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Sunday, May 28, 2023

PAINTING THE EARL by Lexi Post now available for PreOrder!

I'm so excited to share my cover for PAINTING THE EARL (Marrying a Mabry: Book 2). This book comes out in just a few weeks! What do you think?

Lady Amelia Mabry is determined to paint her masterpiece before marrying, but she’s struggling with the male form. It isn’t as if she can hire a nude male model or she’d be shunned by the ton. So when the Earl of Sommerset, who she’s privately dubbed the Golden Adonis, surprises her with a marriage proposal, she can’t resist making a counter proposal – pose nude for her, and when the painting is complete, she’ll marry him if he still wishes her to.

Andrew Crauford, Earl of Sommerset has just inherited his title, and as he’s discovered, his father’s significant debt. He needs to marry a woman with a sizeable dowry, but no young lady has interested him. Running out of time, at his friend’s recommendation, he proposes to Lady Amelia, but he never expected a counter proposal, nor such a brazen one at that! Now he’s interested. Unfortunately, the lady has an aversion to being married for her money, which means he must entice her to fall in love with him.

Though Lady Amelia has fancied painting the Earl since meeting him, she’s shocked he agreed to her counterproposal. As his sittings begin, she finds it more and more difficult to focus on her painting instead of her model. If she’s not careful, her carefully laid plans for her future will go amiss. Bargain or not, falling in love with the Earl before completing her masterpiece is not an option.

Painting the Earl

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Coal River by Ellen Marie Wiseman

Coal river, Pennsylvania  has made it's mark on historical fiction/romance.  The town is created, yet the history is a horrific reality.  To soften the blow, romance blossoms in a bad situation.

Emma Malloy is pushed out of a New York hospital after her parents are documented as dead from the same theater fire Emma survived.  In 1912, the social programs haven't been created, so the only place she knows to go, other than the poor house, is Coal River.  

Her aunt and uncle grudgingly take her in with the prerequisite to earn her keep as a house maid and stay in the shadows.  Uncle Otis is a supervisor for the local coal mine, which sparks Emma's curiosity after she notices many local boys with missing limbs, coal-dirty, and not in school.  

Clayton Nash works in the coal mine and can't help but notice Emma as a new woman in town.  He has his family, minus a wife, in mind when he works long dangerous hours in the toxic environment of coal.

By an accidental meeting, Clayton and Emma hide their interest in one another as they realize the mutual help to attain their goals is foreseeable if they team up.  Clayton is determined to make the coal mines safer and operate under better regulations while keeping his adopted orphans healthy and safe.  Emma dreams of teaching children and adds making the coal mine safe for the families and children after learning how dangerous they are.

Meeting frequently, Emma and Clayton develop a bond with strong feelings as they organize to bring safety and health to the coal workers.  

An amazing story replicating the danger present in early American coal mines and the fact that health and love can grow in a toxic and fixable work environment.

Happy reading,


Sunday, May 21, 2023

Kicking Starters and Kicking Asses.


Good Morning!  How are ya’all doin’?  I’m hoping every last one of you are rockin’ it and rollin’ through life today with no obstacles…nothing but clear skies and roses everywhere. 

Okay, now that the formalities are out of the way, apologies are in order.  I was supposed to have blogged two days ago, but I’m on a wild roller coaster ride right now and drinking from a fire hose as I learn how to put together a Kickstarter campaign for the Butterscotch Martini Girls. So, my Friday blog turned into my Sunday blog. Forgive me, and let’s just go with better late than never.  😊 

Anyway…no, I am not really kicking starters (or asses), but I am putting together a Kickstarter campaign.  (See what I did there?)  Well, in all actuality, the BMGs are putting it together, but Dani Petrone and I are doing the legwork. 

The go-live is still a little way off, but you should be seeing a pre-launch page showing up in Kickstarter sometime in late June or early July. I promise to keep you posted as I try to bring ya’all along for the ride. 

But there are a lot of moving parts to a Kickstarter campaign. Which means if we are to put together the most kick-ass campaign we can, there is a lot of up-front work to do. 


Over the last few weeks, we’ve been learning the platform…well, 3 platforms, actually. It turns out that while you can do Kickstarter all by itself, there are other products/services that can be paired with it to simplify the process, increase revenue, or reduce cost. This turns out to be a good news-bad news scenario where there is assistance available, but it comes with a LOT to learn. 

