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Another prayer needed for friends...

I just learned that I lost my friend and nursing colleague Kathy Zunino. I met Kathy in 1989, when we were fairly young R.N.'s. Kathy was a N.P. but not practicing as one. My specialty was always Pediatrics so when we met up at Kaiser, we hit it off. Her husband Paul, an avid reader, has been a reviewer for AdC for more than a decade. He likes the sci-fi, scary stuff. But he has also been caretaker supreme for his wife, as if she trained him as an R.N. herself. My love to her three children. Rest in peace, Kathy Z., you were a good friend.

Louise Snead

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Author Kelly Moran

Time for a helping hand...

Fellow author Kelly Moran has suddenly and tragically lost her husband. We at Affaire de Coeur would like to encourage you to help her and her children.

YouCaring website:

or you can send a donation directly to Kelly's paypal 

Thank you!

On Wednesday, March 7, Darren Moran suddenly and unexpectedly passed away, leaving behind many heavy and broken hearts. Words cannot express the devastating loss his friends and family feel at his sudden passing.

Darren was known for his sense of humor and hard work ethic. He was a gifted carpenter and an expert grill master.  And he was a loving dad to his three young sons, Evan and Logan (11 year-old twins) and Ethan (six years old). Darren loved his boys more than anything in this world.  And to the boys, Darren was their hero. 

During this extremely difficult time, many people have been searching for something to do - a way to help the family. This fund was created to provide a way for people to help, if they choose to do so. Any contributions made to this fund will be set aside for the boys’ future education.

Please feel free to share this on social media and via email. We greatly appreciate any donations that are made. 

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Lonestar's Lady by Deborah Camp



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Lonestar's Lady
Deborah Camp



“Someday you’ll burn for me, Mrs. Lonestar. You’ll want me as much as I want you. You’ll ask me to put out the fires raging through your body and I’ll gladly oblige.” 


OMG I LOVED THIS BOOK! Now that’s not a very professional review! I’ve got to do better! How about, THIS BOOK IS FREAKING AMAZING AND I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! Uh, nope. Ok, let’s try this again…

Augusta Horton has lived a rough life growing up with no mother and a drunkard for a father. When she sees an opportunity to escape via a mail order bride ad, she jumps at the chance at finally achieving the dream of having her own home. But, as luck would have it, her dream is shattered—a drunk and a liar placed the ad. Augusta is not one to jump from the frying pan into the fire, so she is determined to pull on her big girl pants, and find a way to make a life in this new town.

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Review of Unloved by Charity Parkerson


Unlovable (Hooked #7)
Charity Parkerson
Punk & Sissy Publications
5 Stars


“Tell me what you want…I’ll give you anything.” —Rylan

“Give me you…” —Tim

Love is love…

My review for Unlovable (Hooked #7) will be a little different than most. Perhaps it is because I’ve grown to love the characters the author describes; to the point, I feel so connected to them, it is if the author has looked into the window to my soul and seen what I hide behind my own mask.





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Who Doesn't Love an Awesome Romantic Suspense?

Beyond Danger

by Kat Martin



Kat Martin brings page-turning suspense to a tale of secrets and passions turned deadly . . .

Texas mogul Beau Reese is furious. All six feet three obscenely wealthy, good-looking inches of him. His sixty-year-old father, Stewart, a former state senator no less, has impregnated a teenager. Barely able to contain his anger, Beau is in for another surprise. It appears that Stewart has moved an entirely different woman into the house . . .
Beau assumes that stunning Cassidy Jones is his father’s mistress. At least she’s of age. But those concerns take a sudden backseat when he finds Stewart in a pool of blood on the floor of his study—and Cassidy walks in to find Beau with his hand on the murder weapon.
The shocks just keep coming. Someone was following Stewart, and Cassidy is the detective hired to find out who and why. Now she’ll have to find his killer instead. Her gut tells her it wasn’t Beau. And Beau’s instincts tell him it wasn’t Cassidy. Determined to track down the truth, they form an uneasy alliance—one that will bring them closer to each other—closer to danger and beyond . . .




Kat Martin’s


Beyond Danger



Pleasant Hill, Texas


Beau could hardly believe it. His father was sixty years old! The girl sitting across from him in a booth at the Pleasant Hill Café looked like a teenager. A very pregnant teenager.

“Everything’s going to be okay, Missy,” Beau Reese said. “You don’t have to worry about anything from now on. I’ll make sure everything is taken care of from here on out.”

