Wednesday, May 23, 2018

I Can't Wait for Summer Giveaway!


Summer doesn’t officially begin until June 21, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get a head start on it with a romance reads giveaway! You could win a 6-month gift subscription to Kindle Unlimited, a Kindle Fire 7, Amazon gift card, or one of three ebook prize packs.

(Sponsored by the 35 authors listed below)

Alina K. Field • Ann Everett • Anne McClane • April Fire • Ashlee Price • Bethany-Kris • Carrie Pulkinen • Debbie White • Denise Jaden • Donna R. Mercer • Isabella Thorne • Jacqui Nelson • Jana Richards • Jeanne St. James • Jo-Ann Carson • Joanne Dannon • Kat Stiles • Kelli McCracken • Kristy Tate • LA Kirk • Marlow Kelly • Michele Barrow-Belisle • MV Ellis • Quinn • RM Alexander • Rose Pearson • S.L. Sterling • Sahara Roberts • Soraya Naomi • Stephanie Queen • Sydney Aaliyah Michelle • Victoria Saccenti • Weston Parker • Willow Rose • Aileen Harkwood

Our event includes a book fair with 17 FREE ebook downloads available during the event, a store full of Kindle Unlimited romances, and even a bonus giveaway!

Monday, May 21, 2018

LIES AND SOLACE - #Free May 21 and 22!

I'm using the last of my free days at Kindle Unlimited. LIES AND SOLACE is free May 21 and 22, 2018!

Series Blurb:
Love is worth the risk…

When their grandfather dies, the Lindquist sisters, Harper, Scarlet and Maggie, inherit the northern Minnesota fishing lodge that had been in their family for three generations. The inheritance is bittersweet. They were raised at the lodge by their grandparents. The natural beauty of the place hasn’t changed, but the building itself is crumbling and desperately in need of repair. The lodge also reminds them of what they lost. Twenty-two years previously, their parents died there in what was ruled a murder/suicide.

 As the sisters struggle to breathe new life into the failing lodge, old fears and questions rise to the surface even as new love presents itself. Why did their father murder their mother? What truths did their grandparents keep from them? The sisters must fight to keep the wounds of the past from putting their futures, and their fledgling relationships, in jeopardy. 

Blurb for Lies and Solace:
She can’t live with one more lie. He can’t tell the truth.

Harper Lindquist is convinced she’s found the answer to her financial prayers. Unless she pours cash into crumbling Solace Lake Lodge, she’ll lose her family’s legacy. Her would-be savior arrives in the middle of a Minnesota blizzard and she’s determined to prove to her reluctant, and trapped, financier the lodge is a sound investment. But Harper isn’t completely honest with him. And she has no idea the lake is hiding secrets of its own.

Ethan James is a liar, but his money is very real. He isn’t convinced a broken-down inn is a smart investment opportunity. But the more he understands Harper’s dreams and desires, the more he wants to be the man to make them come true. The trauma in both their pasts means neither can fully trust the other. They must find the courage to love, to trust, and to accept, or yesterday’s sorrows will keep them apart.

Download your FREE ecopy of LIES AND SOLACE at Amazon!



“I should have told you, I know. But the longer I hesitated, the harder it was to tell the truth. I never had a conscious plan to deceive you.”

“I can understand that you’ve had bad experiences in the past, and I can even understand why you made up your Ethan James persona when you first came here. But to carry the lie so far, to the point where we slept together and you still didn’t tell me, I can’t forgive that. If you’d confided in me, I would have kept your secret. I wouldn’t have told anyone about the money, not even my sisters. But you didn’t trust me.” 

She brushed past him and climbed the stairs. Ethan followed her. “Harper, wait. Let’s talk some more.”

“There’s nothing to talk about. I needed honesty from you, but you couldn’t give that to me.” She fumbled with her keys before finding the right one and inserting it in the lock. “If you were dishonest in our personal relationship, how can I trust you in our business relationship? When the renovations are finished, I’m going to recommend to my sisters that we sell. You can buy it, or someone else can. I don’t care.”

He grasped her shoulders and turned her to face him. “You don’t mean that! I know what this place means to you. Your great-grandfather built it. Your family has lived here for three generations. You can’t walk away.”

“I finally realized this place is simply a pile of logs, nothing more.”

Shocked by her words, he let her go and staggered back a step. “You would sell this place just so you don’t have to see me or deal with me anymore?”

He saw uncertainty flicker in her eyes, but she didn’t waver. “Yes. I have to.”

She opened the door of the cottage and stepped inside, closing it firmly behind her. For a few minutes, Ethan stood immobile, too shocked to move. She really hated him that much. 