Given the steepness of the learning curve, I managed to convince Dani Petrone that she was just dying to help. (She may never forgive me for the lies I told her.)  LOL 

Anyway, Dani and I have been researching process, graphics, costs, merchandise, vendors, promo, shipping methods, shipping rates, and a million other little things that tie into a Kickstarter campaign…not to mention that we are trying to wrangle nine authors so we can come up with a single, comprehensive and fun solution. 

(Sorta like herding lizards. Those little suckers are fast, and they can get away from
you in the blink of an eye…much like lizards.)

Over the past month, we put together some surveys to see what this group of authors would like to do…what they love, what they hate, what they don’t give a flying rat’s ass about. Good thing we did because there were some surprises in there that gave us a few things to sidestep and others to do a workaround for. But we have now nailed down our theme and our tagline…which I cannot yet reveal. But it is freaking awesome! So much so that it makes me almost giddy every time I think about it. 

The core of the campaign will be a special edition box set of five pre-published cowboy stories in the sensual to sizzling heat range. While most of these stories can be purchased separately online, we will be doing some special formatting and some really cool stuff that is exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign. 

We will NOT be making this box set available at online retailers. Those of you who have been fans of the BMG box sets in the past should plan to back a tier in this campaign if you want this special edition set with some of the fun extras we’ve never offered anywhere before. Wait and you will miss it. 

As I said earlier, we are digging deep into merchandise and goodies we think our readers will love, which means lots of late nights on the internet looking at things I’d give my eye teeth for and things I wouldn’t bury with my worst enemy. OMG, some of the stuff that is available is mind-boggling. 

Here are some of my top contenders for the WTF award…


That first one I don't even know what it is. The bendy pens are cute, but no one can concentrate with those weird-ass dudes waving and bobbing all over the  And those teeth...sometimes you just have to ask yourself…WHY? 

Well, I promise you we will NOT be including crap like this.  We are gonna offer really cool stuff.  So, you gotta stay close and watch for us to post the link to our campaign pre-launch page sometime in late June or early July. 

In the meantime, go set yourself up a Kickstarter account…free to all…and look around out there at book projects, which will be listed under publishing / fiction.  It might take a little bit to figure out how the site works, but I promise you it will be worth it. There are some really cool projects being worked out there and I heartily encourage you to find one you love and back it. I’ve backed about a dozen in the last month and it's so much fun when you run across one you can really get behind and you back a tier, then watch the process and cheer them across the finish line. 

As a backer, you end up owning a little bit of their success.  It’s fun. 

Remember, we indie authors work very hard and are often paid pennies on the dollar for very good books simply because our marketing skills have not yet caught up with our writing skills. This means that good books often go unnoticed or unwritten because the funding simply never comes. 

Kickstarter is a relatively new approach to marketing books. It allows us to involve our readers in the process by sharing with them and by offering special bonuses and spiffs along the way in exchange for their help in bringing these special projects to life. This is your chance to spend your reading dollars in a way that directly supports creators, a way that enables creators to bring new and deserving stories to life.  

Set Up An Account Today

I thank you for getting on the Lassiter Express (😊) and taking this little ride with me. Stay tuned for more information on this project. Just as a little glimpse inside the workshop…I’m looking today at the possibility of sourcing leather bookmarks with the BMG logo on it. 

How fun would that be if I can make it work?!

Well, that’s my story, ass-kicking and ass-tounding, and I’m stickin’ to it. Hang on tight now ‘cuz we’re gonna go real, real fast!

Love ya,  

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Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Progress on the New Project

