Thursday, November 19, 2015

November 19, 2015

“When you lose someone, you get used to living day to day without them. But you’ll never get used to the “10 second heartbreak.” That’s the time it takes to wake to full consciousness each day and remember…” ― Nina Guilbeau

I've started and stopped this post a dozen times. Maybe more. Or maybe I'm exaggerating. I'm good at that.

You can't possibly imagine the number of times in the last couple of weeks I've thought, I miss my dad. Too many.

I didn't want this to be a sad post, because birthday sadness isn't fun. So instead, I thought back to a bunch of happy memories. And I remembered this.

When I was in high school, you ran over a rabbit's nest while mowing. It had three baby rabbits inside. One got away. But you were worried the dogs might find the other two before the mom could move them. They had fur, and their eyes were open. They just needed someone to feed them a while longer before they could go their own way. So you brought them in and gave them to me.

We found a box and put some newspaper in it. We got them some grass because they were big enough to start nibbling. And for a week, we fed these two cute baby rabbits. I named them Nick and Stu. You thought I meant stew... Just like the time I had the tame white rabbit and wanted to name him Skittles. You said, "Skillet. Perfect name."

On a side note, I named them that because The Stand was my favorite book. Weird. Sure.

One day, I got home from school, and Nick was alone in his box. Stu had vanished. In the house.

He made the occasional appearance, but mostly, he was missing. A week passed and Mom was threatening to set out rat poison. Even Taz and Twinkie seemed oblivious to the fact that there was a rabbit loose in the house. Finally, after school about a week after he went missing, it was time to hunt down the rascally rabbit.

He darted beneath the couch, then made a dash for the refrigerator. It took some banging, some moving, some scare tactics, but I finally caught him between the wall and a cereal box. He wasn't hurt, but he was pretty scared.

Nick and Stu rejoined the world that day. I hope they made it okay. They were really sweet, when one of them wasn't sneaking around the house, chewing on who knows what. Needless to say, we didn't have any more indoor pets besides the dogs after that, although the occasional kitten did find its way in, but always went back out at bed time. At least they were polite enough to wait to go outside to do their business.

It's bittersweet to look back and remember that aww, we took care of these helpless rabbits and then, oops, we let one get away. It reminds me that despite the way you were a manly-man, you had a soft spot. Even we you claimed Peepooh annoyed you, I caught you playing with her so many times, I knew you really loved her. There's not really a way to cover up that softer side. It makes a nice memory.

I'd give a lot of things to make more memories with you. Twelve years without any new ones is tough.

Take care of those rabbits.
I miss you. Happy birthday.

Robert L. Cox

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

That Old Familiar Feeling

It should be familiar, anyhow. I've finished books. Lots of them (which, a couple of years ago, seemed impossible). I'm this close (--) to finishing Her Heart's Desire, the sequel to Her Heart's Surrender. Yes, more Vikings!

I know what has to happen. I'd like to get at least 2,000 more words out of it, but I'm not sure I will. At any rate, I'll take whatever comes from the ending. It's going to be a good one.

I hadn't really planned to finish Her Heart's Desire this month. I just finished my contemporary romance novella, Marry Me Again, Cowboy, in September (pre-order Cowboys Forever & it will be delivered November 30 to your device. Plug!) and my Regency romance novella, A Duke Worth His Salt, in October. The plan was to take a little time, recover from rushing, and let the words come gradually.

They did not cooperate. And I have a raging case of tendinitis in my wrist and thumb to show for it. And a serious case of eye strain--I've really got to get an eye exam soon. And...a burning desire to start another western historical romance to follow up Love Won't Run. I'm going to try to take December off, but no promises.

On the other hand, I'm sitting here, writing in this blog about these projects...delaying the obvious. I should be writing the end to Her Heart's Desire right now. I'm a master procrastinator. What can I say?

Go, go, go. Write, write, write. Today I close this chapter (pun!).

