‘Price of Desire’ by Lavinia Kent

POD LKSTORY: A Military Hero and a Despairing Wife . . .

Captain Wulf Huntington and Rose, Lady Burberry, become lost in pleasure on an anonymous afternoon and evening caught in time.

But reality intrudes sooner than either thought possible when both learn the other’s true identity and all the reasons why their love cannot be. He must return to military life and she to the only life she knows.

Until . . .

Years pass and now the widowed Rose seeks another husband. At a country house party organized to meet eligible men, an angry Wulf intrudes. He wants answers from Rose, answers she is not willing to give. Will past betrayals and secrets keep the lovers apart or will they come to embrace a love for all time?

REVIEW: This is the second installment of Ms. Kent’s Desire series, and this is Rose’s story and the price she pays for giving into her desire to be free of worry for just one warm summer afternoon.

The hero of this story, Captain Wulf Huntington, we met briefly in the first book and I just knew this guy was going to be complex and compelling. He’s an Alpha hero to the bone, big, strong and handsome; man who’s been through hell while in battle at Waterloo and whose personal story, when he finally breaks down and tells it, will break your heart.

In the Prologue, we meet the young Lady Rosalind Burberry who is tending her own gardens and is having a ‘fight’ with a rose-bush that’s too stubborn to budge, and out of the blue a young, strong and way too good-looking man stops by to help her out with it. Both are immediately taken with each other, regardless of her married state, which of course he knows nothing about. Talk about sexual tension!

Wulf is on his way to Lord Burberry with an errand and coming upon this beautiful woman who is flirting with him and is desirous of his ‘full’ attention is what he feels something he needs to cleanse himself from all the carnage he’d witnessed from the battles he’s been into, and Rose feels that after many years of celibacy in her married life, it’s something her soul just had to give into, to prove that she’s still a woman. Neither is aware that the price they’ll be paying for that afternoon would be high and the memories would be with both through the next five years of their life.

Once more Lavinia Kent goes all out in her characterization of these two very stubborn, very strong and very passionate people. I loved them both and yet I wanted to strangle Rose! No, I’m not going to tell you why. You’ll need to read the book to find out why.

There’s so much I want to ‘blurt’ out about this book, but if I start ‘gushing’ I’m sure I’ll be giving away too much of the plot! Needles to say, there’s a mystery here too, great dialogue and secondary characters of Marguerite, Rose’s sister and Tristan, Wulf’s friend as well as a comeback of a sort by Lady Smythe-Burke and her nephew, Duke of Westlake.

There’s only one thing I found a bit too irritating and it’s Rosalind’s indecision and constant back and forth in her own reasoning about why she’s set on a course of action. I think it just went on too long. That however did not make me enjoy this book any less.

For some reason, I noticed that this book is even longer than the first by a good margin, yet only priced at $2.99. I highly recommend it and hope you’ll sample it on Amazon, like I did, and buy it.

I cannot tell you how eager I am to read the last book in this trilogy, ‘Taste of Desire’ which will be Tristan’s story. I just read the sample of it and went numb, and I bet you would too! It’s coming out in late February and I am glad it’s a short month!

*Book bought from Amazon.

‘Hint of Desire’ by Lavinia Kent

HOD LKSTORY: An Enigmatic Duke . . .

Arthur Alexander DeWolf, the eighth Duke of Westlake, lacks for nothing in life . . . except a woman who will stir his blood for longer than one night. Until fate steps in on his morning ride and he stumbles across Lily St. Aubin, Countess of Worthington.

A Desperate Young Woman . . .

It is on the worst day of her life that Lily meets the imperious duke. Helpless and unable to resist, she has no choice but to trust that this dangerously handsome man will protect her and newborn son. But, as trust begins to grow between them, danger lurks ever closer . . . danger that could destroy Lily. And their newfound love.

REVIEW: Lavinia Kent is an author I started to read from her first début in 2009 with ‘Talent for Sin’ [here are my thoughts on that series and my review of 'What a Duke Wants'].

