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UnCover Mondays ~ Cover Reveal ~ Calisa Rhose

UnCover Mondays on The Ranch!!! Enjoy this weeks’covers to ogle and explore. You can follow the author links by clicking each book cover to learn more about them and see what other books they have to offer. Be sure to return on alternate Mondays for some amazing banners and video trailers by authors!

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Author: Debra Andrews

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Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Elusive Star Press

Release Date: November 21, 12

After death threats for her late father’s business crimes, a young woman escapes with her new fiancé on a South Pacific cruise and becomes stranded with another man—a cynical and devastatingly handsome English actor—in a fish-out-of water survival game. Unfortunately, the only ones who know they are alive are those out to kill her.

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DelayOfGame_ChantaJeffersonRandTitle: Delay of Game

Author: Chanta Jefferson Rand

Website: Chantarand.com

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Golden Isis Publishing

Release Date: August 28, 2012

Star quarterback and notorious party boy, Tyrek Powers, has champagne tastes and the budget to match. When a dead woman is found in his tub after one of his famous Predator Parties, he becomes the prime suspect. Sidelined until the case is resolved, Tyrek is determined to clear his name, even if it means joining forces with Persia Banks, the tough, sexy, female detective who’s working the case–as well as his nerves.

Persia Banks is a wise-ass, beer-drinking, gun-toting detective. She gets her kicks by putting bad guys behind bars for good. When she’s not visiting her shrink for her anger management issues, she’s using her photographic memory to solve crimes. Convinced of Tyrek’s guilt, she resents his constant meddling in the case. But as the weeks drag on with no leads in sight, Persia reluctantly accepts Tyrek’s help. She doesn’t trust him as far as she can throw him, and worse yet, she doesn’t trust the way her body ignites whenever she sees him.

Giving into their carnal desires only makes things worse. Can these two control their feelings long enough to find the real killer? Or will lust cloud their judgment?

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Title: Protector

Protector_Joanne Wadsworth Author: Joanne Wadsworth

Website: joannewadsworth.com

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publisher: Lyrical Press, Inc.

Release Date: January 7, 2013

To love and protect…across worlds. Eighteen-year-old Faith Stryker is prepared to leap out into the unknown world beyond her home shores of New Zealand to experience life. Only she never expected to encounter Magio, a planet with two warring countries, where its people reach adulthood at eighteen by coming into their strength and prophetic abilities. Only after Faith discovers she’s a halfling–thanks to her warrior father she’s never met–does her own skill of forethought develop. Peacio’s Prince Davio Loveria is sent to the young Faith Stryker by his grandfather, but not all goes as planned. Davio discovers Faith isn’t just a halfling, she’s also his soul-bound mate–an intense relationship he cannot, nor will not, give up. With two wars now waging…one of land and the other of the heart…can the young lovers find their place in the world?

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MoreThanThis_ShannynSchroederTitle: More Than This

Author: Shannyn Schroeder

Website: ShannynSchroeder.com

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: eKensington

Release Date:  January 3, 2013

When a lonely teacher teams up with a handsome bartender for some outrageous acts, they both get more than they bargained for…

Learning her ex-husband is going to be a father, Quinn Adams is determined to have a baby of her own—without the partnership of a man. But her sister and friends believe she needs to focus on herself first, and step out of her comfort zone by completing a list of adventures. Challenge number one is to go on five dates within two weeks. After a few disastrous attempts, Quinn’s ready to give up—until sexy bartender Ryan O’Leary offers his assistance.

Ryan has always been the dependable one in his family, often at his expense. But lately, he’s been longing for a life—and a woman—of his own. The woman he has in mind is Quinn. Though it seems all she wants is friendship, Ryan can’t ignore the explosive chemistry he feels between them. In the hopes of becoming closer, Ryan offers to help out with Quinn’s list. But when she asks him for a serious favor, he’s afraid it will jeopardize his chance to become more than friends.

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Title: The Rebel WifeTheRebelWife_DonnaDalton

Author: Donna Dalton

Website: donnadalton.net

Genre: Historical

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Release date: October 26, 2012          

When war correspondent Jackson Porter lies to a Union patrol to save a red-headed rebel, he gets something he never expected…a wife. But with her knowledge of corruption at the federal prisons, Louisa is his best chance to deliver the topnotch article his newspaper editor expects. The one thing Jackson didn’t count on was a burning desire for his pretend spouse. Louisa Carleton needs a miracle…even if that miracle comes in the shape of an arrogant, highfalutin Yankee. With her brother’s imminent death in prison heavy on her mind, she has no option but to join forces with the enemy.  Can she save her brother from a vindictive prison commander while still protecting her heart, or will Jackson stir dark memories she wants to forget?

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TheChocolateAffair_HelenEllisTitle: The Chocolate Affair

Author: Helen Ellis

Website: helenspixandwords.com

Genre: Chic-lit?

