Monday, October 26, 2009

Kat Martin - NY Times Bestselling Romance Author

I just received a newsletter from Kat Martin with some great reviews of her Christmas book, The Christmas Clock.

Oh my! Christmas already? It's not even Halloween yet not to mention that Thanksgiving is still almost a month away. Yet I see Christmas decorations up in some of the stores now too. I guess it's never too early to start preparing for the Christmas season.

Anyway I clicked on the link in Kat's newsletter to visit her home on the web ... and found her real life home on the range. I'm so envious! Kat has my dream home! I've always dreamed of having a log cabin in the mountains. I guess when I become as successful an author as Kat is, I will be able to get my log cabin in the mountains too.

Go away, green-eyed jealousy monster!

Kat is the author of over 40 historical and contemporary romance novels. I'm the author of 4 novels and 2 non-fiction books. I have a long way to go to catch up with Kat's success and the chance to have my own log cabin in the Big Sky Country.

 I need to set butt in chair, laptop in lap, and write, write, write! I want my log cabin! I want to be Kat Martin when I grow up!

Visit Kat Martin's home on the web.

Visit my home on the web.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Halloween Contests from Fresh Fiction

Fresh Fiction Contests : Halloween Trick-or-Treats!

Fresh Fiction has lots and lots of treats for you to win! Better hurry on over though because their contests ends on October 26th!

Here are just a few of the things you can win:

No Tricks! Just a fantastic treat...a $25 gift certificate from Barnes & Noble! from Joy Nash
Put the sexy in Halloween with two books from Jenna Petersen/Jess Michaels
All Treat No Trick Halloween Prize from Ann DeFee!
Go Wild for a wonderful Halloween treat from Pamela Palmer
BOO!!! Anna DeStefano's Spooky Dark Legacy Contest

Friday, October 23, 2009

Amazon to Release Kindle for PC Application

By Calvin Reid -- Publishers Weekly, 10/22/2009 1:49:00 PM

Beginning in November, Amazon will begin offering free downloads of Kindle for PC, an e-reading application that will allow consumers to download Kindle edition e-books to any PC running Windows 7, Windows XP or Windows Vista and read them on the PC. While the new application will allow Kindle owners to read their previously purchased Kindle titles on their PCs, it will also allow anyone with a PC to buy and download Kindle e-books directly to their PCs.
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Thursday, October 22, 2009

ABA Asks for Government Investigation of Price Wars

By Jim Milliot -- Publishers Weekly, 10/22/2009 4:30:00 PM

In a letter sent to the antitrust division of the Department of Justice Thursday, the board of directors of the American Booksellers Association requested that the government begin an investigation into what the organization believes is the illegal predatory pricing policies being carried out by Amazon, Wal-Mart and Target in selling 10 hardcover titles for as low as $8.98. The ABA requested a meeting with officials as soon as possible, arguing that left unchecked, the predatory pricing policies “will devastate not only the book industry, but our collective ability to remain a society where the widest range of ideas are always made available to the public.”
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Jennifer Blake - "The Steel Magnolia of Women's Fiction"

From Jennifer Blake's Website:
(Visit Jennifer Blake online)

"Blake's style is as steamy as a still July night on the bayou, as overwhelmingly hot as Cajun spice."

~ Chicago Tribune

Gallent Match
Masters at Arms, Book Five
February, 2009!

Sword master Kerr Wallace agrees to escort headstrong Sonia Bonneval to Mexico for her arranged marriage -- since the groom is the man he's been tracking for years. But the bride will do anything to avoid the wedding...

About Jennifer Blake
Jennife Blake has been called the Steel Magnolia of women's fiction, and a "legend of the romance genre." She is a seventh generation Louisianian who married at 15, began writing at 21, sold her first book at 27, and gained New York Times Best Seller status more than 20 years ago, with LOVE'S WILD DESIRE. She has written more than 50 books, including ROYAL SEDUCTION, SHAMELESS, and her acclaimed Louisiana Gentlemen series. An international best seller as well, she has been published in 18 languages with worldwide sales approaching 30 million. She was honored with the position as Writer-in-Residence for the University of Northeastern Louisiana, and is a charter, and honorary, member of Romance Writers of America.

