Sneak Peek/Author Favorites for June 25th

sneak peekWelcome to Sneak Peek Saturday’s here at Notes From a Romantic’s Heart. Every Saturday you’ll get to meet two or three new authors and learn about their books. Each Saturday will also have a “theme” and the authors will give insight into their quirky personalities by identifying their “favorite” from the week’s them.

This week’s subject is “Favorite Fancy Restaurant”.

Our first guest is author Belle Ami. When asked about her favorite restaurant, she said, “One if by Land, Two if by Sea in Greenwich Village is one of my favorite, fancy restaurants. All you have to do is take a peek at the images on Google and you’ll understand why this restaurant on Barrow Street is rated consistently in the top five of the most romantic restaurants in the world in every poll and ranking, and, of course, #1 most romantic restaurant in NYC.

Today she’d like to share with us the latest book in her The Only One series, One More Time is Not Enough.

About the Book:

ONE MORE TIME IS NOT ENOUGH (3)Adelia Lindstrom Bremen seems to have it all: Wealth, beauty, perfect twin children, two men in love with her, and a career she loves. But, beneath the veneer of success and prosperity lies disappointment, tragedy, and unending lies. Her parents were murdered, her marriage ended in a custody battle, and she is swept up in a love triangle. Now she has discovered the existence of a half-sister who wants nothing to do with her.

The only thing that could make matters worse is if she were to become the target of a serial killer—that’s about to happen.

A Short Excerpt:

Holding hands with his ex-wife, Miles walked through the dining room of One if by Land, Two if by Sea. They caused quite a stir. The New York gossip mill was known to keep close tabs on its A-list members.

Adelia had never really been a part of that world. However, he, despite his efforts to keep a low profile, was a favorite subject of their speculation. Adelia’s sexy attire only reinforced their curiosity. He could see that every man and woman in the room were in awe of the diamond collar around Adelia’s neck. It amused him to think of what they would say if they knew what it meant. It wasn’t often that he enjoyed attention from the public, but when he was with Adelia, he wanted the whole world to see.

The restaurant was exactly what she’d asked for. They were led through a brick walled bar into the 18th century carriage house’s dining room. The property had been the home of Aaron Burr, once vice-president during Thomas Jefferson’s administration.

Chandeliers and wall sconces cast a soft glow on the elegant diners who sat at tables that were dressed in rich damask linens and adorned with sparkling crystal. The melodic tones of a piano drifted from the bar, while the aroma of fine cooking surrounded them.

Miles had reserved a corner booth separated from the table next to them by a wood paneled wall. The view to the ivy-laden garden courtyard was incredible.

He plucked a rose from the floral arrangement on the table and placed it in Adelia’s hair. His lips pressed hot on her ear as he smelled it. “A rose for my rose.”

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This newest release is not yet available for pre-order but you can find the first two books in the series on Amazon.

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Our second guest for Sneak Peek Saturday is author Zara West. According to Zara, “My favorite fancy restaurant is off the beaten path it is on the eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. It is the Seawind Country Inn which features gourmet meals like Lobster Mornay and Maple Grilled Salmon with Fresh Mano-Cilantro Sauce. I have eaten both and they are fantastic. The breakfasts are wonderful too. My favorite is blueberry stuffed French Toast.” Zara’s newest book is Beneath the Skin is from The Wild Rose Press.

About the Book:

beneath the skinA kidnapped tattoo artist. A battered wrestler turned artist. A curious anthropologist. A recipe for disaster or for love?

Ex-Olympic wrestler and reclusive billionaire artist Aristides Stavros has one mission—to rescue his sister, a popular Williamsburg, Brooklyn tattoo artist from the old enemy who has kidnapped her. But at every turn he is confronted by anthropologist Melissa Dermot. Is she just an innocent girl in over her head or is she working for the international crime boss holding his sister? Only one thing is certain, when Ari holds the beautiful Asian-American in his arms questions of guilt and innocence fade against an undeniable fiery attraction. But can their wild passionate love survive the tangled web of long hidden secrets, intentional deceit, and murderous revenge that lie just beneath the surface?

An Excerpt:

You.” Aristides Stavros loomed over her. “What are you doing here?”

She peered up at the artist’s twisted face and backed further down the steps. A doorknob poked her in the back. Panicked, she twisted it open and dashed into an unlit basement storeroom.

She stumbled forward into the dark, tripped over a metallic cylindrical object, and landed on her stomach. All the air whooshed out of her. Rectangular objects with sharp corners tumbled around her, jabbing her in the arms and neck. Rough cloth scraped her skin.

On the staircase above her, the beast hovered in the doorway like a hawk scenting a rabbit. For a second, he hesitated, then he dashed down the steps and moved toward her, huffing as he shoved objects out of the way. She pushed herself up on hands and knees and scuttled further into the dark.

Sto diávolo. Where are you? If you destroy any of these paintings, I will have your hide or at least my lawyer will.” He came closer. “Busy man, my lawyer, and to think I almost didn’t hire one.”

She scrabbled back and touched torn canvas. Heavens, these were his paintings—the ones that sold for thousands of dollars.