            Hello, gentle readers! Hope you are all well and staying safe!
        It’s a beautiful Sunday morning as I sit down to write this. The weather is perfect, but then again, the sun hasn’t risen yet (living in Phoenix, mornings are my favorite time of day…the world is peaceful, the birds are chirping, and it isn’t hot yet).
Work on my new project is going well (hahahaha, that doesn’t surprise me)! I love starting a new project. The beginning of a new story is so full of promise and the words seem to flow well. This is the point where we’re getting to know our hero and heroine…and already, I’ve been surprised, but I’ve learned to never question those surprises. Those unexpected little tidbits of information become very useful as the story progresses.
My other favorite portion of the story is the end. I love those happily ever afters…and if they can make me tear up, so much better.
I will admit, the middle of the story is what gives me the most problems but I’m far from there at the moment, so I’m not going to worry about it.
So, who are my hero and heroine?
My hero is the sheriff of Possibility, Texas. You all met him if you read Wife For Hire. He also made a few appearances in Wife Wanted, which hasn’t been released yet (I still need to print that out, read it out loud, and make edits/corrections). Wife Desired is the Sheriff’s story (yes, he deserves one…he’s not a bad guy).
My heroine is Talia West. Tally for short. She’s independent, spirited, and stubborn. She also isn’t a satin and lace type woman, which the sheriff has always been attracted to but that’s all right. I think their romance will make for a very fun story.
Speaking of that, I should get back to it. They’re not going to fall in love unless I write it. 
Stay well! Stay safe! And remember to spread kindness wherever you go! 

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Runaway Groomsman by Meghan Quinn

 I love this story! I am really into romantic comedies lately, and laughing is a great aphrodisiac!

Sawyer starts out in great form by ditching his agreement as best man in the middle of his best friend's and ex-girlfriend's wedding.  Along with the middle finger double salute, he runs back down the aisle, loses a shoe, jumps in his car, and heads for somewhere with a liquor license.

Fallon adores her home in Canoodle, CA.  It's her grandparents' resort, which is in need of repairs with a perfect spot nestled in the mountains within a village having a cat as its mayor.  

Fallon and the rest of the village adore the bar where her BFF, Jaz, bartends and serves waffles for dinner.  This is Sawyer's choice to drink himself into oblivion.

Fallon and Jaz feel sorry for him and drag him in his light blue suit to her resort to sleep it off.  Jaz, witty and always with her big knife in her back pocket, threatens him to behave along with giving him the nickname Julia, from Runaway Bride.

This is Fallon's second impression of Sawyer, and it's not any better than the first of which he doesn't remember.

Sawyer begins to like the tranquility of Canoodle, away from the hustle of being a screenwriter for romance and the betrayal of the betrothed.  It'll take a lot for Jaz to be nice, or maybe never, but when Sawyer sets his mind on Fallon he has to be a gentleman.  She has a boyfriend and he's actually a nice guy.

Maybe the peace in the mountains will be enough, but the heart keeps wishing.  Sawyer finds ways to secretly help Fallon with her remodels while he plans on how to get back to life.  Fallon's boyfriend loves her, but she can't force the reciprocation of the three magic words "I love you".  Could this be the chink in her current relationship to allow room for a change?

I can't put this book down, so I hope you try it!

Happy reading,


Wednesday, May 3, 2023

It's Here! It's Here! Wife for Hire Has Been Released!


        Hello, gentle readers! Hope you are all well and staying safe!
        Well, the release of Wife For Hire went off without a hitch. It’s available in both ebook and print (whoooo-hoooo!).
        There’s a special kind of excitement (and fear) when one releases a new book and I’ve been going on that roller coaster of emotions. It’s been a few years—since before the pandemic—since I’ve released anything new and the same old questions go through my head. Is it good enough? Will people like it? Is it ready?
        Sometimes, you just can’t answer those questions. Sometimes, you just have to have faith, put all those doubts aside, grab hold of your heart, and let it go.
        I’m not sure about other writers—I can only speak for myself—but for me, the characters in my stories become so real—and it’s hard to let them go. It’s like sending your child out into the world.
        So why do I do it? Why do I write? Well, several reasons really. I’ve had a love affair with words for as long as I can remember. One of my earliest—and fondest—memories is sitting with my grandmother in her rocking chair while she read to me from Little Golden Books (remember those?). It wasn’t long before I was reading to her. And then I bought my first romance novel and voilà ! Not only was I hooked, but I wanted to write these stories (because I’m such a sucker for that happily ever after—still am!). I write not only because I have stories to tell, but because I am not the same person when I don’t. Despite the difficulties (writer’s block, anyone? Characters doing what they want and not what you want them to do. Writing yourself into a corner with no way out—yeah, I’ve done all that), it’s still one of the things in life that I love the most (aside from my family and friends).
        Now to get back to the third book in the series so I can go through this roller coaster of emotion once again!

Stay well! Stay safe! And remember to spread kindness wherever you go!


        If you want to check out Jared and Merrilee’s love story, I’ve provided some links.