No amount of explanation was ever going to make Harper feel the way she once did.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Say Happy #MothersDay with Books from Kris Bock and Sharon Eboch

To celebrate Mother's Day, Kris Bock is here to celebrate the bond she and her mother Sharon Eboch share - a love of writing. And both are having sales this Mother's Day weekend. Here's Kris Bock to tell us about their writing and their sale. Welcome Kris!

A Mother and Daughter say Happy #MothersDay with a free #mystery and a 99-cent #romance

Mother's Day is a time to think about all the ways you treasure your mother. What do you have in common with your mother? Physical features, interests, ethics? I’m lucky to have a mother who is creative, a world traveler, and a bit of a rebel. It’s possible I inherited some or all of those traits from her.

We are also both writers. I came to writing early, with my parents’ support – I’ve been a professional working writer for twenty years. Mom wrote an occasional article, along with business documents and a PhD thesis, before turning to fiction after she retired. As a fan of mysteries, she decided to write her own. She set it in Juneau, Alaska, where we lived while I was in high school. (I’m not featured in the book, but our former dog Bandit is.)

Today we both live in the Southwest – she’s in Arizona and I’m in New Mexico. I write romantic suspense novels set in this region, including my Southwest Treasure Hunters books. These are action-packed adventures with a touch of humor, featuring quests for treasure – whether long-lost, recently hidden, or in human form.

To celebrate this Mother’s Day, I have a romantic suspense novel available for free, while Mom’s cozy mystery is on sale for $.99.

The Dead Man’s Treasure by Kris Bock is FREE May 10-14.

“The Dead Man’s Treasure is fast-paced and a perfect read for the weekend. I highly recommend this one.”

Rebecca Westin is shocked to learn the grandfather she never knew has left her a bona fide buried treasure – but only if she can decipher a complex series of clues leading to it. The hunt would be challenging enough without interference from her half-siblings, who are determined to find the treasure first and keep it for themselves.

Good thing Rebecca has recruited some help. Sam is determined to show Rebecca that a desert adventure can be sexy and fun. But there’s a treacherous wildcard in the mix, a man willing to do anything to get that treasure – and revenge.

Action and romance combine in this lively Southwestern adventure, complete with riddles the reader is invited to solve to identify historical and cultural sites around New Mexico.

“I can’t say enough how much I loved this book! It has mystery, adventure, danger, romance, and above it all family remains a huge theme.”

The Dead Man’s Treasure is book 2 of the Southwest Treasure Hunters novels. Each book features a different hero and heroine, and stands alone with a happy ending. The first novel, The Mad Monk’s Treasure, is $.99 or free with Kindle Unlimited. The Mad Monk’s Treasure, “Smart romance with an ‘Indiana Jones’ feel,” has 4.7 out of 5 stars with 50 reviews

Murder on the West Glacier Trail by Sharon Eboch is on sale for 99 cents – a 67% discount! – from May 10-16!

“This is a fast-paced mystery that keeps you guessing. It has good locale and character descriptions.”

If Kate Foland had known how her bed and breakfast guest would change her life, she might have left her at the airport.

When Kate’s guest is shot to death while hiking in the Alaskan woods, Kate feels compelled to investigate. Sandra Allison seemed like a perfectly nice young woman. So who would want her dead?

Sandra’s archeology work often caused construction delays while Native artifacts were removed. Did a Juneau builder follow up a threat with a gunshot? Or was Kate the intended victim, since Sandra was wearing Kate’s coat and walking her dog? And why is the dog suddenly acting like a scaredy-cat?

“... a fun story with a great sense of local flavor.” 

“...hard to put down!”

“Knowledge of the Juneau area was evident, and at least a couple of the recipes included appear as must tries.”

About the Authors

Kris Bock and her mom Sharon Ebock in the 1970s
In case you’re wondering why we have similar but different last names, Kris Bock is my pen name for writing adult romantic adventures and mysteries. I write for children under the name Chris Eboch.

As Kris Bock, I write novels of adventure and romance involving outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes. Whispers in the Dark features archaeology and intrigue among ancient Southwest ruins. In Counterfeits, stolen Rembrandt paintings bring danger to a small New Mexico town. What We Found is a mystery with strong romantic elements about a young woman who finds a murder victim in the woods.

Each of the Southwest Treasure Hunters books stands alone in a series mixing action and adventure with romance. The Mad Monk’s Treasure follows the hunt for a long-lost treasure in the New Mexico desert. In The Dead Man’s Treasure, estranged relatives compete to reach a buried treasure by following a series of complex clues. In The Skeleton Canyon Treasure, sparks fly when reader favorites Camie and Tiger help a mysterious man track down his missing uncle.

Read excerpts at my Amazon page or website. Sign up for Kris Bock newsletter.

