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Fangirl Friday (1.23.15)

Hello, darlings and welcome to another delicious edition of FANGIRL FRIDAY!!! The day when we gush about books. New books, cheap books, free books, or books we’re just excited to be reading right now.

 

New Ruby Releases This Week:

The Rubies don’t have any new releases this week, but if you have a new release or there’s a new release you’re excited about, please don’t hestitation to tell us in the comments!  And we love links, so feel free to include them!

Ruby Books Discounted or Free in the Coming Week:

Looking for a deal? Check out these free and discounted releases!

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This coming week, contemporary romance scribe Bev Pettersen’s STUDS AND STILETTOS will discounted from $5.99 to only $0.99!  The deal is available on all vendors and will be running from Monday, January 26th to Sunday, February 1st!  Her hope for redemption is jeopardized by a sexy trainer…and a ruthless murderer!  Amazon :: B&N  

 

 

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And if you prefer print deals, visit Goodreads and enter for your chance to win one of five FREE SIGNED PRINT COPIES of my latest sexy shape-shifter release TAMING THE LIONWhen she’s in heat, there’s no cooling down…

 


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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!

I’ve started my RITA reading – which means I can’t actually say what I’m reading, but I will say the books are GOOD!  Steep competition this year!  Do you have any books to gush about?

Fangirl Friday (1.16.15)

Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to another edition of FANGIRL FRIDAY!!!  The day when we gush about books. New books, cheap books, free books, or books we’re just excited to be reading right now.

 

New Ruby Releases This Week:

Today’s “new” release is the paperback edition of my recent Lone Pine Pride book, which became physically real on Tuesday!

Taming the Lion by Vivi Andrews

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.

Amazon :: Samhain :: More About Vivi

 

Ruby Books Discounted or Free in the Coming Week:

Looking for a deal? Check out these free and discounted releases!

No Holding Back: How Honey and Jack Met by Rita Henuber, the FREE prequel to Point of No Return.
While on assignment, the last thing Marine Major Honey Thornton expected was to be called away for a meeting with the acting station chief in Istanbul. Even more surprising was the former CIA operative she met there, the ruggedly handsome and built-to-last Jack O’Brien. When attraction sizzles and the meeting turns out to be a bust, Honey and Jack decide to put their time together to more pleasurable uses.
Slipping off to Jack’s hotel, the two quickly come to an understanding: no commitments, and no holding back. The two mesh perfectly and surrender to intense passion, the only question is whether they’ll stick to the rules of their casual hookup or give in to the deeper connection that sparks between them.  Amazon :: B&N :: KOBO

 

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FREE – HOOKED ON YOU by Romance Author Lindsey Brookes – Be sure to grab this free download of this humorous contemporary romance at Amazon before the giveaway ends!

 

 

And last week’s deals are still in effect, so if you missed them, be sure to click below and snag THE OBSESSION, TOUCH ME, and TEMPT ME!  Jan9Deals

 

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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 had jury duty, but the good news is that it’s given me lots of time to read. I’ve been devouring Vanessa Barneveld’s This Is Your Afterlife, and I can’t say enough good things about it!  Simply amazing.  This Is Your Afterlife is paranormal YA following a high school junior whose talent as a medium rises to the fore when the ghost of the hometown hero & high school quarterback appears in her bedroom and she must figure out the secrets behind his suspicious death so he can rest in peace. Told with a clever, lovely voice that makes it a pleasure to read, thank goodness for this book making my waiting hours in the jury pool room fly by! 

What books have consumed you lately?

Fangirl Friday! (1.9.15)

Happy Friday and welcome to our first FANGIRL FRIDAY!!!

Today is the day when we gush about books.  New books, cheap books, free books, or books we’re just excited to be reading right now. 

 

New Ruby Releases This Week:

How to Find a Man in Five Dates by Tina Beckett

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Dr. Miranda Dupris is fed up with men! Her ban on relationships is a New Year’s resolution she is determined to keep. To prove it, she’ll go on twenty-five dates in one year—and that’s first dates only. Maybe then Mira will be able to find Mr. Right! 

Finding a man is one thing. But when sun-kissed doc Jack Perry arrives in a spray of perfect snow it soon looks as if Mira might be destined to lose her hundred-dollar bet… along with her heart!

New Year’s Resolutions!

Resolutions are made to be broken…

Amazon :: B&N :: More About Tina

 

Ruby Books Discounted or Free in the Coming Week:

Looking for a deal?  Check out these free and discounted releases!

TouchMeSmallTOUCH ME, Tamara Hogan’s UnderbellyTemptMeSmall Chronicles prequel novella, is FREE on  Kindle :: Nook :: Kobo :: iBooks  (Paranormal romance.)

