Monday, March 31, 2008

Calling all Good Girls

For all you good girls that love bad bodys. here a book for you.

HOW TO MAKE A VIXEN:Mix one wholesome good girl with one very naughty boy.Add sexy treats and satin sheets...then turn on the heat.

VONNA HARPER Virgin Afternoon

It's been a long time since Lara had a man in her garage, but as her late husband Spence's best friend, Bryan, checks out her truck, she can't help but notice he still has that tan, athletic build from college. If she could only get her hands on his body. She needs to move on from Spence's death -- into Bryan's powerful arms, or at least into his pants. When she invites him in for a beer, she doesn't plan to let him leave -- not that he wants to. Sex with conservative Spence left a lot to the imagination, but her naughty afternoon with Bryan is one she'll never forget.

LENA MATHEWS Stud Muffin Wanted

According to a magazine quiz, Karon is a Little Miss Goody Two-shoes. So what if she can only check off five "bad-girl" behaviors? Her friend Jacque convinces her to make her own sexy wish list. Mmm...#22, with a side of #9...and a whole lot of #1. Now all she needs is a stud.
Hunky Tristan has his own list -- and Karon's at the top. When he overhears her conversation, he wants to wrap his muscular arms around her luscious curves and slide his thick...well, now he just needs to convince her he's the man for the job. But when he does, they conquer every steamy move she desired...and add a few naughty tricks of their own.

RUTH D. KERCE Virgin Seeks Bad-Ass Boy

Alice has been watching bad boy Caleb since he moved in. Tall, built, and irresistibly confident, he's perfect...for taking her virginity. One peek at him pounding away at a buxom blonde sprawled across his motorcycle, and Alice has been fantasizing -- her skirt flipped up, him taking her rough and hard from behind. So she marches right across the street and asks him. He refuses at first, but he's too impressed by her gutsiness, and too aroused by the idea of kissing her pouty lips and feeling her soft naked body writhing underneath him. If she wants passion, he'll give it to her...and much, much more.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Body in the Gallery

For all you mystery fans. Here is a new and exciting book add to your list to get. Due out 4/22/08

Faith's catering business has been slow with the downturn of the economy, so when her friend Patsy Avery proposes that she take over the café at Aleford's Ganley Art Museum, it seems like a not-to-be-missed opportunity. And Patsy has an ulterior motive—she discovers that the Romare Bearden piece she lent the museum has been switched with a fake and wants Faith to snoop around to find the culprit.

Life at the museum doesn't stay calm for long and Faith is soon enmeshed in the Ganley's murky past and present as she struggles to make connections among apparently disparate items: the fake Bearden, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers, and a Jane Doe corpse that turns up as an unintended part of an art installation. At home, son Ben, now in the hell known as middle school, becomes involved in a cyberbullying escapade and husband Tom wants his wife to morph into June Cleaver.

Her investigation takes Faith into Boston's art scene and historic Beacon Hill, as well as into the lives behind the façade of the Ganley's very proper board of trustees. She is at her wit's—and almost dead—end, as the killer strikes again, and again.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

After River

Here comes a gripping book to check out. Due 4/8/08

He will change their lives forever. . . .

At fifteen, Natalie Ward believes her life is perfect. Growing up on a dairy farm in the mountains of British Columbia less than two miles from the American border, she knows little of the outside world. But she knows family. A family so close and loving that they are the envy of the nearby town of Atwood. Friends and neighbors, young and old alike, show up regularly on their farmhouse porch—all willing to share in the never-ending daily chores in exchange for a place at the Ward family table. Natalie cherishes her position as the only daughter of the beautiful Nettie Ward—the pride of the Catholic Ladies Auxiliary—and the town's milkman, Gus Ward—the darling of Atwood housewives. She adores her three brothers, especially the eldest, Boyer, whom she idolizes with a childlike worship. Like her mother, Natalie believes their lives are blessed, as rich and as sweet as the fresh milk that is their livelihood.

Everything changes one hot July afternoon in 1966 when a long-haired stranger walks up the winding dirt road to their door. The arrival of this soft-spoken American, a Vietnam War resister, will test the morals and beliefs of the Ward family and their close-knit community. The catastrophic events that are set in motion will leave relationships shattered and Natalie separated from the family she loves in ways that she could never have imagined.

Thirty-five years later, Natalie receives a late-night phone call from her now-estranged brother Boyer. Their mother is dying. Torn between the love of her mother and the fear of the past, Natalie returns to the town she has spent her entire adult life avoiding. As she travels back to her childhood home she steels herself against the bittersweet memories of that summer day in 1966 and the tragedy that followed. But before Natalie can find redemption, she must confront the secrets and horrors of a past she has desperately tried to forget.

Friday, March 28, 2008

The Red Leather Diary

I have never read anything by this author but it sounds very intriguing. I will be checking this book out. Due out 4/8/08

Rescued from a Dumpster on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a discarded diary brings to life the glamorous, forgotten world of an extraordinary young woman.

For more than half a century, the red leather diary lay silent, languishing inside a steamer trunk, its worn cover crumbling into little flakes. When a cleaning sweep of a New York City apartment building brings this lost treasure to light, both the diary and its owner are given a second life.

Recovered by Lily Koppel, a young writer working at the New York Times, the journal paints a vivid picture of 1930s New York—horseback riding in Central Park, summer excursions to the Catskills, and an obsession with a famous avant-garde actress. From 1929 to 1934, not a single day's entry is skipped.

Opening the tarnished brass lock, Koppel embarks on a journey into the past, traveling to a New York in which women of privilege meet for tea at Schrafft's, dance at the Hotel Pennsylvania, and toast the night at El Morocco. As she turns the diary's brittle pages, Koppel is captivated by the headstrong young woman whose intimate thoughts and emotions fill the pale blue lines. Who was this lovely ingénue who adored the works of Baudelaire and Jane Austen, who was sexually curious beyond her years, who traveled to Rome, Paris, and London?

Compelled by the hopes and heartaches captured in the pages, Koppel sets out to find the diary's owner, her only clue the inscription on the frontispiece—"This book belongs to . . . Florence Wolfson." A chance phone call from a private investigator leads Koppel to Florence, a ninety-year-old woman living with her husband of sixty-seven years. Reunited with her diary, Florence ventures back to the girl she once was, rediscovering a lost self that burned with artistic fervor.

Joining intimate interviews with original diary entries, Koppel reveals the world of a New York teenager obsessed with the state of her soul and her appearance, and muses on the serendipitous chain of events that returned the lost journal to its owner. Evocative and entrancing, The Red Leather Diary re-creates the romance and glitter, sophistication and promise, of 1930s New York, bringing to life the true story of a precocious young woman who dared to follow her dreams.

The Tea Rose Giveaway

For anyone that has thought about checking on this series but wasn't sure if they want to. Well here's your chance.

Here's a quick summary about the book

East London, 1888 - a city apart. A place of shadow and light where thieves, whores, and dreamers mingle, where children play in the cobbled streets by day and a killer stalks at night, where bright hopes meet the darkest truths. Here, by the whispering waters of the Thames, Fiona Finnegan, a worker in a tea factory, hopes to own a shop one day, together with her lifelong love, Joe Bristow, a costermonger's son. With nothing but their faith in each other to spur them on, Fiona and Joe struggle, save, and sacrifice to achieve their dreams. But Fiona's life is shattered when the actions of a dark and brutal man take from her nearly everything-and everyone-she holds dear. Fearing her own death, she is forced to flee London for New York. There, her indomitable spirit propels her rise from a modest West Side shop-front to the top of Manhattan's tea trade. But Fiona's old ghosts do not rest quietly, and to silence them, she must venture back to the London of her childhood, where a deadly confrontation with her past becomes the key to her future.