Publisher:  Smashwords

Release Date:  September 2012            

When single Mum Henrietta Pittman challenges her writers group to complete a novel in 30 days she encounters unforeseen difficulties. Can she write The Chocolate Affair despite the distractions of sexy co-writer Matt Watson and his novel Drop Dead Blonde; daughters Louise and Allie with their teenage angst and disasters; and boss Jay Franklin and his garden business? All bets are off when Matt disappears in strange circumstances at a crucial moment, leaving behind an unexpected legacy. Can Henny face the future without him?

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Again–twice! Woot! BOTY 2012 ~Calisa Rhose

Osiyo~

As you know, I was recently awarded the Blog of the Year by the adorable Mae Clair. Thank you darlin!

I was thrilled and surprised to be awarded once more by the incomparable Vonnie Davis. Sinde then, with all of my guest posts going seemingly non-stop, I finally have a chance break to acknowledge Vonnie and thank her properly. If I could, I’d award it right back to her a second time. Yes folks, her blog really is that good! 🙂 Check it out for yourself if you didn’t get a chance last time. http://vintagevonnie.blogspot.com/

They say good things come in three’s. I think that must be true because the four awesome ladies at Author Roast and Toast have also thought of me. I was their last guest of honor for 2012 so this means extra to me that they also award my Ranch with another, and the third, star! How special Mackenzie Crowne, Patsy ‘PL’ Parker, Mary Ricksen and Hywela Lyn have made me feel. They host authors each Friday and make it so much fun with all the food, drinks and shennanigens that go on to make guests and visitors giggle. I can’t say enough about them, but I will tell you they are wonderful writers, thoughtful women and the best friends a girl could ever ask for, as is proven by their ever-present tribute to the lovely Sharon Donovan whom the writing world lost this past year. How sweet of them to give Sharon’s virtual butler, Oliver, a permanent place to relax and do what he does best.  I’m so proud to know these women. Thank you for thinking of me.

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So on to the rest of the fun! I get to pick not just a few, but a bundle of authors to award this time! But before we get to them, here’s the ‘rules’ for this shindig:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award –http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook page – click the link here ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear/ and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

I also learned you can award as many blogs as you like–that’s right, NO LIMIT!– How cool is that?

So I am listing some special and super blogs I like and visit often. Then those awardees can claim their very own stars.

Callie Hutton– Besides being my critique partner, president of our RWA chapter and a talented historical author, Callie is a friend. More than these, she hosts authors on her blog each Monday with Monday Magic and loves helping other authors. She is full of wise advice and honest in her critiques. I bestow this award on her blog for the wonderful things she uses it for.

Gale Stanley– This is a unique woman to me and a great friend. She writes M/M mostly and does a beautiful job of it. I don’t read a lot of her genre, but most of what I have read has been hers. She hosts authors like myself, not just M/M. She believes every writer is special no matter what their preferred genre and I’ve discovered a wide variety of new to me writers through her. She also does reviews and you can email her and she’ll gladly review your book on her blog.

Kristina Knight– Kristi and I joined a(nother) critique group at the same time four years ago. When we joined none of our group was published or had any real hope of being published anytime soon. Heck, just two of us had ever submitted anything. Within a year three of us had sold and it wasn’t long after that the other four (myself included) followed. Kristi and I have a rare relationship with some other very special women who refused to give up and did everything in each of our power to help one another until we all made it to publish world. Kristina now opens her heart and her blog to help other writers. She’s a cyber radio DJ and does PodCasts with authors and is always there to help promote writers and their books on her blog.

Roni Loren– This is a writer who puts it all out there for others to learn from. I admire Roni and her blog always teaches me something. So here’s to a great writer and blogger.

Nas Dean– I can’t even begin to tell you what this lady does for writers! She schedules blog tours, hosts authors on her blog and never forgets about her friends in her everyday dealings. I treasure Nas. We met on eHarlequin a few years ago and it was one of the best friendships I could ever make. She deserves this award more than I can express so you;ll just have to go visit her and see for yourself.

Alicia Dean– Alicia hasn’t had her blog for very long and already authors are waiting to be on her awesome site. It’s perfect for her genre of writing and beautiful at the same time. I don’t see a lot of thriller blogs I’d want to guest on without knowing the owner. LOL It’s not my favorite reading material, but I’ll read anything Alicia, sister OKRWA and scrimshaw doll series sister, writes! Here ya go, Alicia. I’m honored to know such a talented and generous lady. 🙂

Jody Hedlund– I’m tellin ya, if you have a writing question I believe this blogger has an answer. She’s genius and writes about it, rather her writing proves it. Just go read her wisdom and feel smarter for the effort. 😀

And to top my list, the one who first nominated me, Mae Clair– My sister Lyrical Press sister and friend is generous and giving and just a wonderful person all around. She hosts other writers on From the Pen of Mae Clair, her blog, and it’s always a kind and fun experience. I can’t thank her enough for all the promotion opportunities she’s offered to me since I met her. Thank you, Mae. You deserve this award star!

