Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Jessica Lauryn – A Sultry Performance is featured at the HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase

The Showcase is a special feature of the Author's Spotlight. It is designed to highlight Spotlight author's NEW releases and their soon to be released novels.

The HBS Author's Spotlight SHOWCASES Jessica Lauryn's New Book: A Sultry Performance.

Jessica is the Top Selling Author of the Romantic Suspense Series, The Pinnacles of Power and The Rabourn Theater Series.








A Sultry Performance

The Rabourn Theater Series Book 3


Author: Jessica Lauryn


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Chris Gordon, stage manager at Rabourn Theater, suspects his late wife's hit and run was never an accident. He believes the man she was having an affair with, Oakley Sutherland, was responsible and he vows to get Evelyn justice, igniting a plot to ensnare Oakley, working through Oakley's fiancée, Victoria.

A well-known exotic dancer by night, Victoria Morrow has been fighting to make a better life for herself, and she won't be taken advantage of. But when the most handsome man at Rabourn Theater takes an interest in her, she finds herself spiraling down a path she never expected to. Can Victoria resist Chris's charms? Or will both of them fall prey to the danger that lurks in the wings?

Excerpt from A Sultry Performance

“I’m fine.” Victoria hid her eyes.

Chris tucked a disheveled wave behind her ear. “You don’t look fine. You’re trembling, and you look as though you’ve been crying.”

Victoria did her best to hold it together, like she always did. But seeing the compassion in Chris’s eyes, compassion that ran deeper than anything she had ever been on the receiving end of, the emotions welled inside of her. As the tears spilled down her face Chris took her into his arms. His strength surrounded her. He brought her inside of it, brushing one strong hand up and down her back.

“Victoria,” he whispered, “why are you marrying that man?”

Victoria tried, but couldn’t think of a single reason why she was. For years, she’d been telling herself that she was humoring Oakley, biding her time with him until she could approach him from a position of power. But the more time passed, the more she questioned whether that day would ever come. The night Oakley had asked her to marry him, there hadn’t been any question in her mind that she was going to say yes. Such had been the way of their disgusting farce of a relationship. She presented a hard-edged front to the world, but when it came to the man who’d been manipulating her for half her life, it was as though she had no power at all, as though she might just as well be nothing more than a mouse.

Avoiding Chris’s eyes, because she couldn’t possibly hide the truth from him if they were looking at each other head-on, Victoria simply said, “I love him.”

Chris’s arms stiffened and Victoria froze in turn, barely breathing as he took her by the shoulders, saying, “Victoria, that man just embarrassed you in front of two hundred people. He berated you, he manhandled you and he exploits you every night of your life. How could you possibly love a man like that?”

Victoria gnawed her lip, completely at a loss for words. She had no defense for the man in question and by aligning herself with him she was sacrificing more of her identity every day. Not that the life she’d led had made her crazy about relationships in general, but she wasn’t even opening herself to the possibility of another man’s companionship, to his soothing words and soft touch. Was it so wrong to want these things, so impossible to have them? Bringing Chris into the middle of her relationship with Oakley was liable to prove dangerous for both of them. But Chris was strong. He had to be, to have survived the loss he had.

Cautioning herself not to allow her thoughts to get away from her, knowing that Oakley would probably kill a man he perceived to be a serious enough threat to him, Victoria lifted her chin. “I know what it looks like, but I couldn’t count the things Oakley has done for me over the years. He’s protected me, and I sleep soundly at night knowing that no one is going to hurt me. He makes me feel safe.”

She realized right away that she shouldn’t have put things in those terms because the twinkle in Chris’s eyes told her exactly what his reply was going to be. She ought to run. He was giving her a chance to do just that, but her legs refused to stand. Instead, they eased sideways, leading the way like the smokestack on a train as her body leaned helplessly into that of the man sitting beside her.

“Tell me, Victoria—” Chris looked into her eyes, “does Oakley Sutherland make you feel like this?”



Author: Jessica Lauryn

Author Genre: Romance, Mystery & Thrillers, Contemporary

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Author Description: An author of Contemporary Romantic Suspense, Jessica Lauryn is most intrigued by dark heroes, who have many demons to conquer...but little trouble enticing female companions into their beds! She feels that the best romances are those where the hero is already seducing the heroine from that first point of contact.

In Jessica's debut series, The Pinnacles of Power, five troubled bad boys: Ryan, Alec, Colin, Lucas and Jack must let go of the mistakes of their pasts as they battle the dangers surrounding an underground organization called Project Gemstone. Each man crosses paths with a strong, feisty heroine who has the ability to capture his heart and change the course of his life forever. Ryan's story, Dangerous Secret, kicks off the series in the picturesque town of North Conway, New Hampshire.

Jessica is a proud member of both Romance Writers of America and her local chapter, New Jersey Romance Writers. When she's not writing, she enjoys listening to as much 80's music as possible, keeping current with the story lines on Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless, shopping for the latest fashions and the prettiest of antiques, and taking long walks in nature where she can daydream about anything romantic. Though she resides in New Jersey, her heart belongs to the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire.



Author's Book List
An Amorous Dance - The Rabourn Theater 2
When Hannah Rabourn, daughter of Rabourn Theater's late owner, is attacked, a surge of mental flashes prompts her to consider that her father may have been murdered. Hannah's antagonistic stage director insists her subconscious is merely seeking closure. But as she and Evan become close once again, Hannah's suspicions about the past deepen, and she wonders whether the man she's falling in love with for the second time knows more than he's letting on. Evan Masters's dreams were shattered when theater-owner Baron Rabourn destroyed his budding acting career. Having forged an alliance with Rabourn's former partner, Evan assumed a mission to transform Rabourn Theater into what it always should have been. Fellow conspirators believe Rabourn's daughter is the key to power, and Evan is the means by which to achieve their ends. But Evan's feelings for Hannah are stronger than he believed. And when he realizes Hannah's life is in danger, he must decide between his passion and his heart.

