Second Honeymoon Book Tour—Today I’m talking about HOW MUCH OF ME is in my characters and connected stories in NOT SO WORLDS APART

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Hello!  Today is the last day of my month long tour!  And I’m sharing two articles on two great blogs….

I’m over on Judythe Morgan’s blog today talking about something very personal—lack of self-confidence and how I’ve incorporated some of the emotions caused from being bullied as a kid and my own confidence issues in my female characters:  HOW MUCH OF ME .

I’m also over on Eden Ashe’s blog with an article about what I love about connected stories and how I’ve connected mine in an article titled NOT SO WORLDS APART .

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Interview with Margo Bond Collins author of FAIRY, TEXAS

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Welcome to my little corner of the interwebs, Margo… Tell us a little about yourself.

In my day job, I teach cMargoBondCollinsollege English courses online, though writing fiction is my first love. After living all over the country (New Orleans, L.A., New York, Atlanta), I have settled down in my native Texas with my husband, our daughter, and a pile of ridiculous pets.

When did you start writing?

I wrote my first fiction story when I was about ten.

What genre/genres do you write?

Paranormal mystery, urban fantasy, and contemporary romance.

Whatever became of your very first book?

It’s about to be published by World Weaver Press as Legally Undead.

What advice would you give to new authors?

The very best advice I ever got was just this: keep writing new things. Always have a work in progress. Finish writing a piece, do a quick edit, and submit it somewhere for publication. Then move on to the next project. Don’t wait to hear back—that way lies madness! If it’s rejected (and often it will be; that’s the nature of writing for publication), don’t let it get you down. Just send it out again and go back to your work in progress.

Do you have any other books? What do you have planned next?

Yes! My other published book is Waking Up Dead.  I have a book contracted with Entangled Publishing, due out this year. I’m also working on sequels to Waking Up Dead, Legally Undead, and Fairy, Texas.

What inspired you to write Fairy, Texas?

Many (most, really) of my ideas come to me while I’m driving. In this case, I was driving through rural Texas near where I grew up and passed the sign for the cut-off to the town Fairy, Texas. I must have driven by the sign hundreds of times in my life, but this time I started wondering what it would be like if the town were actually occupied by fairy-like creatures—not exactly European fairies, but a race that could intermingle with the humans of our own world.  The book developed from there!

Is Fairy, Texas part of a series? If so, tell us about it.

Yes! Fairy, Texas ends with all of the major points wrapped up, but there are some details left open—like how, exactly, Laney comes to be what she is. That’s where the second book, Flightless, picks up.

What is your favorite part? (If you’d like to share a little excerpt of that part, you may do so.)

I love the moment that Laney sees Roger Bartlef for the first time:

Fairy High could have fit into one wing of my old school. The three-story, red brick building looked like it had been around for at least a century—it actually had carvings over two of the doorways that read “Men’s Entrance” and “Women’s Entrance.” I was glad to see that none of the kids paid any attention to those instructions.

“Counselor’s office,” I muttered to myself. At least I wasn’t starting in the middle of a term—though given the fact that there were fewer than 500 students in the entire high school, I didn’t think I was going to be able to go unnoticed, even in the general bustle of the first day back from summer vacation.

I walked through the door marked “Men’s Entrance,” just be contrary, and faced a long hallway lined with heavy wooden doors. The spaces in between the doors were filled with lockers and marble staircases with ornate hand-rails flanked each end of the long hallway. Students poured in behind me, calling out greetings to each other and jostling me off to the side while I tried to get my bearings. None of the doors obviously led to a main office; I was going to have to walk the entire length of the hallway. And people were already starting to stare and whisper.

God. I hated being the new kid.

I took a deep breath and stepped forward. I made it halfway down the hall without seeing anything informative—all the doors had numbers over them and many of them had name plaques, but neither of those things did me any good since I didn’t know the name or office number for the counselor. I was almost getting desperate enough to ask Kayla, but of course she was nowhere to be seen.

I turned back from scanning the halls for her and caught sight of the first adult I’d seen—and almost screamed. As it was, I gasped loudly enough for a guy walking past me to do a double take. The man standing in the open doorway was tall, over six feet, and way skinny—so emaciated that it looked like you ought to be able to see his ribs through his shirt, if his shirt didn’t hang so loosely on him. He had white hair that stuck out in tufts, thin lips, a sharp nose, and pale blue eyes that narrowed as he watched the kids walk past—and all the kids gave him a wide berth without even seeming to notice that they did so. He stood in an empty circle while students streamed around him in the crowded hallway.

But none of that was what made me almost scream.

For a moment, just as I’d turned toward him, I could have sworn that I’d seen the shadow of two huge, black, leathery wings stretched out behind him.

Now for some fun…

What’s your favorite TV show or movie of all time? 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

If you could chose a period in history to be born in, what would it be and why?

I’ve never been all that interested in living in the past—no deodorant, no good razors, no antibiotics? No thank you! But if I had to choose, it would probably be Regency England, as long as I got to be a member of the nobility . . .

What was the most embarrassing thing your husband/boyfriend/partner/friend ever did to you in public?

Many years of teaching beat the shame out of me long ago—nothing gets you past being easily embarrassed more thoroughly than getting up to speak in front of people every day! So although I’m sure my husband has done embarrassing things, I probably never noticed . . .

What is the one place you have never visited but would love to?

China. I would love to see the Great Wall in person.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could chose any famous person (living or dead), who would you chose to be stranded with you and why?

