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Writing Fearless: A Christmas Tale

I admit it. I am guilty of studying tropes and trends, because I know that readers like them and my publisher expects them. And also, being familiar with tropes and trends is helpful.

But early this year, when my publisher asked me to write yet another Christmas novella for the 2015 holiday season, I was less than enthused. Honestly, if I had to write another:

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a) Retelling of the Gift of the Magi (I did that in my novella I’ll be Home for Christmas),

 

 

 

 

 

 

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b) Take on Scrooge (I did that in my book Last Chance Christmas), or

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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c) Baby in a barn story (I did that in my novella Silent Night)

 

 

 

I. Would. Scream.

(Did I mention that the publisher made this suggestion in January, right after I was thoroughly Christmass-ed-out?)

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I expressed these negative feelings to my husband on our daily commute. I railed against Dickens for having written the quintessential Christmas Novella of all times. I ranted about Scrooge — about how he is such a powerful icon of the season that he’s everywhere, in every story you read.  I mean, even It’s a Wonderful Life and How the Grinch Stole Christmas have Scrooge archetypes messing up Christmas for everyone.

“Not gonna do it,” I said.

Then my husband said, “What if you wrote a story where Tiny Tim was all grown up?”

And I said, “Okay, if Tiny Tim is a grown up, who’s Scrooge? A little kid?”

And he said nothing.

Did I mention that he’s a whiz at knowing when to shut up?

The next morning, this idea of turning Cindy Lou Who into a tiny-sized Grinch was still rattling around in my head. So I Googled the words, “Kids who hate Christmas.”

I got the usual listing of posts about greedy kids, even greedier grownups, and people ungraciously mouthing off about Christmas gifts they hated. But once I got past all that crap I stumbled across several heartbreaking and utterly inspiring articles and blog posts about and by parents whose children either have autism or who are on the Asperger’s spectrum.

For many of those special kids, Christmas is a nightmare. For their parents, Christmas can be a difficult obstacle course that requires love and patience and even more love.

A story began to form in my mind, but I didn’t think I was courageous enough to write it. The courageous ones are the parents of these special kids, and I didn’t feel as if I had any authority to write about them.

I put the story idea aside. I worked on a dozen other ideas all of which had some well-worn Christmas trope that failed to inspire. I dithered. I procrastinated. I complained.

And then I sent an email to my BFF and critique buddy, Caroline Bradley, who just happens to be the mom of a child on the Asperger’s spectrum. I didn’t contact Caroline to seek information about Asperger’s– not at first. At first it was just to have a conversation about whether I was brave enough to take on this topic.

Bless her, Caroline was more than enthusiastic. She told me that if the story had captured my heart, then it shouldn’t matter whether I was qualified to write it (that’s what research is for) or whether it was the usual trope (sometimes you have to stop listening to the marketing people). In short, she told me to be brave, write fearless, and tell a good story – words I hope to continue to live by.

I started by asking a lot of questions of a lot of parents and siblings of autistic kids.  I did my research. And then something magical happened, when I had finally stopped telling myself that this story was beyond me, I discovered that it was actually inside me.

The story arrived fully formed in a matter of days and needed almost no revision.

This experience has convinced me that when I dig deep, stretch my boundaries, and tell a story from deep inside my heart, the writing is never a problem. It’s when I back away from the hard stuff – that’s when the writing becomes impossible.

midnight clear coverA Midnight Clear, a Christmas story of a single mom with a special needs child goes on sale today. Here’s an excerpt.

So, tell me, have you ever had a story present itself that you thought you weren’t brave enough to write? Did you write it? What happened? Was it hard or did it turn out to be easy?

Fangirl Friday

TheConspiringWoman-200x300The Conspiring Woman by Kate Parker debuted this week. The fourth Georgia Fenchurch/Victorian Bookshop Mystery goes into late-Victorian London in search of a missing child and his mother. Georgia is almost alone as this case begins. Aunt Phyllida is nursing a friend through pneumonia. Emma is on her honeymoon. The Duke of Blackford has traveled to America to check on his investments.

