Need Romance?

LOOKING FOR A HAPPILY EVER AFTER?

How about a bunch of them?

The Tough Love Series is about men and women working in tough careers who sometimes need a little help finding their happily ever after.

Naked Truth – An FBI agent goes undercover as an exotic dancer (think Magic Mike) to catch a killer, while embarking on an affair with a gun-shy nurse. The trouble really heats up when his case puts her life in danger.

Undercover Heat – Two FBI agents go undercover as husband and wife, and are unable to resist taking advantage of the physical aspects of their “fake” relationship.

Delicious Deception – Connor Rikeland is a chef without a restaurant, until he stumbles into Emily Kate Beaudreax’s Cajun restaurant. When he sweet talks his way into her bed, he incurs the wrath of her brother, Jack (the hero from Naked Truth). Yes, danger and hilarity ensue!

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If all three appeal to you, grab the boxed set for less than a buck!

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Delicious Deception is part of a collection of seven tasty reads – all having to do with cooking… And romance. Oh, and the entire boxed set is less than a buck!

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How about those Boys in Blue? Undercover Heat is part of a sexy box set that released in January 2016. And all those hot cop romances are less than a buck – total. Yeah, grab the handcuffs and get to reading!

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Naked Truth is part of a box set, too. Love in Disguise, five undercover romances, all guaranteed to curl your toes.

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Undercover Heat – Character Background – Release Day

It’s release day for Undercover Heat, the second in my Tough Love series. This series focuses on men and women in “tough” careers who sometimes need a little help finding (and believing in) happily ever after.

Undercover Heat_CoverIn Undercover Heat, two FBI agents are assigned to an undercover assignment, posing as husband and wife. Going in, neither has any expectations aside from solving the case. It doesn’t take long for those expectations to turn carnal, and soon they are fighting an ever-increasing attraction, in order to close their case.

In honor of the release of this steamy read, I got to sit down with a fellow reader and talk about the two main characters in this book, Kyra Sanders and Quinn Daniels. Below is the interview, which gives you a little history on Quinn and Kyra’s personalities.

Reader: Thank you, Tami, for visiting. And congratulations on the new release!

Me: Thank you! I’m super excited. I fell in love with Quinn and Kyra as I wrote their story, and I think I fell even more in love after my editor got ahold of them. There are two very powerful personalities in this book, which makes for good writing and (hopefully) even better reading.

Reader: Two powerful personalities, I like that. Okay, tell us about Quinn first.

Me: Besides the fact he’s super sexy (duh!), he’s a little bit of an anti-hero. Quinn’s parents had him young – straight out of high school, actually. When his mother realized she was pregnant, his father did the right thing and married her. Except it wasn’t really the right thing. Lawrence Daniels, you’ll learn in the book, is not exactly the best husband or father figure. In fact, he’s a career criminal who likes to beat up on his wife and verbally abuse his son every chance he gets.

Growing up in that environment, Quinn could have gone either way – follow in dear ole’ dad’s footsteps or rebel against everything he ever stood for. Lucky for us, he opted for choice number two. He worked his ass off and was accepted into the FBI. He’s one of their strongest agents, mostly because he views the world in black and white, or good and bad. There is no gray area for Quinn Daniels. If you break the law, you should be punished, period.

He has a lot of internal angst, though, as a result of his upbringing. He doesn’t have many friends, he avoids relationships at almost all costs, and when he isn’t on the job, he tends to hit the bottle pretty hard, so as to avoid dealing with his demons. Oh, and he volunteers weekly at a church located in his old neighborhood, because the priest there helped him out a lot when he was a kid. But he doesn’t tell anyone he does it, and he gets pretty ticked off when Kyra finds out.

Reader: Doesn’t sound like he’s exactly primed to find love.

Me (laughs): Not really. But it usually happens when you’re least expecting it, right?

Reader: True, true. All right, tell us about Kyra. What makes her special enough to butt heads with Quinn?

Me: Kyra comes from an unpolluted background. Her parents have been married – happily – for thirty-five years. They both have successful careers outside the home, and they have always encouraged Kyra to follow her dreams. A fascination with Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys (yeah, I know they were before her time, but they’re classics!) led to a love of Julie Garwood’s Buchanan-Renard series, which ultimately led Kyra down the path to FBI field agent.

Kyra was lucky enough to be assigned to the regional office in her hometown, Dallas. She threw herself into her work with gusto, and was eventually assigned to a huge Ponzi scheme case that could have been the pinnacle of her career. Meanwhile, she had struck up a relationship with a fellow agent, even though her director frowned upon interoffice affairs. But Kyra thought the relationship was serious, that they would eventually get married and have babies and live happily ever after – like her parents. Except Keith, her boyfriend at the time, cheated on her. To make it worse, he cheated with the perp Kyra was trying to nab. And his cheating ultimately allowed the perp to get away.

Eventually, Kyra gets reassigned to the Detroit office – where Quinn works – because she refuses to give up closing that particular case. In fact, it’s that case that leads she and Quinn to end up working undercover as husband and wife. Except by this point, Kyra has lost all faith in happily ever after, and Quinn, of course, never believed in it at all. So you can imagine the resistance when they start feeling an attraction to one another.

