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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks

Based on the Battle of Franklin in 1864, the deadliest hours of the Civil War have found Carrie McGavock’s plantation. 

She had no choice.  Her home was chosen as the nearest and best solution for the upcoming war hospital.  She had no idea what she was in for as she waited for her love to return from his part in the war.

Yet Carrie knew his return was unlikely.  It was a hope she hung on to while literally piles of wounded and dead men scattered her yard and home.
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One man had a special place in her home.  She gave him her bedroom to recover in and she kept him longer than any other mending soldier.

Something about the warmth and companionship in Zachariah Cashwell’s eyes tore at her heart.

He left with the last of the soldiers.

Carrie tended the garden of the dead where all soldiers had a proper burial.  She mourned for their families and mourned for the return of Zachariah.  She knew he was somewhere, still alive.

An amazing account of how the unseen chemistry will work and last the years until reunited when true love cannot be denied.

Happy reading,




Sunday, July 27, 2014

Interview with Beth Mathews and a Giveaway!

Alexis: Today we have Contemporary Romance author Beth Mathews and she will be giving away an ecopy of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FLING to one lucky commenter!

So Beth, which authors inspire(d) you?

Beth: I really credit Victoria Dahl's Talk Me Down with making me want to write contemporary romance. That was the first contemporary romance I read that felt young and sexy, with a heroine I could really relate too. Of course, after that I discovered more amazing authors like Julie James and Jennifer Crusie, but Dahl was really my gateway drug.

Alexis: I get that :-) What are you working on now?

Beth: Right now I'm polishing up a Contemporary New Adult romance, Love's Last Call, for release later this year. It's about a dorky bouncer and the cocktail waitress he's sure is out of his league. If people want to learn more they can check out the book's info-page on mywebsite.

Alexis: What are your favorite traits of the two main characters A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FLING?

Beth: I love that the hero Max is this huge, buff guy who's really a teddy bear at heart, and he is totally crazy about the heroine. I love that the heroine, Nicola, will stand up for herself--even to Max when he's being stubborn about something.

Alexis: Sounds like a good pairing. What was the first romance you ever read?

Beth: The Raider by Jude Deveraux, which then kicked off a LONG Jude Deveraux binge. My sister discovered her first, and then she and I would trade the paperbacks back and forth. I loved Deveraux's sense of humor (the ending of The Raider is fabulous in that regard.) Unfortunately, the old romances don't always hold up too well upon re-reading. Man, I loved her when I was twelve, though. 

Alexis: I loved her too! Of all the books that you’ve written, which is your favorite character?

Beth: I actually really love Lachlan, one of the secondary characters in my new contemporary romance A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S FLING a lot. He's snarky and British and sexy as hell. He has a way of stealing scenes and he's definitely going to get his own book at some point because he is just too much fun to write!

Alexis: Yea! Something for us to look forward to :-) Thank you so much for visiting us, Beth, and sharing your books with us.

If you would like a chance to win an ecopy of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FLING, leave a comment for Beth.

After dating her childhood sweetheart Max on and off for years, aspiring actress Nicola Charles is finally ready to move on. It’s time for her to focus on her stage career and stay away from Max–before he can break her heart again.

Max regrets hurting Nicola, but he wants another chance. So when his play loses its leading lady, giving Nicola the part seems like the perfect opportunity to win back his old flame.

But the course of true love—and a theater production—never do run smooth. As Max fights to reignite Nicola’s love, the onstage antics can’t rival the bedlam backstage: a neurotic cast, a prickly crew, and an evil diva of a director who’s got designs on Max.

As Nicola and Max battle to keep the drama onstage, Max can’t help wondering if their romance will end with the last performance. Or have the two of them finally captured what they’ve dreamed of all their lives? True Love.

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About Beth Mathews
Beth Matthews is a Southern California girl, born and raised. She’s a total geek, a movie buff, and a mediocre swing dancer. She lives in sunny SoCal with her boyfriend and two of the neediest housecats on the planet.


Alexis: Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FLING.

Friday, July 25, 2014

MASQUE by Lexi Post wins the Passionate Plume Award!

Whoohoo! Masque, my first book, won the Passionate Plume Award in the paranormal erotic romance category! I'm so thrilled!

Masque was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death" so I must tilt my hat to him. I also have to thank my amazing husband for all his support, my critique partner and fellow blogger Marie Patrick for her excellent feedback and my editor Grace Bradley who is amazing and taught me so much! And of course, my wonderful agent and my superb cover artist, Syneca.  

If this sounds like an acceptance speech, it is, because last night all I could do was squeal and smile :-)

I'm so thrilled that others found my book worthy. Thank you everyone!

Always, Lexi 

Rena Mills plans to turn an abandoned abbey into a haunted bed-and-breakfast to prove she can be successful without her ex-fiancé. What she finds inside is Synn MacAllistair, the distinguished, self-proclaimed Ghost Keeper. Her dreams soon fill with sexual cravings for him. But are they dreams?

Synn, born in 1828, is determined to free the souls of the resident spirits, blaming himself for bringing the Red Death that killed them. When Rena steps into the old Pleasure Palace, he’s sure he can take her through the after-midnight Pleasure Rooms and stoke her passion to complete the Masque so the souls can cross over. Her innocent fire makes him crave more, but it’s far too late for him.