She was in deep, deep trouble.

A grunt. The monster hefted a painting and pushed it aside. Another grunt. He was coming closer. She wanted to cover her head with her hands and curl up into a ball as she had done as a child to protect herself from the monster under the bed. But this monster was real.

For a moment, his powerful body was silhouetted against the faint illumination of the doorway as he picked up another painting, then disappeared as he stacked it to his right. He was clearing a path directly toward her. She could see the slash of light coming down the stairwell, her only escape to safety. But one furious artist blocked the way.

He’d be on top of her in seconds.

But not if she distracted him. She sat up and reached behind her for the hard object she’d landed on. She ran her fingers over it, found the plastic nub at one end. A spray paint can. She gripped it in her right hand, took a squatting position, and waited. The next time he passed in front of the light, she tossed the can with all her strength, aiming for where she thought his head should be. But for a big man, he moved fast. The can whizzed past him, landed on the steps with a clank and then clattered down to the floor.

The monster gave a short laugh. “Missed.” He moved forward, his expensive suit swishing closer and closer.

She had to stop him. Desperate, she wiggled her hand around under the fallen artwork and found another can, pried off the cap. Then she put her finger on the spray nozzle and waited.

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Beneath the Skin is available on Amazon and from The Wild Rose Press

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That’s it for another Saturday. Please come back again for both my Welcome Wednesday feature and next Saturday’s Sneak Peek/Author Favorites. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

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Welcome Wednesday…Author Anita Kidesu

22898524_sIt’s Wednesday and you know what that means! It’s time to welcome another guest to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart. This week’s guest, author Anita Kidesu, brings with her a steamy  ménage à quatre  titled South Seas Seduction from The Wild Rose Press’ Scarlet line.

About the Book:

perf5.000x8.000.inddSheltered all her life as the daughter of an ambassador, Emma Labonte boards a small plane on a trip from Australia. One hijacking and a plane crash later, she finds herself on a deserted island and stranded with three different yet equally sexy men. With no hope for rescue, the four begin to carve a semblance of a life in their tropical setting.

Closeness breeds curiosity, and naive Emma begins to wonder what it would be like to be loved by these three men. The adventurer Jack, Toby the intelligent doctor, and shy English professor Steve– each carve a special place in her heart. When her three men launch seduction in the South Seas, how can she resist?

Purchase hereThe Wild Rose Press   Amazon   B&N

A “PG” Excerpt:

Thinking about the men’s needs, she also thought about hers. She needed to set up a plan to keep some kind of control and not be simply a plaything, available every time one of them felt the urge and crooked their finger at her. No, she needed to retain some independence. With her eyes closed she ran through several scenarios. Details had to be finalized before giving them her decision.

Activity always made her think better. Her wrinkled skin itched. Emma got out of the pool, air drying her body before getting dressed again. The sun reflected off her wedding ring. She stared at her finger.

What if she had married the real Jean Paul? Would she have liked him better than the fake one? Would she be mourning his death? She’d liked his parents. How will they feel when they found out he was dead? Of course, that wouldn’t happen unless they were rescued.

What if they weren’t rescued? What if Francois gets away with the murder of Jean Paul and the near murder of herself?

Her mind whirled with the ‘what ifs.’

“Dammit,” she whispered, closing her eyes, tears leaking at the corners.

Before she changed her mind, she yanked off the ring, swung her arm behind her head, and tossed the offending piece of jewelry into the jungle, hoping it would rot with the rest of the vegetation.

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Where to Find Anita:  Blog   Facebook   Goodreads

A big ‘thank you’ to Anita for stopping by today and sharing her new book with us. Please come back again this Saturday when I’ll be hosting my weekly Sneak Peek/Author Favorites. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

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Fame? No! Fortune? Definitely Not! Happiness? In spades!

monarch-butterfly-grass.jpg.adapt.945.1For the first few weeks of the month, Monday through Friday, I’ve been posting a “book-a-day” recap of all my published romance novels/novellas to my Facebook Author Page. Believe me, when I sold that first contemporary romance to Kensington’s Precious Gems line way back in 1996, I never dreamed I’d one day be closing in on my 25th book.

I know…most writers assume once they’ve published their first book they’ll go on to fame, fortune and bestseller lists. I never once expected any of that. All I wanted … and still want … is for someone to read and enjoy my efforts to entertain.

With only 9 more weekdays to go this month, I thought I’d recap the first part of the month in one post here on my blog.

Day #1 – where it all began:

Courting TroubleJessi Trainor came to the small town of Brant Mills, Michigan to research a country cookbook. She’s beautiful, smart, and successful, yet she’s missing one main ingredient: romance. Then she meets Dane Logan, the handsome local sheriff who’s more than willing to add a little spice to Jessi’s love life.

The attraction between them is explosive, but how can Dane ever hope to convince this lovely, sophisticated tourist that a small town is where she belongs, and that he’s the only man for her? Little does he know Jessi’s been waiting all her life for a man exactly like Dane, and that together they can create the perfect recipe for a lifetime of pure bliss.

