3/19/2019

E.E. Burke's Best of the West: Becky Lower's Cotillion Ball Series


Blinded By Grace (Cotillion Ball Series)

In 1858 New York City, Halwyn Fitzpatrick thinks he's off the hook for attendance at the annual Cotillion Ball. He has no sister to shepherd down the grand staircase this year and no real desire to go through the rituals of courtship and betrothal himself. Besides, he'll know the right girl when he sees her, especially now that he has new spectacles. But his mother has other plans for him. At twenty-seven years of age, her son is in dire need of a wife.

Grace Wagner needs a husband by July in order to inherit the trust her father has left for her. Her stepfather, though, has plans for the money that don't include Grace, and the last thing he wants is for her to find a husband before she turns twenty-one, thereby fulfilling the terms of the trust. 

She's been in love with Halwyn since she was thirteen, but he hasn't noticed her at any of the balls they've been at over the years. With the aid of his new glasses, he spies Grace from across the room and they share a dance. Grace decides to present him with a business proposition that will satisfy them both. But can a clueless knight in shining armor and a desperate damsel in distress find a way to turn this marriage of convenience into something more?

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Amazon best-selling author Becky Lower has traveled the United States in search of great settings for her novels. She loves to write about two people finding each other and falling in love amid the backdrop of a great setting, be it in America on a covered wagon headed west or in Regency England. Her Cotillion Ball Series features the nine children from an upscale New York family prior to and during the Civil War. Her first Regency, A Regency Yuletide, received the Crowned Heart and has been nominated for the prestigious RONE award from InD’Tale Magazine. A regular contributor to USA Today’s Happy Ever After section, her books have been featured in the column on ten separate occasions.

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What’s the first book you remember reading?  

I read everything I could get my hands on from an early age, but the first ones I can remember were the Laura Ingalls Wilder books and the Trixie Belden series. I guess that’s why I’ve written a series myself. My Cotillion Ball series is set in America in the years leading up to and into the Civil War, so I tip my hat to Ms. Wilder.

If you could interview one person (and it doesn’t have to be a writer) who would it be?

I’ve been fascinated by Jedediah Smith for years now. In fact, I credit him for starting me on my writing journey. I saw a program about his fascinating life and I was so disappointed with the way his life ended. I wanted to write a new ending to his life. I’ve written the story about five different ways now, but it’s still under the bed.

If you were given a chance to travel to the past where would you go and specifically why?

I’d love to have attended a Rocky Mountain Rendevous in 1825 or so. Maybe I could have met Jed Smith there.

What is your favorite tradition from your childhood that you would love to pass on or did pass on to your children?

We didn’t have a lot of money when I was growing up, and I come from a large family, so food was always scarce. Except at Thanksgiving. That was the one day when I could have seconds. And thirds, if I wanted. So now, as an adult, whenever two or more of my siblings get together, we celebrate with a full-blown Thanksgiving dinner, regardless of what the calendar says. This year, we had three generations together to celebrate the holiday early. And we passed on the tradition that the date on the calendar doesn’t matter. It’s the people you choose to celebrate with.

Tea or Coffee? And how do you take it?

Coffee, please, with a dollop of cream. I’ve never been able to drink it black.

What will always make you smile, even on a bad day?

I moved to North Carolina last year and there’s one road that I try to take whenever I have to go to town. It’s a tree tunnel, with towering pine trees on either side of the road, so close to the road you can almost touch them from your car. Whenever I take it, regardless of how my day’s going, it makes me smile.

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If you could go back in time and meet someone, who would it be and what would ask them?



3/15/2019

The April 2019 Intrigues


"I love escaping into the fantasy and thrill of intrigue; every page pulls me deeper into the romance and suspense of the story." ~Christy G.

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SMOKY MOUNTAINS RANGER


A dangerous mountain escape.
An attraction neither can deny.


Adam McKenzie’s protective instincts are on overdrive, but Jody Ingram is no helpless victim. She refuses to abandon the injured ranger who saved her life despite the mysterious gunmen hot on her trail. When their forced flight through treacherous mountain terrain leads to unbridled passion, Adam must decide if guarding Jody 24/7 is worth the risk to his life and his heart…

The Mighty McKenzies
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ANGI: Favorite thing about Adam McKenzie
LENA: Adam is just so NICE! Even though he’s definitely a big, strong, alpha guy capable of protecting the heroine, he’s so sweet to her in every way. And he always puts her needs before his. He gets seriously horribly hurt protecting her and he STILL keeps going, through terrible pain, to save her life. I just wanted to cry and hug him and apologize for everything he went through. Adam is one of those heroes who makes you sigh and smile. He’s a keeper, for sure.

