Thursday, May 5, 2016

COMING SOON! Into the Whirlwind (BOSS, Inc. #2) by Kat Martin

COMING MAY 31, 2016

A bodyguard, a bounty hunter, a private investigator, no one can handle the heat like the men of BOSS, Inc. 

Megan O'Brien is at her wit's end. Her three-year-old son has been kidnapped. No police, says the ransom demand. Fearing for her son's life, Meg has no choice but to turn to her former bodyguard, Dirk Reynolds. 

Dirk's never forgiven Meg for the way she left him after their brief affair. But with bounty hunter Luke Brodie on his side, Dirk knows he's got to help Meg rescue her son. 

The few clues they’ve gathered send them spiraling into a murky world of big banking and international crime. Meg may be way out of her depths, but she’s seeing a side of Dirk she never suspected—one no woman could possibly resist.




I’m sure every author has an interesting tale of how he or she got published.  Mine is sort of a merry-go-round story that began when I met my future husband.  He had written a Western called Shadow of the Mast by L.J. Martin.  After we started dating, he asked me to read it. 
I ended up loving the novel, which was extremely moving and very romantic.  But Larry couldn’t sell it.  Since I had read a lot of great books and loved Shadow of the Mast, I couldn’t understand why.
After a second reading, I realized there were a number of grammar and spelling errors (no spell-check back then).  Since I was good at those things, I decided to help him polish the novel.
By the time I was finished, I was hooked on the idea of writing a book of my own.  I chose a Western Romance because I had a western background.  My great grandmother came West on a covered wagon.  My grandmother was one of the original rodeo cowgirls.  I was very familiar with the history of that era and so I wrote Magnificent Passage.
It was the beginning of my journey to publication.  With each of us having a book to sell, we did a lot of do-diligence, which included reading the voluminous Literary Marketplace, as well as studying novels on bookstore shelves to see what company might be interested in publishing our works.
At the same time, we were attending conferences, going to writing classes, and trying to find an agent.
At a conference in Fresno, California, we met a woman who had agreed to read sixty pages of any attendee’s manuscript.  We both sent our pages.  The agent took both of us on as clients.
Unfortunately, both our manuscripts were summarily rejected by every publisher in NYC.  Then I caught a break.  A new company looking for romance titles bought Magnificent Passage and made it the lead title for their new line!
It was a great start for me.  During that time, Larry’s manuscript, his second novel, got picked up by Kensington. After all the waiting, we were published six weeks apart, which meant we could travel and promote our books together.
Unfortunately for me, my first publisher closed its doors after two of my books were printed and I was out on the street again.  Again, I was rejected everywhere. 
Totally distraught, at the last possible moment, Berkely picked up Captain’s Bride, and again, I was chosen as a lead title.  But the money was not enough to live on so I was forced to move to another company. 
Over the years,  I’ve worked for nearly all the major houses.  Some were a real pleasure, others not so much. 
Currently, I’m writing for Kensington Books.  They’re publishing my contemporary romantic suspense novels, the latest being INTO THE WHILWIND, part of the BOSS Inc. Trilogy. 
INTO THE WHIRLWIND is out May 31st, Meg and Dirk Reynolds’s story.  When Megan O’Brien's three-year-old son is kidnapped, the former lingerie model goes to the only man she trusts, private investigator, Dirk Reynolds, her former bodyguard, the man who was still owns her heart.  Desperate for Dirk’s help, Meg is willing to risk everything to save little Charlie.
INTO THE WHIRLWIND is a powerful tale that delves into the murky world of high stakes gambling, international crime, and terrible danger. 
I hope you’ll watch for INTO THE WHIRLWIND and that you enjoy Dirk and Meg’s story.  Till then, all best wishes and happy reading, Kat


The Lure of a Rake (The Heart of a Duke Book 9) by Christi Caldwell

Once again, the amazing Christi Caldwell slays me with her breathtaking storytelling and her fascinating characters.