She has impressed me with her grasp of regency society, her smart plotting and entertaining dialogue. Her books are sensual and never overtly sexual, while her characterization of every player she introduces are three-dimensional and intriguing, and so ‘in my face’ that I tend to get very emotional while reading. If an author writes a character or a situation which engages my emotions, I think they achieved their goal. Even in the situations where I could wring a heroine’s neck for acting stupid!

This book, the first in her Desire Trilogy, she opens the heroine’s story with her at the edge of the cliff looking at her husband’s dead body down below…and I was hooked!

From the first scene, this story grabs you and never lets you breathe easy

In Lily St. Aubin, Countess of Worthington, she gives us a heroine that is complex and yet easily liked. Her life’s story is hinted at from the start, but once she voices it, we are struck dumb by the rawness of her ordeal and our rage at her enemy.

Arthur Alexander DeWolf, the eighth Duke of Westlake is a man born and bred to his heritage. He’s exactly what his father wanted him to be: strong of will and reserved in his emotions. Honor is always something he’ll put front and center and love, affection are only words that he’s long forgotten the emotions that go with them. He doesn’t suffer fools gladly; is revered and respect by one and all, and when he meets Lily, he’s filled with boredom of what his life has become. He never expected that one person would come to mean to him so much that he’d forgo everything he’d ever stood for.

There’s so much to recommend this book and I’ll start with the love story that was so well told, it made me cry! There’s plenty of intrigue and mystery, some really well written sensual scenes, villains galore, and secondary characters that’ll make you laugh out loud, especially Lady Smythe-Burke, Gertrude and Nanny.

One other thing I noticed with this book. At the time I got it, it was FREE [regularly priced at $1.99] and I assumed it was a short novella but once I got it I noticed it had 4899 locations. That in no way is ‘short’! Worth more than its price and I am frankly baffled by it…

FREE through Amazon.

Happy ‘P&P’ Birthday!

JAWAs I sit here and contemplate and read everything about the 200th anniversary of  Jane Austen’s writing of ‘Pride and Prejudice’  I wonder how many of us have read it or for that matter, any other of her wonderful works. Just in case you’ve never read it, now you can read it here.

Here’s what ‘Jane Austen’s Regency World’ is saying today…

“The media is awash with stories how today – Monday, January 28, 2013 – is the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Chawton Cottage appeared on BBC Breakfast this morning.

The P&P readathon is being streamed from the Jane Austen Centre here in Bath.

And the Pride & Prejudice special edition of Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine is still available – as is Celebrating Pride and Prejudice, by Maggie Lane and Hazel Jones, marking 200 years of Jane Austen’s ‘darling child’”.

To all of you that haven’t read Jane, I so hope you at least watched some of the mini series and movies that tried to capture her written word. Instead of writing my thoughts on everything Austen, I ‘raided’ the You Tube and here’s what I came up with….

Laurence Olivier

Colin Firth

David Rintoul

Matthew Macfadyen

Elliot Cowan

Martin Henderson

And here are some of my favorite scenes from my favorite movies/series….

Out of all her works, what did you like the best? Who is your favorite Darcy and why? To one of you, b2b will send ‘LOST IN AUSTEN’ mini series that I fell in love with the first time I saw it! *US ONLY ;(

If you’re impatient to see if you’re the winner of this series, here it is in its entirety.

A hero demands his own story by Cindy Gerard

WNR CGDid you ever meet one of those guys who was so compelling, so intriguing, so drop dead gorgeous and who you knew was much more than a pretty face and a flirty smile?  Well, I meet a lot of these guys in my day dreams.  Six of them for the Body Guard series.  Seven for the Black Ops series.  And it was in the 6th book of the Black Ops series (‘With No Remorse’) that Mike – Primetime – Brown showed up all flashing eyes and dazzling smile and irreverent wit.  I was in lust the moment he stepped on the page.  All Mike was supposed to be was an extra player – a vehicle, so to speak – to help me showcase the other guys and help me with a logistical problem.  I needed a pilot who wouldn’t be averse to the possibility of pushing the envelope when it came to international law.  Up stepped Mike.  And freaking blew me away.

