Archive for October, 2010


Estella and Jill M

each wins the first 3 books of the Granite Lake Wolves series by Vivian Arend


tina werner



acdaisy95 and Ina S.

each wins HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO by Helenkay Dimon



wins EDGE OF SIGHT by Roxanne St. Claire

Congratulations to all the winners! You have 48 hours to contact Mad at mad at romancereaderatheart dot com to claim your prizes.

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All you have to do is watch the video below. Every time you watch the full video, UnitedHealthcare will donate 10 cents to breast cancer research. Just watch it. That’s all you have to do. Also, if you have an account at YouTube, just put it in your quene and let it repeat. Easy peasy. 🙂

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Available October 26, 2010

When Samantha Fairchild witnesses the murder of a local Boston celebrity journalist, the Harvard-bound law student becomes the next target of a professional assassin. Desperate for protection the authorities won’t provide, Sam seeks help from Vivi Angelino, an investigative reporter who recruits her brother Zach to protect Samantha.
A Special Forces vet with the scars to prove he’s both courageous and flawed, Zach takes the job, despite the fact that he and Sam once shared a passionate interlude that ended when he left for war and disappeared from her life. Now, as they try to crack a conspiracy that leads to the city’s darkest corners, Sam and Zach must face their fears, desires, and doubts, before a hired killer gets a second shot . . .


You’ve probably heard about writers who interview their characters, fill out extensive character profile forms, make collages that capture their character’s innermost feelings, and, thus, understand every nuance of a hero and heroine before they open a doc and write the words Chapter One.

I’m not one of them.

Believe me, I’ve tried to do all these things, but every time, I fail.  I think I know these people who I’m about to spend six solid months with, but once my fingers hit the keyboard and I start the sometimes painful, sometimes exhilarating journey of telling a story…everything I thought I knew about them just disappears and the *real* characters reveal themselves to me.

Sadly, this is my process.  Sometimes the characters wait a few chapters to let me know what makes them tick.  Like fifteen chapters.  Ouch.  Every once in a while, they only become crystal clear during, say, the epilogue.  Double ouch.  I know that I’ve got a major rewrite in my near future.  But most of the time, the layers begin to peel back as the scenes unfold, and a clear image of the hero and heroine emerges.

Something else magical happens, too.  I fall in love.

Yes, I love my heroes.  Sometimes I’ll just be cruising through a store or driving my car and I get that little jittery feeling of excitement that kind of makes your nerve-endings tingle and gives you a sweet longing you don’t understand.  Remember that feeling?  You probably had it when you met your husband.  I get that feeling when I create a new hero.  I’m just crazy about him.  I think about what he said.  I remember how he kisses.  I ache to get back to him.

So when I sat down to write Zach Angelino, the hero of EDGE OF SIGHT, and one of the anchor characters for The Guardian Angelino series, I got ready to figure him out and fall in love.  The heroes of the twenty-some books I’ve written are all different, but at the core, they share many traits: fearlessness, confidence, intelligence, wit, washboard abs, and, of course, a face that could melt your heart.

Zach would be no different, of course.  Except…when I got to the page where he was introduced (re-introduced, actually) to the heroine…he was different than any other hero I’d ever written.  I knew it as I typed the words. I had a chilling feeling as I tried to figure out why he wanted to hide from the heroine, why he wanted to stay in the shadows.

Oh.  That was my first thought, and also the heroine’s response when she turns and really sees him.  All she can say is, “Oh.”  Zach’s not so perfect anymore.  He’s scarred by a war injury.  Not just scarred, but ruined, with one eye missing, and a slash down his cheek.

I remember staring at the computer screen and thinking, Zach, please don’t do this to me.  I like picture perfect guys.  I can’t write a wounded hero.  I want to spend at least a whole day cruising Hot Guy Sites on the internet looking for your likeness.  I want to fall in love with you, Zach, not be ashamed of you.

I don’t believe that the characters dictate a book; I really do think I’m in charge of the story and I could have changed that aspect of Zach right then if I wanted to.  His injury wasn’t even in the synopsis my editor had approved…but I knew I couldn’t fight this one.  This was who he was.  But then I knew, the heroine would still fall in love with him…and so would I.

Making my perfect guy *im*perfect was a challenge, but it was also a thrill.  Zach’s scars, inside and out, made for a deeper hero and gave me a well of emotion to mine.  And, the fact is, I ended up loving him more than all of my other flawless heroes.

How do you feel about imperfections…especially the physical kind!  Do you love a flawed guy a little bit more or do you turn to fiction because life (and real men) are flawed enough?

Readers can fall in love with Zach before he had his wounds, too.  On my website, www.roxannestclaire.com, there is a free “prequel” to EDGE OF SIGHT, the story of how Zach and Sam met three years before the book opens, their passionate affair, and their painful goodbye.  Just click on the Free Reads link!  Enjoy!

