What’s Old Is New Again … March 23rd

This Sunday, Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is featuring two guest authors and their “Oldies But Goodies”!

First up, is Alicia Dean’s Death Notice. Originally published in 2011, it was re-issued recently through Amazon Digital.

DeathNotice-800x1200A killer has something to say—and he’s using her obituary column to get his point across…

When columnist Monroe Donovan receives an obituary notice with a date of death two days in the future, she dismisses it as a typo. Then, a second incorrect obituary comes in, and a woman whose name matches the name of the deceased is murdered—on the date listed in the obituary. Now, Monroe realizes that something much more sinister is happening. A serial killer is trying to communicate with her.

She turns to Detective Lane Brody for help, but her attraction to him is complicating her already complicated life. And when the killer turns out to have a disturbing connection to Monroe, complications turn deadly.

(WARNING: Explicit language and graphic violence)

Fun Fact: In Death Notice, I mention an antique cowboy desk in my heroine’s house, and I state that she bought it from a man in Miami, Oklahoma who refurbishes antiques. it’s a nod to my brother-in-law, Tom Zimmerman, who actually lives in Miami and refurbishes antiques. :)

Buy Linkhttp://www.amazon.com/Death-Notice-Northland-Crime-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B0059VTKHE/

Next, is author Heather McCollum’s 2010 release, Prophecy (Book 1 of The Dragonfly Chronicles).

Prophecy_W3983Serena Faw must shut out the barrage of thoughts from everyone around her. Her telepathic powers reveal the darkness and true intentions behind every false smile. When her adopted brother is accused of murder, the only man who can help her is the one person she cannot read. Can she trust him with the life of her brother? Can she trust him with her heart? Keenan Maclean is the younger brother to the new chief of the Macleans. A dark prophecy shadows him. One brother will live wed to a witch and one will die. Keenan is raised to defend his clan and die. Serena and Keenan hunt a loyalist murderer before the Battle of Culloden and fall in love despite the prophecy’s warning that she heralds his death.

Fun Fact: In high school I lived in an old plantation house in Virginia that was built before the Civil War and was used as a hospital for soldiers during it. We realized pretty quickly after moving in that the place was haunted. For five years the ghosts played little jokes on us, moving objects when we were out of the room, winding up my music box, slamming doors in my boyfriend’s face (he deserved it!), and driving our five dogs crazy. Once we refurbished the house and I left for college, my dad said that they seemed to have moved on.
It was a wonderful experience for a young writer with a keen imagination. I do plan to write a haunted house book one day and my ghosts will star in it. They opened up the world of magic for me, and I will be forever thankful. If you’d like to see a picture of the house after it was refurbished, I used it as the first picture in the book trailer for my upcoming YA paranormal romance, Siren’s Song.SS Book Trailer

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Prophecy-Heather-McCollum/dp/1601547234/

Finally, since all good things come in threes … the second novella in my own Golden Decade of Rock and Roll series. Love Me Tender was originally published by The Wild Rose Press in 2010.

LoveMeTender_w3095_300Celebrated criminal attorney, Sydney Thomas, has her hands full with other people’s problems. The last thing she needs is to fall for another attorney at the law firm where she’s just been named partner. But she can’t help being attracted to the brilliant and handsome, albeit younger, Aaron Baker.

When the two are assigned to work together on a case involving a famous singer, the late night research and strategy sessions soon lead to romance. Can this be love? Or is it just a May/December fling?

Fun Fact: Because I’m “old” — a granny of five, I’ve had a number of life experiences. I actually keep a database of every job I’ve had, every weird occurrence, every embarrassing moment and even a list of stories from my family. Needless to say, I have an endless stream of material.

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Tender-Golden-Rock-Roll-ebook/dp/B003552TLA/

That’s it for this week. Please join us again on March 30th, for a look back as some other previously-published gems. Until then, happy writing. Or, better yet, happy reading!



What’s Old Is New Again … March 9th

This week’s posting features books by authors, Cynthia D’Alba and Patricia Kiyono and, because I like to feature three older books, I’ve added one of my own.

First up is Cynthia’s sexy western, Texas Two Step, originally released in February, 2012 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.:

TexasTwoStep72webTheir love never died, but her secrets could break his trust beyond repair.Texas Montgomery Mavericks, Book 1

