Posted by Donna MacMeans May 23 2016, 12:01 am in changing times, Donna MacMeans, Heart Transplant, In a Heartbeat, Romantic suspense
I clearly remember an evening in June 2006 when I pitched two manuscripts to two different agents at Lori Foster’s Readers and Authors Get Together. I wore my “power suit.” You know, the outfit that makes you feel professional and put together. For me, that was a black column dress (which I doubt I can still fit into) with a longish black jacket. It must have worked as both editors later bought my manuscripts.
You’ve heard about the first manuscript to sell. The Education of Mrs. Brimley went on to win the Golden Heart the following month. But I’m not sure you’re familiar with the second manuscript, In a Heartbeat, which was purchased by Samhain. It was the second story I’d ever written (the first is still under the bed) and was probably written about 2002 or 2003.
As you can see by the cover on the right, it was published at a time when authors had separate names for separate genres. This, I was told, was to help bookstores know where to shelve books, and to protect readers who might be expecting one kind of story (Historicals) from being disappointed to find a different story (Romantic Suspense). With the rise in self-published and the demise of book stores, I don’t think this is the rule anymore. It’s assumed readers are intelligent enough to recognize the difference in genres. Richard, by the way, is my husband’s name. Publishing as Donna Richards was my way to thank him for his support during the many, long, non-publishing years.
I received the rights back to In A Heartbeat a couple of years ago. My plan was to slap a new cover on it, write a new blurb, and self-publish the story. After all, it had been already edited by Samhain so how difficult could it be? Well, more difficult than you might think.
You can see the new cover to the left. Erin Dameron-Hill, who also did my cover for Bound by Moonlight, is the designer. I wrote a much improved blurb for the book as I’ve a better sense now of how these things are done. Here’s the blurb:
Transplanted hearts can hold memories. They can give voice to the dead. And they can hold the key to identifying a serial killer.
Assigned to do an audit for an old client may finally give Certified Public Accountant Angela Blake what she really wants: independence from a family that’s been overprotective for far too long. Her recent heart transplant has given her a new lease on life and she’s ready to live. The demanding new CEO of Hayden Industries may be distractingly sexy, but Angela’s audit reveals troubling hints of deception. What is he hiding?
Hank Renard never wanted to be CEO of Hayden Industries, but his parents’ impending financial ruin gave him no choice. If he doesn’t reverse the flow of red ink, he’ll lose the lucrative incentives offered. The clumsy, adorable auditor with the face of an angel only adds to his problems.
A series of troubling accidents point to a dangerous truth: someone wants Angela Blake dead. With her job, her heart and her life in peril, will Angela survive to discover a long-awaited love, or will her new life end before it’s barely begun?
So I should have been ready to release the book, right? Wrong.
I decided to update the book to make it more relevant to contemporary times. Back in 2002, landline telephones were more prevalent than cell phones. I thought that would be the only fix, but I was mistaken. As I read the story, I stumbled across a reference to music on CDs. You remember those lovely silver discs that we don’t use anymore? Had to replace that with music provided by a cell phone. I also referred to a dial-up computer line. I’m certain that’s we had in 2002, and while some people may still have dial-ups, that particular reference would automatically date the story. I had to change to password protected wifi to get to the internet.
The story involves a CPA engaged in an audit. This is a subject I know something about, or at least I did back in the 80s when I perform audits. I read through my entire manuscript, changing, improving, adding emotion where I could, when I realized that auditing a company has probably changed from when I did the deed. Computer spreadsheets saved on a flash drive or on the internet in a shared document would replace the old green work papers that I was familiar with. So familiar that I’d glossed over all the references to them in my first pass-through without blinking an eye. I thought I was done with revisions to update when it hit me. I had to go back and change all those references.
There’s a scene at the Ohio State Football Stadium which was remodeled shortly after I wrote the story. I left the the old stadium. I’m guessing not many would recognize the difference.
The whole experience made me think about how life has changed since I originally wrote that story, and what a long strange trip it’s been. I made a reference to a clothing incident where an employer was displeased with a skirt being too short. (This, by the way, is based on my own experience. Not exactly as presented in the story, but close ). I wondered if that still happens, but then heard just last week an employer complaining about “skinny jeans” worn in the office as too seductive. So that prejudice still exists even though clothing standards have relaxed. Fortunately, I didn’t reference any songs as obviously music has changed. But what else? Can you think of anything?
