Saturday, February 16, 2013

BWL Blurbathon Presents Vijaya Schartz

CURSE OF THE LOST ISLE, Medieval Fantasy Romance series, by Vijaya Schartz

From history shrouded in myths, emerges a family of immortal Celtic Ladies, who roam the medieval world in search of salvation from a curse. For centuries, imbued with hereditary gifts, they hide their deadly secret... but if the Church ever suspects what they really are, they will be hunted, tortured, and burned at the stake.
Book 1 - PRINCESS OF BRETAGNE (Scotland 806 AD)
Book 3 - SEDUCING SIGEFROI (963 AD Luxembourg)
Book 4 - LADY OF LUXEMBOURG (coming out very soon).
CURSE OF THE LOST ISLE SPECIAL EDITION (contains the first three novels in one download).
5-star review on Amazon - “Edgy medieval, Yeah!”
"Schartz is an accomplished writer, whose pacing, conflicts, and goals are always complex and whose good characters are always likeable, and whose villains are evil incarnate. You have to like her villains as much as the good guys! Mattacks is a magnificent example of this!" - 5 stars - Manic Readers
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Check this blog again on February 18, to meet author Juliet Waldron.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

BWL Blurbathon Presents Dark by Gail Roughton

The Dark Series (The Color of Seven and The Color of Dusk) by Gail Roughton
A Books We Love Special Edition - Two Complete Novels

"Whut I knows, son, is dat dis world, it be ringed with worlds on worlds...." Deep in the woods that slide off into Stone Creek Swamp, teenage drug dealers retrieve their stash and receive an unexpected dividend—the unwitting resurrection of Cain, powerful Bokor of Black Magic. Atop Coleman Hill, two young attorneys renovate a decrepit relic for their home and office. A house with a past it wants to share, showing Ria Knight tantalizing scenes of its original owner, Dr. Paul Devlin. Dr. Devlin’s not exactly alive and well, but he’s not dead either. Because what crosses over when the worlds overlap can change the course of a man's life.  And death.  And future. 
Explore the Dark. 
The past, like evil, never dies. It just—waits.

Drop in on February 16 for a preview from Vijaya Schartz!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

BWL Blurbathon Presents: Family Honor by Jamie Hill

Bodies of dead women are piling up and Detective Melanie Curtis is doing everything she can to solve the 'Cheerleader Slasher' case. Surprised to discover her chief has requested help from the FBI, she's even more shocked when she meets the sexy FBI special agent sent to assist her.
SSA Nate Willis tracks serial killers for a living. The slasher case is a challenge, but nothing compared to the feisty police detective he finds leading the investigation. Their attraction is swift and mutual, but the killer is escalating and they need to solve the case before they can focus on their personal relationship. When the unthinkable happens and the investigation is turned upside down, is their chance for happiness also in jeopardy?

“Author Jamie Hill has a knack for pulling a reader deeper and deeper into her stories as they try to figure out where she is leading them.” ~ Tammy, Fallen Angel Reviews

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Please stop back on Feb. 14 to read a blurb by BWL Valentine's Sweetie Gail Roughton!

Sunday, February 10, 2013


I discovered there is a restaurant in Mahattan, New York (around Third Ave. and 27th Street), named the Rodeo Bar and Grill. . .Honky Tonk.

Oh, so perfect!  What more could a western contemporary romance novelist desire in a dining experience?

Now that I've set you up with a lovely teaser, it would be darn right unfair of me to keep all those Cowboy Kisses for myself.  Wouldn't it?

Make at home version:

16 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined

16 pickled jalapenos, seeded, washed and sliced in half

16 slicces of bacon (Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon is a good choice, too).
Toothpicks Chipotle Dipping Sauce:
1 cup mayonnaise (I favor low-fat)1-2 chipotle in adobo, seeded and minced
1/2 lime, squeezed

Preheat oven to 425F.
Place a shript inside the jalapeno and then wrap woth bacon.  Insert 1 or 2 toothpicks to secure.  Do the same with all the shrimp.

Place in a baking pan.  Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Then broil for 2-3 minutes until crispy.

Serve hot or room temperature with chipotle dipping sauce.

For the finished dipping sauce:
Place all ingredients in food processor (I use my blender) and pulse until combined.  You will still have small pieces of chipotle but dipping sauce will turn pink.

Serve with shrimp and beverage of choice.

I will be blogging at Books We Love again in an hour or so.
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I am also at Pinterest: under novelsbyconniev

Remember Lynx Maddox will be dropping by in a bit for an exclusive interview.
I will also be telling my own personal  'western stories' and shaing photos.

"Courage is fear that has said its prayers." ~ Karl Barth.



What Woman Doesn't Love A Cowboy?

I was sitting on a hard, cold wooden bench, watching a rodeo in Thedford, Nebraska at the time.  This town had been a spot on my usual off-the-tourist radar places I frequent during family vacations.  This was the second time my husband, two young sons and I, had visited the small town and were absorbing the ambiance the western United States offered.  My father,  a fourth-generation Texan, amature rodeoed when he attended high school, so I understood the battering bronc riding had on the body. However, I hadn’t realized how strong the rodeo fan base was outside of the Lone Star State.

Everyone I’d spoken to loved cowboys, though he/she was a cowboy/cowgirl, wanted to become a cowboy, or simply loved the concept of ‘being a cowboy’.
That was when Lynx Maddox entered my life.
What a cowboy! 
With a dangerous reputation for taking chances and tempting, fate, rugged cowboy Lynx Maddox had one goal in life—to win the coveted Silver Buckle rodeo championship.  But when he sets eyes on lovely Rachel Scott, he becomes determined to capture her as well. . .

I hope you enjoy reading my Rodeo Romances.  “Lynx” is Book 1 of the series.
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I’ll be back on blog in 30 minutes, and will be blogging throughout the day.  So, grab a cup of coffee, watch my book trailer and read my book teaser— Or, visit my website:
Today’s blog updates:
A recipe for “Cowboy Kisses”.  Nope it’s not a sweet candy.  Interested in other culinary recipes?  Look over my blog:
 An interview with Lynx Maddox.
My own ‘western days’ and photos of my horses.
"Never approach a bull from the front, a horse form the rear, or a fool from any direction,"


BWL Blurbathon presents: Magic of the Chimes by Pat Dale

What’s a gal to do? Cassie Sizemore is a thirty-four year old divorcee with a pair of teen/'tween kids and a burning need for male companionship. Her philandering husband dumped her for a teenager, leaving her with a nice house and not much else. In her job as a waitress, she's confronted daily by Howard Williams, local Romeo bachelor attorney, who's trying to convince her he can't live without her.

Cassie's backyard neighbor, Matt Riley, makes a hit with her kids and becomes her confidant. Mythical magical wind chimes play an important role as widower Matt falls for Cassie. After she learns that Howie's true interest is in a secret bet that he can get Cassie to sleep with him, her hormones are stifled big-time. What will it take for Riley to reignite her passion?

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and please come back on Feb. 12 to read a blurb by author Jamie Hill.

A Poodle, a Wedding Anniversary, and a Opossum By Connie Vines

I had an article about the craft of writing written and ready to post.  I decided, instead, to share that post next month. Why? For thos...