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The Sheikh’s Baby Scandal

by Carol Marinelli

 

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Pregnant…by the playboy sheikh!

Playboy sheikh Kedah of Zazinia has loved every minute he’s spent earning his outrageous reputation! But about to claim the throne, and with a list of prospective brides being prepared, Kedah knows he must soon accept his royal duty…

A scorching night with his poised assistant, Felicia Hamilton, seems the perfect distraction—and her cool beauty masks a desire Kedah is hungering to ignite! But even Kedah isn’t prepared for the biggest scandal of all, when their one night together leaves Felicia pregnant with his baby!

 

Available at all fine bookstores and from Harlequin online here: http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=66009

 

ABOUT CAROL 

Carol Marinelli was born in England to Scottish parents, then emigrated to Australia, where there are loads of Scottish and English people who did exactly the same, so she’s very at home there.
She lives in the outer suburbs of Melbourne—pretty much in her car, driving her three children to their various commitments.
Carol first tried to write for Harlequin Mills & Boon while doing her nursing training in London. It was merrily rejected and she was devastated. Rejection became a regular friend over the next few years and she amassed quite a collection. Still, as the years moved on the rejections became more detailed and instead of weeping over them and scorning them, she finally read them. Properly.
In 2000 her first romance was accepted for the Medical Romance line and she lived happily ever after. Well, that’s what she thought would happen but actually, no, it was then that the hard work really began!
Once published she discovered the Romance Writers of Australia—it would, she now knows, have been far easier on this journey to have discovered them earlier. Attending her first conference she realized that she wasn’t the only person who lived with a constant cinema happening in her head—in fact they were all THE SAME! Different but the same and many wonderful friendships were made.
Carol now writes for both the Medical Romance and Presents lines and loves them both.
One of her goals is to attend the Romance Writers of America conference with a few Romance Writers of Australia, which is a very nice goal to have.

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Conrad County Marine

by Rachel Lee

 

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From New York Times bestselling author Rachel Lee comes a story of one woman’s survival and her protector’s promise to find answers

The arrival of a single black rose signals danger to come for Kylie Brewer. Recovering from a brutal attack that claimed three years of her memory and her chance at a promising career, Kylie just wants to pick up the remaining fragments of her life. She returns to her hometown of Conard City to live with her sister but soon learns that putting the past in its place won’t be easy.

Marine sergeant Evan Cooper—a trusted family friend who agrees to help Kylie—can’t ignore his protective instincts. Or the steadily growing desire he feels for a woman who has overcome so much. He vows to help keep Kylie’s demons at bay…but someone else has plans to finish what they started.

Available from all fine bookstores and Harlequin online at: http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=65934

 

Rachel Lee Talks about Writing “Conrad County Marine”

1 ) Where did you gather inspiration for Conard City?

Conard County had been rolling around in the back of my mind for some time until it emerged as the setting for Exile’s End. Before I knew it, I was setting a second book there (Cherokee Thunder). Interestingly, my editor called as soon as she’d finished reading the first book and asked if there would be a second. I told her I was already working on it, and that I thought of these as my Conard County books. And there it was.

Nothing in particular inspired it. The town itself, Conard City, is based on a conglomeration of small towns where I’ve lived.

2) How do you think the setting affects the story?

The setting has a huge effect on the story. Given that it is limited to one county with a low population, I can’t do just any kind of story believably. It constrains me in some ways, but those constraints can be useful creatively. It also allows me to have continuing characters which both my readers and I enjoy.

3) Is anything in your new release based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

That’s a very hard question to answer. Some emotional realities are clearly part of my life experience. Actual events, such as amnesia, are not. It is part of my job as a writer to vividly imagine myself in someone else’s experience. I need to be there, to imagine it until I feel it… and I’m sometimes quite surprised by what I discover or learn. The thing is, no matter how vivid and true my imagination is (and many have written to tell me that they’re astonished that I understand so well) I never forget that however well-realized a character is, it will not be everyone’s experience. We are all very different but in many ways all the same. It’s an interesting conundrum that never fails to intrigue me.

4) How long on average does it take you to write a book?

That depends on the book and other demands on my time. Some books are more difficult. Sometimes life needs attending as it does for everyone. I write seven days a week when I can, but I can’t always. So I will not say how long it takes. It takes however long it needs.

5) What is the biggest misconception about your genre?

That it’s pure fluff. That it’s mind candy. Or that it’s just an excuse for titillation. Many of us romance authors deal with very real human problems and situations. In fact, as I’ve said before, I think of my books as a novel with a romance.

