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Calisa Rhose presents~Uncover Monthly #June2017 #mfrwauthor #coverlove

Osiyo~

Welcome one and all!

As many of you may know, I began renovating UCM in January with new and exciting improvements. I had planned to get everything back up and working by February 1, but life decided that would not happen. Last summer I tore three tendons in my right shoulder and it took until February to get surgery approved through Worker’s Compensation. But, on March 24th I finally got the surgery and now I’m back in physical therapy, and feeling better each day. It still hurts to do a lot and I have more PT and a long recovery road ahead (so I’ve been told), but I’m able to work on the pc enough to get something accomplished when I need to, even if it takes a few days. :lol; So on this lovely June day, I welcome my guest authors with their beautiful covers to the new and improved UnCover Monthly!

In the meantime, go HERE to get the application, then hurry and submit your covers for 2017! Remember, the early bird gets the earliest slots. 😀

For now, enjoy more awesome cover art by the incredible authors, publishers and artists who make them possible for you to gaze upon each month.

It would be great if you leave a comment letting everyone know what you think about them and maybe even check out a few author links to meet those behind the books. Or just say hi. Don’t forget to tell your friends to stop by so they can appreciate some greatness, or get in on the fun, too!

This feature is only to highlight the authors and artists (though if you see one you want to buy I’m sure the authors won’t mind 😆 ). Enjoy this months’ covers to ogle and explore. If there is one provided, you can follow the artist links by clicking on the name, if there’s an artist link provided, to learn more about the amazing creators of these beautiful covers.

There’s a heat level rating for covers, one through four scale, for your benefit. You should never see a *5* rating on the Ranch since I don’t feature anything erotic in nature. If there’s anything else you’d like to know about covers being revealed here, please don’t hesitate to let me know. You can leave it either in a comment or by my contact page https://calisarhose.com/say-hey/. :)

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Title: Abbey’s Tale

Author: Katherine McDermott

Weblink:

www.kmcdermottauthor.

wordpress.com

Genre: Historical romance

Length: Novel

Heat Level: 1- sweet

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Cover artist: Kim Mendoza

Release date: November 30, 2016

An immigrant from Ireland, Jeremy McKetcheon took the place of a wealthy, New Englander drafted into the Union Army during the Civil War. Jeremy, terribly scarred by a shell that set fire to his tent, is now a reclusive lighthouse keeper on an island off the coast of Maine. He is haunted by flashbacks of the war, and never expects to find love, understanding, or acceptance.

Beautiful but blind from birth, Abigail Morrison sees the world through the intricate carvings her father brings back from Lighthouse Island when he takes supplies there. She wonders about the artistic carver and why he hides from the world. But when the opportunity arises for her to visit the island, she and her father are tossed overboard in a raging storm. Having seen their distress from the lighthouse, Jeremy attempts a rescue in the frigid waters, and all their lives are changed forever.

 

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Title: Hometown Heartache

Author: M.J. Schiller

Weblink:

www.mjschillerauthor.blogspot.com

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: Novel

Heat Level: 4-Hot

Publisher: Kissmet Publishing

Cover artist: Steven Novak

Release date: January 27, 2016

Nash is trying to make a name for himself in the art world…

But when he meets a realtor to buy a gallery, he is stunned to find Chloe sitting at the table with the man. He has never stopped thinking about her since she disappeared from his life without a trace. Is it too late to win back her love?

Chloe has finally found a way to leave her past behind her…

But her heart leaps out of her chest when she sees Nash. How can he be here? Now…after all this time? On the surface, she pulls herself back together. But underneath she feels she is about to shatter. After remaking herself, how can she deal with being faced with Nash and the life she knew before?

If this chance meeting doesn’t rip Chloe and Nash apart, he will.

Little do they know, someone has been lurking in the shadows, manipulating them all along. If he has his way, the two will never be reunited. Even if he has to take one of them out to ensure it.

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Title: My Valentine Adventure

Author: Amber Daulton

Weblink:

www.amberdaultonauthor/

Genre: Holiday Romance

Length: Novella

Heat Level: 2 – sensual

Publisher: Resplendence Publishing

Cover artist: Chel Hickerty

Release date: February 10, 2016

Parker Townsend raised his children alone after he lost his beloved wife to cancer. When his two little hellions placed a ‘Mom Wanted’ ad in the local paper, Parker found himself roped into an unwanted blind date.

Claire Lauer answered the want ad with few expectations and met Parker on Valentine’s Day, a day she hated with a passion. As an animal rights activist and a divorcée, she felt more comfortable with a placard in her hand than in the company of a handsome man with emotional baggage.

After a protest takes a turn for the worse, she seeks shelter in her date’s arms and loses time in his bed. Will Parker and Claire find the courage to lay their fragile hearts on the chopping block by morning, or will they forever live in a world of gray?

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Title:

Quest of a Warrior,

Legends of the Fenian Warriors,

Book 1

Author: Mary Morgan

Weblink:

www.marymorganauthor.com

Genre: Fantasy Paranormal Romance

Length: Novel

Heat Level: 4.5 Very Steamy

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.

Cover artist: Debbie Taylor

Release date: June 30, 2017

You met them in the Order of the Dragon Knights. Now, journey to the realm of the Fae and witness their legends!

Fenian Warrior, Conn MacRoich has traveled the earth for thousands of years, guarding the realm between mortal and Fae. His deeds are legendary. Yet, one mistake will force him on a journey to fix a broken time-line. However, on Conn’s quest, he must face a human female who will eventually bring this ancient warrior to his knees.

When Ivy O’Callaghan inherits her uncle’s estate, she never imagines there will be more secrets to unravel, including the one she hides from the world. With the help of a mysterious stranger, she learns to trust and step out of the shadows. However, nothing prepares Ivy when she learns Conn’s true identity.

As the loom of fate weaves a thread around the lovers from two different worlds, will the sacrifices they make lead them to love? Or will their secrets destroy and separate them forever?

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Title:

The Rancher’s Baby Proposal,

The Hitching Post Hotel, #6

Author: Barbara White Daille

Weblink:

www.barbarawhitedaille.com

Genre: Contemporary romance

Length: Novel

Heat Level: 2-Sensual

Publisher: Harlequin Books

Cover artist: N/A

Release date: May 1, 2017

HER SECRET COWBOY CRUSH

Ally Martinez has always been known as a fun and flirty kind of gal.  But deep down she’s never forgotten the cowboy who left town. When her crush Reagan Chase comes home after a five-year absence, Ally knows this is her big chance. The guy I’ve always wanted. Only Reagan has something different in mind…

Still reeling from his last relationship, Reagan needs a babysitter for his month-old son. With Ally’s help, he can get his family’s ranch ready for sale and get out of Cowboy Creek. The problem? Ally is one seriously cute distraction. But Reagan will do whatever it takes to keep his heart safe. Even if it means losing the only place—and the only woman—he can call home.

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Title:

The Skeptics’ Guide to the

Mysteries of the Universe

Author: Jessica Arden

Weblink: www.jessicaarden.com

Genre: Contemporary romance

Length: Novella

Heat Level: 2-Sensual

Publisher: Wayfarer

Cover artist: Jessica Arden

Release date: January 1, 2017

Grad student and New Orleans ghost tour operator Julie Deveaux is used to believing in things she cannot see. Although with her family history, spirits lurking beyond French Quarter galleries seem more plausible than true love or soul mates.