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Book Giveaway

If you love vampire books than here's your chance to enter to win Bond of Blodd by Diane Whitside but you have to hurry cause once midnight strikes on March 30th your chance is gone.

Once a medieval knight, Don Rafael Perez has clung to his honor despite seven tortured centuries as a vampire. Now he’s found peace - if not love - as leader of the largest vampire territory in North America. But a rival is challenging his rule - by targeting Grania O’Malley, the forbidden beauty to whom Rafael has lost his heart. But when she’s attacked, will he break his oath of body and soul to never help create a female vampire-and do everything he can to save her? And if he does, can Grania help him destroy the night creature Rafael has always feared?

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Brotherhood of Warriors

Check this book out 4/29/08

At the age of eighteen, Aaron Cohen left Beverly Hills to prove himself in the crucible of the armed forces. He was determined to be a part of Israel's most elite security cadre, akin to the American Green Berets and Navy SEALs. After fifteen months of grueling training designed to break down each individual man and to rebuild him as a warrior, Cohen was offered the only post a non-Israeli can hold in the special forces. In 1996 he joined a top-secret, highly controversial unit that dispatches operatives disguised as Arabs into the Palestinian-controlled West Bank to abduct terrorist leaders and bring them to Israel for interrogation and trial.

Between 1996 and 1998, Aaron Cohen would learn Hebrew and Arabic; become an expert in urban counterterror warfare, the martial art of Krav Maga, and undercover operations; and participate in dozens of life-or-death missions. He would infiltrate a Hamas wedding to seize a wanted terrorist and pose as an American journalist to set a trap for one of the financiers behind the Dizengoff Massacre, taking him down in a brutal, hand-to-hand struggle. A propulsive, gripping read, Cohen's story is a rare, fly-on-the-wall view into the shadowy world of "black ops" that redefines invincible strength, true danger, and inviolable security.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

It's Time To Get It On with Cheryl Dragon

Today I have a special treat to share with you all. Cheryl Dragon was nice enough to allow me to ask her some questions about her and her books.

Here's a little bit of information about Cheryl Dragon.

A lover of unusual things, Cheryl Dragon enjoys writing unique stories with sinfully hot erotic romance or suspenseful mainstream paranormals. Never at a loss for ideas, there are plenty of stories in her brain waiting to be written. Her two favorites book settings are Las Vegas and New Orleans...where anything can happen!

Cheryl lives in the Chicagoland area with her deaf albino cat. By day she crunches & analyzes numbers as an Assistant Controller for a division of a large international conglomerate which leaves the creative juices free for her erotic romance and paranormal suspense novels. A member of Passionate Ink and her local RWA chapter, you can visit those sites for more information on the links page.

Now on to the interview.

I want to thank you for taking the time to answer some questions.

Thanks so much for having me!

Where do you draw your inspirations from? Who are your inspirations?

Inspiration can come from anywhere. Just wondering how you could surprise a psychic sparked a series. The inspiration for my latest release, Black on Blonde, came from wanting to do a series where I can play with all types of paranormal creatures and supernatural phenomena. The main character is a unique type of witch but she works with changelings, vampires, werewolves, and anything from any other planets or dimensions I can dream up.

Explain what a day in the life of an author is like? How long does it take from start to finish to complete a book?

A normal day is getting up early, going through emails and loops. A little myspace update or other things as needed. Then I go to my day job. At lunch I might edit a chapter or draft a scene. When I get home from work the real fun begins. More emails and update stuff as needed. Then the writing and editing. How long it takes to finish a book depends on the length of the story. I write from short stories of 8k up to 70k novels. It might take a week to draft a short story and a week to get it edited and polished for submission (that includes a review by my critique partner the fabulous Joanna Waugh). A novel can take a few months to complete. I draft fast and then spend time in edits.

What’s something about you that we’d be surprised to learn?

I love regencies. I don’t write historicals because my voice and writing style simply aren’t suited to that genre but I love reading them! That’s actually why I’m a great fit with my crit partner, she writes the regencies I’ll never be able to write.

Whose books do you like to read?

I read around. Mysteries, regencies, and erotic romance of course. From Jane Austen to JA Konrath. Mary Winter to Mary Janice Davidson.

Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?

Deadlines are my friend! I actually don’t get them from my editors very often…it’s rare since I’m a bit ahead in scheduling of releases. But I love deadlines. I’m more productive and focused. When I’m not under a deadline (even a self-imposed one) I create a million new ideas and have pages of notes on them. Or I’ll work on two projects at once which goes slower for me. So eventually I end up setting a deadline for myself.

If you were not a writer what would you be?

I’d probably be insane. By day I’m in accounting and that pays the bills and let’s the organized part of my brain flex. Without the creative outlet of writing, however, I don’t know how I’d function.

I am curious on the process on how someone gets their book published. Do you submit your manuscripts to different publishers or editors? Do you get to choose who you want to publish with?

Research on publishers is very important. Do they publish the types of books you write? Does their house style fit with your writing? Are they open to submissions? There’s a lot to consider. My first sale was to Ellora’s Cave. I choose to submit there because they’re a top Ebook publisher in the genre and publish in the lengths of books I tend to write (short stories and novellas primarily for erotic romance). Obviously, books in a series I want to keep with the same publisher because it’s easier for the readers to find them. However, I’m not limited to one publisher. I wrote a book titled Sorority Girl Pledge Time which is f/f erotic romance and EC wasn’t interested in that genre. So I shopped it to Loose Id and now have two books out with them and two more coming in 2008 in various genres. Both of my erotic romance publishers have aspects about them that make them a good fit for me. If I have a new project, I know before I start if it’ll be targeted at one house or the other and submit accordingly.

What made you decide to publish most of your books in Ebook format?

The erotic romance genre seems to do very well in Ebook. I like pushing the envelope there and writing from Contemporary and Paranormal to BDSM and Alternative and epubs are more willing to take chances than the NY houses. If I had the right project, I’d definitely submit to a NY house but right now I’m focused on establishing a name in the Ebook world.

I read your book I’m Ok, You’re Dead and loved it. I enjoyed the characters you came up with. So I have to ask do you believe in psychics? Why?

Thanks & Absolutely I believe! I think people are born with all different types of gifts and what we do with them is our choice. I was born a story teller and entertained my younger sister with stuff she’d never dreamed up—my sister is a natural care taker who became a nurse. I followed my gift and write because I love it. It’s just who I am. I think psychics are the same way. They’re connected to The Other Side and if they develop that connection and improve their natural gifts, they can use those skills to help people who weren’t born with that gift.

How do you juggle writing all the different books and series you have?

Like any business, writing is a game of hurry up and wait. You wait for contracts and edits. You wait for answers on a submission. If your editor leaves and you get reassigned, you wait again. My answer to the waiting game is keep writing, don’t let it derail you because real life (family, health, day job) will do that plenty. This philosophy has served me well and allowed me to be scheduled a bit ahead with Ellora’s Cave.

Also, I’m an obsessive planner so I have notes for ideas and a list of stories that are next to be written. I have notes for every series so I know what the next book will be in detail and the arc of the series overall. But the key to juggling it all is to focus on what you’re doing at that moment. Really key in on that book or that edit so it’s your best work. It’s one book at a time and sometimes that’s the hardest part when you think about all the other things that need to be done.

I see you have a bunch of new books coming out soon with Inking Aaron, 9 ½ years, Outsmarting the Moon, Curse of the Mexican Opal, Quintupled, and In His Mind. Will there be a new book with Deanna Oscar and her friends soon?

