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Two new covers revealed this week! I ❤ Samhain’s covers. And I ❤ Vivian Arend for letting me drool over those covers 😉

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Tentative release October 2011

Wolf Games

True love’s path never did run smooth.

Granite Lake Wolves, Book 3

After seven years of total denial, Maggie Raynor’s body—and her inner wolf—are in full revolt. Weak and shaky, she literally falls into the very large and capable arms of the Granite Lake Beta, Erik Costanov. The last thing she wants is a mate, particularly when just looking at another wolf scares her to death. And one as big and sexy as Erik? Really bad idea, no matter what her libido says.

Erik expected to meet Maggie in Whitehorse to escort her to the home of her sister, his pack’s Omega. Sheer chance puts him in the right place at the right time to catch her, but the realization that hits him with the force of a full body shot is no accident. She’s his mate. An even bigger shock? She wants no part of him—not until she resolves her issues.

She’ll have to work fast, because they’re both selected to represent the pack during the premier sporting event for wolves in the north. Not only will she have to work as a team with Erik, she’ll have to face down her fear of wolves. Especially her own.

Let the Games begin.

Wolf Tracks

TJ’s usual laid-back attitude vanishes when he comes face to face with someone he didn’t expect. His mate. His very human mate. If he intends to claim her, he’s going to have to move fast.

Pam is definitely tempted to indulge in some Northern Delight with TJ—temporarily, not forever. In her world, true love is a fairytale that seldom, if ever, comes true.

Okay, so maybe staging a kidnapping wasn’t TJ’s best idea, but at least Pam agrees to his deal. He’s got one week in the wilderness to prove she’s his mate. She’s got one week to discover if forever is possible.

Warning: Contains uber-sexy werewolves of Russian descent, reluctant mates and exotic travels through the Yukon wilderness. Includes sarcasm and hot nookie under the Midnight Sun.

For excerpts, please visit www.vivianarend.com.

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Good thing high-powered attorney Sinead O’Brien has a rule about never dating clients. Because Adam Perry, the newest star of the New York Blades—and her newest client—has her headed for the penalty box. If only she could prove he’s just another jock…

Adam’s been charged with assault after a borderline hit on another star player, but off the ice he’s a private, no-nonsense guy who knows the Blades are his last shot at Stanley Cup glory. Assembling her case, Sinead tries not to get distracted by Adam’s dazzling good looks or strong work ethic, but she quickly discovers that there’s a wounded man under that jersey, and she’s starting to fall for him—hard.

Now Adam’s having trouble focusing on the goal with Sinead in his sights. And Sinead is tempted to break her “no dating clients” rule. Can they play on their newfound feelings without penalties?


I’ve been writing romance for a little over a decade now, which is amazing since I’m only twenty five (In my mind, people. In my mind). Over the years, I’ve learned some stuff not only about the genre, but also about writing itself. I thought it was time to share:

*If you don’t get up from your desk on occasion to take a walk or do some other form of exercise, your ass will expand. Trust me on this.

*Romance readers rock. They’re intelligent and insightful, and many aren’t shy about telling you how much pleasure your books give them. That’s a real gift. In return, the best gift you can give is writing the best books you can.

*Don’t google yourself. Ever.

* Don’t be surprised when total strangers insult what you do for a living. For years, whenever someone at a party would say, “You write trash?” or “Do you really write that junk?”, I’d get very defensive. Eventually, it dawned on me that their ignorance was their problem, not mine. So now, when someone finds out I write romance and is rude enough to sniffs “You actually write that smut?”, I just say “Yes, and that’s why my sex life remains so vibrant.” That usually shuts them down. If it doesn’t, I simply chant Nora’s name three times and they explode into flames.

* There’s a reason writers are always portrayed as starving in a garret: it’s because we’re starving in a garret. Or at a card table next to the boiler in the basement. Or at the kitchen table that also doubles as a yoga mat.

* The above isn’t strictly true. I know a lot of writers who make a decent living writing romance. But the majority didn’t get into it with the hope of making millions; they started because it was something they had to do, or they’d go batty.

*Fellow romance writers are fantastic people. Send out an SOS, and someone will always turn up to help out.

* Not everyone is going to like what you write. Some readers are going to rave about your books, and others are going to gripe that a monkey can do better. When I first started out, this used to upset me very much. I would cry and try to find a monkey to be my ghostwriter. After awhile, I realized that I couldn’t please everyone all time, and if I tried to, my books would be a boring, tepid mess.

* A lot of non writers believe that you must wait for inspiration to hit before you can start writing. If that were true, I would still be working on my eleventh grade essay entitled, “The Many Hats of Spain.” Writing is a job like any other. You have to sit down and do it, even when you’d rather be daydreaming about your wedding to Jon Hamm.

* When someone says to you, “Hhmm, maybe I’ll write a romance over Christmas vacation,” do not hit them in the head with a brick. Just smile and say, “Go for it.”

*Established writers should help out newbies to the extent they can. If you have time,  answer their questions and give them advice if they ask for it. What comes around goes around.

Deirdre Martin is the New York Times Bestselling author of The New York Blades series, as well as The Wild Hart Saga. Her newest book, ICEBREAKER, is in stores now. To find out more, visit her website at www.deirdremartin.com.


Many thanks to Deirdre for joining us today.

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