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Guest Post & Book Feature - The Christmas Bridge by Elyse Douglas

Snookie was a little girl who lived down the block from us.  She was all elbows, floppy feet and tangled blonde hair.  It was easy to get lost in her moonstone eyes whenever she talked about her boyfriend, little Frankie, or about her cat, White Toe, or about Christmas and Christmas cookies—especially Christmas cookies. 
Snookie had an endless curiously about life and at 8-years old, she knew, without any doubt, she wanted to be a writer.
“I’m going to write great big books,” she said, her arms extended wide in either direction.  “And they’re all going to be about Christmas.”
“That’s silly,” I said.  “Christmas only comes once a year.  What will you write about the rest of the year?”
Snookie thought about this, while she played with a tangled blonde curl.  “Cookies,” she said.
And so Snookie went on a tear, gathering Christmas cookie recipes.  She roamed the neighborhood, going house to house, pestering every girl, single woman and housewife, begging them for their favorite recipe for Christmas cookies.  Snookie even gathered the courage to visit old man Grumpy (our name for him) to ask him if he had a Christmas cookie recipe, and he did!  It seemed like everyone had their own favorite Christmas cookie recipe. 
After two weeks, Snookie had collected a pile of recipes and she and I sorted through them, separating the ones that appealed the most.  Next came the laboratory testing. 
Snookie’s mother was a lovely, distracted woman, who loved dogs, cats, birds, goldfish and squirrels.  They had two dogs, 4 cats, 2 goldfish bowls, a parrot (who couldn’t or wouldn’t speak) and yes, a pet squirrel named, as I recall, Mr. Monty.  There must be a story there, but I don’t remember it.
Snookie and I were allowed to use her mother’s kitchen to try out the recipes that appealed to us.  There were ten.  We worked frantically and systematically.  The neighborhood filled with the sweet smells of clove, cinnamon and butter.  We tested, ate, chewed, got bloated and a little sick, and kept right on going.
Finally, by the first week of December, Snookie and I arrived at a consensus as to which recipe tasted and looked the best.  We had baked dozens of cookies and distributed them to the neighbors Snookie had pestered.
I found this recipe some years ago in an old box up in a closet, along with a high school year book and some old diaries.  (Yes, of course, I stopped to read some of those diaries!  Wow!)
Since that time, nearly every Christmas, I bake cookies using this recipe.  Of course, whenever I do, I think of Snookie and her bright girlish grin.  I also remember Snookie’s mother and her hectic circumnavigation of the house, when it was pet-feeding time, hearing the barking, the meowing and the squawking.  Those were delightful days.
Our favorite Christmas cookie recipe is below.  Snookie and I hope you and yours enjoy the cookies and have a very Merry Christmas.

Walnut Crescents

1 cup soft butter
2 cups flour
One fourth cup confectioners sugar
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 and one half tsp water
2 tsp vanilla
Confectioners sugar for rolling them in

Cream the butter and one fourth cup confectioners sugar. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Shape into rolls about one-half inch in diameter and cut into 1 inch pieces. Put onto cookie sheets and pull ends down slightly to form crescent shapes.
Bake in 375 degree oven about 15 minutes. But check to make sure they are not getting too brown. They should be only lightly browned when you take them out.
Let them sit a few minutes. While they are still warm, roll in confectioners sugar, and then again when they are cool.
Makes about 6 dozen small crescents.   You do have to keep the crescents small. 

By the way, pecans can be used instead of walnuts, but I’ve found that the pecan flavor blends in with the flour and can hardly be tasted, as it’s more delicate.  So my advice is to use walnuts!
The key to these delicate cookies is to keep them small.  If you make the crescents too big, they won't come out as light.
Epilogue:  I lost track of Snookie years ago.  The last I heard, she was happily married with two children.  I bet she’s still baking these cookies and remembering those magical, innocent days, just as I am.  I don’t know if Snookie ever did become a writer.  I hope so.

Copyright © 2015 by Elyse Douglas

Publisher: Elyse Douglas  (September 15, 2015)
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Holiday Romance, Christmas novel
Tour Date: Oct & Nov, 2015
Available in: ebook,  183 Pages

About the Book:
A First Love. A Second Chance.

A young widow travels to New York on business a few days before Christmas. She has reluctantly made a date with a lover she hasn’t seen in 20 years, and she is nervous and apprehensive. Twenty years before, she made a difficult decision that has both troubled and haunted her ever since. She knows she’s about to come face-to-face with her past and she’s hoping for some redemption and resolution. She also wonders if she can somehow pick up where she left off 20 years ago and start again.

An exciting chance encounter changes everything. Now, not only will she face the past with hope to rekindle an old romance, but there is the possibility that this chance meeting will bring her love and happiness she never thought possible.

Once again, she will have to choose. She will have to make the right decision. She will have to believe that Christmas miracles can still happen.