(Note: This line of books was a collaboration with Kensington Publishing and WalMart Corp in an effort to bring more affordable romance to the readers. It was a huge success at first but then dwindled down in the third year and ended shortly thereafter. However, on the upside, even though this series first came out in the mid-1990s, they were still selling in foreign markets as recently as 2014.)

Days 2, 7, 8 & 11 – the McCade Legacy and its Prequel(s):

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(Note: The Lawman’s Agreement was runner-up in the 2014 International Digital Awards competition for Historical Romance. It also won two cover awards for our hunky lawman.)

Days 3, 5, 6 & 10 – a tribute to the Golden Decade of Rock and Roll:

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Day 4 – my first venture into the future:

perf5.000x8.000.inddWhen reporter Kate Brogan and her ex-husband vice cop Matthew Kelly 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 and Matt’s skepticism is put to the test when they find themselves transported to 2065.

Certain the only one they can truly trust is each other, Kate and Matt 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 of a ‘happily ever after’ — in jeopardy.

(Note: This book is on its second printing from The Wild Rose Press, reissued in 2016 with new and updated content and a beautiful new cover.)

Day 9 – a collaboration for the holidays:

9 A Very Scandalous Holiday

 

Day 12 – a return to contemporary romance:

12.2 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 in some most inventive ways.

Though they agreed their time together was no-strings-attached, 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 jobs?

What’s Next? – Days 13 – 21 will get me to the end of the month and to the end of my currently published books.

22 BewitchedNumbers 22 (Bewitched), 23 (Eye of the Pharaoh) and 24 (Kilty Pleasures) will be released before the end of the year. #25Paging Dr. Cupid — is scheduled for early 2017!

All of my books, along with excerpts and buy links, can be found on my Website.

 

That’s it for now. Please come back on Wednesday when I’ll welcome author Anita Kidesu and her uber-sexy South Seas Seduction, then again on Saturday for a sneak peek at some author favorites. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

 

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Sneak Peek Saturday…Author Favorites for June 18th

sneak peekWelcome to Sneak Peek Saturday’s here at Notes From a Romantic’s Heart. Every Saturday you’ll meet three authors and learn about their books. Each Saturday will also have a “theme” and the authors will give insight into their quirky personalities by identifying their favorites.

 

This week’s subject is Favorite Romantic Song.

According to author MJ Compton, “My Favorite Romantic Song is Nights in White Satin by The Moody Blues because the lyrics bring me to tears every time I hear it, and the instrumentation only enhances the power of the words.”

MJ’s latest book, Omega Moon Rising is from Soul Mate Publishing.

About the Book:

Omega Moon Rising cover.jpgAbigail Grant has a secret . . . and a plan to keep her younger sister from suffering the same fate. Her strategy would have worked if she hadn’t been seduced by sweet-talking musician Luke Omega. Suddenly she’s plucked from the life she wanted to escape, but her new circumstances only expose her to a different danger—or is it her salvation?

Luke has a secret, too. He believes he can change his destiny through willpower—and a little blue pill. When he inadvertently gets mixed up in the Grant sisters’ troubles and his pack alpha orders him to marry Abigail, his family insists he tell her he’s a werewolf. But Luke claims Abigail is not his life mate. She doesn’t need to know what happens to him on the full moon.

Until he accidentally stumbles across her secret. Then all bets are off.

You can purchase Omega Moon Rising on Amazon

Where to find MJ:  Website   Facebook   Twitter

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Our next guest, author Patti O’Manne, has chosen, “Every Woman In The World by Air Supply. The song came out about the time I was finished with my college tries and looking for my true love. Best dance song.”

Patti’s debut novel, Heiress Lost Found, is also from Soul Mate Publishing.

About the Book:

Heiress Lost FoundPenny Chambers-Smythe receives her first threatening note the day she meets Will Warren. His quiet strength is comforting and for some strange reason she instinctively trusts him. This troubles her because she’s not easily trusting. Feelings of security and familiarity begin to develop when Will’s around, so strong they puzzle her. The way he walks, the color of his hair and eyes, some of the things he says seem so familiar as if she’s known him all her life.

After bumping into Penny, Will discovers she has a stalker. Feeling an inexplicable connection with her, he delays his first assignment with Shaunessy Securities looking for missing heir, Anna Marie Daemon. He changes his decision after his initial meeting with Quentin Daemon, of Daemon Industries. Something about the case seemed connected to another case he never solved.

You can purchase Heiress Lost Found on Amazon

Where to find PattiBlog   Facebook   Twitter

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Our final guest this Saturday is author Cathy Skendrovich. According to Cathy, “My most favorite romantic song is All of Me by John Legend, with violinist Lindsey Stirling. I would choose it to be sung at my wedding, because it embodies the meaning of true love.”

Her latest release, Prisoner of Love, is from Entangled Publishing.

About the Book:

PRISONER-OF-LOVE-500x700-1Risking his own life is one thing. Risking hers is another…

It was supposed to be a girls-only weekend in the California mountains. But when Lucy Parker is carjacked by a rugged stranger, her fun weekend takes a nighmarish turn. Now she’s caught up in a dangerous world of stolen money, vicious drug dealers, and murder, and the only thing keeping her alive is her oh-so-hot captor.

Imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit, undercover cop Jake Dalton wants answers-now. Worse, he’s dragged Lucy into the mix, and she’s now guilty by association. With their lives on the line, the race is on to get to Las Vegas before they’re killed…and they’re running out of time.

An excerpt and all the buy links are available from Entangled

Where to find Cathy:  Website   Facebook   Twitter

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That’s it for this week. Please come back again on the 22nd for Welcome Wednesday. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

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Welcome Wednesday…Author Ilona Fridl

22898524_sThis week’s Welcome Wednesday features Author Ilona Fridl. Her newest release, A Sacrificial Matter, is from The Wild Rose Press.

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

“First of all, I want to thank Nancy for hosting me on her blog. Now on with the interview.”

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

That’s easy. I loved the character of Sarah since I created her in Golden North. Being a Tlingit native in Juneau in the 1920s was hard enough. Being in law enforcement was even worse. Natives were treated like the blacks were in the south at that time and were discriminated against. They didn’t get full citizenship until 1924. Sarah shows strength of character to get her through the hassles of dealing with the Americans. That’s what made Amos fall in love with her.

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

That it was a spin­off of the Dangerous Times series, I had to keep the integrity of the characters I created. That meant reviewing the books before I could get back into the scene of the story and the people. I borrowed some places and persons that my readers remembered plus some new things, too.

Desert Island_800hQ3:  If you were stranded on a deserted island with ANY book boyfriend (not just one of your own creation), who would you choose and why?

I think I would choose Theodore Lawrence from Little Women. I fell in love with him in my early teens, when I read the book. I was so mad at Jo when she turned down his proposal. He did have his flaws, but his depression of losing her probably drove him to become a drunk for a while. He was a good friend and had a sense of humor which I find incredibly sexy.

Q4:  When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

Let’s see. I made little picture books before I started school. My favorite game, growing up, was “let’s pretend.” We would use stories we saw on television and movies, but put our own spin on them. Later, I would write stories and poetry to amuse myself when I was in high school. In college, I took a creative writing course, but my fights with typewriters soured me from taking it seriously. I managed to write short stories and articles even sold some of them until we got a computer. It was then I decided, this was it. This is the time I will try to write a novel.

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

  1. Coffee, tea, or other? Coffee
  2. Music preference? Classic Rock
  3. Favorite movie? Casablanca
  4. Dog, cat, or other?  I’d say, most furry animals
  5. Favorite author?  Ray Bradbury
  6. Favorite actor/actress?  Julie Andrews
  7. Favorite television show (past or present)? Mash

About the Book:

perf5.000x8.000.inddA naked man in a graveyard… Detectives Amos and Sarah Darcy have dealt with quite a few unusual mysteries, but who cut down the naked man in the graveyard with a broadsword at midnight? When Sheriff Sam Lindsey calls on them to help solve the murder, Sarah risks her life to go undercover into a world of spiritualism and crime to find the murderer and the motive.

Buy Links: Amazon   B&N   Chapters/Indigo

An Excerpt:

Around two ‘o clock that afternoon, Sam came in to see them.

“Well, we know who the man is. He was identified by his wife and brother. He’s Abner Wells and works as a bookkeeping clerk at First National Bank.”

Amos stroked his mustache. “That doesn’t sound like a wild-eyed pagan to me. Did you get a chance to question his wife?”

“She’s Lidia and was quite upset as you may guess. I asked her if she knew about the spiritualist group and she didn’t know anything about it.”

“How about his brother?”

“His brother is Calvin Wells. He’s a liner captain working for a passenger company and he said he never heard of a group like that.”

Sarah was silent for a moment. “It’s possible she’s covering up something. Seems to me if a model citizen was involved in a group like that, they wouldn’t want it general knowledge what they were doing.”

Sam glanced at her. “You may be right. I’m going to the bank to question people who knew Wells there. Since you’re doing all this research on spiritualism, could you find a way to get into one of these groups?”

Sarah thought for a moment. “Maybe it would be better for me to work undercover. Amos would still be well known in the community.”

Amos studied her. “As long as they don’t try to sacrifice you. Then I will have something to say.”

“I could disguise myself. Kata could help me with that.” Her cousin worked in costuming at the Golden North theater. Sam nodded. “If you do, keep me informed of where you go and what you do. That way we can keep an eye on you.”

Sarah sobered. “Yes, we know it can be dangerous, don’t we?”

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About The Author:

CIMG0484Ilona Fridl was born in California, but in her early twenties made a move to Wisconsin. She loved reading and writing all her life, but didn’t do a whole lot about it until middle age crept in. Her joy of getting a computer seemed to make her dream of writing a novel within her reach. She has six novels with The Wild Rose Press and A Sacrificial Matter is her first novella.