Kris and Sharon in 2016
Sharon Eboch lives in Tempe, Arizona, where she enjoys reading, quilting, and occasional social activism. Murder on the West Glacier Trail was inspired by her love of cozy mysteries and her years living in Juneau, Alaska, with her family and a dog named Bandit (featured in the book). Originally from Nebraska, she has also lived in Saudi Arabia, San Francisco, and the Seattle area. She has a PhD in Human Development and the Family, which she now mostly uses to attempt to understand her two adult children.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

#NewRelease from Kathryn Knight: DANGEROUS CURRENTS

Kathryn Knight is my guest today and she wants to tell you about her new book, DANGEROUS CURRENTS, which released on May 3, 2018. She calls it a contemporary romance with suspense elements. Here's Kathryn with a blurb and an excerpt. Take it away, Kathryn!


When a costly mistake ends Malorie Montgomery’s career, she returns to Cape Cod in search of a fresh start.  But her plans for a new—and quiet—life are quickly derailed when she makes a grisly discovery in the woods, and her screams bring the one person from her past she’d hoped to avoid.  Dean Slater, the ex-boyfriend who broke her heart in high school, now lives in the beachfront community that was supposed to be her haven…and he’s just as hot as he was six years ago.

With his rough background, Dean always knew he wasn’t good enough for the kind, intelligent beauty who claimed his heart, but somehow he’d believed their love was strong enough to survive anything—until the tragic night she turned her back on him when he needed her trust the most.
Despite their painful history, Dean can’t resist the instinct to protect her, especially when it becomes apparent there’s a killer in their town.

Their former chemistry soon reignites, but Malorie has long accepted that her dark family secret has destined her to a life alone.  And when she uncovers evidence that makes her the killer’s target, a deadly confrontation threatens to destroy any possibility of a second chance.

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Kathryn Knight spends a great deal of time in her fictional world, where mundane chores don’t exist and daily life involves steamy romance, dangerous secrets, and spooky suspense.  Her novels are award-winning #1 Amazon and Barnes & Noble Bestsellers and RomCon Reader-Rated picks.  When she’s not reading or writing, Kathryn spends her time catching up on those mundane chores, driving kids around, and teaching fitness classes.  She lives on beautiful Cape Cod with her husband, their two sons, and a number of rescued pets.  Please visit her at

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He took a step closer, eliminating the small distance between them.  “I wasn’t about to let him hurt you.”  He paused, his strained expression revealing an internal struggle.  Clenching his jaw, he closed his eyes for a moment.  When he opened them, their green depths flashed with something like defiance, and he cursed under his breath.  “The thing is,” he finally continued, his tone rough with barely harnessed emotion, “I still feel…protective of you.  I want to keep you safe.”

Her lungs stopped working.  Alarm bells jangled in a distant part of her mind as he leaned over her.  This was dangerous.  She was dangerous.  Swallowing past the knot in her throat, she forced the words out.  “You don’t need to feel that way.”

His hands gripped her shoulders, setting her skin on fire.  He lowered his head, bringing his lips inches from hers.  “I don’t think I can control it.”

She couldn’t move.  She simply didn’t have the willpower—or the desire—to stop this from happening.  Every cell in her body was clamoring with need for him; it was a force of its own.  All coherent thought fled as the moment stretched out in an agonizing slide toward the inevitable.

Friday, May 4, 2018

#Free Book from Adriana Kraft: DETOUR AHEAD

I love horse racing. I am definitely going to be watching the Kentucky Derby tomorrow. And I'm definitely going to download a free ecopy of DETOUR AHEAD from Adriana Kraft. DETOUR AHEAD, book 4 in the Riders Up series is free on Amazon until May 7. Adriana tells us about how the idea for the book was born.

Fiction? Reality? A trip to California’s San Diego foothills and a #FREE download

Did we take this trip to write a book? Well, maybe. Mostly we wanted to escape the cold, windy, snowy, gray, all-too-short mid-January days in Minnesota’s north woods, where we then lived.

Southern California beckoned, and we found a time share we could trade for, not very far north of San Diego, in the foothills outside Ramona.

It was a brief taste of heaven. Warm, sunny, inviting, a horse stable and marvelous riding trails – and we had the place practically to ourselves. We never did figure out why such an upscale property in its beautiful setting wasn’t filled to the gills in mid January.

But Mr. Kraft, among other things, is a criminologist, and it took no time at all for a sinister plot to emerge: Maybe the property was being used to launder money; maybe someone wanted the resort to fail; maybe someone wanted to pick it up for a song and turn it into tract houses. What would they target?

