Welcome Wednesday … Author Angela Christina Archer

22898524_sWelcome Wednesday is back … although a day late due to some unforeseen technical difficulties. My apologies to our guest, Angela Christina Archer, for the delay. Today we feature Angela and her wonderful late-1920’s book, As The Liquor Flows, from Long Valley Press.


About the Book:

As the Liquor Flows Red no shadowBlack Tuesday, October 29, 1929, the day the stock market crashed, and the day Evelyn Ford will never forget. With the untimely death of her parents and the loss of their only income, Evelyn, and her brother, Frank flee to a make-shift hovel built in Central Park. After Frank mysteriously goes missing, bare cupboards force Evelyn to seek employment anywhere she can find work, even if that means working at a burlesque theater.

Catching the attention of Don Vincent Giovanni, a Kingpin in the New York mafia, Evelyn discovers that Frank is serving time in prison for running hooch and he owes Vincent a lot of money. In order to pay off her brother’s debt, Evelyn is thrown into the world of mobsters and bootlegging. Between running hooch all over the city of New York and trying to save her brother, Evelyn finds herself drawn to Max Catalano, Vincent’s Consigliere. Even with secrets of his own, he’s the only one she can trust when she entangles herself in the middle of the New York mafia crime wars.

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My Review:

As the Liquor Flows

About the Author:

AngelaAngela lives on a ranch with her husband, two daughters, and many farm animals. She was born and raised in Nevada, and grew up riding and showing horses from hunter jumper, English equitation, western pleasure, trail, and halter. While she doesn’t show anymore, she still loves to trail ride her paint horse, Honky. In December of 2007, she and her husband moved to Oklahoma.

From a young age, she always wanted to write a novel. However, she never believed she could write anything well enough for a publisher to even consider her. Every time the desire flickered, she shoved the thought from my mind until one morning, in 2009, she awoke with the determination to follow her dream.

Please join us again next week when our guest will be Author Anita Kidesu. Until then stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.



Welcome Wednesday…Author Cj Fosdick

22898524_sWelcome Wednesdays are back here at Notes From a Romantic’s Heart. This week’s Welcome Wednesday features Author Cj Fosdick and novella, Hot Stuff, part of the Candy Hearts Romance series from The Wild Rose Press.


About the Book:

hot stuffA Romantic Comedy

Hot Stuff takes on double meaning when klutzy Kate is faced with rookie cop Dallas looking for a stolen lawn statue. In her quiet, crime-free Wisconsin village, Kate has her hands full writing slogans for candy hearts and keeping her kleptomaniac brother with Asperger’s Syndrome inside the law.

Even her grandmother’s famous snickerdoodle cookies can’t ameliorate the crime when a stolen lawn statue turns out to be a drug dispenser. Will Kate rise above her concern of what Dallas’s uniform represents and admit the charming Texas rookie is the man of her dreams?

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An Excerpt:

“Over the years, we’ve learned some lawn décor Evan brought home belonged to that category you call a 10-99…er…some might call it this.” He finally smiled when I pulled a handful of candy hearts from my pocket and singled out the one that read Hot Stuff.

“Billington knows about all this?”

“Certainly. Our neighbors are aware of this, too. When something goes missing, they usually show up here first to see if it’s planted in his garden. If they can identify it, we simply have a custody exchange, then mollify my brother with a trip to a local garden shop for some kind of a replacement.” I popped a candy heart into my mouth and offered him one after flicking a strand of cat fur off the KissMe heart.

He screwed up his face, clearing his throat. “Valentine candy in July?”

“I won a six-month supply after writing new imprints for the company. The candy has a long shelf life,” I added.

He declined my offer.

“Bite Me.”


“That was one of my slogans. The candy boss wanted something modern. You Know was another one. Kids today can’t get through a sentence without sprinkling it with ‘you know’.

He studied me with a lopsided grin. “Why didn’t Billington tell me all this?”

“I don’t think he knows I write slogans and ads.”

He pulled on his ear. “I mean about your brother stealing yard ornaments.”

“Oh well, I suspect Evan’s fancy may be an inside joke at the precinct.”

My Review:

Cj F

About the Author:

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, CJ Fosdick has freelanced for over 30 years, writing stories and articles for local and national publications. She has stories published in three anthologies, including Minnesota’s Blossoms & Blizzards. Her debut novel, The Accidental Wife published in 2015, evolved from an award-winning short story. She pursues her novel dreams on a wooded country hilltop in Rochester, MN, with husband, family, and a menagerie of wild and domestic animals.

To Connect with Cj:   Website   Twitter

Please join us again on Wednesday, April 27th when our guest will be author Angela Christina Archer. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy and, most importantly, stay well read.



