It’s All About Me !!!


About the Book:

Heat Rating: 4 out of 5 (sensuality, fully-realized love scenes, NO coarse language)

23-eye-of-the-pharaohPublicist Teri Hunter has her hands full promoting Professor Joshua Cain and his new non-fiction book, The Pharaoh’s Mummy. She’s not convinced it’s even possible to turn this absent-minded, modern-day, Indiana Jones into a best-selling author.

Dr. Cain’s PhDs in archaeology and art history have prepared him for almost anything on the lecture circuit and among ancient ruins. He’s just not sure about a book tour…or the sexy publicist sent to monitor his every professional move.

When an odd request falls in their laps while in New Orleans, Josh and Teri find themselves transported to 1920’s Egypt where they must resolve an ancient curse in order to be sent home. Will the dangers facing them hinder their success and threaten their very lives? Or will help from an ancient guardian keep them on-track and safe?


An Excerpt:

Wake up. Kick ass. Repeat.

Teri Hunter mouthed the motivational phrase she’d chosen for her personal mantra as she stepped across the threshold into the dark and musty storeroom.

A dim light shone from a glass-enclosed workroom in the far corner. Taking a tentative step forward, she faltered when the floorboards creaked beneath her feet. Something fast and furry brushed against her ankle. A shiver ran down her back, yet she fought the urge to retreat.

Do one thing every day that scares you.

This was obviously today’s obstacle. Were it not for her professional commitments and intricately organized schedule, she’d have no doubt bolted for the door and returned to the safety and illumination of the main building.

‘Sorry, but the storage area doesn’t have overhead lighting. Preservation of the antiquities. You understand.’ The dean’s words echoed in her head. To make matters worse, what little outside light there was had become nearly non-existent due to an impending thunderstorm.

Drawing a deep breath, she took a second step and then a third, winding her way past a half-dozen crates, some open, some not. To her left she heard a rustling of paper; to her right the distinct sound of footsteps.

Her apprehension grew, the hair on her forearms stood at attention. She’d barely made it halfway across the room before bumping into something large and solid. Reaching out, she laid her hand against the over-sized object. Slowly, she raised her head and came face to face with the painted mask of an Egyptian noble. The chipped finish gave the death mask a deranged look.

“You come here often, big boy?”


Available on Amazon


eotp-meme-7Fun Fact:  The idea for Eye of the Pharaoh came about following a trip to the Field Museum in Chicago. For the longest time afterward, I couldn’t get the images of ancient Egypt out of my head. Then, out of the blue, I received a gift from a relative who had passed…a gorgeous necklace fashioned like an Egyptian collar. The late relative had no way of knowing about my recent fascination with Egypt so I took it as a sign. There was obviously a story inside me begging to come out.

Earlier this Month:

Twelve days ago, my Halloween-themed novella, Bewitched, made it into the top 100 on Amazon in three categories: holiday, 20th century historical and Kindle short reads.

Available on Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TheWildRosePress


Here’s What’s Next:

November 1st will mark my 20th Anniversary as a published author. There will be celebrating (e.g., freebies) not just in the month of November but for a full year! I’ll be giving away 25 copies of a different book each month.

naughty-nice-memeThen, on December 16th, I’ll release a new erotic romance from The Wild Rose Press’ Wilder Catalog. Part of their Real Men Wear Kilts series, Kilty Pleasures, is sure to steam up your glasses and melt those ice cubes in your drink.

In January my Valentine’s Day-themed novella, Paging Dr. Cupid, will be released. A follow-up to last Valentine’s Only Yours, it’s a sweet read with just a hint of spice.

Also to Come in 2017:

Waking Up in Oz – a vintage re-telling of The Wizard of Oz set in 1975 from The Wild Rose Press.

The Vessel – my first foray into space! Can a futuristic military man safely guard an alien princess? Or, will his own best intentions get in the way? Look for it late spring from Decadent Publishing.

Her Secret Santa’s Surprise – a sequel to Bewitched, this holiday story is my take on the Clark Kent/Lois Lane newsroom romance. A holiday treat from The Wild Rose Press.

Thank you so much for joining me today for my release-day celebration. My media links are in the side bar, as well as the sign up for my newsletter. I love connecting with readers.



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TIME FOR A HIGHLANDER by Maxine Mansfield


I am pleased to welcome author Maxine Mansfield for this stop on her Goddess Fish Promotions tour for Time for a Highlander, part of the Real Men Wear Kilts series from The Wild Rose Press’ Wilder Catalog. Please join me in welcoming Maxine to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart.

About the Book:

perf5.000x8.000.inddForty-five-year-old history teacher Bethany Anne Anderson wasn’t supposed to die on her dream vacation to Scotland. Someone else was supposed to rescue the child from the falling druid stone. But she’s perfectly fine with moving on to the hereafter. She has loved ones waiting for her. Then Tobias Morie, better known as Fate, steps in. Her intervention has changed the future. Before she can move on, she must first help him correct one of his own mistakes. That’s fine until she wakes up in 1643 in the body of twenty-year-old Lady Elspeth Frasier. Worse, she’s engaged to the very handsome, very young, very virile Quinton MacLeod. But that’s not all Fate demands. She must give the Highland laird the heir he’d originally been denied.

