1/23/2020

New for January from Harlequin Desire

If you love falling in love with sexy, romantic heroes who have it all, then Harlequin Desire has six new novels for you to escape with in January!



RICH, RUGGED RANCHER by Joss Wood
Texas Cattleman’s Club: Inheritance

No man is an island? Tell that to wealthy loner Clint Rockwell. But when reality TV star Fee Martinez sweeps into his life, passions flare. Will their desire for one another be enough to bridge the differences between them?


FROM SEDUCTION TO SECRETS by Andrea Laurence
Switched!

Goal-oriented Kat McIntryre didn’t set out to spend the night with billionaire Sawyer Steele, it just happened! This isn’t her only surprise. Sawyer isn’t who she thought he was—and now there’s a baby on the way... Will all their secrets ruin everything?


ENTANGLED WITH THE HEIRESS by Dani Wade
Louisiana Legacies

Young widow Trinity Hyatt is hiding a life-altering secret to protect her late husband’s legacy, and wealthy investigator Rhett Bannon is determined to find it. But his attraction to Trinity might destroy everything they’re both fighting for…or reveal a deeper truth to save it all.


VEGAS VOWS, TEXAS NIGHTS by Charlene Sands
Boone Brothers of Texas

It isn’t every day that Texan rancher Luke Boone wakes up in Vegas suddenly married! But when the sizzling chemistry with his new wife survives the trip back to Texas, long-held secrets and family loyalties threaten their promise of forever.


THE TWIN SWITCH by Barbara Dunlop
Gambling Men

When Layla Gillen follows her runaway best friend to save her brother’s wedding, she doesn’t know a fling with Max Kendrick is in her future. But when his twin brother and her best friend derail the wedding for good, Layla must choose between her family and irresistible passion.


THE CASE FOR TEMPTATION by Robyn Grady
About That Night…

After a night of passion, hard-driving lawyer Jacob Stone learns the woman he’s falling for—Tegan Hunter—is the sister of the man he’s suing! As their forbidden attraction grows, is Jacob the one to give Teagan what she’s long been denied?

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1/22/2020

A Historical Romp you Won't Want to Miss !!


ABOUT AN EARL
What Happens in the Ballroom #2

An outsider at her first English ball, Jewel is fascinated with the beautiful dresses and the lovely dancing, but she’s vowed to save the Earl of Winchcombe from her cousin’s marriage trap. When she first glimpses the handsome lord, her heart beats faster. As they plan to thwart her cousin’s machinations, she discovers a kindred spirit in Oliver—even if he’s a peer and she’s a lowly colonist. Caught kissing the earl, the ball ends in disaster and Jewel’s displeased uncle whisks her away to Scotland.

Lord Scar, as the ton calls Oliver, would rather be anywhere than at a godforsaken masquerade ball and when he learns from the free-spirited colonist about the nefarious marriage plan, he grudgingly accepts her help. Jewel intrigues him and sets his heart racing. Yet, when the ball is over and the mask is off—Oliver curses the scar that will send her screaming away.

When her uncle banishes her, Oliver comes to her rescue by offering Jewel his hand in marriage. She agrees, despite his disfigurement. But what’s a beastly lord like him to do with such a beautiful wife—especially when he discovers she’s delightfully saucy?


DIANA LLOYD, mother of gingers, writes stories with kissing in them. Diana lives in Michigan, USA where it is never more than a two-hour drive to a beach and the shark-free waters of one of the Great Lakes. Diana has flipped burgers, sorted mail, stocked warehouses, and cleaned offices. All while writing stories in her head. Diana was a finalist in the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart contest for unpublished writers in 2017 for HOW TO TRAIN YOUR BARON when she finally put one of those stories on paper and dared to let someone read it. Diana writes stories with heart and humor where characters fight against injustice and create their own happily ever after.

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THE ROMANCE INTERVIEW
DIANA: One year on Valentine’s Day my husband handed me a small box to open. After 30 years together we don’t usually make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day, so I was pleasantly surprised. I opened the box to find his wedding ring. The ring he lost when we moved many years ago and never thought we’d see again. He asked me to put it back on his finger and he promised not to take it off again. It was the most romantic thing he’d ever done.

