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Single mom Julie Donavan is looking for a place to start over. What she finds after buying a small house on five acres is nothing short of a nightmare.

Single dad “Lucky Griffin” Luckadeau has been crossing horns with his elderly neighbor for years. But when his daughter, Annie, decides she wants the new little girl who lives on the feuding property to be her friend, or better yet her sister, the sparks fly.

These two stubborn hotheads, who irritate each other beyond endurance, refuse to admit that it’s fate that brought them together. And running from the inevitable is only going to bring a double dose of misery…

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Good morning everyone. Thank you for visiting with me today on my blog tour to promote Getting Lucky, the final book in the Lucky trilogy. Researching this series was so much fun that I’d like to share some of the things I found out with you.

I seldom write about any place that I haven’t been. I learned that lesson about ten years ago when I was writing a historical series set during the Oklahoma Land Rush. My heroine and three small children went swimming in the creek that runs through that part of the country. When I went up there the creek was nothing more than a muddy pool at the bottom of a red clay ditch. It certainly wasn’t the bubbling clear water creek that I’d imagined.

So in my research travels for the Lucky series I learned the following: (more…)

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She is his last chance for a future of happiness . . .

Jenny Keeble has never let her humble upbringing stop her. She’s made her way in the world as a fortune teller, one who convinces her clients her predictions are correct by telling them what they most want to hear. Business is good… until she meets her match in the form of Gareth Carhart, the Marquess of Blakely, a scientist and sworn bachelor.

He just doesn’t know it yet.

Broodingly handsome, Gareth is appalled to discover his cousin has fallen under the spell of “Madame Esmerelda,” and he vows to prove her a fraud. But his unexpected attraction to the fiery enchantress defies logic. Jenny disrupts every facet of Gareth’s calculated plan—until he can’t decide whether to ruin her or claim her for his own. Now, as they engage in a passionate battle of wills, two lonely souls must choose between everything they know… and the boundless possibilities of love.

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People have asked me why I write historical romances, and usually I give them some kind of frilly answer like, “Oh, I love the research!” or “I just adore Victorian times!” But the truth of the matter is, this is all lies. The real reason I write historical romances is… (more…)

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Coming out today from Samhain Publishing:

Pushing the sensual limits can set off all kinds of alarms…

Turner Twins, Book 1

Inheriting her grandmother’s home is a dream come true for web designer Maxine Turner. She’s looking forward to a little freedom from the constant demands of her beloved, crazy mob of a family. When vandals expose just how vulnerable she is living alone, she seeks help.

Ryan Claymore’s well-thought-out life was wrenched out from under him when responsibility for his special-needs step-brother landed on his shoulders. Going from military man to business man hasn’t been easy. He counts himself lucky he’s found Maxine to trade his security-system knowledge for her web site expertise.

The red-hot chemistry that sizzles between them comes from out of the blue, and they both fight a losing battle to resist. Even the secret Ryan hides isn’t enough to keep Maxine from working her way into his heart—and his bed.

But something else might tear them apart. Whoever seems determined to destroy her home, and her sanity along with it.

Warning: Realistic multiple orgasm sex scenes, men getting in touch with their emotions, brothers being—well—brothers, and a very tempting back porch swing… you have been warned.

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My new release had a title change. Come to think of it, it had two.  It began as a story I intended to write weekly on my blog before I realized posting weekly writing+ life =insanity.

The story was originally called Gingersnaps, and the idea was there would be this cool little coffee shop where the hero and heroine would meet. I could write a whole series about this place and have the characters wander in and out of the shop throughout the story.

That’s why it’s called writing by the seat of your pants. When I changed my mind a number of times plot wise, I settled on a new title that lasted all to way to the point of getting a cover when TPTB decided it was too similar to a book already released.

And thus… Turn It On. (more…)

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In this sexy Jane Austen sequel, Elizabeth Bennet accepts Mr. Darcy’s first marriage proposal, answering the “What if…?” question fans everywhere have pondered

” I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry.”

Famous last words indeed! Elizabeth Bennet’s furious response to Mr. Darcy’s marriage proposal has resonated for generations of readers. But what if she had never said it? Would she have learned to recognize Mr. Darcy’s admirable qualities on her own? Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy follows Elizabeth and Darcy as they struggle to find their way through the maze of their prejudices after Elizabeth, against her better judgment, agrees to marry Darcy instead of refusing his proposal.