Are there any famous people with amazing survival skills? If so, I want that one! Robinson Crusoe, maybe? (Does a literary character count?)

A Quick Quiz…

Cake or Chips


Steak or Veggie Burger

Chocolates or Roses

Both, please!

Boxers or Briefs or Nothing at all

And since I write both, I have to know which you prefer… Vampires or Cowboys

I write both, too, so I’d be hard-pressed to pick!





Fairy, Texas


Margo Bond Collins



Fairy, Texas. A small town like any other.

Laney Harris didn’t want to live there. When her mother remarried and moved them to a town where a date meant hanging out at the Sonic, Laney figured that “boring” would have a whole new meaning. A new stepsister who despised her and a high school where she was the only topic of gossip were bad enough. But when she met the school counselor (and his terminal bad breath), she grew suspicious. Especially since he had wings that only she could see. And then there were Josh and Mason, two gorgeous glimmering-eyed classmates whose interest in her might not be for the reasons she hoped. Not to mention that dead guy she nearly tripped over in gym class.

She was right. Boring took on an entirely new dimension in Fairy, Texas.



“Okay, girls,” Coach Spencer yelled above the chatter around me. “We’re going to get warmed up for this year with a little run around the outer track.” She gestured toward a field off to the right of the building. I could see a dirt track wending its way along the edge, disappearing into a copse of stubby trees and scrub brush at the far end. “Four laps,” Spencer added. A general groan went up, and I was glad that the discussion at lunch had distracted me from eating too much. Late August in Texas is hot.

“Well?” the coach said. “Get going!”

We started off at a trot toward the field, many of the girls around me still complaining. For a moment, I considered hanging back with the crowd, but Andrew had told me that Spencer coached the girls’ track team. I wanted to impress her. So I stretched my legs out as I hit the track and settled in to a long stride, my breathing still easy.

The afternoon sun beat down on my head. I watched the small grove grow closer, anxious for some shade. By the time I hit the bend in the track that led into the thicket, I was yards ahead of the rest of the runners—so when I rounded the curve and tripped over the body, I was all alone.

It didn’t take long for everyone else to catch up, but it seemed like an eternity as I scrambled back, crab-like. It took a moment for my brain to translate the messages my eyes were sending it—the images coalesced slowly, like one of those magic pictures with the 3D images inside.

He had been stretched out spread-eagle across the trail, head and feet half-concealed in the brush on either side. Blood pooled around him, sticky and half-dried at the edges. His shirt had been ripped open and a slash opened him from his throat to his stomach.

As the other girls rounded the bend, I realized that the high, keening noise in the background was the sound of my own screaming. As soon as I realized it, I stopped, but several of my classmates picked up where I left off.

My hands and knees were coated with blood where I had landed; my skin was tacky with it. I crawled over to the nearest bush and vomited.

Coach Spencer shoved her way through the girls and stuttered to a stop, her hand to her mouth. “Oh, God,” she said. “It’s Cody Murphy.”

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Meet Margo…

Margo Bond Collins is the author of a number of novels, including Waking Up Dead, Fairy, Texas, and Legally Undead (forthcoming in 2014). She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, and several spoiled pets. She teaches college-level English courses online, though writing fiction is her first love. She enjoys reading urban fantasy and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about vampires, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, and other monsters.

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Guest Post–”Greatest Personal Accomplishment” by Jennifer Ryan author of FALLING FOR OWEN

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Greatest Personal Accomplishment


Everyone has a dream. Mine was to be a full-time writer. To accomplish that, I knew there would be milestones along the way I’d have to achieve. For most writers, that means getting an agent, selling a book, and then selling more books. It sounds so easy. You write a book you think is amazing, send your baby off to a number of agents and hope one of them likes your work so much, they offer to represent you.

That’s not exactly how it worked for me. Yes, I wrote the book, sent it off to countless agents, and got a ton of rejections. So I wrote more books. Sent them off and got a ton of rejections. I even submitted to publishing houses that accepted un-agented submissions. Lucky me, an editor took an interest in my book. She even gave me a bunch of notes, which I incorporated into my book and re-submitted to her. In the end, the book wasn’t a good fit, because the house was working on contemporary novels, not romantic-suspense at the time, but she loved it so much she contacted an agent for me and told him he needed to sign me. Blown away she’d do this for me, I submitted my work to him, and he offered to represent me. He sent my book on submission and I got more rejections.

About this time, I went to the RWA conference and soaked up every bit of information I could at the publisher’s spotlights. I loved the Avon presentation, the enthusiasm all the editors had for their job and books. They had the right vibe that worked for me, and I wanted to be one of their authors. One of the editors said they never received romantic suspense and she’d love to see some. I contacted my agent and asked him to send it to her. Three weeks later, she bought the book that had received countless rejections, went through edits with that other editor at another house, who ultimately rejected it too, and now it was going to be published at a major house.

Major accomplishment, right? Well, it got even better. That editor bought three more books and from February to October of 2013 The Hunted Series was released – all four books. I could not have been more thrilled to see the sales grow and fans embrace each and every book.

I’d done it. I was a working full-time writer with four books out and more contracts signed with my publishing house. I got the agent, sold the books, and had the career I always wanted. I should have dreamed a bit bigger, because my greatest accomplishments came in October when Chasing Morgan – Book 4: The Hunted series came out. Saved by the Rancher, Lucky Like Us, and Chasing Morgan all hit the USA Today list for a couple of weeks. Such a wonderful moment and more than I ever expected.

