Cover Reveal: Delilah is coming!

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Beguiling DelilahRomancing the Guardians, Book Six will be released by late June or early July. This installment of the paranormal romantic suspense series required extensive research since most of it is set in France. I’ve enjoyed learning more about Paris, where the story opens, and the breathtaking Côte d’Azur in the south of France, where Delilah and her hero flee in their rush to escape their enemies. Can’t wait to set this puppy loose!

If you like sexy romance, adventure, suspense and flashes of the supernatural as much as I do, I think you will enjoy this series. To catch up with the other Guardians and their loves, just click the covers and sample their stories on Amazon.

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If you enjoy sampling the Guardians’ tales of survival and romance, I hope you will go on to read their whole epic story. Should you be inspired to leave a customer review on Amazon, I’ll be your friend for life!

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Special Guest: Hebby Roman & Her EXCITING New Release

Today, please help me welcome my special guest Hebby Roman.

Hebby’s new book TEMPT FORTUNE comes out tomorrow, July 17, but you can place a pre-release order NOW!

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Hebby Roman is the multi-published author of both historical and contemporary romances. Her first contemporary romance, SUMMER DREAMS, was the launch title for Encanto, a print line featuring Latino romances. And her re-published e-book, SUMMER DREAMS, was #1 in Amazon fiction and romance.

Hebby is a member of Romance Writers of America, and the past president of North Texas Romance Writers. She is also a member of Yellow Rose RWA. She was selected for the Romantic Times “Texas Author” award, and she won a national Harlequin contest. Her book, BORDER HEAT, was a Los Angeles Times Book Festival selection.

The author lives in north Texas with her husband, Luis, and maltipoo, Maximillian.

Welcome, Hebby! Let’s start with you telling us how you began writing.

Sure. I began writing by being a voracious reader from the time I was in the third grade. I was reading full-length novels then, mostly about horses, like the Black Stallion series, and Call of the Wild about wolves. I was the typical tomboy “horse-crazy girl.” At ten years old, I wrote a one-hundred page book about a girl who tames a wild mustang. I even did research about wild mustangs in Glacier National Park and set the book there—good old encyclopedia research. We didn’t have Google then. Heck, the Internet wasn’t even a far-out idea at the time. J By the time I entered high school, I had read all the classics, although Moby Dick was tough-sledding. Of course, I loved Austen and the Bronte sisters. Summary answer, I started writing because I loved to read so much. I still read a lot, it’s my go-to relaxation activity, and I don’t understand writers who say they can’t read anymore because they’re constantly editing in their head. I just let it go and enjoy the ride!

Are your books published by a large publishing house or small press? If so, how did you come to be with this publisher? Are you self-published? If so, what made you choose this route?

I was originally published with a large house, Kensington. The first National RWA conference I went to in St. Louis, I had an agent appointment and when I pitched my book, which was set in Puerto Rico with Latino characters, the agent told me Kensington was looking to do a multi-racial line. The agent took me on and submitted Betrayed, the second romance I’d written. Kensington bought it, but they took three years to bring it out! I stayed with Kensington for several years and sold them ten books. Unfortunately, they were very restrictive about what I could write. And I’ve always written somewhat unusual settings and characters, Latino mostly. I grew up on the Mexican border and my husband of twenty-eight years is Puerto Rican. Latino culture speaks to me and that’s what I enjoy writing.

Due to Kensington’s restrictions and their Latino romance line closing, along with family considerations, I quit writing professionally for twelve years. I got back into writing a couple of years ago because of the lure of writing what I wanted in our new digital world. I rewrote several of my Kensington books and had them professionally edited and self-published them, thinking publishers wouldn’t want re-writes. For my new book (at the time), a medieval romance, I shopped it around and signed with The Wild Rose Press. I was very happy when they decided to take my book, as I’ve heard nothing but good things about TWRP from other authors. So, now I publish some of my books through them, while I still publish independently as well. I’m a hybrid author, and it can be confusing at times, but it gives me a great deal of independence and flexibility.

I’ve heard good things about TWRP too. Are you a plotter or a pantser? Why?

