Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Good morning all!!!! Finally I wanted to thank everyone involved in the 4th Annual Book Obsessed Chicks Beach BBQ Bash. Who would have thought when BOC began that I could have gotten together 100 author/readers together in such an awesome setting? We had a picture perfect day with a lovely breeze off the ocean. 

You are all so special to me. So many came from far away and I truly appreciate it. When I began, all I wanted to do was open the world for my reader friends to meeting some local authors. Little did I know that it was going to explode into what it has become.  I am so proud of each and every one of my ladies who are the best friends a girl can have. THANK YOU....

I especially want to thank every author who took time out of their busy schedules in the midst of conference season to join us and make this event so very special.


I want to thank BRYAN BENISVY and BILLY FREDA for coming as well and being so awesome to every attendee. Always a smile for everyone. 
I hope you both can return next year!

I didn't want to cut into every one's enjoyment of the day, but I really want to thank LARA ADRIAN because honestly, if it weren't for her, I would never have started this whole thing in the first place. Meeting her in person, back in 2010 really changed things for me. She gave the the confidence and the interest in doing what I do and I LOVE her for it. I am so happy with the life I have now and the career I have due to her and her awesome husband John. It is because of them both that I wake up and look forward to my day and the next adventures that Kimmie has. I also thank them both for introducing me to Patricia Rasey, who I love like a sister. I tell people she's the first person I text in the morning and the last before I go to bed.  It's the truth. She is my rock and I am thankful to have her in my life.... and she has a pretty awesome hubby as well..

The day went amazingly well and I hope everyone got their fill of food, thanks to our special man at the BBQ,  BOC CHICA, Janet Rodman's husband, DAVID KIRCHEIN, who spent the entire day in front the grill and has already agreed to be my awesome grill man again next year. 

The next Book Obsessed Chicks Beach BBQ Bash will be in July of 2015. If you are interested in attending this event, please let me know.


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Friday, June 20, 2014


“You started it, my lady.” Must the duke look so pleased? And yet, he was so dear when he was pleased. “No denying that,” Gilly said, hoping His Grace would think the flush was from the brandy—not the kiss. And it wasn’t a blush. Was. Not. “But you were hovering.” “I shall hover more often.” “I do apologize.” “There’s no need for that,” he said, and she hoped that was the start of a smile in his eyes, except it was a fairly fierce expression for it to be a smile. “Can you explain, at least?” “I wanted to stop your hovering.” “Interesting strategy. Has it worked?” “Well…no. Here you are again.” “Let me propose another theory to explain your rash actions.” He traced a finger over her brows, a gentle, even sweet gesture Gilly felt in her vitals. “You fancy me.” “I fancy…?” She blew her hair off her forehead, intending to blow his hand away. He repeated the caress instead, further threatening her composure. “I’ve never heard such a taradiddle.” She fancied him the way some women fancied shoes, bonnets, and chocolate. She fancied him like sunlight and water, like air, like— And that would not do. “My lady, you fancy me…”


Author: Grace Burrowes
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Historical Romance


He'll never be free...

Captured and tortured by the French, Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia, survives by vowing to take revenge on his tormentors. Before the duke can pursue his version of justice, Gillian, Countess of Greendale, reminds him that his small daughter has suffered much in his absence, and needs her papa desperately.

Until he surrenders his heart...

Gilly endured her difficult marriage by avoiding confrontation and keeping peace at any cost. Christian's devotion to his daughter and his kindness toward Gilly give her hope that she could enjoy a future with him, for surely he of all men shares her loathing for violence in any form. Little does Gilly know, the battle for Christian's heart is only beginning.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes' bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Lady Eve's Indiscretion. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

ONCE UPON A KISS (The Book Club Belles Society) by Jayne Fresina

Miss Justina Penny and her menagerie of odd females make up the Book Club Belles Society, who are reading Jane Austen and pining away for Mr. Darcy. Justina, also known as Jussy and her sister are not women of means, but their parents would like for nothing better than to see them married, but with Justina's tendency to always get into trouble, her parents only hope is her sister.

Darius Wainwright flees London at the mention of an impending visit by his meddling step-sister. He goes to his deceased uncle's estate to see to settling affairs there, but once he comes into contact with the simply irritating Justina, this man who had no intentions of settling down is suddenly seeing illusions of grandeur, especially after stealing a kiss from Jussy.

