Friday, November 29, 2013


Jessica Jefferson

Ambrosia Tisdale is the very picture of propriety and the epitome of what a respectable young lady should be. Haunted by a memory and compelled by her family, she pursues perfection to a fault.

The Earl of Bristol, Duncan Maddox, has returned to London after years of familial imposed exile. As the second son, he has led a life filled with frivolity, leisure, and a healthy dose of debauchery. Now his older brother has died, leaving the family’s flailing legacy in Duncan’s unwilling arms.

At the behest of his uncle, Duncan is advised to do the one thing that could provide instant fortune and respectability – he must marry. But there is only one prospect who meets the unique requirements to solve all the Earl’s problems – the lovely Miss Ambrosia Tisdale. But securing the prudent daughter of a Viscount’s hand proves to be more challenging than this scandal ridden second son of an Earl has bargained for.

With scandal, extortion, treachery, and even love itself threatening to keep him from his goal, will Duncan succeed in compromising Miss Tisdale?


She had stumbled upon the library.  A fire in the hearth threw a faint glow over leather lined volumes that filled floor to ceiling book shelves.   Lavishly upholstered plush arm chairs sat upon Aubusson rugs scattered throughout the room.  A settee was positioned across from a giant stone faced fireplace where a shirtless man sat warming his hands.

Shirtless man?

Ambrosia blinked.

 Certainly, her eyes were playing tricks on her. 

Then the shirtless man turned his head, his eyes meeting hers.  

It wasn’t a hallucination-he was real.   She hadn’t been expecting to find a partially dressed man, and he obviously wasn’t expecting to be found.   It was but a moment before the man’s expression began to soften and a wicked smile slowly crept across his lips. 

 A smile that stole the breath right from out of her. 

 Every gently bred fiber in her body screamed to turn around and run straight out the door.  Hundreds of years of proper English rearing had produced a base instinct to flee when in the presence of an unknown male (especially one with so little clothing).  But then he stood up, cautiously, the way one does as if not to startle a deer.  Standing, he was clad in nothing but buckskin breeches, the dim light from the flames playing over the sculpted muscles and sinew of his shoulders and chest. 

Breeding be damned, her feet simply refused to budge. 

About the Author

Jessica Jefferson

Jessica Jefferson makes her home in northern Indiana, or as she likes to think of it – almost Chicago.  Jessica originally attended college in hopes of achieving an English degree and writing the next great American novel.  Ten years later she was working as a registered nurse and reading historical romance when she decided to give writing another go-round.   

Jessica writes likes she speaks, which has a tendency to be fast paced and humorous.  Jessica is heavily inspired by sweeping, historical romance novels, but aims to take those key emotional elements and inject a fresh blend of quick dialogue and comedy to transport the reader into a story they miss long after the last page is read.  She invites you to visit her at and read her random romance musings.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013


I have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. I suspect each of you do also. No matter how perilous life seems at times, we are much better off than many others. Our daughters will be joining us to celebrate a traditional dinner with turkey, cornbread dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, spinach souffle, asparagus casserole, and pecan pie with ice cream for dessert. Oh, dear, I think I gained weight just writing the menu. Hero is preparing dinner, except for the pie which Darling Daughter 2 is bringing. I'm bringing my appetite. ☺ DD2 is gluten free and vegetarian, and DD1 has allergies. Both are allergic to sweet potatoes in case you wondered why they aren't on the menu. I'm allergic to pumpkin. For years I cooked with those things in mind but now I've turned the kitchen over to Hero. He takes all that into consideration when he plans the meal. Impossible to have every dish suit every person, but he does an amazing job. The gravy and dressing are made with vegetable stock, so our vegetarian can eat it.

Are you one of those brave souls entering the Black Friday crush? Darling Daughter 2 and I will be plotting our shopping strategy. We will venture out and bravely wend our way through throngs to get the gift for which Hero had dropped hints. Hints? They would have broken my foot if they had landed there. ☺

We won't forget to give thanks for all the blessings that have come our way this year.

Thanks to those of you who have read my books, told friends about them, and have left reviews. You are the best! 