Welcome Wednesday…Author Linda O’Connor

22898524_sThis week’s Welcome Wednesday features Author Linda O’Connor and her book, Perfectly Planned, Book 3 in the Perfectly Series from Soul Mate Publishing.

As with our previous guests on Welcome Wednesday, Linda has graciously agreed to answer a few of our questions.

Q1:  If you could become any one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?

Chloe Keay in Perfectly Planned would be fun, but I think I would like to become Mikaela Finn from Perfectly Honest, Book 1 in the Perfectly Series. She hangs out with Sam O’Brien, who is one sexy doctor. Plus he has an awesome house with an indoor pool – I’d like to live there.

Q2:  What was your biggest challenge in writing your current release?

I wanted to make sure that Chloe, the heroine in Perfectly Planned, Book 3 of the Perfectly Series, had a different voice from the heroines in Books 1 and 2. Chloe’s personality is more light-hearted than either Mikaela or Margo. The hero in Perfectly Planned is a police officer, instead of a doctor, so I had to do some research about the life of a Tactics and Rescue Unit team member.

Q3If you were stranded on a desert island with ANY book boyfriend (not just one of your own creation), who would you choose and why?

I would choose Roarke from J.D. Robb’s In Death series. He’s got brain and brawn – both would be very handy for a deserted island – and he’s sexy to boot!

Q4When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

When a friend of mine really liked the first book I wrote – errors and all – I was thrilled. That’s when I knew I would pursue writing with the goal of getting published.

Speed Round (just to get to know you better):

  1. Coffee, tea, or other? Ice cold water
  2. Music preference? Dance pop
  3. Favorite movie?  I’m not really a movie buff. I love musical theatre or live theatre and my favourite production was one my son performed in – The Creature Creeps. Went to see it 3 times!
  4. Dog, cat, or other? Other – a house full of boys was enough.
  5. Favorite author? Nora Roberts
  6. Favorite actor/actress? Mark Kratky
  7. Favorite television show (past or present)? The Ellen Degeneres Show (I really enjoyed White Collar too.)

About the Book:

PerfectlyPlannedFlat2_850She’s got it all Perfectly Planned . . .

Chloe Keay is on the hunt for the perfect sperm donor, but who knew it would be this hard? So many things to consider in a father – sure height and hair color are important, but what about the real issues. How does he feel about bagpipe music? Does he buy the extended warranty? Skittles or M&Ms? She doesn’t want an average Joe. She’s narrowed it down to two candidates and has the perfect plan to pick the heir and the spare.

Staff Sergeant Rip Logan, head of the elite Tactics and Rescue Unit, has a gut feeling that Chloe Keay is trouble. She’s a sexy little spark plug who radiates innocence, but it doesn’t jibe with her suspicious behavior and probing questions. The fact that he’s attracted irritates him. What exactly is she after? And should he go with his gut or follow his heart?

Planning for love – what could possibly go wrong?

Perfectly Planned is available exclusively from Amazon

My Review:

Perfectly Planned Review

About the Author:

Linda O'Connor authorLinda O’Connor started writing a few years ago when she needed a creative outlet other than subtly rearranging the displays at Home Sense. It turns out she loves writing romantic comedies and has a few more stories to tell. When not writing, she’s a physician at an Urgent Care Clinic (well, even when she is writing she’s a physician, and it shows up in her stories).

Where to find Linda: Website   Facebook   Twitter

A big ‘thank you’ to Linda for joining us today. On Wednesday, April 20th Welcome Wednesdays will feature on author Cj Fosdick.

Until next time, stay happy, stay healthy and, most importantly, stay well read.




Ah … the Sixties … I Remember Them Well (Really!)

I know people often make jokes about not remembering the 70’s or their college years but, apparently, I was boring because I remember it all. I’m especially fond of the 1960’s … as evidenced by the number of books I’ve placed in that particular time frame.

What was so special about the 60’s? Everything. But, since I don’t have room to comment on “everything”, here a few of my favorite memories.

1964 – The Year of the Beatle’s North American Invasion

Beatles ticketI was fifteen at the time (yes, I’m THAT old), and I remember sneaking out of the house, riding three buses through some of the more questionable areas of Detroit to get to Olympia Stadium (now defunct). What I remember most was that, while I enjoyed what little I could actually hear of the music, I couldn’t understand the fuss. The screaming and fainting didn’t make sense to me. The ride home (three buses, sketchy neighborhoods) was definitely not as exciting as I’d expected it to be. Yet, still, I’d seen my first concert and (blessedly) hadn’t gotten caught! In retrospect, you’d have thought my parents would have noticed I’d been gone for over 4 hours on a Sunday evening!

