Summer Reads

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Fans of HEATHER GRAHAM‘s Krewe of Hunters series will delight in the new trilogy series which kicks off with THE CURSED. Hannah O’Brien, who grew up in a haunted house in Key West and now runs it as a B and B, has always had a special ability to see a pair of resident ghosts. But when a man is murdered in the alley behind her place, she’s dismayed when his spirit appears, too, asking for help. Hannah calls her cousin Kelsey O’Brien, a member of the FBI’s Krewe of Hunters, an elite unit of paranormal investigators. The present-day case is linked to a historical mystery involving salvagers, a curse and a sunken ship. Danger and desire bring Hannah and Dallas together, but to survive, they have to solve the mysteries of the past—and stay alive long enough to solve the crimes of the present!

THE HEXED, book two in this series, will be released on July 29th followed by THE BETRAYED on Sept. 30th. Read more at www.eheathergraham.com.

THE CABIN is a new reissue from New York Times bestselling author CARLA NEGGERS. Greed and vengeance disrupt the quiet stillness of the Adirondack mountains. Texas Ranger Jack Galway and Susanna, his wife, are trapped in the mountains and must find strength in each other if they hope to keep their family together and escape the cabin alive. Available now. Order and read more here.

THE WEDDING WAGER is an historical romance from New York Times bestselling author CATHY MAXWELL to be re-released on June 24, 2014. Headstrong Mary Gates longs to once again make the family stables the finest in England–so she bids on the famous Spender stud. The only way to pay for the beast is to marry, but her only prospect in the village is her equally headstrong neighbor and chief rival, Tye Barlow. Order your copy and read an excerpt here.

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April Thrills

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Even with signs of spring this month, there are still cozy moments to read and this month there are new releases sure to keep you from doing anything else but spend time with a new book! WAKING THE DEAD is bestselling author HEATHER GRAHAM’S second hardcover book in her new Cafferty & Quinn Series. When a painting reappears after two hundred years in New Orleans, death seems to follow. This gripping tale is a RT BOOK REVIEWS Top Pick for April and not to be missed. You can order and read more here.  Be sure to enter Booktalk’s April contest to win a copy, too!

YOU’RE NOT SAFE by MARY BURTON is the third book in her Texas Rangers SeriesOne devastating moment changed Greer Templeton’s life and ended two others.  Now, with a body body found on her property and Texas Ranger Tec Bragg on her doorstep, Greer’s nightmare has returned.  

This series just gets better and better with each book and will leave you guessing right to the last page.  Other books in the series are THE SEVENTH VICTIM and NO ESCAPE.  Order and read more here.

Check out Heather’s website for upcoming books in her Krewe of Hunters paranormal series. Mary Burton‘s next romantic suspense is COVER YOUR EYES in November 2014.

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Janet Dailey. You’ll be greatly missed.

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Readers everywhere were saddened to learn of the recent passing of romance icon JANET DAILEY. She published her first book in 1976 and is the author of approximately 100 books with sales totalling over 325 million copies across 89 counties and translated in 19 languages. I was not only a fan of her books, particularly the Calder Series, I also had the privilege of meeting her on several occasions but one in particular was memorable. Here’s the article I wrote at the time and it’s about her first boss attending a booksigning!

Surprise Fan at Janet Dailey Booksigning

Bestselling author signs book for former Harlequin “boss.”

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Fall Books

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MARY BURTON continues her Texas Ranger Trilogy with her latest thriller, NO ESCAPE. The novel follows heroine Dr. Jolene Granger and Texas Ranger Brody Winchester and the tension between these two characters sizzles. But the villian, claims Mary, is “the most chilling I’ve ever written.”

Writing as MARY ELLEN TAYLOR, Mary has a new trade paperback out called SWEET EXPECTATIONS, the sequel to THE UNION STREET BAKERY. You’ll get a peek behind the scenes at the Union Street Bakery and into the lives of the McCrae sisters, Daisy, Rachel and Margaret. There’s another mystery to unravel and a persistent ghost as Daisy finds a way to make the bakery her forever home. Mary has added some delicious recipes on her website, too, just in time for holiday baking. And you’ll want to bake after reading this “delicious” new novel!
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RWA 2013 Conference

program_headerIt’s been a week since the 33rd annual conference of  Romance Writers of America concluded in Atlanta, Georgia and the boost I received by attending will last me until the the next one in San Antonio a year from now.  I’ve been an RWA member for about thirty years and have attended countless RWA annual conferences around the country so I should be jaded by now.  But I’m not.

This conference kicked off with approximately 400 authors including Heather Graham, Cathy Maxwell, Carla Neggers and Mary Burton autographing books in an event open to the public.  All proceeds went to literacy and approximately $55,000 was raised.
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