Praise for Christmas Diary by Elyse Douglas:
“The Christmas Diary is a tender hearted story of one woman’s journey of self-discovery and finding true love that will pull at your emotional heartstrings. The authors weave an inspirational tale written in the third person narrative, that draws the reader into Alice and Jack’s lives, and the issues that they’ve faced: love and loss, questioning one’s life choices, and the decision of which road/path is best to take in one’s life.
This is a wonderful story that has a meaningful message within the storyline that will touch your heart. The authors’ descriptive writing style is phenomenal: the characters are realistic and down-to-earth people whose emotions, dialogue and interactions are palpable, you can feel the range of highs and lows that they endure. The reader is transported to the picturesque holiday setting of the Pennsylvania towns of Eden Grove and Meadow Green.
This captivating story has a mixture of mystery, tender romance, and a supernatural twist that makes The Christmas Diary a compelling and entertaining story that will warm your heart.”- Kathleen, Jersey Girl Book Review

“If you are a fan of Richard Paul Evans novels then you definitely want to grab The Christmas Diary. This is a super quick read that you pick up on a Saturday afternoon and devour in one sitting. One glorious afternoon sitting.
It is a story of love and changes with a paranormal twist.
I adored this book. It was quick and simple and really perfect. I loved how everything was tied together through a ghost.
A quick holiday read that makes me think of Lifetime and Hallmark channel movies.”- Andrea Guy, A Chick Who Reads

” The Christmas Diary” is a nice smooth read filled with emotions and a touch of the paranormal world. Elyse pens her characters well developed, believable and lovable in this Christmas romance story. Highly recommended for all who love a nice enjoyable romance tale.”- Susan Peck, My Cozie Corner

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About the Author:
Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the husband and wife writing team of Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse’s mother was a painter and her father a textile consultant. Elyse began writing poems and short stories at an early age, and graduated with a degree in English Literature. Douglas grew up in a family of musicians, astrologers and avid readers. His great grandfather lived to be a 134 years old, and was the oldest man in the world when he died in 1922.

Some of Elyse Douglas’ novels include: The Other Side of Summer, Christmas for Juliet, Wanting Rita, The Christmas Diary, The Christmas Bridge and The Summer Diary. They live in New York City.





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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Cowboys Forever Cover Reveal!

Here it is! The box set cover for Cowboys Forever, which is from the same fantastic authors who brought you Cowboy Up and Cowboy Up 2!

I'm so thrilled to still be a part of a group with these ladies. They're the best. I can't wait for everyone to read these books!

It's coming December 1. I'll post the Amazon buy link as soon as I can.

Flat for the paperback.
It was made by The Killion Group. They do such good work!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Kathryn Le Veque's World of the De Wolfe Pack from Amazon Worlds

The World of the De Wolfe Pack has arrived! Check it out and find a ton of great new reads from USA Today bestselling authors, New York Times bestselling authors, and Amazon bestselling Author’s!!

Kathryn Le Veque


KATHRYN LE VEQUE is a USA TODAY Bestselling author, an Amazon All-Star author, and a #1 bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author in Medieval Historical Romance and Historical Fiction. She has been featured in the NEW YORK TIMES and on USA TODAY's HEA blog. In March 2015, Kathryn was the featured cover story for the March issue of InD'Tale Magazine, the premier Indie author magazine. She is also a quadruple nominee (a record!) for the prestigious RONE awards for 2015. Her bestselling novel, THE WOLFE, is also a semi finalist for the 2015 Kindle Book Reviews award for Best Romance.


World Blurb:

Enter the Medieval World of England’s greatest knight, the man known as The Wolfe of the Border. Sir William de Wolfe is a man of honor and skill, but beneath that professional exterior beats a heart of passion and tenderness. Worlds collide and revolve around William de Wolfe, his Scottish wife Jordan, and his stable of legendary knights as a great Medieval universe of pageantry and passion bleeds out into past, present, and future. What de Wolfe ancestors or descendants will establish their own great worlds within the de Wolfe realm?

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Anna Markland


HIGHLAND DAWN…inspired by Lion of the North.

Loyalty, honor, and obligation dictate Keith Starkey’s return to his Highland wife and their loveless marriage. He must leave behind a shy English lass who nursed him back to life after he was gravely wounded and left for dead at the battle of Towton.

Daughter of a murderous traitor, Aurora de la Londe is abandoned by her domineering father when he switches his allegiance to the Yorkists.

She needs a champion, but Keith cannot be that man, despite his attraction to her.

