Her Ladyship’s Ring by P.J. MacLayne

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It’s finally here!  The second book in the Oak Grove Mysteries series, Her Ladyship’s Ring, is available now at major ebook retailers.

Harmony Duprie is back, and so is trouble in Oak Grove.

When  man is murdered in the back yard of the old Victorian house she is remodeling, Harmony is determined to locate his next-of-kin so he can be put to rest properly.  But with her ex-boyfriend Jake out of prison, back in town and one of the suspects in the murder, she takes on the challenge of solving the crime.

With Eli, her current love interest, in Florida and Jake close by, old emotions come back to haunt her.  Can Harmony clear Jake’s name and solve the mystery of her own heart?

*Although each book in the series is a complete mystery (no cliffhangers!) it is recommended that the books be read in order.  And yay!  The first book, The Marquesa’s Necklace, is currently on sale for 99¢.

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Let’s take a peek inside:

Almost cheerful after talking to Eli, I headed home.  My stomach growled as I unlocked the door to my apartment and pushed it open, reminding me the only thing I’d eaten at the Flamingo were peanuts.  The package of frozen lasagna thawing in the fridge awaited me.  Although leftover lasagna always tasted better when I rewarmed it in the oven, the microwave would have to do for once.

After flipping on the light, tossing my purse on the easy chair and hanging my coat on the coat tree, I headed towards the kitchen.  As I filled a glass with water from the pitcher I kept in the refrigerator, I hesitated.  Where did the package of lasagna go?  I was sure I’d put it on the second shelf, right under the water.

“I must be losing my friggin’ mind,” I muttered and set the glass on the cupboard to free my hands.  Either that, or I was still asleep and dreamed the whole thing.  Not like I believed either one.  Still, I moved aside everything from the front of the shelves and opened every drawer, and didn’t find what I was looking for.  I did find an out-of-date yogurt container, which I promptly tossed in the garbage, but no lasagna.

Puzzled, I opened up the freezer.  Maybe it had been just my imagination.  But no, there was an empty spot right where the package had been.

I considered the mystery as I warmed up a can of tomato soup, even checking the garbage to make sure I hadn’t accidentally put the lasagna there.  Sitting on top of the cereal box I’d emptied at breakfast, I spotted the balled up foil, all that remained of my lasagna.

While my soup cooled off, I rushed through the apartment, looking for something, anything, out of place or missing. I should have called 911 but experience told me they would find nothing. I certainly did. Even the ring was untouched and it was in plain view on my dresser.

Although I wasn’t hungry anymore, I couldn’t waste the soup. After reheating it, I sat at my kitchen table and ate the soup straight from the pot. No sense in dirtying another dish. Whoever had been inconsiderate enough to eat my supper had been considerate enough to wash their own dishes. The contradiction puzzled and annoyed me.

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Born and raised among the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania, P.J. MacLayne still finds inspiration for her books in that landscapes. She is a computer geek by day and a writer by night who currently lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. When she’s not in front of a computer screen, she might be found exploring the back roads of the nearby national forests and parks.


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The Regency Romance Turns 80

The Regency Romance Turns 80


Regency Turns 80 ~ Celebrate with The Beau Monde

Regency Turns 80 ~ Celebrate with The Beau Monde

It’s hard to believe it, but Regency Romance is 80 years young in 2015!

The Regency itself was only nine years in length, from 1811-1820, spanning the time period when the Prince of Wales ruled in place of his incapacitated father, King George III.  The term Regency Era has come to mean a much broader time, however, covering the years 1795 (when King George III had his first “spell”) to as late as 1837 (the end of the reign of King William IV).

Regardless of whether you’re a strict constructionist or a “there can never be too many years defining the Regency” person, the impact of the period is undeniable.  An era so rich with changes in architecture, industry, economics, society, the arts, culture, fashion, and politics was destined to be an object of fascination.  Regency romances bring this time period to life!

The Beau Monde, the chapter of the Romance Writers of America that specializes in the Regency, is celebrating this eightieth anniversary by hosting a year-long commemoration of the woman who started it all: Georgette Heyer.  She wrote the first such romance, Regency Buck, way back in 1935, and a new genre was born.

Please join us in our celebration, and stop by The Beau Monde blog to share your comments, discover new authors, and reminisce with other devotees of the genre.  I will update the links at the bottom of this post as each new article is published.

Regency Romance Turns 80 Posts:

The Beau Monde Celebrates the 80th Anniversary of Regency Romance

Regency Buck

An Infamous Army

The Black Moth

The Spanish Bride

The Corinthian – reviewed by me!

