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Once a good girl goes bad...

When mild-mannered Casey Schwartz wakes up in jail with no memory of how she got there she realizes two things: something weird is going on and orange is definitely not her color. After her sister bails her out, Casey has more to deal with than a foggy memory—like abrupt mood swings and fireballs shooting from her fingertips. But things really go south when a vampire shows up on her doorstep…

She’s impossible to resist.

Clayton Gunnersson is seriously hot. And seriously taken—by a demon. In a ritual gone wrong, Clayton tried to free himself from his unwanted bond, but spilled some demonic blood on Casey. So now, Clayton’s spurned mate is inside of Casey—and she’s not happy about it. Neither is Casey, who can’t escape this bizarre love triangle. It’s hard enough being possessed by a demon. Falling for that demon’s boyfriend could get Casey killed—from the inside out…

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Okay, so first, let me holla a big thank you to Fatin for inviting me to blog. You’re a brave woman, friend. I’m almost certain she was you know, *whispers* maybe enjoying a cocktail when she asked, the kind with a frilly, exotic pink umbrella and an equally exotic name. In fact, I’d bet it was probably drink three or so when she thought it’d be a good idea to invite me (heavy emphasis on me), to blog.

So before she throws me out, now that she’s sober and she can’t take it back, here we go. Fatin? You rocketh! (more…)

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Confessions writer Amy Crosby has put her life on hold for the last seven years after the disappearance of her husband, Dan. In writing for “True Lies Magazine,” guilt-ridden Amy takes on the abilities her fictional characters confess to, such as the time she thought she was psychic after researching clairvoyants. With fatalistic acceptance of the craziness in her life, she uses humor to cope; but when the home Dan bought for them is about to be foreclosed, her only answer is his having him declared legally dead and using his life insurance policy. Her home is safe–that is, until she receives a blackmail note. Equal parts mystery and humor, this novel is sure to keep readers guessing–and laughing–until the end.

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Thanks so much, Fatin, for inviting me to be your guest today!  My topic for today is doing research on location.

When I started the research for my new book, Diary of a Confessions Queen, I sent off requests to the Chamber of Commerce in Independence, Kansas where the book is set.  This helped me with basic information for my book, but I soon realized I needed to actually visit Independence and walk the streets, so to speak.  (And no, for those of you who are snickering, I have not started a new career as a street walker.)

I decided to make a trip to Kansas. (more…)

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In this fourth in Spear’s series, Private Eye Cameron MacPherson and Faith O’Mallery are both on quests that lead them into the world of magical wolves…

Cameron arrives in the Canadian Arctic to search for his partners in his P.I. business who are late returning from a hunting trip. Faith is there to discover what her father had seen in the same area years earlier that had made him lose touch with reality—man-wolves, he called them.

The two tumble into an icy world of enemies bent on destroying the lupus garou kind. As they turn into lupus garou themselves, and bond with the pack that only they can rescue from destruction, Cameron and Faith find their soul mates in each other.

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Most have probably heard of branding—at least when it comes to products. McDonalds’ golden arches, Wendy’s little girl with pigtails, the Pillsbury Doughboy, the Energizer bunny. They’re gimmicks, not related to the actual product, that help buyers remember them.

In the past, I was known as the bear lady, which has nothing to do with my books, but with the fact I make award-winning teddy bears that have been featured in magazines and found homes all over the world. Many still know me as such, just in a different sphere. 😀

As writers, we’re told we have to brand our image. Not all writers have a gimmicky branding though, as it truly relates to what we write. When we are known by this image for what we write, we’ve done it successfully. (more…)

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In the ultimate showdown for survival, may the best demon slayer win.

Last month, I was a single preschool teacher whose greatest thrill consisted of color-coding my lesson plans. That was before I learned I was a slayer. Now, it’s up to me to face curse-hurling imps, vengeful demons, and any other supernatural uglies that crop up. And, to top it off, a hunk of a shape-shifting griffin has invited me to Greece to meet his family.

But it’s not all sun, sand, and ouzo. Someone has created a dark-magic version of me with my powers and my knowledge—and it wants to kill me and everyone I know. Of course, this evil twin doesn’t have Grandma’s gang of biker witches, a talking Jack Russell terrier, or an eccentric necromancer on its side. In the ultimate showdown for survival, may the best demon slayer win.

