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The Cover -- Blessing or Curse by Kat Martin


Kat Martin

The Cover--Blessing or Curse


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The cover of a novel is one of the most important ingredients in the success or failure of a book.

If the book is special enough and gets lots of word-of-mouth, even a bad cover can’t stop the novel from being a success.  If the author’s name is well enough known, a bad cover might slow sales down, but it won’t be a death knell, which if very well can be.

Most of us fall into the category where a good cover is imperative, the difference between success and failure.

Take the cover of my new book, INTO THE WHIRLWIND.  At six-foot two and totally ripped, Dirk Reynolds is gorgeous to look at, tough as nails, and sexy as hell.  He’s featured on the cover of the book, which is out May 31st.

Personally, I love covers that show bare-chested, hard-muscled men, but it turns out a lot of book buyers don’t like them.  Or perhaps it’s just that there are so many of them out there right now.

I’m hoping the gorgeous cover on INTO THE WHIRLWIND will appeal to readers as much as it appeals to me.  The...

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Jodi Thomas' Lone Heart Pass

Jodi Thomas' Lone Heart Pass

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“Compelling and beautifully written, it is exactly the kind of heart-wrenching, emotional story one has come to expect from Jodi Thomas.” —Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author

In a story that carves into the breathtaking romance of two lonely souls, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Jodi Thomas introduces the next title in her six-book Ransom Canyon series, a contemporary Western romance series featuring sweeping family dramas, rugged heroes and the beautiful Texas landscape.

With a career and a relationship in ruins, Jubalee Hamilton is

left reeling from a fast fall to the bottom. The run-down Texas farm she inherited is a far cry from the second chance she hoped for, but it and its abrasive foreman are all she’s got.




Every time Charley Collins has let a woman get close, he’s been burned. So Lone Heart ranch and the contrary woman who owns it are merely a means to an end, until Jubalee tempts him to take another risk—to stop resisting the attraction drawing them together despite all his hard-learned logic.

Desperation is all young Thatcher Jones knows. When he leads an injured Steeldust horse to...

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From the Desk of Duffy Brown

St. Patrick's Day Trivia Contest


One day only!

In the comment section add a piece of trivia about St. Patrick or St. Patrick's Day. 

Two prizes will be awarded by a random name drawing. (Names will be put in a hat at the end of the day--around 9 pm U.S. Eastern) Please leave your www or your twitter name so we can contact you!!

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I'll start!

The city of Chicago goes so far to celebrate that they dye their river green.

Don't forget to leave your www or your twitter name in the comment so we can contact you!! Have fun! And no limit to comments. :-)
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From the Desk of Susan Lyons


From the desk of Susan Lyons

It’s ten years since my first book, Champagne Rules, appeared in bookstores! When I first dreamed of being a published writer, I didn’t even imagine what it would be like to be ten years in, with 21 books, 7 novellas, and a bunch of short stories published and several more on the way.

Speaking of the future, I’ve finished the rough draft of the first Blue Moon Harbor book, and my editor, agent, and I have agreed on a name: Fly Away With Me. The hero is a pilot and owns his own seaplane business, located at Blue Moon Harbor on a fictional Gulf Island. What do you think of the title?

Page proofs (also known as galleys) for Ring of Fire (Caribou Crossing #7) arrived and I went through them, enjoying a final chance to read the story before it becomes a real live book. The publication date is May 31, and it’s available for pre-order now. You can see the cover and blurb here:

I just discovered that Holiday in Your Heart, the final Caribou Crossing title (scheduled for September 27), is also up on Amazon –...

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Sawfish: A Deep Sea Thriller



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Dear Readers,

Rick Chesler's latest novel release, a sci-fi thriller with horror elements:

SAWFISH: A Deep Sea Thriller

by Rick Chesler

published by Severed Press

Marine biologist Dr. Mason Rayman is experimenting with gigantism in sea creatures when he accidentally creates a monstrously large sawfish. When it grows so big he can no longer keep it in his Miami lab, he is preparing to have it destroyed when he learns he is being terminated from his position. By way of revenge, he dumps the oversized shark relative into the ocean, where it soon roams out of control, slaughtering bathers at nearby trendy South Beach. 

Dr. Rayman doesn't let on that it's his fish responsible for the killings, but someone knows what he did, and she's blackmailing him. He plays along for a while but then decides she needs to be eliminated. Breaking into a lab at his former workplace, he deliberately creates more monster sawfish and releases them into the local waters. 