These are the wonderful blogs I bestow this fun award on. I hope you’ll visit them and meet some new and awesome people!

Come and get your award my friends!

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Dodadagohvi~

Wednesday Wrap-up with Wild Rose Press editor, Ally Robertson

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Today I’m debuting yet another new feature on The Ranch. I’m calling this one Wednesday Wrap-up. Why, you might ask. Well this feature is strictly open to editors and publishers to ‘wrap-up’ all your questions, to put rumors to rest, simplify guidelines, tell you exactly what an editor wants, or whatever they might bring to the table. It will allow these professionals to get word out on changes they might be going through, their own inner-workings, or maybe tips on how to better your writing. Once a month I’m going to try to have someone on the ‘inside’ who can answer YOUR questions. Who knows? Sometime in the future I might even host a blog pitch for readers to have the rare opportunity to interact with and get your writing in front of an editor without the slush pile headache!

So for the first edition of Wednesday Wrap-up I’m thrilled to introduce you to a great writer, a friend, sister OKRWA member and (one of) my own publisher’s excellent Suspense editor. Please show Ally some Ranch love!

Thank you for having me, Calisa. Hi! I’m Ally Robertson and I am extremely pleased to talk about our fantastic publisher, The Wild Rose Press, Inc. I am a Suspense editor for the Crimson line, and I started with TWRP when they opened their doors. We are now entering our seventh year of business, and the business continues to grow. I am thrilled and proud to be a part of the company. They truly treat authors and editors with the utmost warmth, respect, and encouragement.

We call our company a garden, and it’s fitting, because we love to help ‘grow’ writers. I don’t know much about actual gardening. (I tend to kill plant life). But I think I can compare it to the care and nurturing a gardener gives plants, helping them put down roots and eventually blossom. Our editors try to look past some of the rough edges for the beauty underneath. We don’t reject a manuscript just because a submission isn’t perfect. We have to see something in your story, in your writing, but if we do, we try to work with you and help you polish it until it’s ready for a contract offer.

I know that some authors are hesitant to sign with a relatively small e-publisher, but I have found many, many advantages to doing so. Especially with a company like TWRP. (I am an author there as well as an editor). With TWRP, you have a presence on the web that you don’t have as a self-published author. (Obviously, you have your own author presence, but not a company ‘store’ where readers can find your books) You have a wonderful marketing team, beautiful covers, editing, and a whole staff of people working for you. (As an SP, you have to pay for all of those things, sometimes, pay a LOT) Also, literally anyone in the world can self-publish. There is something about an editor wanting your work, a publisher wanting to be your publisher, that gives an author a sense of accomplishment, a sense of pride in having reached a goal. (I have self-published some of my titles, but only the ones that did not fit TWRP criteria). A publisher ‘having your back’ lends credibility to your work. There is nothing wrong with self-publishing, but having a publisher behind you elevates your status as an established author.

TWRP is always looking at how they can gain exposure for their authors. This year, for example, they are working even harder to get titles into audio, they have contracted an International Agent who helps sell the catalog to publishers overseas interested in translating the work into another language.  Such a contract was already signed with the country of Greece. They have produced a television ad (can be found on the website), the books were used as props on a movie set (the movie RED), and one of our recent promo steps was to offer authors an opportunity to have their stories come out on Kindle Select 90 days before the official release date.

Now, for some exciting TWRP news. The timing for this blog post couldn’t be more perfect. The Wild Rose Press is making some changes in 2013.

We are now open to submissions in a few genres that are not romance. Up to this point, we have been a ‘romance only’ publisher, but we are now opening up to the following:

Erotica  

Mystery/Suspense  

Women’s Fiction

Historical Fiction

In the past, I have had to reject some worthy manuscripts that I really enjoyed because the romance wasn’t strong enough. Now, I get to work with a wider variety of genres, and I couldn’t be happier.

Please feel free to ask any questions about TWRP or editing or writing in general. I would be delighted to answer to the best of my ability. You can find us here:

Again, Calisa, thank you so much for inviting me to your blog!

Thank you, Ally! I can see I’ll have to have you back again.

Okay folks, pull out those cheat sheets and ask your questions!

Jessi Gage’s Highlander ~ Calisa Rhose

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Today I’m excited to introduce you to sister Lyrical Press author, Jessi Gage! Grab your mocha and a sweet treat and gather ’round.

It’s all yours, Jessi. 🙂

Thank you for having me, today, Calisa. It’s an honor to be a guest at The Ranch.

I’m so excited to share my new release, WISHING FOR A HIGHLANDER, with your readers. It’s out now with Lyrical Press, Inc. I’m a huge fan of time-travel romance and anything with a kilt in it, so really, it was just a matter of time before I wrote my own. And now that I have, I’m worried I might have stumbled upon an addiction. I can’t stop thinking of ideas for sending unsuspecting Scots and modern day women hurtling through time at my whim.