Reader: These two sound like an unlikely couple. And yet, hope springs eternal, right?

Me: My goal in all of my books is to figure out a way for the hero and heroine to find their happily ever after. With everything I put them through, they deserve it.

Reader: One more question, before I let you go to celebrate your release day. What’s your favorite scene in the book?

Me (gnawing on lower lip): What an impossibly hard question. My mind instantly hops to the final scene in the book, but that’s because I’m a sucker for happily ever after, and I adore Quinn and Kyra’s HEA. But I’d rather readers read the book before we discuss the ending. So let’s see…. This is really hard. Okay, the one I keep coming back to is when Quinn finds out Kyra has been hiding something about the case, and he confronts her, and she gets angry – at herself and him. She storms out of the room and heads down to the basement, where they’ve set up a home gym of sorts. The scene that follows was so fun to write… and so steamy to read. Just thinking about it now makes me want to fan myself. When Kyra and Quinn finally succumb, they certainly do it in style.

Reader: Wow. I know I’m curious! If you are too, I’d better give you a few buy links:

Crimson Romance: http://www.crimsonromance.com/contemporary-romance-novels/undercover-heat/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Undercover-Heat-Tough-Love-Tami-ebook/dp/B00R6TPT90

Google eBooks: https://books.google.com/books?id=smHhBQAAQBAJ&pg=PT1&lpg=PT1&dq=buy+undercover+heat+by+tami+lund&source=bl&ots=AjMsly9rqR&sig=cathISxD41Pj-F2DMd8DkB9SHCs&hl=en&sa=X&ei=-LC5VNuFENP8yQTJkoCQDQ&ved=0CEkQ6AEwBw

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/undercover-heat-tami-lund/1120945425?ean=9781440588914

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/undercover-heat-1

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-undercoverheat-1711668-152.html

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Thank you, dear readers, for stopping by today. If you have any questions, ask in the comments below, and I’ll give you an answer as quickly as I can. And don’t forget to charge that e-reader, so you can start Undercover Heat — today! 

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Meet Tanner Lyons from Into the Light

I figured since Dawning of Light, the second book in the Lightbearer series, is coming out tomorrow, I’d reblog this interview with Tanner, the hero from the first Lightbearer book, Into the Light.

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It’s a beautiful summer day, and I’ve managed to catch Tanner Lyons during a rare moment of downtime. And alone, as well, which is unusual for the shifter to whom other beings tend to migrate. We are sitting outside a local brewery (his choice, not mine; I would have chosen a winery), in a roped off area that allows us to watch the foot traffic in this small town, and still be able to enjoy the craft beers he seems to favor. Tanner has, not surprisingly, situated himself so that his back is to a solid brick wall, and he can still keep an eye on his surroundings. My first question is a blurted, “Are you looking for someone?”

 He arches one black brow and gives me a cool look. “Have you met my father?”

This interview is not starting on the right foot. I need to try to make up for my blunder. “Tell me about yourself,” I encourage.

“What do you want to know?”

Tanner, I know from the book, Into the Light, is not a man of many words. I suspect this will make the interview a bit of a challenge.

“What do you do for fun?” I ask.

“Fun?” he repeats with another eyebrow arch.

“Yeah, you know: movies, reading, going to the beach. Fun.”

“I have inherited a small pack of lightbearers with no fighting skills whatsoever, my practically invalid mother, and a female shifter with a young child and who is about to whelp her second any day now. Fun doesn’t exactly fit into the equation at the moment.”

I am at a loss for words now. If he isn’t willing to open up to me, I’ll have no material for my blog post. I don’t know what to do.

Abruptly, he softens. “I know you are only trying to do your job,” he admits as he leans back in his chair and takes a long drink from the dark beer he’s selected off the extensive menu. “I’ll tell you what. Let’s talk about Olivia.”

“Olivia? The lightbearer princess?”

“That’s the one,” he agrees, and I cannot help but notice his eyes are glowing faintly. I look around, wondering if any other humans in the vicinity have noticed.

“Humans only see what they want to see,” he says, accurately reading my thoughts.

“Oh. Right. So … tell me about Olivia.”

“She’s beautiful. Strangely delicate and yet impossibly strong all at the same time. She has been forced into a situation she doesn’t want, just because of who she was born to.”

“To whom she was born,” I automatically correct him. Stupid grammar Nazi author.

“Whatever.”

I clear my throat. “So what does that have to do with you? I mean, what’s your relationship?”

“She was captured by my father. He meant to kill her. I rescued her and now have to return her to her coterie.”

“What’s a coterie?”

“It’s this place where all the lightbearers live. It’s protected by a bunch of magical wards. Few lightbearers ever leave those protective wards, and as a result, most shifters assume they’ve gone extinct.”

“Except your father.”

“Yes.”

He clearly does not enjoy discussing the topic of his father, but I press anyway. “Why did he believe they were still alive, when everyone else didn’t?”