With romantic entanglements the last thing on her mind, Julie would do anything to complete her thesis research and exonerate infamous murderess Sophia Durocher in the process. Anything, that is, except further harass Sophia’s already spotlight-weary family.

However, a collision in Jackson Square puts her in the path of infuriatingly handsome fellow history-buff Griffin, and Julie is unable to ignore her attraction. After they accidentally exchange copies of a rare book, Julie gets insights into Griffin, revealing someone who grapples with the same big questions as she does. But when Griffin turns out to be the grandson of her thesis subject, Julie walks a dangerous line. He could be the key to all of the answers she seeks. But solving Sophie Durocher’s mystery could mean losing the one man who makes her rethink her belief in soul mates.

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Title:

Word of Honor,

Book 1, Knights of Honor

Author: Alexa Aston

Weblink:

www.alexaaston.wordpress.com

Genre: medieval historical

Length: Novel

Heat Level: 4-Steamy

Publisher: Dragonblade Publishing

Cover artist: N/A

Release date: October 25, 2016

Become swept away in Alexa Aston’s new Knights of Honor, a medieval series set in the time of Edward III’s reign in England. At its heart are Geoffrey and Merryn, who will find lasting love in Word of Honor. This pair plays a part in each book of the series—sometimes small, sometimes large—as new couples come together to find passion and true love. Each romance focuses on honor and the code of chivalry that bound knights of this era.

1351 A.D. – Betrothed from a young age, Merryn Mantel and Geoffrey de Montfort are that rare couple—a love match. They spend five long years apart when Geoffrey leaves England to fight against the French. Geoffrey returns after the English victory at Poitiers, and he and Merryn wed. They spend one blissful night consummating their love, looking forward to a promising future together.

Yet Geoffrey vanishes the next day. Merryn is left lonely and confused as she clings to the hope that one day her husband will come back to her. Geoffrey finally returns almost seven years later. This new Geoffrey is a stranger to Merryn. He refuses to reveal where he has been and why he stayed away from the woman he loved.

Will her husband’s silence create a rift too large to heal, or can Geoffrey and Merryn recapture the love they once shared?

Join Geoffrey and Merryn as they fight for the love both have held in their hearts despite their years apart.

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I want to thank all the authors who submit their covers

and make this a special place to share!

To see YOUR cover here visit the

UnCover Monthly

page for detailed instructions.

(UCM page will also be updated in the new year)

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Calisa Rhose presents ~ UnCover Monday ~ #February2016 #MFRWauthor #CoverLove

UnCover Mondays on The Ranch!!!

Osiyo~

 

It’s February already, the month dedicated to love and romance. Here on the Ranch it’s time again for gorgeous covers to take the spotlight in the round pen. Enjoy more awesome cover art by the incredible authors, publishers and artists who made them possible for you to gaze upon each month.

It would be great if you leave a comment letting everyone know what you think about them and maybe even check out a few author links to meet those behind the books. Or just say hi. Don’t forget to tell your friends to stop by so they can appreciate some greatness, or get in on the fun, too!

This feature is only to highlight the authors and artists (though if you see one you want to buy I’m sure the authors won’t mind 😆 ). Enjoy this months’ covers to ogle and explore. If there is one provided, you can follow the artist links by clicking on the name, if there’s an artist link provided, to learn more about the amazing creators of these beautiful covers.

There’s a heat level rating for covers, one through four scale, for your benefit. You should never see a *5* rating on the Ranch since I don’t feature anything erotic in nature. If there’s anything else you’d like to know about covers being revealed here, please don’t hesitate to let me know. You can leave it either in a comment or by my contact page https://calisarhose.com/say-hey/. 🙂

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Title: 3 Wishes-

A Candy Hearts Romance

Author: Peggy Jaeger

Weblink: www.peggyjaeger.com

Genre: Contemporary romance

Heat Level: 1- sensual

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Cover artist: RJ Morris

Release date: February 8, 2016

Valentine’s Day is chocolatier Chloe San Valentino’s favorite day of the year. Not only is it the busiest day in her candy shop, Caramelle de Chloe, but it’s also her birthday. Chloe’s got a birthday wish list for the perfect man she pulls out every year: he’d fall in love with her in a heartbeat, he’d be someone who cares about people, and he’d have one blue eye and one green eye, just like her. So far, Chloe’s fantasy man hasn’t materialized, despite the matchmaking efforts of her big, close-knit Italian family. But this year for her big 3-0 birthday, she just might get her three wishes.

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Cinderella'sEnchantedNight_AmberDaulton02.01.16Title: Cinderella’s Enchanted Night

bk 4, Cinderella Body Club series

Author: Amber Daulton

Weblink: amberdaultonauthor.blogspot.com/

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Heat Level: 2- Sensual

Publisher: Books to Go Now

Cover artist: Books to Go Now

Release date: May 20, 2015

Annalise Gallagher wanted Elijah Burleigh. Plain and simple. She’d watched him from afar for months, her friends called her ‘his own personal stalker’, and then she made a wish on a magic pendant for a full-body makeover. Transformed into the gorgeous knockout she’d always wanted to be, she asked Elijah out on a date and wore a haute couture gown straight from Paris to his friend’s wedding. 
With just twenty-four hours on the clock, her enchanted night faded into the morning hours and everything crashed down around her. Annalise harbored a shameful secret and Elijah demanded the truth with the veil of magic gone. 
The truth, however, could destroy her fragile confidence and push him away forever.

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Title: Heart-Strong

Author: Bonnie McCune

Weblink: www.BonnieMcCune.com/

Genre: Traditional romance

Heat Level: 1-sweet

Publisher: Prism Book Group

Cover artist: Joan Alley

Release date: 2013

Headstrong. Rachel Kinsey fits the description perfectly. The divorced soccer mom may be ditzy and as sympathetic to losers as a charity, but she knows what she wants. A man completely different from her unreliable ex-husband and the outrageous characters she’s usually doomed to attract.

 Enter Jim Landers, the ideal candidate. An accidental encounter introduces her to the tall, dark attorney who loves soccer and kids. The only problem? He’s not prepared for a ready-made family and a woman as comfortable as a beloved sweater rather than a beauty queen. A woman whose kindness, enthusiasm for life, and unguarded honesty may disturb a man who values order, perfection, and serenity. Jim turns to the flawless yet distant Donna as a substitute for Rachel.

 She should show him how much he means to her, but rejection from an absent father and a capricious ex-husband may have ruined Rachel’s ability to connect to Jim. Will she risk herself, her son and their future by revealing how much Jim means to her?

 A touching, tender tale full of gentle humor, about thinking too much and feeling too little. Rachel must learn to be heart-strong in order to find her soul mate.

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RichGirl_JoanneSexton02.01.16Title: Rich Girl,

Bk #1, Saucy Girls Series

Author: Joanne Sexton

Weblink: www.josextonbooks.com

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Heat Level: 4-Hot

Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing

Cover artist: Tirgearr Publishing

Release date: June 26, 2015

There’s a fine line between love, obsession, and hate.

Chelsea Summerville has a stalker who is kidnapping and murdering women resembling her, just to carve them up with a message. Judged unfairly by the sociopath, Chelsea fears for her life.
The murders sting Detective Lucas Hudson’s raw nerves. In order to save Chelsea, they become partners, intimate partners. Lucas recalls the past, determined to prevent the mayhem unfolding, and this time to stop a killer before he loses the woman he loves.