I do have a lot of erotic romance on tap for 08. They’re mostly novella length because I just really love writing that length for the hot stuff. Consequently I write more of them because they’re shorter but I get to dabble in various sub genres as well.

The second book in the Deanna Oscar series, I’m Okay, You’re A Fake released in Ebook in Oct 07. I’m hoping it’ll go into print this spring/summer since readers prefer the print format for my psychic suspense novels. In this book, De is at it again trying to catch a killer, prove another psychic is a fake, and dealing with her parents visiting from Chicago in post-Katrina New Orleans. Oh yeah, and she buys a drag club in there as well. De has quite a range of eclectic friends and wants to put down roots in the Big Easy in a big way.

I have notes for book 3 of this series but I want to make sure book 2 gets into print and readers can get the books the way they want them before I put out another Ebook with The Lotus Circle. It’s a newer genre and I want to make sure people can find the books, find out about them, and like them!

I love your website and your books. I enjoyed interviewing you and can’t wait for your latest book to drop. Thank you Cheryl

Thanks for inviting me! Inking Aaron releases April 15th at Loose Id and is a M/M multicultural with a very hot cover! April is going to be a busy month, I’ll be at the Romantic Times convention in Pittsburgh and at the Spring Fling in Chicago the weekend after RT. After that, it’s back to the computer for more writing!

Cheryl Dragon is too modest to admit that she will not just be attending the Romantic Times convention but will be one of the panelist! So if you get the chance to attend, stop by and say Hi.

To stay on top of all the latest news about all of Cheryl Dragon's books. Go to her website at

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Check out the latest book from Barbara Delinsky. Due out 4/1/08

In the idyllic small town of Tucker, Vermont, life flows at a rhythmic pace for thirty-nine-year-old pediatrician Paige Pfeiffer. But when Mara O'Neill, Paige's best friend and medical partner, inexplicably commits suicide, Paige's comfortable world is shattered. Temporarily caring for Mara's newly adopted baby daughter while she comes to grips with her grief, Paige clings to the hope that, in time, she'll understand why Mara chose to end her life, and Paige's own orderly life will return.

But just when Paige is at her darkest moment, fate steps in. Noah Perrine, acting head of the private school where Paige coaches girls' athletics, enters her life and fills her days with unexpected hope, offering new meaning and possibilities. But before Paige can allow herself to embrace a future she never imagined, she must let go of the past and learn to trust her newfound happiness.

Gripping, emotional, and unforgettable, Suddenly delivers everything that readers have come to love in Barbara Delinsky's novels.

Monday, March 24, 2008

The Angel

Carla Neggers has done it again with The Angel (going on sale April 29, 2008)


On a remote stretch of the rugged coast of Ireland, folklorist and illustrator Keira Sullivan pursues the mysterious Irish legend of an ancient Celtic stone angel. As she searches an isolated ruin, she’s certain she’s discovered the mythic angel, but before she can examine her find, she senses a malevolent presence. . . . Is someone in there with her? Then the ruin collapses, trapping her.

Keira’s uncle, a Boston homicide detective, enlists the help of Simon Cahill to find his missing niece. Simon, an expert with First Rescue, a rapid-response search-and-rescue organization, is trying to keep a low profile after secretly assisting in the takedown of a major criminal network, but he rushes to Ireland, pulling Keira out of the rubble just as she’s about to free herself.

Simon isn’t interested in myths or magic, nor is he surprised when Keira can’t find a trace of her stone angel. He doesn’t believe it exists. But the gruesome evidence of a startling act of violence convinces him that whatever she found in the ruin, the danger she faces is real.

When the violence follows them to Boston—Simon and Keira realize that the long-forgotten story that has captivated her has also aroused a killer . . . a calculating predator who will certainly kill again.

Suspenseful and evocative, The Angel is a riveting novel of dangerous myths, haunting secrets and the shattering truth concealed within them. It is Carla Neggers at her best.

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Private Maneuvers

Denise A. Agnew's lastest book from her "Hot Zone" series coming April 1 (that's no joke)

Sometimes a woman craves, sometimes a man wants… When the two collide, it is guaranteed to pitch them straight into the danger lurking within the HOT ZONE.

Sometimes a woman craves what she shouldn’t want…

Marisa Clyde wants nothing to do with the soldier who is acting as a temporary bouncer in her uncle’s tavern. Stoic and over six feet of smoldering masculinity, the hunk helped rescue her during a tour gone bad in Mexico. During those few short moments after she first met him, the tension between them screamed off the charts. A devastating hurt in the past blocks her willingness to surrender to him. If she can wait him out now, he’ll only be in town a month and then he’s out of her life.

Sometimes a man wants more than a woman is willing to share…

Jake Sullivan watches Marisa like a hawk, well aware his need to protect is messing with his mind and making him care for Marisa way more than he should. Priding himself on clinical detachment in the game between man and woman, he figures once he’s slept with her, she’ll be out of his system for good. But that’s before he experiences her on a deeper level and learns she just might be in danger again.

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

It's a Chiller of A Time with Amanda Stevens

I am so excited to have gotten the chance to interview one of my favorite authors.....Amanda Stevens.

She has written many books for the Harlequin Intrigue line and has recently written some really great stand alone novels that include The Dollmaker and her most recent novel The Devil's Footprints.

I have read The Dollmaker and am currently finishing up The Devil's Footprints and let me tell you these are two really good books. Amanda Stevens's website mentions that she considers storytelling a part of her heritage and I would have to agree. The way she writes is so memorizing she draws you right into her books.

Read for yourself and I know you will agree with me.

I want to thank you for taking the time to answer some questions.

My pleasure!

What’s something about you that we’d be surprised to learn?

I’m the mother of twins. In fact, the day I learned I was having twins is the same day I sold my first book!

I also love conspiracy theories, eighties music, and crop circles.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received? And what is the worst?

I’d have to say the best advice I ever received was from the author Patricia Kay who told me I should enjoy my kids while they were small because I’d have plenty of time to work on my writing career once they were grown. I took her advice and never looked back. And now my twins are college seniors and here I am embarking on a whole new phase of my career.

Second best piece of advice was from my editor who told me not to be afraid to go dark with The Dollmaker. That was music to my ears.

I don’t think I’ve ever been given any bad writing advice, although I’ve disagreed with certain revisions I’ve been told to do. LOL.

Name your favorite movie.

Dazed and Confused. My high school years in a nutshell.

Which comes first for you … the character or the plot?

It varies. With The Dollmaker, the character of Claire came first. She sprang fully developed from my imagination. With The Devil’s Footprints, it was the plot (which was inspired by the legend of the devil’s footprints). In my current work in progress, the title came first.

Has it gotten easier to write a book since you have quite a few under your belt?

Yes and no. I’m not as intimidated by a blank page and I’m a much better plotter than I used to be. But I still agonize over every word I write and I’m never satisfied with the final draft. Writing for me is definitely a love/hate relationship.

If you were not a writer what would you be?

I’d like to work for the FBI (seriously).

Whose books do you like to read?

James Lee Burke is one of my favorites. I love Greg Iles, Harlan Coben, David Lindsey, and Tess Gerritsen.

Describe your books.

I call them creepy, southern thrillers. Recently, I ran across the term ‘chiller’, which is part thriller, part horror, and part paranormal. I think that’s a pretty good description of my books, although the paranormal elements in The Devil’s Footprints are pretty vague.

Your book covers are so eye catching, especially The Dollmaker. I was wondering who comes up with the ideas?

I supply an art facts sheet, along with a list of movies and other book covers that evoke the feel of my story. But the art department comes up with the concept. They’ve done a great job.

What book are you currently working on now?