Tanner leans forward, those still faintly glowing eyes watching me with an intensity that is utterly unnerving. I want to look away. Actually, I want to run away, but it’s like he’s holding me prisoner, without even touching me.

“Shifters are a highly obsessive group of beings,” he explains in his low, gravely voice. “When we latch onto something – such as an idea or a person – we do not easily let go, if ever.”

“Such as Olivia?” I dare to ask.

“Are you implying something?” he growls.

I shrink away from him. “It’s just that every time you talk about her, your voice softens and your eyes glow and …”

He takes another drink of his beer, shifts his gaze away from me. “She is … special,” he states, almost grudgingly.

“Are you two …?”

“It’s complicated.”

“Relationships usually are.”

“We do not have a relationship. At least …”

“What?” I prod, anticipation thrumming through my system. Is he about to divulge something no one else knows?

He lifts the pint glass, drains the contents and places it back on the table. And then he stands, his gaze sweeping over the groups of humans wandering about the quaint little downtown area. “We’re done here,” he says, and then he is gone. I don’t even know in which direction he went.

And I have no idea how this interview veered so far off course.

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Haven’t yet read Tanner’s story? Want to? Click HERE. (It’s on sale for 50% off right now!!)

Tami Lund Headshot 2014I’ve written multiple self-published books as well as published books through Crimson Romance (Crimson Romance/Naked Truth) and Liquid Silver Books (Liquid Silver Books/Into the Light and Liquid Silver Books/Love Gumbo). The second in the Lightbearer series, Dawning of Light, will be available as of tomorrow! You can pre-order here.

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My goal is to live, love, and laugh, and I want the characters in my books to do the same. After they’ve overcome a few seemingly insurmountable obstacles first, of course.

I also love to be stalked on social media. My website is: http://tamilund.com and I can be found on nearly every social media outlet. Just type “Tami Lund Author.” I’m probably there.

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Mark Virtue from Tyburn Gets Sassy with the Interviewer

Authors are many things, or maybe it is that we wear many hats. Whatever the appropriate verbiage, this author loves to blog. I especially love to feature other authors on my blog, because I am also a reader, and I personally love to fall in love with new books. I am also one of those readers who believes in the recommendations of her friends. If someone I respect (or at least shares my same reading interests) suggests a book or a new author, I will usually rush right over to Goodreads to add them to my To Be Read List.

Unfortunately (or fortunately?), that list seems to be forever growing. Sometimes it’s hard to choose which book to read next. Well, after reading this interview, I can tell you without a doubt that I know which book is next on my TBR list. Mark Virtue is sassy, flirty, and utterly charming. I want more. I cannot wait to read this book. Keep reading this post. I’m sure, by the end, you’ll agree.

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I am sitting in the back corner of the Rose and Crown staring into the blackest cup of coffee I have ever seen. It smells like burnt popcorn and it’s so thick you could stand a spoon in it. Starbucks, this is not. Feeling adventurous, I take a cautious sip.

This coffee is more than Turkish; it tastes like mud, ashes, soot, and a little bit like burnt sugar. Really burnt. So burnt that it has become one with the cast-iron pot that burned it. If I drink the whole cup, I will be able to see through time.

I look up when I hear the laughter start.

The laughter is coming from a man standing just beyond my table. From the dimple in his scruffy cheek, I can tell that he’s trying not to laugh harder. He sets two mugs of beer on the table and takes the stool opposite.

I accept one gratefully. “How did you know?”

“Good guess,” he replies with a half-smile that can only be described as disarming.

This has to be Mark. I fight the urge to fix my hair.

Nick Virtue’s older brother is the Master carpenter in these parts. Going on his physique alone, I could have guessed. Well, either that, or he bench-presses baby elephants. For all the women staring at him right now, he’s not exactly handsome. His skin’s a little darker, a bit weathered for a man his age. His dark blonde hair needs a wash, and he hasn’t shaved in a good week. His nose has been broken a few times, but the flattened bridge is strangely charming. He has a look of mischief about him that is intriguing, to say the least.

Before he even finishes his beer, a stunning, curvy blonde sets a second one in front of him and shoots me an icy glare before returning to the bar.

Mark: That’s Bel. She’s one of the Henshawe sisters. (He lowers his voice and wiggles the fingers on his right hand) There are five of them.

Jess: You’re very popular with women. What’s your secret?

Mark: Would you like me to show you?

Jess: (chokes on beer, changes subject) Name your favorite place to seduce someone.

Mark: Anywhere there’s a bed. Or chair. Or floor. Or wall. Once I did it in a cockpit. Not just a clever name, hey? (laughs) Filthy, that was.

Jess: Describe your ideal woman.

Mark: What’s ideal got to do with it? I’m not one to choose favorites. All woman are lovely in different ways, and I like to show my appreciation as often and inventively as possible.

Jess: There are some people who think you fancy Sally. What do you have to say about that?

Mark: Sally is a treat. When Nick told me he fancied a… er, well, an actress, I pictured someone like Nell Gwyn: a shrill-voiced little orange seller with her tits out. Sally was completely unexpected. Gorgeous, yeah, but with this great air of tragedy about her. She’s had a rough past, but she doesn’t talk about that. She wants to help everybody, and has this need to feed people. She can’t help it. I’m not complaining, mind, but she needs to laugh more. So does Nick. They’re perfect for each other, but neither one of them’s figured it out yet. See? Perfect for each other. Kind to a fault, but very stupid.

