Thursday, July 19, 2018

"This second-chance romance lit up my e-reader!" 5* #Book #Review "Addictive" #RomanticSuspense

Sharing a review of Dangerous Currents, my latest release, that had me smiling ear-to-ear!  It earned 5 stars from N.N. Light's Book Heaven, with some great quotes I'll highlight here, in the hopes anyone looking for a new page-turning beach read will give this steamy second-chance romance filled with secrets and suspense a try!


Forget the Housework, I'm Reading Book Reviews also gave it 5 stars!

"I'm a huge romantic suspense fan, and...Dangerous Currents had me guessing until the very end."

"Malorie and Dean are addictive to read..."

"Couldn't stop reading.  Yes, it was that good!"

To read the full review, click here.

Why not send a free sample to your Kindle?  Click here for Amazon, happy reading!

Monday, July 16, 2018

2 #Weddings in 1 Weekend ~ #Travel #CT #NJ Mini #vacation

The scenery around The Pond House in CT was beautiful!
I love weddings, and not just because I'm a romance author.  A celebration of love and commitment is always a happy occasion, and I always do my best to attend any that I'm invited to.  After all, families and friends often gather from all over for sad occasions such as a funeral, so I try to give just as much weight to the opportunities to see loved ones for the joyous events like weddings and baptisms.  Last fall, I took quite a trip (car ride, train ride, another car ride) to get from Cape Cod, MA, to Staunton, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley, for my cousin's wedding, which took a total of about 12 hours...I could have made it to Hawaii in that time I think!  But I had a great time with my siblings, and my sister and I explored an abandoned sanatorium in MD along the way (I also write ghost stories, and we're both a fan of all things spooky), and we finished off the long weekend with my niece's baptism.

That was the last wedding I went to until this weekend, and when we initially received two "Save the Date" cards for weddings on the same weekend, we panicked for a moment.  One was for my side of the family--my step-brother--and the other was for my husband's side of the family--his cousin.  And they were BOTH out of town.

Wedding #1 in Jersey City, at the Liberty House
What a view, the Manhattan skyline in the
background!
But when we compared the two cards, we realized we might be able to swing attending both.  The first one was a Friday evening, although all the way in Jersey City, NJ.  The second one was on that Sunday morning, in West Hartford, CT...which would be on our way home from NJ and only 2 1/2 hours from our return home on Sunday evening.

I'm thrilled to say both weddings and receptions went off without a hitch (that I saw, anyway), and it was great fun to see both sides of the family in one weekend.  Since we had Saturday to ourselves, my hubby and I also got to spend some quality time together (our teen boys had work and sports commitments, so they stayed home and also watched and probably play a lot of Fortnight).  We had a relaxing morning in the hotel, got to CT by 4 pm, and then walked around the very cute downtown area of West Hartford.  A little shopping, dinner outside at Max's Oyster House, and drinks on the rooftop of the Elbow Room.  

Cute restaurants and stores in West Hartford!

Hmmm...
We didn't get to stop at any haunted locations, which is always something I like to do when I travel, but I did notice a few slightly creepy aspects involved with both weddings:  the first one was on Friday the 13th, which is pretty brave...here's more on Why People Fear Friday the 13th in one of my Superstitions posts.  And the second wedding was on Asylum Road.  I feel like there's a story there I need to investigate!

One last practical part of the weekend that made me happy:  I got to wear the same dress!

Same pose, same clothes, at Wedding #2


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Cover Reveal #3 ~ Buckle Bunny ~ LOVE UNDER FIRE #RomanticSuspense Box Set #CowboyRomance

We've already revealed the Box Set
cover, now see each individual one!
A few weeks ago, I revealed the cover for Love Under Fire, a limited edition box set releasing in November, which will contain my latest romance + ghost mystery, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm.  I'm thrilled to be a part of this project, which involves 21 USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Bestselling Authors each contributing a brand new story filled with passion, thrills, and danger to benefit Pets For Vets, a charity that pairs rescue pets with veterans in need of companion animals.  To find more info on Love Under Fire and how you can get your limited edition copy of 21 books for just 99 cents (!!!!), click here or find the links below after the cover reveal.  Because right here on my blog, as we build up toward release day, visitors get to see each *individual* cover and read the accompanying blurb...so keep checking back, because we have 18 more to reveal, including mine! Up today is Buckle Bunny by Pamela Fagan Hutchins.

The last guy to call Maggie a buckle bunny didn't make his eight seconds.

Every cowboy at the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo is hot for rising music star Maggie Killian.  But Maggie is laser focused on her songs, her next show, and her future.  She's not going to be any cowboy's buckle bunny.

Down-and-out bull rider Hank Sibley needs big money fast, so he strikes a deal with the devil to lose in Cheyenne for cash.  When Hank reneges to get Maggie to go out with him, the only thing standing between him and deadly payback is a pissed-off, buckle-wearing Maggie.



Gorgeous, right?  This cover feels like it matches the story perfectly, and Maggie seems like one kick-butt heroine.  I haven't read a lot of romances set around the rodeo circuit, so I'm really excited to get my hands on this one.

