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Andrea Lockhart’s job as a reporter for cheesy tabloid The Naked Truth isn’t exactly where she thought her journalism career would end up. She’s determined to make the best of it, but when her editor sends her to Woodbine, South Carolina, to investigate a werewolf sighting, Andrea decides the ridiculous assignment will be her last. Until she meets Sean Hunter.

The last time she saw Sean, he had just beat her out for the position of editor of their college newspaper, and told her she’d never make it as a reporter. Given his grand ambitions, she’s shocked to find him editing the Woodbine Weekly. Once they start competing for leads on the werewolf, Andrea becomes determined to break the story first—she can’t let Sean beat her again.

As they each get closer to finding the source of the rumors, the only thing more surprising than the truth are the feelings Sean is able to stir in her, feelings she thought she had left behind…

 

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First of all, a HUGE thanks to Fatin for allowing me to celebrate my release date here with you all.

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, so when I sat down and started writing “Cry Wolf,” I couldn’t resist setting the story around the season. As much as I’ve always loved romance books, I probably love a good, spooky mystery even more. Naturally, I simply couldn’t resist combining the two in my story. I also thought about having my heroine, Andrea, sent to investigate a haunted house – or possibly a haunted hotel – but nah. That had already been done before by authors much more talented than myself.  But investigating a werewolf? Hmmm.

The incredible thing is that “Cry Wolf” is inspired by a real urban legend called The Beast of Bray Road, a werewolf-like creature that supposedly roams the cornfields and countryside somewhere in Wisconsin. You probably think I’m kidding, but I’m not. Google it and see.

I hoped that mystery would make a unique and fun backdrop to the reluctant attraction between Sean and Andrea, because, let’s face it, aren’t reluctant attractions the most fun to read? Sean can be a real wiseass, too, which gets under Andrea’s straight-laced skin worse than anything else. He’s open to the idea folks are seeing something, but skeptical Andrea is convinced it’s all nothing more than a hoax. These two can’t seem to agree on anything – except for the fact they can barely keep their hands off each other.

Andrea would be the first to warn you Woodbine, S.C., is “a strange and freaky little town,” but I hope you decide to visit it with her anyway. Go ahead. Sit back, prop your feet up, and do a little werewolf-hunting this Halloween with my characters.  I dare you. You might be surprised at what you find.

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Angela Campbell is a debut author whose book “Cry Wolf” releases Oct. 31, 2011 from Carina Press. Find out more about her and her story at www.angelacampbellonline.com or follow her on twitter @angelacampbel.

 

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Winners!

 

Leni

wins AGAINST THE STORM by Kat Martin

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Quilt Lady, betsstanford, and Tracey D.

wins kindle copies of NEVER LOVE A HIGHLANDER by Maya Banks

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Joder

wins a $10 gift certificate (Amazon or B&N) from Shiloh Walker

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sharon

wins TREADING WATER by Marie Force

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Congrats! To claim your prize, please email Fatin at mad @ romancereaderatheart.com (without the spaces) You have 48 hours to email before a new name is chosen.

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

Marie: Thanks so much for having me, Fatin. It’s always a treat to visit with the folks at Novel Thoughts.

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

Marie: When I was in 10th grade, my English teacher told me I was a better-than-average writer, which was the first time I’d heard that. He talked me into taking a journalism class. I remember a big internal struggle because it was offered at the same time as band, which I loved. (Yes, I was a band geek!) But I sacrificed band and took the journalism class. I ended up majoring in journalism in college and working as a reporter for a few years after. I’ve been a professional editor and writer ever since. The fiction writing came later, around 2002, but I’d planned for years to “someday” write a book. Then my mother died in 2004, and I decided it was time to get serious. I sold my first book (which was actually the seventh book I wrote) in 2007. I’m delighted that my dad has been able to enjoy my journey as an author with me.

NTYou have a new release this month, TREADING WATER. Can you tell us about it?