“He bought me presents,” the girl said, dabbing a Kleenex against the tears in her eyes. “He told me how pretty I was, how much he liked being with me. I thought he loved me.”

Fat chance of that, Beau thought. His dad had never loved anyone but himself. 

Shoving a hand through his wavy black hair, Beau took a steadying breath. He had always wanted a baby brother or sister. Now at the age of thirty-five, he was finally going to have one.

Beau felt a surge of protectiveness toward the young woman carrying his father’s child. 

He looked over to where she sat hunched over next to her mother on the opposite side of the pink vinyl booth. “Everybody makes mistakes, Missy. You picked the wrong guy, that’s all. Doesn’t mean you won’t have a great kid.”

For the first time since his arrival, Missy managed a tentative smile. “Thank you for saying that.”

Beau returned the smile. “I’m going to have a baby sister. I promise she won’t have to worry about a thing from the day she’s born into this world.” Hell, he was worth more than half a billion dollars. He would see the child had everything she ever wanted.

When Missy’s lips trembled, her mother scooted out of the booth. “I think she’s had enough for today. This is all very hard on her and I don’t want her getting overly tired.” Josie reached for her daughter’s hand. “Let’s go home, honey. You’ll feel better after a nap.”

Beau got up, too, leaned over and brushed a kiss on Missy’s cheek. “You both have my number. If you need anything, call me. Okay?”

Missy swallowed. “Okay.” 

“I should have called you sooner.” Josie’s eyes teared up. “I didn’t know how I was going to manage the bills all by myself. “ Thank you, Beau.”

“Everything’s going to be okay.” He watched the women head for the door, the bell ringing as Josie shoved it open and she and Missy walked out of the café. 

Leaving money on the table for his coffee, he followed the women out the door, his temper climbing toward the boiling point. His father should be the one handling Missy’s pregnancy. He’d had months to step up and do the right thing. Beau figured he never would.

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Kat Martin



Spotlight On NYT Bestselling Author Kat Martin


New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in anthropology, and also studied history. Currently residing in Missoula, Montana with her Western-author husband, L. J. Martin, Kat has written sixty-five historical and contemporary Romantic Suspense novels. With more than sixteen million copies of her books are in print, she’s been published in twenty foreign countries. Kat’s currently working on her next Romantic Suspense.

Tell us about your new book or series. 

Beyond Danger is book two of my Texas Trilogy.  It’s Beau Reese's story.  Mega-rich, black-haired, and blue-eyed, Beau was a highly successful race car driver before he left the circuit, sort of a Texas Paul Newman.  Beau loves fast cars and fast women.  

He is also wanted for murder. 

Private Detective, Cassidy Jones, is his nemesis.  She’s smart and sexy and she’s no pushover.

Lucky for Beau, she’s also determined to prove his innocence.

How many books do you currently have out on the market and what genres do they fall into?

I‘ve written around seventy books.  Historical Romance, a couple of straight Contemporaries, Paranormal and Romantic Suspense.

Will you be attending any book signings or conventions? 

I’ll be in Billings, Montana for Western Writers and in Denver for RWA.  I am hoping to go to NYC for Book Expo this year.


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     After he'd left the police station, he had checked into the Holiday Inn, but he hadn't been able to sleep.  Even after drinking a couple of beers he had picked up at the store and brought to the room, he couldn't calm his mind enough to block images of his father lying on the study floor covered in blood. 

     He had planned to postpone his search until he moved into the house tomorrow, but he was sure the cops wouldn't find whatever was in his father's secret place and the information could be extremely important. 

     And what if the murderer also knew about the hiding place?  What if he went back to the house and took whatever his father kept there before Beau had a chance to look at it?

     Giving in to temptation, he'd left the motel, climbed into his car and driven to the house that had been his childhood home.

     He kept walking, crossed to the other side of the road and made his way around back.  No lights on in the guest house.  He figured Cassidy had probably returned to Dallas, wondered if he'd ever see her again and felt a surprising flicker of disappointment.

     He hadn't met an interesting woman in weeks, longer really, and especially not one who appealed to him physically as much as Cassidy Jones. 

     He was crossing the yard toward the back door when he spotted a dim light moving around behind the curtains in the master bedroom.  Adrenaline shot through him.  Clicking off the flashlight, he ducked out of sight behind the thick trunk of an oak tree.