The convent offers Aurora’s only escape from the desolation of a broken heart and the threat of vengeance from the Lancastrians for her father’s treachery.

It seems unlikely these two mismatched souls will find the path to happiness—unless fate intervenes.


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Anna’s interest in genealogy blossomed into the creation of juicy medieval romances about family honor, roots and ancestry. Her novels are intimate stories filled with passion, intrigue, adventure and suspense.

Amanda Mariel

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Can loves legacy bring two war weary souls together?

Drawn by a flicker of light coming from the ruins of Babylon Castle, Rebecca Sumerfield is driven to investigate. The last thing she expects to find is the castle’s owner, a Captain in the British Army. Still devastated from her brother’s death in battle, she despises all things military.

Having survived Waterloo, Captain Camden Le Bec isn’t in the market for romance. He stops at Babylon Castle, the perfect place to gather his thoughts, only for the spirited Rebecca to storm his castle and demand he leave at once. Her fearless defiance and selfless heart awaken a desire Camden has never known. He’s determined to possess her, but Rebecca refuses to risk another broken heart.

Will they find solace in each other’s arms, or has war pushed them both beyond any hope?


Amanda Mariel

Amanda Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. When she is not writing she can be found reading, crocheting, traveling, practicing her photography skills, or spending time with her family.

Amanda lives along the Lake Huron shore line in northern Michigan with her husband and two kids. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in literature and has a long standing love affair with sugary junk food.

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Victoria Vane

BRETON WOLFE kindle Worlds added

She swore to defy him to her dying breath... But passion blurs the line between love and hate...

The bluest blood and the hardest heart... at least when it comes to marriage... The daughter of a duke and granddaughter of a king, Adele of Vannes was bartered at birth in a marriage treaty for the sole purpose of producing a royal heir. When her philandering husband is slain by Norse marauders, Adele’s only desire is to retire to the peace and solitude of a cloister—until the bishop decrees that she wed a savage Norseman. Adele knows that her beloved Brittany needs a strong hand to survive, but how can she ever reconcile her bitterness and hatred with the desire she feels for her mortal enemy?

She’s the jewel he seeks for his Breton crown...A Barbarian bent on building a dynasty, Valdrik Vargr, ‘the Norse Wolf,’ is renowned for both his bravery in battle and shrewdness in statecraft. Setting his sights on claiming the kingdom of Brittany, he knows that siring sons from royal blood would solidify his hold, but the woman he would claim as his queen refuses to have him. Will he fuel her hatred by taking her to his bed, or will the man who strikes terror in the hearts of men be reduced to wooing his bride?



Victoria Vane is an Amazon #1 bestselling author of smart and sexy romance. Her works range from comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance and have received over twenty awards and nominations to include: a 2015 Red Carpet Finalist for Best Contemporary romance (SLOW HAND), 2014 RONE Winner for Best Historical Post Medieval Romance (Treacherous Temptations), and Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 (The Devil DeVere series). Victoria also writes romantic historical fiction as Emery Lee. She currently resides in Palm Coast, Florida with her husband, two sons, a little black dog, and an Arabian horse.

Christy English

Dragon Fire Final

Torn between two men and two worlds, Mati faces an impossible choice. Sent away from her homeland of Wales as a child when her mother married their sworn enemy Sir John Ellsrod in an effort to keep the peace, Mati falls in love with his son, Roland. When she is called to abandon her childhood love in order to marry Lord Gareth, cousin to the Prince of Angelsey, she is offered what she most wants in the world: a chance to go home. But the conflict between her long-time love for Roland and her new-found love for Gareth threatens to undo her. Torn between duty and love, which man will she choose?



Since Christy English picked up a fake sword in stage combat class at the age of fourteen, she has lived vicariously through the sword-wielding women of her imagination. She loves to eat chocolate, drink too many soft drinks, and walk the mountain trails of her home in western North Carolina.

Elizabeth Rose


Billy de Wolfe is a loner and bounty hunter who has no ties to anyone. But when his

ancestor, a medieval knight named Sir William de Wolfe, appears as a ghost to set him straight and remind him of the importance of family - his life takes a twist. He finds himself returning to his family’s ranch, having to face not only his siblings but his best friend from childhood – the woman he’s loved and lost - Lexi Marquardt. Can a ghost help a lost soul realize his mistakes of the past before he loses his family and the woman he loves forever? And can a lone wolf learn that the De Wolfe Pack always runs together?



