Monday, November 30, 2009

It's a "Southern Thang"

I can totally relate to Christie Craig.  You see she speaks my language. Southern! From one Southern gal to another (and from one Kristie to another Christie), welcome to my blog, Christie! Ya'll come back soon, ya hear!

Christie Craig - Photojournalist, Author and Speaker
Sexy, Suspensful, & Seriously Funny!

Christie Craig, an Alabama native, is an award-winning, multi-published writer, multi-published photo journalist, motivational speaker, and writing teacher.. Her non-fiction articles and photography have appeared in almost three thousand national magazines. A Golden Heart finalist, and a finalist in more than fifty RWA-sponsored contests, she has gained a well-deserved reputation for writing romance fiction that has both witty humor and a suspenseful, sexy tone. Published by Silhouette in the 90s, she recently broke back into fiction in a big way, making four book sales in one day. Her seventh humorous single title romance novel, published by Dorchester, will hit the stands in June 2010. Her non-fiction book, co-authored by Faye Hughes, released September 08, is The Everything Guide To Writing A Romance Novel and their second non-fiction book, a humorous self-help relationship book, Wild, Wicked and Wanton: 101 Ways to Love Like You Are in a Romance Novel is scheduled to be released December 2010. Craig’s latest writing adventure is the sale of a young adult paranormal romance series, Bone Creek Camp, that will be published by St. Martins Press in the near future.

Divorced, Desperate and Deceived

by Christie Craig
ISBN-10: 0505527987
ISBN-13: 978-0505527981
Publisher: Dorchester
Release date: Nov. 24th 2009

Of the Divorced, Desperate and Delicious club, Kathy Callahan is the last surviving member. Oh, her two friends haven’t died or anything. They just gave up their vows of chastity. They went for hot sex with hot cops and happy second marriages—something Kathy can never consider, given her past. Yet there’s always her plumber, Stan Bradley. He seems honest, hardworking...and skilled with a tool.


Kathy’s best-laid plans are about to hit a clog. The guy snaking her drain isn’t what he seems. He’s handier with a pistol than a pipe wrench, and she’s about to see more action than Jason Statham. The next forty-eight hours promise hot pursuit, hotter passion and a super perky pug. And at the end of this wild escapade, Kathy and her own undercover lawman will be flush with happiness . . . assuming they both survive.

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Visit Christie Craig at her home on the web.

Come Meet Christie at her book signing at Katy Budget Books

December 12, 1:30 - 3:30
2450 Fry Road
Houston Texas, 77084.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Sometimes a book blurb grabs you so much you have to share it!

Yes, I know the name of my blog is Sizzling Hot Romance and the name of my game is to showcase romance novels and authors, including myself (after all I am a romance author too and I think I have published some pretty good novels!).

But sometimes a book blurb grabs me so much that I must share it with my readers even if it is not classified as a romance novel. This is the case with Sugar by Bernice McFadden. I stumbled across this book through an email from Red Room, an online site I belong to. Sugar will grab you by the throat and not let you go. Sugar is not a new book.

In fact, Bernice is celebrating the book's 10th anniversary with a new cover and a campaign to sell 10,000 copies by January 9, 2010. I am going to do my part by purchasing a copy myself. How can I not? After reading an excerpt, I HAVE to read this book!

Here is a blurb about Sugar:
Set in the fictionalized town of Bigelow, Arkansas, circa 1950, Sugar is a rich and moving story that traces the lives of two unforgettable women and the small community they change. After the horrible death of her young daughter, Jude, Pearl Taylor turns to the church for support, suppressing her own desires. But when Sugar, a beautiful, uninhibited spirit (who resembles Judewith eerie similarity) moves into the neighboring home at 10 Grove Street, Pearl's life is irrevocably and dramatically changed. Over sweet potato pie the two woman learn to trust and confide in each other, but when the local gossips discover that Sugar is a prostitute, Pearl shocks the once quiet town-and herself-by remaining loyal to her new friend. Filled with lyrical prose, McFadden reveals her talent for using language with an almost spiritual grace to describe the vivid and mysterious details found in everyday life. Sugar is a timeless story of what it means to accept and to forgive.

Read an excerpt.

Purchase Sugar from This novel is also available in KINDLE version.

About Bernice McFadden:
(Photo Credit - Charles Harris)

Bernice L. McFadden is the author of the national bestsellers Sugar, (Black Caucus of the American Library Association Fiction Honor Book.) The Warmest December (Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in fiction and shortlisted for the Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award ), This Bitter Earth, Loving Donovan, Camilla's Roses and Nowhere is a Place. Glorious, her long anticpiated seventh novel, will be published by Akashic Books in 2010.

