Friday, December 19, 2014

Spotlight for Pretty Reckless & Whatcha Gonna Do With A Cowboy (The Deputy Laney Briggs Series #1 & #1.5) by Jodi Linton

Pretty Reckless 
The Deputy Laney Briggs Series #1
Jodi Linton
March 24, 2014

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She’s dead-set on giving one bullheaded cowboy the boot.

Welcome to Pistol Rock, Texas where everyone knows secrets last about as long as the sporadic west Texas rain showers.

Laney Briggs has long been considered reckless, but she’s turned herself around—she’s respectably engaged and she’s become a Pistol Rock deputy sheriff. Everything’s fine until a dead body turns up and her ex, Texas Ranger Gunner Wilson, decides to stick his boots into the town’s first murder case.

Laney will be damned if she lets Gunner trample all over her turf and her chance at a quiet, contented life. His seemingly endless ability to undermine her resolve and her libido was only outdone by her constant urge to butt heads with him. But when the bodies start to pile up, Laney has to ask the lethal bad boy for a hand—and a truce in exchange for his help.

Having an ex-boyfriend as an ally might not be the best idea, but Laney has always been pretty reckless…

Warning: Contains a sassy female deputy with a knack for getting knee-deep in trouble; a sexy Texas Ranger hell-bent on winning his woman’s heart back; and an old love blazing a wildfire of passionate memories.

Whatcha Gonna Do With a Cowboy 
The Deputy Laney Briggs Series #1.5
Jodi Linton
August 18, 2014

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Some cowboys are worth getting dirty for.

In her latest adventure, sassy Deputy Laney Briggs discovers the local high school football coach passed out under the stadium bleachers wearing nothing but a smile…and his wife’s lingerie.

Things really start to get wild when she runs into the smoking hot Federal Marshal, Colt Larsen, snooping around the Granger’s house. Quicker than a cold snap comes and goes in Texas, Laney finds herself up to her eyeballs in a case involving a ruthless motorcycle gang, a Mexican drug cartel, a kidnapping, and a shoot-out to rival the O.K. Corral.

In over their heads, Laney calls in the big guns—her very own Texas Ranger, Gunner Wilson, who’s ready to fulfill every last one of her desires. But as things heat up between them, the stakes get higher than ever, and Gunner’s help may not be enough for Laney to get out alive…

Warning: Contains mind- blowing sex between a dirty-talking cowboy who loves to spank and a smart-mouth cowgirl who isn’t shy when it comes to demanding what she wants.

Growing up in a small Texas town didn't have many perks, but it allowed for some colorful writing material. After settling down with her family in central Texas, Jodi found her passion: writing kick-ass, southern contemporary romance stories. Today she can be found cozied up to the computer escaping into a quirky world of tall tales, sexy, tight jean wearing cowboys, and a protagonist with a sharp-tongue quick enough to hang any man out to dry.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Review of Seaside Sunsets (Seaside Dreams #3) by Melissa Foster

"Hey. Don't hide. You're stunning, Jess." - Jamie Reed

Seaside Sunsets
Series: Seaside Dreams # 3
Author: Melissa Foster
Publisher: World Literary Press
Release Date: December 16th, 2014
Source: Author for Review

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Jessica Ayers has lived a sheltered life with little more than cello lessons and practices taking up her day. Now a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she escapes the prim and proper symphony to vacation in the Seaside community in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and determine if she is living life to the fullest or missing it altogether.

For the first time since developing the second largest search engine in the world, billionaire Jamie Reed is taking the summer off. He plans to work from the Cape and spend time with his elderly grandmother—and falling in love is not in his plans.

From the moment Jamie and Jessica meet, the attraction is white-hot. Once-overly-focused Jamie can think of little else than sensual, smart, and alluring Jessica, and Jessica discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. But when Jamie’s business encounters trouble and his attorney and best friend intervenes, he proves that the blond beauty is too distracting for Jamie. To make matters worse, it appears that Jessica might not be who she says she is, turning Jamie’s life—and his heart—upside down.

In a world where personal information is always one click away, Jamie must decide if he should trust his heart or watch the woman he loves walk away.