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TheOtherSide-Trent'sStory_StarrGardinier02.01.16Title: The Other Side: Trent’s Story

Bk 2, Other Side series

Author: Starr Gardinier

Weblink: www.QueenWriter.com

Genre: Paranormal

Heat Level: 1 sweet

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Cover artist: The Wild Rose Press

Release date: January 22, 2016

Melinda James is finally out of Skyview Haven—an asylum where she was confined for years—and is living her life, free at last. However, things are not going as planned; harassed by unexplained paranormal experiences, she doesn’t feel safe in her own home. And when she turns to her best friend Trent for help and support, she is surprised to find her feelings for him have grown far beyond a simple friendship.

Trent Miller isn’t prepared to fight evil, but he will do whatever it takes to save Melinda from an evil entity that is seeking revenge for past events. Armed with knowledge gleaned from television shows, a team of paranormal investigators, and the prayers of family and friends, he is ready to face anything.

The question is, does he tell her about his feelings for her before or after he fights a battle with evil for Melinda’s very soul?

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Title: The Untouchable

Author: Gina Rossi

Weblink: http://www.ginaginarossi.wix.com/

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Heat Level: 4-Hot

Publisher: Gina Rossi

Cover artist: www.humblenations.com

Release date: November 2015

Creative introvert, Rosemary Hamilton, lives day by day, her fragile existence disrupted when she acquires celebrity neighbour, Marco Dallariva, charismatic world-champion motorcycle racer who lives life on the edge. Their initial meetings are disastrous. Opposites, clearly, do not attract even if they share troubled ground. When Rosy knocks Marco off his motorbike in the driveway of his secluded home, there’s hell to pay-but also a spark of undeniable attraction. Rosy is puzzled by her deep anxiety when Marco goes missing, and, when he finds himself desperate in an emergency, he immediately turns to Rosy. To share Marco’s life, Rosy changes her own. Always in his shadow, without freedom or privacy, friends or family, she exists beyond her comfort zone. Against all odds, the relationship flourishes-but cruel, life-changing secrets have nowhere to hide. Are Marco and Rosy heading for a win? Or will they wipe out in the face of a devastating, impossible choice?

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WBWM_GSS02.01.16Title: When Black Women Fall (Promo tour)

Author: Various

Weblink: www.whenblackwomenfall.com

Heat Level: 1-4

(level 5 inc., but not promoted specifically)

Genre: Various

Publisher: Heartspell Media

Release Date: February 8-14, 2016

Romance novels featuring African American heroines in the contemporary, historical, paranormal, new adult, and erotica genres.

Romance novels are increasingly featuring heroes and heroines of color, from Courtney Milan’s Brothers Sinister series to Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series. As society and its citizens increase in diversity so does the market. With more and more authors bypassing publishers and uploading these colorful romances on their own, starved readers now have a buffet of books to choose from.

When black women fall in love it’s a sign of the times in these contemporary offerings.

In Farrah Rochon’s “All You Can Handle” love was the last thing professional pastry chef Sonny White was looking for, but she finds it in a sleepy town with a motorcycle riding hottie.

In Lena Hart’s “Because You Love Me” when an old desire is reawakened Sabrina will discover that even an imperfect love can triumph over all.

In Xio Axelrod’s “Falling Stars” Hollywood actress’ Val Saunders finds her career skyrocketing which makes her real-life attraction to her on-screen love interest come at the worst possible time.

In Ines Johnson’s “Pumpkin: a Cindermama Story” having given up on fairytales after falling for her toad of an ex, Pumpkin is afraid to take a chance on a prince charming who comes to her rescue.

In Kim Golden’s “Maybe Baby” Laney must choose between the man who offers her financial security and the one who makes her mind and body sing.

In Victoria H. Smith’s “The Space Between” Lacey has dreams of the opera, but life has its obstacles, namely a man  who lights a fire inside of her that challenges everything she thought she wanted.

In Christina C. Jones’ “Inevitable Conclusions” Friends? Lovers? Both? For Kora and Tariq, those lines have been blurred for a long time.

When black women fall in love it’s a magical affair as you’ll find in these paranormal stories of love.

In L Penelope’s “Angelborn” he gave up eternity for love… and lost. Will Maia be his second chance?

In Laverne Thompson’s “Angel Rising” Thalya, a soulless creature, meets her match when she hungers for the love of the man assigned to hunt her.

When black women fall in love it’s a defining moment as you’ll find in this historical romance.

In Piper Huguley’s “The Preacher’s Promise” Amanda Stewart aims to teach newly freed slaves, but meets with the resistance from the town preacher. Can these two put aside their differences and come together?

When black women fall in love it’s full of growing pains as you’ll see in this new adult romance.

In Twyla Turner’s “Chasing Day” Daylen is the shy cellist who falls in love with her best friend who also happens to be the popular quarterback.

n Rebekah Weatherspoon’s “So Sweet” Kayla is shocked when the sexy billionaire she meets on an online dating app turns out to be a dream in and outside of the bedroom.

In honor of Valentine’s Day and Black History month, check out one or all of these romances.

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I want to thank all the authors who submit their covers

and make this a special place to share!

To see YOUR cover here visit my

UnCover Monday

page for detailed instructions.

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Why did Cinderella’s Evil Stepmother become Evil? by #KayeelleWheeler #MFRWorg #fairytale

The Price of Scorn – book iv: Cinderella’s Evil Stepmother (Cinderella Series)

Osiyo~

Thank you all for joining me on the Ranch today. I’m happy to present fellow Okie, and a terrific writer, Kae Elle Wheeler’s new release! Ever wonder why Cinderella’s stepmother was so mean and evil? Kae Elle has figured it out and wrote that story! Damn, what that woman must have gone through to become such a despicable person. 😆

KathylwheelerKathy L Wheeler writing as Kae Elle Wheeler

Genre: Fantasy / FairyTale

Date of Publication: August 27, 2015

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Blurb:

Lady Hildegard Roche has nothing but resentment and scorn for the stepchild who culminates all that was stolen from her. Fourteen years after Prince Charming and Cinderella are crowned as Chalmers King and Queen, Cinderella, Pricilla and Esmeralda gather at their mother’s deathbed.

In a story of enlightenment and shock, the sisters learn how tragedy shaped their mother into the woman she became. The question is: Can the sisters forgive her?

Scorn-KaeElleWheelerExcerpt:

“Why are you telling me this now?” Papa roared so loudly the paintings on the wall seemed to tremble. But Hilda knew it was she who was trembling. On stealthy feet, she hugged the wall and crept closer. There was no other way to gain her freedom save leaping from her balcony.

Even Juliet had not jumped to her death in that particular fashion. That line of thought sent a chilled pricks over her skin. We are not lovers destined to death, she reassured herself.

All she need do was make it to the pond. Off Papa’s property. Then out of Alsace to the safety of Grenoble, all within the arms of Pierre. ’Twill be over soon…’twill be over soon…soon. If she kept repeating the words, they would come true. Wouldn’t they?

The duc must have departed. Papa would never dare speak to Maman so plainly with a guest in residence. Relief filled her along with a twinge of guilt. There was no choice in leaving Maman to her fate. She’d made her decision in no uncertain terms, her place was with Papa.

She shuddered. If Papa had any inkling Hilda had given her most precious commodity to Pierre Tasse, he would kill her lover without remorse, and beat her to a bloody pulp. She moved quietly along the carpeted hall.

She slipped by the clock—a monstrosity—though she rather loved the overbearing piece of wood at the moment.

“You,” Papa spat.

Hilda froze, squeezing her eyes shut.

