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Alpha One

Juliana is in hell. Her father, the senator, has double crossed criminal mastermind Guerrero, who has kidnapped Juliana in order to get the evidence her father is holding. Her only companion in this hell is John, another captive who she shares the details of her life with in the darkness. When rescue arrives in the form of her ex-lover, Logan, Juliana is shocked. She hasn’t seen him since  she was twenty. She loved him and believed him when he said they would run away and have a beautiful life together. Until he left her standing in a bus station with no explanation.

Now Logan is all that is standing between her and Guerrero. Her father couldn’t live with what he’d done and committed suicide after saying he left the evidence on Guerrero with Juliana. And her friend “John” is really Guerrero himself, making her the only person that has seen and can identify him. With law enforcement personnel and members of her father’s staff being on Guerrero’s payroll, Juliana has no choice but to trust the man that broke her heart all those years ago.

I struggled a bit with this one. It’s a solid story but there was nothing special to make this stand out from any other Harlequin Intrigue I’ve read. It’s missing that magic touch I’ve come to expect from Cynthia Eden’s books. The bad guys and two secondary characters were fleshed out and so interesting to read. Their pasts were detailed, the emotions rich, and I was fully invested in their scenes. Unfortunately, Logan and Juliana felt flat to me. The book turned around in the last 20% and I adored the ending but it was a long and sometimes boring journey to get there.

I’ll be looking for the next book in this series because I think the two secondary characters I enjoyed are up next but ALPHA ONE will not be making it to my keeper shelf.


Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 2, 2013
Format: Print and digital

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Returning from his latest Border Patrol assignment, Jeremy Hill seeks sanctuary in his twin brother’s home. The last thing he expects to find is an armed man already inside, or Meredith Samms, a gorgeous tenant caught in the cross fire. Then he discovers that the gunman’s attack is meant for his twin brother, who is nowhere in sight, and Jeremy must take matter into his own hands. Searching for his brother while trying to protect this girl next door, Jeremy finds himself caught up in the danger he’d become all too familiar with. in his world, everyone’s a target and anyone can be a suspect, so Jeremy has no room for emotions. But what Meredith stirs within him may complicate this unexpected mission to the point of no return…


Thank you for inviting me here today to talk about my newest release, COPY THAT, from Harlequin Intrigue.

People ask authors all the time where book ideas come from.  Honestly, coming up with the idea is the easy part.  Putting my butt in the chair and writing is the tough part. With this book I didn’t even need to come up with the idea.  My Intrigue editor, Denise Zaza, kind of did that for me in my newest release, COPY THAT.  This is how it came about…

About a year ago we were emailing back and forth about ideas for books for a new Intrigue contract. She said she’d love to see a new take on a mistaken identity story. I loved the idea and started thinking about a potential plot.  The next day I was just about to send her the idea when she called. She said she’d been thinking about the mistaken identity issue and would love it if I’d write a suspense centered on a hero who is a twin.  She even had a cover in her mind that would show the hero and his twin. The how, why, plot and characters were up to me.  All she asked was that the twins each get a romance in some way, even if I wanted to write two novellas and connected them in one book.

The idea of two romances, two suspense threads, two heroes and two heroines, all in 55,000 words, scared me a bit.  But it was a good challenge.  And, really, do you know how many ideas go through a writer’s head when the charge is – write twin heroes in a mistaken identity situation? Lots.  Really, lots.  The range of possibilities had me thinking and the idea of writing the book struck me as so much fun. Lucky for me, the writing did turn out to be fun.

Jeremy and Garrett Hill are protectors by nature.  They fall in love with women who don’t have gun-toting jobs – one is a kindergarten teacher and the other is a salesperson at a wedding dress store.  But the best part?  Figuring out when to have the main hero, Jeremy, use the line: “I’m not Garrett.” Once Jeremy utters the line the fun really starts.  I hope you think so, too.

And as for that other mistake identity idea, the one I was thinking about when my editor called?  It’s the plot for my November Intrigue, SWITCHED. 🙂


To learn more about HelenKay and her backlist, visit www.helenkaydimon.com. And for a chance to win COPY THAT (digital or print) just leave a comment below. Good luck! 😀

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I’ve been writing for forty years, and it’s a whole new world out there.  I spent the first five years as a newspaper feature writer, then gradually moved into books, both novels and cookbooks.  For the next thirty years, my writing had to conform to what publishers were looking for.  I’m still writing for traditional publishers, but I’ve added a new dimension to my career–e-publishing.