Sorry Kurt and Leanna... Move over Bella and Caden... Nice try Pete and Jenna... Jamie and Jessica are now my favorite Seaside couple. That may or may not still be true after Amy and Tony's book, but for now, they are my favorite. As with every Melissa Foster book, I was madly in love with this story. From the moment Jessica conked Jamie over the head with her phone, I was right there with them on their journey towards romance. Well, not literally right there with them because that would just be awkward in the bedroom... You know what I mean. To me, the best thing about these books is how accepting and inviting Melissa's characters are. We see it with the Bradens whenever they welcome a new family member into their fold. In Seaside Sunsets, we see it with the girls. At first, Jessica is afraid that they won't accept her, that she'll always be an outsider. Not only do they prove her wrong, but Jessica becomes an honorary Seaside Sister the moment Jamie shows interest. I loved that Jessica is brave. She has no problem wearing a thong bikini in public, a fact that forces Jamie to his knees. She's all for chunky dunking in the middle of the night. In fact, she's pretty much up for anything the girls come up with. In Bella's eyes, Jessica is corruptible. As for Jamie, he's just a flat out sweetheart. He's the quiet one of the group, but he's all for risque and he just can't seem to keep his hands off Jessica. I love that he goes all out to make her happy and make her realize that she's loved. They were just perfect together. *swoon*

Can I just live in a Melissa Foster book? Please? Melissa...there must be a Braden for me. I was having so much fun being inside Melissa's world, that I dived right into Seaside Sunsets the moment I finished the latest Braden book. I can't get enough of her books. After watching poor Amy dance around Tony for the previous Seaside books, I am so looking forward to their story next. I just better get caught up on my sleep first... *grin*

"Melissa Foster is a wonderful connector of readers and books, a friend of authors, and a tireless advocate for women. She is the real deal"-- Bestselling Author Jennie Shortridge

"What sets Melissa Foster apart are her compelling characters who you care about... desperately. This  is psychological suspense at its most chilling. I dare you to read the first chapter and not be hooked."  International bestseller, M.J. Rose

Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling author. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Review of Running Hot (Bad Boys Undercover #0.5) by HelenKay Dimon

"You're a stunning woman, and we've been circling each other for days. Honestly, your ability to handle a weapon only makes you even hotter in my eyes." - Ward Bennett

Running Hot
Series: Bad Boys Undercover #0.5
Author: HelenKay Dimon
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: December 16th, 2014
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HelenKay Dimon kicks off her hot new romantic suspense series, Bad Boys Undercover, featuring the fierce men of Alliance—and the only women capable of taming their hearts.

Camped out at a resort bar in Fiji, CIA operative Ward Bennett may look like he’s on vacation but he’s really deep undercover, hunting a dictator on the run. Ward may be on the job, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time for the sexy female bartender. That is, until she drugs him.

When Tasha Gregory discovers the hottie on the barstool isn’t who he pretends to be, her MI6 training kicks into gear, and she has no choice but to take him out. Problem is, Ward’s not an easy man to put down for long. More than once, his interference almost blows her surveillance operation—and her ability to keep her heart to herself.

As the situation heats up, these two must decide whether they can trust one another—and quick. Working together might just make everyone safer, but getting close enough for comfort … might just get them killed.

Oh, my goodness. I had so much fun reading Running Hot. From the moment I started it to the very end... It freaking rocked! The suspense had me on the edge of my seat. The sizzling hot chemistry between Ward and Tasha had me fanning myself. And the hilarious banter between Tasha and both Ward and Ford had me in tears. I loved this novella! The fast pace was perfect. It was the perfect length for an introduction into the Bad Boys Undercover series. An amuse-bouche, if you will. The characters were fabulous. Tasha was a kick-ass heroine. I love heroines that can kick some series booty and take names. She has no problem knocking Ward on his ass and does so a couple times. And I think that turned both of them on... Ward is unbelievably sexy. He's all alpha male. Plus look at the cover... HOLY COW! Yum! They're obviously strong as individuals, but together, they'll take on the world.

HelenKay, you have a new fan. I loved Running Hot and I can't wait for the next book in the series. In fact, I'm hoping it is going to be a long series. No pressure! *wink*

HelenKay Dimon is a former divorce attorney turned full-time romance author. Odd transition, right? She has sold over thirty novels, novellas and shorts to numerous publishers, including Kensington, Harlequin and Penguin, Samhain, Carina Press, and HarperCollins. Her nationally bestselling and award-winning books have been showcased in numerous venues and her books have twice been named "Red-Hot Reads" and excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine. But the best part of the job is never having to wear pantyhose.