1966 – The Year the Detroit Red Wings ALMOST Won the Stanley Cup

the-stanley-cupI worked two jobs all summer long in 1965 to earn enough money for season tickets to the Detroit Red Wing games. Yes, I was a BIG hockey fan! In comparison to today’s sky-high prices, the cost of a season ticket in 1965-66 was $175, and that was for a seat right behind the visitor’s bench (where we could heckle to our heart’s content). Of course, there were only six teams at the time and they only played 35 home games per season. Still, to a young girl making minimum wage ($1.25/hr), $175 was a lot of money. I remember that final (6th) game very vividly…despite my blurred vision from crying all the way home. Yes, I was a poor loser!

1967 – The Year I Escaped High School

High SchoolIt felt as if it had taken 20 years instead of 12, but I was finally sprung. Little did I know, high school would prove to be much easier than the full time work world or the quest for a higher education!


Favorite Music

perf5.000x8.000.indd1960 – Are You Lonesome Tonight (Elvis)

1961- Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (The Shirelles)

1962 – I Can’t Stop Loving You (Elvis)

1963 – (Your Love is Like a) Heat Wave (Martha & the Vandellas)

1964 – Oh, Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison)

(Watch for all of the above titles in my upcoming Golden Age of Rock and Roll novellas. The first five years of the decade (1955-1959) can be found in Play It Again (Golden Age of Rock and Roll, Vol. 1).

1965 – Yesterday (The Beatles)

1966 – Paperback Writer (The Beatles) – a given, I suppose

1967 – Respect (Aretha Franklin)

1968 – Young Girl (Gary Puckett & the Union Gap)

1969 – Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond)

Back to the Present and Then to the Past

In my upcoming Halloween-themed novella, Bewitched (The Wild Rose Press), I’ve set my story in 1964 Chicago. I’ve included a nod to the Beatles tour, the Canadians vs Black Hawks battle for the Cup, and even my favorite spooky song, The Monster Mash!

I’ve also contracted a Valentine’s novella, Paging Dr. Cupid (The Wild Rose Press), for early 2017. Set in 1967, and a follow-up to 2016’s Candy Heart’s Romance, Only Yours, it will include a number of references to the vintage time period as well as characters from the previous book.

In October, I’ll venture even further back in time with my Egyptian time travel, Eye of the Pharaoh (Soul Mate Publishing), where my hero and heroine will find themselves transported to 1920’s Egypt in order to solve a mystery.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Please join me again on Wednesday when I’ll welcome fellow author, Linda O’Connor, for a visit. Until then, stay healthy, stay happy, stay well read.




Welcome Wednesday … Author Ryan Jo Summers

22898524_sThis week’s Welcome Wednesday features Author Ryan Jo Summers. Her newest release, Glimpse Eternity, is from Satin Romance.

As with our previous guests on Welcome Wednesday, Ryan has graciously agreed to answer a few of our questions.

Q1:  If you could become any one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?

Season Moriarty, the heroine of my debut novel, “Whispers in her Heart”. Not only does Season get to stay on this incredible horse farm in Wyoming, she gets to train beautiful and willful horses. She gets the guy at the end, handsome and wealthy Englishman Ty Masters.  Oh yeah, Season also has the powers of the Fey and the sight. She can manipulate outcomes, start a fire by snapping her fingers, communicate with animals and exercise some control over nature. She is a Healer as well, able to use her skills to save lives and help the hurting. I will always love and admire Season Moriarty.

Q2When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

When I was ten, I wrote my first story, and illustrated it, about a situation that was happening. I wasn’t old enough to understand then, but it was how I coped with it. That was the start. From there, over the years, I wrote, both non-fiction essays and fiction and even poetry. A poem was included in an anthology years ago. Essays and creative pieces have gone on to print in periodicals and trade journals. My shorter fiction is just stuff that needs to come out and then lives in drawers. I suppose to answer your question though, was when I was around 18 or 19, working nights and spending days around the marina in town. I scribbled away, telling myself I wanted to see my writing published in books one day.

Speed Round (just to get to know you better):