We biked, went on trail rides (led by the easy-to-look at wrangler who ran the stables, and yes, even when married, it’s okay to look!), and explored the region. On one of our forays into the surrounding country we found a back road with a sign pointing to our resort town, so we took it – and Traci Steele’s detour was born. On her way to the (fictitious) resort where her friend Cassie has booked her for a month of badly needed R&R, she’s forced to take a detour in the pouring rain down a twisting mountain back road.

Traci Steele may be the most damaged of the heroines in our four-book horse racing suspense series, Riders Up. If she was a real person, she could say “Me, too” – except she’s never told anyone, not even her best friend, Cassie.

To celebrate this weekend’s 144th running of the Kentucky Derby, Detour Ahead will be FREE at Amazon today through Monday, May 7!

Detour Ahead (Riders Up Book Four)
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Each book in this series may be read as a Stand-Alone


Threatened race horses, city slicker attorney, sexy California wrangler—what can possibly go wrong?

Hot-shot Chicago prosecuting attorney Traci Steele works tirelessly keeping rapists off the street to prevent other women from suffering the hell she’s endured, so she resists her friends’ insistence that she take a two-month R&R in their California Live Oak condo—until they persuade her to help their rancher friend as a private investigator. 

Though he runs the stables at Live Oak, well-muscled mustached wrangler Scott McCord much prefers working with the race horses he trains at his ranch, and he can’t believe his old friends have sent a greenhorn female to help him with horse troubles.

The improbable dance between this mismatched pair barely fits in around the escalating suspense of whoever’s after Scott’s horses. Traci is as tenacious in her sleuthing as she is terrified about her inability to ever love a man. Can Scott succeed in gentling her - like he does his horses - before she flees in panic? 


Traci Steele peered through the rain-splattered windshield of her rental car trying to focus on the taillights ahead. She’d climbed the foothills east of San Diego for nearly an hour. Abruptly, the traffic slowed to a snail’s pace.

Why so slow? The rain was letting up some. Traci loosened her grip on the steering wheel to rub first one forearm and then the other.

She squinted trying to read the orange road sign. Damn. The sign grew clearer with each few feet she advanced: Detour Ahead.

A lanky deputy sheriff leaned down to answer her unasked question. “Sorry ma’am, the road is closed. We had an oil tanker jackknife and roll on the slick pavement. This road likely won’t be reopened until sometime tomorrow.”

“I’m headed for Buteo. To the Live Oak Resort.”

“No problem. Just stay on this route we’re sending traffic over.” The deputy gestured toward the narrow road to Traci’s right. “About a mile down that road you’ll have an option to come back to the main road you’re on now. Don’t take it. This detour is actually a short cut to Buteo, and the views can be spectacular. Just don’t try going too fast.”

“Thanks.” Traci nodded, raking fingers through her hair. “I won’t be rushing on these roads.”

She took the right hand turn. A small, paint-chipped sign read “Buteo Canyon Road.” Another stated “Open Range.” What did that mean?

Riders Up Series

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Each book in this series may be read as a Stand-Alone

Riders Up Series
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Three Flames: Explicit sex, M/F
Danger, suspense, stunning race horses, courageous heroines, and the complicated men who love them.

Cassie’s Hope (Book One)
High stakes, a fiery Irish redhead, her stunning racehorse, and a fiercely loyal half-blood rancher.

Heat Wave (Book Two)
Hang onto the land – but at what cost? Feisty widow hires ace racehorse trainer to salvage her family’s heritage. Can they survive escalating threats to life and limb?

Willow Smoke (Book Three)
When the chips are down, there's nobody there. Apprentice racehorse trainer Daisy Matthews has survived the Chicago streets with this mantra but is unprepared for the much older Nick Underwood's urgent pursuit.

Detour Ahead (Book Four)
Threatened race horses, city slicker attorney, sexy California wrangler—what can possibly go wrong? 


Award winning author Adriana Kraft is a married couple writing Sizzling Romantic Suspense and Erotic Romance for Two, Three, or More. Whether readers open our romantic suspense or our erotic romance, they can expect characters they care about, hot sex scenes, and a compelling story. Our suspense stories deliver one man, one woman, danger and intrigue – always a happy ending, but oh, what a ride! Readers can count on our Romantic Suspense line for “warmth, blazing hot sex, and well-developed characters” (Romance Junkies Reviews) as our hero and heroine battle outer threats and inner demons to stay alive and fall in love. Together we have published more than forty romance novels and novellas to outstanding reviews.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

#RomanticSuspense from Madelon Smid

Fellow Wild Rose Press author and fellow Canadian Madelon Smid is my guest today. Madelon sat down for an interview to tell us about FATAL FLIGHT and her Sisters in Peril Series, and her life as a writer on the Canadian prairies. Please welcome Madelon Smid!