I must say, while I did go through an update and polish the manuscript. The basic story surprised me. This is really quite good. I hope you give it a try when it comes out in July. I’m looking for some folks to read the book with the condition that they write a review for Amazon and Goodreads. If you’re interested, let me know.
Posted by Donna MacMeans Apr 22 2016, 12:04 am in Donna MacMeans, Houston road trip, Ohioana
Hi All –
Hope you don’t mind me posting a day early. Tomorrow (Saturday), I’ll be at the Ohioana Library Book Signing and won’t have time (and possibly internet) to reply to comments so I thought today might be better. A little about the Ohioana Library. Ohio is the only state in the United States that has a non-lending library dedicated to archiving the work of Ohio authors and artists. While I’m not originally from Ohio, Ohioana decided that living here for the last fifty years or so qualifies me as an Ohio author. I have to admit it’s pretty cool to have my books stored in a temperature controlled vault for prosperity. The library can be used for research, but staff handles each book with gloves so as not to leave oil stains that might damage the work later on. LOL. I assure you my books are not treated with such respect in my household :-). Here’s the program for the signing. Isn’t it pretty? But enough about Ohioana. I thought I’d share some pictures from my earlier trip to Houston, Texas.
I had to travel to Houston in early March for a Romance Writers of America board meeting. The meeting was held in an area north of the city called the Woodlands, which was very nice and lush and mindful of the impact population has on the environment. In fact, the shuttle driver mentioned that it was hard to navigate the area at night due to lack of lighting. Here’s the view from hotel room. You can see a man-made canal that runs along the back of this hotel and many others. There wasn’t a lot of activity on the canal. A large boat not quite full of tourists would glide by every now and then. Lots of walkers on the banks though. Check out this photo of the canal at night.
Those board meetings were particularly long. One night while I was walking (had to get in my 10,000 steps which is hard when you sit all day!), I saw this little guy on the canal bank. He seemed pretty used to people strolling by. I think he would have preferred it if I was a fish.
Can you see those tall trees on the opposite side of the canal? I just assumed it was random landscaping, but it was not. It hides a hidden Koi pond. You could pass right by it and never know it was there. But if you take the less traveled path behind the trees you see this.
And if you follow around the bend, you’ll bump into this. The lines you see are reflections of the hotel behind it.
Down futher along the main path, there’s something like a bus stop. I believe a trolley bus might drive by. The stop has a saying inscribed that’s meaningful to every writer, “The Journey is the Reward.” At least I believe it is. What you can’t see is a pole in front of the stop with a sculpture of fish swimming by. LOL. We know what that means!
Further down the canal, on the hotel side, is a cute little maze. Obviously, the maze is designed for little people as an adult would have no difficulty determining the route :-). Every so often, you’d stumble on a large concrete book that told a fable and included a beautiful tile rendition of the story. I’d already photographed the mermaid and the woodcutter when I discovered that our favorite rooster managed to get himself memorialized in a book. I give you The Cat, The Rooster, and the Mouse.
It was beautiful in Houston. Back home in Ohio it was cold and snowy, but in Texas I saw blooms such as these along the banks. A much needed a reminder of what was to come. Finally, spring has arrived in Ohio. All I can say is – About Time!
How about you? What’s the spring like in your part of the world. Any neat places to visit? Do you know of any places the rooster has been similarly memorialized? LOL. Let’s catch up.
Posted by Donna MacMeans Jan 20 2016, 9:35 pm in Donna MacMeans, To Bait a Rake
I love her idea to ask the rake – “Do you believe in love?” I would think a rake would have a flippant answer that would give a clue as to what happened in his past. Or he might have been in love in the past, but was refused, so now he doesn’t allow himself to fall in love. Lots of good paths in that answer.