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A visit with Helena Maeve, author of Grounds for Divorce from the Wild Angels anthology

Hold on to your motorcycles and let's welcome Helena Maeve, one of the authors in the new anthology from Totally Bound, Wild Angels.

A Bike, an Open Road

In the spirit of full disclosure, I have to confess that being tapped for Wild Angels did away with my concentration for a good twenty-four hours. Bikers! Biker gangs! Biker gangs being badasses on wheels! Forget my drafts folder or the sweet romance I was putting together. I had outlaws to daydream about. 

I admit I didn’t know much about the world of motorcycle clubs when I first sat down with what eventually became Grounds for Divorce. I didn’t know the difference between the hobbyists and the die-hards, the outlaws and the regular aficionados. But regardless of the distinctions—and I discovered that there are many—what appealed to me most (besides the leather) was the freedom that’s so fundamental to the MC lifestyle. All you need is a bike, an open road, and you’re off. 

It’s the same reason why bandits, pirates and rovers of all kinds are such familiar features in the romance genre. Who doesn’t want to be romanced by a handsome rake with the knowhow to take us out of our comfort zone? 

Beyond the shunning of restrictions, the more I read up on biker gangs and the more captivated I became by the unsavoury side of the lifestyle. From what I gather, it’s tough to say how much of what gets reported is rumour and how much is truth. Modern social order isn’t kind on nomads or people who violently shirk convention, so it’s no surprise that so-called outlaws may not be given a fair shake. They’re hardly the only group to be met with a degree of prejudice. At the same time, those who feel that the deck is stacked against them are also those who most want to belong. I discovered that loyalty seems to lie at the heart of the outlaw MC code. And with that, I had my plot hook. 

In Grounds for Divorce, the story is less about burning rubber and roaring engines than it is about the relationship between a biker gang and the people around them—people who are just as marginalized. 

Enter Kayla. Jaded, overworked, and sick of men who only want to use her, Kayla is no one’s idea of an innocent. A single mom, she struggles to make ends meet while stuck in a failing relationship with a man who doesn’t appreciate her. Being presented to the MC as payment should be the final straw. The gang is no picnic, but new top dog Booker likes her. And he likes her a lot. The world he reveals to her is tantalizing for more reason than his prowess in bed. A girl could go far with backing like that… if she’s willing to take a chance. 

I knew as soon as I set pen to paper that I didn’t want my heroine to be corrupted by the MC. It also didn’t seem realistic to have the MC serve as her salvation. Sure, Harleys and kuttes and sexy tattoos may be involved, but gangs are still gangs and violence comes with the territory. 

Balancing the chemistry between Kayla and Booker with the hair-trigger potential for bloodshed was no mean feat. Their love affair sets in motion a chain of events that forces Kayla to cut loose of a life she didn’t much like, but it doesn’t magically makes things better for her in the short term. 

The more time I spent with Grounds for Divorce and the more I wondered how anyone can free themselves from the shackles of daily drudgery when they can’t simply jump on the back of a motorcycle and chart a new course on a whim. One idea is to find a partner who makes it appealing to stay, hunker down, put one’s shoulder to the wheel. Another is to find someone willing to hand over the keys to the castle and usher in that clean break with the past. 

The whole MC outlook is very self-driven, very autonomous. It takes a strong woman to fit into that world and an equally strong man to keep up.

Wild Angels
Lily Harlem, Helena Maeve, Rosalie Stanton
December 11, 2014
Totally Bound

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Burning Rubber by Lily Harlem

When trouble rides into town, what girl can resist the ultimate bad boy?

Handling men isn’t an issue for me. I’m not a girly girl and my best friends are the machines I spend my days fixing, tweaking and servicing. So when the Wild Angels roll onto my forecourt and need my help, I’m happy to be of assistance.

But I’ve always been a magnet for trouble and when the leader of the pack, Gid, questions my ability, I can’t help the sassy backchat. Seems it doesn’t bother him too much and before I know it, I’m climbing onto his beast and hanging on for the ride.

Witness by Rosalie Stanton

She’s the only thing good about his former life, and he’s been asked to end hers.

Serenity Jones never expected her homecoming to be heralded with a double-murder, or that she’d be the lone witness. Yet when she points the finger at the president of the Lucifer’s Legion Motorcycle Club, she finds herself the target of more than just an investigation—she’s a liability, one Lucifer’s Legion is determined to erase.

Serenity has dreamed of her reunion with Dash ever since she left her hometown behind. Never did she imagine it would be on the other side of a blindfold, or with her life in the balance. 