The idea for WISHING FOR A HIGHLANDER started with a kernel of a scene. I imagined a pregnant heroine working late at a museum and opening a package containing an artifact that likes to bring soul mates together. I made the artifact a wishing box and decided it should send the heroine back in time by 500 years into the brawny arms of a Highland warrior.

Of course, he has issues and she has issues, and you’ll have to pick up the book to see what those are ;). But the box knew what it was doing when it send them crashing into each other’s lives, and a happily ever after is guaranteed.

I adore h/h with issues! Lol

Here’s the blurb:

While examining Andrew Carnegie’s lucky rosewood box, single-and-pregnant museum worker Melanie makes a tongue in cheek wish on the artifact–for a Highland warrior to help her forget about her cheating ex. Suddenly transported to the middle of a clan skirmish in sixteenth-century Scotland, she realizes she should have been a tad more specific.

Darcy, laird in waiting, should be the most eligible bachelor in Ackergill, but a cruel prank played on him in his teenage years has led him to believe he is too large under his kilt to ever join with a woman. He has committed himself to a life of bachelorhood, running his deceased father’s windmills and keeping up the family manor house…alone.

Darcy’s uncle, Laird Steafan welcomes the strangely dressed woman into his clan, immediately marrying her to Darcy in hopes of an heir. But when Steafan learns of her magic box and brands her a witch, Darcy must do what any good husband would–protect his wife, even if it means forsaking his clan.

WARNING: A pregnant museum worker, a sixteenth-century Scot, and a meddlesome wishing box.

wishingforahighlanderHere’s an excerpt:

Size might have its advantages when it came to fighting, but those few boons fell far short of making up for the problems it caused. Being the biggest and the strongest had gotten him into far more trouble than it had gotten him out of. Swallowing his regret for how careless he’d been with her, he sought to determine whom she belonged to, whom, saints forbid, he might owe.

“Whose wife are ye, then? Not a Gunn’s or I wouldna have had to rescue you from one.”

“I’m not married,” the lass said. “And thank you for the rescuing, by the way. I can’t believe I dropped the dirk. Stupid.” She shook her head.

His heart warmed at her thanks. He didn’t hear many kind words from the lasses and would take what he could get, even from a dishonored woman who had caught a bairn out wedlock. Oddly, he didn’t think poorly of her. Whether it was her worried brow, her guileless, soft mouth, or her vulnerable size, he had not the heart to condemn her.

He didn’t even mind so much that she found him distasteful for his size, although talking with her now, she didn’t seem overly upset to be in his arms. He endeavored to keep her talking, keep her distracted from her disgust.

“Ye never answered my first question,” he said. “Who are you? And where are ye from if ye’re no’ English?”

“Ugh. I don’t know. Is there an answer that won’t get me burned at the stake or locked up in a ward for the hopelessly insane?”

Like most things out of her mouth, that had been a peculiar answer. “Ye could try the truth,” he offered, slowing his pace since he heard Archie’s voice not far off.

“No,” she said flatly. “I couldn’t. At least not the whole truth. How about we just go with my name, Melanie, and with the honest fact that I’m a long way from home and I have no idea how to get back.” Her green eyes pierced his. “I’m afraid you might be stuck with me, Darcy Keith.”

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Bio

Jessi Gage headshotJessi lives with her husband and children in the Seattle area. In addition to writing paranormal romance, she’s a wife, a mom, an audiologist, a church-goer, a Ford driver, a PC user, and a coffee snob. Her guiding tenet in her writing is that good triumphs over evil, but not before evil gives good one heck of a run for its money. The last time she imagined a world without romance novels, her husband found her crouched in the corner, rocking.

If anyone would like more information about WISHING FOR A HIGHLANDER or my other works, they are more than welcome to swing by my blog or website.

This week, I’m giving away 2 ecopies of WISHING FOR A HIGHLANDER. To enter the drawing, commenters here at The Ranch should (1) leave their email address and (2) answer the following question: If you could go back in time for one week of what-happens-in-the-past-stays-in-the-past fantasy, where & when would you go?

My answer: I’d go back to Aberdeen, WA in 1991 just before Nirvana broke out with their big hit “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and flirt my butt off with Kurt Cobain.

Aw- love those accents! My answer- I would have to go back to when cowboys and Indians roamed the west. Where? Probably Texas to get me a big ol’ cowboy. Everything’s bigger there, right? 😉

For more chances at a free ecopy of WISHING FOR A HIGHLANDER ranchers can swing by my blog and comment over there. I’ll do the drawing on Friday 1/11/13 at midnight and notify the winners by email on Saturday 1/12/13.

Thanks again for having me, Calisa! Happy trails!

WISHING FOR A HIGHLANDER buy links:

Lyrical (50% off for the month of January)

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Thanks for joining me today, Jessi. Good luck with your career !

Dodadagohvi~

UnCover Mondays ~ Cover Reveal ~ Calisa Rhose

UnCover Mondays on The Ranch!!! Enjoy this weeks’covers to ogle and explore. You can follow the author links by clicking each book cover to learn more about them and see what other books they have to offer. Be sure to return on alternate Mondays for some amazing banners and video trailers by authors!

