Saturday, December 31, 2016

#SaturdaySpotlight: First Comes Desire by @TinaDonahue from @LyricalPress #BundleUp&Enjoy

First Comes Desire
 “The story is brimming with risquรฉ retorts
and searing sex scenes.”

                          —Publishers Weekly on Passionate Pursuit, Dangerous Desires series


A hunted pirate captain. A reverend's daughter determined to bring him down.

On a lush, secluded island, one passionate adventure leads to another….

Diana Fletcher means business. The beautiful, innocent, reverend’s daughter has traveled all the way to a tropical island off Madagascar on a mission: To find her brother—and to punish the man who drove him to a life of piracy. But when she comes face to face with the enemy in question, the handsome, powerfully seductive man is not at all what Diana expected…

Tristan Kent never intended to harm Diana’s brother. A man of humble origins, Tristan claims he tried to save him from another ruthless captain. Diana is desperate to believe he is telling the truth…and that the intoxicating desire that escalates between them is true as well. But can she trust him? Or is Tristan’s story—and his heart—nothing more than fool’s gold? Amid the haze of sensual delights and soaring ecstasy Tristan has in store for her, all will be revealed…

Excerpt:

She could scarcely draw enough air to speak. “I said, be quick about it.”

He took his time, his lips soft and warm against her temple and ear, breath heated and sweet.

She tensed even more, determined to resist.

“Why do you fight me when you want this as much as I do?” He kissed her jaw.

Pleasure rushed through her, delight making her come alive as she never had, the feelings new, troubling, far too exciting. Her lids slid down.

“Tell me who the man is.”

“Why?”

He suckled her neck.

She trembled, an unfamiliar ache building between her legs, tension mounting within her. Flustered, she fought his hold and failed, growing weak from his imposing size. However, she refused to surrender. “He’s a wealthy merchant who agreed to help me find Peter if I promised to become his mistress, which I shall.”

“Never.” His breath skipped over her skin. “No one will have you but me.”

She fumed, her previous weakness gone. “You’ll take me. You’ll never have me.”

“Nor will the wealthy merchant. He owns this ship? Is his name Benedict Bishop?”

“Yes. He’s the man to whom I belong.”

“Not any longer.”

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Be sure to check out Tina's website at http://tinadonahuebooks.blogspot.com/

Thursday, December 29, 2016

My Affirmations for 2017~Enjoy Each Day

I'm using the term, affirmations, instead of resolutions because I like the word better. Of course, all the usual resolutions like exercising more and eating better apply to me. But mostly I want to have more fun this year. I remember a dear friend once told me "Be sure to find something each day to enjoy even if it's just a good cup of coffee." That's what I want to do. Enjoy something every day like a good glass of tea. Be content with my life and what I have. Appreciate my family and my friends. Pay it forward.

I'm happy about having two books scheduled in 2017 for publication which are two of my favorite stories. I have the fourth book in the series, featuring Kayla, on tap to be next in this series.

My major goal for 2017 is to finish up Rafe and Simone's story, To Lose a Lady, which is the second book in my French Quarter Brides series. I have the book half-written, then I had to put it away after I signed a contract for the Love Heals All series. I definitely want to finish their story as it is one of those books of the heart. Plus I still have hopes to getting to another Darlene story! Lots of writing to get done. `

I also want to strive to be a positive influence on the readers who stop by my blog and who read my lighthearted stories, which I hope they will find entertaining and uplifting. 

Wising everyone the best in 2017 with a virtual hug! 


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Holiday Home Cooking: Toasting Pecans

Winter is definitely a good time for shelling and toasting pecans. I do love pecans, but not the trees. At one time, I had several pecan trees in my yard but they have been cut down. There are still a couple in the woods behind my house. They do produce pecans which the squirrels always get first and tree limbs are always falling off the pecan trees. So I buy my pecans at the story. I buy them shelled because shelling pecans is not my thing either. 

Here's a quick recipe for toasting pecans:

6 cups of pecans
1/8 cup of butter
salt

Spread pecans in a baking pan. Toast at 250 degrees for about 30 minutes. Slice butter into thin slices. Remove pecans and put slices of butter over all of the pecans in the pan. Stir until butter is melted and mixed with pecans until pecans are greasy. Salt. Toast pecans one hour. Salting and stirring every 15 minutes or so. Pecans are done when all the butter is absorbed and the pecans are crisp. Enjoy! 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

#SundaySample Brett's First Christmas Tree from Everything His Heart Desires

Today, I decide to share a snippet from Everything His Heart Desires, which will be available on January the 10th. The time frame of the book includes the holiday season and when I was writing it, I decided I wanted Natalie, the heroine, to do something special for Brett, who was raised by his widowed uncle and he'd never really had a big Christmas or a tree. She comes up with a terrific idea for Brett, who loves the Sixties muscle cars. 