In case you missed the other Love Under Fire reveals, here is the list so far:

1.  Reign of Fire by Casi McLean
2.  The Asylum by Aaron Paul Lazar

We still have 18 covers in the set left to reveal!  Some of the stories in the box set contain paranormal elements, and some a different kind of danger or enemy...but all contain page-turning, spine-tingling romance and suspense!

Sound good?  Pre-order the whole set for 99 cents today!  Links for Apple, Nook, and Kobo are below, Amazon coming next month so check back if you have a Kindle!



Available to Pre-Order on Kindle beginning August 13th!


LOVE UNDER FIRE ~ 21 stories to heat up your winter!





Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Cover Reveal #2 ~ The Asylum ~ LOVE UNDER FIRE #RomanticSuspense Box Set

Have you seen the set cover yet?  It's perfect!
A few weeks ago, I revealed the cover for Love Under Fire, a limited edition box set releasing in November, which will contain my latest romance + ghost mystery, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm.  I'm thrilled to be a part of this project, which involves 21 USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Bestselling Authors each contributing a brand new story filled with passion, thrills, and danger to benefit Pets For Vets, a charity that pairs rescue pets with veterans in need of companion animals.  To find more info on Love Under Fire and how you can get your limited edition copy of 21 books for just 99 cents (!!!!), click here or find the links below after the cover reveal.  Because right here on my blog, as we build up toward release day, visitors get to see each *individual* cover and read the accompanying blurb...so keep checking back, because we have 19 more to reveal, including mine! Up today is The Asylum, a Carmen Garcia Romantic Suspense Novel by Aaron Paul Lazar.

Carmen has a secret, and his name is Dr. Micah Worthy.

Affairs aren't permitted between staff members at St. Michael's Asylum, but Carmen and her handsome young psychiatrist find a way to sneak in a kiss or two in empty storerooms when no one's looking.  It doesn't take long for her suspicions to rise, however, as she gets to know some of the patients.  Why are some kept locked in their rooms, doped to the gills?  And where are the two-dozen patients whose names appear on the meds list, but whom she's never met?  Moreover, what's so forbidden about the ancient passages snaking beneath the two hundred year old monastery?

Something's off in the asylum, and when nothing seems to add up, Carmen and Micah unite to uncover the truth.  

When staff members learn she's on to them, the threats begin.  Can Carmen and Micah report their findings before they end up in the icy Atlantic?

Set on the rugged Maine coast in the dead of winter, The Asylum is an intriguing story of romance and danger, filled with characters you'll love and breathless action that'll keep you up way past your bedtime. 




What do you think?  I find this to be an incredibly compelling, mysterious cover, and as someone who writes ghost stories and loves all things spooky, a mystery in an isolated asylum sounds like a thrilling must-read!  I actually once snuck into an abandoned sanatorium (click here for my post on that adventure--and pics!), and I hope to one day tell my own story set in the infamous Glenn Dale TB Sanatorium.

In case you missed the other Love Under Fire reveals, here is the list so far:

1.  Reign of Fire by Casi McLean

We still have 19 covers in the set left to reveal!  Some of the stories in the box set contain other paranormal elements, and some a different kind of danger or enemy...but all contain page-turning, spine-tingling romance and suspense!

Sound good?  Pre-order the whole set for 99 cents today!  Links for Apple, Nook, and Kobo are below, Amazon coming next month so check back if you have a Kindle!




Available to Pre-Order on Kindle beginning August 13th!


LOVE UNDER FIRE ~ 21 stories to heat up your winter!





Sunday, July 8, 2018

DIVINE FALL is a Beach Buddy #Book Club read at #Bourne Library! #YA #CapeCod #angels #horses #Free!


I'm thrilled to share that my Young Adult Paranormal Romance, DIVINE FALL, is one of four novels being offered for FREE summer reading as part of the Jonathan Bourne Library's "Beach Buddy Book Club".  Cape Cod-area teens can register at Bourne Library's website and receive codes to download electronic copies of any (or all) of the four titles: Divine Fall, Undertow, Descent, and Any Way You Slice It.  Then choose a buddy or two to read along with--friend, parent, cousin, sibling, etc.--and enjoy the stories together!  Plus, you can also meet the authors and ask questions or chat about characters on Thursday, August 2nd at the Bourne Library from 6-7:30 pm.

Winner of The Romance Review's Readers' Choice Award in YA

If you'd like to try Divine Fall but aren't in the Cape Cod area, you can still download it for only 99 cents on Kindle or Nook right now!  Find the links below...Happy Reading!