My next thriller (chiller!) is called The Whispering Room, which involves the concept of an ‘evil’ gene.

I appreciate you taking the time to answer all my questions and letting the readers get to know you more.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity!

To learn more about Amanda, her books and check out her trailer for The Devil's Footprints all at

Friday, March 21, 2008

Pirate's Mistress

Torrid Tarot - Crossed Swords By Marianne LaCroix

Arabella Prescott's dreams of marriage were shattered when her fiancé was murdered by pirates. When she is kidnapped by the roguishly handsome Captain Fredrick Thorne, Arabella is determined to fight him with every inch of her being. She will not become the pirate's lover — no matter her body's unexpected desires.Fredrick quickly discovers Arabella's weakness — him. Her feisty spirit amuses and her sweet innocence inflames, and when she resists his seductive touch, he forces her to submit to his desires — awakening intense passions even he had not foreseen. But with her sensual defeat comes a price neither are prepared to pay.At the news of her kidnapping, Arabella's father, Governor Prescott, begins the hunt for Thorne's ship, Neptune's Sword, to save Arabella — and finally capture the most dangerous pirate upon the Caribbean. He will stop at nothing to see Thorne pay for his crimes at the end of the hangman's rope.Reader Advisory: Crossed Swords contains scenes of forced seduction.

Sea Hawk's Mistress By Marianne LaCroix

On summer vacation from grad school, Shelley Hanover takes part in a modern-day treasure hunt on a newly discovered Spanish galleon off the Florida Keys. During the dive, Shelley finds a silver bangle, and when the clasp opens, she is swept into a sudden water vortex — and into the arms of a sexy-as-sin pirate.Captain Jason Flint finds a woman floating in the wreckage of his latest victory, strangely dressed and wearing a sex-slave band. He decides to keep her as his private pleasure captive, and they enjoy each other's hot flesh as they sail the cool Caribbean waters. But when a rival captain kidnaps Shelley, Jason realizes he's lost something greater than any pirate treasure.

To read all of Marianne LaCroix's books. Go to and check out the hot guy on the welcome page of her website!

Book Reporter Contest

The Seeds of Evil…

In a secluded farm house in the Pacific Northwest, a family has been slaughtered --- and a teenage son has disappeared. Single mother and cop, Emily Kenyon spearheads a dark hunt for a killer. But Emily’s teenage daughter Jenna is one step ahead of her…

Are Planted In…

Jenna knows the boy suspected of murdering his family and wants to help him --- perhaps too much. Then within days of the first murder, another family is butchered, this time in Iowa. And on the heels of this brutal slaying, another follows in Salt Lake City. Eerie similarities link the crime scenes. But an even darker connection threatens to claim even more victims…

A Cold Dark Place

As Emily fits the puzzle pieces together, she realizes the danger surrounding her daughter is worse than she’d imagined. Now in a desperate race to save Jenna, Emily must match wits with the most cunning, diabolical killer she’s faced yet in her career --- a killer who’s just placed her and her daughter at the top of his list…

Fill out this form by April 4th for your chance to win.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Seduced by Darkness

Seduced by Darkness by Delilah Devlin

For eight hundred years Nicolas Montfaucon has dedicated his life to preventing the rebirth of an immortal evil. But now a terrible storm has assaulted unsuspecting New Orleans—and the beast walks the earth once more. “The Devourer” has been awakened, and there is only one in the besieged city who can help Nicolas defeat the foul creature—a mysterious and beautiful enigma who haunts the handsome Revenant’s erotic waking dreams and enflames his passionate obsessions.

Chessa Tomas is not an ordinary policewoman. A vampire, she works only at night, patrolling a seamy and unseen underworld of roiling chaos. Though Nicolas is sensuality incarnate, Chessa wants no part of him or his kind—but she cannot close her eyes to the unholy malevolence that would consume their world. And Nicolas has uncovered the secret lust that rules her—a steaming, uncontrollable desire he intends to unleash, bending Chessa to his will by making her most forbidden fantasies real.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Right Here, Right Now


For Gabby Pearson, being dumped in public before the dessert course has to be the lowest of the low—especially when it’s the old, “It’s not you, it’s me” speech. Honestly, how about something original: “I have five minutes to live” (very possible); “It’s not you, it’s the voices in my head” (thanks for the warning); or “I am such a powerful sexual being I could put you into a coma with one kiss” (wishful thinking). Not that Gabby would ever know since Reed Larkin never bothered to take her to bed. Why does a girl bother (to shave)? The only thing left to do is offer the guy a goodbye-forever drink…on his head.


Damn. Reed did his job—he walked away from Gabby rather than drag her into his unstable life and danger. Now he’s wearing her full glass of wine instead of throwing her onto his sheets. It doesn’t help that the woman is smart as hell and could stop a man’s breath with that wide smile and those shapely curves. Gabby has it all, and Reed wants every inch of her. And now the joke’s on him, because new intel says Gabby has just become his assignment: He has one day to win her back, get information from her she may not know she has, and somehow protect her at the same time.


The stakes are high. The odds are impossible. And the mutual attraction is as hot and strong as Gabby’s anger. And Reed can only hope his next speech—“It’s you, baby, it’s definitely you…”—will be the start of something wild, something crazy, something dangerous, something wonderful…

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A Stranger's Touch

I hope everyone had a great St Patty's Day!

Get ready! Cait London's second book in the psychic triple trilogy is going on sale March 25, 2008. Here's a sneek peek.

Tempest, Claire, and Leona: triplets blessed--or cursed--with a special extra sense they would each deny, given the chance...

Tempest's psychic hands need protective gloves. She even wears them during lovemaking and one special night with a man she can't forget.

Now powerful businessman Marcus Greystone has found her. He wants her naked hands, not only on him, but to help find a cold-case murderer. She's a fast game, constantly on the move, but Marcus isn't letting Tempest go. He's not happy that she's left his bed without a word and he's ready to show Tempest what she's been missing.

On the other hand, Marcus has something Tempest desperately needs to protect her family. He's willing to bargain--if she'll help him.

But Tempest's dark past is close behind them, and a new danger springs from a killer who can't wait to get his hands on her...

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Belong to Me

Happy St Patrick's Day! Hope you all have a great day with lots of fun and green beer.

Here's a book for when you want to take a break from dead bodies, serial killers, running for your life, or just plain want more substance than the quick romance novels

Everyone has secrets. Some we keep to protect ourselves, others we keep to protect those we love.

A devoted city dweller, Cornelia Brown surprised no one more than herself when she was gripped by the sudden, inescapable desire to leave urban life behind and head for an idyllic suburb. Though she knows she and her beloved husband, Teo, have made the right move, she approaches her new life with trepidation and struggles to forge friendships in her new home. Cornelia's mettle is quickly tested by judgmental neighbor Piper Truitt. Perfectly manicured, impeccably dressed, and possessing impossible standards, Piper is the embodiment of everything Cornelia feared she would find in suburbia. A saving grace soon appears in the form of Lake. Over a shared love of literature and old movies, Cornelia develops an instant bond with this warm yet elusive woman who has also recently arrived in town, ostensibly to send her perceptive and brilliant son, Dev, to a school for the gifted.

Marisa de los Santos's literary talents shine in the complex interactions she creates between these three women. She deftly explores the life-altering roller coaster of emotions Piper faces as she cares for two households, her own and that of her cancer-stricken best friend, Elizabeth. Skillfully, de los Santos creates an enigmatic and beguiling character in Lake, who draws Cornelia closer even as she harbors a shocking secret. And from the first page until the exhilarating conclusion, de los Santos engages readers with Cornelia, who, while trying to adapt to her new surroundings, must remain true to herself. As their individual stories unfold, the women become entangled in a web of trust, betrayal, love, and loss that challenges them in ways they never imagined, and that ultimately teaches them what it means for one human being to belong to another.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Moscow Rules

That is the word or so Daniel Silva says.....Pre order your copy today of Moscow Rules

Coming in July 2008 --- Moscow Rules

The extraordinary new Gabriel Allon thriller from one of the world's finest writers of international intrigue and espionage.