I am so lucky to be doing what I love day after day. 

Me doing what I love

In the meantime, here are my literary accomplishments this year:

(hint, hint) Books make lovely gifts and can save all that weaving through crowds.

Just order online from Amazon for print and ebook and from Smashwords and others for ebooks. The print book will arrive in your mail box and you don't have to spend gasoline, time, and energy. You'll please the recipient while you save yourself all that bother.

BLUEBONNET BRIDE has proven one of my most popular books and stayed in Amazon's top 100 western romances for many weeks. It's the third in my Men of Stone Mountain series. My friend Nelda Liles generously gave me the bluebonnet photo from shots she took at the Ennis Bluebonnet Trail. The woman's photos is from iStock and Hero combined the two.

TABITHA'S JOURNEY is a novella I enjoyed writing and received excellent reviews. It's the first novella I've written in a few years, and is a spin off of the Men of Stone Mountain series. Many readers enjoy a shorter read. Do you think the girl on the cover looks as if she's a proper Boston beauty who traveled west? She's a mail-order bride. I've always wanted to write a mail-order bride story, and this one has a twist.

Frankly, I like writing longer books so I can include more devious machinations. I like lots of mayhem and murder in my books, don't you? Oh yes, and always a happy ending.

For the first time I bundled three books into a boxed set at a reduced cost to the reader in the MEN OF STONE MOUNTAIN set. This set contains two award winning books, BRAZOS BRIDE and HIGH STAKES BRIDE..

THE MOST UNSUITABLE COURTSHIP received excellent reviews and I'm still promoting it. If you haven't read this third book in the Kincaid series, please do so now. The hero of this story is Storm Kincaid, younger half brother of the sisters in the first two books. The heroine is a bit different, as she is from Bavaria and has just learned English. This cover is by Kim Killion.

At, BRAZOS BRIDE, narrated by Valerie Gilbert, is available. It's also available from Amazon. I love the way Valerie has brought the story to life. This is the first time I've had an audio book. I'll be telling you more about that with an audio sample next week. As I mentioned above, this is an award winning book.

Eight friends and I also bundled a boxed set of our books titled NINE WAYS TO FALL IN LOVE. We had so much fun with a month long launch party and met some wonderful readers.

Thanksgiving turkey in Stetson courtesy of Lyn Horner
On a personal note, I'm thankful we moved into a snug little home near many of my friends and near stores and restaurants and everything we need. I love our house and location. Now, if I could just get everything unpacked and in its place, I'll be even more thankful.

Our current home is an hour closer to Darling Daughter 1 and thirty minutes closer to Darling Daughter 2, so we see both of them more often. Another reason to be thankful!

I hope recalling your year brings smiles to your face and happiness to your heart. I wish you a bountiful year to come.

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Monday, November 25, 2013


Are you in the holiday spirit yet? I love the holidays, but this year my enthusiasm dragged until recently. One of the things that helped inspire me is an anthology, WISHING FOR A COWBOY, by the new publishing company Prairie Rose Publications. This Christmas anthology is the first release by Prairie Rose. I loved each of the stories in WISHING FOR A COWBOY. Because most of the authors are friends and I want to save the book on my keeper shelf, I bought the print version. But the anthology is also available in e-book.

Cheryl Pierson and Livia J. Washburn launched the imprint. Each is an accomplished and prolific author of multiple genres. You might think that writing award winning books and novellas would be enough to satisfy any author. Not these two women who are always stretching to learn new things. For instance, when Livia’s elderly dog’s hip problems left the animal unable to walk, Livia built her pet a sort of wheel chair for doggies for his back two feet so he could get around. Livia also edits for her husband, James Reasoner and Western Fictioneers. She must work without sleep to accomplish all she does. Cheryl is just as busy, and must be super organized. The stories Cheryl and Livia selected for the anthology are winners.

WISHING FOR A COWBOY includes eight Christmas tales by (alphabetically) Kathleen Rice Adams, Tracy Garrett, Tanya Hanson, Sarah McNeal, Phyliss Miranda, Cheryl Pierson, Jacquie Rogers, and Livia J. Washburn. In addition, recipes at the end of the book sound delicious.

