November 20, 2014

Princess Vicki Batman welcomes SEASON of MAGIC co-authors who'd all wear flipflops & drink champagne! #MFRWorg #holiday #holidaybooks

The holidays have long been known as the Season of Magic. So when my friends came together in an anthology, Season of Magic fit well.

Here’s a bit about each author: Cara Marsi; an award-winning author and self-proclaimed TV junkie; is a former corporate drone and cubicle dweller. Freed from her fabric-covered cage; she can now indulge her love of all things romance. She craves books with happy endings and loves to write about independent heroines and the strong heroes who love them. Gerri Brousseau was born and raised in Connecticut where she resides with her pug; Mimi Sue; and their cats; Harry and Louise. Gerri writes historical and contemporary romance. Her greatest wish is to meet J.K. Rowling. A graduate of Post University, Marian Lanouette/Merry Holly is one of ten children. With an overactive imagination she started creating her own characters and stories. Marian's first book If I Fail, A Jake Carrington Mystery hit the Amazon top two hundred out of one million books when it was first released. The second book in the series, Burn in Hell followed with in the year and also resided in the top 500 on Amazon in its first month of release. Bobbi Lerman’s writing has evolved to cover a multitude of topics, from travel writing to historical medieval romance for blogs and is the founder of Scribblers Ink, an active online community and website offering interviews with authors, writing tips, and daily prompts.

Speed Round:
Favorite movie: VB/The Thin Man; CM/The More the Merrier; ML/ They Way We Were; BL/Shadowlands
Favorite book: VB/Rebecca; CM/Green Darkness;
ML/Naked in Death; BL/Wuthering Heights
Last book read: VB/Damage by Felix Francis; CM/The Unholy by Heather Graham;
ML/ Bones Never Lie
Favorite color: VB & ML/red; CM/green; GB/orange;
Stilettos or flip-flops: VB, CM, ML & GB/flip flops
Coffee or tea: VB/diet dr pepper; CM/coffee; GB/coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon;
ML/ Coffee Black; BL/Earl Grey tea
E-book or paperback: VB/anything!; CM &ML/both; GB/paperback
Pencil or pen: VB & GB mechanical pencil; CM/Pen;
Favorite song: VB/And I Love Her; CM/Light my Fire; ML/ The Way We Were
Streak or not: VB & ML/no; CM/what is this?; GB/yes
Favorite dessert: VB & CM/cake; GB/cherry pie; ML/Chocolate Mousse; BL/Lemon Meringue Pie
Champagne or gin: We all love champagne!
Paranormal or Historical: VB, GB, BL & CM/historical; ML/Paranormal
Ginger or Mary Ann: VB, ML, BL & CM/Ginger; GB/Mary Ann
Favorite TV show: VB/Scrubs; CM/M*A*S*H; GB & BL/Outlander; ML/Bones
Hot or cold: VB, ML, BL & CM/hot; GB/cold
POV: VB/first; CM & ML/third
I'd die if I don't have: VB/Handsome; CM/Husband; GB/Granddaughter; ML/Hammer

Blurb from Season of Magic:
Hopes and wishes. And holiday kisses...the Season of Magic.
Wrap yourself in the holiday spirit with five romantic stories 
filled with fun and forever after.

Noel Noel Noel by Merry Holly ~ Dumped and lonely, is it possible to find love at the local mall? Noelle thinks not, but a chance encounter with Chase Clayborne while Christmas shopping has her rethinking her rigid set of rules, as sparks flare between them.

A Cinderella Christmas by Cara Marsi ~ Jessica Gallo no longer believed in fairy tales or happy endings. And she certainly didn’t believe she’d find her Prince Charming at Saks Fifth Avenue. Her Fairy Godmother thought differently.

Matchmaker Matchmaker by Bobbi Lerman ~ With Chanukah around the corner, is there enough magic left for a matchmaker to bring Molly's cynical heart back to life.

