Monday, February 8, 2016

The Very Best Job for Me by Grace Burrowes

This is the time of year when, as a school child, I always felt a sense of hopelessness. Summer was sooooo faaaaar awaaaaay, and all the big holidays were behind us. I was a school child before there was such a thing as Spring Break, and Easter sometimes meant little more than a long weekend.

I was not a social child, and I do not like to be told what to do, much less when and how to do it, so school was tough for me. A snow day was manna from heaven, and the day the pipes froze at my elementary school was proof of a benevolent Deity.

I contrast the sense of grim endurance I grew up with to the way my days roll along now, at least my published author days (lawyer days are a different matter, but they are gradually becoming fewer in number). So here's a list of reasons why your children might want to grow up to be writers...

1) No time clock. I write when I want to, whether that's 5 am or 11 pm, or both.

2) No uniform, not even the informal "business casual." I wear my jammies, my nightie, my fuzzies, my yoga pants... whatever I feel like wearing.

3) No loud, inconsiderate co-workers... though the dogs bark when the mail truck comes by.

4) Nobody ever takes the last cup of coffee (or tea in my case). Nor do they steal my lunch from the employee fridge.

5) No time sheet. When I publish a book, I earn money. Nice and simple.

6) Lovely readers. My readers have to be the most kind, supportive, good-humored, constructive, tolerant.... oh, I could gush about my readers.

7) Lovely writin' buddies. The overwhelming majority of authors and publishing professionals I've come in contact with have been wonderful people, always ready to lend a hand or an encouraging word. The few pikers in the bunch, well, the rest of us use them as inspiration for our villains.

8) Variety. If I run out of writing steam, I can always go looking for my next cover model, do some research on the London Beer Flood,, or catch up with my Facebook friends.

9) Challenge. You try coming up with a story that has the character arc of a tragedy, the happily ever after and warmth of a comedy, the pacing of a thriller, the external conflict of a mystery, the prose of good literature... with not one but two protagonists, and a world that many of the readers are expert on. Every word has to count, and every detail has to be right.

10) Meaning. I believe in love, It's our highest motivation, our greatest comfort, and our most sincere frustration, and life without it is mighty bleak. I get to write about love, and the courage love
gives us to be the best people we can be, living the lives we were meant to live.

What job could possible top the one I have when I sit down to write a book?

What is the ideal job for you, or what do you enjoy most about your current job--and by job, let's please not limit the discussion to paid occupations. Some of the greatest challenges and most important efforts we put forth (parenting!) are often uncompensated.

To one commenter, I'll send a signed copy of Will's True Wish, wherein, our hero finds out that his job is not only to train dogs, but also to obey the commands of love.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Happy Chinese New Year! (plus Ebook Giveaway)

Monday, February 8, marks the official beginning of the Lunar New Year: Gung Hay Fat Choy!

One of the nicest things about celebrating Chinese New Year is the sense of getting a holiday do-over. This past Christmas and New Year’s caught me flat-footed and unprepared. And January 2016 has seemed particularly January-ish, bringing more than its share of bad news and untimely passings. So it’s nice to have something to look forward to with hope—and crossed fingers that things will be better from this point on.

Last year, there was considerable confusion over which zodiac animal was being recognized, owing to multiple interpretations of the Chinese character. Was it the Year of the Sheep? The Year of the Goat? The Year of the Deer (which I must admit has a certain ring to it)? Apparently, it could have been any hooved, grass-eating, cervine animal being honored.

This year, there is no such doubt. Welcome in the Year of the Monkey! 

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And not just any Monkey: the Fire Monkey, especially known for its energy, activity, and aggression! The Fire Monkey can be reckless, headstrong, and impatient, but if its energy is channeled properly and in a positive direction, it can also be a force for creativity and productivity. 

Sounds like an auspicious omen for a writer, or anyone else who makes a living by their creativity! So bring on the Year of the Monkey, along with lion dances, dragon dances, firecrackers, lanterns, gongs, tangerines (the lions are partial to those), noodle dishes (for longevity), and of course, those red envelopes bringing good fortune and usually a bit of extra wherewithal…

In lieu of those red envelopes, I’m giving away two digital copies of Devices & Desires, Book One of my new historical series, The Lyons Pride! A description and excerpt can be found here and here. Comment by midnight PST, Monday, 2/8—with a contact email address, please--for a chance to win!

Happy Year of the Monkey!


Friday, February 5, 2016

SEAL Wolf in Too Deep Released!!!

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Love spells danger for an alpha SEAL wolf and the woman who steals his heart in SEAL Wolf In Too Deep, a shifter romance from USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear. Get your copy today!

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Even though the book is set in winter in Montana at a lake, wouldn't you love to be at the beach? I think that's where they're headed someday. :)
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Get Your Hands on A Gentleman's Game

A Gentleman’s Game is now available! You can find it in print, in ebook, and maybe even in a tower on your head.