Two of the most beloved characters in English literature explore the meaning of true love in a tumultuous and passionate attempt to make a success of their marriage.

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Writing Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World was a learning experience for me.  I’d already written four Pride & Prejudice variations where I took the classic plot and characters and put in my own twist.  What if Mr. Darcy admitted his feelings for Elizabeth before they parted in Lambton?  What if Mr. Darcy hadn’t left Rosings immediately after giving Elizabeth his letter, and instead they’d had to meet face to face the next day?  Various romantic entanglements always ensue, leading to the happy ending with Elizabeth marrying Darcy.  This book, however, was different.  What if Elizabeth had to marry Darcy with all her prejudices about him still intact?  It was a common enough scenario at the time, a young lady marrying a gentleman she disliked, but had to learn to co-exist with.  But could it work with Elizabeth and Darcy?  And, perhaps more importantly, could I write it? (more…)

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New winners announced!

 

Congratulations to all the new winners from last week!

Fedora & Little Lost Lamb

Both won Outcast and Fugitive by Cheryl Brooks

Ina

Won a download of No Matter What by Erin Nicholas. (Email me with your perferred format, Ina.)

Amanda

Won a copy of Hot for the Holidays anthology which includes Anya Bast’s novella, Sweet Enchantment.

Isabel & Lynz

Both won copies of Her Secret Fling by Sarah Mayberry.

Ladies, you know the drill! Email me within 48 hours with your physical address, at mad @ romancereaderatheart.com (without the spaces). Failure to do so will result in having another winner chosen.

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Haven’t done a giveaway in a few weeks, how about we change that? 🙂 I’m currently rereading COMING UNDONE by Lauren Dane. I read this a few months ago, was lucky enough to get an early peek at it but felt the need to reread it when it came out this month because I love the story of Brody and Elise falling in love. It wasn’t something that happened within a month or two of them meeting. It took time, over a year and a few months, but it was such a great story and I loved everything about it. Brody is just amazing, so sexy and so uber sigh-worthy that I felt the urge to share  this book with other readers. I have three copies of COMING UNDONE. For the chance to win one, just tell me what was the last sigh-worthy book you read?

 

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KEEPING IT TOGETHER

Brody Brown has always been responsible for others. After his parents’ death, he gave up a promising artistic career to care for his younger brother and sister. Now, with his siblings grown, Brody owns his own business, has a nice house, makes a nice living, and for the first time in years he’s on his own.

Elise Sorenson has come to Seattle with her young daughter to find peace. After years as a world-famous ballerina—(and just as many years in a marriage-gone-bad)—she’s looking for neither love nor attention. But she finds both in the handsome, honest man who befriends her with no strings attached.

More than friends, Brody and Elise discover in each other what they need—wild, physical passion without commitment. But it’ll take a shadow from Elise’s past to make them look beyond what they need—to what they truly desire.

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Open to US and International residents. Winners will be announced next Saturday, January 23rd. Good Luck!

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Talk about office politics!

Jake Stevens—star reporter and celebrated literary genius—is a snake. How else to explain the way he turns Poppy Birmingham’s hero worship into loathing with a single conversation? So what if she’s got a lot to learn about journalism? Aren’t they coworkers now? On the same team? Jake can take his attitude and…

Then during a job-related road trip, their relationship goes from antagonistic to hedonistic in no time flat. And suddenly Poppy can’t think of anything more delicious than having a secret fling with Jake. But with all this intensity, can she really keep it no-strings-attached?

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First up, I must confess to being a HUGE fan of the boss/secretary romance. Can’t get enough of them. I particularly like it when the secretary is a bit mousy and undiscovered and somehow, along the way, the hero notices her and draws her out of her shell, only to discover he’s deeply jealous of all the attention she receives once she discovers her inner vixen.

The reality of an office romance is a little bit different, however. (more…)

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UPDATE! Ms D’Amario generously decided to do a surprise giveaway–check this comment. Congrats, Raelena

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Once the victim of scientific experimentation by the Government Control of Supernatural Activities (GSA), Damon doesn’t have a past, and he isn’t sure he has a future. He doesn’t even know if his ability to change from human to wolf is a virus, or magick. But the instant he lays eyes on the pretty cop from the local police force, he knows he has to learn the secrets of his past before they destroy her future.

