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A Rogue’s Deadly Redemption Cover Reveal! Win a $20 Gift Card

Very excited to announce today’s cover reveal for A Rogue’s Deadly Redemption!  Take a visit at the blogs below to enter to win a $20 gift card and check out the new cover! 1: Bunny’s Review 2: Sexy Adventures Passionate Tales 3: Brooke Blogs 4: Buried Under Romance 5: The Certifiable Wenches 6: BookSkater 7: The blog of C.R. Moss 8: Undercover Book Reviews 9: LibriAmoriMiei 10: Books to Light Your Fire 11: Unabridged Andra’s 12: A Cup Of Tea and A Big Book 13: Ari Reads 14: Romance Novel Giveaways 15: Room With Books 16: Deal Sharing Aunt 17: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews 18: Welcome to My World of Dreams 19: Long and Short Reviews 20: SBM Book Obsession 21: The Indubitable Tattler 22: Sharing Links and Wisdom

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Outrageous Heroes: Michael Ashton, Duke of Ravensdale

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Just last week, Outrageous Heroes (on Facebook)  included Michael Ashton, the Duke of Ravensdale — hero from SOMETHING ABOUT HER — among their Outrageous heroes. Why? He’s a duke embroiled in two scandals! Duke’s involved in scandals are very outrageous. Tell us more! Happy to!  Thanks for the mention.  And it tickles me that being considered “outrageous” would send Ravensdale to the spirits.  That is the LAST thing he wishes to be considered.  His overwhelming sense of honor and his incredible desire to not perpetuate his parents’  scandalous past puts him in the situation of always feeling the need to behave exactly according to what’s expected of him.  He takes his position very seriously, to his own detriment at times. In SOMETHING ABOUT HER, Michael is caught in two scandals— and he’s desperate to keep them under control.  His cousin, Thomas Ashton, has fleeced a number of gentlemen out of […]

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In SOMETHING ABOUT HER, Adam Willoughby, the Earl of Merewood has little regard for Michael Ashton, the Duke of Ravensdale— the cousin of his sister Blythe’s first husband and a man he wants far away from her.  An excerpt from Something About Her: Michael looked up and tensed. Blythe’s brother sat across the table and tossed his cards down. “Merewood, I did not know you were a member,” Michael commented. The Earl slid from his seat and stood. “I have maintained membership here, though I rarely come. I can see that won’t change. If you’ll excuse me, I believe I shall find more desirous company.” Michael shoved back from the table. “A word?” Without waiting for an answer, he strode down the hallway until they had a relative amount of privacy. He turned to find Blythe’s brother on his heels, hands fisted at his side. “You have no idea how […]

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COVER REVEAL: How a Control Freak Cover Artist Dealt with Someone Else Designing HER Cover

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I’m thrilled to be able to reveal the gorgeous cover for CLOAKED IN DANGER.  The artists and marketing team at Carina Press did an amazing job – I love the colors, the backdrop, the woman in motion… all of it. And frankly, I’m not a very easy gal to please when it comes to covers.  As some of you have figured out, I’m also a cover artist for another publisher as well as individual authors.  So I know what goes into a cover, I know what it takes to find that right look, the right message, evoke the right emotions…  which all means that I could probably be like a doctor who needs medical attention when it comes to someone else creating MY book cover. A pain in the you-know-what. The cover art form, where they ask the author all sorts of questions about their thoughts on the cover, was […]

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A title for Adam and Aria!

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Just this past week, I got an email from my editor with the title that Harlequin’s Carina Press has come up with for Adam and Aria’s story of suspense and romance.  And I LOVE it!  I think it perfectly fits the mood of the story, the history and the suspense.   Drumroll please… CLOAKED IN DANGER So what do you think? For the longest time, I referred to this story as I was writing it as THE LIST.  And it had other titles along the way… including At Any Cost.  But none of the ones I came up were right or particularly provocative.  So I wasn’t really tied to the title I queried the book with.  But I truly LOVE this title.  I think it’s a perfect blend of the history of the times, the suspense aspect and it very clearly explains the story. And because I still have Lily and […]

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Getting ..and Missing…”The Call”

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Having received the news last week that my second book is set to release with Carina Press in January 2014, I thought I’d share how Adam and Aria’s story came to came to be.  Though Adam’s story is my second to be published, it’s the first one where I’ve received “the call” that I can share about.  My first book was published by Wild Rose Press and for that contract, I received “The Email.”   And while The Email still induced plenty of spinning in circles and jumping up and down in glee, my reaction to the “The Call” wasn’t much more dignified.   And what’s worse?  This time, it was in the parking lot of a grocery store, not the privacy of my own home. My first book, SOMETHING ABOUT HER, introduces the Willoughby family in Regency era England.  Blythe is one of five siblings, and Something About Her is Blythe’s […]

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Where do you get ideas for names?

Often, writers are asked where they come up with names for the characters in their books.   I don’t know if other authors are the same, but for me, the wrong name on a character can make it hard to write them.  I would imagine a misconception for many readers is that authors use names they love.  For me, at least, that’s not always true. I use the name that fits…and sometimes finding that name can be happenstance. For instance, for my book SOMETHING ABOUT HER, my heroine’s name is Blythe.  For me, finding this name was a trial and error and involved many hours of doing searches in baby name books and websites.  I knew that it had to be unique, and I knew the “feeling” I wanted from it.    When I remembered the name Blythe from a book I used to love, I knew it was the perfect […]

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