I should have read the anthology from the front to back. Those who read this blog know I love the writing of Jacquie Rogers. Readers won’t be surprised to learn I read her A GIFT FOR RHODA first, and was not disappointed. Once again, Jacquie has delivered a poignant story that includes her special subtle humor, a touch of suspense, and a happy ever after conclusion. Rhoda Johnson is a mail order bride who wants out of her situation when she learns her prospective groom is a drunken lout. Nate Harmon arrives just in time to intervene and also reconnect with his parents.

After Jacquie’s story, I did start at the beginning. Phyliss Miranda contributed A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE. This story is touching, but the ending is a bit too much at once. Still, I enjoyed the story of Mattie Jo Ashley and Dr. Grant Spencer and how they inspire the true meaning of Christmas in a small Texas town.

Cheryl Pierson is another author whose work always pleases. Her OUTLAW’S KISS is a touching tale about a special friendship between Talia Delano and supposed outlaw Jake Morgan. When he paid an outrageous sum for her box supper and then claimed a public kiss, he ruined Talia’s reputation in her straight-laced town. Now he’s back. Will he restore her standing in the community or further destroy it? Not to spoil the story for you, but it IS a Christmas story. ☺

A HUSBAND FOR CHRISTMAS is by Sarah J. McNeal. I loved the touching story of a woman and her son who survived the Titanic, but whose husband did not. What a horrific experience that must have been for them. Teekonka Red Sky wants to help assuage their grief. Can his Lakota customs help?

PEACHES is by Kathleen Rice Adams. Kathleen has a special type humor that I find irresistible. Ruth Avery is the new school teacher who feels she can do very well, thank you, without the interference of rancher Whit McCandless. Whit would love to avoid his three meddlesome aunts. He figures the new teacher needs educating in western ways. Reading about their interaction is fun and satisfying.

HER CHRISTMAS WISH is by Tracy Garrett. Kathryn McConnell is a widow who is quite capable of living on her own. Being able doesn’t mean the situation is ideal. She runs a remote stagecoach station. Will O’Brien is the man who intended to marry Kathryn thirteen years ago, but fate intervened. When he lands at the stage station, he is determined to win back his one true love.

COVENANT is by Tanya Hanson and is a touching tale of misunderstood love. Ella Green was a mail order bride who came to Nebraska from Pennsylvania to wed Carsten Green and care for his young daughter. The child’s death sent both adults mourning in different ways and apart. A blizzard ignites love gone cold.

CHARLIE’S PIE is by Livia J. Washburn. Lauralee Brannam bakes what had been her son’s favorite pecan pie on Christmas Eve. Burke Lavery, a wounded Texas Ranger, seeks her help at her ranch in Parker County, Texas. Lauralee’s reaction when outlaws steal the pie creates havoc and gets amazing results. I loved this story.

In fact, I loved this anthology! I highly recommend WISHING FOR A COWBOY. Readers are sure to enjoy each story. The collection would put even the Grinch in the holiday spirit.

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Friday, November 22, 2013


Choose Your Heart
by Callie Hutton


Midwife Kerry Mackenzie has tried to move on with her life to no avail. Her deceased husband’s parents expect her to remain true to his memory. But at twenty-four, Kerry’s too young to wear widow weeds for the rest of her life. Seeking independence, she takes a job miles from home that will require her to move. Things may have worked out as planned if she hadn’t gotten stranded on the way…

Ranch owner Damian Greer happens upon Kerry perched alongside her disabled car on an Amarillo highway. Coming from a family whose members move quickly when it comes to love, the instant attraction he feels is no surprise. After observing her during an emergency, he suspects she may be the woman for him.

When it appears her car will be out of commission for a few days, Damian offers to drive Kerry to Albuquerque to meet with her realtor. Can Damian convince her to abandon her plan, and give them a chance?