Holiday Disaster by Vicki Batman ~ The week before Christmas and all is in disarray when a librarian experiences horrible plumbing issues and a Mr. Maintenance Man who isn’t nearly as jolly as Santa Clause. This Christmas is a disaster.

Yuletide Bride by Gerri Brousseau ~ The Dowager Duchess’s decree that her grandson must marry before Twelfth Night or relinquish his title and fortune sends him into a tail spin. Without any prospects and with only two weeks until Christmas will Stuart Nelson find himself destitute or will he find The Yuletide Bride.

Find Season of Magic at: Website
Buy Season of Magic at: Amazon


What is your favorite holiday tune?

November 18, 2014

#PlottingPrincesses are thrilled!!! to have author Sloane B. Collins What's with C'est Si Bon? #MFRWorg #RLFblog #Paris

Thrilled and happy dancing because Sloane B. Collins is with us today!

Let's get to know her: Sloane B. Collins is an award-winning author of Contemporary Romance. Although she is a fifth-generation Texan, she dreams of moving to the French countryside someday. Right now, she lives in the Dallas area with her husband of over twenty-six years, and their four rambunctious cats. Since Sloane and her husband love to travel, she is determined to write a novel set in just about every place they visit.

Speed Round:

Favorite movie: Charade (the Cary Grant/Audrey Hepburn version) YES!!
Favorite book:  What Happens in London by Julia Quinn
Last book read: Unmasking Juliet by Teri Wilson
Favorite color: Pink
Stilettos or flip-flops: Flip-flops
Coffee or tea: Tea
Ebook or paperback: Both!
Pencil or pen: Pen
Favorite song: C’est Si Bon (Eartha Kitt)
Streak or not: Not
Favorite dessert: Chocolate
Champagne or gin: Champagne
Paranormal or Historical: Historical
Ginger or Mary Ann: Mary Ann
Favorite TV show: The West Wing
Hot or cold: Cold
POV: 3rd person
I'd die if I don't have: Books

Blurb from Love Redesigned: Love isn’t always a cakewalk. Give American cake artist Genevieve Haywood a picture of anything, and she’ll turn it into a sweet and decadent creation. She’s not going to let hard work or competition stop her from opening her dream business. But when she’s hired as the cake artist for her cousin’s wedding in France, she never expected to run into the French fashion designer who broke her heart fifteen years ago.

Roman Duchaine is done with living life in the fast lane. Tired of being in the haute couture spotlight, he’s moved back to the small French village where he was born and raised.  Roman’s ready to settle down and have a family until the lost love of his life arrives for his cousin’s wedding. Seeing her reminds him just how devastating falling in love can be.

Their fragile truce is meant to last through the wedding, yet every second together makes their attraction and long-buried feelings undeniable. But old habits and hurts die hard, and while Roman is ready to weave their lives together, Genevieve can't afford to lose herself in his shadow.

Excerpt From Love Redesigned: 
“I’m sorry. I do not have the best reputation when it comes to women. I admit I have dated many women over the years, but it is because I was looking for a special woman.” Roman cupped her chin in his big hand and tilted her face up to his. “I was looking for you,” he said, and kissed her.

Find Sloane B. Collins at: Website     Email
Find Love Redesigned at: Buy link

Thank you so much, Sloane, for sharing your debut novel with us. Much success, girl!

November 13, 2014

#PlottingPrincesses - does author Leann Harris run hot or cold? The answer and many more in this spotlight #MFRWorg #RLFblog #romanticsuspense

The Plotting Princesses welcome a dear friend, Leann Harris! Let's see what she has been up to:

Bio: Leann has always had stories in her head. When her children went to school, she gave in to her desire to write. The Last Lie is her 17th book. The Last Truth, Book 2 in the series Legacy of Lies is out this month.