Lady Genevieve Farendale was left jilted at the alter by her unscrupulous and unfeeling duke who spread evil lies about Genevieve and not just ruining her reputation, but pretty much burying it. Then to top off that lovely heartbreaking tragedy, her wonderfully obnoxious parents ship her off to the country estate of her maternal grandfather to ruminate for five years about the wrong SHE has done her family. This reader was a more than a tad angry and completely sucked into this story by this time.

Cedric Falcot, the Marquess of St. Albans is a complete rake who thrives on ticking his reprobate of a  father off whenever possible. Only problem is, his father, the duke holds the purse strings and if Cedric doesn't comply with his demands, he's going to cut him off. Seemingly unaffected by this pronouncement, Cedric vows to remain a bachelor until he sets eyes on the ruined Lady Genevieve brought back from the netherworld and thrust once again into a society who still whispers about her.

Cedric and Genevieve's chance meeting in the library is a shock to his system and even more to hers when she discovers his identity after sharing an interesting conversation and a mind blowing kiss with the handsome unrepentant rake. So hurt Genevieve has been by those close to her, that it's hard to normally let anyone in, but with Cedric's easy going manner of speech and his genuine interest in Genevieve's love of art, her carefully constructed walls begin to crumble with each meeting the two share. 

At his wits end and looking to seek the ultimate revenge on his progenitor, at the nudging of his best friend, Cedric seeks Genevieve's hand in marriage, and this is where things get even more riveting. The expectations by both bride and groom differ in each one's opinion and these differences strive to make of break this relationship. As much a I would love to continue to give you my take on THE LURE OF A RAKE by the brilliant Christi Caldwell, I would much rather you grab this highly emotional tale yourself. 

Wow is a word that comes out of my mouth repeatedly throughout reading this story. Both Cedric and Genevieve have been talked about amongst the ton. Rumors, lies and exaggerations have been bandied about and each knows how it feels to be the object of that talk. Knowing how rumor and and talk can change opinions about people, Genevieve still takes in what she's heard about Cedric being a rake, even though she has been the object of hurtful jibes, she still throws his reputation in his face. That is how much she was hurt but not only what her former betrothed did to her, but compounded by her mother and father's rash decisions to place blame on their innocent daughter all because she was born female. Cedric is the celebrated rake, the man who can pretty much do as he pleases and still be welcome into fickle society. The irony is astounding and all this irony is why I LOVE this story. Christi Caldwell does not push the envelope when it comes to telling it like it is. She dives in head first and succeeds in making a splash with THE LURE OF A RAKE. Bravo Ms. Caldwell.


Tuesday, May 3, 2016


Mabily "Mab" Jones is just a twenty-something, over-educated, under-employed New Yorker trying to survive as a private eye's unpaid intern . . . or is she? Once a powerful fairy, but tricked by the Fairy Queen into human form, Mab is forced to face her changeling past when investigating a missing person case at a modern speakeasy.
Obadiah Savage bootlegs fairy Elixir to human customers thirsting for a magical fix. But when Mab and Obadiah become joint suspects in a crime they didn't commit, the only way to prove their innocence is to travel back to the fairy realm. And when Mab confronts the Fairy Queen and learns the depth of her betrayal, she must decide if the fate of the fey world is worth destroying the lives of the humans she's come to love.

Ruth Vincent spent a nomadic childhood moving across the USA, culminating in a hop across the pond to attend Oxford. But wherever she wanders, she remains ensconced within the fairy ring of her imagination. Ruth recently traded the gritty urban fantasy of NYC for the pastoral suburbs of Long Island, where she resides with her roguishly clever husband and a cockatoo who thinks she’s a dog.
Ruth Vincent is the author of the CHANGELING P.I series with HarperCollins Voyager Impulse, beginning with her debut novel, ELIXIR.
Ruth loves to hear from readers. Get in touch at or Twitter @ByRVincent.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Lessons In Pleasure by Victoria Dahl

Sarah Rose Hood and her husband James are newlywed. Married for a short time, they are still coming to know one another and the intimacies of marriage. Sarah seems content with her new  home and her new lot in life and feels James is as well.  But content in not exactly happy. James is a good husband, providing well for his gently bred wife, but something is missing and James is loathe to explore further into their relationship so as not to distrub her sensibilities.

