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BRING ME BACK by Karen Booth

“Fast-paced, sexy and altogether irresistible. A flat-out fabulous read!”–New York Times Bestselling author Celia Rivenbark

 “Ms. Booth has hit a home run with this riveting story that’s full of life, trials and tribulations, joy, but most of all, love.”—5 stars and a recommended read, BlackRaven’s Reviews

 “If you are a fan of drama, humor and heart with a wonderful blend of bittersweet and delicious sensuality, then you need to read Bring Me Back. I’ve added it to my absolute favorites, the ones I curl up with when I’m down and need to remember to love and laugh and believe in magic.”–5 Stars, The Book Tart

CONTENTMENT by Margaret Ethridge

“The story is honest, well told, and so sweet. I loved it.” –5 stars, Amazon bestselling author Jennifer Johnson

“You’ll want that Hollywood ending that never happens in real life. What you will get a story that is so true to real life that it’ll make your stomach twist and your heart hammer.” –5 stars, Another Look Book Reviews

 “This is story-telling at its best.” –5 stars, Amazon customer review

“Have you not read Margaret Ethridge? Hop to it! Although she is a new author, her work is consistently intriguing, even while writing different romantic genres.” –Booking It

 MEANT TO BE by Karen Stivali

 Best Books of 2012 – Literati Literature Lovers (Meant To Be and its sequel Holding On) Books That Rocked My World 2012 – Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews (Meant To Be and its sequel Holding On)

Meant To Be is simply an amazing story that is heartwarming and genuine, it is one that will make you believe in soul mates.” –5 stars, Jersey Girl Book Reviews

“If you’re looking for engaging, soulful characters, enough drama to take you through a myriad of emotions that entail everything from laughter to anger to crying, and enough passion to make you sizzle in all the right places, then Meant To Be is the book to read.” 5 stars and a Recommended Read, BlackRaven’s Book Reviews

′TIL ST. PATRICK’S DAY by Holly Gilliatt

 “With the author’s ease of putting words on paper, the story flows through your mind, connecting on a deep emotional level. You will find yourself hoping, gasping, shedding a tear or two and smiling with happiness as the story unfolds.” — Literati Book Reviews

“Gilliatt creates characters who you connect with… The reader is placed in the middle of these three women’s lives; you experience their ups, their downs and their own journey of self-discovery.”–BestChickLit.com

“The main theme of this novel was friendship, but it’s followed very closely by love—and not just romantic love. …It’s fantastic.”–5 stars, Pink Fluffy Hearts

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Weekend Writing Warrior – 4/27/14

Still working on my battle of the sexes story, Full Court Press. In this scene, my heroine is being wooed by a man who knows just what buttons to push to make a sporty girl fall in love.

Clutching her Tea Rex mug, Kate yanked open her front door and stared bleary-eyed at the “Come back after basketball season” doormat her sister had given her for Christmas. Her newspaper seemed to be missing, but there was an oversized shoe box centered just over the hoop printed on the sisal. She glanced from left to right, making sure no one was lurking in the shrubs waiting to snap a picture of her bending over in the nineties-era gym shorts and faded T-shirt she liked to call pajamas.

She curled the mug close to her chest and squatted, reaching out with one finger to flip the lid on the box. Breath caught in her lungs and she blinked in surprise. She had to blink, the shoes nestled in the folds of tissue paper were a swirl the most outlandishly obnoxious neon colors. The damn things were so bright mere humans would need a pinhole projector to view them properly, but she loved them on sight.

“Come to me, my pretties,” she whispered, setting her tea aside to draw the box closer.

Be sure to check out all of the excerpts shared by my fellow Weekend Writing Warriors!

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Monday Mayhem – Behind the curtain

Here’s the thing no one tells you when you start down this road: There are times when being an author is mind-bogglingly tedious. It’s true. The making up stories and writing them down is just a teensy-tiny little bit of what an author does day in and day out.

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Sunday was a perfect example. Here’s a brief rundown of how I spent my day:

1) Replied to blog post comments.

2) Shared links on social media pages.

3) Wrote additional scene for story I’m revising.

4) Updated links on websites.

5) Entered author and book data for upcoming app release.

6) Adapted a manuscript to fit a house style guide.

7) Wrote this blog post.

8) Email correspondence.

And though I’ve clocked over 2,000 words today, not one of these things has resulted in fresh new story being added to my work in progress. And when one only has about 2-3 hours of author time per night…well, you get the picture.

So yeah, this is turning into a half-assed want ad for an assistant. One willing to work for peanuts. Literally. I’ve got a bag of Beer Nuts here for the lucky victim uh, volunteer. Apply in the comments below.

Oh, and I was serious about the peanuts.

So, tell me, if you could hire someone to handle any aspect of your life for you, what would it be?

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Weekend Writing Warrior – 4/20/14

This week I’m sharing 8 lines from my current WIP, Full Court Press – a battle of the sexes between a legendary women’s basketball coach and the hotshot football coach the university brings in to revitalize a failing program. In this scene, Danny McMillan catches Kate Snyder shooting a few hoops to relax before a hot date with an over-friendly sports writer.

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He let his gaze roam down her body and slowly back up again, taking in the gauzy skirt paired with gaudy athletic shoes. “Love the new uniform. Of course, see-through or not, every man in the place will be hoping that skirt flies up when there’s a jump ball.”