And then it happened. That thing you never expect. The thing that seems like a dream you’ll never achieve, but oh, wouldn’t it be nice. Saved by the Rancher hit the NY Times bestseller list two weeks in a row. No words can explain the excitement, or how unreal it felt to get that news from my amazing editor. But there it was, my greatest accomplishment. I was a full-time writer with multiple books out, contracts yet to be fulfilled, and a book on the NY Times bestseller list. Amazing!


Falling for Owen by Jennifer Ryan


Falling for Owen

The McBrides Book Two


Jennifer Ryan


The McBrides of Fallbrook return with reformed bad boy Owen. He’ll do whatever he must to protect the woman who’s captured his heart. Attorney by day, rancher by night Owen McBride conquered his dark past and made it his mission to help the innocent—even at the expense of a personal life. But when a client’s abusive ex-husband targets Owen and his gorgeous neighbor Claire gets caught in the crossfire, his feelings turn anything but professional. The mysterious beauty awakens something in him, and he’ll move heaven and earth to keep her safe.

Coffee shop owner Claire Walsh learned the hard way that handsome men aren’t to be trusted. Owen may be sexy as hell and determined to take care of her, but she’s reluctant to put her heart on the line. His presence in her life puts a target on her back, yet the more time she spends with him, the more she finds she can’t help falling for Owen.

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Meet Jennifer…Jennifer Ryan

JENNIFER RYAN, author of The Hunted Series, writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances.

Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home, and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.

Please visit her website at for information about upcoming releases.
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Book Spotlight—A PROMISE OF MORE by Bronwen Evans

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A PROMISE OF MORE: The Disgraced Lords Series

A Loveswept Historical Romance


Bronwen Evans

April 15, 2014



In the second novel in Bronwen Evans’s sexy new Disgraced Lords series, two very independent souls find themselves fighting to resist a deepening passion.

When Beatrice Hennessey sets out to confront Lord Coldhurst, the notorious rogue who killed her brother in a duel, her intent is to save her family from destitution. She’s determined to blackmail the man into a loveless marriage. She’ll make the wealthy Lord Coldhurst pay for the rest of his life. But while greeting his ship, Beatrice takes a tumble into the Thames—only to be fished out by a pair of strong masculine arms that tempt her to stay locked in their heated embrace forever. That is, until she realizes those arms belong to Sebastian Hawkestone, Lord Coldhurst himself.

The little drowned mermaid has an interesting proposition indeed; one that Sebastian is surprised to find quite agreeable. Although he’s had women more beautiful, she is pleasing to the eye, and besides, it’s time he fathered an heir. Beatrice promises to be the ideal wife; a woman who hates him with an all-consuming passion is far too sensible to expect romance. However, it isn’t long before Sebastian’s plan for a marriage of convenience unravels, and he’s caught up in the exhilarating undertow of seduction.


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Meet Bronwen…Bronwen Evans

Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She has always indulged her love of storytelling and is constantly gobbling up movies, books, and theater. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer? Evans is a two-time winner of the RomCon Readers’ Crown and has been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand.

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Spring Fling Blog Hop–I’m talking about snakes in the garden… the two-legged kind.


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Snakes in the Garden
I love spring, especially working in the garden, but occasionally I run into unwanted visitors.  Here in Pennsylvania garter snakes are common and I HATE when I find one.  In my contemporary western romance Gambling On A Secret, Charli doesn’t have garter snakes in her garden, but water snakes and possibly a two-legged  one as well….

She paused in her pruning and wiped at her damp eyes with the back of her bare arm again, shuddering at the old Gambling On A Secret, Sara Walter Ellwood, contemporary western romance, romantic suspense, cowboy romance, Texas romance, small town romancememory. Why had he treated her so bad? Why had Momma died? The answers didn’t come to her now any easier than they had nine years ago.

The sudden sound of a vehicle in the drive drew her back to the present. She lowered the pruning shears as Dylan Quinn stopped by the gate. He climbed out of the pickup and headed in her direction with a distinctive limp.

Shielding her eyes with a gloved hand, she smiled. “Hi. You’re here. Good.”

He stopped under the cherry tree and took in the entire yard with one sweeping glance. His inspection also included her, and something fluttered in her belly. “My sister told me you wanted to see me.”

“Yes. You’re hired, and I’d like you to start today.” She pointed behind her. “There’s a snake in the lake over there. It couldn’t be too far from the edge. I want you to kill it. Then I’ll show you around.”

His lips twitched in a ghost of a smirk. “It was probably a little blotched or broad-banded water snake. They’re harmless and common.”

Little? The thing was a good four feet long. And no snake is harmless.” When the meaning of the rest sank in, she shivered as the blood drained out of her face. “Common?”

“Yep.” He pushed back his dark brown Stetson, revealing some of his similarly colored short hair. “Water snakes are very common in this part of Texas. When I was a kid, I’d catch them from here and let them loose over on my granddad’s place to torment his wife.” His eyes twinkled at the memory. “Jock loved to watch me. You sure it was four feet long?”

She glanced at the lake again. “I don’t know. Maybe it wasn’t that long. Just kill it.”

He shook his head, and his lips twitched further into a genuine lopsided grin. Who cared if he was making fun of her? The guy was gorgeous when he smiled. The hard angles and planes still provided structure, but now small crinkles added life to his silvery eyes, and a small dimple formed in his left cheek. The flutter in her stomach his assessment of her had started just got worse.

