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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Set in Tampa, Florida

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!

I’d love for you to follow me on Facebook and Twitter, and here on my website of course. You can find all of my books on my Amazon author page. 


Guest Author Charlene Raddon

Today, I am happy to have Char-portrait-2009smer3_thumb.jpg Charlene Raddon as my guest. Char is a good friend and – drum roll please – fellow author of THE POSSE Western romance Anthology, now available for pre-order on Amazon.  US  UK  CA  AU

About the author:

Charlene Raddon is an award-winning author of historical romance novels set in the American West. Originally published by Kensington, she is now an Indie author. Her first book, Tender Touch, was a Golden Heart Finalist, and another of her works, Forever Mine, received a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award Nomination. Recently she received a Pioneer Award from Romantic Times Book Club for her years in the business. Charlene is also a graphics book cover artist and created the cover for The Posse.

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Lyn, thank you for hosting me today. Like you, I’m thrilled to have a story in The Posse, with so many great western authors. Unlike the other stories, mine is more of a coming of age story than a romance. It features Gavin McAllistaire, about to turn thirteen and torn between the world of the Shoshone where he was raised and the world of the whites where he now lives.

The Reckoning by Charlene Raddon:

Here is an excerpt:

Gavin snorted at that. “You had no right to hold her down like that and try to get under her skirts.”

“Hell, half-breed, she’s only a tart. Lots’a fellas been under her skirts.” Jason laughed as he danced around on the bank like a prize fighter.

“She told you no. I heard her.” Gavin slowly made his way out of the water onto the bank. His wet canvas trousers clung to his legs and weighted him down, but he didn’t care. If Jason wanted to go another round with him, fine with him. “A man doesn’t keep after a girl after she’s told him no, no matter who she is.”

The boy laughed. Not only was he three years older than Gavin, he also weighed more. A lot more. He threw a mock punch. Gavin didn’t blink.

“Oooh, gonna play the stoic Injun, eh?” Jason danced around him. “Fine by me. I’m looking forward to beating the crap outta you. Grab ‘em, boys.”

Before Gavin could prepare himself to fight, the other four kids jumped him. Snarling and grunting, he fought hard, kicking and trying to strike out. They had hold of his arms. Then Jason kicked his feet out from under him, and he went down, taking the other boys with him.

The next thing he knew, Jason was pounding stakes into the ground and tying his wrists and ankles to them so that he lay facedown and spread eagle on the ground. He clenched his fists, bucked and tried to kick. But couldn’t move enough to help.

“Now comes the fun part, Injun. We’re gonna see how tough you are.” Jason cut down a sapling and whipped through the air several times. Gavin flinched inside with each snap, though the lash never touched him. Otherwise, he lay still as death. They wanted him to cry, beg and wail. He would not give into them.

The first strike forced a whoosh out of him and set his skin on fire. He made no sound.


Charlene Raddon is an award-winning author of historical romance novels set in the American West. Originally published by Kensington, she is now an Indie author. Her first book, Tender Touch, was a Golden Heart Finalist, and another of her works, Forever Mine, received a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award Nomination. Recently she received a Pioneer Award from Romantic Times Book Club for her years in the business. Charlene is also a graphics book cover artist and created the cover for The Posse.

Purchase Charlene’s books here:  Amazon author page

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Why Enter Book Cover Contest

The COVER THE WORDS Cover Contest entry period ends @ midnight, Sept. 4. Voting begins at 12:01 a.m. eastern time Sept 5. If you have been waiting to submit you romance book covers, the time is now!

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You can enter any romance cover as long as the book is published and for sale now. There is no restriction on the date of publication. Your book can be brand new on the market or several years old.

Entrants do NOT have to be members of RWA. Your book(s) just need to fit one of the 4 categories:

Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense

Here are some possible benefits:

  • Your book covers will be viewed by supporters of other entrants. It’s an opportunity to pick up readers looking for authors new to them.
  • It’s a way to build market recognition in the romance genre.
  • Voting costs nothing, so all your followers can vote for you. Just spread the word to them! Anyone with an email address can vote.
  • Winners will be announced in Romance Writer Report, a monthly magazine received by thousands of romance authors and readers.
  • Winners will also be announced in The Petal Press, the Yellow Rose Newsletter, which is shared with other RWA chapters, another chance to build brand recognition.
  • Winners receive an electronic “Winner” badge. The badge can be used on the winner’s website or on an electronic cover (if independently published or with your publisher’s permission.)  A winning cover may convince readers to try your book.
  • This is an opportunity to remind your supporters to pick up your latest book OR older titles they may have missed.

Don’t wait. Enter Now!

HotDamn! Summer Reads Giveaway

Want to win an Amazon Kindle Fire and 17 ebooks? Enter the HotDamn! Summer Reads Giveaway, hosted by The Killion Group PR. You can even win a copy of my book RESCUING LARA!


The giveaway runs thru  June 30th but don’t wait. Enter now!