The violent death of a journalist leads agent turned art-restorer, Gabriel Allon to Russia. Here he finds that in terms of spycraft, the stakes are the highest they've ever been. He's playing by "Moscow Rules" now.

It is not the grim Moscow of Soviet times, but a new Moscow, awash in oil wealth and bulletproof Bentleys. A Moscow where a new generation of Stalinists is plotting to reclaim an empire lost, and to challenge the global dominance of its old enemy, the United States.

One such man is Ivan Kharkov, a former KGB agent who has built a global investment empire on the rubble of the Soviet Union. Hidden within that empire is a lucrative and deadly business. Kharkov is an arms dealer - and he is about to deliver Russia's most sophisticated weapons to al-Qaeda. Unless Allon can learn the time and place of the delivery, the world will see the deadliest terror attacks since 9/11 - and the clock is ticking fast.

Filled with rich prose and breathtaking turns of plot, Moscow Rules is at once superior entertainment and a searing cautionary tale about the new threats rising to the East - and Silva's finest novel yet.

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Book Reporter Contest

You know me. It's that time again to share another chance to win a great book from Book Reporter. Actually there are 20 books to give away!

In the newest novel from New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards, a feisty female attorney's past comes back to haunt her.

One cold November night when Kat White was fifteen years old, she and some friends held up a convenience store. In the heat of the moment, one of the others shot and killed an off-duty cop moonlighting as a security guard. Kat and her pals fled the scene in a panic, and no one was caught.

Sixteen years later, Kat --- now Kate --- has built a new life for herself. Now a single mom with an eight-year-old son, she works as a prosecutor in the Philadelphia DA's office. But her dark past rears its head when she walks into court one day and discovers that she is to prosecute Mario Castellanos, one of her friends from that terrible night.

Kate is in a bind: even though Mario was the one who probably did commit the crime, he's counting on Kate to make sure he's not convicted. If she convinces the judge of his guilt, he'll claim that she was the one who killed the off-duty cop. Before real despair sets in, Mario is found dead --- in her apartment, and with her pistol. When homicide detective Tom Braga shows up to investigate the murder, Kate is far from relieved; the two have clashed since she started working for the prosecutor's office. But when another man who knows the secret of Kate's past gets involved in the investigation, she learns that her life --- and her son's --- are in danger. Frantic, she realizes that she has nowhere to turn. Except, maybe, to Tom...

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Go Wild!

Check out this cover. It is so hot it makes you want to ride off into the sunset with this cowboy.

Here's a excerpt for you.

Excerpt – From Chapter Two
1883 – Pine Ridge Lumber Camp

Someone had smuggled a woman into camp.

Juniper Barns surveyed the growing circle of men as he tethered his horse outside the cabin serving as the Pine Ridge jailhouse. Only two things drew such a crowd. There wasn’t enough rooting and shouting going on for it to be a fight.

Cursing beneath his breath, he started toward what could well turn into a riot. He didn’t get paid enough for this job. Hell, just like the rest of the camp, he hadn’t been paid in nearly two months. He needed to get down the mountain and check on John’s widow. His friend’s death was the most recent of fatalities in a lumber camp sliding downhill at an alarming pace.

“Afternoon, Sheriff,” one of the men said as Juniper nudged his way past him and into a strum of murmuring voices.

“What’s going on?” he asked, working through the crowd of men. Just as he’d suspected, he spotted pale skin and colorful ruffles through the shifting veil of bodies. Women weren’t allowed up at the Pine Ridge camp for one obvious reason—they tended to bring out the worst in lonely, rowdy timbermen. To his immediate alarm, she seemed to already be in a horizontal position.

Good God.
He shoved his way through, then drew to a hard stop.
What the hell?
A pretty lady lay unconscious on a spot of open ground. The woman’s peaceful expression and fancy prim attire shocked him far more than any display of indecency. The men surrounding her seemed just as stunned, none of them daring to go within a foot of her.

Juniper knelt beside her and pressed his fingers to her slender neck where her pulse beat strong and steady. A sigh of relief broke from his chest.
She sure didn’t look like a prostitute or a destitute wife who’d come up here to find out why her husband hadn’t brought home his much-needed earnings. Her green velvet waistcoat, matching leather gloves and colorful fancy skirt had a look of wealth about them. What was she doing way up here?

“What happened?” he demanded, glaring up at the others.
“I didn’t mean to hit her, Sheriff.” Slim, one of the log drivers, stepped forward. He twisted his hat in his hands, his eyes wide with fear as he stared at the woman. “I was moving a load.”
“She ain’t dead, is she, Sheriff?” someone shouted.
“No,” he said, sliding his fingers into reddish blond hair, knocking out hairpins as his fingers moved through the silken mass, searching her scalp for damage. He didn’t feel any fractures. A good-sized lump protruded on the right side of her head.
“Where’d she come from?” he asked, glancing around the circle.

