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Vic Fallon had little use for the rich and famous when he was a police detective and his attitude hasn’t changed since he was forced to turn in his badge. When pop singer Kimberly Daniels returns to her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio to promote her latest album, Vic reluctantly agrees to be her bodyguard as a favor for a friend. He isn’t told that she has a death threat hanging over her head, with no shortage of suspects. The set-up takes a bizarre twist when her stalker shows up and Vic uncovers a family secret Kimberly would like to keep hidden. Things get more complex when they develop a strong attraction for each other, in spite of their different lifestyles. Can Vic ensure Kimberly’s safety until she returns to LA? Will Kimberly decide to ditch her glitzy celebrity life and stay with the rugged ex-cop she’s fallen for?

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It took me awhile to get into this book but by the end, I did enjoy the mystery of it. The unveiling of clues and how they relate to Kimberly’s past was really well done.

The romance didn’t work quiet as well for me and I think a lot of that has to do with the story being mostly from Vic’s point of view. It makes sense that it is mostly his POV since it is “The Vic Fallon Mystery” series but I didn’t get a connection  with the heroine at all. Without that connection, it’s hard to root for their happily ever after. Which is a good thing, really. If I was invested in the HEA, I would have been really upset at the end of this book. I can accept this kind of ending in a suspense or urban fantasy, but not in something labeled as a romance.

If you are looking for a good mystery, I recommend The Bundle. If you are looking for a straight romance, this book isn’t for you.

To purchase THE BUNDLE, visit Extasy Books.

To learn more about Tim Smith, visit www.timsmithauthor.com.


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Release date: May 3, 2011

After three years at war, the High Lord of the Forest returns to his lands, a victorious wolf leader intent on claiming his mate. Instead Ciar finds an empty bed and a court with no recollection of the woman he loved. Following her long-cold trail proves far easier than facing what awaits him at the end.

Sabine’s first instinct is to beg her beloved to leave. The High Lord’s mother hired a witch to curse Sabine, desperate to wipe the lowborn wolf from her son’s mind. But the spell worked too well, and Sabine has vanished from the thoughts of everyone who sees her. Including her own family.

The edges of his memory already blurring, Ciar and Sabine must race to find a way to reverse the spell. Yet every searing moment together is not enough to stop the curse’s inexorable progress. His only chance is to bind Sabine to him too tightly to be forgotten, before she disappears once and for all.

Warning: This story contains cruel betrayal, destined love, vile curses, smoldering reunions, wicked deeds between wanton shapeshifters and a happily-ever-after worthy of any fairy tale.

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This is how I like short stories. A short prologue that gives me the details of the world and then immediately grabbing my attention with the first chapter. With just a few paragraphs I was intrigued, curious, and wanting more.

No one talked about the wild woman in the forest.

Mothers did not scare recalcitrant children into good behavior with stories of how the woman would snatch them from their beds as they slept. Green recruits to the warlords’ armies did not boast of how they’d fought her and bested her magic. There were no whispered rumors, no legends, no cautionary tales.

Any of these things might have been, had anyone spoken of the woman in the first place. But no one did, for no one could.

No one remembered her at all.

This was a fast-paced book but it didn’t feel rushed at any point. Ciar’s determination to beat the curse and Sabine’s despair that a cure can not be found is so poignant that it gave me a real emotional investment in the story and their HEA.

This review is a little shorter than the ones I usually do but… it’s a short story. Saying anything else would just be giving the story away 🙂

You can find an excerpt at http://www.moirarogers.com/sabine


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Winners!

 

Darcy

wins A SONG FOR MY MOTHER by Kat Martin

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ElaineSay

wins WHEREVER YOU ARE by Sharon Cullen

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Congratulations to  the winners! You have 48 hours to contact me at lillie80 at gmail dot com to claim your prize.

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He would protect her with his life…

Mathias has been ordered to protect Mina Roarke at all costs while keeping her Father’s secrets concealed.  But from the moment he sees her, the hunger he’s desperately tried to bury, roars to life.  The beast within is awakened and wants only one thing…Mina.

But when his enemies target her life, Mina and Mathias become caught in a lethal game of revenge.   To save her, Mathias must not only expose the truth…but also what lies deep within him.

