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Melinda Leigh | Why I love Writing a Series
Author Spotlight / March 19, 2019

A question I’m often asked is whether I prefer writing stand-alone novels or books in a series.  The Morgan Dane series was my first continuing character series, and I’ve enjoyed it much more than I anticipated. The slower, more organic progression of the romantic relationship allowed me to focus on the mystery plots in each book. I’m wasn’t forced to resolve every personal conflict in the span of one book. As a result, Morgan and Lance’s relationship feels natural and solid. SECRETS NEVER DIE is Morgan Dane’s fifth book, and I’ve recently finished book six, Save Your Breath, which releases in September 2019. Writing six books about one couple has allowed me to give my characters more complex, deeper arcs. Instead of 300 pages to develop their lives, I’ve had 1,800 pages to bring the cast of Morgan Dane to life. Their personalities are richer and their lives more realistic. If you’re a reader who must read a series in order, Say You’re Sorry is Morgan Dane’s first book. If not, begin with whichever title appeals to you the most. Each book has a stand-alone mystery plot. New readers shouldn’t feel lost if they begin in the middle. Morgan Dane…

Jennifer Estep’s latest in the Elemental Assassin series: WINTER’S WEB
Author Spotlight / March 13, 2019

Dear Readers: Magic, mayhem, and an assassin who never gives up—these things and more can be found in WINTER’S WEB, the latest novella in my Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. The Elemental Assassin series focuses on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals—Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone. In WINTER’S WEB, Gin and her friends volunteer to help out at a renaissance faire. Everyone is determined to relax and have a good time—until Gin notices something slightly off about the larger-than-life characters. Some folks might be dressed up as gallant knights, but their swords are very, very real—and so are their dark and deadly intentions toward Gin and her friends. Read an excerpt of WINTER’S WEB: https://www.jenniferestep.com/books/winters-web/ If you enjoy WINTER’S WEB, I hope that you’ll check out the other novellas and books in the series. I hope that everyone has as much fun reading Gin’s adventures as I do writing them. Happy reading! 😊 New…

Spotlight on Rebecca Zanetti
Author Spotlight / January 24, 2019

Dear Reader, The ninth book in the Dark Protectors series is here. Are you ready for Mercy and Logan’s story? Duty meets desire. Mercy O’Malley hates killing people. So when she’s assigned to take out Vampire-Demon Logan Kyllwood, she lures him to a seedy bar in Scotland, then decides to kidnap him instead. How can she cold-bloodedly end all that heat, those green eyes, that ripped body? Unfortunately for Mercy, attempted murder and kidnapping are just foreplay for the Kyllwood brothers. Logan may be the youngest of the bunch, but death and violence are already a way of life. Now he’s ready to complete a painful, terrifying ritual to become one of the Seven, dedicated to protecting this world from the most dangerous evil it’s ever known. But first he has to deal with a blackmailing Fey, a ransom demand and his own pounding need for the last female he ever should have fallen for . . . Buy DEMON’S MERCY: Kindle | BN.com | Apple Books | Kobo | Google Play | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Amazon DE | Amazon FR The other books in the Dark Protectors series: Fated #1.0 Amazon.com BN.com Apple Books Kobo Google…

KILL THE QUEEN

Dear Readers: I started reading epic fantasy in high school, and I quickly devoured every single epic fantasy book that I could get my hands on. In fact, the very first (unpublished) book that I ever wrote back in college was an epic fantasy. That’s why I’m so thrilled to finally be writing my own epic fantasy series. KILL THE QUEEN is book #1 in my Crown of Shards series. KILL THE QUEEN focuses on Everleigh Blair, a royal who is distantly in line for the throne of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. But when the unthinkable happens, Evie finds herself fighting for her life—both inside and outside the gladiator arena. So the book is sort of like Gladiator meets Game of Thrones with a kick-butt heroine. If you are looking for a fantasy book with a strong heroine, plus lots of action, adventure, magic, and a healthy dose of romance, then you should check out KILL THE QUEEN. You can read the first chapter of KILL THE QUEEN on my website I hope that everyone enjoys getting to know Evie and all the other characters in KILL THE QUEEN. Happy reading! 🙂 New York Times bestselling author…

Return to the Sentinel Wars with Shannon K. Butcher’s BLOOD BOND
Author Guest , Author Spotlight / July 26, 2018

Blood Bond by Shannon K. Butcher Justice has never known freedom. She woke up ten years ago, naked and alone with no memory of who or what she was. Since then, she’s been a prisoner, compelled by powers she doesn’t understand. She’s roamed the country, doing whatever the fates demanded of her, good or bad. Completely alone. Until now. Ronan is starving to death. Like all the Sanguinar, his survival depends on finding the dwindling traces of blood left behind by an ancient, magical race. Weeks ago, Justice saved his life and since then, it’s been her blood he craves, her face he dreams about. As evil closes in on all sides, threatening the only stronghold the Sentinels have to protect them, Ronan must find a way to gain Justice’s trust and free her from the dark powers that control her. Because if he can’t, the next person she is compelled to kill may be him. Order BLOOD BOND: Kindle | BN.com | iTunes/iBooks | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Amazon DE | Amazon FR Sentinel Wars They are the Sentinels. Three races descended from ancient guardians of mankind, each possessing unique abilities in their battle to protect humanity…

