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Music as Inspiration & giveaway with Shannyn Schroeder

Before I start writing any of my single-title books, I spend a lot of time discovering my story, which includes building a playlist for each book. When writing novellas, however, I usually don’t create a playlist. It takes a lot less time to write a novella, so I don’t feel the need to have specific music to listen to.
Writing His New Jam was different though because it’s all about music. While I didn’t create a playlist, I found myself constantly searching for just the right songs to represent the moment in the book or the characters. I mention a lot of songs throughout the story because music is such a huge part of Hunter and Sydney’s lives.
Some songs are mentioned early on as Hunter’s attempts to get Sydney’s attention: the Pink Panther theme, “Happy,” and “Call Me Maybe.”  Nothing gets a reaction until he plays “Let It Go.”

Then when Hunter offers to take a request, she practically dares him to learn “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” He’s momentarily stressed because the thought of playing that on his saxophone is tough, but he’s not one to back down from a challenge.

Beyond that, there are three songs that appear in the story that have meaning for the characters: “Bad Reputation” is Sydney’s go-to song whenever she’s angry or upset. It also reveals how she wants to see herself.

At one practice, Sydney comes to Hunter’s house and hears him playing a song through the door. It’s “Let Her Go.” When she asks what it is, he sings part of it and she gets a little irritated that not only can he play almost any instrument he touches, but he can sing too.

Finally, “Have a Little Faith in Me,” is a song that Hunter plays at the jazz club. He then plays it for Sydney. It acts more like a request from him than a song for enjoyment.

The original by John Hiatt —

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Sydney Peters can’t wait to finally drop the cymbals in marching band and devote
time to her true love: drums. With the semester coming to a close, she’s blocking out the cacophony during practice, especially sax serenades from Hunter Reed. But when Hunter offers her a paid gig as a drummer in his band, Sydney quickly changes her tune. The two favor different styles, but they make beautiful music together…in more ways than one.

Hunter is fascinated by Sydney’s distant allure. He might be a ladies’ man on campus, but the sarcastic cymbalist is impervious to his advances. When Hunter sees how passionate Sydney is behind the drums, he orchestrates a plan to
find out if she kisses like she plays. What he doesn’t anticipate, however, is falling so hard. But will the repercussions of his past crash down on his chance at something real?
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WITHIN A CAPTAIN'S HOLD & giveaway with Lisa A. Olech



Thank you Manic Readers for letting me stop by to promote my new book. I am so excited to bring you my debut pirate novel in the Captains of the Scarlet Night Series. While this isn’t my first book to be published, this book holds a special place in my heart and I’m proud to finally be able to share the story and these characters with you.

Within A Captain’s Hold was that book. If you’re a writer, you know what I mean when I say ‘that book.’ It’s the one I cut my teeth on. The one I’ve worked on while learning my craft. The one where I changed POV so many times, I gave my poor critique partner whiplash. It’s the one where I had to ditch the first hundred pages because I started the story in the wrong place. “We don’t need to know how Annalise gets onto the pirate ship. Just put her on the damn boat!”

It is also the book that captured my heart and my imagination with characters too big for just one novel. They wouldn’t quiet their shouts in my head.

I’ve lost track of the number of rewrites I made to this book, but I couldn’t quit. The story was too good, even if at the time, the writing wasn’t. So I did my homework. Learned the hard lessons. Wrote and rewrote, making it better and better until an editor loved it as much as I did.

During this time of Thanksgiving, I feel it extremely important to thank those who walked this long walk with me. Thanks to my chapter mates at New Hampshire RWA for their generosity and wealth of knowledge. My critique partners for their wisdom and brutal honesty. To my agent who found the perfect publisher for this project, and my brilliant editor who laughs in all the right places. Thanks, also to my family for all the reasons why I love them. Thank you to everyone who has made it possible to hold my dreams in the palm of my hand.

I do hope you’ll decide to read this book and all the books in this series. After all, sale numbers are how we measure success of these things; but know, in my heart, I’m already a winner for one simple reason—I refused to quit. XOXO Lisa.

Captain Jaxon Steele is a tall, sun-bronzed, fierce-fighting Pirate King. He and the notorious crew of the Scarlet Night are both feared and respected for their ruthless reputation. The Captain’s only love is the open sea and the ship he calls home. When it comes to women, he has three rules: never sleep with another’s wife, don’t take virgins into bed, and most importantly, never bring a woman aboard—that brings the worst luck of all.