After six years and too much self-recrimination, rancher Mitch Landry is ready to admit he was wrong. He’d loved Olivia Montgomery but commitment wasn’t high on his list back then. That was his first mistake. He’s just divorced his second, and he’s set to do whatever it takes to convince Olivia to give him another try.
Through hard work, determination and more than a few tears, Olivia survived the break-up with Mitch. She’s rebuilt her life around her business and the son she loves more than life itself. She’s not proud of the mistakes she’s made–particularly the secrets she’s kept–but when life hands you manure, you use it to make something better of yourself…lest you get stuck in it.
At a hot, muggy Dallas wedding, they reconnect. Olivia’s first instinct is to play it cool, but after one devastating kiss things flare out of control, real fast. Maybe a quick roll in the hay will get him out of her system once and for all. Funny thing about hay though, once it’s tangled in your hair, getting it out risks revealing things that were never meant to see the light of day.
Fun Fact: Contains hot sex, a vindictive ex-wife, and hot chocolate chip cookies.
Next, Patricia’s very romantic, The Samurai’s Garden, a November 2012 release from Astraea Press:
IMG_2468Hiro Tanaka prepared for a life as a samurai warrior. But his world changed when Japan’s new emperor abolished the feudal system. Now, he must find a new vocation. He travels alone, going north to the island of Hokkaido, and becoming one of the masterless samurai known as ronin. Unfortunately, some ronin have forsaken their honorable way to prey on the less fortunate.

Hanako Shimizu experienced first-hand the devastation caused by these disreputable wanderers. The previous winter, they raided her farm and killed her husband. Now, she needs to rebuild but has no money and no prospects — except for the dubious intentions of the town merchant.

When Hiro encounters Hanako in the market, arguing with the merchant, he poses as her late husband’s cousin then offers to help her on the farm in exchange for a place to stay. Working on the land, he finally finds the peace he has been seeking. But the reappearance of the rogue ronin, led by an unscrupulous leader from Hiro’s past, forces him to take up his swords again. But now, the stakes are higher.

This time, he’s fighting from the heart.

Inspiration for the book: One day when my mother shared with my daughters and me the story of her courtship with my father, she mentioned that when they decided to get married, her family investigated his family history. Though Dad was an American citizen, his ancestors came from Japan. The investigators discovered he had descended from a family of a shogun! That got me thinking…what did these warriors do once the samurai age ended? How did they figure out what to do with their lives? And so I started writing.

Buy Linkhttp://www.amazon.com/Samurais-Garden-Patricia-Kiyono-ebook/dp/B00A2ZGHL4/

And, finally, the very beginning of my Golden Decade of Rock and Roll series, Love Is A Many Splendored Thing, released in 2008 from The Wild Rose Press:

LoveIsAManySplendoredThing_w1747_300At a friend’s wedding, Marnie Shelton encounters Air Force Major Edward Louden, a man she originally met three years earlier when he’d come to her door to tell her that her husband had been killed while serving in Korea.  Since that fateful day, Marnie has turned her life around by attending college and earning a business degree all while caring for her two young children.  The last thing on her busy agenda is to become involved with a man, especially one in the military.

Ed has other ideas.  Surely this beautiful, confident woman can’t be the same young girl he’d met just three years earlier.  Despite Marnie’s refusal to see him again, the persistent Major won’t take no for an answer and sets out to woo and win both mother and children.

Fun Fact: When I first saw the cover for the book the only thought that ran through my head (other than how much I loved the cover) was how much my hero looked like Larry Hagman during his “I Dream of Jeannie” days! That image has stayed with me since Day 1!

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Splendored-Thing-Nancy-Fraser-ebook/dp/B0056A2X6S/

Join us next week for three more “oldies but goodies”. Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is having a great time dusting off these previously released gems!



What’s Old Is New Again … February 16, 2014

This Sunday’s edition of “What’s Old Is New Again” features three very talented authors and a sample of their previous titles.

First up is Holiday Affair by Annie Seaton, released in March 2012 from Entangled Publishing.

About the Book:

HolidayAffairSeatonStaid professor Lissy McIntyre believes that choosing a mate should be based on common sense, not runaway passion. And she would certainly never pick a rolling stone like Nick Richards for long-term love. But a red-hot, tropical romance? Oh, yeah. He’s got a body just made for sinning and his sizzling kisses leave her senseless. When Nick blows into town, he’s stunned to discover that his no-nonsense new neighbor and co-worker is the same sultry creature he seduced for one night of forbidden island pleasure. He’s unaccustomed to staying in one place for long, but he just can’t seem to keep his hands off this tempting woman. Will Nick break loyal Lissy’s heart or will she be the one woman he simply can’t walk away from?

Link for all online retailers and an excerpt: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/holiday-affair/

Fun Fact: Annie actually lived the  first few pages of this story in person the year before she wrote Holiday Affair…the snapping of the sails, the excited chatter of the backpackers in many languages and the magnificent sunset. All she had to do was create a sexy hot hero and put him in the setting and Holiday Affair was born!


The second book we’re featuring comes to us from the Roman Empire, courtesy of author Christine Elaine Black. Maximus was first published by The Wild Rose Press in November 2012.

About the Book:

Maximus_w5967_750Carissa and Maximus become entangled in each other’s lives from the beginning of the story. Both have secrets they don’t intend to share but soon realize fate draws them together. Maximus is destined for Rome and a confrontation with the Emperor. Carissa is in hiding from a betrothal gone awry and itches to find out the identity of Maximus and why he is living in exile. Will the consequences of past indiscretions tear apart the fragile trust growing between them? Secrets, betrayal, love and lies wait in MAXIMUS.