Participating Authors:

  • Jackson D’Lynne
  • Gina Danna
  • Juliette Cosway
  • Magda Alexander
  • Lyn Horner
  • Chloe Flowers
  • Sharon Hamilton
  • Susan Grant
  • Mary Karlik
  • Allie Harrison
  • Debra Jess
  • Bonnie Vanak
  • Kenzie Macallan
  • Julieann Dove
  • Suzie T. Roos
  • DB Michaels
  • Tess Rider

My Very First Pre-Order Experiment

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Yes! My friends and I are celebrating because Capturing Gabriel is now available for Pre-Order on Amazon! Capturing Gabriel (Romancing the Guardians, #3)

The pre-order period is a bit last minute, I fear. It took me a while to figure out how to proceed. Next time I’ll know what I’m doing. I hope!

I also worked up a catchier book description. (See Below) At least I think it’s catchy. Why don’t you give it a read and tell me what you think? Does it make you want to read Josie and Gabriel’s story?

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What’s a handsome Colombian psychic with super-hero-power to do with a spirited Navajo beauty who invades his territory? Why, kidnap her of course.

Chopper pilot Josie Tseda served in Afghanistan, extracting soldiers from deadly situations. She knows how to take care of herself. But when she vows to find Gabriel Valdez, a Guardian of Danu, and deliver him to a gathering of the Council of Guardians, she may have bitten off more than she can chew.

Locating Gabriel in the mountains of Colombia is hard enough. Josie didn’t count on ending up his prisoner – or on falling for him.

Gabriel is battling Colombian drug traffickers and seeking revenge against the man who murdered his mother. He’s not looking for romance and doesn’t trust the feisty American female who wants to fly him off to the U.S. The message she conveys directing him to return with her, supposedly coming from the High Guardian, may be a lie to ensnare him and steal the precious scroll he guards.

Yet, he can’t help wanting her. Will he allow her to capture his heart or will the secret power he wields ultimately drive her away?


Now, for only 99c go stuff your Christmas stocking with some romantic excitement! Capturing Gabriel (Romancing the Guardians, #3)

Cover Reveal: Capturing Gabriel

Finally! After months of unavoidable delay, Capturing Gabriel (Romancing the Guardians, Book Three) will be released on December 29, 2015. As with the first two books in this series, the cover was designed by Kim Killion of the Killion Group, Inc. And here it is!

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Chopper pilot Josie Tseda has vowed to find Gabriel Valdez, a Guardian of Danu, and bring him to meet with the other Guardians. Locating him in the mountains of Colombia and convincing him to fly back to the U.S. with her proves a challenge. As their mutual attraction heats up, will her mission stand between them?

Waging a battle against drug traffickers in his country, Gabriel also seeks revenge upon a man he hates. He’s not looking for romance and doesn’t trust the feisty American female who invades his life. The urgent message she brings, supposedly from the High Guardian, may be a lie intended to ensnare him. Yet, he can’t help wanting her. Will he allow her to capture his heart or will the secret power he wields ultimately drive her away?


Hours or maybe only minutes later, a hand roughly shook her shoulder, waking her. Then the hand groped her breast. She gasped and her eyes flew open. Above her in the darkness loomed a man’s crouched figure. Without having to think, she drove the heel of her left hand into his solar plexus and chopped him in the throat with the edge of her right hand, moves she’d learned in the Army. She rolled out of the way as he gagged and toppled sideways.

Not giving the intruder time to recover, Josie pulled her combat knife from her boot and scrambled from the open tent. She shot to her feet, glanced around and froze. A semicircle of men surrounded the campfire, facing her. Berto stood with his back turned, talking to a tall man with lean features, dressed in camouflage pants and shirt – like several of the others – and a floppy-brimmed camo hat.

Berto pivoted toward her. Surprise widened his eyes when he spotted the deadly knife in her hand. “Señorita!”

“Who are these men, Berto?” she demanded. Her gaze traveled over the motley bunch, returning to the tall man. He stood out from the rest, not only in height but with an indefinable air of authority. He was also handsome as sin.

“Señorita, I –” her guide began.

A growl of rage behind Josie alerted her. She whirled just as the man she’d temporarily put out of action burst from the tent and launched himself at her. She had no time to react. He knocked her flat, jolting her when she hit the hard ground. Landing on top of her, he knocked the wind out of her.

Somehow, she hung onto her knife. Although barely able to breathe, she jabbed the blade at the flabby underbelly of his bearded chin. The point pricked his skin, producing a thin trickle of blood that ran down his throat. He went still and watched her with fury in his black gaze.

“Get off me,” she panted, struggling for air.

He snarled between clenched teeth but didn’t move. His fetid breath made her want to gag. Then a low voice barked the same order in Spanish. The oaf on top of her shot a rebellious glance at whoever had spoken. With a hate-filled glare, he growled a refusal, twisted his head away and made a grab for her knife arm. She jerked it aside just in time.