And then Georgia discovers more well-to-do women are missing. Vanished without a sign. While she searches for them, hoping this will bring her closer to finding the child, she receives a letter from the Duke. He asks for a meeting as soon as he returns to London. Will this meeting give her everything her heart desires, or break her heart?

Amazon :: Itunes :: Barnes & Noble 

 

perfectAutumn Jordon has PERFECT on sale until November 30th. 2009 Golden Heart Finalists. Making Christmas perfect isn’t Dylan Kincaid’s forte, but he needs to make it happen, for his nieces. Darcy Witherspoon arrives in Black Moose, Vt., needing an escape and a holiday dreams are madeo f.  They team up for the short run, but Christmas magic has something everlasting in store for them.   Get your copy HERE.

 

 

 

Fangirl Friday

Harlequin is holding a huge sale until November 17th. All Jeannie Lin’s Historicals and Undones are on sale for $1.99.

 

 

 

Liz Talley has a bunch of books in this Harlequin sale. Check out http://bit.ly/LizTalleyKindleBooks for the ones selling for $1.99

Anne Marie Becker has a new release this week. STACKING THE DECK is the first in the Redemption Club series.  In a city built for sin, the Redemption Club is a secret society that exists to fulfill a person’s darkest desires—including murder games—for a price.

Raised off the grid by an anti-government group, Skye Hamilton puts her resourcefulness and survival training to good use taking the dangerous tasks nobody else wants. When a job searching for a runaway teen brings Redemption Club members gunning for her, putting those she cares about in danger, she’ll risk everything to fight the enemy. Including her heart.

Jared Bennigan, Las Vegas bodyguard to the elite, accepted his latest job hoping it would lead to his missing sister. All evidence points to his client as the last person to have seen her, but he’s not the only one looking for a woman who disappeared. Skye’s enticing blue eyes contradict her tough, distrusting exterior, revealing an intriguing combination of vulnerability and intelligence. But those eyes are watching his client—through her rifle’s scope.

To find both missing women, Jared will need to convince Skye—who plays a wicked game of hard-to-get—to be his partner. And with the Redemption Club intent on making Skye the prey in a human hunting expedition, her skills, and her trust in Jared, will be put to the test. It’s the ultimate game of survival of the fittest. But who will win?

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Some Rubies have recipes in We (heart) the Holidays cookbook with other St. Martin’s authors. Ruby Liz Bemis put the book together for them. The cookbook is permanently free!

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Check out the recipes from Elizabeth Essex, Darynda Jones, and Elizabeth Langston.

Fangirl Friday

It’s Friday, and we have some amazing weekend reads for you. In Christmas Revels, you can read Ruby Sister Louisa Cornell’s debut, prize winning novella for 99 cents and get Ruby Sister Kate Parker’s regency murder thrown in for free! Can’t get enough Christmas? You’re in luck, because Ruby Sister Kim Law’s Hot Buttered Yum is on sale through the 24th. Or take a quick trip to Vegas with Ruby Sister L.L. Kellogg’s Sin City Seduction–free at Amazon. For shifter lovers, Ruby Sister Vivi Andrews has a Goodreads giveaway you’ll love. If you’re looking for YA, Ruby Sister Vanessa Barneveld’s This is Your Afterlife is on sale in the US. Read on for all the details!

 

CHRISTMAS REVELS

by Hannah Meredith, Anna D. Allen, Kate Parker, & Louisa Cornell

Discounted to $0.99!

“A Light in Winter or The Wicked Will” – Debt-ridden Connor Grayson inherits his uncle’s title and ruined estate. But in order to receive his uncle’s money, the new Viscount Roxbury must marry an ancient crone—a fate he considers… until he meets her companion.

“The Lord of Misrule” – Everyone expects the Earl of Morrell to propose to Alice Caruthers during the Christmas holidays. Finally! But when the earl’s best friend arrives as the lucky First Foot on New Year’s Eve, Alice’s world turns upside-down.