For a long time, I kept thinking that e-books would never catch on.  But I’ve seen them gradually taking more and more of the market.  Two years ago when I went to the Novelists, Inc. conference, where many of the speakers were talking about the e-book market, I realized I needed to get into that new arena.

I decided to try two approaches.  I wrote a medieval fantasy novel, submitted it to Carina Press, and was accepted.  DARK MAGIC was published last year.  (I’ve since sold them another similar novella, SHATTERED MAGIC, and I’m working on the proposal for the third story in what I’ve called THE CHRONICLES OF ARANDAL.)

Because Harlequin has the rights to most of my backlist, republishing old books wasn’t available to me.  So I started writing a contemporary series called DECORAH SECURITY.  It’s set around a security company run by a crusty old Navy SEAL named Frank Decorah. All of his agents have paranormal powers or take on paranormal cases.  I launched the series in December with a novel, DARK MOON, a novella, CHAINED, and a short story, AMBUSHED.

It’s been fantastic fun writing stories where I didn’t have to conform to an editor’s guidelines, where I could make the stories any length I wanted, and where I could keep a bigger percentage of the earnings than a traditional publisher allows.

I’m the queen of juggling projects. I’ve got another Decorah novel, DARK POWERS, almost finished.  I currently have three romantic suspense novels under contract to Sourcebooks and another Harlequin Intrigue also under contract, which puts me in the perfect position to judge which segment of the market is going to work out best for me.

But there’s one thing that’s still true in the publishing industry.  You don’t know which decision was the right one until a couple of years later.

I will give away a copy of my latest Harlequin Intrigue, SUDDEN ATTRACTION, to one commenter.


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No woman could deny the appeal of the sexy deputy sheriff Jonas Porter. But to Courtney Allen, Jonas has one major flaw-his badge. Years ago, Courtney’s father was wrongfully convicted of a crime and she vowed to never trust a cop again. But when Jonas becomes the only man to believe in her father’s innocence, Courtney begins seeing the brooding lawman in a whole new way.

Jonas knows in his gut that the real killer is still out there and determined to finish what he started long ago. To protect Courtney and bring the criminal to justice will require all the skills he can muster. And that means focusing on the job. Not the woman who makes him forget his troublesome past and arouses in him a passion that is anything but professional.


My newest Intrigue release comes out this month.   [May 8th, to be exact, but don’t feel any pressure to buy it. Well, I kind of wish you would, but it’s not mandatory to reading this post.] WHEN SHE WASN’T LOOKING is about a woman with a tragic past and the lawman who believes in her when no one else does.  This one is pretty special to me.  I like all of my books [really, I’m not just saying that] but this one came together in my head so much easier than the others.  It was one of those times when the dialogue and scenes were playing in my mind all the time and I couldn’t get them on the page fast enough [Yes, I know that sounds crazy but I’ve been tested and I think I’m fine.]

The book started out as the heroine’s story.  Courtney lost her family.  She is the sole survivor out to prove her father’s innocence.  She is determined. She is chased and attacked. She is hunted and in trouble.  [I know it sounds like I didn’t like her, but I did.] Since I usually write more hero-focused stories, I worried with this being more heroine-centric that the hero might get lost. Then Jonas stepped on the page.

Jonas got a raw deal in his last job.  He’s now kicking his wounds in Oregon. [Not actually licking because that would be gross, but I like the phrase.]  He’s at the end of a long day and ready to go home and he meets Courtney and, frankly, his world blows apart. [Again, not actually…but close.] If I had to describe him, I’d say:

1.     Grumbly

2.     A bit controlling

3.     Has a rescuer complex

4.     Handsome [obviously]

5.     Strong [can lift heroines in a single…well, you get the idea]

6.     Decent

7.     Respectful

8.     Loyal

9.     Compassionate

10.  Flawed

11.  Mature [strangely not always the case in romance novels]

See, I told you I liked Courtney.  Look what I gave her in a hero.

