Monday, August 14, 2017

Judging a Book by its Cover

I love my covers.

Every time I see a couple from of one books on the cover of another romance novel, I think: 

There they are. Enjoying their happily ever after. Henley & Carter from Fated Hearts are busy, busy people. ;)


Don't they look like they're having a good time?

Back when I first started reading romances (in my tender teen years circa 1989), the reigning queens of historical romance had the most atrocious covers; I've heard them called nursing mother covers but I prefer to describe them as BODICE RIPPERS. 
I pulled these four of a shelf of dozens at random
Ha! I have Fabio covers. hee hee And Passion's Bride is such an excellent read; but that cover? Oh, Lordy, those covers. They defined an era, sure, but I'm glad as a writer, it was before my time. Because I really love my pretty, modern covers.  

Have a glorious "bodice ripper" cover to share? Or have you seen my couples on other books?

Post a pic in the comments below

Monday, August 7, 2017

A LOVE RESTRAINED Cover Reveal & Pre-order Discount



Specially priced for Pre-order at $0.99 http://amzn.com/B074CZ974G


Old secrets, new threats...What are they willing to sacrifice?

Philadelphia police officer Kylee Parker is dedicated to protecting and serving. She sees the work in absolutes: right and wrong, black and white, good guys and bad guys. That is, until she chases a drug dealer into a dead-end alley and finds the bad boy she had a painful crush on throughout her teen years has turned into a more dangerous and more attractive man.

Jayson Donovan knows he doesn’t deserve someone as good as Kylee Parker. As the right hand man to a local drug-pushing mobster, he’s solidly on the wrong side of Kylee’s moral compass. But he can’t help reaching for her time and again when he knows he shouldn’t.

Even when his secrets threaten them both. 




Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Fava Beans and Light Bondage: My Safe Word is Elephant

Check out this article by Philly Voice magazine

Some time ago, but not so long ago, my cousin’s wife sent me a copy of an ad she saw on craigslist – a couple were looking to unload their hand-crafted BDSM play room. This confused me. Why would she be sending me this? And that’s what I asked her.

“I know you read the Fifty Shades books.” Was her answer, to which I replied, “I also read the Hannibal Lecter books. Want to come over for dinner Saturday?”


She laughed.  And the awkward moment was over. But this interaction has lingered on the edges of my subconscious since. Why is there such a stigma on romance, especially erotic romance?

No one assumes I’m a cannibal because I read Thomas Harris’ books. Or that I practice witchcraft since I’ve read the Harry Potters. That I abuse my children (I have every book by V.C. Andrews); or intend to kill all my neighbors in a televised fight to the death (Hunger Games).

I have eclectic taste in books, as evidenced by my extensive collection (Stephen King novels? Got ‘em all), but because I read [and write] primarily romance – clearly I’m a fetishist?

And she’s not alone in her assumption, society on a whole denigrates the readers and writers of romantic fiction. Novelist, William Giraldi makes us all out to be idiots. Thankfully the Washington Post doesn’t agree with his opinion [read that article here] but most people who don’t read romance fiction [and don’t think this is limited to men either I read a scathing article by a female psychologist insisting romantic fiction is the lonely woman’s refuge*] seem to share that opinion.


Another cousin, read my first book. An erotic novella about the First Daughter seducing the head of her Secret Service detail. It’s filthy fun and nothing more redeeming than that, I admit. Seven years and multiple books later, that cousin still thinks I’m a sex addict although my three bestselling full length novels have a behind-closed-doors sensuality. And a former boyfriend’s long-time wife buys my books then deletes them from her Kindle unread; she wants to support my efforts as an author but is afraid she’ll recognize some of her husband’s “moves” in the sexy parts.

For the record – I don’t engage in BDSM, I am not a sex addict and I write fiction.  If I wrote about zombies would you think I’m a zombie?  No? Didn’t think so. You’re smart. I’m smart. So be smart.