I’m here all day, as they say in Vegas, and am happy to answer questions or comments about imperfections, books, writing, and life!

Thank you, Fatin, for inviting me to one of my very favorite blogs!


A big thank you to Roxanne for visiting with us today at Novel Thoughts! 🙂

For a chance to win EDGE OF SIGHT, just leave a comment answering Roxanne’s question. Good luck!


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Can’t even begin to tell you how excited this news makes me. Have been waiting until all the info was finalized and now that it is, I’m sharing, yay!! 🙂

In December, Carina Press is releases a Holiday Romance Collection anthology with four of my favorite authors. Jaci Burton, Lauren Dane, Megan Hart & Shannon Stacey. In one anthology! *feels faint* I’m usually not a big fan of anthologies as I never actually read all stories in them, just the ones I want to read so color me excited that this will be one I’ll actually read from cover to cover. 🙂 I’m a sucker for small town settings…just adore them. 🙂

Mark your calendars for December 6th and add all of these to your TBB list. You will have the option to buy each book on it’s own or the whole collection together for a discounted price.


Big Star, Small-town Christmas

Country singer Riley Jensen would never have returned to her small Missouri hometown if her publicist hadn’t come up with the scheme to tape a Christmas special there. So she never would have known that the man who broke her heart at eighteen—causing her to flee to Nashville—was now a widower with a seven-year-old daughter. Riley has ten years of angst-filled hit songs and Grammy awards to prove she doesn’t need Ethan Kent. But suddenly, she can’t help thinking of all she gave up by running away…

Ethan Kent knew Riley had the talent and the drive to make it as a singer. He also knew she wasn’t going anywhere if she stayed in their nowhere town for him. Then one night and one huge mistake sent her running on the road to fame. Which doesn’t mean he ever stopped loving her…

But with so much separating them, can Riley and Ethan find their way back together one magical country Christmas?


Their First Christmas, Bound Together…

All Jude wants for Christmas is Rori, all to himself. It’s their first holiday season as a couple, and staying home, seeing friends and family, means they’ll be surrounded by the memory of Rori’s late husband. It’s time for Jude and Rori to create their own traditions. Time for them to fully explore their most intimate desires to dominate and submit.

Rori is thrilled when Jude whisks her away to a luxury resort in the mountains. Spending Christmas away, just the two of them, is the perfect time to show him she’s ready to give herself to him completely…

Newlyweds Leah and Brandon Long are finally taking a honeymoon. But just two days into their Christmas-in-Vail vacation, Leah gets run down by an out-of-control snowboarder, severely spraining her ankle. Being stuck indoors isn’t so bad though: the luxurious chalet boasts a hot tub and cozy fireplace. Besides, sitting with her feet up while Brandon serves her in every way a man can serve a woman is exactly how both of them like to spend their time.

Leah would be in heaven, if only Brandon didn’t insist on bringing up the idea of a family. She knew that kids were part of the package, but she’s not ready to make any plans just yet. Still, with kinky sex and deep conversation the only things on the agenda for the next week, Leah can’t avoid the discussion for long. Will she be ready to take her marriage to the next level in the New Year?

House-sitting for her parents seemed like a good idea, until the microwave blew up and the lights went out.

Now Chloe Burke thinks upgrading the electrical system of her childhood home while they are away would make the perfect Christmas gift. Fortunately, there’s an electrician in town who can get the job done by the holidays.

Scott Quinn has wanted to get his hands on the Burkes’ wiring for almost as long as he’s wanted to get his hands on their daughter. Chloe didn’t notice Scott back in high school, but she’s noticing him now, and soon they’re indulging in a little festive fun: no strings, no expectations. After all, Chloe plans to get out of this goldfish bowl of a town and back to her real life in Boston by New Year’s.

But Chloe and Scott discover they enjoy each other’s company just as much out of bed. Could their holiday fling turn out to be the real thing?

And, here’s the cover for the whole bundle.

Now I ask: Aren’t the covers just beautiful? Who’s ready for the holidays? *g*

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Katie Long was supposed to be undercover. She was just supposed to watch Deputy Prosecutor Eric Kimura at his ex’s wedding and gather intel on his campaign for prosecutor. But he’s a lot hotter in person, and the kind of intel they accidentally shared in the hotel bathroom might lose both of them their jobs. Especially since it seems to be a recurring incident. Is it possible for a one-night stand to last ten days?

Kimura isn’t usually the impulsive type. He’s driven, he’s ambitious, and he knows what he wants—a respectable future in Hawaii politics. Which means wild half-public sex with a beautiful stranger in a short little caterer’s skirt is just tabloid fodder waiting to happen. Conveniently, just as his campaign is coming under attack. Sabotage, media gossip, and an insatiable desire for a woman he just met? If he’s not careful, Counselor Kimura might lose all control…


Thank you so much for letting me stop by today and talk about my newest release, IMPULSIVE.  I’m very excited about this book.  It’s the fifth book I’ve written that’s set in Hawaii.  Specifically, this one follows a straight-laced prosecutor, Eric Kimura, and the wild child heroine who brings a little fun back into this life, Katie Long.