ANGI: What’s your favorite Valentine flower?
DIANA: I’m not one of those people who likes getting cut flower bouquets because it seems so wasteful. I’d rather get a flowering sage or a polka-dot plant. My favorite flower scents are lilac, cherry blossom, and lily of the valley. Since I write historical romance, my heroines would expect flowers when the hero needs to grovel – my husband, not so much.

ANGI: What’s your favorite Valentine/Love saying?
DIANA: “Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.” Because it reminds me that relationships are a journey. I try to remember this when writing my books because each story is a couple’s journey to their happily ever after.

ANGI: Which Valentine film can you watch over and over without falling asleep?
DIANA: One of my favorites is French Kiss (Meg Ryan/Kevin Kline) and I’ll watch The Mummy (Brendan Fraser/Rachael Weisz) every time it’s on TV. It’s a Romance! A romance with shoot-outs, car chases, and mummies.

ANGI: What’s your favorite Valentine candy you’d share with friends?
DIANA: I’d share almost anything because it keeps me from eating it all. What I won’t share is Almond Roca or Peanut Butter Cups. My grandmother always had a pink tin of Almond Roca on her buffet and I got hooked on it at an early age. Now it’s a nostalgic favorite. And, of course, PBC because peanut butter is amazing if you’re not allergic to it.

ANGI: What is your favorite Valentine tradition?

DIANA: That couples in a relationship should spend some time together. If you look past all the commercialization, that’s what it’s about. I don’t care about the flowers, cards, candy or even a fancy dinner; I think it’s more important that couples spend time together doing something they both enjoy.

UP NEXT for DIANA:
LAST LORD STANDING
What Happens in the Ballroom #3
Available September 2020

Rake Kerrigen Northam survives on looks, wit, and little white lies. When one of his falsehoods turns out to be not so harmless, he struggles to make everything right again. Caught in his web of lies, Libby Chalford must find a way to save both their reputations. In this Regency mash-up of Pinocchio and the Three Little Pigs, Libby and Kerrigen discover the truth of what they seek exists in each other. 

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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR BARON
What Happens in the Ballroom #1

When Elsinore Cosgrove escapes a ballroom in search of adventure, she has no idea it will lead to a hasty marriage. The youngest daughter of a duke, all she wants is to make her own choices. Now she's engaged to an infuriating, handsome Scottish baron who doesn't even know her name! Using all her feminine wiles, along with advice gleaned from a training guide for hunting hounds, Elsinore is determined to mold her baron into the husband she wants.

Quin Graham is a man with many secrets. If another scandal can be avoided with a sham marriage, so be it. Only his fiancée isn't at all what he's expecting, and the clumsy, curious, and clever Elsinore refuses to be set aside. For reasons he's unwilling to explain, the last thing Quin needs is to fall for his wife.
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LET IT SNOW: A REGENCY HOLIDAY NOVELLA

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Blustery winds of a winter storm reveal long hidden desires and snowfall plays matchmaker in this Regency Holiday novella. A first kiss remembered, and a love ignited by a fiery game of snapdragon bring Saffron Thomas and Tobin Everleigh to a life-altering decision. While Saffron struggles between doing what is right or what is best for her, Tobin realizes that he may have waited too long to reveal his heart. Ambition and tradition are both tested as Saffron and Tobin find their way through the storm and into each other’s arms.

DIANA is giving away an ebook copy of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR BARON & ABOUT AN EARL (U.S. only) and a $10.00 Amazon gift card (worldwide)

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DIANA WANTS TO KNOW:  My reading catnip is Forced Proximity – two people who either barely know each other or actively dislike each other – thrown together and forced to learn how to work together for a Happily-Ever-After. What’s your favorite?

1/17/2020

New Release ~ A Wedding in Apple Grove

Celebrating the release of the Sweet version of A Wedding in Apple Grove, Sweet Small Town USA Book 1!


This book is dedicated to Sue Grimshaw, whose vision, insightful edits and attention to detail gave new life to the residents of Apple Grove, Ohio ~ Small Town USA. The Mulcahy Family and I thank you.

I like to use family names in my books. My Grandfather's sister (my Great Aunt Margaret married Frank Mulcahy. My Mom used to have great stories about her uncles Frank and Joe Mulcahy. Years ago I connected with one of Great Uncle Frank and Aunt Margaret's granddaughters on Ancestry.com and realized we had the same picture!!! 