Tuesday, July 3, 2018

LOVE UNDER FIRE Cover Reveal #1! #RomanticSuspense ~ Reign of Fire #LoveUnderFire

Proceeds benefit Pets for Vets!
A few weeks ago, I revealed the cover for Love Under Fire, a limited edition box set releasing in November, which will contain my latest romance + ghost mystery, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm.  I'm thrilled to be a part of this project, which involves 21 USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Bestselling Authors each contributing a brand new story filled with passion, thrills, and danger to benefit Pets For Vets, a charity that pairs rescue pets with veterans in need of companion animals.  To find more info on Love Under Fire and how you can get your limited edition copy of 21 books for just 99 cents (!!!!), click here or find the links below after the cover reveal.  Because right here on my blog, as we build up toward release day, visitors get to see each individual cover and read the accompanying blurb...so keep checking back, because we have 20 more to reveal, including mine! Up first is Reign of Fire, by my fellow Moonlight and Mystery contributor and The Wild Rose Press author and friend Casi McLean!

When Emily senses her twin sister's murder, she rushes to Washington, D.C., to confirm her worst nightmare.  To help solve the crime, she agrees to a scheme that spirals her into a treasonous faction with plans to take over the White House.

Detective Ashton Frasier accepts his career choice means a lifetime of bachelorhood, until Emily Rose sweeps into his life.  The spitting image of his latest victim holds a mysterious lure he can't deny.  Placing her as bait in her sister's murder investigation puts her life, as well as his heart, in peril.

Surrounded by danger with the country's democracy at stake, Emily never expects to fall in love, but her sister's spirit has an agenda of her own.  Can they defeat the faction bonded by greed before they're discovered?  Or will a ghostly encounter lead to a deadly passion?




What do you think?  I love it, especially the title font and the fire in the letters!  Plus, being from the D.C. area originally, I love the scenery.

If you are familiar with my books, you'll know ghost stories are right up my alley (as you can probably also tell from the title of my contribution to the set!)  Some of the stories in the box set contain other paranormal elements, and some a different kind of danger or enemy...but all contain page-turning, spine-tingling romance and suspense!

Sound good?  Pre-order the whole set for 99 cents today!  Links for Apple, Nook, and Kobo are below, Amazon coming next month so check back if you have a Kindle!



Available to Pre-Order on Kindle beginning August 13th!


LOVE UNDER FIRE ~ 21 stories to heat up your winter!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Steamy + Haunting Read + a #Recipe for #4thofJuly! #FourthofJuly Cape Cod #IndependenceDay

Cape Cod National Seashore
Who's ready for the Fourth of July celebrations?  Here on Cape Cod, the summer season officially kicks off this weekend, and things get a bit hectic!  As usual, we have a house full of guests, and plans for the beach, cookouts, and fireworks.  And while on the beach, I'll be doing my favorite thing - reading!  If you need a great page-turning beach read for the holiday, try GULL HARBOR - a spooky ghost mystery mixed with steamy second-chance romance, set here on Cape Cod's National Seashore.  A #1 Amazon and B&N Bestseller with plenty of heat-filled scenes to balance out the ones that will send a chill up your spine!


A dangerous ghost and an ex-boyfriend await Claire in Cape Cod's Gull Harbor...

To get into the "spirit" of the weekend (haha, see what I did there?), I'm posting both one of my favorite recipes for contributions to cook-outs, and a short excerpt from Gull Harbor - part of a scene where Max and Claire stop fighting their attraction and enjoy a picnic on the beach. Max still can't share his reasons for abandoning her so long ago, but psychic medium Claire is dealing with a very disturbing haunting, and she finds herself leaning on her former boyfriend for support.  And Max still feels the need to take care of her, even after all these years - so he's brought lunch for her from the local tavern he owns.  This scene sets up their date for the 4th of July - and there are plenty of fireworks on that night - overhead and between the two former lovers!  

           “A picnic on the beach is perfect.  It’s better than dinner and a movie.”
            He held out his glass, touching it to hers.  “To our first date.”  His eyebrows pulled together behind his sunglasses.  “That sounds strange, given our history.”
            She smiled as she sipped.  “We were never what you’d call traditional, anyway.”
            “How’s this for traditional—let me take you to see the fireworks on Wednesday night.  I know you’ll be at Dan’s cook-out for dinner, but I think I’ll be okay to leave the tavern by 7:30 or so.  Can I come and steal you away?”  He leaned back on one elbow and flashed her a lazy grin.  “There’s a great spot to watch them from over by the lake.  It’s very secluded; none of the tourists even know how to find the trail to get there.”
            A flood of heat that had little to do with the warm July sun surged through her.  How was it that this man aroused her so?  She could feel the sexual tension between them, thick and heady.  “I’d love that,” she said softly, dipping her head down to hide her flushed cheeks.  

A little teaser from later that night...

Want to keep reading?  Or, you can listen now as well--Gull Harbor is an audio book too!  Links below:
Amazon -- Kindle, Print, Audible


And, as promised:

Recipe ~ Linguine with Tomatoes and Basil

1 lb Brie cheese, rind removed, torn into small pieces
4 vine-ripe tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 cup fresh basil, torn into strips
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 ½ pounds linguine
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine cheese, tomatoes, basil, EVOO, and garlic in a large bowl.  Cook pasta according to directions, drain and immediately add to bowl, tossing to allow cheese to begin melting.  Add salt and pepper and serve immediately.

Happy Reading and Happy 4th!