So Amy – please send me your address and I’ll get your tin of Single Malt Scotch Whisky Fudge in the mail. Thanks everyone for playing. You may find some of the questions in the final version of TO BAIT A RAKE. You never know…
Posted by Donna MacMeans Jan 17 2016, 11:58 pm in Charming the Professor, Donna MacMeans, In a Heartbeat, Scotland Christmas Reunion, To Bait a Rake
Happy New Year, Everyone!
January is always a “Clean Sweep” sort of month for me. By it’s very position as the first month of the new year, it’s an ideal time for starting over, setting new goals, finishing off old projects.
While in the past I’ve resisted taking down the Christmas decorations until mid-month (now ), this year I couldn’t wait to get it all down and put away. In part, because I wanted to start fresh symbolically with a clean house, but also because my newly retired husband decided we needed to take a vacation for the next three weeks to someplace warm! That doesn’t leave me much time to get things wrapped up, packed, and planned. If you saw my office, you’d appreciate that cleaning that small room alone is a full month project! In cleaning out the promotion closet, I see I have some goodies to share as a prize to today’s post.
Then there’s the writing…as you know, I released CHARMING THE PROFESSOR in December amid the crazy project of finishing the floors, Christmas, and learning the ropes for self-publishing. It’s been a whirlwind! I’m sure my promotion of the book is not up to snuff, but I was just exhausted from all the effort. (And thank all of you who so graciously have left a review on Amazon and Goodreads) With that book, behind me, I’m turning my attention to two projects. One is revising and re-editing a Romantic Suspense called IN A HEARTBEAT. This story was released with Samhain under a pen name back in 2007. I’ve written a number of books since then and, quite frankly, am a better writer now than I was back then. So I’m almost finished revising and re-editing this book for hopefully a Spring release. It’s a project I’ve been working on here and there through 2015. Here’s the cover.
But more importantly, I’m working on TO BAIT A RAKE, the next book in the Rake Patrol Series. If you read my Christmas short story, SCOTLAND CHRISTMAS REUNION, then you’ve already read a taste of the new book. You will recall that the Rake Patrol formed as the four ladies involved were determined to root out the rakes that placed personal ads advertising to meet women in the Mayfair Messenger. My four Rake Patrol members were convinced that such ads were placed for nefarious purposes and they sought to expose the men behind the ads – however, in the last two books, the men weren’t rakes at all. This is a problem. How does one find and identify a rake?
Enter Abigail, a young widow who wishes to be part of the Rake Patrol. She volunteers to interview the men who believe themselves to be rakes, so the Rake Patrol can recognize specific characteristics as they investigate the personal ads. To lure men forward for their study, the Rake Patrol places it’s own ad with an invitation, and all manner of difficulties, conflicts and romantic trysts ensue. This should be a fun book and I’m hoping to get more time to work on it once we head South for warmer climes.
So my question is: If you happened to be a curious, very sheltered young widow, what question would you ask a rake if you had the opportunity to interview one? Anything goes . The person leaving the best original answer will win a tin of Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky Fudge (Made in Scotland). I can’t wait to hear your answers.
Posted by Susan Sey Jan 2 2016, 12:21 am in Anna Sugden, Donna MacMeans, New Jersey Ice Cats, Scotland Christmas Reunion, The Moor's Tear
Thanks to all that participated in the Romance Bandits 12 Days of Christmas…
On the 1st Day of Christmas SUSAN SEY gave away a Kindle copy of the Blake Brothers Boxed Set TROUBLE and a bag of Crapola Granola to SHANNON! Email Susan at email@example.com to claim your prize!
On the 2nd Day of Christmas SUZANNE FERRELL gave away an ebook copy of Close To Christmas and an ornament to JANE and COLLEEN C! Email Suzanne at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize!!
On the 3rd Day of Christmas, CAREN CRANE gave away a copy of the anthology FORGET ME NOT to BRENDA RUMSEY! Email Caren at CarenCrane@gmail.com to claim your prize!
On the FOURTH day – AKA the FUDGE FIGHT between Cassondra and Jeanne – the winner is KATE SPARKS! (Please message Jeanne on FB within 30 days to claim your prize!)
On the FIFTH day – AKA – GRAVY WARS – the winner is Louisa Cornell – I have your email, so I’ll email YOU!! Congrats, ladies!!
