Friday, May 30, 2008
COST OF FREEDOM released TODAY!!! Purchase your copy here.
In a Boston cemetery, Abigail Matthews overhears two Patriots plotting against her beloved England. She confides in her childhood friend William Jackson and is shocked to learn of his support and involvement with the Sons of Liberty.
Alone one night and surrounded by an English patrol, Abigail shoots a British soldier. She is no longer seen as a Loyalist and tries to escape the watch. William finds her and brings her with him to Berkshire where they discover hostile Loyalists, unstable Indian alliances, and each other.
William sets out on one last assignment and is confronted by the man Abigail shot and a female gun smuggler. In the flash of a discharged gun barrel, William fights for more than freedom.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Also, I'm guest blogging at Deadly Vixens today--check it out for a chance to win a free e-copy of The Vampire...In My Dreams or Winning the Highlander's Heart.
Deidre's Secret, Relative Danger
Monday, May 26, 2008
Just as Terry mentioned here last week, I too, received a lovely surprise - a new cover for my paranormal romance, Dark Encounter. Many thanks to the Wild Rose Press!
I also wanted to let you know that beginning today I'm going to share with you Holly Lisle's terrific series of articles designed to help writers bring their novels to life! Thanks Holly! You can find the articles at my new blog, Paper Hearts.
The first article is titled 'Does Your Novel Have A Heartbeat?'
I hope that you enjoy the articles as much as I have, and check back for Part II!
Cheers, Lauren Romance that knows one true thing. Love changes everything.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
And the reviews are in...
"Lost in Paradise by Allie Boniface is an emotional love story that draws the reader in and keeps the pages turning as the couple overcomes obstacles on their journey to true love...[it] was a delight to read. I can recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a love story that brings an unlikely couple together - a couple that overcomes all odds to find the love they both deserve." - Devon, Fallen Angel Reviews
"Well written, with well developed characters...Lost in Paradise explores more than living life, but figuring out what one actually wants out of it...Ms. Boniface has given us a delightful contemporary romance." - The Long and the Short of It Romance Reviews
"Lost in Paradise follows a young woman's journey of discovery, of herself, what she wants, and the young man harboring his own tragedy who wants her...a terrific combination for lasting love...This is the first story I've read by Allie Boniface but it won't be the last." - The Romance Studio
Here's the trailer as well:
And lastly, 5 Fun Facts about Lost in Paradise...
1. Originally, the hero died at the end of this story (obviously, this was before I knew I was writing a romance)
2. Eddie West, said hero, is loosely based on a good friend of mine. And no, ladies, he's not married!
3. This was the first story I ever wrote, but I put it away for almost 3 years after I finished it, 'cause it had major plot problems and I didn't know how to fix them.
4. The scene in which Eddie saves a kitten turned into an article on characterization for WOW-Women on Writing's monthly ezine.
5. I originally wrote the entire novel in first person, the flavor of which is still preserved in the Epilogue.
Would you like to know more? Click here to buy your own copy...and I'll even send you an autographed bookplate for free if you'd like. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Friday, May 23, 2008
It's that time of year for weddings and babies. Check out my book "Pregnancy Plan" about a woman who not only realizes her dream to have a baby, but also get a husband in the process. To bad the marriage is based on a lie.
Have an awesome holiday weekend.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
My debut novel, COST OF FREEDOM is due for release on May 30. My friend, Jen Hendren, has posted a contest for an ebook giveaway on her blog. If you'd like to participate and have a chance to win a free ebook of COST OF FREEDOM, please go to Jen's blog.
I hope to see you there and good luck!!!
I'm excited to announce that City of Secrets, my romantic suspense releases today!!
**4 Cups from Coffee Time Romance**
"......Both the love and action scenes are equally exciting and I will definitely look for more of this author’s work."
After being widowed at a young age, Jade Hadley is tired of her nun-like existence and is determined to add a little excitement and romance into her life again. She gets more than she bargained for when she’s inadvertently involved in an international drug ring, and some scary men decide she needs to die. As if that isn’t bad enough, her deceased husband’s, sexy best friend admits his long time attraction to her.
Security expert David McIntyre is in love with Jade, and has been from the moment they met. Unfortunately for him, that was the week she married his best friend. For years, he’s stayed silent, giving her time to mourn. When he discovers she’s dating again, all bets are off. Seducing her isn’t the problem, convincing her that what they have together isn’t purely physical however, is. It might even prove to be a bigger challenge than trying to keep her alive.