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Maximus-Christine-Elaine-Black-ebook/dp/B00AEFFXNK/

Fun Fact: Christine Elaine has always loved stories about ancient Rome and Egypt. It came as no surprise that she would eventually write romantic historical fiction but it was the ongoing interest she has with Roman characters that came as a complete surprise. Her other love is medieval royalty – especially the Plantagenets and early Tudors.

Our final offering for today is Stepping Out of Line by Linda Carroll-Bradd, published in March of 2010 as part of the Wayback Texas series from The Wild Rose Press.

About the Book:

SteppingoutofLine_medTwo years ago Roxie Starr left behind the life she’d had for ten years as a Vegas showgirl and returned to her hometown of Wayback, Texas to open a styling salon. She claims she’s there to help her mama with her rebellious younger sister. The plain truth is age was catching up to her body and the time had come to step out of the chorus line.

Fighting against a nagging injury inflicted by a bucking stallion, Dev Laredo is determined to finish one last rodeo. He won’t return to his Oklahoma ranch until he’s won enough to cover his brother’s college tuition. One dance with a sassy redhead sparks his interest, but her tender ministrations to his injury touch his lonely heart. Can two bruised souls put aside their differences and give love a fighting chance?

Buy Linkhttp://bit.ly/ZenHAx

Fun Fact: Linda and author-friend, MJ Frederick, were rodeo virgins when they attended a PRCA event at the San Antonio Rodeo to do first-hand research. An exciting and noisy way to spend an evening, they couldn’t believe how fast eight seconds really is.

Notes From A Romantic’s Heart looks forward to featuring more talented authors and books from their past in the coming months. I hope you will join us to dust off those book jackets and bring these great stories back to life!



What’s Old Is New Again … Dusting Off Older Titles

Notes From A Romantic’s Heart is beginning a new bi-monthly feature: “What’s Old Is New Again“. The purpose of the feature will be to showcase some of my favorite authors’ earlier works. The only pre-requisite for inclusion will be the fact that the book must currently be available for order through an online retailer (whether it be directly from the publisher or through a third party).

Since I’ve not asked for submissions from my friends/fellow authors as yet, today I will feature three books of my own choosing. The first is probably my all-time favorite romance novel from the mega-talented Elizabeth Lowell (aka Ann Maxwell). Originally issued through Silhouette Intimate Moments, it has recently been re-released as an e-book. Chain Lightning is what I would consider the very best of romantic fiction and I’ve read it dozens of times. It is one of those books that is so perfect it makes you WANT to be a writer.

Chain LightingAbout the Book:

Because of a tragedy Mandy Blythe barely survived, she is terrified of flying and of water. When she is tricked into bidding on a man at a charity bachelor auction, she has no idea that she is about to confront her deepest fears.

Damon Sutter has been cornered into offering himself at his aunt’s charity auction. His reward would be his first vacation in years. Never guessing he would be spending three weeks with his aunt’s sexy assistant, he chose three weeks of diving on a distant, tiny coral island on the Great Barrier Reef.

It was Mandy’s worst nightmare come true. Yet Damon was also her secret dream. Now all she had to do was survive…and risk love.

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AP5YR18/

The second book I’d like to feature is an inspirational romance by my friend and former critique partner, Marianne Evans. Devotion has garnered numerous accolades, including the prestigious Bookseller’s Best Award in 2013.

Devotion2About the Book:

From This Day Forward. Christian Music agent Kellen Rossiter has everything he ever wanted: A-list clients from coast to coast, a loving wife who honors and respects him, and a faith life that’s never wavered—until now.

Juliet Rossiter has the perfect life: a rewarding schedule serving the underprivileged, a husband who loves her as Christ loved the church, and a blessed future as a mother—at least that’s what she thinks.

For Better or Worse. But what happens when their rock-solid marriage begins to crumble under the weight of an unexpected and powerful temptation? How does love survive when its foundation is shaken?

‘Til Death Do Us Part. When human frailty and the allure of sin deal a harsh blow to their relationship, it will take more than love to mend the shattered trust and heartbreak. It will take a lifetime of devotion.

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Devotion-Marianne-Evans-ebook/dp/B009M7TCLU/

And, finally, what kind of an author would I be if I didn’t include one of my own earlier titles. Time and Again, a futuristic time-travel,  is one of my personal favorites (although don’t tell any of my other books, please).

TimeAndAgain_WRP_1490_680About the Book: When reporter, Kate Brogan, and her ex-husband vice cop, Matthew Kelley, both end up investigating local psychic Olga Limas, Kate realizes the fluff piece of journalism she’d anticipated might just turn into something more.

Out to debunk the woman’s claim of being able to guide séance participants into the future, both Kate’s and Matt’s skepticism is put to the test when they find themselves transported to 2057.

Certain the only one they can truly trust is each other, they form an alliance that quickly stirs more intimate and loving memories. Just as they are about to be shown the way home, a presidential assassination puts their lives, and their chances for a “happily ever after,” in jeopardy.

