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Brenda Novak discusses finding your story’s core

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I love nothing more than a hard-won happily-ever-after. Maybe that’s why I gravitate toward redemption stories. At some point, we’ve all done something we regret, created some challenge or obstacle we struggle to overcome. In This Heart of Mine, the latest addition to my Whiskey Creek series, Phoenix Fuller has been through quite a bit. She’s even served time. Now she’s out of prison and finally has a chance to make good, and she’s determined to do it. She’s different and admirable, but no one can see the admirable part at first, which is what makes the discovery of her true character so much fun—and what made her such an interesting personality to create. When I went to the RWA…

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Mystery, Romance, Dark Pleasures, Oh My! This week’s authors over up their titles

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See what this week’s authors have to say! In each AuthorBuzz note you’ll receive invitations to join contests, get free books, bookplates or bookmarks, read personal stories, and more. Dear Reader, Reviewers praised my Victorian mystery, Murder as a Fine Art, for making them believe they were truly on the fogbound streets of 1854 London. Inspector of the Dead brings back opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, one of the most notorious and brilliant literary personalities of the era. He influenced Edgar Allan Poe as well as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Again blending fact with fiction, his new adventure is based on the real attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria. I’m giving away five copies. Contact me through www.davidmorrell.net to win. David MorrellDear…

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Video: Missed It? Interview with Heather Graham and WHEN IRISH EYES ARE HAUNTING: A Krewe of Hunters Novella

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WHEN IRISH EYES ARE HAUNTING: A Krewe of Hunters Novella Devin Lyle and Craig Rockwell are back, this time to a haunted castle in Ireland where a banshee may have gone wild—or maybe there’s a much more rational explanation—one that involves a disgruntled heir, murder, and mayhem, all with that sexy light touch Heather Graham has turned into her trademark style. Meet the Author New York Times and USA Today best-selling author HEATHER GRAHAM majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write, working on short horror stories and romances. After some…

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Windswept, isolated and ruggedly beautiful…Live Interview with Sarah Morgan, Author of First Time in Forever (Puffin Island)

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Win a mystery bag… Windswept, isolated and ruggedly beautiful, Puffin Island is a haven for day-trippers and daydreamers alike. But this charming community has a way of bringing people together in the most unexpected ways… It’s been a summer of firsts for Emily Donovan. From becoming a stand-in mom to her niece, Lizzy, to arriving on Puffin Island, her life has become virtually unrecognizable. Between desperately safeguarding Lizzy and her overwhelming fear of the ocean—which surrounds her everywhere she goes!—Emily has lost count of the number of “just breathe” pep talks she’s given herself. And that’s before charismatic local yacht club owner Ryan Cooper kisses her… Ryan knows all about secrets. And it’s clear that newcomer Emily—with her haunted eyes…

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Video: Missed It? Interview with USA TODAY bestselling author Delores Fossen about her Sweetwater Ranch book

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A Texas lawman risks his future to protect a woman from his past in USA TODAY bestselling author Delores Fossen’s latest Sweetwater Ranch book.  The woman fleeing a cold-blooded killer is no stranger to Deputy Colt McKinnon. Fourteen years ago, Elise Nichols was the love of his life. Now she’s back in Sweetwater Springs—to be the star witness in an upcoming murder trial that could tear the Texas lawman’s family apart. With her explosive revelations certain to rock the town, Elise didn’t expect to be welcomed home with open arms. Certainly not by the cowboy with the badge who once meant everything to her. But after being run off the road and shot at, she has no choice but to…

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Video: Missed It? Interview with Heather Graham and CRIMSON TWILIGHT

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CRIMSON TWILIGHT It’s a happy time for Sloan Trent and Jane Everett. What could be happier than the event of their wedding? Their Krewe friends will all be there and the event will take place in a medieval castle transported brick by brick to the New England coast. Everyone is festive and thrilled . . . until the priest turns up dead just hours before the nuptials. Jane and Sloan must find the truth behind the man and the murder–the secrets of the living and the dead–before they find themselves bound for eternity–not in wedded bliss but in the darkness of an historical wrong and their own brutal deaths. ABOUT HEATHER GRAHAM  New York Times and USA Today best selling…

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Dear Reader, see what this week’s authors have to say about upcoming titles, giveaways + more!

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See what this week’s authors have to say! In each AuthorBuzz note you’ll receive invitations to join contests, get free books, bookplates or bookmarks, read personal stories, and more. Dear Reader, Foreign and Domestic is about a former soldier’s search for redemption in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Native American Chayton “Jake” Mahegan becomes a suspect in a Dare County murder investigation, involves himself with an actress from the Lost Colony Theater and discovers a private military contractor is trading pirate gold and ghost prisoners. Mahegan must clear his name by stopping a traitor who is conducting attacks on the homeland. Email [email protected] to win one of five free copies. http://www.ajtata.com Dear Reader, For those of you who have read “The…

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3 Erotic novels far hotter (and better written) than 50 Shades of Grey

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It was last year when I first tried to read 50 Shades of Grey. I didn’t get very far. And no, it wasn’t the content—I can appreciate good erotica as much as the next girl. But see how I used the word good there? As much as I wanted to like it, 50 Shades just wasn’t doing it for me. Does that mean I won’t be watching the movie when it comes out this weekend? Um, certainly not. While the book feels a bit like published fanfiction (which, incidentally, it is), the movie looks like a crazy hot magical romp with shirtless Jamie Dornan:   I mean, I’m only human. While I may not be drawn to the writing style…

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4 Fabulous romance tropes and novels that take them to the next level

