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More cover goodness! Catching up on my Facebook friends & their statuses and found this cover for Pamela Palmer’s next Feral Warriors series book, HUNGER UNTAMED.

For a thousand years she has haunted him—Ariana, queen of the Ilinas, a beauty of mist and light. His love, his life mate… Kougar believed her lost to him forever until the truth of her stunning betrayal left him bitter and hungry for revenge. Now she alone holds the power to save two trapped and desperate Feral Warriors.

Ariana, caught in a deadly battle of her own, is neither the soulless creature Kougar believes her to be, nor the savior he seeks. And when darkness threatens to annihilate both races, the greatest danger of all becomes the glorious love Kougar and Ariana once shared. A love that must never rise again. A love that has never died.

To read an excerpt, go here.

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*happy dance* Carina Press now has a page for New Releases. Yippeee! Have been waiting for this as I like to browse for books to add to my TBB list regularly. I admit it, I stalk the publishers’ websites looking for books to add to my wishlist. 😉 Now I’m just waiting for their Coming Soon page and then I’ll be one happy camper because I like to keep my TBB list updated with book titles months in advance. 🙂

Go. Browse. Shop. Adjust your TBB list and/or wishlist.

By the way, you’re welcome. No need to thank me. Heh.

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These covers just get better and better! Just saw the cover of Rafferty’s book, DARKFIRE KISS by Deborah Cooke, on her Facebook page. Yum!!

Comes out May 2011.

For one woman, he will risk more than his life…

Rafferty Powell has exchanged challenge coins with his arch-nemesis Magnus Montmorency, and their next battle will be their last. But Rafferty never expected to meet a woman whose desire for Magnus’ downfall matches his own—and whose presence sparks Rafferty’s long-awaited firestorm.

Since facing her own mortality, investigative reporter Melissa Smith has resolved to live without fear. She’s determined to make the seemingly untouchable Magnus pay for his role in ending her friend’s life – no matter the price to herself.

When her quest entwines with Rafferty’s, Melissa finds herself risking more than she ever thought possible. Because the heat between them unleashes the darkfire—an awesome force of Pyr legend, one that won’t be sated until everything they know has been tested and remade.

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The first time they broke each others’ hearts. Now they have a second chance…

Doing what was expected didn’t get Anna Morelli anything but a bad marriage. Now that her life has fallen apart there’s only one place she can think of to regroup and figure out what comes next. Two Willows, the winery owned by the only man she could ever rely on. Her oldest friend. And her worst mistake.

Growing up as the poor boy didn’t stop Jace Willow from falling for Anna one hot, sultry summer. Back then, his best efforts to prove himself worthy of the Morelli standard fell just short. While it killed him to see her marry someone else, he made beating the Morellis at their own game his life’s work. And he’s excelled at it.

When Anna shows up on his doorstep, their painful history pales in the face of her need for a roof over her children’s heads—and some peace. The heat of their renewed passion is healing, but it burns away layers of hard-won emotional distance, reopening old wounds. Threatening their one last chance to rebuild their love on the shattered pieces of their broken hearts…

Now available at:

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NT: Hi Donna! Thank you for being my guest today.

DA: Thanks for having me!

NT: When did you know you wanted to be a writer? How long did it take for you to make your first sale?

DA: I was always writing as a kid, through high school and in university. For a long time I focused on poetry, and when I sat down to write a novel I had serious doubts about writing something that was several chapters long!  But once I did I was hooked, and I’ve never looked back. It took almost five years to make my first sale, but then it all seemed to happen at once and I sold four books that first year.

NT: You have a new release this month, BREATHE. Can you tell us about it?

DA: BREATHE is one of those stories that reached in and grabbed me and didn’t let go.  I wrote the first draft of it back in…2008.It took a few tries to get right, and late last year I pulled it out again and worked on really revising it and changing a number of elements. When I sent it to my Samhain editor I had fingers firmly crossed. The e-mail she sent later saying she wanted it was simply wonderful.  She GOT it, and knowing it was finally going to reach readers was (and still is) a lovely feeling.