Excerpt:

Unable to stay still, Hannah maneuvered her way around the surrounding obstacles so that she could pace. She’d been trying to convince herself that these flashes of memory didn’t mean what they appeared to, but the truth was that she’d always had her suspicions about the way her father died.

The doctors she’d spoken with had confirmed her father had a heart attack, but she’d always found it hard to believe that a man in his fifties—a man in excellent physical condition with no history of heart disease—would die suddenly, for what appeared to be no reason at all. Having felt this way from the get-go, she’d conducted a bit of research, from which she’d discovered that her father had had an argument with Bruce Lancaster prior to the start of her birthday dinner. The stress of whatever they’d discussed might have taken a toll on him, and for years Hannah had believed that a heated discussion with the theater’s former owner had directly contributed to her father’s death. But if the images she’d been seeing were real, maybe her father’s death had had nothing to do with physiology at all.

Maybe he had been murdered.

“Hannah?” Evan called out as he opened the door. Failing to flick the light switch, he made his way around, almost tripping over the settee in the corner before asking, “Hannah, are you in here?”

Hannah covered her tearstained mouth. She had no desire to reveal herself, but she realized before she could hide that Evan had already seen her. After hastily wiping her face in hopes that he wouldn’t realize she’d been crying, she snapped, “What the hell are you doing in here?”

“Me? What the bloody hell do you think I’m doing in here?” Evan demanded, squinting at the gigantic mushrooms behind his back, as if they were going to agree with how ridiculous her question was.

“You shouldn’t have followed me. I wasn’t thrilled to see that my cousin decided to stay in a show her former stalker is a part of, but…I’m a big girl. I can handle anything that’s thrown my way, Evan Masters, I promise you.”

As Hannah looked downward, she realized Evan had no intention of releasing her. His grip was strong, but his palm felt like melted butter against her skin. She attempted to laugh at him, but instead fresh tears formed in her eyes. Evan took her into his arms before she could stop him, bringing her against his body with a force that demonstrated he wouldn’t take no for an answer. Unable to fight him, or whatever it was he was doing, Hannah allowed herself to be drawn against his warmth. His lightly bearded cheek sent tingles up her spine as it brushed against her own.

Evan held her, cupping the back of her head as he urged her toward the settee he’d all but killed himself staggering over a moment before. As he whispered a couple of soft, indiscernible things into her ear, the familiarity of his masculine scent soothed her raw nerves. In her mind, she held an unpleasant picture of him about to kiss her cousin’s shoulders, but the present moment played right over it, and Hannah let go of her anxiety, allowing herself to simply feel, to let her lover from another lifetime make everything right.

Evan brought his fingers beneath her chin and lifted her head so she was looking into his eyes. His smile giving way to a smirk, he said, “I saw you, Hannah. I saw the way you were looking at me when I was holding your cousin. The heat in your eyes wasn’t there out of concern for Alicia, or even because you were angry about my going ahead with the play. You emitted that scream because you wanted to be playing Blair on that stage. More so, because you wanted to be the woman that I was holding in my arms.”

Her eyes widening as her body grew cold with fury, Hannah said, “Clearly the sky-high opinion you’ve always had of yourself has only gotten higher. You make it sound as though you actually think I could still want you after all this time, knowing that I’m fully aware of what a bastard you really are.”

“You may hate me on the surface, Hannah, but I daresay your body responds quite differently. You shiver when I touch you and your skin warms on contact because it wants more, just as you wanted more the night I carried you off to the dressing room and gave you the passion that both of us so desperately craved.”


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A Passionate Play - The Rabourn Theater 1
In the midst of recovering from a blow to the head, theater actress Alicia Coleman comes to know the man whose home she awoke in and realizes the two of them share a complicated past. A series of dreams prompts her to suspect the most outrageous of possibilities--that the man holding her prisoner may actually be her lover. Surrounding threats cause Alicia to realize that proving her theory true--or not--may be her only chance of keeping her attacker from coming after her a second time

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“I mentioned to you that we’re in Mohegan Lake,” Nick said sometime later, “in Westchester County, New York. Does the name of the town, the county, or the state sound at all familiar to you?”

“Not really.” Alicia racked her brain. “Should they?”

Nick shrugged. “Only if you think they should. So, you really don’t remember anything about your life, your friends, or your career before waking up in this house?”

“My career?” Alicia dropped her empty glass onto the table. Having felt a sensation comparable to an electric shock when he’d said the word career, she asked, “What is it that I do, exactly? Am I a lawyer? Do I perform surgeries alongside of a team of brain surgeons?”

“Something like that,” Nick answered with a secretive smile. Furious that he refused to tell her whatever he knew about her life, Alicia said, “You must be holding out on me because you’re familiar with my work and the knowledge of my success makes you feel completely emasculated.”

“I never said—”

“Understandable. Considering that you appear to spend the majority of your time hiding out in the woods, collecting the latest additions from Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn.”

Failing to offer anything in the way of a response, Nick grunted.

“I may not remember what I do for a living, but there’s no doubt in my mind that I’m capable of doing a lot of interesting things.”