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Time-Again-Nancy-Fraser-ebook/dp/B0028Y4OF8/

Please check back for more of these older gems from some of my (and no doubt your) favorite authors. Until then, writers please keep writing. Readers, please keep reading. You are the reason we tempt our sanity and work so hard to entertain!



Diane Burton Guests Today

My guest today is author Diane Burton. Please join me in welcoming Diane to Notes From A Romantic’s Heart.

NFaRH: If we asked your best friend to list three of your most prevalent traits/habits, good or bad, what would they be?

Diane: Loyalty (I hope), OCD (I thought I was just a nit-picker), and Always on time (for lunch or deadlines)

NFaRH: If you could morph into one of the characters in your book, who would it be and why?

 Diane: Daria. I understand her desire to make a change in her life. I did it a few years earlier than she did. LOL But, as the hero says, sometimes she has more guts than sense. I’d like to think I would help a wounded man. Instead, I’d probably call 911 and beat it out of there.

NFaRH: If you could either time travel or possess supernatural powers, which would you choose? If you choose time travel, when and where would you go? If you choose a supernatural power which would it be and why?

Diane: Time Travel to the future, when space travel is commonplace. I would love to visit alien planets, but I’d hope the aliens looked like us instead of giants bugs or lizards.

NFaRH: What do you find to be the most challenging obstacle in writing a novel and how do you overcome it?

Diane: Getting stuck. I know where the story is supposed to go. It’s just how to get there is the obstacle. How do I overcome it? I procrastinate. LOL I play a lot of computer solitaire or mah jong. Somehow playing mindless games lets my imagination rest. Then I have to mentally kick myself to stop playing and return to writing.

NFaRH: What is the most important thing about your book that you want readers to take away from this interview?

Diane: That they’ve been on a fun adventure.

NFaRH: Tell us in fifty words or less why you wrote this book:

DianeOne Red Shoe started as a writing exercise at a Mid-Michigan RWA meeting. The facilitator threw out an idea (someone running toward you at a train station). First thought: the man running toward her wore one red shoe. The scene took place in a NYC subway and the red was blood.

NFaRH: What’s next on your writing horizon?

Diane: I’m finishing the second book in my sci-fi romance Outer Rim series, about a woman who is not what she seems. The Chameleon will be released in the spring.

perf5.000x8.000.inddWannabe writer rescues wounded spy while risking her heart.

Daria Mason’s life is too predictable. Nothing ever happens in her small Iowa town where everybody knows everybody else. But when she travels to New York City looking for a little excitement, she never expects to bring home a wounded spy.

From the moment agent Sam Jozwiak steals intel vital to US security from a Russian Mafia kingpin, Murphy’s Law takes over. No matter how he covers his tracks, the kingpin’s assassins find him. What’s worse than getting shot in the butt? Accepting help from an Iowa tourist.

Sam and Daria flee cross country with the assassins right behind them. Sharing danger and excitement—and a few kisses—with Sam soon has Daria convinced he’s the man for her. He thinks she’ll be better off once he’s out of her life for good. With their lives on the line, can she convince him they belong together?


Excerpt from One Red Shoe:

For the second time in her life, Daria Mason came face-to-face with a man pointing a weapon at her. A pervert, with unzipped jeans, wielded a green box knife. Because she’d raced into the restroom without checking out the situation, he now stood between her and the exit.

She was at the end of the proverbial rope. After walking in circles, she finally found a restroom and nobody was stopping her from using it. Especially not someone playing copycat with that guy in the movie who wore one red shoe.

“I am having a really bad day,” she declared in the don’t cross me voice she used on her brothers. As soon as her words echoed off the hideous pink and black tiled walls and floor, she lowered her voice. “You are in the wrong place, mister. Now zip up and get out.” She pointed straight-armed toward the door.

The man shook his head and set the flimsy knife on the counter. “Lady, you have more guts than sense. You are in the wrong place, at the wrong time.” His voice was even softer as hers. He eyed her with a look so dark and intense it paralyzed her like a hawk froze its prey.

 Buy Links:

The Wild Rose Press: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=1082

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00FDXRHZA

And wherever ebooks are sold.

About the author:

Diane BurtonDiane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides the science fiction romance Switched series, she is the author of The Pilot, the first book in a series about strong women on the frontier of space. One Red Shoe is her first romantic suspense. She is also a contributor to the anthology How I Met My Husband. Diane and her husband live in Michigan. They have two children and two grandchildren.

For more info and excerpts from her books, visit Diane’s website: http://www.dianeburton.com

Connect with Diane Burton online

Blog:  http://dianeburton.blogspot.com/

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/dmburton72

Facebook:  http://facebook.com/dianeburtonauthor

Goodreads: Diane Burton Author

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/dmburton72/

Rafflecopter Draw:

Diane Burton is giving away a $20 eGift card to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Just follow the Rafflecopter instructions.

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Thank you, Diane, for being my guest today. I look forward to the next book in this series.