One evening however, after Sarah imbibes in a bit too much spirits, feelings are awakened in her and she inspires James to explore their intimacies more deeply than she could have imagined. Soon, Sarah's desires are so piqued that she believes there must be something wrong with her. You see, Sarah's  mother was said to have been sex crazed and it was ultimately her downfall. Now Sarah thinks the same has happened to her and when she visits the same doctor who treated her mother and is told by him that she in fact is suffering from the same malady, the only thing Sarah can do is undergo this doctor's treatments and deny her husband her body.

After that wondering night of awakening, James is surprised and uncertain about his treatment of Sarah, but how could something that so good turn into something so bad? James will do anything to get to the bottom of his wife's sudden frigidity, but the journey that end is a difficult one.

Lessons In Pleasure is the first story I have ever read by Victoria Dahl and I found it to be quite entertaining. This story is more like a snippet into the newlywed's lives instead of a full story, but it was enjoyable quite the same.


Sunday, May 1, 2016

His Forbidden Debutante (Regency Charms #4) by Anabelle Bryant

Author Anabelle Bryant is one of my go to authors. Her voice calls to me and keeps me intrigued and entertained. HIS FORBIDDEN DEBUTANTE, the fourth book in the Regency Charms series is no exception and had me engulfed in Ms. Bryant's charms from start to finish.

After a horrific accident which killed her parents and maimed her, Lavinia Montgomery struggled daily to learn how to walk again. Before her accident, Lavinia had been exchanging letters with Randolph. These letters were a bright spot in her otherwise bleak life.  Once the determined lady achieved her mission to walk again, she looked forward to finally having a come out that she was denied previously. The time has come for Lavinia  to look to the future. 

Through happenings in his own life, Randolph Caulfield becomes the Earl of Penwick  and is now betrothed to a woman out of necessity not love. Still his thoughts of Lavinia haunt him and when circumstances place them together, each of their lives are thrown for a loop. Once Randolph has Lavinia, the only woman he has ever been able to open his heart and mind to through the written word, in his arms for real, losing her would be a tragedy. 

Once again Anabelle Bryant has m melting for her characters. Lavinia has been through so much in her life in such a short time that any respite from hurt is a welcome one, but having her meet the man of her heart just is awesome. Randolph is a truly lovable hero who has the weight of a new title on his shoulders. I adored them both and their journey to their HEA is a delight. 


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Patrick's Charm: Book 2, The Bride Train by E.E. Burke

Miss Charm LaBelle is on the run from her stifling past and while she has joined the bride train, she has no intention of actually marrying. Instead, Charm prefers to entertain in Mr. Patrick O'Shea's Saloon. The singer/actress will do what she must to survive and remain hidden from her secret past, even if it means her reputation be tarnished by working in the saloon.

Hard working Patrick O'Shea is quite content with the status quo at his establishment. Hoping to add some entertainment to bring in some more money, the consummate bachelor sets out to find ladies to do the job, only when Charm LaBelle appears on his doorstep she completely discombobulates the saloon owner. The minute that Charm leaps into his waiting arms his time is up, now all he has to do is convince the relationship shy woman that a union between the two would not only be beneficial for them both, but quite a passionate ride.

Patrick's Charm, Book 2 in the Bride Train series by E.E. Burke is a wonderful continuation of this innovative theme. The ladies who arrived on the bride train together come from all walks of life and even though they end up in the same time and place, they each have their own special story to tell. This story, as well as the prequel and the first book are very enjoyable reads and I do recommend them as Ms. Burke has so carefully spun these tales and each one is a treasure.


Friday, April 29, 2016

LONE HEART PASS By New York Times Bestselling Author Jodi Thomas

By New York Times Bestselling Author
Jodi Thomas
With a career and a relationship in ruins, Jubilee Hamilton is left reeling from a fast fall to the bottom. The run-down Texas farm she's inherited is a far cry from the second chance she hoped for, but it and the abrasive foreman she's forced to hire are all she's got. 
Every time Charley Collins has let a woman get close, he's been burned. So Lone Heart ranch and the contrary woman who owns it are merely a means to an end, until Jubilee tempts him to take another risk—to stop resisting the attraction drawing them together despite all his hard-learned logic. 
Desperation is all young Thatcher Jones knows. And when he finds himself mixed up in a murder investigation, his only protection is the shelter of a man and woman who—just like him—need someone to trust.