I’m definitely a plotter, always have been. For my first few books, I wrote a scene-by-scene outline that easily ran between fifty to one hundred pages (this was for long historicals). I have gotten away from the outline as some of my fellow authors pointed out it might hinder my creativity. However, if I get stuck or feel that my “middle is sagging,” I go back to outlining to make the book work. I guess I’m a plotter because my previous day jobs were all in finance and accounting. I’m a very analytical and organized person. The thought of just starting out with a blank page and a vague idea of what I want to write is frightening to me! Even if I don’t do long outlines anymore, I do deep background character write-ups, along with conflicts and motivations, and have a sketchy outline of the basic plotline and action.

How do you develop your plots and your characters?

This is a tough question, as sometimes, I get a brilliant concept for the basic story or plot. My first published book, Betrayed, I specifically wanted it to be a Puerto Rican “Gone with the Wind” and set it during the time Puerto Rico revolted from Spain. The basic plotline had to be an arranged marriage with the heroine loving her childhood friend, and I had to show the two men in her life as being on opposite sides in the revolution, that was clear. For my medieval romance, The Princess and the Templar, I wanted to do a medieval “Thornbirds” concept, with the man being restricted by his vow of celibacy. I didn’t want to tread on religious ground and use a monk or friar, so I researched and learned about the Templars (I did this before Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code” and I can tell you there wasn’t much about Templars out there then).

On the other hand, characters come to me in bits and pieces, some of them share traits with me, others are completely opposite of how I am. I use character traits from family members and friends (so watch out!), and I try to have my heroine/hero on the ends of opposite emotional spectrums to heighten the conflict. In The Best Bet I crafted a very closed-off heroine who had been raised by an ambitious immigrant father because she lost her mother when she was young—this background, along with her Latino culture, made for an interesting character. In the companion book, The Best Game, I wanted to write about a small-city girl from San Antonio who went to New York and was a successful fashion model, but she learns to hate her occupation because New York relationships revolve around her being “arm candy” for rich and powerful men. So, she gives up her success and money, returns to San Antonio to attend college, and falls in love with the boy next door. In short, I’m all over the place with plots and characters, and they usually come to me in pieces, and I just keep fleshing them out and going deeper into my characters.

Cool! What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?

If we’re talking the “craft of writing” I have to say I was and still am “freaked out” at how hard it is. It never gets any easier—you just go up a level and then another and another and … If we’re talking about research, I became fascinated by the medieval period and learned a great deal about the Knights Templar and all the secrecy surrounding them and the conflicting stories about why they were disbanded, tortured and burned at the stake. Some of the historical facts about the Templars are so fascinating and crazy; it’s hard to believe people lived like that a few centuries ago and the challenges they faced. Examples: Did Philip the Fair grab them and imprison them because he owed them tons of money or were they really worshipping a devil-like creature in their initiations? And how did they go from being poor knights, helping pilgrims in the Holy Land, to being one of the richest organizations in Europe within a couple of centuries? What were they digging for in the Temple Mount in Jerusalem? What happened to the bulk of their treasure when they were arrested? I could go on and on about the Knights Templar, that’s why they’re so fascinating.

Fascinating indeed! Where in the world would you most likely to visit?

Short answer for this one: Venice! It’s on my bucket list. I find Venice so romantic and unique and wonderful. It looks like a movie set, but people actually live there and have for centuries. Absolutely love any and every thing about Venice and can’t wait to go there!

What aspect of writing makes you happiest? What frustrates you most about writing?

These are short answers, too. I’m happiest when the words are flowing so fast my fingers can’t keep up with them. In today’s digital world, the most frustrating aspect of writing is knowing what to do for promotion and/or social media. I always feel like I’m doing the wrong thing or not enough. But I know this interview is the right thing! And I want to thank you for an awesome list of author questions to choose from.

Thank YOU, Hebby! You are a terrific guest! Now please give us a look at your new release.

Happy to, Lyn. TEMPT FORTUNE comes out tomorrow, July 17th.




Desperate to escape an arranged marriage, Cuban beauty Angelina Herrera flees to Key West to start a new life and build her own business. But when her past catches up with her, she realizes the only way she can avoid the arranged marriage is to marry another … in name only.

