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A New Historical Short…

It’s finally here, my latest historical short: How to Take Revenge on a Disloyal Scot. This short is part of the Love Is…Winter Romance anthology, a multi-author collaboration to benefit children’s literacy programs. All proceeds go to charity!

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How to Take Revenge on a Disloyal Scot

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Revenge? Because what else’s a girl supposed to do when she learns the man she loves has found himself a bride?

Probably found himself a bride.

All right, according to rumor found himself a bride.

Really, what else could have kept him away for eight solid months? Gambling? He was awful at cards. The Theater? He hated the opera. A political position in Parliament? Ha!

No, No, and hell, No.

Regardless of his excuses, Jamie Ferguson (the Disloyal-er) was not going to get away with throwing over Wilhelmina Rutherford (the Disloyal-ee) for anything or anyone, especially some nameless London tart.

Ergo, revenge and a cunning-nothing-could-possibly-go-wrong-here plan:

  1. Run Him to Ground
  2. Make Him Squirm
  3. Show Him You’re Indifferent
  4. Let Him Brood
  5. Enlist Reinforcements to Your Cause
  6. Show Him What He’s Missing
  7. Tell Him Goodbye

What could possibly go wrong?

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New Release from Marianne Rice

It is with great pleasure that I share with you all the latest release from author Marianne RiceSweet on You.

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Sweet on You by Marianne Rice
Series: The Wilde Sisters #1
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
SYNOPSIS:

An extravagant cake design brings small town baker Trent Kipson to fame…

After gaining social media exposure of his culinary art, Trent’s cake design goes viral. Soon he’s contacted by the Cooking Network to host a new show in California. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime for the owner of a modest shop in Portland, Maine, and the financial freedom the network offers could be the answer to all of his monetary problems.

Fitness instructor Rayne Wilde wants the life every small-town girl dreams of…

Rayne wishes for a future full of romance and the pitter-patter of little feet. She wants it all, including a white picket fence and a dog named Spot—which is exactly why she refuses to sleep with Trent, the sexy man who attends her Zumba classes. After a series of dead-end relationships, this time she really is in love. Trent is special, and the fear of letting him slip through her fingers keeps her advances at bay.

Life is waiting—all it takes is a leap of faith…

As their friendship grows and skeletons creep out of their closets, their relationship is put to the test. Stakes get higher, and the spark between them burns hotter than ever before.

Can they handle the heat when life-changing secrets are exposed, or will the fear of being burned send them on two different paths?

—Sounds wonderful and  romantic – perfect timing with Valentine’s Day just around the corner!  Signature

PURCHASE: Available on Kindle Unlimited!
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1WnPCxT
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1WnR6bA

About the author: Marianne Rice writes contemporary romances set in small NeMarianneRicew England towns. Her heroes are big and strong, yet value family and humor, while her heroines are smart, sexy, sometimes a little bit sassy, and are often battling a strong internal conflict. Together, they deal with real life issues and always, always, find everlasting love. When she’s not writing, Marianne spends her time buying shoes, eating chocolate, chauffeuring her herd of children to their varying sporting events, and when there’s time, cuddling with her husband, a drink in one hand, a romance book in the other.

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Featured Author Friday – Annette Mardis

I am so pleased to present romance author, Annette Mardis to the blog today. Annette is a fellow LSBooks house author and is here to talk about her upcoming release, Shore to Please. We also have a character interview with the main character from Shore to Please, Flipper O’Riley.

Welcome, Annette & Flipper!

HRshoretopleaseThanks so much for hosting me, Amy. My latest book, Shore to Please, the third installment in my Gulf Shore contemporary romance series, spotlights one of my favorite characters, Paul “Flipper” O’Riley, head dolphin trainer at Gulf Shore Aquarium. He’s loyal, funny, and hard-working, and he’s fighting an attraction to a woman who couldn’t be more wrong for him.

Tara Langley is cofounder of SWADS, short for Stop Whale and Dolphin Suffering. She thought she’d found the love of her life, but he betrayed her with another woman. So she buried herself in her mission: convincing Gulf Shore Aquarium that dolphins and whales belong in the wild, not in artificial pools.

If Tara had her way, Flipper would lose the job he loves, and for him that’s an impossible scenario. The aquarium’s dolphins are his babies, and his life revolves around them. While he’s open to having a real family one day, Tara is the last person he would choose to be his wife and the mother of his children.

These two should be sworn enemies, after all. He certainly swears at the sight of her. And his surfer-dude looks and lover-boy reputation aren’t exactly what Ms. Prim and Tidy had in mind when she pictured her ideal man.

There’s no possible way a relationship between Flipper and Tara could work, right? They’re like fire and gasoline. So why do they both want so badly to light the match?

As the two struggle to find common ground amid all the quicksand, Flipper and his coworkers become the targets of an increasingly more menacing campaign to force the aquarium to release the dolphins under its care.