TEMPT ME, the third book in Tamara Hogan’s Underbelly Chronicles paranormal romance series, is on sale for $0.99 on Kindle :: Nook :: iBooks :: Kobo   A sex demon and a preacher’s kid? Heaven forbid!
 

ObsessionSmallAlso FREE is Book 1 of Liliana Lee’s historical erotic romance series, THE OBSESSION. Get it from Amazon :: BN :: aRE :: Kobo :: Apple 
Princess Shanyin has a harem of male concubines to serve her every sexual fantasy, but from the moment she sees the handsome Chu Yuan, she has to have him. At her request, the Emperor gives the aristocrat over to Shanyin for her pleasure, setting off a power play of sensual torment and dominance between them. Trapped in Shanyin’s harem for ten days, will the proud Yuan surrender to his own dark desires, or will he turn the tables on the seductive princess?
 

 

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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 Tell Me Something Good by Golden Heart nominee Jamie Wesley.  A contemporary romance with wit and heart that reads like watching a good rom-com. Love. What books have you discovered lately?

Release Day Party: A SCANDAL TO REMEMBER

Prelim ASTR 2014-01-10 at 2.25.56 PMHuzzah!  Today is my release day celebration of my 9th book, A SCANDAL TO REMEMBER, the 5th book in my Reckless Brides series.

I am both excited and happy to final bring this book to you. Why ‘finally’? Because writing this book nearly killed me. Actually, it was appendicitis that nearly killed me, but it was because I was deep in the process of writing this book, and hard up against a deadline, that I ignored my body’s rather strenuous objections and warning signs until it was nearly too late. 

In the aftermath I realized that I had written my own drama into the book: I had created two characters who fail to recognize their own warning signs of impending disaster until it is very nearly too late for them. 

Interested? Here’s an excerpt:

Isle of Wight, and the whole of the coast of England, was slipping away to the stern. Nothing could stop Jane Burke now. Not Sir Richard, nor the snide derision of the crew. Nor even Lieutenant Dance’s strange ability to soothe and discompose her all at the same time. 

Perhaps the Bible verse had it wrong—it was not the truth, but her lie that had set her free. The irony could only make her laugh. 

“You seem well entertained this morning, Miss Burke.” While she had been watching the isle, Lieutenant Charles Dance had been watching her. 

Jane tried to combat the rising heat in her face by turning into the wind. “It has been a most instructional morning.”

A twisted-up half-smile threatened to steal across his face. “And have all your—what did you call them?—collecting expeditions been as instructive?”

“If only.” But Jane thought it best to say no more on the subject of instruction, and what she had learned this morning. And so she instructed herself to smile more serenely while she prayed that her face did not color with betraying heat. “But I am very much looking forward to learning more.”

The lieutenant’s sharp, all-seeing glance slid across her face so fast she was surprised it didn’t cut her.

Oh, Lord. And there was the suffocating heat. It was a good thing the wind was chilling, or she would be as overheated as a boiled turnip. “I mean, I am very much looking forward to this overseas expedition. I have never collected outside of Britain, nor taken such a long expedition before. Two months is hardly the same as two years.”

“Yes, hardly the same.” His green, green gaze, which had moved on in a constant inspection of all the various and different parts of the ship, came again to rest upon hers. She could feel the pressing weight of his regard as if it were a stack of books sitting upon her chest. 

“You do know, Miss Burke, that the Admiralty’s estimation of two years is based upon a sort of minimum requirement for getting to the other side of the earth and back?” His gaze spared her for a moment as it swept up the bowsprit. “Two years is the least amount of time it could take, barring bad weather and unforeseen circumstances, which, I will scruple to tell you, can be counted upon to plague us every sea mile of the way. The truth is, it will undoubtedly take far longer than two years.”

The news jarred the breath from her. She had not known, though clearly she should have. She had planned both her stores and her funds for reprovisioning at the standard stops of Madeira, Salvador de Bahia, Rio de Janeiro and Valparaiso—just saying the exotic names had made her giddy with delight—to last only those two allotted years. 

No, she had been careful in her preparation and generous in her funds. And besides, she had provisioned for two people—Papa and her, before he had changed his mind and decided they were not to go—when she would be only one. And those provisions had been a keepsafe—something to go along with the meals she would take sharing the captain’s table along with the rest of the expedition, as had been arranged. She would be fine—although she was certainly hesitant, as well as curious, to meet the captain after the lieutenant’s cryptic but descriptive comments upon her arrival. 

“And if you were asked instead of the Admiralty, Lieutenant, how long would you have said the voyage was to last?”

“I would have said that we will be lucky to see England’s shores within five years, Miss Burke, not two. That is, if Tenacious lives up to her name, and doesn’t sink us all long before that.”

