New England Author Kari Lemor

Continuing on with our New England Author Week, today Notes From a Romantic’s Heart would like to welcome author Kari Lemor. Kari was gracious enough to answer a few of our prying questions …

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

Heather Silva from Fatal Evidence because she grew up well off and she’s the one who has the least problems of all my heroines (so far).  And she’s a real estate agent and I’d love to go looking through all sorts of houses.

Q2:  What do you consider to be the central plot of your story?

In Fatal Evidence we see Scott and Heather, who had been secondary characters in the previous book, Running Target. Here they go into business together to get a building project off the ground, though each of them has their own ideas of how they want to run things. But when accidents start to happen and danger lurks around every corner, they realize they need to work as a team or be the next victims of a murderer.

Q3When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

Really, only a few years ago. I’ve always been a voracious reader but it’s been less than ten years since I first tried writing and only a few since I actually tried writing an original novel. I actually hated writing when I was in school. But then no one ever asked me to make up characters and put them in danger while they were falling in love.

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

  1. Coffee, tea, or other?  Iced tea
  2. Music preference?  Modern Country
  3. Favorite movie? Frequency
  4. Dog, cat, or other? I don’t have either but I like both.
  5. Favorite author?  Janet Dailey


About the Book

What you don’t know can get you killed . . .

Construction company owner Scott Holland doesn’t go looking for trouble, but he’s just stumbled on plenty. The rundown mill he’s bought is plagued with mysterious incidents, and his investment partner, heiress Heather Silva, is as stubborn as she is intriguing. Dumped by his ex because of his blue-collar job, Scott is wary of Heather’s privileged background. Yet he’s drawn to her independence and strength, especially as the “accidents” grow more terrifying.

Determined to succeed without anyone’s help—especially her wealthy parents—Heather clashes with Scott again and again. But a grisly discovery makes them both targets. Someone wants Heather and Scott silenced for good. And as a killer closes in, the only option is to trust each other—or become the next victims…

Read an Excerpt

“Did you meet with that guy?”

“Yeah. The building was used for stolen goods. No idea why anyone would want to kill for it, though.”

Disappointment seeped through her. “So it was a dead end? Damn.”

“Actually no, he gave us the name of someone who was responsible for the warehouse for a while. We paid him a visit with a few questions.”

“And…?” Scooting on to her knees, she faced him. “You can’t stop there.”

“What? You don’t like a little teasing?”

“You want teasing, do you?” Slipping her hand down to his leg, she skimmed it up and over his now growing arousal.

“You’re insatiable. The guy we saw told us the same as Pascucci. It was used for stolen goods. But he also said they were told in no uncertain terms to stay out of the basement.”

“The basement? Have you checked it out yet?”

Shrugging, he said, “I took a quick look when we got back yesterday, but there’s so much debris and trash down there I couldn’t see anything out of the ordinary. I didn’t want to leave you alone too long.”

“Don’t you be using me as an excuse. We need to figure out what the hell is going on.”

“I agree,” he said and pushed her back on the couch his face inches from hers. “So, princess, feel like going dumpster diving with me tomorrow?”

“Hell, yes.”

He pressed a kiss to her nose. “It’s a date.”

Pulling his head closer, she replied, “Oh, Scott, you always take me to the nicest places.”

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Find Fatal Evidence at Amazon | Kensington Books

About the Series

Love on the Line

Ex-military men who served together, bonding close as brothers. Even though their lives go in different direction, the bond they forged can never be broken. Danger’s in their blood. Missions may change, but with the women they love at their sides, these men are strong enough for any new challenge. 

 About the Author

Kari Lemor grew up as one of those kids who read all night under the covers.  Once she had her first glimpse of a romance novel at age 12, it was all over. Romance was in her blood. It would be many years before the stories that ran rampant in her head finally drove her to put words to paper, though.

She wrote self-indulgently for the first few years and only recently began penning stories to share with others. She still writes stories that are self-indulgent but hopes others might get some enjoyment from them too.   Now that her kids are all grown and have moved out, she uses her spare time to create stories of love and happily ever after romances. She lives with her husband in a small town in New England dreaming of warmer weather.  But only if it’s near the ocean.

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It’s been my pleasure to continue the New England Author feature with Kari today. Please come back again on Friday to learn more about author Marianne Rice.

In the meantime, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.



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New England Author Christina Tetreault

This week Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is welcoming three wonderful New England romance authors to the blog. We begin our week with a few getting-to-know-you questions for author Christina Tetreault.

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

If I could be any one of my book’s characters for a day, I might have to say the hero Drew McKenzie. In addition to being a nice guy, he’s done something no other person as done.

Q2:  What do you consider to be the central plot of your story?

I consider the central plot of this particular story to be the need to protect and do anything in our power for those we love.

Q3When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

Well, honestly I am not sure. It was something I always loved doing but I never really believed I could possibly make it a full-time career until after my first book came out and readers were asking for my second.

