Reading Romance Expo 2015
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Karen Hawkins is known for her wonderfully humorous and emotion-tugging historical and contemporary romances. The author of over 30 novels, Karen writes for a living between shopping for shoes, playing around on Facebook and Pinterest, looking for fun items for Hawkins Manor, and napping, although usually not at the same time. Sometimes, for fun, she takes Instagram pictures of her two rescue dogs, Sadie and Teke, and posts them online.
Yeah, she's a wild one.
Karen lives in balmy Orlando, Florida, with her husband, aka Hot Cop, and her two dogs. Her children are both out of college and have become productive, non-violent members of society. Karen writes six to eight hours a day when not obsessively reading research books on Regency-era Scotland, snacking on chocolate, or looking out the windows of her house and thinking about gardening. Her hobbies include sculpting, oil painting, playing badminton, and -- ok, ok, she doesn't have any hobbies, but if she did, she's sure they'd be something refined and fascinating.
If you want to follow Karen on any of the various social media outlets that allow her to engage in 'productive procrastination,' you can find her at: FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKarenHawkins; TWITTER: https://twitter.com/TheKarenHawkins INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/karenhawkinsauthor; PINTEREST: http://www.pinterest.com/thekarenhawkins/
The Princes of Oxenburg Series, Book I
Romance sizzles in this Cinderella story set in Scotland, the first in a sparkling new spinoff series from New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins.
Prince Alexsey Romanovin enjoys his carefree life, flirting—and more—with every lovely lady who crosses his path. But when the interfering Duchess Natasha decides it’s time for her grandson to wed, Alexsey finds himself in Scotland, determined to foil her plans. Brainy, bookish, and bespectacled, Bronwyn Murdoch seems the perfect answer—she isn’t at all to the Duchess’s taste.
Living at the beck and call of her ambitious stepmother and social butterfly stepsisters, Bronwyn has little time for a handsome flirt—no matter how intoxicating his kisses are. After all, no spoiled, arrogant prince would be seriously interested in a firm-minded female like herself. So…wouldn’t it be fun to turn his “game” upside down and prove that an ordinary woman can bring a prince to his knees…
Charlee is a long time fan of love, adventure, and happily-ever-after. She grew up in Florida where a huge fallen oak tree in the swampy woods near her home served as her very own Star Ship Enterprise. Luckily the alligators were almost never a problem on her spaceship as the flight-deck was several feet above the muddy ground. She did lose a few tennis shoes on away missions, though.
Today, Charlee writes super sexy, intensely emotional, romantic adventure that takes readers to exciting new worlds, populated by tortured alpha heroes and heroines tough enough to tame them.
In 2010, Charlee founded the Smart Girls Love SciFi Blog to bring together fans of SciFi and Paranormal Romance Novels and all things SciFi or geek in movies, TV, podcasts and more. She is also a regular contributor to Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly and a judge for the SFR Galaxy Awards.
Charlee has a BA from the University of Florida where she took full use of her electives to study astronomy, programming, Norse literature, British culture, the arts and anything else that caught her eye. She still lives in Florida where she is a technical writer for a small tech firm and lives across the street from a miniature version of the swamp she lived by as a child.
Stealing Mercury www.charleeallden.com/
“I loved this book! It was like gladiator meets sci-fi, with a modern twist to boot!”
Kawehi from Kawehi’s Book Blog
Stealing Mercury is the first Arena Dogs novel—a sexy, intense, new series that introduces readers to an enslaved race, engineered by The Roma Company to fight and die in gladiator-style arena games.
In Stealing Mercury, Samantha Devlin is hired to pilot a courier ship, when she discovers her cargo is actually three Arena Dogs condemned to death for daring to fight for their freedom. Mercury, their leader, and Lo, his emotionally broken arena-brother, challenge all her notions of honor, loyalty, and love as she discovers just how much she will risk to keep them…and herself alive.