I had a feeling then that he’d have his own book someday.  But when he showed up again in ‘Last Man Standing’, all flash and swagger and holy Hannah, heroic as heck, I KNEW I had to figure out his story.LMS CG

And boy, does he have a story.  See, I always figure that any man who shows such a give a damn smile and in your face attitude to the world at large might just have some skeletons in his closet.  Figure he might just have some ghosts that haunt him and some wounds that hurt him that he is determined not to let the rest of the world see.  Turns out I was right.  ‘Killing Time’, book one of my new One-Eyed Jacks series is Mike’s book and I had such a blast writing it.

Mike, I found out, had a secret.  A big one.  One he was ashamed of.  One that kept him hiding out in South America running a semi legit, semi bogus air cargo business, kept him awake a lot of night and got him flat ass drunk one night every year.  The anniversary of the end of life as he’d known it.

For a peek of an excerpt that sets the stage for his book, click HERE.

I think you can see that life as Mike had known it for the past 8 years is about to change – big time.  And I’ll be thrilled if you decide to come along for the ride.

KT CG‘Killing Time’ (One Eyed Jacks #1)

An exciting new series featuring Mike “Primetown” Brown, a character from her popular “Black Ops, Inc.” series.

For the seven years after Operation Slam Dunk went south, Mike Brown got drunk on each anniversary. The eighth year was no different–until he was drugged by a woman and woke up to her questions about what had happened eight years ago in Afghanistan. CIA attorney Eva Salinas has her own theory behind what happened to Mike’s team–which included her husband–in Afghanistan eight years ago, and she’s determined to prove foul play. Though she doesn’t trust him, Mike is the only person she can turn to for help. Under an assumed name, Eva convinces Mike to assemble a new team and go after the traitor who screwed up both their lives. As they track down the rogue who started it all, Eva and Mike discover they can’t live without each other. But can they stay alive while an enemy is still on the loose?

Publisher:  Pocket Books/Publication date:  January 22, 2013

Purchase from: Amazon / B&N / Simon & Shuster

Read an Excerpt

Cindy GerardAUTHOR BIO: The only thing Cindy had in mind when she started writing her first book was finishing it. The issue of actually selling it came much later. Only after she made that life-altering first sale did she realize that one book would never be enough. Now, over 20 books and numerous awards later, Cindy laughingly admits that she can barely remember life before…well, was there life before writing?

Actually, yes there was, and still is. A professional career woman, Cindy is a trainer for the Iowa Department of Human Services, a position she states is both challenging and rewarding. “Human Services is a front-line, real-life event. Everything about the job is immediate, from serving families in crisis, to assisting staff with difficult situations, to meeting tension-fraught deadlines.”

Cindy’s writing has netted her spots on bestseller lists, numerous RT nominations and awards, the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, a National Reader’s Choice Award and two RITA nominations.

Between writing and working full time you wouldn’t think Cindy would have much time for anything else. And while she does find her work and her writing rewarding, there does have to be more. Cindy has more. Much more. She is happily married to the perfect man. Tom’s a cowboy, ladies!

Both Tom and Cindy enjoy gardening and have recently expanded their annual beds into a perennial garden. Cindy says she can hardly wait for spring and the promise of all that reawakening and the colorful blooms.

In addition to the horses, the Gerards have two dogs, Ellie and Boomer, who pretty much get anything they want. Tom and Cindy have one son, Kyle, who, after years of keeping them in suspense, found Eileen, the perfect woman.

Connect with Cindy:

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Cindy’s Amazon Page

GIVEAWAY

Cindy is giving away a signed paperback of DEADLY PROMISES ANTHOLOGY (signed by Cindy) to one winner who can tell her who’d they cast in the role of  Mike Brown, the hero of her new series. 

