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Timber_Creek_CVFor Laura Bailey, weathering her teen years at her quaint family lodge in a boondock town at the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas wasn’t easy. Fleeing for San Francisco the minute she graduated high school seemed like a good idea—until she lost her job and her fiancé. The blow to her pride sent her back to Sierra Falls to figure out her life. But her hometown is undergoing a bit of renovation.

A new Sierra Falls resort is posing a threat to the Bailey family business. Even worse, the construction company developing the property is run by Eddie Jessup, Laura’s cocky high school nemesis who delighted in locking horns with the little spitfire. Some things never change. But their battle isn’t the only thing heating up between Laura and Eddie, and before long they realize that getting to know each other all over again has its rewards. But fate isn’t through with them. Nor are the games men and women play in the name of love.

 

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Thanks for having me in to discuss TIMBER CREEK, book two in my Sierra Falls series!

I was a beach girl growing up and had never spent much time in the mountains, so the first time I saw the Sierra Nevada range, it was a revelation. I hadn’t known the sky could be so blue or the air so crisp. And don’t get me started on the residents—maybe it’s because they all have such amazing views from their kitchen windows, but so many of the people I’ve met there are friendly, easy-smiling, dog-walking sorts of folks. In fact, I’ve come to feel such peace and serenity whenever I’m in the Sierras, I figured if I can’t spend all my time there, well, at least I can set a town in their midst.

Plus, do you know what else is great about the mountains? All those mountain men.

Which brings me to TIMBER CREEK…I have to confess: I have a big crush on the hero, one Eddie Jessup. Eddie’s the best kind of bad boy–the sort who’s turned over a new leaf, while still being naughty at heart. He’s a man’s man who knows what he likes, and what he likes is having Laura Bailey back in town.

Too bad Laura Bailey disagrees. Eddie’s easy swagger, that wicked…thing he gets in his eyes, and that annoying red pickup truck…she’s not having any of it. Especially as his construction company is renovating a ranch hotel that’ll pose a threat to her family business.

But all isn’t as it appears in Sierra Falls. Eddie has a tender heart hidden beneath that bad-boy exterior, and Laura…well, you know what they say about ladies who protest too much.

So head over to the Thirsty Bear Tavern, have a seat by the fire, and watch the sparks fly. Meantime, I hope to see you at http://veronicawolff.com, or please pop by my Twitter or Facebook pages to say hello!

Happy holidays, everyone!

 

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Following Lillie’s example…here’s my life according to the books I read in 2012. 🙂

Describe yourself: 
An Ordinary Girl by Barbara Elsberg

How do you feel: 
The Black Sheep by Susan Fox
 

Describe where you currently live: The Comforts of Home by Jodi Thomas


If you could go anywhere, where would you go: 
Visiting Paradise by Jess Dee

Your favorite form of transportation:
 Have nothing for this one….
 

Your best friend is:
 Cherished by Maya Banks & Lauren Dane
 
You and your friends are: 
Good At Being Bad by Cathryn Fox
 

What’s the weather like: 
Winter Destiny by Grace Green
 
What is life to you: 
Master Class by Cassandra Carr
 
Favorite time of day: 
Nightfire by Lisa Marie Rice
 

Your fear: 
Out of the Dark by Megan Hart
 

What is the best advice you have to give: Taking A Shot by Jaci Burton
 

Thought for the day: And She Was by Alison Gaylin
 

How I would like to die: 
Defying The Odds by Kele Moon
 

My soul’s present condition: Fury of Fire by Coreene Callahan

Will do a more detailed Year in Review post later…have finally been able to read books so I’m trying to get as many read in the next couple days as I can. 🙂

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I found this meme over at Book Binge and it looked like fun!

Here are the rules:
To play along, use only titles of books that you read this year (2012) and complete the prompts below.

Try not to repeat any book titles. Think creatively and have fun!