“Are you now?” Her companion gave her a thoughtful glance. Coming to his feet, he extended his hand and said, “How about sharing a dance with me?” Alicia’s face became as hot as the candle flames. Looking from Nick’s open palm to the empty room around them, she swallowed and said, “There’s no music.”

“Well, I think we can do something about that.” Nick wandered across the floor to the area behind the curio cabinet. There was a stereo there that Alicia hadn’t noticed before. He pressed a button, causing the room to fill with soft, romantic music.

Nick extended his hand once more as he came toward her. His smile was cool but also insistent and it contained a hint of danger. Dark brown eyes looked into hers, willing her to trust, to comply with her very mysterious and yet compelling desires.

Allowing herself to operate on pure instinct, Alicia slipped her hand into Nick’s. His warmth surrounded her and she felt a hint of anticipation as he urged her gently forward. Nick led her into the middle of the floor. Placing one large hand against her waist, he brought her beside his powerful, broad frame.

They began to move and Alicia swayed in unison with her partner as though they had danced together a thousand times before. In her mind, she was in the arms of a stranger, but her body reacted as though he was anything but, as though he were someone whom she knew intimately. Nick’s eyes, his scent, the very feel of him seemed familiar to her, and as his hand slid from her hip to the small of her back she realized that she ought to be telling him he was getting too close. Except she didn’t want him to back away—it felt good, being close to him like this.

As her partner drew her closer still, Alicia felt chills, yet at the same time she began to let go of the tension she was holding. She was encased in a blanket of heat, and as that blanket spun her around and brought her back against its softness she was taken into a realm of comfort and dreams. Dancing with her captor felt right to her and in a strange way, safe. Nick had gone out of his way to make her happy tonight and she got the feeling that wasn’t something he did every day. Letting her eyes fall closed, she inched beside him and when he didn’t resist she rested her head against the cushion of his shoulder.

Nick’s arms enveloped her, and Alicia became aware that he didn’t only smell of pinewood but of something darker, something she couldn’t quite define. She sensed a degree of rebelliousness in this man and for some strange reason the idea of that intrigued her. Strength seemed to emanate from every part of him and she wondered what it would be like to taste that strength. Filled with the strongest desire to do just that, she settled her hand against the back of his neck and tilted his head so that she could just about feel what she wanted to so desperately.

“Kiss me,” she insisted, lifting her chin.


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Dangerous Ally - The Pinnacles of Power 4
When Reporter Lilah Benson takes a job in the home of diamond smuggling kingpin Lucas Ramone, she believes she has a chance to write the story of a lifetime. But when she meets the man who was supposed to be her nemesis, Lilah is tempted by a passion far stronger than the desire to see her name in print...There was no doubt in Lucas's mind that eliminating his father's new executive assistant--namely, the bastard he's hired to help steal Project Gemstone--would be effortless. But with eyes like green jewels and a body made for a man’s hands, Lilah Benson isn't exactly the adversary he was expecting to face...Though Lilah may be the one person capable of bringing him to his knees, Lucas will stop at nothing to keep his empire secure. He will have it all: His Fortune, His Legacy, and Lilah Benson in his bed...


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Dangerous Proposition - The Pinnacles of Power 3
When Julia Dyson learns her father has been abducted, she believes his hidden profession may be to blame. But when she discovers a man’s name in her dad's caller history, a man suspected of shady business activity and also her teenage crush, she decides to take matters into her own hands. She confronts her father's presumed abductor, resulting in an unforgettable kiss. In the course of one disastrous evening, diamond smuggling kingpin Colin Westwood learns that his best recruit is missing in action, and that the man has been keeping a secret for years—he has a twenty-six-year-old daughter. Determined to protect his identity, Colin vows to find the young woman, and keep her silent at any cost. Later intrigued to learn that she is actually the attractive woman he kissed, he makes Julia an offer. Come to New York City with him to search for her missing father…as his mistress


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Dangerous Proposal - The Pinnacles of Power 2
At nineteen, Alec Westwood nearly committed the most horrific of crimes—murder in cold blood—and narrowly escaped the assignment with his life. When a stunning young woman crosses his path wearing the insignia for the organization that recruited him, he vows not to let fate get a second chance. But when the enchantress gives him a kiss that leaves him spellbound, Alec realizes the power she holds is greater than all his strength and fortitude combined. On the run from her psychotic fiance, Lena Benson vows to forge a new life. But when her new friend Jack tells her to stay away from Alec Westwood—the man she believes her fiance hired to track her down—she takes matters into her own hands. Alec may have the charm, but she’s calling the shots, even if that means resisting a man whose eyes and touch rob her, literally, of sense.


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Dangerous Secret - The Pinnacles of Power 1
Abigail MacKenzie has been trying to put her father's tragic death behind her.But when a handsome stranger produces a random clue about her father's shooting, hopes of finding her father's killer come flooding back to the surface.Abigail is determined to get justice for her dad, even if it means learning the secret of a man with eyes that cut straight through the wall around her heart. After making a mysterious discovery that costs him his job, Ryan Newberry is happy to accept any position he can get.But when he realizes that one of the employees who'll be working under him at the Washington Valley Hotel is Abigail MacKenzie, the sweet girl he met weeks before, he fears the past might be in danger of repeating itself.Ryan only hopes that his desires for his new front desk associate won't lead both of them down a path of danger from which he won't be able to protect them. ** A BookStrand Mainstream Romance


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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Aileen Fish - An Author Interview in the HBS Author's Spotlight

Today our blog puts the Spotlight on USA Today Bestselling Author Aileen Fish. She writes contemporary romance novels. Aileen is the author of the The Bridgethorpe Brides series, and The Small Town Sweethearts series.