Where to find Ilona:  Website   Facebook   Goodreads

A big ‘thank you’ to Ilona for joining us today for Welcome Wednesday. Please come back again on Saturday for our Sneak Peek/Author Favorites feature. Until then…stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

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Sneak Peak Saturday … Author Favorites for June 11

sneak peekWelcome to Sneak Peek Saturday’s here at Notes From a Romantic’s Heart. Every Saturday you’ll get to meet three authors and learn about their books. Each Saturday will also have a “theme” and the authors will give insight into their quirky personalities by identifying their “favorite” from the week’s them.

This week’s subject is “Guilty Pleasures”. Yum!

According to author Thea Landen, “My guilty pleasure is anything dragon-themed. I have a pair of silver dragon earrings I frequently wear, as well as a cardigan with a lace dragon design I knit myself.”

Thea’s latest release is from Decadent Publishing’s 1Night Stand series and titled Flight of the Dragon Queen.

About the Book:

Flight of the Dragon Queen2Final_500x750For his entire life, Caleb has always been more comfortable surrounded by books and games than other people. When 1Night Stand is recommended to him, he contacts Madame Eve but is too shy to actually meet any of the women she finds for him. Together, they reach a workable solution: a simulated dating experience in a setting reminiscent of his favorite stories.

After following Madame Eve’s instructions, Caleb finds himself in a vivid fantasy world, complete with a damsel in distress who needs rescuing. His objective is clear, but he must find a way around the many obstacles standing between him and Alizeira, the mysterious woman imprisoned in an underground cell.

While working on his plans to save her, Caleb spends time getting to know Alizeira beyond her role as prisoner, and a mutual attraction develops between them. He is unsure whether she’s a real person playing a part like him, or if she’s simply one piece of the elaborate simulation that’s been programmed for his date. Setting her free is the first step to discovering the truth, but how many secrets is Alizeira hiding?

(Editor’s Note: How ‘Clark Kent’ is her hero???)

Where to Buy:  Amazon   B&N   All Romance   iTunes

Where to Find TheaWebsite   Facebook   Twitter

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Our second guest is the writing duo know as Morgan O’Neill. According to Deborah O’Neill Cordes (one half of the team): “Ah, guilty pleasures! Since I’m editing my Russian historical, I enjoy taking nips of the delicious “White Russian” drink, while watching “Dr. Zhivago.” When I wrote the Elizabethans, I drank Yorkshire tea and hummed “God Save the Queen.”

We’re featuring Morgan O’Neill’s Elizabethan series which includes The Thornless Rose and its Prequel Begun by Time. Both are Entangled/Macmillan Select Historical novels.

About the Book:

The Thorness Rose_1600No one ever knew what really happened to Dr. Jonathan Brandon back in 1945. He simply disappeared from a London pub, leaving behind an unsolved mystery and his fiancée — Anne Howard’s grandmother. Seventy years later, Anne herself is haunted by the strange tale, along with inexplicable hallucinations straight out of Elizabethan England. Including a scarred, handsome man whose deep blue eyes seem to touch her very soul….

Anne wonders if there isn’t something more to the story. Is it even possible that Jonathan disappeared into England’s dark past? And why does Anne keep hearing him whisper her name?

Because now she too feels the inexorable pull of the past, not to mention an undeniable attraction for a man she doesn’t even know.

It’s just a matter of time before Anne will step back into history, and face a destiny―and a love―beyond imagining…

Purchase from  Amazon   B&N   Chapters/Indigo

About the Book:

BegunbyTime_MorganONeill_1600x2400In 1945, a man disappeared into thin air…

In the final days of World War II, Catherine Hastings meets the man she wants to marry. Flight surgeon Jonathan Brandon isn’t just handsome—he’s everything Catherine could hope for in her betrothed. But her dream of a happily ever after is shattered when Jonnie disappears shortly before their wedding…leaving Catherine bereft, broken-hearted, and with a lifetime of unanswered questions.

Arthur Howard is smitten with the lovely Catherine the moment he sees her. He’s certain he’s found the woman he wants to marry. Yet behind Catherine’s sparkling green eyes is a haunted look—the look of a woman who has known loss. But can he love a woman who still grieves the loss of her fiancé? Now Arthur wants answers about the man Catherine intended to marry.

But the truth about Jonnie’s disappearance is far stranger than fiction…

Purchase from  Amazon   B&N  Chapters/Indigo

Where to Find Morgan O’NeillWebsite   Facebook   Twitter

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Our final guest for Sneak Peek Saturday is author Zara West. According to Zara, “My guilty pleasure is dark bitter sweet chocolate, preferably by the bar. Need I say more.” Zara’s newest book is up for pre-order now and available on June 17. Beneath the Skin is from The Wild Rose Press.

About the Book:

beneath the skinA kidnapped tattoo artist. A battered wrestler turned artist. A curious anthropologist. A recipe for disaster or for love?

Ex-Olympic wrestler and reclusive billionaire artist Aristides Stavros has one mission—to rescue his sister, a popular Williamsburg, Brooklyn tattoo artist from the old enemy who has kidnapped her. But at every turn he is confronted by anthropologist Melissa Dermot. Is she just an innocent girl in over her head or is she working for the international crime boss holding his sister? Only one thing is certain, when Ari holds the beautiful Asian-American in his arms questions of guilt and innocence fade against an undeniable fiery attraction. But can their wild passionate love survive the tangled web of long hidden secrets, intentional deceit, and murderous revenge that lie just beneath the surface?