  1. Coffee, tea, or other? Coffee, very sweet and creamy. Hot cuppa tea on cold nights, with honey and milk. Otherwise, milk or water.
  2. Music preference? Country mostly, though I listen to Christian a lot and classic sometimes. Old Rock is okay if I’m with someone else who has it on.
  3. Favorite movie?  It’s a Wonderful Life, with James Stewart and Donna Reed. I love that year-round favorite. Little Women, Black Beauty, Stargate series, good westerns.
  4. Dog, cat, or other? Dogs—I adore Collies. Cats—I have 5 of them. Occupational hazard of my former job. Horses—what is not to love? Miss having horses. And I love my crazy Blue and Gold Macaw, Taz. Actually, I am an animal nut. About the only one I do not like is any kind of spider. Yuck! But I’m good with anything else. I love bunnies, chickens, fish, etc.., even snakes.  
  5. Favorite author? I like Albert Peyson Terhune, Nora Roberts, Linda Lael Miller, Sara Gruen, S.E. Hinton, and Sarah Addison Allen. I recently discovered Julia Quinn. Nicolas Sparks is starting to show up on my shelves more as well.
  6. Favorite actor/actress? Well, I haven’t watched television in over six years, so I don’t know ‘the people’ who are out there now. I walked away from TV in an attempt to read more, get more rest, and be more productive in my writing.
  7. Favorite television show (past or present)? That being said, I miss Sci-Fi shows like Stargate series, Farscape and Sliders. I used to enjoy the Discovery channel with its animal shows like USPCA shows filmed in places like Detroit, Houston and other major cities. I can’t really remember others much unless someone mentions the name, then I can say, “Oh yeah, I used to like that. It was a good show.” I enjoyed wholesome family entertainment with the half hour sitcoms or the hour long family stories. Hallmark used to have great shows too.

About the Book:

GlimpseEternityFINALKasey Griffin is determined to prove a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis isn’t going to ruin her life or define her expectations. She is dedicated to her pregnant sister, her pets and operating her bookstore, ‘The Next Chapter’. She has everything she needs to have a full and satisfying life–the daily challenges of her condition notwithstanding.

Then hunky musician Ben Salem rolls into town. Ben’s subtle charm quickly reminds Kasey she is more than a woman with a disease, she is also a woman with a heart. And Ben wants it.

Will Ben still desire her once he learns the terrible details of her condition?

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My Review:

Glimpse Enternity Review

About the Author:

Me 4-25-2015 choice 1Ryan Jo Summers is a North Carolina writer who likes to pen romances with a twist. Love stories blended as inspirational, with paranormal, suspense or time travel–or several at once. She also writes non-fiction for regional periodicals. Her dad is a songwriter and his aunt wrote poetry, so Ryan came by the writing gene honestly.

Her hobbies include poetry, bird watching, houseplants and gardening, gathering with friends, hiking in the forest, painting canvas and ceramics, and working wiggly word find puzzles, mah johngg or chess.  She lives in a 1920 cottage with a menagerie of pets. She often daydreams of the shore and frequently uses water as settings in her stories.

Where to find RyanWebsite   Blog   Facebook   Twitter

A big ‘thank you’ to Ryan for joining us today. On Wednesday, April 13th Welcome Wednesdays will feature on author Linda O’Connor .

Until next time, stay happy, stay healthy and, most importantly, stay well read.


Welcome Wednesday…Author Katie O’Sullivan

22898524_sWelcome Wednesdays are back here at Notes From a Romantic’s Heart. This week’s Welcome Wednesday features Author Katie O’Sullivan and her book, Ghosts Don’t Lie, from The Wild Rose Press.

As with our previous guests on Welcome Wednesday, Katie has graciously agreed to answer a few of our questions.

Q1:  If you could become any one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?

Oh gosh, I usually put my characters through so much craziness…I’m not sure I’d want to be any of them! And I don’t think I’d want to be any of the characters in GHOSTS DON’T LIE – while I totally believe in ghosts, I’d rather not be able to see and talk to them all the time.

If I had to choose one character, I’d pick Darby Malone from my Candy Hearts novella, SAY YES. She’s a successful small business owner, with a lot of self-confidence and business sense (two things I could use!) AND she gets the hot artist…

Q2:  What was your biggest challenge in writing your current release?

My biggest challenge… hmmm… for GHOSTS DON’T LIE, it was probably all of the medical and drug information that I’ve woven through. Since a lot of the book takes place in a hospital (and I’ve never been in the healthcare profession), there was a lot I needed to research. Google is a wonderful tool for authors who are writing outside of their “known” fields.

Q3If you were stranded on a desert island with ANY book boyfriend (not just one of your own creation), who would you choose and why?

Cool question! Probably Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series by Diane Gabaldon. He’s hot, he’s caring, and beyond that he’s totally capable of building us a shelter and living off the land.

Q4When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

In second grade, it was a tossup whether I wanted to be an art teacher or a librarian (you can tell who my favorite teachers at school were!) We set up a “library” in our classroom, but we needed more books. So I wrote a few and I was hooked.

Speed Round (just to get to know you better):

  1. Coffee, tea, or other? Coffee in the a.m., wine in the p.m.
  2. Music preference? Rock and Roll … any era
  3. Favorite movie? Groundhog Day
  4. Dog, cat, or other? Dog
  5. Favorite author? Jennifer Crusie
  6. Favorite actor/actress? Leonardo DiCaprio/Jennifer Lawrence
  7. Favorite television show (past or present)? Game of Thrones

About the Book:

perf5.000x8.000.inddJillian Rogers Greene worked hard to close the doors on the psychic abilities that defined her youth. For years she pretended to be normal, ignoring the ghosts who whisper to her. When a car crash sets her on a collision course with the past, ugly secrets about her family and marriage come to light. She’s forced to re-evaluate what she thought she knew…and exactly what the future holds.