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Since I first discovered romance novels around the age of 12, I have read a lot of them. And I mean A LOT. So many, in fact, that I exhausted the collection at my local library, regularly bought out the drugstore’s supply, and once was almost crushed to death by the stacks and stacks of paperbacks adorning my bedroom. Thank god for e-books. In my early days as a romance reader, I kept stumbling across the same plots again and again. It was only later that I realized these are tropes of the genre—common storylines that are comforting to us in their familiarity. Maybe it was an ugly-duckling romance, or another arranged marriage. Maybe it was a long-lost love re-found.…

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Live Interview with Ellen A. Roth, Author of Ten Fingers Touching + a delectable Godiva giveaway

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ENTER TO WIN… Evil plots his return to power and Good fights to defeat Evil’s sinister plan. Caught between them in this epic struggle are two young lovers—Martak, master of the forest, and Marianna, a beautiful maiden and governess to Rosy, the impetuous, young princess. Evil’s desperate scheme to outwit Good and rule the Kingdom puts Martak, Marianna and the Princess at risk as they are drawn into the conflict. Will the soulmates realize their “happily ever after?” Martak must first unravel the curse and destroy Evil. In this land where magical forces vie for dominance, could true love be the most powerful weapon of all? A beautifully illustrated tale for women of all ages, Ten Fingers Touching explores the complex nature…

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Live Interview with Vivian Probst, Author of Death by Roses

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For the first time in nearly thirty years of marriage, Art McElroy Sr. buys his headstrong, disapproving wife a dozen yellow roses. Hours later he discovers her lifeless body seated on the toilet. Mae Rose McElroy’s sudden death leaves a void in her family and in the entire Midwestern farming community of Fairview. It’s a void Mae Rose will attempt to fill, herself, from the hereafter by meddling directly in earthly affairs. Mae Rose’s meddling leads to her spiritual expulsion from heaven, and she winds up in the body of Mary Lee Broadmoor (Scary Mary), a crusty writer and director of exquisite horror movies. Mary Lee refuses to succumb to stage-4 pancreatic cancer until she gets one final shot at…

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Video: Missed It? Interview with Kathleen Eagle and Harlequin’s Special Edition of Never Trust a Cowboy

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When a Cowboy Comes Calling… The last thing harried Lila Flynn needed was another cowboy to deal with. But new hire Del Fox was different than most sweet-talking wranglers. The hard worker had a gentle touch and eyes that spoke of a past he didn’t share. Lila soon found her hardened heart softening, frightening her more than any other hurdles she was facing. Del’s assignment in Short Straw, South Dakota, was meant to be fast and simple. Falling for Lila Flynn, however, had complicated everything. If he did his job right it would mean destroying everything Lila had worked for. He’d given her every reason never to trust him again. But when all was said and done, would she trust…

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Video: Missed It? After Dark Interview with Carrie Ann Ryan and Hidden Ink

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The Montgomery Ink series continues with the long-awaited romance between the café owner next door and the tattoo artist who’s loved her from afar.  Hailey Monroe knows the world isn’t always fair, but she’s picked herself up from the ashes once before and if she needs to, she’ll do it again. It’s been years since she first spotted the tattoo artist with a scowl that made her heart skip a beat, but now she’s finally gained the courage to approach him. Only it won’t be about what their future could bring, but how to finish healing the scars from her past. Sloane Gordon lived through the worst kinds of hell yet the temptation next door sends him to another level.…

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A terrifying international manhunt! A wicked love story!

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See what this week’s authors have to say! In each AuthorBuzz note you’ll receive invitations to join contests, get free books, bookplates or bookmarks, read personal stories, and more. Happy reading!  Dear Reader, You love her and she loves you, but she’s been hired to kill you. Can you trust her? You are innocent but hunted by spy agencies worldwide. She wants to save you, but if she doesn’t kill you she will be killed. Can you save her? A terrifying international manhunt and stunning love story, Tibetan Cross “grips the reader from the very first chapter to the climactic ending.” (UPI) For a chance to win a free copy please email me at Contact at http://mikebondbooks.com/contact-2/ Mike Bond http://www.MikeBondBooks.com Dear Reader,…

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Video: Missed It? Interview with Carrie Ann Ryan and WICKED WOLF: A REDWOOD PACK NOVELLA

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WICKED WOLF: A Redwood Pack Novella A Full Length Novel of the Redwood Pack The war between the Redwood Pack and the Centrals is one of wolf legend. Gina Eaton lost both of her parents when a member of their Pack betrayed them. Adopted by the Alpha of the Pack as a child, Gina grew up within the royal family to become an enforcer and protector of her den. She’s always known fate can be a tricky and deceitful entity, but when she finds the one man that could be her mate, she might throw caution to the wind and follow the path set out for her, rather than forging one of her own. Quinn Weston’s mate walked out on…

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Melissa Falcon Field and the risks of social media

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Melissa Falcon Field alights on the literary fiction scene with her spell-binding debut novel, What Burns Away (Sourcebooks Landmark, January 2015). In a delicately woven tale of temptation and loyalty, new mom and protagonist Claire Spruce’s high school sweetheart resurfaces via social media at a vulnerable time in her life. Claire’s husband, a career-driven cardiac surgeon, is usually hospital-bound when she most needs his support as she faces the daily challenges of raising the couple’s young son and trying to settle into a life in frigid Wisconsin as a reluctant Eastern seacoast transplant. What Burns Away will hit close to home for today’s parents, challenging the reader’s understanding of a new mother’s complicated feelings about herself, her child, her partner,…

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