Annalise Gatherone has to leave London—tonight! Usually her only concern is the color of her latest gown, but now she’s choosing between life and death. Desperate to escape the clutches of an evil Duke, she stows away aboard the Scarlet Night, hoping she’s bound for Port St. Maria. Winning Captain Jaxon’s affections, she just might sneak by unharmed. But when her plans are altered in ways she never imagined, she must batten down the hatches for a journey into unknown waters…


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Lisa is an artist/writer living in her dream house nestled among the lakes in New England. She loves getting lost in a steamy book, finding the perfect pair of sexy shoes, and hearing the laughter of her men. Being an estrogen island in a sea of testosterone makes her queen. She believes in ghosts, silver linings, the power of a man in a tuxedo, and happy endings.

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Sibling Rivalry and AN HONORABLE WISH giveaway with Eileen Richards

You Can’t Pick Your Family: Sibling Rivalry
In my series, A Lady’s Wish, I deal with siblings quite a bit. There is Anne, Juliet, Sophia and Sir John Townsend. There is Tony and Nathaniel Matthews. There is Lady Danford, the acerbic grandmother to the Matthews brothers.
I love the interaction with siblings. No one can make your life more miserable than a sibling. No one has your back like a sibling. When push comes to shove, you know you have someone you can depend on.
It’s this underlying theme that I created the characters in this series. In Book Two, Tony struggles to keep his HUGE screw up from his brother. Nathaniel definitely has the “older-brother” syndrome. Nothing Tony does is right. He is too easily led. He’s too free with money. He never cleans up his mess. He’ll never grow up.
Men do grow up eventually and Tony does a great deal of it in this second book, An Honorable Wish. He wishes
to be an honorable man, someone his brother can approve of. He wants a change in his life, but he has screwed up big time and has to fix it first.
Juliet is the baby of the Townsend family. Anne was the dependable one. Sophia is the beautiful one; Juliet blends into the wallpaper. She is a reader. She’d rather be reading than anything else, except helping others. She is sweet. She is generous with a heavy dose of fairness. It is this sense of fairness that gets her into trouble with helping the local tenants and her friend, Penelope Williams.
It is an inappropriate relationship. Juliet is a member of the highest ranked family in Beetham. It’s one thing to help the neighbors but another to run around dressed in boy’s clothes and spend all day digging in the dirt to help the neighbors. Neither of her sisters approve of her choice of friend.
I am blessed with two sisters and a brother. I love them all dearly but growing up was tough at times. I wanted that same type of feeling with this series. This family is close. They love each other. They also get on each other’s nerves, but they also love each other and support each other.
There is Nathaniel who as the big brother takes responsibility for everyone. Anne is there to pick up the pieces when the tears fall. Sophia is there to make sure Juliet doesn’t do something stupid like pass up an opportunity for true love.
Along the way are secrets, arguments, and laughter: the perfect recipe for family life. I hope you enjoy the series, A Lady’s Wish as well as Tony and Juliet’s journey to find each other. Stay tuned because Sophia’s story is sure to end the series with a bang as only Sophia can.

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Tony Matthews spends his time in London’s most notorious gambling dens,
frittering away his fortune. But when his latest victory leaves a man ruined, Tony knows he’s reached his lowest point. Determined to make amends, he returns home to his family’s country estate with plans to settle down and marry at last. And he hopes the lovely Juliet Townsend will help him—if only he can keep his disgrace a
Juliet’s secret wish has always been for Tony to love her. The only bright
spot in her dreadful London season was dancing with him—before he disappeared to the card rooms. Now, he’s returned, but has he truly changed? Or will gambling always be his mistress, even if she becomes his wife? And does Juliet dare risk her heart by finding out?
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Eileen Richards has been writing for most of her life. Poetry, totally inappropriate answers to essay questions in school, and interesting error codes during her 30 year IT career has prepared her for the manic world of publishing.
She writes sassy regency romps set in the small villages of England where the rulesare bent a bit and gossip rules the day. Eileen resides with her husband and their diva of a greyhound in North Carolina.
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A GENTLEMAN’S AGREEMENT Book Blast with Joy Avery

Genre: Contemporary Romance


Publication Date: 10-24-2015


Author: Joy Avery




When it comes to love, all deals are off!

Blake Farrington knows exactly who to call when he finds himself needing crisis management. Yes, this task is outside Eunice Howard’s usual realm of responsibilities, but he’s willing to make it worth her time. Plus, she’s ideal for the role. Who better to play his pretend lover than the one woman who knows him almost better than he knows himself?

The last thing Eunice Howard expects when summoned to her boss’s office is a request to play the role of his new love interest to appease his mother, restless to marry him off. Foolishly agreeing, she ventures with him to Farrington Estates for the Thanksgiving holiday. She thought she’d seen all sides of Blake Farrington, but the man who emerges is a man she could easily love.

Their agreement blossoms into a connection neither expected—nor are willing to admit. When the lines between make-believe and reality blur, something phenomenal occurs.