     Someone was in the house and the way the light was circling, that someone was searching for something. 

     Moving quietly through the darkness, he reached the terrace and crossed to the back door, found it unlocked, turned the knob and slipped into the laundry room.  Beau headed down the hall toward the master bedroom, pausing just outside the door to listen for movement inside.  The sound of footsteps crossing the deep cream carpet in the bedroom, signaled the intruder was heading in his direction.

     Beau flattened himself against the wall behind the door, muscles tense as he waited.  The knob turned and the door swung open.  Beau stepped out and grabbed the intruder around the waist, heard a gasp as he slammed the man against the wall. 

     The guy was small but he didn't go down easy.  Beau blocked an elbow jab, jerked his knee up to stop a kick to the groin that would have done serious damage to his masculinity, did a quick turn and used the side of his foot to sweep the guy's feet out from under him.

     They both went down on the floor of the hall, Beau landing on top, pinning the guy in a wrestling move that took less than three seconds, legs splayed, arms immobilized above the intruder's head.  It was the breasts pressing into his chest that said it was a woman. 

     The height and feminine curves said it was Cassidy Jones.   

     "Cassidy, what the hell?"

     "Beau."  Recognizing his voice, she stopped fighting and relaxed a little, shoved hard at his chest.  "Get off me.  I can't breathe."

     Seeing it as payback for the trouble she'd caused, he dipped his head to catch a whiff of her soft perfume, shifted a little just because she felt so good, then lifted himself away.

     As he came to his feet, gripped her hand and pulled her up beside him, his irritation returned.  It was followed by a shot of suspicion.

     "In case you've forgotten, this is a crime scene," he said.  Since neither of them were supposed to be there, he tugged her down the hall into the powder room where he could safely turn on the light.  "What the hell are you doing here?"

     She hesitated just long enough for him to know she was going to lie.

     "The truth or I'm calling the cops."  Not that it wouldn't cause him as much trouble as her.

     Resigned, Cassidy sighed.  "I was looking for your father's private papers."


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Season of Strangers by Kat Martin

Hi Friends, 

SEASON OF STRANGERS is one of my paranormal romantic suspense novels, a wild story, by far the most unusual book I’ve ever written.  It’s about a young woman named Julie Ferris who spends an afternoon on the beach with her sister and winds up missing several hours of time.  The very sexy hero is Commander Val Zarkazian, but I don’t want to give away what happens during those missing hours.  It’s an intriguing tale, scary, sensual, and romantic. 

So...if you are brave enough to try something different, I hope you will watch for SEASON OF STRANGERS! It is being re-issued with a new cover and was just released today!! 

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From the desk of JoAnn Smith Ainsworth


Join me and two other authors for an engaging conversation on how the mystery novels you read are put together.

11/28/17 – 6:00-8:00 p.m. – Mystery authors panel and book signing at  Alameda County Fremont Library, 2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538 (510-745-1400) with Peggy Lucke and Kate Jessica Raphael.

        Here's the flyer:

I'll appreciate your forwarding this to friends who might be interested.

Wishing you the best for this holiday season.



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JoAnn Smith Ainsworth
EXPECT DECEPTION(Book 2)  (e-book 978-1-63152-061-7; print 978-1-63152-060-0)
EXPECT TROUBLE (Book 1)  (e-book 978-1-48356-197-4; print 978-1-48356-196-7; audio (Digital ISBN: 9780998749013  / Digital Library ISBN: 9780998749020)

POLITE ENEMIES (Book I) (e-book 978-1-61160-636-2print 978-1-61160-898-4)
THE FARMER AND THE WOOD NYMPH (Book II) (e-book 978-1-61160-660-7; print 978-1-61160-590-7)
Visit Twitter @JoAnnAinsworth or @JoAnnParanormal and Facebook's JoAnn Smith Ainsworth Fan Page and profile.

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From the Desk of Kat Martin

Hi Friends,

This is a story that has personal meaning for me, the kind of tale that just wouldn't leave me alone until I got it down on paper. It's a heartwarming, emotional tale I am hoping readers will enjoy, the kind of Christmas miracle we all look for in our lives.

I hope you will watch for THE CHRISTMAS CLOCK! The kindle version will be selling for $0.99 during November. :)


Check out my website! Enter my contests! Join my mailing list. Connect with me on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter @katmartinauthor. Follow me on Goodreads.

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