Marie: Treading Water is the first book I ever wrote, and the one that’s still my favorite of all my books. I like to say that I wrote this book (and its two sequels, Marking Time coming in November and Starting Over coming in December) before I “knew better” about the so-called rules. As a result, these books are somewhat unconventional but are still full of romance. Here’s the description of Treading Water:

Love is the last thing on Jack Harrington’s mind when he sets out to meet Andi Walsh’s flight. Recently back to work after spending more than a year tending to his comatose wife, Jack is focused on getting through each day and caring for his three daughters. However, the moment he sets eyes on Andrea Walsh, the interior designer who has come to decorate the hotel his company is building in Newport, Rhode Island, Jack begins to wonder if Andi might be his second chance. After a disastrous marriage, Andi, single mom to a hearing-impaired son, isn’t exactly looking for love, either, but that’s what she finds with Jack. The two embark on a long-distance relationship fraught with challenges as they balance the needs of their children and dueling careers while Jack continues to care for his wife, Clare. Just when Jack thinks his life is once again settled, he is confronted with a new challenge that tests him in ways he never could’ve imagined, leaving him to wonder if “happily ever after” is in the cards for him.

This book forces readers to ask themselves what they would do if they found themselves in Jack’s situation. I’ve had a lot of readers write to me to say they’ve spent time discussing that very question with their spouses this week since they read the book. I love hearing that.

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

Marie: No, I don’t have a routine, per se, because I still have a day job as well as two busy teenagers. I write at night and on weekends—whenever I can.

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

Marie: I have some readers who’ve become friends, and they are very helpful when I need them. In Fatal Flaw, the Fatal Series book I recently finished (out in Feb. 2012), I knew there was something wrong with the story, and they helped me to find the “fatal flaw.” LOL! Once we fixed that, the rest of the story flowed the way it usually does. I’m still learning, even 18 books later!

NTWhat was the most interesting thing you had to research and what was the hardest thing to research?

Marie: I have the same answer to both questions: alcoholism. The hero of Starting Over is in rehab when the book opens, and I worked very hard to do justice to his story and recovery. I went to an AA meeting (one of the most powerful experiences of my life), read the Big Book and immersed myself in the subject. I’m very proud of the end result.

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

Marie: I like to hang out with my family and read. I recently had surgery, and the best part was free time to do nothing but READ. I went on a massive historical gorge, which was highly indulgent and lots of fun!

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

Marie: More historicals, of course, and I downloaded Robyn Carr’s new Virgin River book today. I’m looking forward to that.

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

Marie: My best advice would be to never give up. I wrote seven books before I sold one. At the time I was so sad that the first six hadn’t connected with an editor, and now I’m grateful they didn’t because they’ve done extremely well as indie-published books. I’ve sold 150,000 ebooks in the last year, all self-published. It’s a great time to be an author, and I recommend aspiring authors examine all their options to reach readers. My favorite craft book is “On Writing,” by Stephen King. But I don’t spend a lot of time reading “how-to” books or attending craft workshops, because I don’t want to know how other authors write. I don’t want that in my head when I’m writing. I’m very protective of the process that works for me and mindful that my process probably wouldn’t work as well for others.

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

Marie: The next McCarthys of Gansett Island book, Falling for Love, is coming early next year and then book 4 in the Fatal Series, Fatal Flaw. I have plans for at least three more McCarthy books and will be getting started on the next Fatal book, too. I expect to spend most of 2012 devoted to those two series. I also “dream” about doing follow-up novellas to some of my earlier books, such as Line of Scrimmage and Love at First Flight. I have several chapters done for three different novellas that I plan to eventually finish. Here’s a big secret: I’ve written half of a Regency historical that I am DYING to finish. I absolutely LOVE that book, and I can’t wait to have time to get back to it.

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

Marie: If they are interested in contemporary romance, I would suggest Treading Water or Maid for Love, both of which start trilogies. Romantic suspense fans could start with Fatal Affair, book 1 in the Fatal Series, or The Wreck, which is a stand-alone romantic suspense story.

NTHow can readers contact you?

Marie: You can email me at marie@marieforce.com. I answer every email from every reader, usually the same day I get it. Or find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MarieForceAuthor and on Twitter @marieforce.

NT: Thanks for being our guest today!

Marie: Thanks so much for having me! I’m happy to give away a copy of Treading Water today to one commenter.

 

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A CRY IN THE WOODS

The scream Lena Riddle hears in the woods behind her house is enough to curdle her blood—she has no doubt that a woman is in real danger. Unfortunately, with no physical evidence, the local law officers in small-town Ash, Kentucky, dismiss her claim. But Lena knows what she heard—and it leaves her filled with fear and frustration.

Ezra King is on leave from the state police, but he can’t escape the guilty memories that haunt his dreams. When he sees Lena, he is immediately drawn to her. He aches to touch her—to be touched by her—but is he too burdened by his tragic past to get close?