She was just looking for answers….

Mina had always been told she was special. In what way, she never fully understood until her life and everything she thought she knew and believed in was turned completely upside down.

After the unexpected death of her mother, Mina finds clues about her past that trigger more questions than answers. Her quest to find those answers thrusts Mina deep into the Black Forest of Germany and into the arms of a man who tests her control…in more ways than one.  She is wrenched from her own reality into a world filled with adrenaline-charged danger, blazing sexual heat, and the answers that have been hidden her entire life.

Mina alone holds the power to change her future but when she comes face to face with ultimate betrayal, can she still trust in the one man that has captured her heart?

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This debut book started off a little slow but by the end of chapter one, I was fully invested in Mina and her quest to uncover the secrets of her past. A lot of that has to do with Mina herself. This is no Mary Sue heroine. She has flaws. She has a temper, a nicotine addiction that she can’t quite kick, and she trusts very few people. After her mother’s death, her world is rocked when she finds out that she has a father that her mother lied about. Her realistic reactions hooked me and led me on a pretty amazing adventure.

The world building in INFINITE BETRAYAL is solid. I was given enough details about the society without it being an info dump. The romance between Mina and Mathias is hot and emotional. Mathias is a drool-worthy hero. There are creepy villains and interesting secondary characters.  But, for me, this is Mina’s story. Her journey from being a woman alone, afraid to trust, to taking her first steps into a new life, overcoming evil, learning to trust, and fighting for the HEA she deserves.

INFINITE BETRAYAL is an excellent start to a new series and I’m looking forward to book two.

 

INFINITE BETRAYAL can be purchase at Liquid Silver Books and you can find out more about Gayle Donnelly and Robyn Mackenzie at their website.



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He’s in the fight of his life for a love that defies the centuries.

The last thing Juliana MacKenzie remembers is sitting in a friend’s kitchen. In Kansas City. In the twenty-first century. How did she wind up on a burning ship in the middle of the ocean—in the eighteenth century?

If that wasn’t enough to get her heart started, some dark corner of her memory responds to the ship’s enigmatic captain. A man whose touch ignites her senses even as he stubbornly holds her at arm’s length.

It’s almost too late when Morgan realizes his stowaway is not only female, but a woman from a life and a time he’d almost forgotten. Desire resurges like an undeniable tide—but he is not the man Juliana would remember. She has been unwittingly thrust into a dangerous world, and now she, too, is a target for the pirate who once enslaved him, who still hunts him across the seven seas.

Kidnapped by Morgan’s worst enemy, Juliana finds herself drawing on inner reserves she never knew she possessed. No way will she let anyone—not even the man she is growing to love—choose her path for her. And no way will she let him offer himself in trade for her freedom.

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I never intended to write Morgan’s story. He came to me as a secondary character in the very first historical romance I wrote and I only wrote that story to explore writing other genres. But along the way, something happened and I’m still not quite sure how it happened. Looking back I’m amazed I had no intention of giving Morgan his own book because Morgan and Juliana’s story is one of my favorites.

When I first started writing I knew I wanted to write romances but I wasn’t sure what genre I wanted to write. I’ve always, always loved time-travel—the mystery of it, the magic of it, the endless possibilities intrigued me. So it wasn’t too surprising when I decided to write a time-travel. The Mirror was my second completed manuscript. My first completed manuscript, titled Lady Jane, was about a female pirate whose best friend was also a pirate named Rolo. Yes, Morgan’s name was originally Rolo—named after the chocolate and caramel candy. I remember standing in line at the grocery store, seeing a pack of Rolos and thinking, “That’s what I’m going to name the other pirate. Rolo.” Now I laugh at such a name but back then I thought it was different and interesting.

I finished Lady Jane, put it away and decided to write The Mirror, a story about a girl who doesn’t quite fit in, who can’t keep a job due to various and funny things that happen to her and who finds a mirror stored in her attic that sends her back to post Civil War era where she meets a hunky sheriff. I just knew this story was going to be a hit and possibly create a bidding war among agents because it was that good (oh, my naiveté back then). I also knew readers liked to read series so my heroine had two brothers.

