Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hannah's List by Debbie Macomber

This title will be released on April 27, 2010.

On the anniversary of his beloved wife’s death, Dr. Michael Everett receives a letter Hannah had written him. In it she reminds him of her love and makes one final request. An impossible request. I want you to marry again. She tells him he shouldn’t spend the years he has left grieving her. And to that end she’s chosen three women she asks him to consider. During the months that follow, he spends time with Winter, Leanne, and Macy, learning more about each of them . . . and about himself. Learning what Hannah already knew. He’s a man who needs the completeness only love can offer. And Hannah’s list leads him to the woman who can help him find it.

Read an excerpt.

With more than 100 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Debbie Macomber is one of today's most popular authors.

The #1 New York Times bestselling author is best known for her ability to create compelling characters and bring their stories to life in her books. Drawing on her own experiences and observations, Debbie writes heartwarming tales about small-town life, home and family and enduring friendships. Every book features the delightful sense of humor that readers around the world clamor for.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Hot New Releases from Amazon.com

Hot New Releases in Westerns (from Amazon.com)

Any Category > Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Westerns (Updated hourly)


1. Second Chances by Kristie Leigh Maguire

(5 customer reviews)

Auto-delivered wirelessly

Kindle Price: $1.50

Download to your Kindle now.


2. Branded by Emma Petersen

(1 customer review)

Auto-delivered wirelessly

Kindle Price: $0.99


3. When the Bluebird Calls (The Heart of the Mountain) by Leiland Dale

(4 customer reviews)

Auto-delivered wirelessly

Kindle Price: $3.99


Second Chances by Kristie Leigh Maguire is also available in paperback.
Jane Porter’s dreams of marrying Mike Farley, the handsome cowboy who lives on the neighboring ranch, are shattered when Mike suddenly marries a redheaded stranger he met at the Wild Horse Saloon in Casper, Wyoming. After Mike stomped all over Jane’s heart with his cowboy boots, can Jane ever trust her heart to a man again?

Mike Farley marries beautiful Samantha Jo Smith after a whirlwind courtship with no thought to Jane Porter, his childhood sweetheart and the woman everyone in Fremont County thought he would marry one day. Mike soon learns to regret his hasty marriage to Samantha. Can Mike win back Jane’s heart even though he had shattered it into a million pieces?

Longtime friends and neighbors Jim Porter and Liz Farley turn to each other for support, and help in raising their children Jane and Mike, after the unexpected death of their spouses. Will Jim and Liz’s friendship turn into something deeper even though they both feel they have had, and lost, their chance at love?

Is it ever too late for love? Is it ever too late for second chances?

Set in rural Wyoming, Second Chances is a delightful read that will warm your heart. One reader stated, “I read it through in an evening, and felt as if I had spent that evening with ‘salt of the earth’ folk.”

5.0 out of 5 stars - great redemption story, March 18, 2010
By Lucious Reed 
Amazon Verified Purchase

This review is from: Second Chances (Kindle Edition)

Most of the characters in this book were really flawed, and I have to tell you that half way through the read I couldn't imagine how this would work out. But this is one skilled author and this was a really satisfying book. She really explores the characters motivations and leads everyone on quite a journey! I particularly enjoyed the character of Sammy Jo, it would have been so easy to turn her into a paper cut villan but I felt sympathetic towards her, which made the relationship between Mike and Jane all the more interesting. I can't wait to read more books by this talented author.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Author Mingmei Yip - East Meets West

Want a chance to win some great prizes from Mingmei Yip? Hurry because the contest is over at the end of March. Enter the contest at: http://freshfiction.com/contest.php?id=2384

Prizes: An autographed copy of Petals from the Sky and a beautiful beaded Chinese evening purse! 

PEACH BLOSSOM PAVILLION is the story of the last courtesan, or geisha, in China. With great insight based on detailed research carried out in China, Mingmei has re-created the elegant, refined, intriguing Chinese courtesan culture. Her story has been described as ”Sweeping in scope and stunning in its evocation of China…Peach Blossom Pavilion is a remarkable novel with an unforgettable heroine at the heart of its powerful story….”

