Friday, March 30, 2018

Weekend Book Club--What are you Afraid of? by Alexandra Ivy and Born of Darkness by Lara Adrian

What are you reading this week?

I read WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? by Alexandra Ivy. Great plot and lots of suspense. Lots of twists and turns all the way to the end.


SHE’S LEARNED ALL ABOUT KILLERSThey aren’t the kind of women anyone misses. Truck-stop hookers, runaways . . . no one would even notice they’d disappeared if the killer didn’t photograph their lifeless bodies, posed in the back of a semi-trailer. Exactly like the infamous Trucker murders. But this isn’t just a copycat. It’s a vendetta.

NOW HE’LL TEACH HERCarmen Jacobs interviewed the world’s most terrifying serial killers for her bestselling book, The Heart of a Predator. The police might not believe her, but she knows there’s a monster out there, paying homage to other murderers. The only person who can predict where he’ll strike next is Griffin Archer—a reclusive software millionaire with ample reason not to help her.

HOW TO DIE . . .Carmen has charmed her way past Griffin’s defenses before. He didn’t intend to let it happen again. But with a psycho sending her trophies of his kills, he has no choice but to get involved. The clues point to a killer obsessed with Carmen—someone who knows her work, her past, her secrets. Someone who won’t be satisfied until he has made all her deepest fears come true . . .

I also read BORN OF DARKNESS by Lara Adrian. This is the first book in her Midnight Breed spinoff series--Midnight Breed Hunter Legacy. If you're a fan of her Midnight Breed series, this is a must read for you!


As a former assassin in the Hunter program, Asher is one of a small group of Gen One Breed vampires who survived the horrors of a madman's laboratory and the cruelty of the training that made him one of the most lethal beings in existence. Now, twenty years after his escape from those hellish origins, Asher is a loner whose heart is as cold as his skills are merciless. But when he thwarts a killing under way in the middle of the desert outside Las Vegas, Asher meets a beautiful woman who draws him into a deadly game against powerful enemies--one that will test both his skills and his tarnished honor.

Naomi Fallon is used to getting out of dicey situations. Orphaned as a child after her mother's murder, she didn't survive twenty-six years on the street without using up most of her nine lives. But when her latest caper lands her in the Mojave against a Vegas gangster's henchmen, she's certain her number is up. Then he appears--immense, brutal, and far from human. Naomi's never needed anyone's help, least of all one of the Breed. But after one risk too many, only a man with Asher's skills can keep her safe. Yet the solitary, seductively handsome vampire has enemies of his own, and a secret that will not only shatter her faith in him but her heart, proving what she's feared all along--that trust is only an illusion and love may be the sharpest weapon of all.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Is It True?

I'm playing Is It True over at the ROMANCE LIVES FOREVER BLOG.

What's the difference between a dragon and a drakon. Am I late? Do I have a pet?

For all the answers and more, check out the post.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Weekend Book Club--Fast Burn by Lori Foster

This week I read FAST BURN, part of Lori Foster's Body Armor series. In the series, former MMA fighters are employed as bodyguards.

Foster writes about alpha males who are more than ready to step up and protect the women they care about. But her female characters are more than capable of handling the men in their lives. Great story and action.


The moment Brand Berry meets beautiful, driven Sahara Silver, the connection between them is electric. It’s also something he can’t pursue. Sahara wants him, sure—to join Body Armor, where his MMA skills, size and cocky attitude make him perfect for her elite crew of bodyguards. For Sahara, the agency always comes first, and Brand needs more. Yet when she’s kidnapped by men searching for her missing brother, he doesn’t hesitate.

Somewhere along the way, flirting with Brand for the sake of business turned very personal. Despite his refusal to join Body Armor, it’s Brand who steps up when Sahara needs him most. Now there’s no more time for games, and no point denying the hunger they both feel. They’ll escape together or not at all. But if they survive, can Sahara finally surrender control to claim this blazing passion?

What are you reading this week?

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Throwback Thursday--The Seduction of Shamus O'Rourke

I love all my books, but some are more special than others. I have to admit, I have a soft spot for this book. It's a reminder that things aren't always what they seem to be. Sometimes you don't know the whole story. And I just love Shamus!

The Seduction of Shamus O’Rourke
Jamesville, Book 4

Her father's death has brought Cyndi Marks back to Jamesville, and she's determined to settle back in her hometown and lay her ghosts to rest once and for all. But not everyone is happy to see her. Every small town has secrets, and Jamesville has secrets some would kill to protect. When Cyndi needs help, there's only one person in town she can trust.