“No. Unless it’s a cottonmouth.” He picked up a hoe from where she’d dropped it. “I’ll show you how harmless the water snakes are.”

He went to the edge of the water and prodded around in the overgrowth of cattails by the limestone lip.

She jumped when he pulled the snake out of the water. It twisted around the end of the hoe.

He looked over his shoulder at her. “This little guy’s a blotched water snake. I’m not killing it. Or any of his buddies in here either.”

“It’s a damned snake! Get rid of it. Now!” Dear Lord, was the man nuts?

He chuckled, the sound more than a little rusty as it drifted to her across the yard. “You aren’t really afraid of this fella, are you? This guy’s as harmless as a frog.” He shook the snake off the hoe and probed around in the water for a few feet. Turning, he headed back toward her through the high grass and weeds. For a guy with a limp, he moved fast.

“Maybe it is as harmless as a frog, but I don’t like them much either.” When he stopped at the edge of the garden, she backed up a step, and her feet tangled in the vegetation. With an ompff, she landed on her backside in the middle of a clump of weeds, bluebonnets and, amazingly, yellow daffodils.

He laughed and held his hand out to her, which she ignored. With a shrug, he hooked his thumbs into the pockets of his jeans. “When I was on a mission in the South American jungle, pythons the length of my pickup would come into camp. We didn’t have to worry unless we woke up in the morning with our feet in the mouth of one.”

She widened her eyes. Was he serious?

He snorted and shifted his stance. “Of course that was better than our heads being swallowed first.”

“Oh… Oh!” She struggled to her feet and brushed at her jeans. “If you aren’t careful, you’ll be fired before you even get started. I want that snake and any of his ‘buddies’ removed from my lake.”

“I’m not killing the snake.” He put his hands on his narrow hips, drawing her gaze to the way his jeans fit powerfully built legs. “If it was a cottonmouth, I would, but the water snakes keep down the populations of more unsavory critters like mice and rats.”

“My, my, if this isn’t a scene right out of the Bible.” A smooth voice drawled from the opposite side of the flowerbed by the gate.

They turned to Leon Ferguson standing on the stone walk. She hadn’t heard him drive up the driveway, and considering the thin line Dylan’s mouth formed, he hadn’t heard him either.

Leon had his hands in the pants pockets of his dark gray designer suit. His white Stetson cast his brown eyes in shadow.

“Ferguson, what are you doing here?” Dylan barked.

Leon ambled toward them on the stone path. “I’m saving a young maiden from torment. What are you doing here, playing the part of the devil?”

“I’m Miss Monroe’s new manager.” The deadly edge of his voice matched the flintiness of his eyes. “If there’s anyone to save the young maiden from, it’s you.”

“Mr. Quinn, please.” She turned to Leon. “Leon, is there something I can do for you?”

He smiled, showing off perfect white teeth in a face handsome enough to belong to an actor. “I was just passing by on my way home and decided to stop. How are the boys working out?”

Dylan’s stance widened and his hands flexed at his slides. “What boys?”

“Charli and I have entered into a business arrangement.”

She lost the battle with the urge to wrap her arms around herself. As much as she appreciated Leon’s kindness, respected him, and was even a little attracted to him, something about him didn’t sit right with her. He represented her peers in the community. According to Mrs. Pratt, besides the Cartwrights, she and Leon were undoubtedly the wealthiest residents in the county. No one in Colton could learn about her past. It would ruin her, and Leon, no doubt, had the means to dig up the dirt.

“Really?” Dylan stepped closer to her in a protective manner. Whiskey tainted his breath as the warmth of the exhalations tickled her cheek. “What kind of business arrangement?”

She could protect herself. Dylan Quinn wasn’t any safer than Leon Ferguson. Stepping away from him, she forced her arms to her sides. “Mr. Quinn, I can handle this.”

She faced Leon. “I’m amazed by how much the men got done since starting on Monday. The foreman told me last evening they’d be reseeding another fifty acres for hay this morning. And they have the corrals fixed and started on the fencing in the north pasture.”

“Good, good.” He glanced at Dylan. “I’ll be going, unless you need a more reliable exterminator. I couldn’t help but overhear about your snake infestation. I can give you the name of the company that has gotten rid of the snakes in our lakes over on Oak Springs for years.”

Although he presented the perfect solution, she didn’t the like way Leon had looked at Dylan as he said the word exterminator. “No, Mr. Quinn is quite capable of getting rid of the snake.”

“Oh, I’m sure he is.” Leon tipped his hat. “Let me know if there’s anything else I can do for you, Charli.” Dylan’s jaw tightened as his uncle glanced at him. “It’s good to see you up among the living again.”

Leon headed back to his Porsche. With no pretense of lowering his voice, Dylan said, “Now, there’s a snake no one wants in their garden.”

Upon hearing the jibe, Leon’s shoulders jerked in mid-stride.

Rattled by Leon’s attention and the snake fiasco, she turned on Dylan. “You aren’t off the hook. I want those snakes gone.”

“We’ll see.”

“I hate snakes.” She shuddered and put her hands on her hips. “Maybe I should have asked him who the exterminator is.”


Gambling On A Secret

Book 1 of The Colton Gamblers


When Charli bets everything on a secret, will she find the deck stacked against her?