*US/CANADA ONLY

*Grand Prize giveaway info:

Grand Prize drawing of a $25.00 Gift Card (Amazon or B&N) and an autographed copy of KILLING TIME for one lucky winner that follows the tour and leaves a comment at every stop!

To enter the Grand Prize drawing CLICK HERE!

KILLING TIME Blog Tour Schedule

 

1/14 – Books-n-Kisses

1/15 -  Under the Covers

1/16 -  Just Romantic Suspense

1/17 -  United by Books

1/18  - Reading Between the Wines

1/19 -  – Book Monster Reviews / Literal Addiction

1/20 –  Book Lovin Mamas

1/21 – The Reading Café

1/22 – Cocktails and Books

1/23 – Romancing the Book

1/24 – Ramblings From This Chick

1/25 – Sizzling Hot Books

1/26 – bookworm2bookworm

1/27 – My Secret Romance

1/28 – All Things Books

1/29 – RR@H Novel Thoughts

1/30 – Romance Crush Junkies

1/31 -  Pimpin’ Reads

2/01 -  The Book Nympho

‘Wyoming Bride’ by Joan Johnston

WB JJSTORY: After three months in a mail-order marriage, Hannah Wentworth McMurtry is a widow—pregnant, alone, and near death in the Wyoming wilderness. Though she is saved by a man with a face cut from stone, she still grieves the husband who died on their journey west. Hannah needs a husband, but does she dare marry another stranger?

Flint Creed has also lost someone he loved—when the woman he hoped to marry chose his younger brother instead. Now he must find a ranch wife of his own. But every female in the remote Wyoming Territory is too old, too young, or already married . . . until he discovers Hannah on the prairie. Flint doesn’t pretend to love her, but he doesn’t tell her he loves another woman, either. Hannah doesn’t pretend to love him, but she doesn’t tell him about the child she carries. Though danger surrounds them on the Wyoming frontier, the greatest threats of all are the secrets within—revelations that could destroy the new life Hannah and Flint have begun to cherish.

REVIEW: I was looking forward to reading the second book in this series ever since I read the first one!

Ms. Joan Johnston’s tales are new to me, but I’ve already tracked down almost all of her back list and hope to read them in between my Regency World.

What originally attracted me to this particular series, and for that matter this author, is the way she develops not just her characters, but the families within those stories. Everything about her books just has that feel of ‘saga’. They’re all connected and just sort of ‘grow’ on you…You just get hooked, and once you read one story, off you go to next and on and on!

This time we have Hannah’s story and as much as I liked her, I was on a war path with her twin, Hatty. Holy Crap! She might have driven me to murder were I her sister! If there was trouble to be had, she was in it to her eyeballs!

‘Wyoming Bride’ picked up where ‘Texas Bride’ left off and Hannah is doing exactly what her sister did, marries a man just to save herself and her two sisters, from the orphanage.

It was great to watch Hannah become strong and decisive woman. Like I said, character development seems to be one of many talents Ms. Johnson has.

As for our hero, Flint Creed, I thought him a very complex and it was too much fun being in his head, just waiting for him to figure out that the woman he thinks is his ‘soul mate’ is nothing but an infatuation.

And then we have the secondary characters, Ransom and Emaline, which are as well drawn as the first and following them was even more fun!

There were many times I wanted to strangle this idiotic chick and tell Ransom to drop her like a hot potato!

If you’ve never read any of Joan Johnston’s books, here is what you’re missing: great writing, wonderful three-dimensional characters and stories that have an epic feel to them. She excels in bringing her readers to go through sadness to elation within a paragraph! That’s a gift!

Looking forward to Hatty’s story which will be out later this year, ‘Montana Bride’ and then, the one I can hardly contain my excitement for, Josie’s in ‘Blackthorne’s Bride’!