Jane absorbed the second blow in silence. She had thought only of what she might accomplish on such a journey, and not of the passage of time. In five years’ time she would be one and thirty. She would be the thing she had not wanted to admit to being, the thing that she told herself was not important. Being recognized as a talented, dedicated, scholarly conchologist had been what mattered. But the inescapable truth was that in five years’ time, after having taken herself across the globe and back, she would be irrevocably ruined for marriage. She would be a spinster set firmly upon the shelf.

It was a bitter tonic to swallow at the very start of her triumph. It was almost frightening.

Oh. This time it was she who looked more closely at the grim pleasure on the lieutenant’s face. “I see. You mean to frighten me, Lieutenant Dance.”

He nodded, all purposeful admittance. “I do, ma’am, I do. I mean for all of you, from Sir Richard on down the Royal Society’s muster roll to you, J. E. Burke, conchologist, to be frightened into understanding what might come. Sir Richard spoke of hardships. Make no mistake, Miss Burke, there will undoubtedly be hardships, but there will also be danger—very real, threatening danger. The dislike of the crew, and the resistance of Sir Richard will seem like nothing compared to it.”

He meant it, this sharp-eyed, grim-faced man. He believed the truth of every word he spoke. “You’re a cynic.”

He laughed into the wind. “Assuredly, Miss Burke. But at least I am not a worthless drunk.”

 

I don’t think it will be too much of a spoiler to tell you this is a ripping good yarn of a shipwreck story. And things will most assuredly heat up on the beach for our hero and heroine, and for one lucky commenter who will win a copy of A SCANDAL TO REMEMBER. Just leave a comment to enter!

Got to have it now? Links to all major retailers can be found on my website: http://www.elizabethessex.com/a-scandal-to-remember/

 

Foreign Affairs: An Interrogation Report for Suspected Russian Spy

SUBJECT:  Ex-KGB Agent Nikolai Markov, hero of THE RUSSIAN TEMPTATION by Nikki Navarre

State secrets have never been this sexy.

State secrets have never been this sexy.

INTERROGATOR:  CIA Agent James Riley, hero of AN AFFAIR OF DECEIT by Jamie Michele

LOCATION:  CIA Interrogation Facility, Washington, D.C.

DATE:  Yesterday 

RILEY:  Given these anomalies in your travel documents and your, ah, colorful history, you’ll understand why we need to ask a few questions, Mr. Markov.  Mind if I call you Nikolai?

MARKOV (lighting a Gauloise cigarette): I’d prefer it if you didn’t, Dr. Riley. As I’ve explained repeatedly to your CIA underlings, my name is Nikolai Kirov, and I’m an independent security consultant. A simple case of mistaken identity, no doubt, that you seem to have confused me with this ex-KGB hit man I take it you’re looking for.

Ruby Release: Last Chance Knit & Stitch by Hope Ramsay

k&SwshadowIn celebration of the release date of Last Chance Knit & Stitch, I asked Ricki Wilson, a long time resident of Last Chance, South Carolina, and the day shift waitress at the Kountry Kitchen Café, to join me on the blog today.  Ricki knows more about what’s going on in Last Chance than just about anyone, except perhaps Ruby Rhodes, who as y’all know is the proprietor of the Cut ‘n’ Curl.

Me:  Welcome Ricki.

Ricki:  Hey, y’all.  I can’t say I’m a regular reader of your blog, since I have no desire to become a writer.  But I do love the books y’all write.  I’m afraid that these days my love life is pretty much lived vicariously.

Me: Why is that?

Well, I’m made a bunch of bad mistakes when I was young and stupid.  I could have married Clay Rhodes after we ran off to Nashville together, but I dumped him for my ex, Randy, who turned out to be a no-account loser who embezzled a bunch of money from the Music City record company he worked for. He left me flat broke with nowhere to go but back home to east nowhere South Carolina.  I arrived just in time to see Clay make a fool of himself over Jane Coblentz.  Now he’s a married man with a baby on the way.  And all I can do is feel sorry for what I lost.  My only fun is going down to Dot’s Spot on Wednesdays and Thursdays to listen to Clay play fiddle.  I know I shouldn’t be doing that.  But, you know, it’s hard sometimes to be alone.  Course, the older I get the harder it is to wait on tables all day and try to line-dance with the boys at Dot’s on a Wednesday evening.  You know what I mean?

Me: I guess being a waitress is a tough job, huh?

Ricki:  You have no idea.  If I don’t get tips I don’t make ends meet.  And to think that once I used to buy all my clothes at designer stores in Nashville.  Now I wear a uniform to work.  ‘Course all of the money Randy supposedly had never did buy me love.  I know in my head I’m better off alone.  But in my heart, maybe not so much.  Like you said in your nice introduction, there are some up sides to being a waitress.  I hear a lot of gossip before anyone else does. 