Fatal Flight

Sisters in Peril Series Book 1

By Madelon Smid

Madelon will be giving away 1 ebook copy of Fatal Flight, 1 ebook copy of Climbing High, and 1 ebook copy of High Seas. Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Remember you may increase your chances of winning by visiting the other tour stops. You may find those locations here

About Fatal Flight: 
When he finds Sky Stravinski, Adam Hamilton becomes enmeshed in a world of danger. Did he bring it with him, earning an enemy as chief engineer and test pilot, or find it along with her? Fulfilling his commitment means persuading Sky to meet the grandmother she never knew she had. Recovering from an airplane crash, torn between opposing forces, and caught up in the attacks on Sky, Adam fights for the fascinating pilot, determined to keep her safe, and win her love.

Everything Sky owns comes under attack, from her airplanes to her airfield and her life. Combatting a hidden enemy and Adam Hamilton’s intrusion, Sky feels trapped by circumstances outside her control. As her sponsor, he earns her trust. But Adam wants things Sky won’t give. Meeting her grandmother and developing a relationship with Adam will pull her back into their world of wealth and entitlement. Sky won’t become a rich man’s plaything again. Will the threats that bring them together convince Sky Adam deserves a place in her life?


“You consider going to Max behind my back being upfront?”

“Max came to me. I was interested and after crunching the numbers, researching your top notch standing on the circuit and talking with my father, thought this was a great PR opportunity for our corporation. I didn’t know you were against the idea. My experience is that as soon as someone knows what I’m worth, they want something from me.”

“And you assumed I was sticking my hand in the pot.” She stopped at the entrance to the big tent, where oceans of food were served all day. “Okay, I see where you were coming from. Pax.” She offered her hand.

She took quiet satisfaction in the fact he looked like she’d turned him on his head. Good, keep him off balance, and he couldn’t do the same to her. He took her hand, his long fingers warm and dry, just the lightest of squeezes. He’d never used his size and strength to intimidate, she realized. He was a true alpha male, for only the strongest, fastest and smartest protected the vulnerable. A weaker male, took advantage of them.

Interview with Madelon Smid:

Do you have any unusual writing habits?

I write the story in my head over a few weeks of telling it to myself before I go to sleep. Then I write the 72,000 word book in two weeks, at a rate of 5,000 to 10,000 words a day. 

What do you want readers to come away with after they read your book Fatal Flight?

My readers always learn something. In Fatal Flight they learn about aerobatic competition flying and a lot about the Tahoe area.

Do you work on more than one book at a time?

Yes, I wrote and published a nonfiction book, Chronic Challege, Living well with Chronic Disease, at the same time as I wrote Sky High, edited the galleys for High Risk, and edited an anthology for our writing group.

Do you have any words of advice to beginning writers?

If you want to be a writer, don’t think about writing, talk about writing, or take a dozen writing courses—just write.

What comes first for you – plot or character? And why?

I make up the bare bones of my protagonists then develop the plot. I like lots of action.

What do you hope readers gain from your stories?

I hope my protagonists are great role models for the readers. They are independent, strong, courageous, caring and loving, with a set of high values.

What book for you has been the easiest to write? The most fun?

Fatal Flight was easy because my husband is a pilot and we flew our own planes for many years. I love the beauty and risk of flying and wanted to show that to my readers.

Tell us a bit about you. Where do you live, and how long have you been writing?

I live by the South Saskatchewan River, surrounded by ancient hills and always with the Land of the living skies around me. I’ve been writing for over forty years.

If writing is your first passion, what is your second?

Being in nature, kayaking, skiing, hiking, camping—being one with the land.

How do you think your life experiences have prepared you for writing?

My parents enabled my drive and creativity, a lengthy illness taught me resilience and endurance, my outdoor adventures force me to find courage, strength and willingness to cope with the unknown. All these things are necessary to write a book, and to write the characters you want to center your stories around.

What genre is your favorite to read?

Nonfiction accounts of man against nature e.g. kayaking to the arctic, rowing to Iceland, circumnavigating the globe in a sailboat, climbing a mountain.

What did you want to be (occupation-wise) when you were a child?

I trained to be an Interior Designer to express my creativity, but found I preferred to use words.

What do you like best about your hero in Fatal Flight

Adam is an alpha male who uses his strength to protect the weak, not for power. He’s passionate, intelligent and performs at a high capacity in anything he takes on.

What do you like best about your heroine in Fatal Flight? 

Sky is a skilled pilot, confident and courageous, but wounded from a past experience with love. She’s strong, yet vulnerable.

How do you choose the names and physical characteristics of your characters? Do you base them on real people?

Sometimes I’ve used characteristics from people I love to flesh out a character. Most often I make them up completely.