ANGI: Favorite thing about Jody Ingram
LENA: She wears glasses, like me! Seriously. I almost never come across heroines in romance novels who wear glasses. As an author, I understand. It IS a pain to remember to mention them when it would make sense in real life to mention them and to remember that she has to wear them to see. But, I think it makes her more relatable. And I was thrilled that the art department put her in glasses on the cover. And they’re green, like her eyes, just like I wrote it. So cool and fun!

ANGI: Favorite thing about Smoky Mountains Ranger
LENA: A lot of my Tennessee books are set in the mountains with the hero and heroine on the run. This one has that, for sure. But it also goes into cities and suburbs and has tons of action. I really had fun with it and loved the variety of settings and situations in this story. And it’s so incredibly emotional. The backstory of the heroine and how it intersects with the mystery is so tragic. I wanted to hug her too. I totally cried writing this book. It’s one of my favorites that I’ve ever written.

ANGI: I know you live in Florida, did you travel to the Smoky Mountains for research?  
LENA: I absolutely love the Smoky Mountains. It’s one of my most favorite places to go on vacation. I’ve hiked up to Clingman’s Dome, driven through Cade’s Cove, walked all through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to see waterfalls and old historic buildings hidden throughout the park. Since I’m so familiar with the setting, I didn’t make an additional trip there for this book. But I did do a lot of internet searches to learn more about the National Park Service and the work the rangers do. I also emailed the NPS to ask about their communications in the park. I totally had to rewrite parts of my book after they gave me their reply! But I was proud that I was able to accurately portray how the communications work.

ANGI: Favorite scene in Smoky Mountains Ranger
LENA: This is so hard without giving away spoilers! But there is one scene in the story where the hero has found out some devastating information about the heroine’s past and some awful things that happened to her. It destroys him to know that someone who was supposed to care about her ended up hurting her so deeply. He’s so crushed that he gets drunk and writes down all the ways he wants to torture the person who hurt the heroine. He gets pretty creative! When the heroine discovers what he wrote, it’s a huge turning point in their relationship. It’s when she realizes he truly cares about her and that she has real worth to someone. Her past trauma has really done a number on her self-esteem. This scene is an incredibly emotional scene, as are many in this book. And, yes, I cried while writing it. But it was a good cry. 


UNDERCOVER JUSTICE

Fasten your seat belt…
You’re in for a white-knuckle ride.


Posing as criminal syndicate drivers, heiress Stephanie Shun and mechanic Arash Shamshiri want to take down a human trafficking ring. Each thinks the other is a bona fide member, but neither can resist the sparks igniting as they speed into a nightmare of revenge, danger and desire. And if they can’t trust their hearts, there’s bound to be a crash!

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HER ALIBI


Fear made her flee the crime scene.
Desperation drove her to another man’s doorstep.


Savannah Martell has no memory of how she ended up next to her philandering ex-husband’s dead body. Facing too many unanswerable questions, she turns to Connor Wells. Years ago, their romance burned hot and deep, and the flame still smolders. But when the death count rises and evidence leads back to Savannah, will Connor still provide an alibi for the woman he never stopped loving?

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MARINE FORCE RECON


Wrong place, wrong time.
Right man for the job. 


Declan O’Neill’s US Marines career is over, but nothing can stop him from saving lives. When he starts an organization that aims to help people who can’t defend themselves, his first client is a woman desperate for answers. Grace Lawrence knows something happened to her roommate, and she’s certain she can trust Declan to uncover the truth…though she wonders if she can trust herself with a soldier like Declan.

Declan’s Defenders

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WYOMING COWBOY MARINE


Her father’s disappearance is a mystery.
So is her true identity.


Hilly Adams needs help, but Cam Delaney must determine if she is in trouble or if she is the one causing problems. When he follows the beautiful stranger, he saves her from a deadly fire and gunmen out for blood. But who exactly is Hilly? Is she connected to the Delaney family’s biggest rivals? And how is the former marine going to keep her from breaking down his carefully constructed barriers?

Carsons & Delaneys: Battle Tested

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ICE COLD KILLER


A killer is on the loose…
and he leaves a calling card at every murder scene


Though a blizzard has isolated Eagle Mountain, Trooper Ryder Stewart is attempting to track a murderer who’s claimed two victims. Then he’s tasked with ensuring veterinarian Darcy Marsh is not the third. The gorgeous lawman must earn Darcy’s trust despite her traumatic past…and resist his romantic feelings for her. But can he find the elusive killer before the killer finds Darcy?