Joy Avery is a contemporary romance author who loves watching her imaginary friends fall in love. When not crafting her next love story, she enjoys reading, spending time with the family, playing with her two dogs, and cake decorating.
She’s the author of the novels Smoke in the Citi, His Until Sunrise (book 1 in the Indigo Falls series), Cupid’s Error-a Valentine’s novella, and His Ultimate Desire (book 2 in the Indigo Falls series).




The second they rounded the corner, Eunice snatched her hand away. “What the hell was that?” she asked in a whisper.

“What?” He wasn’t truly that clueless, but played so.

She released a heavy sigh and hiked up the stairs. Inside the bedroom, he was on her heels—right until the moment she stormed into the bathroom and slammed the door in his face.

Blake leaned against the door jamb. “Are you upset?”

“Yes. No. I mean—” She cursed under her breath.

He couldn’t understand why she’d gotten so distressed. Okay, maybe he’d gone a little overboard, but…

Eunice continued. “I don’t know. Did you—”

She yelped once the door slung open and he was standing there. He flashed one of his award-winning smiles in hopes of lightening the mood. She pushed him out of the way and moved toward the bed. Her hair was pulled into a high ponytail, and she wore a simple white nightgown shirt. It was sexy as hell.

“Did you have to take it that far?” she said.

“We’re supposed to be a believable couple, right?” She narrowed her eyes at him. Had she been a bull, he had a feeling this was the moment she would have charged. “I’m sorry. I didn’t realize my words would affect you so…deeply. They were pretty poetic, huh?”

Eunice snatched a pillow from the bed and hurled it at him. What was with him and women with pillows?

“Enjoy the floor, Mr. Poetic.”

Blake barked a laugh.

Eunice climbed in bed.

He sobered.

She pulled the covers to her chin.

Blake pulled his hands to his waist. “Eunice?” When she didn’t answer, he rested his hand on the back of his neck. “Come on. You can’t be serious. You’re really making me sleep on the floor?”

“Goodnight, Prat. Sweet dreams.”

There was a hint of laughter in her tone. Frankly, he didn’t find anything funny. “Seriously, that bed is the size of a small island.”

“In that case, you should feel privileged. You have the entire ocean to yourself.”

Every damn body is a comedian in this house. “Okay. I’ll remember this.” This time, humor played in his tone. “See if you get a Christmas bonus.” He escaped into the bathroom, did his before bed rituals, then returned and made a pallet on the floor. Using the remote, he shut off the lights, then attempted to find a comfortable position.


Ah-ha. I knew she’d feel sorry for me. “Mmm-hmm,” he hummed.

“Your story… This is going to sound strange, but it actually happened to me in Central Park. Weird, huh?”

Not weird at all. Unlike her story, his had been steeped in truth. All except for the approaching her part. Unbeknownst to Eunice, he’d seen her in the park doing exactly what he’d stated. He’d also wanted to ask her out. But before he could, he discovered she’d recently started working for his company. Imagine his surprise when they’d bumped into each other at the annual Spring Fling he threw for his staff.

“Huh. Yeah. That is weird.”




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Moritanian Crown Princess Cassandra leads a fairy-tale existence. Some consider her the most spoiled woman in Europe. Then she is kidnapped.

Retired spy Paul Phillips is a self-made man more at home with flying bullets and fast cars than champagne and caviar. Then he finds Crown Princess Cassandra.

Now speeding through Europe, the pair are ducking enemies and each other. But as sparks fly, they wonder if they might be driving toward a fairy tale ending.

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How did you get started writing?

I always go back to a great quote from Moliere. “Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for fun. Then you do it for a few close friends. Finally you do it for money.” I’m a classic case. I began writing for myself when I was 10 and ran out of Nancy Drew books to read. Suddenly it dawned on me that not only could I write my own, but I could make them turn out the way I wanted to.

When I reached seventh grade I realized that if I wrote stories starring my classmates and famous boyfriends(usually rock singers) having adventures, there would be somebody looking for me every morning, if only to find out what happened the night before. I call it a variation of the Class Clown Rule.

It wasn’t until I was 31 and married, working as a nurse and with two children that it occurred to me that I could be published. And really, I’m still writing my friends into adventures. Only now they’re imaginary.

What genre(s) do you write in and why?

I write a number of sub-genres, but they all fit either under the umbrella of romance or suspense(or romantic suspense). Why are those my genres? I think because of the message of each.

I truly believe that we go to genre fiction to reinforce our belief in something If we didn’t, we wouldn’t insist that a romance ended happily and a mystery/suspense end with justice being meted out. I worked in medicine for twenty years; as a trauma nurse for 16. And I admit that after spending my working hours wading around in the worst of human behavior and the capriciousness of life, I go to my writing for certainty. For the possibility that I can reinforce the better things in life.

In romance it’s the idea of hope. Of the possibility of a future. That good things can happen to good people. In fact, while I was still working I only wrote romance, because there were days it was the only way it seemed I could make good things happen to good people was to put them into a romance. I still read and write romance because that message is still really important to me. (okay, and I also really love resolving the conflicts that can arise between a couple in love.

