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Margaret Carroll | How Not To Marry A Sociopath, Or Things My Characters Taught Me (And Why I Can Relate To Them)
Uncategorized / September 30, 2009

When we were single, my friends and I had endless conversations about what we wanted in a mate. Melissa (these names are all made up) wanted a man who was in touch with his feelings (last I heard she was still living solo in her Upper East Side studio). Mary wanted to meet someone from a Good Family (read: wads and wads of dough). She did, and resides these days in a leafy Connecticut suburb. Peter wanted a woman who was thin, and shared his love of physical fitness (he suffered two fractured ribs once in a Kickboxing class, at the foot of a woman he had a crush on). I just wanted to marry someone who wouldn’t embarrass me in front of waiters. Sounds trivial, right? Not really. I kissed a few toads before I met my Prince Charming, and discovered along the way that–more than anything else–I wanted to spend my life with a man who had heart, compassion and good manners. I found all that and more, eventually, but that’s another story. To read more about what characters have taught Margaret and for a chance to win please click here. Visit to learn more about books…

Fresh Pick | POPPY DONE TO DEATH by Charlaine Harris
Fresh Pick / September 30, 2009

Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, #8 July 2009 On Sale: July 7, 2009 Featuring: Aurora Teagarden 288 pages ISBN: 042522807XEAN: 9780425228074Mass Market Paperback (reprint)$7.99 Mystery Amateur Sleuth Buy at Poppy Done To Death by Charlaine Harris A “DELIGHTFUL” (LIBRARY JOURNAL) Aurora Teagarden mystery From the New York Times bestselling author of Last Scene Alive and the Sookie Stackhouse novels. Not just any woman in Lawrenceton, Georgia, gets to be a member of the Uppity Women Book Club. But Roe’s stepsister-in-law Poppy has climbed her way up the waiting list of the group—only to die on the day she’s supposed to be inducted. Sordid stories of infidelity in Poppy’s marriage lead to a rash of suspects, and Roe begins to question her own heart. But her passion for the truth will drive her on—into the path of the cold-blooded killer. Previous Picks Visit to learn more about books and authors.

Carly Phillips | LUCKY BREAK, It’s Not Just Paranormal…
Uncategorized / September 29, 2009

I love to read and write contemporaries. I love to talk to others who read contemporaries and gauge what they have to say about current books and authors. Recently I got to thinking about the books I’ve written. The Hot Zone – Sports HeroesThe Chandler Brothers– Brothers and their mother who wants grandchildrenThe Costas Sisters– polar opposite twin sisters with an Atlantic City con familyTy and Hunter– 3 best friends, separated by a deep dark secretThe many Temptations I’ve written over the yearsTHE LUCKY SERIES – 3 sexy male cousin plagued by a family curse. I don’t want anyone to think the word “curse” means the LUCKY series is a twist on what I write. Let me be clear. The LUCKY Series is NOT a paranormal series. It doesn’t pretend to be. What the Lucky series does, finishing up with LUCKY BREAK in stores tomorrow, is to touch on the notion that a curse can actually be many things from a streak of bad luck to a self fulfilling prophecy-and how an affected family and those who love them suffer in the process. The newest generation of Corwin men want to find love and break the curse&mdash:but they don’t know…

Fresh Pick | ELVIS AND THE GRATEFUL DEAD by Peggy Webb
Fresh Pick / September 29, 2009

Southern Cousins October 2009On Sale: October 1, 2009304 pages ISBN: 0758225911EAN: 9780758225917Hardcover$22.00ystery Amateur SleuthBuy at Elvis And The Grateful Dead by Peggy Webb Every year, a hip-shaking herd of Elvis impersonators descends upon the King’s birthplace of Tupelo, Mississippi, for the annual Elvis festival. Usually the main attractions are lot of sequined jumpsuits and even more off-key singing, but this year something much more deadly has the town all shook up… When the first Elvis impersonator is found slumped over his piano, a heart attack seems the likely suspect. But when a second keels over mid-swagger at Callie Valentine Jones’s party, suspicious minds begin to wonder if something foul is afoot. Because everyone knows two dead Elvis impersonators add up to only one thing: murder. As it turns out, Callie’s cousin Lovie-a 190-pound bombshell who’s had more lovers than the King had hit records-turns out to be suspect #1. Callie knows she’s innocent but to prove it, she and Lovie will have to find out who the real killer is. Could it be Texas Elvis, who’s sworn to out-swivel his rivals? Maybe the female Elvis from Australia, with the fake sideburns? Or one of the endlessly bickering officers of…

Allie Pleiter | Balancing The Quirks And The Oddities
Uncategorized / September 28, 2009

How do you give an old story a new twist? Holiday romances are time-honored favorites. Everyone likes to see the guy finally get the girl under the mistletoe. Not that the holidays don’t provide lots of material for those of us who tend to put humor in our stories, but it can be hard to achieve that “smile while you tear up” quality that most readers look for in romantic comedy. For me, the balance is the difference between “quirky” and “odd.” We love quirky characters, mostly because they represent parts of us we don’t want to the world to see. Character traits run amuk are funny, especially if they’re character traits we have ourselves. That’s what makes them recognizable; what makes them quirky. Now, learn the differences by clicking here. And learn how to WIN a free book! Visit to learn more about books and authors.