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A Wedding in Apple Grove
Small Town USA Book One
Excerpt from Chapter One

Daniel Eagan downshifted then accelerated through the curve.  Weeping hemlocks and spruce trees grew side by side with oak and maple trees lining the road leading him to his new home—and life in Ohio. The sheer size and number of the trees were daunting.
The shades of green melded into a blur as he picked up speed on the straightaway. “No sidewalks.” He knew he was getting closer to the town of Apple Grove but still hadn’t seen more than a handful of homes along Route 70. Up ahead, there was a break in the trees so Dan slowed down to see if it was a driveway or the street he’d been looking for: Eden Church Road.
It was a pond just a few feet from the edge of the road. The weathered split-rail fence by the road was covered with vines. He couldn’t guess what type of vine it was—he’d have to wait until spring. He checked his watch, saw that he’d made good time and could slow down to admire his surroundings. There was a brightly colored, inflatable, kid-sized canoe on the other side of the pond next to a beat-up rowboat, with a fence just beyond. Horses grazed on the other side of the fence. He wondered if the owners competed in equestrian events, like his friends back home in Sussex County, New Jersey. He’d have to find out later, but for now he wanted to get to his destination before late afternoon.
He began to wonder if he missed his turn when all at once he noticed the bright yellow water tower looming ahead. Almost there. He drove past a cornfield with a ship’s mast and crow’s nest and pulled over. Chuckling he snapped a picture with his cell phone to send to his cousin back home.
As he drew closer to the water tower, he noticed writing on the side of it—painted in bold green letters it read: Marry me, Edie, Love Bill. He wasn’t sure if it was the John Deere color scheme or the fact that someone would write a marriage proposal on the side of a water tower that tipped him off to the fact that he wasn’t back East anymore—life was definitely different in the Midwest. He only hoped he’d fit in. He couldn’t go back, he could only go forward.
A few miles later, he saw the sign for Eden Church Road and slowed down to make the turn. He smiled at the county name at the top of the street sign—Licking County—noting it just added to the charm.

The road ahead wound through gently rolling hills. Ten minutes down the road he noticed a farmer’s wall—stones piled a few feet high and deep—outlining the property he could see up ahead. A huge barn, corral, and freshly painted white, two-story farmhouse, complete with the requisite wraparound porch and rocking chairs, were off to the left. As he drove past, he saw a crowd of people gathered out on the lawn. He slowed down and took it all in—the women dressed in myriad colors standing amid the background of grays and dark blues of the men in jackets and ties. There were long tables clothed in white and folding chairs sporting ridiculously large bows. Everyone seemed to be talking, laughing, and having a wonderful time. A wedding—he wondered if it was Edie and Bill from the water tower.
As he drove past, he saw a figure up ahead and laughed. “Must be my perspective.” A few more feet and he saw he wasn’t hallucinating. A young woman walked along the top of the fence as if it were a balance beam.
His heart stuttered as the figure windmilled her arms to keep from falling, barely regaining her balance. Swerving to the shoulder, he shifted to neutral, pulled up the hand brake and shoved open the door. He ran toward her as she lost her balance again. This time she pitched backward off the fence into his waiting arms.
Warning bells sounded as she turned her head. The sprinkling of freckles across the bridge of her nose captivated him. He nearly got lost in the endless blue of her eyes. Unable to pinpoint her age without asking, he pegged her as seventeen—eighteen tops.
Reason returned and he set her gently on her bare feet. His gaze dipped down.  She’d painted her toenails a bright green…another tip off she was in her late teens.
Irritation tangled with thoughts he had no business thinking. “You could have been seriously injured,” he ground out. “What were you thinking, pulling a stunt like that?”
She tilted back to look up at him. “I didn’t ask you to stop.”
 He was here for a new teaching job, and used to being the boss. Kids, and their parents, respected his authority. Why was this disconcerting young woman giving him a problem? “You could have broken an arm or leg.”
She put her hands on her hips and gave him a measuring look. He wondered if she was older than he’d first thought. She dressed as if she were, but he remembered some of the teenagers he’d taught back home dressed as if they were in their thirties. Looking for another clue to her age, he focused on her face. The freckles hinted at youth, but he just wasn’t sure. He shook his head and demanded, “Does your mother know you walk on fences?”
Her smiled slipped as tears filled her eyes. She looked away, but answered, “She used to.”
Now he’d gone and done it. It was obvious she’d lost her mother recently. “Can I call someone to pick you up?” He was reaching in his pocket for his phone when she brushed a fiery strand of hair out of her eyes. Damn him for noticing. If the local law caught wind of the thoughts he was having, they’d slap him in cuffs and take him downtown.
He had to put some distance between them. “Here,” he handed her his phone, but she shook her head, declining his offer.
“I’m just taking a walk then heading back to my friend’s wedding.” She tilted her head to one side and asked, “Are you driving through Apple Grove or staying on?”
“Moving here. I’m Dan Eagan,” he said holding out his hand, “your new phys ed teacher.”
At her lilting laughter, he withdrew his hand. He didn’t like to be laughed at. While he searched for the diplomatic words to put her in her place, she crossed her arms and said, “Well, Dan Eagan, you would have been a welcome addition to the teaching staff a dozen years ago when I was there. Mr. Creed didn’t have the high school girls’ hearts all aflutter, like I am sure they will be when you walk into class.”
She smiled and he noticed the fine lines around her eyes and the maturity that comes with living life. Relief speared through him. “You’re not one of my students.”