“God Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen” – Newlywed Eugenia, Lady Hunter, wants to impress her aristocratic in-laws with her first Christmas house party — but blackmail, dead bodies, and being snowed in with a killer are not part of her plan.

“A Perfectly Dreadful Christmas” – Three not-so-wise gentlemen, a pregnant stranger, several tumbling footmen, and an unexpected snowstorm will turn Elizabeth’s Perfectly Ordinary Christmas into a disaster … or a Christmas miracle with the man she loves.

Fangirl Friday

It’s Friday, and we have some amazing weekend reads for you–two new Ruby releases, as well as some amazing sales and a Goodreads giveaway. Read on for all the details!

 

WISHING FOR YOU

by Elizabeth Langston

New Release!

She’s a girl who can’t remember. He’s the guy she can’t forget…

It’s her final semester of high school, and Kimberley Rey is curious about what will come next. She needs to pick a college, but her memory disability complicates the choice. Will her struggles to remember make it impossible to leave home?

Help arrives through an unexpected and supernatural gift. Grant is a “genie” with rules. He can give her thirty wishes (one per day for a month) as long as the tasks are humanly possible. Kimberley knows just what to ask for–lessons in how to live on her own.

But her wishes change when a friend receives a devastating diagnosis. As she joins forces with Grant to help her friend, Kimberley learns that the ability to live in the moment–to forget–may be more valuable than she ever knew. 

Fangirl Friday

Okay, so it’s only October, but I’m already looking forward to Thanksgiving and winter break, when I’ll have tons of time, in between wrangling children and cooking, to read (hey, a girl can dream). Here are some Ruby books I can’t wait to dig into:

JAGUAR’S KISS (Lone Pine Pride #1) 

by Vivi Andrews

FREE from October 1-15!

To get what he wants, he’ll have to rattle her cage…

Lila Fallon, the Lone Pine Pride Alpha’s only daughter, has been betrothed since childhood to marry her father’s chosen successor. The match is designed to maintain peace by shoring up any cracks in pride solidarity.

She’s always known she would do her duty—she just never expected to meet a man who would tempt her to throw it all away.

As a black panther, Santiago Flores couldn’t be a less suitable mate for the Alpha’s purebred lioness daughter. But that doesn’t change the fact that for every one of the five years he’s been with the Lone Pine Pride, he’s been head-over-heels in love with her. And when the Alpha announces that Lila’s indefinite engagement is about to end in a very definite marriage, Santiago is through holding his peace.

From their very first kiss, Santiago rattles Lila’s neatly ordered world. But can a lioness who’s always lived to please everyone else risk everything to please herself?

Warning: This book contains tempting lone-wolf jaguars, lionesses who long for fairy tale endings, arranged marriages, tangled emotions and a pride full of trouble.

Get it now at: Amazon :: B&N :: iBooks :: Kobo

 

TAMING THE LION (Lone Pine Pride #2)

by Vivi Andrews

Discounted to 99 cents from October 1-15!

When she’s in heat, there’s no cooling down…

Wilderness guide and cougar-shifter Patricia “Patch” Fontaine has known the dangers of lone-shifter life since she was ten, when her parents mysteriously vanished. All grown up now, she thrives on her hard-won independence.

When rumors of a new rash of shifter abductions crop up, she’s forced to come home to the Lone Pine Pride for protection—right as the man she’s always secretly wanted is about to marry her best friend. And right as she’s going into heat.

Roman Jaeger values his role as Alpha heir apparent, but he isn’t thrilled about his arranged marriage to the Alpha’s daughter—especially when his bride is just as nonplussed as he is—but he’ll do his duty for the pride. Seeing Patch again challenges his noblest intentions. The wildness in her sets him on fire, and he can’t resist the chance for one last fling.

Both know a future together is impossible. But when chemistry and sowing wild oats grows into a need deeper than lust, their bond could threaten the very heart of the pride they both love.

Warning: This book contains a strong sexy Alpha-to-be, an independent cougar-shifter who knows her way around a lion’s heart, secret affairs, arranged marriages, politics, passion, and a pride full of lions and tigers and bears. Oh my.

