Monday, April 7, 2014

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR     Dawn Marie Hamilton                          

Today I’m interviewing Dawn Marie Hamilton. Her book, Sea Panther is a paranormal romance and was released on March 18.

Thank you, Sarah, for the interview and inviting me to your blog today.

Please tell my readers a little bit about your book.  
Sea Panther is a vampire shifter story, where Robert, the 300 year old hero, is tortured by the two beasts living within—vampire and Florida panther--yet strives to maintain honor above all else. Kimberly, the heroine, has lost everything that defines her life. She takes a crew position on Robert’s sailing yacht to escape a hit man. The attraction between the two is immediate but heartbreaking when Robert’s past stalks them both. Much to overcome, including a trip through the Bermuda triangle to the past, before they can find their happily-ever-after.

Describe the genre of this particular title, and is it the only genre you write in?
I write Scottish inspired fantasy and paranormal romance. Sea Panther is the first book in the Crimson Storm series of genre-bending paranormal romances with vampires and shifters and a wee bit of time travel just for fun. My other series, Highland Gardens, are Scottish historical time travel romances with faeries. I like to stretch genre lines.

How did this story come to be?  
Sea Panther was supposed to be a vampire pirate romance. The hero, Robert, balked. He didn’t want to be a pirate. While researching a Scottish connection for the story, I stumbled across a bit of history about Lord Archibald Hamilton, governor of Jamaica (1711-1716), having Jacobite sympathies and gathering a group of warships and captains to create a Jacobite navy to help put James Stuart on the British throne. So Robert became a privateer, later cursed by a Voodoo priestess to become a vampire. Then while vacationing in Florida, I saw a panther crossing sign, and thought, wouldn’t it be cool if Robert was a vampire that shifted into a Florida panther. The story was on a roll after that.

What is your writing routine like?
I don’t really have a set routine. I write whenever the muse has something to say and I can squeeze in writing time. Although I would like to be more disciplined, I’m not real good with structure. Sometimes, I get up in the middle of the night and write because the muse won’t be quiet. Other times, I write early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Are you a member of any writing organizations and, if so, have they helped?
I’m a member of Romance Writers of America, Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, From the Heart Romance Writers, Fantasy Futuristic and Paranormal, and the Golden Network. Belonging to these wonderful organizations is invaluable.

What character is most like you or least like you?
Hmmm. I imagine a little bit of me is in all my characters, but I can’t say that any one in particular is like me. Thus, they are equally least like me.

What most inspires you in life?
People with positive attitudes, no matter what.

What’s next for you?
I’m currently writing the third novel and a holiday novella for the Highland Gardens series. When those are complete, I will begin work on Raven’s Revenge, the second novel in the Crimson Storm series.


Can love mend a fractured soul?

After evading arrest for Jacobite activities, Scottish nobleman Robert MacLachlan turns privateer. A Caribbean Voodoo priestess curses him to an eternal existence as a vampire shifter torn between the dual natures of a Florida panther and an immortal blood-thirsting man. For centuries, he seeks to reverse the black magic whilst maintaining his honor. Cruising the twenty-first century Atlantic, he becomes shorthanded to sail his 90-foot yacht, Sea Panther. The last thing he wants is a female crewmember and the call of her blood.

Although she swore never to sail again after her father died in a sailing accident, Kimberly Scot answers the captain's crew wanted ad to escape a hit man. She's lost everything, her fiancĂ©, her job, and most of her money, along with money belonging to her ex-clients. A taste of Kimberly's blood convinces Robert she is the one woman who can claim the panther's heart. To break the curse, they travel back in time to where it all began—Jamaica 1715.

A little bit about the author 

Dawn Marie Hamilton dares you to dream. She is a 2013 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist who pens Scottish-inspired fantasy and paranormal romance. Some of her tales are rife with mischief-making faeries, brownies, and other fae creatures. More tormented souls—shape shifters, vampires, and maybe a zombie or two—stalk across the pages of other stories. She is a member of The Golden Network, Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal, Celtic Hearts, and From the Heart chapters of RWA. When not writing, she’s cooking, gardening, or paddling the local creeks of Southern Maryland with her husband.


A drunk banged into the table and broke the steamy spell holding Kimberly and Robert enthralled. She choked on a flat laugh. He cleared his throat.

The awkward moment thickened the air. Made it hard to breathe.

