Archive | February 2013

Book Spotlight – New Release – Carla – Mark Barry

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Blurb:
An original, innovative psychological thriller and a dark romance. Brilliant physicist and released mental patient Jonathan Dexter is under strict orders not to get involved in relationships. Amongst other diagnoses, psychiatrists say he suffers an extreme form of Borderline Personality Disorder and relationships aren’t good him. Nor for the women he meets. Pronounced safe and sent to live in Wheatley Fields, a prosperous English town, he meets Carla, a young wildlife conservation student working behind the bar of an old tavern. The two develop a relationship against the odds. Things might be looking up. Maybe he is cured this time. Maybe Carla is the healing influence he’s been looking for. But then, as they do in relationships, things start to go wrong. And suddenly Carla finds herself in extreme danger.

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Mark Barry

Mark Barry, author of “Hollywood Shakedown”, “Ultra Violence” and “Carla”, is a Psychologist and writer whose main interest focuses on relationships between people. He has been writing since he was twenty one, having his first piece published in 1986. He has written extensively on a variety of topics including, horse racing, football, personality disorders and human relationships. Influenced by the great playwrights and screenwriters, much of Mark’s work transpires in dialogue. He deplores exposition and, in his fiction, leaves the reader in a state of nervousness more than he probably should.

Mark has had an extensive career as a professional project designer and bid writer, having accrued over £20m for groups and organisations working with disadvantaged people. An ex-lecturer, Mark designed and delivered the UK’s first ever course in Criminal Psychology in 1997. Much of this work infils his fiction: Psychopathy and Borderline Personality Disorders are featured heavily in “Carla”, for example.

Currently, Mark is a full time fiction writer and freelance blogger. He has been interviewed on several Radio talk shows where he has given readings of his work. His work has been featured in The Sun and Daily Mail and he has also been interviewed on Television.

Mark resides in Southwell, Nottinghamshire with his teenage son.

You can Contact Mark at

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Wicked Wild Wenesday – Take 2 – Linda Bolton Bowers

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Alexandra Daniels is a forty-something, hard-working mom, wife and employee. Her life has been plodding along at a snails pace and she’s longing for excitement. She wins a trip to her favorite talk show in New York, the Veronica Becker Show, and it just so happens the actor of her dreams is a guest, Derek Dunbar! Is Alex’s life about to change?

Blurb:
Derek Dunbar is Scottish, an actor and a hunk! Every woman in America drools after him. He has his pick of women but stinks at relationships. At forty, is he longing for a more meaningful relationship? Does he even know how to have one? Is he willing to make the effort or will it just be too complicated?

THE CHARACTERS

Alexandra Daniels spent half her life as a dedicated wife and mother. Recently, with her husband working so much he spent little time with her and her daughter all grown up, Alex finally decided to concentrate on herself. She got a gym membership, lost weight, and spent her free time at night catching up on years of movies she missed. To add to her newly found identity, Alex wins a trip to New York to see her favorite talk show taped. While there she meets her movie idle, Derek Dunbar. Can life get any better?

Derek Dunbar went to school to be a lawyer, something his mother loved to brag about. But Derek felt he had another calling: acting. Once he submerged himself into his new career he was destined for stardom…and loneliness. Oh, Derek had the looks, but his work-a-holic mentality made dating difficult, not to mention the paparazzi that followed him everywhere.

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Take 2 is Linda Bolton’s first novel is available on Amazon. She is currently working on her second book to be released summer 2013. When she’s not writing, Linda is a GiGi, playing with her new granddaughter Z, and working full-time. While working on a future projects Linda can be found:

On Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lindaboltonauthor

On Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/#!/lindalou42

Her romance blog at http://www.lindabolton.blogspot.com

On Goodreads at http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6875749.Linda_Bolton

Paloma Beck- Interview- NewRelease – Vanished Pride

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Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a closeted erotic romance author, a carpooling PTA mom who writes erotic romance while her kids are at school. And I wouldn’t change a thing! I write full-time, and I love my job and my life. Every day, I get to bring out both sides of myself so they each get their chance to come out and play. It’s almost naughty but too much fun to worry about.

Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?

Espresso or (really strong, dark) Coffee. I make a latte for myself every morning when I get home from dropping the boys off at school. And a scarf… I have a soft scarf a friend’s daughter knitted for me and I’ve developed this dependency to it when I’m writing, especially a first draft.

Beverly: When did you start to write?