Quinton MacLeod loved once. He won’t do it again, even if he had time for such nonsense. With the Highland lairds divided between loyalty to their beloved country and the English king, he seeks only peace—in his keep and in his heart. But raised in England and a ward of the enemy, his beautiful new wife has strange notions of education and cleanliness that cause chaos within both. There’s also the matter of her very unlady-like views on the marriage bed, which, come to think of it, he’s more than happy to overlook. If only he could trust her.

Available on Amazon   B&N   The Wild Rose Press


An Excerpt:

Beth’s eyes flew open as warm hands gently shook her awake. “Elspeth, are ye or are ye nae still a maiden?”

She stared up into the stormy blue eyes of Lard Quinton MacLeod and shook her head no, then nodded yes.

“Which is it?”

She cleared her throat. “I swear to you, m—my lord, Elspeth Frasier MacLeod’s body is still untouched by any man.”

Quint smiled as he slowly brought his lips to hers. He chuckled. “Nae for long it isna.”

The heat of his kiss as his lips captured hers burned Beth with a passion that seared her to the depths of her being. She was helpless, defenseless against the onslaught. She opened in surrender as his tongue slipped between her lips. It was heaven.



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My Review:

Fast paced, hilariously funny in parts, Time for a Highlander was a joy to read. I was especially tickled by the heroine’s reaction to a much younger man … a position a lot of us “mature” ladies would envy. Author Maxine Mansfield does a wonderful job with managing the method of time travel.

This is also a story of putting the past behind you, no matter how painful, and discovering love in a place where you’d least expect it.

The hero and heroine are easy to admire and like. And the supporting characters, especially Fate, add layers to a great story. The steamy love scenes are sure to rival the fog on the Scottish moors. All in all, a great read.


 About the Author:

mediakit_authorpic_timeforahighlanderHi, my name is Maxine Mansfield and I write fantasy, erotic romances. I live in the far northern state of Alaska where the summer days are long and the winter nights even longer.

I have one very special man, his three equally special children, and our six delightful grandchildren in my life. Not to mention a very bossy African Grey parrot named Gabriel.

Oh, and Gnomes! many, many gnomes.

Connect With MaxineWebsite   Blog   Facebook   Twitter   Goodreads


A Giveaway:

Maxine Mansfield will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Tour Stops:

Sign-TourThis is the last week of a four-week review tour. You are welcome to visit the previous sites for more chances to win.

September 27: Unabridged Andra’s
September 27: More Books Than Livros
October 4: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
October 4: Lampshade Reader
October 11: The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
October 11: Fabulous and Brunette
October 18Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
October 18Harlie’s Books

A big “thank you” to Maxine for stopping by today.

Please come back again for our regular features, as well as more virtual tours from Goddess Fish Promotions.

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


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DARE TO LOVE A SPY by Debra Elizabeth


I am pleased to welcome author Debra Elizabeth for the kickoff of her Goddess Fish Promotions review tour for Dare to Love a Spy. This is the third book in her Age of Innocence series. Please join me in welcoming Debra to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart.

About the Book:

mediakit_bookcover_daretoloveaspyMiss Hannah Richardson is enjoying a Season in London. She’s not looking for a husband, at least not this Season. She wants to enjoy herself before settling down to married life. All that changes, however, when she sees the Duke of Wetherby. He’s tall, dark and impossibly handsome and someone Hannah wants to get to know better.

Camden Darkin, the Duke of Wetherby, is not fond of attending soirees, dinners or balls, but his latest mission for the Crown demands he mingle with the ton. He has vowed never to marry because of his dangerous work and the constant bevy of beauties anxious mothers throw into his path is not tempting him in the least. That is, until he meets Hannah Richardson, a young woman unlike any other he’s ever met. Can he learn to love or will his hardened heart rob him of the very thing he needs the most.

Available on Amazon

Dare to Love a Spy will be priced at 99¢ during the tour.


An Excerpt:

Camden descended the stairs leading into the garden and kept to the shadows as he moved closer to the couple. He had to make sure that Charles was safe. Just as he was about to turn the corner and spy on them, a sound alerted him that he was not alone in stalking Charles and Lady Sargent. He turned, ready to defend himself and Charles, if necessary, only to be confronted by Miss Richardson. What was she doing in the garden? She could easily foil the opportunity for Charles to get answers from Lady Sargent. He did the only thing he could think of.

He pulled the delectable Miss Richardson into his arms.

Her eyes flashed and she opened her mouth to protest, but before she uttered a sound, his lips captured hers. The kiss was hard and demanding, and when he teased his tongue across her lips, they parted, inviting him in.

He deepened the kiss, and his tongue swept over hers as he explored every inch of her exquisite mouth. He wanted to keep on kissing her all night, but he heard Charles and Lady Sargent whispering as they headed back into the parlor. He reluctantly broke the kiss and set Hannah back on her feet.

She stood dazed, staring at him while she got her bearings back. He was about to apologize for his impetuous kiss when she slapped him hard across the face. “How dare you?” she choked out. “You wicked man.”

Camden rubbed the sting on his cheek. “That’s quite the slap; certainly not something I’m used to. My apologies, Miss Richardson, but tell me this—if you didn’t want me to kiss you, why did you follow me into the garden?”