Shamus O'Rourke is happy living in Jamesville. He loves his job, his family, and small town living. All that's missing is someone to share it with. When he runs into Cyndi and helps her with a flat tire, he's drawn to the reserved, wary woman. He's pretty sure the feeling is mutual, even though she tries to deny it.

When Cyndi's life is threatened, just about everyone in town is a suspect, and she's not sure her fledgling relationship with Shamus can stand up to the town and his family's concerns. The only thing she is sure of is that she can't see herself surviving in Jamesville without the younger man.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

TV Shows

It's officially spring, but there's still plenty of winter left where I live. When I'm not reading, I like to curl up and watch some television.

Want to know what shows I love to watch? Pop on over to the Decadent Divas blog to find out.

A Look Inside Wolf at the Door

Want a look inside Wolf at the Door, book 1 of the Salvation Pack? Just pop on over to the Coffee Time Romances Blog and have a look.

This book just won Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy  book of 2017 at LRC

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Welcome to Spring!

Happy Equinox!

Welcome to spring!

The calendar may say it's officially spring but it still looks and feels like winter outside. But there is now hope for warmer weather and the first flowers of spring.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Upbeat Authors--Renewal

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” —Joseph Campbell

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day, the day when everyone is a little bit Irish. :)

Friday, March 16, 2018

Weekend Book Club--No Earls Allowed by Shana Galen

This week I read NO EARLS ALLOWED by Shana Galen. It's the second book in her Survivors series. This series features wounded heroes and heroines who dare to step outside society norms. Passion, humor, and unforgettable characters combine to create a wonderful story.

I highly recommend Third Son's a Charm, the first book in the series. And I'll be watching for An Affair With a Spare, coming in July.

What are you reading this week?


Lady Juliana, daughter of the Earl of St. Maur, needs all the help she can get. She's running a ramshackle orphanage, London's worst slumlord has illicit designs on her, and her father has suddenly become determined to marry her off.

Enter Major Neil Wraxall, bastard son of the Marquess of Kensington, sent to assist Lady Juliana in any way he can. Lucky for her, he's handy with repairs, knows how to keep her and the orphans safe, and is a natural leader of men.

Unfortunately for both of them, the scandal that ensues from their mutual attraction is going to lead them a merry dance...

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Throwback Thursday--Drakon's Promise

Since I'm working on edits for the fifth book in the Blood of the Drakon series today, I thought I'd showcase Drakon's Promise, the first book of the series. :-)
Drakon’s Promise
Blood of the Drakon, Book 1
Darius Varkas is a drakon. He's neither human nor dragon.
He's both.
He's also the target of an ancient order who want to capture all drakons for their blood. When fresh, a drakon's blood can cure any illness and prolong a human's life, and the Knights will stop at nothing to get it.
When librarian Sarah Anderson stumbles across a rare book belonging to the Knights of the Dragon, she's quickly thrust into a dangerous world of secrets and shifters and things she never would have believed possible. When the Knights realize Sarah has a secret of her own, she becomes just as much a target as Darius. Her scary dragon shifter just might be her best chance at survival.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Writer Wednesday

Writing is a solitary profession. A writer spends a lot of time sitting in a computer chair typing away at a keyboard. It's an amazing job but not always an easy one. There is always rejection and criticism, no matter what you do.

Emails from readers really help on those days when you have doubts. And occasionally there will be something special like this past week.

Love Romances Café readers voted me Best Author of 2017. They also voted Wolf at the Door the Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Book of 2017, and the Salvation Pack series was runner up for Best Series of 2017.

I can't tell you how much this means to me. I am honored and humbled. Thank you to all my readers who voted.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tuesday Teaser--Wolf at the Door

This past week, Wolf at the Door received the award for Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy book of 2017 from Love Romances Café.

It's an extra thrill because this book was rereleased last year by my new publisher after the older one closed.

Wolf at the Door

Salvation Pack, Book 1

Gwendolyn Jones is working on an article about werewolves, not that she believes they exist. But there are people out there who do, like the nervous man who slips her a flash drive with information he claims will prove to the world shifters are out there. Gwen starts questioning just what to believe when two very real werewolves come knocking on her cabin door later that night.

Someone has a flash drive with pictures that could endanger his pack, and alpha Jacque LaForge will do whatever it takes to destroy it. But the something deep inside him ignites when he knocks on the door of that “someone”. He didn’t think he’d find a mate, or that when he did, she’d be human. But now that he has found Gwen, he knows he has a fight on his hands to protect her from his former vengeful pack who are out to hurt him by any means necessary.
Her fingers were shaking as she dug out the keys and jammed them into the ignition. It took her two tries before they finally slid home.
Something heavy hit the car. Gwen cried out and her gaze flew to the front windshield. Jacque was perched in front of her like some giant hood ornament. He was crouched low with one hand resting on the hood. “Unlock the door, Gwen.”
Like that was going to happen. She turned the key and the engine sprang to life. Louis stood beside the car, shaking his head at her. She prayed they didn’t have any guns, although they could easily use her shotgun against her.
Gwen slammed the vehicle into reverse and hit the gas. Louis managed to jump out of the way before she ran him over. She flew backward down the narrow driveway with Jacque riding on the hood. She turned the wheel hard to the left and he flew off, landing with a heavy thud on the ground.