Drawn to the fiercely independent Angelina, Cuban revolutionary, Alejandro Estava marries Angelina. Though outwardly he agrees to the platonic relationship because of his secret past, he cannot deny his powerful desire to possess her completely.

But tempestuous forces more powerful than the hurricane descending on their island home unleashes their mutual passion while threatening their yearning for a lifelong bond.

A desperate flight, arranged marriage, and secret past—can childhood sweethearts find love again?


The magistrate cleared his throat loudly and intoned the opening words of the ceremony. Angelina strained to listen, but his words didn’t register.

She felt strange, as if she were standing outside her body and looking on. She’d acquiesced to their marriage because it was better than returning to Cuba and facing what her father had planned. Alejandro had promised she could live her life as she saw fit, running her factory without his interference. He’d even promised to end the marriage when her father was convinced to leave her alone.

But somehow, all his reassurances rang hollow. She was more than aware of their attraction to each other. How could they possibly withstand temptation, living together as man and wife? And if they succumbed to temptation, there would be no easy annulment. Even if they weren’t married by the Church, if they shared a bed, they were married in the eyes of God. And what if a child came of their union?

The magistrate, attired in a worn frock coat and soiled linen, said something about taking this man and stared at her. Trying to focus, she was like a fish out of water, completely out of her element.

Alejandro squeezed her hand.

She lifted her head and gazed expectantly at the magistrate.

The man met her gaze and frowned. Impatience colored the tone of his voice when he repeated, “Will you, Angelina Ximenes, take this man for your lawfully wedded husband? For richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to honor and obey?”

The word “obey” stuck in her mind.

What had she gotten herself into?

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Monday Author Meetup: Paty Jager

This week, I’m very happy to welcome back award-winning, multi-genre author Paty Jager.

Paty Jager

About the author:
Award-winning author Paty Jager and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. On her road to publication she wrote freelance articles for two local newspapers and enjoyed her job with the County Extension service as a 4-H Program Assistant. Raising hay and cattle, riding horses, and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.

All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Her penchant for research takes her on side trips that eventually turn into yet another story.

Paty, please tell us about your writing schedule. What’s your best time of day to write? On average, how many hour a day do you write?

My favorite time of day to write is the morning. I like to get at the story while I’m fresh. When we’re not building a house (as we have been since August) I try to write three hours in the morning and two in the afternoon. With a lunch break to check emails and the evening to work on promotion/social networking.

Writing while building a house, that’s a tall order! Do you use scented candles, music, wine, chocolate, etc., to put you in the mood to write?

I like to use certain music for each book or series I write. I’m like Pavlov’s dogs. When I hear the music I listen to for a book or series, it draws me into the book and the characters faster than just sitting in silence. I prefer music without lyrics unless it is in a language I don’t understand. For the Spirit books I listened to Native American music, for my Action Adventure books, I listen to music from the country where the story is set. Right now while writing mysteries, I listen to jazz because that is my main protagonist’s favorite music.

Are you self-published? If so, what made you choose this route?

I am what is called a hybrid author. I started with a small romance press and then went out on my own as a self-published author. I still have some work with the small press but I am predominately self-publishing. I chose this route once I felt I’d learned what I needed to know about writing, editing, and publishing a book. I would not have self-pubbed straight out of the gate. I believe being with a publisher first is invaluable to an author. It teaches you ways to look at your writing you can’t if the only critical eye is your own and a couple of critique partners. It also taught me the stages it takes to make a story a book. I answered the second part of the question like a politician, didn’t I. 😉 The main reasons I chose to self-publish was for more control over covers, release dates, and pricing.

A politician? Naw, let’s just say diplomatic. How do you develop your plots and your characters?

For each stand-alone book and each series my plots and characters are developed different. Some books or series come to me as characters first- as with Isabella Mumphrey in the action adventure series. Some come to me from something I’ve heard or seen. Perfectly Good Nanny was the product of hearing about a child ordering items online with their parents’ credit cards and the parents not knowing until the packages arrived. Others, I have an idea for plot- such as the first mystery book, Double Duplicity. It was something my brother told me about a piece of art several years ago. The information kept spinning in my head until I came up with the perfect murder to include the piece of art and then I needed a protagonist who was an artist and to keep with my tagline: ​Tales of intrigue and romance starring cowboys and Indians I made my female sleuth part Native American. MAYAN MOON 1 (200x300)

Oooh, I like that tagline! How and where do you research for your books?