Numerous awards for her work have been gained over the years. Among those she values most, however, are the Golden Treasure Award for Lifetime Achievement from Romance Writers of America, induction into both the RWA and Affaire de Coeur Romance Halls of Fame, and the Frank Waters Award for Excellence in Fiction.

Since 1998, Jennifer and her husband have resided in a lakeside Caribbean-styled retreat in North Louisiana where they often entertain friends and family. Always a gardener, she spends much of her free time encouraging her newly planted garden to bloom with her favorite daylilies and antique roses. When not gardening, she enjoys collecting antiques, painting, and needlework, including quilting.

Still, evenings find her and her husband lounging on one of the expansive verandas, sipping café au lait or a cool drink and listening to the gentle lap of waves. Here, as Jennifer says in her own words, "I write my fantasies of love and adventure in the romantic South. And sometimes, when I sit on the porch with the sunlight falling across the lawn and the smells of magnolia, sweet olive, honeysuckle and roses wafting on the warm air, I live them."

About Jennifer's Pseudonyms
During a career spanning more than 30 years, Jennifer has written under several pen names and in a variety of genres. She began with Gothic mystery-suspense tales, writing eight of these for Fawcett Gold Medal and Popular Library as Patricia Maxwell between 1970 and 1978, as well as a historical romance under that name in 1977. A single collaborative effort in the Gothic genre, STORM AT MIDNIGHT, was released in 1973 as Elizabeth Trehearne and, following the decline of the Gothic market, she wrote a murder mystery and a suspense tale under the pseudonym of Patricia Ponder. Six light contemporary romances were penned as Maxine Patrick for New American Library between 1978 and 1980, but the break out of her first Jennifer Blake title, LOVE'S WILD DESIRE, as a New York Times Best Seller in 1977, focused her attention on the historical romance market. Over the next decade, fourteen historicals were produced for Fawcett/Ballantine. Some of her older titles, originally published under other names, have been reissued under the Blake pseudonym. They appear in paperback and also in large print and library hard cover editions. They are currently available online and as print on demand copies at retail outlets which have this capacity.

Jennifer's Journal (blog)
Jennifer's Book List

Sunday, October 18, 2009

A Look at Erotic Romance Author Cat Grant

About Cat Grant

I've been writing off and on ever since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I still remember my very first 'published' story, a Jonny Quest adventure I penned in sixth grade. My teacher liked it so much, she had one of the other students illustrate it. That other student went on to become a Hollywood horror-film director.

I've poked around in many different genres. I've written fan fiction for a number of different TV shows, tried my hand at horror and fantasy, but in the end I came back to what I enjoy most - writing about the intimate relationships between men and women, and how love doesn't always happen the way we expect.

Back in 2004, when I became unable to work outside my home, my incredibly supportive husband suggested that I turn this setback into an opportunity, and pursue my dream of becoming a published author. Several years - and untold buckets of sweat later - that dream's finally coming to fruition.

To see a list of Cat's novels, CLICK HERE.

To read interviews with Cat, CLICK HERE.
Cat Grant's Facebook Page.

Thursday, October 15, 2009 has bundled together 3 books for a special price!

Amazon states that people when people buy my novel, Affairs of the Heart, they also frequently buy A Mutual Favor by Ann Jacobs and Wild, Wicked, & Wanton (Berkley Heat) by Jaci Burton along with it.

Now has bundled the three novels together for the special purchase price of only $42.20 for all three books! What a deal! CLICK HERE to take advantage of this special offer from Amazon.

Actually that is five books you will be getting because my Affairs of the Heart book is two books combined into one. It is a collector's edition with my novels Desert Heat and Cabin Fever together under one cover.

Affairs of the Heart Product Description

Desert Heat and Cabin Fever together under one cover in a collector's edition. From the blistering sands of California's Mojave Desert to the glittering neon lights of Las Vegas, Marcie Treyhorne sweeps you away into a world of sex and passion in Desert Heat. Marcie's adventures continue in the mountains of northern Nevada in Cabin Fever. Enter Marcie's world...if you dare!

A Mutual Favor Product Description

Two good friends, two thorny problems. Kurt needs a wife to convince a judge he can provide a stable home for his son. Shelly wants a baby to love. She's had a crush on him for years. He's never thought of her as anything more than his best buddy. So when she offers him a solution to both their problems, he's not sure. But knowing she wants him changes everything, and pretty soon he can't keep his mind or his hands off her...