Kimberly twitched her nose. Now would be a good time to find a hidey-hole to crawl into. Perspiration glazed the skin between her breasts. God, her face must be the color of a ripe strawberry.

“I overheard you,” Robert said.

“Did you?” Just great.

“Aye.” His gaze dropped to the tabletop. He picked up a drink stirrer and fiddled with it.

Mesmerized, she watched large fingers nimbly tie the thin strip of plastic into a bowline knot. The naughty image of him using the same knot to tie a silk scarf around her wrists flashed in her mind. Where had that idea come from?

“What the rest of the crew has been trying hard not to tell you is I have a rare blood disease.” Her wayward thought splintered at the unemotional statement of fact.

She gazed into his eyes, searching for something empathetic to say.

“I have to take it easy until my doctors can find a donor with the right DNA makeup to help me. That is why I sleep a lot.”

“I’m sorry.” Oh, that sounded lame. Worse yet, she’d been thinking about sex. Kinky sex. My God, what had come over her lately? She’d never thought of having that kind of sex with Jason. Heat rose from toes to face. Thank God Robert couldn’t read minds. She reached for her mug, but it was empty.

“Dance with me?” He grasped her hand.

She nodded, and followed him onto the dance floor. “When they find a donor, will they be able to make you well?”

His eyes clouded. “I hope so.”

So did she.

He tucked her close, held her tight, smooth cheek against the rasp of whiskers, as they swayed with the other couples to the sweet melody of an Irish love song. She embraced hard muscle as she wrapped her arms around him.

How could a virile man like Robert be critically ill?

How can my readers buy your book?  
Readers can go to Amazon at or Barnes and Noble at

You can find more information about Dawn Marie Hamilton and my book, Sea Panther by visiting my blog at .

Just a few fun questions to answer if you don’t mind.

1)      Hotel room or Tent? Tent
2)      What is your favorite thing to eat? Salmon, it’s a feline thing.
3)      What is your favorite New Year tradition? Hiking with husband on New Year’s day.
4)      Who is your favorite author to read? J R Ward
5)      What’s your favorite movie? Somewhere in Time
6)      If you were given only one Christmas present but it could be anything in the world, what would you choose? A month in Scotland.
7)      What’s your favorite color? Peridot
8)      Mountains or Beach? Mountains
9)      What’s your favorite flavor of Starburst? Lemon
10)  What is your favorite thing to drink? Pinot Noir

Thank you for allowing me to interview you here at Heart of Romance. Good luck to you in your future!!!

**Dawn will be giving away an e-book copy to one lucky commenter.**

Thursday, April 3, 2014


The Golden Claddagh is officially opened and we look forward to you submitting your excellent entries. It's $10 for CHRW members and $15 for all other RWA members. 

Below are the guidelines and rules for submission entry. Please feel free to forward to your respective loops. Thank you! 


Enter Celtic Hearts Romance Writers Chapter contest The Golden Claddagh!
We have four categories for unpublished authors and published authors withunpublished  manuscripts.
* Historical
* Fantasy-Futuristic-Paranormal
* Contemporary
* Young Adult/New Adult
Our contest due date is May 10th. Finalists will be notified by June 15th and winners notified by August 1st–Winners will be announced at the CHRW Annual General Meeting at RWA National Convention in San Antonio, TX in July 2014.
The competition is open to RWA members ONLY.
Manuscripts must be unpublished and un-contracted in any form, including self-publishing. The manuscript rights must belong to the author and be available to contract, should a final judge wish to offer publication.
The GC entry must be a full-length novel (more than 40K). Novellas or Short stories will not be accepted.
Manuscripts must be completed by the time results are returned. Entrant must retain all rights to the entry and not have granted any of them to a publisher or any other party by the contest entry deadline.
If your manuscript is accepted for publication during the time of our contest (dates will be specified) you must notify the contest coordinator; your submission(s) will be withdrawn from consideration and your entry fee(s) returned.
Please Note:
  • Previously entered manuscripts may be entered again, but no previous winning manuscript shall be re-entered, even if revised.
  • You may submit multiple entries so long as you pay an entry fee and submit a completed entry form for each submission.
  • You may not enter the same manuscript in more than one category. *Entry fee per entry: $10.00 CHRW members and $15.00 non-member CHRWA members.
CHRW reserves the right to discard all electronic entries and return fees if a minimum number of three (3) entries are not received in any category. Entrants will be contacted before the entries are returned and given the option to place their entry in another category if it is eligible. We may also refuse an entry that does not follow the rules stated here in the guidelines.
All Payments are Electronic through PayPal. The easy link is here:
If you wish to go directly to PayPal, please use Paypal address:
Entry fee: $10.00 CHRW members and $15.00 non-member CHRWA members.
All entries will be read and scored for the first round by two trained judges and one published author, and the lowest score dropped. The three entries with the highest total scores in each category will move to the final round. An editor/agent will judge the final round and select a winner from the finalists in each category.
Future, Fantasy & Paranormal: Romance novel where the mains focus is on the romantic relationship, but the future, fantasy or paranormal elements are integral to the story (includes time-travel).
Contemporary: Includes, single title, long and short romantic fiction with a contemporary setting set after 1945. Main focus is the romantic relationship between the hero and heroine.
Historical: Romance novel set primarily before 1945 — any location. Please specify your time period and setting in your entry.
Young Adult/New Adult:  Romance novels in which young adult or new adult themes constitute an integral part of the plot. *Romance subplot not required*