Former runaway-turned heiress Charli Monroe is hiding her sordid past and planning a future in Colton, Texas. Attending the local college for a degree in social work, she intends to raise cattle on her newly purchased ranch, which she plans to open as a home for troubled teens. Only a few glitches—the Victorian mansion is crumbling, the barn needs a roof, and her oilman neighbor wants more than friendship. When she meets Dylan Quinn, Charli is willing to take a chance on the town drunk to help her rebuild the rundown ranch.

Dylan has his demons, too. The former Special Forces commander can’t get past his ex-wife’s betrayal and the botched mission that left him with much more than a bad limp. Certain the greedy oilman next door to Charli wants much more than just her heart, Dylan’s even willing to stop drinking in order to protect her.

When things get dangerous and secrets of the past are revealed, is he only looking out for his new employer, or is she the new start he so desperately needs?

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Sara Walter Ellwood, Gambling On A Heart, contemporary western roamnce, romantic suspense, cowboy romance, Texas romance,Gambling On A Heart

Book 2 of The Colton Gamblers


She once lost his heart on a bluff. Will she risk everything to win it back?

Beautician Tracy Quinn spends her days making the women of Colton, Texas beautiful, while living down the nickname of Olive Oyl, given to her by the only man she has ever loved—Zack Cartwright. She spends her nights alone, despite what her ex husband wants their friends and neighbors to think.

Ex-rodeo cowboy. Ex-bad-boy. Ex-Marine. Widower and single dad Sheriff Zack Cartwright can describe his life in exes. One ex in particular reminds him of what’s missing in his workaholic life: Tracy Quinn. For years since she broke his heart, he’s practically made avoiding her a second job. He still wants her, but can never go after her.

When cattle rustlers target her brother’s ranch, Tracy and Zack are stuck working together. Her son could use a positive male role model, and his daughter is wild for a chance at a “substitute” mom. But Tracy’s ex threatens to sue if she lets Zack near her son, and the Colton grapevine is abuzz with rumors about their past relationship. Is it worth the gamble to see if what they have is more than lust?

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Sara Walter Ellwood, ccontemporary western romance, cowboy romance, Texas romance, Native American romance, country music singer romanceHeartstrings


He’s determined to set things right, no matter the cost.

The last person Abby Crawford wants to face down is country music superstar Seth Kendall. Last time she did, she flat-out lied so he’d go to Nashville without her. She’s never understood why their mutual best friend proposed, but she went with it so her baby wouldn’t be fatherless. Now she’s a divorced mother of a teenager, and secretly Seth’s biggest fan.

Seth is home in McAllister, Texas for his father’s funeral…and a chance to meet the daughter he’s never known. He’s willing to face the music of his own making and admit he’s known about his little girl all along. For fifteen years he’s kept his distance because Abby told him to follow his dreams without her, insisting she didn’t love him. But now he won’t leave until he knows his daughter and she knows him, even if it means facing the woman who broke his heart for good.

Confessing she’s lied about her daughter’s paternity all these years won’t be easy for Abby, especially with her ex blackmailing her to keep the secret. And Seth doesn’t know the hardest truth of all: Every love song he plays on his guitar still plucks her heartstrings.


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Interview with Maria K. Alexander author of Untangle My Heart

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Untangle My Heart


Maria K. Alexander

Today I welcome Maria K. Alexander to the blog with a fun interview:

1.  Tell us a little about yourself. Hi, Sara. Thanks for having me on your blog today. By day I’m a project manager in the Information Technology industry. Pretty boring, right? But it’s taught me a lot about structure and setting goals. With a husband and two active children, it’s hard to find the time to write, but I do. You’ll find me up before the sun and working much later than I should. But I love writing and its worth only getting five hours of sleep each night.

2.  What advice would you give to new authors? Don’t give up. Take all the negative feedback and turn it into a positive lesson learned. Rejection is a rite (or write) of passage. We all go through it and while it’s easy to let it get you down, you can either let it or move on. Develop a plan and list of steps to get you to your goal of being published. Small steps count! Finish the novel. Submit it to agents and editors. Work on the next novel. The more you write, the stronger your writing will be. Network. Surround yourself with writers who can give you advice. Find a critique partner. A turning point in my writing career was when I started blogging with three fabulous women (my Violet Femme sisters). Now, there are eight of us.

3.  Do you have any other books? What do you have planned next? Untangle My Heart is the first book in my Tangled Heart series. I loved writing the DiFrancesco family and enjoyed continuing their family saga. I’ve completed the next book, which focuses on the Vicky, the sister of the heroine from Untangle My Heart. Next will be Nick’s story (oldest DiFrancesco son). I’ve been looking forward to writing Nick’s story and planted seeds of back story in both Kate and Vicky’s stories.

4. What can you tell us about UNTANGLE MY HEART that isn’t in the blurb or excerpt?  It’s a second chance at love story. Kate and Edward met prior to the start of the book. What started out as a one-night stand turned to a three-week fling when he was visiting from London. Untangle My Heart starts months after their affair ended, when Edward moves to New York City.

5.  Who was easier to write–Hero or Heroine? Why? Kate was easier to write. I could relate to the closeness and traditions of her family, similar to my own. I also found it freeing to write a character who spoke her mind.

6.  Why are your hero and heroine perfect for each other? Kate and Edward are from very different backgrounds. She’s from a boisterous Italian family, full of love and affection. Edward’s from a stuffy British family where he was taught to stifle his emotions. Despite their differences, I think they balance each other out. Edward is very logical and softens Kate’s fiery personality. Kate gives Edward something he’s never had before, a sense of family. They each fill a void the other didn’t realize they had or cared to fill.