At his house, he waited at the garage door until she opened it. She was not naked. She had on a red-and-white-striped dress over red leggings. Her blond hair was pulled back in a ponytail at the nape of her neck and held in place by a large red bow with a twig of holly.
“Don’t you look like Christmas?” He bent and gave her a quick kiss.
“I’m sorta in the Christmas mood today.” She pulled him inside. “Close your eyes.”
She led him down the hallway. 
“I smell something like an apple,” he said.
“That’s an apple candle.”
“You’re not taking me to the bedroom.” He knew they had not gone in that direction.
“The world doesn’t revolve around the bedroom, Brett.”
“Really?”
“Silly.” She squeezed his hand. “Turn left.”
He knew they had to be in the main part of the house, where the great room and the kitchen were located. She maneuvered him past the furniture. “Stop here,” she said.
He stood still, his eyes still closed. “All right.”
She positioned herself in front of him. “Open your eyes.”
He did and the first thing he saw was her smile. “Surprise,” she said as she stepped aside to reveal a Christmas tree beside the fireplace, where a couple of logs burned. The artificial pine tree was aglow with colorful Christmas lights, and hanging from its limbs were little model cars attached to red ribbons. He stared at the tree. It was a heart-jarring moment, something he would have never expected.
“I know you said you don’t put up a tree.” She looked as if his silence had given her second thoughts. “I thought it would be fun to have one this year. Complete with Hot Wheels. When Amber and I were shopping, she was looking at toys for her son, and I saw the boxes of Hot Wheels. The idea hit me, and I just had to try it. So with some ribbon and hot glue, it worked.”
He nodded, unable to speak for the lump in his throat.

Buy Links: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EE09ZNO๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•


I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas day whether you're with family, friends or simply enjoying your own company! 



Friday, December 23, 2016

#Holiday #Recipe~Dewitt Salad from historical romance author @katherinelbone #Pirates!


Thanks for welcoming me aboard ship, Lady Patricia. The holidays ARR a perfect time to celebrate romance and try out new things, like recipes. Special thanks to Author Tina Gayle for organizing this #Holiday Romance and #Recipe Exchange. I’m looking forward to the tasty additions I’ll be adding to my recipe file! Huzzah!
As you can see, I love the holidays. ’Tis the season for sharing and I’m especially happy to reveal one of my all-time FAVorite recipes, one that comes from my days as an Army wife. This salad is a healthy and delicious addition to any meal, any time of the year. The reds and greens are super festive and punch up the color at the dinner table. I get loads of compliments on this one!
Dewitt Salad
Ingredients:
Head of Broccoli (small pieces)
1 cup Celery, chopped
1 cup Onion, chopped
½ cup Green Pepper, sliced
1 cup Red Grapes, halved
1 cup Green Grapes, halved
½ lb. Bacon, fried crisp
½ cup Pecan, optional
Dressing:
1/3 cup Sugar
1 cup Miracle Whip
1 tsp. Vinegar

Combine all ingredients and mix well.
Best to prepare ingredients then add dressing closer to serving time.

When your feet are too tired to walk, your shopping is done, and you’ve got spare time on your hands, there’s nothing like diving into a good book. Here’s a peak at my latest release, The Pirate’s Debt, the continuing story of the Black Regent in my Regent’s Revenge Series.
Lady Chloe Walsingham is an enthusiastic gothic romance reader and hopeless romantic focused solely on finding her perfect hero. She also happens to have a penchant for getting into trouble. So when the man she loves disappears after a scandalous duel, she decides to follow him to the ends of the Earth. To do so, however, Chloe must evade her brother, an infamous revenue man, and board a ship bound for Penzance. And nothing in her beloved books can prepare her for the harsh realities of wreckers who ply the coast.
After his father destroyed the lives of countless innocent people, Basil Halford, Earl of Markwick is willing to do anything to earn back his honor. Betrayed by his blood and his reputation ruined, Markwick answers the request of a well-heeled duke and dons the Black Regent’s mask to repay the debt. His task? Rescuing a young woman who is chasing down a ghost of a man.
But a pirate has plenty of enemies, and Markwick isn’t any different. No matter how diligent a captain he may be, sailing to Lady Chloe’s rescue involves risking not only the Regent’s legacy but the last thing he can afford to lose…his heart.
  