City of Secrets
Print ISBN 1-60154-271-2
Available from the Crimson Rose Line
Print date coming soon!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
My first official review has been done over at WRITERS AND READERS OF DISTINCTIVE FICTION by Debbie Gould! I want to thank Ms. Gould for her time in reading and reviewing my book, THE DOCTOR'S DECEPTION! I couldn't be more thrilled that she liked my book and recommened it to others.
To read the review copy and paste this link in your browser:
My website www.kathleengrieve.com will launch soon. It is in the final stages of creation. To kick off the launch and to promote THE DOCTOR'S DECEPTION, I'm going to offer up the same prize that my hero, Dr. Stone Lassiter, used to get back into my chocolate obsessed heroine's good graces--TWO POUNDS OF GODIVA CHOCOLATE!!! Want to know what that even looks like? Well, here's a sneak peak!
That is $105 of pure HEAVEN! All you'll need to do, is watch for when my website launches and sign up for my email list. It will be that easy! I'll draw a name out of a hat and TA DA! One of you lucky Ladies or Gents will be the winner!
Keep on a lookout for news that will be posted here on KEEPING A PULSE ON LIFE & ROMANCE Blog or on my MYSPACE PAGE for my website launch! And don't forget, you can get your copy of THE DOCTOR'S DECEPTION on June 25th, 2008 at www.thewildrosepress.com in both e-book and print formats!
AUTHOR OF FUN AND SEXY MEDICAL ROMANCES!
The Doctor's Deception Available in
Print/Ebook form on 06/25/08
Order your copy at WWW.THEWILDROSEPRESS.COM
Coming Soon: WWW.KATHLEENGRIEVE.COM
Keeping A Pulse on Life & Romance Blog at http://kathleengrieve.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
This story was a challenge I made to myself. I wanted to take a cliche (the secret baby cowboy story) and set it on its ear a bit. That ear-setting was one of the first things my fantastic editor, Stacy, mentioned when she contracted the story. I hope you all enjoy it as well!
Returning to Wyoming after a six-year absence, Jake Langley finds more than just changes in the now run down family ranch. His warm feelings for a former girlfriend have cooled, and he finds himself drawn to her sister and his former best friend, Emily. His discovery of the sisters' well-kept secret, however, upsets his long-term plans and sets duty against his heart's desire. Now, four hearts and four lives will be changed, forever.
When the bell over the ice cream shop entrance rang, Emily dried her hands on the towel hanging from her waist. She stepped through the doorway, a smile on her face. That smile froze as hard as a fresh bucket of ice cream at the sight before her.
"Hey, Emily." He said it like it had been six days since the last time he'd seen her instead of nearly six years.
"Jake." Her throat was tight with fury and hurt and she could barely speak. "What do you want?"
"Some of that caramel peanut butter ice cream on a sugar cone if you don't mind." He flashed his best grin.
Did he think they were still best friends like they were all through school? Had he forgotten what he'd done to her? Worse, what he'd done to Casey? If he thought she'd let him stay in her place any longer, he was mistaken. "Sorry. We're all out." Emily's gaze never wavered, her smile didn't thaw.
"Funny, I'm looking at it right there in front of me." He pointed through the glass case.
She tapped a sign behind her. "Then I guess I'm exercising my rights."
He pursed his lips and read the bold, black words printed on the white board: We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason.
Even cooler? I already have TWO great reviews for this story!
Four Hearts from Maura at The Romance Studio:
The author of this story packed a lot of story into a small package and does it with great skill. The characters are very real, none of them too perfect or too evil. ... The author does a good job of reintroducing the characters to each other .... Bode is also a great character who realizes just how great Emily really is. He seems to be the one person who recognizes Em’s beauty without having it pointed out to him, making him the smartest person in the story in my opinion. The author does a wonderful job of describing small tourist town life as well.
Rated "A" and and Outstanding Read from Simply Romance Reviews:
I enjoyed reading this story right from the opening page! It’s a heart warming, moving and very enjoyable mild romance. Jake, the dashing cowboy every girl falls head over heels for, has a vulnerable side to him that makes him forgivingly lovable, no matter what his past holds. Emily, the elder sister of the two and a fiery redhead who still holds a grudge against him, keeps Jake’s feet firmly on the ground, and in more ways than one! And then there’s the lovely Casey, everything a man could wish for in a woman – but is she the one for him?
Hot without the sex? Definitely! Accuracy accounted for? Without a doubt! Wishing I had a cowboy like Jake to lie in the hay with? YES PLEASE!