On the 6th Day of Christmas TRISH MILBURN gave away a surprise pack, and it goes to…MARY PRESTON! Congrats!
Send me your mailing info either through the Lair mailroom or message me privately on Facebook
On the 7th Day of Christmas JO ROBERTSON awarded every commenter a free e-book of WITHOUT MALICE. I think everyone responded and got her claimed her copy. Thanks for participating!
On the 9th Day of Christmas, ANNA SUGDEN gave away a New Jersey Ice Cats ornament and a set of signed, limited edition, NJ Ice Cats short stories to … KI and to PISSENLIT! To apologise for not making it to the blog (due to bad weather, bad traffic and a bad migraine) she will also give away a free signed, limited edition copy of A Perfect Storm to any of the BBs who commented on her day. All winners, please email your snail mail details to Anna via her website or the Lair mailroom.
On the 10th Day of Christmas DONNA MACMEANS gave away a Mardi Gras mask ornament, a digital copy of THE MOOR’S TEAR, and a digital copy of SCOTLAND CHRISTMAS REUNION to…. BARB HEINTZ! Barb, please email your contact information to DMacWeb@wowway.com to claim your prize!
On the 12th Day of Christmas, NANCY NORTHCOTT gave a dragon ornament to…GAMISTRESS66! Please email Nancy via her website, nancy northcott dot com (no spaces) by January 8 to claim your prize.
The GRAND PRIZE Winner is SANDYG265. Sandy, everyone will mail separately, but if you’ll email contact info to Nancy per the listing for the 12th day, she’ll get it to everyone.
Congrats to all the winners, and thanks to everyone who joined in our celebration!
Hope you all had fun. I know we did. Jeanne and Cassondra will announce their winners a little later, but they will be announced
Wishing everyone a very happy New Year!
Posted by Donna MacMeans Jan 1 2016, 12:25 am in Charming the Professor, Donna MacMeans
I love New Year’s Eve!!! We go out dancing every year to welcome in the new year with noise makers, balloons and champagne. Of course, I’m exhausted the morning after – which is today! Hope you had a great New Year’s Eve and are ready to start 2016!
I think the wheels are slowly turning in the lair as we recover from the mad partying of 2015, but tomorrow on January 2nd, we’ll post a listing of all the winners and prizes from the Twelve Days of Christmas. If you left a comment on someone’s post, you may have won a prize – so stop back and check it out!
Jeanne Adams should be popping in on January 8th.
Alexandra Christian will make her Lair debut as Nancy’s guest on January 12th. They’ll discuss Alexandra’s steamy new fantasy romance, Huntress, as well as whatever else crosses their minds.
I’ll be on a road trip in search of sunny skies later in January. I’ll give you an update in February. But for now I will be changing my normal blog date and blogging instead on January 18th. I recently realized how much “stuff” I’ve accumulated, even in areas such as my TBR pile of books and in my stash of promotional prizes. So be sure to check back as I clean out my office and distribute some of these forgotten goodies. (Scotch whisky fudge anyone?)
Nancy Northcott will be rounding out the month on January 26th.
So be sure to check back for fun, prizes, and conversation as we slug our way through January.
Wishing everyone a wonderful, healthy, peaceful, and productive 2016!!!!
Posted by Donna MacMeans Dec 23 2015, 12:05 am in Charming the Professor, Donna MacMeans, Einstein, quantum physics, Santa, time travel
One thing about writers, we tend to research. It doesn’t really matter what the genre is, there’s always something that requires more in-depth knowledge than we normally possess. Therefore it should not be a surprise to learn that I did a bit of research into the physics of time-travel in the course of writing CHARMING THE PROFESSOR. I read several books about time theories and it’s relation to space and gravity. I watched endless videos to explain the basics of quantum physics.
So it is with some authority that I can state that… Santa Claus is a time-traveler.
It’s true. Consider Einstein’s theory that says time slows as one approaches the speed of light. It’s been said that in order for Santa to visit all the houses of good little children to deliver presents in the 32 hours available to him in this one night (that’s the true number of hours given time zones and the earth’s rotation), Santa would have to travel three times the speed of light. At that speed, time would reverse – didn’t the movie SUPERMAN show this to be true? (And isn’t there a clear resemblence between Santa and Einstein – hmmm?)