Me: So what’s new in town?

Ricki: Simon Wolfe has come home.  Do you know Simon?  He’s the former place kicker for the 1990 Champion Davis High Rebels– the one who won the big game for us with his boot.  Well, anyway, he left town 18 years ago after a big ol’ row with his momma and daddy.  I don’t really know what the fight was about, only that he never again set foot in this town until just a couple of days ago.  He’s back on account of his daddy’s death –Ira Wolfe keeled over right there in the showroom at Wolfe Ford.  I tell you, I heard that Ira’s business is in deep trouble.  Folks are saying the dealership might close down altogether now that Ira’s gone.  And I don’t expect Simon to have any interest in keeping a car dealership running.  I’ve heard he just wants to settle his daddy’s estate and get on back to California where he’s been living all these years.  But I heard Thelma Hanks say that the estate is in such a mess that Simon’s gonna have to stay for a while to untangle things. 

Me:  Anything else going on?

Ricki: Well, aside from Ira’s death, the only other gossip in town is about Pat Canaday, the owner of the Knit & Stitch yarn shop.  She’s up and run away from home.  She left home while her husband was on a fishing trip with his bass-hole buddies.  You won’t believe this, but she put a  note on the front door of the yarn shop telling everyone in town that she expects her daughter, Molly, to take things over.

It’ll be a cold day in July if that happens.  Molly’s a mechanic working for LeRoy down at Bill’s Grease Pit.  She and her best friend, Les Hays, are restoring an old Shelby Mustang they’re planning to auction off.  Molly never was a girly kind of girl, you know?  So if this is Pat’s way of trying to force Molly become a girly girl and give up her car business for the yarn shop, I think it’s going to fail. 

Course the knitters of Last Chance are up in arms over this.  They aren’t going to let the yarn shop close without a big fight.  Molly’s going to have to figure something out.

She’s also got a big real estate problem.  Simon Wolfe’s leased the old abandoned building right up the street.  I heard he’s using the place as studio space for his painting — he’s some kind of fancy artist or something.  But Molly wanted that building for her car business and with the Ira’s dealership closed Molly doesn’t have any place to work on that Shelby Mustang.  Molly is fit to be tied about this.  I’ll tell you what.

I predict the sparks are gonna fly between those two.  Not that I’m predicting anything matrimonial, you know.  I’m just saying that you’ve got two bull headed people fighting over one abandoned building.

Me: Speaking of forecasts has Miriam Randall handed out any advice recently?

Ricki:  No, ma’am.  Not that I know.  I sure do wish Miriam would give me a forecast.  I’m tired of being alone, and it seems like all the really good-looking men in town are either married or too young for me.  I tell you what, that Molly Canaday should treat Les Hays a lot better than she does or she’s going to lose that boy.  I only wish I was young enough to make a play for him, myself.  That is one nice looking man. 

But, you know, I reckon every single waitress in the world sings the same blues.  We’re all just waiting on the day when Prince Charming comes waltzing through the doors, sits down, and orders a cup of coffee. 

And there’s no chance of that happening.  So, I reckon I’ll be reading a lot of romance books late at night.  Charlene Polk suggested that I get a cat, to keep me company.  But, to be honest, I don’t really like cats and I don’t see myself as a crazy, single cat lady.  Maybe I should get me one of those cute little dogs you can dress up.  That might be fun.   What do y’all think?

Me: I’m a cat person Ricki.  But maybe some of the Rubies have ideas for you on what kind of pet would be right for you.  And in the meantime, I wouldn’t give up on Prince Charming just yet.  You just never know what’s going to happen in Last Chance.  Things have a way of working themselves out in your little town. 

Ricki I sure do hope so.  And I do thank you for having me here today.  Y’all take care now, and come on by and visit at the Kountry Kitchen if you’re ever in town.

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One lucky commenter on today’s blog will win an autographed copy of Last Chance Knit and Stitch. 

Buy it at Amazon.com    Buy it at Barns & Noble    Buy it at Walmart

Release Celebration: HIS BY DESIGN by Dani Wade

His By Design coverToday, I’m honored to host the release of Ruby sister Dani Wade’s HIS BY DESIGN. This is Dani’s first release with Harlequin Desire. One of the perks of hosting a release is getting to read the book. Let me tell you, it is AMAZING. I read the first three chapters and had to force myself to put it down because other duties called. Then, when I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down.  Seriously When I read the end, I looked at the clock and was stunned to see 4:15 a.m. flashing at me. It has been a long time since I’ve stayed up all night reading. I loved that it grabbed me and didn’t let go.

After reading HIS BY DESIGN, I had a few questions for Dani. Before we get to those, here’s a blurb from the book.