Connor Sanderson might be the key to unlocking that future. The grey-eyed artist knows ghosts aren’t real, but his attraction to the beautiful psychic makes him question those beliefs. With her husband plotting to kill her, can Jillian make Connor see the truth before it’s too late?

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My Review:

Ghosts Dont Lie

About the Author:

KatieKatie O’Sullivan lives on Cape Cod, drinking way too much coffee and inventing new excuses not to dust. Living next to the Atlantic influences everything she writes, from her YA series about mermaids to her contemporary romances for The Wild Rose Press. A recovering English major, she earned her degree at Colgate University and now writes romance and adventure for young adults, and something steamier for the young at heart.

Where to find KatieWebsite   Blog   Facebook   Twitter

A big ‘thank you’ to Katie for joining us today. On Wednesday, April 6th Welcome Wednesdays will feature on author Ryan Jo Summers.

Until next time, stay happy, stay healthy and, most importantly, stay well read.



Welcome Wednesday…Author Laura Strickland

22898524_sWelcome Wednesdays are back here at Notes From a Romantic’s Heart. This week’s Welcome Wednesday features Author Laura Strickland and her novella, Forged by Love, part of the Lobster Cove series from The Wild Rose Press.


About the Book:

perf5.000x8.000.inddNewly returned home to Lobster Cove from the War Between the States, blacksmith Douglas Grier can’t forget the horrors he’s witnessed or the beautiful young woman he helped break free from her shackles one dark night after her master’s plantation burned. He wishes he had at least asked her name, even though she and her family disappeared into the darkness and Douglas has no expectation of seeing her again.

Josie Freeman can’t remember the last time she felt safe. Even though she and her family are freed, they’re being pursued by slave hunters hired by their former owner. When their ship is damaged on the way to Nova Scotia, Josie is thrown into contact with the one man she never expected…the very man she had wanted to see. But will her past catch up with her before Douglas can free her heart?

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An Excerpt:

“Hello, folks. Sir, I don’t suppose you remember me.”

Josie stared at the man who spoke, afraid to believe her eyes. Tall and with bare shoulders that gleamed in the sun, he had a crop of wavy black hair and skin almost as dark as her own. Though he spoke to Daniel, his brown eyes sought hers and held them, his wonder evident to see.

Not remember him? From the instant he stepped on the wharf, Josie’s attention had been snagged—and not just because he was a good-looking man. No, for the pull she’d felt from the first they sighted this place heightened almost unbearably, every one of her inner instincts sitting up and howling.

Not remember him? Had there been a moment since that night he hadn’t been, somehow, with her?

Her lips parted, but she didn’t speak. Daniel’s deep voice sounded instead.

“Of course, of course we remember you, sir. How could we forget?”

“Good to see you again.” The man focused on Daniel at last and extended a hand to him without hesitation. “But what sort of happenstance has brought you here where we might cross paths again?”

“A long story, sir, and one with a full measure of sorrow.” Daniel shook the man’s hand with the innate courtesy that always marked him.

The fellow’s gaze stole back to Josie, and she promptly went breathless. “I’m very glad to see you safe. That night—well, I never did get your names.”

“Daniel Freeman, sir. This here is my son Michael, his wife Eunice, and their child Hetty. And my own girl, Josie.”

“Douglas Grier, and I’m glad to meet you properly.”

Michael leaned forward to shake Douglas Grier’s hand. “I’m happy, Mr. Grier, to have a chance to thank you. It was a fine thing you did for us that night.”

Douglas Grier smiled, and his somber face transformed as if lit from within. Josie’s heart fluttered like a wild bird before resuming a double-time beat.

Calm yourself, girl. He’s done no more than look at you.

Grier turned to her. “Josie Freeman,” he repeated as if he memorized it, and took Josie’s hand.

She promptly went dizzy as sudden images pressed upon her, blotting out the present. His hands coming at her, so strong and yet gentle, out of the darkness that night. The way he’d touched her, with such care and respect, and the way he’d looked at her as if he could see right down to the bottom of her soul.

He smiled again and Josie’s poor heart pounded in response. “What a marvel this is. I’ve wondered a hundred times what happened to you after that night.”

My Review:

Forged by Love Lobster Cove

About the Author:

Born and raised in Western New York, Laura Strickland has pursued lifelong interests in lore, legend, magic and music, all reflected in her writing. Though her imagination frequently takes her to far off places, she is usually happiest at home not far from Lake Ontario with her husband and her “fur” child, a rescue dog.