To those who scorn the genre, I suggest you look at music. How many songs are there about love?

 

6) Any tips to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

Write. Just write anything. Two words often lead to ten, and ten into a paragraph. It doesn’t have to be work on your book or story. But write. Soon the words will find you again.

7) How do you relax?

I am a great Cricket fan. I especially love One Day Internationals and Twenty-20s. But one of the things I enjoy is the huge international participation. I have favorite teams all over the world, and favorite players, too. Cricket has also brought me friends from around the world. Merely mention a team or a player’s name and you can converse with people from almost anywhere.

8) What is your favorite book and why?

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Tolkien had the greatest story-telling voice I’ve ever read. His words carry you along. Dive in anywhere to read a passage and you may emerge hours later. He’s hypnotic, his prose lyrical, and those books will simply sweep you away.

9) What is your current end-of-summer read?

A stack of books is waiting for me.   I venture across many genres, and I read a lot of non-fiction for ideas and information. My favorite romance authors are there, of course, (I won’t name them for fear of overlooking someone I adore) and I finished the most recent Jack Reacher novel a few weeks ago. At the moment I’m studying Practical Homicide Investigation.

 

ABOUT RACHEL LEE

When Rachel Lee was 9 years old, her mother would tell her to go out and play, but, instead, she hid in the basement reading and writing stories. Now, four decades later, Rachel would like to go out and play in the Florida sunshine, but her editors force her to hide in her office and write.
That may be the only straight line in Rachel Lee’s life. From anthropology to computer science, from UFOs to Atlantis theories, from egrets and herons on graceful wing to Siberian Huskies pouncing around the living room, there’s little that has not or might not attract her inquisitive attention.
Despite varied interests, Rachel is, above all, a student and observer of people. How they stand, whether in couples or casual groups. Facial expressions. Strides. Gestures. And, when talking with people, the question she most commonly asks is, “Why?”
Rachel’s wide range of interests, particularly that in people, infuse her books with variety, detail, and a depth of human emotion that draws readers into her imagination and brings her characters to life.

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Dark Whispers

by Debra Webb

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A chilling new spin-off series from USA TODAY bestselling author Debra Webb sure to keep you up all night…

Former homicide detective Clint Hayes has his first client as a private investigator: a fragile beauty he isn’t sure he can trust. An injury has left Natalie Drummond with gaps in her memory, and she sees and hears things that aren’t there. But she’s sure she shot an intruder in her Birmingham mansion. So where’s the body, the gun, the evidence? When it’s clear someone is trying to kill his vulnerable client, Clint appoints himself her protector, working overtime not to fall for her. But someone is dead set that Natalie never regains her memories—or makes new ones with Clint.

Available at all fine booksellers and at Harlequin online here: http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=67318

[Let’s take a peek into Debra’s writing space. It’s quite impressive but look at what she says about it…]

“Right now I’m in the midst of building a new house with a bigger office, but for now, this is where I work!”

 

 

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ABOUT DEBRA WEBB

At the age of nine, Debra began writing stories for the characters who lived in her too-vivid imagination. By 18 she had turned wife, mother, and career woman, leaving her writing behind. But those imaginary characters just wouldn’t go away.
For the next 18 years she did everything from managing a Captain D’s seafood restaurant to holding an executive secretarial position at NASA, while the characters and their stories continued to traipse around inside her head. Eventually they just had to come out and Debra began the journey that would take her to where her heart had been all along—writing romance.
Debra was born in Alabama, but now lives in Tennessee. Her journey, however, wasn’t a simple trek northward to the Volunteer state. First, Debra, her husband, and oldest daughter did a little traipsing of their own. From Texas to Berlin, Germany, Debra followed her husband’s military assignments. Finally landing in Tennessee, they had their second daughter and settled for the rest of their lives in a small community they fell in love with on sight.
Write Debra with your comments at P.O. Box 64, Huntland, Tennessee 37345.

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Sunrise Crossing

by Jodi Thomas

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Return to peaceful Crossroads, Texas, where community comes first and love thrives in the unlikeliest places…
Yancy Grey is slowly putting his life back together after serving time for petty theft. As he rebuilds an old house, he finally has a sense of stability, but he can’t stop thinking of himself as just an ex-con. Until one night, he finds a mysterious dark-haired beauty hiding in his loft. But who is she, and what secret is she protecting?
The art gallery Parker Lacey manages is her life—she has no time for friends, and certainly not lovers. But when her star artist begs Parker for help, she finds herself in a pickup truck, headed for the sleepy town of Crossroads. A truck driven by a strong, silent cowboy…
Gabe Snow has been a drifter since he left Crossroads at seventeen after a violent incident. When he accepts a job in his hometown, he’ll have to decide whether he can put the worst night of his life behind him and build a future in the community that raised him.