Author: Aileen Fish

Author Genre: Contemporary and Regency Romance

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Author Description:
USA Today Bestselling Author Aileen Fish is an avid quilter and auto racing fan who finds there aren't enough hours in a day/week/lifetime to stay up with her "to do" list. There is always another quilt or story begging to steal away attention from the others. When she has a spare moment she enjoys spending time with her two daughters and their families. Her books include The Bridgethorpe Brides series and the Small Town Sweethearts series.

She also writes steamy romance under the pen-name Ari Thatcher.


SPOTLIGHT Questions and Answers with the Author

Congratulations on your book: Cruising into Christmas. What do you have on the drawing board next? Can you tell us the timeline for its release and give us a little tease?

I have several recent releases, all Christmas themed, two of which are set in my Small-Town Sweethearts series, and one is a Regency romance. All are available now. Almost Christmas in Connecticut features Tanner Frost and. Lauren wins a chance to watch the filming of Tanner’s cooking vlog, and things don’t quite go as planned. This novella is based on the movie Christmas in Connecticut, included in the boxed set, Love, Christmas 2: Movies You Love.

Cruising into Christmas features Tanner’s brother Nick Frost, and Lauren DiBennadetto. They’re cruising to Hawaii for the wedding of Trevor Frost and Lauren’s best friend, Nicole. An embarrassing video of Lauren is sweeping the Internet with the hashtag #kisscamgirl, and Nick helps Lauren hide from the unwanted attention—while falling in love.

The Regency novella is No Mistletoe Required, featured in The Duke of Danby’s Mistletoe Madness, a multi-author anthology. The Duke of Danby had been matchmaking for three generations, now, with new stories added every year. No Mistletoe Required puts Mr. Theo Jardine and Lady Barbara Graves in the path of the duke and his stack of marriage licenses.

You have a good following on twitter. Since you started before the social media buzz, what impact has social media relationships had on your current success? How did you build your following in your niche? How much has it changed your book launch process?

Social media is the core of marketing now for me. Readers looking for sweet romance have found me through groups of like-minded authors, and they tell their friends about my books. I wouldn’t be anywhere without friends recommending to others. It really helps focus a book launch, as I know where to reach those who like my books.

Do you do any book signings, interviews, speaking and personal appearances? If so, when and where is the next place where your readers can see you? Where can they keep up with your personal contacts online?

I don’t make personal appearances often. In addition to writing, I’m a live-in caregiver to an elderly woman, which limits my travel time. I love looking after her, though, so I hope my readers understand and can wait to meet me in person.

You have great covers. They carry a theme and your brand with them. How does your book cover creation process work? Do you hand over the basic theme or do you have more of a hands-on approach? Do you get your readers involved in its development?

I make most of my covers myself. The ones I haven’t made are multi-author series where we share elements and usually have a single designer make the covers using models we’ve chosen. For my own, the hardest part is finding the right models. My covers can’t look sexy, as it would mislead readers. Guys need to have their shirts on, ladies’ gowns are fully laced. I do enjoy getting feedback from readers on Facebook when I’m torn between two heroes. So many handsome men to choose from!

You have written many short stories and novelettes. Can you tell us if they had an impact on the sales of your novels? Are shorty’s one of your styles of writing or are they created to give readers a sample of your work?

My shorts do help sell the novels, I believe. A reader can buy an inexpensive story and get a sample of my style before spending full price on a novel. It’s the same with anthologies—just a sample to whet readers’ appetites.

I got my start writing short stories for magazines, and I like the challenge of writing a satisfying tale in so few words. I’ve been neglecting my full-length novels, and plan to rectify that in 2019.

What is your primary genre? What has been your best marketing approach to this group?

Regency historical romance is my primary genre. It’s a very specific genre, focused on a short period in the early 19th century, but lovers of historical romance in general enjoy that period, too. To reach that market I cross promote with other authors of historical romance, which lets our readers know of authors they might have missed. Ads centered around historical readers, blog tours focused on the same, have a better result than the broad romance market.

What has been your experience in giving your books away free? Have you been involved in any other type of giveaways and how did that work out? What was your main goal in doing this? Did you run into any obstacles?

I have a few books that are permanently free and find they’re a great starting spot for new readers. I’ve actually had readers comment on one as the perfect introductory book, since they loved it so much.

Giveaways at social media events do well to attract attention, but I find a tendency for attendees only wanting to win prizes and have no intention of buying books. I do see sales numbers rise when I offer books, though, just not as significantly as a sale price. Book giveaways give you advertising without saying “buy my book”, as do other types of prizes. Non-book giveaways are a great way to show my appreciation to my readers, but they don’t appear to have an impact on sales.

Do you maintain a reader list? What are the methods you use to find your readers and create the list and the relationship? Do you use social media, forums, newsletters and/or support groups to build your list?

I have a newsletter, but I don’t use it to its potential. My interaction with readers is mostly on social media. I belong to reader groups where we can discuss books and life and such. I’m also “friends” with a large number, many of whom I can interact with just like my real-life friends. I enjoy knowing these people so well, and letting them into my life.

What is the objective for your newsletter? Do you try to build a list of readers? Do you see a carryover to the sales of your novels?

I use the newsletter to inform my readers of new releases, contests, and releases from authors I enjoy. I probably should share more personal details there, but I figure we’re all there to discuss our main love—books!

I like the idea of Author bundles. You are a part of a novel collection called Love, Christmas 2 with twenty-five other authors. What a great group of outstanding people. (Many have been interviewed on this blog). What was your main objective in bundling your works with other authors? What blogging, newsletter and social media promotions have you done to promote the collection?



