the February 2019 Intrigues

"The thrill of reading about danger and suspense to a couple in love. It makes the adrenaline flow faster while reading!" ~Nas D.

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ANGI: Favorite thing about Anthony HarrisNICHOLEI loved writing Anthony’s character. On the surface, he’s closed off, guarded, and violent, but when you crack that shell, you discover really, he’s just as terrified of losing the people in his life as the rest of us are. His complexity is probably my favorite thing about him.

ANGI: Favorite thing about Glennon Chase NICHOLEWhat isn’t there to like about Glennon? She’s a single mom, determined to protect the most important person in her life: her son. Oh, and she can kick your ass while she’s at it, too.

ANGI: Favorite thing about RULES IN RESCUE
NICHOLEI’ll be honest, this book was so hard to write! I stalled out probably five times before I could finish it, but I’d have to say my favorite thing about Rules in Rescue is that my mother-in-law called it “Hallmark with guns.”

ANGI: Can you tell us something you discovered while writing RULES IN RESCUE?
NICHOLEI’ve never written kids in my books before Rules in Rescue. I was so intimidated and afraid putting a four-year-old in danger would turn readers off of the book, but over the course of writing the book, I found I was actually able to put more emotion and realism in the book because I was able to identify with the characters more. As a mom of a four-year-old (at the time), imagining how I would feel in that situation only made my writing better, I think.

ANGI: Favorite scene in RULES IN RESCUE
NICHOLEOh, that’s a hard one, but the first one that comes to mind is a scene where Anthony is meeting Glennon’s son for the first time. He immediately falls into a tickle fight between the love of his life and this little boy and he realizes he’s never been happier.


She walked away from him once.
Now he’s her only hope.

Blackhawk Security weapons expert Anthony Harris has trained for any contingency. Except the return of his ex-fiancée. Glennon Chase walked out on the former ranger five years ago. And now the CID special agent needs Anthony’s help with a deadly investigation into her partner’s disappearance. Dodging bullets he can handle, but partnering with his ex is flat-out dangerous. Especially when Anthony discovers that the secret Glennon is keeping could get them both killed.


Debra Webb

When a tireless newswoman becomes the story…
she could lose everything—starting with the family business.

To get the scoop on two grisly murders, newspaper publisher Audrey Anderson needs help from Winchester sheriff Colton Tanner—the gorgeous cowboy who betrayed their teenage love. But Audrey fears that finding the killer will mean exposing the family secret she desperately needs to stay buried. She’ll do whatever she has to in order to protect those she loves. No matter what happens…or how hot things get with Colt.

A Winchester, Tennessee Thriller

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His daughter was murdered…
But he might save another family

Troy Anderson has steered clear of other people since tragedy changed the trajectory of his life. But when Eliza Burke and her children move in next door, he’s unable to ignore the sweet family—especially when it becomes clear there’s more to the house Eliza inherited than anyone suspected. As Troy and Eliza dig up the past, they’ll have to face things they both hoped would stay buried.

Julie Miller
Always the bridesmaid,
never a killer’s target…until now.

Back in his hometown for a wedding, Detective Conor Wildman reunites with his ex-girlfriend’s sister, Laura Karr, once the tomboy next door. Now Laura is a beautiful woman…and someone wants her dead. Conor is the man to protect her and catch the killer, but will one heated kiss jeopardize their precious friendship? Or will it prove that he can trust her with his wounded heart?

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Julie Anne Lindsey
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The arsonist got away once.
Now he’s back and ready to burn down everything.

Once ruined by his obsession to capture a fugitive, Marshal Ryder Garrett must now save his former fiancée—and her baby—from the same arsonist. Though their reunion makes him realize he never stopped loving Kara Noble, Ryder doubts she’ll give him a second chance. Before, his pursuit left him heartbroken. This time, it could get him, Kara and her daughter killed.

Garrett Valor

He’ll need help from his ex-lover
To bring a killer to justice.

A young mother is murdered and her newborn is kidnapped. Now Sheriff Raleigh Lawton must enlist the help of the only witness: his ex-lover, Deputy Thea Morris. As the investigation—and their undeniable attraction—heats up, the killer dangerously raises the stakes. With Thea in the crosshairs, Raleigh will risk everything to save her. Because this cowboy’s heart can’t survive losing her again.

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Between the Pages: Tenacity in All Forms

There is no question that in this business, you need to have a few things; a thick skin, flexibility, and tenacity. Perhaps that’s why I can relate so well to my new granddog.

