Bookstore Romance Day!

I’ll be at Cupboard Maker Books in Enola PA – come join us!

Celebrate the first Bookstore Romance Day, a new nationwide event in appreciation of the romance genre, at the Cupboard Maker Books!  Our favorite local romance authors will be signing all day from 10 AM to 8 PM in two-hour time slots.

Authors signing:

  • 12 noon: Natalie J. Damschroder, Allysa Hart, Laurel Kerr, & Victoria Smith
  • 2 PM: Rachel J. Good, Heather Heyford, Heidi Hormel, Kelly Long, & Jackie Paxson
  • 4 PM: Leigh Fleming, Roz Lee, J.L. Lora, Odessa Moon, Cate Tayler
  • 6 PM: Vicky Burkholder, Lucy Eden, Andrew Gray, Allison B. Hanson, Briana Michaels, & Misty Simon

And when the store closes at 8 PM the party doesn’t stop! We are holding a slumber party all night long: complete with pizza in the evening, donuts and coffee in the morning, and of course lots of hijinks all night long with lots of romance authors.

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Guest Author: Andrew Grey

HEART UNBROKEN by Andrew Grey

HeartUnbrokenFSTagline: Survive and Conquer

Series: Hearts Entwined Series (Book 4)

Genre:  M/M Contemporary Romance/ Gay Romance/ LGTBQA  Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Release Date: Aug 6 2019

Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print (1st Edition)

Blurb: Car restorer Dean Milford knows how to make damaged things beautiful again. Only, after a bad breakup, he loses sight of who he is, playing the field and distracting himself with any man he comes across. But now there’s only one guy who really matters to him. And maybe with his latest restoration job—a vintage Cobra—he’ll get the chance to let him know.

Losing his sight wasn’t the worst thing to happen to Lee Studer—losing his independence was. It’s taken a while, but he’s finally found his place in the world—in a garage. Funny enough, his acute hearing allows him to pinpoint engine problems just by listening. And even better, he’s going to have a chance to help his long-time crush, Dean, rebuild his fantasy car.

As the restoration comes together, so do Lee and Dean, building a friendship that quickly turns into so much more. But before they can think about a future together, they have to deal with the past. Only that turns out to be more dangerous than either one ever dreamed….

EXCERPT:

“What the fuck?” Scott swore next to him. “Everything is messed up.” He pulled back his hand, and Lee listened as each drawer in the chest was opened and closed. “They all are. Shit, I’m going to kill whoever did this.” Scott turned and shouted for Brent to come over.

“What’s going on?’ Brent asked in his deep but kind of soothing voice. He must have been signing as he spoke, because Scott answered right away.

“Everything in Lee’s drawer is messed up. He needs his tools in the right place so he can find them easily.”

Lee stood to the side, his arms around his own chest. It seemed stupid, but the thought that someone had been in his things and messed everything up on purpose just about killed him. He’d probably have felt better if they’d just stolen them. That was impersonal. But messing everything up—that was close, intimate. They knew exactly what would upset him most.

Before losing his sight five years earlier, Lee had been a real slob. His mom had been forever asking him to clean his room. But once he couldn’t see, he’d learned from James that he needed to be organized and precise if he was going to be able to navigate his blindness in a sighted world.

Scott moved to stand right next to him, then hugged him tightly. “Scott, can you and Lee spend some time fixing his tools? I’m going to get the car for you and drive it into the bay. We’ll try to figure out who did this. Was the box locked?”

“Yes. I saw Lee unlock it. Someone just tipped the entire box on its side to mess it up.” He was angry and as pissed off as Lee was. “The bastards.”

“I’ll get to the bottom of it, but I don’t understand,” Brent said.

Lee didn’t either. As far as he knew, he was friends with everyone at work. All of the other guys had always been nice to him. They even helped him and offered to guide him if Scott wasn’t there. He trusted all of them. That’s what really hurt.

“Okay,” Scott said, then started opening the drawers. He set to work, the tools banging against the metal dividers as Scott set them back in place.

Lee stood out of the way and let Scott help him. He could identify his tools by their feel, but he needed them in their own places if he was going to find them easily.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Andrew Grey

Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.

Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing)  He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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Guest Author: Denise Carbo

Scent of Betrayal

Denise Carbo

perf5.000x8.000.inddTag line:  A Shifter, A Mate, A Conspiracy.

Blurb: Wolf shifter, Davis Campbell is on a mission. His job is to babysit a woman from a rival clan. He believes all he has to do is get her back to Scotland. What he doesn’t figure on is her possibly being his mate.

Bethany Leitner, an owl shifter, has been betrayed, attacked, framed, and left for dead. Trust in herself and others is hard to find. So when her self-appointed guardian begins to bark orders, she is ready to show her talons.

Character Interview:

Bethany and Davis thank you for agreeing to answer a few questions.

What’s one word you would use to describe the other?

Davis: “Just one?” He says gazing lovingly at Bethany sitting next to him. “Beautiful, inside and out.”

Bethany: She smiles as a pink tinge paints her cheekbones. “Honorable.”

What do you love most about each other?

Davis: “That’s easy, everything.”

Bethany: Davis squeezes her hand and Bethany rests her head on his shoulder. “I have to concur. Although, I know our answers would have been much different if asked when we met.”

What do you like least about each other?

Bethany: “I’ll take the lead on this one. He’s stubborn.”

Davis: “Right back at you, babe.” He lifts their joined hands and kisses the back of hers.

Bethany: She chuckles. “Of course, we probably wouldn’t be here if we weren’t.”

When did you know they were the one for you?

Davis: My buddy, Greer, was the first to point out my…let’s say preoccupation with Bethany. I began to suspect she was my mate after that. The first time I kissed her I knew for sure.”

Bethany: “I didn’t know that.” She straightens the hem of her dress. “I guess I’m a little slower. I had a hard time believing my attraction to Davis was reciprocated. I guess I was afraid to dream he was my mate.”

Davis: “To be fair, you had a lot going on at the time and I wasn’t exactly ready to accept or admit anything.”

 

Excerpt:  Davis snorted. “Yeah, well, the little peacemaker tried to get rid of me when I didn’t kowtow to Aaron and the advisor. I don’t think she fully realizes the precarious position she and her clan are in right now.”

“On the contrary, I am quite aware, which is why I don’t see the need to make the matter worse by antagonizing everyone around me.”

Davis slowly swiveled his head to meet Bethany’s glare. She stood in the open doorway to the bathroom with her arms wrapped tightly around her waist. Her dark gaze pinned on him. She’d changed into a blue dress. It accentuated her tiny waist, skimming just below her knees, allowing him an appreciative view of her trim legs. Her pursed lips only accentuated the pink little bow of her mouth. He couldn’t help but imagine what it might be like to grab a taste.

An amused chuckle sounded in his ear. “She doesn’t sound very happy with you, Davis. Are you sure you want to stay?”

“Yeah, I’m sure.”

 

Bio:   Denise Carbo writes Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense, and Contemporary Romance. She is a voracious reader, loves to travel, is fascinated by the supernatural, and enjoys figuring out the culprit of books and movies before the ending is revealed.

She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing and lives in a small, picturesque New England town with her high school sweetheart and their three amazing sons.

 

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Guest: K.G. Fletcher

I love K.G. Fletcher’s books. This is her latest and I know you’ll enjoy Run to the Sea!
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You can find out more about her at: http://www.kgfletcherauthor.com/

He’s a broken man searching through the past for answers.
She’s his childhood best friend he had no idea he was in love with.

Thomas Capshaw never thought he’d put his dreams of being a sketch artist on the back burner and end up working in New York City far from home. The very last thing he expects is the inheritance of his famous grandfather’s beach cottage on the sandy shores of Florida where he spent his childhood summers.

Emeline Fischer is an aspiring artist trying to make ends meet, working an assortment of odd jobs while painting her dreams on canvas in hopes of landing her own gallery show someday. When she is Thomas’s waitress during her shift at the local beach diner, she immediately recognizes her sensitive childhood friend who promised long ago to protect her from her unstable home life when they were teens.