 

JODI THOMAS TALK ABOUT WRITING 

Community is very important in all your books. How are you involved with your community in Texas?

I often feel like I live in two towns. My home is in the historical part of Amarillo where I grew up and taught school. Fifteen years ago I accepted an appointment as Writer in Residence at West Texas A&M in Canyon, 15 miles from my home. Now, I very much feel like I live in both towns. I’ve volunteered in the schools, churches, museums and art galleries. I’m a member of library boards, book clubs and historical societies.

But, the most fun thing I do is work with beginning writers in both communities. Last month I spoke to the writing rally at a grade school and the same week I gave a talk on writing memories for grandchildren. My office doors are always open to students who are writing and we often fill a table at the local coffee house as we talk writing.

“Sunrise Crossing” is the fifth book in the Ransom Canyon series, how does that feel?

It feels great. I couldn’t wait to get started on this book. The characters had been dancing in my mind waiting for their turn. Sunrise Crossing has one of the most tender love stories I’ve ever written plus a layered mystery that will keep readers awake. Yancy stepped into the series in the first book and readers couldn’t help but love him. In this story, he gets his chance at love.

Where do you draw inspiration for Crossroads, Texas?

I wanted to use a very small town that most people simply drive through. If readers stop, they’ll step into lives and loves that are deep and fascinating. I also saw the town as a crossroads for people where their lives could go in more than one direction. We all face those times thinking that we’ll turn down another road for a while without ever realizing that we’ll never pass that crossroad again.

Parker Lacey manages an art gallery. Do you have a personal favorite?

The first time I went to the MET in New York I was lost to the real world for hours. When I saw Mona’s Lilies at MMOA I cried they were so beautiful. No matter how many times I go I will never have enough time to see the wonder of it all.I went to Paris last spring and didn’t get to see the Louvre. I’ve got to go back!

What would you say is your one writing quirk?

I like to write in total silence. No music. Then I can hear my characters talking to me. All other times I listen to music.

Do you write every day?

Yes. I think a part of my brain is always writing. Like a pack rat picking up bits of stories, phrases I hear, dreams that linger. I may not have a notepad or computer in sight, but I’m cobbling together stories in my mind.

What’s one question that you wish someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, then answer it.

Why do you put so many twins in books?

I often put twins in books because I have twin sisters two years younger than me. To me, the average family has twins. My sisters are identical. Our father couldn’t tell them apart. I’ve said I am against cloning because look what happened when the egg split with them. I had two great years of childhood and from then on my job seemed to be watching over them.—I’m still doing it.

What are you working on next?

I’m putting the finishing touches on book five in the series WILD HORSE SPRINGS. It’s going to have a few surprises for Crossroads.

As soon as I finish I’m heading to New Mexico. We have a place on the Red River where I’ll take some time to think about Book 6. “See you on the Red.”

 

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ABOUT JODI THOMAS

JODI THOMAS has published over 30 books in both the historical romance and contemporary genres, the majority of which are set in her home state of Texas. Publishers Weekly calls her novels “Distinctive…Memorable,” and that in her stories’ “[tension] rides high, mixed with humor and kisses more passionate than most full-on love scenes.” In 2006, Romance Writers of America (RITA) inducted Thomas into the RWA Hall of Fame for winning her third RITA for THE TEXAN’S REWARD. She also received the National Readers’ Choice Award in 2009 for TWISTED CREEK (2008) and TALL, DARK, AND TEXAN (2008). While continuing to work as a novelist, Thomas also functions as Writer in Residence at the West Texas A&M University campus, where she inspires students and alumni in their own writing pursuits.

 

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Six-Gun Showdown

by Delores Fossen

 

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“I’m not dead.”

The voice mail rocks deputy sheriff Jax Crockett to his core. A year ago, Paige was murdered by the Moonlight Strangler. Yet his ex-wife just showed up at his ranch—out of options and out of time. There are only two reasons Paige would come back to Texas with a killer hot on her heels: Jax and their toddler son. Faking her death was the only way to keep them alive. But now it’s Jax who’s risking everything to protect his family. The cowboy lawman is also reawakening a powder keg of desire. A desire that’s primed and ready to explode. Giving in will up the ante, igniting the embers of a love they may not live to claim.