Jess: No chance of you stealing her away, then?

Mark: And break my brother’s heart? Never. Nick’s a good sort, and he’s never really a had a sweetheart or anything. He takes everything so seriously. At any rate, me and Sally understand each other. One whore always recognizes another…

Jess: What do you mean by that?

Mark: (shrugs) I think you know.

Jess: I hear you’ve been looking for an actress of your own. What’s the story there?

Mark: Not just any actress. My actress. I met her down at the Three Compasses awhile back and I’ve been down to Drury Lane every night this week trying to find her again. Strange thing is, nobody knows her. Do you know where she is?

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So what’s this Tyburn book about, anyway? 

Sally Green is about to die.

She sees Death in the streets. She can taste it in her gin. She can feel it in the very walls of the ramshackle brothel where she is kept to satisfy the perversions of the wealthy. She had come to London as a runaway in search of her Cavalier father. Instead, she found Wrath, a sadistic nobleman determined to use her to fulfill a sinister ambition. As the last of her friends are murdered one by one, survival hinges on escape.

Nick Virtue is a tutor with a secret. By night he operates as a highwayman, relieving nobles of their riches to further his brother’s criminal enterprise. It’s a difficult balance at the best of times, and any day that doesn’t end in a noose is a good one. Saving Sally means risking his reputation, and may end up costing him his life.

As a brutal attack throws them together, Sally finds she has been given a second chance. She is torn between the tutor and the highwayman, but she knows she can have neither. Love is an unwanted complication while Wrath haunts the streets. Nick holds the key to Wrath’s identity, and Sally will risk everything to bring him to justice.

Unless the gallows take her first.

Want it? As of December 8th, you can buy it here:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tyburn-Southwark-Saga-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00PQV6H9Q/ref=asap_B00PVDV9EW_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417043784&sr=1-1

Liquid Silver: http://www.lsbooks.com

Who is this author anyway?

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Jessica Cale is a historical romance author and journalist based in North Carolina. Originally from Minnesota, she lived in Wales for several years where she earned a BA in History and an MFA in Creative Writing while climbing castles and photographing mines for history magazines. She kidnapped (“married”) her very own British prince (close enough) and is enjoying her happily ever after with him in a place where no one understands his accent. You can visit her at www.authorjessicacale.com.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorjessicacale

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaCale @JessicaCale

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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Jessica-Cale/e/B00PVDV9EW/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9819997.Jessica_Cale

That’s all folks. Tyburn is available for sale as of December 8th. Pick up your copy today! I know I will….

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Unwrapping Love… For Your Reading Pleasure

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It’s release day. Unwrapping Love, an anthology of 21 holiday-themed short stories, is officially available for purchase, via ebook or legit paperback. Your choice. If you were one of the lucky ones who pre-ordered it, the book is on your kindle right now, waiting for you to power up and get down to the business of reading. If you haven’t purchased it yet, you can do so here. If you want to join the Release Day Party, you can do so here. Free stuff, author takeover, and hot guy pics galore.

Not enough incentive? Okay, let me tell you about my contribution to this amazing anthology. It’s called The Perfect Christmas. Why that title? Well, initially, it’s a tongue-in-cheek title. Anna, the heroine, has, generally speaking, a pretty shitty life. Nothing goes right for her, largely because her older sister is so damn perfect, and Anna just can’t compete. So she learned long ago not to bother.

The Perfect Christmas begins just a few day before Christmas, with Anna’s sister, Jessica, more or less bullying her into babysitting, so that she and her husband can go out – separately, of course. Because that’s what they do.

Anna doesn’t really mind, though, because she utterly adores her two year old niece, and bonus when her brother-in-law’s plans get cancelled, and he ends up staying home and hanging with her and Cora. Oh, did I mention that Anna has a big fat crush on her brother-in-law?

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Once Cora is asleep, things happen, and then more things happen, and… well, I’ll let you read it for yourself.

What you can’t read anywhere else is what happened last Christmas. That particular Christmas is alluded to in the beginning of The Perfect Christmas, so I thought, instead of leaving it to your imagination, I’d actually let you know what happened… Last Christmas. So here it is, the prelude to The Perfect Christmas, one year previous….

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Anna hated Christmas. Mostly because of the gift-giving and the spending-time-with-family. Which, really, pretty much summed up the holiday. She didn’t even like her family, yet she felt obligated to purchase gifts and force grimace-like smiles when they opened said gifts and pretended to like them.

Usually, she plucked something from the shelves of the pharmacy where she worked. That way, she didn’t have to actually put much effort into it, and when they returned the gifts, it was a painless process, since everyone in her store knew her family. They’d come to expect her mother, shortly after New Year’s, after the crowds thinned, gift receipt and unopened package in hand. She always exchanged it for the same thing, too: vitamins or face cream on which the packaging swore it would make one look ten years younger. Her sister, Jessica, always demanded the cash, and then would scowl at the bills, presumably insulted that Anna had spent so little on her. Her dad was the only one who didn’t make an appearance, but that’s because her mom took care of that responsibility.