Eric is one of those heroes I never intended to write.  He was a secondary character in my previous single title contemporary, HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO.  I intended for him to play a small role – really small – and never be seen again.  But as I wrote, Eric’s role grew.  He was the ex-boyfriend of the heroine in that book.  Not the typical romance novel jerky, two-timing ex, but a decent guy.  By the end of the book, I knew Eric needed a happy ending.

Writing his story created a new problem.  See, Eric is an only child of Japanese parents who grew up in Hawaii.  My real-life husband is an attorney, an only child of Japanese parents who grew up in Hawaii…in other words, a bit too close to Eric in outside terms.  I don’t know about you, but the idea of writing a romance starring someone like my husband and having him end up with someone other than me…well, that was not going to happen.  I wanted fiction!  So, for the first time while writing a story, I depended on some visual aids to keep the focus on Eric, my non-husband.

First, I wanted to get the sense of what he looked like stuck in my head.  Actor Abe Hiroshi helped with that one.  I found this photo and thought – that’s him!  He’s handsome, put-together, commanding…and did I mention handsome?  The fact he’s wearing a suit helps.  Gives him that lawyer look I was hunting for.

Coming up with visual queues for some of the scenes in IMPULSIVE was not hard either.  Many I had from my photo collection here at home.  My in-laws live there and we visit often.  How lucky am I?  This intimate knowledge let me pick out some of my favorite spots form memory and highlight them.  For example, there is a scene where Eric is at a memorial service for his grandmother.  It takes place at a temple.  I modeled my temple on the real Byodo-In Temple.  It’s in the middle of a park and just gorgeous.  For those who watched the tv show Lost, you may recognize it from flashbacks as the site where Sun and Jin got married.


While Eric lives in downtown Honolulu to be close to the office, his parents live in a different part of the island.  The same part where my hubby grew up.  Honestly, I picked the area because it’s one of my favorite on Oahu.  Kailua is far from the tourist crowds.  You drive through the majestic Ko-olau mountains to get there.  And if you drive a little farther, you’ll get to my favorite ocean watching spot, Lanikai Beach.

So, while the book is pure fiction, the beauty of Hawaii is not.  I wanted to capture a bit of it in my mind and then get it on the page.  I hope I did that and I hope you’ll check out IMPULSIVE.


Two readers will win a copy of HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO, the book where we first meet Eric. Leave a comment below to be entered in the drawing. Good luck 🙂

Also, a big thank you to HelenKay for joining us today! To find out more about HelenKay, please visit her website at www.helenkaydimon.com.

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Join us for a Danger Women Halloween Party. When: Oct. 27th, 10am until Midnight. Where: Danger Women Readers’ Loop. What: A day full of prizes and fun! www.dangerwomenwriting.com

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Party from 10am to midnight with a long list of prizes~!

Prizes include:


From Cynthia Eden:

2 copies of Eternal Flame
2 copies of Belong to the Night
2 copies of The Naughty List.


From Jennifer Haymore


2 copies of Highland Surrender
1 copy of 10 Days in Paradise
1 copy of A Hint of Wicked
1 copy of A Touch of Scandal
2 copies of A Season of Seduction


From Caridad Pineiro

2 copies of SINS OF THE FLESH
2 THE CALLING baseball cap

From Donna Grant


1 Dark Sword or Warrior tshirt
1 Dark Sword or Warrior bag


From Lisa Renee Jones

2 Copies of Awakening the Beast – the Nocturne anthology
2 Copies of Santa Baby by Lisa Renee Jones
2 Copies of the Sexy Beast 9 anthology
2 Copies of the Spice anthology Naughty Bits 2

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LIE WITH ME by Stephanie Tyler

Read an excerpt online

Book 1 of the Shadow Force series
Dell Books

ISBN-10: 0440245966
ISBN-13: 978-0440245964

Forced together by fate, bound together by desire.

Framed for a double murder, Delta Force operative Cameron Moore is given a new lease on life by the CIA—provided he pays them back by doing their black ops dirty work. Now Cam is ready to renegotiate their deal, and he thinks he’s found the perfect bargaining chip: Skylar Slavin, bestselling author of espionage thrillers and the daughter of the CIA man who saved him from a prison sentence.

Skylar has been living in anonymity, never suspecting that someone so dangerous—and so desirable—would plunge her into a world as treacherous as one of her spy novels. But how can Cam go through with his plan to kidnap Skylar when just the sight of her sets off an explosive attraction he’s never experienced before? And when Skylar falls prey to an even more perilous threat, this special ops soldier must call upon all his combat skills to protect the one person who can help him win his freedom—and the only woman he’s ever loved.

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