Pre-order through Amazon or  B&N

Zara’s LinksWebsite   Facebook   Twitter

Be sure to sign up for Zara’s June 17th Release Day party when visiting her Facebook page!

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That’s it for another Saturday. My but the time goes by quickly when you’ve got a good book…or two…or half dozen…to read. Please come back again for our regular Welcome Wednesday feature. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

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Welcome Wednesday … Author Landra Graf

22898524_sThis week’s guest on Welcome Wednesday is Author Landra Graf. Her newest release, What You Crave, is part of the 1Night Stand series from Decadent Publishing. Please welcome Landra to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart.

About the Book:

LG_What You Crave_MDSigmund Bermudez has spent the last year out of the BDSM scene, mourning his father, and rebuilding the family business. When he loses a bet to his bodyguard that Madame Eve won’t locate a woman who’s down with his type of kink, he finds himself committed to a date he’s not sure he’ll enjoy.

Lauren Elser has heard about kinky escapades from one of her more challenging patients, and never taken part in one. When offered a chance to explore this undiscovered side of herself courtesy of 1Night Stand she jumps at it.

Neither of them are prepared for the emotional roller coaster that comes with their date, and soon shibari bondage play turns into so much more. The only problem is Sig’s not ready to open up and Lauren doesn’t want to be sued again. If they work past the issues there’s a world of wonder in store.

You can find What Your Crave at Amazon   ARe   Smashwords

An Excerpt:

Damn. Nervous energy had Lauren’s arms and legs shaking in some strange dance as she stood in front of the hotel room door. She’d read the information Madame Eve sent her half a dozen times over the last week and jumped up and down in joy when the date night details were emailed to her. The turtleneck sweater dress, panty hose, and black suede ankle boots seemed too prim for a rendezvous at a swanky hotel, but the chilly weather had her choosing comfort and warmth over sexy. Besides, scenes weren’t sex.

She knocked, a couple light taps. Maybe he’d changed his mind. A lie since she’d already checked with the front desk.

The barrier swung open and the picture became a reality. Hell, the picture didn’t do him justice. A two-piece pinstripe suit, black hair long enough to run her fingers through, and russet brown eyes taking her in from head to toe…scrumptious.

“Lauren?” Her name came out pure and sensual when spoken with a perfect rolling ‘r’.

A large lump took up residence next to her vocal cords and she responded with a nod. She’d always been more of a listener than a talker.

“Would you like to come in?” He stepped back making a path for her. Beyond the entrance the room sat bathed in shadows and orange light from a lit fireplace, beckoning to her.

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My Review:

I have to admit, up until I read this novella, I’d never hear of shibari bondage. However, Author Landra Graf’s descriptions made me easily forget the fact that I didn’t have a clue.

When a grieving son longs to get back into action with a special kind of kink, he turns Madame Eve to find just the right woman. The heroine, Lauren, is curious. She longs for a wild night of passion unlike any she’s experienced before.

However, both Sig and Lauren come with a ton of extra baggage and both doubt their ability to handle more than just the one night they’d planned on having. Will their mutual longing and enjoyment tempt them to continue? Or, was this just … as the series title suggests … a one night stand?

About the Author:

Landra Graf has been crafting stories since the tender age of too-young- to-watch-rated-R. When she finally got old enough for adult material, she believed adult meant anything besides the smexy. Then she discovered erotic romance and all things kinky. Since then it’s been a journey down a rabbit hole. Landra writes BDSM erotic romance and historical erotic romance, among other less smexy offerings.

Where to Find LandraWebsite   Facebook   Twitter   Goodreads

A great big “thank you” to Landra for stopping by. Please join us again on Saturday for our weekly Sneak Peek/Author Favorites. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

 

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Sneak Peek Saturday…Favorite Things

sneak peekWelcome to Sneak Peek Saturday’s here at Notes From a Romantic’s Heart. Every Saturday you’ll get to meet three authors and learn about their books. Each Saturday will also have a “theme” and the authors will give insight into their quirky personalities by identifying their “favorite” from the week’s them.

This week’s subject is Favorite Item of Clothing.

Cayman all 4 beach readingOur first guest, author Linda O’Connor says: “My favorite piece of clothing is my wide-brimmed sunhat. It runs in my family!”

Linda’s latest release is Perfectly Honest from Soul Mate Publishing.

Cover PerfectlyHonest600You never know where your words will take you. . .

When Mikaela Finn agreed to be Sam’s ‘fiancée’ for a weekend, she probably should have told him that she’s a doctor. Sam O’Brien, aka ‘Dr. Eye Candy’, is trying to shed his playboy reputation and convince a small town hospital that he’s ready to settle down.

But when his ‘fiancée’ helps deliver a baby in the middle of the meet and greet, it’s a bit of a shock. If he’d known the whole truth, he might have done things a little differently because somehow his ‘fiancée’ ends up stealing his job and his heart. Not exactly the change he wanted.

Lies and deceit – it’s a match made in heaven!