Author of Scottish romances Devil Black and His Wicked Highland Ways as well as The Guardians of Sherwood Trilogy consisting of Daughter of Sherwood, Champion of Sherwood and Lord of Sherwood, she has also published two Steampunk romances, Dead Handsome: a Buffalo Steampunk Adventure and Off Kilter: a Buffalo Steampunk Adventure as well as two Christmas novellas: The Tenth Suitor and Mrs. Claus and the Viking Ship. Her Lobster Cove Historical Romance, The White Gull, is the prequel to Forged by Love, a Lobster Cove novella. Her latest release is a contemporary Candy Hearts Romance called Ask Me.

Laura’s Website

Please join us again on Wednesday, March 30th when our guest will be author Katie O’Sullivan. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy and, most importantly, stay well read.




Dishing Out the Steam on the Smexy Romance Blog Hop

Sexy is as sexy does. Here is an excerpt from my International Digital Award winning erotic romance novella. The Mysterious Mrs. Pennybaker is set in one of my favorite time periods…the Roaring Twenties…and mixes in just the right about of intrigue with a whole lot of hot, steamy, sex!

TMMPNick pulled his roadster to a stop in front of Ariel’s brownstone and cut the engine. “I don’t suppose you’re going to invite me inside for a drink, are you?”

She shrugged, the elegant rise of her shoulders beneath the fur she wore making his heart race. Ariel Trumont Pennybaker was one the most beautiful women he’d ever seen. Yet, it was her wit and her stubbornness he found most attractive.

“I suppose it’s the least I can do, given you were kind enough to see me home.”

He jumped out of the car and moved around to the passenger side with the utmost haste, lest she change her mind and send him away. He opened her door and offered her his assistance. She seemed tentative at first but then laid her hand in his and stepped out of the car.

They climbed the three stairs leading to her front door, his attention drawn to the seductive sway of her hips. The moment they crossed the threshold and stepped into the fancy foyer, he knew he wanted her.

This was not part of the plan. You’re here on a reconnaissance mission, nothing more. He pushed his inner voice aside and followed Ariel further into the lavish home.

She opened the door leading to the formal parlor with a flourish, the swirl of her skirt as she crossed the room brushing against the back of her sexy legs.

His body warmed, as his blood began a slow simmer.

“Whisky or cognac?” she asked, lifting the first crystal decanter from the top of the bar.

“No champagne?”

She bent over to rummage through the contents of a lower cabinet, her tight little ass encased in shimmering satin and aimed in his direction. The simmer turned to a boil and settled hard and swift between his legs.

Champagne-popWhen she stood and turned in his direction, she held a bottle of clear amber liquid in her hands. “Found one.” She reached out, offering it to him. “Can you pop the cork?”

His own cork was mere moments from popping. He reached for the bottle but rather than start to work on the metal clamp, he set it aside.

“What about the champagne?ˮ Ariel’s words ended on a gasp as he slid his fingers through her hair and cupped the back of her head in his palm.

“How about we drop the pretenses, Ariel?”

“What pretenses?”

He shook his head and then scanned the entire length of her body. Beneath the thin material of her fancy dress, her nipples tightened.

“We both know why I’m here…why you let me bring you home.” He stretched out his hand and stroked her breast, running his thumb across the stiff crest. “If you’ve been as dutiful a widow as it appears, you’re no doubt as horny as sailor on his first furlough.”

She pushed his hand away. “You’re quite rude for an officer and supposed gentleman, Major Stanton.”

Her show of defiance amused him. “I’m no longer a major. However, I can be a gentleman when the situation calls for it. This, my dearest Ariel, is not one of those times.”

“What makes you think I’m interested in you, or any other man for that matter?”

His laughter filled the room, drawing her frown, the pout of her full lips begging to be kissed.

“In the hotel lobby, when I came up behind you and nearly pinned you to the Lieutenant’s chest, your body shook with excitement. Even though you tried to hide it, I heard the swift catch of your breath when you sucked in air. I’d wager my entire bankroll on the fact you came right there on the spot. Visions of having both of us ran through that beautiful head of yours at the speed of light and you drenched your fancy silk panties.”

She shot him a glare, her mock anger a direct contrast to the soft whimper that slipped past her pursed lips.

“The question is,” he continued, “whether or not you’d prefer us one at a time or both at the same time.”

She raised her hand, but he caught hold of her wrist before she could land a blow to his cheek. He pressed her captured fingertips to his lips and slid his tongue between her splayed fingers.