Jesse and Cora were the exception. She actually put forth the effort for their gifts. Anna admitted — if only to herself — that she loved to wander the aisles of Toys R’ Us, seeking the perfect gift for her perfect niece.

And then there was Jesse. She didn’t know him well, but she liked him better than anyone else in her family. Cora had been born two years ago this coming spring, and he and Jessica had gotten married pretty much the moment they figured out Jessica was pregnant. She’d met Jesse a few days before the wedding, and they’d not said two words to each other. Instead, she and Jessica had exchanged insults, which, frankly, wasn’t different from any other day of the week.

She’d known him for two years, and she genuinely liked Jesse. if she was perfectly honest with herself, she would admit that it was more than a simple like. But Anna was used to dealing with denial, so she rarely went there, even in her own mind.

Still, she wanted to buy him a gift he would appreciate, something sincere, something that said, You are important to me.

And it was exactly that theory that made the search for his gift so damn hard. Everything was too little or too much. Too personal or not enough. Too … telling of her feelings, feelings she wasn’t even ready to admit to herself, let alone the recipient.

In the end, it was Christmas Eve and she hadn’t yet found whatever the hell she had been looking for, and in an act of utter frustration, she’d snagged a hat from the very place she worked, the exact place she had no intention of buying a gift from. It wasn’t even in the seasonal section. Someone had obviously picked it up, walked around the store and then changed their mind. When she’d grabbed it, it had been stuffed on top of a shampoo bottle; clearly in the wrong place. Feeling desperate, Anna had lifted it off the bottle and strode to the check out register, using her discount and paying cash. She’d forgotten to ask for a gift receipt, but who really cared? She’d been working at this store for years. She’d probably die here, since they had a lousy retirement plan.

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Jesse unwrapped the black and gray knit cap. “Cool. Thanks, Anna.” He pulled the cap out of the bag, tugged off the tag and stuffed it onto his head. “You bought me a black hat to go with my brown jacket.”

Shit. She hadn’t even thought of that. The color scheme hadn’t even occurred to her. Clearly, she was nothing like her sister. “Sorry,” she mumbled, feeling unaccountably embarrassed. “I can exchange it.”

While her sister and mother made degrading comments about her taste in head attire, Jesse smiled so brightly he could have lit the room without the help of the tree and lamp, and said, “No, it’s fine. Really. I love it.”

Was she imagining the inflection on the word love? Probably. Undoubtedly. Jesse had Jessica, and she was as perfect as it was possible for a human being to be. Anna could dream all she wanted, but the reality was, she would never be good enough for someone like her brother-in-law.

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Intrigued? The Perfect Christmas is part of the Unwrapping Love anthology. It’s available now, exclusively through Amazon. You can download, or buy the real deal, and they’ll ship you a book.

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In the meantime, if you have any questions about the anthology, or the Writing Wenches, ask in the comments below. Otherwise, happy reading!

PS – Stay tuned, because in a few weeks, probably shortly before Christmas, I’ll post the epilogue to The Perfect Christmas, here on my blog. The epilogue was actually supposed to be included in the story, but for one reason or another, my editor and I both decided to nix it. Well, not nix it entirely, just cut it from the anthology. Luckily, I saved the copy to my computer, and I’ll be able to share it with you all, right here. But first, I figure I’ll give you a chance to read the story. THEN you can head back over here to read my super-adorable epilogue.

And in the meantime, how about a contest? There’s a big prize involved. By big, I mean BIG. Check it out here. Good luck. and ’til next time … Read On!

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What Happens On The Eve of Love?

I just can’t get enough of the characters from the various books in the Unwrapping Love holiday anthology. Today’s post features another one, and it’s a special treat because this one is … a fellow writer! I’m interviewing Marcus Bunch, a science fiction writer from Seattle, Washington. Marcus has a starring role in Patricia D. Eddy’s new holiday short story, On the Eve of Love.

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Tami’s Thoughts: “Hello, Marcus. Thanks for joining us today.”

Marcus Bunch: “Thanks, Tami. It’s kind of strange to be here, though. No one’s really been interested in interviewing me before.”

TT: “I find that hard to believe. You’re a successful author, are you not?”

MB: “I’m a full-time author. I suppose that’s a lot of people’s definition of success. I don’t know that I’ll ever consider myself successful. I think it’s the curse of being an author. You never feel like you’re good enough.”

TT: “But you’ve had some success, yes?”

MB: “My latest book, If Only, has been very successful. In more ways than one.”

Marcus blushes and rubs the back of his neck. He gives a small, private smile.

TT: “Is something amusing?”

MB: “Well, I didn’t intend for this to happen, but that book really spoke to someone. I wrote it when I was in a lot of pain. I didn’t think my mom was going to beat cancer. I was scared, unsure of everything, and writing was the only way I could express those emotions.”

TT: “And that spoke to a fan?”