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

  1. Coffee, tea, or other?  Coffee most of the time. I also enjoy hot chocolate.
  2. Music preference?  Usually I prefer classic rock but have also always loved Elvis.
  3. Favorite movie?  Star Wars
  4. Dog, cat, or other?  Dog(s)
  5. Favorite author?  Lynn Kurland

About Christina’s Latest Release

Following the deaths of her brother and then her parents, Kelsey Bancroft put her life and dreams on hold. Three years later, Kelsey is still struggling financially to hold on to the last links she has to her family. She doesn’t need or want any distractions, especially not any distractions named Drew McKenzie. At the age of ten, Kelsey fell in love and decided someday she’d marry Drew, her older brother’s best friend. Although Kelsey long ago abandoned the silly fantasy, Drew has always occupied a special place in her heart.

The day before Ian Bancroft lost his battle with cancer, star quarterback Drew McKenzie promised his best friend he’d look out for his younger sister. Until recently, he assumed his monthly phone calls to Kelsey were enough. Now that he knows differently, he’s moved back to North Salem, determined help Kelsey whether she wants his assistance or not. But just how far will Drew go to keep a promise to his best friend?

Enjoy an Excerpt

Drew touched her jaw. “Let me help you. Keep Bancroft Auto. I’ll take care of the home equity loan. You can pay me back. We can set up some type of monthly payment plan if it makes you feel better. It’ll be an amount you can swing while you’re in school.”

“When did you add ‘savings and loan’ to your name?” It was a tempting offer but not one she could accept. Since sitting down, she’d kept her eyes straight ahead, focused on the wall. Now she faced him. “Drew, I’ve got this. Don’t worry about it.”

He leaned closer and she saw the gold and black flecks in his eyes. She’d known him a long time, and she’d never noticed them before now.

“Please, Kels,” he said, using the nickname only her family and he had ever used.

She glanced down at his lips. They were so close to hers. She’d spent countless nights dreaming of them against hers. All she had to do was move a little and she could fulfill one of her teenage fantasies. Not only that, if she suddenly kissed him, it’d shock the hell out of him. He’d fly out of the house and not bother her again.

“Let me—”

Before she changed her mind or lost her nerve, she closed the space between them and covered his lips with hers.

Fun Fact

A Promise To Keep is the fifth book in this series and my sixteenth published romance novel, however, I wrote the original story over ten years ago. Although the story released in December contains many of the same ideas, characters and emotions only three sentences from the original remain.

Find A Promise to Keep here: Amazon | Nook | iBooks

About the Author

I wrote my first story with characters similar to those in the Sweet Valley Twins books at the age of 10 on my grandmother’s manual typewriter. As I got older my stories and characters became more mature. During my freshman year at UMass Dartmouth, I read my first romance novel and fell in love with the genre. I have been writing romance ever since.

Today I live with my husband, three beautiful daughters and three dogs in New Hampshire. Whenever I have a free moment you’ll find me either reading a romance novel or working on my most current story.

Christina’s Website | Facebook | Twitter

A Multi-Author Giveaway

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Christina for the kick-off of the New England author feature. Please come back on Wednesday when our guest will be author Kari Lemor. And, on Friday, join us to welcome author Marianne Rice.

Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well-read. And, if you’re from the northern east coast, stay warm!



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A Look Back … and Ahead

We’re two weeks into a new year and, as I’d hoped, right on schedule for a great writing year. My two works-in-progress are moving along smoothly, as is the first set of edits in an already completed book.

Looking back, I realized 2017 was actually a slow year for me in terms of publishing. Rather that my four or five books, I only released two novella-length books last year. Two really well-received books but, still, only two.

In February, 2017, I released my Valentine-themed novella, Paging Dr. Cupid. A sequel to my 2016 Candy Hearts romance, Only Yours, Paging Dr. Cupid is set in the mid-1960s and features a handsome doctor hero and heroine who aspires to be a concert pianist.

Paging Dr. Cupid is considered a “sweet”, “vintage” romance and can be found on Amazon.

Here’s a quick peek at one of my favorite scenes:

A half-hour later Grace tossed back the last mouthful of lukewarm coffee and closed the cover on the first of two instruction manuals. “Okay, new electric beast, let’s see what you can do.”

Tentatively, she rolled a piece of blank paper into place and poked at the stationery carriage. When she pressed the switch on the side of machine, the motor hummed to life. She’d barely placed her hands on the keyboard when the font ball began spinning wildly and spitting out the letter ‘j’ across the width of the page. Her heart hammered inside her chest in perfect time with the tiny metal device.

Jerking her hands back from the keyboard, she reached for the power button and flipped it to the ‘off’ position then drew a breath to calm her racing pulse.

She reached for the second manual. Obviously, there was more she needed to know.

The second manual held no information regarding the typewriter but, rather, was a set of guidelines for the perfect secretary. “The perfect secretary does not turn in a letter that is less than letter perfect. She does not smudge her carbon copies. She does not gossip.”