Also, it’s been proven that time slows as one moves away from a gravatational force. Thus time goes by more slowly for those that live/work at the top of a skyscraper than for those at street level. (Of course, those at the top have to wait for the elevators to take them down, causing them to waste their found seconds of time.) Santa Claus travels at heights that would laugh at gravity thus giving him more than the necessary 32 hours to deliver gifts.
So the jolly old elf must be a time-traveler!
Allow me to present an excerpt from CHARMING THE PROFESSOR to help explain time travel. In this excerpt, Madeline is a French charm teacher who has been transported to modern day New Orleans. She’s trying to get home and her best bet is Professor Grant Stewart who teaches quantum physics at Tulane University. She doesn’t come right out and tell him of her plight because telling the wrong person could land her in a straight-jacket. So she’s feeling him out to see where he stands on the issue of time-travel.
“Every year,” he said. “My quantum students talk about building a H. G. Well’s time machine. Just climb aboard and select your year.”
“A time machine?” Her disappointment lifted. “Where might I find this Mr. Wells?” Perhaps that gentleman could return her home.
“In a library.” Grant frowned. “It was fiction, Madeline. Don’t you remember H. G. Wells and the Time Machine? Or The Island of Doctor Moreau, or The War of the Worlds?” He shook his head, returning his gaze to the road ahead. “So many people confuse actual science with science fiction.”
Frustration extinguished her brief flare of hope. Now what was she to do? She’d been so certain that escaping from the iron gates into the company of a time professor was not just coincidence. Even Doc and his voodoo saints thought Professor Stewart held the answer. At least Doc and Cici believed that she had somehow stumbled into this period from the past. Professor Stewart clearly would not.
“Right now there’s an experiment with entangled particles that holds promise,” he said. “A transporter may result from that discovery. Of course, a transportation device like the one on Star Trek is still decades away. It wouldn’t connect the strings of time, but a transporter…that would be a step into the future.”
“Strings of time?” She dismissed the confusing combination of otherwise ordinary words, like entangled and particles, stars and trek. “What are strings of time?”
“That’s right. You missed my lecture last night.” He glanced quickly her way. “Thank you for coming, by the way, you were a life saver. Sometimes Kimmy can be a handful, and if you hadn’t come when you did…”
“Professor,” she urged softly. “Strings of time?”
“Yes. There’s a theory that our existence occurs on a specific string of time, simultaneously with other strings that hold alternate existences. Thus, our medieval past might be occurring in real time on one string and our distant future on another string. Some scientists believe these strings to be an infinite number of bubbles on a plane in space called a brane, but the entire concept is still called string theory.”
“That is astounding.” She felt her jaw might have unhinged at the discovery and dangled unattractively. She quickly composed herself. “This is what you spoke of yesterday?” she asked. “I would have liked to have heard your speech.”
Perhaps his speech was the very reason fate had led her to this professor. She needed to hear his speech. And yet once again she’d managed to miss the opportunity. Still, she couldn’t dwell on her disappointment, not with a time professor with such valuable information seated next to her.
“What happens if two strings were to touch,” she asked. “Say a string from the medieval past and our string of the present?”
“Then it might be possible for an armor-clad knight to chase a dragon down Canal Street.” He laughed. “But the fact that such an occurrence only happens as playacting proves that such time collisions are not possible.”
A time collision…could that have been what happened? She’d survived the colliding of strings? But if that were the case, why did the others touring the foundry not follow her in this collision? Why was she alone in this dilemma? She shook her head. None of that mattered now. What mattered was finding the way back.
We all know that Christmas is a magical night when miracles can occur. If you could travel to any time past or future, where would you go? Don’t worry, you’ll be back in time for the opening of presents on Christmas morning. Let’s take a peek at a time-traveling Christmas (Hey, Scrooge did it – so can we!) Someone leaving a comment will win a copy of the short story: Scotland Christmas Reunion. Thank you to Think Geek for the string theory cartoon.
To add a little New Orleans to your holiday, add some creamy pralines . Creamy Pecan Pralines recipe
To add a little break from all the Christmas madness, consider a copy of Charming the Professor. It’s bound to put a smile on your face.
