Archive for February, 2010

Latest Winners!


We have winners for Under The Gun by HelenKay Dimon! Congrats ladies, hope you all enjoy the book!





Email me your address at mad @ romancereaderatheart.com (without the spaces) within 48 hours or a new name will be chosen.

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We readers are in for a treat later this summer and beyond! COLTERS’ WOMAN by Maya Banks is being re-released with extra scenes added. That’s not all! No sirree! 🙂 In addition to the re-release, we’re also getting two new books. One is for Seth and his brothers, in COLTERS’ LADY and the final book is about the daughter, titled COLTERS’ DAUGHTER. I have all 3 new covers and the blurbs for the first two books. No blurb or date yet on book 3 but I’ll keep you all posted! 🙂 (more…)

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A good agent never lets the job become personal…

Who wanted her dead? That’s what Claire Samson wanted to know. On the run and alone, there was only one man she trusted to find her. Recovery agent Luke Hathaway was the best at locating and saving, and she needed the best if she wanted to live. But the handsome agent who promised salvation had some conditions of his own. If he were to help, she needed to stick close by his side. Very close. And the only thing more dangerous than her current situation was the way Luke made her feel. From the protective look in his green eyes, she could tell he felt the same. But every second that brought them closer together was also ticking toward an explosive confrontation that might tear them apart…


Poor Defenseless Hero

Hello everyone and a huge thank you to Fatin for inviting me to blog today.  I always love coming here!

I’m here to celebrate the release of my first ever Harlequin Intrigue, UNDER THE GUN (March 2010).  I’ve been writing sexy contemporaries for Kensington Brava for about five years, but this was my first try at a category romance.  Before I submitted to Intrigue, I read about 50 of them.  I loved the strong heroes, smart women and fast pace.  It seemed to me like the perfect opportunity to torture a hero.

Yeah, you read that right.  (more…)

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Latest Winner!


Only one winner this week!


Wins a copy of Pieces of Sky by Kaki Warner.

Congrats Chey!

Email me your address at mad @ romancereaderatheart.com (without the spaces) within 48 hours or a new name will be chosen.

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Fall in love with the first book in the Blood Rose trilogy-a romance of the Old West by a phenomenal new talent

On a stagecoach traveling through New Mexico Territory, Jessica Thornton is a long way from the cool mists and lush gardens of her native England. An authoress and milliner, she carries the weight of a scandalous secret-a horrible shame that has brought her to the West on a desperate search for the only family she can trust: her brother.

No one prepared Jessica for the heat and the hardships. And no one prepared her for a man like Brady Wilkins. For, despite the rancher’s rough-hewn appearance and her own misgivings, Jessica must put her life in his hands after their stagecoach crashes. And she begins to see the man behind the callused hands and caustic wit. A man strong enough to carve out a home in the wilderness, brave enough to fight for his own, and passionate enough to restore her faith in herself-and in her heart.


I’ve been asked why I chose to write about the West, especially since Historical Western Romance is a small subgenre and one that doesn’t have many openings for new authors.  In truth, I didn’t consider any of that.  When I sat down to write Pieces of Sky twenty-five years ago, I had just finished one of those ghastly early Western-type stories where everyone spoke like a dimwit, waved guns around, and were such stereotypical caricatures it was painful to read.  I thought surely I could do better.

So I set out to write a Western love story where the setting was as much a character as the humans (i.e. sweaty, dusty, dangerous), and the humans were mostly believable (i.e. sweaty, dusty, possibly dangerous, and definitely flawed), facing obstacles that were a little more challenging than “now where’d that dang cow get off to.”  In other words, I wanted it to be as real as I could make it without completely grossing myself out. (more…)

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Coming to a bookstore near you in March:

She had the darkest of pasts. And he had everything to lose by loving her. Laura Foster, free from the bondage of an unspeakable childhood, has struggled to make a new life for herself. Now the owner of an elegant boardinghouse in Glory, Texas, she is known as a wealthy, respectable widow. But Laura never forgets that she is always just one step ahead of her past. When Reverend Brand McCormick comes calling Laura does all she can to discourage him as a suitor. She knows that if her past were discovered, Brand’s reputation would be ruined. But it’s not only Laura’s past that threatens to bring Brand down—it’s also his own. When a stranger in town threatens to reveal too many secrets, Laura is faced with a heartbreaking choice: Should she leave Glory forever and save Brand’s future? Or is it worth risking his name—and her heart—by telling him the truth?