Eagle Mountain Murder Mystery: Winter Storm Wedding

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3/14/2019

Through My Lens: Old Flowers

My bike in local Bluebonnets in 2012
The wildflowers in Texas are supposed to be awesome this year. As in fantastically awesome!! I'm really looking forward to finding some new landscapes with bluebonnets and intend to do some driving in the Hill Country. But before I inundate you with 2019 color, I'm looking back in my files because I am SOOOO ready for spring to be here in North Texas.


So.... some of my favorites...
2004
Tulips at Dallas Blooms




2009
My yellow roses that caught a blight and died. --sigh 

2010
from my apricot rose bush
**Fingers crossed it will actually bloom again. We had to move it for it's third time.

2011
from our backyard











2012
One of my favorite shots of our American Flag next to the yellow roses.







2013
One of the many irises around our house. Sadly, after foundation work we lost most of them.





2014
Our first trip to Ennis for bluebonnet pictures.








2015
Bluebonnets &
Indian Paintbrushes


2016
Our local rose garden.








2017
A dream...my daughter got married and I took her pictures in the bluebonnets. 




With Tim.



With my daughter and son-in-law.









2018


With my aunts.
I made five trips to take bluebonnet pictures. One was with my mom and aunts. 






With my writer friends.



Sadly, my Aunt Peggy passed away. I wish I had encouraged them to all sit in the bluebonnets for a picture.

And just me....
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3/13/2019

LOVE ALWAYS MATTERS with Kristina Knight

Resort to Romance
Ten delightful - and standalone - novellas linked by one matchmaking week. 
You’ll want to devour each one!


MOONLIGHT MATCH

Aster Harrington believes in love but love doesn’t seem to believe in her. She’s hoping Goldie and Ginny, the matchmakers who’ve matched on two generations of Harringtons, can work a little love magic for her…

Some call Ethan Talbot rigid, but he prefers to think of himself as prepared.

Unfortunately, when he’s matched with Aster Harrington at Joy Island’s Matchmaking Week, all those carefully prepared plans go out the window. He can get back to finding a suitable wife once he’s home in New York. After all, how much damage can one week in the Bahamas do to his plans?


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To learn more about Kristina Knight's new releases and sales, follow her here on Amazon or on BookBub. You can also sign up for her newsletter for cutting-room-floor scenes, and other behind-the-book details. Kristina writes contemporary romances with heart, heat, and - of course - a happily ever after! Kristina began making up stories as a child, and after stealing her first romance from her grandmother's bookshelf, she knew romance writing was in her future. She took a writing detour into radio and television journalism, but never forgot her first love of romance novels. She lives in Ohio with her husband, daughter, and two adorably naughty pups. Kristina loves hearing from readers. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she's living her own happily ever after.


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THE Q&A
ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
KRISTINA: Once a day? Ha! Whether I’m reading for fun or writing my next book, I’m forever losing track of time. I sit down and it’s mid-morning and look up and my daughter is coming in the door from school. It’s crazy!

ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
KRISTINA: The Princess Bride, definitely. My siblings and I have watched it eleventy-seven times. We quote it to each other constantly. There are few situations in which a clever Inigo or Man in Black or Vizzini quote doesn’t fit. This past Thanksgiving we all sat down with our kiddos and watched, quoting and laughing…they enjoyed it, too. So I think it’ll be our family movie mascot for another generation!

ANGI: What’s your perfect day?
KRISTINA: It depends: am I on vacation or a perfect working day? For vacation, I’m somewhere warm with a beach. RadioMan and bebe are nearby and maybe we’re snorkeling or just playing around in the water. We’ll eat barbecued chicken and drink lemonade (or maybe Margarita’s if it’s just RadioMan and me) and spend the day in the sun. A perfect writing day starts with a leisurely breakfast/getting the kiddo off to school. I’m writing by 9:30. Break for lunch and an email/social media check around 11. Start writing again by 12:30 and go until 2:30 or so. Take another break, and maybe do some business stuff. Once bebe is home, we’ll play or read together and then it’s homework time with both of us at the table. I’ll read through what I’ve written while she knocks out some math. Then it’s dinner around 5:30 and maybe one more little stretch of writing between 6:30 and 8. Then a little TV time to decompress and in bed by 10.