How can readers reach you or find you online?

Madelon Smid on Facebook, Twitter,

Tell us a little about your current work in progress.

I have just submitted, Sinister Skies, book 3 in my Sisters in peril series. Halley is a helicopter pilot.

If I was a first time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why?

Start with Climbing High, book 1 in my Daring Heights series. There are 6 books in all, and the characters from earlier books are part of the later books, so you get to see their love and lives develop.

Tell us about your next release.

Lethal Landing will launch worldwide on June 11/18. It is book 2 in my Sisters in Peril series, and focuses on a female hot air balloonist.

About Madelon Smid:
Madelon Smid has the pioneer spirit of a true prairie woman. She seeks inspiration from the rolling hills and river coulees that surround her home; creating characters as intriguing and beautiful as the ever changing skies.

As a successful non-fiction writer, she co-authored a best seller, Smart Women, published Chronic Challenge: Living Well with Chronic Disease, and many articles in national and regional magazines.

She taught writing classes for adults at her local college, ran a successful online writing course, and edited five anthologies for the Prairie Quills Writers’ Group, before returning to her true love – fiction. The six romantic suspense stories in her Daring Heights series have received glowing reviews.

While she continues searching out the best in nature, exploring new stretches of water in her kayak, and seeking new mountains to ski, she sees every adventure as fresh material for the next story she will create in her home by the river.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

LIES AND SOLACE Free April 27-29!

LIES AND SOLACE is free at Amazon April 27, 28, 29! I hope you'll pick up a copy of Book 1 in my Love at Solace Lake Series.

She can’t live with one more lie. He can’t tell the truth.

Harper Lindquist is convinced she’s found the answer to her financial prayers. Unless she pours cash into crumbling Solace Lake Lodge, she’ll lose her family’s legacy. Her would-be savior arrives in the middle of a Minnesota blizzard and she’s determined to prove to her reluctant, and trapped, financier the lodge is a sound investment. But Harper isn’t completely honest with him. And she has no idea the lake is hiding secrets of its own. 

Ethan James is a liar, but his money is very real. He isn’t convinced a broken-down inn is a smart investment opportunity. But the more he understands Harper’s dreams and desires, the more he wants to be the man to make them come true. The trauma in both their pasts means neither can fully trust the other. They must find the courage to love, to trust, and to accept, or yesterday’s sorrows will keep them apart.

And if you enjoy LIES AND SOLACE, read the other two books in the series!

No matter how deeply buried, secrets rise to the surface.

Scarlet Lindquist has agreed to help her sisters rebuild the dilapidated fishing lodge in Minnesota they inherited from their grandparents. Although the lengthy restoration is bringing the three sisters closer together, Scarlet’s support is temporary. Her leave of absence from her job in Chicago is temporary and she has no intention of staying at Solace Lake Lodge, where the lake holds dark secrets. When frightening childhood memories resurface, they are tempered by her fascination with an irritating contractor. If only she could trust her feelings for him. If only he could trust her.

Cameron Hainstock meets Scarlet at his brother’s wedding to her sister and their attraction is instantaneous. But Cam avoids the beautiful marketing executive. All his efforts are aimed at battling for custody of his only child. When the unimaginable happens and Cam faces the biggest challenge of his life, he’s reluctant to accept help to halt his downward spiral. Can they learn to trust each other and fight for a future together or will they go their separate ways?


The truth could destroy them. Or set them free.

Maggie Lindquist left Solace Lake determined never to return. Circumstances have pulled her back and she’s helping to restore her family’s dilapidated fishing lodge. When she agreed to the plan she didn’t expect to have to work side by side with the man who abandoned her ten years earlier. She didn’t expect to like him, or want him ever again. But can she trust him as she once did?

Luke Carlsson rushes home to tend to his ailing mother. Her lengthy illness means he needs to stay, at least temporarily. And to stay, he needs to work. Solace Lake Lodge offers him a job and an opportunity to work with the woman he’s never stopped loving. But the restoration is unleashing secrets hidden for decades and no one is left unscathed. Especially not Maggie and Luke, whose love needs to be resilient enough to forgive, and strong enough to build a future together.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

#NewRelease from Mary Patterson Thornburg

Mary Patterson Thornburg is my guest today. I really enjoy having Mary visit because she always has something interesting and insightful to say. And today's post is no different. Mary is probably the most well-read person I know. Tell us about your all-time favorite re-reads, Mary!


I've been a reader for longer than I like to say (but what the heck, I'll say it anyway: at least 70 years), and I've been a re-reader for nearly as long. If a book is so good that I hate to reach the last page, then it's good enough to read again – not immediately, but after a year or two. Or five. Or twenty…  And since Jana has suggested I might list some favorite books here, it seems like a good idea to list a few of my favorite "rereads."