From the acclaimed author of Peach Blossom Pavilion comes a lush and lyrical novel of East and West – and of one young woman’s search for her heart’s true calling…. PETALS FROM THE SKY is the story of a young Chinese woman who escapes her dysfunctional, ne’er-do-well family to become a Buddhist nun – only to realize she had run away from her own heart.

Visit Mingmei Yip online.
"I now have seven books to my credit, five in Chinese and two in English. Most recent are Peach Blossom Pavilion (Kensington) and Chinese Children’s Favorite Stories (Tuttle). My books in Chinese include The Art of Qin Music, Guqin Music and Chinese Culture, World of Music, Never Poles Apart (collection of essays), and Good Time on Earth, a book on Zen Buddhism. All have been well received in Hong Kong and three have had Taiwan editions. I even had the ultimate compliment for an Asian writer – one of my books was pirated in China!"


Kindle Authors Group

Kindle Authors Group is a group for authors who publish books to be read on the Kindle, Amazon's amazing ebook reader. It is a wonderful place for people who own Kindles and are looking for books to download to their Kindle to find new authors and their books.

If you have ever wanted to attend a booksigning and meet an author but just weren't in the right place at the right time, then this is your chance to interact with the authors online and in the comfort of your own home.

Readers and authors alike are invited to come join us at Kindle Authors Group.

If you like reading contemporary romance with a cowboy/western theme, my latest release, Second Chances, might be of interest you. 

One reader posted a review to Amazon for Second Chances and called it "A Great Redemption Story." She stated:

 Most of the characters in this book were really flawed, and I have to tell you that half way through the read I couldn't imagine how this would work out. But this is one skilled author and this was a really satisfying book. She really explores the characters motivations and leads everyone on quite a journey! I particularly enjoyed the character of Sammy Jo, it would have been so easy to turn her into a paper cut villan but I felt sympathetic towards her, which made the relationship between Mike and Jane all the more interesting. I can't wait to read more books by this talented author.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Kristie Leigh Maguire is featured at The Indie Spotlight!

I was recently interviewed for The Indie Spotlight. My interview is featured there today. I would love for all the readers of Sizzling Hot Romance to go over and read the interview. Don't forget to comment. Oh, and I would love it tremendously if you also bought my book, Second Chances. It's available in both paperback and Kindle and other ebook formats. :)


The Indie Spotlight blog is also available for your Kindle.

Monday, March 15, 2010

E-Book Week Success Story

This past week (3/7-13/10) was E-Book Week. I partcipated in E-Book Week with my book, Second Chances, by offering a discount coupon off the list price at Smashwords.com.

My sincere thanks to everyone who downloaded Second Chances during E-Book Week. Thanks to you who did, my Second Chances is now listed as Number 17 on the Romance Best Seller List at Smashwords.com.

One reader has already finished reading Second Chances and left a fabulous review for it at both Smashwords.com and at Amazon.com. She even commented to me that my book was only the second one that she downloaded during E-Book Week that she truly enjoyed and would recommend.

All in all, I consider E-Book Week as a success for me personally and as a whole. I get lots of new readers and people were introduced to lots of new authors and e-books in general.

What a great week!

Happy reading!
Kristie Leigh Maguire, romance author

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Forget Me Not by Vicki Hinze

Romance Suspense, Religious Fiction Mystery


Crossroads Crisis Center owner Benjamin Brandt was a content man—in his faith, his work, and his family. Then in a flash, everything he loved was snatched away. His wife and son were murdered, and grief-stricken Ben lost faith. Determination to find their killers keeps him going, but after three years of dead ends and torment, his hope is dying too. Why had he survived? He’d failed to protect his family.

Now, a mysterious woman appears at Crossroads seeking answers and help—a victim who eerily resembles Ben’s deceased wife, Susan. A woman robbed of her identity, her life, of everything except her faith—and Susan’s necklace.

The connections between the two women mount, exceeding coincidence, and to keep the truth hidden, someone is willing to kill. Finding out who and why turns Ben and the mystery woman’s situation from dangerous to deadly. Their only hope for survival is to work together, trust each other, and face whatever they discover head on, no matter how painful. But will that be enough to save their lives and heal their tattered hearts?

Monday, March 8, 2010

Do you like time travel and romance? Here's one for you!