This is the first novel in my Romance of the Turf trilogy, which began in November with a prequel novella The Sport of Baronets. This series is set in the Regency horse-racing world and tells the stories of each of the troubled but talented Chandler siblings. In A Gentleman's Game, charming Nathaniel Chandler and secretive Rosalind Agate travel the roads of England together, guiding stubborn Thoroughbreds and facing old secrets that might get in the way of new love. 

Reviewers have called it “fascinating” and “a damned delight of a book.” My seven-year-old daughter said "the pages are really soft." (Uh...ok.) Want to see what they mean for yourself? You can read Chapter 1 on my website. And if it looks like your kind of story, grab it at your favorite retailer.

Print: amazon • barnes & noble • book depository • books-a-million • indiebound • indigo • powell’s • sourcebooks • walmart • watermark

Ebook: kindle • nook • kobo • ibooks • google • sourcebooks
You can also check out the blog tour stops through this link. Almost every stop includes a book giveaway. :) Hope to see you there!

Theresa Romain is the bestselling author of historical romances, including the Matchmaker trilogy, the Holiday Pleasures series, the Royal Reward series, and the Romance of the Turf trilogy. Please visit her on the web at

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

By Break of Day -a "Fresh" Night Stalkers release

by M. L. Buchman

One of the joys of a new series is also one of the great challenges of a new series, keeping it fresh for both the writer and the reader. So here's how I did it for's pretty tricky...are you ready?

Just like the Night Stalkers, I used three helicopters. (Yep, that's one of my big secrets.)

The US Army's real-life 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment fly: Black Hawks, Little Birds, and Chinooks.

The DAP Hawk (a unique version of Black Hawk designed by and built for the Night Stalkers) has a crew of 4. It is perhaps the most versatile and dangerous (to the enemy) helicopter every flown. And like their helicopter, these aircraft require a crew to match—four strong women and, of course, the men they deserve. Pilot, gunner, mechanic, and co-pilot, they are any outfits dream team and any enemy's nightmare. At the heart of these four stories is Major Emily Beale.

The Little Bird is a fierce and incredibly agile small helicopter with such a bad-ass reputation that it is nicknamed The Killer Egg. With a two-person crew, they are manned by fiercely independent, very fast thinkers. Colonel Michael Gibson of Delta Force is the driving power behind these two stories.

The Chinook, the third aircraft that they fly, is one of the very largest in the military inventory and definitely (when reconfigured to Night Stalker specifications) one of the toughest helicraft ever built. The massive Chinook takes a crew of five to run: pilot, co-pilot, mechanic, gunner, and ramp gunner at the rear. This is the powerhouse of the Night Stalker team, able to deliver equipment and troops on an unprecedented scale. To my mind, it lends itself to a more solid, more steady flier, and no one embodies that more than a Texas Cowboy. Captain Justin Roberts manhandles his massive helicopter into the most desperate situations. But what he isn't prepared for is the team's new Air Mission Commander, Kara Moretti, a wild, intuitive New Yorker from an Italian cop family.
NEW!! February 2016

This is only the beginning, so come and enjoy the fireworks!

M. L. Buchman has over 40 novels in print. His military romantic suspense books have been named Barnes & Noble and NPR “Top 5 of the year” and twice Booklist “Top 10 of the Year,” placing two titles on their “Top 101 Romances of the Last 10 Years” list. He has been nominated for the Reviewer’s Choice Award for “Top 10 Romantic Suspense of 2014” by RT Book Reviews. In addition to romance, he also writes thrillers, fantasy, and science fiction.

In among his career as a corporate project manager he has: rebuilt and single-handed a fifty-foot sailboat, both flown and jumped out of airplanes, designed and built two houses, and bicycled solo around the world.

He is now making his living as a full-time writer on the Oregon Coast with his beloved wife and is constantly amazed at what you can do with a degree in Geophysics. You may keep up with his writing by subscribing to his newsletter at

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


I am so happy that today my latest novel HOW TO WED A WARRIOR is coming into the world. I loved writing about Robbie and Pru and watching these two fall in love.

Mrs. Prudence Whittaker is a woman of many the novel progresses, it turns out that she is living a secret life. One of her secrets that my Highlander Robbie Waters uncovers is that she is quick with a scimitar.

“What are you doing here?”

“Saving your skin.”

Robert had no more time to talk, for they were no longer alone. Some had noticed the altercation, and had decided to join the fray. Three men came at him then. Robert stabbed the first one in the sword arm, and the man dropped his cutlass. Pru lifted her skirts in one hand, darting into the fight to pick up the sword, brandishing it as if she would fence with them. All three ruffians still standing started laughing, but she held her ground, covering Robert’s back.

“It’s a good thing you’re here, Pru, or I’d be worried.”

She could not quite believe that he was making jokes while facing three adversaries. He had made short work of the first one, but there were three left, only one of them bleeding.

She decided to go along with him. “Well, I’m glad you’re here, Robbie, or I might muss my gown sorting these three out.