“I looked ‘round and there she was,” said Slim. “I shouted a warning, and she turned straight into the log.” He clucked his tongue. “Knocked her right out.”
Dainty as she was, he was afraid to move her, unsure if the blow had jarred her spine.
“I want to know what she’s doing here,” he shouted. “Who does she belong to?”
Murmurs went through the crowd, every man looking to another.
“No one was with her?” he said to Slim.
“Not so far as I could see, but I wasn’t lookin’ beyond the path of that log.”
She moaned, and the group fell silent. The circle around Juniper drew tighter as the men leaned in.
“Miss?” Juniper brushed a finger across her petal-soft cheek. Long auburn lashes fluttered. She opened her eyes. The smallest rim of green lined the dilated centers.
She shifted, pushing her elbows up beneath her as she started to sit up. Long shiny hair tumbled to her shoulders in a shimmer of russet and gold. “I...” She winced, her eyes pinching shut. “My...”
Juniper quickly slid his hand beneath her head as she dropped back down.
“Easy, sweetheart.”
She blinked up at him. Her lips tipped with a smile.
Juniper’s mouth went dry. She sure was pretty.
“Oh my,” she said, sounding breathless.
“You’ve taken a swift hit to the head.”
“I must have.” Her eyelids drooped.
“Can you tell me your name?”
Lily. What was this sweet, delicate flower doing way up here? Her weight relaxed against his palm.
“Lily? Can you hear me? Lily?”
She didn’t stir.
Definitely a concussion. She’d moved enough to assure him nothing was broken. Needing to get her out of the sun and away from all the onlookers, he slid his arms beneath her shoulders and the bulk of her skirt. As he straightened, something solid jabbed against his ribs. He shifted her against him, firming his hold on her, and was pretty damn sure he felt the outline of a revolver packed into the green and violet folds of her skirt.
At least she had enough sense to travel armed.
He glanced up at the crowd of woodsmen. “Anyone willing to claim her?”
The eager expressions of the men told him that was about the stupidest question he could have asked.
“I will!” shouted one.
“I’ll take her off your hands, sheriff,” called another.
He shook his head and carried her toward his office. Whatever her reasons for coming up here, riling the interest of a bunch of salivating lumberjacks was only going to get her into more trouble than she could handle.
“Find Marty and Günter,” he said to no one in particular. “Tell them to high-tale it to my office.”
“You arresting her?” someone shouted after him.
“I sure am! She’s breaking Pine Ridge law by being here. When I find out who’s responsible for bringing her up here, he’ll be packing his gear.”
“Juniper?” His deputy hurried towards him. “She hurt?” Günter rushed ahead to open the door of the sheriff’s office.
“Most likely a concussion,” he said, hoping that was the worst of her injuries. He carried her inside and carefully stepped into one of the two jail cells.
“Who is she?”
“Hell if I know. Go see if you can find Marty,” he said, placing her on a fairly clean cot. “I’d feel better if he had a look at her head before we send her down the mountain.”
As the door shut behind his deputy, Juniper slid his hand into Lily’s skirt pocket. Just as he’d suspected, his fingers closed over a gun. Expecting a dainty Derringer or stylish Colt, the .44 Smith & Wesson surprise him. A right decent weapon by his standards, and any man whose life depended on speed and accuracy. The plain wood grip showed signs of heavy use, some of the varnish having worn through. He opened the cylinder, noting the empty first chamber and clean barrel. To his relief, the use hadn’t been recent.
He glanced again at the woman. She seemed far too delicate to be carrying such a thing. Not that he blamed her for packing iron in such rough country, but why in creation would she have come all the way up here with nothing but a hard-used pistol in her pocket?
Leaving her in the cell, he tugged off his hat and tossed the brown Stetson onto his desk. He set the lady’s revolver on a stack of reports. Crouching before the cabinet that held a pitcher and washbasin, he took out a clean towel. After pouring some water into the white basin, he dunked in the cloth, wrung it out, and went back to Lily. Such a tiny little thing, he thought as he knelt beside her. Not much over five feet, and he’d bet ten pounds of her slight weight was sheer clothing, her full skirt fluffed up by a stack of petticoats. He laid the cool wet cloth over the knot hidden beneath her hair and stepped back.
She seemed comfortable enough, though her fitted jacket did look rather constrictive. He wondered if he should open the high collar. He reached for the pearl buttons, then decided against it.
“Wake up, pretty lady.”
Günter stomped into the cabin. “Marty went up to check a bad-tempered ox. I sent a man after him.”
Juniper released a sigh of disappointment. “All right. As soon as he gets back, send him over.”
“Da.” Günter poked his head inside the jail cell, taking a closer look at Lily. “Pretty. Yeah?”
“Yeah. A regular sleeping beauty. Go on and get some chow before Cook closes the kitchen.”
Günter didn’t hesitate. Once Cook locked his doors there’d be no chance at getting a hot meal. “I’ll bring you a plate.”
Juniper wasn’t sure when they expected him to eat--he’d hardly slept in a week. Between gun-toting damsels, renegade lumberjacks, crazed oxen, and L.P. Carrington’s latest notice starting riots all over this mountain, he had more trouble than he could handle. The sheriff’s office had somehow become the headquarters for company complaints. Much more of this and he’d be making a trip to Frisco for a little one-on-one with L.P. Carrington. The man clearly had more money than smarts.
Work had been rendered, timber cut and hauled off the mountain. These men needed their wages, not letters asking for patience while some overstuff suit polished his coins.
He leaned down and stroked a few strands of reddish blond hair away from Lily’s face. Her long auburn lashes rested peacefully against her fair skin.
He had a hunch he wasn’t the only one on the warpath. This wouldn’t be the first time a scorned lover had shown up at lumber camp with a pistol in her pocket. If that was the case, one of their lumberjacks had been a right lucky man.
* * *
Lily woke with a dull headache.
She didn’t bother to open her eyes, not wanting to increase the throbbing in her skull. She needed hot chocolate. Reaching out, she blindly searched for the servant bell on her night table, yet the table eluded her.
“Emily?” she called.
“Whoever Emily is,” said a low, smooth voice, “it’s fair to say she ain’t comin’.”
Lily bolted upright. She barely caught a glimpse of the man moving toward her before her brain seemed to slug forward, pounding stars into her eyes.
She swayed. “Oh my goodness.”
“Easy, now.” Warm hands closed over her shoulders and eased her back down. “You took a swift blow to the head.”
Eyes of the palest blue gazed down at her. She had a vague recollection of peering up into those cerulean depths once before.
“How’s the eyesight?” he asked.
Her gaze moved over his tanned features, sharp jaw line and wavy blond hair with startling clarity. He held his hand up, two of his long fingers creating a V.
“How many fingers do you see?”
“Two,” she said, smiling despite her headache. She sat up, slowly this time, and leaned back against the wall.His swift smile didn’t help her wooziness. The handsome stranger eased back. Light glinted off the silver star pinned to his dark leather vest.
The sheriff. She glanced past him and noticed the metal bars.
“Am I in jail?”
Warm throaty laugher drew her gaze back to sparkling blue eyes. Flutters erupted low in her belly. She definitely remembered him, and was quite certain she’d found him just as striking the first time she’d looked into those sky-blue eyes. A sudden heat flooded her face, and Lily averted her gaze.
“You’re getting some color back in your cheeks,” he said, which only increased the heat flaring into her face.Good gracious. Lily Carrington did not swoon over men!
Glancing back at the sheriff, she now knew why. Lily Carrington had never been in the presence of a man like the sheriff of Pine Ridge.
He took a step back, his broad shoulders seeming to block out the rest of the world as he leaned against the metal doorframe. He crossed his law-enforcing arms over a strong chest, creating a formidable barrier between her and the open doorway of the cell.
“Mind telling me what you’re doing up here, Lily?”
Her eyes surged wide. How did he know her name?
“Don’t remember telling me your name?”
“No,” she said, lightly touching the tender spot on the side of her head. “I’m not even sure how I ended up in here.”
Golden eyebrows pinched inward, a look of concern narrowing his eyes. “Do you know where you’re at?”
“The lumber camp at Pine Ridge.”
He smiled at her answer. The reaction caused an alarming affect on her pulse.
“Yes, ma’am. How many women do you reckon we have here at the Pine Ridge lumber camp?”
“I haven’t a clue.”
“None. Do you know why, Lily?”
“Same reason this logging camp has to employ its own sheriff. It’s not safe. I have enough work cut out for me without our rowdy crews fighting over a woman.”
She certainly wasn’t a woman willing to be fought over! “This is all a terrible misunderstanding. I’ve come to Pine Ridge on business.”
“I am aware.” The corners of his mouth slid upward again, and Lily was quite certain she’d never known a more handsome man with such a charming disposition. “Or was that pistol in your pocket purely for protection?”Her mouth dropped open. Her hand slid to her empty skirt pocket.
“It’s on my desk.”
Her gaze darted to the side. Her father’s gun sat atop a stack of papers on the sheriff’s desk.
Oh dear.
“If that revolver wasn’t so polished, I’d worry about the missing bullet.”
Lily groaned and slumped back onto the cot.
“Lily, why don’t you tell me what this is all about?”
She stared into his gentle blue eyes and wondered if he used such charm to interrogate all his prisoners.
“I can’t cut you loose in this lumber camp, but if you tell me what’s going on, maybe I can help.”
Yes, perhaps he could. “I’m--”
“Sheriff Barns!”
He glanced over his shoulder as Davy burst in through the door.
“What is it, Davy?”
“Barns?” said Lily.
The sheriff looked back at her, and Lily realized she’d spoken the name aloud.
“That’s right,” he said. “Juniper Barns.”
Lily couldn’t draw her next breath. His narrowing blue eyes suggested her expression revealed her shock.
He can’t be.
“Well, heck. You already found her,” Davy said before stepping back outside.
Sheriff Barns didn’t take his eyes off her, eyes that didn’t seem quite so warm and gentle as a moment ago. “Heard of me, have you?”
He wasn’t much older than her, far too young. She’d been only twelve years of age when her father was killed, nearly thirteen years ago.
“Does your father work up here, Sheriff Barns?”
“No, ma’am. I’ve got no blood kin left to speak of. My father died in Missouri nearly fourteen years ago.”
His emphasis on Missouri throbbed through her mind as chills raced across her skin. Her gaze dropped to the holster strapped to his lean hips, the pearl grip of one of his guns visible beneath his vest.
Gunned him down with those pearl-handled six-shooters.
Oh God. She glanced up and fear shivered through her. She’d come to Pine Ridge to kill the sheriff. And he knew it.