Welcome 2014 … Writer Seeks Serenity !!!

God grant me the serenity 
to accept the things I cannot change; 
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

~~~Reinhold Niebuhr

The beginning of Niebuhr’s serenity prayer is probably one of the most recognized and shared passages in all the world, and one of the most beautiful at that. As an author, I understand the power of the written word … the impact it can have, good and bad, on a reader. And, while I don’t liken the romances I write to something as profound as The Serenity Prayer, I do love to hear a reader say, “I got lost in the story”, “I put my feet up with a cup of coffee and just relaxed”, and “I loved this book!” – while neither accolade is life affirming by any means, they are still my contribution to an over-worked mother’s few moments of peace and quiet, or a reader’s search for a Happily Ever After! And, heaven knows, we need as many of those as we can get.

It’s been a few weeks since I last posted to my blog, not by intention but by necessity. I’d planned out a really nice Christmas Eve blog about giving and receiving presents (filled with a bit of shameless self-promo), a New Years Eve blog about setting goals. Then, when I least expected it, life intervened and altered my plans, encroached on my serenity. My elderly cousin passed away. He and I were the last two immediate family members on my mother’s side.

So, just five days short of the holiday, my two wonderful sons and I set out on a 1300 mile drive from Atlantic Canada to Dearborn Heights, Michigan, so that I could ‘accept that thing I couldn’t change’ … my responsibility to my family. The weather predictions should have slowed us down but, by some twist of fate, we stayed 100 miles ahead of the storms, made excellent time and arrived safe and sound. Following a small funeral (the numbers dwindle as we grow older), I attended to the business of being my cousin’s trustee … doing what I could just before the holiday and making plans to return to Michigan in a few weeks to complete other tasks required of me.

The evening of  the 23rd, we reversed course and set out for home, hopeful we’d make it in time for my sons to be with their families and me to be with my grandchildren for Christmas. Again, the weather stations warned of ice storms, blowing snow and bad roads. And, again, we managed to beat the odds. At ten-thirty on Christmas Eve, we arrived home. It was a bittersweet holiday, given where we’d just been, but a joyous one in the fact that we were all together.

When I turned on my computer the evening of the 25th, the first thing staring at me was a reminder that my project calendar needed updating … my carefully executed “writer’s guide to writing everything” as I like to call it! I’d missed two self-imposed deadlines and was sorely unprepared for the next one. As I sat there staring at the missed deadlines, the black hole in my per-day word count, I realized one very simple thing: the words will wait! The muse has accepted that serenity comes and goes and is willing to wait while life haphazardly throws obstacles in its way!

On December 30th, I saw the release of my first contemporary romance in a number of years. While I’ve not got a huge contemporary reader fan base (since my efforts for the past few years have all been historical), I’m hoping Pushing the Limits will garner me some new fans while I continue down the contemporary path for another four books during the coming year. Here’s a bit about the book:

12 Pushing the LimitsWhen a case of mistaken identity puts Cade Tucker in the wrong place at the right time, he can’t believe his luck. Drawn to the beautiful Julia McCormack, he flirts his way into her bed, and they welcome the New Year together.

 Though they agreed their time together was no-strings-attached, first name basis only, Julia’s having a hard time letting go of the best sex she ever had. She dives into work at her corporate law firm, hoping to get her mind off the man who rocked her world. Then, Julia finds out the senior partner has appointed a new attorney to work with her on her biggest case, and her co-counsel will be Cade Tucker. Her plans to make partner are in serious jeopardy when she and Cade disagree on the best legal strategy for their case, but what will happen when they can no longer fight their desire, and the company’s strict non-fraternization policy threatens both of their careers.

The first two chapters and all buy links can be found here: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/pushing-the-limits/

Oh, and did I mention … it’s on sale for 99 cents for a limited time!

I’m also in the middle of a blog tour for the book. The stops are as follows:

January 3 Spotlight: Ramblings of a Book Lunatic http://booklunaticramblings.blogspot.com

January 3 Spotlight: The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom www.creativelygreen.blogspot.com

January 7 Author Interview: Manga Maniac Café  http://www.mangamaniaccafe.com/

January 7 Spotlight: Sapphyria’s Steamy Books saphssteamybooks.blogspot.com

There is a Rafflecopter draw for an online book retailer gift card and you can enter at each stop for more chances to win!

I will be back next week with more news on upcoming releases. Until then, the writers out there should keep writing (and planning), and the readers … please keep reading! You are why we do what we do.



It’s Off to the Two-Day Races !!!

AprilLove_w8079_750This is FREEBIE week for April Love through the Kindle KDP program. This is my first experience with the program and I’m anxious to see how it works, both during the free week and afterward. The five-day free period began on Tuesday, December 1oth and the book can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/April-Love-Golden-Decade-Rock-ebook/dp/B00G8GJJJ8/

About the Book:

Eleanor Martin is every company’s dream employee. She arrives early, stays late and never misses a day. If it weren’t for Eleanor’s skill as a private secretary, her architect boss would never make a deadline. Not only does she keep him on track, she runs interference between him and his over-bearing mother, his deadbeat brother, and the half dozen or so women who want to bed him and/or wed him.

 When Jess Norton acquires a new client who asks him to build a palatial hideaway on Grand Cayman Island, Jess is certain he’ll never be able to complete the multi-million dollar job without the help of his efficient secretary.  Despite her reservations, he convinces Eleanor to accompany him on the assignment of a lifetime.

 The sun and the sand cast the perfect spell for romance. But will the tides turn in the opposite direction?

On Wednesday, December 11th and Thursday, December 12th, I’ll also be taking part in a Book Blast promotion through Goddessfish Tours. The tour is designed to hit as many stops as possible within the two days and will include information about the book, in some cases a review and…most importantly…a Rafflecopter draw for a great prize! Please stop by one or all of the stops for your chance to win!


The scheduled stops include:

December 11:
1: My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews
2: Reviews by Crystal
3: Queen of the Night Reviews
4: Bunny’s Review
5: Erzabet’s Enchantments
6: Sharing Links and Wisdom
7: Bookgirl Knitting
8: Deal Sharing Aunt
9: Books to Light Your Fire
10: Beckstar Reviews
11: My Devotional Thoughts

December 12:
1: Musings From An Addicted Reader
2: Sun Mountain Reviews
3: Illustrious Illusions
4: Book2Buzz
5: Room With Books
6: Love Saves the World
7: Welcome to My World of Dreams
8: It’s Raining Books
9: Long and Short Reviews
10: Dawn’s Reading Nook Blog
11: The Simple Things in Life
12: You Gotta Read Reviews

During the KDP free week The Wild Rose Press is also putting the first three novellas in the Golden Decade of Rock and Roll (1955-1964) series on sale!


The buy links for all three books can be found on my Amazon author page here: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004AOL61Y

I’ll be back on Sunday with more tour information on both my co-authored historical, The Lawman’s Agreement, and my upcoming contemporary novella, Pushing the Limits. Until then, writers please keep writing and readers keep reading!


A Blog Tour By Any Other Name … Is Still Hard Work!

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Up until the May 23rd release of Gambling On Love, the first book in our McCade Legacy series from Entangled Publishing, neither co-author Patti Shenberger or I had ever done a blog tour. We were both a bit skeptical, a lot nervous, and even more unprepared.

The types of blog stops varied, either guest post, Q&A or just a spotlight! It was a struggle sometimes to keep our answers fresh and our topics current. We lost count of the number of times we answered the question, “so where did the idea for your story come from?” The one thing we had going for us was the fact that we’d known each other for years, would often finish the other person’s sentences and had worked out a pattern of who and when each of us would respond to comments on the blog posts.

Despite the hectic schedule of daily posts (and sometimes more than one per day), we kept up! We answered every question and, in the end, we had a winner for our Rafflecopter draw! We considered it a resounding success.

ScandalousHoliday_500pxIn October, I was part of the Christmas Anthology, A Very Scandalous Christmas. And this time the tour was split between myself and three mega-talented authors. We took turns either answering questions, doing guest posts, or just answering the multiple comments on the individual blogs. It was definitely an interesting process working with three people you only knew through your writing.

Back at the McCade Legacy, we’d spent the summer fine tuning the second book in the series, The Lawman’s Agreement. Just released on November 11th the tour doesn’t officially start until December 7th and runs for one month, ending in early January. Because of the later start, we set up a few stops on our own, mostly with author-bloggers as a reciprocal post for one either Patti or I had done earlier for them.


As for the tour, this time, there are fewer blog stops, fewer requests for guest posts but, fortunately, still a Rafflecopter draw. One has to wonder, are readers getting tired of attending blog tours in hopes of winning the offered prize? Are bloggers getting over-loaded with requests? I will be posting the formal blog tour schedule here on the website in the next few days. We look forward to having everyone visit and enter for the chance to win an opportunity to be an active part of the third McCade Legacy book by naming one of the local business and having their name used as a character in the next book.

I’m not saying we should discontinue blog tours … quite the contrary. I think they are a great way to get an author’s name out there, especially if they’re fairly new to the business.

VBT_AprilLove_BannerIn December, I’ll be trying something new…at least in the way of tours. I have a book blast tour coming up, a two-day, free-for-all book spotlight on approximately a dozen sites each day. This is for my next individual project, April Love, the fourth novella in my Golden Decade of Rock and Roll series for The Wild Rose Press.

12 Pushing the LimitsFollowing the two day book blast, I will be starting on a third tour for my December 30th novella, Pushing The Limits, from Entangled‘s Flirt line.

I figure by mid-January, I will be all toured out!