I write suspense because, to be blatantly honest, I really wanted to know that bad guys could get it. Again, that whole trauma experience thing could be really frustrating. I love the idea that there is real justice in the world. Not necessarily official justice. I just want to know that the people who murder, abuse, drunk drive—you know. That kind of thing, will pay for their crimes, and again, that the good guys are okay at the end. I admit that the characters in my suspenses don’t end up quite as okay as my romance characters. My suspense characters are a bit more imperfect, a bit less ideal than my romance characters. But I really want to know that they can make it through and recover(sounds a lot more ominous than it is, I think).

What is your favorite part of writing?

To times. First when the idea germinates. Information comes at me all the time. If you’ve been doing this long enough, it’s a lot harder to ignore ideas than to catch them. But most don’t stick. It’s when one does stick and takes root that it gets fun, like opening a bag lunch and seeing candy instead.

The second time is when the story and characters take on a life of their own. Usually that happens after a lot of work. Outlines, character studies, discussion, reasearch and more research. Deep thought(believe it or not) and a struggle through the first few chapters. And then, hopefully, suddenly, the characters do something surprising. The lights go on. And suddenly it’s like flying.

And for non-writing fun, it’s getting to spend my time with other book people. Even if they don’t read the same thing I do, they read, and we always have something to talk about.

What is your least favorite part of writing?

All that part in between the idea germination and the flying. It’s a slog, and you have to do it alone. Not only that, I’m not a good outliner. I usually create characters, give them problems, and then set them loose. That means that my outlines tend to say things like “Somehow they find out who the bad guy is” and “Bad things happen.” Figuring out what those bad things are can be a real trial.

Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?

THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA is contemporary romance I wrote as Kathleen Korbel. The sequel to A PRINCE OF A GUY, it stars Princess Cassandra, who has just escaped from the kidnappers who were holding her hostage. It is Paul Phillips, the brother of the heroine of Prince of a Guy who intercedes and saves her. And before they know it, they’re on the run across Europe, although they don’t know whether they’re running from his enemies or hers. (what did I tell you? Adventures) PRINCESS is available now on line, along with PRINCE.

New York Times bestselling, RWA Hall of Fame author Eileen Dreyer has published 31 romance novels in most genres, 8 medical­forensic suspenses, and 10 short stories.

2015 sees Eileen enjoying critical acclaim for her foray into historical romance, the Drake’s Rakes series, which Eileen labels as Regency Romantic Adventure that follows a group of Regency aristocrats who are willing to sacrifice everything to keep their country safe. She is also working on her first non­fiction book, TRAVELS WITH DAVE, about a journey she’s been taking with a friend’s ashes.

A retired trauma nurse, Eileen lives in her native St. Louis with her husband, children, and large and noisy Irish family, of which she is the reluctant matriarch. She has animals but refuses to subject them to the limelight.

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New York Times bestselling, RWA Hall of Fame author Eileen Dreyer has published 31 romance novels in most genres, 8 medical­forensic suspenses, and 10 short stories.

2015 sees Eileen enjoying critical acclaim for her foray into historical romance, the Drake’s Rakes series, which Eileen labels as Regency Romantic Adventure that follows a group of Regency aristocrats who are willing to sacrifice everything to keep their country safe. She is also working on her first non­fiction book, TRAVELS WITH DAVE, about a journey she’s been taking with a friend’s ashes.

A retired trauma nurse, Eileen lives in her native St. Louis with her husband, children, and

large and noisy Irish family, of which she is the reluctant matriarch. She has animals but refuses to subject them to the limelight.

Rebecca Zanetti’s WICKED EDGE & giveaway!

Hey all! Don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of the page! I’m so excited to be here at Manic Readers celebrating the release of Wicked Edge! The hero in Wicked Edge is Daire Dunne, who’s a tough witch enforcer on a Harley…and is totally grumpy. The heroine is a bit of a surprise. Cee Cee is a wild card who drugs Daire, steals from him, and then likes to rob banks. Of course, they’re the perfect match! They just don’t know it right away.

Somebody asked me the other day what a typical day was like, and I couldn’t really answer since there are no typical days, you know? I get the kids off to school, answer emails, maybe look at social media…and then start writing.

Sometimes I have to do a bit of research instead of writing, and for WICKED EDGE, I had to do quite a lot. For one thing, some of the book takes place in the Barents Sea, so I had to figure out the area and the best place for a helicopter crash. I mean, you can’t just crash those things anywhere.

Then I had to figure out just how dangerous polar bears are…and if they’re likely to attack humans. (Turns out they are, by the way.)