Stop vilifying romance novels and their fans. BookStats estimates that in 2013 romantic fiction totaled $1.08 billion in annual sales and Nielsen BookScan reported that 34% of fiction sold in the United States in 2015 were romance novels. It’s beyond arrogant to believe them the sole purview of the stupid, the lonely, the repressed and/or the deviant. They're written in large part by smart, educated women and read, in large part, by their peers.


*I’m not linking you to that article because I refuse to validate her ass-backward opinion by spreading it.


UPDATE: See this article by Philly Voice magazine; this post by the Washington Post; and check out this 2014 post by The Guardian.

Friday, July 14, 2017

TIME CHANGES EVERYTHING Cover Reveal

We are happy to present the cover reveal for Time Changes Everything...



Title: Time Changes Everything
Author: Melinda Dozier
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 3, 2017

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15990302-time-changes-everything

Blurb:
Amanda Larson is dedicated to her job and doesn't want to make time for anything else. Until she runs into Jake Edwards. He used to be the cute boy next door; now he's a sexy, big shot lawyer.
Jake Edwards isn't interested in commitment. He's successful, sexy, and single--and that's how he likes it. When he reconnects with Amanda, Jake realizes he might have to rethink his philosophy on the carefree, bachelor lifestyle.
But, is it too late for them? Or can he convince her that he's ready to give her his heart?




Excerpt:
Jake sighed. “I’ll get your door.” He got out and ran to her side of the car. As he opened the door for her, he held out his hand.

Amanda ignored him as she got out. I can’t look at him. If I look at him, I’ll melt into his stare. Get out, say goodnight and go home. As the car door closed, she turned and he leaned against the shiny, black fender with his hands in his pockets.

Jake lowered his gaze in confusion. “I hope you had a good time tonight, even though you’re acting like you didn’t.”

Amanda crossed her arms in front of her chest and sighed.

He took a step closer and shook his head, looking hotter than she’d ever seen him. His hands still rested in his pockets and his serious deep-blue eyes stared at her. “You don’t have to be scared of me.”

“I actually don’t trust myself, Jake.” She switched her weight to her other leg and rolled her eyes.

“Why? You think you’re going to jump me?” He chuckled as he took his last step to her. “I wouldn’t mind.” His gaze traveled over her face, as if he were memorizing every freckle.

He wanted more. Hell, she did too. But then what?

“So, you think that after I jump you, all this will go away?” She pointed back and forth.
“That this attraction will be out of our system and we can continue to be friends? Is that how it works for you?”

He clasped her body tightly to his, his hands wrapped around the sides of her waist, his breath on her face. “What I know is we’ve passed the line of friendship already, so we should just stop holding back.”

Then he kissed her. Completely. Thoroughly. Long and slow and deep. His lips were perfect and she found herself moving to get a closer touch – if that was possible. His hands roamed her back and warmth shot up her neck and back down to her toes. The man knew what he was doing. Either he was a pure player or his desire ranked up there with her own.

Since her knees wobbled, she balanced her hands on his chest, and before she was ready for it to end, he stepped back and smiled, “See what I mean?”

Reviews:
“Melinda Dozier did a fabulous job with this story. It was incredibly well written, and even though it was a quick read, it still had a lot of emotional depth.” - Harlequin Junkie, 4-1/2stars

“I love books like this.  Short, sweet, and just what every romantic wishes for.” - Waves of Fiction, 5 stars
“I loved this story and can't wait to read more from this great author.” - Romance BookWorm, 5 stars


Author Bio:
Reading romance has always been at the top of Melinda's favorite past times. You can always find a book in her hands no matter where she is.

Melinda is Louisiana born, New Mexico raised, Guatemala adopted, and recently a newcomer to Houston, Texas. So, it's only natural that her stories take place all across the world.

Melinda loves reading, reality TV, traveling, blogging, and playing Words with Friends.