This time, she held out her hand. “Meg Mulcahy. Welcome to Apple Grove.”

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I wanted to give my heroines something different...and edge if you will...so I decided on handymen as their father only had daughters to pass the family legacy/business on to. If you have read my Apple Grove series already, this time around is even better! Love this new sweet version. Thanks to Sue!



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1/15/2020

NYT Bestselling Author, Cindy Dees

NAVY SEAL’S DEADLY SECRET
Runaway Ranch

He made it home from a war zone.
But danger remains in the mountains of Montana…

Navy SEAL Brett Morgan has come home to recover after a disastrous deployment, desperate to remember what happened. As he struggles to find his feet as a civilian, he intervenes in an armed robbery, saving the life of waitress Anna Larkin. But there’s more to Anna’s past than meets the eye and as that past circles dangerously closer, Brett will have to draw on all of his combat experience to keep them both alive.


With over a million books sold worldwide, Cindy Dees is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over sixty books. A 2-time RWA RITA winner and five-time RITA finalist, Cindy writes military romance and romantic suspense. A former U.S. Air Force pilot and part-time spy, she draws upon real-life experience to furomantiel her stories of love on the edge. When she's not heavily caffeinated and typing like a maniac, she can be found walking her Doberman Pinscher puppy named Waffles, reading, blogging, gardening, and traveling. She loves to chat with readers.

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THE ROMANCE INTERVIEW
ANGI: What’s your favorite Valentine gift or have you received it yet?
CINDY: Can I be hokey for a second? Okay. The hokey but true answer is that my daughter was born two days before Valentine’s, and I count her as the best gift ever. Beyond that, I love a quiet night at home with my hubby best of all.

ANGI: What’s your favorite Valentine flower?
CINDY: a single pink rose. Tea rose, antique rose, cabbage rose—doesn’t matter. Just pink.

ANGI: What’s your favorite Valentine/Love saying?
CINDY: In our house, we say, “I love you to the Moon and back.”

ANGI: Which Valentine film can you watch over and over without falling asleep?
CINDY: That would be a toss-up between Pride and Prejudice and Dirty Dancing. Depends on my mood.

ANGI: What’s your favorite Valentine candy you’d share with friends?
CINDY: Ferraro Rocher chocolate truffles—the ones with the hazelnut in the middle that taste like Nutella on crack.

ANGI: What is your favorite Valentine tradition?

CINDY: We always stay in, order pizza, and watch a movie together. Pizza is my fave food ever, and hubby doesn’t want me to cook that night. (I do enjoy cooking a lot, just not on date nights.) We tend to watch action thrillers or geek flicks, so it’s not always the world’s most romantic movie. But we usually have running commentary on the film and my husband cracks me up.

UP NEXT for CINDY:
ALL OR NOTHING
Valkyrie Ops #2

He's on a rescue mission and she's the only one who can help get the job done

Trevor Westbrook is done waiting for bureaucrats to approve a rescue mission for his Reaper teammate. Trevor will do anything to get his brother in arms back, but he can't do it alone. Enter Anna Marlow, a newly minted female Navy SEAL with the know-how to get the job done.