 

My Life According to the Books I Read in 2012:

Describe yourself:
Tart by Lauren Dane

How do you feel:
Down For The Count by Christine Bell

 
Describe where you currently live:
Southern Comfort by Mari Carr and Jayne Rylon

 
If you could go anywhere, where would you go:
On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

 
Your favorite form of transportation:
Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley

 
Your best friend is:
A Rare Gift by Jaci Burton

 
You and your friends are:
Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha

 
What’s the weather like:
Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

 
What is life to you:
Sweet as Sin by Inez Kelley

 
Favorite time of day:
Night Whispers by Alisha Rai

 
Your fear:
Bear Meets Girl by Shelly Laurenston

 
What is the best advice you have to give:
Believe in Magic by Cait Miller

 
Thought for the day:
Breathe by Kristen Ashley

 
How I would like to die:
Pure Bliss by Sophie Oak

 
My soul’s present condition:
Shades of Gray by Maya Banks

 

There’s my life according to the books I read in 2012! I’ve gotta say, I’m pretty happy with it 😀

 

 

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Michelle Grayce

wins WHAT A TEXAS GIRL NEEDS by Kristina Knight

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

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9781440555718Vanessa Witte is ready to finally claim her life. The middle of three daughters born into the Witte family – a powerful Texas name – she’s been content to float through life. Being dumped by her shady ex? A blessing in disguise. Having a one-night-stand with Matias Barnes? Not one of her more stellar moments. But she’s back in Lockhardt with a secret and a reason to start fresh: A baby.

Matias Barnes knows all about society women – it’s part of the reason he left his wealthy family behind and took a job on a ranch. He doesn’t like the endless string of parties, the inane conversation, or the gold-digging tricks those women have perfected. But that doesn’t stop him from wanting Vanessa Witte. Mat knows she’s so not right for him, but with her back in Lockhardt, can he resist her charms long enough to really let her go?

 

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I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I never set out to write a trilogy about three sisters who grew up and apart in Texas. I started out wanting to write Kathleen’s story – the story of a modern woman who isn’t afraid to take what she wants in business but is very much afraid of admitting what she wants for herself. But then I started to write that story and new people started cropping up, namely her sisters.

 

There was Vanessa, who was spoiled and lost and eversoslightly demanding. There was Monica who thought she had everything – a great career, a man waiting at home. And neither one would leave me along long enough to get a firm handle on Kathleen’s story. So I started writing down bits of backstory for Vanessa and Monica in separate files – enough to keep them happy, not enough to take the spotlight away from Kathleen – and kept pushing forward.

 

The more I wrote down bits of Vanessa’s and Monica’s stories, the more I wanted to tell them. Not because I didn’t love Kathleen, but because I loved Kathleen. She was getting her happily ever after and while her story was a fun one to tell, I felt badly that Vanessa and Monica were stuck in a kind of romance-limbo. So I fiddle a little more and wondering what could be the absolute worst thing that could happen for each of them.

 

And then I did what is probably the scariest thing I’ve ever done (at least so far): I sent my editor a proposal based on rough character sketches, a sample chapter and what can never be called actual synopsis’  – and not just because the final drafts of the stories only loosely resemble them. The second scariest moment: why my editor emailed to say she loved the ideas and wanted me to write the stories. And attached two contracts to the email. Signing a contract for two books that were still mostly in my head? Freaky!

 

But, I wrote and wrote and revised and I did get to tell Vanessa and Monica’s stories – and a little birdie tells me I may even have made my editor a little weepy at one point. So, here’s to facing down scary ideas!

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Author Bio:

Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police–no, she wasn’t a troublemaker, she was a journalist. When the opportunity to focus a bit of energy on the stories in her head, she jumped at it. And she’s never looked back. Now she writes magazine articles by day and romance novels with spice by night. She lives on Lake Erie with her husband and three-year-old daughter. Happily ever after.

Find Kristina online:

Website: http://www.kristinaknightauthor.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kristinaknightromanceauthor

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/authorkristina

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/kristinaknight

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Winners!

trish dechant

wins the first two books in Jaci Burton’s Kent Brothers series

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CrystalGB

wins We’ll Be Home For Christmas by HelenKay Dimon

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flchen1

wins Breath On Embers by Anne Calhoun

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BreathOnEmbersCoverChristmas is the perfect time for Firefighter Ronan O’Rourke to take things to the next level with his sexually adventurous girlfriend. He knows she has feelings for him—and he’s sure of his feelings for her—but when Thea refuses his invitation to sample Christmas in New York City because what they share is nothing more than sheet-burning sex, Ronan sets out to change her mind.