Patricia Yager Delagrange | Playing Roles and MENDING FENCES
Author Guest , Author Spotlight / July 6, 2018

I was in my 40s before I realized the role I was meant to play in my large family of six sisters. My parents had two sets of children. The first three girls were born in the 1950s, then, ten years later, the second set of three girls appeared on the scene. I was the baby of the first set. It was a surprise to all, especially me, when it turned out that, instead of being jealous of the three new babies in the house, I took their birth as a sudden and joyful opportunity to have “real” babies to play with instead of the fake ones that appeared every Christmas under the tree. Instead of being the “baby” of the family, I morphed into the mother figure for the younger set, a caregiving role I loved. Fast forward numerous years, when my mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I became her caregiver. I’ll never forget when the doctor called my dad and me into his office to discuss my mother’s prognosis. Once I understood all the chemotherapy and radiation that Mom would need to undergo during her battle against this dreaded disease (while my father was still working full-time…

Spotlight on SANDPIPER SHORE
Author Spotlight / July 2, 2018

Harmony Harbor book #6  Digital/Print “This series is turning out to be a wonderful ride. It’s heartwarming, romantic and funny.” Romancing the Readers Wedding Planner Rule #1: Never, ever fall for the groom There’s nothing Jenna Bell loves more than a happily-ever-after. That’s why being a wedding planner is her dream job – until the groom is Logan Gallagher. She’s had a crush on him since . . . well, forever. And now she has to make his day magical as he walks down the aisle without her. As a secret service agent, Logan’s already married – to his career. A wife was never in his plan, until he finds out he needs to marry the woman he’s been protecting. He takes his latest assignment in stride, but when he sees Jenna again, he can’t deny the attraction sparking between them. Can he really say “I do” if it means saying goodbye to the woman of his dreams? Buy SANDPIPER SHORE: Amazon.com | Kindle | BN.com | iTunes/iBooks | Kobo | Google Play | Powell’s Books | Books-A-Million | Indiebound | Ripped Bodice | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Amazon DE | Amazon FR

Introducing…Minerva Spencer
Author Spotlight / June 25, 2018

Who is Minerva Spencer? People are talking… “Minerva Spencer’s writing is sophisticated and wickedly witty. Dangerous is a delight from start to finish with swashbuckling action, scorching love scenes, and a coolly arrogant hero to die for. Spencer is my new auto-buy!” —New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt “Readers will love this lusty and unusual marriage of convenience story.” —New York Times bestselling author Madeline Hunter “Smart, witty, graceful, sensual, elegant and gritty all at once. It has all of the meticulous attention to detail I love in Georgette Heyer, BUT WITH SEX!” —RITA-award winning author Jeffe Kennedy Let’s get to know Author Minerva Spencer Where did you get the idea? My heroine, Mia, was a minor character in another book and pretty much demanded her own book. I really liked her playful, clever, and driven personality and knew she would need a strong hero; somebody who was able to deal with her scandalous past. Adam had been hanging out in the back of my mind for awhile and I decided he was the perfect hero for Mia: a man with a dangerous reputation and even more scandalous history! What’s the story behind the title? I’m terrible at two…

Meet the Boas & Tiaras Authors | Samantha Chase rocks out to Taylor Swift!
Author Spotlight / June 1, 2018

As we speed closer and closer to Boas & Tiaras (click here to buy your ticket) we decided to give you more insight into our attending authors. We’ll highlight one author in each newsletter with five quick questions.     Let’s see what Samantha Chase has to say! Pitch us your newest book in one sentence. Two years after one of the steamiest weekends of her life, Megan Montgomery is hoping for a second chance and a happily ever after. What book made you fall in love with the genre(s) you write? Sandra Brown’s 22 INDIGO PLACE. I could read that book over and over and over and to me it captures everything a contemporary romance should be. Tell us about your favorite character you’ve ever written. It’s like picking your favorite child and I always feel guilty when I do this!! But…ONE of my favorite characters is Dylan Anders from ONE MORE PROMISE. Everything about him just felt so incredibly real for me. I’ve been on the fringe of witnessing people dealing with addiction and I wanted Dylan to be real and not a watered down character dealing with the aftermath of it. I loved his vulnerability, his struggles, and…

Meet the Boas & Tiaras Authors | Guess which famous Chris is Sasha Summers’ favorite!
Author Spotlight / June 1, 2018

As we speed closer and closer to Boas & Tiaras (click here to buy your ticket) we decided to give you more insight into our attending authors. We’ll highlight one author in each newsletter with five quick questions.   Sasha Summers, so relatable. Pitch us your newest book in one sentence. Felicity is still learning how to be a single-mom when tragedy makes her guardian of her ex-husband’s toddler, threatening her family’s stability and any hope of her finding her own happily-ever-after. What book made you fall in love with the genre(s) you write? I love happy endings – they make even the worst day feel better. Tell us about your favorite character you’ve ever written. Oh man, this is tough. I love Graham, the character I’m working on right now. He’s a ‘real man,’ struggling to do better–kind and thoughtful and caring. He’s super easy to fall in love with. What do you do to de-stress when you’re on a writing deadline? Watch Hallmark movies – the low-stress sweetness is soothing. 🙂 What’s one thing you want our Boas & Tiaras guests to know about you? I’m addicted to Emmy’s raspberry and vanilla been coconut cookies and all things Chris…