Elizabeth Rose is a bestselling author of over 45 books. She is also in Amazon’s top 100 most popular historical romance authors. She writes medieval, small town contemporary, paranormal, and western romance. She is known for her many series including Legacy of the Blade, Daughters of the Dagger, Cowboys of the Old West, and more. She creates all her own book covers as well as her book trailers which you can view on her website at Watch for her books in ebook and print form, and now starting to show up as audio books as well.

Barbara Devlin


It is the tempestuous time of the Wars of the Roses and, as the Lancasters and the Yorks battle for the Crown, Lady Desiderata de Mandeviel is caught in the games men play in their lust for power and privilege. Contracted to wed from birth, she welcomes a union with the love of her life, the greatest lancer in England, Titus Saint-Germain. When her father delivers news of her betrothed’s untimely demise, and demands she marry another, Desi must choose between her heart’s desire and family loyalty. Will Desi trust her instincts or yield to paternal authority?

Harboring a secret, the truth of his parentage, imparted by his mother on her deathbed, Titus Saint-Germain finds himself trapped between two warring factions with no escape. A loyal Yorkist, the warrior knight serves with distinction and valor, until his own men, in the heat of battle, betray him. It is a scene eerily similar to the one that claimed the life of his father, the great Titus de Wolfe, at Towton, with a singular exception. Help arrives in the form of an unlikely ally—an uncle unaware of his brother’s progeny. Will Titus resist fate and deny his destiny, or will the Lone Wolfe, at long last, journey home to the Lair?



Bestselling author Barbara Devlin was born a storyteller, but it was a weeklong vacation to Bethany Beach, DE that forever changed her life. The little house her parents rented had a collection of books by Kathleen Woodiwiss, which exposed Barbara to the world of romance, and Shanna remains a personal favorite.

Barbara writes heartfelt historical romances that feature flawed heroes who may know how to seduce a woman but know nothing of marriage. And she prefers feisty but smart heroines who sometimes save the hero, before they find their happily ever after.

Barbara earned an MA in English and continued a course of study for a Doctorate in Literature and Rhetoric. She happily considered herself an exceedingly eccentric English professor, until success in Indie publishing lured her into writing, full-time, featuring her fictional knighthood, the Brethren of the Coast.

Meara Platt

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Letitia Beresford, daughter of the Earl of Beresford, has always been able to hear her guardian angel, but understanding him is quite another matter when he only speaks in riddles. Now he’s warned Lettie that her soul mate and the only man who will ever make her happy, will disappear from her life forever unless she acts quickly. Lettie is willing to find him, but who is he? Her angel won’t tell her, and now she’s botched the search, ruining her best friend’s engagement party and infuriating everyone, including her parents who decide to ship her off to family in Wrexham until the fuss dies down. Her best friend’s adoptive brother, Brynne, a foundling left on her neighbor’s doorstep as an infant, is assigned to escort Lettie. Along the journey, Lettie realizes that Brynne is her soul mate, and to prove it to cynical Brynne, she promises him that she will discover his true lineage.

Brynne has been in love with Lettie for as long as he can remember, but how can a foundling ever hope to marry an earl’s daughter? The only hint to his identity is the birthmark on his shoulder in the shape of a wolf. After all these years and no one stepping forward to claim him, Brynne knows it will take a miracle to discover the truth. Brynne doesn’t believe in miracles, nor does he intend to remain in England. He has always been alone in the world and knows he is nobody's angel. With less than two weeks before Brynne leaves her forever, can Lettie discover Brynne’s identity and prove that love is the greatest miracle of all?



Meara Platt is happily married to her Russell Crowe look-alike husband, and they have two terrific children. She lives in one of the many great towns on Long Island, New York and loves it, except for the traffic. She has traveled the world, works as managing partner in a boutique law firm in NYC, occasionally lectures and finds time to write. Her favorite place in all the world is England's Lake District, which may not come as a surprise since many of her stories are set in that idyllic landscape, including her Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award winning story.

Christina McKnight


Lady Aloria has experienced firsthand what balls, betrothals, and the ensuing betrayals can do to a woman. To heal her heart, Aloria’s aim is to simply survive her final grand ball before her twenty-fourth birthday, and hope that her parents finally come to terms with her spinsterhood and allow her to retire to the country in peace.