Buy now at: Amazon :: B&N :: iBooks :: Kobo

 

THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE

by Vanessa Barneveld

Discounted to $1.99 for US Readers!

When the one boy you crushed on in life can’t seem to stay away in death, it’s hard to be a normal teen when you’re a teen paranormal.

Sixteen-year-old Keira Nolan has finally got what she wanted-the captain of the football team in her bedroom. Problem is he’s not in the flesh. He’s a ghost and she’s the only one who can see him.

Keira’s determined to do anything to find Jimmy’s killer. Even it if means teaming up with his prickly-yet-dangerously-attractive brother, Dan, also Keira’s ex-best-friend. Keira finds that her childish crush is fading, but her feelings for Dan are just starting to heat up, and as the story of Jimmy’s murder unfolds, anyone could be a suspect.

Buy now at: Amazon | B&NiBooks

 

SUGAR SPRINGS

by Kim Law

Discounted to $1.99 for the month of October!

Lee Ann London once had big plans…scholarship, college, love. Then she found herself raising her deceased sister’s twin girls when their father disappeared. Now, with her beautiful girls, a community that depends on her, and her photography studio finally taking off, Lee Ann may not have the life she’d imagined, but it’s definitely where she wants it. Until Cody, her bad-boy ex, returns to Sugar Springs…

Cody’s childhood put a chip on his shoulder the size of Texas. Bouncing around the foster care system, he was always the one to leave before anyone left him first. Then he found a place he wanted to stick. Lee Ann was the best thing that ever happened to him. Only, he hurt her. Bad. He’s back now, and determined to earn her forgiveness…and maybe win back her love while he’s at it.

Buy now at:  Amazon

 

MONTANA CHERRIES

by Kim Law

Discounted to $2.00 for the month of October!

After her mother’s tragic death, Dani Wilde had no choice but to abandon her dreams. She left Columbia University and returned to her family’s Montana cherry farm, intent on being a maternal figure to her brothers. Now the kids are grown, and it’s finally her time to fly. Her sights are on New York City, and nothing will stop her—not even an old flame with gorgeous green eyes.

Celebrity photographer Ben Denton hasn’t seen Montana in years—and hasn’t spoken to Dani since “that night” so long ago. When he discovers he’s a dad to a four-year-old—and the child’s mother refuses to care for her—Montana and the Wilde farm spring to mind. The orchard is the only place that’s ever felt like home, but will the warmth of the Wilde family be enough to help Ben figure out how to be a father?

As the Wilde family gathers for the yearly cherry harvest and Dani struggles to figure out what she really wants in life, she discovers the shocking truth about her own mother—and learns that following her heart may lead her to her dreams after all.

Buy now at:  Amazon

 

BARED TO THE VISCOUNT - Lara ArcherBARED TO THE VISCOUNT and WILD AT HEART

by Lara Archer

Each just 99 cents from October 1 – October 10 as part of the October Spooktacular Event!

BARED TO THE VISCOUNT

Poor, plain spinster Mary Wilkins has no business falling in love with Viscount Parkhurst. They may have been best friends in childhood, but he’s the wealthy, powerful lord of the manor now, and everyone knows he’s bound to marry a beautiful local heiress. Mary tries to resign herself to a life of hopeless yearning, but when she and the viscount find themselves entangled in a stand of wild blackberry vines, unexpected passions flare.

The viscount can’t seem to keep his hands off her. But is he planning to make her his wife—or only his secret mistress?

Buy on Amazon.

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Cinematographer Nick Turner has yearned for independent film director Amber Wakeling for years, but he absolutely forbids himself to touch her. Their work together is the one thing that makes this notorious Hollywood Bad Boy feel like he has a soul. He’s just not wired for commitment, and he won’t risk his artistic bond with Amber for a few nights of even the most mind-blowing sex.