Find Melinda on social media at:


Other books by Melinda Dozier:
New York Minute | Breaking the Rules | Time Out, Valentine | One Lucky Night

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Hero Undercover Box Set Book Blast

EROTIC ROMANCE


by Annabel Joseph, Addison Cain, Renee Rose, Maggie Ryan, Maddie Taylor, Emily Tilton, Trent Evans, Jennifer Bene, Sophie Kisker, Megan Michaels, Katherine Deane, Maggie Carpenter, Jane Henry, Maisy Archer, Alyssa Bailey, Claire Conrad, Stevie MacFarlane, Piper Stone, Anya Summers, Lucy Wild, BJ Wane, A.C. Rose,  April Hill, Amelia Smarts, and Meredith O’Reilly

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

A Taste for Red by Piper Stone


When Private Investigator Shanna Jacobs and Cowboy Detective Cody Walker are forced to work on a wine fraud case, sparks fly in both directions. As the case moves into dangerous territory, the key players aren’t what they seem, but if they solve the case, will they learn to accept their intense attraction?

Justice, Roughly by Amelia Smarts


An undercover deputy must decide where his loyalties lie—with the law or with the beautiful criminal who rescues him.

The Strategy of Love by Alyssa Bailey


Part time photographic Journalist and benevolent worker Kayla Rhea was not haunted by the memory of her kidnappers but of her rescuer and his admonition. Ex-Army Major Hunter Barrett, settled in his civilian life, is now on a mission to claim the woman of his dreams or purge her from his life forever.

The Arms I Run To by Stevie MacFarlane


Can a woman be too smart for her own good?  Apparently, for when Joy Bradley takes a position she’s overqualified for she soon finds herself up to her neck in trouble. 

Uncharted Waters by Maisy Archer


An undercover protection detail aboard a luxury cruise ship seems like just the kind of easy, straightforward assignment Lucas needs … Until he learns that the client he’s tasked with protecting is the one beautiful, headstrong, infuriating woman he’s never been able to get out of his mind.

The Rangers Shotgun Bride by Maddie Taylor


Having fallen hard for her father's hired man, Amelia is crushed when she learns he's behind a string of stagecoach robberies.  When she takes matters into her own hands, and goes after the bandits herself, she learns things aren't always what they seem. 

Revenge Served Hot by Sophie Kisker


My name is Livvi, and for the next 13 months I’ll be on my knees, paying off my father's debts, owned by a man who seeks to destroy me. My life looks painfully short, until a man with a dark past offers to rescue me - but only at a price I'm terrified to pay.

The Mercenary’s Girl by Emily Tilton


CIA operative Jack Regensburg would have had enough trouble taking down mercenary kingpin Sir Jeffrey Young even if he hadn't fallen helplessly in love with one of Sir Jeffrey's captive girls, the lovely young Tess Roberts. When Sir Jeffrey decides that Jack, undercover as a bodyguard, must punish Tess in a new and extremely humiliating way, Jack must act, but will he be able to save Tess from Sir Jeffrey's fury without putting his cover, and the crucial operation, at grave risk?

Cherry on Top by Katherine Deane


What do you get when you combine a sassy, curvy baker, her over protective brother, his hot Army best friend, a crazy stalker, sexual chemistry hot enough to bake a chocolate cake, and nuns? The kinky spankings Cherry has always desired, a bit of Daddy talk Jacob loves, and a recipe ending with a Happily Ever After—and a Cherry on Top.

Saving Sarah by BJ Wane


When Sarah Thompson goes husband hunting at a local night club, she attracts the attention of a serial GHB rapist.  Police Chief Travis Nolan intends to be the man in Sarah’s bed and won’t let anything stand in his way, including Sarah’s stubborn tenacity.  

The Honey Trap by Lucy Wild


Nate - I went undercover to get the place shut down. Not to fall for her…

Kathryn - It was just a job. Until he arrived.

