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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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Harriet Klausner

The One, the Only... Harriet Klausner!!


Yes, Virginia, Harriet Klausner was, indeed, real!

When Eric Klausner sent me an email apprising me of the death of his mom Harriet on October 15, 2015, I was both shocked and saddened.  Though Harriet and I went our separate ways in 2007, she had been a reviewer for Affaire de Coeur for a long time, and I wanted to pay homage to her and her contributions to the world of publishing.

 I discovered I didn’t have a picture of her; she and I are both camera shy. So, I decided to go online to see if I could find one. Lo and behold! Not only was there no picture, but there were three different pictures of women somehow claiming to be Harriet (none of whom were) and numerous comments claiming Harriet Klausner did not exist and/or someone else was writing reviews for Amazon using that name.

There cannot be a worse commentary on someone’ life than to say they didn’t exist. For those of you sitting in front of your computer, criticizing what you say is a non-existent person, I dedicate this editorial!

 It was in in my early days of being...

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Amazon's New Rating System



Authors! and Readers!

Now that it has been a little over 6 months since Amazon changed its rating and reviews system. What do you think? Has it hurt or helped us?

Personally, I don't think it has done much. It hasn't been able to control the trolls. They still slip in there and make stupid remarks, attack, and insult. The trolls are just being more careful about it. Keeping it closer to "opinion."

Even scarier is they allow the trolls to "hide" their profiles now. 

I honestly don't think this is the direction Amazon wanted the reviews to go.

So tell us. What do you think? Are you happy with the changes? What do you think about Amazon changing the Goodreads review policies?


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Hard Boiled Fiction, Action, Adventure -- No Good Deed by L.J. Martin


Excited to tell you about LJ Martin's new book, NO GOOD DEED, part of his Mike Reardon Repairman series.  If you like high-action men's adventure stories, give it a try! 

     For a short time you can buy it for $0.99 cents! 

                     Warmest wishes and happy reading, Kat

Get it now on Amazon for $0.99.


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From the desk of: Julie Anne Long


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The Legend of Lyon Redmond is here!


Darlings, it's here—even as I type this, THE LEGEND OF LYON REDMOND is downloading to e-readers across the world, showing up on bookstore shelves, winging its way through the mail—and maybe it's even in your sweet little paws right now. The revie so far have been truly extraordinary. I hope from the bottom of my heart that it's the story you always dreamed of for Lyon and Olivia! And may you laugh, cry, cheer and end the story both satisfied...and a little surprised. ;)


Here are a few handy buy links. :)

Amazon | iTunes | Barnes and Noble | HarperCollins

I can't wait for you all to read it!!

And WHAT's NEXT for me? Well, how about this:

The World Premiere Debut of...

...the back cover copy of HOT IN HELLCAT CANYON!
My newsletter subscribers are getting the VERY first look at what the story's about , and you can preorder it now! It's set in the California Gold Country, and I think if you love the Pennyroyal Green series, you'll find a lot to...

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Central Ohio Fiction Writers
Fall 2015 Writing Workshop
Holiday Inn Hotel
7007 N. High St., Worthington, Ohio
Saturday, October 24, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lunch is included
$40 for COFW members / $50 for non-members
Mary Buckham is a well-known writing teacher and author of Writing Active Setting and Writing Active Hooks.
Good preparation for NaNoWriMo! Meet our Authors!  Fun Raffle!
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Jodi Thomas and Her Love Stories with Texas

 Texas Love Stories


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With seven generations of my family in Texas, of course I write about the state I love.  In this new series I’m going more modern-day western than I ever have.  Step into the life of small towns and ranching with me.  I promise, you’ll fall in love with the people of Ransom Canyon.

The idea for RANSOM CANYON came from living in the Texas Panhandle.  I wanted to write about the real west of today.  I wanted my people to be like the men and women I grew up with, honest and true.  Not the cowboy on a book cover who has never been on a horse, but the cowboy who gets up at five to load his own horse and make it to the ranch before dawn.  He doesn’t work by the hour, but by the day.

As I began my first book in the series Staten Kirkland jumped off the page.  He’s strong and good, a rancher everyone looks up to, but he’s broken and only one woman can calm his heart. Shy Quinn asks nothing of him.  She offers understanding amid the storm of his life. 

Their friendship develops into a gentle, loving...

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Ransom Canyon

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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


Long ago, four families of ranchers settled along the canyon walls of a bleak Western frontier to forge better lives for future generations. Now, well over a hundred years later, on that same treacherous gorge, their scattered descendants are set to converge once more, ready to face the deadliest test of their lives. Welcome to Crossroads, Texas. From New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Jodi Thomas comes RANSOM CANYON (HQN Books, September 2015, $7.99 U.S./$8.99 CAN.), the first offering in a six-book series featuring enthralling family dramas, rugged heroes and the beautiful Texan landscape.

Following the deaths of his wife and only child, wealthy and prominent rancher Staten Kirkland swore he would never love again. All that keeps him going are his ranch and the grief he shares with his deceased wife’s best friend, Quinn O’Grady—his rainy-day woman. But after years of shared misery, something suddenly changes with...

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