As Rena begins her erotic journey, her heart becomes more involved with every sensual caress until she discovers by completing the Masque she would lose her ghosts. Synn’s betrayal wars with her compassion for her ghostly friends. Torn, she must make a choice between her financial security and freeing seventy-three trapped souls. Either way, she could lose her Synn.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


         Words, words, words!
      Words are a writer’s stock in trade. We paint pictures with them. We create (hopefully) memorable characters and stories with them and most author’s brains are full of dialogue and scenes and…well…words.
     There are those occasions though, when the words seem to be stuck. Oh, they’re there…..they just don’t want to come out. That’s where I am right now. A head full of words that just want to…stay where they are. Perhaps I should invest in some dynamite to blast those stubborn words out of my head!
     But it’s okay because fortunately for me, there are authors out there who are not having this issue and I can read their words. 
      I just finished Alexandra Hawkins’ After Dark with a Scoundrel. I had not read Ms. Hawkins’ before but since finishing this story, I wondered why not (she has a new fan).
I finished Gillian as well, from my friend Linda Andrews (if you haven’t read Linda, you should). I’m currently reading (because you know, I read several books at one time) Lisa Kleypas’ Where Dreams Begin and The Family Plan by Cathy McDavid  (I’m going through my To Be Read pile) and on my Kindle, I’m reading Romancing Lady Stone by Delilah Marvelle.

     Yes, there seems to be a book in every room in my house!
     So what are you reading? Anything you’d care to recommend?

As always, happy reading!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Interview with Patricia Kiyono and a Giveaway

Alexis: Today we have Sweet Romance author Patricia Kiyono visiting and she is giving away a digital copy of one of her books, so be sure to leave a comment for a chance t win.

Welcome, Patricia. What made you chose the title of your recent release, Searching for Lady Luck?

Patricia: My publisher issued a call-out for 20K historical novellas with the theme “Luck be a Lady.” The original idea was to put them in an anthology to have available at the Romantic Times conference in New Orleans. When I saw the theme I immediately thought of the musical Guys and Dolls and the song “Luck be a Lady.” I’ve never been to Atlantic City, but I spent a glorious week in Wildwood, which is about an hour away, and imagined a struggling artist living there during the Great Depression, and how he might be searching for his Lady Luck.

Alexis: Oh yes, I remember that song. I love hearing about where titles come from. So which authors inspire you?

Patricia: I have always admired Debbie Macomber for writing stories about people I can relate to. I also love Donna Andrews’s wit in her Meg Langslow series. I don’t think I could ever come up with mysteries like she does, and her characters’ vocabulary often have me reaching for a dictionary – but I love them! And for romantic comedy, I love Elizabeth Bevarly.

Alexis: I know that everyone has their own writing process…how they come up with ideas, how they name their characters, how they choose the setting. Can you describe your writing process?

Patricia: I used to begin with the characters and a situation that brought them together, but then I found they were too shallow. After I took an online class on conflict taught by Liz Lounsberry, I decided I needed to begin with the conflict, and then create characters who would be affected by that conflict. For example, in Searching for Lady Luck, the central conflict is economic success during the Great Depression. Charlie was once a successful artist in New York, but hard economic times forced him to go home to Wildwood and help support his family by delivering newspapers and selling his paintings on the boardwalk. I needed a heroine who identifies and struggles with him, but who has a separate issue that causes a romantic conflict. I came up with Rose, the daughter of a New York banker who committed suicide after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. She’s been forced to sell the family estate and live with her frail mother in the family home in Wildwood. The romantic conflict is that she craves stability – someone who will always be there, and a steady income – and an artist doesn’t seem to be a good choice for her. His romantic conflict is that he sees her as a muse, instead of someone who inspires him to work harder and be the best he can be.

Alexis: That sounds fascinating. What are you working on now?

Patricia: I’m trying to finish a sequel to my book Christmas Wishes. Apparently, my fictional small town of Zutphen, Michigan was popular enough that people asked for a follow-up. I’ve got one almost done and plans for another.

Alexis: I love sequels and more :-) Why did you choose this sub-genre of romance?

Patricia: There are a couple of reasons I write sweet romance. One is that I have nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild, and it’s nice to be able to share my writing life with them, as well as my mother and her friends, without any embarrassment. In fact my grandson designed my website when he was just sixteen, and all my grandkids on Facebook have liked my author page! Second, although I don’t mind reading spicy scenes, I’m just not good at writing them. I tried once, back before sweet romance became more popular. An agent told me I had to include at least three love scenes in a manuscript I submitted. I tried, then when I read it I thought, “If this happened to me, I’d feel cheated!”

Alexis: Sounds like you found the right subgenre. Thank you so much for visiting us on Happily Ever After Thoughts. It’s been a pleasure having you.

For a digital download of one of Patricia’s books, please leave a comment telling about something that makes you feel lucky. Do you have a particular item or ritual that helps you feel that way? Do you consider yourself a lucky person?

Blurb for Searching for Lady Luck:

Only seven years have passed since Rose Sheffield was a carefree college student, though it seems like a lifetime ago. Her father’s position at a major bank provided her with luxuries she took for granted. Now she works at menial jobs to support herself and her mother, and they live in what used to be their vacation home in Wildwood, New Jersey. Rose’s days are pure drudgery, until she meets Charlie. As luck would have it, she just happens to have the perfect place to display his artwork.

Before the Great Stock market crash of 1929, Charlie Brannigan was hailed as an up and coming artist in Manhattan. But now he’s back at his family home in Wildwood, delivering newspapers in the mornings and selling his paintings on the Boardwalk in the afternoons. He needs some luck in his life, and it seems every time a pretty lady named Rose appears, good things happen.

Searching for Lady Luck can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, and other ebook outlets.

About Patricia Kiyono:

 During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level.

She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her children and grandchildren. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures.

Patricia Kiyono can be found at her website, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.