For Fun Questions 

1.  What’s your favorite TV show or movie of all time? Ella Enchanted. I like it because it makes me laugh, is a fairy tale, and has the dashing Hugh Dancy as the hero!

2.  If you could chose a period in history to be born in, what would it be and why? I think the 1950’s would have been fun. The music was great and I love the dancing.

3.  What was the most embarrassing thing your husband/boyfriend/partner/friend ever did to you in public? I’m sure there are some things, but I honestly can’t think of anything.

4.  What is the one place you have never visited but would love to? Hawaii

5.  If you were stranded on a desert island and could chose any famous person (living or dead), who would you chose to be stranded with you and why? Colin O’Donoghue. He plays Captain Hook on Once Upon A Time, has a sexy accent, and if he’s anything like the character he plays, would be resourceful on a desert island. And he’d have to lose the leather because who wears leather on an island, right?

Quick Quiz 

1.  Cake or Chips – Cake

2.  Steak or Veggie Burger – Steak

3.  Chocolates or Roses – Chocolates

4.  Boxers or Briefs or Nothing at all – Boxer Briefs

5.  And since I write both, I have to know which you prefer… Vampires or Cowboys. Cowboys



When her marriage ended in tragedy, Kate DiFrancesco rebuilt her life, but has never gotten over the pain of what she lost. Seeking the help of an ex-lover ignites feelings she’s promised never to have again. She’ll need to untangle herself from dangers in her past in order to break the hard shell around her heart.

Edward Weston has a lot to prove, both to his stuffy upper-crust British family, and to himself. Working alongside Kate, a woman he had a casual relationship with, stirs unexpected feelings. Helping her family makes him realize what he’s missing. For the first time, he wants more than a one-night stand.

When Kate is threatened, Edward must overcome feeling unworthy to protect the woman he loves and fight for the family he never thought he’d have.



“Privacy is a hard thing to find around here, so you may want to lock the door. Especially when you’re wearing only a towel and my sister is on the prowl.”

“I’ll have to remember that,” Edward said, taking a step toward her. “I knew she was smitten, but didn’t think she would be waiting in the room after my shower. I was struggling with a tactful way of getting her out.”

“I’m sure you’re not accustomed to asking a woman to leave your room.”

He gave her an unapologetic grin. “No, usually not.”

“I guess it’s partly my fault. I told her I don’t have any claims to you. Apparently she took that to mean it was open season to pursue you.”

“Yet you stopped by. Why?”

“I wanted to thank you again for your help today. You dropped everything to come and help my family and that means a lot to me.”

He took another step toward her until he stood directly in front of her. “You mean a lot to me. I’d do anything I could to help you.”

She nodded in acknowledgement, not sure she could trust her voice to speak with him all but touching her.

“And you’re wrong about not having a claim on me.”

His hands found their way to her waist. Her heart thumped and she knew she should pull back, wanted to pull back. But his blue-gray eyes held her in a hypnotic state and she couldn’t move.


Meet Maria…Headshot - Maria K. Alexander

A romantic at heart, Maria K. Alexander spent hours as a young girl getting lost in and wishing to be one of the heroines in the
stories she read. Books gave her the ability to go to another world where she loved meeting new characters, learning about their problems, and watching them fall in love.

Maria blogs about her writing journey with The Violet Femmes at When not writing, Maria loves to read, bake, downhill ski, visit the beach, and watch romantic comedies. Maria lives in New Jersey with her husband and children, and writes in her “spare” time between juggling a full-time job and her kids’ busy schedules.

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Guest Post–”Writing Sports Romances” by Erin Lindsey Maurer author of LINE DRIVE



Writing Sports Romances

Writing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I don’t go anywhere without out a notebook (for jotting down ideas) and my Kindle. Getting lost in a romance is as much a part of my daily life as cooking dinner. Reading romance, getting lost in someone’s love story has always been my greatest love.

When I knew I wanted to make writing part of my career, there was no question I wanted to write love stories. I truly believe that love makes the world go round, so why not bring more of that to life? What was more difficult was choosing to be a sports romance writer.

It sounds cliche, or maybe a bit crazy, but Mattie came to me in a dream. He was this complex man, strong, passionate and tortured by his past. It was clear to me that he was torn between his duty to his family’s bakery and his love of the game.

That coupled with the fact that some of my favorite book series are sports-centric romances, entering the world of sport’s romance only seemed natural. I’ve been a sports fanatic since childhood. My dad helped me cut my teeth on baseball, spending hours explaining the game to me. When it became clear that I had no aptitude for the sport, becoming the world’s biggest fan was my next goal.

My love of baseball has bled over into other sports as well, namely hockey, though I won’t turn down a good football game, a NASCAR race or a college basketball game. Choosing to make Mattie a MINOR league player was also important to me.

Sports stars always seem bigger than life, unattainable, outside the realm of what I know, despite the fact that I’ve spent the better part of my 31-years cheering them on. I become absolutely rabid over the Philadelphia Phillies and the Philadelphia Flyers. But, it didn’t make sense for Mattie to play for the Phils (or its fictional equivalent).

Before I moved back to Philly, my ballpark world was limited to the Winston-Salem Warthogs. I’m not even sure if this minor league team still exists, but its where I nurtured my love of pro-ball. The atmosphere in the minors feels so different. The guys on the field feel like regular Joes. Though some of them will go on to be major league superstars, many of them have other careers. They play simply because they love baseball.