Research! My favorite part of writing! If I can go the setting of my books I prefer that. When I can’t as with the action adventure books, Secrets of a Mayan Moon, set in Guatemala and Secrets of an Aztec Temple, set in Mexico City, I had to rely on others who had visited the areas, people who lived in the areas (I made friends with a Guatemalan Blogger) and using YouTube videos. For historical books I like to read the newspapers of the areas at the time of my books, visit museums, historical societies, and books.

I love research too!For A Sisters Love FINAL Have you ever written a book together with another author?

Yes, I have written a book with another author. Lauri Robinson contacted me several years ago and asked if I’d be interested in writing a sister book with her. She pitched her idea and we met online in chats several times to nail down our “sisters” their backgrounds, and how they were separated as children. The book then told each sister’s story as a grown up trying to find the other sister. They both found love interests in their adventures and we had a great time writing, For a Sister’s Love.


Lucky you, working with another talented author! How do you unwind and relax when not writing?

Unwind? What is that? We have 280 acres with 60 in alfalfa. Now that we no longer have cattle to tend to, I do have more free time. When I’m not writing, cleaning house, building a house, or helping my hubby with outside chores, I like to ride my horse and go for walks on our hills.

Those sound like lovely ways to relax. What aspect of writing makes you happiest? What frustrates you most about writing?

The aspect of writing that makes me the happiest is the first draft. When I can sit down and let the story pour forth without worrying about punctuation, good grammar, and if the names are too closely related. What frustrates me is having to do so much promotion to get readers to see my books and perhaps pick one up to check out.

I so agree, promotion is draining on both time and energy. What project(s) are you working on now?

I have the first book of my Shandra Higheagle mystery series, Double Duplicity released. The second book, Tarnished Remains will be available February 10th. The third book is being written now and will be out in March. After that I have a third book in my Halsey Homecoming, historical western romance trilogy to get written and published. In 2015 I have a huge list of books to get written and out to readers.

Now let’s take a look at Paty’s newest release:

Double Duplicity

Double Duplicity

Book Blurb:

On the eve of the biggest art event at Huckleberry Mountain Resort, potter Shandra Higheagle finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. She’s ruled out as a suspect, but now it’s up to her to prove the friend she witnessed fleeing the scene was just as innocent. With help from her recently deceased Nez Perce grandmother, Shandra becomes more confused than ever but just as determined to discover the truth.

Detective Ryan Greer prides himself on solving crimes and refuses to ignore a single clue, including Shandra Higheagle’s visions. While Shandra is hesitant to trust her dreams, Ryan believes in them and believes in her.

Can the pair uncover enough clues for Ryan to make an arrest before one of them becomes the next victim?


“I’m sorry this is bad timing for you, but you’re the only witness I have so far. I need your statement before I escort the body to the coroner.” He leaned against the door jamb.

“Paula called when I was about twenty minutes from here.”

“What time was that?”

“About one-thirty or one-forty. I’m not sure. I didn’t really pay much attention.” She hadn’t even looked at the time when she answered the call; she just knew the road well enough to know how long it would take.

“Where were you coming from?” His head remained bent as he scribbled in his notebook.

“My grandmother’s funeral in Nespelem, Washington.”

His face tipped up, and his eyes softened. “I’m sorry for your loss.”

“Thank you.” She stared into his dark eyes. He’d suffered a similar loss. It was in the look and the softening of his expression.

He dropped his gaze to the notepad in his hand. “So you arrived here at two or a little after?”

She shrugged. “I guess so. I didn’t look at the time, just parked, crossed the street, and walked in the door. I thought it odd Paula didn’t meet me since she had requested my visit. I called out, didn’t hear anything, and worked my way through the gallery back here to the office. I saw the light on and called out again.” She squeezed her eyes shut to push the sight of Paula from her mind. “She didn’t answer, so I pushed the door open, and saw her.”