He took her in his arms, and within minutes, he had them spinning on the dance floor as if they’d done it together for years. Every time Damian turned her, he tugged her closer. The scent from the flower in her hair combined with the light perfume she’d used was an aphrodisiac. He slid his thigh between her legs and spun her halfway across the floor. Her skirt billowed out, and her curls danced in the light of the lanterns. Kerry threw her head back, her throat muscles moving as she laughed. He did some different movements, and each time she followed him with ease. Her beautiful, hazel eyes sparkled and her cheeks flushed a deep pink.

Was this how she would look in the throes of passion?

The music reverberated through his body, tightening his gut as the woman in his arms held him
captive. Her scent, her feel, her softness. His gaze met hers, and her smile faltered as she searched his face, questioning.

The band finished the merengue and moved quickly and easily into a slow number. Damian cupped Kerry’s face and lowered his head. His lips pressed against hers, and she slid her palms up his chest to circle his neck. Slim fingers played with the hair at his collar. He turned their fused bodies slowly in a circle and ravished her mouth. He pressed against her lips with his tongue, seeking entrance. She opened, granting him access to the sweetest nectar he’d ever tasted.

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About The Author

Callie Hutton, Author

Callie has been making up stories since elementary school, and writing gave her a way to turn off the voices in her head. After having a number of articles and interviews published in newspapers and magazines, she took on what she’d always dreamed of. Writing that book. She currently has a number of both historical and contemporary romance books published. Visit her website for more information.

She currently lives in Oklahoma with her husband and adult children who move in and out with alarming regularity. Add three rescue dogs and the household is complete—and full. She enjoys hearing from her readers, and would love to have you visit her on Facebook.

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I’ve been making up stories since elementary school, and writing gave me a way to turn off the voices in my head. After having a number of articles and interviews published in newspapers and magazines, I took on what I’d always dreamed of. Writing that book. I currently have a number of both historical and contemporary romance books published. Visit my website for more information.

I currently live in Oklahoma with my husband and adult children who move in and out with alarming regularity. Add three rescue dogs and the household is complete—and full. I enjoy hearing from my readers, and would love to have you visit me on Facebook.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013


by Gaelen VanDenbergh

My daughter is going to go to Key West, Florida with my sister and family for winter break, this year. I will fly down toward the end of the vacation to pick her up and bring her home. As I was unsure of what date we would fly back, and I was booking the outbound flight for just myself, I booked a one way ticket.

I can’t think of a single time I have booked a one-way ticket anywhere, even to a place so familiar and like a second home to me as Key West. I felt as if I was taking some sort of plunge, picking up and flying away to a new life, or a new beginning, never to look back. Never to return. Of course this rush of refreshment is false, nor would I want to pick up and leave my life as I know it…But there is a hopeful thrill that accompanies starting over, rebooting, reinventing. People are very flawed, and life is fraught with troubles and emotional challenges. Every day is a new chance for them. For all of us, really. I have a tendency to write about these chances for changing direction. In some cases, as in Running Against Traffic, my characters don't have a choice in the matter.

Once the brief fantasy ended, and I booked our return flight to Philadelphia, I wondered what I would do if I were handed the opportunity to do something differently, to turn my life in another direction. What if I were handed a one-way ticket to another reality?

What would you do differently, if you could? Where would you go? If you’re one of those blissful, contented people, congratulations. I always knew you existed, and I’m happy for you. Perhaps you would take a class in Asian Fusion cooking. If, like me, this has crossed your mind once or twice, email me. I'll post the responses on my website. It's not about regrets, it's about possibilities.


PUBLICATION DATE: February 15, 2013
GENRE: Contemporary Women's Fiction


Paige Scott spent her childhood shuffled between relatives who ignored her, and her adult life hiding in her crumbling marriage to wealthy David Davenport. When David suddenly thrusts her into a remote, impoverished world, Paige is forced to face the betrayals of her past - not to mention the colorful townies of her present. Unexpected friendships and her discovery of running propel her on a jagged and comical journey toward learning how to truly live.




Gaelen VanDenbergh is a writer, runner, and compulsive list-maker who lives in Philadelphia with her family, a fat cat, and several fish. Her debut novel, RUNNING AGAINST TRAFFIC, was a Global Ebook Award nominee, a semifinalist in the The Kindle Book Review’s 2013 Best Indie Book Awards, a semifinalist in the Readers' Favorite 2013 International Book Award Contest, Indie Book of the Day, June 30, 2013, a 2013 Beach Book Festival Award nominee, and has received a four star review in InD’tale Magazine.