Deep down Thea Moretti knows she cares for Ronan, but she can’t move past her grief over her late husband. Loud music and sex with Ronan are the only things she’s got that her feel alive, so she takes as much of both as she can get. She knows Ronan wants more, but during the darkest time of the year finding her way won’t be easy.

Ronan gambles everything and challenges Thea: one night of passion with him and another man. Can he prove to her that what they share isn’t just great sex but an emotional connection strong enough to last forever?

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Meet Thea Moretti

 

Thea walks into the Starbucks at 87th and Lex and orders a peppermint hot cocoa. She’s wearing leggings and boots and a pea coat, with her blond hair spilling out of her black watchcap, and a scarf wrapped around her neck.

 

Thea: Ronan said you wrote a story about us.

 

Anne: He’s pissed at me, I assume.

 

Thea: To put it mildly.

 

Anne: He’ll get over it. So, how are you?

 

Thea: Better, thanks. It was a long couple of years.

 

Anne: I can’t imagine what it’s like to lose a husband you love, and at your favorite time of year, too.

 

Thea: Words can’t really describe the loss. I thought I was going to grow old with Jesse and raise our kids in Columbus, Ohio, celebrating Christmas every year with our families. Then he died. I loved Jesse, and I thought I’d never feel alive again, let alone love like that.

 

Anne: Why did you move to New York City?

 

Thea: I needed to get out of Columbus. Both our families were watching me grieve. It was like being pinned to a corkboard by an entomologist. When a headhunter called about a job at Cooper Bensonhurst, I took it. I thought it would help. It didn’t.

 

Anne: Until you met Ronan.

 

Thea (sips cocoa): I didn’t meet Ronan so much as hurl myself into sex with him. I saw the most wickedly handsome man I’d ever seen in real life. Black hair, blue eyes, firefighter’s dress uniform over a firefighter’s build, hot enough to be a total player but surprisingly a really good guy. A good man, even after we hooked up.

 

Anne: So he snared you with the uniform and kept you with character?

 

Thea (smiles): In hindsight, I didn’t stand a chance.

 

Anne: But you held him off as long as you could.

 

Thea: I’m stubborn. (pauses) There’s this strange space when you’re grieving, where you want something so passionately, but you’ve forgotten how to have it. I could get all the other things I needed – food, water, sex. I could work. I could function. I’d just forgotten how to be alive.

 

Anne (types away): You give answers much more easily than Ronan.

 

Thea: He’s very protective of me.

 

Anne: In what way? In the story he specifically says he doesn’t let you do anything.

 

Thea: There’s more to protecting than deciding what someone can or can’t do. He could have forced the issue so many different times, given up, or demanded I get over Jesse or lose him forever. Ronan’s infinitely patient. He gave me the space I needed to say goodbye when it was the right time to say goodbye…until I hurt him.

 

Anne: And hurt him you did.

 

Thea: I think I had to go there, to feel what I was doing to myself, and to someone I loved, even if I wouldn’t admit it. But if he’d been a hardass about it I would have just resisted more. It’s hard to stand strong against someone who gives you everything but the freedom to destroy yourself.

 

Anne (whispers): Don’t tell the other guys, but Ronan’s actually my favorite hero.

 

Thea (whispers back): Ronan said you were a little odd, but I think you have good taste.

 

Anne: Last question…why should people read this story?

 

Thea: I can’t imagine why anyone would want to read about me, but Ronan’s worth it. Ronan’s…everything. He’s amazing.

 

Anne: Funny, Ronan said the same thing.

 

Thea (in disbelief): Ronan said to read the story for him?

 

Anne: No, he said to read it for you. That you were amazing, and that every time he looks at you, his heart nearly stops from the shock of it.

 

Thea: Wow. Really?

 

Anne: Yeah.

 

Thea: That’s kind of sweet. (sips cocoa) So. You included everything between December 3 and Christmas Eve?

 

Anne: I did.

 

Thea: December was an excellent month.

 

Anne: What’s next for you two?

 

Thea: We’re taking it slow. More dinners, more walks in the park. We made great plans for New Year’s Eve. January promises to be better than December.