Tara, whose group has picketed the aquarium in the past, immediately becomes suspect. Is she being falsely accused? Flipper is quick to defend her, but is she deceiving him along with the police? Or do more sinister forces have Gulf Shore Aquarium in their sights?

Gulf Shore Police Detective Joanna Tompkins is racing to catch those responsible before it’s too late.

While Shore to Please revolves around Flipper, Tara, and the threats to the aquarium, the book also advances the story lines of other favorite characters, including Evan and Dani, Cosby and Monica, and Jo and Kelsey. Readers will meet a few new faces, too, and a couple more adorable critters join the cast as well.

Shore to Please is set for release June 22 and will available at all major e-book sellers:

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Speaking of Gulf Shore Aquarium’s hunky head dolphin trainer, I sat down with Flipper recently for an interview. He was charming and funny, as usual, but I saw cracks in that lover-boy, surfer-dude image he’s cultivated over the years. Here’s what he had to say about that and other subjects.

You seem different since Tara Langley came into your life. Is that a fair observation?

I doubt she’d agree. In her opinion, looking good in a wet suit and charming an audience are the only job qualifications for a dolphin trainer. If she had her way, my profession wouldn’t exist. Just when I think we might be able to find common ground, it turns out to be quicksand. It’s frustrating and irritating.

Are you saying there’s nothing between you two? I sense a lot of smoldering heat there.

Oh, there’s heat all right. But not the good kind. She doesn’t seem to care that Gulf Shore Aquarium’s dolphins were either rescued or saved from miserable conditions at another facility that went out of business. She thinks anyplace that has dolphins must be exploiting them, which just isn’t true. No matter what we say to each other, it rubs the wrong way.

You don’t find her attractive?

(Big sigh) She’s gorgeous, obviously, and I’d have asked her out already if I sold insurance for a living or she wasn’t the head of SWADS. By the way, that stands for Stop Whale and Dolphin Suffering. What kind of a ridiculous name is that? We take wonderful care of our dolphins. I love them as though they were my children, and my excellent staff is dedicated to them, too.

So there’s no chance you and Tara could get together romantically?

That would be like a vegetarian dating a butcher. Not. Gonna. Happen. So please, just let it go.

If you insist. Let’s talk about those three pilot whales you helped rescue recently off Naples, Florida. How are they doing?

They’re holding their own. I hope we’ll be able to release them eventually, but that has yet to be determined.

How’s that adorable orphaned baby dolphin? 

Trident’s doing great. He’s getting acclimated at our dolphin habitat, Dolphin Inlet, and we’ve been working on gating and other behaviors. Gating means getting him to pass through gates from one pool to another. There are no gates in the ocean, of course, so it’s something you have to teach a dolphin. He’s a little hesitant, but he has such an exuberant personality, and he’s a fast learner. Trident is a lot of fun to be around. I’m going to enjoy watching him grow up, and so will my staff and the public.

What made you decide to be a dolphin trainer?

My parents took me to SeaWorld when I was a kid and I fell in love with the animals there, especially the dolphins. I wanted to be either a dolphin trainer or a Major League Baseball player. I played college ball and maybe could’ve been drafted by a pro team. But I would’ve kicked around in the low minors, never reaching the big time, and that’s not how I wanted to spend my life. And then in college I did internships that cemented my desire to work with marine animals. I’ve never regretted that decision. 

I don’t want to spoil any surprises in your story, so I’ll ask a general question. Are you satisfied with the way things turn out for you at the end of Shore to Please?

Yes, absolutely. But I could’ve done without those crater-sized holes in the road. Adversity builds character, I guess, and it makes for interesting reading, with all the twists and turns. Saying some of it wasn’t fun is an understatement, but it was worth it to wind up where we did.

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Author Bio 
Annette Mardis writes the kind of contemporary romance novels that she loves to read. Her characters are the type of people you’ve worked with or lived next door to, and the plots are filled with the dramas, disappointments, joys, passions, and humor of everyday life. Her Gulf Shore series will transport you to a fictional coastal Florida town where you’ll taste salt on your skin and feel sugary white sand between your toes, the warm sun on your shoulders, and the sea breeze ruffling your hair.

You’ll meet swoon-worthy alpha males who aren’t embarrassed to cuddle a rescued baby dolphin in their muscular arms, and accomplished women looking for an equal partner who thinks that smart is sexy. You’ll get up close and personal with sea life, join the “snipe and gripe” club for girls’ nights out, and fall in love with a parrot who acts like a little boy in a bird suit. You’ll go behind-the-scenes at the local aquarium and out to the beach to rescue marine animals in distress. And once you visit Gulf Shore, you just may find yourself wishing you could stay.

To find out more and Annette and her books, visit her website at AnnetteMardis.com. She loves to stay in touch with her readers, so drop her a line and sign up for her e-mail list for a chance to win prizes and get a first look at covers and excerpts.