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Buy Links

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1PzMQll

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1EY5ygB

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1JmPuJt

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1UetsLU

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1U7GLTP

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1033703193

Print: https://www.createspace.com/5602034

I’d like to thank Kae Elle for letting me participate in spreading word about this unique fantasy! I’ll post my review once I have read it.

Dodadagohvi~

 

 

Calisa Rhose welcomes Alicia Dean on Friday FanFare! #mfrwauthor #fridayfanfare #ruined

Friday Fanfare Welcomes:

Alicia Dean – Ruined: Martini Club 4 – The 1920s

How did the writer’s journey begin for you?

I’ve wanted to write all my life, and I wrote my first romance at age 11. I put writing aside when I married and raised my three children, but in 2001, I took a writing class with Mel Odom, and my inspiration and drive was renewed. I published my first novel in 2007, and I now have 24 published works.

Alicia DeanBIO

Award-winning, multi-published author Alicia Dean began writing stories as a child. At age 11, she wrote her first ever romance (featuring a hero who looked just like Elvis Presley, and who happened to share the name of Elvis’ character in the movie, Tickle Me), and she still has the tattered, pencil-written copy. Alicia is from Moore, Oklahoma and now lives in Edmond. She has three grown children and a huge network of supportive friends and family. She writes mostly contemporary suspense and paranormal, but has also written in other genres, including a few vintage historicals. She is a freelance editor in addition to being an editor for The Wild Rose Press.

Other than reading and writing, her passions are Elvis Presley, MLB, NFL (she usually works in a mention of one or all three into her stories) and watching her favorite televisions shows like Vampire Diaries, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Haven, New Girl, The Mindy Project, and Dexter (even though it has sadly ended, she will forever be a fan). Some of her favorite authors are Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Lisa Gardner, Sharon Sala, Jordan Dane, Ridley Pearson, Joseph Finder, and Jonathan Kellerman…to name a few.

Tell us three things about you-the writer-readers wouldn’t typically know.

  1. I always use celebrities as the model/inspiration on which to base my main characters.
  2. My first few drafts are always a hellacious mess, and it takes several passes to polish my work before it’s ready to share.
  3. Each time I begin a story, and several times while I’m writing it, I am racked with self-doubt and I often struggle to get even a sentence down, let alone an entire scene.

It all began when…

When my three writer friends and I, who gather each week at the Martini Lounge in Edmond, Oklahoma, decided to write stories centered around a place like the ML.

Where did you get the premise for this book?

I knew that each of our heroines were running from something in England, and I decided my girl was running from a lecherous Earl. My mind went to the irony of her escaping his lechery, only to end up a prostitute.

What stands out about this story that made writing it different for you?

Mainly that it was in the 1920s. I had never written anything other than contemporary (well, about the same time, I wrote a 1957 short story, but other than that, all my books are contemporary). I really had a blast researching the time period. I love the colorful terminology, the spirit of independence and change, and the creative ways people managed to skirt the whole prohibition thing.

Were there any difficult challenges or special subject matter you came across while writing this book?

It was difficult to not only write my heroine as British, but to keep the 1920s feel and accuracy. I ran across some fascinating stories during my research, a few of them ended up in the book.

What about this book would make us want to read it more than others of similar taste?

I think the uniqueness of my heroine being a prostitute would be compelling. But, also, the fact that I wrote this as part of a series with my three writer friend, and it’s fun to see how our stories are separate, yet interconnect from time to time.

What do you want readers to take away from this book?

I want them to feel as though they stepped back in time and were thoroughly entertained.

Tell us about the finished book. Is there anything special we might not know after reading it?

I used Robert Redford as my inspiration for Vince Taggart, and I used an actress unknown to me, Jamie Alexander, who seemed perfect for Eliza. When I finished the story, I was kind of sad it ended. I really loved visiting that time period, and I wanted to do more.

Blurb:

She vowed she’d be no man’s doxy, but fate had other plans… 

After the Earl of Goodwin attempts to force himself on her, housemaid Eliza Gilbert flees England for New York, hoping to build a better life. But the land of opportunity proves as harsh as the London docks, and she finds herself in a situation more dreadful than the one she escaped. 

When Vince Taggart ’s childhood friend disappears, he heads to New York in search of her and meets Eliza, a woman with a less than honorable reputation. Inexplicably captivated, Vince can’t force himself to stay away, especially when he learns Eliza may be the key to finding his missing friend. 

Ruined_MC4_AliciaDean04.06.15Ruined Excerpt:

The ballroom was magnificent. Sparkling chandeliers hung from the ceiling like diamonds dripping from the sky. Grecian columns with golden draperies strung between them bordered the entire room. Paul Whiteman’s orchestra was performing on a platform stage set within a rectangular alcove at the western end of the room. Meggie would be joining them soon. What a fabulous opportunity for her. All her dreams were coming true.

Why her, and not me? Why can’t my dreams come true?

She nearly gasped in horror at the unbidden thought. Her cheeks warmed with shame. How could she be envious of Meggie? She deserved every happiness in the world. Just because Eliza had made poor decisions and ruined her life, it didn’t mean she couldn’t be happy for her friends. She blinked back tears. She was happy for her friends. Really, she was.

She clutched a champagne flute in her damp palms, praying she could get through the evening without being forced on a ‘date.’ Across the enormous dance floor, Oscar stood conversing with two men. Please don’t let either of them choose me…

***

Where can readers find you and your books?

Website: www.aliciadean.com/

Blog: www.aliciadean.com/alicias-blog/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008364070487

Twitter: www.twitter.com/Alicia_Dean_

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/aliciamdean/

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/468339.Alicia_Dean

Is there anything else you want to share or add?

The four of us have a fun blog where we post every Sunday, and all four books are currently on sale for 99 cents. You can find the blog and the books on Amazon here:

www.martiniclub4.wordpress.com/

Please check out and ‘like’ our Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/martiniclub4

The entire series can be found at this link on Amazon:

www.amazon.com/s/ref=series_rw_dp_labf?_encoding=UTF8&field-keywords=Martini%20Club%204%20Series%20-%20The%201920s&url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text

There you have it. Check out Ruined by Alicia Dean!

Thank you for visiting the Ranch.

Calisa Rhose Presents ~ The Romantical Groom by Suz deMello

Osiyo~

Welcome one and all! Grab a beverage of choice, something sweet and sinful. No-no, not the men. What’s the matter with you? You know the hands-on rules… The guest gets first pick! 😉 Take a comfy seat for another, or a first, spin in the Round Pen.

SuzdeMello_headshotI’m thrilled to welcome my wonderfully talented guest today, Suz deMello, who is sharing her book, The Romantical Groom, with us!

Please show ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Suzie some real Ranch love!

Before I get to the nosy 5-3-4 part of this interview, tell us a bit about you.

Okay, I’ll begin with five questions, then follow with three more, and end with four final ones. (Hey, no one liners please. try to answer these with complete responses :-})

My writing area at the moment is a corner of the couch in my living room. What does your writing space look like?

SuzdeMellooffice01.27.15I live with my mother in her nice, large home, and I have an entire room dedicated to my work. I have bookshelves, a desk, and filing cabinets as well as knickknacks and memorabilia scattered about.

For a lot of writers it’s a life-altering event coming up with titles and character names. Others it comes as naturally as breathing. Which is it for you?

Hmm…sometimes a character name springs into existence easily. Other times, I find myself researching names and their meanings. Every book is different.

What advice would you offer aspiring and new writers?