I absolutely love being in these bundles! Not only does it give readers a fantastic deal getting so many stories for such a great price, it allows them to discover new authors. In the most successful bundles we’ve put a good deal of money into advertising in new-release newsletters, book blogs and social media ads. We’ll hold a Facebook party to meet with readers, share teasers, and offer giveaways. On Twitter, we might have a short period of sharing focused tweets to become more visible for a bit. The focus is to be visible in as many places as possible in a short period, as you’ll notice in TV commercials when a movie is released. Make the book cover familiar, and when a reader sees it they’re more likely to check it out.



Author's Book List
Love, Christmas - Movies You Love - The Holiday Series Book 2
Sprinkle a little Christmas magic into your life with 26 ALL-NEW, never before released romances. Each title - exclusive to this set - is inspired by a favorite holiday movie, spun into a fantastic love story by a NY Times, USA Today, and/or award-winning, bestselling author and delivered to you in this wonderful collection full of cheer for the coming season.

Mimi Barbour – A Wonderful Life - Though Mary works with troubled teens, can she and an angel help a man living a nightmare?

Leanne Banks – A Royal White Christmas - Can a secret prince be a Christmas wish-come-true for a small-town girl?

Joan Reeves – Brianna’s Season For Miracles - Her seductive persona hides what she's ashamed of... What will happen if the man she's fallen for discovers her secret?

Mona Risk – Jingle With My Princess - The doc and the princess... He saves lives, but she may save his heart.

Rebecca York – Can She Get Home for Christmas? - Will a killer stop her from getting home for Christmas?

Jacquie Biggar – Mistletoe Inn - A grieving man finds the greatest gift is love.

Alicia Street – Miracle on Christmas Tree Street - A single mom discovers her business partner is more than he seems.

Nancy Radke – The Holiday (Christmas) - Jodi's house-swap to Maui came with a small dog and a shipwrecked sailor.

Katy Walters –Letters from the Snowman – The snow revealed a precious love.

Stephanie Queen – Holiday Affair - Melissa goes from riches to rags but will she find gold in a holiday affair?

Aileen Fish – Almost Christmas in Connecticut - Can a wounded warrior learn to trust her celebrity chef crush after discovering his secret?

Rachelle Ayala – A Christmas Creek Carol - A reclusive writer is given a one-star review on her life by characters from her past, present, and future.

Dani Haviland – The Polar Xpress - She prefers dogs to men…until she rescues the doctor.

Traci Hall – Love, Actually (By the Sea) - Two strangers. One intimate night. Reunited a year later, can it actually be love?

Taylor Lee – The Ref-er-ee - With a family this discombobulated, it will take a referee to save their Christmas.

Donna Fasano – Her Mr. Miracle - It’s Christmas Eve and Veronica is stuck in a nearly deserted seaside town... She needs a miracle.

Cynthia Cooke – A Christmas to Remember - A Christmas storm. Wedding plans in peril. Has a lost love been found?

Susan Jean Ricci – A Joyous Holiday Inn - Can Twigg restore the joy of Christmas to Chloe’s indifferent heart?

Tamara Ferguson – Two Hearts Home for Christmas - Can a long ago promise of love bring two lonely wounded warriors home for Christmas?

Suzanne Jenkins – Christmas with the Clouds - Tracy isn’t interested in love until an unexpected Christmas visitor changes her heart.

Natalie Ann – How Gavin Stole Christmas - Can Jolene help Gavin find the Christmas spirit when he’s the epitome of Mr. Bah Humbug?

Ev Bishop – A Sharla Brown Christmas - For single parents Sharla and Jake, Christmas is the loneliest time of the year…until it’s not.

Alyssa Bailey – In the Spirit of Christmas - Chase can protect Tara from danger, but can he protect his heart?

Stacy Eaton – Finding Love on Christmas Vacation - Christmas isn't the same for Lucy without her father...until she meets his friend Maverick.

Jen Talty – The Christmas Getaway - A mix-up in reservations leaves a mother and her son to share a cabin with a broken-hearted stranger.

Melinda De Ross - Boyfriend Wanted for Christmas - A thirty-something singleton’s desperate yet humorous quest to find a boyfriend in the seven days before Christmas.


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Cruising into Christmas - Hawaiian Holiday Book 3
How can a kiss that never happened lead to love with another guy?

When Lauren Dibenadetto is caught on the kiss cam refusing a proposal, she doesn’t realize life as she knows it is gone, at least for a little while. Who knew so many people watched hockey? Or posted on social media. Or made such instant judgements without knowing the details? At least she’s going on a long cruise, so hopefully by the time she returns home, this will have all blown over.

Ryan Frost doesn’t recognize the girl on the kiss cam on TV, but his brother says she’s the maid of honor in his upcoming wedding. Ryan can’t wait to get the details on this proposal and refusal. He has no way of knowing that moment on TV will have him playing knight in shining armor, and the effect Lauren will have on his life. Is there love in his future?


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Warming the Cowboy's Heart - Small-Town Sweethearts Book 1
Cheyenne Miller is at wit’s end with one of the kids on her rodeo team, and she feels sorry for anyone who falls for his father Mike. Then she falls for Mike. Technically, she’s had a crush on him forever, but working beside him every day makes it impossible to ignore her feelings. Too bad he doesn’t return them.

Mike McCallum is overly protective of his adopted son, he’ll admit it, and the desire to protect the boy’s feelings has kept Mike from considering dating again, much less falling in love. But something changes between him and Chey, and the part of his heart he’s kept hidden reawakens. Can he trust Chey enough to let her in?