Yep, you heard that right. My Grand Dog.

new coat from grandma
Her name is Sutty. That was the name she’d been given before she wound up in the Rescue pound where my son had been searching for a dog. At first meeting they got along splendidly. She’s a precocious little mix of Pomeranian, Border collie, and well, “other stuff…but her sparkling brown eyes reveal the soul of a little lady who has seen the worst and yet continues to love and move forward with her life.

To offer a brief-not-detailed explanation…Sutty was left outside tied up to a lead-out for several weeks and the cord got wrapped tight around her back leg. When the owners finally realized it, it was too late to save her leg and they had to remove it up to the hip. That’s roughly about the time, the rescue folk—knowing my son was looking—introduced him to sweet little Sutty.

With her bestie
Shortly after he’d adopted her, the rescue called to say Sutty had been selected for the annual Dog Bowl (Feb. 2, 7 pm CST-Animal Planet) 

Unable to travel due to work, Aaron sent her with  the Heinz 57 rescue team from Iowa to New York where she was filmed for the Animal Planet special that will air Saturday night, February 2 (the night  before the Super Bowl) What an amazing story. 

And what—might you ask—has this got to do with writing?

I’ve been in a bit of a quandary about writing as of late. Many things have changed in my life in the past year and frankly, I needed some inspiration—this little dogs experiences (far worse than my obstacles) have NOT diminished her spirit, her zest for life, or how much love she shows to others. 

I’ve seen her around a room full of strangers, around small toddlers
Crashed at Grandma's
and she is sweet and careful and loving to all. She’s crazy cute and utterly amazing considering what she’s been through.

She sparked something inside me. Pushed a reset button, if you will. Given me a new perspective. Oh, I’m certain to have a few doubts and obstacles yet, but her passion for life and her tenacity to overcome her obstacles is what I write about. Thanks, Sutty for the reminder!

You can see more of  Sutty and all the remarkable special needs dogs included in the Dog and Puppy Bowl's coming up on Super Bowl weekend! 

 At People.com. *link below*

How about you? Do you have or know of a pet that is remarkable? Maybe a rescue pet with a story of its own?

 Share it with me and I’ll honor the Animal Rescue  organization of your choice with a $50 donation. 


Meet Julie Anne Lindsey

Garrett Valor

One deputy wants to keep her safe.
Another one wants her dead.

Rita Horn doesn’t know the identity of the uniform-wearing criminal targeting her. But Officer Cole Garrett vows to bring the rogue deputy—whoever he is—to justice. Strong, sexy and determined to protect, the heroic cop sparks feelings in Rita that she can’t deny, even as the danger swells around them.

Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd with a penchant for words and proclivity for fun. Julie lives in Ohio with her husband and three spunky children. Today, she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world. Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW), Romance Writers of America (RWA), and Sisters in Crime (SinC).

Julie also writes as Julie Chase. Learn more about Julie Chase books here.

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ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
JULIE ANNE: Daily and as often as possible! I drive my kids to school in the next county, so I spend more than 4 hours a day in the car, and I’ve become obsessed with audio books. In fact, I now look forward to the drive!

ANGI: What’s your favorite thing about your book’s hero?
JULIE ANNE: I love my hero for his strength of character. He’s honorable and loyal, tough and determined. He puts duty and his heroine before everything else, and I can appreciate that in a man 😉  

ANGI: What’s your perfect day?
JULIE ANNE: Any day spent at home with time for reading, writing, and good food shared with friends.

ANGI: Salad or soup?
JULIE ANNE: Right now, I say soup because it’s freezing in Ohio! Come back in six months, I’ll say salad.

ANGI: Would you put yourself in a Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
JULIE ANNE: Fairy tale. Let’s be honest. I’d never survive an action adventure.

ANGI: Favorite date night…fancy or at home? 

ANGI: Geek or Jock?

ANGI: The most daring thing you’ve ever done… Care to share?
JULIE ANNE: I walked the plank on a pirate ship in Barbados.

JULIE ANNE’S GOTTA ANSWER:  My go-to comfy sneakers have been with me for years. They’ve taken me to Hawaii, Canada, Chicago, Nashville, New Orleans (A LOT), all up and down the East coast and we’ve covered a whole lotta ground in Ohio together. My big toe pokes through the top on one sometimes, but it’s hard to say goodbye to old friends, you know?
Garrett Valor

The arsonist got away once.
Now he’s back and ready to burn down everything.

Once ruined by his obsession to capture a fugitive, Marshal Ryder Garrett must now save his former fiancée—and her baby—from the same arsonist. Though their reunion makes him realize he never stopped loving Kara Noble, Ryder doubts she’ll give him a second chance. Before, his pursuit left him heartbroken. This time, it could get him, Kara and her daughter killed.