When not writing, Gaelen enjoys reading, running races for charities, and spending as much time in Key West and the Adirondacks as she can.



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Monday, November 18, 2013


Geri Foster’s OUT OF THE NIGHT is a thriller/romantic suspense that will keep readers turning the pages until the last word. This intricate plot is one that both men and women will find fascinating. The third book of Ms. Foster’s Falcon Securities series, each is a stand-alone book. Many authors say books in their series are stand alone, but in this case the statement is true. Nevertheless, readers will be hungry to read each one.

Falcon Securities is an agency headed by Frank Hamilton and answers only to the President of the United States. Tony Archuletta is a Falcon Securities agent being held in the infamous Lubyanka Prison, where experimental drugs were used to break him in interrogation. The doctor who administered the drugs overdosed him and wiped out Tony’s memory. Will it return? No one knows.

Abby Williams is an investigative reporter who still loves Tony even after he broke off their relationship. Poor Abby is in the wrong place at the right time and is given the assignment to impersonate a Russian guard and extract Tony from the prison. With a few scares, she completes the assignment. She doesn’t realize Tony has lost his memory until he tries to kill her. He has no idea who she is and believes she has taken him out of prison to shoot him.

Bit by bit, Tony’s memory kicks in, but never enough. His assignment had been to rescue the CIA agent, Joe Mitchell, who knows the identity and location of all undercover CIA agents, before the man can be broken. If Joe talks, he would endanger every agent and compromise years of work. Frank Hamilton believes Joe will kill himself rather than reveal what he knows, and the rush is to rescue him before either event happens.

Rushing across Russian and other countries, each step of the way presents another dangerous confrontation. Tony doesn’t understand why Abby’s presence comforts him, but he asks her to remain with him on his race to free Joe. Other Falcon agents lend their assistance, but Tony is the only one with the key to Joe’s location—if his memory returns.

This book has more twists and turns than a switchback road. Sexy romantic moments add dimension. Secondary characters add an interesting mix and all the characters are very well developed. A highly energized ending is one you'll remember long after you've finished reading OUT OF THE NIGHT. If you like fast paced romantic suspense, you will enjoy reading Geri Foster’s OUT OF THE NIGHT and her other Falcon books, OUT OF THE DARK and OUT OF THE SHADOWS. Watch for more of this series in the future.

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Friday, November 15, 2013




by Lena Hart.


Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 2013
Formats: all ebook formats

The book is classified by the publisher as 3 flames: Sensual, mild sexual scenes

Believing in “Happy Ever After”
Guest Post By Lena Hart

When I signed on to write a third book for my publisher, I honestly didn’t know where it would begin. I knew who the characters where but nothing else beyond that. Then one day I had the misfortune—or fortune—to encounter someone who scoffed when I told them that I still believed in “happily ever after”.  I couldn’t believe his arrogance in the way he rejected and mocked my “naive” admission. But I defended my beliefs and it wasn’t long before I realized he was simple clueless to the true meaning of “happy ever after.”

Many, who aren’t familiar with romance, believe it’s just fairytales filled with sunshine and rainbows—and maybe an occasional singing bird or two. What they fail to realize is that the “happy ever after” doesn’t come without some heartache and pain. It’s takes a lot for anyone to make themselves vulnerable and to put themselves through that kind of turmoil. But in the end, they find that it’s all worth it with the right person by their side.

In BECAIUSE THIS IS FOREVER, I introduce two characters, Mia and Nate, who endured a lot emotionally before they got to their “happy”. Nate was the man who broke her heart, who crushed her dreams, and he would be responsible for fixing it. I put together a dreamer and a cynic and it was truly an experience to their journey to understanding what it means to be in love.

“We’re gonna argue,” he whispered into her hair, his tone soft and low but adamant. “It can’t be helped. This isn’t our first and it won’t be our last. But before we get into that bed, we have to promise to leave the bullshit outside this room.”