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~ Excerpt ~

Seated in Markwick’s cutter, cloaked in his clothing, Chloe felt incredibly shallow. To think that she’d cast all inhibitions to the wind and sailed off for an enterprising adventure, only to need to be rescued by the very man she’d set out to find. Though she hadn’t known she’d be finding the Black Regent.
Regent sightings were rare for the average villager. She’d never known anyone who’d actually met the gallant hero that stole from the rich and gave to the poor.
Oh, to be sitting so near to him now, to have touched him, to be in love with him, is even more exceptional than I imagined it would be!
She fought to curb the jubilation pulsing through her veins, igniting her headstrong passions, and forced herself to remember this was all about her devotion to Markwick and the lives lost on the very ship on which she’d obtained passage. To anyone else, the Black Regent might be a dashing pirate who’d just plucked her off the Mohegan’s decks and saved her from certain death, but Markwick was also the man she loved.
She sighed, half trembling, half in despair. Unable to tear her gaze away, she desired to stretch out her fingers and touch the man, to assure herself that he wasn’t a figment of her imagination. What kind of nightmare would that be, to discover she was dreaming and that Markwick really wasn’t there?
Oh, but the blackguard truly was just as she’d envisioned! In her mind’s eye, he’d been a swashbuckling champion born from the pages of fiction and fantasy. Now, sitting before her, was the living man whose very existence defied her infatuations because he was the man she loved. Broad-shouldered, lean, with a firm authoritarian profile, he stood a head taller than she did, and oh . . . when he’d held her in his arms on board the Mohegan, a lightheaded euphoria had immediately stunned her. Markwick had stood behind her before but only to teach her how to shoot a bow and arrow. Not like this. Never like this!
Her gaze lowered to his upper arms. They were thick, flexing muscular limbs capable of sweeping her off her feet at a moment’s whim. And oh, she wanted to be his Matilda. She wanted him to be her Theodore.
Bother. Matilda and Theodore were Horace Walpole’s creations. She and Markwick lived in the real world. She inhaled a breath of frigid, moist, salty air.
Admit the truth, you silly girl. Markwick triggered breathless exhilaration and the unbridled beat fluttering within her breast, not the Black Regent. For her, there had always only been the Earl of Markwick.


National best-selling historical romance author Katherine Bone has been passionate about history since she had the opportunity to travel to various Army bases, castles, battlegrounds, and cathedrals as an Army brat turned officer’s wife. Who knew that an Army wife’s passion for romance novels would lead to pirates? Certainly not her rogue, whose Alma Mater’s adage is “Go Army. Beat Navy!” Now enjoying the best of both worlds, Katherine lives with her rogue in the south where she writes about rogues, rebels, and rakes—aka pirates, lords, captains, duty, honor, and country—and the happily-ever-afters that every alpha male and damsel deserve.


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Thank you for allowing me to share one of my all-time FAVorite holiday recipes with you and your readers, Lady Patricia. I wish you all a very tasty and hearty holiday season!
Blessings,

Katherine

Thursday, December 22, 2016

#Christmas Confessions from fun author Donna Cummings @bookemdonna #LovesRum

 

So happy to have the amazing Donna Cummings here today. She and Darlene go way back to their days at Hooters!!! LOL. No, seriously, Donna writes funny romantic stories that are always as much fun as she is. So here are her Christmas Confessions...

Christmas Confessions

1. I always buy eggnog at Christmas because for some reason they never sell it any other time of the year (it makes great French toast).

2. In my opinion, Christmas fruitcake should be magically transformed into coffee cake, because helloooo, COFFEE! And cake! All in one.

3.  I better get up Christmas morning and find Chris Hemsworth under the tree or else Tom Hiddleston in my stockings. Er, let me rephrase that. . . .

4. The best thing about Christmas is that my FAVORITE holiday (the return of Daylight Saving Time) is only two and a half months away!