Blair Bancroft’s writing and the Internet began the same year—1991, the year of the first Gulf War. Alas, the Internet has become considerably more famous and influential, but she can claim a Golden Heart win, a Golden Heart nomination, and a RITA final from the Romance Writers of America, a Best Regency award from Romantic Times, a Best Romance award from the Florida Writers’ Association, and two nominations for an EPPIE, sponsored by the Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition.
After nine published print books and eight books presented by major e-publishers, Blair plunged into indie publishing in the winter of 2011, uploading a good deal of her backlist and beginning to add new titles in 2012. She has been a strong advocate of online publishing (as long as it’s done with professionalism) since her first e-book came out in 1999 and an enthusiastic proponent for the freedom of Do It Yourself. Blair currently has twenty-seven full-length books and four novellas available online, and considers hand-held e-readers one of the great boons to mankind—thank you very much, Gene Roddenberry (creator of Star Trek.).
Blair also writes a weekly blog featuring Writing and Editing information - please see Grace's Mosaic Moments at http://mosaicmoments.blogspot.com. Blair is an "out of the mist" writer and her favorite comment about her own writing is that each morning she can hardly wait to get to the computer and find out what is going to happen to her characters today. www.blairbancroft.com/
The Mists of Moorhead Manor
The Mists of Moorhead Manor is a Gothic novel in the tradition of Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart, Phyllis Whitney, and Blair Bancroft's previous Regency-set Gothic, Brides of Falconfell.
Penelope Ruth Ballantyne has lived at the tail of the army all her life, experiencing the rigors of life in India, followed by five years of war in Portugal and Spain. Not surprisingly, now that she is orphaned, she accepts the most challenging position available, companion to an invalid who lives on the edge of Exmoor in northern Devonshire. After years of constant travel, Penny longs to settle under one roof, find a true home. Instead, she encounters hysteria, mysterious deaths, a nasty rival, and the constant fear of dismissal as she attracts the attention of more than one young gentleman in the household. Though the only one she truly sees is Robert, Lord Exmere, heir to Moorhead Manor. Together, they face a startling dilemma worthy of the judgment of Solomon.
Linda Bond is an Emmy award winning journalist by day and an author of romantic adventures by night. She's also the mother of five, four athletes and an adopted son from Cuba. She has a passion for world travel, classic movies, and alpha males. Linda currently lives in Florida, where the sun always shines and the day begins with endless possibilities.
Linda loves to read. She started with those great Nancy Drew books. Remember Nancy Drew and 'The Secret of the Old Clock?" How about 'The Mystery of the 99 Steps?' She really liked smart, gutsy heroines, even at a young age. In high school, Linda discovered historical romances by authors like the great Kathleen Woodiwiss. She read at least three books a week. So many her mother actually called a conference with her teacher, worried, and overwrought that her innocent little girl was reading those trashy romance novels.
You can become a Bond girl and share in her continuing adventures at www.lindabond.com. Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorlindabond and Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorLindaBond
Successful TV reporter Rebecca Menendez *always* plays by the rules. But when she's kidnapped by a fierce--and fiercely *handsome*-- rebel claiming to need her help, her carefully constructed world crumbles. Nothing could have prepared her for being taken hostage, or for what her intriguing captor offers in return...
Antonio Vega has spent every day of his adult life dreaming of avenging his father's murder. With his sister's life also in jeopardy now, Antonio isn't taking any chances--he *needs* the sexy reporter's help. But once he and Rebecca sneak it into Cuba, they're immersed in a world of corruption, deceit, and betrayal. It's a deadly game... with no rules – and few winners.
Despite their opposing goals, and in spite of the political chaos and life-threatening danger erupting around them, something unexpected begins to materialize. Something that might give the reporter and the revolutionary an even bigger reason to survive. Something that feels dangerously like *love*.
Joyce Humphrey Cares, author of time travel/romantic suspense is published by Sweet Cravings Publishing. Joyce combines her love of history and the places she has traveled when she weaves her stories. When she is not writing, Joyce builds dollhouses, plays golf, and plans her next trip to a place where she can return home and write a new story.