“I love this part of a quilt – when all of the fabric selections, pattern decisions, cutting, making of blocks, laying out of the top, the borders, all of it, starts to come together as you begin to sew the blocks into a TOP. For me, it’s one of the best parts… seeing everything that you’ve thought about, and worked on, coming together…”

Natalie Barnes, Beyond the Reef

So began a recent email from a dear friend and quilt designer, Natalie Barnes. Over twenty years ago, Nat inspired me to begin quilting again and I like to think I inspired her to start a fledgling quilt pattern company, Beyond the Reef, which has grown by leaps and bounds ever since.

As I read her email, I noticed that her thoughts on how a quilt comes together are not unlike the experience of writing a novel. A writer’s initial ideas about characters—deciding who will people the pages of a book and finding just the right setting for them—is much like choosing the pattern and fabrics for a quilt. (more…)

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Congrats to all of this week’s winners!


Wins a copy of A Tale of Two Demon Slayers by Angie Fox.

Jeanette Juan & Little Lost Lamb

Both win a copy of Legend of the White Wolf by Terry Spear.


Wins a copy of Diary of a Confessions Queen by Kathy Carmichael.

Dee Feagin

Wins any mass market book of her choice courtesy of Dakota Cassidy. Just send me your address and book title & author so I can send them to Dakota.

You all know the drill, email me your address at mad @ romancereaderatheart.com (without the spaces) within 48 hours or new names will be chosen.

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Once a good girl goes bad...

When mild-mannered Casey Schwartz wakes up in jail with no memory of how she got there she realizes two things: something weird is going on and orange is definitely not her color. After her sister bails her out, Casey has more to deal with than a foggy memory—like abrupt mood swings and fireballs shooting from her fingertips. But things really go south when a vampire shows up on her doorstep…

She’s impossible to resist.

Clayton Gunnersson is seriously hot. And seriously taken—by a demon. In a ritual gone wrong, Clayton tried to free himself from his unwanted bond, but spilled some demonic blood on Casey. So now, Clayton’s spurned mate is inside of Casey—and she’s not happy about it. Neither is Casey, who can’t escape this bizarre love triangle. It’s hard enough being possessed by a demon. Falling for that demon’s boyfriend could get Casey killed—from the inside out…


Okay, so first, let me holla a big thank you to Fatin for inviting me to blog. You’re a brave woman, friend. I’m almost certain she was you know, *whispers* maybe enjoying a cocktail when she asked, the kind with a frilly, exotic pink umbrella and an equally exotic name. In fact, I’d bet it was probably drink three or so when she thought it’d be a good idea to invite me (heavy emphasis on me), to blog.

So before she throws me out, now that she’s sober and she can’t take it back, here we go. Fatin? You rocketh! (more…)

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Confessions writer Amy Crosby has put her life on hold for the last seven years after the disappearance of her husband, Dan. In writing for “True Lies Magazine,” guilt-ridden Amy takes on the abilities her fictional characters confess to, such as the time she thought she was psychic after researching clairvoyants. With fatalistic acceptance of the craziness in her life, she uses humor to cope; but when the home Dan bought for them is about to be foreclosed, her only answer is his having him declared legally dead and using his life insurance policy. Her home is safe–that is, until she receives a blackmail note. Equal parts mystery and humor, this novel is sure to keep readers guessing–and laughing–until the end.


Thanks so much, Fatin, for inviting me to be your guest today!  My topic for today is doing research on location.

When I started the research for my new book, Diary of a Confessions Queen, I sent off requests to the Chamber of Commerce in Independence, Kansas where the book is set.  This helped me with basic information for my book, but I soon realized I needed to actually visit Independence and walk the streets, so to speak.  (And no, for those of you who are snickering, I have not started a new career as a street walker.)

I decided to make a trip to Kansas. (more…)

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In this fourth in Spear’s series, Private Eye Cameron MacPherson and Faith O’Mallery are both on quests that lead them into the world of magical wolves…

Cameron arrives in the Canadian Arctic to search for his partners in his P.I. business who are late returning from a hunting trip. Faith is there to discover what her father had seen in the same area years earlier that had made him lose touch with reality—man-wolves, he called them.

The two tumble into an icy world of enemies bent on destroying the lupus garou kind. As they turn into lupus garou themselves, and bond with the pack that only they can rescue from destruction, Cameron and Faith find their soul mates in each other.


Most have probably heard of branding—at least when it comes to products. McDonalds’ golden arches, Wendy’s little girl with pigtails, the Pillsbury Doughboy, the Energizer bunny. They’re gimmicks, not related to the actual product, that help buyers remember them.

In the past, I was known as the bear lady, which has nothing to do with my books, but with the fact I make award-winning teddy bears that have been featured in magazines and found homes all over the world. Many still know me as such, just in a different sphere. 😀

As writers, we’re told we have to brand our image. Not all writers have a gimmicky branding though, as it truly relates to what we write. When we are known by this image for what we write, we’ve done it successfully. (more…)

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