Entry Composition: No Synopsis required! Your entry must have the following:
1.     An email “cover page” which includes the author’s real name, address, telephone number(s), e-mail address, submission title, category, manuscript word count and PayPal confirmation # should be submitted in text of the e-mail. Do not include the cover page in the same attachment as your manuscript.
2.     The beginning of your manuscript, including prologue, cannot exceed thirty (30) pages. Standard manuscript format must be followed:
  • 1 inch margins
  • Double spaced in a standard font and size 12-point.
  • The TITLE of the manuscript, the category, and any subcategory should be placed on the top left hand side of the entry. The PAGE NUMBER should be on the top right side of the entry.
  • We will not accept entries that have colored, or designer fonts. DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME ON THE MANUSCRIPT.
3. Manuscript must be in a .doc or .rtf file format.
NOTE: Your entry must not exceed thirty (30) pages total.

Contemporary Category -
FFP Category -
Historical Category -
Young Adult/New Adult Category -

Final Round Judges
Angela James – Carina Press
Kerry Buckley – Carina Press
Laurie McLean – Forward Literary, Inc
Beth Miller – Writers House
Leis Pederson – Berkley Publishing
Julie Mianecki – Penguin Books
Alissa Davis – Carina Press
Elizabeth Bistrow – Penguin Books
Young Adult/New Adult
Nicole Fischer – Avon Press

The FIRST PLACE winners in each category will receive a $50 dollar cash prize and a commemorative pin.
The SECOND and THIRD PLACE winners in each category will receive free workshops through Celtic Hearts Romance Writers.

For questions please contact the contest chair, Alisa Walker at:

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Day 11 Two Weeks of Romance

It's the last day of Two Weeks of Romance. Hard to believe. I do hope you have enjoyed it and that maybe you have found a new author to read. I've enjoyed bringing a little light reading your way!

Let's not dilly dally any longer. The final author is RB AUSTIN.

Here is RB Austin and her book, Fallen Redemption. She will be giving away an Amazon gift card.

Killing Fallen to save mankind is Cade’s redemption for murder and only one human—mouthwatering and absolutely forbidden—stands in his way.
Cade committed himself to saving lives before he learned the full consequences of his life-altering decision. It wasn’t until he was tending his sick wife that he learned the enormity of what he’d done and he was unable to save her from the monster he had become. Consumed with guilt and praying for absolution, he threw himself into killing every Fallen he could find to save the humans he’d sworn to protect. But then Emma, deliciously mortal and completely forbidden, swept into his world, stirring an overpowering desire. Now he’s not only fighting soulless creatures, but also his inner cravings, trying to maintain his distance and continue on his path to forgiveness. He won’t lose control again and lose another love.

RB Austin is a writer of paranormal romances and YA novels. She puts her slightly neurotic organizational skills to good use managing her time as a wife, mother, full time worker, author, and blogger. Her dream is to become a full time writer and move down south where she can sit on the sunniest beach with her laptop and a bag of chocolates, writing what the voices in her head tell her to. In her spare time she enjoys knitting. Her current project is a dog sweater because even if it turns out ugly and full of holes her cairn terrier can’t complain. RB is a member of Romance Writers of America and is currently working on the second novel in her Trihune series and a YA supernatural novel. Fallen Redemption is her debut novel.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Day 10 Two Weeks of Romance

That's right, you didn't read it wrong. I was unable to post days 10 and 11 due to the fact that my computer decide not to let me in so I took it to get fixed.  Today I will feature day 10 and tomorrow will feature day 11.

