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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Summer Reading

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HEATHER GRAHAM and CATHY MAXWELL and CARLA NEGGERS have a new original book, a fan favorite reissue and an exclusive FREE enovella to keep readers more than entertained this month.

KEEPER OF THE DAWN by Heather Graham: In their new Keeper roles, these extraordinary women must balance the fate of the world with their desires?

Alessande Salisbrooke has been warned about the legend of the old Hildegard Tomb—how human sacrifices are being carried out by the followers of a shape-shifting magician. As a Keeper, Alessande understands the risks of investigating, but she can’t shake the nagging feeling that the killings are tied to a friend’s recent murder, and she can’t turn her back.
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