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Featured Title: Coming to Terms with Love

From Christina: It’s with great pleasure today that I share a few thoughts from author Dilys J. Carnie, whose title Coming to Terms with Love was voted as the “Readers’ Choice” winner last month. Please join with me in welcoming Dilys…and in learning more about her winning title.

Living the Dream

by Dilys J. Carnie

DACMy home is on the beautiful island of Anglesey on the west coast of North Wales with my family. I am extremely close to all my family members and enjoy spending time with them. I am the proud mother of two grown up children. My daughter, Emma, is a primary school teacher and my son, Christopher, is part of the family business. Anglesey has been my home since the age of eleven after moving here from Scotland with my mum and dad and three sisters.

As a young child I loved to write. I always carried a notebook and pen around with me and wrote about everything. It was a dream to become a published author. However sometimes in life our dreams get pushed to one side as mine did. So, dare I say at the young age of fifty plus I think it is time for me to see if those dreams are everything I hoped they would be…and hey, it’s never too late to go and grab that dream!

I have been through many major changes in my working life ranging from a Diana nurse, running my own skin care business, helping with the family run bus company and even hairdressing, but my heart as always belonged to putting words on paper and making them come to life.

Five years ago I managed to get in contact with my best friend from Scotland who I hadn’t seen for over forty years. She lives in America and every year without fail I make the trip over to North Carolina and visit with her and her gorgeous family. This is where I have gained a lot of inspiration for many of my stories especially The Fitzgerald Brothers in Chesapeake.

I am living my lifelong dream of becoming an author something which I never imagined happening. If I had to give any advice to an un-published author it would be ‘Never give up the dream’ because I never did.


Coming to Terms with Love by Dilys J Carnie

Her past destroys her confidence for the future.
But when she meets the giant of a man Corey, her heart beats a little faster. Then the doubt sets in and she refuses to acknowledge any kind of chemistry. No man would look at her, and she had a son…a son that she was fighting to keep.

He tries to fight what he feels, but he has serious doubts at his resistance.
Corey finds a part of him he didn’t know existed and can’t help falling in deeper than he ever thought possible. Trying to come to terms with his feelings brings him a peace of mind that was totally unexpected. And when an old enemy of Beth’s turns up on the doorstep he steps forward to put an end to her past. Will this be the beginning to their future together?

Excerpt 1

The air was like a magnetic field, as if sparks were pinging around them in the air. She watched as he controlled himself, she admired the way he had not argued with her. Her own heart hammered against her ribs, it had been so close…so very close she couldn’t imagine the horror that would have been on his face if he had moved his hand any closer.

Beth tried to catch her own breath as she watched him in the moonlight. It seemed that every nerve ending in her body was tingling in a way she had never experienced before.

“I should apologize…only I’m not sorry,” he whispered in between the harshness of his breathing.

He looked at her and she trembled all over again. “Apologize for what? It was just a kiss.”

He stood straight moving closer to her making her take a step back.

“Just a kiss?”

“I…well a good kiss,” she stammered.

He laughed out loud. “Good? Be serious, Beth, you felt that as much as I did.” He took a step closer tilting her chin with his fingers. His gaze penetrated hers and she shook her head dislodging his fingers, taking a step back.

“Okay it was sensational…you’re a good kisser. So what? Plenty of men are.”

He sucked in a breath before he spoke.

“I touched you and the searing heat from you set me on fire, when we kissed your tongue wrapped itself round me so hard that I became part of you. The air around us is so charged that if someone dropped a match, it would explode.”

They were words she didn’t want to hear, she didn’t need him to tell her how it was for God’s sake she knew but…but there was no way in hell that she was ready for this. How could she expect someone else to accept her body when she was still coming to terms with it herself. The verve of the last few minutes started to leave her body and the realization of what had happened took over.


She knew he was waiting for her to say something; she wanted to try and be as honest as she could.

“You’re right, we did…connect but it can’t go any further than this…I don’t want it.”

“Baloney.” He pushed his hands into his pockets scowling at her. “The minute we set eyes on each other we knew what it would be like once we touched, why the hell did you think that I left so quickly the other day?”

Excerpt 2

“Why is she staying in the cabin? Has she bought it?”

“Yes she bought it about three months ago.”