Mattie belonged in that world, there was never any question about it. He’s not a flashy dude with a multi-million dollar contract and tons of endorsements. He is a simple boy from South Philly, who happens to have some talent with a glove.




Line Drive

A Philadelphia Liberty Romance


Erin Lindsey Maurer


Mattie Duvall is just starting to rediscover his dreams. Signing with the minor league Philadelphia Liberty gives him a second shot at playing professional baseball. What he didn’t expect was to fall for the cider-haired pixie haunting his dreams. Ashlynn Davis isn’t looking for love. She’s busy chasing down her own big dream: finding a way to use her cooking skills to give back to Philadelphia’s less fortunate. The two cannot deny their mutual attraction, or that they’re heading rapidly towards that four letter word they thought they’d never say: LOVE. When secrets from Mattie’s past bubble to the surface, Ashlynn begins to question her position in his life. Can the two put the past behind them in time to race toward a future together? Or is love destined to play second fiddle to big dreams and even bigger secrets?


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Meet Erin…Erin Lindsey Maurer

Erin Lindsey Maurer grew up surrounded by stories. She made up stories about well everything and often got caught readingunder her covers with a flashlight. Today, she is still cooking up tales, with a spicier spin. Line Drive is the first title in her Philadelphia Liberty series, celebrating the boys of baseball and the women they love.

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Author Spotlight–SHADE’S FALL by Jamie Begley and STAND OF HONOR by Cathryn Williams

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The Last Riders Book Four


Jamie Begley


Shade is everything Lily doesn’t want in a man. He’s rude, obnoxious and he’s definitely not a cowboy. The tattooed enforcer for The Last Riders is a mystery Lily doesn’t want to solve. He’s too much for her to handle, especially with the nightmares from her past constantly threatening her sanity.

Lily is everything Shade wants in a woman. She’s sweet, kind and submissive. When she discovers the truth about The Last Riders, it threatens to tear apart every relationship within the club. Her rebellion causes the predatory instincts to rise in the ex Navy SEAL sniper.

When the nightmares from her past come calling, Shade is her only hope of surviving the approaching confrontation.  Could their passion be Shade’s downfall?


This book is a stand alone story. However, to receive the full experience these books are recommended before Shade’s Fall in the following order:
Razer’s Ride (The Last Riders, #1)
Viper’s Run (The Last Riders, #2)
Knox’s Stand (The Last Riders, #3)
Sex Piston (Biker Bitches, #1)
Teased (The VIP Room, #1)
Tainted (The VIP Room, #2)

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Author Bio:

“I was born in a small town in Kentucky. My family began poor, but worked their way to owning a restaurant. My mother was one of the best cooks I have ever known, and she instilled in all her children the value of hard work, and education.

Taking after my mother, I’ve always love to cook, and became pretty good if I do say so myself. I love to experiment and my unfortunate family has suffered through many. They now have learned to steer clear of those dishes. I absolutely love the holidays and my family puts up with my zany decorations.

For now, my days are spent writing, writing, and writing. I have two children who both graduate this year from college. My daughter does my book covers, and my son just tries not to blush when someone asks him about my books.

Currently I am writing four series of books- The Last Riders, The Dark Souls, The VIP Room, and Biker Bitches series. My favorite book I have written is Soul Of A Woman, which I am hoping to release during the summer of 2014. It took me two years to write, during which I lost my mother, and brother. It’s a book that I truly feel captures the true depths of love a woman can hold for a man. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I am an emotional writer who wants the readers to feel the emotion of the characters they are reading. Because of this, Teased is probably the hardest thing I have written.

All my books are written for one purpose- the enjoyment others find in them, and the expectations of my fans that inspire me to give it my best. In the near future I hope to take a weekend break and visit Vegas that will hopefully be this summer. Right now I am typing away on my next story and looking forward to traveling this summer!”

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Stand of Honor

Stand Series #1


Cathryn Williams


Melanie Brooks is determined to prove her father wrong, she does have what it takes to be a champion in the cage. The only problem is that she needs a trainer, one that can help her get the championship belt she’s determined to win. Her brother’s friend Zane is the obvious choice, now she just has to convince him.

Zane, a disgraced MMA fighter, takes one look at the feisty Melanie and knows he is headed for trouble, but decides to go for it anyway. For her own safety, he should stay away, but Melanie’s fighting spirit reawakens his own, forcing him to make the choice to stay a prisoner of his past or fight his way back to being a champion.


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Author Bio

Cathryn Williams is the oldest and only female in a family of four children.  While born on the east coast, she has lived all over the country.  Her father’s job as an engineer caused the family to move throughout her entire youth.  She has spent time in Texas, Idaho, and Nevada before moving back to the eastern part of the country as an adult. It was during these early years that her love of literature began, starting with Nancy Drew and growing with the Sweet Valley High series stories.  This passion grew with each book and has caused her to transition into writing her own stories.  Cathryn’s inspiration stems from a diverse childhood, loving family, and oversized lapdog Scarlet.  When not giving life to her characters, she enjoys traveling, marathoning TV shows, and spending time with her family.

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Sale Spotlight–A Wild West Romance Series: LASSO THE MOON, ROMANCING THE WEST & FALL OF ROME by Beth Ciotta

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A Wild West Romance Series
Lasso the Moon, Romancing the West & Fall of Rome


Beth Ciotta


A Wild West Trilogy That’ll Rope Your Heart!

