Essential Beginnings Kennedy Layne
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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Holiday Spice by Samantha Chase

As soon as the mistletoe goes up, that’s when life gets really interesting

Darcy Shaughnessy has gotten used to her overbearing brothers chasing away any man she wants to date. But a chance meeting with a brooding – and deliciously handsome – artist is about to make this holiday season one to remember.

There’s only one thing Benjamin Tanner loves more than his woodcarving: solitude. Then he gets snowed in with Darcy in his cozy cabin in the woods, and their heated feelings begin to melt the icy barrier between them.

With Ben’s need for privacy and Darcy’s love of family and social life, will opposites still attract once the snow clears and the holiday festivities come to an end?

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And then she noticed the stubbled jaw and the strong column of his throat and thought how much she’d like to feel that—with her hands and her lips.

Brushing against her thighs…

This was hell.

Straightening, Ben looked at her with merriment in his eyes. “I should be offended, but you’re right. It is a nightmare, and I don’t have the will to care.”

“But you should! What if…what if you needed to find something? How do you do it? What if a client needs something from you and you have no idea where it is?”

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Q&A with the authors of CHRISTMAS IN A COWBOY’S ARMS

Whether it’s a lonely spinster finding passion at last…an infamous outlaw-turned-lawman reaffirming the love that keeps him whole…a lost and broken drifter discovering family in unlikely places…a Texas Ranger risking it all for one remarkable woman…two lovers bringing together a family ripped apart by prejudice…or reunited lovers given a second chance to correct past mistakes…a Christmas spent in a cowboy’s arms is full of hope, laughter, and—most of all—love.

The six authors participating in this anthology are: USA Today bestseller Leigh Greenwood, USA Today bestseller Rosanne Bittner, New York Times bestseller Linda Broday, RITA finalist Anna Schmidt, New York Times bestseller Margaret Brownley, and USA Today bestseller Amy Sandas.

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Leigh: I’m not sure I have one.  When I was married and the children were young, it was sometimes Christmas.  We would get up early, have breakfast, after which I would hand out the gifts.  Or it could have been Thanksgiving.  My mother and my older son have birthdays three days apart (Nov. 22nd, 25th), so Mom and other relatives would come over for a HUGE Thanksgiving dinner with the best china, crystal, and a fancy tablecloth we bought somewhere in Europe.  Cleanup was a group affair.    

Rosanne: My favorite holiday tradition is decorating the swing bench on my porch with lots of teddy bears and covering them with a Christmas design afghan in red, green and white.  It’s so cute, and a warm greeting for everyone who comes to the door.

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Sisters in Love Melissa Foster
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Gift Giving in A Very Cowboy Christmas by Kim Redford!

There’s nothing like a firefighting cowboy to keep you toasty warm this Christmas…

Christmas is coming up, and single mom Sydney Steele is determined to make this a holiday to remember for Wildcat Bluff County. She still has to get those pesky, reluctant—and deliciously attractive—firefighting cowboys to pose for her charity calendar. They claim they’re too busy pursuing an unknown arsonist to take a break.

Dune Barrett has been flirting with Sydney for months, so he jumps at the chance to give her a hand. And when he agrees to pose as Mr. December, she couldn’t be happier. But to really win her over, Dune will have to convince eleven other guys from his crew to exploit their good looks for charity…a task much easier said than done.

What gifts are on Sydney’s wish list this holiday season? What gifts are on Dune’s?

In A Very Cowboy Christmas, Dune Barrett has Sydney Steele and her daughter, Storm, very much on his mind. He wants to get them something special for Christmas, since he’s been invited to their home for the holiday. Plus, they’ve had a rough time of it lately, what with Storm taking a nose dive off her four-wheeler and Sydney hurting her feet to save her daughter.

He’s been teaching Storm to rope a goat using a goat-tying dummy, but she’s doing so well that he wonders if he should buy her a goat for Christmas. Still, he’s not sure if she might want something well . . . more girly, but if so, he’s clueless. Sydney’s been wearing retro chic clothes to promote Christmas at the Sure-Shot Drive-In, so he wonders if he could find a place to buy her more of the vintage underwear that’s kept him on edge for a month. But again, he could mess that gift up big time, if he could even find the stuff.

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Autumn Thorns Yasmine Galenorn
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Juliet Lyons’ Top Five Current Favorite Books

CVR Drop Dead Gorgeous

Mila Hart’s first experience with the hot new vampire dating site is a complete disaster. Turns out, her date is wanted for murder! But things turn around when she’s rescued by dashing vampire cop Vincent Ferrer. Dangerous and drop dead gorgeous, he’s just the vampire hottie Mila was hoping for.