She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sunshine State Romance Authors and the Florida chapter of Mystery Writers of America.
Excerpts of her novels Beyond The Mist, Degrees of Wickedness, and It Happened Yesterday can be found at her web site www.joycehumphreycares.com. She may be reached at email@example.com.
It Happened Yesterday
When Vicky Amari, FBI agent, travels to Italy on vacation and meets Tony Vega, a detective with the Italian National Police, love is the furthest thing from her mind. After he enlists her help in an investigation, the door to the past is ripped open. She realizes the icy chills that run up her spine have nothing to do with the temperature, but with her travel back to the first century where she meets a gladiator who accidently returns with her to modern day.
As the three unite to explore the disappearance of irreplaceable Etruscan antiquities, drug smuggling and cold-blooded murder, they become enmeshed in the inescapable web of lies and secrets of well-known citizens of an Italian hill town.
With the last days of her vacation fast approaching, Vicky helps the gladiator return to the first century. She realizes her life has changed in unexpected ways, and that she and Tony have developed a closeness neither wishes to give up.
Jax Cassidy writes contemporary romances and is Co-Founder of Romance Divas, an award winning writer’s website and discussion forum. Jax is also known as one-half of the retired writing team of Cassidy Kent. She was born in exotic Southeast Asia. At five years old her family fled the war-torn country of Vietnam for the American dream.
In her late teens, she wanted to be just like Connie Chung and pursued a broadcast journalism career. Her efforts were quickly rewarded with several creative writing awards and a national Asian American journalism scholarship that enabled her to work for the local newspaper. Stifled by the lack of creativity at her jobs—between working for editors in the communications desk, working in her family-owned restaurant, and longing for adventure—she jumped at the opportunity to move to Paris, France for three years.
In the City of Light, she brushed off her dusty art supplies to immerse herself in the artist’s lifestyle. She was inspired and often mentored by successful comic book artists such as Jean Giraud aka Moebius, Philippe Caza, Bruno Bellamy, Sandrine Gestin and Marc Bati…to name a few. Her experiences in Paris, and traveling through Europe, opened her eyes to the beauty of the people, the elegant lifestyle, mouth-watering cuisine, luscious wines, exquisite couture and breathtaking countryside.
After almost a decade of taking on challenging freelance and temp positions—anything from actress, production assistant, makeup artist, hair stylist, screenwriter, photographer, ghostwriter, technical writer…to personal assistant to the highly powerful and filthy rich—she decided to do what she should have done all along…become an author!
Within the first few months of joining her RWA local chapter, she was offered two writing contracts through Phaze Publishing and Amber Quill Press. Not long after, she helped launched the multicultural/multi-ethnic line for Parker Publishing with her novella Siren's Seduction, in the Lotus Blosson Chronicles print anthology. With publishing credits under her belt she went on to sign with her fabulous dream agent, Roberta Brown of the Brown Literary Agency.
If you love reading fun contemporary romances with a happily-ever-after, WANDERLOVE contains four sizzling Naughty Bites that will brighten up any day!
Flynn Donovan’s only real home is on a stage, strumming her guitar in underground bars and lounges.
A passionate chance encounter between two strangers at an art show turns into more than they bargained for.
Calla's morning highlights include drooling over her sexy customer when he picks up coffee from Café Destiny.
English teacher and Jane Austen enthusiast finds her very own Mr. Darcy at the masquerade ball.
Wynter Daniels has penned more than two dozen books in various romance genres including paranormal, romantic suspense and contemporary for several publishers including Entangled, Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave, Red Sage and Loose Id.
Wynter began making up stories as soon as she could speak. She started working on her first novel in college - a mystery. But she soon realized the collegiate life involved way more than books, so she spent the rest of her time in academia partying.
When the writing bug bit her again years later, she tried her hand at many different romance genres from contemporary to suspense to erotic. She quickly became multi-published. Now married with two nearly grown children and two spoiled cats, she writes full time. She sincerely hopes her stories are as much fun for you to read as they were for her to write. You can find her on the web at: www.WynterDaniels.com
The Surrogate Husband
To have and to hoax...
