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Archive for July 9th, 2008

Tell Harlequin

I picked up the newest Book Page at BAM today and there was an ad for Tell Harlequin in it. New to me site.

The ad did make me curious about what the site is all about.

Do you read romance? If so, we want to hear from you.

Visit us at http://www.TellHarlequin.com

Help shape the future of romance reading. We’ll reward you for sharing your opinions with us!

When I went to check it out, it said it will launch on July 28th.

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PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER AUTHOR TO CHAT
ABOUT WHAT LIES BETWEEN THE LINES:
Melanie Wells Joins Readers on Online Bookstore Chat

WHO:

Melanie Wells, author of the critically acclaimed Dylan Foster series – “When the Day of Evil Comes,” “The Soul Hunter” and the newly-released “My Soul to Keep.” Wells will join the family-friendly online bookstore, Abunga.com, to discuss her insights on the fiction series, writing, building story lines and using one’s creativity and imagination to shape character development.

WHAT:

“Authors at Abunga” Chat with Melanie Wells
Wells’ Dylan Foster trilogy is packed with both humor and suspense. Each thriller tracks the mayhem surrounding Wells’ unlikely heroine, college psychology professor Dylan Foster. Wells, who is also a psychotherapist and accomplished musician, will provide insights into her writing style, how stories are created, and where characters come from.

wheN:

Wednesday, July 16, 2008
11 a.m. – Noon PDT / 1 – 2 p.m. CDT / 2 – 3 p.m. EDT (LIVE)
At www.Abunga.com/AuthorsAtAbunga

DETAILS:

Wells is the first author to be featured on the newly-created “Authors at Abunga” chats by Agunga.com. A Texas native, Wells is an accomplished musician (she’s a fiddle player) a licensed psychotherapist, and the founder and director of Dallas-based LifeWorks counseling associates (www.wefixbrains.com).

Beginning with “When the Day of Evil Comes,” each of Wells’ novels weaves a gripping tale in which the quirky, likeable Dylan Foster wrestles with her own personal demon — Peter Terry – “a spiritual and emotional stalker,” Wells says, ”Peter Terry is a compelling character who rings true for all of us. He is a metaphor for the opposition we all have in our lives. And we can all relate to Dylan, who often feels like she’s fighting forest fires with a squirt gun.” More info found at www.Abunga.com/FeaturedAuthorWells.

Abunga.com is an online bookstore founded to provide families a protected shopping environment. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., Abunga.com offers more than 1.6 million family-friendly books, savings through distributor-direct prices and support to nonprofit organizations by donating 5 percent of each transaction to a customer-selected charity. For more information, visit www.Abunga.com.

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I’m so excited. There’s a booksigning that will be happening at B&N in Raleigh on Saturday and I’ve decided to go. Made plans and told the girls they can’t rush me out of B&N like they normally do when I get into a bookstore. Some of the authors that will be there are Sabrina Jeffries, Liz Carlyle, Deb Marlowe, Emilie Rose, Virginia Kantra, Jenna Black, Claudia Dain, Lynette Kent and several more. Oh happy day! 🙂 Anyone in the area that can also make it?

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Crisis counselor Ginny West confronted danger every day. But when a bomb blast trapped her in a burning building, she never thought she’d make it out alive.

Just in time, Riley Sinclair rescued her from the deadly blaze. The ruggedly sensual firefighter awoke a different danger, arousing a need that rocked her to her core.

Riley had risked his life to save Ginny. And he’d do it again. Yet even as he swore to keep her safe, he couldn’t reveal his tragic secret. Until desire ignited…and a violent stalker came after Ginny. Riley knew he had to share the truth about his painful past…or jeopardize his duty to protect her.

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A terrorist plot puts their lives—and hearts—on the line.

When Jackson McKay and his daughter are kidnapped, their captors demand his research files on a devastating chemical weapon—or they’ll kill his little girl. Jackson searches desperately for a way to save his daughter and also protect his country from the terrorists. No risk is too great. His daring escape sets in motion a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Arriving at the scene of a wildfire, smokejumper Lauren Michaels and her crew are caught in the crosshairs of Jackson’s nightmare. Lauren is the only one who can lead Jackson off the burning mountain and to the police. In order to prevent a national crisis and save a child’s life, they embark on a treacherous journey—one step ahead of a sniper!