The Scarlet Stiletto by Maggie Carpenter


1940’s Murder Mystery

A frantic but beautiful woman bursts into the office of a roguishly handsome detective and begs him for help, claiming she found her red stiletto at the scene of her husband’s murder. The sexy seductive siren with me kiss-me-now lips is hard to resist, but he quickly discovers there are gaping holes in her story.

The Russian by Renee Rose


I don't care if I get whacked by the mob or fired from the FBI. I can’t stay away from her. And there’s no way I’m letting her get hurt. Hell, if any of them touch her, I’ll blow my cover in a second.

A Thief for the Duke by Megan Michaels


Rescuing a thieving beauty from the prospect of prison, the Duke of Norfolk has taken on the role of Headmaster for a School for Wayward Women under the guise of reforming the waif into a lady of society. Will it be she who is reformed, or will it be he who is changed in the process? 

Tamara’s Choice by Trent Evans


Assigned to infiltrate the shadowy Dominion Trust, a vice cop on deep cover visits the lurid, penitential installation known as The Farm.

But to rescue one of the beautiful inmates from her sentence of sexual slavery, he must save something else first — himself.

Detective Hercules by A.C. Rose


Detective Hercules Andrews and drive time radio dating expert Lizzy Harper bond over their respective injuries. When she reveals details about the super hot cop on her show, a New York City controversy of epic proportion ensues and he's forced to go undercover – as her boyfriend.

Slave for a Day: an Idan and Svali novella by Jane Henry


When Svali’s sister is taken hostage on a foreign planet, Svali and her fierce warrior husband are eager to undertake the rescue mission. Neither Svali nor Idan anticipated their job would mean masquerading as master and slave…. nor how very erotic the venture could be.

Testimony by Maggie Ryan


Vows—hers to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth—his to protect the witness with his very life. But when both are up against pure evil, what will the ultimate price of justice be?

Her Protector by Annabel Joseph


Rowan Park works in a secret, hyper-secure area of the government, defending the homeland from malicious hacking attacks. When a kidnapping attempt threatens her life, she’s forced to seek shelter—and comfort—in an unexpected protector’s arms.

Monster by Jennifer Bene


Cold, ruthless, vicious… I’m Paulo GarcĂ­a’s monster, and I’d swallowed that bitter pill whole, learned to deal with it — until Nicky. I know I should try to help her, protect her, but then who will save her from me?

Her Undercover Doms by Anya Summers


Sherry can't believe her luck, she followed a Dom to the Bahamas only to have him fall for another submissive and to make matters worse, that same Dom has issued her an ultimatum, either submit to the handsome Doms Patrick and Nick to become a better sub or leave the island. Will the two undercover CIA Agents convince the gorgeous beauty that she is the submissive for them or will their undercover investigation tear them apart?

A Night by my Fire by Addison Cain


The risk River had taken saving a stranger bigger than a linebacker and as grateful as a psychopath put her in a bad position. Someone had left him to die... and good men didn’t get dumped in the cold.

Eye of the Storm by Desiree Holt


It’s been a year since Zane Colby rescued Dara McKennon from the waters of Estero Bay in the middle of a horrendous storm, a year in which they healed each other emotionally. Now settled in their new D/s situation, Zane is called on to go undercover when Dara’s friends begin disappearing from The Playroom, an upscale BDSM Club

The Officer's Little Girl by Meredith O’Reilly


Adam is assigned to go undercover at 'The Little Resort' and take down the owner who has been selling illegal drugs. He gets partnered to be Chloe's Daddy and ends up falling head over heels in love for his little girl. 

Pandora and the Pool Guy by April Hill


Forced to enter the Witness Protection Program, Pandora finds a mutual attraction with the pool guy. But is he really just the handyman next door?

In Too Deep by Claire Conrad


One chance encounter is all it takes for hard-ass undercover agent Jace Montgomery to fall in love. When the woman who stole his heart is taken hostage, he'll destroy anything and everything in his way to save her.  