MB: “Well, yeah. This doctor I met recently—Gwen—she said it helped her make some decisions about her life. Decisions that…well…benefited both of us.”

TT: “Oh, do tell!”

MB: “Well, she didn’t believe in romance. True, epic romance. I believe her exact words were, ‘All those alpha men who sweep the women off their feet and carry them to the bed? All tattoos and abs and kisses that leave you weak in the knees? That doesn’t happen in real life.’ I had to show her that it does happen.”

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TT: “Oh my.”

Marcus puffs out his chest. “Okay, so I’m not your typical alpha man. I mean, I sit on my couch and write for a living. Science fiction, no less. But every woman deserves to feel special and be kissed so thoroughly that they can’t see straight when you’re done. And Gwen gave me the confidence in myself to try.”

Unfortunately, before I could goad Marcus into spilling more detail, Gwen sent a text, and he shot out of his seat so quickly, I barely had a chance to say, “Wait,” before he was gone. So I guess we’ll have to read Unwrapping Love to figure out what he meant by that comment. Well, you will. I already have. Trust me, it’s worth the read. Especially at less than five bucks for the ebook version.

Tempted? You can read more about Marcus and Gwen’s Christmas romance in Unwrapping Love, a Writing Wenches Anthology. Available for preorder now! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00P72UUGK

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 Now, let’s give the author a little love…

Patricia D. Eddy can’t stop writing. Not that she’s tried. Her characters won’t let her.

Patricia Eddy_Head ShotShe fuels her writing with copious amounts of caffeine–she lives in Seattle, after all–and rewards herself with good Scotch and red wine.

In between writing, editing, and mentoring other authors, she runs around lakes, reads late into the night, and is terribly addicted to Doctor Who and Sherlock. She has a thing for quirky British men and isn’t ashamed to admit it.

Her quirky-but-not-British husband never gives her grief for working long hours or occasionally talking to herself when she has disagreements with her characters, for which she is very thankful.

Want more? Stalk Patricia at pdeddy.com and facebook.com/pdeddy.author.

If you still want more of Marcus, Gwen, and Patricia, the release party for Unwrapping Love happens over on Facebook on December first. Free stuff, author takeovers, pictures of hot guys… All that and more. Join here. The Writing Wenches are looking forward to partying with you!

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So You Work For A Book Publisher…

I had the pleasure of interviewing Terri Schaefer from Liquid Silver Books, and today I’m sharing our chat with you all. Terri wears many hats, but the one(s) we are going to talk about today are her roles with LSB. I think both readers and writers will find a little something interesting in this interview. So kick back, relax, and enjoy the read….

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Tami’s Thoughts: So you work for a book publisher. That sounds glamorous. Is it?

Terri Schaefer: It can be!  I love reading new submissions, especially the ones that just grab me :). Sometimes, not so glamorous, especially when it comes to rejecting someone :(. And obviously, as a publisher that’s been around a bit, we get a bunch of submissions.

TT: Tell us about Liquid Silver Books.

TS: LSB is one of the longest-running e-houses still in existence. We’re getting ready to celebrate our 15th anniversary (under our parent org, Atlantic Bridge Publishing). We only publish romance, so there needs to be a romantic arc, and characters that grab us. We pay quarterly, but give sales updates monthly, so if our authors are working targeted promotions, we can see what works and what doesn’t.

TT: What is your role at LSB?

TS: I’m the acquisitions and editorial director.

TT: As an aside, here’s the definition of each aspect of Terri’s title (from work.chron.com):

Acquisitions editors are responsible for acquiring and developing content that publishers can market profitably. They review unsolicited manuscripts from authors to evaluate the commercial potential of the proposal, or they approach authors to take on projects that the organization wishes to publish. As part of the process, acquisition editors build relationships with authors, authors’ agents and other content producers so that they can identify sources for future projects.

The editorial director is an executive who works with other executives and senior management to plan the overarching vision that encompasses all of the company’s publications. This includes the short-term and long-term goals for the parent company and the individual publications, websites and divisions, as well as the coverage, target audience and tone for each. The editorial director conveys this information to the editors of each publication, site or division. In some cases the editorial director may be the editor of some of the publications.

(And if that sounds like a lot of work – keep reading. This isn’t Terri’s only job!)

TT: Do you read every single submission, from cover to cover?

TS: Alas, no. I read the first chapter, and determine if it’s even a romance (you’d be AMAZED at the number of submissions we get that aren’t romances, or even readable). If it IS a romance, then yes, either myself or one of our readers go through it cover to cover.

TT: How far into a manuscript do you get, generally, before you know it’s a keeper… or not?

TS: If we make it past the first chapter, then I usually will know *after* the third chapter. Honestly, that’s the old-school RWA chick in me… when contests were the “thing,” you honed, refined, and then honed your first three over and over and over again. And then sometimes it fell apart in chapter four. So I often wait to see how we’re going after that.

TT: If it’s not a keeper, do you send form letter rejections?

TS: We don’t. We send form letter rejections for things that aren’t a romance or are obviously not ready for prime time. Everything else gets a personal note that explains why it didn’t fit with our customer base.