Read a lot, and not only in the genre you’re writing. Read good books, not junk. Find a list on the internet of the best books written in the last fifty years, and read them. Absorb story structure, sentence structure, grammar.

The constant shift of the industry makes me often scratch my head and ask ‘what next?’ So, what do you think it takes to be a successful author at the moment?

(sighing) I wish I knew. I have noticed that the most successful among us often have a background in business or marketing. I think it takes quite a lot of business savvy these days to adapt to a changing market.

Who would you like to meet in the publishing industry- dead or alive- and why?

Gutenberg. I think that meeting someone from centuries ago would be fascinating. I love to write historicals, and doing the research is a big part of that love.

It’s time for 3 in 1! I’ll ask the questions and you answer them in one word. 😆

Favorite animal?

Dogs

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter?

Summer

Favorite food?

peaches

Peaches? 🙂 Haven’t heard that yet. Well done! 🙂

Okay, Flash four. Ready?

What are you working on now?

A story for a spring anthology and my last Highland Vampires novel, set in Victorian England.

What are you sharing today?

The Romantical Groom, Being a Satyre

A gentle send-up of the classic Regency romance by master storyteller Suz deMello, who turns the genre upside down and on its head. Marlene, Earl of Maybegood, subjects gentleboy Georgie Longjohn to her own brand of rough wooing on the eve of his first Season.

TheRomanticalGroom_SuedeMello01.27.15Excerpt:

Marlene, Earl of Maybegood, looked down the country lane to the spectacle presenting itself to her interested eyes. “By George,” she exclaimed to her companion, “I do see the most priceless piece of manflesh thither on yon nag!”

            Carolina d’Arvon, her friend from Eton and Oxford, brought her mare alongside Marlene’s. “You name your quarry aright, Maybegood,” she said. “‘Tis Georgie, the gentleboy and heir of the local squire, Longjohn. The laddie is quite admired hereabouts, not only for his form and grace, but for his five thousand pounds per year.”

            Maybegood scowled. “I’ll teach those country bumpkins a lesson!” she declared. “I’ll have him before his first come-out.”

            George, quite unaware of their distant scrutiny, serenely rode on, accompanied by his father and a groom. As befitted a gentleboy, he was securely mounted on his sweet old gelding, Muffin. He rode side-saddle, his skirts gracefully arrayed around him; gentleboys ride side-saddle to protect their tender parts from the chafing of the leathern seat.

   He was eighteen years old and perfect, from the top of his guinea-gold curls to the bottom of his superbly fitted boots. The zephyr blue of his graceful, skirted riding habit complemented his celestial eyes. The low-cut jacket accentuated without revealing his lovely form.

            Marlene turned to d’Arvon. “Caro, introduce me to the laddie,” she wheedled.

            “‘Tis naught to me, Marlene, but you might wish to wait until you are not so rough from riding,” she pointed out. “The gentleboy might want grace and deportment—in short, a dandy.”

            Maybegood snorted. A noted sportswoman, she wore riding breeches and a fitted hacking jacket. Her topboots were muddy.   The raiment was suitable for her current activity but not for a drawing room or even for an informal introduction to a gentleboy. However, Maybegood was known for her carelessness in the matter of fashion, avoiding fancy dress whenever possible and never, ever sullying the Queen’s Court or any ballroom with her graceless presence.

            Nevertheless she was desired, courted, and invited. The Earl of Maybegood owned and managed several estates of prime, productive land; as a very wealthy member of the peerage, Marlene was considered to be a Catch, and scores of scheming daddies dreamed of marrying off their sons to her. From her graduation from Oxford four years earlier, and her entry into the Polite World, Marlene had been the target of considerable masculine interest. The experience had left her somewhat arrogant in regard to the gentler sex.

            “Believe me, Caro, he’ll take me as I am,” Marlene growled.

 ***

I love your hero’s name! Maybegood. 😆 Where can we find you and your books?

Buy here: http://tinyurl.com/RegencySatire

http://www.suzdemello.com

http://www.TheVelvetLair.com (blog)

Where will you be next?

Find me on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/SuzDeMello

Send me a PM and mention this blog for a FREE ebook!

Thank you so much for playing along, Suzie! And you brought a FREEE book! Wishing you much luck with your book and writing. I hope you’ll come visit again one day. Don’t forget to leave Suz a comment here to thank her for your free book! 🙂

Thanks for having me!

Dodadagohvi~

Calisa Rhose presents ~ Uncover Monday ~ March

 UnCover Mondays on The Ranch!!!

Hey-Ho cover oglers! Are you ready for Spring? I know I am! But until it arrives, here’s March’s lovely cover art and the awesome authors, publishers and artists who made them possible for you to gaze this month. 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. Don’t forget to tell your friends to stop by so they can appreciate some greatness too!

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 on the name, or if there’s an artist link provided, 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 covers for author websites to find out more. I wish everyone a fabulous new year in 2014!

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 AbandonAllHope_MJSchillerTitle:  Abandon All Hope       

Website: www.mjschillerauthor.blogspot.com

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Publisher:  Kissmet Publishing

Cover artist’s name: Steven Novak

Release date: June 13, 2013

It was one of those mornings for newspaper-writer/photographer Hope Creswell. The alarm clock didn’t go off and she cut her finger on broken glass. Not one to let such things get her down, Hope headed into her assignment meeting with excitement, only to leave it stunned. Her new assignment is to trail the sensational rock-star, Chase Hatton, for an article. Chase Hatton! No one knows the power that name holds for her. No one knows of the childhood friendship that blossomed into romance, only to abruptly die on the night of Hope’s senior prom. No one knows of the ache that still fills her heart.

What starts out for Chase Hatton as an average publicity trip to Chicago suddenly becomes complicated when his manager tells him Hope Creswell will be interviewing him in the morning. He spent eight years trying to forget Hope, and now she would be in his penthouse in a matter of hours?

When Chase opens the door to his penthouse and finds Hope on the opposite side, his heart begins beating a rhythm the rocker has yet to capture in any of his music. The smoldering embers of their former romance are fanned by their mere proximity. Will they both be burned again?

Can Hope ever trust her heart to Chase after what he did? Can Chase bear to see her walk out on him a second time? And what about Hope’s boyfriend, Phillip? Where does he fit into the picture that Hope is developing?

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DreamReunion_JJDiBenedettoTitle: Dream Reunion

Author: J.J. DiBenedetto

Website: www.writingdreams.net

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Suspense

Publisher: J.J. DiBenedetto

Cover Artist: Ami Low

Release date: December 16, 2013

“I wish someone – my mother, my husband, anybody – would really let me have it, instead of telling me everything’s not my fault when it obviously is…”

Sara’s seen the cost of interfering in other people’s dreams firsthand; it’s measured in ruined lives and cemetery plots.

When her supernatural dreams start up again, Sara is faced with problem after problem. And the only solution she can see is the one she’s sworn never to attempt – changing the minds of the dreamers from the inside-out.

Sara thought that fighting against serial killers, mobsters and crooked politicians was difficult, but she’s about to come up against the most difficult foe she’s ever faced: her own conscience.

Dream Reunion is the emotional sixth book in the Dream Series.

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MusicForMySoul_LaurenLinwood

Title: Music For My Soul

Author: Lauren Linwood

Website: www.laurenlinwood.com

Genre: Medieval romance

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing

Cover Artist: Ramona Lockwood

Release date: May 14, 2013

As the third wife of an abusive French vineyard owner, Madeleine Bouchard hasn’t produced the expected heir after three years of marriage. Fearing he plans to kill her, she flees during a trip to England. Unable to make her way home, she joins a troupe of traveling mummers and reinvents herself as the only woman troubadour in the land, captivating audiences with both song and story.