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Or for when you only have time for a short story, Scotland Christmas Reunion
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Merry Christmas everyone!
Posted by Donna MacMeans Dec 6 2015, 10:00 pm in Charming the Professor, Come to me, Donna MacMeans, Oberon Wonch, The Moor's Tear
Sorry I’m so late posting the prizes won over the past couple of blogs. As many of you know my Thanksgiving was not the best – I’m still trying to put the house back to rights – compounded by a book launch and I’m behind on life in general
However, that said – we have prizes to distribute!
From my Dominoes blog on November 23rd, SandyG265 wins a digital copy of CHARMING THE PROFESSOR. Sandy, I need to know what email who want me to use to send the gift from Amazon.
From Oberon Wonch’s debut author blog on December 2nd, the winner of a digital copy of COME TO ME is Kate Sparks. Kate, if you could go to Oberon’s website at www.OberonWonch.com and send her your contact information, I’m certain she’ll get that right out.
And Finally, from my CHARMING THE PROFESSOR launch on December 3rd, we have the following winners:
Colleen C– wins the Mardi Gras mask, a little voodoo keychain trinket, and a digital copy of CHARMING THE PROFESSOR.
Dianna – wins a digital copy of THE MOOR’S TEAR.
Janie McGaugh wins a digital copy of THE MOOR’S TEAR.
Just as a reminder, THE MOOR’S TEAR is the prequel, of sorts, to CHARMING THE PROFESSOR.
Ladies, if the three of you can contact me at www.DonnaMacMeans.com and send me your contact info, I’ll get everything out immediately.
Thanks much for everyone’s participation and patience. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas Holiday. Don’t forget our Twelve Days of Christmas celebration that begins on December 13th. We’ve love to have you join us!
Posted by Donna MacMeans Nov 16 2015, 10:00 pm in Anna Campbell, Anna Sugden, Donna MacMeans, Susan Gee Heino
Hi all –
Thanks for sharing the Christmas joy via our Christmas novellas and short story posts. We have winners!!!
Ninfa – wins a copy of Scotland Christmas Reunion offered by moi, Donna MacMeans (www.DonnaMacMeans.com)
Saralee – wins a copy of A Pirate for Christmas offered by Anna Campbell (www.annacampbell.info)
Laney4 – wins a copy of Yuletide Lies offered by Susan Heino (www.susangh.com)
Charlene – wins the A Perfect Party and A Lucky Charm offered by Anna Sugden (www.AnnaSugden.com)
Please use the websites listed to send your contact information to the appropriate author.
Hope you all have a fabulous holiday season this year!
Posted by Donna MacMeans Nov 11 2015, 12:15 am in Anna Campell, Anna Sugden, Caren Crane, Christmas novellas, Donna MacMeans, Nancy Northcott, Saralee Etter, Short Stories, Susan Gee Heino, Suzanne Ferrell, Tawny Weber, Trish Milburn
Snow may not be falling where you live, but Christmas is just around the corner, as they say. Whether you’re buying books as gifts, or just looking for something seasonal to read curled up on the couch, here’s a number of fantastic Christmas books, novellas, and short stories to put you in the holiday spirit. I hope you can find something to your liking.
Widow Edith MacPherson faces a lonely Christmas in isolated Scotland at a time when the holiday wasn’t celebrated with glitz and glamour. She misses the comaraderie of her friends and festivities in London. However, when an acquaintance from her youth lands on her son’s doorstep, he awakens feelings that she thought she’d buried long in the past. A copy of Scotland Christmas Reunion will go to someone leaving a comment!
(Short story) Scotland Christmas Reunion
A Day of Thanksgiving? (note: This short story will only be available in November. Don’t miss this opportunity!)
When Ice Cats’ defenseman, Troy Davidson, sees his ex-fiancé at his parents’ Thanksgiving party, he’s determined to make things right. He screwed up five years ago, when he ditched their engagement party to elope with a movie star. Now divorced, he realises he’s only ever loved one woman. Charlotte Daniels claims she’s forgiven Troy. But can she trust him enough to take another chance on him and love?
