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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

All the Beautiful Brides (Graveyard Falls Book 1) by Rita Herron

Copycat serial killer?  The former serial killer is in jail and ready for probation.

Special Agent Cal Coulter is called to Graveyard Falls to investigate a woman’s murder at the foot of the water fall, thirty years after a serial killer had taken the lives of three young women.

Mona Monroe returns to Graveyard Falls to discover who her biological mother is.  Mona was adopted and has one small clue to go on. 

Mona and Cal can’t help but run into each other.  She had married Cal’s step-brother and best friend who died in a car accident.

Cal has always loved Mona, but never wanted to reveal what he knows about Mona’s husband which isn’t anything good.

So who breaks the ice and makes the first move?  Will the other be receptive?  Mona and Cal hedge around their opportunities to reveal their true feelings, but repeated murders interrupt the signals.

The dark suspense and hidden love create a quick-to-read and satisfying romance.  Of course, I’m always curious about the following books in a series and who the romantic couple will be!

Happy reading,


Sunday, August 28, 2016

When The Bad Guys Get Their HEA

Recently I watched the movie Suicide Squad. Didn't know anything about it at the time, wasn't expecting much out of it, and thought if nothing else it would be an entertaining afternoon. What I didn't expect was for it to take place in the notorious Gotham City, nor for it to have a love story in it. Not your normal love story, mind you.  There was no chiseled handsome man and a winning beauty on his arm. Blah! No, this was the Joker and his psycho girlfriend Harley Quinn.

I loved it!

It was messy, chaotic, and entirely wrong . . . yet it was quite perfect. For them. And for me to shift my loyalties from the Dark Knight to the Joker, Harley, Dead Shot, and the rest of the misfit crew was astonishing. Not that I'd be loyal for long. They do need some redeeming qualities to make them turn from bad guy to hero (some of them did).

Either way, it was refreshing to get into the darker mindset for a brief time and see glimpses of good still trapped in them. And, while I still think they need serious meds and jail time, I'm left with empathy for them. If only that could happen on large scale in the real world, we might not have so much hate but understanding.

On that note, I promised myself to someday sit down and write a story in a POV I'd probably be uncomfortable with. One that may or may not have a HEA. Because not everyone gets one and not everyone deserves one.

But that's for later.

Right now, I'm plotting my way through Fearsome Foursome, a Mars Cannon novel, which should release in October.

Until next month!

Harley Quinn and Puddin (AKA the Joker)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

What's In A Name?

         Have you ever read a story and for reasons you couldn’t explain, the hero or heroine’s name just didn’t fit the character? And other times, the name was just so right, you couldn’t imagine that character being called anything else?
         Choosing a name is difficult. If an author is lucky, the characters themselves will tell you what their name is. In most cases, this name will stick. Sometimes not. In my current work in progress, my heroine has changed her name a few times (or rather, I’ve changed it because the more I came to know her, the more I knew the name I saddled her with just didn’t work—fortunately for me, I keep a list of names that have spoken to me at one time or another).
         The same goes for pets that might inhabit the story. Since I write a lot of westerns, I have horses to name. These horses are special and constant companions to either my hero or my heroine or both. They take on their own personality, sometimes very much in keeping with their names. In A Kiss in the Shadows, the hero’s horse was named Resolute, which suited both horse and rider perfectly. In my current work, the hero’s horse is named Traveler…again, appropriate for the character.
         When I’m choosing these names, I can pretty much go with what I want. Not so in real life. My DH and I are planning on getting a puppy (a German Shepherd, because that’s the breed near and dear to my heart) once the hot Phoenix summer is over. We currently have a four year old female and she needs a companion (we lost our Daisy a few months ago so Schatzie has been the only dog in the house…is she spoiled? Well, yes, she is, but she’s a good girl and she deserves it).
This is my Schatzie. Isn't she beautiful?
         Choosing Schatzie’s name was really easy. I knew what I wanted (Schatzie is German for sweetheart and it really does fit her personality) and my DH had no problem with it. Choosing a name for this new puppy has been a little more difficult. I have a list. There are 28 names on this list…and my DH doesn’t like any of them (though he hasn’t offered one of his own). Out of these 28 names, there are five that I really, really like so….I thought my DH and I could pull names from a hat. What do you think? It’s worth a shot, and maybe, the next time I’m having difficulty choosing a name for my hero/heroine, I’ll use the same method.