Then I looked into decapitation, minerals in Russia, and Alpha male moves. Okay. I didn’t look up the last one…I made that stuff up. But it’s some good stuff, you know? Part of the fun in this job is the crazy research I get to do. Let’s just hope Homeland Security isn’t watching my search history, right?

Thanks again for having me over! I was asked what’s next for me. I’m working on a new series called Scorpius Syndrome. The first book is MERCURY STRIKING, and it releases in January. The series is post-apocalyptic, gritty, and very sexy. The hero is Jax Mercury, who’s a former L.A. gang member turned soldier, who has taken over LA to protect his small group of survivors from a bacterial infection. The heroine is Lynne Harmony, the former head of the CDC’s Infectious Disease Department. Oh, and she has a blue heart now.


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Zanetti gives paranormal a sexy MC twist!”—New York Times bestselling author Joanna Wylde

“Zanetti delivers decadently delicious romance in the second Realm Enforcers paranormal motorcycle club romance  … The wild action rarely stops, sweeping readers along in the main plot while allowing a rich and satisfying romance to build between the leads.”- Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW

“Zanetti’s Realm Enforcers series is hot with a capital “H”! The characters are real and feel like people whom readers would run across – or hope to – in everyday life. This is a great read to add to your collection.”- RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars Top Pick

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If you love the Dark Protectors, these wicked hot Realm Enforcers are for you!

Daire Dunne is more than ready to take a quick break from his duties as a Coven Nine Enforcer. When he spots a sexy blonde across a Titan’s of Fire party, it’s not long before she’s on the back of his Harley on the fast track to his apartment. Unfortunately, one overheated kiss in, the woman drugs Daire and steals valuable files that can’t fall into enemy hands. The second he comes to, the hunt is on…

Now that Cee Cee has the information to take down an enemy that destroyed her family, she can implement her perfect plan for revenge. Nothing will stop her, not even a shockingly sexy enforcer barging into her life. Not even the spectacular, fire-branding sex engulfing them. But if Daire ever figures out who her family really is, all bets are off…




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With nothing but rumors to lead her, Lynn Harmony has trekked across a nightmare landscape to find one man—a mysterious, damaged legend who protects the weak and leads the strong. He’s more than muscle and firepower—and in post-plague L.A., he’s her only hope. As the one woman who could cure the disease, Lynn is the single most volatile—and vulnerable—creature in this new and ruthless world. But face to face with Jax Mercury…

Danger has never looked quite so delicious…

Thrilling post-apocalyptic romance at its dark, sizzling best!” —Lara Adrian

Nothing is easy or black or white in Zanetti’s grim new reality, but hope is key, and I hope she writes faster!” —New York Times bestselling author Larissa Ione

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over twenty-five dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and contemporary romances, including the Dark Protectors, Realm Enforcers, Sin Brothers, and Scorpius Syndrome series. She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own Alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat…and a huge extended family. She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off…and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out. Find Rebecca at:

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Miss Featherton’s Christmas Prince has two love stories. This excerpt is from the secondary one.

As she entered the hall and almost ran into the round hall table. A large bouquet of hot-house roses stood in a vase in the center. “Where did these come from?”

They are for you, miss.” The butler directed her attention to the smallish piece of white paper. “The card is next to them.”

Amanda donned her glasses and read the words, hardly able to believe them.

My dear Miss Hiller,

Please accept this small token of my regard. I saw them this morning and their loveliness reminded me of you.

Yr servant,

C, Viscount Throughgood

From the moment she first saw him, he had struck her as the most handsome gentleman at the ball. His lovely brown hair curled softly. His blue eyes, with just a hint of gray, had smiled at her. He was not very tall, but more than tall enough for her. The fact that he was a little plump appealed as well. After all, she was no sylph. When they had danced together there had been no awkwardness at all. They just seemed to fit together.

She clutched the note to her bosom and buried her nose in the blooms. She could happily remain there for a life-time. There must be some way to preserve the roses. “Oh my,” she mumbled into the flowers. “No one has ever called me lovely!”

I’m quite sure that is not true,” her mother said prosaically. “Just the other day your father said you were a beautiful girl and one day some gentleman would recognize it.”

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Ella Quinn’s wealthy, titled bachelors think they’re immune to romantic notions. Yet no matter how they try to evade it, love somehow finds a way…

In the two seasons since her triumphant debut, Meg Featherton’s heart has been tested to its limits. Her first suitor: a criminal. The second, a cur. For her third act, Meg vows to leave love completely out of the marriage equation. She has set her sights on a newly made viscount whom she could take or leave. However, now she must avoid his handsome, roguish, irresistible best friend like the plague. It’s no easy feat, as they are all attending the same house party…

Damon, Marquis of Hawksworth, cannot imagine why Miss Featherton seems so damn disinterested—or why he cares so terribly much. Certainly Meg is a fine wifely prospect for a man in his position, but more than that, he finds he longs for her as he has never done for another woman. She may be determined to protect her heart, but Damon is equally set on winning her over, one delicious kiss at a time…

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Bestselling author Ella Quinn’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them. She has just finished her first series, The Marriage Game, and her new series will start in April 2016.