5. My Christmas dinner is usually a free-for-all and my favorite dish is mashed potatoes. No, Christmas cookies. Wait. I can't decide, but now I'm starving. Oh, and I’ll be drinking hot buttered rum. Wanna join me?


Six of today's most popular regency romance authors come together to deliver a holiday anthology full of passion, promise, and scandalous dalliance. Have Yourself A Very Wicked Christmas!

In Heather Boyd's The Christmas Affair, a lonely shopkeeper offers shelter to a beautiful, not so innocent miss to overcome the bitter memories of Christmases past, but could such a wicked connection ever lead to a happily-ever-after? A dashing spy with marriage on his mind seeks to rekindle the spark by any means possible with the woman who claimed his heart in Love at First Dance by Barbara Monajem. A scandalous widow rescues the man of her dreams - but his secrets could destroy their love in Nicola Davidson's Joy to the Earl. A masquerade ball was no place to be reckless with your innocence, and yet one scorching look at the masked highwayman urges Miss Partridge to do just that in Mistletoe and the Marquess by Wendy Vella. In Lord Misrule by Donna Cummings, a young widow chooses a handsome rogue to be her first lover, but his regrets from a past Christmas may end their affair before it even commences. A blue-stocking becomes a courtesan to escape a murderer in The Glittering Prize, an intrigue-filled romance by Beverley Oakley about finding love where it's least expected.
This is an all-new collection of stand-alone complete works.


Available for purchase at:


 Bio:
I have worked as an attorney, winery tasting room manager, and retail business owner, but nothing beats the thrill of writing humorously-ever-after romances. I reside in New England, although I fantasize about spending the rest of my days in a tropical locale, wearing flip flops year-round, or in Regency London, scandalizing the ton.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

#Christmas Confessions from Inspirational author, Pamela Thibodeaux #BlogHopGiveaway


Today I have Christmas Confessions from award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux. She is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.”

Christmas Confessions

1.      I always buy Eggnog at Christmas because it’s the best time of the year to sit, reflect and enjoy the smooth, creamy drink.

2.      In my opinion, Christmas fruitcake should be outlawed – it’s just plain nasty LOL!

3.      I better get up Christmas morning and find Heartland Season 9 under the tree or else I’m going to literally break down and cry because it’s my FAVORITE TV series and is no longer available for viewing in the US.

4.   The best thing about Christmas is the almost tangible love, peace, joy and goodwill toward men that seems to be more prevalent during this season.

5.      My Christmas dinner is usually a feast or a free-for-all or take-out and my favorite dish is cornbread dressing and I’ll be drinking Moscato Wine.


Pam also has a new book out and the interview below is from her blog hop for KERI'S CHRISTMAS WISH.

What inspired you to write your newest release Keri’s Christmas Wish?
When I look back on the beginning I can honestly say Keri’s Christmas Wish was totally inspired by God. I’d finished a short story and sent the collection off to my editor when a vision of a young woman scrolling through her newsfeed came to mind with the words: Bah Humbug…. The entire story evolved from that one image and I completed the manuscript within a very short time. Since this was the first, original fiction story I’ve written in its entirety since 2009 I’m very excited to see it come to fruition.

 Why should people buy this book and who is your potential audience? 
 Keri's Christmas Wish will give readers an enjoyable fiction story that shares the miracles and magic of the books and movies made over the last several years based on a true account of someone's visit to heaven. Those who love reading, hearing about and watching a true account of someone's visit to heaven as well as those who wonder if heaven is for real and what it is like, will enjoy Keri's Christmas Wish. 

 Is there anything else you feel is relevant to this story?
True accounts of heaven, angels, miracles as well as Energy Medicine, and meditation/self-help techniques are huge topics of interest in the world today. This story combines all of the above in a manner sure to entertain as well as enlighten.

 What is the message you hope to get across in this story?
 That regardless of where you are in your faith journey God and His angels are always there to guide and guard and that He loves you in spite of your doubt and fears.

What is the one question you wish an interviewer would ask you?
         Q: To what or whom do you credit your success?
           : Many people have a love/hate relationship with their muse. My muse is the Holy Spirit and I accredit every ounce of success to the grace of God because without HIM I seriously doubt I could write a single word, much less stories that bring hope and healing to so many.



For as long as she can remember, Keri Jackson has despised the hype and commercialism around Christmas so much she seldom enjoys the holiday. Will she get her wish and be free of the angst to truly enjoy Christmas this year?