As always, happy reading!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Angi Morgan with a Little Inspiration and a Giveaway!

by Angi Morgan


Cowboy inspiration pictures keep me going from book to book. I rarely write a hero who rides a horse, but they certainly are great inspiration. 


Yep, give me a set of nicely tanned abs and I’m in heaven. So I find an inspiring set of abs to use as my laptop backdrop. I tile the picture and stare at it throughout the writing of the book. And let’s not forget the screensavers…


My Garrison Travis inspiration is Dror Okavi. He’s a personal trainer (at least I think he is from his website). I didn’t need to know that while writing. I just stared at his picture and imagined him riding a motorcycle for BULLETPROOF BADGE


The Jesse Ryder inspiration is from Rob Lang Images on Pinterest. He’s got lots of yummy cowboy pics for every season! I love this shot with the barbwire fence in the background. The openness of the picture was perfect for SHOTGUN JUSTICE which takes place in the panhandle of Texas. 


Anthony Catanzaro calls himself the Superman of personal fitness. I fell in love with this tan. Goodness. This picture was the Bryce Johnson inspiration for GUNSLINGER. Ironically, Bryce is sunburned during the story.


My Josh Parker inspiration had two images. I couldn’t discover who this model is. I loved the aviator shades with the hat!! My second image is of a REAL dad taken by a friend in a Walmart parking lot. We stalked him through the store and asked his wife’s permission to take the photo. I cropped his baby girl out, but my hero for HARD CORE LAW is the father of twins. There was something about the way this giant man took care of his baby while his wife shopped that struck a chord with me.

I hope you find your own inspiration…even at Walmart!



The twins were all Josh Parker had in this world. So when they were kidnapped, he couldn't rely on his Texas Rangers star to get them back safely. Or involve Tracey Cassidy, the only person he trusted to care for his children. A family of criminals was asking him to break the law if he ever wanted to see his children again. But when Tracey caught wind of his plan, she knew no matter how big Josh's heart was, he had a future with his twins to look forward to. They needed their father. And this was one burden he wouldn't have to shoulder alone.

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ANGI MORGAN writes Intrigues where honor and danger collide with love. Her work is a multiple contest finalist and Publisher’s Weekly best seller. She drags her dogs –and husband– around Texas for research road trips so she can write off her camera. They now have a map with highlighted roads they’ve traveled. Every detour somehow makes it into a book.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

PASSION OF SLEEPY HOLLOW by Lexi Post is up for Pre-order!

Passion of Sleepy Hollow 
by Lexi Post

Now available for Pre-order!
Releases September 14th

Recluse Braeden Van Brunt is not happy to be the Headless Horseman…until he meets Katrina Van Tassel, owner of the Sleepy Hollow Inn, whose allure bewitches him from the front desk into the bedroom. When he discovers Kat and the village of Sleepy Hollow are cursed to exist only in the present day for one weekend a year, he realizes the sacrifice he must make if he wants to keep her.

Katrina Van Tassel lives between slivers of time. She thought she was through grieving her betrothed’s death, but her dreams flare to life when his mirror-image arrives requesting a room. Drawn to Braeden, she is taken to greater heights of intimacy than she ever imagined, but she can’t be sure if her heart is with him or with the love from her past.

Knowing he must conquer both time and ghosts to keep the only woman he’s ever loved, Braeden must put the past to rest. But the dead won’t rest in Sleepy Hollow.