Sexy lawmen and the women who tame them. (Sort of.) Follow the adventures of the Garrett family and their colorful friends as they tangle with lethal desperadoes, volitile secrets, shady pasts . . . and the complications of true love. Intrigue, high adventure, and sizzling romance abound in this fast-paced historical western trilogy.

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Lasso the MoonLASSO THE MOON (Book One)
Motivated by a childhood promise, Paris Garrett travels to the wilds of Arizona Territory (1877) to seek fame as a stage actress. Never mind that she doesn’t possess a lick of experience or that her true passion is songwriting. Before he died, her papa encouraged her to reach for the stars. She promised to lasso the moon! She’s already slipped free of her over-protective brothers. Nothing and no one, especially some badge-wearing Romeo, is going to stand in her way.

Joshua Grant’s life went from diamonds to dirt in less time than a rattler strikes. His uncle bequeathed him an opera house he doesn’t want, forcing him to quit the law enforcement job he loved. The topper: In order to keep his sidewinder snake of a cousin from inheriting, Josh has to honor his uncle’s will and marry within two weeks. Life can’t get much worse, and then he falls for an eccentric, spitfire songwriter with a mysterious past and a passel of troublesome admirers. Marrying Paris is about as smart as kissing a coyote, but that’s exactly what Josh intends to do–whether she likes it or not. Together they could realize their dreams. That’s if they don’t drive each other crazy first!
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Romancing the WestROMANCING THE WEST (Book Two)
Emily McBride is in a pickle. The preacher’s daughter writes scandalous romantic adventures under a penname and someone’s uncovered her true identity. If the blackmailer exposes her double life her small town friends and the man of her dreams will never speak to her again. Worse, she’s growing fond of her new friend, a literary poet, who would surely be horrified by her dime novel fame.

When lawman Seth Wright is recruited into the covert government agency, The Peacemaker Alliance, he’s eager to kick desperado butt. Instead his first mission is to travel to California to propose to Miss Emily McBride on behalf of his boss. Worse, when he arrives, the small town librarian mistakes him for a dandified poet! With two unwanted suitors and a blackmailer hounding her, Seth pretends to be that poet so he can stay close and protect her. It’s what his new boss would want. Unfortunately, Seth develops genuine feelings for the passionate book lover, which risks his future as a Peacemaker, especially when he learns she is not what she seems. More jolting . . . neither is he.

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Fall of RomeFALL OF ROME (Book Three)
Famous for bending the law to get his man, former Wells Fargo detective Rome Garrett signs on with the Peacemaker Alliance, a covert government agency intent on taming the west. His first assignment, bringing down cold-blooded killer Bulls-eye Brady, will help return his tarnished career to glory. Even better, when he learns he must team up with the only woman who ever broke his heart, Rome considers it a bonus. He vows to show his old flame how it feels to love and lose, vanquishing the hellcat from his dreams once and for all.

Retired cardsharp, Kat Simmons, has been in hiding from Bulls-eye Brady for six years. Now she’s being asked to risk her obscurity and join a whirlwind poker tournament to bait Brady into reclaiming the woman who “got away.” Trapping Brady, a man she fears, means teaming up with Rome Garrett, the only man she ever loved. She should feel safer having the Peacemaker with her, but the passion that reignites between them is frightening and past betrayals difficult to forget, especially when a secret is revealed that could doom any chance at love.

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Meet Beth…
Storytelling comes naturally to award-winning author Beth Ciotta. Dubbed “fun and sexy” by Publisher’s Weekly, Beth specializes Beth Ciotta, author, Beauty and the Biker, contemporary romancein writing Romantic Comedy with a Twist of Suspense and is published in contemporary, historical, steampunk, and paranormal romantic fiction.

Beth lives in NJ with her husband, two zany dogs, and a crazy cat. A veteran professional performer, Beth now pours her artistic passion into her writing. To learn more about her colorful life, visit her website at


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Book Spotlight–KISSING THE MAID OF HONOR by Robin Bielman, 0n sale for $0.99

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Kissing the Maid of Honor

A Secret Wishes Novel


Robin Bielman


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Sela Sullivan is resolved to be the best maid of honor ever, even if it means tolerating the best man. Insufferable, too-handsome Luke Watters is not only the guy who humiliated her at a kissing booth in high school, but he also happens to be her best friend’s older brother. Positive he’s the same arrogant jock, Sela vows to focus on her duties and steer clear of the frustrating—and frustratingly tempting—Luke.

As a world-renowned extreme-sports photographer, Luke is used to undertaking life-risking adventures. But risking his heart for the beautiful Sela Sullivan, who clearly still hates him for his rejection all those years ago? He didn’t see that coming. Sela inspires a passion he’s never known, and the more time they spend together, the more he craves her. But can he prove to the maid of honor he’s become a man of honor?


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Meet Robin…

Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her high school sweetheart husband, two sons, and crazy-cute mini Labradoodle,Robin Bielman, Contemporary Romance Author Harry (named after Harry Dresden from Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files books). When not attached to her laptop, she can almost always be found with her nose in a book. She also likes to run, hike, and dip her toes in the ocean. Filled with wanderlust, she longs to visit many different places and fulfill her curiosity. She wouldn’t mind indulging her sweet tooth in every location either. She’s a lover of sticky notes, cable television shows and café mochas. Writing is a dream come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it’s real.

She writes contemporary and paranormal romance and loves to connect with readers. Learn more and sign up for her newsletter on her website. She can also be found online here:

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