Krystal is the best animal cop on the police force, hiding magickal talent beneath layers of excuses and quick thinking. For five years she’s tracked Peter Burke, a butcher who steals any form of canine to supplement his dietary needs. The day she saves a wolf from losing his head at the sharp end of an axe, her entire life changes. And then there is Damon, the mysterious, sexy ex-soldier with no memory of his past who awakens fantasies of dark and sensual nights.

But the GSA isn’t finished with Damon, and when the shadowy government agency joins forces with Burke, Krystal too finds her life in jeopardy, the target of men and women led by their own desires. Damon and Krystal must work together to stop evil and destroy years of illegal research.

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Hi all! And thanks to Novel Thoughts for letting me hang with them on today’s part of the blog tour! They’ve got some absolutely awesome book reviews here, so make sure you check ’em out!

For those just joining us, for my blog tour, I’m creating something very special. A free read. And you get to help! Each blog posting will be a new scene or chapter of the book titled above, He’s no Faery Prince. Previous chapters can be found on my FREEBIE READS page of my blog. Then, at the end of my post for today, you’ll see some questions. They are designed to make life easier for me (or much more fun, at least) because the answers to those questions will determine the course of the story. Also, if you happen to think of something really awesome to add, not addressed by my questions, feel free to throw that in there too. I’ll be sure to take a look at it.

So, let’s get to it, shall we? (more…)

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When you’re a half incubus, your reputation precedes you…

All eyes are on Gabriel Mac Braire the day he makes his first appearance in the Seelie Court, including those of Aislinn Finvarra. Despite deep bitterness over her last failed relationship, Aislinn cannot help but be curious about the half incubus who is known to possess dark magick, both lethal and sexual in nature. Rumors abound of the women who have become enslaved to his irresistible charms.

So when the Summer Queen of the fae orders Aislinn herself to act as his guide in the court, she is understandably on guard. She’s fallen under the spell of far less persuasive men before. In addition, Gabriel might be more than he seems and his true mission is far from innocent.

This time, Aislinn must protect not only her heart, but her very life…

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There are all different kinds of heroes in the romance genre and I’ve written many of them. No one hero is alike, but no matter their personality, I always fall a little love with them. I figure that’s a good sign. After all, if I fall in love with them, maybe the reader will too. (more…)

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Adam Steele is good. Good at using his money to get his way. Money always works-until he realizes he can’t buy his daughter’s way out of her new wheelchair. Three private physical therapists later, he’s almost given up on Emily walking again. Then he meets Dr. Jaden Monroe. And his match.

Jaden doesn’t know the meaning of the word “quit”. But she knows a lot about “fired” after a public blowout with her ex jeopardizes the donation her hospital was counting on. Now the most tempting man she’s ever met has made her just the offer she needs to save the new children’s rehab wing-one million dollars to rehabilitate his daughter. In return she finds herself making Adam rash promises: that his daughter will walk in time to take the lead in the school play. And that he won’t entice her into his bed. No matter what.

But Jaden didn’t anticipate a teen whose injuries are more than physical. Or a man so passionate and devoted-and as tenacious as she is. As Adam wears down her defenses with kiss after kiss, the only thing harder than keeping her promise will be keeping a hold on her heart.

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I think so!  I have always been drawn to stories about heroes like paramedics and firefighters and cops and doctors.  There’s just something about those guys who really do rush into burning buildings, save people from bad guys, and bring people back from the brink of chaos.  I like to write them too.  In my first release, No Matter What, my heroine is a physical therapist.  Something I know well.  I’ve been a practicing PT for over twelve years and do find my profession very inspiring and rewarding.  In my upcoming March release, Just Right, the hero is an emergency trauma surgeon who has spent time in war-torn foreign countries and is now working in one of the busiest ERs in the city.  The heroine is the lead ER nurse.  Her brothers and his friends are all paramedics.  Lots of sexy, charming, heroic guys all over the place!  Not a bad way to spend my time!

What is it about these guys, though, really?  (more…)

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