Monday, November 30, 2015

Cover Reveal - Once Upon a Regency Box Set

Not only is Cowboys Forever riding into your Kindle, but I have another novella in a box set for you to check out! 

We hope you’ll join us on a Regency adventure of love and romance in our limited edition box set Once Upon A Regency: Timeless Tales And Fables! Read on to learn more about the authors involved, more about my individual story, and for your chance to win all kinds of prizes. We’d love for you to join us for the virtual launch party we’re throwing. Consider this your personal invite: 

About the Books:

Resisting Romeo
Samantha Grace
After surviving a disastrous relationship with a controlling duke, French actress and aspiring playwright Claudine Bellerose is returning to center stage at a small London playhouse and taking charge of her life. But when the theatre’s handsome new owner insists on becoming her leading man in the romantic play she has written, his horrible acting threatens to steal her spotlight while his charm may very well capture the heart she is determined to protect.

Enchanted By The Earl
Amanda Mariel
Rose Woodcourt, a poor seamstress, is too proud to accept help, even when her home and freedom are threatened by the nefarious Mr. Wolfe. Especially not from Hunter Thorne, a titled gentleman far above her station. Earls only court common misses for one reason, and Rose has no interest in being a wealthy man's mistress--however handsome and charming he may be. As Mr. Wolfe’s threats evolve into actions Rose has little choice but to turn to Hunter. Can the pair put an end to Wolfe’s nefarious deeds before Rose loses everything she holds dear, including her freedom?

Wish Upon A Kiss
Meara Platt
Lady Winifred Kingsley’s eighteenth birthday is almost upon her and her three godmothers have gone off overnight to one of the large market towns to purchase something quite special for her upcoming celebration. But as soon as they’ve gone, odd things begin to happen and Winnie suddenly finds herself alone and her life in peril.

Ardaric does not reveal his true identity to Winnie when he rescues her, for theirs is a chance meeting - or so he believes. But as the attempts on Winnie’s life persist, he finds himself drawn to the young beauty and vows to protect her. He will not leave her side until the fiend who seeks to do her harm is captured and Winnie is once again safe. But will his heart ever remain safe? It must, for he’s been betrothed since childhood to another and only journeyed north to claim his bride.

A Duke Worth His Salt
Allison Merritt
Lady Eleanor never doubts her father's love, but when he suffers a head wound and forgets his middle daughter, it thrusts her into a world of uncertainty. He orders her out of his house, and she flees to the family estate in Sussex. Intent on being useful, she disguises herself as a shepherdess named Leah. She never expects to be charmed by the lord next door. Lord Daniel Goodwin seeks solitude to write a novel, but really desires access to the estate next door, where some of his fondest memories were made. He intends to coax Lady Eleanor into giving him what he wants, but the stubborn woman won't see him. Instead, he befriends shy Leah. When her future is in danger, he uncovers her secrets which are nearly as troubling as his own. He would gladly take Leah as his mistress, but can he take Lady Eleanor as his wife to protect her after he's vowed never to marry?

('s a couple of my favorite lines from the story)

Masquerading as a Miss
Ari Thatcher
Tossed upon a beach after a storm at sea, Colin Wentworth, Viscount Spalding, awakens next to a mysterious young lady on the sandy shore. She’s unable to tell him anything more than her given name, Cassandra. As Colin strives to help her find her family, he loses his heart to her. His family objects—the heir to the earldom can’t marry a woman who could be illegitimate, for all anyone knows. Cassandra’s secret is much worse than his family fears, and she’s afraid to lose him by revealing her identity. Is Colin’s love strong enough to face the truth?

Searching for my Rogue
Dawn Brower
Alys Dewitt’s sister is getting married. Lucky for her she gets to be the maid of honor in a Regency themed wedding at an actual Ducal estate in England. While attending the wedding, she falls through a time hole and wakes up in 1815. Everything is strange, wondrous, not at all as she expected it to be.

James Kendall, the Duke of Weston returns from war to find an injured woman on his estate. She mumbles strange phrases and keeps calling him by another name. Thinking her a bit mad from her wounds, he takes her to the manor and calls for a doctor.

Will they give into their mutual desires, or will Alys find a way back to her own time?

The Enchanted Cave
Sue London
With his four friends under the spell of the Irish ’sisters' at The Enchanted Cave, it falls to Galen Mornay to save the poor idiots. Although ostensibly lady boxers, he knows the sisters have a more prurient background. Galen dangles the opportunity to become his mistress and the sisters predictably turn their attentions to him. All except the beautiful Maeve O’Malley, who insists she will be no man’s play thing. Can Galen save his friend Finn before the fool offers to marry her? Or will Maeve prove to be too much for Galen himself?

Taming Beauty
Lynne Barron
One beastly baron’s curse is a desperate earl’s blessing. Or so Lilith Aberdeen believes when she sets off for the wilds of Cornwall to deliver the earl’s pampered, petulant daughter into the hands of Baron Malleville, the Beast of Breckenridge. When Jasper finds himself beguiled by the irreverent beauty traveling with his betrothed, even he begins to wonder if the whispers surrounding his sanity might be true. Lilith is not the sweet, innocent, biddable bride he bargained with the devil to possess. But she might just be the one woman destined to lift the curse of his past and free him to find happily-ever-after.

Stealing a Lady's Heart
Tammy Andreson
Locksmith by trade, Graham Fairfield needs a miracle to save his father’s barony. Instead disaster comes calling in the form of Lady Charlotte Beaumont, cousin to the king's regent. Fleeing the dastardly attentions of a Scottish lord, Charlotte finds a safe haven with the tradesmen in the crumbling old manor and she breathes new life into their lives. It is almost as though fate has brought her to their door. When danger catches up with her and steals her away, it will be up to Graham and his clever brothers to rescue her. Will he be too late to save the lady and the love blossoming between them?