Grace pressed her fingertips to her lips and fought back an outright laugh. Were it not for the daily rounds of gossip, she doubted the secretaries she’d met thus far would make it through their work day.

Tracing the next few items on the list with her fingertip, she lowered her voice and continued. “She does not bring personal affairs to the office. She does not watch the clock. She will inquire if there is any little thing she can do before saying goodbye for the day.”

Closing the second booklet, she set it aside. It all sounded like common sense to her.

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My second release for 2017 was my first foray into futuristic fantasy/alien romance. The Vessel is an erotic romance novella that was so much fun to write that I’m anxious to try my hand at another in the genre. According to Long and Short Reviews “The Vessel is a must-read for fans of erotica and science fiction alike. I can’t recommend it highly enough!”

Available on Amazon

A sneak peek (contains language):

“According to what we were told by Dr. Williams, humans are very interested in the mating process, especially for procreation.”

“Sometimes,” he conceded. “Other times it’s nothing more than a tumble between the sheets.” He depressed the accelerator even farther and reset the cruise at one ninety. He needed to get them back to the main highway as soon as possible. This conversation was headed in the wrong direction, just as they’d been during the previous day’s storm.

Much to his chagrin, Alora wasn’t quite finished with the subject. “I accessed the databanks in Dr. Williams’ office to do some research on the mating habits of humans. After Fiona died, I wanted to see for myself if it was as horrible as she’d envisioned.”

“And, what did you find?”

“A lot of technical terms. None of which made sense to me.” She paused and drew a breath. “Fornication, for instance.”

He bit his lip, fighting back a chuckle. “Yes?”

“This is the word your species has given to the act of coupling between men and women?”

“One of them. There are other names for it.”

“Oh, yes,” she agreed. “I found those in the archives as well. There was…uh…coitus and copulation.” She tapped a finger to her forehead, struggling for more euphemisms. “Sex. I found that one interesting since it’s also the word used to define the difference between male and female orientation.”

“Let it never be said there aren’t many routes to the same end when it comes to the English language.”

“And then, there were the…uh…slang terms.”

Oh boy. Liam shook his head, drew a breath for calm, and waited. In an effort to avoid Alora’s take on slang, he asked, “What do you call the mating process on Tethys?”

“Simple. It’s referred to breeding. A term, I might add, once used on Earth when referring to animals.”

“The term was also used for humans in some cases.”

Alora sank back into the seat, released a long sigh, and turned her attention to the passing scenery. A few minutes went by before she spoke again. “Hump, screw, and fuck.”

Liam burst out laughing, unable to stop the welcome release. “You’re a quick study, Alora of Delawon.”

“May I ask you something?”

His shoulders rose and fell on a deep shrug. “I suppose.”

“How many women have done the fuck with you?”

He almost choked on a second round of laughter. “A few.”

“And, did you enjoy it?”

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Now that I’ve recapped 2017, here’s what’s coming up in the new year.

Waking Up in Oz – 1975

Attorney Dorothy Gail Farmer has the boring task of filing an injunction on behalf of her firm’s client, the local wildlife rescue. Unfortunately, both her professional and personal world is thrown upside down when she’s caught up in a tornado that tears through the rural town of Oswald, Kansas.

Trapped in a surreal place that worships the Oz legend, Dorothy must navigate the Oswald’s somewhat quirky residents and a handful of handsome men.

Part of The Wild Rose Press‘ historical “stranded” series, we’re planning a fall release.


Her Secret Santa Surprise – 1965

A sequel to my 2016 novella, Bewitched, Her Secret Santa Surprise is set at a big city newspaper and includes a touch of government corruption and a lot of romance. A holiday release is scheduled from The Wild Rose Press.


The Art of Seduction (Book 1 of the All the Single Ladies series)

The series follows four college girl friends who have each embarked on their chosen careers with great success. Unfortunately, career success has it sacrifices most often in the area of relationships and love. Follow the story of the Ad Exec, the Attorney, the Teacher and the Surgeon. Will they finally make that perfect match? Or, are they destined to be alone with their ambition?

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That’s it for this weekend. See you next week for features on three of my favorite New England authors! The following week I’ll return to my hosting duties for Goddess Fish Promotions.


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REVIEW: REEL LOVE by Elizabeth Hartey

GENRE:   Romance/Women’s Fiction/Fantasy

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About the Book

Annie Caslo is a successful, young doctor, but when she begins rethinking the career choices she’s made, she makes a decision to find a way to stay focused and achieve her true ambitions – that is until fate steps in and she is thunderstruck by Colt Ballard. He’s six foot three inches of heart-stopping hotness, an adept, roguish soccer star and also one of her interns. But he’s a player – on and off the field – and Annie has better things to do. Still, the combustible chemistry between them is impossible to resist – Colt brings out feelings she never knew existed and Annie’s swept off her reluctant feet.