Rayman then attempts to get his job back by stepping forward as the expert on how to stop the scourge of gigantic predators now ravaging swimmers and water sports enthusiasts on South Florida beaches. But his blackmailer...

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The Silent Cry


The Silent Cry

by Cathy Glass

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The heartbreaking true story of a young, troubled mother who needed help.

The sixteenth fostering memoir by Cathy Glass.

It is the first time Laura has been out since the birth of her baby when Cathy sees her in the school playground. A joyful occasion but Cathy has the feeling something is wrong. By the time she discovers what it is, it is too late. This is the true story of Laura whose life touches Cathy’s in a way she could never have foreseen. It is also the true stories of little Darrel, Samson and Hayley who she fosters when their parents need help. Some stories can have a happy ending and others cannot, but as a foster carer Cathy can only do her best.

The Silent Cry, is out on 26th February in paperback, ebook and audio. Available from all major bookshops, supermarkets and online  I hope you enjoy it.

Very best wishes
Cathy Glass

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Movies & Writing




by Kat Martin


Since Academy Awards Night is one of my favorite evenings, I thought it might be fun to talk movies.  Old favorites, new favorites, worst picks of all time.

Who doesn’t love ET?  Star Wars?  Gone with the Wind?  Wizard of Oz?  They’re classics, never to be forgotten. 

As I look back, I realize some of the novels I’ve written were probably inspired by films I’ve seen and loved.  Old movies like The African Queen with Humphrey Bogart and Kathryn Hepburn; new ones like Taken, with Liam Neeson; Ocean’s Thirteen; Mission Impossible; the Heist. 

The plot for my new book, INTO THE FURY, may have developed from the fast action and suspense in those kinds of movies.  When Valentine Hart, one of La Belle lingerie’s most beautiful models, receives a death threat, it’s bodyguard Ethan Brodie’s job to protect her. Throw in murder, mayhem, and copycat killers and you have INTO THE FURY, a fast-paced, action-packed, hot-blooded romantic suspense I’m hoping readers will enjoy. 

Gone with the Wind, a time of elegant hoop skirts and Georgia mansions, led to CAPTAIN’S BRIDE, CREOLE FIRES, AND NATCHEZ FLAME.  My husband and I actually stayed...

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Rustler's Moon


Jodi Thomas


February 2016

Ransom Canyon Series

On a dirt road marked by haunting secrets, three strangers caught at life's crossroads must decide what to sacrifice to protect their own agendas…and what they're each willing to risk for love.

If there's any place that can convince Angela Harold to stop running, it's Ransom Canyon. And if there's any man who can reveal desires more deeply hidden than her every fear, it's Wilkes Wagner. Beneath the rancher's honorable exterior is something that just might keep her safe…or unwittingly put her in danger's path.

With his dreams of leaving this small Texas town swallowed up by hard, dusty reality, all Wilkes has to show for his life is the Devil's Fork Ranch. Though not one to let false hope seduce him, he can't deny the quiet and cautious beauty who slips into his world and changes everything.

Lauren Brigman finally has freedom at her fingertips. All she needs is Lucas Reyes's attention—a look, a touch, some sign that she's more to him than a girl he rescued one dangerous night. But now it's her turn to rescue someone, and the life-altering decision may cost her more than a chance...

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What's in a Name?

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In the course of writing more than sixty books, I’ve learned that a character’s name is extremely important.  I spend hours pouring over lists of names:  American, English, Italian, French, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, etc. 

Months before I start a novel, I begin to work on choosing the right names for my hero and heroine, which is a way of getting to know them. 

I like names that evoke an instant picture.  I’ve been writing about the Brodies for the last five books, men with strong family bonds.  Ty, Dylan, Nick, Rafe, and now Ethan are names I hope will make the reader think of guys with strength, courage, and principals--and of course tons of sex appeal. 

In INTO THE FURY, Ethan is a private investigator who works for his cousin, Ian, the owner of Brodie Operations Security Services, Inc. in Seattle.  BOSS, Inc they call it.  Ethan’s a man used to taking charge, a hard man and capable, but he isn’t happy about his current assignment--babysitting a bunch of self-absorbed lingerie models on a cross-country fashion show tour.  

Ethan is a man who has lost faith in the opposite sex--until he meets one...

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