A recommended read for sure with a wonderful storyline! Well done, Marianne!
I even made a book trailer *G*
Click here to buy your own copy of this 80 page story!
Monday, May 12, 2008
Wild Rose Press
Coming July 23rd
Hi! I'm a new author with The Wild Rose Press and I'm happy to announce the release date of my English Tea Rose, Courting Trouble. (Isn't the cover gorgeous?)
Here is a short blurb:
Lord Anthony Darby is determined to marry a wife with an exemplary reputation. Then he sees his childhood companion, gorgeous, scandalous, Lily Kennyon again. And all he wants is her in his bed. He decides to avoid her. Until her father makes him an irresistible offer: he'll sponsor Anthony's entry into an exclusive club, if Anthony will accompany his outcast daughter to society events. Can Anthony resist Lily's sensual lure? Or will his hunger make him lose control?
Lily has always rued her impulsive nature. Never more than when her defiance led to an accident, which paralyzed her sister. Afterward, she decided if her sister would never marry, neither would she. Yet she wants to experience lovemaking. So, when Anthony courts her, she devises a plan to seduce him. But she fears she's falling in love. Then she discovers Anthony's attentions were all part of a pact with her father…
Look for a new contest in June to celebrate its release!
Sensual, Sassy and Slightly Sinful
Courting Trouble--Regency Historical--July 23rd! Wild Rose Press
Many people use the terms interchangeably, but as an author of "Inspirational with an Edge!" romantic/women's fiction - there is a difference.
Want to learn more?
Join me on the Cata Network Writers Loop, May 12 - 14 for an in-depth discussion on the differences between a 'Christian' and 'Inspirational' romance novel.
You must join the loop to participate: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CataNetwork-Writers/?yguid=168802865
Hope to see you there!
Pamela S Thibodeaux
"Inspirational with an Edge!"
Thursday, May 08, 2008
WHAT'S IN A FANTASY?
I often wonder why we fantasize. Is it our brain's way of stimulating our consciousness to make us aware of our deep rooted desires? While trying to think of a blog topic for Fantasy Pages, my mind kept coming back to the blog's title~ FANTASY. Fantasy lovers, fantasy jobs, fantasy--well, you get the idea. The list could go on and on…
And then my mind turned another degree and I wondered about the fantasies I wove into my book, THE DOCTOR'S DECEPTION. My heroine Nurse Faith Daniels is obsessed with Godiva Chocolate. Well, anything chocolate will do, but Godiva is her favorite. Fortunately for her, my hero Dr. Stone Lassiter was born with brown eyes. Here's a chapter one excerpt that begins Faith's fantasy of the delectable Dr. Lassiter:
Faith's thoughts drifted back to Dr. Lassiter. An image of his hard, chocolate brown eyes rose before her. What would it be like to melt that chocolate? Faith shivered.
And from chapter three…
Her earlier thought returned. What would it be like to melt that chocolate? Too bad she didn't even own a fondu pot.
Just from those brief lines, the reader gets some really good insight into what this woman really desires deep inside. What happens when she acts on that fantasy? Well, you'll have to read to find out.
But what about my hero? What does the uptight Dr. Lassiter fantasize about? Well, Faith of course! Here's an excerpt from chapter nine that gives you a clue:
The breeze ruffled a few strands of pale blonde hair around her forehead. She pushed them out of her eyes, and he stared at the bow bobbing right between her breasts. Gaze lifting to the swell of her cleavage exposed by the deep neckline of the red blouse she wore, he bit back a groan.
Ever since she'd walked into her living room this morning, he'd had an itch to tug on the bow and un-wrap her like a Christmas present.
Stone only has one thing on his mind~sex. The tension he's feeling is palpable and by the end of the chapter he knows he's in big trouble where this woman is concerned.
As I read romance, I want to be completely lost in the fantasy of the world the author has built for me to delve into. It is one way that I can relieve my stress and leave my worries behind, if only for an hour or two. Which is another great reason for fantasizing.
Have you ever lived one of your fantasies? You know what I mean. Have you added a little spice to your romantic relationships? Ever dreamed of sky diving and then took that plunge? Attained the unattainable? I've always wondered about that. If you did, was the experience everything you'd expected? Was the sex hotter? Or did it grow cold? Did you jump from that plane or off that cliff only to fall flat?
There is that old saying, "be careful what you wish for…" I'm not much of a risk taker, so I'll just live my fantasies through my characters. But what about you?
AUTHOR OF FUN AND SEXY MEDICAL ROMANCES!