It’s the story of teenage sweethearts who have found their way back to each other, set in one of my most favourite parts of the world – wine country in British Columbia. Both Anna and Jace are flawed, both have made mistakes. Now Anna is a single mum to two small children and her life is in shambles. Jace has spent his life trying to prove his worth. I really liked the idea of questioning what is worth? How do we define it? Both of them have things to learn. And in the middle is this great love story.

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

DA: I write upwards of 4 books a year, so a lot of the time I’m pretty structured.  I usually start out the day with a warm up of answering e-mail, updating my blog, checking twitter and facebook. Then it’s on to writing or revising or whatever stage the manuscript is in. When kids start coming home from school, I can forget writing. They want to catch me up on their day, have snacks, do homework, practice piano…I like to work in quiet, so at that point focus is kind of shattered. So I try to make the most of school hours, and unless something is really urgent, evenings and weekends are for the family.

NT: Is there anyone you use as a sounding board when you’re stuck on a scene?

DA: I have had the same critique partner since 2003. As our careers progress, the level of involvement shifts, but she is my number one go to person if I need a second reader or a sounding board. She’s my biggest critic and my staunchest supporter, and I think she sees me the same way.

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

DA: I don’t know if I can pick one thing as a fave!  I’ve had to research PTSD, what it’s like to be an amputee, wine, food, hotels, rescue ranches…I love how I can blend making stuff up with learning every day. The hardest thing to research? I think that’s coming up for my next book – and I’m keeping it a secret. But it’s an issue close to many hearts and the hardest thing about research is wanting to do the topic justice and then employing it with a light hand in the writing so that the focus is always on the romance!

NT: When not busy writing, what do you like to do in your spare time? (If there is such a thing *G*)

DA: I read (obviously!) and knit and like to cook and hang out with my family and friends. We have a pool and I try to take things a little easier in the summer when everyone is home. We end up being pool and barbeque central in the summer and it’s a blast. There’s not much better than floating in the pool with a pina colada, listening to the kids having a ball and tunes in the background, and then pigging out on yummy stuff. Life is good.

NT: What are the latest additions to your TBR? What are you most eager to read?

DA: I belong to a very prolific RWA chapter – Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada. I can’t keep up with them reading wise. I have books by Lilly Cain, Cathryn Fox, Jennie Marsland and Pam Callow all on my tbr and Deborah Hale has a new trilogy coming out with Harlequin Historical. And I have 3 new Eva Ibbotson’s on my TBR too. Along with about 60 other books.

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

DA: Don’t rework one story over and over. Sometimes the best thing you can do is write it to the best of your ability, send it out, and let it go. Moving on means you get to apply what you’ve learned to a new story, telling it in a fresh new way. Sometimes those old stories are just waiting for your writing to grow enough that you can do them justice and you can revisit them later. But I seriously think forward motion is the way to go. Keep writing and submitting. Read some how to books and read books in the genre you want to write. But in the end, write write write as that’s how you’ll develop voice and technique.

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

DA: I have a submission sitting with an editor right now, and I’ve just started work on an online read for eharlequin that will be a free read on their website beginning on Valentine’s Day to coincide with my February Harlequin Romance release, Proud Rancher, Precious Bundle. Then I have new Harlequin Romances out in the US in May and July as well.

I’ve got a new book deal with Harlequin so next after that is another book in my Larch Valley series that I’m dying to start!

NT: If someone has not read any of your books, which would be the one you’d recommend they try first?

DA: Really, I’d love it if someone picked up any of them. I always try to guarantee the reader an emotional, romantic read. My Samhain titles have a wee bit more spice than my Harlequins, but I think I still tell the same sort of story – hopefully one that has readers rooting for the characters and giving a happy, satisfied sigh at the end.

NT: How can readers contact you?

DA: Tons of ways – ain’t social media great? My website is www.donnaalward.com, and on my home page you’ll find links to my blog, my twitter and my facebook fan page. I check all of those frequently so if you drop me a line, it shouldn’t take me long to answer. 😀 Hearing from readers is wonderful!

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

DA: Thank YOU – It’s been fun!

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