A devout Christian at heart, Jeremy Hinton, a Psychotherapist, Life Coach, Spiritual Mentor and Energy Medicine Practitioner has studied all of the world’s religions and homeopathic healing modalities. But when a rare bacterial infection threatens the life of the woman he loves, will all of his faith and training be for naught?

Excerpt: 
She awoke in another dimension. Keri had no idea if she was in Heaven, but neither did she fear Hell. Her surroundings were reminiscent of a dense forest at dusk. Shadows danced against a sunset where brilliant colors bled from the sky. A light shone in the distance but as she moved toward it, Keri felt as though she plowed through molasses. Unease pricked her skin. The sound of water drew her deeper into the woods until she stood at the base of a vast waterfall and rapids so swift she dared not attempt to cross the river.

The light grew stronger, brighter. Beckoning.

I need to get to the light.



Please enter the giveaway to win a copy of Pam's book! 

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Links:
Website address: http://www.pamelathibodeaux.com    
Twitter: http://twitter.com/psthib @psthib
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1jUVcdU 



Thanks for stopping by! I agree with Pam on the fruitcake!!! 




Tuesday, December 20, 2016

#Holiday #Recipe Crock Pot Cheese Fondue Dip from author @Kris_Bock



Crock Pot Cheese Fondue Dip

This is a wonderful treat for a holiday party!

1 (10.75 oz) can cheddar cheese soup
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 cup milk
1/4 cup or more green chiles (these can often be found canned in the Mexican section of the grocery store)
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. chives
1 Tbsp. garlic
Serve with corn chips, celery sticks, cauliflower, etc.

  1. Combine all ingredients in a fondue pot or small crock pot.
  2. Heat on medium, stirring frequently, until smooth and well blended.
  3. Adjust heat to warm and serve in the pot, with chips or veggies on the side. If it starts to get too thick, stir in a little more milk.

See “the dead man’s treasure bonus material” in the left-hand column of Kris Bock’s website for more New Mexico recipes.

Photo credit: New Mexico green chile, by Littlemisslibrarian, Creative Commons License


The Mad Monk’s Treasure

The lost Victorio Peak treasure is the stuff of legends—a heretic Spanish priest’s gold mine, made richer by the spoils of bandits and an Apache raider. When Erin, a quiet history professor, uncovers a clue that may pinpoint the lost treasure cave, she prepares for adventure. But when a hit and run driver nearly kills her, she realizes she’s not the only one after the treasure. And is Drew, the handsome helicopter pilot who found her bleeding in a ditch, really a hero, or one of the enemy?

Erin isn’t sure she can trust Drew with her heart, but she’ll need his help to track down the treasure. She heads into the New Mexico wilderness with her brainy best friend Camie and a feisty orange cat. The wilderness holds its own dangers, from wild animals to sudden storms. Plus, the sinister men hunting Erin are determined to follow her all the way to the treasure, no matter where the twisted trail leads. Erin won’t give up an important historical find without a fight, but is she ready to risk her life—and her heart?

“The story has it all - action, romance, danger, intrigue, lost treasure, not to mention a sizzling relationship....”

“Great balance of history, romance, and adventure. Smart romance with an “Indiana Jones” feel.”

 Well-written with an attention to detail that allowed me to picture exactly in my head how a scene looked and played out.”

Excerpt:

Among all the legends, all the fact and fiction, one story stood out. The Victorio Peak legend had it all. A Franciscan priest and a swindler. Torture, murder, a government cover-up. Where was the truth, among all the stories? Erin wanted to find out. Over time, and with Camie’s encouragement, she’d started to take the treasure hunt more seriously. It wasn’t so much for the treasure itself—that would most likely belong to the government or the landowners. But it would make her reputation, open up new job opportunities—change her life in ways she hardly dared dream.

She touched the book gently. The pages were falling out; she didn’t want to risk carrying it around. Instead, Erin snapped a picture of the petroglyphs with her phone. That would be enough to show Camie for now.

The timing was perfect; she just had to turn in grades and field a few tearful last-minute requests for extensions, and she’d be done for the semester. What better way to spend the summer, than hunting for buried treasure?

Erin shook her head. Who would’ve thought that she, the quiet, studious girl who’d spent her entire adult life in academia in one way or another, would be planning such an adventure?