Speed Round:

Favorite movie: Last of the Mohicans Favorite book: Mackenzie’s Mountain Last book read: Honor Favorite color: Purple Stilettos or flipflops: Stilettos Coffee or tea: Tea Ebook or paperback: paperback Pencil or pen: pencil
Favorite song: Come, Oh, Come Israel
Streak or not: Not
Favorite dessert: MacDonald’s Ice Cream
Champagne or gin: neither
Paranormal or Historical: Historical
Ginger or Mary Ann: Mary Ann
Favorite TV show: Major Crimes
Hot or cold: Hot
POV: Hero
I'd die if I don't have: tea in the morning to get me up and running.

November 11, 2014

Giving Thanks

As you all know, Thanksgiving is the one day of the year dedicated to giving thanks. I don't know about you, but I consider myself especially blessed. Life has been good to me lately.

First, there is my family. Both kids and their spouses are healthy and doing well and have jobs they like. With the exception of an occasional cold and/or ear infection, all four grandkids are doing well, also. Hubby is retired but still consulting in the job he loves…one that takes him out of the house two days a week, for which I am especially grateful.

And me – – well, life is just good. I worried that my editor would hate my first book (the one she bought on proposal.) Turns out she loved it. Then I worried I would get bad reviews. Turns out I did get a few, but most of them were really good. The good news is that the bad ones didn't bother me as much as I thought they would. I've come to the realization that not everyone will like me and my writing. I'm okay with that – – at least for today.

But what I'm really grateful for is that I'm doing exactly what I love to do…and getting paid for it. How many people can say that about their job?

November 6, 2014


Fun in Alaska

This last September, my dear Husband, Frank and I went on our third cruise to Alaska. Can you tell be really like it? It is so amazing to see the beautiful landscapes carved from advancing  glaciers. Be prepared for rain or drizzle if you decide to go there. Why? Because I learned on our first trip that Alaska is a rain forest! I bet you didn't know that fact about our 49th state.

All three visits, we charted a fishing boat out of Juneau. Chris, the owner of Rum Runner Charters, is solidly booked throughout Alaska’s summer tourist season.  1st trip, I caught the first and last silver salmon and overall we caught four.  We had them processed and shipped to us. We had 35 pounds of fresh salmon and enjoyed it for two years.

November 4, 2014

Coming Release -- Deadly: Lipstick and Lead Series Book 2

This Friday, the first full length novel Deadly, in my new series Lipstick and Lead comes out. The heroine in this story is one of my favorites and in fact all of the sisters in these books have been fun to write, but Meg has stayed with me.
We first met the sisters in the Novella, Desperate.
Meg's a woman forced by life to take over the care of her sisters, wear men’s clothes and when her father dies, she must find a way to save their family farm. After trying a typical job for a woman back in her time period, she and her sisters become bounty hunters like their father. It’s a profession they know, but they’re women chasing bad guys.
Only Meg has a dream. A dream of owning her own dress shop and dressing like a woman. And her hero…well let’s just say they have a past that involved her leaving him tied up and naked on main street.
Here’s an excerpt from Deadly:

October 30, 2014

#PlottingPrincesses guest #author Donnell Ann Bell & a new suspense #MFRWorg #RLFblog #RWAKOD

Welcome to a dear friend to the Princesses, suspense author Donnell Bell! Let's get to know Donnell:

Donnell Ann Bell grew up in New Mexico and today calls Colorado home.  A homebody at heart, she leaves the international thrillers to world travelers, and concentrates on suspense that might happen in her neck of the woods – writing SUSPENSE TOO CLOSE TO HOME.  The author of The Past Came Hunting, Deadly Recall and Betrayed, all of which have been e-book best sellers, her fourth release, Buried Agendas is due out November 7th and is available for preorder on Amazon Kindle. Her books have won or been nominated for prestigious writing awards, including The Epic Award for Best Thriller Suspense, Greater Detroit’s Booksellers Best for Best First Book and Best Single Title, and the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery Suspense. Donnell co-owns Crimescenewriters a Yahoo group for mystery/suspense writers.