’s going to learn that justice, the law, and doing what’s right are all different things, and he may not survive the dangerous little place where they overlap.
Jean Sheldon ~ An Uncluttered Palette ~ “If your palette is cluttered, your painting will reflect that clutter.” The words Rayna Hunt uses to introduce her students to the world of oil painting apply to more than her art. When an accident destroys her painting hand, she begins a difficult journey to recover her skills, a journey made more challenging after she becomes a suspect in a case of forgery and art theft.
Jean Sheldon
An Uncluttered Palette
“If your palette is cluttered, your painting will reflect that clutter.” The words Rayna Hunt uses to introduce her students to the world of oil painting apply to more than her art. When an accident destroys her painting hand, she begins a difficult journey to recover her skills, a journey made more challenging after she becomes a suspect in a case of forgery and art theft.
Jean Sheldon ~ The Woman in the Wing ~ This entertaining historical mystery takes place in a World War II defense plant in Chicago and offers a glimpse into the lives of women who served at home during the war. Meet the Rosie the Riveters who built the planes, and the Women Airforce Service Pilots, the WASP, who flew them.
Jean Sheldon
The Woman in the Wing
This entertaining historical mystery takes place in a World War II defense plant in Chicago and offers a glimpse into the lives of women who served at home during the war. Meet the Rosie the Riveters who built the planes, and the Women Airforce Service Pilots, the WASP, who flew them.
Delilah Marvelle ~ Lady of Pleasure ~ Educating one's self in the art of love takes time. Lady Caroline Arabella Starling has been in love with her older brother's best friend, Caldwell, since she was thirteen. Unfortunately, too many things keep getting in the way of proving her love. Her four younger sisters, her mother, her brother, all of society and the man she loves himself. But where there is a will, there is a way, and Caroline is about to redefine not only respectability but true love.Delilah Marvelle
Lady of Pleasure
Educating one’s self in the art of love takes time. Lady Caroline Arabella Starling has been in love with her older brother’s best friend, Caldwell, since she was thirteen. Unfortunately, too many things keep getting in the way of proving her love. Her four younger sisters, her mother, her brother, all of society and the man she loves himself. But where there is a will, there is a way, and Caroline is about to redefine not only respectability but true love.
Delilah Marvelle ~ Romancing Lady Stone ~ At forty, Lady Cecilia Evangeline Stone thinks she has everything a woman could ever want. A title, a fortune, and four children who make her proud. After a marriage of convenience that was anything but convenient, she has no desire to complicate her life with a man. When her eldest son announces his engagement to a Russian actress in Saint Petersburg, Cecilia sets out to do what any good mother would do: stop the wedding. But destiny has other plans...
Delilah Marvelle
Romancing Lady Stone
At forty, Lady Cecilia Evangeline Stone thinks she has everything a woman could ever want. A title, a fortune, and four children who make her proud. After a marriage of convenience that was anything but convenient, she has no desire to complicate her life with a man. When her eldest son announces his engagement to a Russian actress in Saint Petersburg, Cecilia sets out to do what any good mother would do: stop the wedding. But destiny has other plans…
Lucy Monroe ~ Annabelle's Courtship ~ Laird Ian MacKay must wed, and to none other than an Englishwoman. With no use for sentimentality, he develops a list of unflattering if practical requirements and thinks he has found them all in Lady Annabelle. He's not prepared for her refusal, and even less so for her sensuality and independence. Love is anything but convenient, but nothing less will convince this blue-stocking to marry.
Lucy Monroe
Annabelle’s Courtship
Laird Ian MacKay must wed, and to none other than an Englishwoman. With no use for sentimentality, he develops a list of unflattering if practical requirements and thinks he has found them all in Lady Annabelle. He’s not prepared for her refusal, and even less so for her sensuality and independence. Love is anything but convenient, but nothing less will convince this blue-stocking to marry.
C Morgan Kennedy and Therese Patrick ~ Author Marketing 101 ~ Returns to the basics of a strategic marketing plan and reinterprets corporate terminology for novelists and small business owners. Through interactive exercises and demonstrative case studies, new and established authors will develop a professional and engaging persona; identify overarching themes and colors for their stories; apply these colors and themes to their marketing collateral; identify and target their audience, and more.