A fifth-generation Texan, JODI THOMAS sets the majority of her novels in her home state. Thomas is a marriage and family counselor by education, with a background that enables her to write about family dynamics. Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Thomas enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A & M University campus, where she currently serves as Writer in Residence. When not working on a novel or inspiring students to pursue a writing career, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, Tom, renovating a historic home they bought in Amarillo, and "checking up" on their two grown sons.

By Jodi Thomas
HQN Books; April 26, 2016
$7.99; 384 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0-373-78921-4


What is the biggest thing that people THINK they know about your genre that isn’t so?

I’ve won four RITA’s for best in my genre at RWA.  People think I know some kind of secret, but I don’t.  I just write a book that I’d like to read and I’m lucky that others enjoy it.

I think some people think to write a novel that you have to have billionaires and perfect characters.  I’ve always thought those of us who are not perfect can fall in love just as deeply.

What is the most important thing that people DON’T know about your genre that they need to know?

That an original plot that captures the reader’s heart will always be the book that stays on the reader’s shelf to read again.

What are some of the day jobs you have held?

I worked my way through college checking groceries and working in the library.  I’ve taught school, done rape crisis counseling, run a museum gift shop.  When I was growing up my parents ran a small hotel and I worked there weekends and holidays from school.

Are you a full time or part time writer? How does that affect your writing?

I learned years ago that I need interaction with people to write, so most of my writing life I’ve had some kind of part-time job.  For the past 12 years I’ve served as Writer in Residence at West Texas A&M University in a small town about 20 miles from my home.  Three or four days a week I go to the office.  When I started I had to define my job.  So, I keep about 6 hours a week of ‘open office time’ so students or people in the community can come up.  I also take a couple of interns each semester.

I think this keeps me up on the markets and helps writers starting out.

How do you feel about e books vs print books and alternative vs conventional publishing?

The up side is so many books are getting out there.  The down side, as I see it, is that many writers are jumping into the game before they are ready.  Their writing isn’t polished enough or they haven’t taken the time to learn the markets in alternative publishing.  So they get frustrated and quit. The great writer that might have been stops or worse stops growing.

I think the solution is, no matter which way you go in publishing, learn your market and step in as a professional.  I believe in this so strongly that I volunteer a week of my time in June at the WTAMU Writing Academy.  Hundreds of books, both alternative and conventional, have been published by our students.

How do you make time to write?

I love writing but some days it’s late before I climb the stairs to my office.  I sometimes think being tired is for me like whiskey was for Hemingway.  I step into the story and the midnight hours pass lost in my story.  I rarely turn my computer on before noon.  I started writing after I put my kids to sleep.  They’re grown but my most creative time is in moonlight.

What projects are you working on at present?

I’m working on my next RANSOM CANYON story, no. 5,  It often takes me a month to write the first few chapters and then I fly.  I think it’s all about getting to know my characters.

On one board in my study is the next series.  Note cards of all colors fill the space.  Starting a series is a very messy process.

Why did you choose to write in your genre?

That’s an easy one.  I write what I love to read.
I picked Texas as my background because I know the people.  Texas if full of wild, loving, interesting, crazy folks and some days I think about a third of them are related to me.

Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your writing? What impact did they have on your writing?

I never like to answer this because the list is so long and just around the corner will be a new author that will be my favorite.
Two authors who influenced my writing are Debbie Macomber and Robyn Carr.  Debbie, who has written so many wonderful books, said she loved mine and that went a long way in helping me believe in myself.  Robyn interviewed my in Vegas and said, “write a series, Jodi!  No one wants your stories to end with one book.”  So I did.

Is there a particular book you really struggled with?

Some are hard births, some are easy, but in the end, when I send them off, I love them all.