I began writing seriously in high school. I took a creative writing course with a professor who taught me to channel all that teenage angst into my writing. I wrote for the high school magazine but then I took a side trip when I went to college. I decided I needed a degree in something that would make money. It wasn’t until I married, had children and decided to stay home with them that I picked up my writing again. That’s when I really felt the absence of my writing life.

Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?

The hero and his qualities are highly dependent on the heroine. Just like we aren’t attracted to the same men, heroines aren’t attracted to the same hero “type”. I write from a character-driven focus so I count on her to tell me what she needs in her man. But… I do have a tendency to write them like I like them… dark, bold and dominant. (hmm. I think I just described how I like my coffee too!)

Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?

Donovan is my favorite hero. He’s in my latest book “Vanished Pride” and I have been waiting to write about him since I began the series four books ago. He exudes sexual prowess and comes from a long lineage of men who take their women in hand. *cough * cough * blush* That means they believe in Domestic Discipline, a relationship wherein the man is seen as the head of the household.
Mostly, I adore how his sensitive side is so strong despite how truly dominant he is. And he needed to be dominant because his mate’s soul sin is pride, the most challenging of the deadly sins, and his fate is to eliminate the sin from her. That was no easy task.
Allowing my characters to come to me makes developing strong characters one of the easiest parts of my writing. Then as I develop the character, the scenes fall into place.

Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?

Action scenes are difficult for me. In the Seven Sin Sisters series, the men are part of a covert government agency to track down and eliminate terrorists. Each book contains a few scenes of the men on missions. They took a lot of research to get them to be as accurately portrayed as possible. It’s difficult since I’ve never experienced it – this part of the book, I write solely from a research perspective. That’s the challenge.

Beverly: What writer, if any, influenced how you write?

I’ve read a lot –books and blogs- and I can’t put my finger on one particular author. I write what I like to read. As a reader, I want romance, some suspense with an obstacle to overcome and in the end, a HEA or HFN. I also enjoy authors who rely heavily on the emotional component to the story… those are the authors I feel like I learned the most from.

Tamara: Who would you choose as your “book boyfriend”? From what book? Author?

Easy… Dragos Cuelebre from Thea Harrison’s Dragon Bound, the Elder Races series. He’s a dragon and totally alpha male. Then he falls head over heels for Pia. Oh, to be Pia! If you haven’t yet, listen to this book on audio and you’ll fall in love too.

Tamara:”A dragon just gave me a piece of jewelry,” she said. She took another swig and handed the bottle back to Graydon. “Have I been added to his hoard?”

He shook his head and drank too. “No, cupcake,” he said. “I’m pretty sure you’ve replaced it.” Love Dragon Bound!

Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!

Read Vanished Pride. It’ll more than answer this question. 😉

Beverly: *paging threw the book*

Tamara: Bev! What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?

I know it’s not politically correct but… I love the damsel in distress heroine. I want her to need –really, deeply need- her hero. She can’t be a push over but it needs to be obvious that he’s the leader in the relationship.

Tamara: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? (you have food, water, shelter, all the necessities, so nothing mundane)

Nexus Tablet (that’s where all my books are)
My Husband… does he count as a thing?
Espresso Machine

Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?

Reading in the bubble bath every Sunday night. It’s decadent. Everyone knows not to disturb me. I light candles, use lavender bath salts, and make it as hot as I can stand. Then I soak and read until the water gets too cool.

Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize?

My long-term goal is to move to house on a lake. It’ll happen someday… and then I’ll be a reclusive romance author.

Beverly: What was your most embarrassing moment? It can’t be worse than mine… getting caught naked in the back of an orange Gremlin by the police! (I am such a naughty girl)

Wow! Yours is so much better than anything I can remember about myself. I did once get caught in a parked car with a guy but luckily my head was in his lap 😉 so they couldn’t see who I was.

Tamara: If you were a color what would you be and why?

White. I prefer to fade into the background. I’m an introvert which is why writing suits me. I just registered for my first conference as an author –RomFest 2013- which isn’t until June but I’m already worrying about meeting new people. Yep, white definitely so nothing stands out about me for people to stare at.

Beverly: Who has influenced how you perceive love? Why?

Three men shaped my perception of love. The first two nearly ruined the idea for me… my father and my high school boyfriend. Thank God for my older brother who put me firmly in the right direction. He taught me when a man loves me, he’ll value me and treat me like I’m precious. He taught me not to settle for less than that.

Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so I have to ask. Who loves you?