“Did you enter the room?”

Shandra thought back. “No. I backed out and pulled my phone out of my purse to call nine-one-one. I punched in the nine and heard the sirens. This town rarely has anything happen that warrants a siren. I figured someone already called this in and headed to the front of the gallery. That’s when Roscoe P. Coltrane jumped through the doorway with his gun pointed at me and handcuffed me without getting my side of the story.”

“So you’re a Dukes of Hazard fan.” Detective Greer smiled at her. “I’m thinking it was his first call of this nature since putting on the suit. Don’t hold his overachieving attitude against him.” The levity of the moment passed when he glanced up and speared her with a dark brown gaze. “Did you see anyone else in the vicinity when you arrived?”

A flash of Naomi crossing the street caused her to drop her gaze. She couldn’t implicate her friend without questioning her first. “I didn’t see anything out of the ordinary.”

Detective Greer took a step closer to her. She’d have to tilt her head back to look him in the eye. She preferred to stare at the black snaps of his western cut shirt.

“I asked if you saw anyone in the vicinity. Who did you see on this block or the next?”

His calm tone and deep voice, only made her feel worse about withholding information.

“There were some tourists, I guess, on the sidewalks. Anyway, they weren’t people I know.”

He placed a finger under her chin, raising her face to look up at him. “I don’t know who you’re covering for, but I’ll find out.”

Looking into his confident dark eyes, she didn’t doubt he would, but she’d talk with Naomi before he figured it out.

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Monday Author Meetup: Shirleen Davies

This week I’m thrilled to welcome versatile, multi-published author Shirleen Davies.

Shirleen Davies

About the author: Shirleen Davies writes romance—historical, contemporary, and romantic suspense. She grew up in Southern California, attended Oregon State University, and has degrees from San Diego State University and the University of Maryland. During the day she provides consulting services to small and mid-sized businesses. But her real passion is writing emotionally charged stories of flawed people who find redemption through love and acceptance. She now lives with her husband in a beautiful town in northern Arizona.

Shirleen, please describe your favorite place to write.

I write in three places, depending on my mood and what’s happening with my family. My favorite spot is in my dining room where I have a beautiful view of the local mountains as well as the ranges north of my home.

Are you self-published? If so, what made you choose this route?

I’m an Indie publisher. It may sound odd, but I never considered going the traditional publishing route. Maybe because I like to control my work, but also because I wanted to have complete rights to my stories. If an author is traditional, the rights to the work pass to the publisher for a period of time and this concept never resonated with me. Keeping my rights allows me the ability to come up with my own story ideas, work with my cover designers, editors, and marketing experts, plus set prices that I believe are more fair to readers. Publishing houses set higher prices to readers, yet give the author less of the income than an indie author is able to receive with lower retail prices.

How do you develop your plots and your characters?

The characters and plots come to me in various ways. Perhaps a take-off on a TV show or movie, or an interaction I witness between people. The fun begins once I have the basic storyline as I’m able to develop characters I believe will be of the most interest to readers. Adding hobbies, quirks, habits, can add to some characters, but detract from others, so I’m careful on how I use these elements. Deciding a location for a new series takes research and time. A beach location provides different elements and possibilities than a series located in the mountains or desert. The truth is, I find all of this fun and inspiring. The problem is, I come up with many more ideas than I’ll ever be able to write!

Does your significant other and/or family support your writing career?

My family and close circle of friends are amazing. My husband is my biggest fan and supporter. He’s my first beta reader for all my books, then goes through each one twice before I review—prior to going to my editor and proofreaders. My friends won’t even let me give them books. They buy them and read every one. I rarely bring up what I do, but without exception, my friends open discussions about my writing and constantly ask when the next book will be out. I’m very blessed.

Are your books professionally edited?

Yes, from the first book I wrote I’ve used professional editors. Some are better with my historicals and others with my contemporaries, but all have a ton of experience and have been recommended. I also use final proofreaders for each book. I can’t imagine not using professionals to help polish the book and catch any grammatical errors I miss. It’s important to note that even with all of this, my readers sometimes spot an error. I encourage readers to email me if they spot something wrong so I can take care of it.

Who designs your book covers?