*Book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

‘Lady Alexandra’s Excellent Adventure’ by Sophie Barnes

LAEA SBSTORY: It’s going to be a wild ride . . .

Lady Alexandra Summersby is not your average society miss. Not only is she more likely to climb a tree than she is to wear a dress, but she has also sworn off marriage. Alex loves taking chances, which is how she finds herself embroiled in a secret mission as she races across the country with the Earl of Trenton. But Alexandra is about to discover that the real danger lies not in duels, but in her completely unexpected reaction to Lord Trenton’s company.

Michael Ashford, Earl of Trenton, is a man of duty. Honorable, charming, and a hit with the ladies, he’s never had trouble staying focused—until now. Lady Alexandra is like no other woman he’s ever met, and suddenly the prospect of marriage seems far more appealing. Now, to convince Alexandra that a life together could be an adventure like no other . . .

REVIEW: This is the first book of The Summersby’s series and I already have the second ‘There’s Something About Lady Mary’ on my Kindle.

As a reviewer, once I’m done reading the book, I do one of two things: if I loved the book, I write my review right away, and if I didn’t care for it, I take my sweet time and debate the matter trying to figure out the reasons behind my dislike of it. The longer I debate, the more I dread writing a review because I am at that point finding too many things I don’t like. It so happens to be the case with this book.

First, I understand what Ms. Sophie Barnes was going for and the title is a given. She tried to give me a contemporary take of the historical regency era story and the titles of her books are the first indication of her attempt. You know, something like what Kieran Kramer is doing with great success, I might add. Alas, but Ms. Barnes is in my opinion, not even close to achieving her goal.

That said, I must say that the writing has potential, but the people around her [read EDITORS] should have taken their job more seriously and helped her iron out a story that had good bones by correcting her lack of knowledge about history, dialogue and plotting.

The author attempted to cram everything from adventure, romance and intrigue with a fast pace and in quick succession, so that what should have been a light regency romp came out silly and bland attempt at regency romp.

Despite it, I did like her characterization of the main players and that is the only reason I will give this author another chance by reading a second book in this series. I fervently pray she hired some new editors though.

*Book provided by AVON through EDELWEISS.

‘Return of the Viscount’ by Gayle Callen

ROTV GCSTORY: Her marriage of convenience seems far too convenient . . .

Desperation drove Cecilia Mallory to seek a union with a stranger—one who would wed her sight unseen and grant her full access to her inheritance with no expectations whatsoever. She anticipated, perhaps, an older, undesirable, equally desperate husband—never the young, vibrant, and devastatingly attractive man who answered her call. What could such a man really be after?

Unknown to Cecilia, Viscount Michael Blackthorne, a soldier and gentleman, owes a debt of honor to Lady Cecilia’s father, and granting her unusual request to wed seemed a worthy way to repay it. But an unseen threat perilously close at hand is convincing Michael that his true responsibility is to protect the beautiful, warm-hearted lady he has married . . . the woman he is unexpectedly coming to love.

REVIEW: As book blurbs go, the above one is just perfect in setting up this story of redemption, respect and love.

Ms. Callen gave a wonderful characterization of two very strong people who knew what they wanted out of life very early on in their lives. Both had carried much of the baggage passed on to them from their respective parents and were determined never to repeat the mistakes their parents made, and in doing so made sure to stay away from situations that would have them marry.

At eighteen, Lord Michael Blackthorne enlisted in the army and was shipped out to India because his father had insisted he marry for the wrong reasons. Going against the wishes of the man he had no respect for, young Michael vowed to advance himself not by purchasing his commission but by hard work and sheer determination to prove to his family that he is a man of honor. While there he meets our heroine’s father who takes him under his wing and teaches him to become that man.

Cecilia Mallory had a good childhood even though it was visited with some tragedy that had profoundly altered the course of her life. As a very impressionable girl, she was forced by her mother to do some things that made her uncomfortable and in some way that contributed to her decision not to marry, even though as she grows into a woman, her beauty and dowry are very much sought after. After the death of her father in India, she decides to reach out to her father’s protégé and friend, Lieutenant Michael Blackthorne in hopes that he would be able to ease the pain of her loss.