When Ezra hears her story of an unknown woman’s screams, his instincts tell him that Lena’s life is also at risk—and his desire to protect her is as fierce as his need to possess her.

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I love it when the characters come to mind almost as clearly as if I’ve known them all my life.

That’s how Ezra King was…the hero from my newest release, If You Hear Her. It’s the first book in my romantic suspense trilogy…followed by If You See Her and If You Know Her, releasing this winter.

Both Ezra and Lena Riddle, the heroine, were almost fully fleshed out in my mind from the beginning. I had this vague idea for the story, but their characters were never vague. Ezra is the walking, wounded warrior and he’d snarl at you if you tried to tell him that.

His head is in a bad place and he knows it…and he hates knowing that somebody else might figure it out. His partner and ex-lover had betrayed him and he’d been forced to make a choice that still haunts him. As things stand, he’s still dealing with a bad leg, bad memories and holes in his memory from that night.

That last thing he wanted to do was meet somebody who made him want to get past all of that. And that’s exactly what happens with Lena. He just doesn’t know if he can handle it. He makes all sorts of missteps, all sorts of mistakes, decides maybe they should just be friends (and that idea goes over really well) decides that maybe he needs more than friendship…and all of this happens before the dead body turn up.

Once that happens, he has to get his head on straight and fast.

If you’d like to read more about Ezra, Lena and the rest of the stories, I’ve got a nice long excerpt on my site and you can read about the other two books in the Ash Trilogy as well, plus check out the wallpapers for the series and the contest that’s going on for the next couple of weeks.

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Every holiday has magic tied to it, and that magic is one of my favorite things to work with when it comes to writing.

 

And as a paranormal author, Halloween is at the top of my list.  It just doesn’t get any more fun than writing about demons, the battles between light and evil, and the men and women who struggle against the pull of darkness.  You want a creepy villian?  Make one up.  Give him the desire to bathe in blood, the inability to die, and the wisdom of centuries of existence.  Ahh… it makes me want to purr.

 

My other favorite part of working with the dark side of mankind is the dark hero.  A man who’s soul is tormented, who wants to do what’s right, but he struggles on that path.  Or perhaps, in his eyes, he’s drifted too far from the light to ever know redemption.  Even better… the heroine is his greatest danger.

 

This was a theme I played with when I created my new series for The Wild Rose Press, Inherited Damnation.  What could I write that would be truly scary for the characters within?  And stuff it into less than 39,000 words.  There are so many stories where love is the redemption, the salvation that will heal a dark character.  What if that love damned them instead?

Cursed to Kill was the product of those musings.  And the series background, a product of my deep love for history as well as my passion for speculative fiction.  The Selgovae Celt tribe has one solid reference in history.  One mention by Ptolemy.  Other than that—what happened to them?  Were they real?  Was the name just a misnomer?

 

I’ll tell you what happened…

Sixteen children were born to the Selgovae High Priestess, Nyamah. Eight were sacrificed by their incubus father in a quest for eternal power. Eight Nyamah secreted away. For betraying her evil mate, she was executed, her body divided, her soul chained to the mortal plane.

Nyamah’s magic lived on. Written before her death, her book of sacred rituals details the means of destroying the incubus, Drandar. If this is accomplished, her spirit will at last rest peacefully.

But the immortal children who can carry out the rituals are divided. Some crave the innocence of light and mortal existence. Some thrive on the dark needs of their conflicted souls. Others tend the balance, forever devoted to the ancient Celt ways.

None may ever know the beauty of love, for if they should, they cannot resist the calling to kill the one who holds their heart.

Cursed to Kill begins the saga just in time for the magic of Halloween.  It’s the story of the eldest, Cian, and the woman who feeds desire to dangerous limits, Miranda.  The series unfolds through Tormented by Darkness and Destined to Die which follow the Celt Sabots and release this year.

 

But when we think of holiday magic, Halloween isn’t always the first in people’s minds.  It’s Christmas.  That time of year where love and laughter warm the heart and miracles occur.  In 2009, the holiday sucked me in, and I saw my first Christmas Romance published.

 

That book began what’s become my own Christmas tradition – writing a story for that holiday annually.  This year, I have a very special story to share, A Broken Christmas.