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Thursday, March 13, 2008


Calling all nitty-gritty thriller readers! Check out this book set for a March 25, 2008 release.

New York Times bestselling novelist Andrea Kane leads you down a dark and twisted alleyway, littered with drugs, kidnapping, and murder. Navigating expertly between the mind of a deranged serial killer and the FBI special agents racing to end his lethal spree, Kane delivers a complex, unforgettable story based on extensive research with the FBI and its Crisis Negotiation and Behavioral Analysis Units. Twisted is Kane's most accomplished novel yet.

Who will be next?

Former FBI Special Agent Sloane Burbank survived a life-threatening injury sustained in the line of duty, only to face leaving a job she loves in order to recuperate. As an independent consultant, she now uses her specialized skills to train law enforcement and private organizations in crisis resolution. But when one of her closest childhood friends mysteriously disappears, and the woman's devastated parents beg for her help, Sloane takes the case—even though her ex-lover Derek Parker is the FBI agent in charge.

Special Agent Derek Parker, now assigned to the Asian Criminal Enterprise Task Force in the FBI's New York Field Office, has no time to spare for a year-old case he sees as a dead end—especially since it would mean working with a woman he never expected to see again. He's pursuing the leader of a Chinese gang and trying to solve a series of grisly murders in Chinatown, so he initially offers Sloane the case files and minimal cooperation.

But as more women disappear and others turn up brutally murdered, Derek's priorities shift, and he and Sloane come to the sickening realization that these random crimes are linked to the same crazed killer. No one can anticipate when he will strike again, but when Sloane becomes the target of the killer's twisted obsession, it's clear that his ultimate fantasy is even more psychotic than either of them ever imagined.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Dance with Deception

Tracy Goodwin is a fresh new voice in historical romance.

Haunted by his father’s sins, Sebastian Montgomery, Ninth Duke of Davenport, vows never to fall in love or marry.

Until ...

He encounters Gwendolyn MacAlistair and soon she is all he can think about. Sebastian wants her. As he learned from his father, what a Duke wants, a Duke takes.

However …

Gwen’s father has arranged for her to marry a man she despises, the very man that destroyed her family. As she struggles with a desperate choice ... honor her dying father’s final request or alienate him by choosing her true love, Sebastian is forced to make a desperate decision … trick Gwen into marriage or lose her forever.

Sebastian and Gwen must confront the consequences of their actions and a secret so scandalous that it threatens to destroy all they hold dear.

In this dangerous dance with deception, who will die for love?

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Magic with Maria V. Snyder

Today is my birthday! As promised and my birthday gift to all of you, I am presenting my interview with the amazing and glorious Maria V. Snyder.

For any of you that have read her Study books than you will agree that this is one of the best outstanding fantasy series out there today. If this is your first time reading the Study books, than you are in for a treat.

I have to tell you that I don't typically read fantasy but when I discovered Poison Study a couple of years ago it was one of the best things that could have happened to me.

I ordered my copy of Fire Study and can't wait for it to arrive so I can continue the journey with Yelena but I know that it will be just as good as Poison Study and Magic Study. Plus what's not to like about these books, just check out the beautiful book covers!

Cheryl: Thank you for taking the time to answer some questions.

Maria: You’re welcome – thanks for posting this.

Cheryl: What is a day in the life of an author like? How long does it take from start to finish to complete a book?

Maria: The day in the life isn’t very exciting when I’m writing. I’m at the computer from when my kids go to school at 8:30 a.m. until they come home at 3:30 p.m. Book signings and events are more interesting – I enjoy meeting readers and interacting with people.

I’m a slow writer, so each book takes me an average of 9 months from start to finish.

Cheryl: How did you decide to choose fantasy over all the other types of genres?

Maria: I enjoy reading fantasy and have read many fantasy books, so I naturally started writing fantasy stories. With fantasy, there is that sense of wonder you don’t have in the other books, and it’s fun to read about other cultures using fantastical elements. As a writer, I like the freedom to create a different world and the freedom to invent things. For example, my poisons in Poison Study are all my own creations – because in the real world, I couldn’t find poisons to do what I needed them to do.

Cheryl: Where do you draw your inspirations from? Who are your inspirations?

Maria: Inspirations can be from anywhere. I get ideas from newspaper and magazine articles, from something I see on television, from something that comes up in conversation, from dreams, or from something my children say or do. I tend not to lack for ideas just time! I have an article about this on my website at titled Ideas, Influences and Inspiration.

I read a lot of mystery novels growing up. My favorite mystery author is Dick Francis and his books have influenced my writing style. I also use first person point of view and try to keep the story’s pace moving. My cliff hanger endings are a direct result from his books; I can never stop reading one of his books at a chapter break. My favorite fantasy writers all have strong female protagonists and interesting characters in common. Barbara Hambly’s books have a nice mix of action, character and humor - all essential elements to what I consider good fiction.

Cheryl: Your books are so fantastic and unique. I can’t stop reading them and seeing what new plans you have in store for Yelena. What do you think makes them so popular?

Maria: I think my novels tend to focus on characters and don’t get bogged down with a ton of detail and moralizing. They’re fast paced and accessible and I think those elements make them popular.

Cheryl: Describe your books in one sentence.

Maria: Poison Study: Escaping the noose to become the new food taster, Yelena's troubles have just begun.

Magic Study: Eager to start her magic training, Yelena’s plans take an unexpected and deadly turn.

Fire Study: Yelena's adventures heat up when she must stop a Fire Warper.

Cheryl: What do you want your readers to take from your books?

Maria: That nothing is hopeless – there is always a way out and friends to help you no matter what. To never give up and keep pushing for what you believe in.

I appreciate you answering all my questions. I want to wish you and your family the best for 2008.

Last but not least. Here is a sneek peak of Storm Glass (Fall 2008) and thank you for stopping by today and celebrating my birthday with me.

As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowen understands trial by fire. Now it’s time to test her mettle. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan’s glass orbs, killing their most powerful magicians. The Stormdancers—particularly the mysterious and mercurial Kade—require Opal’s unique talents to prevent it happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must tap into a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening. And the further she delves into the intrigue behind the glass and magic, the more distorted things appear. With lives hanging in the balance—including her own—Opal must control powers she never knew she possessed...powers that might lead to disaster beyond anything she’s ever known.

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Positive I.D.

Here is the latest book set to release April 2008 by Kathleen Long

It had been years since he “died,” leaving behind the woman he’d loved thanks to a criminal with a vendetta.

But when he learned his very own daughter had gone missing, agent Will Connor instructed his covert team, The Body Hunters, to stop at nothing to find the girl—and forced him to reunite with his “widow,” Maggie.

Although Maggie’s anger was evident, so was the passion that had always existed between them. With the clock ticking, finding their daughter was top priority, but rekindling what he’d once shared with Maggie was critical to their future.

Suddenly “till death do us part” had a whole new meaning, for nothing else would tear him away from his family a second time around.