Susan Squires - A Twist in Time

An expert in Leonardo da Vinci's works, Lucy Rossano recognizes the centuries-old time machine da Vinci said he built the moment she sees it in a Stanford lab. Fascinated in spite of the danger, she uses her knowledge to go back in time-landing in the middle of a fierce battle in tenth-century Britain. Panicked, she escapes to modern-day San Francisco, bringing something back with her: a seductive, fiercely intelligent Viking named Galen.

The presence of this enigmatic, devastatingly sexy stranger is just one of the new complications in Lucy's life. There are others who want to harness the time machine's power for treacherous ends, and they need Lucy to do it. Galen becomes first her protector, then the lover she's always dreamed of. But danger is drawing closer and time is running out. For Galen and Lucy, it's now…or forever.

About Susan

Susan Squires grew up among the giant redwoods of California. She thought she was being practical by changing her major in college from theater to English literature. But, immersed in a PhD. Program, she slowly realized that none of her graduating friends had work. So she dropped out to take an actual paying job in the business world. UCLA gave her a Master's degree as a consolation prize.

But the lure of writing was too bad to resist for long. Now an executive in a Fortune 500 company, one of her many mid-life crises resulted in a return to her love of writing. Her novel, Danegeld, had already been purchased by Dorchester by the time she accepted a Golden Heart for Best Unpublished Manuscript from Romance Writers of America. Part of a five book contract, it was the first of an eclectic group of historical and contemporary paranormal stories known for intensity and failing to follow the rules. Body Electric was named by Publisher's Weekly one of the ten most influential paperbacks of 2002, for blending romance, science-fiction and thrillers. Book List compared No More Lies to the works of Robin Cook and Michael Crichton rather than to other romances, but it was also a Rita finalist for best paranormal romance by Romance Writers of America.

Susan still uses tales of romance and adventure to escape budgets and projects. She now writes for St. Martin's Press. The first of three sensuous vampire romances set in the Regency period will come out in May, 2005. She researches and writes her books at the beach in Southern California, supported by two Belgian Sheepdogs, a warmblood mare and a wonderful husband named Harry who writes occult mysteries as H.R. Knight.
Visit Susan Squires online.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

E-Book Week - 3/7-13/10

In honor of e-book week, I am discounting the e-book version of my Second Chances by 50%. Instead of paying the retail price of $2.99, you can purchase Second Chancees from Smashwords.com for only $1.50. Just enter this code (RAE50) when you add Second Chances to your cart.

Here is the direct link to the Second Chances page at Smashwords.com. The e-book version is available in the most popular formats including mobi which can be read on your Kindle.


Many readers who have read my Second Chances as well as my other titles say that Second Chances is my best book yet!
One reader said:
Best romance book as of late! (5 stars)

I think Kristie Leigh Maguire, Author of "Second Chances" has written her BEST BOOK yet! It kept my interest to the very end and I didn't want to put it down when I had to. She had a unique twist that kept the love birds alive with a happy ending, which I loved. Overall, a very well written romance book and entertaining. Thanks for placing this on kindle for all of us to download and enjoy. I'll be looking forward to more books like this from Kristie Leigh Maguire. She is the best!
I am often asked where I get the ideas for my stories. Second Chances came about when a friend of mine read an ad in the classifieds of her local newspaper. The ad read, "Free wedding dress. Worn only once by mistake." I wanted to know the story behind the story. Since I had no way of finding this out, my imagination kicked in and filled in the blanks. Thus Second Chances was born.

Here is the back cover blurb:
"Free wedding dress. Worn only once by mistake." One simple little ad, but it turned the whole world upside down (or perhaps right side up) for not only one couple, but for two couples.

Mike Farley stomped on Jane Porter's heart with his cowboy boots. When he realized he had made the biggest mistake of his life, could he ever get it back the way it should be? Ma Liz Farley and Pa Jim Porter decided they had to do anything they could to make it right. But were they really willing to go "all the way" to accomplish it?

Set in rural Wyoming, Second Chances is a delightful read that will warm your heart as much as the fireplace will warm your cheeks.

I hope you enjoy the read!

Second Chances is also available in paperback. You can purchase it from Amazon.com or ask for it at your local bookstore.