Uncategorized / September 28, 2009

August 2009On Sale: August 1, 2009Featuring: Edwina Perkins-Martin; Debbie Sue Overstreet320 pages ISBN: 0061434388EAN: 9780061434389Trade Size$13.99 Mystery Woman Sleuth, Mystery Amateur Sleuth Buy at Curing The Blues With A New Pair Of Shoesby Dixie Cash January 8th is a special day in Salt Lick, Texas. It’ s Elvis’ birthday. Hogg’s Drive-In, local hamburger eatery and favorite of Elvis’ in his fledgling career days, is conducting a huge celebration, including an exhibit of Elvis’s blue suede shoes borrowed from a museum in Las Vegas. But right before the big day, the shoes go missing! Now it’s up to hairstylists/detectives Debbie Sue Overstreet and Edwina Perkins-Martin to save the day. With the help of sassy reporter Avery Deaton and sports writer Sam Carter, the Domestic Equalizers take on the mystery. Debbie Sue and Edwina are first-class multi- taskers, so it’s no big deal for them to solve a mystery, provide a few hair-dos and do some matchmaking on the side. Before all is said and done, someone will be held at gunpoint, the Jimmy Choos will be broken out and a shocking secret will be revealed involving a local octogenarian. Previous Picks Visit to learn more about books and authors.

Sandi Shilhanek | How Do YOU Balance Kids And Reading?
Sundays with Sandi / September 27, 2009

In many parts of the country school has been back in session for almost six weeks. To me it’s amazing to think that the first six weeks of school is coming to a close. By now everyone should be adjusted to the new schedule and managing to fit everything together and leave time for yourself. Are you busier now that your child is back in school, or do you have more time to do things like read? One of my friends said that September was not a good month for her to be reading as she was trying to get everyone on a school schedule. I decided to check my own reading for September, and found it was my most successful month to date! I read 14 books in the month. That is a record for me for this year. Yes, I read some short books, but I did read some great stuff! Now, read the rest of Sandi’s blog… Visit to learn more about books and authors.

Fresh Pick | MAMA RIDES SHOTGUN by Deborah Sharp
Fresh Pick / September 27, 2009

Mace Bauer #2 July 2009On Sale: July 1, 2009336 pages ISBN: 0738713309EAN: 9780738713304Paperback$14.95 Mystery Amateur Sleuth Buy at Mama Rides Shotgunby Deborah Sharp Mama’s fixin’ to marry husband number five. But beforeshe does, she convinces daughter Mace to saddle up for somecountry-gal bonding on the Florida Cracker Trail. Thesix-day ride is going fine until wealthy rancher LawtonBramble keels over in his Cow Hunter Chili. Aone-time beau of Mama’s, Lawton Bramble had a bad ticker andtons of enemies. Mace has her doubts about natural causes,along with a long list of suspects who might have “spiced”the cattleman’s chili. Mace’s worried sisters Maddie andMarty join the ride, as does her sexy ex-beau, DetectiveCarlos Martinez. With—or despite—their help, Mace isdetermined to corral this killer. . . . looks like the gang’s all here and up to their knees in murder and mayhem. Previous Picks Visit to learn more about books and authors.

Sara Reyes | Author Signings…My First Real and Virtual
Saturdays with Sara / September 26, 2009

Book SigningOriginally uploaded by freshfiction This week’s guest blogger, Susan Wiggs, had a post about the most horrible signings she’s ever been on. And I found it interesting reading. I also thought about the comments. I haven’t always been so lucky to live in an area where authors come every week to sign their books. When I was younger, in the sixties and 70s I lived in a very rural area and don’t remember ever visiting a real “book store” that wasn’t run by the Mennonite Church. Which trust me had a very small fiction section. And that store was 40 miles away and we only went once a year to pick up grandmother’s materials. Our reading time was spent reading a chapter every day from the Bible and reading through the World Craft Encyclopedia. Our local library was located over the one engine firehouse. It was a small room with about 1,000 books in it. I did learn to love Zane Grey and Elswyth Thane. But it wasn’t somewhere we visited often. Then I went to college and oh, what a world there was! Books were sold in stores like the downtown Philadelphia Woolworth which I haunted every Saturday…

Fresh Pick | BREATH OF FIRE by Tammy Kane
Uncategorized / September 26, 2009

July 2009On Sale: June 30, 2009304 pages ISBN: 0505528169EAN: 9780505528162Mass Market Paperback$6.99 Fantasy Historical, Romance Paranormal Buy at Breath of Fireby Tammy Kane When the dragon came to claim him, Karl knew his great plan had gone horribly wrong. If he had known the creature was real, he wouldn’t have scoffed at the villagers…and he certainly wouldn’t have been so quick to let them chain him to a rock. Mattaen Initiates trained as warriors, but no man could defeat a dragon. She had vanquished the beast and named her price: one night with the virgin sacrifice she’d saved. He’d taken a vow of chastity, but Karl still had a man’s needs—and Elera’s sultry curves made him ache to taste his first woman. With a scorching kiss she shattered his defenses…and led him into a world of deception and seduction, where he’d be forced to choose between the brotherhood that had raised him and the woman whose courage set his heart on fire. An exciting and unique twist on the fantasy world of dragons. Previous Picks Visit to learn more about books and authors.