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Calisa Rhose presents ~ UnCover Monday in December

Hey-Ho Cover Oglers! December snuck up on me so I’m posting this a few days late, but that’s ok since it runs all month. 😀 Here’s Debember’s lovely art and the awesome authors and artists. It would be great if you leave a comment letting everyone know what you like (or don’t like) about them and maybe even check out a few author links to meet those behind the books. Or just say hi. 🙂

UnCover Mondays on The Ranch!!! This feature is only to highlight authors–not to sell books (though if you see one you want to buy I’m sure the authors won’t mind  ). Enjoy this weeks’ covers to ogle and explore. If there is one provided, you can follow the artist links by clicking each book cover that has an artist linked to learn more about the amazing creators of these beautiful covers. I think they deserve fair mention since they helped create the book! As always, click the author website links to find out more about them.

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SugarplumHomecoming_LindaGoodnightTitle: Sugarplum Homecoming

Author: Linda Goodnight


Genre: Inspirational romance

Publisher: Harlequin/Love Inspired

Cover artist: publisher provided

Release date: November 19, 2013

Widower Davis Turner doesn’t need to hear his children’s whispered wishes for a new mom to recognize that new neighbor Lana Ross is a beautiful woman. But he worries that his feelings for the former bad girl could put his family at risk for small-town scandal. Lana knows she should steer clear of Davis. Yet she can’t resist spending time with the handsome single dad, even if the truth might soon tear them apart. Though Lana has turned over a new leaf, her secrets have followed her to Whisper Falls. Secrets that could destroy her hope for a future with Davis.

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TheBestBet_HebbyRomanTitle: The Best Bet

Author: Hebby Roman


Genre: Contemporary Romance

(sub-genre: Latino romance)

Publisher: Self-published

Cover Artist: Kim Van Meter

Release Date: October 30, 2013

When straight-laced Professor Rafael Escobedo has a chance to interview for a job in Las Vegas, he reluctantly agrees to pose as his high rolling twin brother in order to take advantage of the casino’s perks. It’s hard enough to pass himself off as a self-assured gambler, but the last thing Rafael wants to do is arouse suspicion in gorgeous, cosmopolitan hospitality manager, Adriana de los Santos. Rafael soon realizes that casinos aren’t Vegas’ only attraction—there are plenty of wedding chapels, too, and he’s determined to march Adriana into one of them…

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AMatterOfTrust_MJFlournoyTitle: A Matter of Trust

Author: MJ Flournoy

Website: www.authormjflournoy.

Genre: Romantic paranormal suspense

Publisher: Renaissance EBooks, Sizzler Editions

Cover Artist: publisher provided

Release date: September 23, 2013

Her paranormal abilities had always caused her grief. But can they save the life of a child who has been spirited away for her parents and the life of the man she loves?

Jolie Wyngate is a middle school teacher with an extraordinary gift—or is it a curse? Throughout her life, she’s been never been sure. Now, when she is implicated in the disappearance of a child, the ultimate value of her powers will be put to the test.

Mac Carlson, former Navy SEAL and security expert, is tasked with rescuing the girl, Rachael Anne. From the moment he meets Jolie, his suspicious and protective nature sets its sights on her as a prime suspect. Can Jolie clear her name and gain this man’s hard-won trust?

More importantly, can she save the girl before time runs out? She won’t be able to do it without her psychic abilities—but Mac has a hard enough time trusting Jolie as it is, let alone trusting her powers to lead them to Rachael Anne.

As Mac and Jolie realize they have no choice but to work as a team—and as they slowly warm to each other in the process—they realize they have a new problem: the man they are after has set his sights on Jolie. Now Jolie will need all of her abilities, and all of Mac’s strength and skill, to stay out of the fiend’s hands and bring Rachael Anne back home.

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EmbracetheDarkness_LillyGayleTitle: Embrace the Darkness

Author: Lilly Gayle


Genre: Paranormal romance

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Cover Artist: Angela Anderson

Release date: February 22, 2013

 An experimental vaccine gives vampire Gerard Delaroche hope for the first time in two centuries–until two people are brutally murdered, and he suspects a conspiracy between vampires and mortals. To solve the crime, he must put his trust in a beautiful detective. But is former soldier and MP turned detective, Amber Buckley, a threat to his existence? Or the answer to his prayers?

Amber Buckley and her partner are assigned to do follow up interviews in the Lifeblood of America slayings. Amber believes she and Reid are just new eyes on a cold case. That is, until she meets Gerard Delaroche. Something about him teases long-buried memories Amber would rather not chase. However, the two join together, falling into more than resolution of a murder case. It seems Amber has some dark secrets of her own.

To find their way into the light, Amber and Gerard must first EMBRACE THE DARKNESS.

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FightPrincess_MSKayeTitle: Fight Princess

Author: M. S. Kaye


Genre: romantic suspense

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books

Cover Artist: Liquid Silver Books

Release date: September 2, 2013

Things Aren’t what they seem. Don’t get involved.