Wild, Wicked, & Wanton Product Description

Three friends reveal their most intimate secrets in an erotic romance from "an undoubted master." They're inseparable friends who share their wildest secrets and dares. The latest bet is the boldest of all: each must sleep with whomever the others have chosen and return with every juicy detail. For divorcŽe Abby it's a pair of sexy veterinarians who are fulfilling their own desire. For heartbreaker Blaire it's the one man she never had the courage to bed. For sensible Callie it's an irresistible stranger. For readers, it's an erotic fantasy come true.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Giving Chase by Lauren Dane

Giving Chase by Lauren Dane is available for FREE for download to your KINDLE. I don't know how long this will last so hurry on over and get your copy NOW.

Product Description

Together they find a special love-can it survive the threat stalking her?

Some small towns grow really good looking men! This is the case with the four Chase brothers. The home grown hotties are on the wishlist of every single woman in town and Maggie Wright is no exception.

Maggie has finally had it with the men she's been dating but a spilled plate of chili cheese fries drops Shane Chase right into her lap. The sheriff is hot stuff but was burned by a former fiancee and is quite happy to play the field.

After Shane's skittishness sends him out the door, Maggie realizes that Kyle Chase has had his eye on her from the start. Now that Shane has messed up, Kyle has no intention of letting anything stop him from wooing her right into his bed.

Despite Maggie's happiness and growing love with Kyle, a dark shadow threatens everything-she's got a stalker and he's not happy at all. In the end, Maggie will need her wits, strength and the love of her man to get her out alive.

Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, and some violent situations.

About Lauren Dane
The story goes like this – A few years ago, Lauren Dane decided to quit her job and stay home with her brand new second child. As a result, she had lots of conversations in a sing-song voice but no real outlet for adult thoughts and words. While on bed-rest with her pregnancy with the tiny monster, Lauren had plenty of down time so her husband brought home a second hand laptop and she decided to “give that writing thing a serious go.”

Lauren had no idea how fabulously wonderful it would feel to actually make a go of her writing and she’s thankful every day people actually want to read what she writes! She’s well aware of her good fortune and loves every moment of it, even when she has to edit and put Barbie’s dresses back on over and over again. She still hasn’t managed to figure out how to shut out the sound of the Backyardigans so she can write a love scene, though.

Visit Lauren on the web at



You can write to her at: PO BOX 45175, Seattle, WA 98145

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Sylvia Day - National Best Selling Author

Sylvia Day is the national bestselling, award-winning author of over a dozen novels written across multiple sub-genres — contemporary, fantasy, historical, futuristic, science fiction, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy — under multiple pen names: three! A wife and mother of two, she is a former Russian linguist for the U.S. Army Military Intelligence.

Sylvia is a lifelong California resident who loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her to Japan, Holland, Germany, France, Mexico, Jamaica, and all over the United States. Born in Los Angeles, she grew up in Orange County (the O.C.), and later lived in Monterey, Oceanside, and the Temecula Valley.

She is a Japanese-American who enjoys the many Japanese cultural events in Southern California as well as frequent family jaunts to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Sea World. Her childhood career aspirations were few — become a dolphin trainer at Sea World or a bestselling novelist. Obviously, the dolphin trainer career took a back seat.

A year after she first sat down at the keyboard, Sylvia sold her first book to Kensington Brava and three years later–to the day–she sold her 15-17th single title books. In addition to her novels, she’s written numerous novellas and short stories for both print and electronic-original release. Sylvia’s stories have been called “wonderful and passionate” by and “wickedly entertaining” by Booklist. Her work has been translated into Russian, Japanese, Portuguese, Czech, German, and Thai. She’s been honored with the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice award, the EPPIE award, and the National Readers’ Choice Award, as well as multiple nominations for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® Award of Excellence.

Sylvia travels extensively in conjunction with various speaking engagements. In addition to presenting workshops before writing groups around the country, she is a frequent panelist at events such as the Romantic Times Convention, Romance Writers of America’s National Convention, and Comic-Con.

Sylvia also writes under the pseudonyms S.J. Day and Livia Dare.