A new shoot on Colorado’s beautiful Wild Mountain, though, strains Nick’s resolve to the breaking point. Somehow in this lush, unspoiled setting, the rules of civilized life don’t seem to apply. When normally straight-laced Amber makes a sudden move on him, Nick is lost to desire.

But will stepping off the safe path lead to heartbreak for both of them, or will Nick discover he’s capable of something he’s always thought impossible—real and lasting love?

Buy on Amazon.

 

Did you have a new release this week? A book on sale? Have you read something that blew your mind? Sound off in the comments! We want to hear from you! We only ask that you are courteous to other commenters and that authors do not post the same book more than once. Buy links are welcome. Thank you!

Fangirl Friday

There aren’t many sales and new Ruby releases to post this week, but I’m looking forward to some fabulous upcoming releases currently available for preorder…

 

temptation&tequilaTemptation and Tequila (The Tremont Sisters Trilogy, Book 2)

by Elizabeth Bemis

Releases September 15th! 

Never trust tequila on your birthday.

She loved him. She’d always loved him. And it took just one tipsy birthday kiss for him to shatter her heart. But horse vet Chloe Tremont doesn’t wrangle studs for a living only to let brooding hunk of a horse trainer Gray Kyleson to get the best of her. She’s got a plan, and Gray doesn’t stand a chance.

Never let temptation make you weak.

That birthday kiss should never have happened, and no one knows it more than Gray. Chloe Tremont’s family took him in when no one would have him, and he won’t do anything to betray their trust—especially when it comes to their daughter. But when a series of attacks on his horses force him seek help from the one woman who’s gotten under his skin—and into his heart—Gray worries that his tight control is slipping. And Chloe’s right there to take the reins.

PREORDER at:  Amazon | iBooks | Kobo

 

 

DeathTaxesandCannoliDeath, Taxes, and a Chocolate Cannoli (A Tara Holloway Novel)

by Diane Kelly

Releases October 5th!

TRUE CRIME DOESN’T PAY…TAXES.
IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway has risked her life to take down drug cartels and other dangerous tax frauds. But going after the mob is one offer she can’t refuse…

He’s no Tony Soprano. Still, local crime boss Giustino “Tino” Fabrizio is one shady character that Tara would love to see behind bars. He operates a security business-or so he claims on his tax forms-but his clients don’t feel so secure when it’s time to pay up. Problem is, no one can get close enough to nail this wiseguy for extortion. No one, that is, except Tara…

Going undercover, Tara lands a waitress job at Benedetta’s Bistro-which is owned and operated by Tino’s wife. Being surrounded by cream-filled cannolis could be hazardous to Tara’s waistline…even though the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, right? Only thing Tara can’t afford to do now is blow her cover. Because serving Tino his just desserts will surely come with a price…

PREORDER at:  Amazon | iBooks | B&N | Kobo 

 

FanGirlJonesBrighter than the Sun

 by Darynda Jones

Releases October 6th!

All his life, Reyes Alexander Farrow has suffered the torments of the damned. Only one thing has given him hope: the woman who radiates a light that no mortals can see; a light that only the departed can see…

Told from his point of view, BRIGHTER THAN THE SUN chronicles the first time Reyes ever encountered Charley, and how their relationship has been the one thing that can either save him or doom him.

PREORDER at:  Amazon | iBooks | B&N | Kobo

 

 

AnneMarieBecker_StackingTheDeck_HRStacking the Deck (Redemption Club, Book 1)

by Anne Marie Becker

Releases November 9th!

In a city built for sin, the Redemption Club is a secret society that exists to fulfill a person’s darkest desires—including murder games—for a price.

Raised off the grid by an anti-government group, Skye Hamilton puts her resourcefulness and survival training to good use taking the dangerous tasks nobody else wants. When a job searching for a runaway teen brings Redemption Club members gunning for her, putting those she cares about in danger, she’ll risk everything to fight the enemy. Including her heart.