As the two become ‘pan-palls’ if you will, they come to respect and understand each other well enough for Cecilia to feel comfortable in proposing to Michael a marriage by proxy and in name only for the reasons of obtaining her financial freedom from her guardian. Michael knows in his heart that he owes a debt to her father and he agrees to her proposal out of that duty. Neither is aware of Lady Destiny’s plan for them both.

This was such an easy read and I credit that to a very interesting plot, involving some mystery of who is willing to risk everything by ending Cecilia’s life. The mark of a good plot is when the reader decides she [that’s me] knows who the villain is, than second guesses it through the end of the story.

Then there are some secondary characters, such as heroine’s brother Oliver and friend Penelope that made me want to shake them all into tomorrow!  

If you’re Gayle Callen fan, this is no brainer  and you’ll no doubt get this book, [believe it or not, this is one author that now I have every book she's written, but have yet to read some of her earlier series] which by the way is the first in her new trilogy, The Brides Redemption which is about “What happens when three soldiers who need to be redeemed meet three women who need to marry?” I’m looking forward to reading the second book Surrender to The Earlwhich will be out in June 2013. If you’ve never read this author, I’d say you’re missing on some well written, well thought out and well plotted stories which accompanied with a bit of action,  witty dialogue and great characterization, make up for wonderful and easy read.

*Book provided by AVON through EDELWEISS.

‘The Ugly Duchess’ by Eloisa James

TUD EJSTORY: How can she dare to imagine he loves her…when all London calls her The Ugly Duchess?

Theodora Saxby is the last woman anyone expects the gorgeous James Ryburn, heir to the Duchy of Ashbrook, to marry. But after a romantic proposal before the prince himself, even practical Theo finds herself convinced of her soon-to-be duke’s passion. Still, the tabloids give the marriage six months.

Theo would have given it a lifetime…until she discovers that James desired not her heart, and certainly not her countenance, but her dowry. Society was shocked by their wedding; it’s scandalized by their separation.

Now James faces the battle of his lifetime, convincing Theo that he loved the duckling who blossomed into the swan.

And Theo will quickly find that for a man with the soul of a pirate, All’s Fair in Love—or War.

REVIEW: It appears that Ms. James is well on her way to give us her take on many fairy tales most of us have grown up with. After A Kiss at Midnight’ [her take on Cinderella], When Beauty Tamed the Beast [her take on The Beauty and the Beast] andThe Duke is Mine [her take on The Princess and the Pea] we’re now on The Ugly Duchess [her take on The Ugly Duckling] and coming in May 2013, Once Upon A Tower’ which will be her take on Rapunzel.

Personally, I found out that I’m not such a fan of authors relying on ‘tried and true’ stories to give them a spring-board for retelling of them. It’s like taking a much-loved movie and remaking it over and over making me wonder if anyone out there has or can come up with an original idea.

That said I am here to tell you that Ms. James had managed, despite the predictability and underlying thread through this series, to surprise me with a fresh, entertaining and compelling retelling of each fairy tale story so far.

If you’ve never read this author, picking up any of these stories will give you a pretty good idea as to her writing and voice. Both are very good and this story is no different.

I liked the characterization of both hero and the heroine, decant pace and that which this author excels the most in, the dialogue. As for the plot development, after much deliberation with myself and deeper look at the motivation of both characters, I decided that it was plausible for these young people to be rash at the start of their romance and act according to their assumptions of each other. After all, what would a fairy tale be without suspending our beliefs and give into believing Eloisa’s wonderful story weaving?

And now I find myself looking forward to Ms. James’ take on Rapunzel and her May 2013 release of  ‘Once Upon a Tower’ which is a“…version of Rapunzel (though she says there’s a little Romeo and Juliet thrown in as well).”