Basically, I adore him. He’s perfect for Courtney, even though neither of them thinks so at the beginning. So, while the plot revolves mostly around Courtney and something from her past, Jonas never gets lost.  And why would he?  He’s one of my favorites.  I hope you like him, too.


A big thank-you to HelenKay for joining us today! To read an excerpt from When She Wasn’t Looking, visit www.helenkaydimon.com. And for a chance to win a book from HelenKay’s backlist (including When She Wasn’t Looking) just leave a comment below. Good luck! 😀

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Before the recovery project was even up and running, its first case exploded on the scene

Agent Holden Price didn’t have to go far to find his next case—it crashed right into his living room! Not only had the beautiful blonde lost control of her car, but if she was telling the truth, someone was also trying to kill her. As a recovery agent, he had an obligation to investigate. And he couldn’t deny that Mia Landers interested him more than she should.

Nothing made sense to Mia—especially not the attempt on her life. All she could do was trust Holden, the tall, dark and devastating agent who discovered that he and Mia had a common enemy…and a fierce attraction. But in order to act on it, they’d first have to come face-to-face with their darkest fears and a deadly revelation that might put their newfound love on the line.


It’s a little scary to start a miniseries.  Who am I kidding?  It’s really scary to start a new miniseries.  There’s pressure for people to like the first book enough to keep reading through the rest of the releases.  I’ve written related books before, but this Harlequin Intrigue miniseries is an actual miniseries in that the books are connected by an overarching conspiracy in WitSec, the Witness Security Program.  Each book has a separate hero, heroin and villain.  You can read one in the middle and be able to follow along.  Still, they go together and that increases the nail biting for me.
Looking back now, I see consistency in the books in a few ways:

  • The heroes are pretty damaged guys. They lost their cover (they’re undercover agents) in a previous book, UNDER THE GUN (Intrigue, March 2010).  They live to protect and serve and are stuck in this holding pattern while other people decide their fate. And they have individual issues which come up in their individual stories.
  • The heroines are tough.  Maybe not on the surface, but these are not the shrinking violet types who wait around to be saved. They do a little saving of their own.  🙂
  • The villains are nasty fellas.  They have different reasons for doing what they do, but they are definitely the bad guys.
  • But no one is as good or as bad as they seem.
  • All of the books take place in and around Washington, DC, which is fun for me since I lived there for more than a decade.

What you won’t see:

  • Secret babies.
  • Anyone with amnesia
  • Cowboys.
  • Royalty of any kind.

I don’t have a problem with any of those hooks.  In fact, I am dying to write an amnesia book and have an idea for a different kind of secret baby book, and boy do I love cowboy books, but the ideas didn’t work in this series.  Maybe next time.  I’m trying to think if there is any hook that I definitely wouldn’t try.  I can’t think of one.  Anyone have a hook that either really works for you or really doesn’t?


Many thanks to HelenKay for joining us today!

To learn more about HelenKay Dimon and her books, please visit her website at www.helenkaydimon.com. And for a chance to win GUNS AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, leave a comment answering the above question. Good luck! 😀

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A good agent never lets the job become personal…

Who wanted her dead? That’s what Claire Samson wanted to know. On the run and alone, there was only one man she trusted to find her. Recovery agent Luke Hathaway was the best at locating and saving, and she needed the best if she wanted to live. But the handsome agent who promised salvation had some conditions of his own. If he were to help, she needed to stick close by his side. Very close. And the only thing more dangerous than her current situation was the way Luke made her feel. From the protective look in his green eyes, she could tell he felt the same. But every second that brought them closer together was also ticking toward an explosive confrontation that might tear them apart…


Poor Defenseless Hero

Hello everyone and a huge thank you to Fatin for inviting me to blog today.  I always love coming here!

I’m here to celebrate the release of my first ever Harlequin Intrigue, UNDER THE GUN (March 2010).  I’ve been writing sexy contemporaries for Kensington Brava for about five years, but this was my first try at a category romance.  Before I submitted to Intrigue, I read about 50 of them.  I loved the strong heroes, smart women and fast pace.  It seemed to me like the perfect opportunity to torture a hero.

Yeah, you read that right.  (more…)

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