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Thanks so much for having me back on Novel Thoughts and Book Talk. I’m really excited to be here and to give away a copy of my new release, A Tale of Two Demon Slayers.

My favorite part about writing paranormals is that everything is possible. Not only can I write about a world where a demon slayer gets to ride around with a gang of geriatric biker witches, but I can also populate that world with any number of supernatural creatures.

One of my favorites is Lizzie, the heroine’s pet Jack Russell Terrier. He’s not especially magical on his own, but because of her abilities, Lizzie’s dog can talk to her. And this little guy has plenty to say. Pirate even gets his own pet in A Tale of Two Demon Slayers, a baby dragon that he names Flappy. It amused me for a pet to have a pet. It goes something like this:

Lizzie: You can’t have a pet. You are a pet.

Pirate: Exactly. So I know how to treat a pet. First rule – no Healthy Lite dog chow.

So in honor of Pirate’s new pet, we have the quiz: What Supernatural Pet is Right for You? Post your answer below and you’re entered to win a copy of A Tale of Two Demon Slayers. Good luck!

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Thank you, Ms Fox!

There you have it, ladies and gentlemen–go forth and take the quiz, then come back here to enter the drawing. And remember to visit Ms Fox’s website to learn more about Lizzie, Pirate, and their world.

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Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find herself changed—an angel with wings the colors of midnight and dawn—but her fragile body needs time to heal before she can take flight. Her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel Raphael, is used to being in control—even when it comes to the woman he considers his own. But Elena has never done well with authority…
They’ve barely begun to understand each other when Raphael receives an invitation to a ball from the archangel Lijuan. To refuse would be a sign of fatal weakness, so Raphael must ready Elena for the flight to Beijing—and to the nightmare that awaits them there. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan holds a power that lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena…

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Let’s talk heroines today.

I’ve written sensitive heroines – Sascha, in Slave to Sensation is an empath, able to sense and heal emotional wounds.

I’ve written alpha heroines – Mercy from Branded By Fire is very much a woman who is dominant and strong.

I’ve written outwardly weak heroines – Katya from Blaze of Memory is incredibly fragile as the book starts.

And I’ve written kick-ass heroines – Elena from Angels’ Blood and Archangel’s Kiss is certainly a woman who can kick some butt when necessary.

I love all of these heroines for different reasons. For me, they’re each and every one of them strong and capable—though their strengths may be expressed in different ways. And that strength isn’t necessarily always physical. It might be emotional, spiritual or mental.

What I want to ask you today is – what kind of heroine works best for you? Is there a particular “type” that you’re drawn to?

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Oh, great question, Ms Singh!

Leave a comment to enter a drawing for one copy of either Slave to Sensation, the first in Ms Singh’s Psy/Changeling series, or Angels’ Blood, the first in her Hunters’ Guild series. Visit Ms Singh’s website to learn more about both of these amazing series!

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If it were up to him, Talorc—laird of the Sinclair clan and leader of his werewolf pack— would never marry. But when the king orders that Talorc wed an Englishwoman, the lone wolf is shocked to find his mate in the strong-willed Abigail. And after an intensely climactic wedding night, the two fiercely independent souls sense an unbreakable bond…

Deaf since childhood, Abigail hopes to keep her affliction from Talorc as long as possible. And for his part, he has no intention of telling her about being a werewolf. But when Abigail learns that the husband she’s begun to love has deceived her, it will take all of his warrior’s strength—and his wolf’s cunning—to win his wife back. And Talorc will have to face his biggest challenge yet: the vulnerability of a man in love…

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One of my favorite themes in romance is the concept of family and what that word really means to us.  I ascribe to the idea that family is both born and made.  You see that theme in romance quite a bit, especially in the gay subgenre.  I am lucky to have some wonderful siblings and a terrific mom, but my dad was a drug addict who died young.  I never really found a replacement, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get the idea of “making” a family.  And I don’t mean just popping kids out. 🙂 (more…)

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Before Juliet Capelletti lie two futures:  a traditionally loveless marriage to her father’s business partner, or the fulfillment of her poetic dreams, inpired by the great Dante.  Unlike her beloved friend Lucrezia, who looks forward to her arranged marriage into the Medici dynasty, Juliet has a wild, romantic imagination that takes flight in the privacy of her bedchamber and on her garden balcony.