“You’re despicable. No woman in her right mind…”

He pulled her forward until she crashed against his chest. “The state of your mind has nothing to do with it, Ariel.” A shiver took hold of her as he skimmed his hands down her back, waist, her hips. The curve of her lush bottom filled his hands. “It’s the state of your body I’m interested in.”

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Gift Card 2My Blog Giveaway: In addition to the Grand Prize Giveaway, I will also be giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card. All you have to do to enter is follow me on either Facebook or Twitter between now and midnight April 3rd. I will draw the winner on the afternoon of April 3rd.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you’ll return to my blog for my regular Welcome Wednesday feature. Until then, stay healthy, stay happy, stay well read.



A St. Patrick’s Week Celebration

1 JoyceIn honor of my Irish heritage (maiden name Kelley), I thought I might share a few things Irish with you this week. I’ll begin with one of my favorite quotes by Irish author, James Joyce. Joyce is best known for Ulysses (1922), a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer‘s Odyssey are paralleled in an array of contrasting literary styles. Other well-known works are the short-story collection Dubliners (1914), and the novels A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Finnegans Wake (1939). His other writings include three books of poetry, a play, occasional journalism, and his published letters. This quote is from Araby, a short story from the Dubliners‘ collection. How better to start this week’s post than with something romantic?

Next, I thought I might slip across the Sruth na Maoile (aka the North Channel) and share a wee bit of Scotland in the form of an excerpt from my upcoming release, Kilty Pleasures.

2 HeaneyBeannachd Dia dhuit.”

The minister’s Gaelic blessing melded smoothly into the bagpiper’s rendition of an old Scottish hymn. Aileen MacDougall raised her head and scanned the small group of people who’d come to pay their respects.

She’d expected a better turnout. Despite his reputation as a curmudgeon, the small town of Glencoe owed Kieran MacAlister a huge debt. He’d bailed the entire county out on more than one occasion. Surely a final show of respect wouldn’t have killed them.

Aileen caught sight of her father, the bright red of the MacDougall tartan splashed proudly across his hips and chest. Her brothers, decked out in their finest kilts and sashes, took their place at his side, ready and able to carry their fellow Scotsman to his final resting place.

A fourth man joined them at the front of the small church. His dark hair curled against his temples. Taller than her father and brothers, his broad shoulders drew her appreciative gaze. The MacAlister-of-Skye tartan clung to his trim hips. The kilt’s hem flirted with the top of his knees above traditional cream stockings and tartan garter flashes. At his narrow waist he wore a black leather sporran adorned with a silver clasp fashioned from the MacAlister family crest.

Ronan MacAlister. The deceased’s only remaining family.

Growing up, she’d had the biggest crush on Ronan…the older boy she saw once, possibly twice, a year during his family’s infrequent visits to Glencoe. She’d fantasized about following him to the big city, of somehow escaping her parents’ sheep farm.

Yet, here she was, years later still in Glencoe and living at home. Obviously, not all fantasies come true.

Aileen pushed herself to her feet and fell into step at the end of the line of people exiting the church, stopping just short of the door to steal one last glance at Ronan MacAlister…quite possibly the sexiest man to ever wear a kilt.

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Okay, back to Ireland…or at least the U.S. equivalent. Where would an intriguing romance be without a little danger from the Boston-based Irish mob? My award-winning novella, Do You Want Me, fits the bill perfectly.

20 Do You Want MeDecorated war hero Reece Michaels agrees to go undercover in order to bring down the Irish Mob. In return, the civilian life he’s coveted for the past six years will be returned to him.

Hired by mob boss Sean O’Malley to protect his youngest son, Reece soon discovers the young man needs more protection from his own family than its enemies.

What Reece doesn’t count on is his instant attraction to the police chief’s beautiful and willing daughter. Abby Mackenzie is the younger sister of a woman with whom Reece once had a torrid affair. He’s determined to not give in to Abby’s come-hither ways. After all, one Mackenzie woman was more than enough.

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Finally, how about a wee bit of the ‘luck of the Irish’ with a 5-day Rafflecopter draw for some Amazon gift cards and autographed books! You have until midnight Saturday night/Sunday morning to enter. The draw will be held Sunday afternoon and winners notified by email.

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Blog Hop ButtonPlease join me again on Sunday, March 20th for the beginning of The Smexy Romance Blog Hop and Giveaway where I’ll join 18 other authors to share excerpts from our erotic romances and a chance to win the grand prize, a copy of each authors’ book. I’ll also host a draw of my own in conjunction with the blog hop.

4 OBrienOn March 23rd, my Welcome Wednesday feature will also be back. My guest will be author Laura Strickland. In the meantime, I’d like to leave you with one last quote by Irish author Edna O’Brien … a perfect writer’s lament.

Until Sunday, stay happy, stay healthy and stay well read.