The Transformation of Philip Jettan -or- Powder and Patch

Faro’s Daughter

These Old Shades

Friday’s Child

The Reluctant Widow

The Foundling

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The Long Road to You by Jane Leopold Quinn

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Jane Leopold Quinn takes over today to talk about her newest release, The Long Road To You (The Brothers Agee Series).

Cowboys are my first love.  The Long Road To You is Nick’s story.  A few months before this story begins, Nick and his brother Jake had reunited in an odd way, endangering Jake’s love, Ivy.  Jake and Ivy, the first story in this series, features the characters in the title – Jake the drifter horse trader and Ivy the eastern girl who falls in love with the Flamenco.  Nick comes to visit his brother and meets Margee McPherson; well, he actually yanks her off a rearing horse.  Their story needed to be told.


Nick Gabriel, orphan, outlaw, reformed man, yearns for what his brother Jake has – land, a home, and best of all, a loving wife.  Nick pulls a woman off a rearing horse, slamming her sexy, lithe body against his, the impetuous action setting him to lose his heart.

Margee McPherson’s whole world revolves around running the ranch her father left her and handling the creepy ranch foreman she also inherited.  Years before, she’d made a mistake that ended tragically.  Now, she won’t allow the drifter cowboy, Nick Gabriel, to get anywhere near her no matter how tall, dark, and handsome he is, and how much she longs to be in his arms.

Both have secrets in their pasts.  Will Margee’s fear and guilt keep her from moving forward with her life?  Nick’s fallen in love with the beautiful rancher.  Can he prove to her his roaming days are over?  And will they survive their past secrets, finding the love they didn’t know they craved?

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Joshua, California 1881

Agee Ranch

The day was warm for early spring in the mountains, the sky luminously blue and topped with a few high clouds mashed-looking as if with the tines of a fork. Unlike the heavy, hot, moist heat of the southern part of the state, the air was arid up here. Fir trees on the mountain slopes had a crisp, clean, triangle-like look.

Nick had known where Jake and Ivy had settled since they’d reunited several months ago.  He’d debated with himself if he should stay away or seek them out.  But at thirty-one, he was weary of the uncertainty and loneliness of tramping around the country. Reuniting with Joey, who now went by the more grown up sounding Jake, had been bittersweet. Thank God the kid had turned out all right and not like his jail bird older brother.

He’d been hired by her father to find the runaway Ivy Westlake. It was a once in a lifetime chance that the baby brother he hadn’t seen for fifteen years was with her. He’d been jealous of the obvious love between Jake and Ivy, but he’d had a job to do. Then she was kidnapped by his own two henchmen. After rescuing her, he’d protected her all the way to Los Angeles, holding her when she’d vomited every morning. When he learned she was pregnant with Jake’s child, he’d promised to find Jake and send him to her in Mexico. But Jake had found her all by himself.

Now it seemed Nick had found them here together with a ranch of their own and a baby on the way. Family. Something he’d never really had. Something he was aching for now.

The ranch house, painted white and with a wide porch, looked inviting.  A wooden fence surrounded a large swath of grass across the front with bushes and flowers as a border.  He smiled as he rode closer.  It appeared Jake had the ideal home.  A woman leaned against the porch railing, one hand above her eyes to cut the sun so she could see better.  Ivy.  God, she looked wonderful even at a distance and heavy with child.

“Jake, come out here!”

Nick reined in at the bottom of the porch steps, his expression neutral. After all, he had no inkling if Jake would be happy to see him.

The Long Road To You is available here: Amazon – The Long Road To You

Jake and Ivy is available here: Amazon – Jake and Ivy


Sensual fantasies were locked in my mind for years until a friend said, “Why don’t you write them down?”

Why not, indeed.

One spiral notebook, a pen and the unleashing of my imagination later, and here I am with more than a dozen books published. The craft of writing erotic romance has become my passion and my niche in life. I love every part of the creative process — developing characters, designing the plot, even drawing the layout of physical spaces from my stories. My careers have been varied — third grade school teacher, bookkeeper, secretary — none of which gave me a bit of inspiration. But now I’m lucky enough to write romance full time — the best job in the universe!


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Discover these other books by the author:

Ellora’s Cave

Lost and Found

The Real Deal


Valentine’s Day

His, Hers & His

The Keeper

Soldier, Come Home

Winning Violetta

A Promise at Dawn

Jake and Ivy

Wooing the Librarian

Home to Stay

The Long Road to You


Undercover Lover

Mercenary Desires

I’ll Be Your Last

Guest Author Susan Ann Wall

Please welcome romance author Susan Ann Wall.  She writes writes racy, rule-breaking contemporary romance, women’s fiction, and romantic suspense.  She also has some special deals running on her novels.  So without further ado, let’s hear from Susan.