The Body Hunters—No one stayed missing long on their watch…

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Sunday, March 9, 2008

The Somnambulist

Once the toast of good society in Victoria's England, the extraordinary conjurer Edward Moon no longer commands the respect or inspires the awe that he did in earlier times. Despite having previously unraveled more than sixty perplexing criminal puzzles (to the delight of a grateful London constabulary), he is considered something of an embarrassment these days. Still, each night without fail, he returns to the stage of his theatre to amaze his devoted, albeit dwindling audience with the same old astonishments—aided by his partner, the silent, hairless, hulking, surprisingly placid giant who, when stabbed, does not bleed . . . and who goes by but one appellation: The Somnambulist

On a night of roiling mists and long shadows, in a corner of the city where only the most foolhardy will deign to tread, a rather disreputable actor meets his end in a most bizarre and terrible fashion. Baffled, the police turn once again in the direction of Edward Moon—who will always welcome such assignments as an escape from ennui. And, in fact, he leads the officers to a murderer rather quickly. Perhaps too quickly. For these are strange, strange times in England, with the strangest of sorts prowling London's dank underbelly: sinister circus performers, freakishly deformed prostitutes, sadistic grown killers in schoolboy attire, a human fly, a man who lives backwards. And nothing is precisely as it seems.

Which should be no surprise to Moon, whose life and livelihood consists entirely of the illusionary, the unexpected, the seemingly impossible. Yet what is to follow will shatter his increasingly tenuous grasp on reality—as death follows death follows death in the dastardly pursuit of poetry, freedom, utopia . . . and Love, Love, Love, and Love.

Remember the name Jonathan Barnes, for, with The Somnambulist, he has burst upon the literary scene with a breathtaking and brilliant, frightening and hilarious, dark invention that recalls Neil Gaiman, Susanna Clarke, and Clive Barker at their grimly fantastical best . . . with more than a pinch of Carl Hiaasen–esque outrageousness stirred into the demonically delicious brew.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Book Reporter Contest

Here's your chance to win 1 of 10 copies that Book Reporter is giving away.

When Carlisle Wainwright Cushing left her native Texas to start a new life in Boston, she had no regrets. The former Texas debutante, who never felt at home in her Southern skin, had found liberation --- or so she thought. Until the day she gets an urgent call from her mother, reporting that: one, the Symphony Association Debutante Ball, which Carlisle's family has sponsored for years, is about to be called off; two, her mother's divorce has the whole town talking; and three, the family's good name is at stake and Carlisle is the only one who can fix it all.

So Carlisle takes a leave of absence from her law firm and goes to Texas to help. Her fiancé, who has no idea she's an heiress, can't know that she's organizing the ball, handling the dramas of the girls involved, settling her mother's suit --- and coming face to face with the true love of her life, whom she ran out on when she left Texas. Her trip home challenges Carlisle's sense of herself and brings the pieces of her past together, so that when she finally re-meets the man of her dreams, she's in a perfect place to tempt fate.

Just click this link for your chance to win but you only have till Friday March 14th. Good Luck

Friday, March 7, 2008

Fallen into the Dark Side

Calling all Erin McCarthy fans! The countdown begins for her latest book Fallen (release date April 29th)

New Orleans, 1880s. Sent to watch over the decadent city, the angel Gabriel loses himself in the liquid pleasure of absinthe. So when his mistress, Anne, is murdered—and all evidence points to him— a foggy Gabriel cannot be sure he didn't do it. His penance: to be forever denied love. Should he seek pleasure with a woman, she'll know the depths of despair.

New Orleans, today. Hoping to unlock that unsolved mystery, forensic scientist Sara Michaels, Anne's great-great-granddaughter, meets the ageless, tormented Gabriel. To work together would mean suppressing their mutual attraction—he can't allow himself to touch Sara, for her own sake.

And for Sara, already familiar with the dangers of addiction, Gabriel poses the ultimate threat to her self-control. But can the desire burning between them turn into their salvation—or lead them both to destruction?

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Thursday, March 6, 2008

The Outcast

Here's a book worth checking out.

It is 1957, and Lewis Aldridge, straight out of prison, is journeying back to his home in Waterford, a suburban town outside London. He is nineteen years old, and his return will have dramatic consequences not just for his family, but for the whole community.

A decade earlier, his father's homecoming has a very different effect. The war is over and Gilbert has been demobilized. He reverts easily to suburban life—cocktails at six-thirty, church on Sundays—but his wife and young son resist the stuffy routine. Lewis and his mother escape to the woods for picnics, just as they did in wartime days. Nobody is surprised that Gilbert's wife counters convention, but they are all shocked when, after one of their jaunts, Lewis comes back without her.

Not far away, Kit Carmichael keeps watch. She has always understood more than most, not least from what she is dealt by her own father's hand. Lewis's grief and burgeoning rage are all too plain, and Kit makes a private vow to help. But in her attempts to set them both free, she fails to foresee the painful and horrifying secrets that must first be forced into the open.

In this brilliant debut, Sadie Jones tells the story of a boy who refuses to accept the polite lies of a tightly knit community that rejects love in favor of appearances. Written with nail-biting suspense and cinematic pacing, The Outcast is an emotionally powerful evocation of postwar provincial English society and a remarkably uplifting testament to the redemptive powers of love and understanding.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

A Bygone Era

I was visiting one of my favorite websites and discovered this little treat, that I just had to share with my readers.

A new look at a bygone era.

Daughter of York re-visits many of the characters from "A Rose for the Crown," as we follow Margaret, sister of Edward IV and Richard III, from the court of England where, as a pawn in Edward's political schemes, she is kept single until she is 22, when a Burgundian alliance is forged through her marriage to Charles the Bold, the new Duke of Burgundy.

Despite fulfilling her duty to her new country with intelligence and aplomb, Margaret never forgets she is an English princess and a daughter of the House of York. Her homesickness is exacerbated by having to leave behind the love of her life. Fate brings them together rarely after she becomes duchess to a man she only met a week before her marriage, and whom she discovers suffers from such a grandiose view of his place in history that he is capable of great cruelty towards anyone who stands in his way. He also prefers spending time on a battlefield than at home with his wife. She finds solace in the bond she forges with her new young stepdaughter, her friendship with William Caxton, learning to rule her new country, and her unusual confidante, a dwarf named Fortunata. But once in a while, she breaks the rules in the arms of her one true love...

Rose for the Crown takes place during England's Wars of the Roses, a civil war during the late fifteenth century between the royal houses of York and Lancaster, the white and the red rose respectively.

My protagonist is fictional Kate Haute, poor relation to a well-connected family, the Hautes of Ightham Mote in Kent, cousins to Edward IV's queen, Elizabeth Woodville. Richard Haute takes her in to be companion to his daughter. At thirteen, Kate is married first to a wealthy old merchant, who dies two years later. She is then given permission to marry the boy of her dreams, George Haute, a distant cousin of the Kent Hautes and he takes a happy Kate to his home in Suffolk. Her happiness is short-lived, however, and George is a disappointment. George's patron is Sir John Howard, later Duke of Norfolk, and thus Kate becomes acquainted with his new wife, Margaret, soon to be Kate's closest friend.

Through the Howards, she meets and has a five-year liaison with Richard, duke of Gloucester, later Richard III. During the four years before Richard's marriage to Lady Anne Neville, Kate and Richard have three illegitimate children.

Richard's story becomes the focus of the book once he is king, with Kate helping him through several crises and her love and loyalty buoying him at these times. She is on Bow Bridge in Leicester when he rides out with his army to Bosworth Field, and she keeps vigil over his body upon its return to that city following the house of York's defeat at the hands of Henry Tudor.

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