Now how can I say NO to that?!

*Book provided by AVON through EDELWEISS.

Spotlight on: Mandi Tucker Slack and…’The Alias’

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BOOK BLURB: Jacey Grayson is an average, young, divorced mother struggling to build a new life for her son, Blaze. After a long and difficult divorce, Jacey thinks the worst is over. But when the FBI discloses some disturbing information about her ex-husband, Jacey’s life becomes anything but average. At the risk of losing her identity, her future, and her heart, Jacey and Blaze flee to Utah, hoping to hide and start over once again.

But no matter how far she runs or who she pretends to be, her past is always lurking nearby, bringing old fears with it. Thrilling action and a suspenseful plot make this novel an edge-of-your-seat-read.

With a lightning pace, a good dose of humor, and a plot that’s full of suspense, this thrilling novel is an edge-of-your-seat read.

MINI REVIEW: For a début book, this was well written. The story was interesting and the plot intriguing; characters well-developed and endearing. Quite frankly this was a pleasant surprise.

If you’re looking for a quick read with a sweet love story mixed with a bit of suspense and adventure, this should do the trick.

Available at: Amazon/B&N

 

*GIVEAWAY: One copy of ALIAS to one commenter/US Only*

Mandi Tucker SlackAuthor Bio: Mandi Tucker Slack grew up in Orangeville, UT, where her father worked as a coal miner for eighteen years. In 1987 the coal mines shut down for a time and her father joined the U.S. Army. They were stationed in Hanau, Germany, and she had the opportunity to explore Europe.

Mandi’s family returned to Utah in 1992, and they settled in Orangeville once again, where she attended and completed High School. She then attended the College of Eastern Utah, where she studied Geology. Eventually Mandi changed her major and moved on to Utah State University while she completed a degree in Special Education.

She then married her best friend, Charles Slack. They have three children, with one on the way, 6 chickens, and a lizard (sometimes several lizards). Their family loves to spend time together. They enjoy 4-wheeling, camping, and especially rock hounding. Her house is littered with rocks and fossils.

As a child Mandi spent many weekends with her parents and sister exploring abandoned mining towns and searching for relics among the brick ruins. Her adventures with her family are often the inspiration for her stories. Mandi is also the author of romantic/ suspense title, The Alias, available at a bookstore near you.

Contact her via email at: mandislack@gmail.com.

Jon Paul & Kieran Kramer fans! Vote for ‘Say Yes to the Duke’ cover!

Pose 1This contest is just too good to be true! We, the fans of this duo of unbelievably talented artists, Kieran Kramer & Jon Paul, are invited to take part in choosing a cover for Kieran’s next book ['Say Yes to the Duke' Book 3 in the House of Brady series, out in August] from THREE poses done by Jon Paul.

This contest is run by Heroes & Heartbreakers website and it’s on their FB page. You canPose 2 stop by their page [LIKE them while you're there, won't you?], from now ’till Thursday at 5 p.m. ET and cast your vote for 1 of 3 possible poses for the hero and heroine by “LIKING” your favorite pose: The image/pose with the most “likes” on Facebook* after 5 p.m. ET that day is the pose that will end up on the final cover!

Once the contest is over and the winning cover chosen, it will be revealed on H&H. How cool is that?!

Head on over to Facebook now to check out the images and to cast your vote for your favorite pose!

*Don’t forget! YOU MUST “LIKE” THE PICTURE of your choice! Just commenting ain’t enough!

**The art for all 3 poses, including the image used at the top of this post, is courtesy of Jon Paul, www.jonpaulstudios.com

***b2b will giveaway Kieran Kramer’s ‘Say Yes to the Duke’ to one lucky winner that jumps over and comments on H&H’s FB page and comes back and tell us which pose they voted for and why! US Giveaway only!

Here’s my favorite and the reason I voted for it is the dreamy look in both of their eyes…oh, and those booty cheeks on the hero are nothing to sneeze at!

Pose 3