Author Marketing 101 returns to the basics of a strategic marketing plan and reinterprets corporate terminology so that it applies to novelists and small business owners. Through interactive exercises and demonstrative case studies, new and established authors will learn how to:
o   Develop a professional and engaging author persona
o   Identify overarching themes and colors for their stories
o   Apply these colors and themes to their marketing collateral,
web design, and point-of-purchase (POP) displays
o   Identify and target their audience
o   Utilize their author persona for customer (reader) interactions
o   Develop a detailed marketing plan with actionable tasks and key deliverables to successfully launch their latest book
Elisabeth Naughton ~ Marked ~ THERON—Dark haired, duty bound and deceptively deadly. He’s the leader of the Argonauts, an elite group of guardians that defends the immortal realm from threats of the Underworld. As unrest in the Underworld threatens, seven warriors descended from the greatest heroes in all of Ancient Greece may just be mankind's last hope…
THERON—Dark haired, duty bound and deceptively deadly. He’s the leader of the Argonauts, an elite group of guardians that defends the immortal realm from threats of the Underworld. As unrest in the Underworld threatens, seven warriors descended from the greatest heroes in all of Ancient Greece may just be mankind’s last hope…
Elisabeth Naughton ~ Wait For Me ~ After an accident left her with no memory, Kate Alexander struggled in a world that felt wrong...until she finds a photo of a girl -- a daughter Kate didn’t know she had. After losing his wife, Ryan Harrison dedicated himself to his job and their daughter. He has money, fame and power, but he’d give it up for the woman he still loves. As Ryan and Kate search for answers, they uncover lies, passion, and a danger that threatens their second chance.
After an accident left her with no memory, Kate Alexander struggled in a world that felt wrong…until she finds a photo of a girl — a daughter Kate didn’t know she had. After losing his wife, Ryan Harrison dedicated himself to his job and their daughter. He has money, fame and power, but he’d give it up for the woman he still loves. As Ryan and Kate search for answers, they uncover lies, passion, and a danger that threatens their second chance.
Paty Jager ~ Marshal in Petticoats ~ When a down-on-its-luck mining town makes accident prone Darcy Duncan marshal after she shoots a bank robber, she puts every effort into helping the town. Gil Halsey has been running from his past and finally found a place to settle, until a scrawny greenhorn marshal turns out to be an enticing, young woman who lures him from his path.
Paty Jager 
Marshal in Petticoats
When a down-on-its-luck mining town makes accident prone Darcy Duncan marshal after she shoots a bank robber, she puts every effort into helping the town. Gil Halsey has been running from his past and finally found a place to settle, until a scrawny greenhorn marshal turns out to be an enticing, young woman who lures him from his path.
Paty Jager ~ Secrets of a Mayan Moon ~ Anthropologist Isabella Mumphrey heads to Guatemala to save her job at the university, but drug traffickers, artifact thieves, and her infatuation for her handsome guide wreak havoc on her scholarly intentions. DEA agent Tino Kosta, is undercover, but the appearance of a beautiful, brainy anthropologist heats his Latin blood taking him on a dangerous detour that could leave them casualties of the jungle.
Paty Jager
Secrets of a Mayan Moon
Anthropologist Isabella Mumphrey heads to Guatemala to save her job at the university, but drug traffickers, artifact thieves, and her infatuation for her handsome guide wreak havoc on her scholarly intentions. DEA agent Tino Kosta, is undercover, but the appearance of a beautiful, brainy anthropologist heats his Latin blood taking him on a dangerous detour that could leave them casualties of the jungle.
William Hertling ~ A.I. Apocalypse ~ Leon accidentally creates an evolutionary artificial intelligence when the Russian mob coerces him into building a new computer virus. The virus quickly adapts, first bringing down the world's computer infrastructure, then developing intelligence, communication, and an entire civilization of AI. Leon must race against time and the military to find a way to befriend or eliminate the virus race before billions die.