I finished her story and thought long and hard about her brothers’ stories. And that’s when it hit me. Rolo had always been somewhat mysterious to me but he was a minor character and I never really explored his mystery. Now I understood why he was mysterious. Because he was a time-traveler!

But a hero as big as Rolo needed a better name—a more heroic name. So Morgan he became. And his story became my obsession.

Wherever You Are was my fourth completed manuscript. I knew I had a winner but I was still a newbie writer and I knew I needed to grow as a writer. So over the next seven years I would work on Wherever You Are, revising, rewriting, applying everything I learned to this manuscript. I’d put it away for awhile then get it back out. Revise, rewrite, put it away.

Until finally the story was what I’d always envisioned it could be.

I am so pleased and excited that my editor at Samhain loved it as much as I did (and still do) and that I can share Morgan and Juliana’s story with you.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it (and rewriting it).

Leave a comment by midnight (EST) 4/6 and enter for a chance to win a downloadable copy of Wherever You Are.

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Sharon Cullen is the author of ten books ranging from romantic suspense to contemporary romance to paranormal romance. To learn more about her, visit her website at http://www.SharonCullen.net. You can also friend her on Facebook at Sharon Cullen-Author or follow her on Twitter at SharonCullen. Her next release is another historical paranormal, a tale about the Knights Templar, that will be released by Carina Press on November 28, 2011.

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Many thanks to Sharon for joining us today!

To find out more about Sharon, please visit www.sharoncullen.net. And don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win WHEREVER YOU ARE. Good luck! 😀

 

 

 

 

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Years after running away with her boyfriend in her junior year of high school, Marly Hanson returns to Dreyerville at the request of her daughter, Katie, who has recently been treated for brain cancer. Katie has never met her grandmother, Marly’s mother, Winnie. But Marly and Winnie have been estranged for years and confronting the past for each of them is painful. The homecoming is bittersweet, but revisiting the conflict between them is crucial if Marly and her mother are ever to find the bond they shared before Marly left Dreyerville.

To complicate matters, living next door to Winnie is handsome sheriff and widower Reed Bennett, and his son, Ham, who is close to Katie’s age. Ham and Katie become fast friends, while their parents find their attraction to one another going deeper than mere friendship. But Marly’s time in Dreyerville is limited and risking her heart isn’t something she’s willing to do.

As the days slip past, and though she tries to avoid it, Marly and Reed become more deeply involved. Can she risk loving the handsome sheriff and give up the the futer she worked so hard to forge for herself and her daughter? Can she make a life in Dreyerville after what happened all those years ago?

Will Marly finally realize that her true destiny and ultimate happiness lie in coming to terms with her past?

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My mother dreamed of being a writer. When I was a girl, she talked about it often. In high school, Tulare Union in the San Joaquin Valley, she was the editor of her high school newspaper. She loved writing and more than anything, she wanted to go to college and become a journalist.

But the country was at war back then, and my grandparents were poor. My mother never achieved her dream, but I could hear the yearning in her voice when she talked about it, and maybe that was the seed that set me on the path to becoming a writer.

Or maybe it was the love for reading she instilled in me.

As a young woman, I saw reading as something I had to do to get through high school and then college. I enjoyed learning new things, and especially enjoyed reading history books. But reading just for fun? I couldn’t really imagine it.

Then I discovered the Bestseller List.

My mother loved every sort of book and particularly true crime murder books. But my tastes were not the same and other than the textbooks I read in college, I had no idea what to choose. I began picking up books off the top 15 bestseller list in the grocery store and discovered the wonderful world of fiction.

Books by Wilbur Smith and Danielle Steel, Sidney Sheldon, Frederick Forsythe, Herman Wouk, Arthur Haley, Robert Ludlum, Jack Higgins. Anya Seaton, Kathleen Winsor, and Frank Yerby wrote heartwrenching Romance novels.

I was hooked.

Over the years, my mother and I often traded books and then discussed them, which lots of moms do with their children today.

