Archive for November, 2009

An Indecent Proposal . . .
When Douglas Eston arrives at the home of the Duke of Herridge, he expects to leave with an investment—not a wife! With his brilliant ideas attracting attention all over London, Douglas does not need to rely on the duke. But when he meets Lady Sarah Baines, the stubborn beauty whose virtue her father would willingly sell, Douglas finds himself utterly entranced and desperate to protect her.Lady Sarah Baines always knew her father was cruel. But this time he’s gone too far. Demanding that she marry a complete stranger—even an absurdly handsome one with eyes the color of a dawn sky—is utterly ridiculous. She swears she’ll never submit to the wanton delights of the marriage bed. But soon Douglas’s considerable charms prove impossible to resist… and the decadent ecstasy he offers shows Sarah that an affair that began with business can end with the ultimate pleasure.


When I was trying to come up with an idea for my guest blog here on Novel Thoughts, I dismissed the idea of being clever. Sometimes, when you think you’re really cute, you’re not.  Then, I thought I’d be academic but overly fussy language can sometimes distance you from people. Then, I considered talking about Scotland, since most of my books take place in Scotland. Frankly, I’ve been talking about Scotland a lot lately, and people are probably tired of it.  Then, I decided I would just let it all hang out and talk about something real and honest and very close to my heart: love.

It is my deep and unswerving belief that love can heal.


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Emma Lang is an AKA for Beth Williamson. RUTHLESS HEART will be out next June (June 29th) through Kensington Brava.


The heart can be as ruthless as an assassin’s bullet

Eliza Hunter sets out after her runaway sister Angeline with not much more than her beloved books and a determined heart. She leaves behind the Mormon church and her father, the man who refused to accept her as a scientist. After she tracks the man sent to find her sister, she finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime beside him, and falling in love with the gruff, taciturn man.

Grady Wolfe tries to shake the wren-like schoolmarm who latches onto him, after all he’s got a target to find and terminate. Yet the more he tries to rid himself of Eliza, the deeper he finds himself attached to her. Love is not for the likes of a man with a soul as dark as pitch.

When they find what they’re both seeking, will love triumph over death?

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Recent Winners!

Congrats to all the winners!! 🙂

Lisa Freeman

Wins a copy of Defiant Mistress, Ruthless Millionaire by Yvonne Lindsay.


JenniferM. & Valerie

Both win a copy of Hard To Hold by Stephanie Tyler.


Wins UNTRACEABLE by Laura and $25 gift card. (has already been notified by Laura)


The Better Part of Darkness and other swag by Kelly Gay.

Winners have 48 hours to email me their addresses at mad @ romancereaderatheart.com (without the spaces) to claim their book prizes or new names will be chosen.

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This one has been added to my shopping list too. THE STRANGER’S SECRETS by Beth Williamson. I love Beth’s books! Cowboys! Weee! 😉 Not too long a wait for this one. Comes out next month on the 29th.

Betrayed By Her Own Heart

Sarah Spalding has learned to forge her own way and never to trust anyone—least of all a Yankee. But when her companion abandons her while on a train to Colorado, Sarah begrudgingly accepts the help of Whitman Kendrick—a Yankee, yes, but one with the most bewitching green eyes. Allowing Whit to be her traveling escort is one thing, taking him as a lover is another—even though she’s tempted beyond reason…

Whit Kendrick isn’t quite sure what to make of the sharp-tongued, sassy woman sharing his train compartment. All he knows is that Sarah is refreshingly different from most women—and his urgent, primal attraction for her is unlike any he’s experienced. Breaking down Sarah’s wall of defense won’t be easy. But Whit is determined to prove to Sarah that they’re more alike than different—and loving each other is all they need…

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More browsing and adding to my wishlist. Haven’t read R.G. Alexander yet but POSSESS ME sounds good. Comes out August 3, 2010.

In the Big Easy, there’s a legend women long for:
a sexual voodoo spirit who can fulfill their darkest
fantasies. And in these three steaming-hot novellas,
he helps three New Orleans couples achieve the
ultimate satisfaction…
In Release Me, Allegra heads down to New
Orleans to heal her wounds, but she never expects
to lose her heart to such a quiet, troubled man
as Rousseau. She’s even less prepared for the
scorching, sexual spirit within him—and what he
can do to her…
In Reclaim Me, Ben has loved Michelle as long as
he can remember. But his beautiful artist has a way
of running away from life—and what the pair could
be. Leave it to the infamous spirit to help Ben prove
to Michelle where she belongs: in his embrace…
In Redeem Me, it’s All Saints’ Day, the one day
the voodoo spirit can walk the world in the flesh.
When he bumps into Bethany, she might just be
the reincarnation of a girl he once loved. Passion
ignites, but can the couple overcome past mistakes
and have a real chance at love?

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Working on my wishlist and found this while browsing for upcoming books at Penguin, TEMPTING EDEN by Margaret Rowe. Comes out June 1, 2010. Excerpt can be found here, at the author’s website.