“Strange that a single woman would hide herself in the depths of a mountain with several feet of snow outside her door.”

“You mean as strange as a single guy who’s been hiding for three months up there?”

He glowered at his brother. “That’s different, I’m recovering.”

“Whatever, brother, but she just might be doing the same thing.”

“What do you mean?” His voice lowered.

“You do know, Corey, she has been—”

He turned completely round to face Gabe. “What?”

“Nothing. Eva would kill me and besides it’s not up to me to say anything.”

“Gabe, you can’t stop there, what?”

“Ah look there’s Eva on her way over. Sorry, bud, I’m afraid I’m going to have to go and sweep her of her feet dancing the night away.”

“Gabe, don’t you dare walk away from me.” His eldest brother just laughed and turned away, sweeping his wife up into his arms. Damn if they didn’t look perfect together.

What the hell had Gabe been about to say?

Corey couldn’t pull his gaze away from Beth, there was something about her that drove his libido into a mind of its own…she was sexy but she was trying to hide it and now when he looked at her, really looked at her, he could see that she held herself away and although the dance was sensual she was aloof with her body but she was laughing.

He glanced back at his brother dancing with Eva, and Gabe mouthed “ask her to dance” pointing with a nod of his head at Beth. Corey started to feel uncomfortable and tugged at his ear. He wanted to punch his brother who was smirking from a distance. He looked across the room where Beth was sitting down with a champagne glass in her hand.

“Well, hell,” he muttered under his breath but couldn’t stop his feet from putting one in front of the other. It was as if she could sense his approach and she turned her head to watch him. Her dark green eyes were bright, he almost tripped over his heart beat. Her soft pink lips parted as her cheeks suffused with color.

She looked around her; he knew she was hoping to escape. Corey came to a stop directly behind her and he could sense she knew he was there because her shoulders stiffened.

She looked up at Micah asking him if he would like to dance again, her voice held a pleading tone, he glowered at his friend narrowing his eyes, warning him that it would not be in his best interests to take her up on that offer. Micah understood as Corey knew he would, his friend put his hand up, grinned back and waved his arm in front of him for Corey to go forward. Corey fashioned a grin on his face before turning back to the woman sitting in the chair.

“I believe, Beth Giles, you owe me a dance and an explanation.”

“I don’t think so,” she replied. Her back was straight, her face taut as she reached for Micah’s hand.

Corey moved round the chair like a flash taking hold of her fingers in his own before she could grasp onto Micah. His friend grinned unashamedly at Corey. He was one of the few men he knew apart from his brothers who was not intimidated by his stare.


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25 Words or Less – April 2014

Spring has finally arrived! We all know, of course, that April showers will bring May flowers…but what to do on those rainy days and nights? How about curling up and falling in love with a good romance novel?

Here are more great titles — and quick little blurbs — to help you make the most of those delightful April showers.


HappilyEverAfter_MEDHappily Ever After by Christina Cole

Sometimes fairy tales do come true.


Please check out these titles from your favorite romance authors!


When I See Your FaceWhen I See Your Face by Devika Ferando by Devika Fernando

Can Cathy trust a man to be part of her future who looks exactly like the man who ruined her past?





To Love a Lady by  Lindsay DownsTo Love a Lady by Lindsay Downs

Having loved Lady Cara from afar, now by her side, will Lord Jack Harwick be able to keep her safe?


A Most Unlikely Countess by  V L LoceyA Most Unlikely  Countess by V L Locey

Can a timid young woman find her happy ending with a world famous goalie?


Artful Dodging by M S SpencerArtful Dodging by M S Spencer

Murders, misunderstandings, misfits, and misadventure—needlepoint artist Milo Everhart has her hands full. Can handsome lawyer Tristram Brodie prove to her that love conquers all?


The Widowed Countess by Linda Rae SandeThe Widowed Countess by Linda Rae Sande

A sensual and fishy tale of a recently widowed countess, twin brothers, one of whom is a ghost, and true love.


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Her trust in men is sorely blighted by past experience.He can’t understand what’s holding her back.


Readers, please check out these books and let your favorite authors know how much you’ve enjoyed these stories.  Let everyone know! Your emails, comments, and reviews are appreciated.