These aren't classics, although some are close. They're just good stories with what feels to me like touches of magic that make me remember them with fondness, as if I'd stepped into an old friend's home and become reacquainted with all the familiar rooms. They're all nearly as old as I am, some even older. To me, though, they're full of life.

1. Desiree, by Annemarie Selinko, is the fictional diary of a historical Frenchwoman, begun when she's fourteen – about the same age I was when I first read it – and ending nearly forty years later, when her amazing life takes another amazing turn.

2. Island in the Sun, by Alec Waugh. This is a very 1950s-ish book, a psychological thriller, love story, and social statement, set in a fictional British colony in the West Indies that's about to achieve its freedom. I like to read it in the dark days of a Montana winter.

3. Raintree County, by Ross Lockridge, Jr. A strange, ambitious, haunting novel of American history, tracing the life of an Indiana man, his friends, loves, and family from the 1840s through '90s. I read it from start to finish once, and have dipped into it many, many times since.

4. Dear Enemy, by Jean Webster. Published in 1915, this novel of letters about a young society woman who finds herself superintending an orphanage was one of my mother's favorites, and she turned me on to it when I was about eleven. It's funny, moving, and surprisingly modern.

5. The Peaceable Kingdom, by Ardyth Kennelly, is about a Mormon woman, the second wife of a Salt Lake City tailor in the 1870s or so. Funny, touching, horrifying, and warmhearted. I've always loved it.

6. Young Bess, by Margaret Irwin. "Bess" is England's Queen Elizabeth I, whose childhood and teens were fraught with adventure – and danger. Irwin was a great writer and careful historian, and Elizabeth shines in this book, which I've been reading off and on for probably sixty years.

7. The Crystal Cave; The Hollow Hills; The Last Enchantment, by Mary Stewart. Stewart's "Arthurian Trilogy," whose central character is not King Arthur but Merlin, might as well be one book instead of three, because once I've started the first part I can't stop until I've come to the end of the third. The story is told by Merlin, who may be a magician but who is also a very human and appealing character.


When Lizzie and Robert married, she thought he'd had enough of adventure to last a lifetime. After all, his voyage above the Arctic Circle had been a near-fatal disaster, and he never talked about it at all. He'd never even written about it, except in a long letter to his sister. But someone, somehow, had found out. And now, given another chance, he couldn't resist that call.

When he came back, of course, she would share in his fame, glory, and wealth. But what would happen to her if he didn't come back?


"You said it was all behind him!" Lizzie wailed. "He's never talked about it, and I've never mentioned it. You said he didn't want to do anything like that again, but now he's all excited about his report, and what the Society will say, and what a grand thing it will be for us all. Oh, Maggie, how I wish they'd never found out about that voyage. I don't know how they ever did. Now they'll give him money to go back, and he'll go back, and what'll happen to the babies and me, I don't know!"

"Why, he'll be rich and famous, and you'll bask in his glow," Margaret said, lightly. She knew how they'd found out about her brother's voyage.

"A rich, famous widow, that's what I'll be! Rich, famous orphans!"

"Now, now, Lizzie. In the first place, they'll not choose him. They'll read the part about that German, Swiss, whatever he was, and his horrible creature, and they'll suppose Robert is, well, eccentric. Too eccentric for them to support." That, she almost said, was what her husband, trying to be helpful, hadn't told his friend in the Society. But then she remembered that Lizzie didn't know Seville's part in it.

"They won't read it because he isn't putting that part in. He says something about finding a man under extraordinary circumstances and trying to rescue him, but the man has a fever and eventually dies. Robert makes very little of it." She looked down at her hands. "He doesn't know I read his story, his letters to you, Margaret. I thought he'd tell it to me, himself, someday, but he never has. And now, when I tried to draw him out about the man, he wouldn't say anything really. He knows what the Society would make of it, of course."

Margaret thought for a moment. "Well, then, they shall read it," she said. "I shall send it to them, the story he gave to me. That will be the end of that, then."

But she did not send them the story.

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Mary Patterson Thornburg was born in California and has lived in Washington State, Indiana, and Montana, where she currently resides with her husband, poet and fellow novelist Thomas Thornburg. She has published fiction, literary criticism, and poetry. Thornburg's short fiction has appeared in THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, ZAHIR, and CICADA, among other magazines, and in several anthologies. Two of her stories received honorable mention in THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR, and her young adult story "Niam's Tale," set in the world of THE KURA, and published in CICADA, won the 2011 Magazine Merit Honor Certificate from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

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Friday, April 20, 2018


Anna Lores is having a sale. From now until April 30, 2018, ELLA'S TRIPLE PLEASURE, usually $5.99, is #onsale for .99 cents. Get it while it's hot! Here's Anna to tell us how she manages to fit writing into her day. Welcome to Journeys with Jana, Anna! 