Her life and destiny are forever changed when Juliet meets Romeo Monticecco, a soulful young man seeking peace between their warring families.  A dreamer himself, Romeo is unstoppable, once he determines to capture the heart of the remarkable woman foretold in his stars.

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It recently occurred to me that my eighth and latest novel, O, JULIET, is the first in which love is the exclusive theme.  But in thinking back to my other titles, I realize that I’ve never written a book in which romantic love was not either a vital element or at least an important minor theme.

My first novel, the one that kicked off my career as an author, was all about a love affair (albeit the most dysfunctional one in history — that of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII).  In SECRET DIARY OF ANNE BOLEYN, with the character of Anne, I established the dominant characteristic of my heroines — a well-educated woman, ahead of her time, who defies convention and strict mores in wishing to (and attempting to) marry for love.  In Anne’s life — before the older man, King Henry — began relentlessly pursuing her affections, she was passionately in love with a noble boy her own age, Henry Percy.  Knowing it was a huge no-no, they nevertheless pledged their love to each other.  Some accounts say they consummated that love (I tell the beginnings of that fateful story in my sixth book, MADEMOISELLE BOLEYN).  King Henry decided he was going to have Anne, come hell or highwater, and the chase was on.   (more…)

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SHE’S CUTTING HIM LOOSE
When it comes to relationships, talk show host Grace Fisher won’t stand for cheating—especially not from her fiancé, star hockey goalie Zack Hoolihan. Her weekly knitting group backs her up when she calls it off, but it doesn’t entirely ease the sting of betrayal. She won’t listen to Zack’s indignant explanations of innocence—she just wants to tie up loose ends and move on. Until he winds up injured, that is, and she finds herself playing nursemaid…

NOW HE’S THROWN FOR A LOOP
Zack doesn’t know how that woman got into his hotel room, but he does know losing Grace has put him so far off his game, he ended up with a busted knee and a broken heart. If things aren’t mended fast, he’ll miss the playoffs, miss his girl, and lose everything. But if Grace is willing to push him into physical therapy, maybe he can pull her back into his arms—before their truce unravels. This time, he’ll do everything it takes to knit their relationship back together…

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Good morning, everyone!  Thank you so much for having me back at Novel Thoughts.

As you know, tomorrow is The Big Day!  After a very long, not-so-patient wait (at least on my part 😀 ) the third book in my sexy, funny Chicks with Sticks knitting trilogy will finally be here!  And although it wasn’t easy to get the hero and heroine of Knock Me For a Loop into the same room together—those of you who have read Tangled up in Love and Loves Me, Loves Me Knot know what I’m talking about 😉 —I managed to arrange a short interview with the stars of our story.

First, a little background information: (more…)

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GET LUCKY

A child of Vegas, Brett Hennessey knows about luck–especially the bad kind. But when this poker superstar hops on his Harley to outrun Lady Misfortune and ends up at a pretty B&B run by an even prettier proprietor, he can’t help thinking he’s stumbled onto a winning streak…

Sure, Kirby Farrell’s new B&B ski lodge opened to the warmest winter in Vermont history, but fate brought her a bad boy on a hot bike and settled him into her best room. She’s still broke, but the view across the breakfast table has definitely improved…

Only now Brett’s past has finally caught up to him. He has two choices: run again–and lose the best hand fortune’s dealt him yet. Or stay and risk everything for something he never thought would come his way…

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I like writing about trouble.  I especially like putting my heroes and heroines right in the middle of it.  However, writing a story about Brett Hennessey, the reigning bad boy rock star of the professional poker world?  Was anything but trouble.  In fact, it was a ton of fun!  But what’s not to love?  Here’s a guy who makes winning look easy, but feels at a total loss when trying to figure out what he’d really like to be doing with his life.  The thrill is gone, if it was ever there, but when certain folks aren’t happy about his pending retirement from the sport, he hops on his Harley and heads east, drawing the attention away from those he cares for the most.   He doesn’t stop until he finds himself winding through the mountains of Vermont where he spots a unique Victorian little B&B that looks like the perfect place to hole up and do a lot of thinking.  Instead, after less than an hour on the premises, he saves the innkeeper from breaking her lovely neck, and finds himself the adoptive father of a feral kitten.  He’s definitely not in Vegas anymore!