Wild child lingerie store owner Lucy Hamilton is a happily confirmed bachelorette. As far as she's concerned, men are something best enjoyed in small doses, never to be allowed too close. Then Lucy's mother tells her Aunt Bev that Lucy has eloped and is married—a tiny lie only meant to appease the dying woman...until Aunt Bev miraculously recovers. Now Lucy needs to find a “husband” for an upcoming family wedding, and fast.
Fortunately, Lucy's ridiculously hot, ridiculously straitlaced new accountant Dex Levian is willing to be her stand-in spouse for the weekend. And that's when the trouble really begins. For starters, Dex's “involvement” with a client―no matter how irresistible―might ruin a merger he hopes will make his career. Worse still, the chemistry between Dex and Lucy is more than convincing―it's sizzling. But for Lucy, falling for her fake new husband is the most dangerous thing she can do...
JoMarie DeGioia is a bestselling author of Historical and Contemporary Romance. She’s known Mickey Mouse from the “inside,” has been a copyeditor for her tiny town’s newspaper, and a bookseller. A hybrid author, she also writes Young Adult Fantasy/Adventure stories, New Adult Romance and Paranormal Romance.
JoMarie gets lost in DIY projects around the house and works out plot ideas during long runs. She divides her time between Central Florida and New England.
Connect at JoMarie@JoMarieDeGioia.com
The girl with a knack for getting into trouble
The guy who comes to her rescue again and again
Can he be the one to save her from herself?
Or is she too much to handle?
Cassie Chapman finally caught her father’s attention when racy photos of her hit the tabloids. She comes to Cypress Corners to get a job and find herself. She reconnects with her family but doesn’t believe she deserves their faith in her. Or their love.
Ty Walsh makes sure the animals at Cypress thrive in their habitats. He can’t resist Cassie’s combination of boldness and vulnerability. As he rescues her from wild animals and her own enthusiasm, he sees there’s so much more to her than she thinks.
Can Ty prove to Cassie that she can find herself with him?
Or will she let her past mistakes cost her the life she was just starting to build?
Cat Gardiner loves to take you around the world in her novels, places you may never have been with music you've never heard. A member of Romance Writers of America and her local chapter TARA, she enjoys writing across the spectrum of Pride and Prejudice inspired romance novels. From the comedic, Christmas, chick-lit Lucky 13 to bad boy biker Darcy in the upcoming Denial of Conscience, contemporary genres will appeal to many of her readers.
"I love an adventure! So my storytelling uses fresh innovation to bring the reader on a multi-tiered journey. Using sights and sounds, not only within the novel, but also with Spotify playlists, information blogs, and image Pinterest, the reader becomes immersed. Books should be an escape to a time, place, or world where you can lose yourself."
Married 22 years to her best friend, they are the proud parents of the smartest honor student in the world - their orange tabby, Ollie. Although they live in Florida, they will always be native New Yorkers no matter how far away they are.
Denial of Conscience
Fitzwilliam Darcy is steel, rock-n-roll, and Tennessee whiskey and Liz Bennet is orchids, opera, and peaches with cream. Together they are physically and emotionally charged TNT, ready to explode!
Liz Bennet, a young woman hiding from living life to its fullest, finds herself acquiescing to an untenable marriage arrangement for the sake of her father and the saving of their family’s historic home, Bennet Plantation. Duty and obligation doesn’t stop her conscience from encouraging her to leave – run – escape before it’s too late. Prompted by a cataclysmic event and the arrival of an enigmatic, attractive man, she is thrust into a dangerous liaison where her spirit learns to fly amidst international intrigue.