My husband, my sons, my sisters, my nieces, some of my friends (remember I said I was an introvert so I don’t let too many people close) and maybe a few others care enough to believe they love me… that’s a deep thought. I feel like I might be back in Philosophy 101… lol.

Now for some quick fun questions:

Boxers or briefs? Boxer briefs – are they not the sexiest invention ever??

Coffee or Tea? Coffee

Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? Italian men all the way – tall, dark and handsome

Hairy chest or smooth? Hairy

Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla, in ice cream only

Kinky or Sweet? Kinky

Fast or slow? Slow

Public or private? Private

Top or bottom? Bottom

AUTHOR BIO & LINKS
Paloma Beck is a Romance Author living a life of contradiction… she’s a happily married carpooling mom writing erotic romance. It’s almost naughty! Paloma writes in both the Contemporary and Paranormal realms, journaling the stories her characters tell her, and they are anything but PG. She dabbles in vampires, witches, menage, spanking and bdsm – all in her books, of course. Paloma believes a daily dose of espresso and a good book make any day better.

Talk to Paloma on any of these sites:
BLOG:http://RomanceBeckons.blogspot.com
WEBSITE:http://palomabeck.weebly.com
TWITTER:https://twitter.com/PalomaBeck
FACEBOOK:http://www.facebook.com/PalomaBeckAuthor
FACEBOOK PAGE:http://www.facebook.com/SevenSinSistersSeries
GOODREADS:http://goodreads.com/PalomaBeck
TUMBLR: http://palomabeck.tumblr.com
PINTEREST:http://pinterest.com/PalomaBeck

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BLURB
Seven sisters are entwined in a legacy larger than ever expected. One by one, they’ll find their mates from the Valendite Breed, a group of near-immortal men, and secure their place in history. The trouble now is Paige has too much pride to go down easily. When confronted by her mate, she convinces him to wait.
Donovan agrees to Paige’s plan until things around him start to go wrong. He’s losing his concentration, making mistakes on critical missions for the Terrorist Elimination Unit (TEU), and now he’s assigned as Paige’s bodyguard. Donovan’s only weakness is his need for a mate to carry on the Breed. Now that he’s found Paige, the time has come for him to claim his mate. Taking Paige in hand might be the only choice he has as forces continue to mount against the Breed. Their Pronouncement will need to be sooner rather than later.

SERIES READING ORDER
• Lustful Cravings, Seven Sin Sisters, book one (8/2012)
• Eternal Envy, Seven Sin Sisters, book two (10/ 2012)
• Holiday Gem, Seven Sin Sisters, book three (12/2012)
• Vanished Pride, Seven Sin Sisters, book four (2/2013)
• Frozen Fury, Seven Sin Sisters, book five (anticipated 4/2013)

BUY LINKS
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ALL ROMANCE
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Meeting Margarita Felices – Guest Blog


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My second only guest blog post.
I’ve been given a free reign which might be dangerous or fun or both, let’s see.

A LITTLE ABOUT WHERE I LIVE…and the reason why I can be inspired by just walking around.

I live in Wales – it has a varied kind of persona. You can take a walk around the city I live in, and in some places, find remnants of the Victorian side of it. Then you can walk around the corner and find a super modern shopping centre. I’m extremely lucky living here, there is a great castle right in the centre of town, it has ruins that dates back to the Romans! The main part is as Gothic as you can ever imagine, I love it, it’s stunning.
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And then there’s the Norman keep, you can climb it right to the top. How is this for a moody picture?

This is the City Hall, equally as impressive inside too.
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Then you can venture a few miles towards the Bay and come across trendy new bars and restaurants as well as a new centre for theatre. Theatre

You probably wouldn’t believe that 50 years ago this land was the Docklands and where the pillars stand used to be the Dry Dock where ships came in for repair. It’s changed a lot since I was young. I’m from the area and even though they have made it one of the top places to live in the country, they took away the community that lived there and it doesn’t have the heart that it had once. It’s modern and clean but it’s also cold and uncaring and as much as I do like what they’ve done with it, I miss the history, the mixed cultures and the smiles from the families I used to know.