The Doctor's Deception
Available in Print/Ebook form on 06/25/08
Order your copy at http://www.thewildrosepress.com/
Coming Soon: http://www.kathleengrieve.com/
Keeping A Pulse on Life & Romance Blog:
I've been with The Wild Rose Press since it first opened the garden gates. Back then, short stories got generic covers.
I was delighted (and totally surprised) to get a message from RJ with new "real" covers for two of those early short stories. What do you think?
Words, a Champagne Rose
Out of Sight, Last Rose of Summer
Haven't posted in a while but so much is happening that I just had to drop by and share.
Today on My Blog, I'm spotlighting author Debby Allen.
Also today, I'm being spotlighted on Rainedelights Weblog and tonight @ 7:50 pm CST I'll be Interviewd - Live! on Today's Author.
On a personal note, Saturday I'm travelling to Nacogdoches, TX for my son's graduation from Stephen F Austin University and on Friday the 16th, hubby and I are headin' up to Missouri to visit family.
So not only is it the "Merry, Merry month of May" it's the Busy, Busy Month of May LOL!
I'd like to take this opportunity to wish Each and Every Mother out there a BLESSED and Happy Mother's Day!
Well Folks, that's about all for now. For more information on what's happening in my life and writing, visit my website or blog and sign up for my newsletter!
Until later.....take care, God Bless and remember....You reap what you sow, therefore sow love and peace.
Pamela S Thibodeaux
"Inspirational with and Edge!"
http://fantasy-pages.blogspot.com for your chance to win a free download of my upcoming Wild Rose Press release, THE DOCTOR'S DECEPTION.
Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Just wanted you all to see the trailer for my upcoming novel, Hidden Shadows, due in 23 DAYS from the Crimson line!! I'm so excited for it and hope you all enjoy the promo. Feel free to let me know what you think here or on my website.
Lauren's Latest Book News
Good luck with all your projects!
Monday, May 05, 2008
Thought I'd drop in and ask you to check out my new book trailer for Joshua's Hope (soon to be released).
I took all the pictures except for two I purchased from iStock Photos. The voiceover is my voice.
I'd love to read your comments. Check it out at by clicking here to visit my website!
Carol Ann Erhardt
"A spark of romance, a shadow of suspense,
and a mustard seed of faith."
Isn't it great? The sneaky little dog poking his head onto the cover is one of the main characters in the book. He's a Jack Russell Terrier and quite the little matchmaker. My hero and heroine don't stand a chance with him on the loose.
Hoofbeats and Heartstrings is a series of romance novels celebrating love, miracles and the beauty of horses. A portion of the proceeds from all the Hoofbeats & Heartstrings novels will go directly to help horses in need. Here is a little taste of Book One, Do You Hear What I Hear?, coming in time for Christmas 2008:
As a child, Simone Doolittle adores the European folktale that animals are given the gift of speech at midnight on Christmas Eve. She makes a wish to talk to animals “forever and ever” and, when her pet Dalmatian asks her for a biscuit, she discovers her wish has been granted. Now Simone is all grown up and she uses her unique gift to rehabilitate unwanted horses. When race horse trainer Chet Wallace rolls into San Antonio, with chocolate eyes and dimples blazing beneath his black Stetson, romantic sparks fly. He is immediately drawn to the beautiful woman who has a mesmerizing affect on both his horses and his dog, but his less than enthusiastic response to Simone’s claims threatens their budding romance. It takes a scheming Jack Russell terrier and a dose of Christmas magic to convince Chet she just may be telling the truth.
To learn more, visit me at http://www.teriwilson.net/.
Read a book, fall in love, save a horse!
Teri Wilson ~ Romancing the pet lover's soul
Things I'm not frugal about: 4-day old leftovers, dusting cloths, bathroom-cleaning wipes. Once these things are done, they are done.
Should I be more frugal? Probably. Will I change my ways? Probably not.
Off to write a bestseller!
Sunday, May 04, 2008
My SPICY short story, PIGMALION, is now number 3 best seller at the Wild Rose Press!
Read a review at
Simply Romance Reviews
Kathy's Review Corner
Graduate student Levisa Harris is focused on finishing her Master’s thesis on Baltimore dialects, and she only needs one more volunteer to complete her study. After a homecoming game, she meets Sam Parker, a handsome man with an interesting accent...
But he’s not interested in being a “guinea pig.” An accounting major from the poor side of town, Sam soon finds out that his "Bawlamerese" is getting in the way of his career. Swallowing his pride, he agrees to be in Levisa’s study in exchange for free lessons. A dream job at a big accounting firm is within his reach, but only she can teach him proper speech—in four months!