She almost stopped to see if he was hurt then reminded herself that he and his brother were going to kill her. What did it matter if he was hurt? Still, she was glad when she glanced in the rearview mirror and saw him climb to his feet.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

UpBeat Authors--Healthy Eating

Healthy eating begins with eating simple foods--the ones that don't have extra packaging and additives.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Weekend Book Club--Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann

This past week I read SOME KIND OF HERO, book 19 in Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters series. If you love military heroes, great action and storylines, and real heroes and heroines who navigate life with all its ups and downs, then you need to read her books.

And if you're familiar with her series, you'll love the cameo appearance from some of the members of Boat Squad John from READY TO ROLL, a Troubleshooters novella. (I love Boat Squad John.)


Navy men don’t come tougher than Lieutenant Peter Greene. Every day he whips hotshot SEAL wannabes into elite fighters. So why can’t he handle one fifteen-year-old girl? His ex’s death left him a single dad overnight, and very unprepared. Though he can’t relate to an angsty teen, he can at least keep Maddie safe—until the day she disappears. Though Pete’s lacking in fatherly intuition, his instinct for detecting danger is razor sharp. Maddie’s in trouble. Now he needs the Troubleshooters team at his back, along with an unconventional ally.

Romance writer Shayla Whitman never expected to be drawn into a real-world thriller—or to meet a hero who makes her pulse pound. Action on the page is one thing. Actually living it is another story. Shay’s not as bold as her heroines, but she’s a mother. She sees the panic in her new neighbor’s usually fearless blue eyes—and knows there’s no greater terror for a parent than having a child at risk. It’s an ordeal Shay won’t let Pete face alone. She’s no highly trained operative, but she’s smart, resourceful, and knows what makes teenagers tick.

Still, working alongside Pete has its own perils—like letting the heat between them rise out of control. Intimate emotions could mean dangerous, even deadly, consequences for their mission. No matter what, they must be on top of their game, and playing for keeps . . . or else Pete’s daughter may be gone for good.


The only easy day is yesterday. BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) training is known for being the toughest, meanest, most physically punishing program in the entire U.S. Navy, and a new crop of tadpoles have arrived in Coronado eager to prove their worth—to make it through Hell Week, and become U.S. Navy SEALs.

Although Izzy prefers assignments out in the “real world,” he’s glad to be an instructor for the current BUD/S class, because it allows him to spend time at home with his wife, Eden, and her lively and lovable extended family.

Eden’s sixteen-year-old brother, Ben, is dealing with a new crush and a homophobic bully in his high school, but it soon appears that things are not as they seem.

Meanwhile, Eden’s other brother (and Izzy’s SEAL teammate and former frenemy) Danny Gillman and his wife Jenn have just had a baby who has colic and cries constantly.

As Ben deals with the type of too-serious high school drama that could involve a body count, and Danny and Jenn juggle a new baby, lack of sleep, and postpartum blues, Izzy is intrigued by “Boat Squad John,” a misfit team of young SEAL candidates all named John, including the intriguing young Seagull, his swim buddy Timebomb, and Seagull’s nemesis Hans.

Does Seagull have what it takes keep Boat Squad John still standing when the dust of BUD/S Hell Week settles or will they ring out?

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Writer Wednesday

This week, the #UpbeatAuthors asked where we found our peace. I love the beach, but don't get there that often. So I find my daily peace in a good book, a cup of tea...and chocolate.

Where do you find your peace?

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Tuesday Teaser: Drakon's Promise

Tuesday Teaser: Drakon's Promise
Darius was at a loss as to what to do. Which was really frigging funny when he thought about it. He’d lived thousands of years, had seen the entire world, dealt with all manner of men, made a vast fortune, and yet he didn’t know what to do with one crying female. It seemed it didn’t matter how long a man lived, women were a mystery.

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Monday, March 05, 2018

Nominated for LR Cafe's Best of 2017

I am thrilled to have been nominated for 3 awards in the Love Romances Cafe's Best of 2017 Awards.


Wolf at the Door—Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Book

Salvation Pack—Best Series of 2017

N.J. Walters—Best Author of 2017

If you'd like to vote you can do so at:

Voting closes on March 8th. I appreciate all your support.