 Erin wheeled the bike around the front of her house and mounted. At the corner, she paused and looked both ways. The long frontage road was dangerously narrow, with a cement wall on one side and a ditch on the other. Fortunately, traffic was normally light, and at this time of day the road lay empty. Erin pushed off, still grinning from her find. She rode on the right side, by the ditch, instead of facing traffic, because it was just too frightening to ride alongside the wall when a car passed.

She’d gone a block when she heard the hum of a car engine as it pulled out from a side street behind her. She rode along the very edge of the pavement, even though the car would have plenty of room to pass her without oncoming traffic.

Erin glanced over her shoulder. The black SUV 20 feet behind her hadn’t bothered to pull out into the road at all. Jerk. When would drivers learn to share the road with bicyclists? Erin pulled onto the two-foot wide gravel strip between the pavement and the ditch. She couldn’t stop without risking a skid, but she slowed so the SUV could pass.

The engine roared. Erin glanced back again.

Black metal bore down on her. Her heart lurched and the bike wobbled. This guy was crazy! She whipped her gaze forward, rose up in the seat, and pumped the pedals with all her power, skimming along inches from the ditch. He was just trying to scare her. She’d get his license plate and—

She felt the bumper hit her back tire. The bike seemed to leap into the air, and she went flying. The dried mud and weeds of the ditch seemed to rise up to meet her.
  
She didn’t even have time to scream.


Kris Bock writes novels of suspense and romance with outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes. The Mad Monk’s Treasure follows the hunt for a long-lost treasure in the New Mexico desert. In The Dead Man’s Treasure, estranged relatives compete to reach a buried treasure by following a series of complex clues. In The Skeleton Canyon Treasure, sparks fly when reader favorites Camie and Tiger help a mysterious man track down his missing uncle. Whispers in the Dark features archaeology and intrigue among ancient Southwest ruins. What We Found is a mystery with strong romantic elements about a young woman who finds a murder victim in the woods. In Counterfeits, stolen Rembrandt paintings bring danger to a small New Mexico town.

Read excerpts at www.krisbock.com or visit her Amazon page. Sign up for Kris Bock newsletter for announcements of new books, sales, and more.


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Monday, December 19, 2016

#Christmas Confessions from @LyricalPress author @KariLemor #Milk&Chocolate

It's Monday and 6 days from Christmas! Today, welcome author Kari Lemor. She iss one of those children who read with a flashlight under the covers. Once she discovered her mom’s stash of romance novels, there was no other genre to even consider. For years she had stories stewing in her mind, stories of love and happily ever after. But writing wasn’t something she ever liked in school. Of course, no one ever asked her to write a story about a couple falling in love. Now that her children are grown, she can concentrate on penning tales of dashing heroes who ride to the rescue and feisty heroines who have already saved themselves. 
  Christmas Confessions
1. I always buy milk at Christmas because it goes so well with chocolate and I love eating that. 
2. In my opinion, Christmas fruitcake should be wrapped in festive paper and used as a door stop.
3. I better get up Christmas morning and find books under the tree or else. (Because we all know I can never have enough books)
4. I think most Christmas movies are sentimental and my favorite is Year Without a Santa Claus because I love Snow Miser. 
5. My Christmas dinner is usually a buffet free-for-all and my favorite dish is turkey and gravy and I’ll be drinking milk (see above).

WILD CARD UNDERCOVER – release date – March 7, 2017 – available for pre-order now.

All that glitters in Miami is not gold . . .
Lured in by a bad ex-boyfriend and the moonlight of Miami, Meg O’Hara is trapped in a nightmare situation, waiting tables for a crime boss and fearing for her life. When undercover FBI agent Christopher Shaunessy offers her a way out, she seizes it. Getting the goods on Salazar Moreno might not be easy, but she’ll do anything to be freed from her servitude and Moreno’s sexual advances, even if it means moving in with the charismatic agent.
Chris Shaunessy pretends to be Meg’s lover in order to keep her safe, but he steels his heart against further involvement. Passion has no place in the sordid world of organized crime. And yet, the closer they get to cracking the case, the stronger his feelings for the spirited waitress shine. It’s a dangerous game he’s playing, and taking Meg in his arms for real could prove a fatal misstep . . .



All buy links for WILD CARD UNDERCOVER can be accessed through my Kensington author page:  http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/34406


Thanks for stopping by! We all know Kari loves milk and chocolate! What are your favorites?