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Betting on the Duke - The Bridgethorpe Brides Book 9
She’s secretly one of the top horse racers in the area, when she’s not riding sidesaddle.

Lady Madeleine Lumley can’t bear to part with her brother’s prized stallion, but he must sell it in order to re-establish the family stud after the tragic loss of most of their horses. She convinces her brother to challenge another breeder to a winner-take-all wager in a special race. No one knows that horse better than Madeleine does, and following the rules is not her strong suit, so she schemes to secretly jockey the horse in that race. Then the Duke of Nobleham gets in the way and ruins her one chance of keeping the stallion.

He needs a foundation stallion for his line of race horses.

Nobleham’s fed up with Polite Society, and if he didn’t fear for Madeleine’s safety, he’d love to see if she could win. But if she does, the horse won’t be on the market and he needs it to establish his horse farm in Virginia. As he gets to know her, his admiration for Madeleine turns into something more, and she is falling in love with him, too.


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Earl of Basingstoke - Wicked Regency Romance
Lady Phoebe Woodson dreams of being a writer, and practices daily in her secret diary. The hero in all of her tales is one Nathan Carruthers, Earl of Basingstoke. The rumors surrounding his wicked assignations are beyond anything she could dream of, and once enhanced by her wild imaginings, she’s created a lover no man could live up to.

Basingstoke has ignored the rumors about his romantic scandals for the most part, accepting them as part of being a single gentleman with a title. In one way, it’s kept the marriage-minded mothers from thrusting their daughters into his reach. Although a staunch member of the Wicked Earls’ Club and enjoying his carefree ways, he admits he’s reached an age when he would like to marry. Luckily, those supposed scandals aren’t keeping away the woman he’s grown to love--Lady Phoebe.

When Basingstoke discovers Lady Phoebe’s diary, he blames her for creating the rumors. Hurt to the bone, he wants nothing more to do with her. Heartbroken, she goes in search of the real rumormonger. Can she prove her innocence and regain Basingstoke’s love?


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That Miscreant Marquess - My Sweet Scoundrel Book 3
All she wants is a kiss.

At least, that’s what Matilda’s trying to convince herself. A silly wager with her friends—to be the first to kiss one of the friends of the Miscreant Marquess—was won by the marquess’s sister, but Mattie can’t stop thinking about him. One little kiss will free her from her obsession, and she can think about finding a respectable husband like her father wants.

He’s sworn to never fall in love again.

Colin, the Marquess of Markham enjoys flirting with his sister’s friend, and if he hadn’t been burned so badly in love, he could see himself attracted to her. When he overhears her parents talking about a pending match between Matilda and him, he realizes history is repeating itself. He avoids Matilda at all costs, having vowed to never again lose his heart to a woman in search of a title.

Mattie continues to cross Markham’s path, sneaking her way past the walls he’s built around his heart. Can he learn to trust again, and let her into hi heart?


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Once Bitten - The Heart of a Hero Book 3
When his uncle is killed by French spy Jean Boiselle, Lord Adam St. Peters seeks revenge. Hearing the spy is an actor in a local theatre troupe, Lord Adam changes his focus from financial concerns and Parliamentary business to become a critic of the arts. Yet at every turn, family friend Miss Mary Jane Watson interferes. Is she working for the spy? If not, perhaps she’ll pretend to be his fiancé to give him even more access to Boiselle.

Believing she’s found the only man who can appreciate her passion for the stage, Mary Jane eagerly accepts Lord Adam’s request to help him expose Boiselle. At first, the young lord appears shy and unassuming, but the more time they spend together, the more he seems to be falling in love. A younger son of a duke would never be allowed to marry an actress, but Mary Jane has never spent much time worrying about what Polite Society says. Unable to hide her feelings any longer, she pushes him to declare his attachment to her.

Once he realizes the game has changed, can Lord Adam elude this beautiful distraction, or will their pretend romance trap Lord Adam in the silky web of love?


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The Duke Who Loved Her
When the Duke of Hartshorne returns to London to assume his title, he barely hopes his heart’s desire still waits for him. But she’s engaged to another man, so he fights to forget her and get on with his life.

Having given up hope of that Hart still loved her, Lady Marjorie Gideon agrees to marry someone else. Then he fails to show up for their wedding. She fears something bad has befallen him and asks the only man she trusts to find him.

The favor she asks of him will require every ounce of his honor to take on, and no one believes him to be an honorable man. Except Marjorie. For her, he would do anything—even if it means she marries another man.


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The Rake Takes a Wife - My Sweet Scoundrel Book 1
Twenty-five-year-old Barbara’s best chance of finding a husband is behind her. When her brother’s friend offers to pay for a Season in London in exchange for pretending to be his betrothed, she sees it as a miracle.

Jonas needs a fiancée in order to inherit his grandfather’s estate, but he didn’t consider how spending several months with Barbara would make her necessary to his happiness. Now she’s in London and he’s in agony. A gentleman never reneges on an agreement…unless his heart is broken.


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His Heart for Christmas
For the first time since her husband died two years ago, Helena hopes to be happy at Christmas. If that addle-pated dolt Duncan stays out of her way it just might happen.

As Duncan plays along with the outdated rites, he realizes how much he's missed Helena's laughter. When he hears she plans to re-enter the Marriage Mart the next Season, he is struck with jealousy. Is he falling in love, or simply under the spell of the holiday season?


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His Unsuspecting Heart - Danby Summons Book 4
When Lord Giles’ grandmother sends him on a fool’s errand requiring him to gain entry into her former home, he strikes up a friendship with the daughter of the new resident, Miss Tabitha Minnet.