Bernice L. McFadden also writes racy, humorous fiction under the pseudonym, Geneva Holliday.

McFadden was born, raised and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Author Jean Adams and Eternal Hearts

I just received notification that Eternal Hearts by Jean Adams is now available as an ebook at The blurb for Eternal Hearts sounded right down my alley so I decided to explore this title and author further. I liked what I found enough to share with you, my readers, here at Sizzling Hot Romance.

Purchase Eternal Hearts in ebook edition at Eternal Hearts is also available in paperback edition at

Eternal Hearts Blurb:

She found the love of her life 3000 years too late. When Alexandra Kelly returns a broadcollar to Egypt, she is swept through a time portal on a breathtaking yet terrifying journey to a land of majesty and splendour, the land of pharaohs. Death is Lord Khafra's fate if he embarks upon his dangerous quest. Can Alex's arrival save him from his date with a lonely, fiery death? Together they find love and face terrible danger and hardship but the sexy charioteer could make any woman believe the gods were smiling on her. At the next full moon Alex must return to the 21st century, where Khafra has been dead for several millennia.

Read more about Jean Adams.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Eileen Goudge and "Once in a Blue Moon"

Eileen Goudge's bio reads like a can't-put-down-novel. Below is the first paragraph from her website.
I was born on the Fourth of July, and it's been fireworks ever since. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay area as one of six kids, I was never without a cast with which to stage my early theatrical productions, which included a musical rendition of "The Christmas Carol," in which I was Ebenezer Scrooge. I began writing at age eight, with short stories and poems, and I haven’t looked back since. From the early days of mostly collecting rejection slips, I went on to publish thirty-two novels for young adults, thirteen (and still counting) of women’s fiction, as well as numerous short stories and magazine articles, and one cookbook.
 Read the rest of Eileen Goudge's bio. You HAVE to go read the rest. It is fascinating.

Eileen's latest novel is Once in a Blue Moon. It sounds fabulous!

About Once in a Blue Moon:

While she was growing up, twelve-year-old Lindsay had to look after three-year-old Kerrie Ann. When their mother was arrested and imprisoned for drugs, the girls entered foster care.

Nearly thirty years later, Lindsay owns a bookstore in the California seaside town of Blue Moon Bay. Adopted by a loving couple, she’s still trying to reconnect with her long-lost sister. Unbeknownst to her, Kerrie Ann has led a very different life, bounced from one foster home to the next. Now, newly sober, Kerrie Ann is fighting to regain custody of her own little girl.

When the sisters are finally reunited, the two very different women clash. As Lindsay and Kerrie Ann engage in the fiercest battles of their lives—while each embarks on a journey of the heart with the unlikeliest of men—they are drawn together.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Go for a swim in the waves of passion and romance with a book from Wendy Ely!


Genre: Erotica/Romance
Digital ISBN: 978-1-61650-093-1
Length: Short Novel
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Inc.
Release Date: November 19, 2009

Can Chelsea and Jordan find their child, and rediscover each other?

When Chelsea Montgomery vanished eleven years ago, her hometown thought she’d been abducted. In truth, she'd given up the daughter she'd secretly had with Jordan Case.

Now he confronts her to help find the child. With a little girl's fate hanging in the balance, will the uneasy partnership -- stained by the past -- transform into something else?

Content warning: Contains sexual scenes and sensitive family situations.

Read an excerpt.
Purchase (ebook).

Wendy Ely
Wendy lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her two children. She runs her childcare during the day. When she isn't doing that you would find her writing or participating in another writing activities- such as helping others with their writing or doing research. She is also a member of Romance Writers of American and the local chapter Valley of the Sun Romance Writers.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Kindle for PC now available at

Got a Kindle? I do. I purchased mine several months ago and really enjoy it. It is a fantastic reader. I bought mine on Ebay and got a fairly decent price for it and saved a few bucks off the list price at Then Amazon started dropping their price for their Kindle until it was well below the price that I paid for mine even on Ebay.

Now has released a FREE download of Kindle for your PC. I thought the purpose of having the Kindle was to be able to cut the strings from your computer for reading ebooks.

Oh well. I broke down and downloaded my free copy of Kindle for PC this morning. Looks great and it is syncronized with my Kindle reader. Now I have the best of both worlds.

