Saturday, May 30, 2009

Your fortune cookie for -


For more fortunes, Free Read, reviews, excerpts, check

Deja Vu Lover, Vintage Rose, by Phoebe Matthews

Preliminary Galley for "Someone to Trust" completed

I just finished the preliminary galley for my Inspirational Romance, SOMEONE TO TRUST. Although we yet have another galley to do, I feel such a sense of accomplishment. With the help of a great editor I've seen the story take depth and become complete. While reading the preliminary galley, I'd think, "Wow, did I actually write that?" And though, it certainly may not be the art of some of my favorite authors, It's something I can be proud of. What began as just an idea has actually turned into a novel with real characters who have real problems.

What a long process it's been. But just seeing the cover has made it totally worth it.

I've been writing since age 10. I attempted writing my first romance novel at age 13 so this dream has been a long time coming. Though I put it aside for some time the desire never went away. Characters continued to scramble around in my brain begging to be released and have their story told. I finally gave in to some of them. One of those is Megan from Someone To Trust which is set in the Great Smokey Mountains. Megan has quick wit, a broken heart and a klutz problem. I love characters who are flawed and Megan is just such a character with a story that had to be told. I really like Megan and hope you will as well.

I don't have a release date yet, but when I do I'll be screaming it from the rooftops!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

New Release: My Heart Will Find Yours

My Heart Will Find Yours
My time travel set in 1880s Waco, Texas was released May 1, 2009. This book was such a joy to write. So much so that I completed the manuscript in three months. Now, I did have lots of edits, made changes, etc., but the characters called to me making the words flow from my fingertips onto the page.
I hope you'll pick up a copy and you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed putting the words to paper.
Love Western Romances gave My Heart Will Find Yours a 5 Spur Review. You can read the review at
Happy Reading and Writing!
Linda LaRoque ~ Western Romance with a Twist in Time.
Forever Faithful, Investment of the Heart, When the Ocotillo Bloom, 7-09, Champagne Books; A Law of Her Own, Desires of the Heart, My Heart Will Find Yours, Flames on the Sky 10-23-09 from TWRP.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


My third release for this amazing month is THROUGH THE FIRE, fast-paced historical romance novel with a THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS flavor & a mystical weave. A 2008 Golden Heart ® finalist.

When I wrote Through the Fire I felt as though I’d been through the flames. My hero and heroine certainly had. This adventure romance with a Last of the Mohicans flavor and a mystical weave was born in the fertile ground of my imagination, fed by years of research and a powerful draw to my colonial American roots.

My fascination with stirring tales of the colonial frontier and Eastern Woodland Indians is an early and abiding one. My English/Scot-Irish ancestors were among the first settlers of the Shenandoah Valley and had family members killed and captured by the Indians. Some individuals returned and left intriguing accounts of their captivity, while others disappeared without a trace. On the Houston/Rowland side of the family, I have ties to Governor Sam Houston, President James Madison and Malcolm 1st of Scotland (that last one’s a stretch).

Family annals list early names like Beale, Jordan, Madison, and Hite (a German connection I discovered). A brief account of my grandmother (nine generations removed) Elizabeth Hite, says her sister Eleanor was taken captive and sister Susan killed, though not by which tribe. Their brother Jacob was killed by the Cherokee in South Carolina.

Another ancestor, Mary Moore, is the subject of a book entitled The Captives of Abb’s Valley. A Moffett forebear captured as a child became a boyhood companion of the revered Shawnee Chief Tecumseh. When young Moffett grew up, he married into the tribe and had a son, but that’s the subject of a different novel. An ancestor on the Churchman side of the family was invited by the Shawnee/Delaware to help negotiate a treaty with the English because he was Quaker and more sympathetic to the tribes.
Many accounts are unrecorded, though. Historian Joseph Waddell says we know only a fraction of the drama that occurred during the Indian Wars. I invite you to journey back to a time long forgotten by most.

Hear the primal howl of a wolf, the spill of a mountain stream. Are those distant war whoops? Welcome to the colonial frontier where the men fire muskets and wield tomahawks and the women are wildcats when threatened. The year is 1758, the height of the French and Indian War. Passions run deep in the raging battle to possess a continent, its wealth and furs. Both the French and English count powerful Indian tribes as their allies.

Rebecca Elliot is an English lady. In her attempt to escape a painful past, she unwittingly enters a dangerous world of rugged mountains, wild animals, and even wilder men. The rules are different here and she doesn't know them.
Shoka is a half-Shawnee, half-French warrior, swift and sure like the hawk, and silent as the moon. He makes Rebecca his prisoner, but the last thing he wants is to lose his head and already shredded heart to another impossibly beautiful woman…this one with blindingly blue eyes and a blistering temper. With dark forces gathering against them, will Rebecca and Shoka fight together or be destroyed?