Little does Levisa know that tutoring Sam will lead to passionate private lessons that take her breath away and teach her heart and body to speak the language of love.
Baltimore Metropolitan University’s football stadium thundered with the footsteps of homecoming fans rushing to get out of the torrents of a heavy late November rain. Car horns honked, and revelers shouted a drunken chorus of “BMU BEAT YOU! WILDCATS RULE!”
Levisa Harris and her best friend, Claire, crowded under the eaves, pressed back against the closed concession stands with what seemed like hundreds of other fans who peered glumly out at the rain. A post-game ambiance of hot dogs and beer, mixed with the smell of wet wool, swirled around them. Hair soaked, Levisa attempted to push her flattened copper-colored curls out of her eyes and noted Claire’s short blonde hair hadn’t fared any better.
“We look like drowned Wildcats.” Levisa glanced at the unending rain and hoped it would stop soon.
Claire looked at her friend and laughed. “Thank God for hair dryers and flat irons.” A young man jostled up against the petite blonde. “Hello, I’m standing here!” Claire shouted.
“I know,” a man wearing a nautical windbreaker said with a soft southern drawl. “We came over to offer ya’ll a lift.”
Levisa spoke without thinking. “Richmond, Virginia.”
“Beg your pardon?” A look of surprise crossed his clean-shaven face.
“You’re from Richmond, right?” Levisa noted he was attractive in an old money, preppy kind of way, but he didn’t appeal to her at all.
“Yes, but how’d you know?” He leaned in a tad too close, expelling beery breath as he spoke.
Levisa leaned away, seeking fresh air as Claire spoke up. “She’s an expert on accents.”
“Parlor tricks! Oh, this is fun!” the Virginian said. “Sam, say something.”
“Chip, we need ta go.” Sam’s deep voice held a note of irritation. “I have ta study fer my CPA exam.”
“Baltimore—Pigtown.” Levisa looked at Sam with interest, and not just because of his accent. High forehead, half-covered with a shock of black-brown hair. A long straight nose. Full lips. A small scar curved around his strong chin. She touched the scar on her own chin and wondered if he had fallen off his bicycle as a child, too. She pulled herself up short. Stop thinking about how adorable he is. Focus on the brass ring: finish the research project, graduate, and get a good job. “You’d be perfect for my Speech-Language Pathology Master’s research project.”
“I ain’t no guinea pig.” Sam pulled at Chip’s arm.
“One quick question—Sam, is it?” He turned and faced Levisa directly, towering over her, his broad shoulders and wide chest straining at his ratty sweatshirt. An image of him without his shirt, all rippling muscles, flashed into her mind. She forced herself to look directly into his deep-set, dark chocolate eyes, swallowed hard, and asked the sixty-four-thousand-dollar question. “How far do you think you’ll get with that accent in an accounting firm?”
Sam’s face flushed. “I’m really good at numbers. That’s what matters in bidness.”
He was so good-looking. But he wouldn’t be hired, much less promoted, with that accent. Why didn’t he get it? Frustrated, she heard herself blurt out, “What company wants a CEO who sounds like a hick?”
He glowered at her. “Yew callin’ me a hick?”
Claire stepped between Sam and Levisa. “Please don’t be offended. She’s saying she can help you get a better job—if you reduce that Bawlamer accent, Hon!”
“It’s not nice ta make fun of people,” Sam said and grabbed Chip’s arm. “Let’s go.”
She felt short of breath, as if she’d run up a flight of stairs, instead of standing here, arguing with this hardheaded man. “If you change your mind,” Levisa shouted after him, “come to the Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic. It’s in the middle of campus.”
As the two men walked off, collars pulled up against the wind, Claire turned to her friend. “You know, he’s not half-bad looking.”
“Chip? The preppy? Not my type.” Levisa watched the two men climb into an old Ford Taurus and focused on the back of Sam’s head and the way his dark hair tapered down his neck.
“No, the other one. Sam. Those dreamy brown eyes, that wavy black hair. Whew!” Claire fanned her face. “I’d love to give him a few private lessons, if you know what I mean!”
“Put a lid on your id, girl!” Levisa laughed and shook her head in an attempt to dispel her own disturbing responses to Sam. “I don’t have time for a man in my life. If I don’t finish my research, I won’t graduate in spring. All I need is one more Pigtown subject for the study and I’ll be done. Too bad he’s the one that got away!”
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Friday, May 02, 2008
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