She is married to her wonderful husband of over thirty years. They have a son and granddaughter, one cat and a dog. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make their dreams come true and are now living on a sailboat cruising the Caribbean and North America.

She loves having readers connect with her.

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Have you met Kellie Wallace?

When did you decide to become an author?
Being a writer has greatly improved my life. Its boosted my creativity, networking, writing ability. I never wanted to be a writer when I was a child and I kind of fell into it. I found out I loved it by chance and I haven’t stopped since!

Where do your ideas come from?
I get asked this question all the time from friends and family. I stem ideas from everything – movies, TV, songs, books, even billboards. My life doesn’t really influence my books, but what surrounds it does. But every author puts a little bit of themselves in their books so I guess my life does influence in some way.
What are the names of your titles?
Darkness before Dawn, Skylark, Earthwalker, To lean on falling men, Edge of Tomorrow and Her Sweetest Downfall. I’ll be soon releasing another title called Rogue Agent.
What advice do you give to other authors for handling rejection?
Don’t give up. Critics only make you stronger
What’s your most recent title?
That will be Her Sweetest Downfall. It’s a tale of forbidden love in the midst of war. I’ve always had a fascination with WW2 and the 1940s. This will be my third historical fiction piece of work. Its a story I’ve been dwelling on for years and evolved from the first plot to what it is now. 
I hope readers can capture the time period and the anguish of my characters. I always think of my readers when I create a story. They must feel a part of that world and attach to my characters.
What else can we expect from you?
I’m currently in the process of submitting my second thriller novel Rogue Agent so I’m aiming for a 2016 release. Keep your eyes peeled for my title!

Beatrice slowed her pace and dashed behind a street vendor selling trinkets. Her heart thumped against her rib cage, and she gripped the timber frame until her knuckles ached.

Adrenalin pumped through her veins. She hadn’t felt this alive in months. The breakup with Vernon stung badly, but she still loved him, wanting to prove herself. By any means necessary, she thought.

Viola exited a building up the road, followed by a striking, blond man. She smiled broadly and excitedly, her purse hovering over her growing belly. In her other hand, she held a piece of paper, which she slipped into her dress pocket.

Beatrice watched the man bring her in close for a passionate, public kiss. He took the nook of her elbow, and they walked away, side by side.

Once they turned a corner, Beatrice rushed up to the building they’d come out of. It was a doctor’s clinic for expectant mothers. Embers of rage swirled in her gut. Why hadn’t Vernon attended the appointment? If it was his child, he would certainly drop everything to go. He had to know about this.

She blew out a frustrated breath and boarded the first tram she found. Half an hour later, she stood outside the Ambulance Corp building. The midday sun hid behind the angled roof, throwing shadows across the signage. Two ambulance vehicles were parked parallel in the driveway.

Men exited the building in twos and threes, dressed in black tunics. Some stopped to throw wolf whistles at her; others just stared. Beatrice ignored them and searched for Vernon. He should be on break now.

“Beatrice, what are you doing here?” He appeared behind an ambulance and walked up to her, holding his lunch in a paper bag.

She reached for him and then froze, realizing those days were long gone. She cleared her throat. “Um… I know our last meeting wasn’t pleasant, and I said some things I regret, but I need to tell you something.”

“Right now? I only have thirty minutes for lunch. Make it quick.”

“I’ve been following Viola for you.”

Vernon frowned. “Why? I asked you to stop ages ago.”

“Something doesn’t sit right with me about Viola. She’s hiding something from you.”

Vernon shifted his weight onto his right foot, looking frightfully unimpressed. Beatrice knew she better spit it out, or she’d lose him forever.

“The baby isn’t yours. I saw Viola came out of a doctor’s clinic with another man today.”

Vernon stared at her emotionlessly. “I know,” he said at last.

“What do you mean you know? What is it you don’t understand? Viola was there with another man!”

“She told me she was taking her mother. Maybe she got one of her friends to go with her instead.”

Frustration bubbled in Beatrice’s gut, and she found herself shouting at him. “Vernon, why are you so daft! Your wife is cheating on you. Why can’t you open your eyes and see it.”

Vernon’s eyes darted around him. “Calm down,” he hissed. “You’re making a scene.”

“No, I won’t calm down until you take notice and leave her!”

“Why would I do that? She’s carrying my child.”

“Don’t you see? The baby might not be yours.”

Vernon approached her slowly, enclosing the space between them. “I’ve wanted nothing in this life but to be a father. At thirty-seven years old, I’m finally getting that chance. I’m not screwing anything up.”