He’s her boss. He’ll do what he wants with her 

Ziara Divan came from nothing and worked hard to earn her position at Atlanta’s most prestigious bridal fashion house. So when her new boss Sloan Creighton tries to seduce her in a power play, she’s not having it. She won’t climb the corporate ladder right into the boss’s bed…even if he’s irresistible. 

Sloan will have his way—in business and in pleasure. He’ll regain control of his father’s company, and he’ll have this woman—not necessarily in that order. But just as his plans fall into place, Ziara’s past threatens to tear them apart at the seams….

 ME:  Dani, I absolutely loved this story. The characters, the setting, the conflict, the heat…ooh la la. What made you decide on wedding gown designer for your setting? From your vivid description of fabrics and design, I’m wondering what type of design background you have.

DANI: Honestly, none.  :)  But at the time I was brainstorming this book, my husband had a cousin who interned with a famous designer in New York City. I called to ask her about the design industry and procedures for presenting designs to buyers, and she’s the one who told me there was a wedding gown industry based in Atlanta. I knew Ziara was tactile, sensual, and filled in the details from there.

ME:   Wow. I am impressed. I could’ve sworn you were going to say you’d taken some fashion courses. Another area in which you did a fabulous job was characterization. I don’t want get too detailed for obvious spoiler reasons, but Ziara’s conflict tugged at my heartstrings. I wanted to tell her she had no reason to feel ashamed. I felt for her, for what she’d endured and for how far she’d come. Can you give us some insight on what process you used to create your characters?   

DANI: I’ve never been a fan of character interviews and such. Over the years, I’ve paired down my character development to 3 things I need before I start writing, the rest I discover as I go.

First, I explore the goals, obstacles, conflicts, and emotional hang-ups of my characters. I don’t care what kind of car they drive YET, I want to dig into their psychy: what do they care about and how does it affect this story?

Then I need (2) a photo (this gives me a visual starting place for picturing them in the scenes, even though it may not be exact), and (3) his and her theme songs. Each of my characters has their own “music” that I listen to in order to slip into their heads. It helps me flesh out their feelings and actions, and reconnect when I have to set the writing aside for things like line edits.

As I said, the rest will flesh out during the actual writing.

ME:   I also like to have an image in mind for my characters. I don’t necessarily have theme songs for my characters, but I do listen to a created playlist. I guess in a way, I do choose songs that reflect the emotional aspect of the story.

Being a lover and frequent visitor of Vegas, I loved that aspect of your story. By introducing Patrick, you once again proved you are a master of increasing the stakes. He was the worst possible person for Sloan to involve in his scheme against Vivian.  When the story was at the beginning stages, did you know Patrick’s Vegas connection?

DANI: Oddly enough, I’ve never been to Vegas–but it sounds like a really cool place! I knew Patrick would be a costume designer, but I didn’t know where until I saw a segment on a TV show about a hookah lounge in Las Vegas. There’s actually a scene set there that was cut from the final book.

ME: If you ever get the chance, go to Vegas. Not everyone loves it, but you should at least experience it…once. One last question, plotter or pantser?

DANI: Plotter, most definitely. I love to explore the scene possibilities, highs and lows, and how I can wring emotion from my characters — I just do all that at the plotting stage.  :)  Then I flesh those ideas out during the draft and revision stages. That doesn’t mean the plot never changes, but I just can’t handle the stress of possibly writing myself into a corner and having to cut a chapter or two to fix it!

Congratulations, Dani, on your release! It truly is a wonderful read.  I wish for you many,  many sales.

Dani Wade astonished her local librarians as a teenager when she carried home ten books every week—aDani photond actually read them all. Now she writes her own characters, who clam­or for attention in the midst of the chaos that is her life. Residing in the Southern U.S. with a husband, two kids, two dogs and one grumpy cat, she stays busy until she can closet herself away with her characters once more.   

             

Ruby Release: SUGAR SPRINGS

Welcome to Sugar Springs! My second book, SUGAR SPRINGS, released over the holidays, and though it was a bit overwhelming to have a book release on the same day that I was at my family’s house celebrating Christmas and opening presents, I did manage to enjoy both events!

I am so excited to be releasing this book. It’s my 2009 Golden Heart winner, and what brought me to know all my wonderful Rubies! It’s also the first in my small-town contemporary series, and I’m a total small-town girl at heart.

Ruby Release: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones

FOURTH GRAVE BENEATH MY FEET IS HERE!

I have both the honor and privilege of hosting the celebration for the latest installment of the Charley series, which is authored by the lovely and talented Ruby sister, Darynda Jones.