It’s a collaborative effort. Right now I use two professional designers—one for my contemporaries and one for my historicals. We work together to select images, fonts, and final layout.

Do you play any sports? What about hobbies?

I used to play softball and love to watch football, baseball, and lacrosse. As far as hobbies, my husband and I dance at least once a week. I also enjoy clay target shooting, fishing, traveling, riding my new red scooter, and of course, reading.

Do you hear from your readers? If so, please quote your favorite fan letter.

I do hear from readers on a regular basis. I always respond as I’m so thrilled they’ve taken their time to send me a message. Here is one I received not long ago.

August 12th of this year I downloaded book one of the “The MacLarens of Fire Mountain series.” I instantly fell in love with the story. I have just finished book 6 in the series after becoming addicted to the story-line. I love the way you introduced new characters for future books as well. I look forward to the “The MacLarens of Boundary Mountain.” I can’t help but wonder if there is a budding romance in the future for the Aunt and Mr. Jericho. No one ever ages too much to fall in love again.

The mysteries as well as the love story part kept my captivated. Love scenes without too much detail so ones imagination can fill in the rest. Great job.

Just wanted you to know you have a fan and I will recommend your books to others.

What project(s) are you working on now?

I just finished final edits for book two in my newest historical western series, Redemption Mountain. Wildfire Creek will release in late January

I’m also in the final editing phases for book five of my contemporary romance series, MacLarens of Fire Mountain Contemporary. Always Love You will release in February.

The newest projects are a return to the MacLarens historicals with a new series, Boundary Mountain, and a new contemporary novella series, Kerrigans of Peregrine Bay. Each series will begin releasing in 2015.

Do you have a favorite quote? Please share it.

“Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to conviction of honor and good sense.”

Winston Churchill

Now here are two of Shirleen’s terrific books. I love these gorgeous covers!

Redemption's Edge   All Your Nights


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Monday Author Meetup: Spotlight on Kirsten Lynn

Today I’m happy to welcome western romance author and historian Kirsten Lynn.


About the author:  Kirsten Lynn writes stories based on the people and history of the West, more specifically those who live and love in Wyoming and Montana. Using her MA in Naval History, Kirsten, weaves her love of the West and the military together in many of her stories, merging these two halves of her heart. When she’s not roping, riding and rabble-rousing with the cowboys and cowgirls who reside in her endless imagination, Kirsten works as a professional historian.

Now here’s a taste of Kirsten’s Christmas romance.

Christmas Stroll


Book Blurb:

After his wife’s betrayal and years on the Western Front in Europe, Will Connor has lost his faith in humanity and has no use for love. He’s content in his bitterness. That is, until the holiday season brings him face to face with little Meggie Barrow. Meghan isn’t so little anymore, but she still looks at him like he lassoed the moon and set it in place. But what can a broken man who has lost his soul offer a beautiful young woman with more heart than anyone he’s ever met?

Meghan Barrow has loved William Connor since she was ten years old. She’s endured years of watching him marry a woman who didn’t love him, and more years of worrying about him when he leaves Wyoming to fight another country’s war. Now that the handsome cowboy is back, Meghan is determined to fill Will’s life with joy, and prove he’s all the man she needs.

With the help of friends and a Christmas stroll, these hearts might learn to walk through life together.


Pa, Pa!

Will raced toward his son’s cries, the pounding of his horse’s hooves rumbled like boulders bringing down part of the mountains. His blood roared through his brain until his eyes burned and narrowed in on a lake in the distance. A black shadow burst through the frozen surface holding a smaller shadow. The distant forms bobbed then disappeared as though sucked below by an underground twister.

Without even a “whoa”, Will jumped from his mount, his feet clawing for purchase on the frozen earth even as he forced them forward.

“Benjamin! Pa! Benjamin!”

Neither his father nor son appeared above the ice. Will released his wool coat from his arms, tossing it aside and dived in…

Will jack-knifed up in bed, his body frozen with terror and his heart ripped open with an old pain. He’d give anything to have a flashback of the battlefields of the Western Front compared to this ever-occurring nightmare. Always just a minute away…and a minute too late.