25 Words or Less – March 2014

March is here and spring is right around the corner. It’s been said that all young men’s thoughts turn to love in the spring, so be prepared!

Here are more great titles — and quick little blurbs — to help you get ready for spring fever and thoughts of love.


IrresistibleIrresistible by Christina Cole

He dared her to dream again…but can she believe his words of love?


Please check out these titles from your favorite romance authors!


Pink Pucks and Power PlaysPink Pucks and Power Plays by V L Locey

Will curvaceous reporter Viviana Land go through with her expose about Wildcats defense-man Alain Lessard, or will love give Viviana`s career plans a body check?


TheBullRiderandtheBaby by Jeanine McAdamThe Bull Rider and the Baby by Jeanine McAdam

Can a concussion-prone bull rider find love with a pregnant neuroscientist? Maybe, but it would be easier if she wasn’t pregnant with someone else’s baby.



A Taste for Killing by H K SterlingA Taste for Killing by H K Sterling

Mystery and Romance blend together when competing detectives Carolyn Woods and Jack Heart find they are surrounded by murder on every side.


The Grace of a Duke by Linda Rae SandeThe Grace of a Duke by Linda Rae Sande

Can time heal all wounds? Due to his extensive scars, a duke refuses to marry his intended until an earl shows up to claim her.


Leather and Lace by Erica SutherhomeLeather and Lace by Erica Sutherhome

Angie fights the overwhelming desire she feels for Patrick, but there are some things in this world you can’t fight – rare kinds of attraction.


A Saint's Salvation by Beverly OvalleA Saint’s Salvation by Beverly Ovalle

Angel’s life changed the minute Saint saved her from a grenade. Now, Saint has a second chance to prove he’s the man for her.


The Masked Lady and the Murder by Lindsay DownsThe Masked Lady and the Murder by Lindsay  Downs

A Viscount and brother murdered. With the assistance of a beautiful lady, can Lord Markson bring the killer to justice?



Tree Change by Tea CooperTree Change by Tea Cooper

Forced to choose between the world she wants and the man she loves, Cassia opts for fame and fortune…but will it be enough?


Harper's Wish by Krista AmesHarper’s Wish by Krista Ames

When a Santa’s Mailbox mysteriously appears at the post office, postmistress Harper wonders what it could hurt to send her own letter to Santa.



Totally Devoted by E M BannockTotally Devoted by E M Bannock

Can a modern independent woman find love with a strong-headed traditional man? Will her career as an x-rated author get in the way?


Tempting Clover by Decadent KaneTempting Clover by Decadent Kane

 Breaking a goblin’s curse is more difficult than Clover thought. Especially when love and nightshade are crucial ingredients.


Timeless Knight by Tori JamesTimeless Knight by Tori James

If you could live forever…what would you choose to live for?  He chose love.


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Will her past destroy her future! Or will it be the start of something special?


Valentine Masquerade by Margaret SutherlandValentine Masquerade by Margaret Sutherland

In the game of masquerade, Caitlin and her prince are swept away by fantasy. In reality, can they ever overcome the obstacles to true love?


Ghost Lover by Liza O'ConnorGhost Lover by Liza O’Connor

Two sexy English brothers. One irresistible ghost. Who would you choose as your lover?


Love Reawakened by Shelli RosewarneLove Reawakened by Shelli Rosewarne

Emma needs to find an escaped zombie. With lives on the line, the only person who can help is the man who broke her heart.



When I See Your FaceWhen I See Your Face by Devika Ferando by Devika Fernando

 Can Cathy trust a man to be part of her future who looks exactly like the man who ruined her past?


Seducing His Heart by Jean JoachimSeducing His Heart by Jean Joachim

Marriage-phobic Whit Bass moves across the hall from sexy baker, Bess Cooper. Can she seduce his heart with a mocha layer cake and a pug?


Sexy Bea Spelling by Davee JonesSexy Bea Spelling by Davee Jones

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Bug Stuff by Vicki Batman

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From sassy writer gal comes a romantic comedy collection, Bug Stuff…and Other Stories. Included are: “Just Desserts,” “Bug Stuff,” “With This Ring.


Readers, please check out these books and let your favorite authors know how much you’ve enjoyed these stories.  Let everyone know! Your emails, comments, and reviews are appreciated.