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UnCoverMondays_SnowBound_DaniWadeTitle: Snow Bound

Author: Dani Wade

Website: DaniWade.wordpress.com

Genre: Contemporary Erotic

Publisher: Self-published

Release date: November 2012

The last thing Damon West wants is a trip to his bookish neighbor’s house in the midst of the worst snowstorm Cadence, TN, has seen in a decade. Still, his military instincts warn him that Miss Priss could use a little help. His arrival is met with an attack by an unknown assailant and the sight of Miss Priss in a sexy wisp of nothing-much, confidently wielding a double-barreled shotgun.

Tori Anderson carefully portrays herself as a responsible bookstore owner and capable young woman to anyone willing to look twice. But two men grappling in her backyard called for speed more than decorum. That’s how the guy she’d been secretly lusting after since he’d bought the house next door sees her in a silky robe and panties—with nothing in between. Damon’s sudden interest thrills her, but she can’t help worrying about the unknown threat scared off by her shotgun blast.

Trapped in her house, snow blocking the roads and no way to reach the outside world, Tori finally has the chance to indulge her wildest fantasies. But she isn’t sure which is more daunting—the abusive boyfriend back to punish her for helping convict him of murder or her desire to have more than one night with the town’s most unavailable bachelor.

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Title: The Hungry Heart

Author: Brenda Gayle

Website: brendagayle.com

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Release date: September 7, 2012

A burned out association executive spices things up with Santa Fe’s playboy celebrity chef.

Child advocate Nora Cross doesn’t have time for the private cooking lesson her sister won at a charity auction. Hunter Graham, the young chef, is the last person she needs telling her she’s forgotten how to have fun. So why can’t she get the very hot, very eligible man off her mind?

After a stellar debut in New York City, Hunter’s back in Santa Fe to open a new restaurant. He lives a charmed life and he knows it. He isn’t interested in a workaholic who’s glued to her smart phone. So why is he trying to convince Nora to relax and enjoy life—with him?

When Nora’s apartment and office are ransacked, Hunter comes to her rescue, surprised to find himself playing knight-in-shining armor to the uptight executive. But when it becomes clear Nora is no random target, Hunter realizes he’ll do anything to keep her safe.

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HoldingOffForaHero_GailMacMillanTitle: Holding Off For a Hero

Author: Gail MacMillan

Website: gailmacmillan.ca

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Wild Rose Press

Release date: October 19, 2012     

Beautiful, vivacious Emma Prescott has a love-’em-and-leave-’em reputation.  Fact is, Emma’s holding off for a hero.  When she moves to a cabin at wilderness Loon Lake and meets her one neighbour, biology professor Frasier MacKenzie, he’s still just another guy, even with his killer blue eyes and a  body that just won’t quit…until he rescues her and her Pug from one danger after another, from drowning to wild animals to a pair of armed and angry drug dealers.  Then he definitely falls into hero territory. 

But the professor has no intention of filling the role of white knight in Emma’s life.  All he wants is to be rid of her and her annoying little dog so he can get on with his “research.”  In fact, he’s ordered to get rid of them whether he wants to or not.

Looks as if Emma may have to go on holding off for a hero…

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Title: The Mark of AbelthemarkofabelJVRyan

Author: Viola Ryan

Website: violaryan.com

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Muse It Up Publishing

Release date: December 21, 2012

Lucifer is fed up with humanity. He created hell to deter evil, but man’s inhumanity is only escalating. He just wants to return home to heaven, but ever since that little problem in the Garden of Eden, the Pearly Gates remain firmly shut to him. It doesn’t help that he’s the first vampire, an abomination in God’s sight.

Fortunately, two thousand years ago Lucifer’s estranged brother, Jesus, gave him a prophecy. To fulfill it, all Lucifer has to do is find the right artist, study her artwork and the path back to heaven will be revealed. The artist even bears a symbol so he knows who she is. Too bad she is murdered every time he finds her.

Janie’s a frustrated artist and college art teacher who wants two things—a guy she can show her paintings to and a night without nightmares. Each nightmare plagues her until she paints it. She doesn’t realize these paintings are key to unlocking her destiny, one that could redeem the original fallen angel.

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UnCoverMondays_AMemberoftheCouncilTitle: A Member of the Council  

Author: Lynn Cahoon

Facebook: LynnCahoonAuthor

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Lyrical Press, Inc.

Release date: November 5, 2012

A rogue hunter, a clueless witch and a mission to save an unknowing world.

Parris McCall, owner of the dive bar, The Alibi, has finally constructed a life where her little quirks don’t show or matter to anyone. As for her grandmother’s warnings that she’s different, well, she’ll cross that bridge if she comes to it. But when Ty walks into her bar, both lives are instantly changed.