But more than their lives are at risk, because an unexpected heat flares between them that may cost them their hearts….

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A few tips for saving gasoline this summer…

Hi everyone! I’m thrilled to be guest blogging here today. A tiny bit about myself first. I write Romantic Suspense for Silhouette Romantic Suspense and for Samhain Publishing. I love cats, spending time with my family (hubby and one son) at our home in Louisiana and, of course, reading!

With the cost of gasoline skyrocketing this summer, I’ve been on the prowl for tips to help me get better gas mileage. Unfortunately, while the media seems more than willing to report the ever–increasing price of crude oil, I haven’t run across many tips on saving gas. What few tips I have scraped together, I wanted to share with you here. If you have more ideas on how to save fuel, please share them! One person who replies to this post will get a copy of my backlist book DANGER AT HER DOOR.

So here we go– Save gasoline this summer by:

1)      Turn off your engine if you know you will be idling for longer than 30 seconds to a minute. Waiting on a long train to cross the intersection? Turn off the engine. Sitting waiting for soccer practice to end? Turn off the engine. Drive thru line backed up? You got it…turn off the engine. While you idle, going nowhere, you are getting 0 m.p.h. Ack!

2)      Keep your tires inflated and your engine tuned up. Keeping your car in good working order means it doesn’t have to work as hard to get you where you are going.

3)      My husband’s favorite driving tip… Don’t accelerate toward a red light. Coast. This will save your brake linings too!

4)      Don’t run the air conditioning unless you really have to. In the evening or morning, you may be surprised how cool you’ll stay with the windows down. And along the same lines, if possible, run your errands in the morning so you don’t need as much A/C to cool your car down.

5)      Whenever possible, carpool with a friend or neighbor.

6)      And the number one best way to save gasoline is…don’t drive! 🙂 Stay home and read one of my two hot summer releases instead!

UNDER FIRE is my ebook release from Samhain and features a hunky scientist and a gutsy smokejumper. Here’s the blurb: A terrorist plot puts their lives—and hearts—on the line.

When Jackson McKay and his daughter are kidnapped, their captors demand his research files on a devastating chemical weapon—or they’ll kill his little girl. Jackson searches desperately for a way to save his daughter and also protect his country from the terrorists. No risk is too great. His daring escape sets in motion a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Arriving at the scene of a wildfire, smokejumper Lauren Michaels and her crew are caught in the crosshairs of Jackson’s nightmare. Lauren is the only one who can lead Jackson off the burning mountain and to the police. In order to prevent a national crisis and save a child’s life, they embark on a treacherous journey—one step ahead of a sniper!

But more than their lives are at risk, because an unexpected heat flares between them that may cost them their hearts…

And…DUTY TO PROTECT is on shelves now from Silhouette Romantic Suspense.

For years, counselor Ginny West (whom readers first met in DANGER AT HER DOOR last summer) has been helping abused women build a better life for themselves.  Then a client’s husband turns his violence against Ginny, and she finds herself not only trying to protect the woman and her children but also fighting for her own life.

Responding to a call at the local women’s center, firefighter Riley Sinclair saves Ginny from a burning office and resuscitates her when she stops breathing. Having already faced one tragic loss in his life, Riley vows the dangerous man threatening Ginny won’t get a second chance to hurt her.

Although Ginny resists Riley’s guard duty, she can’t deny the sizzling attraction she shares with her fireman protector. But Riley has secrets he can’t share with Ginny, and she’s afraid to give Riley her love until she knows what he is hiding. While Ginny learns to trust Riley and her heart, her client’s scorned husband is drawing closer… and his plans for vengeance are growing more deadly!

For more information about either of these books, please visit my website at www.bethcornelison.com . And don’t forget, one lucky poster today will get a copy of DANGER AT HER DOOR, so let me hear your gas saving tips, your comments on these two books or whatever else is on your mind!

Take care and happy reading!

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