Protectors of Cade County

When Tina Ellet’s infant daughter is abducted, Sheriff West Garrett vows to save the child, capture the criminal and prove to Tina that their love is worth fighting for.

Protectors of Cade County
She’d fought for her life

but the terror continues. 

For five years FBI agent Blake Garrett has fixated on a serial-killer case. Now the madman has attacked Marissa Lane. She escaped with her life…and some clues that could help Blake. Yet she is still the object of the killer’s obsession. And Blake is torn between the unquenching need to catch his prey and a deep desire to protect the woman he can’t possibly keep.

JULIE ANNE is giving away signed paperback copies of books 1 & 2 in her series! (1) FEDERAL AGENT UNDER FIRE and (1) THE SHERIFF’S SECRET 
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Through My Lens: Sunsets

Since I'm in NYC I am missing the open sky and colors of Texas. I thought I'd put up a few of my favorite sunsets (there are definitely a lack of sunsets here) that remind me of home. I hope if the sky has been cloudy and gloomy around your neck of the woods these pictures might cheer you up.
Dallas August 2017

Sanger December 2018

West Texas February 2014

Ardmore, OK  March 2015

Texas/Louisiana Border June 2017

Tropical Storm Cindy in my rear-view mirror...June 2017

Moss Lake December 2013

Sunbeams near my house July 2011
Northeast Texas August 2017

Sunset Over Paris (TX) August 2017

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Traci Douglass & Bad Boys


Melody Bryant has heard it all before. Sure, she's the epitome of the stereotype for a librarian. Loves order. Loves rules and deadlines. Loves books. But what she doesn't love is still being a virgin at twenty-four. Unfortunately, the only guy she's ever been interested in turned her down flat. And then left town. Eight. Years. Ago. Ugh.
Now her birthday is fast approaching and she just can't take it any longer. She's finding a guy before her birthday in five weeks or she's adopting two more cats and fully embracing becoming "the crazy cat lady."
But when her latest date ends in epic failure--everyone thinks of her as the "proper librarian," she realizes what she needs is to ruin her reputation. And she knows the perfect guy to help her: the baddest bad boy in town. This Army vet won't know what hit him...


“Thanks for—” Nothing.

Melody Bryant barely had time to avoid getting her toes run over as her latest first date pulled away from the curb in a flurry of exhaust and squealing tires.

With a sigh, she trudged up the walkway to her quaint little bungalow on a quiet side street in Point Beacon, Indiana. She’d really thought this evening had been going well, too. Her date du jour had been Michael Bennett, owner of their tiny town’s only buy-here, pay-here used car emporium and last year’s winner of the chamber of commerce’s top entrepreneur award. And yes, maybe he had been a bit…smarmy—in that aggressive salesman sort of way—with no regard for personal space or breath mints, but still.

Shoulders slumped, Mel unlocked her front door and pushed inside, her fluffy Birman cat darting over to twine around her ankles. She tossed her stuff on the side table in the foyer, then bent to scratch the purring feline behind the ears. “Another one bites the dust, eh, Waldo?”
Waldo meowed, as if in sympathy.

After toeing off her cute red-and-white Mary Jane pumps, she grabbed her cell phone from her purse, then padded down the short hall to the kitchen to grab the canister of M&M’s she kept on her counter at all times. Mel balanced the large glass container on one hip as she proceeded into her open-style living room and plopped into the corner of the overstuffed beige sofa. She pried open the lid of the canister with one hand while hitting speed dial for her best friend with the other, then began sorting the candy into the colors she liked—blue, red, and, most especially, green.

Lilly Martin answered on the second ring. “How’d it go?”

“Not good.” Between popping candies into her mouth, Mel explained the events of her newest dating fail. “I mean, it started out fine. Dinner at Stubby’s Steakhouse, talking about our jobs, our goals, our dreams for the future. Then, of course, he went into all his hot librarian fantasies.”

“Ewww,” Lilly said, her shudder evident through the phone line. “That’s nasty.”

“Hey, it’s not like I haven’t heard it before.” She devoured another handful of M&M’s, then parroted Mike’s worst come-on. “You must have overdue books, honey, because you’ve got fine written all over you.”

Lilly snorted. “Nice. How about, ‘It’s not the size of the collection, it’s how you use it.’”

Mel giggled. “No, no. My all-time favorite was, ‘Good thing I’ve got my library card, ’cause I’m totally checking you out.’”