How to Light a Candle in Regency England

How does one light a candle in Regency England?

Usually with a "spill." It's a twisted piece of paper, long and narrow (from a distance it looks kind of like long kitchen match). It was common for a bunch of these to be kept standing in some kind of jar or vase on the mantel, then you lit them from the fire. If there's no fire in the room, then you’d have to light the candle with flint and tender, sparking at least enough of a fire to light the spill. There was also something called a tinderbox which was a small box of flint, firesteel, and tinder (typically charcloth, but could also be dry, finely-divided fibrous matter such as straw). The world became a much easier place with matches were invented! Matches were invented in 1823, and didn't come into mass production until around 1824.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

New Release: Bestial Cravings by Dayana Knight

Hello, everyone!

I am very excited to announce that my third release is forthcoming on Wednesday, May 27th here at The Wild Rose Press.

Bestial Cravings is a stand alone short companion story contained within my Roma Wolf Tales Series. It also serves to introduce some new characters into the mix with Pita, Niko, Sasha, Tomas, et al:)

I am currently working on Book II of the series, and for all of you who aren't familiar with my first book, Curse of the Marhime is the first in the series and is available here at the TWRP.

For more information on these and more of my antics please visit me at my website or blog. I'd love to have you drop in, and I welcome any authors out there who would like to do guest spots on my blog to promote yourselves as well your upcoming and existing releases. Please email me privately at any time and we can set up a date for your appearance/interview. I am more than happy to help promote my friends and peers at anytime.

Bestial Cravings Blurb:
Vesta Johns has everything going for her—except her health. Desperate to find the answers to her lethargy and her insatiable desire for raw meat and sex, she seeks out the help of her doctor, but Dr. Cohen can give her no answers.
Or can she?
Torrence Simiene is a medical consultant with a unique specialization. As an alpha werewolf, it’s been his job to aid Dr. Cohen’s distinctive patients through their transition from human to shifter, for years. This time, however, it’s different. Vesta arouses his primal lust, and he’s having a hard time keeping her at a distance.
Will the doctor’s plan of care offer the ultimate cure for Tor and Vesta’s bestial cravings , or further drive them apart?

He smiled and turned to her. “Do I make you uncomfortable?”
“No. It’s just…well…it’s more the opposite, really.” She gave him a sexy, little, side glance. “It’s like I belong with you. Like I’ve been waiting for you. But in the same token, the feeling makes me question it.” She stared into the empty hearth for a long minute.
Tor wondered if she would say anything else. His lust for her became increasingly more uncomfortable by the minute, and he needed to get away from her but he also needed to taste her lips just once before he left, though deep down he knew once wouldn’t be enough.

Please join me at Catherine Bybee's blog on Friday, May 29th. Catherine is always mighty successful at getting info you might not normally share, LOL

Dayana Knight
Paranormal and Erotic Romance

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Your fortune cookie for the last lovely week of May -


For more fortunes, Free Read, reviews, excerpts, check

Deja Vu Lover, Vintage Rose, by Phoebe Matthews

Friday, May 22, 2009

Summer Lovin'

Summer Lovin’, a YA anthology of summer love stories, is available today from The Wild Rose Press. Check out the blurbs for the stories by authors Dara Edmondson, Laurie J. Edwards, Mona Ingram, Kimberlee R. Mendoza, Sydney Shay, and June Sproat at the Climbing Rose blog: The e-book is available for purchase at Print release will be 7/10.


SUMMER LOVIN’ is a collection of love stories by six Climbing Rose authors about life on a ranch, summer jobs, sandcastle competitions, the tragedy of a flood, and falling in love with a rock star. From a rich Southern country club to a Midwest ranch and all the way to the cool beaches of the Pacific Northwest, this sweet collection of summer love stories revels in the magic of first love. You’ll enjoy stories by:

Dara Edmondson, Laurie J. Edwards, Mona Ingram, Kimberlee R. Mendoza, Sydney Shay, and June Sproat

Get ready for some Summer Lovin’.


Anyone who comments at my blog or friends me on MySpace, Facebook, or Twitter from now until May 31 will have their name entered to win a copy of Summer Lovin’. Winner will be announced at noon on June 1, so stop back to see if you've won.

Laurie J. Edwards

Twitter Screen name: LaurieJEdwards