The two friends take a journey into their past through a box of photos left behind at Cap Cottage and rediscover their mutual passion for art – and each other. Thomas doesn’t plan to fall in love with Emmy – but maybe he’s always been in love with her. Can he forgive himself for his past mistakes and start over in the only place that ever felt like home? Or will his guilt and the demands of his cutthroat, big-city career prevent him from following his heart and reuniting with the only woman he ever truly loved?​

Run to the Sea ~ Reigning Hearts ~ Book One

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Spring Cleaning

Today is the first day of spring. Yay! Finally, warmer weather, no snow to shovel, flowers growing, birds singing…

Okay, it’s not all flowers and birds. Or warm weather. It’s still closer to freezing than wamth most days, but we’re getting there.

But spring evokes thoughts of cleaning out the cobwebs that have sprung up in not only our homes, but our bodies and minds as well. It’s time for walks outside, not huddling under the covers.

To that end, I have spent the last few days going through old paper files in my office. Boxes and boxes of them. Files that contain all the submissions I’ve ever made – and their rejections (way too many of those) as well as their acceptances and contracts (more than a few, but less than a lot). It’s rather interesting going through those things. As I look at the old manuscripts I submitted vs. the newer ones that garnered contracts, I can see why they were rejected. I have learned a lot over the years about writing.

But I also lost something in the process, I believe. I now know the rules of writing and (mostly) follow them. I have pared down my points of view, tightened my writing, cleaned up problems. But in doing so, I lost the fun of writing. Yes, my technique is better, but I believe my creativity was better before I knew all the rules.

Which brings me to the story I’m currently working on. I’ve been trying so hard to make this a viable story, that it’s become less than what I think it can be. So I’m going to do some spring cleaning. I’m going to go back to my story with a fresh perspective and forget about the rules and just write. I’m going to create my world. Populate it with interesting characters, and give them a situation to overcome.

I can always go back and edit. As another writer once said, “You can’t edit a blank page.” So I’m going to start filling up those pages and see if I can’t find myself again. Wish me luck. 🙂

Vicky

Retreat!

I recently spent four wonderful days with two friends in a quirky little house where we did little more than write. We occasionally ate or took a quick walk outside, but mostly, we wrote.

We do this two or three times a year (this year – we’ll do it three times) and we go from Thursday afternoon to Sunday morning. Which means we get in two full days and two partial days to do nothing by concentrate on our writing.

In past years, I have used this time to finish stories, edit finished ones, or plan out new ones. This year I was in edit mode and discovered that the one fantasy story I was working on needed to be expanded and broken up into three separate books. This is the book I plotted out last retreat – with brainstorming help from said friends.

For each of us, this time means something different as we all work on different things – but it is time we give ourselves over to our hearts. To create. To dream. To plot murders and fly with dragons. To battle supernatural beings, or become ones.

Here, we don’t have to worry about bills or kids or spouses or any of the mundanities of life. We get to spend time in our writing worlds and talk writing with other writers. We look forward to our little retreats – even doing countdowns and planning the next one before we’ve left the current one.

Our next one is in May…and I’m already counting down the time.

Guest Post: Jon Dalton

Wolf Mallory’s life isn’t settling down following his forced early retirement from military intelligence. Not only is he now a private investigator, he’s about to go up against the most dangerous foe yet–a billionaire megalomaniac with dreams of seeing the South rise again. Confederate gold, electrical grid hacking, and murder aren’t things Wolf was trained to deal with during his previous career…but he’s about to get some pretty intense on-the-job experience.

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Cover Reveal: Georgia Pine

If you haven’t read KG Fletcher’s books, you’re missing some great reads! Her characters and imagery and stories are so real, and never fail on the HEA. Check out her stuff at: http://www.kgfletcherauthor.com 

Georgia Pine ~ Southern Promises ~ Book Three

KG Fletcher

The agony of defeat never felt so real.

Never in a million years did Jessica Kaufman think she would be divorced from her real-estate mogul husband and left to raise four young daughters on her own in an affluent Atlanta subdivision. The very last thing she expects is an encounter with her gorgeous gardener who looks more like a sexy beast from her daughters’ favorite Disney movie. She is smitten with his evergreen eyes, wild mane of hair and impressive stature.