 

It’s the story of a broken soldier and his devoted ex-wife.  This particular romance was inspired by injuries one of our brave men suffered in Iraq, a friend of someone I know well.  Not so much the romance, as I don’t have insight to this man’s personal life.  But when I learned he’d been wounded and what he was facing on a long road to recovery and my romantic mind said… “What if?”

 

I asked permission, and Kyle Garland’s struggle came to life.  It’s one of my shortest contemporary works, but it is my favorite story, to date.  Even after writing it, reading it several times in the editing process, it still moves me to tears.  I’m not sure where Kyle came from.  He’s just one of those heroes who flared into existence.  A product of fantasy, soldiers I’ve known who’ve returned from war, and my own special hero, who inspires me beyond words.

 Fourteen months ago, Aimee Garland had the perfect marriage—until her husband blindsided her with a divorce. Now, he’s home and she intends to get her answers. Yet the crippled man she confronts bears scars her years of nursing cannot heal and the secret he’s hiding is tearing him apart.

Delta Force operative Kyle Garland divorced his wife to protect her. His top-secret missions expose him to constant danger, but the threat to Aimee doesn’t come in the form of insurgents or bombs. Rather, his soul-deep love and dreams he silently nurtures are her greatest hazard. When a career-ending injury brings him home for Christmas, he must bury his feelings and hide the monster he’s become.

As she forces him to confront his demons, will the holiday shred the fragile bonds they share, or will the spirit of Christmas heal their broken hearts?

I’m thrilled that this book also releases October 26th, and that I can share it with my readers for the holidays.  I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.  If you’d like to learn more about A Broken Christmas, or the Inherited Damnation series, (read an excerpt!), as well as my other novels with things that go bump in the night, like immortal Templar Knights and the elite Black Opals, drop in at my website: www.claireashgrove.com

 

If you’d like to win a .pdf copy of A Broken Christmas and Cursed to Kill, stop in at my website and answer the following: (You’ll have to dig around a bit!)

 

  1. What did the Templar Knights defy the archangels by unearthing?
  2. Who are the next two siblings in the Inherited Damnation series?

 

Email me the answers – Claire@claireashgrove.com – and I will choose a winner randomly.

 

With that said, I’ll bid you all a Happy Halloween, and hope the veil between the worlds this Samhain is just thin enough to keep your candles bright and your heart full of light.

 

Thanks for having me, Fatin!

 

~Claire

www.claireashgrove.com

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Hello you crazy reading fiends. And yes, I DO include myself in that. Though not so much reading time for myself these days, I have the heavily laden bookshelves to prove I am a permanent member of the reading-fiend fan club.  But now I’m reading off my Kindle (and heavily craving a NOOK color in spite of the fact that I will have my library split in twain.) I have also recently discovered the joys of audiobooks! (The NIGHTWALKERS series is in audio at last! You can get them here and here!) Anyway, I’m happy to talk with you all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, let’s get the hawking of the wares out of the way.  🙂

 

 

KANE a.k.a. SUPERNATURAL

KANE has arrived! August 30th! Oh at last we get to glimpse into the past and find out…What happened that first Samhain night between Kane and Corrine? We get to be the proverbial fly on that wall and see just how things unfolded. After all, it was Samhain night, Kane and Corrine were Imprinted, and Kane was going to be driven to take his mate no matter what! No matter that she was comatose and near dead from being drained of energy. And knowing how noble the Demons are, how wholly offensive must this have been to Kane’s sensibilities?

What happened??

 

Well, you know what you have to do to find out. 😛

 

 

ADAM

The first man. Or, ironically enough for me he’s the last man. Last Demon standing, as it were. It took three years, but the next book in the NIGHTWALKERS series is here! Releasing Oct. 25th, 2011, ADAM: THE NIGHTWALKERS Book Six will arrive.  I know, I know. It’s about time! Well, it’s the right time, really. The book was actually started right after I wrote NOAH, book five, as the dates in the story will reflect. However, at the time I was feeling pretty burned out on the NIGHTWALKER world, and the story never progressed past the first few chapters. I was in the process of being published for the first time, life was changing, and other stories were scratching at my brain begging to be free. I decided to take a little break.

 

Ahh. What a relief. Then I decided, you know what, I’m not going back there. Let NOAH be the end of it. I’m done. Finito! Kaput!

 

Enter a half a BILLION fan letters that went something like this:

 

PLEASE don’t let it be the end!!