When she continues to second-guess her life choices, opportunities and obstacles begin piling up higher than the greasy Mexican food stacks she hates to admit loving. While in a state of emotional turmoil, she gets a celestial visit from a hunky, Hollywood heartthrob, lookalike, who claims to be her guardian angel. He takes her on a magical road trip to self-discovery with the help of several, dearly departed film icons.

Drawn into the excitement of a life she’s always dreamed of, this new life threatens to shatter the LIFE and love she already has—unless her quirky angel can help her find a way to have it all.

Read an Excerpt

Colt blew a huge whistle of air when he saw the new professor for the first time.

Jeez. How old was she, nineteen, twenty? Colt knew enough about women to recognize the magnetism that sparked between them when their eyes met. That could be interesting. But several underclass women began chattering around him, severing the moment of mutual interest. Although they did their best to tempt him, he never dallied—well, almost never—with fellow students; too much of a distraction.

When he was finally able to make his way into the classroom, he took a seat in the front row. He couldn’t take his eyes off the woman who had taken over the position as the new clinic director. Then Sunni came in and took the seat next to him.

“Hey, Colt,” she purred.

“Hey, girl.”

Even as Sunni casually placed her hand on his leg and ran it up and down his thigh, his mind wandered as he contemplated what it would be like to get with a professor. Seduce a professor? No, probably a bad idea. An encounter with that little beauty would be more than crossing the line. But, God, look at those lips. He watched the new professor chew her plump, desirable, bottom lip while noting the name of each student. Between Sunni’s leg massage and the thought of tasting Dr. Caslo’s luscious lips, his body started to tense. He placed his hand on top of Sunni’s to stop her. “Ah, not now, Sun.” He gave her a little grin. “I want to pay attention to the instructions.”

Sunni pouted like a child denied a second cookie, but she moved her hand from his leg. Colt’s gaze immediately went back to the gorgeous woman who was going to be his professor and mentor for the next year.

Oh, hell no! This was totally a bad idea. When he was done with her, he couldn’t just get up and leave as he usually did with his one-night encounters. Colt would have to see her every day and she’d be grading him. Forget it, dude. There were plenty more accessible fish in the sea. That chick was at the top of the food chain.

My Review

The fantasy portion of this book had me intrigued. A cross between It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol, the heroine’s guardian angel takes her on a glitzy tour of Old Hollywood and shows her what could have been. As a fan of old movies, I really wanted to love this book.

What kept me from being over the moon was the heroine. She’s young, an accomplished doctor, who seems weak. She couldn’t stand up to her parents and say “no” but now she’s willing to throw away everything she’s earned to follow her childhood dream. It just didn’t sit with me.

There were also too many points of view to keep me engaged with the main characters, and more telling rather than showing. I also found it a bit strange that the hero also had an alternate ego of world-class soccer star who wants to be a doctor. I would have preferred he be more down to earth and less of a player.

Don’t get me wrong, even with its minor flaws, the book was still entertaining, especially for anyone who’s harbored that secret wish for another life, or loves old movies and the glamour of a bygone time.

The love scenes are spicy without being vulgar and the ending was well done. A solid 3 ½ star performance!

About the Author

As a lover of the northeast US, Elizabeth moved with her husband to the Poconos several years ago to open a Chiropractic Clinic. Four children and a menagerie of animals later, she has finally found time to fulfill her lifelong dream of writing novels. A dreamer at heart, romance is the genre she spends most of her time writing and reading into the wee hours of the morning. When not juggling work responsibilities and writing, she enjoys hiking the beautiful hills and woods around her home, swimming, knitting, travelling, and spending time with her family.

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

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This is a four-week, review tour. You are welcome to visit the previous sites for even more chances to win.

December 13: Long and Short Reviews
December 20: Kimmi Love
January 3: Mixed Book Bag
January 10Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
January 10Harlie’s Books

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It’s been my pleasure hosting this final day of Elizabeth’s tour. Please come back again on Monday for the beginning of my Favorite New England Authors’ week. I’ll be back to hosting Goddess Fish Tours the week after with a steady stream of authors, books, reviews, and giveaways.


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HEAVEN’S WATCHER by Kayden Claremont

GENRE: Paranormal Erotic Romance

SERIES: Heavenly Bodies (Book 2)

Amazon | The Wild Rose Press

About the Book

Leather-wearing, motorcycle riding PI Heaven Vaughan is working undercover in a Las Vegas casino for the DA. She must find the evidence to convict the casino boss of ordering her brother killed, but the tall, dark, sex-on-a-stick head of security is constantly watching her. Just knowing he’s got his monitors focused on her makes her hot, and she can’t help but make sure he has something as equally arousing to look at.

Straight-arrow Darius Turner has one job—to safeguard the people in the casino. The feisty redhead dominating his viewing pleasure is playing havoc with his duties and with his libido. All he wants is to take her up on her teasing invitations, but he can’t let her get too close. If Heaven discovers his true identity, there’ll be hell to pay.