Memories of a Spelling Bee Champion

Scaffolding. S C A F F O L D I N G. Scaffolding.

I remember it more clearly than I remember yesterday. It was March. I was in 8th grade. We were in the school gym. My friend Karen stood to my right and had spelled her word wrong. I was given scaffolding. I asked for a definition. The light came on and 11 letters later, I became a spelling bee champion. It was a dream FINALLY come true!

Then the call came.

Two days after I won, the vice principal called to inform my parents of the scheduling error. The regional bee had been held 9 days earlier. It was the last year I was eligible to compete. Just like that, my dream was crushed. Twenty-nine years later, I still hold the grudge.

Last week both of my boys competed in the school spelling bee. It was a super proud moment for me as a spelling bee champion, but having two of your kids compete is almost as bad as having both of your teams (Seahawks and Patriots) make it to the Super Bowl (I’m rooting for the Seahawks, by the way, and for the reasoning behind that, visit me at Ariele Sieling’s Blog.

Twenty-four kids competed, four each from grades 3 – 8. My boys are in 4th and 7th grades. It was the fifth round, several kids had gone out but many remained. Crazy Son (4th grader) got the word ‘domestic’. I held my breath through each letter until he added a K at the end. It was heart-breaking, but he’s more of a math and science kid, so the fact he made it to the spelling bee and lasted four rounds was a huge accomplishment. Several kids down the line and it was Charming Son’s turn. Again, I held my breath. I don’t remember the word he got, but when he spelled it correctly I cheered and clapped.

And everyone looked at me.

We had been instructed not to clap except for at the end of the round or when a contestant went out. I broke that rule loudly and proudly. (And then apologized for my obvious inability to control myself, but hey, I’m a spelling bee champion and BOTH my boys were competing).

A couple rounds later, Charming Son was given the word ‘novelist’. What are the chances? Thank goodness he spelled it correctly and I didn’t have to disown him. And the teacher reading the words looked for me in the crowd, because like I said, what are the chances?

Charming Son took 4th place. He went out on the word ‘celestial’. Again, so incredibly proud and that’s a tough word that we don’t throw around very often in our house, so he didn’t have any experience with it in conversation. I was actually quite proud of his misspelling because he tried to spell it as one would spell ‘solar’ and to me, that makes complete sense.

Though next year will be Charming Son’s last year to compete, Diva Daughter is only in 3rd grade now, so I have many years of potential spelling bee competitions to look forward to.

Do you have a proud achievement as a child that you remember vividly? Or one that your kids have been able to experience as well?

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The Sound of Suspicion is free on Amazon January 30 – February 3.






Relay for Love will be featured at a special sale price February 3 – 5 at Amazon and other ebook retailers.





A Flame Burns Inside will be featured at a special sale price February 3 – 5 at Amazon and other ebook retailers.



Meet My Character with Author Heather Diane

The Viscount and the Vicar's Daughter ~ Heather Diane









We met author Heather Diane on Monday when she featured her latest novel, Falling For Santa, free for two days on Amazon (read all about that here).  When I found out Heather’s first novel, a Regency-set historical romance entitled The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter, would be free today and tomorrow as well, I asked her to stop by again to tell us about this story and introduce us to her main character.

Horizontal swirls web color THE VISCOUNT Kit Wimberton’s unexpected return to his country estate sets the neighborhood ablaze with gossip. Nobody knows why such a wealthy and attractive marriage prize should bury himself in the country. Kit seems unwilling to pay attention to anything but his beloved horses, rebuffing the humble vicar who tries to call his attention to the poverty of the estate’s tenants. But despite Kit’s contempt for the church, he finds himself irresistibly drawn to the vicar’s lovely daughter.

THE VICAR’S DAUGHTER Impoverished Sophie Bantling sees nothing in her future but a spinsterhood spent taking care of her father’s ramshackle parish—until she is nearly run down by the viscount on one of his famous horses. Although his hostility toward the church disturbs her, she finds herself flattered by his attention and charmed by his conversation. When she discovers that a deeply wounded man grieves beneath the mask of wealth and privilege, she yearns to heal his heart. But disaster strikes the village because of Kit’s negligence, and Sophie must make the hardest decision of her life—abandon the people who desperately need her help or destroy her friendship with the man she has grown to love.