 

What happens to Noah and Kestra? Tell me Gideon heals her and she can have a baby!

 

Do Damien and Syreena ever have a baby?

 

What about Leah and Seth? Can’t they grow up and fall in love?

 

Hey! Jasmine needs an HEA!

 

And the one most people said:

 

What about RUTH?? You have to kill the bitch!!

 

Well, I heard you! And while I don’t answer every last one of those questions, I take care of enough of them in ADAM to keep most of you all happy.  I think. I hope. Well, if not, suck it up. 😛 I have plans for the future. Trust your author. Hehehe.

 

 

Haunted by magic, beset by evil, the Nightwalkers face

their darkest hour yet. And when they unthinkable

happens, only one legendary male has the power,

the will, to save them: Adam….

 

FOR 400 YEARS HE WAS LOST TO HER,

BUT HE IS HERS TONIGHT…

 

From their first tantalizing touch, Jasmine knows he is

different. What other lover could unlock her tight control,

flood Vampire senses jaded by a lifetime of decadent self

indulgence? Centuries ago, when he disappeared without a

trace, she had given up hope of ever fulfilling the promise of

incomparable passion. But here he is, against the very laws

of nature, ready to bring down their most vicious enemy,

ready to bring her blood to the boiling point….

If she will only let him.

 

 

I wanted to tell you that, yes, I do have plans for Tristan from the Shadowdwellers to get his HEA eventually. What form and time this takes shape in is a grey area at present, but there is an intention.

 

I also want to take the opportunity to give you all hugs cyber hugs and thank you SO much for your devotion to this series. That has allowed it to be translated into over five foreign languages and now the entire set is in the midst of being released in audio format by Tantor Media! (The fabulous Xe Sands does our gang of men and their ladies proud!) Anyway, I have wondrous things planned for you and this world in the future. Follow my on my website, Facebook, Twitter and blog and I’ll keep you up to date on me, my books, my life, my peeves, my cats, my kid…basically all the floatsam of my life. Oh, and on Facebook we have a neat roleplaying page you ought to join. You get to watch actors play your favorite NIGHTWALKER characters, get to oogle the Hump Day Hunks on Wednesdays and a variety of other things as well. Oh, and the person who plays Ruth (cough) is sick and twisted and does a FABULOUS job, if I do say so myself. Hehehe.

 

Hugs and Kitties,

Jacki Frank

 

 

 

Jacquelyn lives in the Western North Carolina mountain area around Asheville with her nine male cats (no, that isn’t a typo) and about ten thousand voices in her head. Rather than take heavy meds to chase them away, (the voices, not the cats) she indulges them and brings their stories to life. She’s lived in many places and worked many jobs, which she says makes her ‘colorful, not inconstant.’  She is always rescuing one stray or another, be they animal or human, and thinks the invention of electronic reading devices could only be improved if they could just manage to make them smell like ink and paper. A self-admitted techno-geek, she loves all kinds of gadgetry.

She believes every romance should have a happily ever after.

You can often find her on Facebook. Join her fan page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jacquelyn-Frank/371620872548 or visit her website at www.jacquelynfrank.com. There you will find a blog, notices of upcoming book releases and personal appearances, an FAQ (frequently asked questions), and ways to follow her on Twitter. Email her personally at jackifrankwrites@gmail.com or snail mail her at P.O. Box 2164 Skyland, NC 28776.

 

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Caelen McCabe’s young, reckless heart nearly destroyed his clan. Now putting family loyalty above all else, he steps up to marry his older brother’s jilted bride and salvage the uneasy alliance between two clans. While beautiful Rionna McDonald is a fit wife for any man, Caelen trusts no woman, especially not this sweet temptress who torments him with white hot longing.

As the sacrificial lamb in her father’s power game, Rionna will do her duty but protect her heart and her pride from another man’s humiliation. Despite everything, the heat in Caelen’s touch melts her defenses and she craves the sensual delights of a husband who guards his emotions as fiercely as his clan. But when the ultimate battle for the McCabe legacy is upon them, Rionna’s true warrior spirit emerges. She will risk the wrath of her father, the fury of her enemies, and her life to prove to Caelen that his wife’s love is too precious to lose.

 

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GIVEAWAY!

To be entered to win a Kindle copy of NEVER LOVE A HIGHLANDER, just leave a comment below. Three winners will be drawn on Sunday. Please remember to check back and see if you won. Good luck!

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