Welcome Wednesday … Author Susanne Matthews

22898524_sWelcome Wednesdays are back here at Notes From a Romantic’s Heart. This week’s Welcome Wednesday features Author Susanne Matthews and her newest release, The White Iris, the third book in her Harvester series from Crimson Romance.

As with our previous guests on Welcome Wednesday, Susanne has graciously agreed to answer a few of our questions.

Q1:  If you could become any one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?

Of course I’d like to be Julie, the heroine in The White Iris. I think she’s got a lot of my personality in her as it is, but she has a fascinating job. I agree with her about trust and honesty in relationships, and I understand why she’d be worried about someone who has as many secrets as Trevor has.

Q2:  What was your biggest challenge in writing your current release?

Since The White Iris is the third and final book in the Harvester series, I had to make sure I brought together all of the threads in the first two books, The White Carnation and The White Lily. I also needed to make sure the book was as exciting as the two previous ones so as not to disappoint the readers. The hardest part about writing a series like this is keeping each book fresh and yet connected. Since technically, each book stands alone because the romance element in it is concluded within it, I also had to make sure there was enough information provided on what had happened before to keep new readers interested, but not too much to bore those who’d read the other books. It was a delicate balancing act.

Q3If you were stranded on a desert island with ANY book boyfriend (not just one of your own creation), who would you choose and why?

That is a tough question. My first thought is to say Harry Potter because he could get us out of there. LOL. If I need to pick another, I’d have to say Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. He seems to me like someone who’d be able to figure out what to do next.

Q4When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

It was something I always wanted, but I’d never actually thought would happen. I wrote children’s stories for the newspaper for a few years before it was bought by one of the big organizations, and wrote Sunday school curriculum, too. I also did some writing for the Ministry of Education and my school board in my last few years teaching. Along the way I had poems published, but it wasn’t until I retired completely from teaching in 2012 that I decided to try my hand at writing a novel.  Since then, I haven’t looked back.

Speed Round (just to get to know you better):

  1. Coffee, tea, or other? Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon, Wine in the evening  
  2. Music preference? Golden Oldies 
  3. Favorite movie? The Notebook
  4. Dog, cat, or other? Cat
  5. Favorite author? Nora Roberts
  6. Favorite actor/actress? Harrison Ford/Julia Roberts
  7. Favorite television show (past or present)? Criminal Minds

About the Book:

The White Iris_optTime’s running out for Special Agent Trevor Clark and his FBI task force. They’re no closer to uncovering the identity of the Prophet, a dangerous serial killer who has been murdering new mothers and vanishing with their infants. If Trevor can’t unlock the clues, the killer’s threats to unleash what the FBI suspects is biological warfare could mean death for all of them. His only recourse is to swallow his pride and reach out to his former fiancée, the CDC’s renowned virologist, Dr. Julie Swift.

Two years ago, Julie ended their engagement after Trevor abandoned her when she needed him most. Now, faced with the possibility of the greatest epidemic since the Spanish flu, she has to put her faith and her safety, as well as that of countless others, into the hands of a man she doesn’t trust. Can they set aside their differences to stop the Prophet, and in doing so, will they find the love they lost?

From the streets of Boston to the wilds of Alaska, this thrilling conclusion to the Harvester Series takes several turns you won’t see coming!

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My Review:

Unfortunately, I was unable to review The White Iris prior to this blog, but it is on my list … right behind the first two books in the series (another example of my reading-in-order quirk). However….

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About the Author:

portfolioPic-20150722_optAmazon bestselling author Susanne Matthews was born and raised in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. She is of French-Canadian descent. She’s always been an avid reader of all types of books, but with a penchant for happily ever after romances. A retired educator, Susanne spends her time writing and creating adventures for her readers. She loves the ins and outs of romance, and the complex journey it takes to get from the first word to the last period of a novel. As she writes, her characters take on a life of their own, and she shares their fears and agonies on the road to self-discovery and love.

Not content with one subgenre, Susanne writes romance that ranges from contemporary to sci-fi and everything in between.  She is a PAN member of the Romance Writers of America as well as a member of the Trans Canada Romance Writers Group.

When she isn’t writing, she’s reading, or traveling to interesting places she can use as settings in her future books. In summer she enjoys camping with her grandchildren and attending various outdoor concerts and fairs. In winter, she likes to cuddle by the fire and watch television.

Where to find Susanne:  Website   Blog   Facebook   Twitter

A big thanks to Susanne for joining us today. Please join us again on Monday, March 14th for a week-long celebration of St. Paddy’s Day that will include a Rafflecopter draw for some great prizes. Then, on Wednesday, March 23rd Welcome Wednesdays will return with a feature on author Laura Strickland.

Until next time, stay happy, stay healthy and, most importantly, stay well read.