Want the free download of Kindle for PC for yourself? Here's the link:

Don't forget that I have my books (Desert Heat, Cabin Fever, No Lady and Her Tramp, and Emails from the Edge: The Life of an Expatriate Wife) available for your Kindle at the very reasonable price of $3.99 each. You can even sign up for a monthly subsription to this blog, Sizzling Hot Romance, for only 99 cents a month.

Here's the link to my Kindle page at

Happy reading!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Joss Ware - Who is she and why am I just now finding her?

I just discovered this exciting author from my Romantic Times newsletter that I received in my in box this morning. Here is the blurb that caught my eye in RT (I am always interested in post-apocalyptic novels, especially with 2012 looming so near).

Our main feature for January is on doomsday fiction and is quite timely with the release of 2012, which took over the weekend cinema box office sales. We have been tracking this trend in fiction for over a year now and had the feature planned long before we knew about the movie! In the article we explore the public’s fascination with this topic, as well as why authors are creating “brave new” post-apocalyptic worlds.

There’s also a sidebar by Joss Ware, aka Colleen Gleason, who talks about her new post-apocalyptic series, launching in January with BEYOND THE NIGHT, which received a Top Pick. Joss is also the "Ask the Author" guest on our website, so be sure to visit her and bring all of your questions. She will be there through November 29!
I knew I had to find out more about Joss Ware aka Colleen Gleason. I Googled her and found she has a most beautiful and interesting website. I just adore the design of her site! So unusual and so effective for her new series of novels about the post-doomsday world.

Joss Ware has a degree in English and an MBA from the University of Michigan. After more than fifteen years in sales and marketing, she owned her own business and worked in a variety of roles for two startup companies. She's traveled to London, Paris, and Tahiti, and currently resides with her family near Ann Arbor, where she writes full-time

Joss has 3 novels in the Awakening Heroes series that will be released in 2010. The 1st one, Beyond the Night, is scheduled for a Jan 10 release. The 2nd one, Embrace the Night Eternal, is set for release in Feb 10. The 3rd, Abandon the Night, will be out in March 10.

I honestly don't think I can wait that long to purchase them but I guess I will have to since I'm too late to enter the contest where Joss was giving away 3 ARCs of Beyond the Night at her blog. Boo hoo! I missed it, darn it! Always a day late and a dollar short!

Beyond the Night by Joss Ware

A man with no future . . .

When Dr. Elliott Drake wakes from a mysterious fifty-year sleep, the world as he knew it is gone. Cities are now desolate, and civilization is controlled by deadly immortals. Stranger still is Elliott's extraordinary new "gift"—he has the power to heal, but it comes with fatal consequences.

A woman with a past . . .

Jade barely escaped the immortals and is now hell-bent on revenge. She trusts no one . . . until Elliott. His piercing gaze and tempting touch shatter her defenses, but the handsome doctor seems to have dangerous secrets of his own. Is it safe to trust him with her heart?

If they are to survive in this dark new world, Jade and Elliott must work together to fight the forces that take them beyond danger.

Beyond desire.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Who is your favorite romance author? And why?

This morning when I was trying to decide which romance author to feature here at Sizzling Hot Romance, I got to wondering who was YOUR favorite romance author. And why is this person your favorite out of all the seemingly millions of romance authors out there? What makes this person stand out to you? What is it about their novels that makes you not want to put the book down until the last page is turned?

Don't be shy. Comment to your little heart's content. I really would like to know.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Author Karen Fenech is "Gone"

by Karen Fenech
ISBN: 978-1-59414-811-8
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FBI Special Agent Clare Marshall was separated from her sister Beth in childhood when their mother tried to kill them. Now Clare learns that Beth lives in the small town of Farley, South Carolina but when she goes there to reunite with Beth, Clare discovers her sister is missing and that someone in the town is responsible for her disappearance.

Clare receives an offer to help with the search from fellow FBI Special Agent Jake Sutton. The offer is too good to refuse though that is exactly what Clare wants to do. Jake is Clare’s former lover, a man she cannot forget and who has an agenda of his own.

Now while Clare tracks her sister, someone is tracking Clare, and finding her sister may cost Clare her life.

Read Chapter One

About Karen Fenech
My first novel, Unholy Angels, was written over a two-year period and, in part, in some very unlikely places such as line-ups at deli-counters and cash registers, and doctor and dentist waiting rooms. While I was out running errands, I jotted down scenes for the story in a notebook I toted around in my purse, and then typed them up when I returned home.