Fitzwilliam Darcy was born into wealth in Northern Virginia’s world of polo, society and refinement. When a horrific family event rocks his world and shatters his trust in women, he leaves everything behind and never looks back. Running from his past and the man he once was, he enters a world of danger and excitement, first as a Navy Seal, then as a government-sanctioned assassin. After thirteen years of carrying hurt and anger, Darcy, with a career moniker of ‘The Iceman’, finds he still can’t run from his conscience which keeps beckoning him home to Pemberley, its demons and the man he was meant to be. Fate steps in when a beautiful woman suddenly appears at the end of his riflescope and he doesn’t take his kill shot, unwilling to kill her father.
Adventure, lust and danger as we ride on the back of Darcy’s Harley Davidson motorcycle through Washington, D.C. and Mount Vernon, Virginia. We'll fly with our hero and heroine to play Roulette in Monte Carlo and jump onto a high speed bullet train to Seville to tango. The island of Capri invites us to indulge before our final stop, Marrakech, Morocco where the exotic city of Arabian Nights brings us to our thrilling climax. Will this seemingly mismatched pair find the peace and the life they were both meant to live? Will both their consciences win out with Liz & Darcy finding happiness in one another’s arms? As Darcy would say, “Don’t be afraid. Get on… let’s ride.”
Award-winning Florida author Louise M. Gouge writes historical fiction for Harlequin's Love Inspired Historical imprint. In addition to numerous other awards, Louise is the recipient of the prestigious Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award for her 2005 novel, Hannah Rose (first place), and her 2011 Regency novella, The Gentleman Takes a Bride (second place). In 2012 she placed third in the Laurel Wreath contest with her novel A Proper Companion. Louise has e-published five of her out of print novels and one original novel, Escape from Kikwit. With her great love of history and research, Louise has traveled to several of her locations to ensure the accuracy of her stories’ settings. When she isn't writing, she and her husband love to visit historical sites and museums.
Louise worked in television marketing and public service while completing a Master of Liberal Studies degree from Rollins. Her thesis was, of course, a novel entitled Ahab's Bride. She is an adjunct English professor at Valencia College.
Please visit her Web site at blog.Louisemgouge.com
And Then Came Love
Love does not seek what it can get but what it can give, which is everything.
“And now abideth faith, hope, and love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” I Corinthians 13:13 (KJV)
Louisa Maria Downs has waited three long years for her soldier-sweetheart’s homecoming. But when he returns, John Jacobs stands aloof, his deep blue eyes revealing his longing for her, but his lips strangely silent. Convinced it is God’s will for them to marry, Louisa defies decorum and pursues the man who has owned her heart since she was twelve years old.
John Jacobs has spent three years fighting to keep the Union intact. Now back home, he longs to marry the young woman he has admired since boyhood. But shattering memories of what he did during the war magnify the bloodstains on his hands. He awakens each day more certain than ever that he is not worthy of the love of a decent woman, much less the love of God.
Torn apart by the Civil War, two young couples find restoration through love, grace, and forgiveness.
Shelby Reed is the author of Games People Play for Berkley and is also published in the sub-genre of "Romantica" with Ellora's Cave, she hopes to explore other literary horizons such as suspense, fantasy, and young adult romance in the future.
She wrote her first romance with Prince Charming — literally! — as the hero, and it’s been non-stop story spinning ever since. Despite the idealistic place from which she embarked, she’s partial to writing realistic, flawed, multi-faceted characters, lush emotion, and the ever-possible happy ending.
When not pecking away at the computer keyboard, Shelby enjoys creative projects such as portraiture and decorating, dabbles in Tarot, and lives a bucolic life with her own Prince Charming in North Florida.
The Games People Play
Sydney Warren is a successful painter of erotic landscapes—just the artful fantasies of a woman whose own life has been stripped of passion. Though she has stayed loyal to her boyfriend, Max, he’s unable to ignite the sparks they once shared, leaving Sydney wanting. Then comes the stranger, a work of art himself, and everything changes.