Suddenly, another man crouched beside her. Thinking he meant to help subdue her, she whipped her blade across his chest and heard him gasp as it tore through his shirt, into his flesh. With lightning reflexes, he gripped her wrist and squeezed painfully, wrenching a sharp cry from her lips as the knife dropped from her paralyzed hand.

Staring at the man’s lean features and light, angrily slitted eyes, she recognized him as the one Berto had been speaking to when she burst from her tent. She expected him to strike back at her for wounding him but instead, he shoved the other man off her, issuing a harsh reprimand in the same low, resonant voice her attacker had refused to obey moments before. She realized he must lead this band of thieves or rebels, or whatever they were.

An Author’s Crazy, Fun Life

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How long has it been since I posted about what’s going on with me? Too long. Why? Because my writing life went a little crazy a couple months ago. I was invited to contribute a novella to an upcoming western romance Christmas anthology to be called Silver Belles and Stetsons. Since all of the other contributors are bestselling and/or award-winning authors, how could I refuse? I couldn’t!


As a result, I stopped work on Capturing Gabriel, Romancing the Guardians #3, and began plotting a Christmas novella. There wasn’t a moment to lose!

The problem was I’d already arranged to attend the InD’Scribe Reader and Author Conference in Palm Springs, September 17-19. Afterward, my husband and I planned to spend a week driving up the California coast and in San Francisco. I was born in the City by the Bay but had no memory of the place because my folks moved us to Minnesota when I was not quite four years old. I wanted to see my birthplace.

Luckily, I wrote a thousand-word flash fiction piece titled A Texas Devlins Christmas a while back that could be expanded into a novella. It was first posted on author Alison Bruce’s website in 2013 as part of her Holiday Shorts series. Thanks, Alison!'s cover 2015

After more than one sleepless night spent writing and rewriting, I completed my story, The Perfect Gift (sub-titled A Texas Devlins Christmas.) I turned it in to the man who is formatting the anthology a few days before flying off to Palm Springs. What a relief! I could go and enjoy myself, meeting terrific authors and eager readers. It was a blast!

Then I and two author friends, Sharla Rae and Carra Copelin, headed over to Sharla’s place in southern California to brainstorm plot ideas and enjoy catching up with one another’s goings-on. We had a ball! After a couple wonderful days with my gal pals, hubby flew out to meet me and we wended our way up to San Francisco.

That was a trip never to be forgotten! Hills and valleys, crooked roads, gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean, giant redwood trees in Muir Woods and the wonderful San Francisco Zoo. All I can say is Wow!

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We returned home a week ago tonight, exhausted but happy. And I’ve been playing catch up on email, Facebook, twitter and other sites ever since. Oh yeah, and preparing for company next week. Writing has been on the back burner. Capturing Gabriel was supposed to be released in September. Obviously that didn’t happen. I now hope to finish it by late November.

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Meanwhile, Silver Belles and Stetsons will be released on November 2nd. It’s on pre-order now on Amazon. And guess what: it’s just 99 cents! That’s a savings of more than 75% if the books were purchased separately.
Now meet the authors of 10 western romance novellas featuring cowboys from the past and the women who loved them.

The Greatest Gift: A Montana Cowboy Christmas by Kathleen Ball. Amazon Bestselling and Award- Wining Author. Looking for the man who ran out on her, Ginger finds a cowboy worthy of love but he doesn’t want or need love.

Catherine’s Cowboy by Cait Braxton, Amazon Bestselling and Award-Winning Author. During a supernatural dust storm, Fate steps in when rugged army tracker Elam helps Catherine deliver her child.

Stone Mountain Christmas by Caroline Clemmons, Amazon Bestselling and Award-
Winning Author. Can Celia restore the town’s Christmas spirit? “A beautifully written
story about love and hope and all the emotions Christmas brings out in people.” Karren Lucas

Angel and the Texan from County Cork by Carra Copelin. Amazon Bestselling and Award-Winning Author. Does Angel trust marriage to the man she suspects of killing her husband or the stranger who promises to pay off her debt and set her free if she decides their marriage of convenience won’t work?

The Drifter’s Proposal by Kristin Holt, Amazon Bestselling Author.

The Perfect Gift by Lyn Horner, Award-winning author. Friendship has blossomed into young love, but it seems destined to die on the vine…until an unexpected Christmas gift promises happiness.

Marshal Mistletoe by Susan Horsnell. She married the wrong man. Will fate intervene?

Christmas Redemption by Paty Jager, Amazon Bestselling and Award-Winning Author. Can two battered hearts find solace or will the past continue to haunt their lives? “A story of forgiveness that has a wonderful hero who has worked hard to redeem himself.”

A Hard Candy Christmas by Hebby Roman, Amazon Bestselling Author. Two damaged souls. Can their budding love and the healing power of Christmas bring them together?

Christmas Cowboy by Margaret Tanner. Will a miracle Christmas baby unite two tortured souls, or will it forever keep them apart?

I hope you will stop by the anthology launch party on October 21st. Stay tuned for news and excerpts.