Writing novels is what I have wanted to do since I was ten-years-old and undertook to write a book based on my beloved Nancy Drew mysteries. As I grew older, I continued to read mysteries but I found that as much as I enjoyed attempting to solve the puzzle, I became enthralled whenever a new development occurred in the romantic relationships of the characters. When I thought of writing Unholy Angels, I knew it would have to be a romance.

Of course, my love of mystery and suspense meant that while my characters were finding love, they would also face life-threatening danger!

I live with my husband Andrew and our daughter Pamela. When I’m not writing, or spending time with my family, you can usually find me curled up with a good book – or out shopping for one.


Friday, November 6, 2009

Author Mary Wine is "In Bed With A Stranger"

Mary Wine has written over twenty novels that take her readers from the pages of history to the far reaches of space.

A deception brought them together . . . but nothing can tear them apart


Brodick McJames is an earl in name only. To secure his clan’s future he needs an English wife. Mary Stanford, daughter of the Earl of Warwickshire, will suit perfectly. He’s never met her, but what matter? She’ll grace his bed eventually, and once she bears his child he need see her no more.

Anne Copper resembles her noble half-sister, but she was born illegitimate, and can never forget it. The best she can hope for is to stay a serving girl in her own father’s house. But when Lady Mary finds herself betrothed to a Scot, it seems there’s a use for Anne after all . . .

The woman who arrives in Alcaon is not what Brodick expects, and the passion that grows between them promises far more than a marriage of convenience. When fate draws two together, it may take more than a noblewoman’s plot to part them . . .

Read an excerpt.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Leah's Choice by Marty Perry

Leah's Choice
(Pleasant Valley - Book One)

Berkley Trade, November 2009
ISBN-10: 0425230503
ISBN-13: 9780425230503
320 pages Trade Size
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The first of three Amish-set novels in which a woman’s faith must guide her through challenging times.

All of Pleasant Valley seems to think the newcomer from Lancaster County is the perfect match for Teacher Leah. After all, so few new families come to their separate Amish community, and fewer still unmarried men. Daniel Glick is a widower with three young children to look after—clearly he’s in need of a wife.

Daniel’s past haunts him. Though he cannot miss the beauty in Leah’s bright eyes and patient ways, he also sees a reminder of his pain-filled marriage. Leah, too, has a burden to bear. Years ago, she was engaged to Johnny Kile, and she was heartbroken when he decided to leave the Amish community. Since then she has immersed herself in teaching, forgetting any hopes of having her own family. When Johnny returns, seeking reconciliation, Leah must decide between two pathways, either of which will completely change her life.


Marta Perry is an inspirational romance author. A native of Pennsylvania, Marta lives in a century-old farmhouse in a valley in the eastern part of the state.
Visit Marta Perry online.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Francis Ray and One Night With You

Francis Ray is a native Texan and lives in Dallas. A graduate of Texas Woman's University, she is a School Nurse Practitioner with the Dallas Independent School District. In 1999 and 2000 she was nominated for Texas Woman's University Distinguished Alumni Award.

Ms. Ray's titles consistently make bestseller's lists such as Blackboard and Essence Magazine. INCOGNITO, her sixth title, was the first made-for-TV movie for BET. She has written forty titles to date. Awards include Romantic Times Career Achievement, EMMA, The Golden Pen, The Atlantic Choice, and Borders 2008 Romance Award for Bestselling Multicultural Romance.

ONE NIGHT WITH YOU - A Grayson Friends Novel

(November 3, 2009)

Cougars, brush fires, snow storms—rancher Duncan McBride tackles it all without a flinch. But the archeologist who's come to authenticate cave drawings found on his property is the kind of trouble he'd sworn to avoid. Far from the aging academic he was expecting, Raven La Blanc is a stunning woman...and definitely not sticking around this small Montana town once her job is done.

The primitive drawings at Duncan's ranch are Raven's ticket to the tenured position she's worked so hard for back in Santa Fe. But there's no denying the attraction between her and Duncan. Maybe, just this once, she can put her work aside and explore the depths of her own heart and soul? One night may be all it takes for Raven to really find what she's looking for...

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Book Signings

Francis will be visiting with readers and signing copies of ONE NIGHT WITH YOU and any of her other books available in the store.

Saturday, November 7, 2009
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Borders Books
10720 Preston Road
Suite 1018
Dallas, TX 75120
(214) 363-1977

Saturday, November 14, 2009
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Jokae's Bookstore
3223 West Camp Wisdom
Dallas, TX 75232
(214) 331-8100