Perfectly Honest is available on Amazon

Where to find Linda: Website   Twitter   Amazon Author Page

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According to author Julie Particka, “LuLaRoe leggings changed my world so much I’m now a consultant for the company. I have something like 15 pair! They feel like pajamas, but they’re pants. They’re absolutely the best thing in the history of ever.”

Her new book is titled Playing the Perfect Boyfriend from Entangled Publishing’s Brazen line.

PtPB_500She’s faking it…but he’s playing for keeps.

Wild child Jade Easler has never met a dick she didn’t like, but there’s only been one she thought about keeping. And now he’s back in town…right after she’s slept with charming Hollywood up-and-comer, Dean Hartley. The fastest way to get her ex’s attention? Show up on the arm of a sexy younger man. She just hopes Dean is up for the task of fake boyfriend…

When he hooked up with his beautifully curvy photographer, Dean thought he’d only get the one night she promised. But when she needs help convincing a former flame she’s ready to settle down, who is he to argue? He’ll get to show her—in as many ways as possible—that giving up crazy, hot sex for a stale, predictable life isn’t what she wants. And prove that what she needs is him.

Playing the Perfect Boyfriend  is available from Amazon  B&N  iTunes

You can connect with Julie on Facebook

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Unfortunately, our third guest scheduled for today couldn’t take part. So, I thought I’d share something about myself. “My favorite item of clothing has to be my t-shirt with the slogan: Save a Writer…Buy a Book. That and comfortable pj bottoms.”

My latest release, Only Yours, is a ‘vintage’ romance from The Wild Rose Press.

Santa Rosa, CA, February 1965

perf5.000x8.000.inddEveryone expects Rebecca Winston to marry her high school/college sweetheart, Garrett Langley. The problem is, the flame’s gone out on their romance. They’re still best of friends, but only friends. When Garrett’s father has a heart attack, his older brother Wyatt (an L.A. attorney) returns home for the first time in years. The attraction between Rebecca and Wyatt is immediate.

Can Rebecca expect her family and, especially, Garrett to understand that her desires have changed and turned toward Wyatt?

Can Wyatt get past the feeling that he’s poaching his younger brother’s girl?

You can find Only Yours on Amazon  Kobo  B&N

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Thanks so much to Linda and Julie for joining me today. Please come back on Wednesday for our weekly Welcome Wednesday feature and then again next Saturday for another Sneak Peek/Favorites look at three more wonderful authors.

Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

 

Nancy

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Welcome Wednesday…Author Ryan Jo Summers

22898524_sThis week’s Welcome Wednesday features Author Ryan Jo Summers. Her newest release, Upon the Tide, is from Soul Mate Publishing.

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?

Kasey Griffin in Glimpse Eternity. In a sense, she is me. I was experiencing some health problems and having a hard time coping. So I created a character—Kasey Griffin—and dumped all my problems on her. To make it a story, though, she needed a love interest, so Ben Salem entered the scene. But Kasey will always be one who got me through that period in my life.

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

The setting. It takes place starting briefly in Florida with a heroine from NY and most of the story takes place in the Caribbean. I’ve never been to any of those places so creating realistic setting was hard. There is only so much one can do with Google. Also, I was meshing a NY native with a Florida native, and both have total different outlooks on life in general. Different personalities. And I am slapping them on a boat for an indeterminate length of time. I didn’t want their differences to drive them apart.

Q3:  When 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.
  4. Dog, cat, or other? Dogs—I adore Collies. Cats—I have 5 of them.
  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.

About the Book:

Upon The Tide Final 600x912New York Fashion designer, Piper Kincaid, just wanted a pleasant visit with her cousin down in Florida. That was before she and handsome beach bum, Kade Wyatt, become the targets of a gang of robbers and killers.

Kade simply wanted some fish for his pet seagull. Now he and the lovely exec from out of town are caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse. He’s busy concentrating on Piper when he should be focusing on keeping them alive.

Fleeing for their lives aboard Kade’s houseboat, ‘The Hightide’, they experience risk, surprises, mystery and romance during the Great Caribbean Boat Chase. However, the biggest surprises are waiting for them back at port.

About The Author:

Me 4-25-2015 choice 1Ryan Jo Summers is a North Carolina author who specializes in writing romances with a twist. Love stories blended with inspirational, paranormal, suspense or time travel–or several at once. She also writes non-fiction for regional periodicals. Ryan’s dad is a songwriter and his aunt wrote poetry so she claims she came by her writing skill honestly. Apparently it’s in the genes.

Her hobbies include bird-watching, houseplants (50 ish and growing), poetry and yard work. She loves to gather with friends, hike in the forest with her dog, paint ceramics and canvas and work on wiggly word find puzzles. She lives in a 1920 cottage with a menagerie of pets. Living in the mountains, she dreams of the shore and frequently uses the water as scenes for her stories.

Where to find Ryan:  Website   Blog   Facebook   Twitter

A big ‘thank you’ to Ryan for joining us today. Please stop back this weekend for another addition of Sneak Peek/Author Favorites. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

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Silver Moon by Merryn Dexter…Release Day !!!