This book is the fourth, and yes, I do like stating the obvious, book in the Charley series. It follows FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT, SECOND GRAVE ON THE LEFT, and THIRD GRAVE DEAD AHEAD. If you’ve never read any of the Charley series, then I’m sorry for you because you’ve missed a boatload of laughter, romance, and entertaining relationships.

I must admit I’ve been concerned about Charley. Seriously. After what she went through in THIRD GRAVE DEAD AHEAD, who wouldn’t be? Right? (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you need to read the book.) I’m not only talking about her physical well-being, but also about how she’s dealing with the men in her life. Her father’s betrayal was bad enough, but Reyes? So heartbreaking. How will he ever redeem himself? How will she ever forgive him? And, then there’s Garrett. I want to know how he’s coping. And, I’m excited about Artemis. You gotta love Artemis.

In case you don’t know anything about Charley, (seriously, after reading and commenting on this blog, get the series and read it) I’ll introduce you. Charley is the Grim Reaper. Yeah. Really. She is. And, she’s a damn good one. She’s also a great juggler. Look at her relationships. They run from borderline psychotic to one with a devotion so intense it transcends the corporeal world. Speaking of corporeal, Reyes is so hot. I’m not saying that just because he’s the son of Satan. Although, he is. As in, he grew up in Hell. But, I digress. We were talking about the release of FOURTH GRAVE. You know I just realized Charley’s ADD could be why I like her so much. Not that I’m ADD or anything like that.

Now, where was I? Oh yeah. The interview. I decided since Charley was recuperating, I wouldn’t bother her with a bunch of questions. (If you’re wondering why she’s recuperating, then <sigh> read the series.) Instead, I decided to interview the men in her life. Although, I’ll have to admit some weren’t very cooperative. Far be it from me to be petty and mention names, but like father, like son comes to mind. Anyway, I gave it my best shot.

Me:  LELAND, as Charley’s dad you’ve known about her gift for years. When she was only a child, you used her to help you solve cases for the APD. Now that you’ve retired from the force and your little girl is grown, you’re not too happy with her career choice as a private detective. Seriously, dad, what did you expect her to do with her life? Yes, it’s dangerous. Yes, she’s had her share of bruises. However, let’s not forget you almost got her killed when you painted a target on her back and sent a parolee her way. That was all on you, Daddy Dearest. We know you love and care for her, but trying to have her arrested and her license revoked wasn’t cool. A parent will do whatever to protect their children, but seriously, what were you thinking? Without giving us any spoilers, can you give us a hint if you’ll work to repair your relationship with your daughter, or if you still think you did the right thing?

Leland:  I agree and couldn’t be more saddened by my own behavior. Would it help to know that I had my reasons? One actually. And it’s a pretty good one. Without explaining completely, I will say that I just wanted to make sure she would be okay if anything were to happen to me. I wanted her out of that business (yes, the business I practically forced her into) and I just didn’t know what else to do. Charley is stubborn. I knew that if she was arrested and convicted of a crime, she couldn’t be a licensed PI. So I went about trying to get her to quit the wrong way. I am trying to make amends. Not an easy thing with my daughter, but I am trying.

Me:  UNCLE BOB, as an APD detective, like your brother, you call upon your niece to help you solve cases. The difference is you respect what she does, and you don’t coddle her. You’re more aware of the extent of her gift than her father is. I know you were upset with your brother for the stunt he pulled in the hospital. However, let’s face it, Charley is the Lucy Ricardo of detectives. If it’s going to happen, you can rest assured it will happen to Charley. How do you deal with her on-the-job pain and suffering while using her as her dad did?

Uncle Bob:  The way I see it, Charley is going to do what Charley wants to do. I worry about her, especially after what she’s gone through. But she has this way of pulling through the most life-threatening situations virtually unscathed. At least until recently. And her gifts have saved countless lives. I do call upon her but she does the same with me. I see our relationship as mutually beneficial. She helps me solve cases and I come to her aid in legal situations. It works out well, albeit more for me than her. And I not only respect her but am in awe of her. While I would love to know what she isn’t telling me, the whole story of who and what she is, part of that respect is recognizing her right to privacy. I figure she’ll tell me when she’s ready.

Me:  GARRETT, you’ve come a long way, baby. When you were first told about Charley’s gift, you tormented her. You really were an S.O.B. Yet, underneath all that closed-minded derision, you were like a schoolboy afraid to let a girl know he likes her. Between coming to terms with her being the Grim Reaper and having to deal with her obsession over Reyes, you still toyed with relationship thoughts. You still adored her. Above all, you still had her back.  Oh, how I love a man who has a woman’s back. Things drastically changed in THIRD GRAVE. You saw first-hand her Grim Reaper capabilities. Heck, you even saw Mr. Wong. With this huge insight into Charley’s world, how will this change your relationship with her?