“I’ll muss more than your gown, little widow woman.” The shortest of the dirty men went for her before Robert could get between them. She did not falter but stabbed him in the gut. She failed to kill him, and only stabbed his side, but he fell down just the same. Robert quirked a brow at her, and she shrugged.

“I’m not fond of those that try to kill me,” she said.

“So I see.”

As a romance reader, how do you feel about swashbuckling heroines? Do you think they're fun? Leave a comment below and let us know...

Description of HOW TO WED A WARRIOR

Reasons to quit London:
1. It's not the Highlands.
2. It will never be the Highlands.
3. It's full of the bloody English.
When his wild spitfire of a sister makes a scene by drawing a claymore in Hyde Park, Highlander Robert Waters knows something must be done. To forestall the inevitable scandal, he hires widowed Prudence Whittaker to teach his sister how to be a lady-never expecting to find unbridled passion beneath the clever Englishwoman's prim exterior.
Mrs. Whittaker is a fraud. Born Lady Prudence Farthington, daughter of the ruined earl of Lynwood, she's never even been married. In order to make her way in the world, she has to rely on her wits and a web of lies...lies a sexy Highlander is all too close to unraveling.
He swears he will possess her; she vows he will do nothing of the sort. Yet as passions heat, Prudence comes to realize the illicit pleasure that can be had in going toe-to-toe with a Scot.

Broadswords and Ballrooms:
How to Seduce a Scot
How to Wed a Warrior
How to Train Your Highlander
Ever since Christy English picked up a fake sword in stage combat class at the age of fourteen, she has lived vicariously through the sword-wielding women of her imagination. Sometimes an actor, always a storyteller, Christy works happily with Sourcebooks Casablanca to bring the knife-throwing women of her novels to life. A banker by day and a writer by night, she loves to eat chocolate, drink too many soft drinks, and walk the mountain trails of her home in western North Carolina.

Monday, February 1, 2016

New Release: TO CATCH A RAKE

TO CATCH A RAKE a light-hearted tale about two people falling in love. In this story expect some wit, a laugh or two, and experience the joy-filled journey of two people on the path to romance. You will also discover that the story is set amongst a remarkable historical event.

First I’d like to talk about the hero—the man who will always by my favorite character. What is more exciting than a strong, masculine hero recognizing, and ultimately giving in to, his passion for the heroine. By the end of the book, I expect most of us would love to be in the heroine’s pointy-toed shoes.

"You wish to be considered a Happy Goer?”
She held her breath. His question was followed by the wickedest smile Meta had ever seen given by a gentleman. Wicked because it revealed an intimate knowledge of Happy Goers. Wicked because it contained a veiled challenge for her to retaliate in kind. And wicked because, regardless of her response, he possessed complete confidence in his ultimate victory.
                                                     Sally Orr, TO CATCH A RAKE

You may also discover that some of my heroes have non-typical occupations, other than aristocrat. For me, Regency heroes are the gentlemen who combined intelligence, drive, and creativity to achieve groundbreaking discoveries. For example, the man who invented the first electric motor, or a machine that turned water power into electricity, or built an iron bridge, ship, or building that is still used in our modern world.

You see, the secret to pleasuring a woman requires many traits unique to engineers.” His wholly wicked smile appeared on a pleased countenance. “There are steps to consider for maximum satisfaction. It’s like building a bridge: first you must find the right site. In this case”—he locked the door—“the site needs to be secured.”
                                                     Sally Orr, TO CATCH A RAKE

The hero of TO CATCH A RAKE, George, is a gentleman who spent his youth in the reckless manner of a young man about town—gaming, wenching, and sports. He used his vast expertise with women to pen the Field Guide section of The Rake’s Handbook. Now in his thirties, he finds himself jaded and pained to discover that the citizens of London consider him solely as a rake that wrote a vulgar book. He yearns to escape this field guide nonsense and find an occupation that will define his life—be a man everyone will speak of differently—a man of accomplishment. He becomes an engineer working on the most famous structure of the Regency-era—the Thames Tunnel.

The Thames Tunnel was started in 1825 and became the first tunnel under a navigable river. In order to stop the tunnel from being blasted with a coat of concrete, the tunnel has been declared a grade II historical monument. Today fourteen million people travel though the Thames Tunnel section of the London tube every year. I wonder how many people realize the age of the tunnel they are passing through?

The story in TO CATCH A RAKE intertwines with one of the greatest achievements of the Regency-era. In my opinion, the Thames Tunnel will remain what the newspaper's called it in 1843, "The Eighth Wonder of the World."

Yes, I love Regency history. I love the dresses, manners, balls, attitudes, language, and history found in historical romances. However, I especially love it when the author includes some aspect of Regency-era science, architecture, or industry. It gives me a greater feeling of being in a remarkable time and place.

What do aspect of history do you love to read about the most?

TO CATCH A RAKE, released February 2, 2016