I’ve been an author for a year; I say that loosely because I felt that I could only be called that once someone bought my book and then reviewed it. And it’s been an interesting and busy year where I’ve seen my book go up and down the Amazon charts and a few times spin so far into oblivion I thought it was just a matter of time before Amazon and Books To Go Now just removed it altogether! What’s made me smile the most has been the categories that it’s fallen into. #1
Looking them up has placed me in the Top 10 for most of last year and number 1 in either the vampire or vampire romance or Paranormal Romance charts. And checking those figures has proved to be very addictive, and I know it should be a once in a while thing to do, because it’s gotten in the way of my writing on more than one occasion. So while I sit here telling you all how obsessive I am you should know that I have checked them at least twice today! But tomorrow it’s all going to change.

Tomorrow is the start of finally getting more writing done and not procrastinating, which I suppose is something all authors do. My second full length book needs to see the light of day and if I don’t get on with it, I feel that it may never get finished and that would be a shame.

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What have I been doing with my time?

JUDGEMENT OF SOULS 3: Kiss at Dawn
Judgement of soulsI have always had this morbid fascination with supernatural/paranormal beings and with vampires in particular. It wasn’t much of a surprise that my first novel would be about vampires – although it was a surprise to me to learn it was a trilogy! My vampire lead is Rachel de Grosnez and she’s no weak minded female. She’s a kick ass lean mean fighting machine who is stopped in her tracks by Daniel Moore. Her family were the guardians of a very special vampire artefact called the Book of Cain and one day it’s stolen from the vampire Elysium (their safe haven) by Max, who entered the Elysium in a near fanfare, targeting the young Rachel to the point of seduction. And then he’s gone. Obviously she’s heartbroken by his actions, especially as her parents have been banished and she promises to find the book and restore them back in their rightful places. But by now, three hundred years have passed and she’s hit a dead end. Until Max returns, kills Daniel’s best friend and now they are all involved in the search. All this while Daniel’s friends try to find something that will convince Daniel to dump Rachel, and Rachel’s vampire friend Arun, tries to convince her to dump Daniel!

Stuck!
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(Groans very loudly)

JudPart Two of the JUDGEMENT OF SOULS trilogy has proven to be very tricky.
I always knew it would be the most difficult and also the longest of the three books, so imagine my concern when thinking I may be nearing completion – it was shorter than the last book!

And just when I thought I had it all sussed, I come across a circumstance that meant some of it had to be re-written and new characters brought in with even more problems!
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One of those problems was that this new book had to tell the story of The Righteous.
Horseman They are paranormal and occult hunters and they have been hiding the artefact that the vampires are looking for, for centuries. But also the whole story revolves around the Moore family. So here is the plan. Because I hate jigsaw puzzles, and this is starting to resemble one, I’m going to work my way backwards from my lead character in JUDGEMENT OF SOULS 3, (Daniel) and hopefully meet the other members of his family in the middle. And maybe, just maybe, I’ve worked out the correct timelines!

What else? Maybe a little about the rest…
Well last year I also wrote two short stories. I’ve had them for a while now and when I was asked to submit other work, I dusted them off, re-wrote them and sent them off.

The Psychic
The Psycic
I liked the sound of this story when I first began to write it. It was originally a screenplay so I took it to pieces and made it more descriptive. Beryl is a con artist and after she’s left penniless she comes across this scam while walking through a market and five years later, and being very good at it, she now has a great life. But Beryl really shouldn’t mess about with this sort of thing, because you never know who’s going to visit you next. It was a fun story to write and I am fascinated by psychics. I’ve gone to so many over the years I can barely remember any of what they said, except for one who was very close to lots of things and who asked me if I owned a Yorkie because one had sat by my feet. She couldn’t have possibly known that was true, it was never mentioned. Funny, even though I love going to them, I’m still sceptical as to their ‘powers’.

The Story of My Heart
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My first ever romantic story – who figured eh? Even my friends are surprised at this one. I love paranormal stories and this – well – certainly isn’t. Megan made a choice and it was a wrong one, but now she gets a second chance and deep down she’s scared to death. I suppose the underlying story here is something we’re all afraid of… what if?
What if I’d turned that other corner?
What if I’d spoken to that man and not ignored his interest?

I probably won’t ever write another romance story, I don’t have it in me I guess. Some people are good at it and some…? It’s had some nice reviews and so perhaps, I should never say, never.

How to get hold of the novels or me!
If anyone is interested in reading any of these novels or joining the JUDGEMENT OF SOULS Facebook page, here are the addresses.