Jared Bennigan, Las Vegas bodyguard to the elite, accepted his latest job hoping it would lead to his missing sister. All evidence points to his client as the last person to have seen her, but he’s not the only one looking for a woman who disappeared. Skye’s enticing blue eyes contradict her tough, distrusting exterior, revealing an intriguing combination of vulnerability and intelligence. But those eyes are watching his client—through her rifle’s scope.

To find both missing women, Jared will need to convince Skye—who plays a wicked game of hard-to-get—to be his partner. And with the Redemption Club intent on making Skye the prey in a human hunting expedition, her skills, and her trust in Jared, will be put to the test. It’s the ultimate game of survival of the fittest. But who will win?

PREORDER at:  Amazon | iBooksKobo

 

Did you have a new release this week? A book on sale? Have you read something that blew your mind? Sound off in the comments! We want to hear from you! We only ask that you are courteous to other commenters and that authors do not post the same book more than once. Buy links are welcome. Thank you!

 

Fangirl Friday

Welcome to Fangirl Friday! We have several listings for you this week, and hope you’ll include your own recommendations in the comments below.

zoey Wild at Heart by Lara ArcherLara Archer has two books on sale for just 99 cents as part of Zoey Derrick’s SUMMER BLOW-OUT EVENT, which features lots of super-hot romances for $1.99 or less (some free), and also has a Rafflecopter giveaway for a $110 Amazon gift card!

Cinematographer Nick Turner has desperately wanted independent film director Amber Wakeling for years, but he won’t touch her. Their work together is the one thing that makes this notorious Hollywood Bad Boy feel like he has a soul. He’s just not wired for commitment, and he won’t risk his artistic bond with Amber for a few nights of even the most mind-blowing sex.

 A new shoot on Colorado’s beautiful Wild Mountain, though, strains Nick’s resolve to the breaking point. Somehow in this lush, unspoiled setting, the rules of civilized life don’t seem to apply. When normally straight-laced Amber makes a sudden move on him, Nick is lost to desire.

 But will stepping off the safe path lead to heartbreak for both of them, or will Nick discover he’s capable of something he’s always thought impossible—true and lasting love?

 WILD AT HEART is available for pre-order on Amazon, and releases September 17!

 

zoey Bared to the Viscount by Lara Archer BARED TO THE VISCOUNT is available on Amazon, and is three dollars off its regular price through September 7.

Poor, plain spinster Mary Wilkins has no business falling in love with Viscount Parkhurst. They may have been best friends in childhood, but he’s the wealthy, powerful lord of the manor now, and everybody knows he’s bound to marry a beautiful local heiress. Mary tries to resign herself to a life of hopeless yearning, but when she and the viscount find themselves entangled in a stand of wild blackberry vines, unexpected passions flare.

The viscount can’t seem to keep his hands off her. But is he planning to make her his wife—or only his secret mistress?

Only Fear (Mindhunters, Book 1)

Only Fear (Mindhunters, Book 1)

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See where it all began. The first book in ANNE MARIE BECKER’s Mindhunters series, ONLY FEAR, is on sale for $1.99 for a limited time.

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After a violent incident with a patient leaves scars on both her mind and body, psychiatrist Dr. Maggie Levine craves isolation. A radio talk show host seems to be the perfect profession, a job where she can help people from a distance while staying safe. When a strange caller begins stalking her on the air and murdering people to get her attention, Maggie realizes she can no longer close herself off from the outside world.

A personal security expert, former Secret Service Agent Ethan Townsend is no stranger to tracking down the most violent monsters of society and bringing them to justice. Still, it will take all of Ethan’s skills to protect his new assignment, the irresistible Maggie, from a man intent on teaching her the ultimate lesson in fear….

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Doomed_Wedding_Image1JEANNIE LIN’s wedding disaster continuity (THIS WEDDING IS DOOMED!) is on sale for 99 cents!

