On August 20th, my End of Summer bash hosted over 300 readers, who got to chat with some favorite authors about their newest installations to their book series. I thought it would be fun to share a few moments from the event and tell you about them and their new books! For our guests, there was a chance to talk with and learn about authors who were new to them, play some trivia and win some fun prizes!
I had the privilege of participating in a box set with Sabrina York, Her Royal Hotness, who is an absolute gem to work with. At the party, she provided humor, downloads, and even a tiara giveaway! #3 in her STONE HARD SEALS series, GUARD DOG was on tap for us. Mason Steele was a lifelong Navy Seal until an injury musters him out. He becomes a reluctant bodyguard for the spoiled, sassy Pansy Hightower, who doesn't want to be babysat. When it becomes clear that she is in danger, she comes to depend on his protection. A hot kiss leads both of them to realize their scorching passion, even if it means disaster for them both.
"From the beginning to end, Ms. York combines the perfect elements; humor, action, suspense, love and new found friendship to make this a novella worth reading. Did I mention the cutest Chihuahua (”guard dog” with a bacon addiction) on the face of the planet? This is a must read!!" Pam TN, amazon reader review
My dear friend Danica Favorite shared stories and pictures of her lovely home in Colorado while at the fete. THE LAWMAN'S REDEMPTION is her second historical novel; it is the tale of a lawman trying to redeem his reputation by finding the outlaw who framed him. The only person with information on the bandit is Mary Stone, whose own history makes her fear that she will land in jail, leaving her siblings alone. Will wants to clear his name, but will it be at the expense of the woman he is coming to love?
"I've never wanted to throttle and hug a heroine more! Mary, Mary, quite contrary -- that's what I'm calling her. I was on the edge of my seat, barely daring to breathe, mentally urging her to trust Will and just tell him her secret." -Kav, goodreads reader review.
Rachel Grant is the author of COVERT EVIDENCE, book #5 in her EVIDENCE series. I first met Rachel while working on a charity box set as well. During her visit, Rachel told us a bit about her archaeology career and the adventures that her husband is having as well! In her dream job, deep in the heart of Turkey archaeologist Cressida Porter finds herself the unwitting courier for a terrorist network. Case Officer Ian Boyd is assigned to intercept and identify the terrorist leader. But spending time with Cressida awakens a longing in him for stability. Distrust of Ian intensifies for Cressida when she discovers that what she knows about Ian is all false. Can she trust Ian with her life; will Ian choose Cressida or his mission?
"This is an excellent romantic suspense with the emphasis on the action and suspense. Each book of this series begin with a tipping point in the main character’s life, though each is different. This may be my favorite beginning because from when the first punch is thrown, I was hooked. I like to refer to these books as romance for the intelligent reader. Again, I can highly recommend Covert Evidence and all of the books in Rachel Grant’s Evidence Series"-pw reader, Net Galley reviewer
MELTING ICE is the latest work in the GAME ON IN SEATTLE series by my dear friend Jami Davenport. Isaac Wolfe has burned every bridge in his hockey career, leading him to the Seattle Sockeyes halfway through their first season. Emotionally guarded, when he meets Avery Maxwell she makes him feel, which he has avoided for so long. Avery is trying to establish her own life as a horse trainer when she meets the darkly sexy Isaac. As love begins to grow between them, their lives are complicated by their respective career paths. Is it passion or career, or can they have it all?
"Jami Davenport has done a phenomenal job with this book and the characters. I loved how complex both Isaac and Avery were and I found myself rooting for them from the get go... I would highly recommend this book without a doubt!" -Heather, amazon.com reader reviewer
Monica Burns is the sister of my soul in many ways. In her time with us at the party, she delighted us with spicy snippets and magnificent men. Her newest book in the RECKLESS ROCKWOOD series is the HIGHLANDER'S WOMAN, and it has all the spiciness we love from Monica. In an accident, Patience has become physically scarred, and has taken to being a recluse, away from the husband she refuses to be a burden to. It is only when Julian's sight is lost that she returns home, only to find him questioning the sincerity of her love. Patience must find a way to convince Julian of her love, even by way of seduction.
"I couldn't be more engrossed in it, the drama, tragedies, romance, forgiveness and the passion. It was all so beautifully written." — Etiosa, Goodreads
One of my mentors visited the fiesta as well. Adrianne Lee is something of a hero of mine. Her books have a wide range, and may contain romance, intrigue or perhaps recipes! She shared the story of her 7 year quest to be published! Her newest book, A WEDDING TO DIE FOR is the first in the WEDDINGVILLE series. Meg and Peter have come to the quirky town of Weddingville to be married. As the maid of honor, Daryl Anne must keep the bride calm, no matter what. But last time she checked, "what" didn't include the bride's estranged mother turning up, scandalizing the locals - and getting murdered. Nor did it include digging for clues with Seth, while trying to remember exactly why she left him behind. It's quite a juggling act, even for a seasoned multi-tasker like Daryl Anne. She soon attracts lusty glances from Seth-and the attention of a killer who's determined to take this town out of business . . .
"I've read many books by this author, and while I liked them all, it is when Ms. Lee writes in the first person that she shines. Daryl Anne is the bride's best friend and narrates this story. Perfect for her role as maid of honor, she is witty, worried, fretful, funny. When she takes on the role of detective, she becomes suspicious, inventive, and for some, a pain in the you know what. This whodunit story moves along quickly with twists and turns, likable characters (and a few not so likable as a good mystery should have) and a surprise ending. One of her best. I'm looking forward to reading book two." Carmine, amazon reader review.
I so enjoyed spending time with these fun, smart authors, and am so blessed to work alongside them in my writing. As for me, the first in my NORTHERN FIRES series is WILD HEAT. In the quaint little town of Cailkirn, Alaska, it’s impossible to keep a secret, especially one as juicy as the unexpected return of Kitty Grant. Tack MacKinnon remembers her wild red curls and even wilder spirit-and still feels the sting from when she shattered his heart in college. But there’s a pain in Kitty’s gorgeous eyes that guts him to the core and Tack is determined to do whatever it takes to see the woman he still loves smile again-even if it means taking on her demons as his own.
After fleeing an abusive ex-husband, Kitty decides that the best way to heal her broken heart is to come back home. But she gets a whole new shock when she sees how undeniably sexy Tack has become. More handsome, more muscular, more charming-more everything-he’s impossible to resist. Before she knows it, they’re reigniting sparks that could set the whole state of Alaska on fire. Yet trust doesn’t come easy to Kitty anymore, and as things heat up between her and Tack, she can’t help but wonder if one of them is going to get burned…
With more than 7 million copies of her books in print worldwide, award winning and USA Today bestseller Lucy Monroe has published over 60 books and had her stories translated for sale all over the world. While she writes multiple subgenres of romance, all of her books are sexy, deeply emotional and adhere to the concept that love will conquer all. A passionate devotee of romance, she adores sharing her love for the genre with her readers.
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