TT: How long do you think is too long, for a publisher to decide to keep or reject an author’s work?

TS: We tend to work on a 7-10 day turnaround for house authors, and try for 14ish days for non-house folks. Obviously that is a VERY ambitious turn time :). We meet it a majority of the time, but sometimes life occurs—LOL. That is all a VERY long lead in to my answer, which would be—I see absolutely NO reason for a house to go longer than 30 days with either in/out of house authors. This is my personal opinion only, but given the ever-increasing transparency and tech speed available to everyone, going longer than that might be acceptable to a publisher, but it’s not to the authors that fuel the industry.

TT: As one of those authors, I have to say, I applaud your answer. And as one of YOUR authors, I can testify that LSB’s turnaround time is really quite impressive. Okay, back to the interview. Do you have one crazy/funny story you can share?

TS: Fun for me is when we connect with an author who then becomes one of our long-term house authors. Sorry, I’m kinda unglamorous that way :).

TT: Not unglamorous at all. Everyone needs friends and connections. Especially those who share the same interests. Speaking of friends, do you ever read just for fun?

TS: Oh yeah! I LOVE a whole bunch of indie authors, and have a few standard NY authors on my auto buy list. I find that helps me be objective as I read our subs. This may be over-sharing, but I treasure my tub time where I enjoy a glass of wine and some non-submission reading :).

TT: Not over-sharing. And I highly doubt you are the only reader who enjoys the company of a good book while lounging in the tub. Or a glass of wine, for that matter. Okay, so tell us, what’s your favorite non-reading/editing activity?

TS: I love gardening and finding new ways to improve our 105 year old Colonial. 

TT: A woman after my own heart… when I find the time, that is! Here’s another question: why did you choose to work for LSB?

TS: I’ve actually been with LSB since their inception. I was one of their inaugural authors (I also write…yeah, I’m an overachiever :)), and then Linda (our owner) asked me to come on as an editor, and then editorial director. I did that until 2011, and took a break to write and take care of family biz, then came back into the fold. I love reading subs and editing, so even if I were to take a “I wanna write” break in the future, I’d still be doing those things, just on a limited scale. I just love this company that much.

TT: I’m impressed. I think it is awesome when someone loves what they do that much. Do you have any advice for wannabe writers?

TS: Find yourself a critique partner who you trust, and who really scrutinizes your work. Constructive criticism is one of the greatest gifts you’ll ever get.

TT: Excellent advice. Anything you’d advise a writer not do? Anything they definitely should do to help become successful?

TS: While self-pubbing is becoming an increasingly viable option for authors, please, please, please, pay for an editing/proofing service before you put your name on something. It’s one thing for me to read submissions from authors who are in the developing stages…that’s to be expected in a publishing house. But if you’re putting your work out there direct to the reader, it needs to be tight and as close to perfect as it can get, otherwise you risk turning off readers forever.

TT: Again with the excellent advice! Thank you, Terri, for taking the time to chat with me today. This was an informative interview. One last thing before we go – ask a question of our readers. They can respond in the comments below.

TS: As authors, what’s your greatest wish from a publisher? As readers, what’s the one thing you think is most lacking in the e-publishing industry?

TT: Well, that’s it, folks. Although, that was a lot of information to digest. If you’re curious about Liquid Silver Books, this is their website. Readers can buy books directly from the website (including a few of mine!), and if you’re an author interested in submitting your work, all the info you need is right here (just be sure to heed Terri’s advice before submitting!).

Thank you, fair readers, for joining us today. Check back again soon. During the month of November, I’ll be blogging a lot more frequently, as I showcase several of the authors (we call ourselves the Writing Wenches) who are featured in the Unwrapping Love anthology, which comes out on December 1. You can pre-order it for a ridiculous price here. If you want to join our Facebook release party, click here. Our parties consist of lots of author takeovers, a bunch of freebies, and a guaranteed cache of hot guy pics. The Writing Wenches know how to throw a party.

We’ll see you there!

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Home Is Where The Hunk Is – My #Review

Today, I’m blogging about fellow author Nancy Fraser, and her latest release, Home Is Where The Hunk Is, which came out in October. I’m not gonna lie; this is one of those books that defines the concept of judging a book by its cover. Seriously, it’s gorgeous. Tell me you don’t agree:
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Here’s the book blurb:

When globe-trotting photographer Allison Cain comes home to her family ranch in Montana it’s to get to know her nephew and to make amends with the widowed brother-in-law she’s left alone to raise his young son.

Evan Carver could never deny his late wife’s younger sister anything, despite the fact she’s been conspicuously absent over the past three years since her sister’s death. Now she’s home again on what she’s called an extended vacation. Evan’s first concern is for his son, Cody, and how his aunt’s visit will affect the five year old when she decides to return to her high profile career.

Allison has no intention of going back to work. In addition to getting to know Cody, she needs to confess her biggest secret to Evan. How do you tell the man you’ve always loved that you’re not just his son’s aunt, but also his mother?

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I had the pleasure of recently reading this book, and I figured I’d share my review with you all.