So, let's get started. Today I have two special ladies to introduce you too. First, let's say hi to author, ALANNA LUCAS.

Miss Eva Kenward left England with a dream, but when she finds

herself stranded on the rugged frontier of Montana with a babe in

arms, only one man—a handsome cowboy—can make that holiday

wish come true.


Miss Eva Kenward does not want to spend another Christmas alone.

Leaving Queen Victoria’s England, she journeys to America in search of

an uncle but finds herself on the rugged frontier of Montana. And with

no money and no acquaintances, the rudest man she has ever met is

the one she must engage. Especially considering the precious bundle

in her arms.

“Hunt” Strauss has been fooled before by beauty. So when the

ravishing young woman arrives on his doorstep, he suspects her of

ulterior motives. But perhaps the baby she holds truly is his kin…and

when Miss Kenward finds herself stranded after a hotel fire, he

reluctantly agrees to help. Bringing her to his sprawling ranch, Hunt

tries to keep his distance. But the enticing woman and her enthusiasm

for the season soon prove that fairy tale love stories—and holiday

wishes—really can come true.


Stolen Hearts

By Pat Hudson

Genre: Romance/Suspense

Heat Level: Medium

About the writer:

Patricia Hudson was born in Wales, UK. She currently lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two dogs and quarter horses. When she’s not writing or taking care of horses, she spends time with her three grown children and seven grandchildren.

After seventeen years of marriage, Sara’s husband betrays her, leaving her for another woman. Angry and humiliated, Sara moves to Florida with her daughter and her two show jumpers determined to make a new life for herself as a horse trainer.

Her new work is filled with horse shows, students, dramas – and Ryan, a fellow trainer, who she meets at the Midland Equestrian Center. Her life is perfect, except for Derrick and Marcy, who covet her promising show jumper, Denby. They stop at nothing to own the promising four year old, including trying to get Ryan, the man she is falling in love with, to help persuade her to sell her beloved horse.

When Sara learns that her cherished thoroughbred has been stolen, she must rely on Ryan to help her find Denby. Even as she struggles to trust Ryan’s true intentions, she discovers that while Ryan is helping her recover her stolen horse, he has managed to steal her heart, as well.

Amazon Website:



2014 Releases by Soulmate Publishing:

The Call April, 2014

Love on the Double T May, 2014

Love’s Deception Summer, 2014

The Exchange September, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

Day 14 of Two Weeks of Romance

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope you all are able to celebrate this romantic holiday with the one you love! Here at HEART OF ROMANCE, I try to bring romance to life as often as I can because I don't think we live these special moments just on February 14th. Every day there are special little things that we experience that are romantic. 

As writers, we try to capture love and romance in our books. Today, I would like to introduce you to two authors who have done just that.

First, we have author, AMY JERECKI and her book, Captured by the Pirate Laird. 

Captured Announcement:

Hello everyone! I’m super excited to announce the February 17th release of CAPTURED BY THE PIRATE LAIRD, a sinfully sexy Scottish historical romance. To celebrate, I’m giving away a signed copy of the print book.

Ripped from passion that will be forever seared into their souls, will Anne and Calum risk everything for love?

Wed by proxy to a baron old enough to be her grandfather, Lady Anne trudges up the gangway of a galleon that will deliver her into the arms of a tyrant. Crestfallen, she believes her disastrous life cannot get worse—until she awakes to the blasts of cannon fire.

Facing certain death, Anne trembles in her stateroom while swords clash and the chilling screams of battle rage on the deck above. When a rugged Highlander kicks in her door, she prays for a swift end.

But Laird Calum MacLeod has a reason for plundering the ship—and it’s not a stunning English lass. With no other choice, he takes Anne to his crumbling keep on the isle of Raasay and sends a letter of ransom to her husband. In time, Anne grows to understand MacLeod’s plight and finds it increasingly difficult to resist Calum’s unsettling charm—until the baron sends a reply agreeing to terms.

Thanks to Sarah Hoss for inviting me to her blog! Happy Valentines Day!!

Find me on Amazon: My web site:


Next, I would like to introduce you to author, JEVENA WILLOW, and her book, Wise Indecision.

Becca Wellerby is to be the new sheriff of Sweet Willow, North Dakota. A town of only men, she didn’t come all this way just to be shunned by those who don’t want her as their boss. This is a new start to a new beginning. Back off...or get out of her way.