Hannah’s entire being was burning with indignation, her cheeks a flaming red and her lips swollen from his kiss. She was irresistible. He wanted to kiss her again, but did not relish the idea of another slap. He waited for her answer, but none was forthcoming.

“Just as I thought. You crave wickedness and wanted me to kiss you. Perhaps it would be prudent for you to return to the other guests now. Unless, of course, you’d like me to kiss you again? Is that why you’re still out here in the garden?”



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My Review:

Dare to Love a Spy is a short but very entertaining Regency romance. Author Debra Elizabeth wastes no time in getting to the very heart of the story and does an excellent job of mixing the flavor of the era with a healthy dash of intrigue.

I loved the heroine’s independent spirit. Hannah is the perfect foil for the steel-hearted Camden. In the true mold of the British spy…his work comes first and leaves him little time for love. Fortunately, for him, Hannah in tenacious when she wants something.

A very well-written book, I highly recommend it for those who love a witty, fast-paced Regency romance.


About the Author:

mediakit_authorphoto_daretoloveaspyDebra Elizabeth is the romance pen name for fantasy author Debra L. Martin. She has been writing stories since her teens and decided to finally publish her romance stories under a pen name so as not to confuse her fantasy fans. She publishes epic and urban fantasy under her true name with her co-author and brother, David W. Small. A full list of all of her books can be found at her blog, Two Ends of the Pen.

Connect With DebraWebsite   Facebook   Twitter


A Giveaway:

Debra Elizabeth will be awarding $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Tour Stops:

Sign-TourThis is the first week of a four-week review tour. Please continue to follow the tour in coming weeks for more chances to win.

October 17: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
October 17: Unabridged Andra’s
October 24Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
October 24LibriAmoriMiei
October 31Fabulous and Brunette
October 31The Reading Addict
October 31Books,Dreams,Life
November 7Jessica and Gracie’s Tree
November 7Spunk and Hunks
November 7books are love

A big “thank you” to Debra for stopping by today.

Please come back again for our regular features, as well as more virtual tours from Goddess Fish Promotions.

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


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The Milwaukee Series by Author Cheryl Yeko

Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is pleased to host author Cheryl Yeko as part of our More The Merrier Monday feature. Cheryl joins us today to discuss her three-book Milwaukee series.


About the Series and the Author:

Thank you for having me over to discuss my Milwaukee Series. Protecting Rose, the first of the 3-book series, is the first story I’d ever written. I soon signed with Soul Mate Publishing, and was beyond thrilled when my book baby finaled in the 2011 Launching a Star Contest, and went on to win the 2012 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in the Romantic Suspense category.

A Man To Trust, (book 2) finaled in both the 2013 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence contest and The Write Touch Readers Award contest. The last book in the series, Shielding Her Heart, is dedicated to my father, Ray Anderson, who passed away before it was published. He played the character Doctor Ray Anderson throughout the series. Dad fought cancer for over twenty years, and got a kick out of playing a doctor in my books. My Milwaukee Series will always hold a huge part of my heart.

cheryl-promo-image-finalToday, I’m a multi-published, award-winning author, and live in Wisconsin with my husband Patrick. I love to read, play piano, and spend time with family and friends. I enjoy novels with fast-paced action and steamy romance, protective alpha men and strong heroines. I belong to several writing groups, including Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Sisters in Crime.

In addition, I’m an Acquiring Editor with Soul Mate Publishing, as well as the Newsletter, Cover Art, and Social Media Coordinator. I can also be found under the pen name of CiCi Cordelia, with my writing partner and BFF, Char Chaffin.


About the Books:

Protecting Rose – Book #1

protectngroseawa-hi-res_850Rescuing damsels in distress is all in a day’s work for Detective Nate Stone. After saving a beautiful woman from a burning car and an assassin’s bullet, he vows to protect her. But the determined assassin always seems to be one step ahead of the game. Suspecting a leak within his Department, Nate takes Rose and runs. He soon discovers that the hardest part of the mission is resisting his desire for the woman who trusts him with her life.

Rose awakes in a hospital with no memory, only to discover that someone tried to kill her. Her only chance to survive an assassin’s game of cat and mouse is the man who saved her and who has promised to protect her. She may not know her past, but she knows her heart, and it longs for her protective warrior, who ignites a passion in her she can’t deny.

Available on Amazon

A Man to Trust – Book #2

amantotrust_800x1200-2The battered survivor of an abusive marriage, Angela doesn’t mourn her husband’s death in a drug deal gone bad. But she’s not sure she can survive losing her heart to the handsome detective who assumes she’s a criminal, too.

Tasked with Angela’s safety after she’s targeted by an unknown enemy, Jake discovers the beautiful widow is not what she seems. He soon realizes that trusting her goes hand-in-hand with desiring her, and passion and duty collide.

Now it’s up to Jake to keep Angela—and their chance at happiness—alive.

Available on Amazon

Shielding Her Heart – Book #3

perf5.000x8.000.inddThe woman Rick Smyth desires has shut him out of her life after being brutally beaten in her own home. But as a new threat arises, Sheila now turns to him for protection.

This time, not only does he vow to keep her safe, but he’s determined to win her heart as well.