Sunday, December 18, 2016

#SundaySnippet from One Week in Your Arms #HolidaySale #99cents

This Sunday I'm posting a short snippet from One Week in Your Arms that provides a glimpse into Marla and Carson's farewell six years prior to the opening of the story when the past comes back to haunt Marla whose summer fling resulted in a daughter she's kept secret.  

“I had a great time,” she confessed boldly. She’d loved every minute of their brief, steamy affair. Talk about a summer break to remember. She grinned.
He gave her cheek a stroke. “You’ll make a great doctor.”
“You think so?”
“Yeah.” He grinned. “You certainly know all there is to know about male anatomy.”
“Yours, at least.” She laughed. Then she hopped up on her toes and gave him a quick kiss. “Goodbye, Carson Blackwell.”
She stepped away from him. Now was the time to face what was ahead. A grueling three-year residency. There would be no more time for long summer nights, tangled sheets, and sighs against swollen lips. She walked toward her small, sturdy hatchback. Before she opened the driver’s door, she looked up and met his gaze.
“Goodbye,” he called.
At that moment, she’d had an odd sensation in her chest that her life was never going to be the same. Then she laughed at her silliness. A summer fling with a guy just passing through was not something that changed your life. For her, completing her residency would be the life changer.
She had watched Carson drive off into the sunset.
Never to be seen or heard from again until now.
Why now?

One Week in Your Arms, published by Kensington Books under the Lyrical Shine imprint, is on sale now for 99 cents! If you know a romance reader, it would make a great gift! 

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Thanks for stopping by. I hope everyone has a blessed holiday week! Christmas is only one week away! 



Saturday, December 17, 2016

#Christmas Confessions from Author Kate Moore

Today let's welcome author Kate Moore. A native Californian, Kate studied English Lit near Boston and returned to California to teach generations of high school students, who are now her Facebook friends, while she not-so-secretly penned Romances. Kate writes Austen-inspired romance set in Regency England or Contemporary California. A Golden Heart, Golden Crown, and Book Buyers Best award winner and three-time RITA finalist, Kate lives north of San Francisco with her surfer husband, their yellow Lab, a Pack 'n Play for visiting grandbabies, and miles of crowded bookshelves. Her children are her best works, and her husband is her favorite hero.

Christmas Confessions 

1. I always buy paper whites to start the day after Thanksgiving so that they bloom at Christmas, and I’m a total Christmas magazine junkie because I can’t get enough of beautiful tables and trees and tempting new cookie recipes. This year almond cookies with a caramel center from Victoria.  

2. In my opinion, Christmas fruitcake should be super-moist and almost solid fruits and nuts. My friend Pat, quilter extraordinaire, makes a wonderful fruitcake every year, studded with apricots, beautifully wrapped, and delivered for New Year’s. It’s part of our football and feasting New Year’s Day. 

3. I better get up Christmas morning and find a new book to lose myself in, preferably a romance, under the tree or else. What will I do with myself if I don’t get to spend hours reading after all the visiting and cooking, and the Christmas hike?

4. I think Christmas movies are like a shot of hope to inoculate us against winter woes. As a family we like to go to a performance—Santaland Diaries, local improv, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, or The Nutcracker, but show us a scene of It’s a Wonderful Life, Love Actually, or Die Hard, and we’re hooked.

5. My Christmas dinner is usually a sit-down dinner for ten to twelve with candles, boughs of greens from our woods on the white cloth with the plaid runner! My favorite dish is my Mom’s version of Swedish Meatballs with cranberry sauce. There’s a toss up for dessert between a thing called “a chocolate snowball” and Persimmon pudding. There are always gleaming silver platters of Christmas cookies, and I’ll be drinking Zinfandel. 


Kate’s latest release is Golden Boy, an Austen-inspired tale about longing
for love and family—


In L.A., land of palm trees and perpetual sunshine, charming trust-fund Golden Boy, Josh Huntington meets his match in Emma Gray, an independent single mom with a secret past. Emma turns up her self-reliant nose at Josh’s wastrel ways, but living side by side in a beach duplex heats up a most unlikely attraction. Meanwhile, to regain his lost trust fund, Josh must date the beautiful socialites on his mother’s approved list, while Emma seeks to meet the reclusive British rocker father she’s never known. Emma and Josh think they have their attraction under control, until Emma’s young son Max picks Josh for a dad. Readers say they love the characters and the ending, and find the “sexy” just right. Enjoy!