 

Anne: Oooh! Tell me about them!

 

Thea (slightly wicked smile): I think you need to move on, Ms. Calhoun.

 

Anne (wrinkles brow): Hmmmmm. You may be right. Now that you and Ronan are sorted, perhaps I’ll work on poor Tim. So gorgeous and yet such bad lines.

 

Thea: Good luck.

 

Anne: Thanks. I’m going to need it.

 

If you want to spend a little more time with Thea, and Ronan, the man who wouldn’t let her drown, ask Thea a question in the comments for a chance to win a copy of BREATH ON EMBERS! I promise she’ll answer all of them. 🙂

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We'llBeHomeForChristmas coverNo man likes having his bedroom skills described as forgettable, but that’s just what Lila Payne does when she runs into Spencer Thomas again. When she discovers that he’d lied about his name during their brief three-day romp a few months before, she’s so angry that she pretends she doesn’t remember him.

Spence regrets his deception, but not as much as he regrets that their time together didn’t last longer. When she shows up in his town, looking to revitalize her uncle’s mountain resort, Spence is determined to help. Maybe rescuing Lila from a hopeless renovation project will get him in her good graces—and back in her bed.

Lila has no interest in being rescued, and Spence is insulted by her stubborn rebuffs and her “faulty” memory. But when rehab work turns into an after-hours meeting, the two of them are in for a night that just might prove unforgettable…

 

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Thank for having me here today to talk about my newest release, WE’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS.  The book just came out and I’m really excited about it. It’s the third in my “Holloway” series, which references the fictional town where the book is set, Holloway, West Virginia.

 

Whenever I talk about this book I have a minute where I think about the movie ABOUT LAST NIGHT.  Am I dating myself?  It’s from the 80s Brat Pack era (right when I was a teen and totally fascinated with that group of rising actors and actors). It’s not as popular as the other movies from this time, mostly because I think the movie was supposed to be more grown-up and take place after school as these pretty people went out into the “real” world.

 

For those unfamiliar with the movie, let me fill you in. It stars Rob Lowe and Demi Moore. The two meets, have a one-night stand and then try to engage in a relationship despite the interference of their friends and the general immaturity of the characters.  It’s not a particularly great movie. But the one-night stand part that clicks.  See, WE’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS starts with the couple meeting in a bar. They then have a three-night stand and go their separate ways and back to their lives. Since this is a romance, they meet up again. Turns out they now live in neighboring towns, so ignoring their nights (and days) together isn’t really possible…especially once the hero’s brother and best friend find out about what happened.

 

I’m not a big fan of books where the man and woman meet and five seconds later one or both have the “he/she is different and could be the one” feeling.  I mean, does that really happen over the course of an hour?  Possibly, but I’m thinking not that often.  But books where the man and woman meet and are attracted to each other from the beginning?  Oh, yeah. That totally works for me. The one-night stand (or in the case of my book, three-night) is certainly an example of that.

 

There’s just something about meeting, sharing time and having a relationship miss that makes the later road to romance more compelling.  It’s like they have to work at it. They have to work at it.  And, really, isn’t that how life works?

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For more information, including an excerpt, visit www.helenkaydimon.com. And for a chance to win a digital copy of We’ll Be Home For Christmas, just leave a comment below. Good luck! 😀

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best_350.jpgA year ago, Tori let her guard down and Brody Kent slipped right in, planting one hot, unforgettable kiss on her in a dark corner at the company Christmas party. Though the kiss surpassed her wildest dreams, she can’t let it happen again. She loves Brody, but he’s got a reputation for loving and leaving. She’ll have to keep her heart—and her libido—in check.

Brody can’t get the time of day from Tori—ever since that impulsive kiss, she’s avoided him with the same brutal efficiency she uses to manage his family’s construction company office. The company can’t afford to lose her, and Brody’s come to realize that he can’t live without her. But how can he convince Tori that he’s a changed man?

It just might take a Christmas miracle.

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Did you ever want something so badly, but knew you shouldn’t have it? Like a pair of shoes, or a new purse. You know once you buy it, you’ll have buyer’s remorse. You’ll feel bad for having it, like you knew you shouldn’t have done it. But you just can’t seem to help yourself, because it’s something you covet, something you’ve wanted for a very long time.