Pre-order it today on Amazon! It'll hit your device February 6, 2015.

Don't forget that party.

Saddle Up with a Brand New Release!

Howdy, ma'am.
It's here, it's here! Today is the official release day for Cowboys Forever. So if you pre-ordered (way to go, you!), check your Kindle and get ready for six hot cowboys. If you didn't pre-order, form an orderly line and you'll get your very own cowboys just like everyone else.

Get it for Kindle.

Or get it in paperback.

About the Books:

Cowboys Forever
Six Women—Six Cowboys Forever
Six Cowboy Love Stories by the best selling authors who brought you Cowboy Up 1 & 2
ISBN: 978-1-939590-98-5

Marry Me Again, Cowboy by Allison Merritt
An unlikely match made in Texas...
Greer Daily is happy running the ranch she inherited from her father until a resort opens up next door and unruly guests terrorize her livestock and destroy her fences. After she confronts two of them and the situation gets sticky, she finds herself venting her fury on sexy resort owner Guy Carter. But the smooth-talking cowboy isn't getting out of this mess easily. She wants reparations for her trouble.
Guy's first initial meeting with Greer could've gone better, but he hopes to placate her fiery temper by making amends for the fences. When a judge calls them out for being irresponsible and self-absorbed, then orders them to marry, Guy's whole world is upended. Their choices: Six months of marriage or a month of jail time. How bad can a few months with the queen of the cattle range be? Heaven if he can get her to bend, hell if she maintains her starchier than pressed jeans attitude.
Just as something deeper than friendship blossoms between them, Guy's personal assistant throws a wrench into the marriage of inconvenience. If Greer and Guy can't overcome that particular pothole, they have more to lose than their freedom--a lifetime of love.

Cowboy Apocalypse by Leslie Garcia
Can a former Marine and a Hollywood diva facing apocalyptic changes in their lives salvage new beginnings together?
When Stone Winters joined the Marines, he always meant to come home. A woman’s impossible dream kept him away so long that he doesn’t think there’s anything left—especially not when he meets Price Adams, a film star with another impossible dream. He just doesn’t think he’s up for that again.
Price Adams traded in a childhood on her grandparents’ ranch for Hollywood glitz in spite of being a teenage mother. Torn between the stardom she won and full-time custody of her daughter, she accepts one last role—in Cowboy Apocalypse, an inane movie about zombies being filmed on ranches around deep south Texas. Burned by men more times than she can remember, Price doesn’t want a man in her life—especially not one who looks down on her career and the courage she needs to let it all go.

Claiming A Cowboy’s Heart by Melissa Keir
Even broken souls deserve a second chance at love…
Elementary Teacher, Michelle Alt’s faced untold trials in her life, yet she continues to do what’s right to make things better for the next generation.
Cowboy Veterinarian, Preston Hall has lost everything in order to follow his dreams and return to his grandfather’s small town practice.
These two broken souls recognize each other’s pain and come together to heal, but fear and misunderstandings send their blossoming relationship into a tailspin. Will they be able to put aside their pain to find the love of a lifetime?

Rock-n-Roll Cowboy by Autumn Piper
Never judge a rock band by its cover song.
A cowboy leading a rock band? Logan gets an earful from his dad every time he leaves the house to perform. His rock persona destroys his ranching cred with the old-timers, and sticking to the cowboy life instead of running off to Hollywood cost him his girlfriend. Yet, he dreams of success in both worlds, and he’s determined to find a way.
Melody agrees to run a publicity campaign for a local rock band, fully immune to the sexy lead singer’s magnetism—she had childhood experience with a rocker’s absences. Still, Logan is charming, and vulnerable. And persistent…
Logan can tell Melody’s PR plan is his passport to popularity. He has to keep his hands off her, or he just might blow his one shot at making it big.

A Cowboy's Princess by Sara Walter Ellwood
Oil and water don't mix...neither does Texas oil royalty and an ex-Navy SEAL turned rodeo cowboy until danger forces them together.
All retired Navy SEAL turned rodeo cowboy Justin Tanner wants is to get to his next rodeo when a vision in a pair of tight fitting jeans walks up to him and hands him his deepest desire on a silver platter—the deed to his father’s ranch, land her grandfather had swindled him out of.
Lacey Mackenzie is true Texas oil royalty, but when her grandfather dies and leaves her the keys to the kingdom, she finds herself with more enemies than friends and only Justin’s name as the one who can protect her, but can he after she discovers only the oil under his promised ranch can save her company. When her enemies attack, he’s duty bound to save her, but can he give her the one thing she wants after a hot night of passion—his heart?

Ride, Cowboy, Ride by D’Ann Lindun
Can they find freedom together?
A locked up heart.
After imprisoned in a federal penitentiary for ten years over a woman's betrayal, the last thing Lyle Landry is looking for is love.  A quick tumble?  Sure.  A cold beer?  Absolutely.  And then he's on to the rodeo circuit to reclaim his title.
Broke, busted and blue.
After her ex-husband leaves her high, dry and dead broke, another man isn’t high on Sarah Reed’s list. Especially a sexy ex-con who makes it perfectly clear he’s not interested in more than a one night stand. But his determination to make something out of himself impresses her more than she wants to admit, and she falls hard for the cowboy.

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.





Buy Christmas Bridge by Elyse Douglas: Amazon

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!