Ty Wallace loves his life. How could he not? He’s a powerful human lawyer by day and the Magic Council’s rogue witch hunter by night. But after he agrees to substitute on his secretary’s dart team, all hell breaks loose. Now Ty has to help Parris admit who she is before her long-lost relatives kill her.

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Title: FAERIE FOOLFaireFool_SilverJames

Author: Silver James

Website: silverjames.com

Genre: Paranormal/Time Travel

Publisher: Wild Rose Press

Release Date: November 30, 2012

In a previous life long forgotten, Rory MacDermot vowed never to lose his heart. But then he meets Delaney Burns. Again.


In life after life, the man Rory was slips beyond Delaney’s grasp, and she falls for the wrong man. This time, Delaney turns to Rory for solace and discovers she’s loved him in every lifetime. So why the barriers between them?

Neither believes in reincarnation, but as their dreams reveal the past, they realize their memories hold the key to the future. To keep history from repeating itself, they must pronounce the binding words before the Faerie feud spills into the mortal realm, but the words dance beyond Rory’s memory.

When the fae harper arrives to collect Rory’s old debt–his life for Delaney’s–he’s dragged to Faerie, leaving Delaney the hostage of a disturbed man. Can Rory escape and save her? Or will he lose her…this time forever?

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Ring in the NEW Year with a doable resolution! ~ Calisa Rhose

Osiyo~

What a grand year this has been in 2012. I entered my first blog pitch and sold my second book and became an editor for a wonderful company. I also broke out as an indie editor and saw my friend’s book sell with my name in it. That’s not the best part of that whole experience though. No, reading the trials of a strong woman’s journey through breast cancer was the most amazing part of that whole book! I admire Mackenzie Crowne.

I was in Walmart today and met a woman who surprised me. She’d just lost her dog recently and I asked if she was looking for another yet. She is…despite the fact that she has breast cancer and will be going into surgery on January 8, 2013. It’s a rough way to begin a new year, hard to have hope you’d think. But Melvene is making her future plans the same as you or I would. With a matter of fact outlook and that was what surprised me. When she told me she would love to take in our dog she told me frankly, “I want her. I have cancer and am having breast surgery on the eighth, so I’ll call you in mid January.” I admire her strength to look ahead with hope.

I offer a prayer for Melvene, and any woman out there with something so scary ahead of you, that God will bless you with a richer life in 2013.

I’m not one to make resolutions because I never, ever, keep them, but I am feeling nervy this year. I think meeting Melvene today gave me courage to make a plan so…for my new years’ resolution I am setting a goal to self-publish my first book. Well, I will write a book to self-publish, and then publish it…yeah. That’s my goal.

I will even make a second resolution. I will write and submit once more to a certain traditional publisher. I have high hopes–more like dreams– where that publisher is concerned and can’t seem to let it go, so…I will try, yet again, to publish with the Big 6 publisher–even if it’s my one and only sell to them. 

That’s it. My writing-related resolutions for 2013.

What’s yours? Do you make them? No? Why not?

Happy New Year!!!!!! 🙂

Dodadagohvi~

Calisa Rhose ~ Blog of the Year!

Osiyo~ What a glorious way to end the year of 2012! And an even better way to ring in the new! 

Blog of the Year Award 1 star jpegMy dear friend and sister Lyrical Press author nominated my blog, The Ranch, as Blog of the Year and I’m extremely tickled pink!

Thank you Mae Clair, who also has an awesome blog I’ve visited a few times in both my author and editor hats this year. I met her after Lyrical contracted my second book ever and she was a friendly ‘face’ in an unknown crowd who reached out and welcomed me as all Lyrical members did. We clicked and have become friends and I hope to meet her in person one day. Mae is a wonderfully talented author, too, with her debut book released this past Halloween. If you haven’t read it, check out Weathering Rock for a great time travel paranormal romance. It’s a great way to end the year!

I’m honored and pleased to have received this blogging award from my dear friend and I couldn’t think of a better way to ring out the new year here on the Ranch than to acknowledge Mae in this post for her awesomeness. So . . . how does it work?

This award is unlike other awards, which you can only add to your blog once, but that is part of the charm for this one. When you begin, you will receive the ‘1’ star award as I have above. Every time you are given this award by another blog, you can add another star! How cool?

There are a total of ‘6’ stars to collect. Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs—and even if they have already been given the award by someone else—you can still make your opinion count and pass it on to them again and help them (or me) reach the maximum of ‘6’ stars.

The rules of this award are simple:

  1. Select the blogs you think deserve the 2012 Blog of the Year Award.
  2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with this award.
  3. Please include a link back to this page, Blog of the Year 2012 Award. http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/ – and include these ‘rules’ in your post. (Please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
  4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.
  5. You can now also join our Facebook page – click the link here ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award(https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear/) and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience.