Fox Windlow figures a woman as sheriff will ruin everything, including the stubborn unwillingness of all the men in town. He can’t solve a murder, protect the innocent, and still keep hot looking Becca at bay without something going wrong...or losing his heart to her.


“Good. Get back in your patrol car, and start leading the way.”

Becca stepped back, watching the man do as told. She held back her sly grin until he was well out of sight. She had no actual idea if Fox Windlow and Dan Laherty were partners. They were not exactly cut from the same cloth. Yet, by playing her cards right in what was known as a man’s game, she’d gotten herself an escort directly to her future.

With any luck, she would have the entire police force waiting there to help carry her personal belongings inside.

As she followed behind Officer Laherty’s marked squad car, she glanced in the squad’s rearview mirror and watched his mouth moving. He was talking into his radio, likely informing anyone else foolish enough hidden up ahead to back off before heads started to roll. She was in no mood to be harassed again.

Twenty minutes later, she carefully maneuvered her cumbersome van up a long, gravel driveway, then parked the vehicle behind the squad car. She shut down the engine in utter relief and took a few moments to gather her breath, and hopefully enough courage to actually get out of the vehicle. She did not feel ready to face this second challenge just yet.

She studied the dilapidated house in front of her surrounded by lots of nothing. Ill-manicured lawn, a carpet of decaying leaves at least three inches thick, burdock four feet high under the windowsills, and if she was not mistaken the chimney was a little off-kilter.

No wonder she’d missed the turnoff. She hadn’t been looking for a place in the middle of nowhere. Somehow, the mental image of home for the next twenty-plus years was slightly different than this. It would probably take her years to feel at home. Tears pricked at the corners of her eyes, again, and she felt the familiar pinch to the heart. She’d certainly never felt at home anywhere else.

“Captain?” Officer Windlow stood outside her vehicle, his hand held out to guide her down the one large metal step that it would take her to gain North Dakota ground under her feet. He must have driven straight here from pulling her over. He’d gained enough time while his cohort followed on the path of his sins.

She nodded her thanks to such a gallant show of chivalry, but ignored the kind gesture as best she could. After all, she was still spitting tacks over the tiny matter of being pulled over not once, but twice, by Sweet Willow’s finest. They’d earned her wrath. The very least she could do was reward them their prize.

She might have been ready for a new challenge, but she wasn’t ready for what a man could complicate, and Fox Windlow was just too much man and too much complication this late at night.

Becca shook off any ill feelings. She glanced at the monstrosity that loomed directly in front of her and sucked in a deep, agonizing breath. Well . . . this was it. This was her very last second chance. And she was surrounded by nothing but . . . incredibly gorgeous men? Yes. Fate sucks.

Jevenna lives in Wisconsin in the same small town she was born in. Her debut novel, Wise Indecision, she has five novels with Soul Mate Publishing, each holding true to the characterizations and idiosyncrasies of small town folks. The smaller the town—the bigger the secrets.

She is happily married and has two wonderful sons. Most say they married their high school sweetheart. Jevenna married the cute guy she’d met in her kindergarten class when five years old. Quite romantic! She has spent the last twenty-five years as co-owner and operator of the family dairy farm and writes in her spare time. With a smile, this translates to wet springs, cold winters…so, pretty much all the time.

She is a PRO member of RWA and Green Bay chapter member of WisRWA, and writes contemporary, historical, suspense, and paranormal romances. When not writing—and not farming—she loves to kayak, and do anything outdoorsy; loves to get her hands dirty. Her motto she devotes enormous time to: “Every life should have nine cats…and of course one great man!”

Where to find her-
She would love to hear from you. You can visit her website for more, blog at and connect with her on Facebook at 

 WHAT to win and HOW to win?
First, you have to leave a comment to be eligible. Second- Jevenna is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card and Amy is giving away a print copy of her book. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Day 13 of Two Weeks of Romance

So far we have seen some really good books written by some lovely and talented ladies. What happens if I through a gentleman into the mix? I would love to introduce you to SEAN-PAUL THOMAS who is from Edinburgh Scotland.