Celisse is too headstrong to listen. Her best friend’s boyfriend is dead, and she does not heed Cullen’s warning, slipped to her in a note as he’s being arrested for the murder.

Cullen tries to keep Celisse out of things and also tries to avoid her, both unsuccessfully. He can’t deny his feelings for her anymore, but he knows he can’t have her—if she ever discovered the truth about his past, she’d surely hate him.

While struggling with her intense feelings for Cullen, she uses her skills as an ex-prosecutor to investigate, all while continuing to fight for Ogden, the organizer of an underground fight ring. She eventually realizes things are connected—the ring, Ogden, Cullen, the murder, and herself. She races to uncover the truth before she’s arrested or becomes the next victim—or the next culprit.

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LoversandLiars_JeanCJoachimTitle: Lovers and Liars

Author: Jean Joachim


Genre: Contemporary romance

Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing

Cover Artist: Dawne Dominique

Release date – Nov. 1, 2013

Alone in the world, Erica Wheeler needed a job or face eviction. The aspiring actress harbored a lifelong dream of movie stardom. She knew she had the talent, all she needed was a chance. Her roommate, Amy, plotted revenge on her former boss, sexy, bad-boy producer, Gunther Quill, for firing her. Together she and Erica bent the truth like a pretzel to get her a job working for Quill. He surprised her. Was he the same meanie Amy described or was he simply a smart, ambitious man on his way to the top?

One thing Gunther Quill hated was a liar. Tough, seductive and brilliant, he prided himself on being truthful. With his sharp, new assistant, Erica Wheeler, he’d soon be the most powerful producer of musicals in Hollywood and on Broadway. Nothing could get in his way, except maybe, falling in love. Can a liar become his lover?

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WhereThereisWill_MonicaEpsteinTitle: Where There Is Will

Author: Monica Epstein


Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Cover artist: Diana Carlile

Release date: Spring 2014

When she moves to London following her divorce, Michelle Loeser has no interest in looking for love. She needs to focus on surviving without her ex’s six-figure income, coping with a severe fear of heights, and rebuilding her confidence. And if she keeps her promise to her best friend, she’ll pursue her passion for writing too.

Will Sheridan found his passion early in life. At age eleven, he was cast in the starring role in a film series. Now, at the age of 25, he’s a celebrity at a crossroads in his career. He has no time for women who don’t understand his priorities.

When Will offers to help Michelle acclimate to the unfamiliar city in exchange for cooking lessons, she figures what’s the harm? But jealous fans and coworkers, eager paparazzi, and a distrustful mother see it differently.

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VoodooDreams_AlanaLorensTitle:  Voodoo Dreams

Author: Alana Lorens


Genre: Paranormal Romantic suspense

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Cover Artist: Kim Mendoza

Release date: October 26, 2013

When her big trial goes bad, corporate attorney Brianna Ward can’t wait to get out of Pittsburgh. The Big Easy seems like the perfect place to rest, relax, and forget about the legal business. Too bad an obnoxious—but handsome—lawyer from a rival firm is checking into the same bed and breakfast.

 Attorney Evan Farrell has Mardi Gras vacation plans too. When he encounters fiery and attractive Brianna, however, he puts the Bourbon Street party on hold. He’d much rather devote himself to her—especially when a mysterious riddle appears in her bag, seeming to threaten danger.

Strangely compelled to follow the riddle’s clues, Brianna is pulled deeper into the twisted schemes of a voodoo priest bent on revenge. To escape his poisonous web, she must work with Evan to solve the curse. But is the growing love they feel for each other real? Or just a voodoo dream?

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SeftonManor_CailOSullivanTitle:    Sefton Manor

Author: Cait O’Sullivan

Website: www.caitosullivan.

Genre: Paranormal Gothic romance

Publisher: Musa Publishing

Cover Artist: Publisher

Release date: October 25, 2013

Sefton Manor, a country house that has somehow withstood the ravages of time, holds the key to Martha Kendall’s dysfunctional family. Asked by her grandmother to uncover the truth about her missing Aunt, Martha comes to Buckhurst Village. Despite unsettling occurrences upsetting her sensibilities, she starts asking questions.

Questions that lead her to Will Fellowes, a man whose family tended the grounds of Sefton Manor for centuries. Amidst whispers of pacts with the Devil, they pair up to wrestle the secret from the house.

Or will Sefton Manor consume them all? 

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AfterMidnight_SarahGrimmTitle: After Midnight

Author: Sarah Grimm


Genre: Contemporary Romance/Interracial Romance

Publisher: Sarah Grimm

Cover Artist: Arial Burnz

Re-Release Date: November 15, 2013

Thirteen years — that’s how long Isabeau Montgomery has been living a lie. After an automobile accident took her mother’s life, Izzy hid herself away, surviving the only way she knew how. Now she is happy in her carefully reconstructed life. That is until he walks through the door of her bar…

Black Phoenix singer/front man Noah Clark came to Long Island City with a goal — one that doesn’t include an instant, electric attraction to the dark-haired beauty behind the bar. Coaxing her into his bed won’t be easy, but he can’t get her pale, haunted eyes nor her skill on the piano out of his head.