And now it’s my turn, and a thrill, to pay this honor forward by giving the award to the following bloggers:

Vonnie Davis– From the first time I visited Vonnie’s blog, unawares– and it truly needs to come with a warning label– I’ve laughed. I don’t think I ever laughed so much before ‘meeting’ Vonnie Davis upon signing my first contract, courtesy of the Wild Rose Press. Ive met a lot of wonderful friends there and am so very proud to include Vonnie among them. It is a rare day when I can claim a woman and writer of her caliber a friend. Vonnie, please accept my award to you.

Joelene Coleman a.k.a. Harley Brooks– What can I say? Since meeting Joelene in the Edit Your Book in a Month workshop with Eliza Knight in August 2010 it feels as though a lifetime has passed between this wonderful woman and my friendship. She’s always willing to lend a helping writer’s hand and doesn’t hesitate to ask for help in return. She writes exceptional YA and is the funny bone in my life. Don’t believe me? Just read some of her blog posts! Though not a daily, weekly or even every month she knows how to keep you coming back just to see what she’s up to next. Her Christmas hoop-la is posted still, so check it out. While you’re there, just scroll through a few of her past posts (I’m particularly fond of her Thanksgiving post), including her Halloween short story, in three posts. Seriously–I love this gal! Take a hankie ‘cos you will die laughing.

Christine Warner– She’s my critique partner, twitter-pal and friend. She’s an awesome writer with a great What to Read Wednesday feature that introduces me to a lot of new readers and writers I wouldn’t normally have a chance to meet–and she literally replies to EVERY single comment on her blog, no matter who comments or how many times. She has a personality that is rare and generous and a blog that reflects that about her. She’s a writer who was awarded the honor of having her book chosen as one of the years’ best and deserves it! I love being able to call Christine my friend. 

Last, but definitely not least, I nominate friend and writer Beth Trissel. I don’t know where she finds time and energy to research the posts she writes, but they are never frivolous  always filled with information and so interesting! From folk lore and herbalism, to historical and little-known facts, Beth is a virtual well of information. That intense knowledge shows in her NA novels that have won awards and accolades over the years that I hope to match, but know I probably never will. LOL Just knowing this lady is an honor so I’m proud to bestow this award on her.

Thanks again Mae for honoring me with this award. I’m so happy to be able to pass it along to some wonderful friends and I would give it to all my friends if I could!

Dodadagohvi~

UnCover Mondays ~ Videos ~ Calisa Rhose

Due to lack of videos (I need at least three) I won’t be posting any videos this month. My apologies. Help put the Promo word out to help generate interest for videos, banners and covers!

 

In the meantime- why not join the OKRWA Wildokies for the 12 Days of Christmas Regency style! 

http://wildokies.blogspot.com/?zx=510f5d9d2f741cf3 and you can go to the links in the right side bar for all previous chapters of a story you don’t want to miss!

UnCover Banner Day

I found some great banners from some awesome romance writers to share with you today! Check these out.

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Almost a Bride? ~ Calisa Rhose

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. I’m thrilled to welcome my wonderfully talented guest today, Sandy Bruney, who is sharing her new book. Please, show­­­­­­­­­­­­ Sandy some real Ranch love!

Before I get to the nosy 5-3-4 part of this interview, we’d like to know a bit about you, the person wearing the writer’s hat.

I live in N.C. with my husband and 2 cats. We have three sons and three grandkids, two boys and a girl, all teenagers now. When not writing I am reading. I have a library card, Nook and iPad, all of which I load with books. I also do some volunteer work with our anti-poverty program and for some reason, end up as secretary for any club I belong to. My favorite club, next to the writer’s group, is our book club. I like it because we don’t have minutes! SandyBruney

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

My “office” (formerly the dining room) looks like Hurricane Sandy just swept through, only without the water. I honestly try to keep things in file folders, but the minute I file something, I discover I need it.  Then there are all the little notes jotted on scraps of paper, used envelopes, post-it notes. Lots of pens and pencils scattered about, and of course a piece of candy or two and a glass of tea. And my phone. And the cats, who keep me company.

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?

Sometimes a name pops into my head along with a mental image of the character. Other times I go through the phone book or even the obituaries, trying to find a name that fits. I try them on like hats until I reach that aha! moment.

What advice would you offer aspiring and new writers?

Read, read, read. Get out of your comfort zone and read books you’d ordinarily avoid. Join a writers’ group and take advantage or workshops and presentations. If possible, attend conferences. Be around other writers. You don’t need to— and you can’t—go it alone.

Here’s a toughie for ya. 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?

That’s a tough one. If I knew, I’d jump on it. Readers may be getting tired of paranormal (although the success of Twilight II proves that theory wrong) and I like to think readers will want to get back to values again.

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

Maeve Binchey (sadly, she died this year). She wrote the kind of books I aspire to write, and was close to my age. We’d have a lot to talk about.

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

Favorite animal? Cat

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter? Fall

Favorite food? Chili

Well done! 🙂

Okay, Flash four. Ready–

What are you working on now?