At first Justina sees Darius as an overbearing oaf, but little things he does begin to prove her initial estimation of the gentleman wrong. In addition, her parents only see Mr. Wainwright with their sweet, biddable and prettier daughter, not with Jussy. There are just so many obstacles for this pair to overcome that it's a wonder that this pair can get in as much kissing time as demonstrated.

Normally I dislike stories told in the first person. They truly bother me to no end and I inevitably end up giving up on them unless they are extraordinary. I almost did toss this one aside, but I stuck it out and was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. I did enjoy this story very much. ONCE UPON A KISS by Jayne Fresina was engaging and entertaining, witty and fresh. As unconventional as Justina is, Darius is that stodgy at first, and watching their evolution to an interesting couple is quite a ride. I would most definitely venture once again into the land of The Book Club Belles Society.


Wednesday, June 11, 2014


In June of 2012, my not so evil Minion Denise and I set out with her family to our very first Lori Foster's RAGT (Reader, Author Get Together) in West Chester, Ohio. We were so happy with that conference that we have gone every year since and it just keeps getting better and better.

I started out just as a reader, an owner of a book club and someone wanting to meet more authors and readers who shared my love for books. Three years later, my book club has grown, and is busting at the seams, I am friends with countless amazing authors, and I now say I work with books for a living. I LOVE my job!

This 10th Anniversary of Lori Foster's RAGT was so much fun. It was a relaxing way to meet and get  to know so many people on all sides of the literary world, and to just sit down and get a chance to breathe. Lori and her fabulous husband, Allen, are always on the go, making sure that everyone and everything is taken care of. They both work tirelessly with the awesome group of helpers that make it all look so easy.

The two signings were chock full of amazing authors. This was the very first signing for some, one in particular is my very amazing author friend, Patricia A. Rasey, who debuted HAWK: Sons of Sangue #2 in print at the event. I can't tell you how proud I am of this lady. 

The one thing I absolutely adore about Lori Foster's RAGT is that there is never any pressure. You can do as much or as little as you want, and for the minimal price of $50 registration fee, you get so much. The hotel that it is held in is comfortable and the staff is so friendly. I have no complaints ever when I stay here. 

I want to thank Lori Foster and her staff for making this event one of the highlights of my year. I will most definitely be back next year and hopefully for many years to come. There are so many other people I would like to thank, but I would have to go on and on. My Book Obsessed Chicks are spectacular and I am so proud of them all. I am honored that they all want to be in my book club and wear the t-shirt so proudly!



Thursday, June 5, 2014


Warren DeWinter, the Earl of Broadmoor, lost the only woman he says he will ever love. He still grieves for her while he takes care of their son. He may still grieve, but he is still a man with certain needs. Not wanting to ever get close to a woman again and marry, DeWinter frequents ladies of the evening to fulfill his base needs. On this particular evening he sets out to slake his carnal needs with a pretty young lady he find walking the streets of London. He propositions her and beds her, only to find that she is no whore, but a virgin.

Poor Amelia has no other hope, but to give herself to a man to survive and to take care of her step brother and sister after her father and his wife die unexpectedly, leaving her in charge of the youngsters. Out of desperation she accepts DeWinter's offer , but when her secret is found out, DeWinter wants her tale. Once he comes to terms with Amelia's circumstances, he insists that she marry him since he has ruined her. With a little convincing, Amelia acquiesces, believing she is to be married to an ordinary man, but on her wedding day, she finds Warren is titled and she panics.

The one place the pair are equal, is in the bedroom. Warren and Amelia's passion ignites when the pair are left to their own devices, but as much as they sizzle between the sheets, Warren tells Amelia he can never love her. His love remains with his dearly departed wife. Amelia insists that she can evoke that elusive emotion in her husband and TO LOVE AGAIN by V.L. EDWARDS is that journey Amelia and Warren take to love or not to love on another unconditionally. 

TO LIVE AGAIN by V.L. Edwards is an emotionally charged and highly erotic tale. The coming together of two people seemingly unsuited for one another one minute, but so prefect for one another. Amelia is not faint of heart, she takes the good with the bad and then rises above it all. Warren is honorable but so thick-headed not to see the prize that is before him. While he certainly appreciates the kindness and passion Amelia exudes he denies the one thing that will set them both free until he almost loses what he holds dear. I enjoyed TO LIVE AGAIN immensely and am eager to read more from V.L. Edwards. I enjoyed her writing style and of course the story itself. 


Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I was raised in Middle Earth by a hobbit named Samwise Gamgee who told us lots of…oh all right. I never know what to answer when asked this because I’m just me and trying to make myself interesting is tough! I am Canadian. I have two grown sons, have been married to my college sweetheart for twice as long as I haven’t been married. I cook by smoke alarm, though I can make a pretty good chocolate macaroon or English trifle. I was raised in the country, surrounded by a horse farm on one side, a forest behind me, a cornfield to the other side, and cattle across from me, where everyone was related to everyone but me. And it was a half hour to forty five minute drive to civilization. Which may explain why I like writing cowboy stories, and small town stories where everyone knows everyone else’s business.

So how did you come up for this idea for the Grady Legacy?

After the success of my Tangled books at Carina Press, my editor came to me and asked if I’d consider writing another western for them. I’d been toying with the family drama idea for a while and started doodling with ideas. I know how much connection to the land most farmers have, and how precious it is to them and how it would hurt to face losing it, and that sometimes long term marriages can be strong but may have suffered rocking times to get there. So I came up with Ben’s story (Slow Ride Home) when he discovers, after his father’s death, that someone else is claiming to be a Grady and part owner of the land, and discovers his parents’ marriage wasn’t as strong as he’d always thought it was, and that there really is another Grady, though he’s not the one trying to steal part of the family ranch. As I was writing Ben’s story, I realized that his brother Jake had a few secrets of his own, and that people had been keeping secrets from Jake too that would destroy his world, and of course, their half-sibling had to deal with everything as they discovered their true identity. And The Grady Legacy was born.

Can you tell us a bit about this book?

No Accounting for Cowboys is Jake Grady’s story. In the first book, you discovered that, at his mother’s urging and in an effort to protect her, Jake had kept a secret from his brother, and that the ranch in financial trouble thanks to thieving bookkeeper and her ranch-hand husband. In Jake’s book, you get to see his side of the story, and why he did what he did, his connection to the land and how he’s struggled to come out from the shadows of his successful older brother. You also meet the new accountant Paige as she traces through the family finances and unravel the mess the previous accountant left. Paige was fun to write—instead of being the typical uptight bean counter, she has tattooes and piercings and rides a motorbike. She and Jake strike up an instant connection, especially since she’s seen his hidden persona. When he finally gets the notice he desires from his singing and is offered a music contract that would take him away from his beloved ranch, a contract he considers no signing because he has no desire to walk away from the ranch, and away from Paige, he is slapped with yet another secret,  he realizes the only thing keeping on the ranch anymore is Paige herself, and he’s not sure at that point in their relationship if that’s enough.

What kind of research did you have to undergo for this great read? 
Oh boy, there was so much. I have several sources for the ranching side of it. I had to make sure that the crops they grow and the issues they face are realistic. I had to research the music industry and the difference between an agent and a manager, and what it’s like to be on tour. And then there was the constant checking that my characters were talking like Texans, not Canadians. ;)

What’s next for You? 
I’m writing book 3 of the Grady Legacy, Gabe’s story, which is called Wrangling The Past. Gabe’s story is quieter than Jake’s, because most of his issues come from his past and how he’s felt as an adopted child who is now discovering his real family and dealing with his changed circumstances. He’s also discovering that now people think he has money, they’re treating him differently and he doesn’t like it. After that I have to write a novella with a m/m/f romance involving firefighters. It’s hot stuff! :D

Quickfire questions.

 Lately I’ve been playing around with making polymer clay jewelry. It’s sort of like being back in kindergarten and playing with playdough but with prettier results. Mostly.

Fave Color? 
To wear – shades of blue, otherwise it often depends upon my mood – usually in a dark red tone or a dark green.

Fave Drink?
 French vanilla coffee.

To watch – baseball. I love keeping a scoresheet at the games. To play, golf.

Fave Food?
 Cracker candy! Nom nom nom!

Fave Movie? 
Oh wow, I have to choose only one? Okay, let’s go with Notting Hill. I love watching it and dreaming I live in England and can traipse the streets of London like Hugh does.

Fave TV Show? 
The Big Bang Theory! I love the writing and how they can get the jokes by taking a joke that is funny on its own and adding one unexpected twist that makes it hilarious.


Jake Grady loves Bull's Hollow ranch and all the challenges and hard work it entails. But the past year hasn't been easy—his father's good name has been tarnished, and new financial problems are threatening to destroy everything the Gradys have built. Performing live under a stage name has become his escape, a way of blowing off some serious steam.