They laughed so hard and long, Mel’s stomach hurt by the time she stopped. In the silence that followed, however, harsh reality returned. Given her lack of boyfriend and no prospects on the horizon at the ripe old age of twenty-four, she felt terminally boring and doomed to be stuck in the “friend zone” for eternity. “Seriously, though, what the heck am I missing here?”

Lilly sighed. “Besides a hot man in your bed?”

“Exactly.” Mel straightened slightly to run the fingers of her free hand through Waldo’s thick grayish-white fur. “Tell me where to find one of those super studs and I’ll be all over him.”

“Cool your jets there, Maverick.” Lilly chuckled. “Have you stopped to consider maybe you’re coming across too eager? Most guys like a challenge. Then there’s the whole nightmare of your wardrobe.”
“What’s wrong with my wardrobe?” Mel scowled down at her calf-length red pencil skirt and cream-colored twinset. The pearls might be a bit much, but they’d belonged to her grandmother.

“Nothing. If you’re ninety and your name’s June Cleaver.”

Mel slammed the lid back on the canister and set it on the coffee table. “I don’t look like June Cleaver. I dress for comfort. Plus, it gets cold in the library, so I wear layers to keep warm.”

“Good, because those cardigans are the only things that’ll be keeping you toasty on the long winter nights ahead.” Lilly’s tone held a hint of pity, which set Mel’s hackles rising. Her best friend had no room to talk. She went through men like tissues, never seeming to stay with one guy too long. Like Goldilocks, no one was just right—too short, too tall, too fat, too thin, talks too much, doesn’t talk enough. Mel had begun to wonder if there was a man alive perfect enough for her best friend. Though there had been that one night, right before Mel’s older brother, James, had left for basic training. She’d thought there might have been something between them, but Lilly had always denied it and Mel wasn’t about to ask James about his love life because…ewww. Anyway, this conversation was about Mel’s romantic adventures, or lack thereof.
“Look,” Lilly said, jarring Mel out of her thoughts. “All I’m saying is it wouldn’t kill you to show a bit of skin, maybe play down the prim.”

Arms crossed, Mel cradled the phone between her shoulder and ear. “I’m not prim, I’m classic. Besides, I don’t want to be with a guy who only wants me if I pretend to be something I’m not.”

“I’m not asking you to change who you are,” Lilly said. “Just highlight your assets.”

My assets? Mel glanced down at her ample bust and wide hips, then at the M&M’s container beckoning her to finish it off. Lilly was right, darn it, and it was all so unfair. Her twenty-fifth birthday was coming up in a month—August 14, to be exact—and she was still a virgin.

Sure, maybe being a virgin in your mid-twenties wasn’t exactly a predicament equivalent to say, a raging case of Ebola, but it felt pretty darned close to Mel. Especially tonight. Most likely, her lingering maidenhead was the reason for her recent bout of dating desperation—and the only sane excuse Mel could come up with for considering born-to-be-wild Lilly’s advice.

After all, keeping it classy sure hadn’t worked well in the love department thus far.

Honestly, Mel’s problems with the men of Point Beacon had started clear back in high school. From the day she’d turned sixteen and her parents had finally allowed her to date, all the local guys thought she was too type A, too high-maintenance, too “good girl.”

Maybe that was true. She exhaled slowly and collapsed back against the couch cushions, feeling defeated. She ran the best dang library in central Indiana yet couldn’t seem to make it past a first date. Let alone find a man to make all her wicked desires and fantasies come true.

It was frustrating. It was pitiful. It was ridiculous.

And it was all Adam Foster’s fault.

Mel wouldn’t be in this pristine mess now if her older brother’s best friend had slept with her the night she’d propositioned him eight years ago. But no. Adam had to be all noble and heroic and tell her she was special and should wait for the right guy to come along.

“…and what you need to do is get rid of this good-girl image you’ve got looming over you like a shroud.” Lilly’s words jolted Mel back to the present. Perhaps her best friend was right. She’d been good until now. Maybe it was time to temper the sweet with a bit of spice.

It was bad enough her parents constantly hounded her these days about giving them grandkids. Now the townsfolk were chiming in, too. Today, for instance, she’d been walking home from work and old Gus MacMillan, the cantankerous owner of Point Beacon Hardware, had stopped sweeping his sidewalk to ask Mel when she was going to “get hitched and have babies.”

Then again, he might’ve been trying to rile her up. She and Gus weren’t on the best terms lately since she’d chewed him out last week about getting his library card, then not using it. Still, her reproductive activities, or lack thereof, were none of his business.

Mel sighed and closed her eyes, focusing on a solution.

What she needed was direction. An achievable course of action to lose her virginity by her twenty-fifth birthday—five short weeks from now.