Haunted by his past, Vincent can’t risk falling in love again, even if Mila charms him more than anyone he’s ever met. But when the killer from Mila’s first date seeks her out, Vincent is the only one who can protect her. Protecting his heart is a different story…



I love too many books to play favourites, but here are five great books I read recently and what I loved about them. As you can see from the list, my book tastes are pretty varied.


Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern

I read this book while I was on holiday in Scotland recently and I loved it! It’s the story of two soulmates and childhood friends, who fate seems to conspire against. The whole book is written in letters, e mails, and text messages. Initially, I wondered if this format would work for me, but it did—beautifully. ‘Where Rainbows End’ is the perfect holiday read.

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Top Five Romantic Sports Movies | Julie Hammerle

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I love romantic movies and I love sports movies. Put the two together, and it’s often a recipe for success.

Here are my top five favorite films that brilliantly meld the romance with the sportsball.


The Cutting Edge: I recently rewatched this movie, and it is bad. The Cutting Edge is not a good film, friends. It’s basically one giant montage with a few kissing scenes spliced in. Not that I’m complaining! For me, this movie is pure nostalgia and wish fulfillment. As a kid, I used to dream about being an Olympic figure skater, even though I can barely skate. And, during one of the Winter Olympics in the early ‘90s (I think; I could be making this up), there was an ad where a figure skater challenged a really hot hockey player to a shootout. I don’t know. That’s how I remember it. There’s just something about guys in hockey sweaters wooing girls in fancy skating costumes.


Just Wright: Queen Latifah is gorgeous and adorable in this movie as a physical therapist for a pro-basketball player (Common, not so bad himself). Again, this is not the “greatest” movie on the planet, but the leads are so likable, you’ll find yourself grinning throughout the entire runtime.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Hot Pursuit by Julie Ann Walker

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Welcome to Black Knights Inc.
What appears to be a tricked-out motorcycle shop on the South Side of Chicago is actually headquarters for the world’s most elite covert operatives. Deadly, dangerous, and determined, they’ll steal your breath and your heart.

Fighting for his life is pretty much standard operating procedure for Christian Watson, former SAS Officer. Doing it with bossy, beautiful BKI office manager Emily Scott in tow is another matter entirely.

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The pitter-patter of little feet…

It wasn’t the first night Christian had heard Emily shuffle up to his door. But it was the first night he wasn’t going to wait around, heart in his throat, for her to knock.

It’d been hell—but also quite fun—to watch her struggle to resist him these past four weeks. Every teasing remark or quiet conversation only had him wanting more. Every gentle touch or fleeting caress had him fighting the urge to yank her into his arms and kiss her until she begged him never to stop. Every longing, hungry look she shot him—and there were quite a few—had him curling his hands into fists to keep from yelling at her, “You know you want me! You know you love me! Quit fighting and just give in, you daft, dear, damnably infuriating woman!”

But he’d surprised himself by showing the patience of Job. In fact, his restraint up to this point was worthy of a medal. Unfortunately for Emily, tonight he’d reached his wit’s end.

Time to press the issue, he thought, a feeling of anticipation tightening his chest. Time to give her the nudge she needs.

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Top 5 Favorite Highlander Romances | Alyson McLayne

Five boys destined to become Highland lairds are fostered together as brothers. Darach, Lachlan, Callum, Gavin and Kerr fight for their clans, for each other, and for their own true loves.

When forced to choose between duty and honor…

Darach MacKenzie vowed never again to let a woman near his heart after his betrothed betrayed him. It sparked an intense feud between his clan and the Frasers. With all-out war on the wind, Darach can’t be distracted—not even by a sweet and charming lass who desperately needs his help.

This Highland Laird will find a way to have both

When Darach rescued Caitlin MacInnes from the clutches of vile Laird Fraser, she vowed to never let men or misery rule her life again. With Darach and the MacKenzie clan, Caitlin finally feels safe. But when Laird Fraser shows up to claim what’s rightfully his, or go to war, Darach will have to use all his brawn and brains to protect Caitlin—even if it means losing his heart.

1) The Secret—Julie Garwood

When I was asked to write a blog about my five favorite Highlander romances, the first thing to pop into my mind were ALL of Julie Garwood’s Highlander historicals: Le sigh…Just thinking about them brings up ALL THE FEELS. When you read a Julie Garwood book, it’s like being cocooned in happiness, and nothing could possibly be wrong with the world. You want to stay in that warm, fuzzy place she’s created and never leave. Am I right? I chose The Secret (although The Bride is a close second) because Judith and Iain amuse me to no end (as do most of Garwood’s characters). It’s the way Judith stubbornly, yet kindly, refuses to be ordered around by him, and he can’t help falling in love with her because of it.

