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Thursday, November 27, 2014

An East Coast Cop With a Treacherous Romantic Past, and a Betrayed Highland Warrior With Everything to Lose

My fellow Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada member Stella MacLean has a new release: 

"Set adrift by her memories, mired in guilt over her past, Dr. Robyn McGill’s only hope of uncovering the truth is to trust Officer Luke Carlisle, a man whose past where women are concerned is shrouded in treachery.

In the end their belief in each other is the only defence against the desperation that haunts them, the death that surrounds them, and the man whose sole purpose is to kill them.
A shocking, one of a kind story of deceit and betrayal played out against the backdrop of a lonely island on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean." -- stellamaclean.com 

~~~                                                                                                                                      ~~~

My other friend and fellow Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada member Kate Robbins also has a new release:

Enemy of the Highlander, Book 3 in her Highland Chiefs series

"Two years ago Freya MacKay walked away from the only man she would ever love, her family’s bitter enemy, knowing her clan would never accept their love. A fragile alliance has been forged and now he has returned to warn of a terrible threat. Freya MacKay is torn between the familiar surge of passion he evokes and her promise to wed another man. 

Ronan Sutherland has lost everything to a cruel uncle who will lay the entire north Highlands to waste if he is not stopped. There is only one who can help—but seeking alliance with his former enemy, Fergus MacKay, means encountering the woman who left him two years ago, breaking his heart. 
A bitter feud keeps their clans at one another’s throats and it seems nothing will stop one from destroying the other. Will Ronan ever forgive Freya for leaving him? Can he trust her again? Or will the decades of hatred and deceit between their families prevail?" -- katerobbinsauthor.com

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving (USA)

From the writing desk of Christine Mazurk


When asked what my favorite tradition is on Thanksgiving, I answered that we cook our turkey in a brown paper bag. People always respond the same way: "Doesn't the bag burn?" No, and you end up with a crispy, perfectly cooked turkey with no fuss. No basting, no checking the oven, etc. Until it is time to take the turkey out to carve it!

Here's how to do it:

Get a bag big enough to fit the turkey inside. You'll need a little extra space to roll the bag closed, so it seals in the juices. (I use a brown grocery store bag.) Take a softened stick of butter and butter the entire inside of the bag.

Follow baking directions on the turkey for time and temperature.

Season your turkey as you like. I use Montreal steak seasoning, cilantro, and thyme. I even put seasonings in the cavity. Place the turkey in the bag, roll it up, put it in a turkey roasting pan, and put it in the preheated oven. Cook as directed for the weight of the turkey. Simply leave it in the oven for the duration. Take it out when the timer goes off, cut the bag open, carve turkey and ENJOY!!! 

A few things I'm thankful for this year. The loving support of my husband. My family and friends. My publishing career and all of the fabulous people I've met and worked with because of it! I'm thankful that Tango found us on Christmas Eve - five years ago. That we adopted Samba to play with Tango. I'm thankful for my health and that I'm filled with creative energy to keep writing my stories!!

Wishing everyone a spectacular Holiday Season!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Can a Wounded Boston Cop Believe His Own Near-Death Vision? Can True Love Break Past the Dictates of a Proper Marriage?

My cousin and fellow Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada member Julianne MacLean has a new release: 

"Boston cop, Josh Wallace, is having the worst day of his life. First, he’s dumped by the woman he was about to propose to, then everything goes downhill from there when he is shot in the line of duty. While recovering in the hospital, he can’t seem to forget the woman he wanted to marry, nor can he make sense of the vivid images that flashed before his eyes when he was wounded on the job.

Soon, everything he once believed about his life begins to shift when he meets Leah James, an enigmatic resident doctor who somehow holds the key to both his past and his future…" -- juliannemaclean.com 

~~~                                                                                                                                      ~~~

My other friend and fellow Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada member Kelly Boyce also has a new release:

A Sinful Temptation, Book 3 in her Sins and Scandals series

"Mr. Marcus Bowen, former ward and now trusted man of business to the Marquess of Ellesmere, has returned from the brink of death after surviving a knife-wielding thief only to have his perfectly ordered life fall into chaos. A mysterious package arrives and reveals his past is nothing but a lie. To make matters worse, the woman he once shared a passionate, ill-fated kiss with insists he help her capture a proposal from another man—a man far more befitting her station than the son of servants.


The dictates of her father’s will are clear—Lady Rebecca Sheridan must put away her childhood fantasies of Marcus Bowen and marry the very proper Lord Selward. A feat she must accomplish before her next birthday or watch as her family fortunes are forfeited. When Lord Selward drags his feet on a proposal, Rebecca grows desperate and turns to the one man she trusts above all others for assistance—Marcus. But Rebecca soon learns how easily unspoken passions can be re-ignited, and how thin the line between love and friendship can be. 

As Marcus works to unravel the mystery of his past and discover his true identity, can he ignore the sinful temptation Lady Rebecca presents? Or will long-ignored desires and well-buried secrets bring them both to the brink of ruin, destroying any hope of a happy future?" -- KellyBoyce

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

H is for Hero

 By Alison Bruce
"My heroes were always soccer players."

"My heroes have always been cowboys."
Willie Nelson

Setting aside the momentary heroes who open the door for you when your hands are full, or brings you a cup of coffee when you can barely keep your eyes open during an important meeting, what makes a hero? What sets apart a hero (used in the generic because heroine sounds like the drug) from ordinary people?
"Hard times don't create heroes. It is during the hard times when the 'hero' within us is revealed."
Bob Riley
It's the job of an author to give their main characters the kind of trials and tribulations that allow the hero within to emerge. A romance author has to go one step further an make their heroes gorgeous... or at least media-approved attractive. It's practically a defining characteristic of romantic hero.

Part of me balks at that. Beauty is as beauty does. On the other hand, the paramedic that joked with me after my car accident and jollied me through the ambulance ride from hell was, in my opinion at the time, the most handsome man in the world. That impression sticks with me even though I know that he'd never make it as a model for Sears, let alone GQ.

This doesn't mean I don't appreciate beauty in men and women (but mostly men). I just like my heroes to be defined by their actions, not their appearance. Chris Helmsworth as Thor is eye candy, but he has to earn his place as a hero in the story.

Which brings us back to what makes a hero.

"We are all ordinary. We are all boring. We are all spectacular. We are all shy. We are all bold. We are all heroes. We are all helpless. It just depends on the day."
Brad Meltzer

I think most of us have it in us to be heroes under the right circumstances... and most of us would deny being heroes. Even when we knowingly make sacrifices and especially when we only do what we think is right, heroes are other people. Not us.

That's as it should be for our fictional characters too. Other people may call them heroes. They should just do what they do.

Who are your heroes?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fun Friday Question of the Week: Win a FREE Book!

Waynes-WorldWeek 9 in our Lachesis Publishing QUESTION OF THE WEEK! WIN A FREE BOOK! This week's question is: You're at a red light and your favourite song comes on the radio or mp3/ipod. Do you crank it up and sing along WAYNE'S WORLD style, not caring who sees you? Or do you leave the volume alone and listen along without the theatrics?

You have until midnight tonight (EST) to leave a comment HERE or on our BLOG to get your name put in a draw to win a free e-book! The winner will get to choose one e-book from our Lachesis Publishing site (winner's choice!) and we will send it to him or her. On Saturday morning, I'll post the winner's name on our Lachesis Publishing blog and on my facebook page. I will also contact him/her on facebook as well. Good luck and happy reading!