The hinge of his bedroom door squeaked, turning his gaze to an unknown intruder. The warm orange glow transformed into a woman bringing her to life in the flickering flame.

“What the—” The icy nightmare cleared, and with it, his mind. “Bluebell, get the hell out!” He fisted the bed sheet around his lower half, never more aware of how many clothes she was wearing and that he happened to be bare-assed as a newborn.

“I heard you scream.”

“And you’re gonna hear me bellow the house down. Get the hell out!”

Instead of heeding his warning, she took a step farther into the room. “Can I help you with anything? Do you need your cane?”

“Dammit, woman! I don’t need anything, but you out of my bedroom. For the sweet love of God! Get. The. Hell. Out!”

“I’m sorry. I’ll be downstairs.” The vision stepped one small booted foot back, and then the other, until Bluebell and the light drifted away, leaving him alone in the cold dark.

Will dug his fingers through his hair and swung his legs over the bed. What was the girl thinking coming into his room before dawn even broke the sky? He’d been so lost in his nightmare he hadn’t even heard her come into the house. Leaning on the bedpost for support Will pushed off, then folded back down in stunned silence. Meghan Barrow was in his house.

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Monday Author Meetup: Kirsten Osbourne

My special guest today is best-selling author Kirsten Osbourne. I had the pleasure of meeting Kirsten at a recent authors retreat and I can tell you she is a very dedicated writer as well as a fun lady. She also co-hosts the Pioneer Hearts group on Facebook, popular with readers and authors. As a change of pace today, I’m skipping the usual interview and headlining Kirsten’s new book. If you like this streamlined format, please let me know.

Kirsten Osbourne

About the author: Kirsten Osbourne hails from the state of Wisconsin, but has lived in Texas for almost thirty years. She is a mother, a writer, and a wife. Married to the love of her life for fifteen years, she knows that true love exists and wants to share her vision of love with the world. Writing is something she has always loved and plans on doing for a long time into the future. As Kirsten Osbourne, she writes contemporary romance as well as historical. As Morganna Mayfair, she ventures into the realm of paranormal romance. She invites you to join her in her world of fantasy and make believe where there is always a happily ever after at the end.

Welcome Kirsten! I’m delighted to spotlight your latest release: Violet

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Violet (Suitors of Seattle Book 7) – Kindle edition by Kirsten Osbourne. Romance Kindle eBooks @


At the age of twenty, Violet Sullivan is on her way to having everything she’s ever wanted. Her first art show was a success, and despite a slight altercation with the gallery owner, she knows that she is going to go places. A husband and children aren’t on her horizon. She can’t have a career and a family, can she?

The only thing Jonas Smith can concentrate on is justice. His sister and brother-in-law have been murdered, and he won’t be able to rest until he sees their killer brought to justice. He only wishes he could stop thinking about Violet Sullivan. Will the two of them be able to see past their differences to find the passion lurking inside? Will they find love before it’s too late?


The woman that entered the room left them both speechless.  Her hair was pure white, and she couldn’t have been a day under seventy.  She practically bounced into the room and sat down beside Violet.  “I’m here to apply for the job of traveling companion.”

Violet looked at the other woman and immediately noticed the twinkle in her eyes behind her huge spectacles.  “Why do you want to be a traveling companion, Miss Blue?”

“Oh, honey, you can call me Edna.  I’m old.  I think you can see that if you have eyes in your head, and you do appear to have eyes.  I’m old, and I’ve been making hats for fifty years.  Do you know what it’s like to do the same thing day in and day out for fifty years?  Of course you don’t.  You’re young.”  She reached into the pocket of her dress and took out a silver flask, taking a deep swig of whatever was in it before tucking it back into her pocket.  “Well, now that I’m old, I realize that I haven’t done some of the things I put on my list when I was a girl.”  She turned to Violet.  “Do you have a list?  All of my friends and I, when we were very young, made lists of what we wanted to do before we died.  I wanted to marry, and I almost did, but poor Harry died before we had a chance to reach that pinnacle of love that’s expressed in a physical way.”  She shook her head.  “Anyway, on my list was to ride on a train and to see New York City.”  She looked over at Jonas.  “So will you have me?”