William Hertling
A.I. Apocalypse
Leon accidentally creates an evolutionary artificial intelligence when the Russian mob coerces him into building a new computer virus. The virus quickly adapts, first bringing down the world’s computer infrastructure, then developing intelligence, communication, and an entire civilization of AI. Leon must race against time and the military to find a way to befriend or eliminate the virus race before billions die.
Bryan Gregory ~ City of the Lords ~ After a harrowing flight from a final assault by their Bladesmen enemies, the last humans find themselves refugees in a new world. But they discover that the existing inhabitants of this foreign place aren't willing to let the human City have the peace they crave. Caught between untrusted allies and overpowering foes, Councilor Kenton finds himself forced to choose between his people and his wife as they fight for their right to survive.
Bryan Gregory 
City of the Lords
After a harrowing flight from a final assault by their Bladesmen enemies, the last humans find themselves refugees in a new world. But they discover that the existing inhabitants of this foreign place aren’t willing to let the human City have the peace they crave. Caught between untrusted allies and overpowering foes, Councilor Kenton finds himself forced to choose between his people and his wife as they fight for their right to survive.
Bryan Gregory ~ Lord of the City ~ Pushed back to one City shielded by their last remnants of magical power, the remaining humans are running out of their scant resources. A young man is sent out with the City’s most valiant defenders on a revolutionary aircraft, searching for a new source of power before humanity’s last protections fail. Only the human expedition on board the zeppelin Lord of the City can hope to find some means to save the last remnants of humanity before their time runs out.
Bryan Gregory
Lord of the City
Pushed back to one City shielded by their last remnants of magical power, the remaining humans are running out of their scant resources. A young man is sent out with the City’s most valiant defenders on a revolutionary aircraft, searching for a new source of power before humanity’s last protections fail. Only the human expedition on board the zeppelin Lord of the City can hope to find some means to save the last remnants of humanity before their time runs out.
Maggie Faire ~ Chameleon: The Awakening ~ Camryn Painter is a 16-year-old freak of nature. She's a human chameleon... one who transforms into the image of whoever sees. Escaping from a medical research facility, Camryn discovers a magical forest world. Striking a tribal alliance between what she once believed were mythical beings is her only chance of survival... if she can just control her power and figure out who to trust.
Maggie Faire
Chameleon: The Awakening
Camryn Painter is a 16-year-old freak of nature. She’s a human chameleon… one who transforms into the image of whoever sees. Escaping from a medical research facility, Camryn discovers a magical forest world. Striking a tribal alliance between what she once believed were mythical beings is her only chance of survival… if she can just control her power and figure out who to trust.
Maggie Jaimeson ~ Undertones ~ As a music major who sacrificed everything to become master of the upright bass, the last thing Michele Scott thought she'd be doing is touring with an Americana and Bluegrass band. But to tell the truth, she loves it. Not so much the irresistible David Blackstone. Balancing her career, life on the road, and a long-distance relationship isn't for her. A girl just can't have it all... or can she?
Maggie Jaimeson
Undertones
As a music major who sacrificed everything to become master of the upright bass, the last thing Michele Scott thought she’d be doing is touring with an Americana and Bluegrass band. But to tell the truth, she loves it. Not so much the irresistible David Blackstone. Balancing her career, life on the road, and a long-distance relationship isn’t for her. A girl just can’t have it all… or can she?
Caroline Fyffe ~ Montana Dawn ~ She thinks he’s an outlaw. He thinks she’s a runaway. One thing they both know for sure—her baby is going to be born right now, with or without his help. MONTANA DAWN: Book One of the McCutcheon Family Series. Come meet the courageous men and women of Y Knot, Montana Territory, 1883!
Caroline Fyffe
Montana Dawn
She thinks he’s an outlaw. He thinks she’s a runaway. One thing they both know for sure—her baby is going to be born right now, with or without his help. MONTANA DAWN: Book One of the McCutcheon Family Series. Come meet the courageous men and women of Y Knot, Montana Territory, 1883!