Can Noah help Isabeau overcome the past? Or will her need to protect her secret force her back into hiding and destroy their chance at happiness?

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I want to thank all the authors who submit and make this a special place to share their work!

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To see YOUR cover here visit my UnCover Monday page for detailed instructions:


Due to lack of submissions I no longer promote banners and videos. I will be posting one last batch this month, however to finish off those that were submitted.

And the winner is…….


Sarah Grimm visits


As promised, I bring you The Wild Rose Press author, Sarah Grimm! She’s going to tell us about her newest release, After Midnight. (I think I have to read this!)

One thing of which I am certain:  romance readers love a tortured hero – the lost soul, so damaged by the million different things life has thrown at him he grows defeated, feels adrift and unworthy. A hero they can immediately empathize with or cheer for as he travels that long, difficult road toward his happily-ever-after. But what about tortured heroines? As a reader, do you feel the same intense, immediate attachment to the female counter-part?

 As a writer, I love creating tortured characters – especially tortured heroes. When a new story comes to mind, I usually hear the hero’s voice first – his hopes and dreams, his conflict. So, imagine my surprise the first time I heard the voice of a heroine calling out to me. A heroine who suffered so much pain in her youth she is lost; alone and lonely. A heroine whose entire life played through my head like a movie—one that brought tears to my eyes more than once. As a woman who hates to cry, loathes it actually, I couldn’t leave Izzy’s story untold. She needed her happily-ever-after. She’d earned it!

 Putting Isabeau Montgomery on the page was not an easy task. On more than one occasion I wanted to reach out and hug her, assure her that everything would work out. In the end, she would be happy sexy singer Noah Clark walked through the door of her bar and turned her world upside down. But since hugging is a no-no in Izzy’s world, I had to let her figure this out on her own.


Noah shoved his hands in his pockets and gave her the time she asked for. He felt helpless, and he didn’t like it one damn bit. The urge to envelop her in his arms was powerful. Isabeau didn’t like him to touch her, and if she didn’t like him to touch her, she definitely wouldn’t want him to hold her.

Minutes passed before she whispered, “I never saw him coming.”

“Neither did I,” he replied tightly. He should have kept an eye on Tommy. He knew the guy was angry and drunk—a bad combination under any circumstance. “How bad did he hurt you?”

Her eyes opened. The fingers on her upper arm stilled. “It’s nothing.”

“No? Then you won’t mind if I have a look.” He closed the space between them, and stared down at her, his chest tight. “Let me see your arm, Isabeau.”

She dropped her hand, exposing an angry red ring left by a man holding her with great force. At the back of her arm, he could clearly make out the mark of each individual finger. He swore under his breath. “You’re going to have a bruise.”

“I’ve had worse.”

She wouldn’t look at him. He found that as unsettling as her admission. “You’ve had worse.” He had no idea what to think. “You mean from a fall or an accident of some kind?”

Slowly her eyes rose to meet his. In them was something he didn’t want to see. Alarm clanged in his skull. Sweat gathered at his lower back. His body tightened like a bow. “What are you saying?”

She dragged the heel of her palm across her forehead. “Nothing.”

“Nothing?” A hard knot settled in his gut. “Who are we talking about? A friend? A lover?”

“It’s not what you think.”

“What is it?”

Her eyes held his, pale and full of things he couldn’t name. Turning away, she started across the room.

 “Tell me what it is. Explain this to me.”

 She went still for a beat, then turned back. “Let go of me, Noah.”

 “Let…” He followed her gaze down to where his hand grasped her elbow. When had he reached for her? “Isa.”

 Her skin was cold. Shivers wracked her body. He eased her closer to his warmth.

 “Please let me go.”

 Because she looked like she was about to come apart at the seams, he released her elbow. “I would never hurt you.”



Thirteen years—that’s how long Isabeau Montgomery has been living a lie. After an automobile accident took her mother’s life, Izzy hid herself away, surviving the only way she knew how. Now she is happy in her carefully reconstructed life. That is until he walks through the door of her bar…

Black Phoenix singer/front man Noah Clark came to Long Island City with a goal–one that doesn’t include an instant, electric attraction to the dark-haired beauty behind the bar. Coaxing her into his bed won’t be easy, but he can’t get her pale, haunted eyes nor her skill on the piano out of his head.

Can Noah help Isabeau overcome the past? Or will her need to protect her secret force her back into hiding and destroy their chance at happiness?


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Thanks for sharing some of your writing process, and that great excerpt, Sarah. I’m happy you were able to make it here today!

And don’t forget you can pick up your very own copy of After Midnight on September 30th…OH! That’s tomorrow! And… for one random lucky commenter– a free copy right here! Woot!