ANGI: Salad or soup?
KRISTINA: Soup – it’s a mainstay for me, especially during the winter. Although I do make a couple of soups year-round. Our favorites are Chicken Tortilla, Loaded Baked Potato, and Broccoli Cheese.

ANGI: Favorite TV rerun you watch every time you channel surf? 
KRISTINA: Anything from The Big Bang Theory – I know most of the episodes and I just love them!

ANGI: Favorite date night…fancy or at home? 
KRISTINA: At home. RadioMan will grill. We’ll have some soft music playing and maybe watch a movie after we eat.

ANGI: Champagne or Soda?
KRISTINA: Soda!

ANGI: The most daring thing you’ve ever done… Care to share?
KRISTINA: Moved to Nebraska! My boyfriend had been offered a job as a sports director in a small town and I had a decision to make: stay in Kansas City, in a job I didn’t especially like, or take a chance on a different state and a job I’d always wanted (TV reporting). I decided to follow him, despite the fact that we weren’t engaged or married. I got the job, we got married a year later, and 20 years later we’re still together! He’s still working in radio (though now we live in Ohio), but I did leave TV news a few years back in favor of writing books.

ANGI’s GOTTA ASK:  SHOW ME YOUR SHOES…
KRISTINA’S GOTTA ANSWER:  I adore shoes! Tennies, heels, flippers, ballet flats, boots. RadioMan will tell you I have too many shoes, but since he has (no joke!) 10 pairs of Skechers, he doesn’t give me too hard of a time when I find yet another pair that I just have to have. These are three of my favorites – my new Asics (for running), a pair of flippers (because I’m dreaming of spring), and these heels because POLKADOTS!!
  
UP NEXT for KRISTINA:
OUTSIDER IN A SMALL TOWN
a Slippery Rock Novella
Slippery Rock #3.5
July 2019

Aiden Buchanan is back in Slippery Rock after a ten year absence, and although he’s convinced he doesn’t belong in his home town any longer, letting go of it is harder than he imagined. Especially with sexy, Julia Colson hanging around, making him forget all the reasons he likes to be on his own. 

Julia Colson just moved to Slippery Rock, and wants nothing more than to become part of the fabric of the little town. She knows Aiden Buchanan isn’t the kind of guy she needs in her life – she wants home, family, community - and he is intent on letting those things go. But she’s going to have to work with him to fulfill her dream of owning her own wedding business. And the closer she gets to Aiden, the harder it is to remember that he’s not the guy for her. . .

PREVIOUSLY RELEASED by KRISTINA:
WHAT A TEXAS GIRL WANTS
Texas Girls, book 1

Kathleen Witte is a down-to-earth girl. She has to be, with the family ranch on the verge of success. After seven months of keeping it all together by swearing off men, however, Kathleen needs a bit of fun in the sun. Waking up with a husband she can’t remember isn’t how she planned to blow off steam.
The last thing Jackson Taylor wants in his life is a down-to-earth girl. He has four weeks of freedom in which to find his birth mother. He’s done well avoiding commitment until now, so when he wakes up on a Mexican beach with Kathleen his first reaction is curiosity. When he spies the matching wedding rings on their left hands curiosity turns to concern.
Neither Jackson nor Kathleen want to stay married, but when her family shows up, they have no choice. Once back in Texas, however, can they keep this all-business marriage from turning into an all-consuming love?
Sensuality Level: Sensual
Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police—no, she wasn't a troublemaker, she was a journalist. When the opportunity to focus a bit of energy on the stories in her head, she jumped at it. And she’s never looked back. Now she writes magazine articles by day and romance novels with spice by night. She lives on Lake Erie with her husband, three-year-old daughter, and twenty-year-old fur-kid. Happily ever after.

FAMOUS in a SMALL TOWN
Slippery Rock book 1

Lifestyles of the small-town famous 

Forced to leave Nashville after a scandal, Savannah Walters has come home to Slippery Rock, Missouri, with a bruised ego and her singing career in jeopardy. As if that isn't humiliating enough, on her way into town she's rescued by her swoon-worthy childhood crush, Collin Tyler. 

His hands are full running the family orchard and dealing with his delinquent teen sister, so Collin doesn't need to get involved with someone as fiery and unpredictable as Savannah. But the intense attraction between them can't be denied. And when disaster strikes, they'll both be surprised by who's still standing when the dust settles.


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KRISTINA WANTS TO KNOW: Since Moonlight Match has a matchmaking (along with opposites attracting!) trope, what is it that you love about matchmakers?