Available on Amazon



Where to Find CherylWebsite   Facebook   Twitter   Goodreads

It’s been my pleasure hosting Cheryl today. Please come back again for our regular features as well as more Goddess Fish promotional tours.

Until next time, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.



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The Renegade Wife by Caroline Warfield



Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is excited to help celebrate Caroline Warfield’s Book Birthday for The Renegade Wife, the first book in her Children of the Empire series and releasing today from Soul Mate Publishing. Please join me in welcoming Caroline for today’s celebratory visit!


About the Book: (Heat rating – 3 out of 5 flames, sensual, brief sexual content)

Betrayed by his cousin and the woman he loved, Rand Wheatly fled England, his dreams of a loving family shattered. He clings to his solitude in an isolated cabin in Upper Canada. therenegadewifeReturning from a business trip to find a widow and two children squatting in his house, he flies into a rage. He wants her gone, but her children are sick and injured, and his heart is not as hard as he likes to pretend.

Meggy Blair harbors a secret, and she’ll do whatever it takes to keep her children safe. She’d hopes to hide with her Ojibwa grandmother, if she can find the woman and her people. She doesn’t expect to find shelter with a quiet, solitary man, a man who lowers his defensive walls enough to let Meggy and her children in.

Their idyllic interlude is shattered when Meggy’s brutal husband appears to claim his children. She isn’t a widow, but a wife, a woman who betrayed the man she was supposed to love, just as Rand’s sweetheart betrayed him. He soon discovers why Meggy is on the run, but time is running out. To save them all, Rand must return and face his demons.


An Excerpt:

She pushed away from the door. “If you’re finished, I’ll clear up your dishes.

“Damn it woman, I fend for myself here.” He looked her up and down. He noticed her deep blue eyes, midnight black hair, and dusky skin. “What are you? Gypsy? Is that where you learned how to diddle a man out of his belongings?”

She drew her back up straight and squared her shoulders. The gesture pulled her dress tight across obviously ample breasts.

There’s a practiced enticement. She’s in for a surprise if she thinks that trick will work on me.

Chin high, she met his eyes without flinching. “My grandmother is Ojibwa, my father was French, and my husband was a Scot. You can despise whichever one of those your English heart chooses, or all of them, but I am not a thief.”

She grabbed her skirt and took a step toward the door. “Do fend for yourself. We’ll leave as soon as we can.”

“I’ll decide when you’re a thief,” he snarled, bringing her to a halt. “It’s my house.”


Purchase The Renegade Wife on Amazon


Prequel to the Series:

Dangerous Works, a novella prequel to both Children of Empire and the Dangerous Series (and in which Rand first appears) is available for free at:

Barnes&Noble   Kobo   Amazon  Smashwords


About the Author:

Traveler, would-be adventurer, librarian, technology manager—Caroline Warfield has been many things, but above all a romantic. She is now a writer of historical romance, enamored of owls, books, history, and beautiful gardens, who sits in an office surrounded by windows and lets her characters lead her to adventures in England and the far flung corners of the British Empire. She nudges them to explore the riskiest territory of all, the human heart.


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Caroline will give a Kindle copy of the winner’s choice of Dangerous Works or Dangerous Secrets to one randomly selected person who comments.


It’s been my pleasure to host Caroline today and to help her celebrate the release of The Renegade Wife. Please come back again for our regular features as well as for book tours through Goddess Fish Promotions.

Until next time, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.




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Thankful for Thanksgiving (& For Characters Who Tell Me Their Stories) by Carol Ross

featuredNotes From a Romantic’s Heart is pleased to welcome author Carol Ross today. Carol’s upcoming release, Hers By Thanksgiving, is part of an extremely ambitious project from Harlequin Heartwarming. Carol is here to share a her feelings on the holiday and give us a short preview of her contribution to the 5-book, 15-novella set.

According to Carol:

Brainstorming is one of the best parts of being involved with a connected set of stories like A Heartwarming Holiday. When someone suggested we could mix it up a bit by spanning the entire “holiday season,” I eagerly volunteered to take on Thanksgiving for our trio of stories, 24 North Pole Lane.

Thanksgiving happens to be my favorite holiday. I get the best parts of Christmas – family and food while skipping the exhausting parts – shopping and decorating. Not that shopping and decorating aren’t fun, too, I just really enjoy the more relaxed, reflective mood of Thanksgiving. (And pumpkin pie – I really love pumpkin pie.)

Now, admittedly I thought my novella would revolve around the holiday itself. It started out with a vision of my heroine alone with her horse on Thanksgiving eating carrots and a turkey sandwich in the stables (where she wasn’t supposed to be) when the hero would come in and find her and… And, as is usually the case with me, my characters had something completely different (and so much better) in mind for their Thanksgiving tale.

About the Book:

Hers by Thanksgiving. As it turns out, hero C.J. Larkspur has inherited heroine Allison Talbot’s horse. She has no proof the horse rightfully belongs to her. He has no reason to believe her story. What they do have is a deep love for and a shared connection to C.J.’s uncle who has recently passed away. This creates a powerful attraction. But to complicate matters, C.J. has promised the horse to his fiancée Krista (who has plenty of her own heart-wrenching issues.) As their feelings for each other grow, C.J. realizes he doesn’t love Krista like he should. But he does love her, she’s his best friend and he’s made promises to her. And because of all that she’s gone through, he really wants to make her happy. Allison, on the other hand, can’t allow C.J. to give her horse, that she raised from a filly and loves with all of her heart, to another woman. Especially when that woman has the man she wants, too. Her only option is to steal her own horse and skip town. Amidst a barn full of horses, Christmas Town’s first annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, a horse heist, and plenty of heartbreak, these two seem to be galloping toward a disastrous holiday. Will love find a way to give them something to be grateful for this Thanksgiving?