Horizontal swirls web colorWhat is your character’s name? Does he have a nickname?

Christopher Wimberton, Viscount Wimberton (it’s actually kind of a big deal to have a last name that’s the same as that of your estate because it indicates that your family has been part of the nobility for a verrrry long time). His nickname is Kit—only those on intimate terms with him are allowed to use it. Everyone else calls him Wimberton. Or, “My lord.”

Who are your character’s friends and family? Who does he surround himself with?

Kit wants to escape everybody he knows, which is why he’s finally taken up residence at his country estate. Unfortunately for him, his sister’s husband is abroad on a diplomatic mission, so she moves in. Julia is determined to redecorate the house—and reorganize Kit’s life.

Where does your character go when he’s angry?

For a hard ride. Preferably on a horse that’s got a temper as hot as his.

Look at your character’s feet. Describe what you see there.

Riding boots, whenever his sister and his valet will let him get away with it! They’re glossy enough to see your reflection, thanks to his valet’s highly secret recipe for boot blacking.

Your character is doing intense spring cleaning. What is easy for him to throw out? What is difficult for him to part with, and why?

The whole manor house could burn to the ground, and Kit wouldn’t care. That is, as long as the stables are safe! He has more horses than his grooms can keep exercised, but he can’t bear to part with any of them.

Has your character ever had a broken heart?

Yes, in fact that’s what’s driven him to hide in the country. But his heart isn’t broken for the usual reasons. To find out more than that, you’re going to have to read the book. ;)

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Free only at Amazon and only on Friday and Saturday, December 26-27!

You can also catch up with Heather at her Website (and sign up for her newsletter to hear about new releases and other cool stuff), and follow her on Twitter.

Meet Heather Diane ~ Falling for Santa

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Heather Diane got her start writing romance novels by copying somebody else’s. (Well, just the kissing scene and only after consulting with her father on whether or not she’d be violating international copyright law.) After that, it was a short step to transferring the stories playing in her head onto paper. When she first wrote her own kissing scene, she was so embarrassed she hid the page on the top shelf of her closet.

In college, she spent hours on IM writing HCs (Heartfelt Confessions of love) with a friend. They took turns being the hero/heroine and never bothered writing the rest of the story. Heather did eventually learn how to write something from start to finish and is now the author of both contemporary and historical romance. She tries to make each of her stories into a delicious escape (like a really good bonbon—light, sweet, and satisfying).

Now joyfully united to her own gentleman of good fortune, Heather lives and writes in Texas, where she indulges her love of sugar and parentheses (although not at the same time. Usually).

You can catch up with Heather at her Website (and sign up for her newsletter to hear about new releases and other cool stuff), and follow her on Twitter.

But we’re here to talk about Heather’s new book.  Which is free today and tomorrow.  Huzzah!

Falling For Santa ~ Heather Diane


Dear God, please don’t let me spend Christmas alone.

Holly thinks her Christmas prayer has been answered when two eligible bachelors move into the neighborhood—Ben, the gorgeous biker who lives a little on the wild side, and Albert, the charming Australian who’s out of place in his cold, new environment.

Although unable to deny the chemistry flaring between herself and Ben, Holly becomes conflicted when circumstances keep throwing her into Albert’s path. Ben’s flirtatious banter, midnight bonfires, and motorcycle thrill rides leave her breathless. But Albert’s quirky intelligence and quiet strength are intriguing too. And who’s the Secret Santa who keeps leaving gifts in her front yard?

Holly needs to figure out which man will be the answer to her prayer, before she spends another Christmas alone.

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Grab your FREE copy of Falling For Santa at Amazon right now!  Remember, this opportunity is only good December 22-23.

You can also purchase a print copy here, or head over to Goodreads and enter the giveaway for a FREE print copy here.

I’m a happy, healthy mutt. Which book species are you?

Web designer Laura E. Kelly has created a whimsical chart called the Classification of Book Lovers & Other Readers.

Are you a purebred reader, never polluting your gene pool with works from another genre?  Are you like me, a purebred mutt, free-ranging across all styles of books in pursuit of nothing save the pleasure of reading?  I fancy myself a rule-breaker, crossing the lines to be a compulsive reader when the situation demands, cherishing and rescuing novels from the wastelands of neglect at Amazon or my local book seller.

Take a look at this chart and see where you fall in the Linnaean Hierarchy of Readers.

By the by, this chart is just a fantastical way of celebrating all the ways, shapes, and forms we readers take.  Find yourself!

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I’m a happy, healthy mutt. Which book species are you?