I loved reading, but a career as an author never crossed my mind until I was in my thirties and I met my husband, Larry, who was had written a western novel. It was a wonderful book and I couldn’t understand why he hadn’t been able to get it published. I thought maybe I could help him by doing a little editing and during the process, realized how much I was enjoying the work.

I decided maybe I should try writing something myself and jumped in with both feet.

MAGNIFICENT PASSAGE was the result, my first published novel, which I am happy to say is being republished this July with a magnificent new cover.

More than fifty books later, my mother is gone, but I’m still reading, and I am still writing and I thank her every day for introducing me to the career I love so much.

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Many thanks to Kat for joining us today!

For more information about Kat and her books, please visit katbooks.com. And to be entered for a chance to win a signed copy of A SONG FOR MY MOTHER (US/Canada only), just leave a comment below. Good luck! 😀

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Karen Robinson

wins EAT PREY LOVE by Kerrelyn Sparks

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wins ETERNAL RIDER by Larissa Ione

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Helen L.

wins TEXAS BLUE by Jodi Thomas

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wins TAMING THE VIP PLAYBOY by Katherine Garbera

Congratulations to all the winners! You have 48 hours to contact me at lillie80 at gmail dot com to claim your prize.

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It had been more than two years since Cam Stern’s memorable affair with Becca Tuntenstall. And upon seeing her again, the club owner realized the heat still burned between them. He had to pursue her. This time, he would get to know her better…perhaps even take things beyond the bedroom.

But Becca had been keeping a secret— they had a son. Suddenly Cam’s plan was no longer clear. He wanted to be part of his child’s life. But was he prepared to forge a relationship with the woman who had deceived him?

 

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One thing that I didn’t realize before I became a mom was how much having a child would change my life. And that was the inspiration for REUNITED…WITH CHILD. Becca gets pregnant after a week long, red-hot affair with Cam Stern. When the week is over so is there relationship and its only after she’s walked away that she realizes she’s going to have his child.

For Becca the decision to keep her baby changes every aspect of her life. Her boss is one of Cam’s best-friends so Becca makes the decision to leave her job and start her own company. She is forced to go from being a career-minded woman to a mom. Something she doesn’t regret, but when Cam comes back into her life she wonders if hiding her pregnancy from him was a wise move.

I pride myself on being honest so I like to think I’d never get into a situation like this, but I realize there are times when I haven’t said something to someone and then later on it becomes a sort of lie. I don’t like that feeling but sometimes its almost too late to say something, you know?

Has this ever happened to you? Its not that you wanted to lie but that you got backed into by not saying something?

I’m giving away an autographed copy of TAMING THE VIP PLAYBOY to a randomly selected blog participant today.

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Many thanks to Katherine for joining us today!

To find out more about Katherine and her backlist, please visit www.katherinegarbera.com.  And for a chance to win TAMING THE VIP PLAYBOY, leave a comment answering the above question. Good luck! 😀

 

 

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Starting today, the Romance Reader At Heart website will be sponsoring a Tastefully Simple fundraiser for Fatin and her family – all proceeds will go to her.

Just click on the banner below or visit RR@H!

 

 

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I seriously must be living under a rock or something. I knew about this series because I have the first three books on my Kindle and book four, UNTAMED HIGHLANDER, coming out in April 2011, is on my wishlist at Amazon. Have any of you read this series?

For your viewing pleasure, I give you….UNTAMED HIGHLANDER by Donna Grant

The Dark Sword series reins in the magic, passion, and fury of Scotland’s legendary warriors—for whom love is always worth fighting for…

DEVIL IN THE FLESH

Druid-born and magic-blessed, Isla is one of the deadliest she-devils ever to serve the forces of darkness. As an immortal Highland warrior, it’s up to Hayden Campbell to destroy her and her kind. But for Hayden, Isla is more than a sworn enemy. She is temptation…

ANGEL IN HIS ARMS

Taking Isla captive, Hayden hopes to avenge his kinsmen who died by Druid magic. But when he looks into Isla’s eyes, he sees the secrets of her past. When he touches her skin, he feels the passion in her soul. And soon Hayden comes to realize that this beautiful, beguiling woman is not his enemy at all—she is his destiny. And, even as the forces of darkness conspire against them, their love will conquer all…

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