Grounds for Divorce by Helena Maeve

Overworked and jaded, Kayla is convinced she’s had her fill of bad boys when her boyfriend’s debts catapult her into a stranger’s arms.

A woman with a reputation, Kayla has long given up on true love. She’s thirty-three going on ninety-four, mother of one with a boyfriend who makes no secret of settling for her. When she’s not doing the books at the local strip club, she’s warming up the stage. Holding off the loan sharks is par for the course, until the night outlaw biker, Booker O’Connor, rolls into town.

Lily Harlem lives in the UK with a workaholic hunk and a crazy cat. With a desk overlooking rolling hills her over active imagination has been allowed to run wild and free and she revels in using the written word as an outlet for her creativity.

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Rosalie Stanton lives in Missouri with her husband. At an early age, she discovered a talent for creating worlds, which evolved into a love of words and storytelling. As the granddaughter of an evangelical minister, Rosalie applied herself equally in school in the creative writing and religious studies departments, which had an interesting impact on her writing. 

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Helena Maeve has always been globe trotter with a fondness for adventure, but only recently has she started putting to paper the many stories she's collected in her excursions. When she isn't writing erotic romance novels, she can usually be found in an airport or on a plane, furiously penning in her trusty little notebook.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Spotlight & Excerpt from the Play Me series by Tracy Wolff

Fans of Wolff’s bestselling Ethan Frost series will be excited to learn that the characters in Play Me are closely connected to Ethan Frost and Chloe Girard from Addicted and Ruined—and that Ethan and Chloe make cameo appearances in Play Me. The third installment in the Ethan Frost series Exposed, coming February 2015, will feature the characters from both series.

Wolff’s Play Me series centers on the love story between Aria Winston, a cocktail waitress at one of Vegas’ hottest five-star casinos and Sebastian Caine, the casino owner’s son and handpicked successor. It is an erotic romance series intended for mature audiences.

The Play Me Series Books 1 – 5
Tracy Wolff
December 2nd, 2014

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Play Me #1: Play Me Wild

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In the seductive first installment of an eBook original serial from the New York Times bestselling author of Ruined andAddicted, a woman running from her past has finally found a bit of control . . . until her powerful new boss makes her go wild.

My name is Aria Winston. I’ve fought desperately to escape the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas. Now I’m on my own, in control of my own life and my own destiny . . . just the way I like it. Until Sebastian Caine changes everything.

Working as a cocktail waitress at one of Vegas’s hottest five-star casinos means putting up with a ton of bad behavior from the big spenders. But it pays the bills—and that’s all that matters to Aria, who needs every last dollar to escape from her father’s destructive grasp and the brutal man he expects her to marry. But when she lashes out against a billionaire who won’t take no for an answer, she nearly loses everything—until Sebastian steps in.

The owner’s son and handpicked successor, Sebastian is dark, sexy, and kinder than any rich man should be. And when he apologizes and offers to keep her job safe, Aria can’t help the way her body reacts to his. Suddenly her job, and the security it brings her, isn’t the only thing Aria wants.

Play Me #2: Play Me Hot

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Return to a world of secrets and desires. In the sultry second installment of an eBook original serial from the New York Times bestselling author of Ruined and Addicted, Aria and Sebastian turn up the heat. But will they get burned?

My name is Aria Winston. I’ve fought desperately to escape the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas. Now I’m on my own, in control of my own life and my own destiny . . . just the way I like it. Until Sebastian Caine changes everything.

If getting tangled up with her new boss is wrong, Aria doesn’t want to be right. Powerful men usually have a way of thinking they can take whatever they want while giving nothing back, but Sebastian is different. He’s gentle with her body. Rough in all the right places. And hot enough to make Aria break every last rule she’s set for herself. But with her history, it’ll take more than mind-blowing sex to heal the pain deep inside . . . no matter how good Sebastian’s intentions are. She’s spent her entire life fighting for control of her own life, and no one’s going to take that from her. But the more time she spends in Sebastian’s world, the deeper she’s drawn into his sensual games.

Play Me #3: Play Me Hard

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No one ever said love is easy. In the third installment of an eBook original serial from the New York Times bestselling author of Ruined and Addicted, Aria and Sebastian discover that building trust might be harder than they ever imagined.

My name is Aria Winston. I’ve fought desperately to escape the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas. Now I’m on my own, in control of my own life and my own destiny . . . just the way I like it. Until Sebastian Caine changes everything.