But while Brett finds nothing but trouble as the only guest at Kirby Ferrell’s brand new establishment, he does his best to keep trouble from following him.  What do you want to bet he’s not entirely successful at that part?  But he’s found something special in the Green Mountains of Vermont.  Himself.  And, very possibly, the one person he’d like to share his new possibilities with.  Trouble?  Sure.  But worth every minute of it!

If you pick up a copy, I hope you enjoy the ride!   And if any of you are Cosmo Girls, check out the excerpt of the book in the March issue!

So… while I’m here, I have some additional advance news for those of you who have been asking me (okay, at times it sounded like whining, but that was particularly effective, so you’re forgiven!) if I’m ever going to head back the hills of heather and kilts.  Well, I have the answer you’ve been waiting so patiently (right!) for.   Coming the end of May, Some Like It Scot will land on the shelves and it will launch a brand new Scots hero series.  I know!  Whining works!   Then, right after my next Christmas anthology hits the stands (The Naughty List, October.  And the title?  Definitely appropriate.) you’ll be able to track down your copy of the next Scottish installment, Off Kilter.  Best play on words ever and so perfect for this story!  And, of course, as soon as I have any information on the next one, you’ll be the first to know.  Check out my daily blog at www.donnakauffman.com/blog for all the immediate and droolable details, including upcoming cover art… and a chance every week to win a free book!

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Thank you for visiting, Ms Kauffman!

Leave a comment to enter a drawing for a copy of Here Comes Trouble.

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JW_beyondthenightBEYOND THE NIGHT by Joss Ware

Publisher: Avon (January 12, 2010)

ISBN-10: 0061734012

ISBN-13: 978-0061734014

A man with no future . . .

When Dr. Elliott Drake wakes from a mysterious fifty-year sleep, the world as he knew it is gone. Cities are now desolate, and civilization is controlled by deadly immortals. Stranger still is Elliott’s extraordinary new “gift”—he has the power to heal, but it comes with fatal consequences.

A woman with a past . . .

Jade barely escaped the immortals and is now hell-bent on revenge. She trusts no one . . . until Elliott. His piercing gaze and tempting touch shatter her defenses, but the handsome doctor seems to have dangerous secrets of his own. Is it safe to trust him with her heart?

If they are to survive in this dark new world, Jade and Elliott must work together to fight the forces that take them beyond danger.

Beyond desire.

JW_embracethenighteternalEMBRACE THE NIGHT ETERNAL by Joss Ware

Publisher: Avon (February 9, 2010) 

ISBN-10: 0061734020

ISBN-13: 978-0061734021

Everything they knew is gone.

From the raging fires, five men emerge with extraordinary new powers. They must learn how to survive this dark, ravaged world . . . but they cannot do it alone.

Simon Japp will never forget his violent past. But when civilization is all but destroyed, he sees his chance for redemption. Blessed with a strange “gift,” he’s determined to help the resistance against the Strangers, the mysterious force that stalks them at every turn. He can’t afford to get distracted, even by the stunning, soft-spoken woman fighting by his side . . . Sage Corrigan has learned to be careful where she places her trust. But she sees something good in Simon, even if he can’t see it in himself. Posing as lovers to infiltrate a group key to their fight, they find that their staged affection soon develops into a desire that will leave them fighting for their lives in the night eternal . . .

JW_abandon-the-night-150ABANDON THE NIGHT by Joss Ware

Publisher: Avon (March 9, 2010) 

ISBN-10: 0061734039

ISBN-13: 978-0061734038

Everything they knew is gone.

From the raging fires, five men emerge with extraordinary new powers. They are humankind’s last hope … but they cannot survive this dark, ravaged world alone…

Quentin Fielding had everything. Money. Power. Women. But now that civilization is all but annihilated, Quent only wants one thing: revenge. Harnessing a strange new “gift,” he embarks on a deadly mission to find the the man responsible for the chaos and destruction, the man he should have killed years ago: his father. Only one thing stands in his way – a mysterious, arrow-wielding beauty…

Zoe Kapoor is on her own quest for vengeance, searching for the monstrous fiends who murdered her family. Soon she and Quent join together, journeying through the ruins of the world they once knew as a desperate desire builds between them. Drawing closer to an enemy they never imagined, Zoe and Quent must abandon all fear, abandon all regret, abandon the night … if they want to stay alive.

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