Please feel free to stop by the JUDGEMENT OF SOULS Facebook page and post your own work on my wall, I welcome other authors to do just that and please leave a comment here so I can get to know some of you. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have or you can Inbox me on Facebook.

http://www.amazon.com/Judgement-of-Souls-ebook/dp/B006QFPHJC/ref=pd_sim_kstore_2

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Judgement-of-Souls-ebook/dp/B006QFPHJC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1328965289&sr=8-1

http://www.amazon.com/The-Psychic-ebook/dp/B0085MKCYE/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_2

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Sensational Sundays – Book Spotlight – Giveaway – Stetson’s storm – Kathleen Ball

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Blurb:
Five years ago, hunky rodeo star Stetson Scott left town, never looking back. Storm McCrory’s heart was ripped out that same day. Now Stetson is back in town. He’s shocked to find both Storm and his son living in poverty, shunned by most of the town.

Excerpt:

The bells above the diner door rang eerily in the still of the night. Storm startled then whirled around. It’d been quiet all night; the graveyard shift usually was. The money wasn’t the greatest, but somehow she managed. Her eyes widened and her heart raced faster. It couldn’t be, but it was. Stetson had returned.
He noticed her. Storm saw no sign of recognition in his eyes. Maybe it was a good thing. She knew she looked drawn and tired. The circles under her eyes never seemed to disappear anymore, her hair no longer shone, and she was rail thin.
His lack of recognition cut deep. The pain in her heart overwhelmed her. He didn’t remember her, but she hadn’t forgotten him for one day during his five-year absence.
Grabbing the glass coffee pot, she quickly walked over to where he sat at the counter. “Coffee?”
“Sure, honey,” Stetson replied, looking over his shoulder at a group of new customers.
Disappointment filled her being as she poured the hot liquid into his mug. “Anything else?”
“Uh, no.”
Storm nodded, put the pot down, and walked into the kitchen to regroup. He unnerved her.
“She’s not the one for you.” Storm heard one customer comment.
“I’m not interested,” Stetson’s familiar voice responded.
“Good thing. She’s got a bit of a reputation.” The busybody female’s voice sounded sultry, as though she wanted Stetson for herself.
Tears welled up in Storm’s eyes waiting for his reply. All she heard was the ringing of the bells. She hoped she hadn’t been stiffed again. Last time it had come out of her pocket. She walked back behind the counter. Stetson had left. He was always leaving.
Storm had finally and firmly written him off, but her heart didn’t agree. Thankfully, she had a strong mind. No man would ever play her for a fool again

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About Kathleen Ball
Kathleen writes contemporary western romance with great emotion and memorable characters.

She currently has published with Desert Breeze Publishing both Callie’s Heart and Lone Star Joy.

She also had published by Secret Cravings Publishing Texas Haven and Ryelee’s Cowboy

Kathleen lives in Texas. She moved there from Rochester, New York and is having the time of her life exploring Texas culture.

Kathleen is married to her wonderful husband Bruce and they have one son, Steven. They just welcomed new additions to their family, a new daughter in law, Brittany and her cute as a button son, Colt.

She feels blessed to be supported in her writing by her family and friends. There’s something about a cowboy. I hope you read and enjoy my books– Kathleen Ball
http://www.kathleenballromance.com

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Book Spotlight/Giveaway – Concordia – Mary Ann Bernal

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Blurb:
Travel back in time to late Ninth Century Anglo-Saxon Britain where Alfred the Great rules with a benevolent hand while the Danish King rules peacefully within the boundaries of the Danelaw. Trade flourishes, and scholars from throughout the civilized world flock to Britannia’s shores to study at the King’s Court School at Winchester.

Enter Concordia, a beautiful noble woman whose family is favored by the king. Vain, willful, and admired, but ambitious and cunning, Concordia is not willing to accept her fate. She is betrothed to the valiant warrior, Brantson, but sees herself as far too young to lay in the bedchamber of an older suitor. She wants to see the wonders of the world, embracing everything in it; preferably, but dangerously, at the side of Thayer, the exotic Saracen who charms King Alfred’s court and ignites her yearning passions.

Concordia manipulates her besotted husband into taking her to Rome, but her ship is captured by bloodthirsty pirates, and the seafarers protecting her are ruthlessly slain to a man. As she awaits her fate in the Moorish captain’s bed, by sheer chance, she discovers that salvation is at hand in the gilded court of a Saracen nobleman.

While awaiting rescue, Concordia finds herself at the center of intrigue, plots, blackmail, betrayal and the vain desires of two egotistical brothers, each willing to die for her favor. Using only feminine cunning, Concordia must defend her honor while plotting her escape as she awaits deliverance, somewhere inside steamy, unconquered Muslim Hispania.