Read an Excerpt

Heaven paused at the office while he opened the door and walked into his lair. Behind the desk, monitors filled the wall.

For a second, she stopped. Every part of the casino and hotel were displayed. She pointed at the wall.

“You watch all of these? At once?”

Darius chuckled as he passed her. “I have a team who views them.”

The corner of his lips turned up. “I check up on things from time to time.”

He lugged out the chair in front of the desk. “Please.”

Heaven sat down. “So, you enjoy watching?”

As soon as the words were out of her mouth, she heard the innuendo.

His eyebrow rose as devilment danced in his eyes. “You could say that.”

“I didn’t mean…” Heat crossed her cheeks. How unprofessional to blush. She’d never been the teenager with a crush on the quarterback. She was a professional private investigator.

“So why did you bring me here?”

He sat down behind the solid, mahogany desk.

“To talk.”

Her whole essence quivered. With arousal or fear? She cleared her throat. “About?”

He placed his fingers in front of his mouth as if hiding the truth.

“I’m concerned about what just happened to you.” His thumb twitched. “Does it happen often?”

Heaven held back a gasp as relief rushed through her. He didn’t know about her job with the DA to gather evidence against the boss.


Darius grimaced. “I see.”

“We’ve established that.”

She pointed toward the bank of monitors behind him.

My Review

Heaven’s Watcher is another great short, but complete, read from author Kayden Claremont. Filled with suspense, a healthy dose of the paranormal, and more than enough steamy sex to go around, this story is a sure winner for fans who like their erotic romance a little bit different.

The second book in the Heavenly Bodies series is just is good, if not better, than the first.

About the Author

Kayden loves sexy, well-crafted stories of lust and love.  Her sensuous style drives the characters in lustful romps. When she is not crafting erotic romantic stories, she can be found crocheting or making jewelry.

Kayden is a member of Romance Writers of America, Toronto Romance Writers, and Writing Community of Durham Region.

She hopes you enjoy her other books, Hell’s Bounty, Timeless Passion, Red Hot and Tartan Temptation, all published by The Wild Rose Press.

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2: Two Crazy Ladies Love Romance
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4: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
5: Casey’s Corner
6: Blog of Author Jacey Holbrand
7: The Simple Things in Life
8: Romance Novel Giveaways
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10: Wake Up Your Wild Side
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12: Yearwood La Novela
13: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
14: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
15: The Avid Reader
16: Sharing Links and Wisdom
17: Guam Historical Romance Novel
18: Wendi Zwaduk – Romance to Make Your Heart Race
19: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
20: Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang
21: Rainy Day Reviews
22: T’s Stuff
23: Fabulous and Brunette
24: BooksChatter
25: Readeropolis
26: Harlie Williams, Writer

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As always, it’s been my pleasure hosting Kayden for this stop on her tour. Please come back again tomorrow for another author, book, and giveaway.



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GENRE: Erotic Romance

SERIES: Pleasure Island (Book 9)


About the Book

Ivy Phillips is on a mission. She’s an investigative reporter for the Pasadena Tribune, and is hoping to write the story of the century by infiltrating Pleasure Island claiming to be a submissive. Except, when she gets there, she inadvertently finds herself auctioned off for charity and now has two hunky cowboys who want to own her body and soul.

Dax Johnson and Nate Banks have been a rodeo team – and lovers – for years. But they’ve yearned to add a sweet submissive to their union. When they meet Ivy, Dax knows she is the one for them, and the duo set out on a seductive campaign to win Ivy’s affection.

But when the truth is revealed, will their newfound relationship survive? Or will the two cowboys ride off into the sunset without her?

Read an Excerpt

“You cried?” Kevin asked aghast, a hand against his chest and his eyes wide with horror at her perceived faux pas.

“Nope. My date did. Going on and on about his ex. Clearly the guy wasn’t ready to get back out into the meat market. After listening for two hours about how much he loved Kelli with an ‘i,’ I was done,” she replied, getting up from her desk with her iPad in her hand to take notes during the meeting. Since she was the ‘horoscope girl’—as in, that was the only column she wrote—her boss, Don Moss, tended to have her perform secretarial duties as well. Like taking the meeting minutes during the weekly bull pen meeting on Monday mornings.

“Oh god, well, you’re better off, sweetie. I know this guy—”

“The men you know are gay. Not that I don’t love you and every gay man on the planet—because how would I know what to wear otherwise?—but I can’t date a gay man.”

Kevin cast her a patronizing glance. “Why not, honey? We make the best boyfriends.”

“Yeah, but there’s that whole ‘I’d like to have sex this decade with something not battery-operated’ thing. Aren’t you guys anti-vaginas anyhow? I kind of have the wrong equipment for a gay man,” she said with a laugh.