ABOUT THE AUTHORS


Alyssa Bailey

International Best Selling author Alyssa Bailey is the author of eighteen books including the Chase Abbey historical series and the O’Connors rancher series. As a Texan living in Alaska she has plenty of material for her spanking and power exchange stories, all complete with happily ever afters that make you feel good.
Author: Alyssa Bailey
Website: http://www.alyssbailey.com  
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alyssabailey.romance   
Twitter:@blushingalyssa

Amelia Smarts

Amelia Smarts is a #1 Amazon bestselling author of domestic discipline/spanking romances, usually involving a cowboy, always involving a firm hand and a scorched ass.
Author: Amelia Smarts
Website: https://ameliasmarts.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smarts.amelia/
Twitter: @AmeliaSmarts

Maisy Archer

Maisy is a romance-loving book-nerd. She writes bestselling contemporary tales about hot, unapologetically-kinky, alpha heroes and the crazy stuff that happens when they fall in love.
Author: Maisy Archer
Website: http://www.janeandmaisy.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janeandmaisy
Twitter:@ArcherMaisy

Stevie MacFarlane

Best-Selling author Stevie MacFarlane has been writing in her spare time for more than twenty years.  While most of her stories are on the sweet side, she never fails to add just enough kink and humor to keep her loyal fans clamoring for more.
Author: Stevie MacFarlane
Website: http://steviemacfarlane.weebly.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stevie.macfarlane.7
Twitter: @StevieMac1175

Maddie Taylor

USA Today Bestselling Author Maddie Taylor is a multi-genre author with over 30 published titles, with #1's in the U.S. and Internationally in Erotica, Western, Historical Romance, BDSM, Time Travel, and most recently SciFi.  She works with two well-known e-book and print publishers and has had success in self-publishing under her own brand, Breathless Romance.
Author: Maddie Taylor
Website: http://authormaddietaylor.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/maddie.taylor.121772
Twitter @MaddieTWrites

Sophie Kisker

Sophie Kisker writes erotic romance that sometimes travels a dark and uncomfortable path, before arriving at a happily ever after. She lives in the American Midwest with her husband, son, and the cat, who is really the one in charge.
Author: Sophie Kisker
Website: www.SophieKisker.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Sophie.Kisker.9
Twitter: @SophieKisker

Emily Tilton

USA Today bestselling author Emily Tilton, whose books have hit number one on Amazon in six different erotica categories, is a married professor who lives in New England and has two wonderful children. Her stories are what she wishes her real sex-life could be.
Author: Emily Tilton
Website: http://etiltonexplorations.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emily.tilton.98
Twitter: @ETiltonExp

Katherine Deane

USA Today bestselling author Katherine Deane is a multi-published, top 100 romantic and BDSM author and romantic at heart. She loves cheese, red wine, chocolate, and snuggling up with her daughters’ kittens while reading a good book.
Author: Katherine Deane
Website: http://katherinedeane.wordpress.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katherine.deane.50?fref=ts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KatherineDeane1

BJ Wane

I live in the Midwest with my hubby of ‘too many years to count’, enjoy spending time with my daughter, love dogs and working any kind of puzzle.  I’ve been writing erotic, spanking romances with a touch of suspense for to years.

Lucy Wild

Lucy Wild is a contemporary romance author who specialises in dark romances. She lives on the Yorkshire coast with her partner and their border collie in a house full of books, sweets, and more books.
Author: Lucy Wild
Website: http://www.lucywild.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lucywildromance/
Twitter: @misslucywild

Maggie Carpenter

Award-winning and best-selling author Maggie Carpenter has published over fifty romance novels spanning a variety of genres. Her readers describe her work as steamy, funny, suspenseful, beyond a five-star read, and exciting unpredictable romance.
Author: Maggie Ryan
Website: http://www.maggieryanauthor.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maggie.ryan.967806
Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorMRyan  