Set against the backdrop of Regency England comes a scorching new novel about a perfect gentleman and the imperfect woman who makes him forget all his good intentions.

Eden Emery is no stranger to sin. To keep her sister safe from harm, she’s paid a steep price with her body—and very nearly lost her soul. But when Baron Ivor Hartford, the very Devil himself finally dies, her troubles are far from over.

Major Stuart Hartford, the late baron’s nephew, is in the market for an honorable wife, but first he has to take care of the matter of his Uncle Ivor’s ward—a young woman who makes him question the virtue of being proper. For the passion she incites burns away his inhibitions and inflames his heart.

But Eden has vowed to never again cede her destiny to a man. And Hart is left with no choice but to tempt the temptress herself, to show the woman he longs to possess forever that passion can heal, that the sins of the past can be overcome, and that submission can be the greatest power of all.

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Just out in bookstores near you!


Divorced mother of one, Charlie Madigan, lives in a world where the beings of heaven and hell exist among us, and they aren’t the things of Sunday school lessons and Hallmark figurines. In the years since the Revelation, they’ve become our co-workers, neighbors, and fellow citizens.

Charlie works for ITF (Integration Task Force). It’s her job to see that the continued integration of our new “friends” goes smoothly and everyone obeys the law, but when a new off-world drug is released in Underground Atlanta, her daughter is targeted, and her ex-husband makes a fateful bargain to win her back, there’s nothing in heaven or earth (or hell for that matter) that Charlie won’t do to set things right


NT: Hi Kelly — welcome to my little corner of the book world. 🙂 Can you tell us about yourself? How long have you been writing? When did you get “The Call”?

Hi Fatin! Well, I’m a writer, a mom, and your average book lover.  I’ve been writing with intent to sell since I was a teen, first with plays and screenplays, and then with fiction, so about fifteen years or *cough* so.  😀  I got the call in June of 2008 while I was visiting my sister for her nursing graduation. It was Friday the 13th, and I ran upstairs to take the call. It was really great because my family was there, and I got to share the news with my mom and sister.

NT: Your debut book, THE BETTER PART OF DARKNESS, came out earlier this week, please tell us about it.

It’s an urban fantasy, featuring single mom cop, Charlie Madigan. The book is set in Atlanta about a decade after the Revelation, the discovery of Elysia (heaven) and Charbydon (hell), two alternate dimensions, which are home to the beings that inspired our myths of angels, demons, gods, and monsters. Now they live among us, and it’s Charlie’s job to police the off-world sector, but when a new off-world drug is released, an ancient threat emerges, and her ex-husband makes a fateful bargain to win her back, there’s nothing in heaven, or hell, for that matter, that Charlie won’t do to set things right.

NT: What inspired the idea for this story?

I was finishing up a young adult fantasy, and had the idea of this alternate Atlanta in my head for a while, but what really inspired me to write this story was the idea of the single mom in an urban fantasy world. I knew I could dig really deep and explore a lot of options with a character like that. And I thought, why not? Why can’t she be a mom and still kick butt?

NT: Do you have a writing routine? What is your average writing day like?

I don’t have a writing group, but I do have a CP. We tend to only share new material that isn’t contracted, or things we’re having issues with. I write Tue-Fri from about 9:30AM-4PM, mostly writing new stuff in the mornings and editing in the afternoons. It’s hit or miss, though, sometimes. Writing with kids means that nothing is ever set in stone.  I try to take weekends and evenings off, but if I’m under deadline then I work whenever I can fit it in.

NT: What aspects of your life have you found creeping into your stories?

Definitely my experiences as a mother. I draw from those emotions a lot when writing about Charlie and her relationship with her daughter.

NT: What was the most interesting thing you had to research and what was the hardest thing to research?

Most interesting were all the biblical myths. I love that kind of work! Angels, demons, creation myths…  I could read that kind of stuff all day, every day. The hardest thing to research was probably the setting of Atlanta. I wasn’t there when I was writing it, so I had to refer to what I already knew, as well as maps, photos, and guidebooks. The internet was a huge help, and so was the fact that I was creating a ‘new’ kind of city where parts of it only needed my imagination to set the stage.

NT: What was the most memorable reader reaction you’ve received about your book?

Probably my critique partner’s. I fed her chapters of the book while I was writing it, and her reaction was so positive that it really gave me the drive to keep writing and finish the story. After that, I’d have to say my editor. He has such enthusiasm and passion for this story, and he’s not afraid to show it. It’s one of the things I really love about him.

NT: Any advice to aspiring authors? What craft books helped you that you would recommend to aspiring writers?

Just keep writing. In the end, that’s all there is. Write. The more you write, the more you hone your craft, and the better your writing becomes. And keep moving forward. Don’t get stuck on revising that one novel for years and years. Write another. And another. It doesn’t mean you have to give up on the first, but keep creating new material, build your arsenal, and you’ll hit on something that gets you an agent and then a publisher. Might be with the first thing you write or the tenth.

As far as craft books, I love, love, love Joseph Campbell’s, THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES, and Chris Vogler’s, THE WRITER’S JOURNEY.