Ever since taking Aria under his wing and into his seductive domain, Sebastian hasn’t been able to think straight. Their chemistry is intoxicating. Their power exchange is exhilarating. And the sex leaves them both absolutely exhausted. But if there’s one thing Sebastian does know, it’s that he needs to protect this strong yet vulnerable woman. Because she has depths that are unknown—even to her. Aria has worked hard to establish herself as anything but submissive. That isn’t who she is, or who she wants to be. So why does it feel so sweet to give up control . . . and so intense when Sebastian takes care of needs she doesn’t even realize she has? But he has needs of his own—and secrets that run just as dark and deep as Aria’s.

Play Me #4: Play Me Real

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How do you know when something’s real? In the steamy fourth installment of an eBook original serial from the New York Times bestselling author of Ruined and Addicted, a devastating betrayal unravels a fierce yet tender connection.

My name is Aria Winston. I’ve fought desperately to escape the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas. Now I’m on my own, in control of my own life and my own destiny . . . just the way I like it. Until Sebastian Caine changes everything.

Aria has learned to play Sebastian’s game. She’s given him control, taken it back, and let him push her farther than she ever imagined she could go. But when Sebastian’s past comes to light, Aria receives a glimpse behind the facade—a revelation that disturbs her even as it makes her feel closer to this simmering, complicated man. Finally she comes to understand the real reason why Sebastian feels the need to dominate everything in his path. But Aria has a tortured history, too. And together they’re a dangerous combination. Now she’s the one pushing Sebastian to the breaking point . . . and if one of them burns up, they’ll both go down together.

Play Me #5: Play Me Right

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Good things never have to end. Tracy Wolff, the New York Times bestselling author of Ruined and Addicted, brings her eBook original serial to an unforgettable climax in Play Me’s sensational finale . . . for now.

My name is Aria Winston. I’ve fought desperately to escape the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas. Now I’m in control of my own life and my own destiny . . . but my future belongs to Sebastian Caine.

Technically, Aria may still be in one piece, but she’s feeling pretty damn close to broken. While she knows Sebastian would die before hurting her, their intense, steamy encounters have opened up old wounds in them both. Now Aria is considering the unthinkable: walking away again—this time to save Sebastian from the pain she knows her past will cause him. But Sebastian’s the one who set her free in the first place—how can she not show him the same care and compassion? Because, in the end, being together forever is the only thing that feels right.

Play Me #1: Play Me Wild
© 2014 Tracy Wolff


“Please,” he says, stepping out of the doorway and gesturing toward his desk. “Come into my office.”

Says the spider to the fly. Except that had something to do with a parlor, didn’t it? Still as he waits patiently, watching me with those laser green eyes of his, I can’t help but see the parallels. There’s a part of me—that part in charge of self-preservation—that wants to run as far and as fast as I can from this man, this office, this moment. But I’ve already run once. I promised myself then that I wouldn’t do it again and I don’t plan on breaking that promise. Especially not over something as ridiculous as a little sexual attraction.

And so I do the only thing I can do—I step into his office. And pray I’m not letting pride get in the way of common sense.

But I’ve barely made it past the threshold when my heel catches in the thick shag carpet and I pitch forward, my balance completely gone. Figuring I’m done for, I stick my hands out in front of me, brace myself for the fall. But it never comes. Instead, a strong arm winds itself around my waist, pulls me back sharply.

Just that easily I’m upright again, but I’m also right back where I started—pressed against Sebastian Caine’s long, lithe, lethal body. Only this time it’s not a little brush of chest to chest, hand to hand. No, it’s full-on body contact—my back to his front—and I’m not sure if I’m startled or aroused by how good he feels.

Maybe both.

At least that’s the excuse I’m giving myself about why I don’t immediately leap away. Why I stay there, pressed against him—sheltered by him—for far longer than I should.

Not that he seems in any hurry to let me go. No, his hand is curved around my hip, his thumb stroking my waist. My nerve endings spark at his touch, heat sizzling through me with every back and forth brush of his thumb.

“Are you all right?” His voice is low, primal, with just enough gravel in it to send shivers down my spine. It’s a strange, new feeling, one that calls to mind tangled sheets and long, sweat-drenched nights. With him.

He’s intense, powerful, and so darkly sexual that I find myself reacting physically to him. To the authority he exudes simply by breathing. My pulse speeds up, my nipples tighten, and my breath comes in short, harsh pants that I desperately try—and fail—to control.