I also bring back characters from my earlier novellas, to share snippet of their lives five years later. Their endings hadn’t been without some grief and it was important that I share a little of their story to show that even the character we grow to love aren’t immune to life’s pain and sorrow. Only they didn’t let their pain and grief destroy their love. 

I don’t know if I got through the close-hearted soul I encountered, but I hope I got that message across in Because This Is Forever. Life happens. Sorrow doesn’t discriminate. And I hope the skeptics and the cynics understand that when we speak of “happily ever after”, we don’t simply mean the joys and laughter. Hurt and heartache doesn’t stop when we reach “The End” and us “hopeless romantics” understand that “happy ever after” isn’t a fairytale—it’s a state of being.

Lena Hart writes sensual romances with a hint of mystery and suspense. Her bestselling debut novel, BECAUSE THIS IS FOREVER, was released October 2013.  To learn more about Lena and her work, visit or find her musing out loud at



The decision that tore them apart...
Former hopeless romantic, Mia Trent, is crushed when the love of her life, Nate McArthur, reveals that he doesn’t want to get married—or have children. But it’s too late. Mia is already pregnant and her dream of “happily ever after” is sharply put to an end when she decides to keep her pregnancy a secret, refusing to force him into a life he doesn’t want.

The compromise that made them a family...
Five years later, Mia must reach out to Nate for help or risk losing her home and shelter for their son. Stunned and outraged by the sudden news of his child, Nate proposes a compromise: give him the summer to get to know his son and he’ll save her home. Yet with Mia back in his life, Nate isn't willing to lose her—or their son—again. What starts off as a temporary arrangement soon becomes a chance at rediscovery and becoming a family. Only Nate must convince his jaded dreamer that his love for her is true…and will last now and forever.



As she rinsed the last dish, Mia jumped when strong arms suddenly wrapped around her middle.

“Sorry,” Nate whispered into her ear. “I didn’t mean to scare you. I thought you heard me.”

She turned off the running water and leaned against him. “No, I was lost in my head. What did you say?”

Nate leaned down and kissed her on the back of her neck. Mia shivered. No matter where or how many, his kiss always left her lightheaded.

“I asked what’s for dessert,” he repeated, kissing her again.

Mia turned in his arms, laughing. “That’s so cliché, you know.”

“What do you mean?” he asked with mock disbelief.

She rolled her eyes. “Oh, please. You say ‘what’s for dessert’ then I say something ordinary and then you say something cheesy like wanting me for dessert.”

He looked down at her, thoughtful. “Hmm, that does sound like something I’d say. But this hungry man could actually still eat.”

“Oh,” Mia said, a little embarrassed by her rash assumption. He was serious. Nate wasn’t a small guy and could honestly still be hungry. “Well…” she began lamely, “I don’t have anything else to feed you.”

Nate’s eyes sparkled. “Yeah, you do,” he whispered. He placed his hands on the counter to either side of her, trapping her between his solid frame and the sink. “I said I could still eat.”

Mia paused, confused. Then she laughed, recognizing the heated suggestion in his eyes. “You’re bad,” she murmured, shoving at his hard chest.

He leaned in closer, his lips only a breath away from hers. “And you like it.”



Lena Hart writes sensual romances with a hint of mystery and suspense. Together, her alpha heroes and smart, sexy heroines tell a story of incredible love with unforgettable passion. A Florida-native, Lena currently lives in New York City with her two calico kitties, Duchess and Daisy. When she's not writing stories of happily ever after, she's reading, researching, or conferring with her muse. 

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November 16: Ambrielle Kirk: Spotlight

November 18: Fandom Fanatic: Spotlight

November 20: Clean Romance Reviews: Interview

                         The Stuff of Success: Guest Post
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November 22: Deal Sharing Aunt: Interview

November 25: Romance Book 4 Us: Guest Post

November 26: Romance novels in Color: guest Post

November 27: Kwana Writes: Guest Post

November 28: I know that Book: Review

November 29: Scattered Thoughts, Random Musings: Blog Post

November 30: Black Lion Tours: Top Ten List

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