(Short story) http://www.annasugden.com/extras/readers/
Snowbound! (This short story will not be available until December, but watch Anna’s website (above) for details )
When Ice Cats’ forward, Vladimir ‘Vlad’ Ralinkov, gets caught in a snowstorm, on his way back from a game, he seeks refuge in his favourite diner. Could this be the opportunity he’s been waiting for to heat things up with lovely diner owner, Poppy Lambert, or will she leave him out in the cold?
A signed, limited edition of the first two short stories, A Perfect Party and A Perfect Lucky Charm will go to someone leaving a comment!
From Bandita friend Saralee Etter: Dutiful, practical Lydia Potts knew that her father, a wealthy commoner, planned to announce her engagement to a nobleman at their Christmas house party. But she didn’t expect her prospective fiancé to be in love with another woman!
Anthony wasn’t usually so reckless but something about the unknown lady’s sweet manner and big pansy-brown eyes made him want to share a bit of juicy gossip with her. Everybody knew Lord Danville needed to marry an heiress to save his family from financial ruin, but nobody but Anthony would mention it to the heiress herself.
To fix the mess he’s created, Anthony must woo Lydia on his noble friend’s behalf—and Lydia will have to decide between duty and desire.
This story features some characters also seen in A Limited Engagement, another Regency romance by Saralee Etter. This is a sweet romance (kisses only, no sexual content).
(Novella) Lydia’s Christmas Charade
Pursued by the pirate…
Bess Farrar might be an innocent village miss, but she knows enough about the world to doubt Lord Channing’s motives when he kisses her the very day they meet. After all, local gossip insists that before this dashing rake became an earl, he sailed the Seven Seas as a ruthless pirate.
Bewitched by the vicar’s daughter…
Until he unexpectedly inherits a title, staunchly honorable Scotsman Rory Beaton has devoted his adventurous life to the Royal Navy. But he sets his course for tempestuous new waters when he meets lovely, sparkling Bess Farrar. Now this daring mariner will do whatever it takes to convince the spirited lassie to launch herself into his arms and set sail into the sunset.
A Christmas marked by mayhem.
Wooing his vivacious lady, the new Earl of Channing finds himself embroiled with matchmaking villagers, an eccentric vicar, mistaken identities, a snowstorm, scandal, and a rascally donkey. Life at sea was never this exciting. The gallant naval captain’s first landlocked Christmas promises hijinks, danger, and passion – and a breathtaking chance to win the love of a lifetime.
Anna is offering a kindle copy of A Pirate for Christmas to someone leaving a comment!
(Novella) A Pirate For Christmas
When Aimee Brandon flees from a cult’s compound into a freezing Wyoming winter, she knows she has to survive and find help in order to save her mother and protect innocents from the cult’s plans. When she collapses on the cabin steps of former CIA agent Gideon Oakes, her plans are put on hold as Gideon nurses her back to health and they wait out a wave of snowstorms. The last thing Gideon wants is to return to the outside world, the one in which his mistakes cost lives. But if he doesn’t get Aimee to the authorities, he might be responsible for even more deaths. What neither of them expects is to fall for each other in such a short amount of time, but there’s no arguing with the truth. This man who wants to hide from the world and the woman who has to return to it, find love in the least-expected place at the least-expected time.
(Novella) Safe In His Arms
Close To The Mistletoe is part of a 19 e-book bundle releasing on November 17th for $0.99. It’s the fifth installment in Suzanne Ferrell‘s popular small town Westen series and will be published as a stand-alone title in December.
When teacher Holly Murphy walks into Westen’s only bar to help her friend celebrate a divorce, she doesn’t expect hot carpenter Nick Fisher to save her from an embarrassing situation. His heated kisses awaken something deep inside her, but when someone sets his sights on Holly, will Nick be the one to protect her close to the mistletoe?
(Boxed set) Mischief Under the Mistletoe
From NYT Bestseller Tawny Weber, A SEAL’s Proposal
Being the best means making sacrifices, but do vows made at 16 hold true at 24?