A story about two people who are attracted to each other, but because of their children, keep pulling away. She wants her twins to find closure after their father’s disappearance and he is trying to win his daughter back after he quit a very comfortable life-style to become a minister. Because he pulls back, she thinks it’s because he sees the flaw in her that her ex-husband saw. He thinks she can’t accept the fact that being with him might mean she’d have to leave the town where she was born. A shocking discovery shows them both how wrong they are about each other.

What are you sharing today? 

The Almost Bride

BLURB:

Lily can’t forgive her sister for stealing her fiance, but when Jill leaves Paul and shows up on her doorstep one rainy night, Lily takes her in. Lily secretly hopes that when Paul is free he will come back to her. But as details of Jill’s marriage are revealed, Lily begins to see that the man she thought she loved was an ideal she only imagined — and that the real Paul doesn’t deserve the love of either sister. Free of her infatuation, Lily realizes that her best friend and boss, Grady, is the man she truly cares for. When Grady hints that he is in love with someone who isn’t free, Lily has to wonder –is that person her sister, Jill? And will Jill once again win the man Lily loves?

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 Excerpt: Just then the doorbell rang. I took the pot off the burner and went to answer it. I wasn’t too surprised to see my ex-boyfriend standing there. I should have known Ethan wouldn’t give up so easily. “Lily,” he said. Rain dripped down his face, looking oddly like tears. Ethan is a nice man. A widower, with no children, he teaches high school history. He has a quirky sense of humor, likes old movies and takes a vacation every year to some out-of-the-way spot, which shows a sense of adventure. Only last week this had appealed to me. “I won’t stay,” he said quickly. “I wanted to give you this.” He held out a small white box. I made no move to take it. “I thought I made it clear—” I started, but he interrupted with an anger that was new to me. “And I wanted to say one thing without your hanging up on me or—” his hand shot out, grabbing the side of the door—“without shutting the door on me. Literally, I mean, since you’ve already done that emotionally.” He drew a breath. “You may think you can live your life without getting close to anyone or anything, but one day you’ll wake up. I just hope it isn’t too late.” “Thank you for your kind wishes,” I said. “Now if that’s all, I’m busy.” Ethan’s lips tightened. I knew I had hurt him, but wasn’t a clean break the best? I’d been wrong to let him think there was more to our friendship than there was, but he’d been wrong, too, in assuming something that wasn’t there. He held out the box again. The pretty ribbon tied around it was soaked and the color was smearing onto the white cardboard. “I told you I don’t want your ring,” I said as kindly as I could. “It isn’t my ring,” he said. “I took that one back to the jewelers. This is your ring, the one I borrowed. I had it cleaned for you.” “Oh.” Feeling foolish, I accepted the box. I had been so upset earlier that I had forgotten to ask about it. “It’s my mother’s engagement ring,” I said. “I know you were trying to surprise me, but I worried and fretted for three days looking for it.” “I’m sorry,” he said, not sounding sorry at all. “But you have it back now. It’s probably the only engagement ring you’re likely to get.” Ethan turned then and marched back to his car, having delivered the perfect exit line. I shut the door in perfect timing with the slam of his car door. I took the ring out of the box and put it on my finger. For a fleeting moment, I wondered what the ring Ethan had chosen for me had looked like. Maybe everyone else was right and I was wrong. I wished I had handled things better, I thought, still feeling the weight of Grady’s disapproval, Dee’s warning and even my fictional conversation with my grocer. Then, just as I was wistfully imagining a do-over, the doorbell rang again. Of course, Ethan couldn’t let things alone. He’d probably thought of one more cutting remark he just had to make. I decided to let him make it and then sweetly apologize and invite him in for spaghetti. He wouldn’t be able to resist; he loved my mother’s recipe for pasta sauce. After dinner I would explain that he had taken me by surprise (a necessary lie) and that I had reacted badly, but was willing to make amends. If we couldn’t still be friends, at least my conscience would be clear and Ethan could have the satisfaction of thinking that it was he who had ended the relationship.  I flung the door open with a welcoming smile that faded instantly. Because it wasn’t Ethan who stood there. It was a woman, a woman with the same dark blue eyes as mine, and the same brownish-blonde hair, as limp as mine had been a few hours earlier. The woman who had ruined my wedding, and my life. My sister, Jill.

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Where can we find you and your books?

http://www.sandrazbruney.com http://sandybruney.blogspot.com http://www.facebook.com/ansonwriter

Where will you be next?

Teatime Romance, Dec. 27- Teatimeromance.wordpress.com

I will draw a name from the list of those who leave a comment and send them a copy of the print book. If anyone wants a .pdf of the book, I’ll be happy to send it, just mention that you’d like a copy in your comment. I have a question for you all. How much do names matter when you are reading a book? Have you ever taken a liking or disliking to a character because the name reminds you of someone you love – or hate?

Oh, great question! Thank you so much for playing along Sandy! Wishing you much luck with your book and writing. I hope you’ll come visit again one day.

Okay- don’t forget to reply to Sandy’s question for a chance to own your copy of The Almost Bride!

Dodadagohvi~