Accountant Paige Reynolds found Jake's guitar-playing alter ego intriguing, but her connection with the real Jake sends her attraction into overdrive. When she's summoned to make order out of the chaotic paper trail at Bull's Hollow, he sets her world a-rocking—both in bed and out. But Paige has a plan; she's determined to create her own path for the future, but is soon left scrambling for firmer ground.

Good news about Jake's potential singing career is followed by the revelation of another family secret, one that has him questioning whether he belongs at Bull's Hollow at all. But leaving the ranch would mean leaving his family…and Paige. How much is he willing to give up for a real shot at fame?

Buy links -- you can pick and choose which ones you want:

Order from Carina Press ~ Amazon ~ B&N ~ iBooks ~ Google Play

My website: bit.ly/1o6z7If
Facebook Page: on.fb.me/1iXjlgU
Twitter: bit.ly/1kMdGWG
Pinterest: bit.ly/1kLL0yc

Fun links:
Jake's Playlist on YouTube: bit.ly/1qleQNE
Pinterest boards Leah created for inspiration: The Grady Legacy board:  http://bit.ly/1m8f4Uh
   No Accounting for Cowboys board: http://www.pinterest.com/leahbraemel/no-accounting-for-cowboys/

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Exclusive Interview
Can you describe Jaguar Hunt in just one sentence
A search for a missing zoo cat involves teen jaguar shifters and corruption in the JAG branch and now a Golden Claw agent and an Enforcer have to solve the mysteries, stay alive, and follow their hearts.
Tammy has a reputation for being a loner. But once teamed up with David, she learns to trust him. What is it about the smirking bad boy that wins her over?
Ohmigod, he is hot, and sexy, and so much fun. And he’s so considerate of her needs. When she’s shy about taking a shower in the outdoor shower, he helps her out and pays money out of his own pocket just to ensure she can have an indoor shower in an upgraded cabana. When she’s nervous about doing the zipline excursion, he offers to do it instead. So he’s always there to please her and he’s protective and funny. It’s hard to not find him charming as they share their back and forth dialogue and well, he’s just hot.

How would Tammy describe David? What would he say about her?
Tammy would say he’s a bad boy, because he did get into trouble in his youth, and then her first experience with working with him is she has to bail him out of jail. But he’s sexy and funny and protective. He admires her for her work ethic and she admires him for that. 
David would say Tammy is the most unpredictable woman he’s ever met, but he loves her for keeping him on his toes. He finds her sexy and exciting and well-trained in her field, having solved several cases on her own. He can’t help but be protective of her, which is purely an alpha male condition, and he loves how she has a sense of humor. Women that don’t get him would never work out.  

The story's setting, the jungles of Belize, is amazing! Have you ever visited?
I haven’t, but I’ve read tons of trip reports, watched Youtube videos taken there, and lots of videos about jaguars, all to get a flavor of what to experience. Tammy and David have lots of fun activities there from canoeing through caves, whitewater rafting, to rappelling on waterfalls, and horseback riding. Snorkeling, scuba diving, zip-lining, just tons of fun adventures. I’ve read about the various resorts, some of which have some interesting local traditions and the food they eat, the weather, the flora and fauna you might see or experience and it allows readers to take a trip to the rainforest with a bunch of hot, sexy jaguars while staying in the comfort of their own homes. I actually use real resorts to describe in my stories so that they are as realistic as possible.
Who is the next jaguar shifter to get a story?
Tammy’s brother, Huntley, gets his story in Jaguar Pride, coming February. So after that, their brother Everett will need to have his story. Have no idea what it will be about. Only that it will turn out to have a happily ever after, as well as adventure, murder, mystery, the paranormal element of jaguar shifters, humor and hot romance—in other words, the usual but in a new and different way!

Book Information

Author: Terry Spear
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Author Pic: Attached
Book Cover: Attached


Two deadly predators…

As a feline Enforcer, Tammy Anderson has one objective: locate the missing jaguar and return it to the States. She doesn't have time for distractions, and she definitely doesn't have time for sexy shifters with more muscles than sense.

One hot mission...

Everyone and their brother has warned JAG agent David Patterson that Tammy is Ms. Hands-Off...which only makes him more determined to get very hands-on. But things heat up in the steamy jungles of Belize and their simple mission gets a whole lot more complicated. Now it's going to take everything David's got to protect the gorgeous she-cat who somehow managed to claw her way past his defenses...and into his heart.

Author Bio

USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over two dozen paranormal romance novels and medieval Highland historical romances. In 2008 HEART OF THE WOLF was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world. She lives in Crawford, Texas.

Website: www.terryspear.com 
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear
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