Posing as fiancés attending a family wedding, Trevor and Anna head overseas. Anna is determined to prove that women can, indeed, serve in combat. But she wasn't prepared for their mutual attraction and Trevor's need to protect her at all costs...

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BEYOND THE LIMIT
Valkyrie Ops #1

Team Reaper has a new mission...
Train the first female SEALs

Navy SEAL Griffin Caldwell is not happy with his team's top-secret mission, training the first female SEALs. Griffin's determined to prove that his trainee Sherri Tate―a former beauty queen no less―doesn't have what it takes to join the world's most elite warrior's club. Until he sees what she's capable of, and even this hard-nosed SEAL has to admit she's tough as nails. What he won't admit to is the attraction sizzling between them.

Navy media officer Sherri Tate is more than just a pretty face. When she's given the opportunity to achieve her dream of becoming a SEAL, she won't let anything stand in her way, not even her arrogant trainer, who is too sexy for words.

When a dangerous mission lands Sherri and Griffin in the cross hairs of the world's most feared terrorist, it's going to take everything they have to come out with their lives―and hearts―intact.

THE SLEEPING KING
The Sleeping King is the first in an epic fantasy series, featuring the best of the genre: near immortal imperial overlords, a prophecy of a sleeping elven king who's said to be the savior of the races . . . and two young people who are set on a path to save the day.
The Sleeping King Trilogy
#1 The Sleeping King
#2 The Dreaming Hunt
#3 The Wandering War

CINDY is giving away an autographed copy of her newest release, NAVY SEAL’S DEADLY SECRET. International Giveaway
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CINDY WANTS TO KNOW: Are you guys sick of military heroes and heroines, yet? I sometimes wonder if I should shift to writing about civilians…

1/13/2020

A Blast from the Past from Regan Black

One year ago, in January of 2019, A SOLDIER'S HONOR was released by Harlequin Romantic Suspense:


This was the first book in the Riley Code, a series that focuses on the saga of a family who serve in the U.S. military, all of whom have been threatened by someone bent on revenge against the patriarch, retired General Riley.

About A SOLDIER'S HONOR: One soldier's long lost secret is alive and well... When a security snafu turns his world upside down, Major Matt Riley reunites with his long-lost son. And fourteen years later, the military man is still captivated by his ex, Bethany Trent. Matt must convince her that their new family bond is for keeps—but first, he must keep them alive against a deadly threat.

You can read an excerpt of Matt and Bethany's story at my website or pick up your copy of this suspense-filled adventure today at your favorite retailer.

Most importantly, you'll be happy to know that Grace Ann Riley's story, HIS SOLDIER UNDER SIEGE, will be available from Harlequin Romantic Suspense in February!

Do you enjoy reading books with characters from the same family?





1/10/2020

Through My Lens: Red Rocks Arizona

ONE AFTERNOON from our SOUTHWEST TRIP
South of Sedona, Arizona

























My mom, one month from her 80th birthday.
This hike was her first real one.
Of course she did great.





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1/09/2020

C.H.'s Recipe Share ~ Grandma's Fondue



For a change of pace, I thought I'd post some of the meals my guys enjoy on a cold winter night--or actually any time of year. 

My grandma's Garlic Tomato Cheddar Fondue is mentioned in the 3rd book in my Sweet Small Town USA Series: Welcome Back to Apple Grove. Much to Patrick Garahan's surprise, he enjoys it, but still needs meat with his dinner...sound familiar? LOL!

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Grandma's Garlic Tomato Cheddar Fondue

Ingredients:
large block of Cheddar cheese, cut into small chunks
1 large can (29 oz) crushed tomatoes (no salt, no spices)
6 to 8 garlic cloves, minced
1 to 2 tablespoons of dried basil 
Splash or so of white cooking wine or red--your choice
2 large loaves of Italian bread, cubed

In a Dutch Oven, heat the crushed tomatoes to a boil. Add the minced garlic, basil and splash or two of wine. Heat back to boiling. Add the cubed cheddar cheese and stir still smooth.

Remove from heat and serve over the cubed Italian bread, or if you're like my hubby, he likes to spear the bread cubes and swirl it in the pot of fondue at the table. ;)

Enjoy!

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I'm so excited to be releasing my Sweet Small Town USA Series over the next three months. To celebrate, I'm giving away a copy - print or e-book - of the first book in the series, A Wedding in Apple Grove.  To enter, leave a comment!





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