Garrett:  That is a very loaded question, one that even I can’t answer. I saw a lot more than Charley as the grim reaper. I saw a lot more about this love interest of hers. Of what he’s capable of. Of what he was sent to do. I am still coming to terms with everything I’ve seen and learned, but I will say one thing: If Reyes Farrow thinks he will use Charley in the way that his father wishes, he will die knowing otherwise. <Interviewer’s comment: See? What did I tell you? He has her back.>

Me:  REYES, aaah Rey’aziel. Son of Satan. Where do I begin? I know you love Charley. I mean, you defied your heritage and took on a human form just to be with her. Maybe things didn’t turn out exactly as you’d planned, and yes, maybe she did bind you for all eternity, but in spite of all that, you love her. I know it. You know it. Yet, you don’t trust her. In fact, your distrust brought her a pain that no one should have to bear. Why was it so difficult for you to trust her? That is something that has me baffled. And, don’t give me some cop out by saying it was because she bound you. Son of Satan or not, that won’t fly, buddy. Oh, and notice I let you off the hook by not asking how you plan to woo yourself back into her heart. You just better be sure you do.

Reyes:  I’m surprised you’d talk to me in such a way knowing what you know, but I’ll let it slide for now. You seem to have Charley’s best interest at heart, something we have in common. Trust does not come easily for me. Her binding me did affect my perception of her, but not in the way that you think. I thought she knew what she was capable of, what she could do to me with the slightest wish. She didn’t. She still doesn’t realize her true potential, but at the time I was afraid she did. Or would soon. And I had that one blinding goal driving me, to find the man who sent me to prison, to prove my innocence, to sever his spine. I was afraid she would stop me. She is the only one who could. I’m not out to woo myself back into her heart. I have ruined that and I know it. But I am out to keep her alive. To keep her safe from others like me, others from my world. She may not like it, but when she sees what has come after her now, she won’t have a choice. And if she just happens to end up in my arms in the process, if my mouth just happens to find hers, then that just makes my job all the more pleasurable, because while I want her safe, I want her just a little bit more. <Interviewer’s comment: Fanning self…and that’s why I LOVE Reyes.>

How do you feel about the men in Charley’s life? Aside from Charley, who is your favorite character in this series?

One lucky non-Ruby commenter will be placed in a drawing for an autographed copy of FOURTH GRAVE BENEATH MY FEET.

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a RITA®, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

 

Cooking Up a Surprise

The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood — publishing quality non-fiction since 2012.

Well, actually that’s not quite true.  If you count our blogs posts — most of which are on craft of writing and business of writing — then I guess we’ve been publishing quality non-fiction since 2009. But I don’t mean blogging. I mean actual publishing . . . of ebooks!

Yes, that’s right, Ruby Readers. The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood has just released our very first ebook — a cookbook! Introducing Eat, Read, Love: Romance and Recipes from the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood!

Cute cover, huh? Special thanks to Laurie Kellogg for designing it. Editing and layout done by Amanda Brice and Kim Law.

So what is Eat, Read, Love? Well, I’m glad you asked. It’s a literary cookbook. We’ve compiled 59 recipes inspired by the pages of our books. Whereas some cookbooks pair their recipes with wine, ours are paired with excerpts. In some cases, the characters actually do eat the meal in the excerpt!

And the best part is that it’s 100% FREE. Yes, you read that right. It’s our gift to our readers, old and new.

So what dishes can you expect to see? It’s a very eclectic — and delicious — list!

Main Dishes

Allergen-Free Pad Thai (from Codename: Dancer by Amanda Brice)

Chinese Sausage and Sticky Rice in Banana Leaves (from My Fair Concubine by Jeannie Lin)

Pernil Al Horno (Puerto Rican Roasted Pork Shoulder) (from Avenging Angel by Anne Marie Becker)

 Jalapeño Chicken (from Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell)

Grandma Rose’s Varenyky (Ukrainian Pierogies) (from Pas De Death by Amanda Brice)

Angelo the Mobster’s Pasta Primavera (from The Good Daughter by Diana Layne)

Olivia’s Seafood Salad (from Under Fire by Rita Henuber)

Alaskan Crab Cakes (from The Doctor’s Mile High Fling by Tina Beckett)

Easy-Peasy Meatloaf (from Chase Me by Tamara Hogan)

“Hide the Peas, Please” Chicken Pot Pie (from Intrusion by Cynthia Justlin)

Soups/Stews

Cole’s Poorman Stew (from In the Presence of Evil by Autumn Jordon)

New Mexican Green Chile Stew (from First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones)

Cock-A-Leekie Stew (from Prophecy by Heather McCollum)

Almost Medieval Leek Soup (from Lady Unbound by Elise Hayes)

Henri’s Turtle Soup (from A Kiss in the Wind by Jennifer Bray-Weber)