Tabby’s search for a husband has brought her, along with every other lady of marriageable age, to London for the Season. She isn’t particular about titles and income, as long as her future husband is kind, honest, and an excellent kisser. The one she’s particularly interested in happens to be the brother-in-law of her dearest friend. Lord Giles is quite the catch!

A madcap cat and mouse chase ensues as Lord Giles searches for his grandmother’s lost treasure while avoiding the young lady his great uncle the Duke of Danby plans for him to wed. The more time he spends with Tabby, the less interest he has in Grandmother’s wishes, which has him dangerously close to falling in love. Will he find the treasure before losing his heart to Tabby?


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Masquerading as a Miss - Regency Fairy Tales Book 1
Tossed upon a beach after a storm at sea, Colin Wentworth, Viscount Spalding, awakens next to a mysterious young lady on the sandy shore. She’s unable to tell him anything more than her name, Cassandra Franklin. As Spalding strives to help her find her family, he loses his heart to her. His family objects—the heir to the earldom can’t marry a woman who could be illegitimate, for all anyone knows. Cassandra’s family secret is much worse than she fears, and she’s afraid to lose him by revealing the truth. Is Spalding’s love strong enough to face the truth?


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A Marquess for Christmas - Danby Summons Book 4
While others fear the meddling Duke of Danby, Lady Eleanor hopes he can find her a husband, since he does it so well.

Four years ago, Lady Eleanor’s brother Archie found his love, Harriet, indirectly due to the Duke of Danby’s summons at Christmastime. Now Eleanor hopes Danby will do the same for her, but she’ll have to get over her shyness to meet anyone. Discovered by the handsome Marquess of Wickham while she hides away in the nursery, she agrees to pretend there’s an understanding between them so his uncle won’t try to force him to marry. Eleanor enjoys Wickham’s company, but how will she find a husband if the gentlemen all believe she’s already in love?


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Rescuing Lord Ravenscliffe - Regency Tales Book 2
Desperate for adventure, Lady Agnes Wentworth drags her sister Lady Matilda off to the wilds of Scotland. There she discovers a mysterious, cold, starving man, just the sort of thing to occupy her attention. He’s handsome, kind, and as big as a bear, but her family warns her to have nothing to do with him.

Ewan, Lord Ravenscliffe, escaped his wicked uncle, and once he regains his strength, he’ll return to save his brother. Only then can he take back what is rightfully his.


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Captain Lumley's Angel - The Bridgethorpe Brides Book 7
Captain Samuel Lumley is proud to follow in his cousin’s footsteps and serve king and country in the cavalry. Wounded in the Battle of Waterloo, he is cared for by an angel in the form of his lieutenant’s wife. A promise to his dying comrade leaves Sam with the responsibility of seeing to the safety of the lieutenant’s widow, Mrs. Ellen Staverton.

Upon their return to England, Ellen finds herself homeless and in need of employment. When Sam’s mother offers her a temporary home with the family, Ellen quickly grows too fond of them and Sam in particular. She must find a position before she falls for him, which would dishonor the memory of her dead husband.

Night terrors of the slaughters he survived have left Sam an empty husk of a man. He has little to offer a woman beyond his name and income so he won’t think of marriage, but the only joy in his life is the laughter of his angel, Ellen. Can he heal his inner wounds before she is gone from his life completely?


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Captivated by the Wallflower - The Bridgethorpe Brides Book 6
Adam Lumley, Viscount Knightwick, desperately wants o breed one of his mares to a stallion owned by the Earl of Huntfield. Huntfield sees no reason to improve the stock of his competition and repeatedly turns down whatever sum Knightwick offers.

After giving up hope his wallflower daughter will ever find a husband, Lord Huntfield settles on a deal: if Knightwick can turn Lady Susan into a diamond of the Season, Knightwick can breed his mare as he wishes.

Lady Susan Yarwood truly enjoys London assemblies. Where else can she find so many potential sponsors for the school she wishes to establish for the poor children in Huntfield? With her father threatening this will be her final London Season, she must work quickly to secure the funding she needs. The last thing she needs is the interference of the handsome, flirtatious Lord Knightwick who continually draws her away from the matrons she seeks donations from. She will succeed in founding her school, no matter who stands in her way.


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The Cowboy's Christmas Bride - Small Town Sweethearts Book 4
When veterinary student Tara seeks shelter in a snowstorm with handsome rancher Dylan, she quickly writes him off as boyfriend material since he’s more temperamental than an unbroken horse. Thanks to a job lined up half a state away, she’s not even tempted by a friend’s request that she move to White Oak, until she learns what has damaged Dylan’s spirit. Will a sickly calf and the magic of Christmas help her heal Dylan’s heart?


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One Last Season - The Bridgethorpe Brides Book 5
When Hugh “Trey” Lumley and Amelia Young first met, she was less than impressed. He has loved her from afar ever since, even after she married another man.

Now widowed, Amelia is told by her father to find a husband-one wealthy enough to pay for seasons for Amelia’s two younger sisters.

It’s too late for Trey to be her first love, but he hopes to be her last. His position as a clerk to his barrister uncle means he doesn’t stand a chance. He’s no longer the meek man willing to stand by and let Amelia fall for someone else. He will find a way to convince Amelia and her father that he’s the only man for her.


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Her Impetuous Rakehell - The Bridgethorpe Brides Book 4
Laurence Pierce never wanted a wife or children. He preferred his freedom and his bachelor’s rooms in London. Then his cousin, Lord Oakhurst, dies, making Laurence guardian of a three-year-old girl. He knows nothing about children, and even less about girls. In desperation, he turns to the only lady friend he’s never seduced and begs for help.