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About the Author
Mary Ann Bernal, author of The Briton and the Dane novels, is an avid history buff whose area of interest focuses on Ninth Century Anglo-Saxon Britain during the Viking Age. While pursuing a degree in business administration, she managed to fit creative writing classes and workshops into her busy schedule to learn the craft, but it would take decades before her “Erik the Viking” novel was ultimately published.
Mary Ann is also a passionate supporter of the United States military, having been involved with letter writing campaigns and other support programs since Operation Desert Storm. She has appeared on The Morning Blend television show hosted by KMTV, the CBS television affiliate in Omaha, and was interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald for her volunteer work. She has also been a featured author on Triangle Variety Radio, The Phil Naessens Show, and The Writers Showcase, and has been interviewed extensively by American and European bloggers.
Mary Ann is a New York “expat,” and currently resides in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Dear Authors: Smile Somebody Loves You!

People are always asking me “Who are your favorite authors?” That is such a hard question to answer, because frankly I love you all! But today I’m going to highlight just a FEW of my favorites. If you’re not on the list, please don’t be mad at me, There is no way I can list everyone!

So where to start? How about by genre?

In contemporary Romance here are a few of my favorites:

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Lori Foster never disappoints.

Jill Shalvis is funny and heartwarming. 22370

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Hell Yeah, I love Sable Hunter! She is not as well known, but I just love the Hell Yeah series.

Kay Springsteen is one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met. She writes sweet romance that will make you laugh and cry. Heartsight was amazing! A blind war hero and the mother of a Downes syndrome child fall in love. Bring on the tissues! 12016771

Romantic Suspense:

Have you read Lora Leigh’s Breed series? Well she writes suspense too! And it is edge of your seat, plus hot, hot, hot!

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Maya Banks KGI series is on my autobuy list 6634409

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The Ash Trilogy by Shiloh Walker will have you biting your nails and looking under the bed for the boogey man!

Military Men:

Yes this probably fits into suspense or contemporary, but for me Men in Uniform get a category all their own.

Heather Long writes the fabulous Always a Marine series. The next book in the series is titled Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. I love it!

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Catherine Mann is a military wife and get her heroes “just right” 9733621

Pamela Clare put an “I” in team and makes it work

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And now for the hardest category. Paranormal Romance. This is the genre I love the most, so I have so many “favorites”, I’ll divide them into two categories. Funny Paranormal and the darker side.

If you want a good laugh and a good story check out

Eve Langlais. How can you not love a series called FUC’d! 12356635

A saber tooth werebunny and a werebear. Miranda cracked me up in this one. Eve also write a cyborg series, purple aliens, werewolves, and feline shifters. I have yet to read anything she wrote that I didn’t love.

Dana Marie Bell writes Cynful shifter crack!

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Is he not sex on a stick? Dana’s heroines are quirky and funny, and her heroes… well you have to read them to believe them. One of my favorite scenes from this series is where Bear shifter Alexander “Bunny” Bunsun lies in bed playing with his toes, because “bears do that”.

Shelly Laurenston/ GA Aiken: need I say more? If you haven’t read her you are missing out on great fun!341027

Now for the dark side. I’m sure you are all familiar with the icons of the industry like Sherrelyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan, Kerrelyn Sparks, Lynsay Sands, so I am going to share a few you might not know

My good friend Carrie Ann Ryan is exploding on the scene with 3 series out so far: The Redwood Pack, Dante’s Circle, and Holiday Montana, all are paranormal, and all different. All wonderful (IMHO) 13138469

A new to me author who just blew my socks off, Mina Carter 15702786

Jennifer Ashley’s Shifters Unbound series made me a fan with the first book 6668868

And then there were… authors who write in muti-genres and rock it!

The fabulous Laura Kaye! Heroes, heatbreakers, God’s, and vampires. Her new “Inked series” has me salivating for some tattooed hotness. 11201007

Katie Reus, werewolves,jaguars and military tough guys, Oh my!

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Joya Fields first caught my attention when I reviewed her first book, Beneath the Surface. I was her first review and she tells me she still has it posted on her refrigerator! Her characters are complex and will draw you in like a fly to honey. 13251337

This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to authors I love. I hope you enjoyed reading about some of my favorite authors. Who do you love? Leave me a comment and let’s see if I can find some new “favorites”!