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A White Wolf Christmas! | Terry Spear

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May all your Christmas wolves be bright…

Romance writer Candice Mayfair never missed a deadline in her life—until the playful bite of a werewolf puppy accidentally turns her into an Arctic wolf shifter. Talk about a life-changing event! Candice is at the end of her rope with the unpredictable shifting, a strong desire to howl, and the need to vacuum constantly to keep the shedding fur under control.

Enter werewolf private investigator Owen Nottingham. Owen has a new mission: convince the pretty she-wolf she needs to join his pack in time for Christmas…and be his mate. It’s the only way he can think of to keep her safe…


How does an Arctic wolf pack celebrate the holidays?

Christmas is all about family, especially when it has to do with a wolf pack. The Arctic wolf pack is no exception. The bachelor wolves and the one mated male wolf take delight in putting on the best Christmas light display in a friendly competition. It makes the woods and lake magical as the Christmas lights sparkle and illuminate the night. Especially when it’s snowing too. Just like a perfect Christmas greeting card.

Baked goods and plenty of cheer is part of the Christmas holidays for them. Opening Christmas presents at the pack leaders’ home and having Christmas dinner there, and Christmas Eve dinner at one of the bachelor male’s homes, is all part of the tradition.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: The Long Past & Other Stories by Ginn Hale

1858 –Warring mages open up a vast inland sea that splits the United States in two. With the floodwaters come creatures from a long distant past. What seems like the End Times forges a new era of heroes and heroines who challenge tradition, law, and even death as they transform the old west into a new world.

In the heart of dinosaur country a laconic trapper and a veteran mage risk treason to undertake a secret mission.

A brilliant magician and her beautiful assistant light up stages with the latest automaton, but the secrets both of them are hiding test their trust in each other and pit them against one of the most powerful men in the world.

At the wild edge of the Inland Sea, amidst crocodiles and triceratops, an impoverished young man and a Pinkerton Detective must join forces to outmaneuver a corrupt judge and his gunmen.

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When he woke it was to the smell of wood smoke and frying fish. Tiny orange sparks drifted up from a fire and burned out against the night sky. Lucky rolled over.

His companion had obviously regained enough strength to build a fire in the lee of two nearby gravestones. The man leaned up against the taller of the stones, with his goggles shoved up on his head to hold his hair back from his face. He’d helped himself to the catfish from Lucky’s basket, spitting them on a stake and setting them over the flames to cook.

With the light playing over his features and shining across the silver streaks in his blond hair, it became horribly obvious to Lucky that this man didn’t just sound a lot like Dalfon Elias. There was no mistaking the white scar that cut through his left eyebrow like the tail of a comet or the hard lines around his mouth and brow that made him appear far older than his twenty-five years. That was him, in the flesh and looking rough—the front of his coat tattered and bloody, a bruise darkening his cheekbone. And of course, the smug bastard just gazed up at the stars as if he hadn’t a care in the damn world.

Lucky wanted to knock that easy smile right off of his face. At the same time some part of him still longed to wrap his arms around Dalfon and tell him how much he’d missed him. If that didn’t make Lucky a fool, he didn’t know what did. Dalfon had promised a fine life for the two of them together in the west; then he’d left Lucky waiting at the Edgewater Coach Station.

And Lucky had waited.

He’d stood for hours on the muddy street, anticipating that wonderful moment when at last Dalfon might appear. He’d watched the sun rise as high as his hopes and then sink down into the dirt.

Now Dalfon had the gall to show up and trot alongside him like he didn’t know Lucky from Adam. Despite all that, Lucky’s heart pounded in his chest and as much joy as rage roused in him at the sight of the man. Lucky wasn’t certain if he felt more angry at Dalfon or himself for harboring so much longing.

“You gonna lay there staring all night or come over and eat something?” Dalfon called.

Lucky glared at him thinking that, yes, he was more mad at Dalfon then he was at himself. Maybe madder than at anyone else he’d ever met.

“Seems a waste not to eat fish while they’re fresh,” Dalfon added. “If you aren’t hungry, I don’t suppose you’d mind me helping myself.”

That was the last straw. Lucky jumped to his feet and stomped to the fireside. “Those are my fish.”

“Don’t think I said otherwise, did I?” Dalfon replied with a smile.

The man was infuriating! But Lucky couldn’t think of a rejoinder that didn’t make him sound like a foul-mouthed brat.

long+past+front+cover1500ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Award-winning author Ginn Hale lives in the Pacific Northwest with her lovely wife and their ancient, evil cat. She spends the rainy days admiring local fungi. The stormy nights, she spends writing science-fiction and fantasy stories featuring LGBT protagonists. (Attempts to convince the cat to be less evil have been largely abandoned.)

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