Beatrice blinked back tears and chastised herself for being so foolish. “I loved you from day one. Why can’t you see I’m only trying to help you?”

“I appreciate your concern but my life is with Viola now… as it should be. She wouldn’t lie to me about this baby.”

“You have more trust in her than I thought. What would happen if she lied to you?”

Vernon’s brow dropped over his eyes. “I’d kick her to the curb, including the baby.”

“Oh, right.”

Beatrice walked back to the tram stop with a bounce in her step. She knew deep down Vernon was doubtful about this pregnancy; otherwise he wouldn’t have been so quick in his judgment. It was good news to her.

But how long was she willing to wait for him? Viola was due to give birth in seven months. Did Vernon have the patience to hang around? She didn’t think so, having been in a long-term affair with him.

She blew out a frustrated breath and joined the small crowd waiting by the stop. As much as she hated it, she would have to wait patiently for him to make his decision, whether it was good or bad. Only time would tell.


The Not So Good Girl & giveaway w/ Tara Fox Hall!

In the fictional world, evil characters are usually interesting and complex, and good ones are boring and hard to relate to. Yet in the real world, it’s just the opposite, with good people being interesting and complex, and bad people being boring, shallow, and usually unlikable. So, in short, WTH?

Stories in film and fiction have always inspired and entranced me; it’s why I became an author myself. Watching characters resolve their external conflicts and fight their inner demons helps me to make sense of my own life struggles. Yet I admit to never feeling like I could relate to any of the heroines of my youth, whether they were the various Disney princesses, She-Ra, the perfect Sweet Valley High twins, or the older “good” female characters from sitcoms who seemed to do most everything right with only slight slipups. As a girl, I was a far cry from the sweet, demure young lady I was often told I should be. Instead I was full of wild emotions, I didn’t care about wearing pretty dresses, and I wanted to have adventures. One of the reasons I became a tomboy was because the male characters I was exposed to were more interesting; they could go “dark side” in an episode and return to being a hero. They could be less than perfect, and not lose their “good” label, a facet I found incredibly attractive. It wasn’t until the advent of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that I finally found a heroine I could identify with; a female who was good not because she had no failings or temptations, but becausemost of the timeshe could successfully fight them. Further, she had her weak moments of utter failure and heartbreak, where she tried her best and still her world went south. Yet she always picked herself up and went on, even when all she wanted to do was curl up in a ball and give up. This resonating is probably why Buffy will always have a special meaning to me, even as I have moved my “best heroine” allegiance on to Carol from The Walking Dead.

I have tried to infuse this balance of vulnerability, hope, passion and fear into all of my heroines, as well as my heroes. To me, innate good is not a lack of evil, but quest to do what is just and right in the face of contrary desire and emotion. Its self-control, coupled with peace, love for others, kindness, happiness, and empathy. My kind of superwoman lives in the world I live in: where there is temptation, but there is also strength to overcome it. More importantly, it is okay to have your weak moments, as long as you get it right in the end.




Neither human stripper Sundown nor virgin were-halfbreed Serena knew how their futures would change when catalyst vampire Devlin Dalcon walked into their lives. Sundown was just looking to party and forget her tragic past; Serena was hoping for excitement and love, to be swept away from the dull routine of her short-order cook job and solitary life. Will these very different women finally face their fears in time to seize their own dreams of happiness?


It felt like the day from hell. Everything had gone wrong for me. I’d gotten hit on by an overzealous, middle-aged buffoon who’d fondled me intimately on his second lap dance. That had put me off so much, I’d been a beat behind when I took my turn onstage. The men in the audience hadn’t cared, but I had. I liked to think I was the most sought after girl in Hotcakes, and how could I, feeling like some amateur her first night on the pole.

“Shit.” I drank my seven-and-seven down in a gulp, and decided to pay my tab. It was time to go home.

Leaving some money on the bar, I motioned to Bill, the head bouncer at Hotcakes. He came over grinning snidely, his tanned face sharp, yet still friendly. “Another, Sun?”

“No,” I said tiredly, getting to my feet. “I should go home.”
He leaned in close. “Even though you’ve got a fan still here?”
I gave him a look that said he’d better not annoy me in the mood I

was in. “What are you talking about?”
“That guy in the corner,” he said, with a discreet hand gesture. “He

came in when you were on stage. He watched your set like he’d never seen a woman before.”

“Good for him,” I said dispassionately, though inside I was pleased to hear of the special attention. “It’s nice I can still give a man a lift, even as bad as I was.”

“You weren’t bad,” Bill replied seriously. “Just off by a few seconds.”

“Not good enough,” I replied stiffly. “I strive for perfection. I’ll see you tomorrow.”

As I went for my coat, a soft yet deep voice called out, “Please wait.”