A Question From the Author:

What are your feelings about these two holidays? Do you find Thanksgiving to be a bit more relaxing than Christmas? Or do you thrive on the fast pace of the Christmas Season?

About the Author:

author-photo-tempCarol Ross lives with her husband and one loveable miscreant of a dachshund in a small town in Washington close to both the ocean and the mountains.  She adores the Pacific Northwest because it provides her with endless opportunities for the activities she loves, hiking, running, skiing, and spending time outdoors. Although she enjoys reading in many genres, she writes what she loves the most – romance, especially light-hearted stories about the fun, flirty, and often-tumultuous path toward a happily ever after. For a complete list of her books, social media links, and newsletter sign up, please visit her website.


About the 5-Book/15-Story Series:

aheartwarmingholiday3d_sealThis holiday season, warm your heart with 15 connected sweet, clean & wholesome holiday romances set in Christmas Town from 15 Harlequin Heartwarming authors who are USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors.

There are five connected books in A Heartwarming Holiday. That means each set of three novellas shares characters and storylines! This collection of PG-rated holiday romances are all set in Christmas Town, Maine, a location introduced in the 2014 Harlequin Heartwarming release Christmas, Actually.

A Heartwarming Holiday will bring you laughter, tears, and happily-ever-afters.

Book 1: Once Upon a Holiday by Anna Adams, Anna J Stewart & Melinda Curtis: Three former college roommates start a business to bring the magic of the holidays to everyone in Christmas Town.  


Once Upon a Thanksgiving by Anna Adams, award-winning, USA Today bestselling, Harlequin Heartwarming author.


Once Upon a Christmas by Anna J Stewart, award-winning, USA Today bestselling, Harlequin Heartwarming author.


Once Upon a New Year’s Eve by Melinda Curtis, award-winning, USA Today bestselling, Harlequin Heartwarming author.


Book 2: Holiday Heroes by Leigh Riker, Tara Randel & Cari Lynn Webb: Three former Navy SEALs come together to restore an outdated resort.


Thankfully Yours by Leigh Riker, award-winning, USA Today bestselling, Harlequin Heartwarming author.


Cooking Up Christmas by Tara Randel, Barnes and Noble bestselling, USA Today bestselling, Harlequin Heartwarming author.


Countdown to Romance by Cari Lynn Webb, USA Today bestselling, Harlequin Heartwarming author.


Book 3: 24 North Pole Lane by Carol Ross, Amy Vastine & Cheryl Harper: Romance is being delivered to 24 North Pole Lane this holiday season.


Hers by Thanksgiving by Carol Ross, USA Today bestselling, Harlequin Heartwarming author.


Peace, Love, and Baby Joy by Amy Vastine, USA Today bestselling, Harlequin Heartwarming author.


Never Say Never on New Year’s by Cheryl Harper, USA Today bestselling, Harlequin Heartwarming author.


Book 4: Magic Moments by Tara Taylor Quinn, Shirley Hailstock & Liz Flaherty: Three different times, three different stories. They all bring magic to Christmas Town.


Christmas Past by Tara Taylor Quinn, USA Today bestselling, Harlequin Heartwarming author.


It Only Happens in Christmas Town by Shirley Hailstock, Harlequin Heartwarming author.


The Magic Stocking by Liz Flaherty, USA Today bestselling, Harlequin Heartwarming author.


Book 5: Nutcracker Sweethearts by Dana Mentink, Roz Denny Fox, & Amie Denman: As the stage production of the Nutcracker unfolds in Christmas Town, three couples find love with the help of a little holiday magic!


Thanksgiving Duet by Dana Mentink, Harlequin Heartwarming author.


Christmas Curtain Call by Roz Denny Fox, Harlequin Heartwarming author.


Set for New Year’s by Amie Denman, Harlequin Heartwarming author.

The Complete Heart Warming Holiday Set is Available From:

Amazon   Kobo   Google   iTunes

a-heartwarming-christmasIf this boxed set appeals to you, look for our previous holiday anthology: A Heartwarming Christmas.

It’s been a pleasure having Carol visit today and bring with her all of these wonderful authors and their holiday stories.

Please come back again tomorrow for my regular Welcome Wednesday feature, followed on Thursday by a visit from Author Caroline Warfield. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.


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Celebrating the Muse !!


It’s release day … every author’s reason to celebrate their muse. However, the celebration doesn’t belong solely to the author. It also belongs to the publisher, the editor, the cover artist and everyone involved in the final product.

As I celebrate today’s release, I wanted to thank the following extraordinary people:

  • My publisher, The Wild Rose Press. Specifically, RJ Morris and Rhonda Penders – you ladies rock! Happy 10 YR Anniversary TWRP!
  • My absolutely wonderful editor, Nicole D’Arienzo. I couldn’t ask for a better person to guide me through the process from submission to finished book.
  • Cover artist, Debbie Taylor. You brought my vision to life with a fun, expressive cover!
  • Publicity guru Lisa Dawn MacDonald – you keep me on my toes!
  • All the behind the scenes people (e.g., copy editor, newsletter editor). The unsung heroes!