NT: Who do you enjoy reading when you have some down time and are not dealing with deadlines?

Oh, boy, that’s a long list! Love reading Janet Chapman, Karen Marie Moning, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Susan Donovan, Vicki Pettersson, Scott Westerfeld, Melissa Marr, Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole….

NT: What can your fans look forward to from you in the near future? What are you working on now?

Right now I’m finishing up revisions on the second Charlie Madigan book, THE DARKEST EDGE OF DAWN (Aug. 31, 2010). Then, I’ll be jumping into revisions on my new young adult novel that I just sold to Simon Pulse a few weeks ago, called DARKNESS BECOMES HER. I’m writing that series as ‘Kelly Keaton’, and it’s a very dark, lush, spooky novel set in a post apocalyptic-like New Orleans, where the city is sinking back into the swamps, has been forsaken by our government and much of its inhabitants, and is now run by creatures of the night.

NT: Thank you so much for blogging with us here at Novel Thoughts!

You’re very welcome! Thanks so much for having me here, and Happy Holidays to you and all your readers!


You can learn more about Ms Gay’s work by visiting her website. Don’t forget to leave a comment to win a copy of THE BETTER PART OF DARKNESS and some extra goodies from Kelly! 🙂

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble until you wobble! 😉

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Private investigator Alexandra Lovell uses computer skills and cunning to help clients drop off the radar and begin new lives in safety. Melanie Bess, desperate to escape her abusive cop husband, was one of those clients. But when Melanie vanishes for real, Alex fears the worst, and sets out to discover what happened. Using every resource she can get her hands on — including an elite team of forensic scientists known as the Tracers, and a jaded, sexy Austin PD detective — Alex embarks on a mission to uncover the truth.

As far as homicide cop Nathan Deveraux is concerned, no body means no case. But as much as he wants to believe that Alex’s hunch about Melanie’s murder is wrong, his instincts — and their visceral attraction — won’t let him walk away. As a grim picture of what really happened begins to emerge, Nathan realizes this investigation runs deeper than they could ever have guessed. And each step nearer the truth puts Alex in danger of being the next to disappear….



Be careful what you look for – you might find it.


Private investigator Alexandra Lovell uses computer skills and cunning to help clients drop off the radar and begin new lives in safety. 

Melanie Bess, desperate to escape her abusive husband, was one of those clients. But when Melanie vanishes for real, Alex fears the worst and sets out to discover what happened. Using every resource she can get her hands on?including an elite team of forensic scientists known as the Tracers, and a jaded, sexy detective who’s helped her before–Alex embarks on a mission to uncover the truth, one clue at a time.


A note from Laura Griffin:


Have you ever wanted to disappear? I don’t just mean take a break from life for a few hours.  I mean really get lost. Vanish. Drop off the radar.


Sound like a tough thing to accomplish? It is. As I researched my novel UNTRACEABLE, I found out just how hard it is to get lost in our digital world. We leave tracks all over the place. Everyone from your cable company to your health club collects personal information about you, which means that disappearing is amazingly difficult to do, even if your life depends on it.


UNTRACEABLE is the first book in my new Tracers Series, which combines action, romance, and forensic science — which happen to be three of my favorite things to write about! I hope you’ll enjoy the story!


If you’d like to disappear with a book for a few hours (maybe you’ve got relatives in town for the holidays?) or if you’d simply like to get a jump on your holiday shopping, enter my drawing to win a $25 GIFT CARD to Amazon.com along with an autographed copy of UNTRACEABLE. 

Just send me an email at laura@lauragriffin.com with the subject line Romance Reader @ Heart and I’ll enter you in the drawing.


Happy holidays and happy reading!


Many thanks to Laura for being our guest today. Don’t forget to email Laura for the chance to win a copy of UNTRACEABLE and a $25 gift card. For more information on Laura and her books, please visit her website here.

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I had a free day on the blog today and decided to do another giveaway. 🙂 I’ve got two copies of HARD TO HOLD by Stephanie Tyler and if you’d like a go at winning one, just leave a comment under this post. Winners will be announced on Sunday. Good luck! 🙂

Maximum danger.
Maximum desire.
And holding on for dear life…

The Special Ops hero feared nothing
-until he met a woman too hot to hold…

Lt. Jake Hansen has survived some of the riskiest missions known to man. But now the wounded Navy SEAL faces his toughest job yet: Smuggling Dr. Isabelle Markham out of Africa without triggering an international incident. Not easy to do when the gorgeous hostage happens to be a senator’s daughter —and about as easy to resist as an oasis in the desert…

If it weren’t for Jake, Isabelle would still be halfway across the world, where rebel forces left her for dead. The Special Ops warrior may have saved her life, but she doesn’t need him to protect her now. Tell that to the ruggedly handsome hunk in full battle fatigues who’s just been assigned Isabelle’s personal bodyguard. Close quarters aside, Isabelle won’t let Jake anywhere near her heart — until danger throws them together again…and nothing in the jungles of wildest Africa could prepare them for a passion this wild. This crazy. This hot….

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