Kevin gave her a wicked grin. “Oh, honey, just because we don’t actively pursue women doesn’t mean we don’t know how to please one in bed. And after a few good orgasms, we’d make you the best damn quiche with a buttery crust that would melt in your mouth, and mimosas with freshly squeezed orange juice. And then we’d go get some mani-pedis together.”

Ivy sighed. That sounded like heaven. Having someone else take care of things, of her, for a change. The fact she was actually considering his offer was a rather disconcerting discourse about the state of her life. “If the men I date don’t improve soon, I promise to let you fix me up.”

“You won’t regret it,” Kevin assured her with a saucy grin and wink as they walked through the office.

About the Author

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Anya grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Anya never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in History.

Anya is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance under the name Maggie Mae Gallagher. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the Midwest with her two furry felines.

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This is a one-day, multi-stop, Book Blast tour. You are welcome to visit as many of the sites as you’d like for even more chances to win!

1: Lock That Door
2: Romance Novel Giveaways
3: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
4: Christine Young
5: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
6: Long and Short Reviews
7: Wake Up Your Wild Side
8: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
9: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
10: Wendi zwaduk – romance to make your heart race 
11: Linda Nightingale…Author
12: The Avid Reader
13: T’s Stuff
14: Two Crazy Lady Love Romance
15: Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang
16: BooksChatter
17: Liz’s Reading Life
18: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
19: Fabulous and Brunette
20: Erotica For All
21: Jazzy Book Reviews
22: Musings From An Addicted Reader
23: Reviews by Crystal
24: books are love
25: Dawn’s Reading Nook
26: Readeropolis

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It’s been my pleasuring having Anya back for another visit. Please come back again tomorrow and Wednesday for even more authors, books, and giveaways. Also, join me next week as Notes From a Romantic’s Heart features some of my favorite New England authors.


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REVIEW: MOVIE MAGIC by Michelle Garren Flye

GENRE: Contemporary Romance

SERIES: Sleight of Hand (Book #4)


About the Book


Sabrina Parker has spent her professional life creating unbelievable stunts and magical effects for movies and stage magicians. Now she needs some special magic to help her bring her movie to life. Her search leads her to the very unlikely stage of Walt Bryson, host of a long-running children’s television show in Beaufort, North Carolina.

Walt isn’t terribly happy about taking Hollywood’s call. He’s never sought the same notoriety as his colleagues Ian Logan and Andre Hawke. But there’s something about the beautiful, levelheaded Ms. Parker, and when he reads her screenplay, he knows he wants to work with her. For the first time in years, he’s willing to put tragedy behind him and make real magic.

Can Walt and Sabrina use love as their guide or will their past mistakes haunt their future?

Read an Excerpt

She missed the pleasant buzz from the rum. The coffee cleared things up for her too much. Half of her really wanted nothing more than to drink rum and make out with him on this couch in the late afternoon sun while the deck below them bustled with waiters and the other pirates cleaning up from the afternoon. She really wanted to give in to some crazy impulse. She glared at the innocent cup of coffee. “I miss the rum.”

He laughed softly, brushing her hair back from her face, his fingers tangling briefly in the soft curls. “So do I.” His gaze flickered to her lips and she knew in that moment that she wouldn’t need the rum buzz to kiss him. Oh please, just kiss me already. The thought whispered in her heart, and all she could see for a breathless moment was his lips.

He brushed his thumb over her lips, so tenderly her belly filled with a melting fire. But then he backed away with a reluctant smile. “But maybe we don’t need rum, huh?”

She drew in a sharp breath, realizing dizzily that she’d stopped breathing several seconds before. “I guess not.” She bit her lip, straightening her spine and shoving away her disappointment. “We’ll have to watch that.”

My Review

Although part of a series, Movie Magic can be read as a standalone book. There is some crossover from the previous books but it does not diminish the story in any way.

The author has written a cute romance with just enough details about movie making and Hollywood to garner your interest. The juxtaposition with the small town North Carolina setting is nearly as entertaining as the great chemistry between the two main characters.

My only qualm about the book was the sheer number of supporting characters and whether or not they all needed to be there. I would have liked more time with Sabrina and Walt.

I enjoyed this book very much and, time permitting, intend to go back and start the series at the beginning.

About the Author

Michelle Garren Flye is an award-winning author of romance and women’s fiction. Reviewers have described her work as: “an engaging novel with charming and likable characters”, a story that “will make you believe in love and second chances”, and a “well-written and thought-provoking novel.”

Michelle placed third in the Hyperink Romance Writing Contest for her short story “Life After”. Her short stories have been published by the romance anthology Foreign Affairs,, and She has served on the editorial staffs of Horror Library, Butcher Shop Quartet and Tattered Souls.

Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the mother of three and lives in North Carolina with her husband and their rapidly growing collection of pets.

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A Giveaway

Michelle Garren Flye will be awarding $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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This is a four-week review tour. You are welcome to visit the previous sites for more reviews and even more chances to enter and win.