The Universe Doesn't Do Second Chances (Blurb)

A lonely man in his late thirties living an average life of missed opportunities and regrets especially regarding the opposite sex, dies in a plane crash somewhere over the English channel. When he awakens in a subdued and bizarre subconscious state, he is granted by the powers that be a second chance to spend a day with the two women in his life who made an impact on his heart. Yet never had the courage to let go of his social fears and inhibitions and act upon his natural instincts and desires at the time of meeting them.

Sean-Paul Thomas (Author Bio
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Born in London to Scottish and Irish parents, Sean spent most of his childhood and teenage years growing up on the move in the likes of Cyprus, Germany, Wales and England as an army brat. With a keen interest in both reading and writing he was diagnosed with the travel and writing bugs very early on in life.

Now, writing, reading and traveling are his main passions in life, but he also loves outdoor sports too from Rugby and Hiking to Tennis and Boxing.

His main inspiration for writing today comes from living in such a beautiful, Gothic, hauntingly, awe inspiring city such as Edinburgh. This place has given Sean so much amazing inspiration to write the more time he spends here.

At this moment he is writing another two books, one is about a young man working in a dead end job and going nowhere in life, who discovers that he has a terminal brain cancer and decides to just go out with a bang. The other book is about his recent back packing adventure through Eastern Europe.

So far he has one published work of fiction -

The Universe Doesn't Do Second Chances

And 4 self published novels.

Sarah Smiles



Cafe Independence

Where to find Sean-Paul. 


But that doesn't mean that I don't have another lovely lady for this post. I want to introduce you to author, DEBRA ST. JOHN and her book, This Feels Like Home. 

This Feels Like Home by Debra St. John


Can a danger-addicted cowboy and a safety-conscious urbanite ever see eye-to-eye?

When Chicago native Amber Winfield visits her aunt in Texas, she's happy to absorb some local color--but dating a bull rider? That's more cowboy than she's prepared to go. As an accessibility consultant, she knows too well the hazards of extreme sports. Just one night with Jake Hawkins, though, and she's captivated by the caring man underneath the cowboy swagger. But she could never fall for a man so intent on chasing danger...could she?

Jake's got one goal--earn enough points to ride on the pro circuit--and he won't let anyone stand in his way. Especially not a sophisticated city lady who thinks bull riding is crazy. Women like Amber are the reason he's perfected the art of loving and leaving. So why can't he get her off of his mind...or out of his heart?
Debra St. John has been reading and writing romance since high school. She always dreamed about publishing a romance novel some day. Her dream came true when she started writing sultry contemporary romance with sexy heroes and spunky heroines for The Wild Rose Press. Although she's a country gal at heart, she lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband, who is her real life hero.

She is the author of The Corral Series, which includes her debut release, This Time for Always, a Champagne Rose and Rosebud bestseller at The Wild Rose Press. The second book in the series, This Can't Be Love is also available. This Feels Like Home completes the series.

Her holiday stories include A Christmas to Remember, An Unexpected Blessing (Thanksgiving), and The Vampire and the Vixen for Halloween.

Wild Wedding Weekend completes her bookshelf, although Family Secrets is coming soon.


The Wild Rose Press


Barnes and Noble

WHAT to win and HOW to win?
First, all you need to do is leave a comment for your chance. Winners are chosen at random. 
Second, Sean-Paul is giving away gift card to Swashwords and Debra is giving away  e-copy (winner's choice of format) of any one book in The Corral Series: This Time for Always, This Can't Be Love, or This Feels Like Home.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Day 12 of Two Weeks of Romance

Good morning everyone! I am sorry that I missed days 10 and 11 and I will be posting them on the 15th,and 16th. My computer wouldn't work and I had to have it fixed. I promised you two weeks of romance and that is what you will get. Can't miss a day! Too many fabulous authors and books to skip any!

So, with out further adieu, I would like to introduce you to author, TARA KINGSTON and her Civil War Series.

Hello, Sarah,

It’s a pleasure to appear as your blog guest today. With Valentine’s Day on Friday, what a wonderful time to think about romance.

I’m excited about the recent release of the second book in my Civil War Secrets & Spies series, Pistols, Parasols & Passionate Little Lies. To celebrate, I’m giving an early Valentine’s Day present—one lucky commenter will have their choice of Pistols, Parasols & Passionate Little Lies and Secrets, Spies & Sweet Little Lies, the first book in the series.