In the end, she really only had one man in mind for the job.

A tall order, but not impossible, given that Adam was back in Point Beacon following two tours in the army. Mel had stopped by his body shop under the guise of scheduling maintenance for her car, to see if Adam still looked the same. He did—all tall, dark, and tantalizingly unavailable. But he hadn’t so much as glanced her way. Then she’d ended up missing her bogus appointment at his garage because of a delivery snafu at the library. She’d yet to speak one word to the guy since his return, even though he lived just down the road. Still, each night she’d hear the sound of his motorcycle, rumbling past her house after he got off work, and her knees went wobbly picturing gorgeous bad boy Adam with all that roaring power between his thighs.

“Uh, I need to go, Lils.”

“Wait.” Her best friend’s tone grew suspicious. “What are you going to do?”

The familiar sound of his Harley-Davidson grew louder in the distance, and adrenaline swamped Mel’s system, causing her heart rate to triple. Adam Foster was on his way home, and her future suddenly looked a whole lot brighter. “I’ve got a plan. Talk to you later.”

Mel ended the call without saying goodbye, tossed her phone on the coffee table, then headed down the hall toward her front door, doing a quick check of her reflection in the foyer mirror. Same petite figure. Same long brown hair. Same big brown eyes. Tonight, though, her gaze sparkled with new determination. She wasn’t the besotted, naive girl Adam had left behind eight years ago. Now she was a successful woman with a good job and a home of her own.

She was ready.
Or not.

She might’ve overstated the whole “having a plan” part, but it was too late now.

She’d flag him down, then take things from there. Improvise. Be wild.

Head held high, Mel walked outside and stood on the sidewalk in front of her bungalow, waiting until the bright halogen beam of his motorcycle headlight approached down the street, then waved her arms frantically.

Let Project Seduce Adam Foster begin.
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USA Today Bestselling Author Traci Douglass writes fiction bursting with romance and action, usually mixed with a healthy portion of fantasy, urban edge and/or snark. Her stories feature sizzling heroes with quick wits and dark pasts and smart, independent heroines who always give as good as they get.

She's an active member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Indiana Romance Writers of America (IRWA), and the International Thriller Writers (ITW), and holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.

ANGI: What story have you gotten lost in recently?
TRACI:  Oh, two actually. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of KJ Charles newest release (due out on 1/30) called Any Old Diamonds. It’s an m/m romance set in 1895 featuring a jewel thief and a duke’s second son whose looking to exact revenge on his spiteful father. The second book I just finished last night was The Chateau by Tiffany Reisz. It’s the latest installment in her Original Sinners erotic romance series and features my forever book boyfriend, Kingsley Edge.

ANGI: Favorite field trip?
TRACI: Hmm. In school, you mean? Probably when I was in junior choir and we’d take our yearly “tour” trips. One year we went to Detroit and Windsor, Canada. Another time we went to Chicago. Imagine a busload of 13 and 14 year old girls with only three or four adult chaperones for several days. Yep. Good times! LOL. At least from my perspective. From the chaperones? Not so much, I’m sure.

ANGI: Daffy Duck or Donald Duck?
TRACI: Daffy.

ANGI: What’s your favorite thing about your book’s hero?
TRACI: Adam’s had a rough past, and he’s a bit of a player, but man. He’s got such a good heart and really strives to be honorable, especially where Mel (my heroine) is concerned.

ANGI: High Heels or Hiking Boots?
TRACI: Where do sneakers fit in?

ANGI: Surf or Turf?
TRACI: Surf, definitely.

ANGI: Wild Flower or Roses?
TRACI: Any kind of flowers really. Love them all.

ANGI: Biography or History?

TRACIE’s GOTTA ANSWER:   Boots. Snowed 4+ inches here yesterday and I just came in from shoveling. J

Harlequin Medical Romance

A nurse to heal his heart…
…and complete his family.

After losing her mother to a hereditary illness, trauma nurse Wendy Smith vowed never to risk having a family of her own. So acting on her instant attraction to sexy single dad Dr. Tom Faber is a definite no! But through her unexpected connection with his daughter, Wendy grows closer to Tom and their chemistry intensifies…along with her longing for her own family—with him!

Read a little, Buy the book

Is one night enough…
To convince her to stay?

Traveling to Alaska to film the latest episode of her TV show is just what brilliant diagnostician Dr. Molly Flynn needs. It’s the perfect escape from her family’s expectations. Until she clashes with privacy-loving former army doc Jacob Ryder over her patient’s care! Only, as friction turns into flirtation, can Molly trust that Jake sees the real her and loves her—just the way she is?

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