December 14: My Reading Journeys
December 14: Sharing Links and Wisdom
December 21: The Reading Addict
December 21: Locks, Hooks and Books
January 4Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
January 4Harlie’s Books
January 4Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
January 11Jennifer Macaire, Tell me a Story
January 11Fabulous and Brunette

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It’s been my pleasure hosting this leg of Michelle’s review tour. Please come back again next week for more authors, books and giveaways. Also, join me the week of January 15-19th when I’ll be featuring New England authors.


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BROKEN ROOTS by Michelle Diana Lowe

GENRE: YA Urban Fiction


About the Book

After her father’s invention earns them millions, sixteen-year-old Teisha Cole moves from London to Florida with her family. Uprooted from the place she loves, she now lives in a broken home full of secrets and lies.

After Teisha’s grandmother dies, her fractured family is replanted in rural England, where a kingpin and his clan are laying in wait. What follows is a dangerous game that brings their house to its knees, as the family’s wealth begins to disappear.

When her father develops a mysterious illness, Teisha turns detective to unravel the truth. Escaping onto the streets and stumbling into the foster care system may be her only hope of survival.

Read an Excerpt

My heart is a black, lifeless box sitting inside me. I have no feelings, no emotions, no soul. It is the 15th of November; a cold Monday evening that rattles our bones. The time is 10 o’clock precisely. I am back with Mother after being forced to sleep at an emergency foster carer’s home for thirty nights. Social services deemed it safe for me to return home, for now. Seeing that Mum has been cleared of criminal charges following the cocoa-lacing allegations and hypnosis scandal, and Dad has been institutionalised, she is classed as fit to care for me again, at least in the short-term. Believe it or not, I wished social services had let me stay with the big brash foster lady for longer. They made the wrong call by returning me to Mother. I am not safe here, like they think I am. In fact, I am in grave danger. My life hangs precariously in the balance. Mum and I are under attack, in the middle of a bloodless war. We have been living this way for two days and two nights. Our freedom, liberty and right to speak have been forcibly removed. We live in silence. We live in fear. Travers has occupied the house with others. We are under house arrest, confined to the ground floor, forced to sleep, eat and live downstairs. What goes on upstairs is only Travers’ business. He and his men have swarmed the house like deadly bees, taking it over.

My Review

A very compelling and heart-wrenching story from a new-to-me author filled with love, loss, betrayal, mystery and hope. It’s tough enough being a teenager, imagine being one torn apart not just from a once-loving family but also from every one and every place you hold dear.

The author shares the heroine’s story across continents and back again, from success to despair, to downright sadness.

If I could have changed anything about the book, it would have been the heroine, Teisha. I wanted her to be a stronger personality. As the narrator, she set the tone for the entire book and I would have enjoyed the story more if she’d have put as much effort into changing her destiny as she did complaining about it. I also would have liked to have seen more of her parents and a few more glimpses at Teisha’s life when it was on the upswing rather than only during the periods of angst.

Still, overall, an interesting read. 

About the Author

Born in the early 1980s, I grew up relatively poor, within inner-city London. As a kid, I always had a love of words and stories. I was a lonely and somewhat friendless child, but surrounded myself with books for comfort. The local library and classic novels were my best friends, my escapism from a world that did not quite understand me. In spite of my loneliness and humble beginnings, I felt I had a greater purpose in life. God had made me unique and different for a reason.

Being severely bullied at primary school and experiencing family problems aged nine, I dug deep, and found that, tapping into my passion for words and writing, really helped to repair my soul and aided the healing process. Barely ten years old and a voracious reader –reading Judy Blume novels such as – Deenie, Blubber, Tiger Eyes and Are You There God It’s Me Margaret?, I decided to pen my very first novel, which was around 30,000 words in length. The deep satisfaction I had when finishing it, told me that I needed, not just wanted, to be a writer. I was born to be one. Inside me, I knew I had important messages to give the world, through the power of the written word. Making this dream of becoming a published author a reality, then became my long-term goal.

In my late teens and early 20s, I studied English Literature with Philosophy at Roehampton University. Whilst doing my Bachelor of Arts degree, I felt inspired by bestselling novelists, Toni Morrison and Zadie Smith. I absorbed and was mesmerised by, their stories and experiences. As my writing style developed, the positive influences of Toni and Zadie, helped infuse culture and society into my creative work.

After graduating from university with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with Philosophy, I started working as a Children’s Centre Administrator in East London, where I support families by signposting and referring them to key services.

It was in January 2015 that my first career break came. I was signed by US Publisher UrbanEdge for my debut novel UnShatter Me. In April 2016 I submitted my second novel Broken Roots to Creativia Publishing and I was signed by this publisher.

Broken Roots is my most successful novel to date. Not only has it been nominated for a Summer Indie Book Award 2017 in the category of contemporary fiction, but it was also named one of the Best Indie Books of 2016 on Read’s list. On numerous occasions, Broken Roots has been on 4 Amazon bestseller lists across three different territories, the UK, US and Canada. Furthermore, the Italian translation edition of Broken Roots is now out on Amazon. The Spanish, French and Portuguese editions will be on sale soon.