You all make being part of the garden extra special!


About the Book:

bewitched-meme-1Chicago, Fall 1964

Allison Stiles is the epitome of responsibility. Guardian to her two rambunctious younger brothers, she also runs a home daycare. While she doesn’t have time for a vacation, she really needs a diversion.

Enter Eric Thomas, her new neighbor. Tall, dark and handsome and just what she needs to get her mind off her responsibilities, even if only for a short time.

Moving into the house he inherited from his uncle was not part of Eric Thomas’ plan. Yet, starting a new business ties up a good portion of his capital, so he forgoes the fancy downtown apartment for the quaint Rogers Park neighborhood.

Now if he could just get his mind off his sexy neighbor and back on the business at hand.


An Excerpt:

Allison Stiles gathered up a book by her favorite romance author in one hand and a cup of tea in the other, then crossed the padded alphabet flooring and stepped out onto the enclosed front porch of her Rogers Park home. The neighborhood was old but well kept, the people warm and inviting. The shouts of children playing in the street drew her attention for a brief moment.

She wrapped a thin shawl around her shoulders and settled comfortably into the double-wide porch swing, set her teacup on the nearby window ledge, and opened her book to the first page. Given the week she’d had, she welcomed this chance to unwind, to do nothing but kick back and relax.

I don’t know what we’re going to do with these two. They’re headed for juvenile hall, I tell you that.”

Principal Garner’s harsh rebuke swirled around inside her head like the colors from a child’s kaleidoscope, forcing her to set aside the book in favor of a sip of calming, herbal tea. As much as she hated to admit it, the man was right. Benny and Phillip were a handful and quickly getting on the edge of her very last nerve.

We’re sorry, Sis.” Benny’s apology filled her thoughts.

We didn’t mean to do anything bad. Honest.” Phillip’s younger, softer voice tugged on her heartstrings.

Her brothers’ penchant for trouble and the subsequent call to the principal’s office was just the icing on the cake. She’d spent the entire week wiping runny noses and disinfecting child after child in an effort to keep this first round of seasonal flu from infecting her and everyone around her. She needed more than a cup of tea and a great read. She desperately needed a vacation. Unfortunately, her obligations didn’t allow much down time.

At the very least she needed a distraction of some sort.

The loud slam of a car door and a man’s muttered curse pulled her from this latest bout of self-pity and to the closest window. With the tips of her fingers, she slid the hand-made paper skeleton aside and stared out across her toy-strewn yard.

There in front of her, his arms filled with boxes, minus the one he’d dropped on the ground, stood the most handsome man she’d ever seen. A real-life Adonis, complete with dark, wavy hair and broad shoulders. When he turned toward the porch, she was gifted with an unencumbered view of his narrow hips and taut backside, both of which were encased in a pair of impossibly tight jeans.

She swallowed back the lump in her throat and licked her suddenly-dry lips. As distractions go…this one was darned-near perfect.


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Early Reviews:

“Beautifully written, this is a sweet feel-good fast-paced quick read which is both timeless, funny and full of good family values.” ~ Books Chatter

“A really cute story.  If you are looking for a Halloween read, this is it!” ~ Jessica and Gracie’s Tree


Bewitched on Tour:

Sign-TourMy two-week tour is happening now. I’m giving away two gift cards ($20 & $5) and a copy of my 2016 Valentine’s Day novella, Only Yours. Please check out all the stops for your chance to win!

Oct 3: Jessica and Gracie’s Tree
Oct 4: EskieMama Reads
Oct 5: Books,Dreams,Life
Oct 6: BooksChatter
Oct 7: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
Oct 7: Louise Lyndon Romance Author Hear Me Roar
Oct 10: Book Lover Promo
Oct 11: fundinmental
Oct 11: The Reading Addict
Oct 12: Megan Morgan
Oct 13: Fabulous and Brunette
Oct 14: Danita Minnis
Oct 14: Hearts and Scribbles

It’s back to business for me on Monday with my regular features, as well as hosting more tours through Goddess Fish Promotions. Until you’re back again, please stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read!

And for my friends in the path of Hurricane Matthew … please stay safe!


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I am pleased to welcome author Vicki Batman for this leg of her Goddess Fish Promotions tour for Temporarily Insane. A follow-up book to Temporarily Employed, both books are from The Wild Rose Press. Please join me in welcoming Vicki to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart.

About the Book:

mediakit_bookcover_temporarilyinsaneNo man. Bad job. And Murder. Hattie Cooks is still searching for her dream job and one might be available…in the Big Apple, far from friends, family, and Allan Wellborn, the man who still makes her heart race. In the meantime, she finds temporary employment at an accounting firm where two auditor friends turn up dead.

Detective Allan Wellborn dropped Hattie for Blonde Bimbo who, coincidentally, is employed at NLB where fishy things are taking place. When Allan interviews Hattie, he must determine why all signs point to her as a suspect.

Can Hattie discover why Allan dumped her and who is murdering auditors before death strikes again?