Visit Sylvia Day online.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Long, Lean and Lethal by Lorie O'Clare

Detective Rain Huxtable works alone, and she likes it that way. But when a fourth spouse turns up dead in Lincoln, Nebraska, Rain’s superiors call in help from the FBI. They’ve either got a serial killer or a hired murderer on their hands, and their solution is to team Rain up with Special Agent Noah Kayne - and send them undercover as a married couple.

Noah is infuriating…and infuriatingly attractive. Rain wants no part of this charade, but with four people dead under suspiciously similar circumstances in a matter of months, she has no choice but to play the part of a doting wife and investigate a close-knit group of suburban couples. It’s hard enough to keep up a professional facade when the heat between her and Noah burns so dangerously. But it may be even more dangerous for Rain to let her guard down once she realizes that the couples involved are playing a very sordid - and deadly - game…

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About Lorie O'Clare

All my life, I’ve wondered at how people fall into the routines of life. The paths we travel seem to be well-trodden by society. We go to school, fall in love, find a line of work (and hope and pray it is one we like), have children and do our best to mold them into good people who will travel the same path. This is the path so commonly referred to as the “real world”.

The characters in my books are destined to stray down a different path other than the one society suggests. Each story leads the reader into a world altered slightly from the one they know. For me, this is what good fiction is about, an opportunity to escape from the daily grind and wander down someone else’s path.

Lorie O’Clare is an award winning erotic romance writer with over 40 books published. Her stories range from the wild lives of werewolves to the passionate and thrilling world of romantic suspense. She is an EPPIE Winner for 2006 and she also won Reviewers’ Choice Award for 2006.

Lorie currently resides in Kansas with her three boys and two dogs, a Boston Terrier and Beagle.

 Visit Lorie O'Clare online.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

No Lady and Her Tramp

I had the most wonderful email from a reader (Sheri Wilkerson) who had just finished reading my novel, No Lady and Her Tramp. She also posted a review of No Lady at Goodreads and gave it a 5 star rating. Thanks, Sheri! I so appreciate hearing from my readers. :)

Here is Sheri's review of No Lady and Her Tramp.

No Lady and Her Tramp was a laugh out loud read. Each character is colorful in their own unique way.

Beth Ann Dixon decides she wants to write a steamy sex book. Her do-nothing-right husband Billy Ray, has little faith in her writing ability. Shirley Snodgrass is the town Gossip columnist, and getting on Beth Ann's last nerve , as she and her Billy Ray are often the topic in her column. Beth Ann is determined to be a number one best selling Author.

Set in a trailer park called President Park, each character is outrageously funny, in a "Jerry Springer" kind of way. Which makes for a quirky, hysterical read.

Fast paced and full of surprises, you will be at the edge of your seat waiting for the next outlandish antic to occur.

I have never read a romance novel like this, it is truly unique. If you enjoy romance, humor and suspense you will certainly enjoy this good read

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Tourists and Trashy Romance Novels

It is a beautiful day here in America's Paradise - St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. The sky is blue, the clouds are white and puffy, and the tradewinds are blowing to keep it cool. A perfect day for the tourists from the cruise ship docked at the pier in Frederiksted.

And what a perfect opportunity to mingle with the tourists and let them know that a "famous author of trashy romance novels" is alive and well on St. Croix. I will be handing out postcards and selling copies of my novels to the tourists as they walk the streets of Frederiksted.

Oh, the "author of trashy romance novels" comment? That's what a friend of mine here on St. Croix tells everyone that I am. If the shoe fits...

If you aren't among the lucky tourists from the cruise ship here in St. Croix, you can still purchase copies of my novels from

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Author Carly Phillips has a Lucky Break!

Long ago, as revenge on a Corwin who stole her son's fiancee, a witch proclaimed an eternal curse that every Corwin male who married for love would be destined to lose his love and his fortune ...

Jason Corwin knows he should resist his attraction to Lauren Perkins. After all, it was one of her ancestors that came up with the curse that had haunted every Corwin male since. But after one night of mind-blowing sex with his supposed—and very seductive—enemy, he can’t bring himself to stay away.

All Lauren wants is to sell her late grandmother’s creepy house and leave the past behind forever. But that's not such an easy thing to do with gorgeous contractor Jason Corwin whispering sweet, sexy somethings in her ear ... about staying in town. Then a saboteur and the promise of hidden treasure changes everything - and one lucky break just might put an end ... to the Corwin curse forever.
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