Nobleman Garrett Montayne’s fascination with Madeleine causes him to pay the troupe to bypass their next stop in order to journey to his estate. Though he suspects Madeleine of being a thief with dark secrets, love blossoms between them under the magical moon of summer solstice.

But Madeleine’s past is about to catch up with her, as her husband is set to arrive to conduct business with Garrett. Madeleine determines to free herself from her loveless marriage and make a new life with Garrett, no matter what the cost.

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NoOtherLove_JeanAdamsTitle: No Other Love

Author: Jean Adams

Weblink: www.adventuresinauthorland.blogspot.com

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Cover Artist: Diana Carlile

Release date: TBA 2014

Lucas Nelson, a man brought to his knees and humiliated by two women, had given up on them. When he finds himself falling in love with Jenna, who he has problems avoiding, he knows he’s in trouble.

Jenna Blake is living the life of her dreams and has made it clear she’s not interested in a relationship with an ordinary man. She wants to marry an aristocrat, like the Earl of Kendal. Nothing must be allowed to get in the way of everything she’s worked for, not even true love.

But Jenna finds Lucas hard to resist. Will she follow her heart? Or the earl and his aristocratic trappings win her over?

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PushingtheLimits_NancyFraserTitle: Pushing the Limits

WebLink: www.facebook.com/nancyfraserauthor

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Artist: Heidi Stryker

Release date: December 30, 2013

When a case of mistaken identity puts Cade Tucker in the wrong place at the right time, he can’t believe his luck. Drawn to the beautiful Julia McCormack, he flirts his way into her bed, and they welcome the New Year together.

Though they agreed their time together was to be a no-strings-attached arrangement, Julia’s having a hard time letting go of the best sex she’s ever had. She dives into work at her corporate law firm, hoping to get her mind off the man who rocked her world.

But then Julia finds out the senior partner has appointed a new attorney to work with her on her biggest case, and her co-counsel will be Cade Tucker. Her plans to make partner are in serious jeopardy when she and Cade disagree on the best legal strategy for their case. What will happen when they can no longer fight their desire, and the company’s strict fraternization policy threatens both of their jobs?

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TheGirlandtheRaven_PaulineGruberTitle: The Girl and The Raven

Author: Pauline Gruber

Website: www.paulinegruber.com

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Dragonfly Ink, Ltd.

Cover Artist: Phatpuppy Art

Cover Designer: The Bookish Brunette

Release date: December 13, 2013

Good versus evil just got complicated.

Sixteen-year-old Lucy Walker just wants a normal life, until she learns she is half-witch, half-demon. Now she’s got other problems, like keeping her demon dad from killing her boyfriend, the witches in her life from killing her demon dad, and her non-supernatural friends safe from both sides. She’s walking a tightrope between good and evil, drawn to both, uncertain which she will ultimately choose.

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TheLadyandtheEarl_ChristineDonovanTitle: The Lady and the Earl

Author: Christine Donovan

Website: www.christinedonovan.org

Genre: Regency Romance

Publisher: Christine Donovan

Cover Artist: Cali Taylor

Release date: June 2, 2013

Lady Amelia Seabrook spends her days at her brother’s country estate, far removed from London Society. Ever since the tragic death of her betrothed, Captain Rycroft, she can’t bear the London Social Scene. Most days she can be found sitting on the banks of a small stream daydreaming about happier times with her captain. One day a stranger appears and spoils everything, or does he?

Living in self-imposed exile the past twelve years, William Spencer, the Earl of Bridgeton loves the solitude of the countryside. Some days it bothers him to read the daily papers from London and still see his name being mentioned. After twelve years one would think the gossip mongers would have someone else to gossip about. Someone else to blame for the murders of his family members.

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TheSaint'sDevilishDeal_KristinaKnightTitle: The Saint’s Devilish Deal

Website: www.kristinaknightauthor.com

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Kristina Knight

Cover Artist: Carey Doucet

Release Date: December 5, 2013

A billionaire surfer… A down-on-her-luck hotelier… One hot summer fling…

Esmerelda Quinn has been looking for a place to belong since her parents were killed in a car crash when she was young. The closest thing to home has always been Aunt Constance’s villa in Puerto Vallarta, so after a string of dead-end hotellier jobs, she’s coming home to run the villa.

Santiago Cruz has called the villa home for as long as he can remember. In between surfing events, Constance has always had a room for him. Color him surprised when Constance decides to retire – and leaves a joint interest in the villa to both Santiago and Esme.

Esme isn’t thrilled to share ownership of the villa with the youngest Cruz brother – especially when she learns Santiago’s brother has been after the villa for years. But Santiago has grown up while she’s been away at school and soon she finds herself falling for the rich boy down the hall.

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UntangleMyHeart_MariaKAlexanderTitle: Untangle My Heart

Author: Maria K. Alexander

Website:  http://mariakalexander.com

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Publisher:  The Wild Rose Press

Cover artist:  Diana Carlile

Release date:  March 19, 2014

When her marriage ended in tragedy, Kate DiFrancesco rebuilt her life, but has never gotten over the pain of what she lost. Seeking the help of an ex-lover ignites feelings she’s promised never to have again. She’ll need to untangle herself from dangers in her past in order to break the hard shell around her heart.

Edward Weston has a lot to prove, both to his stuffy upper-crust British family, and to himself. Working alongside Kate, a woman he had a casual relationship with, stirs unexpected feelings. Helping her family makes him realize what he’s missing. For the first time, he wants more than a one-night stand.

When Kate is threatened, Edward must overcome feeling unworthy to protect the woman he loves and fight for the family he never thought he’d have.

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WelcomeHome_KaraO'NealTitle: Welcome Home

(Pikes Run Series-Book 1)

Author: Kara O’Neal

Website: www.karaoneal.com

Genre: Historical Romance

Publisher: Resplendence Publishing

Cover Art: Adrian Nicholas

Release date: September 18, 2013

Emma Prescott, determined and selfless, flees from wealth and her murderous father, wanting the love and forgiveness of poor cotton farmer, Kyle Lonnigan.

Although Kyle refuses to forgive her for her part in his father’s death, Emma stays and works her own farm.  Over the next several months, Emma proves to Kyle she is not the spoiled girl he remembers. 

Emma’s sudden re-entrance into Kyle’s life only conjures long-buried painful memories.  Kyle does his best to avoid her, needing to keep the pain at bay, and stopping her from reminding him of their last moments together before bullets shattered their world.  But, he is unsuccessful.  The love he denies is too strong, and soon Emma and Kyle are tumbling headlong into the past and passion.

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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:

https://calisarhose.com/ranch-guests/un-cover-monday-cover-reveal/

Calisa Rhose presents ~ Uncover Monday ~ February

UnCover Mondays on The Ranch!!!

Hey-Ho cover oglers! Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? I am! Here’s February’s lovely cover art and the awesome authors, publishers and artists who made them possible for you to gaze at today. 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 on the name, or if there’s an artist link provided, 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 covers for author websites to find out more. I wish everyone a fabulous new year in 2014!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

CommunityService_DakotaMadisonTitle: Community Service

Author: Dakota Madison

Website: www.12novels12months.tumblr.com 

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Short on Time Books

Cover Artist: Tony Bryson

Release date: November 20, 2013

As Maggie Mitchell enters her final semester of college, the last thing she wants is a guy in her life, let alone two of them.