I turned back to see my admirer coming toward me. As men went— especially compared to the type who came in here usually—he was a solid nine. He was handsome, tall, and his body was nicely muscular without being too bulky. He looked sort of young for some reason, yet I reasoned that he had to be at least twenty-one for Bill to have let him in the door. His straight dark hair was pulled sharply back in a short ponytail, which made me think he was older than the early twenties I pegged him for. That hairstyle wasn’t popular with the twenty-something crowd, and the clothes he was wearing also spoke to him being at least thirty-something.

“Can I take you for coffee?” he asked softly, his dark eyes staring at my breasts before looking up to my face.

At least he’s close to my age. It was nice to have a man come on to me who wasn’t old enough to be my father…wait. The stranger’s eyes had seemed red for a moment. Now they were dark again. It must have been a trick of the light. The bartender had just shut off the flashing neon signs in the front windows and announced last call. Maybe it had been the glare of the strobe lights that were still going strong? Maybe I’m drunker than I thought…Nah.

“Or something to eat,” the stranger added, when I didn’t reply. “You look like you could use a good meal.”

“Listen, buddy,” I replied sarcastically. “This isn’t Pretty Woman, got it? I’m not looking for a savior.”

“What woman is these days?” he stated bitterly. “I was just offering company, if you wanted some.”

I was surprised that someone so young could sound so bitter. Maybe he only looked young. Or maybe he’d had a childhood like mine. I reached out and ran my hands over his chest. His muscles bunched reflexively under my hands, making a shiver of desire snake its way through my body.

Maybe this is a good way to end the night. “What are you offering?” I said suggestively, giving him my best bedroom eyes.

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Why I Love DC More Than Marvel & giveaway with Shannyn Schroeder

In my novella, His Work of Art, an ongoing argument between the hero and heroine is which is better: DC or Marvel? Personally, I land on the side of DC. Throughout their discussions, Adam, the hero, makes fantastic and believable arguments for Marvel. And he’s right.

Marvel, by far, has done a better job creating blockbuster movies. The comics, I think, do tend to be more diverse and Marvel takes some risks – a female Thor, a Muslim Ms. Marvel. Even knowing this, I still choose DC. Maybe I haven’t quite been drawn into the Marvel Universe because I don’t get to go out and see movies that often. I don’t know.

But for me, DC is a love that goes back to my childhood. I grew up watching the animated Super Friends and the old reruns of Batman with Adam West. As I grew older, the Batman movies pulled me in. Yes, DC had quite a few disastrous superhero movies, but I’m talking Batman. I love Batman.

When I had kids, they played with superhero action figures, and most of them were DC. I’m not sure why. I think because while Marvel has owned the silver screen, DC has won TV. There has always been some incarnation of DC heroes on TV. My kids watched the same Super Friends and Batman episodes I grew up on, but they’ve watched newer versions too. Shows like Teen Titans and Young Justice and Justice League were staples of their childhood.

And now, Arrow and Flash is some of the best TV on these days. Let’s not forget Gotham, which technically doesn’t have a superhero, but is filled with the origins of all of Batman’s villains. Part of what makes these shows successful is that they don’t try to be too serious. They’re comic book stories. No one questions how an automatic gun spraying bullets manages to miss Oliver 99% of the time. No one wonders why Barry and Flash are never seen together. No one asks why Gotham home is to so many bad guys. Are these shows perfect? Heck no. There are a few characters on each that I’d like to kill off, but there are so many others to love, that I’m willing to ignore the ones who act stupid.

I’m looking forward to the Supergirl and League of Legends. To be fair, I don’t totally ignore Marvel on the small screen. I watch Agents of Shield, although they almost lost me for a while. And Agent Peggy Carter was one of my favorite shows last year. But I can’t imagine ever thinking Ironman is better than Batman or Thor is better than…okay you got me there. Thor is better than Superman, but my thoughts might be tainted by images of Chris Hemsworth shirtless. Such discussions, though, are a different conversation.

Who’s your favorite superhero? Do you prefer DC or Marvel?

Reese Carter is definitely not your average college girl. She’d prefer to spend Saturday nights playing Hero’s Crusade than attending a wild frat party on campus. When she bands together with Adam, fellow comic enthusiast and illustrator, it appears that Reese has formed a dream team sure to propel her writing into the comic hall of fame.

Adam Hayes has never met a girl like Reese. She’s sassy, smart, and loves talking comics, although he can’t see why she’d choose DC over Marvel. He’s thrilled to finally put his artistic chops to use in their upcoming comic project. But this relationship is strictly professional. Or so he tells himself. When the two combine forces, they churn out magic in more ways than they had planned; they never expected to develop a steamy romantic sub-plot of their own…

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Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Leary series, contemporary romances centered around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the new Hot & Nerdy series about 3 nerdy friends and their last spring break. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.