“I—I’m okay,” I tell him finally, my voice much shakier than I’d like it to be.

I feel him nod, his chin brushing the top of my head as he uncurls his arm slowly—almost reluctantly—from around me.

“Why don’t you have a seat,” he tells me, gesturing to the two chairs in front of his desk.

It’s the reminder I need to shock my brain back into focus. Finally. Sticking my chin in the air, I make sure I sound firm—or as firm as any woman can after she’s just been caught, held and caressed by her boss’s boss’s boss’s boss.

Tracy Wolff lives with four men, teaches writing to local college students and spends as much time as she can manage immersed in worlds of her own creation. Married to the alpha hero of her dreams for twelve years, she is the mother of three young sons who spend most of their time trying to make her as crazy as possible.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

A holiday visit with Lecia Cornwall, author of Once Upon A Highland Christmas

Happy Holidays! Today we are taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season for a visit with the lovely Lecia Cornwall, author of Once Upon A Highland Christmas.


It’s a pleasure to be here at Crystal Blogs Books today, to take time out of the hectic holiday rush to have a cup of tea and chat with readers. There’s still so much to do before the big day, but there’s always time for good friends.

I love Christmas. I always have. My childhood family Christmases were usually less than harmonious, but there was always my imagination, and the magic of Christmas itself to fall back on, with the decorations, the food, the music, and our annual New Year’s family reunion at my aunt’s house. I was a very dreamy child. I still believe in Santa (truly). I loved to read, and my favorite stories were fairy tales—my ultimate favorite was The Twelve Dancing Princesses.

The magic words Once Upon A Time still have the power to take my breath away and bring me to the edge of my seat in anticipation. The idea of an ordinary, average person finding a quest, gathering their wits and courage to slay the dragon and win treasure and true love is so satisfying. Fairy tales remind us that any one of us could do the same, and despite the harshness of reality, our own courage will help us win out over the bad guys.

When I write, I think of my favorite fairy tales. My first book, Secrets of A Proper Countess, is a Cinderella story. What A Lady Most Desires is written with elements of Beauty and the Beast.

In ONCE UPON A HIGHLAND CHRISTMAS, not only is it the most magical time of year, it’s Christmas in the Highlands of Scotland—what better place or time is there for a fairy tale? Each of the books in my Highland series has a wee touch of the supernatural. Once Upon a Highland Summer features two meddlesome ghosts, and the lovers in Once Upon A Highland Autumn must conquer an ancient curse before they find their happily ever after.

ONCE UPON A HIGHLAND CHRISTMAS is about magic—Christmas magic. There’s a maiden lost in the snow, discovered by a handsome laird and restored to life. There are wisewomen, fey young lasses, and gossipy old men—and there’s the power of Christmas itself, the magic that always comes at this time of year, if only we believe our dearest wish really is right at our fingertips, ours if we just reach out for it.

Like any good fairly tale, Alanna and Iain face plenty of conflict, fire and ice, love and hate, duty and desire. Their own stubbornness stands in the way of true love (now there’s a dragon that needs slaying, if ever there was one!). They must conquer all that, and maybe, just maybe, by the time Christmas arrives, and the first star shines out in the darkening sky, they might just find that wishes really can come true, and magic, like true love, really does exist.

Sigh. And they lived happily ever after (eventually)… and those are six of the most satisfying words ever written.

I’ll be dropping by throughout the day to chat, so please leave a comment or ask me anything! For a chance to win an autographed print copy of Once Upon A Highland Summer, tell me—what’s your favorite fairy tale or holiday story?

If you’d like to see some of the inspiration behind ONCE UPON A HIGHLAND CHRISTMAS, check out my Pinterest page at

Or visit my website at to learn more about ONCE UPON A HIGHLAND CHRISTMAS.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with the very best of Happily Ever Afters!

Once Upon a Highland Christmas 
Once Upon a Highland Season # 3
Lecia Cornwall
December 9th, 2014
Avon Impulse

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Lady Alanna McNabb is bound by duty to her family, who insist she must marry a gentleman of wealth and title. When she meets the man of her dreams, she knows it's much too late, but her heart is no longer hers.

Laird Iain MacGillivray is on his way to propose to another woman when he discovers Alanna half-frozen in the snow and barely alive. She isn't his to love, yet she's everything he's ever wanted.