Caruru do Pará (Brazilian Shrimp Gumbo) (from Doctor’s Guide to Dating in the Jungle by Tina Beckett)

Abram’s Game Day Chicken and Sausage Gumbo (from Under the Autumn Sky by Liz Talley)

Sides

 Abby’s Fatten-up-Mac Green Bean Casserole (from The Memory of You by Laurie Kellogg)

Millie Polk’s Squash Casserole (from Home at Last Chance by Hope Ramsay)

Bacon and Egg Fried Rice (from Taste Me by Tamara Hogan)

Sultana’s Rice (from Kismet’s Kiss by Cate Rowan)

Stasia’s Vinegret (Russian Potato, Beet, & Carrot Salad) (from Underhanded by Shoshana Brown)

Violet Easley’s Okra and Stewed Tomatoes (from Last Chance Christmas by Hope Ramsay)

Eat These Fries (from Kiss that Frog by Cate Rowan)

Condiments

Dare To Be Different Barbeque Sauce (from Snow Bound by Dani Wade)

Alex’s Killer Pasta Sauce (from His Witness to Evil by Autumn Jordon)

Annie’s Favorite Hot Sauce (from Waters Run Deep by Liz Talley)

Devil’s Dust (from Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones)

Desserts

Triple Chocolate Cake (from Caught on Camera by Kim Law)

Summer’s Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting (from Perfect Summer by Katie Graykowski)

Ryker’s Favorite Mint Brownies (from Her Own Best Enemy by Cynthia Justlin)

Tiramisu (from Thoroughbreds and Trailer Trash by Bev Pettersen)

Profiteroles (from Party Like It’s 1899 by Amanda Brice)

Hannah’s Heavenly Cinnamon-Almond Squares (from Hypnotic Seduction by L.L. Kellogg)

Picou Dufrene’s Infamous Pecan Pralines (from The Road to Bayou Bridge by Liz Talley)

Tara’s Mother’s Southern Pecan Pralines (from Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure by Diane Kelly)

Maggie’s Amazing Pecan Pie (from A Little Bit of Deja Vu by Laurie Kellogg)

Jenny Carpenter’s Secret Pie Crust (from Last Chance Beauty Queen by Hope Ramsay)

Cream Cheese Pie (from Only Fear by Ane Marie Becker)

Nicole’s To-Die-For Apple Pie (from Seized by Darkness by Autumn Jordon)

Susanna’s Sonker (from Whisper Falls by Elizabeth Langston)

Fried Banana Nuggets (from Edge of Light by Cynthia Justlin)

Betts’ Chocolate Chip Cookies (from Place Your Betts by Katie Graykowski)

Jilian’s “Best of Earth” Cookies (from The Source of Magic by Cate Rowan)

Breakfast

T-Bone Carter’s Biscuits (from Welcome to Last Chance by Hope Ramsay)

Cinnamon Rolls (from Sugar Springs by Kim Law)

Sausage Gravy & Biscuits (from Jimmie Joe Johnson: Manwhore by Lindsey Brookes)

Lucy’s Rum Cake “Stud Muffins” (from The Ghost Shrink, The Accidental Gigolo, & The Poltergeist Accountant by Vivi Andrews)

Sam’s Keep-Dani-Healthy Greek Omelet (from The Great Bedroom War by Laurie Kellogg)        

Huevos Rancheros (from Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones) 

Lucky’s Lucky Charms (from Getting Lucky by Katie Graykowski)

Beverages

Dani’s Mango Madness Smoothie with Raspberry Swirl (from Pointe of No Return by Amanda Brice)

Homemade Skinny Latte (from Death, Taxes, and a Skinny No-Whip Latte by Diane Kelly)

Parish Cocoa (from Ghosts of Boyfriends Past by Vivi Andrews)

Captain Drake’s Rum Drinks (from The Siren’s Song by Jennifer Bray-Weber)

Cookie’s Mucho Magnifico Margaritas (from Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones)

Bonnie Pratt’s Easy-Peasy Peach Sangria (from Death, Taxes, and Peach Sangria by Diane Kelly)

Historical

Sample Menu from 1890s Dinner Party (from The Vanishing Thief by Kate Parker)

16th Century Herbal Remedies (from Captured Heart by Heather McCollum)

 Hungry yet? I know I’m starved just reading the list!

You can grab your own copy from Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords, or download a PDF copy right here from this website! (It isn’t at Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Sony, or Diesel yet, but we expect it to be soon.)

Be sure to spread the word, and happy cooking!

(By the way, by downloading a copy, you’re actually doing us a big favor, by helping get our numbers up, which increases our exposure. So if you’ve ever been entertained or informed by our blog, this is a great way to thank us!)

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