Available from all fine booksellers and directly from Harlequin: http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=65483

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Black Pepper Popcorn

It’s so simple and so good. You can make this in a popcorn popper or in a pot on the stovetop. I make it in the microwave by using a sturdy paper plate. On the plate, I pour in a small amount of oil, the popcorn kernels, and then I sprinkle it with black pepper. I cover it with a thick plastic bowl that’s about the same size as the plate and cook it on high in the microwave until it all pops. I invert the plate so the popcorn is all in the bowl, add some salt and enjoy. There’s minimal clean-up.

 

About Delores Fossen

USA TODAY bestselling author, Delores Fossen, has sold over eighty novels with millions of copies of her books in print worldwide. She’s received the Booksellers’ Best Award for romantic suspense, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award and was a finalist for the prestigious Rita®. In addition, she’s had nearly a hundred short stories and articles published in national magazines.

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Secrets and Lies

by Shirlee McCoy

 

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EXPECTING—AND IN DANGER

Attacked in her classroom, widowed teacher Ariel Martin’s only thought is for her unborn child. When her student’s brother, rookie K-9 officer Tristan McKeller, and his faithful dog save her life, she can’t thank him enough. She knows Tristan won’t rest until she’s safe, but she doesn’t want him or his police colleagues digging into her dangerous past. After all, the only person who would want to hurt her is dead…or is he? With her and her child’s life on the line, she’ll have to trust Tristan with her secrets if she wants to finally get the fresh start she’s been desperately seeking.

Available from all fine booksellers and directly from Harlequin: http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=65556

 

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Whoopie Pies

Cookie

1 cup sugar

½ cup shortening

2 egg yolks

2 cups sifted flour

5 tbls cocoa

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup milk

Filling

2 egg whites

½ shortening

2 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Sift flour, sift again with cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt. Cream sugar and shortening. Add egg yolks and beat well. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk. Stir in vanilla.

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.

Beat together filling ingredients until light and fluffy.

When cookies are done, remove from cookie sheet and allow to cool on a wire rack. When cool, make cookie sandwiches by spreading filling between two cookies.

 

About Shirlee McCoy

Shirlee McCoy has always loved making up stories. As a child she daydreamed elaborate tales in which she was the heroine — gutsy, strong and invincible. Though she soon grew out of her superhero fantasies, her love for storytelling never diminished.
Shirlee knew early that she wanted to write inspirational fiction and began writing her first novel when she was a teenager. Still, it wasn’t until her third son was born that she truly began pursuing her dream of being published. Three years later she sold her first book.
Now a busy mother of four, Shirlee is a homeschool mom by day and an inspirational author by night. She and her husband and children live in Maryland and share their home with a dog and a guinea pig.

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Beauty and the Bodyguard

by Lisa Childs

 

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Can this bachelor bodyguard save his true love from mortal danger…on her wedding day?

Bride-to-be Megan Lynch has just learned her ex, presumed dead marine Gage Huxton, is alive after surviving enemy captivity. But before she can break up with her fiancé, gunmen storm her wedding and take hostages! Megan will do anything to stay alive—for herself and a second chance with Gage. But there’s more terror to endure before she can say yes to the dress—and her dream groom!

What do the gunmen want? Gage works double time to unravel the mystery and save the beauty who still holds his heart. As the wedding crashers open fire, Gage puts his life on the line to protect Megan and convince her of his love.

Available from all fine booksellers and directly from Harlequin: http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=65567

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Mexican wedding cookies (Because most of the book takes place during a wedding)

Ingredients

½ cup powdered sugar

1 cup butter or margarine, softened

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup finely chopped or ground almonds or pecans

¼ teaspoon salt

¾ cup powdered sugar

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Stir in vanilla and water. Add the flour and almonds, mix until blended. …
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  3. Shape dough into balls or crescents. Place on an unprepared cookie sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven.
  4. Roll in powdered sugar when cool.

About Lisa Childs

Lisa has been writing since she could first form sentences and transfer them to paper with crayon. Born soft-spoken into a big, boisterous family where only he who speaks loudest is heard, she learned early to express herself through the written word.
Her first books revolved around the antics of the family dog until she discovered Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. Then writing mysteries became second nature for the author who arrived in the world on a dark, stormy Halloween night. When she was 11, the local paper interviewed her for a book she had written involving a kidnapping plot.
During the day Lisa is a part-time insurance agent and full-time wife and mother. She has two beautiful daughters who share her love of the written word and a husband who provides loving support with praise and extra housecleaning duty.
When night falls and fog from their 15-acre swamp wraps around their house, Lisa becomes the focused writer, spinning stories she hopes her readers will enjoy.
Readers are welcome to contact Lisa at PO Box 139, Marne, MI 49435.