All three of the simultaneous December tours are “different” in the way they will be run, the type of book that’s being highlighted, and the type of blog that’s hosting the tour. It’s my intention to keep a rather detailed record of what worked and what didn’t, the sales vs the cost of the one tour that I’m paying for myself, and then put together some concrete comparisons to share with other authors and, if they’re interested, the readers as well.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on what’s worked for you as an author. From the readers, I’d like to know what type of book or book tour draws your attention and participating. Is it all about the prize offered on the Rafflecopter draw? Or, as all authors hope, is it about discovering someone you’ve never read before and adding them to your ‘must-buy’ list? Please feel free to add a comment on the Guestbook tab at the top of the site. Or, if you’d prefer, fill out the Contact form. I will also compile your answers and report back later.

As each of my individual tours start, I will also be sharing the schedule, as well as the Rafflecopter draw, here on my site. Please check back to see where I’ll be popping up next!

In the meantime, writers keep writing! Readers please keep reading…it’s what keeps us authors semi-sane!






Happy Release Day To Me (and Patti)!!!

Co-author Patti Shenberger and I are excited to announce the formal release of Book 2 of the McCade Legacy Series!

lawman_500Post-Civil War Mississippi

U.S. Marshal, Zack McCade takes pride in protecting the good folks of Greenville—especially the beautiful Dr. Suzanne Martindale. He doesn’t always understand her need for independence, but he sure does like getting under her skin. It’s not like he’s looking to settle down—his job is too dangerous to risk taking a wife and family.

In an era when women aren’t readily accepted in the male dominated world of medicine, Suzanne doesn’t have time for courting—especially a charming Cajun rogue like Zack. When he proposes a fake betrothal to keep the matchmaking town out of their hair, she’s sure it’s a bad idea, but can’t deny her longing for a respite from the over-zealous bachelors in town.

Their ruse starts a fire in their hearts that neither expected, but will the re-emergence of Suzanne’s real fiancé douse the flames?

We thought we’d share an excerpt with you as well:

Zack left the clinic and turned away from his office rather than toward it. He needed to walk off some of the tension holding his body as tightly wound as a pocket watch.

He should never have stolen that last kiss. The first two had been enough to appease their onlookers. The third had been strictly an indulgence for his own amusement, a silly flirtation intended to raise the doctor’s ire. Instead, his plan had backfired, and he’d found himself as aroused as a young schoolboy after his first deep kiss. It wouldn’t do, Zack realized, to walk into his office with a flagpole in his britches.

After a second pass behind the main buildings in the central part of town, Zack felt in control enough to go back to work. He’d barely reached for the handle on the office door, when the sound of a gunshot rang out from somewhere in the vicinity of the saloon.

He stepped off the sidewalk and into the main road, covering the distance between the jail and the saloon quickly, coming to a halt at the hitching post just as two men backed through the saloon doors, their faces covered in bandanas.

Zack drew his gun and a deep breath and asked, “You two gentlemen planning on going somewhere?”

The two men turned in Zack’s direction, their guns at the ready. “Let us go, Marshal, and nobody gets hurt,” the first one said.

“It’s two against one,” the second pointed out.

“Hmm, not such great odds, is it?” Zack agreed. “Perhaps, I can even things up a bit.” The words had no sooner left his mouth when he fired his gun, clipping the first man’s hand and knocking the gun he held to the side. “Now, it’s just us,” he said to the other.

The second man tossed his gun to the side as well and raised his hands in defeat. To his left, Zack caught sight of his deputies’ approach. “Tom, Pete,” Zack ordered. “Get these two scoundrels over to the jail and bandage up this fellow’s fingers.”

“Will do, boss,” Pete Bailey confirmed. “You want I should have the doc take a look at his hand.”

“No, not unless it’s a deeper scrape than it appears to be. He’ll do fine with your handiwork.”

Zack holstered his gun as his deputies started away with the prisoners. The second, larger man broke free of Tom’s hold and charged in Zack’s direction. Zack stuck out his fist, landing one solid blow against the man’s chest, sending him sprawling in the dirt, gasping for air and clutching his ribs.

“Come on,” the deputy said, pulling the man to his feet by the collar. “Let’s get going.”

Zack watched as the two men were led away without further incident. When he turned back toward the front of the saloon, he realized Suzanne was standing there, mostly likely alerted by the sound of the original gunshot.

“Was there anyone hurt in the saloon?” he asked.

“No, the robbers fired into the air in an attempt to scare the barkeep so he would hand over the money.”

“Since you’ve got your medical bag with you, I’ll take you over to the jail and you can check on both men.”

“Did you flatten the other one as well?” she asked.

“No. I shot him.”

Suzanne shook her head, the frown playing across her beautiful face causing him concern.

“Let’s go then, Marshal.” She started toward the jail, stopping long enough to say, “I’d really rather you not add to my workload any more than necessary.”

“It’s not like I do it on purpose,” he argued. When she didn’t respond, he caught up with her in two long strides. “It’s my job.”

“Yes, I know. And, because of your job, I now have to do mine.”

Zack was overcome with regret. Not that he would have done anything different where the two men were concerned. His regret stemmed from the fact he’d once again disappointed Suzanne, her reaction only serving to convince him of why they were unsuited for a real relationship.