As Christmas comes closer, the snow thickens, and the magic grows stronger. Alanna and Iain must choose between desire and duty, love and obligation.

But it's Christmas in the Highlands, and there are bound to be a few surprises.

Lecia Cornwall lives and writes in Calgary, Canada, amid the beautiful foothills of the Canadian Rockies, with four cats, two teenagers, a crazy chocolate Lab, and one very patient husband. She is hard at work on her next book.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Spotlight & Excerpt from Undeniably His (A Billionaire Love Story) by Amanda Chayse

Undeniably His
A Billionaire Love Story
Amanda Chayse
November 17, 2014
New Adult Romance/Suspense

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I never realized how far I would go for love…until I met him.

When I interviewed for a job at Kalin Davis's advertising firm, I didn't think I would interview with him personally.

I sure didn't think I would spend a night at his beach home, lying naked in his bed with his arms around me.

And I definitely didn't think I'd end up crouched behind a bar, clutching a gun, listening to the cold steps of a killer approach me.

One betrayal leads to another, and in the end we're both questioning who we can trust…even each other.

Undeniably His
© 2014 Amanda Chayse

When I get back to the apartment, Lia is having lunch. She knows I am struggling to meet my half of the rent, but has been nothing but supportive. She has an Italian flare of dark hair, thick lashes, and dark brows that highlight her big gray eyes. She always seems effortlessly gorgeous. 

“Hey, Belle. How was your interview?”

I sit down and smile at her, shaking my head.


I put my hand out in disbelief. “He was so freaking hot.”


“Oh, my God, Lia. I didn’t know if he was talking about advertising the product or sex or what. I was just watching his mouth move, talking about fulfilling his clients’ needs.”

“Oh, my God, Belle, you are so bad!”

“Me! He was doing it on purpose, Lia! He was pure salacious evil in a five-thousand-dollar suit.”

“So he is gorgeous and has money. Doesn’t sound too bad to me.” Lia quirks her mouth and takes a bite of yogurt before pointing her spoon at me. “Advertising is full of sexual connotations, Belle. He’s just trying to show you the way the business works. How do you know he wasn’t just making sure you understood that? 

Maybe you were the perv.” She gives me a teasing smile as she presses the spoon to her mouth.

“I don’t. There was just something about him.” I shake my head and recall the undefined tension that permeated the conference room. “He’s the owner of the company, and I would be his assistant.” My eyes dart to Lia. “He’s smoking hot and brimming with sexual overtones. He probably has a bondage room in back of his executive suite.”

“You should be so lucky.” We both giggle.

“What are you going to do if he calls?” Lia molds the back of the spoon to her mouth, savoring the taste.

“I’m going to take the job, of course. You of all people know how badly I need the money. Rent is due again, and I don’t have the cash.” My stomach tightens at the thought. 

“It’s okay, girlfriend, I know you’ll come through.”

“I’m not going to let you pay my half of the rent, Lia. If I don’t get this job, I’ll serve coffee, wash cars, whatever. I don’t care. I’m not going to freeload off of you.”

“I know. I’m just sayin’, don’t worry. I got your back, and I know you’ve got mine.”

“I know. You’re the best. If money drops from the sky, I’ll be sure and cut you in.”
Lia chuckles at me. “That’s very reassuring. Stop worrying. Besides, it sounds like this job pays well.” Lia scrapes the plastic container for the last bits of yogurt.

“He said it paid more than your typical marketing associate job.”

“See? Money, money, money!” she chants with a mock push of her hands.

“I don’t have the job yet, Lia. I’ll send him a thank-you letter letting him know I’m very interested in the job, but after that it’s out of my hands.”

I continue to apply for jobs in a desperate bid to get some kind of cash flow coming in. Many jobs posted are temporary jobs that pay close to minimum wage. I keep looking and find the ad I’d already applied to for TALVIS Advertising. I search the company and find it is one of the top ten advertising firms, representing wealthy clients all over the world. Kalin Davis, MBA in marketing from Northwestern University. Founder of TALVIS Advertising, twenty-nine years old. His photo is next to his bio. His firm, full lips and smiling brown eyes are frozen in the portrait, safely contained from the animating sexual energy that made me fidget in my chair.

Amanda Chayse is a Romance and New Adult author who has enjoyed writing since she was just a child daydreaming in school.

As she grew up, she focused on passionate stories of strong men and women, oftentimes facing impossible odds, and in relationships that made them even better together.

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