Duty First, Duty Only…
As a teenaged Sea Cadet, Sam Morelli joined the elite club his brother formed with other teens, focused on a single goal: to become Navy SEALs. Membership required a vow that once he became a SEAL, the team would be his only commitment. Distractions like relationships or dependents would be forbidden. Eight years later, on the cusp of achieving his goal, Sam has forgotten that vow. But Bryanna Spencer hasn’t.
Sugar, shoes, and a sexy SEAL…
Numbers whiz Bryanna Spencer loves chocolate, designer shoes, and Sam Morelli. She’s always dreamed of one thing: being Sam’s wife. Raised in a Navy family, she knows the rules: to be a great SEAL, a man can’t have a woman weighing down his thoughts. Bryanna’s been nibbling on sweet, sexy, better-than-chocolate-covered-caramel Sam for four years, but Sam’s dream of being a SEAL has been with him longer. His dream is her nightmare.
Some vows are made to be broken…
With Sam home on leave for Christmas, Bryanna has one last chance to prove to Sam that he wants her more than he wants his SEAL Trident. But time is running out. Once he finishes the last phase of his training, she may lose him forever. But Sam may have different kind of vow in mind…
(Novel) A SEAL’s Proposal
From Bandita Buddy Susan Gee Heino: Yuletide Lies–A Regency Christmas Novel
Amid mistletoe, mystery, and a motley menagerie, the greatest gift this Christmas is love.
Cassandra Loring awakes from a nightmare to find herself in a mysterious castle, tended by a host who thinks she’s someone she’s not. Lord Braden has secrets to hide and is willing to do just about anything to save his crumbling estate—including marry an heiress he’s only just met. As their Christmas Eve wedding approaches, will deception bring ruin, or will truth rescue them both?
(Novel) Yuletide Lies
Susan will give one person leaving a comment a copy of Yuletide Lies!
Another boxed set! This is from the Bluestocking Belles. You may recall their blog on Monday. All proceeds go to The Malala Fund to ensure every girl has access to 12 years of free, safe, quality primary and secondary education.
(Boxed set) Mistletoe, Marriage & Mayhem
Here’s a boxed set that, while not Christmas themed, is inspired by the Christmas spirit of giving in that the proceeds go to prevent Alzheimer’s and support brain health research!
Caren Crane is participating in an anthology of ten short stories by ten different authors, all set in the world of Tammy Falkner’s Reed Brothers’ tattoo shop. The authors are donating 100% of the proceeds to benefit Alzheimer’s and brain health. Join Tammy Falkner, Jane Charles, Ava Stone, Marquita Valentine, Lexi Eddings, Lj Charles, Andris Bear, Caren Crane, Jerrica Knight-Catania and Diane Franks to help combat this terrible disease!
Caren’s story in the anthology is Lakewood Confidential: Tondra is struggling for attention on the New York art scene when a chance to ink notorious hip-hop legend Lakewood lands in her desperate hands. The reclusive rapper shares a part of his history he’s never told anyone, forcing Tondra to choose between ensuring her own success and safeguarding Lakewood’s secrets. This story is a prequel to Caren’s fourth, as-yet-untitled Cross Springs novel.
Available for pre-sale now and live on Thanksgiving Day!
(Anthology) Forget Me Not
Magic & Mistletoe, Nancy Northcott‘s Light Mage Wars holiday story, asks whether a bookworm and a badass can find love. It will be out in late November.
Peri Lee grew up in a dangerous neighborhood, worrying each day that her loved ones might not make it home. Now a mage teacher, she loves her quiet, bookish life. Deputy Shire Reeve Roland Wade is a good guy but not much of a reader, not the type he figures Peri needs. Especially since his linebacker build, broken nose, and badass attitude remind her of the thugs who haunted her childhood. As though that weren’t enough, his job puts his life on the line daily. Will Peri’s fears doom their chance for a relationship, or will they find their own special magic under the mistletoe?
And just in case you missed it last year…Tiny Treats!
Extremely short vignettes from several of the Romance Bandits and others – all for the affordable price of FREE!
(Anthology) Tiny Treats
So there you have it. Holiday stories to take you through Thanksgiving, Christmas, the holiday season and well beyond!
Which one of the above would you like to find under your tree (or in your Kindle ) The prizes noted above will go to someone leaving a comment!