Lady Hannah Lumley knows Laurence for exactly what he is, since he’s been her brother’s closest friend for as long as she can remember. He’s the last man she could imagine as a father, and the very last man her brother would consider letting her marry. Yet one little kiss leaves her unable to think of anything but the new Baron Oakhurst. Now her Season has taken a twist she never expected. How can the nice young lords and gentlemen in London ever compare to this impetuous rakehell?


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The Lieutenant's Promise - Love's Promises Book 1
Caught in the path of an impending battle between approaching Confederate and Union troops, strong-willed Em Gilmore clashes with handsome Lt. Lucas over keeping her family safe.

When her brother joins up with the northern troops fighting to keep Missouri in the Union, Em Gilmore’s left with the responsibility of keeping her family safe. Discovering a band of rebels camping nearby, she must get word to her brother and his handsome friend Lieutenant Lucas.

Levi Lucas is torn between defending his nation and protecting Em from her foolish notions of invulnerability. Her stubbornness is bound to get her in trouble, and he can’t be there to rescue her when he’s in battle hundreds of miles away. If he survives whatever campaigns lay ahead, will she be there to welcome him home?


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Christmas in White Oak - Small Town Sweethearts Book 3
Nick Randolph has avoided Christmas since the death of his wife, but his four-year-old daughter insists he stay with her at his parents’ home for the holidays. He finally must confront his past and the woman he let get away. A tale of first love, self-forgiveness, and the importance of family and friendship.


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The Cowgirl and the Geek - Small Town Sweethearts Book 2
On the verge of seeing her dream become a reality, Katie Wooten questions her brother’s motives when he enlists the aid of his friend, Juan Diego Santiago, for the renovations on her bar and grill. The guy’s known as a player. She doesn’t need his drama.

Katie’s life was all about cooking, and no man was going to distract her from making her business a success. Oh, but this temptation was so distracting. So handsome. She’d have to use the same determination she put into the renovations to convince him to find someone else. She doesn’t have time for love.


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Chasing Lord Mystery - Danby Summons Book 2
Lord Northcotte is not in the holiday spirit when he joins his sister’s family shortly after the brutal death of a friend. Discovering a matchmaking scheme is afoot, he tells them he will never marry Lady Miriam or any other woman. Now if only his heart would listen.

Lady Miriam’s mother accused her of chasing Lord Mystery after a noble act by a handsome gentleman six years ago became the measure of all other men. Now he’s staying at the home where she’d hoped to escape a summons from her grandfather, the Duke of Danby. Terrified Northcotte will recognize her and reveal the contents of the scandalous letter she wrote him years ago, she can’t decide which is the bigger threat: the duke armed with a special license, or Lord Mystery, who carries a secret she’d never live down.


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Charming the Vicar's Daughter - The Bridgethorpe Brides Book 3
What’s a gentleman to do when the local Widows’ League insists on a marriage over a simple misunderstanding? How does he honor his family name without damaging that of a vicar’s daughter? For Neil Harrow, the journey to obtain a matched pair of horses for his new curricle has taken a wrong turn. While his uncle is not insisting Neil marry Rebecca Cookson, in his heart he knows it’s the thing to do.

Rebecca wants nothing to do with the popinjay who came to her aid, no matter how the situation appeared. The meddling old widows are a formidable opponent, but Rebecca will do everything in her power to avoid such an ill-suited match. As charming Mr. Harrow might be, Rebecca is determined to only marry a man she can love with all her heart.


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The Incorrigible Mr. Lumley - The Bridgethorpe Brides Book 2
Stubborn. Hard-headed. Single-minded. The qualities that make David Lumley a successful horse breeder are put to work befriending Lady Joanna Hurst with less than noble intentions. He’s tenacious in his pursuit of the answers he seeks.

Lady Joanna falls fast and hard for the handsome, witty and charming Mr. Lumley after her brother’s ultimatum to find a husband by the end of the Season. He is everything she imagined a husband could be, and more. Blissfully unaware of the conflict between their fathers, she believes he’ll declare his love soon. Then she overhears a conversation between Mr. Lumley and her brother, and all of Mr. Lumley’s tenacity will be needed if he’s to win back her heart.


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His Impassioned Proposal - The Bridgethorpe Brides Book 1
Stephen Lumley returns from battle wounded and jaded, only to find his home life had been changed forever. Drowning his sorrows in liquor, he mistakenly blurts out his impassioned proposal to his sweetheart, Jane. Lady Jane Marwick fears she has wasted her love on the wrong man, and allows her mother to convince her to plan another London Season to find a husband. The only certainty in Stephen’s life is his need for Jane’s love. Now Stephen only has a few months to convince himself and Jane he is worthy of her, before she’s off to London to find a man who is.


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Almost Christmas in Connecticut
Can a wounded warrior learn to trust her celebrity chef crush after discovering his secret? Horrified to learn that her young niece has arranged for her to visit a video blogger she’s never heard of, Winnefred “Fred” Carmichael is guilted into agreeing to the trip. Seeing how handsome he is in his videos doesn’t hurt in making her decision. Tanner Frost is a phony. He is only the front man for his aunt’s cooking, so he’s shocked to find out she invited some soldier to spend Christmas at the family farm. He’s even more shocked to discover Fred is a woman. A beautiful, intriguing woman. Can he keep her from discovering the truth behind his cooking while he’s falling too quickly for her charms?



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