And, of course, the buy links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Lawmans-Agreement-Entangled-Scandalous-ebook/dp/B00FUWUI50/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383609282&sr=8-1&keywords=the+lawman%27s+agreement

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-lawmans-agreement-nancy-fraser/1117136001?ean=9781622663422


11064112_sOn December 23rd, I’m making the leap forward from my usual historical romances to release Having Santa’s Baby, a sexy, contemporary novella for Entangled’s new Flaunt line. I don’t have the cover as yet, but I thought I’d share a peek of how I envision my hero:

And, an “unoffical” excerpt:

Julia McCormack stood off to one side of the boardroom, her back to the wall, her fingers clutching a glass of wine she had no intention of drinking. All around her the firm’s employees were enjoying the fine trappings of a successful business. The usually staid room was decorated to the nines, a large, well-lit tree holding court in the far corner. The buffet was sumptuous, the drinks abundant. An elegant string quartet played classical music and carols off to the side.

She only wished she were having as much fun as the rest of the staff. She should have never accepted that last call when the receptionist had offered her the phone. Still, Mr. Montgomery had left her in charge and so she’d taken the phone from Paula’s grasp, mustered up her formal attorney demeanor and handled the complaint from a very angry client. Her day had been going so well up until then.

“Can I get you another?”

She looked up and met the warm brown-eyed gaze of Santa Claus, or at least the man they’d hired to play Santa for the evening. Even dressed in costume, he looked as if he’d just stepped off the cover of the cowboy version of GQ.

“No thank you,” she said. “One is enough for me.” When he nodded and smiled, she couldn’t help but wonder what the temp agency had been thinking. In addition to his heart-stopping gaze and confident demeanor, he exuded charm. In two short hours, he’d managed to send nearly every one of the firm’s female staff into fits of giggles. They’d literally shoved their way in line for the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap.

Santa was supposed to be a portly, jolly old man with a white beard, not a six-foot-plus hottie with a fit body and killer smile.

Still, he did look good in the red suit.

“How much longer do you think this party is going to last?” he asked.

She stifled a laugh when he tugged at the edge of the fake beard and rubbed his hand across his forehead, dislodging the white wig and bright red hat.

“Not much longer. The partners are leaving as we speak. The rest will make their escape shortly afterward.”

“How about you?”

“I’m here for the duration,” she said. “Mr. Montgomery, our senior partner, usually oversees the party himself but he was called away on a family emergency and left me in charge.”

“I could stay and help, if you’d like,” he suggested. “After all, what kind of a Santa would I be if I didn’t come to the aid of a beautiful woman?”

She shook her head, pushing his compliment aside. “What kind indeed?”

Red Heart Red Heart Red Heart Red Heart

Patti and I will be visiting a number of blogs over the next few weeks. A formal schedule will be posted as soon as it’s available. I look forward to sharing some of the wonderful research on 1860′s female doctors that we used during the writing of The Lawman’s Agreement!

Until next Sunday, writers keep writing, readers keep reading and everyone enjoy!





Contests, Winners, and Lists … Oh My !!!!

It’s November 1st … and the SpOOkY season has passed … almost. I will be sharing yet another scary story today at 3:00 p.m. on the Long and Short Review Halloween Blog Fest!

Halloween 2013 ParticipantI have another Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card up for grabs, as well as a copy of either my futuristic time travel, Time and Again, or my co-authored post-Civil War romance, Gambling on Love, for the winner! Please visit me at http://wp.me/p2ZcT9-6FJ – but not until 3:00 p.m. Eastern! While you’re there, check out the other authors’ spooky stories for a chance to win even more prizes. I will be drawing my winner on Saturday, November 2nd.

Speaking of Winners … drum roll please ….

Thanks to those of you who entered the Entangled Halloween Blog Tour here on my blog.


I recieved 35 entries into the contest and, thanks to a totally unbiased number generator, the winner has been chosen. Sarah Miles is the lucky recipient of a $10 online book retailer gift card, as well as her choice of a copy of either …

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Just because I believe that every contest deserves more than one winner, I’ve also drawn second and third place winners for a copy of either book. Those winners are: Michelle Willms and Krizia (sorry, no last name). All three winners have been notified by e-mail. Thank you so much to everyone who entered! Please check back from time to time for other contests.

And, now … another drum roll please …

On October 22nd, Entangled Publishing, held an Amazon sale of all of their Scandalous historical titles. By virtue of the two books I had in the sale, A Very Scandalous Holiday anthology and Gambling On Love

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I ended up in the Amazon Top 100 Historical Authors along with seven of my Entangled Scandalous sisters! What an exciting day and a half!

With any luck, the next book in our McCade Legacy series, The Lawman’s Agreement and my Vintage (1958) historical, April Love

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will get me back there again! Both are available through my Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004AOL61Y along with all my other books.

Please check back later in the week for the announcement of the LASR Blog winner, as well as some exciting news about upcoming author visits and contest news.