Her new lab partner, Sawyer Reed, is still the overconfident and sexy jock that made fun of her in high school. The only thing that has changed is that he now uses a wheelchair, the result of a skiing accident.

Jude Marino is a hot actor who all the girls want and would do anything to get. He works at a local theater where Maggie has been assigned to complete community services hours after rear-ending a police car.

Both Sawyer and Jude want Maggie but only one of them will be able to capture her heart.

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 DancingonAir_NicoleHurleyMooreTitle: Dancing On Air

Author: Nicole Hurley-Moore

Website: www.nicolehurley-moore.com

Genre: Historical Romance

Publisher: Escape Publishing (Harlequin)

Cover Artist: Harlequin

Release date: November 1, 2013

Cinderella meets Swan Lake in a cross-class, Victorian novel about a ballerina, an aristocrat, and the space in between them.

Lisette yearns for freedom, security and love, but none are offered on the run-down stage of The Imperial Theatre. Instead she has hard work, a tyrannical aunt, and the hope of one day becoming a prima ballerina. Dancing on the stage she catches the attention of two powerful men: Lord Gainswith and Lord De Vale.

Lord Evander Gainswith never expected to fall in love, let alone with a woman so wholly unacceptable to his family and his peers. The sinister Lord De Vale covets Lisette’s youth and strength, and is willing to pay well for it. Lisette may dance roles in fairy tales and fantasies, but the real world is about to intrude, bringing with it the harsh realities of life for a young girl with dreams of rising above the demimonde.

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 DangerousConnections_TerryOdellTitle: Dangerous Connections

Website: www.terryodell.com

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Terry Odell

Cover Artist: Dave Fymbo

Release date:  October 21, 2013

The Blackthorne, Inc. covert ops team is back with another action-adventure. This time, it’s Computer Nerd meets Cartel Lord.

For Jinx, interacting with people is highly overrated. Computers are his life. On the job, he’s an intel gathering expert for Blackthorne, Inc. Off duty, he’s a shooter in computer role playing games. But what happens when he’s sent into the field to face real enemies with real guns?

Josiah Ignatius Nix—Jinx to all who know him—is the glue holding the Blackthorne, Inc. covert ops teams together when they’re on a mission. In the comfort of his basement office, with his favorite companions—his computers— a click of the mouse provides him with up-to-the-minute intel, which keeps the team alive.

Until the intel fails and a hostage rescue mission goes south. Both the hostage and team are captured, and the boss sends Jinx to the jungles of Mexico as an undercover field agent. The cartels have been kidnapping American engineers to build and maintain their private cell phone networks. Jinx’s skills make him a prime target for capture, a way to infiltrate the cartel and rescue not only the company’s client, but also the missing team of operatives.

Soon, he finds himself paired with Elle Sheridan, a cop whose missing sister is in the middle of a human trafficking ring. Will Elle be able to convince Jinx that Blackthorne’s mission needs to be expanded to include rescuing her sister? And if she does, will the two of them be able to stay ahead of rival cartel leaders and get out alive to make some private connections of their own?

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DarkVengeance_RTWolfeTitle: Dark Vengeance, Black Creek Series-Book 3

Author: R.T. Wolfe

Website: www.rtwolfe.com

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: ePublishing Works

Cover Artist: U/K

Release date: August 27, 2013

Detective Nickie Savage is pursuing a paroled arsonist who’s at it again. Worse, she’s plagued by the most recent victim’s nephew, Duncan Reed, the person she distrusts the most.

Duncan won’t stop until the deadly arsonist targeting his Aunt is back behind bars. But the smart and sassy Nickie Savage is in his way and getting far too close to a 30-year-old secret he’s fought to protect.

When the arsonist strikes again with perfectly timed twin explosions, Duncan and Nickie must re-think everything they once believed about the arsonist and each other.

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TheLawman'sAgreement_NancyFraser-PattiShenbergerTitle: The Lawman’s Agreement

Author(s): Nancy Fraser & Patti Shenberger

Weblink(s): www.facebook.com/                     nancyfraserauthor  www.facebook.com/ authorpattishenberger

Genre: Historical Romance

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Cover Artist: Heidi Stryker

Release date: November 11, 2013

Post-Civil War Mississippi

U.S. Marshal, Zack McCade takes pride in protecting the good folks of Greenville—especially the beautiful Dr. Suzanne Martindale. He doesn’t always understand her need for independence, but he sure does like getting under her skin. It’s not like he’s looking to settle down—his job is too dangerous to risk taking a wife and family.

In an era when women aren’t readily accepted in the male dominated world of medicine, Suzanne doesn’t have time for courting—especially a charming Cajun rogue like Zack. When he proposes a fake betrothal to keep the matchmaking town out of their hair, she’s sure it’s a bad idea, but can’t deny her longing for a respite from the over-zealous bachelors in town.

Their ruse starts a fire in their hearts that neither expected, but will the re-emergence of Suzanne’s real fiancé douse the flames?


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TheSilkRomance_HelenaFairfaxTitle: The Silk Romance

Author: Helena Fairfax

Website: www.helenafairfax.com

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing

Cover Artist: Charlotte Volnek

Release date: May 24, 2013

Sophie Challoner is sensible, hard-working, and a devoted carer of her father.  One night her grandmother throws a ball for her in Paris…and Sophie does something reckless that she can never forget.

Jean-Luc Olivier is not a man to treat lightly.  And so when fate takes a hand years after the ball and reunites him with Sophie in Lyon, he is determined not to let her go a second time.

But it seems the fates are conspiring against their happiness.  Jean-Luc has secrets of his own.  And  when disaster strikes at home in London, Sophie is faced with a choice—stay in this glamorous world with the man she loves, or return to her family to keep a sacred promise she made her mother.

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TheZostraAffair_VictoriaPinderTitle: The Zoastra Affair

Author: Victoria Pinder

Website: www.victoriapinder.com

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing

Genre: Science Fiction Romance

Release date: December 30, 2013

A hundred years from now, Earth has trading partners with alien beings, mostly humanoid. However, going into space brought forth an unknown enemy who attacks Earth at will.

The Zoastra is part of the Earthseekers, an organization originally designed to go into space. Its new mission is to find Earth’s enemies.

Ariel is stuck on a Victorian planet and steals Grace’s body and life to get off the planet. Grace must get her body back before Ariel bonds with Grace’s husband, Peter. Then there is Cross, the man on a mission to find those who killed his family. Ariel is attracted to Cross, but she’s stolen someone’s life.

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TimeForLove_EmmaKayeTitle: Time for Love

Website: www.emma-kaye.com

Genre: Time Travel Romance

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor

Release Date: November 25, 2013

WW Release Date: March 7, 2014

Alexandra Turner will do anything to save her twin sister. Even when she’s transported back in time to Regency England. Rescuing her sister and finding her way back to her own time will take all her concentration. Falling in love is not an option.

With the death of his brother, Nicholas Somerville became the ninth Marquess of Oakleigh and must return to England to take his place in society. Part of his responsibility will be to find a wife. It never occurs to him he might actually discover a woman he could love—until he meets Alex on his voyage home.

Can Alex and Nicholas find a way to bridge the gap of time and circumstance? Can they overcome their fears to realize that true love transcends time? Or will a dark secret from Alex’s past rear up to separate them forever?