For a Writer: Finding Time to Write Is Critical
By Anna Lores

If you’re an author, there are a lot of things that you do to promote yourself and the books you write. From marketing to social media to all the logistical aspects of running a small business. But the most important thing you need to do is write. A lot. And to do that, you need time.

But what if you have another job, or kids, or other responsibilities? Time is one thing we can’t make more of, and in general, time is hard to manage. You try to find time to write, but also time for a spouse/significant other, kids, school activities, dogs, meal prepping, laundry and more laundry. I’m a mom of three teens, so the laundry hamper is forever full at my house. Finding those precious hours to write is a challenge for anyone, even when it’s your full-time job.

So, here’s what I do. I set my hours that I write/research/market during the week day while the kids are at school. Then I set evening and weekend hours for my writing around helping the kids with homework and activities, and my husband’s hectic work schedule. My husband and kids are my VIP’s, so they always come first. But, with a quality schedule managing my time, I get to have the best of both worlds—time for my family and my work. It takes planning, priorities and discipline, but it is possible.

My latest book, Ella’s Triple Pleasure, was mostly written while waiting for my children to finish math, music, sports or dance lessons. Or sitting in a car line. Ten minutes here. An hour there. It’s amazing how those small numbers add up.

And as one final consideration of the scheduling process, make sure to set aside time for yourself. Read some of those books on your TBR list. Get that massage. Take a girls’/guys’ night out. The happier you are, the better your writing will be, not to mention the better your quality of life will be, as well.



This work contains mature content, including graphic sexual descriptions and scenes, and is provided for adults only.

It takes three men to satisfy one woman’s needs…

Single mom and massage therapist Ella Winthrop isn’t looking for a relationship. She has enough problems without risking a business that barely meets her needs. Then her world is turned upside down by three men, each offering something she isn’t prepared for—love so deep it hurts, sex so hot she’s afraid she’ll melt from the pleasure, and a future beyond her wildest dreams.

Steamy businessman Cade Jackson has it all—money, looks, a giving heart, and a dominant nature—but Ella refuses to date a client even if she’s lusted after him for a year. After his
brother’s death, Garrett Winthrop moves back to town opening old wounds and even darker fantasies. Dr. Derek McGregor gives her balance and understanding that speaks to her soul. All three men force Ella to question the limits of a traditional relationship.


A cold breeze swept over them, cooling off skin drenched with the heat of lust. No woman had ever affected him so intensely. No woman had ever refused to date him. No woman but beautiful and sweet Ella Winthrop.

She shivered.

“Are you cold?” He stopped in the darkness of the forest. He should have thought about the cool nights here and brought dinner up to the main house. He needed to be more considerate. “I can give you my shirt.”

He let go of her hand and lifted his tee. He was boiling walking next to her. He was more than eager to take off his shirt or anything else he could get off for that matter. He wanted to be naked between the bed sheets, or up against a tree, or in the grass, or hell, anywhere he could get her into a compromising position. But he had rules for a lasting relationship. Take things slow.

“No, no.” She shivered again. A pink blush filled her cheeks. “I’m not cold.”

She reached for the hem of his dark T-shirt halfway up his chest, but her warm hands touched his bare abs. She told the truth. She wasn’t cold. Maybe her reluctance in the car was because she wanted him as much as he wanted her.

He breathed in and slowly exhaled as her hand glided down to the waistband of his jeans. Please, a little farther. Unbutton them. Make the first, big move. Show me you want me so I can take over.

He tightened his abs, showing off the top and middle of his eight-pack.

She shivered again. Her breathing turned shallow. She stepped closer, and he swore she made a soft, moaning sound like she had in the car. He wanted to hear her moaning under him so badly he could barely think straight.

He sucked in his abs, wishing he had worn loose-fitting jeans, so she could slip her hand down and touch his… The magical hands that massaged his body every week would be on the places he fantasized about having them.

Her fingers lingered near the top button of his jeans.

He waited. His eyelids drooped. Please, do it. Do it, Ella.

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Anna Lores started writing romance as a by-product of insomnia. After a year of late-night reading, she borrowed her son's laptop after he went to bed and set about breathing life to her very own characters. After a month, she was surprised with a new laptop to pursue her dreams.

With a B.A. in English Literature and a desire to fill her world with wonderful stories she and her close friends could not just talk about but gush over, Anna shed the job as mom of three in the late night hours and assumed her alter ego of Dirty Girl.

Now, Anna is a multi-published author of contemporary and paranormal erotic romance.

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