Or maybe it’s that candy bar you covet. Only you’ve been trying to lose those last ten pounds, and chocolate is the very last thing you should be thinking about. But that’s your favorite candy, and you’ve just been dying to have it. So you relent, and while it’s delicious at the time, you have guilt afterward.

Sometimes the resistance is part of the fun, or part of the reward at the end. If I just do A, then I can have B. Or maybe you test your willpower, and see how long you can hold out. Or is it just me who does that? (Note: My willpower? Sucks. I will totally buy that purse or shoes and I’ll eat that candy bar—screw the diet.)

But as far as denying oneself what they truly want, that’s the way Tori Lewis feels about Brody Kent in my current release, The Best Thing, available now from Carina Press. Tori has carried a torch for Brody since she was fifteen years old, but Brody has gone through the women in town one by one, and she doesn’t ever intend to just be another statistic, one of the many he’s romanced and left behind. There’s too much at stake for her—her job, and her relationship with the Kent family. But the kiss they shared at last year’s Christmas party has left her wanting. It’s left Brody wanting, too, and determined to prove to Tori that he’s a changed man.

The fun in crafting a book about temptation, and going for something you know you shouldn’t, is the push/pull of the characters. Brody never thought he wanted Tori until that kiss. And then she backed off and pushed him away, and now he wants her more than ever, because he realized the one woman who’s perfect for him has been right under his nose—or in his case, in his office—for years. Because he wants what he can’t have, and though Tori can have Brody, she’s not going to allow herself to indulge, because she’s afraid of the consequences, afraid she’ll lose everything she holds dear.

But sometimes the rewards are worth the risk. That purse, those shoes, that chocolate. And of course, the big reward—love.

I hope you enjoy The Best Thing, and I wish you all a very happy holiday season!

Jaci

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Blurb

Someone—or something—is stalking Abby Marcheson. Luckily, she has her brother’s
hunky friend Seth to keep her safe. Abby falls easily into her protected life, with Seth
constantly by her side, and when he asks her out on a date, she’s eager to accept.

But Seth is much more than he seems. A Nephilim, a son of Angels with wings of his own,
Seth is bound to spend his life hunting the Shemyaza, evil descendants of Angels. He’s
kept his wings hidden from Abby in order not to frighten her, but as her stalker becomes
bolder, Seth begins to suspect that a Shem has Abby in its sights…

As their flirtation escalates into full-blown passion, Seth is torn. Should he reveal his true
nature to the beautiful, trusting Abby? Will she accept him, wings and all, or will Abby
flee her guardian angel and fall prey to the sinister force that wishes her harm?

Abby’s last relationship left her with scars and a fear of men but her brother’s friend, Seth, has managed to get past her walls. She’s ready to let go of a terrifying past but it appears that her ex is back and not willing to let her go.

Seth wants nothing more than to keep Abby safe and being a Nephilim will help with that if Abby will trust him. He knows she’s not telling him everything about the night that left her and her family injured and took her brother’s life. The balance between uncovering all the details while keeping her trust is a tricky one, especially when he is keeping secrets of his own. Like his ability to grow wings and fly and the fact that her stalker is connected to the enemies he has dedicated his life to defeating.

All For You is darker than previous Bell books. While the trademark humor is still there, the angst and violence take a more prominent role. Abby is so damaged but fights so hard to get what she wants from life. And Seth is just plain yummy. Badass warrior by night, caring (and hot!) lover by day. Seeing him lose his laid back attitude when Abby is in danger was fantastic!

It took me longer than normal to read this one because of the detailed world building. There are different types of Nephs and Shems and they have different powers. All the Neph names slowed down the story at times but they are important to the book and, I assume, the series in the future.

I believe fans of the early Black Dagger Brotherhood books and Larissa Ione’s Demonica series will love this new world from Dana Marie Bell. Strong female characters, a group of warriors (both male and female) who have become a family with all its quirks, and fabulously evil bad guys you can’t wait to see destroyed. With so many fascinating characters introduced, I’m very curious who will get their story next.

 

Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: December 24, 2012
Format: Digital

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