Darcy Burke ~ His Wicked Heart ~ Jasper Sinclair, Earl of Saxton, made a bargain with his devil of a father to marry a proper deb. Instead, he becomes entangled with a sometimes actress, Olivia West, determined to improve her situation. Destitute and desperate, she agrees to one night with Jasper, hatching a scheme to take his money and keep her virtue. However, Jasper uncovers her deception and vows to claim what he's owed.
Darcy Burke
His Wicked Heart
Jasper Sinclair, Earl of Saxton, made a bargain with his devil of a father to marry a proper deb. Instead, he becomes entangled with a sometimes actress, Olivia West, determined to improve her situation. Destitute and desperate, she agrees to one night with Jasper, hatching a scheme to take his money and keep her virtue. However, Jasper uncovers her deception and vows to claim what he’s owed.
Darcy Burke ~ Her Wicked Ways ~ To save his orphanage from collapse, Montgomery “Fox” Foxcroft leads a double life as a highwayman. Banished debutante Lady Miranda Sinclair is his salvation—until she rejects him. Out of options and falling for the heiress, Fox must risk what principles he has left and take advantage of her wicked ways—even if it ruins them both.
Darcy Burke
Her Wicked Ways
To save his orphanage from collapse, Montgomery “Fox” Foxcroft leads a double life as a highwayman. Banished debutante Lady Miranda Sinclair is his salvation—until she rejects him. Out of options and falling for the heiress, Fox must risk what principles he has left and take advantage of her wicked ways—even if it ruins them both.
Meljean Brook ~ Fire & Frost ~ Elizabeth has spent the past five years running from her father; her father’s huntsman, Caius, has spent the past five years pursuing her. But when he finally catches up to her on an airship flying above Europe’s zombie-infested cities, Elizabeth discovers that Caius isn’t the only danger she has to fear—and now that he’s found her, Caius doesn’t intend to let her go…
Meljean Brook 
Fire & Frost
Elizabeth has spent the past five years running from her father; her father’s huntsman, Caius, has spent the past five years pursuing her. But when he finally catches up to her on an airship flying above Europe’s zombie-infested cities, Elizabeth discovers that Caius isn’t the only danger she has to fear—and now that he’s found her, Caius doesn’t intend to let her go…
Jamie Brazil ~ The Commodore's Daughter ~  Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Perry dreams of traveling the world, a dream that will never happen now that she's promised to a man twice her age. But what can she do? Run away. To Japan, where her survival is uncertain. Learning the ways of her new world, and the code of the Samurai, she uncovers a plot to ambush the American sailors. Now she must risk her own life in order to save her Commodore father.
Jamie Brazil 
The Commodore’s Daughter
Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Perry dreams of traveling the world, a dream that will never happen now that she’s promised to a man twice her age. But what can she do? Run away. To Japan, where her survival is uncertain. Learning the ways of her new world, and the code of the Samurai, she uncovers a plot to ambush the American sailors. Now she must risk her own life in order to save her Commodore father.
M.L. Buchman ~ Where Dreams Are Born ~ Cassidy Knowles, a leading food-and-wine critic isn’t sure what she wants. But she knows what she doesn’t want, and that’s Russell Davis. The problem? They were each given a calendar of a dozen lighthouses to visit on the first of each month. Neither of their hearts can plot a course that steers clear of the other.
ML Buchman 
Where Dreams Are Born
Cassidy Knowles, a leading food-and-wine critic isn’t sure what she wants. But she knows what she doesn’t want, and that’s Russell Davis. The problem? They were each given a calendar of a dozen lighthouses to visit on the first of each month. Neither of their hearts can plot a course that steers clear of the other.
M.L. Buchman ~ Daniel's Christmas ~ White House Chief of Staff Daniel Darlington III doesn’t know that a midnight crisis in North Korea is going to change his life, and his heart, when he flies with the Night Stalkers into the most dangerous country on the planet.
ML Buchman
Daniel’s Christmas
White House Chief of Staff Daniel Darlington III doesn’t know that a midnight crisis in North Korea is going to change his life, and his heart, when he flies with the Night Stalkers into the most dangerous country on the planet.
We’ll also have print books for signing — just in time for the gift-giving season! :)

If you are in the Portland, Oregon area I hope you can join the party!  Hope to see you there - yes I will be at the party.