Tim McGill is in hiding – his reputation and celebrated career on the West Coast left in shambles. He moves far away to distance himself from his downfall and inconspicuously tends the upper-class landscapes to keep his renowned identity a secret. Unlike his typical wealthy clients, Jessica doesn’t seem to mind that he’s a gardener. One spark between them is all it takes to ignite a fiery passion that could explode if Tim’s identity is revealed. He must earn Jessica’s trust and finally come to terms with what he has lost.

Can Tim open his heart wide enough to let in a beautiful mother and her four little girls? Or will his Southern Belle turn her back on him and walk away from their happily-ever-after?

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A Recommendation: Jon Dalton

REVIEW: DANCING ON A TIGHTROPE by Jon Dalton

5 stars

This is the first of a series based on the main character, Wolf Mallory – and I am definitely going to read more. It’s been a while since I enjoyed a light mystery as much as I did this. Though it technically meets the definition of a “cozy” mystery (sleuth who is not a professional cop/detective/private eye), Neal *Wolf* Mallory does have some background in interrogation. After all, he was in military intelligence with the Marines.

In this book, an old friend and fellow Marine, Vinnie, has asked Wolf to help with a friend of Vinnie’s – a woman who is being charged with the murder of her lover. Though Wolf doesn’t really want to get involved—after all, he’s got his own legal problems—once he meets Vicky, he can’t refuse. He knows on a gut level that she’s innocent, but how to prove it when even her lawyer and his investigator believe she’s guilty.

The story goes through the usual issues with murder, embezzlement, greed, jealousy, and more. But there’s also friendship, love, support, and more. One thing the author does exceedingly well is descriptions. The story takes place on one of the islands off the west coast of Florida and you feel like you’re really there. The heat, the humidity, the gulf waters…all vivid, but not overpowering. It cements the setting in your mind.

Wolf is a good character with morals and issues that make him real. His relationship with Vicky grows from their time together and is not just a case of lust that will last only until the case is solved. But this is not a romance so don’t expect a bunch of flowers and violins. The building relationship only adds to the story but does not overtake it. The murder is still the point of the story that everything else revolves around.

If you’re looking for a nice light read with a male lead character, I’d definitely recommend this one. Yes, there are a few loose ends left dangling that I assume will continue in future books, but the overall story is solved with a satisfying ending. I’m looking forward to more Wolf Mallory stories.

Guest Post: Susan Kelly

The Science Part of a Science Fiction Series

I write science fiction romance, and I do it in three book series. All the books in a series are set in the same futuristic world. Before I come up with characters and their romantic arcs, I figure out the science that will make the world unique and create interesting obstacles for the protagonists.

Fiery LadySurvivors of the Apocalypse is set in a future America more than three hundred years from present day. What has caused this catastrophe that had nearly wiped out mankind? Science, of course. In this series, it’s medical science. In a search for a universal vaccination, medical researchers accidentally unleash a virus that kills everyone. A domed city, built before the outbreak, serves as the only center of civilization where people live. Or are they the only ones? Out in the wilds of a de-populated United States, small pockets of survivors make a life. These survivors are the descendants of the few people who never received the vaccination, but their numbers are too few to sustain genetic diversity. These frontiersmen turn to the city in hopes to add to their numbers.

The science I researched:

Vaccinations and how immune systems work.

Number of people needed for genetic diversity.

Bone marrow transplants.

How starvation affects fertility rates.

Engineering problems likely in a domed city that is three centuries old.Exiled Lady

Surviving without electricity in a frontier situation.

All these science things add to the conflicts and obstacles the protagonists face. Add in the cultural differences between the frontiersmen and the city people, and there is more than enough conflict to keep the stories rolling along.

At the center of the story is a set of triplets, two men and one woman, who’ve grown up wild and rough on the frontier. When their aunt discovers a possible cure for the virus killing any city person who leaves the dome, each of the triplets will find the possible love of their lives.

Book #1 Hunter’s Exiled Lady

Book #2 Horse Tamer’s Fiery Lady

Book #3 Exile’s Savage Lady

I hope you enjoy some science in your romance novels. Be prepared for the hijinks when two cultures collide.

Susan Kelley writes space opera romance and dystopian romance with courageous heroes and adventuresome heroines. She resides in central Pennsylvania in a large country home with her husband and the frequent company of her six children. Find her Exile Savage ladyat:

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