In these stories of matrimonial madness from four sensational authors, unexpected couples find their happily ever after at a wedding that’s counting down to disaster…

When a perfectionist and a troublemaker have to stick together in Amanda Berry’s The Wedding Planner: Flirting with Disaster, more than sparks fly…

In Shawntelle Madison’s The Maid of Honor: Lovers in Lockdown, two best friends trapped in a wine cellar decide to sample the wine—and each other…

Covering up the groom’s many misdeeds forces the best man to choose between loyalty and the love of a wedding singer in Stephanie Draven’s The Best Man: Sex, Lies and Karmic Catastrophe.

And finally, a runaway bride, a hunky caterer and a stolen cake hit the road in a hijacked van in Jeannie Lin’s The Bride: Love on the Run.

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BevPettersen_BackstretchBabyBEV PETTERSEN is proud to announce her latest romantic mystery, BACKSTRETCH BABY, releases September 6th. Preorder it now at Amazon.

She can accept his past…but can he?

Private investigator Rick Talbot shuns polite society, preferring to keep horrific memories at bay by hunting the most hardened of criminals. Tracking down stolen bridles at a California racetrack is a mind-numbing assignment that’s way beneath his pay grade. Besides, he isn’t burned out and he doesn’t need a working vacation—no matter what his employer thinks.

Rookie trainer, Eve Lewis, has enough struggles coping with her boss’s antagonistic wife and a track community that resents outsiders. Theft and sabotage have made riding impossible, and so far, none of her horses have even made it to the starting gate. The last thing she needs is a badass investigator reporting on all her problems and threatening her ability to provide for her young son.

But Rick is tough, smart and drop-dead gorgeous and seems like the best man to help when the sabotage reveals more sinister undertones. In fact, as their attraction builds, she begins to believe he’s the perfect man in every way. However, when hostilities turn deadly, Rick must conquer old demons or risk losing Eve forever. Wounded as he is, can he ever be anything more than a paid protector?

 

Did you have a new release this week? A book on sale? Have you read something that blew your mind? Sound off in the comments! We want to hear from you! We only ask that you are courteous to other commenters and that authors do not post the same book more than once. Buy links are welcome. Thank you!

Fangirl Friday (4.10.15)

Welcome, ladies and gents, to another edition of FANGIRL FRIDAY! The day when we Rubies gather to gush about books. New books, cheap books, free books, or books we’re just excited to be reading right now. (And encourage you to post your book news as well!)

New Ruby Releases This Week:

This weeks I am thrilled to announce the third release in my contemporary Reality Romance series:

Falling for Mister Wrong by Lizzie Shane

FMWBetween I will and I do, there’s room to fall.

Caitlyn Gregg just agreed to marry ‘Mister Perfect’ on national television. There’s only one problem: as soon as the cameras stop rolling on their whirlwind reality show romance, she realizes she doesn’t love him.

Returning home to Colorado as the show begins to air, she has only her doubts for company–until she accidentally sets her apartment on fire and finds herself in the arms of oh-so-sexy fire-fighter Will Hamilton.

Sparks immediately fly–and not just from her singed apartment–but Caitlyn is engaged to another man and is contractually forbidden from talking about the engagement, breaking it off, or seeing other men until the show’s finale.

Will doesn’t know what to make of Caitlyn’s hot-and-cold routine, until he turns on the TV one night and sees her being wooed by another man. Thinking she must be gunshy after what is about to be a very public break-up, he tells her they can take it slow… but their insane chemistry has other ideas.

Falling hard for Will is against all the rules and every week she dreads Tuesday, knowing any episode could be the one that drives him away. When the truth comes out, will Caitlyn lose the man of her dreams because she already said yes to Mister Perfect?

Amazon :: More About Lizzie

 

 

Ruby Books Discounted or Free in the Coming Week:

There aren’t any freebies or discounts this week from the Rubies, but please feel free to post your own in the comments. And if you’re new around here, swing back to this post to check out some perma-free reads.

 

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This is my last week hosting Fangirl Fridays for a little while. I’ll be passing the baton over to Amanda Brice for the next few weeks, so I hope you have fun with your new hostess for the mostess and I’ll see you in the commments section! HAPPY READING!!!

Fangirl Friday (4.3.15)

It’s FANGIRL FRIDAY! And you know what that means: New books, cheap books, free books, books of all shapes and sizes!  Check out the Ruby offerings or share your own!