An Excerpt:

“So, you really have no intention of giving me my birthday present?”

“Not really. This one needs to be savored.”

Bouncey, bouncey. “Besides, your mom would kill me if I told.”

Uh-oh. My radar surfaced like a periscope on a Dclass nuclear submarine armed with twenty deadly missiles. This would not do. No siree. Sometimes, Mom’s surprises were incredibly unique. Translated, this meant on occasion her presents were:

—Butt ugly

—Not needed


I didn’t want to sound completely ungrateful about Mom’s gifts. In truth, I very much appreciated everything she gave me. I really struggled with keeping the unusual presents and then donating them to a charity when they weren’t used. Most had been stashed on the top shelf of my closet in case she visited and made inquiries about them.


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My Review:

Let me just start by saying, author Vicki Batman is a master at creating quirky characters. Ten minutes inside her heroine’s head is like a private trip to a padded room. Hattie is a delight. To cohabitate inside Hattie’s weirdly wired mind is strange at first but then, as you get to know her, you find yourself anticipating the next off-beat thought.

Mix all of her quirkiness with an assortment of equally unusual characters and a hot hunk of a hero and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a good book. Add in a murder mystery and the story elevates to great.

If you enjoy your mysteries with a side of humor, Temporarily Insane is the perfect book for you. I have to admit, in the beginning, I was wondering why our hero, Detective Alan Wellborn, would dump someone as obviously off-kilter brilliant as Hattie in the first place. But then I figured it out … he couldn’t keep up!

About the Author:

mediakit_authorphoto_temporarilyinsaneAward-winning author, Vicki Batman, has sold many romantic comedy works to the True magazines, several publishers, and most recently, a romantic comedy mystery to The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and several writing groups. An avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Cat fancier. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking “What if??


Connect With VickiWebsite   Facebook   Twitter  Goodreads   Pintrest


A Giveaway:

Vicki Batman will be awarding a $75 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Tour Stops:

Sign-TourThis is a four-week tour and even if you’ve missed some of the earlier stops, you can always go back for even more chances to win in the giveaway.

September 19: Hearts and Scribbles
September 19: Fabulous and Brunette
September 20: Christine Young
September 21: Book Lover Promo
September 22: Romance Novel Giveaways
September 23: BooksChatter
September 26: Where the Story Comes First
September 27: EskieMama Reads
September 28: Jane Reads – review
September 29: Deal Sharing Aunt
September 30: Harps Romance Book Review
October 3: Danita Minnis
October 4: The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
October 5: Books,Dreams,Life
October 5: Deal Sharing Aunt
October 6: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart – review
October 7Wendi Zwaduk ~ Romance to Make Your Heart Race
October 10Long and Short Reviews
October 11Reviews by Crystal
October 12Booklover Sue
October 13Natural Bri – review
October 14A Writer’s Life

A big “thank you” to Vicki for stopping by today. I hope you’ve enjoyed this little look-see at her latest release.

Please come back again next week for our regular features, as well as more virtual tours from Goddess Fish Promotions.

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



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Intuition by Anna Durand


I am pleased to welcome author Anna Durand on this leg of her review tour for her newest release, Intuition. Please join me in welcoming Anna to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart.

About the Book:

mediakit_bookcover_intuitionTorn apart by their haunted pasts, Grace Powell and her fiancé David Ransom are struggling to reclaim their passionate bond and build a normal life — one without danger and paranormal powers. But David can’t renounce his obsession with hunting down Karl Tesler, who abducts and tortures psychics. David endured Tesler’s tactics himself, but despite what Grace believes, he’s not out for revenge.

Tesler covets her unprecedented abilities and her mysterious connection to a source of limitless psychic power. David will do anything — even abandon and lie to her — to protect Grace from Tesler.

With a psychic stalker on her trail, Grace charges into a desperate mission to uncover the truth about David’s obsession. But Tesler’s agents are closing in on her, and a terrifying new enemy is rising…

As events drive Grace and David toward a battle of epic proportions, they must risk everything — their relationship, their lives, and even their souls — to defeat an enemy who wields unspeakable psychic power

Available from:  Amazon  B&N  iBooks  GogglePlay  Kobo


Enjoy an Excerpt:

Fear crunched her heart in its icy fist. The vision. Tesler. Blood slicking her hands. Pain searing her chest. His pain. His blood.

He might not come home this time. Remember.

She explored him with both hands, relishing the contrast between hard muscle and tender flesh. As the fabric of his shirt rasped across her palm, a shiver vibrated through her. Even through the barrier, his heat spread into her palms. It poured into her body, dousing the tension, snuffing out the fear.

“Go,” she murmured. “I’ll be okay, and Sean needs you more than I do right now.”

His body tensed. His muscles undulated, igniting a tingle in her hands. It unfurled through her body in a blistering, aching wave that tightened something deep inside her. Oh God. She gnawed her lip, battling the urge to drag him into the house. Slam the door. Jam the deadbolt. Fall on her knees and plead with him to stay here, with her.

He whirled around and crushed her against him.

His kiss consumed her in a fiery torrent that scorched away reason and doubt. Her body wilted against him as his lips sparked firecracker explosions inside her. Every ounce of his passion and anguish rushed through her mind and body, a gift of sensation that stole the breath from her. The world gyrated around her. A delicious ache washed through her body. Her legs quivered, on the verge of buckling. Heat flushed her skin. Her chest heaved. Oh David.