She blinked, a frown transforming the clean, classic lines of her face as she glanced at the skirt she wore. “It’s not see-through.”

He widened his eyes, trying for as innocent a look as a man could muster when imagining what went on under that pretty wisp of skirt. “No? Must just be my over-active imagination.”

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Be sure to check out all of the excerpts shared by my fellow Weekend Writing Warriors!

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Monday Mayhem – Here we go again!

I feel compelled to warn you, I’m going to be bugging the bejesus out of you again. You see, I’ve found out that I will have two more books included in boxed sets this year. Yay!

First up, and coming very soon: Love Finds A Way – featuring Contentment!

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Then later this fall, Paramour will be included in a set of romances with a paranormal bent. Whoo hoo!

Though it’s been a rough year for new writing projects, it’s shaping up to be a very busy year for my existing works. Thanks to the Unforgettable Heroes boxed set, Long Distance Love will reach thousands of readers who have never read one of my books before. I’m hoping Contentment and Paramour will reach new readers as well.

So this boxed set trend is a big thing now. What do you think about them? Good? Bad? Are you indifferent? Have you discovered any new-to-you authors you love?

 

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Weekend Writing Warrior – 4/13/14

I had a visit from the cover art fairy! To celebrate I am sharing 8 sentences from my upcoming Harlequin-E Contemporary release, The Last First Date.

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Guy Lombardo’s version of “Auld Lang Syne” drifted from the speakers. He turned to her and she lost the will to breathe. Good thing, because when he leaned over the console she was pretty sure the ability was gone too. The backs of his knuckles grazed her cheek and she leaned into the caress.

“Happy New Year, Jessica.”

She knew what was about to happen just as surely as she knew her own name, but that didn’t make it a good idea. “Lang.”

“Forget the old acquaintance, I want to know you.”

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Now for the pretty!

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Be sure to check out all the Weekend Writing Warrior posts this week! Have a fabulous Sunday, my friends!

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Cover reveal!

You know, you can consider your day = made when something this pretty lands in your inbox.

Here’s the cover for my upcoming Harlequin-E Contemporary release,

The Last First Date!

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The Last First Date will be included in the June Contemporary Romance boxed set along with stories from: Rebecca Avery ~ Nicole Helm ~ Kristina Knight

It will also release as a single title in September 2014!

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Monday Mayhem – Hopping along

It’s bunny season, so it seems only right that I participate in a blog hop, right?

The fabulous Karen Stivali tagged me for the hop. Be sure to check her answers as well! Here goes:

1) What are you working on? At the moment, I’m writing a battle of the sexes type romance between a college football coach and the women’s basketball coach. At the moment I’m calling it Full Court Press. It’ll probably end up in Maggie’s wheelhouse. Seems like everything does these days. 🙂


2) How does your work differ from others in the genre? I think the biggest difference is that I’m not afraid to feature heroes and heroines who are a little more…seasoned than most. Yes, age does leave your characters at the mercy of gravity, but I think age adds depth to the character’s motivations. And to the steamy scenes as well.


3) Why do you write what you write? I guess this is where I fall back on the old ‘write what you know’ bit. Living inside the head of a nubile, young virgin would be a bit of a stretch for me at this point in my life.


4) How does your writing process work? Ha! I don’t really have much of a process. I am a pantser by nature, but have learned to use a loose sort of outline to keep my works on track. Other than that, all I require would be some background music and the occasional box of Cheez-Its.

Now I’m tagging Linda Rettstat, Bobbye Terry, and Evelyn Jules. Watch their blogs for their take on the same questions!

Happy Monday, my friends!

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Weekend Writing Warrior – 4/6/14

This week I’m sharing eight sentences from a story called, Three Little Words. It’s a novella about the sizzling hot romance that sparks when two strangers who have lived a little hit it off at a wedding. Stay tuned after the excerpt for some good news!

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“What’s your name?”

She bit it back the truth because, for one night, this night with this man, she didn’t want to be sad old Aunt Jo. She wanted to be the woman she’d been back in the days before she had to be seated with one of her cousins to round out a table. She wanted to be the girl who thought she had all the time in the world.

Fixing him with a bold stare she smiled as she answered. “Jose.”

“As in Cuervo?”

“Exactly.”

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And now the good news: I just sold this story to Lyrical Press/Kensington Books! Whoo hoo! Here’s the pitch:

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Jo Masters isn’t the girl she used to be, but now that she’s a woman without obligations, she’s ready to recapture a little of her misspent youth. Her niece’s wedding, with its open bar and dark dance floor, seems the perfect opportunity to let loose.

Gregory Stark is just trying to make it through his son’s wedding day…And make some time with the gorgeous brunette on the bride’s side of the aisle.

His kid’s wedding probably isn’t the optimal occasion to put the moves on the sexy woman who introduced herself as simply ‘Josie’, but his best friend is closing in on her too. With a couple tequila shots under his belt, Greg makes Jo a proposition neither want to refuse.

What follows is a romp in the hay that turns into an all-out romp when meddling family members, missing shoes, a pushy old friend, and the fickle hand of fate all conspire to turn a perfectly good one-night stand into the start of an even more perfect romance.

Thanks for reading and be sure to check out all the entries from my fellow Weekend Writing Warriors!

 

 

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