As an author with urban foundations, I feel I have a commitment to bring more diversity into all my books and into the publishing industry. In my writing, I also have a desire to raise awareness of young mental health, teenagers in foster care and help make a difference in people’s lives.

When I am not writing, I love to unwind and relax by watching period dramas and blockbuster movies. I also enjoy reading books in a variety of genres.

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Michelle Diana Lowe will be awarding one physical book copy of Broken Roots to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour (UK, Europe, US and Canada only).

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Follow the Tour

This is a four-week review tour. You are welcome to visit the previous stops for even more chances to win.

December 13: Kit ‘N Kabookle
December 20: Long and Short Reviews YA
January 3Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
January 10Natural Bri
January 10Straight From the Library

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It’s been my pleasure hosting this stop on the author’s tour. Please come back again tomorrow and all next week for more authors, books and giveaways!


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Happy New Year !!!

May 2018 be the year of your dreams!



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Holiday Hiatus

Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is going on a short, holiday hiatus from hosting duties. However, I will be around now and then to share some personal holiday traditions.

Beginning with … cookies! What fun are the winter holidays without good food? Some of my favorite holiday memories and traditions revolve around teaching my grandchildren to bake.

In my Roaring Twenties holiday novella, Erin’s Gift, my heroine is a lowly paid shop girl who stumbles into a position in a home far above her upbringing. The cook prides herself in traditional recipes, which she is reluctant to share. However, Erin has a way of getting people to open up … even with a family recipe.

Erin’s favorite? Traditional shortbread. And she’s willing to share.

Along with a good cookie and steaming cup of hot chocolate, nothing beats a fun, holiday read.

About the Book

Prohibition Era, Chicago

Caught in a raid at an illegal speakeasy, good girl Erin O’Mara loses everything: her job, her home, and her reputation. Handsome and so out of her league attorney Seth Harrison, her best friend’s brother, rescues her not once, but twice. He bails her out of jail and offers her a job as nanny for his son.

Seth has no intention of falling in love after the death of his wife. But despite his better judgment, he can’t help being drawn to Erin’s innocence. This Christmas, letting go of the past and embracing the future may be the greatest present of all.

On sale for 99 cents at Amazon

An Excerpt

“Well, well, well, what have we here?” The desk sergeant stared down over the huge wooden barrier, his thick Irish brogue filled with amusement. “Miss Harrison, Mr. Packard.” Glancing in Erin’s direction, he added, “Don’t tell me these two have roped another of their Hyde Park friends into skirting the law?” He shook his head and rubbed a meaty hand across his whiskers. “What’s your name, girlie?”

“Erin. Erin O’Mara.”

“Saints be, they’ve drawn a fine Irish lass such as yourself into their sordid business.” The officer turned his attention to Abby.

“I suppose you’ll be wanting to call that shyster brother of yours, now won’t you?”

Abby nodded. “Yes, Officer O’Malley, if you wouldn’t mind.”

O’Malley motioned toward the single phone on the table opposite the desk. “You can give him a call, but you’re going into the tank with the rest of lawbreakers until he gets here. No more special treatment just ‘cause your father’s a councilman. Understood?”

“Yes, sir,” Abby said. She started toward the desk and then turned back to ask, “Did Mrs. O’Malley have that baby yet, Sergeant?”

“Not yet,” the man acknowledged, shaking his head. “You’d think after ten, they’d just walk out on their own.”

The “tank” as Officer O’Malley had called it was made up of three jail cells, side by side. Women were housed in the first, the middle one sat empty, and the men were placed in the third. The young officer in charge of escorting them to their cells opened the door and motioned them forward. “Miss Abby,” the man said, “I’m surprised to see you back so soon.”

Abby laid her hand against the officer’s smooth cheek. “Oh, Tommy, you know I couldn’t possibly go more than a week or two without seeing your handsome face.”

The cell door had barely shut behind them when two women of questionable virtue began whistling and making wild moaning noises. The older of the two laughed heartily, her amusement ending in a rough-edged cough. “Oh, Tommy,” she whimpered, “I missed you so much.”

“Leave it alone, Kitty,” Officer Tommy warned. “And don’t you be trying to steal anything from these two young ladies.”

The woman called Kitty shook her head. “Don’t want nothing from these swells, Tommy-boy, ‘cept maybe a ciggy if they’ve got one.”

“Not us,” Erin said, shaking her head. “We don’t smoke.”

Kitty snorted another half-laugh, half-cough. “Well, la-de-da, aren’t you a couple a good girlies.”

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I’d like to take this time to wish everyone a safe, healthy, and happy holiday…no matter which you choose to celebrate!

And, please, feel free to share your favorite holiday cookie recipe in the comments.




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