Book BirthdayWelcome to Merryn Dexter’s Book Birthday celebration for Silver Moon (Book #6 in the Hot Moon Rising series) from Decadent Publishing. This is Merryn’s first visit to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart but, hopefully, not her last!

 

About the Book:

MD_SilverMoon_MDShe was in the wrong place at the wrong time

Following the death of her widowed father, schoolteacher Silver Ellis transfers to Central Florida, looking for a new start. Naïve and unworldly, she soon realizes she’s made a mistake. She doesn’t fit in. A foolish attempt to do the right thing leaves Silver on the wrong end of a murderer’s gun. Only the intervention of Palmetto County Detective Jesse Farrell saves her life. Jesse needs to keep her hidden and he knows just the place

He only knows how to destroy in order to save

Kirk Matheson is the last line of defense for the Moonlight Pack. He’s fought hard and dirty to help save the remnants of their small pack. He will do whatever it takes to keep them safe. Of the pack, but not part of them, he is struggling to settle in the pack’s new location.

Witness protection has never been like this!

Silver finds herself in the custody of Kirk, the biggest, meanest man she’s ever met. He attracts her almost as much as he scares her. Once she starts to uncover his secrets, she’s intrigued. Maybe there is more to him than meets the eye.

Kirk is outraged when his alpha insists he take Silver under his protection. The pretty, curvy human invades his space, driving him crazy with her delicate scent and sweet nature. The sooner he can get rid of her the better, right?

When Silver starts to show an interest, Kirk conceives the perfect plan. He can slake his painful lust for her and, by showing her the monster beneath his skin, make sure she never comes near him again. Her natural passions take him by surprise, sparking a fierce addiction he might never be able to slake.

He’ll sacrifice it all to save her

Betrayal and corruption put Silver in mortal danger. Kirk will destroy everything he’s saved to rescue the human female he cannot live without.

Buy Links:

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A Tasty Excerpt:

Snarling, Kirk shoved the woman behind his back, trapping her between the door and his thick body. He rounded on the four men, claws forming, teeth elongated and ready to snap.

They’d summoned him for a reason and there could be no room for doubts. The woman had been deemed a threat and the situation would be handled.

His way.

Chest heaving like a set of bellows, he studied the four men arrayed before him. Charlie and Jesse looked furious, glowering and struggling against the hold Rand had on them. The pack second looked amused, although Kirk didn’t see anything to laugh about. And Derek looked thoughtful, studying him with those probing eyes of his.

“You’re hurting me,” a soft, feminine voice whispered into his back. What did he care about crushing her? She wouldn’t feel anything soon enough. Still, he eased a few inches away, missing the slight warmth once the woman was no longer squeezed tight between himself and the door.

“Calm down, Kirk.” Derek didn’t bother to raise his voice over the curses pouring from Charlie.

“Not me that needs to calm down. You summoned me, and we both know what that means. Not my problem you chose to involve those who have no business here.” He sneered at the two human males and pressed back against the plump little female until her ripe breasts nestled against his spine. Her small hands braced at his hips, and she made a futile effort to push him forward again.

A look of sadness flittered across the alpha’s face, and he shook his head. “You are what I made you, Kirk, and I am sorrier for that than you will ever know. I should have realized you would jump to conclusions as to why I called you.”

A deep growl rumbled in Kirk’s chest. He was proud to serve Derek and the pack. Every step he’d taken down the road to hell had been taken with the sure knowledge no one else in the pack would have to perform an evil deed for the greater good. He carried the sins of their survival so they didn’t have to.

“I don’t need pity. I just need your orders. I’ve got a dump site already picked out. She’s only a little thing so the gators will make short work of the body.”

“Body? What body? I didn’t bring her here for you to kill her, you freak!” Jesse yelled, straining against Rand’s hold.

Kirk ignored him, keeping his eyes fixed on Derek’s face. He couldn’t ignore the sobs, or the scent of terror, rising from the woman though. Her tears soaked into his shirt, her fingers scrabbled against his back where she fought to get free from his weight restraining her. An inexplicable urge to gather her into his arms and comfort her rose in his chest. He snarled again, using his anger to fight down the conflicting emotions.

“This is Silver Ellis and she needs our protection. Needs your protection. My orders are for you to take her back to the cabin with you and keep her safe from harm,” Derek said.

A bark of bitter laughter escaped Kirk. The alpha must have taken leave of his senses. “I don’t do protection.”

About the Author:

Merryn Dexter is a military spouse who, after a varied employment career (from selling sandals to old ladies with bunions to being a health and safety coordinator for a construction company), is thrilled to be pursuing her dream career as a romance writer.

She likes The Winchesters, Spike, Hotch, Loki and watching complicated European Noir. Her hobbies include crying at books, crying at movies, crying at tv serials (there’s a theme!) and believes all stories should have a Happy Ending.

Where to Find Merryn:

Website   Blog    Facebook   Twitter

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Thanks to Merryn for sharing her new release with us. Please feel free to wish Merryn a Happy Book Birthday in the comment link below and come back soon! Until next time, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

 

 

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