He pushed her away and stomped out the door.


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My Review:

This second book in author Anna Durand’s Psychic Crossroads series is filled with action, suspense, creepy psychic phenomenon and an over-the-top, comic-book-worthy bad guy. It is not a traditional romance by any means.

Although they’re already engaged, the two main characters (Grace and David) don’t seem to know one another very well. Not that discovery is a bad thing and it definitely leads to a maturing of their personalities and relationship.

I enjoyed the psychic references and the fast-paced situations in the book, although I felt Grace and David were struggling a bit to understand their gifts. Perhaps that was part of the reason they weren’t perfectly attuned to one another.

If you’re looking for a fast-paced read, filled with X Files-type suspense, this could be the book for you. Because this story picks up where the first book in the series left off, I’d recommend reading them in order to get a better hold on the characters and their issues.


About the Author:

mediakit_authorphoto_intuitionAnna Durand is an award-winning writer, a freelance librarian, and an audiobook addict. She specializes in steamy romances featuring spunky heroines and hunky heroes, in settings as diverse as modern Chicago and the fairy realm. Her romances have to date won eight awards and her novel Intuition was a 2016 RONE Award nominee, while her short story Tempted by a Kiss was a finalist in The Romance Reviews 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards. In her previous life as a librarian, she haunted the stacks of public libraries but never met any hot vampires hunting for magical books.

You can find Anna hereWebsite  Blog   Facebook  Twitter  Goodreads

A Giveaway:

Anna Durand will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Tour Stops:

This is a review tour only. Please feel free to visit all of the stops on the tour for even more chances to win!

September 21: Romance and Authors That Rock
September 21: Books,Dreams,Life
September 28: The Reading Addict
October 5: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
October 12Romantic Fanatic
October 12Long and Short Reviews

It’s been a pleasure having Anna visit today. Please come back for our regular features as well as even more tours through Goddess Fish Promotions.



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Welcome Wednesday…Author Linda Bradley

Sneak Peek Summer ImageIt’s Welcome Wednesday here at Notes From a Romantic’s Heart and today I’m going to do something a little bit different. I’m going to give you a “sneak peek” at an upcoming book from author Linda Bradley. Maggie’s Montana, is the third book in Linda’s Montana Bound series. The first two books, Maggie’s Way and Maggie’s Fork in the Road have received numerous five-star reviews and praise from readers. The Montana Bound series from Soul Mate Publishing.

About Maggie’s Montana:
maggies-montanaMaggie Abernathy, best friend Judy, and Judy’s two young sons travel cross country to visit John McIntyre and daughter Chloe at their Montana ranch. Maggie’s convinced herself that she’s only making the trip to fulfill her promise to visit Chloe, but once there she can’t help but fall in love with the horses, the land, the ranch, and the Montana ways of life. With Chloe’s loving antics, Winston’s gift, and a handful of wranglers showing her the ropes will Maggie have the heart to say goodbye?

Cover Quotes for Maggie’s Montana:

“Guaranteed to touch your heart. . .Maggie’s Montana is a must read for women’s fiction lovers. Linda Bradley’s writing sings in this beautifully crafted, warm and funny story about the bonds of love and friendship.” -Kim Boykin, author of The Wisdom of Hair and Palmetto Moon

“Linda Bradley’s distinct voice draws you in as her misfit cast of characters’ wrap around your heart and take you home.” -Roni Hall, author of Montana Wild

Maggie’s Way Praise:

maggies-way“Linda Bradley’s fresh voice will keep readers riveted from beginning to end. Bradley delivers a heart-warming story full of disarming honesty and beautiful drama…This one stands out!” -Jane Porter, New York Times and USA Today Best Seller, Author of Flirting With Forty and It’s You

“Maggie’s Way is a heart-warming tale of love and loss, fear and friendship. With charming characters and a moving plot, Linda Bradley’s lovely debut gently reminds us that it’s never too late for second chances.” -Lori Nelson Spielman, International Best Seller, Author of The Love List and Sweet Forgiveness

The Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Awards – Summer 2016

Greater Detroit Booksellers Best Award Finalist 2016

Purchase LinksAmazon   B&N   Available in Print

About the Author:

headshots16-85Linda’s inspiration comes from her favorite authors and life itself. Her women’s fiction highlights characters that peel away outer layers of life to discover the heart of their dreams with some unexpected twists and turns along the way. Her writing integrates humor found in everyday situations, as well as touching moments, thus creating avenues for readers to connect with her characters.

Linda has an Associates Degree in Interior Design and a Master’s Degree in Reading and Language Arts with undergraduate work in Elementary Education and Fine Arts. She wrote and illustrated a children’s book titled, The Hunter for her Master’s Degree. Linda is a member of RWA, as well as the Greater Detroit Chapter of RWA.

Linda has two grown sons, lives with her husband, and rescue dog in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Connect with Linda: Website   Facebook   Twitter

It was a pleasure having Linda here with us today. Please come back again for our regular Monday and Wednesday features, as well as random promotional tours through Goddess Fish Promotions.

Until your next visit, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.


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