With chestnut hair, mesmerizing green eyes, and the perfect body, Colm Hennessy is every woman’s fantasy. He too is aroused, and more intrigued by the beautiful artist than he expected to be—because it wasn’t supposed to happen this way. For there’s something about Colm that Sydney doesn’t know…
Colm is only pretending to be a model. He’s been hired by Max to seduce her—a twisted scheme to test her fidelity. But Max never imagined that Colm would feel something real. As Sydney and Colm’s intimacy grows, as passions neither expected are unleashed, the stakes in a cruel game are raised—and desire isn’t the only thing set to spiral out of control.
“One of my all-time favorite authors!”–#1 New York Times bestselling author Sylvia Day
Abigail is a Boston-bred Yankee now eating grits and saying “y’all” in North Central Florida. She dreamed more of being a stage actress or joining the CIA than being an author. While she still enjoys participating in community theater productions and singing karaoke, the secret-agent career was replaced by hours at her computer, writing stories of love and laughter and happily ever after.
Abigail lives with her husband, two kids, and one crazy princess puppy. She is part of a kitchen blog with friends – chickletsinthekitchen.com – and you can keep up with her on Goodreads or at her website – abigailsharpe.com.
Who Wants to Marry a Doctor?
Something Borrowed, Someone New . . .
There’s nothing florist Ainsley Fairfax won’t do to help her sister get the love of her life—even if it means taking her place on a bachelorette weekend at a Wyoming ranch so Cecelia can sail off with the man of her dreams. Ainsley is determined to spend the time keeping her head down and her heart safely tucked away—until an encounter with the ranch’s hunky owner gets her heart—and steamy desires—to bloom . . .
Riley Pommer doesn’t want to be lassoed into any relationship. But with the family ranch in dire straits, Riley knows his sisters’ crazy plan to turn the ranch into the setting for a dating competition—and using Riley as the bait—is the only thing standing between them and foreclosure. But the rules of the game change the instant Riley lays eyes on the spirited Ainsley. Now, as others try to stampede over their love, can Riley prove to Ainsley that true love is a prize worth fighting for?
Dianne Venetta lives in Central Florida with her husband and two children--and her part-time Yellow Lab (Cody!). An avid gardener, she spends her spare time growing organic vegetables. Surprised by the amazing discoveries she finds there every day, she wondered, "Who knew there were so many similarities between men and plants?"
What began as a brief hiatus from writing has blossomed into an ever-expanding home garden and blog at BloominThyme.com -- stop by and share some tips!
When she's not knee-deep in dirt or romance or mystery fiction, Dianne contributes garden advice for various websites (a crazy existence to be sure). But at the end of the day, if she can inspire someone to stop and smell the roses--or rosemary!--kiss their child and spouse good-night, be kind to a neighbor and Mother Earth, then she's done all right.
Her debut novel, Jennifer's Garden received 4 1/2 stars from RT Book Reviews, May 2012!
Not Without You
Book One, Silver Creek Series
Grad student, Lisa Richardson, scours the high country in search of her beloved boreal toad. The amphibian is in danger of extinction, a fate she is determined to change. Single-minded in her focus, Lisa doesn’t realize that she’s being followed by a mysterious stranger.
Enter McIntyre Walsh. Ex-marine with a heart of gold, this man lives and breathes duty. Protection. Content with his self-exile on a mountaintop in Colorado, he inadvertently witnesses a female hiker in danger, a situation he cannot ignore yet is unable to rectify. When their paths cross, Lisa and Walsh refuse to stray from their avowed goals and carry on–despite the other.
It isn’t until a killer ramps up his game that both are forced to relent. Battling the rugged terrain of the Rocky Mountains and an undeniable attraction between them, Lisa and Walsh must work together against the odds if they intend to get off the mountain alive.
“The adventure they encounter with a killer on the loose is daringly exciting! The ending when Walsh & Lisa got together was not how I expected it to come together but it was a great ending to a great book. Looking forward to the next in the series!” ~ 5 stars – Amazon review
“The author describes the scenery so well that I could (and did) imagine myself climbing the mountains, listening to the sounds of nature, and putting my hands into a cold stream.” ~ 5 stars – Goodreads review