Home is Where the Hunk Is is a story about inadvertent deceptions and secret loves, with a ranch in Montana as a backdrop. It isn’t quite a western, but there are a lot of elements that would appeal to those who enjoy reading western romance. The author does a wonderful job of describing ranch life, of making the reader feel as though we are there, on the ranch, with Ali, Evan, and Cody.

Ali and Evan have known one another forever, as their parents’ ranches butted up against one another. Ali has harbored a crush on Evan since she hit puberty, and was forced to watch from the sidelines while he courted and eventually married her older sister, Elaine. When Elaine approached her about being a surrogate mother to their child, Ali thought she was doing the right thing by agreeing. She didn’t find out Evan didn’t want her to be the surrogate until it was too late. Now, Ali is back home, on the ranch she has always loved, and is determined to do right by her son, and his father.

Cody is the adorable outcome of Ali’s decision to become Evan and Elaine’s surrogate. He is such a charming child, the reader will not be able to help falling in love with him – or his wonderfully mischievous puppy, Riley.

Evan is Cody’s father, Ali’s brother-in-law, and the object of her desires. His wife died of cancer, and he’s just trying to raise his son and take care of the combined ranches. And trying to keep his hands off his sister-in-law, because he figures she’s only in town for a short while, and then she’ll leave again and possibly leave him with a  broken heart. He doesn’t know she’s Cody’s biological mother, or that she intends to stay forever – if he’ll let her. While I am not necessarily a fan of men who expect men and women to hold to traditional roles in their relationships, I know there are many, many readers out there who would swoon at the idea of a man who is determined to take care of everything. Those readers will love Evan, and will wish they could take him home to take care of a few chores around their house.

I give Home Is Where The Hunk Is four stars. It’s an easy, enjoyable read, and to be perfectly honest, it made me want to take a vacation out to Montana, to find that secret swimming hole with the waterfall, where it all began for Ali and Evan.

Are you interested in checking it out for yourself? Home Is Where The Hunk Is just released in October. It’s available on Amazon.

Are you interested in learning more about the author? Here’s Nancy’s bio:

Like most authors, Nancy Fraser began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet, which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.

When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five beautiful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people. She invites you to visit her website (www.nancyfraser.ca) and follow her on Twitter (@nfraserauthor). Or, more importantly, just enjoy what she writes.

Nancy also blogs, and is on Facebook and Goodreads:

Blog: http://nancyfraser.ca/wordpress/

Facebook: http://facebook.com/nancyfraserauthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7206382.Nancy_Fraser

Thank you, Nancy, for the enjoyable read and the happily ever after. And thank you, readers, for taking the time to read my opinion on Nancy’s book. Be sure to check back next week. There’s always a new post, at least once per week. Until then, happy reading!

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COVER REVEAL – Gorgeous New Historical Romance

Triumph and Treasure

Book I in the Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series

 

A disillusioned Scottish gentlewoman.

Angelina Ellsworth once believed in love—before she discovered her husband of mere hours was a slave-trader and already married. To avoid the scandal and disgrace, she escapes to her aunt and uncle’s, the Duke and Duchess of Waterford. When Angelina learns she is with child, she vows she’ll never trust a man again.

A privileged English lord.

Flynn, Earl of Luxmoore, led an enchanted life until his father committed suicide after losing everything to Waterford in a wager. Stripped of all but his title, Flynn is thrust into the role of marquis as well as provider for his disabled sister and invalid mother. Unable to pay his father’s astronomical gambling loss, Flynn must choose between social or financial ruin.

When the duke suggests he’ll forgive the debt if Flynn marries his niece, Flynn accepts the duke’s proposal. Reluctant to wed a stranger, but willing to do anything to protect her babe and escape the clutches of the madman who still pursues her, Angelina agrees to the union. Can Flynn and Angelina find happiness and love in a marriage neither wanted, or is the chasm between them insurmountable?

Sound enticing? I figured. Let me make it even more irresistible. Check out this spectacular cover:

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 Triumph and Treasure will be released SOON! In the meantime, let’s learn a little something about the author:

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Award winning, Amazon best-selling author, Collette Cameron, has a BS in Liberal Studies and a Master’s in Teaching. Author of the Castle Brides Series and Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series, Collette writes Regency and Scottish historicals and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and five mini dachshunds. Mother to three and a self-proclaimed Cadbury Chocolate chocoholic, Collette loves a good joke, inspirational quotes, flowers, trivia, and all things shabby chic. You’ll always find dogs, birds, quirky—sometimes naughty—humor, and a dash of inspiration in her novels. Her motto for life? You can’t have too much chocolate, too many hugs, or too many flowers. She’s thinking about adding shoes to that list.

 

 

Want to connect with Collette?

 Website: http://collettecameron.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/collettecameronauthor

Blue Rose Romance Blog: http://blueroseromance.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/collette_author

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7047979.Collette_Cameron

Newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/regencyrose

You can connect with her on LinkedIn and Google+ too.

Just head to her website for the links.

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Thank you, Collette, for allowing me to share the cover of your new book with my blog readers. It’s a gorgeous cover, and sounds like a fabulous story. I can’t wait for it to be released so I can read it! ~ Tami

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