Unfortunately, Marcus Adair, the Duke of Wolfeton, has other plans for her future. In town to secure a bride, he has set his sights on Aloria, and no other woman will do. But after a chance meeting in a darkened hallway, Marcus realizes he not only needs Aloria in his life; he desires her above all others.

Can Lady Aloria forget her scandalous past to build a future with the Duke of Wolfeton?



Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since. Currently, she focuses on Historical Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance.

Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.

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Catherine Kean


Lady Rosetta Montgomery, a descendant of the fierce Norman de Wolfe warriors who subdued England alongside William the Conqueror, is on her way to her wedding when she’s kidnapped by a rider dressed all in black. She discovers her abductor is Lord Ashton Blakeley, her first and only true love, who left her to go on Crusade. Ash is a changed man now, with disfiguring scars and agonizing secrets. As rumors of lost Anglo-Saxon gold and treachery unfold, and Rosetta grows to understand the man Ash has become, will she help him fight for their love, or will the danger surrounding the hidden riches cost them all that they treasure?



Bestselling, award-winning author Catherine Kean’s love of history began with visits to England during summer vacations. Her British father took her to crumbling medieval castles, dusty museums filled with fascinating artifacts, and historic churches, and her love of the awe-inspiring past stuck with her as she completed a B.A.(Double Major, First Class) in English and History. She completed a year-long Post Graduate course with Sotheby’s auctioneers in London, England, and worked for several years in Canada as an antiques and fine art appraiser.

After she married a tall, handsome, and charming Brit and moved to Florida, she started writing novels, her lifelong dream. She wrote her first medieval romance, A Knight’s Vengeance, while her baby daughter was napping. Catherine’s books were originally published in paperback and several were released in Czech, German, and Thai foreign editions. She has won numerous awards for her stories, including the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Her novels also finaled in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the National Readers’ Choice Awards.

When not working on her next book, Catherine enjoys cooking, baking, browsing antique shops, shopping with her daughter, and gardening. She lives in Florida with her husband, teenage daughter, and two spoiled rescue cats. Visit her website at

Lana Williams


Stabbed and left for dead in one of London’s most dangerous neighborhoods, Marcus de Wolfe is astounded when a woman resembling the angel from the famous family legend saves him. Once recovered, he shoves aside his angel’s captivating image and focuses on his goal of stopping whoever is smuggling cargo on his ships.

Left penniless by her wastrel father, seamstress Tessa Maycroft doesn’t trust men, especially not the handsome earl with the golden eyes she saved. To keep others from facing the fate she barely escaped, she offers seamstress apprenticeships for impoverished girls, giving them a chance for a better life.

But when Marcus appears in her shop and insists there’s a terrible connection between her girls and his ships, she agrees to help him once more. He tempts her to believe there might be more to life than she’s dared to hope.

Marcus soon realizes Tessa is anything but a simple seamstress. His angel shows him he’s not as dead inside as he believed. Can the passion they find in each other’s arms unite these lonely souls or will the plot they uncover threaten not only their new-found love but their lives?


Lana Williams

Lana Williams is a bestselling author who writes historical romance filled with mystery, adventure, and a pinch of paranormal to stir things up. Filled with a love of books from an early age, Lana put pen to paper and decided happy endings were a must in any story she created.

Her medieval trilogy is set in England and follows heroes seeking vengeance only to find love when they least expect it. The Secret Trilogy is set in Victorian London and shares the stories of three lords injured in an electromagnetic experiment that went terribly wrong and the women who help heal them through the power of love. Her latest release, TRUSTING THE WOLFE (October 29, 2015), is set in Victorian London, and is part of Kathryn Le Veque’s World of the de Wolfe Pack.

She writes in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, two growing sons, and two labs, and loves hearing from readers. Connect with her at:

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Hildie McQueen

Beneath Sky Sml

Trouble follows Brogan Hage into Silver City, Idaho, when injuries force him to seek medical attention. An unexpected offer has him thinking about settling in the bustling town. Between outlaws showing up and a beautiful passionate woman, the hardened lawman is not sure which is more dangerous.

Town doctor's daughter, Sarah Sutherland, finds herself fiercely attracted to the wounded U.S. Marshal in her care. The fact he has a reputation for ruthlessness does not stop her from falling in love. What happens with a young woman's first love is a hardened man?



Amazon bestselling author Hildie McQueen loves action, love and unusual settings. Author of western historical, Highland historical, paranormal and contemporary romance, she writes something every reader can enjoy.