Set during the months just before the conclusion of the Civil War, Pistols, Parasols & Passionate Little Lies revolves around a pair of Union petticoat spies operating out of Richmond and the men who love them. Led by a cagey matron who passes herself off as crazy as a bedbug, Amanda and Kate use their talents and their beauty to gather intelligence and outsmart the enemy. In Pistols, Parasols & Passionate Little Lies, no-nonsense agent Amanda recruits a dashing Union agent for a desperate mission—break a double agent out of a Confederate prison before he’s executed as a spy.

Pistols, Parasols & Passionate Little Lies was inspired by the stories of petticoat spies operating in both the North and the South during the Civil War. Spymaster Betsy Kincaid was modeled after Elizabeth Van Lew, a Richmond spinster commonly known as Crazy Bet. Daughter of a prominent businessman, she was an ardent abolitionist whose methods were ingenious and varied. She pried men with food, even charming her way past a Confederate prison commander. She funneled information into the prison in baskets equipped with false bottoms and even hollowed out eggs to ferry intelligence to Union generals. Crazy as a fox, she was a loyal and valued part of the Union war effort. Her use of food as an entry ticket to the prison inspired Crazy Betsy Kincaid’s strategy of baking her way into the prison.

Another petticoat spy who worked for the Union in the Confederate South was Pauline Cushman. Born in New Orleans, she moved to Michigan as a child, then took off for New York at eighteen to pursue a career on the stage. She traveled the country in road shows and seized an opportunity to spy on the Confederate troops while she was performing in Kentucky near the start of the war. Through a series of deceptions, she spent time following the Confederate Army, gleaning information from soldiers and serving as a Union Messenger. At one point, she escaped a death sentence for spying when Union Forces invaded the Tennessee town where she was being held. After the war, she wrote a book about her adventures and toured the country with tales of her exploits. When Miss Cushman died in 1893, her gravestone bears an unusual designation: Union Spy.

Of course, the Confederacy employed petticoat spies as well. One of the best known was Rose Greenhow. A popular Washington, D.C. hostess, she flattered secrets out of the nation’s political and military elite. “Rebel Rose” quickly proved her mettle as a spy, utilizing her charm and ingenious methods to ferry information to Confederate generals. Arrest and imprisonment did not curtail her activities, and she became a propaganda tool for the South until her tragic death off the North Carolina coast on her return from a trip to Europe to garner support for the Confederate cause from dignitaries including Queen Victoria. Mrs. Greenhow was buried with full military honors in Wilmington, North Carolina.

These brave women used their talents and their cunning to become some of the most effective spies this nation has ever known. I find their stories and those of other petticoat spies to be fascinating and tremendous inspiration for historical romance.

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Passion flares when an alluring but no-nonsense petticoat spy recruits a daring Union agent for a desperate mission.

Like any good secret agent, Amanda Emerson knows how to get what she wants—in this case, a man with guts and a gun—a man heroic enough to break a notorious double agent out of a Confederate prison. But first, she’ll have to save her hero’s own neck.

Caught with Rebel plans and set for a hanging, Union spy Steve Dunham’s luck has run out—until a cunning beauty shows up at the jail and engineers his escape. Of course, she’s there for a reason besides preventing him from dangling at the end of a noose—he’s the key to her daring scheme.

Steve may be trading one execution for another, but the tempting—and off limits—operative draws him into the perilous mission. Falling for Amanda is a complication he can’t afford, but Steve’s never been one to play it safe. The spoils of victory will be Amanda’s surrender. And the terms of surrender promise to be sultry and sweet.

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Through The Storm

The Wade family saga continues in this work of historical fiction set in post-Civil War Missouri. Love reigns in the home of Leann and Ralph Wade, although tested many times during the course of their marriage. Sonny Wade, Ralph's brother, harbors a secret passion for Leann, and Joan Smith, a family friend, desires Ralph. Leann and Ralph struggle to overcome the storms of life through faith, courage, and commitment to each other.

About The Author

The desire to write historical fiction has long been a passion with Brenda B. Taylor. Since elementary school, she has written stories in her spare time. Brenda earned three degrees: a BSE from Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas; a MEd from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas; and an EdD from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; then worked as a teacher and administrator in the Texas Public School system. Only after retirement could she fulfill the dream of publication.

Brenda and her husband make their home in beautiful East Texas where they enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and working in Bethabara Faith Ministry, Inc. She crafts stories about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people in her favorite place overlooking bird feeders, bird houses, and a variety of blooming trees and flowers. She sincerely thanks all who purchase and read her books. Her desire is that the message in each book will touch the heart of the reader as it did hers in the writing.

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