New Ruby Releases This Week:

This week we are celebrating two new releases – a brand new paranormal YA release from our very own Heather, which includes a giveaway at her website, so be sure to swing by and enter to win a $25 Gift Card or signed copy of Siren’s Song!

Broken by Heather McCollum

BrokenTaylin Banes’ familiar world shatters when the cruel curse that kept her unable to love is broken. Now she’s bombarded by all the piercing human emotions she’d been forbidden over eleven torturous lifetimes. The nightmares of her deaths crack through her tough exterior, reminding her that this last life is fragile, and fear becomes a new type of torture. Even though the dark curse is broken, the stigma remains, especially amongst the members of the Magic Alliance.

Zach Buchanan comes from a long line of Guardians and has trained with the Magic Alliance his whole life. With the shake-up in the organization over the recent end of Lamont’s curse and psychotic breakdown of a high-powered Guardian, he’s been reassigned. He is to help The Cursed learn basic protection skills. But can Zach set aside his hatred for the infamous Taylin Banes who targeted his family two generations ago?

As Taylin and Zach clash, a sinister force rises up, targeting members of the Magic Alliance and Taylin. With her last life on the line, Zach turns from instructor to protector as the frenetic conflict sparking between them transforms into a fierce attraction. Together they must stop the malevolence threatening those with innate magic before darkness consumes them all.

Amazon :: More About Heather

 

And… a romantic suspense release from Addison Fox (pretend boyfriend? Yes please!):

Secret Agent Boyfriend by Addison Fox

SecretA pretend boyfriend, a murder and a lost heir—just another day for the Adair family… 

What harm could there be pretending a sexy FBI agent is her boyfriend? Plenty, socialite Landry Adair discovers when she must work with Derek Winchester to locate the missing Adair heir. Pretend hugs, pretend kisses, and before she knows it, their sizzling attraction is dangerously real! 

But as Landry and Derek race to uncover family secrets—possibly her father’s murderer—more danger arises. Coming close to the truth draws out a killer desperate to get the two out of the way. Only then does Landry realize she’s more warrior than society princess…and she’ll fight tooth and nail for a real chance at love!

Amazon :: More About Addison

 

 

Ruby Books Discounted or Free in the Coming Week:

SIREN'S SONGAnd also from Heather, her SIREN’S SONG is on sale this month for $2.99!  (Buy from Amazon.)

Jule Welsh can sing. She enthralls people with her bel canto voice. But it takes more than practice to reach her level of exquisite song; it takes siren’s blood running through her veins.

Jule is starting her senior year at Cougar Creek High when her relatively normal world begins to resemble a roller coaster flying through a carnival scare house. Her mother is diagnosed as insane and committed, a psycho-stalker is snapping pictures of her to put into his homemade Jule-shrine, her voice is suddenly putting people into comatose trances, oh and the gorgeous new guy in town, Luke Whitmore, is interested in her . . . but also wants to kill her.

 

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Did you have a new release this week? A book on sale in the coming week? Have you read something that blew your mind? Sound off in the comments! We want to hear from you! We only ask that you are courteous to other commenters and that authors do not post the same book more than once. Thank you!

This week I’ve been reading a book by one of my absolute favorites – Marisa De Los Santos.  Not technically romance (I think she falls into Women’s Fiction), her books just feel like they reach into my soul and understand me.  LOVE.  I was enthralled by Love Walked In and Belong to Me and this week I was engrossed in Falling Together.  She’s so brilliant.  Have you read anything genius lately?

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  • Bev Pettersen: Good-looking books! Congrats!
  • Anne Marie Becker: These all look so fabulous!! Congrats! 😀
  • Tamara Hogan: Scarlett, I realized as I was writing this blog post that, as someone who writes paranormal romance, my...
  • Vivi Andrews: Congrats on the new release and the discounts! Wishing you many sales. :)
  • jbrayweber: Congrats to both of these very talented ladies!

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