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WakingDream_JJDiBenedettoTitle: Waking Dream

Author: J.J. DiBenedetto

Website: www.writingdreams.net

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Suspense

Publisher: J.J. DiBenedetto

Artist – Ami Low

Release date: August 22, 2013

“Oh, God! We can hurt each other. Whatever we do to each other in the dream, we’ll do it to ourselves for real…”

When her own dreams are visited by a mysterious woman in a red dress, Sara realizes she has something she never expected: a counterpart, someone outside her family who shares her talent to see other people’s dreams.

When the woman in red keeps showing up in other dreams as well, leaving ruined lives in her wake, Sara knows she has something she never imagined: a nemesis.

Now, Sara must track the woman in red down in the waking world, before she’s forced to fight for her life in her dreams…

“Waking Dream” is the exciting fifth novel in the “Dreams” series.

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TakenByStorm_MJ SchillerTitle:  Taken By Storm           

Website: www.mjschillerauthor.blogspot.com

Genre:  Romance

Publisher:  Kissmet Publishing

Cover artist’s name: Steven Novak

Release date: May 5, 2013

Taken by Storm begins as the darkly bitter Grand Vizier, Lord Boltar, is about to claim what he believes belongs to him, the rule of Avistad. The King of Avistad’s son, Prince Tahj, has just returned from a trip and senses the unrest even before his best friend and captain, Radeem, warns him. Radeem heard rumors and suspects the King’s advisor is planning to overthrow the crown. Just as Tahj discovers a “gift” from Lord Boltar, a young girl bound and gagged on the prince’s bedroom floor, fighting erupts. Tahj, Radeem, and the captive girl, Bashea, escape the castle in a hail of arrows.

Born from the fire of a coup, Tahj and Bashea’s relationship burns with a passion that neither of them quite understands. The pair is drawn closer together as they face various perils, Boltar’s soldiers, a screaming panther, even the scathing winds of a desert storm. But after what she went through at the hands of Boltar’s men, Bashea is afraid to trust. Yet it is her fiery nature that both appeals to Tahj, and drives him crazy. In fact, when Bashea’s brother, Bagrat, informs Tahj that Bashea means “lips of the gods,” he retorts, “Are you sure you don’t mean tongue of the devil?” It takes a long separation to bring them back to each other, but when Tahj does return, it is once again during a battle with Lord Boltar. But now the overlord, who has been forced beyond reason by Tahj’s success in retaking the throne, is an even more dangerous threat than before. Reunited, will Tahj and Bashea be strong enough to defeat their twisted and powerful enemy?

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Calisa Rhose ~ Tuesday Round Up with Linda Carroll-Bradd

Calisa Rhose presents ~ UnCover Monday

Historical Awesomeness-Ruth A. Casie

Osiyo~

Wow. Just awesome wow! Here on the ranch I try to showcase some wonderful authors. Mostly new authors I’ve met through TWRP, my critique groups, or friends I met through workshops like this wonderful guest today. Active on so many levels of RWA and other writing organizations, she still finds time to write such incredible books like Knight of Runes. I first read samplings of this awesome book over a year ago when she was still writing it, it was amazing even in the rough draft stage, so I’m doubly excited to have her tell us about the book today. Please welcome Ruth A. Casie to the round pen! 

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR DEBUT RELEASE, RUTH!!!!!!

How I Got From There to Here

I’m on the Carina Press site admiring the cover of my debut novel, Knight of Runes. Okay, so you may think I’m staring at it because he’s a really hot guy. I have one in residence, hot to me that is. The picture on the book cover may be the illusion of mighty Lord but my novel is really published. That’s no illusion.  

I started the project March, 2009 excited to help a friend with her writing. It quickly escalated into creating a series of romance novels. We each had stories in our head and made plans to connect them. After a few months of hard work and several tens of thousands words on each story, we found the stories worked better individually. It was a big stretch to work them into a series. We decided to critique each other’s stories and finish our books.

Her life was filled with training for the New York Marathon, a beautiful daughter getting ready for high school graduation and college tours, and a job that took her all over the country (and sometimes the world). My situation was very different. My three are children are independent and on their own. I use my treadmill as an extension of my closet, and my job is a ninety minute commute to New York City.

I had the time and I had the story so, I wrote. I researched all sorts of things, the renaissance, manor life, herbs, poisons, karate moves, survival training, field medical procedures, druids, magic, warding, myths, and knights. I wrote some more. By August, I had 105,000 words and a completed manuscript. Now what? I didn’t know what to do with it.

I looked for a support group and found Romance Writers of America. I spent the next fourteen months learning about craft, publishing, and career building. I pitched to agents and editors and kept on polishing my manuscript.

In October, 2010, I participated in an online pitch sponsored by Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal (FFnP), an online RWA special interest chapter. Angela James, the senior editor at Carina Press, requested my full manuscript. I gave it one more polish after taking Eliza Knight’s class, Edit Your Book in a Month, and sent it off January 2011. February, Angela James called. Carina Press wanted to publish my story. 

I asked her to repeat her name. I must have heard it wrong. It sounded like she said Angela James. It finally sunk in. This was THE CALL. All that practicing in the shower going over and over what I would say, how sophisticated I would sound and the brilliant questions I would ask, must have floated down the drain. I sounded anything but coherent and witty.

For days I thought, Angela must be mistaken or she must be calling everyone that pitched. So many agents and editors told me that time travel romance wouldn’t sell. I was certain Carina Press would change their minds. When the contract came I had to admit that it was real. 

My family, day job colleagues, and friends (writers and non-writers), all celebrated with me as the project moved into its next phase, ready for production. With my editor, Denise Nielsen, we worked through the edits, cover fact sheet, and back cover blurb.

So, I sit and look at the cover (on the Carina Press buy site) and realize that all that hard work, the disappointments, and even the doubts were so worth it. I look at the cover, a symbol of reality to me, and the excitement bubbles up all over again. And that hot guy, the one in residence, told me he knew it all along.

Knight of Runes

It’s the 21st century and time travel is still a Wellsian fantasy but not for Rebeka Tyler. While on an impromptu tour of Avebury, she takes a misstep at the standing stones, and finds herself in the right place but tossed back into the 17th century. When Lord Arik, a druid knight, finds Rebeka wandering his lands without protection, he swears to keep her safe. But Rebeka can take care of herself. When Arik sees her clash with a group of attackers using a strange fighting style he is intrigued.

Rebeka is desparate to return to her time. She poses as a scholar sent by the king to help find out what’s killing Arik’s land to get access to the library. But as she decodes the ancient runes that are the key to solving his mystery and sending her home, she finds herself drawn to the charismatic and powerful Arik.

As Arik and Rebeka fall in love, someone in Arik’s household schemes to keep them apart and a dark druid with a grudge prepares his revenge. To defeat him, Arik and Rebeka must combine their skills. Soon Rebeka will have to decide whether to return to the future or trust Arik with the secret of her time travel and her heart.

Ruth’s Bio

Ruth A. Casie was born in Brooklyn, New York. For twenty-five years she’s been writing for corporate America. Encouraged by her family and friends this ballroom dancing, Sudoku playing, aspiring gourmet cook has given way to her inner muse. She’s let her creative juices flow and started writing a series of historical time travel romance stories. She hopes you read and enjoy her stories.

Ruth A. Casie

Title: Knight of Runes

ISBN: 978-14268-9258-5

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: November 14, 2011

Genre: Historical time travel

Ruth’s web site: http://ruthacasie.com

Ruth’s blog: http://ruthacasie.blogspot.com

Ruth’s Twitter: Twitter.com/RuthACasie

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