Connect with Annette:
Website and blog: www.annettemardis.com/
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New Releases for Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Four Nights with a Duke


Author: Eloisa James

As you all are probably aware, Eloisa James is one of my favorite authors. So I’m sure it is no surprise when I say that I preordered Four Nights with the Duke, Book 2 of the Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers Series, back in May… 2014. Book 1, Three Weeks with Lady X, was a phenomenal success I enjoyed very much. With that in mind, I am quite positive that I will not be getting any writing in today. Sigh. For those of you groaning about that, why don’t you buy a copy of Four Nights with a Duke…? I’m sure you won’t regret it.

Book Blurb:


 

As a young girl, Emilia Gwendolyn Carrington told the annoying future Duke of Pindar that she would marry any man in the world before him—so years later she is horrified to realize that she has nowhere else to turn.

Evander Septimus Brody has his own reasons for agreeing to Mia’s audacious proposal, but there’s one thing he won’t give his inconvenient wife: himself. Instead, he offers Mia a devil’s bargain… he will spend four nights a year with her.

Four nights, and nothing more. And those only when she begs for them. Which Mia will never do.

Now Vander faces the most crucial challenge of his life: he must seduce his own wife in order to win her heart—and no matter what it takes, this is the one battle he can’t afford to lose.

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It Started with a Scandal


Author: Julie Anne Long

It’s going to be quite difficult for me to decide which book to start reading today. I preordered, It Started with a Scandal, Book 10 of the Pennyroyal Green series, as well. A while back. Julie Anne Long’s previous book, Betweeen the Devil and Ian Eversea, is decidedly one of my all time favorite books. Ever. Therefore, it is going to be difficult for this sequel to replace it in my affections… but if anyone can do it, it is Ms. Long. I cannot wait to find out.

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Lord Philippe Lavay once took to the high seas armed with charm as lethal as his sword and a stone-cold conviction: he’ll restore his family’s fortune and honor, no matter the cost. Victory is at last within reach–when a brutal attack snatches it from his grasp and lands him in Pennyroyal Green.

An afternoon of bliss brings a cascade of consequences for Elise Fountain. Shunned by her family and ousted from a job she loves, survival means a plummet down the social ladder to a position no woman has yet been able to keep: housekeeper to a frighteningly formidable prince.

The bold and gentle Elise sees past his battered body into Philippe’s barricaded heart…and her innate sensuality ignites his blood. Now a man who thought he could never love and a woman who thought she would never again trust must fight an incendiary passion that could be the ruin of them both.

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The Scandalous Secret of Abigail MacGregor


Author: Paula Quinn

Paula Quinn wrote another of my all-time favorite romances, A Highlander Never Surrenders. I’ve read it a dozen times at least. So I did not hesitate to preorder The Scandalous Secret of Abigail MacGregor when it became available. This book is the 3rd in the Highland Heirs series. Book 2, The Wicked Ways of Alexander the Kidd was a fantastic read I do not hesitate to recommend to my friends.

 

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A LADY’S MISSION

Known for her beauty and boldness, Abigail MacGregor must preserve her clan’s dangerous secret: that her mother is the true heir to the English crown. If the wrong people find out, it will mean war for her beloved Scotland. To keep peace, she embarks for London, unprepared for the treachery that awaits—especially from her wickedly handsome escort. He is the enemy, but his slow, sensuous kisses entice her beyond reason.

A WARRIOR’S TEMPTATION

General Daniel Marlow, loyal knight and the kingdom’s most desirable hero, would rather be on the battlefield than transporting a spoiled Highland lass. But Abby MacGregor is unlike any woman he’s ever met, in a ballroom or in his bedroom. Captivated by her daring spirit and seduced by her lovely innocence, Daniel must choose between betraying his queen, or giving up the woman who would steal his country—and his traitorous heart.

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New Releases for Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Mad, Bad, and Dangerous in Plaid


Author: Suzanne Enoch

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I cannot wait to start reading Mad, Bad, and Dangerous in Plaid by Suzanne Enoch. This book is Book 3 of Ms. Enoch’s Scandalous Highlander Series. I’ve read the first two books of this series  and absolutely loved them. I have no doubt I’ll be in love with the third… what’s not to love about a man in a kilt, right?

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She used to be mad about him.

In Mad, Bad, and Dangerous in Plaid by New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Enoch, high-spirited Rowena MacLawry has come to the Highlands after a spectacularly successful debut Season in London, and has made it painfully clear that she’s outgrown her girlhood obsession with Lachlan MacTier. That’s just fine with him, as he never had any intention of marrying the lass anyway! Yet how can he ignore the fact that the once rough and tumble Winnie has become a very fashionable–and incredibly desirable–young woman…

And now he’s got it bad

Brawny, rugged Lachlan is nothing like the aristocratic English gentlemen who pursued Winnie–with a passion–in London. Three months away was more than enough to show her a world infinitely more glamorous than the untamed Scottish Highlands–and her beloved childhood crush. But now that she’s decided to find a prospective husband with a bit more polish, could Lachlan finally appreciate her?charms? And is it remotely possible to ignore the wild attraction she feels for him??

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