Jonas blinked a few times, not sure he’d caught exactly what she was talking about, and what on earth was in her flask?  “Do you like children?”

“Of course I like children.  What kind of question is that?”  She looked at Violet.  “Are you with child?  Is that why we’re going to New York? I’ll either help you take care of it, or we’ll find a nice family who will adopt it.  Either way, my lips will be sworn to secrecy about your bastard child!”

Violet bit her lip to control her urge to giggle.  “I’m not having a bastard child, Miss Blue…I mean Edna, but I thank you for being willing to protect my reputation.  I’d love to have you go with me.”  Suddenly she could see herself sitting beside this woman on a train bound for New York.  She would be laughing the entire time.

Jonas stared at the woman for a moment.  “The child is my nephew.  He’s three, and he’ll be traveling with us.  While we’re there, I need to pack up my sister’s house and decide what to keep and what to donate.  She died a few months ago.”

“Oh, Mr. Smith!  I’m so sorry for your loss.  I’ll be happy to help with your sister’s child too.  He’s not a bastard, is he?”  She peered at Jonas expectantly as she waited for his answer.

“No, he’s not a bastard.  Does that matter?”

“Oh no, sir.  I love bastard children just as much as the regular legitimate tots.  More probably.  They need more love, don’t you think?”

Jonas didn’t feel at all qualified to answer her question about whether bastard children needed more love, and he still wanted to know what was in her flask.  “What’s in the flask, Miss Blue?”

She pulled the container out of her pocket again and took another swig after unscrewing the lid.  “Oh this?  This is my cough tonic.”  She put it back in her pocket and looked at Jonas expectantly.

“Cough tonic?  I haven’t heard you cough even once.”

“See?  My tonic works!  Would you like some?”  She pulled it out of her pocket to offer him a drink.

Jonas held one hand up to refuse the tonic, but couldn’t help but notice that Violet was giggling uncontrollably.  Why…Violet was turning violet she was laughing so hard.  “No, thank you.”  He looked between the two women, wondering if Edna Blue was really the kind of woman they needed on their trip.  After a moment he shrugged.  “If you’ll excuse us for a moment, I’ll let you know our decision.”

Jonas turned to Violet wishing that Edna had closed the door behind her.  “Do you think that Edna would be a good companion for you?”

Violet grinned.  “Oh yes.  She will keep me entertained when nothing else possibly could.  Please, may we take her with us?”  Now that she’d met Edna, she wanted no one else to go on their trip with them.  Edna was the only choice as far as she was concerned.

Jonas sighed heavily.  “Do I have a choice?”

“No, I don’t believe you do.”  She was thrilled to have the option of taking the sweet old woman who was just a bit off her rocker with her.  “I love her, Mr. Smith!”

Jonas shook his head.  “I can see you do.  All right.  And please, call me Jonas.  We’re going to be spending a great deal of time together.  There’s no need to continue to be so formal.”

“All right, Jonas.  I think Edna is the perfect solution to our dilemma.”

Jonas decided to hold his tongue over the kind of solution he thought Edna was.  “Miss Blue?” he called out loudly.

Edna popped back into the room, her frizzy white hair bobbing wildly.  “Yes?”

“We’d like you to go to New York with us, if you’re willing to accept the job.”  Jonas knew as soon as he said the words they were a mistake.  He felt a huge sense of foreboding, but it was too late.  He’d made the offer, and he was a man of his word.

Jonas shook his head, wondering what he’d gotten himself into.  Edna was definitely not the type of woman he’d wanted to take with him to New York.  She was going to be a handful.  There was no doubt about it.

Edna smiled radiantly at Violet, her face lighting up at the girl’s words.  “I won’t let you do anything you oughtn’t do.  I promise! When do we leave?  I need to pack my things!”

“We’ll leave one week from today.  I’ll send word after I buy the tickets about what time we’ll need to go.”

Edna nodded.  “That will be wonderful.  I will see you then.”  She rushed from the room mumbling about all the things that she needed to do to be ready for the big adventure.

Jonas watched her go and leaned back in his chair.  “Did that really just happen?  Is that crazy woman going to New York with us?”

Monday couldn’t come soon enough.

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