Most days she can be found in her pajamas hiding from delivery men while drinking tea from her David Gandy coffee mug. In the afternoons she browses the Internet for semi-nude men to post on Facebook.

Hildie's favorite past-times are romance conventions, traveling, shopping and reading.

She resides in beautiful small town Georgia with her super-hero husband Kurt and two unruly Chihuahuas Pepito and Lola, her assistant.

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Violetta Rand

Never Cry DeWolfe

History major Madison Blake spends half her time as the assistant curator at the Opposition City Museum and the rest as a singer in a local nightclub. In order to get a promotion at her day job, she’s determined to land the first interview with the elusive, Ramsey De Wolfe, the eldest son of the town’s first family.

The only thing Detective Ramsey De Wolfe does better than his job is seducing women. And he can’t resist the blond diva he spots on stage at one of his favorite weekend hangouts.

But after sharing a night of unbridled passion, he learns she has an agenda—him.

Disappointed, Ramsey treats her like he does any other one-night-stand, he forgets about her.

But Madison won’t give up so easily.

She dials 911 a few nights later to report a stalker and Ramsey races to her rescue, only to find she’s safe at home.

Convinced she’s lying to get his attention, he quickly schools her about what happens to women who make false reports. Someday when she really needs help, he might not show up.

Will he give Madison another chance, or will she learn the hard way, to never cry Wolfe?



Raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, Violetta Rand spent her childhood reading, writing, and playing soccer. After meeting her husband in New England, they moved to Alaska where she studied environmental science and policy as an undergraduate before attending graduate school. Violetta then spent nearly a decade working as an environmental scientist, specializing in soil and water contamination and environmental assessments.

Violetta still lives in Anchorage, Alaska and spends her days writing evocative New Adult romance and historical romance. When she’s not reading, writing, or editing, she enjoys time with her husband, pets, and friends. In her free time, she loves to hike, fish, and ride motorcycles and 4-wheelers.

Scarlett Cole

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Virginia-based Navy SEAL, Lieutenant Commander Wade Wolfe knows two things. First, the Colombia mission was a success, and he has no clue who carried out the atrocities the media are accusing his team of. Second, he fully intends to marry the sexy nurse with pretty green eyes who is currently stitching the gunshot wound on his thigh.

Nurse Jeremy Scatler, named for the boy she was meant to be, has no intention of falling for the sweet-talking SEAL, no matter how hot he is, in or out of his clothes. Tied to San Diego, she’s tried the whole long distance thing before and it didn’t stick. Finding out your sailor boyfriend just got engaged to someone else has a way of killing hope.

But a common dream of an ancient warrior pulls them together in a way neither of them wants or needs. Until the trouble from Colombia follows Wade home, putting them both in danger.

Can Wade eliminate the threat and find a way for the two of them to be together? Or will they spend a lifetime apart?


Scarlett Cole Profile

Scarlett Cole is a writer of contemporary romance. Her debut, The Strongest Steel, has already become an Amazon best seller in romantic suspense. The Fractured Heart, book two in the Second Circle Series is available the 5th January 2016.

When Scarlett isn't writing, she spends her time reading, hoarding mason jars, and working out to off-set an epic sour candy habit. She likes hot men, cold beer, and expensive shoes.

Having travelled the world for work and fun, Scarlett is a citizen of both Britain and Canada. A true city-dweller, she considers Toronto and Manchester home and likes to set her books in vibrant locations such as Miami and Los Angeles. She is rep'd by Beth Phelan at The Bent Agency.

Victoria Zak


Victoria Zak is an internationally bestselling author in Scottish Historical Paranormal Romance. Her first book, Highland Burn, received an honorable mention for best paranormal romance at the 2015 InD’Tale magazine RONE awards.

Growing up in the sister city to Stirling, Scotland, Scottish flare was abundant throughout Dunedin,FL. From her High School band to the annual Highland Games that took place right across the street from her childhood home, the bagpipes beckoned her toward her calling. It seemed only natural for Victoria Zak to write in the Scottish historical romance genre. Add to the fact, she’s also a paranormal romance junkie, there was no doubt that her influences would be the driving force behind her stories.

Her love for Scotland, curiosity of history, and passion for romance has inspired her to write her first book, Highland Burn. The Guardians of Scotland series continues with Highland Storm and Highland Fate .

Today, Victoria Zak lives in the sunshine state with her husband, two beautiful children, and three furry friends. Living in paradise, being a stay at home, and to be able to share her stories has been a blessing.

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