Renee Rose

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR RENEE ROSE is a naughty wordsmith who writes kinky BDSM novels. Named Eroticon USA's Next Top Erotic Author in 2013, she has also won The Romance Reviews Best Historical Romance, and Spanking Romance Reviews' Best Sci-fi, Paranormal, Historical, Erotic, Ageplay and favorite couple and author.
Author: A.C. Rose
Website: http://www.acroseauthor.net/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorACRose/   
Twitter:@acroseauthor

Megan Michaels

#1 Amazon Bestseller in Erotic Western & Erotic Historical, Megan Michaels writes BDSM Romance that is Contemporary, Western Historical, Sci-Fi, and Victorian. Her books delve into Domestic Discipline, Dominance/submission, and all of them have elements of BDSM.
Author:  Megan Michaels
Website: http://www.megan-michaels.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/megan.michaels.104
Twitter: @MeganMichaels3

Trent Evans

A USA Today bestselling author, Trent Evans specializes in several flavors of BDSM erotic romance and erotica.
A long-time resident of the Pacific Northwest, he tends to use his long hours cooped up inside spinning yarns about things he’ll never see or experience — such as sunshine.
Author: Trent Evans
Twitter: @TrentEvansTales

A.C. Rose

A.C. Rose is a sex and love journalist who also writes very steamy romance books. As a former editor of an iconic women’s magazine, sexy stories and beautiful men have long been her beat.

Jane Henry

Jane is a bestselling erotic romance author in multiple genres, including contemporary, historical, sci-fi, and fantasy. She pens stern but loving alpha heroes, feisty heroines, and emotion-driven happily ever afters.
Author: Jane Henry
Twitter: @janehenryauthor

Maggie Ryan

USA Today Best Selling Author Maggie Ryan brings you stories that you can disappear into, to experience what might have been or what may be to come. She invites you to curl up in your favorite chair and take a journey and wishes you happy reading.

Annabel Joseph

Annabel Joseph is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of emotionally intense BDSM and erotic romance. She writes mainly contemporary romance, although she’s been known to dabble in the medieval and Regency eras.

Jennifer Bene

Jennifer Bene is the international bestselling author of the Thalia series, and other dark and devious romance and erotica in a variety of genres.
Author: Jennifer Bene
Website: https://jenniferbene.com
Facebook: https://Facebook.com/jbeneauthor
Twitter: @jbeneauthor

Anya Summers

Anya Summers is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family.
Author: Anya Summers
Website: http://anyasummers.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnyaSummersAuthor
Twitter: @AnyaBSummers

Desiree Holt

USA Today Bestselling and award winning author Desiree Holt has more than 200 books to her credits. USA Today labelled her the Nora Roberts of erotic romance.

Addison Cain

Pitch black suits Addison Cain’s tastes just right. Driven to push her characters beyond the pale, Addison’s books are not for the faint of heart.
Author: Addison Cain
Website: addisonlcain.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AddisonlCain/
Twitter: @addisonlcain

April Hill

April Hill is a best-selling author of women’s romance, known for her wry humor, sensitive character development and of course, the love.

Claire Conrad

Claire Conrad is a full time writer and chocolate enthusiast who writes sexy alpha males, hot aliens, fantasy lovers and anything else her muse thinks might be fun (or a little naughty). She loves a good red wine, traveling just about anywhere, coffee and is absolutely addicted to a hot read with a happily-ever-after.

Piper Stone

Piper Stone writes in several genres including thrillers, erotic romance, dark erotic, Domestic Discipline, spanking, Domination and submission and traditional romance. She has a love of the non-traditional, preferring to create worlds that defy the imagination. Wine and sous vide cooking are only second to her love of golden retrievers and you might find all three nestled in the pages of a book or two.
Author: Piper Stone
Website: None
Facebook: https://www.facebook/piper-stone-573573573166169730/     
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Piperstone01

Meredith O'Reilly

Website: https://www.meredithoreillyromancenovels.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005903835160...
Twitter: @oreilly29

GIVEAWAY


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN Book Blast




Where it All Began
by Lorana Hoopes


Sandra Baker thought her life was going in the right direction until she ended up pregnant. Not ready for a baby, her boyfriend pushes her to have an abortion. After the procedure, Sandra spirals into depression losing her relationship and turning to alcohol. Then she meets Henry, a strong Christian man, who shows her God's love. Will she accept God's forgiveness and more importantly, will she forgive herself?

EXCERPT:

The delicate paper menu held only a few choices, and my eyes widened at the prices. I should have thought to ask where we were going before I agreed. I didn’t have the money to spend so much on dinner, especially since Peter had moved out and money was much tighter. My heart thudded in my chest as I quickly scanned for the cheapest item on the menu; even the side salad was nearly fifteen dollars. How do people afford this? Well, the salad comes with bread and a bowl of soup, so at least it should be enough to fill me up.

The waiter, clad in a white dress shirt and perfectly pressed black pants, appeared just as I laid the menu down. “Have we had enough time?” he asked politely, glancing at each of us before focusing his attention on Philip, who took the lead in ordering.

“Yes, we’ll have two glasses of your finest red wine and two plates of the steak and lobster, grilled medium well.” He handed his and Raquel’s menus to the waiter.

“Very well,” the waiter nodded and turned his attention to me.

I swallowed. “Um, I’ll have the side salad and the tomato soup.”

The waiter cocked his head. “Will that be all miss?”

My face flushed, and just as I was about to answer, Henry jumped in. “Yes, and the same for me please.” He handed our menus to the waiter.

The waiter nodded. “Yes, sir, and anything further to drink?”

Henry glanced at me; I shook my head. “No, water will be adequate for now, thank you.”

As the waiter turned away, I regarded Henry. Who was this man, and why was he being so nice to me? He caught me staring and shot me a small wink as he picked up a piece of bread.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lorana Hoopes is currently an English teacher in the Pacific Northwest where she lives with her husband and three children. When not writing, she can be seen kickboxing in her local gym, singing at her church, or performing on stage. The Heartbeats series is her first full length novel series. She has also just released the first book in her early reader chapter book, The Wishing Stone.

You can follow her blog at https://twoheartbeats.org



Get a free novella or audio reading of The Wishing Stone by filling out the contact form at http://authorloranahoopes.site123.me/  

The Book is on sale for $0.99 during the tour:

Where It All Began is available at Amazon: http://bit.ly/HeartbeatsWIAB  



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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Uncle Biffs Beef Nuggets

My brothers are three of my favorite people. I was almost 17 months old when the eldest of the three, Kenny, was born. Nicholas arrived 8 days before my third birthday. And Christopher about 4 months after I turned five.


I don't remember a time when there wasn't a Kenny Flade.


But I remember when Nick and Chris came home from the hospital. My mother put them right in my arms, each of them she says including Kenny, and told me they were mine to take care of and to love.


I took that responsibility seriously our entire lives. As several bullies could attest if they were willing to admit they got beat up by a girl. My brothers weren’t just my first friends – they’re my best friends. They know all my stories, are featured in all my memories, and share all my friends.


I am often saddened by the fact that over the course of adulthood we've made our lives and built our individual families in different states scattered between Florida and Philly. For years my parents hosted a weekend-long barbecue at their home in Maryland dubbed, by whom I don't remember, Flade-a-pa-looza.


But my parents retired to Orlando Florida, like older folks tend to do [God I hope my mom doesn't read my blog], a little more than two years ago. Flade-a-pa-looza has gone the way of the dinosaurs.


Thank God for Facebook


Facebook can be a big pain in the ass. People say the nastiest things under the illusion of anonymity social media provides. I've discussed this before and that's not what this post is about so I am officially off my soapbox.


I thank God for Facebook because I think my family uses it the way it was intended - to keep in touch with the people